Exhibitions Archive


2016 Greenway Art Prize

Artists:   Exhibition and Art Prize

The GreenWay Art Prize celebrates the precious urban green corridor in Sydney’s Inner West and aims to capture the essence of the GreenWay through visual art.

The seventh annual GreenWay Art Prize has a new prize for community photography. The 2016 Prize Pool will include:

Congratulations to all the entrants in the 2016 Greenway Art Prize. The presentation of awards and opening event was held on 10 November. Here’s a list of the award winners:

Winner GreenWay Open Art Prize: Geoff Harvey for “Local cricket Gough Whitlam Park Cooks River”.
Highly commended Kevin McKay and Maggie Stein

Winner GreenWay Local artist award: Sally Mowbray for “Riding down the canal path with painting ideas”
Highly commended Kim Davies and Sally Browne.

The Cook’s River Alliance Small Sculpture award: Katrina Lynch for Sparrow
Highly commended to Paige Phillips.

The GreenWayCommunity Photography awards adult category: Trish Davies for Under the Bridge – Iron Cove
2nd Prize: Geoff Pollard.
The GreenWayCommunity Photography awards Youth category Lulu Bentley for Hands of our Community
2nd Prize Suvaroo.

Thanks to the Sponsors of the Greenway Art Prize – Inner West Council, The New City of Canterbury Bankstown, Cooks River Alliance, Derivan Matisse and of course Art Est.
Curator: Christiane Keys-Statham

Judges: Michaelie Crawford and Jennifer Turpin – Visual Artists and Dillon Kombumerri, Principal Architect – NSW Office of the Government Architect

The exhibition is on display at Art Est. Art School and Gallery, Studio 4, 67-69 Lords Road, Leichhardt – 10-20 November

Opening hours: Monday-Wednesdays 10am-9pm | Thursday-Friday 10am-4pm | Saturday and sunday 10am-3pm

Selected works will tour to the following galleries:

Seaview Gallery, Dulwich Hill High School of Visual Arts and Design – Thursday 24 November to Saturday 3 December

Campsie Library – Wednesday 7 to Sunday 18 December

Like the GreenWay on Facebook for further updates. If you have any questions, please email greenwayprize@artest.com.au.

Curated by Christiane Keys-Statham

Saturday Mornings with Tilly

Artists:   Group Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: 3-18 September 2016

Susanna Chui | Sarah Drury | Bec Gonzalez | Isabela Gonzalez | Hilary Hannam | Jo Keogh | Ronnie Mullan | Evangelie Polyzos | Catherine Pye

On Saturday mornings, in studio three, Art Est. Art School, we gather to paint under the watchful eye and generous instruction of Tilly Michell. Each of us has chosen to paint subject matter that has personal interest and meaning – still life, nature, portraiture, interior and exterior scenes. Pots and jars, jelly beans, pencil shavings, books, fruit, flowers, fire and light…such a diversity of subject matter in the classroom must surely pose challenges to the teacher, but Tilly warmly encourages each of us to make the most of the tasks we have set ourselves, suggesting a little lemon yellow there in the highlights, a little cooler there in the shadows, perhaps a touch of ultramarine…

Despite the inevitable struggles and frustrations of the creative process, we all agree that this time together in the studio is a welcome pause from what we do in our other “weekday” lives. We are excited to exhibit our work together and would like to thank Tilly for suggesting we undertake this exhibition.

2016 WOOF! Art Exhibition and Competition

Artists:   Group Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: 28 July 2016 – 14 August 2016
Dog Friendly Opening: Sunday, 31 July 2016, 3-5pm
2016 Judge: Matilda Michell and Percy Michell
Exhibitor artwork collection: Between 10am-7pm on Monday 15 August 2016

Pablo the Art Est. art dog invites you to our annual WOOF! Exhibition. This year we celebrate Pablo’s 10th Birthday! Pablo would love kids AND adults to paws a while and draw, paint or make a sculpture of him (or your other favourite dog) to be displayed in the Gallery from 28 July – 14 August 2016. Prizes will be awarded in three categories:

Open category adults 18 years and above
Kids' category 5-11 years
Teen category 12-17 years

2016 Prize Winners

First Prize (Adult) Margaret Maurice Bathtime drypoint etching
Highly Commended Amanda Doctor Buster oil on canvas
First prize (child 5-12) Julia Haralembeva Mythical Chiwawa Puppy acrylic and collage on canvas
Highly Commended Lily O’Toole Loki Life of the Party pastel on paper
First Prize (teen 12 and over) Noah Lynn Bodhi pencil on canvas
Highly Commended Gabrielle Egan Popstar Splashes Out acrylic on canvas
Pablo’s Pick (child) Nectaria Constanti Pablo in Nature collage on canvas
Pablo’s Pick (adult) Naoko Kawabe My Pet Dog Mocha mosaic sculpture

People’s Choice

Congratulations to Noah Lynn who also won the Eckersleys Art and Craft People’s Choice Award for Bodhi pencil on canvas

Bathtime by Margaret Maurice

Mythical Chiwawa Puppy by Julia Haralambeva

Bodhi by Noah Lynn

Denise Lithgow Textile Artist

Artist:   Denise Lithgow

Exhibition dates:   Until 14 June 2016

Based on the landscape, and a strong sense of colour and design Denise reacts to what feels right as she creates her work.

