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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

Don’t settle into work just yet, you’ve another short week on your hands but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do in and around town. There’s just one more day to enjoy the National Folk Festival; Hustle&Scout and The Forage get ready to hang their hat after this Saturday at Hangar 47 while the township of Gungahlin prepares for Celebrate Gungahlin!

For the theatre goers and live music groupies, head to the Canberra Theatre Centre for the opening night of Bell Shakespeare’s As You Like It on Tuesday evening and the soulful and rhythmic sounds of African Queen, Angelique Kidjo for a one-night only show this Wednesday.

There always plenty do for foodies, market dwellers, sports fans and even art lovers too including a meander through the numerous, inspirational exhibitions taking place at the National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of Australia…

Here’s what’s happening This Week in The Can!

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS…

National Folk Festival

Monday is your last chance to catch Canberra’s great Easter tradition – the National Folk Festival. Join a cultural celebration of traditional and contemporary music, dance, poetry and storytelling on multiple stages at the one venue. There’s a KidzFest, street and circus acts, master classes and a plenty of food stalls to keep you occupied from morning to late. Tickets available online through the National Folk Festival. On until Monday 6 April at Exhibition Park, Canberra.

Bell Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Part of the Collected Works 2015 season at the Canberra Theatre Centre, As You Like It is an adventure of the heart, a journey through a forest of poetry (and lions), and a tale of a love so grand all the rules are broken to win the heart of a boy. Villains. Heroes. Wrestling. Cross dressing. And love at first sight. What’s not to love about As You Like It? Tickets from $35 through Canberra Theatre Centre. Opening night is Tuesday 7 April and runs through until Saturday 18 April at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Celebrate Gungahlin

A fun-filled and exciting Festival for the whole family with music, entertainment, stalls, food and information with many activities themed on Gungahlin Town Park’s iconic bunyip sculpture, Celebrate Gungahlin will host a variety of experiences and attractions including a birthday cake as part of the official proceedings. Visit the website for more information and details on how you can get involved. On Saturday 11 April from 11am to 4pm at Gungahlin Town Park, Corner of Gozzard and Hibberson Street, Gungahlin.

Hustle&Scout Twilight Fashion Market and The Forage

Hustle&Scout is an immersive dreamscape fashion market held alongside local street food event, The Forage. Enjoy over 60 fashion stalls from Australian clothing, jewellery and accessories labels; as well as over 30 of the finest local and regional restaurants, food trucks, wineries and breweries. The event will feature a fresh entertainment line-up, including a live music lounge, roaming Fashfest models, craft workshops by The Maker’s Collective and dance performances by Subsdance. Entry and parking is free. Fill up on local street vendor food, arm yourself with locally made baked goods and indulge in the wines of the region.Entry is free. On Saturday 11 April from 2pm to 7pm at Hangar 47, 8-10 Point Cook Avenue, Fairbairn.

Free Outdoor Community Fitness Session 

Join in a free outdoor fitness session,  with local health and fitness trainer Lee Campbell and editor of HerCanberra and Zumba instructor Amanda Whitley. Lee and Amanda will take you through the types of exercises you can do at Crace’s outdoor fitness station which is one of the many outdoor fitness facilities available across the ACT. Throughout the 50 minute fitness session you will get a whole body workout all while enjoying the great outdoors. Come along with your runners on, a water bottle and the enthusiasm to give it a go. On Saturday 11 April from 10am to 10.50am at Narden Street, Crace.

FOOD AND WINE

Backyard Produce Dinner

Your gateway to the vast array of stunning produce grown right on their doorstep, A.Baker present their intimate series of Backyard Produce Dinners to take the best fruit, vegetables and herbs that you’ve grown in your backyard and put it into their kitchen for the chefs to prepare once a month. Simple book at a table, bring in a bunch, box or bag of your best produce two to three days before the event and they’ll prepare a great dinner! Check in with the A.Baker website for details of the next dinner. Limited seating so bookings are essential online or by phoning (02) 6287 6150. Tickets are $60 food and $35 for matched wines.

Canberra Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival is back for 2015. Relax and celebrate the new vintage with cool climate wines, entertainment and great food at the Wine Harvest Festival this weekend. Explore up to 20 local wineries who are offering a variety of tasting adventures, entertainment (music and artwork), delicious food, and the opportunity for a great day (or days) out in the country. Meet some of the makers of the Canberra District’s nationally and internationally recognised wines at their own cellar door, enjoy guided tours of vineyards by their owners, and taste the latest wines from a region renowned for its diversity of geography and variety. For the full program visit the Canberra Harvest Festival website. On all day Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 April.

