January/February 2021 Listings

NSW art galleries and their exhibition schedules are listed below, grouped by region. For listings in other Australian states please use the What’s On menu above.

Newcastle Central Coast

Finite Gallery
60 Caves Beach Road, Caves Beach 2281.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00 every day except Thurs during Jan.
School Holiday workshops for the kids.
Exhibiting fine art and crafts from the regions finest practitioners.
To Jan 24 Patchwork 4 – over 180 mini artworks by 60 artists for sale. Great for gifts or to start your own Patchwork Collection.

Artwork: a selection by various artists. Photograph: Leslie Duffin. Courtesy Finite Gallery

Gosford Regional Gallery
36 Webb Street, East Gosford 2250.
(02) 4304-7550.
Free admission; bookings required.
Mon-Sun 9.30 to 4.00.

The Lock-Up
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4925-2265.
Visit website for opening hours.
To Jan 31 HOW DO I KNOW MY PARROT IS HAPPY? by Rosie Deacon. Read more…

Rosie Deacon, Budgie Hoops, 2018, ceramic garden ornaments, plaster, acrylic paint. Photograph: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy the artist and The Lock-Up

Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG)
230 High Street, Maitland 2320.
(02) 4934-9859.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00, café 8.00 to 3.00.
Eleven exhibition spaces, Gallery Shop and a much loved cafe.
Free entry, donations always welcomed!

Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie
First Street, Booragul 2284.
(02) 4921-0382.
Facebook + Instagram @themacmuseum
Free entry.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.30, selected public hols 11.00 to 4.00.
The Museum of Art and Culture (MAC) in Lake Macquarie is excited to bring visitors three major exhibitions over the summer period.
To Feb 7 The Lake Art Prize 2020 Finalist Exhibition – features a range of works responding to the theme ‘Where there is Water’.
To Feb 14 Body Language – a National Gallery of Australia touring exhibition exploring the iconography of language as expressed through symbols and patterns.

Jeremiah Bonson (Jinang/Marung peoples), Warrah Bun Bun, 2010, synthetic polymer paint on wood. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 2010. © Jeremiah Bonson, licenced by Elcho Island Arts

Feb 13 to May 2 First Class 20 – MAC will also feature high calibre HSC Visual Arts student works.

Liam Nash, St Mary’s Catholic Collage, Gateshead.184 Kilometers (detail), photomedia

Newcastle Art Gallery (NAG)
1 Laman Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4974-5100.
Gallery Director: Lauretta Morton.
Tue-Sat, with two daily sessions at 10.00 and 2.00. Visit the website to book.
To Jan 31 Domestic Bliss: functional works from the collection brings together ceramic works of art by leading artists and a new generation of ceramic practitioners, including recent acquisitions to the Newcastle Art Gallery collection. Discover domestic and functional wares that represent many aspects of life – the flower vase for ceremony and remembrance, the platter shared in celebration and tea bowls representing tradition and custom.

Honor Freeman, Adding glamour to the simplest of snacks (detail), 2008, slip-cast porcelain dimensions variable. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Steven Alward & Mark Wakely 2017, Newcastle Art Gallery collection. Courtesy the artist

To Feb 14 We Can Be Heroes: a backstage pass a group exhibition. Over the summer of 2020 Newcastle Art Gallery presents a behind the scenes tour seen through the lens of artists capturing intimate moments of Australian and international musicians. The exhibition puts the spotlight on individual stories that highlight similarities between international superstars and those seeking to achieve their dream of becoming heroes. We Can Be Heroes: a backstage pass celebrates the connection and relationship between the photographer and their subject, in this case the musician, through rarely seen touring images, backstage portraits and views from the stage that very few of us get to experience.

Photograph: Luke Kellett. Courtesy the photographer and Newcastle Art Gallery

Feb 13 to April 18 VOID – a group exhibition, which presents a multifaceted concept that brings together contemporary Aboriginal artistic practice from across the country. Curated by Emily McDaniel, the exhibition features existing works across the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, video and photography. Curated by Emily McDaniel, in conjunction with UTS Gallery and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, presented nationally by Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

James Tylor, (Deleted Scenes) From an Untouched Landscape #7 Knocklofty Reserve, West Hobart, Palawa Land, 2013, inkjet print on hahnemühle paper with hole removed to a black velvet void, 63 x 63cm. Courtesy the artist and UTS Art Collection

Northern Rivers

Bank Art Museum Moree
25 Frome Street, Moree 2400.
(02) 6757-3320.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 1.00.
To Jan 16, 2020 Moree Portrait Prize.

