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Twilight Jazz at Eisteddfod, photo Micah Chubb
THIS year’s bands and orchestras sections of the Australian National Eisteddfod is now running until June 1. This weekend has: Jazz Bands, at Lyneham High School Performing Arts Centre from 4.30pm-10.30pm, Thursday, May 25; Open Bands, Llewellyn Hall (ANU), 5.30pm-10pm, Friday, May 26; Concert Bands Orchestras and Ensembles, Llewellyn Hall (ANU), 8.15am-7.30pm, Saturday, May 27; ACT High School Bands, Llewellyn Hall (ANU), 8am-3.30pm, Sunday, May 28. Bookings and all program details at or tickets at the door.

THE Friends of the National Film and Sound Archive are taking a mystery coach tour of the new Canberra suburb of Moncrieff, named after famous Australian singer Gladys Moncrieff, with musical identity David Kilby. The tour it titled “Our Glad”. Tour runs between 1.30pm-3.30pm this Sunday, May 28. Bookings to

HAPPY birthday to Canberra Glassworks, which officially turns 10 years old on May 25. Local artist Jonathan Baskett has returned from his studio in Mexico to work as the Thomas Foundation Artist In Residence during May, exploring into the relationship between mould blown glass and artificial light. Members of the public can say hello to Baskett while visiting the hotshop at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston. From 10am–4pm, Wednesday to Sunday until May 28.

Cheryl Davison’s artwork, open Studio, Narooma
THE River of Art festival runs everywhere on the coast from Durras to Bermagui until May 28. With more than 130 arts treats. Due to heavy rain, they have rescheduled the Creators Bazaar at Moruya Country Markets, which will be held this Saturday, May 27, at the same venue. 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-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.

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


ANU Drill Hall Gallery director Terence Maloon will launch the book “Culture Heist” by Judith White. At the gallery from 3pm, Sunday, May 28. Bookings to


THE next ADFAS Molonglo Plains Lectures will be held at 2pm this Thursday, May 25, at the Comfort Inn Airport International, 57 Yass Road, Queanbeyan, followed by afternoon tea. Zara Fleming will introduce the history, art and culture of Tibet from the time of the Great Tibetan Empire of the 6th to the 9th centuries up to the present. All inquiries to Lucy Costas 0437 538529

MUSE café in the East hotel Kingston has “Secrets of a Beauty Queen”, where beauty writer Stephanie Darling spills the beans in conversation with Amanda Whitely. Saturday, May 27. Bookings to

Arts Business:

THE Groove Warehouse is presenting one of the world’s great musicians, Ari Hoenig, in a Drum Clinic. 5/1 Sawmill Circuit, Hume, 7pm, May 31. Bookings to or 6260 2848.

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

?ukasz Krupi?ski
FRIENDS of Chopin Australia will have the brilliant young pianist ?ukasz Krupi?ski from Poland here for a recital at the Polish Embassy at 7pm on Friday, June 2. Then music-lovers Brian and Dianne Anderson are hosting an intimate recital and high tea at 57 Arthur Circle Red Hill on Saturday, June 3 at 3.15pm. Bookings essential for both to or 0466 620825. All proceeds will go to the Third Australian International Chopin Piano Competition to be held in Canberra during September.

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

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. 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


Alison Plevey
Alison Plevey and the Australian Dance Party need your vote for a Bendigo Bank community grant to help them create a full length work in 2017. Voting to or directly by email to

“ENIGMA”, a new exhibition by local photographer Lorna Sim, is at The Photography Room in the Old Bus Depot Markets running 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. This week’s Thursday class is self-expressive movement and dance, with Eva Damarjati. 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. Info at


Grahame Kennedy r. in ‘The Odd Angry Shot’
GRAHAM Kennedy, so the National Film and Sound archive observes, was not only Australian television’s first superstar, but also a serious film actor. You can see exactly this with a double feature of “Don’s Party” and “The Odd Angry Shot”, at the archive, May 26. Bookings 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:

