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Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!

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#lovemulberry

It’s the season of love, and we want to share some with our readers.

Join HerCanberra and Art Group on Valentine’s Day eve—Wednesday 13 February—for an evening that’s all about the heart.

Come along to our free #lovemulberry event for your chance to win the ultimate romantic staycation, do it for the ‘gram in front of our neon heart balloon sculpture, and enjoy colour-changing gin, inspired eats, bubbles and more.

Oh, and did we mention it’s free? Be sure to RSVP below for your chance to win some sweet prizes.

#lovemulberry will be held at the Mulberry Display Suite in Dickson. The first development located within the Soho precinct, Mulberry incorporates sophisticated and functional interiors designed by one of Australia’s most prominent interior designers, Darren Palmer.

Happening Wednesday 13 February from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Mulberry Display Suite, Corner of Morphett Street and Northbourne Avenue, Dickson.

Free to attend – register your free ticket via Eventbrite.

National Multicultural Festival 2019

Canberra’s city centre will once again transform into a celebration of cultural diversity at the 2019 National Multicultural Festival.

With over 300 stalls featuring food and drinks from every corner of the world and live music and dancing on six stages across the Festival footprint, there’s fun for every member of the family.

Headline act and iconic Indigenous entertainer Christine Anu will perform at the opening concert on Friday night at 7:30 pm. Celebrity chef Mark Olive will entertain crowds with his lively cooking demonstrations on Saturday at 11 am and 1 pm.

On Saturday night, headline act and X-Factor star Isaiah Firebrace will perform two shows at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm.

There will be hundreds of fabulous food stalls serving up the most delicious food from across the globe – everything from curry and Koori bush tucker to French crepes and Dutch pancakes.

There will be so much to see and do over the weekend with regular annual highlights to look out for including: Bollywood dancing as part of the India in the City Showcase; cool melodic songs of island nations during the Pacific Islands United Showcase; soul and R&B music at the USA Showcase; feathers, sequins and music in the Latin Quarters; rhythmic drumming and singing through the African Village; and lion dancers to welcome the Chinese New Year.

This year the Festival is proud to raise awareness of Canberra as a multilingual city with the Languages Showcase on Stage 2 at 2 pm on Saturday.

The Australian National University National Multicultural Festival Parade is always a highlight and will start at 4 pm on Saturday on the corner of Bunda and Akuna Street near Glebe Park.

Visit the Children’s Sanctuary at Civic Library (Saturday) and Canberra Museum and Art Gallery (CMAG) (Saturday and Sunday) for child-friendly family fun and enjoy a range of cultural activities for little ones.

Happening Friday 15 February – Midday to midnight, Saturday 16 February – 10 am to midnight and Sunday 17 February – 10 am to 5 pm at City Walk, Canberra City.

For more information visit, including list of stallholders and entertainment program visit the website.

KAMBRI CONCERT

Join ANU to celebrate the opening of Canberra’s newest precinct and meeting place, Kambri, at ANU featuring some of Canberra’s best-known artists.

Featuring:

  • 12pm Guyy & the Fox – Canberra Folk Duo
  • 12.45pm ALOÏSE + band – rising jazz-pop star band
  • 1.30pm The Tipsy Scholars – local folk-rock legends

MC’d by Canberra comedian Chris Ryan.

This lunchtime concert is FREE, family-friendly and open to the public.

See the website for more information.

Valentine’s Day banquet at Natural Nine

Looking for something to blow your partner away? Natural Nine’s Valentine’s Banquet will ensure you’re in the good books for the rest of the year.

$68pp ($60pp for matching cocktails) for three courses with oysters on arrival. Think Natural Nine favourites like lemon myrtle chicken taro cakes, vegetable spring rolls and smoked duck sticky rice in bamboo leaf.

Happening Thursday 14 February at both lunch (12 – 2:30 pm) and dinner (5.30-10 pm).

See the website for more information.

French Afterwork at the Alliance Française of Canberra

This week, as always, you rocked! Work, kids, family, responsibilities…you handled it all like a queen. What about you treat yourself now? How about you take some time for you to learn a new language while sipping good wine and meeting new friends?

The Alliance Française of Canberra presents you its French Afterwork! Come learn French in a relaxed atmosphere, with a glass of wine or a beer. Open to all levels

Happening every Friday for five weeks from 8 February – 8 March at The Alliance Française of Canberra from 5.30 pm – 7 pm.

See the website for more information.

YOGA BY THE LAKE

Yoga by the Lake has returned for 2019. Yoga by the Lake is perfect for all experience levels and aims to bring together the yoga community in a beautiful location at Bowen Park in Barton.

With a class every Thursday, it’s a BYO mat event. Entry is free with donations welcome. All ages and experience welcome.

Every Thursday evening from 6 pm at Bowen Park, Bowen Drive, Barton.

See Facebook for more information.

GIFT OF LIFE’S DONATELIFE WALK 2019

This Wednesday 13 February, thousands of Canberrans are expected to walk in Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation and registration.

Kicking off from Regatta Point, next to Lake Burley Griffin at 6:45 am for a 7 am sharp start, we’re calling all Canberrans to lace up their walking shoes, bring their friends, colleagues, family members and pets and walk for a great cause.

Come early to receive a free t-shirt, hat and gift bag (first in, first served) and finish the morning off with a free BBQ breakfast thanks to Lions Club Canberra Belconnen.

In the lead up to the walk we’re encouraging everyone to register their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donation Register, and discuss their choice with loved ones.

If you haven’t registered for the walk, there’s still time, just head to giftoflife.asn.au – it’s free!

THE ANTARCTICA EXPERIENCE: A VIRTUAL REALITY ADVENTURE

Antarctica as you’ve never seen it before

Travel to Antarctica using the latest 360-degree virtual reality technology and follow in the footsteps of the scientists researching this mysterious continent.

