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THE ANU Drill Hall Gallery has re-opened with a magnificent exhibition, “Streets of Papunya”, curated by Vivien Johnson.

 Martha McDonald Napaltjarri (in foreground) and Mona Nangala painting at Papunya Tjupi art centre, Papunya ,2015. Photograph: Helen Puckey
Martha McDonald Napaltjarri (in foreground) and Mona Nangala painting at Papunya Tjupi art centre, Papunya ,2015. Photograph: Helen Puckey

The show presents the new generation of painters from the legendary epicentre of Western Desert art and includes a wide selection of historical works drawn from the collections of ANU Anthropology and Archaeology and the College of Asia and the Pacific. July 15-August 14, Wednesday to Sunday 10–5pm.


A “WARMING Into Winter” function to raise funds for Women’s Sewing Co-operative in East Timor and for other community projects is being organised by Canberra Friends of Dili. Guest of Honour is former First Lady Kirsty Sword Gusmao. At East Timorese Embassy, 7 Beale Street Deakin, 6pm, Saturday, July 30. Cost $28 includes mulled wine, 2 soups, sirloin rolls hot nibbles, plum pudding and custard and includes bar. Bookings to 0423 931 753 or email babajhi@gmail.com

Artwork by Lucky Morton, in Indigenous Dog Health Art Auction
Artwork by Lucky Morton, in Indigenous Dog Health Art Auction

“CANBERRA Mob– Indigenous Dog Health 2016 Art Auction Fundraiser,” at Canberra Grammar School, Monaro Crescent Red Hill, 7pm, Friday July 15, tickets $40 from Kippax Vet Hospital 6255 1242, Queanbeyan Vet Hospital 6299 2509, and Manuka Vet Hospital 6295 6089, include entry, food and drinks.

THE Australia Indonesia Association (ACT) has its annual Winter Dinner coming up, featuring Indonesian Rendang and 3 Course Dinner, a nine-piece Gamelan & Indonesian Band & Pendet Dance & Topeng Dance, with live Indonesian songs. At Rich Rewards Room. Canberra Race Course, Randwick Road, Lyneham, Saturday July 16 at 6 for 6.30pm. Bookings close July 8. Cost $70, Electronic Funds Transfers to Australia Indonesia Association ACT Branch, BSB 032729 Account No 130447. On payment enter your surname and email a receipt copy and your details to tonyeastaway@bigpond.com.au

Arts business:

BOOKINGS are open at Rep now for limited screenings of “The Best Bits from REP’s The Old Time Music Hall”, July 22-23, bookings to 6257 1950 or canberrarep.org.au “BIJOU,” the musical/narrative show by Chrissie Shaw and Alan Hicks about life in the Parisian demi-monde, is heading for the Big Smoke. Now they’re raising funds to hire the Sydney publicist and also to engage an AUSLAN interpreter for a performance for people with hearing loss. pozible.com

SoundOut cover
SoundOut cover

SoundOut is proud to present the first in its Cd collection “Swarm”, featuring vocals by French Artist Guylaine Cosseron, drumming from USA Artist Stephen Roach and sax sounds from Rhys Butler and Richard Johnson. The cover features photography of Jeremy Hegge and design by Rhys Butler. To order email vortexrec@gmail.com $20 (+ postage) payment to paypal.me/SoundOut

A PROPOSED documentary by Michael Kraaz with Canberra’s Ronin Films will focus on the early Aeroplane Jelly Cinema advertisements made by pioneering Australian animator Eric Porter. He’s started a crowd funding campaign that closes Jul 10, pozible.com/project/195679

THE GRIFFYN Ensemble is running a 100-day fundraising campaign to help support musicians to travel to Canberra, purchase sheet music, and work with collaborators. All donations are tax-deductable. Donations can be made through the Australian Cultural Fund with the following link: australianculturalfund.org.au

IN THE City Canberra has just launched ‘Grants in the City, making $340,000 available to individuals, groups and businesses for events and projects to enrich the CBD in the next 12 months. For more information and how to apply, visit inthecitycanberra.com.au


MUSE Café in the East Hotel, Kingston, “Revenge and Terror from Bali to Afghanistan,” with Angus McIntyre, James Piscatori and Karen Middleton on global terrorism. This Sunday July 17, 3-4pm, details and bookings to musecanberra.com.au/events/ $10 which includes a glass of wine/sparkling water.


