The Delmar Gallery

Since 1969 the Delmar Gallery has brought Australian contemporary art and cultural events to Sydney’s inner west.

The Delmar Gallery

Since 1969 the Delmar Gallery has brought Australian contemporary art and cultural events to Sydney’s inner west.

About The Delmar Gallery

The Delmar Gallery was established as part of Trinity Grammar School’s Society of the Arts. It is open to the public with free admission to all exhibitions.

Curator: Catherine Benz

Delmar Gallery is currently open on Sunday afternoons only, by appointment.  Please email to arrange a time for your visit.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, access to NSW school campuses is restricted.

144 Victoria Street Ashfield NSW 2131
p. + 61 2 9581 6070

Current Exhibitions

Where Clouds are Spirit Parrots is an exhibition of Ömie barkcloth paintings, honouring senior women artists from the remote mountains of south-eastern Papua New Guinea.    It includes twenty paintings based on  ancestral clan designs by Duvahe (Chiefs), elders and leading artists.  The Ömie villages are located in the interior of Oro Province and surround the sacred volcano Huvaimo (Mount Lamington), which is central to  their creation stories and art.

Organised in conjunction with Brennan King, Manager, Ömie Artists Inc.

Exhibition dates: 4 July to 23 August 2020

Image: Pennyrose Sosa, Avino’e – The Moon  2015, 124.5 x 71cm, natural pigments on nioge (barkcloth).  Courtesy of the artist and Ömie Artists Inc.

Lithe is a series of eight textile installations by emerging Sydney artist Sairi Yoshizawa.  Yoshizawa organically dyes her handwoven textiles, with natural dyes extracted from foraged materials such as leaves and roots as well as spices and Japanese indigo. Using traditional methods such as ikat, along with knotting, twisting and weaving, every aspect of her work is considered.  Its subtle tonal palette, refined geometry and translucency create a profound sense of weightlessness and serenity.

Exhibition dates: 4 July to 23 August 2020

Image:  Sairi Yoshizawa, Flow of the day (detail)  2018, natural dyed hand woven cotton and wool

Virtual Exhibition

Delmar Gallery proudly presents Ulada Ikya Ami (Listening to Beforetime Stories) by Teho Ropeyarn. Walk through the interactive exhibition in the virtual gallery, zoom in and click on images and video to hear the artist talking about his work.

Teho Ropeyarn is a Cairns-based artist and curator from the Injinoo community of Northern Cape York Peninsula.

Through a series of large-scale vinylcut prints and installation, “Ulada Ikya Ami (Listening to Beforetime Stories)” recounts the history of the four clans that came together at Injinoo – the Gudang, Angkamuthi, Yadhaykana and Atambaya nations.

It traces this history in three parts:  “Ulada (Beforetime)”, referring to ancestral records evidenced in rock art and knowledge passed down through creation stories; “Umany (European Colonisation)”, remembered by the community as a period of trauma and conflict with atrocities perpetrated by the colonial police magistrates; and “Uta (Later On)”, when the four clan groups reconciled in the 1900s and settled in Injinoo, and where today they maintain cultural connections, language and knowledge.

Underpinning the exhibition is three years’ research by the artist, accompanying Elders on Country and recording old and traditional stories in order to preserve them for future generations.

The exhibition was scheduled to be held at Delmar Gallery as part of Trinity Grammar’s artist-in-residence program.  It was first presented by the artist at Kick Arts Contemporary in Cairns.

Image: Teho Ropeyarn, Uyinthayn  2017, mixed media vinylcut print on 300gsm hahnemühle paper, 184 x 110cm, edition of 10. Printer: Justin Majid.