Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this weekend! Every Monday for more than seven years,…
The Australian World Orchestra Live in Concert
The Australian World Orchestra’s highly anticipated return to Australian stages is the classical music event of the year.
The AWO invite you to join them in celebrating their first 10 years of bringing together Australia’s finest musicians from home and abroad and attracting the world’s leading conductors for performances in Australia and overseas.
In this exciting 10th birthday program, Australia’s own Alexander Briger returns to conduct Beethoven’s dramatic and sensitive Coriolan Overture and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 which is one of the most expressive, deeply emotional, and exciting works of the Romantic era.
The program also features the premiere of Australian composer Paul Dean’s major new work Symphony commissioned by the AWO for their 10th birthday.
Symphony captures the beauty of Australia’s fauna and fauna, and the power and the fragility of our landscape and seasons.
“Having sat in that beast of an orchestra I’ve got a sense of what power can come out of it. That was a great inspiration”– Composer Paul Dean
An all-star orchestra, the AWO in concert is an experience unlike other any other live ensemble. Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of the magic. Book Now!
Happening Wednesday 2 June from 7.30 pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU.
Cost: From $86.35
See Ticketek for tickets and more information.
The Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Concert series is delighted to present Michaella Edelstein, soprano, accompanied by Robert Schmidli, piano, in a performance of romantic art songs from the USA, Germany and France.
Michaella and Robert have combined their musical talents with busy work schedules in the same department at the Canberra Hospital to bring you this engaging program that includes well-known lieder by Schubert, and lesser-known works by the American composer Amy Beach.
$10 includes program & refreshments. Additional donations welcome.
Happening Wednesday 2 June 2021 from 12.40 to 1.20 pm at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest.
Bookings essential at trybooking.com/BPXJO or by phone 6232 7248.
Dickson Sounds at 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 our Facebook page each week for information on upcoming performances.
Happening Thursday 3 and Saturday 5 June at Dickson Village, outside Dickson Library.
See facebook.com/events/259225629015442/?event_time_id=259225632348775 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 the new Paradiso Reggae night at The Highball Express.
Featuring a regular rotating line-up of the local Reggae, Roots, and Tropical sounds – they’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.
Shadow Ministers (DUB ROOTS)
The Kingstons (ROCKSTEADY)
Chicharrita Club (TROPICAL CUMBIA)
Plus special guest appearances by
Los Chavos (LATIN SKA)
NYASH (AFROBEAT JAZZ)
Sip on cocktails made up by the bar experts and enjoy an array of shared bites from their award-winning cocktail bar. Try something new from their special cocktail list for the night and plenty of options from the seasonal menu.
Book online to secure the best seats in the house. Free Entry.
Walk-ins are welcome on the night.
Happening Wednesday 2 June at Highball Express, 82 Alinga Street, Canberra City.
See bit.ly/3htHyiD for more information.
Maruki Community Orchestra Concert: Pictures of Winter
Maruki Orchestra will be proud to present its second concert for 2021. The program will comprise Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7, Krommer’s Concerto for two clarinets op.91 and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. arr. Ravel).
Cost: $25/$20, U12 free
Sunday 6 June, 3–5pm, Albert Hall, Commonwealth Ave.
The ‘Vietnam Requiem’
Fifty years on, the 2021 premiere of the third in the Flowers of War series of national commemorative musical works – the ‘Vietnam Requiem’ – will be an epic concert to create a deeper understanding of this war by showing all perspectives through the power of music and imagery.
This concert was created by some of Australia’s leading composers and will be performed by Little Pattie, Normie Rowe, John Schumann, Nina Ferro, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, ANU Chamber Orchestra, RAN, Army and RAAF Military Bands and choirs. It will take audiences on a musical journey, with 12 popular songs about the war and 12 orchestral movements that will respond to stories or events that shaped perceptions or experiences.
In honouring service and acknowledging pain, dislocation and the terrible cost of war, the ‘Vietnam Requiem’ will be performed as a gift to veterans and everyone affected by this war that is long overdue and deserved.
Happening 5-6 June at Llewellyn Hall, ANU.
See theflowersofwar.org 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.
Check out blackbird on Facebook for event information.
Happening Friday evenings at Blackbird, 114 Alinga Street, Canberra City.
See blackbirdbar.com.au for more information.
Australian String Quartet in Concert: Bartók, Mendelssohn, Fischer
Courage, boldness and revitalisation underpin this program which features Felix Mendelssohn’s operatic vigour, Pavel Fischer’s depiction of a rousing call-to-arms and Béla Bartók’s fresh take on string quartet writing.
Join the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) for a special concert that celebrates ASQ Viola Stephen King, before he moves to his new role as ASQ’s Director of Learning and Engagement, and welcomes new ASQ Cello Michael Dahlenburg.
Happening Thursday 3 June at Fairfax Theatre, 30 Parkes Place East, Parkes.
See asq.com.au/whats-on/asq-in-concert-bartok-mendelssohn-fischer-canberra for more information.
