Mystery Painting goes on display at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Inspector Adam Beard with the Norman Lindsay painting.

A rarely seen oil painting by legendary Australian artist Norman Lindsay recenty went on display at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery but who it belongs to is a mystery.

The painting Woman with Satyr is on loan to the Cowra Regional Art Gallery by the NSW Police as part of an ongoing tour to regional galleries. The painting was rediscovered in storage at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2010 and documents with it indicated NSW Police had lent the painting to the NSW Gallery in 1980. The painting came into the possession of the NSW police during the course of a criminal investigation.

In 2010 NSW Police launched ‘Operation Matisse’, to try and locate the owner of the artwork. During the operation, Police established the piece once belonged to a prominent art collecting family from Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. But that’s where the trail ran cold.

It is now presented for the purpose of public appreciation at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 77 Darling Street until 21 July 2019.

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10am–4pm, Sunday, 2pm–4pm.

Admission free.

Calleen Art Award 2019: People’s Choice winner announcement

Monday, July 1, 2019

Peter Larsen with his award-winning artwork.

The votes are in and the winner of the People’s Choice for the Calleen Art Award 2019 is Cowra-based artist Peter Larsen for his dramatic painting Hopeless Despair, 2019, watercolour, 120cm x 97cm. “This work arises from drought and its emotional toll on farmers…. we’re all affected by it and that’s why I wanted to do that painting” Peter Larsen said.

The Calleen Art Award 2019 exhibition consisted of an amazing range of 53 outstanding paintings selected from 300 entries received by the Gallery from around Australia.

Congratulations to Peter Larsen who receives $1,000 courtesy of the Friends of the Gallery.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery
77 Darling Street, Cowra NSW 2794
Phone: (02) 6340 2190
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 2pm–4pm
Admission free


Public program event: Saturday 6 July 2019 @ 2.30pm

Monday, June 24, 2019

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

Guest speaker Denise Salvestro will present a floor talk about Balnhdhurr—A Lasting Impression and the Yirrkala Print Space. Denise Salvestro has a PhD from the Australian National University on the history of print making by Yolngu artists and the development of the Print Space at Yirrkala. As part of her research, Denise studied Yolngu Matha Language & Cultural Studies at Charles Darwin University in Darwin.

All welcome admission free.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street, Cowra.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 2pm–4pm. Admission free. For more information visit or tel 6340 2190.

Balnhdhurr: A Lasting Impression

Sunday, June 23, 2019

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

In a remote corner of Arnhem Land at the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre sits Yirrkala Print Space.

Balnhdhurr—A Lasting Impression celebrates twenty years of onsite printmaking at the Yirrkala Print Space, unique amongst remote community art centres with twenty years of continual production of limited edition fine art prints by locally employed and trained Indigenous printmakers.

The exhibition consists of the works from 50 artists, many that are historically significant and reveal the significant impact the introduction of bright acrylics had on artists, which allowed them to explore a whole new genre of artistic storytelling that became a joyous explosion of colour and expression.

The works in the exhibition are 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.

Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression continues at the COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY to Sunday 21 July 2019. The exhibition is presented by Artback NT in association with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street, Cowra.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 2pm–4pm. Admission free. For more information visit or tel 6340 2190.

Wendy Sharpe: Floor Talk, Saturday 25 May, 2PM

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The winner of the 2019 Calleen Art Award, Wendy Sharpe, will be a guest speaker at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday, 25 May at 2pm. The ‘floor talk’ is a Public Program Event of the gallery, and Wendy will discuss her winning painting, Erskineville Train Station.

Wendy Sharpe Erksineville Train Station

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

77 Darling Street, Cowra NSW 2794
Open Tues to Sat 10am–4pm, Sun 2pm–4pm
Admission free

For further information, please contact the Gallery Director, Brian Langer:
Tel: (02) 6340 2192