Autumn Revel

  • VENUE: Gorman Arts Centre
  • COST: Free
  • PRESENTER: Ainslie+Gorman Arts Centres
  • WHEN: 11am to 4pm
    19 May 2018

Click here for today’s program: Autum Revel Activites

Revel in art, dance, performance, music, local food, design and … AUTUMN!

Presented in partnership with Founders Lane, AUTUMN REVEL is Canberra’s free family fantastic festival featuring live bands & DJs, public art, performance, artists open studios, kids dance classes, food stalls, makers market, art exhibitions, scavenger hunt, instrument making and zine workshops all nourished from 11am to 4pm by local food, wine and beer.

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// Music //
– Julia Johnson
– Ruth O’Brien
– Neko Pink
– Betty Alto
– Black Mountain String Band
– Choir Quickdraw feat. Mixtape Chorus, Pop Up Choir, Strange Weather Gospel Choir, Worldly Goods Choir, Mr Tim’s Family Choir, Unexpected Harmony
– Emerging DJs: Dj Dot, Arabella, MC Phee, Sala and WZRDGRL
– MC’d by Chris Endrey

// Performance //
– Left Lane Outreach Theatre: presenting The Cheeky Little Fish Who Liked to Make a Mess, a science theatre show for 3-8 year olds
– QL2 Dance: roving contemporary dance performance
– QL2 Dance: studio showing from elite young dancers
– Canberra Youth Theatre in rehearsal: 16-18 Years Ensemble members in rehearsal for their new devised work (14+ years old audience only)
– Wandersong: a one-on-one musical walking tour for 8+ years, and the young at heart
– Recipocketry by Distaffik Collective
– The Smallest Gallery: an unfinished exhibition by Pablo Latona

// Talks //
– Pitch In: hear from a selection of Canberra’s unique and plucky creatives about burning issues, novel ideas and tricky questions
– Feminartsy Story Share: four speakers muse on the different ways we share our unique bush capital with each other and the environment around us.
On Creative Communities and Urban Renewal: a cheeky and playful discussion around the complex relationship between artists and urban renewal. Hosted by Christ Endrey with an expert panel including the CEO of City Renewal Authority, a You Are Here producer, the team from Never Trust a Creative City and more.
– Obsessive Impulsion: Confidential – Jodie Cunningham in therapy with David Broker
– Residents In Conversation with Ruth O’Brien

// Activities //
– Scavenger Hunt: find your way through the Rabbit Warren
– Effie Dee’s Art Salon: immerse yourself in an installation of Effie Dee’s colourful studio
– Music Play with Music for Canberra: explore music with your little ones using instruments, singing, and movement (for 18 months to 5 years)
– Grooves + Hip Hop Class with Chip Lo from Project Beats
– Indian Contemporary Fusion with Liz Lea
– Little NLNL: kids pop music dance party
– Girls Rock Canberra Zine Workshop
– Skyline Shadows: cut and colour your own contribution to an imagined future skyline for Canberra
– Experimental Music Studio workshop: open workshop for all ages where you can make and play music with experimental instruments
– Garden games: hula hoops, ping-pong and more
– Fully Automated Luxury Queer Space Dance Party: movement responsive synth performance that you can dance to
– Giant Colouring In by Paul Summerfield

// Exhibitions //
– Canberra Contemporary Art Spaces: Obsessive Impulsion is an exhibition that focuses on desire as it is revealed through the methodologies of five diverse artists
– Nancy Sever Gallery: Grey Daly, ceramicist with new show Days Like This…
– Peephole Box Cinema: Nicci Haynes presents playful short films for one viewer at a time
– B-Block Collective exhibition: experience a selection of works by some of our resident visual artists
– Residents of Gorman: showcase of resident photographer Andrew Sikorski’s portraits of Gorman Arts Centre’s many resident artists

// Open studios // 
– Carole Griffiths: glass bead artist
– Phoebe Porter: contemporary jeweller
– Nicci Haynes: printmaker and video artist
– Franki Sparke: printmaker
– Michelle Dickerson: gold and silversmith, contemporary jeweller
– Stuart McMillen: comic artist
– Kirsten Biven: visual artist
– Cherylynn Holmes: painter
– Hugh Withycombe and Madeleine Gisz (The Avenue Violins): violin makers
– QL2 Dance: visit the QL2 to meet staff and see short dance films
– Alex Lundy: visual artist

// Demonstrations //
– Bead Making with Carole Griffiths
– Hacklinger Gauge for Dragon’s Blood? The fantastical world of violin making with Hugh Withycombe
– The espresso method of making pigments with Hugh Withycombe
– On the way to the theatre…Forum Theatre with Rebus
– Portrait photography with Andrew Sikorski
– Photographing your artwork with Andrew Sikorski
– Mixing Music with Mark Searle of SonicLight Soundlab

// Food and drink //
– Mr Papa
Papa Laci
Capital Woodfired Pizza
Loose Gourmet Churros
– Ainslie + Gorman Bar serving PACT Beer
and wines from Mount Majura Vineyard
Bellair Coffee
+ more TBA

// Markets //
Endeavour Tea
Burrabee Farm
Peking Spring – Kate Ahmad
The Biltong Co.
ACT Writers Centre Local Authors Book Fair

// Craft and Design //
Sancho’s Dirty Laundry 
Alight Glass 
Zephyr Homemade Candles and Soy Melts
Kokedama Kreations

– There will be an ATM on site, supplied by Canberra ATM.
– The Centres will be accessible by people using wheelchairs on the day. An accessible toilet will be on site.
– Parking is available in surrounding streets and on the building site next to the Centres off Cooyong Street. Free all day parking also available at the Ainslie Arts Centre, 5 minutes walk away (find the carpark around the back, entry off Elder St). Please avoid parking on Batman Street as it will be very busy on the day.

See the site map below for further details. Anyone with specific access needs can contact us for advice via phone (6182 0000) or email (

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres acknowledge that this event is taking place on the lands of the Ngunnawal peoples, and we extend respect to elders, past, present and future. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.