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This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!

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12 THINGS NOT TO MISS

 

TRUFFLE DINNER AT THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM

Celebrate winter’s finest. Join the annual celebration of Canberra’s own black gold on the 2018 Winter Solstice.

Featuring truffles provided by ‘The Truffle Farm’ to be paired with fresh, seasonal produce and local wines in a four course dinner prepared by leading Canberra Chefs.

The evening will be hosted by Janet Jeffs (Ginger Catering) and Jayson Mesman (The Truffle Farm).

This year’s Chefs include:

Thursday 21st June 2018, from 6:30 pm | Canapes and 4-course dinner, with matching local wines | $149.00 per person

BOOK ONLINE HERE

For more information please contact Ginger Catering Events, phone 02 6273 4366 or email [email protected].

Canberra Centre’s Men’s Trends, Tech and Tailoring Masterclass

Help your man discover the latest in men’s fashion and technology with Men’s Health Magazine editor, Luke Benedictus and founder and editor of The Versatile Gent, James Want.

Canberra Centre’s Men’s Trends, Tech and Tailoring Masterclass will lead the way in the latest autumn-winter trends, go-to-gadgets and this season’s ultimate accessories.

Happening Tuesday 19 June from 6 pm at Raku Japanese Restaurant, enjoy Japanese BBQ canapes with premium whiskey pairings.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit canberracentre.com.au.

The Natural Nine Slow Cooked Degustation

The Natural Nine – Slow Cooked Degustation is coming on Friday 22 June from 7 pm, featuring an array of warm and hearty meals paired with both national and international wines. Limited spots are available, $95pp.

Happening Friday 22 June at Natural Nine, inside Casino Canberra, 21 Binara Street, Canberra City.  See the menu here.

Visit the website for more information.

Terrarium Workshop

Add a little green to your indoor space with an eye-catching terrarium! These easy to create oxygen boosters brighten up your home and add a personal touch to your decor.

Join Moxom and Whitney at Monaro Mall level 1 as they host a workshop on creating and caring for your very own terrarium.

Tickets are $20, available via Facebook and Eventbrite.

Happening Saturday 23 June at 11 am and 1.30 pm at Level One, Canberra Centre.

Find more information via Facebook.

Australian Girls Choir

The Australian Girls Choir is thrilled to be opening a new venue in Canberra in July 2018! Join more than 5,500 girls around the country learning to sing, dance and perform.

The AGC encourages, challenges and inspires girls as they grow in confidence and take pride in developing music and presentation skills in our dynamic classes.

We are delighted to invite girls in Kindergarten to Year 7 to come along to our Open Day on Sunday June 24. Join in a fun complimentary class, meet our staff members, and experience what it’s like to be a part of the AGC!

Bookings are essential – please rsvp if you would like to attend.

This is a free event for girls aged 5 to 12 years but bookings are essential. Phone 1800 338 142 or visit aspagroup.com.au.

Special Yoga Session

To mark the fourth international Day of Yoga, The High Commission of India, Canberra is hosting a special yoga session.

Yoga Mandir will be leading the free class. All yoga enthusiasts are welcome, including families and children.

Kindly bring your own yoga mat and take your position by 9:55am.

Happening Sunday June 24 from 10 – 11 am at the The High Commission of India, Canberra.

Register online.

80s Themed Singles Bar Hop

ACT singles who are sick of swiping right on Patrick Swayze and then meeting his ghost, are encouraged to come out of hibernation and onto an 80s themed bar hop!

The night will begin at the alluring and mysterious 1920’s Speakeasy, Molly, at 5 pm sharp, Saturday 23 June. Here, The Real Meat will greet the lucky ticket holders in the exclusive Vault Room, with a free drink and fun, pressure-free activities to break the ice.

From here the crowd will progress to shake things up at the Cuban themed Highball Express, where a second free drink and flirting will be flowing.

The “final countdown”, free drink and karaoke will then proceed at 88MPH. At each venue, the lucky ladies and gentlemen attending will also receive VIP entry and VIP drink deals. The age group for this event is 18-35. Tickets are limited to ensure a quality over quantity experience, so “get down on it”!

Happening Saturday 23 June from 5 – 10 pm at a variety of locations around Civic.

Tickets are $64, available via Eventbrite. Find more information via Facebook or the website.

THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL – CANBERRA REGION

Indulge in a feast of the senses and join in the fun as The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

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. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

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

Happening Friday 1 June–Friday 31 August at various locations around Canberra.

Check out the website for more information.

ACT Storytellers’ Guild: A Room in June

The ACT Storytellers Guild will be performing with some of the marvellous local storytellers – note that the stories are for an adult audience.

With special guests The Canberra Harmony Chorus

Happening Saturday 23 June from 7 pm at St James Uniting Church Hall, Gillies St Curtin.

Tickets at the door: $15 (includes supper).

For more information, see the ACT Storytellers Guild Website.

CARTIER: THE EXHIBITION

Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring items from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection showing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia.

Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace, Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events and Cartier: The Exhibition catalogue.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show at the NGA, exclusive to Canberra.

Showing until Sunday 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

PLAYUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

CHINESE HIGH TEA AT NATURAL NINE, CASINO CANBERRA

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

FOOD & DRINK

The Natural Nine Slow Cooked Degustation

The Natural Nine – Slow Cooked Degustation is coming on Friday 22 June from 7 pm, featuring an array of warm and hearty meals paired with both national and international wines. Limited spots are available, $95pp.

Happening Friday 22 June at Natural Nine, inside Casino Canberra, 21 Binara Street, Canberra City.  See the menu here.

Visit the website for more information.

TRUFFLE DINNER AT THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM

Celebrate winter’s finest. Join the annual celebration of Canberra’s own black gold on the 2018 Winter Solstice.

Featuring truffles provided by ‘The Truffle Farm’ to be paired with fresh, seasonal produce and local wines in a four course dinner prepared by leading Canberra Chefs.

The evening will be hosted by Janet Jeffs (Ginger Catering) and Jayson Mesman (The Truffle Farm).

This year’s Chefs include:

Thursday 21st June 2018, from 6:30 pm | Canapes and 4-course dinner, with matching local wines | $149.00 per person

BOOK ONLINE HERE

For more information please contact Ginger Catering Events, phone 02 6273 4366 or email [email protected].

80s Themed Singles Bar Hop

ACT singles who are sick of swiping right on Patrick Swayze and then meeting his ghost, are encouraged to come out of hibernation and onto an 80s themed bar hop!

The night will begin at the alluring and mysterious 1920’s Speakeasy, Molly, at 5 pm sharp, Saturday 23 June. Here, The Real Meat will greet the lucky ticket holders in the exclusive Vault Room, with a free drink and fun, pressure-free activities to break the ice.

