The intention for Kambri is to become an inclusive cultural space for local and international
artists, and to bring a diverse program of great artists, thinkers, and makers; a kind of
melting pot for the Arts.
Most of you will remember the Refectory Bar, which was demolished to make way for it’s modern incarnation. Making up this new precinct is two main spaces– The Lawn and The Lane. Designed by architecture firm BVN the results are pretty spectacular.
The Lawn has an amphitheatre, grassy spaces and landscaped gardens. It is the ANU’s vision of a town square where campus meet ups and major events can take place with abundant food and coffee outlets. The Lane is home to hawker style food outlets that will spill out onto the pavement and will stay open late into the evening. A number of buildings border these spaces and include Health a Wellness Centre complete with gym and a 25m pool, the new bar run by Badger and Co , and the Marie Reay Teaching Centre .
aMBUSH gallery overlooks The Lane and in the other direction, a wide walkway that leads directly into Civic. We created seating for the balcony out of bridge beams, with several long benches and shorter stump seats. Finished with Osmo Black stain they settle into their surrounds and don’t overpower the space despite their size.
The gallery opened with a culturally significant inaugural exhibition, While You Were Sleeping, featuring the work of contemporary First Nations artists from across Australia.It’s an evocative and emotional display of works across a range of art practices, including painting, illustration, photography and sculpture, from featured artists Benita Clements, Blak Douglas, Damien Shen, David Cragg, Elizabeth Close, Julie Dowling, Michael Cook, Noni Cragg, Otis Carey, Peter Hewitt, Robert Fielding, Shane ‘Mankitya’ Kookaburra, Warraba Weatherall, and Wayne Quilliam.
This is a small gallery that will have a large impact on the cultural fabric of our city.
‘While You Were Sleeping’ is produced and presented by aMBUSH Gallery and will run daily
until Sunday, 23 June, from 10am-6pm weekdays and 11am-5pm on weekends. Admission is
153-21 aMBUSH Gallery
Cultural Centre 153
Australian National University