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3 Must-see Contemporary Art Exhibitions This Autumn

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If you love contemporary art, there's no shortage of wonderful exhibitions for your exploration this autumn. Draw inspiration from the amazing works of both emerging and established artists. Additionally, these exhibitions are held in beautiful galleries ranging from state-of-the-art architecture to sandstone buildings. Go check out and enjoy.

1. South of No North

This exhibition brings the work of an Australian artist together with overseas peers. Painter Noel McKenna (Australia) joins photographers Laurence Aberhart (New Zealand) who works primarily with black and white photography and William Eggleston (USA) who works almost exclusively with colour photography.

Stepping into the world of the wonderful works of these three visual artists, you can catch a glimpse of the thinking and stories behind the exhibition. Each artist takes on motifs such as architecture, interiors, culture, environments and people, capturing moments in time across America's deep south, New Zealand's North Island and Australia. The exhibition brings out contrasts and points of convergence. The common ground is that similar visual sensibility is reflected in their works.

The South of No North exhibition runs at MCA
The South of No North exhibition runs at MCA

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George Street
The Rocks, Sydney NSW 2000

When: The exhibition runs until 5 May

Opening Hours: Mon Wed 10.00 am - 5.00 pm; Thu 10.00 am - 9.00 pm; Fri Sun 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Enquiries: (02) 9245 2400

2. 2013 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

The National Art School, in partnership with Redlands, presents the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize (RKMAP). The Prize, established 17 years ago, is highly regarded as a prominent contemporary art prize that showcases work of contemporary Australian and New Zealand artists. Julie Rrapis, the highly respected artist and educator, is the guest curator.

National Art School
National Art School

National Art School Gallery
National Art School Gallery

Prize announcements will take place on the Opening Night, which will take place on Thursday, 2 May 6.00 - 8.00 pm at National Art School Gallery. Why not come along with your friends to hear the first hand news.

Where: National Art School Gallery, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst

When: 3 May - 1 June 2013

Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Enquiries: or 9339 8744

3. Test Pattern

Showcasing the works of inter-generational artists across painting, video and installation, the Test Pattern exhibition aims to provide an overview of the influence of found abstraction in Australian contemporary art. The exhibition contextualises current attitudes toward abstraction by choosing the year 2000 as a site of redefinition for painting and performative practice.

Note: A conversation with the curator and exhibition artists will be held on Saturday 4 May 2013, from 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm

University Art Gallery is located in the Quadrangle, The University of Sydney
University Art Gallery is located in the Quadrangle, The University of Sydney

University Art Gallery
University Art Gallery

Where: University Art Gallery, War Memorial Arch, The Quadrangle, The University of Sydney

When: The exhibition starts 4 May 2013. Closing date is not shown in the website. Please call (02) 9351 6833 for information.

Opening Hours: 10.00 am - 4.30 pm weekdays; 12 pm - 4 pm first Saturday of every month.

CLOSED Sundays, Public Holidays, and other Saturdays.

Enquires: Call (02) 9351 6883 or email
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