What’s on and where in the arts in Canberra this weekend

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THE DRILL HALL  Gallery at the ANU has a double ceramics and painting exhibition: striking large-format abstracts in  “Charlie Sheard – Paintings and Watercolours” and the retrospective show of ceramic art, “Doug Alexander – Ceramics: Remembering Doug Alexander (1945 -1981)”.

Charlie Sheard Pure Abstraction (LJW-LBF), (detail) 2012-2014. Courtesy of the artist.
Charlie Sheard Pure Abstraction (LJW-LBF), (detail) 2012-2014. Courtesy of the artist.

Both are at the Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street (off Barry Drive), open Wednesday-Sunday, 10-5pm. Admission is free. Sept 30 to Nov 6. Also the Drill Hall Gallery Spring Lecture Series continues at the School of Art Lecture Theatre Level 2, Main entry, Childers Street with Margo Neale on Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Sunday, October 9 at 3pm. Tickets at the door.


Events:

NOW IN ITS fourth year, Gundaroo Music Festival will bring together top acts, not least Russell Morris, Mitch Anderson, James Southwell Band and vocal group The Idea of North. Founded as the dream of Scott Windsor, who died last year after a battle with Motor Neurone Disease, the festival raises funds for specialised communication equipment. At Gundaroo Park, 70 Cork Street, 10am-10pm, on Saturday, October 8. All welcome. More information at gundaroomusicfestival.com.


CANBERRA’S monthly “Vinyl Lounge” at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Theatrette is on again this Friday, October 7, from 5:30pm – 7.00pm. Bring your own vinyl and play a track of your choice on our pure analogue sound system. Free entry, no booking required.


Verve
Verve

VERVE is the fifth in a series of six blockbuster emerging arts showcases to be run in Canberra by “RAW: natural born artists” in 2016. The one night emerging arts showcase featuring 30+ of Canberra’s best emerging talent spanning genres such as fashion, music, visual and performing arts, and photography. Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen Friday, October 7. Doors open at 6:30pm. Bookings to RAWartists.org or $25 on the door.


THE ANU School of Music’s “Rhythm & Blooms Festival” is a showcase of Canberra’s new and emerging musical talent, like the Hugo Lee Jazz Band, Betty Alto, Kaliede and Pocket Fox. At Floriade, to October 7, noon to 1pm each weekday. Concerts are free.


Talk:

MUSE CAFÉ in East Hotel has “Tim Winton: The Boy Behind the Curtain”, an an up-close-and-personal event: some readings from his new memoir, a tipple of WA wine and a chat about what makes his writing tick. Sat 8 Oct, 3.30-4.30pm. $50 includes entry, book & drink. Bookings either instore, or musecanberra.com.au


Marianne Dickie, photo by Belinda Pratten
Marianne Dickie, photo by Belinda Pratten

FRIENDS OF THE ANU Classics Museum lecture series continues with ‘Julius Caesar in Film’ in which Associate Professor Tom Stevenson from the University of Queensland will introduce a sample of Caesar films, including sword-and-sandal epics of the 1950s and 60s, Asterix films, and recent television series, Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 3, new time, 6.30pm, on Thursday October 6, all welcome.


CONCERN about the human cost of refugee and asylum policies of both the Coalition and the Labor Party is mounting. Manning Clark House has brought together a  panel to discuss the issue— Major General AJ ‘Jim’ Molan, (retired), former Coalition advisor and Government envoy, John Minns, Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, ANU and a member of the Canberra Refugee Action Committee and Marianne Dickie, convenor of the LLM stream in the Migration Law Program, ANU School of Law. Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest, on Tuesday, October 11 at 5:30 for 6 pm, drinks and nibbles before and after discussion. RSVP to info@manningclark.org.au or Alana Mahon 6162 0908, Monday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm.


Classes:

FOLK MUSICIAN Dave O’Neill commences teaching for Term 4 next Monday, October 10, and has a handful of rare after-work vacancies Mon-Thurs on his timetable. To inquire about these lessons email daveoneillmusic@gmail.com or call Sharon on 0418 405 236.


