Catherine Deneuve in Lovers Like Us

THE NEW Alliance Française Classic Film Festival will screen in Canberra from September 2-4. This weekend of vintage cinema helps rediscover masterpieces of French Cinema on the big screen.

The 2016 line-up promises to be glamourous. Themed “Les Blondes” it celebrates 5 emblematic actresses in iconic French films from 1952 to 1975 – Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Seberg, Romy Schneider and Simone Signoret. Palace Electric Cinema afclassicfilmfestival.org inquiries to 6222 4900.


THE 2016 Australian National Eisteddfod comes to a close over the coming month with the Piano, Speech and Drama and Choirs events. The Piano Eisteddfod is running now until until September 4, all details including full schedules at nationaleisteddfod.org.au

The Amazing Belco Race

“THE Amazing Belco Race” will offer a great way to learn more about Belconnen during its 50th birthday year. Saturday September 3, 10am to 2pm, all around Belconnen. For entry details email therace@bcsact.com.au or phone 62640200.


TOBY COLE’S “Handel Overtures” continue apace this as the singer/director  talks about his love of Handel in the lead-up to his production  of  “The Vow” in October. Handel Overture 2: From page to stage (5.30pm-7pm, 3 September) Handel Overture 3: Inside the singer’s head (5.30pm-7pm, 10 September). Audience members are invited to stay afterwards for a chat and a complimentary drink. Bookings to  canberratheatrecentre.com.au

THE ACT Storytellers Guild will be presenting “September Stories”, an afternoon of stories suitable for adults and older children with music by Harrison Whalan, at Kangara Waters Community Centre, 2 Joy Cummings Place Belconnen, at 2.30pm, Sunday September 4. Tickets at the door or inquiries to 6254 2349.

Fred Smith in Afganistan

MUSE CAFÉ in the East Hotel Kingston, has Fred Smith discussing “Dust of Uruzgan,” his memoir and hit song of the same name, which became an anthem for soldiers serving in Afghanistan, with Genevieve Jacobs. 3-4pm, sat Sept 3. Bookings to musecanberra.com.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: dpa.portrait.gov.au

AUSTRALIA’S biggest student film competition, “Screen It” is open to registrations from students and teachers. The 2016 theme has just been announced as ‘Mystery’, and the competition is free and now open to all Australian primary and secondary school students, all info at acmi.net.au Entries close: Monday, September 19 (5pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time)

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 MondayOctober 3 to music.sydney.edu.au

TUGGERANONG Arts Centre and Empire Global have launched The Empire Global Art Award, which now invites entries in two categories: artist aged 15 – 25 years and artist over 25 years; with both attracting a $2000 cash prize each. All artwork must be original and needs to have been completed within the past two years and not previously exhibited. Information and entry forms at tuggeranongarts.com

Arts business:

The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is calling for young people with backgrounds in areas such as sport, circus, gymnastics, dance and theatre to audition for places in Australia’s only Bachelor of Circus Arts. The NICA team, led by the Head of Circus, James Brown and VE Coordinator, Tegan Carmichael, will be in Canberra on Sunday, October 9 at Warehouse Circus. Applicants are required to register for an audition via the NICA website at nica.com.au or by phoning NICA on (+613) 9214 6975. Applications close Friday, September 2.

AN ARTWORK focusing on the theme of ‘Give Respect’ by Jerrabomberra Public School student, Sophie McKinley will be made into a mosaic by members of the community and installed in the revitalised Queen Elizabeth Park in Queanbeyan’s CBD. There is srtill space to register for one of six two-hour sessions at Karabar Community Centre, 183 Cooma Road, on September 3-4 to help build a 2 metre mosaic artwork. Places are limited to 12 people per session so register early at qcc.nsw.gov.au/GiveRespect Participants under 10 years of age are not eligible to participate due to health and safety requirements but can come and watch. Cost: FREE

