Spear The first feature film from Bangarra Dance Theatre is an adaptation of one of the company’s contemporary dance pieces, following a young man seeking to reconcile the traditions of outback Australia with the modernity of Sydney. National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Today, 10am, noon, 2pm, 6pm and 8pm. Tickets: $12-$14. Bookings: 1800 067 274 or online. Ends Wednesday. Tom Roberts Tom Roberts is often considered the most important painter, if not the most important artist, in the history of Australia. He was the leader of the Heidelberg School and the man who painted celebrated national pictures such as Shearing the Rams. He was also a fine portraitist, and it was no surprise that he was eventually the artist commissioned to paint a huge work commemorating the opening of the first federal parliament. But, as this exhibition shows, he seemed to lose his way in England and not to be able to find it again on his eventual return to Australia. The exhibit has acquired one of Roberts’s original easels, which will be displayed at the entrance. National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra. Daily, 10am-5pm. Tickets: $18-$21. Inquiries: (02) 6240 6411 or online. Ends March 28.