OUTDOORS

Tid by Torchlight

Summer might be over but Canberrans and visitors can still enjoy the unique opportunity to explore Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve during the evening to watch native animals emerge from their hiding places for nightfall. The Tid by Torchlight program, which is organised by Conservation Volunteers Australia, run every Friday and Saturday night until 30 April, and subject to minimum booking numbers. The program is an opportunity to see and learn about our local, native flora and fauna in the stunning reserve with an expert guide. Each tour runs for five hours and begins with a dusk wildlife walk and gourmet bush BBQ before venturing into the forest at night, to discover animals you wouldn’t normally find.

Your guide will walk you through the reserve sanctuary and a spotlight tour of the forest, while teaching you about Australia’s native wildlife. Tickets are $80 for an adult and $65 for children. For visitors, the ticket price also covers the cost of transportation to and from Canberra hotels. Your ticket sale will support wildlife conservation at Tidbinbilla; a portion of the cost is donated directly back to Tidbinbilla’s endangered species breeding programs. For more information visit their website.

Guided Tours of the National Carillon

Join a volunteer led tour to see the instrument the carillonists play concerts on, how they practice and the bells themselves. The National Carillon is a tall tower with limited spaces so only small numbers are available for each tour. Access for wheelchairs is available but this tour is not suitable for prams of toddlers. On Saturday 11 April from 12.3opm to 1.30pm at Aspen Island, Parkes.

Kowen Forest Ride

DSMRA is holding it’s annual two-day Kowen Forest Ride. Kowen Forest is near Canberra Airport and is a large pine plantation with steep hills and plenty of great riding. There are a choice of trails for all riders and beginners are most welcome. Entertainment and bands are planned for Saturday night. As part of the ride entry participants will have a chance to win a new 2015 KTM 500 Exc. Camping is available from Friday 10 April from 4pm with the ride to take place on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 April at Kowen Forest, ACT. Snowy Hydro Helicopters is the charity of choice for the event.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

St Mary’s Autumn Fair, Bungendore

St. Mary’s Church Bungendore is holding an Autumn Fair inviting the community to come partake and enjoy local homemade food and fresh produce stalls, car boot sales, silent auctions, dinosaur displays, Devonshire tea with more hot food and beverages, music & lots of entertainment. Held at the church grounds, 28 Turallo Terrace it will be a day full of Fun for all the family. On Saturday 11 April from 9am to 4pm at St Mary’s Church, Bungendore.

Fash N’ Treasure

Fash ‘n’ Treasure is Canberra’s one and only fashion event, bringing together local wardrobes, fashion designers, fashion shops, milliners and stylists. Held approximately once per month, Canberrans can come along and indulge in a day of shopping for clothes, shoes, bags, hats and accessories, whilst thrifty fashionistas can sell their beloved items to make room for more essential purchases! Entry is $3 at the door. On Saturday 11 April from 9am to 3.30pm at Exhibition Park, Canberra.

Old Bus Depot Markets

Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople. Discover 200 stalls within a fabulous old industrial building offering unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee. Visitors can browse all kinds of items including funky lamp shades, tea cups and saucers, retro decorative art, antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens and restored pieces.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy a multicultural meal, a coffee or a quick bite to eat – while watching talented musicians and taking in the hustle and bustle of the markets. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Visit the largest regional markets in the Southern Tablelands—the Capital Region Farmers Market! Be tantalised by fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheeses and more. Fresh produce reflects the exciting seasonal characteristics and diversity of the region providing opportunity for you to learn more about the food you’re eating and the region it comes, and discuss what you’re buying with the growers. On every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am at Exhibition Park on Flemington Road.

Gorman House Markets

For a quarter of a century, the Gorman House Markets have been Canberra’s much loved meeting place providing opportunities for the community and visitors alike to express themselves creatively, trade and shop in a vibrant environment, access to an audience, engage in the arts and be a part of living heritage. Experience them from 10am to 4pm every Saturday at Gorman House, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon.

FAMILY

Play Up

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head. In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – the exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun. At the MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily until June 2015.

Leap into your local library

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to 2 years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories. Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.

COMMUNITY & CHARITY

Right Here Right Now: Children & Young People Seen and Heard

From Friday 10 to Sunday 12 April, the Fitters Workshop (next to the Old Bus Depot Markets) will be transformed into a rainbow coloured wonderland, with a spectacular installation of over 10,000 self portraits and messages by ACT School students. The self portraits will be attached to hundreds of cardboard boxes, which will be used as building blocks to construct a double helix spiral maze, co-designed by arts company Thylacine and a local architect. The installation symbolises the individuality of every child and young person, and the contribution they make to our community. Visitors can explore the colourful installation to absorb the talent and thoughts of these young Canberrans. The exhibition will be opened by the Commissioner and the Minister for Children & Young People, Mick Gentleman MLA, on Friday 10 April at 10am, coinciding with the beginning of National Youth Week, and will be open from 10am-5pm from Friday to Sunday.

