February 2018 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 February 2018 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.
Feb 8 to 25 Body PARTS – group show.

Gosford Regional Gallery
36 Webb Street, East Gosford 2250.
(02) 4304-7550.
Free entry.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
To Feb 4 Russell Drysdale: Bouddi.
Also Brett Whiteley: Other Places (Somewhere Else).
To Feb 14 Natural Abstractions: Brenda Gael Smith.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
First Street, Booragul 2284.
(02) 4921 0382
Fax (02) 4921 0329.
Free entry.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.30.
Through Feb Resolution: new Indigenous photomedia is a National Gallery of Australia exhibition celebrating some of the most significant work made by Indigenous photographers, video and multimedia artists in the past five years. The National Gallery of Australia acknowledges funding support from the Visions touring and the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Programs, both Australian Government programs aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Christian Thompson, Gods and kings, 2015, from the series ‘Imperial relic’, chromogenic colour photograph. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 2016. Courtesy of Michael Reid, Sydney
© the artist

Danie Mellor , Natura naturata (the twenty first century), 2015, chromogenic colour photograph. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 2016
© the artist

Also, Your Collection: Look Out features contemporary landscapes from the collection. A gallery project curated by Rob Cleworth and Meryl Ryan.

Ian Friend, A precipitation of fallen angels, (blue), no.2, 2011–12, watercolour, gouache and crayon on Khadi paper, 77 x 57cm. Collection Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2014

Also, Artist Focus: Sally Bourke – a gallery project curated by Meryl Ryan in consultation with 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.
Feb 2 to March 18 Experiment Make Sense: International Triennial Of Media Art – Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson believes the challenge for 21st century humanity is that: ‘We have Palaeolithic emotions, medieval institutions and god-like technologies’. Experiment Make Sense presents an important exhibition of leading international and Australian artists who engage directly with this conundrum. Artists and collaborations include: Anna Munster & Michele Barker, Antoinette J. Citizen, Gail Priest, Scale Free Network, Ella Barclay, Matthew Gardiner, Andrew Styan, Jon McCormack, Lauren Edmonds and Briony Barr; in collaboration with physicist Andrew Melatos, Judy Watson, Adam Donovan, Jane Gauntlett and Lucy Mcrae.

Briony Barr, Drawing on Complexity (The Experimenta Series, 2017). Courtesy and © the artist

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 Feb 18 EVERYTHING CHANGES: Tim Maguire 2002-2017. Tim Maguire’s paintings are frozen moments in time, cinematic in scale and romantic by nature. Exploring time and space the artist condenses four dimensions into two. This major exhibition surveys Maguire’s arts practice since 2000, where his use of digital photography has modified his painting techniques. Read more…

Tim Maguire, Untitled, 2002, oil on canvas, 222 x 566cm. Private collection. Courtesy the artist and Newcastle Art Gallery

Feb 3 to March 11 GRISAILLE: Shades of grey from the collection – drawn exclusively from the Newcastle Art Gallery collection. Includes a diverse range of artists, such as: John Brack, Delafield Cook, Noel Counihan, James Gleeson, Frank Hinder, Max Linegar, Bea Maddock, Brett McMahon, Claire Martin, Godfrey Miller, Nigel Milsom, John Firth-Smith, Mike Parr and Fred Williams.

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.
Jan 31 to Feb 18 Behind the Words by Mojgan Habibi.
Feb 21 to March 18 RE-STITCHING CULTURE.

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.
Gallery closed until Feb 21.

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.
Jan 27 to March 3 (opening Thurs Feb 1, 6-8pm) Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA). Experience the richness and diversity of contemporary drawing in the 2016 JADA, the flagship prize of the Grafton Regional Gallery. The exhibition features 47 finalists from across Australia, who take a range of approaches to this primary means of expression. While drawing has long been ‘disrupted’ by a succession of new technologies, from printing and photography through to new digital media, this exhibition demonstrates that drawing retains its power to astound us.