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


THE NATIONAL Film and Sound Archive of Australia is preparing for an evening of 80s sound, music and anecdotes this Friday, with special guests Peter Vogel and Kim Ryrie, creators of the Fairlight CMI Synthesiser, joined by NFSA Sound Curator Thorsten Kaeding on stage. The event follows The Vinyl Lounge from 5:30pm – 7.00pm. The Vinyl Lounge is a Free event , no booking required. “Sound of the 80s: The Fairlight Revolution”, NFSA, Friday September 2, from 7.30pm, bookings to nfsa.gov.au

A RARE screening of Lewis Milestone’s little-seen film (refused under 1939 censorship in Australia) “Of Mice and Men” will be held at Arc Cinmea, NFSA, at 2pm this Sunday Sep 4, bookings to nfsa.gov.au

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. Submission Deadline: Friday September 30. 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, or bcsact.com.au

Celtic Illusion

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


FUSING modern Irish dance with ‘magical’ elements, “Celtic Illusion” comes to the Canberra Theatre, September 3, 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.

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:

The Song Company, photo Simon Gorges

IN 1616, so The Song Company tells us, Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog in his ship Eendracht (the Concord) landed off the coast of Shark Bay and became the first European to leave a record of his visit to the Australian Continent. “The Concord of Strangers” contrasts Renaissance music from ‘Hartog’s musical DNA in the Low Countries’ with the sounds of Australia, old and new. Wesley Uniting Church, 6pm, Saturday, September 3. Bookings to songcompany.com.au/buy/tickets

FOUR WINDS at Bermagui will see Joe Chindamo, Australian jazz pianist, & the Australian String quartet in concert & conversation this Sunday, September 4, 2 – 4pm at Windsong Pavilion, Bermagui, details at fourwinds.com.au

Shameless Seamus

JIM MOGINIE (Midnight Oil, The Break) and his 6-piece Irish rebel band (from Sydney, Blue Mountains & Wollongong) promise a reeling and rollicking show when ‘Shameless Seamus’ perform at the Canberra Irish Club this Saturday, September 3. Bookings to trybooking.com

MARUKI Community Orchestra conducted by John Gould joining forces with Canberra Community Voices in “An Epic Afternoon” in Albert Hall at 3pm this Sunday September 4. Bookings to marukicommunityorchestra.org.au

‘WANDERLUST’ will be performing at Bungendore Wood Works this Saturday, September 3, from 6pm, with a 3 course dinner & concert. Bookings in the Cafe or phone 6238 1688.

THE Phoenix Pub in Civic has as follows: Thursday September 1, 9pm, As A Rival, Yoko Oh No, Raised as Wolves, Sketch Method, Friday September 2, 9pm, Free Entry Goldilocks & The 3 Beers, Saturday September 3, 9pm, Slumberhaze, Capes, Moaning Lisa.

THE JAMES McCusker Orchestra will be joined by young soloist, William Tu, in a special concert celebrating the beginning of Spring, at the Wesley Uniting Church, 1pm, This Saturday September 3.With a focus on Sir Edward Elgar, the orchestra will be play works works, including Nimrod from Enigma Variations, Salut d’amour, and the Cello Concerto in E minor with Tu, conducted by Shilong Ye. Tickets at the door (cash only.


SALUT! BAROQUE presents “The Virtuosic and Innovative Concerto”, music by Vivaldi, Telemann, Corelli, Geminiani and CPE Bach, Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue. Tickets at the door.

GLENN Shorrock is at the Auditorium, Erindale Vikings, 8:30pm Friday, September 2. Bookings to ticketek.com or 6121 2131.

MIDNIGHT Oil’s Jim Moginie is coming to town with his latest music venture Shameless Seamus, a 6 piece Irish Rebel band of top Irish players he has gathered from Sydney and Wollongong. At the Canberra Irish Club, Weston, Saturday September 3, bookings to trybooking.com

HELEN Swan’s choral group The Resonants, will perform original home-grown works, including a ‘Gloria’, composed by the new Head of Composition at the ANU School of Music, Kenneth Lampl, which he has dedicated to the choir. The Great Hall, University House, 6pm, September 3, bookings to resonants.org or at the door.


Heather B. Swann’s installation Nervous

LEXX Productions is premiering a ‘creepy’ new play written by Alexandra Howard and Cole Hilder called show “Highway”. Small town detective Benny is disillusioned with his job and marriage until he and his wife are called to a mysterious case. Belconnen Community Theatre, to September 3, bookings to bookings to lexxproductions.com.au or 6242 5044.

