September 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

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 full exhibition program and to check opening times.

The Lock-Up
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4925-2265.
Wed-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 11.00 to 3.00.
Please check website for updates before visiting.
Sept 25 to Oct 31 Creation: Deborah Kelly.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG)
230 High Street, Maitland 2320.
(02) 4934-9859.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00. Closed public hols.
To Sept 5 Marge’s Story – a video telling the story of Aunty Marge Weastell, the oldest living Wonnarua Elder.
To Sept 12 MRAG Members Art Sale – a group exhibition and fundraiser including paintings, prints and sculptures created by established and emerging artists from across Australia.
Also, Wonnarua by Ryan Lee.
To Sept 26 Shadow Boxer – a group exhibition exploring the cultural fascination with boxing, and ideas of race, gender, class and the physicality of boxing in their work – Blak Douglas Karla Dickens, Richard Lewer, Michael Willson, Nigel Milsom, Keri Glastonbury, Fiona McMonagle, Bianca ‘Bam Bam’ Elmir and David Matthews. Curated by MRAG Director, Gerry Bobsien.

Blak Douglas, Sands and stones may break my bones, 2021. Courtesy the artist and Maitland Regional Art Gallery

To Nov 21 Barka, The Forgotten River – a collaboration between Badger Bates, Justine Muller and the Wilcannia Community.
Sept 4 to Nov 14 Operation Art – a group exhibition and initiative of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Sept 18 to Jan 16, 2022 National Art – Part One – a group exhibition celebrating 50 practicing Australian artists who all studied at the National Art School.

Lucy Bibbenluke Culliton, Garden snow pear trees, 2009. Courtesy the artist and Maitland Regional Gallery

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.
To Sept 5 Art in your Community: Natural History – works from local artists themed around natural history illustration.
New dates: September 11 to Nov 28 Yarns Parai – Stories on Country – this exhibition shares traditional stories of Country that are culturally connected with the Proposed Lower Hunter Freight Corridor.

Saretta Fielding. Yarns Parai: Stories on Country (detail), 2020, mixed media on canvas. Courtesy the artist and Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie

Also, Arthur Boyd: Landscape of The Soul – a touring exhibition from Bundanon Trust exploring a lifetime of landscape paintings by renowned Australian artist Arthur Boyd.

Arthur Boyd. Shoalhaven as the River Styx (detail), c1996, oil on canvas. Boyd Family Collection. Courtesy the artist and Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie

Call for entries: Yapang Emerging Art Prize – 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. Entries close Oct 22. Go online here for more information.
New dates: Dec 4 to 13 Feb 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.

Newcastle Art Gallery (NAG)
1 Laman Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4974-5100.
Gallery Director: Lauretta Morton.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
To Oct 31 KILGOUR PRIZE 2021 group exhibition. One of Australia’s major art prizes, the KILGOUR PRIZE for figurative and portrait painting, will award $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art as determined by a panel of three judges: Lauretta Morton, Director Newcastle Art Gallery, Adam Porter, Head of Curatorial, Campbelltown Arts Centre and David Trout, Visual Artist, Head Teacher Fine Art, Newcastle Art School. See the 30 finalist paintings on display and cast your vote in the People’s Choice Award of $5,000.

Michael Bell, Starting The after party (Two self-portraits), 2020, oil and charcoal on canvas, 127 × 165cm. Gift of the Newcastle Art Gallery Society 2020. Newcastle Art Gallery collection. Courtesy the artist and Newcastle Art Gallery

To Oct 31 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.
Sept 4 to Nov 14 THE ART OF PROTEST. From community activism to global social movements, THE ART OF PROTEST features artists past and present responding to disaster and injustice and calling for change.

Tony Albert, You Wreck Me #18, 2020, printed photographs and vintage Captain Cook ephemera on archival paper, 23.2 × 38.2cm. Les Renfrew Bequest 2020 Newcastle Art Gallery collection. Courtesy the artist, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney and Newcastle Art Gallery

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 before visiting.

