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May 2018

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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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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July 2018

My Geelong—our Gallery

28 July - 9 September

The second biennial exhibition, My Geelong—our Gallery reveals the artistic riches of Geelong Gallery, a collection owned by the people of Geelong. Twenty diverse members of the Greater Geelong community are invited to meet Gallery Director Jason Smith and select a favourite work of art. 2018 participants include Igni restaurant owner and chef, Aaron Turner, Geelong Football Club captain, Joel Selwood, local Aboriginal leader, Norm Jurrawaa Stanley, primary school student, Alyssa Taylor and City of Greater Geelong Mayor, Bruce Harwood. The participants’ collective choices are exhibited in this…

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August 2018


7 August @ 11:00 am - 26 August @ 4:00 pm

The Geelong Art Society is showcasing the work of its wonderful tutors and coordinators at Shearer’s Arms Gallery 202 Aberdeen St Geelong West from August 7 to August 26 . The Artists being featured are – Jacinta Lietch , sculptor and painter Jennifer Nitchie , Children’s tutor , Rachel Kirby , printmaker David Moore , outdoor art coordinator Lynette Palmer . together on Tuesday group coordinator Mary Tegelaers , Life Drawing coordinator Jill Shalless , Pastel and Oils tutor tony…

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Sempre Sempre – Jan + Geo. Francis Retrospective

8 August @ 11:00 am - 1 September @ 4:00 pm

Last year in 2017 two wonderful milestones were reached for Jan and Geo Francis of Moongate Studios.  Firstly it was their Golden Wedding Anniversary in April, and in October this dynamic duo was recognised in Piedmont Italy with a Medaglia Mauriziana for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.   It was time to celebrate this creative sojourn of 5 decades with SEMPRE SEMPRE……a Retrospective Exhibition of their artwork. Italian for always always, it seemed an appropriate title as Moongate Studios has…

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Sempre Sempre- a quality exhibition in Geelong by Jan + Geo. Francis

10 August @ 6:00 pm - 1 September @ 5:00 pm

A top quality exhibition by Jan + Geo. Francis coming up in Geelong. Sempre Sempre (Italian for always always) is a celebration of over 40 years of creativity that this husband and wife duo have achieved! Living on the Surf Coast in their hand built mud brick home and studios – Moongate, (just another testament to their creativity and drive)…..this retrospective will be held in Geelong where their creative careers were born. SEMPRE SEMPRE Last year in 2017 two wonderful…

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Rohan Robinson / Michelle Kettle / Cat Rabbit

16 August - 9 September

Rohan Robinson – Desire for a Sedentary Personality “So somebody asks… “What do you do?” I’m at a point of the more I do it, the less I really know, the landscape is a vehicle for language, not STYLE, but a developed deep seated personal language, that takes many years to reach. My work is not necessarily site specific, but more a conglomerate of parts that would become a regional identifier, subtle. Something between the Western European model and the…

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27 August @ 9:00 am - 8 September @ 1:00 pm

An exhibition of new work by young artists from Barwon Valley School. Paintings, photographs and collage feature in a stunning show that focuses on both abstract and figurative work, exploring techniques, styles and colour as subject .

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28 August @ 11:00 am - 23 September @ 4:00 pm

This is the Geelong Art Society’s annual Printmaking exhibition featuring the work of some of the finest printmakers in the Geelong region . There will be a huge range of Printmaking techniques on display – linocuts, woodcuts, monoprints, etchings , collagraphs and more . All art will be for sale at very reasonable prices . This is a wonderful opportunity to view and perhaps purchase a unique handmade artwork by some of our best local printmakers. This is also a…

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September 2018

Cuttings—Elizabeth Gower

1 September - 25 November

Elizabeth Gower is one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists with a career spanning forty years, and as a pioneering feminist artist who emerged in the 1970s, her work has had, and continues to have, an important impact on her peers and younger artists. Gower’s ingenious formal manipulation and transformation of materials is conditioned by her work’s exceptional conceptual rigour. Gower recycles and collages remnants of popular culture to create exquisite optical patterns and explore ideas of consumerism and consumption. Her work…

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Who’s who portrait prize

15 September - 18 November
2017 Who’s who portrait prize

Coinciding with the Geelong Gallery’s presentation of the Art Gallery of New South Wales‘ 2018 Archibald Prize, this student prize marks Jules Francois Archibald’s connection to Geelong and aims to encourage and inspire young artists to celebrate local or regional identities, their personal histories and achievements—through portraiture. Selected entries will be exhibited across Geelong including Geelong Gallery, Geelong Regional Libraries, Westfield Shopping Centre and more. Learn more

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Floortalk: Cuttings—Elizabeth Gower

15 September @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Elizabeth Gower, for a guided tour exploring Cuttings. Gain insight into Gower’s artistic practice and creative process, spanning forty years, as a pioneering feminist artist who emerged in the 1970s.