From here the crowd will progress to shake things up at the Cuban themed Highball Express, where a second free drink and flirting will be flowing.

The “final countdown”, free drink and karaoke will then proceed at 88MPH. At each venue, the lucky ladies and gentlemen attending will also receive VIP entry and VIP drink deals. The age group for this event is 18-35. Tickets are limited to ensure a quality over quantity experience, so “get down on it”!

Happening Saturday 23 June from 5 – 10 pm at a variety of locations around Civic.

Tickets are $64, available via Eventbrite. Find more information via Facebook or the website.

THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL – CANBERRA REGION

 Indulge in a feast of the senses and join in the fun as The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

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. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

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

Happening Friday 1 June–Friday 31 August at various locations around Canberra.

Check out the website for more information.

Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin Takeover

The 2018 Four Pillars Gin Bloody Shiraz has just been released and is taking over at Black Market for one night only on 20 June from 5pm. With a rich and vibrant purple and red colour in the bottle and dark fruit, red berry and spice flavours they think this is their best vintage yet!

Bartenders will be serving up $10 Bloody Shiraz over ice with a slice of orange as well as a selection of cocktails crafted with this delicious gin. No cover charge although bookings are recommended.

Happening Wednesday 20 June from 5 pm at Black Market, accessed via A Baker.

Book online now at via the website or pop in on the night.

OLLEYVILLE MURDER MYSTERY DINNER PARTY

A great night of fun and a perfect atmosphere to make new friends. Enjoy a three course set menu with a Great Gatsby style dress theme at Olleyville Restaurant, at Shaw Vineyard Estate.

In teams of eight you will be assigned characters and the scene of a terrible murder will be set. You will then have to work out who amongst you is the murderer through accusations, questioning and discovering secret clues that will help to establish the identity of the murderer!

If you have a group of less then eight, not to worry they can join smaller groups together to form teams. Find out who among your fellow diners is the murderer, what a mystery!

Happening Thursday 21 June from 6.30pm at Olleyville Restaurant, Shaw Vineyard Estate, 34 Isabel Drive, NSW. Tickets cost $85pp (tickets include three course set menu).

Check out the website for more information.

DIAMONDS FOR LUNCH

Explore the dazzling world of Cartier: The Exhibition with coordinating exhibition curator, Simeran Maxwell, while you sit back, relax and enjoy a three course lunch. Price includes a complimentary exhibition ticket.

Happening Saturday 23 June from 12.30pm–2.30pm at Marble & Grain, 25 Mort Street, Braddon. Tickets from $120pp (booking fee applies).

See the website for further details.

TRUFFLE DOG LUNCH AT CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER

To launch their truffle season, join them and the Truffle Dogs for a Truffle Dog demonstration and talk on the lawn at the vineyard, followed by a three course lunch which you can book online.

Sit on their deck overlooking the surrounding countryside (or by the fire if preferable) while they serve up a fresh, local produce based, shared menu featuring charcuterie and wood fired dishes. Enjoy a selection of single vineyard wines from the Founders Museum collection of aged vintages or from the Contentious Character 2015-2017 vintages. Please email any dietary requirements to the email provided.

Happening Saturday 23 June from 11.30am at Contentious Character Vineyard, 810 Norton Road, NSW. Tickets cost $65pp including three course lunch and $80pp including lunch and paired wines.

Check out the website for more information.

YARRH WINES WINTER SOLSTICE BONFIRE

Pull on your winter woollies, laugh at the cold, enjoy some delicious canapés and a glass or two of fine Canberra District wines whilst toasting yourself by the bonfire.

Join in on the eleventh annual Winter Solstice Bonfire, where they celebrate the shortest day of the year at Yarrh Wines. Members of the Yarrh Wine club are eligible for two free tickets per membership.

Starting with speeds tastings in the cellar, you can mingle as you circulate the tastings stations! Try out some simple tastes matched with their finest wines. Limited quantities of back vintages will be available for sale on the day, along with the full range of current wines. Do not miss this one!

This year half of all the proceeds will go to the Yass River Nanima Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. The Brigade is saving for a shed extension that will house its growing number of members.

Happening Saturday 23 June from 5pm–7pm at Yarrh Wines, 440 Greenwood Road, NSW. Tickets cost $15.00 for kids (having canapés, otherwise free) and $30.00 for adults.

See the website for more details.

CAPITAL BREWING CO. POP-UP BAR AT NO.10 RESTAURANT + BAR

No.10 Restaurant + Bar is excited to announce a special collaboration with Capital Brewing Co., to bring you a pop-up bar every Friday for a limited time only.

Kickstart your weekend with crisp beers on-tap from the home-grown heroes at Capital Brewing and a special mouth-watering burger menu by No.10 Restaurant + Bar.

Pick up a burger + beer for just $19. Live music sets from local artists from 4.30pm.

Happening Friday 22 June from 4.30pm–9pm at No.10 Restaurant + Bar, 10 Bowes Street, Phillip.

See the website for more information.

TRUFFLE NIGHT AT HOTEL KURRAJONG 

Come along to Chifley’s Bar & Grill to celebrate the Canberra Truffle Season with a five-course dinner with matched wines.

Fresh truffles supplied from Macenmist Black Truffles and Wine and matched with wines from Bremerton in Langhorne Creek, South Australia.

Happening Friday 22 June from 7pm–11pm at Hotel Kurrajong, 8 National Circuit, Barton. Tickets cost $140pp.

Check out the website for further details.

TIPSY TEA AT WHITE RABBIT COCKTAIL ROOM

It’s always time for tea at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, Tipsy Tea that is! Kicking off from two every Saturday and Sunday, Tipsy Tea is perfect for those seeking a little adventure.

Tipsy Tea (65 pp), in true White Rabbit style combines classic high tea flare with signature concoctions encouraging the curious to explore their senses. To eat, you are greeted by a 3- tier platter with an array of flavoursome bites including; spiced pork sausage rolls, smoked salmon and cream cheese pinwheel sandwiches and semi-dried tomato and caramelised onion tarts. Looking for something a little sweeter? Try the sour rhubarb and marshmallow tarts or the delightful dark chocolate and peanut brownies topped with caramel icing.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 pm at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, 65 Northbourne Avenue, City.

Book your table via [email protected] or on (02) 6257 7779.

BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS @ HIGHBALL

Highball are freeing the mimosa from being a brunch-only drink and taking them for a night out, Cuban style! Head in on Wednesdays for some fresh and fruity bottomless mimosas and share a charcuterie platter.

– Flight Details –
•  $45 per passenger (4 pax minimum)
•  1.5 hours of service
•  Charcuterie platter to share
•  Wednesdays from 4pm

They’re also letting their mimosas out on the weekends so you can catch them 4-7pm on Saturdays and from 2pm on Sundays.

