This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

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

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13 THINGS NOT TO MISS

CAPITAL BREWING CO. NIGHT MARKETS

Capital Brewing Co. night markets are back! This time the markets are bigger and better, with more Food, more beer, and more great local makers.

Capital Brewing Co. are passionate about local makers and all the amazing things that get made right at our doorstep. With Liam Wright playing tunes, it’s the perfect opportunity to take your partner on a nice date, treat your mum, have a girls’ night out or get the lads together.

Some of the stall holders include Doughnut Department, Cannoli Brothers, Barrio Collective Coffee, BARBELL BILTONG, Yellow Canary Clothing, LisasJewelry, Endeavour Tea, Song of Oya, Bao by Asian Tiger and more.

Happening Wednesday 21 February from 5pm–11pm at Capital Brewing Co., Building 3, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick.

See the Facebook event for more details. 

FESTIVAL OF THE FACE 

To celebrate the National Portrait Gallery’s 20th birthday they are throwing a party for the whole family! Join them for a day of free fun, celebration, art making, magic… and cake!

Make your own party hat, help decorate the birthday cake, have your face painted or play a party game. There will also be a demonstration by master milliner Neil Grigg and artist Cherry Hood will take you through her painting techniques, plus heaps more.

You can even send them a special birthday message by creating a birthday card that will be included as part of the decorations on the day.

Happening Sunday 25 February from 11am–3pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

Check the website for more details.

THREE SIXTY FASHION MARKET

Three Sixty Fashion Market is a niche Canberra market dedicated to recycling vintage, retro, handmade and pre-loved fashion. This fashion market is ideal for stylish and discerning shoppers after quality fashionable clothing items.

The Market is committed to sustainable fashion and to creating a market place and an accessible opportunity for people who value ethical choices and ecological sustainability as much as they value style and fun!

Fashion has moved from consumption-driven purchases to a more community driven movement. Now scouring markets, op shops and recycling pre-loved clothing is more than just acceptable; it’s a statement about who you are. The Three Sixty Fashion Market team understands vintage clothes, designer bargains, style capers, op shopping and sustainable fashion and brings it all together for you.

Happening Sunday 25 February from 10am–3pm at Canberra Fitters Workshop, Printers Way, Kingston. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

After Dark Portrait Party!

For one night only, experience the Portrait Gallery like never before with a late night birthday party curated by Dionysus and Chenoeh Miller. In honour of us turning 20, this 18+ only event will feature:

  • Party portraits on arrival
  • Classic hits from The Exhibitionists inspired by Australian films (think; Priscilla, Muriel’s Wedding, The Sapphires, etc.)
  • House music and mash-ups by Doppel and Dead DJ Joke
  • Performances of the highlights of Starstruck movies
  • A dance competition to turn up the heat on the dance floor – join if you dare!
  • Free access to the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits (usually $12) between 8 and 9pm
  • Film screenings of ‘Strictly Ballroom’ and ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’
  • Drinks and snacks available all night from the bar

Happening Friday 23 February from 8 pm – 1 am at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

$15 early bird or $10 for members, then $25 at the door. Purchase tickets here.

MASTERCLASS BY TERRENCE MCNALLY

The astonishing Amanda Muggleton is the original diva. She creates fireworks on stage as the greatest dramatic soprano of her time – Maria Callas.

After a sensational career that saw her become the undisputed star of the world’s best Opera Houses, Maria Callas conducts a series of master classes to a select group of young vocal students at the Juilliard School in New York.
In Terrence McNally’s extraordinary theatrical tribute, Callas takes centre-stage one more time, as she passes on to her students the experiences and lessons of a lifetime. Witness her passion and commitment and realise the uniqueness of her great talent as she cajoles and lectures her students, delivering wisdom and insults in true diva style.

Happening Thursday 22 February–Friday 23 February from 8pm & Saturday 24 February from 2pm and 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets cost between $39–$79pp.

See the website for more information.

Dr Zac & Saloon

You’re invited to join the Saloon glam squad for a cosmetic information evening with special guest Dr Zac Turner!

From 5.30 pm on Thursday 22 February, Saloon will be hosting a night of education, fun and, of course, bubbles.

Preventative health specialist Dr Zac will host an information session, and be available for consultations and treatments for fine lines and wrinkles. Whether you’re looking into anti-aging treatments, or you’re interested in learning about your skin’s health, head to Saloon, enjoy some champagne and nibbles, and get the hot health tips from Dr Zac.

The girls at Saloon will also be taking bookings for their usual ‘Bubbles and Blow drys’ Thursdays.  Get a bouncy blow dry and glass of sparkling for only $50.

There is no cost for the information session, nibbles are provided.  Treatment cost will be priced upon application.  Call the Saloon team on 02 6152 0449 or email [email protected] to RSVP.

