Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this weekend! Every Monday for more than seven years,…
Dami Im-Piano, Songs, & Stories
Dami Im brings her first-ever solo tour for a special and intimate evening of Piano, Songs & Stories.
On the show, Dami said “I have had such an amazing time with the Piano, Songs & Stories tour so far. The intimacy of the shows and being able to feel the connection with the audience has been so special, something that is not possible in a full band setup. Being able to talk about the experiences and share my honest thoughts behind my songs seem to resonate with the audience.”
Piano, Songs & Stories provides a unique insight into a remarkable performer and her experience as she brings new life to her chart-topping hits and fan favorites. Through the unique stripped-back arrangements matched with soaring vocals and her honest and candid storytelling, Dami has taken off the mask and allows us to see an incredible talent and discover the side of the artist we haven’t witnessed before.
Happening Friday 23 July at Canberra Theatre Centre.
See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/dami-im-piano-songs-stories for more information.
Every day 200 Australians attempt suicide. It is the leading cause of death of Australians between the ages of 15-44 years.
The annual Black Tie Suicide Awareness Ball and awareness-raising campaign was founded by two Registered Nurses working in The Canberra Hospital Emergency Department.
It allows the community to come together to show that everyone and anyone can make a difference. The goal is to raise much-needed suicide awareness and increase knowledge especially about the role each part of our society can play in prevention AND raise funds for research to provide a strong evidence base for change.
The 2021 Suicide Awareness Ball’s recipients will be the local organisation OzHelp and the Black Dog Institute.
OzHelp was founded by the mother of a young Canberra apprentice, David O’Bryan, who died by suicide in 2000.
OzHelp and the Black Dog Institute design programs to assist in promoting health, well being and suicide prevention across all age groups.
Tickets: $125 per person or $1200 per table (10).
- Two course meal
- Five-hour drinks package
- Live band
- Silent and Live Auctions
Happening Saturday 24 July 2021 from 6.30 pm at The National Convention Centre.
Truffle-infused Winter Weekends at Mount Majura Cellar Door
Truffle season is upon us and Mount Majura are excited to include truffles at their cellar door as part of the winter tasting experience.
Come into the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard to taste a flight of wines matched with truffled brie. Combining a deliciously rich and creamy brie with truffles from neighbour Jayson at The Truffle Farm.
Happening every Saturday and Sunday until 29 August 2021.
See mountmajura.com.au/truffle-infused-weekends-supporting-raw-potential-canberra for more information.
Live music Fridays at Blackbird
Every Friday night a different artist will play. Drop in for amazing cocktails in a great cosy and candlelit atmosphere, with some amazing talent on stage every Tuesday and Friday night.
Happening Friday evenings at Blackbird, 114 Alinga Street, Canberra City.
See blackbirdbar.com.au for more information.
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 until the end of June 2021.
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 weekdays at lunchtime in Garema Place, City.
See act.gov.au/cityrenewal/whats-on/lunchbox-acoustics2 for more information.
Take your night sky photography to the next level.
Learn how to capture stunning Milky Way nightscapes.
Expert instruction is given by award-winning photographer Ari Rex. Enjoy fabulous fun, amazing stars, new adventures and great company. If you’re passionate about astrophotography, this workshop is for you!
Happening across various Saturdays until 6 November 2021.
See arirex.com.au/amwphwc for more information.
Building a Micro-Forest Movement: Edwina Robinson, The Climate Factory
“My mission is to empower people to plant the planet”
Edwina founded The Climate Factory in 2019. Since then multiple projects are well on their way to reduce temperatures in the public realm by thoughtful planting and designing a climate-ready landscape.
Come to hear Edwina talk about her Micro-Forest Movement in Canberra and stay for light refreshments afterwards.
MCH members $10; concession and full-time students $12
Happening Sunday 25 July 2021 at 2.30pm at Baptist Church Hall, 34 Groom Street, Hughes.
