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

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Lori Cicchini Solo Exhibition “Fiori, Nudi e Acqua”. An exhibition of works embellishing the beauty of florals, nudes and water.

FIORI, NUDI E ACQUA

Internationally acclaimed fine art and fashion photographer, Canberra’s Lori Cicchini presents Fiori, Nudi e Acqua, a collection of works embellishing the beauty of florals, nudes and water.

Cicchini’s solo show is the largest body of work she has produced for one show. Her ethereal works, from nudes literally floating in water or nestled in nature to floral vanitas still lifes, celebrate the fleeting fragility of beauty. They reflect birth, death and rebirth, asher bodies shed their skin to metamorphosise like chrysalis.

Private opening on Thursday 20 May, then showing at Grainger Gallery until 6 June | graingergallery.com.au

World Bee Day at the Farmers Market this Saturday

Canberra’s Capital Region Farmers Market is gathering its worker bees for what will be a buzzing hive of activity to celebrate World Bee Day.

The Market will celebrate this Saturday 22 May 2021 with bee-friendly displays and exhibitions, honey and bee themed food created by Market producers, a display of hives, native plants, flowers and their growers, local and regional honey producers, and information to help educate people on how they can help contribute to saving our bees.

Get along to Exhibition Park in Canberra between 7am – 11.30am. Find out more at capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au.

Little Girls Alone in the Woods

Maybe if I was older. Maybe if I was larger. Or smaller, or prettier, or uglier, or gruffer. Maybe if I was something else I would feel like I existed.

In an ordinary town, something is amiss. It’s not the maths exam the teens are about to fail, or the overdue essay, or even global warming. It’s a low buzz of anxiety, a quiet terror in the middle of the night. Girls have been going missing. No one knows if they’ve been taken, or if, for some reason, they have ventured into the bush themselves…

The adults aren’t taking any chances. A high fence is being erected. All young women are now required to be registered with the authorities and wear a tracking device. They will be monitored and controlled; they will be safe. But this thought will not leave the girls alone: I am my own person; take me seriously.

Little Girls Alone in the Woods is an inventive adaptation of The Bacchae that puts a contemporary feminist lens on the Greek legend of Dionysus. It dares us to go into the woods and seek out what knowledge lies beyond the border of respectability and rules. What new worlds await us?

Happening 19-22 May at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

QL2’s Rebel

REBEL is QL2 Dance’s major project for 2021 for its Quantum Leap ensemble.

As our world is transformed dramatically and events are unfolding that had been foretold but the warnings unheard, how do we find the way forward? Who will lead us all?

We have looked for answers and inspiration in our past, in this era when activism brought deep changes in the world and reflected on the present, on the how and when and what. REBEL.

Then. There is courage, strength and a creative tempest in our collective roots from which to gather the inspiration we need to create our tomorrow and face our challenges.

Now. From the past to the present we draw our combined strength to unite and write a different story, one with empathy for all humans and a will to lead the changes we need together.

When? We need major societal changes and we need it now. We want to rise and have our collective voices heard and we want to make lasting and sustainable changes for future generations.

Choreographers: Ruth Osborne, Steve Gow, Jack Ziesing and Jodie Farrugia

Happening 20-22 May at Canberra Theatre Centre

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/rebel for more information.

Taste Local Festival at Canberra Centre

After the year that has been, Canberra Centre wanted to give the opportunity to local businesses to showcase their talents to its customers.

The Taste Local festival is a month-long celebration of local producers and talents at Canberra Centre. Enjoy unique experiences of blending workshops, tasting adventures, masterclasses, live music and more.

Canberra Centre has partnered with local wineries and distilleries to offer you the opportunity to discover their produce at Canberra Centre.

Pop-Up bars

Every Friday evening throughout the month of May enjoy a complimentary drink and nibbles in Canberra Centre’s cosy set-up before finishing your late-night shopping in the centre.

Sip on a local wine or a freshly made cocktail and relax in their exclusive pop-up bar while enjoying live music from local artists.

Every Friday evening from 5-8 pm | Cost: Free

Workshops

Whether you’re a bonafide oenophile, a cocktail lover or a cheese enthusiast, make sure you book your spot to one of Canberra Centre’s workshops to experience Canberra’s regional produce scene like never before.

