Arts (1232 Stories)

Slammin’ In Canberra by Mart Basa

By 27 May 2013

Mart Basa just sent us this wonderful little article on the amazing Slam poetry scene in Canberra:
Scratch the capital’s 100-year surface and discover it’s all in the poetry. Canberra’s poetry slam scene is spilling and thriving its heart out.
Poetry slam, for the uninitiated, is a competitive blend of hip hop, theatre and performance poetry [...]

ELK into the Portrait Gallery

By 27 May 2013

The National Portrait Gallery has posted their recent aquisition, and it’s Canberra street artist ELK (aka Luke Cornish) with a study of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke.
A whack of street art around town just appreciated in value!

Its Me Dayne I’m Back Again

By 26 May 2013

[ 30 May 2013 to 31 May 2013. ]

Since starting his comedy career in Canberra in 2010, hilariously-awkward comedian Dayne Rathbone has gone on to national and international success. In 2011 he took out Australia’s biggest comedy competition, Raw Comedy, followed by second place in So You Think You’re Funny at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Last year he supported Anthony Jeselnik (USA) on his debut [...]

Paris to Monaro: Pleasures from the studio of Hilda Rix Nicholas @ The Portrait Gallery

By 24 May 2013

[ 31 May 2013 to 11 August 2013. ] As part of Canberra’s centenary celebrations, the National Portrait Gallery will honour the life and work of Hilda Rix Nicholas.

Autumn evening’s golden glow c. 1942 by Hilda Rix Nicholas, oil on canvas, Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art, PerthNicholas, born in Ballarat in 1884, travelled widely overseas between 1907 and 1926 and achieved considerable success [...]

New circus space in Kaleen launched today


ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch helped launch a new circus space for Warehouse Circus in Kaleen today.
Warehouse Circus are a fantastic not-for-profit business that has helped train some of ACT’s best performers and it’s great to see them expanding their business.
“This unique opportunity opens a new stream of in-school circus programs for [...]

The Centenary weekly rundown: 24-26 may


[ 24 May 2013 to 26 May 2013. 24 May 2013 to 26 May 2013. ]

24 May
Symmetries – The Australian Ballet @ Canberra Theatre Centre (until 25 May)
Prime Time @ The Q – Queanbeyan Arts Centre, Queanbeyan (until 1 June)
Luke Chiswell Launches New Collection @ Hippo Bar, Garema Place, 5pm
Digest Curated By Scott Chaseling @ Canberra Glass Words (until 20 June)
Public Education Centenary Dinner @ National Press Club, 7pm-11:30pm
Veteran Women [...]

PINup brooch exhibition

By 22 May 2013

Featuring works by local and interstate artists, PINup, the latest exhibition at the ANCA gallery opens tonight, 22 May.

Artists and photographers: entries are now open for the Harrison Art Show

By 22 May 2013

Entries for the 2013 Harrison Art Show are now open.
Last year the inaugural Harrison Art Show was an extremely successful event with more than 200 guests over the two days and around 13 per cent of artworks sold. This year, we are building on last year’s success with extended opening hours and wider publicity.
Entries for this year’s event are [...]

Canberra Poetry Slam at the Front


[ 31 May 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

Those crazy kids over at the Canberra poetry slam are running two slams there this month, this is the second.

They sent us these words about the event, because they like words.

May Poetry Slam Part 2

This month sees the social calendar bookended by two editions of the Canberra Poetry Slam.

Part 2 starts Friday the 31st at [...]

Wintaru – Hear the Elements Talk at BCS

By 20 May 2013

A new exhibition exploring the elements and our relationship to the land is opening at the Belconnen Community Centre this Friday.
A collaborative, mixed media exhibition by Warlpiri artist Wanta Jampijinpa, Canberra artist, Lee Anne Proberts and students from the ANU School of Music
Supported by Belconnen Community Service’s Reconciliation Action Plan
May 24-June 7, Monday-Friday, 9am – [...]