Charity Garage Sale

The next Charity Garage Sale will take place this Saturday with lots of new items recently received. Plenty of the usual bargains will be available including baby and kids clothes, shoes, women’s wear, menswear and maternity clothing plus baby equipment, linen, toys, household goods and more. On Saturday 11 April from 7am to 1pm at 5 O’Grady Place, Wanniassa.

Capes 4 Kids – Family Fun Day Guinness World Record

The second time in history that this record challenge has taken place on Australian soil, join Capes 4 Kids as they attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of Superheroes in one place at the one time. The current record stands at 1,580 and is held in America. Capes 4 Kids wants to reclaim the title. So dress up as a superhero and get ready to take part. There’ll be market stalls, jumbo slides, bouncy castles, sumo suits, emergency services displays, food, fun, games and more! Entry is a gold coin donation. On Saturday 11 April from 10.30am to 4.30pm at Queanbeyan Showgrounds.

Common Ground Community Day

Common Ground Canberra is a not-for-profit organisation offering secure, permanent housing with on-site support services for people who have experienced long term chronic homelessness as well as low income tenants. Common Ground Board members and volunteers will be on hand, along with representatives from Argyle Housing and Northside Community Services, to answer any questions. On Saturday 11 April from 11am to 2pm at 130 The Valley Avenue, Gungahlin.

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

National Gallery of Australia talks and workshops

The National Gallery of Australia has an extensive program of talks and workshops run in conjunction with their current exhibitions. Hear about local and international artists or specific techniques. Be inspired by the greats and create your own artworks. Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

SPORT & LEISURE

Ice Hockey – Chiefs v Eagles

Rug up and come on down to the ice rink to see the coolest game and most addictive spectator sport in the capital. There’ll be no better free entertainment in town as the Chiefs take on the Eagles in the very first game of the 2015 local competition. Come along and make a whole lot of noise while you watch the speed, skills, grace and determination on the ice. On Friday 10 April from 7pm to 8.15pm at Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre, Phillip.

STAGE & FILM

Bell Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Part of the Collected Works 2015 season at the Canberra Theatre Centre, As You Like It is an adventure of the heart, a journey through a forest of poetry (and lions), and a tale of a love so grand all the rules are broken to win the heart of a boy. Villains. Heroes. Wrestling. Cross dressing. And love at first sight. What’s not to love about As You Like It? Tickets from $35 through Canberra Theatre Centre. Opening night is Tuesday 7 April and runs through until Saturday 18 April at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Ruby Wax – Sane New World

Having trouble with your own mind? Motor mouth American Ruby Wax can help.  Based on her number one bestselling book Sane New World: Taming the Mind, Ruby’s brand new solo show sees the queen of hilarious acerbic asides providing a tour of the human brain. Part comedy, part group therapy session, totally entertaining. Sane New World will give you a full Oxford degree plus an hour of huge laughs. Don’t miss out. Tickets from $41 through Canberra Theatre Centre. On Tuesday 7 April from 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

MUSIC, DANCE & MORE

Angèlique Kidjo Eve

Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest forces in African music, a creative energy with 12 international albums to her name. An extraordinary singer and storyteller, Angélique Kidjo packed Melbourne Recital Centre in 2011 bringing the audience to their feet calling for more.Kidjo’s concerts are joyous and exuberant. With a richly powerful voice, commanding stage presence and a dramatic past, Kidjo is an icon: ‘Africa’s premier diva’. Her Canberra concert is essential for anyone interested in the way music can shape and be shaped by history. Tickets from $59 through Canberra Theatre Centre. On Wednesday 8 April from 7.30pm until late at Canberra Theatre Centre.

No Lights, No Lycra

No Lights, No Lycra makes a return for 2015. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself.

Bec and Sam will be taking over as the (North) Canberra ambassadors for 2015. NLNL will take place on Wednesday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm, and in a new location. Head to St John’s Anglican Church Hall in Reid (corner of Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West). Lots of free onsite parking available, and admission still just $5 on the door. For more information visit the new NLNL Facebook page. On every Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Vinyl Lounge at NFSA

The popular Vinyl Lounge is back for 2015 at the National Film and Sound Archive. Join other vinyl lovers for nibbles then spin the turntables with your favourites records from 5.30pm. The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of every month and is the perfect way to end the day (and working week). Reminscent of record clubs of the 1970s, enjoy a diverse selection of pop, rock, folk, world, funk and lounge music from the Golden Age of vinyl. Bring your own LPs and groove into the Vinyl Lounge. On every Friday from 5pm.

