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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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The Multicultural Festival may be over, but the celebrations continue with the Old Bus Depot Markets’ International Day. Plus there are homegrown and international acts in town, an obstacle race with a difference, and much more. Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!

FIVE THINGS NOT TO MISS

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS – INTERNATIONAL DAY 

Celebrate Canberra’s rich and diverse multicultural community at the Old Bus Depot Markets’ International Day.

‘Travel the world’ within the market surrounds, exploring the many cultures which call the nation’s capital home. Sample an array of delicious multicultural foods. Be entertained by local ethnic music and dance groups performing traditional dances, and buy gifts handcrafted in faraway lands.

You’ll find African handcrafted statues, silk handbags from Thailand, Russian baboushka art, hand painted ceramic plates from Italy, French provincial tablecloths, Nepalese woollen hats, Indian block print textiles, Vietnamese lanterns and tasty dishes from Spain, Laos, Ethiopia, France and Mexico.

From 10am to 4pm this Sunday 21 February at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Visit obdm.com.au for more information.

CANBERRA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SHELL PROM PICNIC CONCERT

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) presents the 2016 Shell Picnic Concert– a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog’s landing on Australian soil.

Enjoy a highly entertaining program of music, including Australian favourites Westlake, Edwards and Hindson; and intriguing Dutch composers- Diepenbrock, van Anrooy and Wagenaar.

This is a family-friendly event where you can kick off your shoes, and enjoy a home-made picnic supper while the CSO plays. Alternatively, gourmet hampers are available for pre-order from Ginger Catering, and the SES will cook a deluxe barbeque on the day.

It’s all happening on Saturday 20 February at Government House, Dunrossil Drive, Yarralumla. Find out more at www.cso.org.au.

VICTORIAN PURSUIT

Fancy a close shave, or perhaps a tarot reading is more your style? Take a mug shot or adopt a gothic horror look – a night to get involved at the National Portrait Gallery‘s Friday Late Night Opening.

Each Friday there’s something different to thrill and chill – a bar for the thirsty, ‘sex, murder & mayhem’ tours of Sideshow Alley, live comedy, music, magic, barbers, tarot readers, horror make-up styling and a twisted art installation.

From 5pm to 8pm this Friday 19 February at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find out more at www.portrait.gov.au.

SWEET AND SOUR HISTORY

Join Chinese historians Barbara Nichol and Julie Stacker as they explore the establishment and nature of very early Chinese restaurant businesses, together with their food offerings, and the role they played in the history of Chinese migration to Australia.

By 1890, one third of all the cooks in Australia were Chinese—explore the history of Chinese foods, ideas and cuisine in the National Library of Australia’s Experience China: Chinese Food Culture weekend. Includes tasty treats and Chinese tea.

From 2pm to 3pm this Saturday 20 February in the National Library of Australia Conference Room, Level 4, Parkes Place, Parkes. Tickets available online at www.nla.gov.au/node/8693

OBSTASPLASH CANBERRA

Australia’s most epic inflatable obstacle course! The course spans 5km of flat grassland with 12 inflatable obstacles such as ObstaScream ObstaBlueBalls and ObstaDance stations (giant inflatable dance floors) with themed music to get your groove on.

The fun is happening from 8am to 2pm this Saturday 20 February at the Bungendore Showgrounds. Visit www.obstasplash.com for more information.

WEDDINGS

Poachers Pantry are holding their wedding open night on Wednesday 17 February at 6.30pm or 7.30pm, so brides and grooms to-be can find out exactly what a Poachers wedding looks, feels and tastes like. Taste a selection of canapés, try some Wily Trout wines and talk to the team about package options, available dates and special requests. Visit their website for more information.

FOOD & DRINKS

VICTORIAN PURSUIT

Fancy a close shave, or perhaps a tarot reading is more your style? Take a mug shot or adopt a gothic horror look – a night to get involved at the National Portrait Gallery‘s Friday Late Night Opening.

