April 2020 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

Finite Gallery
60 Caves Beach Road, Caves Beach 2281.
Fri-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
Through April, join us for the gallery’s 7th birthday celebrations.

Gallery 139
Online and pop-up exhibitions during 2020
Instagram: @gallery_139
Director: Ahn Wells.
Visit website and social media for exhibition details or email to join our mailing list.
Contemporary art by emerging and established Newcastle artists. Art Consultancy by request.

Lydia Miller, Still life with coffeepot, 2019, oil on canvas, 76 x 76cm. Courtesy the artist and Gallery 139

Michelle Teear. Courtesy the artist and Gallery 139

Gosford Regional Gallery
36 Webb Street, East Gosford 2250.
(02) 4304-7550.
Free entry.
Daily 9.30 to 4.00.

The Lock-Up
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4925-2265.
Wed-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 11.00 to 3.00.
April 5 to March 10 Dancing With The Dead.
UPDATE: The Lock-Up office and gallery will be closed, effective from Friday 20 March. During this period The Lock-Up will continue to connect with audiences via their website and social media platforms, including updates about opening hours, exhibitions and programs.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG)
230 High Street, Maitland 2320.
(02) 4934-9859.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00 (café open from 8am).
Eleven exhibition spaces, Gallery Shop + much-loved-by-locals café.
Free entry, donations always welcomed!
To May 17 Long Story Short by Lucas Grogan.

Lucas Grogan, Long Story Short. Courtesy the artist and Maitland City Art Gallery

Lucas Grogan, Long Story Short Courtesy the artist and Maitland City Art 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 April 12 Mervyn Bishop.
To April 15 Art in your community: People and Places.
April 11 to June 7 Hardenvale – our home in absurdia.
April 18 to June 14 Body Language.
UPDATE: Museum of Art and Culture will be closed, effective from Tuesday 24 March and until further notice. During this period, all programs and activities will be suspended and pre-paid activities will be fully refunded. Digital tools and resources will be developed to facilitate online engagement on their website and social media platforms.

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 and until 8pm on the last Friday of every month (except December).
To April 26 George Gittoes: on being there – George Gittoes AM is a highly recognised Australian artist, photographer and filmmaker. For over four decades he has documented some of the worldís most serious conflicts.
To May 10 STOPPING TIME: material prints 3000 BCE to now – from ancient images pressed in clay to contemporary 3D printing, this exhibition positions traditional prints in a broader historical context and expands the definition of printmaking.
May 9 to July 19 Homeward Bound: the art and life of Tom Gleghorn.
UPDATE: Newcastle Art Gallery has temporarily suspended its operations. During their closure, the gallery team will be developing new initiatives to connect to audiences through their website and social media channels, sharing exhibition virtual tours, collection highlights and ‘behind the scenes’ videos. The Art Cart program will also be available online.

The University Gallery and Senta Taft-Hendry Museum of Oceanic Art
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 appointment.
To April 25 (opening Fri March 27, from 5.30pm) Thinking in Pictures.

Watt Space
Northumberland House, cnr Auckland and King streets, Newcastle 2300.
Office: (02) 4921-5188.
Gallery: (02) 4921-8733.
Wed-Fri 11.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 12.00 to 4.00, or by appointment.
April 1 to May 3 (opening Fri April 3, from 5.30pm) TRUTH: THEN / NOW / EVERYWHEN. Curated by Matt Dickson and Deborah Sims. Presented in support of the Newcastle Writers Festival.

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 May 2, 2019 Archibald 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 April 18 An Artist’s Garden: Terri Butterworth & Guy Gilmour – presents work by two of the Coffs Coast’s most established and respected painters: one abstract, one figurative. Founded in a strong, personal sense of place, these artists view the Orara Valley’s bush and pastoral landscapes as their own artist’s garden through two distinct lenses.

Terri Butterworth, Summersong, 2018, oil on canvas, 112 x 112cm. Courtesy the artist and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Guy Gilmour, Study for Backyard Morning, 2015, oil on paper, 36 x 38cm. Courtesy the artist and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

April 24 to June 27 Tradigital: Brentyn Lugnan – a solo exhibition by leading Gumbaynggirr artist Brentyn Lugnan. Strikingly contemporary, Lugnan’s work remains deeply grounded in Gumbaynggirr culture, embedded with traditional symbolism and spirituality while taking it firmly into the future.

Brentyn Lugnan, Nunngu Jiinda (Kangaroo Sister) 2017, ink & acrylic on vinyl canvas, 120.5 x 90cm. Courtesy the artist and Coffs Harbour Regional

April 24 to June 27 Robert Hunter Collection. Local art collector Robert Hunter donated his collection of Aboriginal art to Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery in 2018. Featuring the work of 27 artists from Central Australia, the Kimberley and Arnhem Land, these paintings explore the rich concepts that bind Aboriginal artists, communities and land together.

