Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh)  Sarah Scout Presents
Amikejo Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh)  Sarah Scout Presents

Zilverster in 2019

'PRIMA MATERIA' curated by Emily Jones, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne

'PRENTA-X' Edition'



'PATRINO-PATRINO', Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne, March 2018.

Patrino-patrino : Armistice,  Alamy, Table of Moresnet -  Zilverster

Patrino-patrino : Armistice & Alamy glassware, 2018


Sarah Scout Presents is delighted to announce Patrino-patrino, the second exhibition at the gallery by Zilverster, the collaborative practice of artists Sharon Goodwin and Irene Hanenbergh. Patrino-patrino comprises a suite of twenty-one new intricate drawings, a number with carved and engraved custom frames and glass, together with a series of glass objects and furniture.

The starting point for the exhibition is The Table of Moresnet, an iconic work Zilverster created in 2016, and which first extended the duo's collaborative drawing practice into the spatial/sculptural realm. That work engaged the notion of utopian ideals manifest through actual and fictional European histories, and expressed through the Esperanto language, becoming something of a diary of its own making. The table comprised particular historical moments and excerpts of Esperanto text as well as snippets of conversation between the artists, a record of visitors to the studio and numerous pop-cultural references. As a functional object, it highlighted and repurposed its own historical context and as a conceptual art work, bringing the past and present into focus, as well as playfully disturbing the traditional distinctions between high and low art forms.

Patrino-patrino-which variously translates from Esperanto as mother-mother, mother-father or, more colloquially, mother-fucker-continues these explorations, engaging text more explicitly through the processes of drawing and carving/engraving across a diverse range of traditional and found materials.

Catalogue Patrino-patrino


ZILVERSTER (Goodwin & Hanenbergh) would like to acknowledge and thank the following individuals and organisations for the invaluable support and assistance they provided towards the development and realisation of this exhibition: The Australian Tapestry Workshop, where Zilverster held a residency in 2017 and commenced this body of work; Yarra City Council, for the opportunity to participate in the 'Room to Create Program', 2017-2018, and where most of the works in Patrino-patrino were created; Jodie Cox, who graciously handed over her (work) 'doodles' - which were used in some of the drawings, and as engravings on the chairs and glassware; Storm Gold who contributed to one of the drawings (Just between the two of us, 'Nur inter la du' in Esperanto);


Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh) in 'ALL THE BETTER TO SEE YOU WITH', THE POTTER MUSEUM OF ART, Melbourne, 2017-2018.

Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh) in 'All The Better To See You With', THE POTTER MUSEUM OF ART

Zilverster's TABLE OF MORESNET in a Caves Off site exhibition at Substation, Newport, Australia, 2017. Curated by Kez Hughes and Storm Gold.

The Table of Moresnet ZILVERSTER  Sharon Goodwin & Irene HanenberghPhoto: Taryn EllisSubstation Caves Offsite Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh) , Janet Beckhouse Neon Parc
Photo to the right: from Misshaped Head, Neon Parc, Janet Beckhouse


“The Table of Moresnet (2016) is named for a small slice of European history - and failed utopia - the land of Neutral Moresnet. Until WWI, the tiny country existed, tucked away in the hills between The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. The small neutral country had been under threat among major European powers until a group of residents came up with an ambitious counteroffensive: they formed Neutral Moresnet into the first Esperanto state and named it Amikejo ('city of friendship'). A self-declared neutral state, Moresnet/Amikejo was a place where refugees were welcomed and where conscription was abolished. It also had exceptionally low taxes. However, on June 28, 1919, the Treaty of Versailles settled the dispute that had created the neutral territory a century earlier by awarding Neutral Moresnet, along with Prussian Moresnet and the German municipalities of Eupen and Malmedy, to Belgium, thus permanently ending its status. Today, a small museum (Göhltal Museum) is all that is left of this unique episode in European history, as well as 50 of the 60 border markers that mark the former borders. The Table of Moresnet serves as a memorial for this utopian idea, as well as a diary of its own making. In addition to particular historical moments and excerpts of Esperanto text, the table comprises snippets of conversation between the artists, a record of visitors to the studio and numerous pop-cultural references. As a functional object, it both highlights and repurposes its own historical context and as a conceptual art work, it brings the past and present into focus, as well as playfully disturbing the traditional distinctions between high and low art forms. This remarkable new work by Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh) extends the duo's collaborative drawing practice into the spatial/sculptural realm. The Table of Moresnet sees also a decisive shift in the evolution of the practice; the artists have made the work together, sitting side-by-side over a period of eight months, with the shared experiences and conversations informing the direction of the work.”


