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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

Winter Wonderland at the Haig Park Village Markets

Discover the magical winter wonderland at the Haig Park Village Markets, Braddon.

On 8 August 2021, from 9 am to 2 pm, the Haig Park Village Markets will turn into a wonderland of wintery excitement! With twinkling lights, a mulled wine and hot cider garden, festive workshops, children’s roving entertainment, roasted chestnuts and the smell of spices in the air – an overall magical winter experience amongst the pines of Haig Park.

Liven up your frosty morning with an African Drumming and Dance experience or warm up in their festive mulled wine garden listening to the sounds of live musicians.

The winter-themed market stalls will delight your senses with delicious cuisines, tasty treats, fresh produce, artisan products, crafts, jewellery and more.

In collaboration with Elite Event Technology, Southern Generators and Electrical and Innovative Metalworx, come join them and enjoy the festive atmosphere!

Happening Sunday 8 August at the Haig Park Village Markets, Braddon.

See haigparkvillagemarkets.com.au/winter-wonderland for more information.

Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize

Audience favourite, the National Photographic Portrait Prize, is back bigger and for longer this year. Selected from a national field of entries, this iteration incorporates photographs from the maelstrom that was late 2019 and 2020.

Accordingly, they’ve called it Living Memory to acknowledge a time like no other. This exhibition always reflects the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Showing until 7 November at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/living-memory-2021 for more information.

Fired Up 2021

Fired Up 2021 presents a showcase of ceramic art events, activities and visitor experiences during an evening hosted by Canberra Potters at Watson Arts Centre.

An evolution of their traditional Open Day this new event will engage audiences with a variety of demonstrations, hands-on experiences, and maker engagement opportunities.

Against a night sky visitors can witness the magical alchemy of a Raku firing, the opening of a pit kiln to reveal the treasures within, meet the makers and purchase original ceramic ware from our emerging makers market and studio artists.

There will be live music, fire twirlers and a range of food and beverage vendors.

Come and explore the wonders of the ceramic art form and connection through clay.

Happening Saturday 7 August at the Watson Arts Centre.

See canberrapotters.com.au for more information.

Jeans for Genes Gala Evening

1 in 20 children worldwide is born with a birth defect or genetic disease. Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) is finding cures for childhood genetic diseases, so every child has the opportunity for a healthy start to life.  With your help, they can make a difference in the fight against childhood diseases.

Jeans for Genes was established in 1994 by Children’s Medical Research Institute to fund revolutionary research that helps diagnose, understand, and find cures for conditions affecting kids, including genetic diseases, cancer, and epilepsy.

The goal in 2021, the 28th year of Jeans for Genes is to raise funds to create a new centre of collaboration, bringing world-leading research and hospitals together to help Australian kids suffering from genetic disease.

Happening Friday 6 August at 6.30 pm at the Hellenic Club Woden, Matilda Street, Woden.

See TryBooking for more information.

Ruth Lane-Poole: A Woman of Influence

Ruth Lane-Poole’s articles on interior decoration in popular magazines in the mid-1920s introduced many homemakers to her ideas on good taste and practical design.

Such was her standing, that when the Federal Capital Commission was faced with the challenge of furnishing Canberra’s two official residences – Government House and The Lodge – in time for the opening of Parliament House in 1927, it was Ruth Lane-Poole that they engaged to work with the architects on matters relating to interior furnishing.

This exhibition brings together items never exhibited before outside the official residences, and which explore the inspirations for her design philosophy and the rich legacy of her Irish family associations.

Showing until 23 October 2021.

See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/ruth-lane-poole-a-woman-of-influence for more information.

Sesame Street Circus Spectacular

The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, ready to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, has extended its season by two weeks and will now run through until 2 August!

With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Majura Park on 25 June.

This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.

In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.

Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.

Happening until 15 August at Majura Park, Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco), Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park

See ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678. Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044.

FOOD & DRINK

Pialligo Estate High Tea. Credit: Ben Calvert.

Winter High Tea

Treat yourself and indulge in a delectable High Tea at Pialligo Estate. Sit back and take in the views from their Estate Glasshouse as you reconnect with friends and family.

There will be all sorts of treats from sweets and mini cakes, scones matched with Pialligo Regionals preserves, an assortment of sandwiches with Smokehouse meats, seasonal veggies and more. Enjoy sparkling wine or a seasonal cocktail on arrival and wash it all down with loose leaf tea and coffee.

