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This Week in The Can
It’s a short week but bound to be a good one with plenty to explore, visit and see in and around our city.
Book in for a show or two at the Canberra Theatre or grab your tickets to see Christine Anu perform at The Street Theatre. Take part in one of the many fundraising events taking place this week and support a good cause before rounding out your week with the Brumbies when they take on the Crusaders at GIO Stadium.
There’s also plenty to do for theatre goers and exhibitions galore for the art lovers. Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!
YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS…
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.
MARKETS, FESTIVALS & EXPOS
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.
FOOD & WINE
Head to the Whisky Room for a drink, a good meal, and an irreverent theme-driven talk-show called KindaThinky. Explore the theme of pain in OUCH. People kinda secretly like pain (but not cos we’re, like, freaks or nuthin). We’re interested in pain cos there’s so many kinds. You know, like physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual pain. And probably others, too. We also know that some pain is good for us because at the gym they’ve told us that pain is just weakness leaving the body. Are you buying it? Arrive early for a meal and drink downstairs beforehand. Tickets $16.30 per person online or $25 at the door if tickets still available. On Wednesday 10 June from 7pm for a 7.30pm start at The Whisky Room at Civic Pub, Braddon.
Canberra Truffle Hunts
Rug up for a wintery experience and take a Canberra Truffle Hunt in the oak forest on Canberra’s only trufferie; Ruffells Estate. Follow the truffle dogs as they sniff out prized black Perigord truffles. These exceptionally talented dogs roam amongst the farm’s 2,500 trees to find a piece of ‘black magic’. Once the perfect truffle is found, head back into the warmth of the truffle shed to discover the secrets to using this highly prized delicacy. Choose from Truffle Hunts, A Twilight Hunt and Cook or the Weekend Hunt and Cook. Hunts: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays. Brunch, Hunt & Cook: Saturdays. Lunch, Hunt & Cook: Saturdays & Sundays. Twilight, Hunt & Cook: Fridays. Tours available until 14 August. Book online.
An Intro to the Poacher’s Pantry Smokehouse
Have you ever wondered how meat is smoked, and how it absorbs all of those wonderful flavours? Canberra Environment Centre were curious also, so they’ve collaborated with Poacher’s Pantry to bring you an “Intro to the Smokehouse”. Susan Bruce, of Poacher’s Pantry fame, will walk you through the process of smoking meat and explain how they encourage the development of all those wonderful flavours like black tea and cloves. Includes a tasting of wine and smoked meats. Tickets are $80 per person, non-refundable and available through the Canberra Environment Centre.On Friday 12 June from 3pm to 4.30pm.
Traditional Ferments and Probiotic Food Workshop
If you’ve been curious about raw cultured fruit and vegetables but felt unsure about how to bring these foods into your life, then this is the workshop for you. From dry-salting cabbage to make sauerkraut, to fermenting seasonal fruits into delicious fizzy drinks, this workshop will cover a variety of traditional ferments and methods. Discussions about how these foods provide your gut flora with abundant friendly micro-organisms that help digest food, eliminate toxins, and improve your immunity, and a great way to extend the life of your produce will also be had. Cost is $99 per person with ticket registrations available through Try Booking or phone 0410 062 502 for more information. On Sunday 14 June from 10am to 1.30pm in Burra, New South Wales.
Help Save the Orangutans Trivia Night
Put a team together and help save the orangutans at The Orangutan Project trivia night. With eight rounds of questions on a variety of topics, there’ll be prizes awards to the two top teams along with a wooden spoon prize. One “joker card” per table for bonus points (to be nominated by team for a round at the beginning of the night). Answers can be bought for $5 (one answer per round) (this is a fun night to raise funds!). Meals and drinks available at the club (not included in ticket price). There will also be a Silent Auction, orangutan merchandise and adoptions for sale, raffle and games. Jungle attire encouraged – prize for best dressed. All profits go to The Orangutan Project with tickets available online or phone 0417 025 935. On Saturday 13 June from 6pm to 10pm at Eastlake Football Club, Oxley Street Griffith.
