Salvatore Zofrea: Days of Summer

21 December – 3 May 2020

In 2012, Salvatore Zofrea donated a complete edition from his Days of Summer woodblock series to Orange Regional Gallery.

This selection from the original donation of 40 prints presents an extraordinary celebration of flora and fauna in Australia over the summer season. The artist drew inspiration from the bushland surrounding his mountain studio at Karrajong in the Blue Mountains in which Bellbirds, Bowerbirds, Wattle, Bottlebrush and Illawara Flame Trees abound.

For this series, the artist adopted a traditional Japanese printmaking technique of drawing onto a block of Jelutong wood and cutting away to form the printing block. An edition of 20 prints of each block were then hand printed onto Japanese Hitachi with black waterbased ink.  Each woodcut print was then delicately hand coloured on the reverse of the paper, resulting in a unique and subtle effect in which the image appears suffused with colour.

Framing for this series was generously supplied by Orange Regional Arts Foundation.

Collection Highlights

8 February – 3 May 2020

This exhibition presents a selection of iconic and well-loved works from the Gallery’s permanent collection alongside recent acquisitions. Our growing collection includes over 1500 works of Australian art from the 1920’s to today.

Modern artists such as Ian Fairweather, Hans Heysen, Grace Cossington Smith and Brett Whiteley are shown here alongside contemporary artists including Kevin Connor, Harrie Fasher, Emily Kngwarreye, Margaret Loy Pula, and David Serisier. Recent photographic acquisitions are presented in the foyer.

The Collection was founded on the Mary Turner Collection, which she presented to the city of Orange, NSW in 1982. A significant donation of 35 paintings followed in 2013 from the personal collection of Jim Cobb, known as the Chroma Collection.

We are grateful for the extraordinary generosity shown by artists, collectors and arts organisations over the years. Support from the Friends of Orange Regional Gallery, and Orange Regional Arts Foundation has been integral to the growth of our collection.

Small Abstracts from the Collection of David and Gillian Serisier

21 March – 3 May 2020

Small Abstracts is curated by accomplished abstract painter David Serisier, from his and Gillian’s collection that has been built up over thirty years. Local residents of the area, David and Gillian were inspired by the passion of friends for collecting and the chance meeting with the now famous American collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel. The exhibition presents a selection of bold and colorful abstract paintings, objects and works on paper that have interesting intersections in their investigation of colour, surface and form.

A range of emerging and established, Australian and international, the artists include Susan Andrews, Daniel Argyle, Cathy Blanchflower, Andrew Christofides, Roger Crawford, Lynne Eastaway, Billy Gruner, Daniel Hollier, Sarah Keighery, Golda Lewis, Ruark Lewis, Stephen Little, Dorothy Napangardi, Patrick Pound, Nike Savvas, Camille Serisier, David Serisier, Howard Taylor, John Walker, Karl Wiebke and Coen Young.

Click the link below to hear more from David Serisier in a curatorial walk-through of the exhibition.

Discover more in David Serisier’s catalogue essay here

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

9 December 2019 – 9 February 2020

Whether working from his studio in Hill End, NSW or in more distant locations, Bill Moseley’s work has long been informed by historical contexts and early photographic techniques.

This exhibition presents dark and romantic ambrotypes and video works in which Moseley boldly reckons with the force of nature in an encounter with the ocean and dream-like distant islands.

In February 2019 he embarked on a ten-day journey, sailing from Hobart to Sydney aboard the historic brigantine ‘Soren Larsen’. Working with old and new technologies – ambrotypes and digital film – Moseley brings together two distinctly different periods to offer a new vision of the sublime.

Understood today as the sensation of nature at its most grand and awe inspiring, the sublime has fascinated artists throughout the history of art, most notably J.M.W Turner (1775 – 1851) and Caspar David Friedrich (1774 – 1840).

Tapping into the powerful metaphor of the man and the sea, A Lake, a Forest and the Dark Voice of the Sea is a self-reflective look into the human condition.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.

Ros Auld: Adventures in Ceramics

14 December 2019 – 27 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

Place: An Exhibition of Artists’ Books

19 October – 15 December 2019

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.

PLAYBACK: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2018

12 October – 8 December 2019

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.

