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From live music and theatre to exhibitions and festivals, here’s what’s happening this week in Canberra.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Sunflowers High Tea (Final Week)

A special High Tea celebrating Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London served every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the duration of the exhibition.

Happening 11, 12 and 13 June at the National Gallery of Australia.

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

Lakespeare: Songs & Sonnets Dinner Show

Pialligo Estate and Lakespeare & Co. are delighted to introduce Songs & Sonnets, a dinner and theatre event like no other in Canberra.

Just minutes away from the city’s centre, join in for a premium three-course meal featuring amazing local produce and immerse yourself in this intimate cabaret show featuring a grand piano.

If you have a special occasion to celebrate or are going COVID stir-crazy at home, treat yourself to a wonderful experience. Their cast of four Canberrans will delight you with a medley of songs, including those from musical theatre giant Stephen Sondheim and original compositions from the local musical composer, Jay Cameron, peppered with Sonnets from Shakespeare. Sit back and enjoy Canberra’s finest produce, wine and music.

Happening 10, 11, 18, 19 June at Pialligo Estate.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/songs-and-sonnets for more information.

World Knit in Public Day

Join in for a day of knitting, crocheting, sewing and crafting at Westfield Belconnen with Good Omen Goodeze (GOG).

GOG makes handcrafted comfort goods using donated materials. Most of the goods are knitted, crocheted or sewn by people that kindly donate their time, skills and resources to help others.

GOG make lap rugs, beanies, scarves, slippers, small quilts and many other comfort items that are donated to patients in Hospital.

Happening Saturday 12 June at Westfield Belconnen.

See goodomengoodeze.org for more information.

Les Divas

From the producers of Prada’s Priscillas comes Les Divas: An all-male revue! Australia’s six-foot something songstress Prada Clutch plays the Goddess of Pop; Cher in her new show set on the Las Vegas Strip featuring an all star line-up of her most famous friends.

The ninety-minute all-male revue includes some of the world’s greatest divas including: Barbara Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Diana Ross & of course – Cher!

Relive their greatest hits including: If I Could Turn Back Time, Get The Party Started, Proud Mary, I Will Always Love You & I’m Coming Out. The show is headlined by Prada Clutch; one of Australia’s most in demand live-singing drag queens. Prada has headlined stage shows across Australia, playing both major cities and regional towns.

Happening Saturday 12 June from 8 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/les-divas-male-revue for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

Credit: Lean Timms.

Truffle-infused Winter Weekends at Mount Majura Cellar Door

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

Come into the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard to taste a flight of wines matched with truffled brie. Combining a deliciously rich and creamy brie with truffles from neighbour Jayson at The Truffle Farm.

Happening every Saturday and Sunday until 29 August 2021.

See mountmajura.com.au/truffle-infused-weekends-supporting-raw-potential-canberra for more information.

High Jinks + Adelaide Hills Distillery

High Jinks is teaming up with Adelaide Hills Distillery, 2020 Icon of Gins ‘Distillery of the Year’ winner, to bring you a rambunctious tasting and cocktail-making workshop.

AHD Australian Spirits Ambassador and former ‘Bartender of the Year’, Lee Potter-Cavanagh, will be your guide through the world of spirits and the excellent range from AHD.

There are spirits, and then there are Adelaide Hills Distillery spirits. If you know AHD, you know the difference. If you don’t, well it’s time you found out.

Happening Thursday 10 June at High Jinks, under ILY, Kendal Lane, NewActon.

See Eventbrite for more information.

Creative Juices: Arts, Wine and Food Festival at Contentious Character

A new arts, wine and food festival, Creative Juices celebrates the human connection to the land through creativity and with delightful local food and wine.

Contentious Character has put together a juicy festival program, mixing up dance, drama and song with local food and wines and a creative line-up from our nation’s capital and region, featuring performances by Australian Dance Party, Somebody’s Aunt, Dianna Nixon, a kids workshop from Kulture Break, and a sparkling long table lunch with The Street Theatre Associate Artists. People joining in for Creative Juices over the long weekend can choose from events go on a Festival binge.

