Gorman Arts Centre

Please note: the location of this exhibition is ANU School of Art and Design Gallery, cnr Liversidge St and Ellery Cres, Acton

Christopher Ulutupu says, “Postcolonialism is not a subject I have chosen to explore, rather, it is a reality that I have been born into. As a Samoan New Zealander I find myself automatically designated the position of ‘other’, and my image perpetually projected through the lens of the dominant culture.” Using his formidable skills as a video artist and set designer Ulutupu’s work attempts to negotiate space between cultures that avoids the exotic stereotypes attributed to the descendants of migrants from across Oceania. Tulisi or tourist, is the story of a visitor to the country he was born and raised in. Ulutupu’s perceptive, poignant and amusing digital video works challenge the romantic misconceptions that have developed around Pacific cultures, ironically, as a way of integrating them into New Zealand’s cultural landscape.

Reception 6pm Thursday 24 May 2018

Exhibition Friday 25 May - Friday 15 June 2018

Location ANU School of Art and Design Gallery

A CCAS/ANU School of Art and Design Gallery collaboration

Image: Christopher Ulutupu Into the Arms of My Colonizer (2016) 16 min 22 sec video still. Courtesy of the artist.


Obsessive Compulsion curated by David Broker, featuring Jodie Cunningham, Michele England, U.K. Frederick, Ann McMahon, Suzanne Moss

Impulsion is a driving force; the impetus, the motive or influence behind an action or process. Obsessive Impulsion is an exhibition that focuses on desire as it is revealed through the methodologies of five diverse artists. In both concept and technique, each practice reflects an obsessive flamboyance that drives the artists to produce work with an appearance of excess and yet, such are the skills at large, there is no sense of overreach. Jodie Cunningham confesses to being a “chromophile” with an obsession for colour, circles, pattern and “the delights of Perspex”. U.K. Frederick delights in the tensions created between flannel shirts that might have been worn by Kurt Cobain and the abstracted light passing through the fabric in her evocative series of photograms. In the dextrous hands of Ann McMahon, recycled bread bags index domestic ritual through complex colour field weaves that mirror the grid of a thirty-one day calendar. Alarmed at inexorable environmental degradation, Michele England blends activism with domesticity in eccentric works where kitsch household objects carry the “great moral challenge” that faces the planet. Suzanne Moss’s commanding paintings examine colour through its absence and presence. Exploring the ways that colours interact she experiments with a saturated palette of colours that reverberate throughout the gallery – as if in conversation with works by other artists. Obsessive Impulsion is an exhibition in which each of the artists presents work based on personal obsessions and we, the audience, are able to follow the lengthy, painstaking processes through which they come to realise their ideas.

Image: UK Frederick CMYKurt #4, 61 x 50.8 cm, C-Type print (photogram of Seattle-sourced flannel shirt)


Expanding on her installation work currently on exhibition at CCAS, Shoeb Ahmad leads her broken-binary-brown collaborators through a series of improvised pieces that reflect the various musical and textural themes written for this work.

Ahmad's broken-binary-brown installation, along with exhibitions At Home He's A Tourist by Derek O'Connor and Domino Gold by Dionisia Salas, will close on Saturday 10th February - so come early and have a drink whilst taking one last chance to see the works on show!

Shoeb Ahmad / Themes on broken-binary-brown
performed by:
s.i.a. - voice, guitar, organ, melodica
Rhys Butler - saxophones
Hannah De Feyter - violin, pedals
Evan Dorrian - cymbals, percussion
Tom Fell - saxophones
Kellie Lloyd - electric guitar
Ben Marston - trumpet, laptop

Friday 9 February, 6:30pm
$10 entry at the door

Canberra Contemporary Art Space
Gorman Arts Centre
55 Ainslie Avenue Braddon A.C.T.


Canberra Contemporary Art Space’s annual emerging art exhibition, BLAZE, is one of the local art community’s most anticipated events. Held in CCAS’s flagship space at Gorman Arts Centre, the exhibition showcases Canberra based artists at the outset of their careers. This year’s edition, BLAZE TWELVE is curated by Alexander Boynes and features the work of five new contemporary artists working across video, painting, sculpture, installation and performance art practices; Luke Aleksandrow, Riley Beaumont, Rowan Kane, Sanne Koelemij and Mei-Lynn Wilkinson. Like the previous 11 instalments, BLAZE TWELVE includes ambitious and challenging works – it is a celebration of the here and now, the up and coming.

Image: Sanne Koelemij Worthless Matter and Useful Objects #2 2018, acrylic paint on acrylic


Every year Canberra Contemporary Art Space celebrates the career of an artist working in the ACT who has a long history of achievement, and in 2017 its Derek O’Connor. Born in the United Kingdom O’Connor moved to Adelaide in the 1960s and has been settled in Canberra for many years, where he has developed a unique style of dynamic abstract painting. He has exhibited work at CCAS in various exhibitions since SHIT with Vivienne Binns in 2003. In the catalogue essay for Horizontal at Karen Woodbury Gallery in Melbourne 2009 Paul Uhlmann noted that O’Connor, “…brings … an intense physical and mental awareness to the rhythms of his own movements, his own body. At such moments time seems to expand – to become infinite.” O’Connor is currently represented by Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra and Watters Gallery in Sydney. His work is held in major public galleries, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery.

