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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

Love Local Markets

This Winter, enjoy treats both toasty and tasty at the Love Local Markets at The Plot 12 Beltana Road, Pialligo on Sunday, July 25.

Come and delight your taste buds with a huge collection of Canberra & Region boutique products. Savour mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and other winter goodies, or let the kids loose in our playground wonderland. Best of all, do it while supporting your local community!

You’ll also have the chance to check out the Pialligo Market Grocer, the Farm Shop Café, as well as interior designer and homewares shops, Wren & Rabbit Interiors and Pink Flamingo Interiors, Bison & Crusoe & Co.

Happening Sunday 25 July at The Plot, Pialligo.

See theplotatpialligo.com.au/love-local-markets for more information.

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.

2021 Suicide Awareness Ball

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).

Tickets include:

  • Two course meal
  • Five-hour drinks package
  • Live band
  • Silent and Live Auctions
  • Raffle

Happening ​Saturday 24 July 2021 from 6.30 pm at The National Convention Centre.

Please see www.suicideawarenessball.com for further details or visit Facebook fb.me/e/1he4DBUNY

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.

Sesame Street Circus Spectacular

The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, ready to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, has extended its season by two weeks and will now run through until 2 August!

With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Majura Park on 25 June.

This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.

In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.

Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.

Happening until Monday 2 August Majura Park, Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco), Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park

See ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678. Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044.

FOOD & DRINK

Christmas in July at Pialligo

Bring the family, call your friends, put on your winter coat and head to Pialligo Estate for a Christmas in July feast. While they can’t promise actual snow, they can promise the old-world atmosphere as they invite you to the Pialligo winter wonderland at the Glasshouse.

Mulled wine on arrival, antipasto from their Estate Smokehouse, long banquet tables, shared platters and Christmas carols. Whether it’s a cheery chilly night with friends or a family lunch, Pialligo has you covered with a weekend of festivities.

Prices include 3 courses and drinks. The location is Pialligo Estate Glasshouse.

Bookings are essential. No refunds after purchase.

Happening 23 until 25 July at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/christmas-in-july-1 for more information.

High Jinx Bar X Joadja Distillery interactive tastings & more!

High Jinks Bar is teaming up with Joadja Distillery for a very special and exclusive tasting event. Joadja Distillery is one of those upstart producers that have popped up around Australia in the past decade, cranking out incredible gins, whiskeys, brandies and sherries from their nook in Joadja Town.

Joadja Distillery sits in an abandoned 1870s mining village near Bowral, which is being rejuvenated to showcase the town’s Scottish magic.

And it’s not only the history of the town that imbibes the distillery’s approach. Valero and Elisa Jimenez, who set up shop in 2014, have tapped their own history. They have hand-picked ex-Sherry barrels that mature the spirit from their birthplace in Spain.

They are bringing that history to you!

Happening Thursday 22 July at High Jinks, under ILY Café, NewActon.

See highjinks.bar for more information.

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.

The Pop Inn

The Pop Inn is at The Carillon this weekend—pull up a table for two and enjoy a glass of wine and a charcuterie platter.

Popping up from 1 pm to 6 pm Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July.

Find out more at thepopinn.com.

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.

The Canberra Region Truffle Festival

Beat the Canberra chill and indulge in a feast for the senses at The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region, a taste of mid-winter magic.

The festival celebrates the seasonality of this special ingredient and runs throughout the entire truffle season. So come along and choose from a range of events and experiences and satisfy your taste for life’s finer things.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles, before learning recipes and experiencing them first hand.

The Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Happening until 29 August across various venues in the Canberra region.

See trufflefestival.com.au for more information.

STAGE AND SCREEN

A Croatian, Swiss and American walk into a bar

Three of Canberra’s best comics perform this triple-header show ahead of their appearances at the Canberra Comedy Festival.

Anthony Tomic, Sarah Ison and Kelsey Bullis are all regulars on the stand-up scene in Canberra and perform together in this one-night-only show.

So what happens when this Croatian, Swiss and American walk into a bar? Join them at Smith’s Alternative and find out.

Happening Thursday 22 July at Smith’s Alternative, Alinga Street.

See the Smiths Alternative Facebook page for more information.

Christmas in July at NFSA, with Gremlins!

How are you spending Christmas in July? As the weather gets colder in Canberra there’s no better time to come together to watch a great film set during a white and snowy Christmas.

A gadget salesperson finds a special Christmas gift for his son Billy (Zach Galligan) at a mysterious shop in Chinatown.

The shopkeeper only sells him the ‘mogwai’ if he agrees to follow three simple rules. But when those rules are inevitably broken, the unusual gift brings chaos to Billy’s idyllic American small town.

Come along, wear your ugly Christmas sweater and enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled wine.

Happening Saturday 24 July at the National Film and Sound Archive.

Seetickets.nfsa.gov.au/Events/GREMLINS for more information.

Sesame Street Circus Spectacular

The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, ready to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, has extended its season by two weeks and will now run through until 2 August!

With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Majura Park on 25 June.

This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.

In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.

Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.

