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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 […]

Selfhood and identity in digital artworks

THE $10,000 Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award has gone to Tiyan Melissa Kilie Baker from the Northern Territory, it was announced this morning at the National Portrait Gallery by Lisa George of the Macquarie Group Foundation. Baker won the award for her series of three digital video works, “Lost Love – Waiting for midnight at the […]

Dale Frank makes major donations of his work to the National Gallery

THE National Gallery of Australia says senior artist Dale Frank – one of Australia’s most significant contemporary painters – has donated a major gift of works valued at $4 million, including paintings, drawings and multi-media collages. “Dale Frank’s generous donation to the Gallery is the most significant gift by a living artist since the Arthur […]

Portrait Gallery visits Arcadia

“ARCADIA: Sound of the sea” is an unexpected exhibition that brings together 40 photographs by John Witzig, the co-founder of “Tracks” magazine and founder of “SeaNotes.” As well, the show features seven large ink drawings by Sydney artist Nicholas Harding, and film footage from Albert Falzon’s “Morning of the Earth.” And what exactly is the […]

Free art workshops for housing tenants

ORGANISERS of the International Tenant’s Day Art Competition for 2014, the Tenant’s Union ACT and the ACT Community Cultural Inclusion Program, are providing free art workshops conducted by local artist Timo Nest for potential entrants to fine-tune their skills before submitting their entries. Last year’s winning artist, Maria Sankey, attended the workshops and benefited from […]

Photos document landmine peril

THE ever-vigilant gallery@bcs in Belconnen is from today, August 11,  showing an exhibition of photography by Griffith University students who have been exploring the impact of landmines and unexploded ordnances in South East Asia. Decades of war have left a devastating legacy in South East Asia, gallery@bcs’s Ben Drysdale says, resulting in a desperate need […]

Ainslie and Gorman welcome new resident artist

THE rebranded double-bill act, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, are beefing up their arts residencies. Not only have they just finished hosting actor Max Cullen into their residency flat at Gorman House, but this week they are welcoming Cairns visual artist Paul Bong (Bindur Bullin) as the fifth artist in their 2014 Visiting Artist Program. Bong […]

Recycled chair wins art award

THE 2014 Queanbeyan City Council Regional Art Award has gone to Queanbeyan artist Sonja Kalenjuk for her recycled piece “RE-Chair,” it was announced last night at The Q by Queanbeyan Mayor, Tim Overall. The $2,000 non-acquisitive award was judged this year by artist Margaret Hadfield, a founder of the artist’s Shed, Queanbeyan, who now practises […]

River Festival launched across the border

THE inaugural Queanbeyan River Festival has been officially announced today by Mayor, Tim Overall. The event, due to run on October 11, is intended to highlight the ways that locals can enjoy and utilise the river throughout the year. Planned activities will include ‘build your own’ raft races, fishing workshops, come and try sessions for […]

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‘Forest feature’ for the Arboretum: ‘The Big Cochlear Implant’?

SIMON Corbell says a design that features a transparent flowing sculpture of stainless steel inspired by the cochlear implant is the winner of the Freefall Experience design ideas competition. Mr Corbell joined Engineers Australia’s National President, Professor Alex Baitch, in the National Arboretum’s Pin Oak Forest to award the $30,000 prize to Queensland firm, Bligh […]