Leanne Barrett: Events


Interweaving: Gerringong and Beyond

31 May to 6 June 2024 

My first solo exhibition, Interweaving: Gerringong and Beyond is a selection of artworks that highlight my new creative life in Gerringong. It contains two themes, Landscapes and Botany - featuring recognisable locations, plants and animals that can be found in this region plus a few artworks that are imagined and abstracted. 

Three distinct periods of artwork are highlighted in the exhibition. The illustrative artworks were created with watercolour and ink on paper. The abstracts were layered with acrylic, graphite, ink, pen, chalk, charcoal, and watercolour on canvas or wood. My most recent artworks include embroidered cotton thread on acrylic painted canvases. 

This exhibition shows the peaceful natural beauty of Gerringong and I hope you will notice your surroundings in your own unique way too.

When: Friday 31 May to Thursday 6 June 2024
Opening Hours: TBC
Where: Gerringong Library Gallery
             8 Blackwood Street, Gerringong, NSW

Canberra Children's Illustrators Group Meeting

Illustrators come connect with us over a coffee and exhibition viewing. Children are welcome.

When: This group is currently paused.

Past Events

Squares 2023 - Strathnairn Arts

5 - 27 August 2023

Squares 2023
 the 17th People's Choice Exhibition/ Competition, are 1
2" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5cm) unframed artworks made using any medium. 

My Square 2023 entries are from my series, Nature and Notations, #1 and #2. These works on canvas were inspired by my mixed media Patchwork Blue Series on paper I created in 2022, see this series on my Abstract Art page. In both of these series, the layers of acrylic paint applied slowly in a patchwork style. I then add a range of other mediums on to the paint layer; graphite, charcoal, ink, gel pen, coloured pencil, chalk and/or more acrylic paint.

In the Nature and Notations series the colour palette is created using only 4 colours plus black and white. The base paint colour used in all of the tones is cerulean blue. 

Strathnairn Arts Association Member's Exhibition

8 - 30 October 2022

The Awakening
Acrylic on canvas
45 x 45 x 3.5 cm
Springime Joy
Acrylic on paper and canvas
12.5 x 12.5 x 3.5

Strathnairn Arts Association Member's Exhibition is an annual event exhibiting SAA Member's artwork that has been created in the last 24 months and not previously exhibited in the ACT. 

My two paintings were; The Awakening and Springtime Joy, these two acrylic abstract paintings exhibit the joyful and free feelings that I experience as I begin my abstract art journey. 

Squares 2022 - Strathnairn Arts

6 - 28 August 2022

Squares 2022
 the 16th People's Choice Exhibition/ Competition, are 1
2" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5cm) unframed artworks made using any medium. 

My entry, Lilly Pilly Sky, is a semi-abstract landscape in acrylic paint inspired by the ocean view from the Gerrringong Cemetery. 

Canberra Children's Illustrators Group Meetings

7 April 2022 (Beaver Galleries), 14 December 2021, 10 August 2021, 19 June 2021 (One Day Workshop), 8 June 2021 (zoom), 15 April 2021 (Strathnairn Arts), 13 April 2021 (zoom), 18 March 2021 (Strathnairn Arts), 25 February 2021 (Beaver Gallery), 16 February 2021 (zoom), 19 January 2021 (NGA), 8 December 2020 (John Avery Garden), 8 November 2020 (zoom),14 October 2020 (zoom),15 September 2020 (zoom), 9 August 2020 (zoom), 9 June 2020 (zoom), 2 May 2020 (zoom), 14 April 2020 (zoom), 5 March 2020 (Strathnairn Gallery), 10 December 2019, 15 September 2019, 13 June 2019, 9 February 2019, 16 September 2018, 19 July 2018, 28 June 2018, 12 May 2018, 8 March 2018, 20 January 2018, 20 October 2017, 24 July 2017, 23 June 2017

Illustrators come together to connect by bringing 1-2 things they would like to share; artwork, supplies or news. Sometimes we meet a galleries to view art exhibitions or create plein air.

Squares 2021 - Strathnairn Arts

29 July to 8 September 2021

Squares 2021 the 15th People's Choice Exhibition/ Competition, artworks can be made using any medium but they must be contained within a 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5cm) or 30 x 30cm unframed canvas. 

