Arts (1319 Stories)

Civic Yarnbomb


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The ACT Poetry Prize for 2013 goes to Lesley Lebkowicz

By 16 July 2013

Jo Burch announced today that out of 128 entries submitted by local poets, Lesley Lebkowicz managed to take out the annual poetry prize.
“I would like to congratulate Ms Lebkowicz on her prize-winning poem Inside selected from the 128 entries received this year,” Ms Burch said.
The ACT Poetry Prize is awarded for an outstanding poem [...]

Local zombie film looking to crowd funding


Sanguineti Media are looking to raise enough funds to make the best zom-com movie they can.
Me and my Mates vs The Zombie Apocalypse is a comedy based in Canberra about three Telecom tradesmen hiding in an exchange during the zombie apocalypse. The film was written, and is soon to be directed, by Declan Shrubb.
Aiming [...]

Home at the End @ the Courtyard Studio

By 15 July 2013

[ 4 September 2013 12:00 pm to 14 September 2013 12:00 pm. 4 September 2013 12:00 pm to 14 September 2013 12:00 pm. ]
Duncan Ley’s new work, Home at the End is kicking off at the Courtyard Studio on the 4th of September as a part of the Collected Works 2013 Subscription Season.

The names attached to this press release read like a who’s who of Canberra theatre which can only be a good sign.

Commissioned by Everyman Theatre specifically [...]

CMAG wants artists’ ideas for Gallery 4

By 15 July 2013

The Canberra Museum and Gallery is looking to nail down two years work of exhibitions for the gold fish bowl like Gallery 4 which fronts onto Civic Square:
Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) is calling for proposals from artists to create site specific works for its glass-walled exhibition space on Civic Square (Gallery 4).
The space is [...]

Blockbuster exhibition at blockbuster prices

By 15 July 2013

Being footloose and fancy free at the weekend a friend and I agreed to have an afternoon out at the latest blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery. I’m a regular at these things – getting my fill of travelling culture that I may never get the chance to see again.
Anyhow, my thirst for culture [...]

A centenary of floral art in the Canberra centre


A display of floral art has been installed in the Canberra Centre overnight. It can be found upstairs near Zara and is the result of some hard work from the Floral Art Guild of the ACT.
Go check it out next time you duck up that side of the Canberra Centre for an ice cream.
From the [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 12 of July 2013


[ 12 July 2013 to 14 July 2013. ]

I’m heading down to some town a few hours out of Warnnambool whose name I don’t know this weekend!

Seriously, I don’t know where I am going.

So anyways the following events are just for you, I hope you attend all of them and have the best time.

As always leave your suggestions in the comments and have [...]

Pop Art Party at NewActon


[ 19 July 2013 8:30 pm to 20 July 2013 12:00 am. ]

NewActon certainly never lacks for new different events.

This is their latest and looks to be super fun.

Expect colourful cocktails, pop-rock band Fun Machine, improv jazz band Xavier Dunn and the best, or maybe worst, music of the pop art era.

Party like its 1963 at Palace Electric and the Grand Stair of Nishi, NewActon.

Dotted [...]

Game of Thrones Burlesque coming to Canberra


The fabulous people who brought us Star Wars burlesque and Batman Follies of 1929 just announced via Facebook that their new show Game of Thrones Burlesque will be coming to Canberra on October the 25th.
No further details have been announced but we can probably assume it’ll be at the Canberra Theatre again, and that again [...]

2 free double passes to Catalogue of Dreams

By 10 July 2013

Hey Rioters!
Urban Theatre Projects are being awesomely generous and have offered up 2 double passes to our paid subscribers to their new show Catalogue of Dreams for Friday 19 July at 8.15pm.
So if you are both a paid subscriber and free on the 19th, then you should make sure to email us!
Put the word ‘doublepass’ [...]

OPEN CALL: ‘Community Cabaret Act’ Talent Wanted for AIDS Action Council Event

By 9 July 2013

[ 21 September 2013; ] The AIDS Action Council of the ACT is holding our first Cabaret night on the 21 September 2013 on the famous stage of Tilley’s in Lyneham.

