Capital Life

Bruno Leti's <i>Objects in a Landscape</i>.

Bruno Leti's Objects in a Landscape.

Pre-loved jewellery has been given a new lease on life in an art collection which is on display at Bilk Gallery in Manuka. Melbourne artist Suse Scholem, is a co-curator of the exhibition. The concept was to give 21 contributing artists from around Australia a ''mystery bag'' of discarded jewellery that they had to rework into brand new pieces. It was co-curated by Simon Cottrell, a lecturer at the Australian National University's School of Art. It is on display at Bilk Gallery, 12 Palmerston Lane, Manuka, until November 16.


The current exhibitions at Beaver Galleries finish on Monday. Bruno Leti's Gesture and Time, paintings and works on paper from the 1980s to the present, is his first exhibition there, but he has sustained a diverse art practice for more than four decades. Throughout his art-making career he has been influenced by the changing atmospheric conditions, mood and topography particular to the Australian landscape. And Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott's exhibition of studio glass, Glance, involves both hot and cold glass-making techniques, to create sculptures representing a stylisation of the natural world. 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm.

Ceramic pieces from the exhibition <i>Things to Contemplate</i> by Trenna Langdon.

Ceramic pieces from the exhibition Things to Contemplate by Trenna Langdon.


A reminder the Go Figure! Chinese Contemporary Portraiture is on display at The National Portrait Gallery and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. It features works by 15 artists exploring concepts such as the scale of man and nature and human endeavour. It is on display until November 30.



Coming up at Wesley Music Centre are two very different recitals. Tomorrow at 3pm Anna McMichael (violin) and Daniel de Borah (piano) will perform works by, among others, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and Olivier Messiaen. Tickets: full price $25, concession $20, full-time students $10. Tickets available online at or at the door. Then on Wednesday from 12.40 to 1.20pm will be a ''Wednesday Lunchtime Live'' concert performed by Alexandra Dalman (soprano) and Kylie Loveland (piano) with associate artists Natalie Dickman (soprano) and Nikolai Morozow (baritone). It explores the development of opera throughout the ages with works by Handel, Mozart, Bizet, Offenbach and Puccini and musical theatre favourites by Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Cost: $2 or a note. Refreshments are a gold coin. Both concerts are at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest.


The of Gallery of Australian Design will have its Great GAD Summer Party Saturday, November 3, from 7-11pm, selling postcards made by prominent and up-and-coming artists, as well as important design pieces. There will also be music from the Baron and His Hip Pocket Orchestra and an enviable lucky door prize - which will be a signed and framed original John Gollings photograph. Tickets to the party are $88 each, plus a booking fee of about $6.50, which covers canapes from Urban Food and drinks. Proceeds from the party will go towards keeping the gallery open on Sundays and to continuing the program of exhibitions and events next year. The Gallery of Australian Design is at 44 Parkes Place, Parkes. To buy tickets, see


Canberra actor and playwright John Lombard's short comic play Dracula Kidnaps Someone's Bridesmaid, which premiered at Short+Sweet Canberra in August, came third in its heat. But like Dracula, the work is far from dead. Short+Sweet guru Alex Broun liked it and it's one of 80 short plays - selected from about 800 applicants from Australia and internationally - to be performed in Short+Sweet Sydney early next year. Lombard says he hopes to maintain the original Canberra cast: Ben Kindon as Dracula, Georgia Pelle as the Bridesmaid and Brendan Kelly as the Young Man (and himself, in a cameo).


Two exhibitions in different media - hard and soft - open on Friday at Strathnairn Arts Association, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt. Things to Contemplate by Trenna Langdon is a collection of ceramic works; and Calico Cazaly features fabric paintings and ribbon drawings by Erik Krebs-Schade. Both exhibitions are on until November 25.


Four new exhibitions open at PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery on Thursday and continue until November 25. Two of the artists - Ginette Snow and Stephen Corey - were recipients of the 2011 PhotoAccess awards for CIT graduates. The other two - Cecilia Martin and Luca Barton - are young photographers who have been working in internships there. Snow's Just Families takes us inside the daily lives of ordinary families with same-sex parents. Corey shows two bodies of work, On Holydays - arising from the drama he saw as a child in religious iconography - and Alpha waves, Beta waves, a reflection on the brevity of youth and life. Martin worked with circus performers to create the production Underground, and wanted to capture the vibe behind the scenes. In Mitchell Green Barton wanted to convey a sense of an apocalyptic setting in his suburb. PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery is at the corner of Manuka Circle and New South Wales Crescent, Manuka, and is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, and weekends, noon to 4pm.


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with Ron Cerabona