Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Belco Bazaar

Art and Design Market

12.00 - 5.00 pm Saturday 4th September 

Celebrating Local Environmentally-Friendly Design, Arts & Crafts

Artists include: Karen Lee Clarke, Tahlia Downes, Anne Greiner, Jo Hollier, Jenni Martiniello, Barbara McGann, Laura Mulligan,  Deborah Oswald, Caroline Reid, Tamara Russell, Esmeee Smith, Michelle Snowdon, Diane G. West, Anne Willsford

Created by local artists and crafts people using environmentally-friendly materials and
processes. Woven and felted goods; contemporary Aboriginal glass, silks and textiles; raku fired ceramic sculptures; handmade glass, silver and inlay; silver jewellery; printed products; glass are; handmade pottery; handbags and textiles.

Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen

Daily Joy Exhibition - Call to Artists



Artists are invited to join a selective exhibition to be held on Thursday 7 October to 31 of October 2010.

  • Delivery: 1 OCTOBER 2010
  • Selection: 2 OCTOBER 2010

All wall works must be properly prepared for hanging with cord or plastic coated wire.
  • $20.00 entry fee per selected item.
  • Commission for all sold items is 25 percent of the total sales price (including GST).
  • Pick up of non selected works after 14 October (artists to be notified).


In modern society we forget about the things that make us happy every day.  It is important to remember our daily joy in our lives and for us to celebrate them through art.

This is an optimistic exhibition that features the daily joy that celebrates the lives of everyday people going about everyday business.  For example; getting up in the morning, going about our daily rituals, spending time with family and friends, creating works of art that give us pleasure, new beginnings, making music, singing in the shower, cooking, liaisons with people in our communities and for some people even cleaning the bathroom.

All Mediums are welcome including video, sound, jewellery, comic, installation, painting, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, mixed media and photography.

Joy knows no boundaries, therefore this exhibition is open to all ages and all artists.

Application forms are available from the Artist Shed Shop, Citylink Plaza, Queanbeyan.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Share Your Story on Sustainable Living

LivingGreener.gov.au are keen to hear peoples experiences relating to sustainable changes you have made in your households. They want to hear about the challenges, what went wrong and how you resolved it - anything to assist other take action easily. If your story inspires just one person, it will have a positive impact on the environment and for Australia.

Contact lgcc@climatechange.gov.au for a copy of the terms and conditions a a template to fill in.

http://www.livinggreener.gov.au/ provides a single entry point for Australians to find, navigate and act on information relating to energy, water, waste and personal transport efficiency, including information about government sustainability programs and rebates.  It is written in clear, simple English to help users better understand government information and take up government assistance to live more sustainabily.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Input on Arts Review sought

The ACT Government is seeking feedback from the community on the findings of an independent review of the arts in Canberra which commenced in September last year.
Chief Minister and Minister for the Arts and Heritage, Jon Stanhope released the final consultant's report on the review today, which was prepared by Peter Loxton and Associates Pty Ltd.
He said the Government would await the outcome of the community consultation before responding to the review.
"The review investigated how the Government funds and supports the arts in the ACT," Mr Stanhope said.

"Over 500 individuals, artists and representatives from local arts organisations participated in the review through community forums and an online survey.
"The Government will await the outcome of the community consultation before adopting a position on any of the findings.
"I encourage everyone with an interest in the arts to share their thoughts on the review," Mr Stanhope said.
Submissions on the consultant's report can be made until Friday 29 October 2010.
For copies of the report and information about making a submission visit www.arts.act.gov.au or call Canberra Connect on 132281.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Introduction to Weaving course

Canberra Spinners and Weavers will be running an Introduction to Weaving course over 3 weekends in August/September  28/29 August, 12 and 19 September 2010 at the Guild rooms in Ainslie.

The tutor is Monique van Nieuwland.  The course is tailored for beginner weavers, and covers how to dress a loom, introduces plain and twill weaves, and equips you to be able to plan your next weaving project.