Born on a sheep property she has grown up with wool – so it’s not surprising that felting is the process she uses for her vessels.

Once Denise was introduced to felt she was captivated by its tactile qualities, rich range of colours and the magical meshing of fibres, which then can be manipulated into forms and shapes to create vessels. Felt is a non woven cloth that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing woollen fibres. She uses felt as it’s an ecological, sustainable textile.

Denise exhibits regularly in solo and group exhibitions, art prizes and international exhibitions. In 2016 she won the HeArt of Annandale Sculpture Prize. Her work, Ripples has just been selected for the prestigious Wangaratta Petite Miniature Prize, she participated in a two person exhibition at The Design Gallery, Terrigal NSW and Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Her work has also been selected for the Stanthorpe and Hunters Hill Sculpture Prizes, and the Biennial ‘World of Threads Festival’ in Canada 2012/2014. In 2014 Denise won the Hornsby Sculptural Art Prize and received the judges Highly Commended Award in 2015. Three Vessels were selected in the Harbour Sculpture Prize, Sydney, 2015. The Link has been selected for the ‘Worldwide Colours of Felt’ book published in the Netherlands to be released in June.

Vantage Points | Group exhibition

Artists:   Leonie Barton | Louisa Chircop | Maryanne Coutts | Lynne Eastaway | Julia Flanagan | Jody Graham | Michelle Perrett

Exhibition dates:   5-31 March 2016

Opening weekend:   Join us on the weekend of 12 and 13 March for the LOST Leichhardt Open Studio Trail

5-31 March 2016

The term “Vantage Point” has many connotations: the view from a physical stand point, or a standpoint informed by unique experiences. This exhibition considers a variety of ‘vantage points’. Including painting, drawing, digital prints, ephemeral and installation.

Curated by Lisa Woolfe

Image: Leonie Barton #349 Wet Wood Giclee Print edition of 50

First Impression | Rachael Helmore

Artist:   Rachael Helmore

Exhibition dates:   4-30 April 2016

Curated by Elyse Goldfinch

Rachael Helmore is a Sydney based artist who explores the possibilities of drawing and mark-making. First Impression presents a selection of recent artworks created across New South Wales, Queensland and the UK. Helmore’s process often involves automatic drawing, depicting a scene in front of her without looking at the paper. These works reveal images which bypass the eye to capture fleeting movements and interactions, playfully highlighting human behaviour in urban landscapes. Helmore embraces the possibility of chance and error as the nature of placing ink to paper leaves permanent impressions. This unselfconscious process generates a new, perhaps more authentic encounter with the everyday.

Image: Road to Eden Rachael Helmore

Mary Van Gils | Equivocal Space

Artist:   Mary Van Gils

Exhibition dates:   9 – 28 February 2016 (opening event Saturday 13 February 2016)

We are pleased to present a Mary Van Gils solo exhibition Equivocal Space at Art Est. Gallery in February 2016.

Alienation, empathy and human interaction in the psychological space are the key themes in Mary Van Gils' work. The ‘Equivocal Space’ series explores the notion that the ‘self’ is isolated by nature, with empathy being the mechanism by which we transcend this isolation. Empathy is defined here as the sensation by which the mental state of another is absorbed by, and physically reflected, in oneself. This hyper-sensitivity to the feelings of others often results in a volatile emotional landscape which is highly affected by interpersonal intimacy.These paintings act as attempts to explore the various ways that this exchange or bridging of self might manifest, and the role that alienation plays in it. These ideas have been developed through an evolving series of oil paintings depicting the figure in space, with ambiguous physical environments becoming a stage upon which interpersonal relationships manifest and unravel.

Born in Canada, Mary has lived in Australia since January 2004. She recently completed her Bachelor of fine Art (Honours) at the National Art School in East Sydney.

Visit Mary's website

Convergence (a breath), oil on masonite, 90x100cm, 2015

2015 Greenway Art Prize

Artists:    Group Exhibition

Exhibition dates:    The exhibition of finalists will take place 12-22 November

Entries are now closed

Official Opening and Awards:    Thursday 12 November, 6-8pm.

The sixth annual GreenWay Art Exhibition which is bigger and better than ever in 2015 with a new prize for sculpture on offer and a record prize pool of $8,000. The Art Exhibition celebrates the precious urban green corridor in Sydney’s Inner West and aims to capture the qualities of the GreenWay through visual art.

Artists are encouraged to submit works that celebrate the urban environment, sustainable transport and community connections in Sydney’s Inner West.

GreenWay Open Art Prize winner: Gauri Torgalkar for Urban Haiku. Gauri receives a $3,000 cash prize and the opportunity to have her work exhibited at Art Est. Art School and Gallery in Leichhardt during 2016 and receive a print package from Huxbury Print Group. The total value of the GreenWay Open Art Prize is $4,500.