Booking via trybooking.com/BRZNK
Wilding: The secret life of urban plants program symposium
Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Wilding: The Secret Life of Urban Plants public program of events invites you to consider the plant-life around in new ways.
Created to complement the community arts project Embracing the Familiar by Rebecca Mayo, the series includes foraging walks, a symposium and a workshop.
Join Sydney based edible weeds advocate and wild food expert Diego Bonetto for a 2.5-hour stroll around the local area and learn about common edible and medicinal plants that surround us. Hear local stories of plant resilience woven with cultural trivia, migrant perspectives, and native wisdom. Find out about the role weeds play in repairing soil and how they are used for food, craft and natural remedies. There are several walks taking place between 28 and 30 July.
Diego Bonetto will join Kamilaroi man and First Nations cultural educator Aaron Chatfield and artist Rebecca Mayo to host a Symposium on Saturday 31 July. Aaron is an expert in local plant species and well-known for his work, with schools and organisations, improving Canberra’s understanding of connecting to plant ecosystems. Using storytelling to discuss how plants have been used to nourish and heal, speakers will share their thoughts on why we should rethink urban greenspaces and our gardens.
A free drop-in workshop with Rebecca Mayo completes the program on Saturday 7 August.
Happening until 7 August at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.
See tuggeranongarts.com/whats-on/wilding-the-secret-life-of-urban-plants-public-program 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.
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.
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.
Ruth Lane-Poole: A Woman of Influence
Ruth Lane-Poole’s articles on interior decoration in popular magazines in the mid-1920s introduced many homemakers to her ideas on good taste and practical design.
Such was her standing, that when the Federal Capital Commission was faced with the challenge of furnishing Canberra’s two official residences – Government House and The Lodge – in time for the opening of Parliament House in 1927, it was Ruth Lane-Poole that they engaged to work with the architects on matters relating to interior furnishing.
This exhibition brings together items never exhibited before outside the official residences, and which explore the inspirations for her design philosophy and the rich legacy of her Irish family associations.
Showing until 23 October 2021.
See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/ruth-lane-poole-a-woman-of-influence for more information.
Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties
Unique and captivating photographs of the 1920s criminal underworld capture the zeitgeist of an era. These mugshots, known as ‘Specials’, are unexpectedly candid and intriguing portraits of suspects in custody, and they are unlike any elsewhere in the world.
Bosses, bruisers, plotters, drug pushers, addicts, sly-grog purveyors and petty crims are all captured by the camera as they stare down the lens into history. But more than simple mugshots, these portraits, and the stories of the sordid sorts they portray, also convey the rise and fall of trends such as the flapper and illustrate the post-war movement of people between Sydney and other cities such as New York and London.
The hit BBC series Peaky Blinders found inspiration in this unique photographic archive, as have artists, academics and designers such as Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld. What will you take from them?
A travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.
Showing until 24 October at the National Archives of Australia.
See naa.gov.au/visit-us/events-and-exhibitions/underworld-mugshots-roaring-twenties for more information.
Reflections Of My Country
“My Country gives me inspiration to paint; also my family and community.”
Duncan Smith OAM presents an exploration of Wiradjuri Country, using traditional ochre and acrylic paints on board. His works reflect rivers, waterholes, meeting places, animals, trees, grinding stones, artifacts, scar tree patterns and land patterns.
Before painting, Wiradjuri people travel throughout their Country to collect ochre. After gathering the ochre, they grind it to a fine powder with a grinding stone, then add water and a binding agent, such as wood glue, to help it stick to the surface it is being applied to. Ochre colours are traditionally white, red, yellow and brown, and paint brushes and sticks are used to paint dots. The exhibition includes single works as well as sets of three, with every painting different to each other.
Showing until 15 August at Belco Arts, Emu Bank, Belconnen.
See belcoarts.com.au/exhibitions/ for more information.
