MonthAugust 2021

2021 Telstra NATSIAA winners announced

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT)
Exhibition continues until Sunday 6 February 2022
Admission is free

Judges have announced the seven winners of the of the Telstra NATSIAA awards.

They were chosen from 34 finalists from the Northern Territory, 14 from Western Australia, nine from South Australia, four from Queensland including one Torres Strait Islander artist, three from New South Wales and one Victorian artist.

Barbie spoke with the winner of the Emerging Artist Award, Queensland artist Kyra Mancktelow
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Sophie Green – Thursdays at Orange Blossom House

Hachette, Australia, 2021

Sophie Green has already proved herself a mistress of the women’s friendship story with The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club and The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle. In each case a group of disparate women come together over an interest – this time it is a yoga class.

Sophie Green talks to Barbie about Thursdays at Orange Blossom House
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Omar Musa – Precious Thing Vanishing Thing

Humble House Gallery
93 Wollongong Street Fyshwick ACT
Wednesdays to Sundays 10am to 4pm
Until 22 August 2021
Opening drinks and performance Saturday 7 August at 2pm

As we might expect from performance poet Omar Musa, this exhibition of woodcut prints is strongly political in its theme – his subjects and landscapes come from his dual heritage of Malaysia and Australia, for the most part depicting loss.

Barbie spoke to Omar Musa at Humble House about the exhibition. The interview includes strong language.
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Joel Swadling – David Branson biography project

Actor Joel Swadling was a close friend of Canberra theatre director, musician, actor and writer David Branson, who died in a car accident in 2011 at the age of just 37.

Joel Swadling spoke to Barbie about the David Branson biography project
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Canberra Sinfonia – Mozart Concerto Gala

Artistic Director Leonard Weiss
3pm, Saturday 21 August 2021
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest ACT

The Canberra Sinfonia’s  first concerto gala celebrates youthful soloists in our National Capital. This inaugural performance will feature soloists Lucy Macourt (violin), Alison Mountain (flute) and Rowan Phemister (harp).

Conductor Lenny Weiss talks about the Mozart gala.
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Entries open for ACT Writing and Publishing Awards 2021

Writing and Publishing Awards close 27 August 2021
June Shenfield Poetry Awards close Sunday 29 August
Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award close Monday 30 August

The ACT Writing and Publishing awards are designed to recognise, reward and promote ACT region authors whose works have been self-published, or published by a small publisher. The 2021 awards are open to books published in 2020, in the categories of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and children’s books.

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Diversity the focus for Music for Canberra’s new CEO and artistic convenor

The Chief Executive Officer of Music for Canberra. Helen Roben, says there are close parallels between her new role and that of her former job as general manager of the National Folk Festival.

And Music for Canberra is also a good fit for musician, conductor and educator Melinda Hole, who’s the organisation’s new artistic convenor for the classical music stream.

Richard spoke to Helen Roben and Melinda Hole at Music for Canberra
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Eleanor Cole – The Garden

Kyeema Gallery, Hall, ACT
Until 5 September 2021
Open Thursday to Monday 10.30am to 5pm

Eleanor Cole’s exhibition is a celebration of natural beauty. The works are an eclectic mix in print, paint, ink, and pencil. Her theme, The Garden, comes from the artist’s love for wild and cultivated nature, spaces of intrigue and rejuvenation connecting with the spirit and soul.

Image Herbaceous by Eleanor Cole

Kyeema Gallery is at Capital Wines in Hall – https://capitalwines.com.au

Stronger than Fiction Film Festival – System K

Dendy Canberra
Friday 6 August at 6.45pm and Sunday 15 August 2021 at 2.15pm

France, 2020, 94 minutes

This film by Renaud Barret looks at street artists of various kinds in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Underground visual artists, musicians and performers create works using recycled objects and their own bodies to express their anger and their dreams for change.

Hannah de Feyter from Stronger than Fiction talks about System K
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Anstey Harris – The Museum of Forgotten Memories

Simon & Schuster, UK, 2020

Here’s an upfront declaration that when I read Anstey Harris’s first novel The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton, I became an immediate fan. As with the Grace Atherton book, in The Museum of Forgotten Memories the author has created a strong and resourceful female lead who finds herself in trying personal circumstances.

Anstey Harris talks to Barbie about The Museum of Forgotten Memories
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Heroes, Rebels and Innovators – Inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People from History

By Karen Wyld and Jaelyn Biumaiwai
A Lothian Children’s Book, Hachette, Australia, 2021

The author tells me that she wrote this book for Aboriginal children, their parents and teachers, but it will of course be a useful and welcome addition to primary school and public libraries across Australia for the wider community.

Barbie spoke to author Karen Wyld
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