ACT Art News

Canberra arts news

by | 10 Mar 2023 | Blog post, NEWS, EVENTS

artsACT eNews 9 March 2023

The Street Lights Up!  

The Street Theatre’s façade has been brought to life with striking new signage. The metal frame from the previous building signage has been cleverly utilised by being stripped back and painted bright red. The red structure frames the new arts facility lettering and logo which glow white during the day and float illuminated at night. The new signage was delivered by the ACT Government and funded from the Better Infrastructure Fund.

Caroline Stacey OAM, Artistic Director/CEO of The Street Theatre said, “We’re absolutely delighted with The Street sign. It has a contemporary feel, full of drama and interest and conceptually our deconstructed approach talks to how we make work here at The Street.

Visibility of The Street through high quality signage and activating the outside of the physical building is critical in terms of cultural presence and understanding of our purpose.  We never stop imagining the possibilities here with such an amazing location and it is very satisfying to see this transformation.”

Image: Courtesy of The Street.

Dance workshops this month at Ausdance 

When: 11, 17 and 19 March 2023
Where: Gorman Arts Centre

Ausdance ACT presents an incredible opportunity for local dancers to work with Sydney Dance Company’s Charmene Yap. This workshop will guide participants through a warm-up and contemporary technique exercises before exploring some of the choreographic tasks the company dancers utilised when creating the works that are included in the ‘Ascent’ triple bill. Building on the understanding of the choreographic process, participants will then have the opportunity to learn Sydney Dance Company repertoire. This workshop is designed for dancers aged 15+ at an intermediate to advanced level, pre-professional dancers and independent artists. Places are strictly limited and booking can be made through Eventbrite.

Additionally, Mirramu Dance Company is delighted to welcome Dancecology and Ku & Dancers for a two-week professional dance in nature residency from 14 to 26 March 2023. During their visit Ausdance ACT is excited to partner with Mirramu Dance Company to provide a rare opportunity for local dancers to learn from these leading international dance artists from Taiwan.

Workshop for community dancers on Friday 17 March will include a short free performance by Dancecology and the opportunity to meet the artists. As well as a presentation of Elizabeth Cameron Dalman’s upcoming book ‘Nature Moves’. Workshop for professional dancers on Sunday 19 March will include a short free performance by Ku & Dancers and an opportunity to meet the artists. Both workshops will include a Dance in Nature/Dance Ecology session led by Grace Peng & Elizabeth Cameron Dalman and a Contact Improvisation session led by Ming-shen Ku.

Ausdance ACT’s 2023 Workshop Series is presented in partnership with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.

For more information and to book visit the Ausdance ACT website.

Image: Courtesy of Ausdance ACT.

Gilding Professional Workshop at Canberra Glassworks  

When: Friday 28 – Sunday 30 April 2023
Where: Canberra Glassworks

Canberra Glassworks will be facilitating a one of a kind intensive three day course where you will learn a range of gilding and painting techniques for the embellishment of glass. This course is open to beginners through to professional artists interested in adding this skill to their practice.

Under the tuition of Sydney based glass gilding expert, Will Lynes from Lynes & Co., the course will explore many techniques in depth, including water and oil gilding, glazing, screen printing and signwriting.

For more information and to book visit the Canberra Glassworks website.

Image: Courtesy of Canberra Glassworks.

Morning Melodies by Music for Canberra  

When: 10:30am Saturday 18 March 2023
Where: Wesley Uniting Church, 20 National Circuit Forrest

For the first Music for Canberra concert of 2023, the Canberra Youth Orchestra conducted by Louis Sharpe, will perform a delightful program of music in morning light. Rachmaninov’s Youth Symphony, Holst’s A Somerset Rhapsody, Hyde’s Fantasy on Waltzing Matilda, and France’s Heritage Overture will invoke dreams of beautiful pastures, sentimental reminiscence, and a sense of rejuvenation. A special solo by a Canberra Youth Orchestra member will complement the program.

To enquire, email and for bookings visit Eventbrite.

Image: Courtesy of Music for Canberra.

More arts news

Lecture on American Abstract Expressionism  
What caused American painting to take off as it did in the mid-20th century? On Tuesday 14 March at 6pm, Anna Moszynska will be giving a lecture at the National Library on American Abstract Expressionism. Anna is a London-based lecturer and writer who oversaw the development of the first master’s degree in contemporary art at Sotheby’s Institute in the 1990s. She taught at institutions including The City Lit, Royal Academy and Tate London, has lectured in cities ranging from Dubai to New York, currently teaches in London and Paris and runs her own courses. She enjoys introducing art to audiences in a lively and approachable way to make modern and contemporary art both accessible and interesting. For non ADFAS members wishing to book please email Entry is $35, payable at the door and refreshments are included. For more information visit the ADFAS website.

