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Canberra's arts diary

What's on in Canberra's art scene


Poppy Pandemonium. Jan Matson. Ginninderra School House Gallery.
Poppy Pandemonium. Jan Matson. Ginninderra School House Gallery. Photo: Supplied

CCAS Gorman Arts Centre: I Will Never Fade Away From You. Auckland-based artist Lonnie Hutchinson draws on different art forms to explore feminism, historical narratives and her Māori and Pacific Island heritage. Weak in Colour but Strong in Blood. A glass work exhibition by Yhonnie Scarce that focuses on the ongoing effects of colonisation underscored by the artist's indigenous heritage. Both until February 13. Free. Open Tuesday to Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm. Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. See:

Gallery@bcs: Plucked. Textile works by Francesca Bleeker and Tundi-Rose Hammond that use the medium to bring intriguing, other-worldly creatures to life. Until February 5. Open Monday to Friday, 9am-4.30pm. Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen. Ph: 6264 0200.

Ginninderra School House Gallery:Landscapes & Poppies. A collection of work by Yass artist Jan Matson of local flora from Canberra and the surrounding districts, featuring Matson's popular poppy paintings. Until February 28. Open Thursday and Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 8.30am-4pm. Sweet Copper, Ginninderra School House Gallery, Old Ginninderra Village, 3/11 O'Hanlon Place, Nicholls. See:, or ph: 6230 9007. Regional Gallery: Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent. A selection of works examining the complexities of current social and political issues. Until February 20. Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 1pm-4pm. Civic Centre, corner of Bourke and Church Streets, Goulburn. Ph: 02 4842 3494 or see:


M16 Artspace: Sojourns. A collection of works reflecting on the various intervals involved in journeys. The five artists draw upon themes of migration, arrival and departure, as well as the animal kingdom to create a diverse display featuring three-dimensional constructions, ceramic sculpture and cast bronze. Bird in Paradise. Canberra artist Kerry Shepherdson explores Paradise in an avian context with colour and abstraction in a solo-exhibition. Raintrees, Guards and Buai: A keyhole view of Touaguba Hill. A series of lino-cut prints depicting scenes of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, where the artist Prudence Borthwick lived from 2011-2014. All until February 7. Open Wednesday to Sunday, noon-5pm. 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith. Ph: 6295 9438 or see:

National Gallery of Australia: Tom Roberts. This exhibition brings together Tom Roberts' most famous paintings loved by all Australians. Until March 28. The World is Beautiful. Featuring photographs taken over the last 100 years, this exhibition looks at the way the camera interacts with things in the world. Until April 10. Behind the scenes: Tyler Graphics at work. This exhibition showcases elaborate graphic artworks from one of the most innovative print workshops of the 20th century. Until May 8.  Open daily, 10am-5pm. Parkes Place, Parkes. Ph: 6240 6411 or see:

National Portrait Gallery: Sideshow Alley: infamy, the macabre & the portrait. An exhibition providing insight into the life and times of our Victorian forebears, recounting the colonial tales of crime and savagery.that defined the period. Until February 28.Open daily 10am-5pm. King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Ph: 6102 7000 or see: 


Suki & Hugh Gallery: In Black and White. A series of photographic projects taken from around the world by Canberra-raised photographer Ali Nasseri. Until February 7. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 9am-5pm. 38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore. Ph: 6238 1398 or see:


Belconnen Arts Centre: Young Music Society Summer School Evening Concerts. The final performance of the Staff Ensemble concerts showcasing a range of styles and genres in an intimate setting. Tonight, 6pm. Tickets available at the door: $20 adults, $10 concession. 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Ph: 6173 3300 or see:

National Portrait Gallery: Songs to Die For. A musical exploration of society's morbid fascination with criminals and death presented by comedy cabaret duo Shortis and Simpson. Tonight. 6pm and 7pm. King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry. Ph: 6102 7000 or see: 

Wesley Music Centre:  From Bach to Gershwin. A piano, organ, and song recital presented by Pavel Kohout and Stefanie Dingnis​. Tickets $35. Sunday, January 24. 5pm. Wesley Music Centre, 22 National Circuit, Forrest. See: or Ph: 6232 7248.

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