Robert Guth makes bread and art at the School of Art

By 20 May 2013

[ 23 May 2013 at 1:00 pm; ] Robert Guth is a gentleman, an interesting artist, and one hell of a chef.
This will totally be worth you time.

Duration: Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 13:00 – 14:00
Location: School of Art lecture theatre

Robert Guth is best known for two things, firstly his ability to bake bread and secondly for his use of it as an [...]

France gets mechanical animals – Canberra gets tit balloon

By 20 May 2013

I know art is subjective, but when I think of creativity I think of something like this – in France’s mechanical animal theme park.
The main piece – the elephant, cost $3.5mil to create funded through EU arts funding, however the public can actually ride this at the cost of 7euro a pop. 
It attracted 285 [...]

Diamonds at the National Gallery. Images of Canberra

By 20 May 2013

Peter has sent this in:
While walking around the lake this pm, I walked past this.
It is of course the National Gallery’s Diamonds by Neil Dawson.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to .

Skywhale timelapse


The Centenary have youtubed a lovely timelapse of Skywhale liftoff!
Skywhale – Centenary balloon rides (Time-Lapse)
Skywhale – Centenary balloon rides at Reconciliation Place on Sunday morning 19th May 20123
Music – William Orbit. H – Pieces in a Modern Style, Ludwig van Beethoven – “Opus 132″

Enrollments open for Canberra Youth Theatre Company


CYTC is a not for profit organisation that has been around for over 40 years teaching Canberran kids theatre skills. Most of the people I know in theatre cut their teeth doing CYTC projects and classes, and I would recommend the company to anyone.
Speaking of me recommending them, they’ve just opened up enrollments for their [...]

Johnboy crowned Skywhale King at In Canberra Tonight


Canberra’s very own talkshow In Canberra Tonight happened again last night, and again I missed it because I am a bad person.
Johnboy however, was in attendance last night and not only to tell people the hottest stories from the past month, but also it seems to be crowned the king of the Skywhales. The crown [...]

Skywhale keeps giving


How could we not direct your attention, dear reader, to an article titled “The Ten Most Wonderful Things Committed To Hansard as a Result of the Skywhale”.
It’s worth mentioning such tech luminaries as Jzw and Cory Doctorow have now blogged about skywhale.
The full list of Google News results is staggering.
All hail Skywhale.
[Photo by Gentoopenguin]

Kafira by John O’Neill book launch at Paperchain Manuka

By 16 May 2013

Canberran novelist John O’Neill’s new book Kafira is being launched on Wednesday the 29th at Paperchain in Manuka.
We’ve been sent the following teaster info about the book:
Kafira is a story of tragedy, unrequited love, international suspense, and driving ambition to defeat the grab for world domination.
Kafira Weiss is an Israeli Biomedical Scientist whose passionate [...]

OUTSIDE/INSIDE by Tessa Dorman

By 14 May 2013

[ 4 June 2013 to 17 June 2013. 4 June 2013 to 17 June 2013. ] ‘Outside/Inside’ exhibition opening in Canberra

Canberra expat Tessa Dorman is excited to be bringing her new exhibition ‘Outside/Inside’ to Canberra for its official opening in June.

Artist Tessa employs elements borrowed from nature as a metaphor for exploring the sensitive nature of human connection.

The exhibition’s opening night will be held on Wednesday 5 June at 6.00pm at [...]

Boho Interactive’s Word Play, opening this Wednesday


Boho’s new show Word Play opens this Wednesday at the CSIRO Discovery Centre. Using text messages and a purpose-built phone app, the audience are able to interact directly with the performance, communicating with the performers and controlling them through a series of live computer game sequences.

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! coming on the 15th of May


[ 15 May 2013 at 7:46 pm; ]

Canberra’s finest night of drunken poetry and sometimes other things is coming back to the Phoenix Bar this Wednesday.