On every Wednesday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is $45pp, min 4 people. Visit the website for more information.

 

CHINESE HIGH TEA AT NATURAL NINE, CASINO CANBERRA

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

GARDEN BAR HAPPY HOUR

Select wine, beer, basic spirits, cocktail specials while you enjoy live music from Canberra’s most talented local musicians. Make your Friday happy and relaxing with a various selection of popular drinks.

Happening Friday every week between 5pm – 7pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, inside Hotel Realm 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Cost: $5 wine, beer, spirits.

FRIDAY SOIRÉE AT BUVETTE

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches.

Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee. $60 per person including a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

Available Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm at Burbury Terrace, Barton. Find more information here.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch…but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

TACO TUESDAY

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander. Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS

A selection of Burgers and tap beer. Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer. Happening at  5pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

MUSIC, STAGE AND THEATRE 

Australian Girls Choir

The Australian Girls Choir is thrilled to be opening a new venue in Canberra in July 2018! Join more than 5,500 girls around the country learning to sing, dance and perform.

The AGC encourages, challenges and inspires girls as they grow in confidence and take pride in developing music and presentation skills in our dynamic classes.

We are delighted to invite girls in Kindergarten to Year 7 to come along to our Open Day on Sunday June 24. Join in a fun complimentary class, meet our staff members, and experience what it’s like to be a part of the AGC!

Bookings are essential – please rsvp if you would like to attend.

This is a free event for girls aged 5 to 12 years but bookings are essential. Phone 1800 338 142 or visit aspagroup.com.au.

WAYNE BRADY – BRADY AF

Five-time Emmy winner and Grammy nominee, Wayne Brady, returns to Australia this winter with his brand-new show, Brady AF. It promises to be an evening of “no holds barred, did he just say that, I make sh%$ up, that boy can sing” comedy from the king of improvisation!

A true showbiz renaissance man, Wayne has seen success as an actor, singer, dancer, improviser and songwriter – he’s done it all throughout his long career! He got his big break on the UK version of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ before becoming a regular on the American show, where his name became synonymous with off-the-cuff brilliance.

Wayne has showcased his acting ability in films such as Crossover, The List (a romantic comedy with Sydney Tamiia Poitier) and, most recently, 1982 from director Tommy Oliver. He has also guest starred in a number of hit television shows, including 30 Rock, Everybody Hates Chris, Dirt and How I Met Your Mother, where he had a recurring role-playing James Stinson, the gay brother of Neil Patrick Harris’ character, Barney Stinson.

Happening Tuesday from 7.30pm–9.30pm at Canberra Theatre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets from $99pp (transaction fee applies).

See the website for more details.

GUY SEBASTIAN THEN & NOW 2018

One of Australia’s most popular and successful male artists Guy Sebastian brings his hit-laden Then & Now tour to Canberra for one night only.

Audiences can expect to hear recent releases from Guy’s current album, Conscious, such as Bloodstone & Set In Stone, performed alongside songs which have shaped his illustrious career. Fans will also be treated to a sneak peek of his highly anticipated new material, set to be released later in the year.

Supporting Guy is Aussie born, Chicago based singer Fata. Since releasing her debut single Purple in late 2015 and then her debut EP Undone, Fatai has gone on to sell out multiple headline tours in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Happening Saturday 23 June from 7.30pm–10pm at Canberra Theatre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City.

See the website for more details.

HAMMERHEAD

Evoking the sound and spirit of the late 50s and 60s Hard Bop movement, but reflecting a more contemporary take on this great music, internationally acclaimed saxophonist Jason Bruer and his sextet Hammerhead take no prisoners in their energetic, free-spirited approach to this music.

They were one of the featured bands in The Capital Jazz Project at The Street in 2015, playing to a sold out house. They also regularly perform around Sydney at Lazybones Lounge, Venue 505 and Foundry 616.

A repertoire made up mostly of Bruer’s original compositions reflects the re-imagining of the Hard Bop template to include an eclectic mix of Urban Jazz, Funk, Chamber Jazz and Latin styles. Featuring a stellar line up of Sydney’s finest musicians including pianist Greg Coffin, trumpeter Ray Cassar and alto sax and flute maestro Andrew Robertson (plus Brett Hirst on bass and Nic Cecire on drums), they have gained widespread notoriety for their exciting performances at festivals and venues around the country including Wangaratta, Thredbo, Canberra (at The Gods), Capitol Jazz Festival (Canberra) Wollongong and Wodonga.

Happening Saturday 23 June from 7.30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City.

See the website for more information.

JUST LIKE CLOCKWORK: A MUSICAL 

In this kooky, creative and off the wall musical created by children aged 7-14 working with Tim and Nathalie Bevitt, curious inventor Alberta Clausius Thompson Morowitz and her philosophical snow leopard friend Morbid Redfrost join a motley crew of Questers drawn by trickery through a clock faced portal into a decaying theme park.

Just Like Clockwork is a self-devised musical, written, developed and performed by local children in response to Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s 2018 theme ‘Entropy.’ Participants worked to create the musical with Tim and Nathalie Bevitt in a series of weekend workshops and holiday intensives over a six month period.

Designed to provide an accessible performance development opportunity to children in Southern Canberra, the Just Like Clockwork project has instilled participants with new confidence and creativity, developing their skills across writing, drama, song and dance as well as building capacity for creative thinking and teamwork.

Happening Friday 22 June from 6.30pm–7.30pm & Saturday 23 June from 3pm–4pm at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway. Tickets cost $12pp.

See the website for more information.

MY FRIEND THE CHOCOLATE CAKE, WINTER REVIVAL TOUR

Quintessentially Australian chamber pop noir group My Friend The Chocolate Cake take to the road for a series of concerts this June and July performing songs from their highly acclaimed 2017 album, The Revival Meeting, alongside some old favourites from their extensive back catalogue.

The Revival Meeting is the name of their new album, but My Friend The Chocolate Cake were playing to the converted. If there were any non-believers at a packed Lizotte’s, they were soon swept away by the charisma of this tight outfit with an inspiring, joyful, touching and deeply satisfying performance.

Hallelujah, all praise The Cake.

Happening Saturday 23 June from 8pm–10.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets cost $68.50pp (transaction fee applies).

See the website for more details.

BLOCK SOUNDS & WALKING THE DOG: ECHOES IN THE ETHER

Echoes in the Ether provides a program to suit the vaulting spaces of the High Court of Australia by focusing on the music of Giovanni Gabrielli. His music was inspired by the magnificence and huge size of St Marks in Venice and reflected the architecture of that building. His contemporaries were similarly moved by their places of worship and wrote daring and spirited music that challenged performers and listeners alike.

