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Well the big change to NSW politics in the past two weeks has certainly been a loss to the arts world.
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Well the big change to NSW politics in the past two weeks has certainly been a loss to the arts world. Whilst you may not agree with all of Bob Carr’s political policies, it can’t be denied that he was a highly visible and enthusiastic supporter of the arts industry. It will certainly be interesting to see if his replacement can be as passionate about theatre, visual arts, literature and festivals as Carr was – Edmund Capon aptly described Carr’s close relationship with the arts industry this week when he said “We were not just an appendage to be held at arm’s length, we were part of his life,” (“Actors, writers, dancers hail the minister who loved his portfolio”, SMH, July 29 2005).”

While people reflect on the recent history of arts funding in NSW, there has been some tightening of the purse strings over in Victoria with the ministry announcing that the National Gallery of Victoria will have to close its doors to the public one day a week. The gallery’s Australian art collection at the Ian Potter Centre at Melbourne’s Federation Square will permanently close on Mondays and its international complex in St Kilda Road will close on Tuesdays, but reportedly no jobs are being cut as a result of this cost-cutting exercise (“Costs force gallery to take a day off”, SMH, 2 August 2005).

Last month I talked about how the emergence of video art has transformed the way we interact with art exhibitions, from live crosses between exhibition venues to viewing art in make-shift cinemas in historic buildings. This month I have found a couple of events which also challenge traditional ways of viewing artworks. Firstly the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane is hosting the exhibition Glass House Mountains. To capture the unique mythology and natural beauty of this area in Queensland, the artists have put together an installation-performance work comprising video, sculpture, topographical maps, environmental sound recordings, spatially manipulated electronics and live cello performances. While nature has always been recorded through the visual, the addition of sound can really help take the viewer to the place and feel closer to the subject.

Secondly, Sydney-siders have the opportunity to take part in a very interesting monthly event called The Salon held at The Knot Gallery in Surry Hills. A talented team have decided that each month they will take a theme for discussion (eg ‘Nuclear Power: Friend or Foe?’, ‘Public Broadcasting and the Arts’) and then use this topic as inspiration for a digital art show, poetry readings, short films and a debate. Whilst there are already a few places to have a good old political argument in Sydney, I love the idea of using visual art and poetry to add multiple perspectives to a topic and to introduce new voices to a debate. August’s topic is “Is Civil Liberty a Liability?”, to be held 7:30-11:30pm, Thursday 25th August at the Knot Gallery – 342 Elizabeth St Surry Hills.

A couple of August events worthy of mention: The Darwin Fringe Festival ends August 14 and features some fantastic exhibitions for those not too busy at the Deckchair Cinema or Brown’s Mart Theatre. Even if you are too busy, you can catch some art when eating your lunch – the Darwin City Council have created their very own Takeaway Art paper lunch bags to be used by participating food outlets during the festival!

And in Sydney this month there’s Sydney Design 05, the international Design Festival held from August 6 to August 21. The program includes some blockbuster exhibitions at the Powerhouse Museum – Australian Design Awards, Morris and Co and Sydney Designers Unplugged – and some fantastic events. My pick of the bunch is the “Young Blood” Designers Market on August 13 where you can buy yourself an original piece of artwork and meet the maker at the same time. A truly unique experience. For more info go to

Competitions and Grants

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
Entries close August 5
The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is the only national prize for free standing sculptures of smaller dimensions (up to 80cm). For entry forms phone 02 9391 7135, or email:

Artworkers Award
Applications Close August 8
Open to Queensland artists practising in all media, the inaugural Artworkers Award offers a $5,000 Acquisitive Prize and a $1,000 Highly Commended Prize (non-acquisitive). For further information contact the Artworkers Office on 07 3215 0850

Box Hill ‘Celebration’ 2nd and 3d Art Competition
Applications Close: August 19
First prize is $3,000 cash and two weeks gallery hire at Box Hill Community Arts Centre. For entry forms and further information, Phone (03) 9898 3544, Fax (03) 9899 4380, or email:

Banyule Works on Paper Art Award
Entries close Friday August 26
The prize of $4,000 will be awarded to a work on paper that explores contemporary themes and displays outstanding excellence. Further information and entry forms are available from or by phoning(03) 490 4222.

