Restoring the Balance
       
     
Collapse
       
     
Surround US
       
     
Place Less
       
     
KYOTO WANDERINGS
       
     
Invasive
       
     
Abstracting Space
       
     
The 2019 Collection
       
     
Aerial
       
     
Hands On Studio
       
     
Testamur
       
     
Not Exactly What I Was Looking For
       
     
Be stilled life
       
     
Elegy for Winter
       
     
My Story
       
     
Gatherings
       
     
Endangered Species
       
     
“Excusez-Moi?”
       
     
Same time, same place
       
     
In My Mind’s Eye: Responses to Place
       
     
Digitas
       
     
Woodlands
       
     
BABEL
       
     
One
       
     
Treading Lightly in One Place
       
     
Activity Centres
       
     
Many Streams
       
     
Through a glass, darkly
       
     
Uncovering Mount Taylor
       
     
“ one, two... “
       
     
Beauty in Difference
       
     
Road Trip
       
     
Interchange
       
     
Wash/Backwash
       
     
Softly
       
     
HERstory
       
     
Five Points of a Circle
       
     
Microcosm: A World in Miniature
       
     
Studio 22
       
     
THE 2018 M16 DRAWING PRIZE
       
     
Curvature couture: Design and the pear-shaped woman
       
     
Reverie
       
     
Pots
       
     
NEW WORK
       
     
Bloom
       
     
FEET ON THE GROUND
       
     
SILK ON THE ROAD
       
     
Testamur
       
     
Edible Plants in Art
       
     
HOLDING THE LINE
       
     
UNDER ICE
       
     
REIMAGINED PERSPECTIVES
       
     
Urban Fragments
       
     
JUST PLAYING
       
     
hold tight, tomorrow
       
     
M16 Studio Artists
       
     
210 DEDREES
       
     
Hands On Studio show
       
     
Singular Archivists
       
     
NEXUS
       
     
Project Reflect
       
     
Amalgam
       
     
CITY LIGHTS
       
     
AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES
       
     
BLOCK BY BLOCK
       
     
CLOUD 9
       
     
ODD - A LITTLE
       
     
PORTRAITS
       
     
H2O
       
     
FALSE PERSPECTIVES
       
     
XPERIMENTAL
       
     
UNREAL
       
     
PERCEPTION
       
     
Bird Years
       
     
UP WE GO
       
     
ARTFLUX
       
     
EARTH DREAMING
       
     
Wrapped in Sky
       
     
EVOLVE
       
     
LOSS
       
     
Readymades
       
     
If you were buried for a thousand years even you would be priceless.
       
     
Osculate
       
     
It is. They are.
       
     
Gesture Light
       
     
Rebirth of Reason
       
     
Crises of Content
       
     
Mediated Landscape
       
     
Air to Ground
       
     
The Elements: Fire
       
     
Restoring the Balance
       
     
Restoring the Balance

Kerry Shepherdson, Di Broomhall, Narelle Phillips, Leo Robba.

Gallery 1

5 - 22 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 5 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 22 September

Restoring the Balance is concerned with the idea that everything is intrinsically connected to nature. In this exhibition the artists have responded to their specific discreet relationships with the transitions between fabricated and natural milieu.


Image: Leo Robba, Split View with Red Hot Pokers, 2019, oil on linen, 126cm x 156cm

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Collapse
       
     
Collapse

Benita Tunks

Gallery 2

5 - 22 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 5 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 22 September

An installation in response to the decline of the world’s bee population due to the continuing rise of corporate interests favoured over environmental and human needs.

Image: Benita Tunks, Installation detail, 2019, clay and wood.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Surround US
       
     
Surround US

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

Gallery 3

5 - 22 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 5 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 22 September

The 2012 ConneXus group’s diversity will be demonstrated by the different media chosen such as painting, pottery, textiles and printmaking. The theme of SurroudUs is addressed by each of the artists to express involvement and experience of their personal surroundings, be it the beauty of natures’ variety or the complexity of the built environment. The artists hope that in the current world of negativity, conflict and fake news, this exhibition will present a feeling of calm, enjoyment and optimism.

Image: Keith Bailey, Flight of the Cockatoo. Gum Trees Dead and Alive. 2019. Watercolour and oil on canvas. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Place Less
       
     
Place Less

Gemma Bonshek Kane, John Hart, Jan Howlin, Saara March, Tiffany Karlsson, Anna Bonshek, Kyoko Imazu

Gallery 1a

15 August - 1 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 15 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 1 September

Our place in the world can be bestowed upon us, sought for, lost and even expanded beyond into a world of groundlessness. Seven artists share their connection to place and the place ‘less’ through painting, print media, sculpture and ceramics.

Image: Kyoko Imazu, Entomologist’s garden, 2019, Etching and aquatint, 60 x 54cm.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

KYOTO WANDERINGS
       
     
KYOTO WANDERINGS

Phil Page

Gallery 1b

15 August - 1 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 15 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 1 September

The works in this exhibition follow a recent visit to Kyoto, and my long interest in Japan and Japanese woodcuts. The content explores aspects of Kyoto’s long history and the development of the physical form of the city and draws heavily on imagery gathered on my recent visit included through sketchbook images some of which are included in the exhibition.

Image: Phil Page, acrylic and acrylic ink on canvas, 122x 75cm

Photo Credit: Dorian Photographs.

Invasive
       
     
Invasive

Rebecca Selleck

Gallery 2

15 August - 1 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 15 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 1 September

'Invasive is the latest work in Rebecca Selleck’s continuing exploration into Australia’s conflicting relationships with introduced and endemic species.
In this immersive installation, the gallery is transformed into the interior of a small home where time and space have uncomfortably entangled to embody hypocrisies evident within our notions of national identity.
You’re invited to interact with the work and animal forms activated by breath, body warmth and displaced movement. Using a complex mix of found objects, bronze casts, electronics and printed motifs, Rebecca overlays time and place to express the need for human accountability and the painful complexity of animal and environmental ethics in Australia. Through these physical expressions of internal hypocrisies she creates interactive spaces that, while uncomfortable, become their own questioning entities.'

Image: Firstdraft installation of Invasive.

Abstracting Space
       
     
Abstracting Space

Noelle Bell, Julie Delves, Eva van Gorsel, Manuel Pfeiffer, Alan Pomeroy, , Peggy Spratt, Jenny Adams and Delene White

Gallery 3

15 August - 1 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 15 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 1 September

The over-arching element of this adventurous exploration, is to go beyond appearance.  Space as a solid and as a metaphor, space as distance and time, space abstracted to bring them all closer. These are some of the offerings of group members with the viewer able to enjoy participating in each artist’s journey and come away with a raised awareness of the intrinsic value, significance or impact of abstracting space.

Image: Noelle Bell, Fangled, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 81x81cm Photo: courtesy of the artist.

