09 Dec 17 > 18 Mar 18
In this series of portraits, professional photographer Gary Grealy captures some of the most unique characters of Australia’s art world. This world inhabited by the talented, strong, generous and at times eccentric characters of art patrons, gallery directors, art lovers and artists is portrayed as a carefully constructed and realised universe with film noir overtones. From the doyens of public and private galleries such as Edmund Capon, Frank Watters and Geoffery Legge, art patrons and collectors, Gene Sherman, John Kaldor and Pat Corrigan to renowned artists Adam Cullen, Del Kathryn Barton, Reg Mombassa, Jenny Sages, Robert Klippel and Jia Wei… » Read More
09 Dec 17 > 04 Mar 18
I’m going to Lionel’s Place -The Storybook Exhibition is an exhibition that takes you on the enchanted journey to Lionel’s Place through the pages of the storybook, illustrated by Lionel Lindsay’s etchings and wood engravings. The exhibition also recounts the making of MRAG’s very first published storybook and features the processes required in its creation including development of the storyline, photography, design and the printing processes.
03 Feb 18 > 29 Apr 18
February, 1916 Zurich: Mr Hugo Ball announces the beginning of the Dada Anti-Art movement by reciting a nonsensical poem entitled “Karawane” to a bewildered public. The poem begins: “gadji beri bimba / glandridi lauli lonni cadori….” A photograph of Hugo shows him dressed in his ‘sorcerer’s outfit’ – a cardboard cylinder, a cardboard hat and trousers, wings and oversized lobster claw gloves. February, 2018 Maitland – 102 years later : Hugo himself, dressed in the same attire, features in a series of digital paintings that pay homage to many of the world’s best known artists – among them Vermeer, Mondrian,… » Read More
03 Feb 18 > 29 Apr 18
The work of Gracia Haby and Lousie Jennison in often one of collaboration, their beautiful and often complex work is springs from a poetic partnership.
03 Feb 18 > 29 Apr 18
Karike Ashworth’s art practice consists of moving-image works, text-based works, objects and installations – all which question the role of creative practice in sharing, materialising, and exposing private and intimate details. The artist’s personal life is a persistent theme in her art practice. She responds to, scrutinises and interrogate the things that are considered to be private and socially taboo, and exposes them in public. Giving visibility to hidden things—and hidden truths—the things we don’t talk about very much. The use of condemned hospital linen, a heavily loaded material, forms the backbone of this body of work, which focuses on… » Read More
10 Mar 18 > 20 May 18
The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize is Australia’s richest art prize, with prize money of $180,000 including the $150,000 first prize. The DMNPP invites entries of original works from Australian artists, capturing Australians from all walks of life, whether a public figure or someone from their own circle of experience. This year’s Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) was judged by Daniel Thomas AM, Emeritus Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Wendy Sharpe, one of Australia’s most awarded artists and Greta Moran, Director of the Moran Arts Foundation. Wendy Sharpe commented: “As an Artist myself, I found it… » Read More
14 Apr 18 > 19 Aug 18
After Dark is a series of photographs from the MRAG Collection by local photographer Stuart Scott. Scott’s professional life as a photographer for the Maitland Mercury informed his intimate knowledge of the community and in this series he presents a snapshot of Maitland in 2011, placing the people and their lives within the fabric and culture of the city.
25 Apr 18 > 19 Aug 18
On display at a time when the City of Maitland is reconnecting with its river and the Hunter Red project celebrates its cultural collections, this exhibition, River Red celebrates both the Maitland Collection and Maitland’s iconic Hunter River. These twelve river paintings from the MRAG Collection were created by twelve of Australia’s most talented artists. All created over the same period, in 2006, the paintings depict the city of Maitland and the river as viewed from the riverbank.
25 Apr 18 > 19 Aug 18
Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s leading artists and is recognised for her confident and exuberant paintings which depict love, passion and daily life. Sharpe’s expressionist depictions of voluptuous women – often guises of herself – are filled with life, colour and movement. Her work is recognised for its confident drawing and expressionist brushwork with the artist often featuring as the main subject in her work.
