Past Exhibitions

Margaret Olley - Portrait in the mirror cropped7 JANUARY - 26 MARCH 2017 

This major exhibition celebrates the influence of Margaret Olley as an artist from her student days and continued throughout her life. It explores the influences of her teachers on her practice, the inspirations that shaped her as a painter and finally her legacy to those artists she championed. The exhibiiton includes works by Margaret Olley alongside those of Caroline Barker, Robert Barnes, Jean Bellette, Mitty Lee-Brown, Criss Canning, Cressida Campbell, Margaret Cilento, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Moya Dyring, Donald Friend, Nicholas Harding, Ben Quilty, Jeffrey Smart, David Strachan and Anne Weinholt.

Curated by Renee Porter.

The exhibition is presented in association with the Margaret Olley Art Trust as part of the Margaret Olley Art Series.

image: MARGARET OLLEY Portrait in the mirror (1948)  oil on cardboard AGNSW Gift of the artist 2001

Selected dates in June


7-10 June/ 14-17 June/ 21- 24 June only  (closed Saturday, Sunday & Monday)

Jessie Mackintosh The tiresome visitor


One of the most important functions of a public art gallery is to preserve and protect its collections. An intricate marriage of both art and science, art conservation involves researching and assessing the needs of the works of art, implementing preventative treatments, and repairing damaged or deteriorating objects.

With a collection of hundreds of diverse artworks and objects that span 200 years of Australian cultural history, the S.H. Ervin Gallery and National Trust is working on a project to ensure its works of art are properly cared for so that future generations to enjoy. As part of this special feature in our exhibition calendar, the gallery will present some of the gems from the permanent collection with simultaneously, expert conservators from International Conservation Services will be on site cleaning works from the collection. This is a rare opportunity to see art conservation in action. 

image: Jessie Mackintosh, The tiresome visitor

PaulOgier OneTree low res 

Tuesday 27 September 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the first atomic test at Maralinga in South Australia, one of twelve such tests the British conducted on Australian soil. The exhibition Black Mist Burnt Country revisits the events, its location and legacies through the art of over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists across the mediums of painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, music and new media. 

A Burrinja touring exhibition, curated by JD Mittmann, Burrinja Dandenong Ranges Cultural Centre. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program. Developed with support by the National Exhibition Touring Support (NETS) Victoria and financial assistance of the Gordon Darling Foundation.

image: PAUL OGIER One tree carbon pigment on rag paper, 2010

Natasha Bieniek Sahara cropped. 

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.  

Award trustee 


image: NATASHA BIENIEK detail of Sahara (self portrait) oil on wood, winner 2015 Portia Geach Memorial Award

Portrait of Jenny Sages B low resThe '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.


The Salon is now showing at Mornington Peninsual Regional Gallery, Victoria until 20 November. Please visit their website for more information: Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery



image: NICK STATHOPOLOUS, Jenny Sages, (Jenny Sages, artist), oil on linen 

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