NAIDOC Week will be celebrated this year in Belconnen like never before at “NAIDOC by the Lake.” There’ll be live performances, food and art stalls, a jumping castle, film screenings and hands-on craft activities for all the family.

NAIDOC by the Lake work, ‘Ghost Dogs’ by Lyndy Delian

Event producer Songie Tatipata says the day will be a celebration in Indigenous culture and community, with artists and performers like weaver and story-teller Julie Freeman and performers The Wiradjuri Echoes.” Free, at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen this Saturday, July 9. 11am to 3pm. All welcome.

Brenda Gifford

MUSICIAN Brenda Gifford Brenda Gifford and friends join for a NAIDOC week concert, with a mixed repertoire of Jazz standards, spoken word, and Aboriginal anthems – including the smash hit “Aboriginal Woman”, by Gifford’s band Mixed Relations – Songlines. Gifford is an Aboriginal woman from south coast New South Wales and a member of the Yuin nation. An accomplished saxophonist and jazz pianist, she has toured extensively nationally and internationally. At Ainslie Arts Centre, Ainslie Main Hall, 4pm, Sat July 9, Free but bookings adised to agac.com.au


IN  July 1946 Australians ‘Switched On’ to parliament on the radio for the first time. “Switched On: 70 years of parliamentary broadcasting” guided tours, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House,  Saturday, July 9 at 11am and 2pm Sunday, July 10 at 11am and 2pm Adults $5, Concession $3, payable on the day (includes Switched On tour and OPH entry). Bookings to 6270 8215 and leave your contact details, or email reception@moadoph.gov.au

THE Australia Indonesia Association (ACT) has its annual Winter Dinner coming up, featuring Indonesian Rendang and 3 Course Dinner, a nine-piece Gamelan & Indonesian Band & Pendet Dance & Topeng Dance, with live Indonesian songs. At Rich Rewards Room. Canberra Race Course, Randwick Road, Lyneham, Saturday July 16 at 6 for 6.30pm. Bookings close July 8. Cost $70, Electronic Funds Transfers to Australia Indonesia Association ACT Branch, BSB 032729 Account No 130447. On payment enter your surname and email a receipt copy and your details to tonyeastaway@bigpond.com.au

Arts business:

BOOKINGS are open at Rep now for limited screenings of “The Best Bits from REP’s The Old Time Music Hall”, July 22-23, bookings to 6257 1950 or canberrarep.org.au

NIDA Open classes are running in Canberra from July 11–17 at Daramalan College and offer children and young people the opportunity to jump in and try something brand-new or build their skills. All bookings to open.nida.edu.au/winter

Chrissie Shaw as Bijou

“BIJOU,” the musical/narrative show by Chrissie Shaw and Alan Hicks about life in the Parisian demi-monde,  is heading for the Big Smoke. Now they’re raising funds to hire  the Sydney publicist and also to engage an AUSLAN interpreter for a performance for people with hearing loss. https://pozible.com/project/bijou-to-sydney

JESS GREEN, Canberra guitarist/singer/composer/songwriter is running a Pozible campaign with an $8,000 target to fund her fourth studio EP “Pheno”. The plan is to record 5 songs, release two as singles and then release the whole EP, both digitally as well as on 10″ Vinyl and CD. Closes July 7 6pm. pozible.com/project/204730

A PROPOSED documentary by Michael Kraaz with Canberra’s Ronin Films will focus on the early Aeroplane Jelly Cinema advertisements made by pioneering Australian animator Eric Porter. He’s started a crowd funding campaign that closes Jul 10, pozible.com/project/195679

THE GRIFFYN Ensemble is running a 100-day fundraising campaign to help support musicians to travel to Canberra, purchase sheet music, and work with collaborators. All donations are tax-deductable. Donations can be made through the Australian Cultural Fund with the following link: australianculturalfund.org.au

QUEANBEYAN-PALERANG Regional Council is inviting artists to express interest in creating a mural on the pylons of Queens Bridge over the Queanbeyan River. The art work will be contemporary, large in scale and highly visible, supporting the concept of the river and its foreshore as a vibrant recreational and cultural precinct. Council will fund works up to $10,000. Expressions of interest by July 11 to qcc.nsw.gov.au

IN THE City Canberra has just launched ‘Grants in the City, making $340,000 available to individuals, groups and businesses for events and projects to enrich the CBD in the next 12 months. For more information and how to apply, visit inthecitycanberra.com.au