The 2019 Collection
       
     
The 2019 Collection

M16 Studio Artists' Exhibition

Gallery 1

25 July - 11 August 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 25 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 11 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: Hanna Hoyne, Model for The Peoples’ Voice, 2019, reclaimed cardboard, plastic, prayer-paper, varnish, 40x60x25cm.

Photo courtesy of the artist

Aerial
       
     
Aerial

Michael Desmond, Peta Jones, Bryn Desmond-Jones, Ossian Desmond-Jones

Gallery 1

4 - 21 July 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 4 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 21 July

The exhibition brings together a family of four artists, all working in different ways, around the idea of ‘aerial’, that is of being ‘of the air’. Each artist has a unique understanding of what it means to them and differing means of expression that employ a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and digital media.

Image: Image Credit: Ossian Desmond-Jones, Flight, 2019

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Hands On Studio
       
     
Hands On Studio

Gallery 3

25 July - 11 August 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 25 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 11 August

This exhibition showcases works by Hands-On Studio members. The works explore story-telling and were all produced from Hands-On classes.

Hands-On Studio is an arts organisation at M16 Artspace which seeks to provide people with all abilities the 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: Hands on Studio 2019

Photo Credit: Tilly Davey

Testamur
       
     
Testamur

Canberra Art Workshop

Gallery 2

25 July - 11 August 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 25 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 11 August

Showcasing recent original works created; and inspired in our Expressive Art, Classical Art and Fundamentals Plus Tutored Art classes.

Canberra Art Workshop is a thriving studio centre for the arts at M16 Artspace. They welcome all artists, from complete beginners to practicing professionals. 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: Steve Tomlin, ‘Never quite letting go of the shore’, 2018. Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Not Exactly What I Was Looking For
       
     
Not Exactly What I Was Looking For

Adina West

Gallery 2

4 - 21 July 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 4 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 21 July

This body of work attempts to address the contemporary cultural phenomenon of simulating historically valuable materials. Not Exactly What I Was Looking For takes reference from familiar structural forms and reproduced materials in order to emphasise the extent to which the “veneer” is so inherent in our personal and material lives. Does the veneer offer us an avenue toward elegance or will it forever reinforce Walter Benjamin's sentiments? This body of work is at once a challenge to-- and reinforcement of the definition of elegance, as understood by the likes of Paulo Coelho.

Image: Adina West, Not Exactly What I Was Looking For, 2019, oil and imitation gold leaf on canvas, 157 x 73 cm.

Photo Credit: Adina West

Be stilled life
       
     
Be stilled life

Racheal Bruhn

Gallery 3

4 - 21 July 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 4 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 21 July

A collection of images that cycle through the idea of still life and the containment of life in wet specimen containers. Exploring the idea of life gone, live bustling, and potential held suspended, through light, flesh and liquid separating the viewer from the time, the life suspended.

Image: Racheal Bruhn, Mother and daughter, 2018. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Elegy for Winter
       
     
Elegy for Winter

Luke Aleksandrow, Jacqueline Bradley, Chris Carmody, Denise Ferris, Annika Harding, Ellis Hutch, and Shags

Curator: Annika Harding

Gallery 1

13 - 30 June 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 13 June

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 30 June

Elegy for Winter is a curated exhibition featuring artists’ responses to winter landscapes in a changing climate. Artists Luke Aleksandrow, Jacqueline Bradley, Chris Carmody, Denise Ferris, Annika Harding, Ellis Hutch, and Shags present new or previously unshown work that reflects on past experiences in the Snowy Mountains, New Zealand and the northern hemisphere. Featuring photographs, video, sculptures and paintings, Elegy for Winter laments the loss and entropy of winter landscapes as they melt and change at an alarming rate, but it also revels in snow and ice and places a hopeful emphasis on renewal. 

Image: Ellis Hutch, Lake polish, 2016, still from performance on Lake Haukijärvi Finland

Photo Credit: Annika Harding

My Story
       
     
My Story

Rachel Theodorakis.

Gallery 2

13 - 30 June 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 13 June

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 30 June

Rachel utilizes bones as icons of self. Creatively she draws upon intellect but is driven by an internal navigation focused on embodied life experience. Buddhist Philosophy grounds Rachel’s practice and she explores themes of impermanence, mortality, identity, transitions and culture. Her most recent work delves into the social context of domestic violence.

Rachel’s work is created through deeply personal narratives. Once in the public domain she intends to provide a platform for the viewers to consider their own journey. She gently guides viewers through her works by evidencing her themes through their titles.

Ελευθερία (Freedom) explores a journey of transition. The narrative is driven by fear as the bone fights to flee the darkness. Each bone narrates one year, they express not the events but the emotional response to the events. Out of the Mud evidences the triumph over fear as it transitions to empowerment. This series hero’s the darkness depicted by the 24 layers of weaving over the tiny bones.

Rachel shares within this exhibition the ‘place’ from which this work was created. A reflective place of Self, Identity, Fear, Evolution, Transition and ultimately Empowerment, Strength and Contentment.

Image: Rachel Theodorakis, Ελευθερία (Freedom), 2019. Bone, synthetic polymer paint, cotton thread, bees wax. Dimensions variable.

Gatherings
       
     
Gatherings

Students from the Indigenous youth artist development program.

Gallery 3

13 - 30 June 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 13 June

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 30 June

Gatherings is a project that is investing in long-term relationship building with youngIndigenous artist  and the studio artists of M16. As the program progresses the students will begin exploring these relationships by creating preliminary works that will be displayed in this exhibition.

Image: Bryd, locality agrigator, 2019, enamel stencils (70 layers) on board, 40cm x 40cm

Endangered Species
       
     
Endangered Species

Rachel Head

Gallery 1

23 May - 9 June 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 23 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 9 June

A thought-provoking exhibition aimed at shedding light on the plight of animals around the world that are now close to extinction. A percentage of the artwork sales will be donated to IAPF (International Animal Poaching Foundation).

The body of work includes detailed information about individual animals, leaving the viewer asking questions “how did it come to this?”

Image: Rachel Head, Gibbon, 2018, Quill ink drawing on paper, Image courtesy of the artist

“Excusez-Moi?”
       
     
“Excusez-Moi?”

Tom Buckland and Belle Palmer

Gallery 2

23 May - 9 June 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 23 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 9 June

“Excusez-Moi?” is an installation that relates to ourselves and how we interact with our inner voices. In this collaboration, Belle Palmer and Tom Buckland interpret their own childhood experiences that shape their present everyday lives. This sculptural installation invites the viewer to immerse themselves into a disarray of familiar objects that create a space for our own reflections and to seek comfort in the uncomfortable - a metaphor for those moments in which we succeed to control our own “inner saboteurs”.

Image: Belle Palmer & Tom Buckland, Memory Cavity :self destruction, 2019, found objects, dimensions variable .

Photo: Courtesy of the Artists and M16 Artspace.

