Canberra’s weekend arts roundup

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IN 2015, The Wharf Revue turns 15.

JONATHAN Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Amanda Bishop, part of the creative force behind this favourite satirical hit show, will ‘review the revue’. You can count on a lively discussion interspersed with a few of your favourite characters in the Great Hall of Australian Parliament House. Sunday 16 August, Time: 2 – 4pm at Australian Parliament House, Great Hall. Free but bookings to or 6275 2700. Patrons can take advantage of a 10% discount on any purchase from the Parliament Shop on the day. The Wharf Revue 2015 will be showing at Canberra Theatre Centre from 15-26 September.

THE National Library of Australia hosts the launch of ACT National Science Week celebrating the International Year of Light this evening, Thursday, August 13 at 6pm. There will be science demonstrations, musical and dance performances and of course speeches. The event ties in with both the architecture and role of the library, creating a light filled evening. Free, but registrations to

CANBERRA Glassworks is also celebrating the ‘Year of Light’ this Saturday night in its home at the historical Kingston Power House. You can learn about glass, science and light while watching local artists demonstrating in hot blown glass, casting, engraving and flame working.  Listen to talks about mirrors and lenses and join us for some solar observing in the car park. Local percussionist Charles Martin will be performing ‘Starry’ inspired music in the foyer. You’ll also hear from special guest Dr Francis Bennet, who will be talking about his work on Adaptive Optics and Instrument Scientist at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Mount Stromlo Observatory. The team from Capital Cocktails will be serving up delicious cocktails and mocktails to purchase. You can also browse the ‘New Glass’ exhibition and participate in a 20 minute ‘Make Your Own kiln-formed stars’, bookings to or phone 6260 7005.

Work by Madeleine Winch
Work by Madeleine Winch

MADELEINE Winch’s paintings render the cyclical, and often subtle, nature of our lives with her new work focusing on the home; “Home may be sanctuary, a place of personal identity providing a sense of belonging; a shelter for both body and soul.” Wich has been exhibiting for over thirty years and in 2014 Orange Regional Gallery had a mid-career survey entitled ‘States of Being’. opens at 6pm today at Beaver Galleries 81 Denison St, Deakin, Tue to Fri 10am – 5pm & Sat and Sun 9am – 5pm.

Work by Sandra Black
Work by Sandra Black

ALSO at Beaver, Sandra Black is renowned for her intricately pierced and carved porcelain forms that reflect her abiding love of the natural world. Evocative of lace, her carving transforms the porcelain into a translucent, organically patterned body, illuminating the form with light and creating beautiful shadows. Black’s work is represented in regional, state and national collections including the NGA, Parliament House and the Art Gallery of WA. Western Australia. “Fragility” opens at 6pm today at Beaver Galleries 81 Denison St, Deakin, Tue to Fri 10am – 5pm & Sat and Sun 9am – 5pm.

CRAFT + Design Centre invites families to participate in National Science Week ACT’s Science in ACTion Community Day this Saturday 15 August at the Old Bus Depot Building, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston where Terumi Narushima and her team from The University of Wollongong are exploring 3D printing to change the music industry through the creation of custom-designed flutes that can play a variety of microtonal tunings unavailable on standard instruments. Performances at 1:30pm and 3:00pm.

ALSO this Saturday 15 August at the Old Bus Depot Building, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston from 11:00am to 1:00pm Dr. Fanke Peng, Course Convener of Fashion at the University of Canberra and founder of the Cross-Culture Design Lab will present a ‘Wearable Memory’ workshop. Wearable Memory is an interactive jewellery design that allows a person to reveal autobiographical memories through artefacts and photos from their past.

Dr Robert Schmidli
Dr Robert Schmidli

THIS Sunday 16 August at 3pm pianist Dr Robert Schmidli will present a concert from which All proceeds go to L’Arche Genesaret, a community supporting people living with disability in Canberra since 1978. The program includes works by Alexander Scriabin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death; Beethoven: Sonata No 31 Op 110 in A flat Major, Scriabin: Sonata No 4 Op 30 in F sharp Major, Mozart: Sonata No 8 K 310 in A minor, Liszt: Pieces from ‘Annees de Peleginage’. At Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, Canberra. Bookings to

tea two

MUSIC for Canberra has the Canberra Children’s Choir, under the direction of conductor Greta Claringbould, are presenting their mid-winter ‘Tea for Two’ concert this Sunday 16 August, 2:30pm at St. Paul’s Church, Manuka. The Children’s Choir, supported by members of our Youth Choir, will delight with a performance of tea-time songs in a family-friendly concert followed by a warm cup of tea or hot chocolate.

