Now on at the Huw Davies Gallery at PhotoAccess are three exhibitions expanding on photography. In Split, by Chris Bowes, a large installation of screens and webcams watches, distorts and taunts viewers. Don't Be Fooled by the Faces I Wear, by Ben Rak, also employs methods of screens, yet this time for masking hidden identities and mimicking "passing" in a society where surface is everything. Catherine Evans's Exploded View takes memory and screen culture head on in a distorted representation of the artist's personal memory of the Royal Canberra Hospital implosion. The exhibitions are on until August 14, 2021. photoaccess.org.au.
Two shows at Craft ACT
In Ludere (to play), industrial designer Caren Elliss and ceramic artist Alison Smiles present a new body of work which explores the joyful potential of the crafted/design object. In Place Markers, Sally Blake works with burns, ash, drought-affected burnt leaves and weaving techniques to create pieces about loss and destruction and renewal. The two exhibitions will open at Craft ACT Gallery on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 6pm (bookings essential via the website). The exhibitions continue until September 11, 2021. craftact.org.au.
Arts Society Talk
On Monday, July 19, 2021 at 6pm in the National Library of Australia, Jennifer Bowker will give a talk on Egyptian textile traditions titled Egypt, From the Tentmaker's Khan to the City of the Dead. To register, contact the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society at email@example.com or phone Sally on 0420536409 (leave a message). The lecture costs $30 (payable at the door) and includes refreshments afterwards.
At Canberra Museum and Gallery until October 2, 2021, this exhibition, subtitled A Woman of Influence, deals with the work of Ruth Lane-Poole. Her articles on interior decoration in popular magazines in the mid-1920s helped lead to her being engaged to work with the architects on matters relating to the interior furnishing of The Lodge and Government House in time for the opening of Parliament House in 1927. cmag.com.au.
Know My Name
Part Two of the Know My Name exhibition is on at the National Gallery of Australia. Drawn from the National Gallery's collection and loans from across Australia, it is one of the most comprehensive presentations of art by women assembled in this country. Masks must be worn. nga.gov.au.
Bangarra Dance Theatre
SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert tells the unique story of the Kimberley region and the survival of the Walmajarri people. SandSong is created by Bangarra Dance Theatre in consultation with Wangkajunga and Walmajarri Elders from the Kimberley and Great Sandy Desert regions. Canberra Theatre, July 17, 1.30 and 7.30pm. canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
The Governor's Family
It's your last chance to see Canberra Rep's production of the Beatrix Christian play about the turbulent private and public life of a 19th-century NSW governor. Canberra Rep Theatre (Theatre 3), Saturday, July 17 at 2 and 8pm. canberrarep.org.au.
The Ten Tenors
Australian vocal group The Ten Tenors are on their 25th anniversary your with favourite songs including Bohemian Rhapsody, Nessun Dorma and more. Canberra Theatre, Sunday, July 18 at 2 and 7pm. canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
Piano, Songs and Stories
Dami Im brings her first solo tour to the Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre on Friday, July 23 at 8pm. canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
Crouching Giraffe Productions in association with papermoon theatre present Margaret Atwood's play about Penelope, wife of Odysseus, who retells the story of The Odyssey from her point of view. The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, 2 and 7.30pm. canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
This parody condenses all seven Harry Potter books into 70 minutes. The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, Saturday July 17 at 4 and 7.30pm, Sunday July 18 at 1 and 4pm. canberratheatrecentre.com.au.