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 May: Tallagandra Hill Winery & Gallagher Wines – Workshops

Tallagandra Hill is a small family-owned winery located in the premium wine producing Canberra District. They produce a range of award-winning wines that extend from full-bodied, characterful dry reds through to its elegant and delicate dry whites.

Gallagher Wines is a family-owned winery, situated near Murrumbateman. They produce a wide variety of wines including their most recent success with the 2017 Riesling winning four Trophies in the International Riesling Challenge and some local cheeses.

The workshops for this weekend will focus on wine and cheese pairing, learn the art of perfectly pairing a wonderful glass of wine, with a moreish piece of cheese.

The Tallagandra Hill Winery Matching Wines With Special Moments Workshop will run on Saturday 22 May from 2-3 pm and The Gallagher Wines – Wine and Cheese Pairing Workshop will run on Sunday 23 May from 2 – 3 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to Tallagandra Hill Winery Matching Wines With Special Moments Workshop here and The Gallagher Wines – Wine and Cheese Pairing Workshop here

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May: Underground Spirits Canberra – Mixology Cocktail Masterclass 

Underground Spirits is a boutique distillery that make award-winning premium spirits that are anything but typical. When it comes to taste, think the unexpected.

Attendees to this masterclass workshop will be able to embrace their inner alchemist and embark on a mixology masterclass with Underground Spirits’ Head Mixologist.

Learn some new cocktail creating skills and pick up expert tips to help you easily whip up some amazing new cocktails. Whilst learning some new mixology skills guests will enjoy some scrumptious treats provided by Bettys Burgers.

This workshop will run on Saturday 29th May 1-2 pm and 3-4 pm and Sunday 30 May from 1-2 and 3-4 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to The Underground Spirits Canberra Masterclass here

Happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7-30 May | Visit the Canberra Centre website for the full program | Cost: $20 per workshop, includes tasting, food and giveaways

Happening 7-30 May at Canberra Centre, Ground Floor, City Walk, next to R.M Williams.

See canberracentre.qicgre.com/Campaigns/2021/05/TasteLocal for more information.

2021 Volunteering Expo

After the cancellation of last year’s Volunteering Expo due to COVID-19, VolunteeringACT is proud to announce that the annual event will be back in 2021, at the exciting new location of Thoroughbred Park.

The Volunteering Expo is the only event of its kind, drawing attendance from across the Canberra region.

The Expo is the ultimate one-stop-shop to find out about volunteering roles; as well as providing a great opportunity for local organisations and community groups to engage with the public.

Exhibitors at the Expo will represent the diversity of the volunteering sector; from youth services, animal welfare, disability, the arts, mental health, sport, and more. An enormous 72% of the region’s organisations had to stand their volunteers down in 2020 – now is the time to help the community recover.

The 2021 Volunteering Expo will be a great day out, with food vans and live entertainment! Entry into the event is free of charge.

Entry: Free. Due to physical distancing requirements attendees will need to register for a ticket for one of two timeslots:

Morning Session: 10am – 1pm
Afternoon Session: 1pm – 4pm

Walk-ins on the day are also welcome and can register through the onsite check-in tent.

Happening Saturday, 22 May from 10 am – 4 pm at Exhibition Hall, Thoroughbred Park, Canberra.

AUSTCS reducing and eradicating global poverty through International Tea Day

Friday 21 May will be the second annual International Tea Day (ITD). The Australian Tea Cultural Society (AUSTCS), are spreading awareness of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Australia through the power of a tea party.

AUSTCS are encouraging Australians to have a ‘tea party’ on 21 May which can be participated in by all – young and old.

The urgent need to raise public awareness of the importance and influence of tea both locally and globally is being actioned by AUSTCS in Australia. Tea production and processing contributes to the fight against hunger, reduction of extreme poverty and the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems whilst playing a significant role in food security in developing countries.

The United Nations have recognised 21 May as International Tea Day as a way of recognising the value of tea to reducing their greatest global challenge – poverty.

Register your tea party at austcs.org/internationalteaday.