Cooks River Small Sculpture Prize: ACAB Collective for primamateria. $2000 cash prize sponsored by the Cooks River Alliance.

GreenWay Local Artist Prize of $1,000 was awarded to Larraine Deer for No Standing.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award for $500 worth of Derivan art supplies is now open.

The exhibition opens on 12 November and will run until 22 November.

Judges for this year’s GreenWay Art Prize are Jason Wing (Visual Artist), Gina Fairley (National Visual Arts Journalist ArtsHub) and Hannah Furmage (Ashfield Artist-in-Residence).

2016 Curator Christiane Keys-Statham.

The GreenWay Art Prize Exhibition is hosted by Art Est. Art School and Gallery in Leichhardt, and is sponsored by Ashfield, Leichhardt, Marrickville and City of Canterbury Councils, Art Est. Art School and Gallery, Cooks River Alliance, Derivan, maker of fine artist materials and the Huxbury Print Group.

The opening event on 12 November is supported by Rosnay Organic Wines


Artists:    Group Exhibition

Exhibition dates:    15 October – 2 November

Gallery Hours:   9.00am-5.00pm.

A feature of the Art Est. exhibition program is the annual Art Est. calendar competition.

Art Est. students of all ages were invited to enter artworks they have completed in a course or workshop at Art Est. between 31 August 2014 and 2 October 2015. Shortlisted artworks will be exhibited in the Gallery and on the Art Est. Facebook page where you help us decide which twelve artworks (six kids and six adults) will feature in our 2016 printed calendar.

Winners will be announced and calendar launched at the Art Est. End of Year exhibition and Christmas Party Thursday 26 November 6-8pm.

Laura Moore | From Plato’s Cave

Artists:    Solo Exhibition

Exhibition dates:   11-24 August 2015

Official Opening:   Thursday 13 August 6-8pm

Laura Moore was the winner of the 2014 GreenWay Art Prize with her video work ‘Proof’. As part of her prize Laura received the opportunity for a 2 week exhibition of her work at Art Est. Gallery and Art School.

Artist Statement | Laura Moore

In the series From Plato’s Cave each portrait is lit using the direct sunlight that enters our built environment. The harshness of this light can offer immense detail but also extreme contrast. Exploiting the limitation of photography to handle such lighting conditions, I am allowing the shadows, which are still rich in detail to our eyes, to fall to black when recorded by the camera. Featuring myself, and those closely connected to me, the autobiographical narrative of this work investigates my own search and desire for truth. By hiding more than I am revealing I invite speculation, mystery and the viewer to project their own narratives into the work.

About the artist

Laura Moore is an emerging artist based is Sydney. Currently undertaking her honours year at Sydney College of the Arts, she is also a regular exhibitor and winner of the National Portrait Gallery’s 2012 Digital Portraiture Award with her work, Hereinbefore. Moore’s work has featured is a number of award exhibitions including The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, Sydney Life Exhibition and Prize, Art and About Sydney Festival and Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. In 2013 Moore was a featured artist on the Perth Cultural Centre Screen and had a featured exhibition as part of the Head On Photo Festival. Last year Moore’s work was exhibited in SafARI 2014, she was included in the exhibition Form and Substance, curated by Alex Seton at Jan Murphy Gallery, her work was shown at the 2014 PICA Salon and she won the GreenWay Art Prize. Most recently Moore had a solo exhibition at both Firstdraft Gallery in Sydney and PhotoAccess in Canberra and she was awarded 1st Prize in the inaguural SCASS Art Prize.

For more information about Laura’s work visit her website.

  • Proof #2, 2013, pigment print,
    80.0 × 120.0cm
  • Proof #5, 2013, pigment print,
    80.0 × 120.0cm
  • Proof #4, 2013, pigment print,
    80.0 × 120.0cm

WOOF 2015

Artists:    Art Prize and Exhibition

Exhibition dates:   23 July – 9 August

Official Opening:   Sunday 26 July 2015 2-4pm

Our annual exhibition and art prize WOOF!, celebrating our four legged friends has its official dog friendly opening on Sunday 26 July from 2-4pm.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories:

Kids' category 5-11 years
Teen category 12-17 years
Open category adults 18 years and above

WOOF is open to 2D or 3D works of your favourite dog in the following mediums: drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, original prints (etching, collagraph linocut). Photography is excluded.

2015 Prizes:

First Place | Child Category (5-11 years)
Lily O’Toole age 8 – Loki God of Mischief
Highly Commended | Child Category (5-11 years)
Georgia Nicholl age 10 – Friday on a Saturday
First Place | Teen Category (12-17 years)
Angelique Tyler age 14 – Wet Dog
Highly Commended | Teen Category (12-17 years)
Gabrielle Egan age 14 – Tummy Rub Pleeeeease.
First Place | Open Category (adults – 18 and over)
Paul Zoeller – Boof Head
Highly Commended | Open Category (adults – 18 and over)
Erica Aronsten – Lost and Found

Of course Pablo, our resident dog picked his favourites too.

