Magical: anEvening at the Canberra Centre


Tonight I had the privilege of attending the Canberra Centre celebration of Christmas, Magical. The event was an opportunity to see the amazing typographic artwork of Gemma O’Brien, commissioned by the Canberra Centre to help ring in the festive season and get everyone in the mood for #thatchristmasfeeling

Emceed by the lovely Sarah Kelly, the event provided guests with a selection of delicious canapes and bubbling champagne in the ground-floor foyer of the Canberra Centre, with a magical mood set by the talented harpist filling the space with angel-soft sounds. As guests took in the atmosphere, Gemma was applying the finishing touches her mural on the wall of the Canberra Centre –  a colossal undertaking to paint the word Magical in shades of gold and white. As you can see above, O’Brien hand-painted the beautiful piece directly onto the wall with astounding grace.

O’Brien is a Sydney-based typographer and artist known for her illustrated typography treatments and hand-lettering. Gemma has an extensive portfolio of pieces created for clients including The New York Times, Bob Hawke, SBS, Woolworths, Heinz, Vodafone, Taronga Zoo and Kirin Cider. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous group gallery shows with her first solo show Better Left Unsaid opening at Fremantle Arts Centre in September 2013. The perfect candidate to bring a little bit of the magical to the Canberra Centre for the festive season.

The events that have been held at the Canberra Centre over this past six months have been some of the best I have attended here in Canberra, and I am very excited to see what they will bring us in 2016! The artwork will be on display for the remainder of the festive season, so get on down to the Centre to check out this amazing piece of installation art right under our noses!