I am sad I did not post on this before it closed. Every year Beaver Galleries puts on an exhibition before Christmas titled Small Works. It targets the Christmas gift market I think because all the works are relatively small, transportable and able to be wrapped. The collection of works is chosen from artists represented by Beaver and so has a delightful range or styles, media and prices. Even though my slackness did not get this post up for you to go to the gallery the people at Beaver maintain a great website for you to eyeball their catalogues and contact for enquiries and or purchase.
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/
This is an exhibition selected from a large group of artefacts donated by Trevor and Christina Kennedy and their family. Trevor Kennedy began collecting artefacts connected to Australian history while he was living in London in the 1960s. His collection became enormous as his vision sought to fill a gap he saw in collections of Australiana.
This exhibition is a small example of a personal collection of furniture, home wares, domestic objects, and jewellery. The quality of the selected items is great. I look forward to lots of further exhibitions from the collection.
This exhibition will continue till October 10 2021 Opening hours Mon to Sun 9am-5pm Website:
13-30 July 2017
Steve Roper, Robyn Campbell, Lesley Lebkowicz, Anne Langridge and Georgina Bryant have cooperated with each other to put on an exhibition of paint, pottery, glass and clay at the Watson Arts Centre in July
These creatives show the use of lots of media to express themselves and the room is full of experiment and beauty. There are some examples and a gallery sheet below.
Faunication at Tuggerenong Arts Centre was a large exhibition continuing the annual theme of animals in art. The artists took to sculpture using lots of various materials painting and many other media for on wall creations and the overall result was a varitable cornucopia of animal representations. I have included many examples of those on display below.
22 June – 9 July 2017
Often art exhibitions are a display of highly developed creative skill and innovation. Some are retrospectives and others are displays of beginners’ work. The magic of the current exhibition in the Watson Arts Centre is the fact that they have integrated the work of experts with that of beginners. In the one exhibition there are items made by children and beginner adults side by side with highly refined work by creatives with decades of expertise.
The other side of this exhibition is that some potters believe in smooth highly refined product and other mature producers believe in lightly worked and rough works. The result is a hundred works that range from thimble sized to large pot sized creations.
Pics below with gallery material.
The Break Collection is a set of broken pottery items on the floor accompanied by a sound track. Luke Aleksandrow has curated a work that has smashed pottery artworks originally created by local artists. The broken pottery is lying on the floor in distinctive piles. He has put them together with a sound track of the smashing of the items.
The pics are below.
This exhibition draws on a world that does not exist in Australia. If you walk through large public buildings in Australia you mainly see understated and sleek. The French Louis era was the opposite – over the top bling encrusted grand scale in everything.
The National Gallery has some disadvantages as an art space but when you bring in grand scale works it comes into its own. There are tapestries that seem to be the size of the house I live in right now. There are rooms in the display that are almost the scale of the palace at Versailles itself.
The choice of objects to come to Australia are varied – ranging from a large fountain and grand scale paintings and tapestries to statues and furniture and crockery. As you would expect there is nothing in the space that is not gorgeously and elaborately designed and decorated. A thing I love about this exhibition is the context of housing these objects inthe NGA which is unfinished concrete and glass brutalism.
Some pics below: