Arts & entertainment gift guide


If you’re scratching your head thinking of a gift for the art lover in your life, look no further than this creative gift guide crafted by CW Arts Editor, Denholm Samaras.

Music to my ears

This one’s for the beautiful people who love beautiful live music. In 2019, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra will perform a diverse program embracing almost everything from the Bee Gees to Bach, with a full menu of experiences to choose from.

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Crossing streams

Gone are the days of handing out DVDs or even iTunes gift cards – streaming is now the go. So whether your indulgence is movies or music, why not choose a gift card for their streaming service of choice.

Get the resident couch potato a Netflix or Stan gift card; or if they’re a sports lover, look to the newly-launched Kayo, streaming over 50 sports including cricket, NBA, A-League and all football codes when the winter rolls around.

Image: Scott Leggo

The music lover will appreciate a voucher for their streaming service of choice, be that Spotify, Apple Music or Tidal.

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Eye candy

Have your friends or family just moved into a new place and have a few blank walls? Whether it’s that or they’re just a lover of the visual arts, Canberra has many galleries where you can pick up some exquisite works produced locally and abroad.

Visit the Scott Leggo Gallery, Kingston; Aarwun Gallery, Gold Creek; or Craft ACT, Civic.

DIY delights

For those who enjoy a more hands-on experience with artistic endeavours, consider buying sketchbooks, brushes and paints, a canvas, drawing pencils, books, woodworking equipment or a beautiful journal and pen – to name just a few.

If they’re starting out, book them in for some lessons. CIT and CIT Solutions offer a range of short courses, and private lessons are available from a host of local providers.

Visit Spotlight, Bunnings; Officeworks; Typo; Pepe’s, Canberra Centre; or Eckersley’s Art & Craft, Belconnen, Braddon or Belconnen.

Raise a glass

Scour through the Canberra Glassworks’ range of gorgeous pieces, carrying unique handmade items from some of Canberra’s and Australia’s leading glass artists.

Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston; open 10am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday.

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