As Canberra shivers through a chilly winter, it’s the perfect time to explore exhibition spaces that offer an artful escape from the cold.
Belconnen Arts Centre
At the very least, attending an exhibition opening might help you warm up with a glass of red wine. On Friday 28 July four exhibitions at the Belconnen Arts Centre will formally open. We’re thrilled that one of these exhibitions is our very own Martin Rowney’s ‘Biographies’—a series of sculptures made from historical objects, including some salvaged from the adaptive re-use of the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University. And if you are keen to find out more about the creative process, Martin will share his insights about the nexus between archaeology and sculpture at 2pm on Saturday 29 July at an ‘Artists in Conversation’ talk. More of Martin’s artistic work can be viewed here.
National Gallery of Australia
For more inspiration, visit ‘Defying Empire—National Indigenous Art Triennial’ at the National Gallery of Australia. It challenges stereotypical concepts of Aboriginal art by showcasing a range of works, as diverse as the communities that have created them.
National Library of Australia
‘Melodrama in Meiji Japan’, at the National Library of Australia, features a range of stunning Japanese woodblock illustrations. They reflect the state of flux in traditional values and relationships, as Japan moved toward a modern western-style state in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
National Museum of Australia
Finally, ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ at the National Museum of Australia is a free exhibition of objects that reflect milestones in the history of Aboriginal activism in Australia.