Contrasting with these structural works are those by modern composers such as Arvo Part and other contemporary composers, whose music focuses on creating moments of stillness. Works by these composers aim to fill performing spaces with clouds of drifting colour and should provide moments of contemplation.

Block Sounds is Canberra’s newest recorder ensemble. Comprising Olivia Gossip, sisters Elana and Shae Leske and directed by Robyn Mellor, the ensemble has enthralled audiences with its spirited performances and virtuosity. Block Sounds will be supported by Robyn’s recorder quintet Walking the Dog.

Happening Sunday 24 June from 1.30pm–2.30pm at High Court of Australia, 40 Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

FILM 

 

TRAILS IN MOTION FILM FESTIVAL

The Ledlenser Trails in Motion Film Festival is an annual international film tour that brings a collection of the finest trail and ultra running films to passionate audiences around the world. Amazing cinematography and stories that will inspire and motivate you from South Africa, USA, Canada and Australia. Among some fabulous stories, the 2018 Tour features an Aussie film: Best Foot Forward about Australian Para-Olympian (winter and summer) and Australia’s fastest skier ever Michael Milton and his quest to tackle a distance race, the Ultra-Trail Australia 50km Trail Run on crutches.

Happening Monday 18 June from 6pm–8.30pm at Palace Electric Cinema, 2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon. Tickets from $26.00–$32.00.

See the website for more information.

NFSA RESTORES – MY BRILLIANT CAREER

During the drought of 1898, headstrong and vivacious Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis) dreams of escaping the drudgery of farm life for a career as a writer. On an extended visit to her aristocratic grandmother (Aileen Britton), she meets Harry Beecham (Sam Neill), a well-to-do grazier. Sybylla must decide if love will interrupt her plans for a brilliant career. Based on the novel by (Stella) Miles Franklin.

Happening Wednesday 20 June from 7pm–9pm at Arc Cinema, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Tickets cost $10pp.

Check out the website for more details.

Refugee Week Dinner and Movie: The Staging Post

Come out for a meaningful dinner and a movie during Refugee Week 2018 at The Canberra Food Co-op at 6pm of 19 June. A delicious vegan-friendly Sri Lankan meal will be served alongside this incredible film.

All tickets are the low price of $15 to save on transaction fees charged by Eventbrite. Extra donations will be graciously accepted at the door and will go back to support The Staging Post team to produce their second film.

Filmed by 17-year-old refugee Khadim Dai, the film followed the story of a small group of Afghan Hazara refugees stuck in Indonesia after Australia ‘stopped the boats’. In The Staging Post, the refugees inspired a refugee-led education revolution in Indonesia. There are now over 1500 students learning at 10 refugee-led schools, taught by around 100 volunteer refugee teachers.

Happening Tuesday 19 June from 6 pm at the Canberra Food Co-Op. Trailer via Vimeo. more information via Facebook.

BOSTON: THE DOCUMENTARY

Boston has been a critical and box office success, having played to worldwide audiences in 96 countries since it premiered one year ago at the 2017 Boston Marathon. Narrated by Academy Award winner Matt Damon, Boston chronicles the story of the iconic race as it evolved from a working man’s challenge to welcoming foreign athletes and eventually women, paving the way for the modern marathon and mass participation sports. The film features many of running’s greatest champions including Shalane Flanagan, Meb Keflezighi, Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, Rob de Castella and Joan Benoit Samuelson.

Happening Wednesday 20 June from 7 pm – 9.30pm at Palace Electric Cinema, 2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon. Tickets cost $35.11pp.

Check out the website for more information.

FESTIVALS

THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL – CANBERRA REGION 

Indulge in a feast of the senses and join in the fun as The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

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. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

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

Happening Friday 1 June–Friday 31 August at various locations around Canberra.

Check out the website for more information.

MARKETS

THE MAKERS AND SHAKERS MARKET

The Makers & Shakers Market is an indoor event that focuses on beautiful handmade homewares, delicious gourmet foods and stunning lifestyle products.

With 50 top-notch quality stalls, you will meet established makers (from the ACT and beyond), as well as get to support emerging new talent. The Makers & Shakers Market aims to bring together people who care about where things come from, how things are made and what they are made of.

There will be coffee! Donuts! Cannoli! And many more tasty things. The full stallholder line up will be announced soon. Most stallholders accept card but it is recommended shoppers bring some cash.

Happening Saturday 23 June from 10am–3pm at Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla. Entry costs $2.00. Kids under 12 are free.

Check out the website for more information.

Hartley Hall Markets

You’ll have so much to choose from such as; unique gifts, artwork, home baked goods, dog/cat beds and treats, plants, jewellery, fresh produce, woodwork, crafts and much more – over 200 stalls!

Enjoy the lovely rustic atmosphere where you will find live music, great food and plenty of entertainment for the children to enjoy such as a petting zoo, pony rides, jumping castle, face painting and a giant slide.

Entry is by gold coin donation or our new Tap and Go donation devise and all of the proceeds from the Hartley Hall Markets are contributed to Hartley Lifecare which provides accommodation, respite, community services and assisted technology to people with physical and complex disabilities living in the ACT and surrounding regions.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

Selling fresh, clean, chemical-free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out.

Wynlen House is a small urban micro-farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12 pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

KINGSTON FRIDAY NIGHT MARKETS

A weekly food market with a focus on local and organic produce, amazing street food and boutique beer and spirits. Do your weekly shop, grab some dinner sit down and relax while you enjoy a cold drink at the end of a hot week! The Kingston Friday Night Markets are on every Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS 

Canberra Centre’s Men’s Trends, Tech and Tailoring Masterclass

Help your man discover the latest in men’s fashion and technology with Men’s Health Magazine editor, Luke Benedictus and founder and editor of The Versatile Gent, James Want.

Canberra Centre’s Men’s Trends, Tech and Tailoring Masterclass will lead the way in the latest autumn-winter trends, go-to-gadgets and this season’s ultimate accessories.

Happening Tuesday 19 June from 6 pm at Raku Japanese Restaurant, enjoy Japanese BBQ canapes with premium whiskey pairings.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit canberracentre.com.au.

Terrarium Workshop

Add a little green to your indoor space with an eye-catching terrarium! These easy to create oxygen boosters brighten up your home and add a personal touch to your decor.

Join Moxom and Whitney at Monaro Mall level 1 as they host a workshop on creating and caring for your very own terrarium.

Tickets are $20, available via Facebook and Eventbrite.

Happening Saturday 23 June at 11 am and 1.30 pm at Level One, Canberra Centre.

Find more information via Facebook.

Special Yoga Session

To mark the fourth international Day of Yoga, The High Commission of India, Canberra is hosting a special yoga session.

Yoga Mandir will be leading the free class. All yoga enthusiasts are welcome, including families and children.

