(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.
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.
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.
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.
Chambers Pavilion, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Barton ACT Sunday 5 January 2019, 10am and 4pm
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
will include seated chair poses, relaxation & meditation.
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.
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.
ChutespaceMeditations 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
‘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 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.
Kyeema Gallery at Capital Wines Cellar Door 13 Gladstone Street Hall ACT Until 2 February 2020 Open Thursday to Sunday 10.30am to 5pm
Hungarian born Australian artist Maria Pfohl works in watercolour, taking her inspiration from nature and telling stories with each work. She specialises in birds, flowers and landscapes and her work speaks of her love of colour and natural beauty.