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Manningham Art Gallery

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

Controlled Absurdity

Wednesday 23 January to Saturday 16 February

Solo exhibition of new paintings, drawings and sculptures by Anthony Williams. Drawing heavily from fauvist painters, as well as constructivist sculpture, Williams’ eschews using colour to only define or represent forms. His images comprise of beautifully rich and beguiling swathes of paint whilst his sculptures extend them beyond the flat, two-dimensional surface, together creating a vibrant and dynamic visual experience.


Beach Couture: A Haute Mess

Wednesday 27 February to Saturday 30 March

An exhibition of wearable pieces made by artist Marina DeBris from objects and rubbish collected from Sydney’s beaches. Beach Couture makes visible, in grotesquely amusing fashion, the ever-growing problem of ocean pollution created in part by our contemporary reliance on single-use items.


Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award 2019 – Entries Now Open

$10,000 acquisitive award open to artists from across Victoria. For more information and to enter, visit
Entries close 5.00pm Friday 21 June 2019.

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

180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Hit Steyerl: Factory of the Sun
Until 24 March 2019

The NGV presents German-born, Hito Steyerl’s landmark video installation Factory of the Sun. This is the Australian premiere of this immersive work, which was first shown at the 2015 German Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Steyerl’s work takes the digital image as a point of departure for explorations of the ethics, politics, economics and aesthetics of our digital present in ways both critical and playful. She is one of the most critically acclaimed artists working in the field of video today. As the New York Times writes, Steyerl ‘represents a new paradigm of the artist not as solitary genius but as networked thinker.’

Factory of the Sun is an immersive video which samples different genres of moving image including documentary film, video games, drone surveillance, advertising, news footage, and YouTube dance videos. The video tells the story of workers whose forced actions in a motion capture studio are turned into artificial sunshine. The light produced serves as a metaphor for the light emitted from digital screens, and the electromagnetic frequencies used to transmit information around the globe. Steyerl uses light to point to the ambiguous relationship between individual agency, economic interests and indiscernible power in our technologically mediated age. Shifting between playful and menacing, Factory of the Sun draws viewers into a game-like world that nevertheless reflects contemporary questions.

10am-5pm daily

T:61 3 8620 2222 W:

Newstead Railway Arts Hub

8A Tivey Street

Menagerie: Tegan Wheeldon & Laura Gibbs
Saturday 22 September – Sunday 14 October

Exhibition opening event: 2-4pm, Saturday 22 September

Menagerie is an exhibition of new works by Tegan Wheeldon and Laura Gibbs. The artists utilise methods of printmaking and painting to explore their interest in the natural world, with particular focus on avians and insects. Gibbs’ birds, finely painted in watercolour, are drawn from her immediate environment; the vast countryside and lakes of northern Victoria. Wheeldon utilises techniques of frottage and relief printing to explore a fusion of insect and textile in her mandala-esque compositions. Together these artists weave a menagerie of feathers and antennae, beaks and mandibles, within the exhibition space.

Exhibition hours: 10am – 3pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Northern Centre for Contemporary Art

NCCA, Vimy Lane, Parap, Darwin 0820

OPENING HOURS: Wed-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 9am-2pm, or by appointment, (closed on public holidays).


Stanley Place, South Bank 4101

Robert Macpherson : Boss Drovers
Until 24 Feb 2019
QAG | Gallery 14 | Free

View a selection from BOSS DROVERS 1996–2014 which comprise 2400 individual drawings, all deliberately executed as if by the hand of a ten-year-old. Over a 20-year period, Robert MacPherson made these in the guise of his alter ego, Robert Pene, a grade 4 student at St Joseph’s Convent, Nambour, Queensland. The project is dated 14 February 1947, and each sheet is stained to give it an aged patina.

Pene has an obsession: he endlessly catalogues boss drovers in portraits that vividly evoke the resilient, determined spirit of the rugged individuals responsible for moving thousands of livestock and teams of stockmen and cooks along the great pastoral stock routes of Australia, travelling over vast distances from station to market, or finding feed and water in times of drought.

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Gary Carsley : APT9 Kids: Purple Reign
GOMA | Children’s Art Centre | Free

Inspired by R Godfrey Rivers’s painting Under the jacaranda 1903 in the Queensland Art Gallery Collection, Gary Carsley has created a ‘secret garden’ for APT9 Kids that is bursting with the iconic purple blooms of the jacaranda tree.

Opening in advance of the official start date for APT9 exhibition, children can engage with the artist’s ideas through an animated video and touchscreen activity, all within a vibrant setting that’s perfect for a selfie.

