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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

It’s been an action-packed summer with just one more week left of the warmer months. See it out with a bang and head to the ActewAGL Canberra Show when it opens the gates this Friday at EPIC, or see our city in a new light at Enlighten! Romp around the countryside and explore the best of Canberra’s local wine region with the Summerside Festival.

There always plenty do for theatre-goers, art lovers, market dwellers and even sports fans too! Here’s what’s happening This Week in The Can!

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS…

Sculpture Garden Sunday

A dazzling day of creative fun and entertainment in the sculpture garden, you and your family are invited to help the National Gallery of Australia help celebrate 10 years of Sculpture Garden Sunday when we turn the sculpture garden into a family wonderland of creative workshops and installations. Bring a picnic to share under the trees. Coffee, sausage sizzle and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Be sure to catch the live music concert on the main stage featuring local Mr Tim and the Fuzzy Elbows. Entertainment for kids and adults alike with original rock-out songs to make everyone dance and sing. For more information visit the NGA website. On Sunday 1 March from 10.30am to 1.30pm in the NGA’s Sculpture Garden, Parkes.

2015 YMCA Canberra Women & Girls Fun Run

The Fun Run is being held on 1 March 2015 and covers a 5 kilometre course from the most iconic outdoor venue in Canberra, Stage 88, Commonwealth Park. The 5km traffic free course starts from Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park and goes to just past the Carillon with a return loop through Commonwealth and Kings Parks. A safe and supportive event for women and girls of all ages, schools are encouraged to register. There is a $500 prize for each of the primary and secondary schools with the highest number of team members relative to their female student enrolment. Team members can include students, teachers, parents and other community members. Participants are also automatically entered in age group categories, and can also enter family categories. On Sunday 1 March from 9am to 1pm at Stage 88, Regatta Point. Visit the website for more information.

Enlighten

It’s Canberra’s time to shine with the Enlighten Festival. Institutions in and around Canberra City will light up in a beautiful luminescent display of colour and vibrancy. An event that needs a little planning to ensure you don’t miss anything across this 10-day festival, why not check out our 11 things not to miss and our five family friendly activities at this year’s Enlighten Festival.  On Friday 27 February until Sunday 8 March. Activities and events range in price. For more information visit the Enlighten website.

ActewAGL Canberra Show

With plenty of family adventures to be had, food for everyone’s tastebuds and an array of fun to be had, you won’t want to miss the ActewAGL Canberra Show when it opens this Friday 27 February at EPIC. Pick out your favourite showbag, aconquer your fear of the sideshow alley rides and don’t forget your dagwood dog! On Friday 27 February, Saturday 28 February and Sunday 1 March. For program and event highlights visit the Canberra Show website.

Summerside Festival

When the weather heats up so does The Poacher’s Way, with their exciting calendar of summer-themed eventsThe annual Summerside Festival celebrates everything good about summer in the region; this month-long festival is full of dining events celebrating local and seasonal produce, opportunities to taste the best of the region’s wines as well as exciting performances, events and exhibitions.

Embrace the warmer weather this February with a morning horse ride, lazy long lunch, chocolate or wine tasting, film under the stars or an afternoon of live music. Or why not make a weekend of it at one of our accommodation providers before finishing it off with a degustation dining experience… On now until until 1 March.

New Exhibitions at M16 Artspace

M16 will open three new exhibitions centred around contemporary Australian art at 6pm Thursday 12 February. Contemporary Australia are three exhibitions that explore different aspects of contemporary Australian art: Contemporary Visions of Aboriginal Art: Warlpiri Artists from the remote communities of Yuenduma and Lajamanu, Northern Territory (curated by Catherine Jackman), The Other Side: Her Riot and Alchemists’ Paradise: Tommy Balogh. The exhibition runs until Sunday 1 March. The exhibition can be explored from 12pm to 5pm Wednesday through Sundays at M16 Artspace, Kingston.

