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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 streamed direct to your living room to in-person exhibitions and festivals, here’s what’s happening this weekend 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

Aboriginal Jewelry Workshop. Credit: 5 Foot Photography.

DESIGN Canberra Festival

Design is in Canberra’s DNA.

Canberra is one of the few designed national capital cities in the world and the local Ngunnawal People’s culture of invention has been in motion for more than 75,000 years. Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago, iconic experimental modernist architecture of the 1950s and 60s, and contemporary and sustainable design developments today, are some of the many ways that Canberra has been—and will always be—a living design laboratory.

From 9-29 November, DESIGN Canberra will experiment with new ideas and expand the most successful programs into new directions in the 2020 festival. Over 200 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes will once again transform the nation’s capital into a new platform for the best in design. The festival, now in its 7th year, is for all interests and ages and most events are free.

DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity for Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre — a not-for-profit membership-based organisation which supports local artists, designers and makers at every stage of their careers. The festival is delivered in collaboration with industry, associations and educational institutions committed to the design arts and creative industries in Canberra.

Happening until 29 November at various locations across Canberra

See designcanberrafestival.com.au for more information.

Dance Central’s 2020 Open House

Welcome to the Dance Central family—you’re already a part of it. Every level and every style of dance.

Join Dance Central online for their digital open house from Monday 9 November, with free online access and giveaways. Get to know Dance Central better and explore their studios from the comfort of your home!

Every year, Dance Central—Canberra’s premiere dance studio—loves to welcome students old and new to their studios to try classes, meet the team, and party as part of their annual Open Day.

This year, they’re offering the full DC experience all from the comfort of your own home.

Visit the website over two weeks starting Monday 9 November for an all-inclusive look at their Phillip studios, as well as getting to know who they are, what they do and how you can join them.

Dance Central’s Digital Open House will include competitions and freebies for you to get your hands on, so don’t miss out!

See Facebook for more information.

SCHEDULE

On-demand from Monday 9 November:

  • Interviews with Director Julie, Troupe Coordinator Bonnie and Crew Coordinator Ainsley.
  • Walkthrough of our state-of-the-art studios in Phillip that over 1000 students call home.
  • Peek into a few of our real classes, from junior to teen offerings.
  • Listen to parent and student testimonials.
  • Interactive dance competition

See Facebook 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 13 November–31 January 2021 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Local Yoga’s free fundraising yoga classes at Gorman Arts Centre

Local Yoga and Gorman Arts Centre are offering free fundraising yoga classes all through the upcoming summer months.

Classes will be held in the tranquil courtyard gardens of Gorman Arts Centre every Sunday morning at 9 am until March 2021. Classes are provided free of charge to encourage awareness and donations towards Canberra’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service.

If ever there was a year for Canberrans to embrace the physical and mental benefits of modern yoga, it’s been the rollercoaster ride of 2020.

Local Yoga is a brand new Canberra-based initiative committed to socially conscious yoga—not only making yoga more accessible for all Canberrans, but also raising support and awareness for Canberra’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service.

Happening Sundays from 9 am at Gorman Arts Centre, Batman Street, Braddon.

See localyogaproject.com for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

Saturday Sessions at Midnight Bar

Join like-minded, design lovers for a weekly design unwind at Midnight Bar. Set in the highly accoladed Midnight precinct, designed by prominent Australian architects, Fender Katsalidis, Midnight Bar’s vibrant interior is complemented by a modern, alfresco outdoor setting.

Sniff, swirl and sip a selection of local and international wines, indulge in a curated cocktail or two or enjoy the refreshing effervescence of a locally brewed lager – all in celebration of design.

Happening Saturday 14, 21 and 28 November from 4 pm at Midnight Bar, 1 Elouera Street, Braddon.

See designcanberrafestival.com.au/event/saturday-sessions-at-midnight-bar-3 for more information.

Immersion: Cause and Effect

Experience the process of mindful menu design via a curated ‘cause and effect’ session, hosted by Executive Chef Andrew Morrow, Midnight Hotel, Autograph Collection. An immersive experience designed to align food and wine in meaningful, harmonious ways.

Attendees will taste selected wines against individual ingredients ranging in flavour, texture, and acid profile, in search of a unique match.