Pablo’s Pick | Open Category Presented to Scott Marsh for Birthday Boy

Pablo’s Pick | Teen Category Presented to Phoebe Santow for My Dog

Pablo’s Pick Child Category Presented to Antonia Keessen for Lu Lu


The People’s Choice Award has been decided and goes to Alex Brownlee for “Wild Child” Loki at 4 months. Congratulations Alex who wins $100 in art materials from our friends at Matisse Derivan.

2015 Judge: Todd Fuller

View images from WOOF 2015 here.

  • 2014 Winner Open Prize Christine Haldane 'You’re not thinking of going without me'

Mid Year Art Est. Student Exhibition

Artist:   Art Est. Students

Exhibition dates:   21 June – 19 July 2015

Opening Event   21 June 2015, 4-6pm

Our mid year group show features artworks by the students of Art Est. Art School.

Featuring paintings on canvas and paper, from oils to acrylics, watercolour to mixed media as well as a host of creative artworks by the kids, it is a showcase of the art made at Art Est. this year so far.

Life in Still Motion | Scenes from The Pacific Shore

Artist:   Gretchen Chappelle

Exhibition dates:   1-31 May 2015

Opening Event   Thursday 14 May 6.00-8.00pm

in conjunction with the Head On Photo Festival, Art Est. is pleased to present and exhibition by Gretchen Chappelle.

Utilising motion blur and a variety of photographic techniques to create painterly photographs, creative artist Gretchen Chappelle presents a series of scenes from the Pacific Shoreline of both Australia and the United States.

These dreamlike landscapes invoke our childlike sense of wonder and awe at the Ocean’s shores while illustrating humankind’s connection to spirit of the Sea.

"Life in Still Motion is a collection of images that celebrates our human connection to the sea and contemplates the vastness of an ocean that synchronously unites, and separates, the shorelines of an American birthplace and Australian home.  In creating the series my aim was to soften boundaries, capture the essence of serenity and invite the viewer to connect with a sense of childlike wonder and contemplation."

You can learn more about Gretchen’s music, creative process and personal journey by clicking these links.

  • [detail] Standing on the Shore by Gretchen Chappelle

Scientia | Art + Science

Artist:   Group Show

Exhibition dates:   2 – 31 March 2015

In conjunction with Art Month Sydney and LOST (Leichhardt Open Studio Trail), Art Est. Gallery is pleased to present Scientia.

This group exhibition, curated by Lisa Woolfe, features artists whose work is informed by one or more of ‘the Sciences’.

James Blackwell | Claude Jones | Laura Jade Hindes | Rachael McCallum | Nicola Moss | Meaghan Potter | Jane Theau

Exhibition dates: 2-31 March 2015

  • Resource Ecology (Conserve Develop) by Nicola Moss
    Synthetic polymer paint on hand cut paper 145cm diameter

Art Est. End of Year Student Exhibition 2014

Artist:   Group Show | Adults and Children

Exhibition dates:   4-18 December 2014

Art Est. Art School and Gallery is pleased to present our End of Year Student Exhibition featuring work by the student artists of Art Est.

Over the past two terms, students of all ages have attend workshops and courses at Art Est. in a range of mediums and genres taught by our professional art tutors.

This exhibition celebrates and showcases their art, with many works available for purchase.

This event also launched the 2015 Art Est. Calendar which features artworks by our students. Calendars now available for purchase Student price: $5.

See the photos from the opening night on facebook

  • Seals by Lucy Bubalo (age 13);
    Luna Park by Kitty Zhao; Calendar Cover - Sydney Petite by Larissa Blake

Sydney Book Art Group

Artist:   Group Exhibition

Exhibition dates:   13 November – 2 December 2014

For centuries artists and bookbinders have created ‘artists books’. There are a myriad of approaches to the creation of artists books: from traditional to experimental and even sculptural. Pages might be hand-drawn, printed traditionally or digitally, or constructed from repurposed or up cycled materials. Forms range from scroll to codex to paper engineering, from painterly to typographic. The writings, stories and concepts can be graphic, textual or textural.

The Sydney BAG comprises nine artists who meet on a regular basis to share and discuss their work. Their methods encompass a broad spectrum of techniques, styles and practices and we are pleased that they can show the Art Est. audience the diversity of this wonderful art form.

Sydney BAG are: Bernard Appassamy, Barbara Bartlett, Julie Bookless, Cathie Edlington, Lisa Giles, Avril Makula, Gary Smith, Cindy Tonkin, Sandra Winkworth.

Members of Sydney BAG have exhibited their work locally and internationally, won prizes, and are represented in collections worldwide.

More about Sydney BAG...

Opening and exhibition photos on facebook

Would you like to learn more about the techniques used in this exhibition? Register you interest here.

  • Gary Smith
    Bugged. Paper, card, grass.
    [detail]. POA
  • Bernard Appassamy
    Compendium of Knowledge. Recycled microfiche, fishing line and crimps. POA.

GreenWay Art Prize

Artist:   Group Exhibition

Exhibition dates:   30 October – 10 November 2014

The 5th Annual GreenWay Art Prize celebrates the precious urban green corridor in Sydney’s Inner West and aims to capture the essence of the GreenWay through visual art.