Heart Strong features new works by six strong Aboriginal women who currently reside on Ngunnawal Country in Canberra, where their individual stories come together. Each artist uses their unique perspective to tell stories of Country, care, connection and strength.
Coming together from regions across Australia, and all at different stages of their artistic careers, these women share their individual stories and their shared experiences as strong women who lead, create and love in support of their families and community.
This exhibition is supported by the ACT Government through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Grants program.
Happening until 15 August 2021 at Belcom Arts, Emu Bank, Belconnen.
See belcoarts.com.au/heart-strong/ for more information.
Ginger Meggs: 100 Years of Adventure
The Royal Australian Mint is marking a century of Australia’s most iconic comic strip, Ginger Meggs, with a brand new exhibition.
The Ginger Meggs: 100 Years of Adventure exhibition features cartoon strips from the original 1921 comics created by Jimmy Bancks, as well as current cartoons drawn by Jason Chatfield.
Designed to delight the whole family, there will also be a range of objects on display, including figurines, lapels and money boxes, among other memorabilia featuring the lovable larrikin.
Happening until 21 November 2021 at the Royal Australian Mint.
See ramint.gov.au/ for more information.
Australian Megafauna Exhibition
An exhibition featuring original large scale paintings of Australia’s megafauna by Australian wildlife artist, author and paleontological illustrator Peter Schouten AM.
Peter Schouten has an international reputation for his specialised area as a Paleontological Reconstructionist, rebuilding a fossil species. David Attenborough termed his skills as “rare and precious” and among the world’s best. Peter has published some of Australia’s most outstanding wildlife publications.
His work features in books such as Gliding Mammals of the World, Prehistoric Animals of Australia, A Gap in Nature, Astonishing Animals, Possums of the World, Tree Kangaroos A Curious Natural History, Feathered Dinosaurs: The Origin of Birds and strangely enough, the Encyclopaedia of Asian Food. He has co-authored books with Dr Tim Flannery and Stephen Jackson as well as producing the book Megafauna which was a collaboration with Dr Ross MacPhee.
Peter’s works are featured in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the Natural History Museum in New York, the Naturalis Museum in Holland and in David Attenborough’s private collection.
Showing until 25 July 2021 at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
See parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens/do/whats-on/exhibitions for more information.
Yurwang Bullarn—Strong Women’s Group
Yurwang Bullarn Strong Women’s Group is for women who are parents, carers, aunties and grandmas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Strong Women’s Group focuses on community connectedness and providing local women with an opportunity to socialise regularly and engage in activities addressing art, culture, self-care, health and wellbeing.
Yurwang Bullarn Strong Women’s Group includes Natasha Best (Wakamin), Leah Brideson (Kamilaroi), Megan Daley (Ngunnawal and Wiradjuri), Kayannie Denigan (Luritja), Krystal Hurst (Worimi) and Kristie Peters (Wiradjuri).
The pieces of art were done by the women at home during the 2020 COVID-19 shutdown, with most sessions conducted on digital platforms. The women also met for a couple of sessions face-to-face towards the end of 2020, held at Belconnen Arts Centre.
Showing until 15 August at Belco Arts, Emu Bank, Belconnen.
See belcoarts.com.au/strong-women for more information.
The Trevor Kennedy Collection: Highlights
Discover objects of rare beauty and items of curiosity and wonder in this exhibition.
Drawn from the rich and diverse Trevor Kennedy Collection, this selection of stunning artworks, ceramics, furniture and jewellery highlights Australia’s history, culture and identity.
Showing until 10 October. Free entry.
I Weave What I Have Seen: War Rugs of Afghanistan
I weave what I have seen is a testimony to the creativity and resilience of a people who have faced the devastating effects of war and conflict.
The rug-makers of Afghanistan developed a complex imagery of war planes, helicopters, machine guns, maps and slogans during three war-torn decades, between the late 1970s and 2010.
