Step into the limelight @ ANU School of Art Gallery

July – Aug 2017

An annual exhibition of art created by students in schools in Canberra.is held under the title Ïnto the Limelight. It was exhibited at the ANU School of Arts Gallery. Each year there is a huge range of skills and creativity in this exhibition. The curators take in a big range of ages and the exhibition includes pottery, painting, photography and fashion. There are some samples below to illustrate the range.

Wiwa Babbarra @ ANU School of Art

Mid year in the ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery there was an exhibition of creative large scale printed fabrics from the Wiwa Babbarra women’s collective from Arnham land. I only took one snap but the text material below is clear in its explanation of the work of this creative group.

Sally Blake – The colour of Eucalyptus @ Australian National Botanical Gardens

Sally Blake researched and found 100 types of Eucalypts in the National Botanical Gardens and then created dyes from the leaves which she has put into fabrics which were on display at the Visitors Gallery.

Most of our fabrics today are coloured with synthetics. It was great to see small amounts of fabric dyed with natural colours. The range was remarkable.

Attached are pictures and the gallery materials.

Love is – Australian wedding fashion @ Powerhouse Museum Sydney

Until 22 April 2018

The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney does a fabulous job of focusing on design. This exhibition gives a charming insight into the changes in design and thinking about the clothing worn as people go through wedding ceremonies in Australia over the last couple of centuries.

One entry walks you through the early European examples of wedding dresses. They are generally full length and pale in colour but there are strong colours present. The fascinating overlay is the indigenous music playing in the background.

The rest of the exhibition walks you through lots of sumptuously created clothing which culminates in a display of examples of wedding clothes inspired by several cultures represented within the Australian community. I loved one that was made in the colours of the Aboriginal flag.

Pics below give a partial insight into the riches on display.

https://maas.museum/event/love-is-australian-wedding-fashion/

Student Fashion @ Powerhouse Museum

Until October 8 2017

This exhibition is one of those delightful small displays of recent creative fashion product from student fashion designers. The items on display include great use of shape, fabric, colour and layout. The details of the creatives and some comment are on the web page below and I have included some pics.

https://maas.museum/event/student-fashion-2017/

Spiral Gallery CoOp Exhibition @ Queanbeyan Arts Centre

28 February – 18 March 2017

Back in March there was a delightful exhibition at the Queanbeyan Arts Centre Gallery that celebrated 30 years of creativity at the Spiral Gallery. The exhibition displayed a wide range of creative arts and styles that are represented by the pics below. I included the gallery list and the ephemera as well.

Beauties and Beasts @ Belconnen Arts Centre

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.