WAREHOUSE Circus will present ‘Circus for Life’ Festival in Floriade over the long weekend, October 1 – 3, with popup performances that include two debut acts.

Warehouse Circus Floriade fun

It’s also the first outing for Teeterboard, a huge see-saw that acrobats use to gain height for their rotations. At Floriade, they will invite members of the public (all ages and abilities) to ‘Come and Try’ circus.


THE ANU School of Music’s “Rhythm & Blooms Festival” is a showcase of Canberra’s new and emerging musical talent, like the Hugo Lee Jazz Band, Betty Alto, Kaliede and Pocket Fox. At Floriade, to October 7, noon to 1pm each weekday. Concerts are free.

“CONFLUENCE-A festival of India” showcases Indian culture via contemporary and traditional dances, Sufi songs, and puppetry and Bollywood workshops. This weekend’s highlights are Exhibition by Cartoonist Ajit Ninan at Museum of Democracy, Old Parliament House, runs to Sept 29. Floriade shows, Oct 2-3, Pung Cholom 1:40 pm – 2:40 pm Commonwealth Park.


JULIE Hotchin is offering a short course on the famous German abbess, writer, composer and philosopher Hildegard of Bingen, with a focus on her music through the Centre for Continuing Education at the ANU. It will run for six weeks, with the first class on October 11. All details at anu.edu.au

YOU CAN CREATE character, build a role, learn acting techniques, interpret text, perform a part, explore theories and put into practice the ideas of Stanislavski, Brecht, Grotowski, Olivier and Peter Brook through the creation of a performance with tutor, Peter Wilkins. At Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning. Fremantle Drive, 6 week course for adults every Thursday from 7-9pm commencing Thursday, October 20Prices, inquiries and enrolment forms at peterwilkins@grapevine.com.au or peterbwilkins@aol.com or 0408034373.

ART OF ENDO workshops are free for women with endometriosis. Art classes usually cost hundreds of dollars. Thanks to a pozible campaign these workshops are FREE to women with endometriosis. Margaret Kalms will teach photography and Photoshop skills, Susan Hey will teach drawing and painting, at Playing Field studio, 2 Kingsley Street (corner of Barry Drive) Canberra City. Contact Margaret 0414 652 567, or Susan 0407 901 677, or follow these links: Tuesday evenings – 6 classes of 2 hours, 6:30-8:30pm, 18, 25 Oct, 1 Nov and 22, 29 Nov, 6 Dec eventbrite.com.au Also Sunday afternoons – 2 classes of 4 hours, 1-5pm, 30 October and 27 November.

THE NIDA OPEN spring school holiday program has classes in acting for stage and screen at Daramalan College, for Grades 3–6, 7-10 and 11-12, October 3–7. Acting Boot Camp and Auditions Masterclasses also at Daramalan, Oct 8-9, fees apply. Bookings to open.nida.edu.au/spring

Prizes and Awards:

ENTRIES are now open for the Inner North Art Prize, a new community initiative to support and celebrate our local Canberra artists. With prizes valued at $2900, selected finalists will be invited to exhibit and sell works at The Front Gallery and Cafe in Lyneham from October 21-30. For all details of entry, visit innernorthartprize.com, submissions close September 30.

THE National Portrait Gallery is calling for entries for the annual Digital Portraiture Award open until Tuesday October 4. Now in its fifth year, the Award (which opens on Dec 2) seeks to extend the traditional notion of portraiture to the digital realm and encourages creative thinking. Information on how to enter and examples of past finalists can be found here: dpa.portrait.gov.au

SYDNEY Conservatorium of Music is hosting the David Harold Tribe Symphony Award for 2016. Worth $12,000, resident Australian composers are invited to submit a new symphonic composition of 20 minutes or more, which will be judged by a panel of three prominent Australian musicians led by the Conservatorium’s Associate Dean (Education) and Head of School Professor Matthew Hindson. Applications close at 11.55pm on Monday, October 3 to music.sydney.edu.au

Arts business:

This November the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia will host some of the world’s leaders in archiving and cultural collection to explore these big-picture questions of the 21st century. Early bird conference tickets are available until this Friday September 30. The conference is delivered in partnership with the National Archives of Australia. ‘Digital Directions 2016’, Thursday 10 November, 9am to 5pm, bookings to nfsa.gov.au

ANCA MITCHELL has a spacious 60 square metre studio available from October, ideal for large and or industrial practices. Shared or sole occupancy, long-term leases are available. Inquiries to ANCA Arts Administrator, Bettina Hill, on 6247 8736.

