Theatre / “Oh, What a Lovely War”. Directed by Chris Baldock. At Theatre 3 until March 10. Reviewed by JOE WOODWARD
CANBERRA City Big Band will help arts patrons dance the night away at CAPO’s night of nights, “Puttin’ on the Glitz”. Auction viewing begins at 7pm and the live auction takes place from 9pm. At Canberra Museum and Gallery, 6.45pm-11.00pm, Friday, September 22. Bookings to 6249 7860 or firstname.lastname@example.org“SUITCASE Rummage” is a mini market set up in suitcases. It’s at A. Baker Courtyard and its surrounds in New Acton, from 11am-3pm, Sunday, September 24. Entry is free and people can run a store for $20. Register a stall at suitcaserummage.com.au/act/
TOBY Cole’s Handel in the Theatre project is holding a VIP “Meet our Cast” event in the Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, from 5.30-7.30pm this Saturday, September, 23. Stars Janet Todd, Tobias Cole, Sally-Anne Russell and Brett Weymark will take a break from rehearsal to meet attendees. Bookings are essential to trybooking.com/book/event?eid=314553“THE Finnish Crazy Games” is a celebration of all things Finnish at the Embassy of Finland, 12 Darwin Avenue, Yarralumla, from 10am-4pm and 7pm-9pm, September 23, and then again from 10am–4pm September 24. All welcome. Information and registration to finnishcrazygames.com
“THE Cuisine of Art and the Art of Cuisine” is the topic of painter Ghislaine Howard’s talk at ADFAS Molonglo Plains, featuring art, anecdotes and recipes from Impressionist artists, particularly Toulouse Lautrec, famous for truly fabulous meals. Comfort Inn Airport International, 57 Yass Road, Queanbeyan, 2pm, September 21. All inquiries to Lucy Costas at 0437 538529.
Muse Café has author Chris Womersley talking about his new book, “City of Crows”, at East Hotel Kingston, from 3pm-4pm, September 24. Bookings to musecanberra.com.au/events/
Workshops and classes:
MUSIC for Canberra is now open for Term 4 applications by visiting musicforcanberra.org.au/events or emailing email@example.com.
CIT Adult Short courses are held every first weekend of the month all year round at Canberra Glassworks. Costs apply. To find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
M16 Artspace is seeking someone to spearhead the marketing and promotion of arts activities at M16, with an anticipated commencement date of Wednesday, October 25. The closing date for applications is 5pm, Wednesday, October 4. For the duty statement and selection criteria visit m16artspace.com.au
THE M16 Artspace Drawing Prize 2017 is now open for entries. This prize is for drawing in either traditional drawing media and techniques, or non-traditional works that extend understanding of drawing within contemporary art practice. Prizes are valued at $4800 and entries are due 5pm, Thursday, November 2, to m16artspace.com.au/opportunities-for-artists
HANDEL in the Opera is creating a new Balcony Chorus. No auditions and no memorisation are needed, just three weeks of rehearsals with Tobias Cole, followed by production week. Applications close Friday, September 22 via trybooking.com/book/event?eid=314010FOLK music specialist Dave O’Neill is taking enrolments in guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki or ukulele, with spaces for regular lessons, one or two lesson catch-ups or ad hoc lessons. Booking and inquiries to 0418 405236 or email@example.com
“CANBERRA Clothes Swap & Style” will see visitors swap old garments for new, and receive useful style advice. At Nishi Building, NewActon, 11am–1pm, Sunday, September 24. Bookings essential to eventbrite.com.au/e/clothes-swap-styling-workshop-tickets-37424224864
THE Young Music Society Inc. is holding its Annual General Meeting in the Meeting Room at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, from 12.30pm this Saturday, September 23. All members welcome. Nominations, including the person’s position of interest, to firstname.lastname@example.org
ANCA has announced its 2018 Critic in Residence award. In partnership with “Art Monthly Australasia”, ANCA will be awarding two emerging Canberra Arts writers a stipend of $350per month for five months, a mentorship with “Art Monthly” editor Michael Fitzgerald, a 12 month subscription to Art Monthly and publishing opportunities. Applications to anca.net.au to November 1.
