Mary Turner Collection and Bequest

25 August to 14 October

Mary Turner OAM passed away on 19 March 2018, aged 91.

This exhibition celebrates Mary’s wonderful contribution to the arts and to Orange. It features works from the original 1982 donation alongside works received as part of her recent bequest. New additions of paintings by Stan de Teliga, Alison Rehfisch and Thomas Gleghorn complement the existing collection and show Mary’s insight as a collector.  The selection is eclectic – a testament to Mary Turner’s approach – ranging from observational paintings to experimental abstraction.

An Orange Regional Gallery Collection exhibition.

Alison Rehfisch
Image: Alison Rehfisch, Mixed fruit, oil on canvas, 53 x 40.5 cm. Mary Turner bequest 2018.


25 August to 23 September

ARTEXPRESS 2018 showcases outstanding student work developed for the art making component of the 2017 Higher School Certificate Visual Arts examination.

ARTEXPRESS at Orange Regional Gallery is a celebration of creativity, student achievement and diversity presented though the work of young people engaged with relevant, contemporary ideas. The exhibition includes a carefully considered selection of artwork by 30 young people from across the state. It encompasses the expressive forms of ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and time-based work.

The enduring popularity of ARTEXPRESS is testament to the public’s interest in visual art created by young people and their ability to communicate strongly to a broad range of audiences. Join us for the opening from 2:30pm on Saturday 25 August, 2018.

ARTEXPRESS is a joint initiative of the NSW Department of Education and the NSW Education Standards Authority.


Image: Zali Feliciana Kassi ‘Family Therapy: Colour Association’ 2017, Drawing. St Joseph’s Catholic College.

Image: Zali Feliciana Kassi ‘Family Therapy: Colour Association’ 2017, Drawing. St Joseph’s Catholic College.

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Connections: from the Gutenberg Press to Richard Swinbourne’s ‘The Etching Press Company’

15 September to 14 October

Printmakers in this exhibition all have a connection with Orange and the Central West, and also had a connection with John Winch and Richard Swinbourne.

Connections honours the achievements and talents of John Winch (d. 2007) and Richard Swinbourne (d. 2014). John Winch created masterful prints, promoted art and helped many young artists in the region. His family has allowed artists to use his studio in Stuart Town. Richard Swinbourne built the Swinburne etching press which became important to printmakers far and wide.

Includes works by John Winch, Madeleine Winch, Jess Winch, Richard Swinbourne, Margaret Swinbourne, Michael Kempson, Tim Winters, Lynn Winters, Charlotte Blesing, Sita Cooray, John Caldwell, Marianne Courtenay, Michael Winters and Bernhardine Mueller.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.

Etching press

Kevin Connor: People in the forever one day

29 September to 25 November

This survey exhibition of figurative work by Kevin Connor features a selection of large-scale canvases, alongside drawings and bronzes. Together they provide an insight into the extraordinary vision and daily observations of one of our most significant artists.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is a monumental series of 600 sketchbook drawings. They add up to one of the most remarkable bodies of work produced in the history of Australian art.

Kevin Connor has held 65 solo exhibitions and his work is held in all state galleries and in the National Gallery.

An orange Regional Gallery exhibition curated by Bradley Hammond.

Kevin Connor is represented by Liverpool Street Gallery, Sydney.

Kevin Connor - drawing from Sydney sketchbook 2- 2005
Image: Kevin Connor, drawing from Sydney Sketchbook, 2005, pen and ink on paper.

Kedumba Drawing Award

20 October to 2 December

The Kedumba Drawing Award is an annual highlight at Orange Regional Gallery. Now in its 29th year, the Award plays a vital role in fostering the production and appreciation of drawing in Australia. Initiated by Jeffrey and Marlene Plummer in 1989, the Kedumba Drawing Award has grown steadily. Each year, the Judge is an established artist whose only guideline is “to enrich and enhance the Collection”

The Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings, with over 230 works, is currently on long term loan to Orange Regional Gallery.

An Orange Regional Gallery and Kedumba Trust partnership exhibition.

Image: Ben Quilty, Red XB, aerosol and charcoal on paper, 120 x 140 cm. Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings. Kedumba Drawing Award – 2006 Acquisitions Judge Janet Laurence