August 2021 Listings

Click on the precincts below to find galleries and their exhibitions. For listings in other Australian states please use the What’s On menu above.

(02) 9318-1122.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00.
Aug 1 to 31 Solastalgia, online exhibition of artist collective working in painting, work on paper, textile; Carol Hudson, Katya Petetskaya, Jo Mellor, artists in focus and project.

Carol Hudson, Caroline at Redleaf Pool, 2021, graphite on paper, 57 × 76cm. Courtesy the artist and MAY SPACE

Katya Petetskaya, Desert Snow, 2020, synthetic polymer paint on synthetic paper, 54 × 45cm. Courtesy the artist and MAY SPACE

Jo Mellor, Blue Rust, 2020, digital print on linen, hand sewn wool, 48 × 60cm. Courtesy the artist and MAY SPACE

CBD The Rocks

Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW)
Art Gallery Road, Sydney 2000.
(02) 9225-1744, 1800-679-278.
Admission charges apply to some exhibitions.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
To Sept 5 The National 2021: New Australian Art at the Art Gallery of NSW presents 14 artist projects that consider the potential of art to heal and care for fragile natural and social ecosystems.
To Sept 19 Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings – more than a century after she painted her most celebrated works, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint is taking centre stage as her art captivates audiences around the world.
To Sept 26 Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize – a landmark exhibition celebrating 100 years of Australia’s most prestigious portrait prize.
Also, Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2021 – Australia’s favourite art award, the Archibald Prize, celebrates its 100th year in 2021. Along with the Wynne and Sulman Prizes, this is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.
To 2022 The Way We Eat explores how what we eat and drink, and the way that we do so, defines our times and our lives.

China Cultural Centre in Sydney
Level 1, 151 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
(02) 8228-3050.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 1.00 and 2.00 to 5.00. Opening times vary depending on events, classes and public holidays. Stay informed via our social media and website.
To Sept 17 Poetic Nature: A Joint Exhibition by Chinese and Australian Artists – works by 12 representative Australian and Chinese artists featuring oil painting, gouache painting, acrylic and sculpture.

Gaffa Gallery
281 Clarence Street, Sydney CBD 2000.
(02) 9283-4273.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 6.00, Sat 10.00 to 5.00. Closed Sun and public hols.
Gaffa is an independent creative precinct, artist-run in attitude and execution.
Aug 5 to 16 Group Show – St Andrew’s Cathedral School.
Also, The Winter Show by Lorraine Waugh & Steve Starr.
Aug 19 to 30 In Plein Light – Gaffa curated group show.
Also, Free and For Sale by Lily Platts, Good Grief: Contemporary Mourning by Rebecca Kilpatrick, and Frances Peck – solo show.

The Ken Done Gallery
1 Hickson Road, The Rocks 2000.
(02) 8274-4500.
Fax (02) 8274-4545.
Daily 10.00 to 5.30.
The current exhibition includes Ken Done’s most recent artistic expressions of the underwater world. The paintings are bold in colour, simultaneously familiar yet unexpected and filled with optimism. Also on exhibition are a number of works on paper featuring subjects of the garden, beach, harbour and the outback.
The artist’s brand new publication ‘Ken Done: Art Design Life’, a comprehensive and extensively illustrated monograph on Done’s art and design, celebrates the man, his life’s work and his legacy. Limited edition prints, posters and other art related products, including four mini books published by Thames & Hudson, themed on the reef, the beach, Sydney Harbour and the outback are available for sale in the gallery shop.

Korean Cultural Centre Australia Gallery
Ground Floor, 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney 2000.
(02) 8267-3400.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 6.00.
Postponed to Sept 3 to 23 The 8th KAAF Art Prize has returned for 2021. Organised by the KAAF and supported by the KCC, it is an annual art prize and exhibition for the finalists.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
140 George Street, The Rocks 2000.
(02) 9245-2400.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00, Fri 10.00 to 9.00. Closed Mon.
To Aug 22 The National 2021: New Australian Art – 13 artists consider diverse approaches to the environment, storytelling and inter-generational learning through their works. Drawing on natural materials and processes, as well as found objects and detritus, they explore notions of planetary caretaking, and our relationship to place in an era of dramatic change.

Mehwish Iqbal, Assemblage of a Fragmented Landscape, 2020, installation view, ‘The National 2021: New Australian Art’, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, silk screen, etching, collagraph, drawing, hand embroidery, 24K silver leaf on paper. © the artist. Photograph: Felicity Jenkins. Courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

To Aug 29 You can go now by Richard Bell. Known as an activist, artist and political commentator, Bell is internationally renowned for his practice, which uses humour, satire and word play to address issues around representation, place, identity politics and the perceptions of Aboriginal art within a post-colonial history and framework.

