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Art in May: Your guide to the Australian shows and exhibitions taking place this month

art may 2022

Wondering what's on the menu in the way of art this May? The good news is we've done the hard yards for you and gathered together a non-exhaustive list of the exhibitions taking over our favourite galleries. So, what's on the menu for art in May? There's the Biennale of Sydney, Brisbane Street Art Festival, Joi Murugavell's show at Peach Black Gallery in Chippendale and From Impulse to Action at Bundanon Art Museum. As for the rest? You're just going to have to keep reading to find out. Here's what's happening in art across Australia this May 2022.



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China Heights

Murnawar Doonoochnggul

Niah McLeod

Opens 6 May 2022


Station Gallery


Isadora Vaughan

May 7 – June 11 2022


Granville Centre Art Gallery

Destiny Disrupted

Curated by Nur Shkembi featuring artists: Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Hoda Afshar, Safdar Ahmed, Khadim Ali, Phillip George, Khaled Sabsabi, Omar J Sakr, Shireen Taweel, and Hossein and Nassiem Valamanesh.

Until May 10, 2022.


Bundanon Art Museum

From Impulse to Action

Arthur Boyd, Dean Cross, Rochelle Haley, Tina Havelock Stevens, Kate Jones, Jo Lloyd, Emily Parsons–Lord, Izabela Pluta, Uncle Steven Russell & Aunty Phyllis Stewart, Skye Saxon, Vivian Cooper Smith, Shan Turner–Carroll and Kaitlen Wellington.

Until June 12, 2022.


Biennale of Sydney


Until June 13, 2022


Jerico Contemporary

Anna Pogossova

May 19 – June 11 2022


UNSW Galleries

Pliable Planes

Until July 17, 2022


Bathurst Regional Art Gallery


Sidney Nolan

Until June 5, 2022.

Past Night

Robert Hirschmann

Until June 5, 2022.


N.Smith Gallery


Dylan Mooney

Until May 7, 2022.

Turalayinthi Yarta

James Tylor

Until May 7, 2022.


National Art School


Every Thursday night until July



Land Abounds

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Abdul Abdullah

28 May – 24 July 2022


Peach Black Gallery

Joi Murugavell

Until May 2, 2022.


Olsen Gallery

Naive and Sentimental Paintings

John Young

Until May 7, 2022


Verona Penthouse

Silent Language

Arran Russell

3 May – 7 May 2022


Michael Reid


Owen Yalandja

Until May 15, 2022.


Roslyn Oxley9

the women who fell to earth

Del Kathryn Barton

May 6 – May 28 2022


Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Way We Eat

Until June 14, 2022.


Cement Fondu

Virtue & Virtuosity

Until May 22, 2022.

Lauren Berkowitz, Troy Emery, Maya Kilic, Chantal Fraser, Heather Phillipson, Sally Gabori, Tully Arnot, Camille Henrot & Tristan Jalleh.



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Koori Heritage Trust

Off the Wall – Celebrating First Peoples' Mark Making

Until May 15, 2022.


Station Gallery

Particle Days

Jon Cattapan

Until May 14, 2022

Resort Work

Marian Tubbs

May 21 – June 25 2022


Sam Martin

May 21 – June 25 2022


TDF Collect

Time Up North

Gemma Leslie

April 30 – May 5 2022


National Gallery of Victoria

Queer: Stories from the NGV collection

Until August 21, 2022.


Heide Museum of Modern Art

Sidney Nolan: Search for Paradise

Until May 29, 2022.

Under Lamp Light

Albert Tucker & Patrick Pound

Until June 13, 2022.

Sometimes I miss the applause

Dean Cross

Until May 29, 2022.


Shepparton Art Museum

Art in Conflict: An Australian War Memorial Touring Exhibition

Until July 31, 2022

The Land I See Is Not Elsewhere
Nusra Latif Qureshi
Until July 31, 2022


Bendigo Art Gallery

Elvis: Direct from Graceland

Until July 17, 2022.



Art Gallery of Western Australia

Tracks We Share: Contemporary Art of the Pilbara

Until August 29, 2022.


Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Hatched National Graduate Show

May 14 – July 17 2022


Fremantle Arts Centre

2022 Revealed Exhibition: New and Emerging WA Aboriginal Artists

May 7 – July 24 2022



Canberra Museum & Gallery

Connection Point: Contemporary established fibre textile artists of ACT and NSW

March 5 – June 8 2022


National Portrait Gallery

Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Until July 17, 2022.


National Gallery of Australia

Jeffrey Smart

Until May 15, 2022.

4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony

Until July 31, 2022.


National Film and Sound Archive

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

Until July 17, 2022.



Brisbane Street Art Festival

May 7 – May 22 2022


Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art

Fine Lines

Until May 2022.


Aster + Asha Gallery

Mellow Thoughts

Nathan Beard (WA), Jack MacRae (QLD), Kevin Diallo (NSW), Carla Adams (WA), Inbal Nissim (VIC) and Maddison Kitching (VIC).

May 14 – May 15 2022


Redland Art Gallery


Kyra Mancktelow

Until May 8, 2022.


Museum of Brisbane

Making Place: 100 views of Brisbane

Judy Watson, Richard Randall, Noel McKenna, William Bustard, Vida Lahey, Jane Grealy, Danie Mellor, Kenneth Jack, Sam Fulbrook, Charles Lancaster, Robert Brownhall, Margaret Olley, Stephen Nothling, Margaret Cilento, Lloyd Rees, Paul Davies, Mia Boe and more.



Con Ojos y Dientes

Paula Quintela

Until June 4, 2022.



Jam Factory

Ripple effect: A 25 Year Survey

Blanche Tilden

Until May 1, 2022.

Bioregional Bodies

Kyoko Hashimoto

Until May 1, 2022.


ACE Open


Curated by Patrice Sharkey

Until May 14, 2022


Art Gallery of South Australia

Absence Embodied

Chiharu Shiota


Pure Form: Japanese sculptural ceramics

May 21 – November 6 2022


Flinders University Museum of Art

The Data Imaginary: Fears and Fantasies 

Until July 8, 2022.



Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Walking through a Songline

Until June 26, 2022.


Charles Darwin University Gallery

Long water: fibre stories

Until July 9, 2022.


Araluen Arts Centre

Desert Mob Retrospective

Until June 1, 2022.



Art Mob

Murdie Nampijinpa Morris

Until May 20, 2022.


Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Made/Worn: Australian Contemporary Jewellery

Until May 15, 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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One: Carla Adams ‘Offerings to King Moon (A death lily, a pomegranate, a silver coin and a beautiful shell)’ 2022
watercolour on paper 30 x 21 cm

Two: Anna Pogossova ‘Red Mountain’, 2022

Three: Sophie La Maitre ‘And as the storm came closer’ 2022 acrylic on paper 15 x 21 cm