Kindly bring your own yoga mat and take your position by 9:55am.

Happening Sunday June 24 from 10 – 11 am at the The High Commission of India, Canberra.

Register online.

80s Themed Singles Bar Hop

ACT singles who are sick of swiping right on Patrick Swayze and then meeting his ghost, are encouraged to come out of hibernation and onto an 80s themed bar hop!

The night will begin at the alluring and mysterious 1920’s Speakeasy, Molly, at 5 pm sharp, Saturday 23 June. Here, The Real Meat will greet the lucky ticket holders in the exclusive Vault Room, with a free drink and fun, pressure-free activities to break the ice.

From here the crowd will progress to shake things up at the Cuban themed Highball Express, where a second free drink and flirting will be flowing.

The “final countdown”, free drink and karaoke will then proceed at 88MPH. At each venue, the lucky ladies and gentlemen attending will also receive VIP entry and VIP drink deals. The age group for this event is 18-35. Tickets are limited to ensure a quality over quantity experience, so “get down on it”!

Happening Saturday 23 June from 5 – 10 pm at a variety of locations around Civic.

Tickets are $64, available via Eventbrite. Find more information via Facebook or the website.

CARTIER AND THE ART OF THE TIARA

Art historian, Michael Carr explores the art of the Tiara within Cartier: The Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.

Happening Saturday 23 June from 2pm–3pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

GUNNING PATCHWORK WEEKEND

Gunning Patchwork Weekend (GPW) is held each year on the last weekend in June. Timed to break the monotony of the winter, the weekend is also a great opportunity to have a break from the rat race. A fully self-funding weekend, the GPW is coordinated by four volunteers, Margaret, Marie, Kath and Peta. The GPW brings visitors to town and provides some welcome trade for local businesses and the Lions Club Markets.

Aimed at beginners and experts alike, the weekend focuses on completion of your project, good food, fun and friendships as well as high quality tutorials. Join them for an opportunity to get away from it all and create a masterpiece.

Happening Saturday 23 June from 9am–8pm at Yass Street, Gunning, NSW.

See the website for further details.

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Discover the stories behind the building on a special tour of Parliament House. Learn how the building’s impressive architecture is symbolic of our national identity and gain a rare view into private areas.

These tours run only on non-sitting days (except Christmas Day and when seasonal tours are running).

We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your tour or event for screening and check-in as places are limited to 10 participants. tours operate for 55 mins.

For security purposes, all participants must present photo identification and ticket confirmation to join any behind the scenes tours or events. If you do not have these, you will be unable to participate.

Participants on a paid tour can take advantage of a 10% discount on any purchase from The Parliament Shop on the day of the tour.

Happening until March 2019 at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill.

See the website for more information.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA

Visiting the National Library of Australia? Take a tour and see a side of the Library most visitors never experience.

Whether this is your first visit or the next of many, you can learn more about the Library and its exhibitions by joining a free guided tour. Tours are offered by trained Volunteer Guides who have a passion for sharing their knowledge of the Library and its collections. Your Guide will welcome the opportunity to introduce you to the National Library, its collections and the stories of Australia.

Treasures Gallery – Daily at 11.30am
Take a tour and come face-to-face with some of the Library’s greatest treasures and Australia’s greatest stories.

Behind The Scenes – Thursdays at 2 pm
Take a tour to visit enormous stacks where the books are stored and learn about strange curiosities in the Library’s collection that have been acquired over more than a century of collecting.

Discover your National Library – Saturdays at 2 pm
Join a Library guide for a journey around the building and discover the stories in the Reading Rooms and public spaces.

Tours running until Thursday 31 May at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more detailed information visit the website.

ART FOR LUNCH

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks or creative activities interpreting works of art in the NGA’s collection. Check our website for further details. This event is free but bookings are essential.

Happening every Thursday until November 29 2018 from 12.45pm–1.15pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

STEPPING FORWARD: COMBINING SOCIAL INTERACTION WITH LIGHT EXERCISE

This free group is suitable for women wanting to reconnect socially with other women after domestic violence.

The group gets together each fortnight to go for a relaxed 30-minute walk and catch up at a local café. Guest speakers are invited to join providing information about topics of interest in the group. This group is an open group, making it easy for new members to join throughout the term. This group is organised and run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT.

On fortnightly in Tuggeranong on Wednesday mornings and fortnightly in Gungahlin on Friday mornings, during school terms only. Children not yet at school are welcome to attend.

Complete the online contact form to register.

OUTDOORS

Credit: Martin Ollman

THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL – CANBERRA REGION

Indulge in a feast of the senses and join in the fun as The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

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. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

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

Happening Friday 1 June–Friday 31 August at various locations around Canberra.

Check out the website for more information.

DONKEY DELIGHTS 

What would 1.5 hours with a herd of regular sized donkeys, miniature donkeys, and some Very little foals be like? Just like oversized dogs, these animals love to follow you around, give you a gentle nudge, or tug on your clothing, to remind you that All your attention should be on petting them. And, they even smile for the camera! You’ll be just as reluctant as these animals will be to let you go home. And you’ll probably need to clear out some space on your phone to accommodate all the selfies you’re going to take.

Happening Saturday 23 June from 8.30am–10am at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, NSW. Tickets cost $40pp.

See the website for more information. 

Local Women’s Rugby Union Match

The Australian Defence Force Rugby Union Women will take on the Australian Police (AP) Women’s Team at 3pm 22 June at RMC Canberra in which is set to be a cracker of a match. The ADFRU features a strong balance of youthful enthusiasm and wise heads as ADFRU starts a new chapter in ADF Women’s Rugby. The team is spearheaded by the experience and talent of the likes of Wallaroo and Super W stars PTE Sarah Riordan (Army), OFFCDT Izzy Atkinson-Smith (Air Force) and AB Courtney Frankl (Navy). The team will come into camp early in the week and will take some time out from preparation for the match to give back to the Canberra Community by first alongside the Australian Police running a coaching clinic for 50 year four local primary school kids, and later the ADFRU Women will train alongside a women’s youth team (the first for a school steeped in rugby tradition) who in their own right are making their mark on the competition in its founding season.

On the eve of the match both the ADFRU and AP squads will come together to pay their respects and actively participate in a Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.

Take an early mark and some watch some excellent rugby played by some incredible athletes and servicewomen. Entry is free.

KIDS 

First Edition’s Teddy Bear Picnic Kid’s High Tea

First Edition Canberra has a beary exciting event coming your way on 25 June… we can bearly control our excitement! Pack your favourite teddy bear, bring a rug and get ready for a Teddy Bear Picnic at First Edition Canberra. Let your little ones indulge in a kids high tea with face painting, teddy bear colouring in, teddy bear t-shirt decorating, a tea party with your teddy bear, games, music and dancing and much more!

