Past Exhibitions



The Blake Prize challenges artists to explore the relationship between art, religion and spirituality.  The Prize invites an open, personal and idiosyncratic response, so much so that it has earned the criticism, ire and sometimes applause of critics and the public alike. The 2012 Blake Prize exhibition features the works of finalists to 61st Blake Art Prize and shortlisted poems of the 5th Blake Poetry Prize.


MAX BERRY  Ascent  2011  (detail)  acrylic on timber  120 x 300cm



The annual award exhibition for portraiture by contemporary Australian women artists. The award, which was first given in 1965 in memory of the artist Portia Geach, displays selected entries from artists across the nation representing diversity in contemporary portraiture. 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 developing the profile of the nation’s women artists.

SALLY ROBINSON The Artist's Mother 2012 synthetic polymer paint on cavas 151 x 106cm

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The exhibition celebrates the enormous contribution David Boyd and his family have made to the country’s cultural life. Comprising more than 100 works – paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramics by Boyd and his extended family – it explores the threads that connect the works, and to reveal to the viewer that the art of David Boyd is linked intrinsically with that of this remarkable artistic dynasty.


DAVID BOYD The Protestors 1968 (detail) oil and sfumato on canvas 91 x 122cm Collection: Australian War Memorial, Canberra



Curated by Joseph Eisenberg and Kim Blunt, In [Two] Art presents work by sixty of Australia's leading artists (thirty artistic and life couples). This fascinating exhibition features an impressive convergence of works from Australian artists who employ a diversity of contemporary mediums and practices. Subtle, often implied or obscure similarities can be found or inferred between the works of two artists who are also lovers; confidants; friends; and life-partners. Whilst practicing art as individuals, these artists are also recognised as being part of a creative artist couple. 

DEBORAH PAAWEE Untold Story 2010 Giclee print 120 x 120cm


25 MAY - 1 JULY 2012

In May 2011, 13 prominent Australian artists ventured to the Barrier Ranges in north western New South Wales, for an epic journey into the vast landscape of Australia’s arid desert.  Driving 1,100km west of Sydney, past Broken Hill and on to the University of NSW’s Research Station at Fowlers Gap, each artist responded to the landscape in their unique way.  Artists featuring in Not the Way Home  include: Margaret Ackland, Elisabeth Cummings, Merran Esson, Joe Frost, Alan Jones, Jennifer Keeler-Milne, Ross Laurie, Steve lopes, Euan Macleod, Idris Murphy, Amanda Penrose Hart, Peter Sharp and Guy Warren. 

IDIRS MURPHY Reflections and shadows, Fowlers Gap 2011 acrylic on aluminium  210 x 210cm

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