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No word for black and white

Renate Rienmueller & Tim Selwyn
Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore NSW, 8-30 August 2020

Open 10am to 4pm Saturdays & Sundays, other times by appointment

The focus of this exhibition is Renate’s relationship with Tim, a sculptor whose Indigenous ancestral line comes via his mother from the Wiradjuri / Wongaibon people (Central West NSW). Together they explore ideas around connection, responsibility to our land and its people, selfhood, community, identity and the need to challenge the stereotypes that separate us.

Barbie spoke to Renate Rienmuller and Tim Selwyn at Suki & Hugh Gallery
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First Seen 2020: Milk By Dylan Van den Berg

The Street Theatre
Friday 7 August 2020 at 5pm
Book online at
Free; donations welcome

Spanning two centuries, Milk tracks a conversation between three Aboriginal ancestors: an old woman is dying, clutching the stone that should have killed her sealer husband; a middle-aged woman curls her hair in preparation for another date; a young man grapples with the past before plunging headfirst into an uncertain future.

Barbie spoke to Dylan Van den Berg about Milk
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First Response – Documenting Canberra’s response to COVID-19

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
25 July – 19 September 2020

First Response is a series of four new works from artists Martin Ollman, Marissa McDowell, Anna Georgia, and Shannon Hanrahan commissioned to document Canberra’s initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The works aim to show the profound and personal effects of the pandemic on individuals and communities in the ACT.

First Response artists Martin Ollman, Marissa McDowell, Anna Georgia and Shannon Hanrahan discuss their work at a panel session chaired by Living Arts Canberra’s Barbie Robinson
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Film review – 23 Walks

Palace Electric Canberra from 30 July 2020
103 mins, rated PG

I first saw Dave Johns (Dave) on screen in Ken Loach’s powerful 2016 film I Daniel Blake when it was included in one of the British Film Festivals – it was a standout. And Dave Johns – once seen, never forgotten. He is a consummate actor, capable of expressing a world of emotions within an always restrained performance.

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House of Cardin- film review

Palace Electric Canberra from 23 July 2020
97 minutes, rated G

House of Cardin begins with a montage of rapid- fire footage and sound-bites, mainly dedicated to admiring assessments of Pierre Cardin as an innovative genius. It is rather a relief when the pace slows somewhat to examine Cardin’s background and early career and then the various periods of his (mainly professional) life.

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Inter-play 2020 – The Street

31 July to 26 November 2020

Led by Canberra theatre artist barb barnett, Inter-play 2020 is a new online forum where playwrights can connect to share ideas and new work and discuss issues of concern in theatre making.

There will be seven sessions over four months accessible via Zoom. The program aims to address some of the changes and challenges thrown up by COVID-19 restrictions on live theatre.

barb barnett talks about Interplay 2020

Concurrently, The Street will present a series of eight discussions with established playwrights from each state and territory.

Interested people are asked to contact The Street via the website

World premiere of musical tribute to asylum seekers

Hidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender
Composed by Dr Katy Abbott
Performed by the Flinders Quartet with mezzo soprano Dimity Shepherd and actor Richard Piper
Streaming live at 7pm, Thursday 23 July 2020

Hidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender is a musical response by Melbourne composer Katy Abbott to the many letter sent by Australians to asylum seekers on Nauru last decade, nearly 2000 of which were returned unopened.

Featuring spoken word and music, the piece was to have been performed at this year’s Canberra International Music Festival.

Richard talks to composer Dr Katy Abbott and Flinders Quartet cellist Zoe Knighton about Hidden Thoughts II – Return to Sender
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Padma Menon – Moving Archetypes Indian Dance and contemplation

Term 3 classes from 20 July
Come and Try class – Saturday 18 July (face to face – please book at

Moving Archetypes studio is now open for in person classes whilst continuing online teaching for those who prefer this model at this time.

Term 3 courses will focus on the beauteous and powerful deity, Saraswathi. Padma says: ‘Saraswathi is a contemplative space of depth and profound relevance to our times. As the deity of Vaak, vac or expression, she invites us to expression that is free from delusion and dependence on the conditional narratives we use to frame our reality.

Barbie speaks with Padma Menon about the Saraswathi classes
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NFSA becomes Hive of activity

National Film and Sound Archive
McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT
Daily 10am-4pm from 1 August 2020

A new interactive public space opens on 1 August 2020 at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). It will use interactive technologies to provide visitors with an insight into its collection – and the experts tasked with preserving it.

