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The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many things including being out and about exploring.

20 October

Habitat - "In this exhibition we will explore and celebrate Australia’s iconic, vulnerable and endangered birds and their homes."

The Corner Gallery, Stanmore, Sydney.

Habitat – “In this exhibition we will explore and celebrate Australia’s iconic, vulnerable and endangered birds and their homes.”


Photographer Angela Robertson-Buchanan

Designers – Eggpicnic

Print maker – Fiona Roderick

Taking part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is easy! Just spend 20 minutes in your favourite outdoor space and tell us about the birds you see during that period. You can submit your results using the app or the web form. Every count helps and is open from 18-24 Oct this year, 2021.

26 June – 11 OctoberCO


31 May

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation ANTaR Inner West

Backtrack Boys Movie Screening

29 May

Wild Edible Weeds Walk with Diego Bonetto

African olives> Olea europea sb spp cuspidata –

Blackberry nightshade> food Solanum_nigrum – w

Brazilian nightshade> *TOXIC Solanum_seaforthianum –

Chickweed> food+medicine Stellaria media –

Cudweed> meh Helichrysum_luteoalbum –

Dandelion> food+medicine  Taraxacum officinale –

Farmer’s friend> food+medicine Bidens_pilosa –

Flatweed>  food Hypochaeris spp –

Fleabane> insect repellant Conyza canadensis –

Mulberry> food Morus spp. –

Peppercress> condiment Lepidium_virginicum –

Prickly lettuce> food+medicine Lactuca_serriola –

Scotch thistle/perennial thistle> food cirsium-vulgare –

Scurvy weed> food Commelina_cyanea –

Sowthistle> food Sonchus spp –

Wood sorrel> food oxalis –

Someone asked about other workshops I offer like the upcoming Seaside edibles workshop, please look at this link for details and bookings.

A good link for edible plants is Plant for a future

The list of bush regeneration groups in NSW

To learn more about the Cooks River, past stories and today’s management, see the Cooks River Alliance

Two good books:

Pat Collins:

Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland:

My extensive book with over 40 species detailed will be out next year.

It will be called Eat Weeds, keep an eye out!

Social Media

A good forum to identify plants is on facebook

if you have any questions and images please share them on social media>

Diego Bonetto 

Instagram> @theweedyone

Facebook> Wild Stories

20 May


The original edition of ‘Old Korea’ first came out in 1946, and the first Korean-language edition translated by Song Young-dal, professor emeritus at the University of East Carolina, was published in 2006. He also worked to reissue the latest supplemented Korean version. ‘Old Korea’ gave Western readers a look at Korea’s culture and customs during the peninsula’s colonial period under Japan, with vivid water painting illustrations by Keith.

The senior curator of Asian art at the NGV Wayne Crothers and the President of the Asian Arts Society of Australia (TAASA) Jackie Menzies.

Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria



Presents current ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art

Explores how food is made, consumed and celebrated, and how the rituals of eating define our lives and times


Hall’s latest work, who goes here?, focuses on the stories of 300 individuals from the tens of thousands of convicts, immigrants, asylum inmates and officials who passed through the Hyde Park Barracks between 1819 and 1887 and looks at how place shapes our sense of belonging and identity.

19 May


14 May


Fountain Court exhibition space at NSW Parliament

Some of the works currently on exhibition included a permanent, rotating exhibition of Aboriginal works drawn from public and private art galleries and collections and from artists themselves.

The Queen’s Album – NSW State Archives & Sydney Living Museums

The Queen’s Album exhibition explores the unique story of an album of photographs gifted to Queen Victoria in 1882 on behalf of the people of the Colony of New South Wales. Designed to promote NSW as a desirable place, the album was composed of 64 images of sites and scenes around the State. This included the Botanic Gardens and Australian Museum in Sydney, as well as images from developing regions such as Newcastle and the Blue Mountains. 

4 May

Book Launch | ‘Girl on the Ward’ Kim Hodges

23 April


IRONBARK GALLERY Strathfield Library

Strathfield Answers the Call 1914-1918 explores how the people of Strathfield and Homebush participated in the events of WW1 on the battlefront and at home.

3 April


THE NATIONAL 2021 | New Australian Art


MCA COLLECTION | Perspectives on Place

CONNECTED | MCA Collection

ANYWHERE BUT HERE | MCA Primavera Acquisitions

25 March

BEYOND SIGHT | Ironbark Gallery, Strathfield Library

Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger explores the world of plants and evolution through an exhibition of photographs, video and sculpture.

Using the microscopic image Lea examines the connections between art and science, creating awareness surrounding the alterations we make in nature to transform the flora and social, ethical, and cultural values in society.

Beyond Sight is an exhibition that initiates a dialogue surrounding Climate Change, the Anthropocene and the evolutionary impact this time will have on life on this planet.

5 March



More than 300 original artworks from the Library’s unique collection of landscape and portrait paintings on permanent public display. The selected works range from the 1790s to today. The exhibition features portraits of the extraordinary and the everyday, rare and recent views of Sydney and the harbour, suburban streetscapes and burgeoning rural townscapes.


Marking its 10th year, the Photos1440 exhibition returns to the Library with a look back over the past decade of key events and moments captured through the lens of Sydney Morning Herald photographers. The exhibition features more than 200 images including award-winning photography from the Herald’s chief photographer Nick Moir and Gold Walkley winner Kate Geraghty.

From the wreckage of the MH17 plane crash strewn amongst sunflowers to a poignant frame of Newmarch House resident Alice Bacon, who was the 100th COVID-19 victim in Australia, experience a tribute to photojournalism that has the power to inspire, to educate and to form opinion.


Minhwa features vibrant colours and unique spatial compositions, and varies in type according to the location and purpose of the decoration such as the Hwacho Yeongmodo(paintings of flowers birds and animals) which were used for wedding ceremonies to celebrate the success of the wedding, the Chaekkori(paintings of books and stationary) conveying the wishes of scholars in their quest to gain more knowledge and wisdom, and the paintings of Magpies and Tigers which were hung on the main door on the first day of the new year.

20 February

ITALY RECOLLECTED Kerry Thomas at Stanmore Gallery

3 February


This 48-hectare nature reserve protects rare remnant forest and wetland habitats that collectively support over 240 native plant species and over 200 native bird and animal species. The Reserve also preserves a rare example of a complete estuarine zonal succession – a gradation of mud ats, mangrove forest, saltmarsh meadows, Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest and Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest is revealed as the land slopes upwards from the Parramatta River.

The nature reserve was once part of a large armament depot that was managed by the Australian Department of Defence until its closure in 2000. Explosives storehouses, laboratories, roads and rail were constructed across the depot throughout its 100-year history, and undergrowth in remnant forest was controlled to reduce re risk.

Now, the remaining lands of the armament depot are listed on
the NSW State Heritage Register (as Newington Armament Depot and Nature Reserve) due to their natural and cultural signi cance. The remnant wetlands and forest are protected and conserved
as a nature reserve under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife
Act 1974. Access into the Reserve continues to be restricted to prevent disturbance of sensitive wildlife and trampling of critically endangered vegetation, prevent introduction of pests and disease, and enable natural regeneration of previously disturbed areas. Take this self-guided nature walk along the perimeter of Newington Nature Reserve to see and learn about these threatened species and communities.

29 January


New Beginning features new paintings from 27 Australian artists and their response to the current global pandemic situation. Artists have approached this challenge with various creative thought processes. These works hope to inspire new ways of thinking, seeing and living through this challenging time.

ARTISTS: Ann Arora, Barbara Goldin, Ben Smith, Caroline Zilinsky, Claire Tozer, Colleen Stapleton, Craig Handley, Ethne Benn, Fiona Dobrijevich, Geoff Harvey, Guy Morgan, Hoim Lee, Hyun-Hee Lee, Jaedon Shin, Jenny Orchard, Keesik Chung, Maryanne Wick, Min-Woo Bang, Misim Song, Nahomi Yoshizawa, Paul Miller, Peta Hinton, Robert Bennetts, Steve Salo, Susanna Chen Chow, Tim Allen, Yvonne Boag.




The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many things including being out and about exploring.

23 November

TIME BEING | The Shop Gallery, Glebe

Hosted by Janet LynnPenny Ryan, Rosemary King, Janet Kossy, Fran Munro and Sue YoungWe have been forced to think more about time this year: how it feels, how it impacts on our bodies, dissolving plans and developing new ways of spending time, zoom time and ordinary time,Time Being has a temporary feeling. We wait. We experience time differently. Time expands, speeds up and gets away from us. Death is our daily diet. Anxiety our new normal. We wait. Being is all we have.We are a group of artists who meet regularly to share our work and who once a year exhibit together.

Janet Kossy

13 November


A LIFETIME IN CERAMICS  |  This project has been supported by the Embassy of Japan in Australia.

There is a harmony between nature and practicality in Hiroe’s work.  Her pottery is functional, her artwork gives a simple feeling of “Kokorozukai” or consideration for others.  She expresses her joy through the unique forms of her work to achieve a new and personal sense of art and style.

Hiroe Swen was born in the old capital city of Kyoto, regarded by many as the cultural heart of Japan. At age 23 Hiroe began a 5 and a half year apprenticeship at the Kyoto Crafts Institute under master potter H Hayashi. At that time, female potters were very rare and Hiroe was a pioneer in ceramic society.  She met her future husband Cornel in the mid-sixties and together they migrated to Australia in 1968. Hiroe and Cornel have lived in Australia ever since and throughout her life Hiroe has been a prolific creator of ever changing and evolving hand built ceramics. In 2016, Hiroe-san was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays by the Government of Japan for her contribution to the promotion of Japanese culture and mutual understanding between Japan and Australia.

In this landmark exhibition at Sturt, for one of the most important Japanese-born ceramic artists still working in Australia today, we recognise the 6 decades of Hiroe’s extensive career as well as showcase the stunning new work being made by Hiroe today. 

22 October


A BirdLife Australia Bird Week Exhibition celebrating our urban birdlife will be on display at the Corner Gallery.

With more than 80% of Australia’s population living in cities, it might not feel like there’s much room for nature. But a stroll through any Australian city proves there’s no need to go bush to get in touch with wildlife.  However, with rapid urbanisation, they face a great challenge.  Many Australian bird species are declining in urban areas and declining overall.

20% of sales will be donated to BirdLife Australia, exhibition runs alongside National Bird Week, an initiative to get more Australian’s interested in birds.

Photographer – Angela Robertson-Buchanan

Designers – Eggpicnic

Printmaker – Fiona Roderick


A UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in the heart of historic Sydney, the Hyde Park Barracks is an extraordinary living record of early colonial Australia. Originally built to house convicts, the Barracks has also served as an immigration depot, asylum, law courts and government offices. Today it is a cutting-edge museum.

Hyde Park Barracks was closed today, was able to walk around with not another person there and enjoy the location and building.

21 October


This is where European settlers chose to step ashore in 1788, making The Rocks the birthplace of modern Sydney. Discover the colonial history of this area which has been transformed from a British colony of convicts, soldiers and sailors into a thriving 21st century entertainment precinct right by spectacular Sydney Harbour.

15 October


An Australian Hero: Keith Payne VC

The incredible life story of an old soldier still fighting for his comrades 50 years after being awarded the Victoria Cross for saving 40 men in a brutal Vietnam war battle. Keith Payne overcomes the darkness of alcohol and PTSD that threatened to destroy his marriage and family and emerges to inspire veterans and school kids alike.

Loyalty and Leaks: The Untold Gilmore Story (part 1)

Loyalty and Leaks: The Untold Gilmore Story, a television documentary put together by well-known local cameraman and producer Michael Pignataro, exposed many of the amazing comings and goings, not only during the campaign, but in the lead-up to the election.

Against Our Oath

Ethical conflicts erupt for doctors as the Australian government overrides their clinical decisions made for refugee patients. If doctors cannot follow their medical ethics what will happen to their patients?

Storm in a Teacup

Storm In a Teacup is an intimate portrait of Western Australian artist Leon Pericles as he embarks on his biggest challenge yet – an exhibition of his life’s works at a time when he has least support. His wife Moira played a huge part in Leon’s success as his creative counsel and business manager, but now Moira has Alzheimers and Leon must juggle his role as artist, husband and carer.

Debi Marshall Investigates: Frozen Lies (part 3)

Investigative crime journalist Debi Marshall explores one of Australia’s most sensational murders – the case of the Lawyer in the Freezer. Did baby-faced David Szach shoot his lover, criminal barrister Derrance Stevenson, and seal his body in the deep freeze? Or, is this case as David claims, a gross miscarriage of justice and murky dealings led to the lawyer’s execution, for which David was the fall guy? With the help of FBI-trained criminal profiler Kris Illingsworth, Debi embarks on an investigation that stretches from the Australian outback to the Adriatic coast, leading her into a terrifying web of abductions, serial killings and cover-ups.

Revelation (part 3)

Award-winning reporter Sarah Ferguson presents Revelation, a ground-breaking documentary series on the criminal priests and brothers of the Catholic Church, their crimes laid bare for the first time in their own words.

23 September


With the discovery of gold in NSW in 1851, huge quantities of unrefined gold began to circulate around the colony. To regain control of the economy, the colony proposed that the British government establish a Sydney branch of the Royal Mint. Approval was given in 1853, and the hospital’s southern wing was chosen as the site.

Since settlement, the colony’s hospital had been a portable canvas building on the shores of Sydney Cove.  The hospital was the first project in Macquarie’s ambitious building program. His plan was for a spacious and elegant hospital for 200 convict patients, but as profits from the rum deal fell, so did the quality of workmanship. When completed in 1816, the hospital formed an imposing group of three buildings – a central building for hospital wards (now demolished), a northern wing (now Parliament House) to house the principal surgeon, and a southern wing (now The Mint) to house his two assistants – but even at the time, it was widely criticised. Convict architect Francis Greenway thought the columns lacked ‘Classical proportion’ and found serious structural faults. Within only a few years the buildings required extensive repairs, while for the convict patients who suffered its poor ventilation, overcrowding and rampant dysentery, it quickly became known as the ‘Sidney Slaughter House’.


A UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in the heart of historic Sydney, the Hyde Park Barracks is an extraordinary living record of early colonial Australia. Originally built to house convicts, the Barracks has also served as an immigration depot, asylum, law courts and government offices. Today it is a cutting-edge museum.

Hyde Park Barracks was closed today, was able to walk around with not another person there and enjoy the location and building.

Went back to visit on Thu 22nd Oct.


Included the Cadi Jam Ora garden, showing the uses of the land by the Cadigal, the traditional Aboriginal owners of the Sydney city area and their relationship with plants and the environment prior to European settlement.

The First Farm with crops growing in the first site of European horticulture and agriculture in Australia dating back to 1788.

The fernery of extraordinary diversity of native and exotic ferns and some of the oldest species of plants on the planet.

KOREAN CULTURAL CENTRE  “UMMA’S TABEL” the middle volume in a planned trilogy, the sequel to Hong’s actual memoir Uncomfortably Happily, with Korean Book Club with Comedian Harry Jun and TV chef Heather Jeong.

Madang is an artist who moves to the countryside home with his wife and a young baby, excited to build a new life full of hope and joy, complete with a garden and even snow. But soon reality sets in and his attention is divided between his growing happy family and his impoverished parents in Seoul. It shows the joy of food and tradition unites a family faltering in the face of illness and loss as well as how the kitchen and communal cooking bind past, present and future together.

Some of the discussion questions and topics :

1. On p43, what does “Making Kimchi for the Winter(Gimjang)” mean for the whole family?
2. On p75, “the silence between my dad and me is like an old friend.” Let’s explore the relationship between Madang and his father.  
3. Madang carries the burden of being the first son of his parents. Do you think it is hard for Madang to be independent from his families’ responsibility and households?       
4. On p112-113, When Madang’s wife suggests to live with Madang’s parents in their place, Madang says to her “The world I’ve worked so hard to leave behind and the world I’ve worked so hard to build. Colliding! It would be the collision of these two worlds.” What would happen if Madang decided to live with his parents? 
5. Then, on p144, Madang says, “Only beyond my parents’ reach is my world free to grow. In order to cultivate a healthy and happy future. You have to put in the time and effort. But most of all, the world I’m working hard to build should never, ever be disturbed.” Madang doesn’t want to move into his parents place. Why do you think this is? 
6.  On p115, What do you think is the significance behind the way the author has depicted Madang’s father’s alcoholism? 
7. Due to the influence of confucianism, women traditionally tend to cook for their family in Korea. However, why does Madang always cook for his family? 
8. Why does the author make the characters into cats instead of humans? 
9. This book shows many Korean foods, especially home-cooked foods, ‘Jipbap’, which include dishes like Soybean-paste stew(p272-273), Mandoo(p325), and Meju(p151). Were there any Korean foods that you were interested in this book?

16 September

There were not many people out and about around Darling Harbour this afternoon.


Australians in the Korean War 1950-53 outdoor exhibition has been extended until 16 September! Don’t miss this special exhibition featuring the brave faces and stories of Australian veterans.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year  On loan from the Natural History of Museum in London, these extraordinary images have been selected because they allow us to witness unique moments, encounter the diversity of life on Earth and reflect on humanity’s role in its future.

Au Karem Ira Lamar Lu – Ghost Nets of the Ocean  Made from abandoned fishing nets and recycled plastics, these ghost nets are colourful woven sculptures featuring an outrigger canoe, fish, turtles, squid and jellyfish.

These works show peoples connections to the sea and inspire awareness of ocean pollution, recycling and promote conservation of the marine environment.

