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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Have you got a special surprise in store for Mum? From theatre shows to musical productions, markets to exhibitions, you’ll have no trouble at all finding something extra nice to do with Mum this weekend. Canberra Theatre Centre welcomes, The Umbilical Brothers, Le Noir and The Importance of Being Miriam this week with plenty of shows happening at the ANU’s Street Theatre. If Mum loves her sports then why not head to GIO Stadium to catch the Canberra Raiders on Saturday night. Or just spend the weekend pottering the markets or exhibitions in and around Canberra.

There always plenty do for foodies, market dwellers, theatre goers and even art lovers too including a meander through the numerous, inspirational galleries. Here’s what’s happening This Week in The Can!


Le Noir – The Dark Side of Cirque

Enter the captivating world of LE NOIR – The Dark Side of Cirque. This intimate cirque style entertainment stars some of the most incredible acrobatic acts on earth, many of them formerly from Cirque du Soleil. LE NOIR is fast-paced, extremely funny and above all entertaining. A 360 degree spectacular view of the stage means you’ll get to see incredible displays of balance, contortion, stamina and aerial artistry. The skills exhibited by the 25 cast members ensure that this is a show that you don’t want to miss. Check Canberra Ticketing‘s website for prices. Transaction fees apply. Opening Wednesday 6 May until Sunday 10 May at Canberra Theatre Centre.

The Importance of Being Miriam

The award-winning Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter movies, Dickens’ Women, Blackadder, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), is back with The Importance of Being Miriam. You’ll meet some of literature’s best known characters. Lady Bracknell (The Importance of Being Earnest), Mrs Malaprop (The Rivals), Jane Austen’s Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Miss Havisham (Great Expectations), Mrs Corney and Mr Bumble from Dickens’ Oliver Twist, are amongst the unforgettable figures brought to life. You’ll discover Miriam’s love of great literature, its characters and personal reflections from her rich and distinguished career and her new life as an Australian citizen. Tickets from Canberra Ticketing. Fees apply. Opening Wednesday 6 May and running until Saturday 9 May at Canberra Theatre Centre.

The Umbilical Brothers – KiDSHoW (Not suitable for children)

The Umbilical Brothers are back with a brand new show. It’s a Kids Show that contains violence, sexual references, drug taking and frequent coarse language. It is absolutely NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. With the best intentions in the world, Dane (David) and Shavid (Shane) come onstage to perform a fun show for the kids with singing, dancing, audience participation, and storytelling. Unfortunately the audience is made up of nothing but adults – and if there’s one thing adults don’t want to see, it’s a kid’s show. Tickets $44.90 concession and $46.90 adults. On Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 May at Canberra Theatre Centre.

CSO Llewellyn Series 15.2 Tchaikovsky

No piano concerto is as well-known or as popular as Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. To perform it the Canberra Symphony Orchestra welcomes the remarkable Hoang Pham, winner of Australia’s 2013 Young Performer of the Year Award. This demanding concerto’s virtuosity and soulful intensity and thundering octave passages constitute one of the most profound challenges for performers. With the aptly titled Boom Box-a vibrant work featuring the percussion section of the orchestra, this concert also opens a door into the unique sonic imagination of Matthew Hindson. The evening concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov’s dazzling portrayal of the legendary story of Scheherazade. Tickets from $75 through CSO online. On Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 May from 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU.


Mother’s Day Classic

The Mother’s Day Classic fun run/walk has become a calendar must-do for thousands of families, friends and community groups, who revel in a festive event that supports a serious cause – funding research into breast cancer, Australia’s most common female cancer. To register as an individual or team visit the Mother’s Day Classic Canberra website. On Sunday 10 May from 7am at Rond Terrace.

Mother’s Day on the shareway

Join a fun-filled street festival for all mothers and those who love them, with entertainment and activities for everyone! The festival launches the innovative new shareway. Come along and enjoy some of the many great activities on offer, including…
Food tasting • Pampering sessions • Market stalls • Bike rodeo • Bike maintenance workshop • Music • Street performers • Face painting and balloon animals • Giant oversized games • Kids drawing competitions • Street chalk art • Fantastic prizes, competitions, giveaways and lots more. On Sunday 10 May from 11am to 3pm at Bunda Street Shareway.