“FILMS on Film” continues into July at Arc Cinema. Every Sunday at 2pm this winter for rare, cult, classic, experimental and surprising treasures. Bookings to trybooking.com/laef

THE National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is celebrating director Martin Scorsese, with a month long season of his greatest work. The program is presented in association with film critic David Stratton, the Sydney Film Festival and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and includes nine Scorsese classics handpicked by Stratton. Arc Cinema, until July 31. Bookings to nfsa.gov.au

Workshops and classes:

From Page to Stage class
From Page to Stage class

THE popular acting programs, “From Page to Stage” has been postponed until July 24.The course is also TQI Accredited, which means that teachers can gain 12 of the required 20 hours of professional development for taking part in any of the Acting for the Fun of It courses. The course will now commence on July 24 at Playing Field Studio from 7-9 p.m. on six consecutive Sunday nights. Cost +$100 for wage-earners and $100 for concessions. For further information, enquiries and enrolment forms email the course tutor, Peter Wilkins at peterwilkins@grapevine.com.au or phone 0408 034 373.

IWN TEAM Integrated Cultures ACT Inc. association is conducting a FREE workshop for 10 to 15 year-old children on “Better Communication”. The workshop will be interactive with games, role plays, stories, and discussion on how to communicate better, how to be a good listener, how to be an effective speaker and how to use communication to improve interactions at home and school. 10am to 2pm, Sunday, July 17, Conference room 1, Gungahlin Library, Corner of Hibberson and Gozzard streets, Gungahlin. RSVP to iwomensnetwork@gmail.com


Lingalayam dancers
Lingalayam dancer

IN THE forthcoming production “Chi Udaka”, Taikoz will join forces with Anandavalli’s Lingalayam Dance Company to combine the rhythmic sound of Japanese taiko drums with the intricate movements of South Indian classical dance, in what promises to be “a cross-cultural feast for the senses”. At the Canberra Theatre 8pm, July 15, bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

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

Prizes and Awards:

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

QUEANBEYAN-PALERANG Regional Council has announced that entries are open for the $7,500 Clearwater Sculpture Prize. The major award is sponsored by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council worth $5,000. Encouragement Award and People’s Choice Award are worth $1,000 each and $500 will go to the Children’s Choice Award winner. Applications close: Friday July 29 at qprc.nsw.gov.au


The Little Prince
The Little Prince

WESTERN Australia’s Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is bringing an adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “The Little Prince” to The Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, Canberra, until July 16, bookings to 6247 1223 or thestreet.org.au

WINNER of the 2014 “People’s Choice” Psychic of the Year Award, “Ghost Whisperer Suzie”, will be in town with a two-hour show in which she will talk, give live readings to members of the audience and perform original songs from her album, “Heart of the Universe”. At the Hellenic Club – Matilda Street, Woden, 7pm, Thursday, July 14, bookings to stickytickets.com.au

Bella de Jac - by 42nd Street Photography
Bella de Jac – by 42nd Street Photography

PHOENIX Players has an unusual musical, “Next to Normal”. Director Kelda McManus says, “people should come and see the show…It’s got humour and it’s got lovely songs, but the basic question it asks is, ‘what is normal?’” At the ANU Arts Centre, to Normal, until July 23 Bookings to phoenixplayers.com.au or 6253 1454. Dinner show package at Teatro Vivaldi, bookings to vivaldirestaurant.com.au or 6257 2718.

MYSTERY and magic reign as the Queen Mab’s court presents everything glamourous and gruesome in a burlesque  cabaret presented by the Sass & Tease Collective, featuring, among many talents, the current Miss Burlesque Australia Bella de Jac. Doors open at 6:30pm. Show starts at 8:00pm, bookings to tickets.oztix.com.au

ENTERTAINMENT for children comes alive in the Gungahlin area with “Aladdin”, at Gungahlin Theatre (in the College), until July 16, two shows a day. Expect a princess, a magic lamp, a wicked magician and a flying carpet. Bookings and all details to mebevents.com

CHILD Players ACT is presenting “Dr Dolittle’s Circus,” adapted by director BJ Anyos from the books by Hugh Lofting. Forty two children aged 10 to 16 will join in the good doctor’s journey to Africa to help a tribe of monkeys. Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen, until July 16. Bookings to canberrarep.org.au or 6257 1950 or cash at the door one hour before show.

