What’s on and where this weekend in the arts

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THE TWELFTH “Groovin the Moo” tour is about to hit the ACT. The regional music festival presents a mix of local and international names, including our own SAFIA.

Groovin the Moo 2015 photo JOSEPH MAYERS
Groovin the Moo 2015 photo JOSEPH MAYERS

The American contingent includes rappers Danny Brown and Vic Mensa. At the University of Canberra, from 10.30am Sunday, April 24 bookings to moshtix.com.au


NATIONAL Youth Week in Queanbeya‘s Youth Art Exhibition, at the Q Exhibition Space until April 23.


Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Molonglo Plains has Charlotte Nattey talking about “Dirt, Dust & Discovery: Australian Goldfields’ Jewellery” at the Comfort Inn Airport International, 57 Yass Road, Queanbeyan, at 2 pm Thursday, April 21, membership inquiries & visitor bookings contact Lucy Costas on 0437 538 529 or adfasmembersmolonglo@gmail.com

MANNING Clark House has  a talk by Dr Libby Connors about frontier warrior Dundalli, at 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest,   6pm on Friday April 22, further information at 0419 369 206.

Arts Business:

APPLICATIONS for exhibitions at M16 Artspace in 2017 are now open until May 31. M16 aims to present high-quality exhibitions from both emerging and established artists and curators from Canberra, interstate and overseas. Application details at m16artspace.com.au/down-load-application-forms/

M16’s Writer in Residence Program 2016 offers an emerging writer the opportunity to develop their writing practice, publish their work, and contribute to the critical discussion of Australian contemporary art. To apply submit an example of your arts writing (review, essay, etc.) no longer than 1000 words and a CV by 5pm Friday, April 29 to exhibitions@m16artspace.com

 Azim Zain and His Lovely Bones
Azim Zain and His Lovely Bones
The Yak, Canberra’s new independent bookstore, gift shop and teahouse, has comfy chairs, free Wi-Fi, free cold water, and drinks and snacks for purchase, it’s in the Bailey’s Corner Arcade, Monday to Thursday 9:30am to 5:30pm Friday 9:30am to 7:00pm Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm. Closed Sundays and Public Holidays.

CANBERRA outfit Azim Zain and His Lovely Bones’ album is available for stream or digital download from Unearthed: triplejunearthed.com/artist/azim-zain-and-his-lovely-bones or Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/azim-zain-lovely-bones or Bandcamp: hazimzainandhislovelybones.bandcamp.com

ANCA Gallery is holding its hugely popular ‘PIN’ annual exhibition of miniature wearable artworks (mostly brooches) again in 2016. Professional artists residing anywhere in Australia are encouraged to apply by 5pm June 1. For the application form and details visit anca.net.au

APPLICATIONS are now open for the Playing Field Studio 2016 Community Arts Residency Program. Successful applicants will have unlimited access to a studio space for seven days or a term block (10 weeks for two hours a week over Term 3 or 4). A budget of up to $500 for materials and equipment. Submissions close at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 2 to playingfieldstudio@gmail.com or call 0468 749 711 for an application form and more information.

Workshops and classes:

Kate Susko
Kate Susko
AFRICAN Djembe drumming and dance is on the menu this long weekend is a retreat organised by local master of the drum, Kate Susko, who has also engaged top drummer Mohamed Bangoura from Guinea. The retreat is at Camp Cottermouth, only 15 minutes from the city. Details and bookings at drumeffect.com.au

‘DARRYL’S Den supported arts and craft studio’ Wednesday creative art class in painting sculpture printing techniques and mosaic wall tiles, at Holt community hub 80 Beaurepaire Crescent Holt.10am- noon, May 4 to June 22. Materials and morning tea provided, inquiries and bookings to darrylsdenactoptusnet.com.au

ACTING for the Fun of It courses are for adults who wish to develop their creativity through exploration of drama and theatre skills. The courses are TQI (Teacher Quality Institute) accredited and teachers are able to count the 12 hours of each course towards their 20 required hours of professional development. The first course for 2016, “Acting for the Fun of It” will commence on April 25, 7 p.m. – 9pm. (changed time) at ImproACT studios in Civic between 7 and 9 p.m. The course comprises 6 x 2 hour sessions on consecutive Mondays. Information and enrolments from tutor peterbwilkins@aol.com or peterwilkins@grapevine.com.au phone on 0408 034 373.