Perfect for a celebration, date, family get-together, or merely a lovely way to spend a weekend in Canberra.

Happening Sunday 8 August at Pialligo Estate.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/winter-high-tea for more information.

Winter Wonderland at the Haig Park Village Markets

Discover the magical winter wonderland at the Haig Park Village Markets, Braddon.

On 8 August 2021, from 9 am to 2 pm, the Haig Park Village Markets will turn into a wonderland of wintery excitement! With twinkling lights, a mulled wine and hot cider garden, festive workshops, children’s roving entertainment, roasted chestnuts and the smell of spices in the air – an overall magical winter experience amongst the pines of Haig Park.

Liven up your frosty morning with an African Drumming and Dance experience or warm up in their festive mulled wine garden listening to the sounds of live musicians.

The winter-themed market stalls will delight your senses with delicious cuisines, tasty treats, fresh produce, artisan products, crafts, jewellery and more.

In collaboration with Elite Event Technology, Southern Generators and Electrical and Innovative Metalworx, come join them and enjoy the festive atmosphere!

Happening Sunday 8 August at the Haig Park Village Markets, Braddon.

See haigparkvillagemarkets.com.au/winter-wonderland for more information.

Capital Brewing Beer Dinner

A Bite to Eat is teaming up with Capital Brewing for two nights only. On 6 and 7 August from 6 pm there will be 5 beers matched with 4 courses for $90pp.

Call or email to book your seats, spaces are limited. 18+ only.

Happening 6 and 7 August at A Bite to Eat, Chifley Shops.

See abitetoeat.net.au for more information.

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.

The Pop Inn

The Pop Inn is at The Carillon (Saturday) and Bowen Park (Sunday) 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 7 and Sunday 8 August.

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.

The Canberra Region Truffle Festival

Beat the Canberra chill and indulge in a feast for the senses at The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region, a taste of mid-winter magic.

The festival celebrates the seasonality of this special ingredient and runs throughout the entire truffle season. So come along and choose from a range of events and experiences and satisfy your taste for life’s finer things.

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, before learning recipes and experiencing them first hand.

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

Happening until 29 August across various venues in the Canberra region.

See trufflefestival.com.au for more information.

STAGE AND SCREEN

Stronger Than Fiction Presents: System K

Stronger Than Fiction presents the latest and greatest documentary features from around the world—moving stories, relevant topics, and cutting-edge cinematic craft.

System K showcases an astounding group of passionate street artists. Forget Banksy—the most provocative street art isn’t for sale at Christie’s or Sotheby’s. Check the streets of Kinshasa, DRC.

The political drive of the work is clear: DR Congo is one of the most resource-rich countries in the world, but a history of violent colonialism, civil war and political corruption has left many inhabitants of Kinshasa living in desperate poverty. Under a repressive dictatorship, artists risk their freedom each time they exhibit.

With few resources at their disposal, the artists transform broken waste materials culled from garbage bins and trash heaps to create monumental installations, or use their bodies in poetic, kinetic performance pieces. The resulting work is vibrant, raw, and vital; full of ironic humor and rage.

Scored by Kinshasa’s “sonic warriors” KOKOKO!, Renaud Barret’s immersive film echoes the chaotic energy of Kinshasa itself. System K is a whirlwind celebration of art as an act of resistance, art as a way to survive.

Happening Friday 6 August at Dendy Canberra.

See strongerdocs.com for more information.

Aussie Indies: Unsound

This month for Aussie Indies, the NFSA is screening Unsound – an Australian feature directed by Ian Watson (Doctor Doctor, Janet King).

When gigging guitarist Noah (Reece Noi, Game of Thrones) quits the band of ‘90s pop icon Moniqua (Christine Anu), he returns to his mother (Paula Duncan) in Sydney.

Noah soon finds himself swept up in the life of Finn (Yiana Pandelis), a young, emerging trans man who is deaf and runs a community centre and nightclub in his local community with his father (Todd McKenney).

Don’t miss out!

Happening Friday 6 August at the National Film and Sound Archive.

See tickets.nfsa.gov.au/Events/UNSOUND for more information.

National Homelessness Week: A Reckoning in Boston + Q&A

The NFSA is proud to partner with the Clemente Canberra Program and the St Vincent de Paul Society to present this special screening of A Reckoning in Boston as part of National Homeless Week.

