Arts (1266 Stories)

Song Line of the Wiradjuri Scar Tree at the National Botanic Gardens

By 5 July 2013

The Visitor Centre Gallery of the National Botanic Gardens are hosting an exhibition of Duncan Smith’s works based around the Wiradjuri Scar Trees.
Duncan Smith, a Wiradjuri man from central western NSW and a well-known professional artist of traditional and contemporary art, explores traditional patterns from Scar Trees and transposes them onto canvas.
The exhibition also consists [...]

Stallholder and artist applications now open

By 4 July 2013

Stallholders and artists are now invited to apply for Woden Valley Festival event, The Carnival held on Saturday 9 November, where Eddison Park comes alive with music, markets, food, and community goodness!
Performers of all sorts are encouraged to apply to perform, from musicians, dancers, choirs, and any other act that requires an audience and stage. [...]

COLD LIGHT @ The Street Theatre

By 4 July 2013

[ 9 July 2013 at 7:30 pm; 9 July 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

The Street Theatre would like to invite you to a first showing of COLD LIGHT.

Novelist Frank Moorhouse loves Canberra. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novel COLD LIGHT
set in 1950’s Canberra and featuring one of Australia’s greatest fictional characters Edith Campbell Berry.

Frank has never had a novel adapted for the stage but [...]

Jorian v. Giulia


Well this didn’t take long.
Last Friday we noted the Fringe was going back to its dad Jorian Gardner.
Yesterday the interim producers were grumbling that there wasn’t much process.
And today we have the Liberals’ arch conservative Giulia Jones having a fit of the vapous at the idea of Jorian Gardner’s continued existence:
ACT Shadow Minister for Women [...]

Ginar Maliyan Mob @ BCS gallery

By 2 July 2013

[ 9 July 2013 to 26 July 2013. ]

Now is a good time to be an art lover in Canberra. Exhibitions galore!

Here’s another from the constantly updating BCS gallery:

An exhibition of paintings by young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from the Ginar Maliyan Mob, and Barnardos in celebration of NAIDOC Week
Exhibition runs July 9th –26th with and official opening by Mary Porter [...]

Cold Blooded: eX de Medici @ the Drill Hall Gallery

By 2 July 2013

[ 28 July 2013 to 11 August 2013. ] Some more art coming your way Canberra. Those of you with an interest in art, politics, or watercolours should take notice.

In a city which lives and breathes power, no one has explored the politics of power with such steely intelligence and analytical focus as eX de Medici. Seducing us with her stunning technical virtuosity, her [...]

Half in Shadow, Half in Light – Film clip from Prom


Local pop-rocker supergroup/heralds of the end times Prom have been silent for a while now.
It seems they have awakened in order to release their first single and film clip, much like the poor victims in said clip, both are rather hot.
Check it out.
Also check out the Teen Angst Dance Party w/Prom, Are You There God? [...]

Fringe Festival not transparent enough?

By 1 July 2013

Recently Joy Burch announced that the reins to the multicultural festival were being placed once more into the hands of its founding director Jorian Gardner.
While Jorian is understandably happy, one of last years producers, Nick Byrne is rather confused as to why he had not known the job was up for grabs.
Talking with ABC News, [...]

Charity and Cabaret at the Abbey

By 1 July 2013

[ 8 July 2013 at 6:30 pm; ]

Canberra’s cabaret night with a heart of gold is returning again, and I’ll see you there:

Mondayitis Cabaret are gearing up for another spectacle, this time worshiping at the altar of the gods.
‘Before The Tempest’

This Bacchanal will, of course, be hosted by none other than the god of theatre, wine and ecstatic dance himself; the twice [...]

2113: A Canberra Odyssey @ CMAG

By 1 July 2013

[ 13 July 2013 to 3 November 2013. ] A new exhibit at CMAG is throwing everything we know about how museums work out the window and is planning to show us artefacts from the future.

I suspect they may be fake.

The new exhibit will be open from the 13th of July to the 3rd November and you should absolutely go for a great many [...]

