Arts / What’s on and where in Canberra this weekend?

“Rampage” by Tobias Bennett, in the field at Cooma Cottage. Photo Alex Cuthbert


YASSARTS’ “Sculpture in the Paddock” is coming up again at Hamilton Hume’s  Cooma Cottage from September 15 to October 8. Student works from schools in Yass and the region will be on display at the cottage too. The opening and prize announcement will be held on Friday, September 15, from 5.30pm. All welcome.


THE inaugural Floriade Twilight Concert, presented by Singapore Airlines, will offer patrons a chance to see the 2017 flowerbed designs before the gates officially open, which will feature an open air performance by the David Bowie Tribute band and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Commonwealth Park, Friday, September 15, 4.30pm-8pm. Bookings to

Sampler, in Embroidery exhibition

THE Embroiderers’ Guild Annual Exhibition will be held at the Albert Hall from 10am to 4pm, Friday to Sunday, September 15-17. Highlights include the 2017 Recycle Challenge and a public seminar by Victoria Pearce from Endangered Heritage about caring for textile pieces, at 2pm on Saturday. Children under 12 can attend for free. Details at

THE Thai Food and Cultural Festival 2017 will be held at Sala Thai, Royal Thai Embassy, 111 Empire Circuit, Yarralumla on Sunday, September 17, from 11am. All welcome.


MUSE Café has “The Enigmatic Mr Deakin and Judith Brett”, where historian and biographer Judith Brett is in conversation with Frank Bongiorno. East Hotel Kingston 3pm-4pm, this Sunday, September 17. Bookings to

Workshops and classes:

MUSIC for Canberra is now open for Term 4 applications by visiting or emailing

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

Arts Business:

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 September 15-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 to is October 31.

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

Come and Sing ‘Messiah’

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

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

“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 or 6275 2700.

ENTRANTS have until midnight on September 17 to submit their entries for the Digital Portraiture Award 2017, to go on show at the National Portrait Gallery from December 1. The winner of the award will receive $10,000 cash and an artistic residency valued at $15,000 at State Library of Queensland’s community makerspace, The Edge. All details at

ENTRIES close this Friday September 15 for the 10th Queanbeyan Art Society’s Charity Fine Art Show, which will take place in City Walk Canberra between King O’Malley’s Pub and the merry-go-round, from September 23 to October 2. All inquiries to the president of the society, Barry Cranston, at 0439 392709.

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


“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 (CCCR), Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra, from September 14–21. Spread over eight days, the event features 75 poets and other contributors. All details at

Poet Hiromi Ito

THE International Poetry Studies Institute’s two poets in residence, Vahni Capildeo and Glyn Maxwell from the UK, are joined by two renowned contemporary Japanese poets, Keijiro Suga and Hiromi Ito in a reading at the Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre, 7.30pm, Saturday, September 16. Free event, but bookings essential to

Dianne Firth work based on ‘Accents,’ poem by Paul Hetherington

IN “Poetry and Place”, leading Canberra textile artist Dianne Firth has been inspired by works poetry from 2016’s “Poetry on the Move”, where poets wrote about their experience of nature and landscape in Canberra. Belconnen Arts Centre, to September 17. There will be a poetry reading in the gallery at noon on Sunday, September 17.


THE 2017 Canberra Short Film Festival, directed by John Frohlich, will this year screen across four venues, Dendy Cinemas, Belconnen Community Centre, Tuggeranong Arts Centre and Smith’s Alternative, from September 13-17. All program details and bookings to

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

THE National Film & Sound Archive, in partnership with the Embassy of Italy, will be celebrating Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmüller, the first female director to be nominated at the Oscars, screening five key films, until September 16. Bookings to

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

THE 18th Lavazza Italian Film Festival will be showcasing a huge program of Italian cinema, opening with the comedy “Let Yourself Go!” and closing with Roberto Benigni’s Oscar-winning film “Life Is Beautiful”. At Palace Electric from September 14 to October 8. All program details and bookings to


Ausdance “ESCALATE II”. Photo by Art Atelier

YOUNG dance artists specialising in different dance genres across Canberra will present performances developed over three months in the “ESCALATE” mentoring season and will be joined by dancers from other mentoring programs run by Tuggeranong and Belconnen Arts Centres. Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, 6pm, September 15-16. Bookings to

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. This Thursday, Contemporary with Debora di Centa. Inquiries to 6247 9103.

