August 2021 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

Gosford Regional Gallery
36 Webb Street, East Gosford 2250.
(02) 4304-7550.
Daily 9.30 to 4.00. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday.
Visit website for full exhibition program.

The Lock-Up
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4925-2265.
Wed-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 11.00 to 3.00.
To Aug 22 Experimenta Life Forms.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG)
230 High Street, Maitland 2320.
(02) 4934-9859.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00. Closed public hols.
To Aug 8 Shadow Boxer – a group exhibition exploring the cultural fascination with boxing, and ideas of race, gender, class and the physicality of boxing in their work – Karla Dickens, Richard Lewer, Michael Willson, Nigel Milsom, Keri Glastonbury, Fiona McMonagle, Bianca ‘Bam Bam’ Elmir and David Matthews. Curated by MRAG Director, Gerry Bobsien.
To Aug 22 Wonnarua by Ryan Lee.
To Aug 29 Impressions of a Journey: Landscapes Between Walcha and Paterson by Paula Jenkins.
To Sept 5 Barka, The Forgotten River. A collaboration between Badger Bates, Justine Muller and the Wilcannia Community – touring from Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
To Sept 12 (opening Fri Aug 6, 6-8pm) MRAG Members Art Sale – a group exhibition and fundraiser including paintings, prints and sculptures, created by established and emerging artists from across Australia.

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 Sept 5 Art in Your Community: Natural History is an ongoing program of showcase exhibitions at MAC for local artists. In this exhibition our natural world comes alive as science meets art. From bees to banksia, natural history illustrators explore the minutia of life through a variety of media. All works are available for sale.

Cathy Lane, Beautiful Bromeliad come march with me (detail), 2016, gouache, watercolour, collaged screen-printed papers (photo stencil). Courtesy the artist and Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie

To Sept 26 Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul is Bundanon Trust’s new three-year nationally touring exhibition exploring a lifetime of landscape paintings by renowned Australian artist Arthur Boyd. Curated by Barry Pearce the exhibition is drawn principally from Bundanon Trust’s collection of the artist’s work. The exhibition features up to 60 paintings including a group of masterpieces borrowed from major state art museums, as well as 20 works on paper, letters, photographs and sketchbooks, spanning almost half a century from his adolescence through to his final years.

Arthur Boyd, Shoalhaven as the River Styx, c.1996, oil on canvas. Boyd Family Collection. Courtesy Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie

Newcastle Art Gallery (NAG)
1 Laman Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4974-5100.
Gallery Director: Lauretta Morton.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
To Aug 22 WARWAR: The Art of Torres Strait – this landmark group exhibition showcases the evolution and strength of Torres Strait Islander tradition and society through arts practitioners from the 19th century to the emergence of the contemporary art traditions of today. Developed in collaboration with highly-awarded artist and curator Brian Robinson, the exhibition brings together over 130 works of art drawn from Newcastle Art Gallery’s collection, as well as galleries, museums and private collections from across Australia – with some works never previously seen outside of the Torres Strait.

Toby Cedar, Op Nor Beizam (Shark Mask) White, 2018, bamboo cane, twine, raffia, pearl shell, acrylic paint, feather object, 80 × 56 × 31cm. Les Renfrew Bequest 2019 Newcastle Art Gallery collection. Courtesy the artist

Aug 14 to Oct 31 Kilgour Prize 2021 – group exhibition. One of Australia’s major art prizes, the Kilgour Prize for figurative and portrait painting, will award $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art as determined by a panel of three judges. The Kilgour Prize 2021 will be judged by Lauretta Morton, Director Newcastle Art Gallery, Adam Porter, Head of Curatorial, Campbelltown Arts Centre and David Trout, Visual Artist, Head Teacher Fine Art, Newcastle Art School. See the 30 finalist paintings on display and cast your vote in the People’s Choice Award of $5,000.