Esperanto Amikejo Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh)

Amikejo Moneroj, Amikejo Akvofaloj & Amikejo Manuskripto, 3 ink drawings in custom engraved wooden frames, as part of The Table of Moresnet, 2016. Spring 1883 The Windsor Hotel Melbourne, for Sarah Scout Presents.


Zilverster is an ongoing collaborative project between Sharon Goodwin and Irene Hanenbergh, Melbourne-based artists who have garnered strong individual reputations for their imaginative, elaborate and meticulously rendered expanded drawing and painting practices. What began in 2010 as a problem solving exercise - with one artist offering problematic, unfinished works to the other for advice on resolution - has evolved into a rich shared practice that continues to extend the discursive as well as process potentialities of each artist. While there are many shared interests and concerns between the two artists - (art) history, fantasy, cult iconography, alchemy, supernatural phenomena to name a few - each operates from a distinct temporal and imaginative framework: Goodwin's contributions are embedded in a medieval, Gothic context while Hanenbergh's derive from a European Romantic sensibility.

Zilverster's practice continues to develop out from an original series of beautiful, fantastical drawings that remain compelling in their strangeness. In addition to Zilverster's maiden-exhibition at Sarah Scout Presents (2015), the collaborative duo was included in the National Gallery of Victoria's 'Lurid Beauty' exhibition. In conjunction with this large scale exhibition, Zilverster facilitated a collaborative drawing workshop and also a Surrealist drawing Parlour night. Zilverster exhibited at the Spring Art fair in Sydney in 2015 and presented a new, ambitious and larger scale project at the Windsor Hotel 'Spring 1883 Artfair' in Melbourne (2016).

Zilverster was shortlisted for the 2016 National Works on Paper Prize held at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and was recently featured in 3 important group shows: 'I'm Genuinely Lost. Give me guidance' at the Margret Lawrence Gallery (VCA); secondly, a large scale Caves-Offsite exhibition at the Substation, Newport; and thirdly, was featured in 'All the better to see you with', at The Ian Potter Museum of Art in Melbourne. In 2017 Zilverster undertook a residency at the Australian Tapestry Workshop and also at the Williams Reserve (within the Yarra City Room to Create Program).

Zilverster partcipated in the The 5th Bus Projects Editions Exhibition : A Zilverster Edition https://busprojects.org.au/shop/2017-editions/zilverster

Upcoming solo exhibition: Opening March 9, 2018 at Sarah Scout Presents.

Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh) was established in 2010 and is represented by Sarah Scout Presents in Melbourne.


Johan Thorn Prikker

Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh)  Sarah Scout Presents

Taal (The Philippines)


completed a BFA (Painting) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1997, and has shown extensively both throughout Australia and internationally. Solo exhibitions include those at Uplands, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space and TCB Gallery. She has participated in group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, RMIT Gallery, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, Monash University Museum of Art, Bendigo Art Gallery, Plimsoll Gallery (Hobart) University of Sydney Gallery, The Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), GrantPirrie Gallery (Sydney), University of Queensland Art Museum (Brisbane) Gallery Side 2, (Japan) Artspace (Sydney) and The Physics Room (New Zealand). Goodwin was a founding committee member of both TCB Gallery and the collaborative art group DAMP. Her work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Monash University and numerous private collections.


completed a Master of Fine Arts by Research at the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) in 2010. She also holds a BFA (Hons) in Painting and Sculpture from The Academy of Fine Arts Minerva (1988, The Netherlands), a BFA (Hons) in Printmaking from The Athens School of Fine Arts (1995, Greece) and completed a Post Graduate Program at The Royal College of Art (in 1992, London, UK). Intermittently, over the last 25 years, she has spent considerable time on artist residencies and undertaking exhibitions, in various locations across Europe, Asia and the USA. Her work is held in public and private collections in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and the USA including the National Gallery of Victoria, University of Queensland Museum, MONA (Tasmania), Artbank Australia, ABSOLUT European Collection (Sweden), Centre for Contemporary Art, Collection ASKT (Greece) and Rabobank (The Netherlands). Hanenbergh was twice named as one of ‘Australia’s 50 Most Collectible Artists’ by Australian Art Collector and is represented by Neon Parc (Melbourne).

Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh)  Sarah Scout Presents

18th Century Equaliser (500 years)

Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh)  Sarah Scout Presents

It's in your self-interest to find a way (The Chambers)

Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh)  Sarah Scout Presents

Dada - Roman - Alchemia

Projects & Press

Zilverster is represented by Sarah Scout Presents http://www.sarahscoutpresents.com/web/zilverster/

Catalogue Maiden exhibition Zilverster at Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne

The Table of Moresnet, 2016, The Windsor Hotel Melbourne, for Spring 1883, Sarah Scout Presents







Sharon Goodwin & Irene Hanenbergh

©Zilverster. Est. 2010
Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh)