Arts (1252 Stories)

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 [...]

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 [...]

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