Dozens of Canberra-based arts organisations as well as hundreds of performers, artists and other creatives have come together to help support the arts community during the COVID-19 challenge.
The Canberra Arts Action Group, originally formed in late 2016 in response to changes in arts funding in the ACT, has been reactivated. The group is open to all with a stake in the arts and entertainment, including artists, arts workers and member of the community who engage in the Canberra region.
Gunning Arts Festival committee has decided to postpone the physical Gunning Arts Festival to comply with national precautions to help control the spread of COVID-19. However, recognising the even greater need now for some community building and uplift, the committee has resolved to produce an online Festival this year.
While Belconnen Arts Centre is closed accordance with the nationwide shutdown of public gathering spaces, its F A C E Unframed exhibition will proceed online.
Delivery deadline for artworks is Friday 27 March. You can still drop your entry off in person with a ‘no contact’ option; simply press the intercom for the front desk when you arrive at the Centre, and BAC will open the doors to allow you access to a drop box, where you can deposit your artwork.
Please ensure your name and phone number are attached to your artwork.
Information at https://www.belcoarts.com.au/
You can also mail your entries to: Belconnen Arts Centre PO Box 183 Belconnen ACT 2616
The Witness album depicts the true story of a period of intense upheaval in the life of Canberra singer, songwriter and blues-harp player, Dorothy-Jane.
This concept album was born from a defining moment of Dorothy-Jane witnessing her husband molesting a child, through the breakdown of family relationships, finding the strength to take the stand and assist in incarcerating him, to her reaching a place of relative stability and beginning to establish a new normal.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced deferral of the 30th Australian Chamber of Chamber Music, but renowned British pianist Kathryn Stott will remain at the helm for her third and final festival.
The now-cancelled 2020 festival was to have included special performances to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, performance of a set of variations to mark a special anniversary for festival stalwarts the Goldner Quartet, a concert on Palm Island, and much more.
Author Ursula Dubosarsky has been named Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020-21
Dubosarsky is the author of over 60 books for children and young adults. She has won many national prizes, including the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award, and has been nominated for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children’s literature.
Her books have been published widely across the world and translated into 14 languages. The theme for her two-year term as Australian Children’s Laureate is Read For Your Life.
As part of the Gunning Arts Festival in April 2020 (now to be run online) entries are open until 31 March for The Picture House Art Prize 2020, hosted by The Picture House Gallery in Gunning and sponsored by Derivan Art Supplies.
‘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.
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.