August 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

Finite Gallery
60 Caves Beach Road, Caves Beach 2281.
Fri-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
Fine Art & Crafts. Classes and workshops for all ages.
Aug 16 to 25 In 2 Places by Leslie Duffin. Concurrent exhibitions at The Creator Incubator Gallery (TCI) and Finite Gallery: opening Fri Aug 16, 6-8pm at TCI, and Sat Aug 17, 2-4pm at Finite Gallery.
TCI is located at 15A/50 Clyde Street, Hamilton Nth. Thurs-Sun 12.00 to 5.00. All welcome.

Gallery 139
Online and pop-up exhibitions during 2019
Director: Ahn Wells.
Through Aug visit www.gallery139.com.au/stockroom
Next pop-up exhibition is in October with Malcolm Sands at Newcastle ArtSpace.

Malcolm Sands, Bylong, 2017, oil on canvas, 30.5 x 25.5cm. Courtesy the artist and Gallery 139

Malcolm Sands, Bylong Valley View, 2019, oil on canvas, 23 x 23cm framed. Courtesy the artist and Gallery 139

Gosford Regional Gallery
36 Webb Street, East Gosford 2250.
(02) 4304-7550.
Free entry.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
To Aug 25 PARADIGM/SHIFT by Natalie Verriest.
To Sept 1 Oceans from Here.
Aug 3 to Sept 1 Heads above water by Peter Baka.

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.
The Gallery will be closed until Sept for renovations.
The Sculpture Park and Awaba House Restaurant Café will remain open. Stay tuned for our grand re-opening celebration.

The Lock-Up
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4925-2265.
Wed-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 11.00 to 3.00.
Aug 10 to Oct 6 (opening Sat Aug 10, 5.30pm) An Immeasurable Distance by Emma Fielden.
A solo exhibition by Sydney-based artist Fielden, which explores the nature of infinity, the universe and our human place in it. It began with the idea that pondering infinity might allow the mind to reach out beyond the boundaries of a confined space. The exhibition brings together The Lock-Up’s distinct architectural history as a prison, a place of confinement, and Fielden’s ongoing examination of infinite and infinitesimal phenomena.

Emma Fielden, Mapping the Void, 2016, hand-crushed ferrite magnets, iron oxide pigment, rare earth magnets, linen thread, installed at Dominik Mersch Gallery. Courtesy the artist and The Lock Up

Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG)
230 High Street, Maitland 2320.
(02) 4934-9859.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00 (café open from 8.00am).
Eleven exhibition spaces, Gallery Shop + much-loved-by-locals café.
Free entry, donations always welcomed!

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 Aug 11 James Drinkwater: the sea calls me by name. Read more…
Aug 3 to Oct 13 Kilgour Prize 2019 – Newcastle’s annual $50,000 art prize for figurative and portrait painting.
Aug 3 to Oct 13 INTRODUCING: recent acquisitions.
Aug 24 to Nov 3 Robert Dickerson: Off the Canvas.

Kilgour Prize 2018 Winner: Natasha Walsh, Within the Studio (self-portrait,) 2017, oil on marble, 10 x 10cm. Courtesy the artist and Newcastle Art Gallery

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.
To Aug 24 (opening Tues Aug 6, from 7.30pm) Erasure featuring work by Mazie Turner, Dan Nelson, Annemarie Murland and Katrina Holden. Opening night features performances by Jacob Neale and Jarrod Gibson
Follow up event: Flamenco! – Tues Aug 13 from 7.30pm, featuring guitarist Damian Wright and Bandaluzian performing Spanish music and dance. In support of the Newcastle Music Festival 2019.
From Aug 28 By the Good Grace by Vicki Hamilton PhD.

Watt Space
Northumberland House, cnr Auckland and King streets, Newcastle 2300.
Office (02) 4921-5188.
Gallery 4921-8733.
Wed-Sun 11.00 to 5.00.
Aug 7 to Sept 1 (opening and performances Sun Aug 11, from 5.30pm) Fused, in partnership with the Newcastle Music Festival 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.
Aug 2 to Sept 28 (opening Fri Aug 2, 6pm) Relay League by Angelica Mesiti.

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 Sept 14 Saltwater Freshwater Arts 2019 – a celebration of Aboriginal arts and culture from the Mid North Coast: the Worimi, Biripi, Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr nations that make up the Saltwater Freshwater region. The exhibition includes the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Aboriginal art award and a display of contemporary cultural objects, plus extensive public programs such as storytelling, weaving and language workshops.