Spaces are extremely limited so get in quick!

Happening Thursday 22 February from 5.30 pm at Saloon, 53/30 Lonsdale St, Braddon.

SUMMERFEST

After the roaring success of Winterfest and Springfest, Ginninderry continues its tradition of seasonal celebrations with Summerfest!

Summerfest is Ginninderry’s family-friendly celebration of summer with live music, dance and theatre performances from local artists including Simone Penkethman, Ben Drysdale Band, Fan Dancers, Play The Dance Agency, Collective Theatre, With One Voice Ginninderry Choir and Twice the Spice — Harmony Duo.

All proceeds go to cancer patient support in the ACT.

Happening Saturday 24 February 5.30pm–9.15pm at The Link, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt. Entry $5pp or $15 for families. Children under five get free entry.

Visit the website for more information.

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Experience the thrill of being an astronaut inside a Russian space capsule using the latest 360° virtual reality technology.

Take the pilot’s seat on a breathtaking 400km descent to Earth from the International Space Station in an awe-inspiring experience produced by the Science Museum Group and narrated by British astronaut Tim Peake.

Happening every day from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia.

Book your session online now: nma.gov.au/space.

American Express Openair Cinemas

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

SONGLINES: TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters. Take a journey into the heart of Australia, with intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – and connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land.

See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, My Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing until 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

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 – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

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.

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.

FOOD & DRINK

Image: Martin Ollman

CANBERRA 2018 GOURMET WALK

The Gourmet Walk in Canberra is a yearly event that provides participants with a chance to walk in and around iconic Canberra locations while making pit stops for all the best that French cuisine offers. These will be washed down with top local vintages.

The French Embassy, Alliance Française and the French Scout group, Éclaireurs de Canberra, are hosting the annual event.

You can eat, drink, and enjoy a cultural experience with the space of seven kilometres.

On Sunday February 25 from 10am – 3pm at Lake Burley-Griffin, starts at Patrick White Terrasse. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

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.

TIKI THURSDAYS

Start your weekend early at Tiki Thursdays – Highball’s newest weekly social event! Think flaming torches, exotic tropical drinks for only $15 and a sexy Cuban vibe to top it off.

Sip on a Fidel’s Downfall with summer lovin’ peach infused rum, pineapple & mint, or a Highball twist on a Mai Tai. Whatever your flavour, they’ll have the Tiki vibes cruising and the cocktails flowing!

Grab your friends and head to the balcony or a booth with a few $15 tiki cocktails every Thursday from 4pm at Highball, winner ACT Bar of the Year 2017.

On every Thursday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH A TWIST

Spend your Sunday the way they do in Cuba – sunshine, dominoes, fruity rum punch bowls, tasty Spanish food and live entertainment.

Their fabulous street party style Sunday Session is on every Sunday and it’s fun for all ages – you can even bring your little ones!

– Live entertainment
– Bottomless mimosas
– $70 punch bowls
– $5 Coronas
– Plenty of Dominoes sets to share

The Highball Express will be at your service from 2pm every Sunday over Spring / Summer. On every Sunday from 2pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. 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 – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

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

 

After Dark Portrait Party!

For one night only, experience the Portrait Gallery like never before with a late night birthday party curated by Dionysus and Chenoeh Miller. In honour of us turning 20, this 18+ only event will feature:

  • Party portraits on arrival
  • Classic hits from The Exhibitionists inspired by Australian films (think; Priscilla, Muriel’s Wedding, The Sapphires, etc.)
  • House music and mash-ups by Doppel and Dead DJ Joke
  • Performances of the highlights of Starstruck movies
  • A dance competition to turn up the heat on the dance floor – join if you dare!
  • Free access to the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits (usually $12) between 8 and 9pm
  • Film screenings of ‘Strictly Ballroom’ and ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’
  • Drinks and snacks available all night from the bar

Happening Friday 23 February from 8 pm – 1 am at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

$15 early bird or $10 for members, then $25 at the door. Purchase tickets here.

ACTEWAGL LLEWELLYN ONE

The opening concert of the 2018 ActewAGL Llewellyn Series welcomes rising Australian guest conductor Dane Lam and presents a stimulating program of orchestral masterworks.

Carl Vine’s terse and dynamic Microsymphony provides a vibrant reflection on transformation. The sensational Piano Concerto No. 2 by Prokofiev is a hair-raising, adrenalin-fueled work, which acclaimed soloist Tamara-Anna Cislowska will conquer with mastery. Commissioned by the Soviet state to commemorate victory over Germany, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 is the antithesis of the anticipated majestic ode to military triumph—it expresses sardonic humour and irony rather than heroism. This perfect classical symphony is a playful and lively work loved by musicians and audiences alike.