Michael Bell, Starting The after party (Two self-portraits), 2020, oil and charcoal on canvas, 127 × 165cm. Gift of the Newcastle Art Gallery Society 2020, Newcastle Art Gallery collection. Courtesy the artist and Newcastle Art Gallery

The University Gallery
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 appt.
Aug 6 to Sept 25 A Secular View – a retrospective solo exhibition spanning 25 years of practice by NT artist Neridah Stockley. A Secular View explores the artist’s lyrical style and distinctive visual vernacular.

Watt Space Gallery
Cnr King and Auckland streets, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4921-5255.
Wed-Fri 11.00 to 5.00, Sat 12.00 to 4.00, or by appt.
To Aug 8 Ordinary Intricacies – a group exhibition involving talented Hunter artists – Sue Jones, Chris Capper, Brett Piva, Ari Chand, John Heaney, Lezley Tilley, Mojgan Habibi and Mady Hatton.

Northern Rivers

Bank Art Museum Moree
25 Frome Street, Moree 2400.
(02) 6757-3320.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 1.00.
To Aug 29, 2021 BAMM Art Fair: The Painted River.

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.
Aug 14 to Oct 23 STILL: National Still Life Award 2021 – a biennial, acquisitive award for artworks in the genre of still life, in all mediums. The award is open to artists at all stages of their careers across Australia. STILL seeks to highlight the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice, broadening the interpretation and meaning of this enduring genre.

Susan Gourley, Half Eaten Banana, 2021, discarded polystyrene, cardboard, paper, and timber, plus modelling paste, acrylic paint, and adhesive, 16 × 42 × 10cm. Photograph: Bridie Gillman. Courtesy the artist and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Michael Cook, Nature Morte – Veiled Bird, 2021, inkjet Photo on Canvas, 140 x 200cm. Courtesy the artist, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Queensland and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Lismore Regional Gallery
11 Rural Street, Lismore 2480.
(02) 6627-4600.
Entry by suggested $5 donation.
Wed-Sun 10.00 to 4.00, Thurs 10.00 to 6.00. Closed Mon-Tues.
To Aug 8 Max Dupain: Australian Modern, and Ryan Lee: Wonnarua.
Aug 14 to Oct 24 Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop.

Manning Regional Art Gallery
12 Macquarie Street, Taree 2430.
(02) 6592-5455.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00. Closed Sun until further notice. Visit website for updates.
To Aug 22 Walk Softly: Stand tall, look them in the eye by Pastor Russell Saunders OAM and Raechel Saunders.
Also, Mostly Useful by Steve Williams, and Observations – now and then by Helga Visser.
Aug 28 to Oct 10 Chaotic Disconnection by Gemma Cross and Freyja Moon.

Mist Gallery
Shop 3, 2-6 Pandanus Parade, Cabarita Beach 2488.
Thurs-Mon 9.00 to 2.00.
From July 30 Throughlines by Jane Hoggard – solo exhibition.
From Sept 16 Mist – a group exhibition, curated by Helen Otway, to celebrate one year of Mist Gallery.

Jane Hoggard, Snow in Summer, 2021, oil on canvas, oak frame, 100 × 100cm. Courtesy the artist and Mist Gallery

Jane Hoggard, At The End Of The Rainbow, 2021, oil on canvas, oak frame, 100 × 100cm. Courtesy the artist and Mist Gallery

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.
July 30 to Dec 5 Shared Knowledge – this exhibition showcases the work of eight teaching artists from the Byron School of Art (BS’A) in Mullumbimby: four BS’A Directors – Michael Cusack, James Guppy, Emma Walker and Christine Willcocks with four long-course teachers – Chris Bennie, Michelle Dawson, Travis Paterson and Kat Shapiro Wood.

