Barbara Hanrahan (1939 -1991) from Adelaide is regarded as one of Australia’s idiosyncratic artists who lived and worked in Adelaide, London and Melbourne. Her father passed away when she was one and she was raised, an only child, by her mother, a commercial artist.
.Hanrahan studied at the South Australian School of Art from 1957-1962. She began printmaking in 1960 and until 1963 worked part-time with Udo Sellbach and Karen Schepers. From 1963- 1964 she continued her studies at the Central School of Art in London, gaining a Diploma in Etching with distinction. She continued studying and working there for another year earning post-diploma skills in lithography, silk screening ,etching and wood engraving. From 1961-1962 Hanrahan taught at Western Teachers’ College and the South Australian School of Art during 1964-1965, then at Falmouth College of Art from 1967-1970.
An intimate relationship with Jo Steele, also South Australian born, who became a sculptor of note, began in 1966. The couple commuted between London and Adelaide for the next twenty years; they never officially married and had no children. In London Hanrahan turned seriously to writing. Between 1973 and 1992 Hanrahan produced fifteen books. Hanrahan’s work is bold and powerful , at times disturbing, often intricately detailed and patterned, and proudly feminist, celebrating the female form. The works are valiantly candid and manipulate fantasy and personal experience in humorously convoluted tales that are ornamented with a flourish.
In 1998, an earthquake struck the northern coast of Papua. Three catastrophic tsunami waves followed devastating entire villages, killing at least 1,600 people and displacing more than 10,000. Helen Dennett, an Australian who taught in PNG for years, was so concerned for the people that she organised for Qantas to air freight chisels and carbon steel knives to the region. These tools were used to create the decorative elements on paddles and canoes. These knives can be sharpened endlessly and are used by women, too, for other work. Helen understood the strong need to create, to work, and to replace their heritage objects. This act of generosity indicates the depth of feeling creators have for their heritage, spirituality and identity. Having lived there for decades, Helen understood, and acted.
She says “My husband Paul and I were teachers on the banks of the Sepik River at the Angoram Community School. We were hoping to meet some of the artists who lived there. Over time I got to know artists from the many different Sepik communities, often travelling over three hours by canoe. I gave artists paper and other materials to those interested. After a few years I asked them whether I could publish a book of Sepik designs mainly carved on paddles and shields. The hundreds of designs were published in two booklets, Mak Belong Sepik and Simon Novep of Kambot. Many of the originals are in the Art Gallery of NSW, viewed at:
You’ll enter the bold and distinctive world of Brett Whiteley – a realm filled with ultramarine blue Sydney Harbour views, intimate and revealing portraits, characterful birds and animals, and lyrically observed landscapes.
Tour his last studio and home in Surry Hills (now a museum managed by the Art Gallery), learn about his artistic legacy, hear from contemporary artists and discover education resources.
Local artists are being given the chance to unleash their imaginations for Sydney’s Lunar New Year celebrations as the city prepares to ring in the Year of the Tiger in 2022.
The City of Sydney will select up to six artists and creative agencies to showcase their work with Lunar New Year-themed installations and activations to be displayed in Chinatown and on city street banners.
The Sydney Lunar Festival will be held from 29 January to 13 February next year. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said it would be a wonderful opportunity for local artists to reach a new audience and help reinvigorate the city centre after the pandemic lockdown.
The Art Gallery of NSW will present In the Frame: Archibald Prize 2021on Tuesday 24 August at 7.30pm – 8pm, featuring Archibald Prize 2021 winning artist Peter Wegner and his subject Guy Warren in conversation with Yumi Stynes.
In the Frame is a series of lively conversations with artists and thinkers that unpacks the connections between art and the ideas, issues and events that matter most to us today.
The Archibald Prize turned 100 this year. Coincidently, the 2021 winning portrait painted by Melbourne artist Peter Wegner depicts another 100-year-old, artist Guy Warren.
Living with Art 2021 invites collectors, supporters and art enthusiasts to contribute to the survival of artists during this time of crisis by acquiring their art.
Building on the successful Covid-19 Art Project of 2020, the aim is to support artists and highlight the positive role art plays in homes and communities around Australia.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire artworks from a group of exceptionally talented artists at a fixed price of $950, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the artists.
Art Incubator has invited past and present grant recipients and Shirlow Street Studio artists to submit up to three artworks to Living with Art 2021. The exciting line up of artists includes Matt Bromhead, Will Cooke, Alice Couttoupes, Fernando do Campo, Stevie Field, David Griggs, Philjames, Eunjoo Jang, Tom Keukenmeester, Anna May Kirk, Nadia Odlum, Izabela Pluta, Georgia Saxelby and Tim Silver. Continue reading ART INCUBATOR ANNOUNCES LIVING WITH ART 2021 INITIATIVE→
The Sydney Modern Project, which is expanding and transforming the Art Gallery of New South Wales, will feature a new civic gathering space outside the main entrance of its historic building.
