Art Works From Walcha to Canberra

Art Works From Walcha To Canberra, ACT

Recently we delivered a truck load of art works created by James Rogers to the ANU Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra, ACT.

*Join us for the opening night, Thursday 30 July from 5.30pm

With an exhibiting career spanning 40 years, James Rogers is best known for abstract sculptures in steel, recently shown to great acclaim at Watters Gallery in Sydney. This survey highlights several distinct bodies of work. The earliest series revels in a vivacious play of colour, tumbling forms made from plywood. More recent works feature curving “ribbons” cut from steel pipes, gesticulating expansively. They form superbly choreographed arabesques. In other instances, the steel ribbons (which are cut from larger-bore pipes) resemble stacked-up, giant brushstrokes – as if Tony Tuckson’s gestural language had been re-interpreted in 3-D.

Rogers’ sculptures evoke bodily gesture and human stance. Several allude to the expressive possibilities once offered to sculptors by the undulating folds of draped cloth. Other works harness optical illusions produced by a moiré of superimposed steel mesh, or by overlapping, perforated steel plates. This timely survey presents one of the most accomplished contemporary Australian sculptors in his prime.

James Rogers Tunnelvison is curated by Terence Maloon.

This exhibition has been generously supported by the ANU Visual Arts Endowment.

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Every year we also pick up from Sydney and deliver art works and sculptures for the Packsaddle Exhibition.

Packsaddle is an annual fundraising exhibition held at Neram. The first exhibition was held in the home of Beverley & Owen Wright in 1985. The Wrights called their home “Packsaddle” Owen’s saddle was used on many trips and is now their emblem.


Our main aim is to acquire new works to supplement the splendid collections at NERAM.  Since Packsaddle began, the Packsaddle Fundraisers have taken well in excess of a million dollars in sales and have been able to support NERAM with the purchase of a new hanging system, mobile scaffolding and improved lighting; we have earmarked funds for the conservation of the Howard Hinton Collection and have put money towards over 50 acquisitions for the permanent collection. We have also contributed the funds for the Packsaddle Artist Studio which is in frequent use for art workshops for adults and for children alike. The Studio also has separate self-contained accommodation for visiting artists.

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