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May 2019

Behind the Lines 2018 – Best Political Cartoons Exhibition

May 3 @ 10:00 am - July 7 @ 6:00 pm
National Cartoon Gallery,
1 John Champion Way, Coffs Harbour,

Venture down the rabbit hole to Behind the Lines 2018, the perennially popular exhibition of the year’s best political cartoons… After a topsy-turvy 2018, the theme this year is Curiouser & Curiouser, inspired by the surreal charm of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Did the political landscape of the last 12 months have you thinking you’d stepped through the looking glass to a world where nothing is as it seems? You’re not alone! Australia’s best political cartoonists worked tirelessly…

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Clay Stories: Contemporary Indigenous Ceramics from Remote Australia

May 10 - July 13
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
Corner Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

Clay Stories is a significant survey exhibition of contemporary artworks in ceramics created by established and emerging Indigenous artists in remote parts of regional Australia. The exhibition presents pieces that are both sculptural and vessel-based, with each body of work a strong medium for storytelling, representative of the artist’s connection to Country. This touring exhibition is an independent curatorial project developed by Sabbia Gallery, its exhibition curator Anna Grigson, five Indigenous art centres and the Remote Communities Ceramic Network. OPENING…

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Stories to Freedom

May 17 - June 29
Coffs Harbour Regional Museum,
215 Harbour Drive (old Courthouse building), Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

Stories to Freedom, an exhibition that gives us insight into the past, present and future lives of refugee and migrant women living and working in our community. The exhibition shares the work of Anglicare’s 3Es Program through photography and film, as well as featuring handmade textile artworks created by women who participate in the program. Traversing the memories of childhood, migration and settling in a new home, this exhibition highlights the joys and trepidations of learning new skills and sharing…

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Izabela Pluta: Reversal

May 18 - July 21
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

Reversal is a photographically-based installation that draws on Rose Macaulay’s 1953 book, Pleasure of Ruins, which articulates a relationship between the disappearance of buildings and the limitations of words used to describe them. Pluta’s exhibition materially translates, fragments and reconfigures Macaulay’s ideas to explore the mutability of things and the impermanence of places. Izabela Pluta has exhibited widely in Australia and in 2018 was shortlisted for the MAMA Foundation National Photographic Award. In 2019 Pluta will be presenting new work…

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Angelica Mesiti – Relay League

May 18 @ 12:00 am - July 21 @ 11:00 pm
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

Angelica Mesiti – Relay League On view 18 May – 21 July Calling all. This is our last cry before our eternal silence. This message sent by Morse code in 1997 was the poetic starting point for artist Angelica Mesiti as she embarked on creating her exciting new work: Relay League. The message was not, as one may assume, a desperate transmission sent from a sinking ship, but rather, the final message signalling the end of the use of Morse…

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Wendy Stokes Within and Between – Walking in the space of Landscape

May 18 @ 9:00 am - July 21 @ 6:00 pm
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

On view 18 May – 21 July 2019 at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie  Walking in the space of Landscape merges experiences of connection and process, both being key to engaging, knowing and understanding a site. Whilst attending an International Cite des Arts residency in Paris in 2014, Stokes spent time exploring Claude Monet sites of the coast and the Giverny Garden. Exploring parallels between these and Stokes’ Australian locations the exhibition explores drawing as a vehicle to interweave…

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Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance

May 25 - July 7
Glasshouse,
cnr Clarence and Hay St, Port Macquarie,

The Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Prize 2019, is a touring exhibition showcasing Aboriginal artists living in the Saltwater Freshwater region. The exhibition will open at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery in Port Macquarie, then to the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and the Manning Regional Gallery, finishing at the Wadjar Regional Aboriginal Art Gallery. Keep your eye out for expressions of interest for community project opportunities. Student Tours – Monday Your students can enjoy an exclusive tour on Mondays. The Gallery is…

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Saltwater Freshwater Arts 2019: Aboriginal Art Award and Contemporary Cultural Objects

May 25 - July 7
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

A celebration of Aboriginal arts and culture from the Mid North Coast of NSW with the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Aboriginal Art Award and exhibition of contemporary cultural objects, with accompanying public programs including storytelling, weaving and language workshops. Guest Curator and art award judge: Amanda Hayman. Art Award winner to be announced opening night at the Glasshouse, Friday 24 May 2019. The exhibition will open at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery in Port Macquarie, then onto the Coffs Harbour Regional…

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Accessible Art Tours in the Gallery