Same time, same place
       
     
Same time, same place

Artists Society of Canberra

Gallery 3

23 May - 9 June 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 23 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 9 June

Same time, same place explores a sense of identity, connection, meaning, longing and attachment to a particular place. By allowing the artist to examining the passage of time by returning or re-connection to the well-known or familiar.

Image: Steve Tomlin, The harbour (detail), 2019, acrylic and collage on canvas.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

In My Mind’s Eye: Responses to Place
       
     
In My Mind’s Eye: Responses to Place

Southern Highlands printmakers

Curated by Lynne Flemons and Kathy Orton

Gallery 1

2 May– Sunday 19 May 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 2 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 19 May

This exhibition draws on the diversity, skill, and professionalism of the 24 current members of the Southern Highlands Printmakers. It would provide a rare opportunity to showcase the quality of work being produced in the Southern Highlands in the field of printmaking to new audiences in Canberra.

Image: Margot Rushton, The Graveyard, 2019, 30 x 40cm, unique state: copper etching & chine colle.

Digitas
       
     
Digitas

Keely van Order

Gallery 2

2 May– Sunday 19 May 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 2 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 19 May

Keely Van Order has been grappling with how technology interacts with human perception both in her current research in the fields of Psychology and Neuroscience and as part of her art practice. Van Order started on this line of thinking in 2017 with ink drawings, followed by depictions of colour to abstractly express how noise interference represents memory decay. Digitas explores understanding the ‘hardware’ of the human perception, and how identical information can manipulated and image can be recombined, rotated and redistributed.

Van Order is a multilingual software and art instructor currently researching at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. She has taught for a range of people including at University level, at Australian Parliament, the Government House, the Department of Defence and the Prime Minister’s Office. She has received numerous awards for her art including runner-up for the 2018 Ditmar Award ‘Best Artwork’ category and winner of the 2018 E.G. Harvey Award.

Online exhibition

Image: Keely Van Order, 3 body problem, 2018, detail. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Woodlands
       
     
Woodlands

Shannon Donahue

Gallery 3

2 May– Sunday 19 May 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 2 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 19 May

The inspirations in my work come from nature and folklore, animals and nature are what inspire me, and I explore that through folk tales, from my family’s heritage and from the space around me.

Shannon Donahue, Woodland, 2019, install.

Photo courtesy of M16.

BABEL
       
     
BABEL

Graham Eadie

Gallery 1

11 April – Sunday 28 April 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 11 April

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 28 April

It takes a long time to acquire a pictorial language and learn how to communicate through it. Visual interest is created through a tension between material surface and illusions of depth and distance. The works have a balance of figuration and abstraction intended to stir the imagination of viewers.

-Graham Eadie

Image: Graham Eadie, Tower of Babel Red rag, 2017, acrylic on canvas,  300 x 300 mm

Photo: courtesy of artist


One
       
     
One

Murray Kirkland

Gallery 2

11 April – Sunday 28 April 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 11 April

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 28 April

This body of work seeks to convey a more personal, intimate view of history through exploring the experience of an individual. Through this exhibition I seek to convey a more emotional perception of history, while questioning the motivation to understand the past?


Image: Murray Kirkland, Trench, 2018, oil on canvas, (detail).

Photo courtesy of the artist

Treading Lightly in One Place
       
     
Treading Lightly in One Place

Robert Bleyerveen

Gallery 3

11 April – Sunday 28 April 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 11 April

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 28 April

A series of paintings created through the artist’s own experience of feeling caught in one place, being prevented from painting by nerve injuries in his arms and slowly readjusted to painting smaller works, without physically roaming too far from home.


Image: Robert Bleyerveen, Neither Here nor There, 2017, Acrylic on Canvas Diptych, 1020 x 760 mm

Photo courtesy of the artist

Activity Centres
       
     
Activity Centres

Skye Jamieson and Kendall Manz

Gallery 1a

21 March – Sunday 7 April 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 21 March

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 7 April

Activity Centres is a conversation between two artists that both explore the tentative and incessant position between the natural and the urban through abstract sculptures, paintings and space.

Image: Skye Jamieson, Blue, 2018, acrylic and Kendall Manz, White, 2018, porcelain, glaze. Photo: courtesy of artist


Many Streams
       
     
Many Streams

Chris Holly, Harvey Welsh, Tricia Woodhouse, Akka Ballenger Constantin, Curated by Chris Holly

Gallery 1b

21 March – Sunday 7 April 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 21 March

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 7 April

A Group show that will explore how a visual art practice flows in myriad streams. From source to destination, streams of thought, subject, approach and choice of medium ow as we move individually and collectively through a creative life.

“By immersing ourselves and creating these flows we seek to step into a shared stream and experience ever newer outcomes.”

Chris Holly

Image: Chris Holly, Where Once There Was, 2018, Giclee Print, 50x60cm


Through a glass, darkly
       
     
Through a glass, darkly

Emilio Cresciani

Gallery 2

21 March – Sunday 7 April 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 21 March

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 7 April

Through the delicate patterns of the shattered glass we see the dark nature of rampant consumerism and the devastation of our environment that is required to sustain it. Both the cars and our road networks become redundant. The black and white references our impaired perception of what we are doing to our world: For now we see through a glass, darkly.

A car-recycling yard in western Sydney houses hundreds of smashed cars, row upon row. Their bonnets up, car-lovers stroll through the landscape to purchase spare parts. As I cut out the glass sheets from the cars the safety glass stayed intact and formed interesting patterns. The cracks look like streets seen from above.

Image: Emilio Cresciani, Fragment #13, Through a glass, darkly, 2017, chromogenic print, 23 x 35cm


Uncovering Mount Taylor
       
     
Uncovering Mount Taylor

Julie Goodwin

Gallery 3

21 March – Sunday 7 April 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 21 March

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 7 April

This new body of work is entirely focused on the unique rural and suburban fusion around Mt Taylor, Canberra.

Image: Julie Goodwin, 2018, Menacing, Mixed media on board, 41 x 51cm.

Photo: courtesy of artist


“ one, two... “
       
     
“ one, two... “

Manuel Pfeiffer and Eva van Gorsel

Gallery 1

28 February – Sunday 17 March 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 28 February

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 17 March

One couple - two artists. One project - two media. One environment - two perceptions. One world - two interpretations. One exhibition - a thousand thoughts.
The Artists ask the question “We are all living on the same planet - or are we?” Our perception of the physical world can be quite different and even more so our interpretation of past and present events.

Image: Manuel Pfeiffer, Flooded trees (Mita Mita River), 2018, acrylic on canvas, 76 x 102cm.

Photo courtesy of the artist.


Beauty in Difference
       
     
Beauty in Difference

Grace Costa, Mark Mohell, Fiona Scheidel, Aaron Pollock, Juliette Dudley.

Gallery 2

28 February – Sunday 17 March 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 28 February

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 17 March

Beauty in Difference, curatored by Grace Costa, shows mixed media work by five Canberra artists; Grace Costa, Mark Mohell, Juliette Dudley, Aaron Pollock and Fiona Scheidel. All artists are invited to express their interpretation of the theme; highlighting the difference in nature and how it challenges what is normal and beautiful.

