Arts (1232 Stories)

UC Book of the year 2014 entries and judges announced

By 14 June 2013

The second annual University of Canberra Book of the Year competition has just announced the shortlist of novels, as well as the panel of judges. Margaret Pomeranz joins the judging panel this year, which is awesome because she is awesome.
The shortlist, announced today, is the following five novels, drawn from books that have been Commonwealth [...]

Clown workshop at the Street Theatre


Derek Scott is a talented man, and he will be running a 3 hour clowning workshop at the Street Theatre on July the 5th.
It sounds pretty amazing.
Derek Scott is an internationally acclaimed actor, clown, director, producer and teacher, who has performed around the world, including on Broadway and London’s West End.
He has performed and [...]

“We done nuthin’ wrong” says the NGA in the Kapoor case

By 13 June 2013

The National Gallery of Australia has made a lengthy statement on their ongoing ownershop of a 12th century bronze sculpture of Shiva as a result of the man they bought it from facing criminal charges for looting.
The Gallery is quite rightly insisting they have followed all the protocols and await the result of the trial.
[Photo: [...]

Godspeed gentle creature! Skywhale visits Hobart

By 13 June 2013

Canberra’s most majestic ambassador, the Skywhale, is heading down to Hobart for the weekend to appear in the Dark Mofo festival.
The Dark Mofo festival apparently celebrates “the dark through large-scale public art, food, music, light and noise” and I am wondering why I’ve never heard of it before because it sounds brilliant.
Centenary of Canberra Creative [...]

Turbobelco at the Phoenix video


Turbobelco, headed by the always charming Baron Von Kreep, play Selfdestructo Bust at the Phoenix Bar.

Bad!Slam!No!Biscuit! comes back with Ghostboy in tow

By 12 June 2013

[ 19 June 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

Canberra’s most serious and longest running poetry event is coming back to the Phoenix Bar this month on the 19th of June.

This month we will be featuring Queensland’s finest entertainers Ghostboy and Sir lady Grantham who will be providing music, words, and sex appeal.

Get to it.

Doctor Who faces his number one fan at CSIRO Discovery

By 11 June 2013

[ 15 June 2013 to 16 June 2013. ]

Critically praised Doctor Who based comedy theatre coming to my Canberra?

Pinch me.

I am so there, any other Rioter Whovians going to heed the call?

Doctor Who is about to face his greatest challenge: his number one fan. Melbourne comedian Rob Lloyd puts The Doctor on trial in WHO, ME, a comedy show about obsession and it’s [...]

Nola Anderson takes over at the Glassworks

By 7 June 2013

Joy Burch has announced the appointment of Nola Anderson to Chair the Canberra Glassworks (That thing Brodburger is in) taking over from Andrew Sayers:
Ms Anderson was appointed a member of the Board earlier this year, and will take up her new role of Chair on July 1. Also appointed to the Canberra Glassworks’ board were [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 7 June 2013


[ 7 June 2013 to 9 June 2013. ]

The wheel turns, the Game of Thrones season approaches its end, and we’ve got another weekend coming up.

What’s worth seeing and doing around Canberra this weekend?

Just leave your suggestions in the comments.

Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentleman win big in Brighton


Phil Moriarty has facebooked the rather exciting news that the Canberra derived Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen have taken out Best Cabaret Act at the Brighton Festival’s Latest Fringe Awards.
This is the award for the Best Cabaret Act, Latest Fringe Awards, Brighton Festival 2013 won by Mikelangelo & The Black Sea Gentlemen. Hooray [...]

Folkie gets a new director

By 4 June 2013

Pam Merrigan, previously the artistic programs manager, has now taken the director’s seat at Canberra’s favourite beard and banjo festival.
Merrigan has been involved with several folk festivals around Australia and founded Yass’ Turning Wave Festival, and she comes into the National’s directorship role after a rather successful 2013 for the festival.
Best of Luck Pam.

