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Arts editor HELEN MUSA shares Canberra’s newest gallery openings

From Amala Groom’s ‘Does she know the Revolution is coming?’, 2017

AS part of this year’s NAIDOC Week, Canberra Contemporary Art Space has invited artist, author, community activist and Wiradjuri Nation elder, Kerry Reed-Gilbert to open its newest exhibitions, which honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women through the NAIDOC theme, “Because of Her, We Can!” The exhibitions feature women such as Wiradjuri conceptual artist Amala Groom, who performs multiple roles to recreate a tense conversation about cultural ownership with the wealthy owner of an Emily Kngwarreye painting in the somewhat wicked multi-channel digital video work, “Does she know the Revolution is coming?”

ALSO, Brenda L Croft, who has Gurindji/Malgnin/Mudburra; Anglo-Australian/Chinese/German/Irish heritage, honours her mother Dorothy Jean Croft on the 80th anniversary of her birth in the exhibition, “Heart-In-Hand”. Both at CCAS, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, from 11am-5pm, Tuesday to Saturday, until September 8. Opening 6pm Friday, July 13. All welcome.

The King sisters

SARRITA and Tarisse King were born in Adelaide and are the daughters of the late Aboriginal artist, William King Jungala, with heritage from the Gurindji clan. They’re holding a joint exhibition based on the philosophies and culture taught to them by their father as an homage to the important first generation of Aboriginal artists. Some are solo paintings and some are collaborations, but all are for sale. At East Hotel, Kingston, until the end of July.

‘Untitled’ in Surya Bajracharya’s show ‘Passenger’.

SURYA Bajracharya’s show, “Passenger”, comprises two individual bodies of work – a series of lithographs, and a series of monotypes – created in parallel. Also, two portraits, monotypes of the artist’s children, are deeply personal markers of the artist in these visual documents of an otherwise unspecified journey. Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, 9.30am-5pm, Tuesday to Saturday, until July 28.

THE 2018 ANU vice-chancellor’s “Artist Fellowship Scheme Exhibition” shows what can happen when arts and science meet face to face. Gallery, School of Art & Design, ANU, until Friday, July 13.

M16 Artspace is about to stage its very popular “Confident Collecting” sessions with the 2018 theme of “Ahead of the Curve”. This is a four-part series of illustrated talks at M16, Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, from 6pm-8pm, Mondays, in July and August commencing July 16. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door or bookings to

‘Spirit’ by Andrew Rogers, 1997, NGA collection

SINCE 1999 Australian artist, Andrew Rogers, has produced an extraordinary contemporary land art undertaking, “Rhythms of Life”. It involves 51 sculptures across 16 countries, spanning all seven continents and, now, a display of maquettes of major works by Rogers will go on show at the National Gallery of Australia, opening on July 14.

THE Queanbeyan Art Society’s Jean Helmers Memorial Art Exhibition is running at the QAS Gallery, 6 Trinculo Place, under the bridge on the Queanbeyan Riverbank until the end of July. All the 140 works are for sale. Open daily.

‘The Favourites’ by Naomi Taylor Royds, 2018, pastel, ink, pencil.

“MEMORY Within” deals with the idea that people place personal and emotional value within the humble objects in their homes and intimate environments. Naomi Taylor Royds has focused on collected trinkets and things, as well as ordinary everyday objects. Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Furneaux Street, Manuka, July 12-28.

THE NGA’s Winter Film Series concludes with “Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait”, about the director of the 1996 film “Basquiat”, who went on from being the darling of the Manhattan art scene to winning awards for his filmmaking at Cannes. James O Fairfax Theatre, NGA, 6.30pm, Wednesday, July 11. Bookings to
















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