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Model Modern: Iconic Design at Miniature Scale
15, 23 and 29 April 2023, 11.00am and 2.00pm
**Exhibition is available for viewing during opening hours of Manning Clark House, with or without a tour of the House**
Canberra Modern and Manning Clark House present an exhibition of intricately crafted architectural models of iconic modernist buildings.
Created at a 1:10 scale by California native David Webb, these models include unforgettable places like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, and local icons such as Harry Seidler’s Bowden House in Deakin.
This event is made possible by The Mill: Architecture & Design
Growing up Modern at Canberra's Round House with Roger Benjamin
Thursday 13 April 2023, 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Join Roger Benjamin for a tour of his childhood home, Canberra’s Round House and a talk about its Czech architect, Alex Jelinek, who designed the house for his parents Bruce and Audrey Benjamin in 1956.
Roger will draw from his recent book Growing Up Modern: Canberra’s Round House and Jelinek.
Model Modern - Iconic Design at a Miniature Scale
Exhibition Launch and Panel Discussion
Friday 14 April 2023, 5.30pm-7.30pm
Join us for the launch of Model Modern: Iconic Design at a Miniature Scale, an exhibition of intricate architectural models of iconic modernist buildings by David Webb.
David will share his experiences in making these models and his work at Palm Springs Modernism Week before we launch into an interactive panel discussion on communicating architecture to the public.
Interior Design, Architecture and Client Collaboration: Margo Lewers and Sydney Ancher, 1930-1965
Saturday 15 April 2023, 3.00pm-5.00pm
Join curator and design historian Dr Catriona Quinn and architect Glenn Harper for a talk exploring the creative collaborations between interior designer and modernist artist Margo Lewers and pioneer modernist architect Sydney Ancher in the 1950s and 60s.
The talk will look at Sydney collaborations, as well as Canberra connections such as Lewers’ Rex Hotel mosaic mural and Ancher’s architecture.
Model Modern: Iconic Design at a Miniature Scale
Kids Model Building Workshop
Sunday 16 April 2023, 10.00am-12.00pm
Taking inspiration from the scale models in the Model Modern: Iconic Design at a Miniature Scale exhibition, kids can enjoy a model building workshop with artist David Webb.
Using recycled materials, David will guide participants through the process of model making with kids able to take home their masterpieces.
Materials provided, limited spaces. Ideally suited for children over 5.
Around the Block on Grey St, Deakin
5 November 2022, 10.00am
Join Architect David Brand and Canberra Modern in Deakin for a unique perspective on one of Canberra’s iconic neighbourhoods – recounted as a raw, new pioneering suburb, built by its unique community of diplomat, public service and academic families.
Growing up in Canberra in the 1950s & ’60s was an immersive Modernist experience for David Brand, a Melbourne based architect born and raised in Deakin. Their houses and gardens express the ideals of Modern Australian living, in a Post-War age of austerity, and optimism.
Following the walk, join Canberra Modern and David Brand for an 'In Conversation' further reflecting on his childhood neighbourhood — its houses, gardens, society and attitudes, its unique Canberran demographics.
Light refreshments provided.
What Lies Beneath: The Tunnels of University House and Hidden ANU
11 , 17 & 18 November 2022, 7.00pm
Post WWII and entering the cold war era, architects and bureaucrats alike were prepared for anything. Built in 1954, University House was the crown jewel of the newly established Australian National University, but more than just accommodation for staff and students, the building offered a secret safe haven in the event of a military attack on the capital in the form of complex underground tunnels. Join Canberra Modern’s Amy Jarvis and Tim the Yowie Man on a behind the scenes tour of these tunnels and learn how this building, and the rest of ANU hold a myriad of secrets and mysteries within their design and history.
Art and Architecture in the Parliamentary Zone
12 November 2022, 10.00am
Join Canberra Modern’s Rachel Jackson and Art Historian Deborah Clark on a walking tour to explore the unique and diverse public sculpture in the parliamentary zone, while understanding the architectural and planning context of this significant area. Discover how Canberra inspired and became home to major works by internationally renowned modernist artists such as Tom Bass, Bert Flugelman, Clement Meadmore, Henry Moore, Norma Redpath and more.
Art and Architecture at the ANU
19 November 2022, 10.00am
The ANU campus has over 150 buildings, ranging from early Federal Capital style to modernist design, and more recently to buildings with an emphasis on sustainability. Join Canberra Modern’s Amy Jarvis and Art Historian Deborah Clark to explore the architects, art, designs, and disagreements which helped to create the spectacular University you see today!
