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

art in september

As we arrive in September, and spring no less, we are greeted by the promise of new art. Just as pockets across the country begin to bloom, so too do galleries, who strip their walls and adorn them with artists, well-cemented and emerging. For some of us, the prospect of visiting our favourite galleries is not an option with over half the country in an extended lockdown. Thankfully, galleries have lined up screenings, talks and courses to participate in virtually; a welcome addition for those in Victoria and New South Wales facing varying periods indoors. Why not get involved in the National Gallery of Victoria's Surrealism course? Or visit the Telstra NATSIAA finalists? (online of course!). Wherever you're located, there truly is something for everyone.

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



Jerico Contemporary

And your mother’s psychic spaghetti river (Online)

Jedda-Daisy Culley

Until September 4.


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 Hugh Van Schaick.


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


BRAG Arts Fair 2021

25 September – 10 October 2021



Gallery opening

25 September


Olsen Gallery

Belvedere Loop

Paul Davies

15 September – 2 October 2021


Dominik Mersch Gallery

The Sanctuary; All that is

Juz Kitson

Until September 18.


Philip Wolfhagen

24 September – October 23 2021


Yavuz Gallery

New Gold Mountain

Dr Christian Thompson AO




Invocation Trilogy (online)

Kuba Dorabialski

18 August – 10 October 2021


Michael Reid

Gothique Blanc (Online)

Petrina Hicks

24 June – 30 September 2021


Roslyn Oxley9

The Omega Variant Show

Dale Frank 

3 September – 2 October 2021


Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Secret Paintings (Online)

Hilma af Klint

Until 19 September.


The Purple House

4 September 2021 – 2022


Cement Fondu


Atong Atem

14 August – 26 September



National Gallery of Victoria

French Impressionism

Until Oct 3.


NGV Online Courses


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.


Modern in Motion

Margel Hinder

5 August – 17 October 2021


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.



Art Gallery of Western Australia

Pulse Perspectives

5 May – 27 September 2021



National Portrait Gallery

Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize

31 July – 7 November 2021


Portrait Photography: how to pose everyday people (online)

With Grace Costa

Saturday, 18 September 2021

1:00 – 3:00pm AEST


National Gallery of Australia

Know My Name: Part Two

12 June 2021 – 26 January 2022



Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art

European Masterpieces

12 June – 17 October 2021



Art Gallery of South Australia

Surrealists at sea

Dušan and Voitre Marek

19 June – 12 September 2021


Further Annotations

Roy Ananda

31 July – 19 September 2021



Araluen Arts Centre

Desert Mob 30 (online)

10 September – 24 October 2021

MarketPlace: 10am – 2pm Saturday 11 September


Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards 2021

7 August 2021 - 6 February 2022



Museum of Old and New Art


Sally Rees

18 June – 1 November 2021


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Images: Art Gallery of South Australia (Dušan Marek, Australia, 7 /03/1926 - 1993, Analysis of substance, 1952, Kings Cross, Sydney, oil on canvas)