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Arts editor HELEN MUSA shares Canberra’s newest gallery openings

‘Locus’, interactionby S.A. Adair.

“LOCUS” by S.A. Adair, is an ephemeral installation that reconfigures and merges with the empty white space of ANCA gallery to create an immersive environment within the darkened gallery, lit only with black lights. An accompanying two-part performance by Zsuzsi Soboslay and musician Richard Johnson will be staged at 6.30pm on both June 14 and 15. 1 Rosevear Place Dickson, opening 6pm, Thursday, June 14, and continues until July 1. 

“COLBY Country” is a unique exhibition by Sydney College of the Arts lecturer and Megalo tutor, Wendy Murray, which pays tribute to the legendary but now defunct Colby Poster Printing Company in Los Angeles. Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, June 9 to 30, from 9.30am-5pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Official opening at 6pm, Thursday, June 14.

A work by Lindsay Cameron-Smith

ARTISTIC Vision Gallery is holding a retrospective exhibition of the works of local Canberra artist Lindsay Cameron-Smith, who died in 2014. Many of his works have now been rescued by the gallery and most are for sale. At Artistic Vision, 7/51 Tennant Street, Fyshwick until June 24. 

Leggo’s new gallery

PHOTOGRAPHER Scott Leggo’s new gallery in Kingston is now up and running, with a launch by Chief Minister Andrew Barr planned for June 25. “I’ve always believed that my photographs are best viewed as prints on your wall,” Leggo says. Leggo believes it will be Canberra’s first permanent landscape photography gallery. 45 Jardine Street, Kingston.

Mahala Hill with her show

MAHALA Hill graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from the ANU School of Art and Design’s Ceramics Workshop and was the recipient of the EASS 2017 ACT Legislative Assembly speaker’s prize, resulting in an exhibition, where, inspired by Australian arthropod, she has constructed “insects” of gigantic proportion in comparison to their environment to emphasise dominance and adaption. “Living after the End”, now at the ACT Legislative Assembly Exhibition Room throughout June, during office hours.

M16 Artspace is launching four new exhibitions this week: “City Lights” by Julie Spencer; “Australian Landscape” by Tim Brook; “Block by Block” by Jenny Blake; and in Chutespace, “Which Tree to Climb” by Michaela Laurie. 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith. Opening by Terence Maloon, 6pm, Thursday, June 14.

Searching (Groenevalleipark, Gent), by Brooke Leigh, 2015, photograph.

“ALICE, Interrupted” is a solo exhibition by Brooke Leigh exploring the extreme state of vulnerability that a child is exposed to as a dependant. Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 19 Furneaux Street, Manuka, June 14-24, 11am to 5pm, Friday to Sunday. Opening 6pm, Thursday, June 14. 

‘Bread and Butter #4’ by Michele England, 2016, oil on repurposed plate.

“OBSESSIVE impulsion”, curated by David Broker and featuring Jodie Cunningham, Michele England, U.K. Frederick, Ann McMahon and Suzanne Moss, reveals the methodologies of five diverse artists. Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, until June 23.

‘The soup kitchen lady’, by Sue Taylor.

FOR artist Sue Taylor drawing is an innate, almost unconscious reflex. Her new exhibition of seven large framed works, 25 small framed drawings and three portfolios of sketches showcases the private, drawn diary of a lifetime as she celebrates 70 years of drawing. Form Studio and Gallery, 1/30 Aurora Avenue, Queanbeyan. Opening 6pm, June 14. 

SWISS‐born Australian jewellery practitioner jeweller Sabine Pagan will be the guide to her own exhibition “Engram”, in a floor talk at Craft ACT: Craft an d Design Centre, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra, 1pm, Saturday, June 16.

A rug by Gail Nichols

IN “Gail Nichols: In Transit”, curated by Karen O’Klery, leading ceramic artist Nichols is exhibiting minimalist pots contrasted with the complexity of colours and designs of her newest creative interest, hooked rugs. Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, ANU, until July 29, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.




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