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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS… 

Celestial Empire: Life in China 1644-1911

Celestial Empire – 300 years of Chinese culture and tradition from two of the world’s great libraries. From life at court to in the villages and fields, glimpse the world of China’s last imperial dynasty.

See exquisite and precious objects from the National Library of China. Marvel at drawings and plans for Beijing’s iconic palaces from the Yangshi Lei Archives, never seen in Australia. Beautiful maps, books and prints come alive in ornate detail.

Discover the National Library of Australia‘s acclaimed Chinese Collection, including rare items from the London Missionary Society; a unique view of early western impressions of China.

Open daily from 10am at the National Library of Australia, Parkes. Click here for more information.

New Year’s Eve in the City

Canberra is set to welcome in 2016 with a fantastic line-up of free entertainment including two state-of-the-art fireworks displays, an all-ages concert in Civic Square and a high-energy dance party in Garema Place.

Entertainment kicks off from 7pm in Civic Square, and features state-of-the-art pyrotechnic displays at 9pm and midnight.

Bass in the Place gets Garema Place crowds grooving from 9pm with a high-energy dance party featuring a great line-up of Australian DJs.

There’s something for everyone this New Year’s Eve. Head into the city to enjoy the free entertainment and party atmosphere.

Family Civic Square Concert: 7pm – 12.30am and Garema Place dance party: 9pm – 1am. Both events are alcohol and glass-free. Click here for more details.

New Year’s Eve at the Hyatt Hotel

Celebrate in style at Canberra’s most glamorous New Year’s Eve Party at the Hyatt Hotel.

Taking over The Garden and The Tea Lounge, enjoy free flow wine and ales. Feast on delicious fresh seafood from live cooking stations, a Latin style barbecue, an array of salads and a magical dessert buffet.

Starting at 7.30pm, dance the evening away with entertainment all night long and Moët at midnight.

$199 per person, bookings are essential, please phone 6270 1234.

Lucky’s 007 James Bond New Year’s Eve Party

A secret soiree with a flowing bar, fireworks and a view to kill!

You are officially invited to the Lucky’s James Bond 007 New Years Eve Party.

They have three top-secret options for your eyes only; the Lucky’s 007 NYE party, VIP High Roller Package and the exclusive QT Lounge NYE Package.

The debate will forever rage whether Sean Connery, Roger Moore or Daniel Craig was the best 007. Either way gents, you have plenty of black tie inspiration. As for the ladies, they suggest something classy and sexy, long or short, evening or cocktail. From Pussy Galore to Holly Goodhead and Xenia Onatopp, there are loads of Bond girls to draw inspiration from.

You needn’t wear a costume to attend, but you’ll be missing the chance to win the prizes being awarded for the Best Bond, Best Villain, Best Henchman, Best Good Girl and Best Bad Girl.

Choose your New Years Eve party carefully, Mr Bond; it might be your last… And by last, we mean best.

Click here for more information about tickets and packages.

Lucky’s Speakeasy at QT Hotel, 31 December 2015 from 8pm onwards.

New Years Eve at The Albert Hall with Canberra Salon Orchestra

Join the Canberra Salon Orchestra at Albert Hall on New Years Eve. Enjoy bubbly on arrival, with Canberra pianist Robbie Mann playing stride tunes on the Grand Piano.

At 9pm, the fireworks over Lake Burley Griffin will provide a grand fanfare to welcome the Canberra Pops Orchestra, who will dazzle you with a combination of audience favourites and Viennese waltzes. Sit back and enjoy the show, or don your dancing shoes and have a spin around the dance floor!

Dress is masquerade black tie. Click here to book now or find more information.

A. BAKER X EAT STREET

A wonderment to the senses. Set in the Old Oak Tree Courtyard and serving up aromatic street food to craft beers, enchanting sights and sounds of live performers, A. BAKER plays host to Canberra’s most interactive street style experience. Every Friday from 6pm throughout Summer, entry is free. Food from $11.00. Beverages from $6.00. Visit the website for more information.

