Visual Arts


Janna Kearney ‘There’s A Rainbow After Every Storm’. Portrait of Tilly Baker musician

A list of 57 finalists has been announced today for the country’s most distinguished portrait prize for female artists, the Portia Geach Memorial Award. The $30,000 annual prize is administered by the award trustee, Perpetual.

Established in 1961 by Florence Kate Geach, in memory of her sister, artist Portia Geach, the Portia Geach Memorial Award recognises an Australian female artist for the best portrait painted from life of a man or woman distinguished in art, letters or the sciences.

Born in 1873 in Melbourne, Portia Geach studied with John Singer Sargent and Lawrence Alma-Tadema in London and was also a lifelong activist for women’s rights. She established the Housewives Progressive Association of New South Wales, The Housewives Magazine in 1933 and the Progressive Journal two years later to promote issues such as equal pay for women and the right to hold public office.

The judging panel for this year’s award comprised Ms Anita Belgiorno-Nettis, Trustee of Art Gallery of New South Wales, Ms Natalie Wilson, Curator of Australian and Pacific Art at The Art Gallery of New South Wales and Director S.H Ervin Gallery, Ms Jane Watters. 

On behalf of the judging panel, Jane Watters, Director S.H. Ervin Gallery said: “The judges were delighted with the increased number of submissions from well-established and emerging artists and their diverse approach to portraiture in this year’s award. We were particularly pleased with the high standard of work and believe that the selection recognises the important contribution of Australian female artists make to contemporary portraiture.”

Some of the sitters for this year’s award include ABC chair Ita Buttrose; politician Zali Steggal, academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert; crossword puzzler David Astle, and well-known artists Tony Costa Reg Mombassa, Peter Wegner and Ann Thomson.

The winner will be announced on. Wednesday  3 November, 2021.




Catherine Abel ‘Painted flowers No.1 (Sarah Ivy Rose Abel)’


Margaret Ackland ‘The reader: a self portrait in silver with glass and stripes’


Michelle Belgiorno ‘Unmasked’


Jo Bertini ‘Anne – Remember me if I forget’ (Anne Ferguson, artist)


Joanna Braithwaite ‘Aficionado’ (Chloe Wolfison, independent arts writer, researcher and curator)


Cynthia Breusch ‘Portrait of singer/ songwriter T.Wilds’ (Tania Bower aka T.Wilds)


Filippa Buttitta ‘Tony Costa in his studio’


Ann Cape ‘Ann Thomson in her studio’


Yvette Coppersmith ‘1964, Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev for Vogue’ (self portrait with Ryan James)


Sinead Davies ‘A version of self with lavender’


Janine Dello ‘Juggle’ (self portrait)


Nicolette Eisdell ‘Susan Hamilton’ (adult educator, psychotherapist and relationships counsellor)


Marina Finlay ‘Peter Carroll as Firs in ‘The Cherry Orchard”‘ (Peter Carroll, actor)


Holly Greenwood ‘Lockdown Laura’ (Laura Jones, artist)


Jane Guthleben ‘Zali, as Flora” (Zali Steggall OAM, politician)


Tsering Hannaford ‘Portrait of Jim’ (Jim Litchfield, farmer)


Kristin Headlam ‘Him & her’ Chris Wallace-Crabbe, poet)


Jacqueline Hennessy ‘Untitled (what happens to the heart)’ (self portrait)


Sophia Hewson ‘Untitled (self portrait)’


Michelle Hiscock ‘The bass player ‘(Steve Hunter)


Janne Kearney ‘There’s a rainbow after every storm’ (Tilly Baker, musician)


Nicole Kelly ‘Double self (valley between doubt and dream)’


Kim Leutwyler ‘Rhi’ (Rhi Venn, tattooist)


Rosy Lloyd ‘Selfie in the bedroom’


Kathrin Longhurst ‘The young poet’ (Haya, poet)


Alison Mackay ‘Glenn as pox pot with fancy handles’ (Glenn Barkley, ceramicist)


Lisa McKimmie ‘Janet McKimmie’ (mother, wife, explorer)


Hellie Mahony ‘Cracking the egg’ (self portrait)


Marie Mansfield ‘Tilly (Mathilda Michell, artist)


Matilda Michell ‘D.A. with a copy of today’s paper (David Astle, cryptic crossword guru, media personality and writer)


Heather Mitchell ‘Martin’ (Martin McGrath)


Justine Muller ‘Vittorio from the Piccolo Bar’


Kirsty Neilson ‘Ita after Whistler’ (Ita Buttrose, chair, ABC and media icon)’


Susan O’Doherty ‘Margaret Ackland in chequered dress’


Nicole O’Loughlin “Googling how to be a good mother’ (self prtrait with child)


Sassy Park ‘Mara composing’ (Mara Schwerdtfeger, musician and composer)


Amanda Penrose Hart ‘Reggie’ (Reg Mombassa)


Lori Pensini ‘My language of flowers’ (self portrait)


Rachel Perrin ‘One painter, two painters’ (Peter Wegner, artist)


Victoria Reichelt ‘Self portrait as parent’


Jenny Rodgerson ‘Standing in the green leather coat’ (self portrait)


Jennifer Rosnell ‘Half a conversation with Ken (Ken Done)’


Lynn Savery ‘Eloise da Silva as a wanderer (after Velazquez)’


