Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Equality - Celebrating diversity and ending racism

ACT Human Rights Commission
Showcasing the Launch of the ACT Human Rights Commission
Reconciliation Action Plan and Youth Human Rights Art Award

1 — 17 July 2011 » In the Foyer

To be opened at 4:00pm, Friday 1 July by Dr Chris Bourke, MLA and Member for Ginninderra and Dr Helen Watchirs, the ACT Human Rights & Discrimination Commissioner

Paintings, drawings and photographs by youth ages 12-18 years for the 2011 ACT Human Rights Youth Art Award. Refreshments until 5:00pm.

Codi Thomson, Every Silhouette is the Same Colour (detail), 2011

Click here for further information

Opening hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday to Sunday.  We look forward to welcoming you to the Arts Centre.

Craft Sale this Weekend

Marjo is have a sale of all her craft things on Saturday 2nd July at 14 Pudney Street, Farrer.   Selling silks, all sorts of fabrics, lots of beautiful fleece for felting, a carder, hand carders. things for felt making. Hat & brim blocks.   Dyes, a full size silk steamer, a microwave. amongst other things.   

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Karhina Designs at Live Smart Festival this Sunday

Sunday 26 June   12.30pm - 4pm

Karhina Designs create contemporary furnishing and fashion accessories for you and your home. Explore the unique and distinctive designs: cushions, throws, buttons and jewellery .

All items are handmade in Canberra using green energy through solar power. The majority of my products are made incorporating upcycled or reclaimed materials. Wherever possible additional materials are 100 percent natural, produced sustainably and sourced locally.

St John's Hall, Cnr Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West Reid

Australian Ethical Investment and Superannuation present the first Canberra Live Smart Festival.
Live Smart is a free half day event, showcasing the very best of Canberra's sustainable, ethical and responsible businesses and organisations.  Festival goers will have the opportunity to chat with different groups; sample and purchase produce, food and fair trade coffee

Monday, June 20, 2011

Change - NAIDOC 2011 Exhibition

Featuring works in glass, painting, weaving, and digital media by ACT Indigenous artistsJason Davidson, Lyndy Delian, Jenny Dries, Margy Duke and Jenni Kemarre Martiniello   in the Main Gallery

Opening 6:00pm Friday 24 June 2011 at Belconnen Arts Centre

From 24 June — 17 July 2011

Opened by Dr Chris Burke, MLA, Member for Ginninderra

Meet the artists > 3:00pm, Sunday 3 July

Click here for further information 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Live Smart Day

Sunday 26 June   12.30pm - 4pm

St John's Hall, Cnr Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West Reid
Australian Ethical Investment and Superannuation present the first Canberra Live Smart Festival.

Live Smart is a free half day event, showcasing the very best of Canberra's sustainable, ethical and responsible businesses and organisations.  Festival goers will have the opportunity to chat with different groups; sample and purchase produce, food and fair trade coffee.
  • Electric Cars
  • Sustainable lifestyle ideas
  • Sustainable gifts
  • Yoga demos
  • Food and coffee
  • Giveaways
  • Showbags
Hear from the Australia Institute's Richard Denniss
Hosted by Australian ethical Supporting Amnesty International

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Contemporary Craft Retreat in October

The Contemporary Craft Retreat is a combined Polymer Clay, Metal Clay, Paverpol and Mixed Media Workshop Event. We invite you to learn a variety of contemporary art and craft skills from the cream of Australia’s most talented Contemporary Clay, Paverpol and Art/Craft Instructors. Meet and mingle with like-minded people, enjoy wholesome, tasty meals and relax in the peace and tranquillity of the Canberra countryside. The Contemporary Craft Retreat is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a friendly, creative learning and fun filled weekend away. Select 4 projects from 20 options.

For more information visit or Phone 02 62901376

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Watson Arts Centre - One-day benefit pottery sale

On Monday 13th June from 10am until 4pm, Canberra Potters' Society will host a benefit pottery sale for Ian Jones and Moraig McKenna, whose beautiful Gundaroo home and gallery were recently destroyed by fire.

This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire pots from some of Australia's best potters who have donated work in support of this benefit.

The one day sale will be held at Watson Arts Centre, Aspinal Street, Watson

The sale will be officially opened at 10am by Janet Mansfield OAM, President of the International Academy of Ceramicsw.  

Some pieces will be auctioned online. To view or bid for them please go to 

NB  Bids  for the online auction open 10am Monday 13th June; close 8pm Thursday 16th June Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Images of work will be uploaded early on Monday 13th June.
Most of the works will be available for viewing in the Watson Arts Centre gallery from 10am to 4pm Monday 13th June along with other pieces that may be purchased directly from the gallery

Saturday, June 11, 2011

In Canberra and In Miniature - Bilk Gallery

Mel George - The Gift
Bilk's popular biannual miniature glass exhibition

Scott Chaseling, Matt Curtis, Mel George, Jacqueline Knight, Brian Corr and Mikki Trail have produced beautiful, alluring minatures of their larger works specifically for this exhibition.

Opens Friday 3 June at 6pm.
Palmerston Lane Manuka
Open Tuesday - Thursday 11 - 5, Friday 11 - 7 and Saturday 11 - 4

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Carrot Mob launch at the Ainslie IGA this Saturday

This coming Saturday 11 June is the Carrotmob event - which is an initiative being supported by SEE-Change . 

