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by | 1 May 2024 | EVENTS, MEMBER NEWS, EXHIBITIONS, Blog post, NEWS

Expressions of Interest Open for Creative Hoardings Trial

The City Renewal Authority are seeking expressions of interest from local artists and designers to contribute to a creative hoardings trial. Inspired by similar programs in Sydney and Melbourne, the art and design concepts gathered through the expression of interest process will lead to commissioned artworks that improve the appeal of Canberra’s public spaces.

Hoardings are necessary for public safety and can affect the visual appeal of our streets. Installing creative hoardings is a low-cost option to improve public space, prevent graffiti, and support local artists. A small number of artists who submit an expression of interest will be selected and paid to provide artworks for the trial program.

Expressions of interest close 2:00pm Tuesday 14 May 2024. To find out more about the trail and apply visit the City Renewal Authority website.

Image: Art by Beastman and PHIBS50. Photo by Creswick Collective.

Inhabited Exhibition Opening Night

When: 6:00pm Friday 3 May 2024
Where: Studio Studio, 57 Dacre St Mitchell

Gungahlin is full of artists creating, contributing to their communities and adding depth to the culture of our region. They are often working out of sight, squirrelled away in garage studios, spare bedrooms and self-managed spaces.

Inhabited features work by eight such artists who live or work in the region. Featuring textiles, painting, woodwork, mixed media, assemblage and more, this exhibition begins to uncover some of the breadth of practice that is happening in our community. Inhabited aims to contribute to a dialogue that centres Gungahlin as a creative and vibrant district where artists are considered an integral part of the fabric of our geographic identity.

Inhabited will be open from Sunday 4 May to 12 May, with an Artist Talk at 2:00pm Saturday 11 May 2024. For more information visit the Belco Arts website.

Image: Artwork by Heidi Smith. Courtesy of Belconnen Arts Centre.

Cultivating a New Generation of Theatre-Makers in Canberra 

The Street Theatre has selected writer and dancer, Emma Batchelor, and writer and actor,
Thea Jade, as the artists for its Resident Street program in 2024.

The Street Theatre’s annual residency program is a vital part of The Street’s commitment to supporting the development of ACT-based artists in the region. It is designed to support the needs of artists on the early to mid-career cusp seeking career momentum to move into the next phase of their creative practice supported by a professional theatre company. Resident Street artists make a significant contribution to the cultural life of The Street and the creative dialogue with our community and our city.

You can find more information on the Resident Street program and explore what else is on at The Street via their website.

Image: Left, Emma Batchelor. Right, Thea Jade. Courtesy of The Street.

Five Women Wearing The Same Dress hosted by ACT Hub 

When: 8 -18 May 2024
Where: ACT Hub, 14 Spinifex Street, Kingston

Everyman Theatre, producer of critically acclaimed productions of Holding the Man and Queers, presents Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, a hilarious and heartfelt comedy from renowned playwright Alan Ball.

During a wedding reception, five reluctant bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women come to realise that despite their differences, they have more in common with each other than any of them do with the bride! Five Women is a wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women’s spirit.

A talented ensemble of female and non-binary performers will take the Hub by storm for two weeks only. For more information and tickets visit the ACT Hub website and don’t miss this opportunity to laugh along with these wonderful and heartwarming characters.

Image: Courtesy of ACT Hub.

More arts news

Call for Entries – Open Exhibition for Canberra’s Migrant Communities
Belco Arts is calling for entries for a new open art exhibition, Over Seas, exploring migrant and refugee perspectives in the Canberra region. Share the stories of your experience as a migrant to the Canberra community, from the political to the personal, and including everything from traditional art forms to contemporary perspectives. Anyone who was born outside of Australia, and who lives within 100km of Canberra can enter their artwork and artists at all stages of their careers are encouraged to submit. It is free to enter and all works that meet the submission guidelines will be exhibited. Entries close midnight Sunday 4 August 2024. For more information visit the Belco Arts website.

VACS Major Commissioning Projects
This program funds new visual arts and craft commissions to be created for presentation nationally and internationally. These grants deliver investment to individuals and groups as part of the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy. Each year a designated number of grants are available to each state or territory. Grants of $100,000 are available and the new commission proposed must be presented to audiences by 30 June 2026. Applications close 3:00pm Tuesday 4 June 2024. For more information visit the Creative Australia website.

