What’s On NEAR ME


Darcey Bella Arnold: me say edit be at 
“Darcey Bella Arnold has created pairs of personal, contemplative canvases using the writings of her mother, Jennifer, who has an acquired brain injury which has altered her use of language. Arnold has been a carer for Jennifer along with other family members since 2004, and her latest exhibition uses material from 2006 to explore the tensions between the neurotypical and the neurodivergent. Arnold’s paintings gleaned from the pages of Jennifer’s writings may be seen as portraits of Jennifer through her idiosyncratic meticulous handwriting.” – Soo-Min Shim.

7 November to 12 December 2020

Darcey Bella Arnold, é-dit, 2020, acrylic on canvas board, 120 x 90cm. Photograph: Christo Crocker


Bringing together works from the collection by modern and contemporary Australian printmakers, ‘Thirdspace’ explores diverse representations of internal and external spaces, and how artists have perceived the ways these relate to one another. Impressions of domestic life, formal and physical restrictions, the potential of imagination and depictions of emotional realms are brought forth through a variety of printmaking techniques, inviting reflections on how public and personal spaces are navigated and understood.

Geelong Gallery
28 September 2020 to 31 January 2021

George Baldessin, Personage and umbrella, 1970, edition of 28, etching, aquatint and colour stencil. Geelong Gallery, FE Richardson print prize, 1970. © Estate of George Baldessin. Photograph: George Stawicki


Lux Eterna: Our non-human psyche
In this exhibition of 2D works, Lux Eterna creates a series of ink drawn and hand foiled pieces, which are amplifications of her personal meditative and embodied experiences undertaken in vast expanses or intimate pockets of landscapes respectively. Her detailed and delicate ink work, points at the immensity of Earth’s time-scale, making obvious, a slow, gentle and granular being, materialised on paper. These meditatively minute markings communicate a long duration wherein, Lux can recapture the subtle resonances she assimilates in situ.

Stanley Street Gallery
19 November to 12 December 2020

Lux Eterna, Lacebark Elm II, 2020, pigment ink and gold foil on paper, 29 x 21cm, frame 45.5 x 57.5cm. Courtesy the artist and Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney


Just Not Australian
‘Just Not Australian’ presents Australian practitioners at the forefront of national debate and practice. 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 touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW.

Wollongong Art Gallery
21 November 2020 to 7 February 2021
New South Wales

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


Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now
Looking at moments in which women created new forms of art and cultural commentary such as feminism, ‘Know My Name’ highlights creative and intellectual relationships between artists across time. The exhibition proposes alternative histories, challenging stereotypes and highlighting the stories and achievements of women artists such as Destiny Deacon, Marie Hagerty, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Margaret Preston, Margaret Worth, Bonita Ely and Jill Orr. Highlights include a commission by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers, an installation by Justene Williams and a complete edition of one of Tracey Moffatt’s key photographic series.

National Gallery of Australia
14 November 2020 to 4 July 2021
Australian Capital Territory

Brenda L Croft, Gurindji/Malngin/Mudburra People; Anglo-Australian/Chinese/German/Irish Heritage, Matilda (Ngambri/Ngunnawal), 2019. Collection of National Gallery of Australia, purchased 2020. Courtesy the artist and National Gallery of Australia, Australian Capital Territory