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Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

  • Portia Geach Memorial Award 2017
    20 Oct 2017 11:00 am until 26 Nov 2017 11:00 am
    The Portia Geach Memorial Award is Australia's most prestigious art prize for portraiture by female artists. The Award was established by the will of the late Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, Portia Geach. The non-acquisitive award of $30,000 is awarded by the Trustee for the entry which is of the highest artistic merit. Tasmanian based artist Amanda Davies has been announced as the 2017 winner.
  • Salon des Refusés 2017
    29 Jul 2017 11:00 am until 15 Oct 2017 11:00 am
    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. The S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney art scene. The winner of the Holding Redlich People's Choice Award for 2017 was Luke Cornish, with his portrait of artist Ben Quilty.
  • Elisabeth Cummings Interior Landscapes
    26 May 2017 11:00 am until 23 Jul 2017 11:00 am
    In a lifetime devoted to art making art Elisabeth Cummings is being celebrated with a retrospective exhibition that features a selection of sixty paintings, prints and ceramics from her opus of the past fifty years. Curated by Sioux Garside
  • Coast: Peter Powditch retrospective
    31 Mar 2017 11:00 am until 21 May 2017 11:00 am
    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 11:00 am until 26 Mar 2017 11:00 am
    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. Curated by Renee Porter
  • Portia Geach Memorial Award 2016
    4 Nov 2016 11:00 am until 18 Dec 2016 11:00 am
    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. Melbourne artist Jenny Rodgerson has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Portia Geach Memorial Award.
  • Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the Bomb Maralinga and Australian Art
    24 Sep 2016 11:00 am until 30 Oct 2016 11:00 am
    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 11:00 am until 18 Sep 2016 11:00 am
    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. The winner of the 2016 Holding Redlich People's Choice Award was Tianli Zu for her portrait of Senator, Penny Wong, titled The Senator and Ma.
  • Revealed: the gallery collection & conservation in action
    7 Jun 2016 11:00 am until 24 Jun 2016 11:00 am
    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 11:00 am until 29 May 2016 11:00 am
    At the grand age of 95, artist Guy Warren is celebrating with a special focus exhibition featuring work from his earliest days in London during the 1950s and after his return to Sydney in 1958, together with recent works. These show the enduring imagery of the relationship between the figure and background that signifies not only a timeless aspect of the language of painting but also the mystical connection between man and the environment.
  • (more) Private Lives: The artist as collector
    27 Feb 2016 11:00 am until 10 Apr 2016 11:00 am
    This is the second exhibition that presents the fascinating personal collections of leading contemporary artists including Guy Maestri, Idris Murphy, Nicholas Harding and Tom Carment.
  • Destination Sydney
    11 Dec 2015 11:00 am until 21 Feb 2016 11:00 am
    Destination Sydney is the result of the collaborative efforts of three of Sydney’s leading public art galleries – Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Mosman Art Gallery and the S.H. Ervin Gallery – along with luminary curator Lou Klepac,to presentsa unique perspective on the exchange of selected twentieth century artists from inside and outside Sydney, from its unrivalled landscape and how their contributions have become synonymous with the visual culture of Sydney.
  • Country and Western: Landscape re-imagined
    30 Oct 2015 11:00 am until 6 Dec 2015 11:00 am
    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 11:00 am until 25 Oct 2015 11:00 am
    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. Melbourne artist Natasha Bieniek, with her portrait 'Sahara' (pictured), has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Portia Geach Memorial Award.
  • Salon des Refusés 2015
    18 Jul 2015 11:00 am until 13 Sep 2015 11:00 am
    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. The winner of the 2015 Holding Redlich People's Choice Award was Paul Trefry, for his Homeless still human, sculpture from the Wynne Prize selection.
  • Painter in Paradise: William Dobell in New Guinea
    29 May 2015 11:00 am until 12 Jul 2015 11:00 am
    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.
  • Your Friend The Enemy
    17 Apr 2015 11:00 am until 24 May 2015 11:00 am
    Your Friend the Enemy features artworks by 16 significant Australian and New Zealand contemporary artists, commemorating the ANZAC legend and the 2015 centenary of the Gallipoli campaign. The exhibition title originates from a series of letters written by Idris Charles Pike, the grandfather of artist Idris Murphy, the 2014 Gallipoli art prize winner.
  • Roy Jackson – Retrospective 1963-2013
    27 Feb 2015 11:00 am until 12 Apr 2015 11:00 am
    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 11:00 am until 22 Feb 2015 11:00 am
    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.
  • Portia Geach Memorial Award 2014
    7 Nov 2014 11:00 am until 14 Dec 2014 11:00 am
    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. Sydney-based artist Sophie Cape has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award.
  • Salon des Refusés 2014
    19 Jul 2014 11:00 am until 14 Sep 2014 11:00 am
    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. The S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney art scene. The winner of the 2014 Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award was Nick Stathopoulos for his portrait of Robert Hoge.
  • Arthur Boyd: An Active Witness
    6 Jun 2014 11:00 am until 12 Jul 2014 11:00 am
    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 Bundanoon Trust touring exhibition.
