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ANCA Gallery

1 Rosevear Place Dickson, ACT 2602

Painting Amongst Other Things
8 August – 26 August

Vivienne Binns, Ian Burn, Lucina Lane, Patrick Lundberg, Elizabeth Newman, Jelena Telecki. Curated by Oscar Capezio

Painting Amongst Other Things (PAOT) is an exhibition and symposium project that addresses the idea of painting in its expanded form. Over three distinct spaces – including the School of Art & Design ANU, the Drill Hall Gallery ANU, and ANCA Gallery.

The Uncertainty Principle
29 August – 16 September

Katie Hayne & UK Frederick, Ross Gibson, Dianne Firth, Saskia Beudel, Jen Webb, John White, Paul Munden & Paul Hetherington, Caren Florance, Michael Jasper, Tony Eaton and Shane Strange.

This exhibition, presented by members of the University of Canberra’s Faculty of Arts & Design, is inspired by Heisenberg’s famous phrase that points to the fuzziness in the natural world, and the impossibility of knowing in any certain way what things are, and how they operate.

Ararat Gallery TAMA

Town Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat, 3377

Kylie on Stage
4 August – 7 October 2018

Ararat Gallery presents Kylie on Stage – a touring exhibition by Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Music Vault. Kylie on Stage celebrates magical moments from Kylie Minogue’s highly successful concert tours and charts the development of Kylie’s ever-evolving stage persona and goes behind the scenes to explore the creative process behind each tour.

Drawn from Kylie’s spectacular stage wardrobe held at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Australian Performing Arts Collection the exhibition features costumes from tours dating back to 1989 as well as more recent tours such as Kylie Aphrodite les Follies in 2011. Featured designers within the world-first exhibition include Dolce and Gabbana, John Galliano, Julien Macdonald, Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier as well as local designers including Peter Morrissey and Mark Burnett.

Kylie on Stage also features a selection of designs, working drawings, photographs and footage that explore the creative process behind each costume and provide rare glimpses into the world backstage.

“Touring and live performance has been such a big part of my life and my development as an artist, so I’m thrilled that Arts Centre Melbourne are staging this free national exhibition. I’m excited for fans to get up close and personal with my costumes and to get a glimpse behind the curtain to see some of the design process.” – Kylie Minogue.

Material Constructs: The Home Stretch – Sarah crowEST
3 August – 28 October 2018

Material Constructs: The Home Stretch is presented in association with Craft as part of its Craft Forward series. The exhibition features 21 new works by Sarah crowEST created in response to two of her earlier textile artworks, Red Counter Pain (1995) and Sampler (2013), which are held in the collection of Ararat Gallery TAMA.

A leader and innovator in textile art, crowEST’s work operates in the gaps between geometric abstraction, hand-crafted apparel and the expanded field of ‘painting’. In this exhibition, her new works on both stretched and free-falling cloth are created with reference to, and presented alongside, the two earlier collection works. The resulting exhibition is a return encounter and a distillation and ‘remix’, with the new works providing a version excursion from earlier directions.

Running through all the works is an underlying backbeat influenced by the space and glitch of 1970s dub sounds and an ongoing obsession with some mysterious abstracted architectural plans by modern artist and textile designer, Sophie Taeuber Arp. These elements play on and reverberate across time.

A strong focus on the materiality of flax-derived cloth led the artist to use a variety of linens, both dense painters canvas and lighter dress weights, which are transformed through slight interventions of embroidery, appliqué and paint. The beginnings of a sparser approach to surface applications, discerned in Sampler (2013), is extrapolated and explored in this exhibition with an insouciant approach and lighter touch.

Craft Forward is a touring exhibition program that commissions a leading Victorian maker to partner with a significant regional gallery and develop a new body of work in response to works previously acquired by that gallery. Ararat Gallery TAMA has partnered with sarah crowEST to develop an exhibition to launch a new purpose-built gallery devoted to textile art practice following a substantial redevelopment project. Craft is committed to delivering a meaningful touring program as part of its ongoing commitment to ensuring regional makers and audiences have access to high level craft and design.

Archi-Loom A – Slow Art Collective
3 August – 5 August 2018

Archi-Loom A is a large 3-dimensional installation utilising re-purposed materials including bamboo, recycled rope, various fabrics and other found materials. It is an interactive construction which is constructed by the Slow Art Collective in conjunction with various participants including children and aged people and various interested members of the community. After Slow Art Collective have constructed the giant loom the various participating collaborators fill in the walls of the structure by weaving the various found materials into the loom.

