With a generous gift from the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, Museums & Galleries of NSW offers $40,000 in funding to one NSW regional gallery per annum. The program is targeted towards the development and delivery of curated exhibitions that significantly support artists, extend public appreciation and engagement with the visual arts and expand curatorial skills and creativity.

For more information on the Dobell Exhibition Grant visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website.

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Satoru HOSHINO “Beginning Form – Spiral ‘17” 2017 smoked earthenware 850°C, black stoneware 1230°C OF 230.0 x 374.0 x 600.0cm (standing piece 90.0 x 90.0 x 90.0cm) Artist collection Photography Oginuma, Hidekazu

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SODEISHA: Connected to Australia, Newcastle Regional Gallery


SODEISHA: Connected to Australia

In 2019 SODEISHA: connected to Australia celebrates this significant collection with the inclusion of ten contemporary ceramic artists from Australia and Japan featuring alongside the Gallery's Sodeisha collection to form a dialogue between this important post war avant-garde movement and contemporary ceramic arts practice today. 

A highlight of the exhibition is invited ceramic artist Satoru Hoshino, an original member of the Sodeisha group and exhibitor in the 1979 exhibition who will travel to Newcastle to create a major installation and conduct a series of masterclasses providing a living link to the past and present of the Sodeisha group both in Japan and Australia. “How fantastic that the Dobell Foundation could support the Newcastle Art Gallery in mounting such a significant presentation and all its public programs.  

"What a pleasure it was to attend the opening of the Sodeisha: Avant-Garde Japanese Ceramics exhibition in Newcastle. There was a sense of excitement in the crowd of approximately 400 people at the gallery. They were eager to view the outstanding modern Japanese ceramics collection and welcome the visiting Japanese and Australian artists." 

- Brian Ladd, Director Brett Whiteley Foundation and former President of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales.

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From Here to There: Australian Art and Walking, Lismore Regional gallery


FROM HERE TO THERE: Australian Art and Walking

The 2018 Dobell Exhibition Grant was awarded to Lismore Regional Gallery for the exhibition From Here to There: Australian Art and Walking which was presented 7 July – 26 August 2018.

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Board, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery



Also supported by the 2017 Dobell Exhibition Grant, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery presented Board, from 9 December 2017 – 4 February 2018. 

Board celebrated work by artists who mine board-based subcultures (specifically surfing and skateboarding) for their dynamic imagery and performance potential as well as metaphysical and narrative associations. The powerful line-up of artists included Vernon Ah Kee, Shaun Gladwell, Nancy Kilgour, Brett McMahon, Tracey Moffatt, Nell, John Turier, Gerry Wedd, Jud Wimhurst, John Witzig and Anne Zahalka.

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The Unflinching Gaze, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery



The 2017 Dobell Exhibition Grant supported Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in presenting The Unflinching Gaze: photo media and the male figure from 14 October - 3 December 2017. 

Curated by Richard Perram OAM this major exhibition included over 200 photographs and video works by 62 artists (24 Australian and 38 international) dealing with how the male figure has been represented in photo media over the past 140 years.

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Gravity And Wonder, Penrith Regional Gallery

Lee-Anne Hall, Director, Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest discusses how the Dobell Exhibition grant assisted in realising their exhibition, 
Gravity (and Wonder).



The inaugural Dobell Exhibition Grant was awarded to Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest for their exhibition Gravity (and Wonder) presented from 3 September – 27 November 2016. Curated by Dr Lee-Anne Hall and Katie Dyer, the exhibition brought together rare scientific instruments and inventions, specialist objects and archival material from the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences alongside the work of contemporary artists who examine gravity as phenomena and effect, mass and attraction, motion and acceleration, time and space and ultimately transcendence