“By reanimating images from the past, the artists selected for Playback enliven our sense of curiosity about history but also encourage us to understand the ways in which history repeats itself”, said Art Gallery of NSW curator Matt Cox.

‘PLAYBACK: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2018’ is an Art Gallery of New South Wales Touring Exhibition.

Arlo Mountford: Deep Revolt

28 September – 1 December

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 reimagines 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 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) was 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.

David Griggs: Between Nature and Sin

3 August – 29 September 2019

David Griggs explores the darker undercurrents of human existence. His work, predominately portraiture, focuses on the human condition; drawing on political
imagery, underground media, local histories and personal experience. His work is often collaborative, engaging directly with communities while remaining sensitive to
the ethical and moral obligations this demands. For the last 10 years Griggs has resided in the Philippines and has created a significant body of work traversing painting, photography and film that reveals the social hierarchies and underground culture of his adopted home. This exhibition is the first major Australian survey of this
leading artist’s practice.

A Campbelltown Arts Centre exhibition presented nationally 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.

Andrew Antoniou: Curtain Call

3 August – 22 September

“Curtain Call relates to the immersion into the world of theatre, particularly that of the Absurdist movement. In this confined and constructed space we are allowed to focus on the drama of the human condition that is illuminated by unnatural light and given force by plot and characterisation. The genre of Absurdist Theatre has an open language that is able to utilise symbolism, metaphor, satire and conventional narrative in any combination, lending the imagery of the dramatic form a richness and diversity. Meaning is often cloaked in its complexity”—Andrew Antoniou

Within the work there are a series of recurring themes that are given differing contexts and spaces of a theatrical nature within which to exist. These themes are often around the concepts of time, mortality, love, ritual, conflict, and notions of magic and transformation.

Raw Language: esotericism in outsider art

3 August – 8 September

Raw Language: esotericism in outsider art continues Orange Regional Gallery’s tradition of championing Outsider artists with an examination of the esoteric in Outsider art. The esoteric is that which is understood by only a small number of people who possess specialized understanding. It references occultism, mysticism, and alternative understandings of mainstream religion. Sacred or profane, it is an enthralling subject, as people have an innate desire to learn the secrets that are kept from them.

Focussing on Australian art, this exhibition allows the viewer to glean an insight into the secret and mystical knowledge possessed by these artists, whether it be the
artists’ take on esoteric Christianity, occultism, or their own secret language and understanding of the world.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition Curated by Henry Sisley.

Mum’s Hug: Catherine Newton

15 June – 28 July

Mums’ Hug series 2 celebrates the important role mothers have in today’s society. It symbolises the physical and emotional connection of a mother and child through touch; specifically the act of hugging. Capturing a mother’s breath in a hot glass form and exploiting its fluidity, Newton dressed in layers of heat resistant fabric and hugged the hot glass.

The resultant textured, transparent sculptural forms sit on anthropomorphic plinths, displayed at the height of children’s bellybuttons to highlight the various ages and size of each child. The colour has also been chosen by the mother to reflect each of her children. An analogy is drawn between hugging hot glass, intimidating and invigorating, and that of being a mother, which is also daunting and stimulating.

Tim Allen: Immersion

18 May – 28 July

Immersion—deep involvement—describes both Tim Allen’s working process and his connection to landscape.

A day spent painting or drawing en plein air is an all-encompassing experience of fluctuating light, weather and comfort levels. These conditions, along with an intense focus, result in work that tracks a dialogue between observation, memory and abstract mark-making. Mark making is key – the ability to describe both emotional intent and observation in one mark.

He takes an expressive, physical approach to art making —working fast, boldly and intuitively. In the studio he balances this with long periods of contemplation and stillness—thoughts punctuated by bursts of activity.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.


13 July – 28 July 2019

Artists from across the Central West were invited to submit works for this annual open exhibition celebrating the creativity of our region.

Entry was open to artists, over the age of 16, living in the local government areas of Orange, Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan Shire, Lithgow, Oberon, Parkes and Weddin Shire. With the Gallery asking for new works not exhibited before and created within the last 2 years.

Ildiko Kovacs: The DNA of Colour

18 April – 9 June

In 2010 Ildiko Kovacs began to improvise a new style of painting made with paint rollers on plywood. This survey focuses on these sumptuous paintings in which the vibrancy of colours and forms do not simply evoke deep feelings or intuitions; the paintwork itself becomes a record or visible trace of the act of painting.The exhibition brings together over thirty-five major works, from the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Newcastle Art Gallery collections, along with rarely seen works from private collections.

Ildiko Kovacs: The DNA of Colour is an Orange Regional Gallery and ANU Drill Hall Gallery partnership exhibition, curated by Sioux Garside and supported by Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney. A fully illustrated monograph was published to coincide with the exhibition.

Orange Regional Gallery 18 April – 9 June 2019, ANU Gallery 21 June – 11 August 2019

Continuum: Southern Highland Printmakers

4 May – 9 June 2019

An exhibition of contemporary prints responding to artists from previous generations who have had connections with the Southern Tablelands region between Sydney and Canberra.

The 25 printmakers each chose a different artist as the starting point from their work. Choices ranged from the possum skin cloaks crafted by the original aboriginal inhabitants of the area, to colonial artists such as Joseph Lycett, to some of the greats of Australian art. These artists included Lloyd Rees, Arthur Boyd, Fred Williams and Brett Whiteley, as well as photographers such as Frank Hurley, ceramic artist Gwen Hanson-Piggot, sculptors Tom Bass and Bert Flugelman and assemblage artist Rosalie Gascoigne. The resulting prints brought together in this exhibition are as wide-ranging and diverse as the work of the artists who inspired them.

Angelica Mesiti: Relay League

30 March – 12 May 2019

In this new commission, Angelica Mesiti presents a three-channel video installation titled Relay League. The work takes as its departure point a Morse code message transmitted by the French Navy on 31 January 1997 to signal the imminent demise of this communication method. Morse code, which entailed a system of dot and dash radio signals and was often utilised as a language of distress at sea, was phased out after 130 years in favour of new digital communications. Inspired by this final poetic phrase, here Mesiti interprets its original dots and dashes through music, choreography and non-verbal communication.

Relay League was curated and developed by Artspace and is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The development and presentation of Relay League is supported by Commissioning Partner the Keir Foundation. Relay League was produced with the support of C ND National de la Danse, Paris and University of New South Wales Art & Design. Relay League will be accompanied by a book published by Schwartz City and designed by Formist.

Young Archie Central West

9 February – 10 April 2019

Young Archie Central West celebrates the creativity of more than one hundred young people from across our region through a collection of insightful portraits highlighting their most significant relationships.

As part of the Archibald Prize 2018 regional tour to Orange, budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 were invited to submit a portrait of someone who is known to them and plays an important role in their life.

Finalist were selected in each age category: 5‐8 year olds, 9‐12 year olds, 13‐15 year olds and 16‐18 year olds and judged by Richard Morecroft and Archibald Prize 2018 finalist Alison Mackay.

Winner, 5‐8 Years – Digby Luelf, My mum
Finalists,  5‐8 Years  Amelia King, Hannah my sister, Micah Parton, Brianna, Winona Wade, I love you Grand Nan, Loti Ward, Layers of love

Winner 9‐12 Years – Milla Jurd, My fun teacher
Finalists 9‐12 Years – Amelia Caulfield, Miss Piggin, Juliette Colla, Mum, Ivy Hawker Oily Freya, Lisa Walker, My friend who likes birds

Winner 13‐15 Years – Charli Hobbs, Babushka
Finalists 13‐15 Years – Shaylee Fogarty, The adventure that awaits, Olivia Jackson, Untitled, Josie Kearney, #twinning, Abigail Kittler, Shino

Winner 16‐18 Years – Liz Saunders, Washed out
Finalists 13‐15 Years – Angus Clarke, Les, Bella Hoyle Davies, Somebody that I used to know

Young Archie Central West presents the creative energy of our regions
young people and showcases their artistic individuality.

Young Archie Central West is supported by the Art Gallery of New South
Wales and presenting partner ANZ.

Archibald Prize 2018

9 February – 10 April 2019

Awarded to the best painting of a notable Australian, the Archibald Prize is a who’s who of Australian culture, from politicians to celebrities and from sporting heroes to artists.

Prestigious and controversial, the Archibald Prize is Australia’s foremost portraiture prize. The Archibald Prize awards $100,000 prize money for the winning artist.In its 97th year, the Archibald Prize has been held annually since 1921. An open competition, the Archibald Prize is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Entries to the Archibald Prize must be painted in the past year from at least one live sitting.

