Past Exhibitions

Celeste Chandler I feel for you 3 2014   


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: Celeste Chandler, I feel for you 3 (Andrew), oil on canvas, 2014   



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 administrator: The Trust Company, part of Perpetual, as trustee for the Portia Geach Memorial Award

VR MORRISON  Glorybox  2012  oil on Belgian linen  52 x 38cm


6 JUNE - 13 JULY

This is the first major exhibition to consider the social consciousness that infused Arthur Boyd's life and art from the point of view of his private, but passionate, political and social consciousness. This exhibition explores the ways in which Boyd, as a clear-eyed witness to his times, wove into his lyrical landscapes, and his masterly visual representations of ancient narratives, his personal responses to the ethical challenges facing his world.  

A Bundanon Trust touring exhibition.

ARTHUR BOYD  Large skate on grey background  1979  oil on canvas  122 x 122cm  Bundanon Trust Collection




Bill Brown is one of the most respected figures in Australian visual arts. A precocious talent in the sixties and seventies, Brown achieved a sophistication, depth and distinctive voice until progressively retreating as an exhibiting artist in the 1980s. However, his reputation grew as an outstanding teacher whose influence as a mentor of real insight inspired a generation of younger artists. This survey exhibition will celebrate his contribution as an artist and teacher in a career spanning over forty years. Works from state and national galleries across Australia, and from private collections, will be presented in this first ever survey of his considerable oeuvre.

An S.H. Ervin Gallery exhibition. 

BILL BROWN  Untitled Race Painting  1968  synthetic polymer paint, oil, cotton flag, collage on canvas  122 x 122cm  Collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales Purchased 1968




This new travelling exhibition from the Australian War Memorial examines the different ways in which modern artists responded creatively to the Second World War. Works created in this period explored the major social themes of the time as artists sought to comprehend the war’s events and consequences. The exhibition also highlights the innovative styles that were developed in direct response to the experience of war. The exhibition showcases 90 works by over fifty artists – paintings, works on paper, and sculptures – by leading artists such as Stella Bowen, Donald Friend, Joy Hester, Nora Heysen, Frank Hinder, Roger Kemp, Sidney Nolan, Eric Thake, Albert Tucker and Danila Vassilieff.

An Australian War Memorial travelling exhibition.

FRANK HINDER  Bomber crash  1949  egg tempra, oil glazes on gesso on hard board  Australian War Memorial Acquired 1951

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