QUEANBEYAN City Council is calling on interested stallholders to apply for a site for the inaugural Queanbeyan Christmas in July Fair to be held at the Queanbeyan Showground on Sunday, July 24 from 10am-3pm. To apply for a stallholder site visit qcc.nsw.gov.au or contact Cultural Services at Queanbeyan City Council on 6285 6170 or email cultural.services@qcc.nsw.gov.au


“FILMS on Film” continues into July at Arc Cinema. Every Sunday at 2pm this winter for rare, cult, classic, experimental and surprising treasures. Bookings to trybooking.com/laef

BEGINNING 1 July , the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia will celebrate legendary director Martin Scorsese, with a month long season of his greatest work. The program is presented in association with film critic David Stratton, the Sydney Film Festival and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and includes nine Scorsese classics handpicked by Stratton. Arc Cinema, until July 31. Friday, July 8, “Goodfellas” 4K restoration(1990, R18+), Sunday, July 10, “New York, New York” (1977, PG) and “The Age of Innocence”. (1993, G) Bookings to nfsa.gov.au bookings to trybooking.com

Workshops and classes:

Acting for the Fun of It Presents “From Page to Stage.” Create character, build a role, learn acting techniques, interpret text, and develop a part through the creation of a performance. Playing Field Studio. Cnr. Kingsley Street and Barry Drive in Civic. It’s a 6 week course for adults (including Year 12 drama students). Every Sunday commencing Sunday, July 10. Inquiries and enrolment forms from peterwilkins@grapevine.com.au or phone 0408 034 373.

Kristy Lee Denovan in Lucidity – Photographer Francesca Giangrasso

THE WINTER holiday program for the Young Music Society at the Belconnen Arts Centre sees ARIA Award-winning musician Sally Whitwell joining Jim Sharrock and Kimberley Steele to create the ‘musical mayhem’ that will engage, entertain and educate. There are still some places available. Suitable for for Primary-aged children, (K- 6) at the Belconnen Arts Centre July 11 – 15, 9am to 3:30pm daily after school care is also available for an additional fee. Bookings and enquiries to youngmusicsociety.org.au or Ph: 6251 8017.


MELBOURNE Ballet Company comes to town with some of its newest works in  “Divenire”, at The Q, Queanbeyan, July 8-9, bookings to theq.net.au or 6285 6290

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

THE Embassy of Argentina will celebrate the Bicentenary of Argentina’s Independence with the concert “200 Years of Tango”, performed by TangoMundo ensemble, at the Larry Sitsky Recital Room (ANU School of Music) Thursday, July 7 at 6:30pm. This is a free event, that will be followed by Argentine wine and canapés.

Dutch dancing

CELEBRATING 400 years since Dirk Hartog landed on Australian shores, Andre van de Plas from the Netherlands is visiting Canberra for one night only to bring us dances from around the world.  At Folk Dance Canberra Hall  Hackett Community Centre,  114 Maitland Street  Hackett,  Monday  July 11,  7.15pm – 10pm  : $18 (members $15)  All welcome. Info 6286 6401 or folkdancecanberra.org.au

Prizes and Awards:

THE  National Portrait Gallery is calling for entries for the annual Digital Portraiture Award open  until Friday, September 30. 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: https://dpa.portrait.gov.au/

Freya Jobbins’ winning sculpture in Clearwater 2015

MORE than $4000 in prize money is on offer to artists and craftspeople residing in the Queanbeyan-Palerang, Snowy-Monaro and Yass Valley local government areas in the Council Regional Art Awards. Included among the prizes is a creative partnership with Form Studio and the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council which will see one talented artist awarded the Form Studio Gallery Award for Professional Practice valued at $2,000. All interested artists and craftspeople are encouraged to apply via Council’s website at qcc.nsw.gov.au with work to be presented on July 20.

QUEANBEYAN-PALERANG Regional Council has announced that entries are open for the $7,500 Clearwater Sculpture Prize. the major award is sponsored by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council worth $5,000. Encouragement Award and People’s Choice Award are worth $1,000 each and $500 will go to the Children’s Choice Award winner. Applications close: Friday July 29 at qcc.nsw.gov.au


PHOENIX Players has an unusual musical, “Next to Normal”. Director Kelda McManus says, “people should come and see the show…It’s got humour and it’s got lovely songs, but the basic question it asks is, ‘what is normal?’” At the ANU Arts Centre, to Normal, July 8-23 Bookings to phoenixplayers.com.au or 6253 1454. Dinner show package at Teatro Vivaldi, bookings to vivaldirestaurant.com.au or 6257 2718.