A seemingly harmless piece of discarded fishing net, left to drift in the ocean can strangle a sea turtle travelling to its nesting ground. Sharks, fish and other marine life all over the world have also suffered similar fates through entanglement in fishing nets.

Destroyer:  HMAS Vampire  Despite its firepower,Vampire had a peaceful career, even while escorting troops to Vietnam in the 1960s. In 1977, Vampire had a brush with royalty as the RAN escort for HMY Britannia during the Queen’s Silver Jubilee tour of Australia. In 1980, it was refitted as a RAN training ship.

HMB Endeavour  The Australian-built replica of James Cook’s HMB Endeavour is one of the world’s most accurate maritime replica vessels.  On board the beautifully crafted ship, you glimpse a sailor’s life during one of history’s great maritime adventures, Captain Cook’s epic 1768-71 world voyage. Look and you’ll see almost 30 kilometres of rigging and 750 wooden blocks or pulleys! The masts and spars carry 28 sails that spread approximately 10,000 sq feet (930 m2) of canvas.

Sea Monsters:  Prehistoric Ocean Predators  Millions of years ago, Earth’s oceans were home to some of the largest, fiercest and most successful predators ever. While dinosaurs ruled the land, huge prehistoric reptiles hunted the depths.  Ancestors of three types of ancient reptiles left the land and colonised the seas. They were ichthyosaursplesiosaurs and mosasaurs. These three groups developed into awesome sea monsters that make today’s great white sharks seem small.

14 September

Not many people out and about around Sydney around lunch time today.


It’s a tradition that began from a simple gesture — in the 1920s, store staff would bring in spring flowers from their gardens, placing them on counters to celebrate the new season. These charming beginnings have led to what is now known as the David Jones Flower Show.

Over 200,000 flowers adorn the windows and levels of the flagship store, which took more than 4,000 hours and 15 florists to create, led by George Low of Seed Flora. This year marks Low’s 32nd as the department store’s official flower show designer.


Featuring 39 artworks, Light Shadow captures the moment of encounter between white porcelains of the Joseon Dynasty, a camera and an artist. Koo Bohnchang embarked on a journey in search of Korean white porcelains scattered all over the world in different museums. For more than 30 years, he has been a pioneer and leader of modern Korean photography. The exhibition presented by the KCC is his long-awaited first solo show in Australia.

25 June


Was back at the Corner Gallery looking at Janet Kossy’s latest exhibition ‘SEEING RED’.

Speaking with Janet about her works there are several groups as part of this exhibition which are about her area Newtown, the recent bushfires, what she found on the footpath during the virus lockdown and the conversations that we all enjoy together.

Daily Wed 24 June – Tues 30 June and the exhibition maybe extended.

11 am – 6 pm (except early close on final day)

12 June 


Lockdown Landscapes is a photographic exhibition featuring works by Tony Egan and Adrian Cook on display at the Corner Gallery from the 11th to 21st June 2020.

Tony has been practicing photography seriously for over 30 years. His favourite medium is black and white film photography printed on silver gelatin paper in his own darkroom.

Black and white photographic film is essentially a minute layer of silver halides trapped in a layer of emulsion and when exposed to light, and later accelerated by a developing agent, forms an image of “negative” graduated grey tones.  His favourite subjects range from the dynamic atmosphere of live music, shooting fast and instinctively , to the contemplative landscapes which open up on long walks in more remote parts of the Australian bush and around the world.

To view an overview of Tony’s work please visit

Tony Egan’s darkroom studio offers a range of photography restoration and printing services including negative and slide scanning, dust/scratch removal, colour corrections and cropping.              visit:

Contact  Tony on 0407 709 660

Adrian is an award-winning portrait and documentary photographer and has worked for major advertising agencies and magazines worldwide for the last 25 years.  In early 2015, uninspired by the predictability and monotony of digital photography, Adrian began taking photographs using the wet plate collodion process in an effort to recreate the aesthetic qualities and characteristics lost with the demise of film.

To view an overview of Adrian’s work please visit

Contact Adrian on 0412 519 887

2 June


This is the piece that is inside the front doors before entering the main gallery as part of the Karla Kickens exhibition as part of the Biennale of Sydney, NIRIN.

The gallery opened for the first time since the COVID-19 shut down the day before my visit.  Having no idea what to expect there was so much to explore, sadly, hardly any people and loved wandering around, enjoying the spaces.  It was interesting to experience the gallery with so few general public there.

Here are some of my favourites and some I found more challenging.

SHADOW CATCHERS investigates the way shadows, body doubles and mirrors haunt our understanding of photography and the moving image.

A photograph is like a mirror, reflecting but also preserving a replica of the real. Like Alice’s looking glass, however, photographic images aren’t always exact transcriptions of reality. Their replicated scenes can bend the truth and bleed into illusion or abstraction.

Through photographs that use the mirror as a means of duplication and distortion, groups that operate as pictorial echoes, studies of split selves, and tributes to the looped structure of cinematic time, this exhibition contends with the complexity of the photographic and filmic mediums and the way images both reflect and refract reality.

SOME MYSTERIOUS PROCESS    50 years of collecting international contemporary art curated by Gallery director Michael Brand

Questions of what and how the Gallery collects underpins this exhibition of highlights from the international contemporary art collection, all acquired over the past 50 years.

The title quotes American artist Philip Guston musing on the act of making art: ‘There’s some mysterious process at work here which I don’t even want to understand.’ Guston’s painting East tenth 1977, features in the exhibition which asks: how does a public art museum collect the products of such mysterious human activity?

Some mysterious process weaves together multiple threads of history to tell the story of how the international contemporary collection has come together — through the alchemy of planning and serendipity, curation and philanthropy, and the evolution of societal expectations. In doing so, this exhibition provides a platform for thinking about future collecting as we look ahead to the completion of the Sydney Modern Project with its significant new spaces.

UNDER THE STARS  Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists highlight our shared understandings of the night sky.

This exhibition marks 250 years since Captain Cook landed at Kamay (Botany Bay). For his first voyage (1768-71), Cook had two main missions — to document the transit of Venus and to locate the ‘unknown southern land’. He documented the transit of Venus in 1769 and reached Kamay (Botany Bay) on 29 April 1770. Under the stars uses his first aim as a catalyst to bring to light the fascination with and the understandings of stars and the night sky.

With a focus on Indigenous knowledge, it presents an opportunity to explore – at a time when discussions of Cook will be dominated by questions of ownership – an expanse that is not owned and connects us all.


Ester Grau Quintana, Retaule dels penjats (Altarpiece of the Hanged People) 

Josep Grau-Garriga, Spain begun his artistic career in painting and drawing, when Grau-Garriga was still very young he became involved in the art of tapestry – a field which he would excel in from the late 1960s, as one of the leading proponents of the contemporary textile art movement.

More than 100 artists from 36 countries come together, across six venues, to take part in the major exhibition – while refuting the concepts that underpin it.  In the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, theme is everything. Curated by the Indigenous artist Brook Andrew, the title is Nirin – a Wiradjuri word meaning “edge” – with the accompanying public program titled Nirin Wir, or “edge of the sky”.

It was so nice to be back at the gallery and here are some other shots I took.

8 March 

An exhibition of drone and DSLR photographs of the Kimberley by Ivor Barnard

“Having been fascinated by the Ragged Ranges ever having since seen Richard Green’s photos, I have made several trips to the area over the last 5 or so years, approaching it by road, on foot and by helicopter.  About 80 km south of Kununurra, WA, in the eastern Kimberly, the range is not easily accessed, and there is precious little water.  The photos in this exhibition are the results of a trip made in winter 2019, exploring whether drone photography could provide teh aerial perspectives I was seeking”  Ivor Barnard

16 February

FIXED IN TIME Returns to The Corner Gallery

Showcasing various analogue, monochrome, photographic printing techniques using various image capture and printing techniques they have been  mastered over long careers.

The exhibition is a joint undertaking by four accomplished Australian photographers, each making images using different techniques:

Platinum palladium prints  |  Bob Kersey

Wet-plate works  |   Adrian Cook

Silver gelatine photographsTony Egan

Digital ink-jet prints  |  Philip Bell

26 January


Sydney Opera House Forecourt and Circular Quay

Photographs Thérèse O’Leary &  Luisa Fernanda Marmolejo Mendoza

Aussie music icons Vanessa Amorosi, John Williamson, The Original Seekers, Eurovision star Isaiah Firebrace, along with rockers Eskimo Joe, singing star Christine Anu, 2019 The Voice winner Diana Rouvas, opera supremo Daniel Belle, talented Indigenous vocal group KARI and world-renowned didgeridoo player William Barton will move the crowd with their epic ballads, including patriotic and unifying songs such as ‘I Am Australian’. Artists will be accompanied by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

19 January


Wander through the otherworldly interior of the Dodecalis Luminarium bathed in the radiant colours of daylight shining through its translucent fabric.  Architects of Air create enormous air-filled domes and mazes inspired by natural forms, geometric solids, and Islamic and Gothic architecture.  Designers Alan and Meko Parkinson’s creation expands on the geometry of a dodecahedron, with three jaw-dropping Dodecadomes joined by a web of tunnels, awash in intense, neon-bright natural light. 



29 November 

TRACING THE INLAND SEA  |  The Corner Gallery Stanmore

25 November 

STRATHFIELD COUNCIL HSC ART EXHIBITION  | Strathfield Library – Ironbark Gallery, Rochester Street Homebush

Some of my favourites from the  amazing and diverse artworks of talented local HSC Visual Arts students and guests.

8 November 

THE SHOP GALLERY  |  The opening of Still/Rage, Janet Kossy’s joint exhibition with Fran Munro, Sarah Gibson, Rosemary King, Fran Munro, Penny Ryan and Sue Young. There was a big crowd and difficult to get photos showing examples of all the different artists works. The Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe.

7 November 

ST PATRICK’S CHURCH  |  The Rocks, Sydney

6 November 

KOREAN CULTURAL CENTRE |  Sydney  PLAYLIST Exhibition to 15 November

Featuring a beautiful range of metalcraft and jewellery by 7 local artists; Bridget Kennedy, Daehoon Kang, Jin Ah Jo, Joungmee Do, Kenny Son, Leonie Simpson and Vicki Mason, Playlistshowcases contemporary craft practices in response to the personal experiences of each artist. Like a variety of playlist depending upon the mood, situation and taste of the day, each work is diverse yet individual and enables audiences to investigate an artist’s intention in-depth.




29 October

THE SHOW MUST GO ON  |  NSW Parliament House

A film shining a spotlight on mental wellbeing in the entertainment industry.  The film is the debut documentary from filmmaker and former Home and Away actor, Ben Steel and is produced by award-winning feature film and documentary producer Sue Maslin, The Dressmaker.

Filmed over three years, The Show Must Go On is an important and moving exploration of the mental health of the 42,000 people working in the Australian entertainment industry. While ‘show business’ is often seen as glamorous, fun, exciting, and well paid, recent and alarming world-first research from Entertainment Assist and Victoria University paints a darker picture for entertainment workers. Anxiety symptoms are 10 times higher, sleep disorders are 7 times higher and symptoms of depression are 5 times higher than the national average. Suicide attempts in the industry are double the national average.

13 August


There’s More to Soap than Meets the Eye

What can the humble soap molecule teach us bout the origins of life?  Anna Wang, a researcher at UNSW is researching how simple building blocks including soap can self-assemble into primitive synthetic cells and what this behaviour could mean for the origins of cell-based life on Earth and its potential to happen elsewhere in the universe.

PhD Projects  |  Origin of Life

7 August

Sydney Symphony Orchestra at Sydney’s Town hall

JEAN SIBELIUS (1865-19570
En Saga (A Saga)

EDVARD GRIEG (1843-1907)
Piano Concerto
Allegro motto moderato
Allegro moderato motto e marcato

HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803-1869)
Symphony fantastique
Daydreams (Largo) – Passions (Allegro agitato e appassionato assai)
A Ball (Valse Allegro non trope)
In the Fields (Adagio)
March to the Scaffold (Allegretto non trope)
Sabbath Night Dream (Larghetto – Allegro – Dies ire – Sabbath Round
(Un per retina) – Dies ire and Sabbath Round together)

Ground Floor,


28 July

TAKE ( ) AT FACE VALUE | until 27 September

Korean Cultural Centre Australia Gallery, Sydney

55 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Explores various aspects of modern Korean society through formats of contemporary art underpinning the stereotypes and bias that evolve around us. Spanning mixed media, photography, performance and painting, this exhibition will question the universal concepts that are revealed to us at face value. It is a rare opportunity to witness works from established contemporary Korean artists that have not had much exposure in the Australian art scene.

Artists: Kim Beom, Minja Gu, SaSa[44], Sulki and Min, Min Oh, Oan Kim, Choonman Jo, Ingo Baumgarten, Joo Jae Hwan, Nayoungim & Gregory Maass

6 July

Exhibition Opening | Alwy Fadhel

Lentil as Anything

27 May 


Head On Landscape exhibition at NSW Parliament House

This year the Head On Photo Festival is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The Parliament welcomed the Head On Landscape Prize back to the Fountain Court.  The exhibition will also feature finalists in the NSW Parliament Landscape Photography Prize; a prize awarded to the best photograph of a landscape within NSW.  The Head On Landscape Prize and NSW Parliament Landscape Photography Prize was launched in 2013 to encourage a new perspective of an old genre to push creative boundaries and promote work that is informed, but not limited, by traditional practices.

Many photos stood out, this one, in particular, left much sadness in my heart.  Photography by Nicholas Moir ‘Death on the Darling’ ‘A red kangaroo drawn to the last drops of water left in the Darling River system became stuck in the thick mud in the centre of Lake Cawndilla near Menindee. Dozens of roos, sheep, goats and emus became stuck too far into the lake to rescue and were so close to death that they had to be put down. Extreme drought and high temperatures along with poor water management has left the Darling river a barren crack in the land with only a few miles of blue-green algae-filled water near’Menindee that is now filled with the dying carcasses of fish.’

20 May

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman annual exhibition at the NSW Art Gallery. Some quick snaps with my phone. The Archibald Prize is awarded to the best portrait painting. The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture, while the Sulman Prize is given to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.

9 May

CAPTURED  Portraits of Crime 1870 – 1930 | Touring Exhibition

Some of the compelling stories behind the faces of crime with guest speaker Senior Curator of NSW State Archives Dr Penny Stannard.  Penny wanted to create something meaningful from the 46,000 records.  Photography was new, something for the upper classes and it was a scandal that photos were being taken of criminals. The photos were taken in their own clothes and were originally quite stiff as people need to sit for some time in front of the camera.  The cameras had a stereoscopic lens and the use of glass plates. By the 1920s people were used to being in front of cameras.  Photos were are the discretion of the jailor.

The Crimes Act had 5 categories – against persons, against property, currency offenses, against good order and petty offenses. It was interesting thinking of the methods of punishment and how crimes have changed such as vagabond, which is homelessness.  The first divorce law was in 1873.

Going through all the files, the archivists used their immediate emotive response as a starting point, then choosing which people to focus on.  Who are these people, their circumstances, what are their individual stories then looking into getting representation in areas such as crimes, places, people and gender.  The records are closed for 75 years, up to about 1930.

Online Exhibition eBook

Searching for a record

25 April

Two-Up at my local.  It is a traditional Australian gambling game played on ANZAC Day in pubs and clubsthroughoutt Australia.  It is suggested that all winnings are donated to LEGACY.

14 April

Maggie Stein’s linoprints at the Corner Gallery, Stanmore

Out and about around Stanmore.  Loved how one home had organised for their fruit tree.

4 April

Addison Road Community Centre 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville

The site – previously an Army Depot – is home to more than 20 community organisations and artists; galleries; a theatre; radio station; park; and organic gardens. From an important indigenous water source and hunting grounds, to a 19th century dairy and market garden, to a military transit depot from World War I to the Vietnam War, in 1976 the centre was created by community activists as a green space and dynamic location for multicultural, artistic and children’s activities. In 2015, the ARCCO launched a Living Museum project to highlight the history of the site and its ongoing evolution.

The self-guided Heritage Trail is available every day, but may be less readily accessible on Sundays, when the centre hosts the Marrickville Organic Food Market.

31 March


Curious Visions

ARTEXPRESS is a joint venture of the NSW Department of Education and the NSW Education Standards Authority. It is a series of exhibitions of exemplary bodies of work created by students for the 2018 New South Wales Higher School Certificate. The bodies of work represent a broad range of subject matter, approaches, styles and media that reflect the high quality of Visual Arts education in New South Wales.

This year’s ARTEXPRESS at the Armory is titled Curious Visions. Curiosity is a desire to seek, understand and learn something unusual or interesting. The quality of being curious is an element of the creative process, where an artist’s inquisitiveness leads them to explore issues, subject matter and develop a visual language to express and communicate. A creative vision involves the capacity to explore or contemplate an ideal with imagination.

Through creative endeavours and focus, artists have been driven by their curiosity to observe closely, to understand the world, to master materials and to resolve their body of work. The process of creating an artwork finds its genesis in an idea, a sketch or a vision that develops form through the process of experimentation and artistic practice.

ARTEXPRESS: Curious Visions presents an exhibition of contemporary artistic practices and highlights the transforming role of art, and the impact of current affairs, social media and popular culture upon emerging artists. In turn, the artist’s curious vision inspires a response in the viewer.

ARTEXPRESS: Curious Visions explores several themes through the exhibition:
Materialising visions Passage of time Inquiring commentary
Urban metropolis Personal encounters Conscious subconscious
Family matters Curious nature Instinctive land

With works by 61 students, this year’s Armory Gallery presentation is again the largest of all the metropolitan exhibitions.

