NGA Virtual Tours
Although the National Gallery of Australia is shut because of coronavirus, you can enjoy virtual tours to see and learn about some of its exhibitions and works. In the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Gallery you can see the largest collection of Australia's First Nations art in the world. Xu Zhen: Eternity vs Evolution includes the first international showing of Hello, a Corinthian column-like snake that watches and follows visitors as they move through the gallery. There's a documentary directed by Alison Chernick about Blue Poles, Jackson Pollock's abstract painting that was bought by the Australian government in 1973 for $1.3 million. Curators Shaune Lakin and Anne O'Hehir can be seen in conversation with program producer Celeste Aldahn. There's an introduction to the exhibition Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery London with exhibition curator Bart Cornelis in conversation with journalist Geraldine Doogue. Visit nga.gov.au for these and more.
The Canberra Symphony Orchestra has cancelled all its September programming because of the ongoing Covid restrictions. These include Chamber Classics: Old Friends, Llewellyn Three: Celestial Visions; and Jayson Gillham in Recital. Ticket holders have been contacted directly about refunds and tax-deductible donations. For more information visit cso.org.au.
In happier news, applications for the Canberra Symphony Youth Chamber Orchestra (CSYCO) have been extended to September 30 because of the disruption caused by the lockdown. Auditions have been deferred to late November. For more information visit cso.org.au/csyco/.
M16 Artspace Drawing Prize
The M16 Drawing Prize is for drawing in either traditional drawing media and techniques, or non-traditional works that extend understanding of what drawing may be within contemporary art practice. The judges for this year's prize are freelance curator and consultant, formerly director of Goulburn Regional Art Gallery Gina Mobayed, and artist, lecturer for The Centre for Art History and Art Theory, ANU School of Art and Megalo Print Studio chairwoman Dr Erica Seccombe. The main prize is $10,000, the people's choice award is $1000, the Delta Cleaning Services Award is $500. Entries close at 11.59pm on Sunday, October 24. Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, November 11. There is a maximum of three entries for each artist. Entry fee: $45 for one artwork. $40 for a second artwork. $35 for a third artwork. Last year's main prizewinner was Melody Spangaro for her work Cudgewa. For more information and to enter the drawing prize, visit m16artspace.com.au.
On Friday. September 10 at 5pm via Zoom, Canberrans can be part of the creative process for a new play, David Atfield's Just Wrong. It's an exploration on how to make a living being an artist in our times, while celebrating all things Eurovision, and is directed by Craig Alexander with a cast including Humphrey James and Joel Horwood. See the performance of the work in development and provide feedback. More information: thestreet.org.au.
Film Master Class
Screen Canberra has organised a screenwriting master class with the producer of the 1990 hit movie Pretty Woman, Gary W. Goldstein, whose other films include Under Siege. He's worked with Julia Roberts, Richard Gere and Cher, among other big Holllywood names. There will be eight weeks of video content and workbooks about how to kickstart a screenwriting film career - how to develop a plan, create networks, get noticed and make pitches. creativeedge.com/screencanberra?affiliate=7.