Sunday, December 4, 2011

Polka Luka @ The Front


Exhibition Opens 6pm Thurs 8th Dec 2011 (with drinks & music) @ THE FRONT CAFE & GALLERY, LYNEHAM SHOPS, CANBERRA

Exhibition open everyday 10am-7pm until Fri 23rd Dec 2011 
Find the perfect Christmas gift or Summer Piece here... We will be selling  resin jewellery, resin homewares- as well as a wide range of gorgeous one off samples, seconds, and sale items. To view our products, see . For enquiries, please email us at

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Say No To Naff

Stop! Don't reach for the socks, soaps or satin boxers this Christmas. UNICEF Australia is encouraging all Australians to "Say No to Naff" and instead give a gift that will make a real difference for children in need.

UNICEF has launched the "Say No to Naff" campaign, to reduce the amount of 'naff', unwanted Christmas gifts and to make this festive season count for all kids through UNICEF's Inspired Gifts.

You can foster fitness and fun with a football ($32), turn on the tap to a whole community with a water pump ($503), or help students sharpen up for a new year of learning with pencils ($10 for 500 pencils) or choose from one of the extensive range of gifts at

Your loved one will receive a personalised gift card from UNICEF with a description of the gift you have purchased and how it will help someone from the over 150 countries and territories UNICEF operates in.

Your UNICEF inspired gift will be despatched to support communities in need.

Say no to naff

Monday, November 21, 2011

Undercurrent Design Market at the National Portrait Gallery

Portrait Gallery Store Presents
Friday November 25, 5pm-9pm
Saturday November 26, 10am-4pm

Over 40 artists/exhibitors showcasing an array of original, fresh and contemporarydesigns across all mediums and work practices from ceramics, jewlery, textiles to design co-op's. Ideally timed four weeks before Christmas and coinciding with Last Friday Drinks.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

76 Rose Street - Exhibtion for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The YWCA of Canberra proudly presents 76 Rose Street, an exhibition to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the YWCA's "Week Without Violence" activities. 76 Rose Street is an interactive exhibition that provides a unique opportunity to visualise domestic violence through a simple recreation of an ordinary apartment .This one week exhibition aims to raise awareness of domestic violence and advocate for safer homes for women and girls. We will also be launching our interactive tool profiling domestic violence that can be accessed on our website.

When:Official opening, 10am Friday 25 November

Where: ACT Legislative Assembly Exhibition Room

RSVP essential: OR 6175 9900 by 22 November

You are invited to come along and experience this exhibition and help us;
-       Make domestic violence visible
-       Break the silence on crime
-       Emphasise the extent of domestic violence
-       Inform victims about help and strategies
-       Create concerted action through information
-       Create public awareness
-       Increase the pressure for better government legislation.
For further information please contact the YWCA of Canberra on 6175 9900.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Canberra Craft Bookbinders' Guild Exhibition


CCBG Exhibition 2011 - 1 to 30 November - Civic Library

Members of the public are invited to attend the Canberra Craft Bookbinders’ Guild exhibition of both traditional and non traditional bindings by members of the Guild.  You will find the books and their bindings of interest from an art and craft perspective and many of the books are innovative in their bindings.  Many members of the Guild have exhibited successfully overseas and interstate.
The exhibition is open at the library during the following times:
Monday: 10.00am – 8.00pm    Tuesday – Saturday:  10.00am – 5.30pm
Sunday closed
180 London Circuit,  Canberra City, ACT
 Click to download pdf file 806 KB CCBG Exhibition Catalogue 2011 
If you are interested in finding out more about bookbinding activities such as meetings and workshops in Canberra you can go to or email

Monday, November 14, 2011

Robyn Kinsela at Form Studio and Gallery

West of Wilcannia
7 - 28 November
Robyn Kinsela is a very accomplished artist working predominantly with painting. In her work she investigates the relationship between the self and an emotional connection to the landscape. Deliberate simplified mark making is often used to express a celebration of Australia’s iconic landscape. While an artist can experience the sounds, textures, smells, patterns and spaces that make up the landscape, the artistic response can be very individual and, at times, somewhat intangible.  Each of her paintings takes on a life of its own, and satisfaction is achieved by creating a painting which expresses interest, beauty and artistic inquiry. 

