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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 

Let It Be

One of the most important song writing partnerships of the 20th century Paul McCartney and John Lennon wrote an astonishing 23 number 1 songs. To claim they changed the sound of popular music forever is no exaggeration!

This August five Australian music legends – John Paul, Paul Young, Russekk Morris, Glenn Shorrock, Doug Pa and Jack Jones – accompanied by the extraordinary 12 piece Day Tripper Band will perform two hours of the most popular Lennon/McCartney songs including Yesterday, Norwegian Wood, Let It Be, Dear Prudence, Eleanor Rigby, Come Together, Hey Jude and many more.

The final song list will be based on the results from the voting poll at the official “Let it be” website.

Don’t miss this incredible night of music and don’t forget to vote!

Happening Saturday 3 August from 7.30 – 9.45 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

Taste the craft of smoking and curing

Yes, Pialligo Estate Smokehouse has won over 113 awards. Yes, they are known for “the best Bacon”. Yes, their Smoking and Curing Masterclass is loved by everyone that attends.

And now, Pialligo Estate is hosting a lunch on Sunday 4 August that will give you a chance to taste it all.

Start the afternoon listening to Smokehouse Manager and expert, Alex Petryk, speak about starting the Smokehouse, the fire that changed it all and what he has learned over his career as “the man behind the bacon”.

Sitting at long tables, you can taste platters of the Smokehouse fish, chicken and duck as Alex explains how the team creates the layered and intense flavours.

Enjoy a three-course meal designed by the Pialligo Estate Executive Chef, Darren Perryman, featuring the Smokehouse award-winning meats and ask as many questions as you want to Alex and the team.

Choose to include a beverage package with your ticket and have a relaxing, long, Sunday lunch.

Ticket ONE – Adults ticket without beverages | $90 includes a 3 course meal, full tasting and your chance to listen and talk to our Smokehouse Manager Alex about all things smoking and curing. Ticket ONE holders can purchase any drinks of their choice from the bar in the room.

Ticket TWO – Adults ticket with beverages | $120 includes everything from Ticket ONE plus 3 hour beverage package of beer, sparkling white wine, white wine, red wine and soft drink.

Ticket THREE – Children’s ticket (aged 2 to 12 years old) | $30 including a 2 course meal. Children will also be given a tasting portion which we are sure the adults at the table will help them eat if needed. Children’s beverages such as soft drink can be purchased from the bar in the room.

Happening Sunday 4 August 12 – 3 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/whats-on/taste-craft-smoking-curing for more information.

A Day In The City

Did someone say free coffee, food tastings, giveaways and the chance to win a luxury escape?

Morris Property Group is excited to be partnering with FRANKE Appliances to present A Day In The City.

You are invited to come along with your friends and family to experience a fun day out at the luxurious Sales Gallery on Saturday 3 August.

WHAT’S ON

A Day In The City is serving up three hours of food, coffee, giveaways and more!

Starting from 11 am, the day will feature:

  • Cooking demonstrations by leading Swiss appliance company FRANKE throughout the day showing how to get the most out of your premium appliances included at One City Hill, including plenty of tasting opportunities!
  • Project updates from the development team and the opportunity to learn more about The Barracks precinct
  • A range of exciting FRANKE kitchen giveaways
  • Live music performances and coffee.

PLUS…WIN A NIGHT AT JAMALA!

Enter on the day for your chance to win a night at Jamala Wildlife Lodge—the ultimate overnight safari at the National Zoo & Aquarium and Canberra’s first luxury lodge experience—valued at over $1000!

Happening Saturday 3 August from 11 am – 2 pm at The Barracks Sales Gallery, Canberra City—find the Google Maps here.

Registrations essential via eventbrite.com.

Meet your favourite Superhero this August at Westfield Belconnen

Get your capes on for Superhero month this August!

Westfield Belconnen has a jam-packed schedule that really packs a punch so get the gang together and come and meet your favourite superheroes!

Plus, enjoy free craft activities, face painting and colouring in at that superhero craft zone.

SUPERHERO SCHEDULE

MARVEL: CAPTAIN AMERICA & IRON MAN

Saturday 3rd: Captain America

Sunday 4th: Iron Man

Time: 11 am – 2 pm

Location: Level 1, Centre Court

FIND OUT MORE HERE

PJ MASKS

Date: Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August

Time: 11am – 2pm

Location: Level 1, Centre Court

FIND OUT MORE HERE

JUSTICE LEAGUE: BATMAN & SUPERMAN

Saturday 17th: Batman

Sunday 18th: Superman

Time: 11am – 2pm

Location: Level 1, Centre Court

FIND OUT MORE HERE

Happening 3-18 August at Centre Court, Level One near Myer, Westfield Belconnen.

See the website for more information.

GAMMA.CON

Canberra’s own pop culture festival celebrates pop culture fandom and creative talent with shows, panels and workshops, a tabletop and video game showcase of indie game developers and over 150 exhibitors including local artists, writers, and comic book artists.

GAMMA.CON has special pop culture guests hosting panels and shows, cosplay guests judging the cosplay contest and writing, art and film contests.

Also there’s free to play video and tabletop games, trivia, larping, creative workshops and more.

Loads to do for pop culture fans of all ages, children under 7 get free entry.

In the Saturday evening is our special 18+ event, GAMMA@Night, with a bar, stage shows and mature rated video games. 

Happening 3-4 August at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

See gammacon.org.au for more information.

GIANTS Netball v QLD Firebirds

Suncorp Super Netball returns to Canberra in 2019 when GIANTS Netball host Queensland Firebirds in a Blockbuster Round 11 clash at AIS Arena.

The scene is set for another Canberra sell-out, with GIANTS determined to maintain their unbeaten record at the AIS Arena, this will be a game not to be missed!

Wear your Orange and get your family and friends out to experience the world’s best netball league in the ACT in 2019.

