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Australian Artists in Bali: 1930s to Now

  • 20 September - 29 November 2015

The lure of the enchanted isle is the focus of this exciting survey exhibition that focuses on the response of Australian artists to Bali from the 1930s through to the present day.

The exhibition includes the work of significant historical, recent and contemporary Australian artists who have lived and worked in Bali, European artists who visited there prior to coming to Australia and bringing with them a range of new motifs and ideas, and selected examples of modern and contemporary Balinese art that provide a ‘right of reply’.

Australian Artists in Bali: 1930s to Now critically examines the romantic idea of a tropical island paradise along with the antithetical notion of Bali as a gateway to the East. It includes the work of artists who celebrate the beauty of Bali and the complexities of Balinese culture as well as those who willingly engage with the negative impact of the West on the Balinese way of life. In this way the exhibition addresses the changing nature of Australia’s relationship with Bali and Indonesia over the past 80 years.

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2014 McClelland Sculpture Survey & Awards

  • 23 November 2014 - 19 July 2015

Since its inception in 2003, the McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award has emerged as the most important biennial outdoor sculpture exhibition in Australia. The exhibition presents 33 works in an outdoor exhibition that highlights the diversity and invention of contemporary sculpture.

This Resource includes a brief introduction to the Survey, the artists selected and their works, as well as suggested points for discussion and practical activities for students.






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Cream: Four decades of Australian Art

  • 10 May - 3 August 2014
  • The Elisabeth Murdoch Gallery

A Rockhampton Art Gallery travelling exhibition


Cream: Four Decades of Australian Art chronicles the development of modernism in Australia from 1940 to 1980. From Grace Cossington Smith's, Drapery in the studio 1940 through to William Robinson's Four cows, one bulling 1980, this exhibition showcases the stylistic diversity of modernism in Australian art.

Drawn from Rockhampton Art Gallery's remarkable collection, Cream explores the post-Second World War art centres of Melbourne and Sydney, but also presents Brisbane as an alternative city to explore new ideas in modern art.  Artists include Sidney Nolan, John Perceval, Arthur Boyd, Charles Blackman, Margaret Olley, Fred Williams, John Brack, Lloyd Rees, Jon Molvig and Russell Drysdale.

The exhibition recognises the contribution of the Australia Council and also celebrates former Mayor Rex Pilbeam and the people of Rockhampton, whose support of the Gallery has built one of regional Australia's most enviable collections.


Waves & Water - Australian Beach Photography

  • 10 May - 3 August 2014
  • The Elisabeth Murdoch Gallery


An Australian National Maritime Museum travelling exhibition


Iconic photographs from the Australian National Maritime Museum's collection capture Australian beach culture from the 1930s to today.

Waves & Water includes the work of seven of Australia's celebrated beach photographers, including Max Dupain's iconic Sunbaker 1937, Ray Leighton's surfers posed with longboards, Jeff Carter's 1960s surfing safari and Roger Scott's 1970s 'critical moment' photographs, taken as an individual catches a wave or dives into the ocean.

More recent works by Anne Zahalka explore ideas of Australian cultural identity and sterotypes.  Narelle Autio also provides a different perspective of the ocean swimmer photographed from beneath the surface of the waves whilst Ian Lever renders the beauty and atmosphere of Sydney's ocean pools at dawn and dusk.

This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.


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Made in China, Australia

  • 17 March - 9 June 2013
  • The Elisabeth Murdoch Gallery


A Salamanca Arts Centre and CAST touring exhibition

Presenting the work of 16 Chinese Australian artists, Made in China, Australia brings into discussion ideas that surround the meeting of these different cultures and how these experiences have impacted and shapedthe work of each artist.

Made in China, Australia considers the work of contemporary artists across a range of mediums and disciplines, genders and generations. Some of the artists in the exhibition were born in Australia, others have travelled here in the past and some are recent arrivals. This exhibition highlights the subtle differences that arise in each artist's work due to their unique relationship with both cultures.


McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award 2012

  • 18 November 2012 – 14 July 2013


The McClelland Sculpture Survey 2012 is the fifth in the series of sculpture biennials. It is the most influential and prestigious exhibition of outdoor public sculpture in Australia, surveying a wide range of styles from emerging, to mid-career and established sculptors.

This Resource includes a brief introduction to the Survey, the artists selected and their works, as well as suggested points for discussion and practical activities for junior and senior students.


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Spirit in the Land

  • 12 December 2010 - 20 February 2011
  • Touring nationally in 2011-12


The landscape has been an enduring subject in the history of Australian art and vital to the on-going formation of images of a national identity. Within this tradition Spirit in the Landexplores the connection between eleven Australian artists, historical and contemporary, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and their special appreciation and engagement to the spiritual ethos and power of the land.

Initiated by McClelland Gallery+Sculpture Park, managed by NETS Victoria and supported by Visions of Australia. For touring information please click the following link: