Portrait Gallery’s Winter Festival on again!

HerCanberra Team

This Sunday 6 August, the Portrait Gallery will be celebrating the season with its annual Winter Festival!

‘The Winter Festival is always a great day out for families! This year the Gallery will host special guests, the Northern Territory’s Tjanpi Weavers, who will be sharing their animal-weaving techniques with visitors,’ said Sally Dawson, Learning Facilitator with the Gallery.

‘Visitors will also be able to watch as a kangaroo, koala and eagle emerge from ice as Glenn Smith brings his animal creations to life. There will also be plenty of opportunities to explore your artistic side, listen to live music and see a magic show.’

The Festival runs from 10am to 4pm and is free. Here are six things not to miss!


The Tjanpi Weavers will be teaching small groups how to weave a basket or mat and demonstrating animal weaving from 10.00am and 1.00pm, places are limited so make sure you arrive early!

Woolly creatures

Create your own three dimensional animal portraits inspired by the Tjanpi Weavers’ techniques. An activity open to everyone from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

Origami animals

Try a simple fold or break the mould and design your own folded animal creation from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

Ice carving

Watch a kangaroo, koala and eagle emerge in a show of live ice carving. Glenn Smith from Down Under Ice Designs will be chipping away at the old block from 10.00am until 3.30pm.

Drawn in with Betty Alto

Listen to the musical stylings of alternative pop band, Betty Alto, as you draw your own wintery scene from 11.30am until 2.30pm.

Magic show

Join Noman The Magician for a thirty-minute magic show that will leave you beguiled and befuddled in equal measure! Get to this one early to secure a seat with the magic starting from 12.45pm.

All activities are first in best dressed. Please visit portrait.gov.au to help you plan your Winter Festival outing.


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