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Page wins $10,000 ACU poetry prize – again

Canberra's Geoff Page is the 2020 winner of the Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry for his poem “Jericho”, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

New development program for acting students

Drama school Perform Australia is launching a new development program for students in years 11 and 12, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her weekly Arts in the City column.

Hugh’s deep dive into discovering the inner self

“WHO am I, really?” asks social researcher and psychologist Hugh Mackay, in his latest book “The Inner Self”. 

Feels like a holiday at pretty Pollen

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON made a day of it with a spa visit, a walk in the Botanic Gardens and lunch at Hamptons-style Pollen café.

‘Clarity and delicacy’ in Polifemy performance

Polifemy's music for quiet reflection also makes the heart soar, writes reviewer LEN POWER.

Artsday / ‘Stripped’ winds up at The Q

Jim Adamik plays Shakespeare's Benedick in the last 'Stripped' at The Q, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her daily arts column.

Movie review / ‘The Translators’ (M)

“The Translators” is a mystery movie in the truest sense. But who dunnit? Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD reckons it's worth finding out.

Artsday / Music inspired by sculptures

Jazz meets sculpture at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her daily arts column.

Movie review / ‘The Broken Hearts Gallery’ (M)

"For the filmgoer, 'The Broken Hearts Gallery' may be agreeable or a trip to ho-hums-ville. I doubt its strong collection of girlie passages has the strength of purpose to appeal to red-blooded blokes. Or to girls who love girls," writes DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘An American Pickle’ (PG)

"'An American Pickle' is a type of futurist on-screen fantasy that doesn’t infuriate me," writes film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Kennedy collection to ‘speak to every Australian’

The Trevor Kennedy collection, the biggest ever to be acquired by the National Museum of Australia, has been officially handed over by the Sydney businessman and collector, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

New spaces for Belco Arts Centre

Belconnen Arts Centre, now known as Belco Arts, recently doubled its footprint when it opened several new spaces, writes Meredith Hinchliffe.

Self-portrait wins Archibald Packing Room Prize

The 2020 Archibald Packing Room Prize has gone to first-time Archibald Prize entrant, Wongutha-Yamatji artist and actor, Meyne Wyatt, for his self-portrait, “Meyne”, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Wind Symphony plays a part in Salem exhibition

Canberra's Australian Wind Symphony has received a commission from Salem, Massachusetts, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Kids’ history book opens up Southeast Asia

An illustrated 46-page history of Southeast Asia aimed at young people has been published by HarperCollins, and it’s done the rounds as far afield as Dili, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Saluting Margaret’s ‘extraordinary’ contribution to the arts

Many have said the school and the general Canberra arts community was Margaret Williams' family. She died in August.

Artsday / Eight-month photography journey continues in Griffith

Arts editor HELEN MUSA has the latest "artsday" roundup.

Anni shares the stories that make the art scene tick 

Anni Doyle Wawrzyńczak’a journey to the publication of her book has been full of love, heartbreak and a mighty amount of research, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Game Nancy’s opening a new gallery

With news that art gallery owner Nancy Sever is about to open a new space called the City Walk Gallery, you’d have to call her game, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Telling stories of ‘place’ in portraiture

Another week, another weekly look at Canberra's arts scene. It's "Arts in the City" with HELEN MUSA. 





‘Go-with-gas’ threats will drive a gas-fired recovery

Much of the gas plan is broad and aspirational at this stage. But the threat is specific enough, and Morrison adopted a grim, school teacher tone when he delivered it in his speech at Newcastle unveiling the policy, writes federal political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.


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