In case you were planning a visit…

The gallery will be closed on Saturday 13 April just for one day.

Carl and Phillip McConnell: Queensland Studio Potters

Carl McConnell (1926 — 2003) Vase with hidasuki marks c.1975

The Queensland Art Gallery is currently showcasing the work of father and son Carl and Phillip McConnell in an exhibition curated by Glenn Cooke. Entitled Carl and Phillip McConnell: Queensland Studio Potters, the exhibition is on now and will run until 24 June. This vase with hidasuki marks made by Carl McConnell around 1975 and gifted to the Queensland Art Gallery by Carl and Bunny McConnell in 1987, is one of the works featuring in the exhibition.The image is from the  QAGOMA website.

(It took me a while to work it out, but QAGOMA stands for  Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art – a new brand officially launched in early 2012.)

Shepparton Art Museum reopens

SAM entrance

Last weekend Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) reopened to the public after an eight-month, $1.98 million redevelopment, with two large exhibition galleries on the ground floor; and six collection galleries, a state of the art workshop and ceramic studio (including a kiln) upstairs. SAM has one of Australia’s most important collections of historical and contemporary ceramics, as well as significant holdings of Australian art in other media. I have just been browsing through the 2012 exhibition program to help plan the itinerary for our winter break. (I am not sure why they changed their name from Gallery to Museum  – perhaps just so they could call themselves SAM.)



While processing images on the camera I found that David had taken this picture of the trees on our fenceline during a break in the curremt rainy weather. How lucky we are to have such a wonderful river frontage!

Craft Australia defunded

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced that it will stop funding Craft Australia from the end of this year. In a media release put out yesterday, Craft Australia says it is challenging the decision and seeking interim funding to allow it “to restructure in a responsible manner and manage its significant heritage assets and active programs appropriately.” As a researcher, I would certainly not want to lose access to the digital content on their website or the pictures from their image collection that they have been digitising and making available on flickr (this project is only 21% completed). Ways of helping to save Craft Australia, including a petition, are described here.

Here by hand – 70 years at Sturt 1941-2011

Sturt Gallery at Mittagong, NSW, is holding an exhibition of the Sturt Permanent Collection entitled ‘Here by hand – 70 years at Sturt 1941-2011‘ to celebrate Sturt’s 70th birthday. It opens on Sunday 2 October at 11.00 am and will go through to 20 November. Les Blakebrough and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott will be speaking at the birthday lunch, as well as weaver Elizabeth Nagel and woodworker Alan Wale.

Formerly the Sturt Craft Centre, I see that Sturt has changed its name to Sturt: Australian Contemporary Craft & Design, presumably to reflect the new emphasis on design that can be seen across the Australian Craft and Design Centres (ACDC) network.

Raglan Gallery returns to Manly

Raglan Gallery has returned to Manly after several years in Brookvale. The gallery, which opened in 1982 at 5-7 Raglan Street, Manly, is now located in the old Auckland Garage on the corner of West Promenade and Gilbert St, a heritage-listed building next to the Civic Club.  At the time of posting, the website had not yet been updated. (Just to confuse the issue, there is also a Raglan Gallery in Cooma, which is still in its current location.)

Benefit sale

A one-day benefit sale for Ian Jones and Moraig McKenna will be held at the Canberra Potters’ Society on Monday 13 June from 10 am to 4 pm. All proceeds will go to Ian and Moraig, whose house and gallery at Gundaroo was recently gutted by fire. Some of Australia’s best-known potters have donated work for the sale which will be opened by Janet Mansfield.