Backyard Produce Dinner

Your gateway to the vast array of stunning produce grown right on their doorstep, A.Baker present their intimate series of Backyard Produce Dinners to take the best fruit, vegetables and herbs that you’ve grown in your backyard and put it into their kitchen for the chefs to prepare once a month. Simple book at a table, bring in a bunch, box or bag of your best produce two to three days before the event and they’ll prepare a great dinner! Check in with the A.Baker website for details of the next dinner. Limited seating so bookings are essential online or by phoning (02) 6287 6150. Tickets are $60 food and $35 for matched wines.


Gallery Tours: All the fall highlights

See highlights of the exhibition All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War on a daily tour.  All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War is the National Portrait Gallery’s contribution to the Anzac Centenary. On now until 26 July at National Portrait Gallery.


Canberra International Music Festival

The 2015 Festival program will mark the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s theory of relativity. Artistic Director Roland Peelman has developed a program which invites us to explore the relationships between music and science, music and mathematics as well as the time and motion equation. The program commences with music from the classical canon and concludes with the work of contemporary composers who offer a fundamentally changed perspective of time. The program features the music of Philip Glass, and we will perform concerts in three of Canberra’s notable sites of science, the National Botanic Gardens, the Shine Dome and Mt. Stromlo. On from Friday 1 to Sunday 10 May. More info at

Segue 2015

Segue 2015 is a brand new festival celebrating the cultural interplay between the continents of Australia and Europe. Profiling contemporary performance with a European dimension and exploring the many creative influences generates by our shared history, the festival takes places over Europe Day celebrations. Explore Segue 2015 and our shared contemporary world – what connects us and what enriches us through difference. On Friday 8 until Sunday 10 May at The Street Theatre. Check the website for individual showtimes.

Old Bus Depot Markets

Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople. Discover 200 stalls within a fabulous old industrial building offering unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee. Visitors can browse all kinds of items including funky lamp shades, tea cups and saucers, retro decorative art, antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens and restored pieces.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy a multicultural meal, a coffee or a quick bite to eat – while watching talented musicians and taking in the hustle and bustle of the markets. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Visit the largest regional markets in the Southern Tablelands—the Capital Region Farmers Market! Be tantalised by fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheeses and more. Fresh produce reflects the exciting seasonal characteristics and diversity of the region providing opportunity for you to learn more about the food you’re eating and the region it comes, and discuss what you’re buying with the growers. On every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am at Exhibition Park on Flemington Road.

Gorman House Markets

For a quarter of a century, the Gorman House Markets have been Canberra’s much loved meeting place providing opportunities for the community and visitors alike to express themselves creatively, trade and shop in a vibrant environment, access to an audience, engage in the arts and be a part of living heritage. Experience them from 10am to 4pm every Saturday at Gorman House, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon.


Little Faces

Little children and their parent or carer are invited to join an experienced Learning Facilitator at the National Portrait Gallery for playful activities in the galleries exploring faces, colour, sound and movement in the portraits that make up Little Faces. This 30-minute event is ideal for children from the ages of 6 months to 3 years. It’s followed by morning tea in the cafe. Bookings essential. This program made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC. Bookings essential on (02) 6102 7000 and are $10. On Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 May at 9.30am and 10.30am at the National Portrait Gallery.

Perception Deception

Does your brain play tricks on you? Is one person’s reality the same as yours? Answer these questions and more with the Perception Deception exhibition at Questacon. Surprise your senses and challenge your mind with over 60 hands-on and multimedia exhibits featuring perceptual test and illusions.  This family-friendly exhibition reveals how our brains process information from our senses to form our perception of the world around us. Sometimes all is not as it seems! On now until 30 September 2015. For entry prices visit the website.


There’s always heaps for people of all ages to do at Questacon – check out their list of events here.

