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Robert Boynes work
CANBERRA painter Robert Boynes’ newest exhibition of work, “Modern Times”, curated by Terence Maloon, will officially be launched by the director of Geelong Gallery, Jason Smith, at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, Acton, at 6pm, Thursday, June 22.  The exhibition will run until August 13. Then at noon on Friday, June 23, members of the public are invited to see Boynes in conversation with Smith and Maloon. 


FOR its 13th open art competition and show, the Artists Society of Canberra has changed the location this year to the Kingston Art Precinct. It will run in collaboration with the ACT Region Catchment Groups, the theme is “People caring for the ACT Regions Lands and Waters”. Fitters Workshop, June 22–30. Opening 6pm, June 22.

ARTSOUND FM’s Winter Solstice Book and Music Fair will be held this weekend at the art station’s studios, Manuka Arts Centre, corner of Manuka Circle and NSW Crescent, from 9am-4pm on Sunday, June 25. There’ll be books in good condition, CDs, DVDs and, VINYL. All welcome.

IT’S time for the Yarralumla Midwinter Show, which has been pleasing visitors for over 35 years with its array of art and craft, food and entertainment by local artists and providers. At Yarralumla Uniting Church Centre, Denman Street, Yarralumla, June 23, 10am-8pm, June 24, 10am-5pm and June 25, 12pm-5pm. Opening 6pm on Friday followed by a fashion show featuring designs exhibited.


MUSE Café in the East hotel Kingston has Stephanie Smee, the translator of Francoise Frenkel’s “No Place to Lay One’s Head”, a memoir of a Polish Jew caught in Vichy France. She will be in conversation with the ANU’s Gemma King on Sunday, June 25, from 3pm-4pm. Bookings to

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

STUDIOMAP is conducting a winter school holiday art workshop featuring Pokemon Art, Manga art and general illustration for children and teens. The workshop are suitable for children aged six through to teenagers and all levels. Beginners, intermediate and advance participants are catered for. At M16 Artspace Griffith, two hours daily, from 3pm-5pm, Monday, July 3 to Thursday, July 6. Fees apply. Bookings to

Arts Business:

WILD Strings is a daring winter string camp being hosted by The Young Music Society of Canberra where young artists can learn everything from classics to “Wild Strings” at the Canberra Girls Grammar School Music Centre, from July 3 to 7. Applications to or phone 6251 8017.

KIRSTY Budding’s venture the Canberra Youth Talent show is back for its second year, giving a stage to talented children and young people between ages 6 and 19. It will be running at the Belconnen Community Theatre all day on Saturday, August 12. There will be prizes awarded by guest judges and by audience vote. Registration and audition video are due by July 15 to

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’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

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

MUSIC For Canberra’s adjourned Annual General Meeting will be held in Room 1, Ainslie Arts Centre from 8.45am9.15am, this Saturday, June 24. All welcome.


CANBERRA-based Halstead Press has just published Joy Eadie’s new book, “Discovering Charles Meere”, which presents a fresh perspective on the artist who painted the Australian Beach Pattern. With a preface by Edmund Capon, Eadie’s book explores how one of the most recognisable Australian images became infinitely more famous than its painter. At all good bookshops, RRP: $59.95

MANNING Clark House features poetry on the fourth Thursday of the month and this fourth Thursday guest poets include Lizz Murphy and Andrew Taylor. Taylor is the author of 17 books of poetry and the libretti, while Murphy, who has lived in Binalong for ages, is an important figure in the ACT Region poetry scene and has published 13 books. 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest, 7pm, Thursday, June 22.

THE ACT Storytellers Guild is presenting a warming evening of stories with music by the Canberra Harmony Chorus at the St James Uniting Church Hall, Gillies Street, Curtin, at 7pm, Saturday, June 24. Stories are suitable for adults and older children. Cost $15 including refreshments.

“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


Rima Istambouli and Noah Gorrell. Photo by Martin Ollman.
FOR “Rohallah”, edgy theatre director Chenoeh Miller has been working with Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s director of urban dance, Caroline “Leena” Wall and her youthful “Fresh Funk” artists to recreate the real life story of a Hazara through childhood in bomb-ravaged Afghanistan to a positive life in Australia. “Rohallah”, at Courtyard Studio, June 22-24. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

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

Will Tran
TOP Hip Hop performer, Will Tran, is running workshops suitable for all levels of dancers, at the Canberra Dance Theatre Studio, 1 Kingsley St, Civic, from 5pm–6.30pm, Saturday, June 24. Tickets at the door. It’s popular, fun, and anyone can do it, the Canberra Dance Theatre says.

