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Art in February: Your guide to the Australian exhibitions taking place this month

australian art february 2023

Hello! If you're looking for an easy to digest rundown of the exhibitions to see this month, you've come to the right place. Below, find a non-exhaustive guide to Australian art in February 2023.




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Chalk Horse

Colours of the Pilbara

Yinjaa Barni

Until February 18, 2023.


China Heights

Blossoms that open (Show You the Flowing Years)

Regine Bartsch

10 February – 5 March 2023

Reflections of You

Ellen Virgona, Henrietta Harris, Lucy O'Doherty and Nathan Hale

10 February – 5 March 2023



Sacred architecture and the celestial body

Shireen Taweel

21 January – 11 February 2023


The Lock-Up

Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt

Alex Seton

Until February 5, 2023.


Bundanon Art Museum

Siteworks 2022: From a deep valley

Until March 12, 2023.




Thea Anamara Perkins

Until February 12, 2023.


Paul Yore

Until February 26, 2023.


The Huxleys

Until March 5, 2023.


N.Smith Gallery

Summer '23.

Until February 11, 2023.


Video Commission

Tony Albert, Serwah Attafuah, Matthew Griffin, Heath Franco, Tom Polo, James Vaughan, Kate Blackmore and Diana Baker Smith

Until March 12, 2023.


Totem Road

Meg Gallagher

Opens February 23, 2023.


Powerhouse Museum


Drawing on the archives of music promoter, record company founder and entrepreneur Stephen ‘Pav’ Pavlovic, the exhibit will take audiences behind-the-scenes of the alternative music scene in the 1990s.

Until June 3, 2023.

Zampatti Powerhouse

Until June 11, 2023.


Yavuz Gallery


Jedda-Daisy Culley

11 February – 11 March 2023


Michael Reid

Ngayuku Ngura (My Country)

Betty Chimney

2 – 25 February 2023


National Art School

Braving Time: Queer Contemporary for Sydney WorldPride

3 February – 18 March 2023


Art Gallery of New South Wales

Affinities and Resonances

Sol LeWitt

Until February 12, 2023.

Art Express

2 February – 7 May 2023


Arthouse Gallery


James Ettelson

2 – 23 February 2023


Sydney Modern

Dreamhome: Stories of Art and Shelter

Until late 2023

The End of Imagination

Adrián Villar Rojas

Until mid 2023


Museum of Contemporary Art

Do Ho Suh

Until February 26, 2023.


Cement Fondu

Linger, Dash, Talk

18 February – 23 April 2023


Rainbow Studios


Kate Florence and Clare Dubina

23 February – 9 March 2023




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At The Above


Rhys John Jaye

Until February 19, 2023.


Buxton Contemporary

Peter Tyndall: Retrospective

Until April 16, 2023.


Brunswick Street Gallery

Here On In

Featuring Allison Taplin, Andria Beighton, Ash Leslie, Aylsa McHugh, Clae Studio, Bronson Wright, Brooke Holiday, Caitlin Reilly, Darren Frisina, Ella Thrupp, Emmanuelle McGlade, James Riches, Jane Ericksen, Mickey Mason, Nunzio Miano, Peter Tankey, Phillip Nielsen, Sally O'Callaghan, Sarah Low, Sarah Ritchie, Sonia Martignon, Thaleia Demeter, Wade Taylor, Zoe Sernack and Zoe Woebken.

Until February 11, 2023.


Koorie Heritage Trust

Layers of Blak

Featuring artists such as Thelma Austin (Gunditjmara), Mandi Barton (Yorta Yorta, Barapa Barapa, Wemba Wemba), Lorraine Brigdale (Yorta Yorta), Nikki Browne (Bidjara), Deanne Gilson (Wadawurrung), Tammy Gilson (Wadawurrung), Elijah Money (Wiradjuri), Yasmin Silveira (Palawa), Sammy Trist (Taungurung), Dominic White (Palawa) and Tracy Wise (Barkindji Ngiyampaa Maligundidj).