Happening Wednesday 21 February–Thursday 22 February from 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, Building 100, ANU, William Herbert Place. Tickets cost between $15–$75pp.

Find more information on the website.

IMPROV MIXER: TALES FROM A SPEAKEASY

It’s February 1925 at the Polit Speakeasy in Chicago where Big Donnie and his crew have the city in a stranglehold with control over all liquor distribution. In the midst of a crime wave that is gripping the nation, who is the new face on the scene about to rattle Donnie’s cage?

Join the Lightbulb Players and become part of this story in their new interactive show ‘Improv Mixer’. Watch unscripted scenes and songs unfold throughout the venue or join in the performance if your character desires. Each Lightbulb Player will be in character and costume of the era ready to perhaps fall in love, start a feud or play the fool with you.

How do you get involved? Start building your character now. Are you a passionate ‘dry’ who supports prohibition? Are you a hopeless ‘wet’ who’s a slave to the bottle? Or are you a bootlegger looking to ship your moonshine and line your pockets? Give your character a name and a costume and come play with Lightbulb!

Happening Thursday 22 February from 7.30pm–9pm at Polit Bar, 8 Franklin Street, Manuka. Cost is $10pp online until 4pm on the day or $15pp at the door.

See the website for more information.

SUNNYBOYS

Remarkable to believe that the 2017 edition of Sunnyboys (featuring all original members) have existed longer than the bright-eyed young men who burned so brightly back in the eighties but also burned-out so fast. This time around without the pressure of scheduling and the demand for chart hits and with a mutual love and respect for the music they made, Sunnyboys can just do what they do best, play live.

And play live they will! This summer Sunnyboys will be performing a series of headline shows across venues big and small, regional and urban and all of them expected to sell out. The band will be performing material from across their entire catalogue including their three albums for Mushroom, the infamous debut EP on the Phantom label and even the odd B-side or rarity. For the Sunnyboys, every show is a celebration.

“There’s an uplift that occurs when the band is firing on all eight, and the crowd feels it and gives it right back to you. We experienced that back in the eighties, and we’re experiencing it now. There’s nothing like it.” – Richard Burgman

Happening Thursday 22 February from 7.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets cost between $55.95–$88.50.

See the website for more details.

STRINGS AT SUNSET: THE LANYON TRIO AT LANYON HOMESTEAD

A unique event combining fine music, glorious heritage architecture and stunning gardens. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join some of Australia’s leading chamber musicians in the unique ambience of Lanyon Homestead.

Hailed nationally and internationally as among Australia’s leading chamber musicians, the members of the Lanyon Trio – Andrew Lorenz – violin, Robert Harris – viola and Wendy Lorenz – piano join colleague and celebrated cellist Janis Laurs (former cellist in the Australian String Quartet and Principal Cellist of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra) to present a concert of delightful duos, trios and quartets.

Ticket price includes concert, twilight champagne/beverage on arrival and exclusive access to the Lanyon Homestead grounds. Gourmet picnic suppers available for pre-purchase. Beverages will be available for purchase at the event.

Happening Friday 23 February from 6pm–8pm at Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa Drive, Tharwa. Tickets cost between $40–$45pp.

For more information, visit the website.

MASTERCLASS BY TERRENCE MCNALLY

The astonishing Amanda Muggleton is the original diva. She creates fireworks on stage as the greatest dramatic soprano of her time – Maria Callas.

After a sensational career that saw her become the undisputed star of the world’s best Opera Houses, Maria Callas conducts a series of master classes to a select group of young vocal students at the Juilliard School in New York.
In Terrence McNally’s extraordinary theatrical tribute, Callas takes centre-stage one more time, as she passes on to her students the experiences and lessons of a lifetime. Witness her passion and commitment and realise the uniqueness of her great talent as she cajoles and lectures her students, delivering wisdom and insults in true diva style.

Happening Thursday 22 February–Friday 23 February from 8pm & Saturday 24 February from 2pm and 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets cost between $39–$79pp.

See the website for more information.

OH, WHAT A LOVELY WAR!

Canberra Repertory Society presents this powerful satirical musical commentary on World War I.

Devised by the Theatre Workshop in 1963, the play still resonates today – a truly original portrait of the conflict that changed the shape of our world forever.

Happening Wednesday 22 February–Saturday 10 March from 8pm; Saturday 3 & 10 March and Sunday 4 March from 2pm at Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane, Acton. Concession costs $38pp, adult tickets $45pp and groups of 6 or more $36pp

See the website for more information.

STRINGS IN THE SALON: SUMMER

Salon music reached its apotheosis in 19th century Europe, with composers such as Chopin and Liszt associated with the style. Together, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Monster Kitchen and Bar pay homage to this tradition over four seasonal concerts.