Prizes and Awards:

ANTHROPOSCENE  is a global short film competition concerning the   landscapes of the 21st century. The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects in partnership with the National Museum of Australia and LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture, invites the submission of 3–4 minute short films on the general subject of the new epoch of the ‘Anthropocene’.  AUD $10,000 in prize money Entrants can shoot their films on mobile phones or any other device. Competition opens  June 1 and closes August 1. Details at aila.org.au/notinmybackyard/anthroposcene

THE CHIPPENDALE Creative Precinct is encouraging emerging artists across Australia to enter the Chippendale New World Art Prize. The judges will choose the winner who will receive a three-month residency at the Arte Studio Ginestrelle on Mount Subasio in Assisi, Italy, worth $10,000. This year’s theme is ‘spirit’. To enter visit chippendalecreative.com

THE 2016 Paul Lowin music prizes are now open for nomination. The Orchestral Prize ($25,000) is awarded for a work for modern chamber or symphony orchestra of at least 30 players and 15 independent lines. The Song Cycle Prize ($15,000) will be awarded to a work suitable for chamber performance, using no more than 1-8 independent vocal lines, accompanied by up to 10 instrumental players. Nominations are accepted from anyone, including the general public. Entries close 5pm June 30.

REGIONAL Australia’s richest and most prestigious opera prize, the Noosa-based Dame Joan Sutherland Vocal Competition Award 2016, could help you hit a career high note. Applicants will audition live before a panel of adjudicators on Sunday, June 5 at Griffith University Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane. Applications close 5pm Friday April 29, entry form from nfa.org.au

ENTRIES for the 2016 Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry are now welcome, with writers from all over the country competing for the coveted first prize. The $7,000 ACU Prize for Poetry will be awarded for outstanding poetry with the theme “Loving Kindness.” Closing date Monday June 6, information at acu.edu.au


Catherine Alcorn at Bette
Catherine Alcorn at Bette
“THE DIVINE Miss Bette” sees performer Catherine Alcorn enticing audiences in her Bette Midler show. At The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan, until April 23, bookings to theq.net.au or 6285 6290.  

PHOTOGRAPHER William Yang is one of Australia’s greatest storytellers whose work takes audiences through his heritage and family relationships using monologues injected with humour and slide projections of his photographic work. “Blood Links” at The Canberra Theatre’s Courtyard

THE Great Moscow Circus, Majura Park, until April 25. Bookings to 1300 667269, thegreatmoscowcircus.com.au or at the on-site box office.


Easter Rising

IN MELBOURNE during 1920, Archbishop Mannix presided over a St Patrick’s Day celebration that for Australia’s large Irish community marked Ireland’s emergence from British rule. Newly remastered actuality footage packaged as “Ireland Will Be Free” will be accompanied with live piano accompaniment from Elaine Loebenstein. Drinks available in NFSA Gallery from 6pm. Film program from 7pm. Bookings to trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=175530

THIS SUNDAY the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia will showcase home movies showing 1960s and ’70s Canberra through the eyes of migrant families. The afternoon starts with an event where amateur filmmakers from Europe, the Middle East and South-East Asia will share their vintage home movies. Free, no bookings required. Afterwards there will be two Australian films that present different cultures settling into the ‘Australian identity’. Paid event. “King of the Coral Sea” 5pm, Sunday April 24, bookings to trybooking.com/JZSH and then “Home Song Stories”, 7pm Sunday April 24, bookings to trybooking.com/JZST

A SPECIAL school holiday season of the 2016 French Film Festival hit family film, “April and the Extraordinary World,” will screen at Arc cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive at noon April 21-22. From the producers of the Academy Award-nominated Persepolis (2007) and the mind of renowned graphic novelist Jacques Tardi comes a riveting science-fiction adventure set in an alternate steampunk world.Bookings to trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=192045

Concerts and gigs:

IN 2009, Macedonian-Australian artist SNEZ released her debut album ‘Gypsy Soul’, and there began her journey as a travelling storyteller, and the rest is history. She’ll be in Yass tomorrow sharing stories and song as part of her ‘‘House on Four Wheels” tour 2016, hosted by YASSarts in a new venture to bring music to town. At Oddfellows Hall, 67 Comur Street Yass. Friday August 22 Doors open at 6.30pm. Bookings and info Contact 0419 439 710.

Bernice Chua, photo Peter Hislop
Bernice Chua, photo Peter Hislop
BERNICE Chua, 2015 ArtSound Young Virtuoso of the Year and finalist in the National Young Virtuoso Award, will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Ravel and Haydn, at Cooinda Hall, Kangara Waters Community Centre, 2 Joy Cummings Place, Belconnen, 2.15-3pm Sunday, March 24.

