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

Latest news

Amanda Marburg's interactive play space at Benalla Art Gallery

Posted on: 17 Dec 2015

Amanda Marburg: Fairy Tale Art Space
Benalla Art Gallery
26 November - 28 February 2016

Amanda Marburg's distinctive paintings are the end product of an extended process involving photography and model making. Her method is to build plasticine figures and structures before photographing the strange worlds she creates against studio backdrops, which then act as the final basis for her paintings.

This exhibition is an interactive participatory play space for children and parents. Several stations are available for plasticine modelling alongside Amanda's paintings inspired by Grimm's Fairy Tales. This creative space is full of activities and books designed for children to explore and have fun with art.

For more information see here.

Amanda Marburg will be running an interactive workshop in the gallery, for children aged 5-12 on the 14th of January 2016.

Elizabeth Gower and Aleks Danko at TarraWarra Museum of Art

Posted on: 15 Dec 2015

TarraWarra Museum of Art
5 December 2015 - 28 February, 2016

Howard Arkley (and friends...) includes over 60 paintings by Arkley from 1974 until 1999, featuring a number of works that have not been shown before along with some of his most iconic images. Key paintings have been selected from different periods of his career, including the sparse black and white paintings from the 1970s; his breakthrough into figuration with works such asPrimitive and Tattooed Head; his surreal Zappo and cacti paintings; the electrifying house exteriors and interiors; and his final freeway works.

Nick Selenitsch at Latrobe Regional Gallery

Posted on: 25 Nov 2015

Kangaroo Court
Latrobe Regional Gallery
16 October 2015 - 17 January 2016

Anyone who has walked out alone, onto an empty sports oval, a silent AFL ground, or indeed any arena, will know that these playgrounds so often resonate with imaginative energy. They can become places of vivid reflection, even though they are silent and empty. You may be intrigued by Nick Selenitsch's latest work, Kangaroo Court, currently on display at the Latrobe Regional Gallery.

For more information see here.

Nicholas Mangan at ACCA

Posted on: 18 Nov 2015

The Biography of Things
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
11 December 2015 - 21 February 2016

An exhibition that explores works where artists use objects, archives and collections to trace the labyrinthine stories that live behind things. The Biography of Things reveals narratives of loss, intrigue, histories and people, from the objective to subjective. Working as if detectives, the artists brought together in this exhibition bring a lively approach to object encounters, revealing much about what time has concealed or forgotten.

For more information see here.

Sutton Gallery at Art LA Contemporary

Posted on: 18 Nov 2015

We are thrilled to announce that Sutton Gallery will be attending Art LA Contemporary, in the Barker Hanger, Los Angeles next January 28th - 31st, with assistance from Arts Victoria.

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

The IMA is pleased to present an exhibition of largely unseen works on paper by one of Australia's most visionary and critical artists, Gordon Bennett (1955-2014), Be Polite. The IMA's Executive Directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh have worked closely with the Estate of Gordon Bennett to curate a selection of works on paper that comprise drawing, painting, watercolour, poetry, and essays from the early 1990s through to the early 2000s. 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. 

For more information see here.

Nicholas Mangan at University of Toronto Art Centre

Posted on: 08 Oct 2015

Rocks, Stones, and Dust
University of Toronto Art Centre
October 28 - December 18, 2015

Rocks, Stones, and Dust is an exhibition devoted to rocks and their relations. The exhibition surveys diverse speculations on the role that rocks play in the development of human culture and how they exist to and for themselves. Rocks are everywhere: they are in our tools, architecture, philosophy, theology, beneath our feet, and flying far above our heads. But even in their ubiquity there is something mysterious about rocks; they are prototypically non-human and characteristic of the least animated object in our world, yet some stones inspire us to pick them up off the side of the road and carry them with us, or stare into their surface to look for inner truths. Curated by John G. Hampton

For more information see here.

David Rosetzky at Monash Gallery of Art

Posted on: 05 Nov 2015

Cutting edge: 21st-century photography
Monash Gallery of Art
November 26, 2015 to February 21, 2016

Photography has become very crafty in the 21st century. This exhibition features the work of contemporary artists who disrupt the seamless uniformity of screen-based photography by cutting, pinning, folding and puncturing photographic prints. Participants include Danica Chappell, Peta Clancy, Vivian Cooper Smith, Eliza Hutchison, Justine Khamara, Paul Knight, Derek Kreckler, Luke Parker, Emidio Puglielli, David Rosetzky, Martin Smith and James Tylor.

For more information see here.

