Nusra Latif Qureshi at Warrnambool Art Gallery

Nusra Latif Qureshi’s solo exhibition, Promises of a Parallel Cosmos, will be on view at Warrnambool Art Gallery from Saturday 24 April to Sunday 24 June, 2021. The exhibition presents key artworks from the artist’s oeuvre spanning 2011-2019, alongside a new commission developed in response to WAG’s collection of Colonial holdings. Reflecting upon established narratives within art historical depictions of people and society, Qureshi openly critiques their accuracy and uncovers unknown histories. In Promises of a Parallel Cosmos Qureshi eloquently acknowledges the complexity of colonial stories, and encourages a new dialogue for understanding these in the present day. 

Major works by Vivienne Binns, Nicholas Mangan acquired by Tate/MCA

We are thrilled to announce that major works by Vivienne Binns and Nicholas Mangan have been jointly acquired by Tate, London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney. The acquisitions were made possible through a corporate gift from the Qantas Foundation that has enabled both museums to expand their collections each year, bringing the work of Australian artists to new global audiences. Binns and Mangan join a group of esteemed Australian artists–among them Gordon Bennett and Helen Johnson–whose work has been acquired as part of this ambitious program.

Nicholas Mangan for Buxton Contemporary Light Source Commission, The University of Melbourne

Referencing a diverse array of phenomena, from bitcoin cryptocurrency mining and biodiversity credits to Micronesian Rai stone currency, multidisciplinary artist Nicholas Mangan’s new film expands upon and ‘unmakes’ his critically celebrated and ongoing project Limits to Growth, initiated in 2016.

Light Source is a new series of commissions that form part of Buxton Contemporary’s expanded digital artistic program.

Arlo Mountford at Walkway Gallery

Arlo Mountford’s mid-career survey exhibition, Deep Revolt, is currently on view at Walkway Gallery in Bordertown, South Australia. Developed by Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and with support from Museums and Galleries NSW, the exhibition has been touring nationally since 2018. Deep Revolt continues until Sunday 5 February, 2021.

Nicholas Mangan receives Australia Council Fellowship

Nicholas Mangan has been named as an Australia Council Fellow for Visual Arts. Worth $80,000, the Fellowship will allow Mangan to develop his current artistic research in to a major body of work.

Catherine Bell at La Trobe Art Institute

Catherine Bell is included in One Foot on the Ground, One Foot in the Water at La Trobe Art Institute. Curated by Travis Curtain, the exhibition explores the subject of mortality and the inseperable link between life and death. The exhibition continues until Sunday 17 January, 2021.

Helga Groves at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery

Helga Groves is included in WONDER + DREAD:  Art in the Land of Weather Extremes at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, New South Wales. The exhibition – which features Groves’ seminal work Flood (1999), on loan from the Art Gallery of New South Wales – considers how Australian artists have responded to extreme weather events across time. WONDER + DREAD runs from 12 December, 2020 — 20 January, 2021.

7 Sutton Gallery artists featured in landmark National Gallery of Australia initiative ‘Know My Name’

Kate Beynon, Vivienne Binns, Anne Ferran, Elizabeth Gower, Helen Johnson, Lindy Lee and Rosslynd Piggott are included in Know My Name: Australia Women Artists 1900 to Now. A gender equity initiative of the NGA, Know My Name features a program of exhibitions, events, commissions, creative collaborations, publications and partnerships that highlight the diversity and creativity of women artist throughout history and to the present day.

Gordon Bennett at QAGOMA

Gordon Bennett: Unfinished Business continues at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, until 21 March 2021. It is the first large-scale exhibition of Bennett’s work and features 200 artworks ranging from installation and sculptural assemblage to painting, drawing, video and ceramics.

In his lifetime, Bennett was widely regarded as one of Queensland’s, and indeed one of Australia’s, most perceptive and inventive contemporary artists. Queensland-born, Bennett (1955–2014) was deeply engaged with questions of identity, perception and the construction of history, and made a profound and ongoing contribution to contemporary art in Australia and internationally.

Laresa Kosloff for Buxton Contemporary Light Source Commission, The University of Melbourne

Radical Acts is a darkly humorous and critical short film by Melbourne artist Laresa Kosloff assembled and edited entirely from corporate video stock footage sourced on the internet.

Light Source is a new series of commissions that form part of Buxton Contemporary’s expanded digital artistic program.

Kate Smith at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

Kate Smith’s solo exhibition, Form is temporary, class is permanent is now open at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, and will continue until 17 January 2021. The suite of works in this exhibition are defined by a contrast between control, and lack of it — extroverted brushwork is balanced with hesitant gestures, surfaces oscillate between overworked and underdone, and a series of three-dimensional forms made from readily available materials threaten a decline into formlessness.

Floor talks: Jon Campbell and Stephen Bush

Join us at the gallery on the 7th and the 14th of November for a floor talk with Jon Campbell and Stephen Bush. The artists will discuss their recent collaboration and give a short exhibition tour. Talks will commence at 11am. Due to density quotients, places are strictly limited and bookings are essential.

Lindy Lee at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Moon in a Dew Drop is a major exhibition by leading Australian artist Lindy Lee, presented at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in 2020. Curated by the MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, the exhibition will be the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s to date, spanning early works to more recent large-scale installations and sculptures.

2 Oct 2020 – 28 Feb 2021 MCA

Nicholas Mangan selected as Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2020 finalist

Congratulations to Nicholas Mangan, who has been named as a finalist in the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2020. The prize awards a Victorian sculptor for their existing body of work and takes into consideration their contribution to the practice of sculpture, their works in progress and planned work.

