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The MCA have got an action-packed month for all you artist’s with kids!  Don’t miss their very last Sunday Family Fun Day of the year, join them in the search for cool colours on an Art Safari through the gallery, explore Primavera 2015 with your bub during Art Baby and pop in for ARTplay!









A new gallery and shop space in Forest Lodge providing opportunities for local artists, designers and makers; A new venue that fosters exhibiting, learning
 and acquiring;
An alternative to the traditional gallery model; A new model for connecting with a wider audience.

HOURS: WED – FRI 11-4 | SAT 11-6 | SUN 11-4

gaffa gallery

Year three of the Creative Live Work Spaces Program

In cooperation with the City of Sydney, Gaffa facilitates six tenancy opportunities for individuals working in the creative industries. For the third year running, six one bedroom creative live work apartments in an apartment block in Darlinghurst, will provide working studios and residential accommodation for creative practitioners. Tenancies will begin from June 2016.

Artists/creatives are invited to apply for one of six residencies on 12 month leases. Applications will be assessed considering experience, creative practice and approach to collaboration. A residential lease agreement will be established between the successful applicant and the City of Sydney. Rent will be charged at $250.00 per week for the duration of the lease and a bond of one month’s rent will be required. In addition, an agreement with the successful applicant and Gaffa will be entered into, outlining expectations and responsibilities of tenants for the duration of the lease.

INFORMATION SESSION An information session will be held on Monday November 23, 6-8pm at The Australian Centre for Design, 101-115 William Street, Darlinghurst. *The information session will also include a viewing of one of the apartments. RSVP is essential. Please RSVP to with ‘RSVP MONDAY 23’ as the subject line.

Applicants should download and read the William Street Creative Live Work Spaces Info-Kit prior to applying.

PLEASE NOTE: Application material should be prepared prior to beginning the online process as it is not possible to save and return to an application. We recommend working from a draft in a WORD DOC from which you can cut and paste.
Applications will be open from Monday November 9, 2015 until midnight Friday December 11, 2015.

CURRENT 2015 TENANTS Find out who the current tenants are.
RELATED LINKS Creative City Sydney City of Sydney Cultural Policy Action Plan


Project [504] is currently accepting exhibition proposals. If you’re an artist or a group of artists please feel free to contact them. Email them now to find out there new costs:

They have approximately 250 sqm of exhibition area for only $1500 for two weeks with a large street frontage ground floor window facing busy Pacific Hwy in St Leonards, only 2 min walk from St Leonards station, offering incredible exposure to the busy main street traffic.

The exhibition space features include:

  • 24 hour exposure to busy Pacific Hwy,
  • Large amount of passing foot and car traffic,
  • Over 250sqm floor space with concrete floors, nearly 4m high ceilings with warehouse style modern interior,
  • Spot lights,
  • State of the art Artrack hanging system

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects. The National Portrait Gallery offers a prize of $25,000 for the most outstanding photographic portrait.





The Other Art Fair is launching for the first time in Sydney this September. Currently the UK’s largest artist-led fair, Sydney-siders will now have the chance to purchase work direct from 85 unrepresented artists. Each artist has been carefully chosen to exhibit their work by our esteemed selection committee including Paris Nielsen; Dick Quan; Mikala Dwyer; Virginia Wilson and Megan Robson.

Visit The Other Art Fair to discover the next big thing!

Friends of Sydney Galleries can claim a Complimentary Ticket (valued at $15 each) to the fair over 11th-13th September.

Simply enter this code:   TOAFSYDGALL762289



In Gallery with Project [504]


1) Where did the idea of starting a gallery come from?

The idea was initially conceived by Lane Cove Council. They have an extensive arts program, in negotiations with developers and property companies and are always pushing the idea of community use of underused office/retail space. It’s a win-win scenario where everyone benefits, tenants and the local community get access to the arts and culture, whereas artists get an arts space that is outside the commercial gallery scene. Enabling them to showcase more experimental and non-commercial but at the same time they can have a traditional show.  The space is available for themed group shows, solo exhibitions that we see as different and interesting.
Proposals are always welcome! Email us here.

2) What kind of artists do you want showing in your gallery? Is there a general skill level or style that you look for?

Our vision is to showcase awe-inspiring work, that will leave the viewer touched and inspired, whether it be master pieces by established well-known artists, Archibald portraits by top end Australian artists,  intriguing installations, or skilfully crafted works by emerging, promising new talents. The works we would like to show should be exceptional, have an edge, cause discussion, provoke, make you think, exhibiting technical excellence in their craft and have contemporary relevance.

3) What is the best way to approach your gallery?

We encourage applications via our website
You can view the gallery during opening hours Mo-Fri 11-5pm.

Project 504 Floor Plan

4) What is your galleries philosophy?

Fostering excellence in art.


5) What is different about project[504]?

