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Wendy Sharpe 'Woman in black coat, Flinders Ranges'



COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, Cowra, NSW 5th May - 16th June 2019

GALLERY TALK by Wendy Sharpe, 2pm Sat 25th May - 2019 (all welcome)

Wendy was delighted to find herself the winner of the Calleen Art Award 2019 with her painting Erskineville Train Station.. The painting will now join the gallery collection, remaining on display with the 52 Finalists until Sunday 16th June 2019.


Wendy will give a talk at the gallery 2pm on Saturday 25th May 2019.





THE NATIONAL ART SCHOOL GALLERY, Forbes St, Darlinghurst, Sydney28th March to 25th May 2019

The Dobell Drawing Prize is a new biennial prize and exhibition presented by the National Art School in association with the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation. The Prize is an open call to all artists and aims to explore the enduring importance of drawing and the breadth and dynamism of contemporary approaches to drawing. The exhibition showcases the finalists’ artworks including Wendy's folding book Ladders to the Sky (pictured above). Submissions are invited for artworks on paper, but may also include wall drawings and larger-scale works and works utilising electronic media. National Art School envisions the Prize as a platform for the celebration and examination of current drawing practices. The Prize builds on the energy of both emerging artists who make art through drawing, while also celebrating innovation and technical skill of experienced artists. A drawing symposium, workshops and a range of artist talks will be held in conjunction with the Prize and exhibition, positioning the National Art School and Sydney at the core of contemporary drawing, research and the exploration of ideas. Drawing continues to be central to the National Art School’s curriculum, and the opportunity to present and reflect the many facets of contemporary drawing offers artists another forum to explore the dynamic medium of drawing. The new Dobell Drawing Prize is an acquisitive art award that runs in alternative years to the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, affirming the Dobell Foundation’s commitment to continuing the development of drawing as a medium in its own right, and a fundamental element of the visual arts.

OPENING NIGHT: Wednesday 27 March, 6–9pm
OPENING HOURS: Monday–Saturday, 11am–5pm


Wendy Sharpe 'The Witching Hour' Portrait of Elena Kats Chernin



Posted: 15th December 2018

Wendy's painting 'The Witching Hour- Portrait of Elena Kats-Chernin' has been purchased by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra for their Collection.

"Elena Kats-Chernin is one of Australia's most important composers and a close friend. So I am delighted to have this work in the National collection".



Wendy Sharpe inAlbain St Nazaire near Fromelles

SALIENT: Contemporary Artists at the Western Front

The exhibition ends on 31st March 2020 after touring the following locations:

  • New England Regional Art Museum (24 March – 3 June 2018)
  • Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (10 August – 7 October 2018)
  • Anzac Memorial, Sydney (22 October 2018 – 17 February 2019)
  • Bank Art Museum Moree (5 March – 29 April 2019)
  • Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre (11 May – 30 June 2019)
  • Tweed Regional Gallery (21 November 2019 – 16 February 2020)

In 2017 Wendy Sharpe was part of a group of leading Australian artists visited the WW1 battlefields of France and Belgium. Although a century ago devastation and tragedy is still present.

Exhibition produced in partnership with King Street Gallery . Centenary of ANZAC.

Image from the exhibition Elsewhere

'Elsewhere' Travels through Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran and Central Asia

Griffith - 29 Sept - 4 Nov 2018 Griffith Regional Art Gallery

Dubbo - May/June 2019 Western Plains Cultural Centre

Port Macquarie - 26 July - 29 Sept 2019 The Glasshouse

Tamworth - 8 Feb - 22 Mar 2020 Tamworth Regional Art Gallery

'Elsewhere' is touring regional NSW. The next official opening ttakes place in Dubbo (date and time TBA). The exhibition also visits Port Macquarie in 2019 and Tamworth in 2020.

Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Edward Said's book 'Orientalism', Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis critically reflect on travel and drawing as creative practices to help us witness and understand each other. Curated by Dr Sam Bowker with the support of Create NSW and Charles Sturt University.



Wendy Sharp painting from the roof of the State Library NSW Wendy Sharp 3m high light panels in State Library NSW Wendy Sharp artwork recording the transformation of State Library NSW

Sharpe records landmark

State Library of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney.

Wendy Sharpe is excited to be among only a handful of artists to date to be given exclusive back-of-house access to the 107 year-old Mitchell Building. The State Library which has not undergone any major work since 1964 is now undergoing an exciting $15 million transformation.
“The State Library has always been a place close to my heart,” said Wendy. “I used to come here with my father historian Alan Sharpe while he was researching various historic texts and photographs. I have also spent time here researching the endlessly fascinating collection for various projects,” Wendy said.
She has been drawing and painting – mostly in gouache (opaque watercolour) – a range of subjects and views from the rooftop right down to the floors below street level, depicting the major changes that are taking place.


Celebrate the remarkable transformation of the Mitchell building and the opening of the new galleries and learning centre with a free Open Day on October 6th 2018. Sharpe has work in the amaze gallery and 3 huge 3 metre light box drawings.