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
Cnr Coff and Duke streets, Coffs Harbour 2450.
(02) 6648-4863.
Free entry via online ticketing system.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, closed Mon and public hols.
To Jan 16 The Ambassador: Eugenia Lim – Eugenia Lim’s most recent body of work where she transforms herself into the Ambassador, a Mao-like persona who sits halfway between truth and fantasy. Read more…

Eugenia Lim, The Australian Ugliness, 2018, three channel video installation. Production still by Tom Ross

Jan 22 to March 6, 2019 Archibald Prize – prestigious and controversial, the Archibald Prize is Australia’s foremost portraiture prize. Both exhibitions are on at Culture Hub, Level 1, Coffs Central.

Kim Leutwyler, Faustina, oil and acrylic on canvas, 76 x 76.5cm Photograph: AGNSW, Mim Stirling. © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Lismore Regional Gallery
11 Rural Street, Lismore 2480.
(02) 6627-4600.
$5 donation.
Wed-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Thurs 10.00 to 6.00. Sat-Sun 10.00 to 2.00.
To Jan 10 Jeremy Hawkes: Ingress.
To Feb 21 Karla Dickens: A Dickensian Sideshow.
To Jan 31, 2020 Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize.

Manning Regional Art Gallery
12 Macquarie Street, Taree 2430.
(02) 6592-5455.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00. Closed on Sundays until further notice.
Visit website for updates.
To Feb 14 TENSION(s): 4th Tamworth Textile Triennial.

Mist Gallery
Shop 3, 2-6 Pandanus Parade, Cabarita Beach 2488.
Mon-Tues, Thurs-Fri 10.00 to 1.30, Sat 10.00 to 2.30.

Retrospect Galleries
52 Jonson Street, Byron Bay 2481.
(02) 6680-8825.
Cutting-edge collectable art from established and emerging Australian artists and designers.
Retrospect Galleries is closed until further notice, however, they will be operating online. Visit website for updates.

Tweed Regional Gallery
& Margaret Olley Art Centre
2 Mistral Road (cnr Tweed Valley Way), Murwillumbah South 2484.
(02) 6670-2790.
Director: Susi Muddiman OAM.
Free entry.
Wed-Sun 10.00 to 11.30, 12.00 to 1.30 and 2.00 to 4.00. Pre-book online: artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au.
To Jan 17 You are here: art of the region.
To Feb 28 Mary Shelley – A Seditious Heart by Justin Ealand and Wendy Powitt.
Also, ROCK FACE by Gabriela Soelkner.
To March 14 Planes, Trains and Bubble’O Bills by Kenny Pittock.
To May 2 Margaret’s House – Margaret Olley | Nicholas Harding | Pam Tippett | Adam Pyett.
To May 10 Archive by Victoria Reichelt. Read more…
Gallery DownTown – Annexe of Tweed Regional Gallery:
1st floor, M-Arts Precinct cnr Brisbane Street and Proudfoots Lane, Murwillumbah 2484.
Mon-Fri, 10.00 to 3.00, Sat 10.00 to 2.00.

Southern Highlands

Bowral Art Gallery
1 Short Street, Bowral 2576.
(02) 4861-4093.
Check the website or email the gallery for opening hours.
The Bowral Art Gallery, home of the Bowral & District Art Society and BDAS workshops.
Jan 13 to 19 Access All Art (Disability Trust Class Exhibition).
Jan 23 to Feb 7 BDAS Members Exhibition.

A-F Fulgence, Solo I am not what you think. Courtesy the artist and Bowral Art Gallery

Marlene Murray, Birdsong. Courtesy the artist and Bowral Art Gallery

Feb 11 to 22 Chapter 21 – Michael Eccleston, Dale Saunders, Peter Griffen, Denise Lithgow and Stan Korytnyj.
Feb 27 to March 7 (opening Sat Feb 27, 4pm) Bowral Sculpture Prize. Sponsored by Dr Tony Emmett.

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.
Feb 16 to March 29 Edge – Exploring Boundaries, Studio Woodworkers Australia.

South Coast

Bega Valley Regional Gallery
Zingel Place, Bega 2550.
(02) 6499-2222.
Free entry.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 4.00.
To Jan 16 Clare Belfrage: A Measure of Time.
To March 31 BVRG TARMAC: Peter Hannan.

Cnr Worrigee and West streets, Nowra 2541.
(02) 4421-8150.
Entry by guided tour only. Museum admission charges apply.
Open Sat 10.00 to 4.00, including Boxing Day.
To April 17 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020 – showcasing works by 40 finalist artists which respond to themes of community, connection and impact.

