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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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12 THINGS NOT TO MISS

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THE COLOR RUN CANBERRA

The Color Run, now the biggest running series in the world, is a 5k un-timed fun run, where thousands of participants are doused head to toe with coloured powder.

Experience an all-new Tropicolor Zone™ on course, where runners will be bathed in a tropical array of colours and delicious island scents as they pass through the shade of palm trees, arches, and island-style music.

At the Finish Festival, Color Runners will enjoy even more fun at Rainbow Beach, an interactive island featuring music, dancing, unique photo opportunities, and massive color throws.

Each Color Runner will also receive a limited-edition Tropicolor race shirt, finisher’s medal on a floral-printed ribbon, embroidered headband, and fun temporary tattoos. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first experience with The Color Run or you’ve been joining in for years, the Tropicolor World Tour will be the most memorable 5k of your life.

Happening Sunday 12 February from 8am-11.30am at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, Regatta Place, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL

Bring your own picnic and enjoy the colour and spectacle of the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival. Bring your own lantern or buy one there. Prizes for the best hand-made lanterns.

In the event of rain the festival will move to Lancaster Hall, 20-22 National Circuit, Forrest.

Happening Saturday 11 February from 6.15pm-8.45pm at Beijing Garden, Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla. Find more information on the website.

NEW ROMANTICS FILM FESTIVAL

Nostalgia, romance, and national dreaming are the stuff of Frank Capra’s rich and dreamy palette. Check out a delicious selection of groundbreaking contemporary cinema driven by new understandings of these ‘Capraesque’ themes to complement the National Film and Sound Archive’s Capra retrospective.

The New Romantics Film Festival screens films every Friday night in February and includes new work from acclaimed directors Peter Greenaway, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Lee Tamahori and Aleksey German Jr.

Films screening:

Eisenstein in Guanajuato – 10 February

Under Electric Clouds – 17 February

Mahana – 24 February

Showing until 24 February 2017 from 7pm at The National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Find more information on the website.

COINCIDENCES

Coincidences’ is an exploration of the work of John Wardle Architects (JWA) carried out by a series of prominent architectural photographers and one artist. This exhibition interrogates the boundaries between public and private spaces. Can a foyer have the intimacy of a living room? How might a house have the civic atmosphere of a university hall?

Contributing photographers includes Sharyn Cairns, Erieta Attali, Sam Noonan, Kristoffer Paulsen, Brett Boardman, Earl Carter, Peter Hyatt, Dianna Snape, Peter Bennetts, John Gollings, Shannon McGrath, Trevor Mein, and Max Creasy.

Each photographer visited two JWA buildings and took a single image of each site, documenting their own interpretation of detail aspects of built forms. The images are presented as a pair; thus drawing out points of commonality, ‘coincidences’, across seemingly unconnected architectural contexts.

This exhibition extends from the recently published monograph ‘This Building Likes Me’ (Thames and Hudson, 2016). The book assembles thirty-six JWA projects as pairs, documented through photographs, drawings and models. The relationships between these pairs are sometimes obvious and sometimes obscure. Short critical essays and reflections on contemporary architectural processes, preoccupations and projects are also scattered throughout the book.

Showing until Friday 17 February 2017 from 11am-3pm at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane. Find more information on the website.

CRÈME VALAZE AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

On Sunday 12 February from 2pm, join Portrait Gallery Director Angus Trumble as he reveals how one Polish-Yiddish-Melbourne woman, the extraordinary Helena Rubinstein, conquered the world.

Helena Rubinstein is regarded as the first self-made millionairess of modern times. She had a genius for business and created the first publicly-listed global cosmetics corporation. She grasped from the outset that her products needed to be expensive; that working women thirsted for luxury, and would pay for it. Her products also needed to be seen as “scientifically formulated in the laboratory,” and obviously they needed to work.

Within fifteen years she created an unprecedented mass market; she built and supervised factories, and tightly controlled every aspect of her brand.

When at the age of 85, at the height of her power and wealth, Helena Rubinstein sat in Paris for this fine, larger than life-sized portrait by Graham Sutherland, he persuaded her to wear a red brocade gown designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga. Although by her own account, even in high heels, Helena Rubinstein stood at not quite four foot ten, Sutherland thought she looked like an empress. In a way he was quite right.

This is a free event with no bookings required. Find out more on the NPG website.

Happening at the National Portrait Gallery in Parkes on Sunday 12 February from 2pm – 3pm.

WEET-BIX KIDS TRYATHLON

The AIS in Canberra will come alive with hundreds of Weet-Bix Kids!

The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is a non-competitive event. It is a community engagement program that assists kids to develop self esteem. Australia’s largest Kids TRYathlon series aims to encourage kids to get fit & active while having fun with their friends.

The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is for kids aged 7 – 15 years of age.

TRYathletes will swim, ride and run using very same facilities where many great Australian sporting careers have begun. It doesn’t matter if you have participated in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Series before or not.

The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is all about TRY-ing your best and having a go!

Happening Sunday 12 February from 7am-12pm at Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier St, Bruce. Find more information on the website.

