Visual Arts


Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales has announced the Gallery’s exhibition program for 2019. Here are the details :-


Masters of modern art from the Hermitage | 13 October 2018 – 3 March 2019 | TICKETED

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili: from my heart and mind | 3 November 2018 – 24 February 2019

Judy Watson: the edge of memory | 10 November 2018 – 17 March 2019

Tuckson: the abstract sublime | 17 November 2018 – 17 February 2019

Brett Whiteley: drawing is everything | 15 December 2018 – 31 March 2019 | TICKETED

Heaven and earth in Chinese art: treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei | 2 February – 5 May 2019 | TICKETED

The essential Duchamp | 27 April – 11 August 2019 | TICKETED

The National 2019: new Australian art | 29 March – 21 July 2019

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2019 | 11 May – 8 September 2019 | TICKETED

Kaldor Public Art Projects: half a century in the public eye | 7 September 2019 – 16 February 2020

Quilty | 9 November 2019 – 2 February 2020



Chinese bible: revolution and art in China | 3 November 2018 – 28 April 2019

Melanesian art: redux | 17 November 2018 – 17 February 2019

Brett Whiteley: Wild life and other emergencies | 12 October 2018 – May 2019

ARTEXPRESS 2019 | 7 February – 28 April 2019

From where I stand | 13 April – 14 July 2019

Jeffrey Smart: constructed world | 11 May – 29 September 2019

The living need light, the dead need music | June 2019 – January 2020

Walking with gods I June 2019 – January 2020

In one drop of water | June 2019 – 2020

Wirrimanu: art from Balgo | 27 July – 17 November 2019

Significant others | 24 August – 13 October 2019

Dora Ohlfsen and the facade commission | October 2019 – March 2020



Archibald Prize 2018 regional tour

Geelong Gallery, VIC | 22 September – 18 November 2018

Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW | 30 November 2018 – 28 January 2019

Orange Regional Gallery, NSW | 8 February – 10 April 2019

Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW | 18 April – 17 June 2019

Archibald Prize 2019 regional tour

Tarrawarra Museum of Art VIC

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW

Gosford Regional Art Gallery, NSW

Bank Art Museum Moree, NSW

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW

Yes yes yes yes: graphics from the 1960s and 1970s

Glasshouse Gallery, Port Macquarie NSW | 15 December 2018 – 3 February 2019

Playback: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2018 regional tour

Blue Mountains City Art Gallery NSW | 16 March – 5 May 2019

Orange Regional Gallery NSW 12 October – 8 December 2019

Mervyn Bishop

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW | 16 November 2018 – 24 February 2019

Bank Art Museum Moree, NSW | April – June 2019



Cosmic futures: visionary Russian cinema | November 2018 – February 2019

Cult Taiwan | February – May 2019

Certain women | June – September 2019


Featured image – Kaldor Art Project 3 Gilbert and George



Featured image – People’s Choice  and Sofala Cottage residency award winner Justine Muller.

The $30,000 national acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape was announced at Menzies Art Brands in Kensington last Monday night. Sponsored by Marlene Antico, and now in its 15th year, the exhibition of finalists and prize presentations took place on the night.

With over 1200 entries received, this year’s judges, Katrina Cashman, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and Tony Costa reflected on the cultural and professional significance of the entries in a contemporary art context.

Al Poulet claimed the overall$30,000 prize for his first new work since joining the community of artists in Wedderburn. Poulet’s special untitled entry (gully) resonated well with the judges who noted the density and complexity of his inspiring efforts and connection with the Australian bush.

Fiona Lowry’s My Mother’s Far Embrace clinched the $3000 Honourable Mention Award

Remnim Alexander Tayco was awarded a $1000 Sydney Art Store voucher for his Highly Commended work, Evergreen.

The UNSW Art & Design print prize was won by Belem Lett for River Reflection (After Boyd)

Justine Muller received the Sofala Cottage residency for Dreaming of Rain Clouds. The judges noted the skilful use of material in her work that blends imagination and observation in a fresh and communicative way.

The inaugural Defiance Gallery Award picked out Michelle Hungerford for her work Wood for the Trees, and Andre Bowen for The Grove.

Both artists will exhibit with Defiance Gallery at Mary Place in 2019 and partake in a 3-week residency at Giverny, the Nock Art Foundation residency in Queenstown NZ, compliments of Michael Nock.

Finally, the People’s Choice Award, a $1000 gift certificate sponsored by Charvin Oils Paris was announced on Saturday 22nd September and went to Justine Muller for her painting, Dreaming of rain clouds.



