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ANCA Gallery

1 Rosevear Place Dickson, ACT 2602

Safe Operating Space
23 May – 10 June
Amy Dunn

Interested in exploring images that communicate the photographic and the painterly simultaneously, Dunn investigates our experience of space by focusing on the figure in the landscape, light and movement.

14 June – 1 July

An ambitious and ephemeral installation, made of white web like white forms that glow iridescent blue as they are lit with black lights. These forms reconfigures and merges with the empty white space of the gallery to create an immersive environment for the viewer.

Ararat Regional Art Gallery

Town Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat, 3377

The gallery is currently closed for development.

We are busy planning for our return to our redeveloped gallery in August 2018, and when we return our textile art programming will continue, including through a changing display of our amazing permanent collection.

The gallery is set to reopen in 2018 with a new space devoted to the collection. We look forward to sharing these special artworks with you then.

To find out about upcoming outreach events visit

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney, NSW 2000

The lady and the unicorn
Until 24 June 2018

Only the third time The lady and the unicorn tapestry series has left France in 500 years, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these magnificent artworks in Sydney.

Revered as a French national treasure The lady and the unicorn tapestry series, often referred to as the ‘Mona Lisa of the Middle Ages’, will be making its exclusive appearance in Sydney at the Art Gallery of NSW through a generous and exceptional loan from the collection of the Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris.

Designed in Paris about 1500, the tapestries are considered to be some of the greatest surviving masterpieces of medieval European art. They depict a lady flanked by a lion and a unicorn, surrounded by an enchanting world of animals, trees and flowers. One of the most intriguing aspects of these six large-scale artworks is the mystery of their origin and meaning. For whom were these masterpieces made? What do they symbolise? What stories do they tell?

Often interpreted as a vivid meditation on earthly pleasures and courtly love, the tapestries showcase the sublime skill of medieval artisans. They can also be viewed as an allegory of the five senses – sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell – as well as a sixth sense – heart or will – represented by the phrase ‘mon seul désir’ or ‘my sole desire’.

An engaging program of events and activities, including film, digital and tactile experiences for all ages, will help unravel this centuries-old mystery and illuminate the beauty and intricacy of these enigmatic masterpieces.

This exhibition is made possible with the support of the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Tickets: Due to popular demand, tickets are now dated and timed. You need to specify a date and time when booking.

$18 adult | $16 concession | $14 member | $44 family (2 adults + up to 3 children)
$8 child (5-17 years) | Free for children under 5
$2 transaction fee applies online

Also available:
$29/$26/$23 multi-visit pass | $5 student (booked school groups) | Dining packages

Find out more here

Art Gallery of South Australia

North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000

Diane Arbus: American Portraits and Tracey Moffatt: Body Remembers

Diane Arbus: American Portraits
Art Gallery of South Australia
14 July – 30 September 2018
Free entry

The photographs of Diane Arbus (1923-71) are among the most widely recognised in the history of photography. Her images stand as powerful symbols of post-war America and once seen, are rarely forgotten.

The exhibition shows Arbus’ work alongside photographs by her artistic predecessors, contemporaries, and those who are heirs to aspects of her world view- including Walker Evans, Lisette Model, Weegee, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, Mary Ellen Mark and Katy Grannan. Like Arbus, these American photographers sought to redefine the tradition of portraiture, and have created memorable images that are both challenging and moving.

A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Tracey Moffatt: Body Remembers
Art Gallery of South Australia
14 July- 30 September
Free entry

Titled Body Remembers, Tracey Moffatt’s series of ten sepia-toned photographs was met with critical and popular acclaim at the Venice Biennale in 2017.

The series’ protagonist is a maid, the artist herself, who is stranded on a colonial property. Moffatt describes the series as ‘a play with time, backwards and forwards of the past and present’. This display marks the first Australian presentation of the series.

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000

A Window on Italy – The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence
Until 18 June | Ticketed

Leaving the city it’s called home for 500 years, this is the first and only time the Corsini collection will be showing in Australia. Featuring Renaissance and Baroque paintings by Italian artists such as Botticelli, Tintoretto, Caravaggio and Pontormo – these works have survived the devastation of World War II and the great flood of Florence.

Chinese Ceramics Revealed, 5th Century BC–1983: Highlights from the Yuen Collection
Opens 16 June

Drawing from a significant recently revealed private collection in Perth, this exhibition presents an overview of over 60 Chinese ceramic objects of superb artistic quality, ranging from the Warrior State period (5th century BCE) to the late 20th century, thus highlighting the path of its production, with its similarities and differences, for nearly 2500 years.

WA Now – Julie Dowling – Babanyu (Friends for life)
Until 13 August

The exhibition takes a step back in time to a period (1993–2005) when First Nation Badimaya artist, Julie Dowling, emerged as one of the most important artists in Western Australia and the country.

Year 12 Perspectives 2017
Until 16 July

Year 12 Perspectives showcases work by some of the best, brightest and most talented graduating high school artists in WA. Prominent themes in this year’s display include family, international politics and human impact on nature. Vote for your favourite work in the Act-Belong-Commit People’s Choice Award.

AGWA Collection – Five paths, many journeys.

