6-28 May 2017
This is the 22nd annual exhibition of the University of Canberra design Faculty of Arts and Design. The researchers are addressing the theme of Beauties and Beasts. Beauties and Beasts harnesses the power of creative practice to represent what is beautiful and/or beastly about our relationship with the natural world: the exhibition will explore these ideas in a range of arts and written media.
3 Nov – 17 Dec 2016
One of the current exhibitions at the galleries of CraftACT in Civic is called The Uniform Project. It consists largely of a small set of beautiful blazer type coats designed with geometric layouts and strong colours. Each of them are beautiful and would be a great improvement on most uniforms you see today.
24 Sept – 12 Feb 2016
Linda Jackson and David McDiarmid were creators of fabulous fabrics and clothing for two decades. There is a beautifully mounted exhibition of their designs in the Wollongong Art Gallery. The website blurb reads
Between 1975 and 1994 two friends – artist, designer and gay activist David McDiarmid and acclaimed fashion designer Linda Jackson – collaborated on Linda Jackson’s designs for Jenny Kee’s Flamingo Park boutique, in Sydney, and later Linda’s ‘Bush Couture’ label. Curated by cultural historian Dr Sally Gray, the exhibition will trace the ideas and working methods that inspired this fashion collaboration.
The fabrics are delicate the shapes are fluid and the colours are vibrant. The exhibition is mounted behind glass and all the way through it I wanted to reach out and touch the fabrics. I have included several pictures below to show the beauty of what they created.
3 September 2016 – 15 January 2017
This is an exhibition of otherness for me. Gardening is not my thing. However I have always had a sense of awe at well designed outdoor spaces. As a parallel to the historical exhibition next door the State Library of NSW has an exhibition of contemporary, beautifully designed and executed gardens.
Some of these gardens are small geometric and highly structured. Others are more rambling and follow more free form look. As I looked through the large format photographs and back lit screens I concluded that none of these gardens were low maintenance.
The gardens have a beauty in the way they combine landscape, buildings and plants of various kinds shapes sizes colours. While not into this I love the creativity and devotion people put into this type of activity.
Pics and web page below