Robyn Kinsela is concerned with seeking an honesty of expression in the work – perhaps defined by her own experiences and background.  In this exhibition, she is painting the landscape West of Wilcannia as she feels it, not as others would necessarily see it.  The approach is therefore abstract and challenges normal visual observations of that landscape.  In doing so, the viewer may be disarmed, by transcending the obvious features of this amazing landscape and creating a deeper beauty - a beauty reliant upon experience and memory that comes from within.  Sometimes this beauty can be exquisite sometimes unforgiving, harsh and demanding and, for an artist, always challenging. I hope you enjoy this West of Wilcannia exhibition - Robyn Kinsela’s artistic response to what is an amazing Australian landscape.
 1/30 Aurora Avenue Queanbeyan
Exhibition hours Monday - Saturday 10 am - 3 pm, Sunday 11 am - 3 pm

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ruth Hadlow - Summer Masterclass

Canberra, February 6-10 - Content & Form 

The 2012 Summer Masterclass with Ruth Hadlow,  Content & Form, will explore relationships between books, ideas and practice. Umberto Eco proposes that we are formed and informed by the ‘background books’ which have been part of our upbringing and education, which have shaped our ways of comprehending and perceiving the world. In response to this, the masterclass will focus on conventions
and forms derived from literature and the world of books to re/consider and investigate ideas pertinent to individual practice.  Content & Form will be structured as a series of one-day projects, aimed at exploring a wide array of possibilities and generating beginnings for a set of new projects.  Working in the creative space
between literature, art and artists books, this summer’s masterclass will take a hands-on approach and focus on the act of making as an active strategy for instigating ideas, as a form of logic with its own particular nature.

[We] travel and explore the world, carrying with us some ‘background books’. These need not accompany us physically; the point is that we travel with preconceived notions of the world,  derived from our cultural
tradition. In a very curious sense we travel knowing in advance what we are on the verge of discovering,
because past reading has told us what we are supposed to discover. In other words, the influence of these
background books is  such that, irrespective of what travellers discover and see, they will interpret and
explain everything in terms of these books.

The aim of the Masterclass is to encourage critical engagement with ideas, objects, texts and the surrounding world for the  purpose of developing individual practices. The Masterclass provides a supportive environment of fellow artists, project structures to enable focused exploration and investigation, discussions, readings and a wealth of reference material. There is a research element which must be carried out as preparation in advance of the Masterclass, which will provide subject material and references for the project work and discussions. As with previous Masterclasses by  Ruth Hadlow, the program aims to stimulate and challenge, to enable debate and innovation, to extend notions of practice, and above all to provide a space for the development of ideas.

The 5-day residential format enables an intensive program of projects, readings and discussions, with individual guidance from this innovative and inspiring teacher. The 2012 Masterclass will once again be held at a private residence in Yarralumla, Canberra, close to the National Gallery of Australia for excursions and Lake Burley Griffin for early morning walks. Following on from last year, the Masterclass will accept a small number of non-residential participants who may attend on a daily basis. Participant numbers are limited to enable maximum benefit through individual attention.

Residential fee:     $625   full tuition, accommodation and meals (Sunday dinner to Saturday breakfast)
Non-residential fee:   $450   full tuition, morning & afternoon tea, lunch & dinner (Sunday dinner to Friday dinner)

NB. Materials are not included but can be sourced by participants at low cost.

Residential dates:  Sunday 5 February – Saturday 11 January, 2012
Masterclass:  Monday 6 February – Friday 10 February, 2012 (9am-6pm)

To express your interest for the 2012 Masterclass complete the registration form and return it by email to  Early enrolments are encouraged.  Your registration will be confirmed by email by Saturday 10 December, 2011.

