Past Exhibitions

john-williamsThe '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 
115737 William Dobell The thatchers small cropped

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
The artists at Sunset smal croppedlYour 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”.

ROY JACKSON Rain 2001 50x50cm polymer tempera on canvasThis comprehensive exhibition spans fifty years of painting and drawing by one of the most distinctive abstract painters in Australia. Jackson was regarded as a "painter's painter" - a rare talent whose work explored and challenged the possibilities of representation and abstraction. Highly esteemed by his students, fellow artists, and collectors, the power of his work is in its vitality and the evocation of visual sensations, memory and poetic imagination. His art channels the patterns and the latent energy of nature; it can communicate a story, an emotion or an all encompassing response to 'that place, to that moment, to that time.'


image: ROY JACKSON Rain 2001 polymer tempera on canvas

Peter Sharp collectonThis is the first exhibition to present the fascinating personal collections of leading contemporary artists including Michael Kempson, Euan Macleod, Henry Mulholland, James Powditch,
Adrienne Richards & Leo Robba, Peter Sharp and Wendy Sharpe & Bernard Ollis. From mass-produced memorabilia and to one-of-a-kind curiosities and artefacts these collections provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions of artists. Works date from 1790s with prints by Goya up to the present day including paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramic works from contemporary Australian artists.


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