27 March


23 March


City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Take a stroll across the bright heartland of American folk music with this joyous show that pays homage to the now legendary soundtrack from the Coen Brothers’ hit film. Line-up includes The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Tommy Dean, Luke Escombe and Brian Campeau. After selling out three years running and featuring at the 2016 Spectrum Now and Vivid festivals, this spectacular show will scale new heights in the dramatic setting of City Recital Hall.

Hosted by The Morrisons (nominated for bluegrass recording of the year at 2018 Golden Guitars) the show features performances from Aria award winners  All Our Exes Live In Texas, comedian and ABC stalwart Tommy Dean, musical raconteur Luke Escombe and Canadian singer songwriter Brian Campeau. With such a stella cast of artists playing such joyous music this is a show not be missed.

20 March 

“Roads to Ruin – Taking its toll on Sydney”

I have been so disheartened to see the way this Westconnex project has been pushed through by the NSW Government and bureaucrats,  behind closed doors, using billions of dollars of public funds and treating the citizens of Sydney with appalling disrespect and lack of care, that I felt compelled to do something.  I have witnessed first hand people affected by forced acquisitions, tunneling and damage to houses, noise and toxic pollution  plus the devastating impact on thousands of citizens mental health. I have spoken to planning, health and transport experts who have all been ignored and I have seen suburbs and communities torn apart.

So I decided to make ‘Roads to Ruin’, and for months I have been making this 24 minute documentary. I have been overwhelmed with peoples support  in time, energy and footage and have received thousands of dollars of in kind support, donations and assistance in many ways and now I  just need a few more thousand dollars to complete it. I have one week to raise the needed $4,000 to cover editing costs etc and then to launch it, before the state election.  I really hope you can chip in something to help us reach the target.

28 February


On a world trip from Hamburg, Germany to Hamburg Germany – Itinerary

Queen Victoria’s Current Position


Art Work On Display

MCA lift looking out to Sydney Harbour

DAVID GOLDBLATT:  PHOTOGRAPHS  1948 – 2018 | MCA Australia

Internationally renowned photographer David Goldblatt extensive exhibition documenting South Africa’s peoples, places and history and turbulent history with a quiet determination and unflinching sense of what is right and just, and what is not.  Featuring over 350 photographs that make up his compelling portrayal of the rise and dismantling of apartheid.


David Goldblatt’s photographs are a subtle challenge to oppression



FIRST FLEET SHIPS  were built by modelmakers Lynne and Laurie Hadley following nine years of painstaking research into original plans, drawings and British archival documents. Each ship is built on a 1:48 scale,from western red cedar or Syrian cedar.


This exhibition explores the candid street photography prolific on Sydney’s streets during the mid-20th century. Drawn from hundreds of private family albums, this extraordinary record of the city and its people provides a glimpse into everyday life during the Depression, World War II and postwar years.  These photographs are displayed alongside contemporary reimaginings by photo-media artist Anne Zahalka.

What do the city and its citizens look like today?  Sydney photographers Tawfik Elgazzar and Roslyn Sharp have revisited locations identified in the historical street photographs and reframed patterns and movements with modern subjects, capturing people out and about.


From sewers to skyscrapers, this world-premiere interactive children’s exhibition reveals the secret workings of the city. How Cities Work has been developed by Sydney Living Museums in collaboration with illustrator and city fanatic James Gulliver Hancock, and is adapted from the bestselling book How Cities Work from Lonely Planet Kids.


A chart of the Indian Ocean and East Indies showing the European discoveries of the Australian continent made before Tasman. The Kangaroo Route, Qantas World Routes, 1958. Designed by Anne Drew, marked the launch by Qantas in 1958 of the world’s first all-het round-the-world service.Photographs by Louise Whelan. Each year, approximately 190,000 people migrate to Australia. Most come to work or be near family, and less than 10% have a refugee background.


Cartographica: Sydney on the map. An exhibition of reproduced maps with a focus on Sydney

Latitude 33.51’S

Longitude 151.2’E

This exhibition brings together a series of reproduced maps with a focus on Sydney, captured through the cartographic traditions of mapmakers.  It is a fascinating account of the factors that have shaped our city, highlighting some of the many different ways mapmakers have documented its evolution and guided our journeys.

CUSTOMS HOUSE  31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

During additions to Customs House in the late 19th century, the height of the building was increased and a frieze of cared medallions added to the north facade on two levels.   The names of six British imperial colonies are inscribed in the centre at third floor level, while eight significant colonial ports are named on the eastern and western wings at the fourth level.


Commemorates the landing place of the first European settlers to arrive in Sydney and is significant as an early contact site.  The large terrazzo relief map commemorates the bicentenary of the founding of European settlement in Sydney.   It features a map of Sydney Cove/Warrane drawn from historical maps and documents and showing the layout of the town in 1808.


Small brass discs in the footpath paving along east Circular Quay inscribed ‘1788 shoreline’ mark the location of the natural shoreline of Sydney Cove/Warrane in 1788.  As the shoreline was modified to create Circular Quay and provide improved facilities for maritime transport, the shoreline was reclaimed.   The first of those alterations is mapped by a band of white granite.  There are other brass landmarks along Circular Quay, the 1844 shoreline and the Writer’s Walk. 

WINDINESS:  The Scout Compass of Discovery  

Harnesses the power and changing direction of the wind to prompt imagined and real journeys of discovery.   The bronze map in the centre of the ground plane is inscribed with place names, many significant to Scouts.   Extending out from the map are lines of text accompanied by a distance and a direction for each of the 16 points of the compass.

OBELISK, Macquarie Place Park

The sandstone obelisk was erected in 1818 and is recognised as the geographic centre point of 19th century Sydney.   It continues to be the point from which all official distances in NSW are surveyed, measured and mapped.  Nearby, small bronze birds sculpted by renowned artist Tracey Emin are part of a sculpture installation entitled ‘the Distance of Your Heart’.


For over a century, the Lands Department was the government workplace of surveyors and cartographers who were responsible for creating and publishing maps of New South Wales.   The Datum Bench Mark Plug is the baseline for all height levels above sea level in NSW.  Around the facade of the building are statues commemorating prominent men including explorers, surveyors and naturalists.


The State Library of New South Wales holds the state’s largest public collection of maps.  The vestibule features a floor map of part of the coastline of the Australian continent compiled from observations by Dutch navigator, Abel Tasman in the mid-17th century.  His discoveries were made over a century before the eastern coastline was charted on Captain James Cook’s voyage on HMS Endeavour.


As Sydney grew, its streets and thoroughfares followed many of the Gadigal tracks and pathways used for travel and trade.  Pitt Street, which followed the Tank Stream, was one important thoroughfare.  Another, George Street, led westwards away from Sydney Cove/Warrane.   The Tank Stream, now an active stormwater channel, is largely buried beneath the city.

27 February




that which we do not remember

William Kentridge emerged as an artist during the apartheid regime in South Africa. Grounded in the violent absurdity of that period in his country’s history, his artworks draw connections between art, ideology, history and memory.

Curated by the artist, this exhibition encourages viewers to trace visual and thematic links between diverse aspects of his practice, from his engagement with opera to his interest in early cinema, from his inimitable animated drawings to sculpture and works on paper.

The exhibition features loans from the collection of Naomi Milgrom AO and the artist’s studio, in addition to works held by the Art Gallery of NSW. It includes one of Kentridge’s most ambitious and celebrated video installations – I am not me, the horse is not mine 2008 – a major new addition to the Gallery’s collection, donated by Anita Belgiorno-Nettis AM and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis AM.


A unique collection of European modern masters from The State Hermitage Museum collection in St Petersburg including Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, Matisse, Gauguin, Kandinsky, Malevich,  Bonnard, Denis, Pissarro, de Vlaminck, Derain, Delaunay-Terk, Rousseau and Friesz,

After the revolutions of 1917, the buildings and the masterpieces they housed were nationalised, with the Winter Palace becoming the face of the Hermitage as a public art museum.

Between the Impressionists and Malevich’s ‘Black Square’, the modern movement saw the evolution of modern art with the sacrifice of conventional accuracy, even breaking up and reorganising the elements of nature.  The masterpieces range from paintings where impressionist artists worked readily using the fleeting effects of light and weather without attempting to conceal the broken brushstrokes to ignoring the familiar appearances of objects focusing on the spectator’s emotional response to colour, shape, line and composition.  Shapes are dissected, becoming multifaceted so that several points of view can be seen within a single image.

The works during this time move to the use of abstract qualities of paint to express the intimate psychic relationships between people and their familiar surroundings.  Strong, discordant colours and energetic, freely handled brushwork created a sensation and the introduction of a new concept of colour as an independent and expressive element of their painting rather than an incidental feature subordinate to drawing.

16 February


“Gloriously melodramatic, extraordinary musical prowess and breathless panache…ensemble playing at it’s finest” (The Drum).

With sensitivity, virtuosity, & astonishing energy, Triple ARIA Award-winning band Monsieur Camembert brilliantly weaves Gypsy music with other World Music styles, to create a truly original, irresistibly potent blend. Or as The Age put it, “a brazen and intoxicating blend of jazz, Gypsy Swing, Latin & East European influences. Monsieur Camembert has received standing ovations around the globe, with acclaimed performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the International Leonard Cohen Festival to name just a couple of highlights.

“They pick you up & carry you on a wave of energy, excitement & poignancy that never relents….the band play with such cohesion, energy & abandon that I experienced an emotion so foreign I barely recognised it: elation. Simply the best Gypsy band in the land! ” (John Shand, SMH).

14 February

DISSCONNEX EXHIBITION  Michael Bianchino, Peter Donahue & Walter Maurice  Exploring the destructive and resounding impact of teh major infrastructure project WestConnex which is a colossal mega tunnelling project for proposed toll roads beneath Sydney Inner West and Western Suburbs.  There are images of those displaced and triumphant in the face of great adversity.  Landscapes that trace, map an dexpose the scale and magnitude of destruction.  The zines explore the long and hard-fought battle by activists, artists and poets and politicians opposing WestConnex.  Also exploring the lives of htose that have faced having their homes and lives unequivocally changed by the WestConnex Project.

THE PERCEIVED REALITY  Landscape in its real and imaginative form, playing with the viewers perspective of looking at the work straight.  An illusionary record of the real landscape while referring to the actual conditions existing in it, it neither reflects nor does it portray the reality directly.

TWO-DOWN  Frankie Chow & Alana Wesley  Videos, performances, photographs and objectsthat collectively critique the construction of Australian identities and unveil the bloody legends behind the regional mining city of Broken Hill.  A project about culture, gender, nationality and mateship.  But also beer.

11 February


A Scholar’s Feast: Old and New

An exhibition that unfolds the traditional food culture and art of Korea. Introducing aspects of Cheongju’s local culture in connection with the spirit of Confucian Scholars (Seonbi) and food. The food on a Seonbi’s table is prepared for one person and one person only.

Introducing artworks to the heritage of food culture based on the culture of craftwork in Cheongju and the spirit of Confucian Scholars (Seonbi).

The artists:

CHEONGJU CRAFT BIENNALE 23.9.2019 – 22.10.2019 40 days.

The world’s largest Craft Biennanle covering all the fields of craft arts. Application period 1.5.2019 to 31.5.2019


Jikji (Korean pronunciation: [tɕiktɕ͈i]) is the abbreviated title of a Korean Buddhist document, whose title can be translated “Anthology of Great Buddhist Priests’ Zen Teachings”. Printed during the Goryeo Dynasty in 1377, it is the world’s oldest extant book printed with movable metal type. UNESCO confirmed Jikji as the world’s oldest metalloid type in September 2001 and includes it in the Memory of the World Programme.

This early printing museum, located on the site of Heungdeoksa Temple in which Jikji, the world’s oldest extant book, printed by movable metal type, was printed, was founded on March 17, 1992. Since the technology’s inception, Korea has substantially developed its metal-type printing methods. In this museum, approximately 650 artifacts including ancient movable metal and wooden print books from the Goryeo and Joseon periods, relics from the Heungdeoksaji Temple site (흥덕사지) and printing tools are on display. Here, visitors can learn about the history of the Korean printing technologies and culture. 

In addition to exhibition, the museum has been promoted to hold the Cheongju International Printing & Publishing Fair, to study early printing culture and printing types and to publish museum journals and early printing-related papers.

Korean Cultural Centre Australia – Sydney
Ground Floor, 255 Elizabeth St. Sydney NSW 2000
Tel. 02 8267 3400

26 January



Cartographica: Sydney on the map. An exhibition of reproduced maps with a focus on Sydney at Custom House until Sep ’19. Unfortunately the glass made photos difficult with my mobile.

Latitude 33.51’S
Longitude 151.2’E

Cartography, the art and science of making maps, has its origins in ancient civilisation. Until the 20th century and the proliferation of satellite technology, our ability to navigate land, sea and sky relied on human powers of observation and an understanding of the patterns of terrestrial, maritime and celestial landscapes.

The Gadigal people and the surrounding clans of the Eora Nation have navigated this place we now call Sydney for tens of thousands of years. More recently, it has been mapped by Europeans and is now photographed from space for use on our personal devices. This exhibition brings together a series of reproduced maps with a focus on Sydney, captured through the cartographic traditions of mapmakers.

It is a fascinating account of the factors that have shaped our city, highlighting some of the many different ways mapmakers have documented its evolution and guided our journeys.


The home of the Governor of NSW, located adjacent to the Royal Botanical Gardens and overlooking Sydney Harbour surrounded by their own beautiful gardens in this amazing setting.


The Calyx, a world-class horticultural exhibition space and the theme of the current display is Plants with Bite. The exhibition tells the story of the captivating and bizarre world of carnivorous plants. As fascinating as they are horrifying, these plants are truly a miracle of evolution. Sun, soil and sky – this is all most plants need to survive. Yet carnivorous plants can thrive in inhospitable environments by luring, trapping, killing and digesting insects.

At this free floral display you’ll get to see the iconic Venus flytrap: an example of a ‘snap trap’. You can also observe the ‘pitfall’, ‘flypaper’, ‘lobster-pot’ and ‘bladder’ styles of traps. Combining botany with hands-on activities, Plants with Bite showcases these fascinating plants while bringing awareness to the ways in which many species are currently under threat due to habitat loss.

Curated by horticulturalists at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, this is the largest vertical floral wall in the southern hemisphere.


The Australia Day Live concert included a flotilla of yachts, jet skis, flyboarders on the harbour with fireworks broadcast live on ABC, Australian Television. A wonderful event and well worth it and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra was just wonderful along with the many talented artists.

19 January


In some of the shots you can see the smoke from the two cannons as part of the Tchaikovsky Festival Overture finale together with the fireworks. A magical evening.
Dmitri Shostakovich (Russian, 1906–1975)
Festive Overture
John Williams (American, born 1932)
Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Austrian, 1756–1791)
Finale from the Horn Concerto No.4, K.495
Ben Jacks, horn
Hua Yanjun (Chinese, 1893–1950)
Re ection of the Moon on the Lake at Erquan
John Williams
Highlights from Star Wars: Imperial March
Cantina Music
Main Title
Gioachino Rossini (Italian, 1792–1868)
Galop (aka the Lone Ranger Theme)
from the overture to the opera William Tell
Percy Grainger (Australian, 1882–1961)
The Nightingale and the Two Sisters from the Danish Folk-Song Suite
Edvard Grieg (Norwegian, 1843–1907)
Highlights from music for Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt: Morning Mood
Anitra’s Dance
In the Hall of the Mountain King
Ennio Morricone (Italian, born 1928)
Theme from The Mission Diana Doherty, oboe
Josef Strauss (Austrian, 1827–1870)
Music of the Spheres – Waltz
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russian, 1840–1893)
1812 – Festival Overture

14 January

STAR WARS™ Identities: The Exhibition

PowerHouse Museum, Sydney.

Who would you be if you were a character from Star Wars™? Find out as you build your own personal and unique Star Wars hero in this interactive exhibition featuring 200 original Star Wars objects.

Designed for visitors of all ages, explore your own identity and learn about the forces that shape you through a series of interactive stations within the exhibition. Each answer you give will define a unique Star Wars character that you’ll create and meet at the end of the exhibition.

Along the way, discover rare treasures from the Lucasfilm archives and see original costumes, props, models and artworks up close as you go behind the scenes of the movie-making process. There’s BB-8, R2-D2, the Millennium Falcon, Yoda from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™, Darth Vader’s suit from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi™, plus so much more!

May the Force Be With You.

Some more from the Powerhouse



7 December

Exhibition at Townsville Airport of images donated to the airport by Arch Fraley. He was based in Townsville and Charters Towers during World War II as a photographer/waist gunner in the 5th Bomber Group (USAAF). General Douglas MacArthur arriving at Garbutt Air Base late 1944, his aircraft “Bataan”.

30 October


Sculpture by the Sea returns to the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk as the world’s largest free to the public sculpture exhibition. See the spectacular coastal walk transformed into a 2km long sculpture park over three weeks featuring 
100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.


‘Feast of K-Chopsticks: Korean Craft & Design’. As part of the Sydney Craft Week(@sydneycraftweek) will showcase the culture of chopsticks and contemporary chopsticks designs from Korea and more.

Feast your eyes on Korean craft and design! Spanning relics, artifacts and handicrafts, showcasing a wide variety of artistic chopsticks related to local craftsmanship in Korea.

Chopsticks are widely used across East Asia, and are commonly used by around 30 per cent of the global population. Although the shape of the sticks differs from country to country, one thing remains constant: they are comprised of two identical sticks. The factor that most influences the design of the chopsticks is local cuisine and local cooking traditions.

