TWO new group exhibitions opening in the PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery today, Thursday July 21.
“BULB” showcases works by 30 PhotoAccess members, and “A Closer Look” features work by Fiona Bowring-Greer, Susan Clarke, Karen Coombes, Lyndal Curtis, Zelda Green, Rob Lee, Bronwyn McNally, Kleber Osorio, Ian Skinner, Gordon Taylor and Michael Ye, all participants in PhotoAccess’ Personal Photography Project, under the guidance of Sean Davey. Opening by Sean Davey, director of The Photography Room, photographer and PhotoAccess tutor, 6pm on Thursday, July 21, all welcome. The exhibitions run to August 7.
THE Queanbeyan Christmas [in July] Fair is relocating to Queanbeyan Showground, where it will run from 10am to 3pm this Sunday, July 24. It offers steampunk designed soap, toys candles, quilts, jewellery and curiously, an opportunity for people to bring their pets to have a photo with Santa.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
MUSE Café in the East Hotel, Kingston, has a literary, culinary lunch with David Reist and Bryan Martin to hear more about their cookbook “Tongue & Cheek” 12.30-3pm, bookings essential to musecanberra.com.au/events/ $10 which includes a glass of wine/sparkling water.
TEMPO Theatre director Jon Elphick is looking for a Canberran to play the Vicar of Dibley in its next big comedy of the same name, taken from the TV series written by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew Archer, but adapted by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter. He also needs to cast Geraldine, aged 30-40, Alice Tinker, aged 20 -30, Mrs Cropley aged over 60 and 5 men of various ages from 30 to 70. The show is on from the end of October to early November at Belconnen Theatre. Auditions will be held at the Belconnen Community Centre on Saturday July 30, to book an audition phone 6254 3727.
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
THE National Portrait Gallery and the St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn are asking the Canberra community to pick up their knitting needles and crochet hooks to create warm winter scarves to assist people in need. Scarves donated will go to support the 2016 Vinnies Winter Appeal at the NPG’s Winter Festival on August 7. Just bring your creations along.
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 email@example.com $20 (+ postage) payment to paypal.me/SoundOut
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
THE ANU Film Group, the largest ?lm society in Australia, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The group has a Q&A screening of “Freedom Stories” on Saturday, July 23 at 7 pm. The film explores the achievements of former boat people who arrived from the Middle East seeking asylum in 2001. Mustafa Jawadi, who ?ed Afghanistan with his family at the age of 10 and endured years of detention, will be in attendance for a panel discussion following the screening, with human rights lawyer, Marion Le, and Kathy Ragless, director of refugee support group Companion House. For all information visit anufg.org.au
“THE WOLF in Australian Art – the life and art of Danila Vassilieff” is a 40 minute film about the Russian/Australian Cossack painter, Vassilieff, made by Felicity St John Moore and her son Richard Moore, to be screened at the James O. Fairfax Theatre, NGA, this Saturday July 23 at 2pm. Richard Moore will introduce the film, which will be followed by a Q and A. Free but bookings essential to tickets.nga.gov.au
“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:
THE popular acting programs, “From Page to Stage” commences on July 24 at Playing Field Studio from 7-9 p.m. on six consecutive Sunday nights. 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. Cost +$100 for wage-earners and $100 for concessions. For further information, enquiries and enrolment forms email the course tutor, Peter Wilkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0408 034 373.
NIDA, the National Institute of Dramatic Art, is now accepting applications for the 2017 intake to its popular higher education courses in the dramatic arts. Study options include an accredited Vocational Diploma, Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees – for those wanting to pursue a career in the creative and cultural industries. As applications are now open, at apply.nida.edu.au
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
HANNIE Rayson’s play about ecology and human principles, “Extinction”, is a collaboration between the Geelong Performing Arts Centre and Red Stitch Actors Theatre. It runs at the Playhouse, from July 20–23. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
CANBERRA Youth Theatre is joining with members of Canberra Dance Theatre’s over-65 years “GOLD” troupe in “The Verbatim Project,” original collective stories that ask, “are these two age groups really that distanced from each other?” using audio interviews, video footage, live commentary and headphone verbatim technique. Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, July 21 – 24. Bookings to cytc.net
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.
