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Dan Kyle and Ann Thomson selected for Salon des Refuses

Congratulations to Ann Thomson and Dan Kyle who have been selected for the Salon des Refuses, the ‘alternative' Archibald & Wynne Prize.

See these fantastic works at the S.H. Ervin Gallery from Saturday July 16 - September 18.

Ann Thomson celebrated in survey exhibition at the National Art School Gallery, Sydney

1 June 2016
Judith Blackall has curated an exciting exhibition of Ann Thomson's work spanning six decades. This exhibition focuses on her creative investigation that incorporates abstraction and figuration. Her work is both compelling and enigmatic, ranging from gestural compositions and collages to large-scale paintings, sculptural assemblages and works on paper.

Taking a lead from Ann Thomson's work in the upstairs Gallery, Ann Thomson & Contemporaries also presents a snapshot of a unique moment in the National Art School's history. It explores the creative directions of a significant group of Australian artists who studied or taught at the School with Thomson, including teachers Godfrey Miller, John Passmore, John Olsen and students Vivienne Binns, Elisabeth Cummings and Martin Sharp. The project highlights and celebrates the exhilarating times at East Sydney Tech in the late 1950s and early 1960s.This must see exhibition is on until 23 July.

Ann Thomson interviewed for Artist Profile Magazine

1 June 2016

Anita Larkin in AGNSW Travel Draw


The Art Gallery of New South Wales' Travel Draw for AGNSW members is upon us and this year Defiance Gallery's very own Anita Larkin has generously donated her sculpture 'No 806' 2010, bronze, ed 1/12.

If you are an AGNSW member this is a wonderful chance to win an Anita Larkin sculpture as well as some great other prizes. Tickets are $6 and all proceeds go towards gallery acquisitions. 
Entries close at midnight of next Wednesday the 18th of February. More details about the travel draw can be found here.

Defiance Gallery in Open Skies

12 February 2015

Defiance Gallery features in the current edition of Open Skies, the Emirates in-flight magazine! 
Keep an eye out for us if you are jet setting, but if you're closer to home, the guide has some great local recommendations for where to eat in Newtown, including a few of our favourite neighbours, The Stinking Bishops, Earl's Juke Joint, Black Star Pastry and Osteria di Russo & Russo.

Annual PEARLS Auction for Preeclampsia Research

5 Sept 2014

The Annual PEARLS Charity Auction is scheduled for November 12 this year. Several artists including Charmaine Pike, Daniel Kyle and Peter Godwin have already generously donated works to this year’s auction, which will take place at The Sydney Mint. More artists will be announced closer to the date.

Last years auction was the most successful in the organisation’s history, with a staggering $64,000 raised. The PEARLS auction raises money for vital research into the cause and the early detection of Preeclampsia, which affects 1 in 10 women in pregnancy. The PEARLS research team, under the auspices of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Campbelltown Hospital are the world leaders in their field, working towards a system of early detection through screening.
To read more about the great work PEARLS is doing, please visit their website.

Carole Griffin wins the Glebe Art Show Painting Prize

5 September 2014

Congratulations to Carole Griffin who has just won the Glebe Art Show Painting Prize! 

Her work can be seen at Benledi/Glebe Library, (186 Glebe Point Road, Glebe) from tomorrow the 6th, until Saturday September 13. 

More details about the Glebe Art Show can be found here.

You can also see a selection of Carole's beautiful still life paintings in our current exhibition The Meaning of (still) Life - at Defiance Gallery until September 20.

Winter Newsletter

5 September 2014
The Defiance Gallery Winter Newsletter is out now!
If you haven't seen it yet, you can catch up on what's been happening behind the scenes here

If you'd like to subscribe to receive the newsletter and invitations to upcoming exhibitions, please send an email to mailinglist@defiancegallery.com

Holding Redlich Public Sculpture Lunch

22 August 2014

We'd like to thank Holding Redlich for hosting a fascinating discussion yesterday in their Sydney office. The topic for discussion was the recent public art works select by the city of Sydney and the process employed in this decision. It was a great opportunity to gather people from various industries with a connection to public sculpture and to hear the subject discussed from a variety of perspectives. Thanks also to John McDonald who gave his time to offer valuable insight and knowledge in this area.


