PORTRAITIST Dean Butters is fascinated by Batman and Robin. Not unlike another Canberra-trained artist, Andrew Battye, who focused on Supergirl, his photographic works look at “the heroic ideas of childhood and adolescence dashed against feelings of an unfulfilled life”. His paintings, along with photographs by artist, poet and cameleer Graham Sorrell and Aldo Iacobelli’s mixed media drawings in recycled frames can be seen at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman House, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-5pm and Saturday, 10am-4pm, until June 21.
TWO-time Logie winner Lisa Chappell, best-known as Claire McLeod on “McLeod’s Daughters”, is bringing her latest show, “On/Off”, to Teatro Vivaldi, ANU Arts Centre, on May 30 and 31.
THE Australian National Eisteddfod’s Bands and Orchestras division is running May 22-29 in places such as Llewellyn Hall, Lyneham High School and the CIT. There’ll be 100 entries with 3000 individual performers. Full program at nationaleisteddfod.org.au
ARTIST Julie Bradley and sculptor Mike MacGregor are inviting the public to “walk through a sylvan grove at Form Gallery.” While it’s an elegant space, “sylvan” is not the word for the industrial part of Queanbeyan. Bradley explores myths involving the tree expressed in human form, while McGregor has created a “bronze avatar” that responds to Bradley’s theme. 1/30 Aurora Avenue, Queanbeyan, May 26-June 22.
THE Sydney Consort will be at the Wesley Music Centre, 7pm, on May 25, performing “Chaos”. Don’t expect chaos, rather expect the pairing of “old and new” music by notable Dutch and Australian composers. Among the old are works by Jean-Fery Rebel, HI von Biber and JPN Royer, and among the new, Nigel Butterley, Stephen Yates, Alex Pozniak and Jacob Ter Veldhuis. Tickets at the door.
ARTS in the Valley (Kangaroo Valley) features two contrasting concerts; at 7pm, Saturday, May 24, Simon Tedeschi will perform Gershwin and composers who influenced George Gershwin’s writing. At 2pm, Sunday, May 25, legendary jazz pianist Mike Nock, will be performing his kind of Gershwin. Bookings to artsinthevalley.com.au or 0467 209819.
LILLI Pilli artist, Ian Lakey, Sydney designer-artist Simon Palmer and Canberra line-drawing artist Kylie Fogarty have an exhibition, “Azure Assurances”, at Aarwun Gallery in Gold Creek until June 22.