19.05.18 Ben Quilty at Bendigo Art Gallery

Ben Quilty’s work features in a new display at the Bendigo Art Gallery. The new exhibition includes several new acquisitions to the Bendigo Art Gallery Collection as well as significant works on loan.

Quilty’s work, Kuta Rorschach No. 2 2013, was acquired by the Bendigo Art Gallery Collection in 2014. The painting depicts the popular Balinese holiday destination, Kuta Beach, the site of the 2002 ‘Bali bombings’ which claimed the lives of 202 people including 88 Australians.

To read an article from the Bendigo Advertiser about the new display, please click here. 

Ben Quilty   Kuta Rorschach No. 2  2013   oil on canvas   8 panels each 220.0 x 520.0 cm

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12.04.18 Danie Mellor at Pataka Art + Museum

Danie Mellor: Pleasure and Vexation – the strata and spectacle of history will be the first major exhibition in New Zealand of past and present works by this much awarded artist.

Presented and curated by the Pataka Art + Museum in Porirua City, New Zealand, the exhibition will feature over twenty works, including works on loan from Australian institutional collections.

Danie Mellor: Pleasure and Vexation – the strata and spectacle of history
Pataka Art + Museum
27 May – 19 August 2018

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Image credit: Danie Mellor   The pleasure and vexation of history   2017   wax pastel, wash with oil pigment, watercolour and pencil on paper   220.0 x 140.0 cm

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20.04.18 Jason Fitzgerald and Claudia Greathead Exhibitions

Two new exhibitions by Brisbane based artists, Jason Fitzgerald and Claudia Greathead, will be presented at Jan Murphy Gallery.

Sculptor Jason Fitzgerald’s latest series of ceramic and timber works will comprise his exhibition, Shaky Ground. Until recently, Fitzgerald was solely known for geometrically formed timber sculptures made of salvaged timber shards and off-cuts, but of late he has been working in the ancient medium of clay. Shaky Ground contains both timber and ceramic works.

Emerging artist Claudia Greathead will present a series of new paintings in her upcoming exhibition, Round and Round. Painterly enigmas and strange narratives characterise her imagery, which has emerged from old and recent family photographs, travel, and her singular journey.

Claudia Greathead & Jason Fitzgerald
Jan Murphy Gallery
28 April – 26 May 2018

To view Jason Fitzgerald’s Shaky Ground exhibition online, please click here.

To view Claudia Greathead’s Round and Round exhibition online, please click here.

Image credit: Jason Fitzgerald   Tectonic bowl 3   2018   terracotta and glaze   22.0 x 35.0 x 30.0 cm

Image credit: Claudia Greathead   If there is something   2018   oil on linen   46.0 x 61.0 cm

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16.05.18 Karen Napaljarri Barnes – ‘Budgerigar Dreaming’ Online Exhibition

Budgerigar Dreaming (Ngatijirri Jukurrpa) is a new series of paintings by Karen Napaljarri Barnes, a Warlukurlangu artist based in Yuendumu in the Northern Territory.

The series of works refers to the Budgerigar Dreaming story. The Jukurrpa (Dreaming) sites shown in these paintings for Ngatijrri (Budgerigar) are at Yangarnmpi, south of Yuendumu. In her paintings, Barnes has used a non-traditional way of painting the Jukurrpa. She has used a more realistic depiction of the birds and a very abstract representation of the landscape and colours.

Karen Napaljarri Barnes
Budgerigar Dreaming (Online Only)
15 – 26 May 2018

To view the exhibition, please click here.

For more information about Karen Napaljarri Barnes, please click here.

Image credit: Karen Napaljarri Barnes   768/18   2018   acrylic on Belgian linen   107.0 x 107.0 cm

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21.03.18 Danie Mellor at Museum of Brisbane

Life in Irons: Brisbane’s Convict Stories at the Museum of Brisbane features new work by Danie Mellor. The exhibition explores the history of convict Brisbane, from its founding in 1824 to the penal colony’s closure in 1839, including the impact on the Aboriginal peoples on whose Country the colony was built.

