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Portals of the Inanimate - Chelle Wallace
Friday 11 September 2020 to Saturday 28 November 2020
Proudfoots Lane Gallery - Gallery DownTown

In the earliest fixed canon of painting genres still life was given the lowest rank; regarded as mere recordings of inanimate objects.

Portals of the Inanimate seeks to celebrate these domestic scenes, and their much-loved influence on Chelle Wallace’s own photographic expressions, while inviting inquiry into the curated objects they embody.

For many post-war daughters expected to relinquish their job and thus role in public life upon marriage and pregnancy, the home provided a conduit for identity; bearing qualities such as sanctuary, higher purpose and pride. Far from inanimate, the objects it heldbecame cherished portals for enticing the imagination.

Chelle Wallace
Blue Vase and Orchards 2020
Image courtesy of artist


There is a Language, Little Known - Rose Watson & Caroline Wisler
Friday 11 September 2020 to Saturday 28 November 2020
Brisbane Street Gallery - Gallery DownTown

Floriography (language of flowers) is a type of cryptological communication through the use or arrangement of flowers. “There is a language, little known” refers to this symbolic language of flowers which has been recognised for centuries in mythologies, folklore and sonnets, where nearly every sentiment conceivable can be conveyed. During the 1800s Victorian homes had guidebooks for deciphering this figurative language in which flowers were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings that otherwise could not be spoken.

With Caroline Wislers’ love of the traditional photographic process Cyanotype and Rose Watsons’ passion for digital mediums, they deliver an alliance where historical techniques merge with the contemporary. Each image conceptualises a message or sentiment through combining light and shadow allowing a visual representation of the flowers meaning to be conveyed. Through this exhibition Watson and Wisler aim to highlight and reinvigorate this little known language and showcase the enchanting and secret ‘Language of Flowers.’

Watson Wisler
To the one I Love 2019
cyanotype, A3
Image courtesy of artist


Brunswick Sky - Cedar Jeffs
Friday 18 September 2020 to Sunday 8 November 2020
Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Kelly Wall

Cedar Jeffs is an emerging artist currently studying at the Byron School of Art, Mullumbimby. Her practice encompasses a range of mediums, with a focus on oil painting and drawing. Jeffs’ interest lies in exploring the traditional genres of portraiture and landscape within a contemporary context. Her prolonged act of painting allows her to extend these initial impulses into hours of quiet reflection, with the resulting painting a documentation of her experience.

In this series 'Brunswick Sky' Jeffs has featured Brunswick Heads beach as her subject. Living in this coastal area she is constantly inspired by the subtlety of colour and changes in light.

An outcome of the Community Access Exhibitions Program.

Cedar Jeffs
Afternoon Sky 2 2019
oil on canvas, 50 × 40cm
Image courtesy the artist


How Soon Is Now? - Bruce Reynolds
Friday 18 September 2020 to Sunday 8 November 2020
The Boyd Gallery

“'How Soon Is Now' celebrates a physicality that is frequently bypassed in our growing digital environment in a language of compressed space.

It alludes to how we arrived at this point from the archaic into a refreshed space of representation.

Its materials and processes bridge disciplinary categories and combine the physical with narrative and image with object so as to question the tableau of history.

Carving and casting subdued or colourless reliefs counter the two dimensional inlaid works that fit together linoleum from recent urban contexts in a language of pattern, colour and outmoded styles.

Together the cast works and lino panels invite consideration of the ancient in relation to the recent. My work has been described as playful, inventive and highly original.

Bruce Reynolds

Bruce Reynolds
Wedgewood Curiass 2018
cast HydraCal and pigment, 85 × 65 × 8cm
Image courtesy the artist


Just Not Australian
Friday 18 September 2020 to Sunday 8 November 2020
The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

'Just Not Australian' presents Australian practitioners at the forefront of national debate and practice. Drawing together 20 artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, their differing ideas and perspectives on nationhood coexist within this timely thematic show. Showcasing the common sensibilities of satire, larrikinism and resistance so as to present a broad exploration of race, place and belonging, Just Not Australian interrogates what it means to be Australian at this challenging point in time.

This exhibition was developed just prior to the official 250th anniversary celebrations for Captain Cook’s first voyage to Australia. This is an opportunity to engage critically with this moment in Australia’s colonial history and to examine the meaning of ‘arrival’ as a continuum within this country that has seen ongoing immigration historically and contemporaneously.

Artists include Abdul Abdullah, Hoda Afshar, Tony Albert, Cigdem Aydemir, Liam Benson, Eric Bridgeman, Jon Campbell, Karla Dickens, Fiona Foley, Gordon Hookey, Richard Lewer, Archie Moore, Vincent Namatjira, Nell, Joan Ross, Tony Schwensen, Raquel Ormella, Ryan Presley and artistic duo Soda Jerk.

Just Not Australian was curated by Artspace and developed in partnership with Sydney Festival and Museums & Galleries of NSW. The exhibition is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW.

