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|13 May 2019|6 mins

The Best Art to See This May

Must-see exhibitions and openings to catch across Australia.

Get your culture on this month, with unmissable exhibitions happening all over the country. With Vivid lighting up Sydney and big accolades in the art world, there’s never been a better time to soak it all in.

Claudia Nicholson - Let Me Down for Vivid Sydney
Friday 24 May – 15 June

Award-winning, Sydney-based artist, Claudia Nicholson, will be taking over the Museum of Contemporary Art with Let Me Down for Vivid Sydney. Join the Museum for the opening, and MCA Art Bar with Radha La Bia – if you can get tickets!
Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000

via Instagram @campbelltownartscentre

Ok Democracy, We Need To Talk
18 May – 31 July

This month Campbelltown Arts Centre are matching their artist talks with The Election LIVE on Saturday 18 May 2019, 6pm – 10pm, for an alternative angle to politics. They promise interesting ideas AND a democracy sausage (Vegetarian and gluten-free options available).
Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown NSW 2560

via Instagram @tessamackayart

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2019
11 May – 8 September

The most anticipated art award in Australia is open, you’re bound to have a favourite, and will be surprised at the winners! Don’t miss Blak Douglas’s painting of Aunty Esme Tilbury.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

via Instagram @semipermanent

Semi Permanent
23 May – 25 May

This year, the theme of truth is explored at the Semi-Permanent festival. Highlights include workshops from the set designer of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, Erica Dorn; NY-based hyperrealist artist CJ Hendry; and Ian Spalter, the Head of Design at Instagram.
Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

Here Is Your Horizon
25 May – 21 July

Curator Talia Smith brings artists together with a Pacific heritage from Australia and New Zealand, to explore what adornment means to them. The opening will be host to live tattooing with Vaimaila Urale; a performance by Woven Kolektif and a Traditional Welcome ceremony + Hāngi feast - not one to miss!
Cement Fondu, 36 Gosbell St, Paddington NSW 2021

Terracotta Warriors & Cai Guo-Qiang
24 May 19 – 13 October

A Fairy Tale in Red Times: Works from the White Rabbit Collection
3 May 19 – 6 October

Visit the NGV this month to visit the iconic Terracotta Warriors from China, with artist Cai Guo-Qiang. While there, don’t miss a guest exhibition from Sydney’s White Rabbit Collection: A Fairy Tale in Red Times - they always set out to shock.
National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006

via Instagram @kayleigh_heydon

Kayleigh Heydon, The Pleasure is All Mine & Saxon Quinn, Calm Stumble
16 May – 26 May 2019
Opening: Thursday 16 May, 6-8pm

A double exhibition at Modern Times brings two very different artists, Kayleigh Heydon and Saxon Quinn, together; to explore the feminine sensuality and masculine urban aesthetics in two contrasting shows.  
Modern Times, 311 Smith St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Women's Wealth
29 APR 2019 – 14 JUL 2019

Visit the exhibition Women’s Wealth on Saturday 18th May, 2pm for a discussion circle on food from Bougainville and Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), including tasting these traditional foods. The sampling and talks will take place in the Lower Sculpture Courtyard in the Queensland Art Gallery.
Queensland Art Gallery, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101

BRISBANE ART DESIGN FESTIVAL 2019
10 – 26 May

BAD will see Brisbane come alive with art and design across the city. Pop onto the website to plan your exhibitions, events, tours and experiences. Mindfulness workshops features with Julie-Anne Milinski; and fun, kitschy jewellery classes by Nicole Casella, the designer and illustrator behind Yippy Whippy. Don’t miss exhibitions from Keg de Souza and neon art by Meagan Streader.
Multiple locations across Brisbane, QLD

Ramsay Art Prize 2019
25 May – 25 Aug 2019

This exhibition features some of the best of under-40-year-olds in the art industry. The dynamic and multi-discipline selection will not disappoint with artists such as Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Hayley Millar-Baker, Vincent Namatjira, and Huseyin Sami.
Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

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Hatched National Graduate Show
4 MAY – 7 JULY

A Call To Dance
7 – 18 MAY

Jupiter Orbiting
22 – 25 MAY

PICA has got a fantastic collection of exhibitions on the moment, including the Hatched National Graduate Show - showcasing the emerging artists to watch out for; and also a durational performance art piece from Amrita Hepi with A Call To Dance. The end of the month sees Jupiter Orbiting, from Kalkadoon artist, Joshua Pether, who takes you on a sci-fi adventure.
The Perth Institute Of Contemporary Arts, Perth Cultural Centre, 51 James Street, Northbridge, Perth, WA, 6003

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