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

Gordon Bennett: Readings in Memoriam

Posted on: 23 Jul 2014

Gordon Bennett: Readings in Memoriam
Gertrude Contemporary
Saturday 27 July, 2PM

Organised by Discipline, to coincide with the exhibition Nothing Beside Remains.
The Reading Room will promote Melbourne's independent arts publishers and play host to a series of events by various collaborators. Saskia Schut and Scott Mitchell have organised readings by artists, writers, designers, and publishers. The front gallery will subtly respond to the tenor of the texts through alternation of the atmosphere, lighting, time of day, or refreshments. Readings will be recorded and played continuously in the space and will also be archived on the Gertrude Contemporary website.

Readers include; David Homewood, Helen Hughes, Fergus Binns, Paris Lettau, Lisa Radford, Shelley McSpedden and Irene Sutton.

For more information see here.

Nick Mangan at Gertrude Contemporary

Posted on: 23 Jul 2014

Octopus 14: Nothing Beside Remains
Gertrude Contemporary
26 July - 23 August 2014

Nothing Beside Remains activates the entire building at 200 Gertrude Street, and for the first time visitors are invited to explore nearly the entirety of this historic building to encounter works, many site-specific, by thirteen prominent Australian and international artists.
The exhibition considers the building that houses Gertrude Contemporary as a living organism, accruing its history over time, with each renovation, addition, coat of paint, and temporary resident.
Nicholas Mangan collapses time by drilling samples of timber from around the building, from which he has produced a core sample of the building striated with its various temporal and physical phases.

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



Gordon Bennett at the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Posted on: 16 Jul 2014

Berlin Biennale 8
May 29 - August 3, 2014

Sutton Gallery is pleased to announce that Gordon Bennett will be participating in the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art.

The 8th Berlin Biennale brings together a range of international artistic positions that explore the intersection between larger historical narratives and individuals' lives. The majority of the participating artists have produced new works for the exhibition, which proposes new perspectives on the facets of and relations in history. It spans four distinct venues in western Berlin and Berlin-Mitte-Haus am Waldsee, Museen Dahlem - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and Crash Pad c/o KW.

For more information see here.

Sutton Gallery at Spring 1883

Posted on: 17 Jun 2014

Spring 1883
The Windsor, Melbourne
August 14-17, 2014

Sutton Gallery is please to be participating in Spring 1883, an exciting new art fair that draws on the traditions of the Gramercy Park Fair, New York and presents the best of contemporary art practice from Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States.
SPRING 1883 sees twenty galleries each exhibiting in a suite at The Windsor, Melbourne's oldest and most cherished grand hotel. Providing a boutique site for dialogue and interaction between galleries, artists and collectors, the fair will create a new energy for the contemporary art market in Australia.

For more information see here.


David Rosetzky at Ten Cubed

Posted on: 14 May 2014

David Rosetzky
Ten Cubed
27 May - 6 September 2014

David Rosetzky premiers his new video work Incomplete, open, 2013/14 in this exhibition. Filmed during his recent residency in Italy, and informed by the sculptural works of Sol LeWitt, Rosetzky worked with local dancers, actors and choreographers to create a music and dance performance exploring the binary themes of sameness and difference, anxiety and comfort, desire and restraint, proximity and distance. His video works and collages create scenarios in which human behaviour, contemporary culture and community come under intimate observation. Rosetzky explores the space between the real and the ideal in everyday life and he reveals our sense of self to be both porous and unstable.

For more information see here.


Vivienne Binns at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Posted on: 20 Jun 2014

Binns and Valamanesh
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
19 July - 7 September 2014

Vivienne Binns and Hossein Valamanesh are mighty forces in the Australian contemporary art landscape. Their individual practices are uncompromising and evolving as both artists continually experiment with material, form and subject. Despite this ongoing evolution spanning nearly half a century of art practice, an acutely individual visual language has pervaded each artist's work, marking it as their own as instantly as a signature.

For more information see here.

Arts Hub article  here.

Catherine Bell at Gippsland Art Gallery

Posted on: 15 May 2014

The f Word
Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale
July 19 - September 7 2014

The f Word is an exploration of the resurgence in contemporary feminist art in Victoria. Spanning two venues, the project focuses on engaging with emerging and established artists, links across feminist generations and a wide range of disciplines including painting, craft, video, photography and sculpture.
Artists including Catherine Bell, Kate Just, Filomena Coppola, Penny Byrne and Elvis Richardson draw on kindred approaches from the 70's such as solidarity and community to explore how feminism has evolved and what does it mean to be a feminist artist today. Other artists including Jill Orr and Clare Rae use their powerful photography skills to explore poetic and subtle nuances of memory and history in a feminist context.

For more information see here.

Kate Beynon announced as Archibald finalist 2014

Posted on: 10 Jul 2014

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

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.

For more information see here.

Kate Beynon at Ararat Regional Art Gallery

Posted on: 15 May 2014

The f Word
Ararat Regional Art Gallery
August 28 - October 12 2014

The f Word is an exploration of the resurgence in contemporary feminist art in Victoria. Spanning two venues, the project focuses on engaging with emerging and established artists, links across feminist generations and a wide range of disciplines including painting, craft, video, photography andsculpture.
Twelve artists display a range of craft based, sculptural, video and photographic works to open up ideas of contemporary feminist identity and visibility. Artists of the calibre of Kate Beynon, Lyndal Walker and Destiny Deacon show alongside a talented group of emerging artists including Inez de Vega, Louise Saxton, Georgia MacGuire and Janice Gobey. Curated by Caroline Phillips, The f Word is the culmination of two years development and engagement focusing on dialogue with Regional Victoria and feminism across the generations.

For more information see here or 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.



Lindy lee in Avoca

Posted on: 23 Jul 2014

The Avoca Chinese Garden
Avoca, Victoria
Opening October 11th 2014

Avoca has a powerful history tied to its Chinese heritage from Goldfield times about which there has been a long silence. The community response is a wish to transform the silence by creating a contemporary and sustainable Chinese garden in Avoca whose very presence would speak gently but clearly to our shared heritage with the Chinese people who were once so much a part of the town.
The Avoca Chinese Garden is being designed and built by a team of incredibly talented artists and local experts including the acclaimed Lindy Lee, Lyndal Jones, and Mel Ogden.

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.

David Rosetzky artist talk at ACMI

Posted on: 23 Jul 2014

Floor Talk: David Rosetzky
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Wed 6 Aug 2014, 6.15pm
Thu 14 Aug 2014, 6.30pm
Free Admission

David Rosetzky is one of Australia's leading video artists. Discover the creative processes behind his new workGaps in this special gallery floor talk. Gaps was realised through creative collaboration with choreographer Stephanie Lake, two dancers and two actors. This methodology is also a feature of earlier works such as Half Brother (2013), How to Feel (2011) andThink of Yourself As Plural (2008). In this new work, Rosetzky and his collaborators explore concepts of rehearsal and performance, sameness and difference, self and other through dance, movement and speech. Gaps is jointly commissioned by ACMI and Carriageworks. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

For more information see here.

Lindy lee at the UQ Art Museum

Posted on: 23 Jul 2014

Lindy lee
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.


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.

Late October – end 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.