Capital life Saturday December 15 2018
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Capital life Saturday December 15 2018

Canberra Potters Christmas Fair

This year’s fair is stocked by a number of makers participating for the first time alongside fair regulars. Between them, the makers have provided a  range of functional ware, decorative ceramics and jewellery. It's on at Watson Arts Centre, Aspinall Street, Watson, daily from 10am to 4pm until December 23.

Stacked works by Tanya McArthur

Stacked works by Tanya McArthur

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Labirinto and Newscrap

Two exhibitions are on at Canberra Contemporary Art Space in Gorman Arts Centre until February 9, 2018. 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. The exhibition reflects both his heritage and the enduring role of cotton in an economy with roots in the 16th century. And the screen prints and video in NEWSCRAP record Alison Alder's obsession with collecting, and sometimes commenting on, political reportage from major newspapers in both Australia and the US to highlight the absurdity of modern politics and her fascination with print as a political act.

Dan Moor, installation shot, <i>A Magic Stranger Than Death</i>, 2018.

Dan Moor, installation shot, A Magic Stranger Than Death, 2018.

A Magic Stranger than Death

Tom Buckland, Nicci Haynes and Dan Moor present new interactive works in A Magic Stranger than Death, which is on at Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Hayes's new work could be thought of as a cross between a flick book and a conveyor belt. Buckland presents a series of drawing machines that autonomously create artworks of a random nature. And Moor wonders if cable ties can help us make sense of it all. In Gallery Two is work by Margot Date, the winner of Tuggeranong Arts Centre's inaugural prize of a solo exhibition on graduation from a Diploma of Visual Arts at the Canberra Institute of Technology. She repeats a single stitch to mirror patterns of nature and mapping of the mind in her mixed media exhibition, Unchained. Both exhibitions are at Tuggeranong Arts Centre until December 21. tuggeranongarts.com.

NIDA Open

The National Institure of Dramatic Arts is bringing its program of short courses for children, youth and adults to Canberra from January 19 to 25. Young people aged seven and up can build on-screen confidence, develop improvisation skills, explore characters and perform for family and friends and adults can develop basic acting skills such as improvisation, voice and movement, or even learn Stanislavski basics. Bookings in advance required: see nida.edu.au/summer.

Ron Cerabona is an arts reporter for The Canberra Times.

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