Happening 11-14 June at Contentious Character, 810 Norton Road, Wamboin.

See contentiouscharacter.com.au for more information.

Sunflowers High Tea

A special High Tea celebrating Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London served every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the duration of the exhibition.

Happening 11, 12 and 13 June at the National Gallery of Australia.

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

The Pop Inn

The Pop Inn is at Bowen Park this weekend—pull up a table for two and enjoy a glass of wine and a charcuterie platter.

Popping up from 1 pm to 6 pm Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June.

Find out more at thepopinn.com.

Haig Park Village Markets

The Haig Park Village Markets are about creating a vibrant farmers market filled with fresh, nutritious, quality produce and products at reasonable prices, with the added bonus of supporting and promoting our regional farmers and businesses.

Rosie and Alex are born and raised Canberrans who love all things markets. Their markets will be an evolving collaboration of many farmers, bakers, artisans and talented people, seeking to share their crafted specialties. They want to support local creative talent and nurture local businesses.

Working together with regional growers and local business they can create a lively and community-driven market that seeks to become a destination for locals and visitors alike.

Happening Sundays from 8 am at Haig Park, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

STAGE AND SCREEN

Lakespeare: Songs & Sonnets Dinner Show

Pialligo Estate and Lakespeare & Co. are delighted to introduce Songs & Sonnets, a dinner and theatre event like no other in Canberra.

Just minutes away from the city’s centre, join in for a premium three-course meal featuring amazing local produce and immerse yourself in this intimate cabaret show featuring a grand piano.

If you have a special occasion to celebrate or are going COVID stir-crazy at home, treat yourself to a wonderful experience. Their cast of four Canberrans will delight you with a medley of songs, including those from musical theatre giant Stephen Sondheim and original compositions from the local musical composer, Jay Cameron, peppered with Sonnets from Shakespeare. Sit back and enjoy Canberra’s finest produce, wine and music.

Happening 10, 11 ,18 ,19 June at Pialligo Estate.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/songs-and-sonnets for more information.

Milk By Dylan Van Den Berg

On the precipice of something life-changing, a young Palawa man plunges into an exploration of self and Country.

Carried with the winds of a metaphysical Flinders Island, the land of his mob and the place where it all happened, he is drawn back to the dawn of colonization. To a woman who bore the brunt of the oppressors’ violence and then forward to her granddaughter, who buried the truth as a means of survival. Stirring up stories together, with parts both achingly sad and unexpectedly funny, what unfolds reveals by slow degrees painful but important truths.

Canberra-based writer Dylan Van Den Berg, winner of the 2021 Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting at the New South Wales Premiers Literary Awards, brings to the stage the uneasy personal process of reconciliation. To what extent can people align themselves with Indigenous legacies of resilience when they are also related to their oppressors? Does the passage of time undermine connection to Country?

Starring award-winning Mandandanjii and Darambal woman Roxanne McDonald [Parramatta Girls, Mabo] and Katie Beckett [Redfern Now, Sunshine Girl, Which Way Home] with Dylan Van Den Berg Milk is a story of longing, of connection and the ghosts of the past.

Happening until 12 June at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, City.

See thestreet.org.au/shows/milk-dylan-van-den-berg for more information.

Les Divas

From the producers of Prada’s Priscillas comes Les Divas: An all-male revue! Australia’s six-foot something songstress Prada Clutch plays the Goddess of Pop; Cher in her new show set on the Las Vegas Strip featuring an all star line-up of her most famous friends.

The ninety-minute all-male revue includes some of the world’s greatest divas including: Barbara Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Diana Ross & of course – Cher!

