December 2018 | January 2019 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

Art Systems Wickham Exhibition Space
40 Annie Street, Wickham 2293.
Fri-Sun 11.00 to 4.00.
Feb 2 to 28, 2019 A Life & legacy by Francis ‘Frank’ Celtan (1936-2017).
Also, Estate Sale and Friendly Auction: viewing Sat Feb 2, 3pm. Final bids close Sun Feb 28, 3pm.
Sales enquiries: 0431-853-600.

Finite Gallery
60 Caves Beach Road, Caves Beach 2281.
Fri-Sun and public hols 10.00 to 4.00.
Fine Art & Crafts. Classes and workshops for all ages.
To Dec 23 Patchwork 2 – a group exhibition of collectable miniature paintings.
Through Jan 2019 School Holiday workshops for adults and children. Check the website for details.

Gallery 139
139A Beaumont Street, Hamilton 2303.
Thurs-Sat 11.00 to 4.00, Sun 11.00 to 2.00.
To Dec 9 Director’s Choice celebrating 4 years on Beaumont Street.

Olivia Parsonage

Dec 13 to 23 SATURATION by Newcastle Printmakers Workshop.
Gallery 139 online only during Jan 2019.

Christopher Clifton, Bangalow #1, 2018, two-plate etching on paper, Unique-State

Gosford Regional Gallery
36 Webb Street, East Gosford 2250.
(02) 4304-7550.
Free entry.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.

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.
Dec 8 to Feb 3, 2019 Obsessed: Compelled to make – an Australian Design Centre national touring exhibition, which explores the preoccupations that drive the creative process.

Tjunkaya Tapaya at work, 2017
Photograph: Angus Lee Forbes. Courtesy the artist and Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

Also, HEADQUARTERS – features work from Hunter-based studios – The Creator Incubator, HQ, Pinkerton, Red Shed and The Soap Factory, and Newcastle School: Making It!.

From HQ in Islington: High Tea with Mrs Woo at work in their studio space
Photograph: Alexander McIntyre. Courtesy the artist and Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

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 8 to Jan 27, 2019 ARGO PACIFICO featuring Jen Denzin and Oliver Harlan.
ARGO PACIFICO is not an exhibition. It is a real life cruise ship that has been temporally and spatially phased into the walls of The Lock-Up. We are just shadows, granted a fleeting look at a hyper-slowed moment aboard ARGO PACIFICO as it enters an electric fog on the threshold of the Bermuda Triangle. Its rooms and halls seemingly empty, hold the stories of the passengers it last breathed before being caught between mysterious points, flung through the endless passing of one moment.

Braddon Snape, Single Fold Hung n Strung, 2016, inflated stainless steel and strapping, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and The Lock Up


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.
Gallery Director: Lauretta Morton.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00, seven days during school hols.
To Jan 27, 2019 The Erskine Pledge: a gift to Newcastle.
To Feb 17, 2019 Olsen Ormandy: A Creative Force. Read more…

Louise Olsen, Floating, 2018, oil on linen, 51 x 41cm
Courtesy the artist and Newcastle Art Gallery, New South Wales

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 for the summer months.
We look forward to re-opening our doors in February 2019.

Northern Rivers

Bank Art Museum Moree
25 Frome Street, Moree 2400.
(02) 6757-3320.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 1.00.
To Dec 24 The Moree Portrait Prize.

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 25, 2019 Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial – celebrates the open-ended nature of textiles practice today. All of the participant artists’ works are linked with things outside of themselves and their studios. Many celebrate the sense of belonging that comes from working with other artists; while others take on wide-ranging issues, such as the landscape and the environment, and the artist’s place in a world beset by environmental, social and cultural upheaval. Through the process of creating, talking and exhibiting, the artists join together with visitors as equal participants in an open house where all ideas and responses are welcome.

