Exhibitions are scheduled to offer a variety of media in visual art, craft, photography and design. A guiding principle of our exhibition program is to uphold the Hawkesbury's artistic and creative heritage while showcasing the new and original.

Every year, at least some of our exhibitions come to us through the extensive network of public art museums of which we are part. All our exhibitions aim to be thought-provoking, challenging and educational in the broadest sense of the word.

Please contact the Gallery before your visit to confirm current exhibition.

2016 Exhibitions

Work, rest and play

4 December 2015 - 7 February 2016

The subject of play is explored in all its colorful variations in this group exhibition designed to amuse and delight, and an opportunity to ponder (for those who wish to go there) the role of play in life and art.

It was David Hockney (the influential British artist) who said, 'People tend to forget that play is serious', a sentiment with which exhibition curator, Elissa Blair, is in complete agreement. 'When it comes to art, play can mean experimenting, stepping into different realities, treating viewers as playmates or even changing identities,' says Elissa, who has gathered together some of the most exciting contemporary artists of the day to help elucidate the theme, including:

Tully Arnot, Jaqueline Bradley, Michaela Gleave, James Newton, Simone Rosenbauer, Sally Smith, Niomi Sands, Andrew Sullivan, Simon Yates and Louise Zhang

Simone Rosenbauer, Like Ice In The Sunshine series (detail) 2014, fine art pigment print 85x85cm

Simone Rosenbauer, Like Ice In The Sunshine series (detail) 2014, fine art pigment print 85x85cm

Awesome Achievers: Stories from Australians of the Year

12 February 2016 - 27 March 2016

For our first exhibition of 2016 we are very pleased to be part of the National Portrait Gallery’s first ever major exhibition designed specifically for regional touring – Awesome Achievers: Stories from Australians of the Year. This exhibition comprises portraits of a representative selection of recipients of the Australian of the Year award over the past 55 years. Featuring around 50 works across a range of media, supplemented with snippets of oral histories and audio-visual material from other national institutions and collections, the exhibition showcases 28 recipients across eight thematic groupings. The exhibition design allows for deeper exploration of the challenges and triumphs of each life story, fleshing out the full person behind the well-known face. Some unexpected and surprising links are revealed.

Kerrie Lester, Fred Hollows 1993 oil on hand-stitched canvas National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Kerrie Lester, Fred Hollows 1993 oil on hand-stitched canvas National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Wait, Weep & Be Worthy: Women, The Home Front & War

1 April 2016 - 22 May 2016

This exhibition brings the perspectives of contemporary artists to the role of women fighting on ‘the home front’ in World War I, reflecting on their role in society at the time, and the nature of that particular war. Though some women were involved as nurses and in other active service duties, the expected role of most was to manage the home and raise children, while dealing with shortages, their fears for the future, and the grief and trauma of losing loved ones. This exhibition will also include historical artwork and objects, and a look at the role of organisations like the Red Cross and the Country Women's Association.

Creative Accounting

27 May 2016 - 10 July 2016

An exhibition curated by Holly Williams, in conjunction with Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, and toured by Museums & Galleries NSW, Creative Accounting explores ideas around money, economic systems, perceived value and the aesthetics of currency, at a time when money is becoming increasingly abstract. It traces the development of Australia’s financial and accounting over the last 200 years, and unlocks a range of intriguing archival objects and cultural material held in regional collections across Australia. The exhibition also includes work by contemporary Australian and international artists addressing these themes.

This project is supported by Arts NSW’s Curatorial Support Initiative grant, a devolved funding program administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Andrew Hurle Reconstructions (after CW Dickinson), 2011 (detail) Pigment ink jet print, 35 x 40 cm Courtesy the artist and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Andrew Hurle Reconstructions (after CW Dickinson), 2011 (detail) Pigment ink jet print, 35 x 40 cm Courtesy the artist and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Wunderkammer: The Cabinet of Wonders

15 July 2016 - 4 September 2016

Imagine the gallery filled with real wild animals including a zebra, a lion, penguins, antelope, fox, fawn, fish, rabbits, a baboon and a polar bear! This veritable ‘cabinet of wonders’ brings together sculpture and various media to discuss a broad range of conservation issues, from climate change to big game hunting. Says artist/curator, Rod McRae:  Each work explores an animal ‘issue’ using real preserved animal bodies (taxidermy) to tell their stories. Using the real thing creates art that is both authentic and empathetic. I argue that sculptures of animals rendered in resin, plastic, stone, wood or metal cannot speak as directly to us as the real animal. Each work touches on a different aspect of the human-animal relationship including biodiversity, pollution, climate change, conservation and stewardship. Each work asks us to examine our responsibilities as fellow travellers on this planet. (NB All the animals in Wunderkammer have been ethically sourced)

Rod McRae, Z is for zebra 2010

Rod McRae, Z is for zebra 2010

Choose Your own Adventure

9 September 2016 - 30 October 2016

Cover to a book Sean Tan, The Lost Thing (book cover)

This exhibition brings together a diverse group of artists to investigate the medium and meaning of contemporary book arts, including the book as object, as media, and as a site of resistance. The exhibition has four components:

Shaun Tan; The Art of Story Discovering the Lost Thing- Book to Film – in which we see how a popular children’s book The Lost Thing was created and then adapted for the big screen.

Kylie Stillman, Local Branch, an installation specially created for this exhibition using books ‘weeded’ from the Hawkesbury Library collection. The work features more than 500 books that have been intricately carved, examining the lifecycle of both trees and books.

A display of artist’s books from the Manly Library collection. Manly Library’s biennial Artist’s Book Award has provided an opportunity to develop a significant collection while contributing to the development and awareness of this energetic emerging contemporary art form.

And in the small exhibition space will be a display of works on the theme of Lost Things by Year 5 pupils at Kurrajong Public School.

Hawkesbury Art Fair

4 November 2016 - 4 December 2016

This annual event (since 2014) is becoming the highlight of the year, showcasing the diversity of creative people in our beautiful region, including traditional and contemporary artists, designers, crafters and jewellers. As well as a fabulous opening-night event, there will also be demonstrations and studio visits.  Organisations participating include Hawkesbury Camera Club, Macquarie Towns Art Society, Hawkesbury Community Artists, The Ferry Artists, Hawkesbury Printmakers, Hawkesbury Artists & Artisans Trail, and Piggery Lane Studios & Gallery. A great opportunity to see and buy original art from some of the Hawkesbury’s best-known artists.

All dressed up

9 December 2016 - 12 February 2017

The politics, culture, drama and play of clothing, costume and disguise.

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