THE SURFACE Project and vocalist Tom Barton with guitarist Diego Villalta have allied to bring their unique brands of modern jazz to audiences across Australia with a double-bill tour of eight original compositions. The Street Theatre, 8pm Friday April 22, bookings to thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223.

THE SYDNEY Consort invites everyone to a concert of Scottish classical and folk tunes. In 18th century Scotland, the traditional instrument, the bagpipe, gradually languished from centre stage and gave its place to the violin. The instrumental combination of fiddles with flute and harp produce typical Scottish folk music. Wesley Music Centre, 3pm Sunday, April 24, bookings to trybooking.com/KHBB or at the door.

PAUL Goodchild from Sydney Brass appears in the High Court’s free Sunday concert with pianist Susanne Powell. At 1:30pm, Sunday, April 24, registration essential to hcourt.gov.au/about/concerts

An image of 'neighbourhood' by Gilbert Herrada
An image of ‘neighbourhood’ by Gilbert Herrada

GILBERT Herrada has a long standing interest and practice in documentary photography and in ‘Neighbourhood’ he has turned the lens on gardening activities happening in front of houses, front yards, nature strips, the community garden up the road and people – unposed. All images are part of an edition of 5 prints plus AP’s, marked 1/5 for this show. Gilbert Herrada photographs, at the Front Gallery Cafe at Lyneham until Monday April 25.

“SPEECH Acts” is the latest solo exhibition from local artist Nicci Haynes. With language being both her material and her theme entanglement and contortion, expressed via drawings, photography and video, are unavoidable. At Canberra Contemporary Art Space, City, Corner of London Circuit and Hobart Place, Monday to Friday 9am to 5:30pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm until May 21.

MEGALO Print Studio + Gallery is showcasing the unusual collaborative project “Bonsai Print,” in which four Bonsai artists and five emerging printmakers have been working together at Megalo, an idea developed by studio manager John Hart. Trees will be replaced throughout the duration of the show, thus altering the exhibition each week. At 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, until April 30 Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am – 5pm.

artist Sally Walk with 'Semblance'
artist Sally Walk with ‘Semblance’
CERAMIC artist Sally Walk is hot. Still riding high after being awarded the 2015 ‘Lorenzo il Magnifico’ Award for Ceramics (first place) at the Florence Biennale in Italy, Walk has opened entitled “Semblance”, a solo exhibition of her coastal inspired ‘creatures’ at Suki & Hugh Gallery, 38A Gibraltar Street Bungendore until May 29.

M16’S FIFTH block of exhibitions for 2016 features three shows about emotions: “Knots & Nerves” – Anna Madeline, Alana Sivell and Amelia Thompson; “Surfacing” by Janet Angus; and “Prove it” by Shan Crosbie. At M16, 21 Blaxland Crs Griffith, 12 – 5pm, Wednesday – Sunday, until May 1. Opening 6pm Thursday April 14, all welcome.

Les Blakebrough - 'The Kelp #30', hand built, unglazed Southern Ice porcelain
Les Blakebrough – ‘The Kelp #30’, hand built, unglazed Southern Ice porcelain
BEAVER Galleries has GW Bot “Endangered glyphs, paintings, works on paper & sculpture,” and ceramics by Les Blakebrough, and his investigation into the aesthetic and physical qualities of ‘Southern Ice’ porcelain inspired by the places in which he has lived and worked. 81 Denison St Deakin, until May 1.

MEGALO Print Studio + Gallery has a group exhibition showcasing the unique collaborative project “Bonsai Print,” in which four Bonsai artists and five emerging printmakers have been working together at Megalo, an idea developed by Megalo’s Press Studio Manager John Hart. Trees will be replaced throughout the duration of the show altering the exhibition each week. At 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, until April 30 Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am – 5pm.

THE Gallipoli Centenary Art Commission, seven works created by Australian artist David Jolly portraying the Anzac Day centenary Dawn Service on Gallipoli, are now on display daily in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra Captain Reg Saunders Gallery.

You and everyone ELK
You and everyone ELK

“VANISHING Point in Art” is the newest exhibition of former Canberra artist Luke Cornish (E.L.K.) the stencil paintings are inspired by his travels over the past two years over three continents and 21 countries. He’s been working on this show for a year, using up to 800 hand cut layers and 200 aerosol colours in some of the artworks. At Nanda Hobbs Gallery, Level 1, 66 King Street, Sydney from April 21.

“CONNECT with Your Nature: artist-in-residence” is a Craft ACT curated exhibition featuring Craft ACT Accredited Professional Member Ruth Kingston and Jodie Hatcher (UK). At Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre Gallery, Level 1 North Building, 180 London Circuit Canberra.

