upcoming Exhibitions


04-Apr-2017 - 22-Apr-2017

We are delighted to present Dean Smith's second solo exhibition with Alcaston Gallery. A masterful ceramic artist, Smith has achieved global recognition for his exquisite scuptural ceramics and glazing techniques. 

Dean Smith was a finalist in the 2016 Biennial North Queensland Ceramic Art Award and is currently a finalist in the 8th Talent Award of the Nassauische Sparkasse at the Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany.

Of his forthcoming exhibition the artist states: 

The Pink Terrace was once a large and beautiful silica deposit in New Zealand, created by chance and destroyed by chance, possibly by an eruption of Mount Tarawera.   A place exists and then doesn’t exist.    For this exhibition I have made some slab-built vessels, moving away from the familiarity of the wheel-thrown form as the sole basis for my work. As I build the work my thoughts are around structures, chambers or tombs - permanent structures housing the impermanent/ the permanent structure erased by the forces of nature/beauty and fragility.    - Dean Smith, 2016   Contact us for further information    Image courtesy Dean Smith, 2016 


07-Mar-2017 - 25-Mar-2017

Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present the first solo exhibition of the exciting emerging artist Yaritji Young Walytjapitiku Laina - Family Lines, which displays the artist’s bold new painting direction with winding serpentine compositions, drawing elements and saturated opulent palette.

Yaritji Young comes from Amata (APY Lands of South Australia) and is the eldest daughter of artists Mick Wiilyiri and Paniny Mick. She is the kangkaru pulka (big sister) for the five Ken sisters: Tjungkara Ken, Maringka Tunkin, Freda Brady and Sandra Ken, who work collaboratively with Yaritji on family canvases to great acclaim, recently winning the prestigious 2016 Wynne prize for landscape painting at the Art Gallery of New South Wales with their large scale collaborative painting Seven Sisters.

In 2016 Yaritji Young was a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, the shortlisted work Tjala Tjukurpa (Honey Ant Story) was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Walytjapitiku Laina – Family Lines will coincide with an exhibition of new works on paper by her parents Mick Wikilyiri and Paniny Mick.  

Image: Yaritji Young, Tjala Tjukurpa - Honey Ant Story, 2016 (AK20521), synthetic polymer paint on linen, 196 x 196 cm.  

© The artist, Tjala Arts and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne  


07-Mar-2017 - 25-Mar-2016

Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present new works on paper by esteemed artists Mick Wikilyiri and Paniny Mick from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara (APY) Lands.  Walytjapitiku Laina - Family Lines - Works on paper is a very special collection of visually engaging compositions on paper that offer both a practical and magical representation of country, spirituality and a rich history of ancient oral story telling spanning generations.

In this exhibition, Mick Wikilyiri presents new paintings on paper alongside a body of work created by his wife and artist Paniny Mick. The fluid application of paint on paper, with stains of pigment and bold mark making create a unique visual language striking in its intensity.  

Image: Mick Wikilyiri, Tjala Tjukurpa - Honey Ant Story, 2016 (AK20534), Synthetic polymer paint on paper, 140 x 153 cm. 

© The artists, Tjala Arts and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 

Greg Semu - The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific) 2017

04-Apr-2017 - 22-Apr-2017

The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific) is Semu’s most recent and ambitious project to date, whereby he has assigned himself the task of questioning the fact or fiction of the painterly recorded history of colonisation by referencing two culturally significant paintings: first, Theodore Géricault's 1819 masterwork, The Raft of the Medusa and secondly, The Arrival of the Māoris in New Zealand, 1898 by English-born Louis John Steele and New Zealander Charles F. Goldie. Grasping photography’s traditional perception as a device for representing truth, Semu has photographically recreated the epic sea voyage using residents of the Cook Islands; consequently fusing and appropriating ideals from the two referenced paintings to cement art historically and for the first time an often shared Māori depiction of the true events surrounding their ancestors’ arrival in New Zealand.

‘I want my images to be iconic and significant in a world sense, tribulation to the collaboration of the displaced, frozen and distilled in a frame: testaments that transcend geography and generations, transfiguring the ambiguous power and affirmation of photography and art.’

 - Greg Semu

 The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific) was exhibited at the NGV International, Melbourne from 10 June to 11 September 2016. Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present the complete series commercially for the first time. 


Image: Greg Semu, The Raft, 2014-2016, Digital C-type print 

© Greg Semu and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 




Honolulu Biennial 2017: Middle of Now | Here
7  March – 8 May 2017
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 

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Angela Tiatia - Finalist Paramor Prize: Art + Innovation 2017

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