MonthJanuary 2020

Solastalgia: Tuggeranong Arts Centre program 2020

Opening exhibitions The Burning, Umma’s Tongue at 6000 degrees and Fake Nature from 8 February until March 2020

Solastalgia, coined by Australian environmental philosopher Dr Glenn Albrecht in 2005, describes the sense of loss or nostalgia we feel when our homes or environments change irreconcilably in the face of climate change or natural disaster.

Barbie speaks with Nick Moir, whose exhibition of bushfire photographs ran until 14 March 2020
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Anna Blackie – How to Adult

(A guide to not being a trash human and other life issues)
Illustrated by Alex Nicol, @perceptioninfection
Pantera/Lost the Plot, Australia 2020

This excellent survival manual for millennials is Anna Blackie’s first published work. It covers in useful detail and with reference to expert advisers, an array of problematic practical life issues including finance including tax, cooking, legal, social media, professional, health and fitness.

Whilst with serious intent, How to Adult is written in an engaging, readable and highly accessible style, deftly laced with goodly doses of sardonic humour. Think the opposite of po-faced.

Anna Blackie talks about How to Adult

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Margaret Kalms – Life with Endometriosis

Self published, Canberra Australia, 2019

Margaret Kalms is a photomedia artist who uses her artwork for women’s health advocacy. Her work to raise awareness for the plight of those suffering with endometriosis has resulted in an exhibition, the reproduction of her images in photography magazines, fundraising for Endometriosis support and this book.

Margaret met with 27 women with endometriosis and 17 elected to join her photographic publication project. In consultation with the 17 women who have now appeared in this publication, Margaret created a visual representation of how they felt as a result of the disease. The images express a range of emotions and experiences of pain and loss.

Barbie spoke to Margaret Kalms about Life With Endometriosis

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National Folk Festival dance program

National Folk Festival
Exhibition Park in Canberra
9 -13 April 2020

This year’s National Folk Festival will feature more than 30 groups , with plenty of opportunties for people of all ages and experiences to take part.

Artistic Director Pam Merrigan talks about the 2020 dance program

Further information and tickets are available at https://www.folkfestival.org.au/

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Scottish music showcase comes to Smiths Alternative

Brighde Chaimmbeul

Brìghde Chaimbeul with Jamie Murphy
Smiths Alternative, Canberra City
Friday 24 January 2020 at 6pm


Award-winning Scottish smallpipes player Brìghde Chaimbeul (Campbell) is currently touring Australia as part of The Year of Scotland 2020 showcase.

Richard spoke to Brigde Chaimbeul. The music is Tornala Maika, from her debut album The Reeling

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Australian Haydn Ensemble – Emperors & Armies

7pm Thursday 6th February 2020
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest

Boccherini’s playful flute quintet Las Parejas (The Couples) opens AHE’s 2020 season. The title refers to a Spanish horse race in which two horsemen ride hand in hand. Boccherini infuses the quintet with a military flavour, reminiscent of his famous work Night Streets of Madrid.

Barbie speaks with Australian Haydn Ensemble Artistic Director, Skye McIntosh

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Pinned and Stitched

Textiles by Belconnen Community Gallery Emerging Artist Support Scheme prize winners Angela Coleman, Portia Lawson, Anna Roufogalis and Rosie Armstrong
21 January to 14 February
Opening celebration Wednesday 22 January at 5.30pm, all welcome

  • Rosie Armstrong uses the techniques of laser cutting and watercolour paints to create a narrative of insect decline.
  • Anna Roufogalis looks into the functionality and beauty of the human body through the lens of textiles. 
  • Portia Lawson’s collection of scientific-like specimens explores the synergy of spontaneity and individuality, and order and uniformity in natural systems of growth through the medium of automated machine embroidery and hand beading. 
  • Angela Coleman’s work investigates our memories attached to and imbued in clothing. The ephemeral nature of both is conveyed through the fragile materiality.

BCS Gallery is in Swanson Court Belconnen. https://www.bcsact.com.au/

Truth, Power and a Free Press

Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, Canberra
Open daily 9am-5pm

At this new permanent exhibition underneath the old House of Representatives chamber, 12 of Australia’s finest journalists appear as larger-than-life characters – literally.