A full information pack will be provided to  participants on confirmation of their registration. This covers all research, material and other requirements; directions to the Masterclass venue in Canberra; and any other information you need to make the most of the 2012 Masterclass.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Ruth Hadlow if you have any questions:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

5th Weavers' Summer School @ ANU School of Art Textiles Workshop

The ANU Textiles Workshop is offering its fifth Weavers’ Summer School. This is an opportunity for intermediate and advanced weavers to use the workshop looms for a personal project. This can be for a finished piece or to engage in weave experimentation. Applicants will need to have completed basic introduction to 4 shaft weave structures. 

The Weavers’ Summer School offers:
  • 3 counter-march 8-10 shaft treadle looms, all with double back beam
  • 5 computer dobby looms (16-24 shaft), all with double back beam
  • Weaving equipment ie warping mill, shuttles, bobbin winder, threaders, temples etc
  • Assistance with calculations and set up of projects
  • Instruction and assistance with use of computer design program and looms
  • Informal show-and-tell and exchange by participants and tutor 

Participants are required to contact the tutor to organise materials before the summer school starts. Previous projects have included complex weave scarves, large throws, table runner sets, decorative wall pieces, lengths of material, floor rugs.

21 Jan through to Saturday 28 Jan 2012 (except Thursday Australia Day)
9.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 16.00 each day

Costs: $680

For enrolment phone (02) 6125 2892 or visit the Visual Arts Acces website: 

Monique van Nieuwland 
Please contact the tutor to discuss your project:

Monique has been a weaver for more than 30 years. She teaches weave classes in the Visual Arts Access program at the ANU, Fibre Forum and Sturt Craft Centre. She exhibits her work regularly and is an Accredited Professional Member of Craft ACT. 

Craft Australia Petition


Dear friends and supporters of Craft Australia,
Since we were notified on 12 October that the organisation will not receive any more program funding from the Visual Arts board of the Australia Council beyond the end of December 2011, we have had overwhelming response in support for Craft Australia. We thank you for this amazing show of strength for craft and design practice.  Responses have come from our readers and supporters from all over the world.

We are sending you this update to keep you informed of the developments in our campaign to save Craft Australia and how you can continue to help us.  

Make your voice heard in support for craft and design.
  • Spread the word, pass this notice on to your friends and networks, get them to do the same.
  • Sign our online petition. The more people that sign, the stronger our argument for the importance of a national craft and design organisation.
  • Write a comment on our blog, tell us how this will impact on you.
  • Write a letter to the Visual Arts Board and tell them what you think, please send us a copy as well so we are all on the same page
  • Write a letter to the Arts Minister, the Hon. Simon Crean MP
  • Write a letter to your local government member
With your help we can show that craft and design matters.
Again, thank you for your ongoing support; we will keep you informed of our progress.
Catrina Vignando
General Manager
For more information please contact:
Catrina Vignando, General Manager -

catrina.vignando [at] - (02) 6273 0088

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Out of the Square

Eurobodalla Fibre and Textile Artists Group
An exhibition of textile and related media

The Mechanics Institute
Page Street

12th – 20th November 2011
10am – 4pm

To be opened Friday 11th November at 6pm
Barbara Romalis
Enquiries: MischiWest  44738982

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Craft Australia Defunded

On Thursday, 12 October, Craft Australia was officially notified that it has been ‘defunded’: it will receive no more triennial funding from the Australia Council for the Arts beyond the end of 2011.

While Craft Australia and the broad constituencies it represents and supports would dispute this decision, the result effectively means the organisation has no funds to operate beyond 31 December 2011. This decision comes at a point when the sector is poised to make some significant developments in relation to craft, design, innovation and the creative industries, and in which Craft Australia has played and would have continued to play a significant role.

And to show the value of their work Craft Australia has been posting Musing on a sustainable practice on the Craft Australia blog.

This is a very bad decision for all Australian Craftworkers.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Belconnen Arts Centre Christmas Twilight Markets - 26 November

Christmas Twilight Markets

Saturday 26 November > 4:00–8:00pm

Enjoy a beautiful Christmas Shopping experience at the Art and Design Christmas Twilight Markets, overlooking the sparkling lake at sunset.  A diverse and festive array of local products and produce from local artisans will tempt you, delicious snacks will entice you, and some local musicians will entertain you! 
Cost; Free!
More information; or
02 6173 3300     


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Red Cross - Telecross volunteers needed

Volunteers provide a daily reassurance telephone call each morning to individuals who are frail, aged, socially or geographically isolated or with a chronic medical condition.

