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In Canberra, we’re still working together to keep our community safe. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do.

From live music and theatre to exhibitions and festivals, here’s what’s happening this week in Canberra.

While restrictions are lifting, we strongly encourage you to keep physical distance between each other when you leave the house and be mindful of the current restrictions.

STAY UP TO DATE

Restrictions may have eased, but your responsibility hasn’t.

Find the most recent information regarding COVID restrictions in the ACT here: covid19.act.gov.au/updates

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Canberra and Region Heritage Festival

The Canberra and Region Heritage Festival celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all heritage: Aboriginal, historic and natural, to Canberra and its surrounds. In 2021 the program will run for 21 days and what an eclectic assortment it is!

Get access to places not normally open to the public. Join tour groups with engaging and knowledgeable guides and uncover something you never knew in your neighbourhood. Watch a rare skill being demonstrated or hop on your bike at the Heritage Polaris is a race against time to visit as many historical sites as possible.

This year’s theme is Reimagine, which has been further reimagined after last year’s festival was cancelled. With mainly smaller events on offer a Covid-safe experience is a reality as we monitor and respond to changing restrictions.

Discover our mid-century architecture, our engineering heritage, or join Ngunnawal custodians as they connect us to Country. Running over the glorious autumn school holidays there are plenty of activities for the whole family.

Happening 6-26 April at various venues across Canberra.

See environment.act.gov.au/heritage/heritage-festival for more information.

Flickerfest 2021 International Short Film Festival Tour Screening

Celebrating its 30th year in 2021 Flickerfest remains Australia’s leading Academy® Qualifying and BAFTA Recognised short film festival, ensuring that we continue to present A-list short film programmes recognised amongst the best in the world with films hand-picked from the festival’s record 2,700 entries!

Flickerfest, Australia’s largest Short Film Festival, is excited to be returning with its National Tour to the Palace Electric Cinema in Canberra showcasing the Best of Australian Shorts programme.

The programme presents a selection of entertaining, inspiring and award-winning films hand-picked from the festival’s globally respected competitions giving local Canberra audiences the first look at the hottest shorts in the world today.

Highlights from the Best of Australian Shorts include the fabulous Roborovski, which won the Yoram Gross Award For Best Australian Animation at Flickerfest 2021 by actors Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Dev Patel who step behind the camera to direct this animated short about an adorable miniature hamster seeking revenge, penned by Oscar-nominated writer John Collee (Happy Feet) screening alongside incredible shorts from Canberra born and raised filmmakers including An Athlete Wrestling A Python, where life imitates art, from Stephanie Jane Day and the award-winning Idol from Alex Wu, exploring the inner workings of the idol entertainment industry in China.

Canberra residents films include Lillian Paterson’s modern and moving Call History; from director Benjamin Balte comes the cute, clever slapstick comedy Saving Daylight; the beautifully poignant Sunburn exploring the nature of friendship from Jaslyn Mairs and Johnny Milners’s haunting Pyrocene a response to the catastrophic Australian bushfires.

Shot around Canberra and utilising lots of Canberra crew comes the super fun and timely The End The Beginning, awarded Best Original Music score at Flickerfest 2021

Meet the filmmakers before the screening and enjoy a Gage Roads beer, Rosnay organic wine or PS organic juice and popcorn on arrival.

Tickets are $25 ($22 concession) and include a drink and snack on arrival.

Happening Friday 16 April from 7 pm at Palace Electric Cinema, Philip Lim Street, NewActon.

See flickerfest.com.au/tour/canberra for tickets and more information.

One Man in His Time: John Bell and Shakespeare

Spend an evening with John Bell, a man who believed that Australians could see themselves reflected in the works of Shakespeare and founded a company based on this belief.

Join one of Australia’s National Living Treasures as he shares his humour, wit and a lifetime of experience walking beside one of the greatest writers to have ever lived, in One Man In His Time: John Bell and Shakespeare.

This fascinating backstage pass to John Bell’s life and his relationship with Shakespeare will be a beautiful evening of performance and recollection.

Happening Thursday 15 April from 7–8.15 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See bellshakespeare.com.au/whats-on/in-theatres/one-man-in-his-time-john-bell-and-shakespeare for more information.

Easter School Holidays at Marketplace Gungahlin

Don’t miss Marketplace Gungahlin’s exciting program of free school holiday activities this Easter!