Explore Antarctica from a helicopter cockpit; cruise through icy waters to meet a penguin colony; visit Davis Station and learn about daily life in these harsh conditions; and marvel at the spectacular Southern Lights.

An immersive theatre experience only at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.

Happening until 26 June at the National Museum of Australia, Acton.

For tickets and session times visit nma.gov.au/antarctica.

CELLAR DOOR

Cellar Door is a wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm. Buy wines from local makers every Saturday afternoon in the iconic Nishi Grand Stair, NewActon Precinct.

Grab a souvenir glass, taste the latest drops, and buy at cellar door prices.

Wine stalls rotate each week with complementing stalls like flowers, cheese, chocolate and books.

Make a day of it with a film at Palace Electric Cinema and NewActon’s leading food and drink destinations.

Happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon.

See the website for more details.

DRESSUP: CHANGE THE WORLD

Discover the incredible journeys of some of the world’s most inspiring people, taking the time to walk in their shoes in DressUP: Change the World.

Connect with the lives of historical and contemporary figures, including Frida Kahlo, Adam Goodes, Beyoncé, and many others, by dressing up in their most iconic outfits.

Immerse yourself in their stories of triumph as they go from ordinary people to visionary leaders who have made a difference in the world. Listen to their stories and learn about the challenges they overcame to leave their mark.

Visitors can also tell their own story in our new Zine Lounge. Whether you prefer writing or sketching, the Zine Lounge lets you carve out a space for your voice to be heard.

This engaging exhibition space provides a bold and quirky environment that will inspire young people and asks them “How will you change the world?”

Happening until 31 December at the Museum of Australian Democracy Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

LOVE AND DESIRE: PRE-RAPHAELITE MASTERPIECES FROM THE TATE 

Discover a stunning world of Love & Desire as the Tate’s pre-Raphaelite masterpieces come to Australia for this Summer’s most romantic exhibition.

Fall in love with John Everett Millais’ Ophelia and John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott, as the Tate’s most visited works of art leave the gallery together for the first time.

Experience the breathtaking beauty of brilliant colour, meticulous detail and exquisite layering in paintings inspired by the great love stories of history and literature.

Happening until 28 April at The National Gallery of Australia, Parkes from 10 am.

For more information visit National Gallery of Australia. 

BREAKING THROUGH: 75 YEARS OF WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

Why did it take so long for women to get elected? And once they were there, what was their experience within the parliament?

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first women elected to Australian Federal Parliament, Breaking Through exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy explores the journeys of 11 trailblazers who were the first to hold particular parliamentary positions.

These are stories of resilience, perseverance and ground-breaking achievements.

From 1943 when Dorothy Tangney and Enid Lyons were the first women elected to parliament through to today where woman have held the highest positions in all areas of parliament, including Prime Minister.

Breaking Through exhibition, recognises the significant contribution these women made in Australia’s democracy. Look back on their lives, uncover their motivations and what they view as their greatest achievements.

Told through never before seen portraits, each a unique representation by a young artist, and powerful stories of change-makers breaking through, this exhibition will inspire visitors to think about the role of women in parliament, what it took to get there and whether we’ve come far enough.

Showing until 28 August from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

GET CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER AT BEHIND THE LINES 2018

Venture down the rabbit-hole for Behind the Lines: The Year’s Best Political Cartoons 2018, with this year’s theme Curiouser and Curiouser inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Kids of all ages can visit the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland at MoAD for dress ups, games and adventures.

Step through the Looking Glass and dress up as the colourful and curious characters of Wonderland including Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat or the Mad Hatter.

There is also a wall of crazy mirrors that will stretch or shrink you and games with a special Wonderland twist that will delight the whole family.

Older kids can go on a cartooning trail through the exhibition, following clues and learning about the art of political cartooning.

While the children are entertained in Wonderland, parents can grin, smirk and grimace at the cartoons that explore the unexpected twists and turns of politics in 2018.

For more information visit www.moadoph.gov.au/family. 

COOK AND THE PACIFIC 

Visitors to Cook and the Pacific will follow James Cook’s three remarkable Pacific voyages, and explore this spectacular region through the eyes of the British voyagers and the First Nations peoples they met.

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey to the Pacific 250 years ago, with destinations including Tahiti, New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, Hawaii and even Siberia.

With content drawn from around the world, visitors will be enthralled by maps, manuscripts, rare books, large oil paintings, delicate watercolours by voyage artists, medallions, cartoons and poetry.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information. 

DEMOCRACY. ARE YOU IN? 

Your voice, your hands and even your feet have the power to be heard. Our freedoms and our way of life have been built on the foundation of democracy. This living system is sustained through the participation of each and all of us. Democracy is sustained by you. Australian democracy is a work in progress. Curiously, at a time of stability and unparalleled economic growth, confidence in our political and social institutions is at its lowest point in decades. But giving up on them is not the answer. Our democracy needs us. Are you in?

Open daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Find out more at moadoph.gov.au.

BEAUTY RICH AND RARE 

An immersive sound and light experience illuminating the natural beauty of Australia through the eyes of Sir Joseph Banks.

Feel the excitement and wonder of Banks and his team of botanists, scientists, and illustrators as they documented Australia’s unique botanical and animal species, astonishing eighteenth-century Europe.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

PLAYUP 

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too!

From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information. Free after museum admission. Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Cost: Free.

MATHSALIVE!

MathsAlive!, the one-of-a-kind interactive maths and science exhibit, that has drawn record-breaking crowds in five countries around the world is coming to Canberra in December!

Experience how maths plays a role in our everyday lives through sports, nature, robotics, design, dancing, movie-making and more. Ride in a live-action snowboard race, control a Mars rover, design your own 3-D animation or capture your image in a 360 freeze-motion video. 

MathsAlive!, a Raytheon Company initiative consists of dozens of immersive interactive exhibits and is suitable for years 3 – 10.

