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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

Enlighten Festival 2021

Canberra will shine bright with culture and creativity as the Enlighten Festival brings together the best autumn events. Held over 17 days from 26 February to 14 March, the city will come alive with a range of free and ticketed events.

Kick off the festival with Enlighten Illuminations as architectural projections light up some of Canberra’s most iconic national attractions in the Parliamentary Triangle from 26 February to 8 March. Use the CheckIn CBR app as you view the projections, register now to indulge your inner foodie at Bentspoke Beer Garden and Enlighten Alley and book your tickets for exclusive access to explore the national attractions after dark.

Register now to enjoy all the Festival offerings, starting with having your mornings brightened when the Canberra Balloon Spectacular returns from 6 to 14 March as hot air balloons fill the sky. Grab yourself a spot to celebrate local creativity as Lights! Canberra! Action! (5 March) shines a light on local film-makers and Symphony in the Park (7 March) provides the perfect soundtrack to your sunset picnic. Celebrate the city’s birthday at Canberra Day (8 March) and enjoy the attractions, venues, and community that make Canberra a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Happening 26 February-14 March across various venues.

To see the full program for the Enlighten Festival and to register for all events, visit enlightencanberra.com 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.

Fiona O’Loughlin: The Unreliable Witness

Fiona’s searingly honest book, Truths from an Unreliable Witness, is already a stage show. Fiona has always known the power of a great story and a good joke to show us a truth about ourselves. It is why she is one of our most loved comedians.

Fiona lays bare her life and does not spare herself as she details the ugly reality of living with addiction and the harsh truth that recovery is not easy. She shows the spark of strength that kept her alive. This is not only an unforgettable show, it is an inspiration to anyone who has lost the way. In sharing her story, Fiona shows that there is always the promise of better days.

Don’t miss The Unreliable Witness herself as she regales you with a brand new show with even bolder content than ever before. Expect to be surprised by some hidden talents of this laconic story-telling Queen.

Happening Saturday 27 February at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/fiona-oloughlin for more information.

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 13 March.

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

Chinese Lantern Festival 2021

The Australia China Friendship Society will hold a Lantern Festival at the Beijing Garden.

There will be performances of music, folk dancing, lion dance, and martial arts, followed by the lantern parade along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening by the Lake, with fun for the whole family. Water and lanterns will be available for purchase. In case of rain the festival will be cancelled.

Happening Saturday 27 February from 6-8.30 pm at the Beijing Garden, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla.

See acfs.org.au for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

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.

STAGE AND SCREEN

Fiona O’Loughlin: The Unreliable Witness

Fiona’s searingly honest book, Truths from an Unreliable Witness, is already a stage show. Fiona has always known the power of a great story and a good joke to show us a truth about ourselves. It is why she is one of our most loved comedians.

Fiona lays bare her life and does not spare herself as she details the ugly reality of living with addiction and the harsh truth that recovery is not easy. She shows the spark of strength that kept her alive. This is not only an unforgettable show, it is an inspiration to anyone who has lost the way. In sharing her story, Fiona shows that there is always the promise of better days.

Don’t miss The Unreliable Witness herself as she regales you with a brand new show with even bolder content than ever before. Expect to be surprised by some hidden talents of this laconic story-telling Queen.

Happening Saturday 27 February at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/fiona-oloughlin for more information.

My Cousin Vlad: People Are Gonna Lose It

A true comedy renegade, storming onto the scene in the most immaculate way, My Cousin Vlad, is Australia’s 1st self proclaimed Official Immaculagent. His online compact 1 minute sketches and videos have earned him a notorious reputation online and in the streets. Inventing new slang words, an All-English clothing swagger, impeccable negotiation skills in Real Estate (his day to day career) and a following with incredible support and engagement.

With many comparisons pointing to Guido Hatsis, Nick Giannopoulos, The 12th Man & SuperWog, My Cousin Vlad brings the funniest parts of the European culture twisted with modern corporate professionalism in the most unpredictable way.

Happening Thursday 25 February from 8-9.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/my-cousin-vlad for more information.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Join REP as they present Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning tale about the dysfunctional but wealthy Pollitt family, be entranced by this powerful portrayal as they gather to celebrate aging patriarch Big Daddy’s birthday.

For the Pollitts, the truth is as hazy as the late summer sun in Mississippi, and sometimes the only way to find it is to journey through the lies.

Showing until 6 March at Canberra REP Theatre, 3 Repertory Lane, Acton.

See canberrarep.org.au/content/cat-hot-tin-roof for more information.

