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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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11am - 5pm Tues - Sat

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Elizabeth Gower at Monash Art Design & Architecture

Posted on: 17 Sep 2014

Regimes of Value: The collection and utilization of urban detritus as a contemporary visual art strategy.
MADA Gallery
Monash Art Design & Architecture
17 - 23 September 2014

The research focus of Regimes of Value is the collection, appropriation and re-purpose of ephemera and urban detritus as a contemporary visual art strategy. The technological/industrialized cultures of the 21st century, which are predicated on built-in obsolescence and disposability, have led to a proliferation of urban detritus that has become operative in a range of cultural practices.
The study examines why contemporary artists appropriate discarded materials and how the material is utilized in their practice. In particular the research determines the degree to which studio location, chance, and nuances of prevailing material culture influence the content and format of contemporary practice.
To this end the study examines and contextualizes the strategies and methodologies inherent in Gower's practice and those of relevant contemporary precedents who re-assign waste materials as a strategy to critique material culture and systems of value.

Nick Selenitsch talk at Counihan Gallery

Posted on: 09 Sep 2014

The Role of Cognition & Meta Cognition in Viewing
Nick Selenitsch in conversation with Dan Arps & Peter Tyndall
Counihan Gallery
Thursday 25 September, 6 - 8 pm



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.

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.

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.

Nick Selenitsch at Counihan Gallery

Posted on: 28 Aug 2014

Counihan Gallery
5 September - 5 October 2014

Uneducated presents artworks and projects that are sociological and educational in nature. The exhibit showcases ‘active' forms of education that are expressed through the arts in the mediums of photography, video, installation, painting and socially-engaged arts. Each work explores ideas of society, knowledge and institutional learning and stimulates us to consider our role as spectators. The exhibition reflects an ‘educational turn' in contemporary art discussions, revealing how Australian artists are responding to this - contrasting recent works with historic examples from Europe.

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.


Matt Hinkley and Nick Selenitsch at Bus Projects

Posted on: 10 Sep 2014

Bus Projects
24 September -11 October 2014

¯_(ツ)_/¯ is a major fundraising exhibition of limited edition prints by a selection of Melbourne's most exciting contemporary artists. The exhibition is organised by Kim Brockett and will feature new works for sale by 21 emerging and established artists whose practices engage with contemporary displays of feelings and emotion.

¯_(ツ)_/¯ is an opportunity to celebrate and support one of Melbourne's longest running independent spaces. All profits from sales go directly towards establishing a fund to support interstate and international artist residencies at Bus Projects' twin studio spaces, as well as maintaining and upgrading the gallery's facilities.

For more information see 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.



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.



Stephen Bush at Hazelhurst Gallery

Posted on: 13 Aug 2014

Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting
Hazelhurst Gallery, NSW
11 October - 30 November 2014

Sublime Point brings together more than 15 artists from across Australia who share common ground in the use of landscape as a signifier for aesthetic and cultural issues and understandings. Curated by Carrie Kibbler and Grahame Kime

For more information see here.

Anne Ferran at The Australian Centre for Photography

Posted on: 16 Sep 2014

Shadow Land
The Australian Centre for Photography
8 November -18 January 2015.

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).

For more information see here.

Nick Selenitsch at Incinerator Gallery

Posted on: 30 Aug 2014

Leisure & Lifestyle
Incinerator Gallery
12 December - 25 January 2015

Leisure & Lifestyle celebrates the local sporting culture of Moonee Valley through a blurring of lines between art, culture and recreational pursuits. It will showcase work from a range of artists around the themes of various sports and leisure activities. The name of the exhibition is derived from many local governments' department structures, in which the departments of ‘Arts and Culture' and ‘Recreation and Leisure' are coupled together under the same directorate.

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.