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In Canberra, we’re still working together to keep our community safe. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do.

From live music and theatre to exhibitions and festivals, here’s what’s happening this week in Canberra.

While restrictions are lifting, we strongly encourage you to keep physical distance between each other when you leave the house and be mindful of the current restrictions.

STAY UP TO DATE

Restrictions may have eased, but your responsibility hasn’t.

Find the most recent information regarding COVID restrictions in the ACT here: covid19.act.gov.au/updates

WHAT NOT TO MISS

All Access Weekend at Canberra Centre

Autumn Winter 2021 is here and what better way to embrace the new season than a weekend of offers, prizes, live music, giveaways, style workshops and more? Experience all this from 9–11 April only at Canberra Centre.

Canberra Centre is welcoming back their Sip & Style workshops with Stylist Emma Peadon taking you through the latest seasonal trends, styles, textures, and colours suited to all body shapes and sizes and most importantly where to find those must-have Autumn/Winter pieces!

While learning the ins and outs of this season’s fashion trends, you’ll be sipping away on a decadent cocktail put together by Master Mixologist, The Martini Whisperer! He will bring new and delicious cocktails inspired by the Autumn Winter season that you can make in your very own home.

The spaces are highly limited so don’t forget to visit Canberra Centre’s website to purchase your tickets! All proceeds raised from ticketing prices will be donated directly to Sleep Bus—a mobile bus that provides a safe, temporary overnight accommodation service for the most vulnerable.

Tickets are $20 via Eventbrite and attendees will receive a $20 Canberra Centre Gift Card, nibbles and a gift bag each!

And the fun doesn’t stop there! For that weekend only, grab our unique offers flyer at the customer service desk and discover how you can win a $1,000 Canberra Centre Gift Card.

After your shopping spree, don’t forget to take a break at the pop-up bar located near Seed to rehydrate and replenish. Visit the pop-up bar to find out how you can win a $500 Gift Card by participating in Canberra Centre’s Instagram competition.

Happening 9-11 April at Canberra Centre

See canberracentre.qicgre.com/Articles/2021/04/All%20Access%20Weekend for more information.

Canberra and Region Heritage Festival

The Canberra and Region Heritage Festival celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all heritage: Aboriginal, historic and natural, to Canberra and its surrounds. In 2021 the program will run for 21 days and what an eclectic assortment it is!

Get access to places not normally open to the public. Join tour groups with engaging and knowledgeable guides and uncover something you never knew in your neighbourhood. Watch a rare skill being demonstrated or hop on your bike at the Heritage Polaris is a race against time to visit as many historical sites as possible.

This year’s theme is Reimagine, which has been further reimagined after last year’s festival was cancelled. With mainly smaller events on offer a Covid-safe experience is a reality as we monitor and respond to changing restrictions.

Discover our mid-century architecture, our engineering heritage, or join Ngunnawal custodians as they connect us to Country. Running over the glorious autumn school holidays there are plenty of activities for the whole family.

Happening 6-26 April at various venues across Canberra.

See environment.act.gov.au/heritage/heritage-festival for more information.

Easter School Holidays at Marketplace Gungahlin

Don’t miss Marketplace Gungahlin’s exciting program of free school holiday activities this Easter!

With FREE activities happening nearly every day outside Big W and a super cool Trolls Craft Workshop and character meet and greet featuring fan favourite Poppy, the little ones are going to LOVE spending time at Marketplace.

Easter Bunny (with lots of yummy chocolates)

Our roving Easter bunny will be spreading lots of chocolate joy over the Easter weekend, make sure you grab your slice of the chocolate action!

Saturday 3 April – Sunday 4 April | 10 am – 1 pm daily | Hopping around the Centre | More info here

Trolls World Tour Workshop 

Craft workshop build your own Trolls toy!

Plus meet Poppy the Troll for a one-on-one meet and greet. Queen Poppy – is relentlessly upbeat, Poppy wields her positivity like a superpower!

The heroic leader of the Trolls, Poppy always encourages her friends to believe that, with a song in heart, you can do anything. Because when it comes to life, why say it when you can sing it?

Tuesday 6 April – Saturday 10 April | 10 am – 2 pm daily | Outside BIG W | More info here

Face Painting

Let your kiddies imaginations run wild and allow your face painters to turn their faces into anything they choose! It’ll be sure to keep them busy, just be ready for that scary lion growling at you!