The 2005 Church and Dwight Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award
Entries close Wednesday August 31st
One acquisitive prize of $5,000. For further info phone Centrehouse Community Arts Centre on 02 9428 4898, or visit

Arts Queensland Individual/Collectives up to $10,000 grants
Closing date for application is September 1 (notification end of September)
For info visit Arts Queensland online at, or phone 07 3224 4896 or Tollfree 1800 175 531

2006 Asialink Artists’ Residencies
Applications close September 2, 2005
Arts Management residencies are open to arts managers in the areas of visual arts and crafts, performing arts, literature, multimedia, technical production and festivals. For more information go to

7th Biennal National Ceramic Exhibition Awards
Entries close September 16
Run by the Cairns Pottery Club, with the top prize worth $1,200. For more information, download entry form from website at, or contact Jac Waters, Vice President, Cairns Potters Club Inc on (07) 4041 6128 or (07) 4054 6324, e:

WA Indigenous Arts Panel Grants 2005
Closing date for applications are September 23
Grants available in the categories of New Concepts, New Treatments, and Distribution. For more, go to:

Western Sydney Artists’ Fellowships
Closing date for applications is Friday 23 September. For an application form go to

City of Whyalla Art Prize 200
Entry forms due Friday September 30. One of the major regional art prizes, worth $25,000. For info, go to

Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award
Entries close October 3
The Government House Foundation is offering an Acquisition Award of $5,000 for the winning original portrait of one or more senior Territorians. A People’s Choice Award of $1,000 is also being offered. The Award is open to all NT residents.
For information phone (08) 8999 8981.

Metro 5 Painting Award
Entries due October 15
Australia’s richest prize for painters aged 35 and under. Entry forms for the 2005 Metro 5 Art Award can be downloaded

Exhibitions and Events


  • Queensland Gallery, Melbourne St South Brisbane
    Press Pause: Recent Australian Video Installations
    Three major installations recently acquired by the gallery.
    July 9 – October 9
    Black Ink
    Indigenous Prints from the Queensland Art Gallery Collection
    July 9 – November 20
    I am making Art
    Exploring performance-based art works from the Gallery’s Collection, from the 1960s to the present.
    Until September 25

  • Institute of Modern Art, 420 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley Brisbane
    As Night Falls Softly
    An installation consisting of sound and art works by Lilla Watson and Timothy O’Dwyer
    Until August 27
    The Glass House Mountains
    An installation of samples and harmonies to reproduce the legends surrounding the beautiful Glass House Mountains.
    Until August 27

  • Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, 161 Old Marborough Rd Pialba Harvey Bay
    Sacred Ground Beating Heart
    Works on paper by Queensland artist Judy Watson
    July 14 – August 20
    Aspects of the natural and the interior
    Kate Smith and Kevin Abercrombie
    July 14 – August 20

  • QUT Art Museum, QUT Gardens Cultural Precinct, 2 George St Brisbane
    2005 International Digital Art Awards
    July 7 – September 4
    A Silent Walk: The Sculpture of Stephen Hart
    Figurative works carved and sculpted from hardwood and rescued timbers
    August 4 – October 23

  • Queensland Centre for Photography, 33 Oxford St Bulimba Tel: 07 3399 9398
    Perception: the Daryl Hewson Photographic Collection
    Featuring works by Bruce Raynolds, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bill Henson, Tracy Moffatt, Anne Zahalka, Marian Drew, Sandy Edwards, Tim Page, Wolfgang Sievers, Max Dupain, and many, many more!
    Until August 14