Richard Bell, Walk On (Bells Theorem), 2007. Photograph: Anna Kucera. Courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

To Sept 4 MCA Collection: Perspectives on place brings together artworks that explore the social and physical aspects of place. It has been imagined as an expanded map, which weaves together a picture of the world made from rituals, memories, metaphors, imprints and repurposed materials.

Museum of Sydney
Cnr Phillip and Bridge streets, Sydney 2000.
(02) 9251-5988.
Adult $15, conc. $12, family $38, members free, children under 5 years free.
Visit website for open times and program.
The Museum presents a diverse program of exhibitions and events.

S.H. Ervin Gallery
National Trust of Australia (NSW), Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks 2000.
(02) 9258-0173.
Tues-Sun 11.00 to 5.00.
To Aug 15 Salon des Refusés: The alternative Archibald and Wynne Prize selection features the ‘alternative’ selection of works entered into the annual Archibald & Wynne Prizes that were not chosen for the official exhibition. The Salon has an excellent reputation that rivals the ‘official’ exhibition, with works selected for quality, diversity, humour and experimentation, and which explore different approaches to portraiture and responses to the landscape. Principal Sponsor Holding Redlich.

Luke Cornish, Claudia & Tumble in the garden (Claudia Karvan, actor). Courtesy the artist and S.H. Ervin Gallery

Aug 21 to Oct 10 Art in Conflict – a new exhibition from the Australian War Memorial’s collection featuring contemporary works by leading Australian artists. The exhibition, launching at S.H. Ervin Gallery, highlights how war art can lead us to consider different ways of thinking about current and recent conflicts, and thus invites us to consider perspectives we might not otherwise encounter. The exhibition will debut three major new bodies of work – recent official war art commissions by Susan Norrie (Iraq, 2016) and Megan Cope (Middle East, 2017), and a landmark commemorative work by Angelica Mesiti.

Megan Cope, Flight or Fight #6 A Line in the Sand, 2019, Sykes and Picot Map over Eastern Turkey in Asia, Syria and Western Persia on printed silk Collection: Australian War Memorial. Courtesy the artist and S.H. Ervin Gallery

State Library of NSW
Cnr Shakespeare Place and Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000.
(02) 9273-1414.
Free entry.
Visit the website for opening hours and exhibition program.

Chippendale Central

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay Street, Haymarket, Sydney 2000.
(02) 9212-0380.
Gallery closed until further notice.
Visit our website for program updates.

Verge Gallery
Level 2, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Road Darlington, University of Sydney 2006.
(02) 9563-6218.
Free entry.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 11.00 to 4.00.
To Aug 28 Steel Magnolias by Jana Hawkins-Andersen with Ainslie Templeton.
Also, Health and Happiness by Seth Birchall.

White Rabbit Gallery
30 Balfour Street (near Central Station), Chippendale 2008.
(02) 8399-2867.
Wed-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
To Nov Lumen.
From the blindingly brilliant to the dim and diffused, White Rabbit’s exhibition looks to the light to reveal the overlooked and intangible. With works by more than 25 artists from China and Taiwan, visitors will traverse harsh fluorescents, digital realties and literal cracks of lightning to uncover the invisible architecture that shapes our world.

East Sydney

APY Gallery Sydney
45 Burton Street, Darlinghurst 2010.
(02) 9368-1173.
Tues-Fri 9.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 4.00, or by appt.
The APY Gallery is a platform for emerging Indigenous artists from the APY Art Centre Collective;

51 William Street, Darlinghurst 2010.
Gallery hours vary.
Visit website for full exhibition program.
Aug 17 to 30 Potpourri by Sally Ryan;

Arthouse Gallery
66 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay 2011.
(02) 9332-1019.
Tues-Fri 9.30 to 6.00, Sat 10.00 to 5.00.
To Aug 7 Takayna – Edge of the world by Clifford How.
Aug 13 to Sept 11 Distillations by Emma Walker.

Clifford How, Takayna, oil on linen, 201 × 216cm (framed). Courtesy the artist and Arthouse Gallery

Emma Walker, Ãśraya (Connection) II, gesso, acrylic polymer and wax on board, 121cm ⌀. Courtesy the artist and Arthouse Gallery

43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo 2011.
(02) 9356-0555.
Mon-Fri 11.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
Visit website for exhibition program.

The Cross Art Projects
8 Llankelly Lane (off Orwell Street), Kings Cross 2011.
(02) 9357-2058, 0406-537-933.
Director: Jo Holder.
Check open times online.
To Aug 28 Dhomala Dhäwu: Makassan Sail Stories.