THE world premiere of Heather B Swann’s “Nervous”, an intersection of music and theatre and visual arts, is at Gandel Hall, NGA, 7:30pm, September 3 and 2pm September 4, Bookings essential to nga.gov.au Her exhibition “Nervous” is on display until November 20.

SUPA Productions is back on the boards with the musical “Funny Girl”, directed by Jarrad West. You can hum along (quietly) to songs like “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and “People”. “Funny Girl” hasn’t been performed in Canberra for some time and they’re sure it will resonate well with theatre lovers young and old. The Q, Queanbeyan, to September 3, bookings to theq.net.au or 6285 6290.

CANBERRA Youth Theatre’s Antigone – The Greek Project”, C block, Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon, Thursday, September 1-3. Bookings to cytc.net


Nell Anderson work

NELL ANDERSON, a Canberra artist, is very well known for her atmospheric watercolours of the local countryside, farmlands, children and flowers is exhibiting her work in September at the Ginninderra School House Gallery, Sweet Copper Cafe, Gold Creek, until Sept 25, Thurs. & Fri. 10 am to 4pm. Sat. & Sun. 8.30 to 4.30 pm.. Opening by Isla Patterson is on Sunday Sept 3 at 3.30pm, all welcome.

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.

‘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, September 3 – October 3. Opening Saturday September 3 at 2pm in the Octagon ArtSpace, Bungendore Wood Works, all welcome.

“ABOUT: INRESIDENCE’15” is an exhibition showcasing work produced by Megalo’s 2015 artists-in-residence. Each year Megalo Print Studio + Gallery selects four local, one national and one international artist to undertake a residency in our professional printmaking studios. Dan Edwards (ACT) Cecelia Leddy (International Resident – Canada) Ellie Malin (National Resident – Victoria) Al Munro (ACT) Katy Mutton (ACT) Patsy Payne (ACT) at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, until Sept 17, opening 6pm, Thursday September 1, all welcome,

Work in gallery@bcs

“LOOK!” is an exhibition of photo collages by Dr Sherene Suchy showcasing art in Belconnen’s public spaces in celebration of Belconnen’s 50th Birthday, “Belco50”. In gallery@bcs, Belconnen Community Centre, Swansosn Crt Belconneon, weekday..

TUGGERANONG Arts Centre invites the public to experience the Murrumbidgee River through a collection of large format colour photographs taken by Alan Lee and Jonquil Mackey over twenty-six (non-consecutive) days, capture the river in its widely varying landscapes and environs. Openign by Janette Lindesay, Professor of Climatology and Deputy Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the ANU 6.30pm on Thursday September1, all welcome. The exhibition concludes on October 1.

THE world premiere of Heather B Swann’s “Nervous”, an intersection of music and theatre and visual arts, is at Gandel Hall, NGA, 7:30pm, September 3 and 2pm September 4, Bookings essential to nga.gov.au Her exhibition “Nervous” is on display until November 20.

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.

China video installation

“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.

“OUT There 2016” is the Canberra Photographic Society Annual Exhibition, at Watson Arts Centre, Aspinall Street, Watson, to September 4,10am – 4pm Thursday to Sunday. The exhibition features both contemporary and traditional themes and aesthetics, with many of the exhibited works demonstrating impressive use of current digital and other photographic techniques.

THE NEXT exhibition at the Drill Hall Gallery focuses on Brian Blanchflower’s ‘Canopy series’. “The most important ‘ingredient’ in my paintings is that which is not painted: the unseen, the unknowable, the unnameable,” Blanchflower explains. ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, Acton, 10 am – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday, Admission free.

THE TWO bodies of work by artists John Forrester Clack and Tobias Oliver Clack in the new exhibition ‘Marking the Spirit’ are expressions of the process of seeking out the self and of the human physical and spiritual existence. NISHI GALLERY 17 Kendall Lane Canberra from to Sunday September 11.

CANBERRA Glassworks at 11 Wentworth Avenue Kingston has the “The Hindmarsh Prize”, in which 18 shortlisted works are on display into September, along with the winning work ‘Surge 19’ by Masahiro Asaka.