Concerts and Gigs:

THE Third Australian International Chopin Piano Competition will run at venues in the ANU School of Music until September 17. Program details, together with individual and package bookings, to

MUSIC for Canberra is staging the 50th anniversary celebration of the Canberra Children’s Choir, Canberra’s longest running choir for young singers. Founder of the choir Judith Clingan has returned to conduct the choir in a concert at Tim Murray Theatre Canberra Grammar School, Saturday, September 16 and an evening of songs and stories at Ainslie Arts Centre at 7.30pm. Activities and workshops are also available. Bookings and all program details to

CARL Rafferty will perform some of his favourite Ragtime piano works at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, from 6pm (doors open 5.30pm), Saturday, September 16, and then 5pm (doors open 4.30pm) Sunday, September 17. Bookings to

ALEXANDER & Friends – Alexander Kokic Schmidt on piano, soprano Sarah Berger-Alexander and violinist Joshua Hu will perform works by Beethoven and Schubert pieces from Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Liszt and a splash of Latin American music. ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Saturday, September 16, free but bookings essential to

KOMPACTUS Youth Choir will perform a “wondrous and mysterious concert” at the High Court of Australia at 1.30pm on Sunday, September 17. Free but registration is essential to

“MAX Pellicano – Elvis to the Max” sees Elvis interpreter Pellicano on his farewell tour after 30 years. Southern Cross Club, Wednesday, September 20. Bookings to 6283 7200.

BRISBANE beach-rockers Shag Rock will be playing at Smith’s Alternative, 76 Lincoln Street, Civic, this Saturday, September 15. Bookings to

FOUR Winds has our own Griffyn Ensemble in concert at The Windsong Pavilion, Barragga Bay, Bermagui, 5pm-7pm this Friday September 15. It’s actually an exclusive volunteer event to celebrate the announcement of the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival program release and that its early-bird tickets are going on sale. Free.

THE aussie rockers, who make up  Grinspoon, Phil Jamieson on vocals, Pat Davern on guitar, Joe Hansen on bass and Kristian Hopes on drums, have released their 20th Anniversary deluxe edition of the album “Guide to Better Living”. UC Refectory, 8pm, Saturday, September 16. Bookings to

MUSICA Viva presents Nicolas Altstaedt & Aleksandar Madzar, Llewellyn Hall, 7pm, this Thursday 14 September. Bookings to

IN Sunday Afternoon Music by Lake Ginninderra the Voices Out Loud Primary Choir under the direction of Veronica Moore will host a singing circle, a fun hour of singing games and activities open to all primary-aged children and their parents and friends. Belconnen Arts Centre, 2.30–3.30pm, September 17. Free.

Christopher Cross

CHRISTOPHER Cross made history when his debut self-titled album was released in 1980. The album featured the international hit songs “Sailing”, “Run like the Wind” and “Never Be the Same”. He’ll be at Canberra Theatre this Sunday, September 17. Bookings to or 6275 2700.    

NEW works from Australian composer and pianist, Penelope Thwaites, will be presented by chamber choir Igitur Nos, conducted by Matthew Stuckings, with soloists Veronica Thwaites-Brown, Greta Claringbould, Kenneth Goodge and Raphael Hudson and pianists Emily Leong and Colleen Rae-Gerrard on piano and organ. St Paul’s Manuka, 70 Canberra Avenue, Griffith, 1.30pm, Sunday, September 17. Bookings to

THE Resonants, directed by Helen Swan, are performing traditional songs from countries as far China, Hungary, France, Samoa, Japan, and Cyprus, in “Kaleidoscope”, at Belconnen Arts Centre, from 5.30pm-6pm, Saturday, September 16. Bookings to or tickets at the door.

PHOENIX Pub in Civic has as follows: Thursday, September 14 at 9pm, Piss Weak Karaoke; Friday, September 15 at 9pm, Signs & Symbols, Marlon Bando and Lost Coast; Saturday, September 16 at 8pm, PTSD, Ill Winds, Dog Name and Sob Story.


