Immerse yourself in the dynamic realm of Australian art and culture,
brought to life by an eclectic range of exhibitions. Take a sneak peek
into the ongoing showcase of creativity that awaits you.
Always Modern: The Heide Story
13 May 2023 to 16 June 2024
Heide Museum of Modern Art
Discover the remarkable origin story of Heide through this exhibition of highlights from the museum’s collection. In 1934, the Reeds purchased the property and changed the farmhouse into a cultural hub. Their home became the meeting place for artists wanting to foster the development of an antipodean modernism, enticing names such as Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan, Joy Hester, Charles Blackman and Mirka Mora. Always Modern: The Heide Story delves into the visual history of the iconic Melbourne gallery.
The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia
Meaning ‘Many Mobs’ in the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung language, Wurrdha Marra has opened the Ian Potter Centre to become a space of sharing and collaboration of First Nations artists. A range of themes are explored by the artists, who range in age, career, and location, as understandings of time or material converge. This exhibition promotes the central role of art as the holder and teacher of cultural knowledge, as such knowledge is passed on to the gallery visitor.
LISA GORMAN + MIRKA MORA: To breathe with the rhythm of the heart
18 November 2023 to 17 March 2024
Warrnambool Art Gallery
Connecting two iconic moments in Australian art and fashion history, LISA GORMAN + MIRKA MORA: to breathe with the rhythm of the heart celebrates the work of two ground-breaking women. Sharing a love for colour, experimentation and other worldliness, Gorman and Mirka’s creative outputs represent the bright daily lives of the artists. Drawing from the fashion house and the Estate of Mirka Mora, this exhibition celebrates the eclectic.
The Immortal Poet - Works by Garry Shead
3 November 2023 to 7 April 2024
Tweed Regional Gallery
Born in Sydney, Garry Shead is one of Australia's most celebrated and distinctive artists. His work is renowned for its narration and emotional edge, both of which unfold through his lyrical and expressive figuration. This exhibition presents a series of Shead’s works that were inspired by poet, Ern Malley.
A legend of Australian culture, Ern Malley was a fictitious poet created as part of a hoax designed to discredit modernism. For Shead however, Malley's poetry transcends its creator's mischievous intent. Rather, emblematic of the Australian psyche, he seeks Malley as allegory for the creative individual's precarious path.
2 January to 3 March
S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Known for her vibrant, expressive compositions, Ann Thomson and her artistic energy are celebrated with this survey exhibition. Thomson came to maturity at a time when abstract expressionism arrived in Australia. Never losing momentum or intensity, her art holds a dynamic energy which enlivens any space.
Often described as abstract, the artist rejects this label as her works are drawn from visual memories of places and things; 'I might abstract something but I don't just paint shapes.' Since graduating from the National Art School in 1962 she taught and produced art, featuring in countless solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas.
Archibald Prize 2023 Regional Tour
Winner Archibald Prize 2023, Julia Gutman, Head in the sky, feet on the ground, oil, found textiles and embroidery on canvas, 198 x 213.6 cm. (c) The artist. Image courtesy of Art Gallery of New South Wales, Jenni Carter.
19 January to 3 March
Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
Each year, the Archibald Prize is highly anticipated, offering insight into the nation’s creative communities through the portraits of celebrated figures. Following their display at the Art Gallery of NSW, the Archibald Prize 2023 finalists will be touring across Victoria and regional NSW. Come across the many faces of Australia through this exhibition, beginning in Goulburn.
Emily Kame Kngwarray
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1994. Photo: Greg Weight
2 December 2023 to 28 April 2024
National Portrait Gallery
Celebrating the renowned artist, the NGA presents an extensive survey of Emily Kam Kngwarray’s work. A senior Anmatyerr woman, Emily began painting in the later years of her life, producing artworks imbued with her knowledge and experiences within the clan. Joining her monumental paintings with her early batik textiles and immersive soundscapes created by the artist’s community, this eponymous exhibition continues to enhance the understanding of Emily’s impact on the Australian artistic community.
National Portrait Gallery
The portraiture work of artists, such as Arthur Boyd, Fred Williams, Judy Cassab and Clifton Pugh, are on display this year at the National Portrait Gallery. This collection explores the influence of European modernism on Australian art during the 20th century, a century which saw great political, social and cultural change.
The Painter & the Printmaker
William Robinson 'Study for Trees'
5 September 2023 to 15 September 2024
William Robinson Gallery, Brisbane CBD
William Robinson is a revered figure in Australia's art world, celebrated for his remarkable ability to capture landscapes and portraits. His artworks breathe life into the rainforests of South East Queensland and the seascapes of Northern New South Wales, offering a genuine portrayal of the Australian bush that evokes profound emotions.
Well known for his paintings, his work in printmaking is rarely acknowledged for its aesthetic metric and contribution in solidifying his creative vision. The Painter & the Printmaker provides an insight of how four decades of experience in printmaking helped to shape Robinson’s masterful ability as a colourist and mark-maker.
2 December 2023 to 28 April 2024
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
Once upon a time, many centuries ago, the sharing of folk stories began. Fairy Tales explores how these beloved stories inspire contemporary practices, which range from fine art, opulent costumes, installations to captivating cinema. Like the verbal and literal storytellers before them, these artists investigate the ideas of bravery, grandeur, companionship and fantasy.
ASIA PACIFIC CONTEMPORARY: THREE DECADES OF APT
Lee Wen, Journey of a yellow man no. 13: Fragmented bodies/shifting ground, 1999. Photo: QAGGMA
10 February to 13 April
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum
To celebrate the recent tenth iteration of ‘The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’, the Queensland Art Gallery has organised this touring exhibition, showcasing the triennial’s 30-year history. Exhibiting artists from across the Asia Pacific – such as Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, Vanuatu and Vietnam – Asia Pacific Contemporary offers insight into diverse understandings of contemporary art.
The Antipodean Manifesto
19 August 2023 to 24 March 2024
The Art Gallery of Western Australia
With deep attachment to post-war modernist artistic and literary associations of the Heide circle, seven artists were concerned about the style of abstract art ultimately leading to the death of art. These artists – Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, David Boyd, John Brack, Robert Dickerson, John Perceval, and Clifton Pugh – believed in recognizable images and subject matter, elements that they felt were being lost. Drawing from the manifesto written by this group, and art historian Bernard Smith, The Antipodean Manifesto explores the similarities that brought the artists together and how they celebrated figurative art during the rising popularity of abstraction.
Rethinking Australian Art
Art Gallery of South Australia
By re-hanging these selected artworks from their collection, the Art Gallery of South Australia aims to re-explore Australian Art History. Challenging the notion of a national art scene that was isolated or singular, this presentation of art showcases the intricate and revolutionary shifts that took place in Australian art following the Second World War - including the emergence of Aboriginal art, the momentum of the Feminist art movement, and the ascent of conceptual art and post-modernism.
Alice Prize 1970 - 2020
Samantha Everton, The sitting room, 2003, photograph, 81.5 x 79.5 cm. (c) The artist and Araluen Art Collection.
3 October 2023 to 3 March 2024
Araluen Arts Centre, Mparntwe
In 1970, the Alice Prize began. The event came from the determination of the Alice Springs Art Foundation for the nation’s acclaimed artists to share their creativity with the communities in the deep desert. In the 50 years since, the Alice Prize has created a strong collection that is important to the local and national communities alike. Rewarding their efforts, this exhibition celebrates the vision of the Alice Springs Art Foundation.