[ 22 May 2015 to 25 May 2015. ]
Seeking to move and actively engage audiences on human rights issues, the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) will return to Canberra as part of its national tour this year with an impressive line up of film highlights from its festival program.
The Festival will open in Canberra on 22 May with Australian documentary I [...]
For Canberra freelance photographer Sean Davey, the secret to taking a good photograph doesn’t lie in nailing technical aspects such as exposure or composition, but rather in developing good relationships.
“Photography means constantly dealing with people. If you’re good with people, you’ll be a good photographer. So much of photography is personal interaction and making people [...]
Want to transform Belconnen Arts Centre into the creative hub of North West Canberra?
The Belconnen Arts Centre has received funding of $8000 from Creative Partnerships Australia, which is dependent on Belconnen Arts Centre separately raising $8000. Essentially every donation you make as part of this Pozible campaign will be doubled.
If you donate ten dollars – that [...]
If a day of free beauty pampering, gourmet food tasting, live music, dance and cycling events plus entertainment for the kids sounds good, then we have a great event for you!
This Mother’s Day, Bunda Street is hosting a free event for the community!
Event: Mother’s Day on the shareway
Where: Bunda Street, from Genge Street to Akuna [...]
Artist and designer Benjamin Shine hasn’t had much sleep in the past week. He’s spent up to 14 hours per day creating large-scale tulle portraits (pictured above) and three-dimensional sculptures for his first ever Australian exhibition, on display now at the Canberra Centre.
“I’ve worked with a lot of fashion brands overseas, and what they’re doing [...]
[ 27 April 2015 to 3 May 2015. ]
Nishi Gallery Tommy Balogh’s universal expression invites us into the sublime.
Stretch Marks of the Universe is an ambitious exhibition of contemporary abstract paintings by Canberra based artist Tommy Balogh.
The show includes his 6x3m triptych painting The Three Disciples, which was both created and featured at Art, Not Apart 2015. Nishi Gallery will also house [...]
The Canberra Museum and Gallery has a major exhibition of local visual arts with the focus on artists’ views of life in this city.
This is an exhibition of art created in the Canberra region about where people live as opposed to the usual image of the city as the national capital. Hence the title Urban Suburban. [...]
[ 23 April 2015 at 12:00 pm; ] Minister for the Arts Joy Burch has called on Canberra’s arts community to register for tomorrow’s public forum on the review of the ACT Arts Policy Framework.
Minister Burch’s office has released the following information:
“artsACT is looking for feedback from the community on the current ACT Arts Policy Framework, and the forum on Thursday provides those with [...]
Public sculpture commissioned in the memory of our dignitaries has been known to cause a stir amongst art lovers as well as those who take a position on public art.
In recent days there’s been chatter internationally about a statue erected back in 2009 to honour Lucille Ball, which sparked a Facebook group titled We love Lucy! [...]
The National Portrait Gallery is currently running a special exhibition as its contribution to the Anzac centenary. The exhibition is titled All that fall — Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War.
The first thing to report is that this exhibition isn’t about portraiture. Most of the exhibition is made up of rooms of posters. [...]
[ 20 April 2015 to 24 April 2015. ]
Budding Theatre is pleased to launch its much-anticipated school holiday program for children and teenagers aged eight to sixteen. Over five days, participants will learn about the fundamentals of:
• Performance (audition skills; interpreting text; taking direction; inhabiting character)
• Playwriting (structure; style; creative inspiration & process)
• Directing (blocking; working with actors; artistic imagination)
• Stage Management (organisation [...]
The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) has launched an exhibition that should appeal to many – in particular those with an interest in Australian hand-coloured photography from the last couple of decades. Besides hand coloured black and white photographs with themes from personal, landscape to political subjects, Colour My World has some works by photographers [...]
Canberra will play host to a significant Chinese exhibition in early 2016, with the National Library of Australia partnering with China’s largest library.
Qing: Life in China, 1644 – 1911 will include architectural drawings for the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, as well as ancient manuscripts, maps and books.
In a media release, Chief Minister Andrew Barr [...]
For the 49th time the National Folk Festival opened its arms to artists and audiences alike and, for five perfect days, washed away from the soul the dust of everyday life. The National Folk Festival continues to be the festival of the people and for the people; a time and place for a collective imagination [...]
One of Canberra’s most loved performance venues announced last week that it would cease its operations indefinitely. This week, Smith’s Alternative is in receivership.
The cosy venue in the Melbourne Building has undergone many machinations throughout the past three decades. From its slow transformation from a bookshop to an arts hub, it has always catered for [...]
[ 28 March 2015 at 6:30 pm; ] Returning after a sold-out tour last year, the world’s largest international burlesque competition is back for a bigger, better and more glamorous show than ever.