Winner GreenWay Art Prize – Laura Moore ‘Proof’ HD Video. Highly Commended were John Cottee, Jerry Liew and Elsa Santos Caril.

Winner GreenWay Community Art Prize – Genevieve McCrae for Rockpool. Highly Commended were Pamela Horsnell and Helene Chew.

Derivan People’s Choice Award - Natalie Sharpe for Sydney Turpentine.

Judges: Elizabeth Fortescue (arts writer), Gary Freemantle (Ashfield Artist in Residence), Professor Helen Grace (artist and academic) and Euan Macleod (artist). Curator: Christiane Keys-Statham.

The GreenWay Art Prize Exhibition is hosted by Art Est. Art School and Gallery in Leichhardt, and is sponsored by Ashfield, Leichhardt, Marrickville and City of Canterbury Councils, Art Est. Art School and Gallery and Derivan, maker of fine artist materials and Huxbury printing specialists.

View opening photos on facebook

Sandra Winkworth | at home

Artist:   Sandra Winkworth

Exhibition dates:   10 – 25 October 2014

Opening Event   Friday 10 October, 6-8pm

An installation about “small stuff” with a mix of prints, drawings, watercolours and book art.
Winner of the 2013 GreenWay Art Prize, Sandra Winkworth embraces the overlooked and the ephemeral. She reveals fragility and diversity, celebrating silly, open-ended, non-polished-ness in works.

With a concern about our casual consumerism, loss of connection to Nature and its real decline, she aims for a low-impact practice that combines her glee for finding beauty in found materials and an adoration of local birdlife, the natural world, the home and the everyday.


Art Est. 2015 Calendar Competition

Artist:   Group Exhibition

Exhibition dates:   11 September – 3 October 2014

A feature of the Art Est. exhibition program is the annual Art Est. calendar competition.

Students of all ages were invited to enter artworks they have completed in a course or workshop at Art Est. between 1 November 2013 and 30 August 2014. Shortlisted works are now on exhibition in the Gallery and on the Art Est. Facebook page where you help us decide which twelve artworks will feature in our 2015 printed calendar. Voting has closed and the winners will be announced at our end of year Student Exhibition Opening and Christmas Party on Thursday 4 December.

Jane Theau Waiting - A Big White Wall Project*

Artist:   Jane Theau - Waiting

Exhibition dates:   18 August – 10 September

The Waiting series of work began in 2008 when I spent a year living in a small village in the Pyrenees with my husband and four children. Towards the end of that year I took this photograph, at a local market, of a man waiting for the bus. He had a face full of character and sad eyes. The image has a lot of contrast, especially in the folds of his clothes, which is a characteristic I need to create a thread drawing. When I returned to Sydney in 2009 I scaled up his image and drew his portrait in thread.

The thread drawings I do are very time consuming – I can work for a month to complete one – and it occurred to me one day that these works don’t have to end in thread. I could photograph the thread drawing and manipulate the image digitally for reproduction in other media.

I began this iterative process with Waiting, and chose to reproduce it first as a solar plate print. This involved producing a photocopy of the original thread image on a transparent piece of acetate. The acetate image was then laid over a solar plate which was exposed to ultraviolet light creating a raised image. The solar plate was inked, put through a press, and printed on paper.

The next process involved again taking a photograph of the thread drawing, but this time eliminating many of the fine lines and thickening others to produce a file of the image that could be read by a laser cutting machine. I chose to produce this work in Coreten steel because of its propensity to oxidise, creating a beautiful rust patina.  Once this steel man had spent a few months waiting in my garden, he was rusting magnificently. The cost of producing the steel object was significant so I thought he could pay his way by reproducing himself.  I lay him on the table outside on top of a sheet of watercolour paper and left him there for a week. The result was this rust print.

The smallest work here returns to thread. In May this year I took a linen place mat I had bought years before at a vides-greniers* in France and embroidered Waiting onto it whilst on holiday.

This is the first time all of these works have been exhibited together.

* Directly translates as ‘attic-emptying’, but rather like our garage sales.

About Jane Theau

Jane uses a variety of media in her work – ceramics, glass, printmaking, and increasingly in textiles, particularly the simple cotton thread. She says:

"Given my conceptual concern with sustainability, I enjoy the fact that these textile works use very little material, and weigh but a few grams, even as room-sized installations. Their lightness is a relief in a time of visual and material surfeit. I work as much as I can with recycled materials and for the textile pieces I use discarded tarlatan, the cloth used to wipe the ink from printing plates, which becomes imbued with the rich colours of the inks.

I particularly appreciate the metaphorical qualities of textiles: the ravelling and unravelling, the weaving and fraying, the mending and rending."


Earlier this year, artists were invited to submit proposals for works to be displayed on Art Est.'s ‘Big White Wall Project Space’. Rather than a full exhibition, the project space functions as lab to allow artists the opportunity to experiment, explore ideas or showcase works in progress. We welcome submissions throughout the year.

  • Waiting. Jane Theau.
  • Girl (handmade thread work).
    Jane Theau. $1300
  • Waiting. Laser cut metal sculpture. $2500.