Tuesday 13 April – Thursday 15 April | 10 am – 1 pm daily | Outside BIG W | Find out more here.

Dinosaur Fossils – Craft workshops

What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs? Step back in time and let the kids uncover their very own dinosaur fossils. Learn about prehistoric creatures and find out how you can make the next big discovery.

Friday 16 April – Saturday 17 April | 10 am – 1 pm daily outside BIG W | Find out more here

Happening 3-17 April from 10 am–1 pm at Marketplace Gungahlin, outside Big W.

See marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/easter-school-holiday-activity for more information.

SPARK JobTrainer Women in Trades Program Enrolment Session

SPARK Ginninderry proudly supports training and employment initiatives for local people.

SPARK and its partners are proud to launch this innovative training program to encourage more women to consider a career in the construction industry.

Construction is an exciting sector with interesting roles across traditional trades such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, bricklaying, concreting, landscaping, roof tiling, plastering, painting and many more.

This program will provide participants with specialised accredited training, industry work placements and potential employment pathways within the carpentry, electrical and plumbing sectors.

Please note, those individuals who wish to be considered for this program MUST successfully complete a functional capacity assessment (which includes drug and alcohol testing) before being offered a place on the program.

Specifically targeting women from the ACT, this program will:

  • Provide participants with seven core units of competency from the Certificate III in Carpentry
  • Provide participants with 10675NAT – Asbestos Awareness
  • Provide participants with CPCCWHS1001 – Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry – White Card
  • Provide a range of interesting workshops including resilience, mental health and wellbeing, time management and more
  • Provide a four-week work placement within the construction sector
  • Participants will be involved in the construction of the Strathnairn Charity House project and utilise the site as a live learning environment.

Commencing Monday 19 April 2021, this ten-week program will run five days per week and be a combination of theory, practical hands-on learning and industry work placement.

The information session will provide individuals with advice on eligibility criteria, program content and the commitment that is required to be selected as a participant on this program.

It is mandatory that all individuals seeking to participate in this program attend this session.

This is a two-part session broken into:

1. An information presentation followed by;

2. A selection session for eligible individuals.

To book a place and check your eligibility, please contact Shayla at Ginninderry on 1800 316 900 or spark@ginninderry.com

Happening Thursday 8 April from 10.30 am – 12 pm at Master Builders ACT, 1 Iron Knob St, Fyshwick.

Costs: This program was made possible through JobTrainer and is a jointly funded initiative of the ACT and Australian Governments. Eligibility criteria applies.

See ginninderry.com for more information.

Australian Love Stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!).

Reconnect and reflect with a new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) and explore love, affection and connection in all its guises.

From the enduring to the forbidden, romantic to platonic, the unrequited, obsessive, scandalous or creative. Swoon over more than 200 artworks from across photography, painting, works on paper, small sculpture and an immersive glass installation.

Showing until 1 August 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/australian-love-stories-2020 for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

All Access Weekend at Canberra Centre

Autumn Winter 2021 is here and what better way to embrace the new season than a weekend of offers, prizes, live music, giveaways, style workshops and more? Experience all this from 9–11 April only at Canberra Centre.

Canberra Centre is welcoming back their Sip & Style workshops with Stylist Emma Peadon taking you through the latest seasonal trends, styles, textures, and colours suited to all body shapes and sizes and most importantly where to find those must-have Autumn/Winter pieces!

While learning the ins and outs of this season’s fashion trends, you’ll be sipping away on a decadent cocktail put together by Master Mixologist, The Martini Whisperer! He will bring new and delicious cocktails inspired by the Autumn Winter season that you can make in your very own home.

The spaces are highly limited so don’t forget to visit Canberra Centre’s website to purchase your tickets! All proceeds raised from ticketing prices will be donated directly to Sleep Bus—a mobile bus that provides a safe, temporary overnight accommodation service for the most vulnerable.

Tickets are $20 via Eventbrite and attendees will receive a $20 Canberra Centre Gift Card, nibbles and a gift bag each!

And the fun doesn’t stop there! For that weekend only, grab our unique offers flyer at the customer service desk and discover how you can win a $1,000 Canberra Centre Gift Card.

After your shopping spree, don’t forget to take a break at the pop-up bar located near Seed to rehydrate and replenish. Visit the pop-up bar to find out how you can win a $500 Gift Card by participating in Canberra Centre’s Instagram competition.

Happening 9-11 April at Canberra Centre

See canberracentre.qicgre.com/Articles/2021/04/All%20Access%20Weekend for more information.

