Tuggeranong Arts Centre – new exhibitions

2 February to 28 March 2024

Ceramics, prints and paintings are represented in three exhibitions in February and March.

Josephine Townsend – Seeing the Forest and the Trees

This ceramic exhibition celebrates the beauty and diversity of the trees that define our landscape. Drawing on the concept of forest bathing (shinrin-yoku) the focus is on the key elements of trees – the textures of bark, the structure of tree trunks, the patterns of light, leaves and branches. The viewer is invited to pause, focus on details, and take the time to see both the forest and the trees.

Works in the exhibition include delicate coloured porcelain vessels that evoke the light and colours of the NSW South Coast spotted gum forests.; sculptural tree forms that evoke the finely textured twisting growth of native eucalypts; the more symmetrical form of European trees and the deeply creviced texture of pine bark. Vessels and platters, decorated with overlapping shapes of leaves and branches create imagery of the parks and bushland that are a signature of Canberra vistas.

Prints from Studio One: From the Collection of Basil Hall

Studio One Printmaking Workshop was a dynamic access and editioning studio in Kingston. It was founded by Dianne Fogwell and Meg Buchanan in 1982 and operated until 2000 under a number of Directors, including Basil Hall, who ran the studio from 1987-1996.

During this exciting period numerous Canberra printmakers honed their craft, many following degrees at Canberra School of Art, but many more learning etching, lithography and relief printing for the first time as access users and class members. Studio One’s facilities complemented those at Megalo, where silkscreen printing equipment was available for access use.

In addition to classes, school holiday programs and weekend workshops, Studio One also offered an editioning services to artists Australia-wide.

This exhibition, drawn from Basil Hall’s boxes of Printer’s Proofs and mementoes, includes prints by Mandy Martin, Jorg Schmeisser, Paul Peisley, George Gittoes, Raymond Arnold, Garry Shead, Pamela Challis, Bob Russell, GW Bot, Chris Denton, Dianne Fogwell, Julie Bradley, Sylvia and Tony Convey and many, many more!

Jeremy Barrett: Recent Paintings and Monoprints

In the series of recent paintings and monoprints, Jeremy Barrett continues a lifelong exploration of abstraction.

The artist aims to have each piece of work simply exist as an autonomous statement in visual language.

Information about each exhibition is available at https://www.tuggeranongarts.com/whats-on/

Top image: Josephine Townsend – Among the Trees, 2023