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Artists: Kate Belvedere, Lucinda Bird, Shani Black, Sandra Brand, Jack Buckley, Ana Butron, Sadhbha Cockburn, Alexandra Colvin, Bianca Currey, Angus Fisher, Freyja Fristad, Katelyn Geard, Maddison Gibbs, Jesse Heriot, Yiu Lun Heung, Dana Hubraq, Tia Madden, Annabelle McEwen, Jasmine Mowbray, Claire Paul, Rebecca Pidgeon, Emilee Robinson, Ivana Sanfilippo, Douglas Schofield, Alex Slattery, Linda Sok, Alice Xu

8 - 23 December

An exhibition of the 27 finalists of the 2023 Lloyd Rees Emerging Artist Awards.


The biennial Lloyd Rees Emerging Artist Award (formerly the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award) is a national prize established in 1981 to promote and support talented emerging artists in Australia. It was initiated by the Lane Cove community in honour of its long-term resident and acclaimed artist Dr Lloyd Rees, who was an advocate for getting young artists involved in the arts.


Artists: Susan Baran, Anthea Boesenberg, Ruth Burgess, Seong Cho, Neilton Clarke, Danielle Creenaune, Jacqui Driver, Salvatore Gerardi, Maximilian Gosling, Rew Hanks, Angela Hayson, Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger, Roslyn Kean, Carmen Ky, George Lo Grasso, Seraphina Martin, Carolyn McKenzie-Craig, Esther Neate, Evan Pank, Janet Parker-Smith, Sandi Rigby, Jenny Robinson, Marta Romer, Mark Rowden, Susan Rushforth, Anna Russell, Gary Shinfield, Laura Stark, Andrew Totman, Thea Weiss, Cheryle Yin-Lo, Sharon Zwi 

8 November  - 2 December

Group exhibition by nationally and internationally acclaimed members of the Sydney Printmakers’ collective.


Sydney Printmakers explore all traditional and contemporary forms of printmaking and have built up a reputation for excellence in the field. The collective aims to develop a dialogue between their practices and the wider audience by promoting the diversity of printmaking as a versatile, adaptive and engaging medium. 

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Image: Mandy McAlister, Ecovasion


untethered fibre artists

Artists: Rebecca Brady, Jennifer Corkish, Lorna Crane, Pam de Groot, Jennifer Florey, Desdemona Foster, Cathie Griffith, Ellen Howell, Catherine Lees, Denise Lithgow, Brenda Livermore, Helen MacRitchie, Mandy McAlister, Robyn McGrath, Rhonda Nelson, Samantha Tannous, Kirry Toose, Judith Wilson, Elaine Witton.

11 October - 4 November

‘Strange Notions’, is a group exhibition by 19 fibre and textile artists known collectively as ‘untethered fibre artists inc’. Their aim is to extend the viewers’ vocabulary of textile and fibre art and to provoke personal thoughts and journeys through contemporary, innovative, and expertly crafted works.  

‘Strange Notions’ present representational and conceptual works of fibre art that delve into rich resources, from the tangible to the non-tangible, the personal to the communal, yielding critical reflections and thoughtful projections.  

Each artwork is a celebration of difference in the combination of fibres and techniques, rephrasing assumptions and reflecting the diversity in approach to artmaking, through the vocabulary of fibre.

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Image: Katherine Boland, Aquarium 1 #5, Acrylic glass print

forage: symbiotic (trans)formations

curated by Nicole Wallace

Artists: Alyson Bell, Katherine Boland, Heather Burness, Katie Harris-MacLeod, Catriona Pollard, Rhonda Pryor, Jo Victoria and Liz Williamson.

13 September - 7 October

In a period of concerning climate change, ‘forage: symbiotic (trans)formations’ explores, interprets, transforms and preserves nature’s ephemera and our relationships to it; inviting visitors to pursue deepened connections with their surroundings, environmental awareness and the veneration of our human-enviro symbiosis. 


‘forage: symbiotic (trans)formations’ brings together eight east coast, metro and regional female Artists for whom foraging natural materials is at the core of their artistic practices. The Artists introduce fresh and original methods to conventional artistic mediums such as printmaking, painting, weaving, fibre art, textiles, film, digital AI, ceramics, and sculptural installation. They achieve this by integrating natural debris, saps, pigments, and the surrounding atmosphere. 

