The Artist and the Historian Film, Dali, the Gallipoli Prize and Lake Light sculpture Dali dry point etchings on exhibition at The Artists Shed from 15 May 2021
Margaret Hadfield and Kathryn Spurling work in a creative partnership dubbed The Artist and the Historian. The vast space of The Artists Shed in Wollongong Street Fyshwick is home to classes, exhibitions, events and Artistic Vision Gallery, an enterprise founded by the pair to find and rescue abandoned original Australian art.
With his previous book Beethoven’s Tenth (self published, 2021), Peter Rodgers has proved himself to be both an astute observer of human nature and contemporary society and a highly skilled and entertaining writer.
This second publication for 2021 reveals the same keen eye and an often wry view of the world around him, but also a practised hand in the art of short story writing. The medium requires discipline in self-editing, precision in the choice of vocabulary and the capacity to quickly and deftly build character.
In her professional life as a counselling psychologist, Judy Rafferty spends a lot of time listening to people. Some of the poetry in this collection is the result of hearing stories from people who needed to share them, to unburden their feelings by talking. The author unburdens hers by writing.
The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra in association with Canberra International Music Festival (CIMF) With co-artistic director Rachael Beesley, co-artistic director Nicole van Bruggen, Daniel Yeadon and Neal Peres da Costa 11am and 1pm, Sunday 2 May 2021 Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture15 Blackall Street Barton ACT
This series evokes the salons and living rooms of the early 19th century with the orchestra in chamber music mode.
Ludwig van Beethoven: 3 Equali for four trombones, WoO 30
Franz Berwald: Grand Septet in B-flat major for clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello & bass
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in E-flat major, Op.38 for clarinet, cello and fortepiano (after Septet, Op.20)
CIMF says of this concert: Berwald’s Septet modelled on the Beethoven Septet that became a Trio. This is the story of a famous Viennese composer who made a determined living out of music – Beethoven – and an unlucky Swede who had to resort to orthopaedia and glassblowing to sustain his career – Berwald. Now recognised as a true original and Sweden’s claim to classical fame, Franz takes his rightful place on the concert stage alongside Ludwig.
Tuggeranong Arts Centre 29 and 30 April and 1 May 2021 at 7.30pm Produced by Kat Reed Musical Direction by Dianna Nixon
Created and performed by transgender and gender diverse people, this musical theatre production tells the story of Hunter, a postman tasked with the delivery of a mysterious parcel to an unusual apartment block. The people he meets there help him on a journey of self-discovery.
28 April to 16 May 2021 Humble House Gallery 93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm Meet the artist session 1 May from 12 noon to 3pm
Many artists are responding this year to a deep sense of sadness over the loss of so many trees during the bushfire storms of 2019-20. Trees in their many forms appear in a number of exhibitions I have visited this year, depicting both sorrow over the destruction and death and joy and wonder at the regrowth and fecundity.
Kyeema Gallery, 13 Gladstone Street, Hall ACT Until 24 May 2021 Open Thursday to Monday 11.30am to 5pm
It will not be surprising to visitors to Chris Slotemaker de Bruine’s exhibition at Kyeema Gallery that he was the founder of Canberra’s Floriade. His work expresses his regard for Nature and his keen observation of its detail, colour and variety.
It may seem strange to some regular readers of poetry that AFL footy has found a place in the genre. However, to my mind, the job of the poet is to distil experiences, observations and thoughts to an economical form – and what the subject matter may be is of less importance than the communication itself.
In five venues around the Arts Centre, music of different styles will be available all day, a smorgasbord for visitors. This is something new for the CIMF and another of the partnerships made possible through extra arts funding responding to COVID.
First published 2020 in Malaysia by Strategic Information and Research Development Centre Republished in Australia in 2020 by For Pity Sake Publishing This review by Dr A.T. Ross is republished by kind permission of For Pity Sake Publishing
Despite its catchy and slightly misleading title, this is an important work on a long-ignored part of the Second World War in North Borneo.
Major Tom Harrisson led a party of 42 soldiers sent to gather intelligence prior to the landings of Australian forces in Borneo in 1945. Little was known about the natives, the terrain, or Japanese operations in the area of prime interest, the border ranges of British North Borneo and the Dutch East Indies.
Site-specific, large-scale permanent mural commissioned by The Street in partnership with the City Renewal Authority
Luke Cornish, with assistance from Dan Maginnity (aka byrd), is creating an artwork on site over four weeks in April, using a combination of handmade stencils and paint. The artwork’s design is inspired by its location and conversations with people living, working and visiting the City West Precinct, including artists, audiences and residents.
Ausdance ACT Dance Week event with Glenn Flanagan, Team Leader, Training and Development, Companion House Belconnen Arts Centre 2-5pm Friday 7 May 2021 Applications due 4pm Thursday 29 April 2021
If you are interested in developing your dance teaching skills, this three hour training program could be for you. It is focussed on an awareness of how to best teach dance to people of all ages, from refugee and other trauma backgrounds.
Viking, an imprint of Penguin Books, Australia 2021
Intimacy and loss are the stuff of this compassionate story – love and grief. Taking as its inspiration the true story of the Wind Phone, a real place, in Iwate Prefecture, northeast Japan, the emporium of imagination is a deeply touching piece of magical realism set in Boonah (also a real place in Queensland).
With a schools program and a diverting line-up of authors and events, Storyfest is back in business under the patronage of author Markus Zusak and artistic direction of author Meredith Jaffé. The program will soon be published on the festival website https://www.storyfest.org.au/
Dendy Cinema, Canberra City First film – The Mole Agent 2pm on 25 April 2021
Stronger than Fiction (STF) is back after a COVID hiatus. However, rather than screening over a short sharp period, films will be presented monthly., still provide the opportunity for regular get-togethers with like-minded film goers, for Q&As with directors and experts, and for performances by local musicians.