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What to See this Winter

Art Lovers | 18 May 2017

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2017

Art Gallery of NSW, 29 July – 22 October

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.

Each year, the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW judge the Archibald and Wynne, and invite an artist to judge the Sulman. The 2017 judge is Tony Albert.

Visit the exhibition to vote for your favourite portrait in the ANZ People’s Choice award before voting closes, and see the work of budding artists aged 5-18 on display in the Young Archies.

SALA Festival

(South Australian Living Arts Festival)

Various Locations throughout South Australia, 1 – 31 August

The South Australian Living Artists Festival  (SALA) is recognised as the largest and most innovative community
based visual arts festival in Australia.

SALA is wholly inclusive of every medium from sculpture, painting and photography through to mixed media, moving image and installations.

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The Rise of Sneaker Culture

The Art Gallery of Western Australia, 3 May – 4 September

After popular showings in Toronto, Brooklyn and Atlanta, the international exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture heads to AGWA for its only Australian presentation.

The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first exhibition to explore the complex social history and cultural significance of the footwear now worn by billions of people throughout the world.

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Art Gallery of Ballarat, 19 August – 17 September

The centrepiece of the 2017 Ballarat International Foto Biennale is an exhibition by David LaChapelle, one of the most important photographers of our time. This is the first time David LaChapelle will exhibit in Australia. LaChapelle who started his career in the 1980s, is known internationally for his exceptional talent in combining a unique hyper-realistic aesthetic with profound social messages.

The Biennale will also see the launch of the inaugural Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Prize. This is open to all photographers and photo media artists. The acquisitive first prize of $15,000, generously supported by the Dara Foundation, will be awarded to the work judged to be an exceptional photographic portrait of a significant Australian.

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QAGOMA Brisbane, 1 July – 29 October

The metaphysical aspects of travel are explored in works by Jeffrey Smart, Jan Senbergs, Hiroaki Takahashi, Craig Koomeeta and others. The idea of the journey raises questions about freedom and physical limitation, the fluidity of identity, the passage of time, and the experience of passing through different spaces and ways of living.

‘Travellers’ includes decorative objects that transport sustenance and medicine – ancient water vessels from China and the Japanese inrō with carved netsuke – as well as paintings, prints, sculptures and videos that capture images of discovery, trade, pilgrimage and forced relocation.

Vivid Sydney 2017

Sydney City, 26 May – 17 June

Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring an outdoor ‘gallery’ of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world’s most important creative industry forums and, of course, the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.
The multi-award-winning winter festival of light, music and ideas returns to illuminate Sydney with exciting new precincts to explore, mesmerising new light art to inspire and plenty of entertainment for everyone.

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Van Gogh and the Seasons

NGV International, Until 9 July

Van Gogh and the Seasons features works lent by leading international museums, including the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, which respectively holds the largest and second largest collection of Van Gogh’s works in the world.

Curated by Sjraar van Heugten, independent art historian and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Van Gogh and the Seasons is exclusive to Melbourne and presents the largest collection of Van Gogh artworks to ever travel to Australia.

Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, 11 August – 26 November

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory has hosted the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) since 1984.

 The aim of the award is to recognise the important contribution made by Indigenous artists from regional and urban areas throughout Australia, working in both traditional and contemporary media. It’s an important showcase for both established and emerging artists and has come to be regarded as one of the premier national events in the Australian Indigenous art calendar.

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Abstraction: celebrating Australian women abstract artists

Newcastle Art Gallery, 20 May – 23 July

Abstraction is an exhibition that will take audiences on a journey from the early 20thcentury through to the present day. Showcasing abstract works of art from the National Gallery of Australia collection that have rarely been on display. This exhibition brings to light stories that have remained untold for decades and reveal the remarkable contribution Australian women artists have made to abstract art across a broad range of media including painting, sculpture and applied art.

Tall Trees Art Exhibition

Cooran, Queensland, 1 – 2 July


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