Two of a Mind, Partners in Time

Wednesday 20 May 2009



Celebrating over 50 continuous years of Don Burrows

Duo Don Burrows and George Golla were Duo partners for 38 years and Kevin Hunt is currently Don's Duo format partner. This will be a rare opportunity to hear the music and story of the Don Burrows Duo in the intimate space of Bungendore Wood Works Gallery.

Tickets will be limited and can be secured on 02 6238 1682 or by email on or by fax on 02 62381817

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Two of a Mind Exhibition and Partners in Time Concert

Thursday 16 April 2009

Some Lovely Feedback from the Two of a Mind Exhibiton and Partners in Time Concert evening on Saturday 18th July


Just a quick line to thank you very, very much for such an enjoyable experience. There we were, my wife and I looking at one of Don Burrows pictures (twin swans) when I heard over my right shoulder, Don's voice explaining how he waited in the hope of gaining such a shot and he was suitably rewarded as were we the viewing audience. Don and I then discussed our respective initial photograhic experiences with box brownies and actually using chemicals in development tanks to obtain final grainy prints. He stated he missed the days of 'hands on' with chemicals compared with today's computer processing and special effects.

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Studio Furniture 2010 Winners

Thursday 16 April 2009

1st Prize: Alby Johnston's Rainforest Rocker

At the exhibition opening the winners of various prizes were announced.

1st prize went to Alby Johnston's Rainforest Rocker

2nd to Neil Erasmus's ELL Cabinet

3rd to Tony Kenway's Cunji Dining Suite

4th to Adrian Potter's Ned's Chair.

A special Acquisition Award went to Des King for his Shoji Screen and the works of Frank Wiesner (Cabinet), Myles Gostelow (Roo Chair), Simon Ramsey (Music Chair), Darren Oates (Hall Table), Fukutoshi Uneo (Dress Code Table), Will Marx, (Ulysses Chaise Lounge) and Anton Gerner (Cabinet) were Highly Commended by Judges David Boucher (Boucher & Co), Evan Dunstone (Dunstone Design) and Will Matthysen.

You are able to see a full catalogue of the works in this extensive exhibition in the February Edition of Australian Wood Review magazine, available from your newsagent from February 25.

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New Furniture from David Emery

Thursday 12 March 2009

Renowned Victorian furniture maker David Emery has recently shipped two tables to Bungendore Wood Works Gallery.

David Emery's professional interest is in making furniture of a clean uncluttered nature, with an emphasis on balance and proportion. His skills are mainly in the use of timber, with an emphasis on veneering as this allows greater flexibility in design avoiding the limitations of solid timber construction. All veneers are pressed in his own workshop, after components have been cut to size and had timber lippings applied to their edges.

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Signatures - Review

Monday 24 November 2008

by Meredith Hinchliffe
October 1, 2008

SIGNATURES – 25th Anniversary Exhibition 1983-2008, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, Kings Highway, Bungendore, until November 19, 2008. Open daily 9am to 5pm.

A signature is defined as a person’s name or initials, as a mark or significant appearance. The title of this exhibition has been chosen deliberately – eleven fine woodworkers, most of whom who have been associated with Bungendore Wood Works Gallery throughout its existence, make significant and exceptional work – and generally it is recognisable.

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Signatures Review

Friday 17 October 2008

SIGNATURES – 25th Anniversary Exhibition 1983-2008, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, Kings Highway, Bungendore, until November 19, 2008. Open daily 9am to 5pm.

A signature is defined as a person’s name or initials, as a mark or significant appearance. The title of this exhibition has been chosen deliberately – eleven fine woodworkers, most of whom who have been associated with Bungendore Wood Works Gallery throughout its existence, make significant and exceptional work – and generally it is recognisable.

Bungendore Wood Works has a strong altruistic streak to its commercial activities. All those who work there are committed to bringing the narrative of the making of a piece – small or large – to the purchaser. Who made it, where it was made, what timber is it made from: these questions form part of the story behind a work. The Gallery is imbuing the work of its makers with the notion of a ‘signature’.

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Signatures Exhibition Opening

Thursday 25 September 2008

Senior Curator, Decorative Arts and Design, National Gallery of Australia, Robert Bell officially opened the Gallery's Signatures 25th Year Exhibition at a special function on Saturday 20th September. (see Current Exhibition for details of participants and works in the exhibition).

Robert Bell opening the Signatures exhibition in the Octagon ArtSpace. Left to right Robert Bell, David Mac Laren, Stan d'Argeavel, Phil and Jo Telford, Frank and Joan Wiesner.

Maker John Comacchio tries out Robert Howards Rocking chair at the Signatures opening. Left to right Robert Wilson (editor Capital Magazine), Robert Howard, John Comacchio and partner Melissa.

