This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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

SIX THINGS NOT TO MISS

THE GLASS MENAGERIE

“Profoundly moving… Beautifully done…. Breathtaking” The Australian

Tennessee Williams was one of the greatest American playwrights of the 20th century. The Glass Menagerie is his most loved play. Put in the hands of Belvoir Artistic Director Eamon Flack, this production delivers on every account – winning Best Play and Best Actress at the 2015 Helpmann Awards.

A beautiful, slightly haunting play, The Glass Menagerie follows a family as it falls apartalong with the dreams that had given them some ragmented substance. Amanda Wingfield is a single mother played by the great Pamela Rabe. Her son Tom, (Luke Mullins) is an aspiring poet who works in a warehouse, her daughter Laura is studying to become a secretary. They live in a small apartment pent up with fantasies and urges, rage and wounded tenderness. It is not a magnificent existence, but each has one true idea for a better life. Enter the Gentleman Caller …

The work is touching, depicting how change affects the individual (as well as the group), even as it rips them asunder.

On at Canberra Theatre Centre from Tuesday May 3 until Saturday May 7. Tickets available via www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au

BRUMBIES AND CANBERRA MILK LADIES ROUND

This Friday the Brumbies and Canberra Milk are celebrating Ladies Round with a donation of $4,000 (up to $20,000) to DVCS for each try scored by the Brumbies at their home game v the Bulls. 

The game will be a tough encounter between two strong forward packs, with the Bulls returning to Canberra with revenge on their minds after a tough defeat to the Brumbies last season. The Bulls have only won once before at GIO Stadium and they will be hoping to reverse that trend. They boast stars in the backline with Jesse Kriel, Cornal Hendricks and Rudy Paige, all game breakers who could cause big damage to the Brumbies.

Happening Friday 6 May at 7.40pm at GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce. The stadium will be open from 5pm on the night. For more information and to purchase tickets click here: premier.ticketek.com.au.

FREE LUNCHBOX SUGAR SWAP WORKSHOP

Want to learn more about how to make healthy, delicious and easy lunchbox options for the new school term with hands-on, practical advice from the Healthy Eating Hub’s nutritionist, Kate Freeman?

Register for our FREE workshop on Thursday 5 May from 7.30pm – 8.30pm! Please note this workshop is limited to 15 people, so be quick to register – it’s on a ‘first in’ basis!

Visit Eventbrite to reserve your free ticket: www.eventbrite.com.au. Read more about healthy after school sugar swaps here: hercanberra.com.au/cpfood/after-school-sugar-swaps

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PLAY SCHOOL: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS

Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 Years marks a milestone for Australia’s longest-running children’s television program at the National Museum of Australia. Head inside to find all your favourite Play School characters – Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima – plus the Rocket Clock and all the windows. This exhibition brings childhood stories alive.

On exhibition daily from 9am until 5pm from 7 May – 24 July at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Acton. For all ages.

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

MOTHERS DAY CLASSIC 

The Mother’s Day Classic in Canberra is celebrating its 10th birthday! Gather a team or registter as an individual and walk or run 5km or run 10km on Mother’s Day to raise funds for breast cancer research.  

Registration  – Online entries close at 8am Saturday 7 May or you can enter on the day, Sunday 8 May 2016 (event day) – from 7.00am

On Sunday 8 May from 7am until 12pm at Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park. To participate, volunteer or fundraise visit the website at www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/event-info/event-locations-map/Canberra

FOOD & DRINKS

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 May for their new Let’s Do Dinner set menu special. Venture upstairs to enjoy a Chef’s selection entree tasting plate, followed by your choice of main and dessert for only $49pp. For a special touch speak to the staff about a perfectly matched glass of wine to enjoy with your meal. 

Let’s Do Dinner is available from 5pm, Wednesday to Friday. To book a table contact The Loft Bar & Grill on 6247 7330 or visit www.theloftatduxton.com.au.

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

BEETHOVEN AND MOZART V

Australian Chamber Orchestra presents Beethoven and Mozart V.

In this tour de force directed by Richard Tognetti, the Grosse Fuge takes its original place as the finale of the String Quartet Op.130, a work that veers from torrential passion to aching beauty.

Mozart’s last and most dramatic violin concerto, No.5 in A Major is also known as the ‘Turkish’, for the exotic elements of its finale. It is dramatic yet playful, with an Adagio that is rightly considered one of the most moving passages Mozart ever composed.

