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This Week in The Can

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School holidays are behind us as we begin the descent into the last week of April and the first week back at school for Term 2. The celebrations haven’t ceased with the Canberra Glassworks ramping up for the 8th birthday this week alongside the Kingston Power House which will celebrates 100 years also.

Canberra Theatre Centre welcomes the Sydney Dance Company’s Frame of Mind when it opens on Thursday night while Groovin the Moo rocks into town on Sunday but not before the Brumbies take on the Waratahs Friday night and the CBR Brave hit the ice seeking another home win.

For those seeking something a little more refined, then get ready for the Canberra International Music Festival and a series of musical performances throughout the capital!

There always plenty do for foodies, market dwellers, theatre goers 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!


Canberra International Music Festival

The 2015 Festival program will mark the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s theory of relativity. Artistic Director Roland Peelman has developed a program which invites us to explore the relationships between music and science, music and mathematics as well as the time and motion equation. The program commences with music from the classical canon and concludes with the work of contemporary composers who offer a fundamentally changed perspective of time. The program features the music of Philip Glass, and we will perform concerts in three of Canberra’s notable sites of science, the National Botanic Gardens, the Shine Dome and Mt. Stromlo. On from Friday 1 to Sunday 10 May. More info at

Groovin the Moo 2015

Join in the fun as Groovin the Moo (GTM) celebrates it’s sixth birthday in Canberra. One of Canberra’s favourite outdoor festivals; GTM boasts a wide range of local Australian artists along with a mix of world class international acts including A$AP Ferg, Broods, Peace and Peaches. Check their website for the full 2015 line-up. Enjoy double outdoor stages, the Moolin Rouge dance tent, local food and market stalls, licensed bar facilities, slingshot rides and chill out areas. Tickets on sale via the GTM  website and the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre. On Sunday 3 May from 10.30am at The Meadows, University of Canberra.

Pink Ribbon Zumba Charity Event

Come join the party with some of Canberra’s best Zumba Instructors in this fun 90 minute workout. All funds raised are going to Pink Ribbon – Cancer Council ACT. This class is suitable for everyone from beginners to Zumba addicts! There will be some fantastic lucky door prizes on the day. Simply register via Try Booking (save $5) or pay cash on the day ($30). Please arrive 15 -20 min early to sign the required forms. On Sunday 3 May from 1pm-3.30pm at Kokoloco Dance Studio.

100 Years of Kingston Power House

Canberra Glassworks invites you on a special tour of Canberra’s oldest public building, Kingston Power House, which turns 100 years old in 2015. Designed by John Smith Murdoch, this building was the heartbeat of Canberra in its early years. It powered the development of this built city, housed its telecommunications system and provided employment for many people across the region. Bookings essential on (02) 6260 7005 or email [email protected]. On from 2 May until 6 June 2015.

Canberra Glassworks 8th Birthday

Canberra Glassworks invites you to celebrate their 8th birthday. See a very special performance on Friday night from the Hotshop floor by artist Sarah Humphrey’s cast glass violin and cello, A Giocherellare. See artists working in the facility and you can participate in a Make Your Own tile workshop. Canberra Glassworks are also offering a 10% discount on items purchased from the Canberra Glassworks shop (glass only). From 5pm-8pm on Friday 1 May and 10am-4pm Saturday 2 May at Canberra Glassworks.

Lunchbox Concert Series

The free concert series favourite is back at the Australian National University School of Music! Lunchbox concerts are a great way to spend your lunch hour listening to unique performances by students, staff and guests of the ANU School of Music. Mention ‘Lunchbox’ at Biginelli’s Cafe on Level 5 of the School of Music and claim a special $5 coffee and cake deal! On until 30 April in the Larry Sitsky Recital Room, ANU.


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.


Gallery Tours: All the fall highlights

See highlights of the exhibition All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War on a daily tour.  All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War is the National Portrait Gallery’s contribution to the Anzac Centenary. On now until 26 July at National Portrait Gallery.