Happening until Monday 2 August Majura Park, Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco), Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park

See ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678. Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044.

MUSIC

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.

The Canberra Opree 2021

A show not to be missed! It started in 2020 with a live stream of several hours of entertainment.

Now that we are free to enjoy live music again, the Country Music Association of Canberra, Tru Sound Music and the Canberra Irish Club are bringing you four hours of great local and live country music performances.

With headline artist Luke O’Shea (13 GG winner) and featuring artists like Ash Greenwood (Bungendore) and Felicity Dowd (Bega), Urban Drover: The Duo, Katie De Veau, the trio Chillin’, 5 piece band The Beta Blockers and the wild and crazy Trev Tak.

Happening Saturday 24 July at The Canberra Irish Club, Weston Creek.

See the Canberra Opree 2021 Facebook page for more information.

Brahms German Requiem

Presented by: Canberra Choral Society & National Capital Orchestra

Emerging from the enforced hibernation of 2020, the Canberra Choral Society and National Capital Orchestra are incredibly pleased to continue their traditional annual collaboration with the performance of Johannes Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem.

This is Brahms’s most personal work—a true masterpiece that established his unmistakable musical voice and timeless reputation.

Brahms was an innovator in a traditionalist context who inspired many subsequent composers. This beautifully constructed piece for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra transcends the genre of a requiem.

Featuring German text selected by the composer from the Luther Bible and initially conceived as a “human requiem”, the text follows an uplifting emotional journey and is a wonderful evocation of comfort and hope for the living.

Join us to delight in this sensational music for an unforgettable performance conducted by Leonard Weiss featuring Song Company soprano Amy Moore and baritone Hayden Barrington, with chorus master Dan Walker.

Happening Saturday 24 July at Llewellyn Hall, ANU.

See nationalcapitalorchestra.org.au for more information.

Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence

Canberra Strings present Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and String Quartet Movement in B flat.

Souvenir de Florence was Tchaikovsky’s first attempt to break away from the string quartet form, and in spite of his struggles to incorporate the six disparate voices of the string sextet, he was “thrilled” with his work.

Sketched while on an extended visit to Florence, the soaring melodies and lush harmonies have made it one of the most beloved works in the chamber music repertoire.

Happening Sunday 25 July at Wesley Music Centre, Forrest.

See trybooking.com/events for more information

Paradiso Reggae Night

You may not be able to venture overseas at the moment but you can still get your weekly fix of culture and that holiday feels at their new Paradiso Reggae night.

Featuring a regular rotating line-up of the local Reggae, Roots, and Tropical sounds – we’ll take you on a trip to a tropical paradise with LIVE music. Doors open 4 pm with live music starting at 8 pm.

Chill vibes and great beats with cozy Caribbean style. With each band bringing their unique flavour each week, expect a funky mix of tropical Ska, Dub, Reggae, Roots and Latin sounds.

Happening Wednesdays at The Highball Express, 82 Alinga Street, City.

See Facebook 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.

Enjoy free performances from local musicians and performers every Thursday and Saturday from 11 am-1 pm.

You can find the performances in the Dickson Library courtyard. Watch their Facebook page each week for information on upcoming performances.

Happening Thursday and Sunday at Dickson Square, Dickson.

See Facebook 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.

Lunchbox Acoustic

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

The program features talented, local artists performing weekdays at lunchtime (12 pm – 1:30 pm) in Civic 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.

FAMILY

Sesame Street Circus Spectacular

The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, ready to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, has extended its season by two weeks and will now run through until 2 August!

With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Majura Park on 25 June.

This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.

In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.

Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.

Happening until Monday 2 August Majura Park, Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco), Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park

See ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678. Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

2021 Suicide Awareness Ball

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).

Tickets include:

  • Two course meal
  • Five-hour drinks package
  • Live band
  • Silent and Live Auctions
  • Raffle

Happening ​Saturday 24 July 2021 from 6.30 pm at The National Convention Centre.

Please see www.suicideawarenessball.com for further details or visit Facebook fb.me/e/1he4DBUNY

WORKSHOPS, TALKS + TOURS

Milky Way Photography Workshop with Ari Rex

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

Non-members $15.00

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.

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.

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

Love Local Markets

This Winter, enjoy treats both toasty and tasty at the Love Local Markets at The Plot 12 Beltana Road, Pialligo on Sunday, July 25.

Come and delight your taste buds with a huge collection of Canberra & Region boutique products. Savour mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and other winter goodies, or let the kids loose in our playground wonderland. Best of all, do it while supporting your local community!

You’ll also have the chance to check out the Pialligo Market Grocer, the Farm Shop Café, as well as interior designer and homewares shops, Wren & Rabbit Interiors and Pink Flamingo Interiors, Bison & Crusoe & Co.

Happening Sunday 25 July at The Plot, Pialligo.

See theplotatpialligo.com.au/love-local-markets 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.

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

Ruth and Charles outside St Columba’s College Chapel on their wedding day, 1911. From the estates of Ruth Lane-Poole’s daughters, Charlotte Ruth Burston and Phyllis Gainsborough Hamilton, by descent to their families.

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

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

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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