Voices, dancers and artists. The weekend in arts

CANBERRA’S Ecumenical Cantata Choir is  made up of 35 voices drawn from about 13 churches across the Protestant and Catholic denominations.

The Ecumenical Cantata Choir

The Ecumenical Cantata Choir

The choir  decided to help St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Braidwood with  the project to restore its priceless pipe organ by performing “The Sound of Singing” by John W Peterson at Weston Creek Uniting Church this Saturday, April 12 at 2:30pm. Admission is by donation and all proceeds go to St Andrew’s Organ Restoration Fund.

CANBERRA Rep is staging a “Shakespeare as Director” workshop this weekend on April 12, from 10 AM to 12 noon at Theatre 3, Repertory Lane, Acton. Shakespeare’s texts, they say, are full of hidden directions for the actors and  clues as to how to play particular scenes. Entry is free.

CRAFT ACT is hosting a bumper open day event for its artists-in-residence, Annee Miron and Sally Blake, on April 12, with a special bus taking visitors to both parks to view the artists’ works in progress and hear from them about their practice while also soaking in the surrounds of the national parks. It’ll take in both the homesteads where they are working on; Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage at Namadgi, and Nil Desperandum Homestead at Tidbinbilla, on the endangered ecological habitat of Bogs and Fens. Information and bookings to gwenyth.macnamara@craftact.org.au

Manon van Kouswijk, Perles d'Artiste no. 2 & 4, Porcelain, pigment, ceramic, glaze

Manon van Kouswijk, Perles d’Artiste no. 2 & 4, Porcelain, pigment, ceramic, glaze

AS if that weren’t enough, two exhibitions running at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre in the North Building until May  17 tackle big issues through the mediums of ceramics, and mixed media. The innovative “White Heat: Contemporary Australian ceramic jewellery,” is curated by Zara Collins and Helen Johnson, while  “Prospect,” a solo exhibition from Craft ACT member, Antonia Aitken,  explores the environmental impact of mining on the site of Queenstown in Tasmania.

AUSDANCE ACT is keen to get a few more performers for its  Dance Week Displays at Belconnen Fresh Food Markets on May 3 and 10. Whether you’re a dance studio, a community group or a performing company, your participation would be welcomed. Variety is the key to the event. Expressions of interest to the Ausdance Office on  6147 9103.

An image by Dale Wowk

An image by Dale Wowk

“WAKATI Mzuri,” is an exhibiton of photographs by Dale Wowk, staged for National Youth Week 2014 by Queanbeyan City Council. At The Q, Queanbeyan, until May 17.

Graham Fransella - 'Three Figures', gouache

Graham Fransella – ‘Three Figures’, gouache

IN two new exhibitions at Beaver Galleries, painter, printmaker and sculptor, Graham Fransella, explores figure and landscape in paintings and  works on paper, while Israeli-born ceramicist, Avital Sheffer, has been inspired by her investigation into her Middle Eastern and Jewish heritage.  At Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison St, Deakin, Tue to Fri 10am – 5pm & Sat and Sun 9am – 5pm.

QUEANBEYAN Museum Curator Gillian Kelly says “It is amazing how early the postal service began in Queanbeyan. 1836 was two years before the town’s proclamation in 1838.” An exhibition, “Post Haste,” marking this phenomenon, opens this Saturday, April 12 at 12:30 PM in the Museum, 10 Farrer Place Queanbeyan. The exhibition is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1- 4 PM but is closed over Easter.

From NFSA's War collection

From NFSA’s War collection

THE National Film and Sound Archive is commencing a series of public conversations to explore its Anzac collection. The NFSA has an extensive collection of items relating to Australia’s experiences during the First World War, including films, sound recordings, photographs, glass slides and equipment and this Thursday, April 10, from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM in the Theatrette, senior curators of Film, Sound and Indigenous collections will review and highlight some of the interesting pieces. One highlight will be examples of cartoonist Harry Julius’s “Cartoons of the Moment” with live accompaniment by   pianist Elaine Loebenstein. Free entry. Bookings to 6248 2000


GALLERY@BCS is staging a multimedia collection of artworks by young Canberrans in celebration of Youth Week. It’s the result of a new initiative encouraging young people aged 12-25 to exhibit their artwork in public places in Canberra, including cafés, restaurants, waiting rooms and libraries. “Youth Art goes Public”,  Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen, until April 16, 9am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

Unmade Edges - Sui Jackson, Chime Installation, 2013

Unmade Edges – Sui Jackson, Chime Installation, 2013

“PORTRAIT of a Nation: Unmade Edges”, showing at Belconnen Arts Centre, was a project supporting artists in Uriarra, Tharwa, Hall, Pialligo, Stromlo Settlement and Oaks Estate, ‘villages’ in Canberra. Artists Rachel Bowak, Marily Cintra, Malcolm Cooke, Hanna Hoyne, Sui Jackson, Dan Maginnity, Kevin Miller, Heike Qualitz, John Reid, Michel Starling, Dan Stewart-Moore, Amanda Stuart, Marzena Wasikowska and Carolyn Young created works that were inspired by, and in turn, inspired the communities. Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, 10 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday to Sunday.

Unmade Edges - Loop, Dan Stewart-Moore, 2013

Unmade Edges – Loop, Dan Stewart-Moore, 2013

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