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Watson Road

Observatory Hill (The Rocks)

Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

  • Coast: Peter Powditch retrospective
    31 Mar 2017 until 21 May 2017
    This exhibition will reveal an extraordinary insight into the personal and creative journey of an artist whose contribution to Australian creative life has yet to be fully understood or appreciated.
  • Margaret Olley: painter, peer, mentor, muse
    7 Jan 2017 until 26 Mar 2017
    This major exhibition celebrates the influence of Margaret Olley as an artist from her student days and continued throughout her life. It explores the influences of her teachers on her practice, the inspirations that shaped her as a painter and finally her legacy to those artists she championed.
  • Portia Geach Memorial Award 2016
    4 Nov 2016 until 18 Dec 2016
    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.
  • Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the Bomb Maralinga and Australian Art
    24 Sep 2016 until 30 Oct 2016
    Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art is a national touring exhibition of artworks by over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists commemorating the British atomic test series in Australia. Sixty years after the events this exhibition revisits the history of the test program at places such as Maralinga, Emu and Montebello Island.
  • Salon des Refusés 2016
    16 Sep 2016 until 18 Sep 2016
    Each year the Salon panel goes behind the scenes of the Archibald Prize judging process, to select an ‘alternative’ exhibition from the many works not chosen as finalists for the official exhibition. The criteria for works selected are quality, diversity, humour and experimentation. This year’s selectors include Catherine Benz, curator, Delmar Gallery, Kon Gouriotis OAM, curator & editor, Art Profile & Jane Watters, S.H. Ervin Gallery Director.
  • Revealed: the Gallery collection & conservation in action
    7 Jun 2016 until 24 Jun 2016
    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.
  • Genesis of a painter: Guy Warren at 95
    15 Apr 2016 until 29 May 2016
    At the grand age of 95, artist Guy Warren is celebrating with a special focus exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery – Genesis of a painter: Guy Warren at 95.
  • Private Lives: The Artist as Collector
    27 Feb 2016 until 10 Apr 2016
    This is the second exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery that presents the fascinating personal collections of leading contemporary artists including the Guy Maestri and Idris Murphy, Nicholas Harding, and Craig Waddell, to name a few.
  • Destination Sydney
    11 Dec 2015 until 21 Feb 2016
    Destination Sydney is the result of the collaborative efforts of three of Sydney’s leading public art galleries – Manly Art Gallery and Museum (est. 1930), Mosman Art Gallery (est. 1998) and the S.H. Ervin Gallery (est. 1978) – to work together, along with luminary curator Lou Klepac, to create an exhibition on a scale that they otherwise could not achieve individually.
  • Country and Western: Landscape Reimagined
    30 Oct 2015 until 6 Dec 2015
    Country & Western: landscape re-imagined brings into focus the contrasting insights and cultural imperatives, both Indigenous (Country) and non-Indigenous (Western), that have given shape and substance to our evolving attitudes and perceptions of the national landscape over the past 25 years.
  • Portia Geach Memorial Award 2015
    18 Sep 2015 until 25 Oct 2015
    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.
  • Salon des Refusés 2015
    18 Jul 2015 until 13 Sep 2015
    The Salon des Refusés was initiated by the S.H. Ervin Gallery in 1992 in response to the large number of works entered into the Archibald Prize which were not selected for display in the official exhibition.
  • Painter in Paradise: William Dobell in New Guinea
    29 May 2015 until 12 Jul 2015
    In May 1949, renowned Australian painter William Dobell (1899 – 1970), in an endeavour to escape publicity after his 1948 Archibald Prize win, left Australia with his friend, writer Colin Simpson, in the company of philanthropist and trustee of Taronga Park Zoo, Sir Edward Hallstrom.
  • Roy Jackson – Retrospective 1963-2013
    27 Feb 2015 until 12 Apr 2015
    This retrospective exhibition spans fifty years of painting and drawing, by one of the most distinctive abstract painters in Australia. Roy Jackson (1944-2013) was regarded as a "painter's painter" - a rare talent whose work explored and challenged the possibilities of representation and abstraction.
  • Private Lives – The artist as collector
    24 Jan 2015 until 22 Feb 2015
    This is the first exhibition to present the fascinating personal collections of leading contemporary artists including Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis, Michael Kempson, Leo Robba and Adrienne Roberts, Peter Sharp, Euan Macleod, and Henry Mulholland.