About us

Established in 1992, Sutton Gallery is committed to the presentation and promotion of serious contemporary art by a select and highly respected group of innovative artists whose practice takes on a challenging position within today's visual culture.

A monthly program of exhibitions by those artists features work across the whole spectrum of media - painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video and electronic media.

For further and detailed information on all the represented artists, please contact the gallery.

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11am - 5pm Tues - Sat

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Nicholas Mangan at The Physics Room

Posted on: 18 Nov 2014

Thinking About Building
The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand
25 Oct - 7 December, 2014

In a city where significant building projects are in preparation or underway, discussion seems bound to the steps, curves and measurements of building plans, instead of addressing the broader context and aspiring to meaningful architectural relationships. Staging a return to ideas, Thinking about building provides an opportunity for several local architects to think beyond the pragmatics of design, alongside artists who have utilised various examples in architecture to elaborate on the ideas that they represent.
From a study of the urbanism at Christchurch's Church Corner to the fascist principles underpinning the EUR region in Rome; analysis of preeminent 1960s Christchurch homes to the Walter Burley Griffin incinerator of Pyrmont, Sydney, these architectural studies aim to reveal a more complex and discursive understanding of building.

For more information see here.

Helen Johnson at Incidents Above a Bar, The Alderman

Posted on: 15 Nov 2014

Nine Painting Presentation
18 November - 7 December, 2014
Opening night: Tuesday 18 November 6-8pm

Curators: Renee Cosgrave & Merryn Lloyd


Lindy Lee Visual Arts Fellowships Exhibition

Posted on: 15 Nov 2014

Visual Arts Fellowships Exhibition
The Australia Council for the Arts, window façade and foyer.
14 November- 26 January 2015

Lindy Lee was awarded a fellowship for two years to undertake ambitious new projects and develop her artistic careers. Fellowships are only granted once in an artist's lifetime with substantial support to research, reflect, create work, and expand their practice. Lindy Lee, Robyn Backen, and Hilarie Mais are all celebrated contemporary artists, working across drawing, projections, sculptural form and installation. The Australia Council has also created a film to accompany the exhibition which profiles each artists practice and their personal tips when applying for funding from The Australia Council.

For more information see here.


Nick Mangan at the 2015 Triennial, New Museum

Posted on: 15 Nov 2014

2015 Triennial: Surround Audience
New Museum, New York
25 February - 24 May, 2015

New York, NY...The New Museum today announced the list of participating artists in the 2015 New Museum Triennial, the only recurring museum exhibition in New York devoted to presenting works by early-career artists from around the world. This third iteration of the Triennial is titled "Surround Audience" and is co-curated by New Museum Curator Lauren Cornell and artist Ryan Trecartin. The building-wide exhibition will be on view from February 25 to May 24, 2015. Nick Mangan is one of the artists featured from over twenty-five countries.

Matt Hinkley and Eugene Carchesio at the National Gallery of Victoria

Posted on: 06 Nov 2014

The Kaleidoscopic Turn
The Nation Gallery of Victoria
March 20 - August 23, 2015

Continuing the NGV's representation of current tendencies in contemporary art, The Kaleidoscopic Turn brings together works by artists working with colour, light, sound, movement and space. Drawn from the NGV's collection and featuring a number of recent acquisitions, The Kaleidoscopic Turn resonates with references to various artistic legacies of the 20th century from Op art to colourfield painting, offering a range of multi-sensory experiences including immersive installations, kinetic sculptures, video art, works on paper and painting in its diverse and expanded forms.

Artists in the exhibition include Eugene Carchesio, Matt Hinkley, Marta Boto, David Harley, Melinda Harper, Zilvinas Kempinas, David McDiarmid, Anne-Marie May, Tomislav Nikolic, Bridget Riley, Sandra Selig and Jesus Soto among others.

For more information see here.

Kate smith at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

Posted on: 06 Nov 2014

Unfolding Flora
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre
December 17, 2014 - February 22, 2015

Unfolding Flora captures the aesthetic qualities and diversity of the theme ‘flora,' through paintings, works on paper and sculpture. This exhibition features local artists, Clare Brady, Robert Doreian, Kate Hudson, Kimball Holth, Hilary Jackman, Dawn Looper, Kate Smith, Jennyfer Stratman and Rosa Tato.

For more information see here.