  • Gold Coast City Art Gallery, 135 Bundall Rd Surfers Paradise
    Border Art Prize
    An art prize held in conjunction with Tweed Valley Regional Art Gallery for artists either side of the NSW/QLD border
    August 13 – September 18
    Gold Coast Quilters
    Features of a large collection of quilts by members of the Gold Coast Quilters Guild.
    Until August 14
    Miniature Art Award
    An annual award displaying the best in miniature art from around the world. This year the exhibition will also feature works from Russia.
    August 20 – September 11


  • Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace Adelaide
    The Art of Fiona Hall
    Showcases the versatility of this South Australian artist’s work, in media from photography to sculpture.
    July 8 – September 11
    Contemporary Australian Glass
    Until September 2005

  • Experimental Art Foundation, Lions Art Centre, North Terrace at Morphett St, Adelaide
    Out of Body Encounters
    Digital art by three artists – Lynne Sanderson, Alexander R Titz/Maja Sokolova and Dennis del Favaro.
    Until August 13
    Get rid of yourself! Now!
    South Australian artist, Sarah CrowEST, shows a lo-fi humorous approach to solving the dilemmas of bodily dissatisfaction.
    August 25 – September 24
    Weet-Bix Kid: Matthew Bradley
    August 25 – September 24

  • State Library of South Australia, North Terrace Adelaide
    Ross Wolfe: The Mystery of Forgetting
    Mysterious hobos mix with Delacroix and Renoir
    Until August 3
    David Malangi: No Ordinary Place
    August 13 – October 2

  • Adelaide Central Gallery 2, 45 Osmond Terrace Norwood Tel: 08 8364 5075
    Archer’s Arcadia: David Archer
    Until August 14
    Ignacio Rojas-Corral, Deborah Trusson, Morgan Allender and Deidre But-Husaim
    August 19 – September 11

  • Hill-Smith Fine Art, 113 Pirie St Adelaide
    Stephen Trebilcock (SALA Exhibition)
    July 22 – August 14


  • Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, Conacher St., Bullock Point, Darwin
    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
    Established in 1984 by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award is nationally and internationally renowned for showcasing new work by indigenous artists.
    August 12 – November 23
    Arafura Craft Exchange: Fibre 2005
    An exciting triennial exhibition of Indonesian and Australian contemporary craft practice
    May 14 – October 16
    For more, CLICK HERE.

  • The Araluen Centre for Arts and Entertainment, Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs Sites and Ceremonies: The Warlukurlangu Collection
    Highlights from two decades of art explain 40,000-something years of culture
    Until August 28
    For more, CLICK HERE.

  • DVAA Wood St Gallery, Woods St., Darwin
    Blind Date
    A collaborative visual arts project between Darwin Visual Arts Association, Watch This Space, Arts Katherine and Barkley Arts.
    August 10 – August 20

  • Fannie Bay Gaol, Fannie Bay Rd., Fannie Bay
    Art from the Inside 2005
    August 11 – August 28

  • 24hr Art-NT Centre for Contemporary Art, Parap Shopping Centre, Vimy Lane, Parap
    Darren Siwes: Works from Just Is
    August 6 – September 10
    Karen Casey: Art of Mind Meditation in Alpha
    August 6 – September 9

  • Gallery Gondwana, 43 Todd Mall, Alice Springs
    Big Country
    New paintings by 50 leading artists from selected Aboriginal communities and regional art centres
    August 5 – September 30
    Reflections on a Landscape
    Hendrik Forster – Sculptor and Silversmith, Kerryn Forster – Goldsmith artist
    August 5 – September 30


  • Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd., The Domain, Sydney
    Rajput: Sons of Kings
    An exhibition of 76 colourful Indian miniature paintings depicting the luxurious lifestyle of the Rajput courts of the Indian state of Rajasthan from the 17th to 19th centuries.
    8 June – 4 September 2005
    Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley
    Installation exhibition by Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley. For this project the artists are proposing to exhibit a new neon sculpture built around a ‘found’ sentence.
    26 June – 14 August 2005
    Dobell Prize for Drawing
    The most important drawing prize in Australia. It was established in 1993 as an initiative of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation.
    August 5 – October 16