Phyllis Thomas, Daiwal Ngarrangkarni, 2006, ochre on canvas Courtesy the artist and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Lismore Regional Gallery
11 Rural Street, Lismore 2480.
(02) 6627-4600.
Entry: $5 donation.
Tues-Wed and Fri-Sun 10.00 to 4.00, Thurs 10.00 to 6.00.
To April 19 Rococolonial.
To May 10 Occulture by Steve Waller.
April 11 to June 21 Defiant: Never Alone Solid Together.
April 24 to June 14 Dissonant Rhythms by Ross Manning.
UPDATE: Effective from Monday 23 March, Lismore Regional Gallery will be closed. During this period the Gallery will be maintaining an online presence, including learning activities on their website, in addition to creative outputs on some of the facades of the building.

Manning Regional Art Gallery
12 Macquarie Street, Taree 2430.
(02) 6592-5455.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 1.00 to 4.00.
To April 26 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
Also, Ruth Downes: Barely Wearable.
Also, Matthew Mallia: Fictional Memories.

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.

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 May 3 JamFactory Icon – Clare Belfrage: A Measure of Time.
To June 28 Fibro Façade by Catherine O’Donnell.

Clare Belfrage, Quiet Shifting, Orange and Oceana, 2018, blown glass with cane drawing, sand blasted and pumice polished, 61 x 38 x 21cm. Courtesy the artist and Tweed Regional Gallery

Clare Belfrage, Quiet Shifting, Oceana and Yellow, 2018, blown glass with cane drawing, sand blasted and pumice polished, 41 x 31 x 16cm. Courtesy the artist and Tweed Regional Gallery

Gallery DownTown Annexe of Tweed Regional Gallery:
1st floor, M-Arts Precinct cnr Brisbane Street and Proudfoots Lane, Murwillumbah 2484.
Mon-Fri, 10.00 to 3.00, Sat 10.00 to 2.00.
UPDATE: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, the Gallery Cafe and the annexe Gallery DownTown will be closed to the public for two weeks beginning Tuesday 17 March. The closure will be reviewed on a week-by-week basis. All associated events and public programs during this period have been cancelled or postponed.

Southern Highlands

Bowral Art Gallery
1 Short Street, Bowral 2576.
(02) 4861-4093.
The Bowral Art Gallery, home of the Bowral & District Art Society and BDAS workshops.
April 4 to 6 Bank in the Twenties by Jonny Vaupel & Philip Walker.
April 8 to 14 Thank You RFS – Donations of art for sale. All proceeds to the RFS!
April 17 to 20 Because We Can! – Margie Beaumont, Eril Becher, Libby Hobbs, Felicity Motteram and Mandy Walker.
April 25 to 5 May Ken Raffe & Dixie Exhibition by Ken Raffe and Christine Dixon.
UPDATE: Bowral Art Gallery is now closed until further notice.

Eril Becher, Fruit Bowl. Courtesy the artist and Bowral Art Gallery

Felicity Motteram, Just Cabbage! Courtesy the artist and Bowral Art Gallery

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.
UPDATE: Sturt Gallery will be closed until further notice, effective from Tuesday 24 March. 

South Coast

Bega Valley Regional Gallery
Zingel Place, Bega 2550.
(02) 6499-2202.
Free entry.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.
To May 8 Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms – Paul Yore, Debris Facility, Kate Just, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Penny Byrne, James Tylor, Jemima Wyman, Kate Rohde, Michelle Hamer, Raquel Ormella, Hiromi Tango, Erub Arts, Catherine Bell, Tai Snaith, Karen Black, Starlie Geikie and Deborah Kelly.
Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms presents the work of 18 contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft-based materialities with a political intent. Broadening our understanding of craft-making traditions, the artists in this exhibition subvert and extend these forms into the realm of activism and social change, reflecting on the world in which we live. While some respond directly to artistic or political movements, others encourage social connection between community members or require participatory activation through collective processes. Drawing on a long historical lineage, Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms enables viewers to rethink craft in a new light. Curators: Anna Briers and Rebecca Coates. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, as well as receiving development assistance from NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Jemima Wyman, Propaganda textiles – Washington, Pink Bloc protester at Gay Pride in Copacabana, 13th October 2013 (detail), 2016-17, custom made fabric book: Minky, Hot Pink Brazil 10-13, ed. 2/6 + 2AP, 40.5 x 45.5 x 2.5cm. Courtesy the artist, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney / Singapore, Milani Gallery, Brisbane and Bega Valley Regional Gallery

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 17 May eX de Medici: From The Room Of Dorian Gray – works from the artist’s ‘superannuation’ collection made and exhibited between 2013-2019.

eX de Medici, Eat Me, 2014, watercolour on paper, 58 x 58cm Photograph: Rob Little RLDI. Collection of the artist. Courtesy the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

eX de Medici, Cleavin’ Clint Eastwood, 2014, watercolour and gouache on paper, 114 x 245cm. Photograph: Rob Little RLDI. Collection of the Artist. Courtesy the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

Also, Halinka Orszulok: Black Bob’s Creek – night-time paintings that explore the history and identity written on the landscape and attitudes towards the land that are in a state of flux.

