Grainger Gallery is now open by appointment and will be open to the public from October 29, 2021, with a capacity of one person per four square metres. In the upcoming group show Infinite Space (Land, Sky and Sea), contemporary local and national artists provide broad and varied interpretations of the Australian landscape. They include Matilda Michell, Jessica Ashton, Nicholas Chen, Liz Priestley, Steve Salo, Katie Hopkinson-Pointer, Sarah McDonald, and Rebecca Rath. Because of COVID restrictions, bookings are essential for the launch of Infinite Space on October 29. Grainger Gallery will have a rolling opening weekend to restricted numbers on October 30-31. Brittany Ferns' first large-scale exhibition will open in the gallery on November 4. Grainger Gallery (Dairy Road, Fyshwick) is open by appointment (phone 0404 769 843) or from November 4, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-5pm. See: graingergallery.com.au.
M16 Drawing Prize
Entries for the M16 Drawing Prize, for drawing in either traditional drawing media and techniques, or non-traditional works that extend understanding of what drawing may be within contemporary art, close at 11.59pm on Sunday, October 24, 2021. There is also a Young Drawer's Prize. For more information, including terms and conditions and key dates, see: m16artspace.co.au.
Four new exhibitions opened online at PhotoAccess this week, celebrating the outcomes of its 2021 artists' residencies. Experiments in Living [Melt] by Sammy Hawker (ACT); Surface Appearances by Eunie Kim (ACT); Light Materials by Caroline Huf (ACT); and 398 by Aloisia Cudmore (ACT). In Experiments in Living [Melt] Hawker investigates sites of the Anthropocene. She interacts with the often invisible temporal realities to create a visual image - water, salt, frost - and challenges us to reconsider the illusion of control we hold over the natural world. Hawker will speak with PhotoAccess's Caitlin Seymour-King on Thursday, October 28 at 7pm. In Surface Appearances, Kim uses materials and subjects from a contemporary Australian setting while conjuring the aesthetic of traditional Korean painting - exploring the immigrant experience of reconciling one identity with another. Huf's Light Materials is an exhibition of the artist's experimental "weaving" of film; traversing the digital and physical realms. Finally, 398 examines the experience of youth at the centre of post-digital and post-pandemic uncertainty where the only reliable sources of hope are the relationships we nurture. The Huw Davies Gallery will open to the public from November 2. See: photoaccess.org.au.
Bilk Gallery reopens
Bilk Gallery has reopened for appointments only at 403 Captains Flat Road, Carwoola, so it's worth keeping in mind for a visit when things open up fully here. The next exhibition, Solstice, will be opening mid-November. A few new pieces will be uploaded to the website over the coming weeks. Phone 0433 694 669 or 02 6232 9411. See: bilk.com.au.
Craft ACT exhibition
Craft ACT will reopen on October 29 with its 2021 members exhibition, Transformation, showcasing contemporary works until December 14. Open for the same period is the CO:LAB exhibition, the culmination of a year-long Craft ACT pilot professional development and exchange program. Artists Cathy Franzi, Alison Jackson and Dan Lorrimer worked with an architect and clients to develop a new range of lighting pieces. See: craftact.org.au.
Entries for the 67th Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Blake Prize for works engaging with religion, spirituality and/or belief are open until November 15, 2021. See: casulapowerhouse.com.