Had you been around in October 1789, would you have been one of the 7000 women marching on the Chateau de Versailles to demand Louis XVI address the issue of poverty in his nation, or one of the 3000 or so well-powdered, high-powered aristocrats, courtesans and ministers swanning around amongst the gilded furnishings inside with [...]
Beauty In This is a wonderful photography exhibition, by Maryanne Voyazis, on for a short time at Nishi Gallery, New Acton.
This exhibition is about the pain a family experienced in that final week as their much loved mother slipped away after ten years of illness. The photographer, and daughter, Maryanne Voyazis captured these images in the room [...]
Today, I’m going to fill our FINK jug with flowers and put it in our front window to celebrate the life of its creator, Robert Foster, the Canberra designer-maker who founded FINK, and fostered the talents of so many artists in our city.
Foster, 53, died yesterday in a head-on collision on the Kings Highway at [...]
Two former Canberrans who made a documentary about the capital’s world champion barista are celebrating an award of their own today after their film, The Coffee Man, won Best Australian Documentary film at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival last night.
The doco started out chronicling barista Sasa Sestic’s global hunt for the perfect coffee bean as [...]
There’s a wonderful exhibition at the National Gallery until 30th October 2016 – Diane Arbus: American portraits. A visit is highly recommended.
I have seen heaps of Diane Arbus’s work over the years – but it is a terrific experience to revisit these again. This is an exhibition that should excite anyone with an interest in photography, good [...]
[ 15 July 2016 at 8:00 pm; 15 July 2016 at 8:00 pm; ] Following its critically acclaimed world premiere at the 2014 Sydney Festival, Taikoz will be touring their cross-cultural masterpiece Chi Udaka nationally, including the Canberra Theatre Centre on July 15th.
A collaboration between Taikoz and the Lingalayam Dance Company, Chi Udaka is a dynamic, inter-cultural feast for the senses, seamlessly combining the intense rhythm and drama of [...]
[ 26 August 2016 to 28 August 2016. ]
Former Senator and leader of the Greens Bob Brown and New York Times bestselling author Sarah Wilson lead the second announcement from the inaugural Canberra Writers Festival set to take on the National Capital from Friday 26 – Sunday 28 August 2016.
Melbourne Writers Festival Director Lisa Dempster who has led Canberra Writers Festival’s creative direction [...]
The artistic director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Geordie Brookman, reckons Canberra’s Playhouse is the best theatre of its size in Australia.
Brookman is in town for the Canberra season of the critically acclaimed new Andrew Bovell play Things I Know to be True, of which he is director (read our review of [...]
From the writer of Lantana and the stage adaptation of The Secret River, Things I Know to be True is a new play about a seemingly ordinary family that inspires laughter (at the universality of their minor spats) and heartache (at revelations that would devastate any of us).
At the Playhouse till Saturday, the high-energy production [...]
[ 13 July 2016 at 10:00 am; ] Develop your own digital stories and self-portraits with the support of Jenni Savigny from Gen S Stories and Thea McGrath from Photo Access. The results will be published online.
This program has been designed for year 9–12 students.
When: Wednesday 13 July, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Where: National Archives of Australia, Cnr Queen Victoria Terrace and Kings Avenue, Parkes
Tickets: $20, [...]
First a positive note. Full marks to the ACT Government for their efforts to achieve direct flights between Canberra and the cities of Wellington and Singapore. Those flights that are coming our way in September are very welcomed, although having a midnight flight into Singapore is not exactly appealing.
Despite that small discomfort, I am sure [...]
Did you know that Canberra is home to more than 23 small galleries? I certainly didn’t until I started investigating our city’s lesser-known art scene for Best of Canberra. What I discovered was a vibrant, enthusiastic set of organisations and a new list of dynamic spaces to keep my eyes on.
I’m breaking the small galleries [...]
[ 11 June 2016 at 9:00 am; 12 June 2016 at 9:00 am; 13 June 2016 at 9:00 am; ]
Catch a glimpse of the Commonwealth of Australia’s original founding documents with a Gallery Host who will discuss the significance of these intriguing, beautiful and powerful documents.
When: Saturday 11th – Monday 13th June, 9am–5pm
Where: National Archives of Australia, Parliamentary Triangle (Parkes) ACT
[ 11 June 2016 at 2:00 pm; 18 June 2016 at 2:00 pm; 25 June 2016 at 2:00 pm; ] Explore the emerging modest fashion market with a Gallery Host who will guide you through a new generation of designers creating beautiful modest clothing.
When: Saturday 11 June, 2.00pm, Saturday 18 June, 2.00pm, Saturday 25 June, 2.00pm
Where: National Archives of Australia, Cnr Queen Victoria Terrace and Kings Avenue Parkes
Tickets: Free, bookings essential: Book now
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Canberra and art go hand in hand, largely because of the city’s status as the Australian capital. The ACT is home to institutions showcasing art and artefacts for the nation, including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library of Australia, the Australian War Memorial and the National Museum of Australia. [...]
[ 27 May 2016 at 12:30 pm; 28 May 2016 at 11:00 am; 28 May 2016 at 2:00 pm; 30 May 2016 at 12:30 pm; 31 May 2016 at 12:30 pm; 1 June 2016 at 12:30 pm; 2 June 2016 at 12:30 pm; 3 June 2016 at 12:30 pm; ] We are proud of the Indigenous records in our collection so we’ve arranged free guided tours during Reconciliation Week to point out some of those on display.