LATE NIGHT OPENING: COUNTRY AFFAIR

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8pm on selected Fridays during January and February. There’s a variety of fascinating and free performances throughout the summer

February 10: Country affair

Get your feet tapping and fingers clicking along to lively, fun gypsy-swing-style tunes provided by local band Doctor Stovepipe.

Remember to catch the Popular Pet Show highlights tour at 7.00pm (exhibition ticket required).

Happening Friday 10 February from 5pm-8pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

Stuart Devlin – The Designer with the Midas Touch

The Royal Australian Mint is a unique attraction as the only producer of Australia’s circulating coins. But be sure to check out Stuart Devlin – The Designer with the Midas Touch, an exhibition exploring the masterly work of Stuart Devlin AO with unparalleled pieces and behind-the-scenes rarities.

From the platypus amid rippling water to a resplendent lyrebird, Geelong-born Stuart Devlin AO is best known in Australia as the designer of Australia’s decimal coins. The much-loved coins were the springboard for an international career as the most creative and influential designer goldsmith and silversmith of the past 50 years.

Take a 30-minute tour of the exhibition with a guide who holds specialist knowledge of Stuart Devlin and his work and explore his illustrious career in further depth. $10 per person. Bookings essential via Eventbrite.

While you are visiting, view the factories where Australia’s circulating coins are made and discover that special coin, gift or souvenir at the Mint Coin Shop.

Showing until 30 April 2017 from 8.30am-5pm at Royal Australian Mint

Denison Street, Deakin. Find more information on the website.

CANBERRA BABY & KIDS MARKET

The Canberra Baby & Kids Market provides excellent quality pre-loved items by great brands at bargain prices. From prams to cots, toys to books and clothes to shoes – this market has it all. You will find great brands in the best pre-loved condition, such as Country Road, Jack & Milly, Esprit, Fred Bare, Peg Perego, Mini Haha, Seed – just to name a few!

The Baby & Kids Markets always attract a great crowd of parents and expecting parents. There is s a huge selection of large items (prams, cots, highchairs, etc), and an incredible number of clothes, toys, books, shoes and other items are looking for a new home too. Browse through a range of new items for sale and services such as kids entertainment businesses and photographers.

Held indoors, the market has a cafe for snacks and coffee. Free parking.

Happening Saturday 11 February from 9am-12pm at Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park In Canberra, 5 Flemington Road, Lyneham. Find more information on the website.

Budawang & Coorong Pavilions, Exhibition Park in Canberra, Corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell. Find more information on the website.

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCES

After a sell-out season in London, this virtual reality experience comes to the National Museum of Australia.

David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences are a feast for the senses! Immerse yourself in the first two natural history documentaries ever designed for Virtual Reality (VR). Join David Attenborough as he travels back through time to see the first glimmerings of life on earth, or dive into a breathtaking underwater tour of the Great Barrier Reef, all using the latest in VR technology.

In David Attenborough’s First Life VR, visitors travel back 540 million years as Attenborough reveals the dawn of life on Earth and introduces us to its earliest inhabitants, exploring ancient oceans and interacting with extinct sea creatures.

Long-extinct animals such as the whimsically built Opabinia, the fearsome-looking Anomalocaris and the spiny, worm-like Hallucigenia will be brought vividly alive in a fully immersive VR experience.

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive VR uses real-world footage and pioneering technologies to shed new light on this magnificent habitat. Visitors will take a 360-degree, VR tour through the vibrant coral, darting fish and majestic sharks in this great natural wonder of the world. In a state-of-the-art submersible, Attenborough guides us through the reef.

Showing until 30 June 2017 daily from 9.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm at The National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Find more information on the website.

LIFELINE EPIC BOOKFAIR

Join Lifeline Canberra at Exhibition Park for the biggest bookfair Canberra has ever seen!

For the first time ever, they’ll be taking over both the Budawang and Coorong Pavilions to bring you more books, movies, music, games, puzzles and more than ever before!

They have a huge range of fiction and non-fiction books, including rare and collectibles, as well as games, puzzles, CDs, DVDs, records, comics and much more.

Held over three huge days, with fun activities for Saturday’s Family Day, this event is a must-attend.

Happening Friday 10 February from 9am-6pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Flemington Road, Mitchell.

Find more information on the website.

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.

Open 9am–5 pm daily and special late night openings every Tuesday until 7pm. Café open 9am–4pm

Showing until Friday 3 March 2017 at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE

After record attendance last year, Friday Night Drinks are back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match. The event kicks off Friday from 4pm with live bands, cocktails and a BBQ.   

The season will run until April 7, with each week bringing a different themed event to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think DJs, amazing food, craft beers and lawn games. The perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend. 

Themes will be revealed each week on the Museum of Australian Democracy’s Facebook page. 

Happening until Friday 7 April, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE

After record attendance last year, Friday Night Drinks are back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match. The event kicks off Friday from 4pm with live bands, cocktails and a BBQ.   

The season will run until April 7, with each week bringing a different themed event to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think DJs, amazing food, craft beers and lawn games. The perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend. 

Themes will be revealed each week on the Museum of Australian Democracy’s Facebook page. 

Happening until Friday 7 April, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

Beers & Birds – Super Bowl 51!

You don’t need a visa for this trip to the US! Head to the Duxton on Monday 6th of February for that all-American spectacle, the Super Bowl!

