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.
National Film and Sound Archive 27 September 2019 to 9 March 2020
Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises, and a chance to play them.
Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre 6 October to 15 December 2019
Non-indigenous settlement of the Ginninderra district began in the 1820s. This exhibition features eight early district properties within the parishes of Jeir, Wallaroo and Ginninderra, supplemented by accounts of the heritage of each building.
Paintings by Felicia (Floss) Fletcher Belconnen Community Gallery as part of the RESPECT series Swanson Court Belconnen 18 to 28 June 2019 Mon-Fri 9am -5pm
purpose of this exhibition is to share
health through consciousness of perception.
(Floss) Fletcher is an Aboriginal artist from central western Queensland who
moved to Canberra for work 26 years ago. She began painting 12 years ago
as she found it the best way to study, and express feelings. She continues to
paint for her own healing and to keep a record of her own experiences.
MURDER SHE WROTE – a celebration of women writers of crime fiction past and present. Cygnet, Huon Valley, Tasmania 31 October to 5 November 2019
The announcement of another new and
fabulous writers festival and under the direction of erstwhile Canberra author
LJM Owen is great news. The festival boasts have ‘a panellist line-up to die for and a four day program
jam-packed with incisive panels, grave workshops and deadly festivities.’
Clearly a sense of humour is also involved.
Australian National Botanic Gardens Information Centre Gallery 12 to 30 June 2019 with opening reception 15 June at 2pm
exhibition showcases the skills of the Fibre Makers of the ACT using Australian
native plants. The exhibitors are: Trish
Flynn, Katherine Culross, Deborah Faeyrglenn, Janet Meaney, Leonie Lucey, Jenny Cooper, Ann
McMahon, Adrienne Nicholson, Gabrielle Powell, Christiane Keller, Brenda Lander
and Julia Ware.
Hello! Here we are in 2019 and I blinked, and suddenly it’s the June long weekend!
I have read SO MANY good books already this year – and a lot of them have been written by Australian women! I thought I’d share three of my favourites so far, each of which I gave a full 5 out of 5 stars!
Bungendore Fine Art Gallery Until end of June 2019 Open daily 10am to 4.30pm
Michelle Peddle is an Australian
scratchboard artist based in the Southern Highlands of NSW. Scratchboard is an
etching technique, primarily subtractive layering painstakingly worked to
create the image.
ACT Indigenous artist Krystal Hurst is one of 68 finalists in the 2019 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA), Australia’s most illustrious and long standing Indigenous art awards.