Maura Pierlot – Fragments

The Street, Childers Street Canberra
23 to 27 October 2019

Featuring in the Mental Health Month ACT program, Fragments is a theatrical exploration of connectedness that will make you think and get you talking.

Maura Pierlot, author of Fragments
Fragments director, Shelly Higgs

Based on a series of conversations with 13 to 18-year-olds in Canberra and beyond, the eight monologues presented in Fragments are imagined stories that touch upon common issues facing teens today.

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Game Masters at NFSA

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.

Barbie speaks with Fiona Trigg, Senior Curator from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
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Isla Patterson – A Palette of Pioneer Places

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.

Barbie speaks wit Isla Patterson and Alistair Crombie, from Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre
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Belconnen Community Gallery & Wellways Australia – Pigment of the Imagination

Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen
1 – 18 October 2019, Mon to Fri 9am-5pm
Opening celebration 5:30pm Wednesday 2 October by Shane Rattenbury MLA Minister for Mental Health

This mixed media community exhibition in celebration of Mental Health Month features works by people in the mental health and disability sector who use art to explore and express their creativity and imagination.

It will showcase a variety of artworks by People with Disabilities, Mental Health Consumers and support persons. Artists have been invited to submit up to two pieces per person/group.


Jenny Blake – Block by Block

Strathnairn Arts
90 Stockdill Drive Holt ACT
Until 13 October 2019

Jenny Blake uses reclaimed wooden bocks found in a builder’s skip to produce stunning three dimensional landscapes. It is her way of restoring the environment block by block, making discarded materials into something beautiful.

Barbie talks to Jenny Blake about Block by Block

Strathnairn has an open day 10am to 4pm on Saturday 21 September. All studios will be open and you can buy a hand-crafted bowl full of soup. The members’ exhibition also opens in the woolshed.

Canberra Brass and Zackerbilks – Prohibition

Presented by BentSpoke Brewing Co. 
Albert Hall
Friday 1 November 2019, 7pm till late

You are invited to kick up your heels to the music of the ’20s and ’30s with an evening of music and dancing. Bring your own banquet to share with your friends.  Drinks on sale.

  • Early Bird Special – $40 per person until 18 October 2019
  • Table seating of 10 people per table
  • Bookings: TryBooking:
  • Door price $80 per person

Stavros Papantoniou – Landscape and Memory

Bungendore Fine Art
To 3 October 2019

This exhibition is about remembered landscapes., paintings of the Greek Islands evoking memories of the artist as a young man travelling through Europe back to the landscapes of his origins.

The exhibition includes paintings of buskers in gritty urban landscapes which inspired him when he was an art student living in inner city Sydney. Now Stavros Papantoniou lives in the landscape of the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. This new terrain has inspired him to create a fresh body of work. These are the new landscapes of his memory.

Indigenous Literacy Foundation – Indigenous Literacy Day

The fine work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation continues to provide culturally appropriate books and books in language to thousands of Aboriginal children in remote communities.

This year’s Indigenous Literacy Day on Wednesday 4 September was marked by a visit to the Sydney Opera House by students and teachers from Nhulunbuy Primary School in Arnhem Land celebrating the publication of their  beautiful book I Saw We Saw.

I Saw We Saw, was written and illustrated by the students in an ILF workshop with ambassador Ann James. An edition will be gifted to communities in the region and sold in bookshops around Australia.

I Saw, We Saw is one of the 90 books ILF has published as part of their Community Literacy Projects. This program empowers Indigenous people from the remotest parts of Australia to write and illustrate the stories that they want to tell, which reflect their culture and their language and in this, the Year of Indigenous Languages, this is particularly poignant.

The book – both English edition with some words in language and the home language Yolngu Matha – can also be obtained from ILF via their website. For more information and/or to donate visit

Mindful wisdom: the School of Practical Philosophy

Classes commencing September 17, 2019
27-29 Napier Close Deakin 2660

The School of Practical Philosophy is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization. First of all the primary aim of the School is freedom. The sort of practical freedom which allows a person to simply be themselves, with the confidence that comes from complete self-knowledge.

Courses consist of 11 sessions of 2.5hrs each and include a break for refreshment. Included in the course fee is a complimentary half-day weekend workshop to explore and put into practice concepts introduced in these classes.

M16 Artspace – Restoring the Balance

New works by Kerry Shepherdson, Leo Robba, Narelle Phillips and Di Broomhall.
5 to 22 September 2019

  • Opening event Thursday 5 September 6pm to 8pm
  • Special event with Professor Anthony Capon Saturday 14 September 4pm to 6pm

Four artists explore our connection to the natural world and the sense of well being we experience through our relationship to plants and gardens.

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Gallery opens Wednesday to Sunday from 12 noon to 5pm at 21 Blaxland Street, Griffith ACT

Ingrid Bowen & Larissa Warren: Scripted by Nature

17 August – 29 September 2019
Opening reception 17 August, 3-5 pm

Artists Ingrid Bowen and Larissa Warren present work inspired by the earth and landscape. Land and forest show the scars, layers and stories of all that takes place, including the voids.

Image: Larissa Warren, Argile, porcelain, various stoneware, stains, 21h x 23w x 10.4d, 2019. Image courtesy of Larissa Warren.


Gail Nichols – Viewpoint

A solo exhibition at Suki and Hugh Gallery, Gibraltar Street Bungendore NSW
29 June to 11 August 2019

Gail Nichols takes her inspiration from the natural world, finding compositions in nature and interpreting them into wall hangings made with traditional rug hooking techniques – she describes her work as painting and sculpting with fabric.

The opening reception is 29 June 2019 at 3pm and all are welcome.

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Leah Brideson – Country Illuminated

Belconnen Community Gallery, Swanson Court Belconnen as part of the ‘RESPECT’ series
2 July to 19 July 2019, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Opening celebration Wednesday July 3, 5:30-7:30pm

This exhibition of paintings in celebration of NAIDOC Week explores seasonal change, encompassing light, mood, texture, movement and colour across the landscape, with the deep sense of connection to country.

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Nigel Featherstone and Pete Lyon – The Final Hours Album

All proceeds from the sale of the five songs in this album via Bandcamp will go to an Australian art I prison program.

The music can be bought by download at

The Final Hours by Lyon & Featherstone is a response in song to the art of Myuran Sukumaran, who was executed on 29 April 2015 by the Indonesian Government after being found guilty of drug smuggling as part of the ‘Bali 9’.

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Transformation – A meditation on form and feelings

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

The purpose of this exhibition is  to share health through consciousness of perception.

Felicia (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.

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Image credit:  Connected by Felicia Fletcher