ON THE COVER:  Nephi Tupaea, Mother’s Milk, 2024. Acrylic on canvas, 101.5 x 76cm. Courtesy: the artist and Tim Melville Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland.


The notable exhibitions to be staged this quarter across the region.

Artworld Analysis
This issue we’re looking at: the three cornerstones of First Nations cultural awareness; protecting an artist’s secondary market growth; the aftermath of a commercial gallery closure; why editions are less desirable than the one off art work; and more bad news for gender parity in the artworld and what collectors can do.

Acts of Grace
In this new regular section, we recognise the region’s art philanthropists and cover the ventures they’ve funded.

Art Fair Report
The art fairs and biennales to take note of in the coming quarter.

The Test of Time
Gallerists Robert Linnegar and Randi Linnegar and artist Idris Murphy tell us the single most important thing about their relationship that has given it longevity.

On the Couch
From the beginning of Charles Nodrum’s 40 years as a gallerist, his deep understanding of art history and the art he handles has been appreciated.


Under 5k
Our writers present those artists who you might be surprised to learn have work available for less than $5,000 AUD.

Look Out For…
The artists on our radar now.

Pull Focus
Prominent critics and curators zero in on important major works.

Critic’s Choice
Kelly Fliedner presents five artists from Boorloo/Perth operating at the cusp of local knowledge and global discourse.

Collector’s Dossier
After six decades in practice, Suzanne Archer takes pleasure in the assuredness of her own mastery. Rex Butler writes.

If The Mountain Burns, Let It Burn
Claudia Nicholson challenges the Western media’s portrayal of Colombia as a place of violence. June Miskell writes.

Closeness is a Diffuse Border
Hannah Valentine has long made work about, around and scaled to the body. Lucinda Bennett writes.

What a Performance
The performances of Brian Fuata build and respond to intimacies with place, space and the self.  Dr. Lucreccia Quintanilla writes.

We Walk Into a Dark Room to Make Things From Light
Yvette Hamilton’s approach to cameraless  photography is both philosophical and practical. Dr. Daniel Mudie Cunningham writes.

Three Strikes
Nephi Tupaea describes her art practice as tīpuna (ancestor)-led, as if her ancestors are guiding her. Rosie Dawson-Hewes writes.

This Tender Moment
James Lieutenant endows his paintings with a feeling of consciousness. Benjamin Clay writes.

No Fishing, No Hunting, No Car, Just Painting
Doreen Chapman takes inspiration from the flora, fauna, and vehicles she encounters across her home, the Western Desert communities of the Pilbara. Eloise Lindeback writes.

The Same Moon Hangs Above It All
Arryn Snowball is turning triangles into waves, grids to landscapes, and stars into octopus’ suckers. Courtney Kidd writes.

Inside Namedropping, the blockbuster show at The Museum of Old and New Art, nipaluna/Hobart. Plus a round up of the institutional exhibitions you should visit.

One Sentence Reviews
Recent exhibitions summed up in a single sentence.


Art Centre: A Day in the Life
This is how a day unfolds at Ngukurr Arts, an art centre in South East Arnhem Land.

Dealer: A Long, Hard Row to Hoe
Arts Project Australia celebrates fifty years of supporting neurodivergent artists.

If I Could Have
Melissa Keys, Senior Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Naarm/Melbourne selects 10 works she would take home now if she could.

And the Winner was…
A run down of the major art prize winners from the last quarter.

Collector: Top of the Charts
After five decades of dealing and collecting, the art gallerist Philip Bacon has chosen to keep close is the best of the best.

Seen, Heard, Read
The book, podcast and film you might like to know about.


Lucinda Bennett works out of  Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland as a writer and editor. She holds an MA (First Class Honours) in Art History from The University of Auckland.

Dr. Rex Butler is an art historian, writer and Professor (Art History & Theory) at Monash University, Narrm/Melbourne.