  • Bill Brown: Wanderlust
    19 Apr 2014 11:00 am until 1 Jun 2014 11:00 am
    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. This exhibition celebrated his contribution as an artist 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. Curated by Christopher Hodges.
  • Reality in Flames
    7 Mar 2014 11:00 am until 13 Apr 2014 11:00 am
    Reality in flames examines the different ways in which Australian 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.
  • Sculpture City
    24 Jan 2014 11:00 am until 2 Mar 2014 11:00 am
    In recent years Sydney has become renowned for its diverse public sculpture festivals and this exhibition presents the work of leading sculptors including Paul Bacon, Anne Ferguson, Christopher Hodges, Paul Hopmeier, Jan King, Kevin Norton, James Rogers, Hui Selwood, Paul Selwood & Michael Snape for an overview of the dynamic and evolving Sydney sculpture scene.
  • Portia Geach Memorial Prize 2013
    4 Oct 2013 11:00 am until 17 Nov 2013 11:00 am
    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. Hélène Grove has been named winner of 2013 Portia Geach Memorial Award.
  • Windows To The Sacred
    30 Aug 2013 11:00 am until 29 Sep 2013 11:00 am
    Windows to the Sacred: An exploration of the Esoteric includes major Australian artists such as James Gleeson whose works will be re-examined in the context of their esoteric influences
  • Peter Rushforth: All Fired Up
    12 Jul 2013 11:00 am until 25 Aug 2013 11:00 am
    Widely regarded as the ‘father’ of Australian studio ceramics, in a career spanning over six decades, Peter Rushforth has sustained an enduring commitment to the pursuit of ‘the good pot’. His resolve has always been to create works that employ native Australian materials, in order to develop unique forms of art particular to the environment in which he lives.
  • Salon des Refusés 2013
    23 Mar 2013 11:00 am until 19 May 2013 11:00 am
    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. The winner of the 2013 Holding Redlich People's Choice Award was Christopher McVinish with his painting, Portrait of Colin Friels.
  • Capturing Flora: Australian Botanical Art 1700–1900
    15 Feb 2013 11:00 am until 17 Mar 2013 11:00 am
    The works in this exhibition cover the first 200 years of image-making inspired by the Australian flora, from the early European exploration of this continent down to Federation. They have been selected for this display from the exhibition Capturing Flora: 300 years of Australian Botanical Art, presented at the Art Gallery of Ballarat in 2012.
  • Angus Nivison: A Survey
    5 Jan 2013 11:00 am until 12 Feb 2013 11:00 am
    Walcha based artist Angus Nivison creates large scale works, drawing inspiration from the Australian landscape. This survey exhibition, curated by Sandra McMahon, Director, Tamworth Regional Gallery, brings together key paintings from Nivison’s over twenty year career.
  • Utzon’s Opera House
    22 Dec 2012 11:00 am until 19 Jan 2013 11:00 am
    The S.H. Ervin Galley is honoured to have presented the exhibition Utzon’s Opera House over the summer period, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Opera House in 1973 and to celebrate its significance for Australian visual artists.
  • The Blake Prize 2012
    9 Nov 2012 11:00 am until 16 Dec 2012 11:00 am
    The Blake Art Prize has been awarded since 1951 and the Blake Poetry Prize since 2008. Artworks and poems must address a subject of religious or spiritual integrity. This pre-requisite is one that intentionally invites open responses from artists and poets and, as such, has drawn much discussion and debate over the past 61 years.
  • Portia Geach Memorial Award 2012
    28 Sep 2012 11:00 am until 4 Nov 2012 11:00 am
    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. Sally Robinson has been announced as the winner of the 2012 Portia Geach Memorial Award.
  • David Boyd: His Work, His Life, His Family
    17 Aug 2012 11:00 am until 23 Sep 2012 11:00 am
    David Boyd OAM (1924-2011) passed away in 2011 at the age of 87 years and this exhibition celebrates his life’s work, along with four generations of Boyd family paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramics. This exhibition will present not only works by David Boyd but will also include works by the members of his extended family - from his grand-parents through four generations to his own children.
  • Not The Way Home
    25 May 2012 11:00 am until 1 Jul 2012 11:00 am
    In May 2011, 13 prominent Australian artists ventured to the Barrier Ranges in north western New South Wales, for an epic journey into the vast landscape of Australia’s arid desert. Artists featuring in Not the Way Home  include: Margaret Ackland, Elisabeth Cummings, Merran Esson, Joe Frost, Alan Jones, Jennifer Keeler-Milne, Ross Laurie, Steve lopes, Euan Macleod, Idris Murphy, Amanda Penrose Hart, Peter Sharp and Guy Warren.
  • Salon des Refusés 2012
    31 Mar 2012 11:00 am until 20 May 2012 11:00 am
    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. The S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney art scene. The winner of the 2012 Holding Reldich People’s Choice Award was Barbara Tyson.
