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.

Gallery hours

11am - 5pm Tues - Sat

Latest news

Ruth Hutchinson at Shepparton Art Museum

Posted on: 22 May 2015

2015 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award
Shepparton Art Museum (SAM)
22 August - 22 November, 2015

The 2015 Australian Ceramic Art Award attracted 100 Australian artists from exemplary master potters through to contemporary artists exploring ceramic traditions and the medium's potential for intervention in a range of aesthetic and political endeavours. It was a fantastic field of applicants and proposed exhibitions.
Each of the winning artists will be commissioned to produce an exhibition of new work for display at SAM. The artists will also travel to Shepparton to give presentations and run master-classes for local and visiting artists on the celebratory opening and announcement day of 22 August.

For more information see here.

Kate Beynon, Helen Johnson, Matt Hinkley, and Nick Mangan at the Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV

Posted on: 01 May 2015

Melbourne Art Book Fair
National Gallery of Victoria
1-3 May, 2015

The inaugural Melbourne Art Book Fair will launch this weekend at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Celebrating Melbourne's diverse literary heritage and love of printed matter, and international recognition as one of only eleven worldwide UNESCO Cities of Literature, the fair brings together emerging and established publishers, artists, writers and designers in a tacit gesture of rejuvenating physical literature in our digital age. The 2015 Melbourne Art Book Fair will be the first of a series of annual art book events developed by the NGV.

For more information see here.

Art and Australia will be presenting Kate Beynon's An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale. Kate will be doing book signing at the Art & Australia stand at 3pm Saturday and 11.30am Sunday.

3-ply will be presenting Helen Johnson's Painting is a Critical Form. The launch of which will be held on Saturday May 2nd from 2:30 - 3:00pm at the National Gallery of Victoria, as part of the 2015 Melbourne Art Book Fair. The launch speaker will be Elizabeth Newman.

Peter Robinson at Centre Pompidou

Posted on: 24 Apr 2015

Recreation Centre
Nouveau Festival, Centre Pompidou
18 April - 2 May 2015

Peter Robinson's work follows in the tradition of artists such as Lygia Clark and Franz Erhard Walther who encouraged audience participation with their work, attempting to shift the viewer's engagement from passive to active. Robinson is interested in taking things in a slightly different direction inviting viewers who enter the gallery space to make drawings and sculptures with his cut felt forms so that they become collaborators and co-authors of the work. This blurs distinctions between the viewer, artist and institution destabilizing the hierarchies between them momentarily. The pieces Robinson supplies have a game like quality and encourage play, experimentation and discovery, activities that he believes are not only essential to art making but extremely rewarding. His ‘games' attempt to transmit these kinds of positive experiences to the audience.

For more information see here.


David Jolly at the Australian War Memorial

Posted on: 23 Apr 2015

On the occasion of the centenary of the Landing, the Australian War Memorial has commissioned artist David Jolly to attend the Dawn Service and produce a body of work that responds to the ceremony and this important moment in Australian history.

Since the First World War, the Australian War Memorial has collected work that documents and interprets the ongoing significance of Gallipoli to Australia. This has included commissioning artists and sending them to Gallipoli. It has extensively collected internationally significant work that responds to the site and the campaign.

Rosslynd Piggott and Nick Mangan at Heide Museum of Modern Art

Posted on: 27 Mar 2015

21st Century Heide: The Collection Since 2000
Heide Museum of Modern Art
28 March - 14 June, 2015

Over 1500 artworks have been acquired by Heide since the turn of the century, from a small gem of a painting by Frank Hinder from the 1950s to a monumental installation by contemporary artist Kathy Temin. Becoming part of the museum's collection largely through gift, bequest and donated funds, they demonstrate the generosity of donors and a positive response to Heide's integration of modernist and contemporary art. Some acquisitions have entered the collection in response to recent Heide exhibitions, while others have been inspired by Heide's history and environment, as well as its renewed contemporary focus, including Siri Hayes's and Kim Donaldson's works, a site-specific painting by Mirka Mora and Callum Morton's sculpture One to One. Curated by Linda Michael, Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan

For more information see here.

David Jolly at LUMA

Posted on: 27 Mar 2015

David Jolly undertook the LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art annual Library Windows Commission, in the stairwell of the Borchardt library.

Karen Black with the Karam Foundation

Posted on: 26 Mar 2015

Zeitouna Spring 2015 Program
Karam Foundation
25 April - 1 May, 2015

This April Karen Black will travel with a team of over 40 mentors from all over the world to work with the Al Jeel School for Syrian refugees in Reyhanli, Turkey. The Zeitouna Program will help over 300 children who are currently displaced along the Syrian-Turkish border. The multi-talented team includes therapists, dentists, doctors, writers, photographers, film makers, artists, architects, athletes and journalists.

