What’s on and where in the arts this weekend

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THIRTY sculptures will adorn the Queanbeyan riverbank for  the second Clearwater Sculpture Prize with Awards announced at noon, Saturday, October 17 on the Riverbank main stage, exhibition runs October 16-18.

Riverside sculpture by Neil Dickinson
Riverside sculpture by Neil Dickinson
IT’S  all part of the the Queanbeyan River Festival on Saturday, October 17 when the town will be packed with concerts, boat-races, eating, drinking and art, including  ‘Fence Art A Day Exhibition,’ Queanbeyan Arts Society’s show of strength for the l weekend. Artworks hang on the gallery fence Trinculo Place Queanbeyan, under the bridge. As well, members of the public can mosaic-over the new platypus sculpture commissioned from local artist Neil Dickinson.

Festivals and events:


NINETY TWO stencil finalists from 21 countries will be on display in the 2015 Stencil Art Prize Exhibition at aMBUSH Gallery at Central Park, The Living Mall, in Sydney October 16- 30. Recognised as the largest stencil event in the world, this year’s Stencil Art Prize takes the art of stencil making to a whole new level. The winner will be announced tomorrow Friday October 16. Canberrans usually fare well in this prize.

THE regular Sunday markets at Westside Acton Park, 3 Barrine Drive, Acton run from noon to 6pm on Sunday.

Arts business:

BELCONNEN Community Centre’s gallery@bcs is an affordable alternative to commercial galleries and is now taking expressions of interest for exhibitions in 2016. Inquiries to gallery@bcsact.com.au


GLASS Artists in Residence (Air) Annette Blair (NSW), Mark Thiele (SA) and Thomas Foundation Artist in Residence (TFAiR) Ede Horton (VIC) will discuss their current Glassworks residencies, at the Canberra Glassworks, 4-5.30pm, Thurs October 15, RSVP to 6260 7005.

ROBERT Bell, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the NGA talks about “Bodywork: Australian Jewellery 1970-2012” at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, 1st Floor, North Building, 180 London Circuit 3pm to 4pm, Friday, October 16.


'Company' cast, photo Andrew Finch
‘Company’ cast, photo Andrew Finch
EVERYMAN Theatre and The Q are staging Stephen Sondheim’s “Company”, the musical about “love, marriage and everything in between”. At The Q, Oct 16-24, bookings to theq.net.au or 6285 6290

DAMIEN Ryan’s new production of ‘Hamlet” for Bell Shakespeare is at The Playhouse until October 24, bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

“DEAD Men’s Wars”, co-produced by Canberra Youth Theatre and Long Cloud Youth Theatre from NZ, explores the role of youth as part of the ANZAC legacy. At The Street Theatre, 12.30pm and 7.30pm October 14-24, bookings to thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223.


“ALL the things” is a junior contemporary dance performance by QL2 members, Theatre 3 Repertory Lane Acton, 3 shows only, 7pm Friday October 16, 3pm Saturday October 17 and 6pm Saturday October 17. Bookings to canberrarep.org.au or 6257 1950.

DANCE ARTIST Alison Plevey and cellist Alex Voorhoeve perform a site-specific contemporary dance and musical piece at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, 1st Floor, North Building, 180 London Circuit 4pm, Friday, October 16. All welcome.


THE Iranian Film Festival Australia 2015 is at the Arc Cinema – National Film and Sound Archive this weekend October 17 – 18, bookings to nfsa.gov.au

THIS year’s Japanese Film Festival runs until Sunday, October 18 at Capitol Cinemas Manuka, 6 Franklin St Manuka. Full program at japanesefilmfestival.net and tickets at the door.

Classical Concerts:

GUITAR Trek will release their sixth album in a concert at Wesley Music Centre, 7.30pm, this Saturday, October 17, bookings to trybooking.com

HUSBAND and wife duo mezzo-soprano Christina Wilson and pianist Alan Hicks perform “Love and Harmony Combine”, Wesley Music Centre at 3pm on Sunday October 18, ticket only at the door.


THE band Gay Paris, in the middle of their national tour set around their new album “Dark Arts”, will be at the Phoenix Pub in Civic from 9pm this Saturday October 17,
Saturday 17 October 7.30pm.

AUSTRALIAN rock act Dead Letter Circus are touring in support of their album “Aesthesis” and will be at UC Refectory, at 8pm tonight, October 15, bookings to deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au

CANBERRA indie-folkers, LAVERS, will be at the UC Refectory, tomorrow, Friday October 16 bookings to oztix.com.au

The Basics, photo Cybele Malinowski
The Basics, photo Cybele Malinowski
THE BASICS (Wally De Backer, Tim Heath & Kris Schroeder) will be at the Transit Bar in Civic tonight, October 15 celebrating their album “The Age of Entitlement”, bookings to moshtix.com.au


THE Potters’ society 2015 Members’ Exhibition is opening in Watson Arts Centre, 1 Aspinall Street, Watson at 6.30pm tonight, Oct 15 and runs to Nov 8.

‘ECLECTIC’ celebrates the curious places in which we find beauty and divinity, as seen by 5 artists. At Aarwun Gallery in Federation Square, Gold Creek,  opens at 2pm this Saturday Oct 17 (all welcome) and runs until November 20.

EMERGING designer/maker in wood, Luke Batten, is exhibiting new work under the title “Process” at Gallery of Australian Design, 47 Jardine Street, Kingston, open at 6pm tonight, Oct 15, all welcome.

