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This Week in The Can

Jessica Schumann

The first month of autumn is almost drawing to a close but as the leaves change colour and fall to the ground, there’s still plenty of reason to get out and about around town. Discover the exciting happenings in your garden at the Sustainable Food Futures, take on a family challenge with Operation Blackhawk, mingle with Canberra’s top wedding vendors at One Fine Day or meander through the numerous, inspirational exhibitions taking place at the National Portrait Gallery, National Museum and Old Parliament House.

There always plenty do for foodies, market dwellers and even sports fans too!

Here’s what’s happening This Week in The Can!


Tocumwal Lane pARTy

This Sunday, the Tocumwal Lane pARTy will bring a celebration of art, culture, food and music into the heart of our city. Providing visitors with an exciting new experience, this urban event will bring new life and creativity into Canberra’s City centre. Hosted by Canberra CBD Limited, the Tocumwal Lane pARTy will be held on Sunday 29 March in Tocumwal Lane, off Bunda Street and Petrie Plaza, as part of the CBR 31 days in March Festival. From 11am till 4pm, a number of Canberra’s notable street artists will be painting all the blank walls in the laneway in a celebration of Canberra’s unique street art scene. Work created during the party will establish an artistic hub bringing together the unique styles and expressions spread throughout Canberra. On Sunday 29 March from 11am to 4pm. More details here.

Sustainable Food Futures

The National Arboretum Canberra is hosting a Sustainable Food Futures event showcasing inspiring ideas and plans for community food production. Discover the many exciting things happening to gardens, fresh food, urban environments and how you can harness the benefits. At the event you will hear from four entertaining speakers; Indira Naidoo, Clive Blazey, John Champagne and Graham ‘Willow’ Williams, who will delve into topics such as community gardens, food forests and growing food in urban environments. Learn more about these inspirational speakers. After the presentations you will have an opportunity to ask questions and listen to a panel discussion. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for Friends and members. On Monday 23 March from 5pm to 7pm at National Arboretum. Visit the National Arboretum website.

Operation Blackhawk

Operation Blackhawk’s Battlefield Challenge is 7km long with over 40 obstacle suitable for every level of fitness from first time mud runner/obstacle racer couch potato, to seasoned weekend warriors! Designed and led by Soldier Dan you will take part in a genuine military themed obstacle course. Above all the course is a lot of fun and the perfect way to spend the day getting down and dirty with your mates. You’ll even get clothes to get dirty in! Got kids? Don’t let them miss out. Book them into Australia’s ‘most epic’ kids obstacle mud run “KiddyHawk”. Based on a mini version of the adult course, KiddyHawk runs on the same days as the Battlefield Challenge. Suitable for kids 4 to 13 the course is around 1km long with options to run a shorter 400 meter course for toddlers. There are two waves each day so the adults have time to run the main course before or after their little tackers. Register here. On Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March at Paintball Sportsground, Pialligo Avenue.

Sunset Series: One Fine Day

One Fine Day is excited to launch the Sunset Series in Canberra at the National Gallery of Australia’s Gandel Hall this Friday 27 March. Be welcomed on arrival with a glass of bubbly and an opportunity to meet and chat with the best wedding vendors Canberra has to offer. Enjoy canapés, complimentary drinks and getting to know our hand-picked vendors followed by a three course meal out under the stars on the forecourt of Gandel Hall.
Enjoy a fashion parade while dining. Tickets available online. On Friday 27 March from 6pm to 10.30pm at National Gallery of Australia.

WHO IS Exhibition

For this unique exhibition, Walter Knoll will take over Designcraft’s showroom. Their temporary residency will introduce Canberrans to a wide range of pieces of residential furniture, including sofas, chairs, tables, stools and even home-office furniture. It will be the first chance Canberra will have to see some Walter Knoll products. Designer Louisa de Smet, from Corr Blimey, has created her latest collection, entitled ‘Propaganda’, around furniture designed by internationally renowned Walter Knoll, celebrating its 150th year in business in 2015. WHO IS provides the public with a unique opportunity to talk to designers direct and see fabulous design up close. Tours of Designcraft’s factory will also be held. The exhibition opens 21 March from 10am to 4pm and runs until 28 March at Designcraft, Monaro Highway in Hume.