National Dinosaur Museum Weekend Tours

The National Dinosaur Museum holds tours every weekend. Join one of their expert staff to experience a journey through time. Take your camera, your friends, those burning dinosaur questions and join the knowledgeable staff for a fun and educational tour suitable for all ages. Tours are free with admission. Tours are 30-minutes and run every weekend at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm until 27 December.

Play Up

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head. In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – the exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun. At the MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily until June 2015.

Family Space

The National Portrait Gallery has something for everyone to enjoy this school holidays in the Portrait Gallery Adventure Family Space. Explore the lives of Australia’s greatest adventurers through interactive art carts, dioramas and dress ups. Make your own portrait that expresses your spirit of adventure using fun art materials and the photo booth. All materials provided and free for all to enjoy! From 11am to 4pm daily.

Leap into your local library

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to 2 years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories. Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.


Canberra Raiders v Gold Coast Titans

Be a part of the action at GIO Stadium for a Canberra Raiders home match. See them play the Titans in Round 9 of the competition. Nothing beats being part of the crowd at a live rugby league match, especially when the Raiders are playing on their own turf! Tickets will be on sale from Ticketek. Transaction fees from $4.95 per transaction apply. On Saturday 9 May from 12.30pm and kickoff at 3pm at GIO Stadium.


Hughes Parties at the Shops

Celebrate Hughes’ 51st anniversary with live music, choirs, food, kids’ activities and art exhibitions.  Parties at the Shops will celebrate the vast range of community groups based in Hughes. If you live in Hughes and you volunteer in any capacity in the Canberra community, come and have your photo snapped and added to the Hughes Wall of Volunteers to celebrate National Volunteers Week, which kicks off the following Monday. Parties at the Shops is produced by Devil Moon and proudly supported by the ACT Event Fund, the Land Development Agency and Bendigo Bank. On Saturday 9 May from 10am to 1pm at Hughes Shops, Hughes.


Warp Drive

The Academy of Science, Australia’s premier scientific organisation, holds monthly public talks to challenge and stimulate the mind. This months talk: Warp drives and bending time. Join Dr Tamara Davis to explore warp drives, light-speed limits, event horizons, and perhaps even the ultimate fate of the universe. Come experience the heritage-listed Canberra Icon, the Shine Dome and listen to some of Australia’s leading scientific minds. In 2015 the series looks at Science Fiction to Science Fact and the ways in which popular culture has often fuelled real life scientific discoveries. Check the website for full details. On Tuesday 5 May from 5.30pm at The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Civic.

In The Spotlight

In The Spotlight is a series of talks at the National Portrait Gallery exploring culture and identity through the lens of performers who have lived and appeared in the spotlight. On Sunday 17 May, hear David McAllister, Artistic Director Australian Ballet on performance and portraiture.

National Gallery of Australia talks and workshops

The National Gallery of Australia has an extensive program of talks and workshops run in conjunction with their current exhibitions. Hear about local and international artists or specific techniques. Be inspired by the greats and create your own artworks. Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.


The Films of Ivan Sen

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ivan Sen has written and directed a number of feature films including Beneath Clouds and Mystery Road, as well as Loveland, a scifi romance currently under development. He is recognised for his low budget, minimal crew approach to filmmaking as well as his short films and documentaries. By highlighting the work of Ivan Sen, and showcasing his trajectory as an artist, the symposium will explore his career to date and contribute to the appreciation and knowledge of Australian cinema. The symposium will focus on the creative practice of filmmaking and encourage a conversation about the art form through the eyes of a visionary filmmaker. A selection of Ivan Sen’s films will be screened at UC in the month prior to the symposium, which will allow members of the broader academic community and the general public to engage in a collaborative discussion of Sen’s work. Admission is free to all film screenings which include:

Thursday 7 May 5.30pm Tears (1998, Short film, 15mins) and A Sister’s Love (2007, Documentary, 55mins), and discussion.