Each Friday there’s something different to thrill and chill – a bar for the thirsty, ‘sex, murder & mayhem’ tours of Sideshow Alley, live comedy, music, magic, barbers, tarot readers, horror make-up styling and a twisted art installation.

From 5pm to 8pm this Friday 19 February at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find out more at www.portrait.gov.au.

SUMMERSIDE FESTIVAL

The Summerside Festival is full of dining events celebrating local and seasonal produce, opportunities to taste the best of the region’s wines and exciting performances, events and nature experiences.

So grab your friends and family and discover summer in the capital region. Enjoy a lazy long lunch, or an afternoon of live music. Try a master class, or wine tasting and finish it all off with a twilight horse ride.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 28 February. Visit www.thepoachersway.com.au for a full program.

A CELESTIAL EVENING

Enjoy a delicious Chinese-inspired meal, a glass of champagne and a tour of the Celestial Empire exhibition by curator Nathan Woolley. Includes a signed copy of the exhibition’s companion publication.

6pm until late this Saturday 20 February at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Find out more at www.nla.gov.au. Bookings essential.

A. BAKER X EAT STREET

Set in the Old Oak Tree Courtyard and serving up aromatic street food to craft beers, enchanting sights and sounds of live performers, A. BAKER plays host to Canberra’s most interactive street style experience.

Every Friday from 6pm throughout Summer, entry is free.  Visit the website for more information.

Get along to the A. BAKER Old Oak Tree Courtyard, NewActon Pavilion, 15 Edinburgh Avenue, NewActon.

CANBERRA FOOD AND WINE EXPO

The Canberra Food and Wine Expo is an annual three-Day event dedicated to celebrity chefs, food and wine, cheese, cocktails and everything gourmet!

Businesses in all areas of gourmet food, exquisite wines, homewares and kitchenware come together to show you the latest products and ideas for you to try at home. Enjoy free tastings and samples from gourmet exhibitors inside the show.

From Friday 19 to Sunday 21 February at the National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra City.

Tickets from foodandwineexpo.com.au

FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS AT OPH

Spring is back, and so are Friday night drinks at Old Parliament House. Unwind from the week and kick-start the weekend with your colleagues, friends or significant other in the historic courtyard of Old Parliament House.

Enjoy live DJ, delicious snacks and chilled cocktails every Friday night until March. Visit www.moadoph.gov.au for more details.

At the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra.

 

SWEET AND SOUR HISTORY

Join Chinese historians Barbara Nichol and Julie Stacker as they explore the establishment and nature of very early Chinese restaurant businesses, together with their food offerings, and the role they played in the history of Chinese migration to Australia.

By 1890, one third of all the cooks in Australia were Chinese—explore the history of Chinese foods, ideas and cuisine in the National Library of Australia’s Experience China: Chinese Food Culture weekend. Includes tasty treats and Chinese tea.

From 2pm to 3pm this Saturday 20 February in the National Library of Australia Conference Room, Level 4, Parkes Place, Parkes. Tickets available online at www.nla.gov.au/node/8693

DELICIOUS AFTERDARK

Indulge in an exclusive evening of delicious food, fine wine and a unique after dark tour experience at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

These ‘adults only’ evenings combine a grazing menu featuring regional produce followed by a Ranger led night tour. There are also special guest presentations each night by winemakers and Floresco head chef, Ben Smith.

The evening starts with canapés on the deck and the menu is accompanied by Long Rail Gully wines, including their 2015 Riesling, Rose and Shiraz.

The next evenings will be held from 7pm on Friday 4 and 11 March at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. Bookings are essential and can be made at www.anbg.gov.au/gardens/whatson.

MUSIC & DANCE

GUY SEBASTIAN

 Guy Sebastian is back in Canberra. Along with his new hit single Black and Blue, Guy will be showcasing new songs from his forthcoming album and performing all his hits.

