The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Christopher Allen

Ca­sula Pow­er­house Mu­seum, 1 Pow­er­house Road, Ca­sula. Daily, 10am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 9824 1121. Un­til April 23. A Fit Place for Women: NSW Par­lia­ment This ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores the his­tory of women in state pol­i­tics, chart­ing the con­tri­bu­tions, strug­gles and tri­umphs of women in the state par­lia­ment, from cam­paign­ers to par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and par­lia­men­tary of­fi­cers. Fea­tures women from Mil­li­cent Pre­ston Stan­ley to He­len Sham-Ho. NSW Par­lia­ment House, 6 Mac­quarie Street, Syd­ney. Daily, 9am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 9230 2111 or on­line. Un­til April 28. Margaret Ol­ley: Painter, Peer, Men­tor, Muse A sense of so­cia­bil­ity, of learn­ing to­gether, mu­tual en­cour­age­ment and com­mon pur­pose is the most ap­peal­ing as­pect of the Margaret Ol­ley ex­hi­bi­tion at SH Ervin Gallery in Syd­ney. Ol­ley was not her­self a great artist, although she painted some ap­peal­ing pic­tures, but she was part of a net­work of re­la­tion­ships that ex­tended from her days as a stu­dent to her later en­cour­age­ment of younger prac­ti­tion­ers. Ol­ley’s best work was in still-life com­po­si­tions, par­tic­u­larly within the en­vi­ron­ment of her home, which be­came leg­endary for its dense as­sem­blages of pic­tures, fur­ni­ture, vases, flow­ers, screens and ob­jects of all kinds. SH Ervin Gallery, 2 Wat­son Road, Millers Point, Syd­ney. Ad­mis­sion: $7-$10. Tues-Sun, 11am-5pm. In­quiries: (02) 9258 0173. Un­til March 26. Ve­loc­ity: Vin­tage Rac­ing Bikes Post­man and cy­cling en­thu­si­ast Peter Tay­lor ser­vices bi­cy­cles from his garage work­shop and main­tains a large col­lec­tion of vin­tage rac­ing bikes. High­lights from Peter’s col­lec­tion will be on dis­play, rang­ing from rare post-World War II Euro­pean bikes to an Aus­tralian bike raced at the 1956 Mel­bourne Olympics. Can­berra Mu­seum and Gallery, 176 Lon­don Cir­cuit, Can­berra. Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun, noon-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 6207 3968. Glass Al­pha­bet This unique con­cep­tual work is com­posed of 26 in­di­vid­ual ob­jects, each de­pict­ing a let­ter of the al­pha­bet, pro­duced by some of Aus­tralia’s most prom­i­nent glass artists con­nected with Can­berra. Glass Al­pha­bet is cu­rated by Mel Ge­orge, an in­de­pen­dent cu­ra­tor with prac­tice as a glass artist. Can­berra Mu­seum and Gallery. 176 Lon­don Cir­cuit, Can­berra. Ad­mis­sion free. Mon-Fri, 10am5pm; Sat-Sun, noon-5pm. In­quiries: (02) 6207 3968.

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