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2018 Archibald Prize

22 September - 18 November

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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October 2018


5 October - 14 October

Call for Artists – Free Entry Surf Coast Arts Space, Shop 2, 103 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea 5th – 14th October 2018 – Opening night Friday 5th October Criteria Impacted by Mental Illness – this may be family, friends or your own experience Utilise Art as a tool for expression, wellbeing and/or your recovery Items must be for sale (no commission taken from price) Art piece is designed to match the theme of “Connection” How to register: contact *protected email*…

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Birregurra Arts Show 2018

12 October - 13 October

WE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND AN INVITATION TO ARTISTS TO ENTER THE    2018 BIRREGURRA ART SHOW    It is that time of year again!   Entries are now open to the Birregurra Festival Art Show.   As part of the BIRREGURRA WEEKEND FESTIVAL the 2018 BIRREGURRA ART SHOW will be held on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October 2018 with Opening Night on Friday 12th October at 7.00 pm   We are excited to announce that this year the “Birregurra Art Show Prize” awarded by…

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2018 Archibald Prize: Creative conversation—Art collectors

13 October @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hear a selection of Art Gallery of New South Wales’ 2018 Archibald Prize finalists and sitters under the spotlight in a Q&A format at The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. 2018 Archibald Prize finalists, Robert Malherbe and Joanna Braithwaite, with 2018 Archibald Prize sitters Michael Reid and Pat Corrigan, moderated by Geelong Gallery Director and CEO, Jason Smith. This is a free event, however bookings are essential: www.geelonggallery.org.au/whats-on/events/art-collectors Image: 2018 Archibald Prize finalist Joanna Braithwaite ‘Hall of fame – portrait of Pat Corrigan’ © the artist. Photo: AGNSW.

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2018 Archibald Prize: Creative conversation—White Night Geelong

13 October @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Meet Art Gallery of New South Wales’ 2018 Archibald Prize finalist, Sally Ross and sitters, Will Huxley and Garrett Huxley for an intimate conversation sharing the mysterious potential of art with ABC Breakfast presenter, Jacinta Parsons. This event will be followed by a special performance by The Huxleys. Book now This event is part of White Night Geelong—a city reimagined.

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Talking art @ the Archibald Prize—Yvette Coppersmith

19 October @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Meet the 2018 Archibald Prizewinner, Yvette Coppersmith, in conversation with Geelong Gallery Director and CEO, Jason Smith. Have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the artist while enjoying the 2018 Archibald Prize exclusively after hours. Book now This is a fundraising event for Geelong Contemporary.

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SHEARER’S ARMS PORTRAIT PRIZE- all about the person

23 October @ 11:00 am - 18 November @ 3:00 pm

2018 is the first year that this exhibition/ competition has been run by the Geelong Art Society at Shearers Arms Gallery at 202 Aberdeen St Geelong West . It has been organised to complement the 2nd year of the Archibald Prize Exhibition at the Geelong Art Gallery . There will be a diverse range of \Art works representing many mediums by memebers of the Geelong art Society as well as invited portrait artists , including Lianne Gough and Lisa Wang…

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2018 Archibald Prize: Creative conversation—A portrait of an artist

27 October @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hear a selection of Art Gallery of New South Wales’ 2018 Archibald Prize finalists and sitters under the spotlight in a Q&A format at The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. 2018 Archibald Prize finalists, Fiona McMonagle and Jonathan Dalton, join 2018 Archibald Prize sitter, Abdul Abdullah, moderated by Geelong Gallery Senior Curator, Lisa Sullivan. Book now

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November 2018

Little Creatures after dark—2018 Archibald Prize

16 November @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Celebrate the final weekend of the 2018 Archibald Prize at Geelong Gallery after hours. Stop in at our Pop up café and bar and enjoy the intimacy of viewing the exhibition after dark. Purchase tickets

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March 2019

Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series

2 March 2019 - 26 May 2019
Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly 1946 from the Ned Kelly series 1946–47 enamel paint on composition board National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Sunday Reed 1977

For the first time in 15 years, the National Gallery of Australia’s collection of Sidney Nolan’s ‘Ned Kelly’ paintings is touring Australia in its entirety. The national tour gives Australians across the country the chance to experience some of the most famous and poignant masterpieces of 20th century Australian art. While the Kelly paintings have been exhibited internationally at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, they have rarely visited the far corners of…

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