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Title: The Experience of Beauty     by Ann McMahon     6 April 2012    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition     Read The Experience of Beauty

Working with naturally occurring materials and finding awe and inspiration within the natural environment has resonated through Brook Morgan's practice. Morgan's work addresses the intimate relationship between artist, material and technique. The characteristics of beauty are often received individually and uniquely but may provide a perceptual pleasure, meaning or satisfaction for the recipient. The exhibition does not attempt to navigate what beauty is; instead Morgan investigates the idea of beauty as being the rhetoric of the artwork.

Title: Emerging Contemporaries     by Glen Martin     6 April 2012    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition     Read Emerging Contemporaries

A Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre curated exhibition of award winning graduating students and selected national emerging craft practitioners and designer makers that demonstrate exceptional talent in their chosen field. These emerging artists are representative of the next wave of professional artists who are exploring conceptually dynamic and innovative craft and design practice.

Title: Space Dissolving     by Annika Harding     23 February 2012    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: 2012 solo exhibition by Melinda Willis     Read Space Dissolving

In her exhibition Space Dissolving, Melinda Willis uses the very material that creates the shimmering reflections of urban spaces - glass - to make works that explore this perceptual experience.

Title: Parallels     by Dr Sharon Peoples     22 February 2012    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: 2012 solo exhibition by Barbara Rogers     Read Parallels

In her installation, Parallels, Rogers explores the diversity and such language of graphic pattern of stripes through contemplating formalist notions such as colour, light and shadow, and open and closed structures, juxtaposing positive with negative, bound with unbound, dyed with plain in the textiles she creates.

Title: Master of His Craft     by Valerie Kirk     7 December 2011    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: 2011 solo exhibition by Tim Gresham     Read Master of His Craft

Phase is Melbourne artist Tim Gresham's latest solo exhibition of photography and woven tapestry. Held at the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre gallery in Canberra, the show exudes a quiet confidence and accomplishment.

Title: Companion Planting     by Sarah Gurich     6 December 2011    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: 2011 solo exhibition by Julie Ryder     Read Companion Planting

Loaded with powerful symbolism, wry humour, and intelligent insight, Companion Planting is an intriguing exploration of the complex relationship between Donald Friend and Donald Murray, and a significant contribution to the body of work that Australian artists continue to create in response to Hill End.

Title: Elements: wood - Negotiations From Time Past     by Rodney Hayward     5 December 2011    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: 2011 Elements exhibition series     Read Elements: wood - Negotiations From Time Past

In responding to this exhibition, I sift through the archaeology of memory, the objects are layered with connections like Troy or Mycenae or Jericho. I am not neutral, I know each of the exhibitors and share coincidences that were, and are, of importance in the baffling and circuitous processes of being a craftsman.

Title: Garlands of string     by Kirsty Darlaston     4 November 2011    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: 2011 solo exhibition by Kay Lawrence     Read Garlands of string

Lawrence did not know what would emerge from both A Garland for a Friend and Your Hearts Desire, she simply asked questions and waited for stories and desires to emerge. Here, the artist is reframed in dialogue with her audience as she quietly makes another twist on her string. She reminds us that the world is filled with these hopes and that this is what ultimately connects us.

Title: Elements: fibre     by Julie Ryder     3 November 2011    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: 2011 Elements exhibition series     Read Elements: fibre

This exhibition is not just about cloth, it is about transforming years of skill, insight and experience into a tangible and tactile witness of life. These artists have carefully selected the materials and processes that best articulate their creative journeys they so generously share with us here, and which provide such an inspiration to us all.

Title: Elements: clay     by Peter Haynes     2 November 2011    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: 2011 Elements exhibition series     Read Elements: clay

Elements: clay is the third in a series of media-based exhibitions curated by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre to celebrate that organisation's 40th birthday. Within the ostensibly limited number of artists represented we are nevertheless offered a diversity of imagery reflective of the range of formal and conceptual practice at play in the contemporary ceramics world.

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