Martin King, Dawn Survey, indigo, 2015, etching, 90x134cm (editioned)

2015 NEWS wrap

Dadang Christanto’s tribute

QUT in Brisbane is currently hosting a major solo exhibition of our much loved and greatly revered artist Dadang Christanto. Titled 1965, this exhibition marks 50 years since the artist’s father was arrested in Indonesia and forcibly taken from the family home in the dead of night, never to be seen again. Dadang has marked this solemn anniversary with a powerful exhibition of new works and a series of performance pieces.

Interest Free Art Loans

Gallerysmith is delighted to announce that we now offer Art Money, an interest free loan scheme for art purchases up to $20,000. Under this scheme, you can make a small deposit for a work of art, then take it home to enjoy while paying the balance in ten equal installments.

Martin King in Acquisitive Award

Martin King‘s work Dawn Survey Indigo (2015) was shortlisted for the 2015 Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards at Geelong Art Gallery. Dawn Survey Indigo is printed on 9 sheets of paper and is edtioned at 5.

Gallerysmith Project Space celebrates one year

It is hard to believe that our Project Space has been operating for one year already. Under the tutelage of Emma Benichou, Gallerysmith Project Space has become the favoured gallery space for unrepresented artists and has hosted more than 20 successful exhibitions. Some of our Project Space artists have gone on to have solo shows in other commercial galleries, while others have been shortlisted for art awards around the country including this year’s Archibald Prize. We offer our congratulations to all of the artists who have benefited from being exposed to a wider audience in the past year.

Two of a Kind

Curator Renee Cosgrove developed a fascinating exhibition which was held at Bundoora Homestead Gallery earlier this year called Two of a Kind. This exhibition presented work from the collection of the City of Darebin and paired it with current work by the same artists providing insight into the creative development of a number of contemporary artists. Jennifer Goodman‘s work in the Darebin Collection, Fuge 2, from 2006, was juxtaposed with a 2013 work titled Delphic.

Survey at Ballarat Art Gallery

The recent practice of Dena Kahan is currently highlighted in a survey exhibition at Ballarat Art Gallery. This exhibition will include works produced during the past five years, and loaned from public and private collections, with a focus on those inspired by the Glass Flowers Collection at Harvard University in the USA.

Rachel Coad in Black Swan Prize

Rachel Coad has been shortlisted for the 2015 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture with a stunning portrait of Janet Holmes a’ Court. Coad is one of 40 artists selected for this award.

Labours of Love

Curator Louise Mitchell has curated a fabulous exhibition at Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery titled Labours of Love: Australian Quilts 1845 – 2015. This exhibition juxtaposes historical quilts with contemporary artworks and includes works by Gallerysmith artists Paula do Prado and Lucas Grogan. The exhibition continues until 5 October.

QAG acquire two works for collection

Two works by Eric Bridgeman have been acquired by Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art for their permanent collection. And Bridgeman fans will not have to wait much longer before his new series emerges from the studio. Eric is scheduled to exhibit at Gallerysmith in the coming months.

Kirstin Berg returns home

Kirstin has spent the past few months in Europe on a self-imposed research trip, looking at new materials and sculptural possibilities for her practice through studying major modern German artists works at Martin Gropius Bau and Hamburger Bahnhof.


A number of works by Ian Friend have been selected for GOMA Q, the first in a series of exhibitions that will profile the practices of Queensland’s leading visual artists. The exhibition ran from July to October at Queensland Art Gallery / GOMA.

Andrew Seward at the George Paton Gallery

Andrew Seward has been curated into an exhibition titled Unintended (Refrains:) at the George Paton Gallery. This show looks at those recurring motifs we attempt to rid ourselves of but cannot escape. In this exhibition Sandra Bridie asks numerous artists, writers and others to identify and find visual form for the unintended refrains of their art or lives.

Gallerysmith welcomes Fiona Hiscock

Fiona Hiscock‘s practice emerges from a centuries-old tradition of decorative utilitarian ceramics and explores the relationship between early colonial domestic ware and the artist’s own Anglo-Celtic heritage. While largely expressing this as a conflict in earlier works by adorning pitchers, vessels and cassoulets with illustrations of introduced flora, Hiscock has recently become more engaged with the narrative of her Australian identity by depicting native species, predominantly Banksia, on a range of coiled and hand-built vessels. These objects form the ‘canvas’ upon which Hiscock applies her botanical imagery allowing the artist’s abiding interest in the natural world to flourish. Fiona Hiscock will present a new body of work in October this year.

Works on paper award

Martin King has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award. The award announcement will take place on May 29th at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery

Bankwest Art Prize

Rachel Coad has been shortlisted for the 2015 Bankwest Art Prize. Coad was one of just 18 artists selected from a large number of entries. The Prize is exhibited at the Bankwest gallery in Perth and opens in October.

CLIMARTE festival

Gallerysmith is pleased to announced that we are presenting two exhibitions for the inaugural CLIMARTE festival in Melbourne from 11 April to 17 May, 2015. During this period we will be hosting exhibitions by Sue Lovegrove, guest artist Charmaine Pike and Martin King.

Now representing… Martin King

Gallerysmith is delighted to announce that we now represent Melbourne artist Martin King. Gallerysmith will manage King’s entire back catalogue of works on paper along with his current portfolio of prints, drawings and paintings.

Bayside Acquisitive Art Award

Congratulations to Jennifer Goodman who was shortlisted for the inaugural Bayside Art Award with her wonderful painting, Sweep.

In the Press

The January 2015 issue of ARTIST PROFILE magazine includes a three-page feature of the work of Kirstin Berg. In this fascinating article Kirstin teases out the ideas which form the basis of her practice and unravels some of the mystery of her monumental works on paper.