GLimpsie: Keeping Busy and Cute

Past Event


23 - 27 May 2023 | Vancouver Arts Centre
An exhibition by Megan Shaw, a multi-disciplinary artist interested in the allure of quotidian materials and contemporary aesthetics.

A glimpse is always more fleeting than the reflection which follows it, and reflection is always shadowed by situation. I think of my practice as a material attempt to understand my context.

This exhibition consists of small wall-based mixed media works. The show title is the word glimpse with the addition of the diminutive suffix “ie” which alludes to cuteness, an important element in the work.

Low cost industrial and quotidian materials, drawings and found objects are playfully and aesthetically reformatted to forge a glimpse into our material and sociocultural contexts.

These compositions work hard to transform low value materials into endearing and fun artworks. There is a collective turn towards cute, quirky, naïve softness and DIY in contemporary popular aesthetics. Whimsy, nostalgia and playfulness… it’s a full-time job, keeping busy in the face of our uncertain future.

Exhibition open Tuesday 23 May - Saturday 27 May, 10am - 4pm.

Drop in to see the artist in the gallery Saturday 27 May.


Megan Shaw is a multi-disciplinary artist interested in the allure of quotidian materials and contemporary aesthetics.

Shaw studied a Bachelor of Fine Art at Curtin University, Western Australia, receiving First Class Honours in 2020. During her studies at Curtin, she received the Western Australian Women in Fine Arts Scholarship, membership to the Vice Chancellors List and the Endeavor Mobility Grant to study at École Nationale Supérieure d'Art in Dijon, France.

Shaw has participated in Artist residencies in Bulgaria and Spain and has exhibited her installation ‘Uncut Tables’ at Structura Gallery in Sofia. Recent exhibitions include the 2021 Goolugatup Invitational, Reassumed Ends at Bunbury Regional Art Gallery and Supernormal Stimuli at Cool Change Contemporary.

Image: 'No i in team' by Megan Shaw. Photography by Guy Louden

Event Details

Time: 10 am - 4pm, Tuesday - Saturday

Location: Vancouver Arts Centre, 85 Vancouver Street, Albany

Cost: Free

Category: General

Type: General

Audience: All Ages


Contact: Vancouver Arts Centre

Organisation: City of Albany - Arts and Culture

Phone: 08 6820 3740

Email: [email protected]

Event Date(s)

  • Tuesday 23rd May 2023

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