Wednesday 20 May 5.30pm Beneath Clouds (2002, Feature)

Wednesday 17 June 5.30pm Toomelah (2011, Feature)

Wednesday 1 July 5.30pm Mystery Road (2013, Feature)

Opening Thursday 7 May and running until Wednesday 1 July at UC Theatre, 1A21, University of Canberra. The Symposium will take place on 10 July from 9am to 5pm in the Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra. For more information on how to submit your paper for the symposium email [email protected] or download the Ivan Sen Symposium Info.


Massacre is an explosive theatre work about the politics and violence of East Timor. Timor (John Romao) and East (Paulo Castro) work with weapons of grotesque, sarcasm and a trash metal soundtrack to create a scenic, hypnotic and dangerous game. The mutant metamorphosis of Australia, Indonesia and Portugal make for an in-your-face confrontation to the East Timor crisis. Massacre will be performed as part of Segue 2015, presented by The Street and ANU Centre For European Studies. Segue 2015 is a brand new festival celebrating the cultural interplay between the continents of Australia and Europe. On Saturday 9 May from 3pm and 8pm at The Street Theatre. Tickets $25 available online.

Delve Deeper

Delve Deeper is an intimate conversation illuminating the Euro-Australian professional working context. Enter the artistic lives of European-Australian based artists in exploring the experience of making and presenting performance work between continents and cultures. Hear from Paulo Castro (Portugal/Aus), Lech Mackiewocz (Poland/Aus), John Romao (Portugal/Aus) and Ninna Tersman (Sweden/Aus/NZ). Bookings essential for this free event – online or phone (02) 6247 1223. Delve Deeper is part of Segue 2015, presented by The Street and ANU Centre For European Studies. Segue 2015 is a brand new festival celebrating the cultural interplay between the continents of Australia and Europe. On Saturday 9 May from 4.30pm at The Street Theatre.


Encoded creates a ravishing, immersive world of shimmering images that dissolve and reform as the performers sweep across the space. It is an aerial dance performance that uses the latest interactive technologies to build a projected digital environment that responds to the movements of the performers. Encoded will be performed as part of Segue 2015, presented by The Street and ANU Centre For European Studies. Segue 2015 is a brand new festival celebrating the cultural interplay between the continents of Australia and Europe. Tickets $30 from The Street Theatre. On 9pm Friday 8 and 6.30pm Saturday 9 May at The Street Theatre.


Mother’s Day – Carlos Perez Martinez: Live music in the Barrel Room

Enjoy live music in the barrel room at Lerida Estate on Mother’s Day. Treat Mum to a relaxed lunch while listening to classically trained, award winning Spanish guitarist from Sydney, Carlos Perez Martinez, play spanish and other favourite guitar music on his seven string guitar. Table bookings recommended.  No charge for music. On Sunday 10 May from 12.30pm to 3pm (lunches 11.30am to 3.30pm) at Lerida Estate Winery. Phone (02) 6295 6640 for bookings.

Aves Nocturnas

Embark on an unusual and sumptuous music adventure with virtuosic duo Aves Nocturnas – award-wining soprano Jelena Mamić and acclaimed pianist Anne Ewing. Tireless explorers of soprano/piano repertoire, they lend their passion to bring us rare vocal treasures from European and Australian compositions seldom heard in Australia. Aves Nocturnas will be performing as part of SEGUE 2015, presented by The Street and ANU Centre For European Studies. Segue 2015 is a brand new festival celebrating the cultural interplay between the continents of Australia and Europe. Tickets available online with The Street Theatre. On Sunday 10 May from 12.30pm at The Street Theatre.

Baby et Lulu

Seductive French-language duo Baby et Lulu take you on a sassy, romantic romp through Paris, full of swinging joie de vivre! A charismatic musical partnership between songstress extraordinaire Abby Dobson and Lara Goodridge, violinist/singer with FourPlay String Quartet, Baby et Lulu will perform a selection of new self-penned compositions with classic/contemporary chansons written by some of the greatest French songwriters. Baby et Lulu will be performing as part of Seque 2015, presented by The Street and ANU Centre For European Studies. Segue 2015 is a brand new festival celebrating the cultural interplay between the continents of Australia and Europe. Tickets $32 concession and $35 adults,  available online with The Street Theatre. On Sunday 10 May from 4pm at The Street Theatre.