24 April 2022, 10.00am
1960s Canberra was booming. The NCDC adopted an innovative planning initiative to enhance use of green spaces in new suburbs. The Radburn model was intended to create pedestrian-friendly suburbs. Curtin retains an intact precinct – so join us to learn more about this experimental planning and how it stands up today. Join Radburn Residents and Canberra Modern to learn more about this fascinating experiment.
22 April 2022- 10.00am
Join Architect David Brand and Canberra Modern in Deakin for a unique perspective on one of Canberra’s iconic neighbourhoods – recounted as a raw, new pioneering suburb, built by its unique community of diplomat, public service and academic families. Their houses and gardens express the ideals of Modern Australian living, in a Post-War age of austerity, and optimism
24 April 2022, 2.00pm
Growing up in Canberra in the 1950s & ’60s was an immersive Modernist experience for David Brand, a Melbourne based architect born and raised in Deakin. His illustrated talk reflects his childhood neighbourhood -- its houses, gardens, society and attitudes, its unique Canberran demographics. A seed-bed of Australian Modernism, seen in three suburban blocks..
9 April, 24 April, 30 April 2022, 12pm and 2pm
A rare opportunity to visit and have afternoon tea at this significant heritage-listed house. It was designed by Robin Boyd in 1952 for the eminent historian Professor Manning Clark, his linguist and historian wife, Dymphna, and their family. Tours 12-1pm and 2-3pm.
7 April 2021, 5.30pm
Canberra grew up in the mid-twentieth century to become the city we know and love today. For many who grew up here, the city’s mid-century modern planning and design has shaped who they are. Join an interesting panel of local Canberrans in sharing their experience of 'Growing Up Modern'. Panellists include:
8 April 2021, 5.30pm
Are you a collector, would be collector, enthusiast or admirer of beautiful mid-century objects? Join Canberra Modern, Canberra Museum and Gallery and the Modern Object for a discussion about ‘collecting’ with experts on curating, conserving, buying, selling and valuing decorative arts from the period.
10 April 2021, 10am
Garden city ideals are integral to Canberra’s success as a modern city in the landscape. Explore modernism from the perspective of one of Canberra’s original mid-century gardens with garden historians, home owner and designer Bronwyn Blue, the Australian Garden History Society and Canberra Modern. Light refreshments provided.
11 April 2021, 10am
Join art historian Deborah Clark on a walking tour to explore public sculpture in the parliamentary zone. Discover how Canberra inspired and became home to major works by internationally renowned modernist artists such as Tom Bass, Bert Flugelman, Clement Meadmore, Henry Moore, Norma Redpath and more.
17 April 2021, 10am
The ANU campus has over 150 buildings, ranging from early Federal Capital style to modernist design, and more recently to buildings with an emphasis on sustainability. Join ANU Heritage Advisor Amy Jarvis and Art HIstorian Deborah Clark to explore the architects, art, designs, and disagreements which helped to create the spectacular University you see today!
17 April 2021, 3pm
Join Conservation Architect Peter Freeman on a tour of the heritage listed Evans Crescent Precinct in Griffith, designed by Malcolm Moir and Heather Sutherland. Gain an exclusive look inside while Peter speaks on the fascinating research for his new book Thoroughly Modern: Moir + Sutherland Architects. Light refreshments provided.
17 April 2021, 1pm
University House was established as a showcase of contemporary Australian art and design. Works by leading Australian artists were commissioned and acquired from 1949 through to the present. Join our panel to learn more about these treasures, their significance, and their place in the University House restoration project.
18 April 2021, 10am
Swinger Hill was an experiment in medium-density housing by the NCDC. These townhouses provide a glimpse into 1970s Canberra and the need to grow, densify and provide for the growing population. Join Canberra Modern and Martin Miles on a walk through this precinct to understand its design, development and success.
8 April and 23 April 2021, 10am-12pm
Join collection managers Claire Sheridan and Amy Jarvis, with Meredith Hinchliffe as they discuss the significance of the University’s mid-century furniture collection.
21 April 2021, 1pm
As Canberra developed, artists have shaped the way they understood and interpreted the evolving landscape. In this curator talk by Virginia Rigney, participants will journey through four key periods of the city's development and for each, will encounter an object that represents a prism to understand a way of seeing at that time.
23 April 2021, 5.30pm-7.30pm
This publication will tell the story of the two mid-20th century Canberra architects, Heather Sutherland and Malcolm Moir. Come and learn about their lives and 'Functionalist Style' architecture in the Canberra of that era
10 April, 18 April, 25 April 2021, 12pm and 2pm
Manning Clark House is a delightful example of modernist architecture, designed by Robin Boyd in 1952. It was the home of eminent historian Professor Manning Clark, his wife Dymphna, herself a linguist and historian, and their family. Book in for a tour and stay on for afternoon tea.
