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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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We’re halfway through the school holidays and although the weather forecast might be a little drab, there’s plenty to keep the whole family occupied, from theatre to animation, exhibitions and more. Rug up and head outdoors to explore the Arboretum or take afterDARK tour at the Australian National Botanical Gardens. Catch the action when CBR Brave take to the ice this Saturday or enjoy a bit of educational fun at Questacon. Or warm up this weekend with a visit to the World Curry Festival in the city before enjoying the winter wonderland that is Skate in the City.

Fancy yourself a dog lover, then make sure you book your ticket for A Pooch Affair – the ultimate doggie day out. Update your wardrobe with a visit to Three Sixty Fashion Market or grab tickets for the family to see the Flying Fruit Fly Circus’ Circus under my bed. 

There’s also an array of markets to explore if you’re a market dweller, exhibitions galore for the art lovers and plates are plenty for the foodies. Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS…

A Pooch Affair

A Pooch Affair is the ultimate Doggie Day Out – indoors! A boutique event for dog lovers and their four-legged friends; A Pooch Affair brings a little piece of Doggie paradise to Canberra. The indoor Doggie Diner allows you to dine with your dog and offers doggie and human treats. An elegant High Tea with dogs is on offer for those wishing to dine with their pup in style. Bookings essential. The Doggie Mall provides retail relief for those looking for the latest trends or a special treat. A Pooch Affairs welcomes their 2015 Partner – RSPCA ACT. On 18 July at Exhibition Park, Flemington Road.

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 now until Sunday 26 July at Ice Rink in Garema Place, Canberra City.

World Curry Festival in the City

Warm up this winter with a delicious curry from the very first World Curry Festival in the City, being held across Saturday 18 July from 11am to 9pm and Sunday 19 July from 11am to 6pm. Visitors can expect to be wowed by live cooking demonstrations, tantalise their taste buds with street food, pick up some goodies at the market stalls, and delight in a variety of live entertainment including Bollywood dancing. The live cooking demonstrations will be a particular highlight with approximately 10 ‘master class’ style demonstrations held across the weekend. At each demonstration there will be free tasting plates and take home recipes to try your hand at becoming a curry master chef. There is an exciting line-up of participants including Thirst, Garnish of India, Copper Chimney, the Hungry Buddha and the adventurous Mr Frugii. A licensed bar will also be on site to quench your thirst with a range of specialty beverages from around the globe. Located next to the popular Skate in the City ice skating rink in Garema Place, there will be something for the whole family. It’s the perfect opportunity to combine the love of spice and ice!

Flying Fruit Fly Circus

Australia’s National Youth Circus, based in Albury-Wodonga, will be bringing their acclaimed circus show for young people to Canberra this week. Circus Under My Bed will draw audiences into the imagination of a young girl spending a final night in her bedroom before moving away. What follows is an enthralling mix of old-world circus, vaudeville and classic story-telling for young people and families. As the lights go out she dreams up a circus world of whimsical characters who help her face her fears and turn packing-up into an adventure you won’t want to end. If you have ever dreamed of running away to a circus, this is the show your dreams are made of, unlike anything else you will see on the Australian stage. The young performers of the ‘Fruities’ are aged from just 9 to 19 and their daring feats and skilful trickery will enchant and inspire young and old alike, from aged 4 to 104. On from Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 July at Canberra Theatre Centre. Visit Canberra Theatre for ticketing and prices.

MARKETS, FESTIVALS & EXPOS

Three Sixty Fashion Market

A recycled, up-cycled, ecology sustaining, local design promoting, community building fabulous fashion market. At Three Sixty Fashion Market everything you find will be either recycled, have an ethical focus or be handmade. That’s because we believe that style is about looking good and feeling good. Its about thoughtfulness, fun and positive engagement. So if you, like us, love style and sustainability save the date and stay tuned. On 19 Sunday from 10am to 3pm at the Canberra Fitters Workshop, Printers Way, Kingston.