Finalists are exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales before embarking on a year-long regional tour, including Orange Regional Gallery.

The Archibald Prize 2018 is an Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition. Anne Middleton’s portrait Guy was voted most popular by visitors to the Archibald Prize 2018 during its time in Orange. The Gallery announced the winner of the Everyone’s a Critic Competition — Deborah Priest who won $500 thanks to presenting partner, ANZ.

Margaret Loy Pula: Anatye

2 February – 24 March 2019

Hailing from the remote community of Utopia in Central Australia, Margaret Loy Pula continues a legacy that dates back millennia. Painting traditional stories handed down from her father she depicts homelands, bush foods and ceremonial designs using a patternation of intricate dot work.“This painting is about my culture, my family. That’s my father’s dreaming. This is from my father’s country, that country is called “Unjangola”. That is north of Utopia, not too far but really desert country”.
Surrounded by an incredibly distinguished artistic family, Pula has been exposed to art her entire life but did not pursue painting until 2007.

An integral part of her culture, Pula’s primary subject matter is ‘Anatye’, the bush potato or yam. Her paintings are an aerial view of the growth pattern of the plant. More than just a source of sustenance, the yam holds a deep spiritual significance to the Anmatyerre people of Central Australia.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition supported by Mitchell Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane.

Gaman: Mitsuo Shoji

7 December 2018 – 28 January 2019

Gaman, (Japanese: ‘tattoo’ and ‘patience’) is a term which highlights a rare synthesis of surface decoration and form in the artistic oeuvre of ceramist Mitsuo Shoji.

Utilising his fifty years as a professional artist, Shoji inlays Zen-like calligraphic shapes into the surface of hand built sculptures based upon the universal symbols of the square, circle and triangle.

Repetition and patience are a necessary component of this technique, unique to Shoji. Scarification of the leather-hard clay surface is a slow painstaking process, which is Buddhist in its sensibility. Colours are glimpsed through the marks, fracturing and changing as the form twists and turns.

Shojis three-dimensional works are accompanied in the exhibition by his “clay paintings” which echo the universal shapes.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.

People Like Us

30 November 2018 – 28 January 2019

People Like Us captures universal aspects of the contemporary human condition in film, animation, digital and interactive art. In a diverse collection of recent new media works by Australian and international practitioners, the exhibition also reveals the many experimental technologies being deployed by artists as they comment on issues confronting us in the 21st century.

A National Exhibitions Touring Support Australia exhibition developed by UNSW Galleries and toured by Museums and Galleries of NSW. The National Touring Initiative is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

The 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.

Kedumba Connections

20 October to 2 December

Orange Regional Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works by some of the current Trustees and Patrons associated with the Kedumba Trust.

The Forever One Day, Kevin Connor

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.

Connections –  from the Gutenberg Press to Richard Swinbourn’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.

Mary Turner Collection and Bequest

25 August – 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.


25 August – 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.

Highlights from the Chroma Collection

4 August – 9 September, 2018

In 2013 Orange Regional Gallery received an extraordinary donation of significant paintings and sculptures from the personal collection of Jim Cobb.

This exhibition features works by some of Australia’s most distinguished artists and includes a shimmering Elisabeth Cummings oil painting After the wet, Elcho Island—a masterpiece in yellows and dusty greys; John R Walker’s Dry dam, Bedervale, which so vividly captures the searing drought in 2004; and three cascading paintings by Emily Kngwarreye in ranges of cadmiums, pinks and browns.

An Orange Regional Gallery Collection exhibition.

ORANGE AIR: An object Collection by Thomas Pearson

23 June -19 August, 2018

In this exhibition, Thomas Pearson seeks to investigate the narrative of classical forms through the practice of making by hand. His work is made using traditional Venetian glassblowing techniques, and references objects such as the hourglass. The form of the hourglass is bodily and gives it its function. The movement of the sand records time, through a repetitive, changing internal landscape.

Bottles and hourglasses rely on internal spaces which hold and capture light. These contemplative works present an interlinking of meditative process and sculpture. The overlap between figurative and function is a narrative about containing the uncontainable, about measuring what resists being measured.

