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Kentridge exhibition coming to the National Gallery

By 12 August 2013

[ 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, [...]

Jennie Martiniello wins the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award

By 10 August 2013

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 [...]

Peter Cotton’s Dead Cat Bounce launching at Paperchain

By 9 August 2013

[ 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 [...]

Mindscapes Festival back for 2013


[ 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
Time: 6.00-9.30pm

Mish Mash Variety Night
When: Thursday 10 October
Where: Polish white eagle club Canberra, 38 David St, [...]

Short + Sweet is happening now


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) [...]

Turner Extended!


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 [...]

Cox Architecture to do Belco Arts Centre Stage 2

By 7 August 2013

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 [...]

A Tent Embassy for the Arts with Steven Bailey

By 7 August 2013

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 [...]

Australian Poetry Slam heat dates announced


[ 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 [...]

Fun Machine – The Naked Body Tour at the Croatian Club


[ 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.

Classical music and bad boys at Llewellyn Hall

By 6 August 2013

[ 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! [...]

Art In, Butt Out awards

By 6 August 2013

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 [...]

NFSA Scholars and Artists-in-Residence Fellowship 2014 applications open

By 5 August 2013

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 [...]

Possible Worlds Film Festival at ARC Cinema

By 5 August 2013

[ 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 [...]

Book launch: The Rule of Knowledge by Scott Baker

By 3 August 2013

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 [...]

Dance for people with Parkinsons + Dance teacher workshop

By 2 August 2013

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?
Join [...]

The new and improved Street Theatre Canberra

By 1 August 2013

Just in time for the Capital Jazz Project tomorrow the Street Theatre has officially reopened after it’s $3 million dollar face-lift.
It looks quite nice.
So nice in fact that face-lift is probably doing it an injustice. There has been some serious work done here including:
– A new office area with space available for touring shows,
– Improved [...]

Canberrang – Swing Dance Festival

By 1 August 2013

[ 1 August 2013 to 4 August 2013. ]

if you would like to be the raddest looking person in the room during gigs, you should check out the swing dancing community.

They’re brilliant.

Also they’re doing this whole mini festival thing called Canberrang from the 1st to the 4th of August which you could check out if you’re keen.

Here’s in itinerary.

This is a ZINE awareness public announcement @ Smith’s

By 1 August 2013

[ 3 August 2013 at 2:00 pm; ]

If you love zines, or just don’t know what a zine is and feel like filling in that blank spot on your shelf of cultural knowledge, then this may be of interest to you:

shake, make & bake it ZINEwise
join other CANberra/ local surrounding ZINEstArs for
a bit of a chat/ some cut & paste action & [...]

3D chalk art in Civic reminds us of Canberra’s worst roads


Coming back from the city just now I stumbled across this awesome piece of art outside the Canberra Centre, and stumbled into a discussion with the NRMA about why it was there.
The NRMA are getting signatures and quotes from Canberrans on how they felt about the roads around the ACT. These names and quotes alongside [...]

On James Turrell


The Economist is heaping praise on the artist James Turrell:
For nearly half a century, Mr Turrell has toyed with light and space. His work earned him a so-called MacArthur “genius grant” in 1984. Standing in a space designed by Mr Turrell can feel transcendental, like being transported to an otherworldly dimension. “You don’t have [...]

Art, Not Apart happening in March instead of December

By 30 July 2013

Because there just aren’t enough festivals and events happening around then.
In a rather sweet letter, David Caffery has let us know that the festival will be happening in March instead of December.*
Dear artists and festival contributors,
As the producer of Art, Not Apart, I have been humbled to present passionate artists and their interpretations of the [...]

Giant bed being built in Civic to help homeless

By 30 July 2013

Canberra has the second highest rate of homelessness in Australia.
To raise awareness of this upsetting statistic and create some discussion about it BIG hART are gonna build a giant bed in Civic square and put people in it.
It’s called the Winter Bed Vigil.
It sounds bizarre, but also really interesting.
On August 15th Big hART will [...]

