Patron’s Day…

2 12 2010

The Gang braved the wet and galloped up the Darragh and across the Monaro for one of our fave highlights of the year, the EASS/Patron’s Day at the ANU School of Art; preview to the annual Graduate Show (this coming Friday night.) It’s always a visual treat, and the perfect opportunity to catch up with lots of our fave peeps.

We scored the bonus of a coupla hours with Babsie as ‘guide’ – quality time if ever there was!

Mugshots that made it through the editing suite here. Managed to leave the catalogue in Pa’s car, so apologies for lack of student/title/workshop data – we’ll do a retro drop-in as soon as it’s to hand.





One of those ‘mother’s moments’…

12 12 2007

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While the Gang was weaving around the school checking out the grad show, we wandered into the room where Maryam Rashidi’s video was running – just at the very moment that Sammy Jo flashed onto the screen! (She had been watching Maryam’s performance back on Open Day, with her mate Anna.) Ah, the synchronicity. Warms the cockles of a mother’s heart, it does.

She’s just swapped the warm climes of Egypt for the chill of Old London Town, as we speak. Lot’s of love, darling – have a pint for us…





Whoops!! Forgot one of the grads…

10 12 2007

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(above) Rosa Kang, opus linga franca 2007, fused glass on board.

Just dashed in to the Glass Workshop to take a snap of the above work – which I managed to overlook the other day. Apologies to the student.

Can’t imagine how I missed it…





Canberra Glass Graduates 2007…

9 12 2007

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Just between us, the Gang found the glass a tad…unprepossessing this year. But this may have a lot to do with the fact that most of the so-called-graduates are actually third year students going on to honours, and their work just isn’t properly developed yet. (This is clearly the down-side of the new system of showing all third year students – ie. Bachelor of Vis Arts basic – regardless of whether or not they’re actually finishing.) Minoru Shimomura is the only honours student in this year’s flock, and the extra year tells. We liked his work a lot (but thought it a great shame he wasn’t given better advice apropos the mount for the large piece…)

In the main it’s all a bit safe really, except for Bridget Thomas’s Courtesy Smiles installation (above) – which could stand as a metaphor for the artificiality of our ‘sector’.  Good on ya Bridge; (a) for making a statement and (b) for getting a bit experimental and pushing the plinth envelope.  This is art school, after all; a place where conservatism ought to be a dirty word.

Stuff convention, people – give us some SPARK.

And never forget that originality is our friend.

More pics at…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasscentralcanberra/sets/72157603406155250/





Graduation Show…

8 12 2007

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The Gang has to fess up that we didn’t go to the Grad show opening – we had another, non arty-farty, engagement (it’s a relief, quite frankly, to escape the shop talk occasionally.) And we’ve seen so much of the grad stuff over the last week that we’re starting to feel like painting grad Julie Brooke’s work above. The googie egg eyes and the spoons (click on the thumbnails for a closer look) express it perfectly – we’re completely voyeur-ed out, darlings!

But never fear, we’ve pre-snapped a good survey of the show and we’ll bring it to you over the next week…





Patrons’ day at the ANU School of Art…

7 12 2007

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(above) Viv contemplates Melanie Fitzmaurice’s sculpture Swell, 2007

This, of course, has to be the most buoyant week in the School of Art calendar – all the brouhaha of the Graduating season; from the EASS (Emerging Artists Scholarship Scheme) patrons’ day to the gala Grad Show opening itself (on tonight.)

The Gang checked out the goods on Wednesday morning alongside that second-most important-group in the arty-farty game, the patrons, for what is arguably the most significant event of the week. The EASS awards are the sharp-end of the business – the awarding of prizes and scholarships, as opposed to mere acquisition (though there’s plenty of that, don’t you worry!!) The deserving recipients will be announced at the Grad Show launch this evening.

Meanwhile patron pics can be found at…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasscentralcanberra/sets/72157603395492141/





Farewell shin-dig for Michael Le Grand…

3 12 2007

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The Sculpture Workshop at the ANU School of Art held a fond au revoir for its retiring Head of Workshop Michael Le Grand on Saturday night – a real knees-up-mother-brown to celebrate the end of a 27 year long stretch at the school.

He won’t be disappearing entirely, of course. He’ll just be getting stuck into full-time stellar practice out at his studio in Murrembateman, and will no doubt swing by Childers St regularly for crit sessions in the capacity of ‘venerable master’.

His successor (the new HoW) Wendy Teakel hosted an upbeat night which drew a crush of well-wishing colleagues (including original HoW Ron Robertson Swann) and a mottle of students, past and present. The significance of the occasion was respectfully acknowledged in a run of formal speeches – after which Michael himself launched into full-throttle classic Le Grand soap-boxery (well, we’d have been disappointed if he hadn’t…)

The Gang for one will miss his wonderfully ‘growlie’ wisdom. He’s a top bloke, we reckon (even in a Zegna suit!)

But before we lead you off down the picture path, we picked up some exciting, unconnected goss straight from a birdy beak – the ever adorable (now Melbourne-based) Bella Wells is gunna get hitched!!! To a lovely bloke called Cameron…that’s all we know thus far. A whirlwind romance, of course – what else is there, when its the real deal? How fabulous, Bells. Lotsa love from all your pals in the ‘Berra…

Party snaps at…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasscentralcanberra/sets/72157603359137697/  





‘Roid Rage Bambi…

13 11 2007

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(above) Amy Power’s sculpture

Imagine the Gang’s amazement when we emerged from the office on Sunday evening to discover that a seemingly severely annoyed Bambi (and friend Kimba) had taken possession of the front entrance of the Art School. We’d been cosily immured for the afternoon, tinkering away at the blog, happily surrounded by Howard’s paintings, with nary a hint of the ‘roid rage assembling outside our very door.

Ah, ya gotta love this time of year and the build up to the opening night of the annual Grad show. All sorts of incredible things start to manifest in the corridors…