Theatre of the Grotto is an experimental installation by Sydney artist Kate Dorrough. It is a playful contemporary interpretation of ancient river cave formations; consisting of shells, rocks, statuary and water. Grottoes are associated with the underworld, a meeting place between the human and the divine, and an original source of water representing life.

Throughout history, the grotto has been reinterpreted generating a tension between the artificial and the real. This constructed hybrid incorporates artificial rockery in vivid colours in contrast to a series of projected videos into real water, accompanied by narrated texts. The grotto becomes a theatre, the sculptures actors within this dramatic stage setting.

Kate Dorrough is represented by Arthouse Gallery.


The Cube is a contemporary exhibition space featuring experimental and media work.


Image: Kate Dorrough, Calligraphic scrolls (detail), 2020, fabric paper, stitching, ink, acrylic paint, 260 x 100 cm Courtesy of the artist and Arthouse Gallery

Saturday 10 April - Sunday 13 June

The Cube, Level 2, Mosman Art Gallery