Southern Highlands

Bowral Art Gallery
1 Short Street, Bowral 2576.
(02) 4861-4093.
Check the website or email for opening hours.
The Bowral Art Gallery, home of the Bowral & District Art Society and BDAS workshops.
Aug 4 to 10 (opening Sat Aug 7, 1pm) Diversity V – Picton Art Group.
Aug 13 to 23 (opening Sat Aug 14, 1pm) Treasured Fragments – Southern Highlands Textile & Fibre Group.
Aug 26 to Sept 7 (opening Sat Aug 28, 2pm) Dialogues by Judy Mylonas & Mary Anne Brophy.

Sturt Gallery & Studios
Cnr Range Road and Waverley Parade, Mittagong 2575.
(02) 4860-2083.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
Visit Australia’s oldest design centre and cherished home of contemporary craft.
Aug 1 to Sept 19 Landscape with Rock – printmaker Tony Ameneiro pays homage to Fred Williams in an exhibition of prints and drawings of the Nattai River.

Tony Amoneiro, Nattai River Landscape, 2020, drypoint in white ink with chine collé. Courtesy the artist and Sturt Gallery & Studios

South Coast

Bega Valley Regional Gallery
Zingel Place, Bega 2550.
(02) 6499-2222.
Free entry.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 4.00.
To Sept 7 BVRG: PORT Eden Welcome Centre: Weecoon Street, Eden NSW 2551 – Nhawandyi / Nanda Beeyaa: I see you, killer whale – First Nations works from the BVRG collection.

Wollongong Art Gallery
Cnr Kembla and Burelli streets, Wollongong 2520.
(02) 4227-8500.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 12.00 to 4.00.
To Aug 15 Alchemical Worlds: Agnieszka Golda, Martin Johnson and Jo Law – brings us in close proximity to bio-archivists of climate change: corals and trees through philosophies of alchemy and materials transformation.
To Sept 5 Lore: IAVA – Alannah Dreise, Angela Forrest, Deborah Redwood, Jennifer Jackson, Karen Hook, Kate Stehr, Penny Hulbert, Peter Hewitt, Sue Smalkowski and Virginia Settre, take on the intangibility of lore by exploring perception, memory, knowledge and the lure of place.

Kate Stehr, Scribing Tools series, 2021, branch, cane, found objects. Photograph: Bernie Fischer. Courtesy the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

To Oct 10 FLOW: WAG Contemporary Watercolour Prize – a $20,000 biennial acquisitive competition open to artists from around Australia for watercolour painting, works on paper in watercolour acrylic, gouache, pen and ink, and watercolour mixed media.
To Oct 24 Echoes In Time: Works From The Collection.
Aug 28 to Nov 14 Birds and Language – Glenn Barkley, Barbara Campbell, Fernando do Campo, Eugene Carchesio, Ashley Eriksmoen, Emily Floyd, Danie Mellor, NOT, Raquel Ormella, Deborah Porch, Joan Ross, Laurens Tan, John Tonkin, Jenny Watson, Louise Weaver and John Wolseley, alongside works from the Wollongong Art Gallery collection and more. Curated by Madeleine Kelly.

Louise Weaver, Golden Snipe, 2010, hand crocheted lambswool over, taxidermied Australian Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii), Australian red cedar (Toonaciliata), cotton perlé crochet thread, cotton embroidery thread, felt, gold leaf, 26.5 × 22.5 × 16cm. Les Renfrew Bequest 2010, Newcastle Region Art Gallery collection. Photograph: Mark Ashkanasy. Courtesy the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains City Art Gallery
30 Parke Street, Katoomba 2780.
(02) 4780-5410.
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.
Aug 14 to Sept 26 Just Not Australian – presents work by Australian artists at the forefront of national debate and practice.
This exhibition brings together 20 artists across generations and diverse cultural backgrounds to deal broadly with the origins and implications of contemporary Australian nationhood. 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. This exhibition begins its national tour from 2020, which marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s first voyage to Australia, a timely moment to interrogate Australia’s colonial history and the complexities of presenting and representing national identity. Just Not Australian was curated by Artspace and developed in partnership with Sydney Festival and Museums & Galleries of NSW. The exhibition is being toured nationally by M&G NSW touring exhibition.