Richard spoke with Michael Evans, senior historian at MoAD, about the exhibition
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David Burton – The Man in the Water

University of Queensland Press, 2019
Available at independent bookstores and online sellers

This is David Burton’s debut novel, billed as young adult fiction and with two teenage boys, Shaun and Will, as the main protagonists, but an entertaining, fast-paced and thought-provoking read for adults (certainly for this one).

David Burton has previously written 30 professionally produced theatrical works and has directed productions for the Queensland Music Festival. His memoir How to be Happy won Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing in 2014.

Barbie talks to David Burton about The Man in the Water
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Bush Fire Relief Yoga

Chambers Pavilion, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Barton ACT
Sunday 5 January 2019, 10am and 4pm

Writer and teacher Valerie Albrecht invites you to join a one hour class of Bhakti Yoga – its nature and practice is love, gentleness and respect for all phenomena on our Earth, all beings and ourselves.

Classes will include seated chair poses, relaxation & meditation.

Parking is at P1, near to the Pavilion.

Attendance by donation to : Australian Red Cross Disaster Recovery and Relief; Salvation Army Disaster AppealSt Vincent de Paul Society Bushfire Appeal (NSW)

Enquiries: 0406 052 339

Gregory Baines – The Nail House

Fairlight Books, Oxford, UK, 2019

In a publishing world where so many vast fictional tomes are being created, it is refreshing to find a novella which manages to say so much so well in an economical 152 pages. The Nail House is at once a study of modern China and the inexorable path of economic growth and development and a cross cultural love story.

The story focuses on Lindon, an Australian property project manager fleeing an unhappy marriage breakup and Zhen, a real estate agent and the daughter of a family holding on to the last property required by the developer to go ahead with a huge building project – hence the term the Nail House (the hold out).

Barbie speaks with Gregory Baines about The Nail House
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Exhibitions at M16

16 January – 2 February 2020
21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-5pm

Unnatural Histories – Dan Power and Luke Hadland

An investigation into the anthropogenic erosion of biodiversity in the natural world, which explores the disruption of ecosystem structure and impact of invasive species by illustrating the story in a personal way.

Migration – Sian Watson

Migration is an investigation into the movement and environmental displacement of humans and birds. Watson uses sculpture and photo mediums to explore the human/animal figure in contrasting and sometimes extreme environments. Through varied landscapes, Watson shows the seemingly inhospitable habitats utilised by necessity in the current global climate.

Barbie speaks with Sian Watson about Migration

A Month of Sundays – Brenda Goggs

This body of work comprises 31 woven tapestries, that provide glimpses of iconic Australian moments and explore Australian Identity.

Chutespace  Meditations in Glass – Susan Wiscombe

Chutespace is curated by Kerry Shepherdson & Jeffree Skewes, (M16 studio artists) – a former library book return chute, artists exhibiting in this space create works which respond to the unusually small dimensions of the space

www.m16artspace.com.au

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Desiree Nielsen RD – Eat More Plants

Penguin, Canada, 2019

I came across Desiree Nielsen on the SBS food channel with her Urban Vegetarian show and was immediately taken not just with the things she cooked and her approach to nutrition but also with her ebullient and personable manner.

Let me start by saying that while I am a vegetarian in so much as I don’t eat meat (red or white), I am a committed eater of cheese, dairy products in general and eggs and I do eat some fish and seafood because I feel I need it.

Barbie speaks with Desiree Nielsen about Eat More Plants
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David Burton – The Man in the Water

University of Queensland Press, 2019
Available at online sellers

Cover of The Man in the Water by David Burton

This is David Burton’s debut novel, billed as young adult fiction and with two teenage boys, Shaun and Will, as the main protagonists, but an entertaining, fast-paced and thought-provoking read for adults (certainly for this one).

David Burton has previously written 30 professionally produced theatrical works and has directed productions for the Queensland Music Festival. His memoir How to be Happy won Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing in 2014.

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