Flix ‘N Dickson: Shrekruary

Grab your family and friends and take a deep dive into the world of ‘Far, Far Away’, with a free screening of a different Shrek film each Saturday night throughout February at the Dickson Post Office courtyard.

Fairy-tale creature or green-themed dress ups are encouraged. Kids will enjoy the entertainment by Lucy Sparkles & Friends.

Happening Saturday 27 February from 6-8.30 pm at the Dickson Library Courtyard.

See Facebook for more information.

The 2021 Jewish International Film Festival

The Jewish International Film Festival is returning to Dendy Cinemas.

From star-studded features, gripping historical dramas, and stories of iconic Jewish trailblazers and innovators, the festival returns for another year of spectacular Jewish cinema from around the world.

Happening 17-28 February at Dendy Canberra.

See jiff.com.au for more information.

Kambri Film Festival

As a part of HERE I AM: Art By Great Women, Kambri Film Fest is back in the Kambri Cinema family-friendly segment with films starring female heroines, and an ‘after hours’ session with films directed and written by women.

Kambri Film Fest will run from 21 Jan to 7 Feb over three weekends. The free film programming will include 3pm sessions for the whole family to enjoy with a selection of kids film that celebrates female heroes.

Friday and Sunday sessions at 7:00 pm will showcase recent movie releases that have female directors. Saturday nights will be for 2020 blockbusters that you may have missed in cinemas this year.

Visit the website for the full program.

Happening daily until 7 March at Kambri, ANU campus, Acton.

See kambri.com.au/event/here-i-am-art-by-great-women for more information.

MUSIC

The Miriam Lieberman Trio

The Miriam Lieberman Trio will perform at The Street marking the release of Miriam’s single Just Transforming in the lead up to an EP release later in 2021.

Miriam is an award-winning singer songwriter with an unmistakable voice, known for her own unique style on the kora- West African harp, the guitar as well as her songwriting.

She will be performing with her trio—Lara Goodridge (Baby Et Lulu) and Susie Bishop (Chaika) who both add soaring string arrangements and luscious vocal harmonies.

Miriam draws her influences from far and wide, having spent long periods of time studying traditional music in West Africa with local musicians, including celebrated kora player Toumani Diabate. With songs that carry a feminine perspective reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, Miriam sings of the wild beauty of the Australian land and seascape in which she grew up, her songs are infused with African rhythms and Wanderlust.

Happening Saturday 27 February at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, City.

See thestreet.org.au/shows/miriam-lieberman-trio for more information.

Dickson Sounds in the Village

Dickson is coming alive with the sound of music!

Sounds in the Village is back for 2021. Whether you’re passing through Dickson, or have time to stop and listen, enjoy the unique performances from local musicians and performers.

Happening until 27 February on Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 am – 1 pm at Dickson Library Courtyard, Dickson.

See Facebook for more information.

FESTIVALS

Credit: Matt Witcombe.

Enlighten Festival 2021

Canberra will shine bright with culture and creativity as the Enlighten Festival brings together the best autumn events. Held over 17 days from 26 February to 14 March, the city will come alive with a range of free and ticketed events.

Kick off the festival with Enlighten Illuminations as architectural projections light up some of Canberra’s most iconic national attractions in the Parliamentary Triangle from 26 February to 8 March. Use the CheckIn CBR app as you view the projections, register now to indulge your inner foodie at Bentspoke Beer Garden and Enlighten Alley and book your tickets for exclusive access to explore the national attractions after dark.

Register now to enjoy all the Festival offerings, starting with having your mornings brightened when the Canberra Balloon Spectacular returns from 6 to 14 March as hot air balloons fill the sky. Grab yourself a spot to celebrate local creativity as Lights! Canberra! Action! (5 March) shines a light on local film-makers and Symphony in the Park (7 March) provides the perfect soundtrack to your sunset picnic. Celebrate the city’s birthday at Canberra Day (8 March) and enjoy the attractions, venues, and community that make Canberra a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Happening 26 February-14 March across various venues.

To see the full program for the Enlighten Festival and to register for all events, visit enlightencanberra.com for more information.

WORKSHOPS + TOURS

Urban Foraging Walk

Learn about foraging different foods growing wild around Canberra. In this walk we will learn how to identify and collect wild fennel, rosehip, wild brassicas, purslane, and baby apples. This workshop offers a great opportunity to introduce more diversity into your diet.

Happening Saturday 27 February from 10 am-12 pm at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Kingston.

$35 + booking fee

See Eventbrite for more information.

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 13 March.