MEGALO Print Studio + Gallery has a unique, supported residency open to Australian and international artists at all stages of their careers. In 2018 there will be three ACT based places, two national and one international place. The deadline for submissions is October 31 via email@example.com
DESIGN Canberra, supported by Radford College and the University of Canberra, is staging a photography competition on Instagram celebrating Canberra’s mid-century modernist architecture. To enter, follow @designcanberrafestival on Instagram and upload your photo with the hashtags #designcanberra #dcphotocomp and either #student (Years 7-12) or #open (Over 18). The competition closes on October 12.CHRIS Latham’s “Flowers of War” project continues, with “Monet’s Flowers of War”, featuring Jane Rutter, flute, and projections of Claude Monet’s WWI paintings, coming up at the NGA on September 29 and 30, and much more in following months. Bookings to theflowersofwar.org
MEMBERS of the public are invited to join Canberra Choral Society for its “Come & Sing” Handel’s “Messiah” event on Saturday, November 25, at Llewellyn Hall, with Leonard Weiss conducting. Applications to trybooking.com/book/event?eid=309662
GARY France’s Groove Warehouse in Hume is expanding its percussion business and now offers daytime adult classes and keyboard lessons at 5/1 Sawmill Circuit, Hume. Information and enrolments to groovewarehouse.com.au
“MAMMA Mia!” The musical, inspired by ABBA’s classic songs, has seen over 60 million people all around the world pack in for the show. Tickets are now on sale for a new Aussie production that will premiere at the Canberra Theatre from November 24 to December 10. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
AINSLIE and Gorman Arts Centres offers supported office accommodation for artists, creatives, as well as arts organisations and music-based organisations and individuals. Inquiries to agac.com.au
“POETRY on the Move: Boundary Crossings” is a festival of poetry hosted by the International Poetry Studies Institute in the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra, until today, Thursday, September 21, when prizes are awarded. All details at canberra.edu.au
SMITHS Alternative will go poetry-mad on Monday with the launch of the first edition of its new online poetry magazine, “Not very quiet”, along with readings of poetry by Sandra Renew and Moya Pacey. 76 Alinga Street Civic, from 6pm-7.30pm, September 25. Free, all welcome.
CANBERRA performance poet Laurie McDonald’s new book, “Slow Down to Mine”, will be launched by Frankie Seymour, also at Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Civic, 7.30pm, on Monday, September 25.
PALACE Cinemas are hosting a Harry Potter marathon, “Potterfest”, at Palace Electric, this weekend, September 23–24. Bookings to palacecinemas.com.au
THE National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is celebrating 100 collections on its new website, with a 1980s special celebrating “everyone’s favourite decade – and all its excess and retro fabulousness”, at nfsa.gov.au/collection/curated/1980s.EVENT Cinemas in Manuka will have a 16-day winter school holiday program with FREE arts and crafts activities and a line-up of fun films including the “Lego Ninjago Movie”, “The Emoji Movie” and “Captain Underpants: The Epic First Movie”. Screenings begin on Saturday, September 23 to Sunday, October 8. Bookings to eventcinemas.com.au
THE National Film and Sound Archive of Australia has “Strictly Ballroom: Behind the Curtain”, a new online exhibition to celebrate 25 years since the release of Baz Luhrmann’s debut film in August 1992. Visit nfsa.gov.au/collection/onlineexhibitions
ITALIAN horror master Dario Argento’s classic “Suspiria” has been restored in 4K and is showing tomorrow night, September 22 at 6pm, to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The NFSA is presenting “Dario Argento: Horror Maestro”, Argento’s finest works – complete with wild colours, synthesised electro scores and much blood and gore. At the Arc Cinema until October 4. Bookings to nfsa.gov.au
THE 18th Lavazza Italian Film Festival will be showcasing a huge program of Italian cinema, closing with Roberto Benigni’s Oscar-winning film “Life Is Beautiful”. At Palace Electric to October 8. All program details and bookings to palacecinemas.com.au
Dance:AUSDANCE ACT’s 2017 Youth Dance Festival “Right Here Right Now” continues at at the Canberra Theatre on Thursday and Friday, September 21 and 22, featuring 1400 students from 36 participating schools. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
AUSDANCE ACT Open Class is continuing with advanced to professional level classes on Wednesdays from 10am-11.30am at the Belconnen Arts Centre and an evening class on Thursday from 6.50pm-8.20pm at QL2’s Dance Studio, for intermediate to professional level dancers of all genres. Thursday’s open class is “Broadway Jazz” with Rhiannon Brand. Inquiries to 6247 9103.
