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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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It’s a weekend of celebrations, kicking off with a night of Mystery at National Museum of Australia! Sunday is all about celebrating the chilly, at National Portrait Gallery’s Winter Festival, and the culinary delight that is Fireside Festival kicks off on Friday. Yum!

There’s also an array of markets to explore if you’re a market dweller, exhibitions galore for the art lovers and plates aplenty for the foodies. Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!


Winter Festival

Celebrate the season at the National Portrait Gallery’s annual Winter Festival with live ice sculpture carvings, performances, an epic participatory artwork, a world record attempt at the longest pom pom garland and a Frozen sing-a-long!

It’s all on from 10am to 4pm this Sunday 2 August at the National Portrait Gallery.

Fireside Festival

Venues around the Canberra region turn up the heat in August for the capital’s annual celebration of winter – Fireside Festival, which runs from 31 July to 31 August.

Embrace winter – from degustation dinners celebrating local and seasonal produce to tastings of the region’s best reds, innovative and exciting performances, musicians, events and exhibitions. Experience the thrill of a horse back ride through the hills as you muster the flock for shearing, sip the smoothest hot chocolate and snuggle in for the night with accommodation packages… fall in love with winter.

Stronger than Fiction

The Stronger than Fiction Documentary Film Festival presents the latest award-winning documentary films from around the globe and some closer to home, along with great panel discussions and Q&As.

Screening at Palace Electric in New Acton from Thursday 30 July to Sunday 2 August.

Canberräng 2015

Canberräng is Canberra’s annual festival of swing running over four days. Canberräng is presented by Jumptown Swing and attracts dancers from across Australia and abroad. Along with social dancing, Canberräng features local and interstate musicians, performances, balls and more, all held in some of Canberra’s best venues.

There are free and paid events over the weekend, many of which are suitable for people of all ages, to dance or watch and enjoy Canberra and some fantastic music.

The event runs from Thursday 30 July to Sunday 2 August. Get the full rundown at canberrang.org.

Fundraising Persian Music Concert

On the basis of a financial emergency situation for a refugee family in Sydney, a traditional Iranian music concert is being held to raise fund to support this family. The concert includes Tar (Salar Ayoubi) and Piano (Shahriar Etemadi Tajbakhsh). There may also be an auction for some paintings from a well-known Iranian artist (TBC).

Since it is a very short notice, they are doing our best to finalise the details. The concert will take place on 1 August at 6.30pm at the Larry Sitsky Recital Room at the ANU School of Music. Tickets are $25 at the door and extra donations would be greatly appreciated.

You can find more details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1445781219064128/.


Old Bus Depot Market

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

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

Visit obdm.com.au for more information.

Canberra Craft & Quilt Fair

This year’s Canberra Craft & Quilt Fair will be an inspiring hub of creativity covering wearable art, embroidery, knitting, paper craft, textile art, vintage fashion and a stunning array of quilts! With impressive displays, workshops and craft products all on offer at Australia’s most popular craft event, visitors will be spoilt for choice. Visitors can also be inspired to begin preparations for a handmade Christmas early at the enchanting Christmas area featuring inspiring free Christmas workshops with creative ideas on how to make this year’s Christmas a handmade affair.

For those wanting to stock up on all the latest craft supplies, tools and gadgets, the Fair will be bursting at the seams with specialty retailers from all over Australia. Tickets start at $15 and can be bought on the day or online. To learn more and book a ticket online in advance and save, please visit www.craftevents.com.au. On 10am – 4.30pm from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 August at Exhibition Park In Canberra, Flemington Road, Mitchell.

Westside Markets

Whether it’s food, fashion, second-hand or handmade, Canberrans love a good market. The newest addition to the market scene are the Westside Acton Markets which have seen Westside Acton Park transformed into an eclectic outdoor market every Sunday. Each week a mix of handmade, vintage and designer stalls will set up alongside live entertainment and permanent food vendors in the lakeside precinct. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm at Westside Acton Park, Barrine Drive.

