Recovery- the Friends’ Photography exhibition at the Australian National Botanical Gardens.

“Recovery” was the 8th annual photographic exhibition by the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens Photographic Group. Photos taken by people who love their subject matter often have a special quality about them. This exhibition was made up of no nonsense clear images of the remarkable flora and fauna contained in the fences of the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra. All photos were created by members of the group. On display there were framed images, photographic prints, cards and other items. I am sure even though the exhibition is over the group will have materials for sale if you contact them through the Gardens visitor centre.

ANBG Friends page: https://www.friendsanbg.org.au/

Exhibition link: https://parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens/do/whats-on/exhibitions/recovery/

Mark Mohel, Macdonald Nichols, and Peter Raynard – Plein Air – High Plain at M16 Artspace

This exhibition ends on Sunday November 21 2021 but I mention it here for history. These three photographers have created a wonderful set of black and white photographs of large scale landscapes. From Canberra thee look local as they were all shot o the Monaro plains between Canberra and Cooma.

Website: https://www.m16artspace.com.au/work-forte

Sammy Hawker – Experiments in Living (Melt) at Photoaccess at Manuka ACT

Hawker’s images in this exhibition are reflective of gloomy times and have that visual tone. I liked the fact that their layered look required careful investigation of the image and left you with questions. Part of the blurb reads” “Responding to the diverse meanings of ‘melt’, the artist presents a sequence of works embodying the tumultuous disruptions – personal, environmental, global – of recent months. Reflecting on experiences of vulnerability, anxiety and loss, Hawker proposes that such experiences open up possibilities for new practices of love and care.” This exhibition is in the gallery till Saturday 27 November 2021 and links below get you into Hawker’s work and the online supplements to the gallery exhibtion

Website:https://www.photoaccess.org.au/

Artist’s website: https://sammyhawker.com/

Exhibition link https://www.gallery.photoaccess.org.au/experiments-in-living

Eunie Kim – A Surface Appearance at Photoaccess at Manuka ACT

This set of pictures recreate an aesthetic of some aspects of early black and white photography by means of a series of dark room processes. They are attractive in their antique look. Eunie Kim is a Canberra-based emerging visual artist and recipient of the 2021 Wide Angle Residency. They are on the walls till Saturday November 27 2021 and are supported by great online gallery pictures and information. Links below.

Website: https://www.photoaccess.org.au/

Artist Website: https://www.euniek.com/about

Exhibition Link: https://www.gallery.photoaccess.org.au/surface-appearances

Caroline Huf – Light Materials at Photoaccess at Manuka ACT

Film Costume used in artworks by Caroline Huf

This exhibition is in the separate room and features videos and objects involved in the videos including a costume woven out from old style 16mm film. The exhibition flows from Huf’s participation in the Photoaccess 2021 Dark Matter residency. The blurb opens with the following:

In a series of video works deconstructing and recombining film materials through a process of digital or analogue weaving, Huf explores the exhaustion and re-invention of settler Australian myths about the mystery and threat of the bush.  There are some web links below and the exhibition is on till Saturday November 27 2021

Website: https://www.photoaccess.org.au/

Exhibition Link: https://www.gallery.photoaccess.org.au/light-materials

Residency news link: https://www.gallery.photoaccess.org.au/post/caroline-huff-dark-matter-resident-2021-wip

Aloisia Cudmore 398 at Photoaccess at Manuka ACT

“Through a series of touching and personal black and white images, Cudmore explores her experience as a young person in the age of COVID.” That was the first sentence in the blurb and it speaks to this set of ten touching images of life in a pandemic through the eyes of a young photographer. The images are beautiful and are for sale for $180 each. Three web links are below. The exhibition is on till Saturday November 27 2021

Website: https://www.photoaccess.org.au/

Exhibition page: https://www.gallery.photoaccess.org.au/398

Artists’ website: https://aloisiacudmore.com/

Step into the Limelight at M16 Artspace Griffith

Student creative clothing in Walking in the Limelight

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

This is the last weekend for this exhibition. The website is at https://www.m16artspace.com.au/

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

Australian Love Stories at The National Portrait Gallery

Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter from the exhibition

The Portrait Gallery people keep surprising me with their exhibitions and their content. I expected this to simply feature romantic relationships. Instead it is a rich story of human connections across generations, cultures and every range of human love. The other surprise is the scale. Rather than just filling the temporary exhibition space it is housed in three times that area. The stories are from fun to profound and the diversity of people and friendships is wide. There is only three more weeks of this exhibition so rush in and enjoy lots of great love stories.

The admission price is $15 and it runs to Sunday August 1 2021

More information: https://www.portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/australian-love-stories-2020

Underworld – Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties – National Archives of Australia Kings Avenue Barton

Kate Leigh “Queen of the Underworld”

Subtitled “Mugshots from the roaring twenties” this exhibition is a rich visual entry into Australia 100 years ago. At heart it is an exploration of an emerging field of photography centred in the criminal underworld in the 1920s.

In the exhibition you walk through a gallery of fascinating characters photographed in black and white through the medium of class plate photography. The gallery is peopled by hard crooks and petty criminals both male and female, There are lots of delightful brief biographies spelling out what let the sitters to be captured in a mugshot. The sitters are in various poses and dressed in various fashions. A collection of more fascinating faces would be hard to find.

Exhibition is on till 24 October 2021. Opening hours 9.30am -430.pm. Parking is $3/hour seven days a week. Website https://www.naa.gov.au/visit-us/events-and-exhibitions/underworld-mugshots-roaring-twenties.