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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!

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NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 

After dark is different … join in!

Night at the Museum is all about engaging with the Museum, not just watching. The Museum galleries are open, the music is pumping, robots are roaming (yes, robots), games are being played, art is being created, and the food and drinks are flowing.

What makes us human? Join the National Museum for fun after dark as we explore two million years of human history, inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Tickets at the door: $18, on sale from 6.15pm. This event is for 18 and over. On Friday 11 November 2016, 6–9.30pm

Pre-sale tickets: $15 on the Eventbrite website (booking fees apply). Friends full members free.

THE SPRING FORAGE

The Forage is a showcase unlike any other in Canberra. In fact, it’s been called ‘the beating heart of the Canberra food scene’.

Run seasonally (four times a year), this street-style food and entertainment event gives our local businesses an opportunity to creatively perform for and feed our community in a fun, festival-style environment.

Happening 2pm-7pm, Saturday 12 November at Little National Hotel, National Circuit, Barton.

THE COUNTRY FAIR

Inspired by the summer exhibition, the Popular Pet Show, the National Portrait Gallery are hosting The Country Fair! Enjoy a day out – there will be farm animals to pat, fairy floss to eat, live music and creative activities.

Why not get your face painted and test your skills with some games?

Happening Sunday 13 November from 10am until 4pm at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes Place, Parkes. Find more information here.

DESIGN CANBERRA 

Design Canberra is an annual festival celebrating and promoting Canberra as a global city of design.

Canberra is Australia’s cool little capital. Design Canberra, now in its third year, showcases design excellence across all disciplines—the best the ACT has to offer. From 27 October to 25 November, Design Canberra will present over 100 exhibitions, events, activations and workshops, covering landscape design, architecture, industrial design, technology, fashion, jewellery and more. This year features a tribute to internationally renowned designer, Robert Foster, a youth workshop with Francis Sollano, a ‘trashion’ and installations artist from the Philippines, tours of the living rooms of acclaimed Canberra houses, and open artist studios.

Design Canberra is for all interests and ages. Most events are free to the public. More than 26,000 visitors flock to the festival, including from interstate.

Presented by Craft ACT: Canberra Craft and Design Centre. Explore the full program on their website.

Happening 27 October – 25 November 2016 at the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Level 1, 180 London Circuit, Canberra. Contact event organisers for details via [email protected] or 02 6262 9333.

GOODWIN OPEN FAIR DAY

From active independent living and wellness classes, to care options if your needs change, it’s all here at the open day.

Bring the family along, tour the village, test the food, and see what a modern “nursing home” can really be like.

Choices aren’t always easy, so they’ve also put together a panel of experts to tackle the issues over wine and canapes at 2pm.

  • Tours
  • Expert advice
  • Free morning tea and entertainment
  • Free wellness classes
  • Try resident meals
  • Talk to residents
  • Fun for the kids

RSVP to Annette on 6175 5100. Happening 10am-3pm, Saturday 12 November at Goodwin, 35 Bonney St, Ainslie.

NEXIA FUR BALL: COUGH IT UP FOR THE RSPCA

Duesburys Nexia are coughing it up for the RSPCA and would love you to join them in raising awareness for the care and support of animals in need.

All proceeds will be donated to the RSPCA ACT, Australia’s pre-eminent animal welfare organisation providing a strong voice for all animals who experience cruelty and neglect. Your ticket to the Fur Ball includes chef’s selection canapes on arrival, main, interactive dessert and a four-hour drinks package.

Presented by guest MC Erin Molan, the evening will include a live and silent auction as well as live entertainment.

Happening Saturday 12 November, from 6.30pm for 7pm start, until 12am at QT Hotel, 1 London Circuit, NewActon Find more information and purchase tickets here: www.nexiafurball.com

THE JEWEL OF CANBERRA

Why visit? To browse the many jewellery stalls and find a unique handcrafted piece of jewellery to make you stand out from the crowd. You’ll find a large range of jewellery styles, price points and individual pieces because the stallholders are all independent designers and craftspeople who work within a small business environment.

Stallholders and items you’ll find: Jewellery made from silver, recycled metal art, pearls, precious and semi precious stones, resin, glass, ceramics and much more.

Happening 10am-4pm, Sunday 13 November, at 21 Wentworth Ave Kingston. Find out more here: obdm.com.au/obdm_event

FEMINISM IN ART: AN EVENING WITH CBR FEMINIST ARTISTS

In collaboration with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Feminartsy is hosting a special event exploring how some of Canberra’s most intriguing female artists incorporate feminism into their practice. Through short talks and a panel discussion, this event will explore how feminism intersects with performance, dance, and sculpture, and dissect how feminist artists can translate their principles of gender equality and female empowerment into their work.

Featured speakers include Deb Cleland , Suzanne Bellamy and more to be confirmed.

Happening 7pm, Thursday 10 November at Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. Find out more at www.agac.com.au

SUNDAZE AT THE MUSEUM BAR – STEPTONES AND KOSTA ELLIS

Head to the National Museum of Australia for Sundaze with quality DJs, live acts and great food and drinks this spring. It’s also a chance to check out A History of the World in 100 Objects, with extended Sunday opening hours.

The Steptones are Patrick, Tim, Schwenke and Saxy Baxter, or Jono. They met in Canberra two years ago and have spent as much time as possible getting inspired and trying to be a real band ever since. With any luck they’ll be on the road again soon doing what they enjoy most, ruining nice clothes and playing to tipsy people.

Food and drink available for purchase.
Free entry at the Lakeside Deck.
Exhibition entry ticketed.

Happening 3pm-7pm, Sunday 13 November at National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent. Find more information here: www.nma.gov.au

GOULBURN READER WRITER FESTIVAL

Goulburn Mulwaree Library is excited to present the Goulburn Reader Writer Festival.  The magical festival is full of exciting author talks, workshops, craft activities, live performances, market stalls, and much more.

The 2 day festival will include lots of fun for families with a magic show, circus arts workshop, children’s authors and illustrators, and fun craft activities. Adults can listen to author talks and panel discussions, join workshops, learn the art of bookbinding, meet local authors, and much more. The festival continues on Saturday night with a thrilling and magical acrobatic fire show performed by Goulburn’s Lieder Theatre Company.

