Contrasts in Motion: Unveiling the Subtle and the Unnoticed

Leslie Andersen and Jeanette Muirhead
The Front Gallery & Café
1 Wattle Place Lyneham ACT
5-17 April 2024
Open weekdays 7am-3pm and weekends 8am-2pm

These artists share a common belief in the value of walking, of slowing down to observe and appreciate the inconspicuous. They invite viewers to discover beauty in unusual places.

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Sarah Bailey – Body of Lies

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2024
Cover design Luke Causby/Blue Cork
Cover images Adobe Stock

The body snatching that occurs early in this novel will immediately flag for those of us of a certain vintage both the 17th, 18th and 19th century practice of the removal and sale of corpses for medical dissection and the fanciful sci-fi novel The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Jack Finney,1954) and film adaptations (1956, 1978, 1993 and 2007).

Sarah Bailey talks to Barbie about Body of Lies
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Barbara Dawson – Layered Land: Time, Fragility, Repair

M16 Artspace, Gallery 3
21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT
Friday 22 March – Sunday 14 April 2024
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12 noon to 5pm

Barbara Dawson’s Layered Land series of drawings and textiles investigates the way a place is remembered. In the mind’s reinterpreting details are altered, omitted, and become imbued with one’s own emotional outlook.

Barbie spoke to Barbara Dawson at M16 about Layered Land: Time, Fragility, Repair
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Creative Gunning – Fibre to Fabric

Connect@Gunning Station
Grovenor Street Gunning NSW
Sunday 14 April 2024 
Free but bookings essential

In this Fibre to Fabric exhibition, each room of Connect@Gunning Station will be dedicated to a particular stage of the process of preparing alpaca and wool fleece, spinning, weaving and other ways of making fabric and woven cord.

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Sydney Printmakers – Divergent

Humble House Gallery
93 Wollongong St Fyshwick ACT
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
Until 21 April 2024

Sydney Printmakers explore all traditional and contemporary forms of printmaking. A reputation for excellence in printmaking is testament to the collective abilities of its members.

Carmen Ky from Sydney Printmakers spoke to Barbie at Humble House about the exhibition
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Karen Viggers – Sidelines

Allen & Unwin Australia, 2024
Cover design Luke Causby/Blue Cork
Cover images Thomas Barwick/Getty Images;/Alamy; Luke Causby

In essence, Sidelines, Karen Viggers’ latest book, is about how hard it is to be a teenager in the 2020s, and indeed how hard it is to be the parent of one. However, I am reminded in reading this novel of the famous opening lines of Anna Karenina: All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Barbie spoke to Karen Viggers about Sidelines
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Allsorts Collective – From the outside to the inside

Strathnairn Homestead Galleries
27 March to 21 April, 2024

This exhibition by Shakir Rayman, Stephanie Boyle, Louise Spencer, Katie Volter and Belinda Gill explores the relationship between public and private spaces through a series of works in acrylic, watercolour and pastel.

Belinda Gill spioke to Barbie at Strathnairn about From the Outside to the inside
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Group Exhibition for International Women’s Day

Village Gallery Sutton
51 Camp Street Sutton NSW
Until 31 March 2024
Thursday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sundays 11am to 4pm

This exhibition by fourteen artists pays tribute to women, their strength and many achievements across the globe and in our community.

The artists:

  • Alexandra Mills
  • Andrea Sinclair
  • Charlotte Whitby
  • Diana Rule-Reynolds
  • Emily Bowen
  • Erin Stonestreet
  • Jennifer Baird
  • Kim Sinclair
  • Laurie McKern
  • Mel Hayton
  • Robyn Booth
  • Sally Dunbar
  • Sophie Ryan
  • Stephanie Corkhill-Hyles


Image credit: Mel Hayton – Merle Thornton and Rosalie Bognor Claim Equal Drinking Rights for Women, oil and acrylic on canvas

Acacia Quartet takes a Chance with Beethoven and Schubert

Gunning Courtroom
101 Yass Street Gunning NSW
2pm Sunday 14 April 2024

The Acacia Quartet will present a selection of music featuring Alice Chance, Beethoven, and Schubert. The audience is invited to enjoy chamber music played in the type of intimate setting for which it was originally intended.

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