Rick Amor 21 Portraits

Rick Amor 21 Portraits brings together paintings, prints and drawings spanning Rick Amor’s thirty year career, confirming his status as one of Australia’s great portrait artists. A regular exhibitor and finalist in the Archibald prize, Amor’s works are held in all major public collections in Australia. In 2008, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne held a survey show of Rick Amor’s paintings and drawings. Rick Amor (b. 1948) has been a quiet presence in the Australian art scene for three decades. 21 Portraits evokes Amor’s broader practice: his professional commissions, his artistic circle in Melbourne, his periods abroad, his stern self-analysis and his brooding visions of the natural and built environment. The exhibition includes portraits of artists, poets, writers as well as four self portraits, reflecting Amor’s broad interest in culture, politics and the written word. Rick Amor 21 Portraits, draws portraits from both private collections and the Portrait Gallery’s own collection. Open until 1 March 2015 at the National Portrait Gallery.

FOOD AND WINE

Backyard Produce Dinner

Your gateway to the vast array of stunning produce grown right on their doorstep, A.Baker present their intimate series of Backyard Produce Dinners to take the best fruit, vegetables and herbs that you’ve grown in your backyard and put it into their kitchen for the chefs to prepare once a month. Simple book at a table, bring in a bunch, box or bag of your best produce two to three days before the event and they’ll prepare a great dinner! The first dinner will be on Wednesday 25 February from 7pm at A.Baker in the NewActon Pavilion. Limited seating so bookings are essential online or by phoning (02) 6287 6150. Tickets are $60 food and $35 for matched wines.

V Spot Café presents Raw Food Dinner

In honour of the 2015 Multiculutral Festival, the V Spot Café has designed four Raw Dinners from four cuisine cultures (Thai, Italian, Indian and Spanish). The last of the dinner series will take place this Friday with an Spanish theme but numbers are limited. Bookings are $75 per person with bookings essential. Email [email protected]. On Friday 27 February (Spanish) from 6pm at V Spot Café.

OUTDOORS

Delicious afterDARK: Rainforest to Red Centre (adults-only)

Experience the contrasts of the cool rainforest and the arid Red Centre at night—right in the heart of Canberra. Start your evening with an aperitif on arrival, then embark on a night-time guided journey through the diverse habitats of the Gardens. Finish your evening with a gourmet bush food supper and wine tasting in the Red Centre Garden. An ‘adults only’ evening combining the best of the Gardens’ afterDARK tour experiences with gourmet food and wine. On Friday 13 and 20 March. $75 per person. See the National Botanical Gardens website for details on how to book.

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 greatest observatories of the world. Its history includes designing optical munitions during the Second World War, weathering two devastating bushfires and earning one Nobel Prize. Head along and learn about the history, the science, and the future of Mount Stromlo Observatory. As most of the tour is outdoors, it is recommended to bring a sunhat and water as well as a warm jacket. In the event of rain, the tour will be cancelled. Bookings essential for the Saturday 28 February (10am-11.30am) tour via Eventbrite.

Summer at the National Arboretum Canberra

Throughout summer the National Arboretum Canberra is offering a range of visitor experiences including self-guided walking tours, free guided Terrace Talks and forest walks. Tours for all ages and abilities are available whether on your own or in a group. The free guided tours leave regularly from the Village Centre, starting at 10am and finishing at 3pm each day. Bookings recommended with a maximum of 16 people. The full program of events is available at the National Arboretum Canberra website. Open until Saturday 28 February 2015.

Courtyard Cinema at A. Baker

Courtyard Cinema brings you a summer of new and classic movies in the intimate setting of NewActon’s courtyard every Tuesday evening until the end of March. Styled for the summer holiday season, screenings commence at sunset. The monthly Raw Stories strand selects premier or barely seen new documentary films, true stories with a bite to them. Blink and You’ll Miss Them picks up on a few feature films that either slipped Canberra by, or were gone before you knew that they’ve been here. Cult Cuts carves off a tasty slice of our favourite cult movies, whilst Classy Coms is a tasteful sideboard of some of the most streamlined screwball rom coms from the deluxe 1930s.

Screenings commence at sunset. Deckchair admission is free on the purchase of an A. Baker glass of wine or bottle of beer. Bookings essential, as seats are very limited. Patrons should note ratings for all films; those under 15 will not be admitted without a parent or guardian to films marked MA15+ or E. In the event of wet weather, the screening will be cancelled. Cancellations will be announced on the A. Baker Facebook page three hours prior to the screening.

