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Arts editor HELEN MUSA shares Canberra’s newest gallery openings

Market vendors Ms Reliy Watasa and Ms Darcy Qula displaying their produce (mandarines) at Gizo Market, Western Province, Solomon Islands. Photo by Andrew Plant

IN April this year Andrew Plant travelled to the Solomon Islands to capture images in support of the “Markets for Change Project”, documenting the daily challenges faced by market vendors from farm plot to market stall and their enthusiasm in developing a cohesive voice. Now Belconnen Community Gallery’s “Springboard Series” will be showing the results in “Voices of the Market”, at Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen, until August 10. Opening celebration from 5.30-7.30pm, Wednesday, July 25. All welcome.

KYEEMA Gallery at Hall is hosting an exhibition and sale of works by Alice Springs artist, Sarah Brown and Indigenous artists of Central Australia. Brown is a well-known artist based in Alice Springs but her day job is running the Western Desert Dialysis Program, known as the “Purple House”. All proceeds from this exhibition go to support Purple House dialysis centres in remote communities. Kyeema Gallery, 13 Gladstone Street, Hall Village, July 26 to August 26, with its official opening from 2pm, July 29. All welcome.

“ART Monthly” is holding a silent fundraising auction of nine “Art Monthly” framed commissioned prints, such as works by Vernon Ah Kee, G. W. Bot, eX de Medici and Mike Parr. NGA’s senior curator of prints and drawings Roger Butler will open the exhibition, where food and wine will be served throughout the evening. Nishi Gallery, New Acton, 6pm-9pm, Friday, July 27. Bookings to

BILK Gallery is currently showing new collections by Mel Douglas, Kath Inglis, Marian Hosking, Godwin Baum, Wen-Miao Yeh, Janice Vitovsky, Vicki Mason and Dan DiCaprio. It’ll be closed on Wednesday, July 25, and Thursday, July 26, but will reopen on Friday, July 27. Bilk Gallery, Palmerston Lane, Manuka.

‘Valentine’ by Sophia Szilagyi, digital pigment print on archival rag paper.

BEAVER Galleries has two new exhibitions opening this week. One features Sophia Szilagyi, who is known for her works on paper, capturing a sense of wonder, fear, beauty and, sometimes danger, existing in both nature and imagination. The other will show madeleine Winch’s works as she renders the cyclical nature of people’s lives in “Mysteries of the heart: paintings & works on paper”. Both exhibitions open at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin, 6pm, July 26. Both will run until August 12, from Tuesday to Friday and Saturday and Sunday. 

‘Cloud Porn’ by Hilary Wardhaugh, 2018, inkjet print on rag.

PHOTOACCESS has three new shows celebrating female Canberra-based artists: “#welcomenotwelcome” by Hilary Wardhaugh; “Journey Reluctantly Taken” by Marzena Wasikowska; and “Sprite by Grace Blake”. Exhibitions to be opened by Canberra Museum + Gallery’s director Shane Breynard in the Huw Davies Gallery, Manuka Arts Centre, 6pm, Thursday, July 26. The exhibitions run until August 19.

NANCY Sever Gallery presenting “Reason and Intuition”, an exhibition of recent work by Andrew Christofides, one of Australia’s leading abstract artists. For the past 45 years his art practice has explored the various visual languages of abstraction, and in particular those of geometric and formal abstraction. Gorman Arts Centre, on the corner of Batman and Currong street, Braddon, Wednesday, July 25. Runs until August 19 from Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am–5pm.

‘After Breakfast’ by Lily Platts

THE Photography Room Gallery is presenting “Everyday Nature” by Lily Platts, who splits her time between Canberra and her home in Bombala on the Monaro in southern NSW. Her current works focus on the juxtaposition between the picturesque environment that surrounds Canberra in direct proximity to the mundane and clinical scenes of urban living. TPR Gallery, Old Bus Depot Markets, 10am-4pm, Sundays, until September 9, and by appointment. Reception for the artist, 12pm, Sunday, July 29. RSVP for catering purposes to

‘Cocky’ by Frank van Halderan, 2018, soft sculpture

M16 Artspace four new exhibitions such as its “Hands On Studio Show”, “M16 Studio Artists” and “210 Degrees”. Then, in Chutespace, Dianna Budd draws attention to plastic toxicity, the growing concrete footprint and diminishing green spaces in “Too Hot, No Water and No Grubs!” All open at 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, at 6pm this Thursday, July 26, all welcome. Showing until August 12. 

A work by Margaret Hadfield

ONLINE Art Gallery Platform, Bluethumb, has begun to support its artists through pop up exhibitions such as “Field of Vision”. The 10 artists who will be exhibiting together are Valentyna Crane, Amy Basnett, Jennifer Baird, Susan Trudinger, Kylie Fogarty, Fiona Hill, Colleen Michelle Connors, Carole Osmotherly, Margy Duke and Margaret Hadfield. Stirato Gallery, Fyshwick, 10am-6pm, July 25 to 29. Exhibition opening 6pm-8pm, Wednesday, July 25. Arts editor HELEN MUSA shares Canberra’s newest gallery openingsll welcome.

VETERAN Canberra artist Val Johnson, whose practice runs from wicked entries in The Bald Archys to refined townscapes, travelled to Cornwall in 2016. The result is “Colours of Cornwall”, picturing whitewashed houses, blue waters, and yellow sand and colourful boats. Strathnairn, Stockdill Drive, Holt, July 26 to August 19. Opening 4pm, Saturday, July 26, all welcome.

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