Courtesy of Saltwater Freshwater Arts and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Grafton Regional Gallery
158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton 2460.
(02) 6642-3177.
Facebook @graftonregionalgallery
Instagram @grafton_regional_gallery
Daily 10.00 to 4.00, closed public hols.
To Sept 1 Gough Whitlam – The Way of the Reformer. From a childhood in fledgling Canberra to spag bol in the suburbs – to celebrate the centenary of Gough’s birth this exhibition takes an entirely different lens to the man that would become a national icon. Visit this exhibition and celebrate Gough’s life – not just his life as Prime Minister, but his life as an Australian. A touring exhibition of The Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University.

Gough and Margaret Whitlam on their wedding day on 22 April 1942. Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection Item 15473

To Sept 1 It Was Time: Artwork from the 60’s and 70’s – hidden gems from the Gallery Collection will be uncovered for a special celebration of artworks created in the Whitlam era including works by John Firth-Smith, Guy Warren, John Witzig and Dora Toovey.
To Sept 1 Moving Image: From the collection – explores drawing through the moving images and includes artwork by prominent Australian artists including the 2018 JADA winner Todd Fuller.

Todd Fuller, Ode to Clarence, 2017, mixed media animation on paper. Courtesy Gallery Collection

Lismore Regional Gallery
11 Rural Street, Lismore 2480.
(02) 6627-4600.
$5 donation.
Tues-Wed and Fri-Sun 10.00 to 4.00, Thurs 10.00 to 6.00.
To Aug 11 Object Therapy.
To Aug 25 Eesti by Jay-Dea Lopez.
To Sept 8 Gesture of Balance by Grant Vaughan.
Aug 3 to Sept 15 Gunyah by Melody Popple.
Aug 17 to Oct 13 Idle Worship.

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.
To Sept 1 The Real World by Stewart MacFarlane.
Also, The Lyrical River by Kate Dorrough. Read more…

Kate Dorrough, Running River, 2019, acrylic on linen, 152 x 168cm. Courtesy the artist and Manning Regional Art Gallery

Northern Rivers Community Gallery
44 Cherry Street, Ballina
(02) 6681-6167.
Wed-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat-Sun 9.30 to 2.30, closed public hols.
To Aug 25 Elemental – an exhibition of Mokulito Prints by Sam Sosnowski (www.samsosgallery.com) and Raku Ceramics by Jacqui Sosnowski (www.sosceramics.com).

Retrospect Galleries
52 Jonson Street, Byron Bay 2481.
(02) 6680-8825.
Daily 9.30 to 6.00.
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 2482.
(02) 6670-2790.
Director: Susi Muddiman OAM.
Free entry.
Wed-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
Gallery DownTown – Annexe of Tweed Regional Gallery:
1st floor, M-Arts Precinct cnr Brisbane Street and Proudfoots Lane, Murwillumbah 2484.
Mon-Wed and Fri, 9.45 to 3.15, Sat 10.00 to 2.00.

Southern Highlands

Bowral Art Gallery
1 Short Street, Bowral 2576.
(02) 4861-4093.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
The Bowral Art Gallery, home of the Bowral & District Art Society and BDAS workshops.
Aug 3 to 11 Belle Property Prize MY HIGHLAND HOME – sponsored by Belle Property Bowral.
Aug 16 to 26 Revisit, Revise – Southern Highlands Textile & Fibre Network.
Aug 29 to Sept 3 Points of View – Sue Meredith, Maxine Green and Jo Morris.

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.
To Sept 7 Notorious BVRG: The Life and Times of our Permanent Collection. New works and historic pieces from the BVRG collection.

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

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 Aug 25 Piksa Niugini: The Portraits and Diaries of Stephen Dupont – a study of cultural erosion as well as a celebration of an ancient people.
To Sept 1 Derry Messum: Migrations And Other Journeys – a personal response to the experience of migration, and to other historical journeys.

Derry Messum, 1770, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 121 x 4cm. Photograph: Bernie Fischer. Courtesy the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

To Nov 3 Ken Unsworth: Maquettes and Small Sculptures, curated by Anthony Bond OAM.
Aug 17 to Nov 10 Wollongong Art Gallery Contemporary Watercolour Prize. A biennial acquisitive competition open to artists from around Australia.

Ken Unsworth, Cloud, 1985, wire, river stones. Courtesy the artist and 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. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
To Aug 11 Simon Reece: Flotsam and jetsam is about rubbish, debris, detritus and how it impacts us, but also reflects us and who we are. In the universe, cosmik debris is scattered throughout. This space waste becomes the building blocks for the universe itself. Something bigger is formed from this rubbish. However, our climate malaise is brought about by waste, which is also creating something bigger. In this case, large blooms of jellyfish are appearing and highlight the detrimental warming of the oceans and the collapse of ecosystems. A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition.