Bettie Greenhatch, Contemporary China, 2015, digital medium format photograph printed on Platinum, 118 x 93cm. Courtesy the artist and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

2016 JADA winner – Adam Cusack, In Plain Sight, 2016, charcoal on paper, 115 x 129cm. 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.

Lismore Regional Art Gallery
11 Rural Street, Lismore 2480.
(02) 6627-4600.
Feb 17 to April 1 Gallery 3: Unnatural History: The Tower Hill Project by Hobie Porter. Gallery 2: Pearl, Perle, Purl: Celebrating 30 years of stitch. Upstairs Corridor: DOGGED by Geoff Harvey.

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.
Feb 8 to March 25 Inspirations: Black Head to Patonga by Jocelyn Maughan.
Also, Not just a nude – Life models of the Manning by Jo Ernst.

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) 6549-3800.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 1.00, Mon by appt.
To March 4 Coming in Waves by Sue Beiboer.
Also, Reflecting on Nature: Birdlife studies in oil and through the lens – Bernice, Mark and Mitchell O’Mahoney.
Also, Stencil Art Prize 2017.

Retrospect Galleries
52 Jonson Street, Byron Bay 2481.
(02) 6680-8825.
Daily 9.30 to 5.30.
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 and BDAS workshops.
To Feb 11 (opening Fri Feb 2, 6pm) Members’ Exhibition.
Feb 15 to 20 (opening Fri Feb 16, 6pm) It’s Really All About Nature by Susan Jackson Thomas.

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.
Feb 2 to 17 Fresh Salt – Creative Responses to Eight Estuaries. A Four Winds Festival Project.
Feb 23 to March 10 Inlet/Outlet by Julian Meagher – exhibition of the BVRG’s first artist in residence. This project is supported through an Artist Residency grant, through a program supported by the Copyright Cultural Fund, National Parks & Wildlife Services NSW and administered by Museums & Galleries NSW.

Portrait of artist Julian Meagher in his studio in Marrickville with dog Lucy, 2017. Photograph: Nic Walker

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.
Feb 16 to March 14 Rob Howe.

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 Feb 11 Walking Upstream: Waterways Of The Illawarra – Brogan Bunt, Lucas Ihlein and Kim Williams explore the social, environmental and suburban fabric of Illawarra creeks through video, photography, works on paper and found objects.
To Feb 25 Povo Arts Presents. Maree Faulkner: A Retrospective – celebrating the life and practice of Illawarra artist Marie Faulkner. Includes rarely seen early work, dolly making and activist projects, writings, postcards, autobiographical characters and the celebrated gouaches of later years.
To April 8 Ornamental: Celebrating 15 years of the Mann-Tatlow Collection of Asian Art. Developed over 25 years, the collection includes 227 Asian ceramics, objects and items of furniture from the Neolithic Period to the early 20th century.
Feb 3 to July 29 Chromaphilia – an exhibition connecting objects from the gallery collection by colour across a range of media and collecting areas with poetry by Ali Jane Smith. Feb 17 to May 6 The Gathering – contemporary and historic works by local and national Indigenous artists from the gallery collection Mervyn Bishop, Kevin Butler, Vic Chapman, Julie Freeman, Peter James Hewitt, Garry Jones, Vernon Ah Kee, Warwick Keen, Lindy Lawler, Danie Mellor, Georgina Parsons, Gloria Petyarre, Michael Riley, Christian Thompson, Freddie Timms, Judy Watson and Harry Wedge.

Blue Mountains

The Altitude Project
Blue Mountains
Kingsford Smith Memorial Park & Melrose Park, Katoomba 2780.
The Altitude Project is a series of contemporary art events on historic sites in the Blue Mountains curated by Mahalya Middlemist and Miriam Willamson.
Sat Feb 17, 5pm to evening (one day only) at Kingsford Smith Memorial Park: sound-art live performances by Chris Caines and Gail Priest. Interactive works by Damian Castaldi & Solange Kershaw, Rachel Peachey & Paul Mosig, Jacqueline Drinkall, Brad Allen-Waters, Michael Petchkovsky and David Brazil.
Sun Feb 18, 1-5pm (one day only) at Melrose Park: Graham Davis-King, Damian Castaldi & Solange Kershaw, Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig.
See website or Facebook for full details and alternative dates if raining.

