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Nigel Featherstone – The Story of the Oars

Friday 15 May 2020 at 5pm
The Street – public showing via Zoom
Register online at https://www.thestreet.org.au/shows/first-seen-story-oars-nigel-featherstone

Top picture credit: Barbie Robinson

You are invited to join an online in-progress showing of this new stage work, a play with songs,  which is part of the First Seen initiative of The Street Canberra.

  • Playwright: Nigel Featherstone
  • Dramaturg: Anne-Louise Rentell
  • Director: Zsuzsi Sobolsay
  • Cast; Tracy Bourne, Tom Byrne, Sally Marett, PJ Williams
  • Duration: 120 minutes
Barbie speake with Nigel Featherstone about The Story of the Oars
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ANCA Gallery puts Tree Conversations exhibition on line

Until Wednesday, May 13, 2020
https://www.anca.net.au/gallery
https://www.anca.net.au/whats-on/2020/4/22/digital-exhibition-tree-conversations

Following a successful season at Wagga Regional Art Gallery, where it was scheduled to show until 3 May 2020, Conversations with Trees has moved to ANCA Gallery in a digital format during the closures of Covid-19.

Barbie speaks with Anne McMahon, Public Programs Officer at Belconnen Arts Centre
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Canberra musician strums to a worldwide audience

Multi-instrumentalist Garry Owen was involved with several music groups before the COVID-19 emergency.

He’s now leading ukulele groups in Canberra and further afield via live YouTube streaming, and they’re open to everyone.

He recently contacted ukulele groups in New York City and presented a 90-minute ‘strumalong’ session with words, chords and music.

In this interview, Garry Owen describes how he set up virtual ukulele sessions, and offers advice for others wishing to present material online.

The Ukes aLive Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/Ukemeister, and it has links to the YouTube channel

Jig’s up for COVID-19 as mad kelpies chase online audience

While the world’s reeling from coronavirus, there’ll be reels and other Celtic music a-plenty at the online Gunning Arts Festival on 17 and 18 April 2020.

Queanbeyan five-piece group Mad Kelpie Playdate has put together two YouTube playlists especially for the festival.

The Mad Kelpie’s Sean Hodgman talks about the group’s origins and name, and gives us a taste of what’s in store for the weekend

Colleen Southwell – The Shadow of Wings

Online at suki & hugh Gallery, Bungendore
https://www.sukihugh.com.au/collections/colleen-southwell-the-shadow-of-wings

Not only can you see the catalogue of Colleen Southwell’s exquisite work online at this website, you can also view a beautiful video of her speaking about her work – what motivates her, why it matters. There are also soul-lifting shots of the beautiful green Orange countryside and her delightful bounding (or snoozing) dogs.

Barbie discusses the exhibition with Colleen Southwell

All the work is for sale, as indicated in the catalogue and you can contact the gallery for more information:

Image: Colleen Southwell Unfound #8 2020 – Arches cotton paper, pigment, watercolour, archival adhesive, coated copper wire, entomology pins, framed in raw Australian Oak with non-reflective UV glass, 30 cm x 23 cm x 6 cm.

Online wearable art for Gunning Arts Festival

17 to 19 April 2020

With the inaugural Gunning Arts Festival moving online due to COVID-19, it is pleasing to note that the Wearable Art exhibition and fashion parade items will both be available via https://www.gunningartsfestival.com/

Organiser Helen Vooren tells us that there will be a great variety of wearable art on digital display and that items made for the fashion parade will be held over until the festival can occur live in 2021. Information about and by the creators will also be posted.

Helen Vooren talks about online wearable art

Wayfaring – Craft ACT

Online to 9 May 2020

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Craft ACT’s new online exhibition Wayfaring features work by four artists who have created carefully crafted jewellery and objects about walked journeys, memory and place. 

Meaning ‘to travel by foot’, Wayfaring is a creative collaboration touring three Australian cities and featuring work by artists with close associations to Tasmania: Bella Dower, Sara Lindsay, Sarah Stubbs and Zoë Veness.  