Concerts and Gigs:THE Glenn Miller Orchestra’s 80th anniversary will be marked when the band and a team of singers and dancers return to town performing favourites from the golden era of swing, such as the original Glenn Miller arrangements, the music of The Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and the World War II melodies made famous by Vera Lynn. At Canberra Theatre, Saturday, September 23. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
TWELVE-year old composer William Dooley is performing world premieres of his work in a special 12th Birthday concert supported by leading musicians from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Canberra Wind Symphony including, Barbara Jane Gilby, Timothy Wickham; Viola: Iska Samson, Alex Voorhoeve, Sarah Nielsen, Richard Mason, Emily Leong and Michael Dooley. At Wesley Music Centre, from 3pm Saturday, September 23. Bookings to trybooking.com/314600 or tickets at the door.
NEWCASTLE’S experimental folk purveyors of “fairy music”, “Vanishing Shapes”, will be here fusing old sounds of traditional folk music with modern influences, manipulating characteristics of electronic dance, progressive metal and classical to traverse from large cinematic soundscapes into twisted dance tunes. Smiths Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Civic, 4.30pm, Saturday, September 23. Bookings to smithsalternative.com
DEBORAH Cheetham is visiting the region and 30 students from Eden, Narooma and Bermagui primary schools will take part in a three-day “Short Black Opera”, workshop at Four Winds with pianist, Toni Lalich. A free public performance in the Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Road, Barragga Bay, at 1pm-2pm, Friday, September 22. Free event.
ONE of Australia’s top jazz saxophonists, Jamie Oehlers, teams up one of the hottest young jazz talents around, pianist Tal Cohen, for their “Innocent Dreamer” album launch, at The Street Theatre, 6pm, Sunday, September 24. Bookings to thestreet.org.au or 647 1223.THE “Blow” band, Ted Vining on drums, Bob Sedergreen on piano, Peter Harper on sax, Ian Dixon on flugelhorn/trumpet and Gareth Hill on bass, will be at Bungendore Woodworks this from 6pm this Saturday, September 23, for a 3-course dinner and concert show. Bookings to bungendorewoodworks.com.au or 6238 1688.
PHOENIX Pub in Civic has as follows: Thursday, September 21, at 9pm Piss Weak Karaoke; Friday, September 22, at 9pm, The Last Exposure, Moaning Lisa, Helena Pop, and Dalmacia; Saturday, September 23, at 9pm, Azim Zain & His Lovely Bones, Sketch Method, Floral Sheets, and Slagatha Christie; and Sunday, September 24, at 8pm, Free Entry, CIT Presents The Bootleg Sessions, Partly Cloudy, Skyvory Violet Faye, and Sara Turner.
Theatre:PIGEONHOLE Theatre stages Ray Lawler’s great Aussie classic play, “Summer of the Seventeenth Doll”, at The Q, Queanbeyan, September 20-30. Bookings to theq.net.au or 6285 6290. SYDNEY Theatre Company’s Wharf Revue, “The Patriotic Rag”, is at the Playhouse, until September 23. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
ROBIN Davidson’s theatre company Rebus will develop an interactive “Forum Theatre” performance about where things can go wrong when people with disabilities want to join, participate in or use the services of community organisations. They’re seeking stories from people with disabilities or community organisations in Australia and needs responses by October 13, visit rebustheatre.com or phone 0403 815784.
