I’m a bit disappointed in the National Portrait Gallery this morning, having received an email from them with the subject “Gardens and other reasons to celebrate” with second story being about an event there in ten days time called “Oh happy day”.
It arrived less than 24 hours after we learnt of the death of their [...]
[ 13 November 2015 to 14 November 2015. ] Possible Worlds is dedicated to bringing the best new independent films from the US and Canada to Australia.
This November, experience the 10th edition of the Festival with special screenings in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.
The Canberra festival is co-hosted with the High Commission of Canberra and will be held at the National Library of Australia.
All tickets [...]
Earlier this year, my business partner and I attempted to produce a small opera in Canberra. Having been buoyed by a successful seasons in Hong Kong, we thought we’d bring it to the place we love and call home.
It was impossible. The lack of suitable venues, coupled with an inflexible attitude from government-funded arts bureaucrats, [...]
Mark Henshaw is one of four Canberra region writers shortlisted for this year’s ACT Book of the Year award. Photo: Andrew Sikorski/Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres
ArtsACT has published the shortlist for the 2015 ACT Book of the Year and though it’s a strong field of four, I’m tipping Mark Henshaw’s The Snow Kimono will take out the [...]
Andrew Sayers, 2012 by Mark Mohell. Gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned (53.0 x 36.8 cm). Purchased by the National Portrait Gallery with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2013. Accession number: 2013.9.
The visionary founding director of the National Portrait Gallery, Andrew Sayers AM, has died in Melbourne.
The 58-year-old former Canberran, who had in recent [...]
[ 23 October 2015 at 7:30 am; ] Jane Caro has been described as ‘a woman who has seen it all, and isn’t afraid to talk about it’. Join Jane as she reveals the delicate balancing act performed by women juggling career and family, explored in her memoir, Plain-Speaking Jane. Breakfast includes a selection of mini pancakes, seasonal fruit, assorted muffins, and tea and [...]
[ 22 October 2015 at 6:00 pm; ] Long-time friends Marion and Carmel catch up to discuss life, literature and delve into Carmel’s new collection of short stories, My Hearts Are Your Hearts, and her new memoir, Fair Game. Find out what they are reading and writing, gossip about the world of writing, family life, and maybe even the state of the universe.
When: Thursday 22 October
Where: National [...]
[ 18 October 2015 at 2:00 pm; ] English artist William Strutt came to Australia in 1850 and remained until 1862. Colonial Australia was a country so often imagined without a history, and Strutt had the ambitions to produce history painting. In seeking to reflect the development of a historical consciousness in Australia, he failed to find much of an audience, but was [...]
[ 14 October 2015 at 6:00 pm; ] Join Nat Williams, Claire Baddeley and artist Imants Tillers to discuss the letter that changed attitudes to Australia’s most famous military campaign and Tillers’ recent artistic response to it, Avenue of Remembrance, in the Australian War Memorial’s collection.
This talk marks 100 years since the Dardanelles Committee met in London to discuss Keith Murdoch’s letter to [...]
[ 7 November 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]
To farewell the old year and ring in the new, the Song Company presents 12 new songs and stories, one for each month.
After a year traversing the globe (metaphorically of course) and discovering the musical gems hidden throughout Prague, Turkey and Italy, the Song Company’s final program will see them touch down on home soil [...]
[ 11 October 2015 at 1:00 pm; ]
Imagine the possibilities of libraries through stories, games and play. Explore 3D printing, 3D pens and fantastic Makey Makey interactive demonstrations. Watch as vocabulary skills are put to the test in the grand final of the ACT Scrabble competition. Plunge into the realm of riddles with David Astle, or sketch portraits using your own device. [...]
[ 30 October 2015 at 6:30 pm; 31 October 2015 at 5:30 pm; 1 November 2015 at 5:30 pm; ] Carl Rafferty presents a fun night of fine music and hilarity…
Enjoy a glittering musical and theatrical entertainment! Enter Mozart’s world where you’ll be captivated by his charm and energy. You’ll be thrilled by fantastic performances of his greatest operatic and instrumental music.
MozartMANIA! features a cast of fine international and Australian singers and musicians giving you a [...]
The ACT Government has today called for development applications for the Kingston Arts Precinct, home to the Canberra Glassworks, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery and Bus Depot Markets.
The four-hectare site sits between the Kingston Foreshore, Bowen and Telopea parks and apartment-filled old suburb of Kingston.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said developers had a unique opportunity to [...]
[ 15 October 2015 at 12:30 pm; 15 October 2015 at 7:30 pm; 16 October 2015 at 12:30 pm; 16 October 2015 at 7:30 pm; 17 October 2015 at 12:30 pm; 17 October 2015 at 7:30 pm; ] Canberra Youth Theatre in collaboration with Long Cloud Youth Theatre (NZ) presents a world premiere production for the 2015 ANZAC Centenary Celebrations.
Science is often seen as a mystifying and complex subject. But one ANU science communications student is changing all that with a new event: Co-Lab: Science Meets Street Art.
Small’s electrifying piece exploring Jason Whitfield’s research on chemical signals in the brain.
By pairing five PHD science students with five local street artists, Lee Constable took over Westside [...]
[ 14 October 2015 to 18 October 2015. ]
The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) has announced its 2015 program for the Canberra leg of the national festival, opening 14 October at Capitol Cinemas Manuka, and bringing the finest of Japanese culture to the silver screens of Australia.
