Community Programs


Big House Film Society presents monthly film screenings exclusively
for Big House and ACT M&G Members.
Cards must be shown at the door and memberships to both
organisations can be purchased on the day.

For: Members of Big House Films and ACT M&G
Cost: Free
RSVP: cmagbookings@act.gov.au or 6207 3968

Sun 27 April, Hangover Square (1945) + The Damned Don't Cry (1950) – Memories that kill
Sun 25 May, Born to Kill (1947) + Dial M for Murder (1955) – Men behaving badly

Big House Film Society


Apologies, this event is now FULLY BOOKED

Tue 15 April: 10am–2pm (5 to 8 years)
Wed 16 April: 10am–2pm (9 to 12 years)

Nolan’s painted narrative is like a series of still frames from a movie. Children will engage with the paintings and stories in The Nolan Collection, and then make their own movies using low-tech and hi-tech methods in the CMAG studio.

$20 (ACT M&G members $15), payment by Tue 8 April. Please bring your own snacks, lunch and a drink.

Information, bookings and RSVP
6207 3968 or cmagbookings@act.gov.au


Tue 29 April and Tue 20 May, 1.00-1.30pm

Join Leanne Santoro, Assistant Curator Visual Arts for an overview of Elioth Gruner: the texture of light. From the beach to the bush Elioth Gruner’s unique vision of the Australian landscape is explored in this major survey of his work. Gruner’s mastery with the paintbrush and his skill at capturing the effects of light will be a focus of the talk.


SYMPOSIUM: The art of landscape

Fri 2 May: 9.30am–5pm

A symposium, The art of landscape, organised in conjunction with the Australian National University. Convened by Professor Anthea Callen, Art Historian and Professor of Art, ANU College of Arts and Sciences; with keynote speaker Michael Rosenthal, Emeritus Professor, University of Warwick, United Kingdom an internationally distinguished scholar of landscape art; other speakers will include Dr Mary Eagle, former Head of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia and a specialist in nineteenth and twentieth century Australian art; Denise Mimmocchi, Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and co-curator of Sydney Moderns (2013); and distinguished visual artist Imants Tillers.

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Wed 7 May and Thu 12 June: 1–2pm

Join Deborah Clark, CMAG’s Senior Curator Visual Arts, to delve deeper into the exhibition, Elioth Gruner: the texture of light and learn more about the artist, his work and his rendering of the Canberra regional landscape.



Sat 17 May: 1–2pm

Join author and illustrator Bob Graham to hear stories behind his stories and insights into his work and the exhibition; full of treasures from his studio and the Lu Rees Archives.


T IS FOR TODDLER: Cluck, quack, woof

Wed 21, Thu 22 and Fri 23 May: 9.30–10.45am and 11.45am–1.00pm

Inspired by the exhibition A bird in the hand: a Bob Graham retrospective children aged 2–3 years and their carers will discover the world of author and illustrator Bob Graham through a variety of hands-on, guided activities in the CMAG studio.

$5 per child (ACT M&G Members and eligible concession card holders free); bookings are essential and open Sun 27 April.

Information, bookings and RSVP
6207 3968 or cmagbookings@act.gov.au

CURATOR’S TALK: Nolan’s landscapes

Wed 28 May: 1–2pm

Join Deborah Cark, CMAG’s Senior Visual Arts Curator, for an examination of Nolan’s
modernist landscapes in contrast to those painted by the earlier, interwar artist Elioth Gruner.


The Pastoral Visions of Australian Cinema

Sat 31 May: 2–4pm, Sat 7 June: 2–4pm, Fri 13 June: 6–7pm, Sat 14 June: 2–4pm

To accompany the exhibition, Elioth Gruner: the texture of light, the National Film and Sound Archive’s Arc cinema will focus on Australian cinema’s own ‘vision splendid’; local and regional feature, short and documentary films where (as in Gruner’s paintings) sunlight, landscape and European agricultural settlement have played a key aesthetic and narrative role. Presented in collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

$6 all tickets. Screening at Arc cinema, McCoy Cct, Acton. Bookings via 6248 2000.

Full program details: www.nfsa.gov.au/arc

TOUR: Gruner’s landscapes

Sat 21 June: 10am–3pm

Join Deborah Clark, CMAG’s Senior Curator Visual Arts and Gruner Society member, Geoff Pryor,
for a tour of the landscape around Canberra and the sites that inspired the artist’s work.

$60 (ACT M&G Members $55), includes morning tea and lunch. Bus departs CMAG at 10.30am.

Information, bookings and RSVP
6207 3968 or cmagbookings@act.gov.au

Past Programs:





July - December 2010

January - June 2010

July - December 2009

January - June 2009



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