Caroline Rothwell: Winner 2021 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

Congratulations to Caroline Rothwell who was awarded the 2021 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize on Friday 14 May 2021 for her painting, Vault.

The annual acquisitive prize that was launched in 2017 to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established women artists in Australia. It is the highest value professional artist prize for women in Australia.

Image: Caroline Rothwell pictured with her winning artwork Vault, and Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize Patron, Jennifer Turpin. Image via Instagram. Artwork details: Caroline Rothwell Vault, acrylic on linen, 163 x 183 cm


Brendan Huntley ‘Without Within’

17 April – 15 May 2021
Meet the artist: 1pm – 4pm, Saturday 17 April 2021

A new collection of paintings and sculptures. Read an interview with Brendan Huntley at Artist Profile. Listen to an interview on 3RRR.

In early April 2020 I found myself searching for some peace of mind amongst the chaos of the pandemic. One day, I heard someone on a podcast describe how a moth or butterfly doesn’t simply grow wings on its already fully formed caterpillar body, but breaks itself down into a kind of soup and slowly reforms itself in the cocoon, reusing its body parts to come out at the other end as a completely new creature…

During Melbourne’s long lockdown my studio and home became my cocoon, a place to grow and experiment. Usually, I spread my practice out between two studios – my home studio for painting and my sculpture workshop in Frankston. When the threat of limited movement loomed, I filled my car with bags of clay and adapted my home studio. With the paintings pinned to the wall, a conversation could take place between the two mediums – patterns, colours and forms flitting across the space.

This series depicts a spectrum of transformations, a diversity of personalities, patterns and forms, and a propensity for movement and flight within the immovable solidity of clay, plinth and frames.

They sprung from a year of isolation, as I slowly built my own community of butterfly and moth people to celebrate the hope of emerging transformed.

Brendan Huntley, excerpt from the exhibition text

Image: Brendan Huntley Untitled (moth) 2020, oil pastel, dry pastel, oil and graphite on archival paper, 61.5 x 42 cm (framed)

Brendan Huntley online viewing space:
Click to view the Without Within exhibition online –  sculpture and painting


Easter 2021

Tolarno Galleries will be closed Friday 2 April to Monday 5 April.

Reopening on Tuesday 6 April for the final week of Tim Maguire’s exhibition Old World, New World.

The exhibition is also available in the online viewing space.

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Easter break

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Image: Tim Maguire Untitled 20210101 2021, oil on canvas, 137 x 137 cm


Brook Garru Andrew: DIWIL

12 March – 5 September 2021
Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA)

DIWIL is an immersive installation by the internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary artist and scholar, Brook Garru Andrew. The Wiradjuri word diwil translates to ‘collection’ and reflects on the artist’s relationship with objects, history, and Country.

The exhibition marks the premiere of GARRU NGAJUU NGAAY, a major new commission by MAMA. GARRU NGAJUU NGAAY (‘magpie, I see’) is a wall drawing and neon installation that fully surrounds audiences in the museum’s collection galleries.

Brook Garru Andrew’s matriarchal kinship is from the kalar midday (land of the three rivers) of Wiradjuri, and Ngunnawal on his mother’s father’s line, both Aboriginal nations of Australia, and paternally Celtic. He is driven by the collisions of intertwined narratives, often emerging from the mess of the “Colonial Hole”. He was Artistic Director of NIRIN, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, 2020, and is currently Enterprise Professor, Interdisciplinary Practice at the University of Melbourne, Associate Professor, Fine Art at Monash University and Associate Researcher at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

Image: Brook Garru Andrew, DIWIL, installation view, Murray Art Museum Albury, 2021. Photo Jeremy Weihrauch


Tim Maguire exhibition film & online viewing space

We are delighted to premiere an exhibition film to accompany Tim Maguire‘s Old World, New World.

Visit the online viewing space to watch the film.

The exhibition continues in the gallery until 10 April 2021.

Thanks to our friends at Thirdrow Films for capturing Tim Maguire and the new paintings so evocatively.


Tim Maguire

Old World, New World
13 March – 10 April 2021

Old world, new world. Empire, colony. Destruction, rebirth. Tim Maguire’s new paintings are influenced by his decades-long touchstone of 17th century Dutch still life, memento mori and the aftermath of Australia’s recent bushfires.

