M16 Artspace’s community of studio artists come together in “Wall to Wall” in its  main gallery.

Elizabeth Faul, M16 Graphic, 2016

THEN in Gallery 2, is The Thursday Group’s show, “The Kitchen Garden”, curated by Jenny Manning, while in Gallery 3 is “Ecstatic Returns”, where Eadie Newman explores her drawing practice. All at M16 Artspace, Blaxland Cresc Griffith, July 28-August 14, opening 6pm today July 28.


“AN Evening Inspired by Bean” will see the opening of an exhibition about historian Dr Charles Bean, followed by a film, a panel discussion and performances by the Burgundian Consort and the Gabriel Choir from the Canberra Girls Grammar School of compositions by Ian Munro and Dan Walker based on Bean’s poem “Non Nobis”. Academy Library, Building 13 UNSW Canberra at ADFA, Northcott Drive, Campbell, from 4.30pm on Friday, July 29, Registrations to eventbrite.com.au close Monday, July 25.

A “WARMING Into Winter” function to raise funds for Women’s Sewing Co-operative in East Timor and for other community projects is being organised by Canberra Friends of Dili. Guest of Honour is former First Lady Kirsty Sword Gusmao. At East Timorese Embassy, 7 Beale Street Deakin, 6pm, Saturday, July 30. Cost $28 includes mulled wine, 2 soups, sirloin rolls hot nibbles, plum pudding and custard and includes bar. Bookings to 0423 931 753 or email babajhi@gmail.com


FRIENDS of the ANU Classics Museum are combining Dr Estelle Lazer’s talk today, July 28, about the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD with the launch, at 6pm in the Museum, of the ANU Classics Museum App, which gives an overview of some items in the collection. Launch 6pm in the Classics Museum, then a quick dash to the lecture at 6.30pm in Theatre 2 of the Manning Clark Centre.

THE Dirrum Dirrum Festival is bringing a range of speakers to Canberra: Shea Spiering, Shifra Joseph, Kirsty Sword Gusmão, Megan Mitchell, Jessica Watson, Ryan Carters, Nipuni Wijewickrema, Frank Brennan, Rachael Stevens and Akram Azimi. Dirrum Dirrum is run by students at Radford College, July 29-30, info at dirrumdirrum.org

MUSE Café in the East Hotel, Kingston, celebrates the poetry release from Ellen van Neerven, “Comfort Food”. Launched by Omar Musa. 3-4pm this Sunday, July 31; charge is $10 which includes a glass of wine/soft drink. Bookings to musecanberra.com.au/events/

Arts business:

THE Embassy of Spain in Canberra has decided to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Miguel Cervantes’s death with a project called “Money to read”, where $ 1,500 goes to an Australian citizen or permanent resident to read, silently, his great novel “Don Quixote” (in English) at the National Library during Oct-Nov this year. Entries close Thursday, September 22 at moneytoread.com

TEMPO Theatre director Jon Elphick is looking for a Canberran to play the Vicar of Dibley in its next big comedy of the same name, taken from the TV series written by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew Archer, but adapted by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter. He needs to cast Geraldine, aged 30-40, Alice Tinker, aged 20 -30, Mrs Cropley aged over 60 and 5 men of various ages from 30 to 70. The show is on from the end of October to early November at Belconnen Theatre. Auditions will be held at the Belconnen Community Centre this  Saturday July 30, to book an audition phone 6254 3727.

“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. pozible.com

THE National Portrait Gallery and the St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn are asking the Canberra community to pick up their knitting needles and crochet hooks to create warm winter scarves to assist people in need. Scarves donated will go to support the 2016 Vinnies Winter Appeal at the NPG’s Winter Festival on August 7. Just bring your creations along.

SOUNDOUT is proud to present the first in its Cd collection “Swarm”, featuring vocals by French Artist Guylaine Cosseron, drumming from USA Artist Stephen Roach and sax sounds from Rhys Butler and Richard Johnson. The cover features photography of Jeremy Hegge and design by Rhys Butler. To order email vortexrec@gmail.com $20 (+ postage) payment to paypal.me/SoundOut

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


CANBERRA’S documentary film festival “Stronger than Fiction” is back for the 4th year at Palace Electric Cinema from July 28-31. Among the top choices, co-directors Deborah Kingsland and Simon Weaving say, are Amy Berg’s new biopic of Janis Joplin, “Janis: Little Girl Blue” and Werner Hertzog’s musing on the internet, “Lo & Behold, Reveries Of The Connected World”. Bookings and details to palacecinemas.com.au

