Selected dates in June
TUESDAY - FRIDAY ONLY
7-10 June/ 14-17 June/ 21- 24 June only (closed Saturday, Sunday & Monday)
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
16 JULY - 18 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: NICK STATHOPOLOUS, Jenny Sages, (Jenny Sages, artist), oil on linen
27 February - 10 April, 2016
This is the second exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery that presents the fascinating personal collections of leading contemporary artists including the collections of Tom Carment, Nicholas Harding, Guy Maestr & Idris Murphy.These collections provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and curiosities of artists.. Inspired by the artist collectors such as Picasso, who famously 'borrowed' objects from the Louvre, this exhibition allows visitors a glimpse into the private world of the artist.
image: Guy Maestri's Sydney apartment photo: Eve Wilson
15 April - 29 May
To celebrate the milestone 95th birthday of artist Guy Warren in 2016, the S.H. Ervin Gallery is presenting an exhibition of works from the 1950s & 1960s, produced during his London years and soon after his return to Sydney, and his latest works which reveal how the artist's obsession with emergence and submergence of the figure in relation to its background, the poetry of being that has been evident throughout his oeuvre to the present day. Curated by Barry Pearce, Emeritus curator Australian Art, Art Gallery of NSW.
image: GUY WARREN, Mother and child, 1955
11 DECEMBER 2015 - 21 FEBRUARY 2016
Destination Sydney brings together three Sydney public galleries - Manly Art Gallery, Mosman Art Gallery and S.H Ervin Gallery- in an innovative collaboration to present an exhibition of work responding to the exhibition's theme - the city of Sydney, which has long been a point of focus and convergence for many artists. The beauty of the city’s bush harbour foreshores, the quality of light and palpable sense of energy and movement within the city has provided the artists an ongoing inspiration and a wealth of rich source materials from which to draw. The artists featured at S.H Ervin Gallery - Cressida Campbell, Grace Cossington Smith and Margaret Preston - have all been inspired by their experiences of living and working in Sydney. Sydney city and its harbour have become central themes within their artistic vision.
image: CRESSIDA CAMPBELL The Ebro 1987 woodblock, private collection, Sydney