Part of Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios' Guest Curator Program.

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25 August - 9 September

The Lane Cove Art Award is open to all Australian residents, and is conducted by Lane Cove Council in conjunction with the Lane Cove Art Society.


List of finalists are on the Lane Cove Art Society Website.

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Lane Cove Public School

8 -12 August

Lane Cove Public School’s annual art exhibition with paintings and sculptures from children in Kindergarten to Year 6. A brilliant exhibition that allows young artists to display their work in a professional gallery for the school and public to view. Step into the gallery while Express Yourself is on and be inspired by Lane Cove’s youngest up and coming creatives. 



Maureen Baker and family, Untitled (detail), 2003, enamel car paint on primed car bonnet. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Patrick Corrigan, 2017. Macquarie University Art Collection. Photography: Effy Alexakis, Photowrite. © Maureen Baker and family/Copyright Agency, 2019

curated by Blak Douglas

4 - 29 July


Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios is thrilled to present Objectified, an exhibition of works by First Nations artists from the Macquarie University Art Collection, curated by acclaimed artist and outspoken activist Blak Douglas.

Consisting of paintings, sculptures, and cultural objects, Objectified elicits a dialogue between a millennia-old rich cultural visual language and contemporary practice.

The exhibition also features a series of 9 car bonnets painted by artist from Tjala Art, in the Amata community, in far north-west South Australia on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands.

Rhonda Davis, Senior Curator at Macquarie University Art Gallery, explains that “since the explosion of the Papunya Tula Painting Movement in 1973 the painting up of the Jukurrpa (the Dreaming) on discarded material has been standard practice. This significant suite of car bonnets... signify the continuing evolution of the Aboriginal Painting Movement, the bold execution of colour and composition postulates the contemporaneous nature of the works and relationship to the potency of the Dreaming. The collection represents self-determination and the importance of having access to homelands as a source of law, culture, and identity.

Yawi Wikilyiri, Untitled, 2003, enamel car paint on primed car bonnet. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Patrick Corrigan, 2017. Macquarie University Art Collection. Photography: Effy Alexakis, Photowrite. © Iyawi Wikilyiri /Copyright Agency, 2019.
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Kate Stehr, 'Rotifer', 2023, Jelutong, Cedar, Fibre, 350 x 160 x 80mm, image courtesy of Bernie Fischer

IAVA (Illawarra Association for the Visual Arts)

31 May - 24 June

Illawarra Association for the Visual Arts presents a dynamic group show with over 30 different contemporary artists from the Illawarra region. The exhibition will include a range of mediums, from painting to sculpture, in a variety of techniques and formats. 

The IAVA is a diverse collective of artists from the Illawarra. They are a not-for-profit organisation focused on cultivating contemporary artists and their work in the region. The IAVA provides members with group exhibitions, social networking and mentoring, to foster and develop their artistic practices. 

reach was born from the artists’ desire to step outside of their respective artistic comfort zones and create new and innovative work. This vibrant exhibition will display a variety of works and explore the concept of reaching into the unknown and exploring new mediums and techniques.  

“Artists who are serious about their practice generally avoid staying in any kind of 'safe zone'.  It's when things lose their familiarity that an artist feels most alive, most capable of anything. It's at that time that artists reach beyond the curiosity that pushes things towards the fresh and innovative.” - IAVA 

Betty Mayhew, Floating Escarpment, Water colour on paper, 76cm x 56c. Image courtesy of the artist.
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Sam Zengping Lai

3 - 27 May


From coast, to desert, from rainforests to mountains, Australia is rich in diverse natural features. In this land we call home, we are graced with a distinctive vitality and spirit that weaves through the varied elements of the Australian landscape, rendering these disparate parts into a landscape that is paradoxically cohesive and familiar. Indeed the same could be said of Australia's proudly multicultural identity. It is this vital energy and spirit of diversity that we see at the forefront of the work of veteran landscape artist, Sam Zengping Lai.


