December 2021 | January 2022 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

Gosford Regional Gallery
36 Webb Street, East Gosford 2250.
(02) 4304-7550.
Daily 9.30 to 4.00. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday.
Visit website for exhibition program.

The Lock-Up
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4925-2265.
Wed-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 11.00 to 3.00.
Dec 4 to Jan 24, 2022 ELEMENTS: Sam Smith.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG)
230 High Street, Maitland 2320.
(02) 4934-9859.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00. Closed public hols.
To Jan 16, 2022 National Art – Part One – a group exhibition celebrating 50 practising Australian artists who all studied at the National Art School.

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.
Dec 4 to Jan 20, 2022 Truth In Fire: Tim Georgeson – an exhibition responding to the Australian bushfires of 2019/20 and the significance of First Nations knowledge and fire practices.
Dec 4 to Jan 20, 2022 Yapang Emerging Art Prize Finalist Exhibition – a $15,000 acquisitive prize open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country. Supported by Lake Macquarie City Council and Create NSW.

Newcastle Art Gallery (NAG)
1 Laman Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4974-5100.
Gallery Director: Lauretta Morton.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
To Jan 30, 2022 Instrumental Cause – developed in response to the KILGOUR PRIZE 2021, guest curator Donna Biles Fernando examines artistic modus operandi through portraits from Newcastle Art Gallery’s collection.
To Jan 30, 2022 THE ART OF PROTEST – from community activism to global social movements, this exhibition features politically engaged artists past and present responding to disaster and injustice and calling for change. Comprising works of art from Newcastle Art Gallery’s collection and key additions from contemporary politically engaged artists, this exhibition explores how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

Michael Zavros, The Mermaid, 2015, oil on board, 22 × 30cm. Newcastle Art Gallery collection, purchased 2015. Courtesy the artist and Newcastle Art Gallery

Jemima Wyman, Mass Monument (Yellow and Black) (detail), 2018, hand-cut digital photo collage, 125 × 89cm. Les Renfrew Bequest 2020 Newcastle Art Gallery collection. Courtesy the artist and Newcastle Art Gallery

To Jan 30, 2022 JamFactory Icon Angela Valamanesh: about being here – celebrates the achievements of South Australia’s most influential artists working in craft-based media. Inspired by the symbiosis between science and poetry, Angela Valamanesh’s artworks elicit intrigue and a strong sense of personal investigation as she manipulates seemingly familiar botanical and parasitic forms in beguiling and unusual ways.

The University Gallery
University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan 2308.
(02) 4921-5255.
Wed-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 12.00 to 4.00 or by appt.
Please check website for updates and exhibition program.

Watt Space Gallery
Cnr King and Auckland streets, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4921-5255.
Wed-Fri 11.00 to 5.00, Sat 12.00 to 4.00, or by appt.
Please check website before visiting.

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. Closed Mon and public hols.
To Jan 15, 2022 The White Bluff Project – a local artist-led art, science and community collaboration exploring and responding to the unique, significant and overlooked site of White Bluff. Find out more about The White Bluff Project at www.thewhitebluffproject.co.

Joel Van Veluwen, White Bluff, 2019, drone photography. Courtesy the artist and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Jan 22 to March 19, 2022 Complex Simplicity: Jan Allsopp – an exploration of the ‘extraordinary’ that is hidden in the ‘ordinary’. Allsopp, a happiness enthusiast, has learned that happiness is a daily choice. Her art is about sharing happiness, and reminding us of that choice.

Jan Allsopp, Connect the dots, 2021, acrylic on wood panel, 20 × 20cm. Courtesy the artist and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Grafton Regional Gallery
158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton 2460.
(02) 6642-3177.
Facebook: @graftonregionalgallery
Instagram: @grafton_regional_gallery
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00, public hols may differ.
Dec 11 to Feb 6, 2022 Drawn Together by David Fairbairn.

Lismore Regional Gallery
11 Rural Street, Lismore 2480.
(02) 6627-4600.
Entry by suggested $5 donation.
Wed-Sun 10.00 to 4.00. Closed Mon-Tues.
To Feb 6, 2022 Gallery 1: Deborah Kelly: CREATION.
Dec 4 to Jan 30, 2022 Galleries 2 and 3: Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award 2021.

Deborah Kelly, AnA Wojak as The Spider, 2021, digital image. Photograph: Mia Forrest. Courtesy the artist and Lismore Regional Gallery

Manning Regional Art Gallery
12 Macquarie Street, Taree 2430.
(02) 6592-5455.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00. Closed Sun-Mon. Please check website for updates before visiting.

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 5.00.
To Feb 20, 2022 At Home – Margaret Olley & Ben Quilty.

