Following the festival’s 2021 theme ‘Reimagine’, Canberra Modern focuses on personal connections to modernism through showcasing both known and unknown parts of the capital’s rich mid-century history with walks, home tours and speaking events.
“From modernism in our suburbs, in your kitchen cupboards and the lived experience of growing up in Canberra, we want to focus on the stories and people around mid-century places as well as the buildings and objects themselves,” says Canberra Modern Co-Founder and Creative Director Amy Jarvis.
Some events to look forward to include:
‘Growing Up Modern’, an interactive conversation held in the iconic 1976 Giralang Primary, designed by Canberra’s own Enrico Taglietti. A panel of Canberrans will also share their own experiences of growing up in a planned city and how it has shaped their lives.
‘Modern Art in the Parliamentary Zone’ & ‘ANU Art and Architecture Tour’ with tours of the Parliamentary Zone and ANU Acton Campus showcasing public art and the buildings they adorn.
‘Collecting Modernism’, for collectors, would be collectors and admirers of mid-century art, furniture and objects.
‘Thoroughly Modern Tour – Evan Crescent Houses’, a guided tour of the houses designed by husband and wine architects Malcolm Moir and Heather Sutherland, including access inside one of these iconic inter-war functionalist homes.
‘Marvellous Medium Density – Swinger Hill Tour’ guided with Canberra House’s Martin Miles including garden history with revel in the discovery of an intact modern garden design at a Theo Bischoff designed home.
For the full event program and to make a booking head to Canberra Modern.