Fisher’s Ghost Art Award at Campbelltown Art Centre

Above is a sample of art participating in this year’s Fisher’s Ghost Art Award at the Campbelltown Arts Centre. The award is a wide ranging award with sections from primary and secondary schools through to a collection of adult categories from Contemporary to traditional. While most of the entries are on the wall, there are a group of sculptures in the space.

I love an exhibition like this in that it gives the visitor to the gallery a sense of the diverse range of talents and skill sets that are present in the art community. The dates for this exhibition are Saturday 26 October – Thursday 5 December 2021 – Access to the gallery is via QR code check in and showing of the double vax certificate from Medicare.

Campbelltown Arts Centre websitefor the exhibition is as follows.https://c-a-c.com.au/fishersghost/# Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Art Centre,

Heart Strong – Six locally based Indigenous women artists at Belconnen Arts Centre

Natasha Best – Wildflower Dreaming

This colourful exhibition features the work of six indigenous women living in Ngunnawal Country (Canberra area). Most of the creations have a distinctive indigenous style using abundant dots and traditional motifs. Some of the artists have taken on almost luminous or day glo look to their works but have maintained a vivid traditional styles. The artists are Natasha Best, Leah Brideson, Megan Daley, Kayannie Denigan, Krystal Hurst and Kristie Peters.The overall look of the eshibition is visually exciting. Most of the works are for sale from $230 to $6,500 from the shop.

Website: belcoarts.com.au/heart-strong Shop: shop.belcoarts.com.au

Duncan Smith – Reflections of my country at Belconnen Arts Centre

Duncan Smith taken in reflective room at Belcoarts

Duncan Smith has created rich landscape guides of his Wiradjuri country in traditional indigenous styles for exhibition here in Canberra. As you look at them you can see the landscapes they refer to with clarity. There is a vital variety of colour and representation in these 32 works and they are all for sale from $800 to $4200. There is a disadvantage to the appreciation of these works in that they are all framed behind glass in a highly reflective space.

The exhibition is on until Sunday 15 August 2021

The website is https://www.belcoarts.com.au/reflections/

The works can be bought through the shop shop.belcoarts.com.au

Here is a link to a City News article on this.

Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion at National Museum of Australia

Legacy Dress (creators listed with photo on website)

Awesome!!! I saw this in Bendigo last year. I re-looked at my photos when I saw this was closing soon in Canberra. Chills ran through me looking through image after image. This exhibition features clothing that I found it hard to take my eyes off. Colour, texture and construction combine to form objects of visual excitement. Part of the blurb on the website reads:

‘Piinpi’ is an expression that Kanichi Thampanyu (First Nations people from the East Cape York Peninsula) use to describe changes in the landscape across time and space. For many First Nations people across Australia, knowledge of the land and seasons is culturally important. While the number of seasons can vary across many First Nations groups, the exhibition is themed around four widely recognised seasons.

I used one of the images from the website because none of my pictures came close to doing justice to these objects. The beauty of this dress brought me to tears of joy through its combination of so many layers of invention and creativity.

I am going back to the exhibition again this week as it closes on Sunday August 8

Webpage: https://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/piinpi-contemporary-indigenous-fashion

After – Charlotte Allingham and Dylan Mooney – Tuggeranong Arts Centre Foyer Gallery

Charlotte Allingham image

Seven visually stunning poster artworks form the current exhibition in the Foyer Gallery at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Each of the images uses a combination of vibrant colour and striking people and faces to form a protest or message image. The images are part of a larger project through the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQI Network. Details on the project and the artists are on the website https://www.tuggeranongarts.com/whats-on/after/

The exhibtion runs from 19 June – 24 July 2021, in the Foyer Gallery

Bringing Meaning Landscape paintings by Zhou Xiaoping @ Chinese Museum Melbourne

25 Aug 21 Feb 2018

Occasionally you bump into something awesomely interesting in surprising places. I like to visit the Chinese Museum when in Melbourne. On a recent visit I encountered the work of Zhou Xiaoping there and was wowed by the inspiring story of a Chinese artist working with Australian Indigenous artists in the western deserts. The artists influenced each other and the resulting works were new and inspiring. There was a video that tracked the development of the relationship through to an exhibition in the major national gallery in Beijing. The web page is below.

http://chinesemuseum.com.au/bringing-meaning-zhouxiaoping/

Windmill Trust Exhibition 20th Anniversary @ Murray Art Museum Albury

14 Sept – 22 Oct 2017

There is a great varied exhibition at Murray Art Museum Albury. The exhibition brings together a variety of work including sculpture, print, oil and watercolour paintings, video performance and photography. It is the 20th Anniversary Windmill Trust Exhibition.

The artists featured in the exhibition include: Camille Kersley, Christine McMillan, Stephanie Jones, Sarra Robertson, Tom Doherty, Jonathan Throsby, Sandra McMahon, Samantha Small, Rachel Ellis, Andy Townsend, Craig Cameron, Tracy Luff, Jane Lander, Nicole Welch, Bradley Hammond, Sally Williams, James Blackwell, Rochelle Summerfield, Harrie Fasher, Duke Albada.

I particularly loved a set of works created out of Echidna quills

Gallery link below

http://www.mamalbury.com.au/see-and-do/exhibitions/20th-Anniversary-Windmill-Trust-Exhibition

 

Nguram Gang – Home district @ Murray Art Museum Albury

14 Sept – 15 Oct 2017

I love it when galleries highlight either or both student art and local artistry. The Nguram Gang exhibition at Murray Art Museum Albury is an excellent case of this combination. The gallery is host to an art project from the Finlay Primary School in which the students created objects reflecting many traditional indigenous arts. The thing I liked most was the table full of bark huts. The students had created a set of houses from pieces of tree bark that were scale models of tent like dwellings. The artistry and simplicity was great.

The gallery link is below

http://www.mamalbury.com.au/see-and-do/exhibitions/nguram-gang-home-district

For Country, For Nation @ Australian War Memorial

Till Sept 13 2017

This exhibition has huge problems with context and content..It is an attempt to celebrate the contribution that Australia’s indigenous people have made to the white citizens’ foreign wars largely while they were disenfranchised and marginalised at home in Australia. The context is the Australian War Memorial which memorialises vast numbers of wars that the white migrant population have joined in lots of countries.over the last 150 years.

The exhibition portrays lots of courage, nationalism and engagement with the projects of the invaders. The discomfort I felt all through the exhibition was that the text and photos were in a narrative that was convoluted beyond belief to avoid the weirdness of a memorial that denies the existence of the primary war fought by Australians and on the landmass of Australia to tell a tale of foreign wars.

Below are some selected artworks that form part of the exhibition.

Seeing the centre – The art of Albert Namatjira 1902–1959 @ National Gallery of Australia

Albert Namatjira prints were on the walls of several of my relatives homes during my childhood. His takes on the Australian bush shaped my sense of what the bush looked like. The National Gallery has a great exhibition of maybe 50 classic examples of the artist’s paintings of the centre of Australia. It is a real treat to see all these great works together.

Sample pictures are below

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