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What's on in the Canberra art's scene, March 10, 2018


Inspired by place

Spirit of Place is an art exhibition inspired by Terry Snow's award-winning equestrian centre Willinga Park at Bawley Point on the South Coast.

In August 2017, 12 architects and designers from Cox Architecture travelled to Willinga Park to unpack a remarkable project. They engaged with Willinga as visiting artists - they photographed it, collected it, filmed it, discussed it, painted it, wrote about it and drew it. Over the course of the weekend they undertook an immersive exploration of place, with the aim of distilling its essence.

We love that architects, perhaps more traditionally aligned with the physical, with buildings and shapes, captured something else.

From simple gum leaves captured in watercolour, to ink drawings of the frantic lines of a horse being worked in the round yard, it was interesting what each artist was drawn to.

All artworks included in the exhibition are for sale with 100 per cent of sales donated to affiliates of The Snow Foundation.


Cox Architecture is the architect behind Willinga Park, which has won several prestigious architecture awards. The Cox Gallery is located within the Cox Architecture office and provides a prominent location for emerging and established artists to display their work on the Kingston Foreshore.

Spirit of Place runs until April 8. Open weekdays 9am to 5pm.

Magic Mike

There's quite a few of us who grew up with The Mike Walsh Show and now we can revisit the daytime variety show thanks to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

The NFSA has a collection of 1500 episodes of the show which ran between 1973 and 1984.

Featuring stars such as Bette Midler, Jane Fonda, John Cleese, Johnny Cash, Sir David Attenborough, Big Bird, Helen Mirren, Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis, the collection also includes interviews with Bob Hawke, Dame Edna Everage, Jack Thompson, and other Australian personalities.

The Mike Walsh Show had five million Aussies a week turning on their sets as Walsh entertained viewers with a winning mix of the latest in music, film, fashion, gossip, politics and housekeeping tips - all recorded live in front of a studio audience five days a week.

It is available on the NFSA website.

The National Portrait Gallery has announced a new prize to acknowledge founding patron Gordon Darling, pictured here in 2004.

The National Portrait Gallery has announced a new prize to acknowledge founding patron Gordon Darling, pictured here in 2004. Photo: Andrew De La Rue

New portrait prize

The National Portrait Gallery has announced the establishment of a new national portrait painting prize, to be known as the National Portrait Gallery's Darling Portrait Prize.

The prize will recognise the significance and relevance of portraiture in Australia and will be an ongoing legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), one of the Portrait Gallery's founding patrons.

National Portrait Gallery director Angus Trumble welcomes the prize into the gallery's current suite of exciting programs and exhibitions.

"The portrait gallery is an advocate for the arts, fostering the creation of outstanding portraiture in a variety of mediums. It is only fitting that with the generosity of our founding patron, Gordon Darling, we establish a portrait painting prize," Trumble said.

The Darling Portrait Prize will be held annually with a cash prize of $75,000 for the winner and artists must complete their paintings on or after September 1, 2018, in preparation for the call for entries period, which begins in May 2019.

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