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ANCA Gallery

1 Rosevear Place Dickson, ACT 2602

NONSTOP | Cat Meuller | 17 May – 4 June 2017

A series of vibrant large-scale airbrushed acrylic paintings.

Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art

55 North Terrace Adelaide 5000

The Ocean After Nature – Until 9 June 2017
Countercurrents – Until 14 April 2017

“…The Ocean After Nature is like a diver, breaking the surface to plumb the depths of our perceptions.” Wendy Vogel, Frieze magazine, 2016

The Samstag Museum of Art is delighted to present two special exhibitions for the 2017 Adelaide Festival of Arts. The Ocean After Nature and Countercurrents feature the work of twenty-three Australian and international artists and collaborations, exploring our relationship with and connections to the oceans through new media, sculpture, installation, painting and photography.

Presented in partnership with Independent Curators International, New York, The Ocean After Nature reflects on the complicated planetary effects that humanity and the oceans have on each other today. In response to that project, the Samstag Museum of Art has invited a number of artists – each with a connection to Australia, New Zealand and/or the Pacific Islands – to probe the unique implications of this complex relationship for our region in the compelling Countercurrents exhibition.

The Ocean After Nature features work by Allan Sekula & Noël Burch, as well as Rosa Barba, Ursula Biemann, CAMP, Yonatan Cohen & Rafi Segal, Mati Diop, Maria Domenica Rapicavoli, Drexciya, Peter Fend, Reneé Green, Peter Hutton, Hyung S. Kim, Manny Montelibano, Deimantas Narkevicius, The Otolith Group, Ulrike Ottinger, Supersudaca and United Brothers.

Countercurrents features the work of Daniel Boyd, Baden Pailthorpe, Alex Seton, Fiona Tan, Angela Tiatia, James Tylor, and Ken & Julia Yonetani.

Ararat Regional Art Gallery

Town Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat, 3377

The gallery is closed for redevelopment in 2017.
To find out about upcoming outreach events visit

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney, NSW 2000

Time, light, Japan
Japanese art 1990s to now

Until 14 May

Bask in and interact with Japanese art exploring time and light through video, photography, sound and installation from the 1990s to now.

Creative collective teamLab’s glittering Flowers and People – Gold 2015 is shown at the Gallery for the first time. Each interaction with this immersive work is unique as flowers bloom and fade in response to the presence of viewers.

Another recent acquisition on display is Yasumasa Morimura’s Las meninas reborn in the night 2013, a series of eight sumptuous photographs taken over the course of a night at the Prado Museum. The images recreate moments from the famous 1656 painting Las meninas by Diego Velázquez – with Morimura playing all roles including Velázquez.

Also on display are collection favourites such as Akio Makigawa’s bronze and onyx installation Garden of desire V 1995 and Tatsuo Miyajima’s eternally counting Region no 126701 – 127000 1991.

For full exhibition details visit

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000

Luminous: 15 Years of the Tom Malone Prize
Until 25 Jun

Now in its fifteenth year, the Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected and eagerly anticipated event for contemporary Australian glass artists. An acquisitive prize, each year’s winning entry becomes a part of the State Art Collection. Featuring this year’s 10 short-listed artists: Marc Leib, Jamie Worsley, Kevin Gordon, Blanche Tilden, Lisa Cahill, Brenden Scott French, Richard Whiteley, Tom Moore, Silvana Ferrario and Jenni Kamarre Martiniello. The exhibition will include this year’s shortlist and the works from all past winners of the Prize.

Everyone has a history – Part One: Plain Speak
Until 13 Aug

Some artists just have to speak. Some stories need to be told. Plain Speak launches a new annual series at AGWA, Everyone has a history, presenting compelling personal stories told through art. The inaugural show puts Indigenous artists in the spotlight. Artists include; Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Michael Cook, Brenda L Croft, Sandra Hill, Lesley Murray and Christopher Pease.

Micro Galleries – Garden and Sky
Until Sep

The second instalment of the Wesfarmers Collection display, focuses on the idea of landscape and what contemporary explorations of the theme can show us about our place, tastes and traditions. Artists featured are Pantjiti Mary McLean, Patrick Mung Mung, George Haynes, Howard Taylor, Brad Rimmer, Tony Clark and William Delafield Cook.

Objects Gallery – Gifts to the Fallen
Until 9 Jul

A pragmatic and sentimental response to death, and the ceremonies around it, from an Aboriginal perspective.