A review by Canberra Times Art Critic Peter Haynes can be seen here.

Image: Derek O'Connor Elevator 2017, oil on book covers, 87cm x 49cm


Following from the success of last year’s unique fundraiser, Canberra Contemporary Art Space invites you to get involved in the fun. Quick Draw is a novel idea where the punter’s names are drawn from a hat and randomly matched with an artwork. There is a small gamble involved, as the price of a ticket buys a work, but no one knows what they will receive until their name is drawn.

All funds raised will go directly to artists exhibiting at Canberra Contemporary Art Space’s Gorman Arts Centre gallery. Artists’ fees have always been a high priority for CCAS, and Quick Draw 2017 will ensure that these fees continue into the future. Comprised by 50 of Canberra's hottest artists in varying stages of their careers Quick Draw is a fantastic way to get involved and support the Capitals vibrant cotemporary art scene. The event will start at 7pm on Friday 17th of November and CCAS will provide entertainment and food. However, due to Quick Draw being a fundraising event there will be a cash bar. The 'Winners Ticket' ensures an artwork but if you wish to bring a guest they can purchase a 'Guest Ticket'.

Get your tickets via Eventbrite HERE!

Image; Millan Pintos-Lopez 'A moment with the green eyed girl 1', 2016


In a busy year of musical exploits, Shoeb Ahmad returns to her sound art roots to deliver broken-binary-brown, an installation work that explores themes of gender identity and breaks down the preconceptions placed on her by society. As a journey that never ends, she uses an electro-acoustic sound world - part minimalist wonderland, part chamber opera - and abstracted imagery to take us through darkness, insecurity, light and hope to reveal the inner being of a person in gender flux, both uneasy within, and at peace with themselves.

A review by Canberra Times Art Critic Peter Haynes can be seen here.

Image: Shoeb Ahmad broken-binary-brown (installation photograph) 2017, dual HD video with stereo sound, 60'00'' duration


Dionisia Salas graduated from the painting workshop of the ANU School of Art in 2007 and has since lived and practiced in Canberra, Melbourne and Berlin. She first exhibited with Canberra Contemporary Art Space in 2009 and has received numerous grants and awards including the Torres Spanish Travel Scholarship for Young Australian Artists in 2008. Salas is the recipient of a 2017 ArtsACT project grant and will participate in a residency at The Art Vault, Mildura this year. Her practice demonstrates an experimental investigation of a multitude of mediums. Combining silkscreen printing, painting, collage and burning techniques into paper surfaces she examines formal design elements. Salas has described her practice as “work(ing) with ideas of compression and explosion”.

A review by Canberra Times Art Critic Peter Haynes can be seen here.

Image: Dionisia Salas Queenie (detail) (2017), marble and woodblock chine-colle on paper, 76cm x 56cm


CCAS is nothing if not on the money when it comes to the trends and topics of the time. Thats right, we are the masters of zeitgeist. So if it seems a bit obvious, there was no choice for the theme of the 2017 Member's Exhibition other than Fake News,. Everyone knows what we are talking about even if they are not sure exactly what it is. Is it a lie or just something Donald Trump dreamed up to describe whatever he doesn't agree with? Its overworked, overbaked, overwrought and a big fat cliche. Fake news is synonymous with endless politicians diatribes laced with lies, deception and duplicity. This exhibition calls upon artists with overactive imaginations to shed some light on the fake phenomenon (or the phenomenon of fake) and as one might expect there are some hilarious takes. Hugely hilarious. It will be extremely difficult for the fabulous Gordon Bull (Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at the ANU School of Art & Design) to pick a winner from such a vast array of out there ideations but he is a trooper and he will succeed before the audience arrives on Friday evening. There will be prizes of $500, $250 and a bottle of reasonable champagne for first, second and highly commended. If you want your cake and to eat it, a fun outing and a laugh Fake News is the show for you. Remember its only on for one night and a day and that is Friday and Saturday. Opening Friday 8 September at 6.00pm. The winning works will be announced at 6.30pm.


In an age that increasingly exists online and in virtual spaces, Ex Machina invites viewers to consider the role of the physical machine as artwork, only truly experienced in the flesh. Ex Machina explores contemporary Australian kinetic artwork, and how machines are not only a tool, but artworks in their own right.

Featuring works by Nicci Haynes, Brian McNamara, Stelarc, Pia Van Gelder and Arthur Wicks

Image: Stelarc, still from Body on robot arm, 2015; image courtesy of the artist