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Gunning Arts Festival – The Picture House Art Prize 2020

Exhibition of finalists – opening from 5pm to 7pm on Saturday 18 April until 10 May 2020
The Picture House Gallery Gunning NSW

As part of the Gunning Arts Festival in April 2020 entries are open until 31 March for The Picture House Art Prize 2020, hosted by The Picture House Gallery in Gunning and sponsored by Derivan Art Supplies.

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Musica Viva – Garrick Ohlsson

Tuesday 18 February 2020  7pm
Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music

Garrick Ohlsson is a revered American pianist, a master of the intimate art of the solo recital. He remains the only American to have won the Chopin Competition.

Barbie speaks with Musica Viva’s Christina Cook about Garrick Ohlsson’s concert
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Yarra Valley Writers Festival to be livestreamed event

Saturday 9 May 2020
Streamed online from various venues

The Festival, originally scheduled for 8-10 May in Healesville Victoria, will, because of the COVID-19 emergency, be a one-day streamed event

Writers and presenters to be featured in the livestream include:

  • Tony Birch (The White Girl)
  • Chris Flynn (Mammoth
  • Eliza Henry-Jones (How to Grow a Family Tree), 
  • Elizabeth McCarthyMeg Mundell (The Trespassers)
  • Ailsa Piper (The Attachment: Letters From A Most Unlikely Friendship)
  • Hannie Rayson
  • Angela Savage (Mother of Pearl)
  •  Jock Serong (Preservation)
  • Michael Veitch (Hell Ship, Turning Point) 
  • Donna Ward (She I Dare Not Name)
  • David Williamson (Don’s Party)
  • Charlotte Wood (The Weekend)

Information at

Canberra Women’s Writers Festival

28 to 30 March 2020
Crown Hotel Canberra

The festival program is yet to be finalised but tickets are on sale for the festival weekend and the Saturday night dinner. We are promised:

  • Pitching sessions,
  • Great debates,
  • Panels,
  • Q&A sessions,
  • Dinner with a mystery host and special guest
  • Chat sessions
  • Professional development talks.

Writers include:

  • Sara Dowse
  • Carly Finlay
  • Ginger Gorman
  • Gillian Polack
  • Susan Steggall
  • Katie Taylor
  • Karen Viggers
  • Biff Ward
  • Kaaron Warren

Information and ticketing at

The 31st Alliance Française French Film Festival

Thursday 12 March –  Wednesday 8 April 2020
Palace Electric Cinema Canberra

This year’s festival brings us 49 contemporary and classic French films, many enjoying their Australian premiere. Dynamic filmmaker, Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders, Macbeth, True History of the Kelly Gang), who has long taken inspiration from French cinema, will be the 2020 Festival Patron.

Patrice Gilles from the Alliance Francaise, previews the Festival
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Suki & Hugh Gallery – Water Shadows by Jo Victoria & Stefan Gevers.

Porcelain ceramics and watercolour paintings
Opening Saturday 8th February 2020, 3-5 pm. All welcome.
Continues until 15 March 2020

Jo Victoria’s porcelain works are delicate, light and translucent. She uses carved-out lines, marks and holes to portray environments etched by the ocean.

Top image: Jo Victoria, Pierced Bowls (detail), slip cast porcelain, sizes variable, 2019.

Stefan Gevers, Following The Light, watercolour, mixed media on archival paper, 97 cm x 123 cm, 2019

Inspired by the drama of light and inherent patterns in nature, Stefan Gever’s contemporary watercolour paintings also display a lightness of touch. With Lake George in mind the artist explores the beauty, challenges and opportunities this area offers.

Suki & Hugh opens Thurs and Fri 10am to 2.30pm; Sat. and Sun.10am to 4pm; Monday by appointment.

Phone 02 6238 1398; 0412 029 045

Networks Australia – Tree Conversations: networking with the wood wide web

Until Sunday 3 May 2020
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Cnr Baylis and Morrow Streets Wagga

Are trees talking? Are we listening? 

Nineteen artists from Networks Australia invite you to take part in a conversation with our leafy companions through a diversity of mediums: Christine Appleby, Rachel Devlin, Wendy Dodd, Deborah Faeyrglenn, Karyn Fearnside, Susan Hey, Belinda Jessup, Dottie Le Sage, Ann McMahon, Jenny Manning, Bev Moxon, Sharon Peoples, Liz Perry, Marli Popple, Ola Robertson, Rozalie Sherwood, Nancy Tingey, Monique Van Nieuwland and Katherine White.

Barbie spoke to Canberra-based artist Ann McMahon about the exhibition
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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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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

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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.

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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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

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