Category Archives: MUNRO, AL

…a piece of string… curated by Al Munro and Irianna Kanellopoulou exhibition lookbooks

We are pleased to present you with the exhibition catalogues for Wanderland by Irianna Kanellopoulou and …a piece of string… featuring Jacqueline Bradley, Kirsty Darlaston, Lucy Irvine, Melinda Le Guay, Jemima Parker, and the exhibition curator Al Munro. Both exhibitions will be on view until Saturday 29 August.

▶ Click here to view the lookbook for …a piece of string…
▶ Click here to view the lookbook for Irianna Kanellopoulou


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a piece of string



SCREEN SURFACE curated by Geoffrey Weary
Black Box Projects
Until 29 August 2015

Films by Frazer Bull-Clark, Katherine Berger, Jing Feng (Sophy Feng), Graham Burchett, and Harley Ives (courtesy of Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney).

Katherine BergerKatherine Berger, ‘Suspension’ 2015
repurposed found 16mm film decayed by the artist and digital transfer, stereo sound – 5:35mins, ed of 6

On view from Tuesday 4 August to Saturday 29 August 2015

Evening drinks with the Artists, Wednesday 5 August, 6-8pm

…a piece of string…, curated by Al Munro
“…a piece of string… presents the work of Jacqueline Bradley, Kirsty Darlaston, Lucy Irvine, Melinda Le Guay, Jemima Parker, and Al Munro to demonstrate the diversity of artistic possibilities offered by textile-based art media. These are artists who engage with textile forms in order to test the boundaries of art/craft and to work with the specific material and cultural associations of fibre.”

“This work captures the adventures and wandering tales of protagonists with a hidden, throwaway past. Released from their captivity, these characters and found objects are given a renewed purpose and claim a re-discovered and re-invented identity.”
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a piece of sting:Wanderland

Al Munro Australia Council Residency

Al Munro, 'Crystalline Infinite II', 2014Al Munro has embarked on a three month Australia Council residency in Tokyo. She will be researching traditional Japanese patterning and scientific visualisations to explore the mapping and cataloguing of nature.

Al Munro is also our guest curator for the exhibition …a piece of string… later this year, 4 to 29 August.

Al Munro, ‘Crystalline Infinite II’, 2014
acrylic, pigment marker on canvas, 30.5 x 30.5cm, $480

Al Munro, ‘Homage to the Everyday’

Al Munro’s crocheted series of bottles began during her Doctorate as a side project and as a homage to Giorgio Morandi. Famous for his ‘Natura Morta’ paintings of vessels in restricted palettes, Al has given Morandi’s work a three-dimensional form, carrying over the visually tactile quality of his work in the textural surfaces of her pieces.

ccc92604-2afa-4973-a338-f734da24be78New versions from the series are again available at the Gallery. In 2014, ‘Homage to the Everyday (Morandi and Hanssen Pigott)’ was acquired by Goulburn Regional Art Gallery for their permanent collection and was recently featured in Australian Financial Review Magazine.

Al Munro is currently curating an exhibition titled …a piece of string…, which will focus on the use of textiles as a point of departure. The exhibition will be on view from 4 to 29 August at the Gallery.

Al Munro, ‘Homage to the Everyday (Morandi and Hanssen Pigott)’ 2015, various yarns – (7 pieces)

Al Munro + Mylyn Nguyen in Australian Financial Review Magazine

Artworks by Al Munro and Mylyn Nguyen were featured in the article “Objects: Hand-crafted homewares” by Frances Mocnik in the recent Australian Financial News Magazine. The works photographed include Al Munro’s ‘Homage to the Everyday (Morandi and Hanssen Pigott)’ and Mylyn Nguyen’s ‘the stag beetle + the green teal leaf’ from 2014, along with a piece from the work ‘Cars’. You can still find similar work available for purchase from the Gallery Stockroom, both online and in person.


Al Munro Residency in Chiang Mai

097575d5-810d-40ac-b924-88097b3e8990Al Munro will be going to Chiang Mai on an ArtsACT funded residency at the Chiang Mai University Faculty of Fine Arts in Thailand from 11 December 2014 to 20 January 2015. Al will be exhibiting works from her ‘Molecular Measure’ series at Chiang Mai University Art Centre from 15 to 30 January.


Al Munro, ‘Molecular Measure’ 14 2014
acrylic paint, nail varnish, glitter on balsa wood, 33 x 30.5 x 1.5cm

October 2014 Exhibitions

▶ AL MUNRO, Systems of the Infinite
“Systems of the Infinite continues my interest in pattern systems and their relationship to the natural world. I draw on both traditional Japanese patterning and scientific visualisations to explore the mapping and cataloguing of nature.”


