Arts / Culture

Art in May: these are the shows to catch in Australia this month

You won't have to work too hard or look too far to find exhibitions to attend this May. This month is brimming with shows of artists both emerging and well-cemented.

Keep an eye out for Oh, Museum at Cement Fondu which will feature a participatory piece from Guerrilla Girls. While Gianna Hayes will be leading an indigo dyeing workshop that explores the importance of the dye in Indigenous and Black history. For those in the Northern Territory, the works of year 12 art students are still on display at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

For more upcoming exhibitions read on.



Olsen Gallery Sydney

10,000 Strikes – Dion Horstmans

21 April - 8 May


Bauhaus Disco – Claudia Damichi
21 April - 8 May
Luscus – James McGrath

12 - 29 May



Olsen Annexe

Mare Incognitum – Stephen Bird

12 - 29 May



China Heights Gallery

Burning Beautiful – Daniel R. Watkins 

21 May


Balun – Shaun Daniel Allen 

21 May



Michael Reid

The Call –  Nici Cumpston, Tamara Dean, Leah Emery, Nadia Hernández, Petrina Hicks, Clare Rae, Joan Ross, Mia Salsjö, Shireen Taweel and Regina Pilawuk Wilson

22 Apr - 15 May 2021



Station Gallery

Con la punta de los dedos (With the tips of your fingers) – Nadia Hernandez

24 April 15 May



Roslyn Oxley




National Art School

Dobell Drawing Prize

26 March 22 May


From the mountain to the sky: Guy Warren drawings

17 April – 22 May



Art Gallery of New South Wales

The National 2021

Current – 5 September


Longing for home

Current – 22 Aug 2021


The way we eat

3 April 2021 – 2022


PrintmakerBrett Whiteley

3 April – 11 July



Cement Fondu

Natural Indigo Dyeing Workshop

with Gianna Hayes, 12 June


New Age Noise - Textbook for Desire

Group exhibition with Nat Randall & Anna Breckon, Jazz Money, Giselle Stanborough, Kate Blackmore, Bhenji Ra, Sweatshop Women

20 March – May 2


Oh, Museum 

DIS, Oliver Laric, Morehshin Allahyari, James Taylor, Jamie North, Pilvi Takala, Gianna Hayes, Cigdem Aydemir, Guerrilla Girls

22 May – 11 July



Heide Museum of Modern Art

Terra Data – Stanislava Pinchuk

20 March - June 20


Blue Over Time – Robert Owen

6 March -  23 May



Art Gallery of Western Australia

Pulse Perspectives

5 May – 30 August


Freighting Ideas: There Were Moments of Transformation…

1 May – 18 June 2021



National Gallery of Australia

Botticelli + Van Gogh

5 March – 14 June


Know My Name

14 November – 4 July 2021


Skywhales Patricia Piccinini

7 March – 1 August



Art Gallery of South Australia

The Present Moment – Clarice Beckett

Until May 16


A Vast Emporium: Artistic exchange and innovation in a global age

1 May



Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Fresh: connecting new & old art



Turtle Territory



EX!T ART: 2020 NT Year 12 Student Exhibition

Current - 13 June


Images: Gianna Hayes, Shaun Daniel Allen

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