Problem picking up Subtitles broadcast on SBS HD in Canberra

By 4 June 2013

Has anyone noticed problems getting subtitles on SBS One HD using their set top boxes or TV?
I’ve noticed that I can access subtitles on the standard definition version of SBS One only. I think this started happening around about the time the new NITV station started broadcasting.
Computer digital tuners seem ok at picking up [...]

Keep Calm and OMG SKYWHALE


Bring on the Skywhale merchandise…
I hope this meme isn’t too dead to benefit from a little Skywhale love…

British Noir coming to Arc Cinema

By 3 June 2013

The National Film and Sound Archive are putting together a whole bunch of classic British crime and thriller films of the 1940s, 50s and 60s for the Sydney International Film Festival, which is good news for anyone going to the SIFF.
It turns out it’s good news for Canberrans also as these films will then be [...]

National Portrait Gallery Community Knit-in

By 31 May 2013

Knit a sheep in a day and help create a flock of miniature sheep in the Gordon Darling Hall. Bring your knitting needles, all other materials supplied.
For all ages and abilities.
Bringing in the sheep c. 1936 by Hilda Rix Nicholas, oil on canvas, Bega Valley Art and Craft Society’s Permanent Collection, Bega Valley Regional Gallery
National [...]

Housemouse and Coolio Desgracias EP launch @ the Polish Club

By 31 May 2013

[ 14 June 2013; ]

Coolio Desgracias has just let us know that Housemouse and himself will be dropping their new EP on us on the 14th of June.

Ready yourselves Canberra!

Housemouse and Coolio made a pact to release something as a duo in 2012 after collaborating on ‘Dubbo Zoo’ and ‘You Got Papped’ on ‘My Private Jet’. Fast forward a [...]

Canberra Short Film Festival wants your short films

By 31 May 2013

Canberra writer/actors/film makers, it is time to get to work! The Canberra Short Film Festival is calling for entries!
Think big and film short – that’s the cry going out to ACT filmmakers, young and old, experienced or first timers, as the Canberra Short Film Festival launches its official call for entries for 2013 from Cockington [...]

Performer applications for Folkie open tomorrow

By 31 May 2013

The National Folk Festival is one of my favourite events on the Canberran calendar, and tomorrow they’ll be accepting applications for performers from tomorrow.
Performer applications are open from 1 June to 1 July 2013
To apply visit the festival website
Please ensure you read all the information provided prior to submitting your application.
Also they’re looking for a [...]

A look back at the Village


The Village was a magnificently odd little festival that snuck in and out of Canberra back in March. Sadly March was the month of hell festival wise and I don’t think it got as much attention as it deserved.
Still for those that headed out a really fun time was had by all.
Also they let Johnboy [...]

Incredible, edible Centenary sugar art


[ 1 June 2013 at 10:00 am; ]

Bluebells, Correa Bells, Parliament House, Black Mountain Tower and even floral bouquets – all made entirely out of sugar – will be on display on Saturday 1 June at a Centenary celebration of all things cake.

The ACT Cake Decorators Association will host the Canberra Centennial Open Day at Weston Creek Community Centre. It will include [...]

CMC Events for June

By 30 May 2013

[ 1 June 2013 to 30 June 2013. ] From our friends at the Canberra Musicians Club:

June 2013

Mon 3 The CMC Presents The Bootlegs @ The Phoenix. 8pm, donation
Monotremes, Coolio Desgracias, Bad Pharmer, Azim Zain

Wed 5 The CMC Presents Wed Nights @ Smiths Alternative.
The Burley Griffin. 7.30pm, free

Thu 5 Bang! Bang! Bang! @ Nigel and Beth’s Place. 7pm, $5

Fri 7 Brass Knuckle Brass Band EP [...]

