Arts / Culture

Art in December: these are the Australian shows and exhibitions to look forward to this month

As we step into December we're powering full steam ahead toward our favourite galleries to make up for lost time. It's the last month of 2021, so this new roster of art shows and exhibitions is bound to be memorable. With lockdowns and restrictions defining the past few months, now is the time to rally around your local artists and show your support. What this also means is that fine arts colleges and schools are spotlighting the work of its students. So feel free to wander over to UNSW Galleries or VCA to glimpse the countries budding talent (here's looking at you, Anthea Saraikin).

Here at RUSSH we're committed to bringing you the most exciting shows across the country. Be it Joan Ross at N.Smith Gallery or the opening of Jeffrey Smart's newest show at the National Gallery of Australia; there truly is something for everyone this month.

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



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Jerico Contemporary


Group Exhibition curated by Chloe Borich

Until December 18.


China Heights Gallery

Max Berry
Until December 11.


Chalk Horse

Madeleine Pfull

Until December 18.


Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

N.Smith Gallery

I Like to Name Everything After Myself

Joan Ross

Until December 18.


UNSW Galleries

A&D Annual

7 November – 19 December 2021


Olsen Gallery

Dirty Pretty Things

Laura Jones

Until December 4.


Dominik Mersch Gallery

So Far Yet So Close

Elger Esser

Until December 18.




Cherine Fahd

Until January 30, 2022.


Michael Reid

Artists of Ampilatwatja

Until December 11.


Sit Gallery


Claudia Brand and Babette Robertson

10 December 2021 – 16 January 2022


Roslyn Oxley9

As Soon As Tomorrow

Imants Tillers

Until December 18.


Art Gallery of New South Wales

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

Until March 13, 2022.


Cement Fondu

Make Yourself at Home

Dennis Golding & Carmen Glynn-Braun

Until December 5.



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Koori Heritage Trust

The 9th Koorie Art Show

4 December 2021 – 20 February 2022


National Gallery of Victoria

Is Today Tomorrow

Camille Henrot

Until January 30 2021.

Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto

Opens December 4.


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.

Opens 6 November 2021.


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, 2021.


National Gallery of Australia

Know My Name: Part Two

Until January 26, 2022.

Jeffrey Smart

Opens December 11.



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Hubert Phipps Takes Flight

Until December 28.


Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art

Fine Lines

Until May 2022.

Asia Pacific Triennial

4 December 2021 – 25 April 2022


Redland Art Gallery

A Secular View

Neridah Stockley

Until December 5, 2021.


Museum of Brisbane

Blak Superheroes

Dylan Mooney

Until April 18, 2022.

City in the Sun

Until April 18, 2022.



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Jam Factory

Sort Sol

Stephanie James-Manttan

10 December 2021 – 13 February 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.

Outstation Gallery


David Wickens

Until December 11.

The Minds Eye

Hannah van der Wal

Until December 11.



Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly Series

Until February 20, 2022.


Museum of Old and New Art

Jean-Luc Moulène and Teams

17 December 2021 – 9 May 2022


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One: Anthea Saraikin 'Planet Cruze' (2020 - 2021)

Two: Hannah van der Wal 'Peekaboo'