13-17 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo 2011.
Wed-Sun 11.00 to 5.00.
Established in 1986, Firstdraft is Australia’s longest running artist-led organisation.

Gallery 9
9 Darley Street, Darlinghurst 2010.
(02) 9380-9909.
Director: Allan Cooley.
Manager: Oliver Lardner.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 6.00, Sun-Tues by appt.
To Aug 7 Dubious Desire by Tonee Messiah, and Stealth-Mode by Tira Walsh.
Aug 11 to Sept 4 Michelle Hanlin, and Eleanor Louise Butt.

King Street Gallery on William
177 William Street, Darlinghurst 2010.
(02) 9360-9727.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 6.00, Sun-Mon by appt.
Please visit website for listing.

Liverpool Street Gallery
243a Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst 2010.
(02) 8353-7799.
Director: James Erskine.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 6.00.

NAS Gallery
156 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst 2010.
(02) 9339-8686.
Free entry.
Mon-Sat 11.00 to 5.00 during exhibitions.
To Sept 11 John Olsen: Goya’s Dog, curated by Steven Alderton..

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
Level 1, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo 2011.
(02) 9368-1900, 1800-046-282 (Mon-Wed 2.00 to 4.00 AEST).
NAVA is the national peak body protecting and promoting the professional interests of the Australian visual and media arts, craft and design sector.

Robin Gibson Gallery
278 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst 2010.
Tues-Sat 11.00 to 6.00.
July 31 to Aug 25 Peter Baka: WOOF WOO.

Room 205
205 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst 2010.
Thurs-Sun 11.00 to 5.00.
Aug 25 to 29 (opening Wed Aug 25, 6pm) 5 Seasons new paintings by Rory OBrien;, Instagram: @roryobrien.

Stanley Street Gallery
1/52-54 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst 2010.
(02) 9368-1142.
Directors: Merilyn Bailey and Liza Feeney.
Thurs-Sat 11.00 to 6.00, or by appt.
To Aug 21 Stream of Consciousness by Pamela Honeyfield.
Aug 26 to Sept 18 Tata Reka by Agus Wijaya.

Pamela Honeyfield, Stream Of Consciousness, 2021, oil on canvas, 155 × 125 × 6cm. Photograph: COTA. Courtesy the artist and Stanley Street Gallery

Agus Wijaya, Taksakala, 2021, Archival pigment printing on art canvas, 124.5 × 68cm. Photograph: COTA. Courtesy the artist and Stanley Street Gallery

STATION | Sydney
Suite 201, 20 Bayswater Road, Potts Point 2011.
(02) 9055-4688.
Wed-Fri 12.00 to 6.00, Sat 10.00 to 4.00.

UNSW Galleries
UNSW Art & Design, cnr Oxford Street and Greens Road, Paddington 2021.
(02) 8936-0888.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00. Closed public hols.
Aug 20 to Nov 20 Khadim Ali: Invisible Border, curated by Liz Nowell.

Khadim Ali, Sermon on the Mount, 2020. Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2021. Photograph: Carl Warner. Courtesy the artist, Institute of Modern Art, Queensland and UNSW Galleries

Aug 20 to Nov 20 Blanche Tilden – ripple effect: a 25 year survey, curated by Jason Smith.
Also, Nihilartikel by Izabela Pluta.

Blanche Tilden, Flow 03 (necklace) 2016. Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Queensland. Photograph: Grant Hancock. © the artist

Redfern Surry Hills Green Square

Aboriginal & Pacific Art
1/24 Wellington Street, Waterloo 2017.
(02) 9699-2211.
Director: Gabriella Roy (member of ACGA).
Tues-Sat 11.00 to 5.00.
New dates: Aug 4 to 21 Ngaalymananyi (Breathing) by Candy Nelson Nakamarra – first solo show. In association with Papunya Tjupi Arts, Papunya, Northern Territory.

Art Atrium
12 Daniel Street (entrance on Daphne Street), Botany 2019.
Director: Simon Chan.
Wed-Fri 12.00 to 5.00, Sat 12.00 to 4.00, or by appt.
Aug 21 to Sept 4 Pamela See, and Maryanne Wick.

Artbank, Sydney
222 Young Street, Waterloo 2017.
(02) 9697-6000, 1800-251-651.
Mon-Fri by appt.
A Commonwealth Government art leasing program for contemporary art. Supporting Australian artists.