Happening Sunday 4 August from 1 pm at AIS Arena, Bruce.

See Ticketek for tickets and more information.

Raw Potential Long Lunch

Raw Potential Canberra together with Doma Hotels is hosting their inaugural Raw Potential Long Lunch on Friday 2 August 2019 at Hotel Realm.

Earlier this year, Raw Potential received a generous donation from P² Advisory (through the P² Invitational – an annual corporate charity tennis fundraising event) which enabled them to purchase a van that will be customised and permit them mobilise their outreach services and crisis support for at-risk youth in the Canberra region.

Funds raised through the Raw Potential Long Lunch will be applied to the critical fit-out and customisation of the van including technology and communication capability, electrical supply, security, other services equipment/facilities installation as well as ongoing running costs such as fuel, servicing, registration, tyres and equipment such as basic health care items, swags, for those youth doing it really tough.

Raw Potential provides support and assistance that is immediate, non-judgmental and personalised, and with a focus on providing an opportunity to positively change to their lives.

These youth are often experiencing homelessness, mental health issues, violence and drug use and are often extremely isolated and disengaged from the general community.

The ability to ‘go mobile’ will support the outreach workers to more efficiently, effectively and rapidly respond to urgent accommodation needs and other services vital to the well-being of the vulnerable and at-risk young people they support.

This is achieved through volunteered specialist services such as legal advice, education and employment and working to establish relationships and connections such as positive role modelling and opportunities to engage with others at social outings with young people in need.

Raw Potential receives no government funding and relies upon the generosity of the Canberra community, corporate partners, event fundraisers and grant providers, so any and all support is greatly appreciated.

Happening Friday 2 August from 12 – 4 pm at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

See Eventbrite or rawpotential.com.au for more information.

Meet local author Courtney Hope at GAMMA.CON

The battle for ownership of the Earth is over, but the war has just begun.

In the riveting sequel to local author Courtney Hope’s story of science fiction and horror, comes a vast new threat to the survivors of Cosmic Decay: Contamination.

Set in a dystopian future overrun by the Mindless–cannibalistic zombie-like humans who wander the streets looking for a living pulse to devour–the small group of survivors led by Max and Victoria Stone head eastwards towards a new home in the sequel Cosmic Decay: Debris.

But their travels bring with them the troubles of their past as the rest of the fleet of Visitors from another world arrive hungry for revenge for their fallen comrades.

As they prepare to defend their new home once again, faced with greater numbers and personalised vendettas, a mysterious and dangerous connection between the Visitors and Victoria’s unborn child comes to light, and the survivors face the question of whether hope is still worth fighting for in a world that is devoid of it.

The second in the three-part series has finally found a new publishing home and is making its great debut at Canberra’s very own pop culture festival GAMMA.COM across 3-4 August at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Come and score your very own signed copy of Cosmic Decay: Debris, as well as limited edition copies of Cosmic Decay: Contamination from Courtney Hope at GAMMA.CON’s Artist Alley.

Not heading to GAMMA.CON? You can still get your copies from courtneyhope.com.au.

Happening 3-4 August at Artist Alley, GAMMA.CON, Exhibition Park in Canberra.

See gammacon.org.au for more information.

POWER DRESSERS AT THE NFSA 

Supporting The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition, the NFSA bring you classic films with fantastic costumes.

With the help of curatorial experts and guest designers, explore the transformative power of fashion.

Happening until Friday 16 August at the National Film Sound Archive.

See nfsa.gov for more information. 

MONET: IMPRESSION SUNRISE

Featuring Claude Monet’s pioneering painting Impression, Soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise) 1872, from which Impressionism takes its name, this exclusive exhibition brings together works from the impressionist master and other significant artists to examine the founding of an art movement—a defining moment in art history.

Impression, Soleil levant, which rarely leaves the museum walls in Paris, has landed in a newly designed exhibition space at the NGA this winter, along with some forty impressionist and related paintings from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, the Tate, and Australian and New Zealand collections.

Alongside Monet’s masterpieces are key paintings by JMW Turner, whose early works inspired Monet, James McNeill Whistler, Alfred Sisley and Eugène Boudin, among others.

The works reveal the formative characteristics of Impressionism—depiction of light, purer colour and capturing the momentary view—by a new generation of artists who abandoned their studios for the world outside.

Monet: Impression Sunrise is an unmissable opportunity to see a masterful painting that became emblematic of a cultural movement and trace its influence on the course of art history.

Showing until 1 September 2019 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See nga.gov.au/impressionsunrise for more information.

THE DRESSMAKER COSTUME EXHIBITION

From 1950s Dungatar to 2019 Canberra, the original costumes from the hit film The Dressmaker will be on display at the NFSA from 18 April 2019.

Audiences will be able to go ‘behind the seams’ of a diverse range of elegant vintage fashion worn by Hollywood stars and home-grown acting talents including Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Judy Davis, Rebecca Gibney and more.

The exhibition, designed by Marion Boyce, features a spectacular range of haute couture worn by the film’s stars.

The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition celebrates the artistry of the film’s sumptuous designs, as well as the transformational power of fashion.

Showing until Sunday 18 August from 10 am – 4 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information.

Sunrise Premium sessions

Enjoy an exclusive viewing of the National Gallery of Australia’s Monet: Impression Sunrise before the doors open to the general public with limited numbers of people.

Available every weekend from 9 am–10 am. You can also continue to enjoy the exhibition after 10 am through to 5 pm.

Happening until 1 September at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

expressioSee the website for more information.

Painting on Country

Five senior artists from Tjungu Palya art centre in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia have reinvigorated their ancestors’ practice of painting directly onto the land. Their work, captured in a series of large-format photographs, is both timeless and transient, bridging the ancient and the contemporary.

Exhibition on show at the National Museum of Australia until 30 September 2019. Free entry.

