Your Australian Art Guide for May 2022

Wondering what’s on the art menu in May? The good news is that we’ve done the heavy lifting for you and put together a non-exhaustive list of exhibitions that take over our favorite galleries. So what’s on the art menu in May? There’s the Sydney Biennale, the Brisbane Street Art Festival, Joi Murugavell’s exhibition at Chippendale’s Peach Black Gallery and From impulse to action at the Bundanon Art Museum. As for the rest? You’re just going to have to keep reading to find out. Here’s what’s happening in art across Australia in May 2022.

New South Wales

Heights of China

Murnawar Doonoochnggul

Niah McLeod

Opens May 6, 2022

Station Gallery


Isadora Vaughan

May 7 – June 11, 2022

Granville Center Art Gallery

Disturbed Destiny

Organized by Nur Shkembi with artists: Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Hoda Afshar, Safdar Ahmed, Khadim Ali, Phillip George, Khaled Sabsabi, Omar J Sakr, Shireen Taweel and Hossein and Nassiem Valamanesh.

Until May 10, 2022.

Bundanon Art Museum

From impulse to action

Arthur Boyd, Dean Cross, Rochelle Haley, Tina Havelock Stevens, Kate Jones, Jo Lloyd, Emily Parsons-Lord, Izabela Pluta, Uncle Steven Russell & Aunty Phyllis Stewart, Skye Saxon, Vivian Cooper Smith, Shan Turner-Carroll and Kaitlen Wellington.

Until June 12, 2022.

Biennale of Sydney


Until June 13, 2022

Contemporary Jerico

Anna Pogosova

May 19 – June 11, 2022

UNSW Galleries

Foldable planes

Until July 17, 2022

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery


Sidney Nolan

Until June 5, 2022.

Last night

Robert Hirschman

Until June 5, 2022.

N. Smith Gallery


Dylan Mooney

Until May 7, 2022.

Turalayinthi Yarta

james tyler

Until May 7, 2022.

National School of Fine Arts


Every Thursday evening until July


the earth abounds

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Abdul-Abdullah

May 28 – July 24, 2022

Black Peach Gallery

Joi Murugavell

Until May 2, 2022.

Olsen Gallery

Naive and sentimental paintings

John Young

Until May 7, 2022

Penthouse Verona

silent language

Arran Russell

May 3 – May 7, 2022

Michael Reid


Owen Yalandja

Until May 15, 2022.

Roslyn Oxley9

the women who fell to the ground

Del Kathryn Barton

May 6 – May 28, 2022

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Our way of eating

Until June 14, 2022.

Cement fondue

Virtue & Virtuosity

Until May 22, 2022.

Lauren Berkowitz, Troy Emery, Maya Kilic, Chantal Fraser, Heather Phillipson, Sally Gabori, Tully Arnot, Camille Henrot and Tristan Jalleh.


Koori Heritage Trust

Off the Wall – Celebrating the Making of First Peoples Marks

Until May 15, 2022.

Station Gallery

Particle days

Jon Cattapan

Until May 14, 2022

Resort work

Marianne Tubbs

May 21 – June 25, 2022


Sam Martin

May 21 – June 25, 2022

TDF collection

weather in the north

Gemma Leslie

April 30 – May 5, 2022

National Gallery of Victoria

Queer: Stories from the NGV Collection

Until August 21, 2022.

Heide Museum of Modern Art

Sidney Nolan: In Search of Heaven

Until May 29, 2022.

Under Lamp Light

Albert Tucker and Patrick Pound

Until June 13, 2022.

Sometimes I miss the applause

Dean Cross

Until May 29, 2022.

Shepparton Art Museum

Art in Conflict: A Traveling Exhibition on the Australian War Memorial

The land I see is nowhere else

Nosra Latif Qureshi

Until July 31, 2022

Bendigo Art Gallery

Until July 17, 2022.


Art Gallery of Western Australia

Tracks we share: the contemporary art of the Pilbara

Until August 29, 2022.

Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

National Hatched Graduate Fair

May 14 – July 17, 2022

Fremantle Arts Center

Exhibition Revealed in 2022: New and Emerging Indigenous Artists from Western Australia

May 7 – July 24, 2022


Canberra Museum and Gallery

Connection Point: Established Contemporary Fiber Textile Artists from ACT and NSW

March 5 – June 8, 2022

National Portrait Gallery

Shakespeare at Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Until July 17, 2022.

National Gallery of Australia

Smart Jeffrey

Until May 15, 2022.

4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony

Until July 31, 2022.

National Film and Sound Archive

Australians and Hollywood: A story of craftsmanship, talent and ambition

Until July 17, 2022.


Brisbane Street Art Festival

May 7 – May 22, 2022

Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

Fine lines

Until May 2022.

Gallery Aster + Asha

sweet thoughts

Nathan Beard (WA), Jack MacRae (QLD), Kevin Diallo (NSW), Carla Adams (WA), Inbal Nissim (VIC) and Maddison Kitching (VIC).

May 14 – May 15, 2022

Redland Art Gallery


Kyra Mancktelow

Until May 8, 2022.

Brisbane Museum

Making Place: 100 views of Brisbane

Judy Watson, Richard Randall, Noel McKenna, William Bustard, Vida Lahey, Jane Grealy, Danie Mellor, Kenneth Jack, Sam Fulbrook, Charles Lancaster, Robert Brownhall, Margaret Olley, Stephen Nothling, Margaret Cilento, Lloyd Rees, Paul Davies, Mia Boe and more.


With Ojos y Dientes

Paula Quintela

Until June 4, 2022.


jam factory

The Ripple Effect: A 25-Year Investigation

Blanche Tilden

Until May 1, 2022.

Bioregional organizations

Kyoko Hashimoto

Until May 1, 2022.

ACE open


Organized by Patrice Sharkey

Until May 14, 2022

Art Gallery of South Australia

Embodied absence

Chiharu Shiota

In progress

Pure Form: Japanese sculptural ceramics

May 21 – November 6, 2022

Flinders University Art Museum

The imagination of data: fears and fantasies

Until July 8, 2022.


Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery

Walk Through a Songline

Until June 26, 2022.

Charles Darwin University Gallery

Long water: fiber stories

Until July 9, 2022.

Araluen Arts Center

Desert Mob Retrospective

Until June 1, 2022.


art crowd

Murdie Nampijinpa Morris

Until May 20, 2022.

Museum and Art Gallery of Tasmania

Made/Worn: Australian Contemporary Jewelery

Until May 15, 2022.

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Sublime Tao

Tony Smith

Until November 6, 2022.

Museum of old and new art

Jean-Luc Moulène and his teams

Until May 9, 2022.

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One: Carla Adams ‘Offerings to King Moon (A Death Lily, a Pomegranate, a Silver Coin and a Beautiful Shell)’ 2022
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Two: Anna Pogossova “Red Mountain”, 2022

Three: Sophie La Maitre ‘And as the storm approached’ 2022 acrylic on paper 15 x 21 cm

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