Saturday, 16 December, 2017 to Saturday, 17 February, 2018

David Allen, Progress 2017, oil and paper on canvas. Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Art Of Agnes highlights the incredible skill and diversity of artists in the Agnes Water/1770 area.

Well-known for its beaches and surf, the Discovery Coast is becoming a destination for artists to be inspired by the beautiful flora and fauna of the area. With a population of approximately 2,000, Agnes Water/1770 it is home to amateur, professional and internationally-acclaimed artists, as well as one of regional Queensland’s most popular art competitions, the 1770 Art Show.

Opening night of the 2016 Art Awards.  Photographer: K. Price

An exhibition of works entered into The 42nd Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2017.  The Awards are supported by local industry, business and the community.  Submissions will be judged in the following 4 categories:

                  Section 1: Easel Paintings

                  Section 2: Works on Paper

                  Section 3: Three Dimensional and Fibre Works

                  Section 4: Digital Works


Calling for Submissions: 10am - 5pm, Thursday 5, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October 2017

Official Opening and Awards Presentation: 6pm, Saturday 14 October 2017

Port Curtis Callide Valley Youth Art Exhibition
Saturday, 2 September, 2017 to Friday, 29 September, 2017

People's Choice Winner 2016, Lea Varghese (Year 12, Chanel College), with her work, Home Street Home. Photographer: M. Cook

Selected works in all media by young artists 15 - 18 years of age.

Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to vote for their favourite artwork to receive the ‘People’s Choice Award'.  The winner will be announced at the exhibition's conclusion and will become the face of all publicity materials for the following year's exhibition.

Running annually for 23 years, the exhibition is an initiative of the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum Society, supported by the late Society patron, Mr Cyril Golding (1920-2012).

The 2017 partnering school is Tannum Sands State High School.

50 Years of QAL
Saturday, 29 July, 2017 to Saturday, 7 October, 2017

Image courtesy of Queensland Alumina Limited (Early 1970s)

Often fondly referred to as "The heart of Gladstone", Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in August 2017. Going strong since 1967, QAL has worked in partnership with the community since the beginning of construction until today to assist in the growth and development of the Gladstone Region. From offering jobs to townspeople, to establishing the Gladstone Greenbelt, QAL has supported the community, just as the community has supported QAL.

The Giant that Never Sleeps: 50 Years of QAL features objects and photographs from the QAL and Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum collections.

Thursday, 3 August, 2017 to Saturday, 19 August, 2017

Maudie Jerrold, Yiliway, 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 91 x 91cm.

Yindjibarndi elder and founding member of one of the region’s first art groups, Bujee Nhoorr Pu, Maudie Jerrold is part of the backbone of Pilbara Aboriginal art.

Born in Hooley Creek near Wittenoom and raised in the coastal town of Roebourne, Maudie has witnessed and helped guide her community through dramatic lifestyle changes. Maudie’s art relates to the landscapes of the Yindjibarndi and Ngarluma country of the Pilbara, paying specific attention to the flora of the area, and often depicting plants or flowers that have medicinal or ceremonial purpose.

Her colourful and intricately patterned work communicates elements of the Yindjibarndi country. Maudie was selected to visit Italy as part of the ‘Antica Terra Pulsante’ Pilbara exhibition in Florence in 2006. In 2007 she became a member Yinjaa- Barni Art, bringing to the group her knowledge of culture and her experience in painting. Since being with Yinjaa-Barni Art Maudie has been an inspiration to the younger members who watch how she uses her colours and puts her designs to canvas. Her work is very popular in our gallery and she is represented in both public and private collections in Australia and overseas and has won a prize at the Cossack Art Awards.

Saturday, 26 August, 2017 to Sunday, 29 October, 2017

Christian Thompson, Gods and kings, 2015 (from the series Imperial relic), chromogenic colour, photograph National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2016. Courtesy of Michael Reid, Sydney © the artist

Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) is pleased to announce that it will host Resolution: new Indigenous photomedia from 26 August to 29 October 2017. This travelling exhibition, produced by the National Gallery of Australia, celebrates some of the most significant work made by Indigenous photographers, video and multimedia artists in the last five years.

Resolution brings together established and critically acclaimed artists with exciting emerging talent reflecting the diversity and dynamism of contemporary practice.

Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Gerard Vaughan, said that “Over the last 30 years, the NGA has developed one of the truly great collections of Indigenous photomedia. Resolution reflects our continuing engagement with this vital aspect of contemporary practice.”

Dr Rebecca Coates, Director of the Shepparton Art Museum says “SAM is delighted to present this timely exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia's Collection. The exhibition presents work by leading contemporary Australian Aboriginal artists  who examine ideas around Aboriginal identity, history and culture. These conversations are more pertinent than ever today, at a time when Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians reflect on our past and present, working together towards a shared future.  Resolution speaks to all of us, of all ages and backgrounds.”

