New at Beaver Galleries
There are two new exhibitions at Beaver Galleries. Melbourne painter and printmaker Graeme Drendel's The first dance contains paintings and works on paper that depict intriguing vignettes of everyday life. Denese Oates' Landscape in sculpture continues her examination of fragility and resilience, this time centering on Australia's 2020 bushfire season. Despite the devastation, Oates found renewed inspiration in the scorched landscape and sees noteworthy parallels between the impact of the fires on the environment and the calamity of the last 18 months on our wellbeing. The exhibitions are on until October 31. To view images online and find out about Beaver reopening soon, see beavergalleries.com.au.
For the month of October, M16 Artspace is hosting four online works from four artists, each for one week. All artworks come from members of the M16 community who are currently or have been resident studio artists. Finishing on Sunday, October 17 is Mark Mohell's Time and Rhythm, homing in on the natural elements that increase our capacity to feel free, peaceful and contemplative in our often hectic, urban environment. His focus is on native plant species that help us create our places of refuge, the break between our public and private lives. m16artspace.com.au.
Shakespeare By the Lakes
The fourth production of Shakespeare By The Lakes IV (SBTL) will be the comedy As You Like It, with a season of free performances around the ACT being planned for February and March of next year. Independent professional theatre company Lakespeare & Co. has secured former NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) head of acting Tony Knight as the show's director. For more information on the company and the production and to donate to the crowdfunding appeal, visit lakespeare.com.
The Environmental Film Festival Australia 2021 is available through streaming until November 14 with short films, feature films, and documentaries covering a wide range of environmental themes, places and issues. There are also special events. On October 16 at 6pm is The Weather Diaries Q&A, with director Kathy Drayton and her daughter Imogen, the main subject of the film. On October 20 and 27 is the PermaQueer Intro to Permaculture, two two-hour workshops about connecting with the land and undertaking home permaculture practices. See: effa.org.au.
Black and Deadly
The National Film and Sound Archive presents an online celebration of Indigenous women in Australian music, from Fanny Cochrane Smith in the 1890s to Jessica Mauboy in the 21st century. nfsa.gov.au.
Pacific Opera program
The artistic director of National Opera, Peter Coleman-Wright, is also co-artistic director with Cheryl Barker of Pacific Opera. The Sydney-based National Opera is inviting artists aged between 20 and 32 to apply for its 2022 program. Each artist accepted will be supported by a $5000 scholarship and will learn and perform at least one role as part of the Pocket Opera series as well as participate in masterclasses led by industry professionals. See: pacificopera.com.au.
Wesley Music Centre
Some Wesley Music Centre events have been cancelled but at the time of writing there's one that appears to be going ahead. On Saturday, November 27 at 4.30pm will be a Marcela Fiorillo Studio Piano Recital with several performers playing works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Ginastera and others. Entry is free but registration is essential at humanitix.com or at the door. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.