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In Canberra, we’re still working together to keep our community safe. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do.

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

While restrictions are lifting, we strongly encourage you to keep physical distance from people you don’t know and be mindful of the current restrictions.

STAY UP TO DATE

Restrictions may have eased, but your responsibility hasn’t.

Find the most recent information regarding COVID restrictions in the

 ACT here: covid19.act.gov.au/updates

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Taste Local Festival at Canberra Centre

After the year that has been, Canberra Centre wanted to give the opportunity to local businesses to showcase their talents to its customers.

The Taste Local festival is a month-long celebration of local producers and talents at Canberra Centre. Enjoy unique experiences of blending workshops, tasting adventures, masterclasses, live music and more.

Canberra Centre has partnered with local wineries and distilleries to offer you the opportunity to discover their produce at Canberra Centre.

Pop-Up bars

Every Friday evening throughout the month of May enjoy a complimentary drink and nibbles in Canberra Centre’s cosy set-up before finishing your late-night shopping in the centre.

Sip on a local wine or a freshly made cocktail and relax in their exclusive pop-up bar while enjoying live music from local artists.

Every Friday evening from 5-8 pm | Cost: Free

Workshops

Whether you’re a bonafide oenophile, a cocktail lover or a cheese enthusiast, make sure you book your spot to one of Canberra Centre’s workshops to experience Canberra’s regional produce scene like never before.

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May: The Canberra Distillery – Mixology Masterclass

The Canberra Distillery is a small batch distillery with a passion for local flavours and the creative process. They take pride in handcrafting fine spirits from only the essential raw ingredients.

The team at the Canberra Distillery will take customers on a Spirits journey where they will discover the ins and outs of manufacturing spirits. Customers will also have the unique opportunity to taste some of their award-winning products.

Attendees will also be provided with some delicious snacks supplied by The Lazy Grazer. The Lazy Grazer sources Canberra’s best local products for their customers such as Pialligo Estate Smokehouse award-winning meats, locally baked bread, and artisan cheese.

This workshop will run on Saturday 15 May from 2 – 3 pm and Sunday 16 May from 2 – 3 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to The Canberra Distillery Masterclass here

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May: Tallagandra Hill Winery & Gallagher Wines – Workshops

Tallagandra Hill is a small family-owned winery located in the premium wine producing Canberra District. They produce a range of award-winning wines that extend from full-bodied, characterful dry reds through to its elegant and delicate dry whites.

Gallagher Wines is a family-owned winery, situated near Murrumbateman. They produce a wide variety of wines including their most recent success with the 2017 Riesling winning four Trophies in the International Riesling Challenge and some local cheeses.

The workshops for this weekend will focus on wine and cheese pairing, learn the art of perfectly pairing a wonderful glass of wine, with a moreish piece of cheese.

The Tallagandra Hill Winery Matching Wines With Special Moments Workshop will run on Saturday 22 May from 2-3 pm and The Gallagher Wines – Wine and Cheese Pairing Workshop will run on Sunday 23 May from 2 – 3 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to Tallagandra Hill Winery Matching Wines With Special Moments Workshop here and The Gallagher Wines – Wine and Cheese Pairing Workshop here

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May: Underground Spirits Canberra – Mixology Cocktail Masterclass 

Underground Spirits is a boutique distillery that make award-winning premium spirits that are anything but typical. When it comes to taste, think the unexpected.

Attendees to this masterclass workshop will be able to embrace their inner alchemist and embark on a mixology masterclass with Underground Spirits’ Head Mixologist.

Learn some new cocktail creating skills and pick up expert tips to help you easily whip up some amazing new cocktails. Whilst learning some new mixology skills guests will enjoy some scrumptious treats provided by Bettys Burgers.

This workshop will run on Saturday 29th May 1-2 pm and 3-4 pm and Sunday 30 May from 1-2 and 3-4 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to The Underground Spirits Canberra Masterclass here

Happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7-30 May | Visit the Canberra Centre website for the full program | Cost: $20 per workshop, includes tasting, food and giveaways

Happening 7-30 May at Canberra Centre, Ground Floor, City Walk, next to R.M Williams.