Canberra International Music Festival

The 2015 Festival program will mark the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s theory of relativity. Artistic Director Roland Peelman has developed a program which invites us to explore the relationships between music and science, music and mathematics as well as the time and motion equation. The program commences with music from the classical canon and concludes with the work of contemporary composers who offer a fundamentally changed perspective of time. The program features the music of Philip Glass, and we will perform concerts in three of Canberra’s notable sites of science, the National Botanic Gardens, the Shine Dome and Mt. Stromlo. On from Friday 1 to Sunday 10 May. More info at

Oranjefeest Canberra 2015

Oranjefeest is a one day Dutch-style festival of all things orange based around the King of Netherlands’ birthday. Enjoy Dutch food, flea market, children’s games, dancing, card games, beers and liqueurs, official Kings dinner and a massive dance party featuring an oompah-pah band and Dutch/Bavarian tunes.  The theme of the event is anything orange. Let your hair down in orange or celebrate by wearing something orange.  With free entry the evening is certainly designed to be a party! On Saturday 2 May from 10am-12pm at Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah.

Festival for Peace feat. A Passion for Peace

A Chorus of Women’s Inaugural Festival for Peace includes music, forums and workshops with children’s events. The five day festival is inspired by over 1200 women from 12 warring and neutral nations who established a framework for permanent peace and great advances in international law and institutions when they met in The Hague for the International Congress of Women; the only international peace conference of the First World War. The centrepiece of the festival will be premiere performances of A Passion for Peace by the Canberra composer-librettist and Jungian analyst Dr Glenda Cloughley. On from Friday 28 April until Saturday 2 May at Albert Hall, Yarralumla. For the full program and times visit the website.

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.


Perception Deception

Does your brain play tricks on you? Is one person’s reality the same as yours? Answer these questions and more with the Perception Deception exhibition at Questacon. Surprise your senses and challenge your mind with over 60 hands-on and multimedia exhibits featuring perceptual test and illusions.  This family-friendly exhibition reveals how our brains process information from our senses to form our perception of the world around us. Sometimes all is not as it seems! On now until 30 September 2015. For entry prices visit the website.


There’s always heaps for people of all ages to do at Questacon – check out their list of events here.

National Dinosaur Museum Weekend Tours

The National Dinosaur Museum holds tours every weekend. Join one of their expert staff to experience a journey through time. Take your camera, your friends, those burning dinosaur questions and join the knowledgeable staff for a fun and educational tour suitable for all ages. Tours are free with admission. Tours are 30-minutes and run every weekend at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm until 27 December.

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.

Family Space

The National Portrait Gallery has something for everyone to enjoy this school holidays in the Portrait Gallery Adventure Family Space. Explore the lives of Australia’s greatest adventurers through interactive art carts, dioramas and dress ups. Make your own portrait that expresses your spirit of adventure using fun art materials and the photo booth. All materials provided and free for all to enjoy! From 11am to 4pm daily.

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.


Brumbies v Waratahs

See the Brumbies take on the Waratahs at GIO Stadium Canberra. With the Brumbies on their home ground, you know they’ll be out for a win. Get along and cheer on your favourite team. Widely regarded as the world’s toughest provincial rugby tournament, the Super Rugby competition pitches the best players from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa together with five teams from each conference fighting for the win. Tickets from Ticketek. Transaction fees apply. Kick off at 7.40pm on Friday 1 May at GIO Stadium.

CBR Brave v Adelaide Adrenaline

Can the CBR Brave secure another home win two weeks in a row? Armed with new imports, old favourites and ready to wrap up unfinished business from their inaugural 2014 season, CBR Brave returns to the ice this weekend. Catch all the action at Phillip Ice Skating Centre when the puck drops at 5.30pm on Saturday 2 May. Tickets available online now.


