M16 Studio Artists
       
     
210 DEDREES
       
     
Hands On Studio show
       
     
Urban Fragments
       
     
JUST PLAYING
       
     
hold tight, tomorrow
       
     
HOLDING THE LINE
       
     
UNDER ICE
       
     
REIMAGINED PERSPECTIVES
       
     
SILK ON THE ROAD
       
     
Edible Plants in Art
       
     
NEW WORK
       
     
Aftermath
       
     
Bloom
       
     
FEET ON THE GROUND
       
     
THE 2018 M16 DRAWING PRIZE
       
     
M16 Studio Artists
       
     
M16 Studio Artists

M16 Studio Artists

Gallery 1

26 July - Sunday 12 August 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 26 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 12 August

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

Image: Liz Faul, Distant Sun, 2018, gouache, found image release print, recycled printed material, collage.

210 DEDREES
       
     
210 DEDREES

Studio Artists of Canberra Art Workshop

Gallery 2

26 July - Sunday 12 August 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 26 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 12 August

Canberra Art Workshop is a thriving studio centre for the arts in the M16 Artspace. We welcome all artists, from complete beginners to practicing professionals. Humans have a wide field of view of slightly more than 210 degrees. Members of CAW produce artworks in a surprisingly wide range of genres, mediums and techniques. This exhibition presents a range of work including life drawing, pastel, watercolour, portraiture, print making and others – all made in Canberra Art Workshop’s studio.

Image: Prue Power, Still Life with Cat, 2017, acrylic on canvas, detail.

Photo: courtesy of M16 Artspace.

Hands On Studio show
       
     
Hands On Studio show

Artists of Hands on Studio

Gallery 3

26 July - Sunday 12 August 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 26 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 12 August

This exhibition showcases 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 run by CatholicCare housed 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: Installation shot of Hands on Studio's 2017 exhibition in Gallery 3.

Photo: courtesy of M16 Artspace.

Urban Fragments
       
     
Urban Fragments

Phil Page

Gallery 1

16 August - Sunday 2 September 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 16 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 2 September

Urban Fragments will present paintings which interrogate aspects of Canberra’s urban palimpsest, where the layers of its history have only been partly erased. It will use layered imagery to explore some urban incidents of this relatively young city and the environmental interventions that have made it.

Image: Philip Page, Paris Aerial 2, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 122cm.

Photo: courtesy of Dorian Photographs.

JUST PLAYING
       
     
JUST PLAYING

Clare Martin and Mike O'Kane

Gallery 2

16 August - Sunday 2 September 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 16 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 2 September

“Undirected spontaneous play is a vital part of creativity. Our art often starts with a spontaneous undirected type of play, similar to a child’s exploration or make-believe.” The artworks in Just Playing aim to preserve this light, with a sometimes joking, sometimes role-playing, point of departure. Now, what happens when play becomes more dark and sinister?

Clare Martin is a sculptor based in the Canberra region. Mike O’Kane teaches art at Otago University NZ.

Image: Clare Martin, Dream Home, 2018, mixed media, detail.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

hold tight, tomorrow
       
     
hold tight, tomorrow

Kendall Kirkwood

Gallery 3

16 August - 2 September 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 16 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 2 September

History is always a reflection of the present direction society is thinking of taking. Our perception of then reveals who we are now in relation their understanding of how they thought the World ought to be and this depth provides scope for more chapters. Women, throughout history, have been equally plunged in these depths. But they have only relatively recently started to inhabit those chapters. hold tight, tomorrow aims to contribute to this movement. To give Anon a name. To give thought to all those women who have been broken by a society which did not understand the immensity of their creative capacity as they were living so far ahead of their time. This is not a stable series about loss. Rather, it is a dynamic collection exploring the incredible presence which breathes in their absence. These women stood strong in their differences against so many defences they fought to follow such previously abstract notions into knowing we too must hold on through the difficult, even when things seem impossible. Tomorrow will come and so will perspective.

Image: Kendall Kirkwood, sometimes, 2018, photograph.

HOLDING THE LINE
       
     
HOLDING THE LINE

Bruce Tunks

Gallery 1

6 September - Sunday 23 September 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 6 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 23 September

Holding the Line, a collection of paintings and sculptures, is an on-going exploration of line and energy in nature. It is a reaction to the ‘language’ of the landscape and examines the importance of line in structure formation and the relationship of these structures to the space in which they exist.

Image: Bruce Tunks, Aesthete, 2017, steel, 57 x 14cm.

Photo: Benita Tunks, courtesy of the artist.

UNDER ICE
       
     
UNDER ICE

Justine McLaren

Gallery 2

6 September - Sunday 23 September 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 6 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 23 September

Under Ice is a solo exhibition by sculptor craftswoman Justine McLaren. Her wired objects reflect the theme of the limits of existence and the wonder of survival in extreme circumstances.

Under Ice is a visual response to the artist’s research on the sea creatures that live under the Amery and Ross Sea Ice Shelves of Antarctica. Combining traditional weaving methods with contemporary materials such as discarded data cable and telephone wires, McLaren re-forms animals only recently discovered by humans.