The “You…Me…Us” Tour sees Guy, Australia’s most successful male artist of all time, performing like you’ve never seen him before.

Catch Guy at 7pm on Tuesday 16 February at the National Convention Centre. Buy tickets online from ticketek.com.au.

HEATH CULLEN: OUTSIDERS ALBUM LAUNCH

Heath Cullen returns to the Street Theatre carrying his freshly minted third album, Outsiders. Recorded over just two days at the legendary Sing Sing studios with Elvis Costello’s longtime band The Imposters, this recording marks the first occasion that The Imposters as a unit have collaborated with a singer other than Costello. Heath launches Outsiders together with a five piece band, playing the album in its entirety along with a hand picked selection of fan favourites from his back catalogue.

Playing this Saturday 20 February at The Street Theatre. Tickets from www.thestreet.org.au.

ROB THOMAS

Rob Thomas— frontman, lead vocalist and key songwriter for Matchbox Twenty and major solo artist—returns to Canberra in support of his first solo album in more than six years, The Great Unknown. He’s supported by Pete Murray.

Playing 7:30pm Monday 22 February at the National Convention Centre. Tickets from ticketek.com.au.

CANBERRA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SHELL PROM PICNIC CONCERT

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) presents the 2016 Shell Picnic Concert– a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog’s landing on Australian soil.

Enjoy a highly entertaining program of music, including Australian favourites Westlake, Edwards and Hindson; and intriguing Dutch composers- Diepenbrock, van Anrooy and Wagenaar.

This is a family-friendly event where you can kick off your shoes, and enjoy a home-made picnic supper while the CSO plays. Alternatively, gourmet hampers are available for pre-order from Ginger Catering, and the SES will cook a deluxe barbeque on the day.

It’s all happening on Saturday 20 February at Government House, Dunrossil Drive, Yarralumla. Find out more at www.cso.org.au

CELERBRATING CALVIN BOWMAN’S WORKSHOP

Acclaimed composer Calvin Bowman will perform a concert of his music with selected artists on  at the Wesley Music Centre. This will be a farewell concert for Calvin as he leaves Canberra after his years of residence here.

It will also be a fundraiser for The Verandah, a community outreach jointly operated by Canberra Baptist, St Paul’s Anglican and Wesley Uniting Churches to provide food and company in the Stuart Flats in Griffith.

Performing from 3pm on Sunday February 21 from 3pm at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest. Get your tickets from www.trybooking.com/ICFP or at the door. Visit www.wesleycanberra.org.au/music for more information.

DARK DISCO

Dark Disco is a casual weekly dance event held in a dimly lit room. The lights are off and the music is up for one hour so that you can dance like nobody’s watching to everything from old stuff to dance, pop, rock, hip hop, Triple J tunes to super cheesy Top 40.

It’s light enough so that you can see the silhouettes of people around you, but dark enough so that you can’t make out their awesome dance moves!

Dark Disco is $5 and held every Monday from 7 till 8pm (except public holidays) on Level 2 of The Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street Civic.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

Q&A WITH HELEN MORSE

One of Australia’s leading film and stage actresses, Helen Morse will join local film historian and producer Andrew Pike for a special evening at the National Film and Sound Archive that will look back on her career through a series of clips and a Q&A.

Helen’s career is extensive and stretches from film and television to the stage. First known for her award-winning roles in the resurgence of the Australian film industry in the 70’s and 80’s – Picnic At Hanging RockCaddieA Town Like Alice her career has been diverse and ongoing.

From 5:30pm on Thursday 18 February at the National Film and Sound Archives, 1 McCoy Circuit, Acton. Tickets are $10 and are available to purchase online now at www.trybooking.com/kbcw.

QUESTION TIME WITH KAREN VIGGERS

What do you get when you ask a prominent someone twenty rapid-fire, unrehearsed questions? Truth, dare, obfuscation or heartfelt honesty?

