Visual Arts World Premiere International

Hope Dies Last

Art at the End of Optimism

Presented with Gertrude Contemporary in association with Margaret Lawrence Gallery, University of Melbourne

Free Event

Free Event

What happens when our stores of optimism run dry? What will the end of days look like without hope, and what is there to grasp onto when all else crumbles to dust?

Mortality, extinction, suffering and failure are the fuel driving this challenging and peculiar exhibition of curated works, presented across two sites. This exhibition addresses some of the most difficult yet urgent questions of our time, responding to the dark hours that wait with gallows humour, the condemned’s resignation and the camaraderie of the trenches.

Hope Dies Last will be one of the most depressing events of the year, an exhibition that will riddle us with sadness, and likely leave us more pessimistic than we have ever been before. Bring a loved one if you care, but know that we all arrive at the final exit alone.

Gertrude Contemporary Opening Event

Fri 4 October 6—8pm

Join us for the opening of this special exhibition. Free and no RSVP required.

Margaret Lawrence Gallery Opening Event

Thu 17 October 5.30—7.30pm

Join us for the opening of this special exhibition. Free and no RSVP required.

Public Program: On Optimism and Death

Sat 19 October 2pm, Gertrude Contemporary (21—31 High Street, Preston South)

Join us for a free panel discussion. Click here for more information. 

Warnings: Adult concepts

Mark Feary (Artistic Director, Gertrude Contemporary)



  • AusCo
  • CV
  • AUGOV_Visual Arts and Craft Strategy
  • Margaret Lawrence
  • University of Melburne

    Margaret Lawrence Gallery is part of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne

Tony Garifalakis. Fucking Optimism, 2007.
Cut felt and glue. 120 x 95 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.
Installation view, ISCP, New York, 2007.