The New England Patriots will be up against the Atlanta Falcons and to celebrate, they’re opening up from 10am, and will be serving up some finger-licking wings to satisfy your game-day munchies. If wings aren’t quite your thing, the full bistro menu will be available and they’ll have plenty of beer on tap to keep you cheering loud and proud.

Walk in’s are welcome but they are taking bookings if you want to ensure your crew get the best seats in the house.

Happening Monday 6 February, 10am at The Duxton, Macpherson St., O’Connor

See website for more information.

Havana Nights

Spend a night in Cuba courtesy of The Highball Express as the crew whisks you away to tropical Havana.
Head in every Thursday from 4pm for Havana Nights where you can enjoy some exotic drinks and start the slide into the weekend.

They’ll be featuring mojitos and daiquiris for only $10 and will have all their usual suspects available too so there is always something for everyone regardless of whether you’re flying first class or coach.

Flight Details:
•  Thursday’s from 4pm
•  $10 mojitos and daiquiris
•  Free entry

Happening Thursday 9 February, 4pm at Highball Express, 82 Alinga St, Canberra.

See website for more information.

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.

XO

XO, located in Narrabundah, will have an eight-course tasting menu to celebrate the Chinese New Year from the 28 of January until 11 February.

For $88 pp you will be treated to eight separate tasting courses designed by their chef to explore modern applications of classic flavours and family tradition. Bookings can be made on their 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.

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.

MUSIC, DANCE, FILM & THEATRE

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Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema

There a few signs which signal summer is truly here – longer days, warmer weather and the return of Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas. The quintessential summer cinema returns to the picturesque Patrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin from 12 January to 19 February 2017.

If you’re looking for a romantic, sunset filled evening for date night, drama and laughs for a girl’s night out or some family fun, Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is a must-do to add to your list this summer.

See website for more information.

Chinese New Year Concert 2017

The prestigious Chinese Orchestra makes its return Australian tour with the very special musical event, Treasures of A Nation: Chinese New Year Concert 2017 at the ANU Llewellyn Hall, Canberra on Thursday 16 February.

Treasures of A Nation is proud to open the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra as part of a three-day festival, one of the biggest celebrations of cultural diversity across Australia with more than 100 participating countries.  For this special one-off performance, the concert will include guest performers Miriam Lieberman and an Iranian Band, The Sarv Ensemble led by Canberra based musician Salar Ayoubi.

The orchestra use a combination of western and eastern instruments including the sheng, an ancient flute, the liuqin mandolin, and the gaohu and erhu, sometimes referred to as “the Chinese fiddle”.

The orchestra has performed in India, South Africa and Canada. This is their second visit to Australia, following a successful Chinese New Year 2016 Concert.Happening Thursday 16 February, 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, Building 100, William Herbert Place, Canberra.

Happening Thursday 16 February, 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, Building 100, William Herbert Place, Canberra.

See website for more information.

PIP UTTON: MAGGIE

Pip Utton is a Fringe legend and has won awards around the world for his spellbinding portrayals of Adolf, Churchill, Dickens, Casanova, Chaplin, Hancock and many others. ‘Maggie’ is probably Pip’s greatest challenge yet.

Delivering a speech, just as tension reaches boiling point, Margaret Thatcher steps away from her pedestal and addresses you. This is the real reason you have come to watch this show. Raise your hand and wait your turn to ask The Iron Lady the questions that have burned you for years.

Some answers will make your blood boil. Some of them will make you laugh. But every single answer will portray an honesty that you won’t be able to escape.

Happening Friday 10 February to Sunday 12 February 2017 from 8pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street. Find more information on the website.

PIP UTTON: CHURCHILL

Pip Utton’s play is not an attempt to decide on Churchill’s greatness. It is not an attempt to judge. It is just 70 minutes spent in the entertaining company of the man whose life spanned two centuries and saw the decline of the British Empire. The man who spent 50 years at the heart of political life in Westminster.

He talks of his childhood, his parents, his education, his army life, his marriage, his painting, writing and bricklaying and, of course, he talks of his many years at the centre of the world political stage, especially during two world wars.

Happening Tuesday 7 February to Thursday 9 February 2017 from 8pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street.

Find more information on the website.

HUMAN NATURE – THE ULTIMATE JUKEBOX TOUR

Join the Las Vegas headliners Human Nature on Ultimate Jukebox Tour.

Enjoy a night of pop classics mixed with doo-wop, Motown with soul, chart-topping hits from their hugely successful Jukebox albums as well as their own original music.

Happening Friday 10 February from 8pm at AIS Arena, Leverrier Street, Bruce. Find more information on the website.

SUNDAY FILM SCREENINGS AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

The summer holidays are here again, and with them come the annual Australian War Memorial Sunday Film Screenings. This year the theme is Reel Conflict: Journalism and War, exploring the dynamics of journalism and the risks of documenting conflict.

All screenings will be accompanied by a short introduction by experts from the Memorial. This is not a ticketed event, so get in early to guarantee yourself a seat.

Sunday 12 February

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) MA 15+

Directors: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (112 mins)

Showing until 12 February 2017 from 1.30pm at The Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell. Find more information on the website.