Muse are putting journalists, thinkers, writers, bureaucrats, artists, and maybe even the odd politician under a dim interrogation lamp to dig a bit deeper and maybe find out a secret or two.

The series starts with local author Karen Viggers, who has written books including The Grass Castle, The Lightkeeper’s Wife and The Stranding.

From 3:30pm this Sunday 21 February at Muse Canberra, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston. Tickets are $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink). Visit www.musecanberra.com.au for more information.

NGA 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.

ART AND DEMENTIA TOUR

Join this free and interactive tour for people living with dementia and their carer at the National Portrait Gallery. Explore portraits and share stories with Gallery staff.

Running at 11am on Tuesday 16 February at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Bookings Required. 

PORTRAIT ENCOUNTER: LISTENING LIGHT – SIMON MORDANT  

Meet for conversation and sharing of ideas around Listening to Light: Simon Mordant by Chloe Vallance. Facilitated by National Portrait Gallery staff, Portrait Encounter is designed to create in depth discussion around artists, subjects, technique and biography.

Running at 1pm this Thursday 18 February at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Bookings are essential.

THE BRITISH ENCOUNTER: THE CELESTIAL EMPIRE

In The British Encounter, Benjamin Penny, Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU, discusses how two cultures met on the southern coast of China and how the encounter had a profound effect half a world away.

Starts at 6pm this Thursday 18 February at National Library of Australia Conference Room, Level 4, Parkes Place, Parkes. Find out more at www.nla.gov.au/event/the-british-encounter.

SEX, MURDER AND MAYHEM TOURS

The Sideshow Alley exhibition’s adults-only accompaniment, replete with grim and grisly tales; not for the young or faint of heart! Exhibition ticket required.

From 6.30-7.pm this Friday 19 February at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Book your tickets at www.portrait.gov.au.

PU’ERH TEA: ANCIENT CARAVANS AND URBAN CHIC

Join anthropologist Jinghong Zhang as she presents a vivid account of the transformation of a cottage handicraft into a major industry—with predictable risks and unexpected consequences.

Jinghong Zhang is a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University. Her doctoral research explored how Pu’erh tea was manipulated to become a popular beverage in twenty-first century China.

From 2pm to 3pm this Sunday 21 February in the National Library of Australia Conference Room, Level 4, Parkes Place, Parkes. Bookings essential at www.nla.gov.au/node/8696.

FILM

FOR THE TERM OF HIS NATURAL LIFE 

The National Portrait Gallery is continuing is free film screenings this Summer—get along for Australian classic, For the Term of his Natural Life (G).

Screening at 3pm this Saturday 20 February at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Limited places. No bookings required. Donations welcome.Find out more at www.portrait.gov.au

BEN AND JERRY’S OPEN AIR CINEMA

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are a quintessential outdoor event, with feature films lighting up a huge movie screen from dusk. Cinemagoers can chill out before their movie with some tasty food and frosty beverages from the licensed bar, while relaxing to sounds from the best of the Australian and New Zealand music scene and sets from the most exciting emerging local musicians.

Screening Tuesday through Sunday nights until Sunday 21 February at Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema, Patrick White Lawns near the National Library. Find out more at openaircinemas.com.au.

SPORT, LEISURE & WELLBEING

DRAGONS ABREAST

Dragons Abreast is a dragonboat team for women (and men) who are breast cancer survivors, and who get together and paddle in a boat on Lake Burley Griffin for fun, fitness and camaraderie.

You don’t need to be physically fit – the dragonboating sessions will get you that way! There is no age barrier – there are women from early 30s to 80 years of age. If you are unable to swim, life jackets are supplied. Paddles will also be supplied to be used on the day and afterwards.

There will be a short welcome and demonstration, then about a 30-minute paddle, then a delicious morning tea.

