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By Amanda Whitley — June 04, 2012

Wheeeeeeeee! Long weekend! Why can’t they all be three days?

Well, without doubt, the hottest event on your calendar this week should be HerCanberra’s first ever event – An Anxious Evening With Kerri Sackville!

It’s going to be fabulous – rsvps are flooding in, and it will be a fantastic evening of literature and laughs.

If you’re keen to come along for free drinks, nibbles, book signing and author chat, join us at 6pm, Tuesday 5 June at Paperchain Bookstore, 34 Franklin Street, Manuka.

RSVP to Paperchain by COB today, Monday 4 June on 6295 6723 or email


Perisher Valley will open the 2012 Australian Winter Ski Season with-a-bang with a vibrant four day festival packed with live music at the snow over the June long weekend.

The  Snowy Mountains of Music will run from Friday 8 to Monday 11 June and is your opportunity to soak up the magic of the snow fields whilst listening to some of our best musicians step up to the mic with a mix of world, folk, roots, celtic, acoustic, traditional music, song, dance, poetry and yarnspinning.

There’s a wide variety of music to suit everyone’s tastes. Curl up around the fire and let your soul sing with intimate acoustic sessions and songs from around the world. Get out on the floor with some jumping rhythms, late night jam sessions and themed concerts.  Immerse yourself and learn something new at the many workshops and wake up to daily poetry breakfasts in your own Winter wonderland.

Find out more here.


Handmade Canberra’s Upmarket brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all at one destination this Winter.

Don’t miss this event over the June long weekend where the makers of beautiful things get connected to people who appreciate quality, handcrafted and locally designed items.

At the National Convention Centre from 10am to 4pm this Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June at the National Convention Centre.


The Business of Art Workshop

Run by Canberra Business Point, supported by Handmade Canberra, the Business of Art Workshop is specifically designed for artists and designers starting up a business.

There are many things to consider when starting up a business – but particularly with an artistic business -important issues such as how to protect your intellectual property, promotion, your online presence, and strategic planning. This workshop will cover all of these topics and more!

The workshop will be presented by Sean Creighton from Chamberlains Law Firm, Todd Wright from Threesides, and Michael Talevich from Nexis Business Advisors and Accountants.

This event will also include an hour of Networking after the event – a great way to get out there and meet other people in your industry!

From 1pm to 6pm this Friday 8 June at the Sutherland Theatrette, National Convention Centre.

A World Wind tour of earthquakes and Australia’s mineral resources

Come along to Geoscience Australia in Canberra to take part in a World Wind tour of earthquakes and Australia’s mineral resources. The public events are part of APS Innovation Week, and will showcase some of the latest technology geologists are using to visualise data, monitor earthquakes and help uncover Australia’s hidden mineral wealth.

Experience a virtual 3D, look at some of Australia’s key national geophysical and mineral datasets using Geoscience Australia’s World Wind 3D Data Viewer application. This will be followed by a visit to the operations hub of the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre. Three public tours will be offered at 10am, 12pm and 2pm on Tuesday 5 June, with numbers strictly limited to 20 visitors per tour.

Geoscience Australia geophysicist Richard Chopping will also be presenting a public seminar on the topic of Searching the Deep Earth: uncovering Australia’s hidden mineral wealth from 11am-12pm on Wednesday 6 June. The seminar will explain the cutting-edge techniques being used to discover Australia’s hidden mineral resources, and explore some of the innovative high performance computing research being undertaken to help secure Australia’s economic future.

More information here.


Fast + Fresh

Fast+Fresh is the short play competition for young Australians under the age of 18. This exciting project offers young writers, directors and producers the opportunity to develop and act in new Australian 10 minutes plays.

All plays entered must be 10 minutes or less in duration and must be written and performed by people who are 18 years of age or younger. Anyone can direct the play including those over 18 years (for example a teacher, parent or other responsible adult).

Each heat will involve an evening showing of up to 10 plays. The best plays from each heat will go into the final showcase of the festival.

At Canberra Theatre Centre from this Wednesday 6 to Saturday 9 June. More information and tickets here.

Cliff Joins the Beatles

Witness the music and the magic that defined a generation. Cliff Joins the Beatles is a tribute to the greatest band ever known and the most timeless artist of the rock n’ roll era.

