May 2019 Listings

Click on the precincts below to find Sydney 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.syd
Daily 10.00 to 5.00. Art After Hours: Wed to 9pm.
To July 14 From where I stand.
To July 21 The National 2019: New Australian Art. Read more…
April 27 to Aug 11 The essential Duchamp.
May 11 to Sept 8 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2019.
May 11 to Sept 29 Jeffrey Smart: constructed world.

nova Milne, Skin Without Biography, 2011/19, 3-channel video, 2K, synced; archived 3K home movie, 4k footage, animation and rotoscopy, 3 LED screens, cords, foil, cotton, media players, powder-coated steel, hand-tufted carpet dimensions variable, 5 minutes (looped) 7.1 sound. Photograph: AGNSW, Mim Stirling. © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Art Gallery of New South Wales

Gaffa Gallery
281 Clarence Street, Sydney CBD 2000.
(02) 9283-4273.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 6.00, Sat 11.00 to 5.00.
Closed Sun and public hols.
Gaffa is an independent creative precinct, artist-run in attitude and execution.
May 9 to 20 Caitlin Welch and Kerry Fluhr, curated by Head On Photo Festival.
May 23 to June 3 Wood, Metal, Fire & Ice by Eden Plaisted.
Also, Making Home by Naomi Zouwer, and Watery Grave by Eleanor Er.

The Ken Done Gallery
1 Hickson Road, The Rocks 2000.
(02) 8274-4500.
Fax (02) 8274-4545.
Open daily 10.00 to 5.30.
A parade of bright colours, optimism and open landscapes, life on the beach, alongside Sydney Harbour and the underwater reef. The current exhibition of major canvases on display have been inspired by the artist’s most recent trip to Toberua Island in Fiji and Sydney Harbour. A selection of new, small works on canvas in a variety of subjects completes the hang. Limited edition prints, including a new reef print of ‘Ultramarine coral head’ 2018, edition of 100, posters and other art related products are available for sale in the gallery shop.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
140 George Street, The Rocks 2000.
(02) 9245-2400.
Free entry.
Mon-Tues 10.00 to 5.00, Wed 10.00 to 9.00, Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
To June 10 Janet Laurence: After Nature.
To June 23 The National 2019: New Australian Art. Read more…
Now showing, MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday.

Installation view, ‘Janet Laurence: After Nature’, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2019. Photograph: Jacquie Manning. Courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams, Kamantaku Tjukurpa wiya. (The Government doesn’t have Tjukurpa.) 2018, synthetic polymer, ink and acrylic marker pen on canvas mailbags and linen, with kulata (spear) made from kulata (spearbush) and mulga, malu pulyku (kangaroo tendon) and kiti (mulga leaf resin). Courtesy the artist and Mimili Maku Arts © the artist/Copyright Agency, 2019 Photograph: Jacquie Manning

Museum of Sydney
Cnr Phillip and Bridge streets, Sydney 2000.
(02) 9251-5988.
Free with Museum entry, Adults $12, Conc $8, Family $30, Members Fee.
Open daily 10.00 to 5.00.
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.
The Museum presents a diverse program of exhibitions and events.
To July 21 Street Photography.
Also, How Cities Work.

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 5 The Whiteley at 20: Twenty years of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship.

Brett Whiteley at work in the studio, c. 1964. © the estate of Tony Evans/Timelapse Library Limited 2019. Courtesy S.H. Ervin Gallery

May 11 to July 28 Salon des Refusés: The ‘alternative’ Archibald & Wynne Prize selection. The Salon des Refusés was initiated by the S.H. Ervin Gallery in 1992 in response to the large number of works entered into the Archibald Prize which were not selected for display in the official exhibition. The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s most high profile and respected awards which attracts hundreds of entries each year and the S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much-anticipated feature of the Sydney scene. Each year our panel is invited to go behind the scenes of the judging process for the annual Archibald Prize for portraiture and Wynne Prize for landscape painting and figure sculpture at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, to select an exhibition from the many hundreds of works entered in both prizes but not chosen for the official award exhibition. The Salon des Refusés has established an excellent reputation that rivals the selections in the ‘official’ exhibition, with works selected for quality, diversity, humour and experimentation, and which examine contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and responses to the landscape. Visitors can vote in the Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award.

Marie Mansfield, Lunch hour in the city, 2019, oil on board, 30 x 30cm. Courtesy the artist and S.H. Ervin Gallery

Craig Handley, Some assembly required, 2019, oil on linen, 122 x 137cm. 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.
Daily to 5.00, Thurs to 8.00.
Free volunteer-led tours Mon-Thurs 12.00, and curator tours Fri 12.00 (excludes public hols).
To Oct 13 Quick March! The Children of World War I – a glimpse into the lives of children 100 years ago, and how they contributed to the war effort.
To Oct 13 Sydney Elders: Continuing Aboriginal Stories.
May 25 to June 23 World Press Photo Exhibition.
May 25 to Nov 17 Dead Central.
Ongoing, Paintings from the Collection, permanent exhibition.

Paintings from the Collection exhibition, State Library Galleries. Courtesy the State Library of NSW

Vermilion Contemporary Chinese Art
5/16 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay 2000.
(02) 9241-3323.
Tues-Sat 11.00 to 7.00.