More information at nma.gov.au.

FOOD & DRINK

Taste the craft of smoking and curing

Yes, Pialligo Estate Smokehouse has won over 113 awards. Yes, they are known for “the best Bacon”. Yes, their Smoking and Curing Masterclass is loved by everyone that attends.

And now, Pialligo Estate is hosting a lunch on Sunday 4 August that will give you a chance to taste it all.

Start the afternoon listening to Smokehouse Manager and expert, Alex Petryk, speak about starting the Smokehouse, the fire that changed it all and what he has learned over his career as “the man behind the bacon”.

Sitting at long tables, you can taste platters of the Smokehouse fish, chicken and duck as Alex explains how the team creates the layered and intense flavours.

Enjoy a three-course meal designed by the Pialligo Estate Executive Chef, Darren Perryman, featuring the Smokehouse award-winning meats and ask as many questions as you want to Alex and the team.

Choose to include a beverage package with your ticket and have a relaxing, long, Sunday lunch.

Ticket ONE – Adults ticket without beverages | $90 includes a 3 course meal, full tasting and your chance to listen and talk to our Smokehouse Manager Alex about all things smoking and curing. Ticket ONE holders can purchase any drinks of their choice from the bar in the room.

Ticket TWO – Adults ticket with beverages | $120 includes everything from Ticket ONE plus 3 hour beverage package of beer, sparkling white wine, white wine, red wine and soft drink.

Ticket THREE – Children’s ticket (aged 2 to 12 years old) | $30 including a 2 course meal. Children will also be given a tasting portion which we are sure the adults at the table will help them eat if needed. Children’s beverages such as soft drink can be purchased from the bar in the room.

Happening Sunday 4 August 12 – 3 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/whats-on/taste-craft-smoking-curing for more information.

Monet’s Tea Salon @ the NGA

Celebrate the NGA’s winter exhibition Monet: Impression Sunrise with an unforgettable high tea, and enjoy a selection of French-inspired, sweet and savoury delights.

$43 NGA Member, $48 Guest.

Happening daily at 11 am and 2 pm on Level One, National Gallery of Australia.

Bookings online at nga.gov.au or Ticketek.com.

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.

Monet’s Feast at First Edition

In conjunction with the Monet: Impression Sunrise Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, First Edition bring the farm-to-table tradition lived passionately by Claude Monet into the 21st century with a 3-course set menu based on some of Claude Monet’s favourite dishes from his home town of Giverny, France.

The 3 Course Set Menu (which is also available as individual courses) was developed using an abundance of fresh herbs and vegetables found in Monet’s kitchen garden. Beginning with an entrée of Camembert Fritters with apple and botanic jelly, a mouth drooling boeuf bourguignon with rosemary puff pastry crust for mains and Normandy French apple tart with vanilla bean gelato for dessert.

A few of the recipes are of French origin, such as the famous Normandy apple tart. Others are from locations abroad where Monet travelled in search of motifs to paint, such as the Savoy Hotel, London where he acquired their recipe for Yorkshire pudding.

The Monet’s Feast costs $65 per person, but guests will also receive a beautiful Hard Cover “Monet’s Palate Cookbook” per table when ordering the 3-course set menu option. Exquisite photography and inspired recipes bring Monet’s kitchen garden back to life.

The creative team have also designed a Monet themed Cocktail – The Giverny. A gin-based cocktail – available for just $10.

Happening until 1 September 2019 at First Edition Canberra, Level 1/65 Northbourne Ave, Civic.

See the website for more information.

Contentious Chef’s Truffle Selection and Special

One course or three-course selection of the ‘best of the day’ from Contentious Character’s Every Day All Day Menu and from their Daily Specials that can be truffled to your delight!

Happening until 3 August, every weekend from 10 am – 5 pm at Contentious Character, 810 Norton Road, Wamboin.

See the website for more information.

Truffle Infused Winter Weekends at Cellar Door

Truffle season is nearly upon us and Mt Majura are excited to include truffles at the cellar door as part of the winter tasting experience.

Come in to the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard to taste a flight of wines matched with truffled brie. Combining Flinders Estate triple cream brie a deliciously rich and creamy brie style cheese with truffles from neighbour Jayson at The Truffle Farm.

Every Saturday and Sunday from early June to late August.

Happening until 25 August from 10 am – 5 pm at Mount Majura Vineyard.

See mountmajura for more information.

The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region

Indulge in a feast of the senses and join in the fun at The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

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

Happening now until Sunday 1 September starting at 10 am at various locations.

See truffle festival for more information.

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.

MUSIC

KIRA PURU

To celebrate the release of her new single, Everything Is Better Without You, the reigning queen of pop will prowl the country for a national tour this June and July.

Her biggest headline tour to date, Puru will joined on the road by special guest Kinder.

This is an 18+ show.

Happening Tuesday 30 July from 8 pm – midnight at UC Refectory, Bruce.

See ucrefectory.com for more information.

Let It Be

One of the most important song writing partnerships of the 20th century Paul McCartney and John Lennon wrote an astonishing 23 number 1 songs. To claim they changed the sound of popular music forever is no exaggeration!

This August five Australian music legends – John Paul, Paul Young, Russekk Morris, Glenn Shorrock, Doug Pa and Jack Jones – accompanied by the extraordinary 12 piece Day Tripper Band will perform two hours of the most popular Lennon/McCartney songs including Yesterday, Norwegian Wood, Let It Be, Dear Prudence, Eleanor Rigby, Come Together, Hey Jude and many more.

The final song list will be based on the results from the voting poll at the official “Let it be” website.

Don’t miss this incredible night of music and don’t forget to vote!

Happening Saturday 3 August from 7.30 – 9.45 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

SLOWLY SLOWLY

After premiering on triple j’s Good Nights, Slowly Slowly lift the lid on their infectious new track ‘Jellyfish’. Following the whopping response to their 2018 LP St. Leonards, ‘Jellyfish’ marks the first taste of new music from the Melbourne four-piece.