Kirthana Selvaraj ‘ ‘Kirthana and Oscar’


Wendy Sharpe ‘Unfinished business’ (self portrait)


Yuri Shimmyo ‘Time management’ (self portrait)


Dee Smart ‘Paul Ryan – The Rake’s Progress’ (Paul Ryan, artist)

Alex Snellgrove ‘In her element: portrait of Helen Pitt)’ (journalist and writer)


Kate Stead ‘Zoe and her daughters (Zoe Gameau, writer, artist, eco-feminist)


Kate Stevens ‘Dusty’ (Daryll ‘Dusty’ Miller, ex-SAS combat medic)


Liz Stute ‘Foxy lady – self portrait’


Trish Tait ‘Midlife and me’


Pam Tippett ‘Together – Amanda Bell AM’


Deborah Walker ‘The suitcase (Autobiographical memory)’


Zoe Young ‘ The beauty of resilience’ (Kylie Moore-Gilbert, academic)


Caroline Zilinsky ‘The matriarch (Emma van Haandel Williams)’


Tianli Zu ‘Dr Gene’ (Dr Gene Sherman AM)

The 2021 Portia Geach Memorial Award exhibition of all finalists will open for viewing by the public at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks from 4 November to 19 December 2021.

Featured image : Trish Tait ‘Midlife and me’











The Art Gallery of New South Wales has launched its first podcast series ‘Art, life and the other thing’, an original podcast exploring the life and influence of one of Australia’s most celebrated artists, Brett Whiteley (1939–1992).

Hosted by acclaimed arts presenter Fenella Kernebone, each episode begins with one of Whiteley’s artworks to look at the influence the artist has had on the art world over the past 60 years.

In an engaging six-part series, Kernebone talks with Australian artists, curators and academics about Whiteley’s artworks, from some of his most iconic paintings to others lesser known, to unpack conversations around aspects of identity, addiction, legacy, place and the creative process.

The Art Gallery has released all six 30–40-minute episodes to the public through multiple podcast platforms. Continue reading ART, LIFE AND THE OTHER THING : A PODCAST SERIES ON BRETT WHITELEY


As is often the case a great male artist will often overshadow the talents of his wife or partner.

Indeed, John Olsen is still pouring out works well into his nineties. In an ABC’s  ‘Australian Story’ Olsen lamented the fact that his art required a vanity that had no consideration for other people or indeed his own family’s feelings. 

Cementing the fact of her non recognition was the fact that although his wife’s works were well recognised by her contemporaries she refused to sell her work.

To redress this imbalance Valerie’s children, Louise and Tim Olsen, are staging an exhibition of their mother’s work at the Rayner Hoff Project Space formerly known as the National  Art School in Darlinghurst, her alma mater. 

Alas Valerie is no longer alive  to see this exhibition honouring her work.

The Valerie Marshall Strong Olsen exhibition will run from November 6 to November 27, 2021 at the  Rayner Hoff Project Space, Darlinghurst.

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COMA is pleased to present Edge Of The Garden, a solo presentation by photographer and multimedia artist Shan Turner-Carroll, on view 23 October – 13 November in the gallery. This exhibition is presented in collaboration with Art Incubator.

“These night visions emerge as apparitions found at the Edge Of The Garden, between dusk and dawn, as though of an alternate dream world. During the period of Covid isolation, I spent several months making wearable sculptures and photographing members of my family on the property I grew up on. More than simply adornment or even protection, each sculpture is an apparatus, designed to interact with the body. The wearables were produced from materials found on the property, including objects from my past such as old sportswear, dance costumes, curtains, carpets, knives and flowers. The process of inventing, wearing and performing for the camera reveals a central part of my childhood growing up in rural NSW, where boredom was a constant threat and entertainment found its outlets in Easter hat parades, dance eisteddfods, nativity scenes and home-made music videos.

“Edge Of The Garden both un-earths a family history, at the same time re-earthing that history to my familial (and familiar) environment anew. Boxing gloves become terrariums, and crutches turn into limbs. The resulting imagery lives in the realm of the uncanny, existing between places and times; between vision and blindness, real and imagined, unease and rest. Like animals in headlights, or indeed backyard nocturnal critters exposed by torchlight, my family are reposed as strange spirits of the unconscious, shape shifters in transition, jewels in the night.”  Shan Turner-Carroll

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Patrick Olodoodi Tjungurrayi Untitled (Two goanna ancestors) 1999. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2000. © Patrick Olodoodi Tjungurrayi. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is pleased to present The Purple House, a new exhibition celebrating leading Pintupi artists and their enduring legacy.

The exhibition brings together a group of eight historically significant works by Pintupi artists to acknowledge the 21-year anniversary of the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal, which was held at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2000 and raised more than $1 million through the auction of paintings by Papunya Tula artists.

Presented alongside the major exhibition Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius in 2000, the Art Gallery worked with several organisations to realise the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal. Leading Pintupi artists were the driving force behind the appeal, creating and donating large-scale collaborative canvases to raise significant funds leading to the establishment of the Purple House.

The Purple House is an Aboriginal, community-controlled non-profit health service, providing dialysis across the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia. It began in the Western Desert in response to the rising number of Pintupi and Luritja people forced to leave their Country and families to access treatment for end-stage renal disease – kidney disease is up to 25 times more likely to impact Aboriginal people living in remote communities compared to other Australians.

