exhibition poster

In 2009 the Canadian Artists, EJ Lightman, Anne O’Callaghan, Penelope Stewart and Jeannie Thib were invited to Canberra, ACT, Australia to participate in a 6 week residency, beginning with 10 days at the historic Ready-Cut Cottage in the beautiful bush setting of Namadgi National Park. After this 10 day adventure of hiking, exploring and living in this remote landscape the artists returned to Canberra to begin as Visiting Artists at The Australian National University, Canberra Glassworks and Megalo Print Studios for the remainder of the residency.

In turn, the Australian Artists Bev Hogg and Trish Roan joined the Canadian Artists in the summer of 2010 at the Tree Museum for a 4 week residency. Set on 200 acres of woodland, the Tree Museum site is undeveloped and includes both waterfront and forest. It is an unique place in which to create site specific or sensitive sculptural installations. One of the highlights for the Australian artists was canoeing to their individual sites each morning and experiencing a Canadian landscape.

The participating artists had the rare opportunity to explore an uncultivated, foreign environment and respond to their experiences. Both the Canadian and the Australian landscapes are tremendously diverse. So the inspiration was plentiful and by all accounts the biggest challenge was to pare down their options for creative direction. But focus they did, and the diverse, striking and sometimes surprising results realised in glass, photography, bronze, print, drawing and natural materials are on exhibition


the exhibition at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Gallery is the culmination of this four year exchange. The exhibition was officially opened by Sharon Peoples, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre President and Acting Convenor, Museums and Collections Program, The Australian National University.

Exhibition: September 6- October 20 2012,
Opening: 6 September 2012, 6pm.
Location: Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Gallery, 1st floor, North Building, 180 London Cct Canberra City, Australia

A catalogue with essays by Earl Miller and Maralynn Cherry was produced by the Tree Museum and is available: info@thetreemuseum.ca.

The Tree Museum is open from May to October.
There is no admission charge.