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“Apollo Lunar Module” (1:2 Scale) by Tom Buckland, 2019.

ONE of the most improbable flying machines ever conceived has driven artist Tom Buckland to a near-obsession with crewed spaceflight and the Lunar Module. On the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, Buckland has used blueprints, official photographs and several model kits as reference, to construct his own half-scale replica of the Eagle Lunar Module. At the Canberra Museum & Gallery, in the Hindmarsh Project Space, facing the ACT Legislative Assembly. 

Afghan music students with Eddie Ayres.

MEMBERS of the public have until just tomorrow (Thursday, August 22) to view a photographic exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the Atrium of the RG Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent, Barton. Of special interest to arts readers are images of Afghan children learning to play stringed instruments and a section on painter Ben Quilty’s visit to Afghanistan.

THIS is the 13th year of the Strathnairn Arts Association’s “SQUARES” exhibition, where the only requirement is that the artwork must be presented on a 300mm x 300mm square canvas. The exhibition is now running in Strathnairn Arts Homestead, in gallery one and the sunroom until September 8.

“Teapot” by Robert Riggs, oil painting, 2019

MEANTIME “Light in a Dark Place”, oil painting by Robert Riggs, is running in Strathnairn Arts Homestead, gallery one, from August 22 to September 15. Riggs is primarily a still life painter who is exploring the use of light to create mood within the still life genre. He often portrays objects that have a flaw in them: cracks, chips, broken. Strathnairn Galleries and shop, open 10am-4pm, Thursday to Sunday.

THE love of nature is at the core of an exhibition by Sydney-based artist Ingrid Bowen and ceramicist Larissa Warren. Working in ink and watercolour, Bowen is fascinated with the interwoven narratives of people and place. Warren has a unique approach to clay with a passion for traditional Japanese neriage techniques. Using porcelain and mixed local clays she weaves patterns and texture through her designs creating a poetic narrative. At the Suki & Hugh Gallery, 38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore, until September 29.

Portraits in “Facing Equality”.

“FACING Equality” is a portrait series challenging notions of equality by combining photographic portraits with personal reflections from a diverse range of alumni and members of the UNSW community on different campuses. The UNSW Canberra exhibition opens in the Adams Auditorium, Building 111, UNSW Canberra at ADFA, 5.30pm, Thursday, August 22 (bookings to and runs in the UNSW Canberra library until the end of September.



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