PLAYWRIGHTS & DIRECTORS are invited to take part in 10-minute, Christmas-themed playwriting showcase, “Santa, Baby”, running at the Courtyard Studio from December 16-17. Submissions to submissions@buddingtheatre.com by November 6.


THE QUEER Screen Film Festival comes to Canberra for the first time this year, showing “Southwest of Salem” about four Latina lesbian women who were wrongly convicted of a gang rape and “Other People”, which played on the opening night of Sundance this year. At Arc cinema, NFSA, until October 7, program and tickets at nfsa.gov.au

THE LAVAZZA Italian Film Festival offers 30 films from, by and about Italy. The closing night features a digitally restored classic, “Roman Holiday”, where Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck whiz around the Eternal city on a moto scooter. Palace Electric cinemas, to October 12, bookings to palacecinemas.com.au

THIS SPRING the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia celebrates 30 years of the much-loved Australian comedy “Malcolm”, with a special pop-up exhibition, including the getaway car that splits in two. NFSA Gallery, to Sun October 9.Free Admission

COURAGE and resilience are the main themes being celebrated at the premiere of “Stories from the Street,” a collection of digital stories by Bianca, Bryan, Genice and Kylie – four Canberrans who have experienced homelessness, marginalisation or disadvantage. These stories were created as part of a digital storytelling project titled ‘Stories from the Street’, a collaborative effort between Gen S Stories, PhotoAccess and Woden Community Service. Premiere today, 6-8pm Thursday September 29. FREE and all welcome but bookings to http://bit.ly/2cgdRkr

BELCONNEN’S local film festival is back! Belconnen Community Service (BCS) seeks short films for screenings during the Belco50 celebrations for Belconnen’s 50th birthday. Selected films will be between 1 and 10 minutes long. Selected films will be screened at two Belco50 events: Belco Now at the Belconnen Arts Centre on November 5, and Belco Flicks V – Belco50 in theatre@bcs, Belconnen Community Centre, on Tuesday November 8. Expressions of Interest due Friday September 30. Info and entry at belcoflicks@bcsact.com.au


“DANCE till you drop” is the motto for “Tango in the Spring”, in which the focus will be uninterrupted high quality social dancing over four days on the long weekend — Friday night to Monday afternoon. There’ll be milongas, and a ‘Tango Social Club of Canberra’ practica – all with music by some of the best tango DJs from across Australia. At the Albert Hall, September 30 to October 3. All details and bookings to tangointhespring.org.au

“FEEL THE MUSIC” is a year-long dance program specifically created for people with hearing impairment, happening at Belconnen Arts Centre on eight Fridays of each school term. It offers a wide range of dance styles, live music, social dance gigs, and some performance. Inquiries to philip.piggin@belconnenartscentre.com.au or SMS 0417 417 182.

IN “TANGO Fridays” you can practise and improve your Argentine Tango on Fridays 7-9 PM at “Nuestra Practica y mas”, Woden Seniors Club (Hall 2). Entry $5

Concerts and Gigs:

ORIANA Chorale are inviting the wider Canberra musical community to audition. A highly regarded a cappella group who present exciting programs of interesting choral music from all period, the chorale has a strong sense of collective and belonging. If you are a singer with a strong confident voice and an interest in solo parts, they would especially like to hear from you orianachorale@gmail.com

Larry Sitsky, Photo by Tobias O’Leary

PIANISTS Larry Sitsky, Michael Kieran Harvey, Therese Milanovic, Aaron Chew and Giselle Roberts will be performing in the concert “A Tribute to the Piano Music of Larry Sitsky” in the Larry Sitsky Recital Room, ANU Canberra School of Music, 5pm on Saturday, October 1. Sitsky manuscripts and paintings by visual artist Carmel McCrow will enhance the experience up on the large screen together with close up camera angles of the pianists hands. Sitsky’s “Century Collection” Book launch will precede the concert at 4.30pm and concert goers are most welcome to attend. Bookings to trybooking.com/MZO

THE SYDNEY Consort will return with their ensemble presenting chamber, vocal and instrumental music from the French Baroque. “Concert Royale,” at Wesley Music Centre in Forrest, 3pm, Sunday, October 2, bookings to trybooking.com

BUNGENDORE Wood Works has The Hannah James Quintet this Saturday October 1 from 6pm. 3 course dinner & concert, bookings in the Cafe or phone 6238 1688.

PHOENIX PUB in Civic has as follows: Thursday, Sep 29 9pm, The Ocean Party, + guests. Friday Sept 30 9pm, the Sinking Teeth, Super Best Friends, Revellers. Saturday Oct 1 9pm, Dead Farmers, + guests Sunday Oct 2 6pm, Burlap, Plyers, Clever, Earache, Agency.

