September 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 September 2017 exhibition schedules are listed below, for listings of art galleries in other Australian states please use the links above.

Newcastle Central Coast

Finite Gallery
60 Caves Beach Road, Caves Beach 2281.
Fri-Sun and public hols 10.00 to 4.00.
Sept 15 to 24 Finite Gallery Junior Art Prize.
Sept 29 to Oct 29 Stadt zum Strand: Berlin to the Beach – watercolours by international artist Stefanie Schmock.
Sept 30 to Oct 1 Three-Day watercolour workshop with Stefanie Schmock.

Gallery 139
139A Beaumont Street, Hamilton 2303.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 4.00, Sun 11.00 to 2.00.
Aug 31 to Sept 17 SANCTUARY group show.
Sept 21 to Oct 8 BENEATH group show.

Gosford Regional Gallery
36 Webb Street, East Gosford 2250.
(02) 4304-7550.
Free entry.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
To Sept 10 Annual Major Artist Survey: Kokoro no f kei – Mind Scenery by Koichi Ishino.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
First Street, Booragul 2284.
(02) 4921-0382
Fax 4921-0329.
Free entry.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.30.
To Oct 15 Book Club – contemporary artists Chris Bond, Deidre Brollo, Simryn Gill, Julie Gough, Stephen Goddard, William Kentridge, Archie Moore, Brigita Ozolins, Patrick Pound, Cyrus Tang, Ahn Wells and writer Naomi Riddle acknowledge the power of books in this thought-provoking collection of works.

Simryn Gill Four Atlases of the World and One of Stars 2009, paper, glue, installation dimensions variable. Collection of Amanda Love, Sydney. Courtesy the artist and Utopia Art Sydney © Simryn Gill

Also, Lezlie Tilley: Glass Cage – recent work by Tilley that resonates with the influence of Philip Glass and John Cage. Gallery projects curated by Meryl Ryan.

Lezlie Tilley, Ikonen (detail) 2017, reworked book, mixed media, 17.3 x 12.5cm (closed)

The Lock Up
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4925-2265.
Wed-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 11.00 to 3.00.
To Sept 17 Relay League by Angelica Mesiti – a new project curated and developed by Artspace. Sept 23 to 24 Word Bender a weekend with a focus on spoken word, poetry, language and text-based creative practice via Hunter-based practitioners.
Sept 29 to Oct 15 THE SHAPE OF MEMORY – an exhibition presented by Critical Animals as part of This is Not Art (TiNA). A multimedia group exhibition examining the notions of physical and psychological space, questioning how and why these structures reflect our past, our present and what our future may be. Curated by Talia Smith.

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.

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 Oct 15 Kilgour Prize 2017 –Newcastle’s annual $50,000 art prize for figurative and portrait painting. Each year the Gallery receives hundreds of applications from across Australia.

Cameron Stead, Between you and me, 2017, oil and acrylic on latex, 60 x 50cm

Also, The Figure Feminine – featuring works of art from the Newcastle Art Gallery collection that depict the feminine body in all its guises.
Sept 2 to Nov 5 Between dream and earth by Mazie Karen Turner – a survey exhibition of highly respected local artist Mazie Karen Turner (1954-2014). A multi-disciplinary artist; Turner’s works often explored politics, spirituality, social awareness and feminism.

Mazie Turner, Soft walls, 2009-10, oil on Safari Belgian linen, 152.5 x 137.5cm
Purchased 2010 Newcastle Art Gallery collection

Also, Montages: The Full Cut 1999-2015 by Tracey Moffatt & Gary Hillberg – an Artspace exhibition toured by Museums and Galleries NSW. The full suite of eight montage films by artist Tracey Moffatt and collaborator Gary Hillberg. Presented together for the first time.

Tracey Moffatt & Gary Hillberg, Artist (still), 2000, 10 minutes, looped video, sound
Courtesy the artist, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York

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 Sept 2 Baroque and Beyond by Brett McMahon and David Banny. In association with the Newcastle Music Festival.
Sept 20 to Oct 7 Rae Richards.