The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in the National Film and Sound Archive’s latest screen and sound experience in Acton – The Front Room. Discover the history of sound, music and broadcast in comfort. Listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on one of the listening posts. Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, there’s always something to see, hear or do in The Front Room. Free entry. Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm until 24 December at National Film and Sound Archive.

No Lights, No Lycra

There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself.

NLNL takes place in two locations across Canberra: Monday nights from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Mugga Mugga Scout Hall in Red Hill, and Wednesday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm at St John’s Anglican Church Hall in Reid (corner of Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West).

Lots of free onsite parking available, and admission still just $5 on the door.

Vinyl Lounge at NFSA

The popular Vinyl Lounge is back for 2015 at the National Film and Sound Archive. Join other vinyl lovers for nibbles then spin the turntables with your favourites records from 5.30pm. The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of every month and is the perfect way to end the day (and working week). Reminscent of record clubs of the 1970s, enjoy a diverse selection of pop, rock, folk, world, funk and lounge music from the Golden Age of vinyl. Bring your own LPs and groove into the Vinyl Lounge. On the first Friday of each month from 5pm.

Weekly Dance Party for the Over 30s

30+ Dance Event will be hosting weekly Dance Parties every Saturday night at The RUC where you will be provided with an entralling and relaxed atmosphere to meet new people at your own leisure. A fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere to dance, meet new or other likeminded persons, romance, flirt or socialise and make friends. These are popular weekly Saturday night evens and the ideal night out for fun-loving socialable 30+s with pulsating music from the 60s, 70s, 80, 90s plus much more. Visit 30 Plus Dance Event for details. On every Saturday from 8pm onwards at The RUC, Turner and $20 per head.

Live Local Music

This post isn’t long enough to list all the various gigs around town, but if you’re into live music, we heartily suggest you check out what’s on offer at The Phoenix, Transit Bar, The Front, The Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.


100 Years of Kingston Power House

Canberra Glassworks invites you on a special tour of Canberra’s oldest public building, Kingston Power House, which turns 100 years old in 2015. Designed by John Smith Murdoch, this building was the heartbeat of Canberra in its early years. It powered the development of this built city, housed its telecommunications system and provided employment for many people across the region. Bookings essential on (02) 6260 7005 or email [email protected]. On until 6 June 2015.

Return to ANZAC Cove – ‘Your Friend The Enemy’

During two expeditions in 2013 and 2014, groups of 13 Australian and New Zealand artists set up their easels in the Dardanelles, revisiting ‘the most sacred corner of Australian soil.’ Tens of thousands of young men lost their lives here during the 1914-18 war. The exhibition shows their vision of this landscape. On now until 17 May 2015 at Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street Canberra. Entry is free.


As part of DESIGN Canberra, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is thrilled to partner with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD), to bring you an exciting exhibition Bespoke: Design for the people. In this stunning exhibition, six Australian craft and design practitioners have created new works that reflect and respond to the iconic designs of the original furniture at Old Parliament House. Each artist was given unprecedented access to the rooms and collections, and the freedom to create a personal response. Informed by their own artistic backgrounds, each artist considered notions of political perspective, change, accountability and power in their pieces. The result is a thought-provoking collaboration between design, creativity and Australia’s political history. Artists include Canberra artists Jennifer Robertson, Niklavs Rubenis, Julie Ryder, Caren Florance, in collaboration with Melinda Smith; and Sydney-based artist Cecelia Heffer. The exhibition will run until November 2015. To view the full DESIGN Canberra program of events visit their website.

James Turrell: A Retrospective

Following sell-out shows in Los Angeles and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, comes the National Gallery of Australia’s 2014 summer blockbuster James Turrell: A Retrospective. Never before seen in Australia and showing only in Canberra, James Turrell is considered one of the greatest artists of our time. The National Gallery of Australia’s retrospective combines works from LACMA’s tour with spectacular new, site-specific installations. The exhibition is open until Monday 8 June, 2015 at the National Gallery of Australia. Ensure to check the exhibitions time changes over Christmas (closed Christmas Day). Tickets are available to purchase through Ticketek but bookings are also essential as only 15 people are allowed through in any one session.

