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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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Latest news

Kate Beynon shortlisted for National Works on Paper Prize

Posted on: 19 May 2016

National Works on Paper Prize
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
16 July - 11 September 2016

Sutton Gallery is excited to announce that Kate Beynon has been shortlisted for the National Works on Paper Prize at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.

A biennial exhibition, its role is to support and promote contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper.

For more information see here.

Anne Ferran shorlisted for MAMA National Photography Prze

Posted on: 18 May 2016

MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize 2016 Exhibition
MAMA, 546 Dean Street, Albury
21 May - 7 August 2016

Sutton Gallery is excited to announce that Anne Ferran has been shorlisted for the MAMA Nathional Photography Prize.

Established in 1983, the biennial prize is the longest-running and, at $50,000, among the most lucrative, acquisitive photography prizes in Australia. More than 90 works have been acquired by MAMA since the award's inception, adding to and enriching the museum's superb collection of more than 1000 photographic works.

For more information see here.

Gordon Bennett selected for the International Joint Acquisiton Program

Posted on: 18 May 2016

The MCA has announce that Gordon Bennett has been selected for the International Joint Acquisition Program for contemporary Australian art in partnership with the Tate and Qantas.
This collection will include two paintings by Bennett, (Possession Island (Abstraction) 1991 and Number Nine 2008). Made possible through a $2.75 million corporate gift from the Qantas Foundation, this ground-breaking collaboration is enabling an ambitious five-year joint program through which a range of major artworks by contemporary Australian artists will be acquired for the collections of MCA and Tate, owned and displayed by both institutions.

For more information see here.

Gordon Bennett at CCP

Posted on: 14 May 2016

Gordon Bennett: Moving Images, Part One
Curated by Helen hughes and Chiara Scafidi
Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
27 May - 10 July 2016

Gordon Bennett: Moving Images, Part Two
Curated by Helen Hughes and Chiara Scafidi
Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
2 July - 30 July, 2016

This two-part exhibition explores the role of moving-image works within the broader practice of Gordon Bennett. Spanning a range of different media, such as video, digital animation, performance documentation and painting, the works included in Gordon Bennett: Moving Images demonstrate the fluidity with which the artist sampled imagery from the art historical canon and popular culture, and highlight his process of remixing in the production of new work. In this exhibition, objects - such as a suit - and images - such as Philip Guston's Ku Klux Klan masks and Margaret Preston's generic Aboriginal staffage - move seamlessly from the painted canvas to the screen, revealing the computer (where cutting, pasting and remixing can be undertaken at a fast pace) to be a crucial compositional aid. This exhibition presents a unique opportunity to view rarely exhibited moving-image works by both Gordon Bennett and John Citizen.

For more information see here.

Matt Hinkley at Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Posted on: 04 May 2016

Light Switch and Conduit, The Jim Barr and Mary Barr Collection
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
9 April - 14 August 2016

This exhibition explores the relationship between artworks and the domestic context by delving into the personal collection of Jim Barr and Mary Barr. Light switch and conduit focuses on their recent period of collecting and brings together works by key figures in the rising generation of contemporary New Zealand artists, alongside more established New Zealand artists and several international artists as well.

For more information see here.

Nicholas Mangan at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara

Posted on: 16 Apr 2016

Beyond 2degrees
Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara
March 13 - July 24 2016

Featuring Nicholas Mangan, Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, Carolina Caycedo, Olga Kisseleva, Otobong Nkanga, Robert Zhao Renhui, Andrea Polli, Amie Siegel, and Melanie Smith

The exhibition presents a range of global artistic perspectives on the environmental and social effects of natural resource exploitation.

For more information see here.

Anne Ferran at Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo

Posted on: 16 Apr 2016

Anne Ferran: Shadow Lands
Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo
23 April - 26 June 2016

From a career spanning 30 years this exhibition includes photographic, textile, video and text works from her most significant projects. Ferran's work examines and re-discovers Australia's colonial past by utilising museum collections, photographic archives and archaeological sites.

For more information see here.

Helga Groves shortlisted for Bayside Acqusitive Art Prize

Posted on: 13 Apr 2016

Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize
The Gallery @Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre
7 May - 26 June 2016

Sutton Gallery is excited to announce that Helga Groves has been shortlised for the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize.

