An exhibition I love in Canberra each year is the one that features curated art from Government primary and secondary school students in Canberra. The exhibition this year is a great display of work in a large range of media and styles. There is pottery and photography, there is collage and painting, There are more than three hundred works displayed in all three of the M16 exhibition spaces
Skye Jamieson has created an exhibition across several media to explore suburban experience. Large abstract canvasses, small glass wall objects and a water bottle instalation are the elements to express elements of her experience of a suburban site.
There is a gorgeous exhibition of artifacts of migrants to Australia at the Museum of Australian Democracy currently. The exhibition brings together stories, pictures, art works, photographs and other materials to tell fascinating stories of courage, bravery, loyalty and love woven through the migrant experience.
The stories are illuminated via belts, suitcases, glass artworks and lots of other treasures. One display has a roll of very large pictures of several generations in a refugee families. This exhibition has a focus on Jewish refugees whose stories have the added power of the intensity of their experience post World War Two.
Seven artists have collaborated on this exhibition. The artists are all experienced and respected with varied practice specialisations and approaches to their art. All of the artists have woven Canberra into their art.The pictures below give a sense of the range within the exhibition
Glass art is a varied form open to a huge range of expressions of creativity and skill. Rose Mary Faulkner and Catherine Newton have exhibited several styles of glass in their show at Belconnen Arts Centre. Catherine Newton produces brightly coloured blown glass on crafted wood stands. Rose Mary Faulkner has almost sandblasted toned sections of undulating glass. Both artists are skilled and there are examples and gallery materials below.
Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello has been producing great glass for many years. Her work is inspired by lots of indigenous historical and cultural heritage. She has glass objects inspired by fish traps. Her colours and textures are driven by her understanding of her environment.
The current exhibition at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre has twenty two creations that are beautiful and distinctively touched by the Martiniello style
A recent exhibition at Craft ACT was an explosion of gorgeous creativity and craft skill. All participants are classed as emerging but none of them are inexperienced in bringing to exhibition remarkable works of art. The range of materials used was wonderful and the integration of different materials into the same work was impressive. Sample pictures and gallery materials are included below.
Luke Chigwell exhibited a set of gorgeous works at Nishi in April. They included glass creations and were all abstract explorations of issues Luke is interested in currently.interested. Some samples and the gallery sheet are below.