Two exhibitions open soon at Craft ACT

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Two exhibitions will open at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre on Thursday 21 March 2019 at 6pm.

The exhibition Cupped Hands by Vicky Shukuroglou and Simon Cottrell is a result of their 2018 Artist-in-Residence at the Australian National Botanic Gardens and Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in Namadgi National Park.

“Through our collaboration we seek to awaken the senses to the infinite complexity of ecosystems within which humans have evolved. By inviting hearts and minds to become deeply immersed in these relationships, we aim to re-ignite curiosity and reverence for our earth. We hope to heighten compassion through strengthening connections to country."

The exhibition includes video works, projections and photography.

I thought I heard a bird is an exhibition of work by Ashley Eriksmoen, Fernando do Campo, Joyce Hwang, Madeleine Kelly, Patsy Hely, Raquel Ormella and considers our everyday interactions with urban birds. From the lists a bird watcher keeps of the common city birds, to a built habitat near Canberra Arboretum to encourage biodiversity, the works offering a diverse range of perspectives of what is to live and share our urban spaces with birds.

The exhibiiton brings together artists from across Australia and a local project by American architect Joyce Hwang. The six artists work in different media including painting, ceramics, drawing and sculpture.

Curated by Raquel Ormella, the exhibition and associated symposium is a research outcome of the ANU School of Art & Design Nature/Culture Research Cluster. Joyce Hwang’s visit to Canberra has been supported by the ANU Research School of the Art and Humanities.

Exhibition dates: 21 March to 11 May 2019
Floor Talk: Saturday 23 March at 1pm
A floor talk with artists from I thought I heard a bird, Ashley Eriksmoen, Patsy Hely and Raquel Ormella.

Image 1: Vicky Shukuroglou and Simon Cottrell, Flare, 2018, video still (detail). Photo: Vicky Shukuroglou
Image 2: Ashley Eriksomoen, Becoming Bird, 2019, Salvaged wood furniture, acrylic and milkpaints. Photo: David Lindesay



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