Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest receive the inaugural Dobell Exhibition Grant for the development of Gravity (and Wonder).

Curated by Penrith Regional Gallery in collaboration with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Gravity (and Wonder) will explore the history and philosophy of this fundamental law of the universe through contemporary art and related objects, instruments and papers in the MAAS collection.

The exhibition, scheduled for 3 September – 27 November 2016 will introduce audiences to new ways of thinking about the multi-dimensionality of matter, time and space through a range of loaned and newly commissioned sculptural and kinetic works. Over a dozen contemporary artists will participate in the presentation of new and existing works. Contributing artists include, Richard Serra, Timothy Cook, Amy Joy Watson, Sandra Selig, David Haines and Joyce Hinterding.


Launched today, the Dobell Exhibition Grant (DEG) will allow the development of new, curated exhibitions of visual arts in NSW regional galleries.

With a generous gift from the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, Museums & Galleries of NSW (M&G NSW) will offer $40,000 in funding to one NSW regional gallery per annum. The program is expected to run for up to 6 years. Funding will be targeted towards the development and delivery of curated exhibitions that significantly support artists, extend public appreciation and engagement with the visual arts and expand curatorial skills and creativity.

In addition to the support provided by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, M&G NSW will offer successful applicants the opportunity to develop a national tour of their funded exhibition.

The gift is the result of the Foundation’s vision and began with a consultative process with arts organisations and institutions in 2014. Their goal was to invest in the right program that furthered their aims to develop audiences and appreciation for the visual arts in NSW. By then, M&G NSW had identified a growing need for exhibition development in the regions.

The Visual Arts Faculty has been awarded the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation award for excellence in teaching, promoting and engaging young people in Visual Arts education.

The Faculty has been recognised as the best in NSW for their outstanding work with Higher School Certificate students in last year's HSC Visual Arts exam in particular, but also over a number of years. 

Every year, the State's top 240 HSC Visual Arts students are represented in the annual Artexpress Exhibition which showcases the student's Bodies of Work and is viewed at the Art Gallery of NSW as well as regional and city galleries throughout the year.


THIS month, a weather-scarred boulder weighing more than a tonne will take centre stage at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney. It will have made its journey there on the back of a truck driven by an obliging property owner on behalf of artist Peter Sharp after having been prised from its resting place at Fowler’s Gap, 140km north of Broken Hill in far western NSW. Clustered around this monolith will be small sculptures made from sticks, leaves and other natural ­materials, alongside a weathered 5.5m wooden sculpture bleached silver by the elements.

“I’ve been drawing this place for 25 years or more, and I decided I wanted to bring a witness back, an artefact,” Sharp says in a phone call to ­Review on his way to the Jacaranda Drawing Award in Grafton. “And if we have enough money, I want to take it back at the end of the show and put it back in exactly the same place.”

This rustic tableau of built and found objects, along with a group of charcoal drawings, represents Sharp’s exhibit in the inaugural Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial, the replacement for the Dobell Prize for Drawing held annually at the AGNSW. First awarded in 1993, the acquisitive prize was initiated by the AGNSW and the trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation — established from the estate of the Australian artist — to encourage excellence in drawing and draughtsmanship. 


For a full interactive presentation from The Australian (images and videos).

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The PDF version of the article on The Weekend Australian (Review) can be downloaded HERE

John McDonald, SMH 5 December 2014

One cannot travel very far in any discussion of drawing without coming across a famous statement from the great neo-classicist, Jacques-Auguste-Dominique Ingres: "Drawing is the probity of art." 

"Probity" means both "correctness" and "goodness", but also "moral integrity", which allows us to imagine Ingres was saying: "to thine own self be true".

This Shakespearean motto could be applied to any of the artists in Drawing Out, the inaugural Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial at the Art Gallery of NSW. Curator Anne Ryan, has taken landscape as her theme, and it's an appropriate starting place. Landscape is one of the few areas in which Australia may be said to have contributed something original to modern art's global patrimony.


Recorded live at National Art School inside the exhibition.

Interview with Paula Latos-Valier, Art Director of the Foundation. The interviewer is Maisy Stapleton.

Broadcast on Thurs 26 Sept. 2013 on Eastside Radio 89.7FM, Sydney.


Listen to the interview