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Things are changing rapidly in Canberra as we work together to keep our community safe.

Welcome to the essential guide to your weekend, Canberra.

The Weekend Edit is usually bursting with great events and encourages people to get out and about. However, things are different at the moment.

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.

Each Friday, we round up a selection of physical-distancing friendly activities for your weekend + some of the best reads from the past week.

Let’s stay safe and sensible, Canberra, and we’ll get through this together.

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 and click here to view the current three-stage plan for eased restrictions.

Some ideas for your weekend…

This evening, 15 unique collaborative F!NK jugs will be auctioned off…

Canberra’s most iconic jug unveils 15 unique collaborations

In case you missed this exciting piece of news…

Breaking: You’ll be able to fly Canberra to Byron Bay direct from July

Have you tried this winter’s newest burgers?

Fun Guys Truffle Burgers are back this weekend

Take part in a fun all-ages scavenger hunt! 

Does your little one love scavenger hunts? Here’s your weekend sorted

Missing arts festivals? PLATFORM Live is happening online tomorrow and is completely free to attend…

PLATFORM Live: a festival about inclusivity and accessibility

Get out and about with these free fitness spots across Canberra

Nine free fitness spots with a view

Some must-read articles from the past week…

Feeling conflicted about going back to the gym? Read this.

A love letter to Canberra gyms

As if you needed any more encouragement to buy local…

In partnership with the ACT Government

Why choosing local has never been more important

Want to get cosy as the temperatures drop? Join the club. 

25 ways to get a Hygge Home

TOURS, WORKSHOPS AND TALKS

THE AMAZING FACE – A 14-DAY DIVE INTO PORTRAITURE

The National Portrait Gallery has a free online class to learn the language of portraiture.

Every day, for 14 days, iconic portraits from the NPG Collection will be highlighted, and curatorial contexts and artistic insights shared along with other interactive elements.

At the end of the program, participants will be invited to use this knowledge to create their own portrait which they’re encouraged to share with their loved ones and online.

Showing until 31 August 2020 at portrait.gov.au/content/the-amazing-face

KIDS

ON AIR PLAYUP

On Air PlayUP is MoAD’s newest online offering, inspired by the onsite exhibition PlayUP.

During the On Air PlayUP livestream, facilitators will take you step by step through a fun craft activity with a different theme each week inspired by the United Nations’ International Days and Weeks.

Catch it live on MoAD’s Facebook and Instagram accounts every Wednesday at 10.30 am or watch it on-demand at moadoph.gov.au/families.

What’s happening on the RISE itinerary this weekend

The RISE Canberra Calendar is your new way to keep in touch with what’s going on in the community, during COVID. Read more here.

  • Stories from Solitude is a mix folktales, personal stories, poetry and even pub banter.
  • Take a journey with James Beattie, astrophysicist at the ANU, as he explains everyday phenomena from the perspective of jiggling atoms in thinking like an atom.

EXHIBITIONS

Some national institutions have now reopened their physical exhibitions.

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

 

ENDEAVOUR VOYAGE: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF COOK AND THE FIRST AUSTRALIANS

This stunning exhibition takes you on a journey, travelling onboard the ship with Captain James Cook and for the first time hearing the stories from those on the shore.

In looking at our past, we have the chance to join together and imagine a shared future. Explore our new exhibition online or onsite and trace the Endeavour voyage.

Tickets are timed to assist in physical distancing.

Showing until 11 October 2020 at the National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au/exhibitions/endeavour-voyage for more information.

NGALIM-NGALIMBOOROO NGAGENYBE

In Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe (From my women), Shirley Purdie pays homage to the women in her family, representing herself through collective knowledge, culture and values.

Acquired by the Portrait Gallery in September 2019, this non-representational self-portrait is informed by Aboriginal ways of seeing and understanding the world.

Each panel contains a story, producing a portrait that is a complex kaleidoscope of personal history, identity and connection to country.

Showing until 1 November 2020 at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.

Find out more at portrait.gov.au.

THE GALLERY OF SMALL THINGS IS NOW OPEN

Watson’s Gallery of Small Things (GOST) is happy to announce that they’ve reopened for visitors as of 4 June.

As the gallery is less than six metres square in total, there’s no need to measure—you can have the gallery all to yourself!

Currently, GOST is showcasing their exhibition Little Studies by tapestry artist Lee Leibrandt.

If you’re bringing a friend or partner, they can check out the ceramics workspace next door while you browse Canberra’s smallest gallery, then the two of you can swap!

Gallery of Small Things is open Thursday to Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm or by private appointment from Monday to Wednesday at 27 Wade Street, Watson.

See galleryofsmallthings.com for more information.

A COMMON THREAD: FINAL WEEKEND

The multidisciplinary collaboration between artists McKay and Gold encompasses the expanding painting field, installation and sculpture.

The work in ‘A Common Thread’ is concerned with connection—connection to a material and in turn the way this connects us as humans. This exhibition seeks to explore how time and space inform the artist’s behaviour with material, and lament on the almost ritualistic process of repetitious acts during the creation process.

Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Showing until 27 June 2020 at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, City.

Find out more at craftact.org.au/blogs/future-exhibitions/a-common-thread

ENDEAVOUR VOYAGE: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF COOK AND THE FIRST AUSTRALIANS

This stunning exhibition takes you on a journey, travelling onboard the ship with Captain James Cook and for the first time hearing the stories from those on the shore.

In looking at our past, we have the chance to join together and imagine a shared future. Explore our new exhibition online or onsite and trace the Endeavour voyage.

Tickets are timed to assist in physical distancing.

Showing until 11 October 2020 at the National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au/exhibitions/endeavour-voyage for more information.

ON AIR PLAYUP

On Air PlayUP is MoAD’s newest online offering, inspired by the onsite exhibition PlayUP.

During the On Air PlayUP livestream, facilitators will take you step by step through a fun craft activity with a different theme each week inspired by the United Nations’ International Days and Weeks.

Catch it live on MoAD’s Facebook and Instagram accounts every Wednesday at 10.30 am or watch it on-demand at moadoph.gov.au/families.

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