NEW ROMANTICS FILM FESTIVAL

Nostalgia, romance, and national dreaming are the stuff of Frank Capra’s rich and dreamy palette. Check out a delicious selection of groundbreaking contemporary cinema driven by new understandings of these ‘Capraesque’ themes to complement the National Film and Sound Archive’s Capra retrospective.

The New Romantics Film Festival screens films every Friday night in February and includes new work from acclaimed directors Peter Greenaway, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Lee Tamahori and Aleksey German Jr.

Films screening:

Eisenstein in Guanajuato – 10 February

Under Electric Clouds – 17 February

Mahana – 24 February

Showing until 24 February 2017 from 7pm at The National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Find more information on the website.

LOST HORIZONS – FRANK CAPRA’S AMERICA

To celebrate the National Film and Sound Archive’s restoration of the lost Capra film, Three Days to Live, the NFSA has a month of Hollywood charm, wit and grace, in the glow of ‘Capra’s touch’.

The program includes

NFSA Restores: Three Days to Live – 5 February, 2pm (with live musical accompaniment)

It Happened One Night – 12 February, 2pm

American Madness – 12 February, 4pm

The Miracle Woman – 19 February, 2pm

The Bitter Tea of General Yen – 19 February, 4pm

Prelude to War (2pm) and It’s a Wonderful Life (3.15pm) – 26 February (ticket price includes entry to both films)

Showing until 26 February 2017at The National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Find more information on the website.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

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THE STORY OF AUSTRALIA’S PEOPLE: THE RISE AND RISE OF A NEW AUSTRALIA

As one of the country’s most significant and popular historians, Geoffrey Blainey’s much anticipated second instalment of the history of Australia’s people traces our story from the Gold Rush to the present day.

Happening Wednesday 8 February from 6pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

The Canberra Environment Centre – Intro to Permaculture

Permaculture is a design methodology which focuses on designing landscapes that mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy. In contrast to industrial agriculture, land cultivation in permaculture is viewed in terms of how it relates to surrounding ecosystems. The aim is to work with, rather than against, natural cycles, patterns and processes and create genuinely sustainable agriculture. This workshop is run by Bredbo Valley View Farm’s Martyn Noakes and will focus on the ethics and principles that will get you started on the road to permaculture planning and action.

Happening Tuesday 7 February, 6pm – 8pm at the Canberra Environment Centre, cnr Lawson Crescent and Lennox Crossing, Acton.

See website for more information.

The Canberra Environment Centre – Preserving Wild Food

This is the second workshop in a two-part workshop series about foraging and cooking wild food, following the sold out Urban Foraging Walk on Saturday 4 February 2017. Join avid urban forager and blogger, Susan Hutchinson, in this hands-on workshop where participants will learn how to take advantage of a foraged bounty by preserving it for seasons to come. Susan will be sharing her own recipes for delicious and unusual concoctions such as her peculiar ‘haw-sin’/hoisin sauce made from foraged hawthorn berries and rosehip cordial. The workshop includes course notes, recipes, and a small jar of preserves/cordial to take home. Please bring your own apron.

Happening Saturday 11 February 12pm – 3pm at Bush Capital Lodge, 191 Dryandra St, O’Connor.

See website for more information.

CWW AND AIM LEAD LUNCHEON 2017

Canberra Wise Women are very excited to be teaming up with the Australian Institute of Management to bring the first event on their 2017 schedule to you as a JOINT event! Join them on Friday February 10, from midday at Hotel Realm in Barton, as they host a Luncheon on the theme of ‘Lead’.

The speakers at this event have a diverse range of Leadership experience from across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. They will also welcome men on to the Canberra Wise Women stage for the very first time!

At this event they will be interviewing:

Happening Friday 20 February from 12pm at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Tickets on sale now at aim.eventsair.com/lead.

Canberra Glassworks Adult Short Courses

Our CIT Adult Short courses are held every first weekend of the month, all year round at Canberra Glassworks.  Participants are taught by our professional Teaching Artists in intimate class sizes.  Courses include Flameworking, Glass Fusing, Hot Glass Blowing, Glass Casting,  Glass Beads and Glass Engraving.

Costs apply.

Happening from Saturday 4 February.

See website for more information.

GRAVITATIONAL WAVES AND SPACETIME

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to listen to some of Australia’s leading scientific minds and experience the heritage-listed Canberra icon, the Shine Dome, while you’re in the nation’s capital. The Academy of Science, Australia’s premier scientific organisation, holds bimonthly public talks to challenge and stimulate the mind. This year, these unique events are led by Australian researchers at the forefront of the “Dawn of the new Space Age” as we strive to learn more about our universe. Discover global science in a local forum with access like nowhere else to scientists at the cutting edge of space research.

February talk: Gravitational Waves and Spacetime

Speaker: Professor Dean Rickles; Centre for Time, University of Sydney

This Event is being Livestreamed and will be available through the YouTube Channel after the event.

Happening Tuesday 7 February from 5.30pm at Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton. Find more information on the website.

DRESS CODE: EMPIRE

Dress Code: Empire. An old coat rescued. Sir Edmund Barton revealed. In this exhibition you will discover an intriguing tale of power, prestige and Australia’s changing ties to Britain.