Enjoy over two hours with unforgettable hits that shaped an era. Join Australian music legend Marty Rhone and the remarkable Beatle Boys and experience an evening you will never forget.

At Canberra Theatre this Saturday 9 June. More information and tickets here.

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe

The British House of Peers falls foul of the Queen of the Fairies after upsetting one of her proteges.  Sending him into parliament, she gives him the power to influence both houses to vote for any bill he chooses.  Add several thwarted romances, one of Gilbert’s ingenious plots and some of Sullivan’s most beautiful and haunting music and this show is definitely one to sit back and enjoy.

Playing at The Q from Friday 8 to Saturday 23 June. More information and tickets here.


Guy Sebastian

For the first time in two years Guy Sebastian is headlining his own tour across Australia, coinciding with the release of his seventh album, Armageddon.

Guy is one of Australia’s greatest singer-songwriters and has proved his place as anAustralian Idol. After winning the first series in 2003, Guy captured the hearts of Australians with his unique and incredible vocal talent. Since then his success has carried over into six multi-platinum albums and countless sellout tours. Add to this his string of awards and the fact he is the only Australian male artist in Australian music history to achieve five chart-topping singles – including Angels Brought Me HereAll I Need Is You, Out With My BabyLike It Like That and Who’s That Girl? – and you can see why Guy truly is a world-class talent.

Performing at Canberra Theatre this Friday 8 June. More information and tickets here.

Roger Woodward

Roger Woodward comes to Canberra in 2012 after playing highly acclaimed concerts in the United Kingdom, France, the United States and Australia’s Sydney Opera and Melbourne’s Recital Centre in 2011. His performances were described as “faultless, personal and audacious” and earned him the title of “the worthy heir of French music” (L’Union) from French critics.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see the man who beat David Helfgott to win the piano section of the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition when he performs at Canberra Theatre Centre this Thursday 7 June.

More information and tickets here.

Live Local Music

This post isn’t long enough to list all the various gigs around town, but if you’re into live music I heartily suggest you check out what’s on offer at The Phoenix, Transit Bar, The Front, The Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.


Platypus Pursuits

Have you ever seen a platypus in the wild? Why not take a walk with a Ranger through Tidbinbilla’s wetlands in search of this elusive animal. It is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon in this serene environment.

Meet the Ranger at Black Flats car park. Bring your binoculars.

Entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Platypus Pursuits.

At 3:30pm this Sunday 10 June. More information here.


Witness Q Lab at Questacon-The National Science and Technology Centre.

Q Lab is a dynamic and experimental environment that allows you to ask questions and find your own answers. See live scientific demonstrations performed by Questacon science communicators and visiting scientists.

Look at the world up close with microscopes and high-speed slow-motion footage. The Q Lab experience will be constantly evolving to keep up-to-date with the scientific world.

While you’re at Questcon, catch their newest exhibit, ExciteQ!

Open daily from 9am to 5pm.

The Art of Play

The Art of Play celebrates artists who look at the world with a smile. An exhibition for the young and the young-at-heart, come discover a fantastical fountain and a gleeful tower of toys; a wrapped enigma and an invisible bird.

See the world afresh, with works by artists including John Baldessari, Mike Brown, Richard Tipping, Robert Rooney, Peter Tully and Louise Weaver.

Play embraces painting, photography, prints and sculpture from across the National Gallery of Australia’s remarkable collection. This exhibition reminds us of the importance of play in an artist’s practice, and in our lives.

At the National Gallery of Australia until 24 June 2012.


ANU Film Group

The ANU Film Group has been operating in Canberra for over 45 years and is one of Canberra’s worst kept movie secrets as, over the years, so many people have either been members, or have come along as guests to enjoy a movie or two.

The theatre is at the corner of Fellows and Garran Roads at the ANU, but everyone is welcome to come along…it’s a fun, community way to see movies on the big screen. And a big screen it is! The theatre is set up with an 8.5m wide screen, Dolby Surround Sound and screens movies from actual film.

There are a range of films on the programme to suit everyone – whether you have a crush on Twlight’s Jacob or Edward, love a feel good chick flick like New Years Eve or something a little more serious like Martha Marcy May Marlene or The Iron Lady. The Group works on a membership basis. Everyone is welcome to join and once you pay your membership fee there are no additional costs. It’s just $60 for the year, $35 for a half year or $15 or a week.