The release rounds out a throng of epic news for Slowly Slowly, who have just been announced on this year’s Splendour In The Grass lineup as part of a national headline tour.

This is an 18+ show.

Happening Thursday 1 August from 8 – 12 pm at UC Refectory, Bruce.

See ucrefectory.com for more information.

ODETTE

Breathtaking singer/songwriter Odette is the artist behind the stunning tracks ‘Watch Me Read You’ and ‘Take It To The Heart’ will blow you away with her honest, powerful lyrics and striking vocals.

Supported by imbi the girl & Peach Lane.

Happening Friday 2 August from 8 – 11 pm at UC Refectory, Bruce.

See ucrefectory.com for more information.

THE ART OF COARSE ACTING 

Join with the REP Company as they present Guaranteed laughter and mayhem! A chaotic selection and collection of actors and short plays which are the style impetus of the outrageous hit productions Noises Off and The Play that Goes Wrong.

REP’s fourth production for 2019 is directed by Chris Baldock. These plays are selected from the Coarse Acting Shows series books Four Plays for Coarse Actors, Coarse Acting Strikes Back and The Third Great Coarse Acting Show by Michael Green.

The plays themselves are intentionally presented as parodies of dramatic styles – in the performance of which everything that can conceivably go wrong does so. Each volume presenting a fresh crop of winners in the art of Coarse acting and theatrical disaster.

True Chaos on stage at the Canberra REP Theatre!

Happening until Saturday 10 August at the Theatre 3.

See canberrarep.org.au for more information.

More local music

Check out BMA and CBR DIY for more local gigs!

STAGE + SCREEN

Image via NFSA.

POWER DRESSERS AT THE NFSA 

Supporting The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition, the NFSA bring you classic films with fantastic costumes.

With the help of curatorial experts and guest designers, explore the transformative power of fashion.

Happening until Friday 16 August at the National Film Sound Archive.

See nfsa.gov for more information.

KAMBRI FAMILY FILM FEST

Each weekend throughout July and August, gather family and friends for an adventure at Kambri at ANU!

Featuring recent release and classic film screenings for the young and young at heart, plus short film screenings from Little Big Shots, pre-movie entertainment, storytelling at Harry Hartog, and dozens of eateries where you can redeem your included $10 food voucher*.

Film schedule:

• Small Foot – 3 August
• Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups – 4 August
Happening 3-4 August at 11 am each day at KAMBRI, inside ANU Campus.

See Eventbrite for more information.

COMEDY AND CAKE WITH LIGHTBULB IMPROV

Join Lightbulb Improv to celebrate their third birthday!

Since 2016, this dedicated improv trope has delighted audiences with their fresh take on comedy. Their shows are filled with heart, variety, and comedy in the unexpected. They’ve charmed audiences at Art, NotApart festivals, braved dares at the Canberra Comedy Festival and taken the stage every month at Smiths.

To celebrate their third birthday, Lightbulb will bring you comedy and free cake!

Watch them create a variety show right before your eyes stuffed with songs, games, and scenes to lighten your Thursday night. In an all too predictable world, Lightbulb continues to make space for the joy, freedom and humour of the unexpected! And you get to eat yummy cake!

Happening Thursday 1 July at Smith’s Alternative.

See smithsalternative.com for more information.

TOP DOG FILM FESTIVAL CANBERRA

Celebrate the canine connection through this carefully curated collection of heartwarming stories about dogs and their people at the 2019 Top Dog Film Festival screening in Canberra.

Meet dogs from all walks of life on the big screen at the 2019 Top Dog Film Festival. From husky dogs of Alaska to working dogs of Australia, the pull on your heartstring is guaranteed. Meet 4-legged heroes, unbreakable bonds and canine companions that enrich the lives of all they encounter.

The 2019 Top Dog Film Festival presents a 2 hour cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people. Filled with delightfully doggy moments of joy and celebration of our beloved canine companions.

This carefully curated program of canine-themed films is comprised of the most inspirational, heart-warming and entertaining stories about dogs and their human companions, from independent filmmakers around the globe.

Get tickets before they sell out – you’d be barking mad to miss it.

Two shows only.

The Top Dog Film Festival is exempt from classification but would obtain a General rating and is suitable for all ages.

Happening 30-31 July at National Film and Sound Archives, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See topdogfilmfestival.com for more information.

The Vinyl Lounge at NFSA

Bring along your favourite records, share your music stories and hear what’s spinning on the NFSA’s turntables.The ultimate listening party for vinyl aficionados.

The Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of every month.

Happening until Friday 6 December from 5:30 pm – 7 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information. 

FESTIVALS

GAMMA.CON

Canberra’s own pop culture festival celebrates pop culture fandom and creative talent with shows, panels and workshops, a tabletop and video game showcase of indie game developers and over 150 exhibitors including local artists, writers, and comic book artists.

GAMMA.CON has special pop culture guests hosting panels and shows, cosplay guests judging the cosplay contest and writing, art and film contests.

Also there’s free to play video and tabletop games, trivia, larping, creative workshops and more.

Loads to do for pop culture fans of all ages, children under 7 get free entry.

In the Saturday evening is our special 18+ event, GAMMA@Night, with a bar, stage shows and mature rated video games. 

Happening 3-4 August at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

See gammacon.org.au for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

Pialligo Estate’s bacon. Photography: Tim Bean Photography. Styled by Belinda Neame.

Taste the craft of smoking and curing

Yes, Pialligo Estate Smokehouse has won over 113 awards. Yes, they are known for “the best Bacon”. Yes, their Smoking and Curing Masterclass is loved by everyone that attends.

And now, Pialligo Estate is hosting a lunch on Sunday 4 August that will give you a chance to taste it all.

