May 2017 Listings

Art Almanac is the essential guide to Australia’s art galleries – a monthly magazine listing the exhibition schedules of over 550 art galleries throughout Australia, packaged in an easy-to-use format, supported by a gallery and artist index, and profiles of current art exhibitions. New South Wales art galleries and their May 2017 exhibition schedules are listed below, for listings of art galleries in other Australian states please use the links above.

Newcastle Central Coast

Gallery 139
139A Beaumont Street, Hamilton 2303.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 4.00, Sun 11.00 to 2.00.
April 27 to May 14 Red Gold by Helene Leane.
May 18 to June 4 Julia Flanagan and Matthew Tome.

Gosford Regional Gallery
36 Webb Street, East Gosford 2250.
(02) 4304-7550.
Free entry.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
First Street, Booragul 2284.
(02) 4921-0382
Fax 4921-0329.
Free entry.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
May 5 to June 25 Scanlines – a national survey exhibition from dLux MediaArts that examines the heritage of new media art in Australia since the 1980s. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory board.

Daniel Mudie Cunningham, oh industry (detail), 2009, digital video. © the artist

Also, Water: This Precious Liquid concentrates on global issues around water featuring work by Therese Kenyon, Pam Debenham, Sue Pedley and Peter Read. A gallery project coordinated by Therese Kenyon.

Sue Pedley, Untitled, cyanotype on paper 2 panels, 75 x 56cm each. © the artist

The Lock Up
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4925-2265.
Wed-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 11.00 to 3.00.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG)
230 High Street, Maitland 2320.
(02) 4934-9859
Fax 4933-1657.
Cultural Director Brigette Uren.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
To June 18 Lampoon by Jim Anderson.

Newcastle Art Gallery (NAG)
1 Laman Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4974-5100.
Cultural Director (City of Newcastle): Liz Burcham.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
To May 28 Magic Mike an exhibition of works by Michael Zavros exploring society’s obsession with male beauty and vanity, as much as it offers an autobiographical account.

Michael Zavros, The Mermaid, 2015, oil on board, 22 x 30cm. Purchased 2015. Newcastle Art Gallery collection. Courtesy the artist and Starkwhite, NZ

Michael Zavros, Homework, 2014, archival ink on Hahnemühle rag, 122 x 150cm. Collection of the artist

May 20 to July 23 Abstraction: Celebrating Australian women abstract artists a National Gallery of Australia exhibition, showcasing works of art from the National Gallery of Australia and revealing the remarkable contribution Australian women artists have made to abstract art.

The University Gallery and Senta Taft-Hendry Museum of Oceanic Art
University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan 2308.
(02) 4921-5255.
Wed-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 12.00 to 4.00.
To July 15 Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression an Artback NT touring exhibition.

Watt Space
Northumberland House, cnr King and Auckland streets, Newcastle 2300.
Office (02) 4921-5188.
Gallery 4921-8733.
Wed-Sun 11.00 to 5.00.
April 27 to May 14 (opening Thurs April 27, 6.30pm) solo exhibitions by Warwick Heywood and Kelsey Evans, curated by Danielle Minett.
May 18 to June 4 (opening Thurs May 18, 6.30pm) 2017 Annual Open Prize co-ordinated by Danielle Minett, Elizabeth Mackenzie and Abby Newell.

Kelsey Evans, Werner Wertz, 2016, acrylic on board

Danielle Minett, Untitled, 2016, digital photograph

Northern Rivers

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
Cnr Coff and Duke streets, Coffs Harbour 2450.
(02) 6648-4863.
Free entry.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.
To June 17 East Coast Encounter – a multi-arts initiative involving Australian Indigenous and non-indigenous artists, writers and songwriters to re-imagine the encounter by Lt James Cook and his crew with Aboriginal people in 1770. This project has been developed by the University of the Sunshine Coast and assisted by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts ‘Visions of Australia program’. Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery is the last venue on the tour of this wonderful exhibition before it moves to its permanent home at the National Maritime Museum of Australia. For more information about the exhibition go to www.eastcoastencounter.com.au

Michael Cook, Undiscovered 4, 2010. Courtesy the artist and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Glasshouse Regional Gallery
Cnr Clarence and Hay streets, Port Macquarie 2444.
(02) 6581-8888.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.

