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A previous Winter Glass Market, photo by Martin Ollman
THE Winter Glass Market is a free annual community celebration of glass and light with a European Winter theme this year. Beer, gin, food and original glassworks are on sale, with “fairytales told in the Black Forest Fairy Grotto” and a chance to craft your own glass gingerbread man or paperweight. Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, from 12pm-8pm, June 17. All welcome. Bookings essential for workshops to


James Joyce
CANBERRA’s James Joyce fans are pulling out their copies of his once-notorious 1922 novel “Ulysses” in preparation for a “Bloomsday” event. “Ulysses” narrates a day in the life of Dubliner Leopold Bloom on Thursday, June 16, 1904, but the event will take place at the Irish Club in Weston on the eve of Bloomsday, 6.30pm, Thursday, June 15. Bookings to or 6288 5088.

PROFESSOR Elizabeth Minchin will be talking about Roman gardens and asking, “what can we learn from Pompeii and Herculaneum?” for the Australian Garden History Society. Supper will follow in the ANU Classics Museum in the Larry Sitsky Recital Room at the ANU School of Music. The talk begins 6.30pm, Thursday, June 15. It’s a free event but bookings are essential to or 6284 4749.

Workshops and classes:

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. 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:

MUSIC for Canberra’s Annual General Meeting will be held in Room 1 at Ainslie Arts Centre, from 3pm–3.30pm this Saturday, June 17, preceded by “Discover Music for Canberra” at the same venue from 10am.

THE Karabar Open Spaces project, “Mosaic seats”, is a project to help mosaic some seats in Queanbeyan. No previous mosaic experience required, register at and turn up at the corner of Southbar and Candlebark Roads on Thursday, June 22, Friday, June 23, Saturday and June 24, Sunday.

M16 Artspace
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

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


“NOT Very Quiet” is a new twice yearly online journal edited by Moya Pacey and Sandra Renew, which aims to offer an opportunity for more women poets of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to publish their work. Submissions of poems for the first issue close on July 1. Send to


BELCONNEN Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre have launched a program supported by ACT Health called “Dance for Wellbeing”. Led by Philip Piggin, Jane Ingall, Gretel Burgess, Debora di Centa and Jacqui Simmonds, it provides dance programs for people challenged by Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimers or Multiple Sclerosis. Inquiries to Rachel at 0404 024406.

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 by Lorna Sim.
“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 Thursday, June 15, Max Burgess will be teaching a particular form of urban dance called “Vogue Femme”. Inquiries to 6247 9103.


DENDY Canberra in the North Quarter of the Canberra Centre is opening six new cinema screens on June 15, making for a total of 15 screens including its Premium Lounge. There is a VIP opening night on Saturday, June 17, when the six new screens will feature six new films, accompanied with wine tasting and canapes – all at 6pm. Then on Sunday, children can see preview screening of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”. All details at

Still from Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood
FILM critic, David Stratton and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia are celebrating 20th century Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa with “Essential Kurosawa: selected by David Stratton”, a curated two-week season of his most famous films. Stratton will be in town for the final night screening of “Rashomon” on June 30. At the Arc cinema, until June 30. Bookings to

ACTOR John Waters will give an illustrated talk for the Friends of the National Film and Sound Archive, taking the audience though highlights of his career matched with film clips from the Archive’s collection. At the NFSA Theatrette, McCoy Circuit, Acton, from 6.15pm, Thursday, June 15. Cash bar in the NFSA foyer from 5.30pm. Entry is free, but bookings essential to

THE fifth Winter Film Series is back at the NGA. Curated by Simon Weaving, now a lecturer at the University of Newcastle, the high points this year are new docos about medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch, fashion designer Dries Van Noten and enigmatic artist Joseph Beuys. At the James O Fairfax Theatre, 6.30pm, until July 5. Bookings to or 6240 6701.

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:

Canberra Mens Choir
CANBERRA Men’s Choir will be performing opera, folk, religious and gospel genres in St John’s Church, Reid at 2.30pm Saturday, June 17. Admission is free but a donation of a gold coin would be welcome. Now entering its 31st year, the choir is continuing its tradition of showcasing the versatility of the male voice by performing regularly for the Canberra community.

COMPOSER Judith Clingan tells “CityNews” that the Wayfarers branch in Canberra, which consists of 17 singers, will join soprano soloist Greta Claringbould and alto soloist Maartje Sevenster, along with recorder players Angela Vivien-Bolt, Naomi Knowles and Judith Marriott, to present “Concord of Sweet Sounds”. Works by Byrd, Monteverdi, Purcell, Mozart, Brahms, Sibelius and Clingan. At St Alban’s Church, 34 Chappell Street, Lyons, 2.30pm, Sunday, June 18. Afternoon tea available after the concert. Tickets at the door.

