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Bungendore Wood Works Gallery opened September 14 in 1983. Thirty years later an exhibition featuring the work of 29 designer makers and artists will open that does not look to the past, but to the future. The title of the exhibition is NEXT. This is something all involved ponder, not only the very nature of the objects they design and make, but possible new directions for their practice and indeed their lives.

14 September – 6 November 2013

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Home with Wood Review

This exhibition displays the work of seventeen accredited members of Studio Woodworkers Australia (SWA) which was founded in 2011 and comprises both accredited members and general members. As a national organisation, its role is to promote and support professional designer-makers working in wood.

Accredited members are all well-known for their exemplary design ideas and skills in producing high-end, one-off pieces and for undertaking commissions.

The premise for this exhibition was to offer the members an opportunity to expand their audiences and create original production pieces which would appeal to home-owners looking for well-considered, affordable designs and who appreciate the values of quality of handcrafted items – in this instance, furniture.

These principles form the basis of an invitation to visitors to cast their votes in the People’s Choice Award. They are invited to vote for one item that they think best demonstrates the purpose of the exhibition, that is:

  • an innovative idea
  • ideal for the home
  • a good design suitable for production
  • well made
  • affordable for home owners
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Home with Wood

13 September – 20 November 2014

Home with Wood features work by more than 20 acclaimed wood designers, makers and artists, all accredited members of Studio Woodworkers Australia, such as David Upfill-Brown, Tony Kenway, Neil Erasmus, David Emery and Will Matthysen

Home with Wood is a woodworking exhibition with a difference. In specifically featuring the work of accredited members of the national professional organisation, Studio Woodworkers Australia, it includes many of Australia’s finest designer-makers in wood. Already well-known for their design ideas and skills in producing significant one-off works and in carrying out special commissions, for this exhibition the participants have been invited to focus on affordable production pieces which will appeal to discerning home-owners who love wood and appreciate the values of handmade items. This will be an exciting exhibition that considers how people live and what they need, by providing innovative works that will enhance our contemporary domestic environments.

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City Light – Maynard Waters

9 August – 9 September 2014
Meet the Artist Saturday 9 August from 2pm

An exhibition expressing a visual storyteller’s passion for the omnipresent and vital light that brings the city of his upbringing to life.


Maynard Waters was born in Sydney in 1936. His father was a carpenter who travelled and worked throughout Australia and Maynard followed as a construction worker. During his travels he met many different characters amongst his workmates and the people of the many towns he visited. His mind stored up pictures of the various facets of Australian life, which later appeared in his paintings of country towns and vignettes of city life.

He had always had the desire to paint. His first attempts were tentative representations of the Australian life he knew so well. Soon, as he offered paintings to galleries and they sold, his career as a painter was born, and in due time became an established painter and muralist.

After training at East Sydney Technical College and an overseas study tour he garnered greater technical ability and maturity.

For a period Maynard taught at the Canberra National Art School. He soon decided that he could not paint and teach and do both well, so he dropped teaching and made painting his work.

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Mistique – Chan Dissanayake

9 August – 9 September 2014
Meet the Artist Saturday 9 August from 2pm

An exhibition resulting from the study of the effects and plays of light under misty atmospheric conditions.


Chan Dissanayake was born in Sri Lanka to an artistic family, his father an internationally acclaimed film director and his mother an art teacher. He migrated with his family to Australia in 1986.

A talent for drawing was recognized in pre-school days and a passion for art, especially for watercolours, kept him actively involved in it. Having studied watercolour painting with renowned Australian artists, he had embarked on a journey of self-discovery.

Achieving rapid success and winning many major awards, he has gained a considerable reputation as an outstanding watercolour artist. His solo exhibition ‘Cool Waters’ held in October 2010 at the Bungendore Woodworks Gallery was a sell-out. Since being invited as a guest tutor at the Summer Art Experience by the Artists society of Canberra 2011 and 2012, he now conducts workshops throughout Australia and is a well sought after tutor. In August 2014 he will be featuring as a tutor at ASOC startART programme.

Chan is a multi-award winning artists, he created history in 2013 by winning the overall prize on both major art exhibitions in Canberra, where he was named the winner of the Agricultural Heritage Prize and the overall Champion Exhibit at the Royal Canberra Show in 2013; and Best of Show and People’s Choice Award at the Artists Society of Canberra Spring Exhibition 2013.