Enjoy a two-course lunch (main and dessert) and a welcome sparkling at $85 or a simple entry ticket at $25, accompanied by an intimate performance from members of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Dietary requirements can be accommodated. Please add them in the selected option when purchasing tickets or email [email protected].

Happening Sunday 25 February from 1pm–3pm at Monster kitchen and bar, 25 Edinburgh Avenue, New Acton.

See the website for more information.

FILM

 FILM SCREENING: TELL THEM WE ARE RISING 

Through the African-American lens, this film tells the story of Black colleges and universities in the U.S. that for 150 years have served as a haven for civil rights activists, Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries—and a path of promise toward the American dream.

Happening Saturday 24 February from 2pm–4pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

PURPLE RAIN SCREENINGS AT DENDY CINEMAS

Dendy is set to host a retro screening of the iconic Prince film Purple Rain. Cinema-goers can attend a session of the film including a special purple rain cocktail on arrival.

A victim of his own anger, the Kid (Prince) is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his truculent father (Clarence Williams III), the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero). But another musician, Morris (Morris Day), looks to steal the Kid’s spotlight — and his girl.

Don’t miss a chance to party like its 1999!

Happening Monday 26 February 6.30pm–10pm at Dendy Cinemas, 148 Bunda Street, Canberra City. $15 for Club Dendy members or $18 for non-members.

Check the website for more details.

American Express Openair Cinemas

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

FESTIVALS

SUMMERFEST

After the roaring success of Winterfest and Springfest, Ginninderry continues its tradition of seasonal celebrations with Summerfest!

Summerfest is Ginninderry’s family-friendly celebration of summer with live music, dance and theatre performances from local artists including Simone Penkethman, Ben Drysdale Band, Fan Dancers, Play The Dance Agency, Collective Theatre, With One Voice Ginninderry Choir and Twice the Spice — Harmony Duo.

All proceeds go to cancer patient support in the ACT.

Happening Saturday 24 February 5.30pm–9.15pm at The Link, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt. Entry $5pp or $15 for families. Children under five get free entry.

Visit the website for more information.

FESTIVAL OF THE FACE 

To celebrate the National Portrait Gallery’s 20th birthday they are throwing a party for the whole family! Join them for a day of free fun, celebration, art making, magic… and cake!

Make your own party hat, help decorate the birthday cake, have your face painted or play a party game. There will also be a demonstration by master milliner Neil Grigg and artist Cherry Hood will take you through her painting techniques, plus heaps more.

You can even send them a special birthday message by creating a birthday card that will be included as part of the decorations on the day.

Happening Sunday 25 February from 11am–3pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

Check the website for more details.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS 

Dr Zac & Saloon

You’re invited to join the Saloon glam squad for a cosmetic information evening with special guest Dr Zac Turner!

From 5.30 pm on Thursday 22 February, Saloon will be hosting a night of education, fun and, of course, bubbles.

Preventative health specialist Dr Zac will host an information session, and be available for consultations and treatments for fine lines and wrinkles. Whether you’re looking into anti-aging treatments, or you’re interested in learning about your skin’s health, head to Saloon, enjoy some champagne and nibbles, and get the hot health tips from Dr Zac.

The girls at Saloon will also be taking bookings for their usual ‘Bubbles and Blow drys’ Thursdays.  Get a bouncy blow dry and glass of sparkling for only $50.

There is no cost for the information session, nibbles are provided.  Treatment cost will be priced upon application.  Call the Saloon team on 02 6152 0449 or email [email protected] to RSVP.

Spaces are extremely limited so get in quick!

Happening Thursday 22 February from 5.30 pm at Saloon, 53/30 Lonsdale St, Braddon.

MARKETS

FROCK UP POP UP CANBERRA

It’s time for vintage in Canberra again at the Griffith Neighbourhood Centre with over 150 years of clothing and fashion accessories for sale. From those ridiculously waisted Victorian era gowns to austere 1940’s numbers. As well as costume there is fashion art, textiles, lace, linen, kimonos and much, much more for the Canberra fashionista.

A small event to start the year off with bargains galore from Seams Old from Victoria as they continue to downsize their major collection of period costumes. It’s like a visit to a museum!

Happening Friday 23 February from 6pm–9pm and Saturday 24 February 10am–5pm at Griffith Neighbourhood Centre, 55 Stuart Street, Griffith. $2 gold coin donation entry to support the Woman of Empire 1914 – 1918 exhibition.

Visit the website for more information.

THREE SIXTY FASHION MARKET

Three Sixty Fashion Market is a niche Canberra market dedicated to recycling vintage, retro, handmade and pre-loved fashion. This fashion market is ideal for stylish and discerning shoppers after quality fashionable clothing items.

