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

FIVE THINGS NOT TO MISS

THE CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

It’s not just the way it sounds. It’s the way it feels.  Being up close. Seeing the precise movements; sensing the connection between performers. Following the journey of a piece of music from start to finish. That’s the Canberra International Music Festival. Intimate performances, exceptional musicianship, in some of the capital’s most iconic settings.

It’s classical music, and more. The program includes early music, contemporary music, world music and occasionally a hint of jazz. Venues are chosen for their stunning acoustic qualities or because they put the music in a new light.  You’ll experience performances that are challenging and uplifting, at times thought- provoking. Always moving, and always of the highest quality.

It could change the way you think about live music.

Happening across a variety of Canberra locations from Thursday 28 April until Sunday 8 May. Read our ‘must see’ round up here: hercanberra.com.au/cpcity/feel-the-music. Book tickets to sessions here: www.cimf.org.au

FIX AND MAKE: INVENT AND INSTRUMENT KIDS WORKSHOP

Artist Dylan Martorell will teach children how to make an instrument. But, not just any instrument – a conductive percussion instrument made from household waste that is connected to a computer robotics system. Hello. This workshop redefines what we can do with our own rubbish with a bit (okay a lot) of imagination. Children will assemble their own instruments, install an immersive sound environment and then play music together as a robotic orchestra. Our friends at Canberra’s Blue Gum Community School will be on hand to help students realise the incredible.

Happening this Saturday 30 April at Hotel Hotel. There are two sessions, one for kids 6-11 and a free-form session with kiddies 3 – 5 years old at 9am and 2pm respectively.

All children must be supervised by an adult. Places are limited to just 20 spots. For more information see the website: hotel-hotel.com.au/fixandmake/events/invent-an-instrument

ORANJEFEEST

Join in a fun filled day at the 2nd Oranjefeest Canberra! Oranjefeest is a celebration of all things orange based on the traditional King of the Netherlands’ birthday celebration.

An occasion for everyone – Dutch or not – to enjoy a celebration in typical Dutch spirit with delicious Dutch food, music, and some of Holland’s greatest games!  You don’t have to be Dutch to wear Orange!

FREE entry to the festivities.  King’s Dinner: 6.30-11pm (ticketed event).  Dirk Hartog Explorer’s Walk & Ride: 10-11am.

On Saturday 30 April from 11am-4pm for the festivities at Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla.

Visit the website for more information www.oranjefeestcanberra.org

FIX AND MAKE: GHOST NET WEAVING

Learn traditional weaving techniques from artists from the Torres Strait. Facilitated by Lynnette Griffiths, the Artistic Director of Erub Arts, in conjunction with Melanie Katsalidis from Pieces of Eight. Together you will make a large-scale woven artwork from ghost net – harmful fishing nets that have been left in the ocean by fishermen.

Happening this Sunday 1 May at Hotel Hotel from 10am-4.30pm. For more information see the website: hotel-hotel.com.au/fixandmake/events

THE COLLECTOR VILLAGE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

The Collector Village Pumpkin Festival is an annual event held on the first Sunday in May each year.

First held in the autumn of 2003, it has grown to be one of the largest community events in the region. It is a colourful festival that celebrates rural life and the harvest season using a unique pumpkin theme.

Community based, ran by volunteers with profits returned to local community. Features over 120 stall holders and many activities with the flavour of a traditional country fair full of simple fun, lots of colour and imagination. Showcases local produce and the arts/craft community.

Adult entry is $10, seniors $5, children 15 years and under are free. Entry fee covers access to most activities and attractions.

Happening this Sunday 1 May from 10am-4pm at Collector Village, about a 20 minute drive from North Canberra. Click here for more details: www.pumpkinfestival.com.au.

FOOD & DRINKS

CANBERRA WOMEN IN BUSINESS APRIL SUNSET DRINKS

Canberra Women in Business have been invited to the launch of Pialligo Estate’s Sunset Drinks. Experience the local wine and sample Pialligo Estate’s award winning smoked goods whilst networking with like-minded business women! 

