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ANCA Gallery

1 Rosevear Place Dickson, ACT 2602


25 October – 12 November

Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art

55 North Terrace Adelaide 5000

After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art

Curated by Tan Siuli, Curatorial Co-Head, Singapore Art Museum

Friday 22 September – Friday 1 December 2017

The search for Utopia is a ceaseless human endeavour. After Utopia explores how our ideals mirror our innermost yearnings and that gnawing sense that this world and its realities are not enough. Through an exciting partnership with Singapore Art Museum and the OzAsia Festival, Samstag highlights the diverse artistic practices of South East Asia in an exhibition that draws largely from Singapore Art Museum’s permanent collections.

After Utopia features moving image, installation, painting and sculpture by artists Chris Chong Chan Fui (Malaysia), Donna Ong (Singapore), Geraldine Javier (Philippines), Ian Woo (Singapore), Kamin Lertchaiprasert (Thailand), Kawayan de Guia (Philippines), Maryanto (Indonesia), Miti Ruangkritya (Thailand), Shannon Lee Castleman (USA), Svay Sareth (Cambodia) and The Propeller Group (USA and Vietnam).

A Singapore Art Museum exhibition curated by Tan Siuli and Louis Ho, presented in partnership with the Samstag Museum of Art and 2017 OzAsia Festival.

Geoff Cobham: Already Elsewhere

Friday 22 September – Friday 1 December 2017

Adelaide-based public artist and lighting designer Geoff Cobham has been experimenting with the colour, intensity, angle and movement of light for the past 35 years. Presented in partnership with the Adelaide Film Festival, Already Elsewhere is Cobham’s first major gallery commission. His immersive installation will bring together light, sound and movement—three fundamental elements in moving image—to create an environment of technical and sensory surprise.

A Samstag Museum of Art and 2017 Adelaide Film Festival exhibition.

Ararat Regional Art Gallery

Town Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat, 3377

The towneys watched back
Fernando do Campo
27 September – 29 October 2017

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the ceremonial release of house sparrows from a balcony at the former Bull and Mouth Hotel, Barkly Street, Ararat. ‘The towneys watched back’ is a project by artist Fernando do Campo, who has been researching the histories of house sparrow introductions across the USA, Argentina and Australia since 2015.

As the Ararat Advertiser explained in 1867: ‘On Tuesday morning last a cage of English sparrows arrived in Ararat by coach…The local community of Ararat rejoiced their release … for hours afterwards wherever one or two could be seen knots of persons gathered to watch their movements…’

This project re-releases this narrative into the community of Ararat. Working with local sites and archives, the artist is interested in how we talk about colonial narratives in contemporary Australia. The title of the project also references this article published in the Ararat Advertiser 150 years ago, where, describing this peculiar event and the response by the local community, it states: ‘….Numbers of the burgesses had assembled to get a sight of their ‘towneys’ as they called them…’ This article was then re-published nationally, with many 19th century newspapers quoting the Ararat Advertiser and the significant interest towards the sparrows of Ararat.

The release of the fourteen birds was enthusiastically celebrated, but within 20 years sparrows were reviled as a pest. The sparrow, like other introduced species, can be viewed as a harbinger of coloniality. The life of sparrows parallels the human experience of migration. Acclimatised sparrows reflect back experiences of containment, transportation and incongruity, through to resilience, adaptation and belonging. Through archival research, colonial language, and site-specific artistic interventions across Ararat, Fernando do Campo explores this local narrative and the house sparrow as a potent symbol of colonisation.

The exhibition will be presented by Ararat Regional Art Gallery across the following spaces in Ararat:

Ararat Library
Monday to Thursday 10am – 5:30pm; Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturday 9am – 12pm

Langi Morgala Museum
Tuesday to Thursday, 10am – 3pm. Entry fees apply

Orchid House
Alexandra Gardens, Ararat, viewable daily

Fernando do Campo will speak about the project at its official opening at the former Bull & Mouth Hotel Stables (in the lane behind the Ararat Hotel) on Tuesday 26 September at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Fernando do Campo is an artist currently based in Sydney where he is Associate Lecturer at UNSW Art + Design. Since 2015 he also produces work as the HSSH (House Sparrow Society for Humans). Solo exhibitions include: I always hear you before I see you, Praxis Gallery, New York (2017); Figure behind a lake, Australian Consulate General, New York (2015); Come away closer, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin (2014). He has exhibited in solo exhibitions in Australia and the USA. He is a John Monash Foundation Scholar, and has received awards from the Australia Council for the Arts, Ian Potter Cultural Trust and Arts Tasmania, and residencies at Cite International des Arts, Paris and BMUKK, Vienna. Fernando has an MFA from Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York. He is represented by Praxis Gallery, Buenos Aires & New York.

