May 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.

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 Aug 22 Longing for Home – six Aboriginal artists explore yearning, distance, time and space and their emotional connection to Country.
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 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.

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.
April 29 to May 10 In Good Company, Gaffa curated group show.
Also, BARKA/APOCALYPS by Alex Byrne, and I’m Ok (and other lies I tell myself) by Noah Spivak.
May 13 to 24 RE-INFLECTION? by Mateus Brandao and Thomas Sandberg, and Ivan by Emma Varker.
Also, Unfolding – Trish Yates, Megan Edwards and Celia Woods, and Dreams, Faces and Lines by Bella Layone.
May 27 to June 7 Lockdown Showdown, Gaffa curated group show featuring 20 artists.
Also, Unidentified Terrain by Angela Tam, Within the façade by Jordan Davies, and Metamors by Daniella Paradiso.

Hyde Park Barracks
Sydney Living Museums
Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000.
(02) 9251-5988.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
To May 30 Who goes here? by Fiona Hall – an art installation in the courtyard of the Hyde Park Barracks that tells the stories of those who once occupied this place. Read more…

The Ken Done Gallery
1 Hickson Road, The Rocks 2000.
(02) 8274-4500.
Fax (02) 8274-4545.
Daily 10.00 to 5.30.
Ken Done’s paintings in this exhibition are colourful and optimistic, bright and uplifting. Some reflect his habitual oeuvre and a number of these are featured in the artist’s brand new publication ‘Ken Done Art Design Life’, a comprehensive and extensively illustrated monograph on the art and design of Ken Done, celebrating the man, his life’s work and his legacy. By Amber Creswell-Bell with Ken Done, published by Thames & Hudson. Read more…
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.
To July 2 presented by the KCC and supported by the Anzac Memorial in Sydney, 1951, the critical year of the Korean War exhibition offers an in-depth look into the story of veterans especially those who fought at the battle of Kapyong and Maryang San.

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.
To May 9 Anywhere but here: MCA Primavera Acquisitions – Suzannah Barta, Dion Beasley, Shaun Gladwell, Matthew Griffin, Felicia Kan, Paul Knight, Moya McKenna, Jess MacNeil, TV Moore, Nell, Keg de Souza, Hiromi Tango and Emma White.
Also, Connected: MCA Collection – Bob Burruwal, Rosalie Gascoigne, Mabel Juli, Jumaadi, Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, Jack Nawilil, Alick Tipoti, Bede Tungutalum and Kunmanara Williams.
To Aug 22 The National 2021: New Australian Art.

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Antara, 2019, synthetic polymer paint on linen. Courtesy the artist and Mimili Maku Arts. © the artist. Photograph: Angus Webb

To Sept 4 Connected: MCA Collection: Perspectives on place.

Rosemary Laing, brumby mound #5 (detail), 2003, chromogenic print, framed. Museum of Contemporary Art, gift of Galerie Lelong and anonymous donor, 2005. Courtesy and © the artist

Museum of Sydney
Cnr Phillip and Bridge streets, Sydney 2000.
(02) 9251-5988.
Adult $15, Conc $12, Family $38, Members free, Children under 3 years free.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 5.00. Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.
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 May 30 TREE of LIFE: a testament of endurance. Curated by Gavin Wilson, the exhibition features work by Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian artists concerned for the environment and natural world, who understand the deep spiritual and physical associations that connect all forms of life. Exhibiting artists include from the APY Lands, Adelaide Studio Women’s Collective – Tjulyata Tjilya, Leah Brady, Margaret Richards, Nyunmiti Burton and Yaritji Heffernan – together with Allana Beltran, GW Bot, Nicholas Blowers, Nici Cumpston, Tamara Dean, Rachel Ellis, Louise Fowler-Smith, Richard Goodwin, Nicholas Harding, Janet Laurence, Idris Murphy, Andrew Merry, Euan Macleod, William Robinson, Shane Smithers, Mary Tonkin, Emma Walker, John R Walker and Joshua Yeldham.