Ben Quilty, Multi Vitamins and Surface Spray, 2020, oil on linen, 132 × 112cm. Tweed Regional Gallery collection. Gift of the Tweed Regional Gallery. Foundation Ltd, 2021. © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Tweed Regional Gallery

To May 1, 2022 The Supers by Craig Tuffin.
Dec 3 to Jan 30, 2022 Beauty for Beauty’s Sake by David Preston, and Softening the Eyes by Nadja Kabriel.
Dec 10 to Jan 30, 2022 Experimenta Life Forms: International Triennial of Media Art.

Southern Highlands

Bowral Art Gallery
1 Short Street, Bowral 2576.
(02) 4861-4093.
Check the website or email for opening hours. The Bowral Art Gallery, home of the Bowral & District Art Society and BDAS workshops.
To Dec 5 John Copes Watercolour Prize, sponsored by Tim & Patricia Copes.
Dec 9 to 16 (opening Sat Dec 11, 2pm) Celebrating Clay – Christmas Edition – Sturt Pottery Group.
Jan 22 to Feb 6, 2022 (opening Sat Jan 22, 4pm) Members Exhibition – BDAS Members Exhibition.

Sturt Gallery & Studios
Cnr Range Road and Waverley Parade, Mittagong 2575.
(02) 4860-2083.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
Please check website for updates and exhibition program.
Visit Australia’s oldest design centre and cherished home of contemporary craft.

South Coast

Bega Valley Regional Gallery
Zingel Place, Bega 2550.
(02) 6499-2222.
Free entry.
The Gallery is closed for redevelopment. Follow us on social media for updates on our re-opening.

Clifton School of Arts – Contemporary Art Fair
338 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Clifton 2515.
Jan 21 to 30, 2022, 10am to 5pm (opening Fri Jan 21, 6.30pm) Clifton School of Arts – Contemporary Art Fair presents work by Stephen Dupont, Michele Elliot, Ivor Fabok, Ashley Frost, Karen Hook, Anita Johnson (Larkin), Hal Pratt, David Roach, Paul Ryan, Catriona Stanton, Tanya Stubbles and Vyvian Wilson.
Free entry. Earlybird preview Fri Jan 21, 4-6pm, bookings essential vyvwilson@gmail.com. Tickets $20 full price, CSA members $15.

Van Rensburg Galleries
Shop 2/ 74 Princes Highway, Milton 2538.
0488-098-866 .
Mon-Sun 9.00 to 4.00.
Dec 11 to 24 Breath of Tranquility by Joanne Barby and Kate Irish.

Kate Irish, Murray River Elder, acrylic on canvas, 75 x 75cm (unframed). Courtesy the artist and Van Rensburg Galleries

Dec 27 to Jan 13, 2022 The Naturalist by Amanda McPaul and Paul Thomas.

Amanda McPaul, Dancing in the Light, acrylic on canvas, 200 × 250cm. Courtesy the artist and Van Rensburg Galleries

Wollongong Art Gallery
Cnr Kembla and Burelli streets, Wollongong 2520.
(02) 4227-8500.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 12.00 to 4.00.
To Feb 6, 2022 Ways To Water – traces stories of coastal changes across the Illawarra, South Coast and New South Wales with 50 key historical and contemporary works from Wollongong Art Gallery and University of Wollongong collections – as well as original artworks and interactive augmented reality. Curated by Agnieszka Golda and Jo Stirling.

Adelaide Perry, Coledale Beach and Village, c.1927, oil on panel, 24.5 x 34.5cm,. Wollongong Art Gallery Collection. The George and Nerissa Johnson Memorial Bequest, purchased 2003

To Feb 13, 2022 Birds & Language – Glenn Barkley, Barbara Campbell, Fernando do Campo, Eugene Carchesio, Ashley Eriksmoen, Emily Floyd, Liam Garstang, Danie Mellor, NOT, Bilinyarra Nabegeyo, Djawida Nadjongorle, Raquel Ormella, Debra Porch, Marie Celine Porkalari, Joan Ross, Laurens Tan, Hollis Taylor, John Tonkin, Jenny Watson, Louise Weaver and John Wolseley explore the language of birds. Curated by Madeleine Kelly.

Louise Weaver, Golden Snipe, 2010, hand crocheted lambswool over, taxidermied Australian Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii), Australian red cedar (Toonaciliata), cotton perlé crochet thread, cotton embroidery thread, felt, gold leaf, 26.5 × 22.5 × 16cm. Les Renfrew Bequest 2010, Newcastle Art Gallery collection. Photograph: Mark Ashkanasy. Courtesy the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

To March 13, 2022 FLOW: WAG Contemporary Watercolour Prize – a $20,000 biennial acquisitive competition open to artists from around Australia.
Dec 11 to Feb 20, 2022 SNAPPED! Street photography in the Illawarra by Anne Zahalka with Sam St Jon and residents of the Illawarra – presents a historic portrait of local life mapped across the streets and beach scapes of the Illawarra.