Weekly Dance Party for the Over 30s

30+ Dance Event will be hosting weekly Dance Parties every Saturday night at The RUC where you will be provided with an entralling and relaxed atmosphere to meet new people at your own leisure. A fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere to dance, meet new or other likeminded persons, romance, flirt or socialise and make friends. These are popular weekly Saturday night evens and the ideal night out for fun-loving socialable 30+s with pulsating music from the 60s, 70s, 80, 90s plus much more. Visit 30 Plus Dance Event for details. On every Saturday from 8pm onwards at The RUC, Turner and $20 per head.

Live Local Music

This post isn’t long enough to list all the various gigs around town, but if you’re into live music, we heartily suggest you check out what’s on offer at The Phoenix, Transit Bar, The Front, The Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.

ART

The Carved Line

Response to life’s experiences and the beauty of nature have provided inspiration for the imagery in Christine Upton’s artwork and her path as an artist has allowed her the opportunity to ‘play’ when creating her two and three dimensional pieces. On until 12 April in the gallery of Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen.

Seeking Humanity

Seeking Humanity presents portraits and stories of Australia’s asylum seekers and refugees. The exhibition is not about politics, but puts a human face to those who have fled situations of great danger in their home country in search of safety and freedom in Australia. On until 12 April in the foyer of Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen.

Re-Emergence

For the artist, Robyn Campbell, this exhibition is a step back into a world of making. It is a collection of work which emerged from a desire to use 2014 as a year to create and play with a new medium. The work shows Robyn’s central interest in form and relationships between forms. Her years spent working in glass saw the evolution of pieces with a pared down, organic, tactile and sensual essence, these qualities continue in this current body of work in clay. On until 12 April in the Arts Lounge at Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen. 

Art in the Gardens with Friends Exhibition

On display at the Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Gallery, the Art in the Gardens with Friends exhibition features botanical paintings and drawings dedicated to Australian native plants. Curated by the Friends Botanical Art Group, the exhibition brings together both amateur and expert artists who seek to portray plants found in the Australian National Botanic Gardens, some of which can be difficult for artists to find elsewhere. Most artworks featured in the exhibition are for sale. Exhibition opens 9.30am to 4.30pm until 19 April at the Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Gallery.

Bespoke

As part of DESIGN Canberra, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is thrilled to partner with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD), to bring you an exciting exhibition Bespoke: Design for the people. In this stunning exhibition, 6 Australian craft and design practitioners have created new works that reflect and respond to the iconic designs of the original furniture at Old Parliament House. Each artist was given unprecedented access to the rooms and collections, and the freedom to create a personal response. Informed by their own artistic backgrounds, each artist considered notions of political perspective, change, accountability and power in their pieces. The result is a thought-provoking collaboration between design, creativity and Australia’s political history. Artists include Canberra artists Jennifer Robertson, Niklavs Rubenis, Julie Ryder, Caren Florance, in collaboration with Melinda Smith; and Sydney-based artist Cecelia Heffer. The exhibition will run until November 2015. To view the full DESIGN Canberra program of events visit their website.

James Turrell: A Retrospective

Following sell-out shows in Los Angeles and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, comes the National Gallery of Australia’s 2014 summer blockbuster James Turrell: A Retrospective. Never before seen in Australia and showing only in Canberra, James Turrell is considered one of the greatest artists of our time. The National Gallery of Australia’s retrospective combines works from LACMA’s tour with spectacular new, site-specific installations. The exhibition is open until Monday 8 June, 2015 at the National Gallery of Australia. Ensure to check the exhibitions time changes over Christmas (closed Christmas Day). Tickets are available to purchase through Ticketek but bookings are also essential as only 15 people are allowed through in any one session.

Norforce: Tony Albert

Tony Albert works in a number of art forms, including drawing, painting, photography, and installation. A founding member of Queensland’s indigenous art collective proppaNOW, Albert’s art explores political, historical and cultural issues relevant to indigenous people in Australia today. Albert exhibits internationally and nationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Most recently Albert won the City of Sydney commission to create a public artwork in Hyde Park. Titled Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall the artwork honours the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future tells the story of an intriguing collection of artworks created by Warlpiri people in the 1950s. Glimpsed through the eyes of the collector as well as more recent Warlpiri interpretations, Warlpiri Drawings explores how drawing has been used to make sense of 80 years of monumental change, to picture life in the present and look hopefully towards the future. The exhibition is open until 31 May 2015 at the National Museum of Australia.