Allana Beltran, The Weld Angel, 2007, performance. 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 further notice.
Visit our website for program updates.
To May 15 Acute Actions: Responses to I Am Not A Virus – Sophia Cai, Sai-Wai Foo, Jin Hien Lau, Nathan Liow, Zachary Lopez, Joe Lui & Deborah Ong, Andrea Srisurapon, Sweet and Sour Group, Jayanto Tan, Amy Zhang & MaggZ. Presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Diversity Arts Australia at 4A @ Darlinghurst, 101-111 William Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW. Open Thurs-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.

Andrea Srisurapon, Covid Clean, photographic print, 2021. Courtesy the artist

UTS Gallery
University of Technology Sydney, Level 4, 702 Harris Street, Ultimo 2007.
(02) 9514-1652.
Mon-Fri 11.00 to 6.00.
To June 14 There we were all in one place by Hayley Millar Baker, curated by Stella Rosa McDonald.

Verge Gallery
Level 2, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Road Darlington, University of Sydney 2006.
(02) 9563-6218.
Free entry.
Wed-Fri 9.00 to 5.00.
To May 22 Abridge by Wei Leng Tay.

Wei Leng Tay, A boy at Repulse Bay beach during SARS, 2003. Kodak E100VS slide, 135mm. 2019, digital C-print, 75x  100cm. Courtesy the artist and Verge Gallery

White Rabbit Gallery
30 Balfour Street (near Central Station), Chippendale 2008.
(02) 8399-2867.
Wed-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
To Aug 1 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.

Zetland Store Gallery
747 Elizabeth Street, Zetland 2017.
An artist-run gallery space.

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 exhibition program.
May 26 to June 6, 10am to 6pm (opening events Wed May 26, 5-9pm and Sat May 29, 10-6pm) Embrace by Cat Lee. Lee specialises in figurative body positive painting that empowers and challenges the stereotypes of beauty. This exhibition is a celebration of the human figure, in all it’s unique qualities, exploring self love and the relationship we have with our body. All artworks are inspired by real people with raw stories behind each piece, expressing the struggles and journey towards acceptance and body confidence. RSVP to opening events

Cat Lee, Hope, 2021, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 90 × 60cm
© Cat Lee Art 2021
Courtesy the artist

Cat Lee, Faith, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 2021. © Cat Lee Art 2021
Courtesy the artist

Arthouse Gallery
66 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay 2011.
(02) 9332-1019.
Tues-Fri 9.30 to 6.00, Sat 10.00 to 5.00.
May 11 to 29 Songs of Dry Hills by Jo Bertini.
Also, Let her go into the darkness by Leah Fraser.

Jo Bertini, Hidden River of Sand, oil on Belgian linen, 202.5 × 206.5cm (framed). Courtesy the artist and Arthouse Gallery

Leah Fraser, She shuts her eyes and then she opens her eyes again, acrylic on polyester canvas, 141 x 105cm (framed). 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.
By appt.
May 1 to June 5 Brick Veneer Belvedere: Savour Labour by Gary Carsley and Renjit Teoh.

13-17 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo 2011.
(02) 8970-2999.
Wed-Sun 11.00 to 5.30, except during exhibition changeover.
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 May 15 Grace Wright.
May 19 to June 12 Viv Miller. Also, David Ralph.

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

NAS Gallery
156 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst 2010.
(02) 9339-8686.
Free entry.
Mon-Sat 11.00 to 5.00 during exhibitions.
To May 22 The Drawing Gallery: From The Mountain To The Sky: Guy Warren Drawings.
Also, Dobell Drawing Prize #22.
June 11 to Aug 7 John Olsen: Goya’s Dog.

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 peak body representing and advancing the professional interests of the Australian visual arts, craft and design sector.

Robin Gibson Gallery
278 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst 2010.
Tues-Sat 11.00 to 6.00.
To May 5 Elizabeth Rankin, and Bryan Westwood.
May 8 to June 2 Jeff Rigby, and Anne Wienholt.

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 May 8 saplings – Anna May Kirk, Catriona Secker, Rebecca Selleck, Tamara Marrington and Chrystal Rimmer, curated by Emma Pinsent.

Chrystal Rimmer. Infinity Infinity Infinity (detail), 2021, reclaimed plastic. 113 x 53cm. Photograph: CRimmer. . Courtesy the artist and Stanley Street Gallery

May 13 to 29 Is it black and white… – Claire Welch, Emma Pinsent, Meredith Cravey and Sian Kelly.