Craft & Design Gallery – Resonant Objects
Until 20 May

This dedicated space allows for AGWA to express the many ways that craft and design practitioners use their materials to engage with the world.

Bendigo Art Gallery

42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria 3550

Collective Vision: 130 Years
4 March – 28 May 2017

at Post Office Gallery
Composing Objects
4 March – 28 May 2017

Bendigo Living Arts Space

Living Arts Space at the Bendigo Visitor Centre, 51-67 Pall Mall Bendigo, 3550

26 April – 30 July 2017

An exquisite exhibition of work by three of Bendigo and region’s artists combining the vibrant paintings of Sarah Boulton with the designer furniture and homewares of Brett Tully and intricately woven textiles by Jenny Carrington.

Open 9am-5pm daily (Closed Christmas Day)

Bowie Bookathon

Castlemaine Library, 212 Barker St, Castlemaine VIC 3450

Castlemaine State Festival

David Bowie told Vanity Fair that reading was his idea of perfect happiness. In 2013 he wrote a list of his 100 favourite books.

Bowie Bookathon is a commemoration and sharing of David Bowie’s taste in literature. To celebrate his ultimate booklist and the legendary man himself, we set ourselves the challenge of reading as many of Bowie’s favourite reads as possible.

David Bowie’s list can be viewed here.

Bowie Bookathon participants were encouraged to dress up in Bowie-inspired clothing and make up and be filmed by Trouble Magazine. The resulting footage was screened on Saturday 25 March at the Castlemaine Library.

Watch the video here.
Bowie Bookathon is presented in partnership with the Goldfields Library Corporation.

Castlemaine Art Museum

14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine 3450

John Nixon: EPW
17 March – 25 June

Presenting a recent selection from John Nixon’s Experimental Painting Workshop, the artist’s ongoing interrogation of the essence of painting.

Mon, Wed-Fri 10.00am-5.00pm, Sat-Sun & Public Holidays 12.00pm-5.00pm
Closed on Tuesdays

Castlemaine Press

Lot 19, 19 McShanag Drive, Castlemaine 3450

Having opened in September 2015, this artist-run not-for-profit initiative continues to offer courses, workshops, gatherings, exhibitions, print exchanges and print-loving events to its members and the wider community. And all on a volunteer basis by a dedicated group of print-enthusiasts! This year is no exception.

In My Backyard
International Print Exchange 2017
Entries close 15 May
Exhibition: Saturdays, 27 May – 17 June, 11am -3pm

Artists are invited to create an edition of 10 prints, 12x12cm, on the theme of In My Backyard. One print will be kept by Castlemaine Press for exhibition and sale, the other nine will be exchanged between artists with each receiving a randomly chosen selection of prints.

Prints will be exhibited at Castlemaine Press and displayed online at

Entry fee is $20 AU in Australia, $30 AU for international entries. Proceeds will go to Castlemaine Press with 10% going to the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group.

For more info visit

Full Steam Ahead! 
Steamroller printing event

A great community turnout and a wonderful printmaking spectacle! Castlemaine Press would like to thank the many volunteers and artists that contributed to the success of our weekend of steamroller printing.

In particular thank you to:
Our community, Castlemaine State Festival, Lot 19, Yirrkala and artists, Ballarat Grammar and students, John Post, Martin Tatton, Ewin Wood, The Salvage Yard, Trouble Magazine, Castlemaine Press Committee and members – especially Jane Rusden our steamroller driver!

Watch the video here.

Print Studio for Hire

Full members with a good knowledge of printmaking techniques, competence to work by themselves and a proven familiarity with printmaking equipment and studio safety procedures are eligible to hire Castlemaine Press facilities.

All members must complete a free induction session before they are eligible for unsupervised access, with the option of a session working with an experienced studio member if this is considered necessary (fee applies).

Join as a member …

If you’re not already a paid member, now is a great time to join! 

Members enjoy voting rights, access to community workshop facilities for hire (conditions apply), member discounts and opportunities to participate in collective print practice such as print exchanges and member exhibitions. Not to mention opportunities to collaborate and network with printmakers!

Annual membership fee: Full membership $75, Concession $50, Friends $25. Plus a one-off $20 equipment fee for Full and Concession members.

If you would like to become a member of Castlemaine Press contact us at