Prize winners will be announced at 6pm on November 11.

Kate Beynon selected as Archibald Prize finalist

Kate Beynon has been selected as a finalist in the Archibald Prize with her painting, With Tudo and the robe, 2020.

Kindred spirits, protective guardians and shaman figures often feature in Beynon’s work. In this self-portrait, the artist appears with her family’s 13-year old rescue staffy-cross, Tudo. The garment she wears is a painted, soft-sculptural costume work made earlier in 2020 titled ‘Robe for the Blue Shaman Guardian’. Beynon drew inspiration from a range of sources including the botanical and anatomical imagery of 17th century artist Yun Bing from the Qing Dynasty, the surrealist painter Remedios Varo Uranga, as well as the stories and symbols from her Malaysian-Chinese/Welsh ancestry.⠀

Karen Black selected as Archibald Prize finalist

Karen Black has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Archibald Prize for her painting of fellow artist and poet, the late Madonna Staunton, whose practice spanned five decades and included writing, collage, assemblage and painting. ⠀

She says, “I’d wanted to paint Madonna since 2014 after seeing her paintings at QAGOMA. I felt she’d been overlooked as one of our great women artists and wanted to put her in the spotlight. When I discovered she was the same age as my mother and also had dementia, it gave me a more personal reason to meet her. I visited her in the nursing home and was inspired to see her still working on various paintings. She was still outspoken, yet I could see a certain introspect in her manner, especially her eyes.⠀

She sat on her bed talking, so I situated the painting in her room. When I mixed the paint on the canvas a blob of paint hung over her eye, giving the portrait that feeling of introspection I’d recognised. I used shapes, referencing her assemblages and collages and painted it in the pale colours she was wearing on the day. It reminded me of time fading away.⠀

We lost Madonna on 16th December 2019.”⠀ ⠀

Stephen Bush at Darren Knight Gallery

Stephen Bush’s exhibition From the Rubber Room is due to open at Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, on Saturday 29 August 2020. This body of work features new paintings, works on paper and sculptures by Bush, alongside a series of works made in collaboration with the artist’s long-time friend, Jon Campbell.

The exhibition forms part of an artist initiated swap between Sutton Gallery and Darren Knight Gallery. Jon Campbell’s reciprocal exhibition at Sutton Gallery will re-open when restrictions across Victoria are eased.

Matt Hinkley wins National Small Sculpture Award

Matt Hinkley was recently announced as a winner of the McClelland National Small Sculpture Award for his work Untitled, 2014. The prize aims to support sculptors during the initial stages of the impact of COVID-19 on the Australian arts and culture sector. Eugene Carchesio and John Meade are also among the selection of finalists.

Kate Beynon Portia Geach Memorial Award & Darling Portrait Prize Finalist

Kate Beynon is a finalist in both the 2020 Portia Geach Memorial Award with her self portrait The Robe, 2020 (pictured). And the 2020 Darling Portait prize with her work Self-portrait with studio spirits, 2019.

The Portia Geach Memorial Award is an annual prize for Australian female portraitists. The non-acquisitive award established in 1961 with first place valued at $30,000. The exhibition is on show from 14 August – 20 September 2020 at S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.

The Darling Portrait Prize is Australia’s grand new annual prize for painted portraits, joining the iconic National Photographic Portrait Prize at Australia’s National Portrait Gallery. The finalist exhibition continues until Sunday 27 September 2020

COVID-19 Response

Sutton Gallery is committed to supporting its community of artists who have been impacted by the pausing of our physical exhibition program, and by the closure of studio spaces, ARIs and institutions globally.

As part of our response to these new challenges, Sutton Gallery will use its existing Viewing Room platform to present a series of focused online exhibitions. Through solo and group presentations, audiences will be able to discover new works, and to revisit key moments that have shaped our artists’ practices. We are also working with our colleagues in the public sector to enhance digital access to institutional exhibitions by Sutton Gallery artists that have been suspended or cut short due to the COVID-19 response. Stay tuned! More details to be announced shortly.⠀

Kate Beynon, Acrobats of the Dragon boat tail

Kate Beynon at Geelong Gallery

Collection leads – Kate Beynon is a solo presentation of the artist’s work currently on display at Geelong Gallery. The exhibition includes watercolours, paintings and soft sculptures that expand on the story of An-Li and provide greater insights to Beynon’s practice in which she merges diverse pictorial traditions with personal histories to address issues of hybridity, cultural identity and feminism.

David Rosetzky at Monash Gallery of Art

In celebration of their 30th anniversay, MGA commissioned four leading Australian artists – among them David Rosetzky – to create works that engage with key issues within the City of Monash community. Rosetzky’s series Being Ourselves is on display as part of the exhibition Portrait of Monash: the ties that bind.

Ruth Hutchinson at Castelmaine Art Museum

Ruth Hutchinson is included in The Unquiet Landscape, a group exhibition that forms a conversation between D H Lawrence’s 1922 novel, Kangaroo and a selection of artworks. At the core of the exhibition are paintings from the Castlemaine Art Museum shown along side living artists. Curated by Jenny Long none of the historical or contemporary art included were made with Kangaroo in mind, but by pairing each work with a quotation from the novel, unexpected correspondences between image and text are revealed.

FEM- aFFINITY at Devonport Regional Gallery

Curated by Dr Catherine Bell and including represented artists Helga Groves and Jane Trengove, FEM-aFFINITY brings together female artists from Arts Project Australia and across the country whose work shares an affinity of subject and process. The Devonport iteration runs until 15 March 2020 and will continue to tour nationally through out 2020-2021.

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