Brett Whiteley Studio
2 Raper Street, Surry Hills 2010.
(02) 9225-1881.
Free admission made possible by J P Morgan.
General public: Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 4.00. Check website for updates.
The Brett Whiteley Studio is managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Flinders Street Gallery
61 Flinders Street, Surry Hills 2010.
(02) 9380-5663.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 6.00, or by appt.
Aug 7 to 28 ART AND SOUL by Mimi Jaksic-Berger – 38th solo exhibition. Dates may change due to COVID-19, please visit website for details..

Fox Jensen Gallery
0478-006-359 .
Wed-Sat 12.00 to 4.00, or by appt. Check website for updates.

Rogue Pop-up Gallery
130 Regent Street, Redfern 2015.
Director: Diane Larter.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 6.00, Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
To Aug 15 Peter Poulet: Recent Paintings.

Sabbia Gallery
609 Elizabeth Street, Redfern 2016.
(02) 9361-6448.
Directors: Anna Grigson and Maria Grimaldi.
Tues-Fri 11.00 to 6.00, Sat 11.00 to 4.00.
Aug 4 to 28 Main Gallery: Jenni Kemarre Martiniello – solo exhibition in glass. Gallery Two: Technicolour Desert by Maricelle Olivier.

Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Blue Reef Bicornual, 2021, hot blown glass with murine, 50 × 47 x 22cm. Courtesy the artist and Sabbia Gallery

Stella Downer Fine Art
1/24 Wellington Street, Waterloo 2017.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 11.00 to 5.00.
July 27 to Aug 28 (opening Sat July 31, 3-5pm) (COVID-19 and social distancing aware) Recent Works by Viola Dominello.

Viola Dominello, Rocky Outcrops, Berowra Valley, 2021, oil on board, 40 × 40cm. Courtesy the artist and Stella Downer Fine Art

Utopia Art Sydney
983 Bourke Street, Waterloo 2017.
(02) 9319-6437.
Director: Christopher Hodges.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00.
July 31 to Aug 31 (opening Sat July 31, 10am-5pm) The Drawing Room – a solo exhibition of new works by Helen Eager.
Sept 17 to Oct 9 (pending COVID-19 lockdown) Helen Eager will be shining bright this VIVID Sydney as her work New York Sunday is projected across the MCA.

The Wellington Gallery
2/24 Wellington Street, Waterloo 2017.
(02) 9197-0901.
Wed-Sat 10.00 to 6.00, Sun 11.00 to 4.00, Mon-Tues by appt.
Exhibition postponed check websites for updates.
ESSE: essential nature or essence by Daniel Weber. The Wellington Gallery in Waterloo, the heart of one of Sydney’s thriving art scenes, presents ESSE a solo exhibition of works by Weber. His work, abstract deconstruction, is the visual expression of the human narrative. Weber says, ‘We need to see outside the boundaries of convention, the current meme, to imagine unboundedness.’ Weber’s life and experiences make his artworks display a multitude of approaches to expressions, whether it is the use of bold brushwork or the flow of colours. His works appear to be based on improvisation and random emotional expression, yet in fact, Weber is pursuing free spirited expression and creativity, emphasising the straightforwardness, naivety and fantasy of his feelings and is very playful, resulting in wonderful paintings;

Daniel Weber, Barred, art paper 220 gsm, ink on paper, 76 × 56cm. Courtesy the artist and The Wellington Gallery

Daniel Weber, Descent, Yupo Medium 200 gsm, ink on paper, 94 × 64cm. Courtesy the artist and The Wellington Gallery

Inner West

Annandale Galleries
110 Trafalgar Street, Annandale 2038.
(02) 9552-1699.
Wed-Sat 12.00 to 4.00.
Aug 14 to Oct 9 (opening Sat Aug 21, 12-4pm) Tapestries by William Kentridge – aquatint etchings and Sonnets HD Film.

William Kentridge, Colleoni, 2020, hand-woven mohair tapestry, 300 × 250cm, edition of 6. WK 1021

William Kentridge, Lillies 2020, coffee-lift aquatint with drypoint, 135.5 × 95cm, edition of 30. WK 1038

Artereal Gallery
747 Darling Street, Rozelle 2039.
(02) 9818-7473.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 5.00. Check website for updates.

