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CANBERRA MUSEUM AND GALLERY (CITY)
Situated in the heart of the city, Canberra Museum and Gallery showcases
the region's social history through visual arts, dynamic exhibitions and unique
community programs and events. The gallery houses a permanent exhibition,
which includes two-dozen works from one of Australia's most famous artists, Sir
Sidney Nolan. Reflecting Canberra, and a variety of local, national and international
exhibitions, the gallery delivers a refreshing insight to the integration of social
history and the visual arts. To view wo k f
gallery, or to view upcoming events,
and follow the links.
Rare cinema, premier galleries and enclaves of
distinctive art can be found in the centre and on
the peripheries of Canberra city. BY MARK SAWA
ARC CINEMA (ACTON)
Arc Cinema is one of the most advanced,
yet unknown cinemas in Canberra. A hidden
gem operating out of the National Sound
and Film Archive, it showcases rare, classic,
contemporary and cutting-edge films. Among
cinephiles and those who choose to sample
cinema beyond the mainstream, Arc has
provided a creative outlet for the last two
years. In state-of-the-art facilities, and now
screening daily, the cinema aims to challenge
and inspire Canberra audiences with its
eclectic mix of Australian and world cinema.
For more information about what is coming up
at Arc Cinema visit nfsa.gov.au.
PAINTBOX FINE ART BUZZES (BRADDON)
Over the last decade, gallery directors Steve and Anne Watson have
assembled a stable of 30 accomplished artists from all over Australia.
This has led to the consolidation of Paintbox Fine Art as one of the
country's premier commercial galleries, where patrons can purchase or
commission high quality Australian contemporary art. Among a buzz
of boutiques and eateries in Lonsdale Street, the gallery runs high-end
exhibitions throughout the year. Recently this has included still lifes from
Victorian artist Dean Home, whose portrait of Sir Gustav Nossall hangs
in the National Portrait Gallery, and South Australia's Stephen Trebilcock,
winner of the Painting Category of the 2009 Waterhouse Prize for Natural
History. A group of émigré Chinese artists operating out of Paintbox,
who sought sanctuary in Australia following the 1989 Tiananmen Square
protests, will be next to showcase their Australian work at the gallery in
April and May this year.
PUBLIC ART (SCULPTURES)
A steady accumulation of public art in Canberra city over
the last 15 years tells a story of our community's history,
values and culture. Now constituting an artistic tour, works
represent a broad range of materials and styles. Some
integrated into pre-existing urban architecture, others set
as landmark works, giving their location a unique identity.
From granite sculptures and aluminium sheep, to more
experimental projected laser light and sound scapes, the
pieces in Civic embrace the spectrum of what public art
can be. Almost 40 works can be viewed around the city,
some best enjoyed during the day, while others provide a
night-time spectacle. To take the tour, visit arts.act.gov.au
and follow the links to a CBD art location map.
Located at the border of
the city centre on Ainslie
Avenue, this heritage-listed
establishment is an enclave for
about 30 artistic enterprises.
Ranging from dance studios
to galleries, the centre
performance spaces and is
a vibrant edifice for smaller
groups and individual artists.
It is a scene where poetry
slammers ply their trade
alongside interpretive dancers
and traditional painters.
Constructed in the 1920s as a
hostel for government workers,
it is highly valued by the local
community for its links with
early Canberra development.
Within easy walking distance
to the CBD, this true nerve
centre for performers provides
a unique space for art in the
Art is almost by definition controversial.
It aims to generate a reaction through
challenging perceptions, thoughts,
prejudices and the status quo. In Canberra,
art, and particularly public art has been
at the centre of many debates, yet when
the controversy subsides, art aimed
at enriching society and mollifying the
crudeness of daily life is rarely regretted.
In Canberra City, sculptures are sprinkled
through the CBD, and clinging to the
fringes of the city's centre, are a few hidden
treasures. And for those with the right
inclinations who are keen to discover rare
and unique slices of culture, they can sate
their appetites right in the heart of the ACT.
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