Art Gallery Exhibitions - 2000

  • Dates: From 22 August to 30 November

An exhibition that surveys the development and artistic achievement of Indigenous artists. This exhibition traces the changes that have taken place in Indigenous art over the years, showing its diversity and capacity for innovation. The joint exhibition of more than 60 works has been assembled from the private collection of the Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University, Professor Di Yerbury, and the University collection.

In addition to outstanding works in the traditional genres of Indigenous art, including major paintings by leading Papunya artists, the joint exhibition is unusually strong in displaying a range of well known works that carry a socio-political message by important contemporary artists from urban locations.


  • Dates: From 20 June to 7 August

This exhibition of 'faces' brings together three generations of Australian male artists who have used portraiture as a means to convey a variety of themes ranging from personality and emotion to cultural values and beliefs. The selection of paintings contrasts the traditional genre of portraiture bound by convention with contemporary representations of the figure that redefine the meaning of portraiture. The display comprises of around 40 works from the Macquarie University art collection and ones on loan from private collections showing a male perspective by artists such as William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Richard Goodwin, Sidney Nolan, John Olsen, and Tony Tuckson.


  • Dates: From 24 May to 11 June
  • Theme: An Exhibition of Czech and Australian Art

A collection of 26 works from the artists in the Czech Republic and 26 paintings and sculpture by artists living in Australia. A common thread that runs through the exhibition is the way both the Czech and Australian artists are returning to look at the landscape and the figure. The exhibition aims to initiate a dialogue between Czech artists and their Australian contemporaries. These connections have been encouraged by the Czech group Konfese and the Australian sculptor Errol Davis, curator of the Macquarie University Sculpture Park. The exhibition has been curated by a young Australian sculptor, Linda Klarfeld, who this year completed a monumental sculpture, the Twelve Stations of the Cross, at Macquarie Park Cemetry. Her figurative works are included in the exhibition.


  • Dates: From 13 March to 12 May
  • Theme: Children's art of the twentieth century

A traveling exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia, featuring children's drawings and paintings collected by Frances Derham (1894-1987), artist and educational pioneer. Her unique and important collection of children's art from Australia and around the world, gathered over more than half a century, was donated to the people of Australia in 1975 and is held at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. The images in this exhibition (80 works on paper) portray personal and cultural identity, family and school life, social and political events by children from indigenous Australian communities, urban and regional Australia, former Australian territories New Britain and Papua New Guinea, and Europe.


  • Dates: From 6 July 1999 to 3 March 2000