Sian Kelly, Residue 3, 2019, acrylic gel medium, body tape, rope, 36 × 278 × 2cm. Photograph: Liam Black. 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.
May 7 to July 31 Capture by Sam Smith, and The Return by Kirsten Coelho.

Kirsten Coelho, Ithaca, 2020, porcelain, satin white glaze; dimensions variable. Photograph: Grant Hancock. Courtesy the artist, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

Also, Bioregional Bodies by Kyoko Hashimoto, and To companion a companion by Fernando do Campo.

Fernando do Campo, 365 Daily Bird Lists (January 3rd 2019 – January 2nd 2020), 2019-ongoing, acrylic, pencil and glitter on board, dimensions variable. Courtesy 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.
To May 8 Mulkuṉ Wirrpanda: The Last Exhibition, in association with Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre, Yirrkal, NT. Ms Wirrpanda will also be exhibiting alongside 12 other artists at The National 2021: New Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia until August 22.
May 5 to 22 Jilji and Bila-Sandhill Country by Tommy May. In association with Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing, WA.

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.
To May 8 Phillip Edwards and Andrew Tomkins. Drawing workshop: Sat May 8, 2.30pm with Andrew Tomkins.
May 15 to 29 (opening by Lou Klepac Sat May 15, 2.30pm) Tony Costa. Artist in Conversation: Sat May 22, 2.30pm.

Artbank, Sydney
222 Young Street, Waterloo 2017.
(02) 9697-6000.
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.
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.

Fox Jensen Gallery
0478-006-359 .
Thurs-Sat 12.00 to 4.00, or by appt.

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.
To May 15 Main Gallery: Forces of Nature a solo exhibition by Emma Varga. Gallery Two: Erasures a solo exhibition by Janet DeBoos.

Emma Varga, Revival #2. Courtesy the artist and Sabbia Gallery

Janet DeBoos, Erasures. 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.
May 4 to 29 (opening Sat May 8, 3-5pm) Dark Moments – Tanya Chaitow, Di Holdsworth and Lachlan Warner.

Di Holdsworth, Love Me Tender (detail), 2021, mechanical assemblage, 42 × 18 × 17cm. Courtesy the artist and Stella Downer Fine Art

799 Elizabeth Street, Zetland 2017.
(02) 9698-4696.
Directors: Ursula Sullivan and Joanna Strumpf.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00.
To May 8 The Urn Of Bitter Prophecy: Glenn Barkley, and Body As Verb: Sanné Mestrom.
May 20 to June 5 Gumnuts and Sandstone by Maria Fernanda Cardoso.

Utopia Art Sydney
983 Bourke Street, Waterloo 2017.
(02) 9319-6437.
Director: Christopher Hodges.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00.
May 8 to 29 (opening Sat May 8, 10am-5pm) George Tjungurrayi – a solo exhibition of works by the senior Pintupi artist, George Tjungurrayi, who continues to make giant strides on the national and international stage.

The Wellington Gallery
2/24 Wellington Street, Waterloo 2017.
(02) 9197-0901.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 6.00, and by appt.
A new multi-purpose gallery and exhibition space in Waterloo.

Inner West

Artereal Gallery
747 Darling Street, Rozelle 2039.
(02) 9818-7473.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 5.00.
May 7 to 29 Intimate Debris by Owen Leong.

Articulate project space
497 Parramatta Road (opposite Cass Bros), Leichhardt 2040.
Fri-Sun 11.00 to 5.00.
See blogspot for details.

Artsite Galleries
165 Salisbury Road, Camperdown 2050.
(02) 8095-9678.
Fri-Sun 11.00 to 5.00, Mon-Thurs by appt.

Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative
55-59 Flood Street, Leichhardt 2040.
(02) 9560-2541.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.
To Aug 29 Shell IT: a Boomalli exhibition at La Perouse Museum presents a display of contemporary and traditional artworks from artists across NSW Aboriginal Language Groups. Shell It is about understanding the diversity within our communities through sharing our visual stories of lived experiences, memories and knowledge of the past, present and what the future holds. Curated by Kyra Kum-Sing. La Perouse Museum: 1542 Anzac Parade, La Perouse.

