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Australia and sports have gone hand in hand for as long as most of us can remember. For many, sportsmen have been representatives, role models and heroes. And for all the Cathy Freemans and Dawn Frasers of the world, it’s undeniable that our sporting life is – by and large – a bit of a […]


“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 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? […]


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 […]


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 […]


The story of Pygmalion is about as old as Jesus. Although George Bernard Shaw’s play is perhaps the most well-known version to modern audiences (particularly after the film adaptation My Fair Lady), the original Pygmalion myth is drawn from Ovid’s Metamorphosis, finished around 8 AD. It’s little wonder, then, that one of the biggest challenges […]


Aesthetes, crafters, design geeks and shop-a-holics stand up – there’s a new kid on the block, and it’s throwing down the gauntlet. Built around the idea that you should be able to get sweet locally-made designer gear without mortgaging your house, The Dollar Shop is changing the retail game on Oxford St. Handpicked by Sydney […]


Watching the red 'sold' dots breaking out on the walls of Alaska Projects like chicken pox, one could be left in little doubt that Samuel Hodge is fast becoming a very collectible artist. Within 30 minutes of its opening, the single print photographs were all but gone, as hipsters from all walks of life jostled […]


Christmas has come a little early at the MCA this year, with the gallery opening the doors of its first refurbed exhibition space to showcase their astounding new show, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Recorders. Recorders is an absolute delight, comprising 12 works – including two new commissions – from the Mexican-Canadian artist, famous for his large scale […]