Free admission. Open daily 9 am – 5 pm until 17 March at East Space, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Commonwealth Place, Parkes.

More information on the website.

KX Pilates Braddon Open Day

The Canberra fitness scene is set to get a shake up with the opening of KX Pilates, an award-winning, Australian boutique fitness chain, favoured by well known-identities including Natalie Bassingthwaite, Carrie Bickmore and Samantha Harris.

The studio, which will officially open Saturday 16 February, is the first KX Pilates studio to open in Canberra and is located at Level 1, 4 Lonsdale Street, Braddon. It is the 55th location for the international Pilates franchise.

KX Pilates offers a fast paced, high intensity, body-toning workout in just 50 minutes, fusing elements of traditional reformer Pilates with cardio and endurance workout. KX Pilates was launched in 2010 and will celebrate its 55th studio with the opening of the Braddon location.

he official opening day for the studio is Saturday 16th February 2019 where Aaron Smith, Founder of KX Pilates, will be leading select classes on the day.

Happening Saturday 16 February from 10 am at KX Pilates  Level 1, 4 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

See the website for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

Valentine’s Day banquet at Natural Nine

Looking for something to blow your partner away? Natural Nine’s Valentine’s Banquet will ensure you’re in the good books for the rest of the year.

$68pp ($60pp for matching cocktails) for three courses with oysters on arrival. Think Natural Nine favourites like lemon myrtle chicken taro cakes, vegetable spring rolls and smoked duck sticky rice in bamboo leaf.

Happening Thursday 14 February at both lunch (12 – 2:30 pm) and dinner (5.30-10 pm).

See the website for more information.

#lovemulberry

It’s the season of love, and we want to share some with our readers.

Join HerCanberra and Art Group on Valentine’s Day eve—Wednesday 13 February—for an evening that’s all about the heart.

Come along to our free #lovemulberry event for your chance to win the ultimate romantic staycation, do it for the ‘gram in front of our neon heart balloon sculpture, and enjoy colour-changing gin, inspired eats, bubbles and more.

Oh, and did we mention it’s free? Be sure to RSVP below for your chance to win some sweet prizes.

#lovemulberry will be held at the Mulberry Display Suite in Dickson. The first development located within the Soho precinct, Mulberry incorporates sophisticated and functional interiors designed by one of Australia’s most prominent interior designers, Darren Palmer.

Happening Wednesday 13 February from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Mulberry Display Suite, Corner of Morphett Street and Northbourne Avenue, Dickson.

Free to attend – register your free ticket via Eventbrite.

CELLAR DOOR

Cellar Door is a wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm. Buy wines from local makers every Saturday afternoon in the iconic Nishi Grand Stair, NewActon Precinct.

Grab a souvenir glass, taste the latest drops, and buy at cellar door prices.

Wine stalls rotate each week with complementing stalls like flowers, cheese, chocolate and books.

Make a day of it with a film at Palace Electric Cinema and NewActon’s leading food and drink destinations.

Happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon.

See the website for more details.

National Multicultural Festival

Eat, drink, laugh and dance around the world at the 2019 National Multicultural Festival. Celebrate difference, share traditions and see performances from all parts of the world throughout the festival. There will be live music, dancing, performance art, overwhelming food stalls, street parties and more local, national and international artists!

Happening Friday 15 – Sunday 17 February at Garema Place, Canberra City from 4pm Friday and 10am Sunday.

For more information visit the Multicultural Festival website.

SUMMER SUNDAY MUSIC SERIES AT CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER

Each Sunday throughout Summer, the winery will be bringing a different musician or band to play away the Summer afternoons. Attendees can watch the sun set while sipping on a Happy Hour Wine of the Day. Bring the kids to play games on the lawn, play with the dogs or watch the kangaroos.

Happening every Sunday until 24 March at 810 Norton Road, Wamboin.

See the website for more information.

SUNSET SESSIONS AT THE LAKES

The perfect way to end the week…Head to The Lakes every Friday from 4pm in the lounge, for the chance to see some of Canberra’s best local musicians!

Happening until 29 March at Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club, Nicholls.

See the website for opening hours, details and performer schedules.

HIGH TEA AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE 

Enjoy a summer high tea surrounded by the beautiful historic Old Parliament House. Tour through the fragrant rose gardens before dining on a range of sweet and savoury delicacies.

Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout summer.

Held until 24 February from 12 pm – 4 pm at Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

Contact 02 6277 5239 for bookings and information.

Pre-booking is essential. Check out the website to see the menu.

MUSIC, STAGE AND FILM 

Credit: Martin Ollman

National Multicultural Festival

Eat, drink, laugh and dance around the world at the 2019 National Multicultural Festival. Celebrate difference, share traditions and see performances from all parts of the world throughout the festival. There will be live music, dancing, performance art, overwhelming food stalls, street parties and more local, national and international artists!

Happening Friday 15 – Sunday 17 February at Garema Place, Canberra City from 4 pm Friday and 10 am Sunday.

For more information visit the Multicultural Festival website.

Trixie Mattel – Skinny Legend

She’s blonde, she’s the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 3, she’s a Skinny Legend and she’s bringing her brand new full length, all-ages show to a theatre near you! For the first time in Australia and New Zealand, Trixie Mattel will be wowing audiences with her music, laughter and surprises in a 75 minute spectacular, Skinny Legend.

Two time RuPaul’s Drag Race loser and All Stars winner, Trixie Mattel has been releasing albums, gracing your screens and touring the world since 2015. Known for her country music, pink lipstick, relentlessly blonde hair and ridiculously hilarious stories, Trixie has three successful comedy tours under her wig and we’re so excited to bring you the fourth instalment!

Happening Tuesday 12 February at Canberra Theatre, London Circuit from 8 pm.

For tickets and more information visit The Canberra Theatre website.

