Abstract Rooms

The Window and the Convent (2020) by Matthew Templeman
The Window and the Convent (2020) by Matthew Templeman.

Abstract Rooms

Matthew Templeman

15 September – 6 December 2020

Ann Harding Conference Centre
Foyer, Bldg 24, University of Canberra, University Drive South, Bruce ACT

Opening hours
9am-5pm Mon-Thurs
9am-4pm Fri

Matthew Templeman is a Canberra born and based artist, who uses art to express himself and to converse with the world around him. In his work, Matthew explores everyday items (umbrellas, urns, pots, vases, ears and noses) to create abstract compositions using thick lines and opposite colours which work off each other. Through attending Hands On Studio four times a week, Matthew has collaborated with numerous artists and has exhibited in many galleries across the ACT.

Hands On Studio is a creative and inclusive art program that provides people with varying disabilities and psychosocial issues access to art. The classes in a studio at M16 Artspace are taught in a person-centred approach giving the students the opportunity to work independently or in collaboration with their peers and tutor. Hands On Studio promotes development of artistic skills, fine motor skills, social skills, confidence, self-esteem, freedom in making choices and creative expression. Artists can realise a sense of personal achievement through exhibition of their work at events in the community.

This exhibition is part of the IGNITE program for artists living with disability, mental health issues, the d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HOH).