Discover Barton’s coatee, an exciting digital interactive, videos and school activities.

Showing until 1 August 2017 from 9am-5pm at The Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCES

After a sell-out season in London, this virtual reality experience comes to the National Museum of Australia.

David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences are a feast for the senses! Immerse yourself in the first two natural history documentaries ever designed for Virtual Reality (VR). Join David Attenborough as he travels back through time to see the first glimmerings of life on earth, or dive into a breathtaking underwater tour of the Great Barrier Reef, all using the latest in VR technology.

In David Attenborough’s First Life VR, visitors travel back 540 million years as Attenborough reveals the dawn of life on Earth and introduces us to its earliest inhabitants, exploring ancient oceans and interacting with extinct sea creatures.

Long-extinct animals such as the whimsically built Opabinia, the fearsome-looking Anomalocaris and the spiny, worm-like Hallucigenia will be brought vividly alive in a fully immersive VR experience.

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive VR uses real-world footage and pioneering technologies to shed new light on this magnificent habitat. Visitors will take a 360-degree, VR tour through the vibrant coral, darting fish and majestic sharks in this great natural wonder of the world. In a state-of-the-art submersible, Attenborough guides us through the reef.

Showing until 30 June 2017 daily from 9.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm at The National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Find more information on the website.

PORTRAIT TALK: CRÈME VALAZE

National Portrait Gallery Director Angus Trumble reveals how one Polish-Yiddish-Melbourne woman, the extraordinary Helena Rubinstein, conquered the world in this Portrait Talk: Crème Valaze. Come along for a fascinating inside into Helena Rubinstein’s life.

Happening Sunday 12 February from 2pm-3pm National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

ULTIMATE MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

Experience the exclusive Ultimate Museum Experience at the National Museum of Australia with a:

  • Meet and greet service
  • Refreshment in the Museum member’s ‘Friends Lounge’
  • Tailored tour of the Museum – planned to suit your interests with a dedicated Museum Visitor Services Host
  • Meal with a glass of wine in the stunning waterfront Museum Cafe
  • A voucher for 10% off purchases at the beautiful Museum Shop

Tickets are available from the Museum or online.

# The Museum Shop discount applies to full-priced items, single transaction only, and cannot be redeemed for cash.

** Rate valid until 31 March 2017

* Brunch and lunch is available at the Museum Café up until 2 pm daily

Allow for 2-3 hours to experience this package!

Showing until 1 April 2017 daily from 10am, 1pm, 3pm or on request at The National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Find more information on the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

SPORT

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UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA CAPITALS VS BENDIGO SPIRIT

Women’s National Basketball (WNBL) heats up in Round 18 when University of Canberra Capitals vs Bendigo Spirit here in Canberra.

Get your tickets now via Ticketbooth.

Happening Saturday 11 February from 3pm at Southern Cross Stadium, 22 Cowlishaw Street, Greenway. Find more information on the website.

THE COLOR RUN CANBERRA

The Color Run, now the biggest running series in the world, is a 5k un-timed fun run, where thousands of participants are doused head to toe with coloured powder.

Experience an all-new Tropicolor Zone™ on course, where runners will be bathed in a tropical array of colours and delicious island scents as they pass through the shade of palm trees, arches, and island-style music.

At the Finish Festival, Color Runners will enjoy even more fun at Rainbow Beach, an interactive island featuring music, dancing, unique photo opportunities, and massive color throws.

Each Color Runner will also receive a limited-edition Tropicolor race shirt, finisher’s medal on a floral-printed ribbon, embroidered headband, and fun temporary tattoos. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first experience with The Color Run or you’ve been joining in for years, the Tropicolor World Tour will be the most memorable 5k of your life.

Happening Sunday 12 February from 8am-11:30am at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, Regatta Place, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

WEET-BIX KIDS TRYATHLON

The AIS in Canberra will come alive with hundreds of Weet-Bix Kids!

The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is a non-competitive event. It is a community engagement program that assists kids to develop self esteem. Australia’s largest Kids TRYathlon series aims to encourage kids to get fit & active while having fun with their friends.

The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is for kids aged 7 – 15 years of age.

TRYathletes will swim, ride and run using very same facilities where many great Australian sporting careers have begun. It doesn’t matter if you have participated in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Series before or not.

The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is all about TRY-ing your best and having a go!

Happening Sunday 12 February from 7am-12pm at Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier St, Bruce. Find more information on the website.

Come Try Mountain Biking

Always wanted to give mountain biking a go, but unsure about investing in a new bike? Maybe you found yourself with a new mountain bike recently but not too sure what to do with it?Or perhaps you just want to try something new in 2017.

Or perhaps you just want to try something new in 2017.

Canberra Off Road Cyclists are offering a 2 hour Come & Try Mountain Biking session for adults who would like to try out this great sport.

Sessions will be for two hours and will include instruction by our professional and qualified coaches as well as a short ride around the Mt Stromlo trails.

You also have the option to book a bike to test ride on the day free of charge, thanks to our partners at The Cyclery.

This Come & Try day is part of a broader program that will include a 5 week mountain biking development program for beginners, and a trail riding weekend in Tathra. Participants of the Come & Try day will receive first preference on program places.