JULIE Hotchin is offering a short course on the famous German abbess, writer, composer and philosopher Hildegard of Bingen, with a focus on her music through the Centre for Continuing Education at the ANU. It will run for six weeks, with the first class on October 11. All details at anu.edu.au


CREATE character, build a role, learn acting techniques, interpret text, perform a part, explore theories and put into practice the ideas of Stanislavski, Brecht, Grotowski, Olivier and Peter Brook through the creation of a performance with tutor, Peter Wilkins. At Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning. Fremantle Drive, 6 week course for adults every Thursday from 7-9pm commencing Thursday, October 20Prices, inquiries and enrolment forms at peterwilkins@grapevine.com.au or peterbwilkins@aol.com or 0408034373.


ART OF ENDO workshops are free for women with endometriosis. Art classes usually cost hundreds of dollars. Thanks to a pozible campaign these workshops are FREE to women with endometriosis. Margaret Kalms will teach photography and Photoshop skills, Susan Hey will teach drawing and painting, at Playing Field studio, 2 Kingsley Street (corner of Barry Drive) Canberra City. Contact Margaret 0414 652 567, or Susan 0407 901 677, or follow these links: Tuesday evenings – 6 classes of 2 hours, 6:30-8:30pm, 18, 25 Oct, 1 Nov and 22, 29 Nov, 6 Dec eventbrite.com.au Also Sunday afternoons – 2 classes of 4 hours, 1-5pm, 30 October and 27 November, 2016 eventbrite.com.au


Prizes and Awards:

M16 prize
M16 prize

M16 ARTSPACE is now accepting entries for the 2016 Drawing Prize. The prize, which has been running since 2006, is for works produced on paper or other surfaces using either traditional or non-traditional drawing materials and techniques. Finalists’ work will be exhibited from 6pm Thursday 1 December 1. entries must have been completed in the last 12 months and there are no size limits. entry process by visiting m16artspace.com.au


THE AUSTRALIAN Institute of Architects has opened voting in the National Architecture Awards’ 2016 People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award gives members of the public the opportunity to Voting is open until 5pm AEDST Thursday, October 27, one week before the National Architecture Awards ceremony. voting via wp.architecture.com.au


THE National Portrait Gallery is calling for entries for the annual Digital Portraiture Award open until Tuesday October 4. 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


Arts business:

GENEVIEVE HOPKINS is the author of “The Adventures of William Brambleberry: Aviator Mouse.”  The book is based on real people and events during WWII, namely 453 Squadron, an Australian Spitfire Squadron stationed in the UK. She’s  launched a crowd funding project to   re-print 1,000 copies of the book in hardcover, an d crowd funding site at gofundme.com/aviator-mouse  10 per cent  of all proceeds will be donated to SoldierOn.  books will be sold at the Australian War Memorial.


ARTSOUNDFM, the arts and music-focussed community radio station based at the Manuka Arts Centre in Canberra’s Inner South is seeking to employ a director (20 hours/week) to lead the team of staff, contractors and volunteers. competitive , flexible hours. Inquiries to Richard Scherer, email president@artsound.fm or phone 0419 460 929. Applications close on Friday, October 21. Details and criteria at artsound.fm


This November the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia will host some of the world’s leaders in archiving and cultural collection to explore these big-picture questions of the 21st century. The conference is delivered in partnership with the National Archives of Australia. ‘Digital Directions 2016’, Thursday 10 November, 9am to 5pm, bookings to nfsa.gov.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 submissions@buddingtheatre.com by November 6.


ORIANA Chorale are inviting the wider Canberra musical community to audition. A highly regarded a cappella group who present exciting programs of interesting choral music from all period, the chorale has a strong sense of collective and belonging. If you are a singer with a strong confident voice and an interest in solo parts, they would especially like to hear from you orianachorale@gmail.com


Books:

Author Kay Schubach
Author Kay Schubach

THE COBARGO CRIME Convention will showcase eight of the best crime novelists on the coming weekend. An introduction to the ‘Sisters in Crime’ network will take place at the Bermagui Library on Friday, October 7 at 5pm – Blood Marys will be available. This will be followed by a short performance by Four Winds and Sisters in Crime resident artists, The Griffyn Ensemble and Rednote Ensemble, in the Community Centre Hall. One of the specialist authors, Kay Schubach, is a domestic violence consultant. The event continues from October 8-9 at the Cobargo School of Arts. Information and tickets at fourwinds.com.au or 6493 3414.


