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Art in July: Your guide to the Australian shows and exhibitions taking place this month

australian art july 2022

So, somehow we've found ourselves in the second half of 2022. If, like me, you'd prefer not to talk about it, then art makes for a worthy distraction. The good news is, there's a wealth of Australian art exhibitions taking place across this July 2022. As we open the month with NAIDOC Week, many galleries are spotlighting First Nation's excellence and storytelling. Catch the National Indigenous Art Fair at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in the Rocks and step into the Art Gallery of Western Australia to see Tracks We Share: Contemporary Art of the Pilbara.

Meanwhile, Granville Centre Art Gallery is partnering with Parramatta Artist Studios for Over the Fence, exploring connections, neighbours and community from a Western Sydney context. Then there's Jedda-Daisy Culley's show Download Hats at Jerico Contemporary. As for the rest? You're going to have to continue to find out. Below, find a non-exhaustive guide to Australian art in July 2022.




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National Indigenous Art Fair

2–3 July 2022

At Overseas Passenger Terminal in The Rocks.


China Heights

Shoes Off At The Front Door

Gabriel Cole

Opens July 8, 2o22.


Station Gallery

Michelle Ussher

Until July 23, 2022.

Granville Centre Art Gallery

Over the Fence

Marian Abboud, Heath Franco, Rebecca Gallo, Tarik Ahlip & Linda Brescia, Gillian Kayrooz, Venessa Possum and Kalanjay Dhir.

Until July 31, 2022.


Bundanon Art Museum

Parallel Landscapes

2 July – 6 November 2022



All is Life

Mel O’Callaghan

Until August 21, 2022.


Jerico Contemporary

Download Hats

Jedda-Daisy Culley

1 – 23 July 2022


UNSW Galleries

Pliable Planes

Until July 17, 2022


Saint Cloche

Tropic of Capricorn

Stacey Rees

6 – 17 July 2022


Hake House Of Art

Lucinda Jones

22 July – 1 August 2022


Arthouse Gallery

Eating Wild Honey

Lauren O’Connor

Until July 16, 2022.

Out of the Blue

Group Show

Until July 16, 2022.


Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Side of the Sky

Luke Sciberras

Until August 7, 2022.


N.Smith Gallery

Treading on the heights of Earth like smoke

Jordan Azcune

13 – 30 July 2022


National Art School


Every Thursday night until July

Earthly Delights

Colin Lanceley

Until August 13, 2022.



Land Abounds

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Abdul Abdullah

Until July 24, 2022.


Olsen Gallery

Nganampa Ngura Kurunjara (Part II)

Tjala Women (Featuring the Ken Sisters)

Until July 16, 2022.


Yavuz Gallery

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Hadieh Shafie

Until July 2, 2022.


Michael Reid

You Make a Perfect Angel in the Snow

Sebastian Blanck

Until July 3, 2022.


Roslyn Oxley9

Journey of the Stars

Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu

8 July – 6 August 2022


Art Gallery of New South Wales

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2022

Until August 28, 2022.


Cement Fondu

Adolescent Wonderland

Naomi Hobson

Until July 31, 2022.




Let’s Pretend Gallery

Studio Works


Until July 1, 2022.


Brunswick Street Gallery

Fifty Squared Art Prize

Until July 8, 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

Death of a New Romantic

Sarah Contos

2 – 30 July 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.


Shepparton Art Museum

Art in Conflict: An Australian War Memorial Touring Exhibition

Until July 31, 2022

The Land I See Is Not Elsewhere
Nusra Latif Qureshi
Until July 31, 2022


Bendigo Art Gallery

Elvis: Direct from Graceland

Until July 17, 2022.



Art Gallery of Western Australia

Tracks We Share: Contemporary Art of the Pilbara

Until August 29, 2022.

Tom Malone Prize

Until July 31, 2022.

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

16 July – 20 November 2022


Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Hatched National Graduate Show

Until July 17, 2022.


Fremantle Arts Centre

2022 Revealed Exhibition: New and Emerging WA Aboriginal Artists

Until July 24, 2022.




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Canberra Museum & Gallery

Sidney Nolan: Inferno

Until September 17, 2022.


National Portrait Gallery

Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Until July 17, 2022.


National Gallery of Australia

4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony

Until July 31, 2022.


National Film and Sound Archive

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

Until July 17, 2022.




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Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

6–10 July 2022


Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art

Asia Pacific Triennial

Until July 10, 2022.


Aster + Asha Gallery

With no discernible pause

Sophie La Maitre

12 – 31 July 2022


Redland Art Gallery

Impression of Mangroves

Mei Mei Liu

Until July 12, 2022.


Museum of Brisbane

World of Wonder: Margot McKinney

Until November 6, 2022.



Jam Factory


Until July 3, 2022.

The FUSE Glass Prize

Until July 3, 2022.



Skin Shade Night Day

Allison Chhorn

Until August 13, 2022.


Art Gallery of South Australia

Absence Embodied

Chiharu Shiota


Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize 

9 July – 3 October 2022

Moving portraits

Robert Wilson

9 July – 3 October 2022


Flinders University Museum of Art

The Data Imaginary: Fears and Fantasies 

Until July 8, 2022.



Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Gumurr’manydji Manapanmirr Djäma

Open now


Charles Darwin University Gallery

Long water: fibre stories

Until July 9, 2022.


Araluen Arts Centre

Clay on Country

Open now




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Hadley's Art Prize

23 July – 21 August 2022

Winner announced on July 22, 2022 at Hadley’s Orient Hotel.


Art Mob

Nations 2022

Until July 9, 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

A Hopeful Mirage

Amber Koroluk-Stephenson

8 – 27 July 2022

An Elemental Persistence

Kelly Austin

8 – 27 July 2022


Museum of Old and New Art

Exodust – Crying Country

Fiona Hall and AJ King

Until October 17, 2022.

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