September/October 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-Sun 9.30 to 4.00.

The Lock-Up
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle 2300.
(02) 4925-2265.
Thurs-Sun 11.00 to 3.00.

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 and a much loved Gallery Shop.
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.
To Oct 11 Reconnected: a recovery story.
Oct 3 to Dec 6 YOUR COLLECTION: Past and Present.

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 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, contemplative works by locally born or based artists Peter Atkins, Nicola Hensel, Bree Rooney and Lezlie Tilley, as well as hidden gems and iconic favourites from the collection by Marion Borgelt, Kerrie Lester, Peter Tully and many more.

Installation view, ‘REPEATER: from the collection’, Newcastle Art Gallery, 2020. Courtesy Newcastle Art Gallery

To Oct 25 KILGOUR PRIZE 2020. Since 2006, Newcastle Art Gallery’s KILGOUR PRIZE has encouraged innovation within portrait and figurative painting. One of Australia’s major art prizes, the KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 will award $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art, and a People’s Choice of $5,000 to the painting voted most popular by the general public. The KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 was awarded to Michael Bell and 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 & Galleries of NSW.

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.
Open by appointment only.

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 Sept 12 Nostalgia & Co by Annie Murray.
Also, Indigenous Women’s Exhibition.

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
Cnr Coff and Duke streets, Coffs Harbour 2450.
(02) 6648-4863.
Free entry via online ticketing system.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, closed Mon and public hols.
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.

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

To Oct 17 Robert & Janice Hunter Collection – local art collectors Robert & Janice 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.

Shirley Drill, Purnululu – Towards Hahn Springs, 2007, ochre on canvas, 60 x 60cm. Courtesy the artist and 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.

Manning Regional Art Gallery
12 Macquarie Street, Taree 2430.
(02) 6592-5455.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00, closed on Sundays 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.
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 Sept 13 LIFE, DEATH, innocence AND GUILT by Shannon Doyle, and Surreal Nature by Dave Groom.
Also, John Mawurundjul: I am the old and the new.
To Nov 15 Double Vision by Euan Macleod and Ron McBurnie.
To Nov 29 Arm of the Sea and the Fertile Tree by Sally Anderson.
To Jan 17, 2021 You are here: art of the region.
Sept 18 to Nov 8 Brunswick Sky by Cedar Jeffs, and How Soon Is Now? by Bruce Reynolds.
Also, Just Not Australian.
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.
Sept 11 to Nov 28 Portals of the Inanimate by Chelle Wallace.
Also, There is a Language, Little Known by Rose Watson & Caroline Wisler.

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.
To Sept 8 View from the Coast – group Show by IAWA.

T.S. Zaracostas, The Freedom of the Sea, mixed media on canvas, 93 x 93cm. Courtesy the artist and Bowral Art Gallery

Sept 10 to 15 Pressgang by BDAS Printmakers.
Sept 19 to Oct 5 John Copes Portrait Prize – sponsored by Tim & Patricia Copes.
Oct 9 to 19 For The Love of Plants by BDAS Botanic Artists.
Oct 22 to 27 Awash with Colour by Tuesday morning watercolour class.
Oct 28 to Nov 10 Because it Matters – a Donaldson Family Exhibition.

Deb Redwood, Sacrificial Horn, 10 x 53 x 26cm. 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.

South Coast

Bega Valley Regional Gallery
Zingel Place, Bega 2550.
(02) 6499-2202.
Free entry.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.
To Sept 11 The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award 2020 – is one of Australia’s most loved and richest prize for realistic portraiture.
Sept 18 to Nov 7 Gangguan Tenggara – Edisi Indonesia – Zico Albaiquni, Eko Nugroho and Leyla Stevens. Gangguan Tenggara – Edisi Indonesia is the fourth and final instalment of the BVRG’s South/East Interference exhibition. Celebrating an evolving conversation with contemporary Indonesian artists, Gangguan Tenggara – Edisi Indonesia brings works from Zico Albaiquni, Eko Nugroho and Leyla Stevens to regional Australia. Project curated by the BVRG Director Iain Dawson.

Eko Nugroho, Lot Lost, 2013-2015, synthetic polymer paint on fibreglass, manual embroidery rayon thread on fabric, and vinyl, installation dimensions variable. Art Gallery Of New South Wales Collection, purchased with funds provided by the Neilson Foundation and Dr Dick Quan 2015. Courtesy the artist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and Bega Valley Regional Gallery

Fern Street Gallery
2/131 Fern Street, Gerringong 2534.
Mon-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
Oct 12 to 18 Bending the Line by Carla Jackett

Carla Jackett, Currowan III, 2020, mixed media. Courtesy the artist

Carla Jackett, Linescape II, 2020, acrylic and oil. Courtesy the artist

Spiral Gallery
47 Church Street, Bega 2550
(02) 64925322
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 10.00 to 1.00

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 12.00-4.00.
To Oct 11 Anita Larkin: Come to me without a word. Abandoned and collected objects are combined with felt, beeswax, honey and lead in Larkin’s artworks offering themselves up as intimate poetry of love, longing and loss. Chairs, ladders, crutches, hot-water bottles, violins and beds, can be seen to stretch, slump, climb, smell of cloves, wrap themselves in the warmth of felt or emit the sound of bees.
To Nov 15 Fabrications – an exhibition of sculpture, textiles, photography, film, painting and prints from the Gallery’s collection and supported by loans from Artbank, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Museum of Contemporary Art.

