Public art in Campbelltown: Savanhdary Vongpoothorn

Three new public artworks have been installed in Campbelltown’s city centre, including Spinning the Fire Sutra I by Savanhdary Vongpoothorn, as well as works by Danielle Mate and Jason Wing. Located at Anzac Lane, Campbelltown Spinning the Fire Sutra I offers a site of reflection, meditating on cycles of movement, destruction, clarity and rebirth. ⁠

Savanhdary’s project is part of Campbelltown City Council’s ‘Revitalise Queen St’ initiative and was proudly funded by the NSW Government through Festival of Place and the CBD Revitalisation Fund. ⁠

The Rick Amor Gift Gippsland Art Gallery

The Rick Amor Gift presents a collection of twenty works Rick Amor, including nineteen works recently donated by the artist. The exhibition of oil paintings, watercolours, prints, and a charcoal drawing, is complemented by a display of other recent acquisitions.

The Rick Amor Gift (and other recent acquisitions)

Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria
until 20 November 2022

Noel McKenna in the Archibald Prize Exhibition

The Regional Tour of 2022 Archibald Finalists continues. The exhibition, including Noel McKenna‘s work, is now at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

Noel McKenna’s Archibald Prize finalist portrait of Patrick Corrigan AM, with Rosie (above) features businessman, art collector and generous benefactor Patrick Corrigan. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2000 for service to the visual arts, particularly in philanthropy. McKenna noted that “Pat is a good friend and a supporter of many artists. He lives near me and often drops by for a cup of tea and biscuits. He was born in China and has had a very interesting life, so he is always good to spend time with”. Here his is depicted with McKenna’s dog Rosie.

The Archibald Prize 2022 Regional Tour

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba, New South Wales
until 4 December 2022

Beating about the bush: Fiona Foley & Dianne Jones

Beating about the bush: a new lens on Australian Impressionism, the current exhibition at Art Gallery of Ballarat pairs work by female photographers who have re-examined the Australian landscape with works drawn from the gallery’s collection of Australian Impressionist landscape paintings. The exhibition features work by both Dianne Jones and Fiona Foley.

Beating about the bush: a new lens on Australian Impressionism

Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, Victoria
until 19 February 2023

Artist Profile: Ken Whisson

Joe Frost has written a fitting tribute to the late Ken Whisson in the latest Artist Profile. 
Frost notes that “From his emergence in the mid-twentieth century, Whisson related to his audience not as compatriots in need of a national story, but as human beings capable of refashioning their own perception and, he hoped, transforming the structures of society.”

Read more about the incredible artist and his complicated and magnetic work by ordering your copy of the latest Artist Profile here.

Melbourne Now: Julia Ciccarone

We are delighted to announce that Julia Ciccarone will present a brand new installation as part of Melbourne Now in 2023.  

Ten years after the inaugural Melbourne Now exhibition, the National Gallery of Victoria will open the second edition of the bold and unprecedented survey. Brand new paintings, as well as a magnified rendering of Ciccarone’s work will feature in the Australian Impressionist room at the The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square as part of the exciting exhibition.  

National Gallery of Victoria director Tony Ellwood AM has described Melbourne Now as a “showstopping and dynamic survey”. This groundbreaking exhibition brings together more than 200 Victorian artists and designers.  

Read more about Julia Ciccarone in Melbourne Now in The Australian here.

Jennifer Joseph shortlisted for the Paul Guest Prize

Congratulations Jennifer Joseph on being shortlisted for the Paul Guest Prize 2022. This biennial non-acquisitive prize celebrates contemporary drawing practice in Australia. The prize was initiated by former Family Court Judge and Olympic rower, The Honourable Paul Guest OAM QC. The winner will be announced at the opening of an exhibition of the finalists’ work in August.

Jennifer Joseph made this statement about her shortlisted work: My art is not about anything other than what is to be discovered in the materials I’m using and the process of art-making. Paradoxically however, my concern is with the ephemeral nature of existence itself. Life, death, and the process of change. I do not plan my work, so as not to limit its organic potential. My art is born in the act of making, and as in this example, it’s often my intention to reveal this process in the finished work. I’m fascinated by what happens when ink poured on paper merges with it to become something else. Or what occurs when rags used in the painting process become part of the artwork itself. The linear markings applied with urgency and partially erased or scribbled over, almost like the markings on a blackboard, are drawn from deep within the artist’s psyche. As in life, it’s all about the process.

Paul Guest Prize 2022 
Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, VIC
6 August – 30 October 2022

Steven Rendall shortlisted for the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize 2022

Congratulations Steven Rendall on being shortlisted for the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize. An exhibition of the finalists’ works is currently on at Geelong Gallery. Read the artist’s statement here.

2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize 
Geelong Gallery, Geelong, VIC
until Sunday, 11 September 2022

Fiona Foley Veiled Paradise at McClelland

Niagara Galleries is pleased to announce that important Badtjala artist Fiona Foley’s major solo exhibition Veiled Paradise is now open at McClelland.

Fiona Foley: Veiled Paradise brings together work from Foley’s nearly forty-year career in this comprehensive exhibition. Foley’s work is informed by her ancestral connection to K’gari/Fraser Island, drawing equally upon its serene beauty and the history of systemic violence and sexual exploitation perpetrated on its shores. The exhibition is on tour from QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, where it was shown in 2021.

Listen to Fiona Foley discuss Velied Paradise on RRR here.

Fiona Foley: Veiled Paradise 
McClelland, Langwarrin, VIC
until Sunday, 9 October 2022

Sangeeta Sandrasegar shortlisted for the National Works on Paper Prize

Congratulations Sangeeta Sandrasegar on being shortlisted for the 2022 National Works on Paper (NWOP) Prize. An exhibition of the finalists’ work will open in August at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. Established in 1998, NWOP supports and promotes contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper

2022 National Works on Paper  
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery , Mornington, VIC
13 August – 27 November 2022

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