Articulate project space
497 Parramatta Road (opposite Cass Bros), Leichhardt 2040.
Fri-Sun 11.00 to 5.00. See blogspot for details.
July 30 to Aug 1 Decade show of Performance-BlackLux: Perspectives in timelapse – dance, video and photography, a collaboration by Lucky Lartey, Lucinda Clutterbuck and Shane Rozario (performances Fri July 30 and Sat 31, 7pm). Artist talks: Sun Aug 1, 2pm.
Fri 6 to Sun Aug 8 The Hidden, sound installation and graphic memory map by Jo Truman, and performance Sat Aug 7, 7pm by The Fragile Ids (John Shand, Tim Cunningham, Jo Truman, Andy Milne).
Fri 13 to Sun Aug 15 Model the model an invitational drawing action by Barbara Campbell, and Clare Grant Sat Aug 14, 6pm.
July 30 to Aug 15 (opening Sat July 31, 2-5pm) Decade show on Performance – Perform.doc. – presents documentation by artists who have done a performance at Articulate over the last ten years.
Aug 25 to Sept 5 (opening Sat Aug 21, 2-5pm) Mixing Things Up an installation developed in situ by Lesley Giovanell. BACK ROOM: Perform.doc continues.
Aug 20 to Sept 5 (opening and performance Sat Aug 21, 2-5pm) Mange Tes Morts – video performance combined with live elements by Emma Varker.

Artsite Galleries
165 Salisbury Road, Camperdown 2050.
(02) 8095-9678.
Thurs-Sun 11.00 to 5.00, Mon-Wed by appt. Browse in Gallery. Acquire online.

Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative
55-59 Flood Street, Leichhardt 2040.
(02) 9560-2541.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.
Aug 14 to Oct 2 Saltwater Freshwater Arts 2021 Touring Exhibition – this exhibition features a public art program showcasing Aboriginal artists and cultural practitioners from the Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti, Biripi and Worimi nations. The exhibition is made up of the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Aboriginal art award (sponsored by Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance) and contemporary cultural objects exhibition.

‘Saltwater Freshwater Arts 2021 Touring Exhibition’, installation view. Courtesy Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, New South Wales, Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance, New South Wales, and Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative

‘Saltwater Freshwater Arts 2021 Touring Exhibition’, installation view. Courtesy Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, New South Wales, Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance, New South Wales, and Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative

Glass Artists’ Gallery
Upstairs Level 1, 68 Glebe Point Road, Glebe 2037.
Tel/Fax (02) 9552-1552.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 5.00, or by appt.

Kerrie Lowe Gallery
49-51 King Street, Newtown 2042.
(02) 9550-4433, 0431-390-880.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.
Kerrie Lowe Gallery specialises in contemporary ceramics. Located for over 30 years in North Newtown, the Gallery features constantly changing exhibitions of work by Australian ceramicists and is a great resource for collectors, professionals and students.

The Shop Gallery
112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe 2037.
Daily 10.00 to 6.00.
Aug 5 to 11 (opening Fri Aug 6, 6-8pm) In Awe by Iris Toren – paintings and drawings celebrating nature and beauty. Meet the artist: Sat Aug 7, 2-5pm;

Iris Toren, Memories, watercolour on paper. Courtesy the artist

Iris Toren, White Lotus in the morning, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist

Nth Sydney Northern Beaches

Eden Gardens – Macquarie Park
Eden Unearthed: Art in the Gardens
307 Lane Cove Road (cnr Fontenoy Road), Macquarie Park 2113. Free entry.
Sept to Feb, 2022 (opening Tues Aug 31, 4pm with Costa Georgiadis) Eden Unearthed. Wander our spacious grounds safely as you experience breathtaking contemporary, interactive and ephemeral art from 33 artists, with a kids’ art trail, workshops and more. Bookings:

Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios
164 Longueville Road, Lane Cove 2066.
(02) 9428-4898.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 4.30, Sat 10.00 to 2.30, closed Sun and public hols.

Grace Cossington Smith Gallery
Gate 7, 1666 Pacific Highway, Wahroonga 2076.
(02) 9473-7878.
Free entry.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00.
Aug 4 to 18 Euan Macleod Plein air, Young Curators@GCS Gallery, is presented by 3:33 Art Projects Young Curators, Abbotsleigh and Hornsby Girls High School. 3:33 Art Projects has created the innovative Young Curators art program to partner with secondary schools. It supports education in the arts and provides unique experiences for the students, the school and the broader community whilst supporting Australian artists.

Euan Macleod, Adult/child at Murrays, 2016, crayon on paper, 29 × 21cm. Courtesy the artist, Kings Street Gallery on William, Sydney and Grace Cossington Smith Gallery

Headland Artists and Sculpture Park
Read Place, Headland Park at Georges Heights entrance off Middle Head Road (opposite Cobittee Street), Mosman 2088.
In beautiful Headland Park 20+ artists working and selling from their studios, three art schools, art restoration and Frenchy’s Cafe.