Noni Hazlehurst as Christie


THE INAUGURAL “Ralph Indie” program is a new package of independently produced performance at Gorman Arts Centre, honouring the name of the late Canberra theatre giant Ralph Wilson. First up will be “Wiggle Room,” a contemporary dance and aerial acrobatics work by Alison Plevey and Solco Acro. Ralph Wilson Theatre, until October 1, bookings to agac.com.au

THE Q has Noni Hazlehurst in Daniel Keene’s play, “Mother,” directed by Matt Scholten. Christie (Hazlehurst) finds herself at the fringe of the world, homeless, aging, and living on the outskirts of suburbia. At Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, until Saturday Oct 1, bookings to theq.net.au or 6285 6290.

DISNEY’S “HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL” is a production that has always been a family favourite and is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. PIED Piper Productions’ director Nina Stevenson says of her coming will leave the audience wanting more.” At Canberra College Performing Arts Centre, Launceston St, Woden, 7pm Sept 29 and Oct 1. 11am Sept 28-9. Tickets at the door.

‘She Stoops to Conquer’

“PAPILLON” is not your average circus, but rather a sexy, funny and energetic adult circus cabaret by self-proclaimed “lady acrobats” Elena Kirschbaum and Amy Nightingale-Olsen. At The Street, September 29 – October 1, 8.30pm, bookings to thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH’S theatre classic, “She Stoops to Conquer”, is directed by Tony Turner in his fourth directorial role with Canberra REP. At Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane Acton, to October 8, bookings to canberrarep.org.au or 5257 1950.


“THE SCHOOL Magazine” is the world’s longest continuously published children’s literary magazine, now celebrated in an exhibition curated by the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature. Experience the memories and much-loved stories, poems, illustrations, music and crosswords, plus manuscript and artwork originally in the magazine. Civic Library, until October 21.

THE AUSTRALIAN WAR Memorial’s latest exhibition, “For Country, for Nation”, is the first exhibition dedicated exclusively to exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories of military service in times of war and peace. It will highlight the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and explore themes of remembrance and tradition though family histories, objects, art, and photographs. Opens Thursday, September 22.

Al Phemister sculpture, ‘Nirvana’

IN “The World around Us”, three well-known Canberra artists, Eva Henry, Stuart Marshall and Isla Patterson are exhibiting watercolours, oils and pastels, landscapes, seascapes, people, plants and flowers. Ginninderra School House Gallery, Gold Creek, Nicholls. Opening by Shane Breynard, 3pm, Sunday October 2, all welcome. Continues until October 30, 10am – 4pm Thurs. & Fri. & 8.30 – 4.30 pm Sat. & Sun.

“SCULPTURE in the Paddock” is back again at the historic National Trust property, Cooma Cottage, with prizes of more than $3,000 including a People’s Choice Award, the Yass Soldiers Club Encouragement award and the Tuggeranong Arts Centre Prize. NEWCOMERS and veteran sculptors have taken part and this year, they tell us, the event is exploring ‘new avenues’ while still being located in the historic National Trust property, once home of the famous Australian born colonial explorer Hamilton Hume. At ‘Cooma Cottage’, until October 9, daily, 10 – 4 (open until 8pm on Thursdays only).

THE QUEANBEYAN Art Society’s Spring Art Show for Charity runs in Anitcom army tents pitched at Citywalk, to October 3.

TWO NEW exhibitions are at Beaver Galleries now. Perception and experience of the spaces within a landscape are pivotal themes in Helen Geier’s work. Her new work reflects the turbulent times we are in at the moment, expressing her concern that “there seems to be much breaking up of recognisable forms, bizarre assemblages and disruption of the natural order of things – climate change being just one aspect of global malaise.” Clara Hali’s art practice engages with the sculptural possibilities offered by the human form, within a contemporary context. At 81 Denison St, Deakin, Tue to Fri 10am – 5pm & Sat and Sun 9am – 5pm until October 2.

Harriet Schwarzrock & Narelle Phillips, Fresh Glass Bower

M16ARTSPACE 21 Blaxland Cres Griffith has: ‘As It Is’ by Tess Horwitz, Caroline Huf, Janet Long; ‘White Lies, Grey Heart” by Damon Craig; ‘RED’ by Carol Cooke, Victoria Cotton, Jane Keany and Maryann Mussared; ‘Life in Death’ by Palliative Care Australia; and in Chutespace, ‘Fresh Glass Bower’ by Harriet Schwarzrock & Narelle Phillips Opening night 6pm Thursday September 29, all welcome. Exhibitions run until Sunday, October 16, 12 – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday.

