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Find out what's happening at Gosford Regional Gallery by clicking on the image opposite or scrolling down to see forthcoming exhibitions.




An Australian War Memorial travelling exhibition
Reality in flames: modern Australian art and the Second World War. Main Gallery: 19 July to 7 September 2014

Reality in flames explores the different ways in which Australian modern artists responded creatively to the war, producing work which sought to comprehend cataclysmic events. It features works from renowned artists such as Stella Bowen, Russell Drysdale, Sidney Nolan and Albert Tucker. It also provides a visual history of the period, revealing the war as a transformative force that altered Australia and the world.

The exhibition consists of 90 works of art drawn from the Australian War Memorial’s collection, which forms one of the most diverse and comprehensive accounts of Second World War Australian modern art. Many were created through the official war art scheme, where artists were commissioned to record the experience of Australians fighting overseas or of home front wartime activity – a tradition that began during the First World War and continues today. The Memorial has continued to enhance its collection of works from this period through an active program of acquisitions and donations, and the collection is now one of the most diverse and comprehensive accounts of this period in Australian military, social and art history.

This is the first exhibition dedicated exclusively to exploring the reactions of Australian modernist artists to the Second World War. Artists have always played a crucial role in recording and interpreting the Australian experience of war, and the works in this travelling exhibition explore both the dangers soldiers faced abroad and the challenges war brought to the home front and to Australian society itself.




Image credits:
Russell Drysdale (1912–1981), Soldier, 1942, oil on hardboard, 60.3 x 40.7 cm, ART92623
Sybil Craig (1901–1989) Girls working in the Container Production Room (Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong), 1945
oil on artist’s board, 40.7 x 30.2 cm, acquired under official war art scheme in 1945. ART23507
Frank Hinder (1906–1992) Bomber crash, 1949, egg tempera, oil glazes on gesso on hardboard, 59.5 x 49.1 cm, ART26924
Dennis Adams (1914–2001) Rear Gunner, Halifax, 1944, oil on canvas, 42.8 x 30 cm, acquired under official war art scheme in 1946. ART22962


19 July to 31 August 2014
Main Gallery

Imaginarium brings together three local artists: sculptor József Paulini, digital drawing artist Timothy Poynting and painter Mike Worrall, whose work explores the extraordinary realm of the human mind. Poynting and Worrall each draw on their subconscious for their subject matter. Paulini’s deliberate, stream-of-consciousness approach depicts the mind’s abstraction of reality. Although each artist works in a different medium, the pieces are united by the reoccurring motif of the human figure. Historical references, fanciful creatures and contradicting perspectives coexist in these works as within one’s imagination. Prepare yourself for a world of fascination and intrigue.


Image credit
Mike Worrall, The Forgotten Expectation (2011), oil on panel


Reef Dreamscapes
2 August to 7 September 2014
Foyer Gallery

Textile artists Maureen Locke-Maclean and Helen Lancaster transfor the Foyer Gallery into an underwater world. Corals, seaweeds, jellyfish, starfish, sea anemones and a variety of sea slugs are brought to life through sculptural textile installations using a range of techniques including machine embroidery, dyeing and the ancient art of Japanese Shibori.


Image credit
Maureen Locke-Maclean, Cream Coral (2014), polyester organza, various Shibori techniques




Gosford Art Prize 2014
20 September to 16 November 2014
Main and Foyer 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. Prizes are awarded for 2-dimensional work (including painting, drawing, printing, and mixed media), photography & digital media, sculpture and ceramics.
Entry forms will be available from 1 August 2014. All artworks entered must be delivered to the Gallery by Monday 8 September, 3.30pm.


Click Here for:Gosford Art Prize 2014 Online Entry

Click Here for: Gosford Art Prize 2014 PDF Entry Form




The Archibald Prize 2014
Main Gallery: 22 November to 4 January 2015

First awarded in 1921, The Archibald Prize is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. It is awarded annually to the best portrait, ‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’ and has become a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists. Gosford Regional Gallery is proud to host the exhibition as one of the select few regional touring venues for 2014. Entry is free, donations are appreciated.
For information about school excursions and workshops, or to book a guided tour please contact Gallery Reception (02) 4325 0056 gallery@gosford.nsw.gov.au

An Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW

Click Here for: Young Archies online Entry




Keiko Matsui
13 December to 1 February 2015
Main Gallery

Japanese born, Central Coast based ceramic artist Keiko Matsui works with fine porcelain to create functional and non-functional objects. Her work skillfully explores form, proportion and the interconnectedness between the interior and exterior of a vessel.


Image credit
Keiko Matsui Still Life Stitched Cup and Bowl


Foyer Gallery: 22 November to 4 January 2015

With the rise of the digital age, many people feel a sense of loss at the demise of the printed book. Three local artists, Judith Price, Nicole de Mestre and Sherry McCourt, collaborate to each produce a chapter, or collection of artworks, to highlight their individual take on this issue.


mage credit: Judith Price


Five Lands in Plein Air
Foyer Gallery:10 January to 4 February 2015

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 2014 Five Lands Walk day, and a painting completed at a later date that was inspired by the plein air painting.


photo credit: Tulira Henley


Exchange: 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial
10 January to 22 March 2015
Main Gallery

For the 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial, twenty-two artists have been selected from around Australia to explore themes around collaboration, interdisciplinary relationships and the cross pollination of ideas. In July 2013 all the artists were flown to Tamworth NSW to meet each other at the start of the brief. In questioning what collaboration can mean for their practice, the artists have engaged in a dynamic creative dialogue and have demonstrated to us how new work and meaning emerges from relationship and exchange. The exhibition Group Exchange presents the extraordinary work that has emerged from this enquiry.

A Tamworth Regional Gallery touring exhibition curated by Cecilia Heffer, Senior Lecturer in Textiles at the University of Technology

photo credit: Gwen Egg, The Gathering 2014 (detail) saggs (Lomandra longifolia), cotton canvas,
Dimensions variable, approx. 10x200x200 cm, Photographer: David Walker



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 Studio 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 at the Studio Gallery are assessed as they are received.
Download an application form to exhibit at the Studio 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