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A Call to Spy – Film Review

Palace Electric Canberra
Preview 20 December 2020 at 4.10pm
Nationally from 26 December

Running Time: 123 minutes, rated M

This fictionalised historical drama from the 2020 British Film Festival is inspired by real events, though it takes the liberty of throwing together characters whose paths did not actually cross.  

It is the story of three little-known female heroes of WWII, engaged in Churchill’s ring of female spies, who came under the umbrella of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) Their mission was to conduct sabotage and build a resistance.

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Kate Carruthers and Michael Warner – The Fire and the Flood

X Gallery Bungendore until 8 February 2021
32 Gibraltar Street, Bungendore, NSW
Open Friday to Monday or by appointment, phone 6238 0550

It is clear that the 2019-20 bushfires were a deeply etched experience for both artists, who are residents of Braidwood, and yet there is a spare restraint in their work.

Barbie talks to Kate Carruthers and Michael Warner on site at X Gallery
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I Dance Festival – a mini festival of dance films

From 5pm Friday 18 December to Monday 21 December 2020
Free event
Book at Eventbrite

Produced and presented by Liz Lea and the Australian Talented Youth Project, supported by the Office for Disability Inclusion and Participation and Ausdance ACT’s Small Grants Fund (in turn supported by the ACT Government), the I Dance Festival will showcase excellence in dance films curated and created by artists with disability across the ACT, Australia and the world.

The festival is hosted by Hanna Cormick, Matt Shilcock and Liz Lea for the 2020 International Day of People with Disability.

Film artists include Katrina Mcpherson, Simon Fildes & Marc Brew, Fayen D’Evie & Hillary Goidell, Sue Jo Wright, Imago Theatre & Hanna Cormick, Restless Dance Theatre, Josh Twee & Matt Shilcock, Joshua Campton and Riana Head-Toussaint.

I Dance has Auslan Interpretation, Captions and Audio Description.

2020 Australian Dance Awards Winners

The Australian Dance Awards were presented online on Tuesday 8 December, acknowledging achievements across 2018 and 2019 in 12 categories.

They celebrate the rich diversity and uniqueness of dance in Australia with national companies, performers and collaborating artists, dedicated studio, school and tertiary teachers, regional and remote artists, independents, youth and community dance groups.

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Lesley Wallington – Birds on the Shoreline

Bungendore Fine Art
5 December 2020 to 25 January 2021

Depicting birds from the inland to the coast, this exhibition celebrates the diversity of birdlife inhabiting and visiting South Eastern Australia.  These recent works are watercolour, gouache and mixed media.

Lesley Wallington is a professional award-winning artist and tutor. Lesley is a keen bird watcher who volunteers for the South Coast Shorebird Recovery program. She currently paints in her home studio and conducts classes and workshops for Nature Art Lab in Canberra.

Roz Dibley from Bungendore Fine Art talks about December and January exhibitions at Bungendore Fine Art

A Gift from Bob / A Christmas Gift from Bob – film review

Palace Electric Canberra
From 3 December 2020
Rated PG, 92 mins

James Bowen was a busker and recovering addict when, in 2007, he rescued an abandoned and injured cat, nursing it back to health.

He and the cat, christened Bob, became inseparable, winning admirers as they performed and sold The Big Issue on the streets of London.

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Graduating Exhibition of CIT Visual Arts students for 2020

Saturday 5 December, 10:00am – 4pm
DesignSpace gallery, L Block building, Reid Campus, Canberra Institute of Technology

In a highly challenging year for students and teachers across the world, it is a delight to see an exhibition of work by graduating art students at CIT Canberra.

The exhibition is testament to the dedication of both students and staff to the completion of bodies of work which express the individuality and talent of their makers.

At the VIP night on Thursday 3 December, Craft ACT awarded two Emerging Artist Support Scheme winners: Akka Ballenger (https://akkaballengerconstantin.com/) and Christine Little (@ChrisLittle_Art)

Akka Ballenger
Sally Black

The NAVA award of two years’ membership went to Sally Black (http://www.thesallyblack.com/)  – this award recognises a student’s preparation for professional practice.

Malyan Gilbert (pictured)

You can also find things of interest on Instagram: #CITDiplomavisualart2020 

Congratulations to all students and staff and best wishes to the graduates in their ongoing or new careers.