To keep families together and culture strong, the Purple House provides permanent dialysis care to these communities as well as operating mobile dialysis units called the Purple Truck. In two decades, Central Australia has gone from the worst dialysis outcomes in the country to the best.

Art Gallery of NSW director, Michael Brand said: ‘The Art Gallery of NSW is delighted to continue its long affiliation with Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation, known as the Purple House. The Art Gallery was one of the first major institutions to support the enterprise through the auction of Aboriginal artworks at the Art Gallery in 2000.

‘This exhibition marks the first time in over two decades that three of the four large collaborative works, centrepieces of the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal, have been placed on public display reminding us of this important moment in our history. I hope this exhibition brings greater awareness to the Purple House community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists across the country whose work will be front and centre of our expanded campus, due for completion at the end of 2022.’

Purple House director, Irene Nangala said: ‘I was in Sydney for that auction 21 years ago. We were dreaming for one dialysis machine in Kintore so that our families could come home. It was a great night. We were all so proud and happy. People were very kind. The money raised that night helped us get our family home to Kintore and then we kept going and going. Continue reading THE PURPLE HOUSE OPEN @ ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES


Untouched Landscapes highlights the contemporary absence of Aboriginal cultures within the Australian landscape, and how this phenomenon is a direct result of the impact of European colonisation.

The first European colonists forced First Nations peoples off their traditional lands into small christian missions and government reserves across Australia. This allowed the new European arrivals free access to clear the land for settlements, forestry and agriculture.

This clearing of First Nations people resulted in the removal of Indigenous cultures and identity from the Australian landscape. Today, the absence of traditional Aboriginal cultures within the Australian landscape continues to be censored by the processes of colonisation and has left much of it with the appearance that it was ‘Untouched’ before European arrival.

Prices include framing, and sculptures include pins to mount easily onto a wall. James is happy to suggest an arrangement based on collector’s selection. Scroll to the bottom for an essay on the series by Aidan Hartshorn.

Presented as a series of photographs & handmade weapons and shields, James’ work calls into focus the mistakes, mistranslations and loss of knowledge resulting from colonisation.

You can access the exhibition online here:

You can visit the Gallery at 6 Napier Street Paddington (Gadigal Country)

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Australasia’s premier art fair, Sydney Contemporary, has announced it will present a digital edition of 2021 Fair from 11 – 21 November due to the ongoing uncertainty in regards to the Covid – 19 pandemic. Providing crucial support for the arts community, Explore Sydney Contemporary will feature 1,800 artworks by more than 450 artists hailing from countries including Australia, China, England, France, Ghana, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and Thailand, alongside a digital public program to be announced in the coming weeks.

Sydney Contemporary Founder Tim Etchells said: “When rescheduling the physical Fair to the November 2021 dates, we genuinely believed that we could run the Fair as we had always planned but regrettably, as the covid pandemic continues to impact Australia, the Sydney Contemporary team believes that a digital delivery is the safest way for us to support artists and the broader arts community at this time.” Continue reading SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY RESCHEDULES TO 2022 AND INTRODUCES DIGITAL FAIR


Henri Matisse, Polynesia, the sky (Polynésie, le ciel), 1946, gouache on paper, cut and pasted, mounted on canvas, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne, from Mobilier national et Manufactures des Gobelins, de Beauvais et de la Savonnerie since 1975 AM 1975-DEP 13. © Succession H Matisse/Copyright Agency 2021. Photo: © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI / Bertrand Prévost / Dist RMN-GP

As part of the Sydney International Art Series 2021–22, the major exhibition Matisse: Life & Spirit, Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris at the Art Gallery of New South Wales presents the extraordinary range and depth of art by Henri Matisse, one of the world’s most beloved, innovative and influential artists.

The largest exhibition of the artist’s masterworks ever to be seen in Sydney, Matisse: Life & Spirit has been developed by the Art Gallery of NSW in collaboration with France’s leading modern art museum, Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, which holds a world-renowned collection of Matisse’s work. This comprehensive exhibition will also include major loans from international institutions and private collections including The Lewis Collection, Musée Matisse in Le Cateau-Cambrésis and the Musée de Grenoble, France.

Featuring more than 100 works of brilliant colour and inventiveness, Matisse: Life & Spirit is an inspirational journey through the art and life of one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century. Continue reading MATISSE : LIFE & SPIRIT, THE AGNSW’S FIRST MAJOR MATISSE EXHIBITION


Like so many Festivals, COVID has meant that Cementa had to postpone until May 19-22, 2022, but that won’t keep us from gathering to celebrate our community online! To mark the passing of our would-have-been-amazing 2021 festival, Cementa is hosting a two-day live streamed program that will bring us together as a community and celebrate the spirit of our creative social body. 

The Spirit of ‘21, on the 15 and 16 October 2021 will feature workshops, artworks, performances, music, talks, and an array of online activities across the two days.  The festival kicks off on Friday the 15th with a symposium presented by Asialink on the history of arts led regional renewal in Japan.  Fram Kitagawa, founder of numerous regional arts festivals and initiatives in Japan will give the keynote speech followed by a panel of arts leaders from Japan and Australia talking about the role that arts can play in the future of regional communities. Continue reading THE SPIRIT OF ’21 : HOW ART CAN SHAPE OUR REGIONAL FUTURE


Finalist 16 – 18 year olds Sarah Sepulveda (Age 17) Title :  Marvellous Marvellyn. Credit: Art Gallery of NSW.

