Nusra Latif Qureshi at Bendigo Art Gallery

Nusra Latif Qureshi is included in SOUL fury at Bendigo Art Gallery. Bringing together the work of leading Australian and international contemporary artists working across sculpture, photography, painting, installation, video and textiles, the exhibition reflects on the essential nature of female agency in the current social and political climate. 

Gian Manik at Gertrude Contemporary

Gian Manik has been awarded a studio position at Gertrude Contemporary in their highly competitive Studio Program.

The application–based program supports 16 artists for a two–year period, with 8 artists invited to join the program each year. Gertrude Contemporary is committed to supporting artists at key moments in the development of their practice, to represent an inter–generational selection of artists, and to support a diverse range of artistic practices. The selection of artists is by a competitive application process led by an advisory committee.

Gian Manik will relocate his studio to the Preston premises in 2022.

Kate Beynon ‘Archie 100’

Kate Beynon is included in the ‘Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize’. Geelong Gallery Saturday 6 November 2021, to Sunday 20 February 2022.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Archibald Prize, ‘Archie 100’ explores the history of Australia’s most prestigious portrait award. The exhibition presents a diverse selection of Archibald portraits from the last century—the triumphant and the thwarted—and honours the artists who have made the prize the most sought-after accolade in Australian art today.

Helen Johnson at MUMA

Monash University Museum of Art presents ‘Helen Johnson: Let the Painter In and Out’, 10 September – 12 November 2022. Curated by Hannah Mathews ‘Helen Johnson: Let the Painter In and Out’ continues MUMA’s much anticipated and celebrated annual survey exhibition series that presents the practices of Australia’s most exciting and innovative mid-career artists.

Helga Groves finalist in the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2021

Congratulations to Helga Groves who has been selected by Bendigo Art Gallery for this year’s finalist exhibition. Thirty-four finalists have been selected and the winner of this popular $50,000 acquisitive painting prize will be announced in November. Prize exhibition dates: 20 November 2021 – 13 February 2022, held at Bendigo Art Gallery.

Vivienne Binns at MUMA and the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2022

Since the 1960s, Binns’ ground-breaking work has played an important role in the evolution of feminist, collaborative, community-based and studio practice.

A new retrospective of her work titled On And Through The Surface will show at Monash University Museum of Art from February 5 – April 2022, then at the Museum of Contemporary Art from July 15 – September 25, 2022.

The exhibition will encompass over 100 key works and cover six decades of Binns’s practice, spanning painting, drawing, assemblage and collaborative projects, loaned from public and private collections as well as the artist.

Lindy Lee sculpture commission for National Gallery of Australia

Lindy Lee will create her most significant work to date, an immersive public sculpture, the Ouroboros, for the Gallery’s 40th anniversary.

Constructed from mirror-polished stainless steel, the sculpture will be positioned at the entrance to the National Gallery, standing around 4 metres high and weighing approx 13 tonnes. Ouroboros will be one of Australia’s first sustainable works of public art – minimising its carbon impact, incorporating recycled materials and maximising renewable energy.

‘This work will become a beacon for the National Gallery, daytime or night-time, pulsing with light and energy. During the day its highly polished mirror surface will reflect the imagery of the floating world. And at night the Ouroboros will be lit internally, returning its light to the world.’ – Lindy Lee.

Nicholas Mangan at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong

Nicholas Mangan is included in trust & confusion at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong. Curated by Xue Tan and Raimundas Malašauskas.
Commissioned by Tai Kwun Contemporary, Nicholas Mangan’s Lasting Impressions is a constellation of dental casts made up of a mixture of crushed coral and other compounds. As the Great Barrier Reef transforms from one of the largest living organisms to one of the largest dying organisms on Earth due to global warming, ‘Lasting Impressions’ interrogates the literal and metaphorical relations between the human mouth, consumption, and destruction.

George Egerton-Warburton at PICA

George Egerton-Warburton’s Raw Factory / Drugs / Echo no no no me, 2017– 21, mixed-media installation is included in Love in Bright Landscapes, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, curated by Annika Kristensen.

27 July – 10 October, 2021.

Aleks Danko at Buxton Contemporary

Aleks Danko is included in This is a poem at Buxton Contemporary. Bringing contemporary art and poetry into dialogue, This is a poem is a multi-disciplinary project encompassing new commissions in a diverse mix of media and forms, live performances, a publication and an exhibition. Curated by Melissa Keys, The project draws notable artists and poets into creative discourse. Each participant has been invited to write, perform, read or present in visual form an original work of poetry in response to an artwork held in the University’s Buxton Contemporary collection.

Kate Beynon announced as 2021 Collingwood Yards Resident

Bank of Melbourne and Collingwood Yards have today announced the recipient of the second Bank of Melbourne Collingwood Residency, a program created in partnership between the two organisations. A $30,000 package of support for a start-up creative enterprise consisting of a large studio space in the refurbished Johnston Street building, a $10,000 Bank of Melbourne bank account and professional development opportunities has been awarded to artist and educator, Kate Beynon.

Sophie Travers, Director of Collingwood Yards said “Kate is an artist with so much to offer the Collingwood Yards community. We are delighted to welcome her and support her beautiful work and connections to our creative tenants and Collingwood neighbours.”

