• Artists Announced in the Fleurieu Art Prize 2016

    The Fleurieu Art Prize, the richest landscape prize in the world, will present a diverse selection of artists working across multiple-media celebrating Australian landscape. Established in 1998, this non-acquisitive prize is valued at $65,000 and will be the first time the prize has been exhibited in the CBD. The exhibition will take place at the Samstag Museum of Art, running from 3 June to 29 July 2016.

    The winner will be announced at the launch on the 2nd of June and judging panel includes: Nigel Hurst, Director, Saatchi Gallery London; Suhanya Raffel, Deputy Director and Director of Collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales; and Erica Green, Director, Samstag Museum of Art.

    A huge congratulations to Narelle Autio, Ildiko Kovacs, Janet Laurence, Richard Lewer, William Mackinnon, Sera Waters and Amy Joy Watson who have all been shortlisted for the prize!

    For more details and a full list of participating artists, click here.

    Richard Lewer, Yowie, 2015, from Believe It or Not, oil on canvas, 153 x 153 cm

    Image: Richard Lewer, Yowie, 2015, oil on canvas, 153 x 153 cm

    William Mackinnon, Strange Country, 2016, acrylic, oil and automotive enamel on linen, two panels, 200 x 150 cm each

    Image: William Mackinnon, Strange Country, 2016, acrylic, oil and automotive enamel on linen, 2 panels of 200 x 150 cm


  • Lisa Roet’s ‘Heart Beat’ at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation

    Lisa Roet’s Heart Beat will exhibit at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation from 26 February to 2 April.

    Lisa Roet is renowned for her exploration of the complex ape-human intersection.

    In Heart Beat, presented by the AEAF in partnership with Adelaide Festival of Arts, a giant hybrid gorilla/human heart pulsates to a blood-rushing soundscape, in a realm of science fiction where contemporary spirituality and ethical dilemmas collide.

    With a hint of freak show ‘smoke and mirrors’, this groundbreaking and immersive 4D video installation uses the mutations of Roet’s own body to examine how cutting-edge scientific technology affects ‘humanness’.

    Produced in collaboration with musician Charlie Owen (Beasts of Bourbon / Divinyls) and scientific animator Drew Berry (Walter and Eliza Institute).

    This project has been supported by The International Primate Heart Project based at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Arts Victoria, Melbourne Heart Care and the Adelaide Festival of Arts.

    For opening dates and times, click here.

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    Image: Lisa Roet, Heart Beat, 2014, installation view, installation dimensions variable.

  • Janet Laurence’s ‘H2O: Water Bar’

    Janet Laurence’s latest project will be exhibiting in Sydney from 13 to 28 February from 6 to 9pm at Paddington Reservoir Gardens:

    “Sydney’s latest must-visit tasting bar is serving something more precious than vintage French bubbles or Japanese whiskey: our natural water supply.

    H2O: Water Bar is a reflective, glassy glistening installation by Janet Laurence that allows you to sample a variety of water sourced from diverse regions of Australia.

    Outfitted like an apothecary or laboratory, H2O: Water Bar is set amongst the heritage industrial space of the Paddington Reservoir Gardens’ inner chamber, opened to the public especially for this installation.

    Australia’s identity is forever tied to our relationship with water, from the waterholes used as weapons during the colonial era, to the long droughts that affect our regional communities, and the environmental threats to the future of Australia’s ground water. By inviting you to experience the qualities of different Australian waters, H2O: Water Bar helps us to better understand the complexity and fragility of this vital resource.”

    Read more about the project here and here!
    Janet Laurence's H20 Water Bar invite
    H20 Water Bar
    Janet Laurence's H20 Water Bar
  • Trent Parke in ‘Public Image, Private Lives: Family, Friends and Self’ at the Art Gallery of South Australia

    Public Image, Private Lives: Family, Friends and Self is now open at the Art Gallery of South Australia!

    The spectacular exhibition features works by our own Trent Parke, as well as by Julia Margaret Cameron, Harold Cazneaux, Max Dupain, J.H. Lartigue, Andy Warhol, Carol Jerrems, Pat Brassington, Sue Ford, Mark Kimber, Ann Newmarch, Ian North and William Yang.

    Public Image, Private Lives, open until July 3, delves beneath the surface of familiar (and some unfamiliar) images in Australian and international photography, to highlight close connections between the photographer and subject, whether they be friends, family members or the photographers themselves.

    Parke most recently exhibited at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 2015, premiering The Black Rose. Public Image, Private Lives presents works by Parke from the iconic The Christmas Tree Bucket.
    Trent Parke, Hotdog Man, 2008, from The Christmas Tree Bucket, Pigment print, 72 x 90 or 32 x 40 cm, ed. of 8
    Image: Trent Parke, Hotdog Man, 2008, from The Christmas Tree Bucket, pigment print, 72 x 90 or 32 x 40 cm, ed. of 8
    Trent Parke, Celebrity heads, 2008, from The Christmas Tree Bucket, Pigment print, 72 x 90 or 32 x 40 cm, ed. of 8
    Image: Trent Parke, Celebrity heads, 2008, from The Christmas Tree Bucket, pigment print, 72 x 90 or 32 x 40 cm, ed. of 8
    Image: Trent Parke, Dash and doll, 2008, from The Christmas Tree Bucket, pigment print, 72 x 90 or 32 x 40 cm, ed. of 8
  • Hugo Michell Gallery at Art Stage Singapore

    Hugo Michell Gallery is pleased to announce that it will exhibit at Art Stage Singapore, from 21 to 24 January 2016.

