Fire Station

Shaping Canberra:
the lived experience of a changing landscape

An exhibition at the ANU School of Art Gallery, Ellery Crescent, Acton ACT, curated by Ruth Hingston for the centenary of Canberra


6 pm Wednesday 18 September 2013


10.30 am–5 pm Tuesday–Friday and 12 noon–5 pm Saturday until 

Artist’ talks

1 pm Wednesday 2 October 2013

Detail from an embroidery
Google map…

The exhibition

This exhibition highlights the variety and inventiveness of professional artists who live and work in Canberra. It includes works in a wide range of media, from embroidery to digital animation. Each work in the exhibition draws on material from a local collection of cultural material. Each celebrates an aspect of the lives and experiences of real Canberrans, people who have worked, raised families, played sport, made art and created communities, unaffected by the antics of the fly-in-fly-out politicians whose pronouncements are routinely attributed to a mythical ‘Canberra’.

Showing work by

Online samples

The conference

To complement the exhibition, the ANU Humanities Research Centre hosted a conference, also called Shaping Canberra, which included a workshop What Canberra is that?.