Bernard Ollis, “Suzanne Valadon’s Studio, Montmartre,” element.

There’s quite a bit occurring this coming week within the arts. HELEN MUSA has rounded up as a lot info as she will be able to in her newest “Artsday” column.

AARWUN Gallery in Gold Creek has a brand new exhibition, “Places”, of work by main Sydney artist Bernard Ollis, comprising work from pre and post-covid travels and encounters. From India to France, Morocco and Italy, from interior Sydney to the Daintree Nationwide Park, Ollis paints private observations and encounters. Opening evening 6pm-8pm Friday. The exhibition runs till April 16.

AUSTRALIAN Dance Get together’s Tradition Cruise continues to bask in Canberra’s finest dance, artwork, music, meals and wine. Begins at Lawson Crescent Viewing Deck, Acton 10.30am-3pm, Saturday. Bookings at

LONDON lecturer and author Anna Moszynska will talk about “Contemporary Encounters: Modern Sculpture and the Public Area” for the Australian Ornamental and Effective Arts Society. Bicentennial Corridor, Queanbeyan, 2.30pm, March 16, adopted by a day tea.

On stage

  • CANBERRA Rep’s first manufacturing for 2023 is AR Gurney’s play, “Love Letters”. Directed by Kate Blackhurst, it options Canberra theatre actors Andrea Shut and Michael Sparks in a narrative of two lifetimes. Canberra Rep Theatre, March 15-26.
  • IN Joanna Murray-Smith’s new play “Julia”, Australia’s first feminine prime minister is performed by TV star Justine Clarke. The Playhouse, March 18-25
  • ACTOR, author, and storyteller Rob Carlton is again on stage with “Clearly Confused”, reliving 4 true tales that made him the confused, however glad, man he’s as we speak. The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre, 5pm, Saturday.
Percussionist, Claire Edwardes, to carry out with CSO. Photograph: Nat Cartney.

Concert events

  • “TRAVERSING the Void” is a brand new chamber opera by Icelandic composer Hildigunnur Runarsdottir and librettist Josephine Truman. Wesley Music Centre, 7pm, Friday.
  • CANBERRA Youth Orchestra will carry out a program of Rachmaninov, Holst, Sutherland and France invoking desires of pastures, memory, and rejuvenation, with a particular solo by a CYO member. Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest, 10.30am, Saturday.
  • OCEANS Collectively is a quartet led by composers Mark Ginsburg and Ryan Grogan, alongside collaborators Brendan Clarke and Fabian Hevia. St Andrews Anglican Church, Braidwood, 5pm, Friday, then ANU Drill Corridor Gallery, 5.30pm, Saturday.
  • “FROM Damaged Hill to Bel Canto” is a recital by Canberra-trained soprano Louise Keast. Wesley Music Centre, 5pm, Sunday.
  • Owen Campbell & The Cosmic Individuals, Canberra Irish Membership, Weston, 6.30pm, Sunday.
  • SELBY & Buddies’ “First, By No Means Final!”, sees Kathryn Selby, violinist Alexandra Osborne and cellist Clancy Newman play piano trios by Mendelssohn and Brahms. NGA James Fairfax Theatre, 7pm, Monday.
  • A PEOPLE’S refrain of girls mark the twentieth Anniversary of A Refrain of Girls. Parliament Home Lobby, 12.30pm-1 pm, Tuesday.
  • ANU Faculty of Music Classical, Jazz and Modern Efficiency college students carry out a few relaxed live shows within the Larry Sitsky Recital Room & Huge Band Room, lunchtimes, Tuesday and March 28.
  • PIANIST Mark Jurkiewicz returns with a program of mazurkas and waltzes. Wesley Music Centre, 12.40pm to 1.20pm, Wednesday.
  • CANBERRA Symphony Orchestra presents “Hearth & Shadow”, carried out by Dane Lam and that includes percussionist, Claire Edwardes. Llewellyn Corridor, March 22-23.

Within the galleries

  • “STAGE and Road” is an exhibition by two photographers, Kerry Baylor, who showcases native musicians and road life and Georgia Curry, whose road images captures humanity on Canberra’s streets. Smith’s Various Gallery till March 31.
  • M16 Artspace has three new exhibitions opening on Thursday: “Cosmotechnic Telepathics within the Age of Surveillance Capitalism”, “The Stranger I Know Effectively” and“fagpile – pink is enjoyable”, and in Chutespace, “Hill Finish”.
  • CANBERRA Potters in Watson are presenting “Clay Conversations: Market Prepared Open Discussion board”, an hour-long, moderated panel adopted by a Q&A, discussing all issues making, promoting and collaborating in an artisan market. 6.30pm on Thursday. 
  • “IDEAS Value Sharing”, an exhibition by James Rowell, opens at Canberra Modern Artwork Area, Manuka, 6pm, Friday. 
  • SEVEN pals who met as volunteer guides on the NGA are exhibiting their very own artwork, “By, Gentle and Shade”. The Previous Barn Gallery, Pialligo, March 16-26. Meet the Makers afternoon, 1pm-4pm on Saturday.
  • TWO Hawker artists, Jenny McEwen Mason and Isla Patterson, have work on show. Softball Centre, 45 Walhallow Road, Hawker, 10.30am-1.30pm, on Sunday.