Capital Region Farmers Market

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


Canberra Fireside Festival – Champagne Masterclass

Join champagne expert and presenter Kyla Kirkpatrick, aka The Champagne Dame as she teams up with Canberra’s Fireside Festival to create a new winter themed masterclass that explores the richer champagne styles with matched tasters.  Kyla will be joined by Chef Paolo Milanesi, former Head Chef of 2 Michelin star restaurant in Sicily, who will be creating delicious dishes to accompany the champagne. 2 hour presentation includes 5 champagnes matched with unique dishes. Places are limited. Tickets start at $145.00 per person. Book tickets here. On Sunday 2 August from 2pm – 4pm at Blackfire Restaurant, 45/38 Mort Street, Braddon.

Craft Brews at Durham Castle Arms

Australian brewing icon Ben Kraus from northern Victoria’s Bridge Road Brewers will be at the Durham Castle Arms. Ben will be accompanied by a collection of his craft beers ready to be poured all weekend long, including his award winning Bling IPA, Beechworth Pale Ale and some special never before seen in the ACT beers.  On Thursday July 30 and Friday July 31 from 6pm at The Durham Castle Arms, Green Square, Kingston.

Visit the website for more information www.thedurham.com.au.

Hooch Friday’s at QT

During winter we need that little bit extra motivation to leave the house. QT want to provide that motivation for you in a cocktail form. Dine at Capitol Bar & Grill on a Friday during the month of July and August, order an entree, main or main and dessert and receive a complimentary cocktail in Lucky’s Canberra. On Fridays at QT, Capitol Bar & Grill, 1 London Circuit, Canberra.

Visit the website for more information.

Majura Valley Experience

Take a journey through the Majura Valley, enjoy and experience the best local produce. Start your day at French Black Truffles of Canberra with Sherry for a truffle hunt. Then travel next door to Mount Majura Vineyard where you will enjoy a local truffle infused brie matched with some outstanding wines. Travel down Majura Road to Pod Food in Pialligo to finish your experience with a two course lunch including a glass of Mount Majura Vineyard wine. The entrée and main will both feature Sherry’s famed French black truffles. Contact Mount Majura for bookings and meeting point. Price is $165 per person. On until 9 August (Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays) from 10am to 3pm.

The Truffle Festival Canberra Region

Discover the magic of black truffles at The Truffle Festival Canberra Region. Learn from celebrity chefs and other truffle experts. Join a truffle hunt, take a cooking class, or indulge in the special flavours and intoxicating aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants, cafes and wineries. Try breakfasts and lunches or immerse yourself in the grandeur of this exquisite delicacy with sumptuous truffle degustation dinners at various fine dining restaurants. With more than 60 participating venues, there is much to explore! Celebrate the local harvest of these highly prized gems until late August. Visit the website for information and event times.

Canberra Truffle Hunts

Rug up for a wintery experience and take a Canberra Truffle Hunt in the oak forest on Canberra’s only trufferie; Ruffells Estate. Follow the truffle dogs as they sniff out prized black Perigord truffles. These exceptionally talented dogs roam amongst the farm’s 2,500 trees to find a piece of ‘black magic’. Once the perfect truffle is found, head back into the warmth of the truffle shed to discover the secrets to using this highly prized delicacy. Choose from Truffle Hunts, A Twilight Hunt and Cook or the Weekend Hunt and Cook. Hunts: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays. Brunch, Hunt & Cook: Saturdays. Lunch, Hunt & Cook: Saturdays & Sundays. Twilight, Hunt & Cook: Fridays. Tours available until 14 August. Book online.


afterDARK Lantern Tours

afterDARK Lantern Tours are a wonderful way to spend a winter evening in the nation’s capital. Participate in a lantern making workshop then embark on a fascinating night tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens with your own ranger guide. Bookings are essential by phoning (02) 6250 9588. Not suitable for children under five years. On Saturday 1 August from 6.30pm at Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Family Sunday Sessions: Escape into the Gardens

Get along to the Australian National Botanic Gardens to their guided storytelling experience exploring the themes of ‘Fire and Light in the Australian bush’. The adventure begins with a tasty morning tea before families head out with their hosts from the ACT Storytellers and Gardens’ education team, finishing their journey in the Red Centre Garden toasting marshmallows over a fire. Suitable for families with primary school aged children. Bookings essential with tickets $20 adults and $15 concession and children. Phone (02) 6250 9588. On Sunday 26 July and Sunday 30 August from 10.30am.