Open Studio: Paul Higgs

22 August 2014
Welcome to the inaugural Defiance Gallery Open Studio post, where we share a little of what goes on behind the scenes and get a small insight into the practice of Defiance artists.

This week we look inside the studio of Paul Higgs. Paul has recently finished a brilliant body of work, which he calls Paint Constructs. You'll be able to see Paul's work at Defiance Gallery in late September in an exhibition with Kevin Norton.

Stations of the Cross | Paul Hopmeier and Tim Allen

22 August 2014
St. Ives Uniting Church undertook a special Easter Project for the years 2007 - 2011. Each Year they invited 15 of Australia's leading artists to produce a 'contemporary' Station of the Cross for an exhibition to be displayed in the church for a ten day period at Easter. This years exhibition is at Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School and includes works by Paul Hopemier and Tim Allen from Defiance Gallery. Other exhibiting artists include Euan Macleod, Steve Lopes and Leo Robba. Tim Allen was asked to depict Station 6, pictured below. 

For further information feel free to contact Doug Purnell - dougpurnell@optusnet.com.au

Anita Larkin at Matthew Gillet Gallery

18 March 2014
Anita Larkin is exhibiting new works in an upcoming exhibition at Matthew Gillet Gallery. The Exhibition Opens tomorrow, Thursday the 20th of March.

Matthew Gillet Gallery, 383 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Scarborough.

Dave Teer in The 2014 Travel Draw at the AGNSW

10 March 2014
Dave Teer's work 'The Dinner Gong' is part of this years Travel Draw 2014 at the AGNSW. Each dollar raised by Travel Draw goes toward helping the gallery acquire works for the collection.

Tim Allen article in Artist Profile issue 26

10 March 2014
Artist Profile issue 26 is out now, featuring a great article on Tim Allens work and practice by Alison Mackay and Richard Morecroft. Photography by Stephen Oxenbury Image: Tim Allen article in Artist Profile

Charmaine Pike / Angus Nivison Mentor / Mentee Exhibition

10 March 2014
Charmaine Pike has been chosen by eminent landscape painter Angus Nivison to exhibit her work 'Tomorrow Land' in the Mentor/Mentee Exhibition presented by Regional Art Australia for the National Visual Arts Showcase 2014.

The exhibition will run from 5 March to 30 April at the Presiding Officers' Exhibition Area in Australian Parliment House, Canberra.

Congratulations Charmaine

'Sculpture City' S.H Ervin Gallery 24 Jan - 2 March

9 March 2014

The Exhibition of Ten of Australia's leading sculptors includes a selection of works by Paul Hopmeier and Kevin Norton who are represented by Defiance Gallery alongside works by other prominant sculptors such as Jan King, Paul Selwood, Anne Ferguson, James Rogers, Paul Bacon and Hui Selwood.

The Exhibition was reviewed by John McDonald in The Sydney Morning Herald's 'Spectrum', here is the link to that article 


Artist Profile: Issue 24

23 August 2013
Issue 24 of Artist Profile is now on sale. It is a fantastic edition with interviews with Cressida Campbell and Kevin Connor. We especially enjoyed the 'Judgement Calls' section with artists, curators and critics in conversation. Guest edited by Jo Frost, this section also includes an interview by Bridget Macleod with Defiance Gallery Director Campbell discussing the AGNSW.

