Dear Friends of Despard Gallery,

With many milestones reached throughout 2018, we would like to express our sincere thanks for your support and looking forward to another visually exciting year ahead.

We are thrilled to announce emerging artists Zoe Grey and Maggie Jeffries have had their work included in a major corporate collection. Maggie also had two of her lush botanical paintings purchased for a new Government development in Kingston, Tasmania.

Our exciting upcoming exhibitions program for 2019 is now complete.  Key events include Young Blooda diverse group show of emerging young Tasmanian female artists in April, a solo exhibition in July by esteemed artist Geoff Dyer coinciding with a survey show at the TMAG of his Archibald portraits. Despard’s return to Sydney Contemporary in September will feature a powerful sculptural installation by Patrick Hall, amongst other significant artists work.

Currently on display is Despard’s Summer Show 18/19.  This annual exhibition is a fantastic way to celebrate the strengths and diversity of all our artists.  This year is also a platform to introduce new artists to our stable, including Matt Calvert, Lorraine Biggs, Ochre Lawson and Verna Nichols, as well as Zoe Grey and Maggie Jeffries.  This is a great opportunity to view some of the creative energy that makes up our artist stable, and preview new works as a visual taste of the year to come.

We are delighted to have received a new series of Japanese inspired ceramics by South Australian artist Jeff Mincham.  Jeff’s work is also included in the upcoming ceramic exhibition FUSION.  This exhibition brings together a diverse group of contemporary ceramicists of national importance, celebrating the practices of Jenny Orchard, Roger Webb, Patrick Collins and Jeff Mincham.  Each artist brings a depth of technique, tradition and form uniquely applied through their contemporary lens, including sculpture, Edo inspired vessels and painted majolica.

We are kicking of our 2019 exhibition season with Jo Chew; The Wanderer, The Fool, and The Refuge. Opening Wednesday 6 February at 5.30pm.  Jo lives and works in Hobart, her paintings explore ideas of vulnerability, loss, hopefulness and longing.

Looking forward to seeing you at Despard Gallery in 2019!


Steven Joyce
Despard Gallery

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