Tid by Torchlight

With summer well underway, Canberrans and visitors have the unique opportunity to explore Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve during the evening to watch native animals emerge from their hiding places for nightfall. The Tid by Torchlight program, which is organised by Conservation Volunteers Australia, is available to run every Friday and Saturday night until 30 April 2015, subject to minimum booking numbers. The program is an opportunity to see and learn about our local, native flora and fauna in the stunning reserve with an expert guide. Each tour runs for five hours and begins with a dusk wildlife walk and gourmet bush BBQ before venturing into the forest at night, to discover animals you wouldn’t normally find.

Your guide will walk you through the reserve sanctuary and a spotlight tour of the forest, while teaching you about Australia’s native wildlife. Tickets are $80 for an adult and $65 for children. For visitors, the ticket price also covers the cost of transportation to and from Canberra hotels. Your ticket sale will support wildlife conservation at Tidbinbilla; a portion of the cost is donated directly back to Tidbinbilla’s endangered species breeding programs. For more information visit their website.

MARKETS AND FESTIVALS

Murrumbateman Village Market

A friendly local market close to Canberra, come and enjoy a coffee and a chat at the Murrumbateman Village Market. Shop for locally produced farmer’s market produce, arts and crafts now with second hand goods and bric-a-brac. Fresh fruit and vegetables, coffee, bread, cakes, jams, honey, pastries, cheese, olive oil, chillies, biodynamic beef and more plus native plants, horseshoe art, wood craft, candles and a selection of local wineries available for a taste test. On Saturday 28 February from 9am to 1pm at the Recreation Grounds, Murrumbateman on the Barton Highway.

Old Bus Depot Markets

The Old Bus Depot Markets are back into the swing of things for 2015 and is something of a Sunday tradition in Canberra. Lovers of fine hand-crafted wares, clothing collectors, food fanatics and jewellery junkies are just a few of the people who make their way to Canberra’s famous Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston every Sunday. Find your favourite stallholder and visit the Markets this Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Find out more at the Old Bus Depot Markets website.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Visit the largest regional markets in the Southern Tablelands – the Capital Region Farmers Market! Be tantalised by fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheeses and more. Fresh produce reflects the exciting seasonal characteristics and diversity of the region providing opportunity for you to learn more about the food you’re eating and the region it comes, and discuss what you’re buying with the growers. On every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am at Exhibition Park on Flemington Road.

Gorman House Markets

For a quarter of a century, the Gorman House Markets have been Canberra’s much loved meeting place providing opportunities for the community and visitors alike to express themselves creatively, trade and shop in a vibrant environment, access to an audience, engage in the arts and be a part of living heritage. Experience them from 10am to 4pm every Saturday at Gorman House, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon.

FAMILY

CBR Princesses & Friends: Pixar Movie Festival

Canberra Princesses & Friends will be at Greater Union Manuka’s screening of The Incredibles from 11.15am to 2pm on Saturday 28 February. There’ll be face painting for a gold coin donation, colouring in and photos, and fairy wands on sale for $5. The session times for this film are 10am and 12pm. For more information visit the Facebook page. On Saturday 28 February at Greater Union Manuka.

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.

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.

COMMUNITY & CHARITY

Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk

Show your support for organ and tissue donation and encourage others to discuss their donation wishes at Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk – the free event that attracts thousands of Canberrans to walk or run for a worthy cause. Now in its ninth year, the walk will include two circuit options starting at Regatta Point; the bridge-to-bridge circuit takes about 45-60 minutes and the shorter route takes about 20-25 minutes. You can walk, run or bring your pet along for a fun community event surrounded by the iconic Lake Burley Griffin.  A free healthy BBQ breakfast provided by the Lions Club Belconnen will be waiting for you at the finish line. On Wednesday 25 February from 6.45am to 8.30am at The Deck, Regatta Point on Barrine Drives, Parkes. To register visit the Gift of Life website.

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

Asbestos Awareness Public Seminar

Provided by Worksafe ACT, AAC Environment and MBA Group Training, this public seminar aims to provide the public with an awareness of the hazards and health effects of asbestos and its possible location in ACT homes and the community. If you’re thinking about renovating, Worksafe ACT considers that, given the widespread presence of asbestos, you must be aware of it. On Saturday 28 February from 9am to 10.30am at National Convention Centre. For more information visit Worksafe ACT.

