News location:

Canberra Today 7°/11° | Monday, May 16, 2022 | Digital Edition | Crossword & Sudoku

Barn in Pialligo features nature-themed art

Pelicans preening by Yvonna de Jong

CANBERRA’S leading natural science art and illustration organisation, NatureArt Lab, recently announced as ACT state winner in the 2022 Promoting Sustainability Award of the  Best of Business Awards, is exhibiting works from its teaching team in Pialligo’s Old Barn Gallery.

With a fire burning merrily and the natural wooden walls, salvaged from the old Molonglo Internment Camp when it closed in the 1930s, the gallery is attracting an impressive procession of passers-by.

I popped in and was impressed by the extraordinary range of art, from  “macro-photography,” to delicate impressionistic watercolours, “scratchboard,” polymer clay mixed with dried plant material, scientific illustrations, botanical and wildlife art and large format acrylic works.

Anticipation, scratchboard by Joan McKay

Director of NatureArt Lab, Julia Landford, was on hand to take me through the detail of the works stressing that the exhibition away from their home at M16 Studio in Griffith  was a way celebrating these local artists and their artworks. and a chance to mingle with like-minded nature and art lovers in the Canberra community.

“See what I See – Artistic responses to nature by NatureArt Lab’s Teaching Team”, The Old Barn Gallery, 18 Beltana Rd, Pialligo, 10am to 4pm until April 10 (Thursday to Sunday).

Further information at and


Who can be trusted?

In a world of spin and confusion, there’s never been a more important time to support independent journalism in Canberra.

If you trust our work online and want to enforce the power of independent voices, I invite you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support is invested back into our journalism to help keep strong and free.

Become a supporter

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Helen Musa

Helen Musa

Share this

Leave a Reply

Follow us on Instagram @canberracitynews