Tickets are $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Purchase tickets here: http://trybooking.com/LAAJ 

THE COLLECTOR VILLAGE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

The Collector Village Pumpkin Festival is an annual event held on the first Sunday in May each year.

First held in the autumn of 2003, it has grown to be one of the largest community events in the region. It is a colourful festival that celebrates rural life and the harvest season using a unique pumpkin theme.

Community based, ran by volunteers with profits returned to local community. Features over 120 stall holders and many activities with the flavour of a traditional country fair full of simple fun, lots of colour and imagination. Showcases local produce and the arts/craft community.

Adult entry is $10, seniors $5, children 15 years and under are free. Entry fee covers access to most activities and attractions.

Happening this Sunday 1 May from 10am-4pm at Collector Village, about a 20 minute drive from North Canberra. Click here for more details: www.pumpkinfestival.com.au.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch … but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

SAVOURIES
Charcuterie sliced meat
Duck liver parfait
Oysters
Quiches
Mini sandwiches
Olives and cheese

SWEETS
Mini tartlets
Profiteroles
Crème brûlée
Friands
Macarons
Scones
Chocolate tartlets

Available between 11:30am – 2:30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

FARMERS AND FOODIES MARKET 

Farmers and Foodies will feature thirty stalls selling anything from tea to dog treats to organic vegetables and wood-fire sour dough all the way from Adaminaby. There will also be live music and a small bar.

For those who struggle to make it to the Farmers Markets on Saturday or Sunday, come out for some music, food and seasonal shopping at Farmers and Foodies Market!

Happening every Friday evening starting 22 April, from 3-7pm at the Kingston Foreshore, within the Old Bus Depot Markets. See the Facebook page for more details: www.facebook.com

LET’S DO DINNER 

Get along to The Loft Bar & Grill during March for their Let’s Do Dinner set menu special. With a fresh new menu each week, select from the two featured entrees & two mains each with a perfectly matched glass of wine.

Dinner is $49pp and bookings can be made from Wednesday to Saturday from 5pm. To book a table contact us The Loft on 6247 733023.

SUITS & SIPS 

If sipping on $10 cocktails after work suits you, it’s time to mix it up at The Loft. They are serving up Vanilla Espresso Martinis, Coconut Mango Martinis, Fireball Sours and more tantalising creations every Thursday night. $10 Cocktails & $20 Tasting Boards.

On every Thursday night from 5pm at The Loft, corner of Sargood and MacPherson Streets, O’Connor.

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE

GRETA BRADMAN

Hear Australian soprano Greta Bradman – recently named Limelight magazine’s Artist of the Year, live in Canberra.

On the back of her 2015 award-winning, chart-topping debut Decca album My Hero, Bradman says I’m so excited to be performing these concerts around Australia which celebrate some truly beautiful songs and arias and which pay tribute to some of my musical heroes.

Happening Friday 29 April from 7pm at All Saints Anglican Church, 9-15 Cowper Street. Purchase tickets and find more information at www.gretabradman.com

SHAKESPEARE: THE SONNETS OUT LOUD

A rare opportunity to enjoy a complete reading of every one of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets, to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Are you a diehard Sonnet 18 or Sonnet 130 populist, or do you prefer the “procreation” sonnets, perhaps the “avoidance” sonnets, the dark lady sequence, or the ‘Will’ poems?

Shakespeare took the sonnet and transformed it into a fluent and flexible form that could turn itself to any subject. The Sonnets have invited imitation, homage, critique, parody and pastiche over the last four hundred years and continue to be infinitely quotable popping up everywhere – in film, song, stories, and life!

Enjoy these famous works and words read by renowned Shakespearean actor William Zappa and outstanding vocalist actor Tobias Cole, with live accompaniment, in an absorbing evening directed by Dianna Nixon.

Happening Saturday 30 April at 7pm at The Street Theatre. More information at www.thestreet.org.au.

INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY IN NEWACTON

Come celebrate International Dance Day in the NewActon Precinct with two captivating performances – Sprout and Ocean Island…Mine!.

Sprout – a site specific, dance, installation and interactive performance work performed by Alison Plevey, Olivia Fyfe and Debora Di Centa that comments on the modern day pattern or convention to construct nature.

Ocean Island…Mine! – a woman, a 500kg block of ice, a shovel, and the steady walk from point A to point B. Back and forth, she works the open-cut mines of the past into the future of climate change; excavating the solid white rock into invisibility.

Happening this Friday 29 April. Times are: Sprout, 5.30pm at Phillip Law Street carpark and Ocean Island … Mine! 5.30pm at Kendall Lane.

CIRQUE AFRICA COMES TO CANBERRA

The greatest show from Africa is in Canberra for the first time ever and is guaranteed to be 100% African, 100% energy and 100% fun!

Cirque Africa is a two-hour high energy African circus production, bursting with colorful costumes, live music, dance and acrobatics. The show features 38 of Africa’s finest artists, along with an acrobat contortionist from 6 different African countries performing to a 9-piece live band playing original music composed for the show. It is a cultural, educational and visually spectacular production without animals and the only five-star rated show currently touring Australia!

Cirque Africa will be showing at Exhibition Park from 7 April until 29 May. Show times are Wednesdays to Fridays at 7.30pm; Saturdays at 1.00pm & 7.30pm; and Sundays at 1.00pm. There will also be additional shows during the school holidays.

For more information and the full show schedule, visit: www.cirqueafrica.com.au

GOLDEN GIRLS DANCE COURSE

Need something new in your daily routine? Start dancing! Learn simple and gentle steps & movements in an array of dance styles such as Salsa, Brazilian Samba & Funk.

This class is exclusive to ages 45+ and is the perfect way to meet new people and to stay active. This course is a 5 week course. No dance experience necessary.

Starts on Thursday the 28 April at 10am at Subsdance Dance Studios, 1/27-29 Eyre St, Kingston.
For more information visit www.subsdance.com.au

SIW SANDA ROO 2016

Beautiful Sri Lankan dances performed by Bhagya School of Dance (BSD) in ‘Siw Sanda Roo 2016’. The blend of dance, music, art and drama will take you on a journey to unveil the Sri Lankan culture, in their most breathtaking forms.

Erindale Theatre is sure to come alive with shimmering colors and captivating performances to popular music and rhythmic drums. The show is enriched with traditional and classical performances featuring Bharata Natyam and Ballet performances, more upcoming and modern dances and catchy Bollywood moves and grooves. All performances represent that DANCE is a movement in many forms transporting culture beyond borders.

Tickets/entry: Single $30, Child $20 (under 12yrs) & Family $85 (2 adults + 2 children). On 30 April to 1 May at the Erindale Theatre, McBryde Cres, Wanniassa.

Visit the Facebook page for more information www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010077345418

DARK DISCO

Dark Disco is a casual weekly dance event held in a dimly lit room. The lights are off and the music is up for one hour so that you can dance like nobody’s watching to 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 holidays) on Level 2 of The Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street Civic.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

CANBERRA WOMEN IN BUSINESS APRIL SUNSET DRINKS

Canberra Women in Business have been invited to the launch of Pialligo Estate’s Sunset Drinks. Experience the local wine and sample Pialligo Estate’s award winning smoked goods whilst networking with like-minded business women! 

Tickets are $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Purchase tickets here: http://trybooking.com/LAAJ 

UNDERSTANDING GOOD ORDER AND CHAOS: THE ROLE OF BOOKS, LIBRARIES AND JESUITS

Marco Ricci, the famous sixteenth century pioneer Jesuit missionary to China, noted that books enabled people to understand the events of yesteryear. Thus, the Jesuits founded libraries throughout the world in a desire to share knowledge across cultures. Dr Jeremy Clarke will describe the role of such books and libraries, and discuss some of the treasures on display from the NLA collection.