THE National Film and Sound Archive of Australia has the 2016 Australian feature “Broke”. The film follows the story of BK (Steve Le Marquand) – a former rugby league champ, turned disgraced sports star and gambling addict. Director, Heath Davis, will be here for two screenings and meet-the-filmmaker events on Thursday July 28 and Friday July 29 at 6.30pm. There are also screenings on Saturday July 30 @4.30 pm & 6.30pm and Sunday 31 July, bookings for all to trybooking.com/laei @4.30pm

“Down under” cast

FILMINK presents and Canberra International Film Festival present “Down Under”, directed by Abe Forsythe, a black comedy set during the aftermath of the Cronulla riots and an official selection in the Sydney Film Festival 2016. Canberra premiere at Dendy, with writer/director Abe Forsythe post-film Q&A 6.30pm, Thursday, July 28, tickets dendy.com.au

“AUSTRALIAN Identity: Gender,” is a mini-season running at the  Arc cinema NFSA, 9am-5pm until July 29. Free. No booking necessary.

THE National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is celebrating 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. Bookings to nfsa.gov.au

THE ANU Film Group,  the largest film society in Australia, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. For all membership information visit anufg.org.au

Workshops and classes:

THE popular acting programs, “From Page to Stage” commences on July 24 at Playing Field Studio from 7-9 p.m. on six consecutive Sunday nights. The course is also TQI Accredited, which means that teachers can gain 12 of the required 20 hours of professional development for taking part in any of the Acting for the Fun of It courses. Cost +$100 for wage-earners and $100 for concessions. For further information, enquiries and enrolment forms email the course tutor, Peter Wilkins at peterwilkins@grapevine.com.au or phone 0408 034 373.

NIDA, the National Institute of Dramatic Art, is now accepting applications for the 2017 intake to its popular higher education courses in the dramatic arts. Study options include an accredited Vocational Diploma, Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees – for those wanting to pursue a career in the creative and cultural industries. As applications are now open, at www.apply.nida.edu.au


OUR land people stories – Bangarra – Waangenga Blanco – Photo by Edward Mulvihill

BANGARRA Dance Theatre’s “Our land people stories”, Canberra Theatre, July 28-30, bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

“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.

“CONNECTED,” QL2 Dancers at the Playhouse, 7pm, until  Saturday July 30 at + July 30 at 2pm, bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

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

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: dpa.portrait.gov.au

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 tomorrow,  Friday July 29 at qprc.nsw.gov.au


CABARET PERFORMER Paul Capsis, looking and sounding exactly like the outrageous Quentin Crisp, appears in “Resident Alien” at The Street Theatre, until  August 7, bookings to thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223

Concerts and gigs:

Daniel Thompson as Johnny Cash

A JOURNEY through the music of the McClymonts Sisters country singers is in store with ”The McClymonts 10 Years of Hits,” at The Vikings Club, Erindale, Saturday July 30. Bookings to themcclymonts.net.au

THE “Greats of 70s Country Music” show is heading to The Q Theatre Queanbeyan on July 30 presented by Daniel Thompson – star of the ‘Johnny Cash The Concert’ shows. Bookings and info to theq.net.au

“IKON of Light,” Llewellyn Choir with the Llewellyn String Ensemble conducted by Rowan-Harvey Martin Chapel of the Canberra Girls Grammar School, Melbourne Avenue, Deakin, Saturday, July 30 at 6pm bookings to llewellynchoir.org.au or tickets at the door.

Top Louise Page and at piano, Phillipa Candy

LOCAL musical heroines Louise Page (soprano) and Phillipa Candy (piano) will perform “a concert for the depth of winter” for Art Song Canberra, at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest (cnr. Sydney Avenue) 3pm on Sunday, July 31. Tickets available ONLY at the door.

PIANIST and Canberra medical specialist Robert Schmidli will perform a benefit concert of Beethoven, Bach and Chopin for L’Arche Genesaret, which provides community living for people with an intellectual disability in Canberra. At Wesley Music Centre, Forrest at 3pm on Sunday, August 7 Bookings to trybooking.com/205687 or tickets at the door.

GUITAR and violin duo the Mimosa Duo, Morgan Haselden and Phoebe O’Shea, will be performing a mix of classical and gypsy jazz compositions in the High Court at 1:30pm on Sunday, July 31. Free, but bookings essential to hcourt.gov.au/about/concerts

UK SKA artist Neville Staple, Vic May Photography

The Kingstons will be at The Basement, 8:30pm, this Saturday, July 30, bookings to oztix.com.au

The Phoenix Pub in Civic has the following: Thursday 28, 9pm,Loki Door Prize, Friday 29, 9pm, Foxtrot, Foley, Revellers, Sketch Method, Saturday 30 9pm, Bears With Guns + Guests.