Chippendale Central

245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh 2015.
(02) 8571-9099.
Open daily.
To June 23 The National 2019: New Australian Art.

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay Street, Haymarket, Sydney 2000.
(02) 9212-0380.
Free entry.
Tues-Fri 11.00 to 5.00, Thurs nights to 8.00, Sat-Sun 11.00 to 4.00.
To May 26 By All Estimates – Rathin Barman, Jessica Bradford, Erika Tan and Moses Tan. Taking Singapore as a locus of multiple regional identities, By All Estimates brings together works by artists that give form to narratives obscured by the city-state’s rapid urban and social development and the coexistence of competing projections of cultural inheritance and recognition.

Jessica Bradford, Haw Par Villa #5 (Swans), 2016, pastel and liquid pencil on primed aluminium on top of underglazed ceramic base, 9 x 16 x 8.5cm. Photograph: Laura Moore. Courtesy the artist and Galerie pompom, Sydney

The Japan Foundation Gallery
Level 4, Central Park , 28 Broadway, Chippendale 2008.
(02) 8239-0055.
Mon-Thurs 10.00 to 8.00, Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 10.00 to 3.00.
To June 21 Coexistences: Portraits of Today’s Japan by Laura Liverani.

Laura Liverani, Tokyo. Shihori, 42, office worker, wearing Zentai at a friend’s home, 2016

Performance Space
Carriageworks, Level 2, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh 2042.
(02) 8571-9111.
Presenting a program for experimental art practice.
Visit website for more information.

Sheffer Gallery
38 Lander Street, Darlington 2008.
(02) 9310-5683.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 6.00.
May 1 to 11 Hiske Weijers, Nicole Eggers and Lorna Grear.
May 15 to 25 Tony Lennon and Jane Lennon.
May 29 to June 8 Tony Mortimer and Rie Matsuura.

White Rabbit Gallery
30 Balfour Street (near Central Station), Chippendale 2008.
(02) 8399-2867.
Wed-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
To Aug 4 HOT BLOOD – presents a group of artists who confound outmoded expectations about China, reflecting unflinchingly on the most uncomfortable truths of our age.

East Sydney

APY Gallery
45 Burton Street, Darlinghurst 2010.
Mon-Fri 9.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun by appt.
The APY Gallery is a platform for emerging Indigenous artists from the APY Art Centre Collective;

51 William Street, Darlinghurst 2010.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 6.00.
May 14 to 26 (opening Fri May 17, 5-8pm) Scene Afar by Greg Wood.
Artist talk: Sat May 18, 2-3pm. Email:

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 2 to 18 Codakhrome by James Powditch.
Also, Scape by James Gardiner.

James Gardiner, Shard 5, carved laminated polyurethane tooling board with metallic resin inlays finished with black lacquer and a clear gloss polyurethane, 160 x 175 x 40cm. Courtesy the artist and Arthouse Gallery

May 30 to June 15 Tabletop Variations by Kate Bergin.

Kate Bergin, Visiting the Palace of Amsterdam (Featuring Melchior de Hondecoeter’s Palace of Amsterdam with Exotic Birds, c. 1660), oil on canvas, 170 x 200cm. 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 11.00 to 6.00.
Visit website for exhibition program.

Chalk Horse
167 William Street, Darlinghurst 2010.
Tues-Sat 11.00 to 6.00.
Artist-run space specialising in solo exhibitions by emerging Sydney artists along with international projects.
May 2 to June 1 Madeleine Pfull. Read more…

Madeleine Pfull, Orange Sandals l, 2019. Courtesy the artist and Chalk Horse

The Cross Art Projects
8 Llankelly Lane (off Orwell Street), Kings Cross 2011.
(02) 9357-2058, 0406-537-933.
Director: Jo Holder.
Thurs-Sat 11.00 to 6.00.
May 11 to June 8 The Subtle Art of Defiance – Keg De Souza, Philjames, Mojgan Habibi, Julian Talarico and Oliver Wagner. Curated by Elizabeth Reidy and Todd Fuller. Artist talks: Sat June 1.

Fine Arts, Sydney
Suites 204 & 205, 20-22 Bayswater Road, Potts Point 2011.
(02) 9361-6200.
Wed-Fri 12.00 to 6.00, Sat 10.00 to 4.00.

13-17 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo 2011.
(02) 8970-2999.
Wed-Sun 10.00 to 5.30.
Established in 1986, Firstdraft is Australia’s longest running artist-led organisation.

Frances Keevil Gallery
Bay Village, 28-34 Cross Street, Double Bay 2028.
(02) 9327-2475.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00, Sun 11.00 to 4.00.
May 29 to June 16 EQUUS ‘my kingdom for a horse’ – Michael Simms, Diana Watson, Tracey Esteves, Lew Brennan, Tony Beldbrajdic and Bahman Kermany.

Lew Brennan, JUMP TIME, charcoal, 90 x 120cm. Courtesy the artist and Frances Keevil Gallery

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 18 Anthony Hodgkinson, and Simon Kennedy.
May 22 to June 15 Mark Rodda, and Adrian Hobbs.

