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Springtime in Yarralumla – Japanese style

The cherry blossoms of Yarralumla may have already blown away, Japanese Ambassador Yoshitaka Akimoto remarked today —that was their way — but there was always time for a cup of tea. In a distinctly Japanese springtime act of hospitality at his residence, the ambassador turned on a “performance” of the ancient Japanese tea ceremony, which […]

John Olsen launches new art fund at CMAG

THE Canberra Museum and Gallery has just declared itself a teenager. The 16-year-old has just marked its coming-of-age by launching a major funding initiative, “the CMAG Fund for Canberra Region Treasures.” First in line to donate at an exclusive launch late last week in CMAG, was one of Australia’s most eminent artists, the 86-year-old John […]

From the attic to the beach bungalow: NGA Contemporary opens

The DJ was playing well into the night at what the National Portrait Gallery used to call the “beach bungalow” down on the lake. But this wasn’t the NPG, nor its successor in the venue, the Gallery of Australian Design, but rather NGA Contemporary, a new contemporary art space located on the foreshore of Canberra’s […]

Queanbeyan Art Society Charity Art Show running on City Walk

THE 7th Queanbeyan Art Society Charity Art Show is currently on in Civic’s City Walk. With 310 art works from the Queanbeyan Art Society members and artists from the Canberra Region, Queensland, Southern Highlands and the South Coast this year’s popular Art Show is definitely the best so far. There has been a willingness by […]

Gruffalos and other arts creatures on show this weekend in arts around Canberra

“THE GRUFFALO,” that delectable tale about the adventures of a clever little mouse in a forest full of predators, returns after sell-out seasons to Canberra Theatre Centre on September 26 and 27, bookings to 6275 2700 or canberratheatrecentre.com.au Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when […]

Like-minded artists celebrate spring at Albert Hall

ASOC, the Artists’ Society of Canberra was founded in 1927 and tonight’s its annual night of nights, as curator, writer and heritage advisor Peter Haynes opens its Spring Art Competition and Exhibition in Albert Hall. Billing itself as “a supportive creative community for visual arts and artists” the society aims to develop skills, knowledge and […]

Coup for Portrait Gallery with Indonesian masters

HOT on the heels of the Indonesian Embassy’s celebrations yesterday of the country’s 69th birthday, comes a major cultural event that confirms the respect which our populous neighbour to the north is held in Australian artistic circles. No fewer than 11 formidable Indonesian cultural leaders, including exhibition manager Zamrud Setya Negara and curator Asikin Hasan, […]

Geoffrey Dunn photos – ‘through a glass, clearly’

CANBERRA fine art and portrait photographer, Geoffrey Dunn, has reminded “CityNews” of his exhibition still running at The Front Gallery until September 29. The show, titled “Through a Glass Clearly” features photographs exploring a range of styles and genres “from the small and fleeting to the grand and timeless” and get its name in part […]

NightFest looking the part as it kicks off tonight

ACCLAIMED lighting specialist Mandylights, who have worked on projects including Dubai New Year’s Eve, Australia Day in Sydney and the AAMI Park Stadium opening, have activated their designs across the four-hectare Floriade site for NightFest There is a new Balloon Arena with hidden pockets of entertainment and the Triffid Garden promises a magical journey through […]

Tenant artists share a bond

THE annual Canberra Tenants Union art exhibition will be opened by Canberra/Queanbeyan rapper and writer, Omar Musa this Wednesday, September 24–and for the first time it’s at Belconnen Arts Centre. According to Leigh Watson, executive officer of ACT Shelter, they already have about 40 entries and are expecting a good crowd of artists and members […]

Arts / ‘Quirky’ self-portraits win art prize

FIVE ‘quirky’ self-portraits presented in matchboxes have won the 2014 Capital Chemist Art Award, it was announced at Tuggeranong Arts Centre today, Saturday ,  by Peter Downing, group business manager for Capital Chemist. Braddon artist Thomas Arthur Buckland’s unusual portraits have been made from recycled cardboard, depicting a mood for every day of the week. […]

Bookings about to close for open day in Namadgi and Tidbinbilla

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is staging a unique FREE artist-in-residence open day in Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve from 9am to 2pm this Saturday, September 20, but you’d better hurry! Eminent Japanese wood artist Satoshi Fujinuma is in Canberra to undertake a residency and there will be a number of special […]

Video / Arts Leadership Forum 2014 – Attracting arts staff : for love or money?

CANBERRA Museum and Gallery has shared on YouTube the video from their recent arts leadership forum which will be of interest to many in the arts community. The final plenary session from the Arts Leadership Forum 2014 – Attracting arts staff : for love or money? Speakers : Daniel Ballantyne, Chief Executive Officer, Belconnen Arts […]

Arts / Boyd in agony and ecstacy

CURATOR Deborah Hart has been grappling with “agony and ecstasy” for the past three years putting together a show about one of Australia’s greatest painters. Dr Hart, senior curator of Australian painting and sculptor at the National Gallery of Australia, insists “Arthur Boyd: Agony and Ecstasy” is most definitely not a retrospective, but it does […]

Dan Lorrimer: making steel behave like paper

CANBERRA artist and designer, Dan Lorrimer, has a fascinating solo exhibition of sculptures opening tomorrow in which he makes steel behave like paper. In “Fragment,” Lorrimer repeatedly folds, cuts and works sheet metal until it looks like a piece of paper that has been through the same treatment (“minus the hydraulic pressure, obviously,” he says). […]

Modernist Icons and others in the weekend in arts

IT’S the 100th birthday anniversary of Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner so Designcraft is holding an exhibition celebrating that, and a parallel exhibition “Maker+Designer” showcasing the standout works from Australian designers with work influenced or inspired by Wegner. “Hans J. Wegner – Master Modernist Icon” exhibition, at the Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane NewActon, […]