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This Week in The Can is your essential guide to what’s happening in Canberra. From theatre to sport, food and wine to music, and much much more!

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WHAT NOT TO MISS

March Madness at Farrah’s Liquor Collective

FREE DELIVERY

That’s right— to help those self-isolating or social-distancing, you can now get free delivery across Canberra!

It’s March Madness at Farrah’s Liquor Collective!

TASTE THE STORE and go in to the draw to win a case of wine valued at $150 each weekend in March.

Since opening the doors last year, Farrah’s Liquor Collective’s mission has been to bring a whole new range of wines, beers and spirits to the Canberra market—direct from the producer to you.

It has been a huge success and FLC customers have been delighted with the quality and prices of product on offer.

Matt and his team know it is important to know all there is about the products but there is nothing better than to try for yourselves and March is your chance to do just that.

Each weekend in March, FLC is hosting a massive tasting (80 plus products each Saturday and Sunday) so by the end of the month, you will have TASTED THE STORE.

Cost: Free

WINES:

  • LITTLE BLACK STONE
  • PAULMARRA
  • TOMICH
  • VALDOBBIADENE PROSECCO

BEER

  • WILSON DRAUGHT
  • BILLSON
  • TUMUT BREWERY

SPIRITS

  • AILSA BAY WHISKY
  • CODY ROAD BOURBON
  • CASTELGLEN LIQUORS
  • CELLO LEMONCELLO, PASSIONCELLO, ORANGECELLO AND LIMECELLO

Every case sold on the weekend goes into the draw to wine a case of wine valued at $150

Happening every Saturday and Sunday of March (7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29 March) from 10 am–5 pm at Farrah’s Liquor Collective, Townsville Street, Fyshwick (the old Good Guys site).

See farrahsliquorcollective.com for more information.

Today I, Tomorrow You

Today I, Tomorrow You is a group exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of Art, Not Apart with new works from nine artists.

Each artist has responded to the festival provocation with distinct ideas and unique mediums but are united by a preoccupation with our environment and the contemporary and future impact of climate change. Curated by Art, Not Apart visual art curator Chloe Mandryk.

ARTISTS 

byrd // Millie Black // Michelle Day // Sophie Dumaresq // Rinaldo Hartanto // Rachel Howie // Kevin Adrian Miller // Nikkayla // Bernadette Smith

Among many inspired pieces, Michelle Day will present “Tread Lightly” a delicate installation emblematic of a hurricane and “the turmoil and disharmony but also the fragility and care needed for our minds and ecosystem.” byrd is constructing a towering sentinel made from cardboard, a comment on siloed thinking in today’s society.

Sophie Dumaresq’s photos of Lake George and pink tumbleweed sculptures (colour referencing harmful pesticides) will consider “how our present day treatment of the land will not only have consequences in the future but are already happening and are here.

Opening Night: Thursday 12 March from 6 pm

Free entry.

Exhibition happening 12 March–4 April at the Nishi Gallery, 2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon.

See Facebook for more information

Illuminated Mini Beasts at Canberra Centre

Be immersed and inspired by a collection of Australian insects as Canberra Centre debuts the ‘Mini Beasts’ – three giant interactive sculptures for Enlighten Canberra 2020.

These innovative handmade art installations utilise thousands of pixel mapped LED lights, and produce high quality sound based on your input. The Mini Beasts include a gesture-controlled humming Neon Cuckoo Bee, an enormous proximity activated Swallowtail Butterfly, and a touch sensor triggered singing Cicada.

Despite their name, there is nothing ‘mini’ about the sculptures, with each standing up to four metres high. Built using state of the art technologies, combined with traditional handmade steel techniques, Mini Beasts were inspired by the truly spectacular nature of these tiny real-world creatures.

Happening 28 February–25 March at Canberra Centre.

See canberracentre.com.au for more information.

The National Portrait Prizes – One ticket, two extraordinary exhibitions

Experience the very best of Australian portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery this autumn.

The National Portrait Prizes – comprising the lustre of the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize, along with topical audience favourite the National Photographic Portrait Prize – will see vibrant, concurrent exhibitions in the mediums of painting and photography.

The Darling Portrait Prize is a new annual painting prize, honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery.