Mark Rodda, Porous Barrier, 2019, 20 x 24cm. Courtesy the artist and Gallery 9

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

Liverpool Street Gallery
243a Liverpool Street, East Sydney 2010.
(02) 8353-7799.
Director: James Erskine.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 6.00.
To May 15 Still Motion by Amelia Carroll.
May 17 to June 17 Dick Watkins.

NAS Gallery
Forbes Street, Darlinghurst 2010.
(02) 9339-8686.
Free entry.
Mon-Sat 11.00 to 5.00.

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
(02) 9368-1900.
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.
(02) 9331-6692.
Tues-Sat 11.00 to 6.00.
To May 15 Jeff Rigby, and Anne Wienholt.
May 18 to June 12 Patrick Francis.
Also, NORTH – Guy Gilmour, Ted Hillyer, Ian Pearson, Avital Sheffer and Sandra Taylor.

STACKS Projects
191 Victoria Street, Potts Point 2011.
Thurs-Sat 11.00 to 6.00, Sun 11.00 to 4.00.
To May 5 What are we left with by Robin McIntyre Hearfield. Who are we made of? What are we left with? Robin McIntyre Hearfield’s Re-compositioned video installation, featuring 12 artists and seven different languages.
May 9 to 26 (opening Wed May 8, 6-8pm) The Poetics of Losing Clarity by Louise Allerton and Ioulia Terizis. Creative producer Joanne makas. In association with Head On Photo Festival, STACKS presents two artists that explore the oscillating zone between the abstract and the realistic. Through a creative exploration of multiple realities, the artist’s in this show destabilise what we know photography to be. Artist talk: Sat May 11, 2-3pm.

Louise Allerton, Shift, 2018, inkjet on Hahnemüle, 62 x 57.5cm. Courtesy the artist and STACKS Projects

Ioulia Terizis, For Ground, 2017, Gelatin silver photograph, 102 x 141cm. Courtesy the artist and STACKS Projects

Stanley Street Gallery
1/52-54 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst 2010.
(02) 9368-1142.
Directors: Merilyn Bailey and Liza Feeney.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 6.00.
To May 11 kitsune-bi (Foxfires) by Luke Hardy. An associated exhibition of Head On Photo Festival.
May 15 to June 1 Previously Unseen by Denis Clarke.

Luke Hardy, kitsune-bi [foxfires] VII, 2018, pigment print on archival art paper, 60cm x 60cm. Courtesy the artist and Stanley Street Gallery

Denis Clarke, Presence, 2018, acrylic, 56 x 76cm. Courtesy the artist and Stanley Street Gallery

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.
To June 1 Gemma Smith: Rhythm Sequence.
Also, Order of Events: Elliott Bryce Foulkes & Maria Smit, and Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer: Fragile Fantasy.

Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer, Promised Eternity, 2018, Gelatin silver print on Foma Fomatone paper, 40 x 51cm. Courtesy the artist and UNSW Galleries

57-59 Macleay Street, Potts Point 2011.
(02) 9356-3663, 0418-634-712.
Director: Kerry Crowley OAM.
Wed-Fri 11.00 to 6.00, Sat 11.00 to 4.30.
May 16 to June 15 Christopher Firmstone.

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.
May 11 to June 1 Kungka mankurrpakuna warrka: The work of three women. In association with Papunya Tjupi Arts, Papunya, Northern Territory.

Artbank, Sydney
222 Young Street, Waterloo 2017.
(02) 9697-6000.
Mon-Fri 9.00 to 5.00.
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.
The Studio is open to the public Fri-Sun 10.00 to 4.00. T
he 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.

409b George Street , Waterloo 2017.
(02) 9318-1122.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00, Sun 12.00 to 4.00.
May 8 to 26 Sometimes I’m too boring for my imaginary friends by Mylyn Nguyen.
Also, Hand Hald World by Waratah Lahy.

Michael Reid Sydney
Standard House, 105 Kippax Street (enter from Waterloo Street), Surry Hills 2010.
(02) 8353-3500.
Directors: Michael Reid and Toby Meagher.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 5.00.
May 2 to 25 Lightyears: Photographic Group Show.

SOHO Galleries Sydney
Waterloo Design Centre, 105/197 Young Street, Waterloo 2017.
(02) 9326-9066
Fax 9358-2939.
Daily trading, closed public holidays.
May 4 to 31 group Australian Landscape paintings and sculpture.
ArtPark Australia Sculpture – Walsh Bay Sculpture Wharf Sculpture Walk.

Neville Pilven, Roses Gap Goldstone, mixed media on canvas, 180 x 213cm. Courtesy the artist and Soho Galleries

Andrew Kasper, Tranquility, edition 1/6, 316 hand forged stainless steel, 253 x 113 x 95cm. Courtesy the artist and Soho Galleries

Stella Downer Fine Art
1/24 Wellington Street, Waterloo 2017.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 11.00 to 5.00.
May 7 to June 8 (opening Sat May 11, 3-5pm) Rod Holdaway and Denese Oates.

Rod Holdaway, Walls of the City, 2019, oil on canvas. 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, or by appt.
May 4 to 25 Wonderland by Tony Albert.
Sullivan+Strumpf Singapore:
April 27 to June 2 Adeela Suleman.

