Capital Life: Celebrating Old and New Artists | Canberra time

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Judith Nangala Crispin’s NOX: A Record of Things That Pass by at Night is described by the artist as “a threna for rabbits, birds, spiders and other beings with whom we share this planet”. Created with Stephen Harrison and Victoria Royds, it draws on ideas and stories gathered by Crispin over many years, while tracing the Bpangerang-Gunaikurnai ancestry of his family. The afterlife portraits of non-human beings were made from corpses and light-reactive paper, using a technique she calls Lumachrome glass printing. She superimposes new and archaic alternative photographic practices, such as lumen printing, cliché-verre and chemigram, on drawing and painting. The exhibition is at Grainger Gallery, Studio 1 & 2, Building 3.3, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick until 13 February. Starting February 3, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Center has three events. Emerging Contemporaries: The Craft ACT National Award Exhibition supports artists transitioning into practice and professional settings. 6:30 Sessions features the work of Brisbane designers Michelle Stemm and Nellie Peoples. And You get a Rhythm about it recognizes Peter Minson’s contribution to Australian glass art and craft by featuring work spanning his 60-year career as a lampmaker. Until March 19. The Nancy Sever Gallery presents Triptych: 40 Years of Ceramic Leadership, an exhibition that showcases and celebrates the work of three of Australia’s foremost ceramic artists – Janet DeBoos, Alan Watt and Greg Daly – who each led the ceramic workshop at the School of Art which is part of the Australian National University. It is curated by art historian Peter Haynes, art critic for the Canberra Times. Until February 27. Studio Altenburg is hosting two new exhibitions opening February 4. Millie Black is a recipient of the ANU Emerging Artist Support Scheme exhibition award and her exhibition explores the sublimity of distant landscapes and our connection to them, particularly through air and ground. Untamed Waters by Peter Van de Maele contains oil paintings that celebrate the unexpected beauty of our regional waterways. Until March 4. Soak up the summer atmosphere of the Pialligo estate and indulge in afternoon tea featuring charcuterie, sandwiches and desserts as well as bubbles and tea, while Luminescence chamber singers perform a wide range music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. It’s Sunday, January 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $100 per person. Reservations required: In 1977, two men meet in a hotel room – one from Big Tobacco, the other from Big Oil. Christopher Samuel Carroll’s new piece deals with the ongoing machinations of these industries to cover up and deflect the harmful effects of their products. Queanbeyan Performing Arts Center, February 2-5. Bundanon is celebrating the opening of the new art museum and bridge for creative learning with free admission this weekend (January 29-30). The museum will feature exhibits of modern, contemporary and First Nations art, as well as new commissions. The inaugural exhibition, From Impulse to Action, runs until June 12. It includes 12 new commissions from contemporary Australian artists working in a wide range of disciplines to explore the mind of Arthur Boyd.


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