The 2017 Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf Revue, “The Patriotic Rag”, is at the Playhouse, until September 23. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

“WORM Farming” is former Canberran Daniel Widdowson’s new one act comedy that sets the traditional, genuine Australian instinct for hospitality and concern for those in need that against the current hysteria about refugees about the refugee crisis. Staged by Salt House Theatre Company, it will be at The National Museum of Australia at 7.30pm this Friday, September 15, with a return season planned for October 4. Bookings to or tickets at the door.


Cole Hilder, Chris Baldock, Lucas Frank and Jack Tinga in “The History Boys”.

“THE History Boys”, Alan Bennett’s hit play set in a boys’ school, is at the Courtyard Studio, to September 16. Bookings to or 6275 2700.


“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.

FOUR new exhibitions are at M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, at 6pm today (September 7), 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.

IT’S magpie season at Strathnairn Gallery, where “Songbirds”, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Anne Balcomb continues at 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt, until September 17, Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.


Marc Rambeau – ‘Hawker Landscape’, oil on colombe paper

FRENCH-Australian Painter Marc Rambeau will be holding an exhibition, “Australia’s Red Landscapes”, at the Alliance Française, 66 McCaughey Street, Turner, September 14 to October 16, Monday to Thursday, 9am-7.30pm and Friday 9am-5pm. The opening by Bertrand Pous, head of culture, education, science and technology, at the Embassy of France will begin at 6.30pm on Thursday, September 14.

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.

Bin Dixon-Ward, ‘Rolling/Yawing’

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, September 15 – October 14. Opening September 15, all welcome.

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. Free entry.

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.

THE Brazilian Embassy in Canberra has opened its doors for the exhibition “Contrasts in Brazilian Art”, with about 30 works by the artists Alemão and Sebastião Mendes and designer Parma Júnior. At the Embassy, 19 Forster Crescent, Yarralumla, 9am to 5pm until September 17.

“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.

ADINA Leigh-Fitzsimmons, a Year 12 student from Hawker College, is the ACT School Resident at Canberra Glassworks and is exploring portraiture and environmental issues, until September 24.

“S.W.A.K” (Sealed with a Kiss) is a mixed media exhibition by artists from the Belconnen Artists’ Network, who were asked to submit ideas for a stamp design with no other specific theme. At gallery@bcs, Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen, until September 15.

“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.

Arryn Snowball’s, “Boomboom Deep Down”.

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.

“DEFYING Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial” brings the works of 30 contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to the National Gallery of Australia until September 10.

THE Photography Room has “Flatbed Suburbia” by Mac Nichols, “Molded in Mud” by Parisa Applegarth, and “Inside Outside” by Aishah Kenton. The work will be featured in the Old Bus Depot, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston Foreshore, open Sundays 10am-4pm and by appointment to or 0408 662996.

“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.

BELCONNEN Arts Centre has as follows: “The Art of Nature 2017 Wildlife and Botanical Artists; “Flights of Fancy” by Gillian Wilde; and “Poetry and Place”, by leading Canberra textile artist Dianne Firth who has been inspired by works from 2016’s “Poetry on the Move”, at Belconnen Arts Centre until September 17.

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.

Nathalie Hicks’ “Dark Horse”.

“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. Opening by Hilary Wardhaugh, 2017 ACT Professional Photographer of the Year, at the Huw Davies Gallery, Manuka Arts Centre, 6pm, Thursday, September 14, and then the show runs 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 Ave, Queanbeyan East. As the title suggests, it’s spring-related and his painting of flowers are huge. The show continues to September 26.

CRAFT ACT has a solo exhibition by South Australian designer and maker Christian Hall, which includes furniture, sculpture and jewellery. Craft ACT will also feature “Emerging Contemporaries”, the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists. At Craft ACT: Craft and Design, North Building, Civic.

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

“IN Residence 16” is an exhibition showcasing work produced by the 2016 Megalo artists-in-residence, now showing at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston until September 16. The exhibiting artist are Bruno Vandenberghe from Belgium, Ellis Hutch and Jessica Anderson from the ACT and US, Geoff Farquar-Still from the ACT, S.A. Adair from the ACT, Surya Bajracharya from the ACT Region and Trent Walter from Victoria.

Frederick and Katie Hayne’s “Yeti on the run”.

“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.

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.

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