Calling all young artists! As part of the 2021 Archibald Prize exhibition coming to the  Penrith Regional Gallery 20 November 2021 to 9 January 2022, the Gallery will be hosting the Young Archie Penrith Regional Gallery  – an exhibition of portraits by young people from the local community in the Penrith and Blue Mountains suburbs, aged 5 – 18 years.

This is an exciting opportunity for young people to celebrate their art skills while also honouring that special someone in their life.

From now until 7 November, young artists are invited to submit a portrait of someone who is special to them and plays a significant role in their life. Artworks can be posted to the following address:

Penrith Regional Gallery, Home of The Lewers Bequest
PO Box 2
Penrith NSW 2751

Artworks can also be dropped off at the Gallery on specific dates to be announced soon. Continue reading CALLING YOUNG ARTISTS : A CHANCE TO SEE YOUR WORK DISPLAYED


Darren Knight Gallery_Louise WEAVER ‘Matador’ (Rouge Antler)_2007 – 2018
Tolarno Galleries Christopher Langton ‘Colony’ 2019. Pic Andrew Curtis

Melbourne Art Fair is owned and produced by the Melbourne Art Foundation, a systemically significant  non-profit Australian arts organisation that leads the way in building audiences and markets for the work of  Australia’s living artists. The Fair is supported by government partners Creative Victoria and the Australia  Council for the Arts under the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy. 

  • Australasia’s progressive forum for contemporary art and ideas returns from 17 to 20 February  2022 to showcase 53 leading galleries and Indigenous-owned Art Centres. 
  • Footprint extends to 7,000sqm at the DCM designed MCEC to present solo shows and works of  scale and significance from new and iconic contemporary artists. 
  • Expansion of the fair with debut sectors, BEYOND, dedicated to large-scale works, VIDEO,  moving-image art, and LIVE, performance and sound art. 
  • Australasia’s most sustainable art fair; breaking new ground in carbon emission reduction for the  artworld by committing to offset 300 tonnes of carbon. 

Australasia’s progressive forum for contemporary art and ideas, Melbourne Art Fair  has announced its list of esteemed galleries taking part in the summer 2022 art fair, presenting solo shows  and works of scale and significance from new and iconic artists. 

From 17 to 20 February 2022, Australasia’s most prestigious art fair will bring together over 50 of the  region’s leading galleries, spanning 7,000sqm at the DCM designed Melbourne Convention and Exhibition  Centre, alongside a program of conversations, special projects, commissions, and performance, supporting  the exhibition and sale of contemporary art. 

A dedicated edition of MAF Virtual will run in parallel with the fair, from 17 February – 3 March 2022,  embracing a hybrid model with an expanded online program connecting galleries and audiences across the  globe. 

“Set to be the first Australian art fair since the start of the pandemic, and the first major event of the  cultural calendar for 2022, Melbourne Art Fair is excited to once again connect galleries and their artists  with collectors and the art loving public, and to resume its important role as a meeting place for the  artworld,” says Melbourne Art Foundation CEO and Fair director Maree Di Pasquale.  

“We are proud of the Fair’s resilience and digital innovation that was accelerated by the global pandemic,  but there is no real substitute for seeing art and people physically. The return of Melbourne Art Fair brings a  renewed sense of celebration and optimism in the artworld. Our gallery list encompasses the well-known  and the emerging, as well as invited Indigenous-owned art centres, representing the most comprehensive  overview of the Australian art market at any art fair,” Maree adds. 

Returning galleries include: Anna Schwartz Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), Art Collective WA (Boorloo/Perth), Blackartprojects (Naarm/Melbourne), Chalk Horse (Warrang/Sydney), Daine Singer (Naarm/Melbourne), Darren Knight Gallery (Warrang/Sydney), Despard Gallery (nipaluna/Hobart),  Flinders Lane Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), Fox Jensen (Warrang/Sydney, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland),  GAGPROJECTS (Tarnanya/Adelaide), GALLERY 9 (Warrang/Sydney), Jacob Hoerner Galleries  (Naarm/Melbourne), James Makin Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), Jan Murphy Gallery (Meanjin/Brisbane),  Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art (Naarm/Melbourne), MARS Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), Martin Browne  Contemporary (Warrang/Sydney), Murray White Room (Naarm/Melbourne), Nanda\Hobbs (Warrang/Sydney), Neon Parc (Naarm/Melbourne), Niagara Galleries (Naarm/Melbourne), Nicholas  Thompson Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), Olsen Gallery (Warrang/Sydney, New York), Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (Warrang/Sydney), Sophie Gannon Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), STATION (Naarm/Melbourne,  Warrang/Sydney), Sullivan+Strumpf (Warrang/Sydney), Sutton Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), The  Commercial (Warrang/Sydney), Tolarno Galleries (Naarm/Melbourne), Vivien Anderson Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), and William Mora Galleries (Naarm/Melbourne). 

New galleries partaking in the fair for the first time are 1301SW (Naarm/Melbourne), Chapman & Bailey (Naarm/Melbourne), Justin Miller Art (Warrang/Sydney), MOORE CONTEMPORARY (Boorloo/Perth), The  Egg & Dart (Dharawal Country/Thirroul), and Yavuz Gallery (Warrang/Sydney, Singapore). 

