Intensity of purpose: 21 years of ANCA

The work in ‘Intensity of purpose’ celebrates twenty-one years since the final completion of thirty-five purpose-built non-residential artist studios and an exhibition space, an Artist-Run Initiative known as ANCA. Twenty-one years is a coming of age and allows examination of ANCA’s achievements, with a roll call of more twenty-three alumni artists chosen for the birthday exhibition at Canberra Museum and Art Gallery (CMAG) is a small representation of the achievement of the many artists who have demonstrated an intensity of purpose, in their time at ANCA and since, in their careers nationally and internationally.

ANCA has enabled generations of Canberra artists to stay in the nation’s capital and continue to practise their art and contribute to the ACT’s artistic history and visual arts community.


Canberra Museum and Gallery
Until 2 June, 2013


Ann McMahon, Red Bull, 2009-2010, shredded paper, yarn and wire.
Robert Foster, Silver cornucopia, 2013, press forged hammered fine silver.