James and the Giant Peach.

James and the Giant Peach. Photo: Supplied



Anu Drill Hall Gallery: Karl Wiebke

Painting 1994-2012. For Melbourne artist

Karl Wiebke, the process of painting is

very much the subject of his art. This

survey exhibition focuses on Wiebke’s

painting oeuvre presenting series of

works in which the artist has set up

different process to explore the objectness

of painting itself, teasing out the

properties and possibilities of the

medium. The earliest works are heavily

layered paint drips that have been applied

over a period of several years to accrete

a thickness that makes them manifestly

three-dimensional. Wiebke’s more recent

works have further pushed the

boundaries of traditional painting

practice working on large rings and fine

rods that invite viewers to include the

spatial context and any incidental

phenomena into their perception of the

works. Saturday and Sunday. Kingsley Street (off

Barry Drive) Acton.



Australian National Botanic Gardens:

Art in the Gardens with Friends. On

display at the Australian National Botanic

Gardens Visitor Centre Gallery, this

exhibition features 67 botanical paintings

and drawings dedicated to Australian

bush tucker and other native plants.

Curated by the Friends Botanical Art

Group, it brings together amateur and

practicing artists who have a special

interest in native plants. The artists seek

to portray plants found in the Australian

National Botanic Gardens living

collection. Saturday and Sunday. Australian

National Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

Gallery, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

Ph: 6250 9540.


Belconnen Arts Centre: Maria

Crinigan’s Tragedy. Canberra-based

artists Rosina Wainwright and Jacqui

Malins exhibit sculptural works and large scale

drawings that explore the history

and landscape of the north Canberra

region, weaving their works around the

extraordinary life of early local pioneer

Maria Crinigan. Spirit of

Lake Eyre. Award-winning Canberra

artist Val Johnson captures the vast Lake

Eyre landscape renewed by rain. This

exhibition focuses on the shapes, colours

and vast stretches of salt seen during her

flight over the normally red parched land

in 2011. Saturday and Sunday. Belconnen Arts

Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

Ph: 6173 3300 or email




Bungendore Fine Art: Whimsical

Wonders.  This joint exhibition of works by

Helen Hewitt and Jann Parkes showcases

intricate line drawing and colourful

acrylic, in paintings inspired by much loved

nursery rhymes and fairy stories,

often with a whimsical mediaeval flavour.

Saturday and Sunday. Open daily 10am-4.30pm.

42 Ellendon Street, Bungendore.

Ph: 6238 1640 or visit



Bungendore Wood Works Gallery: Ian

McKenzie exhibition. An exhibition of his

renowned woolsheds and watercolour

landscapes from

the Bungendore,

Canberra and south

coast surrounds.


5pm daily. 22

Malbon St


Ph: 6238 1682.



Glassworks: Open

Work features the

prodigious talent of

two of Australia’s

most awarded

artists, Giles

Bettison and Jenni


Martiniello, who

are inspired by

traditional textiles

practices and

forms. Giles

Bettison references

the lace-making

traditions of Venice

and Jenni Kemarre

Martiniello the indigenous Australian

traditional forms of the fish and eel traps.

Transference. This exhibition,

by Melinda Willis, continues the artist’s

interest in the phenomena of glass in the

urban environment and examines its

reflective qualities as a perceptual

experience. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm. 11 Wentworth

Ave, Kingston. Ph: 6260 7005 or visit



Canberra Museum and Gallery: The

Legacy of Ruth Prowse. Ruth Prowse was

director of Gallery Huntly in Canberra

from 1974-2005. She developed an

extensive and sophisticated collection of

contemporary art. This exhibition of

works in print media and painting has

been selected from 171 works donated by

Ruth’s heirs. Artists’ Books,

a selection of artists’ books from the

CMAG collection. Canberra

Gold, a selection of stories from the

Canberra Gold Award, given to residents

celebrating 50 years of living in the ACT.

Until July 1. Hyperspace. David Jensz’s

work is a sculpture incorporating trompe

l’oeil – a two-dimensional image creating

an illusion of three-dimensionality. Saturday and Sunday, noon-5pm.