Join us on Sunday for our special literary lunch with Tim Fischer, Warren Brown, Costa Georgiadis, and several more authors. Enjoy a 3 course meal and local wines while watching performances and readings from local poets and actors.

The library has a fantastic line up of authors including Tim Fischer, Costa Georgiadis, Jeff Apter, Hugh Mackay, George Ivanoff, Warren Brown, Karen Viggers, Rachel Spratt and Danielle McDonald just to name a few.

The event is something very new and exciting for Goulburn. Whether you’re an aspiring author, prolific reader, craft lover, or you’re just beginning your literary journey, Goulburn’s Reader Writer Festival is definitely the place to be. What better way to celebrate our common love of reading, writing and storytelling by bringing together authors, writers, illustrators, bloggers, and readers from all over the region and beyond to share their thoughts and meet other like-minded literature lovers.

On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November. Entry to most sessions is free; however bookings are essential. For details see the event program, contact the Library, or visit the festival Facebook page.

REMEMBRANCE DAY

Be at the Australian War Memorial for this important day of remembrance.

At 11.00 am on 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. This year marks the 97th anniversary of the armistice on 11 November.

Australians pause to remember those who fought and died for Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts. Members of the public are encouraged to attend this important ceremony.

Please note that the Memorial will be closed during the ceremony and will re-open after the ceremony’s conclusion.

Happening 9.45 Friday 11 November at Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell. Find more information at www.awm.gov.au.

CANBERRA BEER WEEK

Canberra Beer Week is a full on 10 days of beer-related activities. Whether you’re interested in the intricacies of brewing, or just like blowing the froth off a coldie, this week (and three days) has you covered.

This year will be the fourth for Canberra Beer Week, which sees the festival expand from seven to 10 days. With close to 40 events across 21 venues, the expansion is easily justified. Brewers will be traveling both nationally and internationally for the event, giving Canberra’s beer enthusiasts an opportunity to explore beers of the world without leaving the comfort of our own backyard – as if you needed an excuse to explore new beers.

Get our pick of events here.

BIGGER ON THE INSIDE: COLLECTING DR WHO

Canberra collector Timothy Kirsopp displays his entire collection of Dr Who memorabilia in the exhibition, ‘Bigger on the inside: Collecting Dr Who’. The exhibition is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of Dr Who related memorabilia.

Items document everything Whovian from Daleks and the TARDIS to the Doctors and their companions. Explore this cultural phenomenon through a collection that ranges from miniatures and toys to books and board games.

Showing until 20 November at Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra. Entry is free, for more information visit www.cmag.com.au

FOOD & DRINK

Pialligo-Estate

PIALLIGO ESTATE’S  SUMMER SESSIONS

Looking for somewhere new to go for Friday drinks? Luckily, Pialligo Estate’s picturesque Garden Pavilions are opening from 5-7 pm for happy hour drinks every Friday until Christmas! Unwind with a glass of wine and our renowned charcuterie or something else delicious from our bar menu.

Enjoy drinks from $6, live music and a breathtaking view.

No prior booking necessary. For further information please contact (02) 6247 6060.

LUNCH AT THE TRUFFLE FARM WITH TRENT HARVEY FROM MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA

Soak up the amazing surroundings of The Truffle Farm and be treated to a two-course meal cooked by Trent Harvey. You will learn about his passion for creating beautiful food and cooking with local produce. You will also get to take Trent’s recipes home with you. You can ask him all about his MasterChef experience, indulge in delicious food and be treated to gift bags valued at $50. There will also be some great giveaways from The Essential Ingredient, Ainslie IGA Supermarket, Ainslie Cellars, Quicksand Food and more up for grabs on the day!

Naked Foods Braddon will be providing some incredible desserts made with their natural, organic ingredients. You’ll also get to hear from Jayson Mesman, owner of The Truffle Farm, who will give you an insight about the farm to get you excited about next year’s truffle season.

A stunning location, delicious food, amazing giveaways and a MasterChef contestant. What more could you want? Book now for Eat Canberra’s event showcasing local produce, delicious food and local businesses. There are only limited spots available so don’t miss out on this exclusive event.

Happening 11am-2.30pm, Saturday 12 November at The Truffle Farm, 23 Mount Majura Rd, Majura. Find more information at www.eventbrite.com.au

PRIVATE TOUR AND LUNCH WITH NATIONAL POTRAIT GALLERY DIRECTOR

Join the National Portrait Gallery Director, Mr Angus Trumble on a friendly tour through The Popular Pet Show. The summer show celebrates the joy and warmth that many of us derive from our animal companions, and how they delight us in their trusting, unpretentious ways.

This is a ticketed event and commences at 11am followed by an award-winning 3-course lunch with paired wines in the NPG Boardroom.

Numbers are strictly limited and tickets must be pre purchased online

Happening 11am-1.30pm, Saturday 12 November at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information at www.portrait.gov.au

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Yarrh Wines are breaking out the charcoal barby for their Carne ai Ferri (Italian mixed grill) lunch. Fresh, simple and seasonal flavours made special with chargrill smoke and char.

Sourdough Bruschetta, with a glass of 2016 Riesling, trio of Italian charcoal grilled delicacies, with a glass of 2015 Sangiovese. All served with fresh Spring greens. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.

Tickets are $40 per person and bookings are recommended. On Sunday 6 November at 12:30pm at Yarrh Wines, 440 Greenwood Rd Murrumbateman.

On Sunday 6 November at 12.30pm at Yarrh Wines, 440 Greenwood Rd Murrumbateman.

For more information, visit the website www.yarrhwines.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.

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.

CANBERRA BEER WEEK

Canberra Beer Week is a full on 10 days of beer-related activities. Whether you’re interested in the intricacies of brewing, or just like blowing the froth off a coldie, this week (and three days) has you covered.