See canberracentre.qicgre.com/Campaigns/2021/05/TasteLocal for more information.

A German Life

In the Australian Premiere of this highly demanding 90-minute solo triumph, Robyn Nevin plays Brunhilde Pomsel, an unassuming woman with good shorthand skills who, almost by chance, came to work in Joseph Goebbels’s Propaganda Ministry.

Pomsel struggled to make ends meet as a secretary in Berlin during the 1930s, her many employers including a Jewish insurance broker, the German Broadcasting Corporation – eventually Goebbels – before she emerged from the rubble near Hitler’s bunker waving a white pillowcase to the approaching Russian troops in April 1945.

Innocent or culpable? That’s the question at the heart of Christopher Hampton’s searching play, which was compiled from testimony of the then 103-year-old for the 2014 documentary A German Life. One of the last actively involved witnesses to the rise, fall and aftermath of the Third Reich, Brunhilde is intelligent and likeable, honest and credible. She doesn’t hide her youthful ignorance at the regime’s atrocities, her awe at finding herself at the heart of power, nor does she show any false remorse.

Her refusal to think too hard about what was going on and focus instead on her own life, raises confronting questions for contemporary audiences. As social catastrophe creeps closer and only united action can stop it, how do we recognise that moment? How do we seize it?

Happening 11-16 May from 7.30-9 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/a-german-life for more information.

Longing and Desire: Canberra Symphony plays Romeo and Juliet

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra takes the Llewellyn Hall mainstage for Longing and Desire, under the baton of the charismatic Jessica Cottis – her final Canberra performance for 2021.

The program features Richard Meale’s luscious Viridian and Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto – with guest pianist Andrea Lam – culminating in selections from Prokofiev’s epic ballet score: Romeo and Juliet.

Happening 12-13 May at Llewellyn Hall, ANU.

Book online at cso.org.au/events or call CSO Direct on 02 6262 6772 (weekdays 10 am – 3 pm).

Paintings on Silk by Carole Osmotherly: A Solo Exhibition

Local artist Carole Osmotherly will be exhibiting her new body of work in a Solo Exhibition in the dedicated Gallery space at Humble House gallery.

This recent body of works have been created to reflect her fascination with trees.

Carole’s intent is to encourage viewers to experience the many shapes, colours and textures of trees through her carefully considered silk paintings and hangings.

The process of painting on silk is complex and needs a considerable amount of pre-planning. To create the work Carole stretches silk across a wooden frame and applies colour in layers systematically fixing them with hot wax until the silk is completely covered. Once completed the work is steamed. This steaming process fixes the colour and removes the wax. To add depth and colour many of the works in this exhibition have been overpainted and steamed several times.

Paintings on Silk, a Solo Exhibition by Carole Osmotherly opens April 28 and runs through to May 16.

Online Catalogue available humblehouse.com.au/exhibitions

Cost: Free, with free laneside parking

Happening until 16 May at Humble House gallery, 93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick.

Gallery Hours: 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday to Sunday

See humblehouse.com.au/exhibitions, email exhibitionmanager@humblehouse.com.au or call (02) 6228 1988 for more information.

The Life Cycle of The Artist in Renaissance Florence

Renaissance artists and artisans were initiated into their crafts from a very early age. As their skills and reputations grew, they could become highly sought after and well remunerated. The qualities required to reach the dizzying heights of innovation were described by Giorgio Vasari in his celebrated book Lives of the Artists first published in 1550.

Kathleen Olive’s PhD was a study of artisanal culture in Renaissance Florence, through the lens of a commonplace book owned by a renaissance goldsmith known as the Codex Rustici.

She lived and studied in Italy for a number of years and then taught Italian language, literature and history at the University of Sydney. Kathleen has worked with Academy Travel, leading tours to Europe particularly to Italy, but also Japan.

Happening Monday 17 May from 6 pm (the lecture lasts about an hour and is followed by refreshments) at The Theatre, the National Library of Australia.

