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What to do on a rainy weekend: The Creative Edit

Lydia Downe

With the miserable weather setting in, many of us will resort to quiet time indoors.

These types of weekends are usually filled with all those exciting domestic jobs we’ve literally been putting off for a rainy day (hello grubby bath- room, my old friend). But if the thought of that gets you down, stress not, for we have you covered with a list of funky places to get the creative juices flowing on such a dreary weekend.

Megalo Print Studio and Gallery

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Image credit: Estelle Briedis

Established in the 1980s, Megalo Print Studio is one of Canberra’s best kept creative secrets. It is the only open access print studio in Australia, and has a wide range of things to see and do. Megalo offers a variety of double weekend workshops for beginners, including the Introduction to Lithography (press printing using limestone), and the Introduction to Screen Printing on Fabric (designing and creating your own fabric).

The Studio also features a shop and gallery with ongoing exhibitions. Currently on display is the IN RESI- DENCE ‘15 exhibition, with an upcoming Press Print + EASS exhibition, featuring three local emerging art- ist. Head on over to their website for more details on their workshop and exhibition dates.

21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston

Canberra Glassworks

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Just across the road from Megalo Print Studio you’ll find the Canberra Glassworks, situated in the old Kingston Power House. Home of the famously delicious Brodburger, the Glassworks is not only a fantastic place to grab a hearty burger, it is also a great place to spend the afternoon immersing yourself in creative design. The Glassworks features a shop come gallery, displaying works by local artists created in-house. It also offers the unique Hotshop experience, where the public can see the artists in action from a raised viewing gallery. The first weekend of every month the Glassworks offers weekend workshops, in a variety of different areas, from glass blowing and engraving, to crafting glass beads.

To celebrate Spring, the Glassworks currently features the Fresh Glass exhibition, a fusion of glass sculptures and fresh floral displays from a variety of local artists and florists (running until 30 October).

11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston

National Gallery of Australia

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The National Gallery of Australia is a favourite rainy day location, with a wide range of activities for the whole family. Wander through the permanent exhibitions, check out all the goodies in the NGA Shop, or sit back and relax in the NGA cafe overlooking the beautiful sculpture garden. The gallery also offers a variety of weekend activities to keep the kids entertained.

There is the weekly Create Space workshops, or the ongoing Creative Meditation for Children (something to calm the little one’s wet weather woes).

While you’re there make sure you check out the Diane Arbus – American Portraits exhibition (running til 30 October), featuring iconic works from one of America’s most controversial portrait/street photographers. Or check out the equally controversial Mike Parr – Foreign Looking exhibition (running until 6 November).

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Smith’s Alternative

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Nestled in the Melbourne building, the historic Smith’s Alternative Bookshop has reinvented itself as the hub of Canberra’s underground music and art scene. A cafe/bar with many delicious vegan and GF options, Smith’s is open from breakfast through to late night drinks, making it the perfect place to spend a dreary weekend. The bar’s atmosphere is relaxed and carelessly cool, decorated in an eclectic collection of antique furniture. The arts run rampant at Smith’s with live music, short film nights, poetry readings and art shows, all ensuring there is always something to keep you entertained.

This weekend come in and enjoy finals of the Canberra Short Film Fest, try your hand at writing erotica or have a nice relaxing drink surrounded by the chill vibes of the weekly live Sunday Sessions.

76 Alinga Street, Civic.

Nishi Gallery and New Acton

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Photo: Martin Ollman

New Acton is the fast becoming the swanky cultural scene of Canberra, with many art and design based things to discover. Check out the award-winning architecture of the Nishi building, see an alternative film at the Palace Electric Cinema, or wander around the Nishi Gallery before retiring to A. Baker for a locally sourced and produced meal. If you’re after a little something to drink, check out Black Market, the new un- derground 1970’s New York style bar.

Currently on exhibition at the Nishi Gallery is Canberra Botanicals – a collection of paintings and drawings of Australian flowers native to the Canberra region.

Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Ln, NewActon

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Lydia Downe

Lydia Downe is an upcoming fashion photographer inspired by the quirky, colourful and abstract. After a couple of years in Melbourne, Lydia believes there is no place like home, and Canberra culture is actually pretty cool. When she isn’t in class producing unnecessarily complex photos, you can find her enjoying the finer things in life, like craft beer and fancy cheese. More about the Author

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