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

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

Eleanor Waight

Investigations II
Eleanor Waight

14 March – 18 June

Eleanor’s art is a visual exploration of colour, mark making and layering.  She loves the way colours interact with each other to give depth, contrast and dimension.  The works have been developed using inks, acrylics and gouache on paper.

Eleanor’s involvement with the Ignite program in recent years has seen the development of a strong body of abstract work that she has exhibited with IGNITE: 7 and she now identifies as an emerging artist.  She is also keen to develop further as an artist, is continuing Diploma in Visual Arts studies at the Canberra Institute of Technology.

Brindabella Business Park

Foyer, 23 Brindabella Circuit, Canberra Airport ACT

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9:00am – 5:00pm Mon-Fri

Fromelle by Maria Cofinas

Under the Cover of Darkness 1914-1918
Maria Cofinas

29 January – 28 April

A visionary artist, Maria Cofinas incorporates intentional creativity and symbolism into her creative practice. This series contemplates WWI and the horror that Australian men faced in two key battles; the landing at ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula and the battle of Fromelles in France. The third work expresses some of the symbolism we have come to embrace in remembering the fallen. Cofinas changed careers in 2016 to pursue her lifelong love of the arts. She joined the IGNITE: Alternative Arts Academy and has undertaken short courses in expressive and symbolic painting. She has contributed to a number of group exhibitions and was awarded the CAPO Belconnen Arts Centre Inclusion Award in 2018. Her works are found in several private collections. Maria has a thriving private teaching studio focusing on guiding children and women in pursuing a full life through developing creative practices. Cofinas refers to her style of painting as soul and energy art with themes crossing nature, self-healing, living a full life, social and environmental justice, the Divine feminine and finding your inner voice.

Capital Kitchen

21 Benjamin Way, Belconnen ACT

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

Mixed Fruit by Jimalyn Lawless

Mixed Fruit by Jimalyn Lawless

Jimalyn Lawless

13 March – 12 June

For this exhibition, inspired by the Capital Kitchen Café setting, Jimalyn Lawless has chosen to work around a food theme.  She says, ” Just as food nourishes the body, art provides nourishment for the soul.”

After initially working in traditional mediums of paint, pastel, and charcoal, in recent years Jimalyn has taken up collage. She enjoys collage as a process. It suits her way of working by providing a multitude of image options and well as allowing a high level of control over compositional possibilities. She also finds she is better able to express her particular sense of creativity. In the future this may change as she continues to experiment with artmaking practices. As Jimalyn says, “Life is meant to be explored and art is no exception.”

Department of Communications & the Arts

2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon ACT

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9:00am – 5:00pm Mon-Fri

Moment in Mauve

Colour Wonder
Collaborative Works by Hands on Studio Artists

14 March – 17 June

Hands On Studio is a vibrant community art program run by Catholic Care Canberra and Goulburn, situated atM16ARTSPACE in Griffith A.C.T. Currently, 11 classes are taught per week at The Studio covering a range of techniques and materials. Classes are based on a person centred approach that gives all students the opportunity to explore their creativity independently or in collaboration with their peers and trained tutor to complete desired projects.

Colour Wonder is a body of collaborative works created by over 50 artists from Hands On Studio. The works were created over a two-month period. Whilst creating these works the artists communicated with one and other about using complementary colours and patterns to generate precious moments.

National Disability Insurance Agency

Foyer, 212 Northbourne Ave, Braddon ACT

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9:00am – 5:00pm Mon-Fri

Still Life Construct by Eleanor Waight

Still Life Construct by Eleanor Waight

Still Life with Puppets
IGNITE Artists

Emma Kate McDonald, Eleanor Waight, Keith Carfrae, and Ceilidh Dalton

13 March – 19 June

Works in this show have been created by artists who experience barriers to access with support through Belconnen Arts Centre’s IGNITE: Open Studio Program. Led by Creative Program Officer, Deaf artist Penny Pollard, artists were encouraged to begin by drawing a still life arrangement of textiles, domestic objects and puppets.

While the piece by Ceilidh Dalton is best described as an observational drawing, others in the group have been more experimental in their approaches. Keith Carfrae, departing from his preoccupation with landscape, has produced a strong, expressionistic portrait. Emma Kate McDonald, working in mixed media has drawn from imagination to create surreal compositions with a meditative and dream-like quality. Eleanor Waight, an artist with low vision, has chosen to use photography and collage to create a series of energetic deconstructed and abstracted compositions that convey a sense of movement and rhythm.