What’s On NEAR ME


Steve Lopes: Still and Still Moving
Steve Lopes’ new exhibition ‘Still and Still Moving’ has been completed after decades of observation and contemplation. These paintings are born from his interactions and encounters with people and places in the far-reaching margins of Australia. Lopes’ works are ambiguous and evocative, trying to capture the sense of place and the often strange and exotic figures that inhabit them. His comprehensive and continuing travels have left an indelible mark on him; his works are expressive, reminiscent, and questioning of who we are and how we have come to be.

Mitchell Fine Art
7 October to 7 November 2020


Katy Moir: A Hypothetical Alice
What do maps say about us, as a community, and what we value? If we were to map what we care about would Alice Springs still look the same? This exhibition will be a changing display. We are shown Katy Moir’s work produced as part of her Creative in Residence at the NT Archives, a re-mapping of Darwin: extracting and abstracting layers of the place, to tell a different story. Moir then transfers the processes and visual methodology developed in her residency to explore how it manifests in an Alice Springs context.

Watch This Space
14 to 31 October 2020
Northern Territory


Julie Dowling: Yagu Gurlbarl (Big Secret)
Julie Dowling is a First Nations Badimaya/Yamatji/Widi from the Midwest of Western Australia, who explores the theme of slavery and poverty in Australia for First Nations peoples, both in past centuries and in current Australian society. The beauty in Julie Dowling’s works symbolises the resilience and wisdom of First Nations peoples to overcome the narrow narrative that has mythologised colonisation.

Bunbury Regional Art Gallery
5 September to 29 November 2020

Western Australia


If the future is to be worth anything: 2020 South Australian Artist Survey
Recent events have exposed how truly our lives are enmeshed with those of others – with the potential for both support and harm. What brings together the artists featured in this exhibition is an engagement with a world beyond art, directed towards thoughtful and productive experimentation, the re-envisioning of self and structures, and aesthetic tactics for strength, vulnerability and survival.

ACE Open
12 September to 12 December 2020
South Australia


Michael Vale: The Guests
Often described as ‘gothic absurdism’, Michael Vale’s work blends rugged, romantic landscapes and supernatural characters with surreal tales and dark symbolism. Within this exhibition Vale presents a new suite of paintings that specifically responds to the horrors of colonisation that have permeated the wildernesses of Victoria and Tasmania with a lasting sense of foreboding.

Despard Gallery
14 October to 7 November 2020