This year will be the fourth for Canberra Beer Week, which sees the festival expand from seven to 10 days. With close to 40 events across 21 venues, the expansion is easily justified. Brewers will be traveling both nationally and internationally for the event, giving Canberra’s beer enthusiasts an opportunity to explore beers of the world without leaving the comfort of our own backyard – as if you needed an excuse to explore new beers.

Get our pick of events here.

SUITS & SIPS

If sipping on $10 cocktails after work suits you, it’s time to mix it up at The Loft. They’re serving up Vanilla Espresso Martinis, Coconut Mango Martinis, Fireball Sours and more tantalising creations every Thursday night from 5pm. Feeling peckish? Select one of their $20 tasting boards and settle in for the evening.

Happening every Thursday from 5pm at The Loft at Duxton, Macpherson St, O’Connor ACT. For bookings and more information visit their website.

LATIN TUESDAYS 

Your Tuesday night at Highball just got hotter! Hosted by amazing people from Salsabor, you can learn how to shimmy and shake like a pro at the free latin dancing taster class every Tuesday from 6.30pm! Add a few piña coladas or a Banana & Maple Old Fashioned from their new cocktail menu and you’ve got yourself a Tuesday night that’s hard to beat. Be transported to Cuba and enjoy a night of Latin dancing you’ll want to keep coming back for.

On every Tuesday at Highball Express, Odgers Lane. Doors open at 4pm. Find out more at www.highballexpress.com.au.

SPIRITS TASTING BOARD – SINGLE MALT

Enjoy three individual glasses from some of the top single malt whiskeys. Accompanied by tasting notes.

Happening every Tuesday – Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar at 18 National Circuit, Barton. For bookings and more information visit the website.

TACO TUESDAY

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander.

Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS

A selection of Burgers and tap beer.

Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

WINE AND DINE WEDNESDAYS

Two-course chef’s menu, Chocolate Assiette to share and a bottle of house white, red, or sparkling. Tables of 2 only $75pp.

Happening every Wednesday from 6pm-10pm at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer.

Happening at 5pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

SEAFOOD BUFFET AT THE COURTYARD

Enjoy an all you can eat Seafood Buffet at The Courtyard. Takes place the last Friday of every month and includes a glass of wine on arrival – all for just $65.00

Happening until Friday 30 December at Courtyard Restaurant, Mercure Canberra, Corner of Ainslie and Limestone Avenues, Braddon. For bookings and more information visit ResDiary.

MUSIC, DANCE, FILM & THEATRE

SUNSET CINEMA CANBERRA

Watch the stars under the stars with Sunset Cinema.

Round up the crew and book yourself a spot at Sunset Cinema! Sit back, relax and enjoy the Canberra twilight with friends & family this November. Oh, and throw in some good food, great film (AND a bean bag) for good measure! This year the program is brimming with new releases, thrillers, adventure, family flicks… And the list goes on!  To find out about screenings, special offers and tickets join their free movie club via their website.

Happening Friday 11 November to Thursday 17 November at Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. See website for showtimes. Find more information here: www.sunsetcinema.com.au

JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) will be held at Dendy Cinemas Canberra. JIFF is visiting Canberra for the first time in their long history, and have put together a fantastic program for the occasion.

Embracing a global selection of premiere features and documentaries, the Festival’s inaugural Canberra season will present 15 exceptional titles from the national programme that will highlight the infinite diversity of this fascinating culture through drama, humour and suspense.

Happening Thursday 10 November to Sunday 20 November at Dendy Canberra, Level 1, North Quarter Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, check website for screening times. Find more information here: www.dendy.com.au

CANBERRA RECORDER AND EARLY MUSIC SOCIETY: RECORDER’S VERSATILE REPERTOIR

Experience the rich and varied sound of the recorder brought to life by Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society (CREMS) within the unique acoustic environment of the High Court of Australia.

CREMS is delighted to showcase the renaissance sound in contrast to the contemporary style, the romantic repertoire for orchestra in comparison with the jazzy ensemble, and more. If you have ever considered the recorder to be limited this concert will change your mind.

The recorder is one of the very few instruments that can claim a repertoire extending from the eleventh century to the present day. Sacred and secular music, dance tunes and opera compositions, folk, jazz, contemporary and avant garde works, even romantic music written for Csakan, as well as various recorder ensemble arrangements of classical orchestra compositions form the enormous content of this instrument’s repertoire.

The Canberra Recorder & Early Music Society (CREMS) was founded in 1974 and is a friendly group of recorder players from Canberra and the surrounding region. Led by Barbara Jerjen, CREMS invites you on a journey to experience the versatility of the recorder throughout history.

Booking is required via the Court’s website one month prior to the concert.

Happening 1.30pm, Sunday 13 November at High Court of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Find more information here: www.hcourt.gov.au

JORDIE LANE AND THE SLEEPERS

Jordie Lane returns to Australia with his first full length studio album in five years, Glassellland (pronounced Glas-Hell-Land). This bold and adventurous record sees Lane extend his musical boundaries far beyond his previous acclaimed Folk and Alt. Country sound.

Imagine Rufus Wainwright is drinking tequila with Neil Young. In walks Paul McCartney, arm in arm with Neil Finn discussing the demise of human connection. You’re now drawing closer to the space that Lane inhabits in his creation of the fanciful world that is Glassellland.

Happening 8pm Saturday 12 November at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. Find more information here: www.thestreet.org.au

URBAN CLAN

Head along to watch the 1977 movie Urban Clan; a portrait of the Page brothers and the Bangarra Dance Theatre. The film was directed by Michelle Mahrer and runs for 55 minutes.
Urban Clan is rated G.

Happening 3pm, Saturday 12 November at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here: www.portrait.gov.au

WEIRD FRONTIER

Weird Frontier is a one-day music festival that celebrates the new wave of alternative and experimental Australian music. With an eclectic line-up of local and interstate acts, Weird Frontier presents artists working on the cutting-edge, defying genres and forging ahead with new technology and new sounds.

Kick back from the afternoon into the evening and enjoy an eclectic lineup of local and interstate acts. Featuring: Aphir (MEL), Beatrice (MEL), Elisabeth Dixon (MEL), Kane Ikin (MEL), Monika Brooks (SYD), No Sister (MEL), p a r k s (CBR) and Wives (CBR). Music curated by Shoeb Ahmad. All ages.

