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Arts editor HELEN MUSA shares Canberra’s newest gallery openings

An excerpt from ‘Candy’, by Johnny Romeo, acrylic and oil on canvas

BOMBASTIC and unapologetically rambunctious, Kitsch Pop is how Aarwun Gallery describes the two dozen portraits of “of cultural icons” in the show “GUNS ’N’ POSES” by Sydney pop artist Johnny Romeo. On show at Federation Square, Gold Creek, from September 8-22.

CRAFT ACT: Craft and Design Centre in the North Building, Civic, is launching “Place Makers”, the annual Craft ACT members exhibition. Opening by City Renewal Authority CEO Malcolm Snow at 6pm, Thursday, September 6. The show celebrates and explores Canberra’s distinct design identity and its relations with works by more than 70 accredited professional members and associate members from all mediums, such as jewellery, furniture, metal, textiles, ceramics, paper and glass. It’s on display until October 20.

GREAME Drendel’s “On even ground” is one of two new exhibitions, which open at Beaver Galleries this week. In it, Graeme skilfully executed drawings and paintings often driven by narratives which are not always immediately apparent to the viewer. In the second exhibition titled “Lowlands”, Kirrily Hammond’s delicate oil paintings capture the quiet beauty of rural landscapes in the fading light of dusk. At 81 Denison street, Deakin, 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Friday, and then 9am-5pm, Saturday to Sunday, September 6-23.

‘Devils Marbles’ by Bruce Tunks, ground pigment on canvas

M16 Artspace has four new exhibitions this week: “Holding the Line”, by Bruce Tunks; “Under Ice”, by Justine McLaren; “Reimagined Perspectives”, by Madisyn Zab; and in Chute Space is “Urban Scrawl” by Michelle Hallinan. They will be opened by Charles Sturt University lecturer Sam Bowker, at 6pm, Thursday, September 6. It will continue until September 23. All welcome.

THE 2018 edition of the Contemporary Australian Architects Speaker Series is on at the National Gallery of Australia as the ACT chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects partners with the NGA on Wednesdays from September 5-26. The first speaker will be Shaun Carter from Carter Williamson Architects at James O Fairfax Theatre, 6pm (doors open 5.30pm), September 5. Bookings to nga.gov.au

A work by Nell Anderson

PAINTER Nell Anderson’s newest exhibition, “Capturing Moments with Watercolour and Pen” comes from the many sketches that were done sitting on location around the Hall region for about six years. The public is welcome to the opening, by Joan Gare at Wattle Park Uniting Church, Barton Highway, from 5.30pm, Friday, September 7. The show runs 10am-4pm, September 8-9.

IN 2019 ANCA and Art Monthly Australasia will be offering three emerging art critics from the Canberra region a stipend for three months each, a mentorship with Art Monthly Australasia editor Michael Fitzgerald, publishing opportunities online and in print both though ANCA and Art Monthly Australasia as well as a 12-month subscription to Art Monthly Australasia. Those holding a full-time academic or arts administration post are not eligible. Applications (three pieces of writing and CV to gallery@anca.net.au) close at midnight, October 15.

Work by Moraig McKenna and a work by Jennifer Robertson

KAREN O’Clery’s Narek Gallery at Bermagui re-opens for spring with “Clay + Fibre”, wood fired ceramics by Moraig McKenna and also sculptural textiles and functional wraps by Jennifer Robertson, 5/3 Wapengo street, Bermagui, September 8 to October 6.

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