Get ready for a crafting weekend at Marketplace Gungahlin
Join Marketplace Gungahlin’s free Kids Club to access these exclusive craft activities across 5 and 6 June!
Kids Club Exclusive: Flowerpot Decorating. Seedling Planting & Face Painting
Flowerpot decorating means a child’s very own customisable pot, colour it however they would like to create a little masterpiece. Then plant your very own seedling in the pot and watch it grow, grow, grow at home!
Plus, we’ve also got face painting! Let your kiddies’ imaginations run wild and watch as they transform into their favourite characters.
Cost: Free however walk-ins on the day are limited, book to secure your spot at marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/kids-club-exclusive-flowerpot-decorating
Happening Saturday 5 June from 11 am – 2 pm, Centre Court, BIG W.
See marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/kids-club-exclusive-flowerpot-decorating for more information.
Kids Club Exclusive: Sand Art Workshop & Get Glitz’d
Sand art is a fun activity that is a spin on a classic colouring in! Paper is peeled away to reveal a sticky surface that the sand sticks to. As each piece is peeled away you will get closer to revealing a design that is absolutely ‘sandtastic’!
When thinking of Get Glitz’d, think glam, think glitter and think fabulous. This workshop will allow children to have a glitter design applied to their face or body or even a fun festival hair look! Get Glitz’d is perfect for anyone wanting that extra special sparkly.
Cost: Free however walk-ins on the day are limited, book to secure your spot at marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/kids-club-exclusive-sand-art
Happening Sunday 6 June from 11 am – 2 pm at Centre Court, BIG W
See marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/kids-club-exclusive-sand-art 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.
Plus500 Brumbies vs Hurricanes
The New Zealanders are back! We’ve been waiting over a year for the challenge, and finally New Zealand’s best Super Rugby sides are back in the Capital to take on your Plus500 Brumbies!
Get your tickets now to see the Brumbies’ star-studded line-up take on the best from across the ditch in this must-see clash at GIO stadium.
Happening Saturday 5 June at GIO Stadium, Bruce.
See brumbies.rugby 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.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA
Stories from Yuin Country –film screening and performance
The documentary YuwinjDhari Bulwal: Yuin Country Explored responds to the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s journey along the east coast of Australia from a First Nations perspective. This unique film event includes a Q and A with members of the project and a performance by the Four Winds Djinama Yilaga Choir. Friday 4 June, 6–8pm. Bookings essential, costs apply.
Songs from Yuin Country –FREE Reconciliation Week concert
Celebrate Reconciliation week (27 May–3 June), with a family friendly concert ‘Songs from Yuin Country’, the acclaimed musical collaboration between the Four Winds Djinama Yilaga Choir and Mujingaals (friends) from Yuin Country. Saturday 5 June 11am–12.30pm. Free entry.
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.
On show until 10 October. Free entry.
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.
While We’re Still Here
From 3 June, aMBUSH Gallery Kambri will launch their latest exhibition While We’re Still Here which explores the enduring charm and legacy of the still-life genre.
Co-curated by aMBUSH Gallery and Scott Owen, the exhibition name references the tradition of still life and the concept of ‘memento mori’ (Latin for ‘remember you must die’) which is often used by the Stoic philosophers.
Works from 20 Australian artists are showcased – including oil paintings, collage, photography and digital collage – with roots in the artistic traditions of still life but anchored in the present day either through their subject matter or their medium.
The exhibition will then run daily from Friday 4 June to Sunday 11 July from 10 am-6 pm weekdays and 12 pm-5 pm on weekends, free of charge to the public.
Happening 3 June to 11 July at aMBUSH Gallery, Kambri ANU.
See ambushgallery.com for more information.
DUSK: Tess Horwitz
In drawing, sculpture and multi-media installation work Tess Horwitz investigates power relations between culture and nature and experiments with the process of making art as commentary.
Tess moves restlessly between diverse processes and materials, and between the private, public and community sphere, always aiming to provoke questioning of social assumptions.
Opening event: Wednesday 2 June 2021 from 6 pm
Opening address by Toni Hassan, Canberra writer and journalist and Adjunct Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture at Charles Sturt University.
Showing Wednesday 2 to Sunday 20 June ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson.
See anca.net.au/2021-exhibition-program/2021/6/2/dusk for more information.
CAMERON HAAS | A M P L I F Y
A M P L I F Y is an exhibition of recent work by Cameron Haas, whose outstanding talent as an abstract artist has now been recognised internationally.
Amplify is an extension of a more organic motif that he has been exploring for the last few exhibitions. This group of paintings extends the format to allow more opportunity for colour interactions within the composition. He achieves this by using mid-ground forms and colours that act as a type of ‘halo’ around the foreground formations, adding another level or amplification to the composition.
Amplify is on show until 20 June at The Nancy Sever Gallery.
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
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.
Showing at Grainger Gallery until 6 June | graingergallery.com.au
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.
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.
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.