Due to rescheduling caused by COVID-19 our July – December 2020 Exhibition Program will be available in July

The Calleen Collection 1977–2019

Wendy Sharpe Erksineville Train Station
Wendy Sharpe, Erskineville Train Station, 2018 oil on canvas, 145 x 182 cm. Winner Calleen Art Award 2019.

15 December 2019 to 2 February 2020

The Calleen Collection comprises the winning works of the acquisitive Calleen Art Award, established in 1977 by Cowra arts patron and collector, Mrs. Patricia Fagan, OAM. Each year since the inaugural exhibition, the Calleen Art Award has grown in significance as an acquisitive art prize and is now valued at $20,000. This has ensured that the Calleen Collection housed at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery is worthy of the broad spectrum of other collections of Australian art in regional public galleries across NSW.

The works in the Calleen Collection are as wide-ranging and varied, as the artists who created them. Previous winning artists of the Calleen Art Award and represented in the Calleen Collection include Mandy Martin, Greg Daly, Claire Martin, Rowen Matthews, Meg Buchanan, David Fairbairn, Yvonne Boag, Peter Gardiner, Wendy Sharpe, Naomi White, G. W. Bot, Gladdy Kemarre and Zai Kuang, to name a few.

Behind the Lines: The Year’s Best Political Cartoons for 2019

Jon Kudelka (Behind the Lines 2019 Cartoonist of the Year).

8 February to 15 March 2020

Each year, the Behind the Lines exhibition features a broad selection of political cartoons from around Australia, providing an insight into the year in Australian politics. It celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

Framed by the world of rock music and under this year’s theme song of The Greatest Hits Tour, Australia’s leading political cartoonists amped up the satire on 2019’s greatest political hits. This year, Behind the Lines features over 80 artworks of striking artistic quality from over 30 political cartoonists from across Australia.

As Far As The Eye Can See

Susanna Castleden, Bitumen Landscape (Indian Ocean Drive), 2016, frottage and screen print on gesso paper maps, 210 x 360cm.
Photograph: Silversalt.

16 June to 19 July 2020

Through the work of 22 Australian artists, this exhibition celebrates the contemporary topography of both landscape and printmaking. The artists express their individual relationships to the land through a variety of print media, describing both the vast scale and the intimate detail of our diverse natural environment and portraying Australia’s unique and varied geography.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition curated by Rilka Oakley.

Obsessed: Compelled to make

Greg Daly, 2020. Photo courtesy of the artist

1 August to 13 September 2020

Obsessed: Compelled to make presents the work of 15 artists from across Australia, delving beyond the finished object, beyond the personality of the maker, into the fundamental conceptual framework of their creations. We look at the complexities of their materials and processes, the realities of their day-to-day studio routine and unravel what compels each maker to create over the course of their personal career – Why this technique or material? Why that concept? How does the mind of a maker work?

This exhibition explores the act of making through the framework of obsession – how it consumes us, carrying us along in its wake, colouring every aspect of our lives. With these professional artists, it is their obsessions, and all the associated angst, failures, breakthroughs and milestones, that feeds their productivity and to deliver exceptional outcomes.

Artists: Gabriella Bisetto | Lorraine Connelly-Northey |  Honor Freeman | Jon Goulder | Kath Inglis | Laura McCusker | Elliat Rich and James B Young (Elbowrkshp) | Kate Rohde | Oliver Smith | Vipoo Srivilasa | Tjunkaya Tapaya | Louise Weaver | Liz Williamson | Greg Daly (Cowra Regional Art Gallery guest artist)

Obsessed: Compelled to make is an Australian Design Centre of ADC on Tour exhibition, accompanied by a series of films and a full-length catalogue.

Curators: Lisa Cahill and Penny Craswell
Exhibition design: Stephen Goddard
Catalogue design: Michael Donohue
Filmmaker and photography: Angus Lee Forbes
Additional photography:Jules Boag, Peter Whyte
Poet: Sarah Rice
Curatorial Research and Development: Lisa Cahill and Jo Higgins

Learn: Download the education kit here.

Explore the exhibition webpage here.

Exhibition touring dates listed have changed due to COVID-19. Check with the Australian Design Centre for updated details.
ADC’s CEO and Artistic Director spoke to one of the artists in the exhibition Living Treasure Master of Australian Craft weaver Liz Williamson and a local Cowra artist with an international reputation ceramicist Greg Daly about their practice.
Greg Daly’s work has been included in the Obsessed: Compelled to make exhibition at Cowra Regional Art Gallery. A key feature of the Obsessed project is to include a local component at each stop on the tour and Cowra Regional Art Gallery chose to incorporate a local artist in the exhibition.  The film accompanying Greg’s work in the exhibition was made by his son John Daly.

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

Yvonne Boag, Adelaide Hills, 2019, acrylic on canvas 160 x 130cm.

Dates to be confirmed

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.

The Collection in Focus 2020: New Acquisitions

Christine Wrest-Smith, Portrait of Gloria Petyarre, 2019, oil on linen, 71 x 91cm. Purchased 2019 with the assistance of the Friends of the Gallery.

Dates to be confirmed

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.

The exhibition includes paintings by Rowen Matthews, Christine Wrest-Smith, Sinead Davies, Ivan Goodacre, Tam Cao, together with paintings by Dagmar Cyrulla and etchings by Max Miller, John Olsen, Lloyd Rees and Clifton Pugh (selected from the generous donation of prints by Max and Janie Miller), received through the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

Operation Art


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.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Operation Art exhibition has been cancelled. The 50 selected artworks are available to view in the following video:

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