You can hear the story of the Larrakia petition to the Queen that was torn in a scuffle when Indigenous people tried to present it to Princess Margaret during [...]
The ACT Government has announced it will spend $410,000 in next month’s Budget to upgrade security at the Canberra Theatre Centre and commit a further $50,000 to promote the staging of a major show in Canberra.
The details of the major show are yet to be announced.
The security upgrades will allow the complex to host larger [...]
[ 28 May 2016 at 7:30 pm; 28 May 2016 at 7:30 pm; ]
Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres’ latest art party, CANBERRA OBSCURA, is a celebration of the ACT’s weirdest sounds and strangest stories.
Inspired by the atmosphere and tropes of the Australian gothic, CANBERRA OBSCURA will challenge perceptions of our urban surrounds and interrupt the everyday with an eerie and unsettling exploration of what lies beneath. You’ll never see [...]
contour 556 is Canberra’s new public art festival is to be staged from Friday 21st October to Sunday 13th November, 2016
The festival will feature the works of 50 local, national and international artists on display from the National Library of Australia, across the National Gallery of Australia’s Sculpture Garden and Lake Burley Griffin foreshore, through Bowen Park to [...]
[ 4 June 2016 at 2:00 pm; ] Enjoy a special screening of these remarkable stories and gain an insight into what it is like to be a Muslim woman in Canberra in the 21st century. Join Artistic Director Jenni Savigny and digital storyteller Sarwat Maqbool in conversation about this important project.
When: Saturday 4 June, 2.00pm
Where:National Archives of Australia, Cnr Queen Victoria Terrace [...]
Last Friday 13th May was sad day, and very much a black Friday, for many in the arts across Australia. It was not simply that many small to medium organisations had lost all or most of their Australia Council funding. What made it hurt even more was the reasons for this drastic situation.
What was being [...]
[ 6 May 2016 to 8 May 2016. ] Carl Rafferty presents…
“An Affair to Remember” May 6/7/8 at Canberra’s Albert Hall
Special MOTHER’S DAY afternoon tea concert with scones and champagne and lots of other goodies! Sunday May 8.
You’ll love this celebration of the great love affairs from movies,history and opera. Will this be the most entertaining concert I’ve yet presented?
Let these wonderful tunes remind [...]
[ 3 May 2016 at 6:00 pm; 3 May 2016 at 6:00 pm; ]
When | 6pm Tuesday 3 May Where | Radford College Senior School.
Big Life, published by Ginninderra Press, will be launched by Frank Fogliati, the principal 0f Black Mountain School, with some additional words by Radford Collegian, James Wanjura. Junk Sculpture will then perform a short set of Midnight Oil songs to conclude proceedings.
George Huitker was born [...]
When was the last time you sat down with a pen and paper and mulled over exactly just the right word, the right phrase? Or what about the last time you received a letter addressed specifically for you that wasn’t a bill?
In an age where snapchatting and emojis reign supreme, the art of written correspondence [...]
[ 14 May 2016; ] Righto folks, Bunker Comedy 2016 is back on May 14 with a double header featuring David Smeidt and special guest MC Sean Woodland. Smiedt has been delighting audiences around the country and overseas with his brand of warm inclusive comedy for over six years and is now one of Australia’s finest comedian MCs and corporate performers. [...]
[ 31 March 2016 to 15 July 2016. ]
An exhibition now at the ANU’s China In The World gallery.
Using the words from the pamphlet – the exhibition is about young Mainland Chinese who are moving to Hong Kong from all over China, leaving their homes because of family interests or in search of better education and career prospects. Such migrants find themselves in majority [...]
[ 4 April 2016 4:30 pm to 13 April 2016 5:30 pm. ] Take a peek at the secret spaces of the historical East Block building that now houses the National Archives. Home to many government departments throughout its 82-year history, including the Postmaster General and ASIO. Hear stories of haunted rooms, missing mail bags, pneumatic tubes to Parliament House and the ASIO ‘green door’. Suitable for families
The ACT Government has defended a program under which some of the artists involved in the creation of architectural projections in this year’s Enlighten program received mentoring and had their costs covered but were not paid for their artworks.
Four of the artists, Mark Kelly, Melinda Heal, Riley Post and Tianli Zu, were mentored by staff [...]
Canberra has a breathtaking beauty and diverse natural environment. You can see it from the top of Mt Ainslie, amongst the tracks winding Black Mountain and along the shores of Casuarina Sands or further afield in Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
The Bush Capital exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Gallery celebrates exactly this [...]
[ 13 May 2016 at 5:30 pm; ] What can the audio-visual materials of the National Archives of Australia tell us about social and political change in modern Australia? Frank Bongiorno, author of The Sex Lives of Australians: A History (2012) and The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia (2015), will talk about how major changes public and private life during the 1960s and 1970s can be [...]
[ 7 May 2016 at 2:00 pm; ] Speakers Corner
Join authors Troy Bramston and Paul Kelly in conversation about one of the most dramatic moments in our political history – the Dismissal. Fresh documents, revelations and new interviews will change your understanding of this event.
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Saturday 7 May, 2pm
Free, bookings essential: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-dismissal-fresh-documents-and-revelations-tickets-22510515558?aff=es2
[ 19 March 2016 at 11:00 am; ] Artist Floor Talk
Join glass artist Nikki Main in discussion about her inspirations and how they shape her unique work. View her Waterhouse Prize winning entry Flood Stones.
Saturday 19 March: 11am and 2pm
Free, bookings essential: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/artist-floor-talk-nikki-main-tickets-22671211203