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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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The end of June may be approaching fast, but winter is here to stay for another two months. But rather than hiding away in the warmth of your home, embrace the cold season and explore all that our city has to offer.

There’s 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…

Kelly

Kelly is the latest achievement of Brisbane-based playwright Matthew Ryan (boy girl wall, Sacré Bleu). It is masterfully balanced with light and shade, and the quick-fire banter between the characters resonates with a crass but irresistible brand of Australian humour. Ned Kelly sits in a grimy cell at Old Melbourne Gaol on the night before his execution. His brother and fellow gang member Dan, who Ned believes died at the siege of Glenrowan reappears seeking forgiveness. Kelly is a fast moving, action-packed story which portrays the infamous cult heroes in a totally new light. On Wednesday 24 to Saturday 27 June with both evening and matinee shows at The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre. Visit the website for tickets and sessions.

Skate in the City

Enjoy a winter wonderland in the heart of Canberra and Skate in the City on an open air ice skating rink. This month long event features cultural Sundays and dress up nights for the whole family. Other attractions include Family Markets with food and kid’s activities, snow box, winter themed photo booth, real snow and Come and Try Days for ice hockey and broom ball. Different skate sessions available. Tickets start at $15 for children and $18 for adults. Visit the website for full details and session times. On from 26 June to 26 July at Ice Rink in Garema Place, Canberra City.

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.

Luton Annual Charity Ball 2015
Luton Properties are delighted to announce their 2015 Charity Ball. For Luton Properties, their annual ball is a highlight of their ongoing program of community service. This year’s Venice-themed event is particularly significant, as it is in support of Sids and Kids ACT. Save the date and get along for a night of fun, excitement and laughter. The Luton Annual Charity Ball will be held once again at Barton’s Hotel Realm, on Saturday 27 June. Tickets are now on sale, as well as fantastic opportunities for event sponsorship and donations of charity auction items. Visit www.lutoncharityball.com.au for further information.
Lifeline Canberra  – Movie Night
Lifeline Canberra is excited to be hosting a movie night to raise funds for their 13 11 14 Telephone Crisis Support service. Join in the fun and watch Disney Pixar’s new film, Inside Out, a fun family film about growing up and dealing with emotions. A funny and educational perspective about what goes on inside our minds… great for the whole family. Tickets are $16 per person and all funds raised go towards our suicide prevention service. On Monday 22 June from 6pm at Dendy Cinemas, Canberra City.
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.

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.

MARKETS, FESTIVALS & EXPOS

Winter Pottery Fair

Once again local potters have been firing up their creativity and kilns to present an exciting range of unique, handcrafted ceramics for Canberra Potters’ Society’s Winter Fair. Pottery artworks and items for the home and garden will be in abundance so if you’re looking for a gift with a difference or something special for your home or garden, this could be just the place to find it. With prices to suit every budget you can drop in to the Watson Arts Centre gallery and walk out with a unique, quality handcrafted item. And as always, Potters Place, the arts centre shop, will be open with its own wonderful range of ceramic items. The Winter Pottery Fair starts on until Sunday 28 June. Opening hours are 10am to 4pm Thursday to Sunday. For more information visit Canberra Potters 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.

FOOD & WINE

The Truffle Festival Canberra Region

Discover the magic of black truffles at The Truffle Festival Canberra Region. Learn from celebrity chefs and other truffle experts. Join a truffle hunt, take a cooking class, or indulge in the special flavours and intoxicating aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants, cafes and wineries. Try breakfasts and lunches or immerse yourself in the grandeur of this exquisite delicacy with sumptuous truffle degustation dinners at various fine dining restaurants. With more than 60 participating venues, there is much to explore! Celebrate the local harvest of these highly prized gems until late August. Visit the website for information and event times.

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.

Whisky Degustation 2015

Held at the National Press Club of Australia, this is a night of beautiful food and whisky. Members price $95 per person, non-member $130 per person. Book online at www.npc.org.au. On 7pm Monday 29 June at the National Press Club.

COMMUNITY

Lifeline Southside Bookfair
Join Lifeline Canberra for their annual Southside Bookfair this weekend. With loads of books, games, CDs, DVDs, comics, puzzles & more – there’s something for everyone! Saturday is Family Day with fun activities for the kids. Entry by gold coin donation. Proceeds go towards Lifeline Canberra’s 13 11 14 crisis support service. For more information visit the Lifeline Canberra website. On Friday 26 to Sunday 28 June at Erindale Vikings Club.
Sunday Assembly Canberra Trivia Night Fundraiser 2015
Back by popular demand!  This year’s trivia night will be held in the first week of July, and you and your trivia-hungry friends are invited. The theme for this year’s trivia night is Local, National and International and pays homage to the Sunday Assembly itself, which represents a growing community around the world. It was packed out last year so get in quick. A great way to meet people and win sweet local prizes. Tickets $15 each plus booking fee (via email) or purchase this weekend’s Sunday Assembly. On 6pm Wednesday 1 July at Eastlake Football Club, Kingston . Tickets: $15 + booking fee (or purchase at this month’s Sunday Assembly).
Cancer Council ACT: Canada Day Fun Run 2015 
The Canada Day Fun Run volunteer committee are running their annual run/walk (10km run or 5km walk) for cancer research.  All money raised at this fun, family event goes directly to the Cancer Council ACT to help fund research, education and support services in the ACT region.  To register or for more information, please visit the website. As in previous years, the Lions Club of Belconnen will provide all participants with a delicious free pancake breakfast with maple syrup. There will also be plenty of fresh fruit, tea and coffee on hand. On Sunday 5 July from 10am at Stromlo Forest Park.
Charity Garage Sale
Browse through a huge range of items for all ages at the next Charity Garage Sale.  Plenty of new bargains every month including baby/kids clothes from just $1.25, adult clothing from $2.50, books 25c-$2, DVDs $2, kitchenware, bric-a-brac, nursery items and more. All proceeds are used to fund projects that support sustainable development in poor communities. On Saturday 27 June from 8am to 1pm at 5 O’Grady Place Wanniassa.