The Market is committed to sustainable fashion and to creating a market place and an accessible opportunity for people who value ethical choices and ecological sustainability as much as they value style and fun!

Fashion has moved from consumption-driven purchases to a more community driven movement. Now scouring markets, op shops and recycling pre-loved clothing is more than just acceptable; it’s a statement about who you are. The Three Sixty Fashion Market team understands vintage clothes, designer bargains, style capers, op shopping and sustainable fashion and brings it all together for you.

Happening Sunday 25 February from 10am–3pm at Canberra Fitters Workshop, Printers Way, Kingston. Free entry.

See the website for more information. 

CAPITAL BREWING CO. NIGHT MARKETS

Capital Brewing Co. night markets are back! This time the markets are bigger and better, with more Food, more beer, and more great local makers.

Capital Brewing Co. are passionate about local makers and all the amazing things that get made right at our doorstep. With Liam Wright playing tunes, it’s the perfect opportunity to take your partner on a nice date, treat your mum, have a girls’ night out or get the lads together.

Some of the stall holders include Doughnut Department, Cannoli Brothers, Barrio Collective Coffee, BARBELL BILTONG, Yellow Canary Clothing, LisasJewelry, Endeavour Tea, Song of Oya, Bao by Asian Tiger and more.

Happening Wednesday 21 February from 5pm–11pm at Capital Brewing Co., Building 3, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick.

See the Facebook event for more details.

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 – 12pm, 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 wine 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 4pm to 8pm at the Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

Montage photographs by Sarah Kenderdine, Peter Morse and Paul Bourke. Seven Sisters rock art with permission of Walinynga (Cave Hill) custodians. Image supplied.

LIVING SONGLINES SYMPOSIUM

Join leading professionals in a unique one-day forum to assess the impact and legacy of Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters. This exhibition will serve as a case study to consider ways Australia’s oldest stories can be shared, preserved and ‘future-proofed’.

On February 23 from 9am – 5pm at Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia. Tickets are $45, $35 concession and Friends full members
Bookings essential (fees apply). Visit the website for more information: www.nma.gov.au/living-songlines

KING OF THE BATTLEFIELD: ARTILLERY AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Join Research Centre staff and learn about artillery, the most important weapon in the First World War, using the vast array of source material in the Research Centre.

Happening Thursday 22 February at First World War Galleries, Treloar Crescent, Campbell. Free entry.

Visit the website for more information.

CHINESE LATERN-MAKING WORKSHOP

The ACT Branch of the Australia China Friendship Society will hold its annual Lantern Making Workshop.

Children and adults are most welcome (small children must be accompanied by a parent). BYO cutting board, scissors, ruler and pencil. Lanterns made at the workshop can be entered in the hand-made lantern competition at the Lantern Festival and there is a prize for the best lantern made at the workshop.

Happening Sunday 25 February from 1.30pm–3.30pm at Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook. Cost is $3pp. Workshop bookings essential via email.

Check the website for more details.

NEEDLE FELT YOUR OWN LLAMA

Needle felting is a dry felting method.  It is quick and easy, and inexpensive, requiring very few tools and taking up very little space. You can needle felt when you have just a few spare minutes or for hours on end.

At this hands-n workshop you will meet the llamas and alpacas that are providing their fleece for your project. Alpaca Magic will provide all materials needed for the workshop and tea, coffee, and biscuits. Extra materials and kits are available for purchase on the day. Please wear comfortable clothes and pack lunch.

This workshop is not intended for children under 12 years of age. Older children wishing to attend must be accompanied by a parent.

Happening Saturday 24 February–Sunday 17 June from 10am–3pm at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, NSW. Cost is $95pp.

See the website for more details.

YOGA FOR ANXIETY

Anyone who suffers from stress and anxiety knows how debilitating it can be. Managing anxiety can be a constant silent challenger. It can create feelings of limited control, low self esteem, frustration, panic, fear and defeat. Whether you’re feeling stressed or anxious, this simple, easeful 2 hour workshop with Emma Ceolin will take you on a journey to soften back into yourself again.

Expect asana (poses), pranayama (breathing), meditation, aromatherapy oils, raw vegan treats and connecting with other beautiful humans. You’ll also be gifted with a Yoga for Anxiety eBook and recommendations for other great resources like apps, podcasts and books to practice in your own time. Leave this stress-to-bliss transformation workshop feeling grounded and balanced with the tools you need to give the very best version of yourself to the world.
Happening Saturday 24 February from 11am–1pm at InSync BML, 2A Barker Street, Griffith. Tickets cost $70.39pp.

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.

SPORT & RECREATION

RED HILL RUN

The Red Hill Run is heading to become a significant draw card for the wider Canberra community offering walking, running and mountain bike events.

