DISNEY’S “HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL” is a production that has always been a family favourite and is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
PIED Piper Productions’ director Nina Stevenson says of her coming production, “under the firm hand of the popular musical director Emma White, the experienced musical theatre cast keep the pop style music jumping, and Kathryn Jones athletic choreography will leave the audience wanting more.” At Canberra College Performing Arts Centre, Launceston St, Woden, 7pm Sept 23, 24, 27, 28, 29 and Oct 1. 11am Sept 28-9. Tickets at the door.
“CONFLUENCE-A festival of India” showcases Indian culture via contemporary and traditional dances, Sufi songs, and puppetry and Bollywood workshops. This weekend’s highlights are Exhibition By Cartoonist Ajit Ninan at Museum of Democracy, Old Parliament House, opens 6pm Sept 22, runs to Sept 29 Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project, James O Fairfax Theatre, NGA, 7pm, Friday Sept 23. Nrityaram Dance Ensemble, at The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, 6:30pm, Sun Sept 25. Bookings to 0426 968 849 or 0422 415 804 or by emailing email@example.com. All details at http://confluencefoi.com/canberra/
“BEST FOOT Forward Auction – building Kim’s legacy,” Tootsie fine art and design, 289 Comur Street, Yass. The auction will commence at 4pm on Sunday, September 25 but Tootsie will trade as normal from 9.30am – 3.30pm and there will be live music throughout the day. All welcome.
Prizes and Awards:
ENTRIES are now open for the Inner North Art Prize, a new community initiative to support and celebrate our local Canberra artists. With prizes valued at $2900, selected finalists will be invited to exhibit and sell works at The Front Gallery and Cafe in Lyneham from October 21-30. For all details of entry, visit innernorthartprize.com, submissions close September 30.
THE National Portrait Gallery is calling for entries for the annual Digital Portraiture Award open until Friday, September 30. Now in its fifth year, the Award (which Opens on Dec 2) seeks to extend the traditional notion of portraiture to the digital realm and encourages creative thinking. Information on how to enter and examples of past finalists can be found here: dpa.portrait.gov.au
SYDNEY Conservatorium of Music is hosting the David Harold Tribe Symphony Award for 2016. Worth $12,000, resident Australian composers are invited to submit a new symphonic composition of 20 minutes or more, which will be judged by a panel of three prominent Australian musicians led by the Conservatorium’s Associate Dean (Education) and Head of School Professor Matthew Hindson. Applications close at 11.55pm on Monday, October 3 to music.sydney.edu.au
ANCA MITCHELL has a spacious 60 square metre studio available from October, ideal for large and or industrial practices. Shared or sole occupancy, long-term leases are available. Inquiries to ANCA Arts Administrator, Bettina Hill, on 6247 8736.
PLAYWRIGHTS & DIRECTORS are invited to take part in 10-minute, Christmas-themed playwriting showcase, “Santa, Baby”, running at the Courtyard Studio from December 16-17. submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 6.
Belconnen Arts Centre welcomes local artists and art tutors to offer a wide range of arts activities from September 27-30 for Spring School Holiday Program for young artists 5 to 12 years. All details at belconnenartscentre.com.au/kidsclasses/springschoolholidays.html
THE NIDA OPEN spring school holiday program has classes in acting for stage and screen at Daramalan College, for Grades 3–6, 7-10 and 11-12, October 3–7. Acting Boot Camp and Auditions Masterclasses also at Daramalan, Oct 8-9, fees apply. Bookings to open.nida.edu.au/spring
THE AUSTRALIAN National Botanic Gardens Cafe and Catering Services is calling for expressions of interest to operate Gardens’, visit the AusTender website at tenders.gov.au
A TEAM of young writers from the youth-led journal “Demos” will present readings and a Q&A as part of Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Lakeside Literary Lounge series from 7.30pm on Thursday September 22. The free event coincides with the release of Demos’ 5th edition, which builds on the theme of ‘Resistance’ . All welcome.
THE AUSTRALIAN Decorative and Fine Arts Society Molonglo Plains invite members and visitors to its September lecture by Stephen Richardson on “Prinny and the excesses of Regency period style.” At the Comfort Inn Airport International, 57 Yass Road Queanbeyan, 2pm, Thursday, September 22 inquiries and bookings to 0437 538 529.
THE NATIONAL Trust of Australia (ACT) is hosting a public Heritage Election Forum in St Johns Church Hall, Constitution Avenue Reid this Thursday September 22, 7-9pm, all welcome.
