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ANCA Gallery

1 Rosevear Place Dickson, ACT 2602

Chris Burton | Pencil On
March 4 – March 22

Pencil On is a solo exhibition by Canberra-based artist Chris Burton that investigates methods of translating urban spaces into abstract compositions, expressing depth and noise within constructed landscapes. Informed by interactions with both familiar and foreign spaces, the drawings react to environments that feature density, movement and repetitive architectural patterns. These are translated through the use of abstract tonal transitions, visual mapping and repetition of linear mark making. By using similar mark making on varied surfaces – paper and board – the body of work suggests a conversation about surface and its implications for tonality and space.

Marilou Chagnaud, Lucia Dohrmann and Kate Little | Common Threads
April 1 – April 19

Common Threads is a group exhibition curated by Saskia Scott that brings together new bodies of work by Marilou Chagnaud, Lucia Dohrmann and Kate Little. The three artists share a deep concern for the construction of meaning through the material processes of their work, as well as an interest in repetition, pattern, and geometric abstraction.

Ararat Gallery TAMA

82 Vincent Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377

Drawing Dashes Between Dots – Siying Zhou
From 14 March to 12 July

Ararat is the only colonial town in Australia to have been founded by Chinese immigrants, having been established by Chinese miners in the 1850s. Today, this is one of the first things you read when googling the town, although this history wasn’t always so visible. Through a month-long residency in Ararat, Zhou formed personal connections to place and sought to understand contemporary relationships to the past.

The artist utilised public archives including those from the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre and Ararat Regional Library, as well as the personal archives, memories and stories held by community members, such as the passionate community group, the Friends of Gum San. Zhou has extracted multiple narratives and perspectives from a fragmented and discontinuous representation of history. Humanising facts and figures, they take us from the 1800s through to today. Through a mixed-media installation, the artist maps out the entanglements between past and present and the way these can influence personal identity.

Collected, Saved and Combined
From 7 December 2019 to 7 June 2020

Collected, Saved and Combined brings together pieces from Ararat Gallery TAMA’s Permanent Collection. Spanning the 1980s through to today, each piece utilises repurposed everyday items to explore contemporary Australian life. This includes artworks by Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Sarah Crowest, Lois Densham, Richard Goodwin, Paull Mckee, Raquel Ormella and John Parkes.

Drafting Sheep – Lionel Lindsay
From 4 January to 5 July 2020

Drafting Sheep is a collection display that celebrates the work of Lionel Lindsay. Born into an artistic family in Creswick, Victoria, Lindsay (1874-1961) was, without doubt, one of Australia’s great black and white artists – as a printmaker his achievements remain arguably unrivalled in Australian art of this era.

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

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney, NSW 2000

The Gallery remains open, including exhibitions and displays, but public programs and events have been suspended for an initial period of two weeks from Monday 16 to Sunday 29 March 2020, inclusive.

For more information click here.

Japan Supernatural
2 November – 8 March

Discover the fascinating world of Japan supernatural, an extraordinary exhibition revealing three centuries of folklore and fantasy in Japanese art. Explore this wildly imaginative realm through more than 180 works from historical master Katsushika Hokusai through to contemporary superstar Takashi Murakami.

Through masterworks from collections worldwide and the Gallery’s own rich holdings, Japan supernatural introduces an astonishing array of phenomenal beings from fiendish goblins through to mischievous shapeshifters. Come face to face with these mysterious creatures in an immersive environment featuring large-scale installations and classic Japanese cinema and animation, alongside miniature carvings, humorous paintings and the vibrant ukiyo-e woodblock prints that define the tradition of the supernatural in Japanese art.

Centred on a monumental installation of painting and sculpture by Takashi Murakami, the exhibition features some of the greatest Japanese artists of the past including Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Kawanabe Kyosai, alongside contemporary artists Chiho Aoshima and Miwa Yanagi who update the tradition for our times.

Strong light can damage sensitive artworks. We are keeping light levels low in certain areas and some fragile works on paper will be replaced during the exhibition period.

Tickets: $25 adult | $22 concession | $18 member | $62 family | $12 youth | children under 12 free ($2 transaction fee applies online)

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000

That Seventies Feeling…the Late Modern
Until 9 March 2020

Full of surprises and rarely seen works, the exhibition examines a transformative decade for Western Australia, the Gallery and the world at large. Featuring artists Miriam Stannage, Virginia Cuppaidge, Mike Parr and Brian Blanchflower, hip new visions by Robert Rooney, Stephen Shore and Jenny Watson, and late work by modernists Howard Hodgkin, Fred Williams and Albert Tucker you’ll be transported back to the decade that shaped modern Australia.