The National Gallery of Australia has “Mike Parr: Foreign looking,” from August 2 –November 6. It’s a retrospective exhibition ranging across Parr’s voraciously experimental practice from 1970 to the present. Spanning nine galleries, the installation comprises performance, film, sculpture and photography.

GAIL (daughter of Eddie) Mabo from Townsville will be exhibiting under the title “Zogo Zogo Teter Mek” (Sacred Footprints) at 8 Townshend St Phillip, to August 15.

“A CLASS Act” see work by 30 of Michael Winters’ students in the ANU Centre of Continuing Education’s visual arts access program classes conducted at the “off campus” venue , Strathnairn Arts Centre, Stockdill Drive Holt, where the show runs to August 14, Thursdays to Sundays 10am to 4pm.

Eden Reni, Untitled 1

“EASS 2016” features the work of five emerging ceramic artists, all recent graduates of the ANU School of Art: Sue Hewat, Mahala Hill, Alya Khan, Anna-Maree O’Neill and Eden Reni. At Watson Arts Centre, Aspinall Street, Watson, 10am – 4pm Thursday to Sunday, until August 21.

IN 2015 Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper coordinated an exhibition at Maud Gallery in Brisbane that featured 67 Australian, New Zealand and international photographers’ self-portraits, made while reading their favourite photobooks. Extended and re-titled “On Reading: Photobooks”, part of the show will be exhibited at The Photography Room, Bus Depot Markets Kingston, to August 7.

“I WILL if you will” is a mixed media exhibition by Canberra artists, LeeAnne McEwan, Kaila Smith, Ele Saclier, and Mel Edwards, until August 5, at gallery@bcs, Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Crt, Belconnen, 9am-5pm Mon-Fri.

TWO new group exhibitions have opened in the PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery. “BULB” showcases works by 30 PhotoAccess members, and “A Closer Look” features work by Fiona Bowring-Greer, Susan Clarke, Karen Coombes, Lyndal Curtis, Zelda Green, Rob Lee, Bronwyn McNally, Kleber Osorio, Ian Skinner, Gordon Taylor and Michael Ye, all participants in PhotoAccess’ Personal Photography Project, under the guidance of Sean Davey. The exhibitions run to August 7.

BUNGENDORE Wood Works Gallery is showcasing the work of nine current and past artist/printmakers, Lyn Burns, George Gittoes, Pamela Griffith, Greg Hansell, Bettina McMahon, Gina Monaco, Trevor Riach, Wendy Sharpe and Glenn Smith in a series of limited edition prints produced in the physically small, yet massively influential and culturally dynamic Griffith Studio and Graphics Workshop between 1990 and 2016. Octagon ArtSpace.

‘aeon’ by Senden Blackwood at Nishi

“CROSS PHASE: An Exploration of Materiality”, an exhibition that explores materiality in its rawest form, opens Friday, July 29, 6pm To 8pm at the Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane Canberra, and runs to August 14.

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.

DANIEL Bonson, G.W. Bot, David Buckland, Soren Dahlgaard, Jacky Green, Annika Harding, Timothy James Johnson and Andrew Styan are featured artists in “2°”, curated by Alexander Boynes, an exhibition that investigates climate change, its effect on the present, and the struggle to avoid environmental disaster by limiting rising global temperature to two degrees. The exhibition continues until August 20 at Canberra Contemporary Art Space Gorman Arts Centre 55 Ainslie Avenue Braddon.

AARWUN Gallery Shop 11 Federation Square O Hanlon Place Nicholls, has many new works in the gallery, and they tell us, “More are arriving on a weekly basis…you will find the usual co-mingling of classical and contemporary works, and most things in between the two.”

“MÄRI Gutharra – Milingimbi Artists” features the work of four senior artists, as well as other artists, from Milingimbi, an island off the north coast of Arnhem Land some 400 kilometres to the east of Darwin. Using traditional ochres and white clay, its artists create paintings on bark and canvas, based on the body art applied during religious ceremonies that are still part of everyday life. Nancy Sever Gallery, 4/6 Kennedy St Kingston, Wed–Sun 11am-6pm until August 21.

“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. Since 1971 Taylor has lived and worked in the Canberra region – in Bredbo, Michelago, and, since 1993, Cooma.

