Page 860 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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offer. I encourage members and the community to visit CMAG, Canberra’s own museum and gallery right here in Civic Square.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, how has the Cultural Facilities Corporation been activating Civic Square?

MS CHEYNE: I thank Mr Pettersson for the supplementary. In addition to these new exhibitions the CFC has been enlivening Civic Square through a range of collaborations and partnerships. The CFC has been activating the former Elections ACT office frontage on Civic Square in collaboration with the City Renewal Authority, Craft ACT and the ANU. This pilot phase has demonstrated the potential of this otherwise disused office for pop-up retail, community craft workshops, artists workshops and exhibitions. I look forward to this work continuing in 2023.

CMAG has also been contributing to enlivening Civic Square through partnership programs with the Canberra Art Biennial, the DESIGN Canberra Festival and Enlighten. The CFC was a key partner in Enlighten in the city which saw hundreds of families flock to CMAG to encounter amazing, life-sized dinosaur puppets. Thousands of people enjoyed outdoor cocktails at the theatre Terrace Bar overlooking the pre-historic creatures in the Square. Outside of those events, CMAG has also been running successful CMAG ‘After Dark’ event series. It most recently featured cocktail evenings with The Martini Whisperer as part of wider programming connected to ‘Light, Colour, Humanity’, the exhibition I just spoke about. This follows on from the success of last year’s in-gallery concert co-developed with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra in response to CMAG’s exhibition ‘Sidney Nolan: Search for Paradise’.

For anyone wanting some calm during the sitting week, you can participate in free yoga on Wednesday mornings among the art works in the striking ‘Settled / Unsettled’ exhibition in galleries two and three.

MS ORR: Minister, can you provide an update about recent or ongoing activities at Lanyon Homestead?

MS CHEYNE: I thank Ms Orr for the supplementary. The CFC is working to enhance the experience at its facilities in our city’s south, too, in addition to the extensive conservation works underway.

Lanyon Homestead recently held its second ever Harvest Day Out Festival on 4 March and celebrated the theme ‘grow-preserve-sustain’. A record number of 2,500 people came through the gates to enjoy tours, plant and produce stalls, entertainment and a variety of food vendors as well as a range of activities, talks and workshops. Some of the highlights included cultural weaving, botanical drawing, Indigenous plant use, making preserves, flower and vegetable growing, seed-saving and walks on Country. Last year I had the pleasure of launching the inaugural ACT Historic Places Art Prize in the idyllic grounds of Lanyon Homestead. Entries are currently open for this new prize, with a total prize pool of over $20,000. The prize will support Canberra and regional artists to exhibit their works and encourages a deeper appreciation of Canberra’s cultural and natural heritage through artistic engagements with our cultural places. Of course the CFCs Historic Places will be taking part in the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival next month by hosting Stories Beyond the

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