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Collecting Gershwin

Tuesday 16 September 2008

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Meet the Artists

Saturday 23 August 2008

Photographer/Artist Robert Billington and Writer/Musician Tim Gooding will be in the Octagon ArtSpace to discuss how the art of photography and story telling can be combined into an intriguing exhibition.

An event of the Vivid National Photography Festival

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The Gallery Named as Australian Independent Retailer of the Year

Thursday 14 August 2008

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery has been named as Australian Independent Retailer of the Year by the Australian Retailer's Association (ARA).

Gallery owner and Artistic Director David MacLaren was on hand to receive the award from ARA President Roger Gillespie at a gala awards evening held in the Argyle Venues complex in Sydney's Rocks area on Tuesday 12th August.

Earlier in the evening the Gallery was named as NSW/ACT Independent Retailer of the Year making the Gallery the NSW representative in the Australian Awards decided later in the night.

The Gallery was competing against other State nominees including Anver's Confectionery (TAS), Denmark Supa IGA (WA), Flourish (SA), Gemini Catering Equipment and Uniforms (VIC) and Busteed Building Supplies (QLD).

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Newsletter Winter 2008

Wednesday 16 July 2008

Excerpts from our Winter Newsletter

From Gallery Director David Mac Laren in Sweden for JoINT - an International Arena for Woodworking Culture 2008

From different parts of the world we are gathered together for JoINT, an International forum for making public seating for the town of Mariestad, Sweden, in early May, when spring is in full swing, with long hours of sun light, and twilight in the evening until 10 pm. There are three of us from Australia: Matthew Harding, a very highly regarded furniture maker and sculptor; Tracy Gumm, a recent graduate of the Australian School of Fine Furniture in Launceston,Tasmania, and myself.

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David MacL aren in Sweden

Saturday 24 May 2008

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery Artistic Director and owner, David MacLaren is currently taking take part in an International Forum and Exhibition of Woodworking Culture. The event is taking place in the Brandstedts Tra Gard Workshop in Kjeckestad, Mariestad, Sweden.

The JoINT Project as it is named is aimed at providing an arena for the woodworking traditions from four different continents, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. MacLaren and ex-Canberra region sculptor and woodworker Matthew Harding are representing Australia at the event together with woodworkers from Japan, Senegal and Sweden, who will have 6 participants.

The woodworkers will share, explore, create and learn all within a theme that is as universal as woodworking itself. That area is Seating in Public Places, such as on the streets, by the waterfront or at such places as public look-outs and parks and gardens and other areas where the public gathers in urban settings.

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Studio Furniture 2008

Friday 23 May 2008

Craft Australia 716 craft·design ISSN:1835-1832 Issue 029 April 2008

Studio Furniture 2008 was initiated by David MacLaren, Artistic Director of Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, as a way to foster the production of unique pieces of furniture by makers and to highlight the important role of commercial galleries. Stan d'Argeavel presents an overview of the competition and exhibition with images of the winning works.

Articles - 31 March 2008
Studio Furniture 2008

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Opening and Meet the Artist - David Voigt

Thursday 10 April 2008

Join us for the opening of Abstracting the Real an exhibition by Blake and Wynne prize-winning artist David Voigt. David will be present in the Gallery from 2 to 4pm on Saturday 12th April in the Octagon Artspace. See the "Current Exhibitions" page for full details.

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Stop, Look & Listen

Wednesday 02 April 2008

Don Burrows & Kevin Hunt invite you to Stop, Look & Listen

Friday 29 & Saturday 30 August, 2008

Australian jazz legend Don Burrows and Mo Award winning keyboardist Kevin Hunt will return to Café Woodworks and Bungendore Wood Works Gallery in August for two nights of fine photography and jazz. You can enjoy the delights of Eric's four course feast in the Café and then be thoroughly entertained during an intimate evening with Don talking about his dual life in music and photography and Kevin joins Don for an exquisite concert set in the Octagon ArtSpace in the Gallery. You can also enjoy the exhibition of fine photography Counterpoint by Don Burrows and BWWG Exhibition Coordinator Stan d'Argeavel as part of the VIVID National Festival of Photography.

Tickets for Stop, Look and Listen are $67.50 and available from Café Woodworks or by phoning 02 6238 1688. Don't miss the limited seating special event. 

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Things of Tone and Wood

Thursday 13 March 2008

Canberra Times, Times 2, Friday 25th January, 2008

by Ron Cerabona

Furniture can be regarded as simply functional: somewhere to, literally, hang your hat, or put up your feet, or eat dinner, or just sink down in front of the television after a hard day at work. But the best of it is more than that. It can also be a work of art, something to admire in and of itself.

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery wanted to do something to encourage this latter perception and to give craftspeople a chance to display their talents, with the opening exhibition in their 25th anniversary year, Studio Furniture 2008, which opens tomorrow.

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