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Artwork: Marcel Hoogstad Hay Relative Trajectories, 2019, Blown Glass


Tuggeranong Arts Centre warmly invites you to attend the official opening of Corin Dam – Space Above, Space Below and Two Worlds tonight from 6pm. 


Artwork Valerie Kirk, Water Use of Plants (detail), 2019. Woven Tapestry.

Corin Dam – Space Above, Space Below presents the creative outcome of the Craft ACT: Craft + Design Spring Residency undertaken by Marcel Hoogstad Hay, Valerie Kirk and Isabelle Mackay-Sim in March 2018.

Tapestry Weaver Valerie Kirk presents ‘Dam Rim,’ an installation with painted rock fragments, drawings, and a print of the tapestry she wove (because the original is in an exhibition in U.S.A). 

Valerie Kirk, Corin Plants and Shale, 2018, Dam water, natural pigment and graphite

For Kirk, the residency was all about water – from the clouds rolling over the hills and rain falling to the way the landscape was submerged for the collection of Canberra water. “Dam Rim” maps the shape of the dam with drawings that evoke previous vegetation,” Kirk said.

Artwork: Marcel Hoogstad Hay Relative Trajectories, 2019, Blown Glass

Emerging glass artist, Marcel Hoogstad Hay presents ‘Relative Trajectories’, a series of glass pieces that address ideas of spatial and temporal relativity, and our perceptions of space-time and our trajectories through it. 

For Hoogstad Hay, the residency was the ideal environment for contemplating ideas around space and time. “I spent time thinking about the spaces we exist in and the geographical relationship between Namadji and Canberra,” Hoogstad Hay said.

Artwork:Isabelle Mackay-Sim, Proximity iii, 2019, charcoal, collage and gouache on paper

Contemporary Sculpture artist, Isabelle Mackay-Sim presents Proximity, a series of mixed media collage that includes drawn and painted areas and two individual ceramic works titled 'Skimmer' and 'Bimberi's Spine'.


Artwork: Isabelle Mackay-Sim, Skimmer (detail), 2019, glazed earthenware ceramic

For Mackey-Sim, nine days in Namadgi underlined the distance that grows between human and wilderness when one lives in a man-made world. “I developed Proximity, a series of mixed media works that recall the layered materiality of rock, as well as suggesting the striated impression of eucalyptus bushland using rapid and intuitive mark-making,” Mackay-Sim said.


Artwork: Hugo Toro, Passing Mater (detail),, 2018, digital print and acrylic paint

Two Worlds is an exhibition by Hugo Toro, recipient of Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s 2018 CIT Diploma of Visual Arts Award.

Toro states “Mental health is critical to our lives and art plays a big part in protecting us against mental illness, or help with recovery.

The nice thing is that we can practice art at any age to exercise our brains and relax. For this reason, I enjoy producing my own art works in my home studio ranging, from drawings to paintings. I am also mentoring new artists at my workshops with the Canberra Art Workshop at M16 in Griffith ACT.

The visual creations on exhibition are a merging of three of my interests – digital photography, drawing and painting. The concept also includes the crossover of accidental images with the deliberate hand drawn work.



This is a free event. All welcome.
Both exhibitions continue until Saturday 27 April, 2019.

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