Concerts and gigs:

Dami Im Eurovision photo - Andres Putting
Dami Im Eurovision photo – Andres Putting

“YESTERDAY Once more: Classic Carpenters”, Seoul-born musician and runner up in 2016 Eurovision Song contest, Dami Im, sings at the Canberra Theatre, July 16 only, bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

NEW JERSEY native and now Sydney-based singer songwriter, Danielle Deckard, is playing an 18+ show at The Front, Wattle St Lyneham this Friday, July 15 as part of her ‘End of the World’ anniversary tour.

Danny Yeadon
Danny Yeadon

THE PHOENIX Pub in Civic has the following: Thursday 14, 9pm, $10/$5 Baltic Bar Mitzvah and The Parlour Social; Friday 15, 9pm, $10/$5 Joseph Liddy & the Skeleton Horse, Jordan Ireland and Bo Loserr; Saturday 16, 9pm, $10/$5 Brother Be, Spindrift Saga and People I Love.

THE AUSTRALIAN Haydn Ensemble presents Haydn & Mozart in a concert led by keyboard player Erin Helyard. Daniel Yeadon makes returns as soloist in Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major, performed on period instruments. The Great Hall, University House, ANU, 7pm, Thursday July 14, Bookings to 1800 334 388 or australianhaydn.com.au or at the door.

PUCCINI’S short opera “Suor Angelica”, by Canberra Opera at Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest, 8pm July 15 and 22 and 3pm July 17 and 24. A supper or afternoon tea involving a short concert will follow each performance. Bookings to canberraopera.org.au


THE BIG “Michael Taylor: A Survey 1963–2016” exhibition 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. Since 1971 Taylor has lived and worked in the Canberra region – in Bredbo, Michelago, and, since 1993, Cooma.

CMAG Dr Who artefact
CMAG Dr Who artefact

CANBERRA teacher and devout ‘Whovian’ Timothy Kirsopp is displaying his entire “Dr Who” collection—everything from Daleks and the Tardis to images the Doctors and their companions—an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of “Dr Who”-related memorabilia. “Bigger on the inside: Collecting Dr Who” at CMAG, Civic Square, July 16 to Nov 20.

THREE new exhibitions sees emerging Canberra artists using animals as metaphor to explore human interactions, connection to place and social constructs. The shows are “Habitual Creatures” by Tom Buckland, Rebecca Selleck and Sian Watson, “Pigs and Dogs” by Shan Crosbie, and “Dis-Place” by Daniel Savage, whose photos use taxidermy native animals as a metaphor for the position of people with a disability. All at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, until July 17.

NELLIE Peoples and Zoe Brand are emerging art jewellers who have recently graduated from the Australian National University, School of Art Gold and Silversmithing Workshop. Peoples’ work includes sterling silver rings encased in crayon, while Brand’s work on show includes serial production of badges, pendants and rings as well as one off advertising boards. At Bilk Gallery for contemporary metal and glass, Palmerston Lane Manuka until July 29.

Anja Loughhead at ANCA
Anja Loughhead at ANCA

“HIGHWAY to the Wilderness” is a solo exhibition by Anja Loughhead, who utilises drawing, assemblage and video performance to navigate familial narratives and to deconstruct romanticised views of the Scandinavian landscape, based on a month spent travelling throughout regional Finland. At ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson, 12-5pm, Wednesday-Sunday until Sunday July 31.

THE Photography Room presents ‘1953’ by Dawne Fahey in the Solo Exhibition Gallery until July 14. 1953 was the year that inspired the birth of these images. The 1953 series was created using the chemigram process, where silver gelatin printing paper is coated with a resistant and then processed using traditional darkroom chemistry. At The Photography Room Old Bus Depot 21 Wentworth Avenue Kingston Foreshore Sunday 10-4pm (and by appointment).

