8 Paintings
       
     
Kinetic Light
       
     
Faded Crush
       
     
Time Takes Too Much Time
       
     
m8
       
     
The Onlooker
       
     
Paradise Lost
       
     
Beyond Worlds and Words
       
     
Breathing Space
       
     
New Work
       
     
Recent Small Paintings
       
     
Together Apart
       
     
Present Absent
       
     
After Myth and Magic
       
     
Art, Empirical and Ideal
       
     
The Elm Forest
       
     
Labyrinths of the Mind
       
     
Underneath Tomorrow
       
     
6 Cubic Centimeters
       
     
Figurative Visions: Three Artists; Three mediums
       
     
Liminal Mindscapes
       
     
Skating on Thin Ice
       
     
M16 Studio Artists' Exhibition
       
     
New Work
       
     
Canberra Spiritual
       
     
Hands on Studio Animations
       
     
Internationalist
       
     
The unconscious is a rectangle
       
     
Empty Vessels and full
       
     
Self ID
       
     
Templum
       
     
New Work
       
     
The Drawing Comfort Group
       
     
Entangled Mysteries
       
     
Infrastructure
       
     
Tar Love - What Lies Beneath
       
     
Bled
       
     
New Work
       
     
The M16 Drawing Prize 2017
       
     
8 Paintings
       
     
8 Paintings

Yanni Pounartzis

Gallery 1a

2 - 19 March 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 2 March

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 19 March

 

Image: Yanni Pounartzis, Untitled, 2017, oil on polyester, 55 x 55 cm.

Kinetic Light
       
     
Kinetic Light

John Carolan & Dominic Aldis

Gallery 1b

2 - 19 March 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 2 March

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 19 March


Image: John Carolan, Gesture, 2017, interactive installation, projection, dimensions variable.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

Faded Crush
       
     
Faded Crush

U.K. Frederick

Gallery 2

2–19 March 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 2 March

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 19 March

Faded Crush is an exhibition of video, print and mixed media works exploring fandom, celebrity and desire expressed through popular music cultures.

This exhibition aims to bring into focus the personal   experiences and emotions that underpin the mass production and consumption of popular music. It explores the relationship between fame and anonymity and the iconic and mundane by engaging with ideas of fandom and the vernacular expressions it generates.

Image: U.K. Frederick, Faded Crush: Madonna #1, 2015, solvent transfer on Rosa Pina paper, 60 x 40 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Time Takes Too Much Time
       
     
Time Takes Too Much Time

Dean Cross

Gallery 3

2–19 March

Opening 6pm Thursday 2 March

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 19 March

Through the production of two-dimensional drawings, collages and videos, Cross investigates scars in our landscape. The ever-present understanding that there is no separation between landscape and self in Indigenous culture complicates the pictures and draws attention to the rapid and expansive changes our continent has undergone over the past 200 years.

Time Takes Too Much Time ambitiously looks forward to an Australia where both physical and cultural scars are no longer sore points, but folds within the strata of our nation.

Cross born and raised on Ngunnawal country, and his ancestral roots lie within the Worimi Nation.

Image: Dean Cross, Untitled 2016, drawing in archival pigment ink on Hahnemule cotton paper. Photo: courtesy of the artist.

m8
       
     
m8

Joel Arthur, Riley Beaumont, Ned Bott, Chris Burton, Christopher Dalzell (Walrus), Rowan Kane, Milan Pintos-Lopez, Kael Stasce

Gallery 1

23 March – 9 April 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 23 March

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 19 March

This exhibition of eight male artists highlights the way relationships between each others’ practices has evolved and how conceptual and aesthetic inspiration has developed in each individuals’ work.

Image: Kael Stasce, Intersection 2 (detail), 2016, steel and acrylic paint, 60 x 68.5 x 22 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

The Onlooker
       
     
The Onlooker

Meg Keating & Samuel Johnstone

Gallery 2

23 March – 9 April

Opening 6pm Thursday 23 March

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 19 March

The Onlooker raises questions about what it means to participate in contemporary screen culture and about the fair use of imagery and image data within this culture. The use and proliferation of imagery is such a mainstream activity however digital visual culture is generally unregulated, increasingly the moral, social, ethical and legal ramifications of this exchange economy are becoming problematic.

