MonthNovember 2021

Exhibition on Screen – The Danish Collector, Delacroix to Gauguin

Palace Electric Cinema, Canberra, ACT
Friday 3 December 2021 at 1pm and Sunday 5 December at 1.30pm
Nationally from 2 December 2021

Directed by award-winning Australian-born filmmaker and artist, David Bickerstaff, this documentary showcases a treasure trove of Impressionist artworks, currently held at Denmark’s acclaimed Ordrupgaard museum.

Barbie spoke to executive producer Phil Grabsky about the latest Exhibition on Screen
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The Stories we tell ourselves

Online and free
30 November to 2 December 2021

This event brings together a range of writers, publishers and academics from Britain and Australia to discuss equity and social justice and the stories we get to hear.

It will feature three thought-provoking panel discussions exploring power, representation and diversity in publishing in Australia and the UK, hosted by the Wheeler Centre, Spread the Word and the Melbourne City of Literature Office.

Author Cath Moore talks about The Stories We Tell Ourselves
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Michael Burge – Tank Water

Midnight Sun Publishing, Australia, 2021
Cover design Kim Lock

This is a fine crime fiction novel (it happens to be a debut), one that has clearly sat with its author and matured as would a cellared wine.

The plot of this story springs from rural gay hate crimes and hence it is destined to be classified as LGBTQIA+ literature, as well as crime fiction. I’ve spoken in other places about my issues regarding the boxing of works into evolving genre conventions and I raise the same concerns here.

Barbie spoke to Michael Burge about Tank Water
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East Meets West Orchestral Evening

Conducted by Guy Noble
Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music
Saturday 12 February 2022

East Meets West Orchestral Evening is an opportunity to hear Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and Yellow River Piano Concerto, two hugely popular Chinese classics, rarely performed live on Australian stages. The artists will be accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra.

Barbie spoke to Guy Noble about East Meets West
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2021 BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival

2-5 December 2021
State Library of NSW

BAD presents a program of nearly 40 different sessions, panels and special events. All sessions will also be available on Zoom for those who cannot attend in person. BAD will present sessions about fiction, true crime and social justice.

Barbie spoke to Bad Sydney’s Artistic Director, Catherine du Peloux Menagé
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Samara Parish – How to Survive a Scandal

Hachette Book Group, USA and Australia, 2021
Cover design Daniela Medina

This debut Regency romance by Samara Parish is also a good publishing story about someone who wrote, worked on despite discouragements and then hit paydirt with an American contract for a 3 book series. One can but revel in this.

Samara Parish talks to Barbie about How to Survive a Scandal
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Scott Leggo: Australia – A Photographic Journey

Scott Leggo PL, Australia, 2021
Book design Kristin Thomas

What better time to produce a coffee table option for travellers? This book is sumptuously full of photographs of magnificent Australian landscapes – it could be either a temptation to travel or a substitute for it in times of restricted movement like those pressed on us by COVID-19.

Scott Leggo takes Barbie on a tour of the book and gallery
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ASOC Printmaking Workgroup – Handprinted

Kyeema Gallery at Capital Wines
13 Gladstone Street, Hall, ACT
Until 20 December 2021
Open Thursdays to Mondays 10am to 5pm

This exhibition is work by some of the members of this regularly meeting group of printmakers from the Artists Society of Canberra. It is a varied collection, made using a variety of printing techniques including drypoint, colograph, monoprint and linocut.

Barbie spoke to ASOC’s Simone Doherty about the printmaking exhibition
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Tania McCartney – Plume world explorer

Hardie Grant Explore, Australia, 2021
Design Jo Hunt

Tania McCartney is both author and illustrator of this book, a story which delights in individuality, cultural diversity, travel, an adventuresome spirit, reading, sharing of experiences and the power of the image.

Tania McCartney tells Barbie about Plume world explorer
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Jonathan Jones – untitled (transcriptions of country)

In collaboration with women from the Information and Cultural Exchange and Adorned Collective
Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France
24 November 2021 to 20 February 2022

Artspace Sydney in 2022

The work explores colonial contact and theft, and draws on the collections gathered by the French expedition from 1800 to 1803, led  by Captain Nicolas Baudin to what was then known as New Holland.

Yamane Fayed and Jonathan Jones talk about the exhibition
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Belco Arts reopening events

Late Night by the Lake
10am to 8pm 26 November 2021

Graeme Base exhibition until 6 February 2022
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm

118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, ACT

Other Worlds: Exploring the Universe of Graeme Base features original illustrations from the book, The Worst Band in the Universe, and is complemented by exhibitions from local artists byrd, Hanna Hoyne and Tom Buckland.

Barbie talks with Belco Arts’ Artistic Director Monika McInerney about the reopening
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ZEST Dance for Wellbeing program

Belconnen and Tuggeranong Arts Centres
Ongoing, 10 week terms, parallel to the ACT School Terms

ZEST classes are designed for adults who want to keep their body and brain active and healthy, regardless of their mobility, skill or age. This program is managed and conducted by Philip Piggin, Jan Ingall, Debora di Centa and Jacqui Simmonds.

Philip Piggin talks about the ZEST Dance for Wellbeing program
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Berndt Sellheim – The Fatal Dance

Harper Collins, Australia, 2021
Cover Design gray318

Huntington’s Disease is the driver of this story, an inherited condition the randomness of which is a metaphor for the equally unequal and unjust fall of events in human lives.

Berndt Sellheim talks to Barbie about The Fatal Dance
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Melanie King – The Secret History of English Spas

Bodleian Library Publishing, UK, 2021
Cover design Dot Little, Bodleian Library

This book is a pleasure both to hold and to read, its exquisite production just what we might expect from the Bodleian. The aim of this press is to make accessible things which otherwise might be the province of academic research, to bring to the public some of the ‘riches of Oxford’s libraries’ ( I for one am deeply grateful for this.

Barbie spoke to Melanie King about The Secret History of English Spas
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Sally Dunbar – Classic Canberra

Mixed media picture of Parliament House Canberra by artist Sally Dunbar

Humble House Gallery
93 Wollongong Street Fyshwick ACT
Until 5 December 2021
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm

If we were to write a love song to Canberra, it would look like this – an original and quirky pop song full of love, colour, life and humour.

Sally Dunbar, who was an ANU art school graduate in printmaking and mixed media and who works as a primary school art teacher, has used collage, paint and marker pen to depict the glorious everyday of Canberra.

Barbie visited Humble House Gallery to talk to Sally Dunbar about Classic Canberra
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