Swan Lake On Ice, free Questacon exhibit, open mic and more on this weekend

Swan Lake On Ice comes to Wollongong this week. Scroll down for more information. Picture: David Wyatt
Swan Lake On Ice comes to Wollongong this week. Scroll down for more information. Picture: David Wyatt

WEDNESDAY July 11

Shadows and Fragments: An exhibition of works on paper and woven tapestry

Red Point Artists’ Exhibition with Liz Jeneid and Diana Wood Conroy.

It will run until July 28 at the Red Point Gallery on Wentworth Street in Port Kembla –  open 10am to 4pm Wednesday to 5pm Saturday.

Official opening Saturday 14 July at 1pm with Dr Agnieszka Golda, Senior Lecturer,  Faculty of Law Humanities and the Arts, UoW.  

Ink wash, etching, lino-cuts, woven tapestries paired with drawings.

Illustration: May Gibbs

Illustration: May Gibbs

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

Loved by generations of readers, May Gibbs’ timeless characters including Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Ragged Blossom and Little Obelia will form part of the exhibition showcasing her iconic artwork.

The display explores Gibbs’ early work, her influences and inspirations and the working process she followed throughout her career. It also has examples of how World War 1 influenced her work.

It’s more than 100 years since May Gibbs’ published the first of her bush babies books. The first of the books, released just before Christmas 1916, went on to be a runaway success.

The May Gibbs Travelling Exhibition is on display at Wollongong Central Library until Wednesday 18 July.

THURSDAY July 12

IHMRI and UOW researchers team up for Magnified exhibition

Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute research assistant Clare Watson and PhD candidate Rachelle Balez have organised an exhibition to showcase the wide range of scientific research being undertaken in the region.

It will run until July 20 at the TAEM Gallery, Building 25 at the University of Wollongong. Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm; Saturday: 12.00pm – 5.00pm.

This fundraising exhibition features 52 stunning images of the work of researchers and students at IHMRI, UOW and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD).

Images in the exhibition will be on sale to the general public, with all proceeds going towards Motor Neuron Disease (MND) research at IHMRI, in honour of Associate Professor Justin Yerbury.

Picture: Questacon

Picture: Questacon

Questacon’s Fascinating Science

Activities are targeted to ages eight to 14 – though people of all ages will enjoy them –  and explore topics of logic, balance, fluids, biology, physics, illusions, psychology and mathematical puzzles.

Rock Of Ages

The Illawarra Youth Arts Project will take you back to a sexier time, a time of leather and denim, big hair and even bigger dreams. Where the Hollywood sunset strip was a beacon of hope for Rock.

Featuring the music of Foreigner, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Bon Jovi and Europe (amongst others), Rock of Ages is written by Chris D’arienzo and is the 28th longest running show in Broadway history, and has featured in London’s prestigious West End, Vegas and Australia.

At The Pavilion in Kiama until Sunday – tickets from www.trybooking.com

The Long Story Short

Six people tell stories of varying disabilities, their rise above adversity.

The cast is highly diverse, yet united by their life changing experiences. They have endured their fair share of challenges.

The Long Story Short, at the Servo Food Truck Bar in Port Kembla, Thursday July 12. Tickets $10 via www.trybooking.com  Parental advisory is recommended. 

Swan Lake On Ice comes to Wollongong. Picture: Supplied

Swan Lake On Ice comes to Wollongong. Picture: Supplied

FRIDAY July 13

Swan Lake On Ice

The Imperial Ice Stars are performing in Wollongong for the first time with their sleek production of Swan Lake On Ice this Friday and Saturday.

The company has 23 former Olympic, World, European and National Championship-level skaters who will perform a contemporary interpretation of the classic story, to Tchaikovsky’s score at the WIN Entertainment Centre.

SATURDAY July 14

Flash Mob Alert!

Circus WOW is again hosting The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever! and at 11am in Wollongong’s Crown Street Mall.

Anyone can join in and re-enact Kate Bush’s 1970’s hit video, Wuthering Heights.

It will be part mine, bits of frolic routine with twirling, leg kicking, swaying and facial gestures. There will be WOW women with buckets to collect donations for SAHSSI.

Illawarra District Orchid Society vice-president Peter Frey with some colourful orchids. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Illawarra District Orchid Society vice-president Peter Frey with some colourful orchids. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Winter Orchid Show

The Illawarra and District Orchid Society's 67th annual winter show will see a spectacular display of various types of orchids. There will be sales tables with a large variety of flowering orchids, other plants, orchid potting supplies (pots, potting mixes and fertilisers for orchids).

Members of the society are available to give free advice on the growing and health of orchids including growing notes on the most common types.

Warilla Senior Citizens Centre, Saturday 10am to 4pm; Sunday 9am to 3:30pm.

SUNDAY July 15

Winter Wellness

Shellharbour City Library will host a session on practical tips to keep well over winter with Debbie Bruce, owner of Get Active Health Solutions. 

Includes DIY natural hand sanitiser to take home using Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

From 1:30pm to 3pm, cost is $10.

Queer Arts Fest Open Mic

Doors open at 4pm, Performances start from 5pm at the Servo Food Truck Bar – part of the Queer Arts Festival.

Shining a light on the Illawarra’s creative community and that doesn’t just stop at visual art. Calling poets, musicians, and drag artists.

Open Mic is an all-ages open call to anyone who may want to perform in a safe, encouraging environment with local band Fruit headlining the evening.