This work was made with assistance from the South Australian Government through Carclew and created using facilities at JamFactory, SA.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.


21 July – 19 August, 2018

The sequel to Rod McRae’s exhibition Wunderkammer, AFTER-LIFE attempts to focus on what it means to be wild, free and autonomous verses domesticated and farmed. The animals in AFTER-LIFE speak to us as an unrepresented slave class, bred, traded, worked, slaughtered, processed and consumed as part of a vast production machine to feed, dress and decorate exploding homo sapien populations—these are their stories.This exhibition uses taxidermy and animal skeletons including a family of giraffe to present its powerful messages. All the animals in AFTER-LIFE have been ethically sourced. No animal has been harmed to make this work in the first instance.

AFTER- LIFE is on loan from Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo.

Jali: Nathalie Hartog-Gautier

15 June – 29 July, 2018

Nathalie Hartog-Gautier’s art practice over the years has focused on the concept of the voyage, its transformations, attachments and associations, especially when place interconnects with memory and identity.

Nathalie had a residency in Udaipur in 2009 and she travelled through Rajasthan. While visiting the palaces she was struck by the fresco paintings decorating the walls and the intricate lace-like stone works on the windows called ‘Jali’. She could observe, looking through the patterned stonework, and see what was happening in the streets but could not to be seen.

The geometrical patterns of the ‘Jali’ provided her with a motif to work with and to overlay the patterns on the photographs she took of life on the street in Rajasthan. Creating a parallelism between the Jali and the computer screen, she drew geometrical shapes, found in the architecture.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.


30 June – 15 July, 2018

The Central West is home to an abundance of artistic expression. Here, Now celebrates the depth and diversity of this creative production.

Orange Regional Gallery has invited artists living in the Central West to submit recent work for Here, Now. For some artists this may be their first experience exhibiting in a gallery space, whilst for others it will be a familiar event. Works span painting, drawing, printmaking, assemblage, sculpture and fiber arts.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.


April 7 – 24 June 2018

It has often been said that we are shaped by the spaces that surround us. Curated by Gavin Wilson, Interiors probes that concept through the eyes of a select group of modernist and contemporary artists.

This exhibition of forty-four paintings and works on paper reveals a rich variety of relationships to light and space—a serious and beautiful occurrence. For artists, the environment one works in, inhabits, or encounters by chance remain vital sources of inspiration.

Artists: Cressida Campbell, Genevieve Carroll, Kevin Connor, Grace Cossington Smith,
Ray Crooke, Peter Godwin, Janet Haslett, Peter Kingston, Francis Lymburner,
Euan Macleod, Robert Malherbe, Margaret Olley, Rodney Pople, Luke Sciberras
Wendy Sharpe, Rosemary Valadon, John R Walker, Brett Whiteley

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition, curated by Gavin Wilson.

Exhibition catalogue supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation

Luminous relic

23 May – 17 June, 2018

Luminous relic is a major collaborative painting and moving image work by Mandy Martin and Alexander Boynes, with a score by Tristen Parr. Based on fieldwork around industrial Geelong, this urgent, politically charged work examines the ongoing and cumulative effects of industrialisation and natural resources consumption on landscapes, fragile ecosystems and human conditions.

Mandy Martin has built up layers of ochres, sands, iridescent and fluorescent pigments to literally paint the body of the industrial complex into the ice shelf. This high key reflective surface allows the multichannel video work by Alexander Boynes to play with the element of time in what appears to be a static moment.Tristen Parr’s reflective score interprets the industrial sounds of Geelong and of ice melting and cracking. These are blended with the sound of electronically manipulated cello creating an other-worldly sonic landscape. The score adds pathos and gravitas to the contemplative space and sublime proposition of Luminous relic.

Zine There Done That

14 April till 10 June, 2018

Part exhibition, part publication, and making space Zine There Done That is a hands-on collaboration between, young people and the artist Sonny Day.

A selection of work from the Orange Regional Gallery collection will act as inspiration in a series of graphic, art-making sessions throughout the April School Holidays.

Local artist, Sonny Day will introduce students to the self-expressive world of zine making, exploring examples of zines from around the world and guiding them through their own creative enquiry of the medium using simple materials and works from the ORG Collection as visual inspiration. Sonny will compile the completed student works into a limited edition zine.