And the Helpmann award goes to Robyn Archer

By 29 July 2013

The Centenary team are making it known that their creative director has picked up a prestigious gong for her Spiegel Garden turn:
The Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra, Robyn Archer AO, has won a prestigious Helpmann Award for best cabaret performance.
Robyn Archer in Concert: QUE RESTE-T-IL? was performed at the Famous Spiegel Garden and [...]

Home at the End @ the Courtyard Studio

By 29 July 2013

[ 4 September 2013 to 14 September 2013. ]

Home at the End, the latest work from Canberran playwrite Dunan Ley, is coming to the Courtyard Studio as a part of the Collected Works 2013 Subscription Season.

Commissioned by Everyman Theatre specifically for Canberra’s Centenary celebrations, Home at the End is a groundbreaking powerful story of love, loss and guilt, set against a backdrop of [...]

Exhibition of Kevin Gilbert’s works at Civic Library

By 29 July 2013

[ 5 August 2013 to 7 September 2013. ] From Monday 5th of August to Saturday the 7th September, Civic Library will be exhibiting the works of Wiradjuri artist Kevin Gilbert.

On display will be a collection of Kevin’s works, which will include oil paintings, lino prints, poetry, manuscripts, political works and photographic murals, many of which were unseen before this year.

Kevin was one [...]

August at the Phoenix

By 29 July 2013

From those charming devils at the Phoenix bar:
Thursday August 1st 9pm
Super Best friends
Too Soon!
Saturday 3rd 9:30pm
The Second Hand Salmon
Brother Be
Second Sun
Monday 5th 8pm
CMC Presents The Bootleg Sessions
Central West
Moochers Inc.
The Steptones
Soctor Deuss
Tuesday 6th 7:30pm
Andrew and Shannon’s Pub Trivia
Thursday 8th 9pm
The Darkened Seas
New Brutalists
Saturday 10th 9:30pm
Hollow Everdaze
Callico Cat
Monday 12th 8pm
2XX LocalnLive Presents The Bootleg Sessions
Vintage Vulva
Dylan Hekimian
Tuesday [...]

Shots from the Dick Diver gig at Transit on the weekend

By 29 July 2013

Anna Boydell has done it again and shared with us some great shots from the Dick Diver gig on Saturday.
Anyone spot themselves?

Send photos of Canberra to, if you want to.
You don’t have to, but it’s nice when you do.

Hit the floor together at Canberra Theatre Centre


[ 31 July 2013 to 3 August 2013. ]

Hit the floor together is a dance project created by a collection of over 30 indigenous and non-indigenous young Canberrans, along with many interstate dancers that looks, quite frankly, pretty awesome.

It will be hitting the Canberra theatre Centre on the 31st of July and you should probably check it out.

This new contemporary dance work is [...]

Graffiti authorisation


On Saturday afternoon 27th July, I want for a walk around Yerrabi Pond. I noticed a smell of paint under the via duct on the western Side of the lake.
As I approached a couple of punks who were defacing the concrete wall with their so called “art” I asked what they were doing.
They informed me [...]

Three Minute Thesis Competition today at UC

By 25 July 2013

This actually sounds quite interesting, and if your in the market to learn a bunch of interesting things in a short amount of time you should check it out.
The University of Canberra final of this year’s Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) will see seven candidates have only 180 seconds to present their thesis topic and [...]

Our Mob: Celebrating Through Art @ BCS

By 25 July 2013

[ 30 July 2013 to 9 August 2013. ]

The always busy gang over at BCS have yet another exhibition opening up.

A Multimedia exhibition by Participants in the West Belconnen Child and Family Centre ‘Koori Kids’ and Yurwang Bullarn (Strong Women’s) groups

July 30th –August 9th
Official Opening Wednesday July 31st 6pm

gallery@bcs Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen
Open 9am-4:30pm Monday-Friday

This exhibition [...]

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