A. BAKER Old Oak Tree Courtyard, NewActon Pavilion, 15 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra. 

Tom Roberts

Experience the work of legendary Australian artist Tom Roberts this summer at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra. This extraordinary exhibition brings together Tom Roberts’ most famous paintings. Paintings such as Shearing the rams (1888-90) and A break away! (1891) are among the nation’s best known works of art. An exhibition for all Australians, it’s not to be missed.

The exhibition takes place during an exciting period of change at the NGA, including a large-scale rehang of almost every work of art, with Australian art taking pride of place in a new location.

Daily from 10am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day) until 28 March 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Book tickets here

Australians of the Year exhibition at the National Museum of Australia

Champions for gender equality, the abolition of capital punishment, conservation, personal sacrifice for others, affordable health care and the building of youth self-esteem, are being honoured in a new exhibition featuring the National Australia Day Council’s (NADC) 2016 Australian of the Year finalists.
The Australian of the Year Awards 2016 exhibition pays tribute to the eight extraordinary Australians chosen as the 2016 Australian of the Year finalists. The exhibition features personal objects selected by the finalists that have special significance to them and communicate something special about their lives and experiences.
On now at The National Museum of Australia, Acton. The museum is open 9am-5pm every day. The exhibition is free and located in the entrance hall. Cost: Free. See australianmuseum.net.au for more information.

Spiders at Questacon

Imagine if you could taste with your fingers and hear with your hair!

Spiders – a joint exhibition between Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre and the Australian Museum will help you to unlock the secretive world of these captivating creatures.

Weave your way through the fascinating exhibits and interactive displays to discover how these web-weavers, hunters and burrowers outlived the dinosaurs to become one of the most successful creatures on earth.

Bravely step into the web of a net-casting spider to get your photo taken or peer into spider innards using 3D scanning technology—what do you see?

Challenge a peacock spider to a dance-off or, if you dare, ‘hold’ a virtual wolf spider in the palm of your hand!

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of spiders as you listen to Australian Scientists detailing their latest discoveries and learn how you can get closer to spiders in your own garden.

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

Opens 24 November from 9 am – 5 pm every day at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. For more information see the website.

100 Days of Summer at Lucky’s

Lucky’s Speakeasy at QT Canberra is throwing a massive party, all through Summer! There’ll be a James Bond 007 NYE party and QT Backyard Australia Day BBQ, as well as weekly events, like Friday sessions, secret men’s business, Latino nights, summer night markets and a ping pong tournament. This summer at Lucky’s is going to be on like Donkey Kong.

As one of Canberra’s premiere watering holes, you’ll find an event to suit every taste at Lucky’s. For more information see their website.

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 MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily.

HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS AND MORE

For our handy guide as to what restaurants, bars and cafes are open over the holidays, click here.

For our ultimate guide to getting the most out of summer in Canberra, click here.

Also make sure you check out our school holiday program round up for some great ways to keep the kids entertained and build new skills this summer.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

December 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. Click here to book now.

Ranger Guided Walks and Activities at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve offers an extensive program of guided walks and activities and special school holiday activities throughout the year. Don’t miss your chance to see Australian wildlife in this beautiful natural environment.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is home to a wide range of Australian animals including kangaroos, platypus, potoroos, wallaroos, possums, wombats, echidnas, emus, lyrebirds and many other birds and reptiles.

Walks and activities cater for a range of different age groups. Check their website for full details.

No charges apply for activities held at the Visitors Centre. Nominal entry fees apply for activities within the reserve.

From 2 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. Check their website for full details.

The Fit Muse – Social Running Club

Shut Down Period – December 19 and resumes in 2016

Summer is just around the corner and our capital, little city has some amazing tracks for those of you who want to keep fit.

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

All levels welcome and there are additional challenges for the more experienced runner. 

Every Saturday Morning, 8:30am FREE.

MARKETS, FESTIVALS & EXPOS

Old Bus Depot Market

Shut Down Period – December 20 2015 and resumes January 10 2016
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.

Visit obdm.com.au for more information.

Southside Farmers Markets

Shut Down Period – December 20 2015 and resumes January 17 2016

The Southside Farmers Market is a village market that provides all the fresh food that you need for your weekly shop. 