May 31 - November 29
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

Accessible Art Tours are provided on the last Friday of the month. Tours for individuals or groups and their carers. Accessible Art Tours provide a welcoming relaxed environment, helping enhancing connection to the exhibitions on display, while encouraging self-expression. This relaxed tour will provide an opportunity for participants to share their opinions and experiences. This tour is replacing Art and Alzheimer’s and is now available to all patrons with accessibility needs. Occurs on the last Friday of the month. Patrons…

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June 2019

Jason Wing What binds us……

June 6 - July 21
Manning Regional Art Gallery,
12 Macquarie Street, Taree, NSW 2430 Australia

What binds us…is a new exhibition by Sydney-based Jason Wing, who strongly identifies with his Chinese and Aboriginal Biripi heritage. Wing began as a street artist and has since expanded his practice to incorporate photomedia, installation and painting. Influenced by his bi-cultural upbringing, Wing explores the ongoing challenges that impact his wider community. Calling into question our understanding of history and of our current socio-political reality, Wing repurposes everyday objects and imagery, creating works that are both visually confronting and…

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“Giriba Barray – Hunting Grounds”

June 19 - July 14
Gloucester Gallery,
Denison St, Gloucester, NSW,

“Giriba Barray – Hunting Grounds” – June 19 to July 14 Opening celebration and Welcome to Country ceremony 2 pm Saturday 22nd June. Local Worromi indigenous artists Gai Clarke and Jack Wratten will be exhibiting a collection of their art in an exhibition entitled “Giriba Barray – Hunting Grounds”, these works are pictorial communications representing information on where food, shelter, water, gathering places and sacred areas are found, in this way they tell stories of place and help others to…

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Lullabies and Sweet Dreams

June 22 @ 11:00 am - July 6 @ 5:00 pm
Wadjar Regional Indigenous Gallery,
Yarrawarra Cultural Centre, 69 Red Rock Road, Corindi Beach, New South Wales Australia
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Lullabies and Sweet Dreams has grown out of a collaboration between participants from Happy Hearts Playgroup, a project of Australian Red Cross migrant parenting playgroup supporting families from Migrant and Refugee Backgrounds with professional artists Alison Williams (Creative Director Wadjar Indigenous Gallery), Lizzy Rutten & Emily White ( Grow the Music), Nancy Sposato projects and creative producer Naomi Steinborner (Two Thumbs Up). The exhibition explores cultural identity, family and belonging through multi-artform installation including sound and photography, ceramics & visual art, food stories and memories.…

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Alykat Creative Exhibition Closing Sale

June 29 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Planet Art Inc. gallery,
37 Little St (Enter via Park Lane), Coffs Harbour,

Planet Art Inc. is excited to present the exhibition and pop-up sale of Coffs local illustrator and designer, Alykat Creative aka Alyson Pearson and are holding an Exhibition Closing sale on Saturday, June 29th from 6 pm. Alyson is not only a creative star she is also one of the lovely volunteers at the non-profit gallery found in Park Lane and is not long back from living in London and Melbourne, now getting back to her roots in Coffs Harbour…

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July 2019

Bird’s Eye View Cartoon Art Exhibition

July 12 - August 4
National Cartoon Gallery @The Bunker, Coffs Harbour,
1 John Champion Way, Coffs Harbour,

Where would the world be without women? Back by Popular Demand! You asked, you get…a showcase of a special selection of cartoons, from a Bird’s Eye View: women cartoonists and their take on the world. The exhibition will run from 12 July until 4 August, 10 am to 4 pm daily. Entry is Adults $5; children u16 $3; Friends of the Gallery and kids u5 Free.

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Elsewhere: Travels through Syria, Iran, Egypt, Morocco and Central Asia Exhibition

July 13 @ 10:00 am - September 29 @ 4:00 pm
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

WENDY SHARPE & BERNARD OLLIS On view 13 July – 29 September, 2019 This exhibition features new works created by the celebrated Australian artists Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis during their recent travels through Syria, Iran, Egypt, Morocco and Central Asia. Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis create art in response to humanity. During their extensive journeys, they created sketchbooks, drawings and paintings to record conversations and chance meetings with people from all walks of life. These works will introduce you…

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42nd TAREE OPEN ART EXHIBITION 2019