Centenary Supremo Robyn Archer to deputy chair the Australia Council

By 1 July 2013

The Australia Council has put forth its new board. And who should be right at the top but one “Creative Director, Centenary of Canberra, celebrated singer, writer, director, artistic director”.
Congratulations to her.
Once more with feeling…

Skywhale FOI!


My my my, just look what’s popped up on the Freedom of Information website:
Documents relating to a special shaped balloon for the Centenary of Canberra
[Photo courtesy of Peter Hennessey]

Jorian rides again with the Fringe Festival in 2014


It would seem the awkwardness arising from gifting the Chief Minister with nipple tassles at the opening of his cabaret bookstore has passed and Joy Burch is this morning announcing the restoration of the once and future Fringe Festival producer:
ACT Arts Minister Joy Burch today announced that Jorian Gardner will return to the role of [...]

July at the Phoenix

By 27 June 2013

Just in from our friends at the Phoenix bar.
Monday 1st 8pm
CMC Presents The Bootleg Sessions
Brass Knuckle Brass Band
The Knows
The Gordons
Alex Richens and Joel Davey
Tuesday 2nd 7:30pm
Andrew and Shannon’s Pub Trivia
Thursday 4th 9pm
A Drone Coda
Saturday 6th 9:30pm
The Water Board
The Spitfires
Marky Moon
Monday 8th 8pm
The F***ing Loud Bootleg Sessions
The Reverend Jesse Custer
Tired Minds
Office Jerk
Tuesday 9th 7:30pm
Trivia and Gears [...]

Floating rainbow coins at the Mint


Robyn Archer unveiled a new sculpture today at the Royal Australian Mint today.
‘Floating Currency’ is a collection of resin coins that were previously used to make coins, and now used to try and make making coins more interesting. Respresented is each standard decimal coin design released since 1965.
“This new sculpture, ‘Floating Currency’, is a welcome [...]

DIT wotz on guide for the weekend of the 28th of June 2013


[ 28 June 2013 to 30 June 2013. ]

Everybody is working for the weekend.

That is a lie.

Several of us are working on the weekend, including me.

For those of you who are not, here’s what you’ll be doing!

As always please leave your suggestions of things we’ve missed in the comments.

Oh no, Tasmania has started on the Skywhale

By 25 June 2013

Canberra’s noblest ambassador has recently made a visit to the Dark Mofo festival in Hobart and, as always, haters have ended up hating.
City alderman Annette Waddle says it is suggestive and offensive to women.
Alderman Waddle told a council meeting on Monday she was not amused by the display.
“There were 16 great breasts hanging down from [...]

Paid work for artists!

By 25 June 2013

This just in from the Belconnen Community Service:
Belconnen Community Service is seeking artists interested in facilitating community arts workshops, as part of our Spring Sessions Art Taster Program.
Spring Sessions will be a series of six one-off workshops on a fortnightly basis from 2/9/13-21/11/13. The workshops will run on a Monday night from 6:30-8:30. Artists will [...]

Poetry in ACTION winners unveiled

By 24 June 2013

Joy Burch has announced the poets who’ll be gracing the spots ACTION can’t sell ads for on their buses:
From today, bus commuters will be able to enjoy reading the poems of 10 winners of the competition: Tara Cheyne, Peter Clynes, P.S. Cottier, Isaac Dugdale, Katherine Hind, Rosa O’Kane, Moya Pacey, Geoff Page, Sarah Rice and [...]

Skywhale by night, and in Hobart


The Centenary team have sent in some pictures from the Skywhale’s outing in Tasmania for the Dark Mofo Festival:
Crowds braved the Hobart cold to watch The Skywhale alongside the Ryoji Ikeda light installation ‘Spectra’. Photos courtesy of Peter Hennessey.

Meanwhile social media is all a twitter with the terrifying trend of Skywhale hats debuted into [...]

Gallery@bcs presents Waterscapes


[ 25 June 2013 to 5 July 2013. ]

This just in:

A solo exhibition of photos, prints and paintings by Timo Boersma

Tuesday 25 June – Friday 5 July 2013,

Official opening, 6pm Wednesday 26 June, Gallery ph 6264 0232

gallery@bcs Swanson Crt near the corner of Chandler St Belconnen
Open 9am to 4.30pm weekdays

Let your imagination flow with the tidal reflections and creek [...]

