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This Week In The Can: Weekend Edit

HerCanberra Team


Every Monday for nearly five years, we’ve published This Week in The Can – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through!

That’s why we’ve introduced our Weekend Edit… Here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss!

Tom Roberts at the NGA

Tom Roberts at the National Gallery of Australia

Tom Roberts at the National Gallery of Australia

Experience the work of legendary Australian artist Tom Roberts this summer at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra. This extraordinary exhibition brings together Tom Roberts’ most famous paintings. Paintings such as Shearing the rams (1888-90) and A break away! (1891) are among the nation’s best known works of art. An exhibition for all Australians, it’s not to be missed.

The exhibition takes place during an exciting period of change at the NGA, including a large-scale rehang of almost every work of art, with Australian art taking pride of place in a new location.

Daily from 10am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day) until 28 March 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Book tickets here.

Amusement parlour: Family space


The National Portrait Gallery has something for everyone to enjoy these summer school holidays with free activities inspired by Sideshow Alley for families to enjoy together.

Made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

At the National Portrait Gallery, open from 11am-4pm, 26 December 2015 – 24 January 2016.

Australians of the Year exhibition at the National Museum of Australia

Catherine McGregor's objects: the first adult cricket bat her father gave her and her first cap playing for the women's Air Force cricket team

Catherine McGregor’s objects: the first adult cricket bat her father gave her and her first cap playing for the women’s Air Force cricket team

Champions for gender equality, the abolition of capital punishment, conservation, personal sacrifice for others, affordable health care and the building of youth self-esteem, are being honoured in a new exhibition featuring the National Australia Day Council’s (NADC) 2016 Australian of the Year finalists.
The Australian of the Year Awards 2016 exhibition pays tribute to the eight extraordinary Australians chosen as the 2016 Australian of the Year finalists. The exhibition features personal objects selected by the finalists that have special significance to them and communicate something special about their lives and experiences.
On now at The National Museum of Australia, Acton. The museum is open 9am-5pm every day. The exhibition is free and located in the entrance hall. Cost: Free. See for more information.

Spiders at Questacon

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Imagine if you could taste with your fingers and hear with your hair!

Spiders– a joint exhibition between Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre and the Australian Museum will help you to unlock the secretive world of these captivating creatures.

Weave your way through the fascinating exhibits and interactive displays to discover how these web-weavers, hunters and burrowers outlived the dinosaurs to become one of the most successful creatures on earth.

Bravely step into the web of a net-casting spider to get your photo taken or peer into spider innards using 3D scanning technology—what do you see?

Challenge a peacock spider to a dance-off or, if you dare, ‘hold’ a virtual wolf spider in the palm of your hand!

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of spiders as you listen to Australian Scientists detailing their latest discoveries and learn how you can get closer to spiders in your own garden.

Featuring up to 200 spider specimens including live Australian tarantulas, funnel-webs, redbacks and giant water spiders you will learn there is more than meets the eye to these beautiful creatures.

Opens 24 November from 9 am – 5 pm every day at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. For more information see the website.

Play Up

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Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head.

In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – the exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun. At MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily.


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Westfield Belconnen

Saturday 26 Dec
Sunday 27 Dec

Tuggeranong Hyperdome 

Saturday – 26th Dec Boxing Day 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday – 27th Dec 10:00am – 4:00pm

Canberra Centre 

Saturday 26 Dec 8.00am – 7.00pm
Sunday 27 Dec 10.00am – 4.00pm

Behind the Lines 2015: The year’s best political cartoons


Behind the Lines 2015: 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

New KSPACE at the National Museum of Australia 

KSPACE Design stations. Image credit: Jason McCarthy

KSPACE Design stations. Image credit: Jason McCarthy

KSPACE is a three-stage experience and up to 12 visitors can take part in each stage. Visitors start their adventure in the Design Station where they use touchscreens to create a time-travelling robot. They then enter a Time Pod where they are blasted back to a mystery location, such as the Victorian goldfields of 1854 or Sydney in the 1930s when the Harbour Bridge was being built.

Visitors then use their robots to explore the location and collect points before teaming up with others as one big robot to complete a mission unique to that time and place. Kspace sessions start every 10 minutes and take 30 minutes to complete.

Kspace is open to general visitors:  Weekends, public holidays and ACT school holidays, with sessions starting between 9.15am and 4.00pm. Mondays to Fridays, with sessions starting between 12pm and 1.30pm (during school term time).

Drawn In: Hope Street Band


Pick up a pencil and enjoy the experience of drawing while listening to Hope Street Band, keyboard, vocals, bass, guitar and percussion at the National Portrait Gallery. Ideal for all ages and abilities, all materials are provided.

Donations welcome.

At the National Portrait Gallery, December 27 from 1-3pm.

Wendy Saddington: Underground icon


Image credit: Phillip Morris. Via CMAG

Artist Peter Maloney first saw Wendy Saddington perform in Canberra when he was around 17 years of age. He became a lifelong admirer and then friend of the singer and amassed an extensive personal archive of material relating to this iconic Australian performer.

Using material from Maloney’s archive, the exhibition follows the development of Saddington’s career as a cult celebrity and a key figure in Australian popular music history.

This exhibition coincides with the International Association for the Study of Popular Music – Australian New Zealand Branch Conference at the Australian National University, School of Music, 4 – 6 December.

Opening hours: Weekdays: 10am – 5pm; Weekends: 12 – 5pm until 17 April 2016 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.


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