July 14 - 21
Taree High School Hall,
Taree, NSW Australia

Organised by Taree Artists Inc., local and interstate artists have been invited to submit their work and join the fun in competing for prizes and selling their artwork. There are several categories in the exhibition, including oil or acrylic painting, watercolour, pastel, mixed media, drawing, miniatures and three dimensional works. More than $6000 in prize money is on offer and there’s a Peoples’ Choice Award as well. The Taree Open Art Exhibition is the only major annual art exhibition in…

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Movember in July

July 18 @ 10:00 am - July 28 @ 4:30 pm
Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery,
Kinchela Street, Gladstone,

Movember In July-Celebrating Men in Art Back by popular demand an art exhibition celebrating Mid North Coast Men’s Art. It’s time to put the finishing touches painting, sculpting, potting, carving, furniture making etc The Movember Foundation works to address some of the biggest men’s health issues faced by men. The Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery is donating entry fees ($10 for 3 artworks) to this worthy cause. The exhibition runs from Thursday 18th July to Sunday 28th July, 2019. The…

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Saltwater Freshwater Arts 2019

July 19 @ 10:00 am - September 14 @ 4:00 pm
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
Corner Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

A celebration of Aboriginal arts and culture from the Mid North Coast: the Worimi, Biripi, Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr nations that make up the Saltwater Freshwater region. The exhibition includes the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Aboriginal art award and a display of contemporary cultural objects. There will be public programs throughout the exhibition, including storytelling, weaving and language workshops. Guest curator and judge of the 2019 award: Amanda Hayman of BlakLash Projects.

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Saltwater Freshwater Exhibition Opening

July 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery,
Duke Street, Coffs Harbour,

A celebration of Aboriginal arts and culture from the Mid North Coast: the Worimi, Biripi, Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr nations that make up the Saltwater Freshwater region. The exhibition includes the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Aboriginal art award and a display of contemporary cultural objects, plus extensive public programs such as storytelling, weaving and language workshops. The guest curator and judge of this year’s award is Amanda Hayman of BlakLash Projects, a creative agency that specialises in cultural events and exhibitions…

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Stewart MacFarlane – The Real World

July 25 - September 1
Manning Regional Art Gallery,
12 Macquarie Street, Taree, NSW 2430 Australia

Stewart MacFarlane studied painting in Melbourne and New York. His pop-inspired paintings depict dark and often disturbing unfinished narratives. MacFarlane has exhibited extensively in Australia, Europe and the United States. His work is held by collections including The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Artbank, Sydney; regional and university collections and internationally in the United States. Stewart’s practice spans 4 decades and this exhibition will feature works from…

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Kate Dorrough – The Lyrical River

July 25 - September 1
Manning Regional Art Gallery,
12 Macquarie Street, Taree, NSW 2430 Australia

The Manning River and its unique double delta, permanent multiple entrances, tidal sand flats, channels, inlets, lagoons and islands, are all sources of inspiration for Sydney artist Kate. This exhibition is a culmination of field research and exploratory investigation with a range of materials back in the studio, expanding and invigorating new approaches in her art practice and consists of paintings, ceramics, sculpture, video and fabric based installations.

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Exhibition Opening – John Mawurndjul & Elsewhere

July 26
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

The Glasshouse Regional Gallery are opening the doors to two new exhibitions in July, and we invite you to come and join us! Exhibition Openings are a great opportunity to mingle with friends, artists, curators and learn more about the latest exhibitions. We invite you to come and join us for exhibition openings of: John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new. John Mawurndjul AM (born 1952, Kubukkan near Marrkolidjban, western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia) is celebrated for…

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John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new

July 27 - September 22
Glasshouse,
cnr Clarence and Hay St, Port Macquarie,

John Mawurndjul AM (born 1952, Kubukkan near Marrkolidjban, western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia) is celebrated for his mastery of rarrk (crosshatching) and his depiction of djang (sacred sites and totemic emblems), a tradition shared by generations of Kuninjku artists. The artist has led the development of this exhibition, which describes in Kuninjku (and English) his places of special cultural significance known as kunred, as well as the sacred places and spirits – or djang – that resurface time and…

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John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new Exhibition

July 27 - September 22
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

John Mawurndjul AM (born 1952, Kubukkan near Marrkolidjban, western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia) is celebrated for his mastery of rarrk (cross-hatching) and his depiction of djang (sacred sites and totemic emblems), a tradition shared by generations of Kuninjku artists. The artist has led the development of this exhibition, which describes in Kuninjku (and English) his places of special cultural significance known as kunred, as well as the sacred places and spirits – or djang – that resurface time and…

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