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Art in October: immerse yourself in these exhibitions and shows this month

As October rolls around - not a moment too soon for those of us in Sydney and Melbourne - we are once again presented with the promise of new art. Whether you're a well-seasoned gallery-goer or you're simply looking to spice up your week, this month is brimming with something for everyone.

Below, we've rounded up a list of the shows and exhibitions not to miss this month.



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Jerico Contemporary

Ways of Seeing (Online)

Matthew Graeme Johnson

Until October 9.


China Heights Gallery


SpiderXDeath & Edward Woodley


Montana Miller

October 8


Lee Mathews x Clare Wigney

Lee Mathews Resort 22 Collection

Collaboration launches on October 12


Chalk Horse


Benedict Dos Remedios

13 October – 14 November 2021


N.Smith Gallery

Falling Branches (Online Only)

Rebecca Selleck

Until October 10.


Untouched Landscape

James Tyler

6 – 31 October 2021


Post Christian Camp

Jordan Azcune

Until October 31.


Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

The Nun in the Nightgown: Brigid Partridge, a woman who had enough.

Amanda Bromfield

Until October 10.


Olsen Gallery

Belvedere Loop

Paul Davies

Until October 2.


Palumpa Ngura Munu Tjukurpa: Her Country and Stories

Kumanara (Wawiriya) Burton

6 – 23 October 2021


Dominik Mersch Gallery

Philip Wolfhagen

Until October 23.


Yavuz Gallery

New Gold Mountain

Dr Christian Thompson AO

Until October 9.



Invocation Trilogy (online)

Kuba Dorabialski

Until October 10.


The Future is Here

Dennis Golding

1 – 10 October 2021


Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art

20 – 24 October 2021


Michael Reid

Murra Month

1 – 31 October


Chippendale Gallery Opening

8 - 30 October 2021


Roslyn Oxley9

The Omega Variant Show

Dale Frank 

Until October 2.


Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Purple House

4 September 2021 – 2022


Matisse Alive

October 2021 – 2022


Cement Fondu

Unearthing: Digital Programs

Atong Atem

Until October 24.



Koori Heritage Trust

Seen and Unseen: Expressions of Koori Identity

7 August – 21 November 2021


National Gallery of Victoria

French Impressionism

Until October 3.


NGV Online Courses

NGV Virtual Tours


Flinders Lane Gallery

Homemade Weapons

Zac Koukoravas

Until October 9.


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 October 31.


Modern in Motion

Margel Hinder

Until October 17.


Comune Gallery

Revolving exhibition of handmade and ethical jewellery makers. Currently on display are: Eloise Falkiner, Benjamin Rose, Manuela Igreja, Natalie Grant Studios, Sacreflux and Serpent Rouge.


Studio Gallery

Fill in the Unknown with Fantasy

Katie Eraser

Until October 17.


Bendigo Art Gallery

SOUL fury

Group exhibition, featuring: Adeela Suleman, Anida Yoeu Ali, Ayesha Sultana, Cigdem Aydemir, Eugenia Flynn, Hoda Afshar, Hadieh Shafie, Idil Abdullahi, Mehwish Iqbal, Naiza Khan, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Shadi Ghadirian, Shahzia Sikander, Shireen Taweel, Zahra Imani and Zeina Iaali.


RMIT Gallery

Future U

Until October 23.


‘In The Company Of Shadows’ (Online)

Caroline Walls

October 28 – November 11 2021



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Art Gallery of Western Australia

The Lester Prize 2021

16 October – 29 November 2021



National Portrait Gallery

Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize

31 July – 7 November 2021


Capturing a Global Mood (Online)

Tuesday 5 October 2021 (7:00 – 8:00pm AEDT)


National Gallery of Australia

Know My Name: Part Two

12 June 2021 – 26 January 2022



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Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art

European Masterpieces

Until October 17.


Andrew Baker Art Dealer

Autistic spectrum – Darkness and light

Sam Bullock



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Art Gallery of South Australia


15 October 2021 – 30 January 2022


Flinders University Museum of Art

SOVEREIGN SISTERS: domestic work

11 October 2021 - 8 April 2022



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Araluen Arts Centre

Desert Mob 30

Until October 24.


RAFT Art Space

Neridah Stockley

8 – 30 October 2021


Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards 2021 (Online)

7 August 2021 6 February 2022



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Contemporary Art Tasmania


Belle Bassin,Wanda Gillespie, Belinda Winkler, Veronica Kent and Sean Peoples.

Until October 24.


Museum of Old and New Art


Sally Rees

Until November 1.


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