Also making their debut in 2022 are 10 young galleries established after 2016, demonstrating the Fair’s  commitment to creating a platform that supports the next generation of artistic practice. Galleries include:  Antidote Projects (Warrang/Sydney), COMA (Warrang/Sydney), DISCORDIA (Naarm/Melbourne),  Finkelstein Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert (Warrang/Sydney), LON Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), Michael Bugelli Gallery (nipaluna/Hobart), N.Smith Gallery (Warrang/Sydney),  ReadingRoom (Naarm/Melbourne), and The Renshaws’ (Meanjin/Brisbane). 

Additionally, the Fair welcomes five Indigenous-owned Art Centres, supported through the Melbourne Art  Fair Indigenous Art Centre program (IACP) – an initiative that supports the participation of Art Centres at a  fair of regional significance. IACP is funded by the Australian Government through the Indigenous Visual  Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) and Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) programs. Melbourne Art  Fair has partnered with Agency Projects to deliver the program, and welcomes to the fair Buku-Larrnggay  Mulka Centre (Yirrkala), Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association (Milikapiti), Warlayirti Artists (Balgo), Waringarri Aboriginal Arts (Kununurra) and Milingimbi Art (Milingimbi). 

Melbourne Art Fair returns with compelling presentations across an Artistic Program defined in 2022 by the theme of Djeembana/Place. Djeembana, a word of the Boon Wurrung, is a place for community; a meeting  point for the exchange of stories, rituals and knowledge. 


PROJECT ROOMS is a non-commercial platform for experimentation, welcoming Gertrude Contemporary (Naarm/Melbourne) and LAST Collective (Naarm/Melbourne) with the presentation of artists that push the  boundaries of artistic practice with performance and multi-media works. 


Making its debut in 2022, BEYOND harnesses the monumental exhibition spaces within MCEC to present six  large-scale installations and spatial interventions that respond to the theme of djeembana/place. BEYOND is  curated by independent curator and writer, Emily Cormack. 


Presented by Glenfiddich, LIVE is an onsite/offsite performance and sound art program captivating the  imagination of the artworld and art loving public. Aligned with Glenfiddich’s maverick DNA, the inaugural  program celebrates trailblazers, featuring Australia’s most boundary-pushing artists with critically  significant performances both at the Fair and across the city. 


Dedicated to the presentation of moving-image art from new and iconic international contemporary artists,  VIDEO is curated by Nina Miall, Curator International Art, QAGOMA. The Fair welcomes for the first time participation from international galleries unable to physically exhibit within the main show sector, enabling  dealers from across the globe to maintain a connection with Australasia’s active and growing collector-base  during the ongoing pandemic. 


Conversations is a platform for critical discourse and the sharing of ideas, bringing together cultural  communities and thinkers from across the creative spectrum. The aim: to address the future of art and its  relationship to interdisciplinary practices and the contemporary world through a series of talks and panels  featuring artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, architects, critics, and cultural luminaries. Conversations will  be developed by a Curatorium led by Melissa Bianca Amore, art critic, curator, contemporary philosopher,  and Co-Founding Director of Re-Sited based in New York and Melbourne.  


The Melbourne Art Foundation 2022 Commission in partnership with ACMI (Naarm/Melbourne), and  supported by Artwork Transport and Panasonic, has been awarded to Kaylene Whiskey, an important  Australian contemporary artist on the rise represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (Warrang/Sydney).  Whiskey’s strong connection to Indulkana, her hometown, and her Yankunytjatjara heritage will be the  foundation of the new single channel video work, responding to the Fair’s 2022 thematic of  ‘djeembana/place’. The video work will be unveiled at the Fair, before moving to its permanent home in  the ACMI collection. 

Full Program with exhibiting artists to be announced January 2022. 

The Melbourne Art Fair will run between  17-20  February, 2022.nTickets will go on sale Tuesday 5 October at 9:00am, with First Release ticket prices available until 2  November. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit : Melbourne Art Fair event details 

Featured image : Maree Di Pasquale_CEO and Director_Melbourne Art Fair



Australia Post is commemorating the centenary of the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney, with the release of three stamps featuring unforgettable prize-winning portraits from across the decades by artists William Dobell, William Dargie and Del Kathryn Barton.

First awarded in 1921, the Archibald Prize was established following a bequest from former Art Gallery of NSW trustee and founder of The Bulletin magazine, JF Archibald (1856–1919), whose aim was to foster portraiture and support artists.

Australia Post Group Manager Philatelic Michael Zsolt said the new stamps were a fitting way to honour the annual open competition, which celebrates figures from all walks of life.

“The selected portraits are three of more than 6000 finalist works that have been shown in the Archibald Prize over the last century,” Mr Zsolt said.

“We love celebrating these historic moments as part of the Australia Post Stamp Program and we look forward to seeing many more iconic works featured in future Archibald Prizes.” Continue reading AUSTRALIA POST MARKS ARCHIBALD PRIZE CENTENARY WITH THREE NEW STAMPS


Natasha Walsh in the studio. Courtesy of the artist and the N Smith Gallery

‘My practice thrives on experimentation… I actually don’t enjoy confronting my  reflection. At times the vulnerability of this can be very disheartening and unpleasant.’  

N.Smith Gallery is delighted to announce Sydney-based artist Natasha Walsh has  joined the gallery family. 

