Bushfire art appeal


Gold Creek’s Aarwun Gallery has announced a bushfire art appeal, and are calling on the public to donate artworks that will be given to bushfire victims.

Director of Aarwun Gallery, Robert Stephens, is hoping to replicate a 2009 art appeal the gallery ran in response to the Victoria bushfires.

“Art is not always adequately insured, and is certainly not replaceable … With the loss of so many homes, thousands of art works no doubt have been destroyed,” Stephens says.

“I am appealing to people who have artworks they no longer enjoy or require and think that other people might enjoy them, to donate them to our bushfire appeal, so we can distribute the artworks to those who would like to replace paintings they have lost in the fires.”

Donations for the bushfire art appeal can be dropped off at Aarwun Gallery, 11 Federation Square, Gold Creek, Nicholls; phone 6230 2055.

Smith turns focus domestic

Renowned for his travelogue albums (Dust of Uruzgan, Bagarap Empires, Texas), Canberra singer-songwriter Fred Smith has turned his attention to modern Australia for his new record, Domestic.

Smith will be celebrating Valentine’s Day and his 50th birthday with a concert at ANU’s Kambri Cultural Centre to launch the new album, his first in eight years not to contain songs about war and death.

He will be accompanied by Liz Frencham (double bass), legendary sideman Dave O’Neill (guitar, violin Eric Bogle Band), Mitch Preston (drums) and Clare Fitzgerald (piano).

Fred Smith’s Domestic album launch is on 14 February at Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU; trybooking.com/586250. Album information at fredsmith.com.au