Kafi, 44, sharp, witty and restless, dropped out of school at 15. She had her first baby a year later and two more soon after. Carl, 65, who lives on a small pension and disability payment in one of Boston’s most dangerous neighbourhoods, began studying with a keen interest in learning but little faith in educational institutions.

St Vincent de Paul, who partner with ACU in Canberra, will have their Night Patrol van at the NFSA to talk about how the organisation further supports the community.

Join us after the screening for a Q&A with director James Rutenbeck and documentary subject Kafi Dixon.

Happening Friday 6 August at the National Film and Sound Archive.

See tickets.nfsa.gov.au/Events/A-RECKONING-IN-BOSTON-Q-A for more information.

Sesame Street Circus Spectacular

The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, ready to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, has extended its season by two weeks and will now run through until 2 August!

With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Majura Park on 25 June.

This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.

In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.

Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.

Happening until 15 August at Majura Park, Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco), Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park

See ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678. Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044.

MUSIC

Credit: Lindi Heap.

CSO at the Cinema

Spend a Saturday night out with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, celebrating iconic works for the silver screen. Be swept up in the magic of film music, with selections from Psycho, Star Wars and more.

Don’t miss out—one night only at Llewellyn Hall.

Happening Saturday 7 August at the Australian National University.

See cso.org.au/event/cso-at-the-cinema 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.

Lunchbox Acoustic

Introducing the City Renewal Authority’s new Lunchbox Acoustic program of​ live performances in the city centre!

The program features talented, local artists performing weekdays at lunchtime (12 pm – 1:30 pm) in Civic until the end of June 2021.

These live performances will bring life to the heart of the city and encourage people to spend time in our city centre’s outdoor public spaces.

The Lunchbox Acoustic program is a diverse mix of performances by entertainers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, female and non-binary performers, singers and musicians and theatre, poetry and dance artists.

Happening weekdays at lunchtime in Garema Place, City.

See act.gov.au/cityrenewal/whats-on/lunchbox-acoustics2 for more information.

FAMILY

Sesame Street Circus Spectacular

The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, ready to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, has extended its season by two weeks and will now run through until 2 August!

With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Majura Park on 25 June.

This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.

In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.

Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.

Happening until 15 August at Majura Park, Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco), Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park

See ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678. Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044.

WORKSHOPS, TALKS + TOURS

TEDXCanberra 2021: Lost/Found

At TEDxCanberra 2021, we are showcasing the Canberrans who are setting out to change the world with great ‘ideas worth spreading’. This year’s theme is Lost/Found.

TEDxCanberra 2021: Lost/Found will be held in person under COVIDsafe conditions at the Kambri Cultural Centre at the ANU. Your registration will give you access to:

  1. Three sessions of TED Talks, music performances, and selected short films – featuring up-and-coming Australians who are out to change the world.
  2. Option of an interactive Discovery Session in the afternoon where you can be part of the action.
  3. Welcome to Country ceremony.
  4. Opportunities to network and meet fellow Canberrans who are making a difference.

Happening Sunday 8 August at the Kambri Cultural Centre.

See tedxcanberra.org for more information.

Local Canberra at Canberra Glassworks

Local Canberra offers an opportunity to explore the present and future of design through the work of five designers—Emma Elizabeth, Tom Fereday, Tom Skeehan, Andrew Simpson and Anna Varendorff.

It will acknowledge the importance of design in today’s culture and recognise those designers whose talent, vision and desire to innovate, will set a standard for the future.

The imagination, diversity, and techniques on display will attest to the crucial role these five designers have in the ongoing construction of cultural heritage.

Happening 29 July until 5 September at Canberra Glassworks.

See canberraglassworks.com/visit/exhibitions for more information.

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.

Wilding: The secret life of urban plants program symposium

Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Wilding: The Secret Life of Urban Plants public program of events invites you to consider the plant-life around in new ways.

Created to complement the community arts project Embracing the Familiar by Rebecca Mayo, the series includes foraging walks, a symposium and a workshop.

Join Sydney based edible weeds advocate and wild food expert Diego Bonetto for a 2.5-hour stroll around the local area and learn about common edible and medicinal plants that surround us. Hear local stories of plant resilience woven with cultural trivia, migrant perspectives, and native wisdom. Find out about the role weeds play in repairing soil and how they are used for food, craft and natural remedies. There are several walks taking place between 28 and 30 July.