  • Russell Drysdale: The Drawings
    17 Feb 2012 11:00 am until 25 Mar 2012 11:00 am
    2012, marks the centenary of the birth of Russell Drysdale, one of the greatest Australian painters of the twentieth century.  To celebrate this iconic Australian artist, the S.H. Ervin Gallery presented over 60 drawings in Russell Drysdale: The Drawings, curated by Lou Klepac.
  • Luminous: The Landscapes of Elisabeth Cummings
    7 Jan 2012 11:00 am until 12 Feb 2012 11:00 am
    Elisabeth Cummings’ work has not only been inspired by this picturesque environment, but also from her extensive travels throughout Australia from the coast to the desert. This survey exhibition focuses solely on her landscapes however greater examination of her oeuvre accompanied by a major publication is long overdue.
  • Elemental Reckoning: The Art of Tim Storrier 1981-2011
    11 Nov 2011 11:00 am until 18 Dec 2011 11:00 am
    Curated by Gavin Wilson the exhibition spans 30 years of Tim Storrier’s work, beginning in 1981 when the artist began his burning rope experiments on the salt pans of Lake Mungo which have since become a hallmark of his practice. Works including paintings, graphics and photography from public galleries, private collections were displayed.
  • Portia Geach Memorial Prize 2011
    23 Sep 2011 11:00 am until 6 Nov 2011 11:00 am
    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. Kate Stevens was the winner of the 2011 Portia Geach Memorial Award.
  • Up Close and Personal
    12 Aug 2011 11:00 am until 18 Sep 2011 11:00 am
    The S.H. Ervin Gallery has a long tradition of presenting exhibitions from private collectors to reveal the taste and vision of individuals, and the forthcoming exhibition – Up Close & Personal: Small works from the Elliott collection – continues this history.
  • The Promised Land: The Art of Lawrence Daws
    24 Jun 2011 11:00 am until 7 Aug 2011 11:00 am
    The Promised Land: The Art of Lawrence Daws is a major touring exhibition that celebrates the life and career of iconic Australian painter, Lawrence Daws. Featuring work from each of the six decades that this honoured and respected artist has been painting, The Promised Land celebrates his unique place in Australian art.
  • Salon des Refusés 2011
    16 Apr 2011 11:00 am until 19 Jun 2011 11:00 am
    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. The S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney art scene. The 2011 Holding Reldich People’s Choice Award has been won by Robert Hannaford for his portrait of actor Trevor Jamieson.
  • Wendy Sharpe: The Imagined Life
    26 Feb 2011 11:00 am until 10 Apr 2011 11:00 am
    Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s leading artists and is recognised for her confident and exuberant paintings which depict love, passion and daily life. Her expressionist depictions of voluptuous women - often guises of herself – are filled with life, colour and movement.
  • Curious Colony: a twenty first century Wunderkammer
    11 Jan 2011 11:00 am until 20 Feb 2011 11:00 am
    Curious Colony: a twenty first century Wunderkammer is an exhibition organised by Newcastle Region Art Gallery that transforms the S.H. Ervin Gallery into a twenty first century room of wonders where colonial curiosities jostle contemporary art.
  • Surface Tension: the art of Euan Macleod 1991–2009
    2 Nov 2010 11:00 am until 19 Dec 2010 11:00 am
    Surface Tension: the art of Euan Macleod 1991–2009 is the first major touring exhibition of work by an artist considered to be one of the finest painters of his generation. Euan Macleod’s work has received critical and public acclaim, as well as major awards including the Archibald Prize 1999, the Sulman Prize 2001 and the Blake Prize 2006.
  • Portia Geach Memorial Award 2010
    24 Sep 2010 11:00 am until 9 Nov 2010 11:00 am
    The annual award exhibition for portraiture presents selected entries from 47 artists across the nation by Australian women artists. The award, which was first given in 1965 in memory of artist Portia Geach, celebrates the diversity in contemporary portraiture. Painter Prudence Flint has been named the winner of the 2010 Portia Geach Memorial Award for her work Scrambled egg.
  • Slow Burn: A century of Australian women artists from a private collection
    6 Aug 2010 11:00 am until 19 Sep 2010 11:00 am
    Slow Burn: A century of Australian women artists from a private collection traces the history of women artists in Australia and the development of a remarkable private collection over a 15 year period guided by the late art dealer Eva Breuer.
  • The Shilo Project
    2 Jul 2010 11:00 am until 1 Aug 2010 11:00 am
    An iconic album cover from the 1970s, Neil Diamond’s Shilo, is the stimulus for this touring exhibition from the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, which explores the intricate relationship between pop music and modern art.  The original album cover featured an innovative join-the-dots image of Neil Diamond, inviting fans to complete their own portrait.
  • Sidney Nolan: The Gallipoli series
    28 May 2010 11:00 am until 27 Jun 2010 11:00 am
    Sidney Nolan (1917–1992) was one of Australia’s most complex, innovative, and prolific artists. Throughout his extraordinary artistic career, Gallipoli was a theme to which Nolan would constantly return.  Nolan worked on a series of paintings for two decades that were inspired by the World War I campaign and underpinned by personal tragedy.  