The market has a great range of fresh, seasonal produce from around 60 stallholders each week – including fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat, fish, honey, bread, gourmet treats and much more.

Amongst the wide range of food available, you will find vegetables from Cowra, free range eggs from Tharwa, organic meat from Bombala, organic salad greens from near Hall, vegetables from Marulan, fresh mushrooms and seafood from the south coast, award winning olive oil from near Hall, vegetables from Thirlmere, citrus from Leeton, apples from Batlow Gunning and Pialligo, local breads, cooking sauces and condiments made in Canberra, and award winning organic and fair trade coffees roasted here in Canberra. 

If you have a sweet tooth try some freshly baked, tarts, macarons or cakes. There is a wide range of certified organic and biodynamic produce available.

After your shopping relax over a cappuccino or a hot chocolate made with real Belgian chocolate, with a crepe, waffle, sausage sandwich or gozleme in the courtyard.

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

EAT LOCAL FRIDAYS Farmers Market

Shut Down Period – December 18 2015 and resumes January 29 2016

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

Special guest Costa Georgiadis, will be there to kick things off. Visit their website for more information. On from 2.30pm – 7pm each Friday at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Shut Down Period – December 19 2015 and resumes January 16 2016

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.

SPORT

The Fit Muse – Social Running Club

Shut Down Period – December 19 and resumes in 2016

Summer is just around the corner and our capital, little city has some amazing tracks for those of you who want to keep fit.

We meet every Saturday morning at 8:15am out the front of Muse for an 8:30am start. It’s an easy 5km run up through Telopea Park, along the shore of Lake Burley Griffin up to the NGA and back again.

All levels welcome and there are additional challenges for the more experienced runner. And afterwards stay for a Red Brick Espresso coffee or something from our fitness friendly weekend menu!

Every Saturday Morning, 8:30am FREE

FOOD & WINE

A. BAKER X EAT STREET

A wonderment to the senses. Set in the Old Oak Tree Courtyard and serving up aromatic street food to craft beers, enchanting sights and sounds of live performers, A. BAKER plays host to Canberra’s most interactive street style experience. Every Friday from 6pm throughout Summer, entry is free. Food from $11.00. Beverages from $6.00. Visit the website for more information.

A. BAKER Old Oak Tree Courtyard, NewActon Pavilion, 15 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra. 

Old Parliament House – Friday Night Drinks

Shut Down Period – December 18 2015 and resumes January 29 2016

Spring is back, and so is Canberra’s favourite Friday night drinks at Old Parliament House.

Unwind from the week and kick-start the weekend with your colleagues, friends or significant other in the historic courtyard of Old Parliament House. Enjoy live DJ, delicious snacks and chilled cocktails until March 2016.

Kick your weekend off in style for a drink in the historic courtyards of the House. Visit the website for more details.

King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra.

FAMILY

School holidays at the AIS

Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment? With a focus on participation and having a good time, AIS holiday programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Soccer and Tennis Camps and a general Sports Vacation Program.

All programs are based around children having fun, learning new skills, working as a team and keeping active. There will also be activities in Sportex, the interactive sports experience.

4-29 January 2016, Monday to Friday: 8am-5:30pm, except Australia Day public holiday 26 January. Full day or weekly programs available. Click here for more information.

Memory of a Nation Family Corner

Summer is a great time to visit our Memory of a Nation exhibition, with new and curious collection items now on show.

Queen Victoria’s underpants? A trip to Antarctica? What is an archive? Read stories from our past, do a puzzle or try the Discovery Trail.

For children under 10 and fun for mum and dad too.

On at the National Archives of Australia until 2 February. Free entry. Open daily from December 18 2015 to February 1 2016 (except Christmas Day) 9am-5pm.

Amusement parlour: Family space

The National Portrait Gallery has something for everyone to enjoy these summer school holidays with free activities inspired by Sideshow Alley for families to enjoy together.

Made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

At the National Portrait Gallery, open from 11am-4pm, 26 December 2015 – 24 January 2016.

