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May 2018

Outrage, obscenity and madness—Elizabeth Gertsakis

1 May - 19 July

Elizabeth Gertsakis’ digital paintings and works on paper reinterpret the illustrations accompanying reports of crimes and misdemeanours published in broadsheet newspapers by Richard Egan Lee in 1870s Victoria, including newsworthy events that occurred in and around Geelong. An advocate for the dissemination of information to all classes of settlers, Egan Lee fought multiple slander and obscenity cases—after each of which he established a new masthead including Police News, Police Budget, Citizen Press, Banner of Truth and Pictorial Weekly Budget—and changed visual censorship laws in Victoria. Gertsakis’…

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1 May @ 11:00 am - 27 May @ 4:00 pm

Members of the Geelong Art society have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the annual Autumn Show held at Shearer’s Arms Gallery , 202 Aberdeen St Geelong West . Times are- May 1-27 , open Tuesday – Friday , 11am to 3pm , Weekends 1pm to 4pm There will be a large array of visual artworks covering many mediums including oils, watercolours, pastels, acrylics, printmaking and lime stone carving . Entry is free and all works are for sale.…

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Australian Literature Print Exchange & Literary Festival Exhibition

3 May @ 10:00 am - 17 June @ 5:00 pm

(Image: The Slap, Christine Wrest-Smith etching/aquatint) As per our previous print exchanges, Great Authors 2017 and Lettered 2016 the Australian Literature group exhibition will align with the annual Queenscliffe Literary Festival in May. Allocation of the Australian Literature titles were assigned in the order in which QG&W received each artist’s submission form. The 32 exhibiting artists and their assigned piece of Australian literature are: Children’s Literature… Animalia Graeme Base Soula Mantalvanos Australian Legendary Tales, Katherine (Katie) Stow writing as K. Langloh Parker Riste Andrievski Blinky Bill, Dorothy Wall Leonie Oakes Land…

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Big Colours

3 May @ 11:00 am - 26 May @ 4:00 pm

A group exhibition of vibrant, bold. colorful artwork by artists: Renato Guillermo De Pola, Jacki Burke, Deb Gartland, Justine Martin, Sarah Pirrottina, Jenny Taberner, Jan Verouden and Julie Whitaker. Official opening Saturday May 5th 2.30-4pm Exhibition open from May 3-26 Wed-Sat 11am -4pm all enquires to 101 Ryrie Arts – 0409 916 739 www.101ryriearts.com    

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Jenny Laidlaw Solo Exhibition “Friendship is a Flowering Tree”

14 May @ 10:00 am - 17 September @ 5:00 pm

Jenny is having a Solo Exhibition titled “Friendship is a Flowering Tree” at the Epworth Art Gallery, Epworth Geelong, Waurn Ponds. This exhibition will feature new original artworks from her series “Inspired by Words”. These vibrant, detailed and whimsical and thought provoking paintings have all been inspired by historical quotes from people such as John Muir, Emerson, Mark Twain, Amelia Earhart, Matsuo Basho and many more. All Jenny’s paintings stir the imagination of children and adults alike. They reflect curiosity…

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Leah Thiessen / Shelley McKenzie / Amy Wright

17 May - 10 June

Leah Thiessen – The Spirit of Place  In this body of work, Thiessen writes that she is responding to the northern NSW environment she is immersed in daily, “the natural ecology of the Terranora Broadwater, with its mangroves and natural bush terrain…” She explains the dynamism in her work as originating from the movement in nature. “In nature nothing is ever static, there is always sound, emotion, mood, memory that accompany the visual. I store what I see in my…

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METROPOLIS GALLERY – Steve Salo: Recent Paintings

18 May @ 9:00 am - 10 June @ 5:00 pm
Metropolis Gallery - Steve Salo 'Woman in a Field’, oil on board, 51 x 41 cm

  Steve Salo: Recent Paintings at Metropolis Gallery reflects the artist’s strong interests in both landscape and portraiture. After a residency in 2017 at Police Point on the Mornington Peninsula, Salo has produced inspirational paintings based on that region. His continuing exploration of paint and portraiture has also resulted in highly expressive new works reflecting the human presence. Salo’s profile as a contemporary artist continues to grow, with paintings shortlisted in a number of prestigious prizes across Australia. It has…

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Metropolis Gallery – Anita Barrett: To the Shore

18 May @ 9:00 am - 10 June @ 5:00 pm
Metropolis Gallery - Anita Barrett 'Embracing Autumn' acrylic, charcoal on 90cm diameter timber panel

Anita Barrett’s paintings are the result of a process of cultivating calm for present and future self: immersing herself in nature she is developing a state of mind. On the distinctive round panels of her exhibition To the Shore at Metropolis Gallery, Barrett brings this sense of calm to her paintings and shares her love of Victoria’s Surf Coast and the Bellarine, capturing the peace of coastal vegetation and sand dune pathways to the shore.      