The theme of this year's Zeitouna program is Holistic Healing. Our program focuses on serving the psycho-social needs of students because educating also requires healing.

For more information see here.

Aleks Danko and Raafat Ishak at Incidents Above A Bar

Posted on: 26 Mar 2015

Incidents Above A Bar
Curated by Raafat Ishak and Lisa Radford
24  March- 12 April, 2015

Aleks Danko
Sandra Bridie
Kim Donaldson
Ry Haskings
Jack Hooper Bell
Ash Kilmartin
Maria Kozic
Nellie Reinhard
Vivienne Shark Le Witt

For more information see here.

Catherine Bell at AEAF

Posted on: 25 Mar 2015

PP/VT (Performance Presence / Video Time)
The Australian Experimental Art Foundation
Curated by Dr Anne Marsh
1 April - 16 May, 2015

Video Time - the video exhibition will explore various genres in performance art through single and dual-screen video works and installations at AEAF and the Adelaide Central School of Art. It will include documentation of live events and performance made exclusively for screen.

Performance Presence - the performance program will accompany the gallery-based exhibition, bringing together artists across generations with a focus on new works and delegated performances.

For more information see here.


Arlo Mountford at CACSA

Posted on: 03 Mar 2015

Contemporary Art Centre of SA
27 February - 29 March, 2015

During the 2015 Adelaide Festival the CACSA will present THE SKIN OF OUR TIME, with national and international artworks which act as critical interpretations that probe the pervasive normatively of social and cultural models put forward by real (and art) world institutions, through an interrogatory 'picking away' at the cortex, the crust, perhaps even the even the scab of institutional order. In expressing distrust, doubt or acerbity through personal and collective human anxiety and disorder, at real and imagined fault lines of history, authority and society.

for more information see here.

Gordon Bennett at the IMA, Brisbane

Posted on: 03 Mar 2015

Gordon Bennett: Be Polite
The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
24 October-20 December 2015

For more information see here.

Aleks Danko at the MCA

Posted on: 14 Feb 2015

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
30 July-18 October 2015

In MY FELLOW AUS-TRA-ALIENS, the MCA presents artworks ranging across over four decades of influential Victorian-based artist Aleks Danko's long career, from his early exhibitions in Adelaide in the late 1960s through to his recent large-scale installations.

In addition to many works sourced from public collections (including that of the MCA), this major survey features significant works remade or reconfigured by the artist specifically for the exhibition.
Guest curated for the MCA by Glenn Barkley. Presented in association with Heide Museum of Modern Art.

For more information see here.

Kate Beynon at TarraWarra Museum of Art

Posted on: 13 Feb 2015

An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale
28 March - 8 June 2015
TarraWarra Museum of Art

Kate Beynon's new body of work is inspired by a supernatural Chinese tale of two young spirits who traverse two worlds; one magically aquatic, the other earthly. Beynon has imagined the guiding spirit of the goddess Kwan Yin as their paths lead from tragedy to transformation, hope and healing.

The works have been commissioned by Art and Australia for a new hardcover publication, An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale, edited by Laura Murray Cree, which will include the tale alongside colour reproductions of the works in this exhibition. The book will be launched to coincide with the exhibition.

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

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 curating NEW15 at ACCA

Posted on: 05 Feb 2015

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
13 March - 17 May, 2015

Sutton Gallery is pleased to congratulate Matt Hinkley, who has been announced as the currator for NEW15, ACCA's annual commissions exhibition for rising Australian contemporary artists. Artists include George Egerton-Warburton, Richard Frater, Jessie Bullivant, Kate Newby, Ash Kilmartin, Paul Bai, Alex Vivian and Adelle Mills.

For more information see here.


Nick Mangan at Witte de With Contemporary Art

Posted on: 29 Jan 2015

Art In The Age Of... Energy and Raw Material
23 January - 3 May 2015
Witte de With Contemporary Art
Rotterdam, Netherlands

The first installment of Art In The Age Of... focuses on how forms of energy and raw material shape, or are narrated by, contemporary artistic practices. Since early times art objects have drifted with the motion and transformation of raw materials like wheat, minerals, and cotton. How does contemporary art relate to geothermal energy? To oil, gas, or alternative sources such as the sun? Could it even fly on rays of cosmic energy?

Including works by Nina Canell, Céline Condorelli, Mikhail Karikis, Nicholas Mangan, MAP Office, Marlie Mul, and Anton Vidokle.

