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

australian art august 2023

Press pause and take a moment to check out what's in store art-wise this August. Nan Goldin's photographs are on show at NGA and up north you can experience the 17th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair. Meanwhile there's still time to place a bid in the annual FirstDraft Auction. Here's a non-exhaustive list of Australian art to catch in August 2023 courtesy of RUSSH.




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Chalk Horse

A Solid Substance

Kat Shapiro Wood

Until August 12, 2023.

Nathan Hawkes 2023

Nathan Hawkes

17 August – 9 September 2023


Campbelltown Arts Centre


Freya Jobbins

Until August 13, 2023.


Savanhdary Vongpoothorn

26 August – 15 October 2023



Nuestro Consuelo, Mi Consuelo

Nadia Hernández

Until August 19, 2023.


Firstdraft Auction

Amrita Hepi, Ben Quilty, Casey Chen, Chun Yin Rainbow Chan, Dennis Golding, Garry Trinh, Jason Phu, Jonny Niesche, Khaled Sabsabi, Nancy Constandelia, Tony Albert, Dorcas Tang 邓佳颖, Easton Dunne, Charlotte Haywood, Yvette Hamilton, Amelia Skelton, EJ Son and more.

2 – 4 August 2023.


Cement Fondu

Of Other Tomorrows Never Known

Natasha Tontey

5 August – 24 September 2023


China Heights

Plastic Teeth

Daniel R. Watkins

Until August 13, 2023.

Law of Instrument

Aedan Lee, Edward Woodley and Jarryd Lynagh

Until August 13, 2023.


COMA Gallery

Strange Quiet

Rae Begley

9 – 20 August 2023

Choral Ode

Renée Estée

Until August 19, 2023.



Once More With Feeling

Karen Black, Georgia Spain, Cybele Cox and Michelle Ussher.

Until August 6, 2023.

Occurrent Affair

Meanjin/Brisbane-based Aboriginal artist collective proppaNOW: Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Megan Cope, Jennifer Herd, Gordon Hookey and the late Laurie Nilsen.

26 August – 5 November 2023


The Alex

Ghost Friend in the Shed

Samuel Hodge

10 August – 1 October 2023

Opening night: 6pm, 10 August with live performances from Patamon


The Lock-Up

Signals From

Shan Turner-Carroll and Ryota Sato

4 August – 8 October 2023


Bundanon Art Museum

The Polyphonic Sea

Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, Andrew Beck, Ruth Buchanan, The Estate of L. Budd, Sione Faletau, Samuel Holloway et al., Sarah Hudson, Sonya Lacey, Nova Paul, Sriwhana Spong, and Shannon Te Ao.

Until October 8, 2023.


N.Smith Gallery

Aralya - Nunya

Sally Scales

16 August – 9 September 2023


Murray Art Museum Albury


Newell Harry

Until November 26, 2023.



Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion

Until October 1, 2023.


Powerhouse Museum

A Line, A Web, A World

Until December 2023.

1001 Remarkable Objects

Curated by Leo Schofield AM

Until December 2023.

Atmospheric Memory

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

12 August – 5 November 2023


Hake House of Art


29 July – 4 September 2023

Adam Leng, Ash Holmes, Loralee Jade, Emily Ebbs, Hannah Lange, Lani Isobel Toke, Amanda Tye, Rachel Mackay, Kane Lehanneur and Phoebe Stone.


Penrith Regional Gallery

Rebellious Belly

Abdullah M. I. Syed

Until August 20, 2023.


Curatorial + Co.

Diwata's Song

Chloe Caday

2 – 12 August 2023


National Art School

Occurrent Affair

Meanjin/Brisbane-based Aboriginal artist collective proppaNOW: Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Megan Cope, Jennifer Herd, Gordon Hookey and the late Laurie Nilsen.

Until August 5, 2023.

Radiance: The Art of Elisabeth Cummings

18 August – 21 October 2023


Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

West of Central

Aleshia Lonsdale, Anne Graham, Bill Moseley, Blak Douglas, Caitlin Graham, Georgina Pollard, Genevieve Carroll, Dan Kojta, Jason Wing, Joyce Hinterding and David Haines, June Golland, Karla Dickens, Leo Cremonese, Maddison Gibbs, Nicole Welch, and Vicky Browne.

Until August 27, 2023.


Art Gallery of New South Wales

Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes

Until September 3, 2023.

Dreamhome: Stories of Art and Shelter

Until late 2023


Balmain Watch House


Wet Paint Collective: Patrice Wills, Jen Hsieh, Jane Sankey, Alexandra Plim, Cindy Scheule, Juliette Gillies, Claire Engkaninan Low and more

19 – 20 August 2023


Rainbow Studios

Interior Landscapes

Skye LaRocca

Until August 2, 2023.


Art Leven

Country X Country

Neil Tompkins and Kitty Napanangka Simon

Until August 26, 2023.


Museum of Contemporary Art

Hustle Harder

Adam Linder

22 July – 20 August 2023


Sullivan + Strumpf

Among the Leaves

Tim Silver

Until August 12, 2023.


Kirsten Coelho

Until August 12, 2023.

Drifting Moon

Lynda Draper

24 August – 16 September 2023


The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

The Unseen

Emma Fielden, James Nguyen, Emily Parsons-Lord, Owen Leong and Lisa Sammut.

3 August – 9 September 2023




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James Makin Gallery


Patrick Dagg

7 August – 3 September 2023


West Space


Featuring Khaled Chamma, Kaijern Koo, Indra Liusuari, Anton Pulvirenti, Steven Rhall, Leen Rieth, Salote Tawale, Susan Te Kahurangi King, Dr Christian Thompson AO and Mira Oosterweghel with Yarra Youth Services.

