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Peter Nilsson’s lighting work “Anemony”... on sale for $15,000.
Peter Nilsson’s lighting work “Anemony”… on sale for $15,000.
CANBERRA Glassworks is celebrating its past and future with Magda Keaney’s new show, “New Glass 2015: Archaeology, Excavation and the Arcane” (until August 30), that features the work of a new generation of Australian glassmakers, including Lucy Quinn, Nick Adams, Georgina Cockshott, Lea Douglas, Ngaio Fitzpatrick and Alex Valero.

MEANTIME, Peter Nilsson’s lighting work “Anemony” is on sale at the Glassworks for $15,000 and there are lights available for sale by other artists including Ruth Allen, Annette Blair, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen and Spike Deane.

KEN Healey, the Canberra theatre and music critic and opera producer who left Canberra to lecture at NIDA, will be at the National Portrait Gallery, 2pm-3pm, on Sunday, July 19, talking about performers Malcolm Williamson, Richard Tognetti, Peter Sculthorpe and Simon Tedeschi, all of whose faces can be seen there. Bookings to bookings@npg.gov.au or 6102 7070.

HERE’S a departure for the Llewellyn Choir. It will perform folk songs and spirituals, as well as music by Cole Porter, Fats Waller, Harold Arlen and Samuel Barber, at the Belconnen Arts Centre, 2pm, on Sunday, July 19. Bookings to llewellynchoir.com.au or tickets at the door.

WENDY Binks’ “Stripey” series of books is now a play starring Aussie characters such as Fluster the Corella, Bluey the Kanga and Shuffle the Echidna. Not unlike “Possum Magic” and “Wombat Stew”, it’s coming to Canberra Theatre Centre, July 23-25. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

QUEANBEYAN City Council is calling for artists to work with local young people and older children in designing and applying an artwork to a rail carriage in Henderson Road Reserve. Responses due by 4pm, Friday, July 31. Inquiries to Debbie Gillman at 6285 6551.

AS part of Big hART Theatre’s “Namatjira” project, the company is making a doco exploring friendship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. They’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign with rewards including original watercolour paintings. Visit startsomegood.com/namatjiradoco

BELCONNEN Arts Centre, the Scullin Cultural Precinct and the West by North West Neighbourhood Network invite artists to reveal the treasures of their lives here or beyond, in artworks for a show called “Hidden Treasures”, at the centre, September 4-20. Applications to belconnenartscentre.com.au by 5pm, Monday, August 3.

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