▶ TANMAYA BINGHAM, English Tea Party…gone wrong
“English Tea Party…gone wrong is an installation that typifies an ongoing epidemic plaguing Great Britain; TEA, the most sought after narcotic on the British market, and the drug of choice in the United Kingdom since the 18th century.”


▶ DANIEL CONNELL, Night Light in Black Box Projects
“The project captures the ability of indicator and stand-by lights to signify and recall space. Standby lights can be abstracted into navigation points in order for an individual to recognise familiar spaces when nothing else can be seen.”



Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Prize, 2014 International Art Competition, Kennedy Prize, and Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Prize Finalists

We are pleased to announce that a number of our artists have been selected as finalists in forthcoming prizes.

Finalists in the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture prize. Their works (pictured below) will be on view at Deakin University from the 30 October to 13 December 2014.

Tanmaya Bingham’s drawing ‘Smirk’ will be exhibited as a finalist for the competition at the 2014 International Art Festival. The piece will be on view from the 8 to 11 October 2014 in Chelsea, NYC. Bingham will be exhibiting her new body of work English Tea Party…gone wrong starting 7 October. To receive a preview of the work please sign up here.

Apparitions #3‘ from Nicole Welch’s recent solo exhibition has been selected as a finalist in the inaugural Kennedy Prize. An edition of this work was also acquired by Artbank earlier this year.

Flatline is a finalist in the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award at Grafton Regional Gallery with the video work ‘A Dance for Paul Klee‘, to be screened from the 17 October to 7 December 2014.



Waratah Lahy, Melinda Le Guay, Al Munro & Mylyn Nguyen exhibiting in ‘Kitchenalia’ at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery


Waratah Lahy, Melinda Le Guay, Al Munro and Mylyn Nguyen have been curated into the group exhibition Kitchenalia at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. The show, on view from 28 August until the 11 October, features artists who use kitchen-related materials and subject matter within their practice. Included in the exhibition are the delicately painted glasses by Waratah Lahy, an assemblage of patty-pans by Melinda Le Guay, Al Munro’s crochet bottles and Mylyn Nguyen’s tiny tableaux contained within spoons and vessels.


TL: Mylyn Nguyen, ‘And then she said…’ 2013, spoon, twigs, pebbles, fibre, w/c on paper, 9.5 x 16 x 4.5cm
TR: Al Munro, ‘Homage to the Everyday’ 2013-2014, crochet textile, installation view
BL Melinda Le Guay, ‘Ruffle 1′ 2007, paper on board – framed, 48.5 x 72cm
BR: Waratah Lahy, ‘Van and Sign’ 2007, oil on glass – 2 pieces, 14.5 x 13.5 x 10cm

News – Acquisitions, Exhibitions + Invitations (3 June)

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Purchase – Lezlie Tilley ‘Pages from an a-less novel’

We are delighted to announce that Lezlie Tilley’s work, ‘Preface‘, has been acquired by Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery for their permanent collection.

This work belongs to a series that began in 2012. The angular and abstracted forms were created by connecting the ‘a’s’ on a page selected from a novel. Due to the ongoing nature of the concept of the a-less novel, further works may be commissioned in a wide range of materials including timber, metal and ply.

Lezlie Tilley, ‘Preface’ 2012, laser cut acrylic,120 x 60cm (Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Collection)


Artbank + Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Acquire Nicole Welch Works

We are delighted to report that Nicole Welch’s recent exhibition Apparitions has seen her work enter three important Australian collections.

Artbank purchased ‘Apparitions #3′, a major Australian corporate collection acquired ‘Apparitions #4′ and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery purchased two works from this series, ‘Apparitions #1′ and ‘Tondo #3′.

Each work is in an edition of 6, with two size and price options available, so although a favourite work from Apparitions may have been snapped up by these major collectors, a limited number may still be available.


Al Munro’s ‘Molecular Measures’ selected by
Penrith Regional Gallery for Colour and Light, until August 24

A selection of Al Munro’s ‘Molecular Measures’ series are currently on view at Penrith Regional Art Gallery in their new exhibition Colour and Light, which adopts a scientific lens.

As Munro explains, “These works are the result of a number of discussions with Waratah Lahy about the areas in which our interests connect… My works began with a number of drawings, but soon moved into a constructed form using balsa wood to allow me to explore ideas of structure and construction… The works reference diagrams, but replace the conventional black and white line work with brightly coloured, glittering stripes, reinvesting the forms with some of the variety and vividness present in natural specimens.” – Al Munro, 2014



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