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 for updates 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 Oct 23 STILL: National Still Life Award 2021 – a biennial acquisitive award for artworks in the genre of still life, in all mediums. The award is open to artists at all stages of their careers across Australia. STILL seeks to highlight the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice, broadening the interpretation and meaning of this enduring genre.

Michael Cook, Nature Morte – Veiled Bird, 2021, inkjet photo on canvas, 140 × 200cm. Courtesy the artist, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Queensland and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Susan Gourley, Half Eaten Banana, 2021, discarded polystyrene, cardboard, paper, and timber, plus modelling paste, acrylic paint, and adhesive, 16 × 42 × 10cm. Photograph: Bridie Gillman. Courtesy the artist and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Lismore Regional Gallery
11 Rural Street, Lismore 2480.
(02) 6627-4600.
Entry by suggested $5 donation.
Wed-Sun 10.00 to 4.00, Thurs 10.00 to 6.00. Closed Mon-Tues. Please check website for updates before visiting.
To Oct 3 Gallery 2 and 3: Face Me: The Art of Deafhood.
To Oct 24 Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop.

Manning Regional Art Gallery
12 Macquarie Street, Taree 2430.
(02) 6592-5455.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00. Closed Mon, and Sun (until further notice). Please check website for updates before visiting.
Aug 28 to Oct 10 Chaotic Disconnection by Gemma Cross and Freyja Moon.
Also, 2021 Naked & Nude Art Prize.

Mist Gallery
Shop 3, 2-6 Pandanus Parade, Cabarita Beach 2488.
Thurs-Mon 10.00 to 2.00.
To Oct 22 Mist – a one year anniversary show curated by Helen Otway.

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.
Sept 3 to June 5, 2022 Making their mark: Australian artist prints from the collection.
Sept 24 to Nov 28 #Selfie – Les Peterkin Portrait Prize for children.
Also, Entangled: Charlotte Haywood.

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.

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 before visiting.
Visit Australia’s oldest design centre and cherished home of contemporary craft.
To Sept 19 Landscape with Rock – printmaker Tony Ameneiro pays homage to landscape artist Fred Williams in an exhibition of prints and drawings of the Nattai River.

Tony Amoneiro, Nattai River Landscape, 2020, drypoint in white ink with chine collé. Courtesy the artist and Sturt Gallery & Studios

South Coast

Bega Valley Regional Gallery
Zingel Place, Bega 2550.
(02) 6499-2222.
Free entry.
The gallery is closed for redevelopment. For information about the project please visit the website.
To Dec 10 BVRG: PORT Eden Welcome Centre: Weecoon Street, Eden NSW 2551 – Nhawandyi / Nanda Beeyaa: I see you, killer whale – First Nations works from the BVRG collection.

Naomi Hobson, Good Sister : “She told mum she was taking me for a ride down the road but she not.” Laine 2019, digital print (detail), 81 × 110cm. Bega Valley Regional Gallery Collection
Courtesy the artist and Bega Valley Regional Gallery

To Nov 19 BVRG: TARMAC Merimbula Airport: Arthur Kaine Drive, Merimbula NSW 2548 – Making Waves by Stan Squire. Open daily.

Stan Squire, Enviro-mental 11, giclee prints on archival quality 310gsm 100% cotton ragmat, 80 × 59cm. Courtesy the artist, Art Essence Gallery, New South Wales and Bega Valley Regional Gallery

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 Oct 3 Lore: IAVA – Alannah Dreise, Angela Forrest, Deborah Redwood, Jennifer Jackson, Karen Hook, Kate Stehr, Penny Hulbert, Peter Hewitt, Sue Smalkowski and Virginia Settre.
To Oct 17 Wunderkammer by Saxon Reynolds embraces the traditional Victorian ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, to explore the texture and beauty of discarded objects in their raw form and imbue them with new life and function, connecting disparate components to create contemporary relics.
Sept 4 to Nov 14 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, Porkalari, Joan Ross, Laurens Tan, Hollis Taylor, John Tonkin, Jenny Watson, Louise Weaver and John Wolseley – explore the language of birds. The works are speculative; they suggest a radically different approach to understanding and presenting the colours, forms, sounds and behaviours of birds and reimagining humanity’s relationship with non-human life. Curated by Madeleine Kelly.

