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2021 Telstra NATSIAA Finalists Announced

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT)
Opening Ceremony – Friday 6 August 2021 at 6pm
Exhibition opens Saturday 7 August at 10am and continues until Sunday 6 February 2022
Admission is free

Judges have announced 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 speaks with finalist Kyra Mancktelow
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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.

Barfbie spoke to Catherine Meatheringham about All Dogs Bark
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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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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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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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Amelia McInerney and Adam Nickel – Who Fed Zed?

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2021

Humour is great way to impart serious messages to readers of all ages and especially to children. This book covers current issues including food allergies and how to respond to them, and the need for the utmost care in reading all labels on foods and chemical products used in the home.

Barbie talks to Amelia McInerney about Who Fed Zed?
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R.W.R. McDonald – Nancy Business

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2021

Like The Nancys, the first in this crime series, Nancy Business delivers dark crimes in a small rural setting – murder, corruption and character assassination for a start.

But, and here’s the crucial thing, the story is driven by such clever humour and such likeable unlikely heroes that we have trouble feeling too appalled by the darkness.

Author R.W.R. McDonald talks about Nancy Business
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Wilding: The Secret Life of Urban Plants

A Tuggeranong Arts Centre Public Program
Postponed until further notice because of COVID restrictions – see TAC website

Wilding includes a wild edibles foraging workshop and a symposium on human relationships with nature.

Barbie spoke with Diego Bonetto about his wild edibles foraging workshop
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Mandy Foot – Lucy and Copper

Lothian Books, Hachette, Australia, 2021

Artist-writer Mandy Foot has tackled some interesting and important issues in this beautifully presented work.

The surface story is of a little girl growing up and having to stop riding her beloved pony. The application of this to a wider context is clear – we all have to cope with change and loss and to support others as they do so. Lucy’s Pa is a gentle adult figure in the story guiding her through the difficult path to acceptance and the finding of new joy.

Mandy Foot talks to Barbie about Lucy and Copper
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Irma Gold and Susannah Crispe: Where The Heart Is

EK Books, an imprint of Exisle Publishing, Australia, 2021

This book is a perfect example of the capacity of the picture book to both enchant and inform us. Based on the true story of a remarkable relationship between a Magellanic penguin Called Din dim and Joao, the man who rescued him after an oil spill, Where The Heart Is is on first reading  a love story.

Irma Gold and Susannah Crispe talk about Where The Heart Is
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Invocation – creative development showing

Belconnen Arts Centre
8pm Saturday 26 June 2021

Suitable for all ages
1 hour, no interval

Invocation is an end-of-residency creative development about climate change, by Earthbound, a collaboration which brings together dance, visual arts, storytelling and music.

Eathbound’s five artists are the inaugural recipients of Belco Art’s Rhizome Performing Arts Residency.

Richard spoke to performer Glenda Cloughley and theatre consultant Elizabeth Cameron Dalman about Invocation
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Canberra connection for new Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre

Living Arts Canberra congratulates Daniel Riley on his appointment as Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre. He succeeds the long serving (22 years) Garry Stewart (pictured) at the end of 2021.

A Wiradjuri man, Daniel began contemporary dance as a 12 year-old at the invitation of ADT’s founder and first Artistic Director, Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM, in Canberra. Elizabeth and her colleague Vivienne Rogis suggested that Daniel apply to Canberra based QL2 (then Quantum Leap).

Barbie talks to Ruth Osborne, Artistic Director of QL2 Dance Canberra, about Daniel Riley
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