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Splinters exhibition, Moruya.
THE south coast is thought of as “Canberra by the Sea”, and opening this weekend is the River of Art festival, which runs everywhere from Durras to Bermagui from May 19 to 28. With more than 130 arts treats, a high point will be the River of Art 2017 Art Prize exhibition at the SoArt Gallery in Narooma from May 22. All program details at

Workshops and classes:

SCOTTISH country dance classes for beginners will be held at St Andrews Presbyterian Church Hall in Forrest from 6pm to 7.15pm on Wednesday evening until June 7. Cost $6 per class. For more information visit or phone Gill on 6281 1825.

MEGALO has “Introduction to Print” classes that explore three print methods over six weeks with Erica Seccombe (screen), Peter McLean (Relief) and Clare Jackson (Etching) to June 8. Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am-5pm. Inquiries to 6232 604.

“ACTING for the Fun of It” presents “Playing Shakespeare”, a six week course in playing Shakespeare. At the Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning, 51 Fremantle Drive, until June 1. Inquiries to course tutor Peter Wilkins at or phone 0408 034373. CIT Adult Short courses are held every first weekend of the month all year round at Canberra Glassworks. Costs apply and to find out more, email


MUSE café in the East hotel Kingston has three “Millennials”, Sam Vincent, Yolande Norris and Billy Griffiths, for a panel discussion with editor Julianne Schultz about their contributions to the “Griffith Review 56”, which focuses on work, culture and transition in the 21st century. 3pm-4pm, Sunday, May 21. Bookings to

Arts Business:

MEGALO Access Arts Inc. is holding its annual general meeting at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery 21, which is located at Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, from 6pm, Tuesday, May 23. Inquiries, including agenda, board nominations and proxy forms to Ingeborg Hansen, or 6232 6041.

ORIANA Chorale is holding a Masterpiece Workshop called “19th Century Romantics”, which is run by musical director Peter Young who has prepared a selected mix of sacred and secular pieces. All singers welcome, no auditions. Observers welcome at reduced charge. St Peter’s Lutheran Church, Boolee Street, Reid. From 2pm to 6pm, Saturday, June 3. Bookings to Arts/

M16’s Writer in Residence Program 2017 is a supported residency for emerging writers with an interest in the arts. It offers an emerging writer the opportunity to develop their writing practice, publish their work, contribute to the critical discussion of Australian contemporary art, particularly in Canberra, and work closely with a small arts team. To apply submit an example of your arts writing (review, essay, etc) no longer than 1000 words and a CV by 5pm Friday, July 28 to

THERE’S still time to be part of the Four Winds “Composing the Future with James Crabb’s” campaign. Donations can be made until May 31 to help support new work, a resident artist and the Windsong Series. Donations to

CANBERRA Glassworks is seeking help to allow local artist Peter Nilsson to engrave three panels of glass for “Huldra”, a giant outdoor engraving project for the Winter Glass Market on June 17. The finished work “Lady in the Green Dress” by Peter Nilsson, valued at $11,000, will be raffled at the market to raise funds for the Creative Fellowship and other artistic programs. Tax deductible donations by June 9 to

THE ANU Drill Hall Gallery is holding a benefit dinner with fine food, wine and music, at University House. From 7pm-11pm, Friday, May 19. Tickets cost $110 or $1000 for a table of 10. Bookings to

IN The City Canberra is partnering with the 2018 National Multicultural Festival for the second round of “Grants in the City” to help cover costs of engaging local entertainers and enabling local multicultural communities to participate in next year’s event. Grants close on July 3 and are available for “public ideas” of $2000 to $80,000 for professional and popular ideas. Application details at

THE Snowy Mountains’ coolest music event, The Peak Festival, is coming up again on the June long weekend (June 9-1) with over 30 artists and around 120 performances across 10 live stages throughout the Perisher Resort. Applications for Youth Performers to play at the 2017 Peak Festival close this Sunday, May 21. Inquiries and bookings to

AINSLIE and Gorman Arts Centres offers supported office accommodation for artists, creatives, as well as arts organisations and music-based organisations and individuals. Inquiries to


Eliza by Lorna Sim
“ENIGMA”, a new exhibition by local photographer Lorna Sim, is at The Photography Room in the Old Bus Depot Markets running from May 19 to June 25. The exhibition presents the form and free spirit of Eliza Sanders, a young contemporary, award-winning and independent dancer, choreographer and visual artist. Admission is free.

AUSDANCE ACT Open Class is continuing with advanced to professional level classes on Wednesdays from 10am-11.30am at the Belconnen Arts Centre. Evening classes on Thursdays run from 6.50pm-8.20pm at QL2’s Dance Studio, which is for intermediate to professional level dancers of all genres. Inquiries to 6247 9103.