Nick Selenitsch at Glen Eira Gallery

Posted on: 31 Oct 2014

7-23 November
Curator: Diane Soumilas

The exhibition addresses a preoccupation with the realms of geometric and abstract patterning in contemporary practice, embracing diverse mediums including sculpture, installation, painting, drawing, digital prints, craft and video. The concept of pattern is broadly interrogated in order to address aspects of popular culture, urban environments, art history, cultural identity, memory, mathematical and scientific concepts and the natural world. Works by Mira Gojak, Anne-Marie May, Nick Selenitsch, Alasdair McLuckie, Nike Savvas and Kate Shaw are included. Patterns form a part of contemporary life from elements in interior or architectural spaces - to those that reside in our urban or natural environments or are drawn from everyday life or cultural history - inviting multiple readings and implied cultural significance.

Public programs:
Meet the artists - floor talks by Nick Selenitsch Friday 14 November at 1.30pm and Mira Gojak Friday 21 November at 1pm.
Glen Eira City Council Gallery. Free admission.

For more informaiton see here.


Elizabeth Gower at PointB Worklogde

Posted on: 31 Oct 2014

An Open Studio Event - October Edition
October 29, 2014 6pm - 9pm
PointB Worklodge, New York

PointB Open Studios is an initiative to further facilitate situations of discovery in a contemporary globalize context.
Featuring: Elizabeth Gower (Australia), Stephen Chambers (United Kingdom), Anita Groener (Ireland), Jesus Mari Lazkano (Spain), John R. Neeson (Australia), Kate Shaw (Australia), Claire Zakiewicz (United Kingdom)

Brett Colquhoun at Five Walls Projects

Posted on: 29 Oct 2014

Five Walls Projects
1- 29 November, 2014

Breath depicts five works, landscapes viewed through a window. With hazy blurred central areas conveying the effect of warm breath on glass, these images express a human presence or sign of life. This effect is achieved by rubbing back or erasing the image so that, as the breath appears more distinct the scene behind becomes darker. The landscape closes in as the breath appears. The negative space of the breath on the landscape has a positive breath form on an accompanying page. The breath becomes an object, the depiction of the idea.

For more information see here.

Gordon Bennett awarded the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award

Posted on: 23 Oct 2014

Sutton Gallery is proud to announce that Gordon Bennett has been awarded the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to visual and creative arts. Gordon is internationally acclaimed as one of the most significant and critically engaged contemporary Australian artists, whose success came quickly after he graduated from the Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1988.
He received a level of critical recognition rarely achieved by any artist, and will be remembered for the prominent role he played in questioning and exposing Australian racial categorisations and stereotypes, and powerful perspectives on the postcolonial experience.

For more information see here.


Congratulations Aleks Danko, Inaugural Rural & Regional Development Award Announced

Posted on: 16 Oct 2014

Sutton Gallery is pleased to announce that Aleks Danko has become the inaugural recipient of the $40,000 Rural & Regional Development Award.

The Award recognises Aleks' portfolio of work, the proposal for new work to be presented in Victorian rural centres Bendigo and Ballarat and further career development. Aleks' work has been exhibited in Australia and overseas and is held in all State Collections, major Regional Art Galleries and selected University Collections in Australia.
The Rural & Regional Development Award, supported by The Geoff and Helen Handbury Foundation, is offered as part of the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2014, which focuses on the importance of sculpture, in all its forms, to inform public spaces and enrich public life. The Award recognises the important contribution of sculptors in rural and regional Victoria and provides career development opportunities.


Arlo Mountford at The Substation

Posted on: 15 Oct 2014

The Substation
18 October -14 December, 2014

Arlo Mountford and Rowan McNaught present Four Escapes a large-scale sculptural installation with projected video. The work brings together a multi-layered process applied to four different objects: a CHEP pallet, a sled, a chariot and a pigeon cage. Each object-representing ideas of orientation, escape and survival-has been computer modeled, then destroyed, each fragment then re constructed, positioned and informed by the projected image.

For more information see here.

Vivienne Binns at the Art Gallery of NSW

Posted on: 14 Oct 2014

Pop to Popism
Art Gallery of New South Wales
1 November - 1 March 2015

Spanning three decades from the mid 1950s to the 1980s, the exhibition traces the origins of pop art, its heady high period and its enduring legacy both in Australia and abroad. One of our most ambitious exhibitions ever, it will consume an entire Gallery floor and feature over 200 works, including masterpieces such as Roy Lichtenstein's In the car and his first-ever comic-style painting Look Mickey, Andy Warhol's Triple Elvisand David Hockney's Portrait of an artist. For the first time, Australian artists will be showcased among their international peers.

