Image courtesy Pit Projects, Image by Michael Pham.
Artichoke Thistles, image by Pit Projects.
Thistle Chair. Image by Michael Pham

Thistle Chair Past Event

Presented by Pit Projects


Sat 25 May 11:00am - 6:00pm
Sat 25 May 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Opening Event
Sun 26 May 11:00am - 6:00pm
Mon 27 May 11:00am - 6:00pm
Tue 28 May 11:00am - 6:00pm
Wed 29 May 11:00am - 6:00pm
Thu 30 May 11:00am - 6:00pm
Fri 31 May 11:00am - 6:00pm
Sat 01 Jun 11:00am - 6:00pm
Sun 02 Jun 11:00am - 6:00pm


Free, No Booking Required


Room 13, Level 8, The Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


Assistance animals welcome

Thistle Chair is a large sculptural couch constructed from stainless steel and upholstered in the pappus-clad seeding flowers of the Artichoke Thistle. The work is driven by an interest in the brittle and inhospitable fur-like materiality of the matured thistles as well as the play between utility and complete uselessness in furniture as pure sculpture.

Thistle Chair is presented as the debut exhibition by Pit Projects, an evolving site of creative collaborations between artists Anni Hagberg and Michael Gittings.


Anni Hagberg

Anni Hagberg (b.1995) is a Australian-born Finnish visual artist based in Naarm/Melbourne. Hagberg has a particular interest in investigating unpredictable process-driven material encounters through sculpture and installation, primarily working with non-traditional mediums within ceramic and craft processes. Hagberg has exhibited her work since 2018 including exhibitions at Neon Parc, CAVES and Craft Victoria.

Michael Gittings

Originally from Albury, regional New South Wales, Michael Gittings (b.1989) grew up hunting and fishing with his father, navigating the natural environment at a slow and considered pace. Here, Gittings developed an enduring interest in aspects of nature that might otherwise have passed him by, such as how bark falls from trees through the seasons and how leaves and flowers shrivel, changing in colour and shape as they return to the earth. Directly inspired by his environment and working intuitively with his materials (primarily metal), Gittings has been creating sculptural works that sit at the intersections of art and design since 2016. In addition to having exhibited nationally, Gittings has had works acquired and commissioned by major institutions including the National Gallery of Victoria.

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