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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Felicity McVay (words) and Caroline Seltz (pictures) New Holland Publishers, Australia, 2020
Gosh! We are all in need of a bit of fun right now (and always) and The Boy who Burped is guaranteed to inject a dose of this for its readers and listeners. Most small children are rather interested in bodily functions, and those involving embarrassing noises always invoke hilarity.
Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2020 Available for pre-order
This is a book so near to my heart that I find it hard to write impartially – in fact, I will not try.
Peter O’Brien’s memoir, Bush School, is mostly an account of that part of his life when as a 20-year old single young man he was sent in 1960 to Weabonga, one teacher school in a remote area out of Tamworth.
As one whose first teaching post in 1972 was a four teacher school, though not particularly remote, I felt such a deep sense of familiarity with everything he writes that I was immediately transported back to my 20s and the challenges of beginning teaching.
Memoir is an interesting form of writing, as one always speculates what has been left unsaid. In A Particular Woman, we fancy this is also true but Ashley Dawson-Damer has generously shared a great deal.
She speaks with honesty and heart about many aspects and periods of her life and times (she was born in 1945, as she once proudly announced in a Board meeting, when her capacity and experience were subtly called into doubt).
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.
Bearing out the common belief that fact is stranger than fiction, Robert Wainwright’s biography of Enid (born Enid Lindeman) treats the reader not only to a fascinating personal story but to an insight into the history of the era in which she lived.
I must admit I was taken by surprise by this book. It is truly a beautiful, deeply personal work by an awarded biographer known for her writing about two of our most beloved artists – Arthur Boyd and John Olsen.
Daddy Cool is much more than a biography of the man who was first Bob Cutter, top night club singer in the USA, and then Lawrie Brooks, suburban father and proof-reader in Australia. This is a search for the unspoken parts of her father, a pilgrimage to the secret lives of her parents. And it moved me to tears more than once.
This is Kayte Nunn’s third historical novel, an intriguing tale set in the present and in the second half of the 18th century. I found it to be one of those books one is impelled to read on and on into the wee small hours, reluctant to leave before each small resolution and then the final revelation in the last few pages.
Screening nationally from 2 July 2020 In Canberra at Belconnen, Woden and Palace Electric Jake Brunger, writer Eliza Schroeder, director Rajita Shah, producer Enis Rotthoff, composer
If, like me, you are a habitual watcher of BBC television series – crime, domestic dramas, comedies, mysteries, spy stories, the absurd – you will know actress Celia Imrie. She has appeared in countless films, television productions and on stage. For me it is Kingdom, Poirot, Miss Marple, Midsomer Murders and the like.
Imrie is a performer who has mastered the art of using the slightest facial movement to portray a world of emotions. Her quiet, poignant performance in Love Sarah for me is the film’s greatest strength.
This exhibition features paintings from Val’s recent travels in France and outback Australia. The paintings show the contrasting aspects of Val’s travels. Each place has its own identity – the soft purples and greens of France, and the reds and oranges of outback Australia.