PADMA Menon’s next course focuses on the popular Buddhist and Indian archetype, “Green Tara”, who represents freedom from eight fears including pride, doubt and anger. The dance focus in the six-week course will be a combination of Indian and western styles and will also include guided reflection through movement. A free introductory workshop will allow participants to learn more. Currie Crescent Community Centre, 11 Currie Crescent, Kingston. From 10am-11am, 20. RSVP essential to


“AMERICAN Essentials” is a festival that celebrates the best of American independent cinema including Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s sprawling epic “American Pastoral”. At Palace Electric, until May 28, bookings to

THE Persian Film Festival will run again from August 31 to September 10. It showcases films from Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and the Persian-speaking diaspora, with awards for “Best Feature”, “Best Documentary”, and “Best Short Film”. The festival will feature Q&As and masterclasses. For terms and conditions and to submit films visit

Concerts and Gigs:

THE second of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s ActewAGL Llewellyn Series, “Cello”, is at Llewellyn Hall tonight, Thursday, May 18 at 7.30pm. It features conductor Stanley Dodds and cellist Umberto Clerici. Bookings to

PIANIST Andrew Rumsey is staging a farewell concert before he leaves for Carnegie Hall at which he will perform the premiere of Michael Dooley’s “Piano Concerto No.1″. At Wesley Music Centre, from 7pm, Saturday April 20. Bookings to

PETULA Clark is at Canberra Theatre this Friday, May 19, singing timeless hits such as “Downtown” and “I Know A Place”, as well as numbers from her new album “From Now On”. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

Huitker and Junk Sctulpture in mourning for Vivaldi’s
GEORGE Huitker and his band Junk Sculpture have two “au revoir” shows called “Burning down the House” to say, “Rest in Peace Vivaldi’s”. At Teatro Vivaldi, ANU Arts Centre, Saturdays, May 20 and June 3. All bookings to 6257 2718 or 

THE “Glistening Harvest” Wesley Music Scholars’ Autumn Concert takes place at Wesley Uniting Church, 22 National Circuit, Forrest, from 2pm on Sunday, May 21. Tickets at the door, children under 12 free.

ART Song Canberra’s next concert, “The Voice of Heroic Love”, features some of its most popular artists including soprano Louise Page, clarinettist Rachel Best Allen and pianist Phillipa Candy. Wesley Music Centre, 3pm, Sunday, May 21. Tickets at the door, no bookings required.

Gregg Arthur
AUSTRALIAN singer and songwriter Gregg Arthur is a Sydneysider who now lives in Los Angeles. He’ll will be performing his brand of smooth romantic songs with the Peter Locke Trio at the Bungendore Woodworks Café, on Saturday, May 20. Bookings for dinner and show in the Cafe or to 6238 1688.

FOLLOWING the release of his new album “OT”, Sydney-based producer Oliver Tank will be performing at Transit Bar, 8pm this Friday, May 19. Bookings to

GOLDEN Guitar Winner Lachlan Bryan, complete with a full band and the country-folk duo The Weeping Willows, will appear at the Harmonie German Club, this Saturday, May 20, and guests include Freya Josephine Hollick, Imogen Clark and Ange Boxall. Bookings to

THE Young Music Society is staging a free concert this weekend, featuring Canberra’s finest young musicians and “Sounds of Brass” with Carly Brown (horn) and her students. At Belconnen Arts Centre 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, from 2.30pm–3.30pm, this Sunday, May 21. No bookings required.

Harpist Tegan Peemoeller
HARPISTS Meriel Owen and Tegan Peemoeller are performing together in a concert naturally called “Harp 2 Harp”. At Cooinda Hall, Kangara Waters, 2 Joy Cummings Place, Belconnen, from 2.15pm on Saturday, May 20. Tickets at the door include a generous afternoon tea.

CANBERRA Symphony Orchestra’s next concert, performed under the baton of Stanley Dodds, begins with Haydn’s “L’isola disabitata” (The Desert Island), it then moves on to Schumann’s “Cello Concerto in A minor” performed by Italian soloist Umberto Clerici, followed by Peter Sculthorpe’s “Jabiru Dreaming” and Brahms’ third symphony. At Llewellyn Hall, 7.30pm, May 18, bookings to

AUSTRALIAN composer Ralph Hultgren’s exciting “White Noise” opens the Canberra Wind Symphony’s next concert, “Blown Away”, conducted by Geoff Grey. The Street Theatre, 7.30pm, Friday, May 19. Bookings to the or 6247 1223.

