Nights of creative expression and other arts this weekend

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TONIGHT Thursday April 2, Tuggeranong Arts Centre will host a “night of creative expression” featuring live readings by author Nigel Featherstone, a performance by two Canberra musicians and two exhibition openings.

Joshua Santospirito, 'Northerner', 2014. Ink drawing on paper (detail)
Joshua Santospirito, ‘Northerner’, 2014. Ink drawing on paper (detail)

HEAD of Print Media and Drawing Workshop at the ANU School of Art, Alison Alder, will open ‘Impulse,’ an installation of drawings and projection by Belle Palmer (winner of the Centre’s 2014 Emerging Artist Support Scheme Award) and ‘Sleuth: The Delegation,’ -an exhibition of comics, large scale drawings and multimedia installations by Tasmanian artist Joshua Santospirito. Irma Gold will launch the Lakeside Literary Lounge series and Featherstone will present live readings from his own novellas. Canberra musicians Sandy Gibbney (fiddle) and Pete Richens (guitar) will perform tunes from Argentina to Zimbabwe.

Print by Numbers, by Daniel Savage, 2015
Print by Numbers, by Daniel Savage, 2015

‘PRINT by Numbers’ is an exhibition of 16 life-sized portraits by Daniel Savage, showing at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka until April 12, Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 5pm. Working with experimental photo processes on plastic vinyl, Savage makes us question how and why we perceive people in different ways. Opening 6pm tonight Thursday April 2 at CCAS, 19 Furneaux Street, and Manuka. All welcome.

Native Lilies by Vivien Pinder
Native Lilies by Vivien Pinder

THE popular ‘Art in the Gardens with Friends’ botanical art exhibition is back for its 8th year at the Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Gallery Clunies Ross Street, Acton, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm daily until April 19. Visitors can see botanical art inspired by the plants found growing in the Gardens. Most artworks are for sale as well as a selection of hand painted cards and bookmarks. There’s also a chance to win an original watercolour ‘Native Lilies’ by Vivien Pinder in the art raffle. Entry free.

Jane Jermyn, Pierced Pod Form
Jane Jermyn, Pierced Pod Form

WATSON Arts Centre’s Artists-in-Residence program is on parade, with work by some artists who have visited and become, even if only for a few months, a part of the life of the Centre and Canberra Potters The artists featured in the exhibition are: Amy Hick (2013, NSW), Ryozo Shibata (2013, Japan), Jane Jermyn (2014, Ireland), Verney Burness (2014, ACT), Michael Keighery (2014, NSW), Cathi Jefferson (2014, Canada) and Hidemi Tokutake (2015, Japan). 1 Aspinall Street, Watson, until April 26, 10am to 4pm Thursday to Sunday.

CANBERRA Symphony Orchestra’s first Llewellyn Series for 2015 winds up tonight, April 2 as it pays tribute to Finnish composer Sibelius on the occasion of his 150th anniversary. This concert is supported by the Embassy of Finland. The program also includes Schubert’s ‘Magic Harp Overture’, and award winning New Zealand cellist Edward King performing Dvo?ák’s Cello Concerto. 2 April 7.30pm, bookings to

Annie Franklin, bird shadows, detail
Annie Franklin, bird shadows, detail

ANNIE Franklin is a local artistic icon. Having been described as a ‘devotional painter’ it seems to gallery owner Karen O’Clery fitting that Annie Franklin’s works are hung again in the old Tanja church where Narek Galleries live. ‘Sleeping in the Forest’, a poem by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver, was the inspiration for this exhibition. The poem describes clear and poignant observances that have resonated for Franklin and her life in a Wapengo forest. “Small Kingdoms,” Friday 3 April to 11 May at Narek Galleries in the Old Tanja Church, 1140 Tathra-Bermagui Rd Thursday Friday Saturday & Sunday 10.30 to 5.30.

THE exhibition, “As I see it…” currently being held at Cork St Café in Gundaroo continues until April 21. The works of local artists Carla Begbie, Sam Chapman and Howard Moffat are being exhibited. Begbie works in drawing and painting, while Chapman and Howard Moffat are photographers.

‘FIRST Landing to Last Post: contemporary perspectives on 100 years of service’ is an exhibition offering a glimpse into the Australian experience of war and the richness of related Australian artistic practice, including paintings, photography, sculpture, and new media works by leading Australian contemporary artists. Until 30 June, daily, 9am to 5pm, in the Presiding Officers’ Exhibition Area, Parliament House. All welcome.

ARJA Välimäki, an Australian- Finnish artist who works in painting and sculpture, is exhibiting at Embassy of Finland, 12 Darwin Avenue, Yarralumla, and working days until April 30

IN the lead up to 2015 Batemans Bay Writers Festival, running on the June long weekend, Paul West, host of River Cottage Australia on Foxtel’s The LifeStyle Channel, will be in conversation with Sydney Morning Herald literary editor Susan Wyndham. This literary lunch is at 12 for 12.30 pm on Saturday 11 April in the Catalina Country Club, Batemans Bay. Bookings to at Books ABC Bookshop Batemans Bay or by phoning 0417 267 771.

Beaver Galleries - Jan Brown - 'Bird', graphite on paper, 31 x 22cm
Beaver Galleries – Jan Brown – ‘Bird’, graphite on paper, 31 x 22cm

JAN Brown’s “Observations,” iconic works on paper & sculpture, and Peter Boggs’ show “Interiors and the mystery of light,” paintings & works on paper are at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison St, Deakin, until 14 April, Tue to Fri 10am – 5pm & Sat and Sun 9am – 5pm.

JOHN Tonkin is one of Australia’s most accomplished and acclaimed fine binders with a practice devoted almost exclusively to unique and small edition contemporary design bindings—and he lives here. The Canberra Craft Bookbinders’ Guild is presenting a selection of these bindings in ‘Fine: the work of John Tonkin’, an exhibition running until 24 April at Civic Library’s Mezzanine Gallery.

M16 ARTSPACE continues its practice of speaking out in Benita Tunks’ show “Protest,” where local artists do just that. At M16, Blaxland Cres Griffith until April 12, 12 – 5.00pm, Wednesday – Sunday.

47 YEARS of diplomatic relations between Romania and Australia are marked in a photo exhibition entitled “Dancing with Costic?” by Australian artist Jane Long and Romanian photographer Costic? Acsinte. Acsinte’s black and white photos, taken almost 100 years ago, become the current canvas of Jane Long’s photos. Showing until June 30, 2-5pm at the Romanian Embassy, 4 Dalman Crescent O’Malley on any working day.

Ken Knight plein air work detail
Ken Knight plein air work detail

BUNGENDORE Wood Works gallery has ‘From the Artist’s Studio: an Exhibition of Paintings by Ken Knight’ showing from 28 March to 18 May. Knight is an artist whose work bears testimony to his commitment to the long and honourable tradition of painting.

EXHIBITIONS by three Sydney-based artists continue at PhotoAccess. Laura Moore has life-sized prints of figures posed as though within the photographic frame. Yiorgo Yiannopolous’ exhibition ‘Love Shack’ presents portraits of evidence collected in men’s public toilets, while Louise Baker is showing a whole-room installation.

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