Jumping Kids, Ingetje Tadros 2016
Jumping Kids, Ingetje Tadros 2016

“COMMUNITY is everything” is an exhibition of photos, video and stories staged by the Canberra Indigenous Rights Amnesty volunteer group to tell stories of Indigenous kids in prison and their communities. “Prison is where lots of kids wind up but it’s not a solution,” says young Wiradjuri women and volunteer with the group, Beth Cooper. At Tuggeranong Arts Centre, until July 30.CANBERRA Glassworks in Wentworth Ave Kingston now has: “Light Translations’, new works by Holly Grace and Lisa Cahill; the Hindmarsh Prize Winner; and Asialink Artist in Residence Takeyoshi Mitsui from Toyama Glass Studio, Japan, 10am to 4pm Wed – Sunday.

“REFLECTIONS”, works from Canberra Glassworks and the Parliament House Art Collection, features nine internationally renowned glass artists who have created works that respond to the art, architecture and landscape of Parliament House. In the Presiding Officers’ Exhibition Area, Australian Parliament until September 11. Participating artists include Annette Blair, Lisa Cahill, Mel Douglas, Hannah Gason, Jeremy Lepisto, Ruth Oliphant, Emilie Patteson, Kirstie Rea and Harriet Schwarzrock. Free

JENNIFER McEwen Mason has an exhibition, “Thirty Years in the Making”, an eclectic mix of pastels, acrylics, oils & watercolours, at Ginninderra School House, Sweet Copper Cafe, Gold Creek, Nicholls, until July 31, Thurs. & Fri. 10 am – 4 pm & Sat. & Sun. 8.30 – 4.30 pm.

'The warmth of your hands' by Maryanne Voyazis.
‘The warmth of your hands’ by Maryanne Voyazis.

“A MATTER of time” is a collection of 32 contemporary textile artworks exploring the fourth dimension (time) in cloth. The works are presented in a 100x40cm format and the show is curated by Brenda Gael Smith and the participating artists are from Australia, New Zealand, the US, UK and Canada. At The Q Exhibition Space until July 16.

A PERSONAL exhibition from Canberra photographer Maryanne Voyazis, that speaks to moments in the human experience seldom shared with strangers. The show will be opened by artist David Sequeira at 6pm this Friday, with music by Fred Smith. ‘Beauty in This’ runs at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane NewActon, from Friday 15 July 15-24.

“ABORIGINAL Pathways, Communities and Knowledge” is a mixed media exhibition by painter, a coil basket weaver, glass artist, and a producer of fine soft sculpture and multimedia works Lynette Talbot, who works at the Burrunju Aboriginal Art Gallery, is showing in gallery@bcs in celebration of NAIDOC Week. Both at Belconnen Community Service, Swanson Ct, Belconnen, until July 15, Mon – Fri 8am-4:30pm.

PHOTOACCESS has two new exhibitions connecting the past with the present to illustrate the power of the image to communicate. “The Bends”, curated by Claire Capel-Stanley with Lucy Caldwell, is about bending time, bending bodies and bending back into the material world of photography. In “QWE3NZ”, Gabi Briggs, an Anaiah and Gumbangier woman, creates a counter-fiction to colonialism by using her body and video projection to author her own narrative as an Indigenous woman. Manuka Arts Centre, Griffith (next to the Manuka Pool) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am to 4pm Friday 10am to 7pm Weekends 12noon to 4pm until July 17.

GWBot, Air, Fire and Earth Glyphs, 2015
GWBot, Air, Fire and Earth Glyphs, 2015

DANIEL Bonson, G.W. Bot, David Buckland, Soren Dahlgaard, Jacky Green, Annika Harding, Timothy James Johnson and Andrew Styan are featured artists in “2°”, curated by Alexander Boynes, an exhibition that investigates climate change, its effect on the present, and the struggle to avoid environmental disaster by limiting rising global temperature to two degrees. Opening 6pm Friday July 15, all welcome. The exhibition continues until August 20 at Canberra Contemporary Art Space Gorman Arts Centre 55 Ainslie Avenue Braddon.