Benjamin Clay has held positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Olsen Gallery, Warrane/Sydney. He completed a Masters of Art Curating at The University of Sydney in 2022.

Dr. Edward Colless was a Senior Lecturer of Critical and Theoretical Studies at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. He is currently a freelance writer.

Laura Couttie works as a writer, editor and curator based in Narrm/Melbourne.

Dr. Daniel Mudie Cunningham is an artist, curator and critic. He was recently appointed Director of Wollongong Art Gallery.

Rosie Dawson-Hewes works as a writer and marketer working in the public arts sector.

Brian Doherty is a Narrm/Melbourne-based photographer.

Briony Downes studied Art History at the University of Oxford and Australian Aboriginal Art at Curtin University, Boorloo/Perth. She has worked in the arts for 20 years as a writer.

Nick De Lorenzo is a Warrane/Sydney-based photographer.

Michael Fitzgerald edited Art+Australia (2007–12), Photofile (2013–15), Art Monthly Australasia (2014–23), and is the Senior Editor at the Powerhouse Museum, Warrane/Sydney.

Dr. Andrew Frost works as an art critic, broadcaster and lecturer. Since 2004 he has been the editor of The Art Life and since 2013 an art critic for The Guardian Australia.

Sue Gardiner has been an art writer since 1999. She is a Trustee of the Chartwell Trust, a New Zealand charitable philanthropic trust.

Con Gerakaris is a curator and writer based in Western Sydney on Bidjigal land.

Vivienne Haldane works as a freelance writer and photographer based in Hawke’s Bay New Zealand.

Dr. Doug Hall is a notable art curator and critic best known for his directorship of Queensland Art Gallery for 20 years.

Duro Jovicic is a writer currently completing his Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT, Narrm/Melbourne.

Courtney Kidd has specialised in visual arts writing for more than 30 years. She is also an art consultant with Artbank.

Joanna Kitto currently holds the position of Director at West Space, an independent contemporary visual arts organisation in Collingwood Yards. She is also a curator and writer.

Jo Lawson-Tancred is the European News Reporter for Artnet News. She studied History of Art at the Courtauld and is based in London.

Eloise Lindeback currently works as Manly Art Gallery & Museum Business Coordinator. She has held positions at Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation and Papunya Tjupi Arts.

Jacquie Manning is a Warrane/Sydney-based photographer.

Louise Martin-Chew has been writing about the visual arts for 25 years. She completed a doctorate at the University of Queensland in 2019, and remains an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland.

Emil McAvoy works as an artist, art writer, educator, gallery professional and consultant.

Bruce Johnson McLean is a Wierdi/Birri Gubba person from Wribpid (central Queensland). He is an independent curator and consultant.

Ian McLean works as a Senior Research Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Wollongong. He has published extensively on Australian art and particularly Aboriginal Indigenous art within a contemporary context.

Elke Meitzel is a Narrm/Melbourne-based photographer.

June Miskell is a sessional academic and PhD candidate at UNSW School of Art & Design, and a contributing editor of Memo Review.

Andrew Nicholls works out of Boorloo/Perth, as an artist, writer and curator.

Maurice O’Riordan is a Gulmerrogin/Darwin-based writer, curator and publisher. He is currently curator of the Batchelor Institute Art Collection.

Ingrid Periz works out of New York as a critic and curator.

Hannah Presley currently holds the position of Curator of Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Narrm/Melbourne.

Dr. Lucreccia Quintanilla works as a multidisciplinary artist, writer and researcher. She has until recently been Co-Director of Liquid Architecture after completing her doctoral research at Monash University, Narrm/Melbourne.

Russell Shakespeare is a photographer working in digital and analogue, based in Jellurgal/Gold Coast.

Andrew Wood is a writer, poet, critic, art historian, educator, curator and translator based in Christchurch.

Coen Young is a Warrane/Sydney-based artist represented by Kronenberg Mais Wright, Sydney and Fox Jensen McCrory, Auckland.