Diego Bonetto will join Kamilaroi man and First Nations cultural educator Aaron Chatfield and artist Rebecca Mayo to host a Symposium on Saturday 31 July. Aaron is an expert in local plant species and well-known for his work, with schools and organisations, improving Canberra’s understanding of connecting to plant ecosystems. Using storytelling to discuss how plants have been used to nourish and heal, speakers will share their thoughts on why we should rethink urban greenspaces and our gardens.

A free drop-in workshop with Rebecca Mayo completes the program on Saturday 7 August.

Happening until 7 August at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

See tuggeranongarts.com/whats-on/wilding-the-secret-life-of-urban-plants-public-program 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.

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.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Jeans for Genes Gala Evening

1 in 20 children worldwide is born with a birth defect or genetic disease. Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) is finding cures for childhood genetic diseases, so every child has the opportunity for a healthy start to life.  With your help, they can make a difference in the fight against childhood diseases.

Jeans for Genes was established in 1994 by Children’s Medical Research Institute to fund revolutionary research that helps diagnose, understand, and find cures for conditions affecting kids, including genetic diseases, cancer, and epilepsy.

The goal in 2021, the 28th year of Jeans for Genes is to raise funds to create a new centre of collaboration, bringing world-leading research and hospitals together to help Australian kids suffering from genetic disease.

Happening Friday 6 August at 6.30 pm at the Hellenic Club Woden, Matilda Street, Woden.

See TryBooking for more information.

MARKETS

Winter Wonderland at the Haig Park Village Markets

Discover the magical winter wonderland at the Haig Park Village Markets, Braddon.

On 8 August 2021, from 9 am to 2 pm, the Haig Park Village Markets will turn into a wonderland of wintery excitement! With twinkling lights, a mulled wine and hot cider garden, festive workshops, children’s roving entertainment, roasted chestnuts and the smell of spices in the air – an overall magical winter experience amongst the pines of Haig Park.

Liven up your frosty morning with an African Drumming and Dance experience or warm up in their festive mulled wine garden listening to the sounds of live musicians.

The winter-themed market stalls will delight your senses with delicious cuisines, tasty treats, fresh produce, artisan products, crafts, jewellery and more.

In collaboration with Elite Event Technology, Southern Generators and Electrical and Innovative Metalworx, come join them and enjoy the festive atmosphere!

Happening Sunday 8 August at the Haig Park Village Markets, Braddon.

See haigparkvillagemarkets.com.au/winter-wonderland for more information.

Dirrum Festival 2021

The Dirrum Festival aims to challenge, inform, and promote action on social justice issues facing our community. The Dirrum Festival is a student-led Radford College initiative based on the Ngunnawal phrase Dirrum Dirrum, meaning ‘red’, the colour of blood and earth. The theme for the 2021 Festival is Stepping Stones for a Better Tomorrow.

The Festival presents a series of thought-provoking and inspiring speakers to the wider community, who each speak on their issue and its link with the theme. This year, our speakers include: Brooke Prentis, CEO of Common Grace, Stephanie Rice, Olympic swimmer and gold medallist, Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister and advocate for the diversification of Australian media and more.

The 2021 Festival offers a variety of food, drink and goods stalls, including Altina Drinks, Isla Baird Jewellery, Fairly Good Food and Black Mountain School’s Six Degrees Café. The Festival also hosts a number of local bands and musicians, including George Huitker and Junk Sculpture Jr, The Fence Sitters, Canned Pineapple, Flowermarket as well as Uncle Johnny Huckle, a Wiradjuri elder and musician.

Happening 6–7 August at Radford College.

See dirrumfestival.org/cbr21 for more information.

Fired Up 2021

Fired Up 2021 presents a showcase of ceramic art events, activities and visitor experiences during an evening hosted by Canberra Potters at Watson Arts Centre.

An evolution of their traditional Open Day this new event will engage audiences with a variety of demonstrations, hands-on experiences, and maker engagement opportunities.

Against a night sky visitors can witness the magical alchemy of a Raku firing, the opening of a pit kiln to reveal the treasures within, meet the makers and purchase original ceramic ware from our emerging makers market and studio artists.

There will be live music, fire twirlers and a range of food and beverage vendors.

Come and explore the wonders of the ceramic art form and connection through clay.

Happening Saturday 7 August at the Watson Arts Centre.

See canberrapotters.com.au 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.

SPORTS

Black ‘n’ Blue Belles v Red Bellied Black Hearts. Photographer: Brett Sargeant, D-eye Photography

Canberra Roller Derby League Home Season

Come to help CRDL celebrate our return to bouting with style this year as our four teams battle it out over six incredible games, followed by a Grand Final in December. With the 2020 bout season cancelled, these skaters have been poised to battle for over a year and they are ready to explode into action!

