Maura Pierlot and Jorge Garcia Redondo – Alphabetter

Affirm Press, Australia, 2024
Cover design and internal Stephanie Spartels @ Affirm Press
Cover illustrations Jorge Garcia Redondo

The question of how early one should teach ethics to children and in what form is at the heart of this book. Maura Pierlot posits a convincing argument with this work for its early introduction.

Barbie spoke to Maura Pierlot about Alphabetter
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Val Johnson – Meandering around the Murray

Strathnairn Homestead Gallery 1
90 Stockdill Drive Holt ACT
28 February to 24 March, 2024

This exhibition will present a new body of work by contemporary painter Val Johnson, depicting scenes from the Murray River and focusing on the patterns and shapes that emerge from the landscape.

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Alex Miller – A kind of confession: the writer’s private world

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2023
Jacket design by Lisa White
Jacket illustration – Edwina Edwards, Blue Trees

A kind of confession provides a glimpse into award-winning author Alex Miller’s life from boyhood to the present, documenting his feelings, ideas about a multiplicity of things and some personal and shared histories.

Barbie spoke to Alex Miller about A kind of confession
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Artists Society of Canberra Contemporary Group – Endangered

Wildbark Café at Mulligans Flat
25 Rosenbegr Street, Throsby ACT
5 to 24 March 2024

Members of the Contemporary Group of the Artists Soicety of Canberra have created work that reflects on the increase in the number of endangered species and the issue of imminent extinction.

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Musica Viva Australia – Long Lost Loves (and Grey Suede Gloves)

Pianist Michael Curtain with mezzo-soprano Anna Dowsley
Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Canberra
7pm Friday 1 March 2024

Written and directed by Constantine Costi, Long Lost Loves (and Grey Suede Gloves) weaves together a series of American composer William Bolcom’s cabaret songs to create a poignant meditation on life, love and living in the moment. 

Barbie spoke to Michael Curtain about Long Lost Loves (and Grey Suede Gloves)
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Canberra Glassworks announces winners of 2024 residencies

Three ACT artists are among 16 awarded residencies this year at Canberra Glassworks.

Hannah Gason and Elliot Bastianon will develop new work that will represent Canberra at Melbourne Design Fair 2025.

Peter Nilsson, a master of cold glass, has been awarded a mentorship to explore new processes in hot glass with glass blower Annette Blair.

Other recipients include:

  • Holly Grace (VIC), who will collaborate with master instrument maker, Kevin Bradley to explore the use of glass as a canvas for video projection and an acoustic device.
  • Kathy Elliott (NSW), who is recognised internationally for her collaborative glasswork with partner Ben Edols, will explore new carving applications on blown glass forms.
  • Ceramicists Lynda Draper (NSW), and Janet Fieldhouse (QLD) from the Torres Strait, who will translate their practices in glass for the first time.
  • Elliat Rich (NT), who will embark on a slow format residency of six months to experiment and develop samples and trials in glass. This will contribute to the creation of a series of new, innovative works to be showcased in Canberra, Melbourne, Darwin, and Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
  • NSW artists Guy Frederick, Thom Roberts, Skye Saxon, and Katrina Brennan (NSW) from Studio A, who will receive the Glassworks Access & Equity Residency. They plan to highlight their impact on communities and the environment.
  • Kate Shierlaw (SA), University of South Australia, and Carman Skeehan (SA), JamFactory Associate program, who are among the winners of a New Graduate Residency
  • Spence Messih (NSW), who will collaboration with a writer to create a new work for the Canberra Art Biennale as the Writer in Residence.
  • Art Group Creative Fellow, Josie Gluck, USA, who will encourage and support the next generation of glass makers.

Tilly Pamment – The Plain Cake Appreciation Society

Published by Murdoch Books, an imprint of Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2023
Design Manager and illustrations by Kristy Allen
Designers Trisha Garner and Susanne Geppert
Photography, recipes and styling by Tilly Pamment

Tilly Pamment’s cake cookbook is a beautifully produced work of art with her elegantly styled photographs of every cake, variously accompanied by flowers, fabrics, covetable ceramics and baking paraphernalia.

Barbie speaks to Tilly Pamment about The Plain Cake Appreciation Society
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ANCA Gallery – Loose Ends

1 Rosevear Place Dickson ACT 2602
Wednesday 21 February to Sunday 10 March 2024

S.A. Adair, Zev Aviv, Katrina Barter, Lucy Chetcuti, Tilly Davey, Kirsten Farrell, Karen Lee, Steve Roper and Kate Stevens invite you to visit their studios as they face unfinished projects, or make new works from the disparate materials each artist has stashed away.

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