The Altitude Project. Graphic by Racket

Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig, This That

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 March 11 Moving Histories // Future Projections – brings together some of Australia’s leading female contemporary artists working across screen-based media including Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams, Amala Groom, Deborah Kelly, Kate Blackmore and Jacinta Tobin, Joan Ross, Soda_Jerk, Angelica Mesiti and Caroline Garcia. Curated by Kelly Doley and Diana Smith of collaborative artist group, Barbara Cleveland, the exhibition explores invisible pasts, forgotten narratives and repressed memories, reminding us how history is fractured by race, class and gender. A dLux MediaArts exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW.

Joan Ross, Colonial Grab, 2014, digital animation, sound, 7.38 min. Animation and sound by Josh Raymond. Courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney

Feb 3 to March 18 Blue Mountains Portraits – Blue Mountains City Art Gallery is celebrating the Blue Mountains community with a major portrait exhibition of local personalities and community members. Over 40 artworks in a broad range of styles and media including painting, photography, drawing and mixed media will be exhibited together with a selection of portraits created by local Blue Mountains students. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition.

Graham McCarter, Peter Rushforth, 2012, photographic print on Hahnemühle photo rag paper, 43 x 26cm. Courtesy the artist

GalleryONE88 Fine Arts
186-188 Katoomba Street, Katoomba 2780.
(02) 4782-3141 .
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.

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-Tues 10.00 to 5.00.
Feb 8 to 26 Summer 2018 – group show featuring new paintings by Gabrielle Jones, Brendon Mogg and Judi Moss among others.

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.
Feb 2 to April 2 Accident & Process by Derek Kreckler – a PICA touring exhibition curated by Hannah Matthews.

Derek Kreckler, Wet Dream (red), 1978, colour video, digitised from 35 mm transparencies, looped. Courtesy the artist and Bathurst Regional Gallery

Also, The Last Charge by Harrie Fasher.

Harrie Fasher, Three Abreast, 2017, mild steel sheet and rod, 65 x 82 x 39cm. Courtesy the artist and King Street Gallery, Sydney

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park
ëBondií, Warialda 2402.
(02) 6729-4147.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 5.00, or by appt.
Through Feb Coming Home by Katie Moscatelli, and Positively Australian by Sibrena Stieber.
Also, Dotting my i’s by Caty Baker, and Warialda HSC Art Students Body of Works.
Park closed until March 1. Entry can be made via appointment during this time.

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 4 Feb The Calleen Collection: 40 Year Anniversary – the gallery’s foundation collection of works by Australian artists acquired since 1977 through the acquisitive Calleen Art Award.
Feb 10 to March 18 Mandy Martin: Homeground – a survey that focuses on works created by Martin over 20 years after she came to live near Mandurama in the Central West of NSW. Features guest artists Alexander Boynes and Trisha Caroll.
2018 Calleen Art Award – $20,000 acquisitive painting prize. Entries close Fri March 2. Details are available from the gallery website.

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Civic Centre, 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 Feb 24 Yidumduma Bill Harney – Bush Professor.

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.
Feb 3 to March 4 ARTEXPRESS.

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 Feb 11 Year 12 Art Show 2017.
To April 15 Grant Stevens: Art by Accident.
To July 1 Julia deVille: Theoria.
Feb 9 to April 29 Material Sound.

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 April 1 David Fairbairn: Drawn to Print. Read more…

David Fairbairn, Large Head TC No. 1, 2016, copper etching, drypoint, power-tools on Arches paper, Unique state, 121 x 106cm

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 Feb 4 Georgina Pollard: Lines are Drawn.
To March 4 No Human Being is Illegal (in all our glory): Deborah Kelly.
Also, Make the Mark: HSC Artworks from the Dubbo Region.
To March 18 Hello World! Women in Code.
To March 25 Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the bomb. Maralinga and Australian art.
Feb 10 to April 15 James Farley: Working Within.