To register please contact the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society at adfasmembershipcanberra@gmail.com or Sally on 0420 536409 (leave a message).

The lecture costs $30 (cash or cheque, please, payable at the door) and includes refreshments afterwards.

Text/ure performance with Oriana Chorale

“Poetry and music are sister arts. So are poetry and painting. It’s as if the eye and the ear were related through poetry” (Edward Hirsch)

Text/ure is a cross-media, interdisciplinary project straddling poetry, art, and music. It is a collaboration between one of Canberra’s premiere a cappella choirs and local poet and artist Sarah Rice who sang with Oriana Chorale for many years, and will be returning to sing Soprano with them for this performance.

With support from ArtsACT, Sarah Rice commissioned six leading composers (all with ties to Canberra) to turn her poem ‘If I Could Have Given You A Note’ into six compositions to be sung by Oriana Chorale. The six composers are Dan Walker (conductor of Oriana Chorale), Judy Clingan, Sally Greenaway, Quin Thomson, David Cassat, and Phil Batterham. Sarah Rice then created artworks in response to each of their songs, and these drawings will be projected on the large screen behind the choir during the performance.

As Dan Walker says; “choral composition provides an incredible opportunity to give a poem new life in a meaningful and respectful way.” It is this giving of new life to one art-form through the materiality of another that motivates the project. What was of particular interest to this project was the realization that words like texture, tone, colour, shape, and line are all used across media, ie in poetry, music, and visual art.

The Text/ure project will produce a number of significant outputs – the creation of new poetry, visual art-work, and compositions – as well as world premier performances of the pieces. The final step in the process, the poems Sarah Rice wrote in response to the artworks, will be documented in a book to be published by editor Shane Strange at Recent Work Press.

As composer/conductor of Oriana Dan Walker says: “I am very proud to say that the choral landscape of this country has been shaped largely by projects such as the one you’re undertaking: that is, new works written specifically for amateur community ensembles”.

Happening Sunday 16 May from 3 pm-4.30 pm at Senior Hall, Canberra Girls Grammar School.

See TryBooking for more information.

 

FOOD & DRINK

High Jinks. Image supplied.

High Jinks Bar and Ironbark Gin Interactive Tastings Sessions

High Jinks invites you to a special tasting and drink-making session with Sydney-based Ironbark Distillery.

Ironbark’s lead distiller, Tim Lane, will take you through the range of Ironbark gins, a locally handcrafted spirit using Australian ingredients.

For $50, you’ll get:

• Ironbark Wattleseed gin & tonic on arrival
• Cheese platter shared for two
• Hosted session with the lead distiller including tastings of the Ironbark range: Wattleseed, Cascara, London Dry, Native Strawberry
• Interactive session where you jump behind the bar and create your own Ironbark signature cocktail to enjoy afterwards

Happening Thursday 13 May from 6–8.30 pm at High Jinks, NewActon.

See highjinks.bar for more information.

Taste Local Festival at Canberra Centre

After the year that has been, Canberra Centre wanted to give the opportunity to local businesses to showcase their talents to its customers.

The Taste Local festival is a month-long celebration of local producers and talents at Canberra Centre. Enjoy unique experiences of blending workshops, tasting adventures, masterclasses, live music and more.

Canberra Centre has partnered with local wineries and distilleries to offer you the opportunity to discover their produce at Canberra Centre.

Pop-Up bars

Every Friday evening throughout the month of May enjoy a complimentary drink and nibbles in Canberra Centre’s cosy set-up before finishing your late-night shopping in the centre.

Sip on a local wine or a freshly made cocktail and relax in their exclusive pop-up bar while enjoying live music from local artists.

Every Friday evening from 5-8 pm | Cost: Free

Workshops

Whether you’re a bonafide oenophile, a cocktail lover or a cheese enthusiast, make sure you book your spot to one of Canberra Centre’s workshops to experience Canberra’s regional produce scene like never before.

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May: The Canberra Distillery – Mixology Masterclass

The Canberra Distillery is a small batch distillery with a passion for local flavours and the creative process. They take pride in handcrafting fine spirits from only the essential raw ingredients.

