Past Exhibitions 2014

Installation by Nell, featuring a sculpture of a woman in all black, in her hand a white cane, with numerous glass forms on the ground behind her

PULSE: Reflections on the body

Sat 18 October 2014 – Sun 22 February 2015
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Today as medical science increasingly employs prosthetics, the distinctions between the natural and the fabricated body is blurring more and more. From the everyday use of artificial teeth and spectacles, to the growing complexity of hearing implants, pacemakers and artificial limbs, we’re witnessing a significant shift in our understanding of what it is to be human.

PULSE: Reflections on the body, incorporates the work of twenty seven contemporary Australian artists. Consisting of an exhibition, a performance program, and a series of floor-talks and public conversations, the project is curated by Mark Bayly, CMAG’s Assistant Director, Exhibitions and Collections.

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Down to the wire: Australian Police
peacekeeping in Cyprus

Sat 1 November 2014 – Sun 8 February 2015
Open Collections Gallery

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the first overseas mission undertaken by Australian police –peacekeeping in Cyprus with the United Nations.
This exhibition reflects on stories of bravery, courage, sadness, hope and friendship which have helped shape the Australian police experience in Cyprus.

Through these stories visitors will gain a glimpse into what it is like to work and live in a country that that has experienced internal racial turmoil which has split the island in two to form the Greek Cypriot south and the Turkish Cypriot north.

The exhibition will cover operational duties and well as work and social life on mission. Relationships with the Cypriot communities and peacekeepers from other nations will be explored through personal stories.

Delivered in partnership with the Australian Federal Police Museum, Canberra.

James Lieutenant and Kate Vasallo

Sat 4 October – Feb 2015

Mistint paint is that which has been incorrectly mixed by a paint store and is consequently useless for its intended purpose. However, for Canberra-based artistic collaborators, James Lieutenant and Kate Vassallo, mistint paint is an abject material with inherent potential.


Young David, Christina and Kerryn playing in the garden at Bonython St, Downer, under the shade of an umbrella. Image courtesy of the Ault Family Collection

Growing up in Downer

Sat 7 June – Sun 19 October
Open Collection Gallery

The Ault family came to Canberra in the early 1960s and made their home in the new suburb of Downer. Using historical material from the Ault Family Collection, Growing up in Downer tells the story of Christina Ault’s childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. Kept safe in a tea chest and cabin trunk for many years, this material gives a rich insight into a family, a suburb, and the growing city of Canberra.


Detail shot of the 'Placeholder' installation by byrd; geometric coloured shapes spraypainted over a cardboard structure


Sat 21 June – Sun 21 September
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Dan Maginnity is a Canberra artist working under the tag name ‘byrd’. Utilising elements of graffiti-influenced, hybrid imagery, byrd produces murals and commissioned works of astounding originality characterised by their distinctly urban origins. Placeholder has been conceived specifically for the CMAG project space, composed of two distinct components: a facsimile of suburban architecture, with a painted mural facade.


Alison Alder, 'Carcass I' 2009. Black and white print featuring an abstract response to a cow carcass.

Alison Alder

Sat 5 July – Sun 14 September
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Alison Alder is one of the most accomplished artists in the Canberra region, having successfully combined dual careers as both artist and arts administrator – most recently as director of Megalo Print Studio + Gallery. Alder has a strong background in the production of political posters and this experience directly informs the work comprising this exhibition, which features the artist’s suite of prints, Carcass, 2009, from the CMAG collection. These works graphically reprise Sidney Nolan’s drought imagery of the same title, from 1953, which will also be on display.


Therese Ritchie, 'Shortgrass people 2' 2003 (detail). Tourist photographs man painting a didgeridoo, seated on the manicured lawn of house number '666'

Not Dead Yet: Therese Ritchie and
Chips Mackinolty - A Retrospective

Sat 5 July – Sun 14 September
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Not Dead Yet presents a comprehensive survey of works by Darwin based pioneers of ‘alternative’ printmaking  in the Northern Territory,
Therese Ritchie and  Chips Mackinolty.

The exhibition features screenprints, posters, drawings, digital
collage works and limited edition fine art prints and paintings,
dating from 1969  to the present.

This is a powerful and persuasive body of graphic  art of protest, propaganda and people’s politics capturing the lives, landscapes and events of the
Northern Territory across several decades.

