May/June 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.

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.
UPDATE: Gosford Regional Gallery is closed until further notice.

The Lock-Up
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4925-2265.
UPDATE: The Lock-Up office and gallery are temporarily closed until further notice. 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.
Closed until further notice.
Eleven exhibition spaces, Gallery Shop + much-loved-by-locals café.
Free entry, donations always welcomed!

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 June 7 Hardenvale – our home in absurdia.
To June 14 Body Language.

Newcastle Art Gallery (NAG)
1 Laman Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4974-5100.
Gallery Director: Lauretta Morton.
Currently closed but open online.
To July 20 HOMEWARD BOUND: the art and life of Tom Gleghorn. Tom Gleghorn OAM held his inaugural solo exhibition at Newcastle Art Gallery in 1959. Sixty-one years after that exhibition, Gleghorn is homeward bound. Considered to be one of Australia’s finest abstract expressionists, Newcastle Art Gallery is proud to be staging the first major survey of Gleghorn’s work. HOMEWARD BOUND: the art and life of Tom Gleghornwill feature paintings and drawings from across the artist’s extraordinary career of more than 70 years. While the Gallery is closed to the public, this exhibition will be available via a virtual tour.

Tom Gleghorn, Landscape Altar – MacDonnell Ranges (detail), 1986, oil on canvas, 242 x 196cm. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Sandra Dell Andersen, 2018, Newcastle Art Gallery collection. 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.
UPDATE: The University Gallery is closed until further notice with their exhibition and events schedule under revision.

Watt Space
Northumberland House, cnr Auckland and King streets, Newcastle 2300.
Office: (02) 4921-5188.
Gallery: (02) 4921-8733.
UPDATE: Watt Space is closed until further notice with their exhibition and events schedule under revision.

Northern Rivers

Bank Art Museum Moree
25 Frome Street, Moree 2400.
(02) 6757-3320.
To June 30 The Archibald Prize.
Also, Young Archies – finals days on display in BAMM windows.
May 13 to July 31 Art Abounds – explore the opportunity to see online exhibitions in other regional areas.
Monday June 15, 10am 2020 BAMM Art Fair – BAMM will still be showcasing our local and regional Micro Exhibition artists in an inaugural online exhibition in 2020!
UPDATE: Bank Art Museum is closed until further notice. Visit their website and Facebook page for updates.

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
Cnr Coff and Duke streets, Coffs Harbour 2450.
(02) 6648-4863.
Currently closed but you can connect with us on Facebook, Instagram or sign up for the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery newsletter to keep informed about upcoming exhibitions, programs and events.
During this remarkable moment in time, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery is capturing the domestic experiences of people living in COVID isolation, through the theme of still life. Get involved by photographing a still life composition – a new composition, or something defining your time in isolation. Post it to Instagram with one of these hashtags: #BeStillCoffsCoast, #BeStillAustralia or #BeStillWorld. Your photos will be printed and included in our next public exhibition, Be Still. Dates TBC. Find out more at instagram.com/coffsharbourregionalgallery

Susan Knight and Trevor Mein Margot, Mantelpiece, 2019, pigment print on archival rage paper, 90 x 120 x 6cm. Courtesy the artists and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Still: National Still Life Award 2019. Courtesy of Jamie Williams

Lismore Regional Gallery
11 Rural Street, Lismore 2480.
(02) 6627-4600.
Online: Defiant: Never Alone Solid Together.
Postponed: Dissonant Rhythms by Ross Manning.
UPDATE: Lismore Regional Gallery is closed until further notice. 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.
UPDATE: Manning Regional Art Gallery is closed until further notice.

Retrospect Galleries
52 Jonson Street, Byron Bay 2481.
(02) 6680-8825.
Cutting-edge collectable art from established and emerging Australian artists and designers.
UPDATE: Retrospect Galleries is closed until further notice, however, they will be operating online.

Tweed Regional Gallery
& Margaret Olley Art Centre
2 Mistral Road (cnr Tweed Valley Way), Murwillumbah South 2484.
(02) 6670-2790.
Director: Susi Muddiman OAM.
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre re-opens June 3.
To June 28 Fibro Façade by Catherine O’Donnell. Read more…
May 8 to July 5 (online) Border Art Prize 2020.

Gallery DownTown Annexe of Tweed Regional Gallery:
1st floor, M-Arts Precinct cnr Brisbane Street and Proudfoots Lane, Murwillumbah 2484.
UPDATE: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, the Gallery Cafe and the annexe Gallery DownTown is closed until further notice. 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.
UPDATE: Bowral Art Gallery is now closed until further notice.

Sturt Gallery & Studios
Cnr Range Road and Waverley Parade, Mittagong 2575.
(02) 4860-2083.
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.

South Coast

Bega Valley Regional Gallery
Zingel Place, Bega 2550.
(02) 6499-2202.
While the BVRG has been closed, they have continued their 2020 program via online channels delivering resources and  3D tours of exhibitions. The Gallery will re-open June 1.
May 8 to June 19 Eugenia Lim: The Ambassador.