Manly Art Gallery & Museum
West Esplanade Reserve, Manly 2095.
(02) 9976-1421.
Free entry.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
Aug 6 to 22 Environmental Art & Design Prize – Northern Beaches 2021 – a cross disciplinary exhibition of selected works by artists and designers across the country who are engaged with the natural world, environmental renewal, regeneration and the circular economy. In its inaugural year, the award celebrates contemporary art and design practices that are socially engaged, environmentally aware, and seek to contribute to positive change. The Prize is an inclusive and diverse exhibition that celebrates the vibrancy of the arts and design community within and beyond the Northern Beaches and this year will be presented across three Northern Beaches’ arts venues: Manly Art Gallery & Museum; Creative Space, North Curl Curl and the Mona Vale Pop Up Gallery.

Environmental Art & Design Prize – Northern Beaches 2021. Courtesy Northern Beaches Council

Aug 27 to Oct 10 Settled/Unsettled – a multidisciplinary exhibition exploring issues around refugees and asylum seekers by artists concerned with social justice issues affecting the lives of people.

Angus McDonald, Manus, film still. Courtesy the artist and Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Aug 27 to Oct 10 Julia Davis + Lisa Jones – Thresholds: underlands – an ongoing collaborative project between artists Julia Davis and Lisa Jones that reflects upon transience and embodiment of place.
Aug 27 to Oct 10 Julia Davis – Undercurrent – Julia Davis continues to explore invisible aspects of our temporal world in her single channel video, Undercurrent, that was filmed on location and records the tidal movement off the Tasmanian coast.

Julia Davis and Lisa Jones, Thresholds No.280520 (detail), 2020, Sediment (Middle Head, Sydney) on clayboard, 40 x 30 x 3cm. Courtesy the artists and Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Mosman Art Gallery
1 Art Gallery Way, Mosman 2088.
(02) 9978-4178.
Director: John Cheeseman.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
Dates Extended: To Sept 29 Upacara: Ceremonial art from Southeast AsiaUpacara is a captivating showcase of ceremonial art of Southeast Asia from the collection of Dr John Yu AC and the late Dr George Soutter AM. Featuring basketry, textiles, ceramics and objects in bronze, wood, terracotta and silver, this exhibition at once highlights the interconnected nature of art traditions across the region and the unparalleled virtuosity and stylistic variety of functional everyday and ritual objects.

Seated Avalokiteśvara, 10th century, Java, bronze and gold, 20 × 8.5 × 7.5cm. Photograph: Tim Connolly. Courtesy Mosman Art Gallery

Dates Extended: To Sept 29 Leyla Stevens: Labour for Colour – a new moving image artwork by Australian-Balinese artist Leyla Stevens, staged in response to Dr John Yu’s collection of Southeast Asian textiles and artefacts, on display as part of the exhibition Upacara: Ceremonial art from Southeast Asia. The video reflects on the diasporic condition of cultural objects, as they migrate around the world through collection practices but also engages with narratives surrounding plant dyes in Indonesian textile production.

Leyla Stevens, Labours for colour (video still), 2021, 2-channel video with sound, 16 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Mosman Art Gallery

65 Berry Street, North Sydney 2060.
Mon-Fri 12.00 to 4.30.
Project [504] is a studio + gallery with a large portfolio of artists including regular finalists in the Archibald Prize, the Doug Moran and the Sulman Prize.

Trenna Austin Gallery
676 Military Road, Mosman 2088.
Mon-Fri 10:00 to 5.30, Sat 9.00 to 4.00.
Through August, Trenna Austin’s first exhibition titled Equss immortalises Australian war stories from the perspective of animals. Austin’s works are full of movement and life; horses charging into battle, birds taking flight, and foxes hidden amongst the trenches. Austin freezes moments in the liminal space between action and reaction. This collection features A Desperate Ride On A Terrible Course, 2020, oil on Belgian linen, winner of the prestigious National Art School Best Painting award, 2020.

Trenna Austin, A Desperate Ride On A Terrible Course, and We Never Left, We Never Went Home, Just Fading Ghosts In Sepia, installation view. Photograph: Michelle Smith. Courtesy the artist and Trenna Austin Gallery

White Rhino Artspace
Level 1, 62 Atchison Street, St Leonards 2065.
Facebook + Instagram: @whiterhinoartspace
Wed-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 10.00 to 2.00, or by appt.

Paddington Woollahra

Annette Larkin Fine Art
Suite 4, 8 Soudan Lane, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9332-4614.
Director: Annette Larkin.
Wed-Fri 11.00 to 5.00, Sat 12.00 to 5.00. Mon-Tues open by appointment only, always available on email.
To Aug 30 Winter 2021 – a group exhibition of contemporary Australian painting and photography including Norrie, Lee, Tomescu, Deacon and others.