Known for winning the Kilgour Prize, Mosman Prize, and Brett Whiteley Travelling Art  Scholarship (all within 3 months) in 2019, Walsh has recently returned from her  residency at the prestigious Cité International des Arts in Paris – marking her return to  the Australian art world. 

Natasha Walsh’s practice is informed by an understanding of the artist as an  alchemist. Known for her transformation of pigments on copper surfaces, Walsh’s  work acutely observes figures that emerge from the surface. ‘From the moment that I  prepare the [copper] surface, it begins to naturally oxidise. I experiment with applying  different ground pigments which change colour in response to this process. These  paintings visibly age as I work on them. As such, my attempt to transfix time is  inherently impossible and this interests me.’  Continue reading NATASHA WALSH JOINS N. SMITH GALLERY


The current exciting exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries highlights two artists : works by J VALENZUELA DIDI entitled The Quiet Life, and pieces by SAM HOPKINS .


J Valenzuela Didi was born in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia in 1977. The self-taught Brisbane artist draws on the emergence of patterns and geometric shapes to explore common scenes and signposts of modern life. In his paintings, familiar urban landscapes become haunting and alien reminders of the beauty and character of the present-day. He says ‘ In my artworks I use urban spaces and commonplace objects to explore the transience of life. In the works I want to show the glorious splendour in everyday life and the melancholy that accompanies the awareness of mortality. I have a folder that I fill with interesting pictures of everyday moments. As I’ve returned to this file over the years, I’ve found that the images have evolved over time. I have altered and displaced the figures in these pictures to echo a transformation’  

Works in his current display are : 

Nina By The Shore – In this work Nina sits, quietly contemplative. She is barefoot, sunhat off, sitting on wonderfully textured rocks, gazing at the pebbled shore. Windswept trees are behind her and we can see a faraway, almost invisible long pier.  The eye is drawn by the composition to the left hand side of the painting, and the verticality is emphasised. 

Five Sisters of the Maritime – we can see only three and a bit though! The Sisters appear to be having much fun – they are fishing at night , under a starry sky. They wear full ‘traditional’ habits, dark blue with a white wimple.



In collaboration with PYT Fairfield and the Afghan artistic community, we present Art for Afghanistan, a series of short video reflections that celebrate 5 Afghan artists, their art and their stories. 

Art For Afghanistan celebrates Afghan culture and artistry, and aims to raise funds for Action Aid’s emergency response through an auction of the artists’ work. The artists have been curated by Bibi Goul Mossavi, and their videos will be released over the next 10 days on social media and Belvoir’s website.

The featured artists include Bibi Goul Mossavi (beading),  Elyas Alavi (painting and poetry), Jalal Nazari (calligraphy), Arefa Hassani (‘thread painting’ and embroidery), and Lemah Orya (ceramic sculptures). Each artist will also share a favourite poem.

In Belvoir’s first video,  Bibi Goul Mossavi joins us from her living room in Old Guildford, Sydney where she traces the roots of her artistic practices, reflects on her duty as an Afghan Australian artist in these times, and shares a spiritual Persian poem with us.

Head to the Belvoir Street Theatre website for more details on how you can support the fund-raising effort: either by bidding for an artwork or simply donating to Action Aid Fundraiser, both of which you can do through the auction page. The auction will be live from Tuesday 5 – Friday 8 October 2021 once all 5 videos showcasing the artists and their stories are released.




Lily Mungulu, 150x150cm, Oil on Canvas, 2016, Tessa MacKay

Australians will have the chance to purchase a powerful work of art from acclaimed artists to help fund life-saving gynaecological cancer research in the very first Honour Her art auction and virtual gallery, during International Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month this September.

Launching 17th September for 10 days, the Honour Her online auction will feature exclusive works by well-known artists with 50 per cent of the proceeds directly funding pioneering gynaecological cancer research through not-for-profit WomenCan and 50 per cent supporting the artists for their contribution.

The list of over 30 artists includes some of the nation’s most exciting in-demand artists, Archibald and art prize finalists including Kathrin Longhurst, Loribelle Spirovski, Kirsty Neilson, Maggi McDonald, Jasmine Mansbridge, Belinda Street, and Dina Broadhurst.

“18 Australian women will be told they have a gynaecological cancer every day and survival rates are much lower than other cancers – but we know that with innovative research, life-saving discoveries become possible,” explains Karen Livingstone AM, WomenCan’s Head of Fundraising and Development.

Honour Her is also an opportunity for some of the artists to honour loved ones including award-winning Sydney artist Pamela Honeyfield who is honouring her mother’s best friend who passed away from ovarian cancer and established Melbourne-based artist Jason Roberts’ who is honouring his aunt who passed away from cervical cancer. Continue reading HONOUR HER : ONLINE ART AUCTION TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CANCER RESEARCH


Courtesy Alex Philips Oceanic Art, photograph by Dadi Wirz circa 1952 in PNG Maprik Haus Tambaran
Komunive community ‘mud men’, photograph from The Australian Museum

Interest in PNG artefacts is increasing. We love that each artefact has significance to the creator, representing the heritage of millenia, identifying a specific tribe and place. We admire the villagers’ business skill in trading their art. Where can we see these expressive masks, intricately carved story boards and beautifully crafted sculptures? In lockdown, only online. 