Haig Park Village Markets

The Haig Park Village Markets are about creating a vibrant farmers market filled with fresh, nutritious, quality produce and products at reasonable prices, with the added bonus of supporting and promoting our regional farmers and businesses.

Rosie and Alex are born and raised Canberrans who love all things markets. Their markets will be an evolving collaboration of many farmers, bakers, artisans and talented people, seeking to share their crafted specialties. They want to support local creative talent and nurture local businesses.

Working together with regional growers and local business they can create a lively and community-driven market that seeks to become a destination for locals and visitors alike.

Happening Sundays from 8 am at Haig Park, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

STAGE AND SCREEN

You’re Safe ‘Til 2024

From the creators of ‘Kill Climate Deniers’ comes ‘You’re Safe Til 2024’ a six-year project about planetary transformation.

Playwright David Finnigan and musician Reuben Ingall are creating six new shows, one each year, from 2019 to 2024. Each show looks at a different aspect of the massive changes taking place on our planet.

The second show in the series, Deep History looks at seven key turning points in the history of humanity—from the Toba Super volcano eruption during the last ice age, which nearly drove humanity extinct, the death of the last Neanderthal, all the way to the first nuclear tests in the 1940s.

That deep time story is placed against the story of an Australian family during the 2020 summer bushfires. 75,000 years of human history is placed against 75 hours of escalating danger over new year’s eve on the south coast of New South Wales.

How has our history led us to this moment of crisis? And where do we go from here?

Happening 8-10 April at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/youre-safe-til-2024 for tickets and more information.

Stir-fried Science

The team that brought you “Poet’s Guide to Science”, “Rumpelstiltskin and the Case of the Missing Research Grants” and “Adventures Abroad in Science” serves up a brand new show.

Yes! After a year of avoiding COVID-laced sneezes, coughs and associated respiratory droplets, Dramatis Scientificae is back! Michele Conyngham, Phil Dooley and Inigo Bigot are your hosts for “Stir-fried Science”, a cornucopia of science, comedy, music and even a smidgin of philosophy.

Want to debate the newsworthiness of black holes? Or apply Schrodinger’s theory to ringing doorbells? Perhaps you would like to discover the wonders of algae or philosophise about the nomenclature used on your cafe menu? If so, come along to Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street Civic, on Friday the 9th of April at 8 pm.

Imbibe a drink, consume a vegan brownie, sit in a comfy chair (so long as you’re early enough) and take in an entertaining show about science full of variety. How could that be phrased more succinctly? A Variety Show Full of Science? A Science Variety Show? Or simply Stir-fried Science? Let’s go with that.

Featuring science-themed comic sketches, sustainable standup as well as working scientists presenting their latest research, Stir-fried Science includes guest appearances by biologists Dr Caitlin Byrt and Dr Lachlan Dow, PhD researcher Brittany Brockett and ecologist Dr Dave Wong.

Happening Friday 9 April from 8 pm at Smith’s Alternative, Melbourne Building, Alinga Street, Canberra.

See smithsalternative.com/events/sustainable-stand-up for more information

MUSIC

Jess Green (Pheno) with the skywhales.

Pheno (+ Band)

Fresh from the triumphant success of releasing and performing “We are the Skywhales” with Patricia Piccinini, at the launch of “Skywhalepapa”. Pheno and her band bring you a dynamic live show, including brand new music.

Pheno is Australian electric guitarist, vocalist and composer Jess Green. She has opened for US Indie Icon Joan as Policewoman and Canadian superstars The New Pornographers, as well as Australian acts such as Odette and Moaning Lisa.

In her freelance life, Jess has performed and recorded for theatre, dance and television, Recent highlights include; performing at the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, performing at the 2019 Australian Women In Music Awards, and composer in residence at the 2019 Canberra International Music Festival. In 2020 she was featured on the soundtrack for the Maton guitars exhibition at the Sydney Powerhouse.

Happening Saturday 10 April from 8 pm at The Street Theatre.

See thestreet.org.au/shows/pheno-band for more information.

National Opera’s La Clemenza di Tito

… Power, Love, Guilt, Forgiveness – a classic struggle for a throne…

From the depths of the international COVID-19 pandemic emerges Australia’s most exciting new platform for showcasing artistic talent: National Opera.

With the goal to promote and employ homegrown singers and creatives, National Opera will kick off its 2021 season with an evocative and tastefully relevant production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito.

