7pm Thursday 6th February 2020 Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest
Boccherini’s playful flute quintet Las Parejas (The Couples) opens AHE’s 2020 season. The title refers to a Spanish horse race in which two horsemen ride hand in hand. Boccherini infuses the quintet with a military flavour, reminiscent of his famous work Night Streets of Madrid.
Textiles by Belconnen Community Gallery Emerging Artist Support Scheme prize winners Angela Coleman, Portia Lawson, Anna Roufogalis and Rosie Armstrong 21 January to 14 February Opening celebration Wednesday 22 January at 5.30pm, all welcome
Rosie Armstrong uses the techniques of laser cutting and watercolour paints to create a narrative of insect decline.
Anna Roufogalis looks into the functionality and beauty of the human body through the lens of textiles.
Portia Lawson’s collection of scientific-like specimens explores the synergy of spontaneity and individuality, and order and uniformity in natural systems of growth through the medium of automated machine embroidery and hand beading.
Angela Coleman’s work investigates our memories attached to and imbued in clothing. The ephemeral nature of both is conveyed through the fragile materiality.
16 January – 2 February 2020 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-5pm
Unnatural Histories – Dan Power and Luke Hadland
An investigation into the anthropogenic erosion of biodiversity in the natural world, which explores the disruption of ecosystem structure and impact of invasive species by illustrating the story in a personal way.
Migration – Sian Watson
Migration is an investigation into the movement and environmental displacement of humans and birds. Watson uses sculpture and photo mediums to explore the human/animal figure in contrasting and sometimes extreme environments. Through varied landscapes, Watson shows the seemingly inhospitable habitats utilised by necessity in the current global climate.
A Month of Sundays – Brenda Goggs
This body of work comprises 31 woven tapestries, that
provide glimpses of iconic Australian moments and explore Australian Identity.
ChutespaceMeditations in Glass – Susan Wiscombe
Chutespace is curated by Kerry Shepherdson & Jeffree Skewes, (M16 studio artists) – a former library book return chute, artists exhibiting in this space create works which respond to the unusually small dimensions of the space
‘The spiritual in music has always been there – in the songlines and ritual traditions of First Peoples around the world to the enigmatic musical notation in the 3000-year-old Jewish Book of Psalms – and composers down the centuries have created some of their most enduring masterpieces on sacred texts.
With the theme Celebrating Nature, the first Gunning Arts Festival will
be held on 17 and 18 April 2020. Many artists and artisans live in Gunning and
region and they have come together to present the festival, espousing the
philosophy that arts has much to offer in challenging times.
Distinguished Australian singer Peter Coleman-Wright AO has been visiting Canberra to hear voices from the region prior to taking up his appointment as Canberra Opera’s Artistic Director in the new year.
Coleman-Wright has performed throughout the world’s great opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera (most recently in the title role of Glanert’s Caligula) and the Glyndebourne Festival.
He created the roles of John in Johnathan Harvey’s Inquest of Love, Colin in David Blake’s The Plumbers Gift and Harry Joy in Brett Dean’s Bliss which he performed in Australia and at the Edinburgh Festival.
He has sung in the opera houses of Paris, Bordeaux, Munich,
Amsterdam, Geneva, Milan, Florence and at the Aix-en Provence and Bregenz
Festivals. In North America he has sung in Houston, Santa Fe, New York (City
Opera) and Vancouver.
For his native Australia he has sung Scarpia, Macbeth, Mandryka,
Don Giovanni, Il Conte, Germont, Billy Budd, Balstrode, Pizzaro, Onegin,
Golaud, and Sweeney Todd, winning the Helpmann Award for Best actor in a
As a concert artist he has performed in all the major venues
throughout the world, most notably at the BBC Proms, the South Bank Centre.
Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall in London, Avery Fisher Hall, New York, the
Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Concert Hall and he
has recorded extensively for Telarc, Chandos, Hyperion, and EMI.
He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the
University of Melbourne, and was awarded the Order of Australia in the 2015
Queen’s Birthday Honours.
The year’s best political cartoons 2019 Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, Canberra
The winner of this year’s Cartoonist of the Year Award is Jon Kudelka. Kudelka’s cartoons have appeared in The Australian and he has recently joined the team at The Saturday Paper. He sees the main aim of political cartooning as ‘puncturing the pompous and the puffed- up.’
Tuggeranong Arts Centre 5 December 2019 to 18 January 2020 Schools Reconciliation Challenge 2019
In 2019 over 1500 students have
explored the theme Speaking and Listening from the Heart. Students tapped into the need for First
Nations Peoples voices to be heard and to understand that Speaking and Listening from the Heart offers everyone the ability
to connect with Country, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Elders and with their own feelings about identity and being an Australian.
Tuggeranong Arts Centre 5 December 2019 to 11 January 2020
In January 2019 Sharon Peoples spent four weeks as
artist in residence at Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Her project was to work on ideas about gardens in
the area. However this idea changed and a new body of work was made.
Kyeema Gallery at Capital Wines Cellar Door 13 Gladstone Street Hall ACT Until 2 February 2020 Open Thursday to Sunday 10.30am to 5pm
Hungarian born Australian artist Maria Pfohl works in watercolour, taking her inspiration from nature and telling stories with each work. She specialises in birds, flowers and landscapes and her work speaks of her love of colour and natural beauty.
Young Canberra singer-songwriter, Lucy Sugerman has been announced as the first Youth Ambassador for the National Folk Festival.
The 18-year-old singer-songwriter has performed in the Canberra areas since she was nine. including busking and blackboard events. She was an Australian National Busking Champion in 2015 and 2016.
She sees the role as an opportunity to promote and contribute to the National Folk Festival’s celebration of folk life, including a special youth concert during the festival.
The festival’s new Managing Director, Helen Roben, began work in September. Raised in Wagga, Ms Roben has a background in the not-for-profit sector and has held senior management roles in corporate services and governance. She has taken over as Managing Director from Pam Merrigan, who continues as Artistic Director of the Festival.