FOOD & DRINK

Credit: Ben Calvert.

Taste Local Festival at Canberra Centre

After the year that has been, Canberra Centre wanted to give the opportunity to local businesses to showcase their talents to its customers.

The Taste Local festival is a month-long celebration of local producers and talents at Canberra Centre. Enjoy unique experiences of blending workshops, tasting adventures, masterclasses, live music and more.

Canberra Centre has partnered with local wineries and distilleries to offer you the opportunity to discover their produce at Canberra Centre.

Pop-Up bars

Every Friday evening throughout the month of May enjoy a complimentary drink and nibbles in Canberra Centre’s cosy set-up before finishing your late-night shopping in the centre.

Sip on a local wine or a freshly made cocktail and relax in their exclusive pop-up bar while enjoying live music from local artists.

Every Friday evening from 5-8 pm | Cost: Free

Workshops

Whether you’re a bonafide oenophile, a cocktail lover or a cheese enthusiast, make sure you book your spot to one of Canberra Centre’s workshops to experience Canberra’s regional produce scene like never before.

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May: Tallagandra Hill Winery & Gallagher Wines – Workshops

Tallagandra Hill is a small family-owned winery located in the premium wine producing Canberra District. They produce a range of award-winning wines that extend from full-bodied, characterful dry reds through to its elegant and delicate dry whites.

Gallagher Wines is a family-owned winery, situated near Murrumbateman. They produce a wide variety of wines including their most recent success with the 2017 Riesling winning four Trophies in the International Riesling Challenge and some local cheeses.

The workshops for this weekend will focus on wine and cheese pairing, learn the art of perfectly pairing a wonderful glass of wine, with a moreish piece of cheese.

The Tallagandra Hill Winery Matching Wines With Special Moments Workshop will run on Saturday 22 May from 2-3 pm and The Gallagher Wines – Wine and Cheese Pairing Workshop will run on Sunday 23 May from 2 – 3 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to Tallagandra Hill Winery Matching Wines With Special Moments Workshop here and The Gallagher Wines – Wine and Cheese Pairing Workshop here

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May: Underground Spirits Canberra – Mixology Cocktail Masterclass 

Underground Spirits is a boutique distillery that make award-winning premium spirits that are anything but typical. When it comes to taste, think the unexpected.

Attendees to this masterclass workshop will be able to embrace their inner alchemist and embark on a mixology masterclass with Underground Spirits’ Head Mixologist.

Learn some new cocktail creating skills and pick up expert tips to help you easily whip up some amazing new cocktails. Whilst learning some new mixology skills guests will enjoy some scrumptious treats provided by Bettys Burgers.

This workshop will run on Saturday 29th May 1-2 pm and 3-4 pm and Sunday 30 May from 1-2 and 3-4 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to The Underground Spirits Canberra Masterclass here

Happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7-30 May | Visit the Canberra Centre website for the full program | Cost: $20 per workshop, includes tasting, food and giveaways

Happening 7-30 May at Canberra Centre, Ground Floor, City Walk, next to R.M Williams.

See canberracentre.qicgre.com/Campaigns/2021/05/TasteLocal for more information.

Whisky Wanderers

Truly the most unique Odyssey you’ll embark upon in 2021.

Be at Pialligo Fields with none other than Phillip Jones, Canberra’s unofficial Last Word in cocktails, as you embark upon whisky tales strange and true.

Think you know whisky? Think again as you learn, taste, judge and compare different techniques, styles, flavours and mixes.

Complement your Whisky Wanderings as they include Pialligo Estate’s famous charcuterie boards, snacks and unlimited water in their custom-built tasting venue–Pialligo Fields.

Happening Friday 28 May at Pialligo Estate18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

Bookings are essential. See thepialligoestate.com.au/whisky-wanderers for more information.

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

QL2 rehearsing REBEL.

QL2’s Rebel

REBEL is QL2 Dance’s major project for 2021 for its Quantum Leap ensemble.

As our world is transformed dramatically and events are unfolding that had been foretold but the warnings unheard, how do we find the way forward? Who will lead us all?

We have looked for answers and inspiration in our past, in this era when activism brought deep changes in the world and reflected on the present, on the how and when and what. REBEL.

