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GEO: Art of the Collection

GEO: Art of the Collection. A collaboration between Geoscience Australia and the ANU School of Art & Design, the exhibition is a response to Geoscience Australia’s vast and marvellous collection of rocks, minerals, crystals and fossils.

When: Wednesday, August 7 2019 till Friday, August 30 2019. 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
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Where: ANU School of Art & Design Gallery
Cnr Ellery Crescent & Liversidge Street, Acton, ACT, 2601
Topic: Environment and nature
Cost: Free
Other: Wheelchair access
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The ANU School of Art & Design invites you to the exhibition, GEO: Art of the Collection. A collaboration between Geoscience Australia and the ANU School of Art & Design, the exhibition is a response to Geoscience Australia’s vast and marvellous collection of rocks, minerals, crystals and fosils.

Artwork by: Pie Bolton, Cassie Brooker, Julie Brooke, Susan Chancellor, Tiffany Cole, Liz Coats, Michelle Grimston, Patsy Hely, Jan Mackay, Rowan McGinness, Lindy McSwan, Cat Mueller, Alison Munro, Tom O’Hara, Cathy Paver, Harijs Piekalns, Anna Raupach, John Reid, Gilbert Riedelbauch, Annika Romeyn, Dioni Salas, Erica Seccombe, Kristina Sinadinovska, Charles Tambiah, Linda Tawagi, Ruth Waller, Ella Whateley, Cierra Wilson, Wei-Rong Wu, and Naomi Zouwer.

Exhibition Reception
6pm, 7 August

Exhibition dates
7 – 30 August 2019

Gallery hours
10:30am – 5pm, Tuesday – Friday

In October 2018 around fifty artists accepted Geoscience Australia’s invitation to spend a day amongst their massive and spectacular display of rocks, minerals, crystals and fossils and exploring ways in which they might respond to the collection, each in their own way, via their chosen medium. Geoscience Staff and volunteers greeted the artists, offering expert knowledge and guidance.

Most of the artists had never visited their Symonston headquarters before. Here, open to the public, a series of glass display cases feature a fabulous sampling of the thousands of treasures they hold. The artists were thrilled by this wild and wonderful array of geological specimens and fascinated by the extraordinary range of intricate structures, planar and globular, crystalline and granular, forms micro and macro, soft and hard, the intense colour, patterns and optical effects.

The Geoscience team were excited by the artists evident enthusiasm and curiosity about the geological world and it was agreed this could well be the beginning of a beautiful and productive relationship. During the months that followed small groups of artists made follow up visits, and the Geoscience team generously facilitated access to particular specimens and related information on request.

This exhibition, featuring the work of thirty artists, is the first outcome of this initiative and developing creative relationship between Geoscience Australia and the ANU School of Art & Design.

Image credit: Lindy McSwan, Of Dust and Rust, 2018, mild steel, foundsteel objects, dimensions variable. Photographer: Andrew Barcham. Image courtesy of the artist and Gallery Funaki, Melbourne.

Contact details:

ANU School of Art & Design Gallery
The Australian National University
Email: sofagallery@anu.edu.au
Phone: 02 6125 5841

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