Zine There Done That will include a selection of works from the ORG Collection, an installation of student work created during the workshops and a making space where visitors can contribute to the project through their own creative responses.  Copies of the final zines will also be available.

A zine (/ˈziːn/ zeen; an abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine) is most commonly a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.


9 February to 1 April 2018

StarPicket is inspired by the astronomical translations of the night sky in relation to seasonal land management activity and physical pathways, through oral histories by Indigenous Traditional Owners and Elders in both the Central West NSW, and Lake Mungo NSW. Artists explore interpretations of star navigation with relativity to cross culture, geomorphology, wayfaring and storytelling.

Genevieve Carroll, Phoebe Cowdery, John Daly, Jaq Davies, Rebecca Dowling, Virginia Hilyard, Ken Hutchinson, Aleshia Lonsdale, Bill Moseley, Nyree Reynolds, Irene Ridgeway, Vicki Skarratt, Heather Vallance and Lee Wynyard.Curated by Phoebe Cowdery and Aleshia Lonsdale.

David Fairbairn: Drawn to Print

9 February to 1 April 2018

Celebrated portraitist David Fairbairn is well known for his large scale mixed media drawings and his expert use of line and while these aspects of his practice continue, in recent years he has focused almost exclusively on large scale etchings.

David Fairbairn explains, “It is important to me that my etchings compliment and extend my previous explorations in drawing. With these new prints, drawing directly from the sitter onto the copper etching plate is an important aspect of my process. The length of time spent with a person and the stopping and starting of a work as a series develops, are factors that contribute to the final outcome. I am interested in the unexpected transformative qualities of the line that is etched by immersion in ferric chloride. The quality of the corrosive line is different to a drawn line on paper using charcoal or pastel. Now working predominantly in black and white, I am able to reinforce the underlying formal and abstract structures in the depiction of the sitter, whilst still emphasising the emotional and psychological content of the work.”

Drawn to Print comprises a selection of drawings produced from 2010–2016, and etchings of the same sitters created during the period 2015–2017. The show offers a rich exploration of the psyche of both the artist and his sitters who have built up close friendships over many years.

David Fairbairn: Drawn to Print is a touring exhibition. The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Orange Regional Gallery and the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery are supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

David Fairbairn is represented by Port Jackson Press Print Gallery, Melbourne.

Elisabeth Cummings: Interior Landscapes

18 November 2017 – 21 January 2018

Since graduating from East Sydney Technical College in 1957, Elisabeth Cummings has quietly worked for nearly 60 years, producing a prodigious body of work. This retrospective exhibition includes 60 works across a range of media—paintings, drawings, monotypes, etchings and ceramics, with subjects drawn from still life, interiors and the landscape.

After winning the NSW Travelling Art Scholarship she studied abroad for a decade in Italy and France in the 1960s. Cummings’s absorption of a wide range of influences, including the European intimism of Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard, the teaching of Oskar Kokoschka, the paintings of Ian Fairweather and Australian Aboriginal art has informed the development of her unique and distinctive poetic vision, that ebbs and flows between abstraction and representation.

The exhibition includes some of her finest paintings of remote and beautiful places in Australia – Arnhem Land, the Pilbara, Lake Mungo, the Flinders Ranges, the Kimberleys and the edge of the Simpson Desert.

Kedumba Drawing Award 2017

16 December – 11 February 2018

The Kedumba Drawing Award is now an annual highlight at Orange Regional Gallery, having moved here in 2014 from the Blue Mountains. Now in its 28th year, the Award continues to play 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 to now be considered the premier drawing award in Australia, and a major event in the nation’s visual calendar. New works selected become part of the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings. The judge’s only guideline is “to enrich and enhance the Collection”.

This year 20 artists from across Australia were invited to submit a recent drawing. The Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings, with over 230 works, is currently on long term loan to Orange Regional Gallery.

Michael Winters: Dissected by Time and Space

14 October  – 10 December 2017

Since the Apollo mission to the moon in the 1960s, Michael Winters has pondered how he could combine both the earthbound landscape and the elements of time and space in one work. This was the challenge he set himself.