Curated by Anita Angel and toured by Charles Darwin
University Art Collection and Art Gallery.

A Charles Darwin University Art Collection and Art Gallery Touring Exhibition


Image: From MAX by Bob Graham. © 2000 Blackbird Design Pty Limited. Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Australia

A Bird in the Hand! Bob Graham: A Retrospective

Closing this Sunday 24 August
Gallery 5

Bob Graham is one of Australia’s most eminent authors. His picture books, loved by generations of families, have won national and international awards throughout his 30-year career. This exhibition explores and celebrates his creative practice.

A unique opportunity to see precious sketch books, manuscripts, memorabilia, and illustrations from books including Greetings from Sandy Beach; Max; Let’s Get a Pup; and How to Heal a Broken Wing. These works and objects have been carefully selected from the artist’s studio and from the Lu Rees Archives, University of Canberra, a treasure trove of Australian children’s literature.

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Image: Elioth Gruner, 'Shelley Beach, Nambucca Heads' c1933

Elioth Gruner: the texture of light

Sat 8 March – Sun 22 June
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Elioth Gruner (1882-1939) is an artist whose work is long overdue for reassessment. He was an outstanding painter of the Australian landscape, celebrated in his lifetime, and was awarded the Wynne Prize for landscape painting seven times.

The exhibition includes seventy paintings, from the artist’s impressionist beachscapes and farmland views of the 1910s to the subtle and distinctive modernist landscapes of his maturity from the 1920s and 1930s, with a particular focus on Gruner’s remarkable visual explorations of the Canberra region: the Southern Highlands, the South Coast, Yass and the Murrumbidgee River valley, and the Cooma-Monaro plateau. Few artists have represented this corner of south-eastern Australia with such extraordinary clarity as Gruner,
who captured the quality of light, the rolling hills and the quiet austere beauty of our region.

A Canberra Museum and Gallery and Newcastle Art Gallery
partnership exhibition.

Image: Ham Darroch Suntrap. A circular arrangement of painted rabbit traps

Hamilton Darroch: Suntrap

Sat 5 April – Sun 8 June
Gallery 4

Hamilton Darroch’s sculptures have been created using objects long exposed to the elements in the Australian landscape in combination with colour harmonies and geometric patterns.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is Suntrap, a 2.5 metre, brilliantly coloured sculpture created from 40 vintage rabbit traps. For some time Darroch has been responding to the work of Sidney Nolan and this exhibition includes a work informed by one of CMAG’s Sidney Nolan paintings.

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Fuelling Ed Radclyffe

Closes this Sun 25 May
Open Collections Gallery

Ed Radclyffe is a visual artist and musician, whose two disciplines constantly overlap in a fusion of popular culture forms. As a member of the country-rockabilly trio, The Fuelers, Ed is well-known to Canberra audiences. His graphic work is equally identifiable — especially his imagery devoted to the promotion of the Canberra Roller Derby League.

Sidney Nolan, 'Remembrances of my youth #14' 1987

Remembrances of my youth

Sat 21 December 2013 – Sun 4 May 2014

Sidney Nolan produced many memorable paintings with mask-like heads as their central imagery, including the iconic Kelly series, 1945-47. The artist continued to paint works on the theme of the head and in 1983 he completed the Remembrance of my youth series, consisting of these 14 remarkable works.

The Nolan Collection is managed by Canberra Museum and Gallery on behalf of the Australian Government.


Image: Marzena Wasikowska. Jess, Danny and Mia, 2010

Lens love: The tender gaze of six
Canberra region photographers

Sat 30 November 2013 – Sun 23 February 2014
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Soak up the work of some of Canberra’s established photographers in this survey exhibition spanning over 30 years of practice. Explore the unusual and stirring connections their images make between personal identity, history, place and myth.

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Steven Holland's 'being'

Steven Holland: being

Sat 14 December 2013 – Sun 16 February 2014
Gallery 4

being explores the presence of the Eastern Brown Snake in the Canberra region, conveying a sense of their quiet existence alongside humans in our busy world. Holland’s bronze pair of snakes make a gentle plea for greater understanding and acceptance of these enigmatic creatures and reflect on the particular sensibilities that are required to decipher their serpentine reality.

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