Dr Clarke lived in Beijing and Shanghai for a year after finishing high school, as the inaugural recipient of the Australian Young scholar in China scholarship. He completed an undergraduate degree in Chinese language at Macquarie University, later obtaining a PhD in Pacific and Asian history at ANU. He has spent a number of years as an Assistant Professor in the history department of Boston College.

In association with the Australian Centre on China in the World.

Happening Thursday 28 April from 6-7pm at the National Library of Australia. For more information visit www.nla.gov.au.

THE NUTS AND BOLTS SERIES: ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ON AN EXTERNAL INVESTOR?

Are you considering external investment? Do you know what you need to have ready before hand, during the process and once the investor is on board? Join the Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre for this workshop on how to get investor ready, presented by Amer Qureshi and Ross Corcoran from Deloitte Private.

Tickets are $25.00 (+GST). On 29 April from 1oam – 12pm at Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre, Unit 6, 65 Tennant Street, Fyshwick.

For more information visit the website www.canberrabusinessnews.com.au

DSLR PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS

Enjoy an outdoor experience learning how to use your camera and taking photos while you’re in the nation’s capital. Choose from beginner or advanced classes for the relevant tuition. Classes are offered for anyone 15 and over. Professional photographers ensure plenty of personal attention to advance your knowledge. Handout notes are provided.

Group discounts are available.

Held until Sunday 19 June at the Pork Barrel Café. For more information, contact 02 9560 0077. To book, visit National Photo Training College website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

FILM

TUNING IN: ABC TV 1964-76

Gather round the telly and bask in the glow of vintage ABC. From Play School to raunchy romps, see Australian life reflected on screen in Tuning IN: ABC TV 1964-76.

From the National Archives of Australia audiovisual collection

Starting Friday 8 April and running until 15 May, open daily from 9am – 5pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Entry is free. For more information visit: www.naa.gov.au/visit-us/exhibitions/index.aspx

SPORT, LEISURE & WELLBEING

ART JOURNALLING FOR HEALTH AND WELLBEING

This is a 10 week art therapy group for anyone who would like to explore the medium of art journalling and creativity to enhance emotional resilience and wellbeing. The group is run by a registered art therapist. We will explore stencilling, poetry writing, collage, painting, printmaking and story writing in a journal format, with a focus on self care. There is an intake process as numbers are strictly limited.

Tickets are $38 per week. Starts on Monday 2 May at 6pm at the Weston Community Hub, corner of Hilder St & Gritten St, Weston.

Visit the website for more information www.inkbrush.com.au

THE FIT MUSE – SOCIAL RUNNING CLUB

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.

At 8:30am every Saturday Morning. FREE.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

THE COLLECTOR VILLAGE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

The Collector Village Pumpkin Festival is an annual event held on the first Sunday in May each year.

First held in the autumn of 2003, it has grown to be one of the largest community events in the region. It is a colourful festival that celebrates rural life and the harvest season using a unique pumpkin theme.

Community based, ran by volunteers with profits returned to local community. Features over 120 stall holders and many activities with the flavour of a traditional country fair full of simple fun, lots of colour and imagination. Showcases local produce and the arts/craft community.

Adult entry is $10, seniors $5, children 15 years and under are free. Entry fee covers access to most activities and attractions.

Happening this Sunday 1 May from 10am-4pm at Collector Village, about a 20 minute drive from North Canberra. Click here for more details: www.pumpkinfestival.com.au.

MARKETS

FARMERS AND FOODIES MARKET 

Farmers and Foodies will feature thirty stalls selling anything from tea to dog treats to organic vegetables and wood-fire sour dough all the way from Adaminaby. There will also be live music and a small bar.

For those who struggle to make it to the Farmers Markets on Saturday or Sunday, come out for some music, food and seasonal shopping at Farmers and Foodies Market!

Happening every Friday evening starting 22 April, from 3-7pm at the Kingston Foreshore, within the Old Bus Depot Markets. See the Facebook page for more details: www.facebook.com

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS

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.

