HELEN MUSA’s weekly arts column features opening concerts, events and shows in Canberra
THE ACT Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects is partnering with the National Gallery of Australia on Wednesdays throughout September for the Contemporary Australian Architects Speaker Series. This week, the speaker will be Dillon Kombumerri, who is the principal architect of the NSW Government Architects Office. At James O Fairfax Theatre, 6pm (doors open 5.30pm) Wednesday, September 19. Bookings to nga.gov.au
THE art of Ikebana will be on show in a workshop with Sogetsu Ikebana teacher Alexander Evans from “HanaKuma”, who will use spring blooms and foliage popular with the Calthorpe family. At Calthorpes’ House, 24 Mugga Way, Red Hill, 10am–12pm, Saturday, September 22. Bookings by Wednesday, September 19 to eventbrite.com.au
QUEANBEYAN Art Society’s 12th Annual Art Show is coming up in City Walk with 700 viewers a day expected through the 50-metre art marquee, and this year there’ll also be an art market between the merry-go-round and the fountain. The opening begins at 1pm on Saturday, September 22, and it runs until Monday, October 1.“ROME: City and Empire” is a major exhibition from the British Museum at the National Museum of Australia, from September 21 to February 3. Bookings to onlinesales.centaman.net CAPTAIN James Cook was a very complex man and the National Library is paying tribute to him in its new summer show, “Cook and the Pacific”, at National Library of Australia, September 22 to February 10. The exhibition is free and no bookings are required. “CÉZANNE – Portraits of a Life” is a documentary written and filmed by Phil Grabsky in The National Portrait Gallery London, the Musée D’orsay in Paris and the National Gallery Of Art in Washington. It’s dedicated to the portrait work of Paul Cézanne. At Dendy, Civic, 10am, Thursday, September 20 and 1pm, Saturday, September 22. Bookings to dendy.com.au PHOTOACCESS presents “Subliminal”, a group exhibition showcasing works by the 2017 and 2018 Personal Photography Project participants. The exhibition will feature works by Michelle Crosbie, Jacqui Doyle, Tessa Ivison, Adam Luckhurst, Andrew Mooney, Amanda Summons, Philippa Tetlow, Annie Wilcox, Mark Will and Grant Winkler. At Huw Davies Gallery, Manuka Arts Centre, Griffith, until September 30. Patrons can have their photograph taken by Summons, who will be in the gallery from 12pm-4pm on Sunday, September 23.
MEGALO staff and members will be printing up a storm across its studios in its 2018 open day. There will be prints on sale, demos, food, drink, and fun. At 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, 10am-4pm. All welcome.NANCY Sever Gallery is presenting “Janenne Eaton: Shadowlands”, an exhibition of the work of one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, who says her studies and fieldwork in archaeology have continued to provide a conceptual foundation for her imagery. At the gallery, Gorman Arts Centre, corner of Batman and Currong street, Braddon, Friday, September 21 to Sunday, October 21, Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am–5pm.
CONCURRENTLY Canberra Contemporary Art Space opens with “Fences B/orders Walls – Keep Clear” by Janenne Eaton, “Drones over Aleppo” by Kate Stevens, “Black Elephant” by Jess Higgins. Opening at Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue Braddon, 6pm, Friday, September 21. Exhibitions continue until October 21.IN its Manuka home, Canberra Contemporary Art Space will be featuring “AT Home with Ohm” by John Hart who renders the electronics of household sound systems beautiful. Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 19 Furneaux Street, Manuka, opening 6pm, Thursday, September 20, until September 30. BELCONNEN Community Gallery presents this year’s International Tenants’ Day Exhibition, which features a mixed media exhibition by artists who rent their homes across Canberra. At Belconnen Community Gallery, Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson court, Belconnen, 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, from September 17 to October 5. Opening celebration and award ceremony 5.30-7.30pm, Friday, September 21. CAROL Cooke observes, draws and hand embroiders local birds, feathers and forest debris. She is showing 52 small works, one done every week during 2018. At Strathnairn Arts, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt, 10am-4pm, Thursday to Sunday, September 20 to October 14. The official launch is at 4pm, Saturday, September 22. All welcome.
TEXTILES artists exhibiting in Craft ACT’s annual members show, “Place Makers”, will be giving a floor talk in the north building, on level 2, at 12.30pm, Saturday, September 22. All welcome and free.“QUEEN Size” is artist Kieran Butler’s queer re-telling of the Dioscuri or Gemini myth using photography and drag’s shared properties of illusion, transformation and magic as a framework. The figures of Castor and Pollux are re-written as Sugar Boi and Spicey Boi, non-gendered twins. Performing at the opening on September 19 will be local artist, Venus Mantrap. ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson, 12pm -5pm, Wednesday to Sunday, September 19 to October 7. “LIGHT fire & flowers” is a collection of works by Racheal Bruhn, Amanda Bruhn and Brendan Smith, showing different approaches to making work and building small conversations on life, community, society and the natural world. Watson Arts Centre, Aspinall Street, Watson, 10am–4pm, Thursday to Sunday until September 23. THE Embroiderers’ Guild of the ACT will be holding its annual three-day exhibition at Albert Hall, Yarralumla, from Friday, September 21, to Sunday, September 23. There’ll be exhibits, a shop and cafe, workshops and demonstrations and a seminar at 2pm on Saturday about caring for textile pieces by Victoria Pearce of Endangered Heritage. Tickets at the venue. Children under 12 are free.