The team at the Canberra Distillery will take customers on a Spirits journey where they will discover the ins and outs of manufacturing spirits. Customers will also have the unique opportunity to taste some of their award-winning products.

Attendees will also be provided with some delicious snacks supplied by The Lazy Grazer. The Lazy Grazer sources Canberra’s best local products for their customers such as Pialligo Estate Smokehouse award-winning meats, locally baked bread, and artisan cheese.

This workshop will run on Saturday 15 May from 2 – 3 pm and Sunday 16 May from 2 – 3 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to The Canberra Distillery Masterclass here

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May: Tallagandra Hill Winery & Gallagher Wines – Workshops

Tallagandra Hill is a small family-owned winery located in the premium wine producing Canberra District. They produce a range of award-winning wines that extend from full-bodied, characterful dry reds through to its elegant and delicate dry whites.

Gallagher Wines is a family-owned winery, situated near Murrumbateman. They produce a wide variety of wines including their most recent success with the 2017 Riesling winning four Trophies in the International Riesling Challenge and some local cheeses.

The workshops for this weekend will focus on wine and cheese pairing, learn the art of perfectly pairing a wonderful glass of wine, with a moreish piece of cheese.

The Tallagandra Hill Winery Matching Wines With Special Moments Workshop will run on Saturday 22 May from 2-3 pm and The Gallagher Wines – Wine and Cheese Pairing Workshop will run on Sunday 23 May from 2 – 3 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to Tallagandra Hill Winery Matching Wines With Special Moments Workshop here and The Gallagher Wines – Wine and Cheese Pairing Workshop here

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May: Underground Spirits Canberra – Mixology Cocktail Masterclass 

Underground Spirits is a boutique distillery that make award-winning premium spirits that are anything but typical. When it comes to taste, think the unexpected.

Attendees to this masterclass workshop will be able to embrace their inner alchemist and embark on a mixology masterclass with Underground Spirits’ Head Mixologist.

Learn some new cocktail creating skills and pick up expert tips to help you easily whip up some amazing new cocktails. Whilst learning some new mixology skills guests will enjoy some scrumptious treats provided by Bettys Burgers.

This workshop will run on Saturday 29th May 1-2 pm and 3-4 pm and Sunday 30 May from 1-2 and 3-4 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to The Underground Spirits Canberra Masterclass here

Happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7-30 May | Visit the Canberra Centre website for the full program | Cost: $20 per workshop, includes tasting, food and giveaways

Happening 7-30 May at Canberra Centre, Ground Floor, City Walk, next to R.M Williams.

See canberracentre.qicgre.com/Campaigns/2021/05/TasteLocal for more information.

Haig Park Village Markets

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

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

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

Happening Sundays from 8 am at Haig Park, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

STAGE AND SCREEN

A German Life

In the Australian Premiere of this highly demanding 90-minute solo triumph, Robyn Nevin plays Brunhilde Pomsel, an unassuming woman with good shorthand skills who, almost by chance, came to work in Joseph Goebbels’s Propaganda Ministry.

Pomsel struggled to make ends meet as a secretary in Berlin during the 1930s, her many employers including a Jewish insurance broker, the German Broadcasting Corporation – eventually Goebbels – before she emerged from the rubble near Hitler’s bunker waving a white pillowcase to the approaching Russian troops in April 1945.

Innocent or culpable? That’s the question at the heart of Christopher Hampton’s searching play, which was compiled from testimony of the then 103-year-old for the 2014 documentary A German Life. One of the last actively involved witnesses to the rise, fall and aftermath of the Third Reich, Brunhilde is intelligent and likeable, honest and credible. She doesn’t hide her youthful ignorance at the regime’s atrocities, her awe at finding herself at the heart of power, nor does she show any false remorse.

Her refusal to think too hard about what was going on and focus instead on her own life, raises confronting questions for contemporary audiences. As social catastrophe creeps closer and only united action can stop it, how do we recognise that moment? How do we seize it?

