The Artists Society of Canberra – Space and Spaces

Call for entries for the ACT Catchment Groups open art competition 2019

The Space and Spaces exhibition will open on 11 April in the Canberra Centre overlooking the Canberra Times fountain. It will continue until 19 April. ASOC is calling for entries – all are welcome to submit, members and non-members. Information and entry forms are at

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Michelle Day: What Remains

ANCA Gallery
20 March – 7 April 2019
Opening 6pm Wed 20 March – all welcome

What Remains, by Michelle Day is an exhibition of two installations that capture fragments of Day’s real and imagined sensory experience of human presence in vacated spaces: what remains of a person when they leave a room. Day’s exhibition consists of a series of small sensory objects that viewers can peer into to discover illusory spaces of texture, movement, light and smell. 

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Carriberrie – virtual reality celebration of Indigenous Australian dance and song

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
10am-2pm daily until 1 June 2019

Carriberrie features 156 dancers and 36 performances, encompassing traditional and contemporary dance. It was shot on locations including Uluru, Sydney Opera House, the Arnhem Wetlands and the Torres Strait. it is narrated by actors David Gulpilil and Jack Charles.

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Alliance Française 30th French Film Festival

Palace Electric Cinema Canberra 7 March to 10 April

The utterly delicious French Film Festival returns to Canberra with 54 films across a variety of styles and genres. With 30 years under its belt, the festival celebrates with a grand array of films and plenty of special events to entice Francophiles and film lovers.

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Angela Pisciotta and Bertha Firebrace – Things of Yarn and Wood

Strathnairn Arts Homestead Gallery until 3 March

This beautiful exhibition is by mother and daughter Aunty Bertha Firebrace and Angela Pisciotta. Bertha is a Wiradjuri/Yorta Yorta woman, an emerging artist painting her stories on wooden objects and Angela is a Wiradjuri woman who has now been in Canberra for 24 years or so and calls it home. Angela works in woven forms including basketry.

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Dance for Wellbeing

Belconnen Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Classes run concurrently with ACT school terms.

Having had the privilege of sitting in as an observer on a taster session for the Dance for Wellbeing program, I must compliment Philip Piggin and his colleagues and the two arts centres for such excellent provision of dance classes for people with Parkinsons, dementia and at all mobility levels.

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BOLD II – a dance festival

Various venues in Canberra 13 to 17 March 2019

The second iteration of this festival and conference continues to explore and celebrate the changes that come with age. The Festival is unique in Australia and provides a platform for the work of older artists who are still working to celebrate their longevity and the positive health impacts of dance and creativity.  BOLD II also espouses a cross-generational exchange of ideas and experiences and cross-cultural connections.

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Sharon Peoples – artist in residence at Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Tuggeranong Gardens
January to February 2019

A six-week residency at Tuggeranong Arts Centre sees Sharon Peoples, renowned fabric artist, exploring the gardens of the Tuggeranong suburbs. She will make work reflecting her observations of the garden, not just as a physical place but as a spiritual solace and refuge.

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Nature’s Spectral Arch

Suki and Hugh Gallery Bungendore
2 February to 17 March 2019

Nature’s Spectral Arch explores aspects of a changed environment around the former slate mining village of Corris, Wales where the artist recently completed a month-long artist’s residency with Stiwdio Maelor. With time and with a gentle persistence and dignity, nature is reclaiming this once degraded landscape.

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Interchange – a group exhibition M16 Artspace

Opening 6:00pm on Thursday 7 February 2019, all welcome
Then Wednesday – Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00pm until 24 February

Interchange is a collaborative group exhibition featuring the work of members of Ausglass and the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass (NZSAG). It will be a satellite event to compliment the Ausglass and NZSAG hosted COLAB Conference in Whanganui, New Zealand, from 15 – 17 February. 

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The Song Company – Treble Helix Unlocked

Touring from 9 February to 2 March
In Canberra at Wesley Music Centre Friday 1 March at 7.30pm
Information and bookings including for season tickets at

Always scintillating, The Song Company begins its 2019 season with Treble Helix Unlocked – featuring glorious music of the early16th and late 15th century. The Company will gather around a single music stand and read in the original musical notation from a facsimile of the Eton Choirbook.

The Song Company has been working in rehearsal with Tallis Scholar and current Musical Director of Trinity College Melbourne, Christopher Watson. The ensemble will be joined by Roberta Diamond, recently studying in Basel, and Dan Walker from Canberra.

Sublime music is promised and, as always, an experience for the mind and soul.

Listen to Barbie’s interview with Antony Pitts, Artistic Director of The Song Company.