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.

CAPITAL REGION FARMERS MARKETS

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.

KIDS

CELESTIAL EMPIRE FAMILY ROOM

Use your imagination in this hands-on, interactive area to explore life during China’s last imperial dynasty. Kids and parents can contribute to a giant collaborative dragon artwork. Other activities will include puppeteering, craft, and colouring with ample space to curl up with a Chinese storybook.

The Family Room is open from now until 22 May at the National Library of Australia. Find out more at www.nla.gov.au.

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.

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.

Open from 9am to 5pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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 two 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.

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.

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.

Open every day from 9am to 5pm until 9 October at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. For more information see www.questacon.edu.au.

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 www.anbg.gov.au for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

FASHIONATION 2016

The Community Chest in Cooma are a community organisation that raises money within thier community and gives back to people in need in our Cooma-Monaro and Snowy River Shire community. Fashionation is their next major fundraising event.

The Cooma region is known for its Merino wool and Fashionation 2016 will showcase Australian Merino Wool and is proudly supported by Gordon and Kate Litchfield. With 10 local designers participating in 3 different categories: Wool collection, Open Collection and Australian Wool Challenge, guests will have the opportunity to be inspired by fresh and innovative ranges.

The challenge items will be auctioned at the event. Australian Wool Innovation have kindly donated flights & accommodation for two people to attend the International Woolmark Prize Final ­ an annual international award celebrating emerging design showcasing new and captivating interpretations of Merino wool ­ in Paris in late February 2017. The Community Chest Inc. intend to raffle or auction the trip to this prestigious event in Paris to raise funds to be used in the local community.

Ticket price includes a welcome drink, canapes, entry to the Fashionation show and the challenge item auction, access to designer ‘pop up’ shops and post­show bar until midnight.

On 30 April at 6pm at Gordon Litchfield Wool Store 1­7 Polo Flat Road, Cooma.

For more information visit The Cooma Community Chest Facebook page www.facebook.com/Communitychestcooma/ 

THE ACT WITNESS TREE PROJECT

The Gallery of Australian Design (GAD) will be launching an exhibition exploring a key aspect of Canberra’s local history and heritage. Presented by the ANU School of Art Furniture Workshop, the ACT ‘Witness Tree Project’ features objects created from the timber of city street trees who have come to the end of their useful life.

The ACT Witness Tree Project saw select trees distributed to a handful of artists, craftspeople and furniture makers to be transformed into new objects, reflecting on what the trees may have seen or heard in their lifespans.

Launches 8 April and runs until 30 April 2016 at Gallery of Australian Design, 47 Jardine Street, Kingston. Entry is FREE.

EXHIBITIONS

MEMORIES OF THE STRUGGLE

In 1994 Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa. He embodied not only the hopes of his long-suffering people, but also the spirit of thousands of anti-apartheid supporters around the world who had worked tirelessly to rid the country of its racist laws.

Among these supporters were many Australians. From as early as 1950, trade unions, the government, sportsmen and women, musicians and many individuals took part in the fight for justice in South Africa. The anti-apartheid movement was diverse and complex, and made up of many different groups and voices.

While Old Parliament House functioned as the federal parliament, important discussions were held and decisions were made there on Australia’s response to the South African government’s discriminatory policy of apartheid. Three prime ministers—Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke—made key decisions that put pressure on the South African government to abolish apartheid.

This exhibition features the voices and memories of some of the Australians and South African expatriates who worked hard over decades to bring about the end of apartheid. They often faced bitter opposition, and some were jailed for their actions. Memories of the Struggle pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of everyone who took part in the movement.

The Museum of Australia Democracy is pleased to be a contributing partner to this important exhibition.

On exhibition now at the Museum of Australian Democracy, inside Old Parliament House, Parkes.

SMOKESTACK PIANO BY KEN UNSWORTH

One of Australia’s most iconic artists, Ken Unsworth is represented in Australia’s major collections. His ongoing obsession with pianos, stones and large scale theatrical installations has earned him a place on the international stage.