Norforce: Tony Albert

Tony Albert works in a number of art forms, including drawing, painting, photography, and installation. A founding member of Queensland’s indigenous art collective proppaNOW, Albert’s art explores political, historical and cultural issues relevant to indigenous people in Australia today. Albert exhibits internationally and nationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Most recently Albert won the City of Sydney commission to create a public artwork in Hyde Park. Titled Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall the artwork honours the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future tells the story of an intriguing collection of artworks created by Warlpiri people in the 1950s. Glimpsed through the eyes of the collector as well as more recent Warlpiri interpretations, Warlpiri Drawings explores how drawing has been used to make sense of 80 years of monumental change, to picture life in the present and look hopefully towards the future. The exhibition is open until 31 May 2015 at the National Museum of Australia.

Other exhibitions

For a comprehensive round up of smaller exhibitions around town, visit Capital Magazine.


of birds | native bird feathers by Meg Morton

After two years in the making, Meg Morton is excited to bring to fruition of birds | native bird feathers. Focusing on nature and fallen objects found in Australian landscapes, Meg is a self taught artist living in Canberra and works with found natural objects, ink, watercolour and graphite on handmade cotton and linen paper. Here latest collection details the fallen feathers of native birds found across the Australian Capital Territory as well as the wider New South Wales region. This project is on a much larger scale yet is closely related to her previous work and is intended for exhibition entitled ‘of birds’ at the Nishi Gallery NewActon. Artworks range from 10″ x 7″ to 28″ x 36″ and will be available for purchase. Exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 9 until Sunday 17 May at Nishi Gallery, NewActon.

Port Moresby | Second Contact

Second Contact is a new solo exhibition, bringing together images of Port Moresby made over a ten year period by Canberra-based photographer, Sean Davey. Coinciding with Papua New Guinea’s 40th year of independence, this exhibition reveals moments of contact with people, place and the photographic process. On until 24 May at PhotoAccess, Griffith.

Australia in the Great War

Australia in the Great War is the Australian War Memorial’s new exhibition in the First World War Galleries. Discover one of the world’s great collections of material related to the First World War. The First World War Galleries integrate a wide variety of items from this collection, including dioramas, art works; uniforms; medals; technology such as artillery and firearms; photographs; film; and letters and diaries.  The Australian War Memorial presents the story of Australia in the First World War chronologically, covering all major theatres of operations: Gallipoli, the Western Front, Sinai and Palestine and the war at sea. On display now until 1 January 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

Afghanistan and the Middle East are now linked to Australia’s national story. Australia’s mission is clear: to combat international terrorism, to stabilise Afghanistan, and to support Australia’s international alliances. Yet a mission statement cannot capture the challenges, the successes, and the comradeship of the Australian men and women who pursue it. Nor the joys and heartbreaks, or the loneliness and the dedication of those who wait at home. Some of these experiences, set against the powerful imagery of a modern war, are told in this exhibition. Over time, the display will change and evolve as more veterans share their stories. On display until 3 November 2015.

William Edwin Pidgeon (1909–1981), war correspondent and artist

William Edwin Pidgeon was a painter, cartoonist, illustrator, and newspaper critic. This exhibition presents a selection of the over 400 works by William Pidgeon held in the Australian War Memorial’s Art collection. The works relate to Pidgeon’s Second World War experiences in Darwin, New Guinea, Borneo and Morotai between 1943 to 1945. On display in the Second World War Galleries until 7 March 2016 at the Australian War Memorial.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects. On until 8 June at the National Portrait Gallery.

Uncommon Australians: The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

Uncommon Australians: The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling showcases portraits acquired through the generosity of the National Portrait Gallery’s Founding Patrons, L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC; and pays tribute to the Darlings’ persistence in turning their private dream of a gallery of portraits of ‘uncommon Australians’ into a tangible collection in a purpose-built home. Accompanied by a lavish catalogue, the exhibition tours to McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, Victoria, and the Tweed Regional Gallery, New South Wales. On now until 14 June at the National Portrait Gallery.