Cost is $200.00 for non members of the Guild, $175.00 for members, for 24 hours of tuition, and includes the yarn for the sampler.

Table looms are available for hire for the duration of the course

If you would like further information, please contact  Leigh Casley leighsea@internode.on.net

Sunday, August 15, 2010


The Rural City of Wangaratta is presenting their biennial WANGARATTA CONTEMPORARY TEXTILE AWARD in 2011 and is inviting artists working in any style of textile medium to submit an entry for consideration in the competitive assessment process. The award of  $5,000 for a textile work will be acquired for the Wangaratta exhibitions Gallery collection. The call for entries for artists and weavers working in textiles are now open.
The Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award exhibition is being held as part of the  2011 Stitched Up Textile Festival to be held in 2011
The entry form is available to download at www.wangaratta.vic.gov.au

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Conservation Workshop

Family Memory Making With Dr. Sherene Suchy

Saturday 14 & 21 August 1:30–4:30pm

Have you inherited an heirloom? Do you know its history? Just as every life is a story, every object has a tale to tell. This special workshop for families teaching how to document objects with stories for future generations to enjoy, be it through families or museums.

This course is designed and facilitated by Dr. Sherene Suchy, an experienced educator, author and consultant in the museum sector. Every family has a unique heritage. Matching heirlooms with stories is what brings this family history to life, creating provenance and promoting the value of heirlooms or collectables.

Bring along a treasured object (perhaps a painting, book, photo, tea pot, letter, textile, bracelet, quilt, or anything that holds a special meaning) and learn how to use oral history techniques, significance assessment, conservation tips, and heritage management plans to pass these items on to future generations. Cost: $120 (for two sessions). Registrations close Tuesday 10 August.

Dr. Sherene Suchy is an experienced life coach, consultant, cultural advocate, and the director of DUO PLUS PTY LTD a Canberra based consulting practice. Sherene combines her passion for museums with over 30 years experience in human resource development, change management, and education. She is the author of numerous conference papers and books such as Leading with Passion: Change Management in the 21st Century Museum; and a contributor to Museum Philosophy for the 21st Century and Museum Management and Marketing.

Qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Work (Psych), Grad Dip in Communication Management, Master of Art Admin, and a Ph.D. (Performance, Fine Art, and Design). Memberships include the Australian Association of Social Workers, the International Council of Museums, the Oral History Association of Australia, and the ACT Writers Centre.

For more information contact Philip Piggin, Community Arts Officer, on (02) 6173 3300.

Back from Holidays

Back after a lovely break in the Noosa Hinterland followed by my week enjoying the warmth and sun in Cairns. Lots of exercise, good food and meeting / catching up with great friends.

I have come back to a request by mc27@me.com to pass on information asking for support to keep Cuppacumalong open to the public and as an arts and craft centre.  Please go to http://www.gopetition.com.au/petitions/save-cuppacumbalong.html for more information. ACTPLA have now approved these changes so if you could write to any of the following to highlight your support for Cuppacumalong remaining open to the public as an arts and crafts location.

Media contacts:
ABC radio

Mr Jon Stanhope,  Chief Minister, Australian Labour Party                            stanhope@act.gov.au                   fax 6205 0433
Mr John Hargreaves, Australian Labour Party, Member for Brindabella    hargreaves@act.gov.au                 fax 6205 0418
Mr Steve Doszpot,      Canberra Liberals,   Member for Brindabella           doszpot@parliament.act.gov.au    fax 6205 0412
Ms Amanda Bresnan   The ACT Greens,   Member for Brindabella             bresnan@parliament.act.gov.au   fax 6205 0777
Ms Joy Burch                Australian Labour Party,   Member for Brindabella   burch@act.gov.au                          fax 6205 3165
Mr Brendan Smyth     Canberra Liberals,  Member for Brindabella                smyth@parliament.act.gov.au     fax 6205 08 59