Exhibitions

Resolution: new Indigenous photomedia

10 February – 29 March 2018

This National Gallery of Australia travelling exhibition celebrates some of the most significant work made by Indigenous photographers, video and multimedia artists in the last five years. It brings together established and critically acclaimed artists with exciting emerging talent reflecting the diversity and dynamism of contemporary practice.

Resolution: new Indigenous photomedia is a National Gallery of Australia Exhibition. The National Gallery of Australia acknowledges funding support from the Visions touring and the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Programs, both Australian Government programs aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Ali G. Baker Bound / Unbound Sovereign Acts II Simone Ulalka Tur, 2015, pigment inkjet print. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 2016.

RESOLUTION: new Indigenous photomedia NGA

Your Collection: Look Out

10 February – 29 March 2018

This exhibition looks out on the landscape through a diverse group of contemporary artworks from the collection. Each of the artists projects a unique lens onto the landscape, reflecting various social, cultural and political identities. It marks the tenth in our series of popular thematic collection shows presented under the banner 'Your Collection'. The series not only acknowledges the community's pride in the collection but also celebrates the collection's evolving breadth and quality.

A gallery project curated by Rob Cleworth and Meryl Ryan.

Ian Friend A precipitation of fallen angels, (blue), no.2, (detail) 2011-12, watercolour, gouache and crayon on Khadi paper, 77 x 57cm, Still Waters Clear Visions Collection Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Fifts Program, 2014 © the artist.

Artist Focus: Sally Bourke

10 February – 29 March 2018

The gallery is pleased to present the third exhibition in the now established Artist Focus series. Following on from popular previous projects, featuring Braddon Snape and Pablo Tapia respectively, this showcase spotlights the practice of another leading Hunter-based artist, Sally Bourke. Outspoken and focused, Bourke has maintained a studio in the Hunter for mor than 20 years and become well known for the gestural psychological landscapes that are her riveting portraits.

A gallery project coordinated bty Meryl Ryan.

Sally Bourke House devil, street angel (detail), 2017, oil and acrylic on archival mountboard, 102 x 82cm, courtesy the artist © the artist

First Class 17

31 March – 20 May 2018

As 2018 is the tenth year of the uniquely local and esteemed First Class series of exhibitions, we are going to celebrate! The series maintains a tradition of curating around a theme from outstanding work produced by Hunter and Central Coast HSC Visual Arts students fromt he previous year. Giving young artists a chance to exhibit in a professional gallery environment, the exhibition encourages audiences to experience the richness of talent and the voice of youth. Former First Class curators Kath Grushka, Jody Robinson, Ann Caddey, Tatiana Barista and Belinda Howden will be invited to the special anniversary opening alongside current First Class curators Lisa Who and Helen Willis. The selected artworks in First Class 17 demonstrate a questioning nature- 'where are we going?' We are seeing emerging trends of anxiety, displacment and vulnerability creating a darker malaise in today's youth. Through the avenue of visual arts, these students are revealing sophisticated observations of topical issues including urban and environmental chaos, gender conformity and unrealistic social expectations.

A gallery project curated by Lisa Who and Helen Willis.

Midayla Pope Blue Cow 1.129 (detail), 2017, fake fur, acrylic paint on paper and board, dimentions variable © the artist.