Happening 11-16 May from 7.30-9 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/a-german-life for more information.

MUSIC

Credit: Lindi Heap.

Longing and Desire: Canberra Symphony plays Romeo and Juliet

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra takes the Llewellyn Hall mainstage for Longing and Desire, under the baton of the charismatic Jessica Cottis – her final Canberra performance for 2021.

The program features Richard Meale’s luscious Viridian and Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto – with guest pianist Andrea Lam – culminating in selections from Prokofiev’s epic ballet score: Romeo and Juliet.

Happening 12-13 May at Llewellyn Hall, ANU.

Book online at cso.org.au/events or call CSO Direct on 02 6262 6772 (weekdays 10 am – 3 pm).

Text/ure performance with Oriana Chorale

“Poetry and music are sister arts. So are poetry and painting. It’s as if the eye and the ear were related through poetry” (Edward Hirsch)

Text/ure is a cross-media, interdisciplinary project straddling poetry, art, and music. It is a collaboration between one of Canberra’s premiere a cappella choirs and local poet and artist Sarah Rice who sang with Oriana Chorale for many years, and will be returning to sing Soprano with them for this performance.

With support from ArtsACT, Sarah Rice commissioned six leading composers (all with ties to Canberra) to turn her poem ‘If I Could Have Given You A Note’ into six compositions to be sung by Oriana Chorale. The six composers are Dan Walker (conductor of Oriana Chorale), Judy Clingan, Sally Greenaway, Quin Thomson, David Cassat, and Phil Batterham. Sarah Rice then created artworks in response to each of their songs, and these drawings will be projected on the large screen behind the choir during the performance.

As Dan Walker says; “choral composition provides an incredible opportunity to give a poem new life in a meaningful and respectful way.” It is this giving of new life to one art-form through the materiality of another that motivates the project. What was of particular interest to this project was the realization that words like texture, tone, colour, shape, and line are all used across media, ie in poetry, music, and visual art.

The Text/ure project will produce a number of significant outputs – the creation of new poetry, visual art-work, and compositions – as well as world premier performances of the pieces. The final step in the process, the poems Sarah Rice wrote in response to the artworks, will be documented in a book to be published by editor Shane Strange at Recent Work Press.

As composer/conductor of Oriana Dan Walker says: “I am very proud to say that the choral landscape of this country has been shaped largely by projects such as the one you’re undertaking: that is, new works written specifically for amateur community ensembles”.

Happening Sunday 16 May from 3 pm-4.30 pm at Senior Hall, Canberra Girls Grammar School.

See TryBooking for more information.

FESTIVALS

Taste Local Festival at Canberra Centre

After the year that has been, Canberra Centre wanted to give the opportunity to local businesses to showcase their talents to its customers.

The Taste Local festival is a month-long celebration of local producers and talents at Canberra Centre. Enjoy unique experiences of blending workshops, tasting adventures, masterclasses, live music and more.

Canberra Centre has partnered with local wineries and distilleries to offer you the opportunity to discover their produce at Canberra Centre.

Pop-Up bars

Every Friday evening throughout the month of May enjoy a complimentary drink and nibbles in Canberra Centre’s cosy set-up before finishing your late-night shopping in the centre.

Sip on a local wine or a freshly made cocktail and relax in their exclusive pop-up bar while enjoying live music from local artists.

Every Friday evening from 5-8 pm | Cost: Free

Workshops

Whether you’re a bonafide oenophile, a cocktail lover or a cheese enthusiast, make sure you book your spot to one of Canberra Centre’s workshops to experience Canberra’s regional produce scene like never before.

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May: The Canberra Distillery – Mixology Masterclass

The Canberra Distillery is a small batch distillery with a passion for local flavours and the creative process. They take pride in handcrafting fine spirits from only the essential raw ingredients.

The team at the Canberra Distillery will take customers on a Spirits journey where they will discover the ins and outs of manufacturing spirits. Customers will also have the unique opportunity to taste some of their award-winning products.

