The Rebus Theatre presents Utopiate Alchemy, an exhibition which captures the golden moments of the journey of 15 artists as they heal hearts and weave magic through a network of arts-based projects in response to the Black Summer Fires. Utopiate Alchemy will be on display until Sunday 17 March at The Queanbeyan Hive Gallery, which is at Crawford Street, Queanbeyan. Opening times are Friday 5.30pm-8.00pm, Sat-Sun 10.00am-3.00pm

The 35th French Film Festival is coming to Canberra. The festival will showcase the best in contemporary French cinema featuring a diverse array of 41 movies from heart-warming comedies to gripping dramas.The festival will screen at the Palace Electric cinema in New Acton from Thursday 7 March till Tuesday 2nd April. For further information and the schedule of screenings go to the Palace cinemas website.

The 12th Palestinian Film Festival is coming to Canberra. Navigating themes of people, place and politics, this year’s Festival delivers an enthralling program of the finest and newest Palestinian films with a mix of Australian premieres, award-winning features and ground-breaking documentaries. The festival will screen at the Dendy Canberra cinema from Friday 8th till Sunday 10th March. Further information and the schedule of screening is available from the Dendy Canberra’s cinemas website.

The Blamey Street Big Band is returning to Canberra to perform ‘Swings With the Beatles’: a performance featuring big band versions of classic Beatles songs. The concert will take place at the Q Theatre in Queanbeyan on Saturday 2 March, 7pm. For further details go to the Q Theatre’s website.

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Rediscovering Music series helps people with any degree of hearing loss find joy in listening to music. Each concert focuses on a particular instrument with strategies and guidance for the audience to maximize their connection to live music. The first event this year features guitarist Steve Allen, and will be held at 5:30pm on 6th March at the Ainslie Football Club. To register for this free event and to find out information about future Rediscovering Music events go to the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s website.

The next Braidwood Concert Series will be contemporary classical music group Ensemble Offspring performing ‘Songbirds’: a celebration of Australian birdsong with an array of original Australian chamber works commissioned by Ensemble Offspring. The concert will be at Braidwood Uniting Church, Monkittee St, Braidwood on Saturday 2nd March from 2pm. For further information on this performance and upcoming concerts visit the Braidwood Concert Series Facebook page.

The Song Company presents Superbloom: a program of rare works for unaccompanied voices that draws parallels between the stark beauty of the arid desert and the lush abundance brought by the wet season. The performance will be at the Wesley Music Centre on Sunday 3rd March from 3pm. For more details go to the Song Company website.

The Sri Lanka Festival will be held from 10am on Saturday the 2nd March 2024 at the Sri Lanka High Commission Premises in Yarralumla. The festival will feature delicious Sri Lankan Food and beverages, traditional and contemporary dancing and music, information on tourism, and other fun events. More information is available at the Sri Lanka High Commission website.

The Canberra Philharmonic Society presents Bring It On The Musical: a heartwarming comedy featuring a toe-tapping hip hop score that is performed by a cast of quadruple threats, who will sing, dance, and act their way through high school, before turning into cheerleaders. Bring It On The Musical will be performed at the Erindale Theatre from Thursday 29 February till Saturday 16 March. For more information visit the Canberra Philharmonic Society website.

At the Australian National Capital Artists Gallery Loose Ends invites us to take a look into the dark corners of nine ANCA artist’s studios as they face unfinished projects, or make new works from the disparate materials each artist has stashed away. The exhibition includes painting, textiles, sculpture, print making, ceramics, and installation. Loose Ends will run from Wednesday 21 February to Sunday 10 March. The Australian National Capital Artists Gallery is at Rosevear Place, Dickson. Gallery hours Wednesday to Sunday 12:00 – 5:00pm.

The M16 Artspace has 4 new exhibitions and a film installation. Firstly, New Work by Martin Paull explores allegorical themes, bushfires, and haunting urban scenes of Canberra at night, inviting contemplation through miniature paintings. Then Absurd Frontier by Nathan Hughes uses figurative mixed media to fuse autobiography, Spaghetti Westerns and dystopian sci-fi in a fluid interplay of myth, mind, and screen.. Next, Cold Collations by Susan Chancellor explores how abstract paintings and small ceramic sculptures arranged in playful groupings can energise a space and tantalize the viewer with contrasting colours, scales, surface textures, positive and negative spaces and gestural marks. Karen Milder’s Pixel Panel III is a touch of surrealism meets whimsical notions resembling the essence of a fun imagination in a still dream. And lastly Mathew Francis’ CAPTCHA is a hypnotic audiovisual journey following an expressionless test subject as he seeks purpose in the mysterious facility he inhabits. All four exhibitions and the film installation run from Friday 23 February – Sunday 17 March. M16 Artspace is at Blaxland Crescent, Griffith and Gallery hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 12-5pm.

At the Grainger Gallery there’s the still life exhibition Radiant by Gatya Kelly. The Granger gallery is at Dairy road Fyshwick opening hours Wed-Sun 11am-5pm.

At the Canberra Contemporary Arts Space, Lakeside the exhibition With Nature brings together a selection of contemporary Australian artists who have produced works in collaboration with the environment, where the landscape has influenced the outcome of the work. The exhibition will be on display until Saturday 6th April. The Canberra Contemporary Art Space Lakeside is at Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 5pm.

At the Australian Centre on China in the World Assemble explores the act of ‘making sense’ of layers and fragments, of memories and stories, told or untold. Curated by Dr Olivier Krischer, the exhibition brings together eight Hong Kong-born artists from different generations of the diaspora. Assembly will be on display until 24 May. The Australian Centre on China in the World is at The Australian National University.

The Kyeema Gallery at Hall has Static Fluidity by McCarron-Benson. The exhibition runs until Sunday 3rd March. Gallery hours 10:30 am to 5 pm, Thursday to Sunday. For further information go to the Capital wines website.

Belco arts has four new exhibitions:

Firstly, there’s Lines of Sight by Patsy Payne and John Pratt who use their drawing as an essential starting point for their experiments and investigations in a body of work that is the outcome of three years of phone conversations and postcard dialogues mostly at a distance of 1100 kilometres between Darkinjung and Ngunnawal country.

Then Interwoven 7 brings together basketry and textile artists from the Canberra region and the NSW South Coast.

Next, atmo-spheres by Francis Kenna takes the transitory states of atmosphere as a place to begin questions around the mutability of space and our own experience.

And, lastly, The Benefit of Doubt, by predominantly ceramic artists Fran Romano and Zoe Slee, is an experimental project, exploring the idea of self-doubt.

All four exhibitions run from Friday 16 February until 28 March.

Belco Arts Gallery hours are 10am – 4pm, Tuesdays – Sunday.

At the Humble House gallery ‘Elemental’ by Mellissa Read Devine and Julie Simmons is a culmination of painting trips around the country but primarily at Arkaroola in the Northern Flinders Ranges. The exhibition will be on display from Saturday 3 February. The Humble Gallery is at Wollongong St Fyshwick and opening hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10am-4pm.

Canberra Potters will host Australia’s premier satirical art prize, the Bald Archy Prize. Celebrating the lighter side of art, come and see a range of portraits that will make you think, make you talk and most of all make you laugh. The exhibition will run to March 17. Canberra Potters is at Aspinall St, Watson. Gallery hours are 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday and 11am to 3pm Sunday.

Nature Art Lab, an award winning arts & environment organisation, will run courses in paintings and drawings, as well as nature tours around the world. For more details & to sign up for the courses starting from February 5 at M16 Artspace in Grifith, visit the Nature Art Lab website.