The centrepiece of Hive is a new interactive display titled Storywall, produced by the NFSA and SBS Digital Creative Labs.

The NFSA’s Felicity Harmey talks about Hive.
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Darcy Welch and Nicholas Lee-Murphy at the Artists Shed

Sunday 19 July 2020, 2-5pm
88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick

Darcy Welsh is a local singer/songwriter who has performed in venues and at festivals over the last five years. Darcy’s unique voice and unassuming manner lie at the heart of all his music. He sings solo and also in the band “The Love” which will be joining him for a few songs.

Nicholas Lee-Murphy is a multi-award winning singer/songwriter who has been based in Canberra since 2012. He has been playing live for 14 years in multiple bands as well as solo.

His style is a mix of disconnected comedy amongst deep thinking emotional songs seeking to strike a nostalgic chords with its listeners. Nicholas has shared the stage with the Black Sorrows, Moving Pictures and the Super Jesus.

Tickets $20.  Social distancing and cleaning requirements in place. Café will be open and a BBQ in the break,

Bob Hawke Landcare Award 2020 nominations open

Open until 31 August 2020
Information at

The Bob Hawke Landcare Award recognises an individual involved in championing Landcare and who inspires others to take action on their own property or through a Landcare group. It acknowledges a person’s leadership and commitment to Landcare, natural resource management and sustainable agriculture.

Charlie Arnott was awarded the Bob Hawke Landcare Award in 2018. A biodynamic farmer and grazier, Charlie practices regenerative farming, organic, biodynamic and holistic grazing principles on his 5000 acre mixed farming property, Hanaminno, at Boorowa, NSW. 

Charlie speaks to Barbie about his farming methods and the changes he has made to his agricultural practice.
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Bastille Day relaunch for Alliance Française French Film Festival

New dates: 14 July – 4 August 2020
Palace Electric Cinema Canberra

The 31st French Film Festival had barely begun before it was disrupted by COVID-19 restrictions. But the Festival will resume nationally on 14 July, with 28 films confirmed.

Nancy Waites from the Alliance Francaise de Canberra talks about the resumed French Film Festival.
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The Awesome and Dorothy-Jane Does Duets

The Artist’s Shed
Unit 1-3, Lower ground, 88 Wollongong St, Fyshwick
Sunday 26 July 2020, 2 -5pm

The Awesome plays jazz-folk fusion, featuring Milena Cifali and Jim Horvath, and Dorothy-Jane’s duets are with Ali Penney, Johnny Reynolds and, Jeff Prime.

Enquires and bookings: Annette 0412 101 534, DJ 0411 065 189.

Admission: $20 at the door, booking required because of limited seating in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.

The Bohemian Coffee and Wine Bar will be open,  BBQ available during intermission (usual cost $5).


Baby et Lulu – The Street Theatre

Saturday 25 July 8pm 
Virtual tickets available
Live audience tickets fully booked

A night of song, witty banter, magnifique music and sheer joie de vivre is promised as  chanteuses Abby Dobson – ‘Baby’ (Leonardo’s Bride) and Lara Goodridge – ‘Lulu’ (FourPlay) preview a little of their upcoming Album Trois and present an evening of beauty, elegance and general Frenchiness. Their band will accompany them at this live and streamed performance.

Lara Goodridge talks about Baby et Lulu
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Music at The Artists Shed

The Johnny Reynolds Band and Dan Fernandes  
Sunday 5 July from 2-5pm
88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick

The Johnny Reynolds Band has been playing in Canberra for a few years now. They sing original Johnny Reynolds compositions and a few classic covers. The style of music is best described as funky, bluesy, atmospheric rock.

Dan Fernandes has been playing and writing music for over 40 years. He covers a broad range of genres – R&B, soul, funk, reggae, pop, country, blues. Dan performs mostly original music but will always have a Bob Dylan song or two to share.

For this one time only, tickets are $10 – half price!  

Margaret and Frank have social distancing and cleaning requirements in place. Hand sanitiser too!

The café will be open and there is a BBQ in the break – a variety of food will be available at a very reasonable price.

Come along and enjoy live music and the great atmosphere at the Artists Shed.  Come a little earlier and you will have time to wander around the gallery and get drinks at the café before you settle in.

More information at the Artists Shed Facebook page