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

Ben Quilty toured Afghanistan in 2011 as the Australian War Memorial’s official war artist. His exhibition presents works of art developed from his experience.  “The portraits of these servicemen and servicemen move beyond the physical exterior of the subject to delve into emotions and experiences that lie below” Dr Brendan Nelson. On now until 27 May 2015 at the Australian War Memorial. Entry is free.

Alex Seton: As of today

See the remarkable sculptures that commemorate the lives of the 41 soldiers who lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan.  “The power of the sculpted flags is developed through the way their pale marble, slightly pink in hue and each imbued with blushes and veins represents an individual and a life lost in the line of duty” Dr Brendan Nelson. On now until 27 May 2015 at the Australian War Memorial. Entry is free.

Urban Suburban

Comprised entirely of works from the Canberra Museum and Gallery visual arts collection, this exhibition explores urban and suburban Canberra. The works examine Canberra as a town and a city independent of the national monuments that define it as the Nation’s Capital.

From black-and-white photographs of the city from the 1960s through to the work of contemporary artists examining life in the suburbs, the exhibition reveals the rituals and experiences that enrich life in Canberra and discovers thematic links between the diverse works in the Collection. Urban Suburban encompasses a range of media including printmaking, photography, painting and sculpture. On until 21 June 2015 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Art & Dementia: Portrait Conversations

Art and dementia – Portrait conversations is a special interactive tour for people living with dementia and their carer. The tour is free, bookings essential. On now until 19 May at the National Portrait Gallery.

Jenni Kemarre Martiniello: Reinventing the Weave

ReInventing the Weave features the sublime, hand blown woven glass sculptures of Jenni Kemarre Martiniello. Weaving has been a long and durable practice within Australian Indigenous Cultures. The artist’s works are inspired by, and draw upon, the beauty of traditional woven objects while paying respect to the elegant forms of these utilitarian vessels. The glass weave technique explores the geometry and precision of the traditional form, fusing it with the exquisite beauty of glass and light to celebrate the juncture of object and art. Curator: Kelli Cole. On now until 7 June 2015 at the Canberra Glassworks.

The Home Front: Australia during the First World War

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War, The Home Front looks at life back at home and the pride, sorrow, passion, wonder and joy experienced by those far from the battlefields. On display at the National Museum of Australia until 1 January 2017.

Through 23 personal stories, this exhibition explores Australians’ choices, opportunities and challenges in a time of heightened emotions. See the effects of war on those at home. Rediscover Prime Minister Billy Hughes’s determination to impose conscription on a divided nation, Basil Watson’s thrilling and ultimately tragic aerobatic displays in his homemade biplane, May Gibbs’s quaint postcards that carried messages of joy to soldiers and more.

Crisis 1914! The call to arms

Crisis 1914! The call to arms explores the political events which led to Australia’s involvement in the First World War, from outbreak of war in August to the first convoy’s departure in November 1914. In Australia’s first crisis as a new nation, we went willingly, even enthusiastically, into the war. See the original cabinet table used in 1914, along with other memorabilia from the era which help to tell the story of Australia’s political journey. This exhibition contributes to the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years of service by Australian servicemen and women, and the experience of war by all Australians. At the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House until 5 August 2015.

Without Consent

Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices is now open at the National Archives.  An exhibition of moving experiences of heartbreak and resilience, shared by people impacted by Australia’s past adoption practices. This project has been assisted by the Department of Social Services. Open now until 19 July at the National Archives, Parkes.

The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in the National Film and Sound Archive‘s latest screen and sound experience in Acton – The Front Room. Discover the history of sound, music and broadcast in comfort. Listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on one of the listening posts. Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, there’s always something to see, hear or do in The Front Room. Open until 24 December 2015. Visit their website for more information.