The ‘cause and effect’ process will assist the Executive Chef with menu design and curation for future dinner events, hosted within the Midnight precinct. Post-immersion, enjoy scintillating discussion, drinks and canapés.

Cost: $80 pp

Happening Saturday 21 November from 2 pm – 4 pm at Midnight Bar, 1 Elouera Street, Braddon

See OpenTable for bookings.

CHRISTMAS 2020

Santa Photography at Westfield Woden

After a year like no other, we could all use another reason to smile—and a photo with Santa is the perfect opportunity. While things will be a little different in Santa photography sessions this year, the Westfield Woden team will be working hard to make sure the moment is as magical as ever.

Bookings are essential, view the variety of photo packages available and book here now to secure a time that is convenient for you. Please note, there will be no walk-ins available.

There are also options for sensitive Santa photography and pet photography!

Bookings essential.

Happening from 7 November-24 December at Westfield Woden, Level 1, Near JB Hi-Fi.

See westfield.com.au/woden/event/3cy1W6IodRRQmWhhwFNv87/santa-photography for more information.

Sensitive Santa photography at Westfield Woden

Santa is setting aside some time to create a sensory-friendly environment, so that families can visit Westfield Woden’s Christmas wonderland and have their photo with Santa in a relaxed environment.

These calm and comfortable photography sessions are run before stores open, when the centre is quieter, to create a relaxed and sensory-friendly Santa experience. With a booked in time slot and no need to wait in a queue, families can take their time to enjoy their moment with Santa.

Bookings essential.

Happening 22 November, 29 November and 6 December from 7.30 am–9.30 am at Westfield Woden, Level 1, Near JB Hi-Fi.

See westfield.com.au/woden/sensitive-santa-photography for more information.

Pet photography: Santa photos with the whole family at Westfield Woden

Don’t miss out on the chance to get a Santa photo with the whole family—furry friends included!

After a year like no other, we could all use another reason to smile—and a photo with Santa and your furry family member is the perfect opportunity. While things will be a little different in our Santa pet photography sessions this year, our team will be working hard to make sure the moment is as magical as ever.

Bookings essential. Most pets welcome, including dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals. Call 02 6283 6000 for more information.

Happening 20 November, 27 November, 4 December and 11 December from 5.30–8.30 pm at Westfield Woden, Level 1, Near JB Hi-Fi.

See westfield.com.au/woden/pet-photography for more information.

STAGE AND SCREEN

Mov’In Car Drive In Cinema

Take part in an extraordinary movie night experience at Mov’In Car Drive In Cinema.

Mixing multi-award international movies with the latest blockbusters, the unmissable movies of the year, fantastic Disney classics, exciting Japanese animations, and horror movie nights.

The drive-in cinema is serving pizza, popcorn, and drinks which are delivered straight to your car.

Also serving “all you can eat pizza” every Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Happening until 21 December at the Questacon Carpark, Parkes.

See movincar.com.au for more information.

Lunchbox Acoustic

Introducing the City Renewal Authority’s new Lunchbox Acoustic program of​ live performances in the city centre!

The program features talented, local artists performing weekdays at lunchtime (12 pm – 1.30 pm) in Civic and Braddon from September until Christmas.

These live performances will bring life to the heart of the city and encourage people to spend time in our city centre’s outdoor public spaces.

The Lunchbox Acoustic program is a diverse mix of performances by entertainers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, female and non-binary performers, singers and musicians and theatre, poetry and dance artists.

Happening Monday–Fridays until 23 December from 12–1.30 pm in Garema Place, City Walk and Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

FESTIVALS

Open Studios. Credit: 5 Foot Photography.

DESIGN Canberra Festival

Design is in Canberra’s DNA.

Canberra is one of the few designed national capital cities in the world and the local Ngunnawal People’s culture of invention has been in motion for more than 75,000 years. Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago, iconic experimental modernist architecture of the 1950s and 60s, and contemporary and sustainable design developments today, are some of the many ways that Canberra has been—and will always be—a living design laboratory.

From 9-29 November, DESIGN Canberra will experiment with new ideas and expand the most successful programs into new directions in the 2020 festival. Over 200 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes will once again transform the nation’s capital into a new platform for the best in design. The festival, now in its 7th year, is for all interests and ages and most events are free.

DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity for Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre — a not-for-profit membership-based organisation which supports local artists, designers and makers at every stage of their careers. The festival is delivered in collaboration with industry, associations and educational institutions committed to the design arts and creative industries in Canberra.

Happening until 29 November at various locations across Canberra

See designcanberrafestival.com.au for more information.

TOURS, WORKSHOPS AND TALKS

Dance Central’s Julie Scheer.

Dance Central’s 2020 Open House

Welcome to the Dance Central family—you’re already a part of it. Every level and every style of dance.

Join Dance Central online for their digital open house from Monday 9 November, with free online access and giveaways. Get to know Dance Central better and explore their studios from the comfort of your home!

Every year, Dance Central—Canberra’s premiere dance studio—loves to welcome students old and new to their studios to try classes, meet the team, and party as part of their annual Open Day.

This year, they’re offering the full DC experience all from the comfort of your own home.

Visit the website over two weeks starting Monday 9 November for an all-inclusive look at their Phillip studios, as well as getting to know who they are, what they do and how you can join them.

Dance Central’s Digital Open House will include competitions and freebies for you to get your hands on, so don’t miss out!

See Facebook for more information.

SCHEDULE

On-demand from Monday 9 November:

  • Interviews with Director Julie, Troupe Coordinator Bonnie and Crew Coordinator Ainsley.
  • Walkthrough of our state-of-the-art studios in Phillip that over 1000 students call home.
  • Peek into a few of our real classes, from junior to teen offerings.
  • Listen to parent and student testimonials.
  • Interactive dance competition.

See Facebook for more information.

Changemaker Career and Craft Hub

Have you ever wondered how you could change the world (or your little piece of it)? Visit Dickson Village for pop-up workshops and a Craft and Catch-up zone over four mornings.

Friday 20th November’s workshop theme is: Be the change.

What does it mean to ‘be a changemaker’? When we want to change something about ourselves, our lives or our society, how can we go about it most effectively?

Join brilliant entrepreneur and social innovator, Megan Gilmour, who will introduce you to a powerful framework to take action on what matters to you.

Then join Lisa Tozer and Lydia Teychenne as they explore the nuts and bolts of starting on a completely new career path.

Lisa Tozer combines her psychology and sales expertise to help her clients overcome stage fright and the stress of putting themselves out there in front of a potential employer or potential business contacts.

Here is a fantastic opportunity to pick the brain of one of Canberra’s most dynamic career coaches.

Relax, have fun with activities and get crafting in our Craft and Catch-up zone for kids and adults or grab a coffee from a local business.

Craft and Catch-up zone is drop-in and open from 10 am-12.30 pm.

Happening Friday 20 November at Dickson Village (courtyard out the front of the library), Dickson.

See bit.ly/ChangemakerHubDickson or trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=663527 for tickets and more information.

Zine Lounge at MOAD

Looking for a way to become more mindful, but methods such as yoga and meditation isn’t your thing?

Zines are making a comeback as a way to let your creative mind run wild.

Unleash your creativity in the brand new Zine Lounge—a place for young people to meet, read, and create.

You can allow inspiration to hit as you sit on the comfy lounges and read the many zines available. Or maybe you’re more of a creator and want to use the resources available to write, sketch, stick or staple together your very own Zine on topics of your very own interest.

Showing until 30 April 2021 at Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House.

See moadoph.gov.au/exhibitions/zine-lounge for more information.

OUTDOORS

Local Yoga. Credit: Ashley St George.

Local Yoga’s free fundraising yoga classes at Gorman Arts Centre

Local Yoga and Gorman Arts Centre are offering free fundraising yoga classes all through the upcoming summer months.

Classes will be held in the tranquil courtyard gardens of Gorman Arts Centre every Sunday morning at 9 am until March 2021. Classes are provided free of charge to encourage awareness and donations towards Canberra’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service.

If ever there was a year for Canberrans to embrace the physical and mental benefits of modern yoga, it’s been the rollercoaster ride of 2020.

Local Yoga is a brand new Canberra-based initiative committed to socially conscious yoga—not only making yoga more accessible for all Canberrans, but also raising support and awareness for Canberra’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service.

Happening Sundays from 9 am at Gorman Arts Centre, Batman Street, Braddon.

See localyogaproject.com for more information.

DESIGN Canberra: Graphic Intervention

DESIGN Canberra’s graphic interventions have become a signature element of the festival program each year, transforming artist’s practice to a larger stage and opening up other opportunities.