Grafton Regional Gallery
158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton 2460.
(02) 6642-3177 .
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.
May 10 to June 10 Wild Australia, and …On A Walk: Nicola Moss & Sue Harris.
Also, Collection: Indigenous Artworks.

Manning Regional Art Gallery
12 Macquarie Street, Taree 2430.
(02) 6592-5455.
To May 14 Out of the Blue by Rod Spicer, and Barraba marray nyaanyila by Mandy Davis and Andy Snelgar.

Moree Plains Gallery
25 Frome Street, Moree 2400.
(02) 6757-3320.
Free entry.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 1.00.
To May 27 ARTEXPRESS – an exhibition of outstanding works by 2016 Higher School Certificate Visual Arts students from schools in NSW.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
Cnr Bridge and William streets, Muswellbrook 2333.
(02) 6549-3880.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 1.00, Mon by appt.
To May 7, 44th Muswellbrook Art Prize. Also, Heth: Norman Hetherington – Artist at war.
May 13 to July 2 Ebb & Flow: contemporary textiles and fibre arts – Untethered Fibre Artists. Also, The Lady and The Unicorn a Bundanon Trust touring exhibition.
May 13 to Aug 27 Creature.

Retrospect Galleries
52 Jonson Street, Byron Bay 2481.
(02) 6680-8825.
Daily 9.30 to 6.00.
Cutting-edge collectable art from established and emerging Australian artists and designers.

Southern Highlands

Bowral Art Gallery
1 Short Street, Bowral 2576.
(02) 4861-4093.
The Bowral Art Gallery – home of the Bowral & District Art Society & BDAS workshops.
May 4 to 9 A Class of their Own – Denise Summer’s class exhibition.
May 11 to 16 Through our Eyes by Hetty Thompson and Susan Curtin.
May 18 to 23 Light by Ann Carney and Joan Disney.
May 26 to June 4 Young & Emerging Artists Prize – an exhibition of works from artists aged 16-26 years.

Georgina Fuller, Weeping Coral – Winner Young & Emerging Artists’ Prize, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Bowral Art Gallery

Joel Andrew, Blue on Brown – Highly Commended Young & Emerging Artists’ Prize, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Bowral Art Gallery

Sturt Gallery & Studios
Cnr Range Road and Waverley Parade, Mittagong 2575.
(02) 4860-2083.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
Sturt was established in 1941 and is a nationally significant and award winning centre for the teaching, sale, production and exhibition of contemporary Australian craft and design.

South Coast

Bega Valley Regional Gallery
Zingel Place, Bega 2550.
(02) 6499-2202.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 9.00 to 12.00.
To May 13 The Archibald Prize 2016 Regional Tour.
May 19 to July 8 Tracey Moffatt – from the MAMAlbury Collection.

Tracey Moffatt, Something More 3, 1989, C-type photograph, 99.5 x 125cm

Duck Print Fine Art
39-41 Wentworth Street , Port Kembla 2505.
(02) 4276-1135.
Prints for sale, workshops available, custom printing + editions.

The Egg & Dart
Shop 2, 1-3 Raymond Road, Thirroul 2515.
(02) 4268-4885.
Tues-Fri 9.30 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 3.00.
To May 20 Domestica by India Mark.
May 26 to June 17 (opening Fri May 26, 6-8pm) Threads and Traces by Gabrielle Adamik.