For more information see here.

Elizabeth Gower residency at Point B Worklodge, New York

Posted on: 07 Oct 2014

Sutton Gallery would like to congratulate Elizabeth Gower on her residency at Point B Worklodge,  in Brooklyn, New York. Which she will be completing from October 1 to November 30, 2014.

Point B Worklodge is based in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. International artists and creative professionals have used these unique work lofts and network since 1996.

For more information about the residency see here.

Anne Ferran at the Monash Gallery of Art

Posted on: 07 Oct 2014

PHOTOGRAPHY MEETS FEMINISM: Australian women photographers 1970s-80s
Monash Gallery of Art
18 October- 7 December 2014

During this period of the late twentieth century, photography helped feminism and feminism helped photography. On the one hand, feminists used the highly informative and accessible medium of photography to raise awareness of critical social issues. On the other hand, photographic artists embraced feminist themes as a way of making their practice less esoteric and more engaged with contemporary life. This productive exchange between feminism and photography fostered a range of technical innovations and critical frameworks that radically transformed the direction of visual culture in Australia.

For more information see here.

Kate Beynon announced as Archibald finalist 2014

Posted on: 10 Jul 2014

The Archibald Prize

Sutton Gallery is pleased to announce that Kate Beynon is a finalist for the 2014 Archibald Prize.
The Archibald Prize was first awarded in 1921. In establishing the prize, JF Archibald's aim was to foster portraiture as well as support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians. Over the years some of Australia's most prominent artists have entered and the subjects have been equally celebrated in their fields.

Kate Beynon was inspired to transform Sandrasegar into a contemporary version of the goddess Durga. ‘Durga represents positive, feminine creative energy and a protective force,' says Beynon. Sangeeta Sandrasegar is an artist whose practice explores post-colonialism and cultural hybridity within Australia and its relationship to migrant communities and homelands.

Art Gallery of New South Wales
19 Jul - 28 Sep 2014

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
4 October 2014 - 16 November 2014

Gosford Regional Gallery
22 November 2014 - 4 January 2015

Maitland Regional Art Gallery
16 January 2015 - 22 February 2015

Lismore Regional Gallery
28 February 2015 - 12 April 2015

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
18 April 2015 - 31 May 2015

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
5 June 2015 - 19 July 2015

Griffith Regional Art Gallery
24 July 2015 - 6 September 2015

For more information see here.

David Rosetzky at ACMI

Posted on: 03 Jul 2014

David Rosetzky: Gaps
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
August 5 - February 8, 2015

David Rosetzky creates elegant videos which feature an eclectic array of performers in carefully art directed surrounds, but stirs the surface of this seductive world with an undertow of disquiet and disconnection. Gaps continues his ongoing exploration of personal identity and the relationship - or gaps - between self and other.

For more information see here.

Lindy lee at the UQ Art Museum

Posted on: 23 Jul 2014

Lindy lee: The Dark of Absolute Freedom
the University of Queensland Art Museum
20 September 2014 - 22 February 2015

Curated by Michele Helmrich, the exhibition explores Lee's acclaimed early photocopy work, and the work that evolved following her embrace of Buddhism and her Chinese heritage. Also included are recent works in which she employs pyrographic techniques to evoke the infinity of the universe, and compositions comprising flung bronze. Works have been sourced from a range of public and private collections.

For more information see here and here.


Gordon Bennett at the National Museum in Oslo

Posted on: 29 Apr 2014

An Appetite for Painting
The National Museum in Oslo, Norway
12 September - 4 January 2015

For the first time in fifteen years, the Museum of Contemporary Art devotes an exhibition to new contemporary painting, with an exhibition, that explores a range of expressive styles that is broader now than ever before, curated by Gavin Jantjes.

For more information see here.



Tributes to Gordon Bennett

Posted on: 18 Jun 2014

It is with great sorrow that we announce the untimely passing of Gordon Bennett, from natural causes on the 3rd of June, 2014.

He has made an invaluable contribution to Australian art and culture, and it is with great admiration and respect for Gordon and his practice that we acknowledge this huge loss.