THE SALT ROOM is a showcase of the finest ACT, interstate and international writers and performers around. Miranda Lello, P.S Cottier, and Scott Wings, Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre 7.30pm to 10.30pm Friday Sept 23, tickets at the door.
AUTHORS of the “Secret City” trilogy, Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann, in conversation with Professor Hugh White from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. At The Hall University House ANU this Friday, September 23 from 7:15 pm to 9:30 pm. Booking sot Eventbrite.com.au
MUSE Café in the East Hotel Kingston has “Stranger Than Fiction: Sulari Gentill, Kaaron Warren and Sean Williams. Genre writers discuss the light and dark of fiction. 3-4pm Sun Sep 25, Bookings to musecanberra.com.au/events includes a glass of wine/soft drink.
A LOVE of all things Viking, developed while living in Iceland as an exchange student, has led to prizewinning Canberra author Craig Cormick’s latest children’s book, “Valdur the Viking and the Ghostly Goths”, to be launched at Harry Hartog’s bookshop in Woden at 11am on Saturday, September 24, all welcome.
THE LAVAZZA Italian Film Festival offers 30 films from, by and about Italy. The opening night film is “Perfect Strangers” and there the closing night features a digitally restored classic, “Roman Holiday”, where Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck whiz around the Eternal city on a moto scooter. Palace Electric cinemas, September 20 to October 12, bookings to palacecinemas.com.au
THIS SPRING the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia celebrates 30 years of the much-loved Australian comedy “Malcolm”, with a special pop-up exhibition, including the getaway car that splits in two. NFSA Gallery, Sun September 25 – Sun October 9.Free Admission
THE ANU Film Group has director Martin Butler at 7pm on Saturday September 24 for a Q&A following our screening of his award-winning film “Tanna”. The film, which was the first entirely shot in Vanuatu, was recently selected as Australia’s contender for Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Oscars. Details at anufg.org.au
BELCONNEN’S local film festival is back! Belconnen Community Service (BCS) seeks short films for screenings during the Belco50 celebrations for Belconnen’s 50th birthday. Submission Deadline: Friday September 30. Selected films will be between 1 and 10 minutes long. Selected films will be screened at two Belco50 events: Belco Now at the Belconnen Arts Centre on November 5, and Belco Flicks V – Belco50 in theatre@bcs, Belconnen Community Centre, on Tuesday November 8. Expressions of Interest due Friday September 30. Info and entry at email@example.com
“FEEL THE MUSIC” is a year-long dance program specifically created for people with hearing impairment, happening at Belconnen Arts Centre on eight Fridays of each school term. It offers a wide range of dance styles, live music, social dance gigs, and some performance. Inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or SMS 0417 417 182.
IN “TANGO Fridays” you can practise and improve your Argentine Tango on Fridays 7-9 PM at “Nuestra Practica y mas”, Woden Seniors Club (Hall 2). Entry $5
Concerts and Gigs:
ACT ORGAN School and RSCM Jonathan Lee LMusA Recital. Works by Bach, Mozart, Duruflé and Hakim at Wesley Uniting Church. Friday September 23, 5.30pm $5 or donation at the door.
“BLANC: Keyboard for Versailles’s King.” French works for clavichord, harpsichord, forte piano and organ and featuring composers Rameau and Couperin. Artists include James Porteous (organ), Ariana Odermatt (harpsichord) and Colleen Rae-Gerrard (forte piano). Presented by The Alliance Française de Canberra, together with the Wesley Music Foundation, in support of the Alliance’s Building Fund and the Wesley Music Scholars program. Wesley Uniting Church. Saturday, September 24, 5.30pm. bookings to trybooking.com/MNDN
“Three Horizons – Australian Music for Violin & Piano”. Fine Music Kruger Scholarship Winner Rebecca Gill in concert with Paul Cheung performing three new works for violin and piano by young Australian composer Chris Williams as well as selections from Margaret Sutherland, Raymond Hanson and Stuart Greenbaum. Wesley Music Centre, Sunday, September 25, 3pm. Tickets at the door.
ORGANIST, Sarah Kim in her twelfth annual concert at Wesley Uniting Church will perform masterworks. The concert will be shown live on two large video screens. Sunday September 25, 5pm. Bookings to www.trybooking/MUVA
SINGER/SONGWRITER and BBC broadcaster Jez Lowe is at Canberra Irish Club form 3:30 pm – 5.30pm this Sunday, September 25. Tickets at the door.