This Run is open to everyone.

There are five events on the day:

  1. A running route for very fit runners – a timed run up the Red Hill steps.
  2. A 5k and 10k run around Red Hill.
  3. A route for the more mature in the community – a meandering walking route along the gravel tracks to the top of Red Hill.
  4. For those that ride – a mountain bike route around Red Hill.

The running and riding events will all be timed. Participants can register on the Redhillrun.com website.

On Sunday 25 February at 10am – Corner of Flinders Way and Mugga Way, Red Hill. Visit the website for more information www.redhillrun.com

OUTDOORS

BEER & POOCHES @ CAPITAL BREWING CO.

Dogs on the Run is holding another Beer & Pooches event at Capital Brewery to celebrate the last Sunday of Summer. Enjoy a beer & Brodburger while your pooch gets to socialise with other friendly pooches.

Happening Sunday 25 February from 12pm–3pm at Capital Brewing Co., Building 3, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick.

See the Facebook event for more details.

American Express Openair Cinemas

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

KIDS 

ACTEWAGL ROYAL CANBERRA SHOW

Get ready to be entertained, excited and educated at the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show!

The award-winning ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show features more than 150 attractions, 5000 animals, 450 trade displays and 1500 competitors.

Stay for the day. Play under the night lights. Get in fast to buy your favourite show bags. There’s something for all the family.

Happening Friday 23 February–Saturday 24 February from 8.30am–10pm & Sunday 25 February 8.30am–6pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Flemington Road, Mitchell.

Tickets cost between $22.50–$25 for adults, $12.50–$15 for children, $15 for students and $60 for families (2 adults, 2 children).

Check the website for full details.

LITTLE EXPLORERS DAY

Little Explorers Day will be a fun day for kids aged 0-6 years and their carers. Enjoy half price entry and discounted memberships, see a dinosaur puppet show, play with colours under a waterfall and try out our Science Time activities. Get up close with reptiles from the Canberra Reptile Zoo and check out the displays from community organisations with fabulous resources for young families. MiniQ, our gallery for 0-6 year olds, will be running timed sessions on the day – book in on arrival at the ticket desk.

Happening Monday 26 February from 9am–1pm at Questacon The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Cost is $11.50 for adults, $8.50 for kids and $35 for families. Children under four free.

See the website for more information.

FESTIVAL OF THE FACE 

To celebrate the National Portrait Gallery’s 20th birthday they are throwing a party for the whole family! Join them for a day of free fun, celebration, art making, magic… and cake!

Make your own party hat, help decorate the birthday cake, have your face painted or play a party game. There will also be a demonstration by master milliner Neil Grigg and artist Cherry Hood will take you through her painting techniques, plus heaps more.

You can even send them a special birthday message by creating a birthday card that will be included as part of the decorations on the day.

Happening Sunday 25 February from 11am–3pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

Check the website for more details.

TODDLERS TODDLE GUDGENBY RIVER

For a couple of kilometres above its junction with the Murrumbidgee, the Gudgenby River is a huge sandpit, with the shallow waters of the Gudgenby flowing through it. Cleaner, clearer and gentler than the Murrumbidgee, the Gudgenby is a great place for toddler water play. The walking route is 200 to 300 metres return, mainly in the river bed itself.

There will be a lilo provided for rides in the gentle current, and there are opportunities for blackberry picking. Meet at 9.45 am on Smith’s Road, at the bridge where the road crosses the Gudgenby River, about 600 metres from the junction of Naas Road an Smith’s Road – about 5 minutes drive past Tharwa.

Happening Wednesday 21 February from 9.45am–12pm at Smith’s Road, Tennent. Free.

See the website for m0re 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.

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.

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

Search for Koalas in the Canopy and enjoy a ranger-guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear the ranger’s story or two about these fascinating marsupials. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy.

Arrive an hour early and see the pelicans being fed at Pond 4 at 1.30pm. Hear insights about pelicans and the other remarkable inhabitants of the wetlands from a Tidbinbilla ranger.

Saturdays 2.30pm – 3pm until Sunday 12 May 2018 at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Find more information on the website.

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.

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Take your little ones along to the Australian National Botanic Gardens for some fun with stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities brought to life by the ACT Storytellers. An engaging treat for pre-school children, parents and carers.

First Friday of the month (different theme each month) and commences at 10 am (duration one hour). Tickets are $5 per child and bookings are not required. Visit www.anbg.gov.au for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

TRIVIA NIGHT FUNDRAISER – IMPROVED EATING DISORDER SUPPORT

Get some friends together and join us for a great night of fun and entertainment.

All proceeds going to the Canberra Hospital Foundation for improved eating disorder support. Bar and meals available for purchase on the night.