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.

Held from 10am to 11am the last Friday of each month at National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive, Canberra.

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 MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily.

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.

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

Women in War museum theatre performances

Be part of the spring school holiday programs at the Australian War Memorial with Women In War. See actor Leith Arundel in two moving performances, Last letters and Radio silence, relating the experiences of women during wartime. 

Other programs include story time, hands-on history activities, drop in craft sessions and gallery talks. Please visit the Australian War Memorial events calendar on their website for exact dates and times.

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

Ned Kelly (M) Film Screening

The National Portrait Gallery is continuing its free film screenings throughout Summer. Join them for a free screening of the Australian film Ned Kelly (M – 2003).

Saturday 2 January from 3pm at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes. Limited places, no bookings required. Donations are welcome. Free.

MUSIC, DANCE & MORE 

New Year’s Eve Ball with the Canberra Pops Orchestra

New Years Eve 2015 may well spoil you for future New Years Eves! Albert Hall is a stunning high-end ballroom with original features. The doors will open at 8pm to give you plenty of time to find your seats and enjoy your free glass of bubbly on arrival.

A mood of excitement and anticipation will be set by Canberra Pianist Robbie Mann playing stride tunes on the Albert Hall Grand Piano as guests arrive.

At 9pm, the fireworks over Lake Burley Griffin will provide a grand fanfare to welcome the Canberra Pops Orchestra, who will dazzle you with a combination of audience favourites – classic pops music, movie themes and Viennese waltzes. Either sit back and enjoy the show, or don your dancing shoes and have a spin around the dance floor!

Not a big dancer? You’ll still enjoy a fantastic show. There will be some high jinks for you to get up to, with instructional dance cards to get you in the spirit. Bar service is available throughout the evening and if you splurge on a VIP ticket you’ll have a food and drinks package throughout the night.

At midnight, charge your glass and head out to the terrace to enjoy the fireworks over Lake Burley-Griffin. Grab your sweetheart (or one you haven’t met yet!) and ring in 2016 in style as the orchestra plays Auld Lang Syne.

Dress is masquerade black tie. Prizes will be awarded for the best mask and the best dressed couple. Parking is available adjacent to the hall and also across the road at Treasury (use the underpass). Please drink responsibly, especially if you are driving.

Tickets start at $95, visit the website for more information. On December 31 from 8pm at Albert Hall,100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla.

Dark Disco

Dark Disco is a casual weekly dance event held in a dimly lit room. We turn the lights off and the music up for one hour so that you can dance like nobody’s watching.

It’s a place to have fun, de-stress and totally be yourself! We try to play a little bit of everything, from old stuff to dance, pop, rock, hip hop, Triple J tunes to super cheesy Top 40.

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

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

No Lights, No Lycra

Shut Down Period – December 16 and resumes in 2016 TBC

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 is on 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.

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 Bar, The FrontThe Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.

ART

Portrait Play

Explore portraits through drawing and creative activity at the National Portrait Gallery with Portrait Play. The themes these holidays are: My favourite things (26 December – 15 January) and Eyes, ears, mouth and pose (16 – 31 January)

For children from 4 to 8 share with family and friends. All children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Daily in the school holidays. Bookings essential, click here for more information.
Made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

National Portrait Gallery, daily from 11am-12pm from 26 December 2015 – 31 January 2016.

Behind the Lines 2015: The year’s best political cartoons

Behind the Lines 2015: The year’s best political cartoons celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

With a selection of 80 cartoons from 39 cartoonists, this year’s exhibition displays some of Australia’s most controversial cartoons that test the boundaries of free speech and the freedom of the press.

Until 25 November 2016, daily from 9am – 5pm at Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House. Closed Christmas Day. Click here for more information.

 Wendy Saddington: Underground icon

Artist Peter Maloney first saw Wendy Saddington perform in Canberra when he was around 17 years of age. He became a lifelong admirer and then friend of the singer and amassed an extensive personal archive of material relating to this iconic Australian performer.

Using material from Maloney’s archive, the exhibition follows the development of Saddington’s career as a cult celebrity and a key figure in Australian popular music history.