In the digitalised world of Facebook, Google image search, 24 hour news reportage, Pinterest, surveillance and the like, the act of observing and viewing is always linked to the camera or screen, which act as both medium and mediator. In these platforms images are shared, liked, edited and copied with ever-increasing speed and ease. Such imagery and its related data become surrogates for real world experience. In the capturing, downloading and displaying of images intentionally comes into play. In this realm media, mediation and display raises questions about ownership, agency and copyright of this material.

Light is used in this context as a metaphor for 'other' and acts as a conduit where image data, information, and access can be transformed into sensory engagement. The aim of this work is to provide a bodily engagement and real world experience from a range of sources that do not always offer one. It is the intention that the white void of the screen and other light sources unsettle the viewer through simultaneous revelation and concealment. By controlling and varying this source the works aim to explore the instability of viewing and the transient nature of contemporary image culture.

Image: Megan Keating and Samuel Johnstone, Witness (image still), 2016, animation video, dimensions variable.Courtesy of the Artists University of Tasmania and MARS Gallery, Melbourne.

Photo: courtesy of the artists.

Paradise Lost
       
     
Paradise Lost

Caroline Ambrus & Lucille Carson

Gallery 3

23 March – 9 April 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 23 March

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 19 March

Paradise Lost explores the Indigenous Australian belief that the serpent is the original creator of life, weaving its way through the galaxy. Overriding themes in this exhibition are fragmentation, the fragility of our planet and the need to take better care of it.

Caroline Ambrus, ‘ere is a crack in everything, oil on canvas, jigsaw shapes, 80 x 110 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Beyond Worlds and Words
       
     
Beyond Worlds and Words

Brooke Jarvis, Chris Ramsey, Julie Delves, Kate Bender

Gallery 1

13 April –  30 April 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 13 April

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 30 April

Beyond Worlds and Words is a conversation between four artists who depict their inner worlds with diverse approaches. Both together and in moments of self-reflection, the artists contemplate the philosophical nature of the emotional and spiritual self within a psychological sphere.

Image: Kate Bender, Untitled (immersed Four), 2016, oil on canvas, 122 x 90 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Breathing Space
       
     
Breathing Space

Ella Whateley

Gallery 2

13 – 30 April

Opening 6pm Thursday 13 April

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 19 March

Image: Breathing Space 1: Into the New Creation, 2016, acrylic, gouache and oil on linen, 150 x 130cm

Photo: Brenton McGeachie

New Work
       
     
New Work

Philip Alldis

Gallery 3

13 April –  30 April

Opening Thursday 6pm 13 April

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 30 April

Alldis uses drawing in charcoal to explore the direct juxtaposition and visual segmentation of imagery within a single picture plane.

Finding interest in images removed from their context, Alldis’ accumulation of image-upon-image creates conceptual associations which emerge by chance and move from the impersonal to the personal.

Image: Phil Alldis, Q 2016, charcoal and wax on canvas, 71 x 56 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Recent Small Paintings
       
     
Recent Small Paintings

Martin Paull

Gallery 1a

4 May – 21 May

Opening 6pm Thursday 4 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 21 May

Martin Paull exhibits miniature and small impressionistic and semi abstract oil paintings of Canberra and the surrounding region. The landscapes explore places encountered in daily life, which have been chosen because of the impression they have made on the artist with their metaphoric ability to convey and conjure a sense of place, identity and feeling.

Image: Martin Paull, Racecourse 2016, mixed media and oil on board, 8 x 10 cm.

Photo: Brenton McGeachie.

Together Apart
       
     
Together Apart

Keith Bailey, Lex Beardsell, Ian Robertson, Alan Howard, Cherylynne Holmes, Jane Styles

Gallery 1b

4 May – 21 May

Opening 6pm Thursday 4 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 21 May

Together Apart is an exhibition by a group of Canberra-based artists who are all voluntary guides at the National Gallery of Australia. The exhibition will be shown during Volunteers Week in the ACT and celebrates diversity and collaboration in art practice.

Image: Lex Beardsell, Winter Branches, cotton fabric, 30 x 30 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Present Absent
       
     
Present Absent

Nancy Downes

Gallery 2

4 May – 21 May

Opening 6pm Thursday 4 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 21 May

Present Absent showcases a series of immersive installation works aimed at exploring how material and movement can embody the emotion of grief as something that is active and processal.