Relive their greatest hits including: If I Could Turn Back Time, Get The Party Started, Proud Mary, I Will Always Love You & I’m Coming Out. The show is headlined by Prada Clutch; one of Australia’s most in demand live-singing drag queens. Prada has headlined stage shows across Australia, playing both major cities and regional towns.

Happening Saturday 12 June from 8 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/les-divas-male-revue for more information.

Smith’s Varietal

See eight incredible performers for just $10 a ticket at the next instalment of the Smith’s Varietal. The Varietal is a staple of the Canberra arts scene, with Tuesday marking its 178th show.

Join them for another night of exploring the unexpected further reaches of Canberra’s performing arts community.

Your MC this week is the well known local comedian, Sarah Ison, who will be joined by:

Chelsea Heaney – Musical comedy
Sian Brigid – Circus / Burlesque
Sweet Belladonna – Burlesque
Areola Grande – Drag
Nick Schuller – Comedy

Happening Tuesday 8 June at Smith’s Alternative.

See smithsalternative.com/events/smith-s-varietal for more information.

Lightbulb Improv: Switched on Comedy

Join Lightbulb Improv for a comedy variety show like no other. Completely made up on the spot! In a lively and daring journey, the players’ craft stories, games, songs and fearless theatre that frees the mind, delights the intellect and stirs the soul. Lightbulb creates spontaneous theatre that delights audiences with the unexpected and with their unique flavour of warmth, humour and honesty.

Lightbulb Improv is Canberra’s premier improv troupe, offering an antidote to our predictable and routine daily lives. Since 2016 Lightbulb has performed in comedy festivals and international festivals, and love bringing their improvised magic to Canberra. They love the atmosphere and warmth at Smith’s Alternative to perform their long-running monthly show.

Be warned, shows do sell out quickly!

Happening Thursday 10 June at Smith’s Alternative, City.

See smithsalternative.com/events/lightbulb-improv for more information.

Bluey’s Big Play

When Dad feels like a little bit of Sunday arvo time out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans! Join them as they pull out all of the games and ingenuity at their disposal to get Dad off that bean bag.

Bluey’s Big Play is a theatrical adaptation of the Emmy® award-winning children’s television series, with an original story by Bluey’s creator Joe Brumm, and new music by Brisbane’s Beethoven and Bluey composer, Joff Bush.

Join The Heelers in this live theatre show made just for you, featuring brilliantly created puppets, this is Bluey as you’ve never seen it before, brought to real life!

Happening 12-13 June at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/blueys-big-play for more information.

Aussie Indies: The Witch of Kings Cross + Q&A

The Witch of Kings Cross is a genre-bending documentary set in the occult subculture of 1950s Sydney. The film explores the life, work and beliefs of the most persecuted, prosecuted and daring female artist in Australian history – Rosaleen Norton.

Presented like a ‘rock doc’, it’s a collage of art, artefacts, archive, interview and expressionistic drama.

Tabloid tales of sex orgies, satanic rituals, bizarre deaths and the constant arrests don’t deter Rosaleen from her bohemian lifestyle. Instead, she takes control of the media by embracing the role of ‘the Witch’.

At the vanguard of feminism and the counter-culture revolution, Rosaleen Norton was persecuted for her sexuality and refusal to conform to Christian values.

Join them after the screening for a Q&A session with director Sonia Bible.

Happening Friday 11 June at the National Film and Sound Archive.

See tickets.nfsa.gov.au/Events/THE-WITCH-OF-KINGS-CROSS-Q-A for more information.

MUSIC

Les Divas

From the producers of Prada’s Priscillas comes Les Divas: An all-male revue! Australia’s six-foot something songstress Prada Clutch plays the Goddess of Pop; Cher in her new show set on the Las Vegas Strip featuring an all star line-up of her most famous friends.

The ninety-minute all-male revue includes some of the world’s greatest divas including: Barbara Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Diana Ross & of course – Cher!

