Exhibitions and Events - Belconnen Community Centre

Exhibitions and Events

Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court Belconnen

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Belconnen Community Gallery Community Art Support presents:

Community Art Fundraiser

A mixed media Silent Auction of donated artworks to raise money for the Belconnen Community Gallery’s Community Art Support program.

May 1- 19

Official opening  and silent auction 5:30pm Wednesday May 10

Over the years Belconnen Community Gallery has developed a number of community driven exhibition series to provide opportunities for disadvantaged or emerging artists to exhibit their work. The Springboard Series provides opportunities for artists either studying or recently graduated from tertiary art institutions.  The Piece of Mind series shows work by people who use art as therapy for Mental Health difficulties or Disabilities. The RESPECT series, developed as part of the BCS Reconciliation Action Plan, exhibits artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists in celebration of Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week. With the aim of expanding the level of support available to these artists, generous, local artists donate a piece to be sold at silent auction for a fraction of the recommended retail price.

The Belconnen Community Gallery ‘RESPECT’ series presents:

Reconciliation Week

A group exhibition by participants in the Bungee Indigenous Boys and Indigenous Girls Groups, parents from the Koori Kids program, and professional Yidinji artist, Greg Joseph

May 22 – June 9

Official opening 5:30pm Wednesday May 31

Belconnen Community Gallery’s Reconciliation Week exhibition is a community collaboration involving participants, parents, and staff from a number of Belconnen Community Service programs; and professional Yidinji artists Greg Joseph. The Bungee Program’s Indigenous Boys group and Indigenous Girls group from University of Canberra High School Kaleen, are exploring their identity through art and connecting to culture.  Works by parents from the Koori Kids group at West Belconnen Child and Family Centre show highly developed skills. Greg Joseph will also create a collaborative artwork in the gallery with Belconnen Community Centre staff and program participants.

Originally from tropical Far North Queensland, Greg’s tribal or “skin” name is Yidinji and his people are the Tableland Yidinji people; Yidinji meaning the “People of the Rainforest”.  Growing up with a rich cultural heritage and the tropical rainforest being Greg’s school and playground, it’s hardly a surprise that the rainforest fauna and flora became the main source of his endless inspiration and reflect throughout Greg’s vibrant, colourful artwork. Traditional stories take on a new meaning through Yidinji’s own interpretation and his art radiates positive energy and zest for living.

The Belconnen Community Gallery ‘RESPECT’ series presents:


An exhibition of paintings by Duncan Smith and his Family

June 13 – 30

Official opening 5:30pm Wednesday June 14

Nagadhi Dabaamlang is an exhibition by Duncan Smith and his family, showing how family share their different styles of painting and how the younger members interpret the knowledge handed down from the elder. Duncan teaches the importance of culture being handed down generation after generation, ensuring that culture will not be lost in the future.

Family is very significant to Aboriginal people. The word Ngahidi Dabaamlang in Wiradjuri means “my mob” and that’s exactly what Duncan Smith wants to portray by including his family in the exhibition. The exhibition will consist of both contemporary and traditional art using ochre and acrylic paints.



The Belconnen Community Gallery ‘RESPECT’ series presents:

Inner Spirit

An exhibition of paintings by Arts students at the CIT Yurauna Centre, in celebration of NAIDOC Week

July 3 – 21

Official opening 5:30pm Wednesday July 5

An Aboriginal person’s connection to their Totem is a symbolic, spiritual connection to land.  The Yurauna Centre Cultural Arts class connected their Inner Spirit to their Totem using lines, techniques and traditional beliefs.   Using traditional colours and patterns, the artists have portrayed their creative voice, allowing their spirit to speak through art.

Our Inner Spirit portrays a physical being and our Totem captures our connection to land.

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