Image: Nancy Downes, Present Absent (detail), 2015, shock cord, felt, Perspex, upholstery nails, gouache, dimensions variable.

Photo: courtesy of James Field Photography, Adelaide Central School of Art.

After Myth and Magic
       
     
After Myth and Magic

Valeska Tilly

Gallery 3

4 May – 21 May

Opening Thursday 6pm 4 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 21 May

Myth and Magic Art of the Sepik River, an exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in October 2015, provided Tilly with an opportunity to observe powerful wooden carvings, masks and other traditional artefacts made by the tribes’ people of the Sepik River, Papua & New Guinea. After Myth and Magic seeks to showcase the artist’s affinity and reflections on the National Gallery’s exhibition through drawing and woodblock printing.

Image: Valeska Tilly, Atei (ancestor board face) East Sepik River 2015, graphite on paper, 10 x 15 cm, 2015.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Art, Empirical and Ideal
       
     
Art, Empirical and Ideal

James Rowell

Gallery 1a

25 May - 11 June

Opening 6pm Thursday 25 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 11 June

Art, Empirical and Ideal is about the differences between ‘empirical’ art and ‘ideal’ art explored through painting. The artist states “... [‘empirical’ art is] where the eye is annoyed by having a general sense of visual confusion compared to ‘ideal’ art, which is much more homogenous and governed by an idea.”

Image: James Rowell, Karl Marx, An ideal version of image No. 1, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 45 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

The Elm Forest
       
     
The Elm Forest

Janet Angus and Fairlie Pearce

Curated by Hannah Webb

Gallery 2

25 May - 11 June

Opening Thursday 6pm 25 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 11 June

The Elm Forest showcases how two artists’ have collaborated to explore similar paradoxes in their works across different mediums. By combining Janet Angus’ and Fairlie Pearce’s approaches to the exploration of both the sublime and morbid, the exhibition will present a micro-forest of majestic animal human hybrids that have evolved from the artists’ drawings, prints and paintings of forest wildlife.

Image: Janet Angus, The Void, 2013, oil on panel, 38 x 50 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Labyrinths of the Mind
       
     
Labyrinths of the Mind

Sholto Morton

Gallery 3

25 May - 11 June

Opening 6pm Thursday 25 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 11 June

Morton’s Labyrinths of the Mind is an exhibition of paintings with complicated compositions, radiant colour and flowing rhythms. There is no one single motif but an abundance of abstract images. The works are produced with no set plan; lines are built in harmony but spiral together en masse to create an intense and obsessive maze of linear agitation. The works seek to explore the interplay of line and colour and metaphorical paths that people seldom wander.

Image: Sholto Morton, Electric Circuit, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Underneath Tomorrow
       
     
Underneath Tomorrow

Gemma Bonshek Kane, John Hart, Saara March, Steve Roper

Gallery 1

15 June –  2 July

Opening 6pm Thursday 15 June

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 2 July

Underneath Tomorrow explores the subconscious imagination. The works all share elements of processing memories, childhood experiences and family myths. Hart pursues ideas around knowledge, truth and uncertainty. Roper looks at childhood fears and anxieties and how they surface in adult life. Kane’s sculptures explore the intrinsic connection between people, place, and memory. March uses a diverse range of assembly techniques in exploring thoughts and memories.

Image: John Hart, Tathagata Buddha, the Father Buddha said, ‘with our thoughts we make the world, 2016, five colour screen print, 50 x 70 cm.

Photo: courtesy ofthe artist.

6 Cubic Centimeters
       
     
6 Cubic Centimeters

Manuel Pfeiffer

Gallery 2

15 June –  2 July 2017

Opening Thursday 15 June 6pm

Exhibition continues until Sunday 2 July 5pm

6 Cubic Centimeters (of prostate cancer) is a drawing exhibition by Manuel Pfeiffer that documents his experience with prostate cancer. Pfeiffer’s drawings highlight the process of his cancer from the initial shock of being diagnosed in December 2015 to the aftermath of his operation when it was removed in May 2016. The work encompasses the artist’s fears, thoughts and reactions associated with his diagnosis.


Image: Manuel Pfeiffer, Fear Eats Reason Away, 2016, pencil on paper, 59.4 x 42cm

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

Figurative Visions: Three Artists; Three mediums
       
     
Figurative Visions: Three Artists; Three mediums

Roger Beale, Rick Cochrane, Chan Dissanyake

Gallery 1

6 - 23 July

Opening 6pm Thursday 6 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 23 July

Three Canberra artists with different styles, using different mediums and with different visions share a commitment to figuration. In this exhibition Cochrane showcases his expressive drawing and printmaking focusing on the figure in action. Dissanyake’s work is contemplative – revealing the beauty of Australian light and atmosphere by using the potential of watercolour. Beale’s pastels of landscapes and the urban form focus on moments of change and light. 

Image: Roger Beale, Bangkok Tollway, 2016, pastel on Sennelier paper.

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

Liminal Mindscapes
       
     
Liminal Mindscapes

Amandeep Kaur

Gallery 2

6 - 23 July

Opening 6pm Thursday 6 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 23 July

In Liminal Mindscapes Kaur experiments with digital photomontages that have layers of deliberately constructed liminal spaces in which the concept of the self is explored. The works in this exhibition consist of a video triptych projection and two dimensional works produced with prints, pen, ink and henna. 

Image: Amandeep Kaur, untitled, 2016, digital print, dimensions variable.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

Skating on Thin Ice
       
     
Skating on Thin Ice

Keith Bailey

Gallery 3

6 - 23 July

Exhibition opens 6pm Thursday 6 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 23 July

Skating on Thin Ice consists of oil paintings alternating with black and white photographs depicting Antarctica, its melting ice and the animal populations that will be greatly impacted by this phenomenon. In 2012, the artist travelled to Antarctica on an expedition and experiences on that journey are explored through this body of work. 

Image: Keith Bailey, It's us or them (detail), 2012, digital black and white photograph, 21 x 30 cm. 

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

M16 Studio Artists' Exhibition
       
     
M16 Studio Artists' Exhibition

M16 Studio Artists

Gallery 1

27 July - 13 August

Exhibition opens 6pm Thursday 27 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm 13 August

M16’s studio artists present their annual group exhibtion. Representing a broad cross-section of Canberra’s artistic practicioners, the exhibtion highlights the diversity of professional art practice at M16 through paintings, prints, drawings, jewellery and objects produced by both established and emerging artists. 

Image: Rose Montebello, Safe Passage, 2014, laser copy prints, paper, wood, 23 x 45 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

New Work
       
     
New Work

Rasha Ajaj

Gallery 2

27 July - 13 August

Opening 6pm Thursday 27 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 13 August

Ajaj’s work continues to explore the subject matter of diaspora in the sense of separation and displacement. Moreover, the artist focusses on the dissolving and elimination of bodily and cultural existence. 

Image: Rasha Ajaj, Limbo (detail), 2001, mixed media on acetate (transparent), 2 x 1 m.

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

Canberra Spiritual
       
     
Canberra Spiritual

Curated by Grace Blakely Carrol

Gallery 1

17 August - 3 September

Opening 6pm Thursday 17 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 3 September

Canberra Spiritual draws together several Canberra-based visual artists working across a range of media whose practices examine the natural, urban and suburban environs of the city and its surrounding region. A nuanced impression of Canberra will be presented, as well as the intangible spirit of the place that informs the works and lives of exhibiting artists. 

Image: Jacqueline Bradley, Windy Shoes (detail), 2016, shoes, silk, velvet, cotton, found dry plant, 15 x 78 x 27 cm.

Photo: Brenton McGeachie.

Hands on Studio Animations
       
     
Hands on Studio Animations

Various Artists from Hands on Studio

Gallery 2

7 August - 3 September

Opening 6pm Thursday 3 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 3 September

Hands on Studio Animations is an exhibition showcasing abstracted animations and media-based works by Hands on Studio members. The works explore story-telling and were all produced from Hands on classes in 2017.

Hands On Studio is an arts organisation at M16 Artspace which seeks to “provide people with disabilities access to an art education. One of the studio’s objectives is to provide these artists with as many opportunities as possible to exhibit in mainstream gallery spaces.” 

Image: Harrison Boyd, Mega Man, 2016, acylic on canvas, 14 x 21 cm.

Photo: courtesy of Hands on Studio. 

Internationalist
       
     
Internationalist

Gallery 1

7 – 24 September 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 17 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 17 September

Curated by Kirsten Farrell

It’s not a small world after all.

Four established Canberra artists, each paired with an artist in another country as pen pals, concoct a work that stems from getting to know each other’s story and place.

