This weekend in the arts

“CONSERVE Canberra’s vegetation” is artist James Rowell’s colourful work with a message,  inspired by both indigenous dot painting techniques and artists such as Cezanne, Seurat and the European impressionists.

James Rowell, 'The Prophet,' 2013

James Rowell, ‘The Prophet,’ 2013

Running in the Arts Lounge  at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, 10:00am – 4:00pm Tuesday – Sunday until February 16, the exhibition’s theme is emphasised by the inclusion of tree stumps and decapitated branches in most of the paintings.

BAC is also hosting a  series of screen works, combining hand-processed analogue motion film with hand drawn animation by collaborators Louise Curham and Jo Law, as well as  “Farming without fences – how Aborigines made Australia” by  Helen S. Tiernan, inspired by Bill Gammage’s book, “The Biggest Estate on Earth- How Aborigines made Australia”, also until February 16.

Helen Tiernan, ' Fire tracks'

Helen Tiernan, ‘ Fire tracks’

FREE Sunday concerts at the High Court of Australia are being scheduled for the first and third Sundays of each month in the Great Hall of at 1pm, bookings not required.

First up this Sunday,  February 2 is Trumpet Club,  a “non-elite” trumpet ensemble made up of professional trumpet players in the Canberra community who love playing a repertoire from four to sixteen trumpets, adding occasionally a timpani or a rhythm section. Their styles of music are selections of Classical, Baroque, Jazz, Latin, Folk, 21st century classical, New Orleans, European, and original compositions.

IN JULY 2013 Braidwood photographer and master printer, Stephen Best, travelled with a small group of photographers to the Karijini National Park in Western Australia’s Pilbara region and documented the experietce using  a pinhole camera in black and white. The result is “Karijini” showing until Sunday at  PhotoAccess in the Manuka Arts Centre, noon to 4pm.

SPARROW-FOLK are launching their debut album “The Fox and the Lark” today,  Friday night, in the Turner Bowls Club from 7.30pm. The group won the ACT’s ABC “Exhumed” competition late last year and the evening will also feature other local bands The Cashews and Bec Taylor, and promises to be a great night.

IF YOU’RE  down at the coast, take a look at “Atmosphere”, ceramicist Gail Nichols’ latest soda vapour glazed ceramics in her solo exhibition at Karen O’Clery’s Narek Galleries, in the old church, 1140 Tathra-Bermagui Rd, Tanja. 10.30am to 5.30pm.

A work by Gail Nichols

A work by Gail Nichols



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