Utopia Art Sydney
72 Henderson Rd, Alexandria 2015.
(02) 9699-2900.
Director: Christopher Hodges.
Tue-Sat 10.00 to 5.00.
May 4 to 25 (opening Sat May 4, 3-5pm) ABSTRACTION – David Aspden, Richard Larter, Helen Eager, Emily Kame Kngwarreye and George Tjungurrayi.

Inner West Marrickville Balmain

AIRspace Projects
10 Junction Street, Marrickville 2204.
Fri 11.00 to 6.00, Sat-Sun 11.00 to 5.00 first three weeks of the month.
May 3 to 18 Gallery 1: SOOP: Suzy Faiz, Kate Scholes & Eila Vinwyn. Gallery 2: Catherine Murray. The Cranny: David Helmers. Deep Space: Amelia Skelton & Tango Conway.

Annandale Galleries
110 Trafalgar Street, Annandale 2038.
(02) 9552-1699.
Directors: Bill Gregory and Anne Gregory (members of ACGA).
Tues-Fri 11.00 to 5.00, Sat 12.00 to 4.00.

Artereal Gallery
747 Darling Street, Rozelle 2039.
(02) 9818-7473.
Director: Luisa Catanzaro.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 5.00.
May 1 to June 1 (opening Wed May 1, 6-8pm) Sam Holt.

Articulate project space
497 Parramatta Road (opposite Cass Bros), Leichhardt 2040.
Fri-Sun 11.00 to 5.00.
To May 12 Place and Image – Linden Braye, Curtis Ceapa, Damian Dillon, Merilyn Fairskye, John Gillies, Yvette Hamilton, Therese Keogh (with Carolyn Craig, Lyn Heazlewood and Kat Sawyer, as the 19 Loftus group), Kate Scott, Margaret Seymour, Sarah Woodward and others.
May 18 to June 2 (opening Fri May 17, 6-8pm) a whole-of-space installation by Helen M Sturgess. Closing event: Sun June 2, 2-5pm with artist talks at 2pm followed by drinks 3-5pm.
To May 12 rivers of tomorrow photographs by Vsevolod Vlaskine.
May 18 to June 2 (opening Fri May 17, 6-8pm) The Modern Danse by Anne Kay. Closing event: Sun June 2 with artist talks from 2pm followed by drinks 3-5pm. See blogspot for further details.

Artsite Galleries
165 Salisbury Road, Camperdown 2050.
(02) 8095-9678.
Wed-Sun 11.00 to 5.00 during exhibitions.

Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative
55-59 Flood Street, Leichhardt 2040.
(02) 9560-2541.
Wed-Sun 11.00 to 4.00.
To June 2 Warriors for the Environment. As Aboriginal people, we have always had a connection to the land. The land is one with us and it is important to look after the land. Our elders would teach and tell us stories of why it is important to protect our waterways, country and maintain our traditional and spiritual connection to the land through song, art, language and ceremony. This exhibition is about how we as Aboriginal artists contribute to caring for the environment. Recycled weaving workshop: Sat May 4, 11-4pm with artist Hayley Pigram. Artist talks: Thurs May 30, 6-7pm with Ella Noah Bancroft and Sharon Smith. Read more…

Blak Douglas, When in Drought Ship Out, 2018, synthetic polymer on canvas, 150 x 150cm. Courtesy the artist and Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative

The Commercial
5/4 Jabez Street, Marrickville 2204.
(02) 8096-3292.
Wed-Fri 12.00 to 5.00, Sat 11.00 to 5.00. Parking at door.

The Corner Gallery Stanmore
Cnr Percival and Myrtle streets, Stanmore 2048.
May 1 to 14 (opening Wed May 1, 6-8pm) Objects Real and Imagined by Kim Isgro-Attwood.
Wed-Sun 11.00 to 5.00, or by appt. Contact: 0414-897-138.

Defiance Gallery
47 Enmore Road, Newtown 2042.
(02) 9557-8483.
Directors: Campbell Robertson-Swann and Lauren Harvey.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 5.00.
May 8 to June 6 Works on Paper by Joe Furlonger. Read more…

Delmar Gallery
144 Victoria Street, Ashfield 2131.
(02) 9581-6070.
Free entry.
Wed-Sun 12.00 to 5.00.
May 4 to 26 (opening Mon May 6, 6-8pm) Exodus: Rohingya Refugee Crisis by David Dare Parker, Australian Walkley award-winning photojournalist.
Also, 9 Gates of No Return by Polish photojournalist Agata Grzybowska. Presented in association with Head On Photo Festival.

Factory 49
49 Shepherd Street, Marrickville 2204.
(02) 9572-9863.
Facebook: Factory 49
Instagram: Factory.49
Thurs-Sat 1.00 to 6.00. May 8 to 18 Pia Larson.
May 22 to June 1 NUANCE – International group show.

Glass Artists’ Gallery (upstairs)
Gauge Gallery (street level)
68 Glebe Point Road, Glebe 2037.
Tel/Fax (02) 9552-1552.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.30, Sun 1.00 to 5.00.

