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Join us for the opening of Line Work by Caren Florance
and Bona Fide by Mimi Fairall, Lizzie Hall,
Rowan Kane, Eadie Newman and Bernie Slater
at 6pm on Thursday 4 July.
This is a free event and everyone is welcome.

Artwork: Mimi Fairall, Jitterbug, 2019, mixed media on board, 23x30.5cm

By Caren Florance - Opens Thursday 4 July, 6pm 
Line Work, by Canberra-based academic and print/text artist, Caren Florance, builds on her research into visual translation by looking at online trolling and other instances where language is used against women. The exhibition uses manmade systems of communication – letterpress, keyboards – to explore ways to subvert and convert the hurt we carry after encountering word attacks. 

Florance says her interactive artwork ‘Bad Keys’, which centres around a computer program designed in collaboration with ANU academic Tim Brook, is an exercise in subverting traditional translation, making language deliberately strange in order to place distance between the self and mental harm. 

Their ‘private confessional space’ responds to feelings of helplessness, inviting participants to offload insults and misogynistic comments. “These words are designed to hurt, but we are turning them into something else – transforming them into abstract drawings that literally fade away before our eyes.”

As well as the participatory project, Florance exhibits a series of work she created using her visual systems and anonymous comments sourced from popular public forums. “In Line Work, hurtful words are morphed into webs of lines that simultaneously disconnect and connect,” she said. “This is downloading, in the best sense.”

Artwork: Caren Florance, Bad Keys, 2019. Digital still.


Mimi Fairall, Lizzie Hall, Rowan Kane, Eadie Newman and Bernie Slater
Opens Thursday July 4, 6pm


Bona Fide is a selection of bold, dynamic and experimental work by local artists, Mimi Fairall, Lizzie Hall, Rowan Kane, Eadie Newman and Bernie Slater. It’s the first exhibition curated by Karena Keys since she began working as TAC’s Visual Arts Program Manager early in 2019.

Keys says the artists in the exhibition work with materials and subject matter to ask questions about the world, and our place in it; sometimes overtly, sometimes subversively, but always with pure intent, using ordinary materials to produce engaging, intriguing and often humorous results.

“Lizzie Hall’s work, Hippogriff, 2018, which is made from the iconic Australian breakfast food, Vita Brits (apparently, Weet Bix got too soggy) symbolizes impossible things. This magical creature – half eagle, half horse invites a smile, but also questions the fabled notion of Australian identity,” Keys says.

Rowan Kane’s work, Finishing Youth, 2­­018, critically overlaps pop culture references and reoccurring trends. Strongly influenced by the aesthetics of 20th century art, music and fashion, these artfully edited works are a humorous, sad and nostalgic way of immortalising a popular culture that moves too quickly.

Artwork:Lizzie Hall, Hippogriff, 2018, vitabrits, PVA, gesso, pigment, concrete, wax. Photo by Emily Hanlon


Saturday 13 July, 1pm - 4pm

A Space For Dangerous Ideas

Join artist and zinester Caren Florance for a fun, friendly and possibly radical DIY publishing workshop.

Work with collage, found words, your own writing, or just get silly with a photocopier. No special skills or equipment needed, just a willingness to play with words and images using scissors, paper, tape and typewriters.

Register by emailing for a registration form.

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