A NOVEL way of exploring the work of Sidney Nolan and the “Ned Kelly” series has been adopted by Canberra Museum & Gallery for its “ShapeShifter” practical art-making workshops, held on the first Saturday of the month during school terms and designed for children aged six to 10 years old. Fully supervised with all materials provided, the sessions are 1-2.30pm and repeated at 3-4.30pm, available once the first session books out. CMAG, Saturday, August 1, bookings essential.
LUMINESCENCE Chamber Singers present a recital for three voices and two guitars, with mezzo soprano AJ America, soprano Veronica Milroy, tenor Dan Walker and guitarists Minh Le Hoang and Benjamin Grace, performing works by Monteverdi, Dowland, Wilbye and Morley. Gorman Arts Centre Gallery (F Block), 6pm, Saturday, August 1, book here.
THE National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) will reopen its doors to the public tomorrow, Saturday, August 1, with a line-up of public programs. Regular daily offerings will be “Black Screen” films created by renowned Indigenous filmmakers, with sessions running 11am and 1.30pm, and “Vintage Australia”, a look at our cities in the 1960s in featurettes and newsreels from the NFSA collection. Both August 1-31. Bookings essential.
BELCO Arts is staging open online animation “Beyond Animation Workshops”, where artists Eleanor Evans and Giovanni Aguilar will teach the basics of claymation, animating clay characters with found objects and creating stop-motion animations. The three workshops can be done from home, starting 6-8pm, August 2, 5 and 15. Bookings essential.
CELLIST Thomas Rann will join Canberra pianist Edward “Teddy” Neeman in a program celebrating the life of 19th-century cello virtuoso Count Matvei Wielhorski. Highlights include the Cello Sonata No. 2 in D Major by Felix Mendelssohn as well as works by Karl Davydov, Hector Berlioz and Henri Vieuxtemps. Wesley Music Centre, 2pm (session 1) and 3.30pm, (session 2) Sunday, August 2. Bookings essential.
DANCER-thinker Padma Menon is giving a series of four talks both online and face-to-face on the philosophy of “Rasa” (aesthetics) as outlined in in the Natya Sastra text on Indian dance, also looking at how Rasa philosophy connects with physical action. Fortnightly for four weeks, noon to 1pm starting Saturday, August 1. Registration here.
AARWUN Gallery is holding a party for its own 20-year history and the 40th practising year of landscape artist, Ken Knight, who visited Antarctica in February, a journey he will talk about at a black-tie celebratory dinner in the Abbey, Gold Greek, on Friday, July 31. Email for bookings at firstname.lastname@example.org or 6230 2055. Knight’s extensive solo exhibition “Milestones”, which also includes paintings of Young, Jugiong, Jindabyne, Michelago and the Brindabellas, will be on show at Shop 11, Federation Square, O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls, from August 1-23.