Yorta Yorta woman, Belinda Briggs (Community Engagement – Indigenous, SAM) says “Resolution is a great opportunity to engage with a national conversation that can also be seen through a local lens. Co-curated by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art and Photography departments of the National Gallery of Australia and drawing on the NGA’s contemporary collections, this exciting exhibition creates space to inquire, discuss, reaffirm, challenge and promote further understandings of history, the present, and the future.  The exhibition’s importance lies in the fact that it brings the stories of Australia’s First Peoples to the fore.”

The foundations of contemporary Indigenous photography were laid in the late ‘80s, with a generation of politicised and often provocative artists documenting their experiences of the Bicentennial marking 200 years of European settlement. The last 30 years has seen the emergence of artists who engage critically and thoughtfully with the present and the past, layering their artistic identity with challenges to contemporary culture. Resolution has travelled to three other Australian venues over the last 10 months, as part of the National Gallery of Australia’s extensive program, sharing the national collection with the wider Australian community.

Artists include: Michael Aird, Tony Albert, Brook Andrew, Ali G. Baker, Daniel Boyd, Megan Cope, Brenda L. Croft, Nici Cumpston, Robert Fielding, Nicole Foreshew, Ricky Maynard, Danie Mellor, Steaphan Paton, Damien Shen, Darren Siwes, Christian Thompson, Warwick Thornton, James Tylor, and Jason Wing.
Exhibition Dates: Saturday 26 August – Sunday 29 October 2017
Official Opening: Friday 25 August, 5.30 – 7.30pm, opening remarks by Kirsten Paisley, Deputy Director, NGA
Programs and events: See SAM’s website

Friday, 28 July, 2017 to Saturday, 19 August, 2017

Imants Tillers, Disappointed Souls 2017, acrylic, gouache on 54 canvas boards
Greg Lehman, Loontiteterrmairelehoinner

Across the spring and summer months of 2016 and 2017, The Big Punchbowl Reserve on Tasmania's Freycinet Peninsula was visited by nine poets and nine painters. Working in pairs, they have captured this landscape and its stories in poetry and paintings.

Please join us as artists and poets come together to celebrate their connection to place through performance, visual art and poetry. Artists include:

Raymond Arnold and Sarah Day
David Keeling and Edith Speers
Sue Lovegrove and Adrienne Eberhard
Lucienne Rickard and Jan Colville
Joan Ross and James Charlton
Imants Tillers and Greg Lehman
Megan Walch and Lyn Reeves
Richard Wastell and Ben Walter
Thornton Walker and Louise Oxley

Curated by Pete Hay and Carol Bett. The exhibition will open Friday 28th of July, 6:00-8:00pm, and a poetry reading will take place Saturday 29th July, at 3:00pm.

Saturday, 5 August, 2017 to Saturday, 19 August, 2017

BLAKE LAWRENCE, Box Set (detail) [2016]. Photograph by Anastasia Booth

Curated by Amy-Clare McCarthy and Kieran Swann

Opening Saturday 5 August, 5-8pm
Exhibition continues until 19 August
NETHERWORLDS are grappling at the corners of the everyday, carving sanctums, thick with power, love, and potential. Through object and performance, this exhibition claims space somewhere between contemporary art, the spiritual, and othered identities and behaviours.

Informed by emergent contemporary relationships between ideas of magic, mysticism, cultural ritual, and art making, NETHERWORLDS reflects on theories of early performance as invocational ritual, and prehistoric art as sympathetic magic (first proposed by ethnographer Richard Andree). Drawing on ideas of communitas, perceived and actual power, NETHERWORLDS foregrounds contemporary perspectives on the crafting of safe space and the empowerment of artists through ritual and talisman in creative contexts.

Through her sonic practice, Naomi Blacklock subverts the history of her gender and cultural identity as ‘othered’ via accusations of witchraft or exoticised as ‘mystical’; Anastasia Booth embodies the subversive and mythological ‘Baubo’ – comic, lusty, and lascivious; Chantal Fraser questions the milieu of art, culture, and adornment; Caitlin Franzman explores the role of the diviner to work with methods and symbols of ritual in contemporary work; Clay Kerrigan melds artistic process and goetic ritual to craft collage-portraits; and Blake Lawrence considers images and encounters of men who have sex with men through the lens of natural spiritual practice.


Domestic Arts
Friday, 21 July, 2017 to Saturday, 26 August, 2017

 Sera Waters, Telling Tales on Terry Towelling: Fashioning locals (2016-17), towel, wool, cotton, bedsheet, velvet, trim, 90 x 50 cm. Courtesy the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery. Photograph: Grant Hancock.

