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

For more than nine years we’ve published This Week in The Can—a round-up of events around the ACT. But we are living in extraordinary times.

We encourage you to keep physical distance between each other and bear with us as restrictions ease and events begin to start up again.

Together, we’ll get through this.

STAY UP TO DATE

Restrictions may have eased, but your responsibility hasn’t.

Find the most recent information regarding COVID restrictions in the ACT here: covid19.act.gov.au/updates

Right now it’s important to acknowledge and participate in the vital discourse around Black Lives Matter and Indigenous Lives Matter.

But how can you show solidarity and support beyond social media?

We’re starting at home, with a list of Indigenous businesses doing remarkable things right here in Canberra.

Here are some of our ‘must-read’ articles from the past week

This weekend, a new festival will provide an important platform for a diverse range of Australia artists with disabilities. Meet PLATFORM Live.

PLATFORM Live: a festival about inclusivity and accessibility

What do you want to keep from your #isolife? For us, it’s leisurely lunches and working from home

20 COVID life pivots we’d like to keep

Struggling to find the bright side of COVID? Psychologist Tanya Bowe is here to help

Anxiety: The human protector that doesn’t give a crap if you are happy during COVID

Love a dinner party? Us too—especially when it comes from your favourite fine diner and requires absolutely zero cooking…

The dinner party delivered to your door

What’s happening on the RISE itinerary this week

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

Read more here.

  1. Deep dive into portraiture making with 14 modules designed to banish boredom, manifest mindfulness, and conjure creativity from the National Portrait Gallery.
  2. Stories from Solitude is a mix folktales, personal stories, poetry and even pub banter.
  3. Listen to Ngambri/Ngunnawal/Wiradjuri elder, Dr Matilda House, about her portrait in the 2020 National Photographic Portrait Prize.
  4. Take a journey with James Beattie, astrophysicist at the ANU, as he explains everyday phenomena from the perspective of jiggling atoms in thinking like an atom.

TOURS, WORKSHOPS AND TALKS

THE AMAZING FACE – A 14-DAY DIVE INTO PORTRAITURE

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

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

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

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

KIDS

ON AIR PLAYUP

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

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

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

EXHIBITIONS

Some national institutions have now reopened their physical exhibitions.

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

NGALIM-NGALIMBOOROO NGAGENYBE

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

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

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

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

Find out more at portrait.gov.au.

THE GALLERY OF SMALL THINGS IS NOW OPEN

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

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

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

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

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

See galleryofsmallthings.com for more information.

A COMMON THREAD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are timed to assist in physical distancing.

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

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

ON AIR PLAYUP

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

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

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

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Feature image: PLATFORM Live curator and artist Hanna Cormick. Credit: Shelly Higgs Novel Photographic

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