Happening 2pm-11pm, Saturday 12 November at Ainslie Arts Centre, 35 Elouera Street, Braddon. Find more information here: www.agac.com.au

JATAYU MOKSHAM

The Kalakshetra Foundation will be performing an expressive dance piece Jataya Moksham from the Ramayana choreographed by Rukmini Devi Arundale herself.

Kalakshetra in Chennai was founded by Rukmini Devi Arundale in 1936 and has since become a premier institution primarily dedicated to dance and music.

The repertoire of the company includes mythology based dance-dramas, classical and contemporary Bharatanatyam compositions, as well as programs of the varied folk dances of India. In particular, Kalakshetra’s dance-dramas have come to be recognized worldwide for their impeccable technique and aesthetic.

Happening at 7.30pm, Tuesday 8 November at The Playhouse, Civic Square on London Circuit, Canberra City. Find more information and purchase tickets here: canberratheatrecentre.com.au

IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA 

The celebrated Iranian Film Festival Australia returns to Canberra providing cinephiles the chance to experience an important, burgeoning voice in contemporary international cinema.

Boasting thirteen feature films from Iran’s most prolific filmmakers, the 2016 Festival opens in Canberra with one of this year’s most compelling dramas, Life and a Day; the acclaimed debut feature from 26-year-old Saeed Roostaie.

Starring Navid Mohammadzadeh, Life and a Day tells the story of a young woman from South Tehran torn between familial obligations and expectations and a greater personal calling. The film scooped the pool at this year’s Fajr International Film Festival, winning 10 awards including Best Director, Best Script, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor.

Additional Festival highlights include award-winning film, Daughter; and festival-circuit favourite The Salesman.

On from 11 – 13 November at NFSA, Arc Cinema, 1 McCoy Circuit, Acton. Tickets start $15.00 and can be booked via the website: www.iffa.net.au

EVENSONG

Evensong offers choral music performed by the professional vocal ensemble, Clarion, led by Tobias Cole.

Head along to the National Portrait Gallery and check out this performance on a selected weekend each month.

Happening 4pm November 12-13 at National Portrait Gallery. Entry Cost: Free.

MIRIAM LIEBERMAN ALBUM LAUNCH CONERT, ‘FULL CIRCLE’

The Beehive invites you to celebrate the album launch, “Full Circle” at The Abbey with Miriam Lieberman and her trio, Lara Goodridge and Kate Adams.
Miriam’s’ uplifting songs feature her emotive voice and kora – 21 string West African harp, while the beautiful harmonies and luscious string lines on Lara and Kate’s violin and cello allow the songs to soar.
This concert will be a treat for music lovers and appreciators.  Book early to avoid disappointment, her national tour has already been a great success with Miriam receiving great press reviews and an ever expanding fan-base to match.
On Saturday 12 November, from 6:30pm for Dinner (by the award-winning ‘Versatile Restaurant’) and 8:00pm show start. The Abbey, O’Hanlon Place Nicholls.
Visit the website for more information www.theabbey.com.au

 WOMEN OF THE SUN (1981) SCREENINGS

In 1981, Sonia Borg and Hyllus Maris wrote a series of television movies telling the story of Australia’s colonisation through the eyes of four Aboriginal women. The groundbreaking series included performances from the likes of Bob Maza and Essie Coffey, and went on to win the United Nations Media Peace Prize and the Banff Grand Prix in 1983.

Catch this special season screening all four films, 3pm daily at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Free entry. More details at www.nfsa.gov.au and tickets from www.trybooking.com.

FILMS ON FILM

As the cold air approaches, settle in for a wintery season of cinematic delights. Every Sunday at 2pm enjoy rare, cult, classic, experimental and surprising treasures from the National Film and Sound Archive’s 16mm and 35mm collections.

Happening at the National Film and Sound Archive on Sundays. See the full program on the website: www.nfsa.gov.au

NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA

No Lights No Lycra is a dance community that started in Melbourne by unruly dance students Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett in 2009. 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.

South Canberra: Mondays 7-8pm at South Kambah Scout Hall, 66 Springbett Drive, Kambah. Find more information here.

North Canberra: Wednesdays 7.30-9pm, St John’s Church Hall, 45 Constitution Avenue, Reid. Wheelchair accessible. Parking available. Find more information here.

SPORTS, LEISURE & WELLBEING

YASS RODEO

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Leo Buckmaster Rodeo Arena! So the Yass Rodeo is rounding up for another year, come early to get a good seat to see a full day of competition and entertainment. Canteen facilities are on site, tickets are available at the Showground gate.

You can’t miss this full ABCRA Rodeo including Bulls, Broncs and timed events. See you there in November!

Strictly No BYO, it is a licensed event.

Happening 10am -9pm, Saturday 12 November at Yass Showground, Grand Junction Road, Yass Showground, Yass. Find more information here: www.yassshow.org.au

HYUNDI A-LEAGUE: CENTRAL COAST MARINERS VS. WELLINGTON PHOENIX

Hyundai A-League football will return to Canberra for the first time in seven years when the Central Coast Mariners host Wellington Phoenix in Round 6 of the competition.

GIO Stadium will host this blockbuster where the Central Coast Mariners will be hoping to fill the ground as they take on their rivals from across the Tasman in a remembrance weekend fixture.

The Central Coast Mariners have Canberra Memberships on offer which can be viewed by heading to their website.

Happening 5.35pm Saturday 12 November at GIO Stadium, Leverrier Street, Bruce. Purchase tickets at premier.ticketek.com.au

OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE CHAMPION WESTBOURNE COURSE

The Royal Canberra Golf Club will officially open its newly renovated Championship Westbourne Course on Sunday, 13 November, featuring a 7 hole exhibition match between US Open Winner Geoff Ogilvy and a hand-picked selection of celebrity and professional golfers; including professional Mike Clayton, Royal Canberra’s Amateur Champion Andrew Tharle and Australian TV and Radio personality Andrew Daddo.