Laurens Tan, Chicken in a Basket, 2021, printed wallpaper, variable dimensions. Courtesy the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

Joan Ross, Fool’s Paradise, 2018, hand-painted digital collage, edition of 8 + 2AP, 113 × 80cm. the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

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 Sept 19 Tracy Ponich: Business Not Usual – in 2020 the business community of the Blue Mountains was hit with one catastrophe after another: devastating bushfires, floods, and then the pandemic. Business Not Usual is a photographic study of 34 businesses, portraits of the proprietors faced with an unimaginable sequence of events. The year was unrelenting for them. The only certainty was that beyond autumn this community along with the rest of the world would be different. A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Program exhibition.

Tracy Ponich, Sian & Dwayne, Aunty Ed’s Restaurant and Bar, Katoomba, 2020, digital photograph on 100% cotton fibre paper, 48 × 72cm. Courtesy the artist and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery

Extended to Oct 24 Just Not Australian – brings together 20 artists across generations and diverse cultural backgrounds to deal broadly with the origins and implications of contemporary Australian nationhood. Showcasing the common sensibilities of satire, larrikinism and resistance so as to present a broad exploration of race, place and belonging, Just Not Australian interrogates 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. The exhibition is being toured nationally by M&G NSW touring exhibition.

SODA JERK, Terror Nullius (video still), 2018, digital video, 54 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge 2776.
(02) 4751-1067.
Entry fees apply.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 4.00 with pre-booked tickets. Please check website for updates before visiting.
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

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.
Extended to Nov 6 #MyMoree – a celebration of Moree the people, the place, the community.

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 Sept 19 Myall Creek and Beyond.
Also, Karla Dickens: Mother’s Little Helpers, and Paddy Fordham Wainburranga: Recent Acquisitions.

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, please check website for updates before visiting.

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park
‘Bondi’, Warialda 2402.
(02) 6729-4147.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 5.00, and by appt.
Opening Sept 11 Artists of Castlemaine COVID-19 permitting. Exhibition continues through Oct.

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 Sept 26 Weapons for the Soldier: Protecting Country, Culture and Family – a groundbreaking exhibition initiated by the young men of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands South Australia, bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian artists to examine complex themes of weaponry, warfare, and protecting land and country. A touring exhibition by Hazelhurst Arts Centre. Check the website for changes due to COVID-19.

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. Please check website for updates before visiting.
Sept 11 to Oct 23 The Window: curated by Bill Dorman.
Also, Earthbound, curated by Hannah Gee. Gallery 2: Kim Williams + Lucas Ihlein.

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.
Sept 3 to Oct 2 Portrait of Australia: Stories through the lens of Australian Geographic – a travelling exhibition from the National Museum of Australia, developed in collaboration with Australian Geographic.
Also, Finding Home: Engaging Youth in Regional Australia Exhibition, curated by Dr Candice Boyd.

Mudgee Arts Precinct
90 Market Street, Mudgee 2850.
(02) 6378-2850.
Daily 9.00 to 5.00.
To Nov 28 Stories from Homedale by Guido Maestri – featuring a collection of paintings, and a smaller sculptural installation by the Mudgee-born artist and Archibald Prize winner.

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.
See website for exhibitions, programs, events and updates.

New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM)
106-114 Kentucky Street, Armidale 2350.
(02) 6772-5255.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00. Please check website for updates before visiting.
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 temporarily closed for building works. Visit website for updates.

Suki & Hugh Gallery
38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore 2621.
(02) 6238-1398.
Sat-Sun 10.00 to 4.00, or by appt.
Sept 11 to Oct 17 Quiet Company by Isobel Rayson – Rayson explores the textures and repetitive marks found in her rural surroundings through the process of wood carving.

Isobel Rayson, Endless, 2021, woodblock carving, pain, 21.5cm × 29.5cm. 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.