Semi-Permanent is the design conference that won’t quit. In a couple of week’s it’ll hit Melbourne for a phenomenal program of speakers and associated art events and masterclasses, so if you’ll be in the area over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of September book tickets now. There’s a few serious exhibitions opening around the country in the next fortnight too. Here’s a few worth a look in…

Who CHARLIE SHEARD
What Sydney born Charlie Sheard is one of Sydney’s most successful abstract painters and it’s easy to see why. His watercolours and mixed media paintings are reminiscent of Rorschach ink blots in a series of exuberant bright colours that are a joy to behold.
When Opens tonight 31 August – 18 September 2011
Where Tim Olsen Gallery 63 Jersey Road Woollahra NSW
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Who WALK THE PLANK COLLECTIVE
What If furniture design and interiors porn is your thing Walk The Plank Collective is a name you should familiarise yourself with. Sustainable designs that look amazing are what they are all about, and China Heights Gallery is holding an exhibition presented by Walk The Plank called “A Concept Of Easy Living And Wearable Furniture”.
When Opens Friday 2 September until Sunday 4 September 2011
Where China Heights Gallery 3, 16-28 Foster St, Surry Hills NSW
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Who KANE HIBBERD
What “Searching With My Good Eye Open” is the first solo exhibition for Australian music photographer, Kane Hibberd. His focus is captivating, inventive and emotive images – as well as capturing those one-off moments that sometimes happen in rock and roll. where it will be opening September 1st at Mart Gallery in Surry Hills.
When 1st – 20th September 2011
Where Mart Gallery – 3156 Commonwealth Street Surry Hills NSW
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Who THREE WINTER COATS AND A DIRTY KNIFE
What Nine Lives presents a compilation of ink illustrations by Ellie Anderson (Curator), Jesse Olsen, Kylie Spear, Dord Burrough and Dan Ford. The exhibition draws inspiration from the Neko Case song ‘Dirty Knife’ and Curator, Ellie Anderson’s interpretation of the ballad.
When Opens 25 August 6pm and runs til 11 September 2011
Where Nine Lives Gallery – Shop 5F Winn Street, Fortitude Valley QLD
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Who JAKE STOLLERY & JOEL STATHAM
What A collection of works by Artist/Designers Jake Stollery and Joel Statham “J X J” Exhibition is now showing at Richmond art space The Owl And The Pussycat. Jake’s work evolves from a digital creation process while taking a thematic focus on what defines us as “human”, while Joel uses colour, letterform and a background as a graffiti artist for strong paintings.
When Now open
Where The Owl and the Pussycat 34 Swan Street, Richmond VIC
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Who ANTHONY LISTER
What Anthony Lister is back in Australia for his new exhibition “Street Faces” featuring 35 new works, mostly portraits.
When Runs til 17 September 2011
Where Metro Gallery – 1214 High Street, Armadale VIC
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Who 1.85 MILLION: ART PERIPHERIES curated by Joseph Allen Shea
What Presenting work by Australian and international artists including a number of new commissions for the Campbelltown Arts Centre, “1.85 Million: Art Peripheries” makes cross-cultural and geographical comparisons and connections between social experiences of urban and suburban environments. Artists on the list? The legendary Howard Arkley, Paul B Davis, Miranda July, Corita Kent, Garry Trinh, Amanda Maxwell, Will French… In short: go.
When Opens Friday 20 August – 23 October 2011
Where Campbelltown Arts Centre – Cnr Camden & Appin Rds, Campbelltown NSW
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Who THE MAD SQUARE: MODERNITY IN GERMAN ART 1910-37
What INCREDIBLE exhibition of over 200 works by leading artists of the period – including Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, John Heartfield, Hannah Höch, Karl Hubbuch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz, László Moholy-Nagy, August Sander, Christian Schad, Rudolf Schlichter and Kurt Schwitters – The mad square reveals the intensely original art forms both of this time and the fascinating and complex ways in which artists responded to the forces of modernity.
When Runs til 6 Nov 2011
Where Art Gallery of New South Wales – Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney NSW
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Who SURREALISM: THE POETRY OF DREAMS
What GoMA is the exclusive Australian venue for “Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams”, a landmark exhibition of surrealist works direct from the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. Modern art enthusiasts, book your tickets to Brisbane now. This landmark exhibition features works by Giorgio De Chirico, Max Ernst; Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, André Breton, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Victor Brauner, Joan Miró, Luis Buñuel and René Clair, Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky and more.
When Open til 2 October 2011
Where GoMA – Stanley Place, South Bank, QLD
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COMING SOON…
Who PHIBS
What Phibs is showing a collection of new works for his solo show titled “Journey”. The concept behind the show is the Interpretation of art is a Journey for the artist and the viewer alike.
When Thursday, September 8 at 6:00pm – September 28 at 5:00pm
Where Plump Gallery 240 Enmore Road, Enmore NSW
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Main image by ANTHONY LISTER