The event will also showcase music, entertainment, golf merchandise, a BBQ and a variety of food and beverage outlets for all guests. Gates will open at 12pm, with the Exhibition Match to commence at 2pm and expected to conclude around 4pm. Registration essential for admission; find more information here: www.royalcanberra.com.au 

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

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Design Canberra

Design Canberra is an annual festival celebrating and promoting Canberra as a global city of design.

Canberra is Australia’s cool little capital. Design Canberra, now in its third year, showcases design excellence across all disciplines—the best the ACT has to offer. From 27 October to 25 November, Design Canberra will present over 100 exhibitions, events, activations and workshops, covering landscape design, architecture, industrial design, technology, fashion, jewellery and more. This year features a tribute to internationally renowned designer, Robert Foster, a youth workshop with Francis Sollano, a ‘trashion’ and installations artist from the Philippines, tours of the living rooms of acclaimed Canberra houses, and open artist studios.

Design Canberra is for all interests and ages. Most events are free to the public. More than 26,000 visitors flock to the festival, including from interstate.

Presented by Craft ACT: Canberra Craft and Design Centre. Explore the full program on their website.

Happening until 25 November 2016 at the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Level 1, 180 London Circuit, Canberra. Contact event organisers for details via [email protected] or 02 6262 9333.

AIM: OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP SERIES: ETHICAL LEADERSHIP

Join the Australian Institute of Management on 10 November for an exclusive luncheon held at the Pialligo Estate, ACT, as part of the Outstanding Leaders Series. AIM Chief Executive, David Pich FAIM, will moderate a panel discussion exploring ‘Ethical Leadership’ and its impact on the workplace.

In a signature event, AIM is proud to host an impressive panel of leaders:

Her Excellency Ms Unni Kløvstad, Ambassador of Norway to Australia

Jane Halton AO PSM FAIM, Secretary of the Department of Finance

Hannah Wandel AIMe, CEO, Country to Canberra

Happening 12pm–2pm, Thursday 10th November at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Rd, Pialligo. Book your tickets here.

MARS – THE LIVE EXPERIENCE

or the first time, National Geographic Live is bringing the world’s leading authorities together for Mars – The Live Experience. This unique major live event discusses global space agency plans and the immense challenges awaiting Humankind’s next great space adventure.

Join host Ray Martin as he presents live on stage, Apollo Legend and Mars advocate ‘Buzz Aldrin’, with leading authorities from US and European global space agencies including Prof. Mark McCaughrean Senior Science Advisor European Space Agency in a world first National Geographic Live event.

Happening 8pm-10.30pm, Monday 7 November at Llewellyn Hall, Building 100, Australian National University, William Herbert Place. Find more information here: www.nationalgeographic.com.au/marslive

DIGITAL DIRECTIONS 2016

How do you manage an ever-growing cultural collection in the digital age?

This November the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) will host some of the world’s leaders in archiving and cultural collection to explore these big-picture questions of the 21st century.

Digital Directions 2016 follows on from last year’s inaugural sold out conference and will gather scholars, policy-makers, galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) sector professionals, and creative entrepreneurs together in the same space. The conference is delivered in partnership with the National Archives of Australia.

On Thursday 10 November from 9am to 5pm at National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Tickets are price $275 , concession $145. Visit the website for more information www.nfsa.gov.au

LEAD WELL AIM HIGH WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN

This is a one day, engaging and interactive workshop for women leaders and entrepreneurs who want to increase their capability and confidence.  significantly increase  leadership capability and confidence. Sally has over 20 years experience working with leaders and entrepreneurs and will provide  practical strategies, tools and insights.

Happening on 12 November fron 9am to 4.30pm at WOTSO, 490 Northbourne Ave Dickson. Tickets/entry: from $295 and can be be booked via the website: www.sallydooley.com

MARS – THE LIVE EXPERIENCE

For the first time, National Geographic Live is bringing the world’s leading authorities together for a unique major live event to discuss global space agency plans and the immense challenges awaiting Humankinds next great space adventure.

Join our Host Ray Martin as he presents live on stage, Apollo Legend and Mars advocate ‘Buzz Aldrin’, with leading authorities from US and European global space agencies including Prof. Mark McCaughrean Senior Science Advisor European Space Agency in a world first National Geographic Live event.

Using stunning images and footage from global space agencies and National Geographic Channel’s landmark new television series ‘MARS’, directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer, audiences will experience live an exciting journey to the Red Planet our future new home.

Happening 7 November at 8pm at Llewellyn Hall Canberra. Tickets $79.90 – $160 at Ticketek.

RANGER GUIDED WALKS AND ACTIVITIES AT TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE

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

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

Walks and activities cater for a range of different age groups.

Happening until 31 December at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Find out more at tidbinbilla.act.gov.au.

PARLIAMENT HOUSE SPRING PROGRAM 2016

See a different side of ‘the people’s house’ during Parliament House’s Spring Program including Meet the Gardener Tours, Spring Teas, Landscape Walks and more. Find out the full program of events here.

Happening at Parliament House until 13 November 2016.

THE POLYGOT CLUB

Informal conversation groups in German, Spanish, French and Danish suitable for intermediate to advanced or native speaker. (Small annual fee).

Held each Monday (not public holidays) at 5.30 at the Cellar Bar, University House, ANU.

For more information contact: Dr Peter Gibson: [email protected] or  0408 231 153 or via the website: Polygot Club.

THE WORLD OF COIN DESIGN

Have you always wanted to enter the world of a coin designer? Visit the Mint now to see a pop-up display showing what a typical coin design studio looks like on the inside. Whether sketching in pencil, sculpting and carving in plaster or modelling using 3D software, the age-old skills and craft of creating miniature works of art are alive and well at the Royal Australian Mint.

Entry is free. On now at the Royal Australian Mint, Denison Street, Deakin.Visit the website for more information: www.ramint.gov.au.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

MARKETS AND FESTIVALS

The Old Bus Depot Markets are something of a Sunday tradition.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are something of a Sunday tradition.