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (BAAP) is an annual prize and exhibition that aims to increase opportunities for participation in Bayside's arts and cultural program; foster a sense of identity, pride and place in Bayside through a community event; and enable the acquisition of suitable artworks for the Bayside City Council Art & Heritage Collection.

For more information see here.

David Jolly at the Australian War Memorial

Posted on: 12 Apr 2016

In 2015 the Australian War Memorial commissioned David Jolly to attend the centenary Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli. Jolly spent a week walking the battlefields and visiting official war graves of Commonwealth, Turkish, and French troops on the peninsula. He was on site for the ceremony from the afternoon of 24 April, watching as thousands of audience members arrived and began the long wait for dawn.

Jolly documented his visit with photographs, drawings, film, and sound recordings. On his return to Australia he completed a series of seven reverse-paintings on glass depicting his experience on the peninsula.

The Gallipoli Centenary Commission will be unveiled on Tuesday 12 April 2016 in the Reg Saunders Gallery at the Australian War Memorial, and will remain on display until July 2016

For more information see here.

Simon Terrill at the National Portrait Gallery

Posted on: 02 Apr 2016

Creative Connections
National Portrait Gallery
17 June- 17 September 2016

Connecting young people with contemporary artists to create new artworks

Year Four : Southwark and Lambeth
Students from St Saviour's & St Olave's School in Southwark will work with photographer Simon Terrill to create artworks that respond to the lives and achievements of local people who feature in the Gallery's Collection.

For more information see here.


Stephen Bush's MCA Foyer Wall Commission

Posted on: 02 Apr 2016

MCA Foyer Wall Commission
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
March 2016 - March 2017

Sutton Gallery is excited to announce that the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) has unveiled Corde du Roi by Stephen Bush, the fourth in its series of MCA Foyer Wall Commissions.

This large canvas was photographed with a medium format camera, then printed onto PhotoTex, a printable adhesive fabric. In doing so, the original painting is transcribed.

For more information see here.


Stephen Bush and Simon Terrill at McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery

Posted on: 30 Mar 2016

McClelland Collection
McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery
20 March - 19 June 2016

Following on from the 2006 exhibition Highlights from the McClelland Collection which presented works dating from the late 1800s to the 1950s, this exhibition brings together a selection of key contemporary works from McClelland's collection. Both old favourites and recent acquisitions by many of Australia's acclaimed contemporary artists working across a range of mediums and styles, will be presented in celebration of the continuing growth and significance of McClelland's permanent collection.

For more information see here.

David Rosetzky at RMIT Gallery

Posted on: 23 Mar 2016

Light Moves, Contemporary Australian Video Art
RMIT Gallery
1 July - 21 August 2016

The exhibition features work made between 2009 and 2014 by some of Australia's most internationally-significant video artists; Daniel Crooks, Hayden Fowler, Shaun Gladwell, Gabriella and Silvana Mangano, David Rosetzky, Julie Rrap and Christian Thompson.

The presentation of work by these artists is accompanied by an engaging program of Australian and international video and experimental films created over the last 40 years and drawn from the NGA collection.

The seven works featured in Light moves explore the possibilities of movement, in most cases the body moving in space, in contemporary video. Each is an example of contemporary storytelling, inviting viewers to think about the place and significance of real bodies in a contemporary world. A world which is increasingly digitised, where many interactions happen in virtual spaces and online.

For more information see here.

Karen Black and Kate Beynon shortlisted for The Gold Award

Posted on: 23 Mar 2016

2016 Gold Award
Rockhampton Art Gallery
23 July - 4 September 2016

Sutton Gallery is excited to announce that Karen Black and Kate Beynon have been shortlisted for the 2016 Gold Award.
Queensland's richest art prize - the $50,000 Gold Award - continues its odyssey to capture the very brightest stars of the Australian contemporary art scene.
A glittering line up of nine of Australia's most in demand contemporary artists has been revealed, with the winner to be announced at Rockhampton Art Gallery on July 22.

The Gold Award is a national biennial event, presented at the Rockhampton Art Gallery, as a joint initiative of Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust and Rockhampton Regional Council.
The Gold Award honours the memory of Moya Gold, philanthropist and educator, who inspired and provided for this prize directly through a substantial bequest for the acquisition of Australian paintings.

For more information see here.

