Artsday / Araluen exhibition responds to natural disasters

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Araluen bushfire. Photo: Mark Makings.

“LAST Summer: Drought, Fire, Flood and Recovery” captures the local response in Araluen, south of Braidwood, to the natural events of the recent summer. Araluen Federal Hall, 5989 Araluen Rd, Araluen. Staggered openings: Saturday, October 24, for contributing artists and firefighters; Sunday, October 25, 10am-5pm, community viewing for locals, family and friends; open to public Monday, October 26-Saturday, October 31, 2pm-5pm.

Potter Robert Linigen in his studio.

IN 2013, potter Robert Linigen lost his home and studio in the Blue Mountains bushfires. After the fires, Linigen created an installation called “194 Homes in the Blue Mountains”, consisting of 194 handmade ceramic cups, each glazed using different materials salvaged from the fire debris of his home. His works are at the Canberra Potters Gallery, Watson Art Centre, 1 Aspinall St, Watson, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm, until November 1.

“YOU Are Here” is presenting, for one night only, “Lit Windows”, a multi-disciplinary art experience about the thrill of looking into a normal suburban house in Turner after having been stuck at home for weeks. Artworks by Nicci Haynes, Zhi Yi Cham, Hannah de Feyter, Imogen Keen, Nyx Mathews and Farnoush Parsiavashi will be displayed through the lit-up windows. It’s directed by Cathy Petőcz. 8pm-10pm, this Saturday, October 24, free, no bookings required but check here for the location. 

Frida Kahlo, “Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird”, 1940. Photo: Bridgeman Images.

A NEW film about the art and life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is coming to Canberra. Everyone knows her, but who was the woman behind the bright colours, the big brows and the floral crowns? The film discovers her art and uncovers the truth behind her life. Book at Dendy, October 24-28 and Palace Electric, October 24-25.

THE Acacia Quartet will be performing work by Mozart, Dvorak and Aussie composer Alice Chance. Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 5pm this Sunday, October 25.

MUSIC for Canberra will hold its AGM in the Main Hall, Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera St, Braddon at 1.30pm on Saturday, October 24.

Robyn Mellor and musicians. Photo: Peter Hislop.

FOUR birds in flight form the inspiration for the next concert by Canberra recorder ensemble BlockSounds — Olivia Gossip, sisters Elana and Shae Leske and directed by Robyn Mellor. The ensemble will perform the works of Bach, Telemann, Hotteterre and Boismortier in a concert of solos, duets, trios and quartets that consider musical flight paths. Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest, 4pm, Sunday, October 25. Book here.

CANBERRA’S folk/blues/roots/alt rock band, Carnival Road, is performing original compositions alongside Gamma Blu at the Artists’ Shed, 88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick, this Saturday, October 24, from 6-9pm. The café will be open and there’s a BBQ in the break. Book here.

Bill Chambers.

THE next day, also at the Artists’ Shed, Bill Chambers is the guest performer. Chambers has toured the world playing in daughter Kasey’s band and also his own solo shows, from house concerts and coffee lounges to major festivals. 88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick, 2-5pm, Sunday, October 25, bookings essential.

IN “Australian Art Song Encore” soprano Sarahlouise Owens and pianist Natalia Tkachenko reprise newly composed works by “CityNews” Artist of the Year, Michael Dooley, alongside works by Horace Keats and Linda Phillips. Wesley Music Centre, 3.30pm, Sunday, October 25. Book here.

Dancer Hiria Reppion.

SIXTEEN members of Canberra Dance Theatre’s Gold and Revel performance groups, directed by Jacqui Simmonds and Philip Piggin, will perform “In the Spirit” on and around Fiona Hooton’s sculpture “Ziggurat”, a straw bale construction erected on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin for the Contour 556 festival. Inspired by the life of Marion Mahony Griffin, it features an original music composition by  Teresa Wojcik. Outside East Space gallery, 3.15pm and 4.15pm, Saturday, October 24, visit Facebook for wet weather contingencies.

“CITYNEWS” arts writer Anni Doyle Wawrzynczak speaks about her book on the Canberra arts series of lunchtime chats in the gardens of Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest, 1pm-2pm, Monday, October 26. Email or call 0421 187 688 to book.

Romanian-style band Super Rats.

CANBERRA’S Romanian-style band Super Rats are promising hard-luck music, prison songs and dances from the back streets of Bucharest. Smith’s Alternative, Alinga St, Civic, Saturday, October 24, 7pm and 8.30pm. Limited seats, book here.

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