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artX Geelong 2018

23 May @ 9:00 am - 13 June @ 5:00 pm

artX (formerly KarnivART) showcases the work of artists from the Geelong region in an exhibition that is diverse and inclusive. After opening at Gordon Gallery, the exhibition continues in the Rachinger Gallery at Eastern Hub Community Centre. Now in its 10th year, artX features  artworks  ranging from photography to sculpture, painting to pencil on paper. Reflecting the imagination and creativity of the artists who live with disability or mental illness, the artworks transcend form and content. The show includes such…

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An exchange of treasures—Roberts and McCubbin from the Art Gallery of Ballarat

25 May - 14 July

These two exceptional works by Tom Roberts and Frederick McCubbin are on loan from the Art Gallery of Ballarat, offered in recognition of Geelong Gallery’s loan to Ballarat—until the end of May this year—of three treasured paintings by Eugene von Guérard. The Geelong Gallery’s three works—Aborigines met on the road to the diggings 1854, View of Geelong 1856, View from Fritz Wilhelmberg, Herne Hill, Geelong 1860 (formerly Mr Levien’s hut on the Barwon, but recently retitled due to new research)—are central to Eugene von Guérard: artist–traveller, a major exhibition that looks at von…

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Jörg Schmeisser—looking back: prints from the collection of Laurence O’Keefe and Christopher James

25 May - 27 May

Jörg Schmeisser (1942–2012) was an internationally trained and critically acclaimed master printmaker whose etchings set a benchmark for technical brilliance and conceptual richness. He was the Head of Printmaking at the Australian National University School of Art in Canberra between 1978–96 where he was a highly influential teacher and mentor. Schmeisser was a humanist, environmentalist, cultural historian and inveterate traveller. His vast printed oeuvre is a record of his wide-ranging journeys and sensitive observations of the simple and spectacular beauties…

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Reimagine—the world according to children’s books

25 May - 27 May

Reimagine—the world according to children’s books is a selective survey of Australian children’s literature and book illustration of the past twenty years. It includes the works of Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors and artists including Joshua Button, Leigh Hobbs, Robert Ingpen, Ann James, Van T Rudd, Tai Snaith, Anne Spudvilas, Shaun Tan and Anna Walker. Presenting original artworks and source material for some of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary children’s books, the exhibition explores the wonderfully inspiring images and texts through which concepts of humanity, nature, caring, cultural difference and belonging, and the…

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Brook Andrew—rethinking Antipodes

25 May - 2 September

In 2016 Brook Andrew undertook a comprehensive study of the collections of the Cambridge Museums, and the extensive print collection of the British Museum, London, as part of the Australian Print Workshop’s Antipodes project. In the resulting suite of eight photolithographs—acquired by Geelong Gallery in 2017—he uses reproductions of 18th century satirical prints by British artist James Gillray as his primary source material: specifically a number of prints in which Gillray addressed British Imperialism, the political climate of the late 18th century and various conflicts…

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June 2018

From the velvety depths: Graeme Peebles 40 Year Retrospective

21 June @ 10:00 am - 29 July @ 5:00 pm

From the velvety depths: Graeme Peebles 40 Year Retrospective DATES Exhibition dates: Jun 21st – Jul 29th Official opening: Jun 24th at 3pm Open 6 days 10am – 5pm from Mar 1st (closed Tuesdays) More details soon…

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From Velvety Depths Graeme Peebles Survey Exhibition

21 June @ 10:00 am - 12 August @ 5:00 pm

From Velvety Depths Graeme Peebles Survey Exhibition A feature event during Queenscliff’s Low Light winter festivalThis exhibition presents recent works alongside a selection of important earlier pieces, which traverse themes that have long pervaded his practice. Namely, notions that relate to time, nature, human existence, and the development of art. These ideas are expressed through a distinctive symbolic language he has developed over his career, with certain subject matter repeatedly represented in various arrangements via mezzotint printmaking – a technique…

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July 2018

CrossXpollinatioN 2018

7 July @ 10:00 am - 29 July @ 4:30 pm

‘JOURNEYS’ – Textile & Fibre Art Exhibition Two venues showcasing excellence in textile and fibre practice COPACC (Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre) 3D textile/fibre artwork exploring the theme of ‘Journeys’ Awards: Journey Award, Tarndie Fibre Art Award and People’s Choice Award AND RRRTAG (Red Rock Regional Theatre & Art Gallery) 2D and 3D artwork using or referencing textiles/fibre to explore the theme ‘Journeys’. Awards: Scissor Award and People’s Choice Award ***  Entries close Monday 21st May 2018 For COPACC and RRRTAG…

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September 2018

2018 Archibald Prize

22 September @ 10:00 am - 18 November @ 5:00 pm

First awarded in 1921, the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Archibald Prize is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture, with subjects often including politicians, celebrities, sporting heroes, authors and artists. Since its inception, the Archibald Prize has been engaging art enthusiasts, often stirring up controversy and always challenging the way we see ourselves and our society. Over the years, the prize has been awarded to many…

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