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YEAR AT A GLANCE


JULY 2019
Display from CMAG exhibition Activism : forces for change in Canberra
Display from CMAG exhibition Activism : forces for change in Canberra

Bangarra – 30 years of 65 Thousand,
credit Daniel Boud

Bangarra – 30 years of 65 Thousand,
credit Daniel Boud

 

·         CMAG exhibition Activism : forces for change in Canberra opened. (Opposite picture)

·         CMAG hosted a panel 50th Anniversary of LGBTIQ Activism and Reform in Canberra with Chief Minister, Andrew Barr MLA, providing the welcome.

·         Bangarra : 30th Anniversary Season performed in the Canberra Theatre. (Opposite picture)

·         CMAG hosted a NAIDOC Week event at CMAG – Ngambri-Ngunawal custodian Paul House and glass artist Tom Rowney discussed creating the glass yidaki that was on display in the Ramp Showcase.

·         Lanyon presented Fireside Storytelling : Wiradjuri Echoes – Wiradjuri man, Duncan Smith OAM, shared his Dreamtime stories and their symbols.

·         Calthorpes’ House hosted school Children learning the art of whittling at Calthorpes’ House, credit Kate Gardinerholiday workshop What’ll you whittle? (Opposite picture)




Children learning the art of whittling at Calthorpes’ House,
 credit Kate Gardiner

 

AUGUST 2019
Minister Ramsay launching The Nolan Collection in its new Gallery
Minister Ramsay launching The Nolan Collection in its new Gallery

 

·         Minister Ramsay launched The Nolan Collection in its new location in CMAG’s refurbished Gallery 5, including the new Nolan Children’s Gallery. (Opposite picture)

·         CMAG hosted Children’s Workshop Puppet making with Hilary Talbot, exploring the exhibition Activism : forces for change in Canberra.

·         Calthorpes’ House hosted a Wattle Day display to celebrate National Wattle Day.

·         Melbourne Theatre Company’s Shakespeare in Love performed in the Canberra Theatre including an opening night gala with pre-show In conversation and post-show function, a tactile tour, and a captioned and audio described matinee performance.

SEPTEMBER 2019
Monkey Baa Theatre Company’s Possum Magic performed in the Canberra Theatre
Monkey Baa Theatre Company’s Possum Magic performed in the Canberra Theatre

Workshop: Doing the Flowers at Lanyon
Doing the Flowers at Lanyon display

 

CMAG floor talk Unmasking Nolan’s hidden paintings with Dr Paula Dredge in the TheatretteCMAG floor talk Unmasking Nolan’s hidden paintings with Dr Paula Dredge in the Theatrette

 

·         Monkey Baa Theatre Company’s Possum Magic performed in the Canberra Theatre. (Opposite picture)

·         Wakakirri 2019 performed in the Canberra Theatre, including an awards night.

·         2019 Come Alive – Festival of Museum Theatre performed in the Courtyard Studio.

·         Lanyon hosted a workshop Doing the Flowers at Lanyon. (Opposite picture)

·         CMAG presented a floor talk Aboriginal Tent Embassy, in conjunction with the exhibition Activism : forces for change in Canberra.

·         CMAG provided various children activities themed to coincide with Floriade.

·         CMAG hosted a floor talk Unmasking Nolan’s hidden paintings with Dr Paula Dredge.
(Opposite picture)

OCTOBER 2019
Opera Australia’s West Side Story, credit Jeff Busby
Opera Australia’s West Side Story, credit Jeff Busby

·         Opera Australia’s West Side Story was held at  the Canberra Theatre including preview performances, a gala opening night and post-show reception, and a captioned and audio described matinee performance. (Above picture)

·         Minister Ramsay launched the 2020 Subscription Season for the Canberra Theatre Centre.

 

·         Lanyon hosted a craft program Bugs and Blooms :  Children’s Holiday Activity, coinciding with Floyd the Floriade Gnome’s visit to Lanyon Homestead.
 
