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Fremantle Arts Centre

1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle 6160

Sam Bloor | The Billboard Project
1 November – 24 November 2019

Local Perth artist Sam Bloor invites you to step inside Fremantle’s galleries and museums with his playful and ambiguous words in The Billboard Project. This series of large scale, hand-painted signs will be on display outside several cultural institutions throughout Fremantle, including FAC, for the duration of the Fremantle Biennale.

The Fremantle Biennale presents the best in site-responsive art. FAC is pleased to be one of many venues playing host to invited Australian and international artists responding to the history, landscape and communities that make up the rich tapestry of Fremantle.

Following the overwhelming success of the inaugural Biennale HIGH TIDE 17, the event returns with UNDERCURRENT 19 from 1–24 November. UNDERCURRENT 19 is the guiding thematic premise of this year’s program – a flow of water that moves below the surface of the ocean or a river.

Visit for the full program.


19 McShanag Drive , Castlemaine 3450 (off Langslow Street)

2019 Spring Sculpture Prize
13-27 October. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10-5pm.

Exhibition Opening and Prize giving
2-5pm, Saturday 12 October

More than $6000 prize pool.

With food by Dulce Lunar, entertainment by Castlemaine’s penultimate girl band, Stop That Mammoth, plus the Lot 19 bar will be open.

Now in its 13th year, Lot19’s Spring Sculpture Prize has become a well known creative institution in Castlemaine and throughout the surrounding region. Attracting a very high calibre of sculptural works, enjoy original sculptures on display throughout the grounds and in the Lot 19 gallery.

Manningham Art Gallery

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

Updated Fright
Wednesday 25 September to Saturday 19 October

Baluk Arts | Andrew Goodman | The Ryan Sisters | Richard Young.
A group exhibition about those terrors we can’t shake, the tales of creatures and beings that have stayed with us from our youth, those that have been with us collectively for aeons and those that we create anew. Modern monsters for a modern time, ones that will give you an updated fright.

Mission to Seafarers Victoria

717 Flinders Street, Docklands Victoria 3008

2019 ANL Maritime Art Prize Award
Exhibition open to public: 4 – 20 October 2019
The VIVA Energy People’s Choice Award ($2,000) will be drawn on the evening of 18 October 2019.

The MtSV inhabits an enchanting historic and iconic building in Docklands; well worth a visit any day of the year, but particularly to see the ANL Maritime Art Prize in October. Just in time for the exhibition, renovations throughout the building are being completed, including replacement of floors, re-painting, and re-rendering the building, thanks to funding from Victorian State Government. The Maritime Art Prize exhibition is hung throughout the public areas of the building, including in the Norla Dome. The longevity of the Prize – running for seventeen years – is evidence of the recognition both artists and the public have for the reputation of the Mission to Seafarers Victoria’s, ANL Maritime Art Prize.

Maritime Art Prize Mission: The event aims to raise the profile of our international seafarers and is the fundraising initiative of the MtSV. The MtSV thanks the Prize sponsors of the Maritime Art Prize, ANL Container Line, ASP Ship Management, Victorian International Container Terminals (VICT), Nevile & Co. Commercial Lawyers, and VIVA Energy, as well as all of the other category sponsors and donors.

National Gallery of Australia

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

Until 27 October
Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia showcases the work of some of Indonesia’s most exciting emerging and established artists. The artists give voice to an exploration of topics ranging from sexuality, gender roles and family, to environmental concerns, the art market, new materials and forms, the everyday object and how we might listen to and learn from the sounds of Indonesia.

Live performance: Duto Hardono: In harmonia progression: 
11.00am, Repeated on Saturday 12 October & 26 October. 
Visitors to the National Gallery can enjoy a live vocal performance of action and reaction that transforms language, evoking universal forms of human connection, every second Saturday during the exhibition.

Until 3 November 2019
As the first exhibition in the National Gallery’s new Learning Gallery, Body Language, explores the identity of Australia’s diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

On now
Visit the exhibition that traverses genre, gender and time through investigation of the human form with a huge array of extraordinary works of art including Jeff Koons’ Balloon Venus Dolni Vestonice, Peruvian figures from 900 AD, Francis Bacon’s Triptych, and Sarah Lucas’ Deep Cream Maradona [Maradona].

Until 9 March 2020
Following World War II, master printer Kenneth Tyler was at the forefront of printmaking innovation in America, orchestrating the move from printmaking as a minor artform to a leading visual practice. Through his workshops, Tyler empowered major post-war artists – Josef and Anni Albers, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Sultan and Andy Warhol – to create print works on a grand scale, using ground-breaking techniques.

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

Until 13 Oct 2019
GOMA | Gallery 1.2, Gallery 1.3 Eric & Marion Taylor Gallery | Free

‘Quilty’ is the first major survey exhibition in a decade of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Ben Quilty.

The exhibition extends from Quilty’s early reflections on the initiation rituals performed by young Australian men to his experience as an official war artist in Afghanistan and his campaign to save the lives of Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. It also includes his revisions of the Australian landscape, and raw, intimate portraits of himself, his family and his friends.

Discover more about Ben Quilty with our range of related events, listed below, including talks and tours, pop-up performances, hand-on workshops and Up Late events. There’s also daily guided tours of the exhibition at 1pm.

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

Horseshoe Bend, Swan Hill 3585

Until October 6
Another Thousand Years – 10 Centenarian Drawings
Peter Wegner

Long time painter printmaker and more recently sculptor, Peter Wegner has taken his sensitive eye to the subject of longevity. This suite of drawings are part of a larger collection of 100 Centenarians. Drawn from life they aim to explore what it is like to live on this earth for 100 years.

The issue of ageing and the shared experience of dignity and independence and what it means to have a productive and meaningful life are all part of this exhibition.

Ultima District Uncovered
Mick Cullin

Over a period of seven days in August and September 2018, former Swan Hill resident Mick Cullin was commissioned by Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery to photograph the community and district of Ultima.

Immersed in the community with the support of Ultima Progress Association, Ultima Football Netball Club, Ultima Primary School and a number of individuals and families, Mick captured the town, sporting events, local industry, children, and families through work, leisure and play.

In this candid, honest and sensitive photographic project, Mick reveals the true spirit of this small but resilient Victorian Mallee town.