Sunday, October 30, 2011

Red Cross - Telecross volunteers needed

Volunteers provide a daily reassurance telephone call each morning to individuals who are frail, aged, socially or geographically isolated or with a chronic medical condition.

Volunteers contribute to the independence of people living at home who are at risk of sudden illness or accident by reliably making a daily phone call to check on the clients health and welfare, as well as following prescribed procedure if the client does not answer the phone or there are concerns for their welfare.

Volunteers receive ongoing support and program training.

For more information please email or call (02) 6234 7634

Practice What You Teach - VANE

Practice What You Teach — VANE 
28 October - 13 November
A wide ranging exhibition presented by the membership of VANE, (Visual Art Network of Educators of ACT) comprised of visual art educators from all sectors of education fields in the ACT. Showcased are a range of ideas, processes and outcomes that they use in pursuing personal creative work and are utilised as starting points for students and clients. Artists include: Agnieszka Berger, Karen Cromwell, Jodie Cunningham,Sean Davey, Linda Davy, Trevor Dunbar, Craig Edwards, David Hodges, Valerie Kirk, Mac Nichols, Danielle Northey, Jill Pettifer, Louise Pinder, Derek Ross, Lisa Styles, Linda Tawagi & Annemaree Turner.

Meet the artists: 1:30pm, Sunday 6 November
Beyond the Classroom artists’ forum: 3:00pm, Sunday 6 November
Click here for further information or download your invitation here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

M16 Calling for Expressions of Interest

I hope you are well.  

I am now the exhibitions coordinator at M16 artspace in Griffith.  I thought that you might be interested to know that we are currently calling for exhibition proposals for 2012 exhibitions.  There are 3 different gallery spaces that suit a wide range of media and scales of work.  Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested.  More detail is available at or 6295 9438.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Woden Festival - Be Part of the event

Planning for the fourth annual Woden Valley Community Festival to be held on Saturday 5 November at Eddison Park is well underway and we would love to have you involved!
This is a great opportunity to showcase all the wonderful services, events, activities and organisations supporting the Woden Valley and broader Canberra community. The theme for the festival is health, wellbeing and sustainability – so if you encourage these things – let us know!

There are two ways you can get involved this year:
* Hold a stall at the Woden Festival on Saturday 5 November at Eddison Park. Stalls for community groups are $25 and applications will need to be received by 14 October . For more information about being a stall holder and an application form, please contact me (see details below).
* We are very excited about the festival this year as we have expanded the program into a week long celebration of life in the Woden Valley called “Woden Alive – A Week in the Woden Valley” which will start on Sunday 30 October and culminate in the Woden Valley Festival at Eddison Park on Saturday 5 November . We are encouraging community groups to hold an event, open day, information session etc to showcase the great work that you're doing. This could be a new event or something you've already organised! These events will be advertised online via and through event media releases and promotions. To enter your event either go online or contact me.

So there are many ways you get involved in the Woden Festival. If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact me on 6234 6820, 0409 315 702 or via

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Shows at Craft ACT

Elements: clay and Canberra Potters' Society Award
to be opened by Gillian McCracken, Freelance Art Curator and Writer

and Elements: fibre and Garlands of string
to be opened by Pamille Berg AO Hon. FRAIA

Opening Thursday 6 October 2011

Elements: clay
Celebrating Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre's membership of leading craft practitioners and designer makers. The third in the Elements series, Elements: clay will expose the diverse practice and processes artists employ in exploring clay. Showcasing invited artists Greg Daly, Janet DeBoos, Patsy Hely, Bev Hogg, Ian Jones, Anita McIntyre, Gail Nichols, Kaye Pemberton, Joanne Searle, Jaishree Srinivasan, Hiroe Swen and Alan Watt.

Elements: Fibre
The fourth exhibition in the Elements series, Elements:fibre highlights the possibilities of textile and fibre medium and features work by leading craft practitioners, designers and makers. Elements: fibre presents work by invited artists Keiko Amenomori-Schmeisser, Valerie Kirk, Sharon Peoples, Belinda Ramson, Jennifer Robertson, Barbara Rogers, Fay Skyring, Annie Trevillian and Monique van Nieuwland.

Garlands of string   
Kay Lawrence Gallery In this exhibition the two bodies of work, a garland for a friend and your heart's desire, signify a form of relational art practice mapping the web of connection between friends, and the unfulfilled longings that comprise our innermost desires. Both bodies of work are made from handmade silk string and mother-of-pearl buttons. Your heart's desire also includes a set of four artist's books comprising 1000 pages.