Relive their greatest hits including: If I Could Turn Back Time, Get The Party Started, Proud Mary, I Will Always Love You & I’m Coming Out. The show is headlined by Prada Clutch; one of Australia’s most in demand live-singing drag queens. Prada has headlined stage shows across Australia, playing both major cities and regional towns.

Happening Saturday 12 June from 8 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/les-divas-male-revue for more information.

Dickson Sounds in the Village

Dickson is coming alive with the sound of music! Sounds in the Village is back for 2021.

Enjoy free performances from local musicians and performers every Thursday and Saturday from 11 am-1 pm.

You can find the performances in the Dickson Library courtyard. Watch their Facebook page each week for information on upcoming performances.

Happening Thursday and Sunday at Dickson Square, Dickson.

See Facebook for more information.

Live music Fridays at Blackbird

Every Friday night a different artist will play. Drop in for amazing cocktails in a great cosy and candlelit atmosphere, with some amazing talent on stage every Tuesday and Friday night.

Happening Friday evenings at Blackbird, 114 Alinga Street, Canberra City.

See blackbirdbar.com.au for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TALKS + TOURS

Milky Way Photography Workshop with Ari Rex

Take your night sky photography to the next level.

Learn how to capture stunning Milky Way nightscapes.

Expert instruction is given by award-winning photographer Ari Rex. Enjoy fabulous fun, amazing stars, new adventures and great company. If you’re passionate about astrophotography, this workshop is for you!

Happening across various Saturdays until 6 November 2021.

See arirex.com.au/amwphwc for more information.

Make Your Own at Canberra Glassworks

Create your own artwork with one-on-one guidance from a highly skilled Teaching Artist at the Canberra Glassworks.

Make your own paperweight, bird, tumbler or vase in a short one-on-one session from 20 to 40 minutes long.

Saturday or Sunday sessions available at Canberra Glassworks. Book online at canberraglassworks.com/create/myo

Magic of Marion: 150 Years of Marion Mahony Griffin

Happy Birthday Marion Mahony Griffin

Join the National Capital Authority and other National Cultural Partners as they celebrate a year of Marion Mahony Griffin in the national capital.  This year marks Marion’s 150th Birthday, a woman that played such in integral part in architectural designs across two continents.

Marion is known to have produced some of the finest architectural drawings in Australia and America but was also instrumental in the award-winning design plans with her husband Walter for the design of Australia’s Capital, Canberra.

From walks to lectures, launches to talks, see the full program at nca.gov.au/marion.

Various events happening until 10 August 2021.

See nca.gov.au/marion for more information.

World Knit in Public Day

Join in for a day of knitting, crocheting, sewing and crafting at Westfield Belconnen with Good Omen Goodeze (GOG).

GOG makes handcrafted comfort goods using donated materials. Most of the goods are knitted, crocheted or sewn by people that kindly donate their time, skills and resources to help others.

GOG make lap rugs, beanies, scarves, slippers, small quilts and many other comfort items that are donated to patients in Hospital.

Happening Saturday 12 June at Westfield Belconnen.

See goodomengoodeze.org for more information.

The 5.30 Club Canberra

Inspired by The 5:30 am Club in Sydney, Emily Davidson has started her own for us here in Canberra.

Join her for your Power Hour on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 am-7 am at Eighty/Twenty Food in Braddon Canberra

Everyone is welcome and there is no cost involved. If you want to start your morning off on the right foot, come and join The 5.30 am Club Canberra! Bring along a book, your laptop or pen and paper—anything to work on for your Power Hour!

What could you do with an hour to yourself in your day? Start writing a book, smash your email inbox, journal, brainstorm ideas for your next project or plan your day…the sky is the limit!

All while soaking up the sunrise over a morning brew, and all before peak hour!

The Club’s motto is ‘Win the morning, win the day!’ Emily says her day is better when it starts with The 5:30 am Club. “After we meet in the morning I’m on a high—feeling fresh, inspired and ready to start the day!”