Start the afternoon listening to Smokehouse Manager and expert, Alex Petryk, speak about starting the Smokehouse, the fire that changed it all and what he has learned over his career as “the man behind the bacon”.

Sitting at long tables, you can taste platters of the Smokehouse fish, chicken and duck as Alex explains how the team creates the layered and intense flavours.

Enjoy a three-course meal designed by the Pialligo Estate Executive Chef, Darren Perryman, featuring the Smokehouse award-winning meats and ask as many questions as you want to Alex and the team.

Choose to include a beverage package with your ticket and have a relaxing, long, Sunday lunch.

Ticket ONE – Adults ticket without beverages | $90 includes a 3 course meal, full tasting and your chance to listen and talk to our Smokehouse Manager Alex about all things smoking and curing. Ticket ONE holders can purchase any drinks of their choice from the bar in the room.

Ticket TWO – Adults ticket with beverages | $120 includes everything from Ticket ONE plus 3 hour beverage package of beer, sparkling white wine, white wine, red wine and soft drink.

Ticket THREE – Children’s ticket (aged 2 to 12 years old) | $30 including a 2 course meal. Children will also be given a tasting portion which we are sure the adults at the table will help them eat if needed. Children’s beverages such as soft drink can be purchased from the bar in the room.

Happening Sunday 4 August 12 – 3 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/whats-on/taste-craft-smoking-curing for more information.

GAMMA.CON

Canberra’s own pop culture festival celebrates pop culture fandom and creative talent with shows, panels and workshops, a tabletop and video game showcase of indie game developers and over 150 exhibitors including local artists, writers, and comic book artists.

GAMMA.CON has special pop culture guests hosting panels and shows, cosplay guests judging the cosplay contest and writing, art and film contests.

Also there’s free to play video and tabletop games, trivia, larping, creative workshops and more.

Loads to do for pop culture fans of all ages, children under 7 get free entry.

In the Saturday evening is our special 18+ event, GAMMA@Night, with a bar, stage shows and mature rated video games. 

Happening 3-4 August at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

See gammacon.org.au for more information.

Monet: Daily guided tours at the National Gallery of Australia

Join a gallery guide to discover more about the key Impressionist artists, their work and their predecessors.

Free tour, exhibition ticket required.

Weekdays at Weekdays 10.30am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm.

Weekends 10.30am, 11.00am, 11.30am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm.

Meet at NGA info desk, Level One, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

Art for lunch

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks or creative activities interpreting works of art in the NGA’s collection.

Check our website for further details. This event is free but bookings are essential.

Happening until Thursday 28 November, every Thursday from 12:45-1:15 pm at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au 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 ooms 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.

Happy and Glorious

The Queen’s Visit in 1954. The phrase conjures up memories of a young Queen in summer dresses and ball gowns, crowds of Australians excitedly waving flags and charming tableaus spelling out heartfelt messages.

Old Parliament House was central to the royal tour while the Queen was in Canberra. The Queen alighted from the Daimler and walked up the front steps in her coronation gown to rousing cheers. She was escorted through King’s Hall by a very proud Prime Minister Menzies to attend the State Banquet. In her most formal duty, the Queen opened the 20th Parliament in the Senate Chamber. A room in the President of the Senate’s suite was redecorated and furnished for her private use while she was in the house.

Relive the memories of her visit at the Happy and Glorious exhibition. Enter the very room the Queen used while she was at Old Parliament House.

Happening until Thursday 16 January 2020 daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au 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 the national identity and gain a rare view into private areas.

These tours run only on non-sitting days (except Christmas Day and when seasonal tours are running). Visit the website for more information.

It is recommended that you 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.

Happening now until Saturday 31 August at 10 am, 12 pm and 3 pm with a cost fee of $25 per adult, $ 20 per child and $20 for a concession fee.

See aph.gov.au for more information.

CHANGING LIVES WITH SCIENCE

The 2019 Canberra Speaker Series held across the year at the iconic Shine Dome.

Throughout this series listen to remarkable science stories that haven’t yet been told. Stories of innovation, research, breakthroughs, and how science is solving the big challenges of our time.

Happening now until Tuesday 10 December from 5:30 pm – 7 pm with a cost of $ 15.

See science.org.au for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Raw Potential Long Lunch

Raw Potential Canberra together with Doma Hotels is hosting their inaugural Raw Potential Long Lunch on Friday 2 August 2019 at Hotel Realm.

Earlier this year, Raw Potential received a generous donation from P² Advisory (through the P² Invitational – an annual corporate charity tennis fundraising event) which enabled them to purchase a van that will be customised and permit them mobilise their outreach services and crisis support for at-risk youth in the Canberra region.

Funds raised through the Raw Potential Long Lunch will be applied to the critical fit-out and customisation of the van including technology and communication capability, electrical supply, security, other services equipment/facilities installation as well as ongoing running costs such as fuel, servicing, registration, tyres and equipment such as basic health care items, swags, for those youth doing it really tough.

Raw Potential provides support and assistance that is immediate, non-judgmental and personalised, and with a focus on providing an opportunity to positively change to their lives.

These youth are often experiencing homelessness, mental health issues, violence and drug use and are often extremely isolated and disengaged from the general community.

The ability to ‘go mobile’ will support the outreach workers to more efficiently, effectively and rapidly respond to urgent accommodation needs and other services vital to the well-being of the vulnerable and at-risk young people they support.

This is achieved through volunteered specialist services such as legal advice, education and employment and working to establish relationships and connections such as positive role modelling and opportunities to engage with others at social outings with young people in need.

Raw Potential receives no government funding and relies upon the generosity of the Canberra community, corporate partners, event fundraisers and grant providers, so any and all support is greatly appreciated.

Happening Friday 2 August from 12 – 4 pm at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

See Eventbrite or rawpotential.com.au for more information.

