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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

Handmade Australia Market: Local & Regional

Support local and regional Australian-made designers and producers by shopping with local and regional designers, over two days in the Budawang Pavilion.

Entry to the market is FREE but you’ll need to book a ticket! Handmade asks that you only book tickets to one session per day, no need to book multiple sessions as there is no time limit to your stay each day.

Please book tickets for everyone in your group, including children. Children under the age of 16 can be checked in by accompanying adults.

Entry is via Gate 2 off Flemington Rd or gate 4 near McDonalds. Parking people will direct you to parking. Alternatively, you can park across the road on Flemington rd or catch the light rail.

Happening Saturday 14 August 10 am-4 pm and Sunday 15 August 10 am-4 pm at the Budawang Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Canberra, Mitchell.

See Facebook for more information.

Brunchercize Burlesqueue

Held once a month, Brunchercize is a relaxed chance to enjoy some dance-play. Each class, you go on a journey, exploring a dance theme, genre or style.

There is a warm-up and cool down (because we love our bodies and we want to keep enjoying them safely for many years to come!).

And in between, you will experience some of the signature moves of that dance genre (and maybe even incorporate it into a little routine). This is your time to play with no expectations!

This August Brunchercize is getting you to show us how you burlesque! It’s bump and grind, it’s shimmy and shake, it’s sensual walks (oh so many sensual walks!). This is your time to shine and claim the sparkly stage, all under the tutelage of the former Miss Burlesque ACT and Miss Classic herself, Rainbow.

Happening Sunday 15 August at the Canberra Dance Theatre.

See the Brunchercize Facebook page for more information.

Cake Off 2021: Decades of Cake

Cake Off 2021 – Decades of Cake is the primary fundraiser for the Perinatal Wellbeing Centre, and returns to Canberra on 15 August in the beautiful Federation Ballroom of the Canberra Hyatt Hotel.

Cake Off 2021–Decades of Cake is a chance to admire the skills of some of the best cake decorators. There are also opportunities to sponsor a cake of your choice and to support the bakers’ fundraising efforts via the website.

Happening Sunday 15 August at the Hyatt Hotel.

See perinatalwellbeingcentre.org.au/event/cakeoff2021 for more information.

Simply Divinyls

Funnell Entertainment and the Basement are pleased to present Simply Divinyls, with special guests Metropolis.

With 25 singles and five of the bestselling albums of the 80s and 90s to choose from, SIMPLY DIVINYLS brings you a truly memorable night of the music of Australia’s much-loved Divinyls.

This exceptional 6-piece recreates the distinctive sound of Chrissy Amphlett’s torched vocals in an unparalleled display of all the energy and raw rock you would expect in a Divinyls show, to keep the audience singing along all night.

Fronted by the charismatic, “Max” Anton, Simply Divinyls recreate an authentic tribute to one of the greatest rock bands in Australian music history. From their first big hit Boys in Town through to their last single in 2007, Simply Divinyls take audiences on a musical journey through all their biggest hits and favourite album tracks.

Spanning three decades, this authentic 2-hour show includes all the regular favourites such as Pleasure and Pain, I Touch Myself, Good Die Young, Back to the Wall, Science Fiction and many more.

Local pub rock favourites Metropolis will once again provide the warm-up, having supported their big NYE show a couple of years ago!

The venue provides excellent food also folks! Doors open at 7.

Tickets: $39 per person.

Happening Friday 13 August from 7 pm at The Basement Canberra.

See Facebook for tickets and 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.

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

Handmade Australia Market: Local & Regional

Support local and regional Australian-made designers and producers by shopping with local and regional designers, over two days in the Budawang Pavilion.

Entry to the market is FREE but you’ll need to book a ticket! Handmade asks that you only book tickets to one session per day, no need to book multiple sessions as there is no time limit to your stay each day.

Please book tickets for everyone in your group, including children. Children under the age of 16 can be checked in by accompanying adults.

Entry is via Gate 2 off Flemington Rd or gate 4 near McDonalds. Parking people will direct you to parking. Alternatively, you can park across the road on Flemington rd or catch the light rail.

Happening Saturday 14 August 10 am-4 pm and Sunday 15 August 10 am-4 pm at the Budawang Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Canberra, Mitchell.

See Facebook 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

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

A modern classic, this fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play.

This Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

Happening 12-28 August at Canberra REP Theatre

See canberrarep.org.au/content/rosencrantz-and-guildenstern-are-dead 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.

Doco of the Month: Girls Can’t Surf

It’s the 1980s and the world of professional surfing is a circus of fluoro colours, peroxide hair and radical male egos. Girls Can’t Surf follows the journey of a band of renegade surfers who take on the male-dominated professional surfing world to achieve equality and change the sport forever.

