Art is housed in a delightful Art Deco terrace in tree lined Queen
Street, Woollahra, the centre of Sydney’s fine antique, gallery
and cafe precinct. Two floors of intimate spaces offer the best
examples of indigenous arts from around the country.
Directors John Colquhoun and Suzanne Lowe have a roving quirky eye
for the newest hot art as well as showing major collectables from
the established masters.
Unusual for an Art Gallery owner, John is a former barramundi fisherman
and builder who worked across the Top End of Australia in the 1970s
and 1980s and called in at many of the remote Aboriginal camps.
He was smitten with a love of the bush life and respect for the
beliefs and lifestyle of indigenous people.
Suzanne collected their first sculptures from Yirrkala while John
was constructing an award winning Glen Murcutt designed house for
This project successfully motivated the move to culturally appropriate
housing in the Top End.
John and Suzanne have now been collecting and exhibiting Aboriginal
art for fifteen years and are known for their support for emergent
community art centres. John and Suzanne sponsored and collected
the magnificent feathered Morning Star poles shown at Sydney’s
Maritime Museum and they have also mentored a number of artists
including central Australian desert painters and Arnhem Land bark
painters. They will be happy to show visitors their extensive digital
archive of the artists, their communities and their participation
in ceremonial life as well as photos of many of the sites associated
with the paintings. John and Suzanne are interested in sharing their
fascination with the land and stories the artists are expressing
in their work
At any given time Bandigan will be displaying an exhibition of paintings
from one of the remote community art centres as well as several
rooms of the best fibre sculptures and carvings from Maningrida,
paintings and weavings from Arnhem Land, new acrylic paintings from
desert artists, finely painted hollow log memorial poles and carved
Bandigan regularly offers exciting eclectic work from its core artists,
including wild figurative sculptures by Lena Yarinkura and Bob Burruwal
from Maningrida, minimal elegant environmental dark earth ochre
paintings by Mickey Durrng , electric sacred body paintings by Peter
Datjin and new colourful landscapes and unusual ceramics from the
key potters from the Arrernte community at Hermannsburg. For art
lovers a visit to Queen Street is always a pleasure and Bandigan
Arts is a must see stop along the way.