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

The international exhibition of Sherlock Homes @ Powerhouse Museum Sydney

Until October 8

In my six decades of life I do not think Sherlock has been absent from any of those. This exhibition at the Powerhouse is a testament to the multi layered phenomenon that flows from the Arthur Conan Doyle character

The exhibition has wonderful stage sets, ephemera, inter-actives, puzzles to solve and heaps of fascinating text. I loved the complexity of the experience. Grandparents were competing with primary school children to solve mysteries and get their sheets stamped. Lots of people were having fun experiences with the many interactive exhibition elements. People like me followed the museum richness of the space which includes vast amounts of the historical expressions of this phenomena including the many forms of comics, other languages, pottery representations, typed manuscripts and heaps of other fascinating stuff.

The whole exhibition is done in low light and the experience was increased by the constant presence of the hubub of people of all ages.

Some images below give a sense of what the experience is like

They blew up the hospital I was born In – Dean Cross @ Photoaccess

22 June – 16 July 2017

Some exhibitions make a remarkable point with few objects. Dean Cross memorialised the demolition of the Canberra Hospital with basically four objects – one was a door covered with stickers another another was a collection of steel reinforcing rods and there were an antique set of upholstered chairs. The starkness of the objects drew you into the destruction.

Pics and gallery sheet below

Precision: CMAG survey equipment @ CMAG Gallery

13 May – 20 August 2017

A museum is commissioned to curate, preserve and display artifacts of history. There is a small set of surveying instruments from the early exploration of the Canberra Districts on display at Canberra Museum and Gallery now.

There is an interest in these objects that is purely technical and scientific. On another hand I found them beautiful in their careful integration of wood craft skills and very attractive creativity in brass and other metals. I am sure some people observe these exhibits from either perspective but they are attractive from both.

Gallery page and pics below

http://www.cmag.com.au/exhibitions/precision-cmag-survey-equipment

Object Therapy @ Hotel Hotel

This is a catch up post on an exhibition we went to in October 2016. In the foyer of the Nishi complex of Hotel Hotel. On display there were a delightful collection of made and fixed much loved objects. There were toys, ornaments and household items that have been changed, transformed into attractive  objects.

Below is a well developed article from the hotel website on the exhibition and then some pics.

http://www.hotel-hotel.com.au/fixandmake/events/object-therapy/

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Ray Edmondson @ Canberra Museum and Gallery

This is a small cabinet exhibition in the space leading up to the Collections Gallery at CMAG. It is a charming collection of artifacts hat came into the possession of Ray Edmondson during his work with Memory of the World activities he was involved in in Asia. The artifacts range from beautiful inlaid Japanese lacquer panels to beautiful documents in elegantly executed calligraphy. The display is a personal add-on to the larger Memory of the World exhibition in the main gallery.

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Bigger on the inside: Collecting Dr Who @ Canberra Museum and Gallery

16 Jul 2016—20 Nov 2016

Dr Who is a phenomenon that has survived for 50 years. Beginning with  a TV programme that was built with amateurish sets and thin plots the global fan base grew and transformed as the TV shows grew more sophisticated the Dr character moved through a succession of lead actors.

There is a massive global fan base and Canberra is blessed right now with an exhibition of a very hight.

Below are some pics

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Encyclopedia of Forgotten Things @ Belconnen Arts Centre

22 July – 14 August 2016

An exhibition from the University of Canberra Faculty of Arts and Design

“This looks just like my shed.” was the great comment of a bloke as we both stood absorbing an artwork on the floor that consisted of car parts and other metal objects laid out on Belconnen suburb block and section maps.

This exhibition ranges through many worlds in which forgotten things can be woven into art to help us reflect on our relationship with objects and our parts. In case we forget the Tampa incident three artists have collaborated to create confronting work that uses a ship, coloured strips of type script and egg shells to tell a story of sadness but particularly fragility of humans under threat.

Art engages and challenges when it is at its best.Several of the works in this set do that in great ways.I have included some pics and gallery sheets below.

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What’s in the toybox? @ Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

27 November – 24 December 2015

The Goulburn Regional Art Gallery has a great exhibition right now featuring lots of fascinating creative toys. Within the mix there are gorgeous hand crafted wooden toys like trucks, cars and caravans. There is a remarkable toy box filled with creations of large toys made from pieces of other toys. There are dolls houses and set up scaled rooms. Two mirrored works centre around transparent skate boards and contrast with some spectacular richly coloured creations. The exhibition combines traditional toys, with vibrant creative works. There is a great set of fun works which is what toys and play is all about.

The website and blurb

http://www.grag.com.au/site/exhibition.php?id=108

Below is a selection of pics togive you an idea of the look of the exhibition.

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Fashion and Fantasy 21st Century fashion dolls @ Canberra Museum and Gallery

12 Sept – 22 Nov 2015

The current exhibition in the Open Collection Gallery at the Canberra Museum and Gallery displays part of the doll collection of Julie Manley. I am a bloke who does not really get dolls but it does not matter what you think of  them as objects -anyone can get a sense of awe out of this collection.

Ms Manley finds dolls and reworks them through face paint, hair changes and then creates remarkable in character costumes. The costumes range through historical personalities from the near and ancient past, novel and cinema characters, cartoon or fantasy creations. Each costume is made from brilliant fabrics with all the appropriate buttons, frills and accouterments.

The Open Collections Gallery is small with one side devoted to glass cabinets with glass shelves. the effect of mounting these hundreds of dolls in this well lt space is almost overwhelming. The colour,, the detail, the range of characters and the sheer number keeps the eyes darting and the brain decoding with an intensity that is fun.

An exhibition like this engages me on several levels. I have a sense of disbelief that people have the time, money and inclination to develop such remarkable collections. I have a sense of respect and partial awe for the skills and creativity that are displayed in every doll and I feel a gratitude for the group of people  (especially Ms Manley) who mount the exhibition for us the public. – A wonderful exhibition.

see some sample pics below

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