His works are highly sought after in local and regional galleries.

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The Hannah James Trio

Jazz at the Wood Works

Saturday August 16 from 7pm
3 Course Dinner and Concert $70
Limited Bookings at Cafe Wood Works 02 6238 1688

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Fireside Festival – Viewing of the Hannah Cabinet with Fire Twirling & Mulled Wine

Put this date in the diary – Friday 8 August – for a winter-themed evening at Bungendore Wood Works.

Enjoy a glass of mulled wine and take in some fire twirling at 5.30pm before the viewing of The Hannah Cabinet . A masterpiece, the Hannah Cabinet was made by Geoff Hannah over a six year period using 34 different Australian and international timbers, 4 species of shell and 17 varieties of precious stone. Featuring extensive marquetry inlays on its doors and 140 drawers – it must be seen to be believed.

Bookings are required for the Hannah Cabinet viewing. Contact the Gallery on 02 6238 1682 to reserve your place.

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Emotica

Ken Knight, Don Burrows, Nicole Scerri, Robert Simpson, Stephanie Corkhill Hyles & Lynne Tinley

Exhibition runs from 28th June until 28th July

An exhibition by six artists who express their individual emotions through their art-making that may reflect that emotion, and/or make images that create an emotional response in the viewer.

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Feathery Things

Feathery Things – a group exhibition of Wildlife Art

Joanne Barby, Jan Barnett, Wayne Byard, Helen Fitzgerald, James Luck, Janet Matthews

Exhibition opening & meet the artists 2pm Saturday 17th May
Exhibition continues until 24th June 2014

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Gums Mandamora, oil on board 290x240 mm $460

John Sharman

Painting from Nature – the 2014 Collection

Opening and meet the artist – Saturday 5th April from 2pm

Exhibition continues until 13th May 2014

John Sharman is one of this Gallery’s most prolific artists, not only in terms of the large body of work he has produced during a professional career spanning some 35 years, but also in terms of sales.

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An evening with Geoff Hannah and the Hannah Cabinet

Join us on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd March at 6pm with Master craftsman Geoff Hannah for a magical evening of insight into the man and his masterpiece of Australian Wood Craft.

On the evening we will also be launching a Prospectus for the possible public purchase and permanent placement of the cabinet to be available to the public to enjoy for many years to come.

A limited number of places are available.  Phone 6238 1682 to reserve your place.




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David Voigt, Kalman Radvanyi & David Upfill Brown

15 February – 11 March 2014

Octagon ArtSpace Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

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Weereewa - Interpretations

David Flanagan, Jeffrey Frith, Natalie McCarthy, Anita McIntyre and Ian Robertson

Opening Saturday 15 March 2014 at 3pm
Exhibition continues until 30 March 2014

Octagon ArtSpace, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

A Weereewa Festival exhibition

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Fine furniture & woodwork by David Upfill-Brown – Review by Meredith Hinchliffe

Until January 28, 2014

Although David Upfill-Brown is well known in the fine furniture-making scene, he is perhaps not so well known to those outside the circle. In the 1970s, he was carving in wood and stone in Central and Southern Africa. He then decided to focus on furniture and in 1980/81 studied furniture making and design at the John Makepeace School, Parnham, in England. From 1982 to 1999 with his wife Hermione he ran a bespoke furniture workshop in Tharwa near Canberra.

He taught part time at the Wood Work Shop at the Australian National University and was appointed inaugural academic director of the Australian School of Fine Furniture in Tasmania in 2000. He was the lead instructor at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine, USA for five years and moved back to Australia. He continues to teach for up to three months annually in Maine.

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Cabot Cabinet - American Cherry, Hard Maple, Queensland Silver Ash & leather 1430w X 600d X 1043h - $14,500
Cabot Cabinet - American Cherry, Hard Maple, Queensland Silver Ash & leather 1430w X 600d X 1043h - $14,500

David Upfill-Brown Exhibition Catalogue

View the online exhibition catalogue of David Upfill-Brown's work

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David Upfill-Brown and Tony Richardson

An exhibition of Fine Furniture and Woodwork by David Upfill-Brown and Paintings by Tony Richardson

14 December 2013 – 28 January 2014

A Bungendore Wood Works Gallery 30th Year Anniversary Exhibition

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