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24 March - 15 April

Opening Event Saturday 24 March 6.00pm

This exciting exhibition, filled with curiosity and authentic experiences will open with an artist talk hosted by journalist Richard Morecroft
Guests will be spoiled with exotic treats & Aperol Spritz


This event is not ticketed, but places will be limited. R S V P essential

Artists, writers and composers have travelled to foreign countries in search of new experiences, since the days of the grand tour, often producing some of their most original and important work. In different surroundings, all the senses are heightened and there is a freshness of vision which is communicated directly to the viewer. Whenever I arrive for the first time in a foreign environment, the best way I can begin to get an understanding of what it looks like, how things are connected, and how people move in and out of it, is to sit and draw it. After a while what was incomprehensible, starts to make sense. Travel and painting are my two preoccupations. I am always planning my next trip. This travel obsession started when I won a travelling scholarship in my 20’s, since then I have travelled as often as possible. I now live part of every year working in my Paris apartment with my partner Bernard Ollis. There is nothing more exciting than wandering through the streets of a foreign city, whether the cultural differences are subtle or dramatic. Newness and difference intensify the experience and can give a deeper understanding of yourself. The painting and drawings are not postcards or reportage, they are about the actual experience of being there - they help to distil the experience. As Susan Sontag says, I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. This exhibition includes work from places such as France, Italy, Antarctica, Cambodia, Mexico, Laos, India and country Australia. Most of the work on paper in this exhibition was made on site.

- Wendy Sharpe 2018

About Us

Welcome to Aarwun Gallery. We are proud to have been part of the cultural fabric of Canberra for over eighteen years. We describe our collection as rich and eclectic. Old and new works hang side by side on our walls. We represent some of Australia's finest classical landscape and portrait artists as well as carrying a wide portfolio of stunning contemporary works. Heritage treasures from Norman Lindsay, Pro Hart and David Boyd sit alongside exquisite dot works from the indigenous community. Paintings, printmaking, ceramics, glass, bronze and sculpture; we embrace the endless diversity of the best which Australia has to offer. Open seven days and by appointment in the evening, find us on Federation Square in Canberra's Gold Creek.