4 OCTOBER - 17 NOVEMBER
The annual award exhibition for portraiture by contemporary Australian women artists. The award, which was first given in 1965 in memory of the artist Portia Geach, displays selected entries from artists across the nation representing diversity in contemporary portraiture. 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 developing the profile of the nation’s women artists.
Award administered by the Trust Company.
VR MORRISON Glorybox 2012 oil on Belgian linen 52 x 38cm
30 AUGUST - 29 SEPTEMBER
This landmark exhibition addresses the current international interest in esoteric art and includes major Australian artists such as James Gleeson whose works will be re-examined in the context of their esoteric influences. This unique exhibition will also include key works by the English occultist Aleister Crowley, Rosaleen Norton, Alex Proyas, Georgiana Houghton, filmmaker Kenneth Anger, musician Jeff Martin, NOKO performance group, Collective777, Kim Nelson, Thor Engelstad, Barry William Hale & Danie Mellor.
Presented in association with Buratti Fine Art.
JAMES GLEESON A Moment in the Process 2006 oil on linen 132 x 178cm
12 JULY - 25 AUGUST
Peter Rushforth (b.1920) is one of Australia’s most revered artist-potters who has influenced a generation of ceramic practitioners in this country and internationally. His deep engagement with the Eastern tradition of China, and, especially Japan, with its long traditions of wood firing and glaze, which cultivate natural flaws and accidents as essential qualities, creating a dialogue between the glaze surface and body, has inspired his work since the 1960s. This retrospective exhibition celebrates his six decade long contribution to ceramics and includes works from galleries and museums across the country as well as works from his last firing in his Blue Mountain studio.
Exhibition supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
PETER RUSHFORTH Blossom jar c.1995 stoneware, Jun glaze with wax resist 31 cm height Private collection
23 MARCH - 19 MAY
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 exhibition. The Salon has an excellent reputation, and is often cited as more interesting that the "official" exhibition. 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.
Principal Sponsor: Holding Redlich
JACQUI GRANTFORD Complex Simplicity 2013 oil on linen 152 x 152cm
15 FEBRUARY - 17 MARCH
This major exhibition from the Art Gallery of Ballarat examines the way in which Australia's amazing and diverse flora has been recorded, interpreted and popularized by botanical artists, in particular the period associated with the promotion of these new 'exotick' plants in Britain and Europe. During the 19th century, the growing middle class, both in the colonies and the home country developed an insatiable interest in horticultural pursuits while scientific institutions were building up their knowledge of botanical resources. New printing techniques allowed prints to be coloured mechanically, resulting in a boom in botanical art which lasted into the 20th century. An Art Gallery of Ballarat exhibition
MISS MAUND AND BENJAMIN MAUND Telopea speciosissima 1837-1842 (detail) engraving on paper, hand coloured 12.7 x 16.1cm Collection: Art Gallery of Ballarat, Purchased with funds from the Joe White Bequest, 2010