Weekend arts roundup

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ARTIST Hou Leong, countertenor Tobias Cole and the group Vocal Fry plan to ‘paint’ an ephemeral soundscape, and ‘sing’ a calligraphic expression this weekend.

Hou Leong and Tobias Cole
Hou Leong and Tobias Cole

“FORM and Sound” is the name of their music-art collaboration at 2pm this Saturday September 19 in The Silk Road Gallery, 19 Kennedy Street, Kingston, where you can also see Hou Leong’s paintings, curated by Peter Haynes, until October 4, 7 days, Sun-Tues 10-2, Wed-Sat 10-4.


Rosie Hosking,  Amity Dry and  Nikki Aitken
Rosie Hosking, Amity Dry and Nikki Aitken

“MOTHER, Wife and the Complicated Life” is a new Australian musical set to counter the Hollywood version of marriage and motherhood. It was written by Amity Dry, familiar from Channel Nine’s hit TV show “The Block”, who also stars in the show that they’re billing “the ultimate Girls Night Out.” At The Q, Queanbeyan, until September 27, bookings to theq.net.au or 6285 6290.


“HIDDEN” is an exhibition initiated the Rookwood General Cemetery Reserve Trust in Sydney and this year it will run from Friday September 18 to Sunday October 18, and once again carries a major award valued at $10,000. “HIDDEN” aims to demystify the image of cemeteries as being dark or intimidating.


THE next ‘Salt Room’ event, which is coming up this Friday, September 18, showcases a diverse range of performers and poets, offering audiences a unique insight into what poetry can be, and the possibilities of poetry performance. The session feature performances by Amanda Stewart (Sydney), Paul Magee (Canberra) and Zoe Anderson (Canberra) with the electro-acoustic music of Happy Axe (Canberra). At The Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, 7.30pm. $5 at the door.


David Whitbread
David Whitbread

CANBERRA bassoonist David Whitbread’s second solo bassoon recital will help ‘Save the Bassoon’, an international campaign which started at the Holland Festival this year. With backing tapes from rock bands, jazz combos, solo pianists and guitarists, swing bands and full orchestras it will be “exhausting but rewarding,” Whitbread predicts. At Wesley Music Centre, Sunday, September 20 at 2 pm. Entry by note donation at the door from 1.30 pm but be punctual, doors will be locked on reaching capacity. All proceeds go to StreetSwags.org


BURIED IN VERONA band is touring with guests Hand Of Mercy, Void of Vision and Polaris on its “Vultures Above, Lions Below” album tour , coming to Magpies Club in Bunda St Civic this Sunday, September 20 at 5pm, bookings to tickets.oztix.com.au


“CANBERRA Botanical” is an adjudicated exhibition of over 80 artworks running until October 5, daily from 10am to 4pm at the Nishi Gallery in NewActon. All are welcome to opening night, Friday September 18 from 6-8pm, when a silent auction will be held. The works are for sale.


NOW in its 20th year, the Canberra Short Film Festival is recognised as one of Australia’s oldest and best film competitions. It’s at Dendy this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bookings to csff.com.au


George Telek
George Telek

THE National Film and Sound Archive of Australia celebrates Papua New Guinea’s 40 years of independence with a performance by PNG’s award-winning musician George Telek as part of the NFSA’s ‘100 Seats’ series, at 6.30pm on Saturday, September 19 in the NFSA Theatrette. Bookings to trybooking.com


A work by Ella Whateley
A work by Ella Whateley

“THE Metaphysics of Space: Painting a Body of Light” is the exhibition of works resulting from the research of artist Ella Whateley, runs from September 17-26 at the School of Art Gallery, ANU with the opening reception tomorrow Friday Sept 18 at 6pm. There are two major series in the show, ‘Passing’ and ‘Inter,’ both of which interpret key points in the changing light over a 24 hour period.


IN ‘Our Place’ this Saturday September 19 from 4 to 8pm creative producer and Fringe Festival producer Chenoeh Miller helps Belconnen celebrate its 50th birthday. Belconnen Arts Centre is launching the celebration it with a community celebration produced by Miller, who has engaged with artists working in improvisation, community engagement and new media. The Centre’s physical and creative presence in the heart of Belconnen.” It promises to be a jam-packed afternoon of fires and face painting, markets and music, dancing and more, a show of “Belco pride.”


