Arts (1373 Stories)


By 17 March 2016

[ 13 April 2016 at 11:00 am; 13 April 2016 at 1:00 pm; 16 April 2016 at 11:00 am; 16 April 2016 at 1:00 pm; ] Have you ever seen a puppet create an artwork? Renowned puppeteer Marianne Mettes will be operating a cast of quirky puppets who create art with you!

A family show filled with fun and silly puppetry sketches – celebrating the art of puppetry that connects us with kids’ ABC TV shows of the 1960s and 1970s. Marianne’s [...]

Memorable characters from Canberra’s past – Speakers corner

By 17 March 2016

[ 10 April 2016 at 2:00 pm; ] Join local author Jenny Horsfield in discussion about some of the remarkable and dedicated men and women who helped build Canberra in the early years. These pioneers feature in her new publication Building a City: CS Daley and the story of Canberra.
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Sunday 10 April, 2pm
Free, bookings essential:

Connect with your nature – art display

By 17 March 2016
Jodie Hatcher

[ 8 April 2016 to 14 May 2016. ] View works produced by artists Ruth Hingston and Jodie Hatcher during the Archives’Connect with your nature artist-in-residence program. A National Archives, Craft ACT and ACT Parks and Conservation Service project.
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Friday 8 April – Saturday 14 May 9am-5pm

Writing Masterclass – Beyond 1915 remembrance

By 17 March 2016

[ 2 April 2016 at 9:00 am; ] Peace Works, a community writing project, is calling for contributions to a publication about the battlefront and homefront during World War I. This master class will assist you to prepare submissions for the November deadline. Funded by an Anzac Centenary Local Grant.
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Saturday 2 April, 9am–1pm
Free, bookings essential: 1915-remembrance-tickets-22671723736

Tuning In: ABC TV 1964-76

By 17 March 2016
Tuning In-coming soon

[ 8 April 2016 to 15 May 2016. ] Gather round the telly and bask in the glow of vintage ABC. From Play School to raunchy romps, Australian life reflected on screen

From the National Archives of Australia audiovisual collection.

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Pubs and Publishing (Noted Writers’ Festival)

Lit Hop Fresh Start

[ 19 March 2016; ]

Ever been on a pub crawl? A bar hop? An inn skip? A nightspot … stagger? Whatever your answer, it’s irrelevant, because Noted Writers’ Festival is running a ‘Lit Hop’ on Saturday 19 March, and no matter where you fall on pubs, bars or literature, you’re going to love it.

You’ll start the night at King [...]

Dancing in the Street (Noted Writers’ Festival)


[ 16 March 2016 to 20 March 2016. ]

Ever looked at a book and thought, ‘You’re not living up to your potential. Lying around all day, taking up space. Go outside. Be an active member of society’?

We have. And what’s more, we’ve taken action.

We, by the way, are Noted Writers’ Festival. We’re taking place 16–20 March 2016, all our events are free, and [...]

Canberra Kuchipudi workshop series

By 23 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 6 March 2016; ] If you are interested in taking up Kuchipudi (South Indian dance) classes in Canberra, please come along to Sadhanalaya School of Arts interactive workshop and information session on 6 March!
No prior experience required!
Cost: $15
For further information:

Collecting Nostalgia

By 12 February 2016

[ 17 February 2016 to 24 April 2016. ] Official opening: 6pm, February 17
Dates: 18 February to 24 April 2016

Collecting Nostalgia explores ideas about collecting and art making, through the humble glass marble. Marbles can showcase great technical artistry, but they are also treasured objects imbued with memory. If you collected marbles as a child, you are not alone. Marbles embody a special sense of [...]

Marbles: Make, Play, Create

By 12 February 2016

[ 4 March 2016 at 6:00 pm; ] Date: Friday 4 March
Time: 6pm-8pm
Cost: $22 adult, $20 concession, $70 family of four
Did you ever collect and play marbles? Whatever happened to your cat-eyes, aggies and alleys? Take a trip down memory lane with the whole family at this Enlighten 2016 event.
Included in the ticket price:

entry to the exhibition, Collecting Nostalgia, and explore the art of marbles
see [...]

Neon Night

By 12 February 2016

[ 11 March 2016 at 6:00 pm; ] Date: Friday 11 March
Time: 6pm-8pm
Cost: $88 adult, $80 concession

Join the Canberra Glassworks for a curated tour of some of Canberra’s famous – and some of our more infamous (wink, wink) – neon.