Opening hours: Weekdays: 10am – 5pm; Weekends: 12 – 5pm until 17 April 2016 at Canberra Museum and Gallery

Magnified: 12 years of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

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

A partnership exhibition developed and curated by the National Archives of Australia and South Australian Museum.

Open daily 9am-5pm, except Christmas Day and Good Friday until 28 March 2016 at National Archives of Australia. Free entry. 

Borland + Borland

This exhibition is a celebration of the work of sisters Polly and Emma Borland. Polly Borland, who is currently based in Los Angeles USA, is one of Australia’s most important contemporary photographers. Emma Borland is a glass artist based in Melbourne.

Until 7 February at Canberra Glassworks. Opening times: 10am – 4pm: Tuesday – Sunday. 

Nicola Dickson Close Encounters: the Voyage of Bruni D’Entrecasteaux

During the French naval voyage commanded by Bruni D’Entrecasteaux to Australia and the Western Pacific in 1791-1794, encounters with people and place were recorded by the artist Jean Piron.

The nature of these meetings between minds and bodies, each with their own desires, needs and understandings is explored in this exhibition which re-presents engravings derived from Piron’s drawings.

Weekdays: 10am – 5pm; Weekends: 12 – 5pm (4pm in Winter) at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Civic Square.

Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route

Kaninjaku explores the history of the Canning Stock Route. Stories of contact, conflict and survival are featured in a striking new exhibition, Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route. Showing at the National Museum of Australia until 12 August 2016.

Other exhibitions

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

EXHIBITIONS

Commemorative late-night openings at the Australian War Memorial

See the Memorial in a different light during late-night openings of the Commemorative Area throughout January 2016. Volunteer guides will offer insights into the space and the stories of those listed on the Roll of Honour.

Listen to the recorded voices of Australian schoolchildren reciting the names of the men and women who died serving our nation during the First World War. As the sun sets visitors can watch as names from the First World War Roll of Honour are projected onto the dome above the Memorial’s Hall of Memory.

Fridays and Saturdays 7.30 pm – 10 pm from 1-30 January 2016 at the Australian National War Memorial.

Tom Roberts

Experience the work of legendary Australian artist Tom Roberts this summer at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra. This extraordinary exhibition brings together Tom Roberts’ most famous paintings. Paintings such as Shearing the rams (1888-90) and A break away! (1891) are among the nation’s best known works of art. An exhibition for all Australians, it’s not to be missed.

The exhibition takes place during an exciting period of change at the NGA, including a large-scale rehang of almost every work of art, with Australian art taking pride of place in a new location.

Daily from 10am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day) until 28 March 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Book tickets here

New Year’s Events – Last coin of the year

Start your New Year’s celebrations with a bang at the Mint! At 4.45 pm on Thursday December 31 The Royal Australian Mint, will be drawing the name of a lucky entrant to have the exclusive chance to strike the final coin of the year. As was the case last year, you have to be in it to win it, last tickets will be given out at 4.45 pm, directly followed by the draw and only people present at this time will have the opportunity. The winner will not only receive the highly sought-after final coin of the year, but it will be accompanied by a certificate authenticating their piece. Please note, the winner of the raffle will be required to purchase the coin for $3.00.

Entry is free and you can find out more here. On December 31 from 10am at The Royal Australian Mint, Denison Street, Deakin. 31 December 2015 – Last coin of the year

Opportunity Strikes Again – First coin of the year

Leading into the beginning of the 50th anniversary of decimal currency, the Mint has a special design planned for the gallery press. Due to this, the excitement has already begun for friends of the Mint and lovers of coins wanting to be in the first 100 to strike a coin in 2016. Be sure to be get there at 10 am on January 1 when doors open for the first time in the New Year and the new gallery press coin design will be unveiled for the first time. Coffee will be available for purchase for those waiting in the queue from 8.00 am.

For all those visiting, we will have an extra number of Public Tours scheduled running at 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Please keep in mind that the factory will not be in production from Christmas Day and will reopen on Monday 4 January 2016. Visitors can still peer down into the factory space and enjoy our interactive touch screens which can take you behind the scenes and teach you all about the process of making coins!