Katthy Cavaliere, Nest 2, 2010, Chromogenic colour print on silver based paper. 120 x 88cm. Donated by the Estate of Katthy Cavaliere. Courtesy Wollongong Art Gallery

To Nov 29 Here+Now: A Decolonist Visualisation of the Illawarra – a First Nations-led exhibition curated by visiting curator Ngugi artist-scientist Stephanie Beaupark, showcasing emerging artists with a connection to the Illawarra; the works forefront First Nations perspectives and are grounded in storytelling about shared experiences, sense of community and place.

Bella Chidlow, Untitled (detail), 2020, acrylic on cotton, 111 x 200cm. Courtesy the artist and Wollongong Art Gallery

To March 2021 Hiromi Tango: Niji no Shabondama (Rainbow Soap Bubbles) – a large-scale projection work that brings together positivity-inducing colour, light, movement and contour, with reflections on the nature of loss. Inspired by a Japanese children’s song Shabondama (Soap Bubbles) that is actually a meditation on death, the work gently provides space for our collective grief that often remains hidden and unspoken through acknowledging a world where joy and sadness co-exist.
To July 11, 2021 Every Body: works from the collection – an exhibition of narrative, mythological, historical and reflective depictions of the human body. Including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, drawings, film, collage and prints from the Asian, Contemporary, Early Australian, and Indigenous collections.

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 Sept 20 MAP BM: BLUE – a Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition curated by Beata Geyer.
Aug 29 to Sept 27 Black & Blue 2 – a Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition. Developed and curated by Faye Wilson.

Faye Wilsom, Front and Back, 2018-2019, digital montage from hand-drawn and collected elements including a map of the 1957 bushfires in Leura and Katoomba, 84.1 x 59.4cm. Courtesy the artist and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery

Sept 26 to Nov 29 Jacqueline Spedding: Biome – a Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition.
Oct 3 to Dec 6 critical mass: the art of planetary health. The exhibition encompasses works by Australia’s most significant 20th century and contemporary artists alongside collaborations by artist-activists and social change leaders, who are driving the conversation around new and more sustainable practices relating to our environment, food, energy, and resource sharing. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition curated by Sabrina Roesner.

Dean Sewell, In the Line of Fire, 2019, digital print on Hahnemuehle photo rag, 80 x 102cm. 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.

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.
To Sept 13 Stephen Hogan: Imagine – a BRAG Foyer Exhibition.
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.

Blue Highways Gallery
32-34 Chanter Street, Berrigan 2712.
Fri-Sun 10.00 to 4.00 or by appt.

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill 2880.
(08) 8080-3444.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park
‘Bondi’, Warialda 2402.
(02) 6729-4147.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 5.00, and by appt.
Opening Sept 5 and continuing through Oct, Works through time by Andrea Faiers, Varied works by Maree Connolly, and Rebound by Nadia Kliendanze.

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 Sept 13 OBSESSED: Compelled to make – explores the contemporary art practices of 15 artists from across Australia. A touring exhibition by the Australian Design Centre supported by Visions of Australia. Read more…

Gabriella Bisetto, glass artist working in her studio. Photograph: Angus Lee Forbes. Courtesy the artist, Australian Design Centre, Sydney and Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Oct 4 to Nov 15 The Calleen Art Award 2020 – an acquisitive painting prize for contemporary paintings in any style or subject worth $20,000 established in 1977 by Cowra art Patron Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM.

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.
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 Sept 6 Yarruwala Wiradjuri! Culture – Country – Community.
Sept 11 to Oct 18 Eugenia Lim: The Ambassador.
Oct 23 to Nov 22 Concrete: Art design Architecture.

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.
See website for exhibitions, programs and events.

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, or by appt.
Sept 5 to Oct 11 I AM NOT AN INDIVIDUAL by Susie Dureau. Dureau’s new paintings are her response to the year COVID-19 blindsided humanity. The works are a joyful investigation of her shared materiality with the non-human world.

Susie Dureau, I am many, oil on linen, 148 x 128cm. Courtesy the artist and Suki & Hugh Gallery

Oct 17 to Nov 22 Echoes by Robyn Campbell. Echoes uses elements drawn from the natural environment to play with simplicity, light and lightness, purity of form, reflection and repetition.

Robyn Campbell, Alight #3, 2020, hand-built porcelain, 9.5 x 31 x 20cm. Courtesy the artist and Suki & Hugh Gallery

WESWAL Gallery
192 Brisbane Street, Tamworth 2340.
(02) 6766-5847.
Director: Sandra McMahon.
Thurs-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 2.00.
Showcasing local, regional and national artists and makers.