Corner London Circuit and Civic Square,

Canberra City. Ph: 6207 3968.


CSIRO Discovery Centre: Water =

Life? Twenty eight local artists

contributed to the Molonglo Art

Exhibition, which focuses on the links

between water and life in and beside

streams or wetlands; human activities

and emotions relating to rivers, lakes and

ponds; the positive and negative impacts

of drought, flooding and human

intervention through technological

change; and the evolution of the

ecosystems. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-3pm.

North-Science Road, Acton.


FORM Studio and Gallery: Another

Look. Chris Harman’s work stems from a

fascination with plant formations, in

particular the architecture of cacti,

succulents and fungi. His work is

mathematical in nature, engineered with

multiple elements that are connected to

create vibrantly coloured sculptural

forms in ceramics and glass. Opens

Saturday. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-

4pm. 1/30 Aurora Avenue, Queanbeyan.

Visit www.formstudioandgallery.com.au

or ph: 0430 359 776.


Gorman House Arts Centre: When

Wishing Still Worked. In their first show

together, Sister Wives draw you into

their enchanted circle where they dwell

upon the female identity in these stories.

Inspired by portrayals of evil stepmothers

and vulnerable princesses always in need

of a knight in shining armour, they look at

how these fairytale stereotypes influence

our expectations. Grow. In

this scorching hot installation, we enter a

sublime world. Matthew Day Perez fuses

video of glass objects organically rising

from a heated liquefied landscape with a

real incubator of molten mixture. It is

there for you to look down into. A

chamber of elements radiating with

luminescent effects that give fiery

impressions of a sun-like matter.

Tell them I said something . . .

Unconventional in his methods, Roh Singh

makes sculpture out of intangible things.

The tone of Singh’s sculptures mirror the

tones of our voices. Going up and down, in

and out, expressing all of our meanings

and emotions. Saturday and Sunday. Canberra

Contemporary Art Space, Gorman House

Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon.


Goulburn Regional Art Gallery:

Sensorial Loop. Curated by Patrick

Snelling, these textile works include a

Victorian-style mourning dress stained

with a fugitive dye; pictures made of

buttons detailing a migrant experience;

hand-printed resist style patterned cloth

and machine knitted metal sculptural

forms. There are 22 creative textile

artists in the 1st Tamworth Textile

Triennial and they represent a cross

section of demographics from many

states and one territory in Australia.

Patrick Snelling has a strong association

with textile education and studio practice

in Australia. His curatorial focus for

Sensorial Loop is to promote excellence

and the diversity through the ideas that

creative practitioners bring to the textile

discipline. Saturday and Sunday. Goulburn

Regional Art Gallery, Locked Bag 22,

Goulburn. Ph: 02 4823 4494.


M16 Artspace: Stitches In The Night.

Certified organic textiles and

photography by Turkish-born Perth artist

Zuhal Kuvan-Mills. Remains Of Fire, the

impact of the fire by Perth artist Adriana

Fernandes-Goncalves. Element or

Process, small observed landscapes by

M16 based artists Ian Robertson and

Marje Seymour. Saturday and Sunday, noon- 5pm. 21

Blaxland Crescent, Griffith.

Ph: 6295 9438.


National Archives of Australia::

Traversing Antarctica: the Australian

experience. Our icy southern neighbour

has fascinated expeditioners and

scientists for over 100 years since the

1911-14 Australasian Antarctic

Expedition led by Douglas Mawson. Delve

into the scientific, historical and cultural

legacy of those who navigate the extreme

conditions in the name of discovery. A

joint exhibition by the National Archives

of Australia, the Australian Antarctic

Division and the Western Australian

Museum. Saturday and Sunday

9am-5pm. Queen

Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Ph: 6212 3600.


National Library of Australia: Take a

fresh look at the Treasures Gallery, the

new permanent home for many of the

library’s greatest treasures. New

treasures have been installed in the

gallery, while pages have been turned on

many of the popular items, including

James Cook’s Endeavour Journal and

Keith Murdoch’s 1915 Gallipoli Letter.