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.

Mid year Mt Stromlo Observatory Site Tour

Take a walking tour of the Mount Stromlo Observatory and learn about one of Canberra’s oldest sites. Mount Stromlo Observatory has been carrying out astronomical observations for over 100 years and, prior to the 2003 firestorm, had grown from a small outpost of pioneering astronomers to one of the great observatories of the world. Its history includes designing optical munitions during the Second World War, weathering two devastating bushfires and earning one Nobel Prize. Come along and learn about the history, the science and the future of Mount Stromlo Observatory. Bookings essential via Eventbrite. On Saturday 27 June from 10am to 11.30am at Mt Stromlo Observatory, Weston Creek.

FAMILY

Story time at the Memorial

Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people, and faraway places brought to life through puppets, uniforms, and educational toys at the Australian War Memorial. This program is suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome. Meet in the lower galleries, free event. On every Friday from 10.30am to 11.30am until 28 August at the Australian War Memorial, Campbell.

Family Sunday Sessions Escape into the Gardens

Get along to the Australian National Botanic Garden to their guided storytelling experience exploring the themes of ‘Fire and Light in the Australian bush’. The adventure begins with a tasty morning tea before families head out with their hosts from the ACT Storytellers and Gardens’ education team, finishing their journey in the Red Centre Garden toasting marshmallows over a fire. Suitable for families with primary school aged children Sun 28 June, Sun 12 & 26th July & Sun 30th Aug 10.30 am (duration 90 minutes) Adults $20/Children and Concession $15 | BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Little Griffins @ Brick by Brick

The National Capital Exhibition presents Little Griffins @ Brick by Brick; an exciting programme for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Little Griffins includes songs, activities and lots of Duplo™ construction fun as a gentle introduction to the wonders of the National Capital. On Friday 26 June from 10am to 11am at National Capital Exhibition, Parkes. Free entry.

Little faces

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.

Escape the cold and discover something magic at a library this winter

As the weather cools down and Canberrans seek warm indoor activities, Libraries ACT is offering bundles of events, classes, regular activities and, of course, their extensive movie, magazine, book and audio book collections to keep everybody entertained this winter. One-on-one digital literacy training: Book in for a personalised 30-minute session on a topic of your choice. Topics include email, eBooks, internet and computer basics, tablets, and privacy and security. From 2pm to 4pm until Thursday 27 August at Belconnen, Tuggeranong and Gungahlin libraries.

Maintaining your bicycle with CycleJam: Want to learn the basics of bicycle maintenance? Join a workshop run by the skillshare group CycleJam and learn how to fix small problems on your bike. Various times until Monday 17 August at Woden and Dickson libraries.

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.

Questacon

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.

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.

Friday 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 month (different theme each month) 10 am (duration one hour) $5 per child | No bookings required See more at: http://www.anbg.gov.au/whatson

SPORT & LEISURE

2015 DanceSport Australia National Championship

Witness one of Australia’s premier DanceSport events at the DanceSport Australia National Championship. You’ll see glamour, flair, incredible grace and athleticism. DanceSport is what used to be referred to as competitive Ballroom Dancing. It covers the three main styles of Ballroom, Latin American and New Vogue. Characteristics consist of physical strength, agility, co-ordination, stamina, fitness, discipline, teamwork, grace, style and musicality. It is now recognised by the International Olympic Committee as a sport and is expected to eventually be included in the Olympic program. Winners of major events will be invited to represent Australia at World Championships. On 6pm to 10pm Friday 26 June and 10am to 10pm Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June at AIS Arena, Bruce. Visit the website for more information.

Polestar Pilates Instructor course plus internships & scholarship opportunities

PilatesCan Manuka and Woden will be hosting a Polestar Pilates Instructor course at their Woden studios across the first weekend of July. Additionally, they are also offering internship and scholarship opportunities for university students undertaking relevant degrees such as Exercise/Sports Science and Physiology. On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July at PilatesCan. For more information visit the website or email Jaymie Collins.

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

Drawn In

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.