Canberra International Music Festival
Come and enjoy the Canberra International Music Festival from 1–5 May. Showcasing the city’s iconic venues, concerts will be performed in the National Gallery, the National Museum, the High Court, the National Film and Sound Archive, the brand-new Snow Concert Hall, and the quirky Smith’s Alternative. The final show, Mulanggari, has the popular singing duo Stiff Gins and didgeridoo performer William Barton celebrating the oldest living culture on earth. For tickets and program information, head to the festival website.

photo access Exhibition
Celebrate the launch of Navigating Histories on Thursday 2 May from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Through video and documentary photography, this curated exhibition weaves historical narratives and their contemporary reverberations, exploring themes of displacement, resilience, and identity. Shaune Lakin, Senior Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia, will formally open the exhibition. Drinks and canapés will also be provided.

ArtsNational Lecture 
On Monday 6 May at 6.00pm in the Australian National Library, ArtsNational Canberra is featuring a lecture, Remembrance, by Roger Mendham. Our approach to formal remembrance has changed over the past century and this is reflected in the style of memorials created. An accomplished photographer, Roger has gained distinctions from the Royal Photographic Society and is the President of the Surrey Photographic Association. His talks are richly illustrated with both his own images and those from leading photographers. For more information visit the ArtsNational website.

Woven Earrings Workshop with Jessika Spencer
Are you looking for a unique and creative Mother’s Day gift? Join Wiradjuri artist,
Jessika Spencer at Craft + Design Canberra on Saturday 11 May and enjoy a hands on creative experience in a fun and relaxed setting that you can share with your mum. In this workshop Jessika will guide you through cultural weaving techniques both traditional and contemporary, using traditional and modern fibres to make a one off pair of woven earrings. All materials are provided. For more information and bookings visit the Craft + Design Canberra website.

Rhythm and Risk: Writing Into the Storm with Omar Musa
Omar Musa is an author, poet, rapper and visual artist from Queanbeyan. He has released three poetry books, including Killernova, five hip hop records, and written an acclaimed one man play, Since Ali Died. In this workshop Omar will give a window into his multi-faceted writing process. Discover how he cross-pollinates between form and draws from visual art in his writing practice. 5:30pm, Friday 17 May at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. For more information and tickets visit the MARION website.

Sydney Writers Festival
The literary world is buzzing as the Sydney Writers Festival gears up for its much-anticipated event, Live and Local, showing from Thursday 23 May to Sunday 26 May. With an exciting lineup of renowned authors, journalists, and thought leaders, this festival is streamed live through select Libraries ACT venues and promises to be a celebration of storytelling. To learn more and register visit the Libraries ACT website.

Reminder – Sharing your Canberra arts events
To help promote art events to the Canberra community, artsACT is working with Events ACT to transition our eNews Events Calendar on to To see if your event is eligible and learn how to list your event, please read Events ACT’s four simple steps to creating an event listing.


Call for Entries: Canberra Contemporary Photographic Prize 2024, closes 3 May
National Library of Australia’s Fellowship and Scholarship programs, closes 6 May 2024
The June Shenfield Poetry Award, closes 13 May 2024
Stanthorpe Art Prize, closes 24 May 2024
Tuggeranong Arts Centre 2025 Exhibition Call Out, closes 31 May 2024
The Farm Margaret Rover 2025 Funded Residency, closes 2 June 2024
Emerging Playwright Commission, closes 3 June 2024
VACS Major Commissioning Projects, closes 4 June 2024
‘Over Seas’ Exhibition call for entries, closes 4 August 2024
Basil Sellers Art Prize, closes 27 September 2024
Creative Australia Grants, various
Free weekly art group for multi-cultural women at Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Sing with Toby community choir, weekly
Art Play weekly workshops for adults, Woden library
Come Write with MARION, free monthly writing group
Life drawing classes at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, monthly
Art workshops at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, monthly
Make Art at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, weekly
artsACT peer assessors registration, open all year round
Up to $5k Arts Activities funding, open all year round
Events ACT – Performer Expression of Interest

Online Resources

ANU Open School of Music Soundcloud
MusicACT’s Australian Playlists
WOLO – ACT’s Live Music Gig Guide
MARION Focus On Writers Database 

Art Monthly Australasia archive
Libraries ACT Book of the Month
Shop local – support CBR artists
Venues for hire at artsACT facilities