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19 McShanag Drive , Castlemaine 3450 (off Langslow Street)

lot19 was founded to celebrate life

lot19 is an evolving artspace in the central highlands of Victoria with studio spaces, an outdoor stage, a contemporary art gallery which also presents excellent music, marionette theatre, performance, and film, and an outdoor sculpture park. We are dedicated to promoting undiluted excellence in the full field of human experience, and are not driven by sales.

lot19 highlights include the annual Spring Sculpture Prize:

The lot19 spring sculpture prize has won the hearts of community arts leaders, artists from accomplished to emerging, and many thousands of visitors. There are substantial prizes and the Spring Sculpture Prize attracts an incredibly diverse array of heartfelt and accomplished sculptural works.

Manningham Art Gallery

Manningham City Square (MC²), 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster 3108

Far Flung: Connecting Intergenerational Families
Wednesday 13 November – Saturday 14 December

An exhibition produced collaboratively between eleven new immigrant families of the Birralee Primary School community and Manningham’s ‘social artists in residence’ team. Over ten weeks, the families worked together with professional artists to workshop and explore notions of how they relate to local and global places. Forming the basis of the exhibition is a ceramic based installation project exploring the idea of a global sense of home through their connection to food, sharing and creating a sense of belonging. Developed in partnership with RMIT University, supported by Manningham Council and funded by Creative Victoria’s Creative Suburbs program.

The Sky After Rain
Thursday 9 January to Sunday 1 February 2020

The stories of three queer Iranian diasporas, Payam, Shyla and Shaya are brought to life through a formalistic synthesis of recorded interviews, spoken word poetry, moving images, sound design and dance. The multi-disciplinary, three piece video installation explores overarching themes about identity, queerness, gender, family, forgiveness, resilience, hope, love and loss. Presented by Midsumma Festival and Manningham Art Gallery. The Sky After Rain was proudly supported by Australia Council for the Arts, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, Manningham Council’s Community Grant Program, and Access Health and Community.

National Gallery of Australia

National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes, ACT 2601

30 November 2019 – 29 March 2020

This retrospective, the first in more than 25 years, celebrates the legacy of Australian artist Hugh Ramsay (1877–1906), whose portrait paintings achieved success here and in France before his untimely death at 28.

13 December 2019 – 13 April 2020
Ticketed – buy now via Ticketek or nga/

Matisse & Picasso is the story of the lifelong exchange between two of Europe’s greatest twentieth-century artists. Featuring more than 60 paintings and sculptures, as well as drawings, prints and costumes, this is a story of friendship – and rivalry.

Until 9 March 2020

This exhibition of prints pays tribute to the collaborations between master printer Kenneth Tyler (b. 1931) and some of the 20th century’s most prominent artists, including Anni Albers, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell and Andy Warhol.


From Papua to Turkey and from 2,500 BCE to now, this new collection display explores Asian art across geography, time, religion and culture. Structured by theme, the 210 works on display include Chinese funerary goods, Indonesian ancestor figures and Japanese woodblock prints.


This installation by Yayoi Kusama comprises a vibrant yellow room overrun with black polka dots of various sizes. A mirrored box at its centre houses several dozen illuminated pumpkin sculptures, which are endlessly reflected in the room’s internal mirrors. The combination of dots, pumpkins and mirrors creates an optical illusion of infinite space and colour.

The National Gallery of Australia is open every day including Easter, 10am – 5pm, (closed Christmas Day only).

National Gallery of Victoria, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

September 2019 to April 2020 | NGV International

Contemporary American artist KAWS, a.k.a Brian Donnelly, is one of the most resonant artists of his generation. In an Australian first, KAWS: Companionship In The Age Of Loneliness is a comprehensive survey of 25 years of KAWS’s oeuvre, full of humour, hope and humanity, celebrating his ability to connect with broad audiences.

The full range of KAWS’s artistic output will be on display featuring more than 100 works including iconic paintings reappropriating pop-culture figures to his more recent large-scale abstract works, and an impressive collection of his celebrated sculptural figures.

KAWS engages with universal feelings of isolation and loneliness through his works, in reaction to the turbulent world we live in today. His larger-than-life sculptures are playful, toy-like figures, however at closer look, they reveal a fragility and darkness in the vulnerable poses of the characters. The exhibition will include a newly commissioned 7-metre bronze COMPANION sculpture GONE, 2019, standing solemnly in a Pietà pose, evoking a sense of sorrow and empathy. On display in the NGV’s Federation Court, this monumental work will be the largest bronze KAWS has created to date.

KAWS’ latest paintings showcase his hallmark use of bold colors and bright lines, transgressing into new creative territory with his hybrid characters now dissolving into fragmented fields of color.