Wollongong Art Gallery
Cnr Kembla and Burelli streets, Wollongong 2520.
(02) 4227-8500
Fax 4226-5530.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 12.00 to 4.00, closed Mon and public hols.
To May 14 Into the Wild Colonial – early Australian and contemporary works from the Collection which explore wild woods, enchanted forests and the iconic Australian bush.
Also, Madeleine Kelly: Diversity and Demise: Encounters with pelagic birds and sub-linguistic form – paintings and sculptures about pelagic birds and the threats to their survival.
To May 28 Frugal Forest – an immersive forest world created by Frugal Arts, and made entirely from materials headed to landfill.
To June 4 New Acquisitions collection – includes works by Stephen Benwell, Glenn Barkley, Kirsten Coelho and Daniel Mudie-Cunningham.
To June 18 Sarah Goffman: I am a 3-d printer – a site-specific installation simulating Asian ceramic pieces and objects from the Gallery’s Mann-Tatlow collection.
To June 25 Copier Jam! – showcasing current zine and independent comic creators, collectives and distributors from across Australia.
To Aug 20 Indigenous Works from the Collection – exploring identity and family connections. Including works by Danie Mellor, Christian Thompson and Caroline Oakley.
May 13 to July 23 The Source by John Bokor – vibrant, evocative and multilayered paintings of everyday objects, interiors and landscapes of life.
Also, Go-Go. Self and the city by Bill O’Donovan – paintings and prints exploring the recurring motifs of the city.

John Bokor, Just like a chocolate milkshake, 2016, 61 x 47cm

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains City Art Gallery
30 Parke Street, Katoomba 2780.
(02) 4780-5410.
Adults $5/Conc. $3. Children under 16 free.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 4.00. Public hols 10.00 to 2.00.
May 13 to June 25 A convict in the family? Was your ancestor transported for a pittance? A convict in the family? showcases the rich, large-scale photographs of documentary photographer Mine Konakci. The works reveal the connections between convict settlers, their direct descendants and the petty crimes that changed the course of their families histories. Drawn from a diverse cross-section of the community, sitters have been photographed alongside a representation of the item, or items, stolen by their ancestors. A convict in the family? is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.

Mine Konakci, Ron Withington photographed with items similar to those stolen by his convict ancestor William Parish, 2008-2013, archival print on Canson cotton rag paper, 60 x 77.5cm. Photograph: © Mine Konakci

May 13 to 28 Collectors Edition #4 – this popular fundraiser exhibition supports the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre’s Collection Acquisition Fund. Since its inception in 2014 more than 250 artworks have been exhibited and auctioned with the proceeds being used to acquire new works for the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection. This year over 80 original artworks by prominent artists will be for sale through silent auction. Take this opportunity to start your own collection while supporting the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.
May 13 to July 2 Kurt Sorensen: Solitude is Desolation – drawing upon the historical newspaper account of the disappearance of David and Emily Jane Joel near Wentworth Falls in 1918, Kurt Sorensen combines experimental analogue photography, video and sound works to explore the often uneasy relationship of colonial European settlers with the Blue Mountains environment. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery Exposé Program exhibition.

Kurt Sorensen, I get some terrible fright here #1, 2015, from the series ‘The Solitude is Desolation’, C-type photograph from colour negative, 116 x 94cm

Lost Bear Gallery
98 Lurline Street, Katoomba 2780.
(02) 4782-1220.
Director: Geoff White.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge 2776.
(02) 4751-1067.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
The Norman Lindsay Gallery is the home of the Magic Pudding and displays the work of artist and writer Norman Lindsay (1879-1969).

Rex-Livingston Art + Objects
182-184 Katoomba Street, Katoomba 2780.
(02) 4782-9988.
Director: David Rex-Livingston.
Thurs-Mon 10.00 to 5.00, closed Tues-Wed.
May 4 to 15 Cloud Watching on Country Roads by Mike Wall.
May 19 to June 2 A Life on the Line – a retrospective from the portfolio of artist/illustrator, Faye Wilson.

Mike Wall, Jamberoo Tree, 2015, edition of 10, inkjet print on archival Hahnemule photo rag paper, 31 x 46cm + frame

Mike Wall, The Wind ­ McKanes Falls Road, 2016, edition of 10, inkjet print on archival Hahnemule photo rag paper, 31 x 46cm + frame

Scenic World
1 Violet Street, Katoomba 2780.
(02) 4780-0250.
Daily 9.00 to 5.00.
To May 7 Sculpture at Scenic World – 42 artists present 37 artworks. Includes 13 local artists. Book tickets online now.

