John Cook with Jon Bauer Allen & Unwin Australia, 2020
This beautifully told story of John Cook’s time as keeper of remote lights off the Tasmanian coast is both a history of the lighthouses and a slightly fictionalised autobiography. Working collaboratively with British author, Jon Bauer, John Cook has retold the minutiae of lighthouse life, but has also delved into his own turbulent feelings during those 25 years in the service of sea safety.
Renate Rienmueller & Tim Selwyn Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore NSW, 8-30 August 2020 COVID-19 safe conditions for opening on 8 August, with artists in the gallery between 1pm and 4pm Open 10am to 4pm Saturdays & Sundays, other times by appointment
The focus of this exhibition is Renate’s relationship with Tim, a sculptor whose Indigenous ancestral line comes via his mother from the Wiradjuri / Wongaibon people (Central West NSW). Together they explore ideas around connection, responsibility to our land and its people, selfhood, community, identity and the need to challenge the stereotypes that separate us.
Tuggeranong Arts Centre 25 July – 19 September 2020
First Response is a series of four new works from artists Martin Ollman, Marissa McDowell, Anna Georgia, and Shannon Hanrahan commissioned to document Canberra’s initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The works aim to show the profound and personal effects of the pandemic on individuals and communities in the ACT.
Hidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender Composed by Dr Katy Abbott Performed by the Flinders Quartet with mezzo soprano Dimity Shepherd and actor Richard Piper Streaming live at 7pm, Thursday 23 July 2020
Hidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender is a musical response by Melbourne composer Katy Abbott to the many letter sent by Australians to asylum seekers on Nauru last decade, nearly 2000 of which were returned unopened.
Featuring spoken word and music, the piece was to have been performed at this year’s Canberra International Music Festival.
This charming book is both beautiful to look at and highly appropriate in its message – ie that we all need to be prepared for change and able to adapt to new circumstances. This moral is, of course, not just one of our times, but is a particularly salutary one for both young and old in the COVID-19 world.
National Film and Sound Archive McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT Daily 10am-4pm from 1 August 2020
A new interactive public space opens on 1 August 2020 at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). It will use interactive technologies to provide visitors with an insight into its collection – and the experts tasked with preserving it.
The centrepiece of Hive is a new interactive display titled Storywall, produced by the NFSA and SBS Digital Creative Labs.
Sunday 19 July 2020, 2-5pm 88 Wollongong Street, FyshwickACT
Darcy Welsh is a local singer/songwriter who has performed in venues and at festivals over the last five years. Darcy’s unique voice and unassuming manner lie at the heart of all his music. He sings solo and also in the band “The Love” which will be joining him for a few songs.
Nicholas Lee-Murphy is a multi-award winning singer/songwriter who has been based in Canberra since 2012. He has been playing live for 14 years in multiple bands as well as solo.
His style is a mix of disconnected comedy amongst deep thinking emotional songs seeking to strike a nostalgic chords with its listeners. Nicholas has shared the stage with the Black Sorrows, Moving Pictures and the Super Jesus.
Tickets $20. Social distancing and cleaning requirements in place. Café will be open and a BBQ in the break,
The Bob Hawke Landcare Award recognises an individual involved in championing Landcare and who inspires others to take action on their own property or through a Landcare group. It acknowledges a person’s leadership and commitment to Landcare, natural resource management and sustainable agriculture.
Charlie Arnott was awarded the Bob Hawke Landcare Award in 2018. A biodynamic farmer and grazier, Charlie practices regenerative farming, organic, biodynamic and holistic grazing principles on his 5000 acre mixed farming property, Hanaminno, at Boorowa, NSW.
A night of song, witty banter, magnifique music and sheer joie de vivre is promised as chanteuses Abby Dobson – ‘Baby’ (Leonardo’s Bride) and Lara Goodridge – ‘Lulu’ (FourPlay) preview a little of their upcoming Album Trois and present an evening of beauty, elegance and general Frenchiness. Their band will accompany them at this live and streamed performance.
The Johnny Reynolds Band and Dan Fernandes Sunday 5 July from 2-5pm 88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick
The Johnny Reynolds Band has been playing in Canberra for a few years now. They sing original Johnny Reynolds compositions and a few classic covers. The style of music is best described as funky, bluesy, atmospheric rock.
Dan Fernandes has been playing and writing music for over 40 years. He covers a broad range of genres – R&B, soul, funk, reggae, pop, country, blues. Dan performs mostly original music but will always have a Bob Dylan song or two to share.
For this one time only, tickets are $10 – half price!
Margaret and Frank have social distancing and cleaning requirements in place. Hand sanitiser too!
The café will be open and there is a BBQ in the break – a variety of food will be available at a very reasonable price.
Come along and enjoy live music and the great atmosphere at the Artists Shed. Come a little earlier and you will have time to wander around the gallery and get drinks at the café before you settle in.
Between the beautiful cover artwork of Allison Colpoys lies an equally beautifully told story of the adolescent search for identity, family and connection.
Jane Godwin tackles many issues of social significance in this book including the difficult question of social media and its potentially dire effects on its users. Trolling, shaming, the sharing of inappropriate images, exclusion and manipulation all come under scrutiny.
Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Books, Australia, 2020
This book is beautiful both outside and in. Set briefly in Richmond Tasmania and then mostly in the imaginary village of Stoneden in the Cotswolds, the story is deeply rooted in a sense of place.
In fact, it is the search for her place in the world and for a family she feels she has always lacked, that drives our heroine Olivia, a cake maker, to apply to be part of a social experiment aimed at the economic revitalisation of this small dying community.