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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David Jolly at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery

Posted on: 12 Apr 2014

Learning to Leave
Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts
6 June - 5 July 2014
Opening Thursday 5 June, 6-8pm

This exhibition, enacted as a series of layers, will consider the ways in which artists work as well as the context in which they work. The first layer is specific and physical (consisting of artworks and music recordings); the second comprises spatial and allegorical layers (sculptural construction and video); and the third conceptual and discursive. The installation itself will take the form of a sequence of freestanding rooms and corridors that together act as a framework and armature for the artwork. This architecture will stand and form independently of gallery walls and fittings, while the artists will address the exhibition concept in one of two ways: either their work is the object and project of independent ‘studio practice', or they are artists who through their work unfold and reshape the mechanics, languages and codes of practice.

For more information see here.

Nicholas Mangan at MUMA

Posted on: 12 Apr 2014

Monash University Museum of Art
3 May - 5 July 2014

Curated by Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow, the exhibition explores the concrete, or the solid and its counter: change, the flow of time. As we prepare to mark the centenary of the First World War, the exhibition considers the impact of time upon built and monumental form, reading between materiality and emotion, form and memory.
Monuments reflect a desire for commemoration, truth, honour and justice. Equally, they may function to consolidate political power and national identity. Works in the exhibition locate the monumental in relation to longer cycles of construction, displacement and erasure; archaeology, geology and paleontology; the shifting politics of memory and ways to describe a history of place.

For more information see here.



Helen Johnson at West Space

Posted on: 08 Apr 2014

Just Paintings
West Space gallery
11 April - 11 May 2014

The exhibtion Just Paintings, reveals a collection of collaborative works by Helen Johnson, George Egerton-Warburton and Hamishi Farah, presented in the backspace of West Space gallery.

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Helga Groves at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Posted on: 05 Apr 2014

National Works on Paper
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
23 May - 20 July 2014

National Works on Paper is one of Australia's most prestigious awards and acquisitive exhibitions. A biennial exhibition, its role is to support and promote contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper.

For more information see here.

Amanda Marburg at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation

Posted on: 04 Apr 2014

Aspy Kids
Australian Experimental Art Foundation
11 Apr - 11 May 2014

Taking its title from a painting by Amanda Marburg, that spells out 'aspy kid' as a watercolour that reproduces letters modelled in play dough, Aspy Kids examines tendencies in a new generation of artists to explore the formless & irrational, the messy & juvenile, sometimes even the naughty & puerile

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Nick Selenitsch at Plinth Projects

Posted on: 03 Apr 2014

Plinth Projects: Nick Selenitsch
Edinburgh Gardens, Melbourne
6 - 30 April 2014

Opening Picnic at the Basketball Court!
Sunday 6 April, 4-6pm

In April 2014 Nick Selenitsch will install Folly, a sculptural construction celebrating a lifetime of playing basketball, in competitions and on public outdoor courts like the one in Edinburgh Gardens. Selenitsch grew up in nearby Clifton Hill and has regularly played the game at any accessible court in the area over the past 25 years.
In what will be Plinth Projects' final exhibition, the artwork constitutes a monument to amateur sporting activity and a representation of the artist's ongoing interest in the foundational role of play.

For more information see here.


Nick Selenitsch at The Substation

Posted on: 29 Mar 2014

Merchant City
The Substation
28 March - 27 April

Merchant City is an exhibition about trade and exchange; from one person to another, from one place to another. It examines the contemporary world through the lenses of consumption, globalisation, and cultural appropriation. Several of the works in this exhibition focus on the industrial past and present of the western suburbs of Melbourne by exploring trade routes, infrastructure and people.

For more information see here.



Amanda Marburg at LUMA

Posted on: 29 Mar 2014

The Medium is the Message
La Trobe University Museum of Art
30 April - 27 June 2014
Opening: 30 April 2014

The Medium is the Message explores painting, paint and other self-conscious representations of material, process and art history in contemporary Australian realism. The exhibition includes some stunning work by Chris Bond, Eolo Paul Bottaro, Juan Ford, Sam Leach, Victoria Reichelt and Amanda Marburg.

For more information see here.

Stephen Bush at the Counihan Gallery

Posted on: 27 Mar 2014

In Your Dreams
Counihan Gallery in Brunswick
9 May - 8 June 2014
Opening: 8 May 2014

Curated by Edwina Bartlem and Victor Griss, In Your Dreams explores fantastic worlds and imaginary creatures through a range of media including sculpture, painting, printmaking, collage, artist's books, projection, sound and interactive artwork. It playfully engages multiple senses, creating an enticing environment that sparks the imagination of children and the young-at-heart.

