Last week in 2014…

This year, Brenda May Gallery will close for the summer break on Saturday, 20 December at 5pm. This means that this is the last week to view our current Christmas Show, featuring works for sale specially priced at just $1,000 each.

We are excited to launch our new Quarterly publication that will take the place of our small calendar booklets. The first issue is our special edition for Art Stage Singapore which also contains all of our exhibition information for January – March 2015. You can view Quarterly 1.1 digitally by clicking here.

Finally, please save the date for the combined 2 Danks Street galleries Gala Night, on Wednesday 28 January. Please join us for the celebration and to view our annual January exhibition, Sculpture Park.

In the meantime, have a safe, happy and relaxing break, with best wishes from Brenda, Meg, Olivia, Wendy, Michael, Gordie, Jude, and of course Gemma (woof!) – all of us at Brenda May Gallery.

▶ Last day open in 2014, Saturday 20 December, until 5pm
▶ Brenda May Gallery at Art Stage Singapore (booth C1a), 22 – 25 January 2015
▶ Combined 2 Danks Street Opening, Wednesday 28 January 2015, 6-8pm


Exclusive Events in 2015

e304300c-f242-46ce-b486-09d5e70690a8A Dinner in the Gallery with Helen Mueller’s Forest Requiem, 2013, on the walls

In 2015 we are changing the way in which we celebrate our Artists’ exhibitions. We will host custom events and intimate gatherings, tailored to each exhibition, with an invitation only requirement. In order to ensure that you do not miss out, you can register your interest in a particular artist via email, or join a represented artist’s mailing list (see below). By joining an artist’s mailing list, you will also be the first to receive information on new work and exhibition previews. If you decide not to register, emails will continue to be sent to you with all the Gallery news.

Peter Tilley Success at Sculpture by the Sea


We would like to formally congratulate Peter Tilley on another successful year at Sculpture by the Sea. On top of joining the Decade Club, which acknowledges Peter exhibiting with SxS for the tenth year, he sold his larger outdoor sculpture and his smaller works from the indoor exhibition. Well done!

Peter will exhibiting a large-scale work in Sculpture Park, 28 January – 14 February 2015.

Peter Tilley, ‘crossing the sky by boat’ 2014
cast iron, corten steel, 170 x 140 x 42cm

Al Munro Residency in Chiang Mai

097575d5-810d-40ac-b924-88097b3e8990Al Munro will be going to Chiang Mai on an ArtsACT funded residency at the Chiang Mai University Faculty of Fine Arts in Thailand from 11 December 2014 to 20 January 2015. Al will be exhibiting works from her ‘Molecular Measure’ series at Chiang Mai University Art Centre from 15 to 30 January.


Al Munro, ‘Molecular Measure’ 14 2014
acrylic paint, nail varnish, glitter on balsa wood, 33 x 30.5 x 1.5cm

Elephant in the Room: Funds Raised for the Animal Welfare League NSW

c0d51994-3ed1-4066-91c4-230fbf02524bWe would like to thank our talented artists who participated in Elephant in the Room, as well as our generous clients, for affording us the opportunity to hand a cheque to the AWL. This will help support them in caring for surrendered, neglected and abandoned animals, especially welcome at this time of the year.

Irianna Kanellopoulou, ‘Wild Rider’ 2014
ceramic, glazes, 8 x 13 x 4cm (Private Collection)

Christmas Show 2014 – opening 2 December

Christmas/$1,000 Show
Please join us Tuesday 2 December at 6pm
for the big reveal


To celebrate the end of another year and continuing in the tradition of the ever popular Access and Brenda May Gallery Birthday Show, the Gallery presents a special Christmas Show (and our 29th Birthday!). Included in the exhibition will be works from our represented and supported artists, made especially for the occasion.

As in previous years, the exhibition will be unavailable for previews and unseen by the public until the opening at 6pm sharp on Tuesday 2 December, when the windows will be cleared and the doors opened to reveal recent artworks generously priced by the artists at $1,000 for the duration of the show.


Christmas Show reveal/opening: Tuesday 2 December, 6-8pm
▶ Last day open in 2014, Saturday 20 December, until 5pm
▶ Brenda May Gallery at Art Stage Singapore, 22 – 25 January 2015
▶ Combined 2 Danks Street Opening, Wednesday 28 January 2015, 6-8pm



This will be our very last exhibition opening! Starting in 2015, we are holding custom events tailored to each exhibition, complete with an invitation only requirement. More information is available here.


Tanmaya Bingham, Robert Boynes, Sybil Curtis, Todd Fuller, Ashleigh Garwood, James Guppy, Waratah Lahy, Melinda Le Guay, Kevin McKay, Helen Mueller, Al Munro, Carol Murphy, Mylyn Nguyen, Leslie Oliver, Janet Parker-Smith, Janet Tavener, Lezlie Tilley, Peter Tilley, and Nicole Welch.

