Carol Archer’s current exhibition, Drawing Breath – through branches / Desenhar. Respirar – por entre árvores opened in Lisbon on June 5, 2017 at 6:30pm. The exhibition is located on the ground floor of Lisbon’s Galeria de Arte Moderna Pintor Fernando de Azevedo at Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes.

The light, high-ceilinged gallery provides a perfect frame for Archer’s latest body of work. A series of ninety-nine Chinese ink on watercolour paper drawings (each 14.8 x 21 cm in size) are arranged in chronological order on the gallery walls. Most of these drawings reference the trees on the two-hectare property, located in the mid north coast region of New South Wales (Australia), to which Archer returned in March 2016, having completed a series of artist residencies in rural Sweden, Norway, Cyprus and Spain. Four glass-topped cabinets contain work completed during European art residencies: two long cabinets each contain a concertina book while the others contain 14.8 x 21 cm works.

The opening event was lively and well attended. Speeches were delivered by Mr Peter Rayner (Australian Ambassador to Portugal), Prof. Doutor João Paulo Queiroz (Director of SNBA), Professor Rogério Puga (New University of Lisbon) and Mr Bernardo Silva (the initiator and organizer of the exhibition). Carol Archer then expressed her gratitude to the many people who supported the exhibition, among them the Australian Embassy, the Macao Foundation, Esporao Wines, SNBA’s Executive Director Mr Rui Penedo, Mr Bernardo Pinto, and Professor Sheri Wills (Rhode Island School of Design) for her excellent catalogue essay. To view a PDF of the catalogue click this link: Drawing Breath (exhibition catalogue), Lisbon, 2017.

The exhibition continues until July 14. The gallery is open from noon till 7pm Monday to Friday and 2pm till 8pm on Saturdays.