O’Connor Winter Market Day

Come and enjoy a relaxed family afternoon out where you’ll find a wide range of products to peruse as you stroll through. There will be a jumping castle, face painting and hair-dos all in an enclosed play area for the children.
Lots of friendly stall holders offering you great bargains and wonderful products ranging from scensty, Pheonix Tradig and Norwex, Avon and nutrimetics to trash and treasure and preloved goods. Some beautiful handmade crafts and yummy cupcakes from The Sugar Bite. On Saturday 18 July at O’Connor Uniting Church from 10am to 2pm.

Old Bus Depot Market

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.

Westside Markets

Whether it’s food, fashion, second-hand or handmade, Canberrans love a good market. The newest addition to the market scene are the Westside Acton Markets which have seen Westside Acton Park transformed into an eclectic outdoor market every Sunday. Each week a mix of handmade, vintage and designer stalls will set up alongside live entertainment and permanent food vendors in the lakeside precinct. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm at Westside Acton Park, Barrine Drive.

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

Majura Valley Experience

Take a journey through the Majura Valley, enjoy and experience the best local produce. Start your day at French Black Truffles of Canberra with Sherry for a truffle hunt. Then travel next door to Mount Majura Vineyard where you will enjoy a local truffle infused brie matched with some outstanding wines. Travel down Majura Road to Pod Food in Pialligo to finish your experience with a two course lunch including a glass of Mount Majura Vineyard wine. The entrée and main will both feature Sherry’s famed French black truffles. Contact Mount Majura for bookings and meeting point. Price is $165 per person. On until 9 August (Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays) from 10am to 3pm.

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.

COMMUNITY

‘Leg up for Local’ Bronwyn Ibbotson

Silver Fox Bar and Grill are hosting an Auction Night to benefit Special Olympian Bronwyn Ibbotson in her bid to the Special Olympics World Games. Local and interstate businesses can provide sponsorship for auction items to assist in reaching the cost of $8,000 for Bronwyn’s trip. Bronwyn has been saving each week from her wages received through work at a child care centre as the responsibility for funding the trip lies with the athlete. Silver Fox Bar and Grill is committed to hosting  ‘Leg up for a Local’ annually in an effort to bring a community spirit, awareness and contribution to a local cause each year. For more information contact Michelle Cochrane or phone 0430 441 883. On Wednesday 15 July at 6.30pm, Silver Fox Bar and Grill, Curtin.

Winter Wonderland Gala Dinner

The Canberra volunteer branch of Make-A-Wish® Australia presents 2015 Winter Wonderland Gala Dinner. Help celebrate 30 years of raising funds for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Tickets include a three-course meal, one bottle of red and white wine per table, auctions, lucky door prizes, raffles and live entertainment. $135 per person (tables of 8 & 10 available) To make a booking visit Sticky Tickets. On Saturday 18 July, 6.45pm for a 7pm start, Hellenic Club Woden, Cnr Matilda Street and Callam Street, Woden.

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 1 August from 6.30pm at Australian National Botanic Gardens.

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. Bookings essential with tickets $20 adults and $15 concession and children. Phone (02) 6250 9588. On Sunday 26 July and Sunday 30 August from 10.30am.

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.

FAMILY

Wicked winter drama holiday workshop

Winter is truly wicked but never fear! Canberra Youth Theatre’s Wicked Winter Holiday Workshops are open for enrolment this July, celebrating the two sides that accompany every story! These holidays they are merging Dance and Theatre together with Theatre Tutor Casey Elder and Dance/Movement Tutor Alison Plevey. Kids will also get to see the Canberra Theatre Centre to see the Flying Fruit Fly CircusCircus Under My Bed. Book now for a week of wickedness! Visit the website for prices and bookings. On from Monday 13 to Friday 17 July (9am to 3pm) at C Block Theatre, Braddon.