Attendees will also be provided with some delicious snacks supplied by The Lazy Grazer. The Lazy Grazer sources Canberra’s best local products for their customers such as Pialligo Estate Smokehouse award-winning meats, locally baked bread, and artisan cheese.

This workshop will run on Saturday 15 May from 2 – 3 pm and Sunday 16 May from 2 – 3 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to The Canberra Distillery Masterclass here

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May: Tallagandra Hill Winery & Gallagher Wines – Workshops

Tallagandra Hill is a small family-owned winery located in the premium wine producing Canberra District. They produce a range of award-winning wines that extend from full-bodied, characterful dry reds through to its elegant and delicate dry whites.

Gallagher Wines is a family-owned winery, situated near Murrumbateman. They produce a wide variety of wines including their most recent success with the 2017 Riesling winning four Trophies in the International Riesling Challenge and some local cheeses.

The workshops for this weekend will focus on wine and cheese pairing, learn the art of perfectly pairing a wonderful glass of wine, with a moreish piece of cheese.

The Tallagandra Hill Winery Matching Wines With Special Moments Workshop will run on Saturday 22 May from 2-3 pm and The Gallagher Wines – Wine and Cheese Pairing Workshop will run on Sunday 23 May from 2 – 3 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to Tallagandra Hill Winery Matching Wines With Special Moments Workshop here and The Gallagher Wines – Wine and Cheese Pairing Workshop here

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May: Underground Spirits Canberra – Mixology Cocktail Masterclass 

Underground Spirits is a boutique distillery that make award-winning premium spirits that are anything but typical. When it comes to taste, think the unexpected.

Attendees to this masterclass workshop will be able to embrace their inner alchemist and embark on a mixology masterclass with Underground Spirits’ Head Mixologist.

Learn some new cocktail creating skills and pick up expert tips to help you easily whip up some amazing new cocktails. Whilst learning some new mixology skills guests will enjoy some scrumptious treats provided by Bettys Burgers.

This workshop will run on Saturday 29th May 1-2 pm and 3-4 pm and Sunday 30 May from 1-2 and 3-4 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to The Underground Spirits Canberra Masterclass here

Happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7-30 May | Visit the Canberra Centre website for the full program | Cost: $20 per workshop, includes tasting, food and giveaways

Happening 7-30 May at Canberra Centre, Ground Floor, City Walk, next to R.M Williams.

See canberracentre.qicgre.com/Campaigns/2021/05/TasteLocal for more information.

Geek Markets

Geek Markets is a free event and is the place to come and support local and interstate geeky artists, creators and traders.

They have got all kinds of geeky, crafty, creative and artistic wares on offer.

Shop board games, clothing, trading cards, toys, books, video games, collectables, comics and more.

So come and shop, play and ‘geek out’ at Geek Markets in Canberra.

See canberrageekmarkets.com.au for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TALKS + TOURS

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.

The Life Cycle of The Artist in Renaissance Florence

Renaissance artists and artisans were initiated into their crafts from a very early age. As their skills and reputations grew, they could become highly sought after and well remunerated. The qualities required to reach the dizzying heights of innovation were described by Giorgio Vasari in his celebrated book Lives of the Artists first published in 1550.

Kathleen Olive’s PhD was a study of artisanal culture in Renaissance Florence, through the lens of a commonplace book owned by a renaissance goldsmith known as the Codex Rustici.

She lived and studied in Italy for a number of years and then taught Italian language, literature and history at the University of Sydney. Kathleen has worked with Academy Travel, leading tours to Europe particularly to Italy, but also Japan.

Happening Monday 17 May from 6 pm (the lecture lasts about an hour and is followed by refreshments) at The Theatre, the National Library of Australia.

To register please contact the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society at adfasmembershipcanberra@gmail.com or Sally on 0420 536409 (leave a message).

The lecture costs $30 (cash or cheque, please, payable at the door) and includes refreshments afterwards.

Taste Local festival at Canberra Centre

After the year that has been, Canberra Centre wanted to give the opportunity to local businesses to showcase their talents to its customers.

The Taste Local festival is a month-long celebration of local producers and talents at Canberra Centre. Enjoy unique experiences of blending workshops, tasting adventures, masterclasses, live music and more.