Other exhibitions

For a comprehensive round up of smaller exhibitions around town, visit Capital Magazine.

EXHIBITIONS

The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in the National Film and Sound Archive‘s latest screen and sound experience in Acton – The Front Room. Discover the history of sound, music and broadcast in comfort. Listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on one of the listening posts. Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, there’s always something to see, hear or do in The Front Room. Open until 24 December 2015. Visit their website for more information.

Art is a Weapon

Art is a Weapon takes you back to an Australia gripped by the Cold War. Amid propaganda for and against communism, artists turned to an image familiar to most Australians; the Southern Cross flag of the Eureka Stockade. The portfolio contains fourteen works from ten artists, including three from prominent Melbourne artist Noel Counihan. Counihan was a Social Realist who was heavily involved in the Communist Party, and was well-known in the Melbourne art community. The works reflect both the Eureka rebellion itself and, more broadly, the themes of workers’ rights and struggles against the established authorities.

Art is a Weapon explores how the Eureka story, legend and iconography have been used by groups and causes of all political flavours to spread their message. Alongside the portfolio of works, other objects and artworks using the Southern Cross motif show how the idea of Eureka has been adopted by groups as diverse as young communists and motorcycle clubs. Open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Visit their website for more information.

Behind the Lines 2014

Superheroes. Battle axes. Death stares. Who said politics was dry and dull? Highly anticipated and scorchingly honest, Behind the Lines 2014 celebrates the best political cartoons of 2014. The exhibition – one of the most anticipated of the year for politic tragics is now open at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. In the 2014 exhibition, cartoonists wryly comment on Tony Abbott’s first year in government. They see the Coalition attempting to deliver strong and stable leadership, as well as fulfilling their election promises to stop the boats, axe the tax, fix the budget and reduce red tape. Meanwhile, a restless Australian Labor Party waits for its Leader to ditch the past, move forward and say something. Each year the exhibition acknowledges a cartoonist as the Behind the Lines Political Cartoonist of the Year. Open until November 2015.

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

Afghanistan and the Middle East are now linked to Australia’s national story. Australia’s mission is clear: to combat international terrorism, to stabilise Afghanistan, and to support Australia’s international alliances. Yet a mission statement cannot capture the challenges, the successes, and the comradeship of the Australian men and women who pursue it. Nor the joys and heartbreaks, or the loneliness and the dedication of those who wait at home. Some of these experiences, set against the powerful imagery of a modern war, are told in this exhibition. Over time, the display will change and evolve as more veterans share their stories. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Enterprising Australians

An insight into how great ideas happen, hear the inspiring stories of Australia’s modern-day innovators. Discover the unique journey that inventors take from idea to product in this exhibition featuring video stories, product displays and interactive stations that explore the origins of products from a range of fields, including mining, agriculture, medical, automotive, and food science. Showing until 30 June 2016 at The Ian Potter Technology Learning Centre.

Keepsakes: Australians and The Great War

To mark the centenary of the First World War, the National Library of Australia invites you to explore their fascinating collection of wartime albums, medals, letters and diaries in Keepsakes. Keepsakes tells the story of The Great War as experienced by Australian servicemen and women, key political leaders, civilians, artists and families on the homefront. Discover how very personal stories become our nation’s collective memory. Open until Sunday 31 May 2015.

Power of 1: Does your voice count?

Discover the changing nature of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it. Power of 1 is a ground breaking interactive exhibition shaped by the answers you share, about what matters to you. Step back in time to remember the events, people and experiences that have shaped each generation of Australians. Have your say about the state of democracy and help to create a new kind of museum experience curated by the voices of the Australian people. It’s time…have your say and be heard. Open until 12 November 2015 at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

After spending over three weeks talking to Australian servicemen and women in Afghanistan, Ben Quilty felt an overwhelming need to tell their stories. He went there in October 2011 as an official war artist, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and attached to the Australian Defence Force. His task was to record and interpret the experiences of Australians deployed as part of Operation Slipper in Kabul, Kandahar, and Tarin Kot in Afghanistan and at Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates. Quilty’s work employs a wide range of genres, including portraits, figurative subjects, still-lifes and landscapes. On display until 14 August 2015.

Menzies: By John Howard

Former Prime Minister John Howard has curated this Menzies exhibition and shares his unique and personal insights, reflections and stories on the intense first term of former Prime Minister Robert Menzies. The exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies’ first term as prime minister (1939-41) and features objects never before seen by the public, including personal items on loan from the Menzies family. Open now until 3 September 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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