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.
Aug 31 to Sept 24 (opening Thurs Aug 31, 6pm) 2017 UON Annual Student Art Prize: Semblance.
Sept 28 to Oct 1 (opening Thurs Sept 28, 5.30pm) This is Not Art (TiNA) Festival with performances by Crack Theatre Festival.

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.
Sept 29 to Nov 18 (opening Fri Sept 29, 6-8pm) Deb Mansfield: Recent works. Mansfield looks to peripheral spaces as a way of investigating the nature of boundaries and borders. In choosing spaces that are neither here nor there, and by conflating truth and fiction, she uses these sites as stop-overs in her navigation across a contemporary cultural landscape. Includes photography, tapestry, sculptural and installation works.

Deb Mansfield, Are you sure you can’t hear that?, 2015

Also, Marking Infinity by Alex Riske – from intricate hand-drawn, pre-digital works of the 1990s to early digital manipulations of the 2000s, Alex Riske’s complex geometries tackle concepts of infinity, fractals and the boundlessness of form.

Alex Riske, Dreaming Matrix

Also, Utopia by JP Willis – in his new series Utopia, Willis presents idealised landscapes with an unnerving edge. Though these new works could be mistaken for photographs, don’t be fooled. This is pure painting sharing a common lineage with classical oil painting yet conceived with a pixel palette and rendered with a digitised brush.

JP Willis, Utopia 5, 2017

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.

Lismore Regional Art Gallery
131 Molesworth Street, Lismore 2480.
(02) 6622-2209.
The gallery is currently closed to the public as we are relocating to the Lismore Quadrangle. We are now working towards a memorable program of events, ready for the expected opening in late 2017.

Manning Regional Art Gallery
12 Macquarie Street, Taree 2430.
(02) 6592-5455.
Wed-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 1.00 to 4.00.

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.

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.
Sept 2 to Oct 22 For the love of the Hunter by Michèle Heibel.
Also, Art of Contemplation by Dorothy Wishney.
Sept 2 to Dec 22 Urban Outlook: Max Watters Collection.

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.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
The Bowral Art Gallery – home of the Bowral & District Art Society & BDAS workshops.
Sept 7 to 12 Kerrie Leishman, Penelope McManus and Penny Simons.
Sept 14 to 19 Awash with Colour 2.
Sept 22 to Oct 2 John Copes Watercolour Prize.

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.
Sept 24 to 12 Ephemeris: Some Notes Form the Natural World by Jeff Mincham AM, Master of Ceramics.

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 Sept 30 Treasures Of Australian Art – The Howard Hinton Collection. Featuring works by Arthur Streeton, Norman Lindsay, Hans Heysen, Margaret Preston, Tom Roberts, Albert Namatjira, Roy de Maistre, Sydney Long and Rupert Bunny. Touring from the New England Regional Art Museum.

Rupert Bunny, A Sunny Day, 1922. Gift of Howard Hinton. NERAM Collection

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 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 2.00.
To Sept 9 Ties by Clare Thackway. Read more…
Sept 15 to Oct 7 (opening Fri Sept 15, 6-8pm) Stuffed Species – The Gentle Art of Interior Fauna by Rosie Deacon.

Clare Thackway, Hold, 2017, oil on aluminium composite panel, 110 x 122cm

Clare Thackway, Beneath, 2017, oil on aluminium composite panel, 122 x 110cm

Bundanon Trust
533 Bundanon Road, Illaroo 2541.
(02) 4422-2100 .
Sept 23, midday until late Siteworks: The Birds & The Bees. “Birds do it, bees do it’ probably we’ll live to see machines do it…” – Cole Porter 1928. At Siteworks this year we will be examining the lives of the remnant dinosaurs that fly amongst us and exploring the universe and navigation of bees, those bearers of fertility and harbingers of ecological collapse.Along the way there will be real and imagined habitats, sonic interpretations, scientific research unpacked, showy costumes, sex education and erotic tales. But it’s not all ‘adults only’, there will be opportunities for children of all ages to enjoy encounters with real live bees and birds. And a dawn chorus if you camp overnight. All of this and more will be explored at Bundanon’s annual spring event that brings artists, scientists and community voices together to share knowledge and ideas arising from the Bundanon sites through discussions, presentations and experiences. Café and bar onsite. Bookings essential for camping. $12 adults, $8 concession, U16 free. $10 per person camping.

