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ANCA Gallery

1 Rosevear Place Dickson, ACT 2602

Interspatial: Nyx Mathews
10 October – 21 October 2018

Exhibition Opens 6pm Wed 10 October 2018

Through speculative, materially ambiguous, often slightly unsteady objects, 2017 ANCA EASS Award recipient Nyx Mathews examines the interaction of anthropogenic environments and human beings.

Including new work and pieces from 2017, Interspatial questions the material, atmospheric and experiential qualities of the artificial landscapes and interior spaces in which we are inevitably immersed, and investigates the tensions inherent in our bodily disruptions of them.

Mood Shifts: Debra Jurss
24 October – 11 November

Exhibition Opens 6pm Wed 24 October 2018

An exhibition of glass, prints and photographs that explore the flow and movement of our emotions and strong, positive impact that the landscape has. Whether that impact be restorative, inspiring, overwhelming, calming, soothing or healing.

Walking Entanglements: Antonia Aitken
14 November – 2 December

Exhibition Opens 6pm Wed 14 November 2018

Walking enables the body to move in a rhythmic synchronicity of thought, breath and step, activating a mode of being in and moving through place with a slowed-down and heightened sensory awareness. Walking Entanglements is an arrangement of works that explore walking, drawing and printmaking as embodied practices for nurturing dialogue with place.

At the Edge of Matter: Christine Appleby, Riley Beaumont, Mahala Hill, Merryn Lloyd, Lucy Quinn. Curated by Phoebe Hamra and Karena Keys
5 December – 16 December

Exhibition Opens 6pm Wed 5 December 2018

At the Edge of Matter explores the tension between an artist’s process and the dynamic, physical possibilities of the matter they manipulate.

Ararat Gallery TAMA

Town Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat, 3377

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 marvellous 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.

PAUL E MASON: LOOKING FOR BAUDIN – 21st Century Reliquaries Encounter c.1800 Terra Australis – 19 October 2018 – 20 January 2019

“Baudin saw no justification for dispossessing the Tasmanians of their land. His observations of their life and customs had not led him to believe that they would benefit from the çivilizing’influence of the Europeans, as Peron believed the Aborigines of Port Jackson had done.” ‘Encountering Terra Australis’, J Fornasiero and J West-Sooby, 2004

An art exhibition that references the Baudin expedition might lead one to expect realist work influenced by the Enlightenment tradition of the artist scientist. Paul E Mason, however, references another artistic tradition, that of the reliquary. While he eschews the directly religious and spiritual connections of the reliquary, Mason preserves the relic’s symbolic density and concern with veneration and celebration of the object and its link to larger themes. Thus Mason uses gold and gold leaf from Imperial France and diorite from Aboriginal Australia as materials that confer sacred value on otherwise ordinary objects. Mason’s representations of human beings, whether European or Indigenous also eschews the Enlightenment humanism of the Baudin expedition artists. He adopts an archetypal mode of representation that allows us to see a differently patterned colonial encounter. – Gerald Gill, Sociologist, LaTrobe University, 2018

Testament: Robert Salzer Foundation Acquisitions
5 November 2018 – 3 March 2019

The Ararat Gallery collection’s renewal has been significantly supported by the Robert Salzer Foundation. The exhibition presents a decade of acquisitions that reveal the dynamic uptake of textiles in Australia’s contemporary art practise. Building on the gallery’s comprehensive collection of post-minimalist and craft-based textile fibre art from the 1970s and 1980s, these recent acquisitions showcase new and unexpected approaches to the use of textiles as part of a challenging of the hierarchy of materials by contemporary artists.

fifty: Celebrating 50 years of collecting textile art

Established in 1968, Ararat Gallery TAMA has a special place amongst Australia’s public galleries through its commitment to supporting and promoting contemporary practices in textile and fibre art. Today the collection is arguably the most significant of its kind in Australia. This exhibition celebrates the Gallery’s 50th birthday by presenting a selection of the collection’s best-loved works alongside some of its rarely-seen gems.

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

Culture Juice – Beyond Bling!
13 October 2018 – 14 January 2019 | FREE

Are you ready for bling!
Building on the success of ‘The Rise of Sneaker Culture’ and ‘Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures’, AGWA presents the next exhibition in its Culture Juice program: ‘Beyond Bling!’ celebrating, exploring and making jewellery and adornment.

Centred on 300 varied pieces from the State Art Collection from the 1800s to today, Beyond Bling! unlocks the vaults to showcase the best, the bizarre and the most sophisticated jewels in its historical and contemporary collections. Moving from bold and captivating wearable art to quiet and subtle, almost private, personal interventions, the show will change how you think about what jewellery is and can be.

Beyond Bling! also features capsule displays from key collectors including major historic pieces of gold nugget jewellery from antiquarian expert Trevor Hancock, some timeless classics from Georg Jensen and by contrast some jaw-dropping displays from Perth’s King of Bling, Shane Pavlinovich.