Sara Hughes at Whirinaki Whare Taonga

Sara Hughes new interactive installation is on show at Whirinaki Whare Taonga New Zealand from 17 April – 27 June 2021. Hughes has created an interactive installation, based on the idea of the building block: it’s an artwork you can build with. Especially popular with families, visitors can build their own cityscape using hundreds of wooden blocks which are modelled on the local architecture and landscape. Focused on experimenting with colour, composition, shape and pattern this is a site specific work celebrating the city of Upper Hutt.

Jane Trengove awarded Australia Council for the Arts Grant

Jane Trengove and Katie Ryan have been awarded an Australia Council for the Arts: Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative grant of $30,000 for a peer-to-peer collaborative project to develop inclusive practice models in artist-run spaces

Jackson Slattery at Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal

Jackson Slattery’s major painting Siamese Dream is currently on view at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, as part of Des horizons d’attente. This exhibition highlights the practices of twenty-one artists whose works, recently acquired by the Musée, are being shown here for the first time. They speak of political, feminist, social, aesthetic, material, conceptual, spiritual, ecological, poetic, linguistic and identity-related concerns specific to our time.

Nicholas Mangan at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Nicholas Mangan’s new work Core-coralations, 2021, will be on view at ACCA from 26 June – 5 September, 2021. A Biography of Daphne is a curatorial project that revisits the Classical myth of Daphne as the starting point for an investigation of trauma and metamorphosis, symbiosis and entanglement in contemporary art. Daphne, the nymph who turned into a tree to evade the assault of the god Apollo, is a figure in, and of, crisis, but also a symbol of resistance and transformation.

George Egerton-Warburton in TarraWarra Biennial 2021: Slow Moving Waters

George Egerton-Warburton’s new installation, Some words/concepts/moods (kitchen sink drama), 2021, is currently on view as part of the TarraWarra Biennial 2021: Slow Moving Waters. Sequestered within the museum’s storage cavity, the work explores the radical attraction of the withdrawal of one’s labour and its awkwardness for the productivity and efficiency mandated by capitalist ideology.

27 March – 11 July 2021. Curated by Nina Miall.

David Rosetzky commissioned to make major work for Castlemaine Art Museum

With support from the Federal Government’s RISE Fund, Castlemaine Art Museum have commissioned David Rosetzky to create a major new work to be exhibited in early 2023.

Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings wins MAPDA Best Book for 2021

Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings was named Museums Australia Publication Design Awards (MAPDA) Best Book for 2021 at the annual Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) national conference in Canberra this week. Selected Writings was edited by Angela Goddard and Tim Riley Walsh, and co-published by Power Publications, Sydney, and Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane.

Helen Johnson and Gordon Bennett at Tate Modern

Works by Gordon Bennett and Helen Johnson are currently on view at Tate Modern as part of A Year in Art: Australia in 1992, a new exhibition exploring the debate over Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights before and after the High Court’s landmark 1992 Mabo decision.

Catherine Bell finalist in STILL: National Still Life Award 2021.

Catherine Bell is a finalist in STILL: National Still Life Award 2021 with her series, ‘Daphne’s Fountain 1-3’. An exhibition of finalists work will be on view at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery from 14 August – 23 October 2021.

Karen Black named as finalist in 2021 Archibald Prize

Karen Black has been announced as a finalist in the 2021 Archibald Prize. Black’s entry is a timely portrait of renowned epidemiologist and professor of global biosecurity at the UNSW’s Kirby Institute, Professor Chandini Raina Macintyre. Professor Macintyre emigrated to Australia with her Sri Lankan Tamil family when she was nine, and is now recognised as a world expert in emerging infectious diseases. Black’s forthcoming solo exhibition at Sutton Gallery, ‘Arepo’, opens in July.

Kate Beynon named as finalist in 2021 Archibald Prize

Kate Beynon has been announced as a finalist in the 2021 Archibald Prize. ‘Collaborative Spirits’ is a striking self portrait of the artist, alongside her 22-year-old son Rali, an emerging artist and animator, and their beloved rescue dog, Tudo. The sitters wear futuristic/talismanic outfits that were adapted from a series of collaborative mask paintings made by Kate and Rali that draw on their mixed cultural backgrounds including Cantonese–Malaysian, Welsh/Celtic and Nordic, with Afro-Caribbean and Native American Pima ancestries from Kate’s husband and Rali’s father, Mike. These paintings will form the basis of a two-person exhibition at the gallery in late 2021.

Elizabeth Gower at Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery

Elizabeth Gower is included in A world of one’s own, a podcast series and exhibition at Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery. With a nod to Virginia Woolf’s iconic 1929 essay A Room of One’s Own, artist Tai Snaith has conducted a series of podcast conversations with female-identifying artists whom she admires. In this third series Snaith presents relaxed, colloquial exchanges with artists selected from the MPRG works on paper collection.

Rosslynd Piggott, Helga Groves and Brett Colquhoun finalists in Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

Rosslynd Piggott, Helga Groves and Brett Colquhoun have been named as finalists in the 2021 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize. An exhibition of finalists work will be on view at Geelong Gallery from Saturday 29 May to Sunday 22 August 2021.