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.
The picture above is a special place for me. I see lots of art and I am especially thankful for those who foster opportunities for school students to create art and have it displayed for the public. Right now there is an exhibition in this upstairs corridor space. The work which is unashamedly inspired by Ken Done has been curated from the creatives attending Busby West Public School, Liverpool Public School and Unity Grammar High School.
As you would expect from student inspired by the work of Done it is all awash with bright colours and the students have done their creations on bags, hats, tshirts and paper on the walls. The exhuberant nature of their work is something that lifts your spirit as you walk by.
The website for Casula is https://www.casulapowerhouse.com/ Busby West Public School, Liverpool Public School, Unity Grammar High School, Ken Done, Casula Powerhouse,
One of my favourite galleries in Canberra is the Megalo Gallery. It has small shows of the most remarkable variety of the diverse product of the printer’s art. This one consists of a single work from each of 28 of the artists working connected with the Megalo Studio. The content and complexity of these works are thought provoking,
Shoreline is an exhibition of various styles of art created by four members of the Desmond-Jones household. The four artists cover drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and other art forms. The household has collaborated to create works that explore the intersection between sea and land along the shoreline. This exhibition is only on for this weekend as a new show starts next week
The artists are Michael Desmond, Peter Jones, Bryn Desmond-Jones and Ossian Desmond-Jones.
Angela Brennan has mounted an exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art that plays with ancient artifacts discovered by Melbourne University Archaeological expeditions. The pottery is colourful and varied and is inspired by a set of pots that are also displayed in the gallery. She has added some dresses inspired by the same ancient cultures. The gallery web page is below.
Claire Jackson exhibited a great set of clipped frosted urban prints at Megalo in July. I love the focus of these prints. By clipping part of an urban landscape and turning it into a print the viewer gets a sense of familiarity even though the actual print is new. I have included a set of pics below..
It is wonderful how many generous people enrich us all with their art gifts to public institutions. The exhibition at the National Library is the result of a collector’s generosity.
100 gorgeous woodblock prints recording the introduction of melodrama into pictorial story telling traditions 100 years ago in Meiji Japan. The elegance of Japanese illustration is there in every print. The emotion and restrained dignity of the images is engaging. The textual explanation is rich and demanding and the experience of the exhibition gives a great historical insight to a period of change in the society of Japan as it absorbs some influences of the west. It also marks a flowering in woodblock printing before more technological techniques took over.
There was a no photographs policy in an exhibition of prints that are all around a hundred years old in public ownership so to look at some samples I have included the web page below.
Frontman is Campbell Chalmers first solo exhibition. It is a small set of works but includes a range of processes to produce the art. Campbell said at the gallery that his main love is drawing. In this exhibition he uses that skill to create prints using various materials including plastic. Within the exhibition there are multiple types of approaches to producing images on the artwork.
Monotypes are a special type of print that are close to a painting. Leti is an internationally famous abstract artist. This show had a great set of subtly coloured works many of which have a geometric approach.The styles vary and they range from almost chaotic layouts to highly structured ones.