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

australian art august

Managed to chew your way through all of our July art recommendations? Well, clear up your schedule because the incoming exhibitions will keep you busy and content. Rae Begley is exhibiting photographs at Woollahra Gallery Redleaf, with works developed during an artist residency with La Wayaka Current in the Indigenous community of Coyo immersed in the Atacama Desert. Ngununggula has unveiled a joint exhibition from quintessential Australian artists Ken Done and Rosie Deacon entitled Spring Collection, our very own Anna Harrison is showing at Jerico Contemporary, China Heights Gallery is carving out space for Otis Hope Carey and can we get a little commotion for Telstra NATSIAA 2022?

As for the rest? You're going to have to continue to find out. Below, find a non-exhaustive guide to Australian art in August 2022.




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China Heights

Shoes Off At The Front Door

Gabriel Cole

Until August 7, 2022.

I Want To Be A Door

Sonny Day

Until August 7, 2022.

Our Totem

Otis Hope Carey

Opens August 12, 2022.


Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf

On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing

Rae Begley

10 August – 4 September 2022


Station Gallery

2 Regal

Reko Rennie

5 – 27 August 2022


Bundanon Art Museum

Parallel Landscapes

Until November 6, 2022.



All is Life

Mel O’Callaghan

Until August 21, 2022.


Kaz Therese

4 – 13 August 2022


Jerico Contemporary


Group show: Alicia Bilyara Bennett, Anna Harrison, Elle Wickens, Poppy Kural and Jedda-Daisy Culley.

12 August – 3 September 2022


Goodspace Gallery


Group show: Kasia Frankowicz, Skye LaRocca, Nathan Paddison, Nah Mate Pokes, Chance Purpose.

Opens Wednesday, 12 August 2022.


Saint Cloche

Last Light

Fiona Barrett-Clark

10 – 22 August 2022


Arthouse Gallery

I've walked long way

Rosie Tarku King

Until August 13, 2022.

My painting is my voice

John Prince Siddon

Until August 13, 2022.


Sydney Jewish Museum

Shaken To His Core: The Untold Story Of Nolan’s Auschwitz

Sidney Nolan

Until October 23, 2022.


Manly Art Gallery and Museum

Environmental Art & Design Prize

5 – 28 August 2022

In conversation: Kit Willow of KITX talking about sustainability and fashion. DJ set from DJ Max Durham.

5pm to 8pm, Friday, 12 August 2022 


Chauffer Gallery

Distance of Comfort

Group show: Henry Curchod, Simone Griffin and Luke Pither.

Until August 27, 2022.


Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Romance of the Swag

Linda Jackson

13 August – 30 October 2022


N.Smith Gallery

Lockdown 2020

Miriam Charlie

Until August 6, 2022.


Kyra Mancktelow

10 August – 11 September 2022


National Art School

Earthly Delights

Colin Lanceley

Until August 13, 2022.



Spring Collection

Ken Done and Rosie Deacon

6 August – 9 October 2022


Olsen Gallery

Drawn From Life

John Olsen

Until August 6, 2022.


Marisa Purcell

Until August 6, 2022.


Yavuz Gallery


Kien Situ

Until August 13, 2022.


Michael Reid

Deme Ngayi Kinyi

Regina Pilawuk Wilson

Until August 21, 2022.


Roslyn Oxley9

Journey of the Stars

Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu

Until August 6, 2022.

Amri Kumi

Pierre Mukeba 

12 August – 10 September 2022

Healing / Ḏilthan Yolŋunha

Dhambit Munuŋgurr

12 August – 10 September 2022


Art Gallery of New South Wales

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2022

Until August 28, 2022.

