HELEN MUSA’s weekly arts column features opening concerts and shows in Canberra
RUSSIAN-trained impressionist artist Valentyna Crane, who recently moved to Canberra, has been so taken with Canberra’s views and the Arboretum that she has produced original paintings conveying the vistas, skies and forests through the changing seasons. Village Centre, National Arboretum, daily from 9am to 4pm, January 20 to February 18. All works are for sale.
VISITORS can pat a python and other friendly reptiles at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in the annual reptile display “Snakes Alive!” Feeding times, a highlight with children, take place times 10.30am and 1pm daily. Australian National Botanic Gardens, Crosbie Morrison Building, Clunies Ross Street, Acton, until January 21.THE 33rd Illawarra Folk Festival at Bulli Showground in January will feature more than 450 concerts, workshops dances and more than 600 performers all at the Bulli Showground, Wollongong from Festival January 18-21. Bookings to eventbrite.com.au or 1300 887034.
THE Paperbark Treehouse, made from recycled timber and designed and built by Cave Urban, has been launched by the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens and is now open to the public.
Workshops and classes
PADMA Menon’s unusual venture, “Moving Archetypes”, where Indian dance and philosophy meet, is on again in 2018, beginning with a summer intensive course called “Navarasas –The Nine Emotions of Life”. The Street Theatre, 9.30am, January 26-28, bookings by January 20 to eventbrite.com.au to movingarchetypes.com.au or 0447 643646.
PAINTER Leeanne Crisp is running four Sundays of drawing and painting at the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion in the Nation Arboretum. Crisp’s work can be seen in the National Portrait Gallery and the National Library collections. 9.30am-4.30pm, continuing January 21 and February 4. Fees apply and lunch is included. Bookings to gingercatering.com.au
TICKETS are now on sale for the 24th Canberra International Music Festival, running from April 27 to May 6. There’ll be 23 ticketed concerts, intimate conversations with festival artists, musical talks and free events. Bookings and full program at cimf.org.au
FOUR Winds 2018 Easter Festival, Barragga Bay, March 28 to April 1. Bookings to fourwinds.com.au or 6493 3414.
NIDA Open will launch its summer program of fun performing arts classes for young people and adults in a new partnership with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre. Professional artists will be leading courses at the venue from January 22–28. Details and bookings to nida.edu.au/summer
THE Alliance Française de Canberra at 66 McCaughey Street, Turner, offers language and culture courses all through the year. Information about courses to afcanberra.com.au
MUSIC for Canberra has opened enrolments for Term 1, 2018. To trial a new class or audition for the James McCusker Orchestra and Canberra Youth Orchestra visit musicforcanberra.org.au
CIT Adult Short courses are held every first weekend of the month all year round at Canberra Glassworks. Costs apply. To find out more email email@example.com
GARY France’s Groove Warehouse in Hume offers daytime adult classes and keyboard lessons at 5/1 Sawmill Circuit, Hume. Information and
SUBSCRIPTION bookings for The Canberra Theatre Centre’s “Collected Works 2018” are now open at canberratheatrecentre.com.au THE annual subscription theatre program for The Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, is now open. Bookings at theq.org.au
CANBERRA Repertory has now launched its 86th season, billed as “a season with something for everyone”. Bookings to canberrarep.org.au
LiteratureTHE Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry will be at the 2018 National Multicultural Festival and poets can read or recite a four-minute poem in a language other than English (or more than one language) at one of the showcases on February 16 and 17. Expressions of interest to facebook.com/mothertonguemic/
THE Embassy of Brazil in Canberra and the Rotary Club of Canberra are organising the 2018 Brazilian Gala Masquerade Charity Ball at the Embassy of Brazil on Friday, February 9. The evening will feature Brazilian cuisine, samba by The Glamourosas and Allan Dantas and capoeira by Mestre Rodriguinho. Funds raised go to malaria eradication programs and initiatives. Bookings to eventbrite.com.au
CRAFT ACT is calling for new exhibition proposals from artists, craftspeople, designers, makers and curators for the 2019 (next year’s) program. Submissions close at midnight on Sunday, March 4 to craftact.org.au
WITH productions like Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour’s “La Bohème” and Massenet’s “Don Quichotte” coming up, Opera Australia is offering gift vouchers, which can be emailed, at opera.org.au/buytickets/gift-vouchers
CANBERRA artist Val Johnson and Fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW, is planning to take an art tour to Scotland from August 27 to September 5, in conjunction with Reis and James Travel Associates and Backroads Touring Company. Participants will spend time painting in the Cairngorms, in quaint fishing villages, on the Isle of Skye, the Isle of Mull and Iona, and view the Colourists work in galleries in Edinburgh, Kirkaldy, Perth and Glasgow. Bookings to Lisa on 6208 0155 until January 31, $200 summer discount now available.