Happening Sunday 12 February, 8am – 3pm (2 hour sessions) at Stromlo Forest Park, Stromlo.

See website for more information.

Inner North Netball Club Registration Day

The Inner North Netball Club (INNC) was launched in 2013 to promote participation in sport among families in the inner-north of Canberra. INNC is holding its 2017 winter season registration looking for new and existing players to participate in the North Canberra Netball Competition. Netball is a great way to get fit, build friendships and have fun!

Happening Saturday 11 February, 10am – 2pm at Netball ACT Indoor Courts, Southwell Park, Northbourne Avenue Lyneham.

See website for more information.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS – INTERNATIONAL DAY AT THE MARKETS

Celebrate Canberra’s rich and diverse multicultural community at the Old Bus Depot Markets’ International Day.

‘Travel the world’ within the market surrounds, exploring the many cultures which call the nation’s capital home. Sample an array of delicious multicultural foods. Be entertained by local ethnic music and dance groups performing traditional dances, and buy gifts handcrafted in faraway lands.

You’ll find: African handcrafted statues, silk handbags from Thailand, Russian baboushka art, hand painted ceramic plates from Italy, French provincial tablecloths, Nepalese woollen hats, Indian block print textiles, Vietnamese lanterns and tasty dishes from Spain, Laos, Ethiopia, France and Mexico.

Happening Sunday 12 February from 10am-4pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Find more information on the website.

CANBERRA BABY & KIDS MARKET

The Canberra Baby & Kids Market provides excellent quality pre-loved items by great brands at bargain prices. From prams to cots, toys to books and clothes to shoes – this market has it all. You will find great brands in the best pre-loved condition, such as Country Road, Jack & Milly, Esprit, Fred Bare, Peg Perego, Mini Haha, Seed – just to name a few!

The Baby & Kids Markets always attract a great crowd of parents and expecting parents. There is s a huge selection of large items (prams, cots, highchairs, etc), and an incredible number of clothes, toys, books, shoes and other items are looking for a new home too. Browse through a range of new items for sale and services such as kids entertainment businesses and photographers.

Held indoors, the market has a cafe for snacks and coffee. Free parking.

Happening Saturday 11 February from 9am-12pm at Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park In Canberra, 5 Flemington Road, Lyneham. Find more information on the website.

LIFELINE EPIC BOOKFAIR

Join Lifeline Canberra at Exhibition Park for the Lifeline Epic Bookfair.

For the first time ever, they’ll be taking over both the Budawang and Coorong Pavilions to bring you more books, movies, music, games, puzzles and more than ever before!

Held over three huge days, with fun activities for Saturday’s Family Day, this event is a must-attend for book lovers.

Entry is by gold coin donation. All proceeds go to Canberra’s local 13 11 14 crisis support service.

Happening Friday 10 February to Sunday 12 February 2017 from 9am at

Budawang & Coorong Pavilions, Exhibition Park in Canberra, Corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell. Find more information on the website.

MURRUMBATEMAN VILLAGE MARKET

Murrumbateman Village Market is a friendly market close to Canberra and Yass on the Barton Highway, specialising in local fresh food and crafts.

The market sells a wide range of local crafts, pottery and handmade goods, as well as organic vegetables, local produce from local gardens, plus breads, cakes, pastries, jams, honey, sauces, chillies, a range of meats, olives and olive oil, native plants, local winemakers and more.

Experience a great ambience at the Village Green, Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Happening each week until 9 December 2017 at Murrumbateman Village Market, Barton Highway.

Find more information on the website.

Farmers and Foodies Markets

A weekly food market with a focus on local and organic produce, amazing street food and boutique beer wine and spirits. Come and do your weekly shop grab some dinner sit down and relax while you enjoy a cold drink at the end of a hot week! On every Friday from 4pm – 8pm at the Old Bus Depot Building, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information www.facebook.com/Farmers-and-Foodies

YASS FARMERS MARKETS

Support the local producers and come to the Yass Farmers Markets. Local wine, jams, sauces and craft items. Oil, baked goods and great coffee or juices. Vegetables and plants too. Home made food, arts and crafts.

It’s a great place to catch up with friends or to take a family and friends, with good weather expect to see the jumping castle and more stalls outside.

The Yass Farmer’s Markets have become a fantastic community event every first and third Saturday of the month. Have a coffee, relax and enjoy the ambiance and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

On until 7 October 2017 every first and third Saturday of the month from 10am- 1pm at St Augustines Church, Meehan Street, St Augustines Church.

Find more information on the website.

SOUTHERN HARVEST FARMERS MARKET AT BUNGENDORE

The Southern Harvest Farmers Market: selling sustainable, authentic, regional food: grown and made by the Community, for the Community.

The market is open every Saturday from 9am to Noon.

It is a great source of fresh food and farm produce from around the region including meat, eggs, seafood, honey, fruit, vegetables, preserves and refreshments.

Stall holder enquiries welcome.

Showing until 16 September 2017 every Saturday from 9am- 12pm at Bungendore Anglican Hall, 25 Butmaroo Street.

Find more information on the website.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Charity Garage Sale in Wanniassa – OPEN EVERY SATURDAY

Find a bargain for all the family at the Charity Garage Sale in Wanniassa.  Browse through a huge range of baby, kids, adult and household items, all at affordable prices. New items are added every week with proceeds used to fund projects that promote sustainability and self-reliance in poor communities. Excellent quality, no trash.