A performance steeped in drama, passion, guilt and forgiveness, this poignant masterpiece is not one to be missed.

Spearheading this professional and distinctive opera company is renowned international opera-singer Peter Coleman-Wright AO.

Balanced by Peter’s plethora of knowledge and understanding of the musical world, National Opera is focusing on promoting the magic of opera to a wide demographic – all from Australia’s capital, Canberra.

La Clemenza di Tito’s world comes to life at the world-class venue Llewellyn Hall, at the ANU School of Music. These sensational performances begin on the 10th of April, with an outstanding cast of Bradley Daley, Catherine Carby, Helena Dix, Eleanor Greenwood, Mikayla Tate and Andrew Collis.

Joining the Company will be the Canberra Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dane Lam.

Happening 10, 13 and 15 April at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Acton.

See nationalopera.org.au/tito for more information.

FESTIVALS

Canberra and Region Heritage Festival

The Canberra and Region Heritage Festival celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all heritage: Aboriginal, historic and natural, to Canberra and its surrounds. In 2021 the program will run for 21 days and what an eclectic assortment it is!

Get access to places not normally open to the public. Join tour groups with engaging and knowledgeable guides and uncover something you never knew in your neighbourhood. Watch a rare skill being demonstrated or hop on your bike at the Heritage Polaris is a race against time to visit as many historical sites as possible.

This year’s theme is Reimagine, which has been further reimagined after last year’s festival was cancelled. With mainly smaller events on offer a Covid-safe experience is a reality as we monitor and respond to changing restrictions.

Discover our mid-century architecture, our engineering heritage, or join Ngunnawal custodians as they connect us to Country. Running over the glorious autumn school holidays there are plenty of activities for the whole family.

Happening 6-26 April at various venues across Canberra.

See environment.act.gov.au/heritage/heritage-festival for more information.

KIDS

Easter School Holidays at Marketplace Gungahlin

Don’t miss Marketplace Gungahlin’s exciting program of free school holiday activities this Easter!

With FREE activities happening nearly every day outside Big W and a super cool Trolls Craft Workshop and character meet and greet featuring fan favourite Poppy, the little ones are going to LOVE spending time at Marketplace.

Easter Bunny (with lots of yummy chocolates)

Our roving Easter bunny will be spreading lots of chocolate joy over the Easter weekend, make sure you grab your slice of the chocolate action!

Saturday 3 April – Sunday 4 April | 10 am – 1 pm daily | Hopping around the Centre | More info here

Trolls World Tour Workshop 

Craft workshop build your own Trolls toy!

Plus meet Poppy the Troll for a one-on-one meet and greet. Queen Poppy – is relentlessly upbeat, Poppy wields her positivity like a superpower!

The heroic leader of the Trolls, Poppy always encourages her friends to believe that, with a song in heart, you can do anything. Because when it comes to life, why say it when you can sing it?

Tuesday 6 April – Saturday 10 April | 10 am – 2 pm daily | Outside BIG W | More info here

Face Painting

Let your kiddies imaginations run wild and allow your face painters to turn their faces into anything they choose! It’ll be sure to keep them busy, just be ready for that scary lion growling at you!

Tuesday 13 April – Thursday 15 April | 10 am – 1 pm daily | Outside BIG W | Find out more here.

Dinosaur Fossils – Craft workshops

What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs? Step back in time and let the kids uncover their very own dinosaur fossils. Learn about prehistoric creatures and find out how you can make the next big discovery.

Friday 16 April – Saturday 17 April | 10 am – 1 pm daily outside BIG W | Find out more here

Happening 3-17 April from 10 am–1 pm at Marketplace Gungahlin, outside Big W.

See marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/easter-school-holiday-activity for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TALKS + TOURS

SPARK JobTrainer Women in Trades Program Enrolment Session

SPARK Ginninderry proudly supports training and employment initiatives for local people.

SPARK and its partners are proud to launch this innovative training program to encourage more women to consider a career in the construction industry.

Construction is an exciting sector with interesting roles across traditional trades such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, bricklaying, concreting, landscaping, roof tiling, plastering, painting and many more.

This program will provide participants with specialised accredited training, industry work placements and potential employment pathways within the carpentry, electrical and plumbing sectors.

Please note, those individuals who wish to be considered for this program MUST successfully complete a functional capacity assessment (which includes drug and alcohol testing) before being offered a place on the program.