Sea Shepherd in the City

Running until April 2015, Sea Shepherd will be in the city (Garema Place) every Friday night from 5-8pm providing you an opportunity to grab some merchandise, find out info on our latest campaigns or to accept your donations. On Fridays from 5pm to 8pm in Garema Place.


Intro to Black and White Darkroom Photography

Learn the art of black-and-white film photography and darkroom processing in this introductory weekend workshop. See the nation’s capital on a short field trip to capture your images. Participants will then learn how to correctly develop film, make proof sheets and print individual images with creative freedom in the PhotoAccess darkroom. Film and paper included. No previous experience necessary. Check the website for full details. On Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 May from 10am-4pm (both days).

In The Spotlight

In The Spotlight is a series of talks at the National Portrait Gallery exploring culture and identity through the lens of performers who have lived and appeared in the spotlight. On Sunday 17 May, hear David McAllister, Artistic Director Australian Ballet on performance and portraiture.

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.


The Umbilical Brothers – KiDSHoW (Not suitable for children)

The Umbilical Brothers are back with a brand new show. It’s a Kids Show that contains violence, sexual references, drug taking and frequent coarse language. It is absolutely NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. With the best intentions in the world, Dane (David) and Shavid (Shane) come onstage to perform a fun show for the kids with singing, dancing, audience participation, and storytelling. Unfortunately the audience is made up of nothing but adults – and if there’s one thing adults don’t want to see, it’s a kid’s show. Tickets $44.90 concession and $46.90 adults. On Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 May at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Sydney Dance Company: Frame of Mind

Sydney Dance Company’s 2015 season bursts into life with a powerful double bill from two acclaimed choreographic talents: living legend William Forsythe and Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela. Appearing for its Australian premiere, Quintett is Forsythe’s tour de force; a rarely seen piece that’s delicate, tender and unsparing in its intensity and recognised as his most poignant masterpiece. Bonachela’s brand new piece Frame of Mind brings a very different perspective to these eternal themes, set to a soundtrack of original compositions. Bonachela delivers a performance of rare force and intensity. Tickets from Canberra Ticketing. Transaction fees apply. Opens Thursday 30 April and runs until Saturday 2 May at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Staring Out of Windows

Mim is a humanitarian worker from Canberra with a crazy full life interviewing women in Libya, tearing across Tunisia, or protesting in Tahrir Square. Commenting on the ‘revolutions’ in the Middle East and North Africa and what she is seeing and doing Mim starts to talk to her own deterioration. She notices how she is losing her hair, her bodily functions and her mind. Faced with the reality of the prison she has created for herself she determines to find a way out. Staring Out Of Windows is part of First Seen, The Street’s season of new works-in-progress. Tickets $15 includes complimentary drink on arrival.Box Office opens 90mins prior to the show. On Sunday 3 May from 3pm at The Street Theatre.


Superhero Theme Dress Up Dance Party

Bring the child in you back to life. Dress up in your favourite superhero costume for a theme dance event.  From Captain America to Spider-Man to X-Men to Cat Woman, this not to be missed dance event will knock your socks off and will be jam-packed with superhero characters from all genres. So what are you waiting for?  Make this your special occasion. Tickets $15 and includes a complimentary drink on arrival. Visit for details. On Saturday 2 May from 9pm onwards at Digress Cocktail Bar, Civic.

The Audreys

The Audreys are a folk-rock band from Adelaide. You probably know them, they’ve released four albums, won a bunch of awards and toured all ’round the world. There are two of them. Taasha sings and plays tiny guitars and keyboards. Tristan plays normal-sized guitars and doesn’t sing. Sometimes, they tell goofy stories about when they used to be married. The Audreys don’t need an excuse to hit the road, but as it happens they want to celebrate the release of their album “‘Til My Tears Roll Away” on vinyl. Come celebrate with them, who knows what you’ll be in for. Tickets available through The Abbey. On Friday 1 May from 6.30pm-11pm at The Abbey, Nicholls.

