Capital Life January 15, 2022: Smokescreen and Circus of Illusion are on | Canberra time

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M16 Artspace is reopening soon with new exhibitions in its galleries, from January 21 to February 6. Interweaving Passion by Caroline Deeble and Del Cooley presents the journey of an art teacher and an art student and how they reconnected through their artistic practices after 34 years. Two artists with a common vision of light, shadow & atmosphere; raise awareness of the beauty and fragility of our environment. Di Broomhall’s Interplay explores the creation of space through scale, color and line. Sunset at the Furniture Store by Louise Giffard is a series of works on paper exploring the same landscape over two years; under different lights, times of day and different seasons, finding beauty and change in the stasis of a situation that seems both ever-changing while seeming frozen in place. In Chutespace is Lost in the City by Cherlynn Holmes. M16 Artspace is located at 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith, ACT. See: m16artspace.com. Canberra playwright and actor Christopher Samuel Carroll’s new play Smokescreen deals with the dark art of corporate manipulation. For many years, the tobacco industry has been forced to dodge the medical consensus on the harms of smoking and devise increasingly sophisticated marketing techniques. At one point, trade secrets on how to do this trickled down to fossil fuel companies facing similar challenges. Queanbeyan Performing Arts Center presents its first production under the Q The Locals program, providing opportunities for artists and theater makers. The show, also starring Damon Baudin, runs at Q from January 26 to February 5. Tickets: theq.net.au. Nominations are open for Australia’s most lucrative landscape prize, Hadley’s Art Prize, with $100,000 to be awarded to the work that judges deem to be the best representation of the Australian landscape. In addition to the major award presented by Hadley’s Orient Hotel in Hobart, there is also a month-long studio residency award to be presented and a People’s Choice Award. This year the prize will be judged by artist Judy Watson, curator Dr Mary Knights of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and curator Wayne Tunnicliffe of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Nominations for the Hadley’s Art Prize 2022 close March 28. , with the winner announced on July 22. See: hadleysartprize.com.au. Now at the Canberra Potters Gallery is a joint exhibition by contemporary Canberra ceramicists Anna O’Neale and Mahala Hill. Their works encourage viewers to perceive nature with new eyes through multimedia sculptures, mostly mixtures of ceramics and industrial materials. The sculptural works will not only show animals and plants in a different light, but will question their place in our human-centered world. There is a floor talk on Saturday January 15 at 4:30 p.m. by the artists. The exhibit runs through February 6 at 1 Aspinall St Watson, ACT. See: canberrapotters.com.au. The National Film and Sound Archive’s series of spotlights showcasing recent highlights from Australia’s independent film scene continues with brutal horror film The Furies (R, 2019, 82 mins). A group of kidnapped women are hunted for sport at a live-streamed event and must fight for their lives. It’s at Cinema Arc, National Film and Sound Archive on Saturday January 15 at 2 p.m. See: nfsa.gov.au. This show mixes circus performers with magic – showgirls will levitate, disappear and fly high in the air and an international cast of performers will show off their skills, including illusionist and Australia’s Got Talent finalist Michael Boyd. Canberra Theatre, Sunday January 16, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

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