David Green is selected as a finalist for the 2011 Adelaide Perry Prize for drawing. The exhibition runs until March 26 at the Adelaide Perry Gallery crn Hennessey and College sts Croyden NSW. Congratulations David!

Phantasmallogorical 2
David Green
graphite on arches, 2011
60 cm x 40 cm

Gary Lee is selected as a finalist in the Violia Goulburn Gallery Open Art Prize. 


Marita Macklin is selected as as a finalist in the Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award which will be displayed at the Powerhouse Museum from July 10th 2011, over 700 entries from 33 countries were received for this competition. Congratulations Marita on your inclusion in this prestigious award!


Sheahan Galleries participated  in Art Sydney10,

The Affordable Art Fair, November 11- 14th.


The gallery was pleased to showcase newcomers Ronnie Cay, Naomi Ullmann, Peter James Hewitt and Katrina Obrien.

Sally Kidall, David Green, Tanya Stubbles, Sue Smalkowski, Betina Kaiser, Jackie Cavallaro, Gary Lee, Hilary Herrmann, Mitchell English and Maningrida artists including Lena Yarrinkura and Bob Burruwal were also represented.


Tanya Stubbles

Cracker Jack

Mixed media

102cm x134 cm



Naomi Ullmann,

Move in or add another storey,

snowdome, 2008



Ronnie Cay,

detail: Remembering Tomorrow (SOLD)

vintage materials - meccano, porcelain dolls, buttons, flowers fabric and stitch

32 cm x 32 cm x 15 cm  2008


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Past News


Winter 2010 Exhibition Program


The program will commence in July with an exhibition of new works by Illawarra Artist Sue Smallkowski and Mitchell English. Sally Kidall, Patricia Goff and Marcus O'Donnell will also hold exhibitions at the gallery throughout August.



Following on from a successful Maningrida show at the prestigious Gabrielle Pizzi Gallery in Melbourne, Lena Yarinkurra and Bob Burruwal will hold a show at Framed Gallery in Darwin that coincides with the NAATSIAS. Both artists are included in this years show. Maningrida has a further 11 shows booked both nationally and internationally this year. The upcoming exhibition later in the year will include new smaller works by Lena Yarinkurra, Sylvia Campion, Yolanda Rolston, and other fibre artists from the area.


Gary Lee's show On the Verge, will be showing at Campbelltown City Gallery in July as part of NAIDOC week. Gary has a new exhibition Men at Ease opening in Brisbane in July and a new exhibition of On the Verge will be showing in Perth later in the year. Gary has also been selected for this years NAATSIAS



Juilee Pryor  is included in the survey show of Artists Run Spaces since the 70’s, Time AND Space, to be held at Hazelhurst Gallery later this year.  Juilee's voluminous photographic documentation of the ARS Art Unit has continued to draw much interest.  Also Sydney Art Week saw Juilee enthrall those who came along to the Mural walk and talk on King St. Being the creator of the landmark Martin Luther King mural who better to recount the many stories. 


Sue Smalkowski and Jackie Cavallaro have both been selected to show in the 2010 Local Currents survey at the Wollongong City Gallery. And are both currently in the UN endorsed Biodivercity show showing at the Vanishing Point Gallery in Newtown, a show set to travel as part of the UN conference on biodiversity to Japan and New York in 2011.


Selected works from Betina Kaiser's 2009 exhibition Concrete Paddock, will be shown at the  first Sydney Fringe at The Carriageworks in a group exhibition titled The Awkwardness of Belonging. The show runs Sept 10 -23.


Marita Macklin has new work in Through The Eye -  a textiles and fibre processes survey currently showing at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.


Hilary Herrmann has a solo exhibition coming up at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery in June 2010, as well as shows at both Retrospect gallery in Byron and Art Piece in Mullumbimby. Hilary has entry to Blake, Archibald ,Wynne , Country energy, Doug Moran, and will be represented at Art Melbourne by Retrospect gallery this year.


Sally Kidal's ephemeral/environmental sculptures will be included once again in this years Sculpture by the Sea.



Summer 2010 Exhibition Program at Clifton

The Opening show at Sheahan Galleries 2- 24 January 2010, presents new work by Maningrida artists-couple, Lena Yarinkura and Bob Burruwal. They are influential artists using traditional media, pandanus, wood, ochres, bush string and wax, and techniques such as weaving and carving, to create contemporary sculptures. Their work engages both the sacred and the non sacred figures and clan stories, including the stunning Wyarra spirit family, camp dogs, Morning star poles and Tree all featured in the show at Sheahan Galleries.


Yarinkura’s work has recently featured in the Queensland Art Gallery’s Indigenous fibre art survey, Floating Life  And Object gallery’s Managerie  featured Lena’s famous Camp Dogs.


Emerging artist Jackie Cavallaro’s show consists of exquisite cutouts, boxes, domes and diaries. These objects are a beautiful counterpoint to the animated fibre works of Lena Yarinkura and Bob Burruwal.


Other artist’s featured at the gallery in this current program are: David Green, who has successfully juggled his academic career with his career as an artist for over 50 years. Hilary Herrmann is a Bangalow artist whose career is on the rise and whose abstract expressionist work fits nicely within this tradition of Australian painters.


Photographer Gary Lee offers a selection of portaits called “On  the Verge” this show follows on from his successful shows at Gallery 4a, and the groundbreaking More than My Skin, curated by Djon Mundine at 24 Hour Art. This show continues Lee’s interest in maleness and the celebration of male beauty. This work’s focus is on males in their late teens from the NSW coastal town of Bulli.


Other guest artists include, Marita Macklin, Juilee Pryor, and Tanya Stubbles.  The showroom program concludes on the 28th of March 2010 and will reopen in June for a Winter program.

Presence - small works from Maningrida, 8 May - 5 June 2009

This recent show offered a rare opportunity to see the most exciting contemporary work from the Maningrida Community in Arnhem Land, the hub of what is arguably the most significant art movement of the late 20th century and early 21st century. The beautiful objects from this community are prized by national and international collectors.

This exhibition showed works by highly established and senior artists as well as imaginative and striking works by younger emerging artists.
Sheahan Galleries, Thirroul
Lena Yarinkura's fibre sculptures like 'Camp Dog' and her 'Yawk Yawk' are particularly charismatic. Her 'Yawk Yawk' fibre sculpture has the loveliest face I've ever encountered on such a work.

The exhibition has stunning carved works by artists such as Irenie Ngalinba, Stephen Kawurriku and Emmanuel Wurrkidj, that resonate powerful spiritual connection to land and culture. The shimmery surface of the barks, Mimi and the Lorrkon are entrancing.

Also included are Morning Star Poles, the central object in the ' Marradjin' ceremony are decorated poles painted with clan designs, fibre and feathers, and are presented with the associated song series.

Woven fibre sculptures characteristic of women's art from Maningrida are figurative representations of ancestral spirits such as the mermaid like Yawk Yawk as well as bush mice, possums and camp dogs. Sylvia Campion has taken a new path with innovative installation fibre sculptures using materials gathered from her clan estate. 'Tree' is a delightful assemblage of bush mice and Kordow tree.

Many of the artists have exhibited in numerous significant group and solo exhibitions at Hogarth Galleries, Annandale Gallery in Sydney as well as renowned Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, in Melbourne.

For further information: Linda Sheahan 0403874640