Until August 12, 2023.


Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

National Portrait Gallery’s National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

Until September 3, 2023.


TarraWarra Museum of Art

The Soils Project

5 August – 12 November 2023


Buxton Contemporary


Shaun Gladwell, Tracey Moffatt, Callum Morton, Mike Parr, Mikala Dwyer, Teelah George, Marco Fusinato, Mabel Juli, Louise Weaver and Peter Booth.

Until October 29, 2023.


Brunswick Street Gallery

A Cupboard Full of Light

Britt Neech

3 – 20 August 2023

Crossing Paths

Edwina Edwards

3 – 20 August 2023


Mildura Arts Centre

Looking Glass

Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce, curated by Hetti Perkins

Until August 6, 2023.

Add It Up

Belinda Fox

Until August 13, 2023.


Art Gallery of Ballarat

Pre-Raphaelites: Drawings & Watercolours

Until August 6, 2023.


Koorie Heritage Trust

Layers of Black

Until August 25, 2023.



Three Graces

Julia Trybala

5 August – 26 August 2023


Kate Bohunnis

5 August – 26 August 2023




Until September 16, 2023.


MARS Gallery

The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters

Leila Jeffreys

Until August 19, 2023.


National Gallery of Victoria

Melbourne Now

Until August 20, 2023.


Sullivan + Strumpf

tissu tissue

Lara Merrett

Until August 12, 2023.

World Cloud

Jemima Wyman

17 August – 9 September 2023


Heide Museum of Modern Art

Eye Looking At Large Glass Broken

Raafat Ishak

Until September 2, 2023.

Beneath the Surface, Behind the Scenes 

Alexander Apóstol, Tatiana Blass , Lauren Brincat , Christian Capurro, Elena Damiani, Marlon de Azambuja, Matías Duville, Gloria Sebastián Fierro, Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Arturo Hernández Alcázar, Nadia Hernández, André Komatsu, Liliana Porter, Marilá Dardot, Nicholas Mangan, Jorge Magyaroff, Hayley Millar-Baker, Estefanía Peñafiel Loaiza, Berna Reale and Steven Rendall.

Until October 22, 2023.


Bendigo Art Gallery

The Australian Women’s Weekly: 90 Years of an Australian Icon

Until August 27, 2023.


Melbourne Museum

Sutr Santati: Then. Now. Next

Until September 3, 2023.



Art Gallery of Western Australia

The West Australian Pulse 2023
Until August 20, 2023.


Goolugatup Heathcote

triple power of plants

Until September 10, 2023.

Outside Inn

Until September 10, 2023.


Kolbusz Space

Hyper Real

Georgia Bisley

12 – 13 August 2023

Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

ām / ammā / mā maram

Sancintya Mohini Simpson

4 August – 22 October 2023


Fremantle Arts Centre

The Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award

5 August – 22 October 2023




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National Portrait Gallery

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2023

Until October 2, 2023.


National Gallery of Australia

Changing From From to From

Haegue Yang

Until September 24, 2023.

Nan Goldin

Until January 28, 2023.


National Film and Sound Archive

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



Belconnen Arts Centre

Reflections of Country

Until August 20, 2023.


Until August 20, 2023.



Institute of Modern Art

You'll Know It When You Feel It

Raphaela Rosella with Dayannah Baker Barlow, Kathleen Duncan, Gillianne Laurie, Tammara Macrokanis, Amelia Rosella, Nunjul Townsend, Laurinda Whitton, Tricia Whitton, and family.

Until August 19, 2023.


Home of the Arts

Kungka Kuṉpu (Strong Women)

Until August 27, 2023.


Edwina Corlette Gallery

Carrying Flood Face Flowers

Sally Anderson

Until August 17, 2023.

Silver and Gold

Tim McMonagle

9 – 29 August 2023


Jane Guthleben

17 August – 5 September 203


Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art

Looking Out, Looking In

Until August 6, 2023.


Museum of Brisbane

Clay: Collected Ceramics

Until October 22, 2023.



Adelaide Contemporary Experimental


Kaspar Schmidt Mumm

Until August 12, 2023.

Art Gallery of South Australia

Ramsay Art Prize

Until August 27, 2023.

Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution

Until September 17, 2023.




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Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

11 – 13 August 2023


Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Gumurr’manydji Manapanmirr Djäma

Open now



Araluen Arts Centre

Suspended Moment

Frances Barrett, Sally Rees and Giselle Stanborough.

Until August 13, 2023.


Laundry Gallery


Opens August 12, 2023.


Watch this Space


6pm, Friday 4 August 2023

Dianne Williams and Lee Causer, Sara Maiorino and Em Frank, Steph Burgess and Gretel Bull, Alex Pye and Dan Kolencik, Tohmmy Carew-Reid and Mik Rodgers, Meret MacDonald and Ness Sim, Gabe Waterford and Julie Gordon, Donna Fraser and Selina Bob, Carmen Juarez and Ellen Sleeman-Taylor, and Martina Capurso, Leonie Brialey and Tam Hanson. Curated by Bec Capp.



Museum of Old and New Art



Hadley's Orient Hotel

Hadley's Art Prize 2023

Until August 20, 2023.


Salamanca Arts Centre

Illuminating Colonial Desire

Klaaske Greenwood

Until August 31, 2023.


Despard Gallery


Anne Morrison

23 August – 16 September 2023

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Image: Rae Begley, Light Seeker 2 (2023) from Strange Quiet