Image courtesy of www.freeimages.co.uk

The unconscious is a rectangle
       
     
The unconscious is a rectangle

Tony Curran

Gallery 2

7 - 24 September

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 24 September

This exhibition shows recent drawings and paintings made with the assistance of a digital program designed by the artist named The unconscious is a rectangle. The program acts as a generator of compositions derived from shapes and colours that Curran has drawn from life, which are then recombined into random compositions that form the basis of new paintings and drawing. The Unconscious is a rectangle is the first public display of the artist’s post-doctoral research at the Australian National University as a Vice Chancellor’s College Visiting Artist Fellow. 

Image: Tony Curran, No need to keep the Sabbath ‘holy’. You’ll ruf e the Californians but the Colombians will turn things around. (10), 2016, oil on linen, 113.5 x 83.5 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Empty Vessels and full
       
     
Empty Vessels and full

Kerry Shepherdson & Georgina Wyatt

Gallery 3

7 - 24 September

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 24 September

This exhibition explores the different shapes and forms of mass-produced packaging through mixed media installation works. In this collaborative body of work, both artists repurpose products and packets to re-contextualise their usefullness and meaning . 

Image: Kerry Shepherdson, Tall Timber Tales 2 (detail), 2016, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

Self ID
       
     
Self ID

Curated by Tilly Davey

Gallery 1

28 September - 15 October

Opening 6pm Thursday 28 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 15 October

Self ID is an exhibition by residents of Ainslie Village and Canberra-based artists Tilly Davey, Lee Grant and Blaide Lallemond. The exhibition documents and explores different forms of self identity with the residents of Ainslie Village, which is directed by Tilly Davey and located in Campbell.

Ainslie Village is a social housing complex that accommodates and provides services for disadvantaged individuals. Many residents of Ainslie Village live with no sense of self identification and have faced numerous roadblocks such as addiction, homelessness and mental health issues, which has left them feeling like outsiders. This exhibition demonstrates the artistic talent of the Ainslie Village residents and shows how art can create for individuals a sense of self identity and belonging.

Gallery visitors will be invited to collaborate with this exhibition by writing or sketching an image which they see as representing themselves. These remnants of self from the visitors will be placed on a large canvas with a thick black outline of a portrait in the gallery space. Self ID seeks to promote the value of being self aware and how every person has their own unique self ID. 

Image: Artists from Ainslie Village, (Piece 1) The Others Have Arrived (detail), 2016, mixed medium, 135 x 164 cm. (Piece 2) The Human Race Mask (detail), 2016, mixed medium, 105 x 103 cm.

Photo: courtesy of Tilly Davey.

Templum
       
     
Templum

Michelle England

Gallery 2

28 September - 15 October

Opening 6pm Thursday 28 September

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 15 October

Templum is an exhibition in a darkened space offering a seat and a place to contemplate a world with wilder weather, hotter oceans and all that brings. These situations are explored through retablos, altars, objects and assemblages interlaced with sound and projections. 

Image: Michelle England, Premium Grade, 2014, oil on ceramic, cling wrap, styrofoam, paper, silk, polyester lling, 13 x 14 x 14 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

New Work
       
     
New Work

Andrea McCuaig

Gallery 3

7 - 24 September

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 September

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 24 September

New Works is a body of work that addresses themes of dance and gestural painting. The artist states, “In my art practice I am constantly researching potential relationships between dance movement and gestural painting. I am searching for relationships, commonalities and differences between movement in 3 dimensional space and the potential trace effects of these movements in 2 dimensional works of art.”

Viewers are encouraged to walk by the work using their own movement as a vehicle for encounter with the works. The process of walking alongside these paintings will reveal illuminated highlights in the paintings.

Using the natural physical engagement between the space and the audience, the artist’s aim is to enable the viewer to feel as though they have animated the gesture in the paintings and that they are situated within the works themselves. 

Image: Andrea McCuaig, Untitled, 2016, acrylic on board, 90 x 120 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

The Drawing Comfort Group
       
     
The Drawing Comfort Group

Curated by Annie Trevillian
Talei Emberson, Dimity Kidston, Valerie Kirk, Suzanne Knight, Sharon Peoples, Annie Trevillian

Gallery 1

19 October - 5 November

Opening 6pm Thursday 19 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 5 November 

This exhibition features the work of six artists who explore relationships between drawing, textiles and comfort. Referencing English anthropologist Daniel Miller’s The Comfort of Things, the exhibition poses the questions of how is drawing relevant and integral to the processes of textiles and how we obtain a sense of comfort from objects. 