MEET & MOVE

Are you finding it hard to get active since having kids? Perhaps it’s time for you to Meet & Move!

Meet & Move is a new, active playgroup. It’s facilitator, Nicole Sadlier from Bluearth, knows that it can be hard to get out of the house when you have young kids. But like she says “When you do get outside,  you feel much better. Your mood improves and you feel refreshed and more energetic!”

Meet & Move sessions occur outdoors and include a pram-friendly, baby-wearing friendly walk, gentle yoga-style stretching or toning exercises (selected sessions) and a chance for the kids to burn off some energy at a playground or to walk/bike with the group.

It also engages parents and their kids in activities which develop skills such as running, kicking, balancing, throwing and catching. Their focus is to make movement fun and help parents to bank more active time into their day.

Join one of their free weekly sessions which run on Monday – Thursday from 10 am during the school term. Full details for locations can be found on Facebook.

Meet & Move is a program of the Bluearth Foundation, working in partnership with Mums Exercise Group Australia (MEGA) Canberra and supported by ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program.  It has been created to help mums with young kids to be more active together, get outdoors and connect with other mums.

#UDHRquiltproject

The #UDHRQuiltProject features never before seen work from a global craftivism project. Stitching in local and global stories; see the intricate detail of these quilts that represent the world’s conscience.

Through the creation of four quilts, each embroidered with the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the project draws attention to the way human rights are challenged around the world today. The messages sewn into the quilts encourage visitors think, engage and take action.

The #UDHRQuiltProject moves beyond a traditional museum experience by inviting visitors to participate in a range of hand-on craft activities and workshops.

Happening until 30 June 2019 at Museum of Australian Democracy at various times.

See moadoh.gov.au/exhibitions/udhr-quilt-project to see more information.

SPORT + FITNESS

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.

GIANTS Netball v QLD Firebirds

Suncorp Super Netball returns to Canberra in 2019 when GIANTS Netball host Queensland Firebirds in a Blockbuster Round 11 clash at AIS Arena.

The scene is set for another Canberra sell-out, with GIANTS determined to maintain their unbeaten record at the AIS Arena, this will be a game not to be missed!

Wear your Orange and get your family and friends out to experience the world’s best netball league in the ACT in 2019.

Happening Sunday 4 August from 1 pm at AIS Arena, Bruce.

See Ticketek for tickets and more information.

MEET & MOVE

Are you finding it hard to get active since having kids? Perhaps it’s time for you to Meet & Move!

Meet & Move is a new, active playgroup. It’s facilitator, Nicole Sadlier from Bluearth, knows that it can be hard to get out of the house when you have young kids. But like she says “When you do get outside,  you feel much better. Your mood improves and you feel refreshed and more energetic!”

Meet & Move sessions occur outdoors and include a pram-friendly, baby-wearing friendly walk, gentle yoga-style stretching or toning exercises (selected sessions) and a chance for the kids to burn off some energy at a playground or to walk/bike with the group.

It also engages parents and their kids in activities which develop skills such as running, kicking, balancing, throwing and catching. Their focus is to make movement fun and help parents to bank more active time into their day.

Join one of their free weekly sessions which run on Monday – Thursday from 10 am during the school term. Full details for locations can be found on Facebook.

Meet & Move is a program of the Bluearth Foundation, working in partnership with Mums Exercise Group Australia (MEGA) Canberra and supported by ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program.  It has been created to help mums with young kids to be more active together, get outdoors and connect with other mums.

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.

NORTHSIDE FAMILY MARKETS

Northside Farmers Markets brings you the best quality fresh produce from the region. Select from leafy vegetables, free range pork, pastured eggs, luscious peaches and juicy apples.

Grab a sit and enjoy the amazing aroma and refreshing taste of our freshly brewed coffee. Enjoy with some pastry or bakery product. Do all your weekly grocery shopping while enjoying the spacious and sunny atmosphere. Brings friends and family and friends, share a cuppa and stories from your week.

Happening every Saturday from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm at Thoroughbred Park, Lyneham.

See the website for more information.

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 informatio

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STAL

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.

OUTDOORS

Image: VisitCanberra

Critters of the Eucalypt Forest

Take a short walk with a ranger and learn about the potoroos and other important inhabitants of the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Eucalypt Forest and get back in time for “Koalas in the Canopy”.

This wildlife walk is suitable for all ages, there are no bookings required and the cost is included in the Reserve entry fee.

Available Saturdays, 2 pm – 2.45 pm until 29 June. Meet at the koala enclosure in the Eucalypt Forest.

Find out more at tidbinbilla.act.gov.au

Koalas in the Canopy

From 2.45 pm – 3.15 pm every Saturday until 29 June 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.

Find out more at tidbinbilla.act.gov.au.

KIDS

Meet your favourite Superhero this August at Westfield Belconnen

Get your capes on for Superhero month this August!

Westfield Belconnen has a jam-packed schedule that really packs a punch so get the gang together and come and meet your favourite superheroes!

Plus, enjoy free craft activities, face painting and colouring in at that superhero craft zone.

SUPERHERO SCHEDULE

MARVEL: CAPTAIN AMERICA & IRON MAN

Saturday 3rd: Captain America

Sunday 4th: Iron Man

Time: 11 am – 2 pm

Location: Level 1, Centre Court

FIND OUT MORE HERE

PJ MASKS

Date: Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August

Time: 11am – 2pm

Location: Level 1, Centre Court

FIND OUT MORE HERE

JUSTICE LEAGUE: BATMAN & SUPERMAN

Saturday 17th: Batman

Sunday 18th: Superman

Time: 11am – 2pm

Location: Level 1, Centre Court

FIND OUT MORE HERE

Happening 3-18 August at Centre Court, Level One near Myer, Westfield Belconnen.

See the website for more information.

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 the 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?”

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

See the website for more information.