Archi-Loom is a colourful and playful work that is able to respond accordingly to the various sites and needs of the various contexts that it inhabits. The installation will offer a space that invites areas of play, rest, craft and discovery. The project focuses on the value of collaboration and explores concepts of value and sustainable practices. By using very simple technique, the installation invites anyone regardless their skill level or experience to contribute. Regardless of the age group and gender difference, participants enjoyed the idea of weaving the loom inside and outside and having authorship of a large slowly evolving collaborative installation.

Slow Art Collective (for this project: Dylan Martorell and Chaco Kato) is an artistic collective that focuses on creative practices and ethics relating to environmental sustainability, material ethics, DIY culture and collaboration. As an interdisciplinary group of artists, Slow Art Collective is interested in process-driven practices where the focus is on the act of making. In the past 9 years, Slow Art Collective created various large scale participatory works that often play with ideas of sustainability, improvisation, on site learning and experimentation often incorporating various elements of DIY sound experimentation, weaving, food and plant production and gameplay.

For more about Slow Art Collective visit:

Animalia Australis
19 October 2018 – 20 January 2019

Animalia Australis is an Art Gallery of Ballarat touring exhibition that tells a remarkable story of art in the service of science during a period when Australia was opening up its secrets to the scientific fraternity and to a general public with a marvelous appetite for the weird and wonderful.

These images of the exotic and wildly beautiful things from the upside-down world of the Antipodes reflect the first encounters between white explorers, scientists and settlers with the animals of the Southern Continent, highlighting the prevailing perceptions and depictions of native fauna of the period.

While Indigenous Australians had at least 50,000 years to adapt to and familiarise themselves with the unique flora and fauna of this continent, for Europeans the process took place over little more than 250 years. The name Australia derives from the Latin Terra Australis (the Land of the South) which until the end of the Middle Ages was also ‘incognita’ – unknown and unseen by Europeans and therefore a place where the imagination ran wild.

Australian plants and animals were often shockingly different to anything they had seen before. Black swans were conceived in the imagination of European philosophers before they had ever been seen. The existence of a black as opposed to a white swan was proposed on the grounds that anything coming from the Antipodes — the opposite to the ‘normal’ and ‘known’ world — would be an antithesis to the normal and predictable.

Many of these ‘new’ animals, such as egg-laying mammals, were also simply terrifying. But there was also an exotic and intriguing beauty to be encountered, documented and published. The European settlement of Australia occurred at exactly the time when advances in science meant that people had both the means to describe these new discoveries, and the inspiration and interest to do so.

Australian birds attracted attention from both the scientific world and amateur ornithologists. There were many spectacular Australian birds, of which the parrots are probably the most beautiful, but there were also species which were bizarre either in appearance or behaviour, such as the lyrebird, the cassowary and the emu. It is not surprising that lavishly illustrated publications were produced during the nineteenth century, of which John Gould’s The Birds of Australia is probably the best known.

While many of the works come from the time of first contact by Europeans, others reflect a more systematic approach which prevailed as the scientific community in Australia became more familiar with the continent’s natural history — scientific publications proliferated after the middle of the nineteenth century, as Australian museums competed with each other to publish and describe newly found species.

Victoria, the wealthiest colony, published a set of descriptions of the fauna that could be found within its borders. In compiling it, Frederick McCoy, the Director of Victoria’s Museum of Natural and Applied Sciences, had access to some of the colony’s most talented natural artists, including the German Ludwig Becker and the Swiss Friedrich Schoenfeld. At the Australian Museum in Sydney, the Keepers of Natural History brought out monographs devoted to insects, snakes and mammals, with most of the illustrations being undertaken by the talented sisters Helena and Harriet Scott.

This Art Gallery of Ballarat Exhibition was first seen in Cairns in 2017 and went on show at the Art Gallery of Ballarat in 2018. It draws from the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s extensive collection of images of flora and fauna, and follows the successful exhibition Capturing Flora: 300 years of Australian botanical art, which went on show in Ballarat in 2012 and toured to Cairns, New England and Sydney.

HOURS: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Weekends 10am to 4pm, Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney, NSW 2000

John Russell
Australia’s French impressionist
21 Jul – 11 Nov 2018

A major survey of this extraordinary yet little-known Australian painter

Discover the work of John Russell, the remarkable yet little-known Australian artist, who was active and influential within French avant-garde circles in the late 19th century. Once known as Australia’s ‘lost’ impressionist, John Russell was a close friend of Vincent van Gogh and Auguste Rodin, taught impressionist colour theory to Henri Matisse and dined with Claude Monet.

