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Arts editor HELEN MUSA shares Canberra’s newest gallery openings

‘Christopher Pyne Sits in the House Of Representatives, texting on his phone’, by Alec Ellinghausen.

“THE Spill” is an exhibition of photographs of the recent Liberal Party spill by photographers of the Parliament House Press Gallery such as Matthew Abbott (ABC), Lukas Coch (Australian Associated Press) and Alex Ellinghausen (Fairfax Media). At TPR Gallery, Kingston Bus Depot, 10am-4pm, Sundays only, September 30 to October 28.

A LOCAL Aboriginal guide will take participants into the gardens of the NGA to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through bush tucker foraging, before discovering fascinating stories as they tour the ATSI Galleries. From 10.30am–12.30pm, September 29. Bookings to

‘Silk on the Road’. By Jeffree Skewes

M16 ARTSPACE has four new exhibitions: “Silk on the Road” by Jeffree Skewes; “Testamur”, a tutored workshop exhibition; “Edible Plants in Art”; and in Chute Space “Composition No. 10” by Andres Caycedo. Opening 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, 6pm, Thursday, September 27. Everyone is welcome and it’ll be showing 12pm-5pm, Wednesday to Sunday until October 14.

M16’s “Sunset Soiree” is its annual fundraising dinner with guest Nick Mitzevich, who is the new NGA director. Barton’s Burbury Terrace, 7pm-10pm, Tuesday, November 13. Bookings to

THE exhibition “Waterways” is a reflection of five Canberra artists’ experiences of water, fleeting moments of nature, seaside architecture, travel and separation. It’ll be at The Link, Ginninderry, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt, until November 6. The official opening is 2pm, Saturday, September 29.

“ART, Not Apart” returns on March 16 next year across NewActon, The Shine Dome, and the National Film and Sound Archive for a curated outburst of performances, exhibitions, film, projection, installations, interactive experiences and two after-parties. The festival invites artists to present soulful and site-specific works. Expressions of interest by November 1 and information to

Bob Baker in his studio. Excerpt of a photo by Heide Smith

GALLERY Bodalla opens for the summer season with a memorial exhibition, “Bob Baker – A Life in Art”, to honour the memory of the brilliant scientifically-minded artist, Bob Baker, who died this year. The exhibition runs at 66A Princes Highway, Bodalla, from Saturday, September 29 to Sunday, October 28.  Author Robert Macklin and guitarist Geoffrey Potter will open the exhibition at 3pm, Saturday, September 29.

PHOTOACCESS has launched the second edition of “Double Exposure”, a valuable supported artist residency program offering one interstate or international photo-based artist a five-week opportunity to produce new work, using PhotoAccess’ darkroom and facilities. It also includes a solo exhibition in the PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery in November 2019. Applications to by November 18.

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 last, the speaker will be Richard Hassell from WOHA (Singapore). At James O Fairfax Theatre, 6pm (doors open 5.30pm) Wednesday, September 26. Bookings to

RARE and unusual items from the area once known as the Land District of Queanbeyan can be seen in “180 Mementos | 180 Years”. It’ll be launched at The Q, 5.30pm, Thursday, September 27. Everyone is welcome and the exhibition runs until October 14. To confirm interest, email

MEGALO is calling for applications from local, national and international artists for its 2019 Artist-in-Residence Program. It’s open to Australian and International artists at all stages of their careers. Details and applications by October 31 to  



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