The latest of the excellent Exhibition on Screen series looks at the CEZANNE: PORTRAITS OF A LIFE  exhibition that was on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London earlier this year.

As is the usual format the documentary, narrated by Brian Cox, features an intimate insight in to the artist’s environment ( here Cezanne’s house and studio – the film opening with a dizzyingly shot sequence of the studio window leading to the studio today at Les Lauves, Aix-en-Provence ) – and detailed intense close up inspection of the paintings. There are beautifully filmed landscape sequences of both Paris and the countryside of Aix-en-Provence . it also features a specially commissioned score.  We see how the exhibition is cleanly, coolly and elegantly designed and beautifully hung and some of the HUGE heavily ornate frames the works have. Continue reading EXHIBITION ON SCREEN – CEZANNE: PORTRAITS OF A LIFE  

PACT SALON: artifice x interface

PACT Salon: artifice x interface
Image by Margaret Ellen Burns

PACT Centre for Emerging Artists will present a creative exploration into the authenticity of art and the art-making process in artifice x interface .

Curated by Bonnie Cowan and Alex Stevenson, artifice x interface will see 14 of Sydney’s most talented emerging artists come together to explore, discover and question the artifice of art through performance, live music, sound, light and video installation.

artifice x interface will also consider the various forms of interaction and interface within artmaking, and examine how these interactions between human and technological collaborators alter the artmaking process.

PACT Salons are one-night-only mini festivals that showcase eclectic new works from compelling emerging performance, visual and media artists. Salons are where performance, party and critical dialogue collide to form a unique interactive experience.

PACT Salon: artifice x interface curated by  Bonnie Cowan and Alex Stevenson  is at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists – 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville from 6pm, Saturday 13th October.  Tickets here.

Artists: Flowerboy, Twisted Element, DarkCinema, Carla Zimbler, David Finnigan, Mikaela Atallah, Sam Marques, Maddie Chippendale, Camilla Turnbull, Emily Crocker, Henry Holder, Ella Byrne, Eloise McCrea-Steele and Kristone Capistrano

Note: Contains haze, strobe light effects, nudity, strong language and some content that may be unsuitable for people under 16.


Tens of thousands of people attended at what is billed as Australasia’s largest international art fair, Sydney Contemporary which was held at Carriageworks from the 13th to the 16th September 2018.

Every bay  of the vast ground floor of the venue was crammed full of artworks provided by 60 galleries from London to New York, Santa Monica to interstate galleries and of-course Sydney.

There were additional subcategories of artworks entitled Future Contemporary, Paper Contemporary, Installation Contemporary, Kid Contemporary and Video Contemporary displayed by a further 68 artists and galleries.

To accompany the exhibition there were talks, dance company performances, print workshops to name but a few of the associated activities of the Art Fair.

There was something for everyone from the sublime to the ridiculous, the inane to the inventive and works ranging in price from three figures to six figures, the top asking price being $650,000 for Jeffrey Smart’s work The Yellow Line.

The hordes of art lovers were undeterred by the high ticket entry prices and the exorbitant parking fees. The large acreage to be covered in order to see everything worked up an appetite and visitors were well catered for by two cafes at diagonally opposite ends of the venue as well as a Beluga bar for those who can’t bear looking at artworks without a glass of wine in their hand

Featured image – The Bond and The Field  two works by Patricia Piccinini. All pics by Ben Apfelbaum


Tamarama SLSC: Photo by Lucy Robson

Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club will become the exhibition home with a view for artworks and their artists this October long weekend. Organised by Rotary Rose Bay with Tamarama SLSC to raise funds for the transformation of the Tamarama iconic Surf Life Saving clubhouse into a state-of-the-art education and training centre.

Enjoy a glass of wine, BBQ (between noon and 3 pm) and a treat from the cake stall.

ART with a VIEW is a community based cultural and social event, enabling a wide range of local artists to showcase and sell their work. While offering the community an opportunity to enjoy a great day out and additional point of interest on the famous Bondi to Bronte coastal walk. It will also build awareness of the SLSC and building project on their opening weekend of the Surf Life Saving season.

The best way to get to Tamarama is by public transport to Bondi Junction, then 333 and walk from Bondi Road to Tamarama via Dudley St or the coastal walk from south Bondi Beach. 
Or take the 360 from Arden St Clovelly.  
If parking at Bondi Beach or Bronte do the coastal walk to Tamarama. 

