New exhibitions at Belconnen Arts Centre

118 Emu Bank, Belconnen ACT
10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday
Until 28 March 2024

Basketry, textiles, ceramics and pictures are among the artworks at Belconnen Arts Centre until 28 March.

Artists Christiane Keller and Lisa Stevenson talk to Barbie about Interwoven 7

Interwoven 7 – Basketry and textile artists from the Canberra region and the NSW South Coast 

Artists Wendy Bell, Jasmine Bruce, Nancy Brunton, Lyn Davidson, Lissa de Sailles, Emily Dvorin, Trish Flynn, Sasha Hardcastle, Sally Holliday, Megan Juresa, Christiane Keller, Leonie Lucey, Ann McMahon, Beverly Moxon, Adrienne Nicholson, Hilary Peterson, Gabrielle Powell, Mary Preece, Jessika Spencer, Lisa Stevenson, Gayle Stockley & Claudia Tasche draw on a range of fibre traditions, combining natural, synthetic and recycled materials.

They use twining, coiling, looping, stitching and assemblage to reinterpret fibre art from functional vessels to sculptural forms, with each artwork reflecting the passion and concerns of its maker, telling

Hilary Peterson  – Forest (detail)

Patsy Payne and John Pratt – Lines of Sight

This body of work is the outcome of three years phone conversations and postcard dialogues mostly at a distance of 1100 kilometres between Darkinjung and Ngunnawal country.

The focus of the exchange is a particular zone of the environment between Gulaga and the ocean on the rugged south coast of NSW in Yuin country. The artists used this focus as a means of developing a visual narrative that deals with distance, space, time, tides, and atmosphere.

Both artists use drawing as a starting point for their experiments and investigations. The works are not in opposition to each other but offer contrasts between consolidation and dissolution, drawn and photographic, delineated and implied, solid and airy.

Patsy Payne – In and Through 1 (detail)

Francis Kenna – atmo-speres

This exhibition takes the transitory states of atmosphere as a place to begin questions about the mutability of space and our own experience. In the meeting of light and matter, the shifting states of water and air, the works explore of the passing of time and our awareness of it.

They encourage movement and tactile experiences to consider our experience of atmosphere, asking the viewer to experience atmosphere as a temporal meeting between a body and their surroundings. These are rooted in the complexity of our own perception of the world, and the feeling body as in-habitant of space.

Top image: Francis Kenna – Structure for reflected light 

Fran Romano & Zoe Slee  – The Benefit of Doubt

This exhibition is an experimental project, exploring the idea of self-doubt. The artists work primarily in the ceramics through practice-led research. 

Working collaboratively, they focussed on concepts of self-doubt in relation to creative processes, by sharing their research through regular studio visits. They documented the project through an ongoing letter-format blog to accompany the explorations as they worked through fear and the unknown in their respective studios. 

The installation reflects myriad individual and shared doubts about themselves, the studio and the impact of their practices.

Fran Romano and Zoe Slee – Promotional image for The Benefit of Doubt by Mel Hill Photography