28 SEPTEMBER - 4 NOVEMBER
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
17 AUGUST - 23 SEPTEMBER
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
6 JULY - 12 AUGUST
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
31 MARCH - 20 MAY 2012
The 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 exhibition. The Salon has an excellent reputation, and is often cited as more interesting that the "official" exhibition. 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. Sponsored by Holding Redlich.
TSERING HANNAFORD Tsering (self portrait) oil on canvas 29 x 40cm