Byrd vehicle

BYRD is a street artist and local legend whose work is rarely shown in galleries.”#Inurtiacreeps” brings elements of his mural practice into CCAS’s MAIN space, where audiences can focus on the graphic patterns of life according to Byrd—and watch out for his amazing corrugated cardboard vehicle. Frazer Bull-Clark’s “The Big Shave”. Based on Martin Scorsese’s grisly short film of 1967, Bull-Clark delivers a comprehensive inquiry into the relationship between blokes with their razors. The third exhibition title, “I haven’t made the work yet, but I’ll be there a week beforehand which should be plenty of time,” provides a precise account of Jason Phu’s approach to art-making. All at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman Arts Centre Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman Arts Centre 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, A.C.T. Open Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 4pm.“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.

M16 Artspace at 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith, has new shows opening tonight, Thurs August 18 and running to September 4: “What Becomes of Little Boys”, by Sydney painter Martin Claydon; “Obliterate I,” a video performance and installation by Averil Harris; and “Tied,” by Frances Spurgin, a series of knotted objects that combine the thick twists of rope with the intricate loops of tied fly lures. Sarit Cohen’s ceramic work is in the smallest gallery in Canberra, M16’s Chutespace;

“ART can’t change the world. But artists can ask questions, so that individuals and organisations in a position to affect change can do so”  is a sentiment portrayed by photographer Lynn Smith in “A Beautiful Anxiety.” All welcome. Using long exposures at night, Smith captures the streets of Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, London, Paris and Berlin, devoid of people, using a medium format film camera. The show runs until September 4.

“YVONNE Boag | Here and There” is at the Nancy Sever Gallery, 4/6 Kennedy St Kingston, running to September 18, Wed–Sun 11am-6pm. Boag is an artist with an impressive exhibition record in Australia, Europe, South Korea and Japan. She has held many artist-in-residencies and is represented in major public and private collections in Australia and overseas.

“MATERIAL POETICS,” curated by Caren Florance and Jen Webb, sees Caren Florance, UK Frederick, Katie Hayne, Nicci Haynes, Sarah Rice, Jen Webb and Jordan Williams (three of whom are poets) exploring how poetry can inhabit the heart of visual art practice, and how visual and material energies can animate poetic practice. ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson, 12pm-5pm, Wednesday-Sunday until Sept 11.

PARISA Applegarth is a photographer who focuses on cultures and tribes around the world. Her latest exhibition concerns the Sami reindeer-herders in the Arctic Circle of Scandinavia. Until Sept 4 in in the Village Centre. Details at nationalarboretum.act.gov.au

EMERGING artist Susie Dureau presents scenes that are more than literal depictions of the landscape. “Wild Histories” opens at Suki & Hugh Gallery, 38A Gibraltar Street on August 6 from 3pm – 5pm (all welcome) and runs to Sept 26.

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. Also they have “Ten Tables”, Woodwork by Ian Higgs, Design by Malcolm Stewart, Metalwork by Dean Bell Octagon ArtSpace. All on show until September 1.

“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.

Bruce Latimer – ‘Park life’, etching, edition of

THERE ARE two new exhibitions at Beaver Galleries. Western Australian artist Crispin Akerman has earned a significant reputation for the elegant simplicity and fine balance he achieves within his paintings. The etchings of Bruce Latimer explore evidence of human presence within the natural world, ranging from signs of gentle transit in the landscape through to significant domination. 81 Denison St Deakin, to September 11.

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.”

“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, to 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.

2015: Aztec Gods: Octavio Garcia: Unique print 61cm x 51cm | Chromogenic print 38cm x 30cm Edition of 15

“AZTEC Gods” is an exhibition by Octavio Garcia, who re-creates a Pantheon of Aztec Gods, using sacred images which were originally carved in stone and painted on traditional paper made from bark, applying photographic chemistry through fine cuts made directly onto the B&W photographic paper. At The Photography Room, Old Bus Depot, Kingston, until on Sunday September 4, on which day at noon there will be an artist talk.

“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 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.

“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.

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