Welcome to our House Party Program!  Join our curated evening of spoken word, live music, art installation, contemporary jewellery and select market stalls, plus food + wine for the ultimate afterwork kick back. Use our menu below see who’s on our set list, what treats we’ll be serving and the night market makers.


Performances from our poets, comic book artists from 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm and see out the night with our Gorman House DJ Genie Stuart.

  • Jacqui Malins – Poet
  • Hangama Obaidullah – Poet
  • Eleri Harris – Comic book reading
  • Becky Houston – Poet
  • Lucy Alexander – Poet
  • Zhi Cham – Poet

Followed by live music from Genie Stuart.


F Block Gallery

Open Friday 5 pm – 8 pm | Saturday 10 am – 3 pm

Residents Exhibition

Wander through F Block Gallery and see the breadth of work from the artists that call Gorman home. Featuring Paul Summerfield, Hangama Obaidullah, Andrew Sikorski, Phoebe Porter, Stuart McMillen, Cassandra Dove, Kirsten Biven and more.

Gorman Stories Project

Discover the stories from our 99 year history, and take the opportunity to leave your own memories of Gorman House to live on in the future.

Studio Tour with Phoebe Porter

E Block

Open: 6.30 pm – 8 pm

Join Contemporary Jeweller Phoebe Porter for an exclusive evening tour of her workshop.

Food + Wine

Grab your picnic rugs and settle in for friday night drinks with some tasty authentic paella.


Night Markets

Sludge Kitchen

Zine maker

Canberra/Ngunnawal-based goblin making art and trash for you!

Gillawarra Arts


Gillawarra Arts is a creative arts business originating from the mid north coast of NSW. Krystal Hurst is a Worimi woman who designs handmade jewellery using materials from nature, and specialises in contemporary Aboriginal artworks on canvas, murals and running workshops.

Cassandra Dove

Visual Artist

Cassandra Dove is a Canberra based artist who finds inspiration in the landscape and is drawn to abstraction and mixed media. Her recent work involves reconstructing the landscape as guided by her memory of the colours, textures and feelings she experienced in that place. Her creative process is fuelled by a sense of curiosity and adventure. For Cassandra, each year brings a new evolution of painting as she follows different paths within subject matter and style. Drawn to texture, gestural brushstrokes can be seen throughout Cassandra’s work and are her favourite part of the painting process.

Paul Summerfield

Digital Artist

Paul Summerfield is a digital artist, blending traditional painting and drawing techniques with digital mediums. His work has appeared all around Canberra, from coffee cups, books and buswraps, hospitals and illuminations for the Enlighten Festival.

Spiral Botanicals


SPIRAL Botanicals is a sustainable, artistic florist from a female-led small business based in NewActon. We offer bespoke, contemporary floral arrangements utilising locally grown product, whilst advocating for the natural world, human connection and artistic expression through our services. SPIRAL specialises in floral foam free design, using only reusable, recycled or compostable materials for all bouquets and large-scale installations.

Eleri Harris


Eleri Harris (she/her) is an Eisner award-winning cartoonist, journalist and editor working at Gorman House on Ngunnawal Country in Australia’s national capital. Her non-fiction history, science and reportage comics have been exhibited and published all over the world. For a decade she was Features Editor at US-based comics website and magazine, The Nib, and is now using all she learned to write a book about comics journalism. Drawn From The Margins: The Power of Graphic Journalism, co-authored by Sarah Shay Mirk, will be released by Abrams ComicArts in 2025. Eleri was proud to be co-director of the Comic Art Workshop when the team received a 2020 Platinum Australian Comic Art Award for outstanding contributions to Australian comics. She loves nerding out over fancy drawings and building sweet comics communities.