THE 20th Australian Combined Schools Music Festival takes place at Canberra Grammar School until June 17, with the festival concert at the Great Hall in Parliament House from 6.30pm, this Saturday, June 17. Bookings to

JoJo Smith and Lucie Thoirne, photo, Damian Fitzgerald
JO Jo Smith, billed as “a sexagenarian pocket-rocket, soul-singing, groove-driving tour de force” is marking her 50th year in showbiz by touring with Lucie Thorne and Hamish Stuart. They’ll be at The Polish Club on David Street, Turner, from 7.30pm this Saturday, June 17. Bookings to 6248 8563.

TO celebrate the release of their debut album, Duo Blockstix will be performing works for recorder and percussion by Australian composers, including works by Mark Oliveiro, Paul Cutlan, Daniel Rojas, Tim Hansen and Peter McNamara. At Wesley Music Centre, 3pm, Thursday, June 15. Bookings to or tickets at the door.

Violinist Jack Chenoweth and pianist Kylie Loveland will perform their debut concert at the High Court from 1.30pm on Sunday, June 18. Free but registration essential to

The Necks
AFTER a national tour with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Necks, pianist Chris Abrahams, bassist Lloyd Swanton and drummer Tony Buck, will perform at the Street Theatre, 6pm Sunday, June 18. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the band. Bookings to or 6247 1223.

“CROONERS”, Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Civic, 5.30pm Saturdays June 17. Bookings to or tickets at the door.

PHOENIX Pub in Civic has as follows: Thursday, June 15 at 9pm, Kegs n Karaoke; Friday, June 16 at 9pm, Mikelangelo with The National Capital Allstars; Saturday, June 17 at 8pm, The Last Exposure, Slagatha Christie, Earache, Heti and Sleeping Dogs.

“ALONE In Bad Company” is Jeff Lang’s new album, which presents the union of Lang’s talents and influences. The first single from the album is “Burnside”, which highlights Lang’s proficiency as one of Australia’s best guitarists with rapid fingerpicking and guitar work. He performs at Street Theatre, Friday, June 16. Bookings to or 6247 1223.

Slava and Sharon Grigoryan
SLAVA and Sharon Grigoryan combine their formidable talents to present a concert for guitar and cello with works by Vivaldi, Granados, Piazzolla and more. Wesley Uniting Church, 3pm, Sunday, June 18. Bookings to


“CORANDERRK” is a verbatim theatre play that recreates history on stage, focusing on a Victorian parliamentary inquiry. Starring top Australian actor Trevor Jamieson, it’s a collaboration between leading Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists that revives the voices of all those, black and white, who fought for a better pact between the country’s oldest and newest inhabitants. At The Playhouse, until June 15, bookings to or 6275 2700.

THE popular picture book, “Diary Of A Wombat”, by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley comes to the stage featuring Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. It will be performed by Monkey Baa Theatre director, Eva Di Cesare and her team of puppetry and movement artists. “Diary Of A Wombat”, Designer Canberra Theatre, 11am and 1.30pm, Saturday, June 17. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

FOUR actors play around 40 characters in “The 39 Steps”, which uses cross-dressing to perform heroes, villains, men, women, children and even objects. Canberra REP at Theatre 3 from June 15 to July 1. Bookings to or 6257 1950.

Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art’s graduating students will present a series of hard-hitting vignettes about love, sex and relationships, at CADA Studios, 1/9 Lithgow Street, Fyshwick. It will begin at 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 14, Thursday June 15 and Friday June 16. Bookings to


“BRO..OCH” is an exhibition of brooches and pins being mounted by Bilk Gallery, with works by Melissa Cameron, Marian Hosking, Nick Bastin, Panjapol Kulpapangkorn, Kath Inglis, Johannes Kuhnen, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Eugenie Keefer Bell, Inari Kiuru, Janice Vitkovsky, Jo Hawley, Jasmine Watson, Larah Nott, Zoe Brand, Laura Eyles and Annelies Hofmeyr. Bilk says: “This year we are once again banishing the long held stigma of the brooch, removing the bad ’80s connotations, the old lady tags and embracing the ‘anything goes’ style.” At 12 Palmerston Lane, Griffith (Manuka shops) until Saturday, July 8. The opening is on Friday, June 16 from 6pm. All welcome.

Solomon Grainger with his work
“DRAGON & Boy” is an unusual collection of works from young Canberra artist Solomon Grainger. This body of work represents the artist’s unearthing and return to the instinctive and naïve mark-making of his boyhood. At Aarwun Gallery, Gold Creek, until June 17. All welcome.

“300 COVERS: Art Monthly in Australia 1987 – 2017” is an exhibition marking the year 1987 because in that year the English editor and sinologist Peter Townsend brought “Art Monthly” to Australia and ultimately to Canberra. ANU School of Art & Design Gallery until Saturday, June 17. All welcome.