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Lovers of fine hand-crafted wares, clothing collectors, food fanatics and jewellery junkies are just a few of the people who head to Canberra’s award winning Old Bus Depot Markets every Sunday. In a fabulous old industrial building you’ll experience the endless colour, tastes, sounds and atmosphere that is “Canberra’s Sunday Best”.

Not your average market, each week you’ll find over 200 stalls of exceptional quality, featuring items all hand-crafted by local and regional creatives. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets building on Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Find out more at obdm.com.au.

SRI LANKA FESTIVAL 2016

The Sri Lanka High Commission is hosting a Sri Lanka Festival. Enjoy Sri Lankan products and services, notably food, tea, Sri Lankan beer, handlooms and ayurvedic medicines.

Dance and music from different Sri Lankan traditions will entertain the public throughout the day. Children’s activities will include a visit by Kenny the Koala.

Tourist information and astrological readings will also be available.

Happening 11am-6.30pm, Saturday 12 November at Sri Lanka High Commission, 61 Hampton Circuit, Yarralumla. Find more information here: www.slhcaust.org

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE CANBERRA CHRISTMAS FAIR

For the fourth year, the Alliance Française de Canberra is organizing its Christmas Fair!

Enjoy an early taste of Christmas with stalls of hand crafted products, good food, jewelleries, books… Perfect for your Christmas shopping à la française.

Music, creative workshops and animations for children are planned all day!

Happening 10am-3pm Saturday 12 November at Alliance Française de Canberra, 66 McCaughey Street, Turner. Find more information here: www.afcanberra.com.au

CARMBA’s Children’s Clothes Swap and Baby Clothes Sale

Swap your pre-loved children’s clothes for new to you! The Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association is hosting its biannual Children’s Clothing Swap and Baby Clothes Sale on Sunday 13 November. All you need to do to participate is to prepare your high quality pre-loved clothes and drop off to locations in Canberra’s north or south prior to the swap on Sunday 13 November!

After our Clothing Swap we will have the Baby Clothes Sale where you will be able to buy a bag full of clothes for only $20!  On Sunday 13 November from 12.30 pm and 2.30pm at Gan Yisroel Community Centre, 3 Gari Pl, Giralang.

Visit the website for more information: www.carmba.org.au

GOULBURN READER WRITER FESTIVAL

Goulburn Mulwaree Library is excited to present the Goulburn Reader Writer Festival.  The magical festival is full of exciting author talks, workshops, craft activities, live performances, market stalls, and much more.

The 2 day festival will include lots of fun for families with a magic show, circus arts workshop, children’s authors and illustrators, and fun craft activities. Adults can listen to author talks and panel discussions, join workshops, learn the art of bookbinding, meet local authors, and much more. The festival continues on Saturday night with a thrilling and magical acrobatic fire show performed by Goulburn’s Lieder Theatre Company.

Join us on Sunday for our special literary lunch with Tim Fischer, Warren Brown, Costa Georgiadis, and several more authors. Enjoy a 3 course meal and local wines while watching performances and readings from local poets and actors.

The library has a fantastic line up of authors including Tim Fischer, Costa Georgiadis, Jeff Apter, Hugh Mackay, George Ivanoff, Warren Brown, Karen Viggers, Rachel Spratt and Danielle McDonald just to name a few.

The event is something very new and exciting for Goulburn. Whether you’re an aspiring author, prolific reader, craft lover, or you’re just beginning your literary journey, Goulburn’s Reader Writer Festival is definitely the place to be. What better way to celebrate our common love of reading, writing and storytelling by bringing together authors, writers, illustrators, bloggers, and readers from all over the region and beyond to share their thoughts and meet other like-minded literature lovers.

On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November. Entry to most sessions is free; however bookings are essential. For details see the event program, contact the Library, or visit the festival Facebook page.

CONFLUENCE FESTIVAL OF INDIA

Confluence Festival of India, the most significant showcase of Indian arts and culture ever to be staged in Australia is coming to Canberra!

Canberra’s festival program includes world-class dance, theatre and music as well as conferences and workshops on Indian innovation, politics and sport spread over seven weeks.

One of the festival’s key components is fostering bilateral ties, with joint performances and collaborations between Indian and Australian artists and thinkers.

Happening until 8 November at Various Venues, Various Locations, Canberra City. Find more information at confluencefoi.com

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 30 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 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 Canberra College, corner of Launceston Street and Yamba Drive, Phillip. Visit the website for more information.

KIDS

Miss Millie at the Bricks4Totz session. Photo by Mel Hill Photography.

Miss Millie at the Bricks4Totz session. Photo by Mel Hill Photography.

STORY TIME AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people, and faraway places, brought to life through puppets, uniforms, and educational toys. This Friday program is suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome.

Happening Fridays, excluding public holidays 10.30 am until 16 June 2017 in the lower galleries at Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell.

LITTLE GRIFFINS

A free program for toddlers and pre-schoolers. At 10am on the last Friday of each month come along for an hour of constructive fun at the National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive Commonwealth Park (just off Commonwealth Avenue).

Prams welcome and bookings aren’t necessary. 2016 dates for LITTLE GRIFFINS:  28 October, 25 November. Click here for more details: www.natcap.gov.au.

WEBERS CIRCUS 

Webers Circus Wild West Show is heading to Diddams Close, Ginninderra with a packed two hour fun-filled show that will appeal to all ages. See incredible acts such as the Russian Swing; featuring talented acrobats. Be left speechless by the Wheel of Death with daredevils Tim and Paul.

Many other acts include Trick Ponies, Talented dogs, Hula Hooping, World Class Juggling, Silks, Funny clowns and much more.

Happening 28 October – 13 November at Webers Circus Tent, Diddams Close, Belconnen at 7pm.

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.

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

EXHIBITIONS

Ministrations of the shepherdess, 2014 by Graeme Drendel. Collection of the artist, Melbourne.

Ministrations of the shepherdess, 2014 by Graeme Drendel. Collection of the artist, Melbourne.

