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Helen Ferguson at The Hive

QUEANBEYAN’S newest cultural hub and art gallery, The Hive, has won the 2019 Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council’s heritage prize for their restoration of the 1910 cottage. It has been featured for an open “event” as part of the National Trust Heritage Festival’s coming weekend. Visitors can see the work that won co-owner Helen Ferguson the prize. Ngunnawal elder Tina Brown will perform the Welcome to Country at 11.45am then the “Create Collaborate Collective” will be running a bar and barbecue from noon to 4pm. There will also be live music and heritage talks. At 274 Crawford Street Queanbeyan, May 18 and 19. All welcome.

“Pink Burst” by Thomas Wood. Photo: Sam Cooper

CANBERRA’S tiniest gallery, GOST, Gallery Of Small Thing, is holding its second emerging artist support scheme show, featuring work by painter Thomas Wood and gold and silversmith jeweller Boya Yu. At 27 Wade Street, Watson, 11am to 4pm, Monday to Sundays, May 18 to June 2. Thursdays to Sundays, 11am to 4pm, by appointment.

“Fettler’s Hut” by Ben Taylor

AN exhibition of recent work by the noted Ben Taylor is opening at the Nancy Sever Gallery this week, curated by Peter Haynes. A graduate of the Canberra School of Art and lecturer in printmaking from 1983 to 1985, Taylor has a home in the Monaro where he works in an old fettler’s cottage surrounded by decaying railway buildings. Opens at the Nancy Sever Gallery, Gorman Arts Centre, corner of Batman and Currong Streets, Braddon, 6pm, Wednesday, May 15. It will then runs until June 16, 11am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday. 

Harriet Schwarzrock with “filament”

GLASS artist Harriet Schwarzrock’s new solo exhibition, “Filament”, opens this weekend in Bungendore. A centrepiece of the show will be, “filament”, a suspended work where strands of neon red cascade through the centre of an assemblage of strands of manipulated scientific glass. Schwarzrock won the Asia link residency last year between the Canberra Glassworks and Toyama Glass Studio. This year she was awarded the Stephen Procter Fellowship through the ANU. At Suki & Hugh Gallery, 38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore, May 18 to June 23. An opening reception will be held from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday, May 18. All welcome.

“SPACECADET” is the newest exhibition at QT Canberra. It explores reimagined vintage furniture design by local interior designer Jane Lauinger, whose work is in defiance of the throw-away consumerism culture and centres on the world of upcycling and transforming old finds into unique creations. It will open with bubbles and canapes at QT, NewActon, 6pm, Friday, May 17. 

Ukranian embroidery on show

THE Ukrainian community of ACT and NSW with the support of the Embassy of Ukraine, will stage a Ukrainian cultural presentation, a catwalk display of national embroidered outfits from local community collections, in the National Gallery of Australia, noon, Thursday, May 16.

PHOTOACCESS is asking the public to join them in helping a young person see their world in a new way with the campaign, “Re-Focus”. It aims to raise $7000 to enable 20 young people struggling with significant life challenges to take a journey of self-discovery through photography. They are looking for 35 people to make a tax-deductible donation of $200. Donors will have an opportunity to meet the program graduates journey at a celebratory exhibition and reception at PhotoAccess. Donations to

“An Imaginary Line”, Taloi Havini, 2018, digital print wall paper.

THE ANU School of Art & Design Gallery is presenting “Vanishing Point”, an exhibition by Consuelo Cavaniglia, Ellen Dahl, Yvette Hamilton, Taloi Havini and Salote Tawale. Echoing the illusion of parallel lines at their vanishing point, the exhibition considers the island as a concept where opposing ideas converge. Main gallery, School of Art & Design, floor talk 5pm and opening reception 6pm, Thursday, May 16, all welcome.

CRAFT ACT: Craft + Design Centre has two new exhibitions. In “Take Time” artists Cheryl Thornton, Daniel Edwards, Diana Wood-Conroy, Dimity Kidston, Ema Shin, Patsy Payne, Rachel Hine, Suzanne Knight, Tim Gresham and Valerie Kirk investigate working in the time-consuming medium of woven tapestry. There’s also “Rhizoming: Language of print and place”, where Jan Hogan explores nature, place and culture through a woodcut installation and offshoots based on artists books and objects. Opening by Anne Brennan, 6pm, Thursday, May 16. The exhibition then continues at the gallery on Level 2, North building, Civic Square, until July 6. Floor Talks, 5.30pm, Thursday, May 16, and 1pm, Friday, May 17.

CANBERRA Region Feltmakers will be holding a hands-on workshop at Mugga-Mugga this Saturday, May 18, 1.15pm to 4pm. Bookings to All materials will be supplies and are included in the ticket price.


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