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

australian art october

You want art? October has it in droves. From Orson Heidrich at STATION Gallery to Ondine Seabrook's solo show at China Heights and the thought-provoking Collective Unease at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, there's plenty Australian art to sink your teeth into this month.

Want a full briefing? You're going to have to continue to find out. Below, find a non-exhaustive guide to Australian art in October 2022.



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China Heights

Sunset Strip

Ondine Seabrook

Opens October 14, 2022.


Sullivan + Strumpf

These Girls of the Studios

Natalya Hughes

Until October 15, 2022.



Mechanical Advantage

Orson Heidrich

This exhibition is facilitated by Art Incubator as part of their grant program that supports emerging Australian artists. 

7 October – 5 November 2022


The Lock-Up


Group exhibition featuring Lucas Abela, Kalanjay Dhir, Oliver Harlan and newly commissioned works from Billy Bain, Tiyan Baker, EJ Son and Meng Yu-Yan.

9 October – 27 November 2022



52 Actions

Touring at Penrith Regional Gallery

Until November 27, 2022.


Bundanon Art Museum

Parallel Landscapes

Until November 6, 2022.



Liveworks 2022: Festival of Experimental Art

Featuring Amrita Hepi, Daniel Kok, Eric Bridgeman and more.

20–30 October 2022


Jerico Contemporary

Mother Lover

Caroline Walls

13 October – 5 November 2022


Sydney Jewish Museum

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

Sidney Nolan

Until October 23, 2022.


Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Romance of the Swag

Linda Jackson

Until October 30, 2022.


N.Smith Gallery

After the Gap Year

Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro

5–29 October 2022


Spring Collection

Ken Done and Rosie Deacon

Until October 9, 2022.

Kungka Kuṉpu

Featuring Aṉangu artists like Angkuna Baker, Kunmanara (Wawiriya) Burton, Nyunmiti Burton, Sylvia Ken, Kunmanara (Militjari) Pumani, Rhoda Tjitayi, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Kaylene Whiskey, Yaritji Young, and more.

22 October – 11 December 2022


Olsen Gallery


Allie Webb

19 October – 5 November 2022


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.

Opens October 27, 2022.


Yavuz Gallery

The Body and The Vessel

Pinaree Sanpitak

Until October 8, 2022.


Michael Reid

The Best Thing to come out of Melbourne: Portrait of the Hume Highway

Sam Field

6 October – 7 November 2022


Art Gallery of New South Wales

Affinities and Resonances

Sol LeWitt

Until February 12, 2023.

Treasure Island

Daniel Boyd

Until January 29, 2023.


Cement Fondu

Kadabal Bangkarr

Tiarna Herczeg

15 October – 3 December 2022

Nura: Deep Listening

Curated by Dennis Golding and featuring works from Maddison Gibbs and Salllvage.

15 October – 3 December 2022


Woollahra Gallery

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2022

Opens October 12, 2022.




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At The Above 


Magnus Reid

15–24 October 2022


Ian Potter Museum of Art

Collective Unease

Until December 9, 2022.


Honey Bones Gallery

You Like Fire

A group show featuring Amy Jean, Eloise Grills, Ere Lo, Maggie Guo and more.

13–16 October 2022


Brunswick Street Gallery


Edwina Edwards

6–23 October 2022


Koorie Heritage Trust

Layers of Blak

Featuring artists such as Thelma Austin (Gunditjmara), Mandi Barton (Yorta Yorta, Barapa Barapa, Wemba Wemba), Lorraine Brigdale (Yorta Yorta), Nikki Browne (Bidjara), Deanne Gilson (Wadawurrung), Tammy Gilson (Wadawurrung), Elijah Money (Wiradjuri), Yasmin Silveira (Palawa), Sammy Trist (Taungurung), Dominic White (Palawa) and Tracy Wise (Barkindji Ngiyampaa Maligundidj).

1 October 2022 – 19 February 2023



What A Shadow Feels Like

Group show curated by Ellinor Pelz.

Until October 8, 2022.


National Gallery of Victoria

The Picasso Century

Until October 9, 2022.

The Rigg Design Prize 2022

Finalists include: Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, DDB Group Melbourne, Frost* collective, Gilimbaa, Leo Burnett Australia, TBWA\Melbourne, The Royals and Thinkerbell.

7 October 2022 – 29 January 2023

Fred Williams: The London Drawings

21 October 2022 – 29 January 2023


Heide Museum of Modern Art

From Sunrise Road

Bruce Munro

Until October 16, 2022.

Double Moon

Jaedon Shin

Until October 30, 2022.

Love Poem to Life

David Thomas

Until November 6, 2022.


Bendigo Art Gallery

Paul Guest Prize

Until October 30, 2022.

Modern Australia

Featured artists include Grace Cossington Smith, Klytie Pate, Albert Namatjira, Arthur Boyd, John Brack, Gloria Fletcher Thancoupie, and Brett Whiteley.

Until November 20, 2022.



Art Gallery of Western Australia

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

Until November 20, 2022.

Speech Patterns

Nadia Hernández and Jon Campbell

Until January 8, 2023.

Heavens Spot


Until October 23, 2022.

dis/possession: identity and sense of place

Drawn from works in the State Art Collection, this exhibition centres on the juxtaposition of two significant works by two Australian artists: Hans Heysen’s Droving into the light and Mervyn Street’s Bull ride.

Until March 26, 2023.

Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Out of Bounds

Until October 2, 2022.


Fremantle Arts Centre

Two Snakes Dreaming

Jila Kujarra

Until October 23, 2022.




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Canberra Museum & Gallery

Sometimes I Miss the Applause

Dean Cross

Until October 22, 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





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Home of the Arts


Showcasing a range of art from local senior secondary visual art students.

Until October 23, 2022.


Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art


Joe Furlonger

Until January 29, 2022.


Redland Art Gallery

When Skirts Become Artworks

Sihot’e Nioge

Until October 9, 2022.


Museum of Brisbane

World of Wonder: Margot McKinney

Until November 6, 2022.


Anita Holtsclaw

Until October 23, 2022.



Jam Factory


Peter Walker

Until November 27, 2022.


ACE Open

Fresh Hell

Ryan Presley

Until October 29, 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

Until January 15, 2023.


Araluen Arts Centre

Clay on Country

Open now


Watch This Space

The Laws of Landscape Painting

Nick Modrzewski

14 October – 15 November 2022




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Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Tao Sublime

Tony Smibert

Until November 6, 2022.


Featuring artists like Bea Maddock, Lola Greeno, Dorothy Stoner, Penny Smith and Katy Woodroffe.


Bett Gallery

Dreams and Effigies (To Be Burnt)

Georgia Morgan

Until October 22, 2022.


Museum of Old and New Art

Exodust – Crying Country

Fiona Hall and AJ King

Until October 17, 2022.

Phase Shifting Index

Jeremy Shaw

Until October 17, 2022.

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: Ondine Seabrook courtesy of China Heights Gallery

Two: Georgia Morgan

ThreeOnion & Garlic, Allie Webb

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