What’s on and where in the arts in Canberra this weekend

Last year's winner, “Fountain” by Dan Moor, detail

Last year’s winner at Sculpture  in the Paddock, “Fountain” by Dan Moor, detail

“SCULPTURE in the Paddock” is back again at the historic National Trust property, Cooma Cottage, with prizes of more than $3,000 including a People’s Choice Award, the Yass Soldiers Club Encouragement award and the Tuggeranong Arts Centre Prize.

NEWCOMERS and veteran sculptors have taken part and this year, they tell us, the event is exploring ‘new avenues’ while still being located in the historic National Trust property, once home of the famous Australian born colonial explorer Hamilton Hume. At ‘Cooma Cottage’, September 17 To October 9, daily, 10 – 4 (open until 8pm on Thursdays only).


Bollywood workshop

Bollywood workshop

“CONFLUENCE-A festival of India” showcases Indian culture via contemporary and traditional dances, Sufi songs, and puppetry and Bollywood workshops. This weekend’s highlights are The Bollywood Workshop, 5-7 pm, September 17 Forecourt, Canberra Theatre Centre and The Raghu Dixit Project 8:30 pm, September 17, Canberra Theatre Centre. Bookings to 0426 968 849 or 0422 415 804 or by emailing president@iaac.org.au. All details at confluencefoi.com.

CAFÉ Francophone Algeria takes guests to Francophone country with dinner, quiz, music & dance, parade, and a documentary screening, 7:45pm Sept 15, bookings to afcanberra.sslsvc.com

Kompactus choir

Kompactus choir

THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD’S Choirs Division runs this weekend, with the Primary School, High School and College Sections at Lyneham High School Performing Arts Centre from 12.15pm to 3.30pm on Friday, September 16. The Age and Open Sections run from 9.45 am to 10.30pm this Saturday, September 17 at Llewellyn Hall, with the finale, the Open Australian Choral Challenge commencing at 8pm that night. Tickets at the door and all details at nationaleisteddfod.org.au


THE FRIENDS of the ANU Classics Museum have Dr Joanne Berry from the University of Swansea, Wales, who will talk about Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum. Haydon-Allen Tank, ANU, 6.30pm, Thursday, September 15. All welcome.

MANNING Clark House will host a panel discussion, “Advance Australia Where?” to be umpired by Genevieve Jacobs and will include Richard Dennis, (Australia Institute) Susan Helyar (ACTCOSS) and Karen Middleton (Journalist). 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest, 6pm, Thursday, September 15. RSVP to info@manningclark.org.au or 6162 0908.


AUTHOR Graeme Simsion, famous for his two best-selling “Rosie Project” books, will talk at Manning Clark Lecture Theatre 2, 6.30pm, Monday, September 19. On Simsion’s request for a presentation by a “new writer”, so the ANU has cleverly chosen Rosie Stevens, winner of its 2014 ‘Three minutes thesis”. Bookings to anu.edu.au or 6125 8415.

MUSE Café in East Hotel Kingston are holoing an ACT Election Special with  a panel of  journos to discuss “the things that matter in the territory”. 3-4pm this Sun Sept 18, bookings to  musecanberra.com.au/events/

Prizes and Awards:

ENTRIES are now open for the Inner North Art Prize, a new community initiative to support and celebrate our local Canberra artists. With prizes valued at $2900, selected finalists will be invited to exhibit and sell works at The Front Gallery and Cafe in Lyneham from October 21-30. For all details of entry, visit innernorthartprize.com, submissions close September 30.

