Ben Quilty ‘After the Pink Dress (Self Portrait)’ [detail] | from the upcoming ‘150 years’ exhibition 8 – 29 February 2020

A&A ‘Archant’ console | from the upcoming ‘Exquisite Corpse’ exhibition 12 – 28 March 2020

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Closed for the Christmas break


Tolarno Galleries is now closed for the summer break. Contact us via for any queries during this time.

Wishing you a very happy Christmas and all the best for the new year.

Re-opening on Saturday 8 February with Ben Quilty’s 150 years exhibition and an exciting 2020 program.

Pictured: Brent Harris, Deities series I, 2005
Buddha I, Jesus I, Ganesha I
9-colour woodcut, lithograph and screenprint on off-white handmade STPI paper
Each print 106.7 x 81.3 cm. Collection of National Gallery of Australia

Program 2020 announced

Tolarno Galleries’ Program 2020 includes:

Ben Quilty 150 years  8 – 29 February
A&A Exquisite Corpse / Cadavre Exquis 12 – 28 March. Part of Melbourne Design Week 2020, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria, 12 – 22 March 2020
Justine Varga Tachisme 4 April – 9 May. An official exhibition of PHOTO 2020 International Festival of Photography, 23 April – 10 May 2020.
Benjamin Armstrong 16 May – 20 June
Amos Gebhardt Night Horse 27 June – 25 July
Danie Mellor 1 August – 29 August
Tim Johnson 5 September – 3 October
Caroline Rothwell 10 October – 7 November
Judy Watson 14 November – 12 December

Image: Justine Varga Influence 2018-19, chromogenic photograph, 131.5 x 110 cm (image including halo border). From the upcoming exhibition Tachisme.

Announcing Skywhalepapa!

The National Gallery of Australia unveiled its 2020 program this week, including the spectacular news that Patricia Piccinini has been commissioned as part of The Balnaves Contemporary Series to create Skywhalepapa, a new companion to Skywhale (2013), which returns to Canberra after six years touring Australia and the world.

Together they form a skywhale family that will be launched near the Gallery and take flight over Canberra eight times during the exhibition period. The sculptures will then float across the skies of Australia as a National Gallery travelling exhibition.

Skywhales: Every heart sings is an NGA #KnowMyName project celebrating the work of Australian women artists, and the third instalment of The Balnaves Contemporary Series.

Patricia Piccinini’s current exhibition Chromatic Balance is on view now at Tolarno Galleries until 14 December 2019.

Read more at The Guardian, ABC News, AFR, The AgeThe Australian and Canberra Times.

Image: Patricia Piccinini Skywhalepapa 2019/20 (artist’s sketch)