Image: Suzanne Knight, Untitled 3 (detail), gouache on screenprinted paper, 16 x 28.5 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

Entangled Mysteries
       
     
Entangled Mysteries

Sally Blake

Gallery 2

19 October - 5 November

Opening 6pm Thursday 19 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 5 November

Entangled Mysteries is a new body of three-dimensional textile works by Sally Blake. The works reference author Craig San Roque’s stories about the Kore Story/ Pesephone’s Dog, alongside the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and her daughter Persephone. These myths are a personification of the cyclic patterns of decay and renewal; and seasonal changes and patterns which have a particular contemporary relevance as we live through the effects of human-induced climate change. Using traditional craft practices - looped, woven and crocheted textile techniques - the artist seeks to engage with these contemporary issues that face the 21st Century. 

Image: Sally Blake, Reddening, 2015, wire, paper, yarn, ink, 130 x 130 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Infrastructure
       
     
Infrastructure

Christopher Oates

Gallery 3

19 October - 5 November

Opening 6pm Thursday 19 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 5 November

Oate’s exhibition comprises of landscapes of contemporary Canberra with a focus on the interaction of bush, gardens, buildings and infrastructure. The artist aims to highlight the contrast between the order of the roads, structures and utilities and the confusion of foliage. A particular inspiration for Oates is the uniquely clear light of Canberra. One of his aims as a painter is to show how this light falls on different forms and the angles and shadows it creates on different surfaces, both hard and soft. 

Image: Christopher Oates, Cotter Road, Winter, 2015, gouache on paper, 70 x 50 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

 

Tar Love - What Lies Beneath
       
     
Tar Love - What Lies Beneath

Curated by Chris Holly

Gallery 1

9 - 26 November

Opening 6pm Thursday 9 November

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 26 November

This exhibition is a photographic review of what we commonly look down upon. Tarmac covers an estimated 20% of the Australian continent. In its various forms it is a compelling surface to study photographically. This body of work is a playful and reverential study of details of surfaces we rely on to support our daily transportation through towns and cities, which are often overlooked or ignored. 

Image: Chris Holly, Tar Love - What Lies Beaneath (detail), 2016, black and white and colour photographic prints and inkjet on fabric, 50 x 100 cm each.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Bled
       
     
Bled

Scott Pollock

Gallery 2

9 - 26 November

Opening 6pm Thursday 9 November

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 26 November

Bled is an exhibition borne out of the result of Pollock having an aneurysm with a small bleed to the brain. The artist then had an episode of hypomania as a side effect of an operation.

One of the symptoms of hypomania is the release of heightened creativity. Although Pollock had dabbled in sketching and writing before, never had he felt such passion or inspiration. From that moment on, the artist went into a whirlwind of painting and writing. After experiencing this he became fascinated with mental states and how they can influence not only the creative process, but also other aspects in life. They can also be the catalyst for social issues.

Pollock’s body of work depicts heightened emotions, social issues and creative spontaneity. 

Image: Scott Pollock, Jack, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 34 x 25 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

New Work
       
     
New Work

Mimi Fairall

Gallery 3

9 - 26 November

Opening 6pm Thursday 9 November

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 26 November

Fairall’s exhibition consists of a selection of mixed-media drawings inspired by ‘Primitive’ and ‘Outsider’ art. A series of gestural portraits will be shown to explore how an introduced subject matter will function within the context of her visual language. “I believe that by introducing a foreign variable to my making process - i.e. the subject matter of portraiture - I will discover new research issues in my work.” 

Image: Mimi Fairall, Un-i-digi- ed, 2016, spray paint, collage, oil pastel, acrylic, screen-print and marker on paper, 70 x 100 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

The M16 Drawing Prize 2017
       
     
The M16 Drawing Prize 2017

Galleries 1 & 2

30 November - 17 December

Opening 6pm Thursday 20 November

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 17 December

The highly acclaimed M16 Drawing Prize, which has been running since 2006, is for works produced on paper or other surfaces using either traditional or non-traditional drawing materials and techniques. The exhibition seeks to examine, challenge and open up a dialogue about definitions and perceptions of drawing.