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

australian art june 2023

June is for art that moves you. I mean this quite literally. Why else would we leave the warmth of our own homes? Between Alvaro Barrington X Dean Cross at Cement Fondu, Sophia Whitney Hewson at Mars Gallery, the Catherine Opie exhibit at Heide, here's a non-exhaustive list of Australian art to catch in June 2023.




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Chalk Horse

Sucked into my Vortex

Sara Birns

Until June 10, 2023.


Campbelltown Arts Centre

The National 4: Australian Art Now

Isabel & Alfredo Aquilizan with the Fruitjuice Factori Studio, Brook Andrew, Christopher Bassi, Lynda Draper, Jumaadi, Shivanjani Lal, Julian Martin and Yabini Kickett artist project with Sharyn Egan and Ilona McGuire.

Until June 25, 2023.



Making Arrangements

Steve Carr

3 June – 1 July 2023


Cement Fondu

Things that are real

Alvaro Barrington X Dean Cross

3 June – 23 July 2023


China Heights


Max Berry

Opens June 13, 2023.



Once More With Feeling

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

3 June – 6 August 2023

Midwinter Festival

23–25 June 2023


The Lock-Up


3 June – 16 July 2023


Bundanon Art Museum

Fantastic Forms

Stephen Benwell, Nabilah Nordin and Rubyrose Bancroft

Until June 18, 2023.



The National 4: Australian Art Now

Susan Balbunga, Frances Barrett, Elizabeth Day, Nicole Foreshew, Heather Koowootha, Jo Lloyd, Naminapu Maymuru-White, Jason Phu, Teho Ropeyarn, Erika Scott, and Katie West.

Until June 25, 2023.

Valerie Taylor Art Prize for Ocean Advocacy

World Ocean Day, Thursday 8 June, 7-10pm


Seven Marks

Lux Nocturna

Cinnamon Lee

Opens June 17 2023.


N.Smith Gallery

Cloud 9

1 June – 1 July 2023


Passage Gallery

(Don't) Be An Artist

Kay Abude

Until June 4, 2023.

The Held Breath

Tané Andrews

9 June – 23 July 2023



Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion

Until October 1, 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.

A Line, A Web, A World

1 June – December 2023

1001 Remarkable Objects

Curated by Leo Schofield AM

22 July – December 2023


Penrith Regional Gallery

Desert Jungle

Jeannie Baker

Until July 9, 2023.


Curatorial + Co.

Dream Letter

Katrina O’Brien

14 June – 1 July 2023


Yavuz Gallery

Past & Present Tense

Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan

Until June 24, 2023.


Vicki Lee Gallery

The Sound of Yellow

Vicki Lee

13 – 16 June 2023


Michael Reid


Petrina Hicks

1 June – 1 July 2023

Flowers II

Kaspar Kägi

7 June – 1 July 2023


National Art School

Dobell Drawing Prize

Until June 10, 2023.


1 July – 9 September 2023


Bathurst Regional Art Gallery


Danelle Bergstrom

Until June 11, 2023.


Art Gallery of New South Wales

Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes

6 May – 3 September 2023

The National 4: Australian Art Now

Abdul Abdullah, Brenda L Croft, Robert Fielding, Madeleine Kelly, Glen Mackie Kei Kelak, Pierre Mukeba, Nabilah Nordin, Thea Anamara Perkins, Reko Rennie, David Sequeira, Esther Stewart, Heather B Swann, Natasha Walsh at the Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, and Gerry Wedd.

Until July 23, 2023.

Dreamhome: Stories of Art and Shelter

Until late 2023

The End of Imagination

Adrián Villar Rojas

Until mid 2023


Museum of Contemporary Art

The National 4: Australian Art Now

Hoda Afshar, Daniel Boyd, Eugene Carchesio, Allison Chhorn, Léuli Eshrāghi, Diena Georgetti, Simryn Gill, Ivi, Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association, Mia Salsjö, Kieren Seymour, Nicholas Smith, Isabelle Sully, Amanda Williams and Rudi Williams.

Until July 2023.


Sydney Affordable Art Fair

15 – 18 June 2023


Sullivan + Strumpf


James Lemon

Until June 3, 2023.


The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Mervyn Bishop: celebrating one of Australia’s most prolific photographers

Until June 3, 2023.


Arthouse Gallery

Language of the Land

Naomi Hobson

Until June 10, 2023.




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James Makin Gallery

Infinite Systems

Emma Coulter

15 June – 12 July 2023


Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

National Portrait Gallery’s National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

9 June – 3 September 2023


At The Above

Luke Chiswell

9 – 18 June 2023


TarraWarra Museum of Art

TarraWarra Biennial 2023: ua usiusi faʻavaʻasavili

Until July 16, 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

In Season

Amber Nuttall

1 – 18 June 2023

Prologue of Contemplation

Kerrie Oliver

1 – 18 June 2023

Last Light: New Paintings

James Riches

1 – 18 June 2023

Euphonic Swarm of Voices 

Anahita Amouzegar

1 – 18 June 2023


Mildura Arts Centre

Looking Glass

Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce, curated by Hetti Perkins

10 June – 6 August 2023

Add It Up

Belinda Fox

3 June – 13 August 2023


Art Gallery of Ballarat

Reimaging Our Cultural Landscapes

Lisa Gervasoni

Until June 25, 2023.