Fashion Fun @ Westfield Belconnen

Kids can join in the fashion obsession fun these school holidays. Back due to popular demand is the kids necklace making activity with LLL Designs. All beads are hand made from the local designer. Starter kit is free (additional add ons available to purchase). For more info visit Westfield Belconnen online. On Monday 13 to Friday 17 July from 10am to 2pm at Level 3, near Toys R Us, Westfield Belconnen.

100 years of Australian animation at NFSA

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is celebrating 100 years of locally-made animation with a special program of the best Australian animated features of the last 25 years, these school holidays. See beloved characters like Blinky Bill, Bill Barnacle (The Magic Pudding), Mumble the dancing penguin (Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2) and The Lego Movie’s Emmet Brickowski come to life on the big screen. The whole family will love this selection of Australian animation! Tickets are $5 each and are available online. On from Tuesday 6 July to Friday 17 July at Arc Cinema, NFSA, Acton.

Family Films @ National Portrait Gallery

Head to the National Portrait Gallery this winter and enjoy some free family friendly film made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC. Catch Paper Planes G (2014) Saturday 18 July (with subtitles) at 3pm followed by 20 minutes of paper plane folding. Sing along to Frozen PG (2013) on Sunday 2 August at 11am and 2pm as part of the NPG’s Winter Festival. Entry is free.

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.

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. Bookings essential with tickets $20 adults and $15 concession and children.Phone (02) 6250 9588. On Sunday 26 July and Sunday 30 August from 10.30am.

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.

Winter magic at the library

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 the month (different theme each month) and commences at 10am (duration one hour). Tickets are $5 per child and bookings are not required. Visit the website for more information.

Storytime at the National Portrait Gallery 

Listen to stories from the book Stradbroke Dreaming by Oodgeroo Nunukul and create your visual response. This opportunity is part of the Gallery’s children and family program and is suitable for all abilities and ages. All children must be accompanied and bookings are essential. See the NPG website for details. Cost is $5 per child. From July 8 to July 19.

SPORT & LEISURE

CBR Brave v Sydney Bears

It’s all happening this weekend at the Brave Cave as the CBR Brave take on Sydney Bears on Saturday night. Catch all the action at Phillip Ice Skating Centre when the puck drops at 5.30pm on Saturday 18 July. Tickets available online now or catch the live stream at ascensionsports.tv.

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

The Hidden Raison d’Etre of the Art Forger 

Art forgery is as old as time itself. On the surface, it would seem most fakers and forgers are in the game for the financial rewards it promises to bring, but if one scratches the surface, far deeper motivations lurk beneath the veneer of those who practice the art of deception in the hallowed halls of the art world. Not just dollars delves into the history and workings of this dubious but highly fascinating “profession”. On Monday 13 July from 6pm at The East Hotel followed by dinner at the Ox Eatery. To RSVP for the dinner please email [email protected].

Friday with Friends at NFSA

Recording onto Wax Cylinders and Lacquer Discs – the way it used to be: National Film and Sound Archivist Graham McDonald will demonstrate the fascinating and historic techniques of recording onto wax cylinders and lacquer discs. See how it was done a century ago with cylinders, and in the 1940s with lacquer discs, as Graham actually records live some very interesting local musicians. Cost is free to members with a gold coin donation for non-members. Visit the website for full details. On Friday 17 July from 5.30pm for refreshments with the presentation running from 6pm to 7pm at NFSA, 1 McCoy Circuit, Acton.

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 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

Cult Classics return to Dendy

Dendy’s Cult Classics will return for another season, showcasing some of the best films from the last several decades. The program opens with the first instalment of the magnificent adventure Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) on every Monday with an incredible line-up for the winter season that will feature some of the best films of all time including the highest grossing film of 2003, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Fight Club (1999).

The August program includes The Exorcist (1973), Wayne’s World (1992), Willow (1998), 54 The Director’s Cut (1998) and Tropic Thunder (2008). The season will conclude with the best known ‘midnight movie’ The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) on Monday 21 September with fans and guests encourage to attend in their best Rocky Horror attire. The Cult Classics screen every Monday with a session at 10am and 6.30pm. Members pay just $10 and non-members $12. Tickets are now on sale and bookings are highly recommended.