Australian Piano Duo Photograph by Jasper Tu
THE next concert at the High Court will feature the Australian Piano Duo in “Folkloric Enchantment”, 1.30pm, Sunday, May 28. Free but bookings essential to

THE Sydney Consort has Israeli virtuoso harpsichordist, Michael Tsalka joining the ensemble for four Bach concertos. The concert will wind up with “Concerto for 4 Harpsichords”, an adaptation of “Vivaldi’s concerto for 4 Violins”. Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest, 3pm, Sunday, May 28. Bookings to or

GUITARIST Slava Grigoryan joins the Australian String Quartet in two works of contemporary sensibility. At Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia, 2pm-4pm, Sunday, May 28. Bookings to

Streeton Trio with Clerici, l.
THE Streeton Trio, featuring Emma Jardine (violin), Benjamin Kopp (piano) and Umberto Clerici, (cello) will perform romantic piano trios by Mendelssohn and Smetana. At the National Portrait Gallery, 6pm, Saturday, May 27. Bookings to

KOMPACTUS Youth Choir presents “What Dreams May Come”, a dreamy concert including “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre. At Welsey Music Centre, 7pm, Saturday, May 27. Bookings to or at the door.

Polifemy choir and Walking the Dog recorder consort with
Robyn Mellor
“THE Madrigals of Thomas Morley” is the theme of a concert being performed by musical director Robyn Mellor’s two groups, Walking the Dog and Polifemy at the Canberra Centre for Christianity and Culture, on the corner of King’s Avenue and Blackall Street, Barton. From 5pm this Saturday, May 27. Bookings to or tickets at the door.

FOUR Winds and the Australian National Academy of Music present Artists in Residence, the Aurelia Quartet, in concert this Saturday, May 27, 2pm. At the Windsong Pavilion on Four Winds Road, Bermagui. 16yrs and under free. Gates open from 1pm.

Peking Duk’s “Clowntown” tours comes to the UC Refectory, 8pm, this Friday May 26, 18+ only. Bookings to

PHOENIX Pub in Civic has as follows: Thursday, May 25 at 9pm, Kegs n Karaoke; Friday, May 26 at 9pm, Friday Night Fiesta, Funkytrop; Saturday, May 27 at 9pm, Revellers, Adventure Sunday, Semen & Garfuckel.


Mandi Lodge as Shirley Valentine
DENNY Lawrence’s production of “Shirley Valentine” will be The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, until May 27. Bookings to or 6285 6290.

SAMMY J is an award-winning comedian, musician and writer who has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and Montreal “Just for Laughs” festivals, been nominated for three ARIA awards, and provides the human half of the Barry Award winning man/puppet comedy duo Sammy J & Randy. He’ll perform his show, “Hero Complex” at The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre at 7.30pm, May 27 only. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

“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. Bookings to or 6247 1223.


“A Change Is Gonna Come” is an exhibition focusing on the 1967 Aboriginal Referendum and the 1992 MABO land rights decision by the High Court. At the National Museum of Australia, until January 30, 2018.

‘Snug’ by Meg Hof
“BABY it’s cold outside” is a celebration of all things frosty, by Queanbeyan-Palerang artist showing what winter means to them. At The Q, Queanbeyan, May 25 to June 19.

THERE are currently two exhibitions at the Canberra School of Art. One features printed textiles from the Babbarra Women’s Centre in Arnhem Land. Items for sale can be bought through the gallery office. The other is an exhibition of works from a collection of people at ANU who have worked in communities. The exhibition includes work from artists such as Howard Morphy, W E Stanner, Louise Hamby and Valerie Kirk and others.

“DEFYING Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial” brings the works of 30 contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to the National Gallery of Australia from May 26 to September 10.

The Belconnen Community Gallery “RESPECT” series’ Reconciliation Week show is a group exhibition by participants in the Bungee indigenous boys and indigenous girls groups, parents from the Koori Kids program, and professional Yidinji artist, Greg Joseph. All works will be displayed at the Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court,  until June 9, 9am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Beaver Galleries – Julie Bartholomew, ‘Subversive Botanica I, Headland Zieria (Ziera prostrata)’, gun, porcelain, silver decals, (wall piece)
BEAVER Galleries have Julian Laffan’s hand-cut and coloured woodcut paintings in “Le Monde: observations of place” and 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.

