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ACT Monaro Riverina Branch: contour 556 – a special AGHS tour

15 October 2020 @ 2:00 pm AEDT

With an optional BYO picnic at 12.45

contour 556 is a public art biennial event, running this year from the 9 – 31 October.  Established by Neil Hobbs in 2016, it was repeated in 2018, and some of you will have been fortunate enough to join AGHS members on our special guided tours on one of these occasions.

We are delighted that Neil has agreed to lead us on a walk/talk to some of the 2020 installations on Thursday 15 October.  He has also invited multi-talented Peter Vandermark, one of the exhibiting artists, to speak to us.  This year we are concentrating on the Kingston section of the event, finishing with works outside and inside the Canberra Glassworks.

The inspiration for contour 556 comes from Neil’s lifetime appreciation for the beauty of the central Canberra landscape. He is widely acknowledged for his professional and personal support of and contribution to the development of connection between the landscape and the visual and performing arts in Canberra.  Installations selected for this year’s festival respond in some way to Canberra’s history, from 50,000 years to the present day

Neil’s primary objective for contour 556 is “to transform how viewers remember or recall the Canberra landscape after seeing the artworks or performances … a link between art and the place they experienced it in … the memory people take away with them of their time in that landscape”.

More information about contour 556, participating artists and events can be found at

Where and What

12.45pm (an optional extra)

Prior to the event, do join us in Bowen Park for a cheery BYO picnic lunch.

Meet: 1.45pm for a 2.00pm start

Park in the large (paid) carpark behind the Canberra Glassworks and walk (5 minutes) to the small bridge that goes over the creek at Bowen Park (see map).  contour 556 curator Neil Hobbs will talk to us about this year’s exhibition and the works installed in Bowen Park.  We will then walk together to Cox Architecture (contour 556 sponsors) – less than 10 minutes, to discuss works installed in their foyer, before walking to the Canberra Glassworks to view the works on the exterior of the building and installed inside the building, and hear from Peter Vandermark about his work.

Parking: There is paid public parking available at Canberra Glassworks,  11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston.

Cost: $10.00 per person, plus 50c ticket fee (AGHS members and friends)

Bookings: Bookings are essential. Numbers will be limited in accordance with current ACT Government COVID-19 regulations for indoor and outdoor gatherings. Please book through Trybooking.

Enquiries: Bronwyn Blake, email / 0439 718 580


15 October 2020
2:00 pm AEDT
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