This is part of a larger fundraising campaign being undertaken on behalf of the Canberra Hospital Foundation, and to raise money for eating disorder support services for the ACT.

On 23 February from 6pm at Pick Up Stix Restaurant and Bar, Lyneham (opposite Old Canberra Inn). Entry is $15 per person. Book via TryBooking.

EXHIBITIONS

FESTIVAL OF THE FACE 

To celebrate the National Portrait Gallery’s 20th birthday they are throwing a party for the whole family! Join them for a day of free fun, celebration, art making, magic… and cake!

Make your own party hat, help decorate the birthday cake, have your face painted or play a party game. There will also be a demonstration by master milliner Neil Grigg and artist Cherry Hood will take you through her painting techniques, plus heaps more.

You can even send them a special birthday message by creating a birthday card that will be included as part of the decorations on the day.

Happening Sunday 25 February from 11am–3pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

Check the website for more details.

After Dark Portrait Party!

For one night only, experience the Portrait Gallery like never before with a late night birthday party curated by Dionysus and Chenoeh Miller. In honour of us turning 20, this 18+ only event will feature:

  • Party portraits on arrival
  • Classic hits from The Exhibitionists inspired by Australian films (think; Priscilla, Muriel’s Wedding, The Sapphires, etc.)
  • House music and mash-ups by Doppel and Dead DJ Joke
  • Performances of the highlights of Starstruck movies
  • A dance competition to turn up the heat on the dance floor – join if you dare!
  • Free access to the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits (usually $12) between 8 and 9pm
  • Film screenings of ‘Strictly Ballroom’ and ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’
  • Drinks and snacks available all night from the bar

Happening Friday 23 February from 8 pm – 1 am at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

$15 early bird or $10 for members, then $25 at the door. Purchase tickets here.

 JUXTAPOSITIONS

A collaborative exhibition showcasing the art work of Nancy Tingey inspired by the poetry of her friend of 40 years, Jane Liddell-King.

During her residency at Strathnairn, which will run until early April, Jane will conduct workshops and read her poetry at various venues, including Poetry at The House on 14 March, the Council of Christians and Jews on 13 March, Smiths Alternative on 12 March, and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) on 9 March. Other venues are awaiting confirmation. Over the weekend of 10-11 March Jane will run workshops in the Village Hall, Strathnairn, to which artists of various disciplines, including performance artists, dancers, musicians and writers are invited to attend.

On Thursday 15 February to Sunday 11 March at Strathnairn Galleries. Open Thursday to Sunday 10 – 4 pm. Strathnairn Homestead Cafe is open Thursday to Sunday 10 – 3 pm. Visit the website for more information: www.strathnairn.com.au

FAKE OR FORTUNE

Treasures Curator Nat Williams explores the infamous life of George Barrington, celebrity pickpocket, convict and chief of police, in Fake or Fortune.

A Treasures Gallery Access Program, supported by National Library Patrons.

Happening Thursday 22 February at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Free entry.

Visit the website for more information.

DANCING DEITIES

Padma Menon performs a mixture of Indian and contemporary western dance to connect with archetypes or deities found in the NGA’s Asian art collection. Presented in partnership with Moving Archetypes.

Happening Friday 23 February–Saturday 24 February from 6.30–8.30pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes. Cost is between $18–$20pp. Children free entry.

See the website for more information.

AUSLAN SIGN-INTERPRETED TOUR OF ANGELICA MESITI

For people who are blind or vision impaired. This is a free event however it is advised interest is registered through the National Gallery of Australia website.

Angelica Meiti has long been fascinated by performance: as a mode of storytelling and a means to express social ideas in physical form. In recent years she has been making refined videos that reveal how culture is manifested through non-linguistic forms of communication, and especially through vocabularies of sound and gesture.

This exhibition features five recent works, offering an expansive view of the range of subjects with which Mesiti has engaged. When considered together, this suite reveals how the artist bears witness to enchanted moments of inner life with her camera. Intensity builds through an accumulation of rhythms, sounds and gestures, flowing back and forth between individual and social space – from person to person, situation to situation, culture to culture.

Happening Sunday 25 February from 2.30pm-3.30pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

INCOMMENSURABLE PHOTOMEDIA IN THE ERA OF GLOBALISATION & JACQUELINE BRADLEY: FIGURE IN THE LANDSCAPE

Curated by Terence Maloon, the works in this exhibition by Nick Danziger, Merilyn Fairskye, Ciara O’Brien, David Stephenson, Martin Walch, Anne Zahalka set up conflicting perspectives that highlight some of the more troubling aspects of our globalised age.

