Capital Life January 21 2017

Capital Life January 21 2017

There's a lot coming up at Canberra Glassworks. Defining Moments, opens on January 25 and runs until March 26. It's an exhibition acknowledging the pivotal moments of success and of disaster in the journey of two artists Matthew Curtis and Harriet Schwarzrock. You can read more about them here. But that's just the start of the glass art.

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Matthew Curtis, <i>Amber Increment, </i>2014, in <i>Defining Moments</i> at Canberra Glassworks.

Matthew Curtis, Amber Increment, 2014, in Defining Moments at Canberra Glassworks.Credit:Rob A Little

Also at the Glassworks is the (r)evolve Ausglass Conference from January 26 to 29 with a free public event on Friday, January 27 from 4pm to 9pm.

People will be able to see glass artists demonstrate their skills and hear them talk about their lives and work, as well as make upcycled glass chimes, do some pavement drawing, or simply have a look around and a glass of wine. The list of local, interstate and international artists features Peter Minson, Wilhelm Vernim, Mark Eliott, Scott Chaseling, Luna Ryan, Peter Nilsson and Ngaio Fitzpatrick.

VD poster in <i>Memory of a Nation</i>  at the National Archives of Australia.

VD poster in Memory of a Nation at the National Archives of Australia.

The Sixth Mass Extinction: A Dark Entertainment

The world premiere of this "glass performance piece" - a collaboration between artist Ngaio Fitzpatrick, composer Alexander Hunter and software designer Charles Martin will be held at the Fitters' Workshop on January 27 at 8.30pm. It's billed as "A totally shattering experience" and given the link with the Canberra Glassworks, I'm not sure how literally we should take that. Admission is free, and it can also be viewed on Facebook live: 10 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Calling early-career artists

Entries have opened for the eighth annual John Fries Award for early-career artists from Australia and New Zealand, which provides $10,000 in prize money for the winner and $1000 for each finalist participating in the exhibition.The non-acquisitive award is for early-career artists working in any medium – from painting to conceptual art, performance to photography. The winner will be announced on August 10 and the exhibition will run from August 11 to September 2 at UNSW Galleries in Sydney. Entrants must submit a portfolio of five works created over the past three years, which demonstrate their commitment to developing their artistic practice. Artists can enter via Entries (cost $35) will be accepted until 5pm on February 27.

Ralph Indie applications

After a successful season of Ralph Indie in 2016, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres are calling for applications for artists to participate in the 2017 program. The Ralph Indie program supports the development and presentation of new performance works. Applicants who are successful will receive financial support, space, mentorship, peer discussion, and work-in-progress showings as well as a public performance in the Ralph Wilson Theatre at Gorman Arts Centre. Artists from all disciplines across the performing arts are encouraged to apply. Applications close on January 29. For more information, including on how to apply, visit

Acting classes

Canberra Times theatre reviewer Peter Wilkins is conducting his Acting for the Fun of It evening courses at the Headley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. Approaches to Acting is a course for beginners, teaching a variety of performance skills (February 17-March 30). Playing Shakespeare teaches practical performance techniques and approaches to playing Shakespeare (April 20-May 25). The Living Text offers text analysis and interpretation in bringing a play to life upon the stage (July 20-August 24). Devising Theatre is about acting techniques including workshops on Stanislavski, Brecht and others (November 2-December 7). Cost $150/$100 concession card holders. For more information and to enrol contact Peter Wilkins on or phone 0408 034 373.

Memory of a Nation refreshed

Sex education, Chinese Anzacs, Advance Australia Fair and CWA activism are some of the new topics now on show in the National Archives' Memory of a Nation exhibition. Researcher Emily Catt has been delving into the archives to find new items to add to the display. There's a pamphlet advertising Dr Philpots' "Intimate Lectures" from 1943 and posters warning of the dangers of venereal disease and correspondence from the Department of Health. Also on display is information about the Sam family. During World War I, five of their boys enlisted: with a white Australian mother and a Chinese father, they were seen as "sufficiently European" to serve overseas with the AIF. At the same time, their young brother Percy and father William needed to travel to China and faced the White Australia policy Other new exhibits show the 11-year journey for Advance Australia Fair to replace God Save the Queen as the country's national anthem and a look at the interest the Country Women's Association (CWA) had in post-war reconstruction.The National Archives' free exhibitions are open from 9am to 5pm each day, and until 7pm each Tuesday.