Australian Galleries
15 Roylston Street, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9360-5177.
Fax (02) 9360-2361.
Director: Stuart Purves AM.
Daily 10.00 to 6.00.
To Aug 8 Ocean pools by Fairlie Kingston.
Also, The days leave their skin behind by Nerissa Lea, and Midday light by Salvatore Zofrea.

Defiance Gallery at Mary Place
12 Mary Place, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9557-8483.
Directors: Campbell Robertson-Swann & Lauren Harvey.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 5.00.
To Aug 12, 6 x 6 x 6 inch Miniature Sculpture Show 2021.
Aug 18 to Sept 9 (opening Sun Aug 15, 11am-2pm) Tony Slater: Young Street Musicians, Open Air Cafe, and African Renaissance by Harvey Shields.

Fellia Melas Gallery
2 Moncur Street, Woollahra 2025.
(02) 9363-5616.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00, Sun-Mon by appt only.
Opening Aug 7 Immortal by Herk Alexander. Meet the artist 11am to 3pm.

Herk Alexander, The Messenger, Giclée Fine Art Print of an original graphite drawing on paper, archival pigment ink on Museum grade Hahnemühle Photo Rag, 100% cotton archival paper 310gsm acid and lignin free, limited edition of 49, image 86 × 60cm, paper 107 × 78cm. Signed, numbered and hand embossed (recto) with hand finished deckle edge. Complete with a certificate of Authenticity. Courtesy the artist and Fellia Melas Gallery

Fine Arts, Sydney
23 Hampden Street, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9361-6200.
Wed-Sat 12.00 to 5.00, or by appt.
Aug to Sept Kate Newby.

Martin Browne Contemporary
15 Hampden Street, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9331-7997.
Fax (02) 9331-7050.
Director: Martin Browne (member of ACGA).
Tues-Sun 10.30 to 6.00.
To Aug 15 Savanhdary Vongpoothorn.
Aug 19 to Sept 12 Ildiko Kovacs.

Maunsell Wickes Gallery
19 Glenmore Road, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9331-4676.
Fax (02) 9380-8485.
Tues-Sat 11.00 to 5.30, Sun 12.00 to 5.00.
Aug 14 to 29 Araceli Adams.
Also, Alexandra Mills.

Olsen Gallery
63 Jersey Road, Woollahra 2025.
(02) 9327-3922.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 6.00. Sat 10.00 to 5.00.
Aug 4 to 21 Jacqui Stockdale.
Aug 25 to Sept 11 Andrew Taylor.
Olsen Annexe: at 74 Queen Street, Woollahra 2025.
(02) 9327-3922.
Tues-Sat 11.00 to 5.00.
To Aug 14 Fabricated Anatomy by Elliot Routledge.
Aug 18 to Sept 4 Janis Clarke.

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
8 Soudan Lane (off Hampden Street), Paddington 2021.
(02) 9331-1919.
Director: Roslyn Oxley (member of ACGA).
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 6.00, Sat 11.00 to 6.00.
Established in Sydney in 1982, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery has a rich history of supporting contemporary art, having fostered the careers of some of the most influential Australian artists working today, including Tracey Moffatt, David Noonan, Fiona Hall, Patricia Piccinini, Bill Henson and Dale Frank. Aug 27 to Sept 25 Dale Frank.

SOHO Galleries Sydney
Celebrating 26 years
150 Edgecliff Road, Woollahra 2025, and 710 Military Road, Mosman 2088.
Woollahra: 0460-009-991.
Mosman: 0460-008-885.
Group exhibitions of contemporary art, sculpture, wall relief, works on paper and ARTFraming.

Conchita Carambano, The Reach, mixed media on canvas, 140 x 180cm. Courtesy the artist and SOHO Galleries Sydney

ARTPark Australia – Contemporary Australian Sculpture – Walsh Bay Sydney sculpture walk participating in Vivid Sydney 2021, Hunter Valley Sculpture Walk, Lisa McGuigan Cellar Door, Broke Road, Pokolbin, Hunter Valley. Sculpture enquiries or call 1800-646-131.

Andrew Kasper, Tranquility, edition 1/6, 316 stainless steel, hand forged, 253 x 113 x 95cm

Wagner Contemporary
2 Hampden Street, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9360-6069, 0419-251-013.
Tues-Sun 10.30 to 6.00, Mon by appt.
To Aug 10 Untitled (Walk) by Al Poulet.

Eastern Suburbs

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf
548 New South Head Road, Double Bay 2028.
Opening soon, The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize – 20th anniversary exhibition showcasing work by 54 Australian and international finalist artists.

