learning together, mutual encouragement and common purpose is the most appealing aspect of this exhibition at SH Ervin Gallery. 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 or online. Until March 26. Rural Rust Painter John Firth-Smith is exhibiting a series of works at a Sydney gallery. His paintings are inspired by his love for the central-west region of NSW and Hill End, where he lives. King Street Gallery on William, 177 William Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney. Admission free. Inquiries: (02) 9360 9727 or online. Until March 28. orchestrations by Iain Grandage, visuals by Amy Gebhardt and selections from Miller-Heidke’s new album, raiding her decade-long back catalogue. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney. Opens March 23, 6.30pm. Tickets: $49-$129. Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online. Until March 25. 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 Taylor’s collection will be on display, ranging from postWorld 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 or online.