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Winter is Coming: What’s on in Art

Art Lovers | 11 May 2022

With Winter fast approaching, there is no better time to rug up and get out to your local galleries and with borders reopening, to even travel interstate.

There’s really no excuse not to get out there !!

From thought-provoking to humorous, here are our recommendations of current and upcoming exhibitions from all around Australia that we describe as “unmissable”! 


1. ~ 23rd Biennale of Sydney

Until 13th June

Various locations | Sydney

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Carolina Caycedo – Yuma, or the Land of Friends, 2014.

One of Australia’s leading contemporary art events is back again. The theme of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney is rīvus which, across a number of locations and galleries, looks to explore ideas of Indigenous environment, science and philosophy.

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2. ~ Yayoi Kusama

The Spirits of the Pumpkins Descended into the Heavens 

Until March 2023

Art Gallery of South Australia | Adelaide

“The world I see is endless space.” – Yayoi Kusama

Described as “the world’s most popular artist”, Yayoi Kasuma has a six decade career under her belt. Known for her repetitive polka-dots and bold contrasting colours, The Art Gallery of South Australia have recently opened “The Spirit of the Pumpkins Descended Into the Heavens”, which is an immersive and sensory experience and installation of mirrors, polka dots and spotty pumpkins.

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3. ~ Chiharu Shiota

The Soul Trembles

18th June ~ 3rd October

QAGOMA | Brisbane

Shiota Chiharu 2020

‘The Soul Trembles’ highlights twenty-five years of Chiharu Shiota’s artistic practice. Internationally renowned for her transformative, large-scale installations constructed from millions of fine threads that cluster in space or form complex webs that spill from wall to floor to ceiling.  Shiota’s beautiful and disquieting works express the intangible: memories, dreams, anxiety and silence. ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’ is the largest solo exhibition of the artist’s work to date and centres on these seductive constructions, contextualising them with works on paper, sculpture and documentation of the artist’s performance and theatre practice.

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4. ~ 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony

Until 31st July

National Galley of Australia | Canberra

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Hayley Millar Baker, Gunditjmara and Djabwurrung peoples, Nyctinasty, 2021

Curated by Hetti Perkins, Arrernte and Kalkadoon peoples, this immersive exhibition’s theme is Ceremony. Ceremony remains a central creative practice for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. At the heart of this exhibition, is how ceremony is celebrated in film, image, media, music, dance and performance.

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5. ~ The Picasso Century

10th June ~  9th October

National Galley of Victoria | Melbourne

Pablo Picasso – Portrait of Olga in an armchair (Portrait d’Olga dans un fauteuil) 1918

The National Gallery of Victoria proudly presents their Winter Masterpieces exhibition The Picasso Century, which looks to chart the extraordinary life and career of Pablo Picasso. It simultaneously looks at the many artists, poets, intellectuals and patrons who inspired and motivated him including Guillaume Apollinaire, Georges Braque, Salvador Dalí, Alberto Giacometti, Françoise Gilot, Valentine Hugo, Marie Laurencin, Dora Maar, André Masson, Henri Matisse, Dorothea Tanning and Gertrude Stein.

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6. ~ Telstra NATSIAA

National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

6th August ~  15th January

MAGNT | Darwin

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Timo Hogan (Pitjantjatjara language) 2021 Telstra Art Award Winner

The Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) annual exhibition demonstrates the richness and diversity of current contemporary Indigenous artistic practice, and the pre-eminence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices, nationwide, within the visual arts.

Awards Ceremony – Friday 5 August 2022

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7. ~ Archibald Prize 2022

14th May ~  28th August

AGNSW | Sydney

Claus Stangl – Taika Waititi | Winner: Packing Room Prize 2022

Australia’s most well known art prize returns for another year. This year saw the highest known number of entries from Aboriginal artists (20) and the highest number of Aboriginal finalists in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes overall (27).

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8. ~ 2022 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art


Until 5th June

AGSA &  various locations across the city | Adelaide

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Kate Mitchell – Invoking the spirit of art to help complete this work, 2022

The 2022 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art exhibition Free/State explores ideas of transcending states, from the spiritual and artistic to the psychological, and embraces notions of freedom in expression, creation and collaboration.

Curator: Sebastian Goldspink

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9. ~ Tracks We Share

Contemporary Art of the Pilbara

Until 28th August

Art Gallery of W.A. | Perth

Robina Clause at Martumili Artists, 2021.

Robina Clause at Martumili Artists, 2021. (Photography by Claire Martin)

Celebrating Aboriginal artists and artwork of Western Australia’s Pilbara region is the landmark exhibition Tracks We Share, a collaboration between Western Australian non-profit arts and cultural organisation FORM; the Art Gallery of Western Australia; Aboriginal art centres Cheeditha Art Group, Juluwarlu Art Group, Martumili Artists, Spinifex Hill Studio, and Yinjaa-Barni Art; and independent artists Katie West, Curtis Taylor, and Jill Churnside.

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