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23 May to 12 July
Main Gallery

This annual Art Prize provides an opportunity for local Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to showcase work about reconciliation. In partnership with NSW Fair Trading the exhibition is held to coincide with National Reconciliation Week which is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June; the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. Entry is open to all amateur and professional artists on the Central Coast. Artwork may be submitted in any medium of art or craft.

Congratulations to all the winners of the Reconciliation Art Competition announced at the Award Ceremony on Sunday 24 May:
Tony Donovan First Prize $3,500:  Wendy Pawley
Tony Donovan Second Prize $1,000: Maria Watson-Trudgett
Open Indigenous First Prize  $1,000:Donella Waters                       
Open Indigenous Second Prize $550: Bridgette Hey
Collaborative Award First Prize $1,000: Jo-Anne Johnson and Paul Nolan                               
Non-Indigenous  First Prize $1,000: Marijke Greenway                    
Non-Indigenous Second Prize $500: Kelly McDougall                      
Sean Lonergan Indigenous Youth First Prize $500: Stevie Aston  
School Categories:
Collaborative School Project 7 - 12  Encouragement Award $125: Erina High School
Collaborative School Project 7 – 12 First Prize  $250: Wadalba Community School 
Collaborative School Project  K - 6  Encouragement Award $125: Brooke Avenue Public School
Collaborative School Project  K - 6  First Prize $250: Gosford Primary School 
Indigenous School Project  7 -11 Encouragement Award $125: Gorokan High School
Indigenous School Project  7 -12 First Prize  $250: Northlakes High School
Indigenous School Project  K -6 Encouragement Award $125: Empire Bay Public School
Indigenous School Project  K -6 First Prize  $250: Gwandalan Public School




Tony Donovan First Prize $3,500:  Wendy Pawley

Images: Danielle Minett of Natural Lights Photography



Chris Bates: Out of Time
30 May to 1 July
Foyer Gallery

Local artist Chris Bates presents a series of paintings that blend the genre of still-life with figure painting. Her work explores the relationship between microcosm and macrocosm environments.

Chris Bates, Out of Time: Now and Then (2013)


5 Lands Walk:
10 years of connecting
people to people and people to place
23 May to 12 July

This exhibition celebrates the tenth anniversary of the 5 Lands Walk, the award-winning regional festival which provides a cultural, physical and spiritual experience along 10km of Central Coast shoreline.
Over 18,000 people participate in the annual event and this exhibition considers and celebrates ten years of art, music, Aboriginal culture, land art installations, performances, community
participation and engagement


Image by Alissa Johnson of Xabc Photography

Image by Danielle Minett of Natural Lights Photography



18 July to 6 September
Main Gallery

2015 is the seventh time the biannual EMERGING competition has been held for NSW artists aged 18 to 30. This year seven finalists have been selected to exhibit an installation or body of work.
The 2015 finalists are: Eliya Nikki Cohen, Ruth Feeney, Zachariah Fenn, flatline, Maia Fung, John Moroney and Ben Soedradjit. The exhibition includes a wide variety of contemporary and innovative work across a range of mediums including immersive video installations, performance, painting and sculptural installations. The $3,000 main prize for Emerging is sponsored by the Friends of Gosford Regional Gallery.


Eliya Nikki Cohen, Love Eyes, Three-channel video installation, sound, camphor laurel stools

John Moroney, Eva, oil on board.



Richard O’Farrell: Simplicity
4 July to 5 August. Foyer Gallery

This exhibition of new work by local artist Richard O’Farrell uses three mediums: pastel drawings, silver gelatin prints and polaroid photographs to express objects in their simplest form. The work includes The Black Dog series of pastel drawings which were created to raise the profile of the Black Dog Institute, a charity that supports O’Farrell in his affliction with Bipolar Disorder.




Richard O’Farrell, the Black Dog I

Richard O’Farrell, Savitri


Peter Smeeth: Portraits
18 July to 6 September. Main Gallery

Local painter Peter Smeeth is known for his realist portraits that have been exhibited in many prominent art prizes including The Archibald Prize, The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Blake Prize and our own Gosford Art Prize. His portraits and figurative works all reflect his keen interest in anatomy and the human condition that stemmed from his medical career.
This exhibition includes portraits of high profile subjects such as Clover Moore, Peter FitzSimons and Phillip Adams as well as Smeeth’s notorious self-portrait “The Artists Fate” that won the 2011 Sulman Prize in controversial circumstances.

