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

australian art october 2023

See the world through fresh eyes, slip into a new perspective. Here's your guide to what's on in the world of Australian art this October 2023. From Shal's exhibition at Laundry Gallery to Liveworks Festival, here's a list of exhibitions to catch this month.




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Chalk Horse


Danny Morse

Until October 7, 2023.

In A Dark Swamp

Oliver Watts

Until October 8, 2023.


Project Gallery 90

At Home

Jennifer Davids, Cath Beynon, and Simon Reece.

Until October 11, 2023.


Campbelltown Arts Centre


Savanhdary Vongpoothorn

Until October 15, 2023.




Reko Rennie

7 October – 28 October 2023


Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art

9 – 29 October 2023


Cement Fondu


Ali Cherry, Rachel Farag, Isadora Vaughan, Lucy Bleach, and more.

13 October – 3 December 2023


China Heights

Luca Blasonato & Poppy Williams

Opens October 20


Yavuz Gallery

Desert Songs

Vincent Namatjira

5 – 28 October 2023


Olsen Gallery

A Momentary Lapse in Concentration

Michelle Cawthorn

Until October 21, 2023.

Beneath the Sun, Under the Moon

Brett McMahon

Until October 21, 2023.


Sculpture by the Sea

20 October – 6 November 2023


COMA Gallery


Nettle Grellier

Until October 7, 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.

Until November 5, 2023.


Arthouse Gallery

White Clouds in My Garden

Dean Home

Until October 7, 2023.


The Lock-Up

Signals From

Shan Turner-Carroll and Ryota Sato

Until October 8, 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.

Miwatj Yolŋu - Sunrise People

28 October 2023 – 11 February 2024


N.Smith Gallery

Nocturnes IV

Joshua Charadia

Until October 28, 2023.


Murray Art Museum Albury


Newell Harry

Until November 26, 2023.



Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion

Until October 1, 2023.

The Dark Current

Angela Tiatia

Until November 12, 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

Until November 5, 2023.


Hake House of Art

Thread Together Auction

5 – 14 October 2023


Kane Lehanneur

Opens October 6, 2023.


Penrith Regional Gallery

Jana Hawkins-Andersen and Paris Taia

Until December 23, 2023.


Curatorial + Co.

The Corner of My Sky

Theresa Hunt

Until October 21, 2023.


National Art School

Radiance: The Art of Elisabeth Cummings

Until October 21, 2023.


Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Corrugated Town

Laura Baker

Until November 5, 2023.

The Dobell Drawing Prize

Until November 5, 2023.


Art Gallery of New South Wales

Hoda Afshar: A Curve is a Broken Line

Until January 21, 2024.


Art Leven

Paddington Art Prize

12 – 22 October 2023


Museum of Contemporary Art

Primavera 2023

Until February 4, 2024.

Al río / To the River

Zoe Leonard

Until November 5, 2023.


Sullivan + Strumpf

One Day Like This

Joanna Lamb

Until October 14, 2023.

Regression Paintings

Michael Lindeman

Until October 21, 2023.


The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre


Until October 28, 2023.




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James Makin Gallery

When It's With You

Zoe Grey

Until October 8, 2023.


West Space

Yabby Estate

Juan Rodriguez Sandoval

Until October 15, 2023.

bahay kubo

Rayleen Forester

21 October – 19 November 2023


TarraWarra Museum of Art

The Soils Project

Until November 12, 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

Echoes of A Gaze

Angela Oemcke, Aldona Kmieć, Annette Peterson, Astrid Lempriere, Beatrice Dahllof, Billy Oakley, Christina Darras, Claire Stapleton, David Lindesay, Dee Jackson, Emily Winslade, Grace Stevenson, Lauren Bertacchini, Lucinda Penn, Mairead Phillips, MeiMei Hodgkinson, Molly Morris-Mcginty, Nunzio Miano, Rochelle Morris, Sam Haven, Santiago Mals, Sheng Yi Lee, Tamara Pavlovic, Tamara Tallent, Valeria Soler, Vittoria Cugno, and Zory McGrath.