  • A wide range of video clips are at the bottom of this article. 
  • You can go to the British Museum, Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian Museum, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and many other institutions’ websites and search their collections for PNG artefacts.
  • You can visit the websites of Australian traders:    

  • You can search the websites of prestigious auction houses.
  • You can even find them on eBay!

Once out of lockdown, there are several places in Sydney you could visit: The Australian Museum, Oceanic Arts Australia in Paddington and the upcoming Sydney Oceanic Art Fair November 6 at the National Art School in Darlinghurst. There are also private collectors in Sydney who may give private viewings. Continue reading PNG ARTFACTS, WHERE TO FIND THEM? : WE HAVE SOME SUGGESTIONS


Artwork by Jordan Azune

Through solo and collaborative practices, Jordan Azcune explores abstraction, camp aesthetics, and the ineffable.

Post-Christian Camp is a playful queer celebration re-claiming religious aesthetics. Through sculptural wall works referencing spiritual iconography,

Post-Christian Camp draws upon Jordan’s own conflicted relationship to faith growing up queer in a religious household. Fragrant candle wax and archways become offerings of reflection for gallery visitors in a contemporary altar space. Through generous moments of grandeur and optics, Jordan proposes alternative spiritual narratives that rethink and complicate connections to religion and queer culture.

The exhibition can be viewed online at :


Pomegranate Arillas Oil on Canvas 40 X 40cm

Gatya Kelly has been in what you could almost call a COVID-imposed ‘exile’ in Europe.

Following her sold-out 2019 exhibition at the Frances Keevil Gallery in Double Bay, Gatya and her partner flew to Europe at the end of that year. They had planned for an idyllic time travelling in a van, without an imposed itinerary or set of destinations, before returning to Byron Bay in time for Xmas 2020.

This of course coincided, with a certain pandemic which intruded on these plans in February 2020, so they spent that year moving locations to escape COVID surges, infection and lock downs. 

Winter was spent in Corfu, which sounds lovely and straight out of the Durrells, though it was also simultaneously freezing – the beautiful stone cottages are not built for tourists in winter. And Greece, as was the whole of Europe, was also locked down for months. 

At least in the meantime, Gatya has been able to paint some beautiful, small, intimate paintings, which she has recently sent through.

“ My still life work isn’t political or confronting. I’m not trying to challenge anyone. It’s a reminder that the unpredictability and lurking chaos of the outside world is only transient. Living with beautiful objects that pay tribute to the natural world is an invitation to step back and reconnect with who we are. Continue reading FRANCES KEEVIL GALLERY : NEW PAINTINGS BY GATYA KELLY


Leading Australian PNG artefact trader Richard Aldridge

Papuans have been selling their arts since the 1850s. The villagers are the skilled creators of the artefacts and experienced business people working in harmony with Australian traders. They have a very pragmatic approach to the objects they chisel, paint and sculpt. The money the creators earn from selling their art is their sole income in many remote villages, usually paying for school fees and medicines.

All traders must have a license from the regional Museum or from the Port Moresby Museum. The trader then buys pieces from the village and gets a permit to export each individual piece. If coming to Australia, every item is fumigated, sometimes gamma radiated and often put in quarantine. If a piece is going to be forwarded on to an exhibition in Paris, New York or elsewhere from Australia, it doesn’t have to be fumigated a second time because the world knows Australia has a rigorous border protection system. No wood worm gets past us! Continue reading PNG ARTEFACT TRADERS AND COLLECTORS



Simone Read’s REMEMBER THE WILD is one of two exhibitions currently online to view at the Traffic Jam Galleries.

In her work Read celebrates the glory of Australian trees, their beauty, colour and texture. Some of the works are also accompanied by a poem/quote of a song from for example Judith Wright, John Williamson and Peter Allen.

Read uses a variety of materials to produce some stunning works. First we see ink and gouache on canvas – Snowgum is exquisitely, delicately textured in hushed pinks and greys.The swirling mass of the bark is controlled by the strong diagonal line. 

Old Euc in its neutral greys and browns is a delightful portrait in a strong vertical composition of a tree that is in Read’s back yard.

Scribbly Gum celebrates the mysterious link between tree and moth, with delicate flourishes of  the ‘scribbles’. Read says the moth is sort of like an anonymous graffiti artist. Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES SEPTEMBER 2021 : SIMONE READ and REBECCA PIERCE


Blue Mountains artist David Middlebrook

Using materials found at home, Blue Mountains artist David Middlebrook guides students through foundational drawing techniques, with prompts for experimentation. This is a fantastic opportunity to stretch those creative muscles and connect with others in this social online workshop series. The classes are light, fun and inclusive, while giving participants the skills to create, explore and develop their individual vision.

David Middlebrook’s work is based in the Australian landscape and he specialises in large works dealing with tone and space. He has a PhD in the history of Australian landscape painting and drawing, and has exhibited nationally over his 25 year career. 

David has recently exhibited at Penrith Regional Gallery in a powerful cross-cultural collaboration with Aboriginal painter and printmaker Ada Bird Petyarre. 

DRAWING AT HOME WITH DAVID MIDDLEBROOK will be held online from 2-4pm on four consecutive Saturdays (11, 18 & 25 Sept and 2 Oct) $80 term fee. Bookings essential. A booking fee applies. Places are limited.  

David Middlebrook is represented by Geoff White, Lost Bear and Simon Chan, Art Atrium.

