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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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FIVE THINGS NOT TO MISS 

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Christmas In The City – Canberra Celebrates

Enjoy a series of food, drink, music, handcrafted and arts markets and entertainment at Christmas in the City – Canberra Celebrates. Don’t miss this month-long festive extravaganza with something special for the young and young-at-heart.

See the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the most number of lights on an artificial Christmas tree. See Shannon Noll headline the Christmas In The City Concert on Wednesday 16 December with Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band, the Brindabella Chorus and Santa!

The Christmas Food Markets will be a foodies’ dream, featuring a number of delicious culinary themed nights such as Burgers, Sweet Treats, Street Food and Cocktails & Canapes. Next door you’ll find the Christmas Handcrafted Gifts and Arts Markets under a canopy of fairy lights.

Entry is by donation to SIDS and Kids.

Happening Friday 16 to Saturday 24 December at various venues, various locations around Canberra.

See website for more information.

Versailles Treasures from the Palace

The NGA has worked with the French Government and the Palace of Versailles to deliver a major exhibition opening this Friday.

More than 7 million people make the journey to the Palace of Versailles every year to experience a phenomenon central to French history – Louis XIV’s architectural masterpiece, the centre of his court of absolute rule and the embodiment of luxury. The luxurious interiors and gardens were often the backdrop to enchanting and extravagant celebrations including masked balls, theatre, opera, concerts, sumptuous feasts and fireworks.

With the support of the French Government, the NGA’s partnership with Versailles has brought this experience to Australia, which has never before been seen outside France.

“We are very excited to be working with Versailles to bring exclusively to Canberra a truly astonishing exhibition and look forward to sharing more details in coming months,” said Gerard Vaughan, NGA Director.

Book your tickets here: nga.gov.au/Versailles

Open from Friday 9 December 2016 until Monday 17 April, 2017 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. See website for more information: nga.gov.au/Versailles

Fossil Dig at the National Dinosaur Museum

At midday every day during the school holidays visitors to the National Dinosaur Museum will be able to join our education team and learn some of the techniques employed by palaeontologists to find and catalogue fossils.
Fun and educational, visitors will help search for and describe the real fossils they find and can earn a certificate issued from the PTP (Palaeontologist Training Program).
Free with normal entry. Suggested visitors take the 11am tour of the museum, and then join the midday fossil dig.
We will also be running guided tours throughout the ACT School Holidays, running at the times of 11am, 2pm and 3pm.

Happening from Monday 19 December, 12pm – 1pm at the National Dinosaur Museum, Barton Highway, Nicholls.

See website for more information.

CHRISTMAS EVE AT HIGHBALL 

Highball have made a list, and checked it twice – they honestly don’t care if you’ve been naughty or nice!

Join them on Christmas Eve for a cocktail or two before the ‘big man’ makes an appearance. They’ll be opening the doors up from 4pm, so get your friends together, book a book and celebrate Christmas the Cuban way: with a bowl of punch and a Santa-sack full of laughs.

Happening 24 December from 4pm at Highball Express, Odgers Lane. Entry is free.

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

Athol Shmith Fashion Photographs

Enter the elegant, bold and often glamorous world of Melbourne photographer Athol Shmith (1914–1990). A selection of stunning black and white prints from the National Library of Australia’s large collection will be on display.

Happening Wednesday 30 November to Sunday 16 July, 10am – 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

CHRISTMAS EVE AT HIGHBALL 

Highball have made a list, and checked it twice – they honestly don’t care if you’ve been naughty or nice!

Join them on Christmas Eve for a cocktail or two before the ‘big man’ makes an appearance. They’ll be opening the doors up from 4pm, so get your friends together, book a book and celebrate Christmas the Cuban way: with a bowl of punch and a Santa-sack full of laughs. On 24 December from 4pm at Highball Express, Odgers Lane. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information www.highballexpress.com.au

TREEHOUSE BAR 

The Treehouse Bar has some fantastic things happening for the rest of 2016 that you might like to know about!