    Art Stage Singapore is the leading Asian art fair connecting the world to the best of Asian contemporary art. Art Stage Singapore presents the diversity of contemporary art rising from the region, including galleries and artists from Southeast Asia, China, India, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

    For Art Stage Singapore 2016, Hugo Michell Gallery will present a selection of works from Magnum photographer Trent Parke’s The Black Rose, new works by painter William Mackinnon, and new works by Ukranian-born Australian artist Stanislava Pinchuk, also known as Miso.

    Trent Parke, Cockatoo #1, 'The Black Rose' series, 120 x 150cm

    Image: Trent Parke, Cockatoo #1, Newcastle, 2011, from The Black Rose, pigment print, 120 x 150 cm, ed. of 7.


    Coast to coast

    Image: William Mackinnon, Coast to coast, 2015, oil on synthetic canvas, 150 x 200 cm.


    Stanislava Pinchuk [Miso], Moon (Protest Deaths in Ukraine, Jan-May 2014), 2014, pin pricks on paper, 150 x 110 cm

    Image: Stanislava Pinchuk [Miso], Moon (Protest Deaths in Ukraine, Jan-May 2014), 2014, pin-pricks on paper, 150 x 110 cm.

  • Trent Parke’s ‘The Camera is God’ at Monash Gallery of Art

    The Monash Gallery of Art presents Trent Parke’s The Camera is God. This is a significant exhibition by and for Parke, the internationally-renowned Australian photographer. The MGA will be presenting this exhibition alongside a range of Parke’s work recently acquired for its collection. The Camera is God will run from 26 November 2015 to 21 February 2016.

    See MGA website for more details.

    Trent Parke, No_893, Candid portrait of a man on a street corner, Adelaide Australia, 2013, Pigment print, 80 x 60 cm, From the camera is God series

    Image: Trent Parke, No. 893, Candid portrait of a man on a street corner, Adelaide, Australia, 2013, from The Camera is God, pigment print, 80 x 60 cm, ed. of 2.


  • Janet Laurence in ‘Anthropocene’, the Fine Art Society, London

    From 17-27 November, Janet Laurence presents Anthropocene with Scottish artist Angela Palmer at the Fine Art Society in London.

    Anthropocene (from the Greek anthropo – ‘man’, and cene –‘new’) is the name used to denote the proposed new geological era due to supersede the current Holocene epoch as a formal scientific recognition of the prevailing and irrevocable impact of human life on earth. 

    Both Laurence and Palmer share an interest in the changing face of the environment and humanity’s effect on the planet and will present, shown alongside each other for the first time, works reflecting this ever-present issue. 

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    Image: Janet Laurence, Homeopathy #3Coral Collapse, 2015, from Reef Resuscitation, Kodak metallic type C photographic paper, processed in RA-4 chemistry, 129 x 90 x 5 cm.

  • Gold Coast Art Prize 2015

    Congratulations to James Dodd, Paul Sloan and Amy Joy Watson – all South Australian artists shortlisted for the Gold Coast Art Prize!

    Now in its 47th year and hosted by the Gold Coast City Gallery, the Prize includes a total of $30,000 for acquisitions.

    Exhibition opens 5 December 2015 and closes 31 January, 2016. Find out more here!
    Image: James Dodd, This is a painting that I had hoped to make years ago, 2015, acrylic & enamel on canvas, 61 x 46 cm.

    Paul Sloan artist Morphet St warehouse exhibition

    Image: Paul Sloan, Untitled, 2015, from Interior Motives, collage, mixed media.


  • Darebin Art Prize 2015

    Congratulations to Nadine Christensen and Elvis Richardson, who have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Darebin Art Prize!

    The Darebin Art Prize is a biennial national multi-medium acquisitive art prize awarding excellence in contemporary visual art.

    The $10,000 acquisitive prize includes a wide range of contemporary practices.

    The exhibition opens 10 December 2015 at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre and closes 21 February 2016. More information on the Prize here!


    Darebin Art Prize work

    Image: Nadine Christensen, Untitled (Three Piles), 2014, acrylic on board, 120 x 150 cm.


    Image: Elvis Richardson with James Hayes, Episode 1: Dear Daddy, 2015, two framed photographs, embedded soundtracks looped, headphones and extension cords, unique metal stand, dimensions variable.

  • Elvis Richardson exhibiting in NSW & VIC

    Elvis Richardson is currently exhibiting in both NSW and VIC.

    Curated by Carrie Miller, Richardson exhibits alongside an impressive group of artists in: Exhibit A at The Lock-Up – an old Newcastle Police Station:

    In an era when the conventional boundaries between artistic genres are becoming less relevant, and the subject matter of art is ever broadening so that what constitutes art is constantly being thrown into question, the topic of crime, criminality and the criminal subject presents fertile conceptual ground for artists who are already engaging with the nature of ‘community standards’ and ‘acceptable’ moral conventions in relation to their own discipline.

    Exhibit A runs  from 30 October to 6 December 2015. More details here!

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    Image: Elvis Richardson, Art Problems, 2015, digital print on canvas, 220 x 90 cm.

    Richardson is also exhibiting in A Crafted History, curated by Lisa Byrne and Jane O’Neill at Realm Artspace, Maroondah City Council Melbourne. Richardson has created an epic installation from VHS tapes donated by the local community. 

    A Crafted History runs 7 November 2015 to 10 January 2016.


    Image: Elvis Richardson, Televisuals: Do Not Tape Over, 2015, 2475 home-recorded VHS cassettes donated by the local community.