Join the fun from 9am to 11am this Saturday 20 February at Lotus Bay, Lake Burley Griffin, beside the Southern Cross Yacht Club. Contact Elly McGinness for more information at [email protected]

OBSTASPLASH CANBERRA

Australia’s most epic inflatable obstacle course! The course spans 5km of flat grassland with 12 inflatable obstacles such as ObstaScream ObstaBlueBalls and ObstaDance stations (giant inflatable dance floors) with themed music to get your groove on.

The fun is happening from 8am to 2pm this Saturday 20 February at the Bungendore Showgrounds. Visit www.obstasplash.com for more information.

UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA CAPITALS VS BENDIGO

Join the University of Canberra Capitals as they enter their 30th WNBL season and eighth Championship title tilt.

Be there as stars Steph Talbot, Jess Bibby and Carly Wilson lead the UC Caps to the playoffs.

Game starts at 7pm this Saturday 20 February at AIS Arena, Leverrier Street, Bruce. Find out more at www.experienceais.com

THE FIT MUSE – SOCIAL RUNNING CLUB

Meet every Saturday morning at 8:15am out the front of Muse in Kingston for an 8:30am start. It’s an easy 5km run up through Telopea Park, along the shore of Lake Burley Griffin up to the NGA and back again. All levels welcome and there are additional challenges for the more experienced runner.

At 8:30am every Saturday Morning. FREE.

HEALTH HARMONY SOUL FESTIVAL

The Health Harmony Soul Festival offers three days of health, wellbeing and spirituality. Get guidance from keynote speakers and a specialised selection of health and wellbeing exhibitors showcasing their products and services. Find your pathway to inner peace, health and happiness. Buy gifts, book a massage, psychic reading or simply browse the aisles to chat to exhibitors.

From Friday 19 to Sunday 21 February at National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra City. Buy tickets from healthharmonysoul.com.au or at the door.

MARKETS

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS – INTERNATIONAL DAY 

Celebrate Canberra’s rich and diverse multicultural community at the Old Bus Depot Markets’ International Day.

‘Travel the world’ within the market surrounds, exploring the many cultures which call the nation’s capital home. Sample an array of delicious multicultural foods. Be entertained by local ethnic music and dance groups performing traditional dances, and buy gifts handcrafted in faraway lands.

You’ll find African handcrafted statues, silk handbags from Thailand, Russian baboushka art, hand painted ceramic plates from Italy, French provincial tablecloths, Nepalese woollen hats, Indian block print textiles, Vietnamese lanterns and tasty dishes from Spain, Laos, Ethiopia, France and Mexico.

From 10am to 4pm this Sunday 21 February at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Visit obdm.com.au for more information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS

The Southside Farmers Market is a village market that provides all the fresh food that you need for your weekly shop. The market has a great range of fresh, seasonal produce from around 60 stallholders each week – including fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat, fish, honey, bread, gourmet treats and much more.

Open every Sunday morning from 8am until 11:30am at CIT Southside Campus, corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Ainsworth Street, Phillip. Visit the website for more information.

EAT LOCAL FRIDAYS – FARMERS MARKETS

Eat Local Fridays is a brand new farmers’ market to hit Canberra. Held every Friday, buy chemical and GMO-free produce directly from the grower and makers.

On from 2.30pm to 7pm each Friday at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. Visit www.eatlocalmovement.org for more information.

CAPITAL REGION FARMERS MARKETS

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.

KIDS

CELESTIAL EMPIRE FAMILY ROOM

Use your imagination in this hands-on, interactive area to explore life during China’s last imperial dynasty. Kids and parents can contribute to a giant collaborative dragon artwork. Other activities will include puppeteering, craft, and colouring with ample space to curl up with a Chinese storybook.

The Family Room is open until March 24 and March 26 to May 22 2016 at the National Library of Australia. Find out more at www.nla.gov.au.

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.

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.

Open from 9am to 5pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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 two 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.

SPIDERS AT QUESTACON

Imagine if you could taste with your fingers and hear with your hair! Spiders – a joint exhibition between Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre and the Australian Museum will help you to unlock the secretive world of these captivating creatures.