“FAITH Fashion Fusion: Muslim Women’s Style in Australia”, a discovery of emerging modest fashion trends and the work of a new generation of Muslim fashionistas – designers and entrepreneurs – making a mark on the local fashion industry. It’s a travelling exhibition developed by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney. At the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, daily until September 4.

Nan and Brian in bed, New York City 1983 from the series The Ballad of Sexual Dependency 1981-1996 by Nan Goldin. NGA
Nan and Brian in bed, New York City 1983 from the series The Ballad of Sexual Dependency 1981-1996 by Nan Goldin. NGA

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.

“TOUGH and Tender” presents raw and intimate photography from American and Australian artists from the 1960s to the present da. Photographs from internationally acclaimed artists Robert Mapplethorpe, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, and Collier Schorr, and video performance by Chris Burden will form part of the exhibition, alongside contemporary Australian artists Rozalind Drummond and Warwick Baker. National Portrait Gallery, Friday July 15 to Sunday October 16.

“BEHIND your eyes, between your ears: Brainwave interactive artwork by George Khut” closes this Sunday, July 17 at the National Portrait Gallery. Digital media artist George Khut uses biomedical sensing technologies to explore embodiment and mind-body processes.

THE 9th People’s Choice Exhibition “Squares” winds up in the Strathnairn Woolshed, Holt, this Sunday, July 17, when the Strathnairn & Canberra Community draw first prize for the 2016 ‘Squares’ competition. Prize drawing will be at 2 pm.

THE National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature still has “Seeing Stories”, an exhibition of framed original artworks from the John Barrow collection. Forty works from the 135 in the collection cover the years from the 1980s through the early 2000s and provide a visual documentary of an important period in the history of Australian children’s literature. At University of Canberra Hub Exhibition Space (opposite Mizzuna Café) until August 26, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 10.30am-2.30pm Sundays 1pm-4.pm.

Rebecca Setnicar, at 16, Boats, 2016, screen print on paper m16
Rebecca Setnicar, at 16, Boats, 2016, screen print on paper m16

M16 ARTSPACE has new exhibitions showing until 5pm on July 24, 12 – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday at 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith: “Painting the Town by Night,” by Julie Spencer; “The 2nd Edition” by Sophie Bishop, Mimi Fairall, Michelle Hallinan, Kelly Hayes, Jess Higgins and Rebecca Setnicar; “Emotion Ensemble Shags”; “Magic Lines” by Elizabeth Faul; and in Chutespace, “Prelude Shags.”

WENDY MACKLIN captures in her paintings what she calls “one of the great joys of an Australian childhood, the beach holiday.” “South Coast Summer” at Humble House Gallery, 93 Wollongong Street Fyshwick, until July 17.

AN exhibition of works by GALLERY PAINTERS & Queanbeyan Art Society members     is hanging at the QAS Gallery in Trinculo Place (under the bridge) until Saturday, July 30.

. Anne Cawsey, Two Rabbits (Canberra Potters Student & Teacher Exhibition)
. Anne Cawsey, Two Rabbits (Canberra Potters Student & Teacher Exhibition)

TWO exhibitions are now running at Watson Arts Centre, seniors’ ‘Pottery for All’ and Canberra Potters Student & Teacher Exhibition, at Watson Arts Centre, Aspinall Street, Watson, until 10am – 4pm Thursday to Sunday until July 24.

THE National Portrait Gallery has a focus exhibition of portraits by Arthur Boyd, titled “Mysterious eyes: Arthur Boyd portraits from 1945.” Gallery One, National Portrait Gallery, until August 14. Open 10am–5pm daily.

“AVARICE: auspice” is a spectacular gold inflating/deflating installation by Jay Kochel, to be seen in Canberra Museum and Gallery’s outside Gallery 4 on Civic square, until Sept 18, viewable 24/7.

BRAIDWOOD artist and teacher at St Bede’s Primary School, Julian Laffan, challenges the usual notion of bringing home a reminder of travel in an exhibition of woodcuts, each hand rendered and hand painted. Inspired by late 19th century hand painted photographs, the images capture Laffan’s recent observations of travel to Europe and the United States in 2015-2016. Suki & Hugh Gallery 38A Gibraltar Street Bungendore, runs until July 31.

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