AS part of ACT Mental Health Week 2016 a book launch will be held at Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Canberra City on Monday, September 10 at 5pm. The book “The Lived Experience” is a poetry anthology featuring mental health consumers. Poetry can be therapeutic and tell a story, the organisers point out.


Film:

MAKING its debut in Canberra, the Czech and Slovak Film Festival will showcase a range of classic and contemporary action and animated films. Opening Night film this Friday is “The Noonday Witch.” At the Arc Cinema, NFSA, Friday, October 7-9. Bookings to nfsa.gov.au


THE LAVAZZA Italian Film Festival offers 30 films from, by and about Italy. 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, 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, to Sun October 9. Free Admission


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. 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 belcoflicks@bcsact.com.au


Dance:

Eliza Sanders
Eliza Sanders

BORN AND BRED in Canberra, dancer Eliza Sanders now lives and works in NZ. She’ll be here in two solo shows directed by brother Charles for the House of Sand theatre group. The shows, “Pedal” and “Castles”, are described as: “A hive of strangely interconnected questions and musings, from the silly to the sublime”. At QL2 theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, October 6-8. Bookings to houseofsand.org


“ROHALLAH” is a Dance Theatre collaboration between Little Dove Theatre Art Director Chenoeh Miller and Fresh Funk Artistic Director Leena Wall, centring on the story of a boy growing up in a country shaped by conflict. The dance performance follows Rohallah’s life-journey, which eventually finds him in Australia. It gives a voice to individual human experiences by using real-life stories collected from refugees living locally. Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 7.30pm, Friday, October 7, part of the ‘Invisible Borders’ project.


ESCALATE is Ausdance ACT’s exciting new mentoring program for young ACT based dance artists. Applications are encouraged from dancers aged 15-25 years and from all dance genres. Applications are now open and close on Friday, October 14, to apply visit escalate.org.au


“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 philip.piggin@belconnenartscentre.com.au 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:

Kaurna Cronin
Kaurna Cronin

ADELAIDE SINGER/SONGWRITER Kaurna Cronin will be in Canberra playing his ‘Southern Loss’ tour at Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga St Civic, 9.30pm, October 7, bookings to smithsalternative.com .


RICHARD Clapton’s songs chart the political landscape of the nation and the turbulent lives of two generations. He has released a new album House Of Orange and will be playing his greatest hits and new songs from this album at The Southern Cross Club on October 8, show at 8pm, bookings to cscc.com.au


OUTSPOKEN and legendary outlaw country singer/songwriter Kinky Friedman’s ‘The Loneliest Man I Ever Met’ tour kicks off tomorrow, Thursday night at Canberra’s Harmonie-German Club before heading to Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and NSW. Thursday October 6, bookings to harmonieclub.com.au


PIANIST ANDREW Rumsey returns to Canberra to present a night of music for piano, cello and violin. Rumsey will perform a collection of smaller solo piano works by Chopin, Granados, Ravel, Scarlatti, Brahms, Takemitsu, Scriabin and Rachmaninov and the second half he will be joined by James Larsen (cello) and Mia Stanton (violin) for a collection of dances by Monti, Piazzolla, Pieczonka and Kats-Chernin. There will also be a special-guest performance by guitarist Matt Withers. Wesley Music Centre, Saturday, October 8 at 7pm, bookings to eventbrite.com.au


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ART SONG CANBERRA will have Canberra-raised baritone Jeremy Tatchell and pianist Elena Nikulina. “From Russia (and New Zealand) with Love” at Wesley Music Centre, 3pm, Sunday October 9. No bookings required. Tickets at the door.


The Sydney Lawyers Orchestra Photograph courtesy of Jason McCormack and the NSW Law Society Journal
The Sydney Lawyers Orchestra Photograph courtesy of Jason McCormack and the NSW Law Society Journal

THE SYDNEY Lawyers Orchestra is performing a free concert in the Great Hall of the High Court at 1.30pn on Sunday, October 9. Includes the premiere of a work by Frederic Septimus Kelly, the Australian composer, pianist and Olympic Gold medallist who died 100 years ago on the Western Front. Free but bookings essential to hcourt.gov.au


PHOENIX PUB in civic has as follows: Thursday Oct 6 9pm, The Stiffys, Azim Zain & His Lovely Bones, Wesley & The Crushers. Friday Oct 7 9pm, Disco Dub Time Machine, Dubba Rukki, Tom Woodward. Saturday Oct 8 9pm, The Fuelers.