Featuring the talents of Queensland’s warrior wordsmith Darkwing Dubs, local snake-oil merchants (and occasional musicians) Dr. Stovepipe, and a very special memorial spot appearance by Canberra’s THUNDERCAT.

Also it’s a poetry slam, so you can compete for fabulous [...]

UNA up close. Images of Canberra

By 13 May 2013

Calen Robinson has sent in this quirky look at ANU’s new UNA sculpture by Wolfgang Buttress.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to .

It’s maybe for Skywhale Monday


The Centenary Team have let it be known that Skywhale might be slipping the surly bonds of earth tomorrow morning.
Or it might not depending on the weather which isn’t looking good.
Check the Centenary website from 5am for confirmation.
[Photo by Deref]

The rise of the Skywhale


We’ve had some photos in from this morning’s flight of the Skywhale over Canberra.
Hannah sent in the above with this:
The Skywhale launch this morning was really great. People were whooping and clapping as it took off, and Robyn Archer got us to “hip hip horray” it.
And Deref sent in a bunch:

Here’s the full slideshow:

Got some [...]



With perfect weather conditions predicted, Centenary of Canberra commission The Skywhale will make her first Canberra flight tomorrow morning, lifting off from outside the National Gallery of Australia.
The Skywhale is a 34m long, 23m high hot-air balloon sculpture designed by renowned artist and former Canberran Patricia Piccinini. It is at least twice as big as [...]

Face of Canberra launch video


It might be easy to forget today that the SkyWhale isn’t the only piece of art paid for by the centenary, but it is not!
There are other things!
This is one of them, and it’s pretty cool too!
Knowing that someone has painted a portrait of the Soup Kitchen Lady makes me very happy.
“Faces of Canberra” is [...]

The true cost of Skywhale and do you want to pay it? [With poll]


The Liberals Jeremy Hanson is working up his outrage at the true cost of Skywhale.
In a Public Accounts Committee hearing today, it was revealed the true costs to the ACT for the Skywhale for the Centenary of Canberra will be $300,000. ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson asked today why again it is only after questioning [...]

Short + Sweet Canberra looking for artists

By 10 May 2013

The biggest 10 minute theatre festival in the world is coming back to Canberra and is looking for people who like to do things. Theatre things.
Short+Sweet Canberra returns in August and the festival is on the look out for ACT based actors, directors, writers and Independent Theatre Companies (ITCs) to take part.Now in its fifth [...]

Pop the Pot updates its lineup!

By 8 May 2013

Pop the Pop 2013 has just put out a poster with an updated lineup, get amongst it.
POP the POT!
A Celebration of Local Music!
Rock on up to the Pot this Saturday for an incredible line up of (almost exclusively) local talent including Holly Rose, Daz jamieson, Marc Robertson, Pete Akhurst, Fires in July, Little Mac and [...]

Lex Lindsay to bring Cannes to Canberra

By 7 May 2013

The Canberra International Film Festival have announced their new supremo will be Lex Lindsay.
The Canberra International Film Festival (CIFF) has announced the appointment of its new Artistic Director, Lex Lindsay.
Lex has established festivals and curated cinema programs across Australia: from Byron Bay to Hobart, Katoomba to Alice Springs, and from Dubbo to a Sydney Harbour [...]

Unearthed Reviews: Knight~Hammer. Four and like 99% of a star stars

By 6 May 2013

Time for another Unearthed Review.
Booting up the old RNG, I get a 15. 15 means KNIGHT~HAMMER.
I went to their page, their band image was broken, they listed themselves as Metal/Rock, their intro was almost non-existent. I readied myself for a whole lot of messy guitar noise with some talent-less roaring over the top.
I got [...]

Fashfest: Photos and Video


Fashfest has finished, but fear not fans of the fabulous for we have photos!
Rioter MartyO has sent us an amazing stack of absolutely brilliant photos of the event, check them out:

Special bonus media!
Here’s a video of the final night. It does go for an hour a half, so make sure you’re comfy before hitting play:


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