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Musicians in the snow
THE Snowy Mountains’ coolest music event, The Peak Festival, is coming up again this June long weekend with over 30 artists and around 120 performances across 10 live stages throughout the Perisher Resort. Inquiries and bookings to


Amberly Studios, Photo by Ben Appleton @ Photox
GUYY and Adam Lilleyman, who have just opened their own Amberly Studios in Kambah, are throwing a launch party and free BBQ and giving people an opportunity to wander around the area and bush studio. At 325 Kambah Pool Road from 3pm, Saturday, June 3, free event.

RECENT ANU School of Art Glass Workshop honours graduate Rose-Mary Faulkner is investigating methods of mapping and recording the female figure in her kiln formed work. Viewable at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, 10am–4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Entry by donation.

THIS year’s bands and orchestras sections of the Australian National Eisteddfod is now running until June 1. Bookings and all program details at or tickets at the door.

Workshops and classes:


“RECYCLED Reef” is a large-scale temporary art exhibition in Civic, to be made from clean recyclable waste. An art making workshop will be held at Garema Place on Monday, June 5, from 12pm-3pm. Materials are provided and ideas are welcome. Information from Phil Nizette and Jennifer Jones at

CASP is an annual small grants program administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Create NSW Arts and Health. Its focus is on arts and the environment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander projects, culturally and linguistically diverse projects and projects by children or young people. CASP Grant writing workshops are open to applicants at until 5pm on Thursday, July 27.

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/

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

Arts Business:

THE 2nd “Girls Rock! Canberra” camp is running during the winter holidays. The five-day program is open to girls, trans and non-binary youth ages 10-17 years. Last year there were 42 participants and 35 mentors. To be held at Ainslie Arts Centre from July 10-15. Applications to

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

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

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


Albanian dancers
“JOURNEY of Dance through Albania” will see Maria Jenkins and Lesley Rose present old and new dances learned from tours of Albania. Dance experience desirable and please bring a scarf. A contribution to afternoon tea is always welcome. Folk Dance Canberra Hall, Hackett Community Centre, 114 Maitland Street, Hackett, 1.30pm–4.30pm. Tickets at the door, details at

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.

Ruth Osborne
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 Open Professional Class will feature Ruth Osborne looking at at  “old school” jazz from a contemporary perspective, Thursday, June 1. 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


Still from ‘Brutti ma Buoni’
“BRUTTI ma Buoni” is a short film of Brutalist buildings in Canberra. The film is co-directed by Coco, Maximilian and U-P, and an accompanying live score by Speak Percussion interprets the bulidings aurally. At the Nishi gallery, Hotel Hotel, 6.3opm, Friday, June 2. 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:

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. 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. Book via or 0466 620825. All proceeds will go to the Third Australian International Chopin Piano Competition to be held in Canberra during September.

Leonard Weiss, photo Peter Hislop
MUSICAL director Leonard Weiss is conducting Haydn’s “The Creation” for SCUNA, the ANU Choral Society, with soloists Rachael Duncan, Charles Hudson and David Greco. Haydn wrote both German and English versions of the oratorio – this will be in English. Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest, 4pm, Sunday, June 4. Bookings to

ONCE called “Ireland’s Billie Holiday”, singer Mary Coughlan, will sing jazz ballads, blues, rock, Irish songs and original compositions. 7pm in the Canberra Irish Club on Sunday, June 4. Bookings to or 6288 5088.

Domenico Nordio and Massimo Scattolin
ITALIAN musicians, Domenico Nordio and Massimo Scattolin will be at Ainslie Arts Centre with “Art of the Virtuoso”, celebrating the Festa della Repubblica (anniversary of the formation of the Italian Republic) through works by Niccolò Paganini and Mauro Giuliani. 7pm, Saturday, June 3. Bookings to

CANBERRA Symphony Orchestra’s second concert in its “Australian Series” will see Greenway 3, a trio of baritone voice, clarinets, and piano, perform a repertoire that includes “About Light”, a commissioned work by Alice Humphries, who used the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 as her inspiration. National Portrait Gallery, 6.30pm, June 1. Bookings to

Yotam Silberstein, photo by Emra Islek
THE Street’s contemporary jazz focus continues with a performance on June 1 featuring New York-based Israeli guitarist Yotam Silberstein and his Quartet. Then on June 2, Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura will join Jessica Dunn’s Sirens Big Band to perform Fujii’s “Fukushima Suite”, then at 8.30pm The Vampires will perform with Sydney-based Canberra-raised Ben Hauptmann on guitar. Bookings to the or 6247 1223.

CANBERRA Choral Society is teaming up with the National Capital Orchestra for an all-Australian concert conducted by Leonard Weiss, featuring the works of Carl Vine, Matthew Hindson and Graeme Koehne. Llewellyn Hall, 7.30pm, Saturday, June 3. Tickets available from Ticketek.