  • Salon des Refusés 2010
    27 Mar 2010 11:00 am until 23 May 2010 11:00 am
    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. The S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney art scene. The winner of the 2010 Holding Reldich People’s Choice Award was Ann Cape.
  • Nicholas Harding: Drawn to Paint
    15 Jan 2010 11:00 am until 7 Mar 2010 11:00 am
    Nicholas Harding: Drawn to Paint is an exhibition that spans twenty five years of Harding’s artistic practice, from 1984 to 2009. Harding documents a distinctly Australian sense of place, from its sun drenched beaches and industrial settings to its spectacular flora.
  • Nora Heysen: Light and life
    14 Nov 2009 11:00 am until 20 Dec 2009 11:00 am
    The exhibition  explores Nora Heysen's notable career spanning seven decades, during which the artist painted some of Australia's most outstanding self-portraits, became the country's first female war artist, and was the first woman to win the prestigious Archibald Prize.
  • Portia Geach Memorial Award 2009
    25 Sep 2009 11:00 am until 8 Nov 2009 11:00 am
    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 winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Award 2009 was Christine Hiller The Old Painter
  • Margaret Olley: Life’s Journey
    8 May 2009 11:00 am until 28 Jun 2009 11:00 am
    Margaret Olley: Life's Journey introduced audiences to an aspect of the artists work that had rarely been exhibited. Famed for her impressionistic painitngs of interiors and still lives, this exhibition places in the centre stage the pen and ink watercolour sketches and monotypes of the places that she visited and lived.
  • Salon des Refusés 2009
    28 Feb 2009 11:00 am until 2 May 2009 11:00 am
    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. The S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney art scene. The winner of the 2009 Holding Reldich People’s Choice Award was Zhong Chen.
  • Special Event – Ruark Lewis: ‘Housing the Seafaring Nation’
    28 Jan 2009 11:00 am until 14 Mar 2009 11:00 am
    “HOMELESSNESS” is an out of gallery project by Ruark Lewis & Jo Holder in association with the S.H. Ervin Gallery which is housed at the National Trust building on Observatory Hill in The Rocks.  The project has incorporated a nightly text illumination that utilises the eastern façade of the National Trust building, as an "alternative surface to publish on". 
  • Timeless: The art of Cressida Campbell
    10 Jan 2009 11:00 am until 22 Feb 2009 11:00 am
    The art of Cressida Campbell is renowned for its depiction of subtle beauty in the everyday and commonplace. This comprehensive overview exhibition, organised by the National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery, presents works produced from the 1980s to today.
  • On the Heysen Trail
    14 Nov 2008 11:00 am until 21 Dec 2008 11:00 am
    This exhibition featured works from artists: Elisabeth Cummings, Lucy Culliton, Neil Fraser, David Keeling, Euan Macleod, Chris O’Doherty aka Reg Mombassa, Adrienne Richards, Leo Robba & David Usher.
  • Portia Geach Memorial Award 2008
    3 Oct 2008 11:00 am until 9 Nov 2008 11:00 am
    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 winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Award 2008 was Jude Rae, Self Portrait 2008 (The Year My Husband Left). 
  • Yin-Yang: China in Australia
    8 Aug 2008 11:00 am until 28 Oct 2008 11:00 am
    Curated by Dr. Zeny Edwards & Joanna Capon, the exhibition featured the works of both renowned and contemporary artists, Ian Fairweather, Margaret Preston, Mortimer Menpes, William Hardy Wilson, Tim Johnson, Jiawei Shen, William Yang, Lindy Lee and Narelle Jubelin.
  • Abstract Earth: Photography by Richard Woldendorp
    20 Jun 2008 11:00 am until 3 Aug 2008 11:00 am
    Curated by John McDonald and R. Ian Lloyd, Abstract Earth: The Photography of Richard Woldendorp showcases the incredible skill of this early pioneer of aerial photography, as it is almost impossible to distinguish whether his untouched photographic works are photographs or indeed painted works of art.
  • John R. Walker: Journey through Landscape
    9 May 2008 11:00 am until 15 Jun 2008 11:00 am
    The exhibition John R. Walker: Journey Through Landscape at the S.H. Ervin Gallery was a survey of nine years' work that shows the artist growing more ambitious in scale and handling as his relationship with a particular environment becomes more intimate.
  • Salon des Refusés 2008
    8 Mar 2008 11:00 am until 4 May 2008 11:00 am
    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. The S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney art scene. The winner of the 2008 Holding Reldich People’s Choice Award was Peter Smeeth.
  • The Led Zeppelin World Tour
    19 Jan 2008 11:00 am until 2 Mar 2008 11:00 am
    The Led Zeppelin World Tour featured the photographs of Ted Harvey alongside works by artists Adam Cullen, Geoff Harvey, Alan Jones, Euan Macleod, Lucille Martin, Chris O’Doherty aka Reg Mombassa, Gareth Sansom and Craig Waddell. Curated by Steven Alderton.