Join The 5.30 am Club! Look for the blonde-haired girl with the llama on her table.

See sites.google.com/view/the530club for more information.

MARKETS

Via facebook.com/haigparkvillagemarkets

Haig Park Village Markets

The Haig Park Village Markets are about creating a vibrant farmers market filled with fresh, nutritious, quality produce and products at reasonable prices, with the added bonus of supporting and promoting our regional farmers and businesses.

Rosie and Alex are born and raised Canberrans who love all things markets. Their markets will be an evolving collaboration of many farmers, bakers, artisans and talented people, seeking to share their crafted specialties. They want to support local creative talent and nurture local businesses.

Working together with regional growers and local business they can create a lively and community-driven market that seeks to become a destination for locals and visitors alike.

Happening Sundays from 8 am at Haig Park, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Sample the region’s freshest produce at the Capital region farmers market

The Market is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall, the only rural Rotary Club in the ACT.

Find your way to the Market with our directions to EPIC. We have over 100 stallholders each week who bring their freshly picked, grown and handcrafted produce to the Market.

Speak to a stallholder and ask them where their produce comes from—you’ll be surprised what you’ll learn and pick up cooking, storage and usage tips. Find your favourite stallholder in the directory.

Happening every Saturday from 7 am– 11.30 am at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

See capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au for more information.

SPORT

Plus500 Brumbies v Highlanders

The New Zealanders are back! We’ve been waiting over a year for the challenge, and finally New Zealand’s best Super Rugby sides are back in the Capital to take on your Plus500 Brumbies!

Get your tickets now to see the Brumbies’ star-studded line up take on the best from across the ditch in this must-see clash at GIO stadium.

Happening Friday 11 June at GIO Stadium, Bruce.

See brumbies.rugby for more information.

Raiders v Broncos

The Brisbane Broncos had a poor 2020 and will be looking to improve their performances when they come up against the Raiders. Both sides will be striving to secure a crucial victory.

With a new coach at the helm in 2021, the Broncos will come to the ACT desperate to improve on their form in the 2020 season, while the Raiders will look to make it three wins at GIO Stadium against the Broncos in the past three years.

Happening Saturday 12 June at GIO Stadium.

See raiders.com.au/draw/nrl-premiership/2021/round-14-raiders-v-broncos for more information.

KIDS

Bluey’s Big Play

When Dad feels like a little bit of Sunday arvo time out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans! Join them as they pull out all of the games and ingenuity at their disposal to get Dad off that bean bag.

Bluey’s Big Play is a theatrical adaptation of the Emmy® award-winning children’s television series, with an original story by Bluey’s creator Joe Brumm, and new music by Brisbane’s Beethoven and Bluey composer, Joff Bush.

Join The Heelers in this live theatre show made just for you, featuring brilliantly created puppets, this is Bluey as you’ve never seen it before, brought to real life!

Happening 12-13 June at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/blueys-big-play for more information.

OUTDOORS

Magic of Marion: 150 Years of Marion Mahony Griffin

Happy Birthday Marion Mahony Griffin

Join the National Capital Authority and other National Cultural Partners as they celebrate a year of Marion Mahony Griffin in the national capital.  This year marks Marion’s 150th Birthday, a woman that played such in integral part in architectural designs across two continents.

Marion is known to have produced some of the finest architectural drawings in Australia and America but was also instrumental in the award-winning design plans with her husband Walter for the design of Australia’s Capital, Canberra.

From walks to lectures, launches to talks, see the full program at nca.gov.au/marion.

Various events happening until 10 August 2021.

See nca.gov.au/marion for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

Grace Lillian Lee, Body Armour – A Weave of Reflection Pink and Orange.

Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion

This stunning exhibition shines a light on Australia’s leading First Nations creatives and a design movement that is fast becoming a national fashion phenomenon.

Featuring the work of Indigenous artists and designers from the inner city to remote desert art centres, Piinpi highlights the strength and diversity of the rapidly epanding Indigenous fashion and textile industry.

