IGNITE: 7

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.

Artist Opportunity
20 November 2019 – 16 March 2020
Submissions due 11 October 2019

Belconnen Arts Centre is pleased to offer opportunities to exhibit for interstate artists with disabilities as individuals or groups in three IGNITE: 7 spaces. Shows will be open from 20 November 2019 to 16 March 2020 and will be programmed and curated from submissions received online. Successful submissions will be advised by Tuesday 15 October and artworks posted or delivered to Belconnen Arts Centre must be received by Friday 1 November 2019.

Artwork Specifications
IGNITE: 7 exhibitions are shown in frames in fixed locations in a variety of public spaces. Artworks must be on paper and sized appropriately. The spaces, formats and sizes for the artworks are:

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
Foyer, 212 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon ACT
7 works on paper at A4 size (2 landscape, 5 portrait format) * Group shows only

Brindabella Business Park
Entry, 23 Brindabella Crt, Canberra Airport ACT
3 works on paper at A2 (594mm x 420mm) or half imperial (589mm x 381mm), in landscape and/or portrait format

Anne Harding Conference Centre
Building 24, University of Canberra, Bruce ACT
7 works on paper at A2 (594mm x 420mm) or half imperial (589mm x 381mm), in landscape and/or portrait format

If you are interested in applying, please fill in the form below. You can also contact Creative Program Officer, Ann McMahon, to discuss at ann.mcmahon@belconnenartscentre.com.au or on (02) 6173 3320.

Apply here

Your name * Your phone number * Your email * Your professional website or social media link (if applicable) Which is your preferred exhibition location? * Please attach up to six images of your work (min. of one required, total should not exceed 10MB) * Artist's bio (max. 100 words) * Exhibition statement (max. 300 words) *


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

Untitled by Jill Hayman

Untitled (detail) by Jill Hayman

Facing Me, Facing You
Jill Hayman

20 June – 16 September 2019

Jill Hayman has been painting at Belconnen Community Centre for a couple of years. She enjoys experimenting with materials and surfaces and is curious to see the results of this experimentation. Hayman uses colour, texture and mark-making to create portraits and abstract works that convey internal spaces and the movement of emotions. Often, she finds that this helps her to externalise very personal internal states. Painting is important to Hayman and beneficial in her path to maintaining wellness.


Brindabella Business Park

Foyer, 23 Brindabella Circuit, Canberra Airport ACT

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


Capital Kitchen

21 Benjamin Way, Belconnen ACT

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

Untitled by Lien To

Untitled by Lien To

Inspired by Hoi An
Lien To

20 June – 16 September 2019

Lien To has been making artwork for over ten years, and her first exhibition was with the prestigious Helen Maxwell Gallery, Braddon ACT in 2009. Due to a low vision condition acquired when she was very young, she works up-close to her surfaces. She loves colour and uses the bright hues available in Copic markers, which allow her to produce images and abstract works through pixelated mark making. Her work has changed over the years as she has worked with increasingly fine detail. She has also begun to incorporate collage in her pieces and she sees that this is a new direction for her art making.

This body of work was inspired by Lien’s memories of holidays in the village of Hoi An in Vietnam. She recalls the bright colours of the houses, the buildings and the busy waterfront. And she vividly remembers how the village came to life at night, illuminated by lanterns and lights. She hopes in the future to be able to visit other colourful and exciting places in the world and to be inspired, by her experiences, to make new and colourful works of art.


Department of Communications & the Arts

2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon ACT

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

Untitled by Jan Robbins

Untitled by Jan Robbins

Colour and Joy
Painting with Parkinson’s

Ann Nugent, Jan Robbins, Dennis Thorncraft and Barbara Van Der Linden

20 June – 16 September 2019

Ann, Jan, Dennis and Barbara participate in weekly Painting with Parkinson’s visual art workshops. Founder Nancy Tingey writes, “Parkinson’s symptoms are often significantly diminished as participants become involved in a particular creative endeavour. It is as if this sustained focus and engagement can help relieve tension, pain and aid in the calming of tremors and dyskinesia.”

Losing yourself in the work helps take your mind off the illness; these remarkably colourful works display an energy that joyfully celebrates the creativity engendered by the Painting with Parkinson’s process. Beginning with meditation, the artists then respond to music, painting spontaneously. Each artist has created characteristic pieces that reflect a personal preference for abstract or representational artworks.


National Disability Insurance Agency

Foyer, 212 Northbourne Ave, Braddon ACT

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

The Joker by Jeffrey Friday

The Joker by Jeffrey Friday

Street Art Inside
Black Mountain School

Jeffrey Friday, Laura Gomerski, Michaela Keaton, Lateasha, RWG and Matthew Williams

20 June – 16 September 2019

Black Mountain School (BMS) is a specialist secondary school for students with an intellectual disability, and a centre of excellence in the field of special education. One of the many art-based programs run at BMS is a “Street Art” group run by the Youth Support Worker. Students participating in this program spend time each week learning the practical skills and techniques used in the creation of street art, including stencil creation and spray-painting techniques. Students have worked on individual and collaborative projects with members of the group. They use these opportunities to develop their creative thinking skills, utilize their interests and these techniques to create street art pieces.