“THESE Are the Songs” is a compilation album spanning the past 18 years of Mick Thomas’ creative life. It is a classic set of tunes performed as the companion to his new book “These Are the Days”. Smiths Alternative, Alinga Street, Civic, 6.30pm and 9.30 pm, Thursday, June 1. Bookings to

THE 2017 Canberra String Festival, an AUSTA ACT event, is presented in partnership with the Wesley Music Foundation, running from 1pm to 8pm on Saturday and 1pm to 5pm on Sunday. A highlight for the public will be the Concerto Movement Competitions being held at Wesley Music Centre this Saturday, June 3 at 7.15pm. Entry is $5.

MARUKI Community Orchestra will perform Ravel’s “Bolero” along with Mendelssohn, Quantz and Brahms’ Symphony No.4. At Albert Hall, 3pm this Sunday, June 4. Bookings to or tickets at the door.

CHRISTINE Anu will be at the National Film and Sound Archive with an intimate evening of music, memories and conversation at 7.15pm on Friday, June 2, as part of National Reconciliation Week commemorations. Bookings to

Cathy and Lou – Crooners, at Smith’s
BERNIE and the Mere Cats are back with a series of Saturday sessions of jazz. This comedic improvised jazz show returns for a stand-alone season at Smith’s Alternative. Drawing on song titles suggested by the audience, the band creates an entire set of original jazz songs in the style of 1950s-60s era crooners. Opening event Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Civic, 5.30pm, this Saturday, June 3. Bookings to or tickets at the door.

‘Paul’ at the Vatican, photo by Barbie Robinson
STRANGE goings-on at our arts public radio station with news that the “Artsound Beatles” are on a world tour ending at the studios in Manuka Arts Centre for a show at 5pm today (June 1). Even stranger is Barbie Robinson’s photograph of Artsound’s very own “Paul” (really Paul Conn) dressed up in sergeant Peppers costumes provided by Sweet Apple in Fyshwick. You can follow this strange tour at

PHOENIX Pub in Civic has as follows: Thursday, June 1 at 9pm, Kegs n Karaoke; Friday, June 2 at 9pm, Helena Pop, Slagatha Christie, P.J. Johnson, DJ Go to Bed; Saturday, June 3 at 9pm, Capes, Azim Zain and His Lovely Bones, Antonia and the Lazy Susans and Video Breezy.  


AN enchanted evening is guaranteed by Queanbeyan Players with its new production of “South Pacific”. The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, June 2-11. Bookings to or 6285 6290.

“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. Nigel Featherstone’s new opera/music theatre work can be seen in progress this Thursday, June 1 at 5pm. Bookings to or 6247 1223.

A scene at the ABC in “Talk”, photo Brett Boardman
“TALK” is satirist Jonathan Biggins’ take on journalism and the new media. John Waters plays a very familiar kind of shock jock. Playhouse, May 31 to June 2. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

“WE’RE up to our old tricks again with another Agatha Christie,” says Tempo Theatre director, Jon Elphick. Yes, it’s their ninth one. In “Verdict” we meet the Hendryks, refugees whose serenity is shattered when there’s a murder… and a verdict. Theatre@BCS, Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, June 2-10. Bookings to or 6275 2700.


Sally Blake’s work
“THE Colour of Eucalyptus” is a solo exhibition of eucalyptus colour specimens and artworks by Sally Blake at the Australian National Botanical Gardens Gallery, until June 25. Trained in the textiles workshop at the ANU, Blake uses her sensitivity with materials to create artworks that explore these dyes on a range of natural fibres and threads. Blake will run eucalyptus dye workshops in conjunction with the exhibition at the ANBG on June 7, 11 and 18. Inquiries to

“YES: The Ongoing Story of the ’67 Referendum” captures the significance of the referendum and asks what this nation-defining decision means today. The exhibition has been created in partnership with AIATSIS and Reconciliation Australia to celebrate National Reconciliation Week. It will be held at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, until June 3.

AN exhibition and sale of Margaret Ballard’s “Works in Resin” is now on show at Kyeema Gallery, 13 Gladstone Street, Hall Village, from Thursday to Sunday, 10.30am to 5pm, until June 12.

CAPO Curatorial Internship Awardees, ANU Art History graduates Clare Fealy and Emily Stewart, have curated its third Emerging Artists’ Prize exhibition opening at Belconnen Arts Centre, 6pm, Friday, June 2 and running until Sunday, June 25.

CANBERRA Museum and Gallery currently has an exhibition called “Aviary”, celebrating our feathered friends in “Aviary”. The show in the Open Collections gallery is largely drawn from the CMAG collection and includes bird art in painting, drawing, print, photography, sculpture and the decorative arts.

“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.

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

QUEANBEYAN Art Society has the opening of the competition and exhibition “Five Mediums – Any Subject”. At the Queanbeyan Art Society Gallery, Trinculo Place, which is under the bridge on the Queanbeyan River bank. it begins at 2pm this Sunday, June 4. Drinks and Refreshments provided, all welcome.

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.

At NGA, Laurie Nona, “Badhu Harbourka” 2016 , Courtesy of the artist and KickArts Contemporary Arts , Photo Jon Linkins
“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 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 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.

Childrens space for Meiji exhibition
“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, 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.

“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.

“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.

A work by Wendy Antoniak
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.

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.

“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.

“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.

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

Sholto Morton, The Eye, 2017
M16artspace has: “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.

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.

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.

A work by Barak Zelig 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.

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