Doors open at 6.00 pm, first whistle at 6:30 pm.Free entry for kids under the age of 5!

Happening until 6 November at Southern Cross Stadium.

See crdl.com.au for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

Drought story, 2020, by Joel Pratley.

Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize

Audience favourite, the National Photographic Portrait Prize, is back bigger and for longer this year. Selected from a national field of entries, this iteration incorporates photographs from the maelstrom that was late 2019 and 2020.

Accordingly, they’ve called it Living Memory to acknowledge a time like no other. This exhibition always reflects the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Showing until 7 November at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/living-memory-2021 for more information.

Wayfaring: Photography in 1970s-80s Taiwan

As Taiwanese society was coming to terms with a new political reality in the 1970s and 1980s, many artists and intellectuals addressed issues of locality, history and cultural identity.

Despite the pressure on civil society, Taiwan’s visual culture flourished, with photography playing a key role as a visual medium that intersected many creative practices and platforms. Pioneering photographers produced groundbreaking works across these decades, from experimental art to photojournalism and much in between.

Drawn from the collection of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, with some additional works loaned directly from the artists, this broad selection of photographs reflects the diversity and shifting experiences of Taiwanese society and culture at this pivotal time. “Wayfaring” features 35 still images by 12 artists, including Chang Chao-Tang, Chien Yun-Ping, Chuang Ling Ho Ching-Tai, Hou Tsung-Hui, Hsieh Chun-Te, Hsieh San-Tai Juan I-Jong, Kao Chung-Li, Lien Hui-Ling, Wang Hsin, Yeh Ching-Fang.

Curated by Dr Shuxia Chen and Dr Olivier Krischer

Showing until 28 October at ANU.

See anu.edu.au/events/wayfaring-photography-1970s-80s-taiwan for more information.

Ludere (To Play)

Industrial designer Caren Elliss and ceramic artist Alison Smiles present a new body of work which explores the joyful potential of the crafted/design object.

Like many great collaborations, Elliss (industrial designer) and Smiles (ceramic artist) come together in the spirit of concept, experimentation and play. Partners in life and practice, they bring contrasting positions on design and technique to a shared interest in exploring new technologies and applying them to contemporary art, craft and design. Specifically, the artists have examined domestic furniture and objects using 3D printing, CNC, laser cutting and mould making, together with the hand made.

Showing until 11 September at Craft ACT.

See craftact.org.au/blogs/current-exhibitions/ludere-to-play for more information.

Place Markers

The research for Sally Blake’s solo exhibition, Place Markers began in 2018/19 by collecting leaves and barks from the ACT eucalypts at the Australian National Botanical Gardens. The plant materials have been processed to create dyes to colour threads and cloth to make baskets and works on paper. Drawings of animals, birds and insects in the ACT eucalypt forests highlight the flourishing of life these forests protect.

After the dye research was completed 80% of Namadgi National Parks eucalypt forests were burned in the 2019/20 fire season. The fires throughout Australia were so devastating that they have marked a place in history where climate change undeniably declared itself.

Blake works with burns, ash, drought-affected burnt leaves and weaving techniques to create works about this huge loss and destruction. After the fires life has begun to regenerate in the forests and Blake’s works in copper wire celebrate this renewal.

Showing until 11 September at Craft ACT.

See craftact.org.au/blogs/current-exhibitions/place-marker for more information.

Ruth Lane-Poole: A Woman of Influence

Ruth Lane-Poole’s articles on interior decoration in popular magazines in the mid-1920s introduced many homemakers to her ideas on good taste and practical design.

Such was her standing, that when the Federal Capital Commission was faced with the challenge of furnishing Canberra’s two official residences – Government House and The Lodge – in time for the opening of Parliament House in 1927, it was Ruth Lane-Poole that they engaged to work with the architects on matters relating to interior furnishing.

This exhibition brings together items never exhibited before outside the official residences, and which explore the inspirations for her design philosophy and the rich legacy of her Irish family associations.

Showing until 23 October 2021.

See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/ruth-lane-poole-a-woman-of-influence for more information.

Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties

Unique and captivating photographs of the 1920s criminal underworld capture the zeitgeist of an era. These mugshots, known as ‘Specials’, are unexpectedly candid and intriguing portraits of suspects in custody, and they are unlike any elsewhere in the world.

