The National Gallery is firing a public broadside in its campaign to extract from Albion the iconic George Stubbs kangaroo and dingo paintings.
This kicked off in April and the Poms appear to be digging in about letting we colonials have the oils.
The Grauniad has the pommy side of the story.
I suspect we’ve got as much [...]
The Belconnen Community Centre is excited to announce our upcoming Spring Sessions Art Taster program. We are offering a series of six evening Art Workshops open to anyone interested in learning something new – no artistic experience is necessary!
In our first workshop, on the 2nd of September, you will explore basic glassmaking techniques as you [...]
[ 16 August 2013 to 28 September 2013. ]
Erica Seccombe is using the ANU’s 3D Microcomputed X-ray Tomography (XCT) unit to get some stunning and otherworldly images of everyone’s favorite backyard crustacean, the slater.
Erica’s work will be shown at her exhibition Science Fiction, opening this week at Canberra Contempory Arts Space.
The image data from the XCT was run through a computer program developed [...]
The Capital Arts Patrons Organisation is calling for applications from Canberran artists who would like access to fourteen grants ranging in value from $500 to $25,000. The grants are to support artists develop their careers and to assist with innovative community cultural projects.
Since its beginnings in 1983, CAPO has awarded in excess of 1.8 million [...]
[ 15 August 2013 to 19 August 2013. ]
The weather is improving!
Obviously because we live in Canberra we should all keep up a healthy level of paranoia. Actually trust the sunlight not to retreat rapidly the second we walk out in anything less than full winter gear would be foolish.
Still, it’s nice to look at.
Now, what can we do over the weekend?
The charming folks over at the ACT Writers Centre have let us know about a couple of workshops that they will be running this weekend to help writers push through writers block:
This weekend, the folks at the ACT Writers Centre are hosting a two day jaunt that tackles writers block with lecturer and poet Charlotte [...]
BCS have just let us know about a series of interesting sounding workshops taking place around Canberra in late August.
Changing Places is based on the idea that good and bad mental health are in part made by our environment- physical and social.
Changing Places is an opportunity to explore, comment on and interact with places in [...]
Tomorrow twenty six of the 242 entries into UC’s The Lodge on the Lake Design Ideas Competition will be on display in a new exhibition at the Gallery of Australian Design.
The Lodge on the Lake Design Ideas Competition was a Centenary of Canberra initiative by the University and the Gallery of Australian Design, which invited [...]
The ANU Art School Gallery is currently hosting a collection of works curated from the school of arts own alumni.
The exhibition is called but mostly air and has been curated by Jason Smith.
“The title came to me when I was sifting through the many artists that had been shortlisted for this exhibition,” he said.
“I was [...]
Seems like Canberra just isn’t getting enough of the golden oldies when it comes to movies. Dendy has their Cult Classics series, Palace has their Vintage Electric stuff and even Limelight gives it a fair go with their Limelight “Classics” (if you can count stuff like Mean Girls a classic). And now it appears the [...]
[ 22 August 2013 at 8:00 pm; ] It’s time we got back to basics in Canberra. We’re about getting organised, thorough and providing as much help to upcoming hip hop artists as we can. We’re putting on a series of events in order to bring the music back to the capital, and inject some hip hop sensibilities into our town. More opportunities [...]
Canberra born and raised author Christie Thompson has released her debut novel ‘SNAKE BITE’ (Allen and Unwin).
Set in Canberra’s south it follws the story of Jez who is seventeen and lives with her alcoholic single mum in in a government rental in Canberra’s outer-suburbs, with little money or future prospects.
As well as suffering from terminal [...]
[ 17 August 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]
Rufino from Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen is bringing some Caribbean beats to the Polish Club with his new band Rufino and the Coconuts.
You can just tell that this is going to be a bit special.
Get ready for the sensual primitive jungle grooves of Rufino and the Coconuts. One night only – plus local [...]
[ 28 September 2013 10:00 am to 12 October 2013 10:00 am. ]
Jigsaw Theatre are inviting families to join them on a puppet filled adventure down the plughole and into the land of Elohgulp, which is where all the gross stuff that we wash down the drain ends up living.
Jigsaw do great work and you couldn’t hope for a better cast so this will probably be pretty [...]
[ 24 August 2013 at 4:00 pm; ]
On Saturday the 24th of August, the Belconnen Arts Centre will play host to One River, an interactive arts event that celebrates the mighty Murray.
We’ve been promised light projections, water based art, fire installations, interactive art, dance, and music as well as local food and wine.
The event is free, so get to it.
One River is [...]
[ 31 August 2013 at 6:30 pm; ] The Canberra Gay & Lesbian Qwire invites its friends, family and the wider community to a gala ball in honour of its 20th Anniversary. It promises to be a fun filled night, with good food, great company and plenty of music. A cash bar will be available.
The room will be decorated in Black, Silver and [...]
