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.

Obama on The Chair

Obama on The Chair

“Hans J. Wegner – Master Modernist Icon” exhibition, at the Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane NewActon, September 6 – 21, Mon – Fri: 10am -3pm Sat – Sun: 11am-4pm Open to the public – Free.

SPRING is the time for ANU’s Za Kabuki to perform. It’s a Japanese traditional theatre group made up of ANU students who are studying Japanese language, and Japanese exchange students to ANU. The club has a long history of performing Kabuki in Canberra, not exclusively in Japanese. This year the play is “Sukeroku,” Briefly; Sukeroku’s father is slain by someone, so his family chase the culprit for 17 years.

Za Kabuki, Saturday 6th September 7pm, Sunday 7th September 3pm, at Papermoon Theatre, ANU Arts Centre. Sunday 7 September 2014 TIME: 2.00 – 4.00pm Special literary event in conjunction with the play. Bookings to

Words at M16: Caren Florance, Vitreous Syneresis (I see you sometimes)

Words at M16: Caren Florance, Vitreous Syneresis (I see you sometimes)

“A Thousand Words” is a literary event showcasing the work of writers in the context of art and held in conjunction with the 2014 M16 Artists’ exhibition, for which it will be the closing on the 7th September from 2 – 4 pm in Gallery 01 at M16 Artspace. This year features Claire Capel-Stanley, inaugural Resident Aspiring Arts Writer (RAAW) at M16, and writers Ann McMahon and David Broker, who will give their take on arts writing and share their experiences of responding to the visual arts. Live music will be provided by local musicians Matt Nightingale and Kevin Bradley and refreshments will be provided. All welcome.

AUSTRALIA’S premier vocal ensemble, The Song Company, will be performing their latest concert program “Vocal Fireworks” in Canberra this weekend and are welcoming Danish conductor/composer Bo Holten as their guest director. 6pm this Saturday 6th September at Wesley Uniting Church, bookings to

ART in Miniature (AIM) Canberra’s annual exhibition, “Moments in Miniature” is at Altenburg, 104 Wallace St. Braidwood from September 6 into October and will be opened at 2pm this Saturday, Sept 6, by print master, Basil Hall. All Welcome.

From Portside by Tom Williams

From Portside by Tom Williams

THE Photography Room has two exhibitions in Canberra this September. “Portside” by Wollongong photographer Tom Williams will be exhibited at the ANU School of Art’s Photospace until September 21, while “Americolor” by American photographer Dennis Church will be at Kaori Gallery, Hobart Place Civic, until September 27.

The Ellis Collective photo Geoffrey Dunn

The Ellis Collective photo Geoffrey Dunn

THE Ellis Collective’s ‘Carry’ Album Launch will be at The Street Theatre at 8pm this Saturday September 6. A well-known local band, The Ellis Collective were unearthed by Triple J in 2011 and their subsequent album scored great reviews. Bookings to 6247 1223 or


THE Vinyl Lounge is moving to a new day and time – the first Friday of each month at 5.30 pm. It’s on tomorrow Friday 5 September from 5:30-6:30pm at the NFSA Theatrette. Drinks and nibbles from 5pm. Free entry, no booking required. Vinyl Lounge is billed as you hear what’s spinning on the NFSA’s turntables. Reminiscent of record clubs of the 1970s, you’ll enjoy a diverse selection of folk, world, rock, funk and lounge music from the Golden Age of vinyl, 1960s – 1980s. Bring your LPs and groove.

EVERY September, improvisers from across Australia gather in Canberra to experiment, and practice for three days. Each night they will create spontaneous performances, as dance, music, lighting and theatre artists go to the edge. That’s why it’s called “Precipice”. It’s in QL2 Dance Studios, Gorman, House Ainslie Avenue Braddon at 7 PM on September 5 and 3:54 PM on September 7. The cost of $15 includes refreshments. Canberra performers are welcome to participate in the sessions at a cost, phone Tony on 0416 236 655.

PERCUSSIONIST Gary France, is bringing world-class jazz music to the Tuggeranong Arts Centre in the Southside jazz initiative. In “Lakeside at 5,” fellow Tuggeranong residents Eric Ajaye and Paul Dalbroi will join France on stage this Friday 5 September at 5pm. “Lakeside at 5” will be held once a month for the rest of the year.


YASSarts have put aside the annual Arts Trail weekend in support of a variety of activities starting in September and ranging throughout spring. Some of these events exist autonomously such as the upcoming ‘Turning Wave’ music festival but others such as the inaugural ‘Sculpture in the Paddock’ expo of 2013 were an initiative created by YASSarts. There are also ‘Sculpture in the Paddock,’ , The Turning Wave Festival of Irish & Australian Music in Yass, the Dragon Dreaming Music & Arts Festival in Wee Jasper and the Gundaroo Music Festival, and a show in the Oddfellows Hall in Yass called “An Odd Collection of Fellows,” opening at 6.30pm this Saturday 6th September.

Camelia Smith 'Zinnias'

Camelia Smith ‘Zinnias’

WATERCOLOURS feature in an exhibition By Camelia Smith, running at Yarralumla Brasserie and Gallery from September 7 to October 4. The works are mostly still lifes, but there are also figurative and urban/street scenes from Smith’s recent travels.

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