ART with a VIEW [Facebook]will take place on the October long weekend, 29 Sep to 1 Oct, 2018.  10am till 4pm each day.


John Peter Russell was part of the French avant garde of the late 19th and early 20th centuries counting amongst his close friends Vincent Van Gogh, August Rodin, Claude Monet and was a mentor to Henri Matisse. Because he was less well known than the towering reputation of his friends, he is often portrayed as Australia’s forgotten French impressionist.

In fact, he has not been forgotten either here or overseas.

In 1978 a retrospective of his work was held at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. In 1994 and 1997 a body of his work was on display at the Musee des Jacovins at Morlaix. In 2001 Russell was prominently featured in an exhibition entitled Velle Ile-Monet,Russell and Matisse at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Continue reading JOHN PETER RUSSELL : AUSTRALIA’S FRENCH IMPRESSIONIST


David Jones recently held its annual flower show, the 30th anniversary exhibition, which perhaps has been the most spectacular so far. For the past 30 years floral designer George Low has been the creative force behind the David Jones Flower Show. Each year George draws inspiration from the shapes of Spring’s most beautiful flowers arranging them using both local and exotic flowers from from around the world.

George and his team are now preparing for next year’s Flower Show to yet again create the floral bounty that Spring brings. Continue reading DAVID JONES CELEBRATES 30 BLOOMING YEARS



New paintings by James McGrath (photos by artist)

MODICUS – THE FLOODED LIBRARY, new works from James McGrath.   In this exhibition of birds against paper and in ancient libraries, the artist uses the images of flooding books as a metaphor for knowledge in the digital age as well as hinting at the issues of climate change that threaten historical objects.

For James it is more aesthetic. He says “formally the organic curve of the heron’s neck and body is a wonderful juxtaposition to the grid of the books”.

How did his passion for books and libraries begin? He recounts “in an age dominated by ebooks and digital information I felt is important to find the origin of text, the book and the library. In 2010 I was granted special access to the Strahov monastic library in Prague. Centuries old, the books in the collection are hand bound in leather and preserved by rubbing layers of chalk and lime. The effect is the one of shelves of bone white cracked parchment which looks like ghost like apparitions of their origin.”

He writes “ after spending days on my own, I felt by a transient being amongst fixed knowledge that was almost palpable.

Perhaps James McGrath’s message is simple, we must all get back loving books and libraries again. That simple, that hard.

MODICUS – THE FLOODED LIBRARY is showing 19 September – 7 October at Olsen Gallery, 63 Jersey Rd. Woollahra NSW 2025 Australia.


WOMEN – PAST, FUTURE, PRESENT REDFERN is an exhibition by artist and designer – Missy Dempsey.  It gives a glimpse into the lives of 6 wonderful women from the Redfern community:

Jinny-Jane Smith: Aboriginal Liaison Officer - Inner Sydney Voice
Syrenne Anu: Digital Photographer at Ngakkan Nyaagu
Kat Dopper: Founder of Heaps Gay
Sarah Clifford: Kindergarten Teacher and education enthusiast
Doctor Marie Healy: Redfern Station Medical GP
Abigail David: Indigenous Digital Excellence Programs Facilitator

By contrasting audio and visual elements, Dempsey has created  a sensory experience consisting of 6 digitally printed portraits and 6 interview recordings. In the interviews, the women’s lives are discussed including the role that technology plays in it. Many of the inventions people rely on today were created in a very short span of time – tens of years as opposed to hundreds.  This is highlighted  in the portraits by exaggerating the amount of time that has elapsed between the past and now; the subjects are dressed in clothing from years gone by, but interacting with modern elements.

WOMEN – PAST, FUTURE, PRESENT REDFERN [Facebook Event] from Missy Dempsey [Instagram] runs September 5-15 11am – 6pm at 107 Projects, Redfern [Facebook].


Poster Design by Vanessa Voyez
Featured image: Industry (Detail)  Photography by Robyn Yeoman

Australian award winning artist, Robyn Yeoman recipient of the 2018 Bundanon Prize in the William Fletcher Foundation and three time finalist in the Dobell Prize will be presenting her first solo exhibition, Industry from 2-14 October at Sydney’s ARO Gallery on William St in Darlinghurst.

INDUSTRY is an exhibition of artworks using mixed media on canvas and paper. The exhibition contains around 50 works drawing on the artist’s long history with rural Australia and a sustained interest in the tools of industry. Continue reading INDUSTRY: FROM AWARD WINNING AUSTRALIAN ARTIST ROBYN YEOMAN