10 Feb 2020 - As part of the National Trust (ACT) Trust Talk Series, join Canberra Modern's Amy Jarvis as she shares insights into heritage engagement, advocacy and tourism from on her 2019 Churchill Fellowship to the USA and how these could be applied in Canberra.
Join Canberra Modern's very own Rachel Jackson at Palm Springs Modernism Week talking about Australia's National Capital of Cool!
Saturday 13 April 2019 - 10am - 12pm.
Join artist Trevor Dickinson on a bus tour of Canberra's iconic bus shelters - our bus will stop at 6 stops - be prepared for some pop-up activities at some stops and some special guests along the way.
Pickup/Dropoff Point: at University House, ANU
Saturday 13 April 2019 - 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Australian designer Marion Hall Best created avant-garde ‘space-age’ interiors, drawing on the most innovative designers and materials. What constituted ‘space age aesthetics’ in Australian interiors? Join design historian, Catriona Quinn as she traces the evolution of the style from 1950s atomic patterns to 1960s and 70s interiors.
The exhibition is open from
March 23-June 15 2019
Saturday 13 April 2019 - 3.30pm-4.30pm
Explore the Total Design exhibition then join architect and designer Derek Wrigley for refreshments in the CMAG foyer. Derek will answer questions about his work in the exhibition and sign copies of his new book, The ANU Design Unit 1954-1977: Design Awareness in the Modern University.
The exhibition is open from
March 23-June 15 2019
Saturday 13 April 2019 - 6.00pm
Step back in time at Canberra Modern's Modernist Dinner at University House (1954). Eat, drink and dance in your best vintage outfit with a mid-century inspired menu. Join guest MC - Ms Modernism, Annalisa Cappuro and artist Trevor Dickinson, locally known for taking our humble bus stops to icon status.
Sunday 14 April 2019 - 10.00am - 3.00pm
Do you love all things mid-century? The Modernist Market is the place for you! Join us for food, entertainment and stalls of clothing, jewelry, home-wares, furniture, books, records and more. Discover your inner pinup with Miss Cherrybomb and enjoy a vintage car show and shine. There’s something for everyone.
4 Tours of University House will be offered throughout the day: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/historic-house-tours-tickets-59763294623
Sunday 14 April 2019 - 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Comedian and design nerd Tim Ross brings Design Nation Live, his acclaimed talk to the National Gallery of Australia. Exploring the fascinating and often surprising stories of the invisible icons of Australian design, revealing how our unique design histories have helped shape our national identity
Sunday 28 April 2019,
10.00 am, 12.00pm , 2.00pm, 3.00pm
Monday 29 April, 2.00pm
Manning Clark House in Forrest is a delightful example of modernist architecture. The house stands as used by its original inhabitants. Designed by architect Robin Boyd in 1952, Manning Clark House was the home of eminent historian Professor Manning Clark, his wife Dymphna, herself a linguist and historian, and their family.
Bookings by email to email@example.com
Monday 15 April 2019, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Interior design historian and curator Catriona Quinn explores the fascinating history of how Australian’s mid-century passion for Marimekko fabrics made us one of their earliest and most important markets. Experience modernist interiors originally designed by Ancher, Mortlock and Murray. Ticket price includes light refreshments.
Friday 3 May 2019 - 5.30pm- 8.30pm
Experience Manning Clark House at cocktail hour! Take in this Robin Boyd designed home with a chilled Martini, crafted by Canberra’s own Martini Whisperer. Enjoy a tour, light refreshments and a talk about the life and times of this mid-century modern architectural gem. A non-alcoholic cocktail option will also be available.
This event is sold out, but see Mannng Clark House tours for access to this wonderful property,
Saturday 4 May 2019 - 10.00am - 1.00pm
Join Canberra Modern at one of our suburban gems, the 1977 cooperative housing community of Urambi Village, Kambah, Designed by Michael Dysart. Enjoy a behind the scenes look into several housing types and chat to owner/residents and meet the original architect. A BBQ lunch will then be held in the Village Centre.
Saturday 4 May 2019 - 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Join Erin Dampney and Grace Blakeley-Carroll in exploring one of Canberra's most recognisable buildings. Designed by architect Walter Bunning and opening in 1968, the Library contains numerous modernist architectural and design features. You be the judge - is the building Stripped Classical or an example of New Formalism?