Mondays – TRIVIA

Every Monday night from 7pm

Winner after 8 rounds in a row receives a $100 bar tab and a keg of cider

Thursdays – DOUBLE TROUBLE

2 For 1 Burgers

Happy Hour from 5pm – 7pm

DJ from 9pm and $4 basics, $5 blue waterfalls, vodka red bulls & jägerbombs

Class Act Fridays

2 For 1 Pizzas from 4pm – 10pm

Happy Hour from 5pm – 7pm

The Catch Up package

A bottle of champagne for four and a tapas sharing plate from $25pp

Cocktails $16

DJ from 9pm

Saturdays – The Sessions

Happy Hour from 5pm – 7pm

Cocktails $16

DJs from 9pm

Cocktail Classes

Perfect for birthdays, hens and special events

Guests receive a glass of champagne each on arrival, a cheese platter, and of course, cocktails!!!! Treehouse also holds functions for Christmas parties, birthdays, engagements, launches, hens/bucks nights and more including private bar, catering and VIP bottle service packages to choose from.

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.

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

Early Grave, Fashionably Late

Early Grave, Fashionably Late debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, then dazzled at the Wexford Spiegeltent Festival. It comes to Canberra following a week-long run at the Butterfly Club in Melbourne as part of their curated summer season. This artfully embellished one-man show, with sleuthing, vermouthing, and a mimed penny- farthing chase, pays homage to the worlds of Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne and Oscar Wilde. Comedy for those who keep their brow high and their bow tied.

Fearless explorer. Audacious dandy. Reluctant detective. An improbable account of the malodorous goings on of the night of 28 November 1889, and the events which followed – thrillingly re-enacted! Victorian Dublin’s consummate gentleman-adventurer (and rakish raconteur) damn near loses a cufflink in an astonishing tale of derring-do – and don’ts. Murder! Villainy! Corruption! Hyperbole! Physical storytelling prowess, blending Lecoq-trained virtuosity with a Wildean flair.

“A wild adventure that will have you giggling the whole way through… A really well performed and funny piece of character storytelling that I would recommend to anyone interested in an in-depth yarn” (Broadway Baby)

Happening Tuesday 20 December, 8pm at Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Canberra.

See website for more details.

Monica Moore Trio and Moondog J

There are three things you need to know about this event.

1. It’s the last Friday Night Live for the year – make the most of it as we all know there’s a shortage of live music in January.

2. Anyone who’s heard Monica Moore and/or Moondog J knows how fabulous the music is going to be – and if you haven’t, it’s time to find out.

3. It’s free!

Happening Friday 23 December, 8pm – 10.30pm at Harmonie German Club of Canberra, Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah.

See website for more information.

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.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

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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.

Fossil Dig at the National Dinosaur Museum

At midday every day during the school holidays visitors to the National Dinosaur Museum will be able to join our education team and learn some of the techniques employed by palaeontologists to find and catalogue fossils.
Fun and educational, visitors will help search for and describe the real fossils they find and can earn a certificate issued from the PTP (Palaeontologist Training Program).
Free with normal entry. Suggested visitors take the 11am tour of the museum, and then join the midday fossil dig.
We will also be running guided tours throughout the ACT School Holidays, running at the times of 11am, 2pm and 3pm.

Happening from Monday 19 December, 12pm – 1pm at the National Dinosaur Museum, Barton Highway, Nicholls.

See website for more information.

Fossil Light at the National Dinosaur Museum

Looking up at the night sky, you are not observing how the stars are today; you are seeing how they used to be. When NASA turns the lense of the HUBBLE space telescope onto a galaxy 120 million light years away, it is actually looking into the distant past; in other words they are studying ‘Fossil Light’ as old as the dinosaurs.
This school holidays walk through the galleries and explore a number of high definition images collected by HUBBLE from various ages of the past, along with the fossils of the same age.
The display is free with normal entry.

Happening from Tuesday 20 December, 10am to 5pm at the National Dinosaur Museum, Barton Highway, Nicholls.

See website for more information.

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

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FOR OUR ROUND UP OF FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS, CLICK HERE

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.

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.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

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Image via instagram/hercanberra

Christmas In The City – Canberra Celebrates

Christmas in the City – Canberra Celebrates. Enjoy a series of food, drink, music, handcrafted and arts markets and entertainment. Don’t miss this month-long festive extravaganza with something special for the young and young-at-heart.

See the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the most number of lights on an artificial Christmas tree. See Shannon Noll headline the Christmas In The City Concert on Wednesday 16 December with Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band, the Brindabella Chorus and Santa!

The Christmas Food Markets will be a foodies’ dream, featuring a number of delicious culinary themed nights such as Burgers, Sweet Treats, Street Food and Cocktails & Canapes. Next door you’ll find the Christmas Handcrafted Gifts and Arts Markets under a canopy of fairy lights.

Entry is by donation to SIDS and Kids.