COMEDIAN Tim Ferguson will be back in town with a two day comedy writing masterclass. “Comedy’s not a mysterious art,” the former member of the Doug Anthony Allstars says, “It’s a craft. It can be learned.” Beginners and professionals are welcome. The Courtyard Studio, July 9–10, bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

Abanazer and Genie and lamp, in Aladdin. photo Steve McGrory

ENTERTAINMENT for children comes alive in the Gungahlin area with “Aladdin”, at Gungahlin Theatre (in the College), July 6-16, two shows a day. Expect a princess, a magic lamp, a wicked magician and a flying carpet. Bookings and all details to mebevents.com

CHILD Players ACT is presenting “Dr Dolittle’s Circus,” adapted by director BJ Anyos from the books by Hugh Lofting. Forty two children aged 10 to 16 will join in the good doctor’s journey to Africa to help a tribe of monkeys. Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen, July 7-16. Bookings to canberrarep.org.au or 6257 1950 or cash at the door one hour before show.

NINA Stevenson and musical director Emma Zen are staging “The Frog Prince” in which children play the evil Queen Malicia, Witch Toejam, Figaro the Mafia Cat and Chumley the butler as well as the much nicer Aurora and Denis the Dragon. St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall Manuka, until July 8, Bookings to bookings@pied-piper.com.au or 0402 409 435.

“IMPROVENTION 2016”, the  international impro festival, is at The Street Theatre, July 2-9 daily, details and bookings to thestreet.com.au and 6247 1223.

Concerts and gigs:

Choir of Christ’s College Cambridge

“Yesterday Once more: Classic Carpenters”, Dami Im at the Canberra Theatre, July 16 only, bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

MUSE Café in the East Hotel, Kingston, has Basically Beethoven BYO instrument or dabble on our walnut baby grand. Anything goes for this very informal event for any composer, tune or style. Sun July 10, 3-4.30pm, FREE event, all welcome.

MELBOURNE 7-piece Beautiful Beasts are on an interstate tour dancing up a storm as they launch their double single “Pony Ride/The 90’s” and will be at play at The Phoenix, 23-27 East Row, Civic, at 7pm this Thurs July 7.

THE PHOENIX Pub in Civic has: Thursday 7, 9pm, $5 Beautiful Beasts, Mondecreen, House of Strangers, Friday 8, 9pm, $10/$5 Cool Sounds, The Ocean Party, Passive Smoke, Saturday 9, 9pm, $10/$5 The Fuelers.

WESLEY Music Foundation is hosting the Choir of Christ’s College Cambridge for performances in Wesley Uniting Church, 7pm July 10 (Gibbons – Parry – Howells works) and July 11 (Purcell – Fauré – Britten), bookings to trybooking.com/LRET and at the door.

SEVEN-TIME ‘MO’ & ACE Award Winning Male Vocalist of the Year, Adam Scicluna, re-lives the power, passion and electricity of the Golden Era of the Crooners like Perry Como, Al Martino & Paul Anka with “Kings Of Croon & Swing, at THE Q, Queanbeyan, 10.30am July 12. Occasional coarse language, recommended 14+. Bookings to theq.net.au


“COMMUNITY is everything” is an exhibition of photos, video and stories staged by the Canberra Indigenous Rights Amnesty volunteer group to tell stories of Indigenous kids in prison and their communities. “Prison is where lots of kids wind up but it’s not a solution,” says young Wiradjuri women and volunteer with the group, Beth Cooper. At Tuggeranong Arts Centre, July 7-30. Launch at 6pm on Thursday, July 7 by  ACT Minister for ATSI Affairs Dr Chris Bourke, all welcome.

Detail of a work by Michael Taylor

THE BIG “Michael Taylor: A Survey 1963–2016”exhibition at Canberra Museum and Gallery, curated by Deborah Clark, opens this Friday July 8 then 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. Since 1971 Taylor has lived and worked in the Canberra region – in Bredbo, Michelago, and, since 1993, Cooma.

“PIN SIX” is ANCA Gallery’s sixth annual exhibition of miniature wearable artworks, presenting over 150 works by more than 50 artists from around Australia working in a wide range of media, including glass, steel, plastic, gold and silver, paper, porcelain, found objects, wood, textiles and paint. at ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place Dickson, noon-5pm Wednesday-Sunday until July 10.