Featuring a $75,000 winner’s prize, the Darling Portrait Prize will become one of the most prestigious portrait painting prize in the country. The winner of the Darling Portrait Prize 2020 will be announced on Thursday 5 March 2020.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP)remains one of the highlights of the Australian arts calendar.

Now in its thirteenth year, it offers audiences an insight into the practice of some of Australia’s best professional and amateur portrait photographers, as well as providing an intriguing, reflective national ‘snapshot’. The NPPP offers the following four prizes: Winner; Highly Commended; the Art Handlers’ Award; and the People’s Choice Award, with all winners announced on Friday 13 March 2020.

Price: $15 for Adults; $12 for concession and $10 for members (one ticket, two exhibitions)

Happening from 10 am–5 pm daily from 6 March – 10 May at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

See portrait.gov.au for tickets and more information

MATISSE & PICASSO

Explore the relationship between two of the world’s greatest artists and rivals—from Picasso’s untameable approach to Matisse’s seductive irresistibility—responding to each other’s work throughout their careers.

Curated by the National Gallery of Australia, this exhibition includes major works sourced from public and private collections around the world.

Showing until 13 April 2020 at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

March Madness at Farrah’s Liquor Collective

FREE DELIVERY

That’s right— to help those self-isolating or social-distancing, you can now get free delivery across Canberra!

It’s March Madness at Farrah’s Liquor Collective!

TASTE THE STORE and go in to the draw to win a case of wine valued at $150 each weekend in March—and with social-distancing encouraged, FLC is also offering free delivery across Canberra.

Since opening the doors last year, Farrah’s Liquor Collective’s mission has been to bring a whole new range of wines, beers and spirits to the Canberra market—direct from the producer to you.

It has been a huge success and FLC customers have been delighted with the quality and prices of product on offer.

Matt and his team know it is important to know all there is about the products but there is nothing better than to try for yourselves and March is your chance to do just that.

Each weekend in March, FLC is hosting a massive tasting (80 plus products each Saturday and Sunday) so by the end of the month, you will have TASTED THE STORE.

Cost: Free

WINES:

  • LITTLE BLACK STONE
  • PAULMARRA
  • TOMICH
  • VALDOBBIADENE PROSECCO

BEER

  • WILSON DRAUGHT
  • BILLSON
  • TUMUT BREWERY

SPIRITS

  • AILSA BAY WHISKY
  • CODY ROAD BOURBON
  • CASTELGLEN LIQUORS
  • CELLO LEMONCELLO, PASSIONCELLO, ORANGECELLO AND LIMECELLO

Every case sold on the weekend goes into the draw to wine a case of wine valued at $150

Happening every Saturday and Sunday of March (7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29 March) from 10 am–5 pm at Farrah’s Liquor Collective, Townsville Street, Fyshwick (the old Good Guys site).

See farrahsliquorcollective.com for more information.

Alanna Sapwell at Rebel Rebel Dining

If the future is female, Alanna Sapwell is leading the way for chefs in Australia, and this is your chance to see her in action.

Her talent at Brisbane’s ARC Dining saw her nominated for Chef of the Year and New Restaurant of the Year at the 2020 Good Food Guide awards, and Sapwell has become a name to watch, known for her ardent support of ethical farming and native produce, and as an encouraging leader for her team in the ARC kitchen.

Joining forces with industry legend Sean McConnell at this exclusive event for Good Food Month presented by Citi, Sapwell will be spending the evening in the kitchen of McConnell’s most recent restaurant and newest darling of the NewActon precinct, Rebel Rebel.

McConnell has long been pushing the boundaries of his menus. Newcomer Rebel Rebel follows in the footsteps of McConnell’s former restaurant Monster Kitchen and Bar as an upscale all-day diner, but this time with a straight-up menu that takes inspiration from the chef’s travels throughout Europe.

Along with a playful 70s hit-list that streams throughout the moody space designed by Sam Rice, Rebel Rebel is a venue that’s not afraid to go its own way.

This event is set to be one of the hottest tickets at this year’s Good Food Month as the two rule-breaking chefs collaborate on a multiple-course, thoughtful menu that combines McConnell’s personality-driven style and Sapwell’s considered way of cooking.