Performance: Fortuity

Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, Mirramu Dance Company and guests artists celebrate fifty years of contemporary dance in Australia with fortuitous micro performances incorporating historic repertoire and new site-specific responsive works at the National Portrait Gallery. On Saturday 2 May from 11am-1pm at National Portrait Gallery.

Igitur Nos Chamber Choir

Igitur Nos is a sublime chamber choir who will sing sumptuous sacred works in the ‘cathedral’ of the High Court of Australia. Lovers of the choral tradition will delight in over 1500 years of music from Gregorian chants, music from the Renaissance to the Romantics and beyond, including living composers. Led by Musical Director Matthew Stuckings, Igitur Nos are devoted to creating an exquisite blend and production, and high standards of musicianship and presentation. Bookings via their website necessary for entry. Seating not guaranteed. On Sunday 3 May from 1.30pm in Public Hall, High Court of Australia, Parkes. Doors open at noon.

African Children’s Choir Concert

The African Children’s Choir Concert offers a unique opportunity to experience the diversity of Ugandan music. The African Children’s Choir is comprised of orphaned and vulnerable children aged from 8-11 years from the disadvantaged Kampala and Luwero areas of Uganda. Their vibrancy, outstanding musical and dancing abilities captured the world’s imagination when they first started touring 30 years ago. Every year since the choir has toured North America and Europe to raise money for children’s education. The African Children’s Choir has become a mouthpiece for the plight of the many thousands of vulnerable children like them in Uganda.

Show One: Tickets $40 adults and $20 children. On 1 May from 7pm-9pm at Canberra Girls’ Grammar School, Deakin. Bookings can be made here.

Show Two: Tickets $35 members and adults (non-members) $39. On Saturday 2 May at Erindale Vikings Club, Wanniassa from 7.30pm-9pm. Bookings can be made here.

Downer Parties at the Shops

Residents of Downer are invited to a party at Downer Shops. Featuring live music, food and kids’ activities, it’s sure to be a fab day out in Downer! On Saturday 2 May from 10am to 2pm.

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. Free entry. Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm until 24 December at National Film and Sound Archive.

No Lights, No Lycra

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.

NLNL takes place in two locations across Canberra: Monday nights from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Mugga Mugga Scout Hall in Red Hill, and Wednesday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm at 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.

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 the first Friday of each month 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.


Return to ANZAC Cove – ‘Your Friend The Enemy’

During two expeditions in 2013 and 2014, groups of 13 Australian and New Zealand artists set up their easels in the Dardanelles, revisiting ‘the most sacred corner of Australian soil.’ Tens of thousands of young men lost their lives here during the 1914-18 war. The exhibition shows their vision of this landscape. On now until 17 May 2015 at Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street Canberra. Entry is free.


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, six 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.


Australia in the Great War

Australia in the Great War is the Australian War Memorial’s new exhibition in the First World War Galleries. Discover one of the world’s great collections of material related to the First World War. The First World War Galleries integrate a wide variety of items from this collection, including dioramas, art works; uniforms; medals; technology such as artillery and firearms; photographs; film; and letters and diaries.  The Australian War Memorial presents the story of Australia in the First World War chronologically, covering all major theatres of operations: Gallipoli, the Western Front, Sinai and Palestine and the war at sea. On display now until 1 January 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.

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. On display until 3 November 2015.

William Edwin Pidgeon (1909–1981), war correspondent and artist

William Edwin Pidgeon was a painter, cartoonist, illustrator, and newspaper critic. This exhibition presents a selection of the over 400 works by William Pidgeon held in the Australian War Memorial’s Art collection. The works relate to Pidgeon’s Second World War experiences in Darwin, New Guinea, Borneo and Morotai between 1943 to 1945. On display in the Second World War Galleries until 7 March 2016 at the Australian War Memorial.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects. On until 8 June at the National Portrait Gallery.