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The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9)
24 Nov 2018 – 28 Apr 2019

The hugely ambitious APT series returns to QAGOMA this summer, bringing significant art from across the Asia Pacific to Brisbane. Overflowing with colour and life, this free contemporary art exhibition presents a unique mix of creativity and cross-cultural insight.

Featuring more than 80 artists and groups from over 30 countries, APT9 challenges conventional definitions of contemporary art by asking us to consider its relationship to shifting social structures across the region. Explore a number of never-before-seen installations, paintings, sculptures, photographs and video from emerging and senior artists, together with leading works from Indigenous communities and artists.

Alongside the exhibition will be a thought-provoking cinema program, academic symposium, creative hands-on experiences for kids, tours, programs and special events for all ages, kicking off with opening weekend festivities 24–25 November.

For more information:

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

Horseshoe Bend, Swan Hill 3585

Code Breakers
8 February – 24 March 2019

Press play on Code Breakers, the first exhibition of its kind in Australia celebrating the achievements of women working in the games industry. This free exhibition transforms the gallery into an immersive and interactive game zone. Visitors can get hands-on with an array of playable games – from indie through to commercial hits and new releases. And all are made by Australian and New Zealand women working in different capacities such as directors, programmers, developers, digital artists, writers, producers and designers.

Inside the exhibition you can crush bullies in Ninja Pizza Girl, run with animals in Armello or race suped-up cars in Need for Speed: No Limits – all made by emerging and established makers. From platformers, RPGs and digital board games to graphical adventures and puzzlers, there’s something for everyone and at any skill level.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Dunn Place

The Mission: Michael Cook
Until 3 March 2019

Salon Gallery

The Mission traces the journey of an Aboriginal woman from her homeland to a Christian mission, where she arrives in handcuffs. Life on the mission introduces her to Western clothing, food rations, tobacco, and even a husband. Yet, her baby is stolen following a Christian wedding. Symbolically, in the final image she returns to her Country.

The artist Michael Cook writes:

“The existence of missions and reserves enabled the implementation of policies by which children of mixed Aboriginal and European heritage were forcibly removed from Aboriginal societies and placed in so-called ‘half-caste’ institutions where they were trained for service and assimilation into the vision of a white Australia. Such policies continued well into the 20th century, and the people directly affected by them are known as the Stolen Generations.”

Cook is a Bidjara man from Queensland who was given up for adoption by his biological mother shortly after his birth in 1968. While his adopted mother encouraged a strong understanding of Aboriginal culture, he “never felt that connection to [his] indigenous ancestry”.

Making art is his way of better understanding both Aboriginal culture and racial prejudice in Australia.

The Mission was created using a range of archival imagery, including family photographs and documents from his personal collection. The baby in two of the works is Michael himself.

Opening hours:

10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily (26 December – 31 March)
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesday – Sunday (1 April – 24 December)
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Tasmanian public holiday Mondays year-round

Closed Good Friday, Anzac Day (25 April) and Christmas Day

The Johnston Collection

East Melbourne

Guided tours weekdays at 10.00 am, 12 noon, 2.00 pm. After Hours tours on the second Saturday of each month at 10.00 am and 12 noon and on the third Thursday evening of each month at 6.00 pm. Bookings


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Wangaratta Art Gallery

56 Ovens Street, Wangaratta 3677

9 February – 31 March 2019

The Linen Project is a major exhibition that pays homage to past lives and past labour. featuring unique textile assemblages created by Louise Saxton from discarded and disinherited domestic linens. collected over several decades. This new body of work celebrates and reflects upon the importance of everyday linens in caring for family and community.

The Linen Project has been generously supported by the St Vincent’s Hospital Artist in Residence Program located at Caritas Christi Hospice, Kew.


Gallery 2 – GREEN ASYLUM: Charlotte Haywood
23 February – 31 March

In Green Asylum artist Charlotte Haywood explores multi-modalities of landscape, culture and language and their meaning within Australia now. Materiality and tactility are key in these large scale tapestry weavings which embody cultural practices, rites, and rituals that are symbolic of various forms of living.

Charlotte Haywood is an interdisciplinary artist that explores themes and practices from pop to the primordial, experimenting between the tactile and the digital. A respected contemporary textile artist this significant textile work sets the scene as we lead into the WCTA season for 2019.

Open Tues – Sun 10am – 4pm. Closed Mon.
Closed Public Holidays & for installation.