THE National Portrait Gallery is calling for entries for the annual Digital Portraiture Award open until Friday, September 30. Now in its fifth year, the Award (which Opens on Dec 2) seeks to extend the traditional notion of portraiture to the digital realm and encourages creative thinking. Information on how to enter and examples of past finalists can be found here: dpa.portrait.gov.au

Matthew Hindson

Matthew Hindson

AUSTRALIA’S biggest student film competition, “Screen It” is open to registrations from students and teachers. The 2016 theme has just been announced as ‘Mystery’, and the competition is free and now open to all Australian primary and secondary school students, all info at acmi.net.au Entries close: Monday, September 19 (5pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time)

SYDNEY Conservatorium of Music is hosting the David Harold Tribe Symphony Award for 2016. Worth $12,000, resident Australian composers are invited to submit a new symphonic composition of 20 minutes or more, which will be judged by a panel of three prominent Australian musicians led by the Conservatorium’s Associate Dean (Education) and Head of School Professor Matthew Hindson. Applications close at 11.55pm on Monday, October 3 to music.sydney.edu.au

Arts business:

QUEANBEYAN Art Society says  entries for this  year’s QAS Charity Art Show in City Walk close COB Friday, September 16. Inquiries to   cranstons@westnet.com.au   or   0439 392 709.

THE NIDA OPEN spring school holiday program has classes in acting for stage and screen at Daramalan College, for Grades 3–6, 7-10 and 11-12, October 3–7. Acting Boot Camp and Auditions Masterclasses also at Daramalan, Oct 8-9, fees apply. Bookings to open.nida.edu.au/spring

THE AUSTRALIAN National Botanic Gardens Cafe and Catering Services is calling for expressions of interest to operate Gardens’, visit the AusTender website at tenders.gov.au

CANBERRA-raised guitarist Rupert Boyd’s new album “Fantasías” has been selected as “CD of the Week” on ABC Classic FM. You can tune in to hear tracks being broadcast  this week at  abc.net.au

ARTISTS Margaret Kalms Susan Hey won a residency at Playing Field in Civic and as part of that Kalms will offer art and photography workshops for women with endometriosis as part of her  ‘Life with Endometriosis’ art photography project. She’ll be teaching photography and Photoshop skills while Hey will be teaching drawing and painting to women with endometriosis. They’re running a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds art materials and associated costs of running 20 hrs of workshops for 24 women. pozible.com


Festival director John Frohlich

Festival director John Frohlich

DIRECTOR of the 21st Canberra Short Film Festival, The Canberra Short Film Festival, John Frohlich, says this year’s event will feature eight film categories—International, National, Canberra Made, Documentary, Under 18s, Animation, Music Video and 2 Minute Films. The festival is spread over Dendy, Smith’s Alternative and Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Until Sept 18, Bookings to csff.com.au

THE Australian-Indonesian Centre presents the best films from the “ReelOzInd!” bringing together the work and stories of Australia and Indonesian filmmakers in the same creative forum. Arc Cinema, NFSA, 6.30pm, September 15, Free, no bookings required.

Friends of the NFSA presents ‘Friday With Friends’ featuring the amazing vinyl record collection of David Kilby and some celluloid gems from the Archive. “Our Land is Girt,” NFSA Theatrette, 5.30-7pm September 16. Free to ‘Friends’ or paper note donation at the door.

BELCONNEN’S local film festival is back! Belconnen Community Service (BCS) seeks short films for screenings during the Belco50 celebrations for Belconnen’s 50th birthday. Submission Deadline: Friday September 30. Selected films will be between 1 and 10 minutes long. Selected films will be screened at two Belco50 events: Belco Now at the Belconnen Arts Centre on November 5, and Belco Flicks V – Belco50 in theatre@bcs, Belconnen Community Centre, on Tuesday November 8. Expressions of Interest due Friday September 30. Info and entry at belcoflicks@bcsact.com.au


THE ANU film Group has a special presentation of Foxtel’s ‘Secret City’ mini-series, finishing up on Friday, September 16. This is a great opportunity to see the series that shows Canberra in a whole new light. Bookings to anufg.org.au


“FEEL THE MUSIC” is a year-long dance program specifically created for people with hearing impairment, happening at Belconnen Arts Centre on eight Fridays of each school term. It offers a wide range of dance styles, live music, social dance gigs, and some performance. Inquiries to philip.piggin@belconnenartscentre.com.au or SMS 0417 417 182.

