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

australian art september

September is shaping up to be something of an art-guzzling monster. Whichever way you look, there's a big event or exhibition on the horizon. Sydney Contemporary Art Fair returns to Carriageworks at the beginning of the month, bringing with it four days of art, performance and as organisers remind us, spectacle! Meanwhile in Perth, the Art Gallery of Western Australia is hosting a program filled with works from Nadia Hernández, Jon Campbell and KEOS. Later on in the month, Home of the Arts is set to announce the winner of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award for 2022, with finalists comprising of Abdul Abdullah, Petrina Hicks, Naomi Hobson, Kai Wasikowski and more.

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



China Heights

Bodies of Us

Hugh Van Schaick

Opens September 16, 2022.

I Walk In Your Memory'

Rahill Jamalifard

Opens September 16, 2022.


Sullivan + Strumpf

These Girls of the Studios

Natalya Hughes

22 September – 15 October 2022


Station Gallery


Michael Staniak

6 September – 1 October 2022



52 Actions touring at Penrith Regional Gallery

Until November 27, 2022.


Bundanon Art Museum

Parallel Landscapes

Until November 6, 2022.



Sydney Contemporary

8–11 September 2022

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas

17–18 September 2022

Saxon Mullins, Jess Hill, Peter Greste, Frances Haugen, and Sisonke Msimang are just some of the voices you can hear from.

Party | Protest | Remember

At 6pm on Thursday, September 22, Carriageworks will present a citizen’s assembly forum led by author Thomas Mayor for community to discuss a First Nations Voice to Parliament and what it means to us all. This is one part of a multi-arts program initiated by Carriageworks to commemorate 50 years of the National Black Theatre and the establishment of the Tent Embassy.


Jerico Contemporary


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

Until September 3, 2022.


Arthouse Gallery

Margins of Intimacy

Nicole Kelly

Until September 10, 2022.


Museum of Contemporary Art

On and Through the Surface

Vivienne Binns

Until September 25, 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


Kyra Mancktelow

Until September 11, 2022.


National Art School

Open Day

Saturday 3 September, 10am-4pm



Spring Collection

Ken Done and Rosie Deacon

Until October 9, 2022.


Olsen Gallery

Creation Myths and Other Tall Tales

Giles Alexander

Until September 17, 2022.

Noise, Sunset, Rush

Elliott Routledge

Until September 17, 2022.


Yavuz Gallery

The Body and The Vessel

Pinaree Sanpitak

10 September – 8 October 2022


Michael Reid

John Honeywill

Until September 24, 2022.


Roslyn Oxley9

Amri Kumi

Pierre Mukeba 

Until September 10, 2022.

Healing / Ḏilthan Yolŋunha

Dhambit Munuŋgurr

Until September 10, 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

Soul Seeker

Shana Moulton and Min Wong

Until October 2, 2022.



At The Above 

Shadow Silhouette

Ash Holmes

Until October 2, 2022.


Brunswick Street Gallery

Ocean Pools

Louise Knowles

15 September – 2 October 2022


Paula Payne

15 September – 2 October 2022


Koori Heritage Trust

Barring – Nganjin 

Stolen Generations survivors tell their story in this group show. Featuring artists: 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 September 25, 2022.


Station Gallery

What A Shadow Feels Like

Group show curated by Ellinor Pelz.

3 September – 8 October 2022


National Gallery of Victoria

The Picasso Century

Until October 9, 2022.


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

– 8 January 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.



Canberra Museum & Gallery

Sidney Nolan: Inferno

Until September 17, 2022.

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




Home of the Arts

Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2022

Finalists include Abdul Abdullah, Petrina Hicks, Naomi Hobson, Samuel Hodge, The Huxleys, Kai Wasikowski and Skye Wagner.

Winner announced Saturday, 17 September 2022.


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

10 September – 23 October 2022


Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art

The Soul Trembles

Chiharu Shiota

Until October 3, 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

Departure to Graceland

Drew Spangenberg

Until September 18, 2022.

of light

Jessica Loughlin

Until September 18, 2022.



Fresh Hell

Ryan Presley

3 September – 29 October 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

Where Do Birds Go To Die?

Until September 8, 2022.

Eremaya Albrecht & Jonny Rowden



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

The Invisible Lake

Sue Lovegrove

2–24 September 2022

Tim Burns

2–24 September 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.

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Images: Instagram

One: Nadia Hernández 'Nelba' (2022)

Two: Julia Trybala 'Big belly desire' (2022)

Three: Hugh Van Schaik in his studio