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’.Read more
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.Read more
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.
SATURDAY 30TH AUGUST 2.30PM TO 3.30PM
An event of the Vivid National Photography Festival
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).Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Thursday 13 March 2008
Craft Arts International Magazine #60 2004
by Terry Martin
In 1977 a young furniture maker named David Mac Laren arrived in Australia from New York. He had a fulfilling life as a furniture maker in America, but he became disillusioned with pervasive materialism and came to Australia to try to establish a more meaningful life. Like many at that time, he dreamt of self-sufficiency, so he bought rural land near the village of Bungendore, 30 minutes from Canberra, and set up his workshop. Eventually Mac Laren decided to open a gallery because he wanted a place to display his furniture and pieces by other furniture makers. It was a simple desire that gave no hint of the success and expansion of the coming years.Read more
Thursday 13 March 2008
Canberra Review/Canberra Times, February 12, 2000
by Stan d'Argeavel
Its a long, long way from the Off-Broadway theatre stage to the quiet, secluded streets and lanes of Bungendore village and an even further distance from successful playwright to fine wood worker and gallery director. Bungendore Wood Works Gallery owner and artistic director David Mac Laren revels in just that.
“When I moved from New York City to Bungendore I wanted a place to display my furniture as well as the work of other furniture makers in the region.” says David.
And it’s this relationship with his designer/makers that David now finds the most challenging and enjoyable facet of running one of this country’s finest mixed media galleries - all in a sleepy little village in the Southern Tablelands of NSW.Read more
Wednesday 05 March 2008
Capital Magazine Issue Twenty Five November - December 2006
by Stan d'Argeavel
A brief look around the walls of Australian jazz musician Don Burrows' studio reveals an impressive portrait of success and recognition in the music business. Looking further reveals the fact that a second artistic medium pervades his creative life.
Burrows is equally at home in the photographic darkroom as he is on the stage. To be blessed with a talent at a level few artists attain is one thing, to carry that talent to a second artistic medium is reserved for a few gifted individuals.
Don Burrows has been treading the boards as a professional musician for 65 years. In 1973 the twice-named Australian Living Treasure received the first Gold Record ever awarded to an Australian jazz musician, instigated the first Jazz studies program in the Southern Hemisphere at the NSW Conservatorium of Music and was awarded an MBE.Read more