IN “TANGO Fridays” you can practise and improve your Argentine Tango on Fridays 7-9 PM at “Nuestra Practica y mas”, Woden Seniors Club (Hall 2). Entry $5

Concerts and Gigs:

WESLEY Church and Music Centre have  has the following: ‘Shine Chorus’, free concert including works by Handel, Rutter, and various composers of modern and traditional Christian music. 4pm, Saturday September 17, free event. The same day, Saturday, September 17,  at 7.30pm there will be a piano recital by local pianist & doctor Robert Schmidli to raise funds for Medical Association for Prevention of War.  Tickets available at the door, but advance bookings are preferred to  6174 2035 or maureencummuskey@iinet.net.au  Then on Sunday  September 18 at 3pm in “The Diary of One Who Disappeared,” Dvořák’s Love Songs and works by other Czech composers,  Kent McIntosh (tenor), Katrina Waters (soprano) and Colin Forbes (piano) perform. Bookings to trybooking.com/MOFB or tickets at the door.

The Mandolin Orchestra

The Mandolin Orchestra

CANBERRA Mandolin Orchestra and Worldly Goods Choir are joining forces once again in “StringSing 2”. Compered by Moya Simpson, the varied concert will include new material and Shortis arrangements, not least a tribute to musical notables who have died recently, like David Bowie, Glenn Frey (The Eagles), Stevie Wright (The Easybeats), and George Martin. Belconnen Arts Centre, 5pm, Sunday Sept 18, bookings to eventbrite.com

SYDNEY Improvised Music Association and the ANU School of Music are showcasing the best of the 2016 Young Women’s Jazz Workshops Showcase, musos aged 13-30 years led by jazz artists including guitarist Jess Green and trumpeter Miroslav Bukovsky. At The Street Theatre, 4pm Sunday, September 18, bookings to thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223.

THE CANBERRA Bach Ensemble, directed by Andrew Koll, perform four Bach Cantatas at St Christopher’s Cathedral, Manuka, 8pm September 17 and at, and 2.30pm September 18, bookings to canberrabachensemble.com

GEORGE Huitker and his band Junk Sculpture are performing a sort of valedictory Midnight Oil concert at Teatro Vivaldi on Saturday September 17. “It’ll be the last for now as the real McOil seem to be re-forming,” he tells us. Bookings to vivaldirestaurant.com or 6257 2718.

Tom Lee Richards

Tom Lee Richards

INDIE folk singer Rowena Wise is releasing her debut album with a national tour an appears at Smiths Alternative, Alinga St Civic7pm, Fri, Sept 16, bookings to smithsalternative.com

TOM LEE-RICHARDS’ new single ‘Madness’  is described as “raw and strikingly honest,” as part of the Singer Songwriters Solo series at Smiths, 9.30pm Fri, Sept 16, bookings to smithsalternative.com

DARREN Coggan, the boy from Wagga Wagga who sold out Sydney Opera House Concert Hall with his music portrait of Cat Stevens, is back at The Q in Queanbeyan on Saturday September 17 with “‘Bidgee to the Big Smoke,” reminiscences, old songs and new songs from his most recent album. Bookings to theq.net.au or 6285 6290.

ALASDAIR Fraser & Natalie Haas in Concert Monday, September 19 6:30p for  7pm Smiths Alternative, 76 Alinga St, Civic. Bookings to smithsalternative.com

COMPOSER and pianist Andrew Harrison, a PhD student at the ANU School of Music, has teamed up with American poet Jamaal May to create “Hum,” premiere in Detroit, Michigan on September 17. Made up of five separate poems intertwined with ensemble music from six instruments including the clarinet, saxophone and violin.

Kathryn Selby

Kathryn Selby

PIANIST Kathryn Selby joins violinist Dene Folding and cellist Julian Smiles in celebrating Selby & Friends’ 10th Anniversary with a program of Beethoven chamber music. James O. Fairfax Theatre, NGA, 7.30pm, September 19, bookings to selbyandfriends.com.au or 1300 511 099.