THREE new exhibitions sees emerging Canberra artists using animals as metaphor to explore human interactions, connection to place and social constructs.THE shows are “Habitual Creatures” by Tom Buckland, Rebecca Selleck and Sian Watson, “Pigs and Dogs” by Shan Crosbie, and “Dis-Place” by Daniel Savage, whose photos use taxidermy native animals as a metaphor for the position of people with a disability. All at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, until July 17.

THE Queanbeyan Riverbank Cafe Art Exhibition at the Queanbeyan Art Society Gallery sees 120 works exhibited. You can also see the platypus on the bank and in the Queanbeyan River.

BEES’ habitat momentarily becomes art in the Nishi Gallery’s coming exhibition of man-made structures designed to give bees refuge when they swarm. These ‘safe houses’ for bees will be installed out in the bush, city and suburbs in the spring. It’s a star line-up of artists, including Shauna Toohey (of Perks and Mini) and natural beekeeper and Honey Fingers founder Nic Dowse. “Swarm trap,” at 17 Kendall Lane NewActon, until July 10.

NELLIE Peoples and Zoe Brand are emerging art jewellers who have recently graduated from the Australian National University, School of Art Gold and Silversmithing Workshop. Peoples’ work includes sterling silver rings encased in crayon, while Brand’s work on show includes serial production of badges, pendants and rings as well as one off advertising boards. At Bilk Gallery for contemporary metal and glass, Palmerston Lane Manuka until July 29.

Dawne Fahey Chemigram and mordancage

THE Photography Room  presents ‘1953’ by Dawne Fahey in the Solo Exhibition Gallery from 1-14 July. 1953 was was the year that inspired the birth of these images. The 1953 series was created using the chemigram process, where silver gelatin printing paper is coated with a resistant and then processed using traditional darkroom chemistry. At The Photography Room Old Bus Depot 21 Wentworth Avenue Kingston Foreshore Sunday 10-4pm (and by appointment) Inquiries: mail@thephotographyroom.com.au or 0408 662 996.

CANBERRA Glassworks in Wentworth Ave Kingsotn now has:  “Light Translations’, new works by Holly Grace and Lisa Cahill; the Hindmarsh Prize Winner; and  Asialink Artist in Residence Takeyoshi Mitsui from Toyama Glass Studio, Japan, 10am to 4pm Wed – Sunday.

“REFLECTIONS”, works from Canberra Glassworks and the Parliament House Art Collection, features nine internationally renowned glass artists who have created works that respond to the art, architecture and landscape of Parliament House. In the Presiding Officers’ Exhibition Area, Australian Parliament until September 11. Participating artists include Annette Blair, Lisa Cahill, Mel Douglas, Hannah Gason, Jeremy Lepisto, Ruth Oliphant, Emilie Patteson, Kirstie Rea and Harriet Schwarzrock.  Free

“AFTER the Dust Storm’” is an exhibition of watercolours painted after 1994 by artist Nancy Tingey at Strathnairn Homestead Gallery 2, until July 10.

JENNIFER McEwen Mason has an exhibition, “Thirty Years in the Making”, an eclectic mix of pastels, acrylics, oils & watercolours, at Ginninderra School House, Sweet Copper Cafe, Gold Creek, Nicholls, until July 31, Thurs. & Fri. 10 am – 4 pm & Sat. & Sun. 8.30 – 4.30 pm.

“A MATTER of time” is a collection of 32 contemporary textile artworks exploring the fourth dimension (time) in cloth. The works are presented in a 100x40cm format and the show is curated by Brenda Gael Smith and the participating artists are from Australia, New Zealand, the US, UK and Canada. At The Q Exhibition Space until July 16.

“ABORIGINAL Pathways, Communities and Knowledge” is a mixed media exhibition by painter, a coil basket weaver, glass artist, and a producer of fine soft sculpture and multimedia works Lynette Talbot, who works at at the Burrunju Aboriginal Art Gallery, is showing in gallery@bcs in celebration of NAIDOC Week. Both at Belconnen Community Service, Swanson Ct , Belconnen, until July 15, Mon – Fri 8am-4:30pm.