  • Ray Hughes Gallery, 270 Devonshire St., Surry Hills
    James Powditch
    Sydney sculptor James Powditch uses his background as a film designer and prop maker to create his eclectic wall constructions. eclectic wall constructions.
    August 5 – August 31

  • Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Laman St., Newcastle, Tel: 02 4974 5100
    Archibald Prize 2005
    The travelling component of one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious annual art awards.
    August 13 – September 11
    Victor Greenaway: Ceramics 1965 – 2005
    An overview of the work of this perennial Australian ceramicist
    Euan Macleod: Newcastle Revisited
    An exhibition of recent works some of which completed during a residency with Newcastle Regional Art Gallery
    John Turier :Never need artists again machine
    A new sculptural installation that eclectically juxtaposes unusual combinations of found objects
    Zehra Ahmed: permission to narrate
    a multi media digital installation presented in partnership with electrofringe 2005
    August 20 – September 11

  • Bathurst Regional Gallery, 70-78 Keppel St., Bathurst, Tel: 02 6331 6066
    Gwen Frolich Bequest: a passion for art
    This generous bequest of 73 artworks by 29 well known Australian artists greatly enriches the Gallery’s collection. Some highlights include works by William Robinson, Rosemary Madigan, Jeffrey Smart, Clement Meadmore and Fred Williams.
    A Bathurst Regional Art Gallery exhibition:
    Natasha Daniloff: treasured layers
    Dani Marti: variations in a serious black dress
    Eugenie Solanov (1910 – 2002)
    Until August 21

  • Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Soudan Lane, Paddington
    Tracy Moffatt: Under the sign of Scorpio
    Images of the photographer masquerading as some of the world’s most influential women – all sharing her star sign
    August 1 – August 27

  • Australian Centre for Photography, 257 Oxford St., Paddington
    Erwin Olaf: Elegance and Perversity
    A satirical portrait of our contemporary consumer society.
    July 15 – August 28


  • NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd.
    Dutch Masters
    From the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
    Until October 2
    Albrecht Durer
    Master of the Renaissance
    Until November 6
    Bruce Nauman
    Mapping the Studio
    Until August 21
    Pictures of the Floating World
    Japanese prints from the collection
    April 22 – October 2

  • Axia Modern Art, 1010 High Street, Armadale
    Pippin Drysdale: Porcelain forms
    Giles Bettison: Murrini Glass
    August 11 – August 28

  • The Ian Potter Centre, at Federation Square
    This and other worlds
    Contemporary Australian drawing
    Opens August 2

  • Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, 200 Gertrude St., Fitzroy
    A Short Ride in a Fast Machine
    This exhibition celebrates the gallery’s 20 year anniversary of being in Fitzroy
    July 27 – August 27

  • Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
    Gallery 1: Domestic Slump
    Ceramics by Paul Wood
    Gallery 2: Into the Landscape
    Fine silver vessels by Vito Bila
    Gallery 3: Weapons of Mass Destruction
    Objects of the mundane are transformed into faux objects
    July 7 – August 20

  • Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, 40 Lydiard St. North, Ballarat, Tel: 03 5320 5858
    An exhibition of responses by local primary school children to the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery’s permanent collection.
    Until August 14
    Pam Wragg: From the Silence of the Studio
    Sculptures cast in bronze
    Until September 11
    Joseph Brown: paintings and sculptures
    Until September 11
    Aspects of the Tasmanian Wood Design Collection
    Until August 21


  • ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley St., Acton
    Debra Dawes
    Selected Paintings 1990 – 2005
    July 7 – August 14

  • ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson
    Print Media and Drawing
    Nine graduated honours students from Print Media and Drawing, Canberra School of Art showcase their work.
    August 3 – August 14
    Matthew Harding
    Matthew Harding will stage an installation relating to water and fire cycles.
    August 17 – August 28

  • Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman House Arts Centre, Ainslie Ave Braddon
    Dimensions Variable 1.1
    Works by Justin Andrews, Rachel Bowak, Stella Brennan, Kirsten Farrell, Andrew Hazewinkel, Anton Marin, Peter Vandermark and Sandra Selig
    Until August 27

  • National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes, Canberra
    Bill Viola: The Passions
    A mesmerising exhibition of recent works by the internationally-renowned American artist Bill Viola.
    July 29 – November 6
    Stage Fright
    Theatre art designed for the ballet, opera and theatre stage
    June 11 – September 26
    Margaret Michaelis
    Love loss and Photography
    May 7 – August 14
    National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition
    July 15 – October 9


  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, James Street Mall, Perth
    St. Petersburg 1900
    A diverse range of more than 200 artworks depicting the turbulent years of St Petersburg’s history
    July 10 – October 23
    William Kentridge will feature Shadow Quartet, four free-standing bronze sculptures by this distinguished South African artist with a significant international profile.
    March 21 – August 21
    John Nixon: Matter
    Until August 28

  • Breadbox Gallery
    Part your lips and show your teeth, in laughter, scorn or pain. Works by Gail Russel, Jamie Doohan, Jane Kagi, Louise Morrison-Saunders, Lyle Branson, Peter Carlino, Rima Zabaneh, Siglinde Johannesson.
    August 5 – August 22
    Underfoot: Frances Blythe
    A solo exhibition of paintings inspired by glimpses of materials/surfaces/objects seen ‘underfoot’ in the usual areas the artist visits daily.
    August 27 – September 11

  • Gallery East, 94 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle, Perth
    Mei See Laing Jackson: New Jewellery
    August 5 – August 29

  • Church Gallery, 264 Stirling Highway Claremont
    Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Acquisitive Art Award
    August 10 – August 21

  • PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts), 51 James St Perth Cultural Centre
    Road Works
    New work by Perth artist Duncan McKay which is a study of the West Coast Drive.
    July 14 – August 21
    Black Solander
    Gregory Pryor challenges traditional practices of botanical illustration.
    July 14 – August 21
    Drawn Out
    Curated by Hannah Mathews, focussing on drawing
    July 14 – August 21

  • Holmes a Court Gallery, Level 1, 11 Brown, East Perth
    Kings Park Visions
    Celebrates the beauty and views and from Kings Park
    July 21 – October 10


  • CAST Gallery, 27 Tasma St., North Hobart
    Downtown: Simon Cuthbert
    A solo exhibition of photo-media work by prominent Tasmanian artist, Simon Cuthbert, exploring issues relating to the ‘city’ and cultural authenticity.
    August 13 – September 11

  • Criterion Gallery, 12 Criterion St., Central Hobart
    Andrew Curtis: Photography
    July 15 – August 17
    Adam Geczy: The Secret of the Trick
    Until August 16
    Debris: Matt Calvert
    August 19 – September 21

  • Bett Gallery, 369 Elizabeth St., North Hobart, Tel: 03 6231 6511
    Tiffany Winterbottom: Homegroan girls
    Photography with a fluro twist
    August 5 – August 31

  • The Salamanca Collection, 65 Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tel: 03 6241 1341
    The Winter Exhibition
    A popular annual event which features works by well-known Tasmanian artists.
    Until August 30
    Jerzy Michalski
    August 6 – August 30

  • Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 40 Macquarie St., Hobart
    Howard Taylor Phenomenon
    Until August 28
    Vivienne Binns: Survey
    Until September 18

  • Frances Derricourt
    About the Author
    Frances Derricourt is in Arts Marketing, and currently works for an Australian publisher promoting Fine Arts books.