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 1 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

Claude Monet. Impression, sunrise [Impression, soleil levant] 1872, Gift of Victorine and Eugène Donop de Monchy 1940, Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, © Christian Baraja SLB.

MONET: IMPRESSION SUNRISE

Featuring Claude Monet’s pioneering painting Impression, Soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise) 1872, from which Impressionism takes its name, this exclusive exhibition brings together works from the impressionist master and other significant artists to examine the founding of an art movement—a defining moment in art history.

Impression, Soleil levant, which rarely leaves the museum walls in Paris, has landed in a newly designed exhibition space at the NGA this winter, along with some forty impressionist and related paintings from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, the Tate, and Australian and New Zealand collections.

Alongside Monet’s masterpieces are key paintings by JMW Turner, whose early works inspired Monet, James McNeill Whistler, Alfred Sisley and Eugène Boudin, among others.

The works reveal the formative characteristics of Impressionism—depiction of light, purer colour and capturing the momentary view—by a new generation of artists who abandoned their studios for the world outside.

Monet: Impression Sunrise is an unmissable opportunity to see a masterful painting that became emblematic of a cultural movement and trace its influence on the course of art history.

Showing until 1 September 2019 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See nga.gov.au/impressionsunrise for more information.

WARM TREES AT THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM

Warm Trees brightens up the National Arboretum Canberra once again this winter!

Come and visit during the month of July to tiptoe through the knitted tulips, see a giant cargo bike knitted installation and discover the sea of colourful scarves wrapped around trees in the Himalayan Cedar forest.

This year also features the world’s largest handcrafted frieze of colourful tulips, decorated bicycle wheels and groves of magical colour. Get involved! Knitting and crochet drop-in sessions, craft and bicycle maintenance workshops plus guided bike rides for all ages will be held throughout the month of July.

Happening until Wednesday 31 July from 9 am –  4 pm at the National Arboretum.

See the nationalarboretum.act.gov.au for more information.

Monet Mondays @ the NGA

Experience Monet after hours with music and a glass of Perrier-Jouët champagne from NGA bar. Available every Monday with purchased exhibition ticket.

$22 adult, $20 concession/student, $17 members

Happening every Monday from 5.00 – 7.0 0pm on Level One, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

THE DRESSMAKER COSTUME EXHIBITION

From 1950s Dungatar to 2019 Canberra, the original costumes from the hit film The Dressmaker will be on display at the NFSA from 18 April 2019.

Audiences will be able to go ‘behind the seams’ of a diverse range of elegant vintage fashion worn by Hollywood stars and home-grown acting talents including Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Judy Davis, Rebecca Gibney and more.

The exhibition, designed by Marion Boyce, features a spectacular range of haute couture worn by the film’s stars.

The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition celebrates the artistry of the film’s sumptuous designs, as well as the transformational power of fashion.

Showing until Sunday 18 August from 10 am – 4 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information.

ART SPARKS  

Maria’s personal practice and teachings use Intentional Creativity®, a process learned from Shiloh Sophia McCloud, which weaves together intention, symbolism, and layers of energetic and creative processes in opening individuals to the transformative power of creativity.

Art Sparks, a Living Studio exhibition, will examine themes around the sacred feminine and nature. Maria brings open curiosity, a joy of learning and sharing, and will use a range of mixed media and painting techniques. Materials include paper, canvas, acrylic and watercolour ink and paint.

Maria will also play with the use of thread, wire, weaving and metallic leaf. Her intention is that her art will be a gateway, an alchemical altar, that awakens people to liberate the beauty within and around them.

The public is invited to watch Maria at work and interact with her. A range of free workshops are being offered on Fridays and Sundays, to which all are invited.

Happening until Sunday 1 September from 10 am until 4 pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre.

See belconnenartscentre.com for more information.

SIMILAR LINES

Elizabeth Curry has sustained a life-long fascination with patterns and the contentment they elicit. From those around us in the natural world to those found in the built environment, patterns of all kinds provide order and can present a harmonious quality to the observer.

Elizabeth’s own increasingly intricate, hand-drawn, mandala-style designs were employed as a vehicle for generating the motifs to be utilised for the body of metalworks displayed in ‘Similar Lines’. Through the process of drawing, an unconscious divulgence of a visual archive is released and truly unique and intuitive, but somehow familiar, designs are produced.

For many years, Thomas Wood has had an interest in plants and gardens. He has worked as a horticulturist, grown plants as a nurseryman and arranged and designed with flowers. His creative practice is influenced by the natural environment, where he finds infinite colours, patterns, shapes, textures and possibilities.

Thomas uses layering techniques of acrylic colour and a bright palette to give his work an energetic feel. He works in a repetitive and methodical way, slowly over a period of time building up layers. Working in this way is a type of mindfulness, because he is completely absorbed in the task at hand.

Happening until Sunday 1 September from 10 am until 4 pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre.

See belconnenartscentre.com for more information.

THE DNA OF COLOUR: ILDIKO KOVACS AT THE DRILL HALL GALLERY

This exhibition surveys an important chapter of Ildiko Kovac‘s painting production, characterised by the powerful fusion of line, colour, image, substance and scale. The majority of paintings make abundant use of rollers. Kovacs’s characteristic motif establishes a kind of linear circuitry, an arabesque turning back on itself.

Curator Sioux Garside notes that: “Deoxyribonucleine acid (DNA) is a code, a fundamental material that all life is made from. As the inherited essence from our ancestors, it determines the core of who we are, and who we will become, from the moment of our conception. It activates predestination if it is allowed to grow and blossom into life.

Kovacs has described her paintings as growing from ‘the line travelling through space,’ and links it to her experiences of ‘vast open distances and roads that go on for eternity.’ Performative movement is the vital element that makes her paintings dance.”

This exhibition was initiated by Orange Regional Gallery and was curated by Sioux Garside.

Happening until Sunday 11 August from 10 am – 5 pm at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery.