GRIFFYN Solos is series of concerts showcasing a different side of Griffyn Ensemble members, spread throughout the year. This Saturday 15 August 5:30pm at Belconnen Arts Centre, Griffyn soprano Susan Ellis will stage “The Susan Ellis Family Album Concert – from Bach to Birds of Tokyo” a concert featuring students from her Canberra studio performing alongside professional musicians across Canberra. Tickets at the door.

David Serisier gallium sky painting -pink 2014, oil and wax on linen, 198 x 198 cm. Collection David Serisier
David Serisier gallium sky painting -pink 2014, oil and wax on linen, 198 x 198 cm. Collection David Serisier

STEPHEN Little, Head of Painting at the National Art School, will launch the exhibition “David Serisier – Colour real and imagined” today, Thursday 13 August at 6pm in the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, Acton,. The exhibition runs until 20 September, 12 – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday. ‘David Serisier in conversation’ tomorrow, Friday 14 August at 12 noon. Admission free.

Pat Thomas - The Phone Box - 2015
Pat Thomas – The Phone Box – 2015

STRATHNAIRN Arts at 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt has “A Walk through the Australian 70s” by Pat Thomas running from today, 13 August to 10 September in The Woolshed Dates. The opening will be at 2pm this Saturday, 15 August.

THE next free High Court concert will see 8 singers from Coro Chamber Music performing a mix of early and contemporary music. Sunday August 16 at 1:30pm. Booking essential to is necessary for entry but does not guarantee seating.

Melinda Heal,  A Swift Migration (detail) yezen and katazome techniques on silk
Melinda Heal, A Swift Migration (detail) yezen and katazome techniques on silk

MELINDA Heal spent four years immersing herself in Japanese culture through the traditional textile resist-dyeing techniques of katazome and yuzen. She brings her own interpretation of the techniques with a particularly Canberran flavour by taking the many colourful birds of our city as her subject in ‘The Traces Between’ at M16 Artspace, Blaxland Crs Griffith, 12 – 5pm, Wednesday – Sunday until 23 August.


TOMORROW, Friday 14 August, the Australian Nepalese Friendship Society Inc. and the Nepalese community of the Canberra region present a fundraising screening. BOKSI (The Witch) (D: Gopal Chandra Lamichhane, 138mins, Unrated 18+) Based on the life of Balkrishna Sama, the ‘Shakespeare of Nepal.’ Refreshments from 6.30pm, film screening commences 7pm. At the Theatrette, National Film & Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. $20 Adults $15 Concession. Bookings to

“SO You Think You Can Drag” is an amateur drag competition, and a celebration of all things ‘non-gender conformist’. Designed to give competitors an opportunity to have a go at drag for the very first time, or provide a stage for aspiring queens or kings. At Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, 8-10pm, August 15, bookings to

AUSTRALIAN anti-human trafficking charity, Project Futures, once again has joined forces with The Salvation Army for their annual ‘Stella Fella’ campaign — recognising men and boys committed to protecting and valuing all humans, while raising funds and awareness to combat human trafficking. As part of the campaign, the Canberra Stella Fella Party kicks off at 6pm today, Thursday 13 August at The Loft, at Duxton. The panel of philanthropists includes Lauren Renshaw from Australian Institute of Criminology and Tom Bavinton the CEO of Sexual Heath and Family Planning ACT. Bookings to

Neeman duo
Neeman duo

IN the year of the 50th anniversary of the Canberra School of Music an alumnus of the school, Edward Neeman, and his wife Stephanie, brilliant duo pianists now living in the US, will perform the concerto for two pianos and orchestra by Francis Poulenc with National Capital Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Weiss. As well, Edward will be the soloist in Rachmaninov’s ‘Rhapsody on a theme of and the concert will conclude with Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, originally written for piano and orchestrated by Ravel. At Llewellyn Hall, this Sunday 16 Aug at 3pm, bookings to

Artist Janet Angus
Artist Janet Angus

GALLERY@BCS presents “Mental Case,” an exhibition of painting and installation by its Emerging Artist Support Scheme Prize winner, 2014 honours graduate from the ANU School of Art, Janet Angus. “My recent body of work is an investigation of the representation of psychological space, through constructed worlds symbolic of emotional anxiety,” she says. Runs to August 28 at Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen, 9am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

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