The Art Gallery has released a first look at the design for the new forecourt by internationally renowned landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson and Seattle firm GGN ahead of the commencement of construction works.
The design significantly expands public use of the space and includes two reflection pools with ample seating along the perimeter. New trees will provide additional shade within the enhanced landscape connecting the forecourt to the outdoor art campus, created around and between the existing gallery and new building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects SANAA, currently under construction.
In lockdown creativity runs wild. People are painting, drawing, sculpting, writing and musing. Competitions abound. Portraits, landscapes, abstracts and other prizes are waiting for entries across Sydney and beyond. Here are a few. Most are online entries so get going, Sydney! Paint! Submit! Enjoy!
Here are the banner images to some of the current competitors, These banner images do not have click through links. You will have to do the work from here:
The current, thought provoking exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries is Niki McDonald’s SEEMINGLY COMPLIANT in which McDonald attempts to explore her personal journey within the common thread of women’s lives.
The exhibition is a mix of both styles and mediums. It is divided into three sections – paintings, tapestries and embroidered standing scrolls – which one could almost say are curved in 3D .
All the works look at the traditional expectations and representations of women in a challenging way : how women were expected to be quiet, submissive ‘angels of the house’. But these works subtly challenge this and use the female gaze to make us ponder their inner lives.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is delighted to announce the winners of the ninth annual Young Archie competition, a nation-wide portrait challenge encouraging children and young people to unleash their creativity.
Inspired by Australia’s oldest and most-loved portrait award, the Archibald Prize, which is celebrating 100 years in 2021, the Young Archie competition invites children and teenagers aged five to 18 to submit a portrait of someone who is special to them and plays a significant role in their life.
The 2021 Young Archie competition winners for each age category were announced during a special livestream presentation watched by finalists this morning. The winners are:
The Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is delighted to announce today the appointment of Suzanne Cotter as the Museum’s new Director. An internationally respected museum director, Cotter will commence her new role in early January 2022. She takes over the reins from the MCA’s longstanding Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE.
Suzanne Cotter is an Australian with over thirty years’ international experience. Currently the Director of the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM), Luxembourg, her distinguished career includes roles as Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Serralves Foundation in Porto (Portugal), Curator for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation New York, and Deputy Director and Curator at Large of Modern Art Oxford (UK). Continue reading SUZANNE COTTER IS THE NEW DIRECTOR OF THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART→
An Australian Research Council grant has been awarded to a consortium of Art Galleries and Museum to research ways for museums to preserve performance art
Exploring the challenges around presenting and preserving choreographic performance works in visual arts institutions, Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum is a major research partnership between the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Tate UK, and UNSW Sydney, bringing together five public institutions from Australia and internationally.Continue reading PRECARIOUS MOVEMENTS : CHOREOGRAPHY AND THE MUSEUM→
The Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Brett Whiteley Studio are delighted to announce that applications for the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship are open until 9 August, 2021 for artists aged between 20 and 30. The Scholarship will be judged by renowned contemporary artist, Abdul Abdullah.
As in 2020, this year’s Scholarship will be awarded to five young artists who will each be offered $10,000 and a two-week residency at the Shark Island Institute in Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales, between 1–15 November.
A large, heavy coffee table book, this is a feast for the eye, imagination and intellect.
Kerry Gardner is chair of Australia at the Venice Biennale and a documentary filmmaker with a passion for art history and museum practice. She was Deputy Chair of Heide Museum of Modern Art, and a Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. She also works as a global champion for gender equality with the Global Fund for Women. She was awarded an Order of Australia in 2018 for contributions to the culture, environment and equality sectors.
The Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia, one of if not the most important art events in the world, dates back to 1895. It is mainly structured around nation pavilions. By 1914 there were seven national pavilions, now it is roughly ninety and there is great discussion about their artistic. political and national programs.
Since 1988 also included is an international exhibition curated by a Biennale curator who mostly chooses works globally based on a particular theme. Readers follow the ups and downs of Australian participation throughout the years -from 1978 onwards, Australia was to remain at the Biennale exhibiting contemporary Australian artists, and examine the establishment of the Australian Pavilion, where from 1988, the displays were held in an unextravagant temporary ‘shed pavilion’ designed by Philip Cox with the latest opening in 2015, designed by the Denton Corker Marshall architecture practiceContinue reading AUSTRALIA AT THE VENICE BIENNALE : A CENTURY OF CONTEMPORARY ART BY KERRY GARDNER→
This year there were more than 2100 paintings submitted in the Young Archie competition. From these entries this year’s judge, artist Ramesh Nithiyendran, selected 40 paintings and another 20 were given honourable mentions.
The ten finalists from each age category are displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW until 26 September 2021 and the honourable mentions at the SH Ervin Gallery.
