John Beasley

Friday 11 May 2012

We were deeply saddened to hear of John Beasley's untimely passing in January this year. The gallery has had a rich relationship spanning over 20 years with John, he has been a constant presence with his work constantly displayed. He was also involved in numerous exhibitions both solo and group.

John's work was always distinctive. He created abstract forms that required incredible skill and ingenuity to shape and sand. These forms appeared elegantly simple but were in actuality very complex. His approach to form and shape was influenced by the Japanese concepts of Wabi (simple quietude) and Sabi (elegant simplicity).

John was not just an award winning sculptor, he was a writer of books and about plants, inventor of tools, active community member, teacher and a delightful friend that will be missed by many.

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Australian Guitar Duo

Friday 03 February 2012

Recognised as one of the most dynamic and exciting guitar ensembles, the Australian Guitar Duo has performed throughout the world, including appearances at the New York Guitar Duo Festival in New York City, Project Canción Española in Spain, Festival de Musique Classique in France, and the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival in Illinois, in addition to numerous cities throughout Australia.

Performing a mixture of contemporary Australian compositions and standard works from the guitar duo repertoire, the Australian Guitar Duo consists of respected soloists Rupert Boyd and Jacob Cordover. They met and formed a duo in the year 2000 while studying under renowned Australian guitarist Timothy Kain at the Australian National University School of Music.

The Australian Guitar Duo has been broadcast on radio stations throughout Australia and the United States, and was a prizewinner of the chamber music division of the Australian Guitar Competition.

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Robert Simpson

Friday 03 February 2012

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery invites you to celebrate the exhibition opening

By Richard Morecroft
Blake Art Prize Finalist Photographer, Host of SBS Television’s Letters and Numbers, and former ABC TV News Presenter.

2pm Saturday 4 February, 2012
Octagon ArtSpace Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

Exhibition continues until 26 March, 2012
RSVP to attend the opening or just come along on the day

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An Evening and Dinner with Richard Morecroft at Cafe Wood Works

Wednesday 11 January 2012

A Point of View - an address by Stan d’Argeavel at the opening of Richard Morecroft’s 2010 photographic exhibition at the Shoalhaven Regional Arts Gallery.

Richard has been dealing with points of view for many years in the ABC for most of his working life but they have mostly been the points of view of politicians, journalists, spin doctors, police, self interest groups and so on.

Now he deals with his own point of view – through his continued media work and through his television documentaries and most importantly as we see here today through his unique representation of the equally unique Australian Landscape through his still photography and now through sculpture as well.

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Craft Australia Defunded

Thursday 01 December 2011

This year, 2011, marks Craft Australia’s 40th year. It is a year for acknowledging and celebrating the outstanding achievements of an exceptional generation of studio craft practitioners many with high profile international reputations.

And this is also the year that the Visual Arts Board informed Craft Australia that it will be defunded. This is the last year Craft Australia will act as an advocate for the Australian craft sector.

In recent years the crafts have been elevated in popular and academic writing. The Craftsmen, by Richard Sennet is erudite and compelling in arguing that “the craftsman’s realm
is far broader than skilled manual labour; the computer programmer, the doctor, the parent and citizen need to learn the values of good craftsmanship today.”

When these values are widely embraced in society they can form the national character, and can impact on productivity, prosperity and civil society.

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Design Innovation Play - Review by Meredith Hinchliffe

Thursday 10 November 2011

I find it amazing that this is David Mac Laren’s first solo exhibition after 40 years of practice. Amazing because his name is synonymous with high quality furniture and excellence in design in woodworking in Australia and has been since 1983.

This exhibition has two main parts: the first is the work on display in the upstairs Octagonal Gallery of Bungendore Wood Works Gallery and the second is the accompanying catalogue in which he is quoted at length from discussions with Stan d’Argeavel. In these transcripts he speaks about his philosophy and his approach to his materials and how they impact on his designs.

There is surprisingly little work on display in the exhibition considering that the artist's career spans nearly forty years. However, the reasons are that many of his pieces over the years have been private commissions, and also that this is not a retrospective exhibition but an exhibition of the maker’s more recent works and design ideas.

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Rodney Hayward: Design Innovation Play

Wednesday 09 November 2011

Address by Dr. Rodney Hayward, Former Head, Furniture Workshop, School of Art ANU, on Saturday 15 October 2011 at the opening of Design Innovation Play.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”

Mahatma Gandhi

A story of a life is filled with the nuance of history and the ambiguity of telling the story we can only connect the dots.

For where we are standing today, in this Gallery and this body-of-work, David’s story begins in 1977 with his coming to Australia from the USA and settling in the environs of Bungendore. Australia and the region were not unknown to him as he had previously completed an Arts degree at ANU in 1965.

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Play: Gulf Tower

Tuesday 25 October 2011

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Design Innovation Play Catalogue

Friday 21 October 2011

The Design Innovation Play catalogues arrived just in time for the exhibition opening and they look great. The catalogues are available at the Gallery for $10.

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Makers mark

Friday 07 October 2011

Recently we have been focused on documenting what we do and how we do it. To help with this we have designed and produced samples of a "Maker's Mark" that will be attached in an inconspicuous place to furniture designed and hand crafted by David Mac Laren Artistic Director. Check out the samples above laser engraved by the Canberra Trophy Centre .

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Craft Valuation

Friday 07 October 2011

Meredith Hinchliffe

Meredith Hinchliffe is a freelance arts advocate and writer living and working in Canberra. She began work at the Craft Association of the ACT in 1978 and has been actively involved in the crafts since that time. She is approved to value Australian ceramics glass textiles jewellery leatherwork wooden objects and furniture from 1970 for the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Meredith has been a strong supporter of Bungendore Wood Works Gallery since it opened and has written many reviews and articles about exhibitions and exhibiting artists.

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On the Making, Recording and Provenance of a Piece

Friday 07 October 2011

Presented to the Studio Furniture 2010 Wood Conference - Towards Professionalism. This is a fictional Story of a 'best practice' chain of events leading to a complete provenance of a commissioned piece of fine furniture.

This is my story to date.

I was made in the late 1970s by a highly respected furniture designer/maker whose name is Billie, as a commission for a family whose name is Cash. The family dealt with a commercial gallery that Billie exhibited with and sold work through regularly. They had seen a piece of his work in an important group exhibition, similar to the one we will see tonight.

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Friday 09 September 2011

Spring is finally here and we thought the trees at at the gallery looked so good we should take a few photos.

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Ken Knight Exhibition Catalogue

Monday 15 August 2011

Ocean & Sky (Triptych), oil on board, 101x57 (each) cm

An exhibition about the sojourns and intensity of artistic vision of an en plein-air modern Australian landscape impressionist.

6 August – 10 October, 2011

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Special Order: Shaving Box

Wednesday 10 August 2011

We are always working with our clients to create personalised variations on many of the works in the Gallery.

So when a client asked for a 8 day shaving box to be made to hold his collection of antique straight razors we were happy to help.

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