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Operation Art

Image: Olivia Yates, Monster, 2017, Kindergarten, Samuel Gilbert Public School, Castle Hill.

19 January to 17 February 2019

Operation Art is an initiative of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, in collaboration with the Department of Education and Communities This program encourages students from Kindergarten to Year 10 in schools across NSW to create artworks for children in hospital. It is an important state-wide visual arts exhibition that focuses on creating a positive environment to aid the healing and recovery process of young patients. The touring exhibition is comprised of 50 colourful artworks, including painting, drawing, collage and photography.

War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts From Military Fabrics, SPECIAL EVENT TALK

Intarsia with Soldiers, c.1760-1780, possibly Prussia, maker unknown (initials JSJ), wool, all hand sewn, intarsia. Photo: Tim Connolly, Shoot Studios.

Exhibition Dates: 23 February to 28 April 2019
Special Event – Exhibition Talk: 23 February 2019

Not to be missed!! This stunning exhibition – a blockbuster exhibition just back from New York – is a unique showcase of spectacularly complex geometric quilts made from military fabrics by soldiers and military tailors in the time of war. Once termed “soldiers’ quilts” or “convalescent quilts”, the pieced textiles in this exhibition are associated with World War I and World War II, as well as the earliest quilts from the Napoleonic Wars, the late eighteenth century, conflicts in India, South Africa and wars during the nineteenth century.

The visual virtuosity of the quilts, often incorporating many thousands of pieces no larger than 2–3 centimetres square, assumes a deeper emotional resonance as we consider them within the matrix of war and its aftermath. As works of art, they demonstrate that something beautiful can be an outcome of war. This Cowra Regional Art Gallery exhibition is drawn from the unparalleled collection of internationally acclaimed quilt authority, Dr. Annette Gero.


“Wartime Quilts” presented by Dr Annette Gero, on Saturday 23 February 2019, 2–3pm

Venue: Cowra Civic Centre – Theatrette, Darling Street (opposite the CRAG), followed by afternoon tea and special book signing by Annette Gero of her award winning book Wartime Quilts, Appliqués and Geometric masterpieces.

Cost: $10pp ($5 Friends of the Gallery, membership card must be shown at the door)
Tickets available from the Cowra Visitor Centre – Tel: (02) 6342 4333
or from online:

No reserve seating

2019 Calleen Art Award

Wendy Sharpe Erksineville Train Station

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

4 May to 16 June 2019

The Calleen Art Award was established as an acquisitive art prize in 1977 by arts patron Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM, with the winning work joining the Calleen Collection, the foundation collection of the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

The Calleen Art Award is a major Gallery event and a favourite annual exhibition with the Cowra district audiences and visitors to the region. This visitor recognition and its ongoing development as a nationally significant and prestigious art award for painting has also benefited from the support by the Calleen Trust, providing prize money of $20,000 in 2019.

The winning painting of the 2019 Calleen Art Award is Erskineville Train Station (pictured) by Wendy Sharpe. Recent winners include Brian Robinson (2018) Cairns, Zai Kuang (2017) Victoria, Tania Mason (2016) NSW, and Yvonne Boag (2015) NSW.

List of finalists:

  • Peter Allen-Ankins
  • Louise Anders
  • Susan Baird
  • Michael Bell
  • Max Berry
  • Kate Briscoe
  • Annabel Butler
  • Anthony Cahill
  • Tam Cao
  • Carol Christie
  • Dagmar Cyrulla
  • Inel Date
  • Sinead Davies
  • Mark Dober
  • Mary Donnelly
  • Kate Dorrough
  • Philip Edwards
  • Michele England
  • Glenda Fell Jones
  • Keith Fyfe
  • Jennifer Gabbay
  • Oscar Giammichele
  • Craig Handley
  • Geoff Harvey
  • Vicki Hersey
  • Penny Hulbert
  • Janne Kearney
  • Yvonne Langshaw
  • Peter Larsen
  • Steve Lopes
  • Marie Mansfield
  • Kiata Mason
  • Nic Mason
  • Tania Mason
  • Rowen Matthews
  • Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty
  • Bridgette McNab
  • Matilda Michell
  • Hal Pratt
  • Glen Preece
  • Sarah Randall
  • Christine Read
  • Petra Reece
  • Lucy Roleff
  • Marion Rounsley
  • Megan Seres
  • Wendy Sharpe
  • Gary Smith
  • Sally Stokes
  • Leah Thiessen
  • Anita West
  • Judith White
  • Christine Wrest-Smith

Balahdhurr – A Lasting Impression

23 June to 21 July 2019

Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Hunting Dhawu, 2001, screenprint 47 x 39cm

In a remote corner of Arnhem Land sits Yirrkala Print Space, where, for over twenty years, the ancient craft of printmaking has not only survived, but prospered. Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression is a vibrant acknowledgement of the creative energies, talent and commitment of generations of Yolngu artists who have utilised and pushed the boundaries of such a medium to share significant cultural and historical stories.

Balnhdhurr is a coming together of cultures and time, providing an opportunity for a wider audience to recognise the accomplishments of a sustainable, functional and thriving print studio operating in an isolated landscape. Since Yirrkala Print Space began in 1995, when a purpose-built area was designed to host a printing press, it has become an integral and vital component of the community. The exhibition is presented by Artback NT in association with Buku–Larrnggay Mulka Centre.


Upcoming Exhibitions: August – December 2019

3 August to 18 August 2019
Cowra 75: From Guns to Gardens – Curated by Roslyn Russell Ph.D.

Presented by Cowra Regional Art Gallery in association with the Cowra Breakout 75th Anniversary, the exhibition will include historic objects and items of decorative art, photographs and other documents. Also on display will be a showcase of paintings and crafted objects made from recycled materials by Italian prisoners at the Cowra POW camp.

25 August to 22 September 2019
Catherine Truman: no surface holds

An intriguing solo exhibition by renowned artist Catherine Truman, spanning 20 years of her collaborative practice with artists and scientists. A JamFactory Icon touring exhibition.

28 September to 13 October 2019
Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards

The Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards are back again in 2019, including the following categories: painting, drawing, watercolour and miniatures. The Awards are open to artists living within a radius of 100 kilometres from Cowra and presented in association with the Cowra Art Group Inc.

19 October to 17 November 2019
Helen Geier: Two Decades – Curated by Peter Haynes

A substantial selection from 2000 to “2020” by the celebrated Australian artist Helen Geier, including works made after her recent stay in New York.

24 November to 8 December 2019
upstART 2019

An exhibition and art awards for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 from high schools in the region.