previous Exhibitions


13-May-2020 - 06-Jun-2020


Alcaston Gallery is proud to present new paintings by Betty Kuntiwa Pumani and Marina Pumani Brown.

This exhibitionhighlights the creative artistic visions of mother and daughter, as they each uniquely portray their sacred landscape in the APY Lands of South Australia.

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani is respected senior artist and traditional custodian of the significant site of Antara, her mother’s country. Pumani creates her own visual language to evoke the beauty, power and energy of the land through her signature palette; the deep reds pulsate through composition, while the understated tones of white and blue offer subtle tonal balance, resulting in highly sophisticated and contemporary paintings.

Winner of the prestigious General Painting Award at the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in 2015 and 2016 and winner of the Wynne Prize in 2017, Pumani continues to build on her stellar artistic career; in 2019 she was announced winner of the prestigious $50,000 Len Fox Painting Award at Castlemaine Art Museum, Victoria.

Like her mother and ancestors before her, Betty Kuntiwa Pumani passes down the long line cultural knowledge to her daughter Marina Pumani Brown, who embodies the next generation of strong female Anangu artists.

Brown’s distinctive paintings can be viewed as both literal maps of country and objects of meaning removed from any physical representation. Whilst the significance of Antara is always present in her work, Brown broadens her artistic practice by culminating both the traditional and contemporary aspects of life in the APY lands.

Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to announce that Betty Kuntiwa Pumaniand Marina Pumani Brown have been shortlisted for the prestigious37th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, with a major collaborative painting. This year Brown was also shortlisted for The Churchie Emerging Art Prize at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Queensland.


18-Apr-2018 - 12-May-2018

Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present an exhibition of new paintings by senior Tjala artist Mick Wikilyiri. The striking, contemporary works presented in this exhibition offer a representation of country, spirituality and a rich family history of revealed creative practices.


The story of the Honey Ant is the impetus within Mick Wikilyiri’s painting practice. His landscapes are thoughtfully depicted through striking imagery, stylistic experimentation and intense colour.  As a respected elder in his community, Mick Wikilyiri’s highly contemporary paintings are a celebration of Anangu culture, as well as a means to protect cultural ties for future generations.


Mick Wikilyiri grew up in Amata in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara (APY) Lands of far north South Australia, and worked as a stockman on cattle stations before establishing an artistic career. Wikilyiri was one of the first men to begin painting at Tjala Arts after a men’s painting room was established, and has since become one of Tjala Arts leading artists. In 2016, Mick Wikilyiri featured in the major exhibition Nganampa Kililpil – Our Stars at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, New South Wales. Nganampa Kililpil – Our Stars was the first major survey of exhibition of its kind, presenting over 100 artists from across the APY Lands. Alcaston Gallery presented a body of works on paper by Mick Wikilyiri and his wife Paniny Mick in 2017, alongside the first solo exhibition of their daughter Yaritji Young.


Mick Wikilyiri has been collected by many National institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Parliament House Collection, Canberra

And Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.


05-Sep-2017 - 30-Sep-2017

Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present Irna: Trees a new body of work by The Hermannsburg Potters. This exhibition represents an important development in the practice of the celebrated ceramic artists, introducing new directions in sculptural forms and painterly depictions celebrating the beauty, spirit and life-giving force of trees within the landscape: IRNA: Marna, Itarrkngilanha, Pmara - Tree: Food, Medicine, Home

Presented alongside new work by leading watercolourist and sculptor Judy Holding, who was artist-in-residence at The Hermannnsburg Potters studio in 2016. 

Alcaston Gallery has represented the Hermannsburg Potters spanning 30 years. Their unique, immediately recognisable style has been exhibited widely through Australia and internationally. Their major installation commission for the National Gallery of Victoria Our Land is Alive, NGV Australia 19 December 2015 - 11 April 2016, set new benchmarks for their engaging and lyrical pots.

The Hermannsburg Potters are world-renowned as master ceramicists and their work is held in most major Australian institutions and several major art collections internationally. 



14-Jul-2017 - 16-Jul-2017

Alcaston Gallery will be participating in the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair July 14 - July 18, 2017.  Exhibiting artists: Naomi Hobson, Claudia Moodoonuthi, Shirley Macnamara and Naomi Hobson and the Kalay Clay Artists from Coen – Don KullaKulla, Alfred Thompson, Cindy Thompson, Delma Rokeby and Josie KullaKulla, John Gunawarra. 

Alcaston Gallery has a proud history participating in CIAF from inception , representing and supporting Queensland Indigenous artists both independent and in conjunction with Art Centres  for nearly 30 years .  

In CIAF2017  our focus is on Coen in central Cape York Peninsula with the Coral Sea to the east and the Aurukun wetlands to the west. Showcasing for the first time the emergence of talented ceramicists under the guidance of painter Naomi Hobson now one of Queensland’s  best known artist will surprise and delight.

Alcaston Gallery will also exhibit paintings ,prints  ceramics, sculpture  and weavings from artists referencing land, culture, climate change and lifestyle –  artists with a unique view and individuality- Director Beverly Knight says “art lovers trust our eye and know we share the importance for supporting artists  and the pathway to a career. We encourage  CIAF visitors to support the artists and their endeavours.


14-Jul-2017 - 16-Jul-2017

Sally Gabori : presented by Beverly Knight Art + Business will be exhibiting at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair July 14 - July 18, 2017 

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30-Jun-2017 - 22-Jul-2017

"The art which Nonŋgirrŋa makes is not time dependent. It is not a reaction to a fashion or a moment. It is as it would have been in millennia past. Independent of the Western narrative of progress. And yet it is contemporary both because it is made now but also because it is absorbed by the society which exists now. People get this. Although they cannot speak Yolŋu matha or visit remote Arnhem land or fathom Indigenous spirituality. And her art changes through time and shifts into new medium and brings new vision. All whilst charting the Yolŋu cosmology obsessed with the spirit’s progression through a cyclical never ending journey- from the flesh to the water and back again. "

-  Will Stubbs, Co-ordinator, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, 2017

It is a great honour for Alcaston Gallery to present the fifth solo exhibition of acclaimed artist Nonggirrnga Marawili: Progression. The artist's visual language is again extended in both composition and medium, with paintings on bark, board and aluminium. 

An article on the artist and her forthcoming exhibition  is in the latest 20th anniversary edition of The Art Collector magazine. 

Image: Nonggirrnga Marawili, Lightning and The Rock, 2017, Ochre on board, 192 x 122 cm. Courtesy of the artist, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 


Bark Ladies

Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala opens at the National Gallery of Victoria on Friday 17 December. 

경로를 재탐색합니다 UN/LEARNING AUSTRALIA , 14 December 2021 - 6 March 2022


경로를 재탐색합니다 UN/LEARNING AUSTRALIA, and exhibition co-curated by SeMA and Artspace, has opened at the Seoul Museum of Art in South Korea (SeMA).

Alcaston Gallery Reopening

We are thrilled to announce that the Alcaston Gallery Exhibition Space - 84 William Street Melbourne will be reopening by private appointment from Wednesday 3 November 2021.


On behalf of my Director and mentor Beverly Knight and my small yet extraordinary team at Alcaston Gallery, I wanted to extend my most heartfelt gratitude to all the wonderful…


Regional Victorians have the pleasure of visiting the incredible array of photographic artists and exhibitions at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2021, which has announced that the festival will…


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