David Mac Laren OAM

Sunday 28 January 2018

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery Founder and Artistic Director David Mac Laren received a much un-anticipated letter recently informing him that he has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Honorary division within the Australian honours system.

The Governor General approved the bestowing of the award and the announcement in the Australia Day 2018 Honours List on 26th January "For service to the art of woodwork and to the community of Bungendore."

David will receive his award from the Governor General, His Excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), at an investiture ceremony at Government House within the next few months.

David, in his reply, said that he was "so very overwhelmed by this news considering there are so many people doing so many good things in their lives for others" and was "so pleased that this award is also an important acknowledgement of our craftspeople and artists."

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Please Accept Our Apology

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Due to circumstances beyond our immediate control the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery website was inaccessible for much of December 2017.

The complicated world of Internet provision and domain name intricacies saw us lose our website over the Christmas and New Year period and we offer our sincere apologies for that.

Our people looking after the website and the maintenance of our extensive web site content and computer systems worked tirelessly to track the long and winding road to recovery of the site and restore it to your screens.

So what have you missed while we were off the air?

On 16th December Mr. Dick Smith AC opened a wonderful exhibition of collaborative work by Marquetrist Michael Retter and Fine Woodworker Scott Mitchell.

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Dick Smith at the Wood Works

Monday 22 January 2018

Entrepreneur, Businessman, Aviator, Philanthropist and Founder of Dick Smith Electronics, Dick Smith AC opened a new exhibition at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery Saturday 16 December 2018.

The Exhibition is the latest of a series of collaborative exhibitions by Sydney based marquetrist Michael Retter OAM and Canberra (now Bungendore) resident and fine wood worker, Scott Mitchell.

Retter and Mitchell first worked together on a commission through the Wood Works that connected them to Pip and Dick Smith, on a whimsical project some 20 years ago to fit out a train carriage that had been re-located on the Smith’s property near Gundaroo.

The Retter-Mitchell collaborations have always sought to explore new ground. “It was that project that saw us finally meet, and I that realised just how gifted Michael is in his specialist field of work” says Scott.

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Michael Retter and Scott Mitchell

Monday 22 January 2018

Exhibition continues until 27 February 2018

The Retter-Mitchell collaboration has always sought to explore new ground, bridging unfamiliar territory. And this Exhibition moves both artists well out front of the cozy and assured commercial success of their previous work.

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Boyd Meets Girl

Wednesday 19 July 2017


3 Course Dinner & Concert Tickets $80
Bookings in the Cafe or phone 02 6238 1688

It's time to revisit the acoustically enticing Octagon ArstSpace in Bungendore Wood Works Gallery for a sumptuous night of music.

Begin the night with champagne & canapés in the Gallery followed by the main course and dessert in the Cafe before settling in to the upstairs Octagon for a sublime performance by Boyd Meets Girl.

Boyd Meets Girl pairs Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd with American cellist Laura Metcalf, in an ensemble that performs a diverse and exciting mix of works from the baroque through modern day.

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The Chinoiserie Cabinet

Monday 12 June 2017

The amazing new Cabinet from the maker of the Hannah Cabinet is now on display and available for purchase at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery.

The Chinoiserie Cabinet is Geoff Hannah’s homage to the Chinoiserie Style of furniture design that he studied Paris and London while on his Churchill Fellowship in the 1980s and features 12 timber species, 9 stone varieties, 23 carat gold leaf gilding and a myriad of oriental hidden chambers, panels and pockets of mystery.

After 2000 hours of work, the latest cabinet had its official unveiling at the Lismore Regional Gallery in August 2016. It contains the incredible detail, master craftsmanship and multitude of drawers and compartments that have become the hallmark of Geoff’s cabinets.

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Language of Light

Friday 18 November 2016

Exhibition Opening
2pm Sunday 27 November, 2016

Opened by Julie Bradley
Visual Artist

Octagon ArtSpace
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

Exhibition continues until 7 February, 2016

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Spatial Curvature – Fine Furniture by Darren Oates

Friday 18 November 2016

Exhibition Opening
2pm Sunday 27 November, 2016

Opened by Evan Dunstone
Principal – Dunstone Design

Octagon ArtSpace
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

Exhibition continues until 7 February, 2017

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Wednesday 24 August 2016

3 September – 3 October, 2016

An exhibition of ceramics by 9 artists from The Claybodies ceramicists’ group.
Rick Beviss • Melinda Brouwer • Liz Crowe • Linda Davy • Velda Hunter • Anne Langridge • Monika Leone • Jacqueline Lewis • Suzanne Oakman

