MonthJuly 2021

Sally Greenaway invites you to support a new choral music recording project

Official closing date for donations to the campaign is the end of July 2021.

Renowned Canberra composer and performer Sally Greenaway is working with the inimitable Roland Peelman and Luminescence Chamber Singers to create a video and audio recording of two new pieces of choral music.

Sally Greenaway talks about the project
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Art historian appointed CEO of Bundanon Trust

Rachel Kent, currently Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney will begin a new role as Bundanon Trust’s CEO on 6 September 2021.

She succeeds Deborah Ely AM, who announced her decision to step down in December 2020.

Barbie spoke to Rachel Kent about her appointment as Bundanon CEO
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Catherine Meatheringham and Deb Hudson – All Dogs Bark

Windy Hollow Books, Australia, 2021

This charming book is Catherine Meatheringham’s second, and follows the equally joyous My Possum Plays the Drums (Catherine Meatheringham and Max Hamilton, Windy Hollow Books, 2020).

Like its predecessor, it delights in the use of onomatopoeia, a favourite device of children’s authors for engaging both the interest and the participation of young listeners. The author has shared with us the words a number of different cultures and language groups use to denote the sound of the dog’s bark – in English Woof Woof.

Barbie spoke to Catherine Meatheringham about All Dogs Bark
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Sip and Sketch at Flazéda – Life Drawing Session

Sunday 18 July 2021
From 6pm (with doors opening at 5.30) to approximately 8pm. 
Flazéda 68 Emu Bank Unit 4 Belconnen, ACT 2617

Presented by local artist Elise Miller, Sip and Sketch is an 18+ life drawing event for artists of all skill levels, centring on diverse bodies in art and connecting artists from intersectional backgrounds.

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Ein deutsches Requiem – Canberra Choral Society and National Capital Orchestra

Saturday 24 July 2021 at 3pm
Llewelyn Hall, ANU School of Music
Conducted by Leonard Weiss
Chorus Master Dan Walker

After a year of COVID enforced hibernation, this traditional annual collaboration of the Canberra Choral Society and the National Capital Orchestra features Brahms’s most personal work – a masterpiece that established his unmistakable musical voice and reputation.

Leonard Weiss talks to Barbie about Ein deutsches Requiem
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New Owner by Arielle Gray and Tim Watts

The Street, Canberra
Postponed until further notice because of COVID restrictions – check The Street website

The latest theatrical experience from acclaimed Western Australian theatre makers, The Last Great Hunt, New Owner mixes puppetry, animation, live performance and a soundtrack of original music to follow the story of Bart, a puppy from the pound adopted by Mabel, an elderly woman.

Tim Watts from The Last Great Hunt, talks about New Owner
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Steelers – film review

Running time 80 minutes
Rating M
Available to rent or buy on Apple TV, Google Play and Amazon Prime Video
Also available on: Fetch, YouTube, Foxtel Store, PlayStation Store and Microsoft

In his debut feature length documentary film, Australian journalist and rugby player Eammon Ashton-Atkinson tells the story of the 2018 campaign by the English Kings Cross Steelers rugby club for the Bingham Cup – the world tournament of gay rugby.

Unable to play in the tournament because of injury, Ashton-Atkinson shot, wrote, edited, directed and narrated the film. He tells his own story about being bullied and outed at school, which led to loneliness and depression in his adult life, before he found happiness at the Steelers.

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Joyce Morgan – The Countess from Kirribilli

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2021

Elizabeth von Arnim has proved to be a fascinating subject for biographer Joyce Morgan. A woman who deliberately created a mystique around her literary identity, the Countess was born Mary Beauchamp in Sydney in 1866, but lived most of her life in England, Germany, Switzerland, France and the USA.

Barbie spoke with with Joyce Morgan about The Countess from Kirribilli
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Eleanor Ray – Everything is beautiful

Published in the UK by Piatkus, 2021

One might be fooled by the pretty floral cover and romancey title of this book. For all the world it looks like a light romantic romp, but it is in fact a dark crime mystery with themes of grief and loss, trust and betrayal, power and domestic abuse.

Barbie speaks with Eleanor Ray about Everything is beautiful
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The Birds – Bungendore Fine Art

July/August 2021
Open 10am to 4.30pm from Thursday to Monday

Gallery partners Ray Barnett, Jenny Becker, Roz Dibley, Sue Grieves, Val Le Maitre, Janette McGuffog, Sukhvinder Saggu Marion Schumacher present an exhibition depicting birds in styles ranging from detailed biological to the whimsical, humorous and expressionistic.

Barbie spoke to artists Roz Dibley and Janette McGuffog at Bungendore Fine Art
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Transcendence – an abstract group show at Grainger Gallery

Building 3.3, 1 Dairy Flat Road, Fyshwick ACT
Open 11am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday or by appointment

This is an exhibition of abstract works by:

  • Felicia Aroney
  • Kate Banazi
  • Carol Batchelor
  • Thomas Bucich
  • Lisa Cahill
  • Catherine Cassidy
  • Veronica Cay
  • Solomon Grainger
  • Stefan Heyer
  • Gabrielle Jones
  • Gerald Jones
  • Erin Liliana
  • Chen Ping
  • Benjamin Shine
  • Sian Watson


Image: supplied

Moonbound – Film Review

Now showing at Palace Electric and Limelight Cinemas, Canberra
Family – Rated PG
81 minutes

This film is based on a popular chldren’s book, Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon by German author and playwright Gerdt von Bassewitz (1912), and is generally recommended for children from age 6 up.

Peter sets out on a magical journey to the moon rescue his little sister Anne, who wasn kidnapped by the evil Moon Man when she was trying to help a beetle, Mr Zoomzeman. Peter is helped in his quest by the sleepy Mr Sandman.

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Dee Copeland – Now and Then

Kyeema Gallery, Hall, ACT
Until 1 August 2021
Open Thursday to Monday 10.30am to 5pm
Official opening by Tara Cheyne MLA, ACT Minister for the Arts and Member for Ginninderra on 3 July at 5.30pm (booking required)

Dee Copeland has had a lifetime interest in art. She is mainly a landscape artist using acrylic, watercolour, pen, pencil and charcoal mediums. This is Dee’s first Solo Art Exhibition featuring artworks based on her travels overseas and locally, most painted en plein air and later completed at home.

Barbie spoke to Dee Copeland at Kyeema Gallery
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