CONGRATULATIONS to Iain Sinclair, recently named Best Director of an Independent Production at the Sydney Theatre Awards for his staging of “Of Mice and Men”. Sinclair is one of the rare former Canberra theatre stalwarts to acknowledge the city that gave him his experience.
CANBERRA artists are seen far and wide. Canberra sculptor Rosalind Lemoh has just raised $4000 in a crowdfunding venture so she can accept an invitation to exhibit this month at ArtRooms London 2016. As her supporters wrote: “Funding for local arts organisations in Australia has been drastically cut in recent years and what is available does not favour the contemporary art scene.”
LOCAL artist-scientist Eleanor Gates-Stuart is now a professor at the National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan. “Broken Windows Theory” is her first exhibition showing now with masters students in Techno Art; computer programming, industrial and graphic design, science and arts, curatorial practice, and digital holography.
MEANTIME, dancer-choreographer James Batchelor is sailing on the CSIRO Investigator to remote regions in the Southern Ocean, undertaking research for a new work premiering in 2017. Invited by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, he is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the ACT Government.
POPULAR local folk-pop band Pocket Fox will launch its first feature-length album, “The Brightest Light”, with a family friendly garden party in the East Courtyard of Gorman Arts Centre at 7pm on February 6. Expect fairy lights, a stage under a tree, grass underfoot and loads of atmosphere. Tickets at the door.
STEVE Brown is re-branding his Bespoke Framing business at 8 Townshend Street, Phillip, to become Canberra Artworks with an arty carnivale featuring belly dancers, 10am-4pm on Saturday, February 6. All welcome. The space will house galleries, workshops, glass, framing, gifts and even performances. Brown wants to make it accessible to all artists and can be contacted at 0432 116264.
JAZZ at the Gods Café in the ANU Arts Centre resumes on Tuesday, February 2, with the Sydney hard bop sextet Hammerhead playing a tribute to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Bookings to firstname.lastname@example.org
BELCONNEN Arts Centre is open with “College Express 7”, its popular showcase of artwork by more than 100 students from the North Canberra region. There’s still time to cast votes in the People’s Choice award, supported by Ray White Belconnen, which offers one student the chance to win $500. The show closes on January 31.