Canberra Beer and Cider Festival

From beer enthusiasts to those with a beginners palate, the Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival 2015 is a great family day out for all in the wonderful surrounds of Mercure Canberra. Taste over 80 beers and ciders whilst rubbing shoulders with ‘The Who’s Who of Brews’. Don’t miss the Expression Sessions by Chuck Hahn, Michael Capaldo and Richard Feyn. Look out for the food and beer matching, cider cocktail sessions and gourmet food offering. Live music throughout the day and a jumping castle will keeps the kids happy. Tickets $23.50 online. On Saturday 28 March from 11am to 6pm at Mercure Canberra, Braddon.

Canberra Harvest Festival

The Canberra Harvest Festival is a celebration of local food produced in the Canberra region. There will be there will be live music from Moochers Inc, The New Gods of Thunder and Rum Shack; our famous delicious organic BBQ; the Local’s bar serving beer from Canberra brewers, Bentspoke Brewery and wine from Gardener’s Ground; and most importantly, local growers and producers selling their produce and other wares. There will also be a steady rotation of workshops on backyard beekeeping, chook keeping, olive oil basics, natural building, yoghurt making and cheese making. On Saturday 28 March from 2pm to 6pm on the lawns of the Canberra Environment Centre, Acton. Entry is a gold coin donation. 

Chef’s Signature Dinner

Join in for an unforgettable evening as the Canberra Southern Cross Club’s four executive chefs join forces at Woden in a culinary storm. Enjoy pre dinner drinks with canapés followed by a stunning three course dinner with matching fine wines followed by dancing to the beat of local Canberra band, Diversity. Seats are limited. On Friday 27 March for one night only. To book phone (02) 6283 7200.

Backyard Produce Dinner

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

Apple and Pear Festival

To celebrate the launch of the new season’s apples and pears, the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets will be hosting the Apple and Pear Festival. There’ll be fun activities for kids, giveaways, produce tastings, products and ciders, cooking demonstrations, producer visits and much more. The Festival will run until 29 March at Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, 12 Dalby Street Fyshwick. Note: Fyshwick Markets are open Thursday to Sunday.


Tid by Torchlight

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

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


Celebrate the Future You

Run by Change Coaching Australia, Future You is a fancy dress celebration unlike any other. Shift your state, become your dreams, see new faces and celebrate your future. You are the theme. You are always changing; therefore it is only fitting that your costume will also change each year. Some of CCA’s change technicians are qualified in fantasy makeup  and happy to assist with your transformation at discounted rates. Future You is an alcohol-free event. Join Now to become a Change Coaching Australia (CCA) Member to receive discounts on this event and other services.  If you are already a CCA member Sign In to receive your discount. Take advantage of the special HerCanberra offer and enter this code (HerFuture) to receive 10% off. On 6.30pm to 10pm Saturday 28 March at Nishi Gallery.

Canberra Roller Derby League Season Opener

Check out all the action at Tuggeranong Southern Cross Stadium when the 2015 season launches this Saturday. Doors open at 5 pm, first whistle at 6 pm. Tickets available online at Moshtix. On Saturday 28 March from 5pm to 8pm at Southern Cross Basketball Stadium, Tuggeranong.

2015 Eastlake Season Launch

The night will celebrate the beginning of the 2015 season commencing with the round 1 of NEAFL only two weeks away and the AFL Canberra season starting in a month’s time.  The audience will hear from a number of the coaches spread across all of the Club’s grades including NEAFL Head Coach Ben Waite and a panel of coaches from both the local senior and junior grades. A door raffle will also be drawn with those attending able to potentially win 4 reserved seats to the GWS v Gold Coast Suns game on Anzac Day at Manuka Oval.  For further details phone the Club on (02) 6228 0999 or visit the Club’s website. On Friday 27 March from 5.45pm to 8pm at Eastlake Football Club, Oxley Street, Canberra.


Night at the Museum: Joy

What makes you experience that wonderfully exquisite feeling of joy? Frock-up and frolic with us as we unleash joy and turn the Garden of Australian Dreams into a wonderland full of surprises with fairy floss, cocktails, DJs, swing and samba dancing, graffiti and more! We want to light your inner ‘sparkler’ and have you experience joy in unexpected ways. We aren’t talking that old-fashioned joy that’s on your Nanna’s Christmas card. We’re talking the kind of joy that sizzles through your body and leaves you vibrating with energy. The Museum has shared the Love, given you a Thrill, asked you to face your Fear, and then we asked ourselves what next? Inspiration struck in an unexpected way with hotelier and author Chip Conley’s emotional equation: JOY = LOVE – FEAR. Who could resist? And then, of course, joy features in the Museum’s Eternity gallery. Now it’s time to find your joy formula. What might make you jump for joy? On Saturday 27 March from 6pm to 9.30pm. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

Connect & Participate Expo

The Connect and Participate Expo (CAP Expo) is a community event which promotes opportunities for Canberrans to form social connections by joining a group or club. The Expo showcases the diverse range of groups that exist in the ACT, from art/craft, to music, sport, outdoor rec, through to hobbies and special interest groups. Free ACTION Bus loop between Civic (platform 10) and Expo. On Saturday 28 March from 11am to 4pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston.