Little Griffins @ Brick by Brick

The National Capital Exhibition presents Little Griffins @ Brick by Brick; an exciting programme for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Little Griffins includes songs, activities and lots of Duplo™ construction fun as a gentle introduction to the wonders of the National Capital.

Held from 10am to 11am the last Friday of each month at National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive, Canberra.

Family Films @ National Portrait Gallery

Head to the National Portrait Gallery this winter and enjoy some free family friendly film made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC. Sing along to Frozen PG (2013) on Sunday 2 August at 11am and 2pm as part of the NPG’s Winter Festival. Entry is free.

Play Up

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

Story time at the Memorial

Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people, and faraway places brought to life through puppets, uniforms, and educational toys at the Australian War Memorial. This program is suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome. Meet in the lower galleries, free event. On every Friday from 10.30am to 11.30am until 28 August at the Australian War Memorial, Campbell.

Little faces

Little children and their parent (or carer) are invited to join an experienced Learning Facilitator at the National Portrait Gallery for playful activities in the galleries exploring faces, colour, sound and movement in the portraits with the Little Faces program. This 30-minute event is ideal for children from the ages of 6 months to 3 years. It’s followed by morning tea in the cafe. Bookings essential. On until Thursday 5 August (9.30am and 10.30am) at the National Portrait Gallery.

Winter magic at the library

Libraries ACT is offering bundles of events, classes, regular activities and, of course, their extensive movie, magazine, book and audio book collections to keep everybody entertained this winter. One-on-one digital literacy training: Book in for a personalised 30-minute session on a topic of your choice. Topics include email, eBooks, internet and computer basics, tablets, and privacy and security. From 2pm to 4pm until Thursday 27 August at Belconnen, Tuggeranong and Gungahlin libraries.

Perception Deception

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

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

National Dinosaur Museum Weekend Tours

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

Family Space

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

Leap into your local library

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

Friday 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 10am (duration one hour). Tickets are $5 per child and bookings are not required. Visit the website for more information.


CBR Brave v Sydney Bears

It’s all happening at the Brave Cave as the CBR Brave take on Sydney Bears on Saturday 8 August. Catch all the action at Phillip Ice Skating Centre when the puck drops at 5.30pm. Tickets available online now or catch the live stream at ascensionsports.tv.


An Introduction to Food Forests

Backyard food forests are a perfect place to begin a garden if you are keen to start producing your own food but are short of time. Tanya Hobbs will be leading this introductory workshop, in which we will explore the concept of food forests, why you might want to set one up, how to adapt the forest to your circumstances and a brief outline of design ideas. Be prepared to be inspired by the brilliant possibilities your backyard holds. Tanya will distribute a worksheet to help you work through the steps of researching and planning your own food forest. Visit the website for more information www.ecoaction.com.au/events. Tickets start at $20. On 4 August from 6pm – 8pm at the Canberra Environment Centre, cnr Lawson Crescent and Lennox Crossing, Acton Peninsula.

Envisioning the world: history, literature and the Fulbright

Jointly hosted by the Humanities Research Centre and the Fulbright Commission, this public lecture will feature Dr Dean Kotlowski, Professor of History, Salisbury University, USA and Dr Manav Ratti, Associate Professor of English, Salisbury University and current Visiting Fellow, Humanities Research Centre, ANU explaining how their research projects were boosted by the Fulbright scholarships. Visit the website for full details www.fulbright.com.au. On 29 July from 4pm at ANU, A.D Hope Building #14, Ellery Circuit, Acton.

Drawn In

Let your creative juices flow at the National Portrait Gallery! Pick up a pencil and enjoy the experience of drawing while listening to local musicians. Free. Ideal for all ages and abilities. All materials are provided. On Sunday 9 August with Carlos Perez, classical guitar at the National Portrait Gallery. Free entry.

