July/August 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 and public hols.
Exhibiting fine art and crafts from the regions finest practitioners.

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 their mailing list.
Contemporary art by emerging and established Newcastle artists. Art Consultancy by request.

Gosford Regional Gallery
36 Webb Street, East Gosford 2250.
(02) 4304-7550.
Free admission; bookings required.
Mon-Sat 9.30 to 4.00.

The Lock-Up
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4925-2265.
Thurs-Sun 11.00 to 3.00.
To Aug 9 Dancing with the Dead. Read more…
Aug 15 to Sept 6 Collect.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG)
230 High Street, Maitland 2320.
(02) 4934-9859.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00, café temporarily closed, see website for updates.
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 Sept 27 YOUR COLLECTION: yapang.
July 4 to Oct 11 Reconnected: a recovery story.

Newcastle Art Gallery (NAG)
1 Laman Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4974-5100.
Gallery Director: Lauretta Morton.
Tue-Sat, with two daily sessions at 10.00 and 2.00. Visit the website to book.
To July 20 HOMEWARD BOUND: the art and life of Tom Gleghorn – considered to be one of Australia’s finest and most influential abstract expressionists. HOMEWARD BOUND: the art and life of Tom Gleghorn will feature paintings and drawings from across the artist’s extraordinary career of more than 70 years.

Tom Gleghorn, Drought landform no. 2, 1965, mixed media on board, 91.4 x 60.8cm. Bequeathed in 2003 by Anne von Bertouch OAM through the Newcastle Region Art Gallery Foundation. Newcastle Art Gallery collection

To Oct 5 REPEATER: from the collection – presents works of art that imitate life amidst a pandemic, as we take a more minimalist approach to life, or find ourselves repeating the same motions day after day. But instead of monotonous or mundane, repetition can be comforting. This exhibition encourages us to focus on the beauty of the familiar. Drawn exclusively from the Gallery’s collection, the exhibition features new acquisitions by Daniel Boyd, Robert Jacks, Jennifer Keeler-Milne, Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Reko Rennie and other well-known artists.

Installation view, REPEATER: from the collection, Newcastle Art Gallery, 2020

Aug 1 to Oct 25 KILGOUR PRIZE 2020. One of Australia’s major art prizes in figurative painting, the KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 will award $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art. The KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 will be judged by Lauretta Morton, Director Newcastle Art Gallery, Stephen Gilchrist, curator and Lecturer Art History, The University of Sydney and Rachel Arndt, Gallery Programs and Touring Exhibitions Manager, Museums and Galleries of NSW. Winner announced Fri July 31.

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 by private appointment only.

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.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 1.00.
To July 25 ANZ People’s Choice Award.
Also, The Archibald Prize, and Moree Young Archies.
To Aug 29, 2020 BAMM Art Fair – online.

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
Cnr Coff and Duke streets, Coffs Harbour 2450.
(02) 6648-4863.
Free entry via online ticketing system.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 9:30 to 12.00.
To Aug 15 Be Still. The Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery invited the community to capture photos of their domestic experience living in COVID-19 isolation on the Coffs Coast and around the world, through the theme of still life. With the aid of Instagram, the community responded with photos of still life compositions by including one of the following hashtags #BeStillCoffsCoast, #BeStillAustralia or #BeStillWorld. This collection of images has culminated in the Be Still exhibition at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, ready to be explored.

Amanda Shotbolt, Back to Basics, 2020, Instagram photograph @amanda.shotbolt. Courtesy the artist and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Aug 21 to Oct 17 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. al artists, communities and land together.

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

Aug 21 to Oct 17 Robert & Janis Hunter Collection – local art collectors Robert and Janis Hunter donated their 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 Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Lismore Regional Gallery
11 Rural Street, Lismore 2480.
(02) 6627-4600.
Wed and Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Thurs 10.00 to 6.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 too 2.00.
To Aug 16 Dissonant Rhythms by Ross Manning.
To Aug 23 CONTROL. ABUSE. KILL. She’ll Be Right, Mate! by Paulette Hayes.
July 4 to Aug 16 Lismore Art Club: Celebrating 60 Years.