LORD Thomas Denman was Australia’s fifth Governor-General. He and his wife, the irrepressible Lady Gertrude Denman, resided in Australia from July 1911 to May 1914. A new exhibition examines the political, cultural and imperial interests of this power couple. “Peace, Love and War: the Denmans, Empire and Australia, 1910–1917”, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Civic Square, Jul 30 —Nov 13.

CANBERRA teacher and devout ‘Whovian’ Timothy Kirsopp is displaying his entire “Dr Who” collection—everything from Daleks and the Tardis to images the Doctors and their companions—an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of “Dr Who”-related memorabilia. “Bigger on the inside: Collecting Dr Who” at CMAG, Civic Square, until Nov 20.

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.

“THE HINDMARSH Prize”, in which 18 shortlisted works will be on display at Canberra Glassworks, Wentworth Ave Kingston, into September, along with the winning work Surge 19 by Masahiro Asaka. Gallery Floor Talk: 2pm on Saturday, July 30 by Jenni Martiniello, John White and Julie Ryder.

Gang Gang Couple by Debbie Paton

THE OAKS Brasserie and Gallery presents “Birds & Blooms” an exhibition by two local artists, Debbie Paton and Caren Wilford, at Cottage 1, Weston Park, Yarralumla (behind the nursery) until Aug 26. Opening by Canberra ceramic artist Monika Leone on Sunday, July 31, at 3pm.

“HIGHWAY to the Wilderness” is a solo exhibition by Anja Loughhead, who utilises drawing, assemblage and video performance to navigate familial narratives and to deconstruct romanticised views of the Scandinavian landscape, based on a month spent travelling throughout regional Finland. At ANCA Gallery 1 Rosevear Place Dickson, until July 31.

“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, until July 30.

LOCAL glass artist, Debra Jurss, will be showcasing her latest work in “Flow, Interrupted,” which reflects both the style of Debra’s work and her personal experiences in recent years. The exhibition has a strong feeling of movement and flow, frozen at a point in time; reflecting Debra’s experience with the diagnosis and death of her husband from motor neurone disease. At Form Studio and Gallery, 1/30 Aurora Ave Queanbeyan until Sunday, August 7, Mon-Fri, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, weekends 10:00am – 4:00pm.

ALSO, Form Studio and Gallery director Claire Primrose and ceramicist Ros Auld are hosting an art sale-fundraiser of limited selected work with 40 per cent off prices, until August 7. Funds raised will help support their 2017 touring regional gallery exhibitions curated by Peter Haynes. Details at formstudioandgallery/Current_Exhibition.html

At Megalo, Estelle Briedis, Bridge pattern

“REPEAT ²” is an exhibition of hand screen printed textiles, bringing together established and emerging Canberra based artists working with print, pattern and design. At Megalo Print Studio + Gallery 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, July 30 – August 20, Tuesday to Friday 9am – 5pm.

“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

“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 ANU Drill Hall Gallery has re-opened with “Streets of Papunya”, curated by Vivien Johnson. The show presents the new generation of painters from the legendary epicentre of Western Desert art and includes a wide selection of historical works drawn from the collections of ANU Anthropology and Archaeology and the College of Asia and the Pacific. Until August 14, Wednesday to Sunday 10–5pm.

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.

Diane Arbus
Identical twins, Roselle, N.J., 1967
gelatin silver photograph
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1980

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.

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

BELCONNEN Arts Centre has “The Encyclopedia of Forgotten Things” from the University of Canberra Faculty of Arts and Design, exploring history, memory and the classification of things. Professor Angelina Russo will host three knit–ins associated with her installation, “In the Meantime,” and in “Encircle, using basketry and weaving, Ruby Berry creates sculptural works that use contrasting textures and organic forms to evoke feelings of comfort and protection. Out in the foyer, Sonja Karl’s “Rarities” focuses on the innate freedom of the birds while creating an awareness of rare birds within the ACT. All until August 14.

AN exhibition of works by gallery painters and  Queanbeyan Art Society members is hanging at the QAS Gallery in Trinculo Place (under the bridge) until Saturday, July 30.

“AVARICE: auspice” is an amazing  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.

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.

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.

CRAFTACT: Craft and Design Centre has “Embracing Innovation Volume 6: Technology”, and “Black Box: Life, walls and houses”, a solo exhibition by distinguished Canberra glass artist Judi Elliott both  running until August 27. There is also a pop-up exhibition in the lightbox gallery of personal items on loan from the F!NK + Co extended family of the late Robert Foster. Visitors may leave a message in the condolence book.

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