North Ainslie Fiesta

Head along to Ainslie for this wonderful community event. Food, fun and entertainment for the whole family and community. Enjoy music, dance and sideshow alley. On 27 March from 5pm to 8pm at North Ainslie Primary School, Sherbrooke Street, Ainslie.

Parties at the Shops – Scullin

Scullin Shops in Canberra will come alive on Friday 27 March 2015 at 3pm–7pm when they host Parties at the Shops. Drop in and enjoy live music, arts and crafts, sausage sizzle, face painting, stalls and more. Free entry. Another Chance Op Shop in Scullin is again delighted to be involved. The shop will remain open through to 7pm and we will have lots of in-store sales on the day. A project of Mosaic Baptist Church, with profits from sales going directly towards supporting people in need both locally and overseas. On Friday 27 March from 3pm to 7pm at Ross Smith Crescent, Scullin.

Old Bus Depot Markets

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.

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.

Capital Region Farmers Market

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

Gorman House Markets

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


Little Griffins @ Brick by Brick

The National Capital Exhibition presents an exciting FREE and HANDS ON 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. On Friday 27 March (and last Friday of the month) from 10am to 4.30pm at National Capital Exhibition, Parkes. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

ACT Playgroups World Biggest Playgroup

Come along to ACT Playgroups World’s Biggest Playgroup for some FREE family fun (face painting, merry go round, storytelling, music and dance, craft). Lots of community organisations will offer great information for parents and sporting organisations will run ‘come and try’ sessions for littlies. ACT Playgroups’ World’s Biggest Playgroup celebrates the theme of National Playgroup Week, Connecting Communities Through Play. Join in on Wednesday 25 March between 10am and 1pm at the Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook.

Play Up

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head. In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – the exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun. At the MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily until June 2015.

Leap into your local library

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to 2 years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories. Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.


Snowy Hydro Southcare Base Open Day

Since 1998, Snowy Hydro SouthCare has saved over 5800 lives and each year we invite the public to our helicopter base at Hume to see the helicopter up close, meet the crew and enjoy a great day of entertainment. There will be plenty of things to see and do for little kids and big kids including amusement rides, market stalls, face painting and helicopter joy flights (provided by Helisurveys). Support your local rescue helicopter and learn more about the vital role our service plays in the community. Entry by gold coin donation, with all funds raised on the day going towards keeping the helicopter in the air and saving lives in our local region. On Sunday 29 March from 10am to 3pm at Southcare Helicopter Base, Hume.

Canberra Relay For Life 2015

Relay For Life is the Cancer Council ACT’s largest and most successful fundraising event. It involves teams (usually of 10-15 people) coming together to raise funds in the fight against cancer then participating in a relay style walk or run around the Australian Institute of Sport athletics track for a 24-hour period. The 24-hour event represents a day in the life of a cancer patient and their around the clock battle to fight back against cancer. Be inspired by the notion that your fundraising dollars could provide the breakthrough that will lead researchers to find a cure to this insidious disease! Register online. On Saturday 28 March from 12pm until late at AIS, Bruce.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Special Charity Screening

Enjoy a special charity screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s cocktail style with a complimentary glass of champagne at Palace Electric Cinemas. Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and dress to impress. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), via Jo and Ginny’s 350 km Pink Pedal bike challenge from Vietnam to Cambodia in October. Tickets $35 via Eventbrite. On Friday 27 March from 6.15pm at Palace Electric Cinema, New Acton.

Mental Health & Suicide Awareness Day

Suicide happens. It happens everyday. Every 42 Seconds. This Saturday is Mental Health & Suicde Awareness Day. Who will you have a conversation with? Take part in a number of activities taking place across the capital including a silent auction and raffle (proceeds to Lifeline ACT), stalls from various organisations, BBQ and bake sale, and a remember slideshow where you can share photos of those loved and lost. On Saturday 28 March from 11am to 3pm at Emu Bank, Belconnen (near the Lighthouse Bar).


Portraits of a Tea Cosy

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

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.


