One of the most intriguing contemporary artists to explore the complex yet rich creative and conceptual possibilities of cross-cultural collaboration is the Chinese Australian artist, Zhou Xiaoping.Having lived in Aboriginal communities over a sustained period of time and forged important working relationships with various senior artists, Zhou has developed an original art practice that brings together elements from Chinese, Western and Australian Aboriginal cultural traditions.


  • IN THE SPOTLIGHT … John Glover

    John Glover achieved great success as a painter in London, both as a watercolourist and oil painter, prior to emigrating to Australia in 1830 where his naturalistic depictions of the Australian light and landscape continue to be revered. His landscapes tend towards the romantic and classical, and it is his close observation of nature, based […]


  • D’Art Screening Cinema Nova Sun 7 Feb

    D'Art Cinema Nova

    A special screening of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival entrant, D’Art is being held at Cinema Nova, Carlton this Sunday 7th February at 11am, including a post-screening Q&A session with filmmaker Karl von Moller, along with Robert Clinch and Jeff Brown. Intertwining exhaustive technical investigation and countless hours of fastidious hand-painting, the goal is to […]


  • Zhou Xiaoping on The Art Show, Radio National

    Listen to Zhou Xiaoping talking about his unique artistic practice on The Art Show as aired this morning on Radio National, explaining how he draws on his experience of Chinese inks and rice paper, combined with with western art concepts, including the use of oils and canvas, as well as drawing on the influence of […]


  • Women in art history

    The inclusion of women in the story of art history is being more widely recognised and celebrated around the globe, as explored in the following article from ABC news. International movement to write women back into art history taken up locally by National Gallery of Australia View our current exhibition (in person! or online) to […]


  • IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Sheila Hawkins

    Sheila Hawkins is recognised for her contribution to children’s literature, particularly as an illustrator, and her strong sense of design and layout is evident in her painting. Gyspy Mother embodies an atmosphere of calm, despite the tangle of limbs and foreboding clouds, in a tightly controlled and complimentary colour palette. The monumental maternal figure is a picture […]


  • IN THE SPOTLIGHT : Thomas Clark

    Thomas Clark Red Bluff Point Ormond

    Thomas Clark painted several views around Melbourne including Red Bluff, Elwood. The area now known as Point Ormond was originally called Red Bluff in 1839 and a quarantine station was established there from 1840. Red Bluff was levelled in 1906 and used to fill in the swampy lands of Elwood. Clark often used people in […]


  • NAIDOC WEEK 2020

    We wish to acknowledge NAIDOC Week (8 – 15 November) with this year’s theme ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE. We encourage you to support and celebrate NAIDOC Week events near you. For further details go to www.naidoc.org.au NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal […]


  • IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Emily Kam Kngwarraye

    Emily Kngwarray Women's Dreaming

    In the late 1970s, Emily took up batik, along with other artists from Utopia, as a means of expressing cultural stories and designs and began painting on canvas in 1988-89. Her earlier work developed a distinctive skeletal linear formation overlaid with dots to form highly abstracted works.  Women’s Dreaming (1993) features these meandering lines to depict […]


  • IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jessie Scarvell

    Jessie Scarvell Glenalvon Murrurundi 1895

    Glenalvon, Murrurundi depicts an area Jessie Scarvell painted on several occasions, the rural landscape around the picturesque mountains of the Liverpool Ranges in the Upper Hunter region of NSW. Scarvell painted en plein air and her harmonious use of colour is clear, with the muted soft purples, grey and green of the background contrasted against the […]