Happening Friday 16 to Saturday 24 December at various venues, various locations around Canberra.

See 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.

FOR OUR ROUND UP OF FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS, CLICK HERE

School Holiday Family Corner

During the school holidays pop into the National Archives of Australia to enjoy puzzles, play a board game and read a book from their selection of Australian stories.

Free, bookings not required.

Happening Monday 19 December 2016 to Wednesday 25 January 2017 at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

National Dinosaur Museum School Holiday Tours

Join in the fun these school holidays with the National Dinosaur Museum. Take a guided tour through Australia’s largest display of dinosaurs.

Experience the Mesozoic – the age of the dinosaurs – with the help of our friendly and experienced team of staff who are passionate about prehistory and education. Touch genuine fossilised bones from dinosaurs and other extinct creatures along the way!

Suitable for all ages. Free with museum admission.

These fun, educational tours are available every day during ACT and NSW school holidays.

Happening Saturday 17 December 2016 to Sunday 29 January 2017, Daily: 11am, 12pm, 2pm, and 3pm at National Dinosaur Museum, 6 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls.

See website for more information.

Wordplay

Drop in and read, write, illustrate and imagine at Wordplay. A range of activities allow you to explore the shape, meaning and use of language.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Ages 4 and over

Happening Saturday 17 December 2016 to Sunday 29 January 2017, Daily: 10am – 4pm. Closed Christmas Day at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

School Holiday Family Corner

During the school holidays pop into the National Archives of Australia to enjoy puzzles, play a board game and read a book from their selection of Australian stories.

Free, bookings not required.

Happening Monday 19 December 2016 to Wednesday 25 January 2017, at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information and opening times.

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.

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

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Athol Shmith Fashion Photographs

Enter the elegant, bold and often glamorous world of Melbourne photographer Athol Shmith (1914–1990). A selection of stunning black and white prints from the National Library of Australia’s large collection will be on display.

Happening Wednesday 30 November to Sunday 16 July, 10am – 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Versailles Treasures from the Palace

The NGA has worked with the French Government and the Palace of Versailles to deliver a major exhibition opening this Friday.

More than 7 million people make the journey to the Palace of Versailles every year to experience a phenomenon central to French history – Louis XIV’s architectural masterpiece, the centre of his court of absolute rule and the embodiment of luxury. The luxurious interiors and gardens were often the backdrop to enchanting and extravagant celebrations including masked balls, theatre, opera, concerts, sumptuous feasts and fireworks.

With the support of the French Government, the NGA’s partnership with Versailles has brought this experience to Australia, which has never before been seen outside France.

“We are very excited to be working with Versailles to bring exclusively to Canberra a truly astonishing exhibition and look forward to sharing more details in coming months,” said Gerard Vaughan, NGA Director.

Open from Friday 9 December 2016 until Monday 17 April, 2017 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. See website for more information: nga.gov.au/Versailles.

CANBERRA GLASSWORKS: In Depth: Joanna Bone with Aaron Micallef

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.  She has collaborated with Aaron Micallef in hot glass and shared studio space in Brisbane for the past four years.  Aaron and Joanna’s shared aesthetic approach, revolving around pattern and symmetry, contributes to the success of their working partnership. What started as a photographic documentation of Joanna’s work, has moved beyond the pure recording of processes, with Aaron creating stunning imagery that captures and reinterprets Joanna’s body of works in this exhibition.

Happening Friday 9 December 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017 at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston.

Call 02 6260 7005 or email [email protected] for more information.

Frank Stella ‘The Kenneth Tyler Collection’

Artist Frank Stella and master printer Kenneth Tyler played a significant role in the development of twentieth-century American printmaking. Throughout his career, Stella has been a constant adventurer and highwire act, an ‘unstoppable risk-taker’, as collaborator Tyler described him in April this year. Frank Stella ‘The Kenneth Tyler Collection’ showcases a selection of Stella’s adventurous and groundbreaking prints.

Happening Saturday 19 November until Friday 30 June 2017, 10am at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Iconic Australian Houses

Take a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. Vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and interviews look beyond the physical structures to tell the story of how good design can enrich lifestyle.

Iconic Australian Houses is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums. Supported by exhibition partner Architecture Foundation Australia, principal partner Stormtech, and sponsors the NSW Architecture Registration Board and University of Newcastle. Assisted by the Australian Government through Visions of Australia.