Volunteers contribute to the independence of people living at home who are at risk of sudden illness or accident by reliably making a daily phone call to check on the clients health and welfare, as well as following prescribed procedure if the client does not answer the phone or there are concerns for their welfare.

Volunteers receive ongoing support and program training.

For more information please email or call (02) 6234 7634

Practice What You Teach - VANE

Practice What You Teach — VANE 
28 October - 13 November
A wide ranging exhibition presented by the membership of VANE, (Visual Art Network of Educators of ACT) comprised of visual art educators from all sectors of education fields in the ACT. Showcased are a range of ideas, processes and outcomes that they use in pursuing personal creative work and are utilised as starting points for students and clients. Artists include: Agnieszka Berger, Karen Cromwell, Jodie Cunningham,Sean Davey, Linda Davy, Trevor Dunbar, Craig Edwards, David Hodges, Valerie Kirk, Mac Nichols, Danielle Northey, Jill Pettifer, Louise Pinder, Derek Ross, Lisa Styles, Linda Tawagi & Annemaree Turner.

Meet the artists: 1:30pm, Sunday 6 November
Beyond the Classroom artists’ forum: 3:00pm, Sunday 6 November
Click here for further information or download your invitation here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

M16 Calling for Expressions of Interest

I hope you are well.  

I am now the exhibitions coordinator at M16 artspace in Griffith.  I thought that you might be interested to know that we are currently calling for exhibition proposals for 2012 exhibitions.  There are 3 different gallery spaces that suit a wide range of media and scales of work.  Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested.  More detail is available at or 6295 9438.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Woden Festival - Be Part of the event

Planning for the fourth annual Woden Valley Community Festival to be held on Saturday 5 November at Eddison Park is well underway and we would love to have you involved!
This is a great opportunity to showcase all the wonderful services, events, activities and organisations supporting the Woden Valley and broader Canberra community. The theme for the festival is health, wellbeing and sustainability – so if you encourage these things – let us know!

There are two ways you can get involved this year:
* Hold a stall at the Woden Festival on Saturday 5 November at Eddison Park. Stalls for community groups are $25 and applications will need to be received by 14 October . For more information about being a stall holder and an application form, please contact me (see details below).
* We are very excited about the festival this year as we have expanded the program into a week long celebration of life in the Woden Valley called “Woden Alive – A Week in the Woden Valley” which will start on Sunday 30 October and culminate in the Woden Valley Festival at Eddison Park on Saturday 5 November . We are encouraging community groups to hold an event, open day, information session etc to showcase the great work that you're doing. This could be a new event or something you've already organised! These events will be advertised online via and through event media releases and promotions. To enter your event either go online or contact me.

So there are many ways you get involved in the Woden Festival. If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact me on 6234 6820, 0409 315 702 or via

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Shows at Craft ACT

Elements: clay and Canberra Potters' Society Award
to be opened by Gillian McCracken, Freelance Art Curator and Writer

and Elements: fibre and Garlands of string
to be opened by Pamille Berg AO Hon. FRAIA

Opening Thursday 6 October 2011

Elements: clay
Celebrating Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre's membership of leading craft practitioners and designer makers. The third in the Elements series, Elements: clay will expose the diverse practice and processes artists employ in exploring clay. Showcasing invited artists Greg Daly, Janet DeBoos, Patsy Hely, Bev Hogg, Ian Jones, Anita McIntyre, Gail Nichols, Kaye Pemberton, Joanne Searle, Jaishree Srinivasan, Hiroe Swen and Alan Watt.

Elements: Fibre
The fourth exhibition in the Elements series, Elements:fibre highlights the possibilities of textile and fibre medium and features work by leading craft practitioners, designers and makers. Elements: fibre presents work by invited artists Keiko Amenomori-Schmeisser, Valerie Kirk, Sharon Peoples, Belinda Ramson, Jennifer Robertson, Barbara Rogers, Fay Skyring, Annie Trevillian and Monique van Nieuwland.

