Tuesday, May 17, 2022




Australian premiere of ‘Pissarro: Father of Impressionism’

The Australian premiere of Pissarro: Father of Impressionism is in May. The 90-minute documentary, celebrates an incredible artist, without whom the Impressionist movement may never have begun or endured.

Introducing Nauha Dabboussy

Nauha Dabboussy will present a selection of original works at the Orchard Gallery in Waterloo from May 28 to June 30. Her work includes bright-lit landscapes in oils and watercolour (European and Australian scenes) and richly textured still lifes, nudes and portraits.

Blak & Blu art award draws passionate responses

Blak & Blu art award for ink on A4 paper showed just how passionate the artists who entered are about social justice said judge and multiple Archibald Prize Finalist Kathrin Longhurst.

This is the moment to seize

Jacob Nash’s large-scale artwork Future Dreaming – in which HOPE faces CHANGE – calls for urgent social, political and cultural change ... now.

Painters shed light on lockdown drear

With galleries closed during lockdown, I hankered after colour...

Local artists express community concerns

The inaugural Blak & Blu art award for ink on A4 paper nears its official launch on December 11, 2-4pm, at the Orchard Gallery in Waterloo.

Cartoon show – ‘norrie has social justice in her sights’

The SSH Cartoon Show launched on December 1 was a long time coming – but it was worth the wait.

Buzz builds (again) for cartoon show – opening December 1!

The hotly anticipated SSH Cartoon Show, postponed for months due to stay-at-home health orders, has been rescheduled and will open on Wednesday December 1, from 5pm. Don't miss it!

Blak & Blu – it’s happening

Entries are now closed for the Blak & Blu pen on paper art prize, to be awarded at the Orchard Gallery in Waterloo on December 11 (the exhibition was originally planned to open September 11).

How to draw – online tutorials

Due to Covid lockdown the SSH Cartoon Show opening has been postponed (date TBA), and the exhibition extended indefinitely.

Local art groups support and inspire

Art is expressive, therapeutic, political and historical as shown...

Pride Month show depicts diversity

As part of Pride Month, Pride Sydney and TAP Gallery put on an art competition allowing artists from all backgrounds to display their works with a chance of winning a prize.

Wildlife photography exhibition captures beauty and fragility

If you’re looking for a day out that will inspire you and your family the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition on at the Australian National Maritime Museum is the perfect pick. Great for the school holidays – but go anytime, really. Highly recommended.

Creativity at the centre of our neighbourhood

WATERLOO: On May 15 the Orchard Gallery at South...

Announcing the Blak & Blu prize

The Orchard Gallery is excited to announce its first art prize – the Blak & Blu prize – with $1,000 on offer to the winning artist.

‘Stop killing the canary in the coalmine’ – Q&A with artist Bettina Kaiser

Sydney-based artist Bettina Kaiser’s Natura Morta exhibition challenges viewers to recognise the climate crisis and to act on it in several ways, including collecting rubbish off their local streets in return for one of her artworks.

Dead Nature: a reckoning in the face of the climate crisis

CAMPERDOWN: Natura Morta, an exhibition of drawings, mixed media...

New mural celebrates local connections

DARLINGTON: Annandale-based artist Sharon Billinge has been collaborating with...

‘Conversations with Margaret Preston’

ZETLAND: In its second major show of the year,...

‘Paint like no one is watching’

Toni Clarke has been painting for many years and...

Displaced artists unpack meanings of Motherland

Social Justice print sponsor AC Law Group in memory...

Exhibition evokes how Sydney’s waterways nurture belonging

A Surry Hills ceramics and pottery instructor has joined forces with a Balmain-based visual artist to create a unique exhibition exploring Sydney’s waterways.

In and out the windows

In this Q&A, Catherine Skipper reveals how Covid-19 isolation prompted a popular Instagram project that brought people’s imaginative life and home life together in art and spawned ‘This Time 2020’, the Orchard Gallery’s current exhibition in Waterloo.

The artist and the banker

Ray Saunderson was an artist who felt his lifestyle,...

Colourful odyssey

On the day before the opening of Landscapes of Survival and Reconciliation by Jim Anderson I went to 107 Projects hoping to sneak a peek. I got lucky.

Trash makes a splash in Redfern

Passionate campaigner against single-use items Julz Strykowski aka PluckFastic...

Just making faces

An important condition of the Archibald Prize is that...

Wilde-inspired watercolours

Kim Carpenter has been collaborating with Oscar Wilde’s famous...

Art that flies beyond borders

Japanese-Australian artist, Hiromi Tango, says the series that make...

Beauty, compassion – and a fierce message

Carriageworks was placed into voluntary administration on May 4....

Artist Andy ventures into the blue

Following the success of her first sell-out show, artist...

Painting the suburbs

Hayley Megan French’s small (9 x 11 cm) painted-over...

The Warhol of Darlo

After 20 plus years in New York City artist David Art Wales is back in Sydney. Earlier this year he returned to his favourite inner-city suburb and since then the “Warhol of Darlo” has been voraciously busy.

Forbes’ photos unfurl beauty and intricacy in the ordinary

“Sometimes we just need the time and space – physical and emotional – to be able to pause to experience them … to soak in the details that can go unseen in everyday life.”

Women’s jazz tribute night helps girls find refuge

Johnston Street Jazz, one of Sydney’s most respected jazz venues, hosted a magnificent celebration of International Women’s Day at its location in the Annandale Arts Centre on March 12.

Art casts light on human connection

EVELEIGH: Carriageworks feels very different from my previous visits thanks to the colourful hues of Rebecca Baumann’s “Radiant Flux” shifting across the walls and floors in response to sunlight.

‘Love of the living’ shines in retro exhibition

WATERLOO: In 2018, when Australian environmentalist Bob Brown called...

Parker’s art explodes your view

Cornelia Parker’s genius finds its perfect expression in her...

Hope Butterflies swarm in Surry Hills Library

Two thousand Hope Butterflies swarmed into the Surry Hills...

Two artists draw the line together

Two artists on two afternoons. Watching the water and...

Artists from the heart of the Cross

Six hours after Taz lost everything in a 2018...

‘Wake up! Greed is bleeding the Murray-Darling dry’

The River on the Brink: Inside the Murray-Darling Basin exhibition isn’t an easy exhibition to view but it is certainly a very powerful and extremely important one.

Brittany’s ‘Back to Earth’ keeps curiosity afloat

Newtown-based artist Brittany Johnson launched her first solo exhibition at the Orchard Gallery in Redfern in October as part of Sydney Craft Week.

The uplift of water and light

After a series of personal losses, Balmain artist Naomi Downie found that painting water and nature was soothing. “By the end, I started to lift off, like the water had done its job.”

Passionate impressions of Murray-Darling system

Fifteen paintings, the largest of which is 150 centimetres...

Artworks ablaze with agape love

Curved humans with egg-shaped faces, maternal figures that might...

‘We want our rivers back’

“The river is the blood of the Earth,” said Muruwari and Budjiti artist Bruce Shillingsworth at the Yaama Ngunna Baaka – Welcome to Our River exhibition.

Orchard Gallery marks first ten years

In early February I met with the Rev. Andrew Collis and Catherine Skipper in the manse studio to reflect on 10 years of the Orchard Gallery (South Sydney Uniting Church).

‘All creatures are fantastic’

“All creatures are fantastic, we just get used to some,” says artist and teacher Jovana Terzic, co-curator of the Fantastic Creatures group show at the Orchard Gallery this month.