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BEHIND THE LINES

Published in newspapers, journals and online, cartoons are part of the public record of a nation’s political life. With wit and wisdom they provide an opportunity to reflect on the state of Australian politics and expose the robust nature of Australian democracy. Next week sees the official opening of the Behind the Lines: The Year’s […]

AN EVENING WITH RICHARD DAWKINS

Richard Dawkins is not one to shy away from controversy. From his devastating critiques of religion (bestselling book The God Delusion for example) to his role as a forerunner of evolutionary science in the 21st century, Dawkins has provoked, stimulated, outraged, and shocked audiences around the world. His latest novel, The Magic of Reality, sees […]

AUSTRALIAN SURF MOVIE FESTIVAL – THE IMMERSION TOUR

Whether you base your life around tides and breaks, or would rather poke around in a rock pool, there’s something undeniably mesmeric about surf movies. From The Endless Summer to Point Break, it’s a hard task to not feel a little jolt of adrenaline watching riders barrel through waves, or find that perfect break. As […]

MATT COYLE’S YOU & ME DAY

“There is something about the movement and energy that lines can generate,” says illustration artist Matt Coyle. “I've always found that compelling.” Coyle opens a new show at James Dorahy Project Space next week, which will feature original drawings in felt tip pen. “I've been using the same brand of pens for about 20 years,” Coyle […]

PICTURA AUSTRALIANA

“Pictura Australiana is a smaller group show than the gala events Tortuga is known for,” curator and artist Hellen Morgan-Harris remarks. “That said, the show will feature the work of 13 artists, two VJs, DJs, a performance artist and live music from the Slowburners.” This latest show from the St Peters studios, home to some […]

What we’ve got our heart set on this Art Month …

The third annual Art Month kicked off last week with a lavish launch at Carriageworks, marking the first event in the month-long festival. Bringing you a vibrant and diverse mix of shows, events, talks and parties, Art Month promises an explosion of local culture involving some 300 artists, 200 events, and 100 galleries. Sound overwhelming? […]

HEIDRUN LOHR: PARALLAX

Since its inception, performance art has grappled with documentation. Whatever your opinion on the worth or possibility of capturing live art, one thing artists and audiences agree on is that performance is a notoriously tricky thing to capture. Photographer Heidrun Lohr has been perfecting this elusive art for over 20 years, and is one of […]

HELLO DOLLIES

There is something at once terrifying and comforting about the doll. Many women will have fond memories of their childhood friends, keeping them to hand down to daughters perhaps. Others might share a more complex relationship, such as the famous (and childless) patron of the arts Sunday Reed, whose doll Gethsemane served as inspiration for […]

CULTURE JAMMERS

Since about as long as there has been advertising, there has been culture jamming. From Guy Debord and his Situationist International pranks, to the often elaborate billboard jams more familiar to modern urbanites, the irreverent anti-corporate spirit has been alive, well, and fighting back against the homogenising imagery we are saturated with in our day-to-day […]

BRONWYN BANCROFT: POWER, PASSION, POLITICS

A Bundjalung artist of the Djanbun clan, Bronwyn Bancroft has been making her distinctive mark on the Australian arts for over 30 years. A practising artist, she works across a wide range of mediums, from painting and collage to literature and textile and fashion designs. After establishing her fashion outlet Designer Aboriginals in 1985, Bancroft […]