Affinities and Resonances

Sol LeWitt

27 August 2022 – 12 February 2023


Cement Fondu

Soul Seeker

Shana Moulton and Min Wong

13 August – 2 October 2022



Let’s Pretend Gallery


Group show:  Works by Christian, Tom Gerrard, Tayla, Taj Alexander, Sahil Roy, Rus Kitchen, Rowan Rennie, Kill John Kaye, Retainer, Resio, Down Pat, Nolij, Nicole Marie Rough, Morg, Morano, Lucy Lucy, Ling, Lambie, Katherine Gailer, Jordan Benson, Jasmine Mansbridge, Jack Rowland, Jack Flash, Ilone, Facter, Ed Bechervaise, David Megz Hooke, Creature Creature, Craig Cole, Chico One, Bailer, Buff Diss, William Yoneyama, Shem, Zedr, Hoary, Out on Bail, Skanksy, and Caroline Lejeune.

Until August 6, 2022.


Brunswick Street Gallery


Group show: Angie De Latour, Charlotte Khalila, Christopher Kerley, Heather Miller, James Riches, Jessie Rose Ford, Joana Partyka, Kate Lewis, Katie Stewart, Lucy Hersey, Molly Morris, Nerrida Parfitt, Oliver Abbott, Scott Owen, Sonia Martignon, and Wade Taylor.

4 – 21 August 2022


Koori Heritage Trust

Barring – Nganjin

Group show: Lyn Austin, Eric Brown, Freddy Clark, Talgium “Chocko” Howard Edwards, John Elliot, the late Les Griggs, Monique Grbec, Treahna Hamm, Colleen Howell, Thomas Marks, Makia McLoughlin, the late Alice Solomon, Norm Stewart, Andrew Travis and Lisa Waup.

Until August 28, 2022.


Station Gallery

Lying Beside Me

Consuelo Cavaniglia

6 – 31 August 2022


National Gallery of Victoria

Queer: Stories from the NGV collection

Until August 21, 2022.

The Picasso Century

Until October 9, 2022.


Heide Museum of Modern Art

From Sunrise Road

Bruce Munro

Until October 16, 2022.


Bendigo Art Gallery

Paul Guest Prize

6 August –  30 October 2022




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Art Gallery of Western Australia

Tracks We Share: Contemporary Art of the Pilbara

Until August 29, 2022.

Media-Space 1981-1986 – challenging fictions of cultural identity

Until November 20, 2022.


Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Out of Bounds

9 August – 2 October 2022


Fremantle Arts Centre

Two Snakes Dreaming

Jila Kujarra

13 August – 23 October 2022




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Canberra Museum & Gallery

Sidney Nolan: Inferno

Until September 17, 2022.


National Portrait Gallery

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

Until October 9, 2022.


National Gallery of Australia

Significant Others

Rauschenberg & Johns

Until October 30, 2022.


National Film and Sound Archive

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




Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art

The Soul Trembles

Chiharu Shiota

Until October 3, 2022.


Aster + Asha Gallery

The Bowing Rose

Jacqueline Larcombe

9 – 28 August 2022


Redland Art Gallery

The Marvellous and the Magical: Collage and the Moving Image

Fiona West

Until August 14, 2022.


Museum of Brisbane

World of Wonder: Margot McKinney

Until November 6, 2022.


Anita Holtsclaw

Until October 23, 2022.




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Jam Factory

Departure to Graceland

Drew Spangenberg

Until September 18, 2022.



Skin Shade Night Day

Allison Chhorn

Until August 13, 2022.


Art Gallery of South Australia

Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize 

Until October 3, 2022.

Moving portraits

Robert Wilson

Until October 3, 2022.



Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Gumurr’manydji Manapanmirr Djäma

Open now

Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards 2022

6 August – 15 January 2023


Araluen Arts Centre

Clay on Country

Open now




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Hadley's Art Prize

Until August 21, 2022.


Art Mob

Nations 2022 – Balgo Hills focus

Until August 14, 2022.


Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

The House of Longing

Gay Hawkes

Until August 28, 2022.


Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Tao Sublime

Tony Smibert

Until November 6, 2022.


Bett Gallery


Amber Koroluk-Stephenson

6 – 27 August 2022


Museum of Old and New Art

Exodust – Crying Country

Fiona Hall and AJ King

Until October 17, 2022.

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