IGNITE: 7

IGNITE: 7

An initiative of Belconnen Arts Centre, IGNITE: 7 is an exhibition program presented in collaboration with partnering venues over a variety of sites across Canberra. IGNITE: 7 features work by artists with disabilities and demonstrates how art enriches our spaces and lives. Being able to develop to one’s fullest potential is a basic human right that Belconnen Arts Centre applauds. IGNITE: 7 exhibitions position artists and celebrate their practices as integral to the creative vibrancy of this region.


Ann Harding Conference Centre

Foyer, Bldg 24, University of Canberra, University Drive South, Bruce ACT

Opening hours >
9:00am – 5:00pm Mon-Thurs
9:00am – 4:00pm Fri

Margaret Healy & Marilyn Nelson

By Marilyn Nelson.

Horizons
Margaret Healy & Marilyn Nelson

13 December – 12 March

For the past 5 years, Margaret Healy has sat next to her friend Marilyn Nelson at Painting with Parkinson’s; Marilyn’s beautiful, soft but strong paintings are done with care and love and she builds an atmosphere of peace and support, allowing others in the group to thrive. When Margaret paints, she loves to explore colour and let the water run the paint. Her heart always leads her to the colours in the ruggedness of the Australian landscape and amazing flat horizons from her childhood, where there seems to be no limit to the strong and striking colours.


Brindabella Business Park

Foyer, 23 Brindabella Circuit, Canberra Airport ACT

Opening hours >
9:00am – 5:00pm Mon-Fri

States of Play by Moira Nelson

States of Play
Moira Nelson

26 October – 28 January

In 1983, a month before artist Moira Nelson was to begin her final year of printmaking at Canberra Art School (now ANU School of Art & Design), she was involved in a major car accident that altered her reality forever. Epilepsy and the need to relearn language and communication norms recalibrated how she related to the world, and she has spent the ensuing years centring her images around this search for healing. This series of woodcuts and linocuts addresses the difficulties, delights and conundrums the artist faces from moment to moment, including learning how to trust her voice amidst a cacophony of feelings, a fluctuating sense of order and the complexities of communication and perceived meaning.

Since 1983, Moira Nelson has involved herself in the arts through Belconnen Arts Centre’s IGNITE: Alternative Arts Academy, Megalo Print Studio, Belconnen Community Services and running a hand-printed card business called Blatant Image. She has also worked in art studios in Byron Bay, developed a mural at Ainslie shops, and participated in multiple solo and group exhibitions and events, including You Are Here and Art, Not Apart. She has recently enjoyed exploring mediums such as watercolour and painting, for the immediacy of their expression; Nelson strives to be present in her practice and less caught up in the quality of the finished product.


Capital Kitchen

21 Benjamin Way, Belconnen ACT

Opening hours >
9:00am – 2:30pm Mon
9:00am – 9:30pm Tues-Sun

Dennis Thorncraft & Andrew Bray

By Dennis Thorncraft.

Dennis & Andrew
Dennis Thorncraft & Andrew Bray

13 December – 12 March

Dennis and Andrew are longtime participants in the Painting with Parkinson’s program and have both responded to themes presented in the sessions in individual and exploratory ways. Each artist extends their use of materials in very different ways; Andrew’s spare compositions and restraint are highly evocative and lyrical, while Dennis, by contrast, tends towards an intense layering of materials in conjunction with a playful use of colour. Both artists’ work demonstrates a deep respect and love of drawing, which is representational and highly suggestive at the same time.


Department of Communications & the Arts

2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon ACT

Opening hours >
9:00am – 5:00pm Mon-Fri

Eleanor Waight

Investigations
Eleanor Waight

3 December – 12 March

Eleanor Waight’s art is a visual exploration of mark-making and colour. She is fascinated by the way colours interact to create depth, layers and contrast. In this current body of work, she has been working with ink and paints on paper in an abstract format. She holds a Certificate IV in Visual Arts from Canberra Institute of Technology (2016) and intends to work towards completing her Diploma in Visual Arts.


National Disability Insurance Agency

Foyer, 212 Northbourne Ave, Braddon ACT

Opening hours >
9:00am – 5:00pm Mon-Fri

Possums in the Yard by Si Mikosza

‘Possums in the Yard’ by Si Mikosza.

Town and Country
L’Arche Genesaret artists

Tim Cologon, Trish Bullock, Keith McMillan, Gemma Foster and Si Mikosza

13 December – 12 March

L’Arche Genesaret is an international community of people with and without intellectual disabilities, founded in 1978 and celebrating their 40th anniversary of belonging to the federation of L’Arche communities co-founded by Jean Vanier. In keeping with the L’Arche mission and identity, the Hub in Phillip is a multipurpose social space for people with and without an intellectual disability to experience mutually enhancing interaction. The L’Arche Hub Art and Craft program has been operating for 18 months from premises in Colbee Court, Phillip, providing guidance and inspiration to artists living with or without a disability in Canberra and the surrounding region. Each of the artists is encouraged to respond in a uniquely personal way to the workshops on offer. Over the past 20 weeks, the artists have explored ‘Town and Country’ and used a variety of techniques, styles and media to produce individual art pieces portraying their interpretation of the theme.