Greater Sydney

Australia – China Institute for Arts and Culture Gallery, Western Sydney University (Parramatta Campus)
Ground floor, EA Building, Room EA.G.13, Parramatta Campus, cnr James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere 2216.
(02) 9685-9943.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 3.00.
Parking $9 per day.
Aug 10 to Oct 9 Di Wu: from contemporary art to children’s illustration books.

Campbelltown Arts Centre
1 Art Gallery Road, Campbelltown 2560.
(02) 4645-4100.
Free entry.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
Jan 3 to March 13, 2002  A Hope: Khaled Sabsabi. Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C) in partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) presents A Hope: Khaled Sabsabi – the second chapter of a survey exhibition held across both venues.

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
A cultural facility of Liverpool City Council
1 Powerhouse Road, Casula 2170 (access via Shepherd Street, Liverpool).
(02) 9824-1121.
Free entry.
Ample parking available or alight at Casula Train Station.
Mon-Thurs 9.00 to 5.00, Fri-Sat 9.00 to 9.00, Sun 9.00 to 4.00. Closed public hols.
Re-scheduled: Aug 28 to Nov 7, LOOKING AT PAINTING – Nell, Carmen Glynn-Braun, Jody Graham, Rochelle Hayley, Kirtika Kain, Hayley Megan French, Claudia Nicholson, Judy Watson and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.

Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, untitled (detail), 2018, paint pen on clear acetate, 86 × 62cm. Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

To Oct 3 Paintings You Probably Haven’t Seen by Ken Done.
Also, Liveable Art: Stories of Done Art and Design.

Ken Done, Indian Summer, 2011. Courtesy the artist and Ken Done Gallery, Sydney

Granville Centre Art Gallery
1 Memorial Drive, Granville 2144.
(02) 8757-9029.
The gallery is closed until Nov. Visit the website for updates.

Hazelhurst Arts Centre
782 Kingsway, Gymea 2227.
(02) 8536-5700.
Fax 8536-5750.
Free admission.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday.
To Sept 5 Christopher Langton: Colonies – this larger than life, immersive sci-fi installation continues Langton’s ongoing series, which explores ideas of space colonisation and organisms such as bacteria while considering issues around our shared ecology. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the works using an augmented reality app on their phones.
To Sept 5 Caroline Rothwell: Horizon – in this new installation Rothwell explores the intersection of art and science through a tableau of surreal sculptures and video works that invite viewers to consider our relationship with the natural environment. Visitors to the gallery will be invited to explore the Hazelhurst gardens and create their own hybrid ‘morphed’ plants as part of Rothwell’s Infinite Herbarium digital program created in collaboration with Google Creative Lab and currently showing at The National, MCA and Royal Botanic Gardens.

Caroline Rothwell, Horizon, 2021, installation detail. Photograph: Silversalt Photography. Courtesy the artist and Hazelhurst Arts Centre

Hurstville Museum & Gallery
14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville 2220.
(02) 9330-6444.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 10.00 to 2.00, Sun 2.00 to 5.00.
Aug 21 to Oct 27 Our Journeys | Our Stories – explores the Chinese migration history of the Georges River area, interweaving social and cultural history with the work of contemporary Chinese-Australian artists – Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen, Guo Jian, Lindy Lee, Xiao Lu, Jason Phu and Guan Wei.

The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre
78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown 2148.
(02) 9839-6558.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00. Closed Sun-Mon and public hols.

Macquarie University Art Gallery
19 Eastern Road, The Chancellery, Macquarie University, North Ryde 2109.
(02) 9850-7437.
Senior Curator: Rhonda Davis.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00.

Margaret Whitlam Galleries, Female Orphan School, Western Sydney University (Parramatta Campus)
First Level, West Wing, EZ Building, Parramatta Campus, cnr James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere 2116.
(02) 9685-9210.
Wed-Thurs 10.00 to 4.00.
Parking $9 per day.
To Sept 17 ARTEXPRESS – features the works of 38 visual arts students who created works in 2020 for the New South Wales Higher School Certificate.

Margot Hardy Gallery, Western Sydney University (Bankstown Campus)
Foyer, Building 23, Bankstown Campus, Bullecourt Avenue, Milperra 2214.
(02) 4620-3450.
Mon-Fri 9.00 to 5.00.
To Aug 13 HOPE Butterfly Installation – created by 80 schools across New South Wales, a Nick Baldas Initiative.

Parramatta Artists’ Studios
Level 1 & 2, 68 Macquarie Street, Parramatta 2150.
(02) 9806-5230.
Open during events and by appt.

Penrith Regional Gallery
Home of The Lewers Bequest
86 River Road, Emu Plains 2750.
(02) 4735-1100.
Daily 10.00 to 3.45.
Visit website for exhibitions.