Happening 8pm on Saturday 7 May in the Llewellyn Hall Band Room, Australia National University, Childers Street. See the website for tickets and more information: www.aco.com.au

JIM JEFFERIES LIVE

Amassing more than 200 million online views and selling out huge, world-class venues like Carnegie Hall and Brixton Academy … add to this his sixth monster TV special in USA and its clear, Jim is one of the world’s biggest standup comedy heavyweights. Don’t believe me? Come see for yourself – but get in quick, there wasn’t a seat left to sell on his last two National tours.

★★★★★ The List UK
★★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
“a mammoth two hour set” Sydney Morning Herald
“Jefferies is one of the most exciting comics to watch in a live setting” LaughSpin (USA)

Happening at 8pm on Wednesday 4 May at the National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue.

TURNTABLE TAKEOVER

Canberra’s monthly music favourite, the NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge, is happening again this Friday. Local lovers of records and turntables will once again gather to bask in 90 minutes of great music.

Bring your own vinyl and play a track of your choice on our pure analogue sound system – you also get to share the story behind your song selection! Discover music you’ve never heard before, and revisit your old favourites. And it’s free and no bookings are required.

The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of the month. The Bench Room cafe is open from 5.00pm for drinks and snacks.

On Friday 6 May from 5.30pm – 7.00 pm at the Vinyl Lounge at The National Film and Sound Archives, 1 McCoy Circuit, Acton.

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

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

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

TONI JORDAN – OUR TINY, USELESS HEARTS

Toni Jordan is a writer of that wonderful thing – clever chick lit. Her latest novel is an old-fashioned farce, a comedy of errors, missteps and dodgy decisions, and features her trademark emotional intelligence, wit and storytelling prowess.

Our Tiny, Useless Hearts sees Janice holding things together for her nieces as their father runs off to Noosa with their teacher Martha. Their mother Caroline is close behind, but then next-door neighbour arrives (through the window) for a tryst with Caroline, only to find Janice in her bed; he is in turn followed closely behind by wife, Lesley, and we arrive in screwball  comedy territory. When Alec, Janice’s ex appears, hold it together she can no longer.

Along the way, themes of infertility, loyalty and the relevance of microbiology to the everyday are explored. Toni will be in conversation with Muse’s own Nikki Anderson for this very special Mother’s Day event.

Tickets are $10 and include a coffee or wine. On Sunday 8 May from 3pm – 4pm at Muse Canberra, 69 Canberra Ave, Kingston.

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

MOTHERS IN ARMS – MEG HALE BOOK SIGNING

Meet author Meg Hale at Harry Hartog Woden, where she will be chatting to customers and signing copies of her book, Mothers at ARMS.This book is timely reminder, just before Mother’s Day, of those mothers that were touched by Australian forced adoption policies only a few short decades ago.This is the story of the women who lost their babies and who, despite fears of rejection and retaliation, fought for law changes so they could find their then grown children. Mothers In ARMS takes the reader on a journey from impotence to empowerment, loss to reunion, and Hale shares some of the first meetings she arranged with the Australian Relininquishing Mothers Society (ARMS). Meg also tells of her own reunion with the daughter she lost and whom she met for the first time 19 years later. The story concludes with the national apology made to those affected by these policies made by former PM Julia Gillard. Meg Hale is a retired social worker and government investigator and she lives in Canberra.

On Saturday 7 May from 11am – 2pm at Harry Hartog Woden. For more details contact [email protected]

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

PHIL NOYCE’S: GOOD AFTERNOON

1971, G, Dir: Phil Noyce, Australia, 50mins

Phil Noyce cut his directing teeth on this dual-screen documentary of the Aquarius Festival of 1971, Australia’s answer to Woodstock.

The Canberra Times Editor-At-Large Jack Waterford was among the 10,000-strong audience and will present the 7pm session of the film with recollections of this groundbreaking Canberra cultural event.

Sessions at 10am, 2pm and 7pm on Friday 6 May at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. All tickets $5, see the website for more details: www.nfsa.gov.au.

MIGRANT CHARACTERS CHANGING THE CULTURAL MIX OF AUSTRALIAN TELIVISION: ‘BRUNO’ AND KINGSWOOD COUNTRY

Migrant characters changing the cultural mix of Australian television: ‘Bruno’ and Kingswood Country.