Deborah Kelly, Birth of Beeness, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Bundanon Trust

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 Oct 8 Heuristic – an exploration into the world of the street artist. Includes paintings, prints, digital media and virtual reality, curated by Simon Grant.

Rone, Empty,2016, mural in abandoned house

To Oct 22 Jill Darville: Against The Wrackful Siege Of Battering Days – a homage to the roles animals play in the theatre of war and a metaphor for the loss of innocence. WAG 2016/17 Artist In Residence.
Also, Jo Law: The Illustrated Almanac of the Illawarra and Beyond – a geographic and meteorological snapshot of Illawarra in 12 lithographs and a series of moving image works.

Jo Law, June (detail), 2014, off-set lithographic print, 76 cm x 56cm

To Jan 28, 2018 What A Life! rock photography by Tony Mott – a major retrospective on Australia’s premier rock photographer, curated by Louise Tegart. State Library of NSW travelling exhibition.

Chrissy Amphlett, Divinyls live 1980s, digital print, 180 x 120cm. © Tony Mott. State Library of NSW Travelling Exhibition


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.
To Oct 8 The Strip Suite by Julie Harris. Harris combines recent abstract paintings and sculptural pieces all referencing the same motif: the strip or ribbon. Harris has intuitively incorporated this linear element in ever increasing ways over the last three years, layering it onto a more organic ground.

Julie Harris, dusk, 2016-2017, acrylic on polyester, 80 x 540cm. Photograph: Asia Upward

Also, However late it may seem by Leahlani Johnson – new, site specific installation work that combines ceramics, painting, plant material and moving image to investigate the paradoxical nature of time.

Leahlani Johnson, Petal work, 2015, paper daisy petals, dimensions variable. Photograph: Zan Wimberley

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

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.
Mon-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
Sept 1 to 26 All Over the Place by Jane Canfield – new paintings from the Blue Mountains, Sydney, Newcastle and the Warrumbungles.

Portland 1, 2017, oil on board, 30 x 30cm

Landscape, 2017, oil on board, 61 x 91cm

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.
BRAG will be closed for refurbishment until Sept 27.
Sept 28 to Oct 2 BRAGS Art Fair – a selling show for regional artists. Visit the gallery website to download an entry form.

Herbet Kemble, Elliptical, acrylic on composite board, 90 x 108cm. Collection of BRAG

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park
‘Bondi’, Warialda 2402.
(02) 6729-4147.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 5.00, or by appt.
From Sept 3 Coming Home by Katie Moscatelli, and Positively Australian by Sibrena Stieber. Also, Dotting my i’s’ by Caty Baker, and Here and There, This and That by Guinevere Mcbride.

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.
To Oct 8 Soft Core – artistic practices that explore the many facets of ‘softness’ ñ from large-scale inflatables to forms made from soft materials to materials that simply look soft. Soft Core investigates these practices by presenting existing works and newly commissioned works from 12 Australian and international artists. Curated by Micheal Do.

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.
Sept 8 to Oct 7 Vast: A Collection Of Prints and Drawings by Robyn Mayo.

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.
To Sept 17 The Curtain Breathed Deeply by Justene Williams.
Sept 23 to Oct 15 Walls Can Talk an exhibition by the Ironlak Crew.

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 Nov 5 Anne Zahalka: The Landscape Revisited.

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 Oct 8 Orange & Environs Through the Lens: Orange Camera Club.
Sept 16 to Nov 12 Homeground by Mandy Martin.

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 Sept 3 Portraits of Language.
To Dec 3 Shaded: The other Australian landscape.
Also, Another Green World: The Landscape of the 21st Century.
Sept 9 to Oct 22 Cloud by Michael Riley.