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
30 OCTOBER - 6 DECEMBER
Country & Western: landscape re-imagined is a comprehensive and inclusive landscape exhibition from the Perc Tucker Art Gallery,Townsville. Including works by leading artists including Paddy Bedford, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnston, Emily Kngwarreye, Euan Macleod, Tracey Moffatt, Mandy Martin, John Olsen, William Robinson, Ginger Riley, Rover Thomas, John Wolseley and more, the exhibition brings into focus our evolving attitudes and perceptions of the national landscape over the past twenty-five years. Conceived and assembled by curator Gavin Wilson.
image: JOHN OLSEN Desert seedling, watercolour on paper (2008-10) Gold Coast City Gallery collection, gift of the artist under the Cultural Gifts Program 2012
18 SEPTEMBER - 25 OCTOBER
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. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Award.
image: NATASHA BIENIEK detail of Sahara (self portrait) oil on wood, winner 2015 Portia Geach Memorial Award
18 JULY - 13 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: JOHN WILLIAMS, Austin and friend, (Austin Cutter and friend), oil on linen