Recent chopstick designs make you want to hold them. When holding chopsticks of various shades and colours, the hand becomes part of the design. From earthy designs using materials found in nature, to use of eco-friendly non-toxic materials, such as silicon and corn, chopsticks continue to evolve.


Chinese Calligraphy and Traditional Chinese Painting Art Exhibition

The exhibition featured artworks by members of Council’s Chinese Calligraphy and Traditional Chinese Painting Art Class.  A range of exhibitions from our culturally diverse communities are scheduled during 2018.

25 October

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23 October


Alexander McKenzie: The Adventurous Gardener

For McKenzie the landscape is both a place for contemplation and a metaphor for personal journeys. Created entirely in his mind’s eye and conjured from imagination and memory, his uninhabited landscapes are places that do not exist but are a means of exploring personal and historical narratives through symbols and metaphors.

McKenzie, six times a finalist in the Archibald Art Prize and a nine time finalist in the Wynne Prize, knew he wanted to be an artist from a young age. Born into a creative Scottish family, Alexander’s artistic pursuits were encouraged from an early age. McKenzie eschews the glorious light and unique and diverse landscape of Australia, as well as the abstraction favoured by his contemporaries. Instead, his works have a closer affinity with the landscape and environment of Europe and Asia: the islands, lochs, and lush emerald-coloured hills of his ancestral homeland of Scotland; the ornate and formal Renaissance gardens of France and Italy, and the Edo period gardens of Japan that are loaded with symbolism.

50th National Pottery Competition and Exhibition 20 Oct 2018 – 30 Oct 2018 A biennial competition run by the Port Hacking Potters group.

19, 20, 21 October


SHOPLIFTERS – Japan (Winner – Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2018)

A Japanese couple stuck with part-time jobs and hence inadequate incomes avail themselves of the fruits of shoplifting to make ends meet. They are not alone in this behaviour. The younger and the older of the household are in on the act. The unusual routine is about to change from care-free and matter-of-fact to something more dramatic, however, as the couple open their doors to a beleaguered teenager. The reasons for the family and friends’ habit and their motivations come under the microscope.

THE INSULT – Lebanon (Nominated – Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards 2018)

In today’s Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court. From secret wounds to traumatic revelations, the media circus surrounding the case puts Lebanon through a social explosion, forcing Toni and Yasser to reconsider their lives and prejudices.

WAJIB – THE WEDDING INVITATION – Palestine (Nominated – FIPRESCI Prize, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2018)

A father and his estranged son must come together to hand deliver his daughter’s wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom.

KEDI – Turkey

Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the streets of Istanbul, neither wild nor tame. This is the story of seven of them.

For millennia, cats have roamed the city of Istanbul. Granted freedom and respect, they wander in and out of people’s lives, an essential part of this rich and proud city. Claiming no owners, they live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame. They bring joy and purpose to those they choose to adopt, acting as mirrors to the people of Istanbul and allowing them to reflect on their lives in unique and touching ways.

Observing the lives of seven very different cats, and the people who know them, Kedi is an enlightening and heart-warming examination of one of our oldest animal companions, and the ways they enrich our lives.


Sarah is Israeli and runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is a Palestinian deliveryman from East Jerusalem.

Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on an illicit affair with potentially catastrophic consequences. When a risky late-night tryst goes awry and threatens to expose them, their frantic efforts to salvage what’s left of their lives only escalate things further.

16 October


Coming into its seventh year, the Walkley Documentary Award recognises excellence in documentary production that is grounded in the principles of journalism– accuracy, impact, public benefit, ethics, creativity, research and reporting – together with rigorous filmmaking.  Documentaries may encompass an in-depth examination of issues of local, national or international importance or of contemporary or historic events and include investigative, biographical and first person stories that reflect the emotion and drama of the human experience.

A shortlist of three finalists was announced on October 11 for the 2018 Walkley Documentary Award:

  • Myanmar’s Killing Fields, Evan Williams, Eve Lucas and Georgina Davies, Dateline, SBS
  • The Song Keepers, Rachel Clements, Naina Sen and Trisha Morton-Thomas, Brindle Films, Indigo Productions and NITV
  • Trump/Russia, Four Corners Trump/Russia team, Four Corners, ABC TV


UNDENIABLE:  Inside Australia’s Biggest Cover-Up, Paul Kennedy and Ben Knight, ABC TV

ABC journalist and author Paul Kennedy investigates the cover-up of decades of abuse in religious and state institutions, from elite inner-city schools to remote aboriginal missions.   Kennedy has reported on this issue since the mid-1990s and was determined to raise awareness of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse so key recommendations would be adopted by governments.

Trump/Russia (episode 1), Four Corners Trump/Russia team, Four Corners, ABC TV

Award-winning investigative reporter Sarah Ferguson follows the spies and the money trail from Washington, to London, to Moscow.  In part one of Four Corners’ three-part examination of Russia’s activities in the US Presidential elections and their wider strategy, this film tracks the ties between Trump, his business empire and Russia.

Myanmar’s Killing Fields, Evan Williams, Eve Lucas and Georgina Davies, Dateline, SBS

A special investigation into the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar’s security forces used systematic rape and terror tactics to expel hundreds of thousands of Rohingya from teh country.   The film is being used as a key reference point by investigators from the US State Department and the UN Fact Finding Mission

You See Monsters, Tony Jackson and David Collins, Chemical Media and ABC TV

The Artsville documentary explores the work of a new generation of Australian Muslim artists who are asserting their own agency and fighting anti-Islamic bigotry with satire, imagination and irreverence.   The film chronicles the creative endeavors of six contemporary Australian Muslims artists whose work responds to the political crisis surrounding Islam.

The Song Keepers, Naina Sen, Rachel Clements, and Trisha Morton-Thomas, Brindle Films, Indigo Productions and NITV

Against all odds and with the help of their charismatic conductor, the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir embarks on a historic tour of Germany to take back the hymns that were given to their great-grandparents by German missionaries, now sung in their own Aboriginal languages.   Together they share their music and stories of cultural survival, identity and cross-cultural collaboration.

My Mother’s Lost Children, Danny Ben-Moshe, Lizzette Atkins and Rhian Skirving, Unicorn Films and ABC TV

An eccentric Jewish Australian family is thrown into turmoil when two lost children reappear after 40 years.  Set across five countries, My Mother’s Lost Children is the story of Melbourne filmmaker Danny Ben-Moshe’s extraordinary family saga.  To discover the truth about his two lost siblings, Danny and his family unravel a web of secrets and lies as they attempt to put the past to rest.

15 October


Celebrating the 100th anniversary of one of Australia’s best-known children’s books.  The much-loved characters of Norman Lindsay’s classic The Magic Pudding star in this exhibition featuring his 1959 watercolour paintings.  On display will be reproductions of original drawings from the book’s first edition in 1918, alongside watercolours produced in 1959 for The Magic Pudding puppet show.   

The exhibition includes reproductions of original drawings from the book’s first edition in 1918, alongside watercolours produced in 1959 for The Magic Pudding puppet show.  These works inspired the Marionette Theatre Company’s Tintookie puppets, which bring Lindsay’s characters to life.     A small selection of Lindsay’s original drawings will also be on view in the Amaze Gallery.

Link to the Exhibition Guide


Click on the blue rectange on the web page for the online catelogue.
More than 300 original artworks from the Library’s unique collection of landscape and portrait paintings on permanent public display. The selected works range from the 1790s to today. The exhibition features portraits of the extraordinary and the everyday, rare and recent views of Sydney and the harbour, suburban streetscapes and burgeoning rural townscapes.


Miles Franklin’s final diary, discovered in an old family suitcase before it was donated to the Library in 2018; and a four-metre wide hand-drawn, coloured plan of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with a selection of alternative proposals for the Bridge.

We’re also celebrating the 100th anniversary of Norman Lindsay’s children’s book The Magic Pudding(which has never been out of print).

See Lindsay’s original drawings for a Magic Pudding puppet show, a copy of a first edition published in 1918, and a letter from Lindsay to his friend, literary critic Bertram Stevens, which reveals that the inspiration for the book came from a bet between these two men.


Our UNESCO World Heritage collections are displayed together for the very first time in our beautiful new galleries.   These items of international significance include our unrivalled collection of Frist Fleet journals, personal diaries from the Frist Wrold War and the world’s largest glass-plate negatives of Sydney Harbour taken in 1875.  Displayed here together for the first time are the six State Library collections on the UNESCO Memory of the World registers.

The Australian Memory of the World program is one of 60 worldwide. It recognises and protects heritage documents that are significant for Australia and the world. On the list are our First Fleet journals, World War 1 diaries, the Holtermann photographic collection, Dorothea Mackellar’s poetry notebook, and papers of ‘enemy aliens’ interned in Australia from 1914 to 1919.

In 2017, three giant glass-plate negatives from the Holtermann photographic collection were successfully nominated as the Library’s first listing on the UNESCO Memory of the World international register, joining only five other inscriptions from Australia.


Extraordinary images of late 19th and early 29th century Sydney in transition, captured by the Macpherson family over a 50-year period.   The recently acquired Macpherson photonegative collection provides a rare personal record of one Australian family’s life and the world around them.  Over 70 images, including original glass-late negatives, all be on public display for the first time.


Help us find out by sharing your portrait on Instagram using the hashtag #NewSelfWales, or by taking a photo of yourself in this interactive exhibition. Your portrait will feature alongside thousands of others from the Library’s collection and from people around NSW.


We’re excited to be presenting a new project by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, who has collaborated with four Sydney elders – Uncle Chicka, Aunty Esme, Aunty Sandra and Uncle Dennis – to tell a very personal story of Aboriginal Sydney and how these elders have continued the legacy of their ancestors by actively contributing to and creating Sydney

FINALISTS 2018 NIKON-WALKLEY Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism

Lukas Coch has been named the winner of the 2018 Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year Prize for “Linda Burney Airborne”. It’s a news image rich in emotion and deeper significance, as described by photographer Lukas Coch: “For Burney it was a bittersweet moment—her son, who was gay, had died just six weeks before. For all of those who campaigned so hard for so many years, it was both a happy day and a day far too long in coming.”

You can view the finalists’ hero images in The Walkley Magazine online here.


  • Matthew Abbott, The New York Times, Oculi, ABC and The Australian
  • Dean Lewins,, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Australian and Time
  • Andrew Quilty, The New York Times, Human Rights Watch, National Geographic Magazine, Politic and The Guardian


  • Lukas Coch, AAP, “Linda Burney Airborne”
  • Jenny Evans, Getty Images and The Daily Telegraph, “Life Saver”
  • Andrew Quilty, The New York Times, “‘It’s a Massacre’: Blast in Kabul Deepens Toll of a Long War”


  • Scott Barbour, Getty Images, “Sport 2017—2018”
  • Brett Costello, The Daily Telegraph, “No Limits”
  • Craig Golding, AAP, “Body of Work ”


  • Jenny Evans, Getty Images, “Louth Races”
  • David Gray, Reuters Wider Image, “Drought From Above”
  • Chris Hopkins, SBS Online Documentaries, “My Name is Yunus”

Winners are also announced for four photography prizes.


  • Winner: Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury, “Trapped in the Wrong Body”


  • Winner: Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury, “Sea of Emotions”


  • Winner: Matthew Abbott, ABC Online, “Not a farmer’s wife”


  • Winner: Lukas Coch, AAP, “Linda Burney Airborne”

Plein Air 2018

11 October

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an acquisitive art prize of $20,000, awarded for the best ‘plein air’ painting of NSW subject. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an annual event and is recognised by plein air artists throughout Australia. The Parliament of NSW encourages all artists to enter this landscape painting prize, with finalists and semi-finalists exhibited at the Parliament of NSW, Sydney in October 2018.

2017 winner Rachel Ellis  ‘Bentinck St, Bathurst’  Oil on board  30 x 40 cm

The term ‘en plein air’ refers to the practice of painting out of doors, in direct engagement with nature, where the transitory effects of light can be observed and recorded. Contemporary Australian artists paint ‘en plein air’ both in the bush and the city. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize encourages artists to embrace the tradition and feel of ‘plein air’ to create new art works depicting subjects in the beautiful state of NSW. Painting in the tradition of ‘en plein air’ allows the artist to capture something more than just the depiction of a landscape, adding mood and atmosphere to the setting.  It was first popularised by Monet and Renoir before coming to Australia through Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize celebrates this unique artistic endeavour and encourages artists to get out into the open air to capture the beautiful landscapes of our state.

Some of the paintings I enjoyed at this year’s Plein Air Painting Prize.

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an acquisitive art prize of $20,000, awarded for the best ‘plein air’ painting of NSW subject. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an annual event and is recognised by plein air artists throughout Australia. The Parliament of NSW encourages all artists to enter this landscape painting prize, with finalists and semi-finalists exhibited at the Parliament of NSW, Sydney in October 2018.

Her remarkable painting Bentinck St, Bathurst is now on exhibit in the Parliament’s Fountain Court, together with highly commended works by Craig Handley and Joanna Logue and the extraordinary paintings of all the 45 finalists. Rachel’s painting will become part of the permanent collection of the NSW Parliament, joining previous winners of the prize including Robert Malherbe, Guy Maestri, John Bokor, Isabel Gomez, Rodney Pople, Euan Macleod and Noel McKenna.

13 September

107 Exhibitions Redfern

Super Riso 2 –  An all-riso group show showcasing and celebrating the art of risograph printing.  Instagram

Luke John Mathhew Arnold, Alisa Croft, Max Howard, Anu Kilpelainen, Micke Lindebergh, Nico, Oscar Nimmo, Ian Shoebridge, Kris Andrew Small,

Risograph is a brand of digital duplicators manufactured by the Riso Kagaku Corporation, that are designed mainly for high-volume photocopying and printing. It was released in Japan in August 1986.

Women Past, Future Present is a portrait of six women from the Redfern community.  An exhibition by Missy Dempsey.

Jinny-Jane Smith: Aboriginal Liaison Officer – Inner Sydney Voice
Syrenne Anu: Digital Photographer at Ngakkan Nyaagu
Kat Dopper: Founder of Heaps Gay
Sarah Clifford: Kindergarten Teacher and education enthusiast
Doctor Marie Healy: Redfern Station Medical GP
Abigail David: Indigenous Digital Excellence Programs Facilitator

By contrasting audio and visual elements, artist Missy Dempsey has created a combined sensory experience consisting of 6 digitally printed portraits and 6 interview recordings.

In the interviews, she discusses the women’s lives and the role that technology plays in it. Many of the inventions people rely on today were created in a very short span of time – tens of years as opposed to hundreds. This is highlighted in the portraits by exaggerating the amount of time that has elapsed between the past and now; the subjects are dressed in clothing from years gone by, but interacting with modern elements.

11 August


This seminar will look at the revised NSW planning laws that became operational in March 2018, with a specific focus on changes to urban planning processes.

Presentation by Ms Jemilah Hallinan, Outreach Director, NSW Environmental Defender’s Office

Background:  In the second reading of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Bill Amendment Bill 2017, Mr Scott MacDonald, MLC stated:  “This Bill builds on the Government’s agenda to cut red tape, and provide a faster and more flexible planning system for government and the communities we represent.”

Cut red tape”… “faster and more flexible planning system”… these words are alarm bells for those concerned with thoroughness of assessment and dedication to genuine consultation, especially where concurrences are needed from other Departments on specialist areas of regulation.

The second reading speech further spoke of “enhancements to community participation, increased strategic planning, improved design, and provided more efficient approvals from New South Wales agencies and an improved compliance framework to ensure the approved works are actually the works constructed.”

These are just some of the questions that will be addressed at this seminar:

• How would the Minister judge whether a Modification is of “minimal environmental impact”?
• What are the new provisions for public notification of reasons for planning decisions and how will community views be taken into account?
• What do you need to know about the new Community Participation Plans?
• How will the penalties under the Act change?

PLANNING FOR PEOPLE A Community Charter for Good Planning in NSW

NSW EDO Defending the Environment Advancing the Law  is a community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law. We help people who want to protect the environment through law. Our core functions are:

10 August 

Korean Art Exhibition High St Library 9 – 23 August  The exhibition will feature artworks by members of the Association of Korean Visual Artists in Australia, Korea Women’s Art Society and Australian Korean artists.  Unfortunately the light reflections in the framing glass made photographing difficult, amazing works and hopefully there is enough information to get the idea of how interesting this exhibition was.

23 July 

FREE ORGAN RECITAL CONCERTS City of Sydney Town Hall – David Drury (St Paul’s College, University of Sydney).

Constructed in the 1870s, Sydney Town Hall is a heritage building of great significance. It was built to an extravagant scale and is a remarkable example of Victorian architecture. Sydney Town Hall proudly houses a 9,000-pipe grand organ which was the largest of its kind when it was installed in 1890.

26 June


Making lanterns for Spring at Ashfield Town Centre with Artist Jayanto Tan to adorn our main streets as we celebrate EDGE in September.

13 June

POMPOM ART GALLERY  Against the Sky Hayley Megan French and Keeps Lewis Doherty

Up the road from White Rabbit on Abercrombie Street.


In HG Wells’s novel The Sleeper Awakes, the hero emerges from a 200-year coma into a dystopian world whose rulers use poverty and propaganda to keep an enslaved populace under control.

In the 1940s, Mao and his revolutionaries set out to awaken the Chinese “sleeping lion” and build a powerful new nation. Seventy years on, the future has arrived—but is it the socialist utopia they dreamed of?

In THE SLEEPER AWAKES, some of China’s most original contemporary artists reflect on a society where unprecedented freedom, ambition and optimism coexist uneasily with anxiety, isolation and ubiquitous state surveillance.


