MANIPULATIVE, terrible and fierce, yet William (Billy) McMahon was, until now, the only Australian prime minister who didn’t have a biography written about him. The 250,000-word, 766-page biography, “Tiberius with a Telephone”, by Patrick Mullins […]
INSPIRED by native flora from the Australian National Botanic Gardens,“Botonical inspirations” features paintings by Margaret Hadfield and her students. In the Visitors’ Centre gallery, Australian National Botanic Gardens, May 24 to June 16.IN “Printing with plants”, Canberra artists Jennifer and Phil from Wellspring Environmental Arts & Design will show how to select, arrange, colour, and print several artworks on paper using paint, textured clay and plants collected from the gardens. Crosbie Morrison Building, Australian National Botanic Gardens, 10am and 2pm, Sunday, May 27. Bookings essential to parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens
IN “ODD – a little”, a piece of jazz composed by saxophonist Yusef Lateef inspired Manuel Pfeiffer to create a series of artworks. “Cloud 9” is painter Chris Holly’s series of photographic sketches and portraits of clouds. Portraitist Racheal Bruhn is a quiet witness to time, capturing people in portraits who have entered Bruhn’s life. Then, in Chutespace is “A significant fact”, where Mariana del Castillo shows a tableau which attempts to visualise the refugee experience. All shows at open M16, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, from 6pm, Thursday, May 24. They will continue until June 10.“POSTCOLONIALISM is not a subject I have chosen to explore, rather, it is a reality that I have been born into,” says Samoan-New Zealand artist Christopher Ulutupu about “Tulisi” (tourist) a CCAS/ANU School of Art and Design Gallery collaboration opening at the ANU School of Art and Design Gallery, 6pm, Thursday, May 24. It’ll continue until Friday, June 15. BEAVER Galleries have two new exhibitions opening 6pm, on Thursday, May 24. In one, Wendy Teakel exhibits paintings and sculptures, such as acrylic and pokerwork paintings and sculptures incorporating corrugated iron, rabbit fur and other found objects that often appear to engage with the patterns and rhythms of land use and abuse. In the second, ceramicist Ulrica Trulsson uses the simplicity of shifting shapes and the interplay of surface textures and colour variations in the creation of her beautiful ceramic works. Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin, Tuesday to Friday ,10am-5pm, and Saturday to Sunday, 9am-5pm, until June 10. IN “Safe Operating Space”, Amy Dunn presents a series of new works, laser-etched and painted on Perspex, of the figure in landscape, addressing human pressures on the environment. Guest speaker Annika Harding will be at the opening, at ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Street, Dickson, 6pm, Wednesday, May 23.
CRAFT ACT is calling for artists to apply for its 2019 artist-in-residence program, which offers two weeks research with the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Mount Stromlo and a three-week residency at Namadgi National Park’s Ready Cut Cottage as well as an exhibition in the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre’s gallery in 2020. Applications by 5pm, May 27, to craftact.submittable.comTHE National Gallery of Australia will acknowledge and honour the Stolen Generations on National Sorry Day, in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander galleries, 10am, Saturday, May 26. Then in the James O Fairfax Theatre there will be a screening of “Footprints on Our Land”, a film about the life of Canberra’s Aunty Agnes Shea, senior Ngunnawal elder, produced by documentary maker, Pat Fiske in consultation with the Shea/Walker family and other Indigenous community members and produced by Tuggeranong Community Arts. 12pm-1pm, May 26. Bookings essential to nga.gov.au
THE River of Art festival continues at the coast with many exhibitions on show from Durras to Bermagui. The festival continues until May 26, with doors open all along the River of Art Trail. All detail at riverofart.com.au
LOCAL artist and teacher Petros Papoulis is exhibiting paintings and drawings using the “frottage” technique, under the title, “The Water’s Edge”, at FORM Studio and Gallery, 1/30 Aurora Ave Queanbeyan, until June 10. Opening reception 6pm, Thursday, May 24.