Exhibition organised by Bendigo Art Gallery.

Showing until 8 August 2021 at the National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au/exhibitions/piinpi-contemporary-indigenous-fashion for more information.

The Trevor Kennedy Collection: Highlights

Discover objects of rare beauty and items of curiosity and wonder in this exhibition.

Drawn from the rich and diverse Trevor Kennedy Collection, this selection of stunning artworks, ceramics, furniture and jewellery highlights Australia’s history, culture and identity.

On show until 10 October. Free entry.

While We’re Still Here

From 3 June, aMBUSH Gallery Kambri will launch their latest exhibition While We’re Still Here which explores the enduring charm and legacy of the still-life genre.

Co-curated by aMBUSH Gallery and Scott Owen, the exhibition name references the tradition of still life and the concept of ‘memento mori’ (Latin for ‘remember you must die’) which is often used by the Stoic philosophers.

Works from 20 Australian artists are showcased – including oil paintings, collage, photography and digital collage – with roots in the artistic traditions of still life but anchored in the present day either through their subject matter or their medium.

The exhibition will then run daily from Friday 4 June to Sunday 11 July from 10 am-6 pm weekdays and 12 pm-5 pm on weekends, free of charge to the public.

Happening 3 June to 11 July at aMBUSH Gallery, Kambri ANU.

See ambushgallery.com for more information.

DUSK: Tess Horwitz

In drawing, sculpture and multi-media installation work Tess Horwitz investigates power relations between culture and nature and experiments with the process of making art as commentary.

Tess moves restlessly between diverse processes and materials, and between the private, public and community sphere, always aiming to provoke questioning of social assumptions.

Opening event: Wednesday 2 June 2021 from 6 pm

Opening address by Toni Hassan, Canberra writer and journalist and Adjunct Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture at Charles Sturt University.

Cost: Free

Showing Wednesday 2 to Sunday 20 June ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson.

See anca.net.au/2021-exhibition-program/2021/6/2/dusk for more information.

CAMERON HAAS | A M P L I F Y

A M P L I F Y is an exhibition of recent work by Cameron Haas, whose outstanding talent as an abstract artist has now been recognised internationally.

Amplify is an extension of a more organic motif that he has been exploring for the last few exhibitions. This group of paintings extends the format to allow more opportunity for colour interactions within the composition. He achieves this by using mid-ground forms and colours that act as a type of ‘halo’ around the foreground formations, adding another level or amplification to the composition.

Amplify is on show until 20 June at The Nancy Sever Gallery.

The Impulse of Hysteria

Sometimes vulnerable and often intimate, The Impulse of Hysteria confronts the messy aspects of being human on blunt and uneasy terms. In a collection of 30 paintings, Ashley Cullen’s first solo exhibition imagines a visceral world of faces and bodies.

Inspired by mythic figures, tragedy and personal relationships, Cullen’s paintings deal explicitly with themes of love and loss as well as the fleeting yet intense emotions that characterise us as uniquely human.

Showing at Belconnen Arts Centre until 27 June | belcoarts.com.au

Australien

Living in Australia as a child of parents who were born overseas can often be a delicate balance. Different lunches packed for school, different languages at home, different religions, different clothes, different skin.

Featuring first- and second-generation Australian artists— Lara Chamas, Mariana del Castillo, Caroline Garcia, Shivanjani Lal, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Andy Mullens and Elefteria Vlavianos— Australien investigates the complexities of balancing the cultures of their heritage with the culture they live in today.

Showing at Canberra Contemporary Art Space until 11 July | ccas.com.au

Sammy Hawker Solo Exhibition

Sammy Hawker is an ACT-based visual artist. Her practice examines the methods and protocols of human and more-than-human collaboration when producing works that investigate sites of the Anthropocene.