LUMINESCENCE Chamber Singers and the new Luminescence Children’s Choir, conducted by composer Gordon Hamilton, take a journey into “the depths of musical madness” in a concert featuring the world premiere of a new work by Alice Chance, as well as music by Gesualdo, Elliot Gyger, Katy Abbott and Rob Davidson. Ainslie Arts Centre, 7.30pm, September 20, bookings to agac.com.au

PHOENIX PUB in Civic has as follows: Thursday Sep 15 9pm, Endrey’s Canberra Drag Party; Friday Sep 16 9pm, Lionizer, Psionic Tide, Azim Zain & His Lovely Bones; Saturday Sep 17 9pm, Stacks of Wax: Funk & Soul Sessions, DJ Pactman, Swift Taylor & Degg; Sunday Sep 18 6pm, Rolo Tomassi (UK), Creative Adult (USA), Belle Haven, Agency, Propeller.


Wharf Revue 2016, photo by Brett Boardman

Wharf Revue 2016, photo by Brett Boardman

SYDNEY Theatre Company’s Wharf Revue, “Back to Bite You,” at The Playhouse, September 13-24. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

CIRCA: Created by circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, “Carnival of the Animals” brings the joy of the animal kingdom to the stage in a sophisticated and visually stunning physical theatre extravaganza for children big and small. Canberra Theatre, September 13-20. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

GUNGAHLIN College presents “Les Miserables”, an epic undertaking with a cast of 60 and 14 musicians, has been abridged in an authorised ‘school edition’ to a running time of just over two hours. At the College Theatre, 23 Gozzard St Gungahlin, 7.30pm Sept 13-17, French-inspired dinner Sept 15, bookings to stagecenta.com.au

THIS Saturday will mark the inaugural Australian Grand Finale of  ‘Burlesque Idol’, with  finalists from seven states coming to compete for the crown. The Abbey, Federation Sq, O’Hanlon Pl, Nicholls, doors 6:30pm, Show 8pm  Sat September 17,  bookings to BurlesqueIdol.com.au

FIRST Runner Up in “Burlesque Idol Sydney”, Mae de la Rue, will perform twice in Canberra, singing at a fundraising evening for Beyond Blue called “fck anxiety” on Friday, September 16 at Polit Bar and competing as one of n ine  ‘Burlesque Idol’ finalists from across the country at The Abbey on Saturday, September 17.  She is also taking part in Liptember, a fundraiser for women’s mental health that sees participants wear lipstick on every day of September, donations to Liptember.com.au/Mae-de-la-rue

A MOTLEY crew of Canberra actors and a live musician on a bass ukulele are performing the comedy-impro show “Pirates,” presented by BnC Theatre, with the solo show “Much Ado about Ben” by Benjamin Crowley as a curtain-raiser. C Block Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, Sept 15-19, bookings to agac.com.au or tickets at the door. September 19 is ‘Talk like a Pirate Day’ and they’re encouraging people to dress up.

“THE FAITHFUL SERVANT”, by Tom Davis, is a new play with a spectacular staging, set in Mozambique, at The Street Theatre, until September 18, bookings to thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223.

Helen Geier - 'Fallout', watercolour gouache and ink on paper.

Helen Geier – ‘Fallout’, watercolour gouache and ink on paper.


TWO NEW exhibitions open at Beaver Galleries today, Thursday Sept 15 at 6pm, all welcome. The perception and experience of the spaces within a landscape are pivotal themes in Helen Geier’s work. Her new work reflects the turbulent times we are in at the moment, expressing her concern that “there seems to be much breaking up of recognisable forms, bizarre assemblages and disruption of the natural order of things – climate change being just one aspect of global malaise.” Clara Hali’s art practice engages with the sculptural possibilities offered by the human form, within a contemporary context. At 81 Denison St, Deakin, Tue to Fri 10am – 5pm & Sat and Sun 9am – 5pm until October 2.

