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Calleen Art Award 2021

31 October to 5 December 2021

The Calleen Art Award (the Calleen) was founded in 1977 by art patron and collector Mrs Patricia Fagan, OAM as an acquisitive art prize with the inaugural winner forming the nucleus of the “Calleen Collection”. It was Patricia Fagan’s dream to have a permanent home for the display and storage of the Calleen Collection which came to fruition with the opening of the Cowra Regional Art Gallery in October 2000. A significant feature of the Calleen Art Award has been the prevailing trend to focus on painting in any style or subject during the past 44 years, now a condition of entry since 2009.

The Calleen Art Award is one of the Gallery’s most treasured projects and definitely a favourite annual exhibition with the Cowra community. Its recognition as a significant and prestigious art award open to artists across Australia is a reflection of its aims to present artworks that not only possess skill and technique but also remain original and innovative.

Through the generous support of the Calleen Trust, $25,000 in prize money will be awarded to the winner of the Calleen Art Award 2021 and their winning artwork will join the Calleen Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

In 2021 the Calleen Art Award offers a magnificent showcase of finalists selected from over 400 entries by a panel of art professionals.  Visitors will have the opportunity to encounter an exhibition connecting with a wide-range of painting styles and diverse issues by artists from across Australia.

The announcement of the Calleen Art Award 2021 winner was made at the exhibition opening of finalists on Saturday 30 October 2021. The winner of the Calleen Art Award 2021 is Rachel Ellis with her painting Claret Ash, Bathurst. She received $25,000 in prize money made possible by the generous support of the Calleen Trust and the winning work will become part of the splendid Calleen Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

Watch the Exhibition Walkthrough with Waynne Tunnicliffe

Enjoy an exhibition walkthrough with Calleen Art Award 2021 Judge Wayne Tunnicliffe, Head Curator of Australian Art, Art Gallery of NSW.

Featured artists include Genevieve Carroll, Louise Zhang, Anna Petyarre Price, Wendy Teakel, Naomi Lawler, Carol Christie, Michael Simms, Col Jordan and Calleen Art Award 2021 Winner Rachel Ellis.

Watch the announcement of the Calleen Art Award winner for 2021

The announcement of the Calleen Art Award 2021 winner was made at the exhibition opening of finalists on Saturday 30 October 2021. The winner of the Calleen Art Award 2021 is Rachel Ellis with her painting Claret Ash, Bathurst. She received $25,000 in prize money made possible by the generous support of the Calleen Trust and the winning work will become part of the splendid Calleen Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

Calleen Art Award 2021 Finalists

Click here to view the Calleen Art Award 2021 Finalists in list format.

Please note thumbnails are cropped. Click on the image to view the full artwork.

Vote in the 2021 Calleen People’s Choice Award

The 2021 People’s Choice Award (non-acquisitive) is $1,000 in prize money, courtesy of the Friends of the Gallery and announced at the end of the Calleen Art Award exhibition.

Click here to vote online.



Adrienne Doig, Feminist Cliché (Dresden Plate) 2012, patchwork, applique and embroidery on linen. Private collection courtesy of the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary

14 December 2021 to 30 January 2022

Through the lens of self-portraiture, Blue Mountains-based artist Adrienne Doig (b1963), tackles the everyday with good humour and wit. Her survey ADRIENNE DOIG: IT’S ALL ABOUT ME! draws upon the past three decades of the artist’s practice, which fuses historical references and humour to respond to the everyday and reflect on now. 

Using a variety of media, including embroidery, applique, sculpture and video, Doig playfully explores intimate aspects of her life, from having a cup of tea to performing mundane housework. Embedded within her practice are layered responses to universal themes that have social, environmental and political narratives. By manipulating, reworking and combining imagery from multiple sources, Doig records her own experiences within a larger context. Hence, IT’S ALL ABOUT ME!

A Bathurst Regional Art Gallery touring exhibition curated by Emma Collerton.

Public Programs


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Join us for the exhibition opening of ADRIENNE DOIG: IT’S ALL ABOUT ME!

Opening by Sarah Gurich, Director Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, and an exhibition floor talk by artist Adrienne Doig and Emma Collerton, Curator, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.


Yvonne Boag: Travelling, Leaving, Settling, Scotland, Korea, Australia: Paintings, Works on Paper and Artists Books

Yvonne Boag, Sounds of Gangseo-gu, 2016, acrylic on linen 130 x 162cm.