Sunday 5 May 2019 - 11.00am - 12.00pm
Join Roger Benjamin for an exclusive tour of his childhood home and a talk about its Czech architect, Alex Jelinek, who designed the house for his parents Bruce and Audrey Benjamin in 1956. Listed on the ACT Heritage Register since 2005.
Saturday 27 April 2019 7.00pm
Come dressed in your finest vintage wear for our first event – The Dressmaker 1950’s Vintage Ball on Saturday 27 April. Catch an evening viewing of The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition and join us for a night of 1950s fashion and fun! Dress in your finest vintage wear or bring a prized original piece for discussion with an NFSA curator, catch a swing dance demonstration (and learn a step or two) - all to the backdrop of our swinging retro vinyl
Wednesday 1 May 2019 - 6.00pm
The DIA presents the 2019 annual 3x10 Speaker Series. In the first of three instalments, three superstar speakers from diverse fields such as object, spatial, performance, communication and system design have been invited to share a 10-minute insight into their professional creative practices. Witness first-hand what makes them tick: their experiences, projects, successes and failures.
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the theme for this year’s series is “space”.
Venue: ANU Forestry Lecture Theatre, Building 48, Linneaus Way
Jenny Edwards, Light House Architecture and Science
Tim Foster, Tim Foster Cabinetmaking
Rohan Nicol, Australian National University
Road trips without air conditioning, collapsing folding beds, Paddle pop sticks stuffed down the back seat of the car, minor injuries from tripping over a guy rope, variety packs of cereal, sunburn on sunburn, a banana lounge for a bed in an annexe, Chinese restaurants in country town, a room key and a carton of milk.
Canberra Modern are proud to be supporting Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst for a sentimental MOTEL journey in an exploration of Australia at leisure. MOTEL, the new show from the creators of the award winning Man About the House.
Limited tickets available, book now to avoid missing out.
REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN!
PROGRAM AVAILABLE BELOW!
Date: Saturday 18 August 2018
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: RN Robertson Building (46) Science Road ANU 2601
Cost: $75 full registration; $55 members host organisations; $35 concessions, fulltime students
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This symposium explores Canberra’s Modern/Modernist architecture and planning, widely employed in the city in the mid-20th century, of international standing and embodying the aspirations of a young nation.
The diverse program features local and interstate perspectives, exploring Canberra's modernist heritage from different angles: design for learning; conserving the marble facade of the National Library; a creative approach to engagement with Northbourne Ave's at risk public housing precinct; working with planning legislation; managing Canberra's mid century landscapes; lessons from Sydney, Hobart and Armidale about valuing, conserving and celebrating our mid century spaces and places.
Take a tour of ANU's mid-century architecture; get involved in a panel discussion on key issues; end the day with a light-hearted look at the symbiotic relationship between cocktail culture and mid century life in the capital.
Come along to check out the amazing architecture and interiors of the R.N Robertson Building at ANU - originally designed as the Research School of Biological Sciences by Hely and Horne with Macdonald Eggleston and Secomb in 1972, the space was recently refurbished by CCJ Architects (who won an award for this project from the Australian Institute of Architects).
Canberra Modern is proud to be a supporter of the 2018 symposium. At Canberra Modern we are committed to building awareness and understanding of Canberra’s unique modernist heritage places and spaces and encouraging conservation through participation.
Stay tuned to Canberra Modern’s Website, Facebook and Instagram pages for event updates and speaker profiles.
Following a sell out season as part of Melbourne Design Week and the London Festival of Architecture, Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst invite you to join them for The Mid Century Project at the National Library of Australia. For the past five years they have been skillfully blending storytelling, music and design in a mold breaking format and are thrilled to perform at the National Library as part of the building’s 50 year celebrations.
Tickets include a night time viewing of the Library’s exhibition 1968: Changing Times covering the momentous year the National Library was opened, a mid century inspired film installation and the latest version of Tim Ross’s hit show Man About The House performed with musician Kit Warhurst.
Talking points will present recent works from makers connected with the gold and silversmithing program at The ANU School of Art and Design. A boardroom table located in the Torrance Room at University House will function as a backdrop for this exhibition. The exhibition will present a diverse range of dialogues, interests and concerns that have emerged through the gold and silversmithing studio over the last 40 years. The table is an appropriate platform for the interests the exhibition presents, as a place where complex dialogues converge. Themes explored include cross-cultural enquiry, material and sensorial concerns and the intersection of visual languages.
ONE SHOW ONLY!