Until February 19, 2023.



To be Clever – To be Posh

Dean Cross

24 January – 25 February 2023

Nudie and Blobs

Polly Borland

24 January – 25 February 2023


Anna Schwartz Gallery

Inside Out

Callum Morton

11 February – 15 April 2023



Interior Landscape

2 February – 4 March 2023


MARS Gallery

Paths that don’t go where people want them to go

Abbey Rich

4 February – 25 February 2023


National Gallery of Victoria

Freedom of Movement: Contemporary Art and Design from the NGV Collection

Featuring KAWS, Patricia Piccinini, Francis Upritchard, Nick Cave, Dan Halter, Fred Wilson, and more.

Until April 10, 2023.


Sullivan + Strumpf

Hope in the Wilderness

Sam Jinks

16 February – 11 March 2023


Heide Museum of Modern Art

Barbara Hepworth: In Equilibrium

Until March 13, 2023.

Animal Instincts

Moya McKenna and Albert Tucker

Until March 19, 2023.


Bendigo Art Gallery

Mother Tongue

Angelica Mesiti

Until February 12, 2022.



Art Gallery of Western Australia

dis/possession: identity and sense of place

Drawn from works in the State Art Collection, this exhibition centres on the juxtaposition of two significant works by two Australian artists: Hans Heysen’s Droving into the light and Mervyn Street’s Bull ride.

Until March 26, 2023.


Yok & Sheryo

Until March 26, 2023.

I have not loved (enough or worked)

Hai-Hsin Huang, Daisuke Kosugi, Pixy Liao, Lin Zhipeng (aka No.223), Rinko Kawauchi, Sejin Kim, Lieko Shiga, and Tao Hui.

Until April 23, 2023.

Star Machine

Al Qasimi

4 February – 30 July 2023

Yoshitomo Nara: Reach Out to The Moon

26 February – 25 June 2023


Goolugatup Heathcote

Benev(i)olent Dreaming

Ilona McGuire

11 February – 26 March 2023


Kolbusz Space

Glory Box

Robyn Bernadt

Opens 10 February 2023

Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Held Within A Word

Robert Andrew

10 February – 23 April 2023


Fremantle Arts Centre

Djinda Waangkiny - The Stars Speak

4 February 2023 – 23 April 2023

Other Horizons

3 February – 23 April 2023

Atong Atem, Hayley Millar Baker and Jasmine Togo-Brisby




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Canberra Museum & Gallery

Jingo Was Born in the Slum

Matthew Thorne

Until March 4, 2022.


National Gallery of Australia

Cressida Campbell

Until February 19, 2023.

Project 2: Kara Walker

Until February 5, 2023.


National Film and Sound Archive

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





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Home of the Arts

Pop Masters: Art from the Mugrabi Collection, New York

18 February –4 June 2023


Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art


Max Dupain, Albert Namatjira, Jonathan Jones with Uncle Stan Grant Snr, Tacita Dean, Carlos Amorales, Dora Budor, and more.

Until April 23, 2023.


Redland Art Gallery

A Time and Place: Celebrating 20 Years of the Rag

Until March 7, 2023.


Museum of Brisbane

Artist in Residence: Gordon Hookey

Until March 9, 2023.



Felt Space

All the Years/Lost and Found (As If Snow Is Melting)

Sonja Porcaro

1 – 25 February 2023


Adelaide Contemporary Experimental

A river that flows both ways: Selected works from the 23rd Biennale of Sydney: rīvus

4 February – 18 March 2023


Art Gallery of South Australia


Yayoi Kusama

Until April 2, 2023.




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Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Gumurr’manydji Manapanmirr Djäma

Open now


Araluen Arts Centre

Clay on Country

Open now


Laundry Gallery

Bawaliba Homeland

Lucy Yarawanga

Opens February 11, 2023.




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Museum of Old and New Art

Oceans of Air

Tomás Saraceno

Until July 24, 2023.


Contemporary Art Tasmania

Constellations: Dream Work

2 – 4 February 2023

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