Contour’s movable feast of public art

Outdoor events dominate in public arts festival Contour556, allowing people to view art while walking or riding their bikes, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Remembering the glory days of Aussie pub rock

The National Portrait Gallery is surfacing from the depths of lockdown with an exhibition celebrating the glory days of pub rock through around 130 photographs that capture the energy, the sweat, the passion and the grunge of its performers – think Jimmy Barnes, Kylie, Midnight Oil and even the young AC/DC.

Visual tales told in avenue of art

The photographic exhibition “Where I Stand” is on display along Exhibition Avenue at ANU, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Brand’s resolved, powerful lockdown thoughts

The full force of lockdown is explored in Zoe Brand's carefully thought-out show, writes craft reviewer MEREDITH HINCHLIFFE.

Moir’s steady storm-chasing captures fire’s raw energy

“The Burning”, a searing exhibition of Nick Moir’s fire photographs, is about to go on show at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Psst, the Archives’ sharing secrets about spooks 

A fascinating new exhibition is shedding some light on the real stories of Australia’s security agencies, told through photographs, gizmos and gadgets, intelligence memos and candid interviews with real-life spooks. 

John Howard, warts and all, on Lazarus Lane

Arts editor HELEN MUSA takes a walk down Lazarus Lane – the library dedicated to former PM John Howard at Old Parliament House.

Heide turns her creative eye to the south coast

ARTS editor Helen Musa headed for the coast recently, assiduously avoiding the fiery King’s Highway, to view a joint exhibition by photographer Heide Smith and painter Wendy Macklin and returned with a swag of Smith’s ravishing pictures of the south coast.

Exhibition celebrates Hawke’s cartoonable face

Arts editor HELEN MUSA previews an exhibition dedicated to four decades of cartoons of former PM Bob Hawke, who was voted the prime minister the cartoonists most liked to draw. 

Around the galleries

Arts editor HELEN MUSA shares Canberra’s newest gallery openings

Heritage Library celebrates moon landing in new spot

HIDDEN behind closed doors on Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick, is the newly located ACT Heritage Library and ArchivesACT is well worth a visit, but the signage...

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