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Canberra's arts diary from March 25

Arts diary – March 25

What's on in Canberra's art scene


ANCA Gallery: Retronauts. Artists Leah Bullen and Sara Roberts present a series of artworks that interrogate the relationship between painting and photography. Until April 3. Open Wednesday to Sunday, noon-5pm. 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson. See: 

Australian National Botanic Gardens: Art in the Gardens with Friends. The Botanic Art Groups present an exhibition of works depicting native Australian plants. Until April 17. Open daily 8.30am-5pm.  Clunies Ross Street, Acton. See:

Bungendore Fine Art: Australia, its Beauty. Realistic and abstract depictions of Australian scenery. Until April 28. Open daily, 10am-4.30pm. 42b Ellendon Street, Bungendore. See: 


Canberra Museum and Gallery: Glass Alphabet. This exhibition uses a variety of glass techniques to creatively reimagine individual letters of the alphabet. Until July 10. Open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday noon-5pm. Corner of London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra City. See:

CCAS Gorman Arts Centre: The Foundations of Place. An exhibition displaying a collection of still life paintings taken from local garden cuttings by artist Hayley Lander. Until Sunday. Over & Over. A series of pencil drawings by artist Clare Thackway mimicking the craft of knitting, a metaphor for the complex threads that weave human relationships. Until April 9. Open Tuesday to Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm. Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. See:

M16 Artspace: The Lost Plans. Painter Yanni Pounartzis presents his interpretation of the Griffins' original plans for the capital. Perceptions, Connections. Artists who work as volunteer guides at the National Gallery respond to works in the NGA's collection. Attitudes. An investigation of the human form in action. All until April 10. Open Wednesday to Sunday, noon-5pm. 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith. Ph: 6295 9438 or see:

Nancy Sever Gallery:  Scylla and Charybdis. An exhibition showcasing works which challenge the ordinary and negotiate the perils of balancing the personal with the critical. Until April 3. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-5pm. 4/6 Kennedy Street, Kingston. See:

Narek Galleries: Tableau. Ros Auld presents an exhibition of contemporary ceramics inspired by the dynamic forces of the natural world. Until May 15. Open Thursday to Sunday and public holidays, 10am-5pm. Old Tanja Church, 1140 Bermagui Road, Tanja. See: or ph: 6494 0112.

NGA Contemporary: The Last Temptation. A collaborative installation which uses uranium glass and ultraviolet light in a response to nuclear industry. Until April 3. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm. Parkes Place, Parkes. Ph: 6240 6411 or see:

National Portrait Gallery: Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2015. Outstanding finalist works from the competition, supporting artists working with screen-based technology. Until April 25.  National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016. Photographic portraits selected from a national field of entries that reflect the vision of Australia's aspiring and professional photographers. Until June 26. Open daily 10am-5pm. King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Ph: 6102 7000 or see: 

Nishi Gallery: Patterns of Now. An exhibition presenting several artists' opinions on social, environmental and political issues facing the world today. Until April 3. Open most days, noon-midnight. New Acton Precinct, Cnr of Edinburgh Ave & Marcus Clarke St, New Acton. See:


Strathnairn Arts: Sunlight and Shadows. An exhibition of books and artworks on paper by Jill Clingan. Ceramics by Trenna Langdon. An exhibition of ceramic works that express how the artist sees, hears, and feels her environment. Both until April 17. Open Thursday to Sunday 10am-4pm. 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt. Ph: 6254 2134 or see:

Suki & Hugh Gallery: Through Space and Time. Artist Justin Andrews showcases a selection of abstract graphite drawings and acrylic on canvas artworks that span the last three years of his career. Until April 3. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 9am-5pm. 38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore. Ph: 6238 1398 or see:


Wesley Music Centre: "Wednesday Lunchtime Live" Concert presents Sarah Louise Owens. Owens will cover the works of Kurt Weill & contemporaries, as well as some Australian surprises from Peter Casey & Calvin Bowman. Accompanied by Colleen Rae-Gerrard. Cost $5. Wednesday, March 30. 12.40pm. Wesley Music Centre, 22 National Circuit, Forrest. Ph: 0416 377 762 or see:

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