MUSIC, DANCE & MORE

Damien Leith: The Parting Glass – An Irish Journey 

Damien Leith is bringing his show The Parting Glass – An Irish Journey to Canberra. The show incorporates both a play and a musical concert of classic Irish songs and is set in an Irish pub. See Damien take on the character roles of both a father and a son who are catching up on lost time over a few drinks. Filled with great conversation and humour, heartfelt emotion and a repertoire of rousing and touching Irish Songs like Danny Boy, Raglan Road, Toss the Feathers and Rocky Road to Dublin. On Saturday 18 July at 8pm at The Street Theatre.

Subsdance Dance Studio

Be prepared to be whisked back in time to the roots of Latin, Brazilian, Caribbean and Afro dance! Students, instructors and special guests will tell the tale of the evolution of dance through dance, song, traditional costumes and a whole lot of feeling! If you’ve ever wondered where Samba, Dancehall, Salsa, Hip Hop and Afro styles began, this is the time to learn!  Subsdance Dance Studio invites you to join them on what is set to be an inspiring and heartfelt evening filled with DANCE, MUSIC & CULTURE! Tickets start at $20 for children and $35 for adults. Visit the website for full details. On Saturday 18 July from 7pm at ANU Arts Centre, 16 Union Court, Acton.

Sound: Wax Cylinders and Lacquer Discs

NFSA Sound Archivist, Graham McDonald, will demonstrate the fascinating and historic techniques of recording onto wax cylinders and lacquer discs. See how it was done a century ago with cylinders and, in the 1940s, with lacquer discs as Graham actually records live some very interesting local musicians. On Friday 17 July at National Film and Sound Archive, Acton. Visit www.archivefriends.org.au for more information.

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 (MoADOPH), 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

Ink Remix

INK REMIX: Contemporary Art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong is curated by Dr Sophie McIntyre and highlights new and innovative aspects of contemporary ink art. Most artists in the exhibition have trained in Chinese calligraphy and ink painting but reinvent or subvert the tradition in works that explore links between personal, regional and global experience. On now until 18 October at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City.

Un-resettling and The Waves + Control Rooms

PhotoAccess has two exhibitions now open at its Manuka gallery – Un-resettling by Adelaide-based James Tylor, and The Waves + Control Rooms by Gold Coast artist Chris Bennie. Both of these are highlights of PhotoAccess’ 2015 program, reflecting on clashes between humans and the natural world through still photography, hand-coloured photo works and video. Both exhibitions are open until 26 July. For more information visit PhotoAccess online.

If I made you a mountain – Shellaine Godbold

If I made you a mountain is a new series of works on paper by Shellaine Godbold which explores the artist’s relationship of self to place. Having recently returned from a trip to her grandmothers’ home town in western Queensland, Godbold has created a series of large scale drawings which are a deeply personal record of her connection to this area. While the work references elements of a known landscape the drawings are not easily identifiable landscapes. Creating mountains that are divorced from their surrounds and left floating in a white space, a fragment of memory drawn out onto the paper. Shellaine uses subtle watercolour washes to suggest not only rivers and streams but also blood, vessels and veins. Visit the website for full details www.ccas.com.au Open until 1 August at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Corner of London Circuit and Hobart Place, Canberra City.

Protean

Defined as the potential to assume many forms, Protean is a metaphor for the material of clay and the current culture of ceramic practice in Australia. This exhibition will push deeper into the practice, ask questions and re-consider the potential of clay. To coincide with the Australian Ceramics Triennale in Canberra from Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 July, this exhibition will showcase contemporary ceramic artworks from members of the Canberra based artist collective, Claybodies. On until Sunday 19 July at Nishi Gallery, NewActon.

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. Exhibition is open until 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.

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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