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 16, 2022 Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro: Post-haste – this exhibition showcases the past decade of works by creative duo Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, exploring themes of obsolescence, collective endeavour, and the place of the individual within complex systems. The artists are concerned with Paul Virilio’s concept of Dromology: investigating how the speed at which something happens may change its essential nature, and that which moves with great speed quickly comes to dominate that which is slower. Please note the ‘Par Avion’ installation concludes on Sun Jan 9, 2022. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition curated by Rilka Oakley.

Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, Mayday, 2021, Piper Aircraft wing, stickers, acrylic, 166 × 552 × 58cm. Courtesy the artists and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery

Jan 15 to Feb 27, 2022 Tohby Riddle: Silent Light – an exhibition of small, simply stated paintings depicting commonplace scenes that often pass unnoticed. The subjects are largely derived from the artist’s observations of locations in Katoomba on foot and from a car. The works examine how light – natural or artificial and from singular or multiple sources – can silently illuminate such moments, to reveal more than the mundane. Reflecting on this, Riddle sees his paintings as a ‘visual haiku’. A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition.

Tohby Riddle, Afternoon light, Waratah Street, 2018, acrylic on board, 30 × 40cm. Courtesy the artist and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery

Jan 22 to March 20, 2022 Blue Mountains Portraits 2022 – celebrating its 5th anniversary, Blue Mountains Portraits is the Cultural Centre’s annual celebration of the local community and its diverse members. Over 40 artworks in a broad range of styles and media such as painting, photography, drawing, collage and mixed media will be exhibited together with a selection of local students’ work. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition.

Braemar Gallery
Braemar House, 104 Macquarie Road, Springwood 2777.
(02) 4780-5410.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 4.00. Closed Mon-Wed.
Braemar Gallery is a community gallery showcasing local artists in a beautiful historic house in the Blue Mountains.
To Dec 5 Trauma Blankets by Jane Taverner wraps the darkness of trauma inside a soft pastel embrace in large-scale and embroidered textile pieces. Exploring themes of infertility, infidelity, domestic abuse, dementia, violence and death, on sustainably sourced vintage blankets, each work seeks to transform Taverner’s emotional pain into an object of aesthetic beauty. This is not ‘The Needle’ and the ‘Damage Done’, rather ‘The Damage Done’ that the ‘Needle Fixed’.

Lost Bear Gallery
98 Lurline Street, Katoomba 2780.
(02) 4782-1220.
Director: Geoff White.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 10.00 to 6.00, Sun 10.00 to 4.00, or by appt.
Dec 4 to Jan 16, 2022 Getting Pinked by Jody Graham is an exhibition of new works inspired by the Black Summer mega-blaze, the chaos and destruction and the renewal.

Jody Graham, Crow claw mark making tool, October 2021, crow claw, wood and grass string, 23 × 8 × 6cm Photograph: Graeme Wienand. Courtesy the artist and Lost Bear Gallery

Jody Graham, Out of the Blue – Kookaburra, October 2021, acrylic, tree sap, charcoal from 2019/2020 Australian Black Summer bushfires, hand stitching on paper, 112.5 × 133cm. Photograph: Graeme Wienand. Courtesy the artist and Lost Bear Gallery

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge 2776.
(02) 4751-1067.
Entry fees apply.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 4.00, last entry 3pm. The Norman Lindsay Gallery is the home of The Magic Pudding and displays the work of artist and writer Norman Lindsay (1879-1969).

Central Tablelands Western Districts Greater NSW

Art @ 22
22 Victoria Street, Millthorpe 2798.
Facebook: @timkellyprints
Fri-Sat 2.00 to 4.00, or by appt.
Through Dec and Jan 2022 collage and collagraph works by Tim Kelly.

Tim Kelly, Cowriga Creek Dispossessed, 2019, collage, sculptured paper, pencil, ink and shellac on paper, 39.3 × 53.3cm. Courtesy the artist

Bank Art Museum Moree
25 Frome Street, Moree 2400.
(02) 6757-3320.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 1.00.
To Jan 15, 2022, 2021 Moree Portrait Prize.

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. Closed Mon, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday.
To Feb 6, 2022 Brett Whiteley: Drawing is Everything, and Anastasia Parmson: I Drew a Line & Called It Home.

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill 2880.
(08) 8080-3444.
Entry by donation.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00. Hours may vary on public hols. Closed Christmas Day.