ENTRIES are now open to register the annual “RAW Comedy” competition where new performers test their skill and stamina with five minutes of new, original comedy material – stand-up, sketch, double and triple acts and musical comedy. The National Grand Final are at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April. ACT heats at The Civic Pub on February 21 and 28, and the final will be at The Street Theatre on February 28. Registrations and details to rawcomedy.com.au
AARWUN Gallery is selling works by the legendary Norman Lindsay at up to 50 percent off the price of works on paper, facsimiles, etchings, original pencil drawings, books and prints. At the gallery, Federation Square Gold Creek, Canberra, open daily 10am to 5pm, January 21 to February 10.
THE Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council will be trialling a new concept in The Q Exhibition Space in early 2018. “Quirk” will, as well as functioning as an exhibition space, be a shopfront to support and promote regional creatives, with a selection of souvenirs and gourmet goodies. Council’s cultural staff are currently compiling a list of local producers, artists and craftspeople who may be interested in becoming suppliers. Inquiries to Georgina.Perri@qcc.nsw.gov.au with “Quirk” in the heading.
ALSO, The Q would like to invite artists and creators to help celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre in February through to March by submitting a work with the theme of “ten”, “celebration”, “party”, “anniversary” and “birthday” to Georgina.Perri@qcc.nsw.gov.au with “Ten” in the heading.
THE Young Music Society is holding a “Music Amnesty”. Any items readers can identify that belong to the YMS would be gratefully welcomed back by their rightful owners – no questions asked. Phone 6251 8017 for pick up, or just drop items into the YMS office, or the Belconnen Arts Centre front desk.
JULIA Landford’s new Canberra NatureArt Lab at M16 Artspace, in Griffith is proving very popular. Bookings for 2018 are now open through the website natureartlab.com.au
PRIZE-winning botanical artist, Sharon Field, has set up a blog which considers ideas of “beauty” and “creativity” in botanical art and summarises what is coming up for her on the art scene. Visit sharonfield.com.au or follow her on Instagram at @sharon_field_artist
AINSLIE and Gorman Arts Centres offers supported office accommodation for artists, creatives, as well as arts and music-based organisations and individuals. Inquiries to agac.com.au
AUSTRALIAN and NZ art music composers have the chance to share in about $100,000 worth of funding to create a new commissioned work thanks to the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund, now in its third year of existence. Applications are now open here and will close in February 2018.
ENTRIES have now opened for the 2018 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. The Museum and Art Gallery of the NT hosts this annual event that showcases the best in indigenous art from across the country. Entries are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists over the age of 18 until March 16 at magnt.net.au/entries
THE Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition is on again, with the first prize doubling to $2000 and total cash prizes of over $3000, also there’s recording and performance opportunities too. Entries close COB, April 20 to mattwithers.com.au
AMERICAN Express Openair Cinemas is bringing movies to Canberra with more than 40 events happening on Patrick White Lawns outside the National Library of Australia to February 25. Dogs are welcome and catered for, and movies include “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “The Greatest Showman”. Bookings to openaircinemas.com.au
SANGUINETI Media’s Dan Sanguineti will run for the first time a “junior” Primary School summer holiday filmmaking workshop alongside the usual “Hero” program. Filmmakers from the age of eight years and older will run on an editing deadline with a screening planned for the final afternoon session at the end of the week. Canberra Technology Park, Watson, January 15-19. Details and bookings to sanguinetimedia.com.au/workshops“THE Evolution of the Australian Actor”, a free talk by Tony Knight, former head of acting at NIDA, 3pm Thursday January 18. “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”, 3pm, Friday January 19. “Celebrating Heath Ledger” marks 10 years since the death of actor Heath Ledger with double features, 2pm, Saturday, January 2. All at Arc cinema, NFSA, bookings to nfsa.gov.au
THE National Film and Sound Archive of Australia has “Strictly Ballroom: Behind the Curtain”, a new online exhibition to celebrate 25 years since the release of Baz Luhrmann’s debut film in August 1992. Visit nfsa.gov.au
Concerts and GigsIRISH contemporary singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy is back in Canberra this week. “The Thomas Moore Project” is her latest album, in which she pays homage to the celebrated 18/19th century Irish poet, singer, songwriter and entertainer, making his work accessible to a 21st Century audience. She’ll be at the Irish Club, Canberra, Weston, and Thursday January 18. Bookings to 6288 5088.