Kate Owen Gallery
680 Darling Street, Rozelle 2039.
(02) 9555-5283.
Member of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia.
Open daily 10.00 to 6.00.
Kate Owen Gallery is a multiple award-winning gallery specialising in contemporary Aboriginal art. Artworks range from small affordable works to large investment pieces. Three light-filled floors showcase major exhibitions of Indigenous masters, established artists and new talent. The groundbreaking Collectors’ Gallery is dedicated to museum-quality works from Australia’s leading Indigenous artists.
To May 12 seven sisters – tales of lust, love, passion and danger. Experience the stories of the seven ancestral sisters as they travel across land and sky. Artists include Athena Nangala Granites, Andrea Adamson and Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi.

Andrea Adamson, Seven Sisters Dreaming, acrylic on linen, 122 x 183cm. Courtesy the artist and Kate Owen Gallery

May 25 to June 23 Defining Tradition: black + white – a celebration of the trailblazing artists who moved away from colour and pursued a more minimalistic style. Inspired by ancient Dreamings and the Australian landscape, their works are restrained in colour palette, yet remarkably powerful with exceptional compositional designs. Artists include Dorothy Napangardi, Lily Kelly Napangardi, Charmaine Pwerle, Nyilyari Tjapangati and many more.

Dorothy Napangardi, Salt on Mina Mina, acrylic on linen, 90 x 150cm. Courtesy Kate Owen Gallery

Kerrie Lowe Gallery
49-51 King Street, Newtown 2042.
(02) 9550-4433
Fax 9550-1996.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 5.30, Thurs 10.00 to 7.00, Sun 12.00 to 4.00.
May 10 to 28 Sarah Ormonde – Wind Line: recent ceramics.
Also, A Sense of Place – a group exhibition featuring ceramics by Sue Buckle, Tony Deigan, Milly Dent, Jan Downes, Charmaine Haines, Jan Howlin, Niharika Hukku, Anne-Marie Jackson, Tamasin Pepper and Joanne Searle.

McGlade Gallery at the Australian Catholic University
Mount St. Mary, Gate 3, 25a Barker Road, Strathfield 2135.
(02) 9701-4256.
Mon-Sat 11.00 to 4.00 during exhibition periods.

SCA Galleries
Sydney College of the Arts
Balmain Road (enter opposite Cecily Street), Rozelle 2040.
(02) 9351-1008.
Free admission.
Mon-Fri 11.00 to 5.00, Sat 11.00 to 4.00 (during exhibitions).
May 10 to 18 (opening Thurs May 9, 6-8pm) Higher Degree Research Exhibition.

The Shop Gallery
112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe 2037.
Visit website for exhibition program.

Nth Sydney Northern Beaches

Art Space on the Concourse
409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood 2067.
May 22 to June 16 (opening Fri May 24, 6-8pm) Future Abstract – explores the impact of technology on the genre of abstract art.
As part of Vivid Sydney at Chatswood;

Artarmon Galleries
479 Pacific Highway, Artarmon 2064.
(02) 9427-0322.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 11.00 to 3.00.

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 public hols.
May 1 to 18 (opening Thurs May 2, 6-8pm with guest speaker Professor Ron Newman) Arboreta imaginari [imagine trees] by , a solo exhibition all about trees, it features photographs that have distinct painterly qualities. In this series, trees untethered are rerooted in wholly constructed landscapes built of scraps and snatches of other lives, places and times. A Head-On Photo Festival associated exhibition.

Colin Husband, Away, photograph

To June 29 The Hidden Garden is a major solo exhibition by Travis De Vries. The Hidden Garden is a culmination of his two residencies at Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios and Australian Museum, in 2018. Informed by the artist’s interpretation of the Garden of Eden, situated in the Australian Bush, the new body of works includes paintings, soundscapes and immersive installation. Supported by Lane Cove Council. A Gai-mariagal Festival exhibition.

Travis De Vries, Forbid, The Storyteller, 2019, oil on canvas

Grace Cossington Smith Gallery
Gate 7, 1666 Pacific Highway, Wahroonga 2076.
(02) 9473-7878.
Free entry.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 9.00 to 4.00.
To May 9 The Hawkesbury – works inspired by the unruly and spectacular Hawkesbury River landscape from Lyndall Beck, David Collins and Viola Dominello. Curated by Elisabeth Cummings.
May 14 to June 1 (opening Sat May 18, 2-4pm) Hold Everything Dear – artists Michelle Belgiorno, Deborah Burdett, Mandy Burgess, Michelle Connolly, Renuka Fernando, Tilly Lees, Jo Meisner and Ro Murray use John Berger’s book of essays as a starting point to examine values that the artists each consider important. Approaches vary from the personal to the political through painting, installation and sculpture.

Jo Meisner, Displaced, Connected by a Thread, 2017, fabric and digital print, 90 x 60cm. Courtesy the artist 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.

Incinerator Art Space
2 Small Street, Willoughby 2068.
Visit website for exhibition program.

