Xavier Jones – Wulf and Eadwacer at Tributary Projects Fyshwick till 25 July 2021

One part of Xavier’s show

Xavier Jones put together his show weaving works that are colourful, abstract with extensive use of hand drawn works. The exhibition is spread around the front room at Tributary Projects at Fyshwick and includes elements of cartoon like drawings on the wall onto which other works are integrated,

This show is only on till the weekend. Xavier told me that he has put lower than usual prices on all the work.

The website is https://www.tributaryprojects.xyz/

Bryce Anderson – Aviary at Tributary Projects Fyshwick till 25 July 2021

A collage element in Bryce’s exhibition

Aviary is a small exhibition that weaves found objects, collage and poems all around the theme of birds and Aviary. Bryce has some explanatory text on the website to help the viewer engage with this quite small exhibition at Tributary Projects Fyshwick

The website is https://www.tributaryprojects.xyz/

Heart Strong – Six locally based Indigenous women artists at Belconnen Arts Centre

Natasha Best – Wildflower Dreaming

This colourful exhibition features the work of six indigenous women living in Ngunnawal Country (Canberra area). Most of the creations have a distinctive indigenous style using abundant dots and traditional motifs. Some of the artists have taken on almost luminous or day glo look to their works but have maintained a vivid traditional styles. The artists are Natasha Best, Leah Brideson, Megan Daley, Kayannie Denigan, Krystal Hurst and Kristie Peters.The overall look of the eshibition is visually exciting. Most of the works are for sale from $230 to $6,500 from the shop.

Website: belcoarts.com.au/heart-strong Shop: shop.belcoarts.com.au

Ruth Lane-Poole – A woman of influence at Canberra Museum and Gallery

Photo of one of Ruth’s watercolours illustrating the range of her creative skills

I love the role of curators. This weekend saw the opening of an exhibition devoted to arguably Australia’s first career interior designer – Ruth Lane-Poole. The display is at CMAG because the biggest and most significant contributions she made to Canberra was to design the interiors of the two grand residences of the captial in the 1920s, Government House and the Lodge.

The curator, Margaret Betteridge has pulled together a gorgeous collection of related artefacts to tell the story of two significant buildings set in an era and intertwined with the story of a creative, courageous woman. Lane-Poole was emerging from a creative family to influence the visual elements of interior design in her generation and in many ways each decade since. Betteridge has told the complex tale effectively.

This show has lots of what I love in exhibitions. The artefacts range from a garland with fabric flowers used in Lane-Poole’s wedding through to a two metre carved timber table. The story is fascinating, the layout is easy to following and the intertwining of history with the personal lives of the participants is engaging.

The exhibition is on till Saturday 2nd October 2021

Details on website http://www.cmag.com.au/exhibitions/ruth-lane-poole-a-woman-of-influence

Duncan Smith – Reflections of my country at Belconnen Arts Centre

Duncan Smith taken in reflective room at Belcoarts

Duncan Smith has created rich landscape guides of his Wiradjuri country in traditional indigenous styles for exhibition here in Canberra. As you look at them you can see the landscapes they refer to with clarity. There is a vital variety of colour and representation in these 32 works and they are all for sale from $800 to $4200. There is a disadvantage to the appreciation of these works in that they are all framed behind glass in a highly reflective space.

The exhibition is on until Sunday 15 August 2021

The website is https://www.belcoarts.com.au/reflections/

The works can be bought through the shop shop.belcoarts.com.au

Here is a link to a City News article on this.

Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion at National Museum of Australia

Legacy Dress (creators listed with photo on website)

Awesome!!! I saw this in Bendigo last year. I re-looked at my photos when I saw this was closing soon in Canberra. Chills ran through me looking through image after image. This exhibition features clothing that I found it hard to take my eyes off. Colour, texture and construction combine to form objects of visual excitement. Part of the blurb on the website reads:

‘Piinpi’ is an expression that Kanichi Thampanyu (First Nations people from the East Cape York Peninsula) use to describe changes in the landscape across time and space. For many First Nations people across Australia, knowledge of the land and seasons is culturally important. While the number of seasons can vary across many First Nations groups, the exhibition is themed around four widely recognised seasons.

I used one of the images from the website because none of my pictures came close to doing justice to these objects. The beauty of this dress brought me to tears of joy through its combination of so many layers of invention and creativity.

I am going back to the exhibition again this week as it closes on Sunday August 8

Webpage: https://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/piinpi-contemporary-indigenous-fashion

Behind the Lines – The year in political cartoons at the Museum of Australian Democracy Old Parliament House

Privacy Concerns – Mark Knight Herald Sun 20 April 2020

One of the annual exhibitions that ticks lots of boxes for me is the Behind the Lines one. This puts maybe 100 of the best political cartoons of the year up on the walls of the Old Parliament House. The curators group the cartoons in broad categories in large formats with brief context commentary for visitors to absorb. It is a laugh, it is tough and the creative beauty of the cartoonist’s art is riveting. Seeing a year in review reminds the viewer of the issues that are short term and those which continue. It is well worth a look and is on till November. There is a $2 entry charge for Old Parliament House and the following link is to a website with a video for the Cartoonist of the Year Cathy Wilcox

https://www.moadoph.gov.au/exhibitions/behind-the-lines-2020-the-year-in-political-cartoons/

Australian Love Stories at The National Portrait Gallery

Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter from the exhibition

The Portrait Gallery people keep surprising me with their exhibitions and their content. I expected this to simply feature romantic relationships. Instead it is a rich story of human connections across generations, cultures and every range of human love. The other surprise is the scale. Rather than just filling the temporary exhibition space it is housed in three times that area. The stories are from fun to profound and the diversity of people and friendships is wide. There is only three more weeks of this exhibition so rush in and enjoy lots of great love stories.

The admission price is $15 and it runs to Sunday August 1 2021

More information: https://www.portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/australian-love-stories-2020

A Nation Imagined: The Artists of the Picturesque Atlas at National Library of Australia

Landscape painting from NLA page for exhibition

This amazing exhibition finishes this weekend. The roots for this show was a collaboration between the National Library and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia was published between 1986-9 and this exhibition focusses on the artists who contributed to the work. The three principal artists were Julian Ashton, A. Henry Fullwood and Frank Mahony As usual with NLA exhibitions the display is rich with great historical source material and great information from the curatorial staff. The NLA is the only institution I know of in Australia that prohibits use of cameras in their exhibitions. I do not remember any material in this display younger than 100 years old which is puzzling.

This is a link to the documents that are available on Trove if you do not get into the Library this weekend.

https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-1605485403

The Trevor Kennedy Collection at National Museum of Australia

Royal Worcester Waratah Ceramics

This is an exhibition selected from a large group of artefacts donated by Trevor and Christina Kennedy and their family. Trevor Kennedy began collecting artefacts connected to Australian history while he was living in London in the 1960s. His collection became enormous as his vision sought to fill a gap he saw in collections of Australiana.

This exhibition is a small example of a personal collection of furniture, home wares, domestic objects, and jewellery. The quality of the selected items is great. I look forward to lots of further exhibitions from the collection.

This exhibition will continue till October 10 2021 Opening hours Mon to Sun 9am-5pm Website:

https://www.nma.gov.au/explore/collection/highlights/trevor-kennedy