7 November 2013

Lonsdale Street pops with visual art

| Barcham
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The Centenary of Canberra, Masters Builders Australia, and curator Vanessa Wright are opening a new new visual art exhibition tomorrow in Lonsdale Street.

The “pop-up gallery” will feature visual art pieces by many local artists stretching across many disciplines, all focused around the idea of interpreting the Canberran landscape.

Among the collection will be several photos by regular RiotACT contributor MartyO (Martin Ollman).

The Centenary of Canberra and Masters Builders Australia will officially open a new visual art exhibition tomorrow (Friday) in a pop-up gallery installed in Lonsdale Street in Braddon.

The Master Builders Australia Centenary of Canberra Young Artist Award & Exhibition runs throughout November, with curator Vanessa Wright saying it will help the local artists reach a new audience.

“The entries are being shown at Canberra Lab’s Centenary pop-up gallery, ‘Mazz’, outside Lonsdale Street Roasters in Braddon,” Ms Wright said.

“It’s a bustling location that will give young artists exposure that they wouldn’t get in a normal gallery. It also means that people who might not usually seek out art are exposed to it.”

The artists involved in the project are also competing for prize money, with one winner already determined and another to be decided by the public.

A panel of judges yesterday decided the winner of the non-acquisitive $1000 prize, to be announced on 14 November as part of the Master Builders Australia’s national conference on 14-16 November.

People will be invited to vote for their favourite entry while visiting the exhibition. The People’s Choice Award will be announced during the final week of the exhibition, with the winner receiving a $200 art supplies gift voucher.

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