Image: Grace Costa, Spotted series, Joker, Fine Art Giclee, Prints 58 x 40cm.

Photo courtesy of the artist.


Road Trip
       
     
Road Trip

Susan Chancellor

Gallery 3

28 February – Sunday 17 March 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 28 February

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 17 March

Chancellor has created an immersive series of painterly monotypes evoking a sense of these oft repeated journeys between her regional home and the city of Canberra. This exhibition forms part of M16’s Regional Initiative in 2019.

Image: Susan Chancellor, Monaro, 2018, oil monotype on paper, 50cm x 35 cm (detail).


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Interchange
       
     
Interchange

Karin Barr, Evelyn Dunstan, Jon Doe, Mark Eliott, Alexandra Frasersmith, Jeff Hamilton, Gerry King, Jacqueline Knight, Laurel Kohut, Elaine Miles, Catherine Newton, Kate Nixon, Phillip Silverman, Vicky Small, Charles Walker, Madisyn Zabel

Gallery 1

7 February – Sunday 24 February 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 February

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 24 February

Interchange is a group exhibition featuring members of both Ausglass and the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass (NZSAG). This exhibition is a satellite event to compliment the Ausglass/NZSAG COLAB Conference taking place in Whanganui, New Zealand; February 15th -17th, 2019.

The collaborative theme of the COLAB Conference has informed the theme of the exhibition. Artists from each organisation have been matched with an international or domestic counterpart to create cross-cultural collaborative partnerships.

Image: Jonathan Doe and Jeff Hamilton, Prayer to the iGod, 2018-2019, Mouth-blown and machine-made glass, lead, vitreous enamels, 137 x 80cm.
Photo credit: Titus Maclaren

Wash/Backwash
       
     
Wash/Backwash

Jacqui Malins

Gallery 2

7 February – Sunday 24 February 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 February

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 24 February

Emotion washes through us, the weather of our minds and bodies. Some emotional states are clear and distinct, others mysterious and ungraspable. Neuroscience now suggests that our brains construct our emotions as we make meaning of the world. Through ceramic works, video and text, Jacqui Malins considers the current science of emotion in relation to the ebb and flow of felt emotional experience.

Image: Jacqui Malins, I disappear, Ceramic, detail. Photo courtesy of the artist

Softly
       
     
Softly

Ruby Berry

Gallery 3

7 February – Sunday 24 February 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 February

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 24 February

Using basketry techniques to create organic forms that are open and soft or dense and weighted. Berry pushes the tactile contrast between materials of waxed threads and hand-spun wool to encourage the haptic gaze - how the works would feel through touch.

Image: Ruby Berry, Softy, installation shot

Photo: supplied by M16

HERstory
       
     
HERstory

Christine Appleby, Ellen Gunner, Chelsea Lemon, Clare Solomon, Shags, Mercy McColl, Aishah Kenton, Honour Luckhurst, Abbey Jamieson, Estelle Briedis.
Curated by Lily Pedvin

Gallery 1

17 January - Sunday 3 February 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 17 January

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 3 February

This exhibition pays tribute to past female artists, female only galleries and their exhibitions.

Current female-identifying emerging artists and designers build on their legacy to celebrate their important contribution to the arts. By celebrating these contemporary emerging artists and designers, their incredible works and achievements, is to highlight how far we have come and the legacy that's been passed down.

Image: Estelle Briedis, 2017, Surface Design.

Photo credit: Lillian Pedvin

Five Points of a Circle
       
     
Five Points of a Circle

Bob Georgeson

Gallery 2

17 January - Sunday 3 February 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 17 January

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 3 February

Using found footage experimental film maker Bob Georgeson presents 5 films that explore 5 themes of memory, loneliness, alienation, disquiet and mystery. The films include collaborations with several avant garde musicians who, like Georgeson, work across the globe and almost exclusively in the Creative Commons.

This exhibition forms part of M16’s Regional Initiative in 2019.

www.anonymouswaves.org 

Image: Bob Georgeson, Flying Underground, (video still) 2017

Photo: courtesy of artist.

Microcosm: A World in Miniature
       
     
Microcosm: A World in Miniature

Elaine Camlin

Gallery 3

17 January - Sunday 3 February 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 17 January

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 3 February

Investigating the repetitive tension between internal and external structures in organic systems. Camlin highlights the emotional connection to our universe through printmaking, drawing, small sculpture and collage.

This exhibition forms part of M16’s Regional Initiative in 2019.

Image:Elaine Camlin, untitled, 2018, monoprint and watercolour drawing

Photo: courtesy of artist.

Studio 22
       
     
Studio 22

Romany Fairall

Gallery 3

29 November - 14 December 2018

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

Showing the outcome of Romany Fairall’s residency at M16 as part of the ANU Emerging Artists Support Scheme.

Image: Romany Fairall, Split Gill Pollen,2018, detail

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.

Finalists

Surya Bajracharya, Emma Beer, Joshua Bollback Butler, Katharine Campbell, Susan Chancellor, Tony Curran, Frances Feasey, Lauren Guymer, Anahid Hagobian, Nicci Haynes, Waratah Lahy, Alex Lundy, Kathryn McGovern, Cat Mueller, Kellie O’Dempsey, Annika Romeyn, Kaye Shumack, Alice Turner, Kate Vassallo, Madisyn Zabel.

Winner of the M16 Drawing Prize

Waratah Lahy

Waratah Lahy, 2018, 5 days at Jigamy Farm, graphite, watercolour pencil, tinted charcoal, water colour and ink on paper, 14 x 160 cm

Winner of the Delta Cleaning Services Prize

Tony Curran

Tony Curran, 2018, Wiggly Grids, watercolour marker and gouache on paper, 118.8 x 84cm

Winner of the Framing Store Braddon Prize

Frances Feasey

Frances Feasey, 2018, Night Watch, charcoal and conte on paper, 59 x 79 cm

Image: Waratah Lahy, 2018, 5 days at Jigamy Farm, graphite, watercolour pencil, tinted charcoal, water colour and ink on paper, 14 x 160 cm

Curvature couture: Design and the pear-shaped woman
       
     
Curvature couture: Design and the pear-shaped woman

Bronwynne Jones

Gallery 1

8 - 25 November 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 8 November

Fashion is so often the domain of the tall, pin-thin models. It’s sad but true that most designers see this as the perfect shape on which to ‘hang’ their garments.

Thunder Thighs Fashion believes every woman has the right to couture. Designer Bronwynne Jones focuses on shape as a feature, not a flaw.

This exhibition will showcase Thunder Thighs’ new collection of garments designed for the perfectly pear-shaped woman. The exhibition commences with a runway show on opening night Get to know more about the genesis of the label with a designer talk. A workshop will explore how to dress for a body shape that deserves a place on the runway. The studio will also be open from 12-4 on Saturday 10 November and by appointment during the exhibition.

