CMAG’s on the hunt for a director

After Shane Breynard resigned as the director of the Canberra Museum and Gallery last year, the Cultural Facilities Corporation, which manages CMAG, has finally announced its desire to find a new director. 

Judy snaps up a top prize 

Veteran Canberra photographer Judy Parker is the winner of the $10,000 Mullins Australian Conceptual Photography Prize, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

‘Safety Net’ up for best short film in NZ

'Safety Net', the short film featuring young Canberran Will Best, is up for Best Short Film at the “Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival”, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her weekly Arts in the City column.

Wise uncovers surprises in ‘Blue Poles’

What's happening where… it's all in arts editor HELEN MUSA's weekly arts column 'Arts in the City'.

NGA turns up the volume on women artists

Postponed because of COVID-19, the NGA's exhibition “Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now” has been announced for November, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Portrait Gallery’s People’s Choice winners announced

After more than 7,000 votes were cast online, the winners of the National Portrait Gallery’s People’s Choice Awards for its two big exhibitions have been announced, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA

Krystal’s art entry honours her ancestors

Jewellery-maker Krystal Hurst has been shortlisted for the 2020 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Gallery’s got a new date for van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ 

The National Gallery of Australia has announced the postponement to early 2021 of its planned November blockbuster, “Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London”. 

Into the moment with Cook and the First Australians

What’s happening where… it’s all in HELEN MUSA’s weekly “Arts in the City” column.

NGA to open on Tuesday

The National Gallery of Australia will welcome people back through its doors from Tuesday, June 2.

The Beanies make music with ABC Kids

What's happening when… it's all in HELEN MUSA's weekly “Arts in the City” column.

Celebrating trees in textiles

Textile artists pull no punches in demonstrating the significance of trees and their destruction in 'Tree Conversations', says reviewer MEREDITH HINCHLIFFE

Coralie takes the Diamond CAT

Arts editor HELEN MUSA's column covering the latest arts news in Canberra.

Goulburn art awards announced

The winners of the 2020 Goulburn Art Award and Young Artist Award have been announced on Instagram, with the three prizes going to Tamara Dean, Robbie Howard and Ashleigh Deaton, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Canberra and Orange galleries do a ‘swap’

The Gallery of Small Things in Watson, and The Corner Store Gallery in Orange have collaborated to do a “swap” of artists, so that Orange comes to Canberra and Canberra goes to Orange – virtually, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Baines’ paintings ‘lost in a surreal world’

Art / “Reality is OK For a Holiday”, Andrew Baines, until further notice. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.

Fruitful collaboration in new-world exhibition

craft / “Terra Celestial”, Artists-in-residence program 2019, Craft ACT: Craft + Design, and social media platforms until May 9. Reviewed by MEREDITH HINCHLIFFE.

Images from a lifetime of journeying

Art / Jörg Schmeisser “The Journey Continues: Prints From the Family Collection”, Beaver Galleries. March 26-April 12. Viewable at or by appointment. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.

Fascinating climb into a domestic life

Art / “There’s Nothing To See Here”, Sally O’Neill,, to April 5. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.

Schmeisser’s journey continues online

Beaver Galleries are ahead of the pack with gallery closures, writes HELEN MUSA, with its Jörg Schmeisser exhibition already viewable online.





Youth pitch for climate action

Live virtual TED talks from climate-focused young people kick off arts editor HELEN MUSA’s weekly Arts in the City column.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin


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