May 2017 Listings

Art Almanac is the essential guide to Australia’s art galleries – a monthly magazine listing the exhibition schedules of over 550 art galleries throughout Australia, packaged in an easy-to-use format, supported by a gallery and artist index, and profiles of current art exhibitions. ACT art galleries and their May 2017 exhibition schedules are listed below, for listings of art galleries in other Australian states please use the links above.


Civic Inner North

ANCA Gallery
1 Rosevear Place, Dickson 2602.
(02) 6247-8736.
Wed-Sun 12.00 to 5.00.
May 3 to 14 (opening Wed May 3, 6pm) Playlist an exhibition featuring ANCA studio tenants.

Chris Sutevski, Drake – One Dance feat. Kyla & Wizkid, 2017, graphite on paper, 20 x 20cm

May 17 to June 4 (opening Wed May 17, 6pm) NONSTOP paintings by Cat Mueller.

Cat Mueller, Little Dude, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 91.44 x 60.96cm. Photograph: courtesy the artist

Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gormon Arts House
Gorman House Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon 2612.
(02) 6247-0188.
Tues-Sat 11.00 to 5.00.

Canberra Museum and Gallery
Cnr London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra City 2600.
(02) 6207-3968.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 12.00 to 4.00.
May 13 to Aug 20 the land: a 20 year survey by Kirstie Rea.

Craft Act
Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra 2601.
(02) 6262-9333.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 12.00 to 4.00.
To May 13 Curious Tales – A journey through form, and Artist-in-Residence: arts, heritage and the environment 10 Year anniversary celebration.
May 26 to July 8 Emerging Contemporaries. Also, Next by Christian Hall.

The Front Gallery & Café
Shop 3, 1 Wattle Place, Lyneham 2602.
(02) 6249-8453.
Visit website for exhibitions.

The Garage
36 Giles Street, Kingston 2604.
The Garage is an independent project presenting exhibitions in non-traditional art spaces across Canberra.

Acton NewActon

ANU Drill Hall Gallery
Kingsley Street (off Barry Drive), Acton 2601.
(02) 6125-5832.
Director: Terence Maloon. Free admission.
Wed-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
To May 28, 10 years of collecting – Art for the ANU.

ANU School of Art Gallery
105 Childers Street, Acton 2602.
(02) 6125-5841.
During Main Gallery exhibitions Tues-Fri 10.30 to 5.00, Sat 12.00 to 5.00, closed Sun-Mon and public hols.

Foreshore Southside

Beaver Galleries
81 Denison Street, Deakin, Canberra 2600.
(02) 6282-5294.
Directors: Martin & Susie Beaver (member of ACGA).
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 9.00 to 5.00.
Canberra’s largest private gallery featuring regular exhibitions of contemporary paintings, prints, sculpture, glass and ceramics by established and emerging Australian artists.
April 27 to May 14 John Pratt – works on paper.
Also, New Porcelain – Prue Venables, Kenji Uranishi and Keiko Matsui – porcelain group show. Read more…

Keiko Matsui, Kintsugi bowl, Arita porcelain, clear glaze with cobalt, lacquer and gold pigment powder, 12 x 20.5 x 20.5cm. Courtesy the artist and Beaver Galleries, Australian Capital Territory

May 18 to June 4 Le Monde: observations of place woodcuts by Julian Laffan.
Also, Tread carefully porcelain by Julie Bartholomew.

Julian Laffan, Nastoriun Temple Mongolia, woodcut, gouache and pencil on birch ply, 21 x 21cm. Courtesy the artist and Beaver Galleries

Julie Bartholomew, Subversive Botanica Ziera Prostrata, porcelain, 24 x 58 x 9cm. Courtesy the artist and Beaver Galleries

Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka
19 Furneaux Street, Manuka 2603.
(02) 6247-0188.
Thurs-Sun 11.00 to 5.00.
May 25 to June 4 (opening Thurs May 25, 6-8pm) A history of wind by India Zegan;

India Zegan, The tree would only be found at higher altitudes [I], 2015-2016, pencil on archival Fabriano watercolour paper 200gsm, 150 x 100cm. Photograph: Felicity Jenkins. Courtesy the artist

India Zegan, The tree would only be found at higher altitudes [II], 2016, pencil on archival Fabriano watercolour paper 200gsm, 150 x 100cm. Photograph: Felicity Jenkins. Courtesy the artist

Canberra Glassworks
11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston 2604.
(02) 6260-7005.
Free entry.
Wed-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
To May 28 Tom Rowney and Zeljko Markov – a joint exhibition exploring concepts of highly skilled making, form, finish and thought. Curated by Jane Cush. Floor talk: Sat April 29, 2pm.
June 8 to Aug 7 The Chandelier Show – Christine Atkins, Scott Chaseling, Ngaio Fitzpatrick, Jacqueline Knight, Kate Nixon, Tom Rowney and Wendy Dawes, John and Ruth White. Curated by Jane Cush.

Tom Rowney, Low Black Forty Eight, 2012, blown glass, 17 x 44 x 44cm diameter. Photograph: Rob Little

June 10 to 18 Hindmarsh Prize 2017 – recognises excellence and promotes appreciation of the world-class artists working in glass who live and practice in the ACT and region.

M16 Artspace
21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith 2603.
(02) 6295-9438.
Wed-Sun 12.00 to 5.00.
May 4 to 21 Gallery 1a: Recent Small Paintings by Martin Paull. Gallery 3: Green Space – scenes from the Bush Capital by Thea Katauskas.