Accompanying the main exhibition, KAWS: Playtime is a dedicated playful kids exhibition that KAWS has created, introducing promising young artists of today to his creative approach and artistic methods of integrating pop culture into his work.

Admission fees apply.

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Stanley Place, South Bank 4101

07 Dec 2019 – 26 Apr 2020
GOMA | Gallery 1.1 The Fairfax Gallery, Gallery 1.2, Gallery 1.3 Eric & Marion Taylor Gallery | Ticketed

Walk across a vast, rocky riverbed created by Olafur Eliasson. See animals from around the world gather together to drink from Cai Guo-Qiang’s brilliant blue waterhole. Gaze at Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s snowman frozen in Brisbane’s summer heat. Traverse a cloud of suspended gymnastic rings in a participatory artwork by William Forsythe. View the tidal currents rise and fall around Angela Tiatia. Reflect on the cultural traditions of bodies of water with Judy Watson, and on the long history of our reliance on water through Megan Cope’s re-created midden. Water invites you to do all this and much more.

Water opens this summer at GOMA, exploring the vital element which sustains all life on Earth. From major immersive experiences to smaller-scale treasures by Australian and international artists, the exhibition will highlight this precious resource and spark conversations about the environmental and social challenges we face today.

Dive deeper with guided tours of the exhibition at 11.00am every day from 9 December, and at the Water Sundays events with tours for kids, talks and hands-on workshops. See below for other exhibition related events.

Up Late will return across two massive nights on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March 2020, with tickets on sale and line-up announced in December.

Purchase tickets in advance online or at the exhibition ticket desk until 4.00pm during the exhibition period.

Artwork conditions of entry:

Olafur Eliasson Riverbed 2014
Visitors must wear footwear at all times (no bare feet). Appropriate footwear is recommended.

William Forsythe The Fact of Matter 2009
For safety reasons, this artwork has height, weight and age restrictions. Children 12 and under require full adult supervision. Appropriate footwear is recommended. Participants must be in good health and free from any potentially adverse medical conditions.

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

Horseshoe Bend, Swan Hill 3585

6 December 2019 to 27 January 2020
Open House: Tamworth Textile Triennial

Open House: Tamworth Textile Triennial celebrates the open-ended nature of textiles practice today. All of the participant artists’ works are linked with things outside of themselves and their studios. Many celebrate the sense of belonging that comes from working with other artists; while others take on wide-ranging issues, such as the landscape and the environment, and the artist’s place in a world beset by environmental, social and cultural upheaval. Through the process of creating, talking and exhibiting, the artists join together with visitors as equal participants in an open house where all ideas and responses are welcome.

Sally Blake, John Brooks, GhostNets Australia, Gomeroi gaaynggal, ArtsHealth Program, Treahna Hamm, Joy Ivill, Carol McGregor, Rebecca Mayo, Noongar Doll Makers, Community Arts Network, Raquel Ormella, Julia Robinson, Ema Shin, Jeanette Stok, Meredith Woolnough. Curated by Glenn Barkley

This exhibition has been developed by Tamworth Regional Gallery and is supported by the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians.

Open Weave

Open weave is a selection of works by artists of the region working with textiles, wool, upcycled detritus, manmade and natural materials exclusively or as an adjunct medium. This micro show brings a local perspective to the theme of textiles at the gallery this summer.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Dunn Place, Hobart, Tasmania 7000

Lucienne Rickard | Extinction Studies
Until 01-09-2020
Link Foyer

Extinction Studies is a twelve-month durational performance by Tasmanian artist Lucienne Rickard.

Daily over the course of the year, Lucienne will draw a different recently-extinct plant or animal species. She will then erase the drawing and the next day, draw a different extinct species on the same sheet of paper. She will erase it again.

This process of drawing and erasure, or evolution and extinction, is repeated in full knowledge that the paper will deteriorate and eraser shavings will accumulate.

Each extinct species will be sourced from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, the authoritative list of extinct and threatened species used by scientists globally.

Lucienne is spending at least five days a week at TMAG undertaking this project. It is her testimony to the critical issue of species extinction.

The project title Extinction Studies deliberately merges art and science, a ‘study’ being both a technical art term – for a drawing or sketch done in preparation – and more generally understood as the practice of devoting time and attention to understanding a topic.

As an artist, Lucienne has crafted a career through drawing yet she remains deeply concerned about the future of biodiversity and the natural world.

Follow the progress of Lucienne’s project on Instagram.
#ExtinctionStudies #Activism #PerformanceArt #LucienneRickard

Extinction Studies is commissioned by Detached Cultural Organisation and presented by TMAG.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery opening hours:

10am-4pm Tuesday – Sunday (1 April – 24 December)
10am-4pm daily (26 December – 31 March)
10am-4pm Tasmanian public holiday Mondays year-round
Closed Good Friday, Anzac Day (25 April) and Christmas Day


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