Feltportation: an exhibition curated by Anita Larkin

23 August 2013

Defiance artist Anita Larkin has curated the exhibition Feltportation: Contemporary Art in Felt

Featuring 13 artists including Larkin, the exhibition explores how felt can be used as an insulation material, allowing the transference or interference, of objects, materials, sound, warmth, and of spirit. Feltportation aims to bring an ancient craft into a modern context. There is also a full colour catalogue accompanying this exhibition including an essay by Larkin about the show.

The exhibition, at FCA Gallery at The University of Wollongong, will be open until September 12.

Anita's works are also part of an exhibition curated by Virginia Settre at the Wollongong City Gallery. Titled Me, the Road and I: Narratives of Refugee Passage and Identity,  The exhibition can be seen until September 1, Cnr Kembla & Burelli Streets, Wollongong. (closed Mondays)

SIX ARTISTS | SEVEN DAYS a film by Jason Capobianco: Change of screening date

14 August 2013

The premiere screening of Jason Capobianco’s film SIX ARTISTS | SEVEN DAYS, featuring footage from the Mornington Sanctuary expedition as well as studio interviews with each of the artists and John McDonald, art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, has been postponed.

The film will now be screened with an introduction by John McDonald at Mary Place Gallery: 12 Mary Place, Paddington

Homage to Roy Jackson: Auction Fundraiser

10 July 2013
Roy Jackson’s much-anticipated retrospective at the Drill Hall Gallery at the Australian National University, Canberra, is approaching. Curated by Terence Maloon and Sioux Garside, the exhibition will bring together Roy’s works from between 1963-2013.

Work is underway to gather these paintings and works on paper from the private and public collections where they are held across Australia. To make this possible, Ildiko Kovacs is organising a fundraising auction of works donated by Roy’s contemporaries. Kindly hosted by Martin Browne Contemporary at 15 Hampden St, Paddington, ‘Homage to Roy Jackson’ will preview on the 21st and 22nd of July between 10.30-6pm, with the auction taking place on the evening of Tuesday the 23rd, 6-8pm.

Charmaine Pike and Dan Kyle in The Mosman Art Prize

10 July 2013

Congratulations to Dan Kyle and Charmaine Pike who are both finalists in the 66th annual Mosman Art Prize!

One of the most prestigious municipal art prizes in Australia, The Mosman Art Prize has an illustrious alumni including Elisabeth Cummings, Jenny Sages, Margaret Olley and Guy Warren amongst many others.

This year’s exhibition is being judged by Lucy Culliton and will be on display between Saturday July 13 and Sunday August 25 at the Mosman Art Gallery. Keep an eye out for Dan & Charmaine’s fantastic paintings!

Left: Daniel Kyle Burralow at Dusk, 2013, 120 x 120cm, oil on board.

Right: Charmaine Pike Though the Night is Gone, 2012, 120 x 90cm, acrylic on board.

June Newsletter

10 July 2013

The Defiance Gallery Newsletter for June is hot off the press!

View it online here.

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Phillip King: Major Survey Exhibition in Dijon

16 May 2013

We have just received some images of Phillip King's major survey at Le Consortium in Dijon.

The exhibition looks spectacular, with sixty works from the 1960s to the present day shedding light on King's pivotal role in the development of 20th century sculpture and his undeniable influence on contemporary art. 


For more information about the exhibition, see the website for Le Consortium or watch an interview with Phillip here.

Le Consortium is located at 37, rue de Longvic Dijon. The exhibition will be open until the 16 June.

Anita Larkin commissioned by the University of Wollongong

15 May 2013
Congratulations to Anita Larkin who has been commissioned by the University of Wollongong to make a sculpture for The Moss Vale Education centre. The centre is a new building at the Southern Highlands Campus designed by Australian architect Glen Murcutt.
The sculpture, that will span a 15 metre corridor space, is due to be installed in October and will be open to the public. 
Well done Anita!

News & editorial

Recent news and editorial from Defiance Gallery Newtown. Subscribe to our newsletter to keep up-to-date by joining our mailing list or email lauren@defiancegallery.com