Arts in the City / ‘Mother’ on the square

Samantha Small’s big, three-dimensional version of the famous tank.

Samantha Small’s big, three-dimensional version of the famous tank.

SHE was known colloquially as “Mother” at the Battle of the Somme and artist Samantha Small’s big, three-dimensional version of the famous tank (but, significantly, based on a toy tank) can be seen in Canberra Museum and Gallery’s exterior exhibition space on Civic Square until early July as part of CMAG’S World War I reflections.

Professor Larry Sitsky

Composer Larry Sitsky

SEVENTY years after the notorious Death Marches in Borneo, composer Larry Sitsky has been asked to write a commemorative work. Sitsky’s Piano No. 10, “Sandakan”, will have its world premiere at All Saints Church, Ainslie, 11.30am, on Friday, May 29, following the Sandakan Memorial Service at 10am.

ANU Choral Society’s next concert, “Queens of Heaven and Earth”, presents music composed in honour of the Virgin Mary; Queen Elizabeth I; Anne, Queen Consort of France and Queen Caroline of Ansbach. At All Saints Church, Ainslie, 4.30pm, on Sunday May 24 and 7.30pm on Friday, May 29. Tickets at the door or via

THE historical All Saints, by the way, is offering up to four choral scholarships, each valued at $1500 a year. Inquiries to the director of music, Dr Terry Norman, at or 0411 875033.

TERRIFIC coup for Canberra artist Colin Grant, whose work is now showing in “Out from Down Under & Beyond: Fine Art from Australia and New Zealand” at Agora Gallery in Chelsea, New York City.

GUNGAHLIN College Theatre Ensemble is staging its own adaptation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” with a 50-strong cast and crew. At Gungahlin College Community Theatre, May 27-30. Bookings to

FELT is the new velvet, with designers Stella McCartney and Givenchy glamorising the humble craft form. Canberra Region Feltmakers’ 18th “Rapt in Felt” showcase and bazaar is at The Q, Queanbeyan, May 27-June 6. There’ll be a fashion parade at 11am on May 30.

The Dante Choir

The Dante Choir

THE Dante Musica Viva Choir’s next concert features pieces from the folk, popular and opera repertoire of Italy. At the Italo-Australian Club, Franklin Street, Forrest, 2.30pm, on Sunday, May 24. Tickets at the door.

MONARO Folk Society’s “Autumn Celebration” will be an evening’s bush dancing to the Celtic music of Canberra band Humbug, with calling by Lance Green. At Canberra Baptist Church, 11 Currie Street, Kingston, 8pm, Saturday, May 30. Tickets at the door.


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