For more info and the full programme (you can join up when you get there) go to


Elegance in Exile

Elegance in exile is an exhibition surveying the work of Richard Read senior, Thomas Bock, Thomas Griffiths Wainewright and Charles Rodius. These four artists, though exiled to Australia as convicts, created many of the most significant and elegant portraits of the colonial period.

An exhibition of sixty beautiful and rarely-seen drawings, watercolours and miniatures, Elegance in exile will examine the interplay of art, biography and history in their work, tracing the links between their own lives and those of their sitters to present a fine and vivid map of life, culture and aspirations in colonial Australia.

Elegance in exile is an exhibition surveying the work of Richard Read senior, Thomas Bock, Thomas Griffiths Wainewright and Charles Rodius. These four artists, though exiled to Australia as convicts, created many of the most significant and elegant portraits of the colonial period.

Showing at the National Portrait Gallery from Friday 1 June until 26 August.

Eat! curated by Clare Belfrage

Eat! is a large group exhibition which takes as its starting point the humble domestic vessel.

Nineteen artists present objects and small arrangements or installations which explore the presentation of food and rituals around eating.

From the Dr Seuss-inspired, “Eggs with Sam”, to beautiful examples of engraving, it’s a truly mouthwatering exhibition!

Join this celebration and see a great show – and sate your hunger afterwards with a burger from Brodburger - onsite at the Glassworks!

Director’s Choice

Selected by Bungendore Wood Works Gallery Artistic Director David Mac Laren, the Director’s Choice Exhibition features work from six artists that are significant to the history and future of the Gallery.

See pieces from Matthew Ablitt, Jan Barnett, Ian Bell, Chan Dissanayake, Emily Hurt and Judi Power Thomson.

Showing at the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery until Monday 25 June.

Political Porcelain

The Museum of Australian Democracy is hosting Political Porcelain, featuring a selection of artworks by contemporary artist, Penny Byrne.

Byrne utilises objects familiar from mantelpieces, china cabinets and toy boxes to transform vintage porcelain into powerful works of political commentary. Her artworks convey her concern, anger or amusement. They voice her views on social justice, the environment, war and politics.

The work presented in Political Porcelain is “a compelling illustration of the artist as activist.”

Until 30 June 2012.

unDisclosed: Undisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial

Experience the dynamic visual expression of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial. 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists have been selected from across the country to represent Indigenous arts today.

The exhibition’s theme, ‘unDisclosed’, alludes to the spoken and the unspoken, the known and the unknown, what can be revealed and what cannot. It captures the duality of the disclosed and undisclosed embedded within the works and the exhibition as a whole. Unearth the layers of hidden and subtle meanings and place them alongside those that are conspicuous.

Runs until 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia.

White Whiteley

To celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Patrick White’s birth, the National Portrait Gallery will display eleven works by Brett Whiteley, centred around his scintillating ‘Patrick White at Centennial Park 1979-1980′.

This focus display brings the glowing finished representation together for the first time with sketches Whiteley made as the portrait took shape in his imagination. It brings to life, too, the brief, incendiary association between two of Australia’s blazing cultural stars.

Showing until 22 July at the National Portrait Gallery.

Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed

Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed features over 150 works, including many of von Guérard’s beloved iconic landscapes, several beautifully illustrated sketch books, and some never-before-seen paintings. Explore the magnificent Australian, New Zealand and European landscapes he captured through his detailed brushstrokes and breathtaking compositions.

Eugene von Guérard (1811-1901) is arguably Australia’s, and certainly Victoria’s, most important colonial landscape painter. Born in Vienna and trained as a painter in the European art centres of Rome, Naples and Düsseldorf; von Guérard migrated to Australia in 1852.

At the National Gallery of Australia until 15 July 2012.

Look! The Art of Australian Picture Books Today

Explore the diversity of picture books being created by Australian illustrators over the past decade with Look!

See original artwork, sketches and drawings by more than 40 Australian illustrators, including Bob Graham, Jeannie Baker, Ann James, Shaun Tan, Graeme Base, Leigh Hobbs and Terry Denton.

Celebrating the National Year of Reading, 2012, this exhibition encourages and promotes visual literacy amongst young children through engagement and participation.

