Arts (1320 Stories)

Pastel Exhibition

By 30 November 2015

[ 27 November 2015 to 31 January 2016. ]

Amanda McLean, one of the region’s best loved pastel artist, is having her final 2015 exhibition at Robyn Rowe Chocolates. Opening this weekend, the exhibition provides an opportunity to see some the gorgeous Canberra/Local scenes that have caught Amanda’s eye over the past year, including iconic views of the lake and Black Mountain, stunning rural landscapes, and [...]

Forget Scrooge, it’s time to hear Marley’s side of the story…

By 22 November 2015

[ 27 November 2015 7:30 pm to 29 November 2015 4:00 pm. ]

One of the world’s best known Christmas Stories is coming to the stage but it’s not quite the way you remember it.

“Scrooge? I have to redeem old Scrooge? The one man I knew who was worse than I was? Impossible.”

So begins the real story behind Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – the story of Jacob Marley’s [...]

Three Sides of Love and Death – 8pm 27 November, The Q Theatre

By 21 November 2015

[ 27 November 2015 at 8:00 pm; ] Southern Tablelands Arts presents the Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra in performance at the Q Theatre in Queanbeyan.
Tickets are $25 full prince and $18 concession. Bookings can be made at
Three Sides of Love and Death takes audiences on a transformative journey and is one of the most memorable experinces to come out of Sydney [...]

Coming Soon — ‘Magnified’: 12 years of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

By 20 November 2015

[ 27 November 2015 to 28 March 2016. ] Celebrate 12 years of The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize at the National Archives this summer.

Enjoy incredible prize-winning artworks exhibited alongside inspiring historical content from the collections of the National Archives of Australia and the South Australian Museum.

A partnership exhibition developed and curated by the National Archives of Australia and South Australian Museum.

Opening next Friday, [...]

Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra Public Workshops Saturday 28 November 2015

By 20 November 2015

[ 28 November 2015; ] Three public music workshops are on offer on Saturday 28 November 9 – 12 at the Jerrabomberra Community Centre, The Parkway Jerrabomberra with musicians who are part of the Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra performing on Friday night at the Q Theatre.

Empowering the Female Voice is open to women and girls of all skill levels [...]

Design Canberra: Archives, Experts and an Arboretum

By 19 November 2015

[ 21 November 2015 at 10:00 am; ] As part of Design Canberra, the National Archives of Australia invites you to

Join the experts to explore the horticultural aspects of Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffins’ vision for Canberra.

See the Griffins’ original plans and discover their sensitivity to the physical features of the national capital site.

Learn about the Griffins’ plans for reforestation, a botanical [...]

NGA Australian Art ready to be seen

By 17 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Sometimes a visit to the National Gallery of Australia can deliver a very nice surprise.
I was there on Sunday to meet someone and thought that I would take a quick look around to see what was left to be seen given their notices that the whole place was undergoing a major reshuffle.
I was surprised to [...]

National Folk Fellow Lecture with Miriam Jones

By 16 November 2015

[ 24 November 2015 at 6:00 pm; ] Enjoy bluegrass and old time tunes performed by 2015 National Folk Fellow Miriam Jones and her band, selected from Miriam’s research into the Library’s Oral History and Folklore Collection and recorded as part of the Folk Fellowship.
Miriam Jones is an early childhood music teacher and fiddle player from Sydney. She plays in old time trio [...]

Author Talk with Michael Leunig

By 15 November 2015

[ 22 November 2015 at 2:00 pm; ] Join much-loved Australian artist Michael Leunig as he discusses his new collection, The Wayward Leunig: Cartoons That Wandered Off. The companion volume to his best-selling The Essential Leunig, The Wayward Leunig showcases 400 cartoons selected from five decades of work. This new collection is as wide-ranging, potent, hilarious, insightful, relevant, original and beautiful as the first.
In association with Penguin Random [...]

Seminar: Xavier Herbert

By 13 November 2015

[ 20 November 2015 at 9:30 am; ] Little attention is being paid to the works of Xavier Herbert, one of Australia’s outstanding novelists. So why are they so rarely recommended in school text lists? His best-known novels, Capricornia (1938) and Poor Fellow My Country (1975) were judged as highly significant, winning major awards. So, are his novels forgotten or repressed?
In this Keynote lecture and panel, it [...]

Modern Love by Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan

By 13 November 2015

[ 17 November 2015 at 6:00 pm; ] The Lives of John and Sunday Reed

Hear Heide Museum of Modern Art curators Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan discuss Modern Love, an intimate biography of the unconventional marriage of Heide founders John and Sunday Reed. The book also explores the Reeds’ relationships with some of Australia’s most celebrated artists and writers, including Sidney Nolan and Arthur [...]

Author Talk with Geraldine Brooks

By 13 November 2015

[ 16 November 2015 at 6:00 pm; ] Hear Pulitzer Prize-winning author, former journalist and foreign correspondent Geraldine Brooks talk about her latest novel, The Secret Chord, in which she traces King David’s journey from obscurity to fame.
In association with Hachette Australia
When: Monday 16 NovemberTime: 6pmWhere: Theatre, National Library of AustraliaTickets: $20 (includes refreshments and book signing)More info:

That’s not glass!

