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While we are in lockdown, Bunjil Place Gallery exhibiting artist John Young is definitely staying busy!

We chatted with John about what he is getting up to at home. Check out his top picks for recipes, books and music he’s enjoying right now.


John Young's Easy, Fast and Simple Fish Chowder 


  • 2 medium carrots - finely chopped
  • 1 onion - finely chopped 
  • 2 celery sticks- finely chopped 
  • 4 medium size potatoes, roughly chopped 
  • Half teaspoon of chopped tarragon 
  • 500g (hard) white fish (ling, whiting etc) cut into 2cm chunks
  • Or mixed with lobster chunks 
  • 1 can sweet corn kernels 
  • 300ml thickened cream 
  • 1 lt Massel Organic Chicken stock or fresh chicken stock 
  • Dash of dry white wine 
  • Baguette 



  1. Boil chicken stock (10 mins) with chopped carrots, onion, celery and half the potatoes (set aside other half and boil in water until soft).
  2. Set aside to cool - once cooled, process with stick or food processor until creamy. 
  3. Reheat processed stock until just boiling, add chunks of fish and lobster, corn kernels, remaining boiled potatoes, tarragon - boil for a further minute, turn off flame. Add cream and a dash of white wine. 


I find this is enough for a hearty lunch or light dinner for 3. Any more simply double the ingredients or stretch what you have with more chicken stock to start off.  



I’m weighing through the 458 page magisterial opus The Asian Modern by our own luminary Australian art historian John Clark. This book is bound to change and tilt the world of art history as we know it. Covering the development of modern art and modernity in Asia from 1850 to the present. Published by the National Gallery of Singapore, and released nationally in the coming months. 


Fiction and Essays
Jonathan Franzen’s The End of the End of the Earth: Essays
Julian Barnes’ The Noise of Time 



  • Miles Davis Blue in Green, Ascenseur pour l’echafaud 
  • Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm Four, Wide Open 
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto, Judy Kang & Jaques Morelenbaum Three 
  • Robert Glasper Rise and Shine, Centelude 
  • Erykah Badu Maiysha 
  • Prince, Tom Petty, et al, While My Guitar Gently Weeps 
  • Con Funk Shun, Let Me Put Love On Your Mind,  Love Train 
  • Kendrick Lamar Swimming Pools (Drank), A.D.H.D 



Missing our Gallery? Why not wander through Diaspora, Psyche from home with our virtual tour? Or check out more of our Diaspora, Psyche content on the exhibitions page!