  • 2007: The Year in Art
    10 Nov 2007 11:00 am until 16 Dec 2007 11:00 am
    This exhibiton featured works from artists exhibiting in Sydney galleries throughout 2007.
  • Portia Geach Memorial Award 2007
    29 Sep 2007 11:00 am until 4 Nov 2007 11:00 am
    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 winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Award 2007 was Maryanne Coutts with her self portrait 2008 'Melbourne.'
  • Rex Dupain: The Colour of Bondi
    18 Aug 2007 11:00 am until 23 Sep 2007 11:00 am
    This exhibition at the S. H. Ervin Gallery shows 47 meter-square prints of Rex Dupain’s series of photographs The Colour of Bondi, taken at Sydney’s Bondi Beach. Featured Image: The Big Heave 2006 Print Media: Robert McFarlane | Review http://www.smh.com.au/news/arts-reviews/the-colour-of-bondi/2007/09/05/1188783273927.html
  • From Here to Eternity: Contemporary Tapestries from the Victorian Tapestry Workshop
    29 Jun 2007 11:00 am until 12 Aug 2007 11:00 am
    From here to Eternity, is a selection of 52 exquisite tapestries of contemporary Australian art, produced by the renowned Victorian Tapestry Workshop in this revered and ancient form. The exhibition is a stunning example of contemporary tapestry, designed by some of Australia’s leading artists.
  • Janet Dawson Survey 1953-2006
    30 Apr 2007 11:00 am until 10 Jun 2007 11:00 am
    Curated by Christine France Janet Dawson Survey 1953–2006, presented over 60 art works from public art galleries and private collections. Famously one of three women artists included in the National Gallery of Victoria’s 1968 exhibition The field, Janet Dawson’s work later shifted from minimal abstraction to still life and landscape.
  • Salon des Refusés 2007
    3 Mar 2007 11:00 am until 6 May 2007 11:00 am
    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. The S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney art scene. The winner of the 2007 Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award was Jiawei Shen.
  • The art of Chris O’Doherty aka Reg Mombassa
    6 Jan 2007 11:00 am until 25 Feb 2007 11:00 am
    Chris O'Doherty is often referred to as a Renaissance man – artist, singer, songwriter and musician. The S. H. Ervin Gallery presents the first major survey exhibition spanning O'Doherty's thirty-year career as an artist. 
  • 2006: The Year in Art
    11 Nov 2006 11:00 am until 17 Dec 2006 11:00 am
    The 2006: The Year In Art exhibiton featured works from artists exhibiting in Sydney galleries throughout 2006
  • Portia Geach Memorial Award 2006
    18 Oct 2006 11:00 am until 5 Nov 2006 11:00 am
    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 winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Award 2006 was Lucy Culliton, Self Wtih Friends.
  • Sydney Prints: 45 years of the Sydney Printmakers
    19 Aug 2006 11:00 am until 24 Sep 2006 11:00 am
    Curated by Anne Ryan 'Sydney Prints: 45 years of the Sydney Printmakers' presented the works of 68 members and former members of the Sydney Printmakers Society. The exhibtion toured to Tamworth Regional Gallery & Hawkesbury Regional Gallery.
  • Witness to War: official art and photography 1999-2003
    1 Jul 2006 11:00 am until 13 Aug 2006 11:00 am
    Witness to War: official art and photography 1999-2003 was a touring Australian War Memorial exhibition. The exhibition "brings together the work of the Memorial’s most recent official artists and photographers. It is an exhibition that reveals not only the arresting images these men and women have created, but also their own stories.
  • Salon des Refusés 2006
    25 Mar 2006 11:00 am until 14 May 2006 11:00 am
    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. The winner of the 2006 Holding Redlich People's Choice Award was Gillian Dunlop with 'Portrait of John Gaden.'
  • Margaret Olley & Donald Friend
    21 Jan 2006 11:00 am until 19 Mar 2006 11:00 am
    This exhibition presented the works of significant Sydney artists, Margaret Olley and Donald Friend celebrating their long friendship founded in art.
  • 2005: The Year In Art
    12 Nov 2005 11:00 am until 18 Dec 2005 11:00 am
    2005: The Year In Art, presents works from exhibitions held in Sydney galleries and artist-run spaces during the year.
  • Portia Geach Memorial Award 2005
    30 Sep 2005 11:00 am until 6 Nov 2005 11:00 am
    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 winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Award 2005 was Jude Rae, Large Interior (Micky Allan)
  • Utopia: A Picture Story
    20 Aug 2005 11:00 am until 25 Sep 2005 11:00 am
    Utopia : A Picture Story was an exhibition of silk batiks from the Holmes à Court Collection comprising 88 works accompanied by portrait photographs of the artists.
  • Town and Country: Portraits of Colonial Homes & Gardens
    2 Jul 2005 11:00 am until 14 Aug 2005 11:00 am
    Town and Country: Portraits of Colonial Homes & Gardens was an exhibition giving a rare insight into a fascinating area of Australia’s colonial history. The works in the exhibition highlighted the important role of the artist in recording the houses and gardens of this formative period in Australia's colonial history.
  • Salon des Refusés 2005
    30 Apr 2005 11:00 am until 19 Jun 2005 11:00 am
    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. The winner of the 2005 Holding Redlich People's Choice Award was Margaret Woodward, the Hobby Horse Rider.
  • Jean Bellette Retrospective
    12 Mar 2005 11:00 am until 24 Apr 2005 11:00 am
    Jean Bellette (1908-1991) was a seminal figure in the visual arts from the 1930s until her death in Majorca in 1991, yet her contribution to the history of the visual arts in Australia has not been adequately assessed. The exhibition comprised 75 works including paintings, watercolours and drawings from private and public collections, supported with photographs and memorabilia and, for the first time. Curated by Christine France
  • Face to Face: photography from the Albury Regional Art Gallery Collection
    29 Jan 2005 11:00 am until 6 Mar 2005 11:00 am
    Face to Face is a specially organised exhibition of selected works from the renowned photography collection at Albury Regional Art Gallery.  Since its beginnings in 1982, the collection has evolved into one of the finest photographic collections in the country. Seventy-five portrait and figurative works have been selected for show at S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney.
  • 2004: The Year in Art           
    13 Nov 2004 11:00 am until 12 Dec 2004 11:00 am
    The concept for this exhibition is to present a selection of works from exhibitions that have been held at Sydney art galleries throughout 2004. Invited selectors viewed countless exhibitions throughout the year and nominated works that they believed represented the scope of contemporary art practice. The artists that have been selected for this exhibition demonstrate the diversity of the dynamic contemporary arts scene and include both emerging artists and established practitioners. The exhibition aims to promote contemporary artists working in...
  • Portia Geach Memorial Award 2004
    1 Oct 2004 11:00 am until 7 Nov 2004 11:00 am
    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 winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Award 2004 was Nerissa Lea, The Sheik & Me, Self Portrait with Imagined Portrait of Chad Morgan after Frida Kahlo.
  • Sydney Studios
    14 Aug 2004 11:00 am until 26 Sep 2004 11:00 am
    Sydney Studios was an exhibition of Australian Art, curated by the S. H. Ervin Gallery, which looked at the history of artists' studios, schools and galleries in the Sydney CBD including the work of Arthur Streeton, Grace Cossington Smith and Thea Proctor.
  • Australian Surrealism: The Agapitos/Wilson Collection
    19 Jun 2004 11:00 am until 8 Aug 2004 11:00 am
    Since their first acquisition in 1990, Sydney art lovers and philanthropists James Agapitos OAM and Ray Wilson have been passionate collectors of Australian Surrealist paintings, photographs, prints and drawings. Their comprehensive collection contained more than three hundred works spanning the period 1925 to 1955 which has since been donated to the National Gallery of Australia.
  • Mythology & Reality Contemporary Aboriginal Desert Art from the Gabrielle Pizzi Collection
    8 May 2004 11:00 am until 13 Jun 2004 11:00 am
    Mythology and Reality is a rare opportunity to view works from one of the most extensive collections of contemporary Aboriginal art held in private hands.  Over the past twenty-five years, respected Melbourne gallery owner, Gabrielle Pizzi, has assembled an extraordinary collection of contemporary Aboriginal art. 
  • Salon des Refusés 2004
    27 Mar 2004 11:00 am until 1 May 2004 11:00 am
    The Salon des Refusés is the ‘alternative’ selection from the annual Archibald & Wynne Prizes. Each year our panel goes behind the scenes of the judging process for the annual Archibald Prize for portraiture and Wynne Prize for landscape painting and figure sculpture at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, to select an exhibition from the many hundreds of works entered in both prizes but not chosen for the official award exhibition. The 2004 Holding Redlich People's Choice Prize went to Juan Ford for Allan & Goliath (Portrait of Professor Allan Fels).
  • John Coburn: Five Decades
    17 Jan 2004 11:00 am until 21 Mar 2004 11:00 am
    John Coburn: Five Decades honours one of the most prolific Australian artists in an exhibition of paintings, drawings, tapestries and sketchbooks that examine Coburn’s distinctive style; his lifelong passion for colour, the use of bold shapes, an innate sense of space and an essence of beauty and spirituality in nature. 
  • Portia Geach Memorial Award 2003
    26 Sep 2003 11:00 am until 2 Nov 2003 11:00 am
    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 winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Award 2003 was Wendy Sharpe - Self portrait with tea cup and burning paintings
  • La Serenissima: The Fascination of Venice 
    8 Aug 2003 11:00 am until 21 Sep 2003 11:00 am
    An exhibition of extraordinary artworks inspired by the bewitching city of Venice. This great Italian City with its light, its water, its restless magic, has beckoned artisans for hundreds of years. Curator, Lou Klepac, brought together over 90 works of art from many Australian public and private collections. The exhibition celebrated the magnificence of Venice: its art, its music, its food and its unforgettable atmosphere.
