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The Gallery is temporarily closed. We will reopen on Saturday 4 December 2021. Read more about the Orange Regional Gallery Extension Project HERE


Aida Tomescu: Unfolding Presence

4 December 2021 – 23 January 2022

This survey presents Aida Tomescu’s recent large-scale paintings alongside selected key works from the last 25 years. While some are impressive in their scale and potency, others offer quieter counterpoints yet with comparable presence.

Working closely with Tomescu, the selection is intended as a non-linear gathering of works with an emphasis on the internal conversations within each piece, while making apparent the relationships between paintings from different time periods. This arrangement more closely reflects Tomescu’s concern for the inner life and identity of each painting rather than a chronological sequence of works.

Born in Bucharest in 1955, Aida Tomescu grew up in the Socialist Republic of Romania where she lived until the age of 23 years.

Since arriving in Sydney in 1980, Tomescu has established a compelling and undeniable presence in Australian art, with work held in state galleries, the National Gallery of Australia and a host of regional and international collections, including the British Museum, London.

She has presented 40 solo exhibitions and won the Sulman Prize in 1996, the Wynne Prize in 2001 and the Dobell Prize for Drawing in 2003 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She is also the winner of the inaugural LFSA Arts 21 Fellowship in 1996 at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.

For Tomescu, painting is a form of thinking- the studio being a place for reflection and for concentrating on the development of new painting vocabulary. It is where she is able to fully attend to the actions and considerations she makes—layering and excavating until the painting reaches a state of resolution in which all the elements in the work cohere into a unified presence with structure at its essence.

Artist Talk: Aida Tomescu
11am Saturday 4 December 2021
Free event. Booking essential.
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An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.

Aida Tomescu in her studio 2019. Photo: Jenni Carter. Courtesy of the artist.

Karla Dickens: A Dickensian Sideshow

4 December 2021 – 13 February 2022

Working in her trademark method of collecting found objects, Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens has created a memorial for bygone rodeo, sideshow, circus, and boxing-tent performers of Indigenous descent. Revisiting the history of the travelling circuses and boxing tents that travelled around regional areas in Australia, Dickens has amassed what she classifies as “the memories, whispers and materials” from which these works have been constructed.

A Dickensian Sideshow is the culmination of Dicken’s three-part project across 2020–2022; shown at the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, and A Dickensian Sideshow in Lismore and Orange. Through the different iterations of the project Dickens reminds us that the arena in which these individuals ‘performed’ was a complex and multi-faceted crucible, in which entertainers were both celebrated and exploited.

An Orange Regional Gallery and Lismore Regional Gallery partnership exhibition. Proudly supported by Integral Scaffolding, Orange.

Artist Talk: Karla Dickens
5:30pm Friday 3 December 2021
Free event. Bookings required.
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Karla Dickens, Golly fucking gosh II, 2021, mixed media, 120 x 120 cm. Photo: Michelle Eabry. Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan & Strumpf Sydney with thanks to Andrew Baker.

Antariksa:  Co-Prosperity #5

4 December 2021 – 16 January 2022

This exhibition presents the fifth iteration of artist and historian Antariksa’s installation Co-Prosperity, an ongoing project that examines the Japanese occupation of Asia from 1931 to 1945. Varying in medium and subject according to place, earlier iterations have been shown at Le Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (2017), the Jakarta Art Council (2018), the Sharjah Biennial, UAE (2019), and the Asian Art Biennial, Taiwan (2019).

Co-Prosperity #5 looks at the connection between Australia, Indonesia and Japan in this period through the lens of Indonesian, Japanese and Australian artists and activists. The title Co-Prosperity draws from the term ‘Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere’ (GEACPS), an imperialist concept coined by Japan as an ideological tool to promote economic and cultural unity in Asia during the Second World War.

With his process informed by his work as an historian, Antariksa examines hard evidence and brings to light parts of history that have been overlooked by using soft evidence forms of video and installation. By examining parts of history through the biographies of activists, artists and intellectuals Co-Prosperity intervenes in the dominant historical narratives from the time that predominantly focused on military exploits and government statistics. Through bringing to light lesser known histories Antariksa encourages audiences to consider the voices and powers that dictate cultural memory.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.

Artist Talk: Antariksa
5:30pm Friday 17 December 2021
Free event. Booking essential.
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Antariksa, Co-Prosperity #4, 2019, UV-sensitive ink on paper, A4 size, copies (amounts variable), UV light. Commissioned by 2019 Asian Art Biennial. Courtesy of the artist.

Winhanganha Mayiny

4 December 2021 – 5 June 2022

Over 2020 and 2021 renowned Australian portrait photographer Gary Grealy worked with Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council and Orange Regional Gallery to create a series of portraits of members of the Orange Aboriginal community. Named Winhanganha (to think, know, remember) Mayiny (people), the project celebrates the importance of shared knowledge and leadership in community.

