The Boondocks Experiment 2014: Off The Beaten Track

14 February 2014 - 13 April 2014

This exhibition brings together a group of young artists who instinctively knew there was another way and set out to find it. Complete with a mini skate ramp, and collaborations by Elliott Jones, Off the beaten track features installations, photography, projections, film and DVD.  Featured artists:  Anna Borrie, Sam Coady, Matt Creswell, Tim Dunn, Phil James, Laura Jones, Craig Lorimer, Aidan Matthews-Tye, Kate Mitchell, Texta Queen,  Adam Scarf, Garry Trinh and Andrew Walsh. 

Part of The Boondocks Experiment 2014, a festival for young people of the Hawkesbury and beyond.

Boondocks Flyer

Anna Borrie, Plastic bag tent, Cleddau River, Milford Sound 2013, c type digital print

Anna Borrie, Plastic bag tent, Cleddau River, Milford Sound2013, c type digital print

A general map of caves

18 April 2014 - 15 June 2014

Five artists who convey through drawing a unique interpretation and palpable connection to their subject. The artworks faithfully recount a journey into their world and remain as a record of the vast and intimate territories and the physical and psychological spaces they have encountered. The cave is a metaphor for the abyss, the deepest recesses into the artist exploration and the map an invitation to the void in which the viewer is free to invest. New and existing works by Locust Jones, Talitha Kennedy, Catherine O’Donnell and Kelly O’Dempsey. Film by Matt Creswell, performance by Tanya Vogues. 


Talitha Kennedy, My heart is a rhizome

Talitha Kennedy, My heart is a rhizome.2012. Ink on paper. 60x42cm

“Click” Youth Photographic Prize

12 April 2014 - 30 June 2014

Capturing through photographs the views of young people about

culture in the Hawkesbury. Prizes will be awarded for first place

and highly commended for ages 12-16 and 17-19.

Hawkesbury Art Fair

20 June 2014 - 6 July2014

Our inaugural Art Fair is an opportunity to showcase creative industry in the Hawkesbury, and to offer original art works for sale from some of our best-known local artists, including traditional and contemporary artists, designers, crafters and jewellers.
There will also be talks and demonstrations covering a wide variety of subjects, a launch party celebrating our local talent, and a number of special Art Fair school holiday activities for kids.

Participating groups include Hawkesbury Camera Club, Macquarie Towns Art Society, Hawkesbury Community Artists, The Ferry Artists, Hawkesbury Printmakers, Purple Noon Gallery, Hawkesbury Artists & Artisans Trail, and Piggery Lane Studios & Gallery.

Public Programs

Hawkesbury Art Fair

Individual artists: Enid Colquhoun, A Farmer’s Daughter, John Fitzgibbon, James Fletcher, Lizzy Newcomb, Julie Simmons, and Christine

Swinging and Jacqui Stockdale: The Quiet Wild

11 July 2014 - 31 August 2014

Was there ever a more exciting decade for fashion than the 1960s? Think denim jeans, mods, minis, maxis, paisley prints, jerkins, suede skirts, unisex, tye-dyeing, and even PVC. All this excitement will be recalled in our next exhibition, titled Swinging, which comes to us courtesy of The Cavalcade of History and Fashion Inc.

The Quiet Wild is a series of photographic portraits of mystical characters in masquerade set against hand-painted landscapes. The portraits playfully mimic the genre of exotic postcards and historical paintings in which a fanciful subject is formally positioned within a make-believe landscape. The hand-painted settings feature Australian scenery including Stockdale’s mother’s property in Bendigo, Melbourne Botanical Gardens and Lake Saint Claire in Tasmania.

Public Programs

Sadie_ c1960. courtesy Cavalcade of History and fashion Inc-web-ready.

Sadie, c.1960

Renegades - an exhibition of Outsider Art

5 September 2014 - 12 October 2014

This exuberant exhibition of Outsider Art will be on show from 5 September to 12 October as part of its Australian tour.

A KickArts Contemporary Arts (Cairns) initiative, Renegades features a colourful variety of images and artists’ stories, coming from people with intellectual disabilities, from community care centres, psychiatric settings, isolated geographical areas, and simply from those people whom we might call ‘free spirits’.
Works in this exhibition have been sourced from Concord Mental Health Unit and Insideout Studio (Macquarie Hospital) in Sydney, as well as Arts Project Australia in Melbourne, Bindi Art in Alice Springs, Ngaruwanajirri Artists on Bathurst Island, and from a remote Torres Strait community.

It is the first exhibition of outsider art to bring together mainstream and indigenous Australian artists, and its highly-qualified curator, Camille Masson-Talansier, has worked on similar projects as far afield as France and New Mexico. While planning the exhibition, Camille  accompanied artist John Demos when he went shopping for paints from his home at Macquarie Hospital's mental health facility, and she spent long hours at Arts Project Australia in Melbourne, which gives artists with an intellectual disability a studio setting .

With all that going on behind the scenes, it is no surprise that the exhibition has been very well received, with The Australian’s art critic, Nicolas Rothwell, describing it as an  ‘exceptional journey into realms of otherness’.


Anthony Mannix, Portrait of Itor Pluravit  2006

Anthony Mannix, Portrait of Itor Pluravit 2006 Chinese ink on rice paper 640 x 400 mm Courtesy the artist

Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels

17 October 2014 - 7 December 2014

This is the latest exhibition in the ongoing series, Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft, initiated by Object Gallery to celebrate the achievements of the most influential and iconic figures in the Australian crafts movement. Greeno has developed a major body of work specifically for this exhibition, and has supplemented fragile strings of coastally harvested shells, local to her ‘country’, with works that use other traditional materials and techniques, including kelp, echidna quills, bones and found objects.

Lola Greeno, tunne necklace [detail] 2012

Lola Greeno, tunne necklace [detail] 2012 Mussel shells, gum nuts, ochre, wire Photographer: John Leeming.

Is it a bird, is it a plane?

12 December 2014 - 8 February 2014 A playful artistic exploration of perspective and scale.

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