Pulse Perspectives 2019
7 March – 29 June 2020

WA’s talented young artists are celebrated in this yearly showcase, gauging the pulse of young people who will influence, empower and shape the world we live in. This year’s exhibition features 44 works by 2019 Year 12 Visual Arts graduates from 29 schools across Western Australia, spanning a variety of subject matter and media, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, digital moving image, photography and textiles. Human impact on the environment, consumerism, identity and family are prominent themes and issues explored in this year’s exhibition. Vote for your favourite work in the Act-Belong-Commit People’s Choice Award. Voting is open from 10am, Saturday 7 March, in the exhibition space or online. Vote for the work that made you feel, explode with emotion, or marvel at the world. It’s your vote make it count!

7 March – 1 June 2020

Buildings are urban monoliths. Cultural institutions are perceived to be even more so. Tom Mùller’s WA Now exhibition MONOLITH SCORES delves into what this perceived monolith sounds like, feels like, breathes like.

Artist Talk 11am, Saturday 28 March
Hear from artist Tom Mùller for an insight into his artistic practice and his WA Now – MONOLITH SCORES exhibition. Walyalup (Fremantle) based the Undercurrent Choir of 31 singers will perform an ode to the building in three movements on the day of the artist’s talk. The first will be to the horizontal plane and the iconic central staircase, the second to the vertical hexagonal columns and the last to the light breaths in the exhibition itself.

Tom Malone Prize 2020
14 March – 29 June 2020

Be captivated by the beauty of glass in the Tom Malone Prize, a highly respected national exhibition within the Australian glass arts community. The prize has played an integral role in the Gallery’s acquisition of works by Australia’s most inspiring, innovative and accomplished artists working in this medium. The fifteen shortlisted artists for 2020 are: Kate Baker (NSW), Clare Belfrage (SA), Peter Bowles (TAS), Lisa Cahill (ACT), Mel Douglas (ACT), Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott (NSW), Hannah Gason (ACT), David Hay (WA), Marc Leib (WA), Jeremy Lepisto (NSW), Jessica Loughlin (SA), Nick Mount (SA), Kirstie Rea (NSW), Jason Sims (SA), and Jarred Wright (QLD). The winner of the $15,000 acquisitive prize will be announced on 19 March 2020.

Screen Space – Stuart Ringholt
14 March – 27 July 2020

Stuart Ringholt creates performance-based, process-oriented and audience participation-reliant works which deal with experience of fear and embarrassment devised in amateur self-help environments. His work AUM from the AGWA Collection, documenting one such performance, will be accompanied by posters from his Anger Workshops performances developed for Sydney Biennale in 2008 and shown at documenta 12 in Kassel. Part introspective meditation, part catharsis, AUM focuses on the practice of Aum meditation process between a couple who are working through emotions of love and danger.

Bendigo Art Gallery

42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria 3550

Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street, Bendigo

Josh Muir: What’s on your mind?
30 November 2019 – 13 April 2020

Bessie Davidson & Sally Smart – Two artists and the Parisian avant-garde
20 March – 21 June 2020

Ross Taylor: Field notes
28 March – 5 July 2020

Post Office Gallery
61-67 Pall Mall, Bendigo

Bendigo Easter Fair: amusement, charity and tradition
6 March – 29 August 2020

Castlemaine Press

Lot 19, 19 McShanag Drive, Castlemaine 3450


March 7,8,9 & 14,15

Join us at the Castlemaine Press studio for printmaking demonstrations, prints on show and more!