“PRESS/PRINT” is an exhibition of work by emerging ACT artists, curated by Rose Townsend at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, until Oct 15 Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am – 5pm. Opens 6pm today, Thursday September 29, all It’s an ongoing initiative of Megalo which invites one artist to curate an exhibition of emerging artists work with the guidance and assistance of Megalo staff. The ‘Press Print’ exhibition artists for 2016 are: Estelle Briedis (EASS), Jess Higgins, Alycia Moffat (EASS), Belle Palmer Rebecca Setnicar (EASS), Miriam Slater, Rose Townsend, Walrus and Caitlin Woodward.

Jacob England, Between the Trees, 2016, rope

“LAY ABOUT” is a solo exhibition by Canberra emerging artist and ANCA studio artist Jacob England and is the culmination of his site-specific investigations at Black Mountain and Mount Ainslie meditating on the question ‘can I intertwine my spirit or being into the landscape? ANCA Gallery 1 Rosevear Place until Oct 16, 12pm-5pm Wednesday-Sunday.

CRAFT ACT’S NEW exhibition, ‘Citizens of Craft’ highlights all mediums, glass, textiles, metals, ceramics, wood and mixed media and many internationally renowned artists who live and work right here in the capital. It’s the largest members’ exhibition ever put on by Craft ACT, showcasing works designed and produced by 42 Canberra artists at varying stage of their careers, runs to October 22.

“SKY BLUE SKY” is an exhibition of paintings by Kate Stevens, one of the region’s more gifted artists. They are painterly reworkings of iPhone footage filmed through the front windscreen or side windows of a car while driving. At the Nancy Sever Gallery, 6 Kennedy Street Kingston until October 23, Wed–Sun 11am-6pm.

“VESSEL,” the new show at Bilk Gallery in Palmerton Lane Manuka, will showcase: David Walker, Mark Vaarwerk, Inari Kiuru, Vito Bila, Alison Jackson, Mark Edgoose and Robert Foster, and is curated by Johannes Kuhnen. To Oct 8.

PHOTOACCESS presents three exhibitions showcasing local talent. ‘In the Landscape’ by Annika Harding and Amy Dunn, ‘River’ by Peter Ranyard and ‘New Paintings’ by Oscar Capezio, runs to October 2,  Huw Davies Gallery Manuka Arts Centre. All welcome.

Images L-R: Doug Alexander Untitled (large bowl) 1978, Collection of the ANU

THE Drill Hall Gallery at the ANU has a double ceramics and painting exhibition: “Doug Alexander – Ceramics: Remembering Doug Alexander (1945 -1981)”, curated by “CityNews” reviewer Meredith Hinchliffe, and “Charlie Sheard – Paintings and Watercolours.” At 3pm on Sunday October 2, painter Sheard will be in conversation with Terence Maloon at the Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street (off Barry Drive), open Wednesday-Sunday, 10-5pm. Admission is free. Sept 30 to Nov 6.

A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition to commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and Mexico is now hanging in the atrium of DFAT’s RG Casey Building, John McEwen Cresc Barton.

“ELEMENTAL” is the name chosen by owner Bob Stephens for Aarwun Gallery’s inaugural sculpture exhibition. It brings together sculptures from all over Australia and overseas in glass, ceramics, timber, and bronze as well as recycled and re-purposed materials. Runs to October 1.

ALSO at the Glassworks, Artist in Residence Ben Edols is in session developing and refining a new body of work. The public are invited to say hello while he’s in Canberra and to find out more about his work. 10am – 4pm Wednesday to Sunday until Oct 18, entry by donation

“FRESH Glass”, at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, until October 30, 10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Drawing inspiration from spring and to celebrate Floriade, Fresh Glass pairs studio glass vessels and sculpture with botanical installations. Entry is by donation.

Potters’ Society

STRATHNAIRN Arts Gallery has three respected Canberra artists; Kylie Fogarty, Carole Osmotherly and Judy Witherdin, exhibiting together at The Woolshed Gallery, Strathnairn Arts, Stockdill Drive, Holt. Exhibition Opening Oct 1 at 2pm by Jo Hollier. Free Entry, All Welcome. Runs to Oct 16.

CANBERRA Potters 2016 members’ exhibition is at Watson Art Centre, Aspinall St, Watson, Sept 29-Oct 23, 10am-4pm Thursday to Sunday.