Soda Jerk, TERROR NULLIUS (video still), 2018, digital video, 54 mins. Courtesy the artists and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge 2776.
(02) 4751-1067.
Entry fees apply.
Thurs-Mon 10.00 to 4.00 with pre-booked tickets.
The Norman Lindsay Gallery is the home of The Magic Pudding and displays the work of artist and writer Norman Lindsay (1879-1969).

Central Tablelands Western Districts Greater NSW

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst 2795.
(02) 6333-6555.
Free entry.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 2.00. Closed Mon, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday.
July 31 to Sept 19 Myall Creek and Beyond.
Also, At The End of The Land: Samuel James and Talya Rubin.

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill 2880.
(08) 8080-3444.
Entry by donation.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00, hours may vary check website.
To Aug 22 Karin Donaldson: GROUNDED, My Wilcannia Life.

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park
‘Bondi’, Warialda 2402.
(02) 6729-4147.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 5.00, and by appt.
Coming soon, solo exhibition by Raffaella Picotti.
Opening July 31:
Winners of 2021 Travelling Quilters challenge announced.
Launch of Tiki Philosophers’ Trail publication.
Exhibition continues through Aug.

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 8 to Sept 26 Weapons for the Soldier: Protecting Country, Culture and Family – a groundbreaking exhibition initiated by the young men of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands South Australia, bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian artists to examine complex themes of weaponry, warfare, and protecting land and country. A touring exhibition by Hazelhurst Arts Centre.

Gang Gang Gallery
206 Main Street, Lithgow 2790.
Thurs-Sun 10.30 to 4.30, or by appt. Celebrating Rebecca Wilson’s new book ‘Kate Kelly’, original paintings and limited edition prints from her exhibition The Kate Kelly Collection are now available at Gang Gang Gallery.

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 Aug 28 The Window: Curated by Mike Cross. Gallery 2: I would kiss you on the cheek if you listened to me. I’m tired of pleading with you by Emma Rani Hodges.
Also, Icarus, my Son by Dean Cross.

Griffith Regional Art Gallery
167 Banna Avenue, Griffith 2680.
(02) 6962-8338.
Wed-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 11.00 to 2.00.
To Aug 29 Local Indigenous Exhibition – celebrating the strength, creativity and diversity of Wiradjuri artists, in the tradition of the esteemed Murrumbidgee Mara Mara, Warangesda Deeper Waters and Yarruwala Wiradjuri exhibitions.

Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA)
546 Dean Street, Albury 2640.
(02) 6043-5800.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun and public hols 10.00 to 4.00. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. Open ANZAC Day 1.00 to 4.00.
See website for exhibitions, programs and events.

New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM)
106-114 Kentucky Street, Armidale 2350.
(02) 6772-5255.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
NERAM is home to one of the nation’s most significant art collections outside the capital cities, holding a collection of over 5,000 works of historical, modern and contemporary art. NERAM presents a dynamic program of exhibitions, educational and public events.

Orange Regional Gallery
149 Byng Street, Orange 2800.
(02) 6393-8136.
The Gallery is temporarily closed for building works. Visit website for updates.

Suki & Hugh Gallery
38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore 2621.
(02) 6238-1398.
Sat-Sun 10.00 to 4.00, or by appt.
July 31 to Sept 5 Times gone, days lost and you by Ali Nasseri – a large-format analogue photography exhibition by Nasseri exploring thoughts and experiences from our past through photography and poetry.
Sept 11 to Oct 17 Isobel Rayson – woodcuts.

Ali Nasseri, Best friends for ever, 2019, 35mm negative film, pigment print on uncoated paper, 120 × 90cm. 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.
Aug 7 to 8, 10am to 4pm (opening Fri Aug 6, 6-8pm) Dubbo Art Fair – brings independent and emerging visual artists, designers and creatives together to showcase and sell their work. Free event.