Concerts and gigs:
THE National Capital Orchestra will be joining the Canberra Choral Society to present Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”. Also on the program will be Wagner’s prelude to “Lohengrin” and a work by contemporary Australian composer and conductor Sean O’Boyle, River Symphony. At Llewellyn Hall, 7.30pm, July 23, bookings to ticketek.com.au or 132 849.
SACRED choral and trumpet music will be the focus in the next Sunday concert at the High Court of Australia. Igitur Nos Chamber Choir joins Zach Raffan and the Trumpet Club to ignite the passion in this tradition. 1:30pm, Sunday, July 24, free but bookings essential tohcourt.gov.au/about/concerts Formed in 2003 by Matthew Stuckings, the choir rehearses weekly, membership details at facebook.com/igiturnos
LIMESTONE Consort are giving their first concert for 2016 on Sunday, July 24 at 3pm at All Saints’ Anglican Church, Ainslie. During the mixed program David Pereira will be joining Limestone for the premiere of his new composition, “Song and Dance for Violin, Cello, Strings and Piano,” written especially for this chamber ensemble. Soloists in this work are Lauren Davis (violin), Clara Teniswood (cello) and Lucus Allerton (piano). Tickets at the door, children under 16 are free.
PUCCINI’S short opera “Suor Angelica”, by Canberra Opera at Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest, 8pm July 22 and 3pm 24. A supper or afternoon tea involving a short concert will follow each performance. Bookings to canberraopera.org.au
COOINDA Hall, Kangara Waters Community Centre. Fantasies and Romances. Barbara Jane Gilby, violin, and Meriel Owen, harp/piano, with music by LeClair, Donizetti, Saint-Saens, Massenet and Shostakovich. Kangara Waters Retirement Village, 2 Joy Cummings Place, Belconnen, 2.15-3.00pm, Saturday, July 23. Bookings to trybooking.com/213308, or at the door.
MARLENE Cummins has won a Deadly Award and her award winning documentary film ‘Black Panther Woman’ is now being screened on international Qantas flights. Cummins and the Blues Experience Band, with support act Don Hopkins, will be at the Harmonie German Club, this Sat 23 July 23 at 7.30pm. Bookings to Canberra Blues Society (0419 607 710) or the Club 6295 9853.
THE GROOVE Warehouse will host its first Family Fiesta Night at the Polish White Eagle Club Turner, this Saturday July 23, 7pm – 9pm, when its Caribbean Steel Band, Drumline will perform as well as a special new ensemble featuring Gary France and Sinuhe Ross Mambo No. 5. Pub dinners are available from 6pm, the show will start off with a children’s drum/percussion circle at 7pm. Bookings to https://groovewarehouse.com.au/events.html
PHOENIX Pub in Civic has on Thursday July 21, 9pm, Moaning Lisa, The Ians and String Elephants, then on Friday July 22, 9pm, Friday Night Fiesta, Los Chavos & Friends and on Saturday 23 at 9pm, Trust Punks and Wives Harrow.
WITH Venetian, Aboriginal and Irish heritage, songwriter Leah Flanagan draws deep from a fascinating historical mix. She’ll be at the Front Bar and Gallery in Wattle St Lyneham from 6pm on Sunday, July 24, showcasing ‘Chills’, the first single from the forthcoming album ‘Saudades’. Tickets at the door.
GAIL (daughter of Eddie) Mabo from Townsville will be exhibiting under the title “Zogo Zogo Teter Mek” (Sacred Footprints) at 8 Townshend St Phillip July 22 to August 15. Opening, 5pm 8pm July 22, all welcome.
“A CLASS Act” see of 30 of Michael Winters’ students in the ANU Centre of Continuing Education’s visual arts access program classes conducted at the “off campus” venue , Strathnairn Arts Centre, Stockdill Drive Holt, where the show runs July 21 to August 14, Thursdays to Sundays 10am to 4pm.
IN 2015 Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper coordinated an exhibition at Maud Gallery in Brisbane that featured 67 Australian, New Zealand and international photographers’ self-portraits, made while reading their favourite photobooks. Extended and re-titled “On Reading: Photobooks”, part of the show will be exhibited at The Photography Room, Bus Depot Markets Kingston, from July 24 to August 7.