Then.

There is courage, strength and a creative tempest in our collective roots from which to gather the inspiration we need to create our tomorrow and face our challenges.

Now.

From the past to the present we draw our combined strength to unite and write a different story, one with empathy for all humans and a will to lead the changes we need together.

When?

We need major societal changes and we need it now. We want to rise and have our collective voices heard and we want to make lasting and sustainable changes for future generations.

Choreographers: Ruth Osborne, Steve Gow, Jack Ziesing and Jodie Farrugia

Happening 20-22 May at Canberra Theatre Centre

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/rebel for more information.

Little Girls Alone in the Woods

Maybe if I was older. Maybe if I was larger. Or smaller, or prettier, or uglier, or gruffer. Maybe if I was something else I would feel like I existed.

In an ordinary town, something is amiss. It’s not the maths exam the teens are about to fail, or the overdue essay, or even global warming. It’s a low buzz of anxiety, a quiet terror in the middle of the night. Girls have been going missing. No one knows if they’ve been taken, or if, for some reason, they have ventured into the bush themselves…

The adults aren’t taking any chances. A high fence is being erected. All young women are now required to be registered with the authorities and wear a tracking device. They will be monitored and controlled; they will be safe. But this thought will not leave the girls alone: I am my own person; take me seriously.

Little Girls Alone in the Woods is an inventive adaptation of The Bacchae that puts a contemporary feminist lens on the Greek legend of Dionysus. It dares us to go into the woods and seek out what knowledge lies beyond the border of respectability and rules. What new worlds await us?

Happening 19-22 May at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/little-girls-alone-in-the-woods for more information.

Rope

A brilliantly tense play from the author of Gaslight, which was performed by REP in 2016. Believing themselves to be intellectually superior to their contemporaries, two flatmates murder their friend purely to see if they can get away with it. They then throw a cocktail party, serving food from the top of the trunk where they have hidden his body. Tension and suspicions increase as the evening wears on.

Showing 20 May – 5 June at Canberra REP Theatre. More information and tickets from canberrarep.org.au.

Physics in the Pub

Local physicists share their research, from the smallest quantum particle up to the biggest questions about the cosmos.

Come and grab a refreshing beverage and a snack and find out about the latest findings on black holes, quantum computers or gravitational waves, in the relaxed atmosphere of Smiths Alternative.

Eight Physicists, eight minutes each, all with a fascinating story to tell. In previous years there was nuclear physics stand up comedy, songs on big data and fusion energy lego. What will it be this year?

Sponsored by the Australian Institute of Physics (ACT), and MCed by Dr Phil Dooley (Phil Up On Science).

Happening Tuesday 18 May at Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Canberra.

See smithsalternative.com/events/physics-in-the-pub-71525 for more information.

Marty Sheargold

An encore performance of Marty Sheargold‘s sold out 2019 tour. Don’t miss the opportunity to laugh live with the star of the Nova networks Kate, Tim & Marty show, as he delivers a load of jokes & stories he can’t do between 4p m and 6 pm.

If you’ve seen him on Have You Been Paying Attention? and want more, book now. Don’t disappoint him, yourself or his property broker by missing out!

Happening Saturday 22 May from 7.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/marty-sheargold for more information

MUSIC

Phish and Phreaks: Drag Takeover

Every Drag Takeover is bringing you a bevy of local Canberran Drag Queens, Drag Kings and queer talent with and multiple stunning performers appearing at every show.

What sickening tricks will the stunning kings, queens, and deities pull to celebrate? Well, you’ll have to come and see for yourself!

Happening Saturday 22 May at The Boardwalk Bar & Nightclub, 114 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See phishandphreak.com for more information.

Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Belco Arts present Visualising Harmony

Facilitated by world-class violinist Bindi McFarlane, players of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra will mentor five artists with disability, and together create and perform original music inspired by colourful artworks.

Composed, imagined and performed collaboratively, the project will culminate in a unique relaxed performance that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.

Happening Friday 21 May from 7-8 pm at Belco Arts, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See belcoarts.com.au/harmony for more information.

Fairy Tales From Home

Recital for Art Song Canberra by Susannah Lawergren (soprano) and Maciej Pawela (piano).

