Past Exhibitions

Selected dates in June


7-10 June/ 14-17 June/ 21- 24 June only  (closed Saturday, Sunday & Monday)

Jessie Mackintosh The tiresome visitor


One of the most important functions of a public art gallery is to preserve and protect its collections. An intricate marriage of both art and science, art conservation involves researching and assessing the needs of the works of art, implementing preventative treatments, and repairing damaged or deteriorating objects.

With a collection of hundreds of diverse artworks and objects that span 200 years of Australian cultural history, the S.H. Ervin Gallery and National Trust is working on a project to ensure its works of art are properly cared for so that future generations to enjoy. As part of this special feature in our exhibition calendar, the gallery will present some of the gems from the permanent collection with simultaneously, expert conservators from International Conservation Services will be on site cleaning works from the collection. This is a rare opportunity to see art conservation in action. 

image: Jessie Mackintosh, The tiresome visitor

PaulOgier OneTree low res 

Tuesday 27 September 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the first atomic test at Maralinga in South Australia, one of twelve such tests the British conducted on Australian soil. The exhibition Black Mist Burnt Country revisits the events, its location and legacies through the art of over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists across the mediums of painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, music and new media. 

A Burrinja touring exhibition, curated by JD Mittmann, Burrinja Dandenong Ranges Cultural Centre. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program. Developed with support by the National Exhibition Touring Support (NETS) Victoria and financial assistance of the Gordon Darling Foundation.

image: PAUL OGIER One tree carbon pigment on rag paper, 2010

Natasha Bieniek Sahara cropped. 

The Portia Geach Memorial Award was established by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, artist Portia Geach. The award for portraiture by contemporary Australian women artists displays selected entries from artists across the nation representing diversity in contemporary portrait painting. The award is recognised as one of the most important celebrations of the talents and creativity of Australian female portrait painters and has played a major role in supporting the profile of the nation’s women artists.  

Award trustee 


image: NATASHA BIENIEK detail of Sahara (self portrait) oil on wood, winner 2015 Portia Geach Memorial Award

Portrait of Jenny Sages B low resThe 'alternative' selection from hundreds of entries to the Archibald and Wynne Prizes. Each year our guest selectors go behind the scenes of the Art Gallery of New South Wales to select the exhibtion. The Salon has an excellent reputation and the criteria for works selected are quality, diversity, humour and experimentation and cover themes such as contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and artist's responses to the landscape.


The Salon is now showing at Mornington Peninsual Regional Gallery, Victoria until 20 November. Please visit their website for more information: Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery



image: NICK STATHOPOLOUS, Jenny Sages, (Jenny Sages, artist), oil on linen 

IMG 312427 February - 10 April, 2016 

This is the second exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery that presents the fascinating personal collections of leading contemporary artists including the collections of Tom Carment, Nicholas Harding, Guy Maestr & Idris Murphy.These collections provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and curiosities of artists.. Inspired by the artist collectors such as Picasso, who famously 'borrowed' objects from the Louvre, this exhibition allows visitors a glimpse into the private world of the artist.

image: Guy Maestri's Sydney apartment photo: Eve Wilson 

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