PIANIST and director of Selby and Friends, Kathryn Selby, joins violinist Andrew Haveron and cellist Timo-Veikko Valve in “By Arrangement”, with versions of orchestral works by Beethoven, Ravel and Haydn. James O. Fairfax Theatre, NGA, 7.30pm, May 22. Bookings to

PHOENIX Pub in Civic has as follows: Thursday, May 19 at 9pm, Kegs n Karaoke, Thunderbolt City, New Age Group, Chimney Goo; Saturday, May 20 at 6pm, Toe To Toe, Sketch Method, UTI, Cockbelch, Kid Presentable, Needledick, Sewer Sideshow, Semen & Garfuckel.

THE Llewellyn Choir presents Giuseppe Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem”, at Llewellyn Hall, 7.30pm, Saturday, May 20. Bookings to and tickets at the door.


“FIRST Seen: new works-in-progress” returns to The Street Theatre, offering the chance to be part of the creative process that helps performance works progress to production-ready stage. First cab off the rank is Hired Mother by Cathy Petocz. At the Street, from 3pm on Sunday, May 21. Bookings to or 6247 1223.

Hypnotist Matt Hale
COMEDIAN-hypnotist Matt Hale will be bringing his show “Hypnolicious” to The Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre May 19 and 20. Bookings to or 6285 6290.

ARTHUR Miller’s “A View from the Bridge”, written in 1955 as a modern “Greek tragedy”, has found contemporary relevance in recent years. Directed by Chris Baldock in his first directorial role with REP. It is at Theatre 3, Repertory Lane, Acton to May 20. Bookings to or 6257 1950.Exhibitions:

Julian Laffan -‘On the way to Salzburg’, woodcut, gouache and pencil on ply,
BEAVER Galleries have two new exhibitions. The first is Julian Laffan’s hand-cut and coloured woodcut paintings in “Le Monde: observations of place” and the second is Julie Bartholomew’s porcelain exhibition, “Tread carefully”. At 81 Denison Street, Deakin, until June 4, Tuesday to Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday and Sunday, 9am–5pm.

THREE photographic artists are now exhibiting at The Photography Room in the Old Bus Depot Markets. Dörte Conroy’s “What Comes to Mind”, Lorna Sim’s “Enigma” and Maurice Weidmann’s “Absence of Sunshine” can be seen from May 19 to June 25. Opening night 6pm, Friday, May 19. All welcome, but please RSVP for catering purposes to, for Friday night gallery openings, entry is now more accessible via 21 Wentworth Avenue.

Untitled 2000, Kirstie Rea
“KIRSTIE Rea: the land”, a 20-year survey of works by one of Canberra’s most famous glass creators, has been chosen for the reopening of the Canberra Museum and Gallery. The show runs from May 13 to August 20.

“THIS Way” is an exhibition at Watson Arts Centre of new works in wax and clay by 2016 EASS winner, Heidi Strachan. The opening is at 6pm this Thursday, May 18 by Peter Haynes from Strathnairn and the show runs May 18 to June 11, 10am to 4pm, Thursday to Sunday, Aspinall Street Watson.

THE Nancy Sever Gallery presents an exhibition of Indigenous art from the remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia that features the work of senior Gija artists from the same community as Rover Thomas and Queenie McKenzie. At 4/6 Kennedy Street, Kingston. Wednesday to Sunday 11am-6pm, until June 4.

KYEEMA Gallery’s new exhibition with sale is “Margaret Ballard: Works in Resin”, which opens at 13 Gladstone Street, Hall Village. From 10.30am–5pm, Thursday to Sunday.

ARTISTS Gillian Bellas, Leigh Murray, Ann Hand, Nyree Mason, Wendy Antoniak, John McKenna, Jeff Isaacs and Coby Brinkman are exhibiting paintings of native and exotic plants, birds and animals under the title “Birds, Beasts & Buds”. Sweet Copper, Old Ginninderra Schoolhouse Gallery, Gold Creek Village, running until the end of June.

“FAUNAcation” is an exhibition put together by 16 local artists Debbie Paton, Karyn Fearnside, Shan Crosbie, Liz Faul, Paul Dumetz, Angela Parragi, Monika Leone, Rita Evans, Tricia Wimpenny, Leah Martin, Jenny Sinn, Anne Sawkins, Carol Laurent, Patsy Robinson, Caren Wilford and Robyne Parolin, which aims to challenge the viewers’ perception of animals and how people’s actions cause them harm. At Tuggeranong Arts Centre until Saturday May 27. Meet the artists for afternoon tea, 2pm, this Saturday, May 20.

Neon heart by Harriet Schwarzrock
“EXQUISITE Nature” is a show of neon artworks by Emilie Patteson and Harriet Schwarzrock that has been curated by Aimee Frodsham. Patteson’s work is grounded in collecting and preserving plant material within glass, while Schwarzrock is known for her bold, bright use of text and neon installations. Suki & Hugh Gallery, 38A Gibraltar Street.

THE 18th John Briscoe Memorial Art Award is at the Raglan Gallery in Cooma. Sponsored by the Briscoe family in memory of their father, a prominent Monaro artist. The show runs Wednesday to Sunday 9.30pm-4.30pm, until May 28.

