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Music at The Artists Shed

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.

More information at the Artists Shed Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/707226603399025/

Darleen Bungey – Daddy Cool

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2020

I must admit I was taken by surprise by this book. It is truly a beautiful, deeply personal work by an awarded biographer known for her writing about two of our most beloved artists – Arthur Boyd and John Olsen.

Daddy Cool is much more than a biography of the man who was first Bob Cutter, top night club singer in the USA, and then Lawrie Brooks, suburban father and proof-reader in Australia. This is a search for the unspoken parts of her father, a pilgrimage to the secret lives of her parents. And it moved me to tears more than once.

Barbie speaks with Darleen Bungey about Daddy Cool
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Kayte Nunn – The Silk House

Hachette, Australia, 2020

This is Kayte Nunn’s third historical novel, an intriguing tale set in the present and in the second half of the 18th century. I found it to be one of those books one is impelled to read on and on into the wee small hours, reluctant to leave before each small resolution and then the final revelation in the last few pages.

Kayte Nunn talks about The Silk House
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Film review – Love Sarah

Screening nationally from 2 July 2020
In Canberra at Belconnen, Woden and Palace Electric

Jake Brunger, writer
Eliza Schroeder, director
Rajita Shah, producer
Enis Rotthoff, composer

If, like me, you are a habitual watcher of BBC television series – crime, domestic dramas, comedies, mysteries, spy stories, the absurd  – you will know actress Celia Imrie. She has appeared in countless films, television productions and on stage. For me it is Kingdom, Poirot, Miss Marple, Midsomer Murders and the like.  

Imrie is a performer who has mastered the art of using the slightest facial movement to portray a world of emotions. Her quiet, poignant performance in Love Sarah for me is the film’s greatest strength.

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Val Johnson – Bonjour and G’Day

Strathnairn Arts
90 Stockdill Drive, Holt, ACT
Gallery 1 & 2 | 2 July- 26 July 2020
Online  at https://www.strathnairn.com.au/

This exhibition features paintings from Val’s recent travels in France and outback Australia. The paintings show the contrasting aspects of Val’s travels. Each place has its own identity – the soft purples and greens of France, and the reds and oranges of outback Australia.

Barbie discusses Bonjour and G’Day with Val Johnson
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Sharon Field – Dead Leaf Dreaming | vignettes

A solo exhibition of new works
Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore
Saturday 4 July to Sunday 19 July 2020

Online from Wednesday 1 July.

These vignettes are small, impressionistic scenes that focus on one moment or give a particular insight into the character of plants and insects and their settings in the bush.

Barbie speaks with Sharon Field about the exhibition

Sharon will be in the gallery on Saturday 4 July between 1 & 4 pm for a chat. On Sunday 5 July between 10 am and 1 pm she will share her technique with visitors in a casual demonstration.

Image: Sharon Field, watercolour and graphite
Image credit: Rob Little Digital Images.

Bastille Day relaunch for Alliance Française French Film Festival

New dates: 14 July – 4 August 2020
Palace Electric Cinema Canberra

The 31st French Film Festival had barely begun before it was disrupted by COVID-19 restrictions. But the Festival will resume nationally on 14 July, with 28 films confirmed.

Patrice Gilles from the Alliance Francaise previewed the festival before its COVID-19 suspension. Some of the information may be out of date.
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MIRKA – A revelatory exploration of the astonishing life of Mirka Mora

Jewish Museum Of Australia
26 Alma Rd, St Kilda, Victoria
Opening December 2020

The Jewish Museum of Australia: Gandel Centre of Judaica, in collaboration with William Mora Galleries, presents MIRKA – the most expansive survey of work by the late Mirka Mora (1928–2018) ever shown, and an intimate, previously unseen view into her rich and fascinating personal history.

Marking its first major showcase since Covid-19 lockdowns, the museum will re-emerge to illuminate the life and work of an artist whose seminal influence on Australia’s art and culture is undisputed.

Barbie speaks with exhibition curator, Elini Papavasileiou
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Krystal Hurst: ACT finalist in Telstra NATSIAA 2020

Museum and Art Gallery, Northern Territory

For the second successive year, Krystal Hurst is the ACT’s entrant in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.