Opera:

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL’S last oratorio “Jephtha” tells the tragic story of the biblical leader who swore an oath to sacrifice the first thing or person he sees if he returns victorious from a great battle. It is his own daughter. Tenor Andrew Goodwin will play Jephtha, soprano Jacqueline Porter his daughter Iphis, Canberra mezzo-soprano Christina Wilson the mother, Storgè and counter-tenor Tobias Cole Iphis’s beloved, Hamor. “The Vow”, Canberra Playhouse, October 8, bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.


Theatre:

Annie Liana Scott, Brendan Kelly, and James Scott in Honest Puck's Henry Five.
Annie Liana Scott, Brendan Kelly, and James Scott in Honest Puck’s Henry Five.

CANBERRA’S Honest Puck theatre company will soon open “Henry Five”, a new twist on the Shakespearean history play. The company, which showcases graduates of Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art (CADA), has devised a piece of theatre to bookend the Shakespearean tale. At CADA Theatre, 1/9 Lithgow St, Fyshwick October 7 to 16, Bookings to honestpuck.com.au


Elena Hood and Benton Adams-Walker   in Polarity
Elena Hood and Benton Adams-Walker in Polarity

“POLARITY,” billed as ‘an exciting fusion of theatre and circus’ is presented by Warehouse Circus. 15 performers aged 13-18, using in physical theatre, aerials and powerful, raw acrobatics, tell the story of Alexi, a young man trapped in a surging flood. Written by LA-based Canberra writer, Liv Hewson, it’s directed by Kon Kudo. At The Street Theatre, Oct 6-8, bookings to thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223.


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, to October 8, bookings to canberrarep.org.au or 5257 1950.


Exhibitions:

THE   “INVISIBLE BORDERS” project explores migration, citizenship, identity, and the refugee experience through performing and visual arts. At Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 6pm this Friday,  October 7, exhibitions opening will include “Seeking Refuge” is an exhibition of sculpture, photography, paintings and multi media  considering  the refugee crisis by artists Sean Davey, Lucile Carson, Euan Graham, Mona Khizam, Penny Ryan, Barak Zelig, Nicci Haynes and Caren Florance. British/Pakistani writer and community development worker Irfan Master’s show “ I’m From Here.”


Australian Gothic, photographic print by Stephen Harrison.
Australian Gothic, photographic print by Stephen Harrison.

IN “EQUUS HOMO” by Stephen Harrison we will see large format photographs of humans in harsh landscapes wearing sculpted horse heads and holding decaying sculls, alongside ghost-like, life-sized half horse and man sculptures. The exhibition was awarded to Harrison as the winner of Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Exhibition Award at Sculpture in the Paddock. Opens Thursday, October 6 at 6pm at Tuggeranong Arts Centre and concludes on October 19.


QUEANBEYAN ART Society has the official launch  of  The Janet Anthony Prize, the presentation to The Ricky Stuart Foundation, exhibition presentations and screen viewing of  awardees, Draw Raffle for the guest artist’s Paintings, Draw for Memberships of the NGA,  the  National Portrait Gallery and QAS National Portrait Gallery, a  “Bring and Buy”  occasion, with  Drinks and Refreshments provided. At the Queanbeyan Art Society Gallery 6 Trinculo Place, Queanbeyan under the bridge,  2pm, Sunday October 9.  All welcome.


GLASS ARTIST Hannah Gason will open her first solo exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery on October 8. Raising the excitement level even further the artist will launch her new design label ‘t.u.l.e.’ [tying up loose ends] alongside the exhibition. 38A Gibraltar Street on 8 October. An opening reception will be held from 3pm – 5pm on October 8 and the show runs to to November 27.


THE CANBERRA BONSAI Society Annual Show will include both traditional exotic plant species and Australian species. Demonstration sessions will be held at 11am and 2pm daily, with ‘Bonsai Basics’ sessions at 10am and 1pm daily. Visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite bonsai. At Canberra Grammar School, Monaro crescent Red Hill, October 8-9, 9-5 on Saturday and 9-4 Sunday. All welcome.


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PHOTOACCESS presents two new exhibitions celebrating the ephemeral nature of experience: ‘Grounded’ by Georgia Black and ‘Surfacing’ by Caroline Huf, to be opened by local artist and PhotoAccess board member Kate Murphy (Ellis Hutch) on Thursday October 6 at 6pm. Black explores transience and impermanence as a state of mind and Huf showcases a series of still and moving image works exploring ideas of surface, substance and duration. The exhibitions will continue in the Huw Davies Gallery, Manuka Arts Centre, until November 6.


Work by Rosalind Lemoh
Work by Rosalind Lemoh

AS PART of Mental Health Month there will be an exhibition of art in various media at The Q from October 10 – 22. Opening by psychologist Dr Basseer Jeeawody at 6pm, Monday, October 10, all welcome.


“FORGET Forgo Forsake Forgive” is a show of work by Rosalind Lemoh, opening at Silo Bakery, 36 Giles St, Kingston, 6pm Wednesday October 5 and running to October 15, Tues – Sat 7am – 4pm.


“THE SCHOOL Magazine” is the world’s longest continuously published children’s literary magazine, now celebrated in an exhibition curated by the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature. Experience the memories and much-loved stories, poems, illustrations, music and crosswords, plus manuscript and artwork originally in the magazine. Civic Library, until October 21.


Liz Crowe – Untitled – Doug Alexander Award
Liz Crowe – Untitled – Doug Alexander Award

CANBERRA Potters 2016 members’ exhibition is at Watson Art Centre, Aspinall St, Watson, to Oct 23, 10am-4pm Thursday to Sunday.


IN “The World around Us”, three well-known Canberra artists, Eva Henry, Stuart Marshall and Isla Patterson are exhibiting watercolours, oils and pastels, landscapes, seascapes, people, plants and flowers. Ginninderra School House Gallery, Gold Creek, Nicholls. Continues until October 30, 10am – 4pm Thurs. & Fri. & 8.30 – 4.30 pm Sat. & Sun.


Shannon Hobbs - Hothead, at 'Cooma'
Shannon Hobbs – Hothead, at ‘Cooma’

“SCULPTURE in the Paddock” is  at the historic National Trust property, Cooma Cottage, once home to 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.


M16ARTSPACE 21 Blaxland Cres Griffith has: ‘As It Is’ by Tess Horwitz, Caroline Huf, Janet Long; ‘White Lies, Grey Heart” by Damon Craig; ‘RED’ by Carol Cooke, Victoria Cotton, Jane Keany and Maryann Mussared; ‘Life in Death’ by Palliative Care Australia; and in Chutespace, ‘Fresh Glass Bower’. Exhibitions run until Sunday, October 16, 12 – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday.


“PRESS/PRINT” is an exhibition of work by emerging ACT artists, curated by Rose Townsend at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, until Oct 15 Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am – 5pm. It’s an ongoing initiative of Megalo which invites one artist to curate an exhibition of emerging artists work with the guidance and assistance of Megalo staff. The ‘Press Print’ exhibition artists for 2016 are: Estelle Briedis (EASS), Jess Higgins, Alycia Moffat (EASS), Belle Palmer Rebecca Setnicar (EASS), Miriam Slater, Rose Townsend, Walrus and Caitlin Woodward.


“LAY ABOUT” is a solo exhibition by Canberra emerging artist and ANCA studio artist Jacob England and is the culmination of his site-specific investigations at Black Mountain and Mount Ainslie meditating on the question ‘can I intertwine my spirit or being into the landscape? ANCA Gallery 1 Rosevear Place until Oct 16, 12pm-5pm Wednesday-Sunday.


Lake Ginnenderra Sunset 1 by Carole Osmotherly
Lake Ginnenderra Sunset 1 by Carole Osmotherly

STRATHNAIRN Arts Gallery has three respected Canberra artists; Kylie Fogarty, Carole Osmotherly and Judy Witherdin, are exhibiting their works of silk paintings, glass art and works on paper in the bucolic setting of the Woolshed Gallery at Strathnairn Arts, Strathnairn Arts, Stockdill Drive, Holt. Free Entry. Strathnairn will be hosting a ‘Meet The Artists’ at 2pm this Saturday October 8, 2016 in The Woolshed Gallery. The exhibition runs to October 16. Free Entry.


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.


“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.


ALSO AT Canberra 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


“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.


“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 until Nov 15.


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 Power wins in the ‘Emerging section.”


“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.


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


“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.


FOUR NEW EXHIBITIONS are at Belconnen Arts Centre: “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.

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