“MELODRAMA in Meiji Japan” Japanese woodblock (Kuchi-e) illustrations at the Exhibition Gallery on the ground floor of the National Library of Australia. From 10am-5pm, May 24 to August 27. Free, no booking required.

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 to June 25.

FINE works by 74 artists including paintings, ceramics, glass, sculpture and woodwork will be on display and for sale at the 33rd annual Radford P&F Art Show. It will be running from 10am-4pm, May 26 to May 28 at Radford College’s TB Millar Hall, 1 College Street, Bruce. Entry by gold coin. The champagne opening gala is at 7.30pm, Friday, May 26 with live music by the Park Quartet. Entry fee $20, under 12s $10. Bookings for the gala to

“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 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 show runs to June 11, 10am to 4pm, Thursday to Sunday, Aspinall Street Watson.

‘Family Snapshots’ by Hakim Abdul Rahim, UC show
“BEAUTIES and Beasts” is a UC Faculty of Arts and Design staff exhibition at the Belconnen Arts Centre until May 28. A poetry reading by Jen Webb and Paul Munden will be held from 2pm-4pm this Sunday, May 21, in conjunction with the exhibition. All welcome.

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.

U3A ‘click and capture’
THE U3A Camera Club is presenting its second “Click + Capture” exhibition at Strathnairn Arts in Holt from Thursday, May 25 to Sunday, June 11. Together twenty-one photographers, members of the U3A Camera Club, reflect their diverse styles, backgrounds and interests in a showcase that includes flora, fauna, wildlife and city life. Opening at 4pm, Thursday, May, 25. All welcome.

“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.

“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 9.30am-4.30pm, until May 28.

“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, to July 23, free.

A work by Aran Galligan
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.

James Rowell, Karl Marx, An ideal version of image No. 1, 2016, acrylic on canvas
M16artspace has new shows opening at 6pm this Thursday, May 25. The shows include “The age of meaninglessness has ended – Art, Empirical and Ideal”, paintings by James Rowell; “The Darkness Torch” by Louisa Giffard, investigating the difference between additive and subtractive media; “The Elm Forest” curated by Hannah Webb, bringing together collaborative and solo works by artists Janet Angus and Fairlie Pearce; and “Labyrinths of the Mind”, recent paintings by Sholto Morton. At 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, 12pm-5pm, Wednesday to Sunday until Sunday, June 11.

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.

Work by Christian Hall
CRAFT ACT has a solo exhibition by South Australian designer and maker Christian Hall, which includes furniture, sculpture and jewellery. Craft ACT will also feature “Emerging Contemporaries”, the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists such as Jessica Ashcroft, Andres Caycedo, Wayne Creaser, Lara Forsdick, Zoe Grigoris, Thomas Hume, Walter Jugadai Tjungurrayi, Mona Lewis, Catherine Newton, Kate Small, Megan Stewart, Marissa Thompson, Thomas Tjilya, Jo Victoria, Caroline Walker-Grime and Georgina Whigham. At Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, North Building, Civic. Until July 15, opening at 6pm, Thursday May 25. All welcome.

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.

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. The exhibition runs at 1 Rosevear Street, Dickson, until June 4, Wednesday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Al Phemister’s ‘Dandelions’ at CGS
“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.

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.

THE Australian War Memorial has as a permanent exhibition “The Holocaust: witnesses and survivors”, which includes over 85 collection items.
“YOU Am I” front man and solo artist Tim Rogers is coming to The Street Theatre with a stellar line-up of musicians who will again confuse hubris for artistry. Thursday, May 25, 8pm. Bookings to

ALSO at The Street this week on Friday is songbird Hayley Jensen. After selling out, her performance has been moved to a larger stage so that she can wow more people. Friday, May 26, 7.30pm. Bookings to

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