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Sara Freeman: No such thing as solid ground

Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore
23 May 2020 to 28 June 2020
Paintings in egg tempera & beeswax
Gallery open (with social distancing) : 10am to 4pm Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 May
Also online from 22 May at https://www.sukihugh.com.au

Text courtesy Susan Foxlee

The making of No such thing as solid ground has been a purifying experience for Sara Freeman, a way of processing the events of the past six months.

For Sara, like many of us, the chaos of the pandemic compounded the anxiety of a Summer of fires. These events further exacerbated the trauma she was already suffering following the death of her father in October last year.

Barbie talks to Sara Freeman about No such thing as solid ground
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St Nicholas – The Street Canberra

Online via Vimeo
Friday 5 – Saturday 6 June 2020 8pm
Sunday 7 June 2020 3pm

A cynical and jaded theatre critic in his late fifties falls for a beautiful young actress. In pursuing her, he meets a group of modern-day vampires who offer him eternal life – his part of the bargain is to feed their bloodlust.

Actor Craig Alexander from St Nicholas
Shelly Higgs, Director of St Nicholas
  • Written by Conor McPherson
  • Starring Craig Alexander
  • Direction: Shelly Higgs
  • Musician: Den Hanrahan
  • Production Design: Imogen Keen

Tickets: Free, but bookings essential at: https://www.thestreet.org.au/shows/st-nicholas

Password will be provided prior to the performances.

Transference | A Common Thread

Craft ACT
Online until 27 June 2020 at https://craftact.org.au/

Transference is a collaborative exhibition by ceramic and glass artist Robyn Campbell (ACT) and ceramicist Jo Victoria (NSW) which expresses their fascination with light and surface, and the potential of glass and porcelain to convey fragility and transience.

Barbie speaks with ACT ceramic and glass artist Robyn Campbell
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AMEB offers free courses and copyright clearance for teachers

Online at https://ameb.edu.au/breaktheisolation

The Australian Music Examinations Board has developed a series of webinars, called Break The Isolation., featuring interviews with musicians, teachers and other experts in their field.

The webinars cover topics such as strategies for teaching online, teaching speech and drama, and wellbeing and connection in social isolation. The webinars are recorded and available free on YouTube and Facebook to help the AMEB community stay connected.

Richard spoke with Bernard Depasquale, CEO of Federal office of the AMEB
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Ellis Hutch and Nicci Haynes: Self as Subject

Curated by Jas Hugonnet
Online at
M16 Artspace

Self as Subject showcases video works by Nicci Haynes and Ellis Hutch. Bringing these two works together highlights the phenomenon of artists making themselves the subject. 

It also says something about the artist being the generator of content and the one ultimately in control of the actions and ideas.

Jas Hugonnet talks about the exhibition Self as Subject

Top image: Ellis Hutch, Lake polish, Parilanjärvi, January 2016, digital image of performance. Photo Credit: Annika Harding

Nicci Haynes, Drawing and Me,2017, Digital Video, still.


Wyndham Art Prize winner announced

Online at https://kuula.co/share/7Xfvx/collection/7ldms until 28 June 2020

The winner of the $12,000 prize, based at the Wyndham Art Gallery in Werribee, Victoria, is Wiradjuri conceptual artist Amala Groom, for her sculptural work Copy Wrong, featuring a fake boomerang on a stack of $2 coins.

Former Canberra artist Robyn Kinsela was a finalist, and her work features in a the gallery’s virtual exhibition at https://kuula.co/share/7Xfvx/collection/7ldms

Now in its sixth year, the Wyndham Art Prize, attracts entries from some of the best artists across Australia. It is a curated show which profiles exceptional local artists, emerging artists, and outstanding established artists. The winner was announced in a video at the opening of the exhibition on 7 May.

wāni Le Frere, a Congolese/New Zealand trans-disciplinary artist, writer, visual storyteller, performance artist and poet, won the a $5,000 acquisitive Local Emerging Artist Prize for The Final Solution, which combined video footage of an immigrant family in a suburban kitchen with audio from a speech by former senator Fraser Anning.

Image credit and artist statement: Robyn Kinsela – What a summer!

Bushfires, smoke, more bushfires, more smoke. Packing, unpacking, repacking, unpacking. Drought, rain, floods, more rain.

My thoughts and therefore my work in the past year, particularly since December, have been underscored by bush fires, evacuations, smoke and many friends’ losses, stresses and survival.