Opportunity for Local Artists

By 21 June 2013

Belconnen Community Service is seeking expressions of interest from local and emerging artists interested in facilitating community art workshops.

The initial commitment would be for a one-off two hour workshop, forming part of the BCS “Spring Sessions” Art Taster Program.
Spring Sessions will be a series of six individual workshops on a fortnightly basis from 2/9/13-21/11/13. The [...]

Griffin’s Canberra plans on display in Chicago

By 21 June 2013

It seemed the start of 2013 was filled with me being sent on trips to check out Walter’s plans and Marion’s art being displayed in various galleries around Canberra. Now they’re on display in Chicago as a part of an exhibition exploring the couple’s influence on Chicago’s architecture.
Hopefully RiotACT will send me to check [...]

Camera Obscura in New Acton


This just added to the magic of YouTube:
Reproject | The Art of Camera Obscura
A Film by Nic Vevers | Music By Vanilla © 2013
{Official Selection} Canberra Short Film Festival 2012 | Byron Bay Film Festival 2013
Camera Obscura is a technique that creates a natural projection inside a darkened room as light passing thought a small [...]

Lights – Canberra short film


Local arts dream-team Luke McGrath and Nick Delatovic have just put up their latest effort, a short film about Autumn and other things created as a part of ScreenACT’s Sort Seasons.
It’s charming, pretty, and very Canberran.
Starring Cara Irvine, Ben Drysdale and Julia Johnson.

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of the 21st of June 13


[ 21 June 2013 to 23 June 2013. ]

Hey Rioters, it’s nearing the end of the working week and maybe the real week depending on which calendar system you prescribe to so it’s time to start planning your weekend!

As always here are some things we know about here at the RiotACT mobile bunker, and you can leave your tips in the comments below!

Canberra Poetry Slam returns

By 20 June 2013

[ 28 June 2013 at 8:00 pm; ]

It’s that time of the month again where Canberra’s newest slam team invade the Front Cafe and get up to all sorts of poetic themed mischief.

Ready yourself.

Its the Winter for Haikus and Kantas. Maybe you were born with it. Maybe its Cold Outside! Regardless The June Canberra Poetry Slam is ON!
On Friday the 28th of [...]

PM’s Literature Awards shortlist announced

By 19 June 2013

The ANU are rather pleased (and quite rightly) that a book written by one of their professors about Australian sex lives has made the PMLA shortlist this year.
Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno’s book The Sex Lives of Australians: A History has been shortlisted for a 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award.
Dr Bongiorno’s book has been described by [...]

Two free exhibitions at NFSA celebrate Canberra films

By 19 June 2013

The National Film and Sound Archive are celebrating the film making scene in Canberra and surrounds with two free exhibitions based around local productions.
Tegan the Vegan is a colourful new addition to the Main Gallery exhibition. Tegan the Vegan is a short animated film made by Marisa Martin from Queanbeyan. Based on her own [...]

Still time to apply for Creative Young Stars program

By 19 June 2013

Are you (or do you know someone) under 25, creative, and would do some really cool stuff if you (they) could just afford to?
Here. This is for you (or them):
The first application round of the Creative Young Stars Program opened on Saturday 1 June 2013! Applications close at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on [...]

Miles Franklin award to be announced at the National Library

By 18 June 2013

This has come in which will no doubt be quite exciting to literary bods:
The Trust Company, as Trustee of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and the 2013 judges, will be announcing the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award Winner, tomorrow Wednesday 19 June 2013.
The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious literary prize [...]

RiotACT will be in attendance for In Canberra Tonight III


[ 20 June 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

In Canberra Tonight is Canberra hottest talk show, and our esteemed editor will be returning to tell Canberra what news it liked the most over the past month.

As a bonus, we’ve managed to get Johnboy over his crippling addiction to cold and flu drugs so this time he’ll probably remember where he is at all [...]

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