Arts / Big numbers flock to amateur gallery

Share Canberra's trusted news:

Art walking out of the tent
ABOUT $16,000 worth of art walked out the tent-flaps in Queanbeyan Art Society’s 12th annual art show and market, “The Heart of Canberra”. 

Staged indeed in the heart of Canberra, City Walk, the show saw a 50-metre marquee stretched from the merry-go-round to the fountain which allowed 409 works to be hung for a week during Floriade.

The show was open to all artists and paintings came from as far as Brisbane and a large part of the Canberra region.

Band at the ‘market place’
What makes this amateur art exhibition special, the Queanbeyan Art Society’s president Barry Cranston says, is the fact that such a large number of paintings were bought and taken into people’s homes.

This year the society organised to have market stalls around the art show and organisers have estimated that 800 or more viewers went through the marquee every day, cheekily suggesting that the NGA would struggle to achieve such numbers.

“We have proven the need for a regular ‘amateur art gallery’ for the Canberra region,” Cranston says.

Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep citynews.com.au free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleDickson Library partially reopens tomorrow
Next articleFallen light pole closes Barton Highway
Helen Musa
“CityNews” arts editor

Leave a Reply