Canberra Centre has partnered with local wineries and distilleries to offer you the opportunity to discover their produce at Canberra Centre.

Pop-Up bars

Every Friday evening throughout the month of May enjoy a complimentary drink and nibbles in Canberra Centre’s cosy set-up before finishing your late-night shopping in the centre.

Sip on a local wine or a freshly made cocktail and relax in their exclusive pop-up bar while enjoying live music from local artists.

Every Friday evening from 5-8 pm | Cost: Free

Workshops

Whether you’re a bonafide oenophile, a cocktail lover or a cheese enthusiast, make sure you book your spot to one of Canberra Centre’s workshops to experience Canberra’s regional produce scene like never before.

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May: The Canberra Distillery – Mixology Masterclass

The Canberra Distillery is a small batch distillery with a passion for local flavours and the creative process. They take pride in handcrafting fine spirits from only the essential raw ingredients.

The team at the Canberra Distillery will take customers on a Spirits journey where they will discover the ins and outs of manufacturing spirits. Customers will also have the unique opportunity to taste some of their award-winning products.

Attendees will also be provided with some delicious snacks supplied by The Lazy Grazer. The Lazy Grazer sources Canberra’s best local products for their customers such as Pialligo Estate Smokehouse award-winning meats, locally baked bread, and artisan cheese.

This workshop will run on Saturday 15 May from 2 – 3 pm and Sunday 16 May from 2 – 3 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to The Canberra Distillery Masterclass here

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May: Tallagandra Hill Winery & Gallagher Wines – Workshops

Tallagandra Hill is a small family-owned winery located in the premium wine producing Canberra District. They produce a range of award-winning wines that extend from full-bodied, characterful dry reds through to its elegant and delicate dry whites.

Gallagher Wines is a family-owned winery, situated near Murrumbateman. They produce a wide variety of wines including their most recent success with the 2017 Riesling winning four Trophies in the International Riesling Challenge and some local cheeses.

The workshops for this weekend will focus on wine and cheese pairing, learn the art of perfectly pairing a wonderful glass of wine, with a moreish piece of cheese.

The Tallagandra Hill Winery Matching Wines With Special Moments Workshop will run on Saturday 22 May from 2-3 pm and The Gallagher Wines – Wine and Cheese Pairing Workshop will run on Sunday 23 May from 2 – 3 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to Tallagandra Hill Winery Matching Wines With Special Moments Workshop here and The Gallagher Wines – Wine and Cheese Pairing Workshop here

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May: Underground Spirits Canberra – Mixology Cocktail Masterclass 

Underground Spirits is a boutique distillery that make award-winning premium spirits that are anything but typical. When it comes to taste, think the unexpected.

Attendees to this masterclass workshop will be able to embrace their inner alchemist and embark on a mixology masterclass with Underground Spirits’ Head Mixologist.

Learn some new cocktail creating skills and pick up expert tips to help you easily whip up some amazing new cocktails. Whilst learning some new mixology skills guests will enjoy some scrumptious treats provided by Bettys Burgers.

This workshop will run on Saturday 29th May 1-2 pm and 3-4 pm and Sunday 30 May from 1-2 and 3-4 pm.

Ticket cost: $20 per person.

Secure your spot now to The Underground Spirits Canberra Masterclass here

Happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7-30 May | Visit the Canberra Centre website for the full program | Cost: $20 per workshop, includes tasting, food and giveaways

Happening 7-30 May at Canberra Centre, Ground Floor, City Walk, next to R.M Williams.

See canberracentre.qicgre.com/Campaigns/2021/05/TasteLocal 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

Your Local Wedding Guide Expo

At Your Local Wedding Guide Expo, you can create your perfect wedding day with the help of the best wedding industry suppliers in the Canberra region.

Find new products and ideas, listen to live music, see gorgeous displays, plus go in the draw to win great prizes! Register online for free tickets to Canberra’s biggest wedding expo at the National Convention Centre Canberra. Loads of inspiration in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

If you’re dreaming of a country, south coast beach or capital city wedding, a free-spirited bohemian, rustic, vintage or modern wedding, the wedding expo can help turn your dreams into reality.