Wollongong Art Gallery
Cnr Kembla and Burelli streets, Wollongong 2520.
(02) 4227-8500.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 12.00-4.00.
To Feb 7 Just Not Australian – an interrogation of what it means to be Australian at this challenging point in time. Curated by Artspace and developed in partnership with Sydney Festival and Museums & Galleries of NSW. Touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW.

Liam Benson, Red Flag, 2017, glass beads, seed beads, sequins, cotton, 30 x 59cm. Photograph: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy the artist and Artereal Gallery, Sydney

To Feb 28 Riste Andrievski: Pecalba. An Industrial Migrant Landscape. Photography and printmaking, which reflects the Illawarra as a culturally diverse area.

Riste Andrievski, 23 Lake Avenue, Cringila, 2020, edition 15, photograph archival pigment ink jet, 60 x 83cm. Courtesy the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

To March 21 Coomaditchie – Keeping Culture Alive. Connecting cultures and transferring cultural knowledge, wisdom, history and stories through art to our younger generations and wider community. With artists Lorraine Brown, Narelle Thomas, Shane Brown, Allison Day, Dereke Brown, Jessica Mook-Brown, Tynan Lenihan and Meahala Langlo-Brown, curated by Lorraine Brown, Narelle Thomas and Kristy Thomas.

Lorraine Brown and Narelle Thomas, Owls, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 61cm. Photograph: Sarah Tedder Photography. Courtesy the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

To July 11 Every Body: works from the collection – an exhibition of narrative, mythological, historical and reflective depictions of the human body. Including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, drawings, film, collage and prints from the Asian, Contemporary, Early Australian, and Indigenous collections.

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains City Art Gallery
30 Parke Street, Katoomba 2780.
(02) 4780-5410.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
Public hols 10.00 to 2.00. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
To Jan 17 Judith Martinez Estrada: Revenant. A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition.
Also, Peter Adams: A Few of the Legends – this exhibition brings together a selection of over 60 of the 280 portraits by this photographer’s photographer. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery Program exhibition.

Judith Martinez Estrada, Erased Biography I, 2019, laser-cut, sandblasted, polished and hand-applied patina solid copper, altered antique photograph and UV inks, 40 x 40 x 0.3cm. Courtesy the artist and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery

Peter Adams, Eddie Adams, USA 1992, archival print on Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 100% cotton, 310 gsm, 57.5 x 57.5cm. Courtesy the artist and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery

Jan 23 to March 7 Gary Shinfield: Landscapes of Anxiety.
Also, Blue Mountains Portraits 2021 – this exhibition is the Cultural Centre’s annual celebration of the local community and its diverse members. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition.

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.
Thurs-Sun 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
Rex-Livingston Projects
182-184 Katoomba Street, Katoomba 2780.
(02) 4782-9988.
Director: David Rex-Livingston.
Thurs-Mon 10.00 to 5.00, closed Tues/Wed.
Jan 9 to Feb 15 IN BETWEEN, The Act of Painting is the first major exhibition by stage and screen star Tim Draxl.
“Painting is a performance,” Draxl says. “My studio is the performance space.” His works explore the spaces in between light and dark; public and private; and even between acting jobs. Painting over previously unseen works, Draxl uncovers fragments of the past, or ‘happy accidents’ as he calls them, through a brushstroke or a scratch in the emerging layers of oil paint.

Tim Draxl, Studio Image, November 2020, Bondi. Photograph: Sean Sinclair @Forespoke

Tim Draxl, T_O_K_Y_O, 2020, oil and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 102cm. Courtesy the artist and Rex-Livingston Art + Objects

Central Tablelands Western Districts Greater NSW

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst 2795.
(02) 6333-6555.
Free entry.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 2.00. Public hols 10.00 to 2.00.
To Feb 7 Adrienne Doig: It’s All About Me! and Jurgis Miksevicius: In the light of the sun and shadow of the moon. BRAG Exhibitions.

Adrienne Doig, AD Gloriam, 2011, embroidery on tapestry, 45 x 46.5cm Collection of Lloyd Harris and David Collins. Courtesy the artist, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Feb 12 to April 5 Just Not Australian, curated by Artspace and developed in partnership with Sydney Festival and Museums & Galleries of NSW. The exhibition is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW.