In complete ignorance we Humans have caused environmental disaster on Earth with our activities. We have destroyed the very fabric of nature that helped us come into existence on this planet; the situation is grim and looks irreversible. Governments and Environmentalist all across the world are working hard to change the way we use the resources and busy finding sustainable ways of existence on earth. A Taiwan based Artist Hung-Chih Peng is someone who has a vision of changing the tide someday, His latest work, The Deluge – Noah’s Ark, is currently on exhibit at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. According to Peng, it’s meant to provide a metaphor for the ongoing battle waged by Mother Nature on our industrialized civilization.

12 June


THE LIMINAL HOUR  Wulugul Walk, next to Barangaroo Wharf.

The Liminal Hour created Erth, Jacob Nash, James Brown and Mandylights.  A giant luminescent puppet that will be venturing along the Wulugul Walk waterfront. In a theatrical display of sound and light, the puppet comes to life through a talented team of performers – and if you listen closely, you’ll even hear the sounds of birds and the sea.

Inspired by the cycle of regeneration through fire and water, The Liminal Hourtransforms Barangaroo’s Wulugul Walk into a magical bushland led by the six-metre high character named Marri Dyin – meaning “Great Woman” in the Eora language.

Marri Dyin calls upon the natural forces, transforming peaceful bushland, into a raging bush fire, then a torrential storm – a cycle of regeneration which assures new life and prosperity for future generations. While the storm calms, Marri Dyin then sits to share a moment with children.

Marri Dyin is not a traditional spirit, rather she is a contemporary concept. Her existence seeks to recognise the influence and importance of the First Nations women, including Barangaroo, who lived in Sydney prior to settlement. Marri Dyin represents their strength and spirit, and their role as providers for their people through a connection to the land and its waterways.




‘Metamathemagical explores the concept of creation and the creative process’

Jonathan Zawad’s concept of the installation explores metaphysical themes using imagery inspired by the australian environment.   Jonathan Zawada’s approach to the lighting of the Sails in 2018 encourages audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate by identifying various recognisable Australian motifs across science, nature and culture.


Exactly 100 years ago, Author May Gibbs gave Australia two characters who dropped out of a gumtree and became instant superstars. Since then, pretty well every Australian child has grown up steeped in the adventures of the intrepid Gumnut Babies, the audacious Snugglepot and the demure Cuddlepie.


“We exist to inspire understanding of the world through quality photojournalism.”

View the world’s best photojournalism from 2017, selected from the prestigious World Press Photo Contest, now in its 61st year. The exhibition features over 150 powerful and evocative images and photo stories captured by professional photographers from across the globe, covering news, contemporary issues, people, daily life, sport and nature.  A new Environment category was introduced this year, which deals with human impact on our natural world.

This exhibition includes images that viewers might find confronting.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to consider whether this exhibition is suitable for children and young adults.

A photograph of a photograph with my phone is not the best way to view these amazing photographs about our world.  These are some that hit a note with me and wanted to share, some of the others were too confronting. It wold take more than one visit to process the content of this exhibition.

JAPAN FOUNDATION  ‘ANIME ARCHITECTURE’ The collection of works are by Hiromasa Ogura, Takashi Watabe, Haruhiko Higami, Mamoru Oshii and Atsushi Takeuchi.

See the creative process that brought worlds in iconic anime to life in Anime Architecture, an exhibition curated by Stefan Riekeles for Les Jardins des Pilotes.

From location photographs and concept sketches in detailed pencil drawings, through to final expression as anime cels in full colour, Anime Architecture reveals some of the intricate creative processes behind iconic Japanese animated films ‘Patlabor: the Movie’, Osamu Tezuka’s ‘Metropolis’, ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and ‘Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence’.

Anime Architecture is an exhibition that traces the architectural world-building process of Japan’s most influential animated science fiction films. Curated by Stefan Riekeles for Les Jardins des Pilotes, the exhibition casts a spotlight on meticulous hand-drawn backdrops that bring to life the fictitious urban environments of iconic cyberpunk anime.

From location photographs and concept sketches in detailed pencil drawings, through to final expression as anime cels in full colour, Anime Architecture reveals some of the intricate creative processes behind iconic Japanese animated films Patlabor: the Movie, Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis, Ghost in the Shell, and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. Amongst illustrations on display are works by Hiromasa Ogura, Takashi Watabe, Haruhiko Higami, Mamoru Oshii and Atsushi Takeuchi, Japanese animators who worked during the peak of hand-drawn animation.

It was not possible to take photos, photos are from the web page for the exhibition and the book.

There was a great book with the exhibition and is available here.

Proto Aniime Cut Archive
Spaces and Visions in Japanese Animation
Stefan Riekeles (Ed.)
Les jardins des pilotes Caja madrid / Obra social

Hardcover    20,5 x 26 cm     296 pages
234 color and b/w ills.
German/English and Spanish/English
ISBN 978-3-86828-253-5

The publication Proto Anime Cut Archive presents original drawings of the most important directors and illustrators of Japanese animated films. Numerous background paintings, storyboards, drafts, sources of inspiration and film excerpts provide insight into the working methods of the most successful animation artists and production designers of the last two decades.

Proto Anime Cut Archive presents, for the first time in a European publication the work by Hideaki Anno (director, Neon Genesis Evangelion), Haruhiko Higami (photographer), Koji Morimoto (director, Dimension Bomb), Hiromasa Ogura (art director), Mamoru Oshii (director, Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, Innocence) and Takashi Watabe (layout).

The presented artists have played key roles in the development of Anime. By cooperating closely in different production studios in Tokyo they gave their distinctive signatures to many films and developed the prototypical Anime style.

Editor: Stefan Riekeles


On loan from the Natural History Museum in London with 100 extraordinary images that celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes.  Chosen from 50,000 entries and selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.

Some of my favourites taken with my phone, does not do justice to the amazing images and I did for personal memories about the exhibition.  If the web site is still up when you are looking at this it has beautiful images from the exhibition.

8 June

THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS  Théâtre Excentrique  The Actor’s Pulse, 103 Regent Street, Redfern, NSW 2016´

A delightful comedy by Carlo Goldoni with plenty of comedia dell’arte, songs, masks, crazy acting and a slow mo or two!
Director:  Anna Jahjah     Assistant Director: Berangere Graham Dupuy     Stage Manager:  Pauline Evans
Musical:  Nowroz Moyeen     Choreographer:  Basma Mahbub Moyeen
Cast:  Aishwarya Arun, Valentina Barbera, Mariane Ellas, Peria Escalon, Lambert Feist, Aladin Halim, Basile Mellac, Wala’a Meshref, Imroz Moyeen, Shiva O’Carroll, Marie Moury, Joseph Schneider.
The play begins in the Venetian house of Pantalone, where a party is underway to celebrate the engagement of Clarice, daughter of Pantalone, to Silvio, son of Doctor Lombardi. As the wedding agreement is being signed, the hilarious and confused Truffaldino enters to announce the arrival of his master, Federigo Rasponi of Turin.

This news comes as an amazing surprise to all, since Federigo is believed to have been killed in a duel with Florindo, his sister Beatrice’s lover. The problem arises from the fact that Federigo had originally been promised Clarice’s hand in marriage. The truth, however, is the supposed Federigo is actually Beatrice in disguise, come from Turin to claim the dowry owed by Pantalone to her brother, if he were alive. (Confused yet! Wait, it will all work it’s way out.)

To Clarice’s horror, her father feels obligated to honor his commitment to the supposed Federigo. Clarice refuses to comply, while Sylvio, spurred on by his pontificating father, strives to maintain his claim to Clarice’s hand. The wedding, however, is cancelled.

Brighella, the innkeeper, recognizes Beatrice, despite her disguise, but promises to keep her identity a secret and becomes her accomplice in her mission. Here Truffaldino meets the housemaid, Smeraldina, and falls in love with her. (And there’s still more!)

Later, on the street, the servant Truffaldino is approached by Florindo who, having recently escaped from Turin after killing Federigo, is seeking a servant himself. Truffaldino accepts Florindo’s offer, determining that if he is clever he can serve two masters and easily double his income. From the hotel Florindo sends Truffaldino to check for his mail. Beatrice (disguised as Federigo), who is also at the hotel, sends him to check her mail as well. As fate would have it, Truffaldino mixes up the letters and gives Beatrice’s letters to Florindo, who as a result learns that his lover is in Venice and sets out in search of her.

Back at Pantalone’s house, Beatrice, still in disguise as Federigo, reveals her secret to the distraught Clarice. Pantalone sees the two shake hands and takes it to mean that they have agreed to wed and sets out to tell Doctor Lombardi.

Eventually, through a series of comic mishaps and mix-ups, Beatrice and Florindo come to believe that the other is dead. Beatrice, grief-stricken, abandons her disguise and flees the house. Having discovered Beatrice’s true identity, Pantalone tells Lombardi that the marriage between Silvio and Clarice is still possible since Federigo is actually a woman! Fate again intervenes and brings the suicidal Beatrice and Florindo together in a chance encounter. Overjoyed, they plan to return together to Turin and buy Florindo’s freedom.

n the end, all of the couples are set to be happily married. Florindo asks Pantalone for permission for his servant, Truffaldino, to marry Clarice’s maid, Smeraldino. Clarice says that this is impossible, because Smeraldino is promised to Beatrice’s servant. Trufaldino, in order to marry Smeraldino, confesses that he is, indeed, a servant to two masters.

2 June


Vivid Ideas Exchange, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia.

What does it take to survive and thrive in the creative industries for more than 25 years? Meet four luminaries who have endured in professions that leave most people behind.

Penny Cook – first recurring TV role in ‘The Restless Years’ in 1979
John Birmingham – published ‘He Died With A Falafel in His Hand’ in 1994
Bridget Ikin – produced ‘An Angel At My Table’ in 1990
Sarah Carroll – performed at her first music festival in 1992

Representing the creative pillars of publishing, screen, music and performing arts, these accomplished professionals have sustained themselves without a break. They’ve juggled career highs and lows, maintained their personal lives while working in the arts (sometimes while in the spotlight), and evolved and adapted their vocations to the changing times.

Learn from our panel about the challenges they have overcome, the twists and turns they have navigated and the opportunities they have taken to become stayers in their fields. What would they share with their younger selves if they could? What do they wish they’d done differently? What was their greatest achievement? And finally – how exactly do they do it?

The event will be facilitated by Monica Davidson, the NSW Creative Industries Business Advisor, herself a writer and film-maker with over 25 years’ experience in creative practice. Stay on for networking fun. Presented by Business Connect.

Over 200 happy creatives come along to hear about how four creative luminaries – Penny Cook, John Birmingham, Bridget Ikin and Sarah Carroll – sustained careers in the arts for more than 25 years. We were delighted to hear about their incredible successes and felt the familiar tummy churn of anxiety as they discussed their low points and have certainly come away with some tips and tricks about how we can future proof our careers.

There is more information on my Business Post

16 May

You See Monsters is a film about the power of art to challenge assumptions and change the way that we view the world. Commissioned by the ABC and supported by Screen Australia and Film Victoria, the documentary explores the work of a new generation of Australian Muslim artists who are fighting anti-Islamic bigotry with creativity, satire, and irreverence. Following the creative endeavors of contemporary artists working on the fault line where art, racism, and Islam intersect. You See Monsters is an inspirational story about the capacity of art to expand our horizons and enrich the idea of what being an Australians means.  Documentary Australia Foundation

10 May

Here and Now: Waterloo

The photographs taken by Fiona Wolf-Symeonides of the Waterloo area capture it as it is about to change, documenting the people, streetscapes and buildings.

In 2015 the NSW Government announced plans to redevelop the suburbs of Waterloo and Redfern, areas with a dense concentration of public housing buildings. The plans include demolishing the existing housing (including the twin towers Matavai and Turanga, formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1977). Photographer Fiona Wolf-Symeonides has documented the people, streetscapes and buildings in the lead up to the change. The photographs. selected from a collection of 50 recently acquired by the Library, highlight the diversity of the community, and the individuals and families who call Waterloo home.

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times

This display depicts a golden age of photojournalism in America — and no single politician was photographed more than JFK. Photographers and newsreel cameramen used images of Kennedy and his young family to convey a vision of a new America, a sophisticated world power engaged in building a bright future for its citizens. Kennedy, in turn, understood the power of pictures to convey his message to voters and was a willing partner in crafting his public persona to help build support for the space program, the Peace Corps, legislation on Civil Rights and immigration, equal pay for women, federal health insurance for the elderly—initiatives that would ensure a more diverse and egalitarian America.

John F Kennedy’s presidency marked a pivotal period in American history, rising to political prominence following World War II.

This exhibition is based on the book JFK: A Vision for America and is organised by Lawrence Schiller of Wiener Schiller Productions. It was organised in cooperation with the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation with additional support from Stephen Kennedy Smith and Getty Images.

A photo booth portrait, possibly taken during their honeymoon travels, 1953. Courtesy John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

3 May

ARTEXPRESS at the Armory

Discover ARTEXPRESS – a joint venture of the NSW Department of Education and the NSW Education Standards Authority. It is a series of exhibitions of exemplary bodies of work created by students for the 2017 New South Wales Higher School Certificate.

The 2018 collection spans a broad range of expressive media forms such as painting, photo-media, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, documented forms, textiles and fabrics, ceramics and time-based forms.

ARTEXPRESS: In pursuit engages with the concerns of contemporary life where the artists are in pursuit of understanding issues that impact on all our lives, including the influence of globalisation, the impact of technology, addressing imbalances in the natural world, and seeking an understanding of the influence of social connections.  The artists strive for self-expression with an awareness of themselves transitioning into adulthood.

With more than 100 buildings dating back to the 1800s, Newington Armory is a truly unique, heritage-listed place that covers 52 hectares of riverside landscape. In addition to arts-based attractions, discover all that Newington Armory has to offer with plenty of amusements such as the hugely-popular Heritage Railway Discovery Tour, the award-winning Armory Wharf Café, DrumBuzz Dragon Drumming, Escape the Museum, discovery trails, cycling tracks and much more.

With nearby FREE car parking at Blaxland Riverside Park, the Armory Gallery is located at Building 18 at Newington Armory, accessible via Jamieson St at Sydney Olympic Park.

14 April

The Korean War Memorial Peace Concert

The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Sydney and co-hosted with the Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Pi Woojin and Chairman Lim Wookun of the Patriotic Cultural Association is hosting a Korean War Memorial Peace Concert, on the 14th of April 2018 at Sydney Town Hall 483 George St Sydney, and has been organised to honour and respect the sacrifice of veterans and to pay homage to their actions in the Korean War.
This event also marks the 65th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and the 100 years of ANZAC 2014-2018 to commemorate these anniversaries with the veteran community and its supporters.
The Peace Concert will be performed by The Peace Ambassadors Orchestra & Seocho Philharmoniker with Jong Hoon Bae as artistic director & conductor and will present a selection of musical pieces that symbolise and represent the peace and freedom that the sacrifice of many brave veterans secured for the Republic of Korea.
This concert presents an afternoon where Australian veterans of the Korea War, their families, Australian government officials, citizens and members of the Korean community can share a night of music and join in the remembrance of the Korean War and the celebration of peace.


Orchestra performance with Bae Jong-hoon as artistic director & conductor and a traditional Korean music play.  The program included

Some of the notable members of the afternoon are:

The Flower of Life     KIM Bockhee, Dance

CHOI Jihye    Longing for our Heroes    MOON Yangsook on Gayageum Ensemble (Korean Traditional String instrument)  and LEE Dong Hun on Haegum (Two-String Spike Fiddle of Korea).

S. Saens   Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso   BAE  Angela Jiye Bae, Violin

E. Curtis    Nonti Scordar di Me and Sailor’s Song  (Korean Folk Song)  KIM  Jaewoo, Tenor

J. Hummel   Trumpet Concerto   Jens Lindemann, Trumpet

Korean Folk Song Medley (Korean Traditional Instrument:  Gayageum Ensemble)

G. Verdi   ‘E Strano….Sempre Libera’ aria from La Traviata   Lorina Gore, Soprano

S. Saens   Cello Concerto No.1   KO Bongshin, Cello

G. Verdi   ‘Brindisi’ duet from La Traviata   Lorine Gore, Soprano and KIM Jaewoo, Tenor

A. Piazzolla   Oblivion & Malaguena (by E. Lacuna)   Jens Lindemann, Trumpet and KO Bongshin, Cello

CHOI   Sungwhan    Arrange Fantasy

14 April

City of Sydney BIOBLITZ

We want your help to discover what is living in Sydney Park.  Come along to the Bioblitz and sign up for daytime activities. We start with a Welcome to Country at 10am. Free activities run from 10.30am–4pm.

Highlights include:

  • water bird survey from 10.30am
  • urban jungle bike safari from 11.30am
  • reptile survey from 12pm
  • Aboriginal cultural tour from 12pm
  • pollinator survey from 1pm.

We’ll also have cameras to help us look inside nest boxes and hollows to see if our furry friends are using them. So come and be a scientist for the day. Learn about the world of water bugs, the secrets of feathers, fascinating fungi and where the lizards hide.

There’ll also be some great stalls on the day, with Taronga Zoo and nature play activities.   A free BBQ from 10.30am will also be on off

12 April


Introduces Inheritance system of important intangible cultural heritage of Korea. In a diverse collection of Korean traditional crafts from Cultural Heritage Administration in Korea, the exhibition highlights 21 works by authorised individual skill holders.  Intangible Cultural Heritage are traditional products such as drama, music, dance, folk game and rites, martial art, handicrafts, and cuisine. They have high historic, academic, and artistic values and distinct local flavours. ‘Intangible’ in this case means artistic activity or technique that is formless. They are designated as cultural heritage when actualised by the people or the organisations that have artistic or technical ability. Simultaneously, such people are authorised as holders.