19 May 18 > 02 Sep 18
All that Glitters is a light-hearted look at some of the troubling oddities of the modern economy, examining the allure and the often short-lived pleasures of online shopping and discount store purchases. Mandy Robinson and Jen Denzin have assembled readily available mass-produced plastic household goods, packaging and advertising materials to produce an immersive installation exploring the surface appeal of such non-essential commodities, and the falsity of representation that has become both acceptable and customary in the production and promotion of these.
28 Jul 18 > 14 Oct 18
Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial celebrates the open-ended, porous nature of textiles practice today. It introduces a group of artists who have not previously exhibited in the triennial. All are linked in some way to a sense of broader engagement with things outside of themselves and their studios. Many celebrate the process of belonging that comes from working with other artists, while others take on wide-ranging issues such as the landscape and the environment and the artist’s place in a world beset by environmental, social and cultural upheaval. Bringing it all together is a kind of openness that comes through… » Read More
28 Jul 18 > 14 Oct 18
Many artists have a strong connection and love for their gardens and draw great inspiration from them. This exhibition by Nicola Bolton looks at the relationship she has with her garden and her late Victorian house, ‘Tregothen’ in Bolwarra. It is a series of large and small oil paintings and drawings documenting the garden and flowers through each of the four seasons.
25 Aug 18 > 25 Nov 18
The exhibition was conceived by artists/curators Eric and Robyn Werkhoven in response to the present hostile world events.Twenty five professional visual artists have been invited to express, interpret and explore their belief for world peace. The exhibition will include all genres of the visual arts – painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics, Video installation. We all want a peaceful world, is it possible? Is humanity spiralling into insanity? “The war mongers thrive Led by great greed and lethal Gods Since dawn man has fought Ignorant and foolish hearts Rare is peace and love.” – Robyn Werkhoven © 2014
25 Aug 18 > 17 Feb 19
Li Hongbo is a Beijing based artist who uses paper to create unique 3D malleable sculptures that challenge the viewer’s perception of metamorphosis in sculpture. This work from the MRAG Collection, Gun No 1, illuminates the artist’s contemplations on war and weapons of conflict by transforming these familiar forms of violence into colourful paper rainbows.
25 Aug 18 > 14 Oct 18
This exhibition features etchings from the MRAG Collection created by Paul Partos, a Czech born, Australian, abstract artist who participated in two of Australia’s landmark exhibitions of Australian abstract art: The Field, 1968 and Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968–2002, 2003. This series of etchings, acquired in 2016 with the assistance of the artist’s estate, demonstrate Partos’ examination of the physical and conceptual limits of the square and rectangle, which was a major characteristic of his painting.
08 Sep 18 > 03 Dec 18
This scholarship was established to support a young achiever in visual arts (30 years or under) who is a student or recent graduate at a tertiary education institution in the Lower Hunter (including Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Muswellbrook and Singleton) to undertake a program of professional development in an international context. In 2016 an additional runner-up prize of $3,000 was donated by Maitland Regional Art Gallery and Vicki and Bruce Woods, the founders and Principal Sponsors, increased their donation to $5,000 for the Major Award. In 2018 there will be a Winner’s Scholarship of $5,000 and a… » Read More
20 Oct 18 > 17 Feb 19
The exhibition will feature 77 framed photographs culled from Getty Images, noted photojournalist archives and Kennedy Presidential Library collections of over 36,000 images along with a selection of ephemera. The most exhaustively researched group of Kennedy photos ever assembled, the exhibition celebrates the life, political career, and extraordinary vision of one of the country’s most admired and most charismatic presidents. A touring exhibition by Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.
20 Oct 18 > 04 Nov 18
An annual fundraising art sale wherein paintings, prints and sculptures are up for sale to help raise money for the MRAG Members Program. The MRAG Members Program is a cornerstone of the gallery’s success. This event is an important way for the community to support the work of the members group, local artists and the gallery.
10 Nov 18 > 27 Jan 19
Maguire continues his practice of combining digital image-making techniques with a painterly process to create large-scale oil paintings.
01 Dec 18 > 17 Feb 19
A Sensual life covers every aspect of Valadon’s rich and extraordinary 35 year career and includes works from her Goddess, Fairy Tale, Finding the Feminine, Hill End Stories and Wicked Women series through to her later Still Life series.
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