Touring Exhibition Program 2021

In 2021, M&G NSW plans to tour 9 exhibitions of contemporary art including 4 major solo presentations and 5 curated group shows, with exhibitions scheduled to travel to across Australia, with venues including: Hervey Bay Regional Gallery (QLD), Walkway Gallery Bordertown (SA), Devonport Regional Gallery (TAS): Tamworth Regional Gallery, (NSW); Artspace Mackay (QLD), Warrnambool Regional Gallery (VIC), Plimsoll Gallery University of Tasmania (TAS), NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Cairns (QLD), Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs (NT), Maitland Regional Art Gallery (NSW) and Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery (SA).

Along with developing the projects and organising logistics, M&G NSW provide support every step of the way for the tour venues: aiding with public programming, offering curatorial advice, providing education resources, and delivering remote as well as on the ground support with the installation and de-installation process.

Below is a look at  the exhibitions touring in 2021.



Working across video, sculpture and drawing, Arlo Mountford’s practice questions our individual and collective memories of the artistic canon.

This tour is travelling to the following venues, across five states, between 2019 and 2021: Shepparton Art Museum, VIC; Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, WA; Orange Regional Gallery, NSWWestern Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, NSWMaitland Regional Gallery, NSW; and Walkway Gallery, Bordertown, SA.

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Arlo Mountford,100 Years, 2016, single channel digital animation. Installation view at Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, 2019.

Deep Revolt presents an opportunity to further challenge and inspire our audiences with a project that is stimulating at its core. Mountford’s work concisely examines the art world and the art historical canon, throwing light on visual art’s ongoing meaning and relevance in contemporary society. The project fulfils one of SAM’s key aims to stimulate critical discussion around the arts and broader cultural issues.

– Dr Rebecca Coates, Director, Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria, Arlo Mountford Deep Revolt, 2018


‘The opportunity to tour this exhibition regionally is exciting, the exhibition and the works themselves do manage to operate on multiple levels engaging both children and the seasoned art audience through a combination of technical execution, humour, history and self-reflexive response on my part. I feel this ‘relatability’ present in the works acts as gateway to engage with the more challenging conversations about what art is and how it might operate. Which is an interesting discussion to have at any time but might be even more interesting in the context of regional Australia.’ – Arlo Mountford, Arlo Mountford Deep Revolt, 2018

‘Working with Mountford at La Trobe, and more recently as Head of Art at the Australian War Memorial, I can attest to the unique and fascinating nature of his practice and the richness of his work in both ideas and techniques. It is crucial that these kinds of practices are experienced by audiences outside metropolitan centres, and brought in to the national dialogue on Australian contemporary arts. In my experience Arlo’s work also has very broad audience appeal and the exhibition is likely to attract strong visitation to the host galleries. For the artist, it is an opportunity to reflect on his practice to date and experience it recontextualised throughout regional Australia. This kind of experience will likely inform and enhance his future career and the professional development opportunities are both rare and key for an artist entering the mid-stages of their practice.’ – Ryan Johnston, Director, Buxton Contemporary, Victoria, Arlo Mountford Deep Revolt, 2018


Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and Museums & Galleries of NSW touring exhibitionThis project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. 



Thinking Business brings together select work by collective Barbara Cleveland delving into themes of friendship, women’s work, communality and persistence. With an underlying humour, the exhibition traces the group’s 15 years of shared intellectual and creative pursuit. Curated by Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and touring from 2021.

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Barbara Cleveland Thinking Business

Barbara Cleveland, This is a stained glass window Single Channel HD Video, 2019, 13’28” (Still). © and courtesy of the artists.

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and Museums & Galleries of NSW touring exhibition



This 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and M&G NSW initiated project presents Eugenia Lim’s most recent body of work, The Ambassador series. In this three-part project, Lim takes on a Mao-like persona, the Ambassador, who takes on new roles in uncovering the Australian-Asian narrative – drilling down into racial politics, the social costs of manufacturing and the role of architecture in shaping society.

Between February 2019 and March 2021, this exhibition will travel to: Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, SANautilus Arts Centre – City of Port Lincoln, SARiddoch Art Gallery, SABega Valley Regional Gallery, NSWGoulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW; Griffith Regional Art Gallery, NSW and Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW.

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Eugenia Lim, The People’s Currency, 2017, performance, dimensions variable. Photo by Zan Wimberley. Courtesy of the artist.
Eugenia Lim, The People’s Currency, 2017, performance, dimensions variable. Photo by Zan Wimberley. Courtesy of the artist.

