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“Family Selfie” by Sue Spinks, 2019

M16 Artspace has the following exhibitions opening this week: “Aerial” by Michael Desmond, Peta Jones, Bryn Desmond-Jones and Ossian Desmond-Jones; “Not Exactly What I Was Looking For” by Adina West; “Be stilled life” by Racheal Bruhn; “Family Selfie”, in Chute Space, by Sue Spinks; and on Pegboard, Cathy Zhang’s brooch, “Recombinant”. 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, Canberra. Opening 4pm, Thursday, July 4. Then the show will run noon to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday, until July 21.

A rug abstract by Gail Nichols

GAIL Nichols has a solo textile exhibition entitled “Viewpoint”, which features a series of wall rugs, made using traditional rug hooking techniques, that depict abstracted landscape imagery inspired by the artist’s extensive travels. At Suki & Hugh Gallery, 38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore, until August 11.

BUILT around six selected artists, Joanne Leong, Kendall Manz, Belle Palmer, Sheida Sabetraftar, Shags and Chayla Ueckert-Smith, the exhibition, “Formfull: Formless”, is the CAPO Emerging Artists’ Prize Exhibition, at the ANU School of Art and Design gallery project space, from July 3 to August 2. All welcome.

“Adam’s Ale (I)”, 2018, by David Lindesday, monochromatic Polaroid film

EASS award recipient David Lindesay, is a photographer and visual artist with interest in the social and cultural politics of the body, which has led him to explore contemporary ideas around the ideal male form and, most recently, naturally distorting this ideal by immersing the body in water. His exhibition “Adam’s Ale” opens at ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson, 6pm, Wednesday, July 3. The exhibition runs until July 14.

“Obscura” by Manuel Pfeiffer, pencil, 2018-19

“OBSCURA” is an art exhibition by the Marsden Art Group. In it, the group provides the opportunity to question and discern the “hidden” and allow visual exploration and interpretation to take place. At “Splatter”, floor 3, Westfield Belconnen (at the Myer end of the plaza, near the lift) until July 28.

“Bad Keys”, by Caren Florance, 2019. Digital still

IN “Line Work”, Canberra print and text artist Caren Florance builds on her research around online trolling with an interactive artwork called “Bad Keys”. It’s designed in collaboration with Tim Brook in a series of works she created using a computer program and anonymous comments sourced from popular public forums. At Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 6pm, July 4-27.

Lizzie Hall, ‘Hippogriff,’ 2018, vitabrits, PVA, gesso, pigment, concrete, wax. Photo by Emily Hanlon

ALSO at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, “Bona Fide” is a selection of bold, dynamic and experimental work by local artists, Mimi Fairall, Lizzie Hall, Rowan Kane, Eadie Newman and Bernie. This will be the first exhibition curated by Karena Keys since she arrived at the centre early in 2019. One work is made of Vita Brits. This exhibition also runs until July 27.

WIRADJURI man, Duncan Smith of Wiradjuri Echoes will be sharing Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, playing the digeridoo and talking about the symbols of the stories. At Lanyon Homestead’s Barracks Espresso Bar & Eating House, Tharwa, 2.30pm–3.30pm, Saturday, July 6. Bookings to

THE ANU Drill Hall Gallery’s 2019 lecture series focuses on “foundational texts” relating to the visual arts. Next up will be the University of NSW’s Peter Kohane talking aobut “Vitruvius and his interpreters”. At ANU School of Art and Design Lecture Theatre, Level 1, Childers Street entrance, 3pm, Sunday, July 7. Tickets at the door but friends of the gallery get free entry. 


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