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New national metal prize honours memory of celebrated designer

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and  FINK + Co
Inaugural 2022 Robert Foster F!NK National Metal Prize
Submissions close Monday 27 June 2022

The Robert Foster F!NK National Metal Prize is open to Australian-based metal working artists who create hollow-ware, flatware, lighting, small scale sculpture and objects.

Robert Foster, who trained in silversmithing at the then Canberra School of Art, founded FINK + Co in 1993 in Queanbeyan, near Canberra. He was killed in a car accident in July 2016.

Barbie spoke to Jodie Cunningham, CEO + Artistic Director at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and Gretel Harrison, Director of FINK and Co, at the announcement of the prize
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Roger Beale – The Magic of Light

Humble House Gallery
93 Wollongong Street Fyshwick
30 April to 29 May 2022
Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm

This exhibition of predominantly oils and pastels is the work of an accomplished and assured artist.

The collection includes delicious scenes of idyllic, nostalgia-inducing Paris gardens, immediately arousing wanderlust in the viewer. The combination of all that European greenery, the sculpture, the park benches, the floral borders and the dappled light not only makes for classically composed paintings  but also for classically beautiful objects of desire.

Barbie explored the exhibition at Humble House Gallery with Roger Beale
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A Hidden World – Canberra International Music Festival

Sunday 1 May 2022
Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia

Rubiks Collective presents Gemma Peacocke’s Waves & Lines, a multimedia song cycle for soprano, electronics, and chamber ensemble based on a tradition of Afghan women’s folk poetry.

Barbie spoke with Gelareh Pour from Rubik’s Collective about A Hidden World
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The Bundian Way – Canberra International Music Festival

Saturday 7 May 2022
Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU
75 minutes followed by a Q and A with John Blay, author of On Track

This multi-media event is new work by Kate Neal, Brenda Gifford, Eric Avery and Damian Barbeler. Instigated by Damian Barbeler, the 75 minute performance is immersive, with images from the track and music which captures the many aspects of nature and culture of the south east of Australia.  Featuring John Blay reading from his book On Track.

Barbie spoke to Damian Barbeler about The Bundian Way
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While you Sleep – The Street Theatre

A musical fugue and multimedia performance
Composer Kate Neal and visual artist Sal Cooper
Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April 2022 at 7.30pm

A Street Theatre, Tura New Music and Canberra International Music collaboration, While You Sleep is an immersive theatrical performance offering audiences an aural and visual excursion into parallel worlds of the classic musical fugue and the psychological ‘fugue state’.

It employs hand-drawn animation, live action, video and stop-motion, choreographed alongside the musicians on the stage.

Visual artist Sal Cooper speaks to Barbie about While You Sleep
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Ausdance ACT 2022 Australian Dance Week

Friday 29 April to Sunday 8 May 2022

During Australian Dance Week the Ausdance National Network promotes dance as an essential part of our lives. Ausdance ACT holds the largest Dance Week in Australia.

It is an annual umbrella festival of events, highlighting a thriving and diverse local dance scene. It includes studio classes, workshops, and activities for all ages with many free classes and showings.

Richard spoke to Ausdance ACT Artistic Director Cathy Adamek and the Principal of Canberra Dragon Dance, Wilson Lo.
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Lizz Murphy –  Poetry reading from The Wear of my Face

Hosted by Yass Bookstore
Liberty Theatre, Comur Street, Yass, NSW
Saturday 30 April 2022 at 3pm

Canberra region poet Lizz Murphy’s exquisite recent publication The Wear of my Face is reviewed on our website at:

All welcome, free entry, afternoon tea provided.

Photo: Living Arts Canberra

Venus Mantrap – Valley of the Molls

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
7:00pm (doors open 6.30pm)
April 29 and 30 and May 6 and 7, 2022

Drag performer Venus Mantrap navigates humour and horror in a coming-of-age tale set in the Tuggeranong Valley. Valley of the Molls is a one-hour show that uses lip-syncing and storytelling to make sense of the fraught landscape of adolescence.

Barbie spoke to Sam Townsend and designer Chris Zuber about Valley of the Molls
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Spanish Film Festival

Palace Electric Canberra
20 April to15 May 2022

Spanish language cinema from Spain and Latin America with 34 films from Spain, Latin America including Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay and the Dominican Republic and three from Australia and the USA. Genres include period-set drama, documentary, realist drama, satire comedy.

Palace CEO Benjamin Zeccola speaks to Barbie about the festival
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Archie Roach headlines at National Folk Festival opening

National Folk Festlval
Exhibition Park in Canberra
Until Monday 18 April 2022

ARIA Award-winning First Nations singer-songwriter Archie Roach will feature at the opening concert of the 2022 National Folk Festival on Friday 15 April.

The Let Love Rule opening concert at the vast Narragunnawali Stage venue on the EPIC oval from 6pm, also features the Hauptmann Trio, the Phoenix Collective String Quartet, Layla Barnett, Katie Noonan, Alinta Barlow, Tibetan refugee and musician Tenzin Choegyal and the Folk Festival Choir.

Archie Roach and Festival Artistic Director Katy Noonan at rehearsal for the opening concert
  • Listen to interviews and music with Tenzin Choegyal and other festival performers, including Snowy Mountains-based Folk/Americana duo Montgomery Church, and Canberra performers the Super Rats Romanian Band and the Shanty Singers.
Tenzin Choegyal

Montgomery Church

Super Rats Romanian Band

Shanty Singers

Photo of Archie Roach at rehearsal by Living Arts Canberra

Film Review – Happening (L’Evenement)

Directed by Audrey Diwan
French language with English subtitles
R18+ (high impact themes – sex, nudity), 100 minutes
Currently showing at Palace Electric and Dendy Canberra

L’Evenement is an adaptation of Annie Ernaux’s autobiographical novel and was featured in the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2022.

It is a powerful female story set in France in 1963, a time when abortion was classified as murder.

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Los Romeos Oxidados supported by Nicholas Lee-Murphy

6-9pm Saturday 23 April 2022
Bunker Arts Studio, 6 Silva Avenue, Queanbeyan NSW

Los Romeos Oxidados are a six piece band from Sydney, who put a bit of a twist on roots, rockabilly, and country music, drawing on influences from Hank Williams to the Ramones and the Clash.

Its members come from bands including The Lime Spiders, The Cruel Sea, Chain, Grooveyard, The Tenants and The Beaut Utes.

Nicholas Lee Murphy is an award winning songwriter and raconteur beyond his years.  His playful wit, charm and storytelling will captivate and delight you. 

Free BBQ / sausage sizzle, salad and soup in the break.

Tuggeranong Arts Centre – Contrasting Conventions

Natalie Quan Yau Tso: I have arrived at Yellow
LUCA’s Daughters: Ventre
Karri McPherson: More Than Meets the Eye
9 April until 21 May 2022

These three immersive exhibitions explore colour, surface, co-creation and collaboration. The artist’s works use the mediums of video, painting, movement, installation, and performance and  investigate self-reflective themes including racial identity.

Natalie Quan Yau Tso – I have arrived at Yellow
Luca’s Daughters – Ventre
Karri McPherson – More than Meets the Eye
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