Specifically targeting women from the ACT, this program will:

  • Provide participants with seven core units of competency from the Certificate III in Carpentry
  • Provide participants with 10675NAT – Asbestos Awareness
  • Provide participants with CPCCWHS1001 – Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry – White Card
  • Provide a range of interesting workshops including resilience, mental health and wellbeing, time management and more
  • Provide a four-week work placement within the construction sector
  • Participants will be involved in the construction of the Strathnairn Charity House project and utilise the site as a live learning environment.

Commencing Monday 19 April 2021, this ten-week program will run five days per week and be a combination of theory, practical hands-on learning and industry work placement.

The information session will provide individuals with advice on eligibility criteria, program content and the commitment that is required to be selected as a participant on this program.

It is mandatory that all individuals seeking to participate in this program attend this session.

This is a two-part session broken into:

1. An information presentation followed by;

2. A selection session for eligible individuals.

To book a place and check your eligibility, please contact Shayla at Ginninderry on 1800 316 900 or spark@ginninderry.com

Happening Thursday 8 April from 10.30 am – 12 pm at Master Builders ACT, 1 Iron Knob St, Fyshwick.

Costs: This program was made possible through JobTrainer and is a jointly funded initiative of the ACT and Australian Governments. Eligibility criteria applies.

See ginninderry.com for more information.

Make Your Own at Canberra Glassworks

Create your own artwork with one-on-one guidance from a highly skilled Teaching Artist at the Canberra Glassworks.

Make your own paperweight, bird, tumbler or vase in a short one-on-one session from 20 to 40 minutes long.

Saturday or Sunday sessions available at Canberra Glassworks. Book online at canberraglassworks.com/create/myo

Magic of Marion: 150 Years of Marion Mahony Griffin

Happy Birthday Marion Mahony Griffin

Join the National Capital Authority and other National Cultural Partners as they celebrate a year of Marion Mahony Griffin in the national capital.  This year marks Marion’s 150th Birthday, a woman that played such in integral part in architectural designs across two continents.

Marion is known to have produced some of the finest architectural drawings in Australia and America but was also instrumental in the award-winning design plans with her husband Walter for the design of Australia’s Capital, Canberra.

From walks to lectures, launches to talks, see the full program at nca.gov.au/marion.

Various events happening until 10 August 2021.

See nca.gov.au/marion for more information.

The 5.30 Club Canberra

Inspired by The 5:30 am Club in Sydney, Emily Davidson has started her own for us here in Canberra.

Join her for your Power Hour on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 am-7 am at Eighty/Twenty Food in Braddon Canberra

Everyone is welcome and there is no cost involved. If you want to start your morning off on the right foot, come and join The 5.30 am Club Canberra! Bring along a book, your laptop or pen and paper—anything to work on for your Power Hour!

What could you do with an hour to yourself in your day? Start writing a book, smash your email inbox, journal, brainstorm ideas for your next project or plan your day…the sky is the limit!

All while soaking up the sunrise over a morning brew, and all before peak hour!

The Club’s motto is ‘Win the morning, win the day!’ Emily says her day is better when it starts with The 5:30 am Club. “After we meet in the morning I’m on a high—feeling fresh, inspired and ready to start the day!”

Join The 5.30 am Club! Look for the blonde-haired girl with the llama on her table.

See sites.google.com/view/the530club for more information.

MARKETS

Via facebook.com/haigparkvillagemarkets

Haig Park Village Markets

The Haig Park Village Markets are about creating a vibrant farmers market filled with fresh, nutritious, quality produce and products at reasonable prices, with the added bonus of supporting and promoting our regional farmers and businesses.

Rosie and Alex are born and raised Canberrans who love all things markets. Their markets will be an evolving collaboration of many farmers, bakers, artisans and talented people, seeking to share their crafted specialties. They want to support local creative talent and nurture local businesses.

Working together with regional growers and local business they can create a lively and community-driven market that seeks to become a destination for locals and visitors alike.

Happening Sundays from 8 am at Haig Park, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Sample the region’s freshest produce at the Capital region farmers market

The Market is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall, the only rural Rotary Club in the ACT.

Find your way to the Market with our directions to EPIC. We have over 100 stallholders each week who bring their freshly picked, grown and handcrafted produce to the Market.

Speak to a stallholder and ask them where their produce comes from—you’ll be surprised what you’ll learn and pick up cooking, storage and usage tips. Find your favourite stallholder in the directory.

