2 Danks St Award for Art Criticism

July 2014
Open to both established and new writers for a review of an exhibition at any of the permanent galleries of 2 Danks St from 12 July to 4 October 2014. The main award is $1,000 and the opportunity to publish a reveiw in Art Almanac. This year, Artist Profile also introduces a new category, offering an alternative prize of $500 for a review which shows flair and potential and/or stretches the boundaries of current reviewing.
The panel of judges includes Owen Craven, Laura Fisher, Andrew Frost and Prue Gibson. For further information, contact Janet Clayton at Janet Clayton Gallery on 02 9698 8443 or janetclayton@me.com

Orson Welles F for Fake

July 2014
2 Danks St Film Night
Tuesday 15 July
Mandy Chang, the ABC's Commissioning Editor for the Arts, introduces Orson Welles' 1973 directorial finale, F for Fake.
6pm for drinks, light refreshments & a wander around the galleries. 7pm for film viewing. $20 cash on the night
RSVP essential by Thursday 10 July (limited seating)
info@2danksstreet.com.au
Mandy Chang also recommends the new series Art + Soul 2 starring Hetti Perkins on ABC1 at 8:30pm on Tuesday 8 July.

Artist - Book: Acquisitions

June 2014
There was a tremendous institutional response to the books in our last exhibition, with works by Simryn Gill, Tony Coleing and Helen Eager all going into public collections, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery and National Library of Australia.

Review: Yukultji Napangati

June 2014

Follow the link below to view Sharne Wolff's review of Yukultji Napangati's show.

 http://theartlife.com.au/2014/yukultji-napangati/

Kylie Stillman

June 2014
Find work by Kylie Stillman in the exhibition
‘Re-Writing the Image: Text as Art', at the
Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn from
17 June until 10 August 2014.
Four new book carvings by Kylie Stillman
have just arrived in the gallery, after being exhibited in Ex Libris at Geelong Art Gallery. Image: kylie stillman, the spray, 2013 hand-cut paperback books

Peter Elliott Memorial Celebration

May 2014

A celebration of the life of Peter Elliott, great patron of the visual arts and friend to many, will be held at The Great Hall, University of Sydney, at 4pm on Wednesday May 14.

The touring exhibition Masterpieces from the Peter Elliott Collection is at Orange Regional Gallery until June 15.

John R Walker - two fabulous shows

April 2014

Terroir Big Land Pictures, John’s survey at Orange Regional Gallery, runs until
Sunday 27 April. To view the online catalogues, click on the following:
Catalogue
Installation views

The End of All Our Exploring, an exhibition of John’s recent work at Utopia Art
Sydney, closes on Saturday 26 April. Click here to see Online catalogue.
Also, read Gina Fairley’s review of the show on ArtsHub

Image: Installation view, Terroir Big Land Pictures, Orange Regional Gallery

Christopher Hodges

April 2014

Christopher Hodges – brand new website!
www.christopherahodges.com

John R Walker

April 2014

John R Walker & Simryn Gill, finalists in Redlands Konica Art Prize
Find their work at the National Art School Gallery from 11 April until 15 May, 2014.

Liz Coats

March 2014

This Saturday 15 March will be the last day of Liz Coats’ exhibition 'Streaming' - not to be missed!

Image: liz coats, streaming #6, 2011, acrylic media & pigment on canvas, 110 x 88.5cm, detail

Helen Eager on the walls

March 2014

Two new wall paintings by Helen Eager, titled ‘Starlight’ and ‘Moonlight’, are now installed at the entrances to Utopia Art Sydney.
On the other side of town, in the entrance hall of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Gallery’s latest Helen Eager acquisition ‘VIF’ greets visitors as part of the exhibition Forcefields.

Image: helen eager, starlight, 2014, wall painting

Visual Feasts - Luke Mangan and the 2 Danks Street Galleries

March 2014

Book now for a special bespoke dinner next Wednesday 19 March, with entree course inspired by the paintings of Helen Eager.

$110 per person includes canapés, three course meal and drinks.
02 9002 5321 or mojo@lukemangan.com

An afternoon of talks

February 2014

Join us for an afternoon of stimulating discussion about art and collecting on Saturday 22 March.
From 3:30pm at Utopia Art Sydney, John R Walker will talk about his exhibition ‘The End of All Our Exploring’, which opens that day.
The program of talks commences at 2pm.
For further information go to:
2danksstreet.com.au/whats-on-current.php

Coming up for John R Walker: a major survey and an exhibition of recent work

February 2014

Terroir: Big Land Pictures, a survey of John R Walker’s major canvases, will be at Orange Regional Gallery from 15 March to 27 April 2014.

