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19 McShanag Drive , Castlemaine 3450 (off Langslow Street)

Entries are now open for the 2019 Spring Sculpture Prize!

Exhibition Opening and Prizegiving: 2-5pm, Saturday 12 October. With food on offer by Dulce Lunar, entertainment by Castlemaine’s penultimate girl band: Stop That Mammoth, plus the Lot 19 bar will be open. CASH ONLY.

Opening Hours: 13-27 October. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10-5pm.

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.

Set amongst the grounds of Lot19, all entrants work will be exhibited for 3 weeks, either in the Lot 19 gallery or outdoors depending on the scale and medium of the work.

There will be 3 independent judges, with more than $6000 worth of prizes on offer.

To enter, please complete the below entry form and email to:

Manningham Art Gallery

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

Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award 2019 – Finalists’ Exhibition
Wednesday 14 August to Saturday 14 September

Manningham’s biennial acquisitive award surveying the diversity of practices in contemporary ceramics across the state. The Finalist’s Exhibition will present the very best selections from a broad field of entries, with the overall winner and general acquisitions being announced at the exhibition opening.

National Gallery of Australia

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

Until 7 September
This winter, see the painting that changed the art world forever – Claude Monet’s Impression, sunrise. From waterlilies to seascapes, city scenes and rural landscapes, discover the beauty of natural light, colour and fleeting moments captured by Impressionist masters including Turner, Boudin, Sisley and Morisot.
Adults from $22, $20 concession/student, $17 Members, children under 16 years free.

Monet Impression Sunrise Premium Sessions: Every weekend from 9-10am
Want to beat the crowds? Enjoy an exclusive viewing of Monet: Impression Sunrise with limited numbers of people and get in before the doors open to the general public at 10.00am.
$55 Adult, $45 NGA Members

Monet Mondays: Every Monday 5.00-7.00pm
Experience Monet after hours with music and a glass of Perrier-Jouët champagne from the cash bar, with the exhibition open until 7pm.
Available every Monday with a purchased exhibition ticket, or purchase a ticket after 5pm on a Monday and receive a complimentary glass of champagne.

Monet’s Tea Salon: Weekdays 11am, weekends 11am + 2pm daily
Experience Monet in true-Parisian style with an unforgettable high-tea and enjoy a selection of French-inspired, sweet and savoury delights.
High tea + exhibition entry package: $70 adult, $68 concession, $60 NGA Members.

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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 20 July, 3 August, 17 August, 31 August, 14 September, 28 September, 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.

Art for lunch with Tisna Sanjaya: Seni penjernih dialog (Art as purifying dialogue): 12.45pm, Repeated Thursday 8 August & Thursday 22 August.
Tisna Sanjaya’s installation Seni penjernih dialog (Art as purifying dialogue) will be activated with debates on art, religion and the environment.


Until 25 August 2019
By marking the skin and face with connecting patterns, Māori Tā Moko artists tell stories of prestige, authority and identity. This exhibition includes a unique art event featuring Moko artists engaging in a live demonstration of this phenomenal practice.


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].


Opens 7 September 2019
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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P J Kool - Culture, Cancer and Cloth

Xavier Art Space, Level 4, St Vincent’s Hospital, 390 Victoria St, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010

P J Kool – Culture, Cancer and Cloth
Xavier Art Space
July 12 – August 15
Opening night: Friday 12 July, 5-7pm

A Photographic Exhibition by Melbourne Photographer/Visual Artist Pamela Kleemann-Passi

The P J Kool exhibition is a series of playful photographs of the late Congolese musician, Passi Jo, made while he was a cancer in-patient at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, his adopted home. They reference la sape, a sub-cultural anti-establishment, non-violent movement that he was a part of in his African homeland of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, and in Paris. La Sape means Society for the Advancement of People of Elegance (from the French “La Societé des Ambienceurs et des Personnes Èlégantes”). It is about harmony in mind, body and soul. “The Sape is the art of creating beautiful harmonies from the combination of colours and styles to highlight the elegance of a suit and the manner of the sapeur”.

Passi Jo rose from his hospital bed and dressed for the camera, suited up in brightly coloured, well-pressed pyjamas ‘la sape-style’, to reconnect with and celebrate his culture, and be transported from a life defined by cancer to one of feeling the joy, style and swagger of living. Participating in these photographs enabled him to share his culture with the hospital staff and other patients. Like the Sapeurs, he created atmosphere, ambience and colour in an otherwise confronting and emotionally fraught medical environment. The P J Kool exhibition aligns illness and creative practice, highlighting the crucial role the arts can play in health and well-being, disease and illness.

Hours: 8am – 8pm


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.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Dunn Place, Hobart, Tasmania 7000

Julie Gough: Tense Past
Until 3 November

This major exhibition by significant Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Julie Gough interrogates colonial history and the impact of colonisation on Tasmania’s first people—then and now. As well as including some key artworks from Gough’s 25 years of practice, including sculpture, sound and video installations, Julie has created new site-specific artworks that engage with artefacts from major collections from across the country.

Presented by Dark Mofo and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Missing or Dead is supported by Gandel Philanthropy.

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