17 August 2020

Gungahlin creates more than just a pretty picture

| Belco Arts
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Casey Community Outreach by Eleanor Ng

Winner of the Postcards from Gungahlin People’s Choice Award – Casey Community Outreach by Eleanor Ng. Images: Supplied.

More than just a mystery at the end of the tram line, Gungahlin is home to a multitude of gorgeous scenery, and an incredible range of talented artists and designers to capture it.

A snapshot of this beauty and talent is on show now with the Postcards from Gungahlin online exhibition, part of the Gungahlin Arts program which is managed by Belco Arts.

Artists of all ages, backgrounds and abilities who live in Gungahlin and surrounding suburbs were invited to submit a postcard-sized artwork representing their experience of the place they call home.

James Fletcher with his work Amaroo' overlaid on top

Representing Amaroo – James Fletcher with his work Amaroo – Such a Beautiful Place.

The full exhibition is now up online, and viewers can immerse themselves in an experience which includes 142 artworks from over 80 Gungahlin region artists.

Together, the artworks present an intimate look at the landscape of Canberra’s fastest-growing region and the people who call it home. Much-loved icons Yerrabi Pond and Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary feature strongly across the artworks alongside lesser-known treasures such as the Bonner Boomerang, and Ngunnawal’s famous yellow bench are equally compelling.

Postcards from Gungahlin is an extraordinary snapshot of time and place,” says Gungahlin Programs Officer Michele Grimston.

“It’s been such a joy to see the area in this way through the eyes of local residents, and to learn about this place and its history through the works. For anyone who has a connection to the area, I’d absolutely recommend spending some time immersing yourself in this collection – you’re sure to find something familiar to make your heart sing, as well as something unexpected that you’ve never noticed before.”

Ashleigh Wright with her work All Things Gungahlin

Representing Gungahlin is Ashleigh Wright with her work All Things Gungahlin.

For those who prefer their art in the physical world, or who like to keep Gungahlin close to their hearts, a panel of local experts has selected one postcard from each suburb to be printed as a limited-edition postcard, available for purchase from the Belco Arts Shop.

These Gungahlin keepsakes are also perfect for sending a little piece of home to far-flung relatives and friends as it becomes harder to visit in person in the time of COVID-19. Proceeds from the sale of postcards will be paid directly to the artists, continuing Belco Arts commitment to supporting our local creatives during these challenging times.

Beniah Colbourn, Map of Ngunnawal

So much to see in Ngunnawal! as exemplified byt his work by Beniah Colbourn, Map of Ngunnawal.

Head over to the Belco Arts website to explore the exhibition, or to purchase your own postcard from Gungahlin.

What do you think? Did the judging panel get the selections right?

Original Article published by Belconnen Arts Centre on The RiotACT.

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