Entry is free and you can find out more hereOn January 1, doors open at 10am at The Royal Australian Mint, Denison Street, Deakin.

The Last Temptation: The art of Ken + Julia Yonetani

Chandeliers made from uranium glass representing nuclear-powered nations and a nine-metre banquet table made entirely of salt feature in the first large survey show of internationally acclaimed Japanese and Australian artist collaborators Ken + Julia Yonetani at NGA Contemporary.

Ken + Julia Yonetani’s NGA installation is a provocative response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. In an installation of chandeliers reconfigured to emanate UV light, and decorated with specially sourced Uranium glass, each chandelier represents a country that operates nuclear power stations. It is work that is aesthetically astounding, accessible and engaging. Uranium glass poses no health risks.

Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday: 10am – 5pm from Saturday 12 Dec 2015 – 27 Mar 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia Contemporary, Parkes. 

Home in time

The exhibition Home in Time was inspired by a book written for the centenary of Canberra. 100 Canberra Houses: A Century of Capital Architecture by Tim Reeves and Alan Roberts surveys Canberra’s domestic culture from 1913 – 2013.

Ten homes from the book have been selected for this exhibition. They demonstrate a variety of themes, from public service inundation to architectural innovation and date back to the foundation of Canberra’s urban environment. Generous private lenders have contributed precious family heirlooms to this exhibition; furniture, paintings, plans, photographs are on display in this exposé of Canberra homes.

Opening times: Weekdays: 10am – 5pm; Weekends: 12 – 5pm from Saturday 12 December 2015 – 24 Mar 2016 at Canberra Museum and Gallery

Capital and Country: the Federation years 1900–1914

This exhibition celebrates the art of the newly-federated Australia alongside the work of Australians working in Europe during these formative years of the new century.

The paintings by twenty-five Australians invite viewers on a journey through the era and around the world, from patriotic visions of the Australian bush to the bohemian enclaves of London and Paris where sumptuous portraits were produced. Capital and country is a travelling exhibition of paintings from the national collection, developed as the National Gallery of Australia’s gift to the nation in celebration of Federation and the centenary of the Federal Capital in 2013.

Weekdays: 10am – 5pm Weekends: 12 – 5pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Sideshow Alley: Infamy, Macabre and the Portrait

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

Drawing extensively from the underbelly of the Portrait Gallery’s own collection, Sideshow Alley will also include fascinating, rarely seen objects from major public collections in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, as well as from those of the Old Melbourne Gaol, the University of Melbourne, the Victoria Police Museum, and the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney.

Sideshow Alley will be on display from Saturday 5 December 2015 until Sunday 28 February 2016 at the National Portrait Gallery.

Sideshow Alley Highlights Tour

Step into Sideshow Alley at the National Portrait Gallery and explore the notorious Australian criminals from nineteenth century Australia. Featuring a selection of death masks, post-mortem drawings and other spooky and disquieting portraits.

Daily at  2.30pm. From 5 December 2015 to 28 February 2016. See above item for exhibition details. 

Duration is 30 minutes. No bookings required. Exhibition ticket required.

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.

Encounters: Revealing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Objects from the British Museum.

Stories at the heart of our history

This not-to-be-missed exhibition reveals the powerful stories of rare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum’s unparalleled collection.

Encounters also features contemporary works produced by the Indigenous communities from which the British Museum’s objects were originally acquired.

Many of the objects from the British Museum have not been seen in Australia since they were first acquired during contact between early settlers and First Australians.

Entry is free. Timed tickets are available at the door but we recommend you book online. Encounters is on show from 27 November 2015 until 28 March 2016, only at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

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, reflecting 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.

Showing at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Visit their website for more information.

Magna Carta – an Australian story

This year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, one of the most famous and significant documents for democracy and human rights around the world.

First written in 1215, it set down rules limiting the power of the monarchy and safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms.

Over its long history it has been reinterpreted as an icon of justice and liberty. In this exhibition, created with the assistance of the British Library, explore the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

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

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