WOOF! 2014

Artist:   Group

Exhibition dates:   24 July – 17 August 2014

Guest judge Steven Miller, Head of the Joanne and Edmond Capon Research Library at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and author of Dogs in Australian Art.

First Place Open Category | Chris Haldane 'You’re not thinking of going without me, are you?'.
Highly Commended – Open | Susan Grant 'Resting Dog'
First Place Teen Category (12-17 years) | Zach Riley 'Jessie'.
Highly Commended Teen | Christina Grace 'Untitled'
First Place Child (5-11 years) | Marnie Hamilton-Gold* for 'Princess'.
Highly Commended Child | Max Perkins 'Drip'
Pablo’s Pick Open | Kerrie Blanch 'On the water (Friday)'
Pablo’s Pick Teen | Gabrielle Egan 'Bella aka Dogface'
Pablo’s Pick Child | Yoleni Chavez Shizas 'My Canine Sister'
People’s Choice Award | Kerrie Blanch 'On the water (Friday)'

  • You’re not thinking of going without me, are you? by Chris Haldane

Art Est. Mid Year Student Exhibition 2014

Artist:   Group Show | Adults and Children

Exhibition dates:   29 June – 20 July 2014

Art Est. Art School and Gallery is pleased to present our Mid Yeart Student Exhibition featuring work by the student artists of Art Est.

Over the past six months, students of all ages have attend workshops and courses at Art Est. in a range of mediums and genres taught by our professional art tutors.

This exhibition celebrates and showcases their art, with many works available for purchase.
View the Exhibition Opening photos on our facebook page.

  • Teacups by Jan Stretton
  • Tiger by Taya Mulready (age 8)

Esta Vida Cubana | This Cuban Life

Artist:   Ralf Hesse and Louise Walpole

Exhibition dates:   12 May – 12 June 2014.

"Cuba is a melting pot of music, soul, colour and heart!"

Ralf and Louise spent a month in Cuba over December 2013 – January  2014. They travelled across Cuba from Havana to Santiago de Cuba and back – by road, and visited Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Camagüey, Sancti Spiritus and Viñales. For Esta Vida Cubana, they present their photographic survey of the people, the places and the soul of Cuba.

After completing his study at in 1996, Ralf Hesse gained employment within the same department of Sydney TAFE. Later on in 2000, he also started teaching photography. For frequent traveller Ralf, it is always an exploration of culture more than anything, including history, people, architecture and particularly in the case of Cuba, the vehicles!

Louise Walpole is predominantly a commercial photographer, specialising in Wedding, Portrait and Event photography.   She runs her own business, Elixir Photography. Louise was looking for a challenge artistically but ended up finding it be an emotionally challenging experience as well.  She says: "I like the simplicity of the one and only 50mm lens I chose to take on this trip. It meant I had to get in close and get to know the Cuban people. I also like how the lens treated my  landscapes, this was especially affective in the rural parts of Cuba which aren’t typically represented in global media"

Thanks to Buena Vista Dance, Cuban Academy who bring the best of Cuban dance to Art Est. at our Opening Event.  Buena Vista Dance, Cuban Academy has performed around the world. We are excited to experience Cuba’s old culture and within this performance, its new energy.

Drawn Out

Artist:   Group Show

Exhibition dates:   1 – 31 March 2014

Opening Event   Saturday 8 March 3-5pm

‘Drawing’ is often thought of as ‘just’ lines or marks on paper, and more often than not as a means to another end.

Curator Lisa Woolfe described the philosophy behind the exhibition:

"In this exhibition, I wanted to feature artists who are interested in drawings as artefacts in their own right, and some of whom challenge conventional ideas of what a drawing can be. While the exhibition includes works on paper that would be seen as ‘traditional’, it also features performance, video and installation, and more."

From Matilda Michell’s ‘invented figure drawings’ (the simplicity of which belie rigorous study of the human form that is required to ‘invent’), to Pamela Leung’s installation of chopsticks that create a cacophony of ‘drawn’ lines, Drawn Out features a myriad of approaches to the art of drawing.

Opening drinks with the artists Saturday 8 March 3-5pm including a performance by Flatline (featuring Todd Fuller and Carl Sciberras)

Participating Artists

Andrew Antoniou  |   Suzanne Archer   |   Pina Bartolo   |   Sarah Drury   |  Corrigan Fairbairn   |   David Fairbairn   |  Cameron Ferguson   |  Renuka Fernando   |   Todd Fuller (in collaboration with Flatline)   |  Jan Handel   |   Rachael Helmore   |   Gillian Hughes   |   Ochre Lawson   |   Pamela Leung   |   Gabrielle Mason   |   Matilda Michell  |   Meaghan Potter   |   Carl Sciberras   |   Kelley Stapleton   |  Jane Theau   |   Sandra Winkworth   |   Lisa Woolfe

Public Programs and Workshops

LOST – 8-9 March, 10am-3.30pm. Explore Art Est. Art School and Gallery as part of the free Leichhardt Open Studio Trail. Download your LOST map here.