Image: Justine McLaren, Urchin 1, 2016, copper wire, plastic, 15 x 15 x 15cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

REIMAGINED PERSPECTIVES
       
     
REIMAGINED PERSPECTIVES

Madisyn Zabel

Gallery 3

6 September - Sunday 23 September 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 6 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 23 September

Reimagined Perspectives is a solo exhibition by Madisyn Zabel that explores the contrasts and tensions that exist between three-dimensional objects and their flat representations through glass and mixed media installations.

Within this exhibition, Zabel creates a dialogue between geometric forms made from glass and their projected shapes in space. Opposing positive and negative forces, this visual collision invites us to rethink the space, the volume and the relationship between virtual and physical shapes.

Images: Madisyn Zabel, Outline Blue Detail, 2017, Glass, paint, nails, string, approx 6 x 5 x 6cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

SILK ON THE ROAD
       
     
SILK ON THE ROAD

Jeffree Skewes

Gallery 1

27 September - Sunday 14 October 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 27 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 14 October

Silk on the Road represents the culmination of combining specific artworks with the artist’s poetry presented as an exhibition of paintings, poetic works, installation and associated book launch.

It is a lucid rendering of an allegorical journey that takes place over an inexact time, across my imagined and fabled lands of the Silk Road.

Image: Jeffree Skewes, Sailing, 2016, synthetic, polymer paint on canvas, detail

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Edible Plants in Art
       
     
Edible Plants in Art

The Watercolour Group

Gallery 3

27 September - 14 October

Opening 6pm Thursday 27 September

The intimate relationship between humans and plants has, through the ages, been central to the development of civilisation. Plants affect every aspect of our lives; diet, economics, customs, healing practices and artistic endeavour.

From the earliest civilisations plants were the subjects of drawings and paintings. The painting of food became a popular genre for Spanish Renaissance artists.

This series of Still Life paintings worked in gouache on black gesso takes a more modern look at edible plants in art. Works are in gouache on black gesso and incorporate traditional geometric two point perspective.

Image: Judith Hurlstone, Bodegon, 2017, Gouache on black gesso, detail.

NEW WORK
       
     
NEW WORK

Brenton McGeachie and Martin Paull

Gallery 1a

18 October - Sunday 4 November 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 18 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 4 November

A joint exhibition by Martin Paull and Brenton McGeachie, both-long term Canberra based artists, exhibiting paintings, drawings and photographs. This exhibition explores interpretations of landscape and sense of place.

Image: Brenton McGeachie, Untitled, 2016, Archival Pigment Print, 490 x 600 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Aftermath
       
     
Aftermath

Murray Kirkland

Gallery 1b

18 October - Sunday 4 November 2018 

Aftermath displays a progression of images of First World War soldiers with facial injuries – from their initial injury to the final stage of their recuperation, in reverse.

Through showing images of a particular type of injury that has had little attention, I seek to draw attention to the sort of wounds that are not visible, that are not talked about enough and continue to plague the lives of returned service personnel, and to raise the question; what are we left with after war?

 

Image: William Kearsey courtesy of Kerry Neale, photographed in 2016 from the archive of the Royal College of Surgeons, Melbourne.

Bloom
       
     
Bloom

Jodie Cunningham

Gallery 2

18 October - 4 November 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 18 October

In the exhibition Bloom artist Jodie Cunningham exhibits a body of digital images that are the result of a process of personal transformation. Cunningham’s images use the language of geometric abstraction and symbolism to journal her daily observations and navigation of her emotional journey through the challenges of conflict, grief and heartbreak and the joys of connection, love, gratitude and peace.

Image: Jodie Cunningham, 2018, A little much for me, Digital print on fibre rag 310gsm

FEET ON THE GROUND
       
     
FEET ON THE GROUND

Lucille Carson and Ruth Hingston

Gallery 3

18 October - Sunday 4 November 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 18 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 4 November

This exhibition focuses on Ruth Hingston and Lucille Carson’s extensive and ongoing observations of human interaction and activity with and on the landscape. Featuring the local Canberra urban and suburban landscape, both artists observe the swiftness and increased impact of our human footprint.

Image: Ruth Hingston, Land 4 Sale @ Farm Gate, 2015, embroidery on linen, 35 x 35.7cm.

Photo: Tim Brook.

THE 2018 M16 DRAWING PRIZE
       
     
THE 2018 M16 DRAWING PRIZE

29 November - 14 December 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 29 November until 5pm Friday 14 December

This highly acclaimed prize, which has been running since 2006, includes an array of work produced on paper or other surfaces using either traditional or non-traditional drawing materials and techniques. All entries are produced within the past 12 months and the exhibition seeks to examine, challenge and open up a dialogue concerning definitions and perceptions of what drawing can be.

The judges for this year’s prize are Dr. Christopher Chapman, Senior Curator, National Portrait Gallery and Alison Alder, Head of Printmedia and Drawing, ANU School of Art and Design.

Image: Nicci Haynes ,Drawing and me, 2017, (Still). Courtesy of the artist.