Arts website lets us know why our grants didn’t work

By 30 May 2013

Canberra has a lot of artists and only so many grant dollars to go between them.
The arts scene becomes a den of serpents when grant time rolls around, backs are stabbed, Macbooks sabotaged, offers of in-kind-support undercut…. it’s a nightmare. *
I myself have had more than one attempt to secure funding fall flat in the [...]

Turner from the Tate at the National Gallery. A review


[ 1 June 2013 to 8 September 2013. ]

Barcham and I went down to the media preview of the National Gallery’s upcoming blockbuster show Turner from The Tate, The Making of a Master this morning.

It didn’t really justify both of us going, we just both wanted to see it. We were not alone as it was one of the most well attended media [...]

Short Film. Falcon Convertible


This is a short film (7 mins) filmed & produced by a local Canberran. Please check it out & share,like & comment!!
Falcon Convertible is a short film about two Australian brothers who overcome natural obstacles in pursuit of fun. There is no dialog in the film and the action paints a picture of what Aussie [...]

Scissors Paper Pen hosts Comic workshop

By 29 May 2013

That amazing collective of creatives, Scissors Paper Pen, just hit us up with some news about a really interesting sounding workshop coming up in June run by the ex-Canberran/now-Vermontian Eleri Harris.
The whole deal costs $15 ($10 for members), has food and drinks provided, and will teach you a bunch of skills on how to make [...]

Daniel Ballantyne takes CEO job at Belconnen Arts Centre

By 28 May 2013

Ex-Newcastle resident Daniel Ballantyne has recently been given the top job at BCA, coming into the job with 20 years of experience.
Belconnen Arts Centre strives to fuel a love of and engagement with the arts in Belconnen and the broader Canberra region. Daniel will lead Belconnen Arts Centre through to its next stages of development [...]

New Patricia Piccinini app may help you ‘get’ the SkyWhale

By 28 May 2013

Artists often like to let their work speak for itself.
More people who view art like to draw their own conclusions.
For everyone else, you can use an app.
I think Piccinini’s work is gorgeous, you may not, but I think we can all agree it’s certainly interesting. Here’s a way to find out more.
A New York company [...]

Denise Ferris heads up ANU School of Art

By 28 May 2013

This month local photographer Denise Ferris took up the role of Head of The Australian National University’s (ANU) School of Art.
More information about her photography and current projects can be found here.
Ferris joined the ANU ranks in 1987, teaching photography for what she thought would only be for one semester.
“I taught a course called The [...]

Comedy Slam at Smith’s Alternative

By 28 May 2013

[ 6 June 2013 at 7:30 pm; ] J C Inman of ‘poetry slammin’ fame and Smith’s Alternative are starting up a new comedy slam night at Smith’s that kicks off on the 6th of June.

Smiths Alternative hosts the first edition of Slammed Laughter, a 5 minute stand up comedy competition

Entry is open to all, sign up on the night!

Entrants compete for cash [...]

$2.8 million for arts hubs in Canberra

By 28 May 2013

The 2013-14 ACT Budget has a little put aside to provide for the ACT arts scene, and will be providing some new hub space for Canberran artists.
The 2013-14 ACT Budget will deliver $2.5 million to develop arts hubs in two significant heritage buildings – Ainslie Arts Centre as a music hub and Gorman House Arts [...]

Things nobody says in Canberra?


Tom Armstrong has put a real beauty of a video onto YouTube:
Canberra’s 100th Birthday. Happy birthday you cold bastard!
What was your favourite line?

NERD TRIVIA: Episode 13 @ The Phoenix Bar Tuesday night

By 27 May 2013

[ 28 May 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

Ladies and gentlemen Canberra’s smartest and best dressed Trivia Night is happening again at the Phoenix Bar.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) night the Phoenix will be host to questions, beer challenges, cartoon sing-a-longs, and COSTUMES.

Nerd Trivia is here.


– Nerd Trivia is about Nerd Trivia.

– Nerd Trivia is at 7.30.

– Nerd Trivia [...]

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