Think classy, think edgy, think fun, think glamorous!

We’re looking for entries from the ACT community to be part of our lineup for this year’s AIDS Action Council Cabaret event. The [...]

The ACT Public Art Map


Is there anything Canberrans like talking about more than Public Art? Well there’s bicycles, maybe dogs.. Cats.. But after that, definitely public art.
ArtsACT has added an ACT Public Art Database page to their website.
It pushes through to a very handy Google Map.
Now you can be sure you’ve checked out all the Art.
So you can have [...]

Catalogue of Dreams at the Canberra Theatre Centre


[ 17 July 2013 to 27 July 2013. ]

Opening next week is a new piece of theatre, created by award winning professionals in collaboration with local artists, telling stories relevant to Canberra.

It sounds pretty wonderful actually.

Catalogue of Dreams is a charismatic and compelling new work created by the award winning Urban Theatre Projects.

Bold, evocative images collide as wannabe kings and make-believe queens jostle [...]

Applications open for JUMP Mentoring in 2014

By 9 July 2013

Professional artists looking to increase their skills should take note, ArtsACT is running a mentorship program in 2014.
JUMP Mentoring supports creative arts practitioners in the first five years of their professional practice to work on an applied mentorship with a mentor of their choice. JUMP is open to artists, music and theatrical producers, writers, editors, [...]

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! ready to fight at the Phoenix


[ 17 July 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is a wild beast and cannot be contained, and it is returning to the Phoenix.

The following release should answer any questions you have.


We give you a stage, 2 minutes, 2 microphones, an audience, The Master or Mister or Mistress of Conflict, 5 judges, 2 toilets, 2 MCs, and [...]

Roar Poets Tour – 2013 – Canberra @ Smith’s Alternative

By 8 July 2013

[ 12 July 2013; ]

Three masters of the spoken word are planning at make your brain and the ears it’s attached to super happy this Friday at Smith’s.

National Poetry Slam winner and local handsome man CJ Bowerbird, is combining forces with a crack team of Northerners who are travelling down from Queensland to fire red hot barbs of poetry [...]

Hit the Floor Together: Upcoming Dance Performance

By 8 July 2013

[ 31 July 2013 7:00 pm to 3 August 2013 7:00 pm. ] I was recently given the opportunity to take some photos behind the scenes at a rehearsal for Hit the Floor Together, an upcoming dance performance at the Canberra Theatre Centre. The contemporary work brings together young indigenous and non-indigenous dancers to explore young people’s understanding of each other, despite differences in culture and geography.

The show explores [...]

ACT arts project funding opening soon

By 5 July 2013

Get your projects ready artists, the 2014 Project funding opening is coming up soon:
2014 ACT Arts Fund – Project Fund opening
artsACT will be opening the 2014 Project Fund category of the ACT Arts Fund on Wednesday 10 July 2013. Information about the Project Funding category and application forms will be available from from [...]

Big boost to ANU community arts program

By 5 July 2013

The ACT Government have committed to a three year deal with the ANU’s arts community outreach program starting from January the 1st next year. They are promising $1.6 million in annual funding to the program.
ACT Arts Minister Joy Burch said the ANU School of Music, ANU School of Art, artsACT and Education and Training Directorate [...]

Civic Merry-Go-Round to Belconnen?

By 5 July 2013

Margaret Timpson Park is the perfect location for the Civic Merry-Go-Round to celebrate its 100th birthday in 2014. That was the unanimous decision of the Belconnen Community Council committee on Wednesday night.
The decision was in response to Chief Minister Katy Gallagher’s comment that the merry-go-round’s horses and elephants are lonely and need a new home [...]

Song Line of the Wiradjuri Scar Tree at the National Botanic Gardens

By 5 July 2013

The Visitor Centre Gallery of the National Botanic Gardens are hosting an exhibition of Duncan Smith’s works based around the Wiradjuri Scar Trees.
Duncan Smith, a Wiradjuri man from central western NSW and a well-known professional artist of traditional and contemporary art, explores traditional patterns from Scar Trees and transposes them onto canvas.
The exhibition also consists [...]