Below are Ben Apfelbaum’s pics of some of the paintings on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
As a result of the recent Covid19 outbreak, Greater Sydney is in lockdown for, at the least, a two week period. The Art Gallery Of New South Wales is closed for the duration of the lockdown. Hopefully the current outbreak will be contained and the Gallery will soon be able to open its doors again.
Featured image : Virat Tandon, Age 9, ‘My grandfather’s secret garden’
The Salon des Refusés was initiated by the S.H. Ervin Gallery in 1992 in response to the large number of works entered into the Archibald Prize that were not selected for display in the official exhibition. The Salon – which takes its name from the renegade French Impressionists of the 1860s who held a breakaway exhibition from the French Academy – is the ‘alternative’ selection to the official Archibald and Wynne Prize selections at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Each year our panel is invited to go behind the scenes of the judging process for the annual Archibald Prize for portraiture and Wynne Prize for landscape painting and figure sculpture at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, to select an exhibition from the many hundreds of works entered in both prizes but not chosen for the official award exhibition. The Salon des Refusés exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery has established an excellent reputation that rivals the selections in the ‘official’ exhibition, with works selected for quality, diversity, humour and experimentation, and which examine contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and responses to the landscape Continue reading SALON DES REFUSES 2021 @ S.H.ERVIN GALLERY→
This is a bold, stunning exhibition showcasing 260 rare South East Asian works from the private collection of Dr John Yu AC with items from the 10th century to the present.
Over the past fifty years with his late partner Dr George Soutter AM, John Yu has developed one of the most important private collections of Southeast Asian art and antiquities in Australia.
UPACARA has been developed as a companion exhibition to the ‘Encounters with Bali’ exhibition , also presented by Mosman Art Gallery, in 2014, which focused on Indonesia’s rich traditions of textile arts and the artistry of its highly skilled craftspeople . The textures and geometric designs of the pieces are absorbing.
UPACARA is divided into seven sections : Basketry and wooden objects , Silver, Deities and Figures, Ceramics and Textiles, from the tenth century to the present. The interconnected nature of art traditions across the region, the variety of functional everyday and ritual objects highlighted. the ancient trade routes and the cultural porosity of the region. Continue reading MOSMAN ART GALLERY : UPACARA – CEREMONIAL ART FROM SOUTH EAST ASIA→
Shirley Peters’ latest exhibition at Gallery One88 in Katoomba is titled “ABUNDANT WATERS” and features lush, wet landscapes. The creative exploration of the effects of rain on her dry bushland at Mulgoa, and in the Blue Mountains, have resulted in a stylised interpretation of reality, focusing on patterns and shapes.
“My painting interest has shifted from general landscapes to this local phenomena: the floods in my backyard. The cascading waterfalls that appeared overnight as the dam breached its bank were beautiful.” says Peters.
Shirley Peters is a landscape artist. She paints “fast art” plein-air in the country, travelling in her motorhome from beach to river to mountains (with husband Bob and Honey the dog).
At home she makes ‘slow art’ in her studio by painting large detailed works inspired by her travels; and every year in July Peters paints a daily watercolour of the Tour de France bike race. Bikeartbyshirleypeters.com
Since 2014 Shirley has lived and worked from her studio in Mulgoa, NSW, and prior to that, 37 years in Putney, near Sydney. They have two children, Natalie and Mitchell.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is currently exhibiting the first survey in Australia by visionary Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944), whose remarkable mystical paintings bring new perspectives to the narratives of modern art and have become an international sensation.
Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings brings these works to the Asia-Pacific region for the first time. The exhibition presents over 120 works, from early drawings to the artist’s monumental paintings, late watercolours and notebooks. Spanning more than four decades of the artist’s practice, this comprehensive exhibition includes works ranging from the 1890s to 1941. Many of her most renowned paintings are featured, as well as others that are little known.
Indigenous artists from around Australia were set to come together on 3-4 July 2021, for the third National Indigenous Art Fair– a two-day art market and program of events in celebration of NAIDOC Week, which was set to take place in the Rocks at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.
Peter Cooley, Chief Executive Officer,First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation announced today that due to the current Covid 19 outbreak in Sydney this much anticipated Fair has been cancelled and it has now been rescheduled for the 2nd and 3rd July, 2022.
Featured image : Phyllis Briant, Sharon Ken & Anistine Ken. Photo courtesy of Tjala Arts
The Archie 100 : A Century Of The Archibald Prize is on view at the Art Gallery Of New South Wales until 28 September 2021. The exhibition is running in tandem with the main exhibition featuring this year’s Archibald Prize finalists. Your ticket to the main exhibition will cover entry into the Archie 100 exhibition.
Featured image : Natalie Wilsom (Archie100 Curator) (l) & Wendy Sharpe (r) with her Self Portrait as Diana of Erskenville, 1996 Archibald Winner. All pics of the portraits taken by Ben Apfelbaum
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