BUNGENDORE Wood Works Gallery is showcasing the work of nine current and past artist/printmakers, Lyn Burns, George Gittoes, Pamela Griffith, Greg Hansell, Bettina McMahon, Gina Monaco, Trevor Riach, Wendy Sharpe and Glenn Smith in a series of limited edition prints produced in the physically small, yet massively influential and culturally dynamic Griffith Studio and Graphics Workshop between 1990 and 2016. Octagon ArtSpace, opening by Kate Milner at 2pm on Saturday, July 23, all welcome.
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.
A PERSONAL exhibition from Canberra photographer Maryanne Voyazis, that speaks to moments in the human experience seldom shared with strangers. ‘Beauty in This’ runs at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane NewActon, until July 24.
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. The exhibition continues until August 20 at Canberra Contemporary Art Space Gorman Arts Centre 55 Ainslie Avenue Braddon.
CANBERRA Glassworks has “Sense,” an exhibition of works by Takeyoshi Mitsui, Asialink Artist in Residence, showing 10am to 4pm until July 25 in the Glassworks Foyer. He has created them during his six-week residency at Canberra Glassworks. This Asialink reciprocal residency is a partnership between Toyama Glass Studio, Japan and Canberra Glassworks.
AARWUN Gallery Shop 11 Federation Square O Hanlon Place Nicholls, has many new works in the gallery, and writes, “More are arriving on a weekly basis…you will find the usual co-mingling of classical and contemporary works, and most things in between the two.”
“MÄRI Gutharra – Milingimbi Artists” features the work of four senior artists, as well as other artists, from Milingimbi, an island off the north coast of Arnhem Land some 400 kilometres to the east of Darwin. Using traditional ochres and white clay, its artists create paintings on bark and canvas, based on the body art applied during religious ceremonies that are still part of everyday life. Nancy Sever Gallery, 4/6 Kennedy St Kingston, Wed–Sun 11am-6pm until August 21.
“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. Since 1971 Taylor has lived and worked in the Canberra region – in Bredbo, Michelago, and, since 1993, Cooma.
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, until Nov 20.
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.
“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.
“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.
LOCAL glass artist, Debra Jurss, will be showcasing her latest work in “Flow, Interrupted,” which reflects both the style of Debra’s work and her personal experiences in recent years. The exhibition has a strong feeling of movement and flow, frozen at a point in time; reflecting Debra’s experience with the diagnosis and death of her husband from motor neurone disease. At Form Studio and Gallery, 1/30 Aurora Ave Queanbeyan until Sunday, August 7, Mon-Fri, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, weekends 10:00am – 4:00pm.
ALSO, Form Studio and Gallery director Claire Primrose and ceramicist Ros Auld are hosting a one off art sale fundraiser of limited selected work with 40 per cent off prices. Funds raised will help support their 2017 touring regional gallery exhibitions curated by Peter Haynes. Details at formstudioandgallery/Current_Exhibition.html
“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
“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.
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, until Sunday October 16.
BELCONNEN Arts Centre has “The Encyclopedia of Forgotten Things” from the University of Canberra Faculty of Arts and Design, exploring history, memory and the classification of things. Professor Angelina Russo will host three knit–ins associated with her installation, “In the Meantime,” and in “Encircle, using basketry and weaving, Ruby Berry creates sculptural works that use contrasting textures and organic forms to evoke feelings of comfort and protection. In the foyer, Sonja Karl’s “Rarities” focuses on the innate freedom of the birds while creating an awareness of rare birds within the ACT.
THE ANU Drill Hall Gallery has re-opened with “Streets of Papunya”, curated by Vivien Johnson. 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.
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.
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.”
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.
THE Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) Molonglo Plains invites members and visitors to the July lecture, “The Body In Movement: The Sculpture of Edgar Degas & Auguste Rodin,” by British artist and author Michael Howard. At the Comfort Inn Airport International, 57 Yass Road, Queanbeyan, at 2pm this Thursday July 21, followed by afternoon tea. For membership inquiries & visitor bookings contact Lucy Costas on 0437 538 529 or email@example.com
“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.
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.
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.
CRAFTACT: Craft and Design Centre has “Embracing Innovation Volume 6: Technology”, and “Black Box: Life, walls and houses”, a solo exhibition by distinguished Canberra glass artist Judi Elliott opening on Thursday, July 21 at 6pm. Both exhibitions will run until August 27.As part of CraftACT’s exhibition, they will host a pop-up exhibition in the lightbox gallery of personal items on loan from the F!NK + Co extended family of the late Robert Foster. Visitors may leave a message in the condolence book.