Tickets: $190 – Tickets include multiple courses with premium wine and beer.

Happening Wednesday 18 March from 7 pm at Rebel Rebel, Canberra.

See goodfoodmonth.com/events/alanna-sapwell-at-rebel-rebel for more information.

Winderlust: Live Your Best Life Series

A unique 6 part series of events featuring 6 local women experts sharing how to “Live your best life!” …(and there’s wine!)

This series of ‘hump-day’ events are specially designed to help you unwind, enjoy and learn something new on issues that matter to us all including managing money, our career, finding our style, reducing waste, self confidence and using social media better. Guests will receive a flight of three wines on arrival (a different flight at each event) and grazing stations.

Have some fun getting a professional head-shot captured by Lib Creative, and sit back and learn from our speakers.

The 6 episodes will run fortnightly on Wednesday evenings until 8 April 2020.

Cost: $35 or Pay 5 Come to 6 for $175

Happening until 8 April 2020 at Pavilion Hotel, Dickson.

See winederlust.com.au/events for more information.

Pialligo Fields

It’s time to truly unwind and be blown away by the breathtaking views over the fields, watching the sun go down with a drink in hand.

Pialligo Estate is bringing Canberra a new style of fun–with next-level drinks by Pialligo Estate’s funky bar crew, Canberra’s first Gintonica bar experience and the finest craft beers, you’ll taste your way to a new happy place.

Think great beats, highest-quality share platters, space for the kids to run around, and fun you won’t be expecting; Pialligo Fields is the place to bring your family and friends for some fresh air in style.

Whether you have an event that needs some personality, or you just want to find some weekend balance with the family and friends, Fields is a multi-purpose space that will deliver experiences you talk about.

Happening Fridays from 3 pm and Sundays from 12 pm until late at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/pialligo-fields for more information.

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.

Monster’s Afternoon Delight

Serene, methodical and exceptionally Monster.

Presenting a new Sunday afternoon blend, Monster Kitchen and Bar is adding a little extra flavour to your signature lazy day with its very own High Tea…

Amidst the hand-crafted furniture, bespoke artwork, and ambient lighting you will find the familiar flavours you have come to appreciate from the team at Monster with a range of exclusive tea flavours by Tea Garden co, tea-inspired cocktails, Champagne all complemented by black and gold fixtures.

1 pm every Sunday at Monster Kitchen, Ovolo Nishi. Tickets $70 to $120  – more information on Facebook.

Freestyle Fridays at Vertikal

Join Vertikal every Friday for indoor ski lessons with indoor snow machines and music. Enjoy discounted sessions from $40 or kick back with a Jindabyne Brewing beers on tap or Canberra Distilling Co & Underground Spirits.

Every Friday at Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports, Unit 2, Building 3, 1 Dairy Rd, Fyshwick.

Find out more at vertikalsnowsports.com.

STAGE + SCREEN

2020 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

Discover a thrilling selection of contemporary French cinema during the annual Alliance Francaise French Film Festival.

Canberra’s biggest film festival will screen at Palace Cinemas from 12 March to 8 April and comprises of 49 features and documentaries, many of which are Australian premiers.

To help you make your selection, the films are showcased via 9 distinct categories including Magnetic Love, and City of Lights, the 2020 line-up has a strong emphasis on social engagement and altruistic endeavours.

Be uplifted by romances such as Love at Second Sight and The Bare Necessity, or have your faith restored in human nature with The Extraordinary and The Invisibles.

There is something for every taste. So savour the flavour of France right here in Canberra this March!

Happening 12 March to 8 April at Palace Electric Cinema, New Acton.

See affrenchfilmfestival.org/canberra for more information.

 

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

Cowork Coplay: Coworking, networking with childminding

Calling all parents who are itching to work on a business, career-related or social good project!

Here’s an opportunity to cowork with others (read ‘time and headspace!’) while your child is cared for nearby.

Network with others working on business or professional projects

Learn from a guest speaker

Tick off those ‘To Do’ list tasks

Take advantage of on-site childminding with qualified educator ** places are limited **

Enjoy morning tea

Access to a private online community.

Bring your laptops, notebooks, ideas or whatever you want to work on for this productive but enjoyable time.

