Artsday / ‘Blue Poles’ goes under for conservation

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Works by David Suckling on show at Humble House

THE Gallery of Small Things in Watson is collaborating with Humble House in Fyshwick, where Ellen Rosalie Gunner, Amy Hick, Pia Larsen, Jacqueline Lewis, Nic Mason, Phil Page, Isobel Rayson, David Suckling and Amanda Westley will exhibit works to the public from today, July 10. Humble House gallery owners Roger and Weilian Carter are famous for bringing together contemporary art in a traditional Chinese setting so the artists have been invited by the owner of GOST, Anne Masters, to exhibit work that is “small and humble”. Viewable in person at 91/93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick, 10am-4pm, Wednesday to Sundays, until August 2, or online here

Students in “Music count us in”.

STUDENTS from around the country will join in song for “Music: Count Us In”, an annual school music participation program which offers an opportunity for students to take part, for free, learning the same song in the lead-up to “Celebration Day” on November 5. The day will see students from more than 3500 schools sing the same song, on the same day, at the same time. Four student songwriters have penned the 2020 number, “You Won’t Bring Us Down”, after being mentored by Lior. Sign up at

Conservator David Wise working on “Blue Poles”.

JACKSON Pollock’s “Blue Poles”, 1952, has gone under the microscope for its most comprehensive conservation project to date as David Wise, the National Gallery of Australia’s senior paintings conservator, has been discovering the secrets beneath the layers of paint. Visitors to the NGA can now see Wise working on “Blue poles” every Wednesday from 1.30-2.30pm.

A work by Brian McNamara (wood, IC, wire, electric motor, relay, PIR sensor).

BRIAN McNamara’s work at Tuggeranong Arts Centre shows that, by changing sound and movement, it can highlight the uniqueness of relationships and interactions with the technology people use every day. The sculptures include interactive and autonomous devices inviting interaction between the viewer and the artworks by playing on them or just listening. At TAC, 137 Reed Street, Greenway, until July 18.

Member for Canberra, Alicia Payne

FEDERAL Member for Canberra, Alicia Payne, has invited her colleagues Andrew Leigh, David Smith and Labor’s Arts spokesperson Tony Burke, to join a Zoom conversation about recovery and support packages for the arts sector at 6pm on Tuesday, July 14. To register email her office via

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