Jacqueline Bradley’s works combine found materials – rocks, fencing wire, and dirt – with intimate bodily objects – combs, thimbles and scarves – in playful, delicately poised combinations. Sharing the gallery with Sidney Nolan’s Riverbend, these small sculptures reflect the artist’s interaction with the landscape and articulate some of the complexities encountered when negotiating our presence in the Australian environment.

An exhibition of Jacqueline Bradley exhibits nationally and internationally and is a PhD candidate and lecturer in the Sculpture Workshop at the ANU School of Art and Design.

Happening Friday 23 February–Sunday 8 April (Wednesdays to Sundays) from 10am–5pm at ANU Drill Gallery, Building 29, Kingsley Street, Acton. Free entry.

Check out the website for more information.

Hearts and Minds

Canberra Glassworks offers an opportunity to attend the first Australian exhibition of artists Penny Byrne and Harriet Schwarzrock that explores the idea of interconnectivity and electrical impulses in the body.

This exhibition is a perfect collaboration between Penny Byrne’s 2 metre Hurt Locker from the Glasstress exhibition, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice Biennale 2015 and the collection of 60 hand-blown glass hearts created by Harriet Schwartsrock. Each of them is filled with a mixture of gases that shimmer and touch the light effect inside. A few of them are also featured with heartbeat sound pulsates at different rates provided by sound artist Brian McNamara.

Free entry.

Showing until 25 March daily from 10 am to 4 pm at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston Foreshore.

DRAWINGS BY JOHN FORRESTER CLACK

The act of drawing, mark making and surface materiality are for John Forrester Clack a place where he can explore the incarnation of the word Amen – ‘So Be It’. Through exploration and experimentation, he has been working to see if he could be in the ‘now’, without fear of failures of the past or doubts about the future, to express as fully as he can, body, mind, emotions and spirit through the physical act of drawing.

John Forrester Clack has been a practising artist for over thirty years and has exhibited in major public exhibitions. He was awarded the Kedumba Prize for Drawing and selected for the Art Gallery of NSW Dobell Drawing Prize. He has been represented by major commercial galleries, with work in collections across Australia and overseas.

Showing until Thursday 29 March 2018 at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Opening night from 5.30pm. Free entry.

Check out the website for further information.

IN TRANSIT UNFRAMED OPEN EXHIBITION

2018 is the beginning of a new chapter for Belconnen Arts Centre as they embark on realising the completion of a new centre and sharing the journey with artists of Australia. Facing new opportunities and with the transformation of the building, artists are being invited from throughout Australia to respond to themes of change, metamorphosis, growth, journey and evolution. The Arts Centre asks artists to investigate their ideas of transition and transformation on A3 paper with imagination, a sense of play, boldness, thoughtfulness or contemplation.

All works will be eligible for consideration of the $500 People’s Choice Award, with entries due by COB 4:00pm Monday 5 February 2018.

Showing until Thursday 29 March at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Free entry.

Entry details and further information can be found on the website.

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 10am to 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West.

SONGLINES: TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters. Take a journey into the heart of Australia, with intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – and connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land.

See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.

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.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging RockMy Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing until 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

EIRENE MORT: A LIVELIHOOD

The story at the heart of this exhibition is that of Eirene Mort; a prolific artist, collaborator, teacher, writer, family historian and a ‘new woman’ pursuing a profession in the arts at the beginning of the 20th Century.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Eirene Mort’s death at the age of 98, a fitting time to consider her life and work. View numerous artefacts from Mort’s art practice made possible thanks to a generous gift to Canberra Museum and Gallery from her heirs.

A self-described woman of independent means, Mort was an advocate and proponent of the use of Australian materials and motifs in decorative arts. Her translation of the English Arts and Crafts movement to an Australian context coincided with the creation of the Australian Commonwealth in 1901 and helped define a burgeoning national identity.

Showing until 25 February 2018, from 12-5pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City. Free entry.

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 now 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.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 

Old Parliament House was once brand new. What was it like to be a spectator at the opening ceremony?

This new exhibition marks the 90th anniversary of the opening of Old Parliament House and tells an important story in Australia’s democratic history from the perspective of onlookers in the crowd. Follow The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 around the corridors and discover the pomp and pageantry, humour and tragedy of this historic day.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily until 2 May 2018. For more information visit: moadoph.gov.au

Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers  

Visually arresting, humorous and thoughtful, Canberra-based artist Alison Alder reinterprets and reinvigorates portraits of the first eight prime ministers in Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers, a contemporary art exhibition.

See intense patterned wallpaper honouring the prime minister’s wives and a Term-O-Meter animation tracking the changing political hues of individuals and governments. Through the portraits Alder gives us a sense of Australia’s history that is lively, dynamic and parallels the present day.

Showing until 24 February 2018 daily from 9am to 5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

For more information visit 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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