Join Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross for a casual chat about modernism, Canberra and anything else he feels like. Tim is a major advocate for the protection and appreciation of Australia’s modernist buildings, most recently lending his voice to the Save Our Sirius campaign in Sydney. Tim’s award winning program on ABC ‘Streets of Your Town’ gave a voice to the buildings which provide the unique backdrop to the Australian lifestyle.
Join us for a dinner unlike any other!
Established in 1946, ANU was findings its proverbial feet through the mid-century period, and as the University attracted the best of the best in academia, architecture and politics to Canberra, they were treated to grand dinners in true modernist style. Using an authentic menu from the era for inspiration, University House’s chefs will prepare a three-course meal with wine.
Dress in your finest modernist garb and be prepared to time travel to a different time and space in history. The keynote will be acclaimed modernist photographer Darren Bradley AKA @modarchitecture and our MC, who promises to bring the ‘razzle dazzle’, is none other than Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross.
A day out for young and old!
- Traders include vintage clothing, jewellery, books, furniture and homewares!
- From 12pm Join pinup sensation Miss Cherrybomb for vintage hair and makeup demonstrations
- From 2pm Miss Cherrybomb is hosting a best dressed competition with fabulous prizes! - entries on the day-
- Check out the pop-up food and beverage stalls!
- Join local swing band In Full Swing have a dance! or grab a picnic blanket and listen under the trees.
- The Canberra Antique and Classic Motor Club will have some of their best mid-century cars out for a show and shine!
- Grab a snap in the vintage photo booth!
The market is curated by Three Sixty Style.
Grab your camera and take a walk around the ANU Acton Campus and surrounds with award-winning photographer, Instagram star and Canberra aficionado Darren Bradley AKA @modarchitecture. Darren will share his amazing tips and tricks for architectural photography with several examples of modernist buildings on and around the ANU Campus. Following the walk and snap, Darren will show you how to make your snaps shine with a brief workshop on post production.
One of the first buildings to be constructed by the Australian National University, the John Curtin School of Medical Research was a place of significant medical advancement; of Nobel Prize winning research and of deep investigation into the workings of the human body. When the building was refurbished in 2014, many of the original fittings such as early Bakelite switches and power points, Negretti & Zambra thermographs, pressure gauges, fans and bells were salvaged by ANU Heritage, and repurposed into sculptural assemblages by artist and archaeologist Martin Rowney.
Grant Featherston is best known for his plywood Contour chairs developed in the early 1950s. However the Contour series just marked the start of a thirty year career in chair design. Working with Melbourne -based manufacturer Aristoc, Grant later joined by his wife Mary, designed hundreds of chairs some of which were so commercially successful that it is no exaggeration to claim that nearly everyone over thirty in Australia has sat on a Featherston chair. Surprisingly, very little has been published on the work of Australia's most successful mid-century designers. In September this year the first monograph was published by Thames and Hudson. This 300 page book features over 250 photographs highlighting the breadth of the Featherston’s designs, focusing on the 13 year partnership with Aristoc an featuring many previously unpublished images from the company's archive.
Author Geoff Isaac will present an illustrated overview of the Featherstons' work in chair design and the will be followed by a book signing.
Presented by ANU School of Art and Design
This exclusive event is limited to 20 people. Join Canberra’s own Martini Whisperer Phillip Jones for a memorable cocktail hour to explore its mysteries, history, and how to craft the perfect cocktail at home. He’ll also share the role of the Martini in adding glamour to the suburban cocktail hour. Naturally, all that talk of Dry Martinis is sure to make you thirsty and you’ll be able to craft one of your own under his expert eye! Tickets include welcome drink and a Martini.
6.30pm to 8.00pm Talk and Demonstration
The Martini is the most iconic of cocktails, instantly recognisable and evocative. Like modernist design, it’s elements are simple but expressive of time and place.
So dress up for a fabulous cocktail party and a very special door prize - a personalised Martini masterclass with the Martini Whisperer himself for up to 6 friends in the comfort of your own home! Talk entry includes first drink, and antipasto, with cash bar available for further refreshments.
While Harry Seidler is one of Australia’s most famous architects, little is known of his European-born contemporaries. The newly released title The Other Moderns uncovers the work of these forgotten émigré architects, interior designers, and furniture makers working and reveals their ground breaking impact on modernist design. The Other Moderns explores the work of this unacknowledged group of style makers for the first time in a richly illustrated publication including stunning images from Austrian-born photographer Margaret Michaelis and furniture from the collection of Hotel Hotel Canberra. Author Rebecca Hawcroft will speak on her research for the book and focus on some of Canberra’s many fascinating émigré stories and the connections that intertwine with the designers featured in the book and the exhibition ‘The Moderns’, currently showing at Museum of Sydney.