Manly Art Gallery & Museum
West Esplanade Reserve, Manly 2095.
(02) 9976-1421.
Free entry.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
May 3 to June 9 Keepers Of The Flame: The Legacy of Murch & Miksevicius – explores the art of Arthur Murch (1902-1989) and Jurgis Miksevicius (1923-2014) through the eyes of their daughters who work lovingly and tirelessly to manage their archives and artworks and to promote their work through exhibitions and publications. Murch and Leigh tell personal and compelling stories about these two fascinating artists through a carefully curated selection of drawings, paintings, photographs, memorabilia and film.

Arthur Murch, Avalon studio, 1987. Photograph: Chris Duczynski. Courtesy Manly Art Gallery & Museum

May 3 to June 9 Teena McCarthy: Down by the River, Darling…. McCarthy is a visual artist and poet working predominantly in painting, photography and performance art. She is an Italian/Barkindji woman and a descendant of The Stolen Generations. McCarthy’s work documents her family’s displacement and Aboriginal Australians’ loss of culture and ‘hidden’ history. While acknowledging the intergenerational pain of postcolonialism, she uses wit, humour and pathos to explore her own identity. Part of the 2019 Gai-mariagal Festival and Head On Photo Festival.
May 3 to June 9 Library Artists’ Book Award – artist books challenge the conventional book format and are a unique art form. They can use traditional print techniques or digital media, be recognisable in book format or appear as sculptural objects. The Northern Beaches Library Service presents a biennial Artists’ Book Award and exhibition. Over 40 artist books from around the world will be displayed at Manly Art Gallery & Museum. Judgesí selections are acquired to join the Northern Beaches Library Service Artist Book Collection, the only one of its kind in NSW.

Judy Hungerford, Going, going, gone, acquired 2017. Courtesy Manly Art Gallery & Museum

ME Gallery
me Artspace: Studios, Gallery & Art Collective, 25 Atchison Street, St Leonards 2065.
Wed-Fri 11.00 to 4.00, Sat 10.00 to 2.00.
May 1 to 11 Harmonic Visions by Rosalie Rigby.

Mosman Art Gallery
1 Art Gallery Way, Mosman 2088.
(02) 9978-4178.
Director: John Cheeseman.
Free entry.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00, closed public hols.
To June 9 Cordelia Beresford: Disappointing Doll – inspired by a photograph from a Sydney asylum c.1870: the image of a girl recorded as ‘Orphan child aged 3’. The work explores how everyday female experiences have historically been deemed unworthy of intellectual consideration; and the poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s ideas on how children use dolls to seek boundaries of their own self. It combines gesture with cinematic devices to evoke a psychological space, one where shame and seclusion from the outside world lead girls in institutionalised care to stand in for imagined mothers, sisters and lovers; and where childish play echoes through the bodies of grown women. Read more…

Codelia Beresford, Disappointing Doll (still, 2019, 2-channel HD video installation, stereo sound. Courtesy the artist and Mosman Art Gallery

May 11 to June 9, 2019 Mosman Youth Art Prize features the diverse talents of young, aspiring and emerging artists. Young artists aged between 12-21 submit artworks in a variety of media including; painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, video, photography and ceramics. The 2019 Mosman Youth Art Prize judge is Sydney artist Liam Benson.

Dilara Niriella, Sorry to interrupt.., 2018, oil on canvas. Winner of Tertiary category, 2018 Mosman Youth Art Prize

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 School for Girls
20 Henry Street, Gordon 2072.
June 1 to 9 (opening Wed May 31, 6pm) Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize. Opening night tickets available through the website

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby 2077.
(02) 9847-6572.
Open daily 10.00 to 4.00.
April 30 to May 12 (opening Sat May 4, 6-8pm) Transit by Nathalie Hartog Gautier – a photography exhibition that captures life as it journeys through Hornsby Train Station. Presented as part of the 2019 Head On Photo Festival. Artist’s talk: Sun May 12, 2-3pm.

Nathalie Hartog Gautier, Hornsby Station 9. Courtesy the artist and Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre

May 14 to 26 (opening Thurs May 16, 6.30-8.30pm) Cemetery of Trees by David Starr – explores the space between life and death, in nature and beyond, through the medium of photography. Presented as part of the 2019 Head On Photo Festival. Artist talk: Sun May 26, 2-3pm. Attendance is free to all events, bookings preferred, visit

David Starr, Cemetery of Trees 4. Courtesy the artist and Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre

White Rhino Artspace
Level 1, 62 Atchison Street, St Leonards 2065.
Wed-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 10.00 to 2.00. Refer to website.
May 8 to 18 Head On Photo Festival.

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, or by appt.
Deals in post-war and contemporary art and provides tailored advice in all aspects of purchasing, valuing and collection management.
May 1 to June 8 Works on paper and sculptures from the Tiwi Islands from the Laverty Collection.

Australian Galleries
15 Roylston Street, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9360-5177
Fax 9360-2361.
Director: Stuart Purves AM.
Open daily 10.00 to 6.00.
To May 5 Recent Work by Michael Fitzjames.
Also, Lewis Miller.
May 14 to June 2 Shell Shocked by Rodney Pople.