Canberra Sinfonia returns, and so does Lenny Weiss

Directed by Leonard Weiss
Natalie Nicolas & Lachner
Saturday 5 December at 2pm
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest ACT
Tickets: $35 at canberrasinfonia.com

We are delighted to see Artistic Director Leonard Weiss conducting the Canberra Sinfonia again, having recently returned from studying conducting with Marin Alsop in the USA.

Prime goals for the Sinfonia are to give exceptional performances of chamber music, and to promote new music, primarily by Australian composers, as a core feature of their concerts.

Lenny Weiss talks about the Canberra Sinfonia concert on 5 December
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Alchemy Chorus – a choir for people living with dementia and their carers

https://alchemychorus.com

Alchemy Chorus brings together people living with dementia, their relative or close friend, volunteer musicians and singers for a morning of music-making, story-sharing, laughter and fun.

The choir normally meets from 10am to 12noon on Thursdays at the Hughes Community Centre but COVID restrictions have meant a temporary relocation to the park opposite. Under the shade of an oak, the group works on its extensive repertoire under the leadership of Brian Triglone.

Barbie spoke to Alchemy Choir organisers and participants

Alchemy Chorus was founded in 2016 and provides not only the benefits of music but also of social interaction for both carers and dementia sufferers. The socialising with people who understand their situation is cited by carers as a major plus for the group. A third of the group is made up of volunteers, allowing for smooth administration and the organisation of regular concert performances.

We enjoyed a morning with the choir and found it to be a welcoming and well organised group, coping magnificently with the difficulties of the time, enjoying a great range of familiar songs and a healthy dose of laughter. Some excellent voices are members of the choir and these people are often soloists in the concerts.

New members are always welcome. It is advised to contact the choir organisers before attending. Contact details are on the Alchemy Chorus website.

Music for Canberra – A Musical Celebration

Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music
From 1.30pm Saturday 5 December 2020

Tickets: https://musicforcanberra.org.au/whats-on/

In a COVID year full of challenges, Music for Canberra is delighted to be performing for face to face audience at its end of year musical celebration.

With concerts from young and talented String Stream Ensembles, James McCusker Orchestra and the Canberra Youth Orchestra these day and night performances will be jam packed full of music from MFC Concerto Competition winners and small ensembles, with piano accordion player Anton Wurzer and diverse repertoire including Vaughan Williams, Vieuxtemps, and Tchaikovsky.

  • String Stream Ensembles: 1.30 to 3.30pm
  • James McCusker Orchestra: 4.30- 6pm
  • Canberra Youth Orchestra: 7.30-9.30pm

Adaptation – Canberra Glassworks

In collaboration with Suki & Hugh Gallery
25 November – 20 December 2020 
Opening and Christmas launch 25 November, 4pm to 8pm

The events of 2020 have highlighted the need for collaboration and supporting each other as a community.  Hence this collaboration on the exhibition Adaptation.

Barbie interviewed some of the artists from Adaptation at the exhibition opening.

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Kylie Fogarty – In The Vines

Barton Estate Wines
2307 Barton Hwy, Murrumbateman NSW 2582
Part of the DESIGN Canberra festival
Until 29 November 2020
10am – 5pm weekends, weekdays by appointment
Meet the artist 1pm 29 November

Kylie Fogarty has been artist in residence at Barton Estate for the past seven years.

She has now created an exhibition paintings and drawings, responding to her experiences and exploring the elements which have impacted the wines during this time – heat, rain, hail, and more recently, fire and smoke.

Kylie Fogarty talks about In the Vines on site at Barton Estate Wines

The exhibition pays homage to the landscape around Barton Estate Wines, and is a tribute to the process of viticulture.

Pub Rock – National Portrait Gallery

Until 14 February 2021
Free, but sessions bookings required under COVID rules
https://www.portrait.gov.au/

Pub Rock celebrates the people, places, scenes and sounds defining 1970s and 1980s Australia. Drawn primarily from the Gallery’s collection and enriched with works by leading Australian music photographers including Tony Mott and Wendy McDougall, Pub Rock  features staged portraits and publicity shots alongside images captured during unguarded moments and the grungy energy of live performances.

Exhibition curator Joanna Gilmour takes Barbie on a tour of Pub Rock
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