Spreading the sparkle
We are partnering with Curtin University’s School of Design whose talented final year jewellery design students will create their graduation pieces in the Imagination Room and whose fashion graduates’ work will explode in their 2 December fashion show. We also link with Fashion Council WA for essential red carpet style tips; Pride WA for a bling-tastic parade; the AGWA Foundation to acquire important new pieces for the collection; City of Perth for some ‘civic bling’ treasures; collector enthusiasts, and academics from the jewellery world.

For all the details on the Beyond Bling! exhibition, opening day and associated events please visit

WA Now – Biomess – The Tissue Culture & Art Project (Oron Catts / Ionat Zurr) 8 September – 3 December 2018

Based at the University of Western Australia, SymbioticA hosted the research of The Tissue Culture and Art Project (Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr). The artists have been exploring the intersections of science and art since 1996.

Together, and with their expanded team of artists and scientists, they explore the creative and ethical implications of developments in the biological sciences. They investigate about what science is doing, what it is capable of, and how our conceptions of life might be altered in the process and how futures might be shaped accordingly. In doing so, they also open up important questions about how we categorise life forms that ask us to rethink what it is to be human.

Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series
Until 12 November 2018

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
Until 7 January 2019

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.

Screen Space – Megan Cope
Until 25 February 2019 | FREE

The Blaktism 2014 is the first standalone video work by artist Megan Cope. It is highly theatrical in its examination of Aboriginal identity and issues of authenticity that are faced by fair-skinned Aboriginal people.

It does this by looking at Australian society’s intensive focus on skin colour as a way of deciding who is and isn’t a “real” Aboriginal person in urban areas.

With a type-cast crew, including a priest, hipsters and bikini-clad women, the artist submits herself to a baptism of authenticity; as if such a ceremony will legitimate her “blackness”.

The video is a blast of good humour, which is sometimes the only way to tackle issues that are deeply offensive.

Bendigo Art Gallery

42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria 3550

Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street, Bendigo

Jessie Boylan: Rupture
22 September 2018 – 10 February 2019

Gothic Beauty: Victorian notions of love, loss and spirituality
6 October 2018 – 10 February 2019

Daughters of the Sun: Christian Waller & Klytie Pate
10 November 2018 to 10 February 2019

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

Fremantle Arts Centre

1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle 6160

2018 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award supported by Little Creatures Brewing – Fri 14 Sep – Sun 4 Nov 2018

The 43rd annual Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award supported by Little Creatures Brewing presents the best of Australian printmaking. Australia’s premier showcase of prints and artists’ books returns with a selection of fifty works from established, emerging and cross-disciplinary artists from across the nation. This year’s award was won by Victorian artist Deanna Hitti for her work ‘Towla’.

Being There: Kathleen O’Connor in Paris
Fri 14 Sep – Sun 4 Nov 2018

Being There – Kathleen O’Connor in Paris commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of significant WA arts personality Kathleen O’Connor (1876–1968). Born in New Zealand, O’Connor established a professional career in Paris, where she settled in 1906 and embraced the bohemian lifestyle in the Artists’ Quarter.
Being There presents a selection of her paintings and drawings and brings together for the first time the entire holding her works gifted to the City of Fremantle in 1978 by Sir Ernest Lee Steere on behalf of his mother, the artist’s sister.

Animaze: Amazing Animals for Kids
Sat 17 Nov – Wed 23 Jan

For the first time, Fremantle Arts Centre presents a contemporary art exhibition specifically for kids. Animaze includes all sorts of amazing animals with prints, paintings, sculpture, crochet, robotics, aquatic critters, snakes, bears, bats, budgies and more.

With the work of more than 40 artists, specially designed play spaces, animal story readings and hands-on kids’ workshops, Animaze is a full-on animal art safari where kids can wander and explore the wonderful world of animals and art.

Geelong Gallery

Little Malop Street, Geelong 3220

Treat yourself by visiting the Geelong Gallery, one of Australia’s leading and oldest regional galleries, right in the heart of the city. From iconic colonial masterpieces to compelling contemporary works of art, the Geelong Gallery is the perfect place to unwind and be inspired.

Cuttings – Elizabeth Gower
Until 25 November 2018

Elizabeth Gower is one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists with a career spanning forty years, and as a pioneering feminist artist who emerged in the 1970s, her work has had, and continues to have, an important impact on her peers and younger artists. Gower’s ingenious formal manipulation and transformation of materials is conditioned by her work’s exceptional conceptual rigour.

2018 Archibald Prize
Until 18 November 2018

First awarded in 1921, the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Archibald Prize is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture, with subjects often including politicians, celebrities, sporting heroes, authors and artists. Since its inception, the Archibald Prize has been engaging art enthusiasts, often stirring up controversy and always challenging the way we see ourselves and our society. The Geelong Gallery is delighted to be the exclusive Victorian venue for the 2018 Archibald Prize.

Free entry. Open daily 10am to 5pm.