Featured image : A painting by David Middlebrook



Best Ways to Showcase Art At Your Home

Art and culture hold a significant place in lifestyle. It helps in understanding human evolution. Also, help in forming different perceptions and interpreting them or examining and synthesizing information. 

Interior designing is not only a profession but also can be someone’s hobby or passion. We all have a soft corner for our home. That’s too when it comes to decorating the place we give our heart and soul to. The trick to mastering the art of designing your home is to keep up to date with the trends and delving deep into your creativity skills. Take joy and satisfaction in channelizing your creativity into your own home; in this process, you may even make some wonderful memories that will be worth cherishing throughout life. 

How can you make your place look its best while reflecting your style and uniqueness? 

It’s your family and the precious memories that define your home. Every corner of your place has a hidden story, that’s the beauty of your home. Preserve and value those beautiful memories at any cost. 

  • Choose artworks that you adore

There is no need to cover up all the rooms with artworks in your home. That may look a bit extra. It’s better to select those specific ones that speak to you or leave a subtle hint of sophistication. Decorate your home with works that inspire you or things that have a meaning to it. 

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  • Theme

The theme is the most significant factor in determining the aesthetic culture of your room. Children always feel excited to consider a theme while designing their comfort place. However, adults often feel shy from decorative themes. Themes can be traditional, mid-century modern, bohemian, industrial, and vintage, etc. You can even set an example by investing in the creation of your theme and adding a classic statement to your place. 

  1.  Mixing the styles

What can be better than a perfect conglomeration of an antique, a piece of modern art, and an unexpected touch of whimsy? Since time immemorial, earthenware has played a primary role in the decoration of houses; to make your home look more natural and warmer, add some earthy and warm pottery. It will make a great addition to your interior decor and give a rustic and bucolic look. 

  1.  Paintings

Paintings express emotions that a thousand words will fail to interpret. Painting is indeed an act of expressing emotions. Colors and textures add serenity and attachment with nature. Therefore, it’s important to pick the right size and texture while buying paintings. Own the most astounding pieces of art to make everyone leave in the feeling of awe or admiration. Purchase from a wide range of paintings such as acrylic, oil paintings that are easily available, and you can place them at your home as a part of your home decor. 

  • Touch of uniqueness

You will be surprised by the way a piece of art or painting can change the aesthetic pleasure of your home. Hunt for better opportunities to make your home look more classic and contemporary. Find new colors and unique pieces of art to make your place one of a kind. 


Photographs play a significant role in everyone’s life. People leave, feelings change, but photographs bind us to our past. They remind us of the bondings, connections, and memories that we have once created in our lives. Capturing those moments isn’t enough. Sometimes it’s even important to look back and cherish those memories to enjoy the process of your journey. 

Are you thinking of decorating your place with canvas prints, framed prints, photo collages, and other ways to hold on to those beautiful memories? Then, my friend, you are on the right path. Let us show you a few ways through which you can frame the photo prints. 

  • Canvaspop 

“Your memories, our mission” is the main aim of CanvasPop. Your memories are important, and Canvaspop takes pride in helping you to preserve them. Frame print your memories with Canvaspop, and they never compromise on the quality of the image. They protect your memories with extra care and love.

Canvaspop is well-known for having an organized website that makes ordering photos on canvases so easy and perfect. Why should you choose Canvaspop? From their easy-to-use website to their world-class customer service and top-quality products, they have always put their customer’s memories first. The canvas and framed prints arrive ready to hang. Also, if there are any issues, they are ready to fix them without any charge. CanvasPop has also been featured in Forbes, Buzzfeed, Mashable, HuffPost, and Los Angeles Times. 

Just upload your image and get started. Choose the sizes and frames according to your convenience. Once the designers are ready with the print preview, they will email you a free digital print proof to approve. Finally, your framed print will be crafted by hand and delivered to you in just a few days.

They have a wide range of products ranging from canvas prints, framed prints, photo collages, pet portraits, arts, gift cards, and triptych prints. Therefore, choose the types that may give your home a new look with picture-perfect moments. Sign up soon to get all the exclusive offers, photo tips, gift ideas, and new products. 

  • Xpozer

Xpozer has a unique combination of picture-perfect prints with durable frames. Also, they are known for producing high print quality photo products. The most interesting fact about Xpozer is that they provide reusable frames. Hence, you will never get bored of your photos again. 

  • Saal Digital

Being a Hahnemühle certified studio, they may offer you high-quality materials from where you can choose the best ones. With Saal Digital everything seems to be way too simple. Choose the images that you would like to print, and then transfer them from Google, Dropbox, Facebook, or any other online storage locations. Also, in case you are working on a large project with multiple photos to print, just save and store them on Saal Digital’s free software and work at your speed.  

  • ProDPI

ProDPI mainly caters to the needs of professional photographers, artists, and other creatives present in the modern world. Although the products of ProDPI are of high quality, their website isn’t user-friendly, and it requires a bit of practice to ace the art of creativity here. 

  1.  Bay Photo

Bay Photo provides the right balance between price and quality. Also, they are a reliable option for professional printing. You can even get a wide range of offers in your purchases. 

Beyond your imagination!

This is your time to print your photos and grab the opportunity to view and praise your artworks from a different perspective. Decorate your walls with high-quality art products and fall in love with your comfort zone every time you look.