Back in Sydney, ‘The End of All Our Exploring’ opens at Utopia Art Sydney on Saturday 22 March.

Image: john r walker, badja walking III, 2013, gouache on paper, 112 x 76cm

Find us on Twitter

February 2014

Christopher Hodges is now tweeting – find him @utopiaartsydney.

Sculpture City

January 2014

S. H. Ervin Gallery
Find work by Christopher Hodges in an exciting exhibition of 10 Sydney sculptors at the S. H. Ervin Gallery. The exhibition is open to the public today and runs until 2 March 2014.
In addition, a new work by Christopher Hodges will be installed at the Alternative Museum, 2 Danks St from Tuesday 28 January - for one week only!

Image: christopher hodges, garden, 2013, painted steel, 217 x 224 x 49cm

2 Danks St grand reopening

January 2014

The 2 Danks St galleries reopen for 2014 on Wednesay 29 January with 8 exhibitions focusing on contemporary sculpture.
Don’t miss our exhibition CLAY!

Kylie Stillman - Geelong Gallery

January 2014

New Kylie Stillman book carvings will be included in ‘Ex libris - the book in contemporary art’ at Geelong Gallery from 22 February to 25 May 2014.

Peter Maloney - Newcastle Art Gallery

January 2014

‘Peter Maloney: A Focus’ will present an overview of Maloney’s practice from 1979 - 2012. At Newcastle Art Gallery from 15 February - 11 May 2014.

Tony Coleing: Change

November 2013

Some fabulous work by Tony Coleing is included in volume 4 of Change, ‘an artist’s comic in the age of alternative energy’ compiled by Stephen Killick.

Christopher Hodges: Maximum Minimus

Nov 2013

A mini sculpture by Christopher Hodges is included in Defiance Gallery’s 18th
Annual 6x6x6 Inch Miniature Sculpture Show.
Until 14 December 2013.

AGNSW Acquisitions

November 2013

We are thrilled to announce that Helen Eager’s painting 'VIF' (pictured left) and Peter Upward’s painting 'Syncopation No 5' (below) have been acquired for the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
You can find Helen Eager’s spectacular 3 x 4m painting 'Spark' in The Alternative Museum, 2 Danks St.

David Aspden: A Survey

November 2013

Opened at Newcastle Art Gallery on Saturday 23 November.
Exhibition runs until 2 February 2014.

 

Vale Marea Gazzard

October 2013
Today we mourn the loss of one of our most treasured artists, Marea Gazzard AM.

Marea passed away peacefully earlier this morning, Monday 28th October, with the same grace and dignity she has displayed throughout her life. She was 85.

After a life of sculpture in clay and bronze Marea has left a significant legacy with important works in our leading public institutions and private collections.
This year alone has seen a survey of her work of the last 30 years at Utopia Art Sydney, the celebration of her work 'Mingarri' which sits at the centre of our Parliament House in Canberra, and the installation of her last major work, 'Selini 1' in the entrance of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

David Malouf summed it up in an essay of 2007:
"The most impressive aspect of Marea Gazzard's long working life, and the one that constitutes her claim on our attention as an artist of the first order, is its integrity. Everything Marea Gazzard does, every move she makes into new areas of practice and reference, belongs to a single sensibility and consciousness, a single vision of what a life and a body of work, when completed and seen whole, might be."

Her career is marked by a fine record of solo exhibitions, a major retrospective at the S H Ervin Museum in 1994 and a perceptive monograph by Christine France.

Marea also made a significant contribution in addition to her artistic career. In 1970 she was elected Director of the World Craft Council, in 1972 she became Vice President of the World Crafts Council for Asia and in 1973 the inaugural Chair of the Australia Council Crafts Board. In 1980 she became the first elected President of the World Craft Council and in 1982 was appointed to the Australian National Commission of UNESCO.

Marea Gazzard enjoyed the respect of her peers and will be sadly missed by many younger artists who have enjoyed her perceptive comments and generous support. Marea was always very appreciative of the support she received from those that appreciated her work.

Marea is survived by her son and daughter and two grandsons. There will be private cremation.