Nadeena Dixon, Garrigarang Nangamai – Saltwater Dreaming – Mudin (Family Kinship), 2020, digital animation. Courtesy the artist and Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative

Chrissie Cotter Gallery
31A Pidcock Street, Camperdown 2050.
Thurs-Sun 11.00 to 4.00.
May 13 to 23 Push/Pull kinetic electromagnet sculptures by Mimi Kind.

Mimi Kind, Push/Pull, 2021, steel rivet, copper wire, epoxy, steel washer, steel wire, aluminium sheet, electronics. Courtesy the artist

Mimi Kind, Push/Pull, 2021, steel rivet, copper wire, epoxy, steel washer, steel wire, aluminium sheet, electronics. Courtesy the artist

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.
May 7 to 29 A Fresh Perspective – Ceramics from Graduates of Northern Beaches, Hornsby and Gymea TAFE Colleges, NAS, UNSW Art & Design and SCA.

Bridget Willis, Northern Beaches TAFE, Six Vessels, raku firing. Courtesy the artist and Kerrie Lowe Gallery

The Shop Gallery
112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe 2037.
Daily 11.00 to 6.00.
May 27 to June 2 Common threads: exploring our interconnectedness an exhibition of prints, paintings, fabric art and assemblages by Janet Reinhardt and Bronwyn Rodden. Reinhardt and Rodden interweave their individual human experiences to create works of art that acknowledge our embeddedness within the environment.

Janet Reinhardt, Eucalyptus 2, eco printed wool and silk organza with hand stitching on hessian. Courtesy the artist

Bronwyn Rodden, Inflorescence, Soviet-era test tube, wattle-dyed paper, kelp stalk on Bangalow Palm leaf. Courtesy the artist

Nth Sydney Northern Beaches

Grace Cossington Smith Gallery
Gate 7, 1666 Pacific Highway, Wahroonga 2076.
(02) 9473-7878.
Free entry.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00.
To May 8 The Music of the Planets large format multi-block woodcuts by Ruth Burgess.
May 15 to June 5 Stopping by the Colour Wheel: A Fabulation of Three Artists – Nuha Saad, Sherna Teperson and Elefteria Vlavianos delight in exploring the vibrational and sensate relationships between their works. The artists play with the syntax and colour relationships arising through both considered juxtaposition and play, revealing surprising relationships between colour and form, as they also consider the material /immaterial porous boundaries within this exhibition.

Artworks by Nuha Saad, Sherna Teperson and Elefteria Vlavianos. Courtesy the artists 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.
To May 9 Seaweed Arboretum – exploring the intersection of art and science, this exhibition celebrates the extraordinary world of our hidden underwater forests. Seaweed Arboretum by artists Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford of Turpin Crawford Studio, is part of Manly’s Seaweed Forests Festival, a unique collaboration between the artists and Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS). The Festival’s innovative program of talks, workshops and events will bring MAG&M to life. This project is supported by SIMS and the NSW Government’s My Community Project.
To June 20 Leila Jeffreys: Birdland – an exhibition by acclaimed Australian contemporary artist Leila Jeffreys, uniquely curated for MAG&M. The artist is best known for visceral and mysterious images of birds that explore and subvert the traditions of portraiture. Her avian subjects are photographed at human-scale with a startling attention to colour, line, form and composition. For Jeffreys, birds are both medium and message. Her practice opens windows into critical questions about the shared anthropomorphism that connects humans with animals, the sense of wildness that tugs at the fringes of everyday existence and the fleeting and precious connections that bind us to the natural world. Increasingly, Jeffreys’ work as an artist is inextricable from her concerns as an environmentalist. Working in the tradition of artist-activists, Jeffreys’ arresting images are the result of years long periods of research, exploration and investigation. The artist collaborates with conservationists, ornithologists and sanctuaries around the world to find her subjects before forging an intimate relationship with the birds that she photographs in her studio.