Music from the great composers of the artists’ homelands: excerpts from Szymanowski’s ‘Songs of the Fairy Tale Princess’ for coloratura soprano, exquisite miniatures by the great Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar and music from Australia: an arrangement of Brenda Gifford’s song to the sky, ‘Miriwa’, and a song cycle about the many characters of the ocean by Miriam Hyde.

Happening 3 pm and 4.15 pm on Sunday 23 May at Wesley Music Centre, 20-22 National Circuit, Forrest. Book tickets online at trybooking.com/BPLQU.

FESTIVALS

Taste Local Festival at Canberra Centre

After the year that has been, Canberra Centre wanted to give the opportunity to local businesses to showcase their talents to its customers.

The Taste Local festival is a month-long celebration of local producers and talents at Canberra Centre. Enjoy unique experiences of blending workshops, tasting adventures, masterclasses, live music and more.

Canberra Centre has partnered with local wineries and distilleries to offer you the opportunity to discover their produce at Canberra Centre.

Pop-Up bars

Every Friday evening throughout the month of May enjoy a complimentary drink and nibbles in Canberra Centre’s cosy set-up before finishing your late-night shopping in the centre.

Sip on a local wine or a freshly made cocktail and relax in their exclusive pop-up bar while enjoying live music from local artists.

Every Friday evening from 5-8 pm | Cost: Free

Workshops

Whether you’re a bonafide oenophile, a cocktail lover or a cheese enthusiast, make sure you book your spot to one of Canberra Centre’s workshops to experience Canberra’s regional produce scene like never before.

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May: Tallagandra Hill Winery & Gallagher Wines – Workshops

Tallagandra Hill is a small family-owned winery located in the premium wine producing Canberra District. They produce a range of award-winning wines that extend from full-bodied, characterful dry reds through to its elegant and delicate dry whites.

Gallagher Wines is a family-owned winery, situated near Murrumbateman. They produce a wide variety of wines including their most recent success with the 2017 Riesling winning four Trophies in the International Riesling Challenge and some local cheeses.

The workshops for this weekend will focus on wine and cheese pairing, learn the art of perfectly pairing a wonderful glass of wine, with a moreish piece of cheese.

The Tallagandra Hill Winery Matching Wines With Special Moments Workshop will run on Saturday 22 May from 2-3 pm and The Gallagher Wines – Wine and Cheese Pairing Workshop will run on Sunday 23 May from 2 – 3 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to Tallagandra Hill Winery Matching Wines With Special Moments Workshop here and The Gallagher Wines – Wine and Cheese Pairing Workshop here

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May: Underground Spirits Canberra – Mixology Cocktail Masterclass 

Underground Spirits is a boutique distillery that make award-winning premium spirits that are anything but typical. When it comes to taste, think the unexpected.

Attendees to this masterclass workshop will be able to embrace their inner alchemist and embark on a mixology masterclass with Underground Spirits’ Head Mixologist.

Learn some new cocktail creating skills and pick up expert tips to help you easily whip up some amazing new cocktails. Whilst learning some new mixology skills guests will enjoy some scrumptious treats provided by Bettys Burgers.

This workshop will run on Saturday 29th May 1-2 pm and 3-4 pm and Sunday 30 May from 1-2 and 3-4 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to The Underground Spirits Canberra Masterclass here

Happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7-30 May | Visit the Canberra Centre website for the full program | Cost: $20 per workshop, includes tasting, food and giveaways

Happening 7-30 May at Canberra Centre, Ground Floor, City Walk, next to R.M Williams.

See canberracentre.qicgre.com/Campaigns/2021/05/TasteLocal for more information.

OhhBulldust Couch Throw Workshop

OhhBulldust Runs workshops throughout the year to bring people together and showcase the incredible fibre that is merino wool.

The workshops are about coming together and spending some much needed time on yourself, making beautiful things of your own, while sharing stories together.

Happening 15-16 May at Canberra and Region Visitors Centre, Barrine Drive, Regatta Point, Parkes.

See ohhbulldust.myshopify.com/collections/trio-of-warmth/products/workshops for more information.