Cost:

Coworker + Coplayer (child): $160 for all 4 sessions

Coworker only (ie. no child): $100

Extra child, subject to availability: $60

Happening 23 and 30 March from 9.30 am–12.30 pm at The Mill House Ventures: University of Canberra Social Enterprise Hub, Building 1, Level A, Shop 03, Bruce.

Note that parents using the babysitting service will need to provide food, nappies etc. for their children and are ultimately responsible for them and must remain on-site. Breastfeeding or visiting children at any time welcome.

See coworkcoplay.space/next-program for more information.

Expedition 360: A National Geographic VR Exploration Into the Okavango Delta

Come face-to-face with elephants, lions and hippos as you explore one of the world’s largest wetlands with the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project team in a stunning 360-degree virtual reality experience.

Ride in a mokoro (canoe) as it glides through the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana, one of Africa’s most biodiverse regions. Join National Geographic Fellow and conservation biologist Dr. Steve Boyes and his team on their mission to survey, conserve and protect the delta, the lifeblood of this unique ecosystem.

This experience is organised and travelled by the National Geographic Society.

Cost: $20

Happening at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula.

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

NatureArt Lab workshops

Canberra’s very own botanic art studio, NatureArt Lab, is offering a variety of short courses and workshops for the budding or experienced artist, starting this February.

With experienced tutors to guide creative learning, students can learn to use watercolour, coloured pencils, ink, pen and much more while immersing themselves in science and nature studies.

Throughout February and March, there will be courses on offer, ranging from two, four and six weeks, which will give students a chance to examine and interpret insects, birds and other creatures through various art mediums.

Each course will take students through a step-by-step process to develop valuable drawing techniques used to create beautiful works of art.

For artists who wish to explore beyond Canberra, NatureArt Lab is also offering nature tours to a number of renowned destinations inspired by their natural beauty such as Costa Rica, Borneo and Peru.

With an early bird discount available to tour Borneo in late October, photographers, artists and nature lovers who want to experience a 13-day adventure through the wildlife region are encouraged to secure their place now.

The NatureArt Lab Summer Program commenced on 2 February 2020, with multiple courses running through February-March and is open to anyone over 16.

To book a course, visit natureartlab.com.au

 

WELLBEING, SPORT + FITNESS

PILATES IN THE VINEYARD 

In celebration of Wine Week, Enotria Wines and Lucas Studios would like to invite you to Pilates in the Vineyard.

Lucas Studios will hold a mat Pilates class and as you exercise you’ll be able to enjoy their stunning views. Once class is finished, try Enotria Wines fine Cool Climate Wines and enjoy the views! The vineyard is 840 metres above sea level and you can see the village of Bungendore in the distance.

With 3 classes available there’s no better way to get fit, enjoy the view and quaff fine wine!

Happening Saturday 21 March 1.30-4.30pm at 73 Joe Rocks Road, Bungendore.

See Facebook for more information.

NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA NORTH CANBERRA

What is it? 

Turn off the lights, press PLAY on the music machine, and dance! There’s no teacher, no steps, no instruction and no lights. Feel what it’s like to dance free from judgement. Drug-and-alcohol free. All ages. All abilities.

What kind of music? 

Anything danceable from the last 70 years or so: rock, Motown, soul, pop, funk, dance, house, SKA, world, R&B etc.

How dark is it? 

Light enough to see that there are other people dancing but not their features or moves clearly. There’s no danger of banging into people or tripping over. It’s not creepy or sleazy. It’s about dancing for yourself. No sleazy drunk people. I

t’s a safe environment and a great alternative to the late-night zone of nightclubs. It’s drug-and-alcohol free.

Happening every Friday from 7:30 pm at Canberra Dance Theatre.

See the Facebook Page for more information.

MARKETS + FAIRS

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Lovers of fine handcrafted wares, clothing collectors, food fanatics and jewellery junkies are just a few of the people who make their way to Canberra’s famous Old Bus Depot Markets every Sunday.

In a fabulous old industrial building you will experience the endless colour, tastes, sounds and atmosphere that is “Canberra’s Sunday Best”.

Happening every Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

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.

 

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 8.30 am to 11 am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit 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 8.30 am 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 8.30 am – 12 pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood.

