Community Programs

Unless otherwise stated, for bookings and enquiries contact:

Canberra Museum and Gallery

Cnr. London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra City

Telephone: +61 2 6207 3968
Email: cmagbookings@act.gov.au



Sat 4 October: 6.45–11pm

The annual Capital Arts Patrons' Organisation (CAPO) exhibition is Canberra’s most
significant annual survey of local, professional, contemporary artists, craft practitioners
and designer-makers. The auction is a glamorous and fun event featuring silent and live auctions,
superb food, music and wine. Everyone is welcome and you can bid for art and services
at all levels of value.

$110.00, bookings and payment via www.capo.org.au,
capo.arts@bigpond.com.au or 0407 512 296.

FLOOR TALK: Mark Van Veen,
Julie Bradley and Susie Beaver

Tues 30 September: 1–2pm

Join Mark Van Veen, past CAPO President, artist Julie Bradley and gallery owner
Susie Beaver to hear about the process of creating works of art for sale.


PERFORMANCE: From this, Little Dove Theatre Art

Wed 29 October: 1–1.30pm and Fri 20 February 2015: 5–6.30pm

Little Dove Theatre Art challenges popular perceptions of what performance can be.
Drawing on Japanese Butoh for inspiration, the multi-award-winning director
Chenoeh Miller is working towards the creation of a new form of theatrical expression.
Little Dove Theatre Art employs biological, psychological and philosophical references
to produce performance that attempts to connect with audiences at a personal and
physical level.
From this is ground breaking live art that promises to be defined only through
your own unique experience.

Free, RSVP by Mon 27 October (first performance),
RSVP by Wed 18 February 2015 (final performance), places are limited.


Wed 12 November: 1–2pm

Join exhibition curator Mark Bayly as he discusses how contemporary artists
are exploring ideas about the body and what it means to be human.


WRITERS WORKSHOP: Writing on the body

Sat 15 November: 12–5pm

Join Sarah St Vincent Welch to explore the exhibition, PULSE: Reflections
on the body, through writing. Discover how a sense of ‘the body’ can take
your work to a new level, with time to be inspired by the exhibition and to write.
This guided and immersive workshop is for beginners as well as more experienced writers,
caters for all forms, and will include writing exercises and games. Sarah has over fifteen
years of experience teaching creative writing in the Canberra community.

$84, includes six months of ACT Writers Centre membership (ACT M&G members and
ACT Writers Centre members $54, concessional members $48),
Bookings essential via 6262 9191 or www.actwriters. org.au, payment is required
at time of booking. Please bring along your own writing materials.

SEMINAR: Taking the pulse

Sat 29 November: 2–4.30pm

An afternoon where art and science collide, inspired by the exhibition,
PULSE: Reflections on the body. Listen to artists Julie Brooke and Nell,
former Artist in Residence at the School of Art, Australian National University.
Hear from scientist, Dr Andrew Barron, Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow
in the Biology Department at Macquarie University and immerse yourself in
a performance work by James Bachelor.

Free, RSVP by Thu 27 November, includes refreshments.


FLOOR TALK: Sarah Rice, Patsy Payne and Mark Bayly

Wed 3 December: 1–2pm

Join writer Sarah Rice, artist Patsy Payne and exhibition curator
Mark Bayly for a conversation considering the body through text and art.


FLOOR TALK: Christian Leah

Wed 17 September: 1–2pm

Join the National Capital Authority’s Project Manager, Engineer Christian Leah,
to learn about the recent remediation works carried out at Scrivener Dam and
how objects in the exhibition were used to improve project outcomes.


WALK: Happy Birthday Burley

Wed 24 September, Wed 22 October and Wed 19 November: 12–1.30pm

Lake Burley Griffin was inaugurated 50 years ago this October.
Join a National Capital Authority Volunteer Guide for a walk around
the Central Basin and celebrate the astonishing story of this watery jewel in Canberra’s crown.

Free, for enquiries contact National Capital Exhibition via 6272 2902.
Meet in the reception area of the National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive, Regatta Point.


CONCERT: Lake music

Fri 17 October: 4.30-5.30pm

A special anniversary concert for Lake Burley Griffin.

Free, National Carillon, Aspen Island; and audible around the Central Basin.


EVENT: Toast the Lake

Fri 17 October: 5.30–7pm

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lake with talks and a toast at
the National Capital Exhibition. Hear from John Gray OAM, who, with Parks and Gardens,
undertook tree planting before the Lake was created. Landscape architect and
historian Dr Dianne Firth will also provide a short presentation.

Free, RSVP via CMAG by Wed 15 October 6207 3968.
At the National Capital Exhibition on Regatta Point.

T IS FOR TODDLER: Waterworks

Wed 22, Thu 23 and Fri 24 October: 9.30–10.45am and 11.45am–1pm

Children aged 2-3 years and their carers will explore Lake Burley Griffin
through water-based interactive play, runny paintings and a print in the CMAG studio.
Dress for a messy splash!

$5 per child (ACT M&G Members and eligible concession card holders free);
bookings are essential and open Sun 28 September, 12pm.

ARTIST’S TALK: James Lieutenant and Kate Vasallo

Wed 8 October: 1–2pm

Join artists James Lieutenant and Kate Vasallo as they discuss their installation, Mistints.
Free, RSVP by Tue 7 October. In association with the Australian National University Art Forum.

FLOOR TALK: Christina Ault

Wed 15 October: 1–2pm

Join Christina Ault as she discusses her fond memories of ‘growing up in Downer’
and some of the treasured photographs from her collection.

FLOOR TALK: Curator Lauren Spencer and peacekeepers

Tue 25 November: 1–2pm

Join Lauren Spencer, Assistant Curator, Australian Federal Police Museum and
peacekeepers Rick Smeltink and Jason Byrnes, as they discuss
the exhibition’s portrayal of peacekeeping in Cyprus.


Wed 8 or Thu 9 October: 10am–2pm (5 to 12 years)

The Civic Merry-Go-Round was relocated to Canberra from St Kilda in Melbourne
where artist Sidney Nolan grew up. View the world through the eyes of Nolan,
make sketches, take photographs then go for a ride.
This beloved past-time will be the starting point for a beautiful painted abstract
work of art on canvas.

$20 (ACT M&G members $15), payment due by Wed 1 October.
Please bring a snack, lunch and a drink.


12.30–1.30pm and 1.30–2.30pm (4 to 8 years) and 2.30–3.30pm (8 to 12 years)

Join us for an afternoon of structured workshops, led by local artist Jacqueline Bradley.
Sun 7 September, What’s in our Lake?
Sun 5 October, The Big Draw: It's Our World
Sun 2 November, Limber limbs

$5 per child (ACT M&G Members and eligible concession card holders free);
bookings open second Sunday of the month.


Children from 4 to 10 years old are always catered for with our Activity Table and Reading Nook.
Free, parental supervision required.


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