Belconnen Arts Centre June Exhibitions

Opening 6pm Friday 20 May 2022
Continuing until 3 July 2022

Four exhibitions including drawings, prints, ceramics and basket making.

Barbie spoke to Vivien Lightfoot and Jenny Manning about Entwined

Upending I Mending

The University of Canberra’s Faculty of Arts and Design annual exhibition features artists Monica Andrew, Rhonda Ayliffe, Ben Ennis Butler, Louise Curham, John Dahlsen, Dianne Firth, Caren Florance, UK Frederick, Katie Hayne, Paul Hetherington, Kerry Martin, Max Maxwell, Ross McLennan, Vahri McKenzie, HK Plum, Claire Rosslyn Wilson, Sam Tomkins, Bethaney Turner, Jen Webb, Kirsten Wehner and John White

Entwined Vivien Lightfoot and Jenny Manning

Jenny’s drawings and prints, and Vivien’s ceramics address their joint concerns about the viability of the unique Australian flora that once astonished Joseph Banks, Daniel Solander, and artist Sydney Parkinson when they arrived on the east coast of Australia in 1770. Sadly, many of our wilderness areas are now colonised with weeds or fast-growing native species that find their footing following such disturbances as land clearing or bushfires. 


Presented in collaboration with Canberra Potters, Watson Arts Centre, the exhibition applauds the work of the Canberra region’s ceramic artists through a celebration of the vessel.

The artists are Joey Burns, Alex de Vos, Paul Dumetz, Lea Durie, Helen Eatough, Chris Harford, Sue Hewat, Abbey Jamieson, Lesley Lebkowicz, Nichola Leeming, Katrina Leske, Sue Peachey, Julie Pennington, Don Porter, Fran Romano and Josephine Townsend.

There is also a free Drop in and Draw: self-guided still life drawing between 10am and 4pm, Tuesday to Sundays from 24 May to 3 July. Participants should bring their own materials and any equipment needed to take advantage of a curated still life setup,. Easels are available if required.

Circles of Nature – Works by members of the Fibre Basket Makers of the ACT

Circles of Nature celebrates the diversity and abundance of nature, while the symbolism of the circle refers to the passage of time, the seasons and the life cycles of living things.

By working with materials from nature using processes that are traditional or discovered through practice and investigation, weavers intimately connect to place and the environment, utilising the processes of growing, nurturing, collecting, foraging, carefully storing and preparing the materials that they use.

Lyn Davidson, Trish Flynn, S.A. Hardcastle, Sally Holliday, Christiane Keller, Leonie Lucy, Jim McGrath, Ann McMahon, Adrienne Nicholson, Rosalie Richards and Lisa Stevenson

People can learn to make their own baskets in a series of Saturday workshops entitled Circles of Nature.

  • Basket Making Coiling: 21 and 28 May
  • Basket Making Twining: 4, 11, 18 and 25 June
  • Random weave: Make you own fruit basket, 2 July

Further Information about all the exhibitions:

Image credit: Left: Blackberry threatening Leopard Orchid by Vivien Lightfoot and right: English Broom by Jenny Manning.