The idea to create “sculptural landscapes” gave Winters the means to combine these elements. His works are strongly three dimensional and the landscape is very clearly defined, however, it is cut open and punctured, revealing layers underneath. According to Winters, these layers are to be read as cosmic space penetrating the landscape and enveloping it.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.


16 September – 12 November

This survey focuses on work created since Mandy Martin came to live in Mandurama in Central Western NSW. The 20 works in the exhibition reflect 20 years in the region, and address Martin’s deep unease about the landscape in which we live. Environmental issues relating to water security, the impact of the region’s coal-fired power stations and open cut mines are central concerns. Homeground features examples of Martin’s collaborative practice including paintings with the indigenous artist Trisha Carroll and digital projections with the Canberra based artist and curator, Alexander Boynes.

Mandy Martin is one of Australia’s most important artists whose career spans over 40 years. She has had numerous exhibitions in Australia, Mexico and the USA and has exhibited in France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Italy. Her works are held in major public and private collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of NSW. In the USA she is represented in the Guggenheim Museum New York, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno and many private collections.

Mandy Martin: Homeground is a Bathurst Regional Art Gallery touring exhibition.

ARTIST PROFILE Australasian painters 2007 – 2017

8 July – 10 September 2017

This exhibition brings together a selection of paintings by over 140 artists featured in Artist Profile magazine over its 10 year history, providing a comprehensive overview of Australasian painting from 2007 to 2017.

With 40 issues of in-depth interviews and stories to its credit, Artist Profile  has become a touchstone visual arts publication for professionals, students  and art lovers.

The magazine’s emphasis on artists’ working processes and personal perspectives is echoed in this exhibition which celebrates the individuality of each painter represented.

Editor Kon Gouriotis and Deputy Editor Lucy Stranger have curated the exhibition from the magazine’s featured living painters.

In Dog Years I’m Dead, Jane Tyack

8 July to 20 August 2017

For Central West artist Jane Tyack, the process of growing up came with a loss of childhood imagination, which she now seeks to reclaim through her work.
Making assemblages allows her to re-gather the threads of childhood as she aims to make uninhibited and whimsical works.

“Growing up was a wrench for me—to have to let go of my youthful world fired by my imagination and need for excitement. All at once there was so much external expectation. I found myself drawing comparisons between my desires and aspirations compared to the evolving lives of my peers. Why did I have to grow up so quickly?”
— Jane Tyack

COMMON-PLACE: Works from the Collection
Curated by Cecilie Knowles

16 June – 30 July 2017

Our evolving collection contains over 150 artworks by modern and contemporary Australian artists. Bringing fresh perspectives to Orange Regional Gallery’s permanent collection, Different Takes guest curators will present well-known and not-so-well-known works in a new light.

Our connection to place helps define who we are. Our personal life histories guide us in forming bonds to our natural and built environments in uniquely complex ways. COMMON-PLACE includes works from the Orange Regional Gallery collection that touch on this human-place connection.

Presence: Two Visions of Landscape
Ros Auld and Claire Primrose

27 May – 2 July 2017

Two artists come together to explore an authentic connection to the natural world.
Ros Auld aims to express both the strength and fragility of nature using materials from the earth, with an interplay between the monumental forms and delicate surface textures in her ceramic works. With landscape as her source, she is interested in the accumulation of recollected impressions rather than particular sites.

Claire Primrose’s recent work is similarly inspired and informed by many different locations from the Australian landscape. Using soil and water samples from field trips, she recreates the surfaces, textures and colours of particular places, although each work is a culmination of many different images, places and experiences.

Curated by Peter Haynes.

Form & Surface: Peter Wilson

1 April – 21 May 2017

In this latest exhibition by Peter Wilson the results of the artist’s continuous explorations with ceramic forms and materials will be evident.

Wilson’s practice is underpinned by experimentation and a continuous refinement of form and ceramic surfaces. He values utility and traditional craft skills whereby due consideration is given to balance, weight, proportion and the feel of the object in the hand.

This is Peter Wilson’s third exhibition at Orange Regional Gallery in 22 years.

Different Takes: Guest Curator Series

11 February – 2 April 2017

Our evolving collection contains over 1500 artworks by modern and contemporary Australian artists, however, many of these artworks seldom make it out of darkened storerooms.

Bringing fresh perspectives to Orange Regional Gallery’s permanent collection, Different Takes guest curators will present well-known and not-so-well-known works in a new light.