Featuring surfing greats Jodie Cooper, Frieda Zamba, Pauline Menczer, Lisa Andersen, Pam Burridge, Wendy Botha, Layne Beachley and more, Girls Can’t Surf is a wild ride of clashing personalities, sexism, adventure and heartbreak, with each woman fighting against the odds to make their dreams of competing a reality.

Happening Thursday 12 August at the National Film and Sound Archive.

See nfsa.gov.au/events/doco-month-girls-cant-surf for more information.

Seinfeld Trivia

It’s trivia about nothing! One of the greatest sitcoms of all time is here.

If you can dance like Elaine, lie like George or scheme like Kramer then make sure you can join in!

Happening Saturday 14 August at the Durham Castle Arms.

See thedurhampub.com.au for more information.

MUSIC

Leo Joseph’s Solo Blues Piano Sessions

Running since 2011, Leo’s familiar solo blues piano sessions have now found a new home at Smith’s Alternative on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 12.30 to 2 pm.

At these gigs, Leo takes the audience on a whistle-stop tour of the many genres of blues piano with some bluesy detours into the American songbook.

There are slightly longer stops in the world of Louisiana piano. The audience will get a taste of a little history from Jelly Roll Morton’s Latin-infused habanera style.

This later underpinned Professor Longhair and the funk of the Meters to the melodic but always blues-based work of Dr John and the superb song writing craft of Jon Cleary. Leo includes a few of his own tunes along the way.

Usually seen around town playing with Key Grip or in duos with Angela Lount, Leo has played at the Australian Blues Music Festival, Goulburn, Semaphore Music Festival, Adelaide, Docklands Blues Festival, Melbourne, Broadbeach Blues Festival and toured Tasmania and South Australia.

Happening Saturday 14 August at Smith’s Alternative.

See smithsalternative.com for more information.

Lifeline Canberra charity event at Knightsbridge Penthouse

Internationally expericened DJ Schwaben and Egypt recording artists and DJ Medhat Mac along with Electra will perform at Canberra institution Knightsbridge Penthouse on Thursday 12 August all to raise funds and awarness for Lifeline Canberra.

The night of techno, electro and house music will benefit lifeline canberra, with all artists donating their fee to the charity and patrons asked to donate a gold coin to the worthy cause.

The night will feature merchadise giveaways, drink specials, and photographers and videographers documenting the antics.

Happening Thursday 12 August at Knightsbridge Penthouse. Doors open at 5 pm and beats drop at 10 pm

Music at Midday

Major Darren Cole and the Royal Military College Band will return to Canberra Theatre Centre on Tuesday 10 August 2021 at 12pm for their fourth live Music at Midday concert for the year, featuring a mix of big band hits and musical surprises and with all donations benefiting Pets in the Park Canberra.

The Royal Military College Band is one of Australia’s premier military bands, performing at historic occasions including the Centenary of Federation celebration in London in 2000 and ceremonial duties at Gallipoli on ANZAC Day.

All attendees will be required to register their details prior to the performance with the Canberra Theatre Centre Box Office for COVID contact tracing. Registration is FREE and is now open for this performance.

On the day of the performance entry is by a gold coin donation with all the proceeds raised going to support Pets in the Park Canberra.

Happening Tuesday 10 August at the Canberra Theatre Center.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/music-midday 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 (Final Week!)

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

Brunchercize Burlesqueue

Held once a month, Brunchercize is a relaxed chance to enjoy some dance-play. Each class, you go on a journey, exploring a dance theme, genre or style.

There is a warm-up and cool down (because we love our bodies and we want to keep enjoying them safely for many years to come!).

And in between, you will experience some of the signature moves of that dance genre (and maybe even incorporate it into a little routine). This is your time to play with no expectations!

This August Brunchercize is getting you to show us how you burlesque! It’s bump and grind, it’s shimmy and shake, it’s sensual walks (oh so many sensual walks!). This is your time to shine and claim the sparkly stage, all under the tutelage of the former Miss Burlesque ACT and Miss Classic herself, Rainbow.

Happening Sunday 15 August at the Canberra Dance Theatre.

See the Brunchercize Facebook page for more information.

The Canberra Youth Science and Entrepreneurship Festival

The Australian School of Entrepreneurship (ASE) with support from the ACT Government, Australian Government and Inspiring Australia (ACT) invites you to the ‘Canberra Youth Science and Entrepreneurship Festival’ during National Science Week 2021.

The $50 ticket to attend the Canberra Youth Science and Entrepreneurship Festival has been fully subsidised by partners meaning there is no cost to the participant, parent, or school.

During the Canberra Youth Science and Entrepreneurship Festival, participants will learn about the world of entrepreneurship, science, and innovation.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers, attend panel discussions, and learn new skills in the interactive breakout sessions.

Happening 14-15 August at Llewellyn Hall.

See ase.edu.au for more information.

Colour in Winter Walks

Escape the winter blues! Join a free 1-hour guided walk and see some of the gloriously coloured leaves, berries, seeds and flowers and find out what contributes to their colour.

