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Grafton Regional Gallery Presents Three New Exhibitions

Three new exhibitions will open at the Grafton Regional Gallery on Saturday (September 7); A World in a Looking Glass, Moving Histories/Future Projects and On Any Wednesday.

Grafton Regional Gallery director, Niomi Sands said “I’m so excited about these three exhibitions, they really showcase the best of our region along with our ability to bring unique works of art to the Clarence Valley“.

At 3pm on Saturday an artist talk will be delivered by Tinky whose work features in ‘A World in a Looking Glass’. This Melbourne based installation street artist works with miniature figurines and models on a tiny scale. Tinky makes use of gritty street landscapes and it has been said her miniature dioramas add a sense of surprise and wonder to the streets, with unlikely installations on a pipe or window sill, in a gutter, or a hole-in-the-wall.

Tinky will be creating installations at the Grafton Regional Gallery for the Clarence Valley community to discover.

Opening Exhibitions:


The magic and mystery of the everyday is captured in this enchanting exhibition of recent small scale works by Waratah Lahy, Kendal Murray, Mylyn Nguyen, Leo Robba and Tinky (Liz Sonntag).  The miniature in art has a lengthy history and A World in a Looking Glass draws our focus and captures our attention to find the extraordinary and delight in the unremarkable.  Curated by Gallery Director Niomi Sands, this collection of miniature works by nationally recognised artists is a coup for the Clarence Valley based Gallery.


This exhibition brings together some of Australia’s leading female contemporary artists working across screen based media including Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams, Amala Groom, Deborah Kelly, Kate Blackmore and Jacinta Tobin, Joan Ross, Soda_Jerk, Angelica Mesiti and Caroline Garcia.  Curated by Kelly Doley and Diana Smith of collaborative artist group, Barbara Cleveland, the exhibition explores invisible pasts, forgotten narratives and repressed memories, reminding us how history is fractured by race, class and gender.


Presenting the works of regular Wednesday plein air sessions in the Clarence Valley by artists Jenni Peardon and Stacey Conridge.  With each location offering its challenges, the practice of painting en plein air also provides time for the artists to be present in nature, satisfying that deeper human instinct to connect and notice aspects of the environment otherwise overlooked.