National Gallery of Australia talks and workshops

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


GREASE had its Broadway premiere in 1972 and has triumphed across the globe.  In 1979 GREASE took over the record as the longest running show in the history of Broadway and the hit film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John proved to be the highest grossing movie musical ever.  Everywhere it opened GREASE struck a universal chord with its irresistible mix of adolescent angst, vibrant physicality and 1950s pop culture.  It is the No. 1 Party Musical, it’s got groove, it’s got meaning and it’s burning up the quarter mile!

Showing at The Q in Queanbeyan from Wednesday 29 July to 15 August. Tickets from theq.net.au.

Cult Classics return to Dendy

Dendy Canberra’s Cult Classics will return for another season, showcasing some of the best films from the last several decades. The program opens with the first instalment of the magnificent adventure Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) on every Monday with an incredible line-up for the winter season that will feature some of the best films of all time including the highest grossing film of 2003, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Fight Club (1999).

The August program includes The Exorcist (1973), Wayne’s World (1992), Willow (1998), 54 The Director’s Cut (1998) and Tropic Thunder (2008). The season will conclude with the best known ‘midnight movie’ The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) on Monday 21 September with fans and guests encourage to attend in their best Rocky Horror attire. The Cult Classics screen every Monday with a session at 10am and 6.30pm. Members pay just $10 and non-members $12. Tickets are now on sale and bookings are highly recommended.


Fundraising Persian Music Concert

On the basis of a financial emergency situation for a refugee family in Sydney, a traditional Iranian music concert is being held to raise fund to support this family. The concert includes Tar (Salar Ayoubi) and Piano (Shahriar Etemadi Tajbakhsh). There may also be an auction for some paintings from a well-known Iranian artist (TBC).

Since it is a very short notice, they are doing our best to finalise the details. The concert will take place on 1 August at 6.30pm at the Larry Sitsky Recital Room at the ANU School of Music. Tickets are $25 at the door and extra donations would be greatly appreciated.

You can find more details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1445781219064128/.

Leisa Keen: Live Music in the Barrel Room

Leisa Keen is one of Canberra’s musicians who easily crosses genres. Hear Leisa play jazz, rock pop and easy listening tunes. She’s a favourite at Café Lerida; creating the perfect ambiance for any event.

Live Music in the Barrel Room at Lerida Estate is being held from 12:30pm to 3pm this Sunday 2 August as part of the Fireside Festival. Find out more here.

Mozart in Three Cities: Concert two

Mozart in Three Cities is the second instalment of the popular University House series co-presented by the ANU School of Music. Dr. Erin Helyard and Skye McIntosh showcase the beautiful and rare instruments of the ANU’s Historical Keyboard Collection through featuring violin and fortepiano music centred around Mozart’s activities in three cities: Salzburg, Mannheim, and Vienna.

On at 1pm this Tuesday 28 July at Great Hall, University House, 1 Balmain Cres, Canberra. Get more information here.

Reckless Valour: contemporary dance by Quantum Leap

Reckless Valour is contemporary dance theatre. It looks at the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, contemplates what war means now to young Australians; and celebrates their power to shape the future. First created in 2005 as “a moving tribute to young Australians in war”, it has been completely redeveloped with a new cast of young dancers.

Performing at Canberra Playhouse from Wednesday 29 July to Saturday 1 August. Tickets from the Canberra Theatre Centre website.

Double Trouble

Be entertained, challenged and moved in Double Trouble, a celebration of the music of composer Martin Wesley-Smith and his twin, librettist Peter Wesley-Smith. The wit, whimsy, satire and sedition of their music will delight you, with everything from Playschool favourite Walking in the City to Black Ribbon – a song cycle written for the centenary of Federation.

Double Trouble features The Song Company, Australia’s premier a capella ensemble, with the Canberra Choral Society Chorus, pianist Anthony Smith, and the young voices of Vocal Envy and the Turner Trebles.