Rodney Pople, War memorial 1, 2018, egg tempera on linen, 204 x 265cm. Courtesy the artist and Australian Galleries

Rodney Pople, Returned soldier, 2018, egg tempera on linen, 204 x 284cm. Courtesy the artist and Australian Galleries

13 Gurner Street, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9358-4968.
Tues-Sun 12.00 to 5.00.
May 7 to 18 Happy After Ever by Lisa Tomasetti.
May 21 to June 2 Kimono – Chee Soon & Fitzgerald + Arthere Collections Sale.

Lisa Tomasetti, Upside Down, Inside Out, 2019, photographic pigment print. Courtesy the artist and BAROMETER Gallery

Wedding Kimono (kakeshita)

Blender Gallery
16 Elizabeth Street, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9380-7080.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 5.00, Tues by appt.

Cooee Art Paddington
326 Oxford Street, Paddington 2021.
(02) 8057-6789.
Director: Adrian Newstead.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 6.00, Sun-Mon 10.00 to 3.00.
Australia’s oldest Indigenous art gallery.
May 4 to 18 (opening Sat May 4, 2-4pm) NATIVE by Michael Jalaru Torres.

Defiance Gallery at Mary Place
12 Mary Place, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9557-8483.
Directors: Campbell Robertson-Swann & Lauren Harvey.
Wed-Sun 11.00 to 5.00.
May 8 to 30 Joe Furlonger: Survey. Read more…

Joe Furlonger, Near Childers, 2017, pigment and PVA binder on paper, 21 x 30cm. Courtesy the artist and Defiance Gallery

Fellia Melas Gallery
2 Moncur Street, Woollahra 2025.
(02) 9363-5616.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00, Sun-Mon by appt only.
Through May, works by Shead, Storrier, Whiteley, Canning, Del Kathryn Barton, Dickerson, Gleeson, Crooke, Rubin, Campbell, West, Harvey and many others.

Ray Crooke, Mother & Child, Gulf Country Settlement oil on canvas. Courtesy Fellia Melas

Fox Jensen Gallery
Cnr Hampden Street & Cecil Lane, 23a Roylston Street, Paddington 2021.
(02) 8084-4298.
Wed-Sat 12.00 to 5.00.
May 16 to June 29 Eros – Edvard Munch, Eric Fischl, Hayv Kahraman, Man Ray, Gideon Rubin, Jane Bustin, Frank Kenis, Tracey Snelling, Aiko Robinson, Hoda Afshar and Tomislav Nikolic. Eros deals with the notion of the erotic. It will include both historical, museological and contemporary work including Hans Bellmer, Ray, Fischl, Rubin, Bustin, Afshar and Robinson.

Martin Browne Contemporary
15 Hampden Street, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9331-7997.
Director: Martin Browne (member of ACGA).
Tues-Sun 10.30 to 6.00.
May 2 to 26 Structural Equality by Kevin Chin.
May 30 to June 23 Liquid Light by Neil Frazer.

Kevin Chin, Tiers, 2019, oil on Italian linen, 138 x 199cm. Courtesy the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary

Maunsell Wickes Gallery
19 Glenmore Road, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9331-4676
Fax 9380-8485.
Tues-Sat 11.00 to 5.30, Sun 12.00 to 5.00.
May 14 to 31 Julijana Griffiths: “I Arrived With One Suitcase”; An arranged marriage – a young Greek migrant girl arrives with just one suitcase. Head On Photo Festival.

Artwork by Julijana Griffiths. Courtesy the artist and Maunsell Wickes Gallery

Olsen Gallery
63 Jersey Road, Woollahra 2025.
(02) 9327-3922.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 6.00, Sat 10.00 to 5.00, Sun 11.00 to 5.00.
May 1 to 19 Brent Hallard: Color Talk.
Also, Tim Summerton.
May 22 to June 9 Sally Anderson: Blue and Green Music.
May 22 to June 16 McLean Edwards.
Olsen Annexe:
74 Queen Street, Woollahra 2025.
(02) 9327-3922.
Tues-Sun 11.00 to 5.00.
May 10 to 26 Claudia Damichi: Free form.

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.
To May 11 I still thought you were looking by Tom Polo.
May 16 to June 8 Bill Henson.

Sabbia Gallery
120 Glenmore Road, Paddington 2021.
(02) 9361-6448.
Directors: Anna Grigson and Maria Grimaldi.
Tues-Fri 11.00 to 6.00, Sat 11.00 to 4.00.
May 7 to June 1 Main Gallery: Scripsit new glass works by Christine Cathie. Gallery Two: Never Wasted new ceramics from the NAS 2017 Sabbia Gallery Award Recipient, Isabella Edwards.

Saint Cloche
37 MacDonald Street, Paddington 2021.
Director: Kitty Wong.
Wed-Sat 10.00 to 5.00, Sun 11.00 to 4.00, Mon-Tues by appt.
Visit website for exhibition program.

Thienny Lee Gallery
176 New South Head Road (opp Edgecliff Train Station), Edgecliff 2027.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 11.00 to 4.00.
May 2 to 21 A Piece of the Continent by Sharon Pincus Jacobson.
May 23 to June 11 Golden Trinity by Baez Bonorat.