Uncommon Australians: The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

Uncommon Australians: The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling showcases portraits acquired through the generosity of the National Portrait Gallery’s Founding Patrons, L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC; and pays tribute to the Darlings’ persistence in turning their private dream of a gallery of portraits of ‘uncommon Australians’ into a tangible collection in a purpose-built home. Accompanied by a lavish catalogue, the exhibition tours to McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, Victoria, and the Tweed Regional Gallery, New South Wales. On now until 14 June at the National Portrait Gallery.

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

Ben Quilty toured Afghanistan in 2011 as the Australian War Memorial’s official war artist. His exhibition presents works of art developed from his experience.  “The portraits of these servicemen and servicemen move beyond the physical exterior of the subject to delve into emotions and experiences that lie below” Dr Brendan Nelson. On now until 27 May 2015 at the Australian War Memorial. Entry is free.

Alex Seton: As of today

See the remarkable sculptures that commemorate the lives of the 41 soldiers who lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan.  “The power of the sculpted flags is developed through the way their pale marble, slightly pink in hue and each imbued with blushes and veins represents an individual and a life lost in the line of duty” Dr Brendan Nelson. On now until 27 May 2015 at the Australian War Memorial. Entry is free.

Urban Suburban

Comprised entirely of works from the Canberra Museum and Gallery visual arts collection, this exhibition explores urban and suburban Canberra. The works examine Canberra as a town and a city independent of the national monuments that define it as the Nation’s Capital.

From black-and-white photographs of the city from the 1960s through to the work of contemporary artists examining life in the suburbs, the exhibition reveals the rituals and experiences that enrich life in Canberra and discovers thematic links between the diverse works in the Collection. Urban Suburban encompasses a range of media including printmaking, photography, painting and sculpture. On until 21 June 2015 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Art & Dementia: Portrait Conversations

Art and dementia – Portrait conversations is a special interactive tour for people living with dementia and their carer. The tour is free, bookings essential. On now until 19 May at the National Portrait Gallery.

Jenni Kemarre Martiniello: Reinventing the Weave

ReInventing the Weave features the sublime, hand blown woven glass sculptures of Jenni Kemarre Martiniello. Weaving has been a long and durable practice within Australian Indigenous Cultures. The artist’s works are inspired by, and draw upon, the beauty of traditional woven objects while paying respect to the elegant forms of these utilitarian vessels. The glass weave technique explores the geometry and precision of the traditional form, fusing it with the exquisite beauty of glass and light to celebrate the juncture of object and art. Curator: Kelli Cole. On now until 7 June 2015 at the Canberra Glassworks.

The Home Front: Australia during the First World War

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War, The Home Front looks at life back at home and the pride, sorrow, passion, wonder and joy experienced by those far from the battlefields. On display at the National Museum of Australia until 1 January 2017.

Through 23 personal stories, this exhibition explores Australians’ choices, opportunities and challenges in a time of heightened emotions. See the effects of war on those at home. Rediscover Prime Minister Billy Hughes’s determination to impose conscription on a divided nation, Basil Watson’s thrilling and ultimately tragic aerobatic displays in his homemade biplane, May Gibbs’s quaint postcards that carried messages of joy to soldiers and more.

Crisis 1914! The call to arms

Crisis 1914! The call to arms explores the political events which led to Australia’s involvement in the First World War, from outbreak of war in August to the first convoy’s departure in November 1914. In Australia’s first crisis as a new nation, we went willingly, even enthusiastically, into the war.

See the original cabinet table used in 1914, along with other memorabilia from the era which help to tell the story of Australia’s political journey.

This exhibition contributes to the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years of service by Australian servicemen and women, and the experience of war by all Australians.

At the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House until 5 August 2015.

Without Consent

Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices is now open at the National Archives.  An exhibition of moving experiences of heartbreak and resilience, shared by people impacted by Australia’s past adoption practices. This project has been assisted by the Department of Social Services. Open now until 19 July at the National Archives, Parkes.

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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