18 March – 17 April 2017
Humans are incorrigibly creative. Botanical artists always amaze me in the creativity they display within self chosen constraints. These artists have a passion for precision. The accuracy and detail that is woven into most of these works never ceases to amaze me.
The creativity comes in with scale, detail,context. and a myriad of styles and techniques.. I have always loved attending these styles of exhibitions and this is an annual one centering around the work of Friends of the Australian National Botanical Gardens. Sadly there are no photographs signs all around so I have only included public advertising display material below.
8-16 October 2016
This exhibition was part of the Graduate Exhibition series the ANU School of Art stages in their gallery each year. Erica Seccombe’s was a remarkable set of video creations in which in a dark room took the viewer into the beautiful world of microscopic living forms that transformed in front of your eyes combined with materials taken from the slow growing treescape of the Canberra Arboretum. Some of the images were so engrossing in their slow and beautiful movement it was hard to look away.
There are a couple of still shots below taken at the show. I hope I see more of her work.
In the Information Centre at the National Arboretum there is a gorgeous multi faceted exhibition that tells the story of the great project that is the National Arboretum.
The exhibition is mounted in a dozen large glass topped display tables and each interestingly shaped tables that are topically laid out with great photos, embedded objects and great information panels. The Arboretum is a project that is working on lots of levels. There are the trees. There is the idea of 100 Forests. There is cultural heritage. There is species conservation. There is international cooperation. The bushfire recovery is also part of it. The display takes all these elements and weaves them into an attractive and informative narrative.
Pics below but as it is all under highly reflective glass they do not do the displays justice.
5 May – 30 October 2016
One of the hats I wear is that I am a Middle School History teacher. We study the Middle Ages and the voyages of discovery so the idea of an exhibition about The Search for Longitude combined professional learning and fun. The Australian National Maritime Museum is the right place for this exhibition and their exhibitions are always thoroughly researched and intelligently mounted.
I am in awe of this exhibition. It intelligently tells the story of the quest for an accurate way to establish longitude while sailing around the world. They track the scientific integration with government quests to solve the problem. There is a marvellous textual and pictorial narrative of the larger than life characters involveed and the intense competition and rivalry between people involved in the quest.
The bit I liked the most was that they had working examples of the various clock like devices and lots of other instruments such as sextants. I was riveted to the wonderful text panels and other display materials
The saddest part of this exhibition was there was a ban on photography in side so I have only included two pics taken of the publicity materials on the way up to the area where the exhibition was held.
This was a great experience and it is an exhibition at the right place.