  • Mary Alice Evatt ‘MAS’ 1898-1973
    20 Jun 2003 11:00 am until 3 Aug 2003 11:00 am
    Mary Alice Evatt’s lifelong commitment to art ran parallel with her public role as the wife of Dr Herbert Vere ‘Doc’ Evatt. The exhibition comprised paintings, drawings and sculptures, together with photographers, letters and poetry written by Mary Alice for her husband. The exhibition was organised by the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and curated by Melissa Boyde.
  • William Robinson: The revelation of landscape
    11 Jan 2003 11:00 am until 2 Mar 2003 11:00 am
    This exhibition was the first major Sydney survey of work by William Robinson, one of Australia’s most respected contemporary landscape artists. The exhibition traced the important shifts in Robinson’s art over last two decades and reveals the passionate engagement of this artist with the environment.
  • 2002: The Year in Art
    2 Nov 2002 11:00 am until 8 Dec 2002 11:00 am
    The S H Ervin Gallery introduced a new exhibition initiative to showcase some of the highlights of art exhibitions held during the year in Sydney. 2002: The Year in Art featured artists working in any discipline whose work has been displayed in Sydney galleries throughout the year. An esteemed panel of curators, writers and collectors was assembled to select the work to be included in the exhibition.
  • Portia Geach Memorial Award 2002
    20 Sep 2002 11:00 am until 27 Oct 2002 11:00 am
    The Portia Geach Memorial Award is the highly-esteemed portrait prize for women artists was established by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister in 1965 and has become synonymous with the developing profiles of women artists. The winner of the 2002 Portia Geach Award was Vicki Varvaressos.
  • Margo Lewers retrospective
    27 Jul 2002 11:00 am until 15 Sep 2002 11:00 am
    This comprehensive exhibition examined the oeuvre of Margo Lewers  a pioneer of the abstract expressionist movement and dynamic artist who responded intuitively to art and is renowned for her innovative and colourful works of art. The exhibition features 79 works, including paintings, works on paper, ceramics, a large commissioned tapestry, perspex constructions and a captivating installation of wall hangings. Curated by Pamela Bell.
  • Salon des Refusés 2002
    2 Jun 2002 11:00 am until 21 Jul 2002 11:00 am
    The 'alternative' selection from the hundreds of entries to the Archibald & Wynne Prizes at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Since 1992 the S H Ervin Gallery’s annual Salon des Refusés exhibition has established an excellent reputation to rival the selections of the “official” prize exhibition> The Holding Redlich Peoiple's Choice was won by David Naseby for his portrait of writer Dick Hall.
  • The art of Alison Rehfisch
    20 Apr 2002 11:00 am until 25 May 2002 11:00 am
    Alison Rehfisch was a Sydney Modernist whose work flourished in the years between the wars following a period of male patriarchy in the art world. She studied with the Italian artist and teacher Antonio Dattilo Rubbo whose dedication to disseminating Modernist principles from abroad also appealed to Grace Cossington Smith, Roland Wakelin and Arthur Murch.
  • Secret Desires: The collections of S.H. Ervin & Howard Hinton
    9 Mar 2002 11:00 am until 14 Apr 2002 11:00 am
    This exhibition acknowledged the great contribution of these two collectors to Australian Impressionism through their energetic collecting and their gifts to the Australian people. Howard Hinton (1867-1948) bequeathed his extensive art collection to the New England Regional Art Museum and the AGNSW whilst S.H. Ervin (1881-1978) gave his to the National Trust. Both shared a  generous philanthropic spirit and a love of work by artists such as Streeton and Roberts whom they both met at the Mosman’s Bay artists’ camps in the 1890s.
  • Favourites: Margaret Olley & Jeffrey Smart selections from Australian collections
    12 Jan 2002 11:00 am until 24 Feb 2002 11:00 am
    An exhibition of works selected by two luminaries of Australian art, Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart in January 2002. Australia’s artistic icons, Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart have been invited to select their favourite works from public and private collections throughout Australia.
  • The Blake Prize 2001
    30 Nov 2001 11:00 am until 23 Dec 2001 11:00 am
    The Blake Prize for religious art, with prize money of $10,000, is sponsored by the Australian  Catholic University. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Blake Prize.  It is a  non-denominational award for a work which has explored religious and spiritual themes in a  contemporary way.
  • Modern Australian Women, Paintings & Prints: 1925-1945
    8 Sep 2001 11:00 am until 28 Oct 2001 11:00 am
    A major touring exhibition from the Art Gallery of South Australia, that includes works by well-known artists such as Preston, Cossington Smith, Beckett, Proctor, Crowley, Bowen, Hester and O’Connor. Curated by Jane Hylton.
  • Alec Murray’s Album
    7 Jul 2001 11:00 am until 2 Sep 2001 11:00 am
    Ninety photographic works from all periods of Alec Murray’s career were shown for the first time documenting his international career in photography, and included images from fashion and society figures in Australia & the United Kingdom.