Anh Do: The Happiest Refugee 2019

Anh Do’s bestselling book The Happiest Refugee has made readers laugh and cry and was described by Russell Crowe as “the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years.” Anh’s stage show takes it a step further, combining stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell his amazing story.

When one of Australia’s most talented comedians delves deep into his own life’s joys and sorrows, the result is an unforgettable night at the theatre that leaves an audience uplifted and quite simply experiencing… happiness.

Happening Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 February at The Canberra Theatre, London Circuit from 8pm.

To buy tickets and for more information, visit The Canberra Theatre website.

Love and Desire: Valentine’s Dinner and Concert

A curated night of feasting like the gods under a February moon including live performance, music, poetry and romance.

Internationally acclaimed singer and host, Mikelangelo will be joined by Anushka. Local sound artist Happy Axe will create sonic dreamscapes and Santa Fe based singer/songwriters Wendy Rule, will be joined by her band to showcase their Persephone songbook.

Happening Friday 15 February at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes from 6pm.

For more information or to make a booking, visit nga.gov.au

Muthspiel / Grigoryan / Towner

Three icons of the guitar world are bringing their incredible artistry to Australian audiences.

Wolfgang Muthspiel (Austria), Slava Grigoryan (Australia) and Ralph Towner (USA) are highly respected worldwide for their contributions to the guitar oeuvre, be it jazz, classical or world music.

Happening Thursday 14 February at The Street Theatre, Childers St from 7:30pm. Tickets from $59.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit thestreet.org,au

Haydn’s Nature

AHE opens its 2019 season with a string quartet program that celebrates Haydn’s love of the natural world.

In our first program, Artistic Director and violinist Skye McIntosh and the AHE quartet explore Haydn and nature. Two of Haydn’s beloved string quartets, Sunrise and The Lark bookend the program. In The Lark, Haydn masterfully weaves the first violin part in joyous birdsong-like melodies that fly above the other instruments. The work finishes with a fiendishly difficult moto perpetuo.

At the heart of the program are selections from two of Haydn’s famous oratorios, The Seasons and The Creation. The Ensemble presents movements from these in historical string quartet arrangements.

One of Haydn’s indisputable works of genius, the String Quartet Op. 76 No. 4 (Sunrise) closes the program. Although it was not nicknamed by Haydn himself, the opening bars of the quartet clearly evoke the image of daybreak.

Happening Thursday 14 February from 7 pm – 9 pm at Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest.

See the website for more information.

Eddie Izzard: Wunderbar

Eddie Izzard, one of the World’s most respected comedians, has performed sell out shows across the world from Shanghai to Mumbai including nights at Madison Square Garden, The Hollywood Bowl and the Sydney Opera House Forecourt. Now he comes to Canberra on his Wunderbar World tour.

Five years after his last comedy tour Force Majeure made comedy history as the most extensive comedy show ever, Eddie is back to his roots with an all-new rather personal show which expands on his own, totally surreal view of life, love, history and his ‘theory of the universe’.

Wunderbar began life at La Nouvelle Seine, a floating theatre in Paris on the Seine where Eddie began to improvise his new show in French. He then flipped countries and continued developing the show, improvising in Berlin in German. Now after more development in English, Eddie is ready to share Wunderbar with the world… But will make sure the language fits the country!

Happening Saturday 16 February at The Canberra Theatre, London Circuit from 8pm.

For more information and tickets, visit The Canberra Theatre website.

A Doll’s House

Presenting this modern English translation by Simon Stephens of Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama – A Doll’s House. directed by the highly regarded and greatly experienced Aarne Neeme AM.

Ibsen’s 1879 play shocked its first audiences with its radical insights into the social roles of husband and wife. His portrayal of his flawed heroine, Nora, remains one of the most striking dramatic depictions of late-nineteenth century woman.

Happening from Thursday 14 February at Theatre 3, Acton from 8pm.

For more information and to make a booking, visit canberrarep.org.au.

Club Sandwich Comedy

Fill up your Friday with more laughs than you can fit in with the hottest, newest (and only) comedy room in Tuggeranong: Club Sandwich Comedy! Featuring some of Canberra’s favourite funny people this is a night not to be missed right here in Tuggeranong.

The line up features some of Canberra’s funniest so get your ticket now before they are snapped up!

Show host and MC Chris Ryan is “Unapologetic and ruthlessly clever, one of Canberra’s funniest people.” – Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour website 2018.

The evening’s headliner Tom Gibson is described as “a Superstar” – Host of Hard Chat, Tom Gleeson.

The laughs will continue with feature spots from RAW Comedy National Finalist Tim Noon; ACT RAW comedy Finalist Frances McNair and Deadly Funny National Finalist Benny Eggmolesse.

Happening Friday 15 February at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Greenway from 8pm.

For more information and to make a booking, visit trybooking.com

Twelfth Night Premiere Performance

ACT Historic Places presents – Lakespeare at Lanyon – Twelfth Night.

Step into the story with an intimate preview of the 2019 Shakespeare by the Lakes II season.

Enjoy sunset over the Brindabellas with an exclusive ticketed performance of Lakespeare’s Twelfth Night set in the stunning gardens of Lanyon Homestead. Tickets are limited to 150 guests who will receive individual seating and enjoy a special Q&A with visiting director Christopher Stollery and Laura Tchilinguirian.

Presented by ACT Historic Places, the Lakespeare company have adapted Twelfth Night especially for this heritage venue. Audiences will enjoy the show in a more intimate, and Lanyon-specific setting.

Homestead opens and food/drink available: 5:30 pm. Performance from 6:30 pm.

Happening Friday 15 February at Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa from 6:30 pm.

For more information and book a ticket, visit evetbrite.com.au

Mountainfilm on Tour

Mountainfilm on Tour is back! The 2019 Mountainfilm on Tour features the best short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. One word sets Mountainfilm apart from other tours – HEART. Celebrate adventure, environment and the human spirit with special guest Emcee – all the way from Colorado!