CRAFT ACT’S NEW exhibition, ‘Citizens of Craft’ highlights all mediums, glass, textiles, metals, ceramics, wood and mixed media and many internationally renowned artists who live and work right here in the capital. It’s the largest members’ exhibition ever put on by Craft ACT, showcasing works designed and produced by 42 Canberra artists at varying stage of their careers, runs to October 22.

“VESSEL,” the new show at Bilk Gallery in Palmerton Lane Manuka, will showcase: David Walker, Mark Vaarwerk, Inari Kiuru, Vito Bila, Alison Jackson, Mark Edgoose and Robert Foster, and is curated by Johannes Kuhnen. To Oct 8.

CANBERRA Art Workshop, announces its Spring Exhibition, to be held at Canberra Artworks Gallery 2/8 Townshend St, Phillip, September 16 –October 10. around 70 works will be displayed in seven categories: Drawing, Print, Mixed Media, Acrylic, Oil, Pastel and Watercolour, with group demonstrations during the three week exhibition period. Opening at  Saturday, September 17,  2-4pm, with refreshments and entertainment, all welcome.

STRATHNAIRN has a ceramics exhibition by Catherine Drinan in Strathnairn Gallery Two and “Anthology 2” exhibition by Fibre Basket Makers of the ACT Strathnairn Gallery On, both until October 9 as well as “Explore the Return of Tradition” Australian Rugmakers Guild Exhibition in the Strathnairn Woolshed Gallery until September 25.

Parisa Applegarth's photographic installation.

Parisa Applegarth’s photographic installation.

“WOMEN of Remote Hill Tribes in South East Asia” by Parisa Applegarth, is showing at The Photography Room at the Old Bus Depot, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston Foreshore, on Sundays from 10am-4pm or by appointment, until September 25. Her work, the gallery says,  “is anchored by a straightforward aesthetic, which gives utmost respect and attention to the people that willingly stand in front of her lens.”

PHOTOACCESS presents three new exhibitions showcasing local talent. ‘In the Landscape’ by Annika Harding and Amy Dunn, ‘River’ by Peter Ranyard and ‘New Paintings’ by Oscar Capezio, runs to October 2 Huw Davies Gallery Manuka Arts Centre. All welcome.

A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition to commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and Mexico is now hanging in the atrium of DFAT’s RG Casey Building, John McEwen Cresc Barton.

“ELEMENTAL” is the name chosen by owner Bob Stephens for Aarwun Gallery’s inaugural sculpture exhibition. It brings together sculptures from all over Australia and overseas in glass, ceramics, timber, and bronze as well as recycled and re-purposed materials. Runs to October 1.

Also at the Glassworks, Artist in Residence Ben Edols is in session developing and refining a new body of work. The public are invited to say hello while he’s in Canberra and to find out more about his work. 10am – 4pm Wednesday to Sunday until Oct 18, entry by donation

NELL ANDERSON  is very well known for her atmospheric watercolours of the local countryside, farmlands, children and flowers is exhibiting her work in September at the Ginninderra School House Gallery, Sweet Copper Cafe, Gold Creek, until Sept 25, Thurs. & Fri. 10 am to 4pm. Sat. & Sun. 8.30 to 4.30 pm.

Glass making tools and flowers in the ion Photo Adam McGrath, HCreations

Glass-making tools and flowers. Photo Adam McGrath, HCreations

“Fresh Glass”, at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, September 15 – October 30, 10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Drawing inspiration from spring and to celebrate Floriade, Fresh Glass pairs studio glass vessels and sculpture with botanical installations. Floor Talk, 2pm, Saturday September 17. Pop Up florist shop, 10am – 4pm Saturday Sept 17, Pop Up Florist: Kate Ahmad, Peking Spring. Entry is by donation.

THE ANU Gold & Silversmithing Studio at the School of Art has an ongoing exhibition by its alumni. It’s a selection of works from over two decades of brilliant graduates, Gilbert Riedelbauch, Blanche Tilden, Oliver Smith, Phoebe Porter, Larah Nott, Halie Rubenis and Harriet Lee-Robinson. ANU Building 105, entry via Ellery Crescent Foyer Gallery, until Nov 1. Open to the public by appointment.