Meet at the clock near the café bridge at 11 am or 2 pm. No booking required.

Happening 9–15 August at the National Botanic Gardens.

See parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens for more information.

National Science Week: Honeyland Q&A

In partnership with National Science Week ACT, the NFSA presents the beautiful story of Hatidze Muratova and her fight to save the bees and restore the natural balance.

Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze is the last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers.

Her peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family that senses opportunity in harvesting and selling the honey that Hatidze has nourished over many decades.

Join after the screening for a Q&A with Cormack Farrell ( Head Beekeeper, Parliament of Australia), Minister Rebecca Vassarotti (ACT Greens, Minister for the Environment: Minister for Heritage; Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services; and Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction) and Julie Armstrong (ACT for Bees).

Happening Saturday 14 August at the National Sound and Film Archive.

See tickets.nfsa.gov.au/Events/HONEYLAND-Q-A 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.

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.

MARKETS

Handmade Australia Market: Local & Regional

Support local and regional Australian-made designers and producers by shopping with local and regional designers, over two days in the Budawang Pavilion.

Entry to the market is FREE but you’ll need to book a ticket! Handmade asks that you only book tickets to one session per day, no need to book multiple sessions as there is no time limit to your stay each day.

Please book tickets for everyone in your group, including children. Children under the age of 16 can be checked in by accompanying adults.

Entry is via Gate 2 off Flemington Rd or gate 4 near McDonalds. Parking people will direct you to parking. Alternatively, you can park across the road on Flemington rd or catch the light rail.

Happening Saturday 14 August 10 am-4 pm and Sunday 15 August 10 am-4 pm at the Budawang Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Canberra, Mitchell.

See Facebook 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

Run Regardless Canberra

At Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF), they believe a world without cancer is possible. Guided by some of the brightest minds in cancer research they continuously look for new and improved ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer. But they don’t do it alone.

The generosity of people like you has enabled the discovery and creation of large machines and small vaccines. Discoveries that help doctors diagnose cancer quickly and personalise treatments making them more effective.

While many running events that you would generally join in support of cancer research have been cancelled due to COVID-19, cancer researchers continue to look for new and improved ways to help each individual diagnosed with this complex and disruptive disease.

So, they are asking that as cancer researchers continue working to improve the lives of Australians impacted by cancer, that you continue to run in support.

If your favourite event has been cancelled, they would love for you to Run Regardless any time from 1 July to 31 October 2021 around the Canberra region.

Run at your pace, your place and in your own time.

You can choose to run anywhere—Lake Burley Griffin, Stromlo forest park, Black Mountain Nature Reserve or even in your neighbourhood or on a treadmill—around existing commitments.

Happening until 31 October.

See donate.acrf.com.au/event/run-regardless/home for more information.

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 on Saturdays 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.

Project 1: Sarah Lucas

Project 1: Sarah Lucas brings together recent bodies of work by one of England’s most influential and unapologetic artists.

Over the past 30 years, she has transformed everyday materials, such as vegetables, cigarettes and stockings through sculpture, photography and performance. The human body recurs in her practice as a site of potential desire and failure, exploring the ways in which gender and sexuality are performed.

Lucas is known for her use of crude and humorous imagery, and this exhibition explores the representation and experience of gender and confronts the realities of bodily existence. The exhibition features two recent sculpture series, including new works from the Bunny series she has been making since 1997. A new series of bronze sculptures depict similar figures that incorporate both masculine and feminine elements, challenging gender stereotypes and humorously playing with conventions of representation.

Lucas’s sculptural work is exhibited alongside rarely seen images of the artist’s first self-portrait, Eating a Banana (1990), which will be reproduced to more than seven metres high – covering the exhibition walls from floor to ceiling.

Happening until 13 February 2022 at the National Gallery of Australia.

See knowmyname.nga.gov.au/events/project-1-sarah-lucas 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.

Spowers and Syme

Celebrating the artistic friendship of Melbourne artists Ethel Spowers and Eveline Syme, Spowers & Syme presents the changing face of interwar Australia through the perspective of two remarkable women artists. The exhibition offers rare insight into the unlikely collaboration between the daughters of rival media families.

Studying together in Paris and later with avant-garde printmaker Claude Flight in London, Ethel Spowers and Eveline Syme returned to the conservative art world of Australia—where they became enthusiastic exponents of modern art in Melbourne during the 1930s and ‘40s.

Much-loved for their innovative approach to lino and woodcut techniques, Spowers & Syme showcases their dynamic approach through prints and drawings whose rhythmic patterns reflect the fast pace of the modern world through everyday observations of childhood themes, overseas travel and urban life.

Spowers & Syme is a National Gallery of Australia Touring Exhibition and a Know My Name project.

Happening from 13 August until 6 November at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

See cmag.com.au/exhibitions 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.

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.

Feature image: Art Atelier Photography

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