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International Education Services Exhibition Opening

Alcaston Gallery is delighted that our Queensland artists Naomi Hobson and Claudia Moodoonuthi have been acquired by the wonderful International Education Services Indigenous Art Collection, Brisbane and currently feature in their exhibition Kinship, Country & Women's Australian Indigenous Art, from 9 November - 23 December 2016.

Opened by Mr Chris Evason, Managing Director of International Education Services and Professor Tim Dunne, Executive Dean of the University of Queensland, the opening event featured an Indigenous art masterclass presented by University of Queensland Associate Professor Sally Butler followed by a tour of the Collection.

Present at the opening on Wednesday 9 November was Claudia Moodoonuthi, whose work Native Title, 2015, previously exhibited in the exhibition Woven Identity at the Cairns Regional was on display. 

Mr Chris Evason said, “The IES art collection is a practical educational resource used within our curriculum which provides international students with a starting point to consider the circumstances and characteristics of Australia’s indigenous people. Using indigenous art to teach overseas visitors about Australian aboriginal culture, focusses attention on positive aspects of culture and indicates a thriving, multi-faceted society; particularly in the specific focus on younger contemporary female artists pushing the boundaries of their art. That’s why we are delighted to include Naomi and Claudia’s wonderful works in our collection and were thrilled to have Claudia attend our opening exhibition."

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12th November 2016

Opening Night - Jaye Early and Dena Ashbolt

Jaye Early

All of a sudden I felt very powerful and strong, then suddenly, I didn’t.

Opened by Dr Mark Shorter

25 October - 19 November 2016


Dena Ashbolt

Dancing to Death

25 October - 19 November 2016

28th October 2016

Len Fox Painting Award Exhibition

Congratulations to artists Naomi Hobson, Karen Mills, Alec Baker and Shirley Purdie who have been chosen as finalists in the 2016 Len Fox Painting Award. Held at the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Victoria, the $50,000 major acquisitive art prize is generously funded by Len Fox (1905-2004) in celebration of the life and work of his uncle Emanuel Phillips Fox (1865-1915).

The award invites artists to interpret the plein air, impressionist style of Emanuel Phillips Fox and his favoured subjects of the Australian landscape and scenes of everyday life in a contemporary context and manner. From Alcaston's stable of artists, the works exhibited depict a diversity of interpretation and subject, bringing to the Award scenes from Coen, far north Queensland; Sturt Creek Station, in the East Kimberly, Western Australia; Indulkana, in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, far north South Australia; and from Warmun, in the Kimberly region, Western Australia.

The exhibition will be open to the public at the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum from 9 October – 31 December 2016.

For further information please email or call (03) 9418 6444.

22nd October 2016


Jaye Early

All of a sudden I felt very powerful and strong, then suddenly, I didn’t.

25 October - 19 November 2016

21st October 2016

Karen Mills & Tiger Yaltangki: Exhibition Announcements

Congratulations Karen Mills and Tiger Yaltangki, both artists are included in today's first announcement of artists presenting work in the inaugural edition of The National: New Australian Art, opening on 30 March 2017 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA).

A major exhibition partnership between three of Sydney’s premier cultural institutions, The National: New Australian Art is a six-year initiative presenting the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art over three editions in 2017, 2019 and 2021.

The initial nine artists announced today are from six Australian states and territories:

Art Gallery of NSW: Taloi Havini (Melbourne, Victoria; Sydney, New South Wales; Buka, Bougainville), Tiger Yaltangki (Indulkana, South Australia) and Alex Martinis Roe (Berlin, Germany)Carriageworks: Archie Moore (Toowoomba, Queensland), Justene Williams (Western Sydney, New South Wales), Richard Lewer (Melbourne, Victoria)Museum of Contemporary Art Australia: Erin Coates (Perth, Western Australia), Karen Mills (Darwin, Northern Territory), Ronnie van Hout (Melbourne, Victoria)These artists highlight the curatorial vision for the exhibition, representing a mix of emerging, mid-career and established artists drawn from around the country and practicing overseas. New and recently commissioned works encompass a diverse range of mediums including painting, video, sculpture, installation, drawing and performance.

Curators for the 2017 edition of The National: New Australian Art are Anneke Jaspers, Curator Contemporary Art and Wayne Tunnicliffe, Head Curator Australian Art, Art Gallery of NSW; Lisa Havilah, Director and Nina Miall, Curator, Carriageworks; and Blair French, Director, Curatorial & Digital, MCA.

Congratulations to all participating artists, curators and institutions on this exciting and important initiative. Read more here.

Karen Mills is also currently featured in the exhibition Length and Breadth: new acquisitions from the Parliament House art collection at Parliament House, Canberra from 22 September – 13 November 2016. Read more about the exhibition here.

8th October 2016
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