Stallholder and artist applications now open

By 4 July 2013

Stallholders and artists are now invited to apply for Woden Valley Festival event, The Carnival held on Saturday 9 November, where Eddison Park comes alive with music, markets, food, and community goodness!
Performers of all sorts are encouraged to apply to perform, from musicians, dancers, choirs, and any other act that requires an audience and stage. [...]

COLD LIGHT @ The Street Theatre

By 4 July 2013

[ 9 July 2013 at 7:30 pm; 9 July 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

The Street Theatre would like to invite you to a first showing of COLD LIGHT.

Novelist Frank Moorhouse loves Canberra. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novel COLD LIGHT
set in 1950’s Canberra and featuring one of Australia’s greatest fictional characters Edith Campbell Berry.

Frank has never had a novel adapted for the stage but [...]

Jorian v. Giulia


Well this didn’t take long.
Last Friday we noted the Fringe was going back to its dad Jorian Gardner.
Yesterday the interim producers were grumbling that there wasn’t much process.
And today we have the Liberals’ arch conservative Giulia Jones having a fit of the vapous at the idea of Jorian Gardner’s continued existence:
ACT Shadow Minister for Women [...]

Ginar Maliyan Mob @ BCS gallery

By 2 July 2013

[ 9 July 2013 to 26 July 2013. ]

Now is a good time to be an art lover in Canberra. Exhibitions galore!

Here’s another from the constantly updating BCS gallery:

An exhibition of paintings by young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from the Ginar Maliyan Mob, and Barnardos in celebration of NAIDOC Week
Exhibition runs July 9th –26th with and official opening by Mary Porter [...]

Cold Blooded: eX de Medici @ the Drill Hall Gallery

By 2 July 2013

[ 28 July 2013 to 11 August 2013. ] Some more art coming your way Canberra. Those of you with an interest in art, politics, or watercolours should take notice.

In a city which lives and breathes power, no one has explored the politics of power with such steely intelligence and analytical focus as eX de Medici. Seducing us with her stunning technical virtuosity, her [...]

Half in Shadow, Half in Light – Film clip from Prom


Local pop-rocker supergroup/heralds of the end times Prom have been silent for a while now.
It seems they have awakened in order to release their first single and film clip, much like the poor victims in said clip, both are rather hot.
Check it out.
Also check out the Teen Angst Dance Party w/Prom, Are You There God? [...]

Fringe Festival not transparent enough?

By 1 July 2013

Recently Joy Burch announced that the reins to the multicultural festival were being placed once more into the hands of its founding director Jorian Gardner.
While Jorian is understandably happy, one of last years producers, Nick Byrne is rather confused as to why he had not known the job was up for grabs.
Talking with ABC News, [...]

Charity and Cabaret at the Abbey

By 1 July 2013

[ 8 July 2013 at 6:30 pm; ]

Canberra’s cabaret night with a heart of gold is returning again, and I’ll see you there:

Mondayitis Cabaret are gearing up for another spectacle, this time worshiping at the altar of the gods.
‘Before The Tempest’

This Bacchanal will, of course, be hosted by none other than the god of theatre, wine and ecstatic dance himself; the twice [...]

2113: A Canberra Odyssey @ CMAG

By 1 July 2013

[ 13 July 2013 to 3 November 2013. ] A new exhibit at CMAG is throwing everything we know about how museums work out the window and is planning to show us artefacts from the future.

I suspect they may be fake.

The new exhibit will be open from the 13th of July to the 3rd November and you should absolutely go for a great many [...]

Centenary Supremo Robyn Archer to deputy chair the Australia Council

By 1 July 2013

The Australia Council has put forth its new board. And who should be right at the top but one “Creative Director, Centenary of Canberra, celebrated singer, writer, director, artistic director”.
Congratulations to her.
Once more with feeling…

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