‘Eugenia Lim’s practice speaks to the core of 4A’s mission over the past 21 years, which seeks to facilitate cultural dialogue between Australia and Asia in the belief that Asian cultural thinking significantly shapes the world today and will have an important impact on the future. Eugenia’s voice is crucial to the future development of the Australian arts landscape. Her nuanced practice contains rich imagery and metaphor that greatly resonates with audiences. This tour will provide Eugenia Lim the opportunity to present work to new and largely untested audiences in remote and regional parts of Australia and participate in her first touring project –– seeding the potential for future collaboration and greater acknowledgment and engagement with her practice. This would represent a career milestone, consolidating a decade old practice.’

– Dr Mikala Tai, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Eugenia Lim The Ambassador, 2018

The BVRG aims to bring communities together, to build and share their identity, history, creativity and culture. Eugenia Lim The Ambassador provides us with the perfect opportunity to explore these themes within our community. The project will provide our visitors with the chance to interact with an artist who explores cultural tensions yet imagines a world where pluralism and empathy are the common ground, a place where people are curious about each other instead of afraid.’

– Iain Dawson, Director, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Eugenia Lim The Ambassador, 2019

A 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Museums & Galleries of NSW touring exhibition. This project is assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program



Just Not Australian brings together a group of 20 living Australian artists across generations and mediums to deal broadly with the origins and implications of contemporary Australian nationhood. Artists include: Soda Jerk, Abdul Abdullah, Hoda Afshar, Tony Albert, Cigdem Aydemir, Liam Benson, Eric Bridgeman, Jon Campbell, Karla Dickens, Fiona Foley, Gordon Hookey, Richard Lewer, Archie Moore, Vincent Namatjira, Nell, Joan Ross, Tony Schwensen, Raquel Ormella and Ryan Presley.

The tour for this exhibition will run from 2020 to 2022, showing at: Wollongong Art Gallery, NSWTweed Regional Gallery and The Margaret Olley Arts Centre, NSWBathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSWBlue Mountains Cultural Centre, NSWCairns Art Gallery, QLDGladstone Regional Gallery, QLDHervey Bay Regional Gallery, QLDRedcliffe Art Gallery, Moreton Bay, QLDPort Pirie Regional Art Gallery, SA; and Walkway Gallery, Bordertown, SA.

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Just Not Australian was curated by Artspace and developed in partnership with Sydney Festival. The exhibition is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW.



Curated by Dr Caleb Kelly and developed by the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), Material Sound features newly commissioned work by artists Vicky Browne, Pia van Gelder, Caitlin Franzmann, Peter Blamey, Vincent & Vaughan Wozniak-O’Connor and Ross Manning, whose work and practice investigates sound and materials within art and performance.

The exhibition was shown at MAMA from 9 February to 29 April 2018 and will also travel to Black Mountain College Museum & Art Centre in Asheville, North Carolina, USA in mid-2019 before touring nationally in Australia from 2020 to 2022 at the following venues: Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, QLD;  Manning Regional Gallery, NSWWarrnambool Art Gallery, VICBayside Gallery, VICPlimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, TASBlue Mountains Cultural Centre, NSWNorthsite Contemporary Arts, Cairns, QLDArtspace Mackay, QLDMaitland Regional Gallery, NSW.

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As the demand for high quality arts in the region grows, it is vital to continue offering opportunities to local artists and young people to develop their knowledge and establish connections outside their usual network. Hervey Bay Regional Gallery and its patrons will certainly benefit from the contemporary, interactive and experimental nature of this exhibition.

–  Emma Bannerman, Acting Cultural Centre Coordinator, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, Queensland, Material Sound, 2019

‘The exhibition Material Sound is aimed at engaging a national network of artists and the local community in a series of exhibitions, performative events and workshops that seek to investigate sound as a material. At its core is the support of young and emerging artists alongside more senior and experienced artists. The tour will provide career development for the artists, regional community engagement in contemporary approaches to installation and performance, and for me an exciting opportunity to see my research and concepts disseminated across Australia. Presenting Material Sound across Australia will ensure a broad audience for this project and for the Australian artists involved.’ –Caleb Kelly, curator, Material Sound, 2019

‘Audiences in the Blue Mountains region would highly benefit from the content and approach of Material Sound. One of the participating artists, Vicky Browne, is based in the Blue Mountains, making this exhibition all the more relevant to our local audience.’ – Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, NSW, Material Sound, 2019

‘We are all so excited about the tour and incredibly grateful for your work in putting it all together!’ – Michael Moran, Curator, Murray Art Museum Albury, NSW, Material Sound, 2019

A Murray Art Museum Albury exhibition, curated by Caleb Kelly and presented nationally by Museums & Galleries of NSW



Created specifically for Artspace, Centre of the Centre is a major new commission that traces the origins of life and its regenerative forces, iterated through video, performance and sculpture. The exhibition was presented at Artspace, Sydney from August – October 2019. The tour will kick off in 2021, after the exhibition has received international exposure in France and the Philippines.