CYANOTYPE WORKSHOP with printmaker Melissa Proposch

2 consecutive Sundays, 19 & 26 April, 10am-3pm
$220 plus $45 materials

The original blueprints, cyanotypes, are made with a photographic print process that produces a cyan blue image. Cyanotype is a non-toxic printmaking process and considered one of oldest alternative photographic processes. In this 2 day workshop, create multiple, original cyanotype prints using a range of techniques and approaches:

• working with photosensitive emulsions and UV light
• making photograms
• working with positives and negatives
• hand-made negatives, stencils and readymades

Register on eventbrite



Saturday afternoons at Castlemaine Press, 1pm-4pm
Term 1: February March 21
Term 2:May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20
Artist: Melissa Proposch

This series of group studio sessions for Castlemaine Press members is ideal for beginner and intermediate printmakers looking to consolidate skills and broaden their technical range. Bring your own print projects to print at the studio and explore your print practice with guidance from an experienced printmaker. Refine core print studio skills such as setting press pressure for different media. Make prints in a deeply creative learning environment. Tuition includes discussions and demonstrations of a range of printing and platemaking techniques over the term

COST: $35 per session
Minimum booking 2 sessions per term ($70)
Basic studio materials included, participant provides all other materials.
Numbers limited.




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. Make your studio bookings here.


If you’re not already a 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: Full membership $84, Concession $60, Friends $36.

If you would like to become a member of Castlemaine Press, click here to go to our website or contact us at

Fox Galleries

79 Langridge Street, Collingwood, Victoria 3066

Saturday 7 March – Tuesday 31 March

Fox Galleries is proud to present Two Worlds and In-between; a new body of work by Jason Moad reflecting a change of focus and personal philosophy within his practice. Moad’s interest in these plants, initially hinged on aesthetics, has transgressed to a fascination with their aura of presence and personality in which they project. Previously, Moad’s work had been rooted firmly in the physical; fetishising the object in defiance of the digital revolution and the increasingly ephemeral quality of our cultural artefacts. Ironically, this new body of work embraces the ephemeral and a fascination with the primacy of something elusive and ineffable; that aforementioned sense of presence and personality. Spirit, if you like.

For more information visit:




Fremantle Arts Centre

1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle 6160

Covid-19 and changes to the Fremantle Arts Centre program.
For current updates please visit:

POSTPONED | Pixies: Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa
Tue 17 Mar 2020 | 6:00pm — 10:00pm

PIXIES, one of the most influential alternative rock bands of all time, are bringing their mammoth Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa world tour to Australia and New Zealand in 2020.

Pixies’ debut releases, the electrifying 1987 EP Come On Pilgrim and 1988’s debut full-length album Surfer Rosa, brought rise to a new genre and defined contemporary music for a generation.

The tour will bear witness to both seminal albums being performed in full as well as new and old tracks spanning their extensive catalogue. This tour marks only their fourth visit to Australia.

Forming in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986, Pixies are often acclaimed as the most influential, pioneering alternative band of the late 80s, garnering extraordinary critical and popular acclaim.

After five genre-defining studio albums, Pixies disbanded in 1993. The tide turned in 2004 – the band reunited and began touring, playing to sell-out crowds around the world including their first-ever Australian performances in 2007, later to be followed by a 13-show sold-out Doolittle tour in 2010 and again in 2017.

Pixies will release their new and eighth studio album, Beneath The Eyrie, on September 13 (through Infectious/BMG). Featuring 12 tracks including lead single On Graveyard Hill, the evolution of the album’s creative process is uniquely documented in a 12-episode podcast entitled It’s a Pixies Podcast.

Gallery Central, Northern Metropolitan TAFE

12 Aberdeen Street, Perth WA 6000

26 March to 17 April
Floor talk at 1pm Saturday 4 April

Combining DIY construction, audience participation and the artist’s own house, OVERHOUSE examines the home as a site for sculpture

The sculptural potential of everyday domestic objects and a sense of playfulness and shared experience underpin the artistic practice of Perth based Mark Parfitt.

Over the last decade he has set himself, or others, a series of ‘tasks’. This exhibition retells in image and object the transformation of the roof of his Carlisle house as a platform for sculptural action and interaction.

In 2019, Mark invited a group of participants to his home to climb over his roof. Participants accessed the roof via a secured ladder, before scaling its peak and climbing down the other side – a challenging if not impractical passage from front yard to back yard. The roof, normally a shelter, became a piece of play equipment; a vantage point to see the suburb and a place to gather.

The roof climb was followed by a barbecue and conversation, which the artist considers equally as important components of the work. The shared experience, and the notion of sharing more generally are key components of Overhouse.

A truly site-specific work, the Overhouse action is refashioned into an exhibition. The roof, re-purposed for climbing, sliding, scaling and gripping is presented in sculptural form along with ladders, grips and documentation.

Hours: Monday-Friday 10-4.45, Saturday 12-4, closed public holidays