Leila Jeffreys, Rose crowned dove, 2017, series ‘Ornithurae’. Courtesy the artist and Manly Art Gallery & Museum

May 14 to June 20 Ceramix – drawing together 26 artists nationally, this exhibition pairs works by ceramicists with their collaborative artists in other mediums to explore the relationship between materiality, form and texture. As such, the exhibition focuses on the open possibilities of clay as a starting point for making work and a collaborative approach to 13 large-scale gallery installations. Presented by The Australian Ceramics Association and MAG&M, with guest curator Sophia Cai.

Sassy Park and Mara Schwerdtfeger, Sailor Pete, 2020, film still Kings Cross. 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.
To June 13 Kate Dorrough: Theatre of the Grotto is an experimental installation by Sydney artist Kate Dorrough. It is a playful contemporary interpretation of ancient river cave formations; consisting of shells, rocks, statuary and water. Grottoes are associated with the underworld, a meeting place between the human and the divine, and an original source of water representing life. Throughout history, the grotto has been reinterpreted generating a tension between the artificial and the real. This constructed hybrid incorporates artificial rockery in vivid colours in contrast to a series of projected videos into real water, accompanied by narrated texts. The grotto becomes a theatre, the sculptures actors within this dramatic stage setting.

Kate Dorrough, Calligraphic scrolls (detail), 2020, fabric paper, stitching, ink, acrylic paint, 260 x 100cm. Courtesy the artist and Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

May 8 to June 6, 2021 Mosman Youth Art Prize. Running for over 30 years, the Mosman Youth Art Prize exhibition features the diverse talents of the country’s young, aspiring and emerging artists and offers them the opportunity to exhibit their work in a public art gallery. Young artists aged between 12-21 years submit artworks in a variety of media including: painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, video, photography and ceramics to win cash prizes, scholarships and art materials. The 2021 Prize judge is Sydney-based multidisciplinary artist Abdul Abdullah.

‘2019 Mosman Youth Art Prize’ exhibition. Photograph: Tim Connolly. Courtesy Mosman Art Gallery

The New Artisans Gallery
Shop 2, 118 Alfred Street South, Milsons Point 2065.
0428-765-586, 0439-999-810.
Directors: Pauline and Erika Plumb.
Wed-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.
The New Artisans Gallery is a place to unearth new and emerging artists and artisans and bring to light your own creative talents.

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.

Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize
Centenary Centre, Gate 3, 20 Henry Street, Gordon 2072.
(02) 9498-9898.
May 15 to 30 (opening Fri May 14, 6-8pm ticketed event) Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize finalist exhibition. The winners of the 2021 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize Professional Artist, Emerging Artist and Indigenous Emerging Artist categories and Highly Commended recipients will be announced at the opening night event. The exhibition is open Mon-Fri, 11am to 2pm, and Sat-Sun 10am to 4pm, closing at 1pm on the final day. Tickets are available at

White Rhino Artspace
Level 1, 62 Atchison Street, St Leonards 2065.
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 June 19 Autumn 2021 – a group exhibition of contemporary Australian art.

Australian Galleries
15 Roylston Street, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9360-5177.
Fax (02) 9360-2361.
Director: Stuart Purves AM.
Daily 10.00 to 6.00.
April 27 to May 16 Theatre of Dreams by Andrew Antoniou.
Also, Michelle Hiscock.
May 25 to June 13 Janet Luxton, and Michael Fitzjames.

13 Gurner Street, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9358-4968.
Tues-Sun 11.00 to 6.00.
April 30 to May 9 Fourth Wall: scenes from the forest installation, sculpture and photography by Anne Levitch;,

Installation view of Anne Levitch’s ‘Fourth Wall: scenes from the forest’ at BAROMETER Gallery, Sydney

Installation view of Anne Levitch’s ‘Fourth Wall: scenes from the forest’ at BAROMETER Gallery, Sydney

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.
April 28 to May 20 (opening Sun April 25, 11am-2pm) Selected Works from 1995-2020 by Clara Hali, and Rituals of the Herd by Charmaine Pike.
May 26 to June 17 (opening Sun May 23 , 11am-2pm) Peter Godwin.