Viv Binns, Matt Hinkley and Ros Piggott at the NGV

Posted on: 25 Sep 2015

Lurid Beauty
The National Gallery of Victoria
9 October 15 - 31 January, 2016

Surrealism was one of the most influential artistic movements of the 20th century. Noted for their experimental and playful approaches, Surrealist artists sought to challenge artistic conventions, opening their work to unexpected results and to the accidental image.

Lurid Beauty presents over 200 paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures, fashion, films and photographs as well as considering theatre and performance in an exuberant exploration of Surrealism and its profound influence on Australian art and creative life. Juxtaposing historical and contemporary works, the immersive exhibition will showcase the work of artists including Matt Hinkley, Viv Binns, Rosslynd Piggott, Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Max Dupain, Eric Thake, James Gleeson, Julie Rrap, Pat Brassington, Leigh Bowery and David Noonan.

For more information see here.

Catherine Bell at the Western Treatment Plant

Posted on: 05 Nov 2015

Western Treatment Plant
Saturday 14 and 21, November

Wyndham Art Gallery
November 24, 2015

Curated by Professor David Cross from Deakin University, TREATMENT involves 6 artists who have all selected locations on the property and made site specific work to be viewed on a bus tour around the plant.
TREATED, an exhibition at the Wyndham Art Gallery based on the work shown at the Western Treatment Plant, opens November 24.

From Cocoroc, the ghost town of the original residents at the farm, to the raw sewage ponds, artists created complex works for a two day art tour. TREATED documents this process and the resulting work. Curated by Dr. Cameron Bishop, also from Deakin University it will allow visitors to reflect on the works completed on-site, the practice of the artists and consider ideas around process, elimination and purification.

For more information see here.

Aleks Danko at Heide

Posted on: 30 Sep 2015

Heide Museum of Contemporary Art
7 November 2015 - 21 February 2016

MY FELLOW AUS-TRA-ALIENS presents artworks spanning more than four decades of the long career of influential Victorian-based artist Aleks Danko, from his early exhibitions in Adelaide in the late 1960s through to his recent large-scale installations. Although the artist is versed in a range of disciplines, for the most part his practice remains firmly grounded within the world of objects. Using language as his starting point, he transforms sound, speech, rhymes, puns and repetitions into something more concrete. Akin to poetry, these text-based pieces are short and sharp, designed to be read aloud, vocalised and performed. In addition to many objects sourced from public collections, this major survey features significant works remade or reconfigured by the artist specifically for the exhibition.

For more information see here.

Matt Hinkley at MUMA

Posted on: 25 Sep 2015

3 October - 12 December, 2015

Technologism is a major group exhibition which brings together thirty-two historical and contemporary artworks, including several new commissions from Australian practitioners. Technologism wrestles with the profound cultural, social and political impact technology has made on art since the 1960s.

Artists - with a natural propensity for constant upheaval - have whole-heartedly embraced radical changes in technology over the last sixty years. Featuring artworks that engage both physically and conceptually with electronic systems - television, computers, the internet, smartphones - Technologism focuses on the ways artists critique and disrupt official uses of the media, or construct their own machines and data systems.

For more information see here.

Helen Johnson at the NGV

Posted on: 02 Sep 2015

Pleasure & Reality
National Gallery of Victoria
18 September 15 - February, 2016

Pleasure & Reality brings together new and recent work by five leading Australian contemporary artists: Tony Garifalakis, Nathan Gray, Helen Johnson, Marian Tubbs and Justene Williams. Presenting the latest practices in contemporary art, Pleasure & Reality includes immersive installations, sculpture, video and painting, from Marian Tubbs' seductive digital compositions to Justene Williams' hallucinatory performative video works. The exhibition will also include Nathan Gray's multi-channel video installation Species of Spaces 2013-14; filmed amongst the abandoned and forgotten spaces of Cockatoo Island, the work reconfigures the sounds of the island into an experimental soundscape. Pleasure & Reality reflects the five artists' shared interest in generating new meanings from everyday images and objects, through works which offer fresh perspectives on the contemporary world.

For more infroamtion see here.

Anne Ferran at Newcastle Art Gallery

Posted on: 29 Aug 2015

Shadow Land
12 September- 15 November, 2015
Newcastle Art Gallery

Shadow Land is a comprehensive career survey spanning almost 30 years of photo media artist Anne Ferran. This impressive exhibition includes a selection of photographic, textile, video and text works from Ferran's most significant projects and series.

For more information see here.

Raafat Ishak at the Aga Khan Museum

Posted on: 02 Jul 2015

Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation
Aga Khan Museum
July 25, 2015 - January 03, 2016

Pushing boundaries, testing limits: this powerful exhibition from the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE runs the gamut from photography to installation, sculpture to painting, and more. Experience the work of 12 Arab artists who examine how private life is shaped by current political events.

For more information see here.

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.

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.

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.