Artist Spotlight: Stephen Benwell

Stephen Benwell‘s work features in a number of current exhibitions nationally. His work was shortlisted for the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and an exhibition of the 49 finalists’ work is currently showing at Woollahra Gallery. ⁠Voting for the Viewer’s Choice Award is open until Sunday, 20 November. Vote here.  

Thinking Through Pink, opening next month at Wollongong Art Gallery also features Benwell’s work. The exhibition, described as a contemplation on the politics and pleasures of colour, is curated by Dr Sally Gray and includes works from the Wollongong Art Gallery collection; decorative arts from the Powerhouse collection, Sydney; posters from the archives of second-wave feminist artists Jan Fieldsend and Marie McMahon and works by invited contemporary artists.

In addition, Stephen Benwell’s work is included in the exhibition The Sun at Midnight, currently at The Hellenic Museum, Melbourne. The exhibition features work by five contemporary artists, including Benwell and reflects the continuing influence of Greek classicism. Tai Snaith reviewed the exhibition on RRR. Listen to her review here

Benwell’s work is also featured in the exhibition Clay Dynasty at Powerhouse Museum (see below for details). 

2022 Woollahra Sculpture Prize
Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, Double Bay, Sydney
until 20 November 2022

The Sun at Midnight
The Hellenic Museum, Melbourne
until early 2023

Clay Dynasty
Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo, Sydney
until 5 March 2023

Thinking Through Pink
Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong, New South Wales
3 December 2022 – 5 March 2023

Angela Brennan & Stephen Benwell in Clay Dynasty

Clay Dynasty at Powerhouse Museum celebrates studio ceramics in Australia and features works from the 1960s through to the present day. The exhibition features more than 400 objects from the Powerhouse’s significant ceramics collection, including works by Stephen Benwell and Angela Brennan.

Clay Dynasty
Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo, Sydney
until 5 March 2023

Powerhouse: Sangeeta Sandrasegar

Sangeeta Sandrasegar‘s work features ⁠in the exhibition Charkha and Kargha at Powerhouse Museum. Taking its title from cross-cultural words charkha (spinning wheel) and kargha (loom), the exhibition features 100 rare and unseen objects, exploring the tools and crafts employed in Indian textile design and production.⁠ Sangeeta Sandrasegar’s work in the exhibition What falls from view, 2019, features Khadi and silk pieces, hand-dyed in Indian indigo and Australian native cherry.

In addition, Sandrasegar’s work will feature in the 2023 Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present. More than 150 artists from diverse cultures will be represented, accompanied by a programme of film, music and performance.

Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (details to be released by Sharjah Art Foundation soon)
7 February to 11 June 2023

Charkha and Kargha
Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo, Sydney
Curator: Dr Pedram Khosronejad
until 15 January 2023

Artist Spotlight: Euan Macleod

Euan Macleod‘s work features in a number of current exhibitions, including Euan Macleod and Rodney Pople: 2° at Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, New South Wales; an exhibition of collaborative works with Gregory O’Brien entitled Local Knowledge at Ashburton Art Gallery, Ashburton, New Zealand; and a group exhibition entitled WrestleMANIA at Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton, Queensland.

Euan Macleod and Rodney Pople: 2° at Western Plains Cultural Centre is a two person exhibition and the result of artistic residencies the two artists undertook in 2021. Large scale paintings, based on observations of people and animals in Zoos, feature in this exhibition.

Local Knowledge at Ashburton Art Gallery features an ongoing series of collaborative works on canvas and paper, which began when Gregory O’Brien was writing a monograph on Euan Macleod.

A group exhibition at Rockhampton Art Gallery entitled WrestleMANIA brings together work by twenty contemporary sculptors, painters, cartoonists and new media artists who have all responded to the sport and theatre of wrestling.  

Euan Macleod and Rodney Pople: 2°
Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, New South Wales
until 12 February 2023

Local Knowledge
Ashburton Art Gallery, Ashburton, New Zealand
until 7 December 2022

Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton, QLD
19 November 2022 – 26 February 2023

Artist Spotlight: Steven Rendall

Steven Rendall‘s work is showing in a current and an upcoming exhibition, both in Brunswick, Melbourne. The Merri-bek Summer Show at The Counihan Gallery reflects the recent renaming of Moreland City Council to Merri-bek, meaning ‘rocky country’ in Woi-wurrung language. Rendall’s work will also feature in A Digital Aesthetic at Sandbox Studios, curated by Sue Beyer, opening next month.

Merri-bek Summer Show
The Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, Melbourne
until 10 December 2022

A Digital Aesthetic
Sandbox Studios, Brunswick, Melbourne
opening 3 December 2022

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

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