Steam Punk @ Watson Arts Centre

The Steam Punk exhibition at the Watson Arts Centre is a rich if grungy set of art works. Stephen Harrison is one of the big contributors and he has a wonderful rusted almost ugly look about them. I loved his book made out of lead pages and his vintage worn out aircraft – he can make ugly look beautiful. The attached price list maybe helpful but I was disappointed by the ban on photography. I would love to show you a pic of a set of flowers made out of machine cogs and a delightful set of jewelery made by using scrabble keys and keyboard keys by Susan Hey. I could not find any good images on the internet but if you can get out there it is an enjoyable exhibition.




Crafted 14 @ Nishi Gallery New Acton

Furniture is a functional part of our lives and it also a vehicle for unending creativity and design that shapes every aspect of it. The students from the ANU School of Art Furniture Workshop have an exhibition of their work on at the Nishi Gallery at present. There are light fittings, chairs, sideboards, shelving and many other things made of timber.
People who work with wood seem interested in surfaces, construction and the variety of colour and texture available. This set is awash with rich variety available in timber in mody of the creations. I have included pics below to give a sense of the range.









Catch a Moment – Bradley, Hill and Lemoh @ M16 Artspace

The dark space at M16 Artspace has an interesting exhibition. Each of the objects is metal and light. One set are almost galvanised watering can type material perforated with spots of light radiating out. Another set are piping and showers well lit. Each has this theme of ‘Catch a Moment’ visible in it. Being a dark room wit low light my phone did not get good photos. Below is the gallery sheet and didgy pics. The exhibition has closed by the time I wrote this.





Beyond M17 – 7 Stories – Seven artists @ M16 Artspace

The art of Alexander Dolgii, Vitaliya Kalmutska, Dymtro Kornienko, Irina Kostyshina, Nikita Naslimov, Yurij Pikul and Georgiy Potopalsky have been brought together in a delightful exhibition at M16 with quite a range of topic and styles.
Below is a link to a good article in the Canberra Times that talks through the background of this exhibition rooted in the city of Kiev. The aim of the art is to build understanding in Australia of Ukrainian culture. The art is represented below in one work for each of the artists to give you a sense of their work.









Kaleidoscope – Hands on Studio Artists @ M16 Artspace

Hands on Studios provide opportunities for the development of artistic expression among the intellectually disabled community. The participants play a role in the studio while developing skills. This exhibition is a charming collection of a varied set of styles. There are a few snaps and the gallery sheet below.





Do Good Design @ Gallery of Australian Design

As part of the Design Canberra Festival the Gallery of Australian Design has put on an exhibition of the work of graphic designers. The subject matter of Do Good Graphics is a series of graphic services given to not for profits or community organisations to make their messaging and look more attractive.
The Malkara School in Canberra, a community program against speeding, Canberra Deaf Childrens Association and the Outward Bound program are just a few of the good work groups that have been helped through pro bono work done by a set of Graphic Design studios.
I really like the contribution GAD makes to the creative exhibitions in Canberra and this set were a fascinating insight into two intersecting communities in Canberra.





Creative License @ Craft ACT

Imagine getting a diverse group of artists together and saying “We have a big pile of number plates from the Centenary of Canberra celebration”. “Guess what!” “We want you all to go and create great artworks all from these.” “THey did that!” and the artists have come through in a wonderful exhibition at the CraftACT gallery in Civic.
I walked in at a time when three of the artists were speaking about their work and so that was fun. I even got permission to take some pics of their work from the actual artists.
The first artist was Sam Cameron with his C100 Line Runner. It was a layered powerful looking remote racing car like device that has a flat Hexagonal tray on which to operate. On the tray is a map of Canberra around the CBD with London circuit done in Black. The racer made out of beautifully engineered number plate sections turns based on how its sensors pick up and respond to the black of London Circuit. Fun, beautiful and inventive.
Elizabeth Kelly with Stomachion after the Archemedies Palimpses was next. At first glance I thought this was an attractive geometric artwork with a collection of colours and surfaces in the metals including number plates. Then Elizabeth let us play with it. All the bits are on nylon boards and magnetised so you can move them around and make new shapes. Again this was a playful and yet serious piece of artistic invention. Great to look at and engaging to play with.
Ximeno Briceno went for An Uncu for a Wari Princess to use her number plates. She told us a great story about how she engaged people of her heritage in South America in producing the cloth and in forming the number plate discs including a near brush with quarantine in bringing her beautiful garment to the exhibition.
These three are part of a delightful collection of objects on display – each with a unique take and each with a radiant creativity about it.
Pics and gallery sheet below:








Resistant: Patsy Payne and Nicci Haynes @ Form Studio and Gallery






IMAG0009Two artists have combined for the latest exhibition at Form Studio and Gallery – Patsy Payne and Nicci Haynes. Both have a distinctive contribution and both have primarily focused in black and white or a limited colour palette.
Among other works Patsy Payne has created a few energy filled corten steel figures that are pictured below. Nicci Haynes has painted a set of abstract screen prints that have movement and other works that refer to handicraft and indigenous traditions in these works.
The Payne works are first then the Haynes stuff followed by the gallery sheet.

Down to the Wire; Australian Peacekeeping in Cyprus @ Canberra Museum and Gallery

Sat 1 November 2014 – Sun 8 February 2015
The website blurb for this begins with: “2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the first overseas mission undertaken by Australian police –peacekeeping in Cyprus with the United Nations. This exhibition reflects on stories of bravery, courage, sadness, hope and friendship which have helped shape the Australian police experience in Cyprus.”
The Open Colections gallery is always a great space for this type of exhibition as it combines hanging space for information panels, screens for videos and glass cases for display of fascinating related artifacts. There is clothing, equipment, pots and memorablia.
This was an interesting part of Australia’s policing history and the exhibition covers it in a lively and engaging way.
Below are some pics (The third is a Fez with the Australian Police insignia on it.