Mums and dads, enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, some delicious food and get ready for some cute photos of your little ones enjoying a tea party. So, if you go out to the woods alone… you better bring your teddy bear!

Tickets $38, more information and tickets via Eventbrite.

AGC CANBERRA OPEN DAY

The Australian Girls Choir (AGC) is thrilled to be opening a new venue in Canberra in July 2018! Join more than 5,500 girls around the country learning to sing, dance and perform.

The AGC encourage, challenge and inspire girls as they grow in confidence and take pride in developing music and presentation skills in our dynamic classes.

Girls in Kindergarten to Year 7 are invited to come along to the Open Day. Join in a fun complimentary class, meet our staff members, and experience what it’s like to be a part of the AGC!

Happening Sunday 24 June at Canberra Girls Grammar School, 48 Melbourne Avenue, Deakin. Free entry but bookings essential.

See the website for more information.

PLAYUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Ages 5-12.

Bookings are essential. Register here.

COLOUR

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Turn a blue butterfly green, visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour at Questacon and see the world in a new light!

Showing until 30 September 2018 from 9am-5pm daily at Questacon, Parkes.

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 two 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.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Image via facebook.com/theorangutanproject.

The Orangutan Project Trivia Night

Join The Orangutan Project at their annual trivia night at 6 pm on 23 June for a fun night out while raising money for orangutan conservation in Borneo and Sumatra. You have a chance to win some great prizes and silent auction items, purchase orangutan merchandise or make a symbolic adoption of an orphaned orangutan. All money raised on the night supports The Orangutan Project’s conservation efforts.

Happening at Eastlake Football Club, Griffith, more information via Eventbrite.

Refugee Week Dinner and Movie: The Staging Post

Come out for a meaningful dinner and a movie during Refugee Week 2018 at The Canberra Food Co-op at 6pm of 19 June. A delicious vegan-friendly Sri Lankan meal will be served alongside this incredible film.

All tickets are the low price of $15 to save on transaction fees charged by Eventbrite. Extra donations will be graciously accepted at the door and will go back to support The Staging Post team to produce their second film.

Filmed by 17-year-old refugee Khadim Dai, the film followed the story of a small group of Afghan Hazara refugees stuck in Indonesia after Australia ‘stopped the boats’. In The Staging Post, the refugees inspired a refugee-led education revolution in Indonesia. There are now over 1500 students learning at 10 refugee-led schools, taught by around 100 volunteer refugee teachers.

Happening Tuesday 19 June from 6 pm at the Canberra Food Co-Op. Trailer via Vimeo. more information via Facebook.

Pegasus Riding for the Disabled Charity Race Day

On Friday, 22 June 2018 at Thoroughbred Park, the Pegasus Riding for the Disabled Charity Race Day will be filled to the fascinator brim with fashion, fillies and fun and all the while, helping to raise much-needed funds for Pegasus programs and horses. Those who like the finer things in life can still purchase tickets for an indulgent three-course meal and beverages in the Silks Room from 11.30am to 5 pm.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for Race Names and Tables of Ten in the official function – but you need to get in quick!

For more information, please contact Anna on 02 6254 9190 or [email protected]

EXHIBITIONS

Cartier London. Necklace, 1932, special order, platinum, diamonds, emerald 8.8 cm (height at centre). Collection Cartier © Cartier Photo Vincent Wulveryck.

CARTIER: THE EXHIBITION

Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring items from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection showing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia.

Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace, Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events and Cartier: The Exhibition catalogue.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show at the NGA, exclusive to Canberra.

Showing until Sunday 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

NGA PLAY: KELLIE O’DEMPSEY: THE NEVER-ENDING LINE

Kellie O’Dempsey invites you into her living sketchbook, an immersive space of moving marks and dancing lines. Digital projections collide with traditional drawing in a series of dynamic and colourful experiences and creative opportunities.

Contribute to the unique drawing journey as you follow the never ending line to shadow puppets, 3D drawing constructions and live animation before getting into the drawing rink for an immersive drawing experience. The never-ending line investigates drawing as a way of collaboration and transformation and features sound elements composed by Michael Dick.

Showing until Sunday 28 October from 10 am – 5 pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes, Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

DImoff Gallery Fifth Anniversary Celebration

 

The Margaret Dimoff Gallery in Deakin is turning five years old in June and will celebrate this happy occasion with a party and sale taking place on Sunday, June 24 from 10 am. There will be a discount offered on all of the paintings and ceramics on view.

 

Happening Sunday 24 June from 10 am at Margaret Dimoff Gallery, 36-38 Grey Street, Deakin.

 

More information here.
Opening Night Exhibition of Stirato Gallery

 

Stirato Gallery is newly opened in Fyshwick, situated on a Mezzanine Floor above Stirato Bakery and Café, opposite the Canberra Outlet Centre.

 

Showcasing local and nationwide artistic talents, Stirato Gallery is a new art space to Canberra dedicated to supporting the arts.

 

It will also be the opening night of Here and There: From Canberra to the Coast by Jennifer Baird.

 

Thursday 21 June at 6 pm at Stirato Gallery, Fyshwick.

THE ART OF SCIENCE: BAUDIN’S VOYAGERS 1800–1804

See exquisite illustrations of Australian animals and marine life as well as striking portraits of Aboriginal people, rare documents and hand-drawn maps from Nicolas Baudin’s expedition to Australia. Discover the ambitions behind this lavishly funded French voyage and experience a captivating fusion of art and science.

Happening until Sunday 24 June from 9am–5pm at National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

STILL LIGHT – NEW WORKS BY JANE GERRISH

In ‘Still Light’, Sydney artist Jane Gerrish draws on her passion for research to take viewers on a journey through time. Her curiosity is infectious as a narrative rich in history and intrigue unfolds over four series’ of drawings.

Inspired by an exhibition of masterpieces from the Hermitage Museum and a visit to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Orchard Street, New York, Gerrish follows the tradition of 17th century master studies. Paying homage to a selection of Dutch and German artists she demonstrates her own phenomenal skill with her chosen mediums of charcoal, graphite and coloured pencil.

Happening until Sunday 24 June at Suki & Hugh Gallery, 38A Gibraltar Street, NSW. Free entry.

Check out the website for further details.

THE BARUNGA STATEMENT EXHIBITION 

In 1988, Aboriginal leaders Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM and Wenten Rubuntja AO presented the then Prime Minister, the Honourable Bob Hawke AC, with a painted petition, the Barunga Statement. The Statement is a historic declaration of self-determination and the celebration of Aboriginal culture, which continues to be of relevance today.

Parking is available most days in the Forecourt Basement car park and is free on weekends, public holidays and for the first two hours on weekdays. Paid parking machines are prominently located at the end of the carpark closest to the main entrance.