Image: Thunder Thighs, Fashfest, 2017

Photo: Doug Hall, Studio Vita

Reverie
       
     
Reverie

Jeremy Brown

Gallery 2

8 - 25 November 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 8 November

This exhibition is a culmination of works that question the role of furniture and objects in everyday life. The practical functionality of these artefacts is challenged and an emphasis is instead placed on developing connections with users. Recurring geometricized shell-like motifs reflect upon the built and natural environments, playing with notions of hard/soft and permanent/impermanent to disrupt expectations. encouraging meaningful interaction and connection with the works allow users the opportunity to become lost in their own thoughts; thus entering into reverie.

Image: Repose In Solitude, 2018, American white oak, wool felt, 66 x 110 x 50 cm.

Image credit: Prue Hazelgrove

Pots
       
     
Pots

Alan Howard

Gallery 3

8 - 25 November 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 6 November

Interested in making every day tableware Alan Howard is showcasing his latest experiments with different coloured and textured glazes.

Image: Alan Howard, Studio view, 2018. Photo courtesy of artist.

NEW WORK
       
     
NEW WORK

Brenton McGeachie and Martin Paull

Gallery 1

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, 2018, pigment ink on hehnemulhe paper, detail.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

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 works on paper that use the languages of geometric abstraction, colour and symbolism. They journal her experiences of conflict, anxiety and heartbreak; and the joys of connection, love, and gratitude. Like an alchemist she transforms the energy of complex and sometimes negative emotions into vibrating, ‘blooming’ compositions.

The process Cunningham has used to create these images has been developed in the context of her busy life as a single mother and educator. In the rare moments she has to herself, during the early hours of the morning when sleep evades her, she creates images as a way of processing emotions and thoughts.

On a daily basis she immerses herself in colour, shape and pattern in an almost therapeutic meditation – resulting in an eclectic collection of image ‘seeds’. Selected images are further developed and refined, then printed in archival inks on gorgeous cotton rag paper.

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: Lucille Carson, The Flying Fish, 2018. Mixed Media, (detail) 13cm x 6cms

Photo: Tim Brook.

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: Silk on the Road - Artist's Book of poetry and artworks - cover piece (detail), rice paper, silk, acrylic paint on canvas.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Testamur
       
     
Testamur

Canberra Art Workshop

Gallery 2

27 September - Sunday 14 October 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 27 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 14 October

Showcasing CAW Special Events Tutors and their

Influence on our Art Development.

Image: Lori Smith, Crayon Boy, 2018, oil on canvas, 39 x 49cm.

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: Arjen Romeyn, Edible Plants, Goauche on black gesso, 70cmx50cm

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, Andrillamps, 2018, wire, 65cm x 90cm x 35cm

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, Split Detail, 2018, glass paint metal,

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

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.

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.

Singular Archivists
       
     
Singular Archivists

Llewellyn McGarry, Dierdre Pearce, Isobel Rayson, Alison Moeller and Kate McCambridge

Gallery 1a

5 July - Sunday 22 July 2018

In singular archivists the artists are exploring ways of registering their everyday presence at different levels of proximity with the surrounding space: bodily, domestic, environmental and digital. The discovery of place, the experimentation of mark-making, record-keeping practices and engagement with their environments are evident in the exhibited work. As artists, they use a combination of performance and documentary practices including photography, drawing, digital archiving and physical objects which evidence their presence in each space and the traces they leave behind.

Image: Dierdre Pearce, Alison Moeller and Kate McCambridge, one of the series fragments of an imagined existence, 2017, digital photograph documenting performance, Domain de Boisbuchet, Lessac, France, August 2017.

Photo credit: Dierdre Pearce, Alison Moeller and Kate McCambridge.

NEXUS
       
     
NEXUS

Brian Hincksman

Gallery 1b

5 July - Sunday 22 July 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 5 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 22 July

Hincksman's works in Nexus tend towards the abstract in order to suggest a connectivity between humans and all living things in the natural environment. The exhibition will have a dual focus; painting and poetry, with live readings on the opening night. The paintings enter a dialogue of philosophy, physics and psychology simply bu their construction. Technique is therefore as important as the end result, with Hincksman considering composition all manner of things, not just structural or visual; intuition, instinct, emotion and the subconscious mind play more of a role.

Image: Brian Hincksman, The Octopus, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 90 x 60cm

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Project Reflect
       
     
Project Reflect

Allison Jonas Young

Gallery 2

5 July - Sunday 22 July 2018

‘Project Reflect’ is Allison Jonas Young’s most recent series of artworks. Within each circular panel we find two smaller circles, two parts within the whole. Each of the two smaller circles are mirrors to each other’s missing bits. These pairs are not incongruous, while they may appear quite different from one and other they are in fact a perfect match. Like any good complementary opposite they complete each other, they balance each other out and create harmony together.

Image: Allison Jonas Young, Luck And Openness, 2017, Acrylic on Timber, 30cmØ x 2.2cm, Photo: Allison Jonas Young

 

Amalgam
       
     
Amalgam

Phil Alldis

Gallery 3

5 July - Sunday 22 July 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 5 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 22 July

'I like working with found imagery and find something interesting about images removed from their context. The compositions are generated in Photoshop, where I have played around with imagery from different sources, ranging from the obscure to the personal, cropping, layering, flipping and distorting until something which is intriguing to me emerges. I have allowed for intuition to play a central role in the process and the accumulation of image-upon-image.' - Phil Alldis

Alldis focuses on the division of space within composition, and the subtle influences of modernism in his exhibition. He is particluarly attracted, in this exhibition, to the use of text as part of his dialogue with tone, pattern and shape. The artist explores with forms and spaces until a composition achieves 'rightness'.

Image: Phil Alldis, b53, 2017, charcoal and wax on canvas, 71 x 56 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

CITY LIGHTS
       
     
CITY LIGHTS

Julie Spencer

Gallery 1

14 June - Sunday 1 July 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 14 June

Guest Speaker: Terence Maloon, Director, Drill Hall Gallery, ANU

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 1 July

In style of the Impressionists, Spencer’s exhibition hopes to capture the sense of atmosphere in the urban experience. The diffused and dappled light of rainy nights transforms the solid city scape in to atmospheric hustle and bustle. Her practice is to '..thinly apply and drip paint like falling rain, as if jewels or stained glass windows and thickly textured paint, scratched back, and overlaid until the canvas is glowing.' The lucid and gestural style of her work reflects perfectly her subject matter.

Listen to Julie Spencer talk about City Lights in an interview she did with Living Arts Canberra. Click Here

Image: Julie Spencer, Rendezvous 9pm, 2018, Oil on Canvas, 56 x 40cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES
       
     
AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

Tim Brook

Gallery 2

14 June - Sunday 1 July 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 14 June

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 1 July

Australian Landscapes is an immersive installation of quiet, slow and contemplative digital video work. Every image is a celebration of the unexpected beauty of that Australian icon, the corrugated-iron fence. It is a close study of surface detail that is intended to evoke memories of the colours and textures of outback experiences. Many of the images involve paint that is dripping, fading or peeling, but the images remain photographic, not painterly. The patterns were formed by random processes until they were captured in the photographic frame—they were not carefully constructed like the paintings of Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists who have inspired this exhibition. After all, it is the delicacy of detail and the harshness of ground that is so characteristic of corrugated-iron.