Winhanganha Mayiny highlights the diversity of skill and knowledge represented in the area across art, archaeology, language, sport and community work. Over multiple visits Grealy met and worked with each sitter to create a portrait that spoke to their identity and role. During each session the sitter discussed their work and the role it plays in building a strong community for future generations. Across all the portraits each person is united by their work for community and a shared belief in the Wiradjuri philosophy of Winhanganha.

An Orange Regional Gallery and Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council partnership exhibition made possible with generous support from Anna and Simon Ainsworth.

Gary Grealy, Doug Sutherland, Aboriginal Sites Officer, Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

Jaq Davies: Marking time

22 January – 6 March 2022

Jaq Davies work is inherently an autobiographical process. Working with line – created with the mediums of hair, charcoal, paint or string – she pushes the boundaries of the picture plane, playing with scale and marking time. Working with found objects and mark making, Davies will create a large-scale wall installation, and a series of expansive drawings and sculpture that celebrate the poetry of her everyday.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.

Jaq Davies, Right hand draws left hand draws Right, Graphite and oil on fabric, 2021.

The Arena

29 January – 13 March 2022

The Arena is a group exhibition that platforms sport as a performance, with the roles of players and the crowd as actors in collective mythmaking and fanfare. Exhibiting a range of video work, painting, photography and sculpture by Khaled Sabsabi, Marikit Santiago, WBYK, Zoe Croggon, Richard Lewer and Tully Moore, the exhibition examines sport as a medium to explore the limits of human emotion such as passion, mania and fanaticism in competition.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.

WBYK, The Arena exhibition poster. Commissioned by Orange Regional Gallery, 2021

Ada Clarke: Hope, Colour, Vitality

5 February – Sunday 6 March 2022

Since arriving in Millthorpe in 1994, Ada Clarke has been working en plain air in the Central West. Ada’s vibrant gouache and oil paintings are emotional interpretations of the landscape through which she aims to offer hope, colour and vitality as antidotes to ‘darkness and depression.’

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.

Ada Clark, The Australian Bush, 2020, gouache on paper. Collection of Nina Machielse Hunt.

Salvatore Zofrea: The Drawn Line

Saturday, 26 February – Sunday, 1 May 2022

A major survey of drawings by artist Salvatore Zofrea. Covering the artist’s practice over six decades. The exhibition traces the development of the artist through drawing; from his early teenage sketches to preliminary drawings for woodblock prints, psalm paintings, frescoes and stained glass windows. Inherently biographical, the exhibition plays out the artist’s personal journey from Italy to his life within the Australian landscape. Zofrea’s practice demonstrates the enduring power of mark making.

A Manly Art Gallery & Museum and Orange Regional Gallery partnership exhibition.

Salvatore Zofrea, Tomato harvest, undated, ink and pencil on paper, 60 x 100cm approx. Collection of the Consulate General of Italy in Sydney.

Current Projects

the CORRIDOR project partnership

In 2022 Orange Regional Gallery (ORG) is curating a group show of site-specific work by artists selected from the CORRIDOR AIR + PD-LAB.

Running across 2020-2021 the CORRIDOR AIR + PD-LAB was a curated residency program of Arts and Science residencies that includes professional development, presentations and workshops. Artists, writers, and curators collaborated during the program, expanding upon the themes of the Galari, Anthropogenic Biomes, Geomorphology and Herbarium.

Orange Regional Gallery partnered with the CORRIDOR project; presenting seminars, and meeting with the artists throughout the residency program.

As part of the partnership, ORG is working with a selection of AIR + PD-LAB artists towards an exhibition in 2022. Artists Matt O’Brien, Stephan van der Merwe, Steven Cavanagh, Thomas Thorby-Lister and Heather Vallance have been selected for the group exhibition. The artists will work with Orange Regional Gallery curator Lucy Stranger to create new work, building upon key ideas that were formed during the residency at the CORRIDOR project.

The ongoing partnership between Orange Regional Gallery and the CORRIDOR project aims to support and strengthen the arts ecology of artists, art spaces and institutions in the Central West of New South Wales.

Images taken during the the CORRIDOR AIR + PD-LAB at the CORRIDOR project

Arts &

A ground-breaking partnership between Orange Health Service and Orange City Council provides an extensive range of original artworks available within a health setting. Launched in 2011 Orange Regional Gallery exhibits works from its permanent Collection throughout the Orange Health Service. Recently the Orange Regional Museum has joined the partnership, which will now bring an extensive range of original artworks and historical items to over 200,000 people per year. Exploring the collection provides a change in focus for visitors and staff.

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Acknowledgement: Orange City Council is situated within the traditional lands of the Wiradjuri Nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodianship of these lands, and pay our respect to the Wiradjuri people for their care and stewardship of these lands for more than 40,000 years and to the Elders of the Wiradjuri Nation past, present and future.