SPORT

Raiders v Storm

GIO Stadium is the place to be when the defending premiers, the Melbourne Storm, roll into town to take on the Canberra Raiders.

The Green Machine will be desperate to get one up on the Storm after they were knocked out in the Preliminary Finals in 2020, while the Storm will be looking to continue their dominance into 2021.

Get your ticket and secure your seat for what is set to be an explosive clash.

Happening Saturday 22 May from 7.35–9.30 pm at GIO Stadium.

See raiders.com.au/draw/nrl-premiership/2021/round-11-raiders-v-storm for more information.

 

WORKSHOPS, TALKS + TOURS

2021 Volunteering Expo

After the cancellation of last year’s Volunteering Expo due to COVID-19, VolunteeringACT is proud to announce that the annual event will be back in 2021, at the exciting new location of Thoroughbred Park.

The Volunteering Expo is the only event of its kind, drawing attendance from across the Canberra region.

The Expo is the ultimate one-stop-shop to find out about volunteering roles; as well as providing a great opportunity for local organisations and community groups to engage with the public.

Exhibitors at the Expo will represent the diversity of the volunteering sector; from youth services, animal welfare, disability, the arts, mental health, sport, and more. An enormous 72% of the region’s organisations had to stand their volunteers down in 2020 – now is the time to help the community recover.

The 2021 Volunteering Expo will be a great day out, with food vans and live entertainment! Entry into the event is free of charge.

Entry: Free. Due to physical distancing requirements attendees will need to register for a ticket for one of two timeslots:

Morning Session: 10am – 1pm
Afternoon Session: 1pm – 4pm

Walk-ins on the day are also welcome and can register through the onsite check-in tent.

Happening Saturday, 22 May from 10 am – 4 pm at Exhibition Hall, Thoroughbred Park, Canberra.

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.

Taste Local festival at Canberra Centre

After the year that has been, Canberra Centre wanted to give the opportunity to local businesses to showcase their talents to its customers.

The Taste Local festival is a month-long celebration of local producers and talents at Canberra Centre. Enjoy unique experiences of blending workshops, tasting adventures, masterclasses, live music and more.

Canberra Centre has partnered with local wineries and distilleries to offer you the opportunity to discover their produce at Canberra Centre.

Pop-Up bars

Every Friday evening throughout the month of May enjoy a complimentary drink and nibbles in Canberra Centre’s cosy set-up before finishing your late-night shopping in the centre.

Sip on a local wine or a freshly made cocktail and relax in their exclusive pop-up bar while enjoying live music from local artists.

Every Friday evening from 5-8 pm | Cost: Free

Workshops

Whether you’re a bonafide oenophile, a cocktail lover or a cheese enthusiast, make sure you book your spot to one of Canberra Centre’s workshops to experience Canberra’s regional produce scene like never before.

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 May: Tallagandra Hill Winery & Gallagher Wines – Workshops

Tallagandra Hill is a small family-owned winery located in the premium wine producing Canberra District. They produce a range of award-winning wines that extend from full-bodied, characterful dry reds through to its elegant and delicate dry whites.

Gallagher Wines is a family-owned winery, situated near Murrumbateman. They produce a wide variety of wines including their most recent success with the 2017 Riesling winning four Trophies in the International Riesling Challenge and some local cheeses.

The workshops for this weekend will focus on wine and cheese pairing, learn the art of perfectly pairing a wonderful glass of wine, with a moreish piece of cheese.

The Tallagandra Hill Winery Matching Wines With Special Moments Workshop will run on Saturday 22 May from 2-3 pm and The Gallagher Wines – Wine and Cheese Pairing Workshop will run on Sunday 23 May from 2 – 3 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to Tallagandra Hill Winery Matching Wines With Special Moments Workshop here and The Gallagher Wines – Wine and Cheese Pairing Workshop here

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May: Underground Spirits Canberra – Mixology Cocktail Masterclass 

Underground Spirits is a boutique distillery that make award-winning premium spirits that are anything but typical. When it comes to taste, think the unexpected.

Attendees to this masterclass workshop will be able to embrace their inner alchemist and embark on a mixology masterclass with Underground Spirits’ Head Mixologist.