Listen to Tim Brook talk about Australian Landscapes in an interview he did with Living Arts Canberra. Click Here

www.hingstonbrook.com/iron/

Image: Tim Brook, Boulder WA No. 6, 1995, digital photograph, 1920 x 1080 px.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

BLOCK BY BLOCK
       
     
BLOCK BY BLOCK

Jenny Blake

Gallery 3

14 June - Sunday 1 July 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 14 June

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 1 July

Blake says her exhibition was inspired by an ABC documentary about excessive landfill. 'The program piqued my awareness of waste. After finding a builders rubbish skip full of pine off cuts, I was compelled to rescue the wood blocks from landfill. Wood is a precious resource and can stored carbon long after the trees has been harvest. My new mission now - to repurpose the off cuts, block by block. Using acrylics and pallet knives, I manipulated the paint, layering, scalping and sanding back to find natural ridges and knots. The wood surface allowed a tough and energetic approach, while exposing the gentle vulnerability in the fine lines nature had composed. The wood lines reveal and mimic mountain ranges and seascapes, while presenting a constant flow of energy.' The artist heroically brings new life to this tragic chapter. 'Block by block the wasted off cuts were rescued and nurtured to embody a new life, a new landscape brought into being as an ode to their previous life.'

Listen to Jenny Blake talk about Block by Block in an interview she did with Living Arts Canberra. Click Here

Image: Jenny Blake, Wave, 62 x 45cm, Acrylic on Wood Assemblage.

Photo: Oliver Armstrong

CLOUD 9
       
     
CLOUD 9

Chris Holly

Gallery 1

24 May - Sunday 10 June 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 24 May

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 10 June

Things are looking up. To explore the nature and character of a vapour is to be on cloud nine. 

The highest level of the sky in numerous cultural traditions and mythology is the 9th level. The idiom “being on cloud nine” is an expression of happiness and delight. The cloud is a physical state of water; that being when the air reaches a condition where it cannot hold water as a gas, the water condenses into tiny drops and a cloud forms. Images of clouds are both a literal and populist interpretation of skyscapes.However, clouds provide a challenging opportunity to explore a subject that is both transient and ubiquitous in its character and nature. It is to attempt to document the face of transience. This body of work is a series of photographic sketches and portraits of clouds and their many moods. Shot over many seasons and across many locations around the world, on both film and digital media, this series is small collection of a larger body of work known as the Biome Project in which I seek to document all aspects of the earth’s biosphere. 

Image: Chris Holly, Untitled, 2017, digital type C, 60 x 60 cm. 

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

ODD - A LITTLE
       
     
ODD - A LITTLE

Manuel Pfeiffer

Gallery 2

24 May - Sunday 10 June 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 24 May

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 10 June

Painted interpretations of pieces of music.

In his exhibition Odd - a Little Manuel Pfeiffer will interpret pieces of music, mostly jazz, by musicians such as saxophonist Yusef Lateef and pianist Keith Jarrett. For every piece of music, Pfeiffer will create two versions: the first interpretation of the music, and a reinterpretation of the first painting - or as a jazz player would say, a ‘second take’.

Image: Manuel Pfeiffer, one, 2017, acrylic and red dust on canvas, 30 cm x 40 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

PORTRAITS
       
     
PORTRAITS

Rachael Bruhn

Gallery 3

24 May - Sunday 10 June 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 24 May

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 10 June

Bruhn’s photographic exhibition documents the portraits of people in the artists life. The show was first exhibited in 1990, and its reprisal will reflect time passing through the ageing of each sitter. The artist will focus on the curation of the room, with the portraits forming a ‘landscape’ of people and their stories.

Image: Racheal Bruhn, Gerard Foley (detail), 2017, inkjet on rag, 30 x 90 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

H2O
       
     
H2O

Anthony Fleming

Gallery 1

3 May - Sunday 20 May 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 3 May

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 20 May

“With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you're connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live. Most of the oxygen in the atmosphere is generated by the sea.”

- Sylvia Earle, Marine Biologist

Water covers 75% of the Earth’s surface in the form of ice, rivers, lakes and seas. This body of work explores colour, luminosity and scale through the medium of photography. These photographs use framing and focus to accentuate the abstract beauty of the waters of Antarctica, the NSW Sapphire Coast and the Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park.

Antarctica has sublime landscapes and icebergs. The lighting of the Sapphire Coastline has a unique quality giving rise to dramatic sunrises and sunsets that illuminate the abundant waterways including lakes, rivers and creeks. Kalamurina borders the Simpson Desert Regional Reserve and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park. The desert landscape is vast and ephemeral. 

Image: Anthony Fleming, Barragga Bay, 2017, inkjet print 42 x 59 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

FALSE PERSPECTIVES
       
     
FALSE PERSPECTIVES

Caroline Ambrus & Lucile Carson

Gallery 2

3 May - Sunday 20 May 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 3 May

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 20 May

A collaborative effort between Carson and Ambrus has physically manifested in visual re-telling of the childhood classic, The Wizard of Oz. The artists use warped light and a clever fusion of flat and 3D perspective to create an immersive installation.

Image: Caroline Ambrus, False Perspectives, 2017, oil on board, 120 x 120cm

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

XPERIMENTAL
       
     
XPERIMENTAL

Experimental Painting Workgroup,

Ross Andrews, Robyn Banks, Robyn Booth, Loli Butler, Jane Dunn, Catherine Ellerton, Michele England, Joanne Mahler Fenderson, Val Gee, Ann Gordon-Smith, Margaret Harrison-Smith, Velda Hunter, Diana Jamieson, Diana McPhetres, Betty Pearson, Annette Rennie, Lori Smith, Julie Spencer, Judy Stevenson, Irena Zarobski; curated by Michele England

Gallery 3

3 May - Sunday 20 May 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 3 May

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 20 May

A group show by some of Canberra Art Workshop’s studio artists that encompasses a variety of methods, mediums and intentions. The only common denominator is the letter ‘X’ which must be the visual or conceptual crux of each piece. The Canberra Art Workshop is an arts organisation at M16 Artspace.

Image: Installation view looking east

Photo: courtesy of M16 Artspace.