Bob Franklin
Bob Franklin

BOB Franklin, seen on TV in Jimeoin & Bob’s cooking show, or in one of the Shaun Micallef programs, will be at Uni Pub on London Circuit Level 3 Lounge this Friday September 18 at 8pm.Bookings to unipub.com.au/whats-on at $20 in advance or $22 at the door. Doors open at 7:30pm, supported by Tom Gibson, Andrew Bensley and more.


THE Sunday markets located at Canberra’s container precinct by the lake in Westside Acton Park are held every week and support local ACT businesses by showcasing talented artisans, designers and collectors for a fun market day out complete with food from the precinct’s street food vendors and music. There is a selection of fresh produce, vintage wares, and designer goods on offer. Noon to 6pm at 3 Barrine Drive, Acton. Free car parking and public transport available but there are currently no ATMs at the precinct.


 Jonathan Lee
Jonathan Lee

TODAY, Thursday September 17 at 5.30pm Wesley Organ Scholar Jonathan Lee will be performing works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Gigout & Alain at Wesley Uniting Church in Forrest. Admission free.


Janet Angus, 'Enjoy the silence', 2015, oil on panel
Janet Angus, ‘Enjoy the silence’, 2015, oil on panel

JANET Angus is a recent graduate from the ANU School of Art and has hit the ground running, they say. In group shows around town. Canberra Contemporary Art Space is excited to present her new solo exhibition “Within These Walls” at CCAS City in Hobart Place, Civic, until October 24 Monday to Friday 9am to 5:30pm Saturday 9am to 1pm. Angus’ paintings take the form of three dimensional constructions as a means of reflecting the structure of the human mind.


Nick Bastin Pinboard Wormhole (from ‘All of The Wormholes are Blocked’ series) Brooch 2015
Nick Bastin Pinboard Wormhole (from ‘All of The Wormholes are Blocked’ series) Brooch 2015

BILK Gallery is presenting “Slippage”, a much-anticipated exhibition of new works by jewellers Sean O’Connell (NSW) and Nicholas Basin (VIC opening tomorrow September from 6pm- 8pm.


Sean O’Connell necklace
Sean O’Connell necklace

WHILE aesthetically their work is wildly different, these two jewellers have a shared predilection for and revel in the “fuzzy edges, the in-between, and the slippery bits”.


CRAFT ACT: Craft and Design Centre, along with program partners ACT Parks and Conservation Service and the National Archives of Australia have an Artist-in-residence open day at Namadgi National Park this Saturday September 19 from 9-2pm. Bus provided, departing from Civic Square at 9am. Cost: FREE but Bookings essential to 6262 9333 no later than 5pm today, Thursday September 17.


still life by  Robert Riggs
Still life by Robert Riggs

STRATHNAIRN Arts at 90 Stockdill Drive Holt has Jenny Blake’s paintings in her show ‘Beyond our Hot Horizon’ in Gallery One. Meantime Gallery Two is hosting 11 still life paintings by local artist Robert Riggs in his first solo exhibition, ‘A Quiet Moment’, which evokes the quietude of the considered interior. Until September 27


 Ceramics by Cathy Franzi
Ceramics by Cathy Franzi

“WONDER & Loss”, a springtime show of contemporary Australian ceramics by Cathy Franzi, is at Karen O’Clery’s Narek Galleries, 1140 Tathra-Bermagui Rd TANJA. Franzi, a ceramic artist working and living in Canberra, was this year awarded a PhD in the Ceramics workshop at the ANU School of Art where she has been investigating ways in which representations of Australian flora on the ceramic vessel. Continues to Sunday, November 15.


Roger Beale, Studio Balcony with Blue Shawl, 2015 pastel on paper
Roger Beale, Studio Balcony with Blue Shawl, 2015 pastel on paper

“DISTANT VOICES” is an exhibition combining the works of two artists and close friends, Roger Beale and Grahame Crocket, opening tonight at 6pm in M16 Artspace, Blaxland Crs Griffith. Beale is known to many Australians as a senior public servant who is now chair of the ACT Electoral Commission and a member of an advisory board to the Chinese Premier and Crocket was Chief Architect (Heritage and Environment) for the Commonwealth.


Eleanor Evans, Synthesised Fragility (detail) 2015, Projection still
Eleanor Evans, Synthesised Fragility (detail) 2015, Projection still

ALSO AT M16 are “Synthesized Fragility” by Eleanor Evans, and “Waxing, Waning,” in which Lucy Chetcuti explores the cultural, spiritual and emotional relationships between people and the moon. All exhibition run until October 4 at M16.

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