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William Walker Exhibition ‘Respecting Country’

When: 6:00pm Friday 12 July 2024
Where: Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen

William Walker’s work is focused around the deep, spiritual connection his people and ancestors have to the land. His vibrant sunsets and moonlight paintings create a sense of calmness, peace and serenity. They portray a sense of what it was like back in the Dreamtime and how his tribe lived harmoniously with the land and the animals. William hopes his work will give people an understanding of the intricate systems that are in place and the importance of protecting and preserving these systems.

Respecting Country opens at 6:00pm on Friday 12 July and is showing until 25 August 2024. For more information visit the Belco Arts website.

Image: Passing down knowledge (detail) by William Walker. Courtesy of Belconnen Arts Centre.

Eric Avery in The Aboriginal Memorial

When: 11:00am – 12:00pm Saturday 13 July
Where: The National Gallery of Australia

Celebrate NAIDOC Week at the National Gallery with the debut performance of a new commission by leading First Nations violinist, Eric Avery, Kabi Marrawuy Mumbulla, Ngiyampaa, Yuin and Gumbangirr people. The performance was commissioned by the National Gallery in response to The Aboriginal Memorial, 1988. Eric Avery is a celebrated violinist, vocalist dancer and composer from the Ngiyampaa, Yuin and Gumbangirr people of NSW. He works with his family’s custodial songs and his haunting compositions often feature him singing while playing violin, predominantly in the Ngiyampaa language.

For more information and bookings visit the NGA website.

Image: Eric Avery. Photograph by Jordan Munns.

Straight from the Strait – in conversation about the Torres Strait Island musical

When: 6:00pm – 7:30pm Wednesday 17 July
Where: National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra

Straight from the Strait is an upcoming Torres Strait Island musical and a tribute to the occurrence on May 8 in 1968 where a track laying crew involving mostly Torres Strait Islander workers broke the world record for laying the greatest length of railway in a single day. Join Aunty Ruth Ghee, Uncle Luke Captain, Georgia Corowa and Rhianna Patrick in a panel discussion about the details of this performance, which is set to premiere at the Brisbane Festival in August 2024.

For more information and bookings visit the National Library of Australia website.

Image: Courtesy of National Library of Australia.

More arts news

Round 2 $5-$50k Arts Activities Information Sessions
Round 2 of the $5-$50k Arts Activities Funding is currently open and artsACT will be holding an in-person information session at 5:00pm on Tuesday 16 July at Ainslie Arts Centre. More information is available via the artsACT website.

The Australian Dream showing at NFSA’s Arc Cinema
When AFL star and Australian of the Year Adam Goodes called out the racism he experienced on and off the field, it became a lightning rod for the national conversation about racism and culture in Australia. This critically acclaimed documentary, which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Melbourne International Film Festival, is showing at 6:00pm on Thursday 11 July at the National Film and Sound Archive. For more information and bookings visit the NFSA website.

First Nations Board Expression of Interest 
Expressions of interest are now open for First Nations artists and arts workers to be considered for the First Nations-led Board at Creative Australia. This board aims to: invest in, create and produce First Nations works of scale with priorities and funding decisions determined by First Nations leaders; develop a First Nations Creative Workforce Development Strategy; and promote best practice cultural protocols, self-determination and cultural safety training across arts and cultural organisations. If you or someone you know would like to be considered for appointment, you can complete an expression of interest form at the Office for the Arts website here. If you have any questions relating to the form, please contact

Creative Australia Peer Recruitment in ACT
Creative Australia is currently seeking a greater representation of ACT artists and arts workers in their current pool of peers. Applications for the new peer pool are open until 6 August 2024, with the pool term being January 2025 to December 2027 (three years). Peers from a board range of artforms are sought, including First Nations, Arts and Disability, Community Arts and Cultural Development and Experimental and Emerging Arts. For more information and to apply visit the Creative Australia website.