‘CLAYBODIES’ is an exhibition by 9 artists (Rick Beviss, Melinda Brouwer. Liz Crowe (in collaboration with Susan Moore), Linda Davy, Velda Hunter, Anne Langridge, Monika Leone, Jacqueline Lewis and Suzanne Oakman) from the Claybodies ceramicists’ group at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, to October 3. Octagon ArtSpace, Bungendore Wood Works.

“ABOUT: INRESIDENCE’15” is an exhibition showcasing work produced by Megalo’s 2015 artists-in-residence. Each year Megalo Print Studio + Gallery selects four local, one national and one international artist to undertake a residency in our professional printmaking studios. Dan Edwards (ACT) Cecelia Leddy (International Resident – Canada) Ellie Malin (National Resident – Victoria) Al Munro (ACT) Katy Mutton (ACT) Patsy Payne (ACT) at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, until Sept 17.

Sharon Field, Moloch horridus. Thorny Devil

Sharon Field, Moloch horridus. Thorny Devil

“FROM THE Red Heart” features paintings, drawings and ceramics developed from a dialogue between two artists, Sharon Field and ceramicist Cathy Franzi, who share a visual language and passion for Australian plants. Visitor Centre Gallery, Australian National Botanic Gardens, until Oct 9, 9.30 – 4.30 daily.

HEATHER B Swann’s exhibition “Nervous”, featuring Banksia Men and other sculptures, is on display at the NGA until November 20.

THE Drill Hall Gallery focuses on Brian Blanchflower’s ‘Canopy series’. “The most important ‘ingredient’ in my paintings is that which is not painted: the unseen, the unknowable, the unnameable,” Blanchflower explains. ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, Acton, 10 am – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday, Admission free.

AN ART exhibition by 5 local Canberra artists having their first group exhibition, Ladies in Painting “As it Happens……” at Yarralumla Gallery, near the nursery. Until September 30.

Nature image by Andrew Carley

Nature image by Andrew Carley

“NATURE,” A photographic exhibition by Andrew Carley explores nature and all that it entails. He is particularly interested in documenting the minute by minute light shifts at sunset, and the challenges he faces in capturing them. gallery@bcs, Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Crt Belconnen, Until September 23, weekdays.

“ZHANG PEILI: From Painting to Video” is a collaboration built around the generous gift to CIW, by Lois Conner, of one of Zhang Peili’s last paintings from the 1990s, before he shifted his focus to media art. Developed with MAAP director Kim Machan, From Painting to Video presents Flying Machine (oil on canvas, 1994) alongside a set of Zhang’s early video works. Complementing these are two more recent installations. China in the World Building, Fellows Lane, ANU.

“FOUR STORIES” IS an exhibition celebrating four artists’ creative energy as they work in four diverse media areas and styles in ceramics, textile design and photography. At Watson Arts Centre, Aspinall Street, Watson, 10am – 4pm Thursday to Sunday, UNTIL 18 September. The gallery is open from 10am to 4pm Thursday to Sunday.

“YVONNE Boag | Here and There” is at the Nancy Sever Gallery, 4/6 Kennedy St Kingston, running to September 18, Wed–Sun 11am-6pm. Boag is an artist with an impressive exhibition record in Australia, Europe, South Korea and Japan. She has held many artist-in-residencies and is represented in major public and private collections in Australia and overseas.

GOOD FRIENDS and Queanbeyan residents Glenda Weir and Angela D’Arcy have joined forces to present their first joint exhibition at The Q Exhibition Space this September, until 17 September.

Sabrina Baker, tete-a-tete, 2015, yarn and wool, installation detail; photograph Louise Baker

Sabrina Baker, tete-a-tete, 2015, yarn and wool, installation detail; photograph Louise Baker

JASON Phu, Byrd and Frazer Bull-Clark are exhibiting in three wildly different media at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman Arts Centre Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman Arts Centre 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. Open Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 4pm.