For more information visit the website.

FESTIVALS

2020 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

Discover a thrilling selection of contemporary French cinema during the annual Alliance Francaise French Film Festival.

Canberra’s biggest film festival will screen at Palace Cinemas from 12 March to 8 April and comprises of 49 features and documentaries, many of which are Australian premiers.

To help you make your selection, the films are showcased via 9 distinct categories including Magnetic Love, and City of Lights, the 2020 line-up has a strong emphasis on social engagement and altruistic endeavours.

Be uplifted by romances such as Love at Second Sight and The Bare Necessity, or have your faith restored in human nature with The Extraordinary and The Invisibles.

There is something for every taste. So savour the flavour of France right here in Canberra this March!

Happening 12 March to 8 April at Palace Electric Cinema, New Acton.

See affrenchfilmfestival.org/canberra for more information.

KIDS

 

LITTLE GRIFFINS

The National Capital Authority’s popular and entertaining Little Griffins program for children four years and under and their parents and carers is back for 2019.

The free, fun and interactive session will include building with DUPLO, songs, stories, and games. No bookings required – just come along!

Happening the last Friday of every month (unless that Friday falls on a school holiday) from 10—11 am at the National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point.

Visit nca.gov.au for more information.

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. 

EXHIBITIONS

Tommy by N Kohler.

The National Portrait Prizes – One ticket, two extraordinary exhibitions

Experience the very best of Australian portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery this autumn.

The National Portrait Prizes – comprising the lustre of the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize, along with topical audience favourite the National Photographic Portrait Prize – will see vibrant, concurrent exhibitions in the mediums of painting and photography.

The Darling Portrait Prize is a new annual painting prize, honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery.

Featuring a $75,000 winner’s prize, the Darling Portrait Prize will become one of the most prestigious portrait painting prize in the country. The winner of the Darling Portrait Prize 2020 will be announced on Thursday 5 March 2020.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP)remains one of the highlights of the Australian arts calendar.

Now in its thirteenth year, it offers audiences an insight into the practice of some of Australia’s best professional and amateur portrait photographers, as well as providing an intriguing, reflective national ‘snapshot’. The NPPP offers the following four prizes: Winner; Highly Commended; the Art Handlers’ Award; and the People’s Choice Award, with all winners announced on Friday 13 March 2020.

Price: $15 for Adults; $12 for concession and $10 for members (one ticket, two exhibitions)

Happening from 10 am–5 pm daily from 6 March – 10 May at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

See portrait.gov.au for tickets and more information.

Today I, Tomorrow You

Today I, Tomorrow You is a group exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of Art, Not Apart with new works from nine artists.

Each artist has responded to the festival provocation with distinct ideas and unique mediums but are united by a preoccupation with our environment and the contemporary and future impact of climate change. Curated by Art, Not Apart visual art curator Chloe Mandryk.

ARTISTS 

byrd // Millie Black // Michelle Day // Sophie Dumaresq // Rinaldo Hartanto // Rachel Howie // Kevin Adrian Miller // Nikkayla // Bernadette Smith

Among many inspired pieces, Michelle Day will present “Tread Lightly” a delicate installation emblematic of a hurricane and “the turmoil and disharmony but also the fragility and care needed for our minds and ecosystem.” byrd is constructing a towering sentinel made from cardboard, a comment on siloed thinking in today’s society.

Sophie Dumaresq’s photos of Lake George and pink tumbleweed sculptures (colour referencing harmful pesticides) will consider “how our present day treatment of the land will not only have consequences in the future but are already happening and are here.

Opening Night: Thursday 12 March from 6 pm

Free entry.

Exhibition happening 12 March–4 April at the Nishi Gallery, 2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon.

See Facebook for more information

DARLING PORTRAIT PRIZE

The National Portrait Gallery’s Darling Portrait Prize is the newest portrait painting prize in the country, held at the home of Australian portraiture.

The inaugural 40 finalists will be alongside the National Photographic Portrait Prize. One ticket. Two extraordinary exhibitions.

Happening from Friday 6 March until Sunday 10 May 2020 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au for more information.