Garlands of string   
Kay Lawrence Gallery In this exhibition the two bodies of work, a garland for a friend and your heart's desire, signify a form of relational art practice mapping the web of connection between friends, and the unfulfilled longings that comprise our innermost desires. Both bodies of work are made from handmade silk string and mother-of-pearl buttons. Your heart's desire also includes a set of four artist's books comprising 1000 pages.

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Show at Strathnairn

7 - 23rd October

An exciting collection of recent work from Val Fitzpatrick's art group - Artists include Judith Baskin, Rosemary Brock, Junesse Chapman, Barbara Chappell, Moya Ewin, Ann Gould, Maureen Lawrentin, Peta Scott and Rita Wagner

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Community Fair & Swap Meet - 22nd October

Inner North SEE-Change and the Downer Community Group are holding their first Swap Meet, Suitcase Rummage and Community Fair.   
From 10 – 2 at the Downer Community Centre Frencham Place Downer.   
For more information visit

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Living Green Festival is on this Sunday 16th

Canberra is having its first Living Green Festival in October! The Festival will focus on the relationship between climate change, the environment, and animals and aims to raise awareness about how the choices we make in our everyday lives can affect not only the environment, but humans and other animals as well.  The theme of the Festival is 'a kinder shade of green' and it will showcase easy ways we humans can reduce our carbon footprint and be more considerate of the other animals we share this planet with. It will feature sustainable, fair trade and cruelty-free food, products and services; market stalls; talks on environmental, animal protection and health issues; free yoga and gardening workshops; live music and dance performances; children's entertainment and more!  All of which will create a fun-filled festival and market atmosphere coinciding with the last day of Floriade in the Capital.

The Living Green Festival will be held in the recently refurbished Albert Hall on Sunday 16 October 2011 between 10am and 4pm. The Hall is easy to get to by public transport, bike, and on foot, and is only a short walk from Floriade.  The Festival is assisted by the ACT Government Climate Change Grants.  More information is available at

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Volunteers wanted for aquaCulture nights at Dickson Pool

This January, aquaCulture Nights at Dickson Pool raised thousands of dollars for local community groups, residents groups, refugees and the Queensland Flood Appeal. Over the last five years we've raised $20,000 for all sorts of causes.

It attracted over 8,000 residents of all ages from all across the ACT, and as far away as the South Coast.

It created a special place to go to relax in the summer and share fun and music and dancing by the water as the sun went down.

Two mothers made it happen and did all the work, for nothing. Now we need your help to do it again. Please contact Jane Goffman at Active Planning if you can offer your time to this valuable community-building effort in the inner North.

Active Planning
P.O. Box 1000
Dickson ACT 2602
Mob: 0468 649 640

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Melbourne Boys at Bilk from 30 September

Buy Nothing New Month is October

Buy Nothing New is not about going without, nor is it Buy Nothing New Never.

It’s about taking October to reassess what we really need, think about where the stuff we buy comes from (finite resources), where it goes (landfill), and what our alternatives are.

It is about conscientious consumption and by not spending on stuff we don’t need, increasing our savings for the things we do need.

Pledge to Buy Nothing New during October and challenge over consumption.

You’ll have more time on your hands and money in your pockets.

Go to for more information

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fash 'n' Treasure on this Saturday 8th

This SATURDAY 8th  at the Old Bus Depot markets Kingston
Good fashion and perhaps some good treasure to be picked up on the day.
An interesting market concept and well worth a look.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Centenary of Canberra - a legacy of good design - Competition

Centenary of Canberra - a legacy of good design

A competition to design unique, high quality objects, to be produced and sold as memorabilia for the city's centenary in 2013. 4 winners will each receive $10,000 for the production costs of the memorabilia product. 

The Canberra region has a vibrant and innovative community of artists and designers with a rich history of contribution to the territory and the nation. The project calls on ACT region to create a product of memorabilia that commemorates the Centenary of Canberra and celebrates 100 years of Canberra as Australia's national capital. 

Applications close:   2 December 2011
Amount:  $10,000 for the production costs
10 finalists advised:  16 December 2011

Winners advised: 8 March 2012