  • Jane Theau – Subaqua
  • Jan Handel – Lens [detail]

Art Est. Tutor Salon Exhibition

Artist:   Group Show

Exhibition dates: 1-26 February 2014

Our Tutor Salon Exhibition features artworks by the teaching artists of Art Est. Art School. Includes oils, acrylics, watercolour and mixed media.

Featured artists include:

Art Est. Student Exhibition 2013

Artist:   Group Show

Exhibition dates:   5 December – 19 December

Our end of year Student exhibition features artworks by the students of Art Est. Art School. From oils to acrylics, watercolour to mixed media, sculpture to printmaking, and a whole host of creative artworks by our children, it is a showcase of the art created in terms 3 and 4 of 2013.

View the opening night photos on facebook

The Charming Collective Annual Exhibition

Artist:   Group Show

Exhibition dates:   15 November – 1 December 2013

The Charming Collective 2013 annual exhibition was a collection of works by local and international artists. This has been a significant year cementing The Charming Collective as an important presence on the Sydney art scene, offering its members community exposure and affordable studio space for printmakers.


Featured Artists: David Quoy, Anna Russell, Laura Giamo, Nic
Bailey, Ian Kingsford Smith, Rebecca Geddes, Jessica Hodgkinson, Gabrielle Mordy, Marnie Ross, Sam Newton, Cam Scott, Simon Clarke and Mahani Del Borrello.

This exhibition is possible due to the support of Art est. Art School and Gallery, as part of their Emerging Curator program.  The exhibition is curated by Charming Collective co-director Jessica Hodgkinson.

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2013 Greenway Art Prize

Artist:   Group Show

Exhibition dates: 31 October – 12 November

The GreenWay Arts Exhibition and Prize at Art Est. Gallery and the GreenWay Sustainability Project is proudly supported by the NSW Environmental Trust, Ashfield, Canterbury, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils. This exhibition is also supported by Art Est. Art School and Gallery and Derivan.

  • First prize: Sandra Winkworth for Sampling Along the GreenWay (Hawthorne Canal).
  • Runner up: Paul McCarthy for Where Wild Meets Urban.
  • Highly commended were: Bernadette Trela for Sky Scape Arrangement 7 and Nicole Eggers Thylacine.
  • The Youth Prize was awarded to Finley Chapman Wilderness.
  • People’s Choice: Rita Orsini for Painting with Light – Moly

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2013 Print Commission Launch

Artists:   Print Council of Australia

Exhibition dates:   18 September – 13 October

The Print Council of Australia’s annual print subscription provides an easy low-cost way to build a collection of quality fine art prints by emerging and established artists. Each year the Print Council commissions 10 selected artists to print a limited edition of prints for sale to subscribers to the program. Print Council commissioned prints are found in significant collections throughout Australia such as public art museums, galleries and schools as well as individual collections.

The 2013 Print Commission artists are: Andrew Antoniou (NSW), Kim Barter (VIC), Helen Clarke (WA), Kevin Foley (VIC), Margaret Genever (QLD), Vesna Klačar-Nedimović (QLD), Christine Lawry (VIC), Ben Reid (NZ), Annika Romeyn (ACT) and Lin Tobias (VIC).

You can view each of the ten artworks in the 2013 Print Commission in the Art Est Gallery, or online on the Print Council of Australia’s website. Click here

Presented in association with the Print Council of Australia as part of the 2013 Sydney Fringe Festival

  • Shadow play by Andrew Antoniou

Art Est. Salon Exhibition

Artist:   Tutor Group Show

Exhibition dates:   16 August – 15 September

Drinks with the Artists   Thursday 29 August, 6-8pm

Art Est. tutors are professional artists and educators who exhibit at major galleries in Sydney and beyond.

This is an exhibition of their original work in all its diversity.

Join us for drinks with the artists and find out about their individual art practice, and upcoming workshops and courses at Art Est.

Andrew Antoniou represented by Australian Galleries
Tanya Baily
Pina Bartolo
Lizzie Buckmaster Dove represented by NG Art Gallery
Filippa Buttitta
Kate de Kantzow
Rachel Fairfax represented by Stella Downer Fine Art
Harrie Fasher represented by Maunsell Wickes Gallery
Todd Fuller represented by Brenda May Gallery
Tiffeny Del Fayne
Ochre Lawson
Paul McCarthy
Matilda Michell
Sally Mowbray
Bernhardine Mueller
Susie Murphie
Paola Talbert
Adrienne Tarver

Artworks include oils, watercolours, acrylics, drawings, sculpture, collage, works on paper, and more representing a diverse collection of contemporary and traditional approaches to art making.

For biographical information on each of the exhibiting artists, please visit our Artist page.

  • Descend by Nerine Martini
  • GHOSTED Christmas Bush by Lizzie Buckmaster Dove. 2008 hand cut paper 34.5 × 43 × 10 cm. Represented by NG Art Gallery. $1500.00
  • Searching by Harrie Fasher. Ink and mixed media on paper 1090 × 950mm. Framed $1850.00

WOOF! 2013

Artist:   Group Show

Exhibition dates:   28 July – 12 August

Dog friendly opening   Sunday 28 July, 2-4pm

It’s Pablo’s birthday in July, so he held an exhibition entitled ‘WOOF!’ in his honour! He asked kids and adults to paws a while and draw, paint or make a sculpture of him (or their other favourite dog).