Showing until 10 June at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Russell Drysdale at War

The Australian War Memorial is paying tribute to one of Australia’s leading modernist painters, Sir Russell Drysdale, in a small exhibition, Russell Drysdale at War.

Drysdale is best known for his original interpretations of Australia’s outback landscape and its people of the late twentieth century, a period of great social change. During the Second World War he also produced a significant collection of works exploring the effects of war and the loneliness and displacement felt by many Australians based in rural communities.

At the AWM until 1 December 2012.

Other exhibitions

For a comprehensive round up of smaller exhibitions around town, visit Capital Magazine.


Visions – Centenary of the Capital Plan

Visit Visions – Centenary of the Capital Plan at Parliament House. It showcases the plans and renderings Walter Burley Griffin submitted for the competition to design Canberra, launched in May 1911.

Internationally acclaimed blueprints for urban planning, they are also beautiful works of art in their own right. And In fact it was his wife, Marion Mahony Griffin, also an architect, who prepared the winning drawings.

On display at the Presiding Officers Gallery, Parliament House until 27 June. More information here.


Antarctica presents the responses of seven artists: Sidney Nolan; Chris Drury (UK); Bea Maddock; Anne Noble (NZ); Jan Senbergs; Philip Hughes (UK) and Jorg Schmeisser, to their experiences of being in Antarctica.

Each of the artists selected have undertaken a physical voyage to the continent and confronted the extremes of climate, environment, geography and isolation. These themes, as well as connections to science and creativity, are reflected in their artwork.

The exhibition is co-curated by Dr Caroline Turner of the Humanities Research Centre and Nancy Sever, Director of the ANU Drill Hall Gallery and Tony Oates, Exhibitions Officer.

Until 1 July at Drill Hall Gallery.

Nurses: From Zululand to Afghanistan

Discover the story of nursing in overseas conflicts at the Australian War Memorial. This important aspect of Australia’s wartime experience is often neglected. Many women served in dangerous conditions. Like other Australian service personnel, many paid the ultimate price.

The display draws on the Memorial’s rich collection of photographs, private records and personal objects to trace the involvement of nurses from the first known Australian contribution in the Zulu War of 1879 to operations in Afghanistan today.

On display until 17 October.

The Life of Patrick White

Celebrating the centenary of Patrick White’s birth, this exhibition showcases the Nobel Laureate’s achievements and his forceful presence in Australia’s cultural life.

Explore items from White’s personal collection, including letters, notebooks, paintings, photographs and unpublished manuscripts.

At the National Library of Australia.

Travelling the Silk Road

Step 1000 years back in time to experience the sights, sounds and stories of the greatest trading route in history in this new exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

Prepare to embark on a thrilling journey along the greatest trading route in history – the legendary Silk Road. Explore the ancient cities of Asia and the Middle East over six centuries, where spectacular sights, exquisite silks and rousing stories await.

Remarkable dioramas, fascinating interactives and impressive artefacts will amaze children and adults alike on this adventure along the Silk Road, the world’s oldest international highway.

At the National Museum of Australia.

Traversing Antarctica: the Australian Experience

Imagine life in a land of ice and blizzards. What motivates people to venture to a place of such extremes as Antarctica? One word: discovery. Traversing Antarctica: the Australian experience reveals how Australia’s connection with the frozen continent has developed over 100 years since the 1911–14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Douglas Mawson.

A wealth of documentary material from the National Archives unveils this fascinating history.

A rare collection of original equipment and diaries from early expeditions is displayed together for the first time as well as inspiring interactive displays and imagery.

At the National Archives of Australia until 9 September.

Treasures Gallery

Discover new treasures as the National Library of Australia reveals more of its 10 million item-strong collection in the Treasures Gallery.

See manuscripts from authors and poets such as Christina Stead and Mem Fox; works from the Ducie collection of First Fleet art; and Norman Lindsay’s 1918 Fall-in recruitment poster for the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Visitors will notice other changes, including pages turned on items such as the Draft Constitution, Keith Murdoch’s Gallipoli Letter, and new notes passed between Charles Kingsford-Smith and Charles Ulm in the flight cockpit.

About Author

Amanda Whitley is the editor of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she works as a PR consultant, instructs zumba, and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women.

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