She is one of 67 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists selected to exhibit in the 2020 NATSIAA) Australia’s most prestigious and longest-running Indigenous art awards.

Barbie speaks with NATSIAA finalist, Krystal Hurst
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Transference | A Common Thread

Craft ACT
Online until 27 June 2020 at https://craftact.org.au/

Transference is a collaborative exhibition by ceramic and glass artist Robyn Campbell (ACT) and ceramicist Jo Victoria (NSW) which expresses their fascination with light and surface, and the potential of glass and porcelain to convey fragility and transience.

Barbie speaks with ACT ceramic and glass artist Robyn Campbell
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AMEB offers free courses and copyright clearance for teachers

Online at https://ameb.edu.au/breaktheisolation

The Australian Music Examinations Board has developed a series of webinars, called Break The Isolation., featuring interviews with musicians, teachers and other experts in their field.

The webinars cover topics such as strategies for teaching online, teaching speech and drama, and wellbeing and connection in social isolation. The webinars are recorded and available free on YouTube and Facebook to help the AMEB community stay connected.

Richard spoke with Bernard Depasquale, CEO of Federal office of the AMEB
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Ellis Hutch and Nicci Haynes: Self as Subject

Curated by Jas Hugonnet
Online at
M16 Artspace

Self as Subject showcases video works by Nicci Haynes and Ellis Hutch. Bringing these two works together highlights the phenomenon of artists making themselves the subject. 

It also says something about the artist being the generator of content and the one ultimately in control of the actions and ideas.

Jas Hugonnet talks about the exhibition Self as Subject

Top image: Ellis Hutch, Lake polish, Parilanjärvi, January 2016, digital image of performance. Photo Credit: Annika Harding

Nicci Haynes, Drawing and Me,2017, Digital Video, still.


Wyndham Art Prize winner announced

Online at https://kuula.co/share/7Xfvx/collection/7ldms until 28 June 2020

The winner of the $12,000 prize, based at the Wyndham Art Gallery in Werribee, Victoria, is Wiradjuri conceptual artist Amala Groom, for her sculptural work Copy Wrong, featuring a fake boomerang on a stack of $2 coins.

Former Canberra artist Robyn Kinsela was a finalist, and her work features in a the gallery’s virtual exhibition at https://kuula.co/share/7Xfvx/collection/7ldms

Now in its sixth year, the Wyndham Art Prize, attracts entries from some of the best artists across Australia. It is a curated show which profiles exceptional local artists, emerging artists, and outstanding established artists. The winner was announced in a video at the opening of the exhibition on 7 May.

wāni Le Frere, a Congolese/New Zealand trans-disciplinary artist, writer, visual storyteller, performance artist and poet, won the a $5,000 acquisitive Local Emerging Artist Prize for The Final Solution, which combined video footage of an immigrant family in a suburban kitchen with audio from a speech by former senator Fraser Anning.

Image credit and artist statement: Robyn Kinsela – What a summer!

Bushfires, smoke, more bushfires, more smoke. Packing, unpacking, repacking, unpacking. Drought, rain, floods, more rain.

My thoughts and therefore my work in the past year, particularly since December, have been underscored by bush fires, evacuations, smoke and many friends’ losses, stresses and survival.

The recent bush fire season and its ramifications keep creeping into my work at the moment.

My pictures have their roots in the real world, but are by no means images in the conventional sense. I don’t copy my subjects but interpret them. Sound, smell and touch play an important role.

Using collage and mixed media, I create rapidly at first, keeping up with my thoughts. Then I let the work rest for an hour, a day, a year or a decade, as if it needs an incubation period. I then re-see what has been created and finish the work.’

First-time authors in running for youth literary awards

Children’s Book Council of Australia 2020 shortlist announced

The Children’s Book Council of Australia is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation whose mission is to promote and advocate for the sharing of quality literature for young people across Australia. It showcases Australian creators and collaborates widely to foster a love of reading.

Barbie speaks with Professor Margot Hillel OAM about the awards
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