UNREAL
       
     
UNREAL

Casey Crockford, Chloe Gray, Alex Hobba, Kon Kudo, Josh Owen, Luis Power, Rebecca Worth

Gallery 1b + 2

12 April - Sunday 29 April 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 12 April

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 29 April

In a world of the ‘Insta’, a culture of personalised media to promote activity and event; ‘I was there, that happened, this exists’, Photography has come to exists as fact and evidence of our lives; but what happens when we re-claim photographic reality to depict the unreal? The eclectic combination of photomedia, installation and sculpture, brought together in Unreal, is an investigation of this very question. When the record of light and reality is combined with the creative manipulations of the artist, how much of the photographic reality remains? How is our traditional definition of photography re-imagined to encompass contemporary photography?

Image: Rebecca Worth, Auroral 3, 2017, digital print from medium format negative, 90 x 80cm

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

PERCEPTION
       
     
PERCEPTION

Kate Bender & Janet Angus

Gallery 1a

12 April - Sunday 29 April 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 12 April

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 29 April

Perceptions is a joint exhibition with Janet Angus and Kate Bender, artists who explore the depiction of paradoxical spaces and ambiguous forms and the tensions that are created by multiple perspectives. Traditionally, Angus seeks to reflect an inner state of mind, with the intention of eliciting an emotional response via the materials of oil on board. Bender’s bold and engaging abstract oil on canvas constructions embody the representation of light, and the perception of, and interplay between space and form. Through a similar material the artists achieve entirely different things. For this exhibition Angus and Bender will challenge their usual portrayals of abstract spaces and forms by borrowing a signature motif from the other and incorporating it into their own work. Angus will include softer curvilinear forms and Bender will integrate rectilinear and geometric lines.

Image: Kate Bender, No Words This Time, 2017, oil on canvas, 76 x 84 cm

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

Bird Years
       
     
Bird Years

Ellen Sleeman-Taylor

Gallery 3

12 April - Sunday 29 April 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 12 April

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 29 April

Bird Years is a solo exhibition that will showcase an enormous, scrolling work that from conception to completion over the one year it has taken the artist to complete (2017-2018). The work forms a portrait of the artists life, detailing a span of events and documenting the people she loves, the places she goes, what she thinks about and what she thinks is funny or interesting. There is a resemblance to a timeline in the format of the piece; the long, continuous roll of paper is dotted with moments from the year. These moments sit in a bed of intricate patterns that morph into one another. Within the endless rolling on of the patterning are bubbles, like tiny windows. Through the windows are scenes of contemporary life. Her subject matter is inspired by Ukiyo-e and woodblock prints and French Impressionism as well as digital collage.

Image: Ellen Sleeman-Taylor, Cheap Vacation, 2016, pencil and pen on paper, 58 x 84 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

UP WE GO
       
     
UP WE GO

Phillip Frankcombe

Gallery 1

22 March - Sunday 8 April 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 22 March

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 8 April

This exhibition combines Mother Nature with traditional spirituality. Taking motives and symbols from different cultures and religious, Frankcombe visually represents a creative power that relates to the inner being. This symbolism derives from English, Islamic, Buddhist, Christian and Hindu religion; the common factor being a fascination with the Divine.

Image: Philip Frankcombe, Up We Go, 2017, acrylic and oil on MDF, 84 x 36 cm.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

 

ARTFLUX
       
     
ARTFLUX

Christine Jarrett, Trevor Lewis, Leanne Jeffcoat, Jacqueline Wilkinson, Jeanette Zvargulis.

Gallery 2

22 March - Sunday 8 April 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 22 March

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 8 April

ArtFlux represents the journeys of friendships and expressions of collaborative art processes captured in a state of flux.

Each artist’s work connects in some way with an other even though diverse media and subject matter are used. This connection could be as a result of the sound of another’s voice in the studio or the brushing of shoulders along journeys of learning and discoveries in making art.

The art results in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, collage, printmaking, mixed media, and representations of diversity of meanings of everyday objects.

ArtFlux will be the Artpath workshop's second exhibition at M16.

Picture: Lee-Anne Jeffcoat, 2017, Good times, etching (detail).

Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

 

EARTH DREAMING
       
     
EARTH DREAMING

Barbara Hiscock Laszuk

Gallery 3

22 March - Sunday 8 April 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 22 March

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 8 April

This exhibition explores the essence of our red earth perceived beyond the physical eye, and produced in a way that incorporates the aesthetic of conceptual realism.

Image: Barbara Hiscock Laszuk, 2017, Red Earth, oil and acrylic on canvas, 100x75 cm

Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

 

Wrapped in Sky
       
     
Wrapped in Sky

Carmel McCrow

Gallery 1a

1 March - Sunday 18 March 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 1 March

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 18 March

 

“…and always there’s a keyhole, which we prisoners call a sky”

                                   Oscar Wilde

Sky…the result of an ancient explosion still in progress. The universe, still expanding, constantly changing, a living environment where sparks continue to fly. Above is the immeasurable scale and complexity of the universe, from which our minds, having immense capacity for thought and imagination, offers a vast array of manifestations. The sense of scale is majestic, inviting contemplation of the infinite, but with air and light movement constantly affecting change in colour, intensity and patterning, can also offer intimate glimpses of what may lie beyond our mundane world, to the sublime.

Image: Carmel McCrow, The sublime, 2017, oil and acrylic on canvas, 120 x 90 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

 

EVOLVE
       
     
EVOLVE

Keith Bailey, Lex Beardsell, Ian Robertson, Alan Howard, Cherylynne Holmes, Jane Styles, curated by Georgina Griffiths.

Gallery 1b

1 March - Sunday 18 March 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 1 March

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 18 March

A group of Canberra based artists who met during their tenure as National Gallery of Australia volunteer guides in 2012. The group celebrate diversity, collaboration and evolving art practice in thier mixed media show.

Image:  Alan Howard, Blue vase, 2018, White stone clay, Chun glaze, 140mm x 80mm

Alan Howard, White stoneware pair of cups, 2018, Stoneware, shino glaze, 85mm x 75mm,

Photo: M16 Artspace.

 

LOSS
       
     
LOSS

Keith Bailey

Gallery 2

1 March - Sunday 18 March 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 1 March 6pm

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 18 March

Loss is an oil on canvas exploration of loss of habitats, species of plants and animals, and landscapes globally and regionally, using abstract, semi-abstract and symbolist painting styles.

The works express the Bailey's responses to traveling around Australia and internationally, witnessing destruction of habitat, landscape and threatened species. Additionally, a focus on research and literature has highlighted the artist's call to action.

Loss investigates vast land clearing, and focuses on the dynamic visuals of The Great Barrier Reef, the Borneo jungles and the orangutan populations that inhabit, and Rhinoceri in Africa.

Image: Keith Bailey, Great Barrier Grief (detail), 2017, oil on canvas, 121 x 76 cm.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

 

Readymades
       
     
Readymades

READYMADES

Gallery 3

1 March - Sunday 18 March 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 1 March 6pm

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 18 March

Alex Asch, Adele Rae Cameron, Nigel Lendon

Curated by Jas Hugonnet in collaboration with Al Munro

This exhibition presents Readymades highlighting the alchemical skill of the artist to see inherent artistic merit in existing objects.