Fellia Melas Gallery
2 Moncur Street, Woollahra 2025.
(02) 9363-5616.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00, Sun-Mon by appt only.
From our Stockroom works by B Whiteley, M Olley, T Storrier, J Coburn, D Boyd, R Crooke, J Olsen, G Proud, T Irving, R Harvey, M Winch, S West, M Woodward, and many others.

Brett Whiteley, Bird & Wave, screenprint and lithograph printed in 3 colours, Ed 60, 79 × 85cm. Courtesy Fellia Melas Gallery

Fine Arts, Sydney
New location
23 Hampden Street, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9361-6200.
Wed-Sat 12.00 to 5.00, or by appt.
To May 29 Hany Armanious.

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.
April 29 to May 23 Falling Water by Neil Frazer.
Also, A Short Sharp Thread by Lucas Grogan.

Neil Frazer, Blue Curtain, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 137 x 137cm. Courtesy the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary

Lucas Grogan, A LOVE STORY, 2021, wool and velvet, 110 x 100cm. Courtesy the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary

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.
May 1 to 16 Richard Allen.
May 18 to 30 Nicholas Burton, and Andrew Powell.

Olsen Gallery
63 Jersey Road, Woollahra 2025.
(02) 9327-3922.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 6.00. Sat 11.00 to 5.00.
To May 8, 10,000 Strikes by Dion Horstmans, and Bauhaus Disco by Claudia Damichi.
May 12 to 29 James McGrath Luscus, and Stephen Bird.
Olsen Annexe:
74 Queen Street, Woollahra 2025.
(02) 9327-3922.
Tues-Sat 11.00 to 5.00.
May 12 to 29 Stephen Bird.

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.
To May 8 Tom Polo.
May 14 to June 12 Sistas by Kaylene Whiskey. Also, Kathy Temin.

SOHO Galleries Sydney
Celebrating 26 years
150 Edgecliff Road, Woollahra 2025, and 710 Military Road, Mosman 2088.
Soho: (02) 9326-9066.
Art Park: 1800-646-131..
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 11.00 to 3.00.
Group exhibitions of Contemporary art, sculpture, wall relief and ARTFraming.

Marshall Williams, Stillness, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 183cm. Courtesy the artist and SOHO Galleries Sydney

ARTPark Australia – Contemporary Australian Sculpture: Walsh Bay Sydney, sculpture walk Hunter Valley Sculpture Walk, Lisa McGuigan Cellar Door, Broke Road, Pokolbin, Hunter Valley. Sculpture enquiries

Anton Poon, Anchor, Corten steel, 240 x 100 x 300cm

Thienny Lee Gallery
176 New South Head Road (opp Edgecliff Train Station), Edgecliff 2027.
(02) 8057-1769.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 11.00 to 4.00.
To May 11 Liminal Moments by Phillipa Butters and Paul Williams.
May 13 to June 1 Resurgence by Catherine Stewart. Resurgence is the latest exhibition from acclaimed artist Catherine Stewart, exploring and celebrating the transformative and adaptive power of the environment. In this series of works, vivacious colours swirl like a storm in bold brushstrokes, creating a wild and untameable terrain that is filled with life and ferocity. The intensity of the palette and the tenacity of the strokes embody the strength of the environment, persisting against destruction. Being born and raised in rural Australia, Stewart instinctively highlights the perpetuity and resilience of Australian landscape in her work.

Catherine Stewart, Wild Banksia Yellow, oil and oil stick on linen, 154 × 104cm. Courtesy the artist and Thienny Lee Gallery

Catherine Stewart, Banksia, oil on linen, 67 x 67cm. Courtesy the artist and Thienny Lee Gallery

Wagner Contemporary
2 Hampden Street, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9360-6069, 0419-251-013.
Tues-Sun 10.30 to 6.00, Mon by appt.
April 30 to May 25 River by Kerry McInnis. Kerry McInnis’ new exhibition is an homage to the river, in all its abundance. These paintings and works on paper are imbued with a sense of celebration and respect for the natural element and life force of the river.

Greater Sydney

Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture Gallery, Western Sydney University (Parramatta)
Ground floor, EA Building, Room EA.G.13, Parramatta Campus, Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere 2216.
(02) 9685-9943.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 3.00.
Parking $9 per day.
May 11 to July 23 The Lives an exhibition featuring the works of Zhao Dalu.