ANCA Gallery presents “Lines of Inquiry”, an exhibition curated by Annika Harding featuring works by seven Canberra artists, Sabrina Baker, Christopher Burton, Dan Lorrimer, Anna Madeleine, Nicola McClelland, Phoebe Porter and Hannah Quinlivan. The title of the exhibition refers to the artists’ ‘formal investigations’, using line to investigate ideas. 1 Rosevear Place Dickson, 12pm-5pm Wednesday-Sunday until Sept 25.

FOUR ARTISTS from the Canberra region are among the top entrants in the revamped Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, opening at the National Archives of Australia on Sept 16.

“MIKE Parr: Foreign-Looking” is the first exhibition to bring together works in all media across Parr’s voraciously experimental practice from 1970 to the present. This installation of performance, film, sculpture and photography provokes a challenging yet mesmerising experience. National Gallery of Australia, to Nov 6.

 Nicci Haynes, Yolk

Nicci Haynes, Yolk

“MATERIAL POETICS,” curated by Caren Florance and Jen Webb, sees Caren Florance, UK Frederick, Katie Hayne, Nicci Haynes, Sarah Rice, Jen Webb and Jordan Williams (three of whom are poets) exploring how poetry can inhabit the heart of visual art practice, and how visual and material energies can animate poetic practice. ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson, 12pm-5pm, Wednesday-Sunday until Sept 11.

EMERGING artist Susie Dureau presents scenes that are more than literal depictions of the landscape. “Wild Histories” opens at Suki & Hugh Gallery, 38A Gibraltar Street on August 6 from 3pm – 5pm (all welcome) and runs to Sept 26.

“DISSECTIONS” showcases the hyper-realist sculptural self-portrait of artist Sam Jinks, “Divide”, alongside the painted portrait of philosopher David Chalmers by Nick Mourtzakis, which was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in 2011. Gallery 1, NPG to November.

“TOUGH and Tender” presents raw and intimate photography from American and Australian artists from the 1960s to the present day. Photographs from internationally acclaimed artists Robert Mapplethorpe, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, and Collier Schorr, and video performance by Chris Burden forms part of the exhibition, alongside contemporary Australian artists Rozalind Drummond and Warwick Baker. National Portrait Gallery, until Sunday October 16.

“AVARICE: auspice” is an amazing gold inflating/deflating installation by Jay Kochel, to be seen in Canberra Museum and Gallery’s outside Gallery 4 on Civic square, until Sept 18, viewable 24/7.

1980; Our Sanctuary, Maria Sankey

1980; Our Sanctuary, Maria Sankey

“MICHAEL Taylor: A Survey 1963–2016” at Canberra Museum and Gallery, curated by Deborah Clark, runs until Oct 2 at the Canberra Museum and Gallery. Taylor is one of Australia’s best expressionist painters, who has been painting for six decades. Since 1971 Taylor has lived and worked in the Canberra region – in Bredbo, Michelago, and, since 1993, Cooma.

FOUR NEW EXHIBITIONS open at Belconnen Arts Centre tomorrow, Friday, September 16 at 5:30pm, all are welcome. They are: “It Feels Like Home” by ACT Tenants’ Union shown to highlight the rights, needs and contributions of tenants around the world; “A Tribute to Mossy” by Frances Luke; Selected Works by Tony Faul (1956–1991) curated by his sister Liz Faul; and  “Ship of Fools” by Ann McMahon. All on show until October 9.

THE NGA has “Diane Arbus: American portraits” | Open now until October 30. 36 of Arbus’ most iconic photographs are exhibited alongside a selection of photographs from the NGA collection. “Design and Nature,” glass and ceramics by Art Nouveau masters Louis Comfort Tiffany and Clément Massier and 80 objects from the NGA’s collection, is open now until March 2. And in the Contemporary Asian galleries is a new display focused on contemporary Chinese art has opened featuring provocative works by internationally renowned artists such as Ai Weiwei, Xu Zhen and Zhang Huan, open until November.

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