previous exhibitions 2019

9 August - 1 September 2019


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Gallery M Open Contemporary Art Prize 2019

an exhibition of 34 selected finalists artworks in various media
with over $5,000 in prizes

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12 July - 4 August 2019


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Two Generations

watercolour artworks by Father/Daughter artists
Fucheng Zhang & Juan Zhang

Chinese artists Fucheng (father) and Juan (daughter) have a strong artistic connection, with Juan learning fundamental painting skills from as early as age four. She became an art teacher and taught in China for more than 15 years before moving to Australia with her family. Juan concentrates on botanic paintings from the natural beautiful flowers and fruits she loves.

Fucheng is a respected member of the China Fine Art Association, and (among other positions) Professor of Art Institute of Henan University and Yisidun International Fine Art Institute. He is a clear, bright poetic artist who specializes in watercolour and oil paintings of landscape and still life. His works have been featured in many publications and are in public and private collections around the world.

Baile Del Cuervo - Dance of the Raven

photographic works printed on German Etching Paper by
David Xiberras

David was introduced to photography at a young age, and it has become a passion. He is inspired by movement in the human and natural worlds, and aims to evoke a sense of history and story in each frame. His works are printed on German etching paper to give the look of a watercolour painting.

Born to Maltese migrants, David Joseph Xiberras is an Adelaide-based photographer with a background in Flamenco and Classical dance. A grant from Arts SA allowed David to travel to Spain to further his Flamenco dance studies. He has danced in ‘Carmen’ with Opera SA and Opera QLD, as well as in local Flamenco productions. David’s lifelong interest in the gothic and macabre, and his fascination with what more a camera can do, gives these unique images beauty and depth. The works will also be available as unframed limited edition prints.

14 June - 7 July 2019


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The Friday Group

prints, drawings, paintings & calligraphy by
Don Hatcher, Allen Hollinshead, Simon Kneebone & John Martin

The Friday Group is an eclectic band of artists: John Martin, Simon Kneebone, Don Hatcher and Allen Hollinshead, all of whom have one common interest: Art, in all its forms.

Meeting every Friday over coffee, they discuss all and sundry – predominantly art, along with a bit of show and tell, an exchange of ideas, the darkness and mirth of their history and, sometimes, their personal journeys!

Between them they represent multiple art disciplines, including painting, sculpture, print-making, illustration, cartooning, calligraphy, digital art and film-making.

Wanderings & Homecoming

contemporary textiles & mixed media by
Kaaren Temme

Kaaren is a contemporary textile artist, who uses other techniques such as painting, printmaking, drawing and paper-making. She has been inspired by the colours and design aspects of countries she has visited, as well as her personal experiences of ‘home’.

As Kaaren explains, “My theme is travel, as well as being at home, and is documented from personal photos. Over the years, and many photographs later, I have found the colour and design of buildings in the various countries I have visited particularly interesting and on which I tend to focus. People tend to be secondary, although in Asian and middle-eastern countries, the colourful costumes always make for interesting photography and artwork.”

Object / Image

contemporary artworksby
Robert Sherwood Duffield

Robert is a Sydney based artist, who grew up in Adelaide; attending the South Australian School of Art in the late 1970’s. Robert’s works in mixed media incorporate digital imagery, based on original painted works

Robert’s works are paintings and drawings – mixed media, with the main theme being Recursive – and deal with Object/Image relationship. The surface of Abstract paintings are scanned and then the image of the surface is placed back onto the surface, which is then sealed. As Robert explains, “This dynamic process of image evolvement interests me greatly and has seen me working consistently, even obsessively, within my discipline for over 40 years.”

17 May - 9 June 2019


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UnCommon Ground

an exhibition of Indigenous Australian artworks from an Adelaide Private Collection
Curated by Sophie Green

Invitation image by (The late) Cecil Johnson Japangardi, Warlpiri, Lajamanu N.T., Wanakiji or Ngayaki Jukurrpa (’Bush Tomato’ or Wild Tomato’ Dreaming)c.1988, acrylic on canvas, 92x60cm; Private Collection, Adelaide © the artist, © courtesy Warnayaka Art, Lajamanu.

Most of these works are from a private collection in Adelaide and were created in the 1980s by Warlpiri artists living in Lajamanu in the Tanami Desert, Northern Territory. The exhibition’s conceptual focus on conciliation refers to a process which involves Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people walking together for the first time as genuinely equal partners in a shared future.

The works of several prominent Indigenous Australian artists featured in this exhibition, including Kathleen Petyarre, Louie Pwerle, Cecil Johnson Japangardi, Ralph Nganjmirra and Ian Abdulla (among others), showcase the complexity and diversity of Indigenous Australian peoples’ experiences on country.This historically important exhibition aims to celebrate the artists whose fine artworks have played a significant role in maintaining the world’s oldest continuing artistic tradition.

Postcards from the HeArt

an exhibition of postcard sized artworks in various media by members of the Red House Group Inc

The unique requirement for the exhibitors was that all works must be ‘postcard’ size, with the dimensions of 5" x 7". All artists were invited to submit up to three small sized artworks, based on their personal response to the aspect of the title ‘from the heART.’

This size stipulation for mini works will create a diverse display, with approximately 200 items on show.The artists were not limited to just paintings – artists working in other media such as drawing, printmaking or photography have attached their artwork to the supplied 5" x 7" artboards. Ceramic, glass and timber items have been created to be displayed as a 2D panels, matching the dimensions of the hanging artworks. Textile artists have also been inventive, either crafting 5" x 7" fabric pieces, or attaching works in fibre media to a mini panel.