By 6 November 2015

[ 21 November 2015 at 2:00 pm; ] Studio Showing – Katherine Clark, Jeweller
Date: Saturday 21 November
Time: 2pm

Join Canberra Glassworks and explore what the historic Kingston Power House means to jeweller Katherine Clark, who has been a That’s not glass! resident artist.

Born and raised in Italy, Katherine currently calls Canberra home. This event will display her beautiful jewellery selection, inspired by the architectural [...]

Remembrance Day at the National Archives

By 6 November 2015

[ 11 November 2015 at 10:00 am; ] Wednesday 11 November, 10am

Join Dr Michael McKernan for a special 2015 Remembrance Day presentation. His research charting the effects of war on Australian society is particularly poignant as we commemorate Anzacs at Gallipoli 100 years ago.

Hear Peter Alliot, winner of the 2014 Chief Ministers Anzac Prize, recite his award winning poem The Forgotten. Peter is [...]

9 reasons to go to the symphony tonight

By 5 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Henry Laska, Clare Edwardes and Sarah Kimball.

Look, I know you have ironing to do, dishes to stack, washing to sort, people to see, places to be. But I’d strongly advise you to drop them all and book yourself a ticket for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s final concert of the year tonight instead. I went to their second last performance for the [...]

Schnitz & Giggles – Weekly comedy improvisation shows starting this Wednesday

By 3 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 4 November 2015 at 6:30 pm; ] Schnitz & Giggles is Canberra’s regular improvisation comedy show – Wednesday nights at Digress Lounge and Bar (11 Akuna Street).

You can now pre-book your Schnitz tickets, with/without Canberra’s best and cheapest Curry & Rice deal, here

This show we have a special treat for you!

Come and see Hannah Gissane, Ewan Lawrie, Scott Bowcher, [...]

A Shot & A Beer with Alice Fraser

By 2 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 12 November 2015 at 8:00 pm; ] A Shot & A Beer is back on 12 November with the international sensation Alice Fraser. Alice is just back from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival performing her critically acclaimed solo show Savage. As if you need more convincing, Alice has performed sold out solo shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Canberra [...]

A new Canberra Podcast (& other Capital Yarns developments)

By 1 November 2015

Just an update on a few developments in the Capital Yarns world.
I’ve just launched a new audio version of my stories. Already I have two yarns available in this format: the whimsical ‘Voice in the Mist’ and the much naughtier ‘The Sexpert’. Check out for more information.
New yarns continue to be posted regularly, and [...]

Tea with JT – Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney

Hello and welcome to another episode of Tea with JT. This week I got to catch up with an old friend. This woman is so warm and creative and I could sip tea with her ALL day {and we almost did!}. Tania McCartney is an amazing writer who fills my mind with inspiration every time [...]

Kids’ Glass Design Competition

By 23 October 2015

[ 31 October 2015; ] In celebration of 100 years of Kingston Power House, the Canberra Glassworks is asking kids aged three to 17 years to design an original glass work inspired by the historic Canberra building, now a thriving glass-making facility.

A landmark on its lakeside setting at Kingston Foreshore, the Kingston Powerhouse is a building of industrial and architectural significance. [...]

1200 crowd in for Canberra Theatre launch

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Canberra Theatre

There’s something wrong with the picture below (taken at the 2016 season launch at the Canberra Theatre tonight).

Can you spot the problem?
I’ll give you a clue. I pushed my way through hundreds of people to grab a glass of champagne and a polystyrene cup filled with penne alla Norma, circling the room twice, yet I never [...]

New Year’s Eve Ball at the Albert Hall with Canberra Pops Orchestra

By 15 October 2015

[ 31 December 2015 at 5:00 pm; ] New Years Eve 2015 may well spoil you for future New Years Eves! Albert Hall is a stunning high-end ballroom with original features. The doors will open at 8pm to give you plenty of time to find your seats and enjoy your free glass of bubbly on arrival.

A mood of excitement and anticipation will be [...]

School of Music student speaks out

ANU School of Music

When I was a first year at the ANU School of Music in 2012 there were 30 classical voice students. Now there are one-tenth of that number.
I enrolled in a degree of music performance so that I could gain knowledge and expertise in the field of opera. There’s no way I can be given the [...]

Gallery’s cheery email just wrong today

By 13 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Portrait Gallery email

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 [...]

10th Annual Possible Worlds Film Festival – Canberra

By 13 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 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 [...]

It’s time to reclaim our School of Music

Peter Tregear

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, [...]

Henshaw our tip for ACT Book of the Year

By 12 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Mark Henshaw

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 [...]

Portrait Gallery visionary Sayers dies

Andrew Sayers

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 [...]

Books at Breakfast with Jane Caro

By 12 October 2015

[ 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 [...]

Face to Face: Carmel Bird and Marion Halligan in conversation

By 12 October 2015

[ 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
Time: 6pm
Where: National [...]

An Artists Odyssey: William Strutt

By 10 October 2015

[ 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 [...]

The Gallipoli Letter: 100 Years On

By 9 October 2015

[ 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 [...]

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