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

Kelly

Kelly is the latest achievement of Brisbane-based playwright Matthew Ryan (boy girl wall, Sacré Bleu). It is masterfully balanced with light and shade, and the quick-fire banter between the characters resonates with a crass but irresistible brand of Australian humour. Ned Kelly sits in a grimy cell at Old Melbourne Gaol on the night before his execution. His brother and fellow gang member Dan, who Ned believes died at the siege of Glenrowan reappears seeking forgiveness. Kelly is a fast moving, action-packed story which portrays the infamous cult heroes in a totally new light. On Wednesday 24 to Saturday 27 June with both evening and matinee shows at The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre. Visit the website for tickets and sessions.

Uni Pub Comedy featuring Adam Rozenbachs

Adam Rozenbachs is a Stand up comedian, writer, broadcaster, actor, voice over artist – Adam has steadily risen to become one of Australia’s funniest and most consistent performers, writers and broadcasters. Adam has performed eight successful Melbourne International Comedy Festival Shows and is returning to Canberra after his sell out of the Civic Pub last year. The night will be hosted by Emo Parsonson with supports acts including Chris Ryan, Danny Bensley, Craig Harvey and David Graham. “Think Jerry Seinfeld with a black heart.” The Age. Tickets $20 and available online. This is an 18+ event only. On Friday 26 June from 8pm at The Uni Pub, Canberra City.

Friday with Friends

National Film and Sound Archives presents Friends of the NFSA. The Friends is a group of volunteers working to further the aims of the NFSA and encourage links between the NFSA, the film and sound communities and the general community. If advertisements have ever driven you to laughter, tears or anger, this evening is for you. Former NFSA archivist Sue Terry screens an entertaining selection of cinema and TV ads from the 1920s through to the 1970s and looks behind the products on display to investigate what the ads were really selling. Free entry. Drinks and nibbles from 5.30pm. On Friday 26 June from 6pm to 7pm in the NFSA Theatrette, NFSA.

MUSIC, DANCE & MORE

Love and Longing – Art song recital

Art song recital by Chris McNee (baritone), Rosanna Boyd and Ruth Crabb (sopranos) and Colin Forbes (piano), presented by Art Song Canberra. Three highly-accomplished local singers will perform Lieder by Schubert, Wolf, Brahms, Beethoven and Loewe together with songs by Michael Head and Canberra composer Calvin Bowman. Hear songs depicting love and loss, pastoral delights, calm reflection and more. On Sunday 28 June from 3pm at Wesley Music Centre, Forrest. Visit the website for tickets and pricing.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell in Concert

Book now to see multiple Grammy Award-winning duo Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell in Concert with special local guest Harmony James. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell came together in 2012 to record what was to become their Grammy Award winning album Old Yellow Moon. The album was released in 2013 to critical acclaim with NPR Music calling it, “a classic in every sense of musical accomplishment.” Tickets from Ticketek. On 8pm Tuesday 23 June at AIS Arena, Bruce.

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.

ART

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.

Bespoke

As part of DESIGN Canberra, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is thrilled to partner with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD), to bring you an exciting exhibition Bespoke: Design for the people. In this stunning exhibition, 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.

Other exhibitions

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

EXHIBITIONS

sPIN – miniature wearable artworks

ANCA Gallery invites you to the opening of sPIN. It’s ANCA Gallery’s fifth annual exhibition of miniature  wearable artworks, featuring over 200 works by more than 65 artists from Canberra and around Australia! All works are for sale. Exhibition starts Wednesday 24 June 2015 through to Sunday 5 July 2015. Opening event is being held from 6pm – 8pm on Wednesday 24 June 2015.

Aarwun Gallery Winter 2015

Aarwun Gallery welcomes three new artists to the gallery: Archibald Finalist Margarita Georgiadis , Sydney based Susie Sierra and local artist and designer Athi Lamech. Aarwun Gallery would like to warmly invite you to join them for an evening of wine, cheese and conversation with the artists on Friday 26 June from 5.30 pm onwards. Exhibition is open from Friday 26 June through to 17 July 2015 at Aarwun Gallery, Federation Square, Nicholls.

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.

Slowing Down Time
Starting with the premise of slowing down time, four artists (Louise Curham, Michele Elliot, Sue Healey and Jo Law) use installation, sculpture, choreography and moving image to construct new work. Each week of the project, one artist takes over the gallery, adding to what the artist before them has left behind. Over the four weeks, unexpected new works emerge, created together by the four artists. Slowing Down Time is a project rather than an exhibition, offering visitors an experience of the artists’ process. Opens Wednesday 10 June and runs until 5 July in the centre foyer of Belconnen Arts Centre, Emu Bank Belconnen.
Traceries: Paintings and drawings by Jenny Gibson
Continuing her preoccupation with the Australian bush, Jenny Gibson extends her interest in its linear qualities by exploring its complex calligraphy. This concern is central to her paintings of eucalypts, wattles and grasses on Mt. Ainslie after la Niña, as well as to the oils and charcoal drawings of reeds, rock-fissures and reflections in Central Australia. Her work emphasises the irregular growth patterns in nature in contrast to the geometry of the built environment of human beings. Open until 5 July  in the centre Gallery.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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