(Below picture)

·         Lanyon presented a Family Activity : Ngunnawal Children’s Toys.

·         CMAG hosted a floor talk Mandarin language tour of The Nolan Collection.

Paper flower making activity to coincide with arrival of Floyd, Floriade’s giant gnome, in the garden at Lanyon, credit Kate GardinerPaper flower making activity to coincide with arrival of Floyd, Floriade’s giant gnome, in the garden at Lanyon, credit Kate Gardiner

 

NOVEMBER 2019

Queensland Ballet Company’s Cinderalla,
credit David Kelly

Queensland Ballet Company’s Cinderalla,
credit David Kelly

CDP Theatre Producers’ Spot, credit Heidrun Lohr
CDP Theatre Producers’ Spot, credit Heidrun Lohr

 

·         Queensland Ballet Company’s Cinderella performed in the Canberra Theatre including an opening night with post-show function, matinee performances and a special On Point event. (Opposite picture)

·         CMAG exhibition Hi-Vis Futures opened.

·         CDP Theatre Producers’ Spot performed in the Canberra Theatre. (Opposite picture)

·         Mugga-Mugga hosted a Performance :  A Mugga Ceilidh.

·         Lanyon hosted an Indigenous Women’s Possum Skin Cloak Making Workshop.

·         Lanyon presented Live History:  Lanyon Escape Hunt: 1835 edition -  an interactive, escape room style performance designed for adults in the grounds of Lanyon Homestead. (Opposite picture)

 

Lanyon Escape Hunt performance by Live History Shows at Lanyon Homestead,
credit Jodie Cunningham

 

DECEMBER 2019
The Works Entertainment’s Cirque Stratosphere performed in the Canberra Theatre
The Works Entertainment’s Cirque Stratosphere performed in the Canberra Theatre

Lanyon Christmas Carols and Picnic, credit Jodie Cunningham
Lanyon Christmas Carols and Picnic
, credit Jodie Cunningham

 

·         CMAG hosted an In Conversation : Collaboration in Art and Music in Hi-Vis Futures, where Alexander Boynes, Mandy Martin and musician and composer Tristen Parr discussed the process involved in creating the Hi-Vis Futures exhibition.

·         The Works Entertainment’s Cirque Stratosphere performed in the Canberra Theatre. (Opposite picture)

·         Three mentees hosted by the CFC graduated in the Audrey Fagan Board Mentorship Program.

·         Lanyon presented the Lanyon Christmas Carols and Picnic. (Opposite picture)

·         CMAG exhibition Growing Up Optional opened.

·         The Wiggles – Party Time! Big Show! performed in The Playhouse.

·         Paul McDermott & Gatesy Go Solo performed in The Playhouse.

 

JANUARY 2020
CMAG exhibition Growing Up Optional
CMAG exhibition Growing Up Optional

 

·         CMAG hosted an In Conversation with Anneka Losik : Pop Culture Obsession, in conjunction with the exhibition Growing Up Optional. (Opposite picture)

·         CMAG presented community program Board Game Marathon Drop-In-Day, in conjunction with the exhibition Growing Up Optional. (Opposite picture)

·         Lanyon hosted the Australia Day Picnic at Lanyon, including tours of the homestead, garden and outbuildings.

·         The Australian Ballet’s Storytime Ballet : The Nutcracker performed in the Canberra Theatre.

·         Catch Jazida performed in the Courtyard Studio.

 

FEBRUARY 2020

Deputy Ambassador of the German Embassy Canberra Andreas Radtke, CFC Deputy Chair Helen O’Neil, Curator Sharon Bulkeley, Minister Steel, CEO Harriet Elvin, CMAG A/g Director Sophie Chessell at the opening of CMAG exhibitIon Building a Life : The Jennings Germans story, credit Shaya Dastinezhad
Deputy Ambassador of the German Embassy Canberra Andreas Radtke, CFC Deputy Chair Helen O’Neil, Curator Sharon Bulkeley, Minister Steel, CEO Harriet Elvin, CMAG A/g Director Sophie Chessell at the opening of CMAG exhibitIon Building a Life : The Jennings Germans story, credit Shaya Dastinezhad

 

·         Minister Steel opened CMAG exhibition Building a Life : The Jennings Germans story. (Opposite picture)

·         German Ambassador, Dr Thomas Fitschen and his wife, Dr Ilona Stölken-Fitschen attended a guided tour of the CMAG exhibition Building a Life : The Jennings Germans story.