Featuring up to 200 spider specimens including live Australian tarantulas, funnel-webs, redbacks and giant water spiders you will learn there is more than meets the eye to these beautiful creatures.

Open every day from 9am to 5pm until 9 October at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. For more information see www.questacon.edu.au.

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Take your little ones along to the Australian National Botanic Gardens for some fun with stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities brought to life by the ACT Storytellers. An engaging treat for pre-school children, parents and carers.

First Friday of the month (different theme each month) and commences at 10am (duration one hour). Tickets are $5 per child and bookings are not required. Visit www.anbg.gov.au for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

FOR PURPOSE SUMMER SCHOOL

The For Purpose Summer School is a three-day event for change makers across the country. The Summer School will focus on communications, strategy and advocacy. More than 20 speakers will be involved from organisations including GetUp!, Alzheimer’s Australia, the National Heart Foundation, YWCA Canberra and many more!

On 9am to 5pm from Wednesday 17 to Friday 19 February at CBR Innovation Network, Level 1, 5 Moore Street, Canberra. Visit the website for more information www.forpurposeaus.com.

EXHIBITIONS

COLLECTING NOSTALGIA

Collecting Nostalgia explores ideas about collecting and art making, through the humble glass marble. Marbles can showcase great technical artistry, but they are also treasured objects imbued with memory. Canberra Glassworks has invited nine artists from across Australia to respond to the notion of collecting, using marbles as inspiration.

Showing at Canberra Glassworks until 24 April.

WENDY SADDINGTON: UNDERGROUND ICON

Artist Peter Maloney first saw Wendy Saddington perform in Canberra when he was around 17 years of age. He became a lifelong admirer and then friend of the singer and amassed an extensive personal archive of material relating to this iconic Australian performer. Using material from Maloney’s archive, the exhibition follows the development of Saddington’s career as a cult celebrity and a key figure in Australian popular music history.

Showing until 17 April at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

MAGNIFIED

Celebrate 12 years of The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize at the National Archives of Australia. Enjoy incredible prize-winning artworks exhibited alongside inspiring historical content from the collections of the National Archives of Australia and the South Australian Museum.

Open daily from 9am to 5pm, except Christmas Day and Good Friday, until March 28 at National Archives of Australia. Free entry.

THE BALD ARCHY PRIZE 2016

Watson Arts Centre once again presents the Bald Archy Prize, that eccentric icon of the Australian art calendar. Created in 1994 as a spoof of another more serious competition, the Bald Archy Prize provides a genuine opportunity for artists of all styles and standards to create portrait paintings of humour, dark satire, light comedy or caricature.

Showing daily, 10am to 4pm, until 14 March at the Watson Arts Centre. See www.canberrapotters.com.au for more information.

TOM ROBERTS

Experience the work of legendary Australian artist Tom Roberts this summer at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra. This extraordinary exhibition brings together Tom Roberts’ most famous paintings. Paintings such as Shearing the rams (1888-90) and A break away! (1891) are among the nation’s best known works of art.

Showing daily from 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day) until 28 March at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Book tickets at www.ticketek.com.au.

CAPITAL AND COUNTRY: THE FEDERATION YEARS 1900-1914

This exhibition celebrates the art of the newly-federated Australia alongside the work of Australians working in Europe during these formative years of the new century. The paintings by twenty-five Australians invite viewers on a journey through the era and around the world, from patriotic visions of the Australian bush to the bohemian enclaves of London and Paris where sumptuous portraits were produced.

Showing until Sunday 21 February at Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit Civic Square, Canberra City. Find out more at www.cmag.com.au

FLY AWAY HOME

Visit the National Portrait Gallery to see poet Subhash Jaireth and cellist David Pereira respond to the self-portraits of Bert Flugelman and Stella Bowen.

