Matt Ottley: The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness

14 September – 13 October 2019

This exhibition of works on paper and canvas by polymath Matt Ottley (author, artist, illustrator, composer, musician) has been created as a point of entry to speaking publicly about the stigma and experience of living with a psychotic illness. Images move from real to hyperreal to surreal, and range from graphite to oil to mixed media as they plot the author’s personal journey into psychosis. The works represent a selection of images from an illustrated book for young adult readers to be published by Dirt Lane Press Inc.

Matt Ottley works across many creative platforms, including fine art, illustration, musical composition and writing, and multi-media combinations of all four. His musical works are regularly performed by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition Curated by Margrete Lamond.

Matt Ottley, He saw things that others didn’t from the book The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness

Arlo Mountford: Deep Revolt

28 September – 1 December 2019

Deep Revolt is a mid-career survey exhibition of work by Melbourne based artist Arlo Mountford. Laden with references from art history and pop culture, Mountford’s large scale video installations, kinetic sculpture and animations take a wry look at the artistic canon through the lens of the contemporary.

Amusing and strange, his animated films are hand drawn with a mouse directly into a computer. He re-imagines both real and created spaces from the art world, digitally reconstructing the interiors of iconic museums or retracing the brushstrokes of European masterpieces well known and loved for centuries. This process allows him to experience art with fresh eyes and unpack its ongoing meaning and relevance in contemporary society.

A Goulburn Regional Art Gallery exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

The Triumph
Arlo Mountford, The Triumph (still), 2010, single channel video installation, 16:9 HD, stereo, 9:11 minutes. Image courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery Melbourne.



Playback: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2018

12 October – 8 December

Continuing the legacy of the Dobell Prize for Drawing and supported by the Sir William Dobell Foundation, this exhibition presents new work by eight contemporary Australian artists who are exploring history through crossovers between drawn and the moving image.

In Playback works by Vernon Ah Kee, Sharon Goodwin, Laura Hindmarch, Locust Jones, Dorota Mytch, Jason Phu, Lucienne Rickard and Nick Strike respond to images found in art history, archives, newspapers, cinema and online.

Playback: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2018 is an Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition.

Lucienne Rickard, So it goes 2017 graphite on drawing film
Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Dobell Biennial Acquisition Fund 2018



Place: An Exhibition of Artists’ Books

19 October – 15 December

Place brings together 38 artists from NSW, ACT, Victoria and Queensland to explore the theme of place in their artists’ books, whether a physical location or a place of their imagination.

Artists’ books, or book works as they are also referred to, are part of most artists’ vocabulary, either as drawings bound together, illustrated diaries or a response to a place, time, political or historical event, or personal emotion.

More than 30 artists were asked to submit new or exhibited work. All have exhibited previously, and many have books in collections both nationally and internationally.

Place presents a substantial body of high-standard artists’ books covering a wide range of styles and structures.

Curated by Liz Jeneid and Avril Makula.

Liz Jeneid, Behind the beach, linoprint on paper

Ros Auld: Adventures in Ceramics

14 December 2019 – 26 January 2020

This survey exhibition embraces some 40 years of Auld’s practice. From her studio set in the landscape near Orange, her explorations have grappled with transforming the mysteries of the ancient craft of ceramics into an expressive art medium.

Earlier work includes thrown and functional pots, informed by Japanese aesthetics, and salt glazed jars and platters, followed by the development of large painterly ceremonial style platters. The influence of primitive art is obvious in the development of sculptural pieces including wall-works and incorporates other materials such as steel and bronze. The later major works consist of large hand-built vessels and sculptures. These works are landscape based, expressing both the strength and fragility of nature using materials from the earth.

Collaborative works with other artists are also included.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.

Ros Auld Ceramic Art
Ros Auld, Journey, ceramic, 2012 (Photo: Rob Little)


Bill Moseley: A Lake, a Forest and the Dark Voice of the Sea

14 December – 26 January 2020

Bill Moseley combines video with the lyric mysticism of wet plate collodion photography in this exhibition of recent works.

Research video and still imagery will be taken from the historic brigantine ‘Soren Larsen’ on a voyage from Hobart to Sydney, then combined with wet plate collodion collage to present a darkly romantic narrative that loops past and present into an intriguing portrayal of our emotional relationship with the natural world.

The sea, the lake and the forest, as metaphor, share an ontological opacity. This project considers the implications and significance of the sensate world.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.

Image for exh program 2

Bill Moseley, Return to the lake, ambrotype, 40 x 60 cm