Life in Irons provides an insight into daily life in the settlement using original documents, personal accounts and contemporary art alongside immersive new technologies.

Life in Irons: Brisbane’s Convict Stories
Museum of Brisbane
18 May – 28 October 2018

Yuguburra (A land story): In conversation with Danie Mellor
Danie Mellor in conversation with Renai Grace, Director, Museum of Brisbane
Thursday 17 May 2018, 5:30pm

For more information, please click here.

Image credit: Danie Mellor   Natura Pacifica (yugubarra: a land story)   2018   Lambda print on metallic photographic paper   90.0 cm diameter   Edition of 3 + 2 A/P

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18.05.18 Art of Music 2018

Art of Music is a fundraiser event presented by musician Jenny Morris with proceeds going to charity organisation, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. Held every two years, a group of Australia’s top artists come together to create an original exhibition where each artist chooses an iconic Australian/NZ song to inspire a piece of artwork.

The artwork is then auctioned during a gala dinner in the Grand Court of the Art Gallery of NSW. The participating artists for Art of Music 2018 include Ben Quilty, Guy Maestri and Lucy Culliton amongst others. The event will feature musical performances by Mark Seymour of Hunters and Collectors, as well as Ainslie Wills and Julia Jacklin.

Art of Music 2018
Grand Court, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Saturday 23 June 2018

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Image credit: Ben Quilty   Study of Paul Kelly   2018   oil on linen   77.0 x 66.0 cm

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03.05.18 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018 Finalists

Congratulations to all finalists in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018.

Archibald Prize 2018 finalists include Jason Benjamin, William Mackinnon, Robert Malherbe and Guy Maestri.

Wynne Prize 2018 finalists include Sylvia Ken, Fiona Lowry, William Mackinnon, Robert Malherbe and Yaritji Young.

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes
Art Gallery of New South Wales
12 May – 9 September

For more information, please click here.

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12.04.18 Victoria Reichelt at Home of the Arts (HOTA)

Victoria Reichelt’s work features in We are Gold Coast: Works from the Gallery at HOTA Collection at the newly redeveloped and re-named Home of the Arts (HOTA) on the Gold Coast (formerly Gold Coast Arts Centre).

The collection exhibition champions the region and rejects the out-dated broader public perception of the Gold Coast of surf, schoolies and theme parks, instead focussing on the location’s array of natural wonders and thriving community of talented artists.

We are Gold Coast: Works from the Gallery at HOTA Collection
The Gallery at HOTA
12 May – 15 July 2018

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Image credit: Victoria Reichelt   Colour field   2012   oil on linen   128.0 x 150.0 cm

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16.05.18 Juz Kitson at Newcastle Art Gallery

Juz Kitson features in group exhibition Hunter Red: Corpus at the Newcastle Art Gallery. Bringing together works from the Newcastle Art Gallery Collection and other institutions that form the Hunter Cultural Collective, the exhibition interrogates the human body through works across ranging platforms.

The overarching theme of red brings with it loaded symbolism and tactile metaphors in representing the body. Kitson will be exhibiting alongside work by Dani Marti, Julie Rrap, Patricia Piccinini, Rosemary Laing, James Gleeson, Mike Parr and others.

Hunter Red: Corpus
Newcastle Art Gallery
27 May – 22 July 2018

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Image credit: Juz Kitson   Thousands of words exist silently in your memory   2017   hand blown glass, merino wool, rabbit fur, polyester string, marine ply and treated pine  200.0 x 78.0 x 60.0 cm

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28.04.18 Natasha Bieniek in 2018 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

Natasha Bieniek is a finalist for the 2018 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize at Geelong Gallery.

The biennial prize awards a $30,000 acquisitive prize to the winner, with the 2018 prize to be judged by Lisa Sullivan, Senior Curator, Geelong Gallery; Justin Paton, Head Curator, International Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales; and Rebecca Coates, Director, Shepparton Art Museum. The winner will be announced on Friday 8 June.

2018 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize
Geelong Gallery
9 June – 19 August 2018

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Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Mirrorscape (installation view)   2018   oil on gold dibond   12.0 x 18.0 cm

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