She is interested in de-centring her position as the artist and breaking open the permanency of the photograph by inviting agents of the site to co-create the work. Through facilitating interaction with more-than-human entities this practice aims to draw attention to and make visible the hidden temporal realities & cross-species entanglements of the site.

Sammy’s practise is grounded in collaborative engagement. When investigating a site she will work closely with Traditional Custodians, scientists, ecologists and regenerative agriculturalists. These engagements assist her in interpreting quantitative and qualitative data as well as developing ecological literacy and a cultural understanding of the site. Cross-disciplinary partnerships illustrate a responsible way of moving forward in an age of environmental crisis.

Showing until 2 July at Mixing Room Gallery, 10 Mildura Street, Griffith.

See thors.com.au/exhibitions/sammy-hawker for more information.

Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery

Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London draws exclusively from one of the greatest collections of European paintings in the world.

This unprecedented exhibition includes 500 years of art in 60 paintings and comprises the largest group of works ever to travel outside of Britain in the National Gallery’s 192-year history.

Botticelli to Van Gogh features 55 of the world’s most famous and admired artists from the fifteenth to the turn of the twentieth century, including Botticelli, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Turner, Constable, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

Exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia—only in Canberra

Showing until 14 June at the National Gallery of Australia.

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

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now showcases art made by women. It brings together more than 300 works, drawn from the Gallery’s collection and other collections from across Australia.

This exhibition is part of a series of ongoing initiative by the National Gallery to increase the representation of artists who identify as women in its artistic program, featuring lesser-known and leading artists such as Margaret Preston, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Destiny Deacon and Julie Rrap, this exhibition tells a new story of Australian art.

Highlights include a floor-to-ceiling presentation of artists’ portraits in a variety of mediums, the work of pioneering performance artists Bonita Ely and Jill Orr and a complete edition of Tracey Moffatt’s first major series of photographs, Something more 1989. Gemma Smith has been commissioned to paint the walls of the galleries.

By bringing together artists from different times, places and cultures, this exhibition proposes another history, upending the assumption that modern and contemporary Australian art is a male-dominated narrative.

Showing until 4 July 2021 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Harriet Schwarzrock: Spaces between movement and stillness

‘The heart is often regarded as our emotional centre. Working with this form allows me to contemplate many aspects of being.’

Luminous alone, the myriad tones and permutations of spaces between movement and stillness also echo the boundless forms of love in the autumn-winter exhibition, Australian Love Stories, at the National Portrait Gallery.

Harriet Schwarzrock’s new work explores notions of emotional processes and their physical manifestations. ‘From the subtle yet essential electricity within our bodies, I am fascinated by this interplay between the invisible and the visible, between our extraordinary similarities and differences.’

In spaces between movement and stillness, the artist has embraced science and experimentation to create visual wonders: glass, inert gases, and electricity combine into an array of organic forms, producing a captivating field of colour and movement. ‘Sometimes they have a warm glow, much like an aurora contained in a bottle; in others there are lightning-like lines meandering around the form. Although the gases are invisible, when excited by electricity they reveal subtle effects and differences.’

The creation draws reflections on the role of the human heart as our central, exquisitely responsive ‘engine’. When we’re relaxed, the heart beats at a slow and steady rhythm; when excitement takes hold – for example, in the first throes of true love – the cadence might crank with the beat of a wilful, wild machine.

Showing until 1 August 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/harriet-schwarzrock-2021 for more information.

Seeing Canberra

As a city initiated as an imagined capital for the new Australian nation, Canberra has been a place that quickly invited visual representation.

As it developed, artists have seen Canberra through different lenses, and these have shaped the way they understood and interpreted the evolving landscape.

In this exhibition, drawn primarily from CMAG’s collection, visitors will journey through four key periods of the city’s development and for each, will encounter an object that represents a prism to understand a way of seeing at that time.

Showing until 17 July 2021 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

See origin.cmag.com.au/exhibitions/seeing-canberra for more information.

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