Central Tablelands Western Districts Greater NSW

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst 2795.
(02) 6333-6555.
Free entry.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00, Sun and public hols 11.00 to 2.00.
To June 4 Beyond Belief: The Sublime in Contemporary Art. Read more…

Michael Gallop, Nostalgia, 2012, silicone rubber, pigment, mohair, cardboard, paper and polyurethane resin, 30 x 45 x 25cm. Latrobe Regional Gallery collection

Christopher Langton, Untitled (shoe), 1999, PVC, fan, 360 x 620 x 245cm. Courtesy the artist and Tolarno Gallery, Melbourne

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park
‘Bondi’, Warialda 2402.
(02) 6729-4147.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 5.00, or by appt.
Through May Individual Insights by Artist in Residence – Julie Bannister.
Also, Beginnings – a collaboration featuring works by Emma Regan, Jessica Hall and Brent Emerson.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery
77 Darling Street, Cowra 2794.
(02) 6340-2190.
Free admission.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 2.00 to 4.00.
May 7 to June 18 Calleen Art Award 2017. This year featuring 50 finalists.

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
Cnr Bourke and Church streets, Goulburn 2580.
(02) 4823-4494.
Free entry.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 1.00 to 4.00.
To May 20 Three Ways – GW Bot, Meg Buchanan and Anita McIntyre. Also, Presence: Two Visions Of A Landscape – Ros Auld and Claire Primrose.
May 28 to July 8 Justene Williams: The Curtain Breathed Deeply.

Griffith Regional Art Gallery
167 Banna Avenue, Griffith 2680.
(02 6962-8444.
Wed-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 11.00 to 2.00.
May 6 to June 11 Exchange: Celebrating 21 Years of the Southern Highlands Printmakers.

Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA)
546 Dean Street, Albury 2640.
(02) 6043-5800.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Thurs 10.00 to 7.00, Sat-Sun and public hols 10.00 to 4.00.
To May 14 Feeling of France: John Lamb.
To May 28 The Disappearing Farmer: Rose Wilson.
April 28 to June 25 BEING TIWI, and Primavera at 25: MCA Collection.

New England Regional Art Museum
106-114 Kentucky Street, Armidale 2350.
(02) 6772-5255.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.

Orange Regional Gallery
49 Byng Street, Orange 2800.
(02) 6393-8136.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00, Sun and public hols 12.00 to 4.00.
To May 21 Form & Surface by Peter Wilson.

Suki & Hugh Gallery
38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore 2621.
(02) 6238-1398.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 4.00 or by appt.
May 13 to June 25 (opening Sat May 13, 3-5pm) Exquisite Nature: Exquisite Neon artworks by Emilie Patteson and Harriet Schwarzrock, curated by Aimee Frodsham.
Artists Harriet Schwarzrock and Emilie Patteson have been paired to explore the contradictions and to discover pleasures in the commonality between the two elements, nature and neon.

Harriet Schwarzrock, pulse, 2017, blown glass and neon, 38 x 26 x 8cm. Photograph: Suki & Hugh Gallery. Courtesy the artist and Suki & Hugh Gallery

Emilie Patteson, Seedlings, 2017, blown and cold worked glass with grass inclusions, dimensions variable. Photograph: David Paterson. Courtesy the artist and Suki & Hugh Gallery

Walcha Gallery of Art
15N Derby Street, Walcha 2354.
Contact: Carley McLaren.

Western Plains Cultural Centre
Dubbo Regional Gallery – The Armati Bequest, Dubbo Regional Museum and Community Arts Centre, 76 Wingewarra Street, Dubbo 2830.
(02) 6801-4444.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00, Fri 10.00 to 6.00.
To May 21 Chalk it up: 100 years of public high school education in Dubbo.
To May 28 Creative Accounting. Also, Waste to Art.
To June 18 Contribution by Anna Kaineder.
May 6 to July 2 Close to Home: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016.
May 27 to Sept 3 Portraits of Language.