“The show’s title refers to the old world of Dutch still life painters and to the so-called new world of Australia,” says Maguire. “But I’m also thinking about the failure to adapt imported concepts from the old world and achieve some kind of harmony here.”

Join us on Saturday 13 March between 1pm-4pm when Tim Maguire will be at the gallery for the exhibition opening.

Image: Tim Maguire ‘Untitled 20201001’ 2020, oil on canvas, 153 x 168 cm


Nicholas Folland

Burn Down the House
Linden New Art
13 February – 16 May 2021

Burn Down the House is a site-specific installation that responds directly to the history of Linden’s heritage-listed building. Across three gallery spaces, Nicholas Folland places found furniture and tree branches encrusted with more than 10,000 bottle tops. The installation explores the tension between the safety of home and the wild incursions of nature, accompanied by a rhythmic and layered tapping, generated by two small mechanical contraptions that hang on the wall. The beats flow over one another like cicadas, communicating across the landscape.

Linden New Art
26 Acland Street

Image: Nicholas Folland with House Party (2021), found furniture, bottle caps, enamel paint, dimensions variable. Photography by Theresa Harrison


Amos Gebhardt at The Substation

Spooky Action (at a distance)
12 Feb – 27 Mar 2021
Free admission, bookings essential

Amos Gebhardt brings a cinematic force to large-scale, moving image installations and photography, collaborating with performers, choreographers and musicians to create both intimate and widescreen tableaus. This major exhibition marks the re-opening of The Substation and is a PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography event.

Melbourne premiere! Amos Gebhardt’s major three-channel video work, Small acts of resistance is screening for the first time in Melbourne, along with There are no others and Lovers. In the Main Performance Space, Level 1, is a stunning presentation of the four channel Evanescence.  Make sure to experience this soon – Evanescence is showing only until 6 March 2021.

Centred on themes of identity, queerness, resistance and entanglement, this extensive series of Gebhardt’s works form a labyrinth of film and photographs that unify the artist’s practice in a bold new way.

ARTIST TALK: Amos Gebhardt will be in conversation with Susan van Wyk, Senior Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Victoria on Friday 26 February, 6-8pm. Book here.

Hear Amos Gebhardt walk through the exhibition with ABC RN The Art Show.

Image: AMOS GEBHARDT Evanescence (Water #3) (2018) archival inkjet pigment print, 100 x 150 cm, Edition of 5 + 1AP


Justine Varga presents ‘Tachisme: a stain on photography’

Floor talk
6pm to 6.45pm, Friday 19 February 2021
Tolarno Galleries
Level 4, 104 Exhibition Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

A WRITING & CONCEPTS lecture in collaboration with TOLARNO GALLERIES and PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography.

Justine Varga will discuss the creative potential of those elements of a photograph that are usually thought to be marginal or even deleterious to its health – in particular, about stains and similar pictorial imperfections.

While focusing on the role of the stain and staining in her own work, the artist will also be seeking to place her interest within a broader history of image making. The talk will consider the nature of photography and argues for a certain kind of artistic practice keenly attuned to the materiality of the medium and to corporeal presence.

RSVP here. Tolarno Galleries is open late until 8pm on Friday 19 February 2021.

IMAGE: Justine Varga Influence 2018, chromogenic photograph, 129.3 x 107.8 cm (framed size)


Welcome Skywhalepapa!

Congratulations to Patricia Piccinini on the arrival of Skywhalepapa – a new monumental sculpture in the form of a hot-air balloon. A companion to Skywhale (2013), together they form a skywhale family that launched in Canberra on 7 February 2021. Two further Canberra skywhale flights are scheduled for 8 March and 3 April 2021. The sculptures will float across the skies of Australia as a National Gallery Touring Exhibition throughout 2021 and 2022.

The Skywhales: Every heart sings project spans music and song to knitting and baking. The story of the skywhale family is told in Patricia Piccinini’s new children’s book Every Heart Sings, while an NGA exhibition brings together studio drawings and 3D models. Musician Jess Green (AKA Pheno) has created a song, We are the Skywhales, keen knitters can make their own skywhales from a pattern developed by a local Canberra knitter, and Three Mills Bakery have produced a limited edition skywhales croissant for the three Canberra flight events.

Skywhales: Every heart sings is the third instalment of The Balnaves Contemporary Series. Read more in The Age Good Weekend and The Guardian.

Image courtesy National Gallery of Australia.