PHOTOACCESS is presenting “Right Hear, Right Now” by award-winning Sydney artist Kate Disher-Quill. Spanning all three spaces of the PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery, it’s a sensory experience providing an insight into what it is like to live with hearing loss, breaking down taboos, and exploring deafness and hearing loss through multimedia, photography and installation. At PhotoAccess, Manuka art Centre, until April 24.

 “SLOW Burn” by Pamela Griffith & Greg Hansell, who have 100 years of successful exhibiting between them, is at Octagon ArtSpace, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, until June 1.

“LAKE Eyre Horizons …..where sky, land and water merge” by Carmel McCrow, is at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, New Acton Exhibition until April 24, 11am-3pm Wednesday to Friday, 10am-4pm weekends.

Montague Island art
Montague Island art

WILDLIFE and Botanical Artists Inc is presenting an exhibition featuring artworks by emerging and professional Australian artists who have been inspired by Montague Island, emerging from a WABA artists’ field trip to Montague Island in November 2015. SoART Gallery, Princes Highway, Narooma 11am–4pm daily until April 26. Opening 6pm–8pm tomorrow Friday, April 22 by local historian Laurelle Pacey, all welcome. “ANIMAL, Vegetable, Mineral, a solo exhibition by Rosalind Lemoh, explores the transformative interchange between humans, animals, plants and minerals. At ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson, 12-5pm, Wednesday-Sunday to Sunday April 24.

IN “The Other Shore”, Singaporean photographer Wei Leng Tay asks how one’s sense of self is entwined with national identity, and how a host environment affects everyday lives. At Australian Centre on China in the World building, (behind the College of Law) ANU, until July 15 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday and selected weekends: 10am–4pm (April 23–24, June 10–11 and July 9–10).

FROM ‘Play School’ to ‘Countdown’, from ‘Bellbird’ to ‘Alvin Purple’, early ABC television programs hold a special place in the hearts of many Australians. With its new exhibition “Tuning In: ABC TV 1964–76”, the National Archives of Australia has brought together some of the nation’s favourite shows, all from the Archives’ audio visual collection.

“THOROUGHLY Modern”, curated by David Broker, asks if the ‘Great Australian Dream’ still exists. The detached house on a quarter acre block with a barbeque and hills hoist was a measure of success in the post war 1950s and 1960s. Artists are Janet Angus, Grant Hill, Matthew de Moiser, Alex Lewis, Danny Wild and Stephanie Wilson. At Gorman Arts Centre Canberra Contemporary Art Space until May 7, Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am to 4pm.

 “STRATHNAIRN artBAC” a show of work by members of Strathnairn Arts curated by Bianca Hill, “Beauty and Belonging” ceramics by Idil Abdullhai, “Uncertain Journeys” by Euan Graham, all at Belconnen Arts Centre 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen to April 25 10-4, Tuesday-Sunday.

 “SPARE Parts: new photographs by Sean Davey” is a solo exhibition at The Photography Room, Old Bus Depot Markets Kingston, until April 24, Sundays 10am-4pm & by appointment.

 “PETITS Travaux”, a showing of small works at Aarwun Gallery in Gold Creek is a hanging of small, original artworks from twenty fine artists.

Matthew Harding, 'Birdman'
Matthew Harding, ‘Birdman’ at GAD

THE GALLERY of Australian Design is exploring a key aspect of Canberra’s local history and heritage. Presented by the ANU School of Art Furniture Workshop, the ACT ‘Witness Tree Project’ features objects created from the timber of city street trees who have come to the end of their useful life. At GAD 47 Jardine street Kingston until April 30.

“BARBARA Hanrahan: Words + Art” exhibits prints and prose of artist and writer Hanrahan, assembling pieces form UNSW Canberra and UNSW art collection, at ADFA Northcote Drive, Campbell 9am to 5pm until June 17.

THE ANNUAL Queanbeyan Leagues Club Art Exhibition is at the Queanbeyan Art Society Gallery to April 23. A record 120 works have been judged by Anita McIntyre.

IN its newest show, Canberra Museum and Gallery aims to further the enjoyment of the complexity of the nature of the Canberra region and our ‘bush capital’, in photos, paintings, sculpture, natural history illustration and drawing, scientific specimens and audio-visual material and a program of walks and talks, which can be found at cmag.com.au

CANBERRA Glassworks has been busy playing with marbles, and in their newest show, they’ll be showing off the responses to this humble yet technically demanding glass art form by nine artists from across Australia. “Collecting Nostalgia,” at Canberra Glassworks to April 24.

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