NANCY Sever Gallery is showing the work of Ashley Frost, one of Australia’s leading landscape artists, who draws inspiration from the unique topography of the Illawarra escarpment. “Ashley Frost | Seacoast” opens at the gallery in Gorman Arts Centre, corner of Batman and Currong Streets, on Saturday, October 17. The show will then run 11am-5pm, Wednesdays to Sundays until November 8.
CANBERRA’S Griffyn Ensemble will be performing highlights from “Songs from a Stolen Senate”, which they recently premiered online. The pop-up performances, seen in 20 minute sets, feature music by some of Australia’s leading First Nation musicians who have taken parliamentary voices and reworked them into song and storytelling. At Dickson Village, 11am and noon, then between 6.30pm and 8pm at the Woolley Street courtyard, near Sfoglia Patisserie and Café.
STAYING on the topic of First Nations people, the Australia Council has released an updated outline of protocols for using First Nations cultural and intellectual property in the arts, addressing key legal, ethical and moral considerations for the use of indigenous cultural material in the arts. Accessible via australiacouncil.gov.au
COVERS band “7 Shots” will play danceable rock, pop and classic hits, alongside folk trio Stella’s Way, formed by a group of geneticists at the University of Canberra, at the Artists Shed, 88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick, from 6pm-9pm, this Saturday, October 17. Bookings recommended here
FEATURING some of the most popular works from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection, “Portrait Allsorts”, the exhibition offers portraiture in painting, photography, drawing, textiles, printmaking and sculpture. Favourites include portraits of Deborah Mailman by Evert Ploeg, Lee Lin Chin by George Fetting and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch by the Victorian Tapestry Workshop as well as new acquisitions. NPG, October 19 to March 31, details here.
PORK Knuckle Brass Band featuring Bec Taylor and Chris Endrey will be at the Link Bar, Canberra Theatre Centre, 8pm, Saturday, October 17, bookings for tables of four via canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
IN “The Unexpected Journey Back”, Art Song soprano Sonia Anfiloff, Rowan Harvey-Martin on violin/viola and Kylie Loveland on piano will perform songs by Vaughan Williams, Sibelius, Copland, Brahms, Duparc and Rachmaninoff, illustrating Anfiloff’s journey thus far, through her voice to her life. At Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, at 3pm and 4.15pm, Saturday, October 17. Bookings here.
A Multilingual Poetry open mic will be held at Smith’s Alternative from 7pm-8.30pm, Monday, October 19, and via Zoom, featuring Gold coast songwriter, vocalist and therapist, KairosL. The doors at Smith’s and on Zoom open at 6.30pm, and the event starts at 7pm. To sign up for the open mic and share a poem in a language other than English, email email@example.com or register for the event here.
FOR “Art Word Place” 18 writers across the Arts North West region were commissioned to create a short poem or prose based on their home landscape after which 18 artists used the poems to create new work capturing the identity and sense of place in the New England region. The results can be seen in an exhibition at Regional Australia Institute Level 2, 53 Blackall Street Barton, 9am-5pm, Monday to Thursday, until November 5.
DARKFIELD Radio is a new digital project in response to the ongoing effects on the theatre and events industry using only audio. Radio’s “Visitors” builds a strange world where a dead couple invite themselves into the audience’s home, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8, 9 and 11pm. “Double” running every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and 9.30pm, is an exercise in familiarity for two people sitting opposite each other on either side of a kitchen table, both until the end of December. Tickets here.