Accompanying the exhibition is a public program featuring performance, workshops and creative activities for children and families.

For more informations see here.

Matt Hinkley at the 19th Biennale of Sydney

Posted on: 06 Mar 2014

The 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire.
Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour
21 March -9 June, 2014

We are excited to announce Matt Hinkley's participation in the The 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire. Under the artistic direction of Juliana Engberg, You Imagine What You Desire is an evocation celebrating the artistic imagination as a spirited describing and exploration of the world through metaphor and poesis.

For more information see here.



Stephen Bush at Ian Potter Museum

Posted on: 26 Feb 2014

A Vizard Foundation Contemporary Artist Project
Ian Potter Museum of Art
The University of Melbourne
27 March - 6 June, 2014

Steenhuffel brings together works produced over a period of more than thirty years by the internationally recognised Australian painter Stephen Bush. Like Bush's painting practice, Steenhuffel is a playful and compelling exploration of the experience of the contemporary painter.

The exhibition, which includes a series of new paintings, presents works that characteristically combine adroit figuration and visceral abstraction, and convey a sense of existential questioning, of friction, discipline, and the notion of the sublime.

For more information see here.



Anne Ferran at Sofitel

Posted on: 25 Feb 2014

A Box of Birds
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
4 March - 1 June 2014

Anne Ferran is one of Australia's foremost photographic artists. For this exhibition three large-scale photographs will be installed in the windows of the Lobby Gallery at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins. Depicting dancers who improvise movements using large pieces of dyed and painted felt material, these photographs celebrate the magic of fabric and the ability of such materials to come alive in Anne's work. Sofitel Melbourne On Collins is proud to present Anne Ferran: A Box of Birds in association with the Monash Gallery of Art.

For more information see here.

Catherine Bell at Monash Gallery of Art

Posted on: 22 Feb 2014

New Photography From the Footpath
Monash Gallery of Art
3 April - 8 June 2014

Alongside The Rennie Ellis Show, which celebrates the work of one of Australia’s most prolific street photographers, New Photography From the Footpath points to the ongoing relevance of candid photography in public space. Catherine Bell, Glenn Sloggett and Ian Tippett are all Melbourne-based artists who embrace street photography as a means of capturing the vitality of contemporary life.

For more information see here.

John Meade and Nick Selenitsch at Wangaratta Art Gallery

Posted on: 21 Feb 2014

The Gathering II: A Survey Exhibition of Australian Sculpture
Wangaratta Art Gallery
8 March - 11 May 2014

The Gathering II presents sculptures by some of Australia's leading artists working in three dimensions. A survey exhibition comprising late modernist and contemporary works, this exhibition celebrates formal elements of form, mass, positive and negative space, movement and articulation of space as well as conceptually based art.

For more information see here.


Posted on: 31 Jan 2014

Nick Selenitsch: Play
Shepparton Art Museum
Friday 7 February 2014 - Sunday 27 April 2014
Guest Curator: Danny Lacy

Play presents a selection of key works by Melbourne-based artist Nick Selenitsch that can be both looked at and interacted with. Selenitsch's practice draws upon imagery from modern abstraction as well as games and sport, and transforms the markings, colours and participation in these activities into sculptural works using everyday objects and materials.
SAM Out Late! In conversation with Danny Lacy and Nick Selenitsch
Wednesday 19 March 2014, 6pm

Anne Ferran survey exhibition at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Posted on: 06 Dec 2013

Anne Ferran: Shadow Land
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth
8 February - 19 April 2014

Shadow Land is a survey exhibition of Anne Ferran's most significant projects and series, spanning more than 30 years. The exhibition has been accompanied by a residency in Fremantle resulting in a new body of work based on the disbanded library at the Fremantle Prison, as well as a limited edition artist book titled Prison Library.

For more information see here.

Peter Robinson & Simon Terrill featured in 'The Piranesi Effect'

Posted on: 06 Dec 2013

The Piranesi Effect
Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne
20 February - 25 May 2014

A group exhibition curated by Jenny Long, that explores the practice of Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778),
one of the most extraordinary printmakers of the 18th century, and the ways in which his work continues to excite artists and designers in the 21st century.

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.