Arts / Culture

Art in August: the unmissable shows happening across Australia this month

As August rolls around, so too, does a new wave of art to immerse yourself in. All across Australia some of the countries best talent ready themselves for solo and group shows, art fairs and round-table talks. Just in time, me-thinks, for our friends in south Queensland who are emerging from a snap lockdown. For those in Sydney facing an extended lockdown that, fingers-crossed, will end in early September, there is still ample opportunity to support your local artists with many galleries opting for online shows. Take, for instance, Darwin's Aboriginal Art Fair 2021, an ethical online marketplace that directly supports Aboriginal artists and art spaces. Ben Mazey's tactile show Making Nice Things. Or a digital round-table hosted by Cherine Fahd and Julie Rrap. Wherever you're located, there is something for everyone.

Happy gallery-hopping! And for more information about upcoming exhibitions read on.


Jerico Contemporary

And your mother’s psychic spaghetti river (Online)

Jedda-Daisy Culley

12 August – 4 September


China Heights Gallery

While China Heights Gallery is closed for now, you can still head over to their online store and peruse pieces from the likes of Kitty Callaghan and Alex Knost.


Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Myall Creek and Beyond

31 July – 19 September 2021


Another World: Colin Fenn & Karin Smith

31 July – 18 September 2021


Paddy Fordham Wainburranga: Recent Acquisitions

31 July – 19 September 2021


Karla Dickens: Mother’s Little Helpers

13 July – 18 September 2021


UTS Gallery and Art Collection

Barkindji Blue Sky - Ancestral Connections (Online)

Kent Morris

Join in online for the launch of Kent Morris' work.

3 August.


The Other Portrait (Online)

Join artists Julie Rrap, Cherine Fahd, William Yang plus more online for a round table discussion on The Other Portrait.

1pm, 10 August.


Olsen Gallery

Fabricated Anatomy (Online)

Elliot Routledge

28 July – 14 August


My Funny Valentine (Online)

Jacqui Stockdale

4 – 21 August


Michael Reid

Gothique Blanc (Online)

Petrina Hicks

24 Jun – 30 Sep 2021


Roslyn Oxley

Bird (Online)

Mikala Dwyer

29 July – 21 August


Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Secret Paintings (Online)

Hilma af Klint

Until 19 September.


Cement Fondu


Atong Atem

14 August – 26 September


At the Above

Making Nice Things

Ben Mazey

19 – 29 August 2021


National Gallery of Victoria

French Impressionism

Until Oct 3.


Sampling the Future

27 Aug 2021 – 6 Feb 2022


Heide Museum of Modern Art

House of Ideas: Modern Woman

Sunday Reed, Cynthia Reed Nolan, Moya Dyring, Mary Boyd, Joy Hester, Mirka Mora, Yvonne Boyd, Barbara Blackman, Erica McGilchrist and Jean Langley

Until Oct 31.


Belco Arts

Reflections of My Country

Duncan Smith

9 July – 15 August 2021


Art Gallery of Western Australia

There Were Moments of Transformation

3 July – 15 August 2021


Pulse Perspectives

5 May – 27 September 2021


National Portrait Gallery

Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize

31 July – 7 November 2021


National Gallery of Australia

Know My Name: Part Two

12 Jun 2021 – 26 Jan 2022


Innerspace Contemporary Art

Max Bennett's show was scheduled to take place from 30th July – 2nd August but a snap lockdown in south-east Queensland saw Tacky! end early. You can catch a glimpse of what was Tacky! on Max's Instagram.


Cairns Convention Centre

Cairns Aboriginal Art Fair

17 – 22 August 2021


Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art

Seeing and Being Seen

William Yang

Until August 22.


European Masterpieces

12 June – 17 October 2021


Art Gallery of South Australia

Ramsay Art Prize 2021

Until August 22.


Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

Register here for the digital art fair showcasing artworks directly from Aboriginal artists and art centres.

10am ACST Friday 6 August 5pm ACST Wednesday 11 August.


Araluen Arts Centre

Apmere-werne apetye-arlpaye… Amengkwerne Softball

Until August 15.


All My Fat Country

Rodd Moss

Until August 22nd.


Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Telstra NATSIAA 2021

Opens 7 August.


Museum of Old and New Art


Sally Rees

18 June – 1 November 2021

Images: @benmazey

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