Intangible Cultural Heritage are learned, practiced, and inherited by people and organisations. The authorised individual (holders) or organisation with skill or ability is encouraged and supported to succeed in maintaining and preserving the traditional culture.

For the stable and systematic activity of cultural heritage, Korea Intangible Cultural Heritage system maintains a consistent inheritance procedure from skill holder-apprentice-graduate-scholarship student (general student).

The main responsibility of holder is to spread traditional culture and inherit their property to the next generation. Once certain individuals or organisations are acknowledged as holders, they select student with the will and the ability to inherit their skill and property. When the selected students completed the course of three years and reach up to the definite ability, they are recognised as graduate. Among these graduate, the most excellent will be selected as ‘apprentices’ by recommendation of holders and the evaluations of cultural experts. These chosen apprentices have the duty to assist the holders, as well as learn their skills.

As explained above, Korea’s inheritance system of Intangible Cultural Heritage has been providing and supporting a stable atmosphere for the inheritance of precious skills and properties.

11 April

OZDOC  AFTRS, Entertainment Quarter, 130 Bent Street, Moore Park. Sydney

FILMS THAT FIGHT BACK  chair Ruth Hesey – Total Environment Centre

Karina Holden – Blue

Nell Schofield – Stop Adani Films

Mark Could – Save Bondi Pavilion

Ivan O’Mahoney – The Queen & Zak Grieve

Have written my notes on Film Making Post.

The Panel

Karina Holden started her career as a conservation biologist before becoming a wildlife film maker 21 years ago. She now has a dynamic track record working in both the independent sector as Head of Production and Creative Producer, as well as within the national broadcaster as Science Commissioning Editor and Head of Factual for the ABC. Her first theatrical film, Blue, was directed and produced as part of Goodpitch initiative through Northern Pictures. The film screened at the United Nations before having its official debut at Vancouver International Film Festival where it won best Impact Film and later the Okeanos Foundation award for services to the Ocean. The crux of her creative work is to create change, truth tell and find unlikely heroes who challenge our perceptions.

Nell Schofield is an actor turned activist whose passion is bringing the creative sectors and conservation movements together. With The Sunrise Project she produced and directed the films Guarding the Galilee and A Mighty Force about the movement to stop Adani’s massive Carmichael coal mine in Central Queensland. She also worked as Senior Project Manager with Solar Citizens, and helped spearhead the Land Water Future campaign in NSW as Sydney Coordinator with Lock the Gate Alliance. In 2007, Nell trained with Al Gore as one of his Climate Leaders and has worked in the Office of the Lord Mayor of Sydney on local government issues. She has also worked as a presenter with ABC TV, Showtime, CNN and Channel 9, and as a broadcaster with Radio National. As a teenager Nell famously starred in the cult classic Puberty Blues and, with fellow NIDA graduates created the self-devised work Strictly Ballroom. Nell currently works with the Historic Houses Association of Australia to preserve our nation’s built environment.

Mark Gould is a producer writer and director with over 40 years’ experience in Australian theatre, film and television. Mark has, in the last 2 years made over 120 short videos for the web in the fight to stem the tide of neo-liberal greed in Sydney. His documentaries have been commissioned internationally and nationally, by the BBC, ABC, SBS, Nat Geo, Arte, YLE, RBTF, RTE and others.;
Recent projects for the ABC:-
IN GOOGLE WE TRUST (4 CORNERS 2013) MISS TIBET AND THE LIMBO OF EXILE (ABC FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT 2012) GUT INSTINCT ABC FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT 2011) TIBET: Murder in the Snow (Nov 2008) commissioned by BBC & SBS with YLE TSR and RTBF and NAT GEO. This film won best film at NYC Home Planet Festival 2010.
People’s Choice Award at Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival 2009. Award of Excellence at Accolade Mountain Film Festival. This film screened to over 2 million viewers on the BBC and has played at many other major festivals.
A WINNERS GUIDE TO THE NOBEL PRIZE 2006 was commissioned by ABC Science in 2006 and won the Golden Dragon Award for Best Science film at Beijing Film Festival and was nominated for a Eureka Prize.
His landmark series MOULIN ROUGE GIRLS 2004 still holds the ABC ratings record for an ABCTV half hour series. It was nominated for a Logie and sold worldwide.
Mark is contributing to the work of Ryan Jasper as a mentor, EP and script editor.

Ivan O’Mahoney received the 2016 Australian Directors Guild (ADG) Award, the Walkley Documentary Award, the Australian Academy of Cinema & Television (AACTA) Award and the Amnesty International Media Award for ABC’s domestic violence series ‘Hitting Home.’ He is also the recipient of the 2013 AACTA for Best Documentary Series and the 2012 ADG Award for Best Direction in a Documentary Series for his work on the SBS refugee series ‘Go Back To Where You Came From.’ Ivan has directed and produced films for HBO, BBC, ARTE, Channel 4, PBS & Discovery Channel. A former lawyer and UN peacekeeper in Bosnia, he holds degrees in international law (Leiden) and journalism (Columbia). Ivan’s other acclaimed projects include Baghdad High, about teenagers in Iraq (HBO); ‘How To Plan a Revolution,’ following democracy activists in Azerbaijan (BBC) and ‘Surviving Hunger,’ a film on famine in Ethiopia (CNN). His 4 Corners film ‘Code of Silence received’ the 2009 Sports Journalism Walkley. Screened at major festivals (Tribeca, Sheffield, Human Rights Watch), Ivan’s other gongs include the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Prix Europa, two Logies, two Rose d’Ors, the Japan Prize for Educational Media and a Golden Nymph. Ivan is a director and executive producer of Sydney and LA-based In Films, a film and television production company established in 2013. In Films is a partnership with producer Nial Fulton. The company received the prestigious 2015 Enterprise Grant from Screen Australia, the federal funding body for the television and film industry. Over the last three years In Films has produced and delivered “Hitting Home” (ABC, 2 x 60 documentary on domestic violence); “Matilda and Me,” (1 x 60 on Tim Minchin and the making of his smash hit musical); “The Outlaw Michael Howe” (1 x 60 period drama for ABC); “Borderland” (4 x 60 series on US illegal immigration for AJAM); “1999” (10 x 3 comedy for YouTube/Screen Australia); Caged (1 x 60 documentary on mixed martial arts for SBS); The Queen & Zak Grieve (a 6 x 10 vocast series for The Australian” and ‘Making Muriel (1 x 60 for ABC Arts on the making of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical). In Films has been nominated 2016 Breakout Production Business of the Year at the Screen Producers Australia Awards.

Ruth Hessey‘s documentary film about the beauty of garbage, Waste Not,has been translated into 4 languages, and screened in over 30 countries. Her other documentary projects include The Mural (distributed by Ronin Films) and Under Threat, an animated short film about Australia’s threatened native species.
Ruth is also a high profile writer – (SMH, TimeOut Sydney, Vogue, Australian Art Review); radio broadcaster (ABC Radio National, 702, Green Velvet Eastside Radio); screenwriter, and novelist (half done!). Her contributions to anthologies include Bewitched & Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years (Hardie Grant); Screwed: Stories of Love and Sex (Allen & Unwin); Interviews with Jane Campion (University of Illinois at Chicago); Dennis O’Rourke’s The Good Woman Of Bangkok (QLD University Press); Baz Luhrmann (University of Michigan).
Since 2009 Ruth has worked in environment advocacy, creating campaign videos, websites, and educational guides which have accumulated over 10,000 views online.
Ruth has also worked as a TV Host/presenter (World Movies); educator and history guide (Museum of Sydney); education consultant (Rooty Hill High School, Eden College); environment consultant (Fremantle Media); ABC radio film reviewer (ABC 702, Radio National); and copywriter (Film Australia, Village Roadshow, TM Publicity). She was named one of Sydney’s Most Influential, Inspiring, Creative People in 2012 by Sydney magazine. Ruth is also developing a 6 part mini series for television based on a new Australian novel with producer Tracey Mair.

27 February


The annual ARTEXPRESS exhibition is one of the most dynamic and popular at the Gallery.  Featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts 2017, ARTEXPRESS 2018 provides insight into students’ creativity and the issues important to them.

The exhibition encompasses a broad range of approaches and expressive forms, including ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and time-based forms.



AGNSW Contemporary Collection Projects.  Despite routine declarations of its decline, abstract painting is an urgent and vital mode of artmaking that seems to exist in a state of constant reinvention.  This display of contemporary abstract paintings focuses on unconventional and experimental approaches to the age-old discipline of painting.  Drawn largely from the Gallery’s collection, the exhibition includes artworks by Daniel Buren, Morris Louis, Judy Millar, Dona Nelson, Sigmar Polke and Robert Rauschenberg among many others.

and a beautiful afternoon in Sydney

22 February 

Thu, Feb 22, 2018, 5:30 PM: In 2018, we are going to start our meetup with invited speakers, talking about WebGL, Cinematic VR, Collaborative AR/VR and beyond. Keep checking this space for updates.

In 2018, we are going to start out meetup with invited speakers, talking about WebGL, Cinematic VR, Collaborative AR/VR and beyond. Keep checking this space for updated.

Mie Moth-Poulsen, ‘Can you Cut It? An Exploration of the Effects of Editing in Cinematic Virtual Reality’

Our first confirmed speaker is Mie Moth-Poulsen, EPICentre visiting fellow from Aalbork University Copenhagen. She is currently doing postgraduate study in interaction design. Title: Can you Cut It? An Exploration of the Effects of Editing in Cinematic Virtual Reality

The studies explored how cut frequency influences viewers’ sense of disorientation and their ability to follow the story, during exposure to fictional 360◦ films experienced using a headmounted display. The results revealed no effects of increased cut frequency which lead to the conclusion that editing need not pose a problem in relation to cinematic VR, as long as the participants’ attention is appropriately guided at the point of the cut.
The studies inspired to a further iteration, investigating if spatial audio can be used as cues to guide the viewer’s attention within Cinematic Virtual Reality. KEEP EYES OPEN for updates on other speakers to appear soon here.

The vast development of Virtual Reality (VR) displays and 360 degree video cameras has sparked an interest in bringing cinematic experiences from the screen and into VR. However, Cinematic Virtual reality is a new and relatively unexplored area within academic research. Historically editing has provided filmmakers with a powerful tool for shaping stories and guiding the attention of audiences. However, will an immersed viewer, experiencing the story from inside a 360 degree fictional world, find cuts disorienting?  This question, founded two iterative studies investigating the application of editing in Cinematic Virtual Reality and if this causes disorientation for the viewer.

The research was conducted in 2016 on postgraduate in Medialogy (media technology). Traditional filmmaking theories and newly proposed theories for Cinematic Virtual Reality was used to produce two Cinematic Virtual Reality films.

More on my Post Production Blog.

Huyen Nguyen, ‘Immersive Analytics of Honey Bee Data’

Bees are dying – in recent years an unprecedented decline in honey bee colonies has been seen around the globe. The causes are still largely unknown. At CSIRO, the Global Initiative for Honey bee Health (GIHH) is an international collaboration of researchers, beekeepers, farmers, and industry set up to research the threats to bee health in order to better understand colony collapse and find solutions that will allow for sustainable crop pollination and food security. Integral to the research effort is RFID tags that are manually fitted to bees. The abundance of data being collected by the thousands of bee-attached sensors as well as additional environmental sensors poses a number of challenges with regard to the interpretation and comprehension of the data, both computationally as well as from a user perspective. In this talk, Huyen will discuss visual analytics techniques that have been investigated at CSIRO DATA61 to facilitate an effective path from data to insight, with a particular focus on interactive and immersive user interfaces that allow for a range of end users to effectively explore the complex sensor data.

More on my Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Games and Such Things Blog

Rowan Hughes, ‘Data-Driven Real-Time Crowd Simulation’

In order to create plausible virtual humans it is important to model their movement and interactions with their environment in an accurate and realistic manner. A lot of time and effort is spent by artists and engineers modelling user interactions with virtual agents with which the user acts directly. Virtual crowds, however, form an important component of virtual worlds. It is generally not feasible to author scripted behaviours and interactions for individual members large virtual crowds, and it typical to rely on systems that allow for autonomous navigation and behaviour. In this talk, we look at some solutions developed over the course of Rowan’s research.

Carlos Dominguez, ‘Extended Reality for Teaching – A web based solution’

Extended reality is the term used to describe all the immersive realities: virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality and diminished reality. A web based solution incorporates those realities into the web using different frameworks such as a-frame, ar.js, html5, argon.js and other javascript libraries and APIs. Those objects then are incorporated into the academic curriculum resulting in Immersive Learning Objects (iLos). Our goal is to create iLos as auxiliary learning tools.

More on my 3D and VFX Blog

10 – 14 February 


10 February


Race, place and identity – Contemporary artists respond to Tracey Moffatt’s 1997 photographic series Up in the Sky

On the 20th anniversary of Tracey Moffatt’s work Up in the Sky, Penrith Regional Gallery will exhibit this seminal series in its Lewers House Gallery.  Produced in 1997, this photographic series may be read as black and white film stills, set in an iconic outback Australian landscape. Moffatt’s landscape is peopled, with an open-ended narrative that is provocative of questions of personal, cultural and political histories, both remarkably Australian and global.

Landing Points –  will, along with commissioned essays, look to Moffatt’s work as a starting point in consideration of the last 20 years of race, place and identity in Australia.

Eleven artists (established and early career) will produce new works for the show, across the mediums of painting, performance, photography, film and installation. The artists will respond to the cultural complexities layered in the Australian landscape and our relation to it.  These artists are:  Tim Johnson, Jason Wing, Alana Hunt, Caroline Garcia, Victoria Garcia, Carla Liesch, Nicole Monks with Luke Butterly, Mark Shorter, Cigdem Aydemir, Hayley Megan French and Joan Ross.

Penrith Regional Gallery Collection

Originating as a bequest in 1978, the Penrith Regional Gallery Collection consists of over 1600 objects, primarily featuring paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photography.

 8 February 

The Bentley Effect documents the highs and lows of the battle to keep a unique part of Australia gasfield-free. This timely story of a community’s heroic stand shows how strategic direct action and peaceful protest from a committed community can overcome industrial might and political short-sightedness.

The screening will be followed by a short Q&A with Naomi Hogan
Naomi has a science communications background and is the National Coordinator for the Lock the Gate Alliance. For the past six years she has been fighting CSG and fracking alongside impacted communities in Australia.

This event is Co-hosted with Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle

31 January


KATE JERKINS (Sex Discrimination Commissioner) delivered a speech ‘Zero Tolerance – The role of employers in preventing and effectively responding to sexual harassment in the workplace’.

STEPHEN TREW (Holding Redlich, Managing Partner, Sydney) provided an outline of employers’ legal responsibilities to prove a safe workplace.

MENAKA COOKE (Couch/Counsellor) delivered practical training for employers on preventing and responding to sexual harassment.

30 January 

Beautiful:  The Carole King Musical.  Beautiful tells the story of the early life and career of Carole King.

26 January

AUSTRALIA DAY at Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour – Live at Sydney Opera House

Our biggest celebration, our greatest performers, live and free on the Opera House steps.  Marcia Hines, Anthony Callea, John Paul Young, Christine Anu, Guy Sebastian, Dami Im, Casey Donovan and Lorenzo Rositano will perform the hottest tunes alongside tributes to great songs of the past. John Foreman OAM will direct proceedings on stage as a breathtaking fireworks paint the sky over Circular Quay.

Started by watching the Australian Open of the live screen at Customs House, Circular Quay.

25 January



30th Anniversay show The Boomalli Ten open until the 28th January 2018.

What a  great line up of remarkable national and internationally renowned artists and founding members of Boomalli: Michael Riley, Bronwyn Bancroft, Euphemia Bostock, Arone Meeks, Fiona Foley, Brenda L.Croft, Jeffrey Samuels, Tracey Moffat, Avril Quaill and Fern Martins.

I have had the great pleasure and opportunity to work with Boomalli and their amazing team of artists now for many years and this show is truely amazing.


24 January


ART GALLERY NSW, New South Wales.  Art After Hours 

REMBRANDT and the DUTCH golden age, masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum

Drawn from the Rijksmuseum, the renowned national collection of the Netherlands, this exhibition includes a rare painting by Johannes Vermeer and a room dedicated to one of the greatest minds in the history of art, Rembrandt van Rijn.

Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age presents a richly unfolding panorama of Dutch society during an era of unparalleled wealth, power and cultural confidence. In the Dutch golden age, the art of painting flourished like never before. Artists sensitively observed the beauty of the visible world, transforming it, with great skill, into vivid and compelling paintings. Their subjects ranged from intense portraits and dramatic seascapes to tranquil scenes of domestic life and careful studies of fruit and flowers.


View of the Church of Sloten in the Winter, Jan Abrahamsz. Beerstraten, 1640 – 1666

Warships in a Heavy Storm, Ludolf Bakhuysen, c. 1695

In early 1694 some 30 Dutch warships set sail for the Mediterranean.  They were sent to protect a merchant fleet from French attacks.   In the Straits of Gibraltar they ran into a heavy storm.  Various ships sank or were seriously damaged, including the Hollandia, portrayed centre right in the painting.