‘CLAYBODIES’ is an exhibition by 9 artists (Rick Beviss, Melinda Brouwer. Liz Crowe (in collaboration with Susan Moore), Linda Davy, Velda Hunter, Anne Langridge, Monika Leone, Jacqueline Lewis and Suzanne Oakman) from the Claybodies ceramicists’ group at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, to October 3. Octagon ArtSpace, Bungendore Wood Works.

“FROM THE Red Heart” features paintings, drawings and ceramics developed from a dialogue between two artists, Sharon Field and ceramicist Cathy Franzi, who share a visual language and passion for Australian plants. Visitor Centre Gallery, Australian National Botanic Gardens, until Oct 9, 9.30 – 4.30 daily.

THE ANU Gold & Silversmithing Studio at the School of Art has an ongoing exhibition by its alumni. It’s a selection of works from over two decades of brilliant graduates, Gilbert Riedelbauch, Blanche Tilden, Oliver Smith, Phoebe Porter, Larah Nott, Halie Rubenis and Harriet Lee-Robinson. ANU Building 105, entry via Ellery Crescent Foyer Gallery, until Nov 1. Open to the public by appointment.

HEATHER B Swann’s exhibition “Nervous”, featuring Banksia Men and other sculptures, is on display at the NGA until November 20.

Ship of Fools, Ann McMahon, 2016, image courtesy Sam Cooper

FOUR NEW EXHIBITIONS are at Belconnen Arts Centre: “It Feels Like Home” by ACT Tenants’ Union shown to highlight the rights, needs and contributions of tenants around the world; “A Tribute to Mossy” by Frances Luke; Selected Works by Tony Faul (1956–1991) curated by his sister Liz Faul; and “Ship of Fools” by Ann McMahon. All on show until October 9.AN ART exhibition by 5 local Canberra artists having their first group exhibition, Ladies in Painting “As it Happens……” at Yarralumla Gallery, near the nursery. Until September 30.

“ZHANG PEILI: From Painting to Video” is a collaboration built around the generous gift to CIW, by Lois Conner, of one of Zhang Peili’s last paintings from the 1990s, before he shifted his focus to media art. Developed with MAAP director Kim Machan, From Painting to Video presents Flying Machine (oil on canvas, 1994) alongside a set of Zhang’s early video works. Complementing these are two more recent installations. China in the World Building, Fellows Lane, ANU.

JASON Phu, Byrd and Frazer Bull-Clark are exhibiting in three wildly different media at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman Arts Centre Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman Arts Centre 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. To October 1,  Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 4pm.

FOUR ARTISTS from the Canberra region are among the top entrants in the revamped Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, opening at the National Archives of Australia to Nov 15, daily. Dan Power wins in the ‘Emerging section.”

KATY MUTTON’S new show “Machinations” explores the politics of contemporary military aviation in poster art. Opening by Alison Alder ANU Head of Printmedia and drawing, ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery to Oct 1.

“MIKE Parr: Foreign-Looking” is the first exhibition to bring together works in all media across Parr’s voraciously experimental practice from 1970 to the present. This installation of performance, film, sculpture and photography provokes a challenging yet mesmerising experience. National Gallery of Australia, to Nov 6.

THE NGA has “Diane Arbus: American portraits” | Open now until October 30. 36 of Arbus’ most iconic photographs are exhibited alongside a selection of photographs from the NGA collection. “Design and Nature,” glass and ceramics by Art Nouveau masters Louis Comfort Tiffany and Clément Massier and 80 objects from the NGA’s collection, is open now until March 2. And in the Contemporary Asian galleries is a new display focused on contemporary Chinese art has opened featuring provocative works by internationally renowned artists such as Ai Weiwei, Xu Zhen and Zhang Huan, open until November.

“A HISTORY of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum”, at the National Museum of Australia, Until January 29, bookings to nma.gov.au

“DISSECTIONS” showcases the hyper-realist sculptural self-portrait of artist Sam Jinks, “Divide”, alongside the painted portrait of philosopher David Chalmers by Nick Mourtzakis, which was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in 2011. Gallery 1, NPG to November.

“TOUGH and Tender” presents raw and intimate photography from American and Australian artists from the 1960s to the present day. Photographs from internationally acclaimed artists Robert Mapplethorpe, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, and Collier Schorr, and video performance by Chris Burden forms part of the exhibition, alongside contemporary Australian artists Rozalind Drummond and Warwick Baker. National Portrait Gallery, until Sunday October 16.

“MICHAEL Taylor: A Survey 1963–2016” at Canberra Museum and Gallery, curated by Deborah Clark, runs until Oct 2 at the Canberra Museum and Gallery. Taylor is one of Australia’s best expressionist painters, who has been painting for six decades.

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