Feel the Vibe forum
Australia has come a long way towards including people with disabilities in the community, but sexuality still remains a taboo topic. To address this issue one of the country’s largest disability service providers – Northcott, has launched a ground breaking expo called Feel the Vibe. This expo aims to give people with physical disabilities who are aged 18 and over the chance to access information to help them engage more fully in this area. The Feel the Vibe event will be held over 2 days in two locations and will provide a safe place to raise questions, discuss any concerns and generate new ideas by boosting confidence in what can be achieved. On Friday 12 June from 10am to 2pm at Premier Hotel & Apartments, Benjamin Way Belconnen. For more information and ticket prices visit the website.
OUTDOORS & TOURS
afterDARK Lantern Tours
afterDARK Lantern Tours are a wonderful way to spend a winter evening in the nation’s capital. Participate in a lantern making workshop then embark on a fascinating night tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens with your own ranger guide. Bookings are essential by phoning (02) 6250 9588. Not suitable for children under five years. On Saturday 4 July and 1 August from 6.30pm at Australian National Botanic Gardens.
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.
Mt Stromlo Observatory May Public Night
Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society invite you to the May public observation night. See the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon and beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night, there will be talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory and observations on several telescopes. In the event of cloudy weather, star gazing will be cancelled but the talks will occur regardless of the weather. Check the weather using the Mt. Stromlo all-sky camera on their website. Warm clothing is recommended.
Little children and their parent (or carer) are invited to join an experienced Learning Facilitator at the National Portrait Gallery for playful activities in the galleries exploring faces, colour, sound and movement in the portraits with the Little Faces program. This 30-minute event is ideal for children from the ages of 6 months to 3 years. It’s followed by morning tea in the cafe. Bookings essential. On until Thursday 5 August (9.30am and 10.30am) at the National Portrait Gallery.
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 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.
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.
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Pain in the brain: the overlap between physical, social and empathy for pain
The Academy of Science, Australia’s premier scientific organisation, holds monthly public talks to challenge and stimulate the mind. This month: Pain in the brain: the overlap between physical, social and empathy for pain. Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon will discuss how our brain processes types of pain and how they may be linked to the same brain processes as when we hurt ourselves. Come experience the heritage-listed Canberra Icon, the Shine Dome and listen to some of Australia’s leading scientific minds. Tickets $6 per person online. On Tuesday 9 June from 5.30pm with lecture and live streaming from 6pm to 7pm at The Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Acton.
SPORT & LEISURE
Quad Save the Queen: A colony-wide roller derby tournament
Canberra Roller Derby League (CRDL) presents Quad Save The Queen on the Queen’s Birthday weekend. This epic event guarantees two tracks and three days of explosive roller derby from twelve teams from across Australia and New Zealand! Knock-out structure means there is no predicting who will conquer all and rise to the throne. On until Monday 8 June at Southern Cross Basketball Stadium, Tuggeranong. Tickets $15. Check the website for times.
Brumbies v Crusaders
See the Brumbies take on the Crusaders 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 available from Ticketek but transaction fees apply. On Saturday 13 June with a 3.30pm kick off at GIO Stadium, Bruce.
WORKSHOPS & TALKS
Curator Talk: Ben Quilty – After Afghanistan and Alex Seton: As of Today
Join a curator for a free tour of the Australian War Memorial’s exhibitions of Ben Quilty’s work created as an official war artist in Afghanistan, and sculptures by Alex Seton created in response to the Australian losses in this conflict. Meet in the Special Exhibitions Gallery of the Australian War Memorial. On until 17 June with talks on Wednesday 12pm and Sunday 14 June from 12pm.
Canberra (Ainslie) Toastmasters
Canberra (Ainslie) Toastmasters is conducting a public speaking and presentation skills workshop on aspects of effective communications at Ainslie Football Club, Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie from 5.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday 9 June. Free for visitors.
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.
STAGE & FILM
Frackman The Movie
Frackman is an Australian film about ordinary Australians caught up in a modern day multinational “gas rush” to secure and exploit coal seam gas. It follows Dayne ‘Frackman’ Pratzky in a five year David-and-Goliath battle after the gas company turned up at his property demanding to install wells. After a sellout first screening in April, Frackman is returning to Canberra for one night, with a special expert panel Q&A session afterwards! If you’ve ever wanted to know more about fracking – the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground to release natural gas – now’s your chance. Tickets $20 available online. On Monday 15 June from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Dendy Canberra.