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park
‘Bondi’, Warialda 2402.
(02) 6729-4147.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 5.00, and by appt.
Watercolour, ink and gouache by Castlemaine artist Jan Palethorpe.
Pyrography by Sheila Turbefield.
Fantastic Voyage bronze series by Kerry Cannon.
Exhibitions continues through Dec. Open by appointment only Dec 20 to March 1, 2022.

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 Dec 5 CALLEEN ART AWARD 2021 – an acquisitive prize for contemporary painting in any style or subject worth $25,000 open to artists across Australia. This year’s winner is Bathurst-based artist Rachel Ellis for her painting ‘Claret Ash, Bathurst’. ‘The shape of this Claret Ash, in Bathurst where I live, caught my eye. This tree, cut (hacked), to make way for powerlines, standing in balanced submission to the light which sustains it.’ – Rachel Ellis.

Rachel Ellis, Claret Ash, Bathurst, 2021, oil on linen on plywood, 132 × 129cm. Courtesy the artist and Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Dec 14 to Jan 30, 2022 Adrienne Doig: It’s All About Me! – using a variety of media, including embroidery, applique and sculpture, Blue Mountains-based artist Adrienne Doig tackles the everyday with good humour and wit through the lens of self-portraiture. By manipulating, reworking and combining imagery from multiple sources, Doig records her own experiences within a larger context. Hence, It’s All About Me! A Bathurst Regional Art Gallery touring exhibition curated by Emma Collerton.

Adrienne Doig, Not Worth It, 2012, patchwork, applique and embroidery on linen, 99 × 75.5cm. Private Collection

Through Jan 2022, the Gallery is presenting a series of children’s workshops on portraiture; see the Gallery website for more information.

Gang Gang Gallery
206 Main Street, Lithgow 2790.
Thurs-Sun 10.30 to 4.30, or by appt.
Celebrating Rebecca Wilson’s new book Kate Kelly, original paintings and limited edition prints from her exhibition The Kate Kelly Collection are now available at Gang Gang Gallery.

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 8, 2022 Goulburn Bustle 2021, and Prototype: Stories of home, curated by Lauren Carroll Harris. Gallery 2: Genevieve Swifte: Blister. The Window: Curated by James McKay.
Jan 21 to March 5, 2022 Harriet Body: Yours.

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.
Visit website exhibition program.

Mudgee Arts Precinct
90 Market Street, Mudgee 2850.
(02) 6378-2850.
Daily 9.00 to 5.00.

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. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. Open Anzac Day 1.00 to 4.00.
Visit website for exhibition program.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
Cnr Bridge and William streets, Muswellbrook 2333.
(02) 6549-3800.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.
To Dec 18 Max’s House: Todd Fuller.
Also, Max Watters: Art Is.
Jan 10 to March 5, 2022 Two Artists Tour Muswellbrook: Liz Anelli and Mario Minichiello.
Gallery closed for installation from Dec 19, reopening 6pm, Jan 8, 2022 with exhibition launch.

New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM)
106-114 Kentucky Street, Armidale 2350.
(02) 6772-5255.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
NERAM is home to one of the nation’s most significant art collections outside the capital cities, holding a collection of over 5,000 works of historical, modern and contemporary art. NERAM presents a dynamic program of exhibitions, educational and public events.

Orange Regional Gallery
149 Byng Street, Orange 2800.
(02) 6393-8136.
The Gallery is closed for building works and will be reopening Dec 4. Visit website for updates.
Dec 4 to Jan 23, 2022 Aida Tomescu: Unfolding Presence.
Dec 4 to Feb 13, 2022 Karla Dickens: A Dickensian Sideshow.

Suki & Hugh Gallery
38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore 2621.
(02) 6238-1398.
Sat-Sun 10.00 to 4.00, or by appt.
To Dec 5 Lucy Palmer & Debbey Watson: Forming Space – Craft ACT member Lucy Palmer and Sydney-based artist Debbey Watson present an exhibition of new works in glass and clay, respectively. Both artists are well known for using geometric forms and surface treatments to convey ideas around connectivity, relationship and space.

Debbey Watson, Balance, 2021, white raku clay, BRT & found clay slip with slip inlays. Courtesy the artist and Suki & Hugh Gallery

Western Plains Cultural Centre
Dubbo Regional Gallery / Dubbo Regional Museum, 76 Wingewarra Street, Dubbo 2830.
(02) 6801-4444.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00, Fri 10.00 to 6.00. Please check website for updates before visiting.
To Feb 6, 2022 Mel O’Callahan: Centre of the Centre.
Also, Through a different Lense: Cazneauz by the Water.
Dec 4 to Feb 6, 2022 Scott Howie: How Good is UnAustralia.