Manning Regional Art Gallery
12 Macquarie Street, Taree 2430.
(02) 6592-5455.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 3.00.

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.
Free entry.
Wed-Sun 10.00 to 11.30, 12.00 to 1.30 and 2.00 to 4.00. Pre-book online: artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au
To 5 September Gauge: Rae Sahel and Fragment Cohesion: Annie Long.
To Sept 13 LIFE, DEATH, innocence AND GUILT: Shannon Doyle.
Also, Surreal Nature: Dave Groom, and John Mawurundjul: I am the old and the new.
To Nov 15 Double Vision: Euan Macleod and Ron McBurnie.
To Jan, 2021 You are here: art of the region.
To Nov 29 Arm of the Sea and the Fertile Tree: Sally Anderson.
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.
From July 9 to Sept 5 Gauge: Rae Sahel.
Also, Fragment Cohesion: Annie Long.
Continuing, Interplay: profiling the four collection areas.

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 27 to Sept 8 View from the Coast – group Show by IAVA.

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.
Limited to 5 visitors in the gallery, please email the BVRG to secure your spot.
July 24 to Sept 12 The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award 2020 – is one of Australia’s most loved and richest prize for realistic portraiture. The $50,000 biennial award is non-acquisitive and attracts over 400 entries from many of Australia’s most respected artists.

Marcus Callum, Meg, oil on linen, 76 x 102cm. Courtesy the artist and Bega Valley Regional Gallery

Spiral Gallery
47 Church Street, Bega 2550
(02) 64925322
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 10.00 to 1.00
July 3 to 29
A Still Life by Karen Sedaitis. Still life paintings arising from an appreciation of pattern, colour and form; the natural world spilling out of containment… on another level, it’s also spilling out of COVID-19 containment! Works and catalogue available at www.karensedaitis.com

Karen Sedaitis Midsummer Nights Dream

Midsummer Night’s Dream, acrylic on canvas, 75 x 100cm. Courtesy the artist

The Signature of All Things, acrylic on cradled board, 45.7 x 61cm. Courtesy the artist

Wollongong Art Gallery
Cnr Kembla and Burelli Streets, Wollongong 2520.
(02) 4227-8500.
Fax 4226-5530.
Check website for gallery opening hours.
Until August, Elephant by Michael Zavros is a response to the Mann-Tatlow Collection of Asian Art gifted to Wollongong Art Gallery in 2004. The work is part of a body of recent still life paintings that assume the shape of an animal or bird, and in the context of photorealist painting toy with notions of the real and unreal. Elephant contains four key pieces from the collection collaged together with two Monstera or ‘Elephant Ear’ leaves from the artist’s garden.

Michael Zavros, Elephant, 2019, oil on canvas, 160 x 120cm. Commissioned by Wollongong Art Gallery. Courtesy the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

To Aug 23 From The Room Of Dorian Gray by ex de Medici – meticulous, large-scale watercolours critically engage with contemporary world issues. These seductive and deceptively beautiful paintings predominantly grapple with the politics of power and a world dictated by capitalist interests; huge multinational companies and global superpowers.

eX de Medici, Flame Job, 2018, watercolour and gold leaf on paper, 114 x 95cm. Courtesy the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

To Aug 23 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, Black Bob’s Creek, 2019, oil on canvas,100 x 150cm. Courtesy the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

To Oct 25 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, Cast Iron Lighthouse, Belmore Basin, 2019, oil, 84 x 107cm. 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.
To July 26 Kayo Yokoyama: My Story – a Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition.
July 11 to Aug 23 STILL IN MY MIND Gurindji experience, location and visuality. Curated by Brenda L. Croft, in partnership with National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW Art & Design.

Pauline Ryan, Kilingarri Namija, Miker Yard, 2015, acrylic on Belgian linen, 99 x 99cm. Courtesy the artist, Roxana Sherry and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery

Aug 1 to Sept 20 MAP BM: BLUE – a Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition curated by Beata Geyer.
Aug 29 to Sept 27 Black & Blue II – a Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition. Developed and curated by Faye Wilson.

