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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.

Val Johnson talks to Barbie at Strathnairn about Meandering around the Murray
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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.

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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Best-selling author is new Australian Children’s Laureate

The Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation has announced Sally Rippin as the 8th Australian Children’s Laureate for 2024 and 2025.

Barbie spoke to Sally Rippin about her role as the new Australian Children’s Laureate
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Cobargo Folk Festival urges patrons to book early

Friday 1 – Sunday 3 March 2024
Cobargo Showgrounds

Irish singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill will be one of the headline acts at this year’s Cobargo Folk Festival – and organisers have urged people to book their tickets as soon as possible.

Richard spoke to Festival Director Zena Armstrong
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Melissa Read-Devine and Julie Simmons – Elemental

Humble House Gallery
93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick, ACT
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
Saturday 3 February to Sunday 3 March 2024
Artist Talk at 12noon Sunday 4 February 2024

Elemental  is a culmination of painting trips around the country but primarily at Arkaroola in the Northern Flinders Ranges.

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