Emma Shin, Devoted Body (detail), 2017. Photograph: Oleksandr Pogorilyi. Courtesy the artist and Coffs harbour Regional Gallery

Meredith Woolnough, The New Neighbours (detail), 2017. Photograph: Meredith Woolnoug.Courtesy the artist and Coffs harbour Regional Gallery

Grafton Regional Gallery
158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton 2460.
(02) 6642-3177.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00. Prentice House 9.00 to 5.00. Public hols may differ.
Grafton Regional Gallery is home of the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) with a total prize of $40,000. The award is now in it’s 30th year.
To Dec 9, Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award.
Also, Margaret Hodgson: Nature’s Secret Business, and Collection: 30 Years of JADA.
Dec 14 to Feb 3, 2019 Kanalaritja: An Unbroken String, and HSC Visual Arts Students.
Also, Collection: The Last Decade, and Grafton Art Club.

Shells necklace Kanalaritja: An Unbroken String. Courtesy Grafton Regional Gallery

Lismore Regional Art Gallery
11 Rural Street, Lismore 2480.
(02) 6627-4600.
Free admission.
Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 4.00, Thurs 10.00 to 6.00.
Dec 1 to Jan 13, 2019 Unrestful Emptiness, Restless Silence by Jessica O’Connor (SCU Graduate Award Winner).
Dec 1 to Feb 17, 2019 Riverstones and Ramifications by Bronwyn Bancroft.
Dec 8 to Feb 24, 2019 BETWEEN NATURE AND SIN by David Griggs.

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.
Nov 30 to Jan 13, 2019 The Art of Ageing.
Also, A Bug’s Life – Cate Barham, Jan Clark, Dan Cox, Ebony Hyde, Kevin Mitchell and Wayne Moss.
Jan 17 to March 3, 2019 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award.

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. Closed public hols.
To Dec 23 The Art of Creation, and Watters to Watters “End of an Era”.
Also, 2018 Muswellbrook Local Art Awards.

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, closed Wed for change of exhibitions.
The Bowral Art Gallery, home of the Bowral & District Art Society and BDAS workshops.
Dec 5 to 11 Celebrating Yule Clay – Sturt Pottery Group.
Jan 19 to Feb 3, 2019 Members Exhibition – works by members of the Bowral & District Art Society.
Gallery closed Dec 12 to Jan 19, 2019.

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.
Free entry.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.
Dec 15 to Feb 9, 2019 South/East Interference Volume II – Chayni Henry, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Val Wens, Gunybi Ganambarr, Jumaadi and Dadang Christanto, curated by Iain Dawson. BVRG project space: The//Word//Becomes//Flesh by Matthew van Roden.

Dadang Christanto, Lost and found #3, 2013, cast aluminium, acrylic dimensions vary. QUT Art Collection. Purchased 2013. Courtesy the artist and Bega Valley Regional Gallery

Chayni Henry, Perps & Pollies series, 2016, acrylic on board, dimensions vary. Courtesy the artist and Bega Valley Regional Gallery

Duck Print Fine Art
39-41 Wentworth Street, Port Kembla 2505.
(02) 4276-1135.
rints for sale, workshops available, custom printing + editions.

Cnr Worrigee and West streets, Nowra 2541.
Entry by guided tour only. Museum admission charges apply.
Open Sat 10.30 to 3.30, closed Christmas Day, Boxing day and Good Friday.
To March 30, 2019 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize – 35 female artists on show in the historic house of Meroogal and its garden and grounds, throwing new light on the stories of the people who lived there and the house’s rich collection of objects.

Panizzi Gallery
University of Wollongong Library
Building 16, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00. Closed Dec 24 to Jan 1, 2019.
To March 31, 2019 Wry ARTificer.
A new exhibition, developed by University of Wollongong Library, moves beyond the monumental public works that Bert Flugelman is arguably best known for, to explore his multi-faceted character and constant evolution as an artist. Wry ARTificer features many items from UOW Archives, the UOW Art Collection and private collections that display the variety and scope of Flugelman’s artistic practice.