In 2020, DESIGN Canberra will centre the majority of our vibrant CBD programs at Monaro Mall’s iconic City Walk entry, home to Frank Hinder’s beautiful installation underneath the imposing slim pillars and mosaic tiles which have stood the test of time. The Monaro Mall entry is an inspiring expression of the vision of our early planners, designers and artists. It is a timely reminder of our contemporary shared responsibility to preserve and appreciate our rich design history, especially from the mid-century.

A graphic intervention (ground mural) will be installed at the foot of the Monaro Mall canopy across City Walk, in front of the CRA’s new City Walk Public Realm Improvements. This is a highly visible opportunity for a local artist to translate their work to a large public scale.

Acclaimed early career glass artist Hannah Gason will use the CBD graphic intervention to re-imagine the glass mosaic by Frank Hinder, Star Ceiling (1963). Gason, a Canberra-based visual artist, has drawn on the negative space between each section of colour to lead the passerby’s eyes to the pillars and upwards to Star Ceiling. The mosaic and bands of colour celebrate the arrangement of Hinder’s mosaic.

Happening 9 – 29 November across City Walk, Canberra.

See designcanberrafestival.com.au/event/graphic-intervention-city-walk for more information.

Lunchbox Acoustic

Introducing the City Renewal Authority’s new Lunchbox Acoustic program of​ live performances in the city centre!

The program features talented, local artists performing weekdays at lunchtime (12 pm – 1.30 pm) in Civic and Braddon from September until Christmas.

These live performances will bring life to the heart of the city and encourage people to spend time in our city centre’s outdoor public spaces.

The Lunchbox Acoustic program is a diverse mix of performances by entertainers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, female and non-binary performers, singers and musicians and theatre, poetry and dance artists.

Happening Monday–Fridays until 23 December from 12–1.30 pm in Garema Place, City Walk and Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

KIDS

Questacon Mission to Mars Experience

Questacon is currently only open for the immersive Questacon Mission to Mars and Questacon Mission to Mars Junior tour experiences. These 90 minute guided tours invite you to explore the science and technology of the red planet. Pre-booked tickets for Mission to Mars are essential. The usual self-guided experience at Questacon is not available yet.

The Mission to Mars experiences are a mix of theatre and exhibition and is a different experience to the usual hands-on activities. Visitors are guided through select galleries and enjoy a range of immersive experiences to gain the skills and knowledge needed to be the first humans on Mars. Experience your first Marsquake, see interactive science experiments and demonstrations, explore the challenges of living on this dynamic planet and visit the only 7 metre Mars globe in the Southern Hemisphere.

Mission to Mars blasts off daily! Pre-booking online by at least 4 pm on the day prior to your visit is essential. With a limited capacity per session, tickets sell out quickly. Bookings are not accepted on the day or at the door.

Every person attending the tour (including babies and young children) must have a ticket.

Happening until 29 November at Questacon, Parkes.

See questacon.edu.au for more information.

Dressup Change the World

The Museum of Australian Democracy is helping to keep the kids entertained this weekend with their newest interactive exhibition DressUp: Change the Word.

Connect with the lives of historical and contemporary figures, including Frida Kahlo, Adam Goodes, Beyoncé, and many others, by dressing up in their most iconic outfits whilst learning about their triumphs and challenges towards becoming visionary leaders.

This engaging exhibition space provides a bold and quirky environment that will inspire young people to try to change the world for themselves.

Showing until 30 April at The Museum of Australian Democracy

See moadoph.gov.au/exhibitions/dressup-change-the-world for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

Many galleries and national institutions have reopened their physical exhibitions.

However, we encourage you to check opening times before visiting, including whether visitor numbers are limited.

Emily Kam Kngwarray (Anmatyerr people), Ntange Dreaming 1989, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 1989. © Emily Kam Kngwarray/Copyright Agency.

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 13 November–31 January 2021 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

DESIGN Canberra: Home:Made 2.0

HOME:MADE features a curated selection of new furniture, homewares and jewellery by some of the most exciting early-career designers and makers from across Australia.

HOME:MADE is a signature exhibition for DESIGN Canberra presented by Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre. In 2020, we will present this showcase exhibition in association with the Australian Craft + Design Centre network.