Thousands of items, everything must go so come along and grab a bargain.

Check us out on facebook at Charity Garage Sales – Canberra

Happening Saturday 11 February, 8am – 2pm at 5 O’Grady Place, Wanniassa.

See website for more information.

KIDS

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LITTLE FACES

Little children and their parent or carer are invited to join a learning facilitator for Little Faces; playful activities in the galleries and studio.

During summer you’ll look at the portrait Self with friends by Lucy Culliton, exploring animals, sounds and textures. The painting is in the temporary exhibition The Popular Pet Show.

Please note that this program will include water play designed for babies and toddlers so please bring a change of clothes. For those who choose not to do water play there will be alternative activities.

For children from six months to three years. Followed by morning tea in the café.

Bookings essential.

Made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC

Showing until Friday 10 February 2017 from 9.30am at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

CANBERRA BABY & KIDS MARKET

The Canberra Baby & Kids Market provides excellent quality pre-loved items by great brands at bargain prices. From prams to cots, toys to books and clothes to shoes – this market has it all. You will find great brands in the best pre-loved condition, such as Country Road, Jack & Milly, Esprit, Fred Bare, Peg Perego, Mini Haha, Seed – just to name a few!

The Baby & Kids Markets always attract a great crowd of parents and expecting parents. There is s a huge selection of large items (prams, cots, highchairs, etc), and an incredible number of clothes, toys, books, shoes and other items are looking for a new home too. Browse through a range of new items for sale and services such as kids entertainment businesses and photographers.

Held indoors, the market has a cafe for snacks and coffee. Free parking.

Happening Saturday 11 February from 9am-12pm at Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park In Canberra, 5 Flemington Road, Lyneham. Find more information on the website.

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.

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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TUESDAY NIGHT EXHIBITIONS

During summer the Archives exhibitions are open every Tuesday evening excluding 27 December and 3 January. See Iconic Australian Houses and Memory of a Nation at your leisure.

Showing until 28 February 2017 from 5pm – 7pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

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.

Showing until 30 June February 2017 from 10am at National Gallery of Australia

Parkes Place East, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

SPATIAL CURVATURE 

An Exhibition of Fine Furniture by NSW Master Woodworker Darren Oates presenting new furniture made from reclaimed Australian Native timbers such as Spotted Gum, Iron Bark, Red Cedar, Victorian Ash, Swamp Oak and more, taken trees removed to make way for housing estates, industrial areas, roads and farmland. Darren’s desire is to produce work that will not be looked on as unobtainable or esoteric while always exuding respect for his chosen creative media.

Showing until 7 February at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, 22 Malbon Street. Find more information on the website.

THE LANGUAGE OF LIGHT

An Exhibition by Canberra Region artists Chan Dissanayake and Rick Cochrane who often paint together. In this exhibition they are exploring the dynamics of light in their chosen mediums. Chan works primarily in watercolour and Rick in drawing, oils and printmaking. They use their individual visual-language constructs to explore the subtle emotional mood of light in a variety of mediums.

Showing until 7 February 2017 from 2.30pm at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, 22 Malbon Street. Find more information on the website.

COINCIDENCES

Coincidences’ is an exploration of the work of John Wardle Architects (JWA) carried out by a series of prominent architectural photographers and one artist. This exhibition interrogates the boundaries between public and private spaces. Can a foyer have the intimacy of a living room? How might a house have the civic atmosphere of a university hall?

Contributing photographers includes Sharyn Cairns, Erieta Attali, Sam Noonan, Kristoffer Paulsen, Brett Boardman, Earl Carter, Peter Hyatt, Dianna Snape, Peter Bennetts, John Gollings, Shannon McGrath, Trevor Mein, and Max Creasy.

Each photographer visited two JWA buildings and took a single image of each site, documenting their own interpretation of detail aspects of built forms. The images are presented as a pair; thus drawing out points of commonality, ‘coincidences’, across seemingly unconnected architectural contexts.

This exhibition extends from the recently published monograph ‘This Building Likes Me’ (Thames and Hudson, 2016). The book assembles thirty-six JWA projects as pairs, documented through photographs, drawings and models. The relationships between these pairs are sometimes obvious and sometimes obscure. Short critical essays and reflections on contemporary architectural processes, preoccupations and projects are also scattered throughout the book.

Showing until Friday 17 February 2017 from 11am-3pm at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane. Find more information on the website.

MARIANA DEL CASTILLO, FUGITIVE FAITH – A CONSCRIPTED OATH

In her practice Mariana del Castillo explores experiences common to humanity, in particular themes of migration, displacement and the painful burden of loss. Employing recycled materials, her reconfigured forms occupy the space of the gallery as if engaged in a kind of danse macabre, in a surreal meditation on identity and the body, the past and the present.

In subverting the original uses for the objects that make up her work, del Castillo draws on her Ecuadorian heritage, her memories of her grandparents’ shop with its cabinets of curiosities, the cultural influences of pre-Columbian art and the Mexican surrealist Frida Kahlo, as well as the dark strains of European surrealists such as Hans Bellmer and the satirical series of etchings Los caprichos, by the great 18th century Spanish artist Francisco Goya.