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 10, 2019 Locals On Board – celebrating 40 years of work and support with local artists in the community.
To Feb 24, 2019 The TV Show – drawing together a diverse group of early career artists whose work is immersed in the image soup of contemporary life, The TV Show reflects on the shifting role television plays in a digital age. Works by Liam Colgan, Sarah Contos, Amala Groom, Sara Morawetz, Liam O’Brien, Philjames, JD Reforma and Giselle Stanborough. Curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham. Read more…

Giselle Stanborough, Pleasure Drill, 2018, two channel digital video with sound
Videographer: Dara Gill. Special thanks to Michael and Di Kershaw
Courtesy the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

To March 17, 2019 The Box In The Corner – an exhibition celebrating Australian television of the 20th century from its inception in 1956 to 1999. Featuring costumes, props, footage, production stills and other memorabilia. Curated by Nigel Giles.
To April 28, 2019 Red Alert! – an exhibition of affecting works with blushes of red from the collection to celebrate the Gallery’s Ruby Anniversary.
Dec 15 to March 3, 2019 Summer Love – works from the collection featuring all things sun drenched which will leave you reaching for the nearest ice cream!
Gallery closed Dec 24, 25, 26, 31 and Jan 1, 2019.

Adelaide Perry, Women and children, Sharkey’s Beach, Coledale, 1929, oil
Courtesy Wollongong Art Gallery

Blue Mountains

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.
Dec 1 to Jan 20, 2019 Peter Rushforth: A Legacy – is a celebration of the artist’s career, spanning more than six decades, and the significant influence he had on generations of artists, many of whom currently reside in or near to the Greater Blue Mountains. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition curated by Rilka Oakley.

Peter Rushforth, Blossom jar, 1991, stoneware, tenmoku and Jun glazes, wax resist decoration, 29 x 23cm diameter. Collection Manly Art Gallery & Museum. Donated by MAG&M Society 1991. Photograph: Felicity Jenkins. Courtesy S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery

Dec 1 to Jan 13, 2019 Louise Kerr: Faithful and Wild – explores the importance of dogs, both in our own domestic lives, and in the wider environment. Wild dogs have roamed the Blue Mountains for thousands of years. Kerr’s work investigates how deeply it is embedded in her own and the lives of others and the place we live. A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition.

Louise Kerr, Backyard Dogs, 2018, soft sculpture using coiling technique; hand sewn with twine, cotton, thread, paint and hair, 110 x 40cm x 4cm. Courtesy the artist andBlue Mountains City Art Gallery

Jan 19 to March 3, 2019 Australian exotica draws on Monash Gallery of Art’s nationally significant collection of Australian photographs and showcases a range of photographic work that engages with the theme of the exotic antipodes. Artists include Brook Andrew, Michael Cook, Destiny Deacon, Peter Dombrovskis, Marian Drew, Leah King-Smith, Joseph McGlennon, Tracey Moffatt, Darren Siwes, Robyn Stacey and Christian Thompson.

Joseph McGlennon, Florilegium #1, 2014, from the series Florilegium
pigment ink-jet print, 127 x 100 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection. Courtesy the artist, Michael Reid, Sydney and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery

Jan 26 to March 10, 2019 Blue Mountains Portraits. Over 50 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.

Leahy & Watson, Neil Duncan, 2018, archival print on Hahnemuehle photo rag, 67 x 86cm
Courtesy the artists and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery

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.
irector: David Rex-Livingston.
Mon-Tues, Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 5.00, closed Wed.

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, closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Dec 14 to Feb 10, 2019 Curiouser & Curiouser. Explore the world of contemporary art through a selection of work by some of Australia’s most innovative, creative and colourful artists. Taking inspiration from the opening passages of Lewis Carroll’s book ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, the exhibition will explore ideas of time, perception, the inexplicable and tactility. A Bathurst Regional Art Gallery exhibition, curated by Julian Woods.