Unravel the complex histories and traditions of home-making in Sera Waters' Domestic Arts. Commissioned by ACE Open, the celebrated South Australian artist continues her investigation into the contemporary significance of traditional home-crafts.
In this new body of work, Waters reaches into her own family history to interrogate the ongoing legacies of colonial home-making. Through a re-imagined familial home, Waters’ intricate embroideries and large-scale sculptures celebrate the knowledge and creativity of 'women’s work’; while also revealing their complicity with forms of colonisation and privilege.
Peter Louca, Executive Director Arts South Australia, and incorporating the official launch of ACE Open
Sera Waters  is a South Australian based artist, arts writer and academic. She is a graduate of the South Australian School of Art (1997-2000), has a Master of Arts (Art History) from University of Adelaide (2004-06), and is currently a PhD candidate at University of South Australia. Since being awarded the Ruth Tuck Scholarship to study hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework (UK) in 2006, Waters’ art practice has been characterised by a darkly stitched meticulousness. In particular she specialises in black work, and revels in repetitiveness, pattern and crafting. Waters’ embroideries and hand-crafted sculptures dwell within the gaps of Australian settler colonial histories, mostly to examine the home-making practices of women and her own genealogical ghostscapes. Waters exhibits nationally and is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery.

Friday, 1 September, 2017 to Monday, 18 September, 2017

Imants Tillers, Disappointed Souls 2017, acrylic, gouache on 54 canvas boards
Greg Lehman, Loontiteterrmairelehoinner

Bett Gallery has staged a series of Poets and Painters exhibitions over 30 years bringing together visual arts and poetry with a focus on building a strong arts community. For this exhibition Bett Gallery has collaborated with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy to focus on their work in nature conservation

Across the spring and summer months of 2016 and 2017, The Big Punchbowl Reserve on Tasmania's Freycinet Peninsula was visited by nine poets and nine painters. Working in pairs, they have captured this landscape and its stories in poetry and paintings.

Please join us as artists and poets come together to celebrate their connection to place through performance, visual art and poetry.

Curated by Pete Hay and Carol Bett

Sunday, 3 December, 2017 to Sunday, 14 January, 2018

Image: Hilary Wakeling, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (detail) 2011, photography. Courtesy of the artist.

Bush Fragments in the Red presents Coochie Art Group members’ interest in the Redlands’ wildlife and habitats, celebrating a host of species, some still resident in their neighbourhoods, others now rare visitors. This enthusiastic group of artists has been holding art classes on Coochiemudlo Island since the 1970s. Working with artist mentor Nicola Moss, members will create new work for this exhibition illustrating their passion for the local environment and its rare and unique flora and fauna.

The exhibition will open Friday, 1st December at 6:30pm.

Sunday, 3 December, 2017 to Sunday, 14 January, 2018

Image: Gloria Dietz-Kiebron, My roots, Paris the city of lights (detail) 2016, synthetic polymer paint on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

Redland Yurara Art Society formed as an art group in Cleveland in 1962 and has grown to its present membership of approximately 100 artists. Operating from their local studio and gallery at Pinklands Reserve, Thornlands, they run a dynamic program of workshops and classes. Yurara’s 2017 exhibition Connections looks at the heritage of many Australians and their connection to different cultures.

The exhibition will open Friday, 1st December at 6:30pm.

Sunday, 15 October, 2017 to Sunday, 26 November, 2017

Image: Nicola Hooper, Kiss, scratch, bite 2016, hand coloured lithograph. Courtesy of the artist.

Hosts by Brisbane artist Nicola Hooper presents her study of the concept of the animal body as a host or vessel for disease through the medium of lithography. Her works reference people’s often contradictory perceptions of animals in the context of fear of disease. Hooper explores the dichotomous concept of animals as demonised or revered, healthy or diseased, and human or animal through these exquisite works on paper.

The exhibition will open Friday, 13th October at 6:30pm.

Sunday, 15 October, 2017 to Sunday, 26 November, 2017

Image: Adam Cusack, In plain sight 2016, charcoal on paper. 2016 JADA Winner.

Courtesy of the artist and Grafton Regional Gallery.

Touring to RAG in 2017, the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) is the Grafton Regional Gallery’s biennial flagship art prize, promoting innovation and excellence in contemporary Australian drawing. Established in 1988, the JADA provides an exclusive opportunity for artists to explore the medium of drawing while allowing the Grafton Regional Gallery to collect a unique and impressive collection of contemporary Australian drawings.

The exhibition will open Friday, 13th October at 6:30pm.

Sunday, 20 August, 2017 to Sunday, 8 October, 2017

Kim Schoenberger, Papillon, In the Light of Truth 2016, recycled tea bags.

Photography by Tony Webdale and courtesy of the artist.

From the broad oeuvre of Schoenberger’s acclaimed work comes the exciting display of Papillon. A sea of butterflies suspended from the ceiling of the gallery creates a kinetic sculpture, counterpointed by a specimen wall in the adjoining room where hundreds of butterflies printed with abstract imagery are pinned for closer observation. Exploring concepts of transformation, each butterfly is created from used tea bags sourced from the community, while the title (French for butterfly) reminds us that this work invokes a new language.

The exhibition will open Friday, 18th August at 6:30pm.