Capital Life: Happenings in the Canberra arts scene, November 24, 2018

Capital Life: Happenings in the Canberra arts scene, November 24, 2018

Design Canberra

Design Canberra wraps up this weekend with my favourite part of the festival, as Living Rooms moves to the inner north.  Who doesn’t like a sticky beak inside some innovative houses, which the addition of design and craft have turned into open homes with a difference?

Sawtooth House, O'Connor. Architects: Judd Studios.

Sawtooth House, O'Connor. Architects: Judd Studios.Credit:Lightstudies

Three homes are open this Sunday.

From 11am to 12.30pm you can visit 36 Gilbert Street, Hackett, with architect Russell Wombey and exhibiting artists Kendall Manz and Matt Freeman.


At 12.30pm until 2pm head to 26 Euree Street, Reid, with architect Jeremy Mather and artists Mahala Hill, Jenny Wong, Boya Yu, Peter Kongmalavong and Furnish Forever, curated by Cathy Zhang.

At 2pm, I’m ducking around the corner to the fabulous Sawtooth House, with architects from Judd Studio and artists Cassandra Layne, Madisyn Zabel and Nadina Geary.

There's a heap more on too, so check out the full program and see off the festival with a Sunday Session at Aspen Island. Say farewell to Namako, check out the award-winning Pop Inn wine bar and enjoy some live music.


Labirinto, the title of Christus Nóbrega’s exhibition, refers to a technique of lace-making traditionally practised by the women of his home state, Paraíba, in Brazil.

Christus Nóbrega's 'The Two Friends' (2017), print on linen and lace, from the exhibition Labirinto.

Christus Nóbrega's 'The Two Friends' (2017), print on linen and lace, from the exhibition Labirinto.

It is an exhibition that reveals the story of Ingá, a small town in the district of Chã dos Pereiras, and the tragedy of Nóbrega’s widowed grandmother, who, after losing all financial support, was forced to relinquish her six children to the care of distant relatives and religious institutions. Her only means of survival was to make and sell the characteristic lace of an area of which the culture is, to some extent, defined by the labyrinthine complexity and beauty of its crafts.

Labirinto is supported by the Embassy of Brazil in Canberra.

At the Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Braddon, from November 30 until February 9, 2019.

Drawing prize

The winner of the M16 Drawing Prize will be announced on November 29 at an exhibition for all finalists. The prize is for drawings in either traditional drawing media and techniques, or for non-traditional works that extend our understanding of what drawing may be within contemporary art practice.

The Drawing Prize continues to grow in popularity, with the number and quality of entries increasing year on year. About 200 entries were received this year, and have been narrowed down to 20 finalists.

The finalists are Surya Bajracharya (NSW), Emma Beer (ACT), Joshua Bollback Butler (NSW), Katharine Campbell (ACT), Susan Chancellor (NSW), Tony Curran (ACT), Frances Feasey (NSW), Lauren Guymer (VIC), Anahid Hagobian (URG), Nicci Haynes (ACT), Waratah Lahy (ACT), Alex Lundy (ACT), Kathryn McGovern (QLD), Cat Mueller (ACT), Kellie O’Dempsey (QLD), Annika Romeyn (ACT), Kaye Shumack (NSW), Alice Turner (ACT), Kate Vassallo (ACT), Madisyn Zabel (ACT).

The judges for this year’s prize are Alison Alder, head of print media and drawing at the Australian National University, and Christopher Chapman, senior curator at the National Portrait Gallery.

Lerida and the lake

The Helen Stephens Gallery has joined forces with the Lerida Estate winery for Lerida and the Lake, an exhibition of paintings of Lake George by local and regional artists.

Patsy Hely, Lake George 1.2018. Oil on canvas board.

Patsy Hely, Lake George 1.2018. Oil on canvas board.

Featured artists include Robbie Howard, David Toner, Patsy Hely and Lynne Flemons.

There’ll be an opening talk on Saturday, November 24, at 2.30pm by Helen Stephens, with a chance to visit the winery cafe and cellar door and then wander through the barrel room where the exhibition will be held.

On Sunday, November 25, from 2pm to 4.30pm, Lynne Flemons will hold a workshop, Looking at Landscape, where participants can enjoy an afternoon of drawing with ink and watercolour wash, with a beautiful view of the winery and the lake. The cost is $55, which includes materials. Contact

Karen Hardy is a reporter at The Canberra Times.

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