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

Julie Dowling Ever Present at National Gallery Singapore

Julie Dowling & Fiona Foley’s works feature in the current exhibition Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia at the National Gallery Singapore.

This is the largest exhibition of its kind to travel to Asia, bringing together historical and contemporary work by over 150 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across Australia.

Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia 
National Gallery, Singapore
until Sunday, 26 September 2022

Noel McKenna & St Mary’s House of Welcome

By donating to St Mary’s House of Welcome, not only will you be helping to continue the great programs for people experiencing homelessness in the City of Yarra, your generosity will be rewarded. Niagara will place your name into a draw for a unique Noel McKenna ceramic tile, courtesy of Niagara Galleries.

Please note that all donations are to be made online or on the phone this year, visit St Mary’s House of Welcome’s secure donation pagehere. Entrants must select Niagara Galleries from the ‘Donation category’ dropdown.

All donations need to be made by close of business on Saturday, 18 December 2021. Receipts will be issued by St. Mary’s House of Welcome. 

St Mary’s House of Welcome is a not-for-profit open access centre in the heart of Melbourne providing basic essential services to people who are homeless and experiencing poverty, severe and persistent mental health issues, and those who are extremely isolated and socially marginalised.

Archibald Prize exhibition at Gippsland Gallery

The Archibald Prize 2021 finalists’ exhibition is now showing at Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale. The Gippsland Art Gallery is the exclusive Victorian tour venue for the Archibald Prize 2021 regional tour. We’re delighted that Julia Ciccarone‘s ANZ People’s Choice Award Winning entry The Sea Within is included in the exhibition and we’re hopeful that people will be able to see the exhibition in person before it closes next month.

The Archibald Prize 2021
Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale
until Sunday, 21 November 2021

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