Pre-Raphaelites: Drawings & Watercolours

Until August 6, 2023.


Koorie Heritage Trust

Second Skin – Essence of Country

Until July 9, 2023.




Jahnne Pasco-White

Until June 17, 2023.

Exposed Resilience

Grace Lillian Lee

Until June 17, 2023.


Anna Schwartz Gallery

Perspective Paintings 1987 – 2023

Stephen Bram

3 June – 29 July 2023




Alfred Lowe, Andrei Davidoff, Ara Dolatian, Claybia (Cassandra Chilton & Molly O’Shaughnessy), Danielle Thiris, Glenn Barkley, Isadora Vaughan, Janet Fieldhouse, Juz Kitson, Kate Jones, Leon Zhan, Megafauna Studio, Minaal Lawn, Nicolette Johnson, Rona Rubuntja (Hermannsburg Potters), Vipoo Srivilasa, Virginia Leonard, Yoko Ozawa and Yuro Cuchor.

Until June 27, 2023.


MARS Gallery

Death Drive

Sophia Whitney Hewson

Until June 25, 2023.

Secret Existence

Marion Abraham

Until June 25, 2023.

New Paintings

Julie Fragar

Until June 25, 2023.


National Gallery of Victoria

Melbourne Now

Until August 20, 2023.

Step in to see new and ambitious art that spans disciplines from fashion and jewellery, painting, sculpture, architecture and ceramics, including the Ton Tall – the larger iteration of the Ton lamp – which Volker Haug has collaborated on with Fiona Lynch.


Sullivan + Strumpf

The Moon Under Water

Seth Birchall

Until June 10, 2023.


Heide Museum of Modern Art

Binding Ties

Catherine Opie

Until July 9, 2023

Eye Looking At Large Glass Broken

Raafat Ishak

Until September 2, 2023.


Bendigo Art Gallery

Australiana: Designing A Nation

Until June 25, 2023.


Melbourne Museum

Sutr Santati: Then. Now. Next

Until September 3, 2023.




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The Art Gallery of Western Australia

The West Australian Pulse 2023
Until August 20, 2023.

Farah Al Qasimi: Star Machine

Until July 30, 2023.

Yoshitomo Nara: Reach Out to The Moon, Even if we can't

Until June 25, 2023.


Goolugatup Heathcote

Mixxed Business: Fully Reloadeded II

Pet Projects: Dan Bourke, Andrew Varano, Gemma Weston

3 June – 16 July 2023


Kolbusz Space


Sam Bloor

9–11 June 2023

Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Hatched: National Graduate Show

Until July 23, 2023.


Fremantle Arts Centre

Hidden Country

Until July 23, 2023.




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National Portrait Gallery

Portrait23: Identity

Until June 18, 2023.


Canberra Museum & Gallery

Stronger Together: Artists’ perspectives on the ACT COVID-19 frontline health response

Until July 30, 2023.


Until June 24, 2023.


National Gallery of Australia

untitled (walam-wunga.galang)

Jonathan Jones

Until July 23, 2023.

Changing From From to From

Haegue Yang

Until September 24, 2023.


National Film and Sound Archive

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



Belconnen Arts Centre

101 Canberra

Until July 2, 2023.




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Home of the Arts

Pop Masters: Art from the Mugrabi Collection, New York

Until June 4, 2023.

Kungka Kuṉpu (Strong Women)

17 June – 27 August 2023


Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art

Looking Out, Looking In

Until August 6, 2023.


Redland Art Gallery

There Is Another World

Tidal Collective

Until June 18, 2023.


Museum of Brisbane

Clay: Collected Ceramics

Until October 22, 2023.


Metro Arts

Precision: The Art of Cutting

Until June 10, 2023.



Adelaide Contemporary Experimental


Kaspar Schmidt Mumm

10 June – 12 August 2023


Felt Space

Sine Qua Non (Without Which, Not)

Aleda Laszczuk and Morgan Brazill Barry

Until June 24, 2023.


Art Gallery of South Australia

Ramsay Art Prize

Until August 27, 2023.

Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution

24 June – 17 September 2023




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Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Gumurr’manydji Manapanmirr Djäma

Open now


Ikuntji Artists

Ikuntji Style

Until June 17, 2023.


Araluen Arts Centre

Suspended Moment

Frances Barrett, Sally Rees and Giselle Stanborough.

Until August 13, 2023.


Laundry Gallery

Kimarrakini/Dry Season

Tiwi Artists

Opens May 27, 2023.



Museum of Old and New Art

Oceans of Air

Tomás Saraceno

Until July 24, 2023.


Contemporary Art Tasmania

Greed/ Rakus/ Geirig

Tisna Sanjaya

9 June – 1 July 2023


Salamanca Arts Centre


Until June 25, 2023.

Looking to invest in art of your own? Here are some pieces the RUSSH editors have welcomed into their own spaces.

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One: Frida Kahlo, Diego on My Mind (Self-Portrait as Tehuana), 1943, oil on masonite, 29 7/8 X 24 inches (75.9 x 61 cm). Courtesy of Art Gallery of South Australia.

Two: Michelle Ussher FemDance, 2022, oil on linen, 60.0 x 75.0 cm. Courtesy of the artist and STATION.

Three: Things That Are Real, Alvaro Barrington X Dean Cross. Collaborative works on paper #4. Commissioned by Cement Fondu, 2023. Courtesy of the artists.