Zircon, a 4,400-million-year-old mineral is excavated, dematerialized and reanimated in Nicholas Mangan's A World Undone, whilst material is mapped to stock market fluctuations in Talk About the Weather. In Marlie Mul's sculptural series Puddles, messy dark matter glistens and seeps, contaminated by human interaction.

For more information see here.



Nick Mangan, Matt Hinkley and Peter Robinson at Auckland Art Gallery

Posted on: 12 Dec 2014

A world undone: Works from the Chartwell Collection
Auckland Art Gallery
8 November 2014 - 5 April 2015

A world undone displays a sample of recent acquisitions of the Chartwell Trust, whose important collection of contemporary New Zealand and international art has been under the guardianship of Auckland Art Gallery since 1997.
With sculpture, painting, prints, installation and video works from 26 artists, A world undone demonstrates the wide range of art practices today and invites its audience to engage its imagination.
Includes works by Hany Armanious, John Baldessari, Andrew Barber, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Martin Creed, Daniel Crooks, Richard Frater, Gavin Hipkins, Matt Hinkley, Nicholas Mangan, Dane Mitchell, Robert Rauschenberg, Peter Robinson, Jessica Stockholder, Richard Tuttle, Rohan Wealleans and others.

For more information see here.


Congratulations to Australian Council recipients Stephen Bush, Anne Ferran, Matt Hinkley, and Amanda Marburg.

Posted on: 11 Dec 2014

Sutton Gallery is pleased to congratulate Stephen Bush on receiving a London Studio, Anne Ferran on receiving a Helsinki Studio,  Matt Hinkley on receiving a Tokyo Studio, and Amanda Marburg on receiving a Barcelona Studio.

For more information see here.

Raafat Ishak at Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait

Posted on: 02 Dec 2014

Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait
Opens on January 11, 2015

Al-Seef is a collaboration between Barjeel Art Foundation and the Contemporary Art Platform in Kuwait.

For more information see here.


Matt Hinkley at Lulu, Mexico

Posted on: 28 Nov 2014

The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary 
7 February - 17 May, 2015

For more information see here.

Curated by Fabiola Iza and Chris Sharp


Book Launch- Video Void: Australian Video Art, featuring Catherine Bell and David Rosetzky

Posted on: 27 Nov 2014

Book Launch- Video Void: Australian Video Art
Matthew Perkins (ed), Australian Scholarly Publishers, 2014.
RMIT Gallery, Friday 28 November, 5-6pm

Catherine Bell and David Rosetzky's film works are referenced in the new text Video Void: Australian Video Art, offering an in depth study of video art in Australia, from the 1960s into a new millennium considering the next generation of artists.

Video is one of the most visible contemporary art mediums of our time. Since the 1960s Australian artists such as David Perry, Peter Kennedy, Mike Parr, Jill Scott, Gary Willis, Stephen Jones, Bonita Ely and Lyndal Jones, to name a few, have paved the way for a new generation of artists who have taken up video as a creative medium. But anyone who wants to explore Australian video art faces the difficulty of accessing information about these works and tracing the histories that connect them.
With contributors John Conomos, Matthew Perkins, Stephen Jones, Jacqueline Millner, Darren Tofts, Daniel Palmer and Anne Marsh.

For mroe information see here.

Lindy Lee at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Posted on: 27 Nov 2014

Whorled Explorations
Kochi-Muziris Biennale
12 December, 2014 - 29 March, 2015.

Lindy Lee, is one of 93 artists from 30 countries invited to participate in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014, Whorled Explorations. Conceived by Jitish Kallat, Artistic Director, as a temporary observation deck hoisted at Kochi.

For more information see here.




Nicholas Mangan at Chisenhale Gallery, London, and Artspace, Sydney

Posted on: 18 Nov 2014

Chisenhale Gallery, London
3 July - 23 August, 2015

Artspace, Sydney
24 September - 1 November

The first UK solo exhibition by the Melbourne-based artist, co-commissioned with Artspace, Sydney. This major new body of work comprises two new films presented within an installation and continues Mangan's interest in exploring the unstable relationship between culture and nature. The films examine the physical and conceptual power of the sun and will be presented using equipment powered by a bespoke off-grid system, generating photovoltaic energy from solar panels installed on the roof of the gallery. Supported by the Keir Foundation and a Creative Australia New Work grant.


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.

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.


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.

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.



Survey exhibition of Anne Ferran

Posted on: 16 Sep 2014

Anne Ferran: Shadow Land

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).

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
8 February - 19 April 2014

The Australian Centre for Photography
8 November -18 January 2015

More dates to be announced.

Das Platforms video interview with Anne Ferran by Nick Garner.

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.

27 February - 12 April, 2015
Riddoch Art Gallery,Mt Gambier, SA.

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