Playing at The Street Theatre Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July. Tickets from The Street.

A Special Jazz Event

Hetty Kate is one of Australia’s best-known jazz singers. She has performed in North and South America, Europe and Asia with her own bands and regularly tours with Australian jazz royalty James Morrison. Visit the website for more information www.npc.org.au. On 31 July from 6pm – 8.30pm in the Club Lounge of the National Press Club, 16 National Circuit, Barton.

“Slide Connection Stuttgart” trombone quartet

Australian Tour of four young orchestral musicians from Germany perform music ranging from Renaissance to Contemporary. Composers such as Michael Praetorius, Anton Bruckner and Daniel Schneider. Supported by the Goethe Institute. Visit the website for more information www.wesleycanberra.org.au . Tickets at the door start from $10. On 30 July from 7pm at Wesley Music Centre, National Circuit, Forrest. 

The Front Room

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

No Lights, No Lycra

There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself. NLNL takes place in two locations across Canberra: Monday nights from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Mugga Mugga Scout Hall in Red Hill, and Wednesday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm at St John’s Anglican Church Hall in Reid (corner of Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West). Lots of free onsite parking available, and admission still just $5 on the door.

Vinyl Lounge at NFSA

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

Live Local Music

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


Streetwise: Contemporary Print Culture

Streetwise: Contemporary Print Culture presents more than 40 of Australia’s current contemporary printmakers at the National Gallery of Australia’s newest space for art in Canberra; NGA Contemporary. The exhibition is bright, colourful, graphic and surveys the last 15 years of exciting Australian printmaking. Digital prints, video, zines and textiles are some of the many techniques on display from artists including eX de Medici, Mike Parr, Heather B Swann, Sarah Contos, Minna Gilligan, Brent Harris and Marian Tubbs. On until 8 August at the National Gallery of Australia.


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

Norforce: Tony Albert

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

Other exhibitions

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



Thanks to a growing network of Art Fairs, a new digital art market and a  surge of interest from China, art has suddenly become a globally traded commodity. No matter how well our Australian artists are known at home, they are all on the same footing when exposed to the global art platform. Almost unknown in Australia, a handful of our young artists – graduates of the streets and laneways of our capital cities – have grabbed the opportunity to market their art world wide. And they have triumphed. BRICKS to CANVAS tells the story of these resourceful talents, their transition from spray can to paint brush and with it their rise to international recognition. This is truly a success story in Australian art, which has yet to be acknowledged. Visit the website for more information www.aarwungallery.com. Exhibition opens Saturday 8 August at 2.00pm at Aarwun Gallery, Federation Square, Nicholls.

Ink Remix

INK REMIX: Contemporary Art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong is curated by Dr Sophie McIntyre and highlights new and innovative aspects of contemporary ink art. Most artists in the exhibition have trained in Chinese calligraphy and ink painting but reinvent or subvert the tradition in works that explore links between personal, regional and global experience. On now until 18 October at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City.

Un-resettling and The Waves + Control Rooms

PhotoAccess has two exhibitions now open at its Manuka gallery – Un-resettling by Adelaide-based James Tylor, and The Waves + Control Rooms by Gold Coast artist Chris Bennie. Both of these are highlights of PhotoAccess’ 2015 program, reflecting on clashes between humans and the natural world through still photography, hand-coloured photo works and video. Both exhibitions are open until 26 July. For more information visit PhotoAccess online.

Textile Handwork Exhibition

Textile Handwork exhibition features six emerging contemporary textile artists offering a fresh and engaging exploration of functional and decorative contemporary textiles. This exhibition encompasses interactive, wearable and functional textiles, exploring the relationship created by six different practices in one shared space. For any enquiries contact: Ruby Berry [email protected]  On from July 23 to 2 August, 10am – 5pm Thursday to Sunday at Handwork Pod, Shop 5, ‘The Hamlet’ 16 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.
If I made you a mountain – Shellaine Godbold

If I made you a mountain is a new series of works on paper by Shellaine Godbold which explores the artist’s relationship of self to place. Having recently returned from a trip to her grandmothers’ home town in western Queensland, Godbold has created a series of large scale drawings which are a deeply personal record of her connection to this area. While the work references elements of a known landscape the drawings are not easily identifiable landscapes. Creating mountains that are divorced from their surrounds and left floating in a white space, a fragment of memory drawn out onto the paper. Shellaine uses subtle watercolour washes to suggest not only rivers and streams but also blood, vessels and veins. Visit the website for full details www.ccas.com.au Open until 1 August at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Corner of London Circuit and Hobart Place, Canberra City.