Exhibitions:GALLERY@BCS presents “Anthology”, a group exhibition in which artists use alternative photographic processes (anthotypes and chlorophyll) and render images by using plant matter instead of photographic paper and sun exposure instead of the traditional dark room. The Belconnen Community Services’ gallery, Swanson Court, Belconnen, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm until September 29. All welcome. Free entry.
QUEANBEYAN Art Society’s 10th Charity Fine Art Show is running in City Walk, Civic, between King O’Malley’s Pub and the Merry-Go Go-Round, Saturday, September 23 to Monday, October 2. Official opening on site, from 12.30pm, Saturday, September 23.
CRAFT ACT’s Annual Members Exhibition, “City of Design”, features work by over 50 member artists in media. Opening by author Peter Dawson, artist Annie Trevillian and Catherine Newton at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, North Building, 6pm, Thursday, September 21. All welcome.
“SONGLINES: Tracking the Seven Sisters”, the story in arts of the women of Central Australia, at the National Museum of Australia, to February 25, 2018.
“DREAMING of Remembering” is an exhibition that invites viewers to reflect on the meaning of imagination, memory, tradition and nostalgia. Curated by Grace Blakeley-Carroll, it features Canberra-based artists Tiffany Cole, Daniel Edwards, Lia Tajcnar and Naomi Zouwer. ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Street, Dickson, until October 1.
GROUND-BREAKING Australian audio-video artist Angelica Mesiti has launched an exhibition of five major works, including the National Gallery of Australia’s most recent acquisition, “The Calling”, at the NGA until March 2018.
STRATHNAIRN has “Sculptural Emanations”, an exhibition by local mixed media artists Janice Laurent and Lex Sorrentino, along with “Emuly, the Gathering Emu” by Angela Pisciotta in the Gallery and Homestead, Stockdill Drive, Holt, Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 8am-2pm, September 21 to October 16.
JAS Hugonnet’s “The Pink works” are showing at Pope St Gallery (rear of 14 Pope Street Hughes, Canberra) opening 2pm-5pm this Saturday, September 23, and 12pm-4pm Sunday, September 24 only. Taking a cue from the underpainting, the works use a single colour to unify the composition and suggest space beneath the surface.
FOUR new exhibitions are at M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, and will run 12pm-5pm, Wednesday to Sunday until September 24. They are as follows: Gallery 1, “Internationalist”, curated by Kirsten Farrell, in which three Canberra artists are paired with an international artist to test their ideas; “The Unconscious is a Rectangle”, by Tony Curran, who explores the digital-organic; “Empty Vessels and Full”, by Kerry Shepherdson and Georgina Leith and In the “Chutespace”, “City to the Suburbs”, by Kristina Neumann.YASSARTS’ “Sculpture in the Paddock” is on again at Hamilton Hume’s Cooma Cottage until October 8. Outstanding student sculptures from schools in Yass and the region will be on display at the cottage too.
“OUT There 2017” is the latest in the “Out There” series and continues a tradition of annual exhibitions held since the Canberra Photographic Society was founded in 1945, 72 years ago. It includes new work by previous exhibitors and celebrates the work of new members. At Watson Arts Centre, Aspinall Street, Watson, until September 24, 10am–4pm Thursday to Sunday. Free entry.
THE Artists Society of Canberra is celebrating 90 years with its 2017 spring exhibition at the Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, 10am to 5pm, until September 24. Its official opening is from 6pm, Wednesday, September 20. All welcome.
FRENCH-Australian Painter Marc Rambeau will be holding an exhibition, “Australia’s Red Landscapes”, at the Alliance Française, 66 McCaughey Street, Turner, to October 16, Monday to Thursday, 9am-7.30pm and Friday 9am-5pm.
“DOMBROVSKIS: Journeys into the Wild” celebrates the work of the Tasmanian photographer Peter Dombrovskis, whose Rock Island Bend image helped save the Franklin River from destruction back in the 1980s. National Library of Australia, September 21 to January 30, daily.