5 – 22 October 2023


Gertrude Contemporary

In the Belly of Mary Shelley

Sarah Contos

Until October 29, 2023.


Art Gallery of Ballarat

Instant Warhol

Until October 22, 2023.

Digital Anthropocene

Serwah Attafuah & Jonathan Zawada

Until October 22, 2023.



Rumours of True Things

Isadora Vaughan

7 October – 4 November 2023

Things Fall Apart

Michelle Ussher

7 October – 4 November 2023



Occupying Space

Georgie Brunmayr, Sonja Carmichael, Elisa Jane 'Leecee' Carmichael, Rebecca Diele and Nadia Hernández.

Until November 4, 2023.


MARS Gallery

BRB Navigating by Shifting Stars

Tricky Walsh

Until October 28, 2023.


National Gallery of Victoria

Pierre Bonnard

designed by India Mahdavi

Until October 8, 2023.


Sullivan + Strumpf

Emotion Harvest

Sam Leach

Until October 21, 2023.


Heide Museum of Modern Art

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.


Nadia Hernández

Until November 19, 2023.


Bendigo Art Gallery

In Focus

Jenny Watson

Until October 8, 2023.

The kingdom, the power

Marikit Santiago

28 October 2023 – 4 February 2024


Melbourne Museum

More Than a Tarrang (tree): Memory, Material and Cultural Agency

Brian Martin, Brook Andrew, Moorina Bonini, Maya Hodge, Bradley Webb, Greg Griffiths, Alfred Priestley, N'Arweet Carolyn Briggs, Simon Rose and Deep Design Lab.

Until November 5, 2023.



Art Gallery of Western Australia

Good Night

Özgür Kar

Until October 22, 2023.


Goolugatup Heathcote

Melville Contemporary

Akira Akira, Dan Bourke, Jess Day, Natsumi de Dianous, Tom Mùller, and Mei Saraswati.

Until October 22, 2023.

Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

ām / ammā / mā maram

Sancintya Mohini Simpson

Until October 22, 2023.


Fremantle Arts Centre

The Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award

Until October 22, 2023.




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National Portrait Gallery

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2023

Until October 2, 2023.

Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize

20 October 2023 – 28 January 2024


National Gallery of Australia

Nan Goldin

Until January 28, 2024.


National Film and Sound Archive

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



Belconnen Arts Centre

Wise Parliament

Sally Blake

Until October 8, 2023.




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Institute of Modern Art

Rainbow Serpent

Daniel Boyd

Until December 16, 2023.


Laresa Kosloff

Until December 16, 2023.


Edwina Corlette Gallery

The Duality of Reality

Peta Minnici

Until October 3, 2023.

Watching Walls

Bridie Gillman

Until October 24, 2023.


Candy Nelson Nakamarra

25 October – 14 November 2023


Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art

The Favourite

Michael Zavros

Until October 2, 2023.


Museum of Brisbane

Clay: Collected Ceramics

Until October 22, 2023.



Adelaide Contemporary Experimental


Peter Waples-Crowe

Until October 28, 2023.

Art Gallery of South Australia


20 October 2023 – 21 January 2024




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Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Gumurr’manydji Manapanmirr Djäma

Open now

Araluen Arts Centre

Desert Mob 2023

Until October 22, 2023.

Alice Springs Quilting Club Exhibition 2023

6 – 14 October 2023


Laundry Gallery

A Part of it All


Opens September 29




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Museum of Old and New Art

Jean-Luc Moulène and Teams

Until April 1, 2024.


Salamanca Arts Centre

John Watson: A Tribute

4 – 30 October 2023


Despard Gallery

Blue Honey

Maggie Jeffries

Until October 14, 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: Bridie Gillman Touched, rubbed, worn. (2023) oil on canvas, 137 x 203 cm.

Two: Vincent Namatjira Desert Songs (self-portrait), (2023) acrylic on linen, 91 x 122 cm