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Arts editor HELEN MUSA shares Canberra’s newest gallery openings

A former World Wide Knit Public Day

CANBERRA’s knitters, crocheters and stitchers of all sorts are getting their needles out and knitting in public as the popular handmade collective, Trove Canberra, is hosting World Wide Knit Public Day, teaming with “Wrap with Love” to collect knitted squares, sew them together into wraps and distribute them to the needy. Yarn, needles and hooks are available for use on the day. Extra wool has been donated by the Woolshed@Manuka, The Crafty Frog and Paper and The Works. Home-baked goods and tea and coffee will be available. Garema Place, Civic, 1pm–4pm, Saturday, June 9. 

THE National Gallery of Australia plans to turn up the heat with its “Winter Wellness” series of public programs such as workshops, live music, films and lectures, and the cure-all Winter Wellness “Artidote” launch party from 6pm-8pm in the Asian galleries on June 8. Bookings to

Museum of Australian Democracy, communities program. Picture by Belinda Pratten.

ROYAL celebrations will be in full swing at Museum Of Australian Democracy with “regal” activities on offer at the museum for the Queen’s Birthday weekend. Young visitors can create their own corgi and wearable crown, dress up as the Queen, a lady in waiting or a princely consort and marvel at a giant LEGO picture of the Queen on the steps of Old Parliament House between 10.30am and 12.30pm, daily.

M16 Artspace has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Status and that means end of financial year donations to M16 are tax deductible. Donation details at

ALSO at M16, Chris Holly and Manuel Pfeiffer talk about their current exhibitions, respectively “Cloud 9” in Gallery 1, and “Odd – a Little” in Gallery 2. 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, 1pm-2pm, Thursday, June 7. Free entry. 

Rapt in Felt

CANBERRA Region Feltmakers exhibition “Rapt in Felt: Our Stories Felt” is at Textiles Works, 19/70 Maclaurin Crescent, Chifley, 7pm, June 1 then 10am to 4pm on June 9 and 10.

Alfredo Lango, Bus Stop, 2018. Rusty steel objects.

TUGGERANONG Arts Centre has new exhibitions opening soon such as “Entropy: Interrupted, reflected”, which sees local artists Rachel Corsini and Alfredo Lango consider the entropic production of waste in the consumerist society, making art out of this “stuff”. There’s also “My Human Condition Youth Art Award”, which brings together self-portraits by more than 40 local high school and college students, sponsored by law firm Aulich and developed in response to the exhibition “Another Day in Paradise”. And, Artist Hangama Obaidullah presents an exhibition of paintings, photography and hand-embroidered fabric, “Street Children of Kabul” and other works. The exhibitions open at 6pm, Thursday, June 7 and continue until Saturday, June 30.

A design in Barbara Wheeler’s exhibition

“A Change of Clothes” is an immersive exhibition by Barbara Wheeler that raises awareness of the devastating environmental and social impacts of global fast fashion. There is also a Q + A wall, a rack of garments you can try on and a quilt to wrap up in while watching a short film on natural dyeing techniques. At The Link, Ginninderry, 90 Stockdill Road, Holt (next door to Strathnairn Arts) until July 18.

THE Barton Estate Drawing Prize will be presented by Strathnairn Arts from July 5 to August 12, with a first prize (non acquisitive) of $4000, a second prize of $1000. A maximum of two works can be entered for $20 per work. Entries due by COB on June 22, entry forms at


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