The recent bush fire season and its ramifications keep creeping into my work at the moment.

My pictures have their roots in the real world, but are by no means images in the conventional sense. I don’t copy my subjects but interpret them. Sound, smell and touch play an important role.

Using collage and mixed media, I create rapidly at first, keeping up with my thoughts. Then I let the work rest for an hour, a day, a year or a decade, as if it needs an incubation period. I then re-see what has been created and finish the work.’

Fitness centre offers free online classes

Online at https://bfitathome.com.au

The BlueFit Group has begun offering free live and on-demand fitness and sport training classes for people of all ages.

Among the sports for which skills training is on offer are soccer, basketball, golf, swimming and gymnastics.

BlueFit, which has facilities in all Australian mainland states, says that ‘staying active is vital during this time in order to prevent unhealthy weight gain, maintain a clear mind and to keep our immune systems strong.’ The website also aims to encourage communities to stay connected.

Schools Program Manager for BlueFit Kids, Ali Karouche, talks about Be Fit at Home

First-time authors in running for youth literary awards

Children’s Book Council of Australia 2020 shortlist announced

The Children’s Book Council of Australia is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation whose mission is to promote and advocate for the sharing of quality literature for young people across Australia. It showcases Australian creators and collaborates widely to foster a love of reading.

Barbie speaks with Professor Margot Hillel OAM about the awards
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Canberra Artists Action Group

Online at https://www.facebook.com/canberraplusarts/ with meetings online at 12:30pm every Wednesday.

Dozens of Canberra-based arts organisations as well as hundreds of performers, artists and other creatives have come together to help support the arts community during the COVID-19 challenge.

The Canberra Arts Action Group, originally formed in late 2016 in response to changes in arts funding in the ACT, has been reactivated. The group is open to all with a stake in the arts and entertainment, including artists, arts workers and member of the community who engage in the Canberra region.

Barbie speaks with spokesperson Michael Sollis about the Canberra Arts Action Group
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Gunning Arts Festival to go online

17 to 18 April 2020
www.gunningartsfestival.com

Gunning Arts Festival committee has decided to postpone the physical Gunning Arts Festival to comply with national precautions to help control the spread of COVID-19. However, recognising the even greater need now for some community building and uplift, the committee has resolved to produce an online Festival this year.

Gunning Arts Festival’s Margarita Georgiadis talks about preparations for the online festival
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F A C E Unframed and online from Belconnen Arts Centre

While Belconnen Arts Centre is closed accordance with the nationwide shutdown of public gathering spaces, its F A C E Unframed exhibition will proceed online.

Delivery deadline for artworks is Friday 27 March. You can still drop your entry off in person with a ‘no contact’ option; simply press the intercom for the front desk when you arrive at the Centre, and BAC will open the doors to allow you access to a drop box, where you can deposit your artwork.

Please ensure your name and phone number are attached to your artwork.

Information at https://www.belcoarts.com.au/

You can also mail your entries to:
Belconnen Arts Centre
PO Box 183
Belconnen ACT 2616

New album – The Witness by Dorothy-Jane

The Witness album depicts the true story of a period of intense upheaval in the life of Canberra singer, songwriter and blues-harp player, Dorothy-Jane.

This concept album was born from a defining moment of Dorothy-Jane witnessing her husband molesting a child, through the breakdown of family relationships, finding the strength to take the stand and assist in incarcerating him, to her reaching a place of relative stability and beginning to establish a new normal.

Barbie speaks with Dorothy-Jane about The Witness
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Australian Festival of Chamber Music defers, announces 2021 dates

23 July – 1 August 2021
Townsville, Queensland

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced deferral of the 30th Australian Chamber of Chamber Music, but renowned British pianist Kathryn Stott will remain at the helm for her third and final festival.

The now-cancelled 2020 festival was to have included special performances to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, performance of a set of variations to mark a special anniversary for festival stalwarts the Goldner Quartet, a concert on Palm Island, and much more.

Information about ticket transfers and refunds is available at https://afcm.com.au

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Ursula Dubosarsky: Read for your life

Author Ursula Dubosarsky has been named Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020-21

Dubosarsky is the author of over 60 books for children and young adults. She has won many national prizes, including the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award, and has been nominated for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children’s literature.

Her books have been published widely across the world and translated into 14 languages. The theme for her two-year term as Australian Children’s Laureate is Read For Your Life.  

Barbie speaks with Ursula Dubosarsky
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