Art is a Weapon

Art is a Weapon takes you back to an Australia gripped by the Cold War. Amid propaganda for and against communism, artists turned to an image familiar to most Australians; the Southern Cross flag of the Eureka Stockade. The portfolio contains fourteen works from ten artists, including three from prominent Melbourne artist Noel Counihan. Counihan was a Social Realist who was heavily involved in the Communist Party, and was well-known in the Melbourne art community. The works reflect both the Eureka rebellion itself and, more broadly, the themes of workers’ rights and struggles against the established authorities.

Art is a Weapon explores how the Eureka story, legend and iconography have been used by groups and causes of all political flavours to spread their message. Alongside the portfolio of works, other objects and artworks using the Southern Cross motif show how the idea of Eureka has been adopted by groups as diverse as young communists and motorcycle clubs. Open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Visit their website for more information.

Behind the Lines 2014

Superheroes. Battle axes. Death stares. Who said politics was dry and dull? Highly anticipated and scorchingly honest, Behind the Lines 2014 celebrates the best political cartoons of 2014. The exhibition – one of the most anticipated of the year for politic tragics is now open at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. In the 2014 exhibition, cartoonists wryly comment on Tony Abbott’s first year in government. They see the Coalition attempting to deliver strong and stable leadership, as well as fulfilling their election promises to stop the boats, axe the tax, fix the budget and reduce red tape. Meanwhile, a restless Australian Labor Party waits for its Leader to ditch the past, move forward and say something. Each year the exhibition acknowledges a cartoonist as the Behind the Lines Political Cartoonist of the Year. Open until November 2015.

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

Afghanistan and the Middle East are now linked to Australia’s national story. Australia’s mission is clear: to combat international terrorism, to stabilise Afghanistan, and to support Australia’s international alliances. Yet a mission statement cannot capture the challenges, the successes, and the comradeship of the Australian men and women who pursue it. Nor the joys and heartbreaks, or the loneliness and the dedication of those who wait at home. Some of these experiences, set against the powerful imagery of a modern war, are told in this exhibition. Over time, the display will change and evolve as more veterans share their stories. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Enterprising Australians

An insight into how great ideas happen, hear the inspiring stories of Australia’s modern-day innovators. Discover the unique journey that inventors take from idea to product in this exhibition featuring video stories, product displays and interactive stations that explore the origins of products from a range of fields, including mining, agriculture, medical, automotive, and food science. Showing until 30 June 2016 at The Ian Potter Technology Learning Centre.

Keepsakes: Australians and The Great War

To mark the centenary of the First World War, the National Library of Australia invites you to explore their fascinating collection of wartime albums, medals, letters and diaries in Keepsakes. Keepsakes tells the story of The Great War as experienced by Australian servicemen and women, key political leaders, civilians, artists and families on the homefront. Discover how very personal stories become our nation’s collective memory. Open until Sunday 31 May 2015.

Power of 1: Does your voice count?

Discover the changing nature of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it. Power of 1 is a ground breaking interactive exhibition shaped by the answers you share, about what matters to you. Step back in time to remember the events, people and experiences that have shaped each generation of Australians. Have your say about the state of democracy and help to create a new kind of museum experience curated by the voices of the Australian people. It’s time…have your say and be heard. Open until 12 November 2015 at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

After spending over three weeks talking to Australian servicemen and women in Afghanistan, Ben Quilty felt an overwhelming need to tell their stories. He went there in October 2011 as an official war artist, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and attached to the Australian Defence Force. His task was to record and interpret the experiences of Australians deployed as part of Operation Slipper in Kabul, Kandahar, and Tarin Kot in Afghanistan and at Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates. Quilty’s work employs a wide range of genres, including portraits, figurative subjects, still-lifes and landscapes. On display until 14 August 2015.

Menzies: By John Howard

Former Prime Minister John Howard has curated this Menzies exhibition and shares his unique and personal insights, reflections and stories on the intense first term of former Prime Minister Robert Menzies. The exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies’ first term as prime minister (1939-41) and features objects never before seen by the public, including personal items on loan from the Menzies family. Open now until 3 September 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.


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