For Mariana del Castillo Fugitive Faith – A conscripted oath, the artist continues to explore the themes and forms of her recent work, employing largely recycled materials in a surreal reflection on identity, migration, religion and the body.

Showing until 26 March 2017 weekdays 10am-5pm and weekends 12pm-5pm at The Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner London Circuit and Civic Square.

Find more information on the website.

BEHIND THE LINES 2016: THE YEAR’S BEST POLITICAL CARTOONS

Behind the Lines 2016: The year’s best political cartoons celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

Explore the unpredictable events of 2016 that shaped our political destiny – from Australia’s own double-dissolution, to Brexit and the shock Trump victory – through the sharpened wit and pencils of Australia’s best cartoonists.

There’s more than cartoons. Dress up in a crown and velvety red cape in the exhibition programming space, discover your political destiny with a game of political tarot or challenge your friends and family in political head.

Showing until 8 December 2017 from 9am- 5pm at The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

DRESS CODE: EMPIRE

Dress Code: Empire. An old coat rescued. Sir Edmund Barton revealed. In this exhibition you will discover an intriguing tale of power, prestige and Australia’s changing ties to Britain.

Discover Barton’s coatee, an exciting digital interactive, videos and school activities.

Showing until 1 August 2017 from 9am-5pm at The Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

VELOCITY: VINTAGE RACING BIKES

Velocity: Vintage racing bikes offers an exhibition from the extensive collection of Peter Taylor. Peter is a postman and cycling enthusiast who services bicycles from his garage workshop and maintains a large and wonderful collection of vintage racing bikes.

Examples from Peter’s collection range from rare Post World War II European bikes to an Australian bike raced at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. The exhibition coincides with the inaugural L’Étape Australia by Le Tour de France bicycle race which will take place in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales.

Showing until 5 March 2017 from 10am-5pm weekdays and: 12 – 5pm weekends at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner London Circuit and Civic Square.

Find more information on the website.

ARTISTS OF THE GREAT WAR

Artists of the Great War explores the horrors of the First World War, palpably expressed in the work of Australia’s official war artists and their combatant and non-combatant peers.

This powerful exhibition addresses wartime propaganda, front-line experience and remembrance through paintings, drawings and prints featuring a a special focus on the remarkable artist Will Dyson.

Showing until 31 May 2017 from 10am-5pm at The National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

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.

Showing until 12 February 2017 from 10am at Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit. Find more information on the website.

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.

Showing until Sunday 16 July 2017. Open from 10am – 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

VERSAILLES TREASURES FROM THE PALACE

For the first time in history, a collection of over 130 sumptuous treasures from the Palace of Versailles are on show in Australia. Prepare yourself for an epic exhibition that embodies the opulence, luxury and beauty of a period central to French history, bringing life to the reign of three kings, their queens and mistresses. From the iconic gardens to the rich paintings, from sumptuous rooms to the golden details, from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, this exhibition is the greatest cultural experience this summer.

Highlights include magnificent works, such as the marble bust of Louis XIV, the monumental Gobelins tapestries, the Dauphin’s fine writing desk, the original sculpture of Latona from the centre of Versailles’ main fountain and Marie-Antoinette’s porcelain.

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace – exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Book your tickets here: nga.gov.au/Versailles.

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.

Showing 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.

Open 9am–5 pm daily and special late night openings every Tuesday until 7pm. Café open 9am–4pm

Showing until Friday 3 March 2017 at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Defining Moments

An exhibition of combined works by Matthew Curtis and Harriet Schwarzrock which captures defining moments in this couple’s careers in Australian contemporary studio glass.  Their partnership in glass and life will be explored through their works, images, photographs and stories.

Showing Thursday 26 January to Sunday 26 March at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. See website for more information.

Coincidences

Description: John Wardle Architects present an exploration of their work by a field of prominent architectural photographers.

Recurringly the work has enquired into the possibilities on the coexistence of the public and the private realms, exemplified in asking “Is it possible for a foyer to have the intimacy of a living room, or for a house to have the civic quality of a university building?”

Contributing Photographers are: Sharyn Cairns, Erieta Attali, Sam Noonan, Kristoffer Paulsen, Brett Boardman, Earl Carter,Peter Hyatt, Dianna Snape, Peter Bennetts, John Gollings, Shannon McGrath, Trevor Mein and Max Creasy.

Showing Wednesday 18 January to Friday 17 February, Wednesday to Sunday 11am – 3pm at Nishi Gallery, New Acton.

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.

Showing until Wednesday 1 March 2017 at The Museum of Australian Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

THE POPULAR PET SHOW

The Popular Pet Show expresses 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 includes 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 until 12 March 2017.

Exhibition tickets: $10/$8 members and concessions. See website for more information: portrait.gov.au/exhibitions.

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.

Showing until 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!

Showing until 25 April 2017, daily 10am – 5pm. No booking required. More information at National Library of Australia.

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.

Showing until 30 June 2017, 10am – 5pm daily at the National Gallery of Australia. More information at National Gallery 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: www.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 Strugglepays 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.

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 ofMagna 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 exhibitionexplores 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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