Campbelltown Arts Centre
1 Art Gallery Road, Campbelltown 2560.
(02) 4645-4100.
Free entry.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
To May 9 Nola Tegal: Then & Now.
Also, Looking Back, Looking Forward – Macarthur Textile Network, and Friends & Focus 2021.
May 22 to July 25 I am a heart beating in the world: Diaspora Pavilion 2 – Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Kashif Nadim Chaudry, Lindy Lee, Leyla Stevens, Zadie Xa and Daniela Yohannes. Curated by Adelaide Bannerman, Mikala Tai and Jessica Taylor. Presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and International Curators Forum in partnership with Campbelltown Arts Centre;,,

Zadie Xa, Child of Magohalmi and the Echoes of Creation, 2019, video still. Commissioned for Art Night London 2019. Photograph: Benito Mayor Vallejo. Courtesy the artist and Campbelltown Arts Centre

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.
To May 9 Bush, Country, Voices, curated by Western Sydney Parklands, Casula Powerhouse and City People.
To June 27 George Gittoes: on being there, curated by Rod Pattenden.

George Gittoes, Two Worlds in Harmony – Sufi, 2018, oil on canvas, 153 × 197.5cm. Courtesy the artist and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

To June 27 LOSS.

Jagath Dheerasekara, Bungarusa panthera: a hybrid, 2021, video still. Courtesy the artist and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

May 15 to June 13 Kerry Toomey.

Granville Centre Art Gallery
1 Memorial Drive, Granville 2144.
(02) 8757-9029.
For more information to plan your visit including opening hours visit the website.
To May 9 The Past is the Present is the Future.
May 14 to July 4 A link, a loop, a circle is a group exhibition that brings together contemporary artists from Australia and New Zealand to explore the ways in which the medium of textiles is woven throughout their varying practices. Each artist uses textiles to share their own point of view on the world and how we connect and interact with each other, community, culture and history. Curated by Talia Smith.

Chun Yin Rainbow Chan, Moth Cape Big Crybaby. Photograph: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy the artist and Granville Centre Art Gallery

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 June 14 Wuliwulawala Dharawal Women Sharing StoriesWuliwulawala (women) celebrates the resilience and creativity of First Nations women in the Dharawal nation of southern Sydney. Featuring historical content, interviews and contemporary art this exhibition focuses on the importance of sharing stories, knowledge and oral histories across generations, while recognising the perspectives of women connected to our local and national history. Artists include Esme Timbery, Marilyn Timbery, Phyllis Stewart, Deanna Schreiber, Annette Webb, Caitlin Trindall, Amy Hill, Dolly Brown, Gemma Brown, Julie Freeman, Markeeta Freeman, Tracie McNally and Kerry Toomey.

L-R: Suzanne Stewart, Jewellery Box, 2009; and Phyllis Stewart, Shelled Box, 2015, shell, fabric, cardboard. Wollongong Art Gallery Collection

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

Macquarie University Art Gallery
19 Eastern Road, The Chancellary, Macquarie University, North Ryde 2109.
(02) 9850-7437.
Senior Curator: Rhonda Davis.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00.
May 3 to June 18 Photographers 5 – Effy Alexakis, Marryanne Christodoulou, Irena Conomos, Yiannis Dramitinos and Tom Psomotragos. Curated by Leonard Janiszewski.

Margaret Whitlam Galleries, Female Orphan School, Western Sydney University (Parramatta Campus)
First Level, West Wing, EZ Building, Parramatta Campus, cnr of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere 2116.
(02) 9685-9210.
Wed-Thurs 10.00 to 4.00.
To June 18 Beyond the Blind Spot featuring artists Belinda Mason, Denise Beckwith and Dieter Knierim from Blur Projects. Curated by Dr Alasdair Foster.

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.
June 5 to July 9 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 4.00.
Visit website for exhibitions.

Western Sydney University Sculpture Award and Exhibition (Campbelltown Campus)
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @wsusculpture.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
Parking free, only on weekends.
May 7 to June 6 outdoor sculpture exhibition, entrance to campus, Narellan Road or Gilchrist Drive, Campbelltown.