Julie Bartholemew – Tread Carefully @ Beaaver Galleries

18 May – 4 June 2017

Julie Bartholemew in her Tread Carefully exhibition at Beaver Galleries engages some of the thorny issues of humans living and working on this planet. She combines a certain classy elegance with some confronting content to make it clear that we need to treat gently on planet Earth.

Using scientific equipment and chemical accoutrements created out of white porcelein she tweaks the items to convey a great message of care of the environment and respect for the plant life on the areas we live in. Each item has elegant copperplate writing that conveys information.

I did not have my camera so I only have gallery stuff below

About the Park @ Form Studio and Gallery

Eight artists Di Broomhall, Dianna Budd, Val Gee, Meelan Oh, Sacha Nixon,
Julie Sabur, Kerry Shepherdson and Rosemary von Behrens combined to create a nature focused exhibition at Form Studio and Gallery

The blurb reads: A group of Canberra artists have headed off into the bush to explore the reserves and bush land in and around Canberra.  The eight artists, have produced work from field studies that have culminated in an exhibition and contemporary look at the Canberra Nature Park.

The works range from abstract paintings though to great constructions of discarded pieces of nature woven into sculpture. Pictures below reflect the diversity of takes on the Nature Park.



Art in the garden with friends @ Australian National Botanic Gardens

18 March – 17 April 2017

Humans are incorrigibly creative. Botanical artists always amaze me in the creativity they display within self chosen constraints. These artists have a passion for precision. The accuracy and detail that is woven into most of these works never ceases to amaze me.

The creativity comes in with scale, detail,context. and a myriad of styles and techniques.. I have always loved attending these styles of exhibitions and this is an annual one centering around the work of Friends of the Australian National Botanical Gardens. Sadly there are no photographs signs all around so I have only included public advertising display material below.

New World Order @ Casula Powerhouse

9 Dec 2016 – 12 Feb 2017

This is an awesomely timed exhibition at the end of a remarkable year of post truth, white conspiracy ascendancy. In the blurb below the ambit of the show is spelt out. I went through the exhibition without reading the blurb and well researched booklet that goes with the artworks. I found some of the works worrying with their clarity of the nature of the challenge posed by some of the issues addressed. To me the most remarkable was three and four below which addressed blockchain and bitcoin in a discomforting way. I loved this exhibition for its adventurous spirit.

Artists: Hany Armanious, Simon Denny, Beau Emmett, Eva and Franco Mattes, Soda_Jerk, Jess Johnson, Alexis Mailles and Yujun Ye, Ryan Presley, Zoe M. Robertson, Suzanne Treister and Pope Alice Xorporation.

The blurb below takes you to the heart of this exhibition

Exposés, conspiracy theories, cybernetic tarot cards, hacked city-scapes, UFO blanket paintings, alternate currencies, illusions, paradoxes and alternate endings, New World Order is an opportunity to think about how we make sense of the world in a post-internet era.
Some sample pics

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award @ Australian National Maritime Museum

Until 26 October 2016

I am married to a wonderful woman who loves wild life in all its myriad expressions. I get to watch all sorts of documentaries I would never see without her. So wild life photography though not my favourite focus has become a place of awe for me as there is no end to the beauty and fascination that can be creatively captured when the target of the photographer is God’s creatures and their activities.

The Australian National Maritime Museum is hosting an exhibition with awards given in about a dozen categories ranging from underwater to urban. There are some awards given to photographers under 18 as well. I am always a bit awestruck by these types of pictures because I always wonder how the people pull off being in the right time and the right place to get this stuff taken. Two great features of this exhibition are that they play the shots through on big screens and there is a category for very short films of the natural world,

I have included a set below but these are dodgy phone shots and there is nothing as awe inspiring as standing in front of the large format prints.

Website page


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Lay About – Jacob England @ ANCA Gallery

28 Sept – 16 October 2016

Some art really engages different people. The exhibition of Jacob England’s work titled Lay About really got to me. Talking to Jacob at the ANCA gallery he explained how he works from specific landscapes to generate his art. He creates dye from plant materials. He observes the elements of a particular narrow location and picks up pieces of the landscape and forges the bits into delightful landscape based artworks.

The first pics below are of delicate brooch sized artworks that are created from found  things like twigs, rocks, twine, wire and feathers. Each item is created from a unique combination of these parts and they end up being beautiful in their own way. Another artwork that I did not photograph is a set of photos taken of Jacob throwing small stones into the air and photographing them in the air with a vivid blue sky as a backdrop. As a set they are strikingly beautiful. The other photo below is of a wheel of rocks that he collected on Mount Ainslie and arranged them in declining size from the centre to the edge.

I loved the exhibition and found the art fascinating.

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National Arboretum Story Display @ National Arboretum

In the Information Centre at the National Arboretum there is a gorgeous multi faceted exhibition that tells the story of the great project that is the National Arboretum.

The exhibition is mounted in a dozen large glass topped display tables and each interestingly shaped tables that are topically laid out with great photos, embedded objects and great information panels. The Arboretum is a project that is working on lots of levels. There are the trees. There is the idea of 100 Forests. There is cultural heritage. There is species conservation. There is international cooperation. The bushfire recovery is also part of it. The display takes all these elements and weaves them into an attractive and informative narrative.

Pics below but as it is all under highly reflective glass they do not do the displays justice.

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