ENCUENTRO Inc., the Ibero-Latino American community organisation of Canberra, is presenting an art exhibition of paintings, ceramic and drawings by Celia Gallardo, Robert Buratti and Ana Gallardo at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, until September 22.BILK Gallery for contemporary metal and glass has Bin Dixon-Ward’s “Connections and The Captains Daughter”, a collection of contemporary jewellery that draws a connection between historic artefacts, contemporary jewellery, digital technologies and her experience of life at sea, using 3D printing and 3D modelling software. At the gallery in Palmerston Lane, Manuka, to October 14.
THE National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition of 28 portraits by Nicholas Harding includes three works from the collection and 25 works on loan, now at Gallery One, NPG, to November 6.
AARWUN Gallery has transformed itself into a Parisian café for its coming exhibition, “Paris and Other Stories”, works by former director of the Sydney Art School, Bernard Ollis. At the gallery, Federation Square, Nicholls, to September 31, daily 10 am to 5pm.
WORKS by painter/printmaker Pamela Griffith and sculptor/carver Silvio Apponyi will be unveiled by Robert Purves, founder of the Purves Environmental Fund, in the Octagon ArtSpace, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, 2pm, Sunday, September 24, all welcome. The show continues until December 10.
“NEIL Roberts: chances with glass” is an exhibition focusing on the much-missed late artist’s relationship with glass as “object, medium and signifier”. Curated by Barbara Campbell and Jane Cush, it runs at Canberra Glassworks until October 15.
ARTIST, arts administrator, curator, educator, researcher and consultant, Brenda Croft, is the newest recipient of an ACT Arts Residency at the Glassworks. Croft descends from the Gurindji/Malngin/Mudpurra peoples of the Northern Territory and is also of Anglo-Australian/German/Irish heritage. Members of the public can catch her working at the Glassworks until September 29.“OAKVALE” is an exhibition of paintings on silk by Carole Osmotherly, inspired by “Oakvale”, a private garden in Canberra. At the Kyeema Gallery, 13 Gladstone Street, Hall Village, from September 22 to October 15, Thursday to Sunday, 10.30am-5pm. Opening and artist’s talk at 2pm, Sunday, September 24. All welcome.
“JUDE Rae, A Space of Measured Light”, is the newest exhibition at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery. The exhibition runs at Kingsley Street, Acton, until October 15, from 10am–5pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
NANCY Sever Gallery has painter Arryn Snowball with his latest exhibition, “Square Sun”. A survey exhibition of his work was held at the Caboolture Art Gallery, Queensland in 2016 and he divides his time between Australia and Berlin. “I’d like my painting to be a place to hover between awareness of being and loss of being,” he says. At 4/6 Kennedy Street Kingston, October 15, Wednesday to Sunday 11am–6pm.
“FRUIT, Flowers, Fungi and Feathers”, is an exhibition of botanical and wildlife paintings, and drawings from specimens found in the Australian National Botanic Gardens. At the Gardens’ Visitors Centre to October 1.HAWKER College year 12 student, Adina Leigh-Fitzsimmons is the recipient of the Capital Chemist ACT School Residency for 2017. “Glass is an area I am considering studying at the ANU School of Art next year… Glass appeals to me because it is a sustainable product, can be sculptural, decorative, functional and beautiful,” she says. She will be discussing her residency in Engine Room, Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston from 4pm, Thursday, September 21.
IN “Tolwong Road : A story of fire”, Stephen Hartup’s black and white photographs tell the story of bushfire, recovery and regeneration as observed and captured over a three-year period. At X Gallery, 32 Gibraltar Street, Bungendore, opening hours, 11am to 5pm, Friday to Monday until October 8.WOVEN textile artist, Jennifer Robertson, has installed “Crystal Imperfections as Agents of Deformation”, a dialogue with Prof Ian Jackson’s scientific research, produced under the ANU Vice-Chancellor’s College Artist Fellows Scheme. The work may be seen in the Research School of Earth Sciences, Jaeger 1 Seminar Room, 142 Mills Road, Acton, which is open during business hours. Visitors need to go first to the reception area of the Research School of Earth Sciences.