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 us at 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.

Intro to Solar Panels and Batteries

Learn all about how solar and battery home power systems work, how they can create savings, and the ways they can help to reduce emissions.

There’s currently a rebate offered by the ACT Government for installing batteries. Learn about how the rebate works, and whether batteries and solar are the right choice for you. There will also be plenty of time for questions.

Happening Tuesday 23 February from 6-8 pm at the Canberra Environment Centre cnr Lennox Crossing & Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See Eventbrite for more information.

MARKETS

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 7 February 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.

SPORT + ACTIVE

Plus500 Brumbies vs Waratahs

After winning the 2020 Super Rugby AU Championship, the Plus500 Brumbies will kick off their title defence against arch rivals the NSW Waratahs on February 27 at GIO Stadium.

The last time the two teams played the Brumbies stormed home with six tries to set up a 27 point victory. With a star-studded squad featuring over ten Wallabies, the Brumbies will again be looking for a big win this time around.

Happening Saturday 27 February from 6.45–9.30 pm at GIO Stadium, Bruce.

See brumbies.rugby for more information.

The Willo Mountain Bike Marathon

The Willo is a one-day event celebrating the life of mountain bike champion James Williamson, who died in March 2010 at the age of 26. James was a top-level XCO and XCM rider. He was passionate about the sport in every way, as well as being an Australian and World 24-hour champion.

The Willo was set up in honour of James by his aunt Meg Patey and is managed by Rocky Trail Entertainment. Proceeds from the event support junior development with annual training camps held. The event has been known for its friendly vibe encouraging a strong sense of camaraderie amongst all riders. It attracts elite riders as well as riders from all levels and ages. It also provides the opportunity for juniors to experience their first thrill of racing.

Originally scheduled to take place in Wingello State Forest the event had to be moved to Sparrow Hill as the original trails were destroyed by the devastating bushfires on the Southern Highlands. Plans are to return to Wingello when trail conditions permit it. The Willo welcomes all riders and families and wishes everyone a safe day riding at Sparrow Hill in Canberra.

Happening Sunday 28 February from 9 am–3 pm at Sparrow Hill, Kings Highway, ACT.

See rockytrailentertainment.com/the-willo 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 until 28 March 2021 at Gorman Arts Centre, Batman Street, Braddon.

See localyogaproject.com for more information.

OUTDOORS

Enlighten Festival 2021

Canberra will shine bright with culture and creativity as the Enlighten Festival brings together the best autumn events. Held over 17 days from 26 February to 14 March, the city will come alive with a range of free and ticketed events.

Kick off the festival with Enlighten Illuminations as architectural projections light up some of Canberra’s most iconic national attractions in the Parliamentary Triangle from 26 February to 8 March. Use the CheckIn CBR app as you view the projections, register now to indulge your inner foodie at Bentspoke Beer Garden and Enlighten Alley and book your tickets for exclusive access to explore the national attractions after dark.

Register now to enjoy all the Festival offerings, starting with having your mornings brightened when the Canberra Balloon Spectacular returns from 6 to 14 March as hot air balloons fill the sky. Grab yourself a spot to celebrate local creativity as Lights! Canberra! Action! (5 March) shines a light on local film-makers and Symphony in the Park (7 March) provides the perfect soundtrack to your sunset picnic. Celebrate the city’s birthday at Canberra Day (8 March) and enjoy the attractions, venues, and community that make Canberra a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Happening 26 February-14 March across various venues.

To see the full program for the Enlighten Festival and to register for all events, visit enlightencanberra.com for more information.

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 13 March.

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

Canberra Aqua Park

That’s right, Canberra Aqua Park will return for another summer of blow-up obstacle fun in the heart of Canberra on Saturday 28 November.

The 1,600 square metre inflatable obstacle course is located at the Tarcoola Reach swimming area (park at Black Mountain Peninsula).

Canberra Aqua Park will run through the warmer months and we bet it will be a popular spot for getting the kids out of the house over the school holidays, with 50-minute sessions starting from just $20 per person.

But don’t fret—those of you that are young at heart are most definitely welcome to partake in all the fun too as there is no age limit—although there is a minimum age of five.

Happening until March 2021 at the Tarcoola Reach swimming area adjacent to Black Mountain Peninsula.

See canberraaquapark.com/tickets for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

Seedpods dress, 2019, Grace Rosendale, silk organza, elastic and sequinned fabric, Hopevale Arts and Cultural Centre and Queensland University of Technology. Model: Magnolia Maymuru. Photo: Bronwyn Kidd.

