Coincidences – John Wardle Architects @ Nishi Gallery

Big architect practices contribute richly to societies. They create wonderful spaces in which we live and work and they contribute richly to the visual amenity of our towns and cities. This exhibition was created by John Wardle Architects to show what their contribution consists of.  They have invited 12 photographers to visit their projects and take a photograph that shows their take on the building.

The exhibition has very large photos and a set of smaller ones that reveal the projects from which the photos were taken.The images are beautiful and the take of those buildings through the images are fascinating.

Below is a web page from when the exhibition was on in Melbourne

There are some snaps below of our visit,

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Glenn Murcutt – Architecture of Faith @ National Gallery of Victoria

I have been a fan of Glenn Murcutts architecture for a long time. I have been a fan of Islamic architecture for even longer. When I found out that Murcutt has been asked to work with the Melbourne Islamic community to prepare a building for them to centre their shared lives on I was excited.

There is currently an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, Federation square that shows the designs, the developing thinking and the community consultation involved between Murcutt, the community and one of their architects to bring about a remarkable centre for worship, education and socialising. The exhibition did not disappoint and next visit to Melbourne I hope to visit the completed centre.The website has an essay and some pictures of the plans and the build.



Next Door – Photographs by Paul Blackmore @ State Library of NSW

30 Aug – 29 Nov 2016

Some photographers tell great stories. Some record history. This exhibition tells a great story about one of the central features of Australian life – the suburb. Blackmore’s moment in time shots give you a window into the nature of some Sydney suburbs in the 90s. They record the variety of house proud approaches to house and yard, There are pictures that taken together portray cultural diversity. There is also a tale of social aspiration and its opposite. They are a very engaging set of pictures of suburbia.


Pic samples

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Point of Contact – Fangmin Jack Wu @ Hurstville Museum and Gallery

27 August – 18 September 2016

The Dragon’s Lair Gallery in Hurstville provides exposure to the work of local artists. The current exhibition is a set of richly coloured highly textured largely urban images from the artist Fangmin (Jack) Wu. The subject matter is drawn together under the title of Point of Contact” which is his take on places in our community in which we come into contact with each other such as railway stations and cul de sacs.

There around 30 pictures and many of them represent delightful parts of European cities visited by Wu. Some of the pictures are reproduced below from phone pics.

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Transitions @ Hurstville Museum and Gallery

25 June 9 October 2016

History is often wonderfully told with well chosen photographs. There is a small exhibition in the Snapshot Gallery at Hurstville Museum and Gallery of photos that tell the story of the roots of the now highly developed region of Sydney Hurstville. The pictures portray shopfronts, the railway station, and other public buildings.

I would have loved as a not resident to have matching pictures of the spaces as they are today to give a sense of change over time. There is a great sense of nostalgia in the set and I particularly loved the reproduction of a block and section map of the area near the railway station.

Local museums have a great role in reflecting on the community’s past and this one does it well.

Pictures and gallery material below.

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St Matthew’s @ Albury

The non indigenous culture in Australia is comparatively recent. I am getting interested in our older buildings. In Albury I went in and had a look around St Matthew’s church. I particularly enjoy stained glass and the other art in these buildings.

Three architects contributed to the current building. Edmund Blackett, created the earliest parts of the building in 1857-59. William Boles completed the original building in 1876 with the chancel, and Ian O’Connor designed the rebuild after fire gutted it in 1991.

Below I have included pics of stained glass, a couple of the modern stations of the cross and some modern inclusions.

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Reflections – 9 Glass Artists @ Australian Parliament House

24  June – 11 September

The blurb on the APH website says about this exhibition “This exhibition features nine internationally renowned glass artists who have created new works at Canberra Glassworks in response to the art, architecture and landscape of Parliament House. Artists include: Annette Blair, Lisa Cahill, Mel Douglas, Hannah Gason, Jeremy Lepisto, Ruth Oliphant, Emilie Patteson, Kirstie Rea and Harriet Schwarzrock.

The exhibition further explores one of Romaldo Giurgola’s original concepts in the planning and design of the Parliament House building, which was to honour the best skills and craftsmanship in Australia. Each artist has spent time touring the building and gardens and engaging with works in the Parliament House Art Collection to provide inspiration for their works. The finished works will be shown side-by-side with an accompanying piece from the Parliament House Art Collection.

In the President’s Gallery there is an interplay between artworks and glass artworks. There are some wonderful black and white photos of the building interposed between delightful examples of glass art. The photographs are fabulous productions on the building and its light and angles by people like Max Dupain and David Moore. The work I liked most was the Ruth Oliphant glass object which enabled you to look through the marble clad block pillars at the front to the angled wall of the sloping grass at the front.

Below is a set of pics from the exhibition.

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