Guest curators for 2017 are: Sonny Day – 11 February to 2 April and Cecilie Knowles – 10 June to 30 July

Recent Acquisitions

11 February – 26 March 2017

Thanks to the remarkable generosity of various artists and collectors, the Gallery continues its focus on collecting modern and contemporary Australian paintings.

This exhibition includes works by Kate Beynon, Joanna Braithwaite, Judy Cassab, Charles Cooper, McLean Edwards, Tim Maguire, Fiona Lowry and Luke Sciberras.

Many of these acquisitions have been made possible through the Federal Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

Orange Regional Gallery was founded on a major donation by Mary Turner of 34 paintings by iconic Australian artists in 1983. The Gallery received another significant donation of 37 contemporary artworks from the Chroma Collection courtesy of respected paint maker Jim Cobb in 2014. The collection continues to grow.

The 100 Kilometre Art Exhibition

4 February – 26 March 2017

Orange Regional Gallery celebrates the extraordinary artistic life of our region with this open invitation to all artists living within a 50 kilometre radius (100km diameter) of the Gallery.

This popular exhibition is a regular feature in our program and offers local artists working in a variety of mediums an opportunity to present their work in their regional gallery.

With our large Alan Sisley Gallery space filled with hundreds of works—the majority of which are for sale—this is the perfect time to show your support to the many artists in our community.


10 December 2016- 5 February 2017

This exhibition provides a comprehensive survey of Euan Macleod’s printmaking from the past 25 years.

Macleod’s prints have played a significant role in the evolution of the artist’s career. Working with master printmakers such as Ron McBurnie and Michael Kempson, he has probed aspects of the human condition extending his idiosyncratic oeuvre. The highly expressive experimental nature of the prints complement the artist’s celebrated career as a major painter of our time.

Euan Macleod: Prints 1991-2016 was curated by Gavin Wilson.

SCANLINES: Four decades of Australian media art

12 November 2016 – 15 January 2017

Scanlines, curated and toured by dLux MediaArts, is the first exhibition of its kind – a comprehensive group exhibition that surveys the heritage of new media art in Australia since the 1980s.

With a groundbreaking interactive design, the exhibition puts history at your fingertips, allowing access to video interviews with the artists and studio tours from the comfort of the gallery.

With a roll-call of some of the most recognisable names in contemporary art, Scanlines includes rare early works and well-known works by our most high profile and internationally celebrated filmmakers, contemporary artists and scholars.

Scanlines traces the influence of one artistic generation to the next and traverses a plethora of tools, technologies and unique creative ideas.

Editioned: prints from the collection. Curated by Madeline Holborow

22 October 2016 – 2 January 2017

Being asked to curate an exhibition at Orange Regional Gallery still seems quite surreal to me. I was extremely flattered to be asked and then felt quite daunted by the task ahead.

I’ve never considered myself to be an authority on art, I know what I like and I appreciate almost every type of art and design. It’s what I’m passionate about and I strive to share my passion with others. This is what I’ve attempted to do with the exhibition editioned: prints from the collection which is on now in Gallery 2.

I love printmaking; I studied several different printmaking mediums at university. It’s such a diverse and challenging practice that I feel is sometimes undervalued.

This exhibition showcases some of the Orange Regional Gallery’s finest works on paper, and there were many to choose from! I’ve selected a vast range of works that celebrate all the different techniques and effects only achievable in printmaking. Anyone who’s ever tried their hand at printmaking can appreciate the skill that produced these works.

I’ve been drawn to printmaking through my own practice; it’s the long, meditative process that attracts me to this art form. Printmaking is not instantly gratifying; you can’t make a mark and suddenly see what the final product will look like. You have to plan and experiment and use your imagination to view the final product in your head. You have to let the work build and grow as it’s made and it can be disappointing at times but mostly surprisingly satisfying.

Editioned: prints from the collection features all types of different printmaking mediums and styles from some of Australia’s best printmakers. It was great fun to dig through the stores to select the work for this exhibition and I hope you have just as much fun viewing them.

[Madeline Holborow is the director of The Corner Store Gallery in Orange. She has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Newcastle and has since worked as the Artist in Residence at Kinross Wolaroi School from 2011-2014].