Martin Paull, Temple (detail), 2016, oil on lead sheet, 8 x 10cm. Photograp: Brenton McGeachie. Courtesy the artist and M16 Artspace

Thea Katauskas, Afternoon Gum and Cherry Blossom, Ainslie, 2017, oil on linen, 76 x 51cm. Photograph: courtesy the artist

May 25 to June 11 Gallery 1a: The age of meaninglessness has ended: Art, Empirical and Ideal by James Rowell. Gallery 1b: The Darkness Torch by Louisa Gifford.

Louisa Giffard, There Will Be Blood, 2017, woodblock print, 19.7 x 30 cm. Photograph: courtesy the artist

Gallery 2: The Elm Forrest by Janet Angus and Fairlie Pearce, curated by Hannah Webb. Gallery 3: Labyrinths of the Mind by Sholto Morton.

Megalo Print Studio + Gallery
21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston 2604.
(02) 6232-6041.
Tues to Sat 9.30 to 5.00.

Museum of Australian Democracy
at Old Parliament House
18 King George Terrace, Parkes 2600.
(02) 6270-8222.
Adults $2, Child/conc $1, Family $5.
Daily 9.00 to 5.00.
To Feb 2018 onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers by Alison Alder. Visually arresting, humorous and thoughtful, Canberra-based artist Alison Alder reinterprets and reinvigorates portraits of the first eight prime ministers in onetoeight, a contemporary art exhibition. Through the portraits, patterned wallpaper honouring the prime minister’s wives and a Term-O-Meter animation tracking the amount of time each PM spent in parliament, Alder gives us a sense of our nation’s history that is lively, dynamic and parallels the present day.

Alison Alder, No 007 Hughes, 2016, screenprint on tissue. Museum of Australian Democracy Collection

Alison Alder, No 008 Bruce (detail), 2016, screenprint on tissue. Museum of Australian Democracy Collection

Nancy Sever Gallery
4/6 Kennedy Street, Kingston 2604.
(02) 6239-5434.
Wed-Sun 11.00 to 6.00.
May 10 to June 4 The Art of the Gija People – Rusty Peters, Phyllis Thomas, Peggy Patrick, Sade Carrington and Gordon Barney. Read more…

Peggy Patrick OAM, Loomoogoo Ngarranggarni (Blue Tongue Lizard Dreaming), natural ochres and pigments on canvas, 60 x 60cm. Courtesy the artist and Nancy Sever Gallery, Australian Capital Territory

National Gallery Of Australia (NGA)
Parkes Place, Canberra 2600.
(02) 6240-6411.
Admission to the permanent collection is free.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
To June Artists of the Great War.
To July Frank Stella: The Kenneth Tyler Collection. To Aug 20 Pipilotti Rist: Worry will vanish revelation, and Rodel Tapaya: New art from the Philippines.
May 26 to Sept 10 Defying Empire: National Indigenous Art Triennial. Read more…

Brenda L. Croft, shut/mouth/scream (detail), 2016. Courtesy of the artist, Stills Gallery, Sydney and National Gallery of Australia, Australian Capital Territory

National Library of Australia
Parkes Place, Canberra 2600.
(02) 6262-1111.
Free entry.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.

National Portrait Gallery
King Edward Terrace, Parkes 2600.
(02) 6102-7000.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
To June 18 National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 exhibition. See 49 of the year’s best photographic portraits in this annual prize open to both amateur and professional photographers. The NPPP celebrates contemporary photographic portraiture from across the country, with the winner awarded $25,000. Entry $10/$8.

Charlie White, Georgia and Angus (Australian Gothic), 2016. Courtesy the artist and National Portrait Gallery

Greater Canberra

Belconnen Arts Centre
118 Emu Bank, Belconnen 2617.
(02) 6173-3300.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
May 6 to 28 (opening Fri May 5, 5.30pm) Main Gallery: Beauties And Beasts – Faculty of Art and Design University of Canberra. Foyer: Mono And More – Ilona Lasmanis, Robyn McAdam and Steve Tomlin. Arts Lounge: Shed by Gillian Jackson.

Margaret Hadfield Gallery & Studio
53 Colbee Court, Phillip 2606.
(02) 6282-3886.
Mon-Sat 9.30 to 5.30.
One of few artists own gallery and studio, with paintings largely inspired by the Canberra region. Classes are held here as well. Margaret Hadfield has an eye for light and is notably a master of the sea as well.
Through May Margaret’s ’50 Shades Of Blue’ Series from Antarctic voyages as well as water in seascapes and Lake Burley Griffin reflections etc.

Margaret Hadfield, Misty Morning #2, oil on stretched canvas, 40 x 60cm. Courtesy the artist

Strathnairn Arts
90 Stockdill Drive, Holt 2615.
(02) 6254-2134.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
April 27 to May 21 (opening Thurs April 27, 4pm) Gallery 1: Art in Miniature – Camelia Smith & A.I.M Canberra Group exhibition. Gallery 2: (opening Thurs April 27, 4.30pm) Heat and Light by Jo Townsend and Jane Kelly.
May 18 to June 18 Woolshed Gallery: SQUARES – 10th Annual People’s Choice Exhibition.
May 25 to June 11 (opening Thurs May 25, 4pm) Gallery 1: Click & Capture 2017 – U3A Camera Club.