With FREE activities happening nearly every day outside Big W and a super cool Trolls Craft Workshop and character meet and greet featuring fan favourite Poppy, the little ones are going to LOVE spending time at Marketplace.

Trolls World Tour Workshop 

Craft workshop build your own Trolls toy!

Plus meet Poppy the Troll for a one-on-one meet and greet. Queen Poppy – is relentlessly upbeat, Poppy wields her positivity like a superpower!

The heroic leader of the Trolls, Poppy always encourages her friends to believe that, with a song in heart, you can do anything. Because when it comes to life, why say it when you can sing it?

Tuesday 6 April – Saturday 10 April | 10 am – 2 pm daily | Outside BIG W | More info here

Face Painting

Let your kiddies imaginations run wild and allow your face painters to turn their faces into anything they choose! It’ll be sure to keep them busy, just be ready for that scary lion growling at you!

Tuesday 13 April – Thursday 15 April | 10 am – 1 pm daily | Outside BIG W | Find out more here.

Dinosaur Fossils – Craft workshops

What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs? Step back in time and let the kids uncover their very own dinosaur fossils. Learn about prehistoric creatures and find out how you can make the next big discovery.

Friday 16 April – Saturday 17 April | 10 am – 1 pm daily outside BIG W | Find out more here

Happening 3-17 April from 10 am–1 pm at Marketplace Gungahlin, outside Big W.

See marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/easter-school-holiday-activity for more information.

Australian Love Stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!).

Reconnect and reflect with a new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) and explore love, affection and connection in all its guises.

From the enduring to the forbidden, romantic to platonic, the unrequited, obsessive, scandalous or creative. Swoon over more than 200 artworks from across photography, painting, works on paper, small sculpture and an immersive glass installation.

Showing until 1 August 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/australian-love-stories-2020 for more information.

Facing Fear Workshop with Bill Bennett & Jennifer Cluff

This event is not to be missed. We’ve heard whispers it will be life-changing. This weekend Flow Yoga is diving into the topic of fear.

Fear presents itself in many different manifestations—fear of how an action will be perceived, fear of failure, fear of personal safety, the fear of uncertainty, fear of the future. We’ve all experienced fear, learnt from it, and busted out from its grips.

Understanding and managing fear is a lifelong journey. To help us on this journey we are welcoming Bill Bennet to our studio this weekend to help unwrap both the experience and aftermath of fear, to move through it, harness it and understand how we can work towards a life free of fear.

Bill is an award-winning film maker who has created a human-centred story-based toolkit to help people to better understand and manage fear; filled with interviews from some of the world’s experts in fear management.

Happening Saturday 17 April from 10 am -5.30 pm at Flow Yoga Canberra, Studio 9, Building 3, 1 Diary Road, Fyshwick.

See Eventbrite for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

Haig Park Village Markets

The Haig Park Village Markets are about creating a vibrant farmers market filled with fresh, nutritious, quality produce and products at reasonable prices, with the added bonus of supporting and promoting our regional farmers and businesses.

Rosie and Alex are born and raised Canberrans who love all things markets. Their markets will be an evolving collaboration of many farmers, bakers, artisans and talented people, seeking to share their crafted specialties. They want to support local creative talent and nurture local businesses.

Working together with regional growers and local business they can create a lively and community-driven market that seeks to become a destination for locals and visitors alike.

Happening Sundays from 8 am at Haig Park, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

STAGE AND SCREEN

Flickerfest 2021 International Short Film Festival Tour Screening

Celebrating its 30th year in 2021 Flickerfest remains Australia’s leading Academy® Qualifying and BAFTA Recognised short film festival, ensuring that we continue to present A-list short film programmes recognised amongst the best in the world with films hand-picked from the festival’s record 2,700 entries!

Flickerfest, Australia’s largest Short Film Festival, is excited to be returning with its National Tour to the Palace Electric Cinema in Canberra showcasing the Best of Australian Shorts programme.

The programme presents a selection of entertaining, inspiring and award-winning films hand-picked from the festival’s globally respected competitions giving local Canberra audiences the first look at the hottest shorts in the world today.

Highlights from the Best of Australian Shorts include the fabulous Roborovski, which won the Yoram Gross Award For Best Australian Animation at Flickerfest 2021 by actors Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Dev Patel who step behind the camera to direct this animated short about an adorable miniature hamster seeking revenge, penned by Oscar-nominated writer John Collee (Happy Feet) screening alongside incredible shorts from Canberra born and raised filmmakers including An Athlete Wrestling A Python, where life imitates art, from Stephanie Jane Day and the award-winning Idol from Alex Wu, exploring the inner workings of the idol entertainment industry in China.