Our biggest point of difference is that we combine the best of a non-for-profit ARI with features and services of a commercial gallery. A lot of ARI’s are hidden away warehouses in back streets of suburbia that rely solely on word of mouth traffic. Project [504] is a spacious 450 square-metre New York loft style showroom, with 4 metre high ceilings and large shop front windows facing busy Pacific Highway, surrounded by interior design and furniture stores, servicing the busy St Leonards business district.
We have all the freedoms of a non-profit organisation to put on impactful, edgy, non-commercial events and exhibitions, while at the same time providing emerging and established artists with a highly professional service, very similar to what they would expect on the commercial gallery scene. You can be sure that when you walk into either of the Project 504 galleries, you will be seeing a carefully chosen and expertly curated exhibition.

We are also a living, breathing gallery with onsite studio spaces where art happens in real time. The studios bring together a group of talented, passionate people that use their networks to promote the project and share their knowledge fostering new talent. The space is run by some well established artists who already are represented by other commercial galleries, so there is a lot of knowledge and expertise available from us. All resident artists engage in the Australian artistic community as career artists.

6) It is a hard market out there, how are you finding it?

Considering we’ve only been around for a short while, we received an avalanche of exhibition proposals. We’ve had lots of positive feedback both from local businesses as well as the arts community, with many artists popping in to say hello, welcoming us to the area. We’ve also had some fabulous turnouts at exhibition openings, with several hundreds of people attending the launch and we have growing numbers at sketch clubs and events. It may be a difficult market but as a brand new gallery, we feel confident of making a strong impact in non-commercial ways, using our innovation, expertise and networks to make our exhibitions a financial success for our artists.

7) Tell us about your gallery team?

The founder: Kathrin Longhurst, she ran an artist collective on the Northern Beaches, operated an art gallery near Manly for 3 years, later becoming the Vice President for Portrait Artists Australia and is now represented by Art Equity in Sydney, where she had several sell out solo shows.

Our Gallery Director: Vanessa Callum, runs a successful PR business and operates out of our North Sydney Gallery on Berry Street. She oversees contracts, events, PR, printing, advertising, bookkeeping and the day-to-day running of Project[504].

Gallery Manager: Lucy West-Sooby, oil painter extraordinaire and 2014 winner of the prestigious Brett Whiteley scholarship at the Julian Ashton Art School. She manages the operation of the St. Leonard’s gallery, handling inquiries and getting exhibitions off the ground. She is the friendly first point of contact for artists interested in hiring the space for exhibitions, events and workshops, or simply wanting to know more about Project [504].

Our front-of-House: Krista Brennan, Illustrator and art teacher is with us on a part-time basis as front of house.

PR/Marketing: Mark Rowden, National Art School graduate and established artist/print-maker Mark brings a wealth of knowledge in PR and marketing through his widespread network of artists and art enthusiasts.

Gallery Curator: Marcus Callum, three times Archibald finalist is heading our curatorial team working closely with exhibiting artists and selecting the most exciting works for shows at our gallery space.

8) Have you any advice when choosing a gallery to show in?

Finding the right match is not always easy. Sometimes trial and error is the way to go. Artist run spaces are a great way to test the market with a new body of work or if you have no contractual ties to a commercial gallery. It also allows you to showcase your work and invite commercial galleries to see it in a professional setting if your long term goal is to find permanent gallery representation.

9) There are plenty of ARI (Artist run initiatives) out there, What are your thoughts on these spaces within the market?

ARIs are a really important part of the art world, they lie somewhere between commercial galleries and public/regional galleries. The often give collectors access to new talents early in their careers, they allow the artists to learn new skills and get familiar with the exhibition process and different aspects of marketing and selling their work in a communal environment. The instant feedback on work can also make a difference to an artist’s development.

10) Melbourne vs Sydney how do you see the arts and the major differences?

A lot of people tell us that Sydney is a better market for selling art. The Melbourne art market tends to be more conservative and take longer to adopt a new artist. We’ve had several exhibition proposals from Melbourne artists to exhibit here, so it looks like people are quite excited about being shown in Sydney.


11) Social media is everywhere, do you use it and does it help the gallery?

Yes, we use social media to keep our fans informed about upcoming shows, workshops, events and what’s new in the gallery. We like to showcase new works that arrived and which artworks we particular find interesting.

12) What art do you have on your wall at home and your office?

Being an artist, the best way to build my own collection is to trade work with other artists I like. So most of the pieces that are hanging on my wall are works by my artist friends and a few smaller pieces I have purchased at exhibitions.

13) Where can we find out more about your gallery?

Online at, through a visit to one of our galleries at 65 Berry St North Sydney or 504 Pacific Hwy St Leonards or call the gallery on 0450 468 387

To Book a show or get some more information email here.


14) What shows are coming up over the next couple of months?

Next up at the gallery is a show by acclaimed photographer David Charles Collin of his Black and white photographs called “Silver Narcissus”. Then we have a 3 man show of paintings, drawings and sculpture called “Quick Shot” by Leonie Robison, Paul Hattaway and Adrienne Watson and after that a two man show with paintings and sculpture called “Nebulae and Elementals” by Archibald finalist Guy Morgan and sculptor Lee Blattman. For more information visit our website.