MATISSE & PICASSO

Explore the relationship between two of the world’s greatest artists and rivals—from Picasso’s untameable approach to Matisse’s seductive irresistibility—responding to each other’s work throughout their careers.

Curated by the National Gallery of Australia, this exhibition includes major works sourced from public and private collections around the world.

Showing until 13 April 2020 at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

The Chef and the Potter

The Canberra Potters Society, a not-for-profit community organisation, was established in Canberra in 1975 and it is celebrating its 45th birthday this year. Its objectives are to promote excellence and innovation in ceramics, foster appreciation of handcrafted ceramics in the broader community and encourage the professional development of its members and support our local artists and their work.

The Chef and the Potter invites viewers to explore the playful, refined and unique tableware used by chefs in and around Canberra. It aims to provoke a deeper consideration of beautifully crafted vessels we use every day, exploring the continued reinvention of ceramic tableware by chefs and potters alike.

Featuring: Georgina Bryant (Linburn Handmade), Joey Burns (Sawpit Studios), Andres Caycedo, Richilde Flavell (Girl Nomad Ceramics), Chris Harford, and Annie Parnell.

Free

Happening until 29 March at Canberra Potters, Watson Arts Centre Aspinall Street, Watson.

See canberrapotters.com.au/project/the-chef-and-the-potter for more information.

Spy: Espionage in Australia

Often cloaked in myth, the stories of spies are sometimes stranger than fiction. For the first time at the National Archives, Spy: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day.

See genuine spy equipment, surveillance images and candid interviews with ASIO officers. Play the part of a secret agent in the interactive family trail. Test your skills at codebreaking and reading invisible ink.

Developed in partnership with ASIO, Spy brings the stories of spies out of the shadows and into the light.

Cost: Free

Showing until 27 April 2020 open every day from 9 am–5 pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday) at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See naa.gov.au for more information.

Behind the Lines: The year’s best political cartoons 2019

Framed by the world of rock music, and under the theme song of The Greatest Hits Tour, the brand new iteration of Behind the Lines allows visitors to hit rewind on the most significant political moments of the year through political cartoons.

You are offered an exclusive all access pass to be thunderstruck by Australia’s leading political cartoonists as they amp up the satire on 2019’s greatest political hits.

Are you ready to rock? Don’t miss Behind the Lines: The year’s best political cartoons 2019.

Showing until 29 November 2020 at the Museum of Australian Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

Craft ACT Glass Exhibition: Distorted Trajectories

Craft ACT are proud to feature two talented glass artists in the Distorted Trajectories. This group exhibition showcases the work of Marcel Hoogstad Hay and Madeline Prowd.

Hoogstad Hay’s work will include a series of wall-­mounted glass discs and rectangular panels. These works serve as abstracted visualisations of the phenomena he has been looking at, such as the quantum nature of the universe, and the distortion of light during certain occurrences.

Prowd has learnt many traditional cane-working and patterning techniques and has been exploring new possibilities and developing innovative patterning techniques with her exhibition work.

Showing until 21 March at Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, North Building, Canberra City.

See craftact.org.au for more information.

Building a Life: The Jennings Germans story

The fingerprints of the ‘Jennings Germans’ are all over Canberra – but who were they? This exhibition explores the lives and legacy of the 150 German carpenters who came to Canberra in the early 1950s to build 1850 homes for construction company AV Jennings.

After travelling halfway around the world, these young men began to build not only houses, but also a life for themselves. Brick by brick and friendship by friendship, they altered the physical and cultural landscape of the young capital and left a legacy that has lasted generations.

Showing until 18 July at Canberra Museum and Gallery, City.

See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/building-a-life-the-jennings-germans-story for more information.

EMERGING CONTEMPORARIES 2020

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 practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

Artists to be selected by Craft ACT in late 2019

Showing until 21 March at Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, North Building, Canberra City.

See craftact.org.au for more information.

PHOTOACCESS: TERRAFORM

The exhibition centres on Josh Dykgraaf’s remarkable photoshop manipulation of his own original images, Terraform invites intimate attention to vanishing species and explores the limits and interconnections of the world.

Happening 12 February – 24 March at East Hotel, Canberra Avenue, Kingston, ACT.

See photoaccess.org.au for more information.