The story of Rama Indian miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi

Now on at the National Gallery of Australia, The story of Rama: Indian Miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi exhibition explores one of the world’s great epics, Ramayana, a tale of love, loyalty, betrayal and victory of good over evil. It follows the story of the hero Rama, an exemplary prince, admired for his honour, valour and compassion. Great adventure unfolds when Rama’s beloved wife Sita is abducted by Ravana, the ten-headed demon king of Lanka. On display until 23 August at the National Gallery of Australia.

X-rated: the sex industry in the ACT

Since the 1980s Canberra has been synonymous with sex in the minds of many Australians. Twenty years have passed since it became legal to sell X-rated videos in the Australian Capital Territory. The adult industry has gone through periods of growth, boom and, many would argue, bust. This exhibition explores the evolution of Canberra’s sex industry over the past 50 years. The public is warned that some material displayed in this exhibition may cause offence. Persons under 18 years of age may not enter this exhibition. On until 20 September at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Revealing the Rothschild Prayer Book (c.1505–1510 from the Kerry Stokes Collection)

An acknowledged masterpiece of Renaissance manuscript illumination, the Rothschild Prayer Book has remained the preserve of a privileged few. With its recent acquisition for the Kerry Stokes Collection, this historic book of hours will be on public display with a selection of the National Library of Australia’s medieval and Renaissance treasures. Open until 9 August from 10am to 5pm every day at the National Library of Australia. Visit the website for ticket prices.

Colour my world: Australian photography

Colour My World is the National Gallery of Australia’s first exhibition dedicated to the hand-coloured photograph. It draws together new acquisitions and rarely seen works from the National Collection. These photographs challenge the medium’s technical sameness by personalising the print and imbuing it with individuality and uniqueness as well as an intimacy, warmth and fallibility. On until 30 August at National Gallery of Australia. Free entry.

Australia in the Great War

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

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

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

The Home Front: Australia during the First World War

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War, The Home Front looks at life back at home and the pride, sorrow, passion, wonder and joy experienced by those far from the battlefields. Through 23 personal stories, this exhibition explores Australians’ choices, opportunities and challenges in a time of heightened emotions. See the effects of war on those at home. Rediscover Prime Minister Billy Hughes’s determination to impose conscription on a divided nation, Basil Watson’s thrilling and ultimately tragic aerobatic displays in his homemade biplane, May Gibbs’s quaint postcards that carried messages of joy to soldiers and more. On display at the National Museum of Australia until 1 January 2017.

Crisis 1914! The call to arms

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

Art is a Weapon

Art is a Weapon takes you back to an Australia gripped by the Cold War. Amid propaganda for and against communism, artists turned to an image familiar to most Australians; the Southern Cross flag of the Eureka Stockade. The portfolio contains fourteen works from ten artists, including three from prominent Melbourne artist Noel Counihan. Counihan was a Social Realist who was heavily involved in the Communist Party, and was well-known in the Melbourne art community. The works reflect both the Eureka rebellion itself and, more broadly, the themes of workers’ rights and struggles against the established authorities. Art is a Weapon explores how the Eureka story, legend and iconography have been used by groups and causes of all political flavours to spread their message. Alongside the portfolio of works, other objects and artworks using the Southern Cross motif show how the idea of Eureka has been adopted by groups as diverse as young communists and motorcycle clubs. Open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Visit their website for more information.

Behind the Lines 2014

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

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

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

Power of 1: Does your voice count?

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

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

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

Menzies: By John Howard

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


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