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Each year a mass of press and cameras head to the Art Gallery of NSW to hear the all important announcement who is the winner of this year’s Archibald!

Today we have just heard that Nigel Milsom has won the 2015 Archibald Prize with the painting ‘Judo house pt 6 (the white bird)’

The Sir John Sulman Prize goes to Jason Phu with the work ‘I was at yum cha when in rolled the three severed heads of Buddha: Fear, Malice and Death’

The Wynne Prize goes to Natasha Bieniek with the work ‘Biophilia’

The winner of the Pring Prize 2015 is Viola Dominello with ‘On the river’

The Winner of the Trustees’ Watercolour Prize 2015 is Max Miller with the work ‘The world of dew is only the world of dew and yet…oh…and yet…’ Kobayashi Issa (1763–1828)

Here is a link to the previous winners


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Warringah Art Prize

Prize Pool More Than Doubled as Exhibition Moves to Warringah Creative Space
Artists are the winners as Warringah Council relaunches the Warringah Art Exhibition as the Warringah Art Prize – more than doubling the prize pool to $22,000.
‘Residents have told us how important self-expression and creativity is to our community, so we’ve doubled our commitment to this important art event,’ said Warringah Mayor Michael Regan.
‘In addition to more than doubling the prize money, we’re holding the event over two exhibitions, both at our own Warringah Creative Space. For the first time the very popular Youth and Waste to Art finalists will be displayed in their own exhibition, separate to the General finalists.’

The extra prize money has come thanks to Council staff finding efficiencies in the event, which has been running for more than 60 years.
The General category is open to artists 18 and above. The Youth category has been split into two groups 12 – 16 years and 17 – 21 years.
Two dimensional original paintings, drawings, printmaking, collage and photography can be entered in the General or Youth categories.
The Waste to Art category is open to everyone over 12 years and can also include sculpture, clothing, collage and jewellery, but it must be made from reused or recycled materials.
Registrations close Sunday 12 July 2015. For registration form and conditions of entry, visit:

Warringah Art Prize
Waste to Art and Youth Exhibition:  13 – 23 August
General Exhibition:  28 August – 6 September
Sat-Wed 10am-4pm
Thu-Fri 10am-6pm
Warringah Creative Space, 105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl



BEAMS Arts Festival is flash of light in the night; the collective sparks of creative ideas combining in one great surge of light, sound, colour and movement.

It is FREE to submit to BEAMS Art Festival 2015.

BEAMS Arts Festival facilitates collaborative projects between ideas people – creatives, makers, artists, performers, businesses, creative industries and the vibrant community of Chippendale. It is a golden opportunity for networking and future collaboration in the creative heart of Sydney.

The submissions deadline is fast approaching, so get your idea in for BEAMS 2015 – click here


Linden Postcard Show 2015

19 September – 21 November 2015
Opening night Friday 18 September 4-8pm

Artist Submissions Now Open
All works strictly 8” x 10”
Over $10,000 worth of prizes up for grabs
Terms and conditions now available
entries close midnight Monday 17 August 2015


Front Window Project is a new space committed to presenting interesting and innovative work by professional practitioners.  Our annual program will incorporate curated, solo and collaborative projects across a broad range of media.Proposed works need to be appropriate for a publicly viewable window.
Our small curatorial team is currently accepting proposals for the rest of 2015 and early 2016.  Proposals should include the following:

1. your name, address, email, phone number
2. a paragraph or two about your work in general
3. a description (one page or less) of the work you intent to exhibition and the ideas that underpin the work
4. no more than 10 low resolution images (each image must be smaller than 1MB)
5. your CV

please zip all of these and email to
download the floor plan here front window floorplan

There is no exhibition fee charged for exhibiting in the Front Window.
Exhibitions may run for a period of 2 weeks to 4 weeks depending on the calendar.

Paddington Art Prize

A $25,000 National acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape
Applications close Saturday the 19th of September

Finalists announced Friday the 25th of September

Exhibition of National Finalists Opening Night and Presentation
Thursday 22nd October, 6 – 8 pm

111 – 113 Queen Street Woollahra, NSW 2025. Entrance via Dorhauer Lane
All paintings are available for sale. Please contact Marlene Antico on (02) 9362 0282 for all enquiries


KEISAN is a brand new art gallery space that will open on 7 August 2015.

Taking Artists’ Submissions

Located at the heart of Sydney CBD, with high accessibility to transport, The Menzies hotel attracts a large amount of tourist clientele, who are interested in what Sydney’s creative outlets and local art scenes have to offer.

Initially established as Sydney’s first Japanese sushi restaurant in 1972, KEISAN was one of the cities’ most popular dining destinations.

Newly repurposed, Keisan is now re-opening its doors as an art gallery space with classic Japanese decor.

+61 2 92991000

KEISAN Launch Night Exhibition 7 August 2015