New items now on show include a World

War I ‘‘Fall In’’ poster by Norman Lindsay,

first draft of Mem Fox’s Possum Magic

manuscript, new images by Ellis Rowan

and George Raper, a typescript page from

Christina Stead’s The Man Who Loved

Children, letter of support to Lindy

Chamberlain and a copy of a speech given

by Edward Koiki Mabo in 1981. The Life of

Patrick White, a new exhibition at the

National Library of Australia celebrating

the life and work of Australia’s only Nobel

Laureate for Literature. The exhibition

marks 100 years since the birth of Patrick

White and looks at the man who was as

famous for his writing skills as he was for

his quick temper. From his love of dogs to

his recipe for haloumi souffle to

unpublished manuscripts, the exhibition

looks at White’s life in all its guises. The

exhibition also looks at White through the

places he lived, including his beloved farm

Dogwoods in Castle Hill and his last home

in Centennial Park, Sydney. Saturday and Sunday,

10am- 5pm. Ground Floor, National

Library of Australia, Canberra.

Ph: 6262 1111.


National Portrait Gallery: National

Photographic Portrait Prize 2012. This

exhibition reflects the distinctive vision of

Australia’s aspiring and professional

portrait photographers and the unique

nature of their subjects. The Gallery

awards a prize of $25,000 for the most

outstanding photographic portrait.

Skater: Portraits by Nikki

Toole. Nikki Toole has travelled the world

to photograph skateboarders. Her

portraits evoke the solitary mental space

experienced while skating. Finishes

Sunday. Open studio. Rearrange the

Portrait Gallery’s temporary studio set-up

and use your camera to create portraits

of you and your friends..

Open daily 10am–5pm. Free entry and

disabled access. King Edward Terrace,

Parkes. Ph: 6102 7000 or visit



Nomad Art Gallery: Bush Animals:

sculpture from the desert to the sea, an

eclectic exhibition of animal sculptures by

Aboriginal artists from across Australia.

Bush Animals features more than 20

established and emerging Aboriginal

artists who produce outstanding

sculptural works depicting a variety of

animals. Finishes Saturday. Nomad Art

Gallery , Shop 11MCentre, Palmerston

Lane, Manuka, ACT. Ph: 6162 1512.


The Photography Room: 15, an

exhibition of works by Wouter Van de

Voorde featuring brooding and

mysterious scenes of the Australian

landscape. Of his work, Van de Voorde

says, ‘‘Moving from Belgium to Australia

has made me into a photographer in exile.

As a permanent tourist I seek refuge in

my images, trying to create a sense of

belonging for myself.’’ Finishes Sunday.


14 Foster Street, Queanbeyan.



Shed Gallery: Forgotten Intimacies,

photography exhibition by the Second

Street Collective – Jessie Adams, Andrew

Babington, Kimberly Barnes, Rachel

Byron, Jeremy Collins, Simone Green,

Gavin Jackson, Hardy Lohse, Kater May,

Dana Packham, Daniel Savage and Daniel

Spellman. Saturday and

Sunday, 10am-6pm, 14 Foster st

Queanbeyan. Ph: 6297 0336.


South Hill Gallery: Interiors, an

exhibition by Rudy Kistler. Finishes Sunday.

Stormy Weather, an exhibition by Zuza

Zochowski. Finishes Sunday. Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday

10am-4pm. Ph: 0411 131 515 or visit



Strathnairn Arts Association: Home

or Nearly, an exhibition of oil pastel

paintings by Jill Clingan.

Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4.30pm.

Strathnairn Homestead Gallery, 90

Stockdill Drive, Holt. Ph: 6254 2134


Watson Arts Centre: Hyperclay -

Contemporary Ceramics. This exhibition

highlights the versatility of this time honoured

material and, in so doing, reimagines

its possibilities. Finishes Sunday.

Open Thursday to Sunday, 10am-4pm.

Watson Arts Centre, Aspinall Street.

Ph: 6241 1670 or visit