Happening every Saturday from 7 am– 11.30 am at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

See capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au for more information.

OUTDOORS

Credit: National Capital Authority.

Magic of Marion: 150 Years of Marion Mahony Griffin

Happy Birthday Marion Mahony Griffin

Join the National Capital Authority and other National Cultural Partners as they celebrate a year of Marion Mahony Griffin in the national capital.  This year marks Marion’s 150th Birthday, a woman that played such in integral part in architectural designs across two continents.

Marion is known to have produced some of the finest architectural drawings in Australia and America but was also instrumental in the award-winning design plans with her husband Walter for the design of Australia’s Capital, Canberra.

From walks to lectures, launches to talks, see the full program at nca.gov.au/marion.

Various events happening until 10 August 2021.

See nca.gov.au/marion for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery

Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London draws exclusively from one of the greatest collections of European paintings in the world.

This unprecedented exhibition includes 500 years of art in 60 paintings and comprises the largest group of works ever to travel outside of Britain in the National Gallery’s 192-year history.

Botticelli to Van Gogh features 55 of the world’s most famous and admired artists from the fifteenth to the turn of the twentieth century, including Botticelli, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Turner, Constable, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

Exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia—only in Canberra

Showing until 14 June at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au/masterpieces for more information.

Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion

This stunning exhibition shines a light on Australia’s leading First Nations creatives and a design movement that is fast becoming a national fashion phenomenon.

Featuring the work of Indigenous artists and designers from the inner city to remote desert art centres, Piinpi highlights the strength and diversity of the rapidly epanding Indigenous fashion and textile industry.

Exhibition organised by Bendigo Art Gallery.

Showing until 8 August 2021 at the National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au/exhibitions/piinpi-contemporary-indigenous-fashion for more information.

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now showcases art made by women. It brings together more than 300 works, drawn from the Gallery’s collection and other collections from across Australia.

This exhibition is part of a series of ongoing initiative by the National Gallery to increase the representation of artists who identify as women in its artistic program, featuring lesser-known and leading artists such as Margaret Preston, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Destiny Deacon and Julie Rrap, this exhibition tells a new story of Australian art.

Highlights include a floor-to-ceiling presentation of artists’ portraits in a variety of mediums, the work of pioneering performance artists Bonita Ely and Jill Orr and a complete edition of Tracey Moffatt’s first major series of photographs, Something more 1989. Gemma Smith has been commissioned to paint the walls of the galleries.

By bringing together artists from different times, places and cultures, this exhibition proposes another history, upending the assumption that modern and contemporary Australian art is a male-dominated narrative.

Showing until 4 July 2021 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Harriet Schwarzrock: Spaces between movement and stillness

‘The heart is often regarded as our emotional centre. Working with this form allows me to contemplate many aspects of being.’

Luminous alone, the myriad tones and permutations of spaces between movement and stillness also echo the boundless forms of love in the autumn-winter exhibition, Australian Love Stories, at the National Portrait Gallery.

Harriet Schwarzrock’s new work explores notions of emotional processes and their physical manifestations. ‘From the subtle yet essential electricity within our bodies, I am fascinated by this interplay between the invisible and the visible, between our extraordinary similarities and differences.’

In spaces between movement and stillness, the artist has embraced science and experimentation to create visual wonders: glass, inert gases, and electricity combine into an array of organic forms, producing a captivating field of colour and movement. ‘Sometimes they have a warm glow, much like an aurora contained in a bottle; in others there are lightning-like lines meandering around the form. Although the gases are invisible, when excited by electricity they reveal subtle effects and differences.’

The creation draws reflections on the role of the human heart as our central, exquisitely responsive ‘engine’. When we’re relaxed, the heart beats at a slow and steady rhythm; when excitement takes hold – for example, in the first throes of true love – the cadence might crank with the beat of a wilful, wild machine.

Showing until 1 August 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/harriet-schwarzrock-2021 for more information.

Seeing Canberra

As a city initiated as an imagined capital for the new Australian nation, Canberra has been a place that quickly invited visual representation.

As it developed, artists have seen Canberra through different lenses, and these have shaped the way they understood and interpreted the evolving landscape.

In this exhibition, drawn primarily from CMAG’s collection, visitors will journey through four key periods of the city’s development and for each, will encounter an object that represents a prism to understand a way of seeing at that time.

Showing until 17 July 2021 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

See origin.cmag.com.au/exhibitions/seeing-canberra for more information.

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