  • A studio in Paris : Australian artists at the Cité Internationale des Arts 1967-2000
    5 May 2001 11:00 am until 1 Jun 2001 11:00 am
    A studio in Paris : Australian artists at the Cité Internationale des Arts 1967-2000, examined the rich history of the overseas studio residency scheme at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
  • Albert Tucker: Australian Gothic
    27 Jan 2001 11:00 am until 10 Mar 2001 11:00 am
    This unique exhibition presented a survey of the extraordinary gift of works by Albert Tucker (1914-1999) made recently by the late artist and his wife Barbara Tucker to Heide Museum of Modern Art.  Recognised among Australia’s foremost artists, Albert Tucker’s creative life during his early painting career was closely linked with Heide’s founders John and Sunday Reed. Curated by Dr Ted Gott.
  • The Blake Prize 2000
    17 Nov 2000 11:00 am until 16 Dec 2000 11:00 am
    An exhibition of finalists in the year 2000 Blake Prize awarded to the best contemporary religious work of art determined by the judges. The prize was awarded to Yaegl artist Frances Belle Parker, the youngest ever winner of the Blake Prize, for her work The journey.
  • Portia Geach Memorial Award 2000
    13 Oct 2000 11:00 am until 12 Nov 2000 11:00 am
    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. Nancy Borlase was announced as the winner for her double portrait - The Sisters: Marie and Vida Breckenridge.
  • State of the Waratah
    1 Sep 2000 11:00 am until 8 Oct 2000 11:00 am
    State of the Waratah provides a colourful look at the New South Wales floral emblem; its history, cultivation and application as an image in art, design, fashion and architecture. Curated by Rosie Nice.
  • Pacific Art & Architecture from Tjibaou Cultural Centre
    29 Jul 2000 11:00 am until 27 Aug 2000 11:00 am
    This innovative exhibition is a presentation of the development of the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in New Caledonia.  Renzo Piano, ‘the architect’s architect’, is the world famous creator of the Tjibaou Cultural Centre building.  Renzo Piano has referred to the design of the centre as ‘these souvenirs of huts opened on a dream of the future.’ This project foreshadows the 8th Festival of Pacific Arts held in New Caledonia in October and November 2000.
  • The Rose Crossing
    17 Jun 2000 11:00 am until 23 Jul 2000 11:00 am
    A major international touring exhibition of thirteen contemporary Australian artists organised by the Sherman Galleries.The exhibition was an official event of the ‘Reaching the World’ Olympic Arts Festival.
  • The art of Violet Teague
    5 May 2000 11:00 am until 11 Jun 2000 11:00 am
    The art of Violet Teague (1872-1951) is a touring exhibition coordinated by the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne.  Co-curators of the exhibition are Felicity Druce (grand-niece of the artist) and Jane Clark, and the exhibition will be accompanied by the first monograph published on the artist. 
  • Salon des Refusés 2000
    11 Mar 2000 11:00 am until 22 Apr 2000 11:00 am
    The Salon des Refusés 2000 at the National Trust’s S.H. Ervin Gallery is bold, often contentious and packed with tomorrow’s talent. At the start of the new millenium the Salon des Refusés is one of the highlights of the S.H. Ervin Gallery exhibition program. The Holding Redlich People's Choice Prize was won by Evert Ploeg with his portrait of Richard Roxburgh.
  • Favourites: Margaret Olley & Barry Humphries choose from Australian collections
    15 Jan 2000 11:00 am until 27 Feb 2000 11:00 am
    Margaret Olley and Barry Humphries, are both contributors to Australia’s cultural life. Margaret Olley, best known as a still life painter and benefactor, and Barry Humphries for his theatre, film and television performances, share a strong interest in creating, collecting and museum study of the visual arts. The works were selected from both public and private collections in Australia covering a broad time-frame from Degas, Matisse and Bonnard to the present day.
  • Love Magic: Erotics and Politics in Indigenous Art
    20 Aug 1999 11:00 am until 3 Oct 1999 11:00 am
    Love Magic: Erotics and Politics in Indigenous Art brings together an exceptional body of work by 34 Indigenous artists relating to romantic, sensual, spiritual and political aspects of experience. The exhibition encourages viewers to go beyond stereotypic notions of identity; broadening and deepening our awareness of the diversity and richness of Aboriginal peoples' lives , relationships and culture. 
  • The Innovators: Collectors who shaped Sydney’s avant-garde 1963-1978
    26 Jun 1999 11:00 am until 1 Aug 1999 11:00 am
    The Innovators tells the story of the gallery directors who revolutionised Sydney's art scene in the 1960s and 1970s. A diverse group, their bravado and vision swept aside parochial attitudes, established an Australian tradition with an international outlook and shaped one of the most exciting periods in our cultural history.
  • Clarice Beckett: Politically Incorrect 
    30 Apr 1999 11:00 am until 13 Jun 1999 11:00 am
    Clarice Beckett (1887-1935), forgotten for three decades after her death, is now recognised as one of the great and highly individual painters in Australia landscape tradition. The evocative paintings by Beckett offered a view of Australia that celebrates modernity and the quiet beauty of the city and its suburbs.Organised and toured by the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Curated by Rosalind Hollinrake.