Canberra residents films include Lillian Paterson’s modern and moving Call History; from director Benjamin Balte comes the cute, clever slapstick comedy Saving Daylight; the beautifully poignant Sunburn exploring the nature of friendship from Jaslyn Mairs and Johnny Milners’s haunting Pyrocene a response to the catastrophic Australian bushfires.

Shot around Canberra and utilising lots of Canberra crew comes the super fun and timely The End The Beginning, awarded Best Original Music score at Flickerfest 2021

Meet the filmmakers before the screening and enjoy a Gage Roads beer, Rosnay organic wine or PS organic juice and popcorn on arrival.

Tickets are $25 ($22 concession) and include a drink and snack on arrival.

Happening Friday 16 April from 7 pm at Palace Electric Cinema, Philip Lim Street, NewActon.

See flickerfest.com.au/tour/canberra for tickets and more information.

One Man in His Time: John Bell and Shakespeare

Spend an evening with John Bell, a man who believed that Australians could see themselves reflected in the works of Shakespeare and founded a company based on this belief.

Join one of Australia’s National Living Treasures as he shares his humour, wit and a lifetime of experience walking beside one of the greatest writers to have ever lived, in One Man In His Time: John Bell and Shakespeare.

This fascinating backstage pass to John Bell’s life and his relationship with Shakespeare will be a beautiful evening of performance and recollection.

Happening Thursday 15 April from 7–8.15 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See bellshakespeare.com.au/whats-on/in-theatres/one-man-in-his-time-john-bell-and-shakespeare for more information.

MUSIC

National Opera’s La Clemenza di Tito

… Power, Love, Guilt, Forgiveness – a classic struggle for a throne…

From the depths of the international COVID-19 pandemic emerges Australia’s most exciting new platform for showcasing artistic talent: National Opera.

With the goal to promote and employ homegrown singers and creatives, National Opera will kick off its 2021 season with an evocative and tastefully relevant production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito.

A performance steeped in drama, passion, guilt and forgiveness, this poignant masterpiece is not one to be missed.

Spearheading this professional and distinctive opera company is renowned international opera-singer Peter Coleman-Wright AO.

Balanced by Peter’s plethora of knowledge and understanding of the musical world, National Opera is focusing on promoting the magic of opera to a wide demographic – all from Australia’s capital, Canberra.

La Clemenza di Tito’s world comes to life at the world-class venue Llewellyn Hall, at the ANU School of Music. These sensational performances begin on the 10th of April, with an outstanding cast of Bradley Daley, Catherine Carby, Helena Dix, Eleanor Greenwood, Mikayla Tate and Andrew Collis.

Joining the Company will be the Canberra Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dane Lam.

Happening 13 and 15 April at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Acton.

See nationalopera.org.au/tito for more information.

Matt Keegan: Vienna Dreaming

Leading saxophonist Matt Keegan delves into his family’s history to create a new musical story against the old tale of migration and cultural fusion.

Matt’s great grandfather, Heini Portnoj (1895-1984) was a pianist and composer working in Vienna between the two wars. Thwarted by the rise of the Nazi movement in Austria, Heini and his family fled and eventually arrived in Australia. After spending some years in the Tatura internment camp, Heini carved out a new musical career in Australia.

His little girl Elizabeth became the grandmother of Matt and the rest is history, turned into music, all new and pumping with youthful energy…

This Canberra International Music Festival Presentation is in collaboration with The Street and Sima.

Happening Saturday 17 April from 8–9 pm at The Street Theatre.

See thestreet.org.au/shows/matt-keegan-vienna-dreaming for more information.

FESTIVALS

Canberra and Region Heritage Festival

The Canberra and Region Heritage Festival celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all heritage: Aboriginal, historic and natural, to Canberra and its surrounds. In 2021 the program will run for 21 days and what an eclectic assortment it is!

Get access to places not normally open to the public. Join tour groups with engaging and knowledgeable guides and uncover something you never knew in your neighbourhood. Watch a rare skill being demonstrated or hop on your bike at the Heritage Polaris is a race against time to visit as many historical sites as possible.

This year’s theme is Reimagine, which has been further reimagined after last year’s festival was cancelled. With mainly smaller events on offer a Covid-safe experience is a reality as we monitor and respond to changing restrictions.