ALEX CLARK plays music by J S Bach, Mangore, Piazzolla, Albeniz and Montaña on classical guitar at Kangara Waters Retirement Village, 2 Joy Cummings Place, Belconnen, 2.15pm, Sunday, September 25, bookings to trybooking.com or at the door.
ROBYN Mellor’s group of musicians Polifemy will join The Gentleman’s Agreement, Walking the Dog and Trumpet Club to perform compositions inspired by birds. Kookaburras and White-Throated Warblers will flock together with nightingales and cuckoos, in reality recorders, voices, brass and strings. Great Hall, High Court, 1:30pm Sunday, September 25, Bookings essential to hcourt.gov.au
THE SAFIA show is at UC Refectory this Friday, September 23 at UC Refectory Licensed all ages (16+ recommend) oztix.com.au
PHOENIX PUB in Civic has as follows: Thursday Sept 22 9pm, No Local, Passive Smoke Sachet, Territory, Friday Sept 23 9pm, Friday Night Fiesta, Los Chavos, Saturday Sept 24 9pm, e Levitation Hex, In Malices Wake, Sunday Sept 25 6pm, $20 Isaiah Mitchell (Ear less) (USA), Seedy Jeezus, Frozen Planet 1969.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH’S theatre classic, “She Stoops to Conquer”, is directed by Tony Turner in his fourth directorial role with Canberra REP. At Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane Acton, September 23 to October 8, bookings to canberrarep.org.au or 5257 1950.
SYDNEY Theatre Company’s Wharf Revue, “Back to Bite You,” at The Playhouse, until September 24. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
THE ANNUAL Wakakirri Performing Arts Festival; involving primary and secondary students across the ACT. A Wakakirri Story-Dance is a 3–7 minute performance by a group of students who theatrically tell a story using a combination of dancing, creative movement and acting to pre-recorded music. ACT Finals at Canberra Theatre concludes on September 22, 7.15pm, bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
“SCULPTURE in the Paddock” is back again at the historic National Trust property, Cooma Cottage, with prizes of more than $3,000 including a People’s Choice Award, the Yass Soldiers Club Encouragement award and the Tuggeranong Arts Centre Prize. NEWCOMERS and veteran sculptors have taken part and this year, they tell us, the event is exploring ‘new avenues’ while still being located in the historic National Trust property, once home of the famous Australian born colonial explorer Hamilton Hume. At ‘Cooma Cottage’, until October 9, daily, 10 – 4 (open until 8pm on Thursdays only).
THE AUSTRALIAN WAR Memorial’s latest exhibition, “For Country, for Nation”, is the first exhibition dedicated exclusively to exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories of military service in times of war and peace. It will highlight the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and explore themes of remembrance and tradition though family histories, objects, art, and photographs. Opens Thursday, September 22.
THE ARTISTS Society of Canberra Inc. Annual Members Spring Exhibition will run in Albert Hall until Monday September 26, 10am – 5pm daily, with a family day on Sunday.
THE QUEANBEYAN Art Society’s Spring Art Show for Charity will be opened at 12.30pm on Saturday September 24 by Arts Minister Chris Bourke and Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council Administrator Tim Overall, with entertainment by the Sing Australia Choir. The runs in Anitcom army tents pitched at Citywalk, September 24 to October 3.
TWO NEW exhibitions are at Beaver Galleries now. perception and experience of the spaces within a landscape are pivotal themes in Helen Geier’s work. Her new work reflects the turbulent times we are in at the moment, expressing her concern that “there seems to be much breaking up of recognisable forms, bizarre assemblages and disruption of the natural order of things – climate change being just one aspect of global malaise.” Clara Hali’s art practice engages with the sculptural possibilities offered by the human form, within a contemporary context. At 81 Denison St, Deakin, Tue to Fri 10am – 5pm & Sat and Sun 9am – 5pm until October 2.
CRAFT ACT’S NEW exhibition, ‘Citizens of Craft’ highlights all mediums, glass, textiles, metals, ceramics, wood and mixed media and many internationally renowned artists who live and work right here in the capital. It’s the largest members’ exhibition ever put on by Craft ACT, showcasing works designed and produced by 42 Canberra artists at varying stage of their careers, runs to October 22.