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

CONTEMPORARY WORLDS: INDONESIA AT THE NGA

Featuring 20 emerging and established artists, Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia showcases the vibrant and complex art of Australia’s closest neighbour, bringing together practitioners from Bali and Java’s key artistic centres of Yogyakarta, Jakarta, and Bandung.

Presenting new acquisitions and commissions from artists such as Melati Suryodarmo, Fx Harsono and Eko Nugroho, this is an exciting exhibition dedicated to the best of contemporary Indonesian art. Free.

Happening until Sunday 27 October from 10 am – 5 pm at the National Gallery of Australia.

See the nga.gov.au for more information.

ABORIGINAL ART EXHIBITION AT 73 NORTHBOURNE

Small collection of six aboriginal artworks, located in the ground floor lobby of 73 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra. Exhibit curated and supplied by Heidi Castro of Art Index, and includes pieces designed by prominent artists including

Minnie Pwerle
Judy Watson Napangardi
Lilly Kelly Napangardi
Gloria Petyarre

This exhibition will rotate every 6-12 months.

Happening now until December from 9 am until 5 pm at 73 Northbourne.

See 73northbourne.com for more information.

THE DRESSMAKER – FRIDAY FLOOR TALKS

Catch an evening viewing of The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition and join NFSA for a night of 1950s fashion and fun!

Come dressed in your finest vintage wear, or bring a prized piece for appraisal by an NFSA curator, catch a swing dance demonstration (and learn a step or two) and more to be announced – all to the backdrop of our swinging retro vinyl DJ.

Happening now until Friday 16 August from 1 pm – 3 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information.

Painting on Country

Five senior artists from Tjungu Palya art centre in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia have reinvigorated their ancestors’ practice of painting directly onto the land. Their work, captured in a series of large-format photographs, is both timeless and transient, bridging the ancient and the contemporary.

Exhibition on show at the National Museum of Australia until 30 September 2019. Free entry.

More information at nma.gov.au.

onetoeight: Australia’s first prime ministers

Visually arresting, humorous andthoughtful, 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.

Mr Squiggle Exhibition – Royal Australian Mint

To coincide with the recently released 2019 Mr Squiggle 60th anniversary coin set, the Royal Australian Mint is hosting an exhibition to commemorate Mr Squiggle and his creator, Norman Hetherington.

The exhibition includes children’s letters to Mr Squiggle, script books, original artwork and a portrait loaned from the National Portrait Gallery of Australia ‘Norman Hetherington OAM (and friends)’ by artist Kate Rae.

The exhibition also showcases one of the most loved and longest running Australian children’s programs, honouring Norman Hetherington, the brilliant man behind the iconic puppets and television series

Happening until 28 July 2019 at the Royal Australian Mint.

See ramint.gov.au for more information.

CRAFT ACT: FORM FOLLOWS FOLD: GILBERT RIEDELBAUCH

Solo exhibition by Gilbert Riedelbauch that documents a change in his approach to his creative practice.

Gilbert Riedelbauch works as a contemporary designer/maker in Canberra, and exhibits his work nationally and internationally.

After finishing his studies as a Meisterschueler in silversmithing at the Academy of Fine Art Nuernberg, Germany, he completed a Graduate Diploma at The Australian National University (ANU) School of Art.

Happening until Saturday 31 August at Craft ACT.

See Craft ACT for more information.

PATTERN TRANSLATION

Solo exhibition by Al Munro which draws from her recent body of work. The exhibition consists of five pairs of dresses sewn from digitally printed fabrics and paintings.

The process by which these pairs of works were produced involved translating textile patterns into painted forms, translating and manipulating these via the conventions of repeat fabric design to create digitally printed textiles/paintings, and then translating back to traditional painted form.

Pattern Translation continues Munro’s interest in translating and distorting mathematical patterns to explore relationships between textile patterning and painted abstraction and begins a new focus on the aberrations and slippages that can occur as a pattern, like a spoken message, is translated from one ‘language’ to another.

Happening until Saturday 31 August at Craft ACT.

See Craft ACT for more information.

SHIFTS IN JAPANESE MATERIALITY

This group exhibition of contemporary design practice considers the changing nature of materiality in Japanese object-making culture. Through the work of experimental Japanese and Australian designers, Shifts in Japanese Materiality highlights the porosity of Japanese design and craft processes in a contemporary context.

Happening Thursday 11 July to Saturday 31 August at Craft ACT.

See Craft ACT for more information.

ACTIVISM: FORCES FOR CHANGE IN CANBERRA

Canberra has a special relationship with activism as it is not only the location of protest on local issues but is also a site of national and international protest as the national capital.

This exhibition is about activism in many forms that has taken place in Canberra over the last century. It includes the well-known stories of the fight for women’s rights, for marriage equality and the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, but also stories of quiet activism; the creation of services for marginalised groups, artist’s collectives and the protest of presence. No matter whether it’s big and dramatic, or quiet and slow, these are stories of people working for change in the Canberra community.

Happening from Saturday 13 July until Saturday 2 November from 10 am – 5 pm at the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

See Canberra Museum and Gallery for more information.

Maori Markings: Ta Moko at the NGA

By marking the skin and face with connecting patterns, Māori Tā Moko artists tell stories of prestige, authority and identity. To receive and wear Moko is a great cultural privilege. Captivating photographs, paintings and sculptures trace the history of Tā Moko from the 18th century to its contemporary resurgence, including illustrations created during Captain Cook’s first voyages to Māori Chiefs.

This exhibition includes a unique art event featuring Moko artists engaging in a live demonstration of this phenomenal practice. Free.

Happening until Sunday 25 August 2019 daily at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

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.

Happening until Monday 3 February 2020 daily at Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

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.

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.

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 moadoph.gov.au/family. 

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.

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.

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.

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

See the website for more information.

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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