The late 19th – early 20th century was a time of great change and one of the most exhilarating periods in art history. Seen as extreme radicals at the time, Matisse, Monet, Rodin and Van Gogh are now popular for their much-loved art. Yet history has largely forgotten John Russell, a key member of this ground-breaking group of artists.

Bringing together 120 paintings, drawings and watercolours – including a number of works by his contemporaries – this major retrospective is the first survey of Russell’s work in forty years. It offers fresh perspectives on French impressionism, reintroducing Russell’s extraordinary painting to today’s audiences.

The exhibition presents the breadth of Russell’s art from his studies in London and Paris, through impressionism and experimentation with pure colour, to his later fauve-like luminous watercolours. It features significant works that were only rediscovered recently and are exhibited publicly for the first time.

Tickets: $20 adult, $18 conc, $16 member, $48 family (2 adults + up to 3 children), $8 child (5-17 years). Free for children under 5.

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

Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series
Opens 11 August

This must-see series is a Travelling Exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia. It is a rare opportunity to view these renowned works that depict the story of the outlaw Kelly, and evidence Nolan’s characteristic expressive landscapes and vivid storytelling techniques. From 1946-47, Nolan developed an original and starkly simplified image of Ned Kelly, which quickly became a national symbol—part of the shared iconography of Australia. Together, these 26 paintings provide a masterclass on Australian art history that relay the development of a new tradition of figurative and landscape painting in Australian art.

spaced 3: north by southeast
Opens 18 August
International Art Space

Artistic explorers of a different kind are celebrated in spaced 3: north by southeast. Six Australian artists completed artistic residencies in the Nordic heartlands of Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden and five Nordic artists find their place in Western Australia’s rural and remote communities. Using sculpture, video, photography and installation, this show is an enlightening series of windows onto the world we know, and the world we have yet to understand.

Chinese Ceramics Revealed, 5th Century BC–1983: Highlights from the Yuen Collection
Until 17 September

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 20 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. In this period, the real-life stories she shared about First Nations peoples’ experience in this country were abrupt, brutal and challenging. Many of the stories she shared were, and still are, largely unknown or acknowledged in mainstream Australian society.

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

Paul Guest Prize
30 June – 9 September

Myuran Sukumaran: Another Day in Paradise
7 July – 16 September 2018

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

Follow the Thread
August 1 – November 11, 2018

An exquisite exhibition of needlecraft, textiles and artworks by eight of Central Victoria’s arts and crafts practitioners.

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.

Join us for the exhibition of our 2nd year of this exchange on theme “in my backyard”.

Exhibition opening August 31 – with JOHN WOLSELEY
Castlemaine Press studio.

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. Pro rata fees apply – so contact for details.

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


12 Compton Street, Adelaide 5000

FELTspace are proud to present the following exhibitions by our 2017 Graduate Awardees for the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival:

Eduard Helmbold (SA)

Kate O’Boyle (SA)

Danny Vines (SA)

Opening: 1st August
Duration: 2nd – 18th

Fremantle Arts Centre

1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle 6160

Sat 21 Jul – Sat 8 Sep
Bush Women: 25 years on

25 years after the original exhibition, FAC restages the ground-breaking show Bush Women: Fresh Art from Remote WA. Bush Women was the first exhibition to focus on the practices of key Aboriginal artists in the Kimberley and Western Desert. The exhibition presented paintings by Paji Honeychild Yankkarr, Daisy Andrews, Queenie McKenzie, Kanytjuri Bates, Tjingapa Davies and Mary McLean.

25 years on, their work is held in public and private collections across the country and is appreciated as a testament to the strength and diversity of Aboriginal women’s artistic practice in WA. Bush Women reassembles the original paintings from around Australia to restage this extraordinary exhibition.

Bush Women is co-curated by John Kean and FAC’s Erin Coates.

Sat 21 Jul – Sat 8 Sep
Running Deep: Holly Story and Kati Thamo | City of Fremantle Art Collection

Running Deep is an exhibition which looks at the practices of senior WA artists Holly Story and Kati Thamo through the lens of their enduring friendship and creative engagement with WA’s South Coast.

The artists initially shared the transformative, life-affirming experiences of raising families and building homes on a shared property in the bush. Subsequently they have each developed a visual language to interpret the natural heritage of the country they know so well, and their relationship to it. Both utilise natural materials and work across a wide range of media.Running Deep includes examples of their work from the City of Fremantle Art Collection alongside a selection of both new and older work from the artist’s collections. The exhibition encompasses print making, artist books, sculpture, dyed and embroidered textiles and video.