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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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Sip and Sketch at Flazéda – Life Drawing Session

Sunday 18 July 2021
From 6pm (with doors opening at 5.30) to approximately 8pm. 
Flazéda 68 Emu Bank Unit 4 Belconnen, ACT 2617

Presented by local artist Elise Miller, Sip and Sketch is an 18+ life drawing event for artists of all skill levels, centring on diverse bodies in art and connecting artists from intersectional backgrounds.

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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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Steelers – film review

Running time 80 minutes
Rating M
Available to rent or buy on Apple TV, Google Play and Amazon Prime Video
Also available on: Fetch, YouTube, Foxtel Store, PlayStation Store and Microsoft

In his debut feature length documentary film, Australian journalist and rugby player Eammon Ashton-Atkinson tells the story of the 2018 campaign by the English Kings Cross Steelers rugby club for the Bingham Cup – the world tournament of gay rugby.

Unable to play in the tournament because of injury, Ashton-Atkinson shot, wrote, edited, directed and narrated the film. He tells his own story about being bullied and outed at school, which led to loneliness and depression in his adult life, before he found happiness at the Steelers.

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The Birds – Bungendore Fine Art

July/August 2021
Open 10am to 4.30pm from Thursday to Monday

Gallery partners Ray Barnett, Jenny Becker, Roz Dibley, Sue Grieves, Val Le Maitre, Janette McGuffog, Sukhvinder Saggu Marion Schumacher present an exhibition depicting birds in styles ranging from detailed biological to the whimsical, humorous and expressionistic.

Barbie spoke to artists Roz Dibley and Janette McGuffog at Bungendore Fine Art
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Transcendence – an abstract group show at Grainger Gallery

Building 3.3, 1 Dairy Flat Road, Fyshwick ACT
Open 11am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday or by appointment

This is an exhibition of abstract works by:

  • Felicia Aroney
  • Kate Banazi
  • Carol Batchelor
  • Thomas Bucich
  • Lisa Cahill
  • Catherine Cassidy
  • Veronica Cay
  • Solomon Grainger
  • Stefan Heyer
  • Gabrielle Jones
  • Gerald Jones
  • Erin Liliana
  • Chen Ping
  • Benjamin Shine
  • Sian Watson


Image: supplied

Moonbound – Film Review

Now showing at Palace Electric and Limelight Cinemas, Canberra
Family – Rated PG
81 minutes

This film is based on a popular chldren’s book, Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon by German author and playwright Gerdt von Bassewitz (1912), and is generally recommended for children from age 6 up.

Peter sets out on a magical journey to the moon rescue his little sister Anne, who wasn kidnapped by the evil Moon Man when she was trying to help a beetle, Mr Zoomzeman. Peter is helped in his quest by the sleepy Mr Sandman.

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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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Art in Miniature Annual Exhibition

The Link, Ginninderry, 1 McClymont Way Strathnairn ACT
7 July to 15 August 2021
Bookings essential for official opening Saturday 10 July 2pm by Anne Masters, Director of Gallery of Small Things

We have come to expect a very high standard from these artists who work in miniature. The annual exhibition is always a celebratory event and is a huge temptation to purchase works, with such a variety of subject matter and styles on show.

Barbie speaks with Camelia Smith about the exhibition.
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I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You – The Street Canberra

Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th July 2021, 7:30pm
Saturday 10 July at 3pm
60 minutes
Q&A with Creative Team from The Good Room on 10 July at 6.30pm

I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You is a joyous and revealing one hour tell-all that tackles life’s big (and little) questions, designed in collaboration with, and performed by, young people.

The Street and Canberra Youth Theatre have joined to bring award-winning performance collective The Good Room to Canberra with their show full of questions asked by young people and answered by adults. Eighteen talented young people chosen from 50 auditionees bring the voices and ideas of young Canberrans to the stage in a genuine exchange between generations.

Barbie spoke with Cienda McNamara, Resident Director of The Good Room (pictured above)
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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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From the Vine – Film Review

English with some subtitled Italian language
Rated M, 94 minutes
Now showing at Palace Electric, Canberra

Lawyer and automotive company executive Mark Gentile takes a stand against a corporate policy he finds unethical. He resigns his job and ecides to travel to his childhood home, the tiny village of Acerenza in Southern Italy, to visit the vineyard where he grew up, finding it in a state of disrepair.

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