A day of choral singing and conducting will be led by the professor of Choral Music Education at Temple University, Philadelphia. Dr Rollo Dilworth. R. A. Young Hall, Radford College, January 20, bookings to trybooking.com
THE National Arboretum will stay open until 9pm on Friday, January 19, with music from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. This week Mitch Canas will play contemporary Top 40, Latin, rock, retro and dance music.BRILLIANT Polish pianist from Warsaw Lukasz Krupinski will be performing at an afternoon tea concert in late January. Krupinski won the San Marino Piano Competition in 2016 and was a finalist in the Busoni Piano Competition in August. His CD “Espressione” has been nominated for the International Classical Music Award in the Solo Instrument category and will be available for purchase. 57 Arthur Circle, Red Hill, 3pm on Sunday January 21 bookings to 0412 625920 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“ALICE in Wonderland,” produced by local company Ickle Pickle Productions, features a cast of 35 adult and youth performers Belconnen Theatre until 28. Bookings to canberraticketing.com.au or 6275 2700.
THE Infamous Spiegeltent circus has been so popular that it is returning to Majura Road, Cnr Spitfire Ave, opposite Costco, for another season running until January 28, bookings to ticketbooth.com.au
DanceQL2 Dance’s training programs provide a series of weekly classes for ages 8–20+ designed to build choreographic awareness, creative capacity and confidence, dance technique, strength, alignment, fitness, and awareness of stylistic traditions and directions. Enrolment Day at QL2 Office & Foyer in A Block, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon, 3-6.30pm, Monday February 5.
“CITYNEWS” Artist of the year, Liz Lea, is calling for expressions of interest from dancer/creators s for the forthcoming ‘DANscience Moving Well’ event to be held in Parramatta, from June 1-2. Email email@example.com by February 16 with proposals.
“ANCESTRAL Journeys: Waters of the Past,” a multiple-media exhibition by Canberra artist Tracey Benson, incorporates a range of media, including photography, video and augmented reality. Part of an ongoing project about the connections between water, humanity and culture, it focuses on the waters of migration and connections to ancestral lands and places of significance. The video work is interwoven with music made from DNA sequencing, created by NZ/US based artist and programmer Josiah Jordan. CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies-Ross St Acton, until March 2.M16 Artspace at 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith, is reopening for 2018 with the launch of four new exhibitions: “Gesture Light” by Racheal Bruhn; “The Rebirth of Reason” by Coralee Rooney; “Crises of Content” by Chloe Gray; and in Chutespace, “Nature’s Table” by Joseph Neville. Opening 6p, Thursday, January 18, all welcome, and running until February 4, Wednesday to Sunday noon-5pm. To become a Friend of M16 Artspace visit ww.m16artspace.com.au/friends
“PLAYUP” is the exhibition space in Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House for children and families based around the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child. The new and third PlayUP includes lots of hands-on activities such as listening pods, a fuzzy felt wall, a voting interactive and a role play ‘Kindness’ café.
YOUNG artists in Years 11 and 12 from colleges in the north Canberra region explore the world around them through photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, textiles and new media in “College Express 9”, sponsored by Ray White Belconnen, at Belconnen Arts Centre, until January 28.GALLERY@bcs springboard series presents “Plucked 2018,” an exhibition of drawing and printmaking by Belconnen Community Gallery Emerging Artist Support Scheme prize-winners Alex Butler, Alice Turner, Miriam Slater, Sharon ‘Shags’ Gallagher and Yimin Cen. Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen, 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, January 22 to February 16. All welcome.
“SMALL Worlds” is an exhibition of photographs of moss, lichens and fungi by Brenda Runnegar with drawings by Emma Kelly, at the Visitor Information Centre, Australian National Botanical Gardens Canberra until February 4, daily 9.30am – 4.30pm. All welcome.
“TITANIC the Exhibition” is still on Sydney at Byron Kennedy Hall, The Entertainment Quarter, Lang Road, Moore Park, until February 4. Bookings to titanictheexhibition.com.au or 8240 2135.
IN the exhibition “Unfinished Business”, artist Belinda Mason reveals the stories of 30 people with disability from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through 3D photography. At Tuggeranong Arts Centre, until January 20.
“THE Selfie Factory” by Ralph Kenke and Elmar Trefz, winner of the 2017 Digital Portraiture Award at the National Portrait Gallery, will be available for public interaction using the hashtag #selfiefactory along with all the front-runners, until February 18. Interaction times are between 10am-11am, 1.30pm-2pm and 3.30pm-4pm daily. All of the finalists’ works can be viewed at dpa.portrait.gov.au
THE National Museum of Australia is showing artworks inspired by plants of north-east Arnhem Land by Yolŋu elder Mulkuṉ Wirrpanda and landscape painter John Wolseley, in the exhibition “Midawarr Harvest”, until February 18. Free entry, but donations welcome.
