The artist says her undeniably sad portraits of bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef are about resilience: ‘It’s not a fragile delicate flower … it’s so important to be optimistic and do what we can to protect it’

by Michael Slezak

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Flora Australis: Australian Artists and the Floral Still Life

11 Mar – 11 Jun 2016

Tom Roberts, Margaret Preston, Katie Petyarre, Arthur Streeton, Margaret Olley, Laura Jones, Nicholas Harding, Rupert Bunny, Roy De Maistre, Lucy Culliton, Julian Meagher and others. Featuring works from the AGNSW collection and new works from contemporary artists.

Curated by Iain Dawson

Catalogue essay by Laura Jones

Bega Regional Gallery, Zingel Place, Bega, NSW 2550

Solo exhibition

2 – 20 March 2016

Olsen Irwin Gallery

Gallery Ecosse presents Laura Jones

at Chalk Horse Gallery

15 October – 14 November 2015

Lower Ground, 171 William St

Darlinghurst NSW 2010




The annual award exhibition for portraiture by contemporary Australian women artists. The award, which was first given in 1965 in memory of the artist Portia Geach, displays selected entries from artists across the nation representing diversity in contemporary portraiture. The Award is recognised as one of the most important celebrations of the talents and creativity of Australian female portrait painters and has played a major role in developing the profile of the nation’s women artist and in 2015 celebrates its 50th anniversary.

For a list of this year’s finalists:

Exhibition runs:

18 September – 25 October 2015

S.H. Ervin Gallery

Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney

Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm
(closed Mondays & Public Holidays)

Laura Jones exhibiting at Olsen Irwin Gallery

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair

10 – 13 September

Carriageworks, Sydney

Exhibition runs: Saturday, Sep 12th - Sunday, Oct 25th 2015

To be be judged by John McDonald

The Manning Regional Art Gallery

12 Macquarie Street, Taree, NSW



Phone: 02 6592 5455

Millie, Pregnant 2014, oil on linen, 142 x 112 cm

Saturday 11 July - 20 August 2015

Gallery Ecosse, Exeter, NSW

Featuring: Abdul Abdullah, Clara Adolphs, Giles Alexander, Glenn Barkley, Jason Benjamin, Dean Brown, Tamara Dean, McLean Edwards, Stuart Fleming, Ian Grant, David Griggs, Sarah Hendy, Alan Jones, Laura Jones, Michael Kempson, James Kerr, Juz Kitson, Jasper Knight, Michael Lindeman, Tony Lloyd, Euan Macleod, Guy Maestri, Tara Marynowsky, Julian Meagher, Lara Merrett, Daniel Morse, James Powditch, Ben Quilty, Leslie Rice, Paul Ryan, David Ryrie, Luke Sciberras, Peter Sharp, Wendy Sharpe, Ben Smith, Alex Standen, Tim Storrier, Pam Tippett, Craig Waddell, Oliver Watts, Mirra Whale, Paul White, Julian Wolkenstein, Heidi Yardley


This annual Plein Air Art Prize is for a work painted ‘en plein air’ depicting a New South Wales subject. The finalists are exhibited at Parliament House, Sydney and the winner is awarded $20,000. The winning painting enters the collection of the New South Wales Parliament.

Exhibition runs: Wed 17 June – Fri 31 July 2015

Parliament of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney
8.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday only


The City of Kogarah Art Prize is an annual acquisitive prize for painting in any medium, with prizes valued at $12,000 and an open theme.

Established in 2012, the Kogarah Art Prize has become a highlight on Kogarah’s calendar of cultural events. The Kogarah Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition provides the opportunity for our community to view the paintings local artists and artists around Australia have produced in the previous year. The Prize is an opportunity to experience new perspectives on current art practice. It generates discussion and ideas, and brings people together.

In 2015 the Kogarah Art Prize judge is John McDonald, Sydney Morning Herald art critic and writer, lecturer and curator.

Exhibition runs from 19 June – 13 July 2015

Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre 

Kogarah Town Square, Belgrave Street, Kogarah