Mountainfilm is one of the world’s best mountain film festivals, featured in the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine. The festival has been held in May each year since 1979, with the best films then touring more than 150 locations around the world.

Happening Monday 11 February at Openair Cinema, Patrick White Lawns from 6pm. Entry is $25 adults, $20 concession.

For more information and to buy tickets visit openaircinemas.com.au

MARKETS

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11 am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

The Jungle Collective is coming to Canberra!

First born in a Bohemian warehouse in Abbotsford, Melbourne. Launched in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and now we are packing our bags and flying north to host a Jungle Party plant sale in Canberra.

*** Please note this event will be ticketed. Tickets are free and will be released on Monday 11th February at 12noon via this Event wall. This is to help us manage your experience and the flow on the day. ***

Timeslots include:

Saturday and Sunday

8-10am- VIP Early Birds

10-12noon- Morning Birds

12-2pm- Lunchtime shoppers

2-4pm- Afternoon chillers

Wear a Jungle inspired print to receive $5 off your purchase!

On the Day:

– Enjoy hundreds of Indoor plants to choose from, including a rare plants corner.

– Receive style inspiration on how to incorporate your plants into your home.

– Chat to our on-site horticulturists who will be available to answer your questions.

– Enjoy the Jungle tunes and vibes.

– EFTPOS available on the day.

– Tips and advice on display about how to care for each plant when you take them home.

Please note we will have a limited number of boxes and you may want to bring your own to be on the safe side.

Happening 16-17 February from 8 am – 4 pm at The Fitters Workshop, Wentworth Ave, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

Selling fresh, clean, chemical-free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out. Wynlen House is a small urban micro-farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12 pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

French Afterwork at the Alliance Française of Canberra

This week, as always, you rocked! Work, kids, family, responsibilities…you handled it all like a queen. What about you treat yourself now? How about you take some time for you to learn a new language while sipping good wine and meeting new friends?

The Alliance Française of Canberra presents you its French Afterwork! Come learn French in a relaxed atmosphere, with a glass of wine or a beer. Open to all levels

Happening every Friday for five weeks from 8 February – 8 March at The Alliance Française of Canberra from 5.30 pm – 7 pm.

See the website for more information.

After Dark: Ghost Hunters Tour

The Ghost Hunters Tour is a torchlight tour illuminated with genuine stories of death, mysterious occurrences and dastardly deeds at Old Parliament House.

Help solve the mystery of the ghostly encounters that have been experienced here after the sun goes down.

Happening Thursday 14 February at Museum of Australian Democracy, Parkes from 8:30pm. Entry $29.

To make a booking or for more information visit moadoph.gov.au

Photography Afterdark

Delve into the misty rainforest, explore the amazing diversity of plants and capture some of the creatures that call the gardens home at night with Photography Afterdark.

Join Irene Lorbergs from the Canberra School of Photography for an exclusive three-hour guided night photography workshop in the gardens. Learn how to ‘paint with light’ during sunset, dusk and the black of night.

Happening Friday 15 February at National Botanic Gardens, Acton from 7:30pm. Bookings are essential, costs $120.

For more information and to make a booking visit anbg.gov.au.

Meditation & Music Under The Stars

Enjoy a big beautiful breath in and imagine you are nestled amongst cushions and blankets with the sun setting in the distance.

As we close our eyes, we welcome soft live music lulling us into a joyful relaxation.

Guided meditation weaves in and out through the music encouraging connection and cleansing and letting go. As we open our eyes, we welcome the sublime sight of millions of sparkly stars above us.

Come for the good vibes and rejuvenation of body and mind and walk away with a natural happy buzz

Open to all meditation levels, beginners to advanced.

What to bring:

  • Yoga mat (they have some mats you can borrow)
  • Cushions or pillows (they have some bolsters you can borrow)
  • Warm clothes, just in case

Tickets are $30 per person.

Happening Friday 15 February from 7.30 pm at MMM Wellness, O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls.

See the website for more information.

Art for lunch Pre-Raphaelite Redheads: Gender, Race and Religion in Victorian History Painting

Keren Hammerschlag is a visiting lecturer at ANU, and her research interests focus on Victorian and Edwardian art and visual culture, gender, race, and the body. She teaches courses on Art and Medicine, British Art, Art of Empire, and Gender and the Body in Victorian Art and Visual Culture.

In scenes set in distant times and faraway lands, Victorian painters of history, including members and former members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, were able to experiment with the depiction of racial difference, racial conflict and racial hybridity. Biblical subjects, in particular, offered artists an opportunity to give visual form to a lineage that connected the ancient Israelites, via Christ, to modern-day Victorians. But Christ and his racial origins posed a particular challenge: what was the race from which He sprung? And what did that race look like?

A survey of Pre-Raphaelite paintings of Jesus, Mary, Mary Magdalene and Judas, along with other Biblical and literary figures, reveals Christ to be a religious, temporal and racial hybrid, standing at the intersection of the ‘Orient’ and the ‘Occident,’ Judaism and Christianity, the Semitic and Anglo-Saxon races—rather like the artists who painted him.

Happening Thursday 14 February at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes from 12:45 pm.

For more information and make a booking, visit the nga.gov.au.

Zumba with Lachlan

Lachlan is a trained American Ballroom and Latin dance teacher that has been instructing Zumba for over three and a half years.

Starting up a new year, Lachlan hopes to bring a more dance-oriented style of Zumba to Gungahlin.

Whether you have been dancing Zumba for years, or have always wanted to try, this is the perfect way to get started.

Exercise shoes and a water bottle are strongly encouraged.

Happening every Monday at 9.30 am at the Gungahlin Club, 51 Hinder Street, Gungahlin.

See Facebook for more information.

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE  

Discover the stories behind the building on a special tour of Parliament House. Learn how the building’s impressive architecture is symbolic of our national identity and gain a rare view into private areas. Also explore the new Parliament House LEGO display and art exhibitions.

