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Late night love stories

Poetry slam: all the languages of love

Friday 26 March 2021
5:00 – 8:00pm AEDT
CJ Bowerbird
CJ Bowerbird

Bookings essential

$20 / $18 concession / $16 Circle of Friends
Includes entertainment and entry to Australian Love Stories.
Drinks and bar snacks available to purchase.

Hello lovers! Need ideas for a first date, a romance rekindle or fun with friends? Come and hang out with us as we keep our doors open till 8:00pm on a few Fridays from March to July. Laugh, cry and swoon with our Australian Love Stories exhibition and enjoy intimate and surprising events with musicians, artists and poets. Consider us your chaperone! (or enabler, whatever works.)

For our first late night event, join Australian Poetry Slam Champion CJ Bowerbird and some of Canberra’s best spoken-word artists in an evening of poetry, performance and love. You can even compete as a poet in the slam, act as a judge or participate as an audience member!

If you do you consider yourself a word-warrior, why not sign-up to the slam on the night? Perform your (up to two-minute) poem of love in whatever romantic, platonic, awkward (or any other) form that is!

About the performers

CJ Bowerbird is the 2012 Australian Poetry Slam Champion and a two-time TEDxCanberra performer. In 2018 he released Beyond This Blue, a recording of the show he created with the Downfall Choir for the 2017 National Folk Festival. He combines words and clumsy movement as part of the Sound & Fury Ensemble.

Eleanor Malbon has performed poetry in festivals and events throughout Australia including the You Are Here festival and Crack Theatre festival. Her poems have been published nationally by Cordite, Grapple Publishing, Express Media and internationally by New River Press. Her words have a distinctly ecological flavour.

Audrey McCormick began performing at That Poetry Thing at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra nearly two years ago – although she has been writing poetry for more than half her life. She was a national finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam. Her poems draw on a combination of the hilarious, and at times daunting, experiences of growing up.

Related information

Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan

Australian Love Stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!)

Upcoming exhibition

from Saturday 20 March

Reconnect and reflect with our new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) as we explore love, affection and connection in all its guises.

spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock

Harriet Schwarzrock

spaces between movement and stillness

Current exhibition

from Saturday 13 February

Harriet Schwarzrock’s new work explores notions of emotional processes and their physical manifestations.

Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019

Collection display galleries

Current exhibition

Open every day

The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia.

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The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.