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Art in January: your guide to the Australian shows and exhibitions taking place this month

art january 2022

In these uncertain times art is a salve. And with a bright and shiny new year upon us, we're looking ahead to our favourite galleries to wash away the remnants of 2021, and inject us with hope, inspiration, curiosity and awe along the way. But what's on the art roster this month? While January tends to be a slow burn with many still in holiday mode, there's plenty on offer in the way of art exhibitions and shows in 2022. From Cherine Fahd's Ecdysis at Carriageworks to Cement Fondu's partnership with Studio A titled Magical Putt Putt, you won't have to look too hard or too far for an art show worthy of your attention.

Below, we've rounded up a non-exhaustive list of unmissable exhibitions happening across Australia this January. Enjoy!


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Jerico Contemporary

Alicia Bilyara Bennett

20 January – 12 February 2022


Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

N.Smith Gallery

Kyra Mancktelow

26 January – 26 February, 2022.


National Art School

Postgraduate show

22 – 30 January, 2022


Olsen Gallery

The Legacy of Water

Jose Luis Puche

19 January – 5 February, 2022




Cherine Fahd

Until January 30, 2022.


Michael Reid

The Summation of Force

Narelle Autio and Trent Parke

Until January 29, 2022.


Sit Gallery


Claudia Brand and Babette Robertson

Until January 16, 2022.


Roslyn Oxley9

Lina Bo Bardi – A Marvellous Entanglement

Isaac Julien

28 January – 26 February, 2022


Art Gallery of New South Wales

Matisse: Life & Spirit, Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris

Until March 13, 2022.

The Purple House

Until February 27, 2022.


Cement Fondu

Magical Putt Putt

Studio A: Annette Galstaun, Meghan Pelham, Skye Saxon, Jaycee Kim, Whom Roberts with Simon Wheeldon.

15 January – 6 March 2022



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Koori Heritage Trust

The 9th Koorie Art Show

Until February 20, 2022.


National Gallery of Victoria

Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala

Until April 25, 2022.

Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto

Until April 25, 2022.


Heide Museum of Modern Art

Margel Hinder: Modern in Motion

Until February 6, 2022.


Shepparton Art Museum

The Land Within

Lin Onus

Until March 13, 2022.


Bendigo Art Gallery


Until January 30, 2022.



Art Gallery of Western Australia

The View From Here

Abdul Abdullah, Holly Yoshida, Danielle Freakley plus many more.

Until January 31, 2022.

In the studio: Rose Boyt and Lucian Freud

Until February 8, 2022.


Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Coming Home

Alex Martinis Roe

Until January 9, 2021.

Sky Cave

Amy Perejuan-Capone

Until January 9, 2021.



Canberra Museum & Gallery

Mandy Martin From Queanbeyan to New York: 1978-1984 / Art & Life

Until January 22, 2022.


Brenda L. Croft

Until January 22, 2022.


National Gallery of Australia

Know My Name: Part Two

Until January 26, 2022.

Jeffrey Smart

Opens December 11.


National Film and Sound Archive

Australians & Hollywood: A Tale of Craft, Talent, and Ambition

21 January – 17 July 2022



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Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art

Fine Lines

Until May 2022.

Asia Pacific Triennial

Until April 25, 2022


Redland Art Gallery

Tide and Time

Suzanne Danaher

Until January 23, 2022.


Museum of Brisbane

Blak Superheroes

Dylan Mooney

Until April 18, 2022.

City in the Sun

Until April 18, 2022.



Jam Factory

Sort Sol

Stephanie James-Manttan

Until February 13, 2022.


Until February 13, 2022.


Art Gallery of South Australia


Until 30 January 2022.


Flinders University Museum of Art

SOVEREIGN SISTERS: domestic work

Until April 8, 2022.



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Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

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

Until February 6, 2022.


Araluen Arts Centre

Foul Play

Peter Adsett

Until March 20, 2022.



Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly Series

Until February 20, 2022.


Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Tao Sublime

Tony Smibert

Until November 6, 2022.


Museum of Old and New Art

Jean-Luc Moulène and Teams

Until May 9, 2022.

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