AS part of the program for the “Suomi Finland” 100 centenary of independence, the Finnish Embassy is exhibiting paintings created by Australian contemporary artist Steve Salo, photographer Päivi Arvonen and arts worker Daniel Soma. At 12 Darwin Avenue, Yarralumla, Monday to Thursday, 9.30am–12.30pm, Fridays, 1pm–5pm, Saturdays 9.30am–12.30pm, and Sundays 1pm–2.30pm, to January 31. All welcome.
NGA Play has opened an arty play area for children set up by Indonesian art duo Santi Ariestyowanti and Miko Bawono, known as “Indieguerillas” in the play space near the entrance desk, National Gallery of Australia, until May 13.
SA Adair’s “Encasement” is an amazing network of felt components making an organic, perhaps alien appearance. Adair’s work has been selected by the Canberra Museum and Gallery for the ‘Enlighten’ festival in March. “Encasement” is in the Civic Square window gallery facing the Legislative Assembly until further notice.
THE Australian War Memorial has as a permanent exhibition “The Holocaust: witnesses and survivors”, which includes over 85 collection items.
WORLD War II veterans – 6500 of them – are showcased in a unique photography installation at the Australian War Memorial, “Reflections – honouring our WWII veterans”. The images will be archived and made accessible to the public as part of the Memorial’s online collection.
A large painting by artists from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in SA has gone on permanent display in the Australian War Memorial. “Kulatangku angakanyini manta munu Tjukurpa” [Country and Culture will be protected by spears] is in in the orientation gallery, directly opposite the Gallipoli landing boat that took men of the 13th Battalion ashore on April 25, 1915.
CANBERRA Spinners and Weavers have their 50th anniversary show, “Crossing Threads”, curated by Meredith Hinchliffe, at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner of London Circuit and Civic Square, to March 18.
“FINDERS Keepers: Collectors and their Stories” is at MoAD at Old Parliament House and runs from 9am-5pm, daily, until the middle of 2018. Entry is free after museum admission.
“SONGLINES: Tracking the Seven Sisters”, the story in arts of the women of Central Australia, at the National Museum of Australia, to February 25, 2018. ALSO at the National Museum is the annual exhibition celebrating the achievements and contribution of nominees for the Australian of the Year Awards. Main Hall, until February 18. Free.
GROUND-BREAKING Australian audio-video artist Angelica Mesiti has an exhibition of five major works, including the National Gallery of Australia’s most recent acquisition, “The Calling”, at the NGA until March 2018.“EIRENE Mort: A Livelihood” marks the 40th anniversary of Eirene Mort’s death at the age of 98. Mort was a prolific artist, collaborator, teacher, writer, family historian and a ‘new woman’ pursuing a profession in the arts at the beginning of the 20th Century. Curated by Dale Middleby, this social history exhibition features an extraordinary array of artworks and artefacts created by her. Canberra Museum and Gallery, until February 25.
MEREDITH Hinchliffe has curated an online exhibition of work by tapestry exponent Belinda Ramson, who died in 2014. This exhibition was mounted at the American Tapestry Alliance, visit americantapestryalliance.org/exhibitions/tex_ata/belinda-ramson/
MEGALO Print Studio + Gallery 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston, is closing over the festive break until January 23.
“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 NGA’s summer exhibition “Hyper Real” consists of 50 works in sculpture and video art by 32 artists, varying from the huge “Pregnant woman” by Ron Mueck to Patricia Piccininni’s fragile hybrid babies. National Gallery of Australia, to February 18, 2018. Bookings to premier.ticketek.com.au or 132 849.
“THE Art of Giving” is a summer trail showing new acquisitions by general donors to the National Gallery of Australia, free, excepting for entry to “Hyper Real”.
THE exhibition “Boundless Volumes”, new artworks made from excess leather bound volumes of parliamentary proceedings by Michael Eather, Simryn Gill, Katherine Hattam, Pam Langdon, Archie Moore, Elvis Richardson, Kylie Stillman, Imants Tillers and Hossein Valamanesh. Presiding Officers’ Exhibition Area (level 1) at Parliament House. Free to the public and open until February 11.
“BEHIND the Lines”, with the theme this year “Three Ring Circus”, is showing the best political cartoons of 2017 and Political Cartoonist of the Year – at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Old Parliament House, until further notice.
THE NPG’s big summer exhibition, “Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits”, is for people who love film and portraits, at the National Portrait Gallery until March 4. Bookings to portrait.gov.au