Jurgis Miksevicius, Twin Moons (II) 1972, oil on hardboard, 47 x 66cm framed. Courtesy the artist’s estate

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill 2880.
(08) 8080-3444.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
To Feb 21 Monument by Max Berry. Read more…

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park
ëBondií, Warialda 2402.
(02) 6729-4147.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 5.00. Open by appointment only until 1 March, 2021.
Various works by local artists Nadia Kliendanze, Maree Connolly, Yvonne Ledingham and Andrea Faiers.
Announcing the Tiki Philosophers’ Trail – 25 sculptures inspired by philosophical quotes.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery
77 Darling Street, Cowra 2794.
(02) 6340-2190.
Admission free.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 2.00 to 4.00.
To Feb 7 Yvonne Boag: Travelling, Leaving, Settling, Scotland, Korea, Australia: Paintings, Works on Paper and Artists Books, curated by Akky van Ogtrop. Read more…

Yvonne Boag, Lockhart Houses (diptych), 2004, acrylic on canvas, 184 x 276cm. Courtesy the artist and Cowra Regional Art Gallery

To Feb 7 The Collection in Focus – Recent Acquisitions featuring paintings, works on paper, ceramics and sculpture.
Feb 14 to March 21 CONCRETE: art design architecture exploring innovative ways that concrete is being used by 21 artists, designers and architects from across Australia. Curated by Margaret Hancock Davis and Brian Parkes. A touring exhibition by JamFactory.

Jamie North, Remainder N0 12 (incline), 2017, cement, blast furnace slag, marble dust, steel, 300 dia, slide 37 x 200 x 30cm. Courtesy the artist, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney and and Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Gang Gang Gallery
206 Main Street, Lithgow 2790.
Thurs-Sun 10.30to 4.30, or by appt.
Feb 18 to April 30 The Kate Kelly Collection narrative paintings by Rebecca Wilson.
You are invited to join the artist in the gallery on Sat 20 February from 3-5pm to celebrate her exhibition and launch of her biography ‘Kate Kelly – the true story of Ned Kelly’s little sister’ (published by Allen & Unwin 16 February 2021).
RSVP essential at www.stickytickets.com.au/t6k0p/rebecca_wilson__kate_kelly_book_launch/buy-tickets
Pre-order your copy at www.booktopia.com.au/kate-kelly-rebecca-wilson/book/9781760879679.html

Rebecca Wilson, Rider, 120 x 120cm Courtesy the artist

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
Civic Centre, 184 Bourke Street, Goulburn 2580.
(02) 4823-4494.
Free entry.
Mon-Fri 9.00 to 5.00, Sat 12.00 to 4.00, closed Sun and public hols.
To Jan 23 Infinities. Curated by Lauren Reid

Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Golden Spiral, 2018, video installation. Courtesy the artist and Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

To Jan 23 Gallery 2: John Hart. The Window: Curated by Sally O’Neill.
Feb 5 to April 3 Otherwise Arbitrary Moments by David Ryrie.

Griffith Regional Art Gallery
167 Banna Avenue, Griffith 2680.
(02) 6962-8338.
Wed-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 11.00 to 2.00.

Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA)
546 Dean Street, Albury 2640.
(02) 6043-5800.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun and public hols 10.00 to 4.00.
See website for exhibitions, programs and events.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
Cnr Bridge and William streets, Muswellbrook 2333.
(02) 6549-3800.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.

Orange Regional Gallery
149 Byng Street, Orange 2800.
(02) 6393-8136.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday.
To Jan 21 Visions of Country.
Jan 30 to Feb 28 HERE/NOW.

Suki & Hugh Gallery
38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore 2621.
(02) 6238-1398.
Closed through Jan, re-opening Feb 4. Sat-Sun 10.00 to 4.00, or by appt.
Feb 13 to March 21 Observe by Jane Gerrish. Journeying to Henri Matisse’s studios of 1920s France, Observe reveals atmospheres of stillness and Orientalism and pays homage to the models who were so pivotal to his creative process.
March 27 to May 2 Peter Watts.

Jane Gerrish, Matisse with Wilma in Walnut, 2019, coloured pencil on French paper, 56 x 49cm framed. Courtesy the artist and Suki & Hugh Gallery

Jane Gerrish, Matisse’s view in Turquoise, 2019, coloured pencil on French paper, 49cm x 56cm framed. Courtesy the artist and Suki & Hugh Gallery

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Civic Centre, Cnr Baylis and Morrow streets, Wagga Wagga 2650.
(02) 6926-9660.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun
10.00 to 2.00.

Wayout Art Space
71 Angus Avenue, Kandos 2848.
Jan 9 to Feb 21 (opening Sat Jan 9, 4-6pm) Subverted Expectation – Tanja Bruckner, Steve Tierney, Freya Jobbins and Selena Murray. A Cementa Initiative.

WESWAL Gallery
192 Brisbane Street, Tamworth 2340.
(02) 6766-5847.
Director: Sandra McMahon.
Thurs-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 2.00.
Showcasing local, regional and national artists and makers.
Jan 14 to 31 Kerry Dunne: A Fraction of the Whole.
Feb 4 to March 7 James White: Riding on the Sheeps Back.