April 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 April 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.
To April 9 ELAPSE – Ruby Aitchison, Cara Johnson and Thomas O’Hara an exhibition of mineral erosion, vegetable degradation and cellulose disintegration.
April 12 to 30 (opening Wed April 13, 6pm) Fire and Rain drawings by Sally Blake.

Ruby Aitchison, Untitled object, 50 x 111x 92cm

Thomas OHara, Greg’s Pergola, Oregon, 40 x 30 x 30cm

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.

Craft Act
Craft and Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra 2601.
(02) 6262-9333.

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 April 9 Interior Landscapes by Elisabeth Cummings.
April 20 to June 8 ANU Art Collection.

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, Prue Venables, Kenji Uranishi and Keiko Matsui porcelain group show.

Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka
19 Furneaux Street, Manuka 2603.
(02) 6247-0188.
Thurs-Sun 11.00 to 5.00.
April 13 to 23 Cross Breed by Elizabeth Ficken.

Canberra Glassworks
11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston 2604.
(02) 6260-7005.
Free entry.
Wed-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
April 6 to May 28 (opening Wed April 5, 6pm) Tom Rowney and Zeljko Markov – an exhibition exploring the concepts of highly-skilled making; form, finish and thought. Both artists reference traditional forms and techniques within their chosen medium, glass (Rowney) and furniture (Markov). Curated by Jane Cush.
Floor talk: Sat April 29, 2pm.

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

East Space
Commonwealth Place, Lake Burley Griffin foreshore, Parkes 2600.
Daily 12.00 to 5.00.
April 5 to 12 (opening Wed April 5, 6-8pm) Caren Florance (etc): Reading Spaces: artist books | poetry | poetics.
Also participating in the You Are Here Festival;

M16 Artspace
21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith 2603.
(02) 6295-9438.
Wed-Sun 12.00 to 5.00.
To April 9 Gallery 1: m8 – Joel Arthur, Riley Beaumont, Chris Burton, Christopher Dalzell (Walrus), Rowan Kane, Mikhaila Jurkeiwicz, Milan Pintos-Lopez and Kael Stasce. Gallery 2: The Onlooker by Meg Keating and Samuel Johnstone. Read more… Gallery 3: Paradise Lost by Caroline Ambrus and Lucile Carson.

Megan Keating and Samuel Johnstone, The Onlooker, 2017, cut-out mock ups, digital print, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artists

April 13 to 30 Gallery 1: Beyond Worlds and Words – Brooke Jarvis, Chris Ramsey, Julie Delves and Kate Bender. Gallery 2: Breathing Space by Ella Whateley. Gallery 3: New Work by Phil Alldis.

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, 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.

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 April 17 Versailles: Treasures from the Palace.
To June Artists of the Great War.
To July Frank Stella: The Kenneth Tyler Collection.
To Aug Worry will vanish revelation by Pipilotti Rist. Also, New art from the Philippines by Rodel Tapaya.

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 April 30 Digital Portraiture Award 2016 – an annual display to extend traditional notions of portraiture and foster emerging artists with an interest in technology. Free entry.
April 1 to June 18 The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 – an exhibition of this year’s finalists selected from a national call-out for photographic portraits. Entry $10 adult, $8 concession, children under 18 are free.

Manuka Arts Centre, Cnr Manuka Circle and New South Wales Crescent, Griffith 2603.
(02) 6295-7810.
Tues-Thurs 10.00 to 4.00, Fri 10.00 to 7.00, Sat-Sun 12.00 to 4.00.
April 27 to May 21 Chinese Whispers and Other Stories. Read more…

Siying Zhou, Our first Lamington made in Australia (detail), 2015, single-channel HD video, duration: 75mins

Greater Canberra

Belconnen Arts Centre
118 Emu Bank, Belconnen 2617.
(02) 6173-3300.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
April 8 to 30 Main Gallery: In The Moment collaboration between Canberra and Barcelona, Spain ‘Painting with Parkinsons’ groups.

Katrina Muir, Untitled, 2015, watercolour. Courtesy the artist and Belconnen Arts Centre

Foyer Gallery: Woman In A Wash Basket by Vee Malnar – reflections on mothering, multitasking and identity. Arts Lounge: Changing Tides: Waters Of The Past by Tracey Bensen photography, video and augmented reality.

Vee Malnar, HE SLEEPS IN A PRAM. Courtesy the artist and Belconnen Arts Centre

Tracey Bensen, Changing Tide. Courtesy the artist and Belconnen Arts Centre

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. Hadfield’s present focus is on Antarctica after teaching watercolour on a cruise for 2 1/2 months last year. Proficient in all mediums, and subjects.

Margaret Hadfield, 50 Shades of Blue #1. Courtesy the artist

Strathnairn Arts
90 Stockdill Drive, Holt 2615.
(02) 6254-2134.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
March 30 to April 23 (opening Sat April 1, 4pm) Gallery 1: The Wizard of Oz life-size sculptures by Oliver Ayrton. Gallery 2: Waste Not by Eryka Garbutt. Garbutt a local Canberran artist is not restricted to just recycling materials, but likes to explore varied mediums and techniques. To be opened by Joan James.
April 27 to May 21 (opening Thurs April 27, 4pm) Gallery 1: Art in Miniature A.I.M Canberra Group exhibition. Gallery 2: Heat and Light an exploration of Ceramics and Photography by Jo Townsend and Jane Kelly. To be opened by Jo Holier.