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Title: Painting the Hills of Canberra     by Patsy Hely     1 November 2013    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition     Read Painting the Hills of Canberra

Cathy Franzi's exhibition Painting the Hills of Canberra explores Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin's vision to revegetate the hills of Canberra each in a unique colour, through the medium of ceramics. In this essay, Dr Patsy Hely examines this reimagining of the Griffin's dream, and explores the artist's research and techniques.

Title: Off the Square     by Peter Haynes     8 May 2013    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition     Read Off the Square

This essay accompanies an exhibition of the same name curated by the present writer and held at the Belconnen Arts Centre (10 May to 26 May 2013). It is one of a number of special events developed by Craft ACT to celebrate Canberra's centenary year. The exhibition showcases recent works by 9 artists - Leonie Andrews, Paul Dumetz, Myles Gostelow, Trenna Langdon, Moraig McKenna, Peter Minson, Vicki Passlow, Rozalie Sherwood and Kate Ward. These artists work across a range of media including ceramics, glass, textiles and wood. This essay offers brief introductions to the artists and some of their works.

Title: Notations - Margaret Brown     by Janet DeBoos     1 November 2012    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Notations - Margaret Brown     Read Notations - Margaret Brown

In calling her current body of work Notations, rather than Writings or Language or Text, Margaret Brown has made connections between the ceramic object and even broader fields of cultural experience. The idea of notations as a specialised system of symbols or marks that communicate information is commonly associated with music or mathematics.

Title: Nature's Rhythm     by Nadege Desgenetez     29 March 2014    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition     Read Nature's Rhythm

Nature's Rhythm by Craft ACT member Christine Atkins explored the connection between light, glass and water through a body of works in glass, metal and wood. In this essay, Nadege Desgenetez examines the artist's connection to nature as demonstrated through her practice thus far.

Title: Metamorphosi     by Adele Sliuzas     24 July 2014    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition     Read Metamorphosi

Britcher's body of work explores ideas of growth, and the passing of time. Each work is slowly and precisely built, beginning with the most basic element- glass cane. Using square, circular and triangular cane and murrine she follows an orderly geometric pattern to build the crystalline sculptures.

Title: Material and Structure: Phoebe Porter     by Jess Oliver     24 July 2014    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition     Read Material and Structure: Phoebe Porter

The works presented in Material and Structure are representative of various bodies of exhibition work and are what Porter refers to as her most successful pieces, reflecting the outcomes of each investigation with a greater level of refinement.

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: Mamana Mamanta (Gradual Friendship)     by Barbara McConchie     28 November 2008    
Category: Touring exhibition
Subject: Glasswork by Luna Ryan and Jock Puautjimi     Read Mamana Mamanta (Gradual Friendship)

Mamana Mamanta - gradual friendship - is a fitting title for this exhibition featuring new work by Jock Puautjimi, Tiwi artist of the Wantarringa (sun) skin group from Bathurst Island and Luna Ryan an established Canberra glass artist, as it succinctly describes the slow development and growth of their friendship.

Title: Liz Williamson: Textiles     by Gary Sangster     30 November 2010    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: 2010 Object gallery touring exhibition celebrating Liz Williamson as part of the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series     Read Liz Williamson: Textiles

Liz Williamson's work, accomplished and beautiful as it is, operates in a field of inquiry that is far more powerful and intriguing than an exquisite adornment of the body, or the inflections of innovative fabric-making, or the re-conceptualization of art mediated through textiles and design.

Title: Life In Yours Hands     by Robyn Daw     4 April 2013    
Category: Gallery exhibition
Subject: Exhibition     Read Life In Yours Hands

The relationship between a community and its immediate environment is, at best, balanced and robust: communities demonstrate resilience, cope with adversity and, by necessity, must accommodate change. However, when change occurs for the worst, people can become disempowered and separated from the very place perceived as home. Physical and mental health may be affected: the result of an accumulation of adverse conditions. This phenomenon has been identified and named as solastalgia by Professor Glenn Albrecht. Effectively this is a condition of homesickness experienced without leaving home.

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