Discover our mid-century architecture, our engineering heritage, or join Ngunnawal custodians as they connect us to Country. Running over the glorious autumn school holidays there are plenty of activities for the whole family.

Happening 6-26 April at various venues across Canberra.

See environment.act.gov.au/heritage/heritage-festival for more information.

KIDS

Easter School Holidays at Marketplace Gungahlin

Don’t miss Marketplace Gungahlin’s exciting program of free school holiday activities this Easter!

With FREE activities happening nearly every day outside Big W and a super cool Trolls Craft Workshop and character meet and greet featuring fan favourite Poppy, the little ones are going to LOVE spending time at Marketplace.

Trolls World Tour Workshop 

Craft workshop build your own Trolls toy!

Plus meet Poppy the Troll for a one-on-one meet and greet. Queen Poppy – is relentlessly upbeat, Poppy wields her positivity like a superpower!

The heroic leader of the Trolls, Poppy always encourages her friends to believe that, with a song in heart, you can do anything. Because when it comes to life, why say it when you can sing it?

Tuesday 6 April – Saturday 10 April | 10 am – 2 pm daily | Outside BIG W | More info here

Face Painting

Let your kiddies imaginations run wild and allow your face painters to turn their faces into anything they choose! It’ll be sure to keep them busy, just be ready for that scary lion growling at you!

Tuesday 13 April – Thursday 15 April | 10 am – 1 pm daily | Outside BIG W | Find out more here.

Dinosaur Fossils – Craft workshops

What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs? Step back in time and let the kids uncover their very own dinosaur fossils. Learn about prehistoric creatures and find out how you can make the next big discovery.

Friday 16 April – Saturday 17 April | 10 am – 1 pm daily outside BIG W | Find out more here

Happening 3-17 April from 10 am–1 pm at Marketplace Gungahlin, outside Big W.

See marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/easter-school-holiday-activity for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TALKS + TOURS

Credit: Daniel Boud.

One Man in His Time: John Bell and Shakespeare

Spend an evening with John Bell, a man who believed that Australians could see themselves reflected in the works of Shakespeare and founded a company based on this belief.

Join one of Australia’s National Living Treasures as he shares his humour, wit and a lifetime of experience walking beside one of the greatest writers to have ever lived, in One Man In His Time: John Bell and Shakespeare.

This fascinating backstage pass to John Bell’s life and his relationship with Shakespeare will be a beautiful evening of performance and recollection.

Happening Thursday 15 April from 7–8.15 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See bellshakespeare.com.au/whats-on/in-theatres/one-man-in-his-time-john-bell-and-shakespeare for more information.

Make Your Own at Canberra Glassworks

Create your own artwork with one-on-one guidance from a highly skilled Teaching Artist at the Canberra Glassworks.

Make your own paperweight, bird, tumbler or vase in a short one-on-one session from 20 to 40 minutes long.

Saturday or Sunday sessions available at Canberra Glassworks. Book online at canberraglassworks.com/create/myo

Magic of Marion: 150 Years of Marion Mahony Griffin

Happy Birthday Marion Mahony Griffin

Join the National Capital Authority and other National Cultural Partners as they celebrate a year of Marion Mahony Griffin in the national capital.  This year marks Marion’s 150th Birthday, a woman that played such in integral part in architectural designs across two continents.

Marion is known to have produced some of the finest architectural drawings in Australia and America but was also instrumental in the award-winning design plans with her husband Walter for the design of Australia’s Capital, Canberra.

From walks to lectures, launches to talks, see the full program at nca.gov.au/marion.

Various events happening until 10 August 2021.

See nca.gov.au/marion for more information.

The 5.30 Club Canberra

Inspired by The 5:30 am Club in Sydney, Emily Davidson has started her own for us here in Canberra.

Join her for your Power Hour on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 am-7 am at Eighty/Twenty Food in Braddon Canberra

Everyone is welcome and there is no cost involved. If you want to start your morning off on the right foot, come and join The 5.30 am Club Canberra! Bring along a book, your laptop or pen and paper—anything to work on for your Power Hour!

What could you do with an hour to yourself in your day? Start writing a book, smash your email inbox, journal, brainstorm ideas for your next project or plan your day…the sky is the limit!

All while soaking up the sunrise over a morning brew, and all before peak hour!