CEC Workshop Series: Building a composting toilet

If you’re looking to give back to the earth, this is one of the best ways you can do it. Join the Environment Centre with composting expert, Jono Crane, to learn what exactly a composting toilet is and how to make one for yourself. On Tuesday 24 February from 6pm to 8pm at the Canberra Environment Centre, Acton. For more information about call (02) 6248 0885 or visit the CEC online.

Property Council of Australia Leadership Breakfast

Over the last few years, there has been increasing focus on women’s representation as an issue of national significance. A recent report by EY showed that there are diverse perspectives on how the property sector can most effectively increase the representation of women in leadership and in the sector. Come and hear from senior leaders (Juliet Andrews, EY Director of People and Organisation, Jo Metcalfe, Operating Centre Manager GHD, Ken Morrison, Chief Executive of Property Council of Australia, and Todd Wills, Canberra Managing Partner of EY).  about work underway and how any leaders—male or female—can be part of ensuring the property sector captures the benefits of diversity.

On hand will be a member of the newly formed Property Male Champions of Change–CEOs who have committed to a listening, learning and leading journey and to step up beside women to lead the charge. The objective for the event is gender balance. Show your support by bringing with you a member of the opposite gender. On Thursday 5 March from 7.15am to 9am at EY, Level 11 – 121 Marcus Clarke Street. Free entry but RSVP essential through the Property Council website.

Portraits of a Tea Cosy

A tea cosy exhibition would not be complete without Loani Prior tea cosies and this exhibition stars 20 exuberant cosies with marvellously quirky names such as Sleeveless in Seattle and All form and No Function. To coincide with the Portraits of a Tea Cosy exhibition, Craft ACT is proud to partner with the ANU to offer knitting enthusiasts a special one off opportunity to learn from the Queen of Teacosies, Loani Prior in a two-day workshop on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March. Places are limited. For more information and to book visit Craft ACT On until Saturday 28 March.

Public Speaking for Women workshop

Canberra psychotherapists, Jessica Rose and Marg Cranney are supporting local women to speak up. Their Public Speaking for Women course, conducted on Tuesday nights and one Saturday in February, creates a supportive environment in which women can learn to manage anxiety and deal with self-doubt, prepare presentations that captivate audiences, constructively assess their own presentations, effectively use their voices and develop their own presentation styles. For 20 years Canberra women have been inspired by this course identifying positive experiences and outcomes in feedback to the facilitators. The next workshop will take place on Saturday 21 February from 10am to 4pm at 27 Scottsdale Street, Lyons. Future workshop dates include Tuesday 24 February (7pm-10pm) and Tuesday 3 March (7pm-10pm). For bookings visit their website or phone Jessica on (02) 6281 1769 or Marg on (02) 6288 0754.

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 AND FILM

Blue Hawaii at Dendy Cinemas

Dendy Cinemas Canberra is holding a special one-off screening of the classic Elvis film Blue Hawaii. Your invited to walk the blue carpet for the digital big screen presentation of one of Presley’s best known films, to be introduced by staff from the US Embassy in Canberra. Book online for a just $12 per person or bring your Multicultural Festival Pineapple fan to the box office for a $9 ticket. One screening only at 6pm on Wednesday 25 February.

Lifeline Canberra and Polio Eradication Movie Fundraiser: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Head along for a charity movie night at just $25 per person at Limelight Cinemas, Tuggeranong. Your ticket includes a movie, choice of drink and popcorn or a drink and choctop. Proceeds will go to Lifeline Canberra and Polio Eradication. For more information visit Try Booking or phone (02) 6249 1555. On Thursday 26 February from 6pm to 10pm.

MUSIC & DANCE

Jelena Mamić and Anne Ewing

Operatic soprano, Jelena Mamić, accompanied on piano by Anne Ewing, will perform a program that includes works by Schubert, Glinka, Mascagni, Rachmaninov, Menotti and Webern on Wednesday 25 February from 12.40pm to 1.20pm at the Wesley Music Centre. Entry is $5 or $2 for concessions, pensioners and students, and can be purchased at the door. No bookings required. Visit Wesley Canberra website for more details.

No Lights, No Lycra

No Lights, No Lycra makes a return for 2015. 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.

