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The Chronicle Tuesday, January 13, 2015
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Amanda Stuart, who created the bush pack (nil tenure) sculpture in Civic,
will be guest curator at the Belconnen Arts Centre for a new exhibition
Photo: Matt Bedford
In a first for the Belconnen Arts
Centre, a guest curator has been
invited to produce an extraordinary
new exhibition to feature 20 works
from ACT, national and international
artists this month.
Amanda Stuart was identified
through her work as a sculptor in
Canberra to curate Imaginarium.
The move is a shift in its usual
program and the aim is to open the
centre to other curators.
With experience as a park ranger,
Stuart produced a body of work about
humans and animals in conflict.
The idea of "hybridity that came
from her work is the main theme of
Imaginarium and is why she was
invited to curate the exhibition.
"It was something that was put on
the table as an innovative movement
for the Belconnen Arts Centre, she
"There are two American artists ...
and we have some interstate artists as
When expressions of interests for
Imaginarium went out late last year
there was a stunning response. About
70 artists replied with a wish to submit
at least two pieces each for the
Belconnen Arts Centre chief
executive Daniel Ballantyne said
organisers had to whittle the works
down to just 20 for the show.
"The theme is about hybrids and
mutants and cross-overs, and the idea
that things can be melded and brought
together to create new outcomes, he
"It is like a collection of new
"The Imaginarium is a place where
you will find all these crazy
While the exhibition is something
completely different for the arts centre,
Mr Ballantyne said imaginarium was
not a new concept.
"It has been around for a long time,
"In the 19th century it was a place
where you would go and see some of
the freaks of nature or you would go
into a hall of mirrors or something like
"In modern times an imaginarium is
a young child s toy where it might be
a box within boxes that has different
colours with knobs and levers that they
might be able to play with and engage
Imaginarium takes place from
Friday, January 23 to February 15.
For more information about the
Music and film
Live Australian music, blockbuster
films and ice-cream are on offer at the
Ben and Jerry s Openair Cinema s
Sundae Sessions charity launch on
Sunday at Patrick White Lawns.
Gates open at 5pm and ticket sale
proceeds go towards the World
Wildlife Fund Australia s efforts to
support the Great Barrier Reef.
Ticket holders can feast on
unlimited Ben and Jerry s ice-cream,
sets from Triple J unearthed band
Husky as well as producer and DJ Beat
Crowds can enjoy fun games on the
lawn, free bean lounger or deckchair
hire, first in best dressed, a goodie bag,
and a screening under the stars of The
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Tickets $37 online or $47 at the
gate. Book via
READY TO SPARK FANS
will be at The
Abbey on Friday.
Merimbula-born folk rock artist Kim
Churchill will headline a gig at The
Abbey on Friday.
The surf-styled singer-songwriter
has whipped up fans across Australia
and is vying for a spot in this year s
Triple J Hottest
100 ranks with
his hit Window to
old has built a
harmonica in his
solo sets, all the
while delivering impressive vocal
He graced the stage at Glastonbury
and closed out a huge 2014 with sets at
both the Falls and Southbound
Churchill is on the road this summer
touring the lead single Single Spark
from his album Silence/Win before he
flies off to the UK and Europe again in
Catch him this Friday at The Abbey
from 8pm. Tickets are $15 and are
available at musicglue.com.
MUSIC REVIEW Confident style well worth listening to
ALBUM: MICROSCOPIC WARS/ ARTIST: KINGSWOOD
The debut album by Melbourne four-
piece rockers Kingswood is so assured
that it s hard to believe they haven t
released any earlier albums.
Take for instance the song
Microscopic Wars which is full of
Kings of Leon style riffs and a
It s the centrepiece of a confident
album with plenty of middle-of-the-
road songs containing the grunge
factor and the mellow blues sound of
Queens of Stone Age with a ballsy
rock sound that is superbly produced
and raw at the same time.
And yet the key to Kingswood s
potent musical ability is how well they
can harmonise and pull out of their
trick bag a plethora of guitar licks to
reel you into most of their songs -- even
the pedestrian ones.
Like most rock bands, the sonic
blast of the guitars tells the story here
as the lyrics are simple and nothing to
write home about.
But for clear rock atmospherics and
a little experimentation, Kingswood is
a band worth listening to that will no
doubt just get better and better.
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