A work by Cornelia Buchen-Osmond
“INSPIRED at Strathnairn” is a culmination of works from art group, “The Gumnuts”, exploring a myriad of technique, colour and medium.The exhibition features works that have been inspired by Strathnairn and its surroundings in a variety of mediums. At Strathnairn Arts, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt, 10am-4pm, until July 9. Official opening Saturday, June 17 at 4pm. All welcome.


Bruno Leti – ‘Berrock’, 1998, monotype
BEAVER Galleries has two new exhibitions: Nicole Ayliffe’s exploration of the optical qualities of glass through transparent glass forms; and Bruno Leti’s monotypes, which for him is the perfect vehicle to explore the ways in which his oeuvre as a painter and printmaker overlap. 81 Denison Street, Deakin, Tuesday to Friday from 10am–5pm and Saturday to Sunday 9am–5pm until June 25.

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 and running until Sunday, June 25. Monica Styles has won CAPO’s 2017 Emerging Artists’ Prize.

“POROSITY Kabari” is an exhibition by Australian object designer Trent Jansen, artist/architect Richard Goodwin and Indian design thinker Ishan Khosla. At Hotel Hotel’s Nishi Gallery, to July 9.


ARTWORK from Warnayaka Art Centre, Lajamanu, which is in the Tanami Desert 580kms south west of Katherine, NT, can be seen at East Hotel, Kingston, until July 8. These are contemporary paintings from Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards finalists Lily Hargraves, Molly Napurrurla Tasman and Rosie Napurrurla Tasman as well as a selection of other artists. All works are for sale.

Scott Chaseling ‘Afloat’
“THE Chandelier Show” is an opulent exhibition of hanging lights curated by Jane Cush, with works by Christine Atkins, Scott Chaseling, Ngaio Fitzpatrick, Jacqueline Knight, Kate Nixon, Tom Rowney, Wendy Dawes, and John and Ruth White. Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, until August 6.

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, to June 19.

THE mid-year Megalo members’ show is on again until June 24, with the very puzzling theme of “Exquisite Corpse” connecting different images together to create unique print-runs. The Megalo Midwinter Mingle will reveal all, and mulled wine is promised. At 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, 2pm-5pm. All welcome. Please note, Megalo’s annual “shutdown week” is coming up from Monday, June 26 to Friday, June 30.

QUEANBEYAN Art Society has 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.


JScurry Red Bowl and Leaves of Lemon 2014 55x60cm
NANCY Sever Gallery has an exhibition of recent paintings by the Melbourne artist John Scurry, whose last sixteen years were as a senior lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts where he was a former head of printmaking. His paintings, he says, “come from an impulse to depict.” At Kennedy Street, Kingston, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-6pm until July 2.

“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. Inquiries 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.

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.

M16 Artspace has four new exhibitions – “Underneath Tomorrow”, which features new work by Gemma Bonshek Kane, John Hart, Saara March and Steve Roper, “6 Cubic Centimeters (of prostate cancer)” a drawing exhibition by Manuel Pfeiffer, “Faces in Watercolour” Jill Mail’s portraits in watercolour and, “Study for Undersampled Wave”. Opening 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith, 6pm, Thursday, June 15, runs until July 2, Wednesday to Sunday noon to 5pm.

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.

Takeuchi Keishu (1861-1943) ‘Nurse’, detail, stories of Florence Nightingale reached Japan. 2
“MELODRAMA in Meiji Japan” features 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. It’s a free event with no bookings 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.

Scott Chaseling’s work ‘Adrift’
THE winning work in the Hindmarsh Prize 2017, “Adrift” by Scott Chaseling, along with the 18 shortlisted finalists, will be on show in The Fitters Workshop, which is next to the Canberra Glassworks at 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. It will be on display from 10am-4pm, June 10 to 18 and 12pm-8pm on June 17 as part of the Winter Glass Market. Entry is by donation.

“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. It is on display until June 25.

“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 free exhibition, developed by the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Thursday Island. First Australians Focus Gallery, National Museum of Australia, to July 23.

“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 until September 10.

North Buildign, Civic.

Nicole Breedon,_Paranoid NYC
“HOODS” brings together four artists, Nicole Breedon, Sean Davey, Rowan Kane and Paul Williams, whose art practices investigate their urban environments, pop culture and sub cultures. At ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Street, Dickson.

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. At Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Ainslie + Gorman Art Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, until June 24, Tuesday to Saturday 11am-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.

Ngadhi Dabaamlang by Duncan Smith and his family
“NGADHI Dabaamlang” is an exhibition of paintings by Duncan Smith and his family, presented as part of Belconnen Community Gallery’s “RESPECT” series and running in gallery@bcs, Swanson Court, Belconnen, until June 30. The word “Ngahdi Dabaamlang” in Wiradjuri means “my mob” and that’s exactly what Smith wants to portray by including his family in the exhibition, which features both contemporary and traditional art using ochre and acrylic paints.

THE Australian War Memorial has as a permanent exhibition “The Holocaust: witnesses and survivors”, which includes over 85 collection items.

“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.


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