“WHERE We Walk” is an exhibition presenting the works of 10 emerging photographers, features Kris Arnold, Lynne Corbett, Rebecca Fassone, Lib Ferreira, Tracy Hebden, Nathalie Hicks, Kris Kerehona, Christine Kerr, Bob McKendry, and Rosina Wainwright, all participants in PhotoAccess’ “Personal Photography” project facilitated by Thea McGrath. At Huw Davies Gallery, Manuka Arts Centre, to September 24.
A RARE collection, which features 52 portraits of British street people will be on display for the first time in “Dempsey’s People: a folio of British street portraits 1824-1844”. Curated by David Hansen, the exhibition will bring together 51 works painted by little-known itinerant portraitist, John Dempsey. National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes, from 10am–5pm daily, to October 22.
“ONLY Flowers” is Roger Beale’s new solo exhibition at Form Studio and Gallery, 1/30 Aurora Avenue, Queanbeyan East. As the title suggests, it’s spring-related and his painting of flowers are huge. The show continues to September 26.MEI-Lynn Wilkinson’s exhibition “Drip pOp” investigates the relationships between painting, cartoon animation, and the body. Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka 19 Furneaux Street, Manuka, until September 24.
MEANWHILE “Ex Machina”, curated By Alexander Boynes, with works by Nicci Haynes, Brian McNamara, Stelarc, Pia Van Gelder and Arthur Wicks, considers the role of the physical machine as artwork, at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon, 11am-5pm, Thursday to Sunday until November 11.
MEREDITH Hinchliffe has curated an online exhibition of work by tapestry exponent Belinda Ramson, who died in 2014. This exhibition was mounted at the American Tapestry Alliance, visit americantapestryalliance.org/exhibitions/tex_ata/belinda-ramson/
“ANIMASTRUCTIONS” brings together work by staff, current students and graduates from ANU School of Art & Design. From sculpture to animation, furniture design to ceramics, the works consider humans complex relationships with animals. The exhibiting artist are: Ashley Eriksmoen, Ceilidh Dalton, Dean Cross, Emilio Elmowy, Erica Seccombe, Gosia Pilat, Jeremy Brown, Kate Nixon, Katie Hayne, Mahala Hill, Michele England, Nathaniel Kempton, Rebecca Selleck, Rhiannon McGuiness, UK Frederick, Yonghun Nate Lee. At Tuggeranong Arts Centre, until September 30.
“FINDERS Keepers: Collectors and their Stories MoAD at Old Parliament House runs from 9am-5pm, daily, until the middle of 2018. Entry is free after museum admission. THE Australian War Memorial has as a permanent exhibition “The Holocaust: witnesses and survivors”, which includes over 85 collection items.BELCONNEN Arts Centre’s September suite of exhibitions is as follows: In the “TRACESII” Open Exhibition, artists from throughout Australia have responded to the theme of speaking to their sense of place, their connection to it, their stories and memories they have gathered, all in A5 format; “LESSON” by Sean Davey features a selection of images made by the students and by Davey when he spent six weeks at Dunlop-Charnwood School as part of the ArtsACT Artists-in-Schools program; and in the International Tenants Day 2017 shows, “People, Pets, Place”, Canberra renters have been invited to reflect on their personal histories of home. At 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, 5.30pm, Friday, September 22, all welcome. All shows run to October 15.
SECOND World War veterans —6500 of them—are showcased in a unique photography installation at the Australian War Memorial, “Reflections – honouring our WWII veterans”. The images will be archived and made accessible to the public as part of the Memorial’s online collection.
“A Change Is Gonna Come” is an exhibition focusing on the 1967 Aboriginal Referendum and the 1992 MABO land rights decision by the High Court. At the National Museum of Australia, until January 30, 2018.
SYDNEY artist Ingrid Bowen has a solo exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery in Bungendore. The exhibition entitled “Vast” presents a series of whimsical watercolour landscapes that should resonate with viewers from our region. 38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore until October 1.