ACT Event Fund 2025 now open 
The ACT Event Fund plays an active role in supporting positive economic, social, and community outcomes for the Canberra region through the events sector. Funding is available for eligible applicants to further develop, market, and promote their events. Support under the ACT Event Fund 2025 is for events to be staged in the 2025 calendar year and incorporates two funding categories – Community Event Funding (up to $10,000) and Event Development Funding (up to $30,000). Applications are now open and will close at 11:59pm on Monday, 12 August 2024. For further details, including Funding Guidelines, eligibility criteria and how to apply visit the Events Canberra website.

Turn your creative hobby into a business
Canberra Business Advice and Support Service is hosting facilitated workshop aimed at creative entrepreneurs thinking about whether to take the next step and transition from a hobby to a business. This is a free event for creative entrepreneurs of all kinds – from artists and photographers to bakers and writers. Saturday 13 July from 12:30pm – 2:30pm at Lighthouse, 17/9 Beaconsfield Street, Fyshwick. For more information and RSVPs visit the Lighthouse website.

Little Wing Puppets show and workshop at Tuggeranong Art Centre 
Set in the mangrove swamps of east-coast Australia, The Fish That Wanted to Fly is a delightful puppet show about the importance of pursuing a dream. Under the Sea puppet workshop will take place after the show where kids can craft their own sea creature puppet and learn some puppetry skills. Thursday 18 and Friday 19 July. For more information and bookings visit the TAC website.

Megalo Print Studio Artist in Residence callout
Applications for the Megalo’s 2025 Artist in Residence program are now open! The residency program gives artists at all stages of their career access to the studios, print facilities and equipment, and the time and space to make new work or experiment with ideas without the pressure of a set outcome.⁠ Applications close 29 July. For more information and submissions visit the Megalo Print Studio website.

M16 Artspace 2025 Exhibition Program: Call for Submissions
M16 Artspace invites artists, curators, and creative practitioners to submit proposals for its 2025 exhibition program. With three gallery spaces, 31 artist studios, and a vibrant community arts hub, M16 offers an ideal platform for both emerging and established artists alike. Proposals due by 14 August 2024. For more information and to apply visit the M16 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.

What’s On at Canberra’s Art Organisations 

NAIDOC in the North at Belconnen Arts Centre, 13 July 2024
Robert Fielding ‘NYARU’ at Canberra Glassworks, until 21 July 2024
CCAS Lakeside Exhibitions, 12 July – 14 September 2024
Exhibitions at Belconnen Arts Centre, 12 July – 25 August 2024
Exhibitions at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 14 June – 10 August 2024
Life Drawing Classes at Strathnairn Arts, July – September 2024
Squares 2024 – 18th people’s choice competition, register by Sunday 4 August 2024
Electric kiln firing workshop at Strathnairn Arts, 10 – 11 August 2024
Ceramic Handbuilding Workshops at Strathnairn Arts, August and September
Battle of the Bands, July – November
Sing with Toby community choir, term-based
Art Play weekly workshops for adults, Woden library
Every body life drawing at TAC, monthly
Come Write with MARION, free monthly writing group
Art workshops at Tuggeranong Arts Centre


Public Programs Manager at Canberra Glassworks, closes 15 July 2024
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office (NATSIMO) LIFECYCLE Recording Grants, closes 26 July 2024
Creative Australia First Nations Board Expression of Interest 
National Folk Festival Performers for 2025, applications close 29 July 2024
Megalo Print Studio Artist in Residence callout, closes 29 July 2024
Australian Folk Music Awards 2024, closes 31 July 2024
2025 Exhibition Call-out at Strathnairn Arts, closes 31 July 2024
Call for artwork from refugee artists, closes 1 August 2024
‘Over Seas’ Exhibition call for entries, closes 4 August 2024
Creative Australia ACT Peer Pool, closes 6 August 2024
ACT Event Fund 2025, closes 12 August 2024
Peter Blazey Fellowship, closes 12 August 2024
M16 Artspace 2025 Exhibition Program Call for Submissions, closes 14 August 2024
Basil Sellers Art Prize, closes 27 September 2024
Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award 2024, closes 30 September 2024
Playing Australia Project Investment Round 2, closes 1 October 2024
Creative Australia Grants, various
Street artist and graffiti artist list and opportunities
Artist Opportunities at Belconnen Arts Centre
The Shop at Belco Arts – Expressions of Interest
Strathnairn Arts Studio Application
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