Arnold Street Gallery

189 Arnold Street, Bendigo 3550

Exhibiting at Arnold St Gallery

Belinda Eckermann: Traces of Transience
7th November – 19th November 2017
Launch – Saturday 11th November, 2017 2-4pm

Belinda Eckermann lives and works in Victoria’s Mallee Region. Her current practice is intrinsically tied to her local environment. In 2013 she undertook her Masters in Visual Arts, during which she developed an interest in genetics and notions of the hybrid into an exploration of the invasive white snail, commonly encountered in her agricultural community. Her work with the snail shifted her practice toward drawing and a focus on drawing as installation, culminating in her use of the snails as medium. She is currently investigating the native Bardi Grub and Ghost Moth and modes of incorporating their natural interventions with their environment into her creative practice. Eckermann has exhibited regularly throughout regional Victoria since 2009 and was shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award at the 2016 Mission to Seafarers exhibition in Melbourne, where she was also awarded the Bendigo Emerging Artists Judge’s Special Commendation. Eckermann’s practice is concerned with layering, drawing as installation and the immersion of audience. She aims to broaden societal perspectives through her work.

Artist Call Out

Arnold Street gallery invites proposals for the 2018 Jan – Jul exhibition program. The Gallery has three exhibition spaces including Gallery 1, Gallery 2, and the Outdoor Sculpture Gallery.

Please see our exhibition guidelines and application process at

Workshops and Events

Art and Philosophy with Dr. Terry Eyssens
From The Sublime to the Apocalypse
Saturday 18th November 2017, 4.30 – 5.30pm
Arnold Street Gallery | 189 Arnold Street| Bendigo

Art Ecology Philosophy
In this session we will explore just a few of the many engagements of Art, Ecology and Philosophy. This exploration will traverse the abyss between the Romantic and the Apocalyptic Sublime, and consider the vexed transition from t he idea of a representable Nature to our present day confrontation with unrepresentable Ecology. Drinks and Nibbles available Cost $4.00

Dr. Terry Eyssens is a tutor and lecturer at La Trobe University, Australia and has a PhD in Philosophy from Federation University, Australia (2011). He works in post-Enlightenment ecological and political philosophy and is writing a book called The Ecological Comportment of Voss.

$4.00 Admission
Drinks and Nibbles provided

One Day Mosaic Workshop with Kirsten Asche
Sunday 26th November 2017, 10am – 5pm
Arnold Street Gallery | 189 Arnold Street| Bendigo

Workshop Outline
In this one-day workshop, we will create a beautiful Christmas decoration as an introduction to the unique craft of mosaic. An exploration of colour and design will be covered as well as techniques such as cutting, assembling and grouting.

What to Bring

What we supply
Materials and afternoon tea.

Cost: $158
Please book on the Bendigo Tourism Website

Kirsten Asche considers herself to be a modern artisan. Her path towards her current practice has been through various forms of study and mentoring, interwoven with other pursuits, and honed by years of visual observation and response. Mosaic is her current focus, using glass tiles, recycled crockery and beads as well semi-precious stones in order to create rich patterns and capture narrative. Her teaching experience includes working with a variety of students in community Arts programs, teaching children at Art Encounters in Melbourne as well as running her own “Mosaic of Paradise” workshops for the post five and half years from her St. Kilda studio.

Two Day Plein Air Workshop with Jeff Woodger
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December 10am-4pm
Arnold Street Gallery | 189 Arnold Street| Bendigo

Workshop Outline
Over two days on Saturday December 2 & Sunday December 3 at Lake Weeroona learn how to paint the landscape in pein air using oil paints with Jeff Woodger.

What to Bring

What we supply
Materials and afternoon tea.

Cost: $275
Please book on the Bendigo Tourism Website

Jeff Woodger’s passion to paint post romantic landscapes in the classical style. His majestic panoramic works are deeply inspired by many of the seventeenth century greats such as Claude Lorraine and Salvator Rosa. However, while Woodger’s interests lie in tradition and cultural history, he actively reconfigures these majestic places superimposing his own newly revised contemporary reality. In the early 1990s whilst undertaking his Masters studies in Fine Art Woodger started to paint classical and romantic landscapes in the style of 19th century French Barbizon School artists, inspired by specific works selected from Bendigo Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection. Here he painted his first in-situ work on masonite inspired by a painting by the French Barbizon School artist Theodore Rousseau. The experience of working in-situ from paintings in museums is one which has held great appeal for Woodger, who at a young age during a trip to Spain, was deeply inspired by the experience of witnessing an artist copying an El Greco painting in the El Greco Museum, Toldeo, Spain.

