The Johnston Collection's "at home with" talks open the door on the houses of some of the most celebrated artists, writers and politicians. This lecture by curator Kenneth Park visits the homes of politicians like Thomas Jefferson, Sir Winston Churchill, Dame Enid Lyon and George Washington. Thursday 10-11.30am $20/$18. Bookings: https://johnstoncollection.org
In this two-hour afternoon talk internationally acclaimed author, photographer, and director Robyn Lea will discuss the homes of 20 extraordinary women from around the globe illustrated in her book A Room of Her Own: Inside the Homes and Lives of Creative Women. Lea has encouraged artists, designers and curators to open their domestic and professional domains. Thursday 2-4pm, $55. Bookings through The Johnston Collection.
Australia's largest photography event, Photo 2022, which kicked off last week, involves a program of exhibitions in galleries and outdoor locations, alongside events, talks, workshops and tours. Dedicated to contemporary photography, the biennale's focus is on premiering new work alongside exclusive presentations by international artists. Various locations, including ACMI and Fed Square. https://photo.org.au/
The 2022 Human Rights and Arts Film Festival, which this year takes "interconnectedness" as its theme, screens a range of Australian and international films about place, environment and identity, mainly at ACMI. Wednesday - Homegrown shorts; Thursday - Incarceration Nation, Unseen Skies; Friday - River, Feminist Shorts; Saturday (closing night) - Fanny, the Right to Rock. www.hraff.org.au
ARTISTS AT WORK
Shared art space Burning Bridges Studios at 194 Bridge Rd currently houses several painters, a jeweller, a sculptor, frame maker, candle maker and videographer. An open studio from 11am-3pm on Saturday will be an opportunity to drop in and see the artists at work.
From Canberra's Museum of Australian Democracy comes Behind the Lines: The Year in Political Cartoons, which this year takes 'Prophecy and chance' as its theme. Alongside the all-too-familiar stories of leadership jockeying and funding scandals, a handful of issues dominated the headlines: COVID-19, the treatment of women, climate change and government policy. Opening Monday, runs until June 24. Old Treasury Building Museum, free.
Sixty-seven freshly-minted works by some of Australia's most notable composers will be performed at the ANAM Set Festival, described by organisers as "a celebration of Australian artistry, diversity and resilience". Running from Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15, the works will be performed over nine carefully curated concerts, with 58 of the 67 composers present to hear them. https://set.anam.com.au/
Friday - Nick Barker & The Reptiles with Special Guests Leadfinger, Saturday - Approachable Members Of Your Local Community with Special Guests.
Friday - Simon Phillips and Aaron Pollock; Saturday - The Houndlings.
Friday - The Brungas, Stanley Hotel, Koko & Supermodels; Saturday - Turning Agency Annual Party - 26 & Sunny, BOAT SHOW, Damaged Goods Club, Grand Pine, Sash Seabourne + Witching Hour.
Thursday - MAXON & Dani El-Rassi, 7:30pm, Late Night Laughs, 11pm - Sarah Maree, Fergus Neal, Andy Moratis, Nick Schuller, Jackie Hatton, Frankie McNair; Friday - The Deans of Soul; Saturday - Carino Son; Sunday - Phil & Denzil Para plus special guest Fiona Lee Maynard; Wednesday - Museum of Living Art.
Sunday - Stingo Blues Club - 4.30pm blues jam, 6pm Paul Buchanan, resident band The Blow Out.