Raafat Ishak and Karen Black at MUMA

Posted on: 17 Mar 2016

Borders, Barriers, Walls
Monash University Museum of Art
30 April - 2 July 2016

Borders, barriers and walls delineate this group exhibition that includes artists from Australia and overseas. It reflects on how these selectively impervious, contested or convoluted forms shape the world, producing situations of separation, isolation or thwarted passage across the globe, from the exile of Tasmanian Indigenous peoples to the islands of Bass Strait in the nineteenth century, for example, to present refugee crises. Whether they be physical constructions, psychological constructs or natural defences, the exhibition considers the forces by which they are either upheld or breached.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring commissioned essays by Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and Yanis Varoufakis, founding member of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 and former Greek finance minister, along with a curatorial overview.

For more information see here.

Stephen Bush at TarraWarra

Posted on: 16 Mar 2016

TarraWarra Museum of Art
12 March - 31 July 2016

Featuring selected works from the TarraWarra Museum of Art collection, Panorama will explore the divergent ways in which artists have represented the Australian landscape over the past several decades. It will feature outstanding works by pioneers who redefined the way we ‘see' the landscape: Russell Drysdale, Sidney Nolan, John Olsen and Fred Williams, alongside contemporary artists who reveal the complex and often fraught nature of our engagement with place: Daniel Boyd, Danie Mellor, Stephen Bush and Imants Tillers.

Taking advantage of the tremendous depth and strength of the Museum's collection of landscape paintings, the exhibition will be staged in two parts, with a different selection of paintings exhibited in each half. A program of poetry readings, art historical talks on landscape, geological time and landscape architecture will accompany the exhibition.

For more information see here.



Gordon Bennett at PICA

Posted on: 02 Mar 2016

Be Polite
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
17 September - 30 October 2016

Gordon Bennett (1955-2014), one of Australia's most visionary and critical artists presents an exhibition of largely unseen works on paper at PICA. Though rarely seen in exhibition contexts, Bennett's drawing and script form the foundation of his practice. Paper is the site where imagery, words, and ideas often found their first expression before being combined into the large-scale conceptual paintings for which Bennett is known. Despite their relatively small scale, works in Be Polite embrace rich layers of Western and Australian Indigenous art history and contemporary politics, a direction Bennett played a leading role in developing throughout the 1980s and continued to explore in his successful career.

Nicholas Mangan at MUMA

Posted on: 24 Feb 2016

MUMA, Annual Survey Exhibition: Nicholas Mangan, Limits to Growth
Monash University Museum of Art
20 July - 10 September 2016

Presented at MUMA will be a series of four major works created over the past five years alongside a new commission, which pursues Mangan's interest in mining and Pacific Island histories by investigating currency value and the future of digital currencies such as Bitcoin. Also featuring in the exhibition is Ancient Lights 2015, which continues Mangan's investigations into the relationship between energy and social transformation. This was presented at Chisenhale Gallery, London, Mangan's first solo exhibition in the UK and comprises two films, presented within a specially conceived installation powered entirely by an on-site solar panel system.

For more information see here.


Simon Terrill RIBA collaboration

Posted on: 16 Jun 2015

The Brutalist Playground

Part sculpture, part architectural installation, all play.

The Brutalist Playground is a new commission by Turner Prize nominees Assemble and artist Simon Terrill, exploring post-war design for play. Occupying the entire Architecture Gallery at RIBA, it encourages visitors to look at the materiality and visual language of now lost Brutalist landscapes in new ways through an immersive and conceptual landscape. Although the value of Brutalist residential buildings today is much debated, this exhibition shifts the focus to the equally important playgrounds found at the feet of these structures, offering a renewed understanding and critique of the architects' original designs and intentions.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
10 June to 16 August, 2015

The Look Again Visual Art + Design Festival, Aberdeen
27 April to 29 May, 2016

16 June to 10 September, 2016

Stephen Bush shortlisted for Fleurieu Art Prize

Posted on: 18 Feb 2016

Fleurieu Art Prize
Samstag Museum of Art
Friday 3 June - Friday 29 July 2016

Sutton Gallery is excited to announce that Stephen Bush has been shortlisted for the 2016 Fleurieu Art Prize.
In 2016 the Fleurieu Art Prize - the richest landscape art prize in the world - will relocate from its home on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia to the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in Adelaide, where it will be presented to city audiences for the first time.

Landscape as a subject for art continues to capture the imagination not only of the wider community, but also increasingly of leading artists wanting to express a connection with place, and who recognise that landscape holds a compelling power for our contemporary culture.

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.