Author: Dora Gillett

What to expect at the National Folk Festival

Exhibition Park In Canberra (EPIC) will come ablaze with lights, food, and music from Thursday 29 March to Monday 2 April. You might see a parade of jugglers and acrobats or stumble across a late-night cider garden, and you will definitely see some incredible bands. The occasion: the National Folk Festival. Director Pam Merrigan describes the festival as having “a big heart and a sturdy heart”. It’s been an institution for more than fifty years, and this year marks its 52nd birthday – and the festival shows no sign of slowing down.  Some of the acts coming along have been...

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Get intimate with Hyper Real’s Patricia Piccinini

“I would only say this because we are in a nice intimate group…” starts out Patricia Piccinini, the Melbourne-based star of the knockout Hyper Real exhibition. It’s three on a Sunday afternoon, and this group is nothing if not intimate.  It’s just the artist, NGA Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Jaklyn Babington, and forty-odd spectators nestled in the bookstore half of Kingston institution Muse for the special event. Hyper Real celebrates the deeply cool and equally unnerving art of replicating the human form in such exquisite detail, you expect the sculptures to move. Every liver spot on an elderly face,...

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What community theatre is all about

Make a date with community theatre and you’re in for a great night out. OutInCanberra columnist Dora Gillett recently took in a show – and she’ll definitely be back for more. Paper Cuts was a lot of fun to watch, and I suspect it’s a lot of fun to act in as well. The show presented Kirsty Budding’s new selection of monologues for actors – the kind you’d use for an audition or an assessment piece – performed by actors who fit the roles like a glove. Set in Canberra Theatre Centre’s tiny Courtyard Studio, this is community theatre...

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The best space for contemporary art

Canberra Contemporary Art Space is a secluded little gallery in Ainslie’s Gorman Arts Centre. The walls smell like they’ve just been freshly painted, and as the name suggests, what’s hanging on them is pretty brand new too. Last week, the gallery launched its final display for the year with three exhibitions by Derek O’Connor, Dionisia Salas and Shoeb Ahmad. While they work in completely different media, all three artists play with layering and re-layering, building densely textured works that reward you for getting up close and personal with them in this intimate gallery setting. Derek O’Connor has painted straight...

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Poking fun at the dramas of 2017

Are you a politics junkie?  Glued to Q&A every Monday? End all your tweets with #auspol? Or do you just need to brush up on the year’s events before Auntie Sal quizzes you over Christmas dinner?  Whichever it is, Behind the Lines: The Year’s Best Political Cartoons 2017 is the fix you’re after. In Behind the Lines, Australia’s best cartoonists poke their tongues at every intrigue and issue, from campaign funding to climate change. The exhibition has something to target everyone’s funny bone whether you like your cartoons simple (a jar of Vegemite as the ultimate Australian citizenship test...

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