Sharon Pincus Jacobson, Life and Death, oil on canvas, 61 x 51cm. Courtesy the artist and Thienny Lee Gallery

Baez Bonorat, Euphoria, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 84 x 105cm. 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.
May 23 to June 9 Suspended by Christopher Orchard.

Eastern Suburbs

Cooee Art Bondi
31 Lamrock Avenue, Bondi Beach 2026.
(02) 9300-9233.
Director: Adrian Newstead.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00.
Australia’s oldest Indigenous art gallery.
May 1 to 31 Autumn Salon a group exhibition.
Also at 326 Oxford Street, Paddington:
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 6.00, Sun-Mon 10.00 to 3.00.

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-Thurs 10.00 to 3.00.
Parking $9 per day.
May 13 to July 12 Adam Chang’s Pandas and Treasures.

Banksia Studio Art Gallery
14 Railway Street, Banksia 2216.
Artist in Residence: Nauha Dabboussy.
Space also available for self-run exhibitions on a weekly basis with no commission.
May 10 to 25 (opening Fri May 10, 6-8.30pm) EXPRESSIONS an exhibition of large paintings by artist Nauha Dabboussy – a series of large contemporary works with bold strong colours. Open 11.00 to 4.00, or by appt.

Artwork by Nauha Dabboussy

Blacktown Arts Centre
78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown 2148.
(02) 9839-6558.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00, closed public hols.

Campbelltown Arts Centre
1 Art Gallery Road, Campbelltown 2560.
(02) 4645-4100.
Free entry.
Open daily 10.00 to 4.00.
May 18 to July 31 Ok Democracy, We Need to Talk – a provocation and a statement that suggests an ambition for change through the exploration of how democracy is performed within seemingly grey areas that exist between the black and the white.

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-Fri 9.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 9.00 to 4.00, closed public hols.
To May 12 CREATOR by Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, and Interregnum by Penelope Cain.
Also, Anatomies – Blake Established Artist Residency Exhibition featuring works by Robert Hague.
To June 23 Beyond Refuge: Dialogues featuring works by Australian artists who share a refugee/asylum seeker experience from various cultural communities in South West Sydney. Presented by CuriousWorks.
May 18 to June 30 Everyday Madonna.
Also, In-Formalism Now featuring works by artists from Sydney Non-Objective (SNO).

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
782 Kingsway, Gymea 2227.
(02) 8536-5700
Fax 8536-5750.
Free admission.
Open daily 10.00 to 5.00, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday.
May 4 to June 30 RocoColonial brings together contemporary Australian artists working across painting, sculpture, design and fashion who explore themes at the intersection of the terms Rococo and Colonial. In 1770 while Lieutenant Cook was charting the east coast of Australia, Marie Antoinette was marrying the future Louis XVI of France, this moment coincidentally marking the end of the rococo and the beginning of the colonial. Read more…

Deborah Kelly, Venus Envy redux, 2019, dye sublimation print on die-cut aluminium, lacquer, 35 x 55cm. Courtesy the artist and Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Sydney

Hurstville Museum & Gallery
14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville
(02) 9330-6444.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 2.00 to 5.00.
May 11 to June 2 Dragon’s Lair Gallery: Chance, Order and the Discarded by Evonne Manias.

Macquarie University Art Gallery
Building E11A, Eastern Road, North Ryde 2109.
(02) 9850-7437.
Senior Curator: Rhonda Davis.
Tues-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 of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere 2116.
(02) 9685-9210.
Wed-Fri 10.00 to 4.00 and the first Sat of each month.
Parking $9 per day.
To May 31 Spy: Espionage in Australia – a National Archives of Australia touring exhibition which reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, presented by Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University.

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.
Parking $7 per day.
To May 10 After All – an exhibition by Visual Arts Staff of Bossley Park High School featuring works by Ann-Maree Ager, Melanie Cassin, Melissa Chaney, Louise Coleman, Zeina Iaali, Oliver Mai, Ty Tan and Sema Tara.
May 14 to June 28 (opening Sat May 18, 2-4pm, all welcome) Where it Shines featuring photographs by Grace Sui.

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

Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio
Auburn Botanic Gardens, cnr Chisholm and Chiswick streets, Auburn 2144.
(02) 8745-9794.
Tues-Sun 11.00 to 4.00.
May 4 to 26 Gallery 1: Deep Down by Grace Kingston investigates the relationship between online and real-life environments in her immersive sensory installation. Running for 10 minutes viewers will encase themselves in a simulated nature experience that will question our edited/curated online lives, and how they measure up to the real.
May 4 to 26 Gallery 2: Lifted by Rebecca Gallo employs the practice of walking and collecting items to further her connection to the spaces she inhabits. In this exhibition, she will present a large-scale installation of found materials gathered on walks in the area surrounding the Peacock Gallery and Auburn Botanic Gardens. The sculpture of found materials tells its own story of the area while also highlighting the items and materials that we are quick to discard.

Rebecca Gallo, Balancing Out, 2018, installation view at Parramatta Artists Studios 2018. Photograph: Document Photography. Courtesy the artist and Peacock Gallery

Penrith Regional Gallery
Home of the Lewers Bequest
86 River Road, Emu Plains 2750.
(02) 4735-1100.
Daily 9.00 to 5.00. Visit website for exhibitions.