2020 Exhibitions

Current Exhibition


Women in the Collection

15 July – 18 August  2020

Arts & Culture North Sydney is pleased to feature the work of nine established and emerging artists acquired for North Sydney Council’s Art Collection between 2015 and 2020. The selection of works showcases female artists who have contributed to Council’s arts and cultural programs, events and projects in significant ways.

North Sydney Council recognises the role of visual art in maintaining the cultural heritage of the area. Council’s Art Collection includes contemporary sculpture, painting, photography, mixed media, drawing and printmaking and prioritises local artists, artwork based on the North Sydney local government area or representative of the North Sydney community. 

The collection includes the work of established and distinguished local artists as well emerging artists, some of whom are identified through their inclusion in the prestigious biennial North Sydney Art Prize.


Seven works are on display in the inTransit Space. Denese Oates’ sculpture is on permanent display outside Chambers (on this level) with the work of the late Jessica Birk on permanent display in the Customer Services Corridor Ground Floor.


Previous Exhibitions


Looking forward, Looking back

Guringai Festival Posters 2001 – 2015

21 May – 13 July 2020

Founded in 2001, the Gai-mariagal Festival (previously the Guringai festival) aims to raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Northern Sydney region. The festival starts on Sorry Day, Sunday 26 May and goes through to the end of NAIDOC Week; the second week of July each year. The festival involves Councils and numerous reconciliation and community groups and offers a range of workshops, art exhibitions, performances, film screenings, talks and much more.

This exhibition is a celebration of the festival’s history as seen through a collection of posters from 2001 to 2015. From year to year, the poster design has featured artwork by highly respected and celebrated First Australian artists connected to the Northern Sydney region including Jessica Birk, Tim Moriarty, Kerrie Kenton and Bibi Barba among others.




Kosciuszko and Quorrobolong by Frances O'Rourke

27 Feb - 21 April 2020

Frances’ primary focus is landscape, which she prefers to capture plein air. This exhibition presents work completed during two painting trips to Kosciuszko High Country lead by Alison Chiam and to Quorrobolong in the Hunter Valley where she was mentored by Idris Murphy and Ross Laurie. Frances formed a connection with both spaces, feeling the slightest changes to the landscapes as they occurred in real time. Experiencing this subtle evolution guided her into a meditative headspace where she allowed the land to lead her in making decisions on structure, marks and colour. Using acrylic on paper, Frances utilised an untamed expression to capture the movement and beauty of these areas, emphasising their uniqueness.

Frances’ next body of work is currently being completed under her residency at Primrose Park Artists Studio that combines her passions for landscape and floristry. This provides a new challenge in capturing the wild, uncontained nature of landscapes in conjunction with the soft and poised essence of flowers. Frances would like to acknowledge the support from North Sydney Council in the provision of the studio.

More information www.instagram.com/frances.oro/




'Crows Nesting' works by Studio A artists Damian Showyin, Catherine McGuinness and Guy Fredericks.

22 Jan - 25 Feb 2020

'Crows Nesting' is a group exhibition featuring paintings, drawings and sculpture by Studio A artists; Damian Showyin, Catherine McGuinness and Guy Fredericks. These works were inspired by a 2019 residency at Peacock Gallery, Auburn and time spent in contemplation in the Auburn Botanic Gardens. The works capture a conversation between artist and the environment and demonstrate each artist’s unique perspective and sensibility.

Studio A is a supported studio based in Crows Nest tackling the barriers that artists living with intellectual disability face in accessing conventional education, professional development pathways and opportunities needed to be successful and renowned visual artists. The enterprise paves professional pathways for such artists so that they can achieve their artistic and economic aspirations.  Studio A provides its artists with a working studio space equipped with specialist materials and support-staff.

For more information about Studio A visit www.studioa.org.au