PHOTOACCESS has two new exhibitions connecting the past with the present to illustrate the power of the image to communicate. “The Bends”, curated by Claire Capel-Stanley with Lucy Caldwell, is about bending time, bending bodies and bending back into the material world of photography. In “QWE3NZ”, Gabi Briggs, an Anaiah and Gumbangier woman, creates a counter-fiction to colonialism by using her body and video projection to author her own narrative as an Indigenous woman. Manuka Arts Centre, , Griffith ACT (next to the Manuka Pool) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am to 4pm Friday 10am to 7pm Weekends 12noon to 4pm until July 17.

“FAITH Fashion Fusion: Muslim Women’s Style in Australia”, a discovery of emerging modest fashion trends and the work of a new generation of Muslim fashionistas – designers and entrepreneurs – making a mark on the local fashion industry. It’s a travelling exhibition developed by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney. At the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, daily until September 4.

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.

THE National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature still has “Seeing Stories”, an exhibition of framed original artworks from the John Barrow collection. Forty works from the 135 in the collection cover the years from the 1980s through the early 2000s and provide a visual documentary of an important period in the history of Australian children’s literature. At University of Canberra Hub Exhibition Space (opposite Mizzuna Café) until August 26, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 10.30am-2.30pm Sundays 1pm-4.pm.

Painting the Town by Night jUlie Spencer

M16 ARTSPACE has new exhisibitions opening to the public from 6pm, Thursday, July 7 and showing until 5pm July 24, 12 – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday at 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith: “Painting the Town by Night,” by Julie Spencer; “The 2nd Edition” by Sophie Bishop, Mimi Fairall, Michelle Hallinan, Kelly Hayes, Jess Higgins and Rebecca Setnicar; “Emotion Ensemble Shags”; “Magic Lines” by Elizabeth Faul; and in  Chutespace, “Prelude Shags.”

WENDY MACKLIN captures in her paintings what she calls “one of the great joys of an Australian childhood, the beach holiday.” “South Coast Summer” at Humble House Gallery, 93 Wollongong Street Fyshwick, until July 17.

THE National Portrait Gallery has a focus exhibition of portraits by Arthur Boyd, titled “Mysterious eyes: Arthur Boyd portraits from 1945.” Gallery One, National Portrait Gallery, until August 14. Open 10am–5pm daily.

“WRONG Way Time”, the art of Fiona Hall, comes to us direct from the 2015 Venice Biennale. The Canberra-only exhibition provides Australian audiences with a window into this international art event and Hall was the first artist to represent Australia in the new Australian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. At the NGA, until July 10. FREE ENTRY.

“AVARICE: auspice” is a spectaculra gold inflating/deflating installation  by Jay Kochel,  to be seen in Canberra Museum and Gallery’s outside Gallery 4 on Civic square, until Sept 18, viewable 24/7.

IN “Crafting Waste,” local designer/maker Niklavs Rubenis addresses contemporary critical concerns around design, consumption, material culture and waste. Rubenis’ exhibition features propositional and prototype furniture and lighting crafted from de-valued resources. In “Aesthetics in a Time of Emergency,” Sarah Field, Jennifer Ashley King, Jasmine Targett, Nadia Mercuri and Bethany Wheeler, primarily glass makers, explore an idea surrounding a current ‘state of emergency’ that impacts upon the individual and society collectively. In the Crucible Showcase, Canberra Potters Society Craft ACT award winner Hsin-Yi Yang presents her interlocking ceramic objects. All at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre Gallery, Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, until July 9.

BRAIDWOOD artist and teacher at St Bede’s Primary School, Julian Laffan, challenges the usual notion of bringing home a reminder of travel in an exhibition of woodcuts, each hand rendered and hand painted. Inspired by late 19th century hand painted photographs, the images capture Laffan’s recent observations of travel to Europe and the United States in 2015-2016. Suki & Hugh Gallery 38A Gibraltar Street Bungendore, runs until July 31.

TIM Johnson makes a welcome return to the Canberra art scene with his solo exhibition ‘Floating Worlds’. Against the background of Aboriginal dot painting Tim Johnson lays out his personal iconography, drawing on Buddhist, Tibetan and Chinese art. “Floating Worlds” is at the Nancy Sever Gallery, 6 Kennedy St Kingston until July 10, Wed–Sun 11am-6pm.

QUEANBEYAN’S latest public art installation – 20 Indigenous street sails – have been superimposed on 20 street flags which will line Queanbeyan’s Monaro St until July 29.

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