Through his expressive use of oil paint, Sam weaves together moments of colour and structure into living snapshots of Australian life. The vignettes that result seem to hum with vitality. Sam’s painting practice emphasises the dramatic interplay of bright colour and muted shadows. In the words of curator, Guan Wei, Sam has transplanted the Daoist concept of “harmony between man and nature" from the Chinese shanshui painting tradition. Indeed, there is a trace of the calligraphic in the free-wheeling contours of Sam’s brushwork, resulting in depictions of the land and our place in it that are at once playful, sublime, and joyous. In this exhibition, Sam Lai’s very first solo show in Australia, we present a selection of Sam’s plein air oil paintings showcasing the extraordinary topography and natural vitality of the Greater Sydney Area. 

Elizabeth Eastland, Makogai, 2022, Pastel on Archival Ground Paper, 23 cm x 30.5 cm. Image courtesy of the artist


Elizabeth Eastland

5 - 29 Apri


A multi-arts installation documenting a six-month sailing journey through the southwest Pacific, lapped by warming seas and battered by cyclones. Through film, drawing and poetry, this exhibition traces multiple layers of the journey, from the vibrant and exuberant lives of the Pacific Inlanders, to the poetic dialog of personal reflection.

Lisa Shepherd, Sacred, 2023, cyanotype and acrylic inks, 41 x 52cm. Image courtesy the artist.


Creatives Connect

Artists: Anna Lloyd, Nicole Miranda, Amanda Morters, Romanda Newman, Nina Paine, Lisa Shepherd, Karina Vallins, Wendy Walker

5 - 29 April


‘Embrace’ – it’s a simple word that holds so much potential for positive outcomes. Be it in the process, the subject, the finished piece or all three, the artists of Creatives Connect are showcasing the passion they each have when it comes to embracing nature.

Anne Kearney, Spring Arrives (detail), 2022, Acrylic on board, 40 x 60 cm. Image Courtesy of the artist.


curated by More Than Reproduction

Artists: Olivia Arnold, Mai Cao, Carolyn Craig, Danielle Creenaune, Jacqui Driver, Charlotte Fetherston, Annabelle McEwen, Helen Morgan, Siobhan O'Connor, Emily O'Neill, Nicole Pellow, Lotte Alexis Smith, Linda Sok, Sylvie Veness, Sari Walker-Woods.

1 March - 1 April


Showcasing the diversity of expanded printmaking, Edition Four seeks to spotlight experimentation as a methodology within etching, linocut, serigraphy, lithography and monoprinting. This group exhibition features emerging women artists, celebrating contemporary printmaking practice and the versatility of print-related media in both focused and cross-disciplinary practices.

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Jane Bodnaruk

1 March - 1 April


Jane Bodnaruk interrogates the ‘public’ and ‘private’ worlds of women and mothers during the COVID-19 pandemic through domestic textiles and embroidery. Is it Over Yet archives headlines, actions and thoughts from the past 3 years of the pandemic through embroidered tray cloths (or doilies). The works emphasise and echo the care, concern and maintenance of ‘then’ - attitudes which are perhaps required ‘now’ more than ever’.

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Helen Morgan, Shed, Sky, Earth (detail), 2022, pigment print and aquatint on Tengujo and Kozo paper with found objects. Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist.


Helen Morgan

1 - 25 February


Makeshift Arrangements draws on the artist’s own lived experience of self-built architecture, interpreting the aesthetic qualities of makeshift structures through printmaking and installation. Morgan presents tableaus of delicate abstract colour etchings and found objects, searching for expressions of the agency and unconventional beauty found within the resourcefulness of the self-built.



Anne Kearney

1 - 25 February


“What have we got left after the last few years, the difficulties of COVID, and everything else we have been through? 

Beauty. Beauty is it. For me, I want these works to express a resurgence of hope, and embody beauty and the primacy of colour.” Anne Kearney


Brian Dawson

1 - 25 February


From rectilinear tables, boxes, boards and cabinets, Brian’s work today incorporates the sweeping curves and organic shapes of his sculptures. Often using recycled timber, he experiments with other materials including aluminium nails, paint and Perspex.

Brian Dawson, Three Gourds (detail), 2022, carved 80 year old Oregon ( Douglas fir), 520 x 150, 430 x 125 and 300 x 140mm. Image courtesy of the artist.
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