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney, NSW 2000

Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium
27 Oct 2017 – 4 Mar 2018

See through the eyes of an icon

This comprehensive survey celebrates one of the most renowned photographers of the 20th century. It features over 200 works that reveal Robert Mapplethorpe’s pursuit of what he called ‘perfection in form’. Organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and J Paul Getty Museum, in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Support for the exhibition and its international tour has been provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000

Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures
14 October 2017 – 29 January 2018
Includes twilight viewing until 7.30pm on Fridays (except 10 November and 1 December 2017)

Heath Ledger was a charismatic actor who pushed boundaries and portrayed iconic roles during his short but remarkable career. The exhibition reveals his deep passion for the film industry, creativity, and visual arts. Film costumes and props, celebrity portraits and acting awards together with his research journals will be on display for the first time offering a rare insight into Heath’s life behind the scenes. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Western Australian Museum.

Gregory Pryor – Looking Glass
2 September 2017 – 15 January 2018

WA artist Gregory Pryor has created an immersive new work Looking Glass which draws upon his investigations into isolated landscapes of Western Australia. For his WA Now project, Gregory Pryor undertook a field trip to the region of the tragic Esperance bush fires of 2015. By setting himself in amongst the charcoal remains of the devastated terrain and taking a series of 360-degree photographic notations, Pryor formulated the idea for his panoramic work and its overwhelming immersive quality. Similar to the bush’s capacity to regenerate after fire, Looking Glass in some ways can be seen as a reassembled landscape, articulated on 1585 sheets of paper.
Bill Henson
16 September – 11 December 2017

This exhibition presents recent photographs by Bill Henson, selected by the artist, and encompassing themes including portraits, nudes, lush museum interiors and transcendent landscapes. The images in this show are drawn from a body of works created between 2008 and 2013, and continue Henson’s sensitive study of the human condition, which he has realised over his forty-year career.

Bendigo Art Gallery

42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria 3550

The Costume Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood
29 September 2017 – 21 January 2018

arbor temporis momentum
25 November 2017 – 18 February 2018

Post Office Gallery
61-67 Pall Mall, Bendigo
Taverns to Temperance: pubs of Bendigo

25 August – 3 December 2017

Bendigo Living Arts Space

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

15 November 2017 – 11 February 2018

Three artists from Bendigo and region present an evocative exhibition including watercolour paintings of the Mediterranean by Terry Jarvis, fine sculptural ceramics by Maria Vanhees and metal garden sculptures by David Dawson of Overwrought.

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.

Bridget Farmer artist talk & studio visit, Hepburn Springs
Monday November 27, 11.00 am – 12.30 pm

Printmaker Bridget Farmer will talk about her practice, and about the book she wrote, illustrated and self published.
Gather at the café across the road for lunch afterwards if you choose!
$15 members $20 non members
Numbers limited, venue to be advised upon booking
Book your place at

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


12 Compton Street, Adelaide 5000

Opening – 5:30 PM – Wednesday, 1st November
Artist Talks – 6:00pm
Running – 2nd – 18th November 2017

Restless Sieidi is a new project that references traditional Sami shaman rituals, ties to the land, biophilia and a helpless need for answers. This project has grown from recent participation in the La Wayaka Current Arctic residency in 2017 on Sørøya Island, Norway.

Opening – 5:30 PM – Wednesday, 1st November
Artist Talks – 6:00pm
Running – 2nd – 18th November 2017

Cassie Thring’s practice works across disciplines with a genuine determination to play with ideas and ways of making. Exploring new printmaking techniques during a recent international residency, Here Be Dragons borrows from the language of medieval cartographers to reference the unknown outer edges of life that, albeit treacherous, are worthy of enquiry.

Screening from 8:00pm – Wednesday, 1st November
Running – 2nd – 18th November 2017
FELTdark is viewable: Wed – Thur: 7pm – 12am, Fri: 7pm – 12am, Sat: 7pm – 12am

‘a condition for doing things together’ is a collaboration between Catherine Parsonage and Kate Power that uses friendship as a methodology for making. The performance creates a concentrated awareness of the individual body while the elastic space between the artists vacillates between struggle & support.