Mary Poppins

Canberra will come alive with ‘Chim, chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey Chim chim cher-ee!’ and ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ when Mary Poppins, the broadway musical, flies into Canberra Theatre Centre this week. The company that brought you The Phantom of The Opera in 2013 is delighted to be returning to Canberra Theatre Centre with the Free-Rain production of Disney’s & Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins — a classic family tale that will sprinkle its magic into the hearts and minds of all Canberrans. On now until 29 March. Tickets available online from Canberra Theatre Centre.


Black Diggers

In this year, the Centenary of our ANZAC, Canberra Theatre Centre presents the untold stories of our World War I soldiers ‘Black Diggers’. Divided at home, united on the battlefield. These are the true stories of our indigenous brothers in arms. Directed by Wesley Enoch, written by Tom Wright, grand in scale and scope, Black Diggers draws from in-depth interviews with the families of diggers as well as conversations with veterans, historians and academics. Young men will step from the blank pages of history to share their compelling stories – and after the curtain falls, we will finally remember them. Tickets start from $55 available online via Canberra Theatre Centre. On Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 March (11am, 2pm and 8pm shows) at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

No Lights, No Lycra

No Lights, No Lycra makes a return for 2015. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself.

Bec and Sam will be taking over as the (North) Canberra ambassadors for 2015. NLNL will take place on Wednesday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm, and in a new location. Head to St John’s Anglican Church Hall in Reid (corner of Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West). Lots of free onsite parking available, and admission still just $5 on the door. For more information visit the new NLNL Facebook page. On every Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Vinyl Lounge at NFSA

The popular Vinyl Lounge is back for 2015 at the National Film and Sound Archive. Join other vinyl lovers for nibbles then spin the turntables with your favourites records from 5.30pm. The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of every month and is the perfect way to end the day (and working week). Reminscent of record clubs of the 1970s, enjoy a diverse selection of pop, rock, folk, world, funk and lounge music from the Golden Age of vinyl. Bring your own LPs and groove into the Vinyl Lounge. On every Friday from 5pm.

Weekly Dance Party for the Over 30s

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

Smith’s Alternative Live Gigs

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

Live Local Music

This post isn’t long enough to list all the various gigs around town, but if you’re into live music, we heartily suggest you check out what’s on offer at The PhoenixTransit BarThe FrontThe Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.


The Carved Line

Response to life’s experiences and the beauty of nature have provided inspiration for the imagery in Christine Upton’s artwork and her path as an artist has allowed her the opportunity to ‘play’ when creating her two and three dimensional pieces. On until 12 April in the gallery of Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen.

Seeking Humanity

Seeking Humanity presents portraits and stories of Australia’s asylum seekers and refugees. The exhibition is not about politics, but puts a human face to those who have fled situations of great danger in their home country in search of safety and freedom in Australia. On until 12 April in the foyer of Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen.


For the artist, Robyn Campbell, this exhibition is a step back into a world of making. It is a collection of work which emerged from a desire to use 2014 as a year to create and play with a new medium. The work shows Robyn’s central interest in form and relationships between forms. Her years spent working in glass saw the evolution of pieces with a pared down, organic, tactile and sensual essence, these qualities continue in this current body of work in clay. On until 12 April in the Arts Lounge at Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen. 

Art in the Gardens with Friends Exhibition

On display at the Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Gallery, the Art in the Gardens with Friends exhibition features botanical paintings and drawings dedicated to Australian native plants. Curated by the Friends Botanical Art Group, the exhibition brings together both amateur and expert artists who seek to portray plants found in the Australian National Botanic Gardens, some of which can be difficult for artists to find elsewhere. Most artworks featured in the exhibition are for sale. Exhibition opens 9.30am to 4.30pm until 19 April at the Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Gallery.


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

James Turrell: A Retrospective

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

Norforce: Tony Albert

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

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future

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

Other exhibitions

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


Let Me Be Myself: The Story of Anne Frank

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

Portraits of a Tea Cosy

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

The Front Room

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

Art is a Weapon

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

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

Behind the Lines 2014

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

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

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

Enterprising Australians

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

Keepsakes: Australians and The Great War

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

Power of 1: Does your voice count?

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

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

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

Menzies: By John Howard

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


Jessica Schumann

A 'rambling ranga' at heart, Jessica Schumann is a bubbly, creative social thinker who thrives on words, social media and an innate knack for sharing stories. When she finds the time to write, Jessica seeks out the beauty in change and the essence of human condition. Varied and diverse in nature, her writing delves into the enviable world of people, travel, food and culture. When you can't find her in a nook writing, just follow your nose and you’ll soon find Jessica indulging in her other passion – cooking – or curled up on the couch with a good book in hand. You can find her over at More about the Author