What is CarrotMob?
In a Carrotmob campaign, businesses compete at how socially responsible they can be, and then a network of consumers spends money to support the winner. It’s the opposite of a boycott. Carrotmobs are about showing people that how and where they spend there money does make a difference – you can ask for more than just the product – you can ask that it is locally made, or produced sustainably, or ethically, or that the profits from its sale stay in the local community – especially if you shop in a mob!

Where is it happening? If you shop at any stage on the Saturday at the Ainslie IGA, your money will be put towards initiatives to improve the sustainability of the Ainslie IGA. However between 11-2pm there will be music, a bbq, home sustainability information, games and prizes to be won.   

More information about Carrotmob: 
Facebook - Carrotmob Canberra

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Handmade Market and Small Business Summit

Handmade Market June 11, 10am - 4pm

Time to start those shopping lists, make sure you go to the website to check out all  gorgeous designers attending the next market.

Small Business summit June 10, 9am - 5pm

Do you have a small business, thinking of starting one or just want to take it to the next level? Then the Small Business Summit & Expo is for you. This event has been designed with YOUR business in mind. From small business start up to social media, marketing, merchandising or protecting your intellectual property this is a must for anyone in small business.

Bosom Buddies ACT will be launching their new competition at the June Handmade Market. The Hat Hat Hooray Competition is designed to raise needed funds to help Bosom Buddies and its volunteers to continue to work with people with breast cancer. You can pick up an entry form on the day 

Canberra Potters' Society Winter Potter Fair

2 - 12 June
Watson Arts Centre
Aspinall Street, Watson
Thursday - Sunday 10am - 4pm

Monday, June 6, 2011

House and Garden - Patrick Larmour

Opening 3 June till 19 June at Strahnairn Homestead Gallery 90 Stockdill Drive Holt

Open Friday to Sunday 10 - 4.30

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Logic will get you from A to B but imagination will take you everywhere

A group show by participants of the Work to the Wall, a course in which everything from holding the camera in your hand to mounting an exhibition is covered. Opening 2 June at the Huw Davies Gallery

PhotoAccess, Manuka Arts Centre, Manuka Circle, Griffith. See for further information

Friday, June 3, 2011

Bridge Walk! 1.30 pm Sunday 5th June

Tell your friends.  Tell your colleagues.  Bring your family... to the biggest event on Canberra's climate calendar in 2011.
Meet at Regatta Point for music, kid's activities, and informed and inspirational talks to be followed by a march to Parliament.
Show our parliamentarians that we want Real Climate Action Now.  Make your voice count for a Safe Climate Future.
Climate experts are telling us that we must act now to avoid extreme weather events and catastrophic climate change, but our federal parliament is treating the subject as simply another political contest.
A carbon price is essential but Australia must also embark urgently on creating base load power using renewable energy, new land management practices to draw down carbon and a phase out of fossil fuel as our source of energy. This will create thousands of new jobs.
Come rain or shine on Sunday June 5 to join a huge crowd walk across Commonwealth Bridge to Parliament House, to tell our parliamentarians to:

Say ‘Yes’ to Real Climate Action Now!

Walk begins at 1.30 pm on Sunday, 5 June at Regatta Point, near the bridge.
Live music and Children’s activities
Hear from: John Hewson, Richard Denniss, Bishop Pat Power, Linsey Cole, Gosta Lynga, Lin Hatfield Dodds and Phoebe Howe.
For more information, please visit the SEE-Change website
Authorised by the CANBERRA SAFE CLIMATE ALLIANCE on behalf of ClimateAction Canberra, Greenpeace, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, SEE-Change ACT, Conservation Council ACT Region, ACT Environment Centre, Canberra Loves 40%, Climate Active Australia, ANU Environment Collective, Canberra Pedestrian Forum, Climate Whistleblowers, Healthy Soils Australia and GET-UP.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery Workshops and Exhibition

GRAG still have two fantastic jewellery making workshops to run in June 2011. The workshops coincide with the touring exhibition excessory: Contemporary Australian Jewellery which will be showcasing some amazing contemporary Australian jewellery - all made from recycled items. 

Places on the workshops are limited so book early.

Walter Brecely

Saturday 4 June: Workshop 1pm—4pm,   jewellery making  with artist Walter Brecely (adults and teens)
In this class you will use found objects either in their original state or cut and formed to create a personalised and unique chain necklace. Walter will help you create your necklace and teach you various techniques that will emphasise your found objects as the ‘jewels’ of your piece.  

Saturday 18 June: Workshop 1pm—4pm,   jewellery making  with artist Emma Kidson (adults and teens)
The workshop begins by learning how to make a gorgeous floral brooch from recyclables that everyone has around  their home. Emma will guide you in using your new skills to create your own necklace or earrings to take home. 

More info on the gallery's website: or contact 48 234 442 to make a booking

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Footprints - Marks on Our Environment

Selected artists examine how environmental and social changes have affected and altered their artistic visions and practices from 3 — 19 June 2011.

by Faye Alexander, Claudia Bottrill, Jason Davidson, Jen Fullerton, Felicity Green, Gabriella Hegyes, Jessica Herrington, Jo Hollier, Fran Ifould, Rosalind Lemoh, Vivien Lightfoot, Mandy Martin, Lisa Molvig, Maryann Mussared, Renee Newton, Tanja Riese, Chad Swanson, Kate Ward, Corinne Ying Zhang
 in the Main Gallery

opening 6:00pm Friday 3 June 2011  at Belconnen Arts Centre

Opened by Maxine Cooper, ACT Commisioner for Sustainability and the Environment

Meet the artists >3:00pm, Sunday 12 June

Click here for further information
RSVP: or (02) 6173 3300