Woman Reading a Letter, Johannes Vermeer, c. 1663

Enjoying a quiet, private moment, this young woman is absorbed in reading a letter in the morning light. She is still wearing her blue night jacket. All of the colours in the composition are secondary to its radiant lapis lazuli blue. Vermeer recorded the effects of light with extraordinary precision. Particularly innovative is his rendering of the woman’s skin with pale grey, and the shadows on the wall using light blue.Zoom out

The Denial of St Peter, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1660

In this nocturnal scene lit by a candle, Peter is recognised by soldiers as a disciple of Christ.  He denies this, however, renouncing his master.  Christ, in the murky right background, looks back at Peter, as he is led away by soldiers.   Rembrandt had pupils in his workshop whtil the very last years of his life.  Technical investigations have revealed that he was assisted in this pinging.

Man in Oriental Dress, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1635

Rembrandt manipulated light in a highly personal way.  Here, the man’s turban and the right side of his face are brilliantly illuminated, while the left side is in shadow.  Exotic character heads like this – they are not portraits – were extremely popular in the 17th century; early on, they were widely copied and imitated.  They were known as ‘Turkish tronies’.

The Three Crosses, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1653

When you scratch a line in an etching plate, it produces a small raised edge called a ‘burr’. The burr, which gives drypoint lines such a sumptuous velvety look, wears away quickly. As a result, the decorative effect of the technique diminishes and the representation becomes increasingly lighter. Here Rembrandt solved that problem by making areas of shadow darker again with extra lines, for example under the dog in the foreground.

Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1661

This is Rembrandt’s first and only self portrait in the guise of a biblical figure. The manuscript and the sword projecting from his cloak are Paul’s traditional attributes. Like the other apostles Rembrandt painted in the same period, Paul too is a real, everyday person. By using his own likeness here Rembrandt encourages a direct bond with the saint.
Collaborating with the Rijksmuseum the exhibition features paintings of intense portraits, dramatic seascapes, tranquil scenes of domestic life and detailed studies of fruit and flowers.  The Dutch painters produced their work mainly for the free market, it was customary for the affluent middle class (burghers) to have themselves portrayed unlike the European countries where it was a privilege reserved for nobles and aristocrats and where art was commissioned by royal courts, the nobility and the church. 

Vermeer: Master of Light (COMPLETE Documentary)

The Lower Asian Gallery, Glorious earthly pleasures and heavenly realms through the Gallery’s collection of Asian art.

Glorious presents moments of joy – taking pleasure in the changing seasons, appreciating painting and poetry, sipping tea or wine, playing games, enjoying theatre and stories, or revelling in the beauty of sumptuous cloth.  This changing display of paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles and sculpture dating from the first century to the present – now in its second stage – brings together compelling stories and sensations from across Asia.  Included in this latest display is the Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest of ancestral art from the Indonesian archipelago, which features exquisite sculpture, ceremonial objects, regalia and weapons.

Sulu Stories by Yee I-Lann

The Yiribana Gallery presents a selection of works from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection.  It also includes the Yiribana Project Space, home to a range of changing exhibitions.  Yiribana means ‘this way’ in the language of the Eora people and acknowledges the location of the Gallery on Gadigal land.

A celebration of the work of two artists from the Torres Strait Islands, showcasing the unique form of printmaking that is now synonymous with the region.  Glen Mackie and Daniel O’Shane are two artists with individual practices who are currently at the forefront of this medium. This exhibition brings together a number of works by each artist that the Gallery has acquired in recent years.

Artists from the Torres Strait Islands in Australia’s north have experimented with different forms of printmaking, most notably linocuts and vinylcuts, since the mid 1980s. This has led to the development of a unique style of printmaking. Employing finely executed blocks, these works combine detailed graphic designs with realistic figurative forms, generally printed in hard-edged black on white. Over time and through collaborations with master printmakers, artists have produced works on an ever-increasing scale, capturing the authority and complexity of diverse narratives that are distinct to the Torres Strait Islands.


Albert Namatjira

North ranges looking south and Palm Valley 

Korean Cultural Centre Australia.  Winners of the 2017 KAAF Art Prize

The Korea-Australia Arts Foundation (KAAF)is an organisation comprised of Korean people for promoting and supporting a wide range of visual artists in Australia.  KAAF is a non profitable organisation which was established with the motive to provide specialised activities in visual art, to support artists and art organisations within the visual arts field.

Korea-Australia Arts Foundation (KAAF) endeavours fora community that is actively involved within the fields of art and culture in this multicultural society. It seeks to serve and to provide support where is needed in order to make such a community.

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Jurassic Plastic

Dinosaur sculptures in beautiful landscapes made from discarded toys.  A fun exercise in creativity and nostalgia, while contemplating mass consumerism. Japanese artist Hiroshi Fuji recycles and reinvents unwanted plastic toys into colourful ‘Toysaurus’ dinosaur sculptures and landscapes.

“This magical toy landscape is in fact a big statement on trash and its huge creative potential” – Inhabitat.

Presented by Sydney festival with Artspeople | Australia/Japan.

20 January 

Symphony Under The Stars 2018

Returning to the gorgeous surrounds of Parramatta Park, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will perform a selection of beloved classical and contemporary compositions as part of The Crescent Summer Series.

It will be preceded at 6.30pm by a fantastic performance by Western Sydney’s brightest stars of the future will kick start the night with a combination of two bold and exciting ensembles, one brass and one percussion, presented by Resonance Concerts and Events. Ranging in age from 15 years to professional performers in their 20s, they’ll come together for the first time to perform classics as you’ve never experienced before.

The evening will conclude with a big bang; the traditional grand finale of Tchaikovsky’s rousing 1812 Overture, complete with fireworks and cannon.

Conductor: Benjamin Northey
Trumpet: Paul Goodchild
BERLIOZ Roman Carnival – Overture
SAINT-SAËNS Danse macabre
DEBUSSY orch. Cailliet Claire de Lune
HAYDN Trumpet Concerto: 1st movement
WILLIAMS Adventures on Earth from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
GLINKA Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla
WILLIAMS Princess Leia’s Theme from Star Wars
SAINT-SAËNS Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
MASSENET Méditation from Thaïs
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 – Overture




31 December

Parramatta Park New Year’s Eve Fireworks

19 December

An afternoon around Sutherland
CAPTAIN COOKS LANDING PLACE  Kurnell area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park

In 1769, King George III commissioned the Endeavour to sail from Portsmouth to the Southern Hemisphere to observe the spectacular sight of Venus passing between the earth and the sun and did a large land mass exist in the southern seas.  On April 29, 1770, after a failed attempt at landing the previous day they found a sheltered bay, Botany Bay. Two boatloads of about 30 men, including Cook, Bans and Tupia whet ashore.  The aborigines of Botany Bay are know as Dharawal people.

There are two headlands which make up Botany Bay National Park, the northern side, La Perouse and the southern side, Kurnell.  Captain Cook’s landing place was set aside as an area of public recreation in 1899.  The park was proclaimed an historic site in 1967 and with Bare Island and La Perouse was included as part of Botany Bay Nation Park in 1988.  Today, the park consists of 436 hectares of coastal cliffs, woodland, beaches and picnic areas.

Kurnell area is at the southern headland ofKamay Botany Bay National Park,near Cronulla. Go whale watching or explore some of NSW’s most significant heritage sites — and see why Kurnell Peninsula headland was included in the National Heritage List in 2004.

Aboriginal sites in the park include rock engravings, burial sites and areas that show evidence of occupational activity, such as axe-grinding grooves on rocks.

Art Rules.  My picks were Anthony Pham’s lino prints and Benjamin Clay’s photo media
This year’s Art Rules exhibition presents the talents of 21 young local artists who will showcase their work in this annual exhibition of HSC art, using their work to tackle the contemporary social and political issues of refugees, gender inequality, environmental destruction, religion, extinction, cultural determinism and dyslexia.  Art Rules features works from schools in the Sutherland Shire and St George areas.

Claire Schanzer, from St George Christian School, in her drawing What She Could Be2017 explores the tension between an imagined and realistic life for Mona, a 5 year old Syrian refugee. With the current political climate, wars continue to leave families homeless and searching for a safe and secure place for refuge. All potential for a hopeful and joyful life is torn down, when their cries for help are ignored by individuals and governments together. The dichotomy between the limitless potential of an Australian born child’s life and the darker reality for a child refugee is symbolised through the contrastingly coloured and monochrome palettes. This work brings to light the largely overlooked and forgotten impact asylum rejection has upon individuals, the refugee’s childhoods and futures of refugee generations to come.

Anthony Pham from Sydney Technical High School also tackles issues of refugees in his work The Journey2017, which conveys the long, tiring journey of his father from Vietnam to Australia by boat. His personal experiences and emotions are packed into a set of lino prints, each depicting one of many significant events that defined his journey. Anthony had no idea of what his father went through until he simply just asked. Then and there his father recounted everything, from leaving the docks of his hometown Long Xuyên to being rejected by the government from going to France. Anthony has written a sentence on each print briefly describing the event based on his father’s journey. Any refugee or any hard-working person who works tirelessly for a new and better life can relate to these experiences and hardships.

Claudia Taylor from St Patrick’s College Sutherland confronts gender inequality in her workA bit awkward – a glass ceiling2017. Claudia explores the “glass ceiling effect” that exists within modern society, by drawing various figures who are significant to her, and have been subject to inequality due to gender imbalance. The pressing nature of glass has been used to symbolise a ‘physical barrier’ which restricts women from excelling within the workplace. “A girl’s confidence plummets during puberty”. By drawing the youngest character free from physical restriction, she endeavours to emphasise the power of innocence, removing a sense of insecurity that is present for mature women.

Benjamin Clay fro Kirrawee High School ‘The Decisive Moment’ photo media stood out for me.

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organisation of forms, which give that event its proper expression.” Henri Cartier-Bresson (Author of ‘The Decisive Moment’)

My practice acts to explore the facets of transitory forms within physical and fractured, occupied and unoccupied space.  Through photography, I am to arrest this ephemerality and present it in my work.  By contrasting the architectural permanence of space with the fleeting femininity exuded in the figure’s expressive potential, both continuity and tension are created within the picture.

PLAY ON:  The Art of Sport.

One of Australia’s richest and most prestigious art awards, the Basil Sellers Art Prize has inspired innovative and complex explorations of sport from a rollcall of Australia’s most accomplished artists.  The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, video, drawing and mixed-media installation by prominent Australia artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. Individual works in the exhibition engage with gymnastics, running, community sport, ground-keeping, AFL, race relations and the representation of women in sport.
Play On offers a unique opportunity to bring art and sport lovers together, engage with new audiences and present additional public programs with local sports clubs, personalities, athletes and fans.Includes work by Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Lauren Brincat, Jon Campbell, Daniel Crooks, Tarryn Gill & Pilar Mata Dupont, Shaun Gladwell, Josie Kunoth Petyarre and Dinni Kunoth Kemarre, Richard Lewer, Fiona McMonagle, Kerrie Poliness, Khaled Sabsabi, Gabrielle de Vietri, Gerry Wedd.A NETS Victoria and Ian Potter Museum of Art touring exhibition.

10 December

Save Sydney Park camp tree planting and bar-b-que celebration.

9 December

A beautiful summer evening at Strathfield park for Strathfield Christmas Carols including Strathfield Symphony Orchestra and St Martha’s Primary School String Ensemble and Choir, the snow making machines and balloons creating lots of fun and laughter followed by the screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and fireworks to finish the evening.

3 December

City of Sydney, The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Reception

30 November

Industry Night DCE

16 November

Lantern making at Save Sydney Park Camp.

1 November

A Creative Flight plan……and how 99% of the time we’re off course

Speaker: Paul Butterworth, VFx Supervisor – Director

Paul is going to finish up the Sydney ACM SIGGRAPH events for 2017 with a talk about projects, research, and planning. You’re probably very familiar with his work on Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2Avengers: Age of UltronAllegiantInsurgentIron Man ThreePrometheus, and so many others. He’s an engaging and entertaining speaker, you should come listen to him talk and look at his pictures.

Start VR had the 360º and VR display.

Float above the exhibition or view the sculptures from the perspective of a little cat or a massive giant.  Sculpture by the Sea and Start VR have collaborated to create an interactive VR experience that offers Users an entirely new way of seeing the exhibition.  Using 360° videos & photogrammetry this on-site VR experience highlights Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017

“We are a full service studio who craft stunningly immersive VR content. Our specialised 360º storytellers, technologists, artists and film-makers are at the frontier of user experience.”

28 October

The Strathfield Food and Jazz Festival is on this Saturday! Get your tastebuds at the ready for an overload of delicious food from cultures across the world including Malaysian, Korean, Turkish and more!

–    Live cooking demos by MasterChefs Julie Goodwin and Diana Chan!
–    Kids entertainer Gaston Soufflé
–    Vibrant jazz with Gang of Brothers and Sydney Jazz Collective
–    Kids cooking classes with the Colourful Chef from Foost
–    International food stalls

27 October

BUSHWHACKERS  –  Big Family Bushdance at Addison Road Centre Marrickville.

17 October

OPERATION ART  Newington Armory Wharf and Gallery

Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual arts exhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10.  With almost 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a great opportunity to celebrate the creative talents of our young people at our unique riverside setting.

16 October

AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM:  Nature Photographer of the Year

Witness Australasian nature at its most dramatic, graceful and unexpected with this stunning collection of breathtaking photographs that showcase the exceptional talent of our region.  See over 100 images presented in large format, accompanied by information in English and Chinese that unveil spectacular moments in nature.

All the photography was amazing, some photographers that I particularly enjoyed were Stuart Blackwell, Andrew Peacock, Chris Firth, Georgina Settler, Charles Davis, Julie Fletcher, Karen Willshaw, Justin Gilligan and Robert Irwin.

12 Stunning 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year Finalist Photos.  Every year the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition presents incredible perspectives on natural landscapes, animals and our effect upon them. 2017 is no different, with a huge range of fascinating nature photography to take in. Enjoy this selection of 12 finalist photos from the competition, courtesy of the South Australian Museum.

KOREAN CULTURAL CENTRE:  ‘Dissolve, Inspiration by Korea’

Past Exhibitions

The Korean Cultural Centre Australia (KCC) presents a specially-curated exhibition ‘Dissolve, Inspiration by Korea’ featuring five Australian artists who have been inspired by Korean art and culture. This exhibition aims to provide an opportunity to introduce the artists’ artworks which were inspired from their own personal experiences of Korea. It also investigates the multifaceted nature if cultural exchange to reveal the meaning of being Korean through the perspectives of non-Koreans. Hence, through the exhibition, the specific intimate connection that exists between interpretations and crossovers of culture is exposed. Developed by the KCC, ‘Dissolve, Inspiration by Korea’ comprises of about 30 works including painting, fibre, textile and Hanji (Traditional Korean paper) crafts by Yvonne Boag, Jan Coveney, Catherine O’Leary, Marianne Penberthy and Maryanne Wick.

It is impossible to define the culture of a nation into a single word. Particularly, objectively looking into one’s culture to accentuate its appeal is undoubtedly a strenuous task. In a sense, these new form of artworks created by an artist from another culture enables you to understand Korea and Korean culture. Furthermore, it is a rare opportunity to deepen the understanding of another culture.

Yvonne BoagScottish-born printmaker, painter and sculptor. In 1977 she graduated from the South Australian School of Art with a Diploma of Fine Art (Printmaking). She has been a resident in print workshops in Scotland and France as well as being Australia’s first artist-in-residence in Korea.

Korean painting freed me from the constraints of my education in the western tradition of Art.  I had lived in Framce for a few years before I first visited South Korea.   My impression of Korea when I arrived from Paris was of colour and energy and a freedom from the awareness of the heavy tradition or weight I carried from my western roots.   I could see an learn with new eyes.

Colour was celebration of beauty, colour had meaning and direction.   Colour was not used just as a way of depicting a real scene, it was an expression of time, place or direction, symbolic in it’s use in Shamanist traditions and in the traditional clothing worn by the people.

Korea also related me from the overwhelming predominance of thick oil paint used by most artists in Australia, a feeling that any painting of value must be thick and expressionistic.  The use of Korean water paint and ink proved to me the power of simplicity and less.

Jan Coveney She lives in Adelaide, South Australia and has studied the crat under several different Hanji artists in Korea and she has taught Hanji for the last 10 years. As very little is known about this craft outside of Korea, she’s currently writing a book on it in English.

Everyone in life needs a passion and my passion is Hanji.  There’s something about the paper being so tactile and foldable that is alluring and being able to make beautifully practical, everyday objects is extremely satisfying in this, everything looks the same, throwaway world.

Hang is the Korean word for paper and is also the word used to describe the craft of making objects out of cardboard and covering them with the paper.   There are two and three-dimensional forms of Hanji but I work mainly in the three dimensional field.  ‘Han’ refers to the Korean people and ‘ji’ means paper.  It’s a paper made from the bark of the mulberry trees ‘dar’ and has been made as far back as the Three Kingdoms period around 130AD.

My inspirations come from various forms of Korean history, from my time spent in Korea an the sights and experiences I had there as well as symbolisms so close to the Korean culture.  In the last few years I’ve been branching out and incorporating some of my photography into my pieces as well as using Hanji techniques to create more modern designs that appeal to the western world.

Each piece I make is very time consuming but it represents a part of my Hanji journey.  My extensive travelling over the last 15 years has influenced that journey and I’m learning something new everyday, the more I do the more I get out of it.

Because little is known about this craft outside of Korea and even less is written about it in English, I’ve had to make many adjustments to allow me to continue doing Hanji.  Not everything I’ve needed has been available in the countries I’ve called home but with a lot of determination I’ve been able to source most of the products either locally or online which has allowed me to continue my craft.

