TWO daring exhibitions are coming to the Canberra Museum and Gallery from September 27 and into November. They are “Splinters Theatre: Massive Love of Risk” and “Head Full of Flames: punk in the nation’s capital, 1977-1990”. They celebrate Canberra’s exciting underground culture of the period, known and loved the world over.
AND watch out for related events such as the “Electric Eighties” gig at the Australian Croatian Club, 68 McCaughey Street, Turner, on Saturday, September 28, as part of the “Kick up Your Heels” series for the Centenary. Expect a punk summit on several stages under lighting and projections by Eyesaw Productions. Bookings to trybooking.com/DKAS
VETERAN Canberra artist Isla Patterson is exhibiting watercolours depicting the beauty of Canberra and its surrounding countryside at Cottage 1, Weston Park Road, Yarralumla, from September 29 to November 2. Opening Sunday, September 29 at 3pm, all welcome.
ARTISTIC director of the Southern Highlands International Piano Competition, Gerard Willems, has teased geography slightly this year to stage the finals of the event at Llewellyn Hall (3pm, on October 12) and not Mittagong. Twenty seven competitors from 17 countries will compete for total prize money of $50,000. Bookings to 1300 795012 or ticketek.com.au
GOLD Creek’s Aarwun Gallery has no fewer than 28 artists exhibiting in “Canberra Now,” running until October 18. The idea is to show how artists see Canberra in 2013. Painter Robert Pengilley, for instance, will be represented with landscapes viewed from Mt Ainslie. A new series by Galina depicts Canberra landmarks. Robyn Archer and artist Charles Billich will officially open the show on Friday, September 27, 5.30pm. All welcome.
INSPIRED by the Lake Mungo area in far-western NSW, Brenda Runnegar has created a series of works that tell stories associated with the Willandra Lakes area and the “Mungo Woman” who lived there more than 40,000 years ago. At Belconnen Arts Centre until October 13. Meet the Artist: 3pm, Sunday, October 6.
NIDA Open is offering spring courses for 8 to 11-year-olds and 12 to 15-year-olds, as well as more focused programs in screen-acting techniques and audition essentials for people aged 16 and over (including adults). At Daramalan College, October 7 and 13. Details at nida.edu.au or 9697 7626.