The Popular Pet Show

The Popular Pet Show will express the joy and warmth that many of us derive from our animal companions, and will celebrate their trusting, unpretentious ways. Comprising exuberant recent Australian paintings, many on a large scale, it will include portraits of famous and obscure Australians and their pets by contemporary artists Nicholas Harding, Lucy Culliton, Darren McDonald, Anna Culliton, Fiona McMonagle, Ken Done, Noel McKenna, Graeme Drendel, Robyn Sweaney and Kristin Headlam.

The Popular Pet Show will be the National Portrait Gallery’s major summer show, running from 4 November 2016 to 12 March 2017. A host of associated programs and events for adults, children and pets are currently in development.

Free entry. See website for more information: portrait.gov.au/exhibitions.

ROSALIE GASCOIGNE: TRANSFORMATIONS

In his talk, ‘Rosalie Gascoigne: transformations’ Martin Gascoigne talks about how his mother transformed man-made and organic relics into landscape art of great poetic presence.

Rosalie Gascoigne’s body of work has close links to her experience of living in Canberra’s rural hinterland. Her walks and drives through the countryside harvested materials that evoked the region’s agricultural history and the elements of deep time, weather and geography that had shaped both the land and her own sensibility as an artist.

Happening 3pm, Sunday 13 November at Drill Hall Gallery, Building 29, Kingsley Street, Acton. Find more information here: dhg.anu.edu.au

RE-PURPOSE

Re-Purpose takes its impetus from the early collages of Braque and Picasso (and later, from Robert Motherwell) which demonstrate the potential of a “foreign” object to act as an artistic catalyst.

The unprecedented use of pre-existing items in their collages entailed swatches of printed matter or textiles being incorporated (re-purposed) into a new context and given a new identity.

It is apparent in retrospect that this use of ready-made items served to challenge the precedence and priority of the “model” in earlier representational art. The works of these artists has laid a foundation for subsequent practice, where a work’s composition can no longer be dissociated from its subject matter.

Re-Purpose presents a range of abstract objects and images by three generations of artists: Matt Arbuckle, Peter Atkins, Chris Carmody, Nicole Ellis, Robert Motherwell, Elizabeth Newman and Trish Roan. All of their works feature a foreign object, a third party, a ready-made pretext or a pre-existing form that generates a fresh outcome.

Through incorporation or obliteration, addition or subtraction, the re-purposed template alters its identity and its function.

Once the enemy, it has become the ally of invention.

This exhibition has been curated by Tony Oates

Happening Friday 11 November to Friday 18 November at Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, Building 29, Acton. See website for opening times. Find more information here: dhg.anu.edu.au

JOANNA BONE: IN DEPTH

Inspired by found objects including sea grasses, sand dollars and other marine creatures, Joanna Bone has revisited her childhood love of pattern and repetition in this new body of extraordinary glass works. The sense of depth and layers within the surface of these pieces engages viewers and invites intimate observation and quiet contemplation.

Artist Joanna Bone and her father spent many hours of her English childhood buying and collecting exotic seashells, and many more hours imagining the exotic environments from which they hailed. This subconsciously fostered a fascination for pattern and intricacy in natural objects which was reinvigorated when she moved to live in Queensland.

Happening Thursday 10 November to Tuesday 15 November at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. See website for opening hours. Find more information: www.canberraglassworks.com

PASSCHENDAELE: REQUIEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH

Passchendaele epitomises everything that was most terrible about the Western Front. Author Paul Ham shows how ordinary men on both sides endured this constant state of siege, with a very real awareness that they were being gradually, deliberately, wiped out.

The Battle of Passchendaele took place over several months, between July and November 1917, with Allied and German armies fighting for control of the ridges south and east of the Belgian city of Ypres.

Happening at 6pm, Tuesday 8 November at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more at www.nla.gov.au

FEMINISM IN ART: AN EVENING WITH CBR FEMINIST ARTISTS

In collaboration with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Feminartsy is hosting a special event exploring how some of Canberra’s most intriguing female artists incorporate feminism into their practice. Through short talks and a panel discussion, this event will explore how feminism intersects with performance, dance, and sculpture, and dissect how feminist artists can translate their principles of gender equality and female empowerment into their work.

Featured speakers include Deb Cleland , Suzanne Bellamy and more to be confirmed.

Happening 7pm, Thursday 10 November at Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. Find out more at www.agac.com.au

ART AFTER DARK AT THE CANBERRA GLASSWORKS

Canberra Glassworks invites you to explore design through contemporary glass after dark, as part of Art After Dark, an Inner South Arts Organisations event.

The program includes:
– Exhibition: The official opening of Joanna Bone’s new exhibition, In Depth, with Aaron Micallef
– Design: See the design and thought processes behind some of Canberra’s amazing glass artists
– Demos: Watch artists in action in the hotshop
– Beers, burgers and blow glass: Make your own middy from molten glass then enjoy a Brodburger and beer. (Cost: $120 per person).
– Shop: To celebrate Design Canberra, get 15% off Geo Series

Other participating arts organisations include:
– PhotoAccess
– ArtSoundFM
– Bilk Gallery
– Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka
– M16 Artspace
– Megalo Print Studio + Gallery

Happening 5pm-8pm, Friday 11 November at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Find out more at www.canberraglassworks.com

HORSE

Horse; an exhibition of new works from Grace Costa, celebrating her lifelong love affair with horses as handed down to her, from father to daughter. Costa explores her innate attraction to horses through her lens, photographing unbridled horses in one of Canberra’s most treasured sites bringing them out of their natural surroundings.

The Nishi Gallery is a space in NewActon dedicated to the presentation of exhibitions that explore our curiosities on local identity, objects and their meaning, the natural world, design experimentation and artisanal making.

Showing 4 – 20 November at 11am – 3pm at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, Canberra. Free entry.

MUD MEN: RAMESH NITHIYENDRAN

Mud men: Ramesh Nithiyendran is an installation comprising five large-scale ceramic sculpture, including four new works that are being exhibited for the first time.

The Sydney based artist draws from wildly varied subject matter, including Hindu and Christian religions, patriarchy and its opposition in queer and feminist theory. He also incorporates motifs from art history.

Showing until 30 January 2017 at 10am at National Galley of Australia.

