Saturday, December 31, 2011


* The information below is drawn from the websites of various institutions. The web addresses are supplied below. Check the websites to confirm details.

As is usual, January in Canberra is a slow month for lectures and seminars. The universities are on holidays and, with so many of the locals away, potential speakers know that they will be unlikely to attract much of an audience. Nevertheless, below are a few talks to keep you going and I will update this post as more events are scheduled in the new year.

In the meantime, January is a good month for doing a variety of other things. For example:

The manuscripts exhibition at the National Library includes hand-written notes, letters, drawings and compositions by Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Newton, Napoleon, Humboldt, Beethoven and many more.

The ‘Renaissance’ exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia features Italian paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries including works by Raphael, Botticelli and Titian.

Giovan MORONI | Portrait of an old man seated [Ritratto di vecchio seduto]

The season of film screenings in the beautiful courtyard of the National Film and Sound Archive begins this month. The program includes everything from Taxi Driver to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Wages of Fear to This is Spinal Tap. And Marlon Brando will burn up the screen in A Streetcar Named Desire.

The National Botanic Garden has its summer concert series this month with an emphasis on salsa and other Latin rhythms.

Wednesday 11 January
Title: Tom Roberts
Time: 12:45 – 1:30pm
Venue: Liangis Theatre, National Portrait Gallery
Cost: Free

Dr Sarah Engledow – historian and curator at the National Portrait Gallery – will present an illustrated lecture on the work of Australian artist Tom Roberts.

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