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Benjamin Duterrau, ‘The Conciliation’, 1845, Collection, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, used on the cover of the winning book.

ANU researcher Tim Bonyhady and former ANU academic Greg Lehman have won Tasmania’s biggest literary prize, the $25,000 Green Family Award for Tasmanian History, administered by the University of Tasmania for their book “The National Picture: The Art of Tasmania’s Black War”. The book accompanied their exhibition of the same name at the NGA and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, named best travelling exhibition at the 2019 Museum and Galleries National Awards. See also this article.

CSO concertmaster, the violinist Kirsten Williams.

CANBERRA Symphony Orchestra will premiere the first commission in its “Australian Miniseries”, co-curated by Matthew Hindson and incoming artistic advisor Jessica Cottis, an online season of short works for solo instrument premiered by a CSO musician. The first work is “Little Waltz for Kirsten”, written by Australian composer Ross Edwards for CSO concertmaster, the violinist Kirsten Williams, via YouTube at 7.30pm, Friday, July 10.

THE Morrison government has announced the first funding recipients under the
$2 million Indigenous Contemporary Music Program. Arts Minister Paul Fletcher said the program is providing $500,000 annually over four years, as part of the government’s Australian Music Industry package.

The ‘queen of the French screen’ Catherine Deneuve in festival film, ‘Happy Birthday’ showing at the festival.

RELAUNCHING on Bastille Day, July 14, the 2020 Alliance Française French Film Festival will open ticket sales from tomorrow, July 9. The festival will now run with distancing measures in place at the Palace Electric NewActon, until August 4.

MUSIC for Canberra has been slowly returning to in-person rehearsals for a number of its larger programs. They’re planning a return to in-person programming in term three, from Monday, July 20 for all classes, rehearsals and lessons with few exceptions. Enrol via

SIX Canberra photographers (Ian Skinner, Judy Parker, Lyndall Gerlach, Sophie Dumaresq, Mark Van Veen and Brian Rope) are finalists in the 2020 Mullins Australian Conceptual Photography Prize, with winners to be announced tomorrow night, July 9.

Oscar Vance, ‘Best Overall’ in the 2019 Canberra Potters student-teacher exhibition.

CANBERRA Potters will resume its gallery program tomorrow, Thursday, July 9, with its annual student-teacher exhibition. Designed to give students a welcoming environment in which to publicly display their work, participation was open to all students, adults and children who attended classes at Canberra Potters in the previous 12 months. The exhibition, which runs on Saturday, August 1 at Watson Arts Centre, 1 Aspinal St, Watson, will culminate in a closing event and awards ceremony with guest speaker Joanne Searle at 2.30pm.

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