13 December 2020 to 7 February 2021

For more than 20 years, Yvonne Boag has divided her time between South Korea and Australia, spending seven months each year in Seoul. Dealing with themes of displacement and alienation, this exhibition intends to focus on Boag’s artworks depicting her own personal experiences with migration, immersed in the deep links and multi-layered relationship between Scotland, Korea and Australia.

The exhibition will focus on a selection of Yvonne Boag’s works that connect and emphasise the relationship between the painted surface of her paintings and the intimacy of her prints, drawings and artist’s books. The works selected include recent works from South Korea.

Curated by Akky van Ogtrop.

Opening Event:

The exhibition was opened on Saturday 12 December 2020 at 2pm. The opening event was followed by a discussion with exhibition artist, Yvonne Boag and curator, Akky van Ogtrop which was livestreamed to the Gallery Facebook page and now available to view below.

The Collection in Focus – Recent Acquisitions

Dagmar Cyrulla, Their Bond 2010. oil on canvas, 54 x 45cm. Donated through the Cultural Gift Program 2017. 2017.3

13 December 2020 to 7 February 2021

This exhibition of new acquisitions to the Cowra Regional Art Gallery collection showcases works of art received during the past 2½ years through the generosity of private donors; important acquisitions through the Calleen Art Award; purchases in association with the Friends of the Gallery; and donations by collectors received through the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

Featuring works by Tam Cao, Dagmar Cyrulla, Sinead Davies, Ivan Goodacre, Rowen Matthews, Max Miller, Lloyd Rees and Christine Wrest-Smith.

CONCRETE: art design architecture

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, David, 2018. edition of 6 plus AP concrete, enamel, oxide 390 x 480 x 310. Photo: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah. Courtesy of the artist and Moore Contemporary

13 February to 21 March 2021

Jamie North, Remainder No.12 (incline), 2017. Cement, blast furnace slag, marble dust, steel. 300 dia, slide 370 x 2000 x 300. Photo: courtesy of Jamie North, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

CONCRETE: art design architecture is a major exhibition exploring innovative ways that concrete is being used by artists, designers and architects in Australia in the 21st century. Curated by JamFactory’s Margaret Hancock Davis (Senior Curator) and Brian Parkes (CEO), the exhibition includes 21 artists, designers and architects from across Australia and brings together products, projects and works of art that reflect many of the current preoccupations with concrete within contemporary art, design and architecture in Australia.

Having a history spanning over 3000 years, concrete was first used by Egyptians in the building of the pyramids before the Romans produced what today we call hydraulic cement based concrete, used most dramatically in the Pantheon (completed 128AD). With the fall of the Roman Empire the secrets of concrete were lost, and it was not until the early nineteenth century that, through the development of Portland Cement, modern concrete was born.

It is hard to imagine a world without concrete. A material so ubiquitous we rarely take the opportunity to consider its impact on our lives and its role in the development of modern societies. This exhibition aims to question our preconceptions of concrete and to consider its functional as well as its expressive, poetic and aesthetic dimensions.

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (WA)
Adam Goodrum (NSW)
Alexander Lotersztain (Qld)
Anna Horne (SA)
Baldasso Cortese Architects (Vic)
Candalepas Associates (NSW)
CHEB – Deb Jones and Christine Cholewa (SA)
Convic (Vic)
Durbach Block Jaggers Architects (NSW)
Edition Office (Vic)
Elvis Richardson (Vic)
Glenn Murcutt (NSW)
Kyoko Hashimoto and Guy Keulemans (NSW)
Inari Kiuru (Vic)
Jamie North (NSW)
Megan Cope (Vic)
Rhiannon Slatter (Vic)
Tom Borgas (SA)
Sanne Mestrom (Vic)
SMART Design Studio (NSW)
WOOD Melbourne (Vic)

Public Programs


FREE REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL (Limited due to COVID 19 regulations)
Click here to watch a recording of the event online

Join lead curator Margaret Hancock Davis (Senior Curator, JamFactory) in a walk through the exhibition, as we discuss the artists, their practice and the material.

Image: Durbach Block Jaggers, Tamarama House, 2015. Photo: Tom Ferguson.

Session 1: 9am-12pm Click here to book online
Session 2: 12.30-3.30pm Click here to book online (SOLD OUT)

Explore the materiality of concrete with Anna Horne. Participants will make sculptures cast in plaster using moulds made out of everyday materials.

