With such popular cultural icons as Queen Elizabeth II, Nick Cave and Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie, Polly Borland is one of Australia’s most celebrated artists and has now opened a new exhibition at the NGV Australia titled, Polyverse.

Featuring 60 works that span the last 10 years, Borland’s talent and ability to render the body in alluring, enigmatic and surreal compositions is revealled. Highlights from the exhibition include photographs of Nick Cave and Gwendoline Christie, as well as a new tapestry work of Borland’s celebrated photograph of The Queen, taken for Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. The tapestry was created in collaboration with Fine Cell Work, an English prisoner’s advocacy organisation that trains prisoners to undertake paid, skilled needlework from their cells.

The exhibition also has works from Borland’s recent series, including Bunny, in which Gwendoline Christie’s distorted figure is used to subvert the idea of a Playboy bunny girl, and the carnivalesque Smudge featuring Nick Cave, in which her subjects – disguised by garish wigs, stockings and make-up – oscillate between the masculine and feminine, fantasy and reality.

‘Borland shoots on film, taking many rolls to achieve the final images, and never altering the works in post-production. The works reveal Borland’s finely crafted skill for capturing uncanny moments that stretch our understanding of the human body,’ says NGV Director, Tony Ellwood.

Enter the Polyverse with Polly Borland

Polyverse also has a program of events, including a Curator's Perspective presentation (30 Sept), Polly Borland in conversation(6 Oct) and a talk 'The Mind's Eye' (20 Oct)which explores abstract and surreal imagery.

Joining the worlds of pop culture with the abstract and surreal, be sure to see Polyverse at NGV Australia before it ends February!


Dates: 28 September - 3 February 2019

Location: NGV Australia, Federation Square (corner of Swanston & Flinders Street)

Time: 10 - 5pm daily

Cost: Free

NGV Website