The Tuggeranong Arts Centre has reopened its doors and is putting final plans in place for the July 25 opening of First Response, a multi-disciplinary project documenting Canberra's initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic. commissioned by TAC, it presents new works by artists Martin Ollman, Marissa McDowell, Anna Georgia, and Shannon Hanrahan. The works highlight Canberra's role as the national centre of this crisis, as well as showing the profound and personal effects the pandemic response is having on individuals and communities in the ACT. It's on until September 19, 2020. tuggeranongarts.com.
Music on the Screens
Kambri at ANU has launched Music on the Screens, a series of virtual music events on Friday nights at 7pm that stream free via Facebook from Manning Clark Hall. Dance music aficionados will be treated to a series of party sets from ANU student DJs, singer/songwriters and bands filmed on stage with decks, lighting and an audio-visual show. Coming up are Techno-ly The Weekend (July 24), featuring sets from DJs Pranav, Mami and Jasmine, and ANUSA Friday Night Party 2: Return of the Party (July 31). with a line-up of ANU talent. Streaming here: facebook.com/KambriANU. More information: kambri.anu.edu.au.
Nancy Sever writes that the exhibition of works by Australian abstract expressionist Michael Taylor at her gallery has been postponed. Originally scheduled for Saturday, it will not be held because of the the upsurge of coronavirus in Victoria and to avoid community transmission. You can view the catalogue of the exhibition on the gallery website: nancysevergallery.com.au.
Rock musicians Ginger Nuts, Commodore Charlie, Lock and Moonstriders will be performing on Thursday, July 23 at 7pm at The Basement, 2 Cohen Street, Belconnen. Tickets $10 from Oztix.
Pianist Edward Neeman and cellist Tom Rann are performing a socially distanced recital at the Wesley Music Centre on Sunday, August 2 at 2pm and 3.30pm. Rann is completing a doctorate on cellist and music patron Count Matvei Wielhorski, after whom the recital is named. The program includes works by Felix Mendelssohn, Hector Berlioz and Henri Vieuxtemps. Bookings essential. Tickets $40, Friends of Wesley Music $35. Limited seating. COVID-19 restrictions and safety measures will be in place. trybooking.com/BJFNN.
Art Song Canberra
Art Song Canberra's next concert will be given by Susannah Lawergren (soprano) and Maciej Pawela (piano). Songs Around the Piano will include works by, among others, Bizet and Schubert as well as new songs by Elena Kats-Chernin. It is on at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest, on Sunday August 16 - at 3pm and again at 4.15pm. Physical distancing requirements reduce the auditorium capacity to 31. Bookings: trybooking.com/BKHCB.
The Australian Photographic Society has announced the winner of the 2020 Mullins Australian Conceptual Photography Prize. Judy Parker of Canberra received the 2020 MACPP $10,000 prize for her work Dumpster Sketchbook: Waterside, which will be acquired by Magnet Gallery.
Canberra Repertory Society returns with a production of Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical comedy Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by Karen Vickery. Canberra Rep Theatre, limited seating, from July 30. canberrarep.org.au.