When it debuted on the small screen in 1980, the locally-made sitcom Kingswood Country featured a lovable anti-hero in Ted Bullpitt (Ross Higgins) appalled at his daughter’s impending marriage to Bruno (Lex Marinos), the show’s secret hero.

In conversation with Marinos and producers Tony Sattler and Gary Reilly, the National Film and Sound Archive discuss writing a comedy that was of its era but also paved the way for a more inclusive television landscape.

Happening Thursday 5 May at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. See the website for more details: www.nfsa.gov.au

FILM: CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON

Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to the impetuous, physically-skilled, adolescent daughter of a nobleman, who is at a crossroads in her life. Stars Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh and Ziyi Zhang. Directed by Ang Lee.

Happening Thursday 4 May from 2-4pm at the National Library of Australia. Free entry.

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

MOTHERS DAY CLASSIC 

The Mother’s Day Classic in Canberra is celebrating its 10th birthday! Gather a team or registter as an individual and walk or run 5km or run 10km on Mother’s Day to raise funds for breast cancer research.  

Registration  – Online entries close at 8am Saturday 7 May or you can enter on the day, Sunday 8 May 2016 (event day) – from 7.00am

On Sunday 8 May from 7am until 12pm at Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park.

To participate, volunteer or fundraise visit the website at www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/event-info/event-locations-map/Canberra/

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

TREE WEEK AT THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM

There is so much happening at the National Arboretum during Tree Week this autumn. Choose from free daily Autumn Tones Walks, to a photographic exhibition by Martin Ollman, a Botanical Art and European Trees exhibition, children’s activities and a morning of Tree Week talks.

Happening daily from 9am – 4pm from 2-8 May at the National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive.

Call or check their website for full details.

MOTHERS DAY CLASSIC 

The Mother’s Day Classic in Canberra is celebrating its 10th birthday! Gather a team or register as an individual and walk or run 5km or run 10km on Mother’s Day to raise funds for breast cancer research.  

Registration  – Online entries close at 8am Saturday 7 May or you can enter on the day, Sunday 8 May 2016 (event day) – from 7.00am

On Sunday 8 May from 7am until 12pm at Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park.

To participate, volunteer or fundraise visit the website at www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/event-info/event-locations-map/Canberra/

MARKETS

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.

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.

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

MOTHERS DAY CLASSIC 

The Mother’s Day Classic in Canberra is celebrating its 10th birthday! Gather a team or registter as an individual and walk or run 5km or run 10km on Mother’s Day to raise funds for breast cancer research.  

Registration  – Online entries close at 8am Saturday 7 May or you can enter on the day, Sunday 8 May 2016 (event day) – from 7.00am

On Sunday 8 May from 7am until 12pm at Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park.

To participate, volunteer or fundraise visit the website at www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/event-info/event-locations-map/Canberra

TRIVIA NIGHT

A trivia night is being held to raise funds for Walk to a Better World.

Get along and farewell Matt Napier before he heads off on his 2,250km walk across Southern Africa in support of Oxfam, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Caritas Australia and CARE Australia.

It’s going to be a fun night with 5 rounds of trivia, Matt will speak about his previous journeys, raffles and a lollie bar!

On Friday 6 May at 6pm  at the Eastlake Football Club,3 Oxley St, Canberra.

For tickets please contact Wendy on 0404 182 494 or [email protected] 

EXHIBITIONS

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PLAY SCHOOL: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS

Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 Years marks a milestone for Australia’s longest-running children’s television program at the National Museum of Australia. Head inside to find all your favourite Play School characters – Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima – plus the Rocket Clock and all the windows. This exhibition brings childhood stories alive.

On exhibition daily from 9am until 5pm from 7 May – 24 July at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Acton. For all ages.

CONNECT WITH YOUR NATURE: ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
A Craft ACT curated exhibition featuring Ruth Hingston (ACT) and Jodie Hatcher (UK).
The exhibition showcases new works created as part of Craft ACT’s annual Artist-in-Residence program.
Exhibition on display until May 14, Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday’s   12pm  – 4pm at Craft ACT, Craft and Design Centre, 1st Floor, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra.
Admission to Craft ACT exhibitions is free of charge.
 
For more information please visit- http://www.craftact.org.au/connect-with-your-nature

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 (CMAG) and other national institutions.

Happening from 29 February – 26 June at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner London Circuit and City Square.

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.

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

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.

 

 

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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