Fashion, experiment, music: Arts in Canberra this weekend

“FASHION in the Street” is an exhibition by photographer and CIT photography teacher Brian Miller, now showing at CIT Design Space in Reid.

Fashion in the Street

Fashion in the Street

THE show took Miller to Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney in 100 days, photographing 32 professional models in 37 photo shoots, and resulting in over 10,000 images to capture the perfect aesthetic. The show runs until May 16.


From “New Release”, Daniel Savage, ‘The Fall of Icarus’, 2013, video still

From “New Release”, Daniel Savage, ‘The Fall of Icarus’, 2013, video still

ARTIST Kim Mahood will be at M16 Artspace at 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith this evening at 6 PM for the launch of “relative construction is: The Poetic Lens,”  a publication and exhibition of experimental photography. Blaide Lallemand, Caroline Huf, Ellis Hutch and Genevieve Swifte explore extremes of sensory experience through the media of photography, video, installation and sound. As well, the artists will be hosting afternoon tea in the gallery on Saturdays May 10 and 24 at 2pm.  Also opening at M16 are “About Space,” an Artists’ Society of Canberra Abstract & Experimental Group show and    “New Release,” a festival of digital media curated by Ellen Wignell who is coming to the end of a 12 month internship at M16 Artspace. The shows run until May 25.


TOMORROW is the opening “Europe” concert for the Canberra International Music Festival, but you won’t get in – it’s packed out. Not to worry. The festival runs from May 9-18 at various locations, mostly The Fitters Workshop, Albert Hall and Llewellyn Hall. Visit cimf.org.au for all details.


THE Festival is pretty well taking over Norgrove Park in Kingston this Saturday May 10 with a family-oriented Kingston Foreshore event full of music. By happy chance, the nearby Canberra Glassworks are celebrating  their seventh birthday and have suggested that families make a day of it.


CANBERRA Youth Orchestra presents “London Symphony,” Llewellyn Hall, 7:30pm on May 10, with conductor Rowan Harvey Martin. The varied program will include “The Lark Ascending” with soloist Tobias Chisnell and “A London Symphony” by Vaughan Williams. Tickets $20/$15 at the door.


Alex Williamson

Alex Williamson

COMEDIAN Alex Williamson is back in Canberra with an “irreverent and caustic” new show featuring music, stand-up and never before seen videos. With a subscriber base across social media platforms at around one million, he’s a multitalented sensation AND He’ll be at Zierholz @ UC, Bruce, 8:30 PM, Saturday May 10, bookings to oztix.com.au or 6201 5027.


 ‘Waiting for rain,’ linocut by David Frazer

‘Waiting for rain,’ linocut by David Frazer

“HUG” is an exhibition of prints by David Frazer now showing at Beaver Galleries, along with “Traffic,” by one of Canberra’s best-known painters, Robert Boynes.

‘Heat Wave,’ diptych by  Robert Boynes, acrylic on canvas

‘Heat Wave,’ diptych by Robert Boynes, acrylic on canvas

Consisting largely of studies of the human figure located in unspecified urban environments his work focuses on the anonymity of much contemporary social interaction. Using photographic images as a form of sketchbook notation, Boynes creates a screenprint that triggers a rigorous painting process. Both shows at 81 Denison Street Deakin, Tuesday – Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday – Sunday 9am to 5pm until May 27.


“BEYOND the Veneer: a fresh look at the Prime Minister’s Suite” is a new collaboration between Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, still running at the House.  Canberra artists Patsy Hely, Kirstie Rea, Gilbert Riedelbauch, Dianne Firth and USA artist Russell Baldon have each been allocated rooms from the Prime Minister’s Suite to inspire an artistic response. The final works include textile installations, ceramics and glass works, ingeniously designed lighting and wood work “to bring a new interpretation to the way we consider the past.” Open daily 9am – 5pm until Sunday May 11.


THE  Queanbeyan Art Society’s gallery at  6  Trinculo Place, under the bridge on the Queanbeyan Riverbank  has   the “Fauna-Vista-Flora & Miniatures” on show this weekend.

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