My entry, Pin-cushion bud, is an abstract watercolour painting on watercolour paper adhered to a 30 x 30cm canvas, with a wax varnish used to protect the artwork. This subject was inspired by the flower bud of the Hakea laurina. 

Plethora of Postcards 2021- Spiral Gallery

25 June - 20 July 2021

Plethora of Postcards featured A6 sized artworks. The artworks were any medium in 2D or 3D. The theme is open but there is one a special category for Australian Icons.

I exhibited five postcards in this exhibition; Pink Petals, Yellow & Purple Petals, Tree Poplars, Norfolk Pines Gerringong, and Point Dickinson Bermagui.

Silver is Gold Community Art Exhibition - COTA ACT

This exhibition promotes the value, contribution and importance of older people in our community. Photos of the artworks are on display on the following dates and locations. My entry is 'The Map of Life' an artwork I created of my grandmother.

13-19 May Westfield Woden, Ground Floor Court, outside Myer entrance.

20-26 May South Point Tuggeranong, Ground Floor Court, opposite the Coffee Club

31 May - 6 June Gungahlin Market Place, Stage 5, outside the Coffee Club.

Christmas Exhibition 2020 - Artists Society of Canberra

4 December 2020 to 3 January 2021

ASOC has regular exhibition in the Magpie Room at Dirty Jane's and the Christmas Exhibition's theme is Virtual Holiday. All the paintings exhibited were smaller than 30cm x 30cm and I exhibited my watercolour painting, 'Norfolk Pine Horizon, Gerringong NSW'.

Spring Exhibition 2020 - Artists Society of Canberra

13 to 22 November 2020 Fitters Workshop, Kingston.

The Spring Exhibition is the ASOC Members annual art exhibition and I exhibited three framed watercolour artworks; 'Two Silos', 'Map of Life' and 'Gerring Bay'. 

Ginninderry Drawing Prize 2020 - Strathnairn Arts

12 September to 11 October 2020 

I entered two drawings for the Ginninderry Drawing Prize. One artwork is a coloured pencil drawing 'A is for Apple'. The other artwork is 'Coast Banskia' drawn using a pigment ink fineliner pen. 

Plethora of Postcards 2020 - Spiral Gallery 

Friday 11 September to Tuesday 30 September 2020.

Plethora of Postcards featured A6 sized artworks. The artworks were any medium in 2D or 3D. The theme is open but there is one a special category for Australian Icons. 

I exhibited six postcards for this exhibition; Big Pineapple, The Big Banana, Cat & Mouse with Red Yarn (Sold), Piggy Back, Healing Flowers and Winter Berries 

Squares 2020 - Strathnairn Arts
Thursday 30 July to Sunday 23 August 2020

The Royal Canberra Show

28 February to 1 March 2020

Brindabella Markets in the Park

20 February 2020, 28 November 2019, 19 September 2019, 21 February 2019 

Chapman Primary School Fete

3 November 2019

Suitcase Rummage, Canberra

15 December 2019, 29 September 2019, 12 May 2019, 16 March 2019, 1 December 2018, 6 October 2018

CBCA 13th National Conference 

At the CBCA National Conference there was a local table of authors and illustrators who met conference attendees with a display of their artwork and books.
When: Sunday 2 June 2019 
Where: QT Hotel, Canberra ACT Australia 

SFX Writer's Festival 25 -29 June 2018

Artist @ work - Leanne Barrett 
Students of St. Francis Xavier College are welcome to come along and watch Leanne at work.
When: Tuesday 26 June 2018, Recess - Lunch.
Where: St. Francis Xavier College, Florey, ACT.
See Leanne's blog post about the day and the festival program

Photo from SFX Facebook page.


SCBWI ACT is delighted to invited you to our first exhibition of illustrated works! 

Featuring Leanne Barrett, Grace Bryant, Gemma Harrison, Genevieve Hopkins, Jennifer Hulme, Tania McCartney and Joy McDonald.

Where: Smith's Alternative, Canberra City. 
When: Opens 28 Nov at 6pm and runs through to 10 December. 
What: A group exhibition celebrating aspiring, emerging and established illustrators. 

"There will be a range of my recent black and white illustrations on 
display along with my watercolour farm animals, especially those 
featuring my chicken and duck illustrations." 

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