“SKY BLUE SKY” is an exhibition of paintings by Kate Stevens, one of the region’s more gifted artists. They are painterly reworkings of iPhone footage filmed through the front windscreen or side windows of a car while driving. At the Nancy Sever Gallery, 6 Kennedy Street Kingston until October 23, Wed–Sun 11am-6pm.
“VESSEL,” the new show at Bilk Gallery in Palmerton Lane Manuka, will showcase: David Walker, Mark Vaarwerk, Inari Kiuru, Vito Bila, Alison Jackson, Mark Edgoose and Robert Foster, and is curated by Johannes Kuhnen. To Oct 8.
PHOTOACCESS presents three new exhibitions showcasing local talent. ‘In the Landscape’ by Annika Harding and Amy Dunn, ‘River’ by Peter Ranyard and ‘New Paintings’ by Oscar Capezio, runs to October 2 Huw Davies Gallery Manuka Arts Centre. All welcome.
STRATHNAIRN has a ceramics exhibition by Catherine Drinan in Strathnairn Gallery Two and “Anthology 2” exhibition by Fibre Basket Makers of the ACT Strathnairn Gallery On, both until October 9 as well as “Explore the Return of Tradition” Australian Rugmakers Guild Exhibition in the Strathnairn Woolshed Gallery until September 25.
A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition to commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and Mexico is now hanging in the atrium of DFAT’s RG Casey Building, John McEwen Cresc Barton.
“ELEMENTAL” is the name chosen by owner Bob Stephens for Aarwun Gallery’s inaugural sculpture exhibition. It brings together sculptures from all over Australia and overseas in glass, ceramics, timber, and bronze as well as recycled and re-purposed materials. Runs to October 1.
ALSO at the Glassworks, Artist in Residence Ben Edols is in session developing and refining a new body of work. The public are invited to say hello while he’s in Canberra and to find out more about his work. 10am – 4pm Wednesday to Sunday until Oct 18, entry by donation
NELL ANDERSON is very well known for her atmospheric watercolours of the local countryside, farmlands, children and flowers is exhibiting her work in September at the Ginninderra School House Gallery, Sweet Copper Cafe, Gold Creek, until Sept 25, Thurs. & Fri. 10 am to 4pm. Sat. & Sun. 8.30 to 4.30 pm.
“FRESH Glass”, at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, until October 30, 10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Drawing inspiration from spring and to celebrate Floriade, Fresh Glass pairs studio glass vessels and sculpture with botanical installations. Entry is by donation.
‘CLAYBODIES’ is an exhibition by 9 artists (Rick Beviss, Melinda Brouwer. Liz Crowe (in collaboration with Susan Moore), Linda Davy, Velda Hunter, Anne Langridge, Monika Leone, Jacqueline Lewis and Suzanne Oakman) from the Claybodies ceramicists’ group at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, to October 3. Octagon ArtSpace, Bungendore Wood Works.
“FROM THE Red Heart” features paintings, drawings and ceramics developed from a dialogue between two artists, Sharon Field and ceramicist Cathy Franzi, who share a visual language and passion for Australian plants. Visitor Centre Gallery, Australian National Botanic Gardens, until Oct 9, 9.30 – 4.30 daily.
THE ANU Gold & Silversmithing Studio at the School of Art has an ongoing exhibition by its alumni. It’s a selection of works from over two decades of brilliant graduates, Gilbert Riedelbauch, Blanche Tilden, Oliver Smith, Phoebe Porter, Larah Nott, Halie Rubenis and Harriet Lee-Robinson. ANU Building 105, entry via Ellery Crescent Foyer Gallery, until Nov 1. Open to the public by appointment.
HEATHER B Swann’s exhibition “Nervous”, featuring Banksia Men and other sculptures, is on display at the NGA until November 20.
THE Drill Hall Gallery focuses on Brian Blanchflower’s ‘Canopy series’. “The most important ‘ingredient’ in my paintings is that which is not painted: the unseen, the unknowable, the unnameable,” Blanchflower explains. ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, Acton, 10 am – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday, Admission free.
AN ART exhibition by 5 local Canberra artists having their first group exhibition, Ladies in Painting “As it Happens……” at Yarralumla Gallery, near the nursery. Until September 30.
“NATURE,” A photographic exhibition by Andrew Carley explores nature and all that it entails. He is particularly interested in documenting the minute by minute light shifts at sunset, and the challenges he faces in capturing them. gallery@bcs, Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Crt Belconnen, Until September 23, weekdays.