Congratulations to the winners judged by artist A-F Fulgence:

Kids' category 5-11 years
- First prize to Zac Riley for his painting 'Jessie'
- Highly commended to Alberta Bucciarelli-Stounaras for her sculpture 'Happy Birthday Pablo'

Teen category 12-17 years
- First prize to Olivia Reys for her digital print 'Dogs own the street'
- Highly commended to Marnie Vellios for her pencil drawing 'Thinking'

Open category adults 18 years and above
- First prize to Jennifer Kumar for her painting 'Little Big Dog'
- Highly commended to Leree Roden for her painting 'Little Man' and to Susan Grant for her watercolour 'Fritz the Daschund'

Given it was an exhibition in his honour, Pablo also wanted to have a say.

Pablo’s Picks:
Open category to Leree Roden for her painting 'Pablo'
Teen category to Patsy Islam-Parson for her painting 'Pablo'

Kids' category to Max and Charlie Huebescher for their collage 'Pablo and Toto'

Congratulations to the People's Choice Award winner Mike Kitchener for his work ‘Jake at Long Reef’.

Prizes included gift vouchers from Art Est, and gifts from Derivan and Shearer's Bookshop.

  • Little Big Dog by Jennifer Kumar
    First Prize – Open Category
  • Dogs own the street by Olivia Reys
    First Prize – Youth Category
  • Jessie by Zach Riley_
    First Prize – Kids category

Art Est. Mid Year Student Exhibition 2013

Artist:   Art Est. Students

Exhibition dates:   23 June – 21 July 2013

Official Opening:   Sunday 23 June, 2pm-4pm

Our mid year group show features artworks by the students of Art Est. Art School.

Featuring paintings on canvas and paper, from oils to acrylics, watercolour to mixed media as well as a host of creative artworks by the kids, it is a showcase of the art made in Term 1 and Term 2, 2013.

Visit our Facebook page to view photos from the exhibition opening.

  • Sonnet Cure – Frog
    Acrylic on Canvas

60 On the Road

Artist:   Greg Barbera ACS, Andy Taylor ACS, Stephen Taylor and Ray Martin AM.

Exhibition dates:   6 June – 18 June 2013

Official Opening:   Thursday 6 June, 6-8pm

“The behind the scenes, the spontaneous, moments that made a lasting impression”.

60 on the Road is an exhibition of photographs by the crew and journalists of 60 Minutes as they travel the world reporting issues for this popular Nine Network documentary show.

This photography exhibition illustrates the stories behind the stories and features images from cinematographers, Greg Barbera ACS and Andy Taylor ACS, 60 Minutes Producer Stephen Taylor, and internationally acclaimed journalist and presenter Ray Martin AM.

The sixty photographs that make up 60 on the Road document ‘behind the scenes’ of life on the road with 60 Minutes. They capture the spontaneous, the absurd, the weird and the wonderful, and the moments that left a lasting impression on the photographer.

Each photo has its own story that will give viewers a glimpse into the often surreal world of celebrity, war, politics, human interest and adventure these men have access to as members of the 60 Minutes team.

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Timor-Leste: Moving Forward, Looking Back

Artist:   Conor Ashleigh

Exhibition dates:   17 May-2 June

Official Opening:   Sunday 19 May, 3pm-5pm

*In association with Head On Photo Festival 2013, Art Est. Gallery is pleased to present Timor-Leste: Moving Forward, Looking Back, an exhibition of photographs by Conor Ashleigh.

Conor Ashleigh is a young Australian photographer, who travels all over the world, documenting the people, stories and landscapes he encounters. Timor-Leste: Moving Forward, Looking Back is an exhibition of Conor’s recent photographs from Timor-Leste, taken during visits to the island between 2009 and 2013. Conor’s photographs reflect numerous social issues and personal narratives, which expand and multiply with each visit to the island.

This exhibition is curated by Christiane Keys-Statham.

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  • Fisherman prepare to launch a fishing boat of Atauro Island Timor-Leste by Conor Ashleigh.

Assorted Treats | Works on Paper from Cicada Press

Artist:   Group Exhibition

Exhibition dates:   1-30 March

In conjunction with Art Month Sydney 2013, Art Est. Gallery is pleased to present Assorted Treats, an exhibition of works on paper produced by Cicada Press in collaboration with some of Australia’s best known artists.

Featured Artists: Elisabeth Cummings, Euan Macleod, Fiona Hall, Vernon Ah Kee, Locust Jones, Adam Cullen, Ian Grant, Jenny Orchard, Chris O’Doherty aka Reg Mombassa, Martha MacDonald, Punata Stockman, Michael Kempson, Luke Sciberras, Michael Callaghan, Alfreda Minor, Alison Minor, Valerie Lynch, Laurel Nannup, Gregory O’Brien, Jasper Knight, John Pule, Guy Warren, Locus Jones, John Reynolds, Robin White.