Ken’s latest work – a grand piano featuring large glass and lighting elements, made at Canberra Glassworks – will be showcased during free intimate performances as part of the Canberra International Music Festival. The Smokestack Piano will be accompanied by a display of work from the highly skilled local artists commissioned by Ken Unsworth. They include Tom Rowney, Matthew Curtis, Brian Corr, Harriet Schwarzrock, Annette Blair, Scott Chaseling and John White.

Happening

PERFECT IMPERFECT

An exhibition of perfectly imperfect objects, collected from around the world. Curated by Karen McCartney, Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel, in collaboration with Hotel Hotel.

Perfect Imperfect’ springs from the pages of a new book by the same name by editor and author Karen McCartney, with photography by Sharyn Cairns and styling by Glen Proebstel. The book and exhibition are a celebration of accident, curation, collection, hesitation, collaboration, reuse and reimagining; and brings together contemporary design with well-worn objects to explore the established aesthetic of wabi-sabi in a new way. The exhibition is firmly sited in the now – where digital technologies and handmade processes are being merged to produce truly original objects and ideas.

The exhibition features local and international designers and artisans whose work best exemplifies the theme including exhibiting artists include Guy Keulemans, Don Cameron, Martyn Thompson, Alison Coates, John Wardle, Alana Wilson, Julian Watts, Jacqui Fink, Sharyn Cairns, Nectar Efkarpidis, James Shaw and Marjan van Aubel. 

‘Perfect Imperfect’ combines ceramics, art and sculptural pieces, textiles, photography and found objects to form one cohesive study of imperfection.

Opening party on Wednesday 27 April from 6pm. See the website for more information: www.hotel-hotel.com.au/blog/whats_on/perfect-imperfect

FIONA HALL: WRONG WAY TIME

Straight from the Venice Biennale comes Fiona Hall’s Wrong Way Time. This exhibition brings together hundreds of elements which create tensions around three intersecting concerns: global politics, world finances and the environment.

Previously exhibited in the newly built Australian Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, it will be accompanied alongside works from the NGA’s collection.

Free entry, on from 22 April until July 10 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Visit the website for more information nga.gov.au/exhibitions

SEMBLANCE BY SALLY WALK 

Established ceramic artist Sally Walk will present a series of sculptures in her upcoming exhibition entitled Semblance. In 2015 Sally was awarded the ‘Lorenzo il Magnifico’ Award for Ceramics (first place) at the Florence Biennale in Italy and attended the Changchun International Ceramics Symposium in China. 

The exhibition title refers to Walks fascination with human nature, in particular the facades often created to ensure belonging.

Sally has been invited to exhibit at the 2016 Tokyo International Art Fair and also been shortlisted to the North Queensland Ceramic Art Award. She has worked in ceramics for 25 years and has exhibited extensively over the last 10 years in France, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Italy and Australia. In 2018, she will present her work in a solo exhibition at Artifact Gallery in Manhattan New York.

On from from 9 April to 29 May at the Suki and Hugh Gallery  – Thursday to Fri 11am to 4pm, Sat to Sun 10am to 5pm, Monday 11-4pm, 38A Gibraltar Street Bungendore.

Visit the website for more information www.sukihugh.com.au

THE ACT WITNESS TREE PROJECT

The Gallery of Australian Design (GAD) will be launching an exhibition exploring a key aspect of Canberra’s local history and heritage. Presented by the ANU School of Art Furniture Workshop, the ACT ‘Witness Tree Project’ features objects created from the timber of city street trees who have come to the end of their useful life.

The ACT Witness Tree Project saw select trees distributed to a handful of artists, craftspeople and furniture makers to be transformed into new objects, reflecting on what the trees may have seen or heard in their lifespans.

Launches 8 April and runs until 30 April 2016 at Gallery of Australian Design, 47 Jardine Street, Kingston. Entry is FREE.

