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A walk in the sculptures

YESTERDAY “Citynews” reported on the winner of the $10,000 Harris Hobbs Small Sculpture Prize at Canberra Grammar school, but there’s much more, as our happy snaps taken during a walk inside and outside will indicate. This weekend only the festival will form part of the Australian Open Garden weekend event at the School, with the […]

Jac’s shoes are made for winning

THERE were more than a few raised eyebrows at Canberra Grammar School tonight when sponsors Karina Harris and Neil Hobbs announced the winner of the $10,000 Harris Hobbs Small Sculpture Prize. Canberra artist Jacqueline Bradley’s daring wall sculpture, ”Softly Softly,” was judged the winner by Harris, Hobbs and Terence Maloon of the Drill Hall Gallery. […]

Gerard Vaughan to take over at the National Gallery

The hot buzz in the arts world this morning is that Melbourne’s Gerard Vaughan is, at any moment, going to be announced as the new Director of the National Gallery of Australia. “CityNews” arts editor, Helen Musa said the appointment was a surprisingly conservative one, given predictions that the next directorship would move away from […]

Summer Art, a social and educational experience

Hurry. The early bird discount the Artists Society of Canberra Summer Art Experience ends on October 17. Well known Canberra artist and member of ASOC, Ian Sharpe, tells “CityNews” that the popular annual social and educational art workshop offers participants a chance to meet and work with some of Australia’s finest contemporary artists. The 2015 […]

Arts / ‘Reed’ sculpture wins inaugural prize

A STRIKING “found steel” sculpture resembling river reeds has won the inaugural Clearwater Sculpture Prize of $3000, announced by Queanbeyan Mayor Tim Overall during the opening of the Queanbeyan River Festival.   “Reeds Specimen (in memory of Frank Schmidt)” by Christopher Harman was considered by the judging panel, which included sculptor Philip Spelman, sponsor SEROC rep […]

‘Surreal’ Prague win for emerging glass artist

WITH understandable excitement, Canberra Glassworks has announced that its Emerging Artist in Residence, Sara Hellsing, has won Second Prize in the 2014 Stanislav Libensky Award in Prague for her work “Moments Passed”. In making the award, which has become an international showcase for young glass artists, the Stanislav Libensky jury commented, “It is an outstandingly detailed […]

Harrison’s horsemen win ‘Sculpture in the Paddock’ prize

AN impressive crowd of around 200 people toured out for the champagne opening YASSarts’ 2014 ‘Sculpture in the Paddock’ on Friday, where they saw Downer Sculptor Stephen Harrison, receiving the $2,000 award and a sculpted glass prize by Binalong artist Peter Minson from Professor David Williams. Radio personality Genevieve Jacobs in welcoming visitors to the […]

Springtime in Yarralumla – Japanese style

The cherry blossoms of Yarralumla may have already blown away, Japanese Ambassador Yoshitaka Akimoto remarked today —that was their way — but there was always time for a cup of tea. In a distinctly Japanese springtime act of hospitality at his residence, the ambassador turned on a “performance” of the ancient Japanese tea ceremony, which […]

John Olsen launches new art fund at CMAG

THE Canberra Museum and Gallery has just declared itself a teenager. The 16-year-old has just marked its coming-of-age by launching a major funding initiative, “the CMAG Fund for Canberra Region Treasures.” First in line to donate at an exclusive launch late last week in CMAG, was one of Australia’s most eminent artists, the 86-year-old John […]

From the attic to the beach bungalow: NGA Contemporary opens

The DJ was playing well into the night at what the National Portrait Gallery used to call the “beach bungalow” down on the lake. But this wasn’t the NPG, nor its successor in the venue, the Gallery of Australian Design, but rather NGA Contemporary, a new contemporary art space located on the foreshore of Canberra’s […]

Queanbeyan Art Society Charity Art Show running on City Walk

THE 7th Queanbeyan Art Society Charity Art Show is currently on in Civic’s City Walk. With 310 art works from the Queanbeyan Art Society members and artists from the Canberra Region, Queensland, Southern Highlands and the South Coast this year’s popular Art Show is definitely the best so far. There has been a willingness by […]