Exhibition Opening
Saturday 3 September at 2pm by Helen Musa
Arts Editor, City News, Canberra

Octagon ArtSpace, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
Exhibition continues until 3 October

The Claybodies Group, formed primarily from Canberra artists, now has 55 members. It’s aims are to: provide a forum for support and information; exchange and engage in critical dialogue and discussion on ceramic art practice through group critique sessions; monitor current events in the ceramics/art world; challenge preconceptions about ‘what is ceramics; showcase and celebrate the material of clay in all it’s diversity; encourage the pursuit of innovation in divergent practises and; utilise the technical knowledge of members through workshops.

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Sunday 31 July 2016

Miroslav Bukowsky Trumpet, Flugelhorn - Jeremy Sawkins Guitar - Alister Spence Keyboards - Fabian Hevia Percussion - James Greening Trombone - Steve Elphick Bass

3 Course Dinner & Concert - Tickets $80
Bookings in the Cafe or phone 02 6238 1688

Wanderlust brings together the talents of six of Australia's best jazz instrumentalists. Together they have developed a unique sound through highly original compositions, superb ensemble work and imaginative improvisation and interplay. Skillfully blending global beats with jazz improvisation, the emphasis is on composition, texture and mood, rather than a display of individual virtuosity.

Listen to “Bronte Café” From Wanderlust’s latest album When in Rome recorded live at performance at the famous jazz festival at Villa Celimontana, near the Collesseum in Rome, Italy.

Listen to "Delicatessence” from Wanderlust’s album Song and Dance

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Prints From The Griffith Studio

Sunday 17 July 2016

Lyn Burns - Castle Gremorgh 24x38cm FR $450 UF $275

23 July – 1 September 2016

An exhibition of Limited Edition Prints by nine exceptional artists working from The Griffith Studio and Graphics Workshop.
Lyn Burns • George Gittoes • Pamela Griffith • Greg Hansell • Bettina McMahon • Gina Monaco • Trevor Riach • Wendy Sharpe • Glenn Smith

Exhibition Opening
Saturday 23rd July at 2pm by Kate Milner
Creative Partnerships Coordinator, Hazlehurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney NSW

Octagon ArtSpace Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

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Ten Tables

Thursday 23 June 2016

23 July – 31 October 2016
An exhibition about collaboration

Woodwork by Ian Higgs
Design by Malcolm Stewart
Metalwork by Dean Bell

Exhibition Opening
Saturday 23rd July at 2pm by David Mac Laren Artistic Director Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

Octagon ArtSpace Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

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Selected Gallery Artists

Wednesday 22 June 2016

Jim Birkett

On exhibit in the Octagon ArtSpace
22nd June to 18 July

Jim Birkett • Glenda Borchard • Jason Chen • Glen Mackie • Richard Morecroft • Robert Simpson • Theo Tremblay • David Voigt

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In the kitchen with Stan d’Argeavel!

Wednesday 08 June 2016

On Friday 27 May 2016 Stan d’Argeavel, Gallery exhibition coordinator, shared his life’s work as a photographer at local restaurant Le Très Bon recently. On the day, guests where privy to an informative, personal, generous and humorous presentation by Stan. He presented 8 of his photographs, displayed the original photos and demonstrated how to cook his favourite pizza.

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Veritas Downunder – Tour Australia June 2016

Monday 16 May 2016

Tuesday June 7 from 2.30PM to 6.30PM

Vic Tesolin - Veritas expert and author of the ‘Minimalist Woodworker’ and Wally Wilson - Lee Valley Senior Manager, are visiting Australia for an all things Veritas demonstration tour.

“The event allows the Australian woodworker to come and see how Veritas design and manufacture their range of innovative hand tools and understand why Veritas has become such a well-loved global brand. A comprehensive hand tool demonstration featuring a range of Veritas’s premium products including marking out tools, hand saws, bench planes, chisels, the MKII honing guide and the new, soon to be released range of Veritas Custom Hand planes.”

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Tess Barker solo exhibition at fYREGALLERY

Wednesday 09 March 2016

Good friend to the Gallery and alumni staffer Tess Barker is having her first solo exhibition at fYREGALLERY in Braidwood. We are really proud and super excited for her.

Do check it out, the exhibition runs 18th March - 10 April, and opens Friday 18 March at 6.30pm.

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