Bec and Sam will be taking over as the (North) Canberra ambassadors for 2015. NLNL will take place on Wednesday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm, and in a new location. Head to 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. For more information visit the new NLNL Facebook page. On every Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9pm.

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 every Friday from 5pm.

Weekly Dance Party for the Over 30s

30+ Dance Event will be hosting weekly Dance Parties every Saturday night at The RUC where you will be provided with an entralling and relaxed atmosphere to meet new people at your own leisure. A fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere to dance, meet new or other likeminded persons, romance, flirt or socialise and make friends. These are popular weekly Saturday night evens and the ideal night out for fun-loving socialable 30+s with pulsating music from the 60s, 70s, 80, 90s plus much more. Visit 30 Plus Dance Event for details. On every Saturday from 8pm onwards at The RUC, Turner and $20 per head.

Smith’s Alternative Live Gigs

For more information about Smith’s Alternative Live gigs and to purchase tickets please visit their website.

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 PhoenixTransit BarThe FrontThe Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.

SPORT & FITNESS

ICC Cricket World Cup: West Indies v Zimbabwe

Manuka Oval will play host to three fixtures of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with the West Indies taking on Zimbabwe this Tuesday in the nation’s capital. Enjoy the atmosphere, the sunshine, the lights, the crowd and the banter; all the things that make cricket culture so great. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is contested by the 10 Full Members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), together with four Associate and Affiliate Members that qualify through the ICC Cricket World Cup qualifying programme. On Tuesday 24 February from 2.30pm at Manuka Oval. For tickets and more information visit the ICC website. Catch South Africa v Ireland on Tuesday 3 March.

ART

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, 6 Australian craft and design practitioners have created new works that reflect and respond to the iconic designs of the original furniture at Old Parliament House. Each artist was given unprecedented access to the rooms and collections, and the freedom to create a personal response. Informed by their own artistic backgrounds, each artist considered notions of political perspective, change, accountability and power in their pieces. The result is a thought-provoking collaboration between design, creativity and Australia’s political history. Artists include Canberra artists Jennifer Robertson, Niklavs Rubenis, Julie Ryder, Caren Florance, in collaboration with Melinda Smith; and Sydney-based artist Cecelia Heffer. The exhibition will run until November 2015. To view the full DESIGN Canberra program of events visit their website.

James Turrell: A Retrospective

Following sell-out shows in Los Angeles and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, comes the National Gallery of Australia’s 2014 summer blockbuster James Turrell: A Retrospective. Never before seen in Australia and showing only in Canberra, James Turrell is considered one of the greatest artists of our time. The National Gallery of Australia’s retrospective combines works from LACMA’s tour with spectacular new, site-specific installations. The exhibition is open until Monday 8 June, 2015 at the National Gallery of Australia. Ensure to check the exhibitions time changes over Christmas (closed Christmas Day). Tickets are available to purchase through Ticketek but bookings are also essential as only 15 people are allowed through in any one session.

Norforce: Tony Albert

Tony Albert works in a number of art forms, including drawing, painting, photography, and installation. A founding member of Queensland’s indigenous art collective proppaNOW, Albert’s art explores political, historical and cultural issues relevant to indigenous people in Australia today. Albert exhibits internationally and nationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Most recently Albert won the City of Sydney commission to create a public artwork in Hyde Park. Titled Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall the artwork honours the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier

Explore Parisian life through the work of three nineteenth century French masters in the new exhibition Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier at the National Gallery of Australia. Featuring over 150 prints, posters, drawings and monotypes from the national collection Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier examines the major contribution to French art made by Honoré-Victorin Daumier (1808-1879), Edgar Degas (1834-1917) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901). Open until 15 March 2015 at the National Gallery of Australia.

In the Flesh

In the flesh is an enthralling and immersive experience of contemporary art that confronts the concept of humanness and the experiences of consciousness and emotion. Featuring 10 Australian artists including Jan Nelson, Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Michel Peck, the exhibition explores themes of nurture, vulnerability, self-possession, isolation, acceptance and intimacy. The exhibition is open until 9 March 2015 at the National Portrait Gallery.

