Past Exhibitions

Surface Tension: The art of Euan Macleod 1991-2009

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Surface Tension: the art of Euan Macleod 1991–2009 is the first major touring exhibition of work by an artist considered to be one of the finest painters of his generation. Euan Macleod’s outstanding ability as an innovative practitioner has seen his work receive both critical and public acclaim, as well as major awards including the Archibald Prize in 1999, the Sulman Prize in 2001 and the Blake Prize in 2006. The exhibition showcases the best of Macleod’s major works, sourced from the collections of public galleries, corporations and private collectors. The exhibition focuses on the core concerns of the artist – the relationship between the figure and the landscape. Macleod is drawn to hostile and remote environments – from the volcanic landforms of New Zealand, to the rugged coastline and desert regions of Australia and most recently the isolated ice platforms of Antarctica – and has incorporated imagery from these diverse landscapes into his paintings.

EUAN MACLEOD Present 2008 (detail) oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas 120 x 84cm Collection: Tweed River Art Gallery

Portia Geach Memorial Award 2010

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The annual award exhibition for portraiture presents selected entries from 47 artists across the nation by Australian women artists. The award, which was first given in 1965 in memory of artist Portia Geach, celebrates the diversity in contemporary portraiture. The Award is recognised as one of the most important celebrations of the talents and creativity of Australia women painters and has played a vital role in developing the profile of contemporary portraiture.


Scrambled egg 2010 (detail) oil on canvas 127 x 102cm

Slow Burn: A century of Australian women artists from a private collection

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Slow Burn: A century of Australian women artists from a private collection traces the history of women artists in Australia and the development of a remarkable private collection over a 15 year period.   Guided by the late art dealer Eva Breuer who worked closely with the collectors to acquire the best works of Australian women the exhibition presents ninety three Australian women artists ranging from the delicate pastels of Janet Cumbrae Stewart to the modernist prints of Margaret Preston to the bio-techno sculptures of Patricia Piccinini.   The works in the exhibition demonstrate the skill and versatility of women artists over the past hundred years.

CLARICE BECKETT Bathers, Beaumaris c.1925-30 (detail) oil on canvas on board 39.2 x 29.5cm

The Shilo Project


2 JULY - 1 AUGUST 2010

An iconic album cover from the 1970s, Neil Diamond’s Shilo, is the stimulus for this touring exhibition from the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, which explores the intricate relationship between pop music and modern art.  The original album cover featured an innovative join-the-dots image of Neil Diamond, inviting fans to complete their own portrait.  For the Shilo project, curator, Dr Chris McAuliffe invited 100 leading contemporary artists to respond to the artistic challenge posed by the do-it-yourself album cover. Their works will be exhibited along with a number of amateur responses – many of which have been collected from op-shops and second-hand record dealers. A NETS Victoria Touring Exhibition, developed by The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne.

BEN QUILTY Untitled 2010 Shilo sleeve, spray paint, pencil, ink

Sidney Nolan: The Gallipoli series

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28 MAY - 27 JUNE 2010

Sidney Nolan (1917–1992) was one of Australia’s most complex, innovative, and prolific artists. Throughout his extraordinary artistic career, Gallipoli was a theme to which Nolan would constantly return.  Nolan worked on a series of paintings for two decades that were inspired by the World War I campaign and underpinned by personal tragedy.  In 1978, Nolan presented his Gallipoli series - two hundred and fifty two drawings and paintings - to the Australian War Memorial, in memory of his soldier brother Raymond, who died in a tragic accident just before the end of the Second World War.  The exhibition provided the opportunity to view a highlight of these striking and iconic works, now on display together for the first time in 30 years. An Australian War Memorial travelling exhibition.

SIDNEY NOLAN Head of Gallipoli soldier in pink and gold 1977 (detail) alkyd on hardboard 122.2 x 91.4cm Collection: Australian War Memorial

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