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“Friendly Monster” by Bronwyn Sharpe. Photo: Jennie Curtis.

CANBERRA Region Feltmakers and Canberra Spinners and Weavers are jointly hosting an exhibition of exotic, handmade, hot water bottle covers over two weekends. Bronwyn Sharpe has created a friendly monster felted cover for a hot water bottle, with other covers inspired by pineapples, dogs, the sea, owls and school formals. “Funky Hottie Covers”, Textile Works Gallery, Chifley Wellness Hub, 70 Maclaurin Crescent, Chifley, 10am to 4pm, June 15–16 and June 22–23.

“ART X Design” is a collaboration between Canberra interior designers, BDA Interiors, and artists Kathleen Rhee and Kylie Fogarty, who have produced “design capsules”, reflecting their own style. Opening at BDA Interiors, corner of Franklin and Furneaux Streets, Manuka, 6pm, Friday, June 14. The capsules will then be retained in the showroom for a week after the launch.

Artist Margaret Hadfield

ARTIST Margaret Hadfield became famous as the first painter to win the Gallipoli Art Prize. Now she is opening a very large space to be called, like her successful enterprise in Queanbeyan, the Artists Shed, where she hopes many local artists will exhibit. Its official opening is 4pm, this Sunday, June 16, at 1-3/88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick. Then, it’ll be open, 10am to 5pm, Wednesday to Saturdays and 10am to 4pm, Sundays. Interested artists should contact Hadfield on 0418 237766.

“RedBall” by Linda Hughes.

“TRIO” is an exhibition of new works by three art jewellers, Vicki Mason, Linda Hughes and Daniel Dicaprio, whose distinct language in their craft, captures their notions of place, being and perceptions. At Bilk Gallery, 12 Palmerston Lane, Manuka, June 12 to July 13, opening 6pm, Friday, June 14. All welcome.

“Bloom” 1 and 2, by Deb Faeyrglenn… Lomandra longifolia, Cootamundra Wattle (Acacia baileyana), cotton cord, recycled cotton and silk fabric.

THE Fibre Basket-Makers of the ACT meet from 2pm to 5pm on the second Saturday of every month, except December, at the Community Centre, 2 Frencham Place, Downer. Now, its members Ann McMahon, Adrienne Nicholson, Leonie Lucey, Trish Flynn, Deborah Faeyrglenn, Jenny Cooper, Brenda Lander, Katherine Culross, Gabrielle Powell, Janet Meaney and Christiane Keller, are exhibiting at the Australian National Botanic Gardens gallery from June 12-30 with an opening by founding member and former president of Basketry, NSW, Meri Peach at 2pm on Saturday, June 15. All welcome.

Peter Vandermark (artwork pictured) and two other sculptors are exhibiting at Strathnairn Arts Wool Shed Gallery.

STRATHNAIRN’S latest exhibition will see three top sculptors – Shaun Hayes, Michael Le Grand and Peter Vandermark – exhibiting in three spaces. Hayes works with clay, Le Grand with metal and Vandermark with artefacts of the built environment. It will be officially opened by Wendy Teakel, 2pm, Saturday, June 15. The show continues until July 14 at Strathnairn Arts Wool Shed Gallery, 90 Stockdill Drive Holt.

“Up Island” by Isobel Rayson and Nick Stranks.

ARTISTS Isobel Rayson and Nick Stranks presents an exhibition of new works reflecting their shared experience as artists in residence at the Ou Gallery on Vancouver Island, Canada. Much of the work created throughout the residency responded to the local environment. Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Furneaux Street, Manuka. Opening 6pm, Thursday, June 13, all welcome, then the exhibition continues until June 23, Friday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. 

“Chance of Fog” by Stephanie Haygarth.

FORM Gallery at 1/30 Aurora Avenue, Queanbeyan, has two new exhibitions opening this week. “Distractions” is Robyn Kinsela’s exhibition of recent work and “Chance Of Fog” is Stephanie Haygarth’s exhibition of paintings and works on paper. The opening reception of the exhibitions is at 6pm, Wednesday, June 12, then the shows continue Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, until June 29.

“Barka the Forgotten River” by Badger Bates and Justine Muller.

BELCONNEN Arts Centre has two shows opening. The $150,000 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, now in its 30th year, has original works from Australian artists capturing Australians from all walks of life, whether they’re a public figure or someone from their own circle of experience. Also in the Foyer Gallery, Badger Bates and Justine Muller have “Barka [Darling] the Forgotten River”, works spanning nearly three decades celebrating the life force and cultural, social and economic values of the Barka and its tributaries. 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, June 13 to July 21.

“Ελευθερία” (Freedom) by Rachel Theodorakis, 2019. Bone, synthetic polymer paint, cotton thread, bees wax, detail.

M16 Artspace has new exhibitions opening as follows: “Elegy for Winter”, by Luke Aleksandrow, Jacqueline Bradley, Chris Carmody, Denise Ferris, Annika Harding, Ellis Hutch, and Shags, curated by Annika Harding; “My Story”, where Rachel Theodorakis shows deeply personal narratives by utilising bones as icons of self; “Gatherings” features work by students from the indigenous youth artist development program; and in Chute Space, “The Sleeper”, is by Peter Nilsson. Opening 6pm, Thursday, June 13, then continues Wednesday to Sunday, noon-5pm, until June 30, at 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith.

TROVE Canberra is not the National Library’s “Trove” but rather a cooperative, supporting local artists, makers and designers. Established five years ago, the cooperative provides creative small businesses with a shopfront that they wouldn’t achieve alone. Now it has moved to Dickson Chambers, G6, 25-55 Dickson Place, where it will hold its “Relaunch Party”, 4pm-7pm, Friday, June 14. All welcome.

“Fluffy” by Oscar Vance

THE Canberra Potters annual student and teacher exhibition is now on. It features award winners such as “best overall” winner Oscar Vance with “Fluffy”, best adult hand-built goes to Jill Sketchley’s “Garden Totem”, “best adult wheelthrown” was awarded to Nichola Leeming for “Midfire Lumina Porcelain Vase”, “best children’s under 10” goes to youngster Naida Wright for “Purple Elephant Teapot” and “Yellow Baby Elephant Cup”, then the over 10 award went to Lauren Jensen for “Raku Bunny”, and, lastly the judge’s honourable mention went to Katie Jakab for “Mermaid on a Rock”. At Watson Arts Centre until June 16, 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday.


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