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future tells the story of an intriguing collection of artworks created by Warlpiri people in the 1950s. Glimpsed through the eyes of the collector as well as more recent Warlpiri interpretations, Warlpiri Drawings explores how drawing has been used to make sense of 80 years of monumental change, to picture life in the present and look hopefully towards the future. The exhibition is open until 31 May 2015 at the National Museum of Australia.

Other exhibitions

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

EXHIBITIONS

Unfold and Construct

For more than a decade, Phoebe Porter has, with precision, accuracy and a steady hand, used sophisticated tools and custom-adapted machines to cut, fold, file and finish bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces. Demonstrating a consistency and evolution of form that promises a long career, her contemporary jewellery work is now on show in her solo exhibition, Unfold and Construct. See Phoebe’s work at Bilk Gallery, 12 Palmerston Lane Manuka until Saturday 14 March. For more information visit www.phoebeporter.com.au.

Guilty Pleasures

A solo exhibition by Canberra-based emerging artist Shaun Hayes, exploring contemporary ideas and processes in the context of traditional ceramics. Opening launch will take place 6pm this Wednesday 25 February at the ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson. The exhibition will run until Sunday 15 March.

Let Me Be Myself: The Story of Anne Frank

A message to the young people of today, the travelling Anne Frank exhibition, Anne Frank, Let Me Be Myself, features quotations from Anne Frank’s diary and photos of her family that form a thread throughout the exhibition. To emphasise the chronological order of events, almost every panel contains a timeline. Below the timeline is the personal story of Anne Frank and above the timeline the visitor is confronted with the ‘big historical events’ of that time. The exhibition developed by the world-famous Anne Frank House in Amsterdam is travelling around major cities and regional towns throughout Australia. Guides will be available to assist visitors to understand the story of Anne Frank and its context. On now until 31 March from 10am to 5pm at the Australian Jewish Centre. Entry is $5 per person. For more information visit their website.

Portraits of a Tea Cosy

A tea cosy exhibition would not be complete without Loani Prior tea cosies and this exhibition stars 20 exuberant cosies with marvellously quirky names such as Sleeveless in Seattle and All form and No FunctionPortraits of a Tea Cosy has been developed into a travelling exhibition through collaboration with the artists and Warwick Art Gallery with assistance from Museum and Gallery Services of Queensland. The exhibition will open Thursday 12 February by Mark Viner, Head of Sturt at 6pm in Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Gallery and will run until Saturday 28 March. Craft ACT is proud to partner with the ANU to offer knitting enthusiasts a special one off opportunity to learn from the Queen of Teacosies, Loani Prior in a two-day workshop on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March. Places are limited. For more information and to book visit Craft ACT.

Arthur Boyd: Portrait of Friendship

Manning Clark House Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by Arthur Boyd, from the period of his long friendship with historian Manning Clark. These intimate works, figurative and set against the Australian bush, include two portraits of Manning Clark as well as a series of artistic nudes. This unique exhibition takes place in the original home of Manning and Dymphna Clark– the lounge room where Arthur and Manning discussed art, culture and other issues of the day over a pot of tea. Most of these works are on loan from the Bundanon Trust collection. Entry is by donation. The exhibition will run until 15 March at Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest. Opening hours are 11am to 3pm, Thursday to Sunday.

The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in the National Film and Sound Archive‘s latest screen and sound experience in Acton – The Front Room. Discover the history of sound, music and broadcast in comfort. Listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on one of the listening posts. Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, there’s always something to see, hear or do in The Front Room. Open until 24 December, 2015. Visit their website for more information.

Art is a Weapon

Art is a Weapon takes you back to an Australia gripped by the Cold War. Amid propaganda for and against communism, artists turned to an image familiar to most Australians; the Southern Cross flag of the Eureka Stockade. The portfolio contains fourteen works from ten artists, including three from prominent Melbourne artist Noel Counihan. Counihan was a Social Realist who was heavily involved in the Communist Party, and was well-known in the Melbourne art community. The works reflect both the Eureka rebellion itself and, more broadly, the themes of workers’ rights and struggles against the established authorities.

Art is a Weapon explores how the Eureka story, legend and iconography have been used by groups and causes of all political flavours to spread their message. Alongside the portfolio of works, other objects and artworks using the Southern Cross motif show how the idea of Eureka has been adopted by groups as diverse as young communists and motorcycle clubs. Open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Visit their website for more information.

