Arts April 27-29
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
Canberra and south
5pm daily. 22
Ph: 6238 1682.
Work features the
prodigious talent of
two of Australia’s
Bettison and Jenni
are inspired by
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.
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
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