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Bookings about to close for open day in Namadgi and Tidbinbilla

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is staging a unique FREE artist-in-residence open day in Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve from 9am to 2pm this Saturday, September 20, but you’d better hurry! Eminent Japanese wood artist Satoshi Fujinuma is in Canberra to undertake a residency and there will be a number of special […]

Video / Arts Leadership Forum 2014 – Attracting arts staff : for love or money?

CANBERRA Museum and Gallery has shared on YouTube the video from their recent arts leadership forum which will be of interest to many in the arts community. The final plenary session from the Arts Leadership Forum 2014 – Attracting arts staff : for love or money? Speakers : Daniel Ballantyne, Chief Executive Officer, Belconnen Arts […]

Arts / Boyd in agony and ecstacy

CURATOR Deborah Hart has been grappling with “agony and ecstasy” for the past three years putting together a show about one of Australia’s greatest painters. Dr Hart, senior curator of Australian painting and sculptor at the National Gallery of Australia, insists “Arthur Boyd: Agony and Ecstasy” is most definitely not a retrospective, but it does […]

Dan Lorrimer: making steel behave like paper

CANBERRA artist and designer, Dan Lorrimer, has a fascinating solo exhibition of sculptures opening tomorrow in which he makes steel behave like paper. In “Fragment,” Lorrimer repeatedly folds, cuts and works sheet metal until it looks like a piece of paper that has been through the same treatment (“minus the hydraulic pressure, obviously,” he says). […]

Modernist Icons and others in the weekend in arts

IT’S the 100th birthday anniversary of Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner so Designcraft is holding an exhibition celebrating that, and a parallel exhibition “Maker+Designer” showcasing the standout works from Australian designers with work influenced or inspired by Wegner. “Hans J. Wegner – Master Modernist Icon” exhibition, at the Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane NewActon, […]

Barlens Event Hire found guilty over Canberra Times Art Show collapse

WORK Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe has announced that WorkSafe ACT’s investigation into an incident at the 2012 Canberra Times Art Show has resulted in a successful conviction. “On 23 July, Mashera Pty Ltd trading as Barlens Event Hire entered a plea of guilty in relation to a charge under section 33 of the Work Health […]

Khmer art on long-term loan at the National Gallery

THE National Gallery of Australia has today unveiled three Khmer sandstone masterpieces from the collection of the National Museum of Cambodia. The sculptures, created during the golden age of Cambodia’s ancient civilisation, will be displayed in Canberra as a long-term loan, a new initiative. According to the director of the NGA, Ron Radford, they will […]

Art and economy welcome Turrell show at NGA

DEPUTY Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, has naturally enough been rejoicing in the ACT Government’s role as principal partner in “James Turrell: A Retrospective”, the coming summer-autumn blockbuster at the National Gallery of Australia, the last for retiring director Ron Radford. But while art was somewhat on his mind, it was another of Barr’s portfolios, that […]

Chaplinitis and other arts this weekend

THE National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Arc cinema program will stage a special tribute to the greatest of all movie stars, Charlie Chaplin this Saturday August 30. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Chaplin’s first appearance as his iconic character The Tramp. To celebrate this milestone Arc presents “Chaplinitis,” a day of Chaplin-related […]


A James Turrell retrospective to be the next National Gallery blockbuster

FANS of the National Gallery almost universally adore James Turrell’s monumental work “Within Without” so vast one has to enter it to begin to appreciate it. So it is very exciting to hear the Gallery’s next blockbuster exhibition will be a retrospective of his work. One looks forward to seeing how they’re going to fit […]

Calling all river-loving sculptors

QUEANBEYAN City Council’s Cultural Development Officer, Georgina Perri, is keen to remind local artists that Applications close on Friday, September 5 for the inaugural Clearwater Sculpture Prize. Clearwater, named for the fact that the name Queanbeyan derives from an Aboriginal word meaning “clear waters”, will be the first outdoor exhibition of its kind in Queanbeyan. […]

Daniel’s springboard exhibition looks at discrimination

As part of its “Springboard” series, gallery@bcs is presenting a thought provoking exhibition, ‘No offense, but…’ by 2013 ANU School of Art Honours graduate, Daniel Savage. Savage won the gallery’s 2014 Emerging Artist Support Scheme Prize, which included 3 weeks’ gallery hire, catering, and printing of promotional material. His work, gallery@bcs says, is not just […]

‘Novel’ approach to art wins People’s Choice

READERS will doubtless remember the Sesame Street monster who liked eating boring books, but Queanbeyan resident Heidi Flaherty has taken the principle to the next step by creating a mixed media artwork, “A Novel Tree” that has taken out the People’s Choice Award in the Queanbeyan City Council Regional Art Award. Voting for the $250 […]

Horse inspires art in Panda competition

THE language and culture of China was celebrated yesterday when Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch announced the winners of the Australia-China Friendship Society ACT Panda Competition. The Panda Competition began in 1995 to promote the study of Chinese language and culture by school aged children living in Canberra. Prizes are awarded in each […]