12 April - 12 May  2019


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Through Our Eyes

an exhibition of artworks by members of the
Pastel Artists of South Australia (PASA)

Pastel Artists of South Australia was established in 2001, and currently has about 120 members.

The allure of pastels is what seduces members of PASA to relish the joy of creating artworks using pure pigments on their fingertips, allowing the colours to dance and meld on their painting surfaces.

Members come together as a way to discover the joy of creating – whether it’s through attending meetings, participating in exciting exhibition opportunities, or even trips away to various locations to experience workshops with fabulous tutors.

Pastel painting and drawing classes are not usually available at Art Schools, therefore artists who want to learn how to draw and paint with pastels often have only one option and that is to teach themselves.

By joining PASA, artists can learn a great deal about using pastels and care of their finished paintings from like-minded artists, both experienced and novices.

15 March - 7 April2019


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a touring exhibition of contemporary textile works by the
untethered fibres artists inc

un:Seen is the fourth exhibition by untethered fibre artists incorporated in four years. Each exhibition title has formed part of a poetic interconnected narrative projected over five years to conclude with a fifth exhibition, Found Narrative.

Evolving out of engagement with untethered’s previous exhibitions – Out of Hand, ebb and flow and inTransit – the essence, the core of the group’s exhibition work explores human interaction, imparting a message and sharing a passion through imagery and meaning. Enabled through strategies of meetings, critics, mentoring and peer support untethered members create complex fibre art.

Emotion, memory, personal and private histories, experience, relationships between people, the environment, the political, the past, the present and the future are referenced in the artists’ un:Seen works. The ‘telling’ is in varied medium of choice, perhaps cloth, stitch, felted wool, print, paint, or really whatever the artist considers appropriate and prefers to work with to see their vision/concept realised.

un:Seen works offer insight into that which is hidden, intangible, fleeting and exposed to the gaze of the viewer.

15 February - 10 March 2019


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Colours in my Palette

paintings by
Alan Louis (Ramachandran)

Alan was born in Singapore and his artistic talent was apparent at an early age. He attended watercolour painting classes at La Salle School of the Arts in Singapore, and learned a lot about the craft of handling watercolour painting from some of Singapore’s most eminent watercolour artists.

His professional career began as an interior designer, and he ran an interior design consultancy in Singapore for 20 years before moving to Adelaide in early 2007, where he and his family now reside.

Alan says "Painting is my way of expressing how I appreciate life and the beauty that I see in even the most ordinary and mundane things. Whether I am painting a street scene, river scene, people, landscapes, flowers, even a single leaf, I derive joy and satisfaction from being able to freely express my own interpretations of what I perceive, guided only by my emotions and innermost feelings."

The Way

contemporary paintings by
Milena Malbasic

Milena is a self-taught artist, who explores different subjects and styles. She grew up in Croatia, but in year 12 at high school civil war started in her country, and she became refugee for nine years. 

After moving to Australia, she got the chance to live a normal life again, and studied Chemistry at University of South Australia. During that time she also took a drawing course for six months. Now employed part-time in the University of Adelaide Biochemistry and Genetic Research Laboratory, she has more time to pursue her passion for painting.

Milena says "I create my paintings from my imagination rather than specific scenes. My inspiration comes from experiences such as reading books, travel and my spiritual view of world. Each of my painting is journey of happiness. I hope you see that in my paintings and enjoy it as much as I enjoy painting them".


paintings by Hugh Adamson
photography by David Baker

Hugh Adamson and David Baker are presenting work at the leading edge of their painting / artistic careers; with works are contemplative and reflective.

Hugh's works will be enlargements of figure / face sketches produced from life drawings converted into large paintings in a tall, thin format. He says “Ideas inherent in these pieces include: removing the role of photographs for inspiration, maintaining a purity of artwork from the original marks of graphite pencil, to the final marks of the brush, allowing ‘serendipitous’ mistakes and working with them, keeping things

David's work is digitally enhanced pieces of vivid colour interpreted from the original natural world forms photographically combing the analogue and digital worlds. He says “When I observe art I look for stories: I get up close and ‘taste’ it. When I make art and photographs I create stories, relationships between the shapes, lines, colours, light and shade. My photography and paintings are dynamic, energetic and opportunistic; close cropped, sometimes exploring the macro world with underworlds of texture.

18 January - 10 February 2019


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Art Matters

artwork in various media by members of the
Red House Group Inc

This is the first exhibition for 2019, and features artwork by members of the Red House Group Inc. ‘Art Matters’ was chosen as the title, to draw attention to the passion that many artists feel. Artists will have the opportunity to display a statement why "Art Matters" to them adjacent to their artwork.

The title/theme was prompted in part by the passionate responses shared by many members of the broader community in the latter part of 2018, regarding the future of the Marion Cultural Centre and its services. At the time, Marion Council was considering expressions of interest to develop a hotel on the site of the centre.

At the first Council meeting with the newly Elected Members on 27 November, a motion was put forward by Councillor Veliskou, and Seconded Councillor Hull that: "Council guarantees the retention of the Current Marion Cultural Centre Building and its services. However, council still has the ability to undertake any complementary renewal, enhancements and extensions (of the current Marion Cultural Centre) provided that this is undertaken with appropriate prior consultation with users and the community."
This was Carried Unanimously.

So the statements provided by members for this exhibition become even more relevant, as Gallery M plans ahead for 2020 and beyond.