Showing until Sunday 29 July from 9am–5pm at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive. Entry is free.

See the website for more details.

PICASSO THE VOLLARD SUITE

Pablo Picasso’s Vollard Suite is regarded as one of the greatest print suites ever made, and perhaps the most enigmatic and famous of the twentieth century. The National Gallery of Australia is one of the few cultural institutions in the world to hold the complete set of 100 engraved prints.

Pablo Picasso’s trip to the great cultural and artistic centres of Rome, Naples and Florence had a profound effect on the course of his work during the 1920s and 1930s, a period that saw him embrace classical and mythological themes and imagery, culminating in the one hundred etchings in the Vollard suite 1930–37.

Picasso aligned his creativity and sexuality with the mythical figure of the Minotaur, memorialising his connection to ‘the untameable beast’ in The Vollard Suite. This collection provides intimate insight into the mind of the 20th century’s most celebrated and influential modern artist, capturing his reflections on ambition, immortality, fallibility, vitality, and obsession.

Showing until Monday 24 September at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information. 

BECAUSE OF HER, WE CAN

This display highlights some of the stunning works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women artists held in the Parliament House Art Collection.

Additional information: Parking is available most days in the Forecourt Basement car park—parking is free on weekends, public holidays and for the first two hours on weekdays. Paid parking machines are prominently located at the end of the carpark closest to the main entrance.

Showing until Sunday 29 July from 9am–5pm at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive. Entry is free.

See the website for more details.

DISCOMFORT BY JOSHUA SLEEMAN-TAYLOR

There are an endless variety of atmospheres and emotional states that can be evoked from different approaches to life drawing. In an academic setting life drawing can feel quite clinical. In other drawings, the naked figure can appear quite vulnerable. When drawing the human body, diversionary marks can be especially evident; people understand the body inherently, it is a subject with which they empathise. ‘Discomfort’ is an exhibition of etchings that investigate how imagery of the human body can be used as a vessel for emotional expression.

Showing until Thursday 5 July at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Free entry.

Check out the website for more information.

ON THE TABLE BY PAUL DUMETZ

These new works by artist Paul Dumetz explore functional ware and are the result of a three year mentorship process with established ceramic artist Maryke Henderson. Featuring striking and unique surfaces, colours and wood ash glazes, the pieces are at once utilitarian and beautiful.

Paul Dumetz was the recipient of the Belconnen Arts Centre CAPO Incusion Award in 2017. His work reflects a keen interest in capturing the beauty, character, strength, purity, emotion and facial expressions of Australian fauna, domestic animals and mythological creatures.

Showing until Thursday 5 July at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Free entry.

See the website for further details.

PLACES BY SOLOMON GRAINGER

‘Places is an abstract body of work capturing the essence of parts of the world that have profoundly affected the artist, and fragmented imaginings of where the future will take him. The series is personal to his own experience, yet steeped in themes that are universal, and invite his audience to ponder the rich value of their personal history, and in turn the beauty in uncertainty of what lies ahead.

Showing until Thursday 5 July at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

INDIGENOUS CONNECTIONS AND COLLECTIONS TOUR

Take our Indigenous Connections and Collections tour to learn more about the connections between Australian Parliament House and the first peoples of Australia. See inspiring works of art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from the Parliament House Art Collection and discover their unique stories. 

Happening until Sunday 15 July 2018 at the Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill

See the website for more information.

Clay Stories: A Sabbia Gallery and Remote Communities Ceramic Network Touring Exhibition

Clay Stories is a significant survey exhibition of contemporary artworks in ceramics that have been created by both highly established and emerging Indigenous artists in remote parts of regional Australia. The exhibition presents pieces that are both sculptural and vessel-based, with each body of work representative of the artist’s connection to Country and as a strong medium for storytelling.

Showing until Sunday 1 July, 2018 in the Strathnairn Woolshed Gallery.

Find out more here.

Speed of Souls Exhibition

On 2 June from 6pm until late, artist Nara O’Neil will launch her solo exhibition exploring shutter speed, connection, and emotion at The Paris End in Mitchell. The Paris End will be celebrating their 1st birthday and the plonk and tunes will be flowing! Wine and finger food will of course be provided, with canvas prints and postcards available for purchase.

If you cannot make it, the exhibition will be running for 8 more weeks, make sure to drop in Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, or Saturday 10am to 5pm.

More information via the website.

Still Light Exhibition

Sydney artist Jane Gerrish will open a solo exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore on 12 May, 2018.

In the exhibition, entitled ‘Still Light’, Gerrish draws on her passion for research to take viewers on a journey through time. Her curiosity is infectious as a narrative rich in history and intrigue unfolds over four series’ of drawings.

Inspired by an exhibition of masterpieces from the Hermitage Museum and a visit to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Orchard Street, New York, Gerrish follows the tradition of 17th century master studies. Paying homage to a selection of Dutch & German artists she demonstrates her own phenomenal skill with her chosen mediums of charcoal, graphite and coloured pencil.

‘Studying these artworks and interpreting the different textures of the painted compositions in charcoal proved a new artistic challenge, and a wonderful way to learn more about the genre’ – Jane Gerrish (referring to her ‘Sumptuous Series’ of still life drawings).

The exhibition will run until 24 June 2018. All welcome, more information here.

EXHIBITION ‘IN THESE HANDS: MARA NYANGANGKA’

An exhibition of new paintings, ceramics, tjanpi weavings and punu from the artists of Ernabella, celebrating 70 years of Ernabella Arts.

The fruits of a collaboration that took place 46 years ago are the subject of a very special exhibition about Australia’s two oldest centres for craft and design – Sturt Gallery & Studios (1941) and Ernabella Arts (1948).

Forty-six years ago, five young artists from Ernabella went to Sturt as part of a residency to learn new weaving techniques. To celebrate Ernabella’s 70th birthday, In These HANDS: Mara nyangangka tells the story of that residency, its impact on subsequent generations and offers a showcase of the contemporary work in painting, ceramics and tjanpi (native grass) weaving and punu (timber) work.

In These Hands will not only tell the historical story of the link between these two famous centres, it will celebrate the long tradition of craft and design in Australia while at the same time being testament to the positive collaboration and understanding between an Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural institution sharing that same passion for ‘making’.

Happening until Saturday 30 June from 10 am – 5 pm at the Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

EXHIBITION ‘RETRACE: SABINE PAGAN’

Retrace, is a solo exhibition by contemporary jewellery designer Sabine Pagan. The exhibition will feature rings, photographs and video extending Pagan’s ongoing investigation into themes of architectural environments, place, materiality and memories.