These tours run only on non-sitting days (except Christmas Day and when seasonal tours are running). It is recommended that participants arrive at least 20 minutes before your tour or event for screening and check-in as places are limited to 10 participants. Tours operate for 55 mins. For security purposes, all participants must present photo identification and ticket confirmation to join any behind the scenes tours or events.

Participants on a paid tour can take advantage of a 10% discount on any purchase from The Parliament Shop on the day of the tour.

Happening until 28 February at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill. See the website for more information.

NGA PLAY: SALLY SMART

Sally Smart invites visitors to enter a Ballets Russes inspired world of colourful cut-out assemblages and activities. Participants can create their own costumes and headwear before stepping into their own performance, dancing alongside projections of Brooke Stamp who has responded to the original dances with her own dance improvisation. The space also unfolds to reveal immersive places to create personal narratives in pencil and felt, blackboard activities and paper construction.

Happening until 31 March at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA 

Visiting the National Library of Australia? Take a tour and see a side of the Library most visitors never experience. Whether this is your first visit or the next of many, you can learn more about the Library and its exhibitions by joining a free guided tour. Tours are offered by trained Volunteer Guides who have a passion for sharing their knowledge of the Library and its collections. Your Guide will welcome the opportunity to introduce you to the National Library, its collections and the stories of Australia.

Treasures Gallery – Daily at 11.30am
. Take a tour and come face-to-face with some of the Library’s greatest treasures and Australia’s greatest stories.

Behind The Scenes – Thursdays at 2 pm. 
Take a tour to visit enormous stacks where the books are stored and learn about strange curiosities in the Library’s collection that have been acquired over more than a century of collecting.

Discover your National Library – Saturdays at 2 pm
. Join a Library guide for a journey around the building and discover the stories in the Reading Rooms and public spaces.

For more detailed information visit the website.

FRIDAY WITH A FRIEND

An engaging tour of the NGA collection for people with dementia and their carers. This event is free however it is recommended that participants register interest.

Happening 10.30am – 11.30am every Friday at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS TOUR 

The National Portrait Gallery offers a free thirty-minute tour of their Collection every day. Explore the building and be immersed into the artistic world. Learn some background information on specific works and the artists behind the masterpiece.

Participants should feel free to ask any questions. Guides are more than happy to answer.

Happening daily until 22 April at 11.30am at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes

See the website for more information.

SPORT

Plus500 Brumbies Vs Rebels

The first match of the season at GIO Stadium sees a Wallaby-packed Rebels provide the opposition as the Brumbies look to start the campaign where they left off in 2018 showcasing their fast-paced, running style of rugby.

Happening Friday 15 February at GIO Stadium, Bruce kickoff at 7:45pm.

To buy tickets and for more information visit the Brumbies website.

 

 

 

OUTDOORS 

YOGA BY THE LAKE 

Yoga by the Lake has returned for 2019. Yoga by the Lake is perfect for all experience levels and aims to bring together the yoga community in a beautiful location at Bowen Park in Barton.

With a class every Thursday, it’s a BYO mat event. Entry is free with donations welcome. All ages and experience welcome.

Every Thursday evening from 6 pm at Bowen Park, Bowen Drive, Barton.

See Facebook for more information.

ACT PARKS WETLAND WONDERS

Take a walk with a ranger through Tidbinbilla’s wetlands to learn about its amazing inhabitants and if you are lucky catch a glimpse of an elusive platypus.

Entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required. Arrive early to explore the rest of the sanctuary or the eucalypt forest.

Happening until 31 March from 4pm-4.30pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River

See the website for more information.

ACT PARKS CRITTERS OF THE EUCALYPT FOREST  

Every Saturday take a short walk with a ranger and learn about the potoroos and other important inhabitants of the Eucalypt Forest and get back in time for “Koalas in the Canopy”. Meet at the koala enclosure in the Eucalypt Forest.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required.

Happening until Saturday 16 February from 2pm-2.45pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River.

See the website for more information.

ACT PARKS KOALAS IN THE CANOPY 

Every Saturday you can search for koalas and enjoy a ranger guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear a ranger’s story or two about these fascinating marsupials. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy. Happening until Saturday 16 February from 2.45pm-3.15pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River. See the website for more information.

 

KIDS

DRESSUP: CHANGE THE WORLD

Discover the incredible journeys of some of the world’s most inspiring people, taking the time to walk in their shoes in DressUP: Change the World.

Connect with the lives of historical and contemporary figures, including Frida Kahlo, Adam Goodes, Beyoncé, and many others, by dressing up in their most iconic outfits.

Immerse yourself in their stories of triumph as they go from ordinary people to visionary leaders who have made a difference in the world. Listen to their stories and learn about the challenges they overcame to leave their mark.

Visitors can also tell their own story in our new Zine Lounge. Whether you prefer writing or sketching, the Zine Lounge lets you carve out a space for your voice to be heard.

This engaging exhibition space provides a bold and quirky environment that will inspire young people and asks them “How will you change the world?”

Happening until 31 December 2019 at the Museum of Australian Democracy Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

MATHSALIVE! 

MathsAlive!, the one-of-a-kind interactive maths and science exhibit, that has drawn record-breaking crowds in five countries around the world is coming to Canberra in December!

Experience how maths plays a role in our everyday lives through sports, nature, robotics, design, dancing, movie-making and more. Ride in a live-action snowboard race, control a Mars rover, design your own 3-D animation or capture your image in a 360 freeze-motion video. 

MathsAlive!, a Raytheon Company initiative consists of dozens of immersive interactive exhibits and is suitable for years 3 – 10.

Free admission.

Happening daily from 9 am – 5 pm until 17 March at East Space, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Commonwealth Place, Parkes.

More information on the website. 

PLAYUP

After an exciting transformation, the imaginative family space in the Museum of Australian Democracy has all-new hands-on activities to educate, excite and challenge young minds.

