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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 […]

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 […]

Wartime leadership on show in Menzies exhibition at Old Parliament House

IF the Museum of Australian Democracy’s new exhibition, “Menzies: By John Howard” curated, “however tenuously” as the curator himself put it, by former Prime Minister John Howard, serves to demonstrate anything, it is the vast gulf which lies between the Menzies and his admiring successors. For the very photograph chosen as the key image for […]

Indonesian women poets celebrated in cultural evening

THAT indefatigable Indonesia expert and arts-lover, Dr George Quinn, has told “CityNews” of an unusual event coming up in the Embassy of Indonesia’s beautiful room, the Balai Kartini, named after the republic’s greatest heroine. Next week, August 15 (Indonesia’s Independence Day is on August 17) there will be a cultural event and dinner organised by the Balai […]

Colourful personality Bill Mandle dies at 80

THE life of one of Canberra’s most colourful personalities will be celebrated in a wake next week King O’Malleys Irish Pub. Professor William Frederick “Bill” Mandle, long time professor of history and liberal studies at the Canberra College of Advanced Education and its successor, the University of Canberra, died peacefully at his home in Moruya […]

Wildlife science and art under the spotlight

COCKROACHES, if the director of the CSIRO Discovery Centre Cris Kennedy is to be heeded, have long suffered from an undeservedly bad reputation. Small matter that they have inspired seminal works of world literature and theatre, these ancient creatures have been sorely neglected by visual artists. But that may all be about to change, with […]

Simon says his liquor reforms are a success, but plans to do more

SIMON Corbell has released a report into the effects of his changes to the Liquor Act which he says shows great safety improvements. “The report confirms stakeholders believe the ACT Government’s reforms have made a positive contribution to community safety with alcohol related assaults across the ACT down by 11% since the new laws came […]

Fashfest 2014: Night 4 reviewed

It was a sold-out, red-carpet affair. Fashfest 2014 released standing room only tickets to cope with demand and guests lapped up the experience, the fashion, the lighting, the music and ‘being seen’. Fashfest designed each night around a theme and closing night was ‘the visionary’ who sees what others cannot see. Each of the four […]