30 OCTOBER - 6 DECEMBER
Country & Western: landscape re-imagined is a comprehensive and inclusive landscape exhibition from the Perc Tucker Art Gallery,Townsville. Including works by leading artists including Paddy Bedford, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnston, Emily Kngwarreye, Euan Macleod, Tracey Moffatt, Mandy Martin, John Olsen, William Robinson, Ginger Riley, Rover Thomas, John Wolseley and more, the exhibition brings into focus our evolving attitudes and perceptions of the national landscape over the past twenty-five years. Conceived and assembled by curator Gavin Wilson.
image: JOHN OLSEN Desert seedling, watercolour on paper (2008-10) Gold Coast City Gallery collection, gift of the artist under the Cultural Gifts Program 2012
18 SEPTEMBER - 25 OCTOBER
The Portia Geach Memorial Award was established by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, artist Portia Geach. The award for portraiture by contemporary Australian women artists displays selected entries from artists across the nation representing diversity in contemporary portrait painting. The Award is recognised as one of the most important celebrations of the talents and creativity of Australian female portrait painters and has played a major role in supporting the profile of the nation’s women artists. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Award.
image: NATASHA BIENIEK detail of Sahara (self portrait) oil on wood, winner 2015 Portia Geach Memorial Award
18 JULY - 13 SEPTEMBER
The 'alternative' selection from hundreds of entries to the Archibald and Wynne Prizes. Each year our guest selectors go behind the scenes of the Art Gallery of New South Wales to select the exhibtion. The Salon has an excellent reputation and the criteria for works selected are quality, diversity, humour and experimentation and cover themes such as contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and artist's responses to the landscape.
image: JOHN WILLIAMS, Austin and friend, (Austin Cutter and friend), oil on linen
29 MAY - 12 JULY
In 2015, the year of Papua New Guinea’s 40th anniversary of independence from Australia, the S.H. Ervin Galley is presenting a major exhibition, which will focus on the little-known work produced by William Dobell following two journeys made to the Australian-administered Territory of Papua and New Guinea in 1949 and 1950.
image: WILLIAM DOBELL The thatchers 1953 oil on composition board National Gallery of Australia
17 APRIL - 24 MAY
Your Friend the Enemy features artwork by 16 significant Australian and New Zealand contemporary artists and commemorates the ANZAC legend and the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign. It originates from a series of letters written by Idris Charles Pike, the grandfather of painter and participant in this project, Idris Murphy. Over 100 letters sent by Pike from the trenches of Gallipoli to his sweetheart have only recently come to light after nearly 100 years hidden from view.
In the letters, Pike wrote about the closeness of the Turkish trenches, describing the traffic of goods between the Australians, New Zealanders and Turks, and bore witness to an extraordinary relationship between enemies. He documented how the Turks would haul tobacco and papers over no-man’s-land into the ANZAC trenches in exchange for biscuits and jam. On one particular occasion, the Turks politely wrote a note in French thanking the Australians for the goods, signing off “from your friend, the enemy”.