Showcasing reception venues through to cars, beauty, gowns, cakes, photographers, entertainment and much, much more, the amazing expo is the only dedicated wedding expo in Canberra.

Happening Sunday 16 May from 10 am–3 pm at the National Convention Centre.

See weddingguide.com.au/expo-canberra for more information.

Haig Park Village Markets

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

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

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

Happening Sundays from 8 am at Haig Park, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

Capital Region Farmers Market

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

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

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

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

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

See capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au for more information.

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

Credit: Prue Hazelgrove.

Building Blocks, a Photography Exhibition by Sarah Annand

Working primarily to produce textile designs, ACT-based Sarah Annand transforms architectural images into patterns for interiors.

Building Blocks, on show at PhotoAccess until Saturday 8 May, presents a visual study of the artist’s intricate process which incorporates photography, painting and digital processing.

Annand dissects our built environment through a sculptural aesthetic drawing on distinctive modernist and brutalist architectural styles.

Her practice balances the documentation of architectural history with an exploration of new forms and compositions, producing engaging artworks that speak to nostalgia, preservation and abstraction.

Cost: Free, free parking at the Manuka Pool next door.

Showing until Saturday 8 May at PhotoAccess. 30 Manuka Circle, Griffith. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm.

See gallery.photoaccess.org.au/copy-of-exhibition-template for more information.

Paintings on Silk by Carole Osmotherly: A Solo Exhibition

Local artist Carole Osmotherly will be exhibiting her new body of work in a Solo Exhibition in the dedicated Gallery space at Humble House gallery.

This recent body of works have been created to reflect her fascination with trees.

Carole’s intent is to encourage viewers to experience the many shapes, colours and textures of trees through her carefully considered silk paintings and hangings.

The process of painting on silk is complex and needs a considerable amount of pre-planning. To create the work Carole stretches silk across a wooden frame and applies colour in layers systematically fixing them with hot wax until the silk is completely covered. Once completed the work is steamed. This steaming process fixes the colour and removes the wax. To add depth and colour many of the works in this exhibition have been overpainted and steamed several times.

Paintings on Silk, a Solo Exhibition by Carole Osmotherly opens April 28 and runs through to May 16.

Online Catalogue available humblehouse.com.au/exhibitions

Cost: Free, with free laneside parking

Happening 28 April–16 May at Humble House gallery, 93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick.

Gallery Hours: 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday to Sunday

See humblehouse.com.au/exhibitions, email exhibitionmanager@humblehouse.com.au or call (02) 6228 1988 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.

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 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

Art and science collide as artists investigate the natural world around them.

See this travelling exhibition at the National Archives of Australia, developed by the South Australian Museum.

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize commemorates the birth of the South Australian Museum’s first curator, Frederick George Waterhouse. This biennial prize provides an opportunity for artists to investigate the world around them and present their perspectives on natural science. It encourages artists to make a statement about the scientific issues facing our planet and offers a valuable platform for them to contribute to the environmental debate.

The 2020 prize winners and highly commended entrants are on show at the National Archives of Australia from 27 March to 6 June 2021. The National Archives is the exclusive venue for the Prize outside South Australia.

The open winner, Grayson Cooke and Emma Walker’s video Open Air combines satellite imagery, videography and painting to produce a complex picture of a changing planet, set to The Necks’ 2013 album Open.

The emerging winner, Rebecca McEwan’s installation 4000 stories, takes the shape of a chandelier made from glass vessels filled with honey, asking us to question the value we place on honey and the existence of bees in our delicately balanced ecosystem.

Showing until 6 June at the National Archives of Australia.

See naa.gov.au/visit-us/events-and-exhibitions/waterhouse-natural-science-art-prize for more information.

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now

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

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

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

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

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

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Harriet Schwarzrock: Spaces between movement and stillness

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

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

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

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

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

Showing until 1 August 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

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

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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