ART In Miniature Canberra is staging its 16th annual exhibition. The tiny “jewel-like” paintings are by artists Camelia Smith, Cheryl Hodges, Deborah Hamilton, Eva Henry, Isla Patterson, Sharon Buckland, Jan Vincent, Lyn Cottingham, Heather Pricket, Michaela Laurie, Stuart Marshall, Sandra House, Jocelyne Godber, Val Johnson and Arlene Williams. Strathnairn Gallery, Stockdill Drive, Holt, to May 21.

“EVOLUTION: Torres Strait Masks” explores the longstanding importance of masks in Torres Strait culture and how they continue to influence contemporary art forms in this exhibition, developed by the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Thursday Island. First Australians Focus Gallery, National Museum of Australia, May 19 to July 23, free.

BILK Gallery is presenting “Shared Concerns”, an exhibition of work by eight jewellers from Australia, Denmark and the US who were initially brought together to work in the famed Penland craft studios in the mountains of North Carolina, runs until June 2.

THE digital and the real collide in curator Sabrina Baker’s show “Me Time”, in which Tully Arnot, Grace K Blake, Benjamin Forster, Claudia Greathead, Anna May Kirk, Janis Lejins, Claudia Nicholson and Giselle Stanborough, explore increasing integration between life, art and technology. Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Ainslie + Gorman Art Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, until June 24, Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm.

ARONE Meeks’ exhibition, “Beyond the Blue: Unbroken”, by Roger Butler, the senior curator of Australian Prints & Drawings, NGA. At Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, 21 Wentworth Avenue Kingston. The show runs until May 27, Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am-5pm.

The winner, Peter Vandermark’s ‘Conductor V’
“SCULPTURE on the Campus”, at Canberra Grammar School, 40 Monaro Crescent, Red Hill, until Saturday, June 18. Members of the public are welcome throughout the festival season.

FEMALE photographers explore cultural identity and “Asianness” in a new exhibition at PhotoAccess’s Huw Davies Gallery. “Chinese Whispers and Other Stories” features photo-based work by artist/curator Pia Johnson, with Tammy Law, Janelle Low and Siying Zhou. Their stories  include Zhou’s video: “Our first Lamington made in Australia”. The exhibition continues until Sunday, May 21.

GLASS-blowing virtuoso Tom Rowney and experimenter in would Zeljko Markov have a joint exhibition curated by Jane Cush running at Canberra Glassworks, Wentworth Avenue Kingston, until May 28.

“AWESOME” local art is up for sale at a fraction of the cost in an exhibition and Silent Auction to raise money for the Belconnen Community Gallery’s Community Art Support program, which includes initiatives like “the Springboard series”, the “peace of mind” series and the “RESPECT” series. In gallery@bcs, Swanson Court Belconnen, weekdays until May 19.

Cat Mueller, give away my scales, 2016
CAT Mueller graduated with First Class Honours from The ANU School of Art in 2015. Mueller investigates colour relationships and optical effects across painting, drawing, and installation.“NONSTOP” at ANCA is a series of vibrant large-scale airbrushed acrylic paintings. Join Mueller in conversation about her work at ANCA Gallery at 1.30pm on Friday, May 19. The exhibition runs at 1 Rosevear Street, Dickson, until June 4, Wednesday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

CRAFT ACT: Craft and Design Centre is holding a 10th anniversary celebration of the annual Craft ACT Artist-In-Residence program at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage, Namadgi National Park, as well as “Curious Tales – A journey through form”, a solo exhibition by mid-career furniture maker Peter Bollington.

Jessica Bock, The Palm House (detail), 2017.
M16 Artspace in Griffith has several new exhibitions at 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith, running to May 21. Among them are “Recent Small Paintings” by Martin Paull, “Together Apart”, by Keith Bailey, Lex Beardsell, Ian Robertson, Alan Howard, Cherylynne Holmes, and Jane Styles, who are all voluntary guides at the NGA; “The Palm House”, by Jessica Bock, inspired by the Palm House at Kew Gardens; and “Green Space: scenes from the Bush Capital”, by Thea Katauskas.

THE National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 will be on display at the Portrait Gallery to June 18. The exhibition will then tour. The final works were selected from a national field of over 3000 entries from amateur and professional photographers. The finalists include photographers from every state and territory except Tasmania.

“THREE Ways”, work by G.W. Bot, Meg Buchanan & Anita McIntyre, is a show of Canberra arctic strength in an exhibition curated by Peter Haynes. Goulburn Regional Gallery Corner Bourke & Church Streets Goulburn, to May 20.THE Australian War Memorial has as a permanent exhibition “The Holocaust: witnesses and survivors”, which includes over 85 collection items.



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