From 2pm to 2:30pm this Sunday 21 February at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Canberra. Find out more at www.portrait.gov.au.

NITTY GRITTY – ON THE FRONT LINES

Nitty Gritty is an insight into the creative expression from some of the front line community workers in Canberra. Where the rubber meets the road at the crucible of community work can be an intense and rewarding experience as supporting people in crisis is the job. Creative outlets from these frontline workers have birthed the art of this exhibition, a wide range of styles and mediums.

Open until Friday 19 February at Belconnen Community Services, 26 Chandler Street, Belconnen.

UNDER EMBARGO

In a national premier, 11 honours students and two professors from the University of Canberra (UC) will reveal a diverse range of creative design responses to some of Australia’s most immediate cultural, social and innovation challenges.

Visionary is the Gallery of Australian Design’s latest exhibition, addressing issues such as the improvement of Australia’s wellbeing, promoting stronger student literacy engagement among students and enabling the elderly to re-engage with their community through design.

Open 9am to 5pm until 27 February at the Gallery of Australian Design, 47 Jardine St. Kingston.  

THROUGH SPACE AND TIME

Through Space & Time is a showcase of select abstract graphite drawings and acrylic on canvas artworks that span the last three years of Justin Andrew’s career.

Showing until 3 April at Suki & Hugh Gallery, 38A Gibraltar Street Bungendore. Visit www.sukihugh.com.au for more information.

THE LAST TEMPTATION: THE ART OF KEN AND JULIA YONETANI

Chandeliers made from uranium glass representing nuclear-powered nations and a nine-metre banquet table made entirely of salt feature in the first large survey show of internationally acclaimed Japanese and Australian artist collaborators Ken + Julia Yonetani atNational Gallery of Australia (NGA) Contemporary. Ken + Julia Yonetani’s installation is a provocative response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident.

Showing until 27 March at NGA Contemporary, Parkes.

HOME IN TIME

Home in Time was inspired by a book written for the centenary of Canberra. 100 Canberra Houses: A Century of Capital Architecture by Tim Reeves and Alan Roberts surveys Canberra’s domestic culture from 1913 – 2013. Ten homes from the book have been selected for this exhibition. They demonstrate a variety of themes, from public service inundation to architectural innovation and date back to the foundation of Canberra’s urban environment.

Showing until 24 March at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

SIDESHOW ALLEY: INFAMY, MACABRE AND THE PORTRAIT

Featuring a spooky and sometimes disquieting selection of portraits, Sideshow Alley maps the various ways in which artists, photographers and entrepreneurs used portraits of Australian convicts and criminals: the canny publishers trading in salacious prints and penny dreadfuls; the studios doing a brisk trade in portraits of heroes and villains; and the waxworks proprietors who, with their ‘Chambers of Horrors’, turned violence, scandal and misfortune unto a lucrative art form.

Showing until Sunday 28 February at the National Portrait Gallery. 

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.

On display now until January 1 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.

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 at the Australian War Memorial.

ENCOUNTERS

This not-to-be-missed exhibition reveals the powerful stories of rare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum’s unparalleled collection. Encounters also features contemporary works produced by the Indigenous communities from which the British Museum’s objects were originally acquired. Many of the objects from the British Museum have not been seen in Australia since they were first acquired during contact between early settlers and First Australians.

On show until 28 March at the National Museum of Australia. Entry is free. Timed tickets are available at the door but we recommend you book online.

ART IS A WEAPON

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.

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

MAGNA CARTA – AN AUSTRALIAN STORY

This exhibition celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, one of the most famous and significant documents for democracy and human rights around the world. First written in 1215, it set down rules limiting the power of the monarchy and safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms. This exhibition explores the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

KANINJAKU

Kaninjaku explores the history of the Canning Stock Route. Stories of contact, conflict and survival are featured in a striking new exhibition, Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route.

Showing at the National Museum of Australia until 12 August.

OTHER EXHIBITIONS

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

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