TO celebrate the National Library building’s 50th anniversary, the national institution will be holding an open day, where everything will be open, from the preservation lab to the computer room, with staff on hand to give behind-the-scene tours, expert talks on the collection, and lots of food and fun for the kids – including, staff say, “a rare opportunity to meet the NLA robots”. 10am to 4pm, Sunday, August 12.
“PORTOBELLO Road in August” is a wave goodbye to winter with a day out browsing through quirky and interesting treasures like antique jewellery, china, glass art, silver, linens, restored pieces, cutlery and crockery. Old Bus Depot Markets, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, 10am-4pm, August 12.
“HEATH Ledger: A Life in Pictures” is coming to the National Film and Sound Archive from August 10 to February 10, 2019. Free exhibition.
IN “Perforation” Keith Bender responds to the interaction of curved and flat sections of perforated steel and Corten in a series of wall mounted and freestanding works where shadows and light are generated from within and outside the work. Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 19 Furneaux Street, Manuka, Friday to Sunday, 11am-5pm, August 9-19. Opening 6pm, Thursday, August 9. All welcome.
MEGALO’s newest exhibition of work is “Connections: Part One”, an exploration of art and science. It brings together five artists, UK Frederick, Ingeborg Hansen, Nicci Haynes, Anna Madeleine and Erica Seccombe, who are at the beginning of new relationships and collaborations with scientific researchers. Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am-5pm until August 25.
MARKING the 30th anniversary of the last sitting of the Parliament at Old Parliament House is Tim Fischer’s new exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy, “Democracy. Are you in?”. Opens to the public on Thursday, August 9.
“PAINTING amongst other things” is an ambitious exhibition and symposium project co-curated by Peter Alwast, Oscar Capezio, Anthony Oates, Raquel Ormella and Su Y?lmaz. It addresses the idea of painting in its expanded form. Staged over three distinct locations – ANU School of Art & Design, ANU Drill Hall Gallery and ANCA Gallery – the program will consider artworks which broaden and critique the classical definition of painting.
THE Drill Hall Gallery opening is at 6pm on August 9, with works by Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Tuttle, Raquel Ormella, Lynda Benglis, Ti Parks, Merlin James, Peter Alwast, Natasha Kidd, Jacob Potter, Rose Nolan and Karl Wiebke.
THE School of Art & Design Gallery opening is at 6pm on August 10, with works by alumni and staff members who have been associated with the Painting Workshop at the ANU School of Art & Design, including Peter Maloney, Ruth Waller, Bryan Spier, Fernando do Campo, Elena Papanikolakis and Emma Beer.
THE ANCA Gallery exhibition opening is at 3pm on August 11, with works by Ian Burn, Vivienne Binns, Elizabeth Newman, Lucina Lane, Patrick Lundeberg, and Jelena Telecki. “Painting amongst other things” continues until August 26.