Program Director Aimee Frodsham will provide an insightful commentary on the bus tour. as part of Enlighten 2016.

Ticket includes:

glass of wine and canapes on arrival
exclusive [...]

Advance notice: Public Art Festival – Contour 556

By 1 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 21 October 2016 to 13 November 2016. ] Advance notice for a Canberra Public Art Festival for later in 2016.

Contour 556 is to be a three-week public art festival in Canberra 21 October – 13 November 2016 on the foreshores of Lake Burley Griffin (and other locations).

The festival is to features fifty local, national and international artists, encompassing artworks, performances, sound installations, music, [...]

Photographs of 1930s China at ANU


Exhibition notice: Photographs of 1930s China taken by Stanley O. Gregory
Another well curated photography exhibition at the Australian Centre on China in the World (ANU).
From the website – To coincide with the exhibition ‘Celestial Empire‘ at the National Library of Australia, the Australian Centre on China in the World (ANU) presents a selection of rarely [...]

A sculpture walk though Civic


When reading the latest thought bubbles from the property lobby, it was difficult to avoid laughing out loud. In their quest to improve Civic business activity, the Civic property lobby has recommended that the ACT Government should hand over money to assist in the refurbishment of the Melbourne and Sydney buildings.
Let’s be clear — these [...]

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Masquerade at the Albert Hall!

By 29 December 2015

[ 31 December 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

Ring in the New Year with Canberra Salon Orchestra. This event is sure to be a bit!

Performing classical favourites and Viennese Waltzes.

Prizes for the best dressed couple and the best Venetian Mask.

Doors open at 8pm. Music and dancing from 8.30pm.

When: 31st of December. Doors open at 8pm.
Where: Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue Yarralumla
Tickets: From [...]

School Holiday Workshops @ The National Archives of Australia

By 22 December 2015

[ 11 January 2016 to 15 January 2016. ] School Holiday Workshops
Learn some new tricks or a secret skill from the experts! Join us just for a day or a whole week of school holiday fun.
11 – 15 January 2016 | 10am – 12pm
Suitable for ages 8 to 12 years
Cost: $20 per workshop, or all five workshops for $80
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Monday [...]

Henshaw, Musa take Book of the Year honours

Omar Musa and friends

Mark Henshaw has won the ACT Book of the Year award for The Snow Kimono with Omar Musa taking out the People’s Choice award and receiving a Highly Commended for Here Come the Dogs.
Henshaw won $10,000, while Musa collected $2000 for Here Come the Dogs. The other two shortlisted authors, Jono Lineen for Into the [...]

NGA Photography – The world is beautiful


In amongst the many changes across the National Gallery of Australia has been the opening up of a new exhibition of photographs from their own collection.
The exhibition is titled: The world is beautiful.
The curator, Shaune Lakin, has chosen some of the gems from the NGA’s vast photography collection.
For the lovers of photography as a way [...]

CMAG lands John Olsen’s ‘Brindabellas’

By 9 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Brindabellas by John Olsen

One of Australia’s greatest living artists, landscape painter John Olsen, has gifted his new work, Brindabellas, to the Canberra Museum and Gallery for its permanent collection.
Mr Olsen (AO OBE) gifted the painting last night at an event for donors to the Museum’s Canberra Region Treasures Fund.
The work is already on display at the gallery and [...]

Highly recommended – Tom Roberts at the NGA


The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) has launched a major exhibition of paintings by Tom Roberts. This is a very special exhibition that anyone with even a remote interest in this era of painting must see.
You may be aware that the bulk of the paintings have been borrowed from collections all over Australia. There’s a [...]

Simon Baker stars at NGA’s Tom Roberts launch

Simon Baker

Star of The Mentalist Simon Baker is the new ambassador for National Gallery of Australia, and his presence has already attracted some big national media coverage for the gallery’s summer blockbuster exhibition Tom Roberts, which opens on Friday.
As RiotACT left the media preview at the gallery this morning, Today Show entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins was [...]

Pastel Exhibition

By 30 November 2015

[ 27 November 2015 to 31 January 2016. ]

Amanda McLean, one of the region’s best loved pastel artist, is having her final 2015 exhibition at Robyn Rowe Chocolates. Opening this weekend, the exhibition provides an opportunity to see some the gorgeous Canberra/Local scenes that have caught Amanda’s eye over the past year, including iconic views of the lake and Black Mountain, stunning rural landscapes, and [...]

