Belconnen Artists Network: Luminosity

A group exhibition at Strathnairn Arts
96 Stockdill Drive Holt ACT
Until 30 May 2021
Open Thursday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
Opening 5.30pm Thursday 6 May 2021 – RSVP [email protected]

This diverse collection is testament to the collegial strength of the Belconnen Artists Network (BEAN), a group of artists who support each other’s practice with regular meetings and an annual exhibition. Mediums in this year’s iteration include painting, photomedia, and textile art.

Barbie spoke to one of the BEAN artists, Margaret Kalms

The artists have tackled subjects from the social activism of Margaret Kalms’ endometriosis works to traditional and non-traditional landscapes, portraits, personal documentary and abstract works.  They are inspired by the light and beauty around them as well as the darkness of human experience and nature. Some works invite a new take via their technique on otherwise traditional subjects.

These works will evoke many and varied memories and emotions for the viewer – the year of COVID and all its turmoil, the bushfires of the 2019-20 summer, personal physical and spiritual pain, admiration and awe for nature’s beauty and tranquility, the solemnity of the full moon, the gentle or the fierce image of womanhood, exultation, despair, peaceful contemplation.

It’s all there, and this is the joy of the group show – so many ideas and mediums can be at play. And the artists can enjoy the freedom to play too. Surely this is one of the satisfactions of working with a group of like-minded souls – like-mindedness does not mean sameness but the capacity to explore and bounce of one another’s work with respect, secure in the knowledge of supportive critique.

Most of the works are for sale. More about Strathnairn at