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Dianna Nixon – Millicent

Online as part of the Gunning Arts Festival

Another resourceful artist in the Gunning Arts Festival, Dianna Nixon founder and director of Wild Voices Music Theatre, will bring a preview of her production of Millicent to online audiences.

Filmed on the verandah of Pye Cottage in Gunning, Dianna Nixon introduces Gunning district playwright, farmer and soldier settler, Millicent Armstrong, and her plays.

Dianna has produced five minutes of her performance to Vimeo on a smartphone. It is available for free viewing, but not for downloading, at https://vimeo.com/407038519

She will hold a Q and A session via Zoom on Saturday 18 April at 1.30pm. Registration is by Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/540450596872168/

Dianna Nixon talks to Barbie about Millicent
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M16 Artspace extends application deadline

Apply by 30 April to exhibit in 2021

Although many artists have had a lot to manage over the last few weeks and that COVID-19 has deeply affected the arts community,  M16 Artspace is urging artists to apply for a 2021 exhibition in one of their galleries.

M16 Artspace presents high-quality exhibitions from both emerging and established artists and curators from Canberra, interstate and overseas. 
The deadline for applications has been extended to 30 April 2020.

Application forms and guidelines are available at:
http://www.m16artspace.com.au/down-load-application-forms/



Online Crime Writers Festival, 26-29 March 2020

Murder She Wrote – Terror Australis Festival 2020 replay

Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival (TAWRF), based in southern Tasmania, are deeply saddened by the current postponement or cancellation of writers’ festivals.

For the enjoyment and distraction of book lovers everywhere, TAF is offering a free online writers festival – a reprise of the November 2019 festival from the comfort and confinement of your own home.

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The Street: Breaking the Castle

Written and performed by Peter Cook
Nightly at 7.30pm until Saturday 14 March 2020

Actor David can’t get enough, of anything. Alcohol, drugs, women, gambling – whatever it takes to escape – and this bender could be his last.  But in the mountains of Southeast Asia, he is offered a chance at redemption.

Barbie speaks with Peter Cook about Breaking the Castle
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10th Art Not Apart festival

12 – 15 March 2020
NewActon, Shine Dome, National Film and Sound Archive and Albert Hall

The theme for this year’s Art Not Apart festival is Today I, Tomorrow You, and organisers expect to draw more than 20,000 people in an extended four-day program.

The main event, on Saturday 14 March, will be a free contemporary arts festival featuring more than 200 artists from the Canberra region and beyond, presenting works traversing performance art, music, installations, visual art, street art, film and moving image.

The arts will be complemented by a Suitcase Rummage featuring over 70 stalls, street food, local wine tasting and a festival bar

To celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary, a selection of ticketed events will also be held at the Albert Hall including an improvised jazz and projections concert on Friday 13 March, a wild performance art party after the main festival on Saturday 14 March, and a boutique electronic music event during the day on Sunday 15 March.

Festival producer David Caffery says, ‘it’s been an incredible journey for Art, Not Apart so far. In the nine festivals we’ve mounted since 2012, the festival presented over 2000 artists from the Canberra region and beyond.

‘Many of these artists have returned to perform or exhibit at the festival, and we’re proud to play a part in their development.” He also adds, “this year is Art, Not Apart’s coming of age – and a celebration of how far the festival has come.’

Information and the program are available at www.artnotapart.com


New Life, New Hope

Music to Awaken and to Heal
The Chapel, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
Barton ACT
7.30pm Saturday 14 March 2020

Combined choristers of Canberra, together with professional soloists and small orchestra, directed by Judith Clingan AM, will present a sequence of Australian choral and vocal compositions which look at the historical and present realities of climate change, fires and environmental crisis.

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Undertow – movie by Miranda Nation

Dendy from 5 March 2020

UNDERTOW is the story of two women whose lives become dangerously enmeshed. Grieving the loss of her stillborn baby, Claire becomes suspicious of her husband’s relationship with a feisty young woman, Angie. When she discovers Angie is pregnant, Claire develops an increasingly irrational obsession with her that puts both their lives at risk. Only when Claire is confronted with the brutal truth behind Angie’s pregnancy can both women begin to heal.

Barbie speaks with Undertow writer/director, Miranda Nation
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