With more than 17,500 works in the AGWA Collection, take a tour through time starting with AGWA Historical through to AGWA Modern and AGWA Contemporary. Immerse yourself in WA art by visiting the WA Journey gallery featuring art pieces from the 1920s to today or view AGWA Six Seasons, a space dedicated to Indigenous art.

Bendigo Art Gallery

42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria 3550

Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street, Bendigo

Marimekko: Design Icon
3 March – 11 June 2018

New Histories
14 April – 29 July 2018

Paul Guest Prize
30 June – 9 September

Post Office Gallery
61-67 Pall Mall, Bendigo

Bankrolling Bendigo: building a city
11 May – 7 October 2018

Bendigo Living Arts Space

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

Accent on Design
May 2 – JULY 29, 2018

Three artists from Bendigo and region present a distinctive exhibition of paintings, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, sculpture and furniture.

Accent on Design brings together the striking textile designs of Natalie Ryan, together with the bold and textural creations by visual artist Nici Wright and elegant furniture handcrafted in fine timbers by Martin Coman.

Open 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas day)

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.

Inviting printmakers from around the world to join us in the 2nd year of this exchange.

Theme: “In My Backyard”
Paper size: 12cm square. Images can be printed on any part of the paper or edge to edge.
Number of prints: Edition of 10 prints. 1 print will be kept by Castlemaine Press for exhibition and sale, 9 prints will be exchanged and you will be sent a random selection in return.
Exhibition: Prints will be exhibited at the Castlemaine Press studio and online at

Key dates:
Prints and entry form to arrive by July 15.
Exhibition opening August 31.
Prints exchanges October.

Entry fee: $30 AU in Australia and $35 AU international.
Registration and payment: click here
Post prints to: Castlemaine Press, PO Box 201, Castlemaine, VIC, Australia, 3450.
Enquiries and Entry Form:


Drawing workshop with Andrew Southall
Saturday 9 June, 10am – 4pm.

“While Southall’s drawings have an inherent intimacy about them, they also capture a sense of the gothic and melancholy that seems to be omnipresent in the Australian landscape. However, they always tend to oscillate between something that is dangerous and foreboding and something that is comforting and restorative.”
Dr Vincent Alessi, Senior Lecturer, Creative Arts and English La Trobe University

Castlemaine Press are delighted to present a drawing workshop by multi-disciplined Australian artist Andrew Southall.

The intense one day workshop is specifically intended to encourage and inspire people who are just beginning an exploration of drawing, and are interested in drawing for pleasure. It will provide an introduction to a variety of disciplines including pencil drawing, pen and ink drawing, and crushed bush charcoal experiments. Students will produce a number of works to take home.

“Everyone ends up being good at one thing, and feels empowered with that discovery.” – Andrew Southall

Cost: $160 (members) $180 (non-members) including materials, good quality drawing paper, and morning and afternoon tea.
Registrations and payment: click here

7 – 9 pm during school terms, starting April 11

Bring your own project to work on and have a social evening of printmaking with other members at the Press.

All members welcome (you need to have had a studio induction). If you haven’t yet had an induction, please make contact and we can arrange for that to happen.

Cost: $10.


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).

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


12 Compton Street, Adelaide 5000

7th – 23rd June
Opening: 6th June

Front Gallery:
Tom Borgas (SA) – Barriers IRL

Back Gallery:
Anne Stevens (SA) – Precious Things

Corinna Berndt (VIC) – Collision Level

Fremantle Arts Centre

1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle 6160

Sat 26 May – Sun 15 Jul
Rachael Dease: Like Embracing Ice

The human ability to deny death and mortality mirrors our denial of climate change and the rapid destruction of the earth’s ice covered poles. Accomplished WA sound artist and composer Rachael Dease spent a month in the Arctic Circle in 2017 during the midnight sun, sailing amongst the collapsing glaciers. For Like Embracing Ice she has scored a work with audio captured from the depths of the Arctic Sea, using hydrophones floating under drifting icebergs and microphones lowered into glacial cracks.

Sat 26 May – Sun 15 Jul
Caspar Fairhall: Nine times the space that measures day and night

Crisp, vibrant colour and rich surfaces characterise Caspar Fairhall’s (WA) paintings, which draw on both geometric abstraction and the often complex spatial structures of late Renaissance and Baroque art. The suite of large paintings in Nine times the space that measures day and night is conceived as a meditation on the nature of landscape and our place in geological time.

Sat 26 May – Sun 15 Jul

In partnership with the Revelation Perth International Film Festival, UK artists Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt, better known as Semiconductor, bring two of their works Brilliant Noise and Black Rain to FAC.

Semiconductor have garnered international attention for their distinctive, innovative works which push the boundaries of moving image as a visual language. They seek to extend our experience of the natural world, delving into and creating visual interpretations of unseen worlds by transforming and stitching together images of scientific data.

Sat 26 May – Sun 15 Jul

Gifted is an exhibition which recognises a generous donation by longstanding Fremantle resident and art collector Mary Harrison Hill, who gifted 17 artworks to the City of Fremantle Art Collection in 2016. The gift of prints and paintings by senior WA and Fremantle-based artists was presented to the City in recognition of her husband Chris Hill, who died suddenly in 2014. Chris Hill was a significant advocate and supporter of contemporary WA and Balinese artists.