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Show at Strathnairn

7 - 23rd October

An exciting collection of recent work from Val Fitzpatrick's art group - Artists include Judith Baskin, Rosemary Brock, Junesse Chapman, Barbara Chappell, Moya Ewin, Ann Gould, Maureen Lawrentin, Peta Scott and Rita Wagner

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Community Fair & Swap Meet - 22nd October

Inner North SEE-Change and the Downer Community Group are holding their first Swap Meet, Suitcase Rummage and Community Fair.   
From 10 – 2 at the Downer Community Centre Frencham Place Downer.   
For more information visit

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Living Green Festival is on this Sunday 16th

Canberra is having its first Living Green Festival in October! The Festival will focus on the relationship between climate change, the environment, and animals and aims to raise awareness about how the choices we make in our everyday lives can affect not only the environment, but humans and other animals as well.  The theme of the Festival is 'a kinder shade of green' and it will showcase easy ways we humans can reduce our carbon footprint and be more considerate of the other animals we share this planet with. It will feature sustainable, fair trade and cruelty-free food, products and services; market stalls; talks on environmental, animal protection and health issues; free yoga and gardening workshops; live music and dance performances; children's entertainment and more!  All of which will create a fun-filled festival and market atmosphere coinciding with the last day of Floriade in the Capital.

The Living Green Festival will be held in the recently refurbished Albert Hall on Sunday 16 October 2011 between 10am and 4pm. The Hall is easy to get to by public transport, bike, and on foot, and is only a short walk from Floriade.  The Festival is assisted by the ACT Government Climate Change Grants.  More information is available at

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Volunteers wanted for aquaCulture nights at Dickson Pool

This January, aquaCulture Nights at Dickson Pool raised thousands of dollars for local community groups, residents groups, refugees and the Queensland Flood Appeal. Over the last five years we've raised $20,000 for all sorts of causes.

It attracted over 8,000 residents of all ages from all across the ACT, and as far away as the South Coast.

It created a special place to go to relax in the summer and share fun and music and dancing by the water as the sun went down.

Two mothers made it happen and did all the work, for nothing. Now we need your help to do it again. Please contact Jane Goffman at Active Planning if you can offer your time to this valuable community-building effort in the inner North.

Active Planning
P.O. Box 1000
Dickson ACT 2602
Mob: 0468 649 640

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Melbourne Boys at Bilk from 30 September

Buy Nothing New Month is October

Buy Nothing New is not about going without, nor is it Buy Nothing New Never.

It’s about taking October to reassess what we really need, think about where the stuff we buy comes from (finite resources), where it goes (landfill), and what our alternatives are.

It is about conscientious consumption and by not spending on stuff we don’t need, increasing our savings for the things we do need.

Pledge to Buy Nothing New during October and challenge over consumption.

You’ll have more time on your hands and money in your pockets.

Go to for more information

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fash 'n' Treasure on this Saturday 8th

This SATURDAY 8th  at the Old Bus Depot markets Kingston
Good fashion and perhaps some good treasure to be picked up on the day.
An interesting market concept and well worth a look.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Centenary of Canberra - a legacy of good design - Competition

Centenary of Canberra - a legacy of good design

A competition to design unique, high quality objects, to be produced and sold as memorabilia for the city's centenary in 2013. 4 winners will each receive $10,000 for the production costs of the memorabilia product. 

The Canberra region has a vibrant and innovative community of artists and designers with a rich history of contribution to the territory and the nation. The project calls on ACT region to create a product of memorabilia that commemorates the Centenary of Canberra and celebrates 100 years of Canberra as Australia's national capital. 

Applications close:   2 December 2011
Amount:  $10,000 for the production costs
10 finalists advised:  16 December 2011

Winners advised: 8 March 2012

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Braidwood Quilt Event - $1,000 acquisitive art quilt prize

$1,000 acquisitive art quilt prize that's on offer at this year's Braidwood Quilt Event

Although Braidwood is in rural SE NSW, it is open to quilt entries from anywhere around the country. You'd just have to post your quilts there and pay for return postage if you can't deliver your items in person. 

In previous years, a local gallery in Braidwood has sponsored an acquisitive award for one category at the quilt event, but it has always been a fairly specialised category

But from this year, a local Braidwood business (Cortona Resources), has stepped in to offer an acquisitive award of $1,000 for an art quilt at the Braidwood Quilt Event.  This year the theme is one that Braidwood Quilt Event has had as a standard category for some time: "We are Australian".  

As well as this acquisitive award, there is the usual $200 prize for viewers' choice at the indoor exhibition (the main competition, which is open from the official opening on the Friday night, to the end of the day on the Sunday), plus an additional $200 prize for the viewers' choice winner of the outdoor exhibition (the Airing of the Quilts which is held on the Saturday only).  There are some other cash prizes on offer as well, plus the usual other kinds of prizes for various categories.

The deadline for receipt of entry forms is Monday October 24, 2011, and the quilts must be received by Monday November 14, 2011. The actual Braidwood Quilt Event runs from the evening of Friday November 25 (6 pm for the official opening, till about 7:30 pm), to Sunday November 27. If you'd like more info about categories, entry fees, etc. go to the website or email Jill (the Braidwood Quilters president) on  You can also phone Jill on (02) 4842 2626, or June (vice president, and owner of the Braidwood Quilt Shop) on (02) 4842 2355.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

New Art Classes at the Artists Shed



·     Extra Cost for Models [$70 / class numbers]

·     Saturdays 1.30 pm to 4.00pm

·     Beginning Saturday 1st of October

·     $30 Per Session x 8 Sessions = $240 + model

Contact Dennis at the Shed on 6297 0336