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.

Brindabella Business Park

Foyer, 23 Brindabella Circuit, Canberra Airport ACT

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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

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

Drawings by Brian Allan

Brian Allan

17 September – 11 December

Brian Allan is a prolific writer, artist and performer with a need to find expressions for the images he sees and the stories that come from his active imagination. He is an independent writer and posts his stories online and he works in a variety of visual art mediums including textiles, drawing and painting. Hand-drawn with marker pens, these works are colourful and invite reflection on the adventures that Brian’s characters have and the dreamlike places in which they occur. These works provide viewers with an opportunity to share in a different perspective on a world that is not always in step with our own.


Foyer, 212 Northbourne Ave, Braddon ACT

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9:00am – 5:00pm Mon-Fri

Untitled by Hands On Studio

Hands On Studio

17 September – 11 December

This exhibition is a collection of collaborative artworks created by artists working at Hands On Studio. Recognized as an NDIS registered provider, Hands On Studio is a creative and inclusive art program that provides people with varying disabilities and psychosocial issues access to art. Housed within M16 Artspace in Griffith, the studio offers ten classes per week (Monday to Saturday). These mixed media classes include painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. The classes are taught in a person-centered approach, giving the students the opportunity to work independently or in collaboration with their peers and tutor.

Ann Harding Conference Centre

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

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

Joyful Swimmer by Vijaya Sen

Vijaya Sen

17 September – 11 December

With the support of her father, Vijaya Sen began making art when she was very small. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the ANU School of Art & Design in 1998. This is her 12th solo show, focused on encounters with supportive and inspiring personalities or familiar places, expressed in watercolour. Sen enjoys the effects of trying to do bold or delicate marks and tones in watercolour, aiming to express the mood, describe the environment and enjoying the medium for its unique spontaneity as well as and its careful and detailed use.