[ 5 October 2013 to 3 November 2013. ] The National Gallery have announced they’re bringing a William Kentridge retrospective to town:
William Kentridge (born 1955) is a major figure in contemporary art, who has established an international reputation as a gifted figurative artist. Working in the tradition of William Hogarth and Honoré Daumier, Kentridge explores themes of the society in which he lives, [...]
The ABC has word of a significant local gonging:
A blown-glass artwork by a Canberra-based artist has won this year’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.
Jennie Kemarre Martiniello’s artwork Golden Brown Reeds Fish Trap beat 76 other finalists to win the $40,000 prize.
The piece is made from hot blown glass and was inspired [...]
[ 22 August 2013 at 6:00 pm; ]
This just in:
Please join us to hear Peter Cotton speak about his political thriller, Dead Cat Bounce.
Thursday August 22
5.45 for 6.00pm
Telephone 6295 6723 or
A federal election campaign is thrown into chaos when a popular government minister goes missing and then turns up dead on the shores of Lake Burley [...]
[ 9 October 2013 to 18 October 2013. ]
The Mindscapes Festival is an annual arts festival that celebrates mental health recovery, and we’ve got the dates for their upcoming events right here:
Mindscapes Short Film Festival
When: Wednesday 9 October
Where: National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT 2601
Mish Mash Variety Night
When: Thursday 10 October
Where: Polish white eagle club Canberra, 38 David St, [...]
Just a reminder theatre lovers. The world’s biggest short theatre festival is happening now, so maybe go check it out at the Courtyard Theatre.
DATE: Tuesday 6 August – Saturday 17 August 2013
LOCATION: The Courtyard Studio – Canberra Theatre Centre
TICKET PRICES: Top 20 (Tuesday 6th – Friday 9th) – $33/$28
Wildcards (Saturday 10th) – $30/$28
Finals (Saturday 17th) [...]
The National Gallery has the thrilling news that the season for their Turner From The Tate exhibition is being extended:
The National Gallery of Australia today announced that the Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master exhibition season will be extended by one week, now closing at 5pm on Sunday 15 September 2013.
‘We are [...]
Joy Burch is putting out word on plans for Belconnen’s Theatre:
“The first stage of the redevelopments of the Belconnen Arts Centre created a spectacular centre that is a great resource for the arts community,” Ms Burch said.
“We are now ready to begin sketching out ideas for the second stage of this major project – an [...]
Political wildcard Steven Bailey is now taking on the ANU, planning to camp out at the ANU and single handedly re-establish the School of Humanities.
Senate Candidate Steven Bailey will be re-establishing a School of Humanities in at the ANU in front of the School of Art, Thursday 8th of August. A tent will be erected [...]
[ 21 August 2013 at 7:30 pm; 5 September 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]
The Canberran slam poetry scene is massive, inspiring, and challenging. If you’ve got even a passing interest in the spoken word you owe it to yourself to check out some of the wonderful local performer/writers we have here.
In fact coming to one of these heats would be a great place to do just that.
The team [...]
[ 10 August 2013 at 8:00 pm; ]
Fun Machine manage to be both Canberra’s best dressed, and least dressed pop-group.
What little clothes they do wear are fabulous is what I’m getting at.
See what I mean?
They’re kicking off their next tour this Saturday at the Croatian Club, and you should probably be there.
[ 21 August 2013 to 22 August 2013. ] I just received a press release that describes someone as “Australia’s classical music bad boy” and I could not be happier about it.
At 7.30pm on Wednesday the 21st and Thursday the 22nd of August you should probably be at Llewellyn Hall in order to discover just how much of a bad boy Matthew Hindson is! [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is encouraging the students who joined in her push to get the filthy smokers to stop:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, has today congratulated all the students who took part in the 2013 Art In, Butt Out awards and has announced Canberra High School year eight student, Sally Witchalls, as [...]
The NSFA are now taking applications to be a part of their artist and/or scholar in residence for 2014.
It’s a pretty amazing opportunity so if you work with film get to it.
Are you an academic, an artist, a performer or a professional working in the audiovisual area? The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia [...]
[ 21 August 2013 to 23 August 2013. ] Expect a bunch of fantastic independent films at the ARC cinema when the eighth annual Possible Worlds Film Festival hits Canberra later this month.
Screening in Canberra for the very first time will be Sarah Polley’s award-winning documentary STORIES WE TELL; NORTHERN LIGHT, which charts the daily lives of families in recession-ravaged Michigan; LUNARCY!, a [...]
Scott Baker is a Canberra-based film-maker who has recently returned from middle earth, working with Peter Jackson on his epic trilogy – The Hobbit. The Rule of Knowledge is Scott’s first novel, and has been described as ‘an adventure with heart that will keep you guessing until the very last page’.
Scott’s own life [...]
Belconnen Arts Centre are putting together a dance program for people with Parkinsons, and running a workshop for dance teachers afterwards:
1:00–2:00pm, Tuesday 13 August, with Q&A following
Interested in building your skills as a dance teacher? Curious about new ways of using dance in your community? Want to connect with some new groups in the ACT?