Simon Reece, medusozoa, 2016, ceramic, underglaze and glaze, 5 x 30 x 31cm. Photograph: Graeme Wienand. Courtesy the artist and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery

To Aug 25 with every breath – being in the present moment is a fundamental challenge in contemporary society. The rituals we undertake on a daily basis can serve as a reminder to be present, to be here now. Whether making food, washing or dressing we perform multiple ordinary actions on any given day. When we pay attention to these actions we become aware of that moment. The artists in this exhibition encourage us to slow down, be still, breathe, reflect and listen: most importantly they ask us to take our time. The exhibition includes a music video work by Katoomba High School students and features artists such as Sarah Breen Lovett, Cherine Fahd, Karen Golland, Anne Graham, Rachael Wenona Guy & Leonie Van Eyk, WeiZen Ho, Rachel Peachey & Paul Mosig, Pamela Pirovic, Julie Rrap, Honi Ryan, Abi Tariq, Marty Walker and Hayley West. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition curated by Rilka Oakley. This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW. Read more…

Rachael Wenona Guy & Leonie Van Eyk, This House, My body – poetspeak (still), 2018, digital film, 35 min. Courtesy the artists and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery

Aug 17 to Sept 29 Resilience in Times of Adversity: Contemporary Responses to WW2 in the Blue Mountains 1939-1950. Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the commencement of WWII, Vivienne Dadour has curated this exhibition, which explores aspects of the personal, historical and political landscape of the Blue Mountains during, and post, WW2. Artists: Anne Graham, Chris Tobin (Darug), Fiona Davies, Sean OíKeeffe and Vivienne Dadour. A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé exhibition.

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.
Director: David Rex-Livingston.
Thurs-Mon 10.00 to 5.00, closed Tues/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.
Aug 2 to Sept 22 RocoColonial is an exhibition that examines the overlap between Rococo and Colonial and begins by acknowledging that both can be intrinsically related and link Australia to a wider, speculative world of multiple, concurrent histories. RocoColonial is a major artist-initiated project by Gary Carsley and presented by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in partnership with Hazelhurst Arts Centre.

Belem Lett, Civilisation, 2018, oil on aluminium composite panel, 224 x 450cm. Courtesy the artist and Wellington St Projects, Sydney

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill 2880.
(08) 8080-3444.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
To Sept 22 Earthed – Broken Hill Potters Society.

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park
‘Bondi’, Warialda 2402.
(02) 6729-4147.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 5.00, or by appt.
Continuing through Aug Annual Myall Creek Memorial Exhibition – featuring works by Vicky Duncan, Diane Marlow, Walter Duncan and Joshua Spicer-Gleeson.

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.
Aug 3 to 18 75: From Guns to Gardens – bridges the gap between the tragic event of the Cowra Breakout and the reputation of Cowra today as a place that celebrates international cooperation and understanding.
Aug 25 to Sept 22 no surface holds by Catherine Truman – 20 years of Truman’s collaborative practice with artists and scientists. A JamFactory Icon touring exhibition.

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 Sept 7 Snapshot: Joan Whittle – Deluge.
Also, Sightseeing by Rowan Conroy.

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.
To Aug 11 Southern Highland Printmakers: Continuum – contemporary prints responding to artists from previous generations who have had connections with the Southern Tablelands region between Sydney and Canberra.
Aug 16 to Sept 22 (opening Fri Aug 16, 6pm) Yield – group exhibition curated by Sarah McEwan.

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 Aug 18 Zzzzz: Sleep, Somnambulism, Madness. Read more…
To Sept 22 Kevin Gilbert: A Message to be Heard.
To Dec 15 Kate Rohde: Little Gems.

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 Aug 25 The Theatrical Eye by Kiata Mason, and The Hidden Garden by Travis De Vries.
Also, Looking East – Max Watters Collection.

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.
Aug 3 to Sept 8 Raw Language: esotericism in outsider art.
Aug 3 to Sept 22 Curtain Call by Andrew Antoniou.
Aug 3 to Sept 29 Between Nature and Sin by David Griggs.

Suki & Hugh Gallery
38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore 2621.
(02) 6238-1398.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
To Aug 11 Viewpoint by Gail Nichols. Nichols makes wall hangings using traditional rug hooking techniques. Her striking compositions are inspired by the landscape. She also uses free motion embroidery to bring characters she has observed in her travels to life as figurative sketches.
Aug 17 to Sept 29 Scripted by Nature by Ingrid Bowen and Larissa Warren. Sydney watercolourist Ingrid Bowen and QLD ceramicist Larissa Warren combine in this exhibition inspired by the earth and landscape. Scripted by nature and inscribed with the passing of time – land and forest show the scars, layers and stories of all that takes place, including the voids.

Ingrid Bowen, untitled, watercolour, 2019. 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 Sept 8 Sam Paine: The Five Obstructions.
To Nov 24 Mad Mossy: Murder, Mayhem and The Forgotten Class.
July 27 to Aug 25 ARTEXPRESS.
Aug 10 to Oct 13 Container.