There is a hint of irreverence to the gallery context as these un-worked objects are elevated beyond the everyday and bathed in light.

Image: Nigel Lendon, Untitled Industrial Structure, 1970, Unlimited Edition. Unique artist’s copy, 50 x 51 x 17cm

Photo: M16 Artspace.

 

If you were buried for a thousand years even you would be priceless.
       
     
If you were buried for a thousand years even you would be priceless.

Alex Hobba, Patrick Larmour, Rosalind Lemoh, Darren Nedza, Timothy Phillips, Leila el Rayes, Camille Thomas

Gallery 1

8 February - Sunday 25 February 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 8 February

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 25 February

This group show of new media, sculpture, drawing and painting brings together artists from the ACT and interstate and explores ways of life and living using objects of material culture. This means still life, fragmentary images, text, the stuff of future archaeology, the stuff of contemporary anthropology. The artists involved use various approaches from detached poetic and humorous collection and cataloguing to more explicitly personal and immediate expressions.

Ways of life and living is a huge and nebulous subject, rearing its head in academic and pop culture just about everywhere from Sex and the City to Indiana Jones and bell hooks to Tolstoy. It describes everything in life that humans do. This exhibition is particularly focused around our relationship to time and the value that objects, collected or created, have for our bodies and identities inside of a connection they have with larger social structures. 

The works included explore tensions between permanence and ephemerality. Many have a starting point in the banal and familiar include shoes, knives, eating utensils, quick snap pics, protective equipment and tools. Objects that reflect the fulfilment of simple desire and necessity and are the remnants left behind of a quick decision to hold on to things symbolic of our memories or to let go.

Image: Patrick Larmour, This will keep you safe, 2017, oil on linen,  80 x 108 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

 

Osculate
       
     
Osculate

Jenny Lyons

Gallery 2

8 February - Sunday 25 February 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 8 February

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 25 February

Jenny Lyons has crafted Osculate from close up footage taken on the Queensland coast; focusing on the spiraling creations and disruption of bubbles in swash. It is thought that a part of the human brain is dedicated to recognising spiral patterns. This work artistically highlights these attractive and disorientating movements, encouraging the audience to decipher the work through an awareness of their own physical responses.  As one curving wave collides with another, graceful osculations are exposed in the foam and bubbles of the wash. 

Jenny Lyons work contributes to wider conversations concerning the brain and body.  Adding to those exploring the shared ideas and techniques between Australian Indigenous and Western trained artists.

Image: Jenny Lyons, 2018, Osculate 2, Image still from video

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

 

 

It is. They are.
       
     
It is. They are.

Lauren Butler

Gallery 3

8 February - Sunday 25 February 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 8 February

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 25 February

In this collection the artist experiments with unlikely textural and media combinations to create luscious, garish and bizarre artworks that explore the notion of being present with what is. Butler employs a spontaneous and subconscious creation style such that the elements in each work appear to materialise randomly from the monochromatic canvas background. This is achieved by working intuitively, with little deliberation. As a result, the elements feel impotent and unstable. Some are held down with thread. For now they are suspended here, but there is a sense that at any second they might move, morph or subside; the same way 'now' is constantly morphing into 'then'. The strange but visually delicious works draw the viewer into the 'now' as unexpected textures, shapes, shimmers and threads are examined in detail and touched with the eyes. They are made to be viewed and absorbed in the present. They simply 'are'.

Image: Lauren Butler, Untitled #3, 2017, mixed media, 45.5 x 61.5 x 3.4cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

Gesture Light
       
     
Gesture Light

Rachel Bruhn

Gallery 1

18 January - Sunday 4 February 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 18 January

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 4 February

Gesture light is a collection of 1000 small watercolour paintings plus animation. The project is based on the changing colour and light that endure over a repetitive sequence. The work presents as an overall pattern and when each piece is seen individually the intimate marks and gestures are seen. The individual circles form a rhythmic articulation of time passing. 

The artist has been inspired by formal and minimalist approaches to the production of art making, and enjoys working with ideas of small precious shapes usually overlooked.

Image: Rachel Bruhn, #A001, 2016, watercolour on rag, 19 x 14.5 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

 

Rebirth of Reason
       
     
Rebirth of Reason

Corralee Rooney

Gallery 2

18 January - Sunday 4 February 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 18 January

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 4 February

‘Imagine if you could present your beliefs in a picture, expressed in colour?’ queries the artist. This exhibition is a series of abstract works that seeks to make us question life in a philosophical and abstract sense.

Image: Corralee Rooney, Petri Dish of Colour Theory, 2017, watercolour and ink, 129 x 92 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

 

 

 

Crises of Content
       
     
Crises of Content

Chloe Gray

Gallery 3

18 January - Sunday 4 February 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 18 January

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 4 February

Crises of Content is not a single body of work, it’s a constantly evolving dialogue of self-reflection, and this is its most current evolution. Once it was an alter ego named Collie-K, and then it was Chloe with her pet spider Jeffery. It’s always changing, always searching and always just a little strange. This is how Gray purges her anxiety, a coping mechanism to empty the artists' whirring thoughts and lock them down somewhere so she can move onto the bigger things. When things get out of control, she indulges in self-reflections of cathartic writing and making that, she has branded her Crises of Content.

Image: Chloe Gray, Untitled, inkjet on paper, 2014, 90 x 90 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

 

Mediated Landscape
       
     
Mediated Landscape

Frank Thirion and Graham Eadie

Gallery 1

26 September - 13 October 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 26 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 13 October

This exhibition of photographs and paintings re-examines the landscape genre and through its emphasis on mediation, offers a new sensory experience. The works based in time and space support and play off one another, while source material informs and re-orients the fixed gaze towards an unexpected aesthetic experience.

Image: Frank Thirion, Beyond the bounds of possibility, 2018 Photograph on bond paper, 600x400mm.

Air to Ground
       
     
Air to Ground

Bec Bigg-Wither

Gallery 2

26 September - 13 October 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 26 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 13 October

In the fiftieth anniversary-year of the first moon-landing, this exhibition considers space exploration and terrestriality. It grounds these poles in a local perspective, using historical NASA public domain images and my own photographs of the site of the former Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station near Canberra, which helped track the Apollo moon-landing missions.

Image: Bec Bigg-Wither, Apollo 9 (detail), 2019. Inkjet print, 30.5 x 177.5 cm.Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Elements: Fire
       
     
The Elements: Fire

Marilyn Stretton and Helene Walsh

Gallery 3

26 September - 13 October 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 26 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 13 October

This series of works examines Fire, the last of the four elements in a series of exhibitions undertaken by Stretton over several years at M16 Artspace. Air, Water, Earth and Fire are held to be the physical manifestations of our psychological make-up. Ultimately an examination of the elements is a reminder that life’s force depends on all four and on the balance, or lack of it, that we achieve among them.

Image: Marilyn Stretton, Untitled #2, 2017, acrylic on canvas paper, 30x42cm, Photo courtesy of the artist.