This creative exhibition space celebrates the role of children in our community and provides a welcoming environment for families to engage in the rights and responsibilities of children through imagination, discovery, role-play and fun.

Happening every day from 9 am – 5 pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy, King George Terrace, Parkes. Entry costs vary.

Visit the website for more details.

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY  

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to two years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories.

Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here. 

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

 

GIFT OF LIFE’S DONATELIFE WALK 2019

Registrations are open for Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2019! In its 13th year, the walk aims to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation and registration.

Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk is a free event which will be held on Wednesday 13 February, starting from Regatta Point, next to Lake Burley Griffin at 6.45am.

They’re calling all Canberrans to lace up their walking shoes, bring their friends, colleagues, family members and pets and walk for a great cause.

Come early to receive a free t-shirt, hat and gift bag (first in, first served) and finish the morning off with a free BBQ breakfast thanks to Lions Club Canberra Belconnen.

In the lead up to the walk, they’re also encouraging everyone to register their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donation Register and discuss their choice with loved ones.

Happening Wednesday 13 February from 6.45 am at Regatta Point, next to Lake Burley Griffin.

For more information and to register (it’s free), visit giftoflife.asn.au.

EXHIBITIONS

John William Waterhouse The Lady of Shalott 1888 oil on canvas Tate © Tate

LOVE AND DESIRE PRE-RAPHAELITE MASTERPIECE FROM THE TATE

Discover a stunning world of Love & Desire as the Tate’s pre-Raphaelite masterpieces come to Australia for this Summer’s most romantic exhibition.

Fall in love with John Everett Millais’ Ophelia and John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott, as the Tate’s most visited works of art leave the gallery together for the first time.

Experience the breathtaking beauty of brilliant colour, meticulous detail and exquisite layering in paintings inspired by the great love stories of history and literature.

Happening until 28 April at The National Gallery of Australia, Parkes from 10 am.

For more information visit National Gallery of Australia.

THE ANTARCTICA EXPERIENCE: A VIRTUAL REALITY ADVENTURE

Antarctica as you’ve never seen it before

Travel to Antarctica using the latest 360-degree virtual reality technology and follow in the footsteps of the scientists researching this mysterious continent.

Explore Antarctica from a helicopter cockpit; cruise through icy waters to meet a penguin colony; visit Davis Station and learn about daily life in these harsh conditions; and marvel at the spectacular Southern Lights.

An immersive theatre experience only at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.

Happening until 26 June at the National Museum of Australia, Acton.

For tickets and session times visit nma.gov.au/antarctica.

 

Songs of a Changeling Earth

Music, art and science come together in “Songs of a Changeling Earth”, the latest exhibition at the CSIRO Discovery Gallery. Multimedia artist Grayson Cooke presents work from his recent artist-residency with Geoscience Australia.

In “Songs of a Changeling Earth”, Cooke explores the different materials and processes of geoscience, seeking creative ways of figuring the complex interaction between ancient Earth processes and the human use of and impact on the environment.

The exhibition takes inspiration from German romantic composer Gustav Mahler’s song-symphony “Das Lied von der Erde / Songs of the Earth.” Mahler composed this work in 1909, by which time he knew he was dying. “Songs of the Earth” is a meditation on human mortality in the face of the eternity of the Earth, incorporating a libretto based on translations of ancient Chinese poems.

Featuring photography and video works, and using extracts from both the libretto and a recording of Mahler’s work, “Songs of a Changeling Earth” presents a rich and colourful “mashup” of German Romanticism with the materials and processes of geoscience.

The exhibition will run in the CSIRO Discovery Gallery, North Science Road, Acton, until 15 March from 9 am-4.30 pm Monday-Friday. Admission is free.

 

Nature’s Spectral Arch

Acclaimed artist Sharon Field will return to Suki & Hugh Gallery to open her second solo exhibition with the gallery on 2nd February 2019.

The exhibition entitled Nature’s Spectral Arch explores aspects of a changed environment around the former slate mining village of Corris, Wales where the artist recently completed a month-long artists residency with Stiwdio Maelor. With time, nature is reclaiming this once degraded landscape with a gentle persistence and dignity.

Showing from 2 February – 24 March 2019 at the Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore with an opening event happening Saturday 2 February from 3-5 pm.

See the website for more information.

 

BUSH MECHANICS: THE EXHIBITION

The broken-down cars and the ingenious bush mechanics who repair them are back on the road!

Based on the popular television series, Bush Mechanics: The Exhibition is more than a showcase of old cars and clever repairs. It also explores the importance of the car in the outback and provides insights into the life and culture of the Warlpiri people of Central Australia.

Happening until 24 February at the National Museum of Australia, Acton.

For more information visit nma.gov.au.

EUROVISIONS: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE GOLDBERG COLLECTION

This exhibition at The Canberra Museum and Gallery encompasses a vibrant cross-section of leading tendencies in contemporary European art from the collection of Lisa and Danny Goldberg OAM. Conceptual approaches, innovative thinking and a sense of history inform artists’ practices among the most important and influential today including Anish Kapoor, Urs Fischer, Antony Gormley, Isa Genzken, Katharina Grosse, Ugo Rondinone, and Rachel Whiteread.

Many of the works of art have been produced only in the last five years and are on view publicly for the first time in Australia.

The exhibition is happening until Sunday 24 February. For more information go to CMAG.

ALL SHOOK UP: SNOW DOMES FROM THE COLLECTION OF SALLY HOPMAN.

Spring is here but snow is still falling at CMAG. View Sally Hopman’s collection of over 500 snow domes, from the classic to the kitsch and everything in between.

Happening until 17 March from 12 pm – 5 pm daily at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

AFTER THE WAR EXHIBITION, AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

After the war is a new exhibition exploring the personal stories of hope, loss, and love of ordinary Australians whose lives have been altered by war, from those who have served to loved ones left behind. Take an intimate journey of the personal costs and consequences of war, unfolding over 100 years from 1918 to 2018.

