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Paintings show artist’s ‘love of creatures’

Janet Thatcher’s “Setting Sun”, pastel on velour, at Aarwun Gallery, November 23-December 17.

The arts are on fire this week. HELEN MUSA’S latest “Artsweek” column is fanning the flames.

JANET Thatcher’s solo exhibition, “Animalium”, is intended to bring viewers on “a journey, a dream”, as she shares her love of creatures. Aarwun Gallery, Nicholls, November 23-December 17.

QL2 Dance’s young artists perform their annual “Hot to Trot,” QL2 Studio, Gorman Arts Centre, November 25-26.

ANDREW FORD takes a deep dive into Australia’s radio history and its impact on the music industry, in a live recording of ABC RN’s “The Music Show”. National Film and Sound Archive, Arc Cinema, November 23.

JENNY HOCKING will deliver the 2023 Rod Wallace Memorial Lecture for the Friends of the NFSA at the Arc Cinema on November 28. Her topic is “Burnt files,” lost files and denial of public access: censoring archives and the falsification of history.

Marie Balshaw, director of Tate in London, will give the Betty Churcher AO Memorial Oration, National Gallery, November 29.


  • MARIA Balshaw, director of Tate in London, is known as a pioneer for contemporising Tate’s creative direction. She will be here to give the Betty Churcher AO Memorial Oration at the National Gallery, November 29.
  • EMEIRELY Nucifora-Ryan’s “Processed” is the culmination of seven-month spent bending, welding, bombarding neon circles, resulting in more than 150 circles displayed in the style of a Gregorian calendar. Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka, from November 23.
  • A new survey exhibition called “Deep Inside My Heart” explores the work of major female artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, and includes Kiki Smith’s tapestries, “Sky, Earth and Underground”, and group of early sculptures by the late Bronwyn Oliver. National Gallery, November 25-May 19 next year.


  • NEW magic extravaganza, “Metaverse of Magic,” featuring Tik Tok sensation Ash Hodgkinson, (“Ash Magic’) will be at Canberra Theatre, November 22-December 3.
  • AUSTRIAN star of stage and screen, Maxi Blaha, plays one of the tallest women ever seen, Maria Fassnauer, in “Mariedl, Selfies with a Giantess” at The Street Theatre, November 24-26.
  • “TRICERATOP” is a gay dinosaur climate change love story parable about loneliness and eco disaster in cabaret format. The B (Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall) November 24-25.
  • REBUS Theatre and SpringOUT Festival present “Pride in the Capital” A Playback Theatre performance celebrating LGBTQIA+ Pride in the ACT. Gorman Arts Centre, November 25.
  • “KING LEAR” is Echo Theatre’s bold, contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s epic tragedy. The Q, November 29-December 3.


  • YOUNG Soloists, 13 international virtuosos aged 13 to 23, appear at Snow Concert Hall, November 25.
  • MUSICA Viva hosts violinist Noa Wildschut and pianist Elisabeth Brauss at Llewellyn Hall, November 27.
  • ROWAN Phemister and Lucy Macourtperform “Serenade”, Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, November 25.
  • FRED Smith launches his new album, “Look”, Street Theatre, November 25.
  • JAZZ vocal group Rhythm Syndicate perform “Suitably Christmas and Other Songs,” in the Wesley lunchtime concert at Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, November 29.
  • LUTE player George Xylouris and drummer Jim White, who recently appeared at the Tomorrow Festival in Shenzhen, China, and Big Ears in Knoxville, US, will be at The Street Theatre, November 29.

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