TUNING IN: ABC TV 1964-76

Gather round the telly and bask in the glow of vintage ABC. From Play School to raunchy romps, see Australian life reflected on screen in Tuning IN: ABC TV 1964-76.

From the National Archives of Australia audiovisual collection

Starting Friday 8 April and running until 15 May, open daily from 9am – 5pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Entry is free. For more information visit: www.naa.gov.au/visit-us/exhibitions/index.aspx

CONNECT WITH NATURE

View works produced by artists Ruth Hingston and Jodie Hatcher during the Archives’ ‘Connect with your nature’ artist-in-residence program. A National Archives, Craft ACT and ACT Parks and Conservation Service project.

On from Friday 8 April  to Saturday 14 May from 9am–5pm at the  National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

Visit the website for more information www.naa.gov.au

NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2016

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Now in its ninth year, this ever-popular event promotes the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers.

Held until Sunday 26 June at the National Portrait Gallery. For more information, visit www.portrait.gov.au.

BUSH CAPITAL: THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE ACT

Bush Capital showcases the natural history of the Australian Capital Territory. With the selection of the Yass-Canberra region as the location for the national capital, the phrase ‘Bush Capital’ became enshrined as an integral part of the city’s identity.

In this exhibition, the natural history of the Territory will be illustrated using specimens, illustrations, photographs, works of art and sound from the collections of Canberra Museum and Gallery and other national institutions.

Running until Sunday 26 June at the Canberra Museum and Gallery. Entry is free. For more information, visit www.cmag.com.au.

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.

Held until Sunday 22 May at the National Library of Australia. For more information, visit www.nla.gov.au.

MENZIES BY JOHN HOWARD

Former Prime Minister John Howard has curated the Menzies exhibition. He shares his unique and personal insights, reflections and stories on the intense first term of former Prime Minister, Robert Menzies.

The exhibition will help mark the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies’s 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.

Showing until Sunday 1 May at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Entry is up to $5 for a family. For more information, visit www.nma.gov.au.

MACQUARIE DIGITAL PORTRAITURE AWARD 2016

The Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2015 exhibition is your chance to see outstanding finalist works, including two award winners, support artists working with screen-based technology and cultivate digital portraiture as an evolving art form.

Rigorous visual form and careful consideration of soundscape and duration characterise the six finalist artworks.

Held until Monday 25 April at the National Portrait Gallery. For more information, visit www.portrait.gov.au.

BEHIND THE SCENES: TYLER GRAPHICS AT WORK

The National Gallery of Australia’s Kenneth Tyler Print Collection spans the entirety of Tyler’s career and is the most comprehensive collection of post-war American art outside the United States.

Consisting of over 7000 works of art and extensive holdings of documentary film, sound and photographic material, the collection provides insight into the workings of the most innovative print workshop of the twentieth century.

Showing until Sunday 8 May at the National Gallery of Australia. For more information, visit www.nga.gov.au.

CONNECT WITH YOUR NATURE 

View works produced by artists Ruth Hingston and Jodie Hatcher during the Archives’ ‘Connect with your nature’ artist-in-residence program. A National Archives, Craft ACT and ACT Parks and Conservation Service project.

On from Friday 8 April until Saturday 14 May from 9am – 5pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

Visit the website for more information www.naa.gov.au

MAKING OF MIDNIGHT OIL EXHIBITION 

The Making of Midnight Oil is a free exhibition exploring the bands impact on Australia’s social and cultural history over their 40-year career. It showcases rare and iconic items like instruments, stage props and memorabilia and includes performances and workshops.

On from Friday 11 March – 14 May at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway. Entry is free, visit the website for more information www.tuggeranongarts.com

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.

On display now until January 1 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.

ART IS A WEAPON

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 now at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

MAGNA CARTA – AN AUSTRALIAN STORY

This exhibition celebrates 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. This exhibition explores the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

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

KANINJAKU

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.

OTHER EXHIBITIONS

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

Feature image of GTM 2015 by Tao Jones. Image via facebook.com/groovinthemoofestival

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