Behind the Lines 2014

Superheroes. Battle axes. Death stares. Who said politics was dry and dull? Highly anticipated and scorchingly honest, Behind the Lines 2014 celebrates the best political cartoons of 2014. The exhibition – one of the most anticipated of the year for politic tragics is now open at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. In the 2014 exhibition, cartoonists wryly comment on Tony Abbott’s first year in government. They see the Coalition attempting to deliver strong and stable leadership, as well as fulfilling their election promises to stop the boats, axe the tax, fix the budget and reduce red tape. Meanwhile, a restless Australian Labor Party waits for its Leader to ditch the past, move forward and say something. Each year the exhibition acknowledges a cartoonist as the Behind the Lines Political Cartoonist of the Year. Open until November 2015.

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

Afghanistan and the Middle East are now linked to Australia’s national story. Australia’s mission is clear: to combat international terrorism, to stabilise Afghanistan, and to support Australia’s international alliances. Yet a mission statement cannot capture the challenges, the successes, and the comradeship of the Australian men and women who pursue it. Nor the joys and heartbreaks, or the loneliness and the dedication of those who wait at home. Some of these experiences, set against the powerful imagery of a modern war, are told in this exhibition. Over time, the display will change and evolve as more veterans share their stories. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Enterprising Australians

An insight into how great ideas happen, hear the inspiring stories of Australia’s modern-day innovators. Discover the unique journey that inventors take from idea to product in this exhibition featuring video stories, product displays and interactive stations that explore the origins of products from a range of fields, including mining, agriculture, medical, automotive, and food science. Showing until 25 June 2015 at Questacon.

World of Cricket from the Bradman Museum at Canberra Museum and Gallery

The unmistakable sound of leather on willow will echo through Canberra this summer when the city plays host to some of the world’s leading cricket nations as they compete for the prestigious – ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Featuring rare and captivating material from the Bradman Museum, as well as contemporary equipment from those teams that will compete at Manuka Oval in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, the exhibition will bridge the historical gap between Bradman and the contemporary game, and shed a light on Canberra’s own cricketing heritage. Open until Sunday 15 March 2015 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Keepsakes: Australians and The Great War

To mark the centenary of the First World War, the National Library of Australia invites you to explore their fascinating collection of wartime albums, medals, letters and diaries in Keepsakes. Keepsakes tells the story of The Great War as experienced by Australian servicemen and women, key political leaders, civilians, artists and families on the homefront. Discover how very personal stories become our nation’s collective memory. Open until Sunday 31 May, 2015.

Power of 1: Does your voice count?

Discover the changing nature of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it. Power of 1 is a ground breaking interactive exhibition shaped by the answers you share, about what matters to you. Step back in time to remember the events, people and experiences that have shaped each generation of Australians. Have your say about the state of democracy and help to create a new kind of museum experience curated by the voices of the Australian people. It’s time…have your say and be heard. Open until 12 November 2015 at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

After spending over three weeks talking to Australian servicemen and women in Afghanistan, Ben Quilty felt an overwhelming need to tell their stories. He went there in October 2011 as an official war artist, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and attached to the Australian Defence Force. His task was to record and interpret the experiences of Australians deployed as part of Operation Slipper in Kabul, Kandahar, and Tarin Kot in Afghanistan and at Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates. Quilty’s work employs a wide range of genres, including portraits, figurative subjects, still-lifes and landscapes. On display until 14 August 2015.

Menzies: By John Howard

Former Prime Minister John Howard has curated this Menzies exhibition and shares his unique and personal insights, reflections and stories on the intense first term of former Prime Minister Robert Menzies. The exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies’ first term as prime minister (1939-41) and features objects never before seen by the public, including personal items on loan from the Menzies family. Open now until 3 September 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story

Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story reflects on the powerful bonds and enduring relationships between people and horses to trace how together they have helped build the Australian nation. This exhibition features some 500 historical artefacts, including icons of the nation’s thoroughbred racing history, horse-drawn vehicles, riding equipment and trophies telling the stories of some of Australia’s leading international equestrians. Film, sound and sculptural elements bring the majesty and character of the horse into the space, with specially produced digital features exploring Australian breeds and the nation’s pony club stories. Open now until 9 March 2015 at the National Museum of Australia.

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