Peter Smeeth, The Artist’s Fate #2 - The Recovery

Peter FitzSimons, Author. 2010 Oil on canvas. Archibald Finalist


A Brush with Japan
8 August to 13 September. Foyer Gallery

An exhibition by members of the Australian Society of Miniature Art NSW (ASMA) inspired by the Gosford Edogawa Commemorative Garden. Members of ASMA work in a broad range of media including oil and watercolour painting, silver, embroidery, sculpture and hand-made miniature books. All works must meet the criteria for miniature work including a size restriction of no more than 40 cm perimeter for two-dimensional artwork and miniature sculpture no more that 15 cm in any direction.

A collaborative mural by members of ASMA depicting Japanese flowers


Gosford Art Prize 2015
26 September to 29 November. All Galleries

The Gosford Art Prize is the premier art prize on the Central Coast. The exhibition of finalists showcases the work of artists from across the nation competing for over $15,000 of prizes. The Prize is open to all Australian artists working in any medium including painting, drawing, photography, digital media, sculpture and ceramics.


Pamela Honeyfield, Fields Of Gold - In Memory Of Christine (Overall Winner Gosford Art Prize 2014).


92nd Australian Watercolour Institute Annual Exhibition
5 December 2015 to 31 January 2016. Main Gallery

The Australian Watercolour Institute is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious watercolour society. Showcasing a diversity of styles and watercolour techniques, ranging from traditional to contemporary, this exhibition will include works by Rick Amor, Nicholas Harding, Tim Storrier, John Olsen, Guy Warren, Wendy Sharpe, David van Nunen, Brian Stratton, Suzanne Archer, Graham Austin, Neil Taylor, Peter Smeeth and Jocelyn Maughan.
This year’s exhibition follows the release in May 2015 of Brushes with History: Masters of Watercolour Ninety Years of the Australian Watercolour Institute, by Linda and David van Nunen (President of the Australian Watercolour Institute).



David van Nunen Sirius Cove, Watercolour


Well Worn
5 December 2015 to 13 January 2016. Foyer Gallery

Artists Leonie Andrews, Mandy Robinson and Eleanor Jane Robinson explore the significance of “Clothes as text, clothes as narration, clothes as a story” (Linda Grant, The Thoughtful Dresser). The artworks include found object assemblages, mixed media works incorporating a range of sewing techniques, drawing and photography.



Mandy Robinson, untitled (a family group), 2015, fabric (old clothing) and found objects


Five Lands in Plein Air
15 January to 10 February 2016. Foyer Gallery

An exhibition of paintings by members of the Art Hall Crew and invited guests. Each artist has contributed two paintings: a plein air (outdoor) painting completed in situ at Terrigal and North Avoca as part of the 2015 Five Lands Walk day, and a painting completed at a later date that was inspired by the plein air painting.


Image credit: Adrian Emerton



Gosford Regional Gallery welcomes exhibition
proposals from artists of diverse practice and experience:

The Foyer Gallery

An exhibition space for emerging and established regional and national artists. Exhibitions generally run for four to five weeks and they are curated, installed and deinstalled by gallery staff. A panel reviews Foyer Gallery proposals twice a year. They are selected according to the strategic objectives of the Gallery.
Download a proposal guide and cover sheet for the Foyer Gallery, Gosford Regional Gallery

The Community Gallery
An exhibition space for regionally based artists and community orientated practice, which is hired for a fee. Exhibitions range from 2-day weekend exhibitions to three-week exhibitions. Applications for exhibitions in the Community Gallery are assessed as they are received.
Download an application form to exhibit in the Community Gallery here.

Please submit completed proposals to:
The Assistant Curator
Gosford Regional Gallery
36 Webb Street
East Gosford NSW 2260
or email gallery@gosford.nsw.gov.au