Afghan rugs and carpets were traditionally made by semi-nomadic peoples recognised for their distinctive designs, their rich palette and superior craftsmanship. Significant changes to the rug designs began to appear soon after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.
The persistence of war and conflict in the region and the exodus of nearly four million people into Iran and Pakistan has instigated this new genre of war art.
I weave what I have seen consists of 40 rugs of different shapes and sizes sourced from Australian private collections. The exhibition investigates the history, iconography, production and distribution of these “war carpets” in Afghanistan itself, and among the far-flung Afghani diaspora.
I weave what I have seen developed out of a research project undertaken by Nigel Lendon (Honorary Fellow, School of Art and Design) and Tim Bonyhady (Faculty of Law) at the Australian National University.
The exhibition and its national tour are organised by the ANU Drill Hall Gallery in conjunction with Tim Bonyhady.
Showing until 15 August at Drill Hall Gallery, ANU.
See dhg.anu.edu.au for more information.
Yours faithfully is an interactive exhibition that invites you to rediscover the art of letter writing.
In Yours Faithfully, you can use the Museum of Australian Democracy’s (MoAD) range of tools and supplies including beautifully restored typewriters and writing supplies to express your inner thoughts. Whatever the subject and whoever the recipient, you can pop your letter in the post box located in the exhibition and MoAD will cover the postage.
In an age of pithy one liners, text messages and FaceTime, rediscover letter writing at MoAD.
Happening until 31 December at the Museum of Australian Democracy, King Edward Terrace, Barton.
See moadoph.gov.au/exhibitions/yoursfaithfully for more information.
Celebrating 50 Years of Canberra Milk
Bringing together works of art and social history objects from the Canberra Museum and Gallery collection, Crafting Canberra explores how the Canberra community continues to evolve.
This exhibition examines ways Canberra has crafted a community for itself, as well as a national identity, over time.
Happening until 31 July at Canberra Museum and Gallery.
See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/don-t-forget-the-milk-celebrating-50-years-of-canberra-milk for more information.
A Shared Enchantment: Japanese, Australian and New Zealand Contemporary Enamelling
A Shared Enchantment brings together Japanese, Australian and New Zealand enamelling artists Tsuruya Sakurai, Kazuko Inomata, Hiroki Iwata, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Mio Kuhnen and Jasmine Watson.
Japanese enamelling Master and teacher Tsuruya Sakurai provides the link between the artists, emulating the centuries old tradition of cultural exchange in the multifaceted development of the craft of enamelling. The exhibition showcases the extraordinary technical sophistication and challenging medium of enamelling, in both traditional and contemporary craft forms.
Happening until 15 August at Drill Hall Gallery. ANU.
See dhg.anu.edu.au for more information.
Sidney Nolan: Remembrances of my youth
Over 1982 and 1983 Sidney Nolan grew increasingly interested in the possibilities of working with spray paint on a large scale. He first used the medium during his time working as a commercial artist at Fayrefield Hats in Melbourne where he built a spray bay to paint advertising hoardings in the late 1930s. With access to the convenience of aerosol cans in a rainbow of vivid colours, he completed the lyrical Illuminations series – that title referencing the long poetic text by Arthur Rimbaud that had been a touchstone for the artist for over fifty years.
A series of twelve large works, Remembrances of my youth came shortly after, and each is untitled, leaving open how we might read these works presenting the artist in a darker frame of mind. This was a time of change again for Nolan, including the passing of John and Sunday Reed at the end of 1981, the end of his friendship with Albert Tucker and suffering a slight stroke while working on sets at the Sydney Opera House. There was also new energy through time spent at Bundanon with his wife Mary on the Shoalhaven River, her brother Arthur and his wife Yvonne Boyd.
CMAG manages The Nolan Collection on behalf of the Australian Government.
Showing until 4 September at Canberra Museum and Gallery.
See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/remembrances-of-my-youth 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 26 January 2022 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.
See nga.gov.au for more information.
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