Faye Wilson, Front and Back, 2018-2019, digital montage from hand-drawn and collected elements including a map of the 1957 bushfires in Leura and Katoomba, 59.4 x 84.1cm. Courtesy the artist 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.
Thurs-Sun 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 by appt only.

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, public hols 11.00 to 2.00.
To July 20 Harrie Fasher: Weighted – a BRAG Foyer Exhibition.
To Aug 9 AR+COLLECT – a BRAG Exhibition.
July 20 to Sept 14 Steve Hogan – a BRAG Foyer Exhibition.
Aug 15 to Oct 11 Archibald Prize 2019 Regional Tour and Young Archies – an Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition presented by ANZ.
Also, Pictures of You – a BRAG Exhibition.

BRAG Collection. Photograph: David Roma. Courtesy Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Blue Highways Gallery
32-34 Chanter Street, Berrigan 2712.
Fri-Sun 10.00 to 4.00 or by appt.
From July 4 One on One, Works in Glass Transparency and Reflection by Sergio Redegalli.

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill 2880.
(08) 8080-3444.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
July 8 to Aug 29 Out & Back In: Life from inside the BHRAG collection.
Also, Other People: portraits from the BHRAG collection.

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park
‘Bondi’, Warialda 2402.
(02) 6729-4147.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 5.00, and by appt.
Revisiting exhibitions – Kerry Cannon, Yvonne Ledingham and Catherine Player.

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.
To July 19 As far as the eye can see celebrates the contemporary topography of both landscape and printmaking – a Blue Mountains City Art Gallery touring exhibition, curated by Rilka Oakley.

Susanna Castleden, Bitumen Landscape (Indian Ocean Drive), 2016, frottage and screenprint on gesso paper maps, 210 x 360cm. Photograph: Silversalt. Courtesy the artist and Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Aug 2 to Sept 13 OBSESSED: Compelled to make – an Australian Design Centre touring exhibition.

Gabriella Bisetto – glass artist working in her studio. Photograph: Angus Lee Forbes

Calleen Art Award 2020 – entries close July 22 for the $20,000 acquisitive award. Online entry form available at www.cowraartgallery.com.au

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
Civic Centre, 184 Bourke Street, Goulburn 2580.
(02) 4823-4494.
Mon-Fri 9.00 to 5.00, Sat 12.00 to 4.00.
July 10 to Aug 15 The Ambassador by Eugenia Lim, and Adrift by Bill Dorman.
Also, The Window, curated by Paul Scott-Williams.
Aug 21 to Sept 26 ARTEXPRESS 2020.
Also, FIREWALL (strange times) by Freya Jobbins.

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 2 Haunting by Vic McEwan – a photographic and video exhibition animating museum objects with fog, mist, smoke and water. Aug 7 to Sept 6 Yarruwala Wiradjuri! Culture – Country – Community.

Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA)
546 Dean Street, Albury 2640.
(02) 6043-5800.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 4.00, public hols 10.00 to 4.00.
Visit website for exhibition program.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
Cnr Bridge and William streets, Muswellbrook 2333.
(02) 6549-3800.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00.

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.
Closed for the Orange Regional Gallery Extension Project 2020, re-opening in 2021.

Suki & Hugh Gallery
38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore 2621.
(02) 6238-1398.
Sat-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
To July 19 Dead Lead Dreaming – Vignettes by Sharon Field. These vignettes are small, impressionistic scenes that focus on one moment or give a particular insight into the character of plants and insects and their settings in the bush. Some of the human elements can also be considered intrusive and potentially destructive.

Sharon Field, Vignette – with a dim uncanny tinge. Courtesy the artist and Suki & Hugh Gallery

July 25 to Aug 30 No word for black and white. Indigenous sculptor, Tim Selwyn and non-Indigenous photographer, Renate Rienmueller collaborate on this extraordinary art project which explores ideas around selfhood, community, connection, identity and the need to eradicate the black and white labels that separate us.

Renate Rienmueller, MARGA, 2020, wet plate collodion glass ambrotype, 10 x 8cm. 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.