STUDIO CBR: IN THE MAKING

With a suite of 12 photographic portraits of Canberra’s premier designers and makers, this exhibition captures the energy and creativity of Canberra’s creative community.

Studio CBR: In the Making is a Design Canberra signature exhibition presented by Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre.

Showing until 25 November, weekdays at 9am at Canberra Region Visitors Centre at Regatta Point, Barrine Drive, Parkes. Free entry.

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA

For half a century during the 1860’s, Ginninderra flourished and in it’s prime boasted a church, two schools, store, Police Station, post & telegraph office, school of arts, nursery, farmers union hall, annual show, sports team and hotel.
By 1915 Ginninderra was finished. Find this out and more by visiting the Re-Discovering Ginninderra exhibition.

Showing until 16 March 2017, every Thursday at 10.00am to 12.00pm and the first Sunday of every month from noon till 3pm at Former Hall Primary School, Victoria Street, Hall. Free entry.

HEATHER B. SWANN

Heather B. Swann’s Nervous is live performance and art installation, creating a multidisciplinary arts experience of intense emotional states. The dramatic installation of sculptures evokes playfulness, poetic inspiration, contemplation and an unsettling surreality.

Happening from 10am to 5pm each day until 20 November at National Gallery of Australia.

CONTOUR 556 

50 local, national and international artists present public works that respond to the layers of Canberra’s history in Contour 556. Experience this outdoor event, where artists respond through performance, walking, dance, soundscape, projection, song, poetry, textiles, wallpaper, text, light as well as ‘traditional’ sculpture, represented by works in steel, stone, glass, timber, and found materials. The artworks occupy land and water.

The project seeks to interrogate the relationships between artworks and space; between artists and the public; and the ways in which art or performance can influence how the public perceive space.

The event presents a series of ‘landscape activations’, both ephemeral, through a walk or performance, and static, through a placed object. Viewers are invited to respond with their perceptions and comments through a digital survey available through accessing QR codes around the event.

Artists and performers are responding to any and all of the human interventions to the Canberra’s landscape over the past 50,000 years, including the natural qualities of the site, the landscape qualities of the site, Canberra’s cultural history, Canberra’s political history, and Canberra’s geological history.

Happening daily 22 October to 13 November from 10am-5pm at Commonwealth Place, Bowen Park and Kingston Arts Precinct, Southern side of Lake Burley Griffin Canberra, Parkes. Find more information here: tfy.im/GINhXCgW

Zhang Peili: From Painting to Video Exhibition

Recognised as the father of Chinese video art, Zhang Peili established himself as an avant-garde painter in the mid-1980s, while experimenting with installation and other new media. In 1988, he became the first Chinese artist to seriously explore video as a medium, switching permanently from painting in 1994.

‘From Painting to Video’ presents one of his last paintings—recently gifted to the Australian Centre on China in the World, newly restored and never before exhibited—alongside a selection of Zhang’s earliest, seminal video works. Through his practice, Zhang continued to deconstruct media and destabilise systems that produce meaning, and his work enacts an applied system and logic that ultimately reveals uncertainty in the authority that surrounds us.

Happening 12 and 13 November: 11am – 3pm at The Gallery, Australian Centre on China in the World, Building 188, Australian National University, Fellows Lane, Acton. Free entry.

RECLAIM

Reclaim features designer-makers who have risen to the challenge of presenting high-end, functional and wearable objects created from waste materials. The exhibition speaks to issues of local sustainability and brings awareness to audiences of waste material being seen as a resource.

Reclaim features works by Sam Tomkins, Luke Laffan, Nadege Desgenetez, Simon Cottrell, Gilbert Riedelbauch, Joanne Searle, Corr Blimey, Christina Bricknell and Dan Edwards.
Reclaim is curated by Mel George.

Showing 3 – 17 November at 10am to 5pm Weekdays, Saturday 12 – 4 at Design Centre, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, Canberra 

PEACE, LOVE AND WAR: THE DENMANS, EMPIRE AND AUSTRALIA, 1910-1917 

Lord Thomas Denman was Australia’s fifth Governor-General. He and his wife, the irrepressible Lady Gertrude Denman, resided in Australia from July 1911 to May 1914. This exhibition examines the political, cultural and Imperial interests of this imposing power couple – and those they influenced – in the context of rapidly evolving social values, against a backdrop of a Europe on the brink of World War.

Happening weekdays from 10am-5pm and weekends 12pm-5pm at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information: hwww.cmag.com.au

THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS

Explore two million years of human history through treasured objects from the British Museum’s collection. Discover how people have shaped the world and, in turn, have been shaped by it.

A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum will invite visitors to span the globe, to wonder at the remarkable achievements of people as they faced changing climates, new lands and shifting political arenas. It is an astonishing testament to human ingenuity and craftsmanship.

This is a story told exclusively through the things people have made: objects of all kinds that have been admired and preserved, or used, broken and discarded. From stone to gold, clay to plastic, the objects range in size from tall Assyrian reliefs to a small, but exquisite, gold llama from Peru.

For more information, visit nma.gov.au/exhibitions

MYSTERIOUS EYES: ARTHUR BOYD PORTRAITS FROM 1945

A young man whose soft features betrayed the intensity of his own self-image, Arthur Boyd portrayed others with equally concentrated emotion. In this focus exhibition, Boyd’s self-portrait at age twenty-five is joined by his portraits of those around him. Through his eyes they are a reflection of the artist’s own state of mind.

Showing at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

BIGGER ON THE INSIDE: COLLECTING DR WHO

Canberra collector Timothy Kirsopp displays his entire collection of Dr Who memorabilia in the exhibition, ‘Bigger on the inside: Collecting Dr Who’. The exhibition is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of Dr Who related memorabilia.

Items document everything Whovian from Daleks and the TARDIS to the Doctors and their companions. Explore this cultural phenomenon through a collection that ranges from miniatures and toys to books and board games.

Showing until 20 November at Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra. Entry is free, for more information visit www.cmag.com.au

MEMORIES OF THE STRUGGLE

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.

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

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 1 January 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.

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