Carefully curated by The Japan Foundation in Sydney, the Festival’s Canberra program will feature an eclectic line up of [...]
[ 18 September 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
Comedy legend Bob Franklin comes to Canberra to headline Uni Pub Comedy.Star of Jimeoin and Bob’s Cooking show and appearing in loads of TV shows and movies, Bob will bring his laconic comedy and poetry to Canberra in September.
When: 8pm Friday 18 September 2015 (doors open at 7:30pm)
Where: Uni Pub – London Circuit – Level [...]
[ 9 October 2015 at 6:30 pm; 9 October 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
After the huge success of their inaugural concert in August, the Canberra Wind Symphony returns to the stage in October for their second installment for 2015.
Join this stunning wind orchestra – the freshest contributor to the international wind music conversation – for an evening of musical magic with compositions by James Barnes, Eric Whitacre, Philip [...]
[ 28 September 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
Bring the kids for family fun activities including origami boat making, old fashioned games, a discovery trail and an Archives selfie!
Take a tour of our new exhibition Life Interrupted: Gallipoli moments, and see our beautiful 1920s building.
Visit ‘Ask a Reference Officer’ to ask anything and everything about searching the Archives’ collection!
If you’ve never seen the [...]
[ 22 September 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]
Beloved Australian author and poet Kate Llewellyn discusses her latest book, a collection of letters from her private correspondence with artists and writers. The selection, edited by Ruth Bacchus and Barbara Hill, brims with energy, humour and insights into Kate’s life.
In association with Wakefield Press
When: Tuesday 22 September 2015
Where: National Library of Australia, Conference Room
Tickets: $10 (includes refreshments and book [...]
[ 11 September 2015 6:00 pm to 13 September 2015 9:00 pm. ]
The Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA) is a not-for-profit annual film festival dedicated to informing, engaging and inspiring Australians on environment issues through the wonderful medium of film.
The festival has been running for five years but this year it’s coming to Canberra for the first time!
There are three days of films covering a diverse range of topics [...]
[ 4 September 2015 at 6:30 pm; ]
Are you ready to be blown away?
If you like bad*ss massive sounds that swallow you whole, or sweet lilting melodies… if you like George Gershwin, blues, or if you want to hear 45 amazing musicians do an impersonation of a train…and if you’ve never been to a concert before, THIS IS THE CONCERT FOR YOU!
[ 10 September 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
A modern Blues act, Dreamboogie’s repertoire is imbued with the classic tunes of Bessie Smith 1930s through to the Chess recordings of the 1950s.
Dreamboogie – Rebecca Davey (vocals), Sam Buckley (guitar), Connor O’Neill (bass) and Robert B Dillon (drums) – won the 2011 MBAS Blues Performer of the year, and rated #1 on the National [...]
[ 28 August 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
Josh Earl is an award winning comedian, cake enthusiast and host of TV show Spicks and Specks. As a solo artist he now sports nine sold out festival seasons and is a favourite with festival audiences all over the country.
As well as hosting Spicks and Specks he also wrote for it and has appeared all [...]
[ 1 September 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]
Ever felt the sting of public shaming on social media? Jon Ronson has.
Head to the National Library on Tuesday 1 September as Ronson talks about his latest book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. Inspired by the theft of his identity through a fake Twitter account, Ronson interviewed individuals involved in high-profile cases of online public shaming.
[ 14 August 2015 to 6 September 2015. ]
A renowned pastelist, Amanda McLean has worked extensively in the Canberra region. Her recent focus has been landscapes and seascapes of southern NSW, and studies of Lake Burley Griffin. Her work very successfully captures the moods of the country and climate, while her capacity to portray the transition from water to sky creates a beautiful [...]
The exhibition Internecine — The Vanished Musicians is a multi media exhibition that deals with immigration issues related to Australia’s recent history.
The first point of focus is the story of 96 jazz musicians who escaped from Nazi Germany and arrived in Australia to be faced with the prospect of no longer being musicians.
The exhibition is made up of an assortment of [...]
[ 13 August 2015 at 7:00 pm; 14 August 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]
A dramatic performance of T.S. Eliot’s seminal poem, The Waste Land, with self-devised musical accompaniment, is back by popular demand for two nights only.
Performances of T.S. Eliot’s landmark poem, The Waste Land, are rare. A performance of The Waste Land with live musical accompaniment is almost unprecedented. Cellist David Pereira and actor Julian Lamb bring [...]
[ 8 August 2015 to 25 August 2015. ]
Encounters is the first solo exhibition by Tim Hardy, and consists of a diverse collection of paintings, prints and drawings.
Tim’s subjects are varied, ranging from the terrible beauty of a bushfire to a slowly meandering Ginninderra Creek, from a deserted medieval Italian street to hurrying figures at Central Railway station, from a pair of well loved boots to a [...]
[ 10 October 2015; ]
For its 2016 student intake, the National Institute of Circus Arts is casting the net wider than ever before to attract applicants from across Australia and from a wide diversity of backgrounds.
NICA is inviting aspiring circus artists to submit their applications for entry into the 2016 suite of courses, including the Bachelor of Circus Arts [...]
The Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) is presently staging an exhibition not to be missed.
Titled INK REMIX: Contemporary art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, this exhibition represents a fabulous opportunity to see a great range of contemporary work by artists across several East Asian countries.
The CMAG curator, Sophie McIntyre, has delivered a beautiful [...]