Around the galleries this weekend

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JAN Matson from Yass (but formerly of Canberra) has a solo exhibition at Ginninderra School House Gallery, her first for 8 years.

Poppy Pandemonium by Jan Matson
Poppy Pandemonium by Jan Matson

This exhibition includes oil paintings of local areas such as Yass, Braidwood, Hall and Canberra and a collection of her popular poppy paintings. At 3/11 O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls Thurs. & Fri. 10 am – 4pm & Sat. & Sun. 8.30 – 4.30 pm until Feb 28.


work by  Corinne Beardsley
work by Corinne Beardsley

THE permanence and yet continuous change of landscapes and ceramics fascinates American sculptor Corinne Beardsley, whose recent residency at Canberra Potters’ Society is marked in an exhibition at Watson Arts Centre, Aspinall Street, Watson, 10am – 4pm Thursday to Sunday, until February 7. Beardsley pursued her studies at Hartford Art School in Hartford, CT and University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, then the New York Academy of Art.

Harriet Mitchell, 'Sophie'
Harriet Mitchell, ‘Sophie’

STRATHNAIRN Arts is presenting ceramics by Richilde Flavell and paintings by Harriet Mitchell. The exhibition will be opened by Anita McIntyre at 4pm on Saturday January 30 at Strathnairn Homestead Gallery, 90 Stockdill Druve Holt, Thurs – Sun 10 – 4.

THE Australian Centre on China in the World is starting the year with an exhibition entitled “Photographs of 1930s China” by Stanley O. Gregory, intended to complement the “Celestial Empire exhibition” at the National Library of Australia. Gregory worked for the publishers Kelly & Walsh, firstly in Hong Kong in the 1920s and then in Shanghai during the 1930s. Interned during the Japanese occupation of Shanghai, he arrived in Australia on Christmas Day, 1945.

Curated by Dr Olivier Krischer, the show is a selection of rarely-seen photographs of 1930s, taken by Stanley O. Gregory, from original negatives in the NLA Collection, printed in large-format for the first time. In the China in the World Building, Fellows Lane (Building 188) ANU, until March 20, 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday, weekend viewings: February 27–28 and March 19–20, 10am–4pm.

M16 ARTSPACE has Canberran Kerry Shepherdson’s solo painting exhibition ‘Bird in Paradise,’ ‘ Raintrees, guards, and buai: A keyhole view of Touaguba Hill,’ lino-cut prints by Australian artist and aid worker Prudence Borthwick, 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith, 12-5pm Wed-Sun.

Plucked, Francesca Bleeker
Plucked, Francesca Bleeker

PHOTOACCESS will celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions: “In Sequence”, a PhotoAccess members’ exhibition, addressing the notion of sequence and narrative in photography and” Taken Spaces”, new works by Melbourne photo-media artists Madeline Bishop and Leela Schauble. Opening tonight Manuka Arts Centre, Cnr Manuka Circle and New South Wales Cres, Griffith ACT (next to the Manuka Pool) Thursday January 28 at 6pm, all welcome, continues until Sunday February 21.

GALLERY@BCS ‘Springboard Series’ presents: Plucked Textile works by Francesca Bleeker and Tundi-Rose Hammond, selected from the Australian National University School of Art’s 2015 Graduating Exhibition. Gallery@bcs Swanson Ct, Belconnen Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm until February 5.

Arts Business:

SoART Gallery by Janet Jones

EXHIBITION and Workshop Bookings are open for SoART Gallery 2016 Program The SoART Gallery, on the Princes Highway beside Narooma Kinema, provides an affordable space for individuals or groups of artists to exhibit their work and hold workshops. Space rental is $90 per week and requires a $100 bond on confirmation of booking. Rental price negotiable for non-profit, school and community groups. SoART Gallery is managed by a voluntary sub-committee of the Narooma School of Arts. Booking information and details to or or phone 0400 442 945.

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