Forget Scrooge, it’s time to hear Marley’s side of the story…

By 22 November 2015

[ 27 November 2015 7:30 pm to 29 November 2015 4:00 pm. ]

One of the world’s best known Christmas Stories is coming to the stage but it’s not quite the way you remember it.

“Scrooge? I have to redeem old Scrooge? The one man I knew who was worse than I was? Impossible.”

So begins the real story behind Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – the story of Jacob Marley’s [...]

Three Sides of Love and Death – 8pm 27 November, The Q Theatre

By 21 November 2015

[ 27 November 2015 at 8:00 pm; ] Southern Tablelands Arts presents the Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra in performance at the Q Theatre in Queanbeyan.
Tickets are $25 full prince and $18 concession. Bookings can be made at
Three Sides of Love and Death takes audiences on a transformative journey and is one of the most memorable experinces to come out of Sydney [...]

Coming Soon — ‘Magnified’: 12 years of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

By 20 November 2015

[ 27 November 2015 to 28 March 2016. ] Celebrate 12 years of The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize at the National Archives this summer.

Enjoy incredible prize-winning artworks exhibited alongside inspiring historical content from the collections of the National Archives of Australia and the South Australian Museum.

A partnership exhibition developed and curated by the National Archives of Australia and South Australian Museum.

Opening next Friday, [...]

Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra Public Workshops Saturday 28 November 2015

By 20 November 2015

[ 28 November 2015; ] Three public music workshops are on offer on Saturday 28 November 9 – 12 at the Jerrabomberra Community Centre, The Parkway Jerrabomberra with musicians who are part of the Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra performing on Friday night at the Q Theatre.

Empowering the Female Voice is open to women and girls of all skill levels [...]

Design Canberra: Archives, Experts and an Arboretum

By 19 November 2015

[ 21 November 2015 at 10:00 am; ] As part of Design Canberra, the National Archives of Australia invites you to

Join the experts to explore the horticultural aspects of Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffins’ vision for Canberra.

See the Griffins’ original plans and discover their sensitivity to the physical features of the national capital site.

Learn about the Griffins’ plans for reforestation, a botanical [...]

NGA Australian Art ready to be seen

By 17 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Sometimes a visit to the National Gallery of Australia can deliver a very nice surprise.
I was there on Sunday to meet someone and thought that I would take a quick look around to see what was left to be seen given their notices that the whole place was undergoing a major reshuffle.
I was surprised to [...]

National Folk Fellow Lecture with Miriam Jones

By 16 November 2015

[ 24 November 2015 at 6:00 pm; ] Enjoy bluegrass and old time tunes performed by 2015 National Folk Fellow Miriam Jones and her band, selected from Miriam’s research into the Library’s Oral History and Folklore Collection and recorded as part of the Folk Fellowship.
Miriam Jones is an early childhood music teacher and fiddle player from Sydney. She plays in old time trio [...]

Author Talk with Michael Leunig

By 15 November 2015

[ 22 November 2015 at 2:00 pm; ] Join much-loved Australian artist Michael Leunig as he discusses his new collection, The Wayward Leunig: Cartoons That Wandered Off. The companion volume to his best-selling The Essential Leunig, The Wayward Leunig showcases 400 cartoons selected from five decades of work. This new collection is as wide-ranging, potent, hilarious, insightful, relevant, original and beautiful as the first.
In association with Penguin Random [...]

Seminar: Xavier Herbert

By 13 November 2015

[ 20 November 2015 at 9:30 am; ] Little attention is being paid to the works of Xavier Herbert, one of Australia’s outstanding novelists. So why are they so rarely recommended in school text lists? His best-known novels, Capricornia (1938) and Poor Fellow My Country (1975) were judged as highly significant, winning major awards. So, are his novels forgotten or repressed?
In this Keynote lecture and panel, it [...]

Modern Love by Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan

By 13 November 2015

[ 17 November 2015 at 6:00 pm; ] The Lives of John and Sunday Reed

Hear Heide Museum of Modern Art curators Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan discuss Modern Love, an intimate biography of the unconventional marriage of Heide founders John and Sunday Reed. The book also explores the Reeds’ relationships with some of Australia’s most celebrated artists and writers, including Sidney Nolan and Arthur [...]

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