Learn some new cocktail creating skills and pick up expert tips to help you easily whip up some amazing new cocktails. Whilst learning some new mixology skills guests will enjoy some scrumptious treats provided by Bettys Burgers.

This workshop will run on Saturday 29th May 1-2 pm and 3-4 pm and Sunday 30 May from 1-2 and 3-4 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to The Underground Spirits Canberra Masterclass here

Happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7-30 May | Visit the Canberra Centre website for the full program | Cost: $20 per workshop, includes tasting, food and giveaways

Happening 7-30 May at Canberra Centre, Ground Floor, City Walk, next to R.M Williams.

See canberracentre.qicgre.com/Campaigns/2021/05/TasteLocal 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.

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

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

Odette, oil on canvas (detail) from Ashley Cullen’s The Impulse of Hysteria.

The Impulse of Hysteria

Sometimes vulnerable and often intimate, The Impulse of Hysteria confronts the messy aspects of being human on blunt and uneasy terms. In a collection of 30 paintings, Ashley Cullen’s first solo exhibition imagines a visceral world of faces and bodies.

Inspired by mythic figures, tragedy and personal relationships, Cullen’s paintings deal explicitly with themes of love and loss as well as the fleeting yet intense emotions that characterise us as uniquely human.

Showing at Belconnen Arts Centre until 27 June | belcoarts.com.au

Double Crossed

Double Crossed, eX de Medici’s extraordinary work, gravitates around concepts of power through violence, geo-economic politics and environment. Created in her Canberra studio over lockdown, this exhibition presents eX’s newest series of detailed watercolours of hybridised moths and weaponry.

The juxtaposition of weapons with these images of natural beauty continues eX’s study into the divide between two sciences; one devoted to the preservation of life on our planet and the other bent towards the destruction of the world through the advancement of human industry and greed.

Mesmerisingly beautiful, eX’s moths are deceptively complex, beguiling us with questions about violence, corruption and human ego.

Showing at Beaver Galleries until 30 May | beavergalleries.com.au

FIORI, NUDI E ACQUA

Internationally acclaimed fine art and fashion photographer, Canberra’s Lori Cicchini presents Fiori, Nudi e Acqua, a collection of works embellishing the beauty of florals, nudes and water.

Cicchini’s solo show is the largest body of work she has produced for one show. Her ethereal works, from nudes literally floating in water or nestled in nature to floral vanitas still lifes, celebrate the fleeting fragility of beauty. They reflect birth, death and rebirth, asher bodies shed their skin to metamorphosise like chrysalis.

Private opening on Thursday 20 May, then showing at Grainger Gallery until 6 June | graingergallery.com.au

Australien

Living in Australia as a child of parents who were born overseas can often be a delicate balance. Different lunches packed for school, different languages at home, different religions, different clothes, different skin.

Featuring first- and second-generation Australian artists— Lara Chamas, Mariana del Castillo, Caroline Garcia, Shivanjani Lal, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Andy Mullens and Elefteria Vlavianos— Australien investigates the complexities of balancing the cultures of their heritage with the culture they live in today.

Showing at Canberra Contemporary Art Space until 11 July | ccas.com.au

Sammy Hawker Solo Exhibition

Sammy Hawker is an ACT-based visual artist. Her practice examines the methods and protocols of human and more-than-human collaboration when producing works that investigate sites of the Anthropocene.

She is interested in de-centring her position as the artist and breaking open the permanency of the photograph by inviting agents of the site to co-create the work. Through facilitating interaction with more-than-human entities this practice aims to draw attention to and make visible the hidden temporal realities & cross-species entanglements of the site.

Sammy’s practise is grounded in collaborative engagement. When investigating a site she will work closely with Traditional Custodians, scientists, ecologists and regenerative agriculturalists. These engagements assist her in interpreting quantitative and qualitative data as well as developing ecological literacy and a cultural understanding of the site. Cross-disciplinary partnerships illustrate a responsible way of moving forward in an age of environmental crisis.

Showing until 2 July at Mixing Room Gallery, 10 Mildura Street, Griffith.

See thors.com.au/exhibitions/sammy-hawker for more information.

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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