Image: Anna Horne, Hardly Soft (red), 2018. Concrete 1000 x 300 x 300. Photo: Grant Hancock.

View the exhibition walkthrough below:

View the Curator Floor Talk with Margaret Hancock Davis below:

Click here to download the Concrete Education Kit

John Gollings: the history of the built world

John GOLLINGS, Bayon, Angkor Thom, Cambodia 2012, pigment ink-jet print, courtesy of the artist

27 March to 9 May 2021

John Gollings is Australia’s pre-eminent photographer of the built environment. For the past 50 years he has been synthesising his joint interests in photography and architecture to explore the cultural construction of social spaces.

While Gollings is well known for his documentation of new buildings and cityscapes, this survey exhibition situates these images within the broader context of his photographic practice. Alongside his commercial work, Gollings has always engaged in projects concerned with architectural history and heritage. This includes photographs of iconic modernist buildings, ancient sites of spiritual significance and the ruins of abandoned cities. Gollings’ interest in architectural heritage is also apparent in his documentation of places such as Melbourne and Surfers Paradise, where he has recorded the evolution of the built environment over extended periods of time.

A Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) travelling exhibition.

Public Programs


FREE REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL (Limited due to COVID 19 regulations)
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Join guest speaker, Anouska Phizacklea, Gallery Director, Monash Gallery of Art, in a launch and floor talk discussion of the exhibition John Gollings: the history of the built world.

Image: John GOLLINGS Hanuman Temple, Hampi, India 2006, pigment ink-jet print, courtesy of the artist.

Watch the artist interview with John Gollings below:

Watch the Floor Talk with guest speaker, Anouska Phizacklea,
Gallery Director Monash Gallery of Art, below:

Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards 2021

20 May to 12 June 2021

An exhibition not to be missed! Presented by the Cowra Art Group Inc and hosted by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery, the Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards are open to regional artists living within 100 kilometres from Cowra, including Young, Boorowa, Grenfell, Parkes, Forbes, Bathurst, Orange and Canowindra.

The LVBAA is non-acquisitive and open to entries that are two dimensional artworks in any style or subject. Entries include painting, drawing, watercolour, printmaking, pastel, and mixed media (no photography). Participants have the opportunity to win a major prize of $4000. There will also be the Barbara Bennett Memorial People’s Choice Award of $1000 announced at the end of the exhibition.

2021 Winners:

Co-Winner Major Prize: Ada Clarke, The Colours of Autumn, oil on canvas
Co-Winner Major Prize: Trisha Walsh, Untitled, mixed media
Highly Commended: Linda Chant, The Stems Fell Gently, drawing
Highly Commended: Isabel Harnden, Golden Hour, oil on canvas
Highly Commended: Waynes Miles, Flowers in a Glass Jar (after Olley), acrylic and enamel on plate glass
Highly Commended: Joel Tonks, Late Afternoon, Ophir, acrylic on canvas

Public Programs

WEDNESDAY 19 MAY 2021, 5.30PM

Click here to watch a recording of the event online

Join 2021 Award Judge, Emma Collerton, Curator, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery for the announcement of the Major Prize winner.

Please note this is an online only event. A recording of the event will be available to watch on the Gallery website at a later date.

View the exhibition walkthrough below:

Presenting Partner:

Operation Art

Mackenzie Robertson, Portland Central School, The happy picture.

23 June to 24 July 2021

Operation Art is an initiative of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, in collaboration with the NSW Department of Education. This unique exhibition project of artworks by children in Kindergarten through to Year 10 from across NSW schools contributes to the wellbeing of sick children and their families by creating work which is uplifting and gives hope to those who spend much of their time at hospital.

The Operation Art touring exhibition comprises 50 selected artworks from the main exhibition presented annually at Sydney Olympic Park. The tour of the selected artworks visits several regional galleries in NSW, before the works are donated to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

A Cowra Regional Art Gallery outreach community project presented in the Cowra Library.

Presenting Partners:

Friends of the Gallery Special Event: DUST CLOUD Screening

Thursday 29 July 2021

About the film:

A badly behaved working dog changes his tune when he is given the love and respect he deserves from a prudent country woman.