Showing 9 – 29 November at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space, East Space Gallery Commonwealth Place.

See designcanberrafestival.com.au/event/homemade-20 for more information.

DESIGN Canberra: A Common Thread

A Common Thread by emerging makers Sam Gold (SA) and Harriet McKay (ACT) is a contemporary and multidisciplinary collaboration encompassing textile painting, ceramic sculpture and installation.  The exhibition is fundamentally concerned with how connection to a material connects us as humans.

For Gold, the exhibition is in some ways a lament on the repetitious acts during the creation process and the ways time and space inform the artist’s use of materials and technique. Gold explores this notion through clay and has created sculptural forms through repetitive mark-marking embedded within the clay. Gold’s body is a tool, the clay becomes a site to document time and experiential narratives.

McKay’s approach is based on a more intuitive process of editing and evaluating the compositional balance of her textile works much as a painter does when constructing a painting. Through the process of play and the practice of repetitive trial and error, McKay’s works are arranged, ordered, and moulded the same way a painter pulls and pushes the paint around the space of a canvas.

Happening 9 – 29 November at Level One, Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre.

See designcanberrafestival.com.au/event/a-common-thread for more information.

DESIGN Canberra: Making Canberra

The national capital is home to artists, designers and craftspeople who are nationally and internationally acclaimed but choose to work, live and make here in Canberra, a city of design.

Some of these artists take inspiration from our city itself. Making Canberra celebrates the local designers who have drawn from our city’s built heritage, connection to nature, and icons in their work.

Chelsea Lemon, Oat Studio, Annie Trevillian, Sean Booth and Rene Linssen.

Happening 9 – 29 November 2020 at the DESIGN Canberra Festival Hub, City Walk, Civic.

See designcanberrafestival.com.au/event/making-canberra-exhibition for more information.

Exhibition: Pub Rock

Pub Rock is your backstage pass to 70s and 80s sounds and scenes.

Celebrate the people, places and sounds of Australian pub rock and its enduring impact on our nation’s identity.

Get in amongst the staged portraits, publicity shots and grungy energy of live performance as pioneering acts like The Easybeats, Little Pattie and Johnny O’Keefe share the stage with global players and local favourites. The line-up includes AC/DC, Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel, INXS, Nick Cave, The Bee Gees, Kylie Minogue, Paul Kelly, Yothu Yindi, Marcia Hines and many more.

This vibrant (sometimes sweaty) exhibition of homegrown rock ‘n’ roll, punk and pop features works from the NPG collection alongside images by leading Australian music photographers.

Showing until 12 February 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/pub-rock-2020 for more information.

Kelly Austin – Moments of Darkness & of Light

Ceramicist Kelly Austin is interested in how an understanding of one object may influence the perception of another; in the ‘friction’ between the recognisable and the abstract; in how placement and proximity, harmony and discord can generate various propositions and illusions. “Movement sits alongside stillness in a conversation with balance”, she writes.

The exhibition features her collection of fine handcrafted ceramics. The perfect weekend outing if you’re looking to find some calm between the chaos.

Happening 5 – 22 November at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin.

See beavergalleries.com.au/exhibitions/moments-of-darkness-and-of-light-2/austin for more information.

Ink in the Lines

Behind every tattoo is a story of remembrance, mateship, identity and healing.

The Australian War Memorials current exhibition Ink in the Lines showcases the symbolic and personal significance of tattoos for members and veterans of the Australian Defence Forces.

The exhibition explores the varied reasons for tattoos, including a sense of belonging, self-expression and honouring those who have been lost.

An emotion, yet incredibly intriguing exhibition that explores alternative art forms and acknowledges the personal commitment of our special forces.

Due to the need to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), visitors need to book free, timed tickets to view our galleries and special exhibitions. A free Galleries and Commemorative Area ticket includes access to our special exhibitions.

Showing until 27 January 2021 at The Australian War Memorial.

See awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/ink-in-the-lines 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.

Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World

For over 200 years, painters, printmakers and photographers have been in a creative conversation with the built environment. Reflecting progress, social ideas, understanding of the world and how we have changed over time, the exhibition Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World shows how, through images, these artists have documented, interpreted, and celebrated a variety of buildings from the Opera House and Flinders Street Station to the inner city terrace and the humble bush cottage.

Sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly, these buildings are the backdrops to life. They reflect a sense of identity, hopes and dreams, rendered in bricks and mortar.

Drawing exclusively from the collections of the National Library, the exhibition features photographs, prints, drawings and paintings by Augustus Earle, Conrad Martens, S T Gill, Eugene von Guérard, Lionel Lindsay, Harold Cazneaux, Olive Cotton, Mark Strizic, David Moore, Max Dupain, Jeff Carter, Ruth Maddison, Wolfgang Sievers and John Gollings.

Free entry.

Showing until 31 January 2021 at the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

See nla.gov.au/exhibitions/australian-dreams-picturing-our-built-world for more information.

This is My Place

There is one thing that most people have in common after the year that has been: spending a lot of time at home. As a bit of an antidote to the current times, the National Portrait Gallery have unveiled their newest collection This is My Place.

Expanding across three galleries, the collection is made up of over 100 works that cultivate the narrative of the places that define who we are – our spiritual homes, habitats and workspaces. Spanning the continent via the rivers, streets, mountains, studios and sportsgrounds the exhibition highlights space and its relevance to portraiture.

The collection encompasses pieces that date back 250 years including painting, photography, drawing, printmaking and sculpture.

Showing until 22 February 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

Truth, Power and a Free Press

Ever wondered about the influence of journalism in the Australian democracy? Or why journalists do what they do? In the modern era of ‘fake news’, a 24 hour news cycle and ‘filter bubbles’  The Museum of Australian Government has compiled an exhibition unpacking the media industry in Australia.

Located inside Old Parliament House the exhibition ‘Truth, Power and a Free Press’ explores themes of the rise of citizen journalism and the battle for truth, the exhibition shines a light on the importance of reliable journalism in a democratic society.

You’re invited to partake in the conversation with some of Australia’s most respected journalists including Joanne McCarthy, Hedley Thomas, Ghassan Nakhoul, Chris Masters, Hamish Macdonald and Adele Ferguson

An immersive, 7 foot tall audio visual display reveals the closely held stories of Australian journalists that never made it to the printing press.

Objects from Australia’s media history will also be available for your viewing pleasure.  Brought together for the first time including the printing press used by the Father of Federation, Sir Henry Parkes, Peter Greste’s letters smuggled to his family from an Egyptian prison, the protective body armour vest worn by war photographer, Neil Davis and much more.

Showing until 31 December at The Museum of Australian Government, Old Parliament House

See moadoph.gov.au/exhibitions/truth-power-and-a-free-press for more information.

Exhibition: Pub Rock

Your backstage pass to 70s and 80s sounds and scenes.

Celebrate the people, places and sounds of Australian pub rock and its enduring impact on our nation’s identity.

Get in amongst the staged portraits, publicity shots and grungy energy of live performance as pioneering acts like The Easybeats, Little Pattie and Johnny O’Keefe share the stage with global players and local favourites. The line-up includes AC/DC, Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel, INXS, Nick Cave, The Bee Gees, Kylie Minogue, Paul Kelly, Yothu Yindi, Marcia Hines and many more.

This vibrant (sometimes sweaty) exhibition of homegrown rock ‘n’ roll, punk and pop features works from the NPG collection alongside images by leading Australian music photographers.

Showing until 14 February 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/pub-rock-2020 for more information.

Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World

For over 200 years, painters, printmakers and photographers have been in a creative conversation with the built environment. Reflecting progress, social ideas, understanding of the world and how we have changed over time, the exhibition Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World shows how, through images, these artists have documented, interpreted, and celebrated a variety of buildings from the Opera House and Flinders Street Station to the inner city terrace and the humble bush cottage.

Sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly, these buildings are the backdrops to life. They reflect a sense of identity, hopes and dreams, rendered in bricks and mortar.

Drawing exclusively from the collections of the National Library, the exhibition features photographs, prints, drawings and paintings by Augustus Earle, Conrad Martens, S T Gill, Eugene von Guérard, Lionel Lindsay, Harold Cazneaux, Olive Cotton, Mark Strizic, David Moore, Max Dupain, Jeff Carter, Ruth Maddison, Wolfgang Sievers and John Gollings.

Free entry.

Showing until 31 January 2021 at the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

See nla.gov.au/exhibitions/australian-dreams-picturing-our-built-world for more information.

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