Installation view of ‘Tony Albert: Visible’ at the Queensland Art Gallery, 2019
featuring exotic OTHER 2009/2018
Photo: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA.
Courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney | Singapore. Collection of Tom Snow,
courtesy of Annette Larkin Fine Art, Sydney.


Margaret's House - Margaret Olley I Nicholas Harding I Pam Tippett I Adam Pyett
Friday 30 October 2020 to Sunday 2 May 2021
Margaret Olley Art Centre

'Margaret’s House' includes some of the finest examples of Olley’s still lifes and interiors, from public and private collections, alongside new work by three contemporary Australian painters.

Nicholas Harding, Pam Tippett and Adam Pyett were invited to explore the re-creation of Margaret Olley’s home studio, and made new work in response to its intriguing interiors and the incredible collection of objects that Olley collected as subject matter for her paintings.

This intersection of Olley’s home studio, her paintings and the contemporary responses, presents a renewed context for Olley’s practice and the genre of still life painting in Australia today.

A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative.

Nicholas Harding
The poppy rider 2020
oil on linen, 152 × 168cm
Collection of the artist, courtesy Philip Bacon Galleries.
© The artist.


ROCK FACE - Gabriela Soelkner
Friday 13 November 2020 to Sunday 28 February 2021
Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Kelly Wall

“Thirty-eight years of exploring the caldera of an extinct, ancient shield volcano that erupted twenty-three million years ago.

Thousands of opportunities to gather information. Hundreds of memorable and inspiring details collected on every walk through the bush and rainforest , along many creek beds, touching countless textured, weathered rock surfaces on every mountain climb. Seeing eroded faces in profile on giant rock formations and headlands. Contemplating what fossils could be suspended in the compressed
mud, silt and sediment lines of extraordinary shape and colour.

Often beginning with clear candle and white oil sticks to create a barely visible layer of first impressions, I then draw with earth coloured pencils dipped in black and sepia ink, using soft and hard charcoal for sharp and smudged lines. Powdering the surface with loose graphite and ground pigments of lamp black, caput mortuum, cassel earth and titanium grey. Painting with opaque copper, iridescent nickel, flat black and white gesso. Scraping, scarring and scratching back the layers exposing earlier hidden marks as the process opens a cache of
collected memories and stories.

While reflecting on the permanency of a rock face and the temporary nature of human life, I have combined my interests in anthropology, archaeology and geology into an exhibition of work revealing my relationship stories about the land and the people that have created intimacy in my life and art practice.”

Gabriela Soelkner

An outcome of the Community Access Exhibitions Program.

Gabriela Soelkner
gesso, ink, charcoal, oilstick on 300 gsm paper, 70 × 100cm
Image courtesy the artist


Mary Shelley – A Seditious Heart - Justin Ealand and Wendy Powitt
Friday 13 November 2020 to Sunday 28 February 2021
The Boyd Gallery

Photographer Justin Ealand and embroiderer and sculptor Wendy Powitt bring together an enchanting exhibition that highlights the difficulty of life, when as individuals, we are not completely in tune with our communities belief system of acceptable behaviour.

This exhibition will re-create three imaginary rooms from the house of Mary and Percy Shelley that foster radical ideas and communicate social difficulties to inspire audience contemplation on today’s society.

Mary and Percy Shelley were writers and poets of the early 19th century, with Mary writing the legendary gothic tale Frankenstein at the age of 18. Mary and Percy lived a radical, passionate and itinerant life in Europe, and were complex and interesting individuals.

An outcome of the Community Access Exhibitions Program.

Justin Ealand
Wahla as Mary Wollstonecraft 2019
giclee cotton rag print, 61 × 81cm
Image courtesy the artist


Archive - Victoria Reichelt
Friday 4 December 2020 to Sunday 9 May 2021
To be advised

Gold Coast-based artist Victoria Reichelt has been practising art for over fifteen years. Known for her stunning realist paintings, Reichelt documents endangered artefacts and transitional spaces, both technological and temporal. Featuring works spanning Reichelt’s career, Archive brings together works that explore contemporary detritus, from stacks of books and magazines and empty public libraries, to plastic cups and takeaway containers. The exhibition will also feature works from her latest series of balloon-constructed images, that Reichelt describes as ‘sarcastic landscapes’. Reichelt said, “if we’re not careful they may be the only landscapes we have.”

Victoria Reichelt studied Fine Art at the Queensland College of Art, graduating in 2005 having completed her Doctor of Visual Arts. She was awarded the Sulman Prize (Art Gallery of New South Wales) in 2013, and is a recent finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award 2019, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2019 and Still: National Still Life Award 2, 2019. Her work has been exhibited at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, and Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art. Her work is included in the collection of Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Deakin University, Artbank, Tweed Regional Gallery and Gold Coast City Gallery. Reichelt was awarded a doctorate from Queensland College of Art in 2005.

Victoria Reichelt is represented by Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, and This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne.

A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative.

Victoria Reichelt
Australian landscape (trees) 2019
oil on linen, 91 × 130cm
Tweed Regional Gallery collection.
Gift of the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., 2019.

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