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.

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.

OutsideIn | InsideOut Exhibition

Artists from the Lime Flamingo Collective,  a networking group for emerging professional artists from the Canberra region, have worked together to create this group exhibition, OutsideIn | InsideOut.

In such uncertain and challenging times, it is focusing on the small and ordinary things, the light ‘within the cracks’ and our internal world that give us hope and solace.

Lime Flamingo Collective artists reflect on the current COVID-19 crisis, life in quarantine, the recent bushfire disasters and the climate emergency, and respond to these large challenges through the lens of both vulnerability and strength; through diverse perspectives and artistic practice; looking at our collective experiences of looking from the ‘outside-in’ during the bushfire and climate crisis and the ‘inside-out’ during COVID-19 shutdown.

The exhibition will include a small body of work from each artist including drawing, painting, printmaking, video, textiles, photography and sculpture.

For more info on the Lime Flamingo Collective, visit their website and Instagram.

Showing until 21 March 2021 at West Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank Belconnen.

Drawing Near

Drawing Near investigates contrasting Taiwanese identities through a multidisciplinary visual arts practice.

The series documents artist Chin-Jie Melodie Liu’s journey of understanding her own identity as a Taiwanese woman of mixed heritage (of waisheng 外省 and bensheng 本省) through reinterpreting objects and photographs. In examining archival material, Liu further seeks to reveal the layered narratives that co-exist in contemporary Taiwanese society.

The series was awarded the 2020 ANU School of Art & Design Emerging Arts Support Scheme (EASS) Megalo Print Studio & Gallery Residency Award, Country to Coast Residency and Exhibition Award, Gallery of Small Things Exhibition Award, EASS Patrons Honours Scholarship, and the Gray Smith and Joan Scott Prize.

Chin-Jie Melodie Liu is an emerging Taiwanese artist based in Canberra, Australia. In 2020, Liu completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts with First Class Honours under Printmedia & Drawing at The Australian National University (ANU). Liu is currently pursuing a Master of Museum and Heritage Studies at ANU.

Guided tours: 2-2:30 pm, 27 February and 13 March (registration required)

Showing until 13 March at Gallery, Australian Centre on China in the World (Building #188), Fellows Lane, ANU.

Gallery hours: Weekdays 9am – 5pm || Saturdays 27 February & 13 March, 10am – 3pm

Cost: Free

See ciw.anu.edu.au/events/drawing-near-chin-jie-melodie-liu for more information.

Matisse’s Harem: A behind-the-scenes journey into a secret world

In her latest solo show, Sydney artist Jane Gerrish takes us to the glamourous Côte d’Azur of the 1920s and beyond.

In her highly researched, exquisite drawings, we see and learn about the women Matisse chose to work alongside him in his studios. Treated with the utmost respect and admiration, Matisse often plucked his models from their lives as actresses and dancers in vibrant Nice and would pose them in amazing costumes in wildly theatrical harem stage sets.

We see examples of Matisse’s use of sumptuous tasselled cushions; huge gilded mirrors; tarnished pewter pitchers; carved Moorish screens; inlaid Turkish daybeds; pottery from Fez; porcelain from China; Persian carpets and his familiar, richly patterned textiles.

This unique exhibition, entitled “Observe”, Jane Gerrish’s third solo show, makes full use of her fashion design background, giving us highly sensitive renderings of drapery and precise detailing of patterns and textures.

Showing until Sunday 21 March at Suki & Hugh Gallery from 38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore, NSW.

See sukihugh.com.au for more information.

JamFactory ICON Angela Valamanesh: About being here

JamFactory’s Icon series celebrates the achievements of South Australia’s most influential artists working in craft-based media.

Inspired by the symbiosis between science and poetry Angela Valamanesh’s artworks elicit intrigue and a strong sense of personal investigation as she manipulates seemingly familiar anatomical, botanical and parasitic forms in beguiling and unusual ways.

Primarily known for her biomorphic ceramic sculptures, this exhibition also celebrates the artist’s evocative drawings, watercolours, and mixed media works from her developing style of the late 1990s until present.

Historically, links have been made between the human form and plant species, not only structurally but also through language: the family tree, our roots, or a severed limb, while early medicine made connections between plants that resembled parts of our bodies and their therapeutic effects on those body parts.

Showing until 12 March 2021 at the ANU School of Art & Design Gallery, Cnr Ellery Cres and, Liversidge St, Acton.

See soad.cass.anu.edu.au/events/jamfactory-icon-angela-valamanesh-about-being-here 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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