MUSIC, DANCE & MORE
Songs in the Key of Motown
Two of the best and biggest Las Vegas soul shows are coming together again and bringing with them the best in soul and Motown music. Transporting audiences back to the era where The Temptations, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Martha and The Vandellas, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles reigned supreme, Songs in the Key of Motown will literally leave you breathless! Tickets from Canberra Ticketing. Transaction fees apply. Tickets start from $43.50 for children and $70 for adult, and available through Canberra Theatre. On Wednesday 10 June from 7pm at The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre.
Ergarr & The Golden Age
When Richard Egarr, the director of the Academy of Ancient Music, toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) in 2012, they fell in love with his music-making. Intelligent, irreverent and bristling with energy, he brought new life to forgotten gems. Hearing the music of Henry Purcell and William Lawes on the ACO’s burgeoning collection of 17th- and 18th-century instruments is like travelling in time. Led by a master of historically informed performance, Bach and Haydn will be a revelation. Tickets available online. On Saturday 13 June from 8pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU.
Christine Anu celebrates 20 Years since Stylin’ Up made its mark on Australian Music. Audiences will be entertained with Christine’s hit songs Island Home, Party, Monkey and the Turtle, and Wanem Time as well as the full repertoire of songs from the album that started it all! Christine will also surprise audiences with other favourite tunes from her illustrious and successful career as one of Australia’s most well-known, loved and respected Indigenous artists. Tickets $45 and available from The Street Theatre. On Saturday 13 June from 8pm at The Street Theatre.
See Australia’s rising master of pop Andy Bull on the Talk Too Much tour. Nominated for two ARIA Awards (Best Pop Release; Breakthrough Artist), polling three times in the past two Hottest 100, and acclaimed as one of the surprise hits of the Laneway Festival, Andy Bull is one of the country’s most promising songwriters. Andy will be ably supported by emerging stars Cub Sport who established themselves with the release of their debut single Evie under original name Cub Scouts. On Friday 12 June from 8pm till late at ANU Union Bar, ANU. Tickets $30 from Ticketek.
Presented as part of the Capital Jazz Project, acclaimed Queensland musicians Berardi, Foran and Karlen explore themes of hope, fear, separation, loss, love and conditions of war through songs that use elements of jazz and folk music in an intensely intimate and moving way. A series of new work for piano, voice and saxophone drawing inspiration from ANZAC letters, this truly collaborative trio have a remarkable stylistic affinity. Their combined experience is formidable, with performances around Europe, UK, Japan, USA, Canada, China and South America. On Monday 8 June from 2pm at The Street Theatre. Bookings online.
Divergence Jazz Orchestra
Led by Canberra born and bred composer/conductor Jenna Cave, alongside Sydney trombonist Paul Weber, Divergence Jazz Orchestra displays a wide repertoire of all-Australian music and showcases Cave’s own compositions. Known for their joy and exuberance with a focus on toe-tapping rhythms, captivating melodies and expressive orchestrations, the work draws from a wide range of influences including African music, contemporary jazz, New Orleans grooves and 20th century and impressionist composers. Tickets $25. On Monday 8 June from 4pm at The Street Theatre. Bookings online.
Let your creative juices flow at the National Portrait Gallery! Pick up a pencil and enjoy the experience of drawing while listening to local musicians. Free. Ideal for all ages and abilities. All materials are provided. On Sunday 28 June with Anton Wurzer, piano accordion; and Sunday 9 August with Carlos Perez, classical guitar at the National Portrait Gallery. Free entry.
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.
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.
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.
Streetwise: Contemporary Print Culture
Streetwise: Contemporary Print Culture presents more than 40 of Australia’s current contemporary printmakers at the National Gallery of Australia’s newest space for art in Canberra; NGA Contemporary. The exhibition is bright, colourful, graphic and surveys the last 15 years of exciting Australian printmaking. Digital prints, video, zines and textiles are some of the many techniques on display from artists including eX de Medici, Mike Parr, Heather B Swann, Sarah Contos, Minna Gilligan, Brent Harris and Marian Tubbs. On until 8 August at the National Gallery of Australia.
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.
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.
For a comprehensive round up of smaller exhibitions around town, visit Capital Magazine.