“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. ”. Inquiries to 6247 9103.


“CULTIVATING Murder” is a new feature about the case of public servant Glen Turner. Glen was gunned down on the side of a public road in Croppa Creek, 40 kilometres from Moree, in 2014 while investigating illegal land clearing. Screens at the ARC Cinema, NFSA, Acton, 6.30pm, Thursday, June 22. Bookings to

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

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.

Concerts and Gigs:

“FORWARD & Bach: Martin Luther’s Musical Legacy” is the punning title of The Song Company’s next concert, for which Canberra’s own Toby Cole will join the ensemble to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by performing three Bach motets, five new Australian settings of Martin Luther’s chorale melodies, and recent completions from “The Orgelbüchlein Project”. The concert will take place at Wesley Uniting Church, from 7pm on Friday, June 23. Bookings to

Maltese pianist Gabi Sultana
BRILLIANT pianist Gabi Sultana has stepped in to replace percussionist Claire Edwardes for Canberra Youth Orchestra’s next concert. The focal point will be Philip Glass’s stunning “Tirol Concerto for piano and orchestra” and Mahler’s Symphony No 1, “Titan”, both conducted by Leonard Weiss. At Llewellyn Hall, June 24. Bookings to

STUDENTS from the ACT Organ School will perform works from the Baroque period to the 20th century, prepared under the guidance of teachers Philip Swanton and Christopher Wrench. At Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest, 5.30pm, Thursday, June 22. Admission free and bookings not required.

THE Canberra Gay & Lesbian Qwire will combine with Strange Weather Gospel Choir, to present “Classic (AL) Hits”, gospel music, classical numbers and the music of Three Dog Night, Queen, Abba, David Bowie and Lauridsen. At The Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Sunday, June 25. Bookings to

SUNSHINE Coast singer/songwriter Ayla is on tour with her “Shallow End” show, inspired by the opening track from her forthcoming EP to be released later this year. Ayla will perform at Transit Bar on Saturday, June 24. Bookings to

PHOENIX Pub in Civic has as follows: Thursday, June 22 at 9pm, Kegs n Karaoke; Friday, June 23 at 9pm, The Fuelers; Saturday, June 24 at 9pm, Capes EP Launch, Jim Dusty, The Burroughs, and House of Strangers.


John Wood and Julie Nihill in ‘Bakersfield Mist’
“BAKERSFIELD Mist” is a comedy-drama based on a true story. Unemployed bartender Maude (Julie Nihill) has bought a painting from an op shop. But could it be a Jackson Pollock worth millions? World-class art expert Lionel Percy (John Wood) flies in from New York to find out. At The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, June 22–24. Bookings to or 6285 6290.

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 to July 1. Bookings to or 6257 1950.


“Sometimes it All Feels Like Too Much” video by Dean Cross.
PHOTOACCESS has two new exhibitions in the Huw Davies Gallery as part of its Indigenous Photomedia Artists Program, including: “They Blew Up the Hospital I was Born in”, by Dean Cross, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Royal Canberra Hospital implosion and; “Mill Binna” by Leah and Duncan King Smith, who use still and moving images, sounds, objects and light. Opens at Manuka Arts Centre, on the corner of Manuka Circle and New South Wales Crescent, Griffith. From 6pm, Thursday, June 22. Both exhibtions run to July 16. 

“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.

“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.

“Yellow rump Thornbills in Eucalyptus”, by Vivien Pinder.
“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.

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.

Monica Styles, Disposable ‘Woman 3’, 2017, large format digital print
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.

Tom Rowney and Wendy Dawes’ work “Bush light”, 2017, made of blown glass, copper, wood and LED lighting
“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.

THE mid-year Megalo members’ show is on again until June 24, with the theme of “Exquisite Corpse” connecting different images together to create unique print. At 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, 2pm-5pm. All welcome. Please note, Megalo’s annual “shutdown week” is from Monday, June 26 to Friday, June 30.

J.Scurry Lane,Passing Figures 2016 88x102cm
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.

Manuel Pfeiffer, Fear Eats Reason Away, 2016, pencil on paper,
M16 Artspace has four new exhibitions, which features – “6 Cubic Centimeters (of prostate cancer)” a drawing exhibition by Manuel Pfeiffer, “Underneath Tomorrow”, new work by Gemma Bonshek Kane, John Hart, Saara March and Steve Roper, “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.

“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.

“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.

“Cut the Air With a Knife”, video by Nicole Breedon.
“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” 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.


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