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Manningham Art Gallery

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

28 November – 15 December 2018

Celebrating the creative talent that abounds in the municipality, this annual exhibition by students and tutors of the Manningham Art Studios challenges participants to respond to a theme or concept, either as individual artists fleshing out unique visions, or within class groups, collectively exploring the diverse ways people think about and visualise an idea.

This year’s exhibition is all about that unique feeling of being inspired.

Great art should indeed inspire, yet we often can’t pinpoint what it is precisely about an artwork or an artist’s oeuvre that inspires us. That knowledge only comes from its close inspection, scrutiny of style, form, composition, content and colour. And so Inspired asks participants to do just that, to examine a single work or series, even one quality about an artist’s work ever so closely and to then respond with their own masterpiece – a product of inspiration, but one that may well itself inspire.

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.

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Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

Horseshoe Bend, Swan Hill 3585

From One to Another
7 December 2018 – 3 February 2019

Suzanne Connelly-Klidomitos, Julie Duffus, Kerryn Finch, Barb Harris, Gloria McKerrow, David McTaggart, Marilyne Nicholls, Paul Oswin, Jules Pilgrim, Shirley Pinchen, Neale Sommersby, Anna Stewart, Anthony Whiting, Marg Wilson

Since time immemorial, students and artists have copied their masters and learnt the skills of observation and techniques employed. Artists are naturally inspired by other artists and their work is often a reflection of that, at times a tangible, or conceptual form.

Fourteen local artists have been asked to choose a work from the collection and respond to it. Works produced by the artists invited and the gallery artworks, will comprise the exhibition.

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 Exhibition-House

East Melbourne

Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2018 | 19
Monday 1 October 2018 – Tuesday 5 February 2019

HOME made GOOD | Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2018 | 19 presents over 50 Melbourne makers and artists and more than 200 works. Shown across eight exhibition spaces in Fairhall, the contemporary works are ‘inspired by’ William Johnston’s superb collection of antiques arranged within a domestic setting in his former house.

Featured artists include: Hannah Gartside | Hotham Street Ladies | Anita Mertzlin | Les Morgan | Barbara Porter | Robyn Rich | Dear Songsuwan from KAMI | The Bond Family | The Country Women’s Association of Victoria Inc. | Adrien Trevillian.

Visitors to HOME made GOOD can expect to see:

• a 65-kilogram gingerbread replica of Fairhall exhibition-house

• a giant sculpture of Marie-Antoinette composed of discarded plastic bags and soft drink bottles, delivering a political commentary on ocean plastics

• an installation ‘on disappointment’, by the notorious Hotham Street Ladies artists collective as a response to a series of letters received expressing ‘disappointment’ in their previous exhibition at The Johnston Collection

• paintings by the late Leslie Morgan based on the historical revolutionary figure Toussaint L’Ouverture

• more than 100 meticulously hand-crafted items made by The Country Women’s Association members from across Victoria

Inspired by aspects of William Johnston’s collection, all the works in HOME made GOOD were commissioned by The Johnston Collection who encouraged the artists to challenge traditional practice and to push the boundaries of contemporary making.

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

24 November 2018 – 3 February 2019 | Gallery 1

Featuring work from Arts Project Australia, Wangaratta Art Gallery and friends.

Throughout recent history, popular culture themes, aesthetics and sensibilities have informed what artists create, shaping the way we reflect upon our world and mirroring our values and culture back to us. POP! Reflections on Popular Culture explores this continual impulse through a collaboration between Wangaratta Art Gallery and Arts Project Australia, featuring the work of Arts Project studio artists alongside invited contemporary artists and works from the Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection.

9 February – 31 March 2019

Louise Saxton: The Linen Project is an immersive installation that pays homage to past lives and past labour and is built largely from the remnants of Louise Saxton’s practice of reclaiming everyday needlework.

The artist has been collecting domestic linens since 1988 and for more than a decade has extracted and reconstructed the embroidery and lace from those linens to build several major bodies of work. From these discarded and disinherited materials, Saxton creates unique two and three-dimensional assemblages. Louise Saxton: The Linen Project celebrates the materiality of linen and investigates its role in caring for family and community. The project is being undertaken with the support of an 18-month artist in residence program through St Vincent’s Hospital at Caritas Christi in Kew.

Until 5 February | WPAC Foyer Gallery

A suite of works on paper from the Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection, offers a rare chance to view the collections hidden gems and less known works.

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