Bosses, bruisers, plotters, drug pushers, addicts, sly-grog purveyors and petty crims are all captured by the camera as they stare down the lens into history. But more than simple mugshots, these portraits, and the stories of the sordid sorts they portray, also convey the rise and fall of trends such as the flapper and illustrate the post-war movement of people between Sydney and other cities such as New York and London.

The hit BBC series Peaky Blinders found inspiration in this unique photographic archive, as have artists, academics and designers such as Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld. What will you take from them?

A travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.

Showing until 24 October at the National Archives of Australia.

See naa.gov.au/visit-us/events-and-exhibitions/underworld-mugshots-roaring-twenties for more information.

Reflections Of My Country

“My Country gives me inspiration to paint; also my family and community.”

Duncan Smith OAM presents an exploration of Wiradjuri Country, using traditional ochre and acrylic paints on board. His works reflect rivers, waterholes, meeting places, animals, trees, grinding stones, artifacts, scar tree patterns and land patterns.

Before painting, Wiradjuri people travel throughout their Country to collect ochre. After gathering the ochre, they grind it to a fine powder with a grinding stone, then add water and a binding agent, such as wood glue, to help it stick to the surface it is being applied to. Ochre colours are traditionally white, red, yellow and brown, and paint brushes and sticks are used to paint dots. The exhibition includes single works as well as sets of three, with every painting different to each other.

Showing until 15 August at Belco Arts, Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See belcoarts.com.au/exhibitions/ for more information.

Fruit, Flowers, Feathers and Fur

An exhibition of botanical and wildlife treasures by four local artists – Wendy Antoniak, Maria Boreham, Cornelia Buchen-Osmond and Vivien Pinder.

Open daily from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm in the Visitor Centre Gallery, Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Happening until 15 August at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

See parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens/do/whats-on/exhibitions for more information.

Heart Strong

Heart Strong features new works by six strong Aboriginal women who currently reside on Ngunnawal Country in Canberra, where their individual stories come together. Each artist uses their unique perspective to tell stories of Country, care, connection and strength.

Coming together from regions across Australia, and all at different stages of their artistic careers, these women share their individual stories and their shared experiences as strong women who lead, create and love in support of their families and community.

This exhibition is supported by the ACT Government through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Grants program.

Happening until 15 August 2021 at Belcom Arts, Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See belcoarts.com.au/heart-strong/ for more information.

Ginger Meggs: 100 Years of Adventure

The Royal Australian Mint is marking a century of Australia’s most iconic comic strip, Ginger Meggs, with a brand new exhibition.

The Ginger Meggs: 100 Years of Adventure exhibition features cartoon strips from the original 1921 comics created by Jimmy Bancks, as well as current cartoons drawn by Jason Chatfield.

Designed to delight the whole family, there will also be a range of objects on display, including figurines, lapels and money boxes, among other memorabilia featuring the lovable larrikin.

Happening until 21 November 2021 at the Royal Australian Mint.

See ramint.gov.au for more information.

Australian Megafauna Exhibition

An exhibition featuring original large scale paintings of Australia’s megafauna by Australian wildlife artist, author and paleontological illustrator Peter Schouten AM.

Peter Schouten has an international reputation for his specialised area as a Paleontological Reconstructionist, rebuilding a fossil species. David Attenborough termed his skills as “rare and precious” and among the world’s best. Peter has published some of Australia’s most outstanding wildlife publications.

His work features in books such as Gliding Mammals of the World, Prehistoric Animals of Australia, A Gap in Nature, Astonishing Animals, Possums of the World, Tree Kangaroos A Curious Natural History, Feathered Dinosaurs: The Origin of Birds and strangely enough, the Encyclopaedia of Asian Food. He has co-authored books with Dr Tim Flannery and Stephen Jackson as well as producing the book Megafauna which was a collaboration with Dr Ross MacPhee.

Peter’s works are featured in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the Natural History Museum in New York, the Naturalis Museum in Holland and in David Attenborough’s private collection.

Showing until 25 July 2021 at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

See parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens/do/whats-on/exhibitions for more information.

Yurwang Bullarn—Strong Women’s Group

Yurwang Bullarn Strong Women’s Group is for women who are parents, carers, aunties and grandmas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Strong Women’s Group focuses on community connectedness and providing local women with an opportunity to socialise regularly and engage in activities addressing art, culture, self-care, health and wellbeing.

