Watford at Werribbee @ Wyndam Art Gallery

5-29 October 2017

An exhibition of local historical artifacts is always an important feature of the program of a local art gallery. The artist, Lyndal Jones is exhibiting an evolving set of artifacts drawn from a derelict building in Avoca in central Victoria to create a sense of history and local remembrance. The exhibition or installation is part of an international project. There is more information on the gallery website.


Ann Zahalka – Landscape revisited @ Murray Art Museum Albury

26 May – 5 Nov 2017

Ann Zahalka gives you a new take on iconic Australian paintings. She takes familiar landscape paintings and inserts new people to give them a cheekily different take on their place in our history. Each of these artworks have a funny side to them. One which originally had an English pioneer couple preparing to build their first house among tall gum trees now features a set of post World War Two Italian migrants sitting in the same scene.

The gallery page is below.


Next Generation Solomon Islands after RAMSI – Sean Davey @ Huw Davies Gallery Photoaccess

17 August – 10 September 2017

Sean Davey has taken and is exhibiting photographs of the Solomon Islands at the point that the Regional Assistance Mission in  Solomon Islands (RAMSI) was finishing its work. The photos mix large black and white and smaller coloured takes on various parts of life in Solomon Islands.The pictures look into aspects of traditional culture and rural activities.

Some pictures and gallery materials are attached below

Let me imagine you – Andrew Tenison @ Huw Davies Gallery Photoaccess

27 July – 13 Aug 2017

Andrew Tenison created a striking set of black and white photos that respond to a WW2 negative he had found. The photographs are quite personal in the start black and white recreations that have a distinctively 40s vibe about the.

Samples and gallery materials below.

Count us together – Images of the 1967 Referendum @ Customs House Sydney

20 May – 30 July 2017

For a couple of months the Customs House in Sydney had an exhibition and display of materials from the campaign connected with the 1967 referendum to turn the status of the Indigenous population of Australia into a more recognised reality acknowledged within modern Australia. The Referendum was one of the few in which the voters approved a change. Below are samples of the materials and the brochure issued with the exhibition.

Lustre – Pearling and Australia @ Australian National Maritime Museum

13 Feb = 13 Aug 2017

A great exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum recently has been one dealing with the pearling industry. It is an appropriate venue for this sort of historical reflection. The gallery is full of great text and fabulous artifacts that cover the range and the history of this industry. I loved the abundance of artifacts made with different levels of artistry from mother of pearl. The object I was most impressed with was the pearly king coat decoratively festooned with buttons of mother of pearl. The Steve Winwood song of the pearly queen rang through my head.

This is a temporary exhibition but is a classy example of the great historical work being done at the ANMM to record and educate us about our maritime and coastal history.

Pics and  web page link below


Gough Whitlam In his own Century @ National Archives of Australia

Many people my age have an almost idolatrous view of Gough Whitlam. I admit to being in that group. The National Archives of Australia is currently hosting and exhibition on the life of the great man that covers in lots of text and pictures a clear survey of his life from birth till death. Don’t pop in if you want to do it quickly. The Whitlam Centre has put together lots of good text panels and some wonderful pictures. This exhibition seemed wonderfully appropriate to be housed at the Archives.

Some sample pics below