Halinka Orszulok, Ghost Geography, 2019, oil on canvas, 120 x 170cm. Courtesy the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

To 14 June Pamela Griffith: Wollongong Then And Now Illawarra – landscapes painted by Pamela Griffith in 2019, and photographs from the collection by Charles Kerry depicting the same locations some 130 years apart.

Pamela Griffith, Wongawilli Colliery, 2019, acrylic, 41 x 51cm. Courtesy the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

To June 21 The Wand Collection: Indigenous works donated by Paul and Christine Wand – including early Papunya works, paintings by Rosella Namok, Minnie Pwerle and Lena Nyadbi and Yirrkala prints.

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. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
March 28 to May 10 Open House: 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. A Tamworth Regional Gallery Touring exhibition curated by Glenn Barkley.

Ema Shin & Tamworth Textile Artists, Devoted Body (detail), 2017, linen, silk, muslin, water-based ink, acrylic ink, cotton thread, woodblock print, block print, urauchi (Chine-collé), natural dye, embroidery, 180 x 260cm. Courtesy the artists and Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

April 9 to May 10 Sculpture Otherwise – an exhibition of small sculpture by the exhibiting artists participating in Sculpture at Scenic World in 2020. The indoor exhibition provides a fantastic opportunity for collectors and the public to purchase works by emerging, mid-career and established Australian and international artists from the 2020 Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition. A Sculpture at Scenic World & Blue Mountains Cultural Centre partnership exhibition.

Sculpture Otherwise, 2019 installation view Photograph: Silversalt. Courtesy Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

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
Rex-Livingston Projects
182-184 Katoomba Street, Katoomba 2780.
(02) 4782-9988 .
Director: David Rex-Livingston.
Thurs-Mon 10.00 to 5.00, closed Tues/Wed.

Sculpture at Scenic World 2020
April 9 to May 10 The 9th annual Sculpture at Scenic World.
Extend your arts trail with Twist n Shout, an array of public artworks at venues across the region, and Sculpture Otherwise at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery.

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
To May 10 CONCRETE: art design architecture. A touring exhibition from JamFactory, Adelaide. CONCRETE: art design architecture is supported by Visions of Australia funding through Australian Governmentís Department of Communications and Arts and the South Australian Government through the Department for Innovation and Skills. The Principal Sponsor for CONCRETE: art design architecture is Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia, the peak body for the cement, concrete and quarry industry in Australia.
To May 10 Jurgis Miksevicius: In the light of the sun and shadow of the moon – a BRAG exhibition.
To May 10 The Practical Outsider: John Andrews – a touring exhibition developed by Tim Ross in partnership with Design Canberra and images from the National Archives of Australia.
Also, Harrie Fasher: Weighted – a BRAG Exhibition.

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill 2880.
(08) 8080-3444.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
To May 3, 2020 Maari Ma Indigenous Art Awards, and The Ikona by George Raftopoulos.
Also, Adrift by Jesse Boyd-Reid, and Dirty Diesel & Dusty Deeds by Paul White.

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park
ëBondií, Warialda 2402.
(02) 6729-4147.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 5.00, or by appt
Opening Mon April 27 is a collaboration of works from artists both past and present from Castlemaine, Victoria.

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. All welcome.
To April 26 As far as the eye can see. Through a variety of print media, the artists in this exhibition express their individual relationships to the land and our diverse natural environment. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery touring exhibition.
April 14 to May 21 Operation Art – on display in the Cowra Library, check library opening hours.

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 April 4 The Great Escape by Alex Seton. Gallery 2: Connections by Lucinda McDonald. The Window: curated by Emma O’Neill.
April 17 to May 2, 2020 Goulburn Art Award. Gallery 2: Works from our local Arts Access program. The Window: curated by Mark Kelly.

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.
April 3 to May 10 ARTEXPRESS – an annual exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts in NSW.

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 May 17 James Tylor: Economics of Water.
To May 31 National Photography Prize 2020 Finalist Exhibition. Artists include: Anthea Behm, Danica Chappell, Elise Harmsen, Ali McCann, Hayley Millar-Baker, Kent Morris, Sarah Mosca, Phoung Ngo, Lillian O’Neil, Emma Phillips, Debra Phillips and Justine Varga.

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.

New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM)
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.
Gallery closed from April to November for the Orange Regional Gallery Extension Project 2020.
UPDATE: In accordance with the with Federal Government restrictions, Orange Regional Gallery will be closed effective from Thursday 26 March.

Suki & Hugh Gallery
38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore 2621.
(02) 6238-1398.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
To April 26 The Shadow of Wings Imaginings of the Unknown by Colleen Southwell.
May 2 to June 7 No such thing as solid ground – paintings from a wild summer in egg tempera and beeswax by Sara Freeman – ‘No matter how flattened, ragged, bereft, raw, heartbroken or exhausted you feel, your very presence makes a difference.’

Sara Freema, Red rain, 2017, wax and egg tempera on wood, 30 x 30cm. 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.
To April 19 Arlo Mountford: Deep Revolt. Read more…
April 25 to June 14 Fresh Arts 20/20.
Also, Waste To Art.