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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. 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 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. The winner of the Holding Redlich People's Choice Award this year was Tianli Zu for her portrait of South Australian Federal Labor Senator, Penny Wong, titled The Senator and Ma.
  • 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. 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 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. The Holding Redlich People's Choice Award for 2015 was Paul Trefry, Homeless still human, silicone, fiberglass, horse hair, and polyester resin.
  • 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.
  • Your Friend The Enemy
    17 Apr 2015 until 24 May 2015
    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 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.
  • Portia Geach Memorial Award 2014
    7 Nov 2014 until 14 Dec 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. 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 until 14 Sep 2014
    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. Nick Stathopoulos won 2014's Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award with his beautiful, hyper-realist portrait of author Robert Hoge.
  • Arthur Boyd: An Active Witness
    6 Jun 2014 until 12 Jul 2014
    The exhibition honours the work of Arthur Boyd and the potential of the artist to influence society through their role as an active witness. It is the first major exhibition to consider the social and political consciousness that influenced Arthur Boyd’s art and contains a rich collection of significant artworks by Boyd and his dynastic Australian artist family members.
  • Bill Brown: Wanderlust
    19 Apr 2014 until 1 Jun 2014
    Described by Michael Snelling as ‘a legend’, Brown has made an enormous contribution to NAS and has been a great teacher and mentor to a generation of younger artists including Lucy Culliton and Kerrie Lester.
  • Reality in Flames
    7 Mar 2014 until 13 Apr 2014
    The Australian War Memorial’s latest travelling exhibition, Reality in flames: modern Australian art and the Second World War, features works from renowned artists such as Stella Bowen, Russell Drysdale, Sidney Nolan and Albert Tucker. The exhibition will draw entirely from the Memorial’s extensive collection of works, and will include 53 paintings, 32 works on paper and 5 sculptures.
  • Sculpture City
    24 Jan 2014 until 2 Mar 2014
    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 until 17 Nov 2013
    First awarded in 1965, the Portia Geach Memorial Award was established by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, artist Portia Geach. As per the direction of the will, the Award is annually presented to an Australian female artist for the best portrait painted from life of a man or woman distinguished in art, letters or the sciences. Hélène Grove has been named winner of 2013 Portia Geach Memorial Award.
  • Windows To The Sacred
    30 Aug 2013 until 29 Sep 2013
    At the heart of Esoteric Art is the argument that Art is not governed by money, fashion or favour, and that the highest purpose for creativity is to enable the communion of Man with the Divine.
  • Peter Rushforth: All Fired Up
    12 Jul 2013 until 25 Aug 2013
    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 crethte works that employ native Australian materials, in order to develop unique forms of art particular to the environment in which he lives.
  • Capturing Flora: Australian Botanical Art 1700–1900
    15 Feb 2013 until 17 Mar 2013
    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 until 12 Feb 2013
    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 until 19 Jan 2013
    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 until 16 Dec 2012
    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 until 4 Nov 2012
    Sally Robinson has been announced as the winner of the 2012 Portia Geach Memorial Award. The Portia Geach Memorial Award is awarded by The Trust Company as trustee, to the entry with the highest artistic merit.
  • David Boyd: His Work, His Life, His Family
    17 Aug 2012 until 23 Sep 2012
    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 until 1 Jul 2012
    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 until 20 May 2012
    Each year our panel is invited to go behind the scenes of 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 works entered in both prizes not chosen for the official award exhibition.
  • Russell Drysdale: The Drawings
    17 Feb 2012 until 25 Mar 2012
    This year, 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 will be showing over 60 drawings in the upcoming exhibition Russell Drysdale: The Drawings, curated by Lou Klepac.
  • Luminous: The Landscapes of Elisabeth Cummings
    7 Jan 2012 until 12 Feb 2012
    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 until 18 Dec 2011
    The exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery in November 2011 will consist of approximately 55 Storrier works including paintings, graphics and photography. Works will be drawn from public galleries, private collections and the artist.
  • Portia Geach Memorial Prize 2011
    23 Sep 2011 until 6 Nov 2011
    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 until 18 Sep 2011
    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 until 7 Aug 2011
    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 until 19 Jun 2011
    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 until 10 Apr 2011
    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 until 20 Feb 2011
    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 until 19 Dec 2010
    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.
  • Timeless: The art of Cressida Campbell
    10 Jan 2009 until 22 Feb 2009
    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.