Happening Saturday 26 November until Friday 3 March at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Peter Hislop, People, Performances and Places

Peter Hislop is a photographer specialising in documenting fine music performance and performers. This exhibition looks back forty years to the beginning of this work and comes forward to the present in a personal journey through fond memories of people, performances and places.

Peter became interested in photography and classical music in his teens, and managed to combine both at age twenty as volunteer editor of Sydney radio 2MBS-FM’s monthly magazine.

He is a graduate of the four year Photography course at Sydney TAFE and holds a Degree in Graphic Design (Hons) from the University of Canberra.

Peter currently works full-time as a Public Servant, and documents approximately two hundred music events per annum in his free time. The images are donated to the performers, and a catalogued set is also gifted to the National Film and Sound Archives as part of their documentation of Australia’s music making.

Happening Sunday 11 December until Wednesday 25 January 2017 daily from noon to 4pm at the High Court of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. See website for more information.

Ajit Ninan: Cartoonist to the World’s Largest Democracy

One of India’s best known cartoonists for the Centrestage series in India Today magazine and Ninan’s World in the Times of India, Ajit Ninan has been part of many Indians’ daily lives. See the most provoking and influential political cartoons from the world’s largest democracy. For Ajit Ninan cartooning runs in the blood, he is the nephew of cartoonist Abu Abraham and had his first cartoon published in the late 1960s when he was still at school.

Happening Tuesday 1 November until Wednesday 1 March, 10am at The Museum of Australian Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Circle

See original works by celebrated author-artist Jeannie Baker from her new book Circle, which follows the migratory route of the Godwit from Alaska to Australia and New Zealand.

In partnership with Walker Books and Newcastle Museum.

Happening Saturday 26 November until Monday 12 December, Weekdays: 10am – 5pm. Weekends: 12pm – 5pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit. See website for more information.

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.

Iconic Australian Artists

Take a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. Vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and interviews look beyond the physical structures to tell the story of how good design can enrich lifestyle.

Iconic Australian Houses is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums. Supported by exhibition partner Architecture Foundation Australia, principal partner Stormtech, and sponsors the NSW Architecture Registration Board and University of Newcastle. Assisted by the Australian Government through Visions of Australia. 

Happening 26 November 2016 to 13 March 2017, Daily: 9am – 5pm. Closed Christmas Day at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

For Country, For Nation

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories of military service in times of war and peace will be told in this new exhibition at the Australian War Memorial.

For Country, for Nation will draw inspiration from cultural traditions and symbols of the warrior’s discipline, knowledge, leadership and skill.

Happening 23 November 2016 to 27 September 2017, 10am – 5pm, at the Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell.

See website for more information.

THE SELL: AUSTRALIAN ADVERTISING 1790S TO 1990S

Step back in time, into the ads of Australia’s past. The Sell: Australian Advertising 1790s to 1990s showcases rich collections of Australian advertising and explores the messages behind many iconic and long forgotten ads.

Ephemeral by nature, often lasting in impact, advertising can reflect how much or just how little Australian society has changed over the centuries. From wanted posters to ads for underwear and chocolates, Vegemite and Victa Mowers, to the ‘Life. Be in it’ and ‘Do the Right Thing’ campaigns, there will be something to push everyone’s buttons!

Happening 23 November 2016 to 25 April 2017, daily 10am – 5pm. No booking required. More information at National Library of Australia.

MEMORY OF THE WORLD IN CANBERRA

Memory of the World in Canberra is an opportunity to learn about the long history Canberra shares with the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme for safeguarding documentary heritage.

Discover the rich documentary heritage held in Canberra’s premier cultural institutions and the contribution made to the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register by Canberra’s librarians, archivists, curators and conservators. Challenge your understanding of what a ‘document’ is in a display that includes film, music and dance, oral history and digital media

Happening 12 November – 19 December, Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm, Weekends noon until 5pm. More information at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

FRANK STELLA THE KENNETH TYLER COLLECTION

Artist Frank Stella and master printer Kenneth Tyler played a significant role in the development of twentieth-century American printmaking.

Throughout his career, Stella has been a constant adventurer and highwire act, an ‘unstoppable risk-taker’, as collaborator Tyler described him in April this year.

Frank Stella The Kenneth Tyler Collection showcases a selection of Stella’s adventurous and groundbreaking prints.

Happening 19 November 2016 to 30 June 2017, 10am – 5pm daily at the National Gallery of Australia. More information at National Gallery of Australia

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.

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.

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.

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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