“ZHANG PEILI: From Painting to Video” is a collaboration built around the generous gift to CIW, by Lois Conner, of one of Zhang Peili’s last paintings from the 1990s, before he shifted his focus to media art. Developed with MAAP director Kim Machan, From Painting to Video presents Flying Machine (oil on canvas, 1994) alongside a set of Zhang’s early video works. Complementing these are two more recent installations. China in the World Building, Fellows Lane, ANU.
JASON Phu, Byrd and Frazer Bull-Clark are exhibiting in three wildly different media at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman Arts Centre Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman Arts Centre 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. Open Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 4pm.
FOUR ARTISTS from the Canberra region are among the top entrants in the revamped Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, opening at the National Archives of Australia to Nov 15, daily. Dan Poer wins in the ‘Emerging section.”
KATY MUTTON’S new show “Machinations” explores the politics of contemporary military aviation in poster art. Opening by Alison Alder ANU Head of Printmedia and drawing, ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery 6pm, Thursday, Sept 22, runs to Oct 1.
“MIKE Parr: Foreign-Looking” is the first exhibition to bring together works in all media across Parr’s voraciously experimental practice from 1970 to the present. This installation of performance, film, sculpture and photography provokes a challenging yet mesmerising experience. National Gallery of Australia, to Nov 6.
EMERGING artist Susie Dureau presents scenes that are more than literal depictions of the landscape. “Wild Histories” opens at Suki & Hugh Gallery, 38A Gibraltar Street on August 6 from 3pm – 5pm (all welcome) and runs to Sept 26.
ANCA Gallery presents “Lines of Inquiry”, an exhibition curated by Annika Harding featuring works by seven Canberra artists, Sabrina Baker, Christopher Burton, Dan Lorrimer, Anna Madeleine, Nicola McClelland, Phoebe Porter and Hannah Quinlivan. The title of the exhibition refers to the artists’ ‘formal investigations’, using line to investigate ideas. 1 Rosevear Place Dickson, 12pm-5pm Wednesday-Sunday until Sept 25.
“DISSECTIONS” showcases the hyper-realist sculptural self-portrait of artist Sam Jinks, “Divide”, alongside the painted portrait of philosopher David Chalmers by Nick Mourtzakis, which was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in 2011. Gallery 1, NPG to November.
“TOUGH and Tender” presents raw and intimate photography from American and Australian artists from the 1960s to the present day. Photographs from internationally acclaimed artists Robert Mapplethorpe, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, and Collier Schorr, and video performance by Chris Burden forms part of the exhibition, alongside contemporary Australian artists Rozalind Drummond and Warwick Baker. National Portrait Gallery, until Sunday October 16.
“MICHAEL Taylor: A Survey 1963–2016” at Canberra Museum and Gallery, curated by Deborah Clark, runs until Oct 2 at the Canberra Museum and Gallery. Taylor is one of Australia’s best expressionist painters, who has been painting for six decades.
FOUR NEW EXHIBITIONS open at Belconnen Arts Centre tomorrow, Friday, September 16 at 5:30pm, all are welcome. They are: “It Feels Like Home” by ACT Tenants’ Union shown to highlight the rights, needs and contributions of tenants around the world; “A Tribute to Mossy” by Frances Luke; Selected Works by Tony Faul (1956–1991) curated by his sister Liz Faul; and “Ship of Fools” by Ann McMahon. All on show until October 9.
THE NGA has “Diane Arbus: American portraits” | Open now until October 30. 36 of Arbus’ most iconic photographs are exhibited alongside a selection of photographs from the NGA collection. “Design and Nature,” glass and ceramics by Art Nouveau masters Louis Comfort Tiffany and Clément Massier and 80 objects from the NGA’s collection, is open now until March 2. And in the Contemporary Asian galleries is a new display focused on contemporary Chinese art has opened featuring provocative works by internationally renowned artists such as Ai Weiwei, Xu Zhen and Zhang Huan, open until November.
“A HISTORY of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum”, at the National Museum of Australia, Until January 29, bookings to nma.gov.au
“WOMEN of Remote Hill Tribes in South East Asia” by Parisa Applegarth, is showing at The Photography Room at the Old Bus Depot, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston Foreshore, on Sundays from 10am-4pm or by appointment, until September 25. Her work, the gallery says, “is anchored by a straightforward aesthetic, which gives utmost respect and attention to the people that willingly stand in front of her lens.”