Ruth Oliphant - 'Aspect - morning', kilnformed and coldworked glass
Ruth Oliphant – ‘Aspect – morning’, kilnformed and coldworked glass
BEAVER Galleries have painter Graeme Townsend’s “Enjoy the silence” and studio glass artist Ruth Oliphant’s “Where the light falls” opening at the galleries, 81 Denison St, Deakin tonight Oct 15 and running Tue to Fri 10am – 5pm & Sat and Sun 9am – 5pm to Nov 3.

“THE Fire did not beat us – 100 years of fighting bushfires in the Australian Capital Territory: 1915 – 2015”, is showing at Tuggeranong Arts Centre until November 15.

THE NGA‘s Gerard Vaughan will launch the “Up, Up and Away” Cranleigh-Capital Chemist Art Show on Friday, October 16. At Cranleigh, Starke Street, Holt, 10am to 4pm, October 17 and 10am to 12.30pm, October 18.

‘SPUN’ is Alison Wright’s first solo exhibition in Australia. Her works use natural silk cocoons embedded on heavy Italian paper, white on white. Mon-Fri 10-3, Sat & Sun 10-4, until November 1 Nishi Gallery 17 Kendall Lane, New Acton.

“THE Art of Shakespeare,” Bell Shakespeare’s exhibition showing how Shakespeare has inspired artists of all disciplines, is at Parliament House until October 23.

Philip Alldis Residue 2015 conte on Canvas 56 x 56cm
Philip Alldis Residue 2015 conte on Canvas
JAS Hugonnet’s online gallery is showing the work of Philip Alldis as he explores the footy crowds associated with the 1970s in relation to ideas of anonymity, image capture and mortality. Visit hugonnet.com.au

JENNIFER Taylor’s paintings from Arrernte country and Aotearoa, Darcey Bella Arnold’s “New but Nah” and Ellie Windred’s “Desperate Thirst”, at M16, 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith, noon – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday until October 25.

“PAINTING in Paris” sees young emerging artists, Kirrily Humphries + Yioryios, showing work by both while on exchange at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Furneaux St Manuka until Oct 25. Opening is at 6pm tonight Oct 15, all welcome.

“THE Distant Warriors: Ka Maumahara (We Will Remember Them) Let Us Not Be Forgotten” is the ANZAC Centenary exhibition inspired by the stories of Indigenous Australian and Maori soldiers still running at Canberra Glassworks until November 19.

‘PUNUKU Tjukurpa’ an Artback NT touring exhibition of works from the Maruku Arts archive at Mutitjulu near Uluru and is developed with Maruku Arts, now at the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

STRATHNAIRN Arts has ‘Shaping and Dyeing to Show Off’ and “Faces and Places: Paintings and prints by Cary James” until October 18.

Tim Winters Channel Country, mixed media
Tim Winters Channel Country, mixed media
“OVERLAND” sees potter Ros Auld and painter-printmaker Tim Winters exhibiting at FORM Studio and Gallery, 1/30 Aurora Ave, Queanbeyan until Nov 1. Opening is at 6pm tonight Oct 15, all welcome.

JANENNE Eaton’s show, “Reef” continues at Nancy Sever Gallery, 6 Kennedy Street Kingston, Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–5pm until October 25.

Julie Manley's Dolls
Julie Manley’s Dolls
“FASHION and fantasy: 21st century fashion dolls”, from the collection of Julie Manley, can now be seen in CMAG’s ‘Open Collections gallery’ and also in the showcase by the London Circuit entrance.ISLA Patterson’s watercolour show “Australia & the Antarctic” runs in the Yarralumla Gallery, Weston Park, Mon. to Fri. 10am -5pm, Sat. & Sun. 8.30-5pm. Until October 25.

PHOTOACCESS has “Antarctica” by nature photographer Tony Fleming, and its final members’ exhibition for 2015, “PhotoACTIVISM,” running until October 18.

'Intertidal' by Kylie Fogarty
‘Intertidal’ by Kylie Fogarty
THE Front Gallery and Café in Lyneham is presenting “Back to The Front Again,” an exhibition of mixed media works by Kylie Fogarty, Carole Osmotherly and Judy Witherdin, October 15 to November 1, with an opening tonight, Oct 15 from 7-9pm, all welcome.

SCULPTURES by Sydney artist Michael Buzacott can be seen at the Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street (off Barry Drive), Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5pm to November 1.

“TRANSLOCATION” is an exhibition by Launceston artist Patrick Sutczak showing at ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson, noon-5pm, Wednesday-Sunday until October 18.

BELCONNEN Arts Centre has exhibitions by Mike MacGregor, Jo Hollier, Elizabeth Truswell, ACT Tenants’ Day, until October 18.

JANET Angus’s show “Within These Walls” continues at CCAS City in Hobart Place, Civic, Monday to Friday 9am to 5:30pm Saturday 9am to 1pm until October 24.

“ACT-Belong-Commit ,” Canberra artists in celebration of Mental Health Week, continues in gallery@bcs, Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Crt Belconnen Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, until tomorrow, Oct 16.

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  1. Hi Helen
    Wayne here from Gundaroo. We too have a thriving arts scene and we would draw your attention to the Gundaroo Hall’s 125year celebrations at the end of the month. Built as a skating rink, the Hall had three full drama performances in the first year. It has had numerous gallery shows (one even opened by Mungo MacCallum as PM Gorton wasn’t available) ,performances wood-fired pottery convention, and now has a full equipped digital cinema with over 100 members.
    We will be presenting a decade by decade history in pictures and portraits and small slideshow of related imagesas well as featuring several Ball gowns used at hall Balls. We are also screening a presentation of our Gundaroo amateur Dramatic Society’s 1980s melodrama Agatha Crispie (which was recently performed in Yass)
    I can sent you more information if you would care to sent me an email
    Wayne 0434 107 096

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