Kimberley Liddle, In a Dream, 2016, plaster, wire, archival rag photographic paper, glue, 20 x 15 x 42.5cm
Courtesy of the artist and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill 2880.
(08) 8080-3444.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
To Feb 25, 2019 Mervyn Bishop, and HSC Showcase.
Also, Was Works – The Willyama Art Society, and Economics Of Water by James Tylor.

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park
‘Bondi’, Warialda 2402.
(02) 6729-4147.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 5.00, or by appt.
Through Dec and Jan 2019, 3 Perspectives – oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media and water colours by Sydney artists Robyne Berling, Suzanne Lane and Sylvia Davies.
Also, featuring Warialda HSC Student Body of Works.
Gallery closed Dec 17 to March 1, 2019. Entry can still be made via appt.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery
77 Darling Street, Cowra 2794.
(02) 6340-2190.
dmission free.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 2.00 to 4.00.
To Dec 9 upstART 2018 – a showcase of work by regional students in years 10, 11 and 12 from nine high schools in the region.
Dec 16 to Feb 3, 2019 Making a Splash: Mermaids and Modernity – ten artists offer fresh interpretations of mermaid imagery and folklore.
See the Gallery website for Xmas and New Year closures.

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.
Dec 7 to Feb 2, 2019 Remembering Words by Clara Adolphs. Read more…
Also, Minyambul yiri yimbang (because it is a sacred thing) by Nicole Foreshew.

Clara Adolphs, Woman, Seated (detail), 2017, oil on linen, 65 x 45cm
Courtesy the artist and Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales

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.
Dec 6 to 21 Objects of Desire.

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 Dec 9 Mechelle Bounpraseuth: Westside Story.
To Feb 2019 Land & Title.
To Feb 17, 2019 Sidney Nolan: Ned Kelly Series.

New England Regional Art Museum
106-114 Kentucky Street, Armidale 2350.
(02) 6772-5255.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.

Orange Regional Gallery
149 Byng Street, Orange 2800.
(02) 6393-8136.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday.
Nov 30 to Jan 29, 2019 People Like Us film, animation, digital and interactive art.
Dec 7 to Jan 21, 2019 Gaman: Mitsuo Shoji sculpture.

Suki & Hugh Gallery
38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore 2621.
(02) 6238-1398.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
To Dec 16 Time & Tide by Sue Hewat and Sara Freeman.
Lines, webs and surface textures are the common threads of Canberra artists Hewat ceramics and Freeman paintings. Both source their inspiration from coastal light, and the textures and rhythms of nature, creatively pushing the boundaries of their chosen mediums.
Gallery closed Dec 23 to Jan 10, 2019.

Sue Hewat, Tidal Series, Stormy Beach, wheel thrown porcelain, monoprint, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Suki & Hugh Gallery

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Civic Centre, Cnr Baylis and Morrow streets, Wagga Wagga 2650.
(02) 6926-9660.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 11.00 to 2.00
To Feb 3, 2019 Ngabindiyi dulmarra (measured pressure): Michael Riley and Lorraine Connelly-Northey. Read more…

Michael Riley (Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi), Untitled, 2000, from the series cloud, 2000, inkjet print on banner paper, 86 x 125cm
Courtesy Michael Riley Foundation, The Commercial, Sydney, and Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

Lorraine Connelly-Northey (Waradjerie), Lap Lap, 2011, copper strips and cut sheet metal, 24 x 86 x 5cm
Murray Art Museum Albury Collection. Gift of the artist, 2011. Courtesy the artist and Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, New South Wales

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 Dec 9 Primavera At 25: MCA Collection.
Also, Handmade Tales.
To March 10, 2019 Upon A Broken World: Life after WWI.
Dec 15 to Feb 10, 2019 Twisted Sisters: Imperfect.
Dec 15 to March 3, 2019 Make The Mark: HSC Works.
From Dec 15 The WPCC Collection.