Sabine Pagan is a Swiss‐born Australian jewellery practitioner with a career spanning over 20 years. She has worked in both Switzerland and Australia as a practicing artist and academic, completing a practice‐based PhD in 2016. In 2017, she resumed her career as a full‐time artist, dividing her time between commissions and exhibitions.

Happening until Saturday 30 June from 10 am – 5 pm at the Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

A TALE OF TWO VILLAGES – AN EXHIBITION

A Tale of Two Villages tells the story of the Hall-Ginninderra district from Aboriginal times, through the early pioneer farming settlement at Palmerville and then Ginninderra, to the establishment of the village of Hall from 1881.

Happening from Saturday 21 April.

See the website for more information at the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall.

‘The Inner Apartment’ exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim art

The Inner Apartment’ – an exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim art curated by Nur Shkembi will show at the Nishi Gallery.

‘The Inner Apartment’ is an exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim art curated by Nur Shkembi that explores the fractured beauty of the sacred and the mundane. Featuring work by Shireen Taweel, Hoda Afshar and Leila El Rayes, ‘The Inner Apartment’ explores the ways in which ordinarily private, spiritual and deeply personal matters of the heart and mind have been turned inside-out and compelled into the public domain.

‘The Inner Apartment’ – showing at Nishi Gallery – is presented in association with the National Museum (NMA) of Australia’s exhibition ‘So That You Might Know Each Other’, and small selection of works will be on display in the NMA foyer.

Showing until Sunday 22 July. Gallery is open from 11 am – 3 pm Wednesday to Sunday at  Nishi Gallery.

Find more information via the website.

 ‘SO YOU MIGHT KNOW EACH OTHER’: FAITH AND CULTURE IN ISLAM

View intriguing objects — from clothing and ceremonial hangings to musical instruments, armour, precious manuscripts, ceramics and jewellery — that celebrate the achievements of Muslim people across the world, their daily lives, traditions and spirituality.

Featuring collections from the Vatican Anima Mundi Museum, the Sharjah Museums Authority and the National Museum of Australia.

Happening until Sunday 22 July from 9am–5pm at National Museum of Australia, 1 Lawson Crescent, Acton. Free entry.

Check out the website for more information.

FREE EXHIBITIONS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Parliament House we are running a jam-packed program of events, including two free exhibitions.

Exhibition: Design in a decade – The Design in a Decade – The 1980s

Step back in time with the Parliament House Art Collection as we revisit the 1980’s. Bold colours and geometric shapes abound in celebration of a rich decade in Australian art, craft and design.

Location: Exhibition area, level 1.

THE ART OF SCIENCE: BAUDIN’S VOYAGERS 1800-1804

See exquisite illustrations of Australian animals and marine life as well as striking portraits of Aboriginal people, rare documents and hand-drawn maps from Nicolas Baudin’s expedition to Australia. Discover the ambitions behind this lavishly funded French voyage and experience a captivating fusion of art and science.

Happening until Sunday 24 June at National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

EXPRESS YOURSELF

This collection exhibition draws attention to portraits of Australians whose unique life experiences symbolise social and cultural themes. The portraits attest to the facility of photographic portraiture to convey compelling psychological depth.

Happening until Friday 7 September 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

1968: CHANGING TIMES

Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll…and a missing prime minister.

1968 was momentous. A time of tumultuous world events, including the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.

At home in Australia, we struggled with the fallout from the December 1967 disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt and growing unrest about conscription for overseas military service.

From Hendrix’s blistering solos and far-out fashions to a swinging counter-culture, there was a strong sense that the world was rapidly changing. Where were we headed?

The opening of the National Library’s lakeside building in Canberra in August 1968 was a moment of national pride and achievement in the midst of this turbulent time.

Revisit the 1960s as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building’s opening, and reflect on what was happening in the world, in Australia and in Canberra at the time.

Showing until Sunday 12 August at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

ART DECO

Comprised entirely of works selected from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection, Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian vitalism, capturing Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture, and technology.

In the 1920s, Australian artists rebelled against the austerity of World War I to create images of an abundant nation filled with strong, youthful figures, capturing the vitalism of a nation reborn.

Technological advancements and urbanisation influenced the emergence of Art Deco: a new aesthetic in art, architecture, design and fashion.

Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian Vitalism, including Rayner Hoff’s architectural frieze Deluge – stampede of the lower gods 1927, Jean Broome-Norton’s Abundance 1934 and Napier Waller’s painting, I’ll put a girdle round about the earth 1933, which captures Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture and technology. 

Showing until Monday 31 December 2018, 7 days from 10am-5pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more information, see the website.

DEEDS NOT WORDS: THE BESSIE RISCHBIETH COLLECTION

National Library of Australia is proudly representing the opportunity to see the collection of Bessie Rischbieth, a prominent figure in Australian and international feminism.

During her stay in England in 1913, Bessie Rischbieth witnessed the whirlwind of the suffragettes’ struggle for the right to vote, which was then at its height.

Fascinated by the charisma of the suffragettes and their militant actions, she gathered memorabilia of the movement, building a collection of photographs, pamphlets, newspaper cuttings, suffrage periodicals, postcards and correspondence. She continued to grow the collection for the remainder of her life.

Rischbieth bequeathed this ‘living memorial’ to the National Library of Australia.

Free entry.

Showing until 19 August daily from 10 am to 5 pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

BEHIND THE LINES 2017: THE THREE RING CIRCUS 

Roll up, roll up to Behind the Lines 2017 and marvel at the political cartooning spectacle that is The Three-Ring Circus.

Showcasing the year’s best political cartoons, The Three-Ring Circus captures a world where fact and fiction collide and ringmasters, jugglers and acrobats have all stepped into the political Big Top.

From postal votes and citizenship chaos to penalty rates and constitutional recognition, 2017 was a tumultuous year in politics. Its cavalcade of political characters and sensational events provided rich material for our nation’s cartoonists who continue to look behind the lines of the daily political sideshows to capture the spirit of our democracy in all its passion, scepticism and humour.

Behind the Lines 2017 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Open 9 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit the website.

YES: THE ONGOING STORY OF THE 1967 REFERENDUM

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Museum of Australian Democracy is launching a new, collaborative exhibition. Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum explores the journey of Australia’s most successful referendum campaign and asks what this far-reaching change means today.

This is a joint exhibition by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Reconciliation Australia.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum is open until Friday 25 May at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily.

For more information visit the website.

EMERGING CONTEMPORARIES

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists.

This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

On display at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building.

Email [email protected] or call 6262 9333 for more information.

A Lifetime of Drawing Exhibition Opening

On Thursday 14 June at 6.00pm FORM Studio and Gallery warmly invites you to the opening reception A Lifetime Of Drawing by Sue Taylor. Entry is free.

Showing until 4 July, open Tuesday – Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm. More information on the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

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