“Dust Cloud is a slice of life drama filmed during the final week of the 2019 – 2020 drought when Dust Clouds had become weekly and sometimes daily occurrences. Set in the NSW central western district of Woodstock, it is a place of primary production, of metal, fur, dust, wool, grease, wood, rock, sweat and rust. I aimed to achieve a sense of authenticity by drawing from Cowra and its surrounding districts to source the film’s talent and location sites.” – Trudi Houston, Writer and Director



Public Programs


FREE REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL (Limited due to COVID 19 regulations)
Bookings have now closed.

Join Writer and Director, Trudi Houston for a conversation about and special screening of the award winning short film, Dust Cloud. Light refreshments will also be served.

This a special Friends of the Gallery members event presented by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery in association with the Cowra Civic Centre.


Amani Al-Baghdadi, Strathfield Girls High School, Progression of the Wind-Swept 2020. sculpture.

20 June to 1 August 2021

ARTEXPRESS 2021 features a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the art-making component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts in 2020 – a challenging year – and provides insight into students’ creativity and the issues important to them.

The exhibition encompasses a broad range of approaches and expressive forms, including ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and time-based forms.

These elegant and highly resolved bodies of work demonstrate a creativity, resilience and sustained investigation of the very complex world and times in which we live.

Public Programs


FREE REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL (Limited due to COVID 19 regulations)
Click here to watch a recording of the event on YouTube or view below

Cowra Regional Art Gallery, in association with the NSW Department of Education and the NSW Education Standards Authority, cordially invite you to an event celebrating ARTEXPRESS 2021, an exhibition of outstanding works by 2020 Higher School Certificate Visual Arts students from schools in NSW.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions please limit any group bookings to a maximum of three (3), and during the event social distancing must be maintained.

View the exhibition walkthrough below:

View the exhibition opening below:

Presenting Partners:

Weapons for the soldier – Protecting Country, Culture and Family

Witjiti George and Taylor Cooper, Piltati and Malara: A story of love and war 2018 (detail), acrylic on linen, 200 x 300 cm. Courtesy the artists and Kaltjiti Arts.

10 August to 20 October 2021

Weapons for the soldier is a major and ambitious exhibition bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian artists who have made new work to examine complex and varied responses to weaponry, warfare, and their connection to protecting land and country. 

Weapons for the soldier is the first Anangu-curated exhibition involving non-Indigenous artists, and the second major partnership project between APY Art Centre Collective and Hazelhurst Arts Centre in southern Sydney.

Weapons for the soldier fosters dialogue around multi-geographical and multi-generational fights for land, Country and freedom experienced by Australians, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, as well as the Indigenous experience in Australian military history.

APY Lands Artists: Alec Baker, Eric Barney, Willy Kaika Burton, Pepai Jangala Carroll, Taylor Cooper, Sammy Dodd, Witjiti George, Rupert Jack, Kunmanara (Brenton) Ken, Kunmanara (Ray) Ken, Hector Mitakiki, Junior Mitakiki, Kamarin Mitakiki , Kunmanara (Willy Muntjantji) Martin, Peter Mungkuri, Vincent Namatjira , Kunmanara (Jimmy) Pompey, Keith Stevens, Derek Jungarrayi Thompson, Thomas Ilytjari Tjilya, Bernard Tjalkuri , Ginger Wikilyiri, Mick Wikilyiri, Mumu Mike Williams, Anwar Young, Frank Young, Kamurin Young, Young men of Amata

Invited Artists: Abdul Abdullah, Tony Albert, Brook Andrew, Lionel Bawden, George Gittoes, Shaun Gladwell, Richard Lewe , Uncle Charles ‘Chicka’ Madden and Jonathan Jones , Danie Mellor, Steaphan Paton, Ben Quilty, Reko Rennie, Greg Semu, Alex Seton.

Public Programs


FREE REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL (Limited due to COVID 19 regulations)
Click here to book online

Join us for a special exhibition preview of Weapons for the soldier: protecting country, culture and family.

View the exhibition walkthrough below:

Click here to download the Weapons for the Soldier Family Guide

Project Partners:

upstART 2021

Cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions

The 19th annual UpstART Exhibition and Awards showcases the work of regional students in Stages 5 and 6, encompassing a broad range of styles and subjects. The exhibition includes experimental and creative approaches to painting, ceramics, mixed media, photography and sculpture. This is a “must-see” exhibition presented by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery, in association with high schools in the Central West.