Now Accepting Proposals for ‘Paper Works III’

Brenda May Gallery is seeking proposals from professional practising artists in Australia and New Zealand for the curated group exhibition ‘Paper Works III′.

Paper Works III – 14 April to 2 May 2015

Paper is such a commonplace and pervasive material. We write on it, read it, drink out of it and eat off it, yet in terms of conservation it is considered one of the most fragile of mediums in the art world.

This third installment of our Paper Works series endeavours to illustrate the diversity and versatility of paper, providing a glimpse into the range of creative potential for this medium.

Proposals for this show must be received by Friday 6 February 2015.
Artwork to be delivered to the Gallery by Friday 10 April 2015.

Submissions should be posted directly to the Gallery (email submissions and proposals sent by registered post will not be accepted) and should include a CD of recent work and images in support of the proposal, an up to date C/V, an artist statement and a separate, single page outlining the nature of the work you are proposing. Please keep it simple, no powerpoint or keynote files.

View the previous installments in our Paper Works series:
Paper Works, 23 March to 11 April 2010.
Paper Works II, 16 April to 4 May 2013.

Painting Locations for ‘Structures in the Landscape’ 2014

architectural paintings employ mining and industrial subject matter, finding beauty within and giving warmth and personality to these areas of construction – See more at:

Sybil Curtis’s architectural paintings employ mining and industrial subject matter, finding beauty within and giving warmth and personality to these areas of construction. This post looks at the locations that have inspired her works in Structures in the Landscape.

Moree NSW

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curtis_beyond_blueSybil Curtis, ‘Beyond Blue’ 2014, oil on linen, 48 x 150cm

curtis_Gold without the greenSybil Curtis, ‘Gold without the Green’ 2014, oil on linen, 48 x 150cm


Narrabri NSW






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Sybil Curtis, ‘Field Flowers’ 2014, oil on linen, 35 x 35cm



Sybil-Curtis-Flowers-of-the-FieldSybil Curtis, ‘Flowers of the Field’ 2013, oil on linen, 90 x 90cm

Tarragindi QLD


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Sybil Curtis ‘Living on Commerce Street’ 2014, oil on linen, 35 x 35cm



Sybil-Curtis-The-White-Family-of-Commerce-Street Sybil Curtis ‘The White Family of Commerce Street’ 2014, oil on linen, 100 x 100cm

Sybil-Curtis-The-White-Family Sybil Curtis, ‘The White Family’ 2014, oil on linen ,100 x 100cm

Dalby QLD


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Images sourced from:


Sybil-Curtis-Stairways-to-BlueSybil Curtis, ‘Stairways to Blue’ 2013, oil on linen, 100 x 100cm

Sybil-Curtis-A-Possiblity-of-RainSybil Curtis, ‘A Possiblity of Rain’ 2014, oil on linen, 100 x 100cm

curtis_ripper_and_screenedL to R: Sybil Curtis, ‘Ripper’ 2013, oil on linen, 35 x 35cm; Sybil Curtis, ‘Screened’ 2014, oil on linen, 35 x 35cm


Geelong VIC



Curtis_pigeon_and_windL to R: Sybil Curtis, ‘A Pigeon on a Post’ 2014, oil on linen, 35 x 35cm; Sybil Curtis, ‘Which way does the Wind Blow?’ 2014, oil on linen, 35 x 35cm

New Paintings by James Guppy

Our newest addition to the Gallery stockroom is a selection of paintings from the series How Sweet is the Shepherd’s Sweet Lot! by James Guppy. The paintings were made for these quirky, vintage frames, assiduously collected by James over a number of years. The imagery references several sources including old footage of paratroopers descending from a plane, B grade sci-fi movies and Palaeolithic figurines.

All of the paintings are presented under the original convex glass (the images below are pictured without the glass), adding a further sense of distance and another dimension to the finished works.

You can view a wonderful video interview with James regarding this series here. Additional paintings from the series can be viewed on our website here.

To receive notifications of new work and exhibition previews for James Guppy, please sign up HERE.


Introducing Ashleigh Garwood

We are pleased to present the work of Ashleigh Garwood, an emerging photographer who will be exhibiting at the Gallery in May 2015. To create the series Of Other Spaces, Garwood took the initial photographs using analogue technology, before digitising and manipulating the images to then produce large-scale silver gelatin prints. This oscillation between traditional and contemporary photographic processes causes the resulting work to have the rich and ethereal quality of analogue photography, engaging viewers via their sublime sense of symmetry.

To receive notifications of new work and exhibition previews for Ashleigh Garwood, please register your details with the Gallery via email. Additional works from this series are available to view here.