Indigenous Triennial Art Exhibition @ National Gallery of Australia

Till Sept 20th 2017

Plan to take a few hours or several visits if you want to take in this exhibition. The range and complexity of the works on show means it takes lots of time to engage with the abundant creativity.

There were grand explorations of traditional.arts from both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sources. They are joined to huge numbers or works of modern and technological styles of creations.

In the entry way to the NGA is a Rolls Royce painted in tradition art style. In the exhibition is a video of the artist driving that car and that activity brings together lots of remarkable visual traditional elements. The driver turns into a large area of red dust and by driving in various circles at high speed he digs up the red dirt creating patterns and a vast amount of red dust. The beauty and layered elements of the video production and were wonderful.

I will go back as we only had 90 minutes today. The exhibition is hard as it traverses complex territory of history, political comment, layered cultural interaction and many aspects of the underbelly of human society. I have included a few pics below but the only sensible thing to do with this exhibition is to go – it is free.


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.

Shed – Gillian Jackson @ Belconnen Arts Centre

6-28 May 2017

I love it when people bring together contrasting surprising elements in their artwork. Gillian Jackson works in hard cold glass and creates works that are surfaced as if they are snake skins. The come together is attractive and to a certain extent unnerving. Snakes and humans have a relationship of lets say tension. They are beautiful and extraordinarily tactile in hand but there is a certain danger.

The exhibition included lots of rings arranged in beautiful layouts to demonstrate changes in tone and effects The piaster resistance is a pair of large greenish blue lit glass works that have snake skin motifs embedded in them.

Gallery stuff and pics below.


Kirstie Rea the land: A 20 year survey @ Canberra Museum and Gallery

13 May – 20 August 2017

If you have been to galleries in this area over the last couple of decades you will have seen Kirstie Rea’s gorgeous glass on display. It is always straight forward and often includes reference to agriculture and the land.  This exhibition is rich in its survey of an artist whose creatvity has enriched our lives regularly. Below are some sample pics and the CMAG web page.

Tom Rowney and Zeljko Markov @ Canberra Glassworks

Collaborations across artists working in different materials are always stimulating. A master glass-worker and an excellent craftsman in wood have works on display in the one exhibition at the Canberra Glass-works.

Tom Rowney makes beautiful glass items that have remarkable lined internal decorations woven into the fabric of the glass.

Zeljko Markov makes blocky creations of varied coloured timber and he has accompanied them with lined prints.

History Repeated @ CraftACT Civic

31 January – 25 March 2017

Inspired by the theme of the 2017 Ausglass conference, (r)evolve, a group of Australia’s top glass makers offer their own reinterpretation of an object from the Corning Museum of Glass collection.

History Repeated features work by Ruth Allen, Gabriella Bisetto, Jo Bone, Lisa Cahill, Scott Chaseling, Richard Clements, Mel Douglas, Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott, Judi Elliott, Mark Eliott, Jeremy Lepisto, Nikki Main, Jenni Martiniello, Peter Minson, Tom Moore, Peter Nilson, Kirstie Rea, Paddy Robinson, Tom Rowney, Luna Ryan, Harriet Schwarzrock, Belinda Toll and Nick Wirdnam.

This exhibition is proudly supported the Corning Museum of Glass.

This exhibition was remarkable. It was the last thing curated while Mel George was at Craft ACT. The focus on the exhibition was for artists to do a new take on a work done at times in history. They were not reproductions but delightful reinterpretations.

It was a great idea and the execution was a delight.

There are some sample pics and gallery materials below.