·         CMAG hosted Family Spaces during the 2020 National Multicultural Festival.

·         Music@Midday performed two shows in the Canberra Theatre.

·         Carl Barron : Skating Rink for Flies performed in the Canberra Theatre.

·         Jason Alexander – The Master of his Domain Tour performed in the Canberra Theatre.

 

MARCH 2020
Staff and guests at the International Women’s Day lunch at CMAG
Staff and guests at the International Women’s Day lunch at CMAG

·         David Williamson’s Family Values performed in The Playhouse including an opening night gala.

·         CMAG exhibition Seeing Canberra opened on Canberra Day.

·         The CFC’s venues closed in March 2020 in response to COVID-19 restrictions.  Closures continued during April and May 2020 but venues started reopening  with limited visitation in June 2020. 

 

 

 

 

·         The CFC hosted an International Women’s Day lunch, with Georgeina Whelan, ACT Emergency Services Commissioner as guest speaker. (Opposite picture)

·         To celebrate International Women’s Day, an In-conversation event was held in the Link Foyer, and an evening concert in The Playhouse.

·         The CFC provided an International Women’s Day morning tea for staff and volunteers, with the 2020 CFC International Women’s Day quiz.

·         Calthorpes’ House hosted a contemporary performance– Suburban Apparitions | Magic Lanterns at Calthorpes’ House in conjunction with the Enlighten Festival 2020. (Opposite picture)
Suburban Apparitions | Magic Lanterns at Calthorpes’ House
credit Jodie Cunningham

 

 

APRIL AND MAY 2020

·         15,000 bulbs and annuals were planted at Lanyon in preparation for Floriade : Reimagined.  Lanyon was chosen as the main southside site.

·         CMAG online learning program Seeing Canberra : What Do Artist’s Make? was launched to assist teachers and students working from home.

·         During CMAG’s closure period, the foyer and venue hire rooms were repainted, and wooden floors buffed and polished.

·         Box Office staff were kept busy processing the many cancelled or rescheduled performances at the Canberra Theatre Centre (the Centre).

·         Funding under the ACT Government’s COVID-19 “screwdriver ready” stimulus package allowed the Centre to undertake projects such as the refurbishment of public bathrooms and security upgrades.

·         The CFC’s regular casual staff were provided with work, including in other ACT agencies, to ensure they had regular income during CFC site closures.

·         A flu vaccination program was provided to all staff.

 

JUNE 2020

·         CMAG, Lanyon and The Barracks Cafe reopened to the public with limited visitation on 10 June 2020, with Calthorpes’ House reopening on 27 June 2020 (and Mugga-Mugga on 4 July 2020). 

·         The CMAG Café and the Centre’s Box Office reopened on the 29 June 2020.

·         The 2020 ACTUP! Student Fringe Festival was presented via the Centre’s website, with over 200 students participating.

·         The Centre launched its digital season of free streamed performances CTC@Home, delivering a variety of productions including family content, literary readings, music, drama and plenty of surprises, all featuring Canberran artists, speakers and personalities.
(Opposite picture)

 

 

Minister Ramsay, CEO Harriet Elvin, Director, Canberra Theatre Centre Alex Budd, performer Chris Endrey, CFC Chair Richard Refshauge and performer Cathy Diver at the CTC@Home launch
Minister Ramsay, CEO Harriet Elvin, Director, Canberra Theatre Centre Alex Budd, performer Chris Endrey, CFC Chair Richard Refshauge and performer Cathy Diver at the CTC@Home launch