Wollongong Art Gallery
Cnr Kembla and Burelli Streets, Wollongong 2520.
(02) 4227-8500.
Fax 4226-5530.
Currently closed but open online.
To Aug 23 From The Room of Dorian Gray by eX de Medici – meticulous, large-scale watercolours critically engage with contemporary world issues. The colourful surfaces predominantly grapple with the politics of power and a world dictated by capitalist interests; huge multinational companies and global superpowers. These seductive and deceptively beautiful paintings, some dating back to 2013, continue to be saliently relevant as the artist confronts contemporary issues with tact and timely ferocity.

Michael Zavros, Elephant, 2019, oil on canvas, 160 x 120cm. Commissioned by Wollongong Art Gallery in response to the Mann-Tatlow Collection of Asian Art

eX de Medici, The Law (Heckler and Koch), 2013-14, watercolour on paper, 114 x 212.5cm. Courtesy the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains City Art Gallery
30 Parke Street, Katoomba 2780.
(02) 4780-5410.
VIRTUAL INSIGHT. Blue Mountains Cultural Centre has launched VIRTUAL INSIGHT, a curated selection of digital content featuring DIY art-making activities, staff insights into our collection and exhibitions, studio tours and workshops with local artists and creatives and much more.
Studio Tour with Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig – in this beautifully filmed piece, local artists Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig open up their studio and home to show us their creative process and how their family manages in this unprecedented time of social isolation.

Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig. Courtesy the artists and Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

Paste up Activity with Mandy Schöne-Salter. Blue Mountains based artist Mandy Schöne-Salter shows us how to do a simple graphic paste-up activity featuring a family member or pet. This activity includes photography, digital art and graphic art skills. Visit www.bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au to engage with this curated online experience.

Mandy Schöne-Salter. Courtesy the artist and Blue Mountains Cultural Centr

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.
The Norman Lindsay Gallery is the home of The Magic Pudding and displays the work of artist and writer Norman Lindsay (1879-1969).
UPDATE: National Trust (NSW) events cancelled or postponed until 30 June 2020.

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 by appt only.

Sculpture at Scenic World 2020
Due to launch in April 2020, Sculpture at Scenic World has been rescheduled to the following year and will now exhibit from April 1 to May 2, 2021.

Central Tablelands Western Districts Greater NSW

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst 2795.
(02) 6333-6555.
Postponed: Jurgis Miksevicius: In the light of the sun and shadow of the moon – a BRAG exhibition.
To June 28 Harrie Fasher: Weighted – a BRAG Exhibition. Content delivered online only.
UPDATE: Bathurst Regional Gallery is closed until further notice.

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill 2880.
(08) 8080-3444.
UPDATE: Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery is closed until further notice.

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park
‘Bondi’, Warialda 2402.
(02) 6729-4147.
Temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery
77 Darling Street, Cowra 2794.
(02) 6340-2190.
Admission free The Gallery is closed until further notice. This is in line with the health guidelines recommended by the Federal Government and NSW Government to manage the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is an unfortunate but necessary measure, to ensure the safety of visitors, the community and staff.
Office hours are Tues-Fri 10.00 to 4.00. The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of Cowra Shire Council. The Gallery prides itself as a friendly and welcoming public gallery. Information and updates regarding the 2020 exhibition program and online activities including the online entry form for the $20,000 acquisitive Calleen Art Award 2020 (entries close 22 July 2020) are available at www.cowraartgallery.com.au

Installation view ‘As far as the eye can see’ exhibition. Photograph: J Perry. Courtesy Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
Civic Centre, 184 Bourke Street, Goulburn 2580.
(02) 4823-4494.
To June 27 Sidney McMahon: Of hope and longing.
Also, Gallery 2: You forgot that spaghettis can swim – an installation from Goulburn’s young LGBTIQA+ community in collaboration with Sidney McMahon.
UPDATE: The Goulburn Regional Art Gallery is closed for now. They will continue to post online content through their website, Facebook and Instagram channels.

Griffith Regional Art Gallery
167 Banna Avenue, Griffith 2680.
(02) 6962-8444.
UPDATE: Griffith Regional Gallery is closed until further notice.

Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA)
546 Dean Street, Albury 2640.
(02) 6043-5800.
UPDATE: MAMA is closed until further notice. Explore the museum via a 3D tour on their website.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
Cnr Bridge and William streets, Muswellbrook 2333.
(02) 6549-3800.
UPDATE: Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre is closed until further notice. During this time, they will deliver programs via their social media platforms.

New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM)
106-114 Kentucky Street, Armidale 2350.
(02) 6772-5255.

Orange Regional Gallery
149 Byng Street, Orange 2800.
(02) 6393-8136.
Closed for the Orange Regional Gallery Extension Project 2020, re-opening in 2021.

Suki & Hugh Gallery
38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore 2621.
(02) 6238-1398.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 4.00, by appt only or online.
May 23 to June 28 No such thing as solid ground by Sara Freeman – this time seems to be testing all our certainties and our belief in limitless abundance. In reality, nothing is certain, ever, except change. But the human brain clings to patterns of familiarity, quickly building a new ‘normal’ when the old one fails. Paintings from a wild summer, in egg tempera and beeswax by Sara Freeman.

Sara Freeman, Dark summer, 2020, wax and egg tempera on board, 120 x 80cm. Courtesy the artist and Suki & Hugh Gallery

Sara Freeman, No turning back, 2020, wax and egg tempera on board 120 x 80cm. 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.
Postponed: Fresh Arts 20/20.
UPDATE: Western Plains Cultural Centre is closed until further notice.