Yurwang Bullarn Strong Women’s Group includes Natasha Best (Wakamin), Leah Brideson (Kamilaroi), Megan Daley (Ngunnawal and Wiradjuri), Kayannie Denigan (Luritja), Krystal Hurst (Worimi) and Kristie Peters (Wiradjuri).

The pieces of art were done by the women at home during the 2020 COVID-19 shutdown, with most sessions conducted on digital platforms. The women also met for a couple of sessions face-to-face towards the end of 2020, held at Belconnen Arts Centre.

Showing until 15 August at Belco Arts, Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See belcoarts.com.au/strong-women 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.

Showing until 10 October. Free entry.

I Weave What I Have Seen: War Rugs of Afghanistan

I weave what I have seen is a testimony to the creativity and resilience of a people who have faced the devastating effects of war and conflict.

The rug-makers of Afghanistan developed a complex imagery of war planes, helicopters, machine guns, maps and slogans during three war-torn decades, between the late 1970s and 2010.

Afghan rugs and carpets were traditionally made by semi-nomadic peoples recognised for their distinctive designs, their rich palette and superior craftsmanship. Significant changes to the rug designs began to appear soon after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.

The persistence of war and conflict in the region and the exodus of nearly four million people into Iran and Pakistan has instigated this new genre of war art.

I weave what I have seen consists of 40 rugs of different shapes and sizes sourced from Australian private collections. The exhibition investigates the history, iconography, production and distribution of these “war carpets” in Afghanistan itself, and among the far-flung Afghani diaspora.

I weave what I have seen developed out of a research project undertaken by Nigel Lendon (Honorary Fellow, School of Art and Design) and Tim Bonyhady (Faculty of Law) at the Australian National University.

The exhibition and its national tour are organised by the ANU Drill Hall Gallery in conjunction with Tim Bonyhady.

Showing until 15 August at Drill Hall Gallery, ANU.

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

Yours Faithfully

Yours faithfully is an interactive exhibition that invites you to rediscover the art of letter writing.

In Yours Faithfully, you can use the Museum of Australian Democracy’s (MoAD) range of tools and supplies including beautifully restored typewriters and writing supplies to express your inner thoughts. Whatever the subject and whoever the recipient, you can pop your letter in the post box located in the exhibition and MoAD will cover the postage.

In an age of pithy one liners, text messages and FaceTime, rediscover letter writing at MoAD.

Happening until 31 December at the Museum of Australian Democracy, King Edward Terrace, Barton.

See moadoph.gov.au/exhibitions/yoursfaithfully for more information.

A Shared Enchantment: Japanese, Australian and New Zealand Contemporary Enamelling

A Shared Enchantment brings together Japanese, Australian and New Zealand enamelling artists Tsuruya Sakurai, Kazuko Inomata, Hiroki Iwata, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Mio Kuhnen and Jasmine Watson.

Japanese enamelling Master and teacher Tsuruya Sakurai provides the link between the artists, emulating the centuries old tradition of cultural exchange in the multifaceted development of the craft of enamelling. The exhibition showcases the extraordinary technical sophistication and challenging medium of enamelling, in both traditional and contemporary craft forms.

Happening until 15 August at Drill Hall Gallery. ANU.

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

Sidney Nolan: Remembrances of my youth

Over 1982 and 1983 Sidney Nolan grew increasingly interested in the possibilities of working with spray paint on a large scale. He first used the medium during his time working as a commercial artist at Fayrefield Hats in Melbourne where he built a spray bay to paint advertising hoardings in the late 1930s. With access to the convenience of aerosol cans in a rainbow of vivid colours, he completed the lyrical Illuminations series – that title referencing the long poetic text by Arthur Rimbaud that had been a touchstone for the artist for over fifty years.

A series of twelve large works, Remembrances of my youth came shortly after, and each is untitled, leaving open how we might read these works presenting the artist in a darker frame of mind. This was a time of change again for Nolan, including the passing of John and Sunday Reed at the end of 1981, the end of his friendship with Albert Tucker and suffering a slight stroke while working on sets at the Sydney Opera House. There was also new energy through time spent at Bundanon with his wife Mary on the Shoalhaven River, her brother Arthur and his wife Yvonne Boyd.

CMAG manages The Nolan Collection on behalf of the Australian Government.

Showing until 4 September at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/remembrances-of-my-youth 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 26 January 2022 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

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