Below are some tributes to the art and life of Gordon Bennett:

ABC Arts



Australia Council for the Arts

The Guardian Australia

ArtAsiaPacific Magazine



Lindy lee in Avoca

Posted on: 23 Jul 2014

Avoca Chinese Garden (2013-14)
To be officially opened by Mr Russell Jack AM and Ms Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE
11th October, 2014

The Avoca Project is Lead Organization for Avoca Chinese Garden: Small Town Transformations, a grant of $350,000 from Regional Arts Victoria to the town to create a Chinese garden in recognition of the current silence around the history of the many Chinese people who lived and worked there during the gold rush in the 1850's and afterwards.

The Garden of Fire and Water, to be officially opened on October 11th, 2014 is being created by Lindy Lee (lead artist), Mel Ogden (designer and project manager), Martin Wynne (soil expert), with Lyndal Jones as Artistic Director for the garden and associated events. This group is supported by a large committee of local residents, chaired by Jane Howe.

For more information see here.



Stephen Bush at Hazelhurst Gallery

Posted on: 13 Aug 2014

Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting
Hazelhurst Gallery, NSW
11 October - 30 November 2014

Sublime Point brings together more than 15 artists from across Australia who share common ground in the use of landscape as a signifier for aesthetic and cultural issues and understandings. Curated by Carrie Kibbler and Grahame Kime

For more information see here.

Anne Ferran at The Australian Centre for Photography

Posted on: 16 Sep 2014

Shadow Land
The Australian Centre for Photography
8 November -18 January 2015.

Presented in association with the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, ACP's main galleries will be dedicated to Shadow Land the largest exhibition of Ferran's works ever held. From a career spanning almost 30 years Shadow Land includes a selection of photographic, textile, video and text works from Ferran's most significant projects and series. Ferran's images explore the residues of Australia and New Zealand's colonial histories, observing their gaps and silences and what else they reveal.
The exhibition includes her early, landmark series Carnal Knowledge (1984) and Scenes on the Death of Nature (1986), their staged classical tableaux reflecting feminist theories of representation. Also included is more recent work including Box of Birds (2013) and the artist book Prison Library (2014).

For more information see here.

Nick Selenitsch at Incinerator Gallery

Posted on: 30 Aug 2014

Leisure & Lifestyle
Incinerator Gallery
12 December - 25 January 2015

Leisure & Lifestyle celebrates the local sporting culture of Moonee Valley through a blurring of lines between art, culture and recreational pursuits. It will showcase work from a range of artists around the themes of various sports and leisure activities. The name of the exhibition is derived from many local governments' department structures, in which the departments of ‘Arts and Culture' and ‘Recreation and Leisure' are coupled together under the same directorate.

For more information see here.

Sara Hughes at the Cathedral Square

Posted on: 01 May 2014

Flag Wall
Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand
07 April - on going

The Flag Wall public artwork uses four existing flag poles near the old Post Office building to suspend hundreds of smaller colourful flags on metal cables. The coloured flags are arranged in a diamond pattern evocative of the roof tiles on the nearby Christ Church Cathedral. The pattern can only be seen from a distance. The sculpture is part of a series of artworks by Hughes and artist Chris Heaphy commissioned by the Christchurch City Council for Cathedral Square.

For more information see here.

Survey exhibition of David Rosetzky

Posted on: 03 May 2013

True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works

One of Australia's foremost exponents of video art, David Rosetzky creates intensely beautiful videos, photo-collages and installations exploring identity, subjectivity and interpersonal relationships. Lured by high production values and beautiful subjects, the viewer becomes ensnared in Rosetzky's stiflingly stylish worlds. The artist heightens the alienation of his subjects through devices such as repetition of dialogue and action, seemingly random replacement of characters and passages of choreography.True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works will particularly emphasise this play of the individual and the group in his work as it develops across time, with particular focus on his video practice.
Curated by Naomi Cass, Director, and Kyla McFarlane, Associate Curator, at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, this is the first comprehensive survey of Rosetzky's work to date. Following the exhibition's premiere at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, the exhibition will tour nationally until 2015.

23 November - 12 January, 2013
Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, NSW.

7 March - 4 May, 2014
Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD.

6 June - 27 July, 2014
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, NSW.

9 August - 5 October, 2014
Latrobe Regional Gallery,Morwell, VIC.

15 November - 21 December, 2014
Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts, Northbridge, WA.

April - May, 2015
Riddoch Art Gallery,Mt Gambier, SA.

1 June - 10 July, 2015
Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport, TAS.

Late August - September, 2015
Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham, VIC.