Local choral and orchestral ensembles combine forces to present Haydn’s The Seasons
The upcoming Autumn concert of Haydn’s exhilarating oratorio, The Seasons, sees the Canberra Choral Society and The National Capital Orchestra joining forces again to bring quality music-making to the ACT community. This ongoing annual musical collaboration demonstrates the strength of the relationship between these two premier, Canberra community-based ensembles, both of which have a proud tradition of performing works from the classical and contemporary repertoire in the ACT region. Join the CCS and NCO, under the baton of Louis Sharpe, with soloists Saralouise Owens (Soprano), Ryan O’Donnell (Tenor) and Sitiveni Talei (Bass), and narration by Laura Tingle, on Saturday 1 April 2023 at 3:00pm in Llewellyn Hall, ANU. Tickets can be booked here.

Applications now open for 2023 First Nations Artist Residency program.
Presented in a partnership between the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF) and the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO), the First Nations Artist Residency Program is an artistic and professional development initiative that supports the career development of a First Nations musician with a practice in jazz, improvisation, hip-hop, singer-songwriter, or contemporary art music and its composition. Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander musicians currently residing in Australia are eligible to apply. The program is open to a broad range of musical genres with the aim to support experimentation and improvisation within and across genres. Applications close 5pm AEDT on Tuesday 28 March 2023. For more information visit the MIJF website.

Arts-focused coworking space
Gorman Arts Centre currently have availability at Gorman Commons, Canberra’s first and only arts-focused coworking space. Desks are available three to seven days a week, from $242 to $363 per month, with further discounts available for individual artists. Join the Gorman Arts Centre community and enjoy the benefits of working in a multi-arts precinct, surrounded by beautiful gardens. Visit the Ainslie and Gorman website for more information.

Public Advocate and Children and Young People Commissioner Annual Satisfaction Survey
The PACYPC is committed to pursuing a supportive and caring community where the rights and interests of people experiencing vulnerability are protected. They advocate for individuals at a systems level to encourage and facilitate positive changes that lead to improved outcomes for people experiencing vulnerability. The PACYPC has statutory oversight and compliance monitoring roles in the child protection, youth justice, mental health and complex disability support systems. Your feedback will be used to assess and improve the services PACYPC provide. The survey closes 30 June 2023 and can be accessed here.

Print demonstration at Megalo Print Studio   
Join Peter McLean from 11am – 12pm on Saturday 25 March at Megalo for a print demonstration, in which the artist will expand on his innovative tile and registration system for his relief print from Lego prints. This technique was developed by McLean as a way to explore portraiture and abstraction through the use of colour separation theory. This demonstration will be held in the Megalo Press Studio to coincide with the final weekend of his fabulous exhibition Distant Friends. For more information visit the Megalo Print Studio website.

Visitor Services Coordinator Vacancy at Belco Arts 
Join the Belco Arts team as their new Visitor Services Coordinator. You’ll be responsible for the day-to-day operations of Belconnen Arts Centre’s Reception and Shop, and administrative support for the staff team. Applications close midnight Monday 13 March 2023. Visit the Belco Arts website for more information and to apply.

Canberra-based composer Sally Greenaway to premiere new work at Bowral Autumn Music Festival
Canberra-based composer Sally Greenaway is set to make a mark at the Bowral Autumn Music Festival, which will include premieres of new works by Greenaway and other Australian composers, such as Andrew Ford and Elena Kats-Chernin. The festival will run from Thursday 23 March to Sunday 26 March 2023 and celebrates chamber music repertoire performed by some of Australia’s most highly acclaimed musicians, including Canberra’s world-renowned flautist Sally Walker and Luminescence Chamber Singers conducted by Roland Peelman.

Reminder – Sharing your Canberra arts events
To reach more audiences for arts events in Canberra, artsACT is working with Events ACT to transition our eNews Events Calendar to the new Events ACT website. To list your event or update an existing listing, access the ATDW-Online portal.


Australian Performing Arts Market PROFILE EOIs, closes 10 March 2023
Director Strathnairn Arts Association Vacancy, closes 31 March 2023
Skilled to Succeed Innovation grants program, closes 31 March 2023
ACT Historic Places Art Prize 2023, entries close 5 May 2023
artsACT peer assessors registration, open all year round
Up to $5k Arts Activities funding, open all year round

Online Resources

ANU Open School of Music Soundcloud
MusicACT’s Australian Playlists
WOLO – ACT’s Live Music Gig Guide

Art Monthly Australasia archive
Libraries ACT – Too Busy Book Club
Shop local – support CBR artists

Sharing your Canberra arts news

artsACT eNews is published every fortnight sharing Canberra arts news and opportunities. Got some exciting arts stories, news, opportunities, grants, vacancies and workshops to share? We would love to hear from you! Please read the content submission guidelines and send your submission to: The next deadline for submissions is Monday 20 March 2023 for publication on Wednesday 22 March 2023.