That’s arts and entertainment: Pearl anniversary

Djon Mundine was the conceptual producer of the NGA’s Aboriginal Memorial (1987-1988), which celebrated its 30 year anniversary earlier this month. Photo supplied.

Pearl anniversary at NGA

Thirty years after the installation of The Aboriginal Memorial (1987-1988), earlier this month the NGA has celebrated the powerful work of art that’s become an institution in and of itself.

Welcoming guests near the Gallery’s main entrance for some time now, the work commemorates all Indigenous people who have died defending their land since 1788.

The work was conceived by Djon Mundine in collaboration with Ramingining artists of central Arnhem Land, and was commissioned by the NGA’s inaugural director James Mollison AO. It has been permanently displayed since its installation.

The iconic work is made of 200 hollow log coffins from central Arnhem Land that imitate the course of the Glyde River, with the poles placed to reflect a map of the artists’ clan lands along the river and its tributaries.

Pop-up photo exhibition

The ACT Division of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography are presenting a pop-up exhibition of award-winning photographs from the 2018 AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards, held in Melbourne earlier this year.

One most prestigious photographic awards in Australia, professional photographers from Australia and overseas compete by submitting four images, which are judged by a panel of their peers.

The exhibition displays some of the gold and silver award-winning photographs taken by ACT members including Lori Cicchini, Cristy Frohlich, Robert Coppa, Dan O’Day, Geoff Comfort, Glenn Martin, Kelly Tunney and more.

The exhibition is being held at the site of the former FSW Shoes store at Garema Place, Civic until 21 October with free entry.

The speed of life

Time flies.

It’s an age old cliché, yet holds great truth. Particularly regarding the speed at which our adolescence passes us by.

Starting tonight, Canberra Youth Theatre will present Faster, an original devised work employing physical theatre and live painting exploring the speed at which our lives move as we journey through adolescence.

It will be performed outdoors at night in the West Courtyard, Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon, and will incorporate light and sound specifically designed for those conditions.

See Faster on 18-20 October 7.30pm; tickets available at

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