Celebrating six years in London’s West End, and a sell-out run in New York, Burlesque Idol is ready to bring the fun back to the southern hemisphere.
Created to help support emerging talent, [...]
[ 5 May 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]
Light speed is one of science fiction’s major plot limitations — and maybe one of the major limitations of science. How can we explore the stars if it takes tens of thousands of years to get to them… or the galaxies, if it takes billions of years? Warp drives and wormholes are often co-opted by [...]
[ 18 March 2015 to 3 April 2015. ]
This is a must-see exhibition for those with an interest in photography.
What may not be known is that during the 1950s and 1960s there were many very talented photographers at work in Taiwan.
This exhibition brings together a small selection of these Taiwanese photographs from this interesting period in Taiwan’s history.
The exhibition is of 44 beautiful black [...]
[ 22 March 2015 at 3:00 pm; ] Last year the ACT Down Syndrome Association (ACTDSA) lost their main sponsor and this has had large impacts on their service provision ability. In light of this, and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day, “Recorders in the Basement” & Friends will be performing a charity concert at Mount Stromlo Observatory at [...]
Local game developer Whale Hammer Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its turn-based tactics role-playing game (RPG), Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire.
Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire is an episodic, turn-based tactics RPG set in a world that has fallen into a medieval dark age after the collapse of space faring civilisation.
Once, it [...]
Long-time Canberra theatre teacher Peter Wilkins is running a series of acting courses throughout 2015.
Acting for the Fun of it courses
Acting for the Fun of it
Sunday February 15 – Sunday March 29
A course for beginners. Build confidence. Learn a variety of performance skills. Meet friends.
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Sunday May 10 – Sunday June 10
Practical performance [...]
Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today announced over $80,000 in funding for two arts and culture projects as part of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program.
From the media release:
The ACT’s Centenary of Anzac commemorations received a boost today with Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja today announcing [...]
[ 20 February 2015 6:00 pm to 22 February 2015 6:00 pm. ]
Late notice I know but here is a reminder that Opera by Candlelight is on again this weekend (20, 21, 22 February) at Albert Hall.
Saturday night is sold out but there are still tickets available for Friday 20th and Sunday 22nd Feb.
When: Performances on Friday 20 February and Sunday 22 February
Where: Albert Hall
For more information [...]
Local filmmakers Ché Baker (pictured right) and Dallas Bland (pictured left) believe that Canberra has the potential to become one of Australia’s most sought-after filming destinations.
The pair are currently filming their debut full-length feature film, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi flick titled Blue World Order, on location in Canberra. They hope to use the film to help [...]
[ 7 April 2015 to 18 April 2015. ]
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?
As You Like It is an adventure of the heart, a journey through a forest of poetry (and lions), and a tale of a love so grand all the rules are broken to win the heart of a boy. Passionate and disarming, As You Like It – one of Shakespeare’s [...]
Youth Matters on Valley FM is offering one spot each week (starting on 6 February 2015) to young musicians, singers or bands who would like the opportunity to perform live on air.
Students in high school, college or young adults in the post-school years from across the ACT are welcome to participate. Participants will be required to [...]
Cloning is a bad idea and Australian animals will kill you.
…At least, this is what Canberra filmmaker Christian Doran would have you believe. And he’s just been awarded an arts grant of $10,000 from the ACT government to help convince you.
Inspired by the works of Isaac Asimov, movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and television [...]
[ 30 January 2015 at 7:30 pm; ]
RAW is an indie arts organisation for artists, by artists. Every second month it showcases around 30 artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, photography, performing art, hair and make up for what the organisers describe as a “one night creative explosion”.
When: Friday 30 January 2015
Time: From 7.30pm
Where: Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen
The Canberra arts community grieved on Wednesday morning with the passing of Sylvie Stern, long-term arts promoter and host of 2XX’s popular Art ‘N’ Soul and Artbeat programs. Sylvie had been diagnosed with cancer and passed away in hospital.
The many tributes that came in spoke of her passion and enthusiasm, especially for young artists. Movement [...]
[ 12 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 13 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 14 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 15 January 2015 at 9:30 am; ] Hi All,
I am running a Summer workshop for children ages 10 – 15. From Monday January 12th – Thursday January 15th 2015.
It will be a small workshop. 5 Spots ONLY. It will be 4 half days of singing, guitar playing and song writing.
We’ll do lots of group work, writing lyrics, learning to improvise with our voices, [...]
The M16 Artspace Drawing Prize once again pushes the bounds of ‘what is drawing’. This annual prize has been running since 2006 and continues to grow in quality, volume and boldness. An enthusiastic crowd of artists and art lovers came to the opening on Friday 5 December to find out who won the M16 Artspace [...]