What’s on at NERAM

What’s on at NERAM

Key Exhibitions at NERAM 2022

Discover one of the great art collections in the country
Hinton: Treasures of Australian Art
Permanent Exhibition
The Howard Hinton Collection at NERAM is the result of one of the greatest acts of artistic philanthropy and benefaction in Australian history. Between 1928 and 1948 a collection of over 1000 artworks by leading Australian artists were donated to the newly constructed Armidale Teachers’ College by the retired shipping agent, Howard Hinton OBE (1867-1948). The collection provides a snapshot into Australian artistic practice in the early twentieth century as well as some insights into this ‘modest and self-effacing’ gentleman who lived in a boarding house in the north shore suburb of Cremorne and is one of the most significant collections of Australian art in regional New South Wales. View the collection online here

Natasha Soonchild
4 Feb – 27 March
Natasha Soonchild is a sculptor, painter, designer, printmaker and recycler based in Nundle NSW. Using collected flotsam and jetsam, cast-offs and neglected treasures she creates narrative objects, sculptures and mini-museums, breathing new life into these cast-off items. In her art practice, Natasha is compelled to tell stories within each piece she creates.
A Land of New Beginnings explores themes of journeys, emigration and the strangeness found in new beginnings and new landscapes.

Natasha Soonchild, From here to there, 2021, recycled metal  

Australian Society of Miniature Art
4 Feb – 27 March
What classifies as miniature art? A miniature artwork can be no more than 40 cm perimeter and a miniature sculpture must be no more than 15 cm in any direction. The subject matter must be miniaturised, and the technique must be in keeping, so that there are no large or clumsy brushstrokes.

This exhibition will provide an insight into the modern version of miniature art, a world away from the tiny lockets and portraits of the past, opening the eyes of visitors to a new experience. It’s all in the Detail has inspired the artists to create unique and imaginative works within the miniature format, showcasing the detail that is an intrinsic part of miniature art.

Diane Sincock, Collection #2, acrylic

Beyond 2000: Contemporary art from the collection 
4 Feb – 8 May
A deep dive into the NERAM collections to explore works created since the millenium. From colourful abstraction to photodocumentary and monochromatic masters, this survey exhibition features artists such as Ken Done, Helen Eager, Euan Mcleod, Idris Murphy, Garry Shead and Anne Zahalka amongst others.

Idris Murphy, Pink Dam Waters Floating Trees, 2021, acrylic and collage on board, NERAM collection

Paintings you probably haven’t seen: Ken Done
1 April – 8 May
Ken Done is well known for his vibrant paintings that depict the iconic Australian experience. He finds wonder in the everyday through glorious colour, spontaneous mark making and brilliant visual expression. A touring exhibition from Ken Done Gallery

Ken Done, Tuesday Reef (detail), 2002, acrylic on canvas, NERAM Collection

The Archibald 2021 & Young Archie
13 May – 26 June & 17 June – 26 July
2021 marked 100 years of Australia’s oldest and most-loved portrait award, the Archibald Prize. First awarded in 1921, it is the country’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture―from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists. Visit as a school and enter your group into the Young Archie competition. Artists
between the ages of 5 to 18 are invited to submit a portrait for the Young Archie competition. The portrait should be of a person who is special to the child – someone who is known to them and plays a significant role in their life.

There are four age categories for judging purposes:
5-8 years | 9-12 years| 13-15 years | 16-18 years
NERAM will provide a template and permission form for each student to enter. Book your spot now with our education officer > book here.

Winner Packing Room Prize 2021, Kathrin
Longhurst, Kate, 2021, oil on linen, 122 x
122cm © the artist. Photo: AGNSW, Jenni
Carter. Sitter: Kate Ceberano

Interconnected – Beautiful Bizarre
13 May – 26 June
Interconnected will be a diverse showcase of the best contemporary artists from around the Australia working across a broad range of mediums and styles. A collaboration with Beautiful Bizarre magazine, a publication internationally renowned for its unique perspective of contemporary art and photography.

This exhibition will be aligned with interactive secondary school student programs.

Juz Kitson, Renewed ritual, no 11, 2016

1 July – 28 Aug
The Strong exhibition will bring together work by five Australian, women artists who began or continued their professional arts careers in later life and whose arts practice is known to include large scale abstract painting or sculpture. The exhibition will include artwork by: Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Hilarie Mais, Barbara McKay and Aida Tomescu.

Barbara Mackay, Up & Over The Gorge, 2004-2010, Acrylic on canvas

Angel Times
1 July – 28 Aug
A collaboration between artist Angus Nivison and writer Sophie Masson exploring themes of loss, the in-between and the nebulous. Nivison has created works inspired by Masson’s young adult novel ‘The Ghost Squad’ and in turn, Masson has used Nivison’s paintings as inspiration for her writing.

Angus Nivison, Breath, 2021

2 Sept – 16 Oct
Spanning geographies from the Top End to the Central Desert, Groundswell: Recent movements within art and territory brings together a selection of Northern Territory based artists, diverse in aesthetic, but united in their concern for issues of water security. A touring exhibition by Artback NT

Niall Barrington, Running out (detail), 2019 mixed media

Just Not Australian 
18 Nov – 29 Jan 2023
Just Not Australian brings together 20 artists across generations and diverse cultural backgrounds to deal broadly with the origins and implications of contemporary Australian nationhood. Just Not Australian interrogates what it means to be Australian at this challenging point in time. View the education resource here >>

A M&GNSW touring exhibition

Jon Campbell, I’m not racist, but …, 2013, enamel and spray paint on plywood