The Club’s motto is ‘Win the morning, win the day!’ Emily says her day is better when it starts with The 5:30 am Club. “After we meet in the morning I’m on a high—feeling fresh, inspired and ready to start the day!”

Join The 5.30 am Club! Look for the blonde-haired girl with the llama on her table.

See sites.google.com/view/the530club for more information.

SPORT + WELLBEING

Raiders vs Eels

A blockbuster clash awaits on Saturday night as the Raiders take on the Eels at GIO Stadium.

Gates open at 5.05 pm for the NSW Cup curtain-raiser match of Raiders v Eels at 5.15 pm, before NRL kick-off at 7.35 pm.

Happening Saturday 17 April from 7.35 pm at GIO Stadium, Bruce.

See raiders.com.au/draw/nrl-premiership/2021/round-6-raiders-v-eels for more information.

Facing Fear Workshop with Bill Bennett & Jennifer Cluff

This event is not to be missed. We’ve heard whispers it will be life-changing. This weekend Flow Yoga is diving into the topic of fear.

Fear presents itself in many different manifestations—fear of how an action will be perceived, fear of failure, fear of personal safety, the fear of uncertainty, fear of the future. We’ve all experienced fear, learnt from it, and busted out from its grips.

Understanding and managing fear is a lifelong journey. To help us on this journey we are welcoming Bill Bennet to our studio this weekend to help unwrap both the experience and aftermath of fear, to move through it, harness it and understand how we can work towards a life free of fear.

Bill is an award-winning film maker who has created a human-centred story-based toolkit to help people to better understand and manage fear; filled with interviews from some of the world’s experts in fear management.

Happening Saturday 17 April from 10 am -5.30 pm at Flow Yoga Canberra, Studio 9, Building 3, 1 Diary Road, Fyshwick.

See Eventbrite for more information.

Judo ACT International Open competition

The Canberra International Judo Open will be held on 17-18 April 2021, at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Happening 17-18 April at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Leverrier St, Bruce Canberra. Basketball and Netball Centre.

See ausjudo.com.au/single-post/canberra-international-open-2021 for more information.

 

MARKETS

Via facebook.com/haigparkvillagemarkets

Haig Park Village Markets

The Haig Park Village Markets are about creating a vibrant farmers market filled with fresh, nutritious, quality produce and products at reasonable prices, with the added bonus of supporting and promoting our regional farmers and businesses.

Rosie and Alex are born and raised Canberrans who love all things markets. Their markets will be an evolving collaboration of many farmers, bakers, artisans and talented people, seeking to share their crafted specialties. They want to support local creative talent and nurture local businesses.

Working together with regional growers and local business they can create a lively and community-driven market that seeks to become a destination for locals and visitors alike.

Happening Sundays from 8 am at Haig Park, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Sample the region’s freshest produce at the Capital region farmers market

The Market is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall, the only rural Rotary Club in the ACT.

Find your way to the Market with our directions to EPIC. We have over 100 stallholders each week who bring their freshly picked, grown and handcrafted produce to the Market.

Speak to a stallholder and ask them where their produce comes from—you’ll be surprised what you’ll learn and pick up cooking, storage and usage tips. Find your favourite stallholder in the directory.

Happening every Saturday from 7 am– 11.30 am at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

See capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au for more information.

OUTDOORS

Credit: National Capital Authority.

Magic of Marion: 150 Years of Marion Mahony Griffin

Happy Birthday Marion Mahony Griffin

Join the National Capital Authority and other National Cultural Partners as they celebrate a year of Marion Mahony Griffin in the national capital.  This year marks Marion’s 150th Birthday, a woman that played such in integral part in architectural designs across two continents.

Marion is known to have produced some of the finest architectural drawings in Australia and America but was also instrumental in the award-winning design plans with her husband Walter for the design of Australia’s Capital, Canberra.

From walks to lectures, launches to talks, see the full program at nca.gov.au/marion.

Various events happening until 10 August 2021.

See nca.gov.au/marion for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery

Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London draws exclusively from one of the greatest collections of European paintings in the world.

This unprecedented exhibition includes 500 years of art in 60 paintings and comprises the largest group of works ever to travel outside of Britain in the National Gallery’s 192-year history.

Botticelli to Van Gogh features 55 of the world’s most famous and admired artists from the fifteenth to the turn of the twentieth century, including Botticelli, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Turner, Constable, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

Exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia—only in Canberra

Showing until 14 June at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au/masterpieces for more information.

Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion

This stunning exhibition shines a light on Australia’s leading First Nations creatives and a design movement that is fast becoming a national fashion phenomenon.

Featuring the work of Indigenous artists and designers from the inner city to remote desert art centres, Piinpi highlights the strength and diversity of the rapidly epanding Indigenous fashion and textile industry.

Exhibition organised by Bendigo Art Gallery.

Showing until 8 August 2021 at the National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au/exhibitions/piinpi-contemporary-indigenous-fashion for more information.

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

Art and science collide as artists investigate the natural world around them.

See this travelling exhibition at the National Archives of Australia, developed by the South Australian Museum.

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize commemorates the birth of the South Australian Museum’s first curator, Frederick George Waterhouse. This biennial prize provides an opportunity for artists to investigate the world around them and present their perspectives on natural science. It encourages artists to make a statement about the scientific issues facing our planet and offers a valuable platform for them to contribute to the environmental debate.

The 2020 prize winners and highly commended entrants are on show at the National Archives of Australia from 27 March to 6 June 2021. The National Archives is the exclusive venue for the Prize outside South Australia.

The open winner, Grayson Cooke and Emma Walker’s video Open Air combines satellite imagery, videography and painting to produce a complex picture of a changing planet, set to The Necks’ 2013 album Open.

The emerging winner, Rebecca McEwan’s installation 4000 stories, takes the shape of a chandelier made from glass vessels filled with honey, asking us to question the value we place on honey and the existence of bees in our delicately balanced ecosystem.

Showing until 6 June at the National Archives of Australia.

See naa.gov.au/visit-us/events-and-exhibitions/waterhouse-natural-science-art-prize for more information.

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now showcases art made by women. It brings together more than 300 works, drawn from the Gallery’s collection and other collections from across Australia.

This exhibition is part of a series of ongoing initiative by the National Gallery to increase the representation of artists who identify as women in its artistic program, featuring lesser-known and leading artists such as Margaret Preston, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Destiny Deacon and Julie Rrap, this exhibition tells a new story of Australian art.

Highlights include a floor-to-ceiling presentation of artists’ portraits in a variety of mediums, the work of pioneering performance artists Bonita Ely and Jill Orr and a complete edition of Tracey Moffatt’s first major series of photographs, Something more 1989. Gemma Smith has been commissioned to paint the walls of the galleries.

By bringing together artists from different times, places and cultures, this exhibition proposes another history, upending the assumption that modern and contemporary Australian art is a male-dominated narrative.

Showing until 4 July 2021 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Harriet Schwarzrock: Spaces between movement and stillness

‘The heart is often regarded as our emotional centre. Working with this form allows me to contemplate many aspects of being.’

Luminous alone, the myriad tones and permutations of spaces between movement and stillness also echo the boundless forms of love in the autumn-winter exhibition, Australian Love Stories, at the National Portrait Gallery.

Harriet Schwarzrock’s new work explores notions of emotional processes and their physical manifestations. ‘From the subtle yet essential electricity within our bodies, I am fascinated by this interplay between the invisible and the visible, between our extraordinary similarities and differences.’

In spaces between movement and stillness, the artist has embraced science and experimentation to create visual wonders: glass, inert gases, and electricity combine into an array of organic forms, producing a captivating field of colour and movement. ‘Sometimes they have a warm glow, much like an aurora contained in a bottle; in others there are lightning-like lines meandering around the form. Although the gases are invisible, when excited by electricity they reveal subtle effects and differences.’

The creation draws reflections on the role of the human heart as our central, exquisitely responsive ‘engine’. When we’re relaxed, the heart beats at a slow and steady rhythm; when excitement takes hold – for example, in the first throes of true love – the cadence might crank with the beat of a wilful, wild machine.

Showing until 1 August 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/harriet-schwarzrock-2021 for more information.

Seeing Canberra

As a city initiated as an imagined capital for the new Australian nation, Canberra has been a place that quickly invited visual representation.

As it developed, artists have seen Canberra through different lenses, and these have shaped the way they understood and interpreted the evolving landscape.

In this exhibition, drawn primarily from CMAG’s collection, visitors will journey through four key periods of the city’s development and for each, will encounter an object that represents a prism to understand a way of seeing at that time.

Showing until 17 July 2021 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

See origin.cmag.com.au/exhibitions/seeing-canberra for more information.

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