Entry is free as always, and this event runs until 11 July. For more information, check out the War Memorial website.

BREAKING THROUGH: 75 YEARS OF WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

Why did it take so long for women to get elected? And once they were there, what was their experience within the parliament?

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first women elected to Australian Federal Parliament, Breaking Through exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy explores the journeys of 11 trailblazers who were the first to hold particular parliamentary positions.

These are stories of resilience, perseverance and ground-breaking achievements.

From 1943 when Dorothy Tangney and Enid Lyons were the first women elected to parliament through to today where woman have held the highest positions in all areas of parliament, including Prime Minister.

Breaking Through exhibition, recognises the significant contribution these women made in Australia’s democracy. Look back on their lives, uncover their motivations and what they view as their greatest achievements.

Told through never before seen portraits, each a unique representation by a young artist, and powerful stories of change-makers breaking through, this exhibition will inspire visitors to think about the role of women in parliament, what it took to get there and whether we’ve come far enough.

Showing until 28 August from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information. 

DEMOCRACY. ARE YOU IN?  

Your voice, your hands and even your feet have the power to be heard. Our freedoms and our way of life have been built on the foundation of democracy. This living system is sustained through the participation of each and all of us. Democracy is sustained by you.

Australian democracy is a work in progress. Curiously, at a time of stability and unparalleled economic growth, confidence in our political and social institutions is at its lowest point in decades. But giving up on them is not the answer. Our democracy needs us. Are you in?

Open every day at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Find out more at moadoph.gov.au.

 

Magna Carta – an Australian story

Magna Carta is one of the most famous and significant documents for democracy and human rights around the world.

First written in 1215, it set down rules limiting the power of the monarchy and safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms. Over its long history it has been reinterpreted as an icon of justice and liberty. In this exhibition, created with the assistance of the British Library, explore the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

The Magna Carta: An Australian Story exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy takes you on a journey through the history of the Magna Carta. You will discover the spirit and legacy of the Magna Carta and learn the significance it plays in Australia’s democratic history.

Showing until 3 February 2020 at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

HALL WW1 COMMEMORATIVE EXHIBITION  

“When Hall Answered the Call” – Visit the small community of Hall’s School Museum and see their moving exhibition to commemorate the district’s contribution to World War 1 as part of the ANZAC Centenary.

The exhibition features photos, medals, letters, and other memorabilia that tell the story of the boys and men from the district who went off to fight in WW1. Learn about the support provided by their families, the local community and Welcome Home celebrations.

Happening Thursdays until Thursday 21 February from 10am-1pm at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA  

For half a century during the 1860s, Ginninderra flourished and in its prime boasted a church, two schools, store, Police Station, post & telegraph office, school of arts, nursery, farmers union hall, annual show, sports team and hotel. By 1915 Ginninderra was finished. Find this out and more by visiting the Re-Discovering Ginninderra exhibition.

Happening until Thursday 21 February at Former Hall Primary School, Victoria Street, Hall. Free entry. See the website for more information.

THE HIDDEN SEX

Solo exhibition by Julie Ryder, exploring creative ways of using seaweed as a medium for artistic expression and incorporating natural dyes and threads for further embellishment. Botanical and algae collections were a popular pastime for women in the 19th century, and their drawings or paintings are an inspiration for the artist who uses them as a contemporary metaphor for gender inequality. Ryder also pays homage to the Victorian passion for science, seaweed and botany from the women’s point of view, with a series of wall pieces that will include digital prints in the way of large glass microscope slides.

Held until 16 March at Craft ACT, London Circuit. Open Tuesday to Saturday.

See website for more information.

ELECTRIC! PORTRAITS THAT POP!

Celebrate the Gallery’s 20th birthday summer with Electric! Portraits that pop! The collection exhibition features a mix of bright, bold and colourful paintings, prints and photographs, and buoyant video portraits.

Happening until 22 April at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

EMERGING CONTEMPORARIES

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT national award exhibition for early career artists. This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

Happening until 16 March at Craft ACT, London Circuit.

See the website for more information.

Facing new worlds 

This summer the Robert Oatley Gallery is curated with a focus on the relationships forged between Europeans and Indigenous peoples during the formative Age of Empire – roughly the 1760s to the 1840s. The rehang explores both how these relations of mutual interest formed, and what effects they had in the making of modern life in the southern hemisphere.

Happening until 22 April at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

See the website for more information. 

CARTE-O-MANIA!

Drawn from the NPG’s burgeoning collection of cartes de visite, Carte-o-mania! celebrates the wit, style and substance of the pocket-sized portraits that were taken and collected like crazy in post-goldrush Australia.

 Happening until 22 April at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Finders keepers: collectors and their stories

Peek into the personal collections of five fascinating collectors. Diverse, rich and often surprising, these collections are brimming with stories. Dedicated to the act of preserving and collecting, the exhibition tells the stories of individuals through the objects they chose to safeguard revealing extraordinary stories about the ideas, individuals and events that have shaped the nation.

From cherished mementoes of political careers, to well-worn protest T-shirts, each collection takes you on a journey through Australia’s democratic history. Families can explore the exhibition and discover what makes collectors tick with fun, hands-on Finders Keepers Collector Kits.

Finders Keepers asks why do people collect, why do museums collect and what do our collections say about us? With 269 objects on display, the most in the history of the museum, Finders Keepers unveils the collector in us all and invites you to share your own collection story.

Happening until 31 August at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

A TALE OF TWO VILLAGES – AN EXHIBITION  

A Tale of Two Villages tells the story of the Hall-Ginninderra district from Aboriginal times, through the early pioneer farming settlement at Palmerville and then Ginninderra, to the establishment of the village of Hall from 1881.

See the website for more information or drop by the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS  

Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups.

For full details visit the NGA website.

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