HAM DARROCH: PROPELLER AT THE ANU DRILL HALL GALLERY

ANU Alumni and Canberra based artist Ham Darroch opens the Drill Hall’s 2020 exhibition program with a dynamic ensemble of colour, geometry and object-based form.

In his paintings and object based sculptures Darroch investigates the visual tradition of hard edge abstraction of the 1960’s and 70’s.

His works evoke a strong carry over of the enigmatic conceptualism of Marcel Duchamp and he makes wide ranging references to other works of Australian and non-Australian modern and pre-modern artists.

Showing until 12 April at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Acton.

See dhg.anu.edu.au for more information.

ADAPTATION

Local artist Sian Watson presents a collection of figurative sculptural works that explores our shared vulnerability with nature in this shifting landscape.

This investigation highlights environmental and social change and adaptation, and the moral roles that humans and animals might play in times to come.

Through the fusion of humans and animals she creates works that question these relationships and understandings and invites the viewer to create their own imaginative conclusions.

Showing until 29 March at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See belcoarts.com.au for more information.

DEMOCRACY. ARE YOU IN?

Democracy is a living system and it work best when there is a healthy balance between trust and distrust – but that balance is tipping. Distrust is on the rise, and confidence in our political and social institutions is at its lowest point in decades.

Told through powerful stories of democracy in action, this exhibition will provoke thought and motivate visitors to recognise the power of their voice.

This contemporary exhibition uses a range of photographs, objects and audio visual elements in unique and engaging ways and aims to both empower and inspire visitors to recognise that our freedoms and our way of life are built on the foundation of democracy. Visitors are encouraged to come to their own conclusions about where Australia’s democracy sits on a global scale.

“Our democracy needs us. Are you in?”

Showing until 30 June 2020 at Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information

DRESS CODE: EMPIRE

An old coat rescued. Sir Edmund Barton revealed. In this exhibition you will discover an intriguing tale of power, prestige and Australia’s changing ties to Britain.

The exhibition features Barton’s coatee, an exciting digital interactive, videos and school activities.

Showing until 31 March 2020 at Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

NATIONAL DINOSAUR MUSEUM PUBLIC TOURS

 The National Dinosaur Museum offers free public tours (with the general admission entry price) every weekend and school holiday period (NSW/ACT). Join one of their expert staff to experience a journey through time.

Take a camera, some friends, those burning dinosaur questions and join the knowledgeable staff for a fun and educational tour suitable for all ages.

Public tours occur during weekends at 11, 12, 2 and 3pm. During school holidays they occur at 11, 2 and 3pm with an activity at 12.

Tours are free with general admission tickets to the museum.

Showing until 14 May 2023 at National Dinosaur Museum.

See nationaldinosaurmuseum.com.au for more information.

SELECTED SPACES. SETTLING THE GINNINDERRA DISTRICT

In the 1860’s and 1870’s – long before the suburbs came, “selectors” chose blocks of land to build a home and a farm, and gradually, a community . Early maps and plans will help show how six pioneering families made Ginninderra home – before it was all taken from them. The stories of these settler families are well illustrated with photographs, maps and plans.

Showing until 29 March 2020 at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre.

See museum.hall.act.au for more information.

onetoeight: Australia’s first prime ministers

Visually arresting, humorous and thoughtful, Canberra-based artist Alison Alder reinterprets and reinvigorates portraits of the first eight prime ministers in onetoeight, a contemporary art exhibition. Developed from Alder’s fellowship with the Australian Prime Ministers Centre and motivated by the early period of our nation’s democracy, onetoeight brings these important historical figures a little bit closer to us.

Inspired by a picture of Stanley Bruce’s cabinet where they were all wearing a lapel badge, Alder presents each prime minister wearing at least one badge to reference a key aspect of their time in office. Neither explicitly positive or negative, we are left to form our own opinion.

Through the portraits, intense patterned wallpaper honouring the prime minister’s wives and a Term-O-Meter animation tracking the changing political hues of individuals and governments, Alder gives us a sense of our nation’s history that is lively, dynamic and parallels the present day.

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

A Tale of Two Villages

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.

Showing at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall each Thursday 9 am-12 pm and Sunday 12 pm-4 pm.

Find out more at museum.hall.act.au.

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.

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.

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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