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The itinerary for this tour includes (2021-2023): Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW; Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville, QLD; Glasshouse Port Macquarie, NSW; Western Plains Cultural Centre Dubbo, NSW; Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW; Bega Valley Regional Gallery, NSW; Samstag Museum of Art, SA; Arts Space Wodonga, VIC; and Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW.


In the lead up to the tour M&G NSW is developing a new professional development program to introduce cultural mediation to the regional gallery sector, aligned with this exhibition to be rolled out across our touring program. We have been partnering with UQ ART Museum, who are currently presenting Centre of the Centre, to develop a Cultural Mediator Handbook as part of this program to enrich audience connection with this work and contemporary art more generally.

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I commend Museums & Galleries of NSW planned tour of this exhibition across regional Australia, and their commitment to enable regional venues to present this multifaceted work through support for the performance and cultural mediation aspects of the project.

       – Daniel Qualischefski, Gallery & Media Coordinator, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville, QLD.

Cultural Mediation in Practice workshop featuring Mel O'Callaghan's exhibition Centre of the Centre. Photograph by Document Photography

Centre of the Centre was curated and developed by Artspace and is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW.



Suspended Moment brings together current and past work by the three recipients of Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship and formative work by Katthy Cavaliere loaned from her estate. This exhibition, curated specially for tour by Daniel Mudie Cunningham (Director Programs, Carriageworks), will comprise work by Giselle Stanborough, Frances Barrett and Sally Rees, the three recipients of this prestigious fellowship. A selection of work by Katthy Cavaliere will be presented alongside the three artists who have benefited from her generous legacy.

Katthy Cavaliere, loved, 2008

Each fellowship recipient will have solo exhibitions at either Carriageworks (NSW), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (VIC), Museum of Old and New Art (TAS) in 2020, before they a curated selection, including works by Katthy Cavaliere, is devised especially for the national tour (2021 – 2023), which is set to include the following venues: Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW; Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW; Bega Valley Regional Gallery, NSW; Jervis Bay Maritime Museum and Gallery, NSW; Wollongong Art Gallery, NSW; Manly Art Gallery and Museum, NSW; The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW; Mildura Arts Centre, VIC; Ararat Gallery TAMA, VIC; Redcliffe Art Gallery, QLD; and Bundaberg Regional Gallery, QLD.

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Katthy Cavaliere Suspended Moment Fellowship recipients, L-R Sally Rees, Giselle Stanborough and Frances Barrett. Image Daniel Boud 2019. Courtesy Carriageworks

A Carriageworks and Museums & Galleries of NSW touring exhibition, curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham, developed in partnership with the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania.


Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015 was curated and developed by Artspace, Sydney and is touring nationally in partnership with Museums & Galleries of NSW



Void presents a multifaceted concept that brings together contemporary Aboriginal artistic practice from across the country. Curated by Emily McDaniel, the exhibition will feature existing works across the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and photography by eminent artists. Educational and public programming is a key feature of the exhibition and tour drawing on resources and research produced through the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at UTS, in conjunction with the exhibition’s curator.

Venues for this tour, spanning 2019-2021, include: Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSWCanberra Museum and Art Gallery, ACTWagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSWBendigo Art Gallery, VICGeraldton Regional Art Gallery (WA)Newcastle Art Gallery, NSWTweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Arts Centre, NSW; and Artspace Mackay, QLD.

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The complex and meaningful themes within Void, and a vocabulary to support them, was established at the Void Education Symposium hosted by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery on 5 December 2019. Through the Symposium, it became evident that it is important for each location to transform and extend Void in consultation with the Elders and Traditional Owners of their unique community, and with consideration to localised conversations and knowledge. Volunteer, education and front-of-house staff are often the first people within galleries and museums to be confronted with difficult questions from audiences, and are also the people charged with the role of creating safe spaces for discussion, curiosity, complexity, and exploration tailored to the needs of their community.

Beautiful work combined with a wise and powerful message

– Visitor commenting on VOID at Bathurst Regional Gallery, 2019

Void exhibition opening and education symposium

An exhibition curated by Emily McDaniel, in conjunction with UTS Gallery and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, presented nationally by Museums & Galleries of NSW.