The story of Rama Indian miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi
Now on at the National Gallery of Australia, The story of Rama: Indian Miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi exhibition explores one of the world’s great epics, Ramayana, a tale of love, loyalty, betrayal and victory of good over evil. It follows the story of the hero Rama, an exemplary prince, admired for his honour, valour and compassion. Great adventure unfolds when Rama’s beloved wife Sita is abducted by Ravana, the ten-headed demon king of Lanka. On display until 23 August at the National Gallery of Australia.
Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving Photographic Exhibition on display at the High Court of Australia
The High Commission of Canada is pleased to announce the photographic exhibition Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving will be on display at the High Court of Australia in Canberra. This bilingual exhibition of contemporary photographs of the Canadian Arctic from Canadian Geographic Magazine gives a glimpse into the lives of Northerners, and offers perspectives on the environment and activities that help shape and influence the diverse circumpolar region. Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving Photographic Exhibition is on until 2 July and open Monday through Friday from 9.45am to 4.30pm and admission is free.
Simple Moments, Fascinating People presents the simple and seemingly inconsequential instances of a life in situ. These moments aren’t landmarks in each story, yet they tell a lot about each character. Our cultures condition us to have high expectations of our purpose in life. We want to change the world and influence our situation. As we grow, we realise that we may only achieve part of those great ambitions. The ensuing disappointment can leave a melancholy as we attempt to adjust our expectations. This exhibition promotes the modest and seemingly insignificant moments that contribute to the rich experience of life. On until 8 June at The Front Gallery.
A Time and Place | Group exhibition
In 2014/15 PhotoAccess ran the ten-month long Personal Photography Project workshop (culminating in this group exhibition) which provided a supportive environment for Canberra-based emerging photographers to develop a project of their choice. A Time and Placeshowcases works by nine participants of the Personal Photography Project: Phil Carter, Lori Cicchini, Julie Garran, Susan Henderson, Andrée Lawrey, Annette Lock, Kim Psaila, Thomas Varendorff and Pavel Vrzala. Runs until 28 June. Artist talks take place at 2pm Sunday 28 June.
X-rated: the sex industry in the ACT
Since the 1980s Canberra has been synonymous with sex in the minds of many Australians. Twenty years have passed since it became legal to sell X-rated videos in the Australian Capital Territory. The adult industry has gone through periods of growth, boom and, many would argue, bust. This exhibition explores the evolution of Canberra’s sex industry over the past 50 years. The public is warned that some material displayed in this exhibition may cause offence. Persons under 18 years of age may not enter this exhibition. On until 20 September at Canberra Museum and Gallery.
Revealing the Rothschild Prayer Book (c.1505–1510 from the Kerry Stokes Collection)
An acknowledged masterpiece of Renaissance manuscript illumination, the Rothschild Prayer Book has remained the preserve of a privileged few. With its recent acquisition for the Kerry Stokes Collection, this historic book of hours will be on public display with a selection of the National Library of Australia’s medieval and Renaissance treasures. Open until 9 August from 10am to 5pm every day at the National Library of Australia. Visit the website for ticket prices.
Colour my world: Australian photography
Colour My World is the National Gallery of Australia’s first exhibition dedicated to the handcoloured photograph. It draws together new acquisitions and rarely seen works from the National Collection. These photographs challenge the medium’s technical sameness by personalising the print and imbuing it with individuality and uniqueness as well as an intimacy, warmth and fallibility. On until 30 August at National Gallery of Australia. Free entry.
Australian Paintings from the James and Jacqui Erskine Collection
This selection of Australian works from the James and Jacqui Erskine collection testifies to a breadth of taste and confidence of judgement. See paintings by Lloyd Rees, Kevin Connor, Brian Blanchflower, Emily Kngwarreye, Ildiko Kovacs, Chris Langois, Rosalie Gascoigne, Karl Wiebke, Allan Mitelman, John Olsen, George Tjangurrayi, Aida Tomescu, David Serisier, Prince of Wales, Lucy Culliton, and Virginia Coventry, among others. This is the first time that such a large portion of the invigoratingly various Erskine collection has been on public view. On until 28 June (12pm-5pm) at the Drill Hall Gallery, ANU. Free entry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. On display at the National Museum of Australia until 1 January 2017.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.