Creating a teaching Hanji means everything to me.  I’ve had a longtime passion and determination to do what I love best, no matter what the obstacles that have arisen, and there have been many.   My ongoing goals are firstly, to support other English speakers who have learnt this craft and who would like to continue doing it outside of Korea an secondly to spread the word about the beauty of Hanji in the English speaking world.

Catherine O’Leary  She lives in Melbourne who works primarily in the Textile Arts. With a formal training in Fine Arts, her portfolio spans thirty years. She is inspired by the simple, clean lines of the Korean aesthetic.

My first contact with Korea came when I was invited to have an exhibition of her felt artwork in 2008.  I returned the next year with a follow up exhibition at Gana Gallery and also held a workshop in Seoul.  Other exhibitions in South Korea included; 5 Australian Artists exhibition in Heyri Artists Village and being included in two Bojagi Biennale touring exhibitions

I was introduced to the tradition of Bojagi by the artist and curator Chunghie Lee.  Bojagi is a traditional folk art which originated from the need for fabric to store or to wrap things.  It embodies craftsmanship with historic traditions.  There is a potential for Bojagi to be developed into a fine art form.

The techniques of piecing fabric together and making a feature of the exposed seams identifies the unique structure of Bojagi. In my work, this structure allows light to filter through and the functions between the seams create their own patterns.  I am inspired by the simple, clean lines of the Korean aesthetic.

Art is a powerful way to connect people regardless of age or nationality.  We are coming together as a unique community showcasing the ties between our countries.

Marianne Penberthy  Sheis an established West Australian fibre and textile artist based in Geraldton, Western Australia. She studied Art and Design at Durack College Geraldton and Edith Cowan University in Perth where she obtained a BA (Visual Arts) in 1995. In 2014, at the invitation of the Korean Bojagi Forum, she showed new works in a solo exhibition on Jeju Island South Korea, a project funded by the WA Department of Culture & Arts and the City of Greater Geraldton.

My introduction to Korean Bojagi came in 2002 when I visited a travelling Bojagi and Beyond exhibition at the Geraldton regional Art Gallery in Western Australia.   This exhibition was the result of one of the first workshops in Australia about Korean Bojagi conducted by textile artist and educator Professor Chunghie Lee.  These textiles works in this exhibition had a lasting and haunting influence on my art practice.

What inspires me about Bojagi is the transforming use of the remnant and the value placed on scraps of cloth by the Korean makers of Bojagi.  The strength of the joint seams grids, the abstract quality of the patchwork cloth and the concept of wrapping something precious in a carefully constructed cloth all resonated with me.   Thoughts about wrapping a memory, a place of something precious in cloth or paper filtered down into my work.

The referencing of women’s work through textile construction carried this inspiration.  In 2013 I received a grant from the Western Australian Department of Culture & Arts.   This grant application was directed towards the development of new work influenced by Asian textile traditions including Korean Bojagi and shibori.  With the assistance of this grant I was able to change the traditional approach that had been driving my work with cloth.  I chose to create new works outside these traditions and more in alignment with my West Australian art practice.   I chose to do this in isolated bushy locations where I spend long periods of time in winter.   The work evolved as an implied memory of cloth, rather than actual cloth.  I sifted baking flour directly over lace remnants onto the red dirt, removing the cloth to reveal the cloths’s mark or memory.  The act of sifting flour over lace onto the ground surface referenced wormed’w work.   Historically wheat and flour is associated with the colonisation and early development of Australia.  This is important to me.  Working in isolated bush locations helps me to connect with place, history and the land on which I work.

In 2014 and 2016 Professor Chunghie Lee invited me to present my work at The Korean Bojagi Forums in Jeju Island and Seoul respectively.  These Forums supported contemporary interpretations of Korean Bojagi.  It is apparent that inspiration has been drawn from Korean Bojagi traditions by textile artists from around the world.

The cultural exchange through textiles and the Korean Bojagi Forums offered me an opportunity to experience the diversity of another country its culture and to develop new friendships.  The Forums gave voice to new ideas, concepts, skills, and approaches to art making and importantly the opportunity to be part of an ever expanding international contemporary fibre arts ………………Australia and beyond.

Maryanne Wick  She is a lecturer in painting and drawing at the National Art School in Sydney, from where she graduated in 2001 with a BFA (in Painting). The five years spent living and working in North Asia, primarily in South Korea and China, was invaluable to her development as an artist.

‘My still life paintings about Korea are conceptual.  They depict hand-made ceramic pottery and local objects in a fragile estate of being.  Rather than focus entirely on the composition and the objects themselves, I look toward the environment, my surrounds and the society in which I live to create my paintings’. (Maryanne Wick, Seoul, 2003).

I started travelling to Korea in 1999.  At that time, a friend and colleague invited me to the home of Korean ceramicist and potter Jong-neung Lee, known by this artist name Jisan.  Jason collected pure water from the stream next to his house and made us lunch from his garden.  We ate and drank from his exquisite hand-made bowls and talked about Korea, its art and tradition.  This meeting was significant to my painting still life compositions about Korea.

After graduating from the National Art School in 2001, I went back to Korea to begin my practice as a full-time artist.   The tree small paintings ‘Tilt (Soju Cups)’ (2002) ‘Equilibrium’ (220) and ‘Kumgangsan’ (2203) were painted in Seoul.  They formed part of a large series of still life works exhibited in Seoul and Sydney.

Returning to Australia in 2006, I continued painting still life composition based on a ‘sense of place’.  The three compositions ‘Still Life in Celadon I’ (2010), ‘Still Life in Celadon II’ (2010) and ‘Still Life in Celadon (Memories of Invading)’ (2010) again depict hand-made ceramics from Korea.  Focusing on the environment, local colour and light (which is quite different to the northern hemisphere) each painting aims to reflect my natural surroundings an memories of Korea.

‘Still Life Undisturbed’ (2015) and ‘Still Life After “The Owl and the Pussycat”‘ (2016) depict my collection of Korean and Australian ceramics, various objects and ‘gifts’ from nature.  In more recent years, lizards and birds have found their way into my paintings.   Nature is a strong influence on my still life painting, together with the use of symbolism, shadow-play and narrative derived from traditional Asian art and, specifically, traditional Korean art.

On reflection, the title of this exhibition ‘Dissolve, Inspiration by Korea’ accurately reflects my Australian heritage and acquired Korean sensibilities.  It captures the merging of two unique countries, cultures and art that have impacted, quite significantly, my life and art.

11 October 

In The Works is a new film screening event at Event Cinemas George Street where WIFT members can preview their work-in-progress films on a cinema screen and in front of a live audience.

The aim of the night is for the filmmaker/member to gain insightful audience feedback to assist in the project’s next edit.

Our debut feature preview is The 33rd Wedding directed by Jed Malone.


Code Breakers:  WOMEN in GAMES Did you know that almost 50% of gamers are women? Maybe, but how much do you know about the integral role that women have played shaping gaming? Though they still comprise less than 10% of the industry, the contribution of women is enormous.

Screen Worlds:  Bringing together rare footage, fascinating objects and interactive displays, Screen Worldstakes you through a journey that examines the past, present and future of screen mediums and digital culture.


Katsushika Hokusai is regarded as one of the most influential and creative minds in the history of Japanese art. His unique social observations, innovative approach to design and mastery of the brush made him famous in Edo-period Japan and globally recognised within a decade of his death.

The self-described ‘Old man mad about drawing’ was known by at least thirty names during his lifetime and was renowned for his unconventional behaviour. Despite his fame, Hokusai never attained financial success and his years of greatest artistic production were spent in poverty. He travelled and moved his resting place and studio regularly, finding inspiration for his unique style through close observations of nature and interactions with ordinary people.

In 1909 the NGV purchased five works from Hokusai’s iconic Thirty-six Views of Mt Fujiseries, including his most celebrated image The great wave off Kanagawa (The great wave), 1830–34; two works from his A Tour to the Waterfalls in Various Provincesseries; and four other major works. These astute acquisitions established a legacy of Japanese art in Australia that has now extended for more than one hundred years.

Hokusai features 176 works from the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto, and the NGV Collection that encompass the artist’s remarkable seventy-year career. For the first time in Australia, seven of Hokusai’s major series, including Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji, 1830–34; A Tour to the Waterfalls in Various Provinces, c. 1832; Remarkable Views of Bridges in Various Provinces, c. 1834; Eight Views of the Ryūkyū Islands; and One Hundred Ghost Stories, c. 1831, are on display, as well as selected works representing his great passion for the classical subjects of birds and flowers and historical poetry. A selection of rare prints and paintings that show the stylistic and thematic changes of Hokusai’s formative years, as well as three sets of illustrated books that highlight the artist’s masterful and compositionally innovative book illustrations, including the complete set of fifteen volumes of Hokusai Manga, complete this comprehensive insight into the life and times of this major figure.

EARLY to  MATURE 1782-1831








BIRDS and FLOWERS 1833-34



ONE HUNDRED VIEWS of MT FUJI 1834, 1835, 1839


21 September

MCCLELLAND SCULPTURE PARK & GALLERY McClelland has a long tradition of innovation and success. Its entrepreneurial spirit in the last decade has doubled the size of the Sculpture Park to 16 hectares, more than trebled the attendance to over 130,000 visitors annually, acquired significant works and forged public/private partnerships to consolidate its role as an artistic hub and the focus for cultural tourism in the Frankston & Mornington Peninsula regions.

STEPHEN HALEY:  Out of Place

Working in painting and digital media, Stephen Haley uses 3D modelling software to explore the virtual and actual environments of contemporary experience. Where once we inhabited particular and unique places, these are increasingly replaced by generic constructed space. Haley transforms seemingly unremarkable urban surroundings into complex spatial and visual phenomena, to highlight the current conditions of rapid urbanisation, digital evolution and environmental degradation. This exhibition features a selection of Haley’s recent constructed photographs and video work, including vast aerial vistas of metropolitan spaces and driving simulations.

TINA HAIM- WENTSCHER Sculptor 1887-1974

This exhibition celebrates the life and art of Tina Wentcher, a somewhat overlooked figure in Australian sculpture whose works elegantly unite Eastern and Western aesthetic influences. The artist was born in 1887 in Constantinople and established herself as a significant sculptor in Berlin, before travelling extensively with her husband Julius throughout South East Asia. Here they produced numerous sculptures and paintings, including portraits of the local people and landscapes. After fleeing conflicts in Europe and Asia, the Wentchers arrived in Australia in 1940 and continued to produce work that brought together varied cultural and aesthetic influences. After several years of research, renowned curator Ken Scarlett OAM has traced Wentcher’s sculptures in Germany, Greece, China, Singapore, North America and Australia, with this reseacrh and key loans to be presented with McClelland’s representative collection of works by the artist.


19 September 

Arthurs Seat Mornington Peninsula, Gondolaand lunch atArthurs Hotel 

17 September

Port Phillip Estate Winery and Accommodation, Mornington Peninsula with a carpark full of McLaren cars.

5 September


The annual David Jones Flower Show at the Elizabeth Street Store in Sydney is in its 32nd year. 30 specialist florists have spent over 10,000 hours and used 150,000 fresh flowers to design this year’s show. It is the largest public event for David Jones and runs daily from 31stAugust 2017 to 10thSeptember 2017.



The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.  The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture, while the Sulman Prize is given to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.  Each year, the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSWjudge the Archibald and Wynne, and invite an artist to judge the Sulman. The 2017 judge is Tony Albert. Visit the exhibition to vote for your favourite portrait in the ANZPeople’s Choice award before voting closes (2 October) and see the work of budding artists aged 5-18 on display in the Young Archies.


Congratulations to painter, comedian and author Anh Do who has won the 2017 ANZ People’s Choice award with his portrait of Indigenous actor Jack Charles.

‘Jack’s face is full of character,’ says Do. ‘I wanted the painting to capture his gravitas but also the loneliness that has been his constant companion. I mixed wet and semi-dried paint to create a texture that would evoke mountains and waterfalls, tree bark, fallen leaves, clouds and rain to encapsulate the beauty of the Australian landscape inside this beautiful man’s face.


Over 80 magnificent but seldom-seen watercolours made between the 1830s and 1900 from the gallery’s collection are presented in a Victorian-style displayed in the Grand Courts.

Victorian watercolours were among the very first works of art acquired by the Art Gallery of NSW. Painted in an elaborate, highly finished style that claimed consideration on equal terms with oil painting, they were highly prized in the 19th century. Watercolour painters embraced new and ambitious subjects and usually displayed their pictures in ornate gold frames to set off their jewel-like colours.


Works by Australian and New Zealand contemporary artists who engage with everyday materials and imagery in surprising and transformative ways. In Out of the ordinary, paper price tags burst into a radiant mandala, a printer performs a colourful abstraction, a huge tarpaulin becomes an unexpected canvas and everyday fluorescent lights convert into brilliant ‘blue poles’.

The artists include Rebecca Baumann, Kushana Bush, Sara Hughes, Helen Johnson, Jonathan Jones, Nicholas Mangan, Laith McGregor, Grant Stevens and Michelle Ussher.


Mikala Dwyer creates objects and installations that are both playful and provocative, re-imagining familiar materials and what they say to us about the world in which we live.  Her highly engaging sculptures explore ideas about shelter, childhood play, modernist design and the relationship between people and objects.  Often beguiling in their colour and profusion, her works incorporate raw materials and found objects in inventive and unexpected ways that transform their architectural settings.

For A shape of thoughtDwyer co-opts both the everyday and the fabulous to transform four of our contemporary galleries – floating 150 silver balloons high above the gallery floor, installing an elaborate suspension of fabric shapes held aloft by stockings, and building a large circular sculptural gathering that includes crystal-like Perspex structures.

PASSION and PROCESSION art of the Philippines

Passion and processionbrings together painting, sculpture, video and installation works from ten contemporary Filipino artists, revealing their very personal responses to faith, history, politics and life in the Philippines.

The works draw on folk mythology, family archives, nature and religious ceremony to reconsider established narratives of history and nation. The artists have used found as well as ritual objects, plant specimens and symbols of precolonial histories to address the ambiguities of faith and science, social inequality and relationship to place. In doing so, they demonstrate a belief in the potential of art to inspire, heal and effect social change.

The artists include Santiago Bose, Marina Cruz, Alfredo Esquillo Jr, Nona Garcia, Renato Habulan, Geraldine Javier, Mark Justiniani, Alwin Reamillo, Norberto Roldan and Rodel Tapaya.

30 August

DESIGN VISUALISATION FOR EVENTS AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT  An exploration of Autodesk’s 3ds Max in design visualisation

Will provides a unique opportunity for you to get a hands-on look at how 3ds Max sits comfortably within the traditional design process to provide for the reduced time frames and the geographically dispersed teams which typify today’s live entertainment industry.

We will take you on a high-speed walk through the building and rendering of a 3D model of a live event in 3ds Max, adding realistic lighting and atmosphere whilst ensuring that everything is modelled to a real world scale ensuring the same models can be used by the workshops to produce the real thing.

Get valuable insights and plus live demonstrations including:

  • an understanding the role that models have always played in the design process
  • an appreciation how the technology must be an enabler and not a barrier
  • experiencing how 3ds Max can be used as a rapid visualisation tool including VR
  • an understanding of how real-time rendering assists rapid development
  • an understanding of how Yeo Creative Solutions use 3ds Max as the backbone of their design and visualisation service
  • see how Chaos Group V-Rayprovides fast, flexible and realistic rendering

Jonathan Yeoman   Managing Director,  Yeo Creative Solutions

Jonathan Yeoman is an experienced 3D visualiser and live entertainment production manager. Jonathan runs Yeo Creative Solutions who support all stages of the creative process including high-quality 3D visualisations, fly throughs, interactive 360-degree panoramas, set designs, construction drawings and the supply of specialist scenic flooring, fabrics and scenic products. He has a background in theatre production and applies the knowledge of construction and lighting techniques that he gained through this experience to add detail and realism to the models his company produces.

Yeo Creative Solutions combines new technology and experience to create better results for event planners and designers with 3D visualisation, drafting and set design that gets everything right before the event takes place.

David Zwierzchaczewski   Animation Specialist, Autodesk

David Zwierzchaczewski is the animation specialist for media and entertainment at Autodesk. He has spent the past 20 years working in the Film, TV, and Games industries and the last 5 years at Autodesk where he has been at the forefront of software development and implementation in the industry.

23 August

Jaunt One Demo Sydney by Staples VR

The Jaunt One is a professional grade stereographic cinematic VR build from the ground up and designed with visionary VR creators in mind. Come along to see the first Juant One outside of the USA and gets some hands on time with the team at Staples VR who have partnered with Jaunt to provide tech, rental and support for the system in both New Zealand and Australia.  Staples VR will put the camera through its paces and explain the good the bad and the amazing when it comes to the system. Staples VR will compare with outher capture systems and help you with decisions around which camera is right for your project.

Staples VR lead the way when it comes to live action 360 video and vr content creation. They have worked with clients in entertainment, medical, forensic, education and telecomunication industries to name a few and are on the fore front of this rapidly expanding industry.

They have build a huge range of skills and techniques to get the most of of your capture systems and post workflow and will for the first time be offering these in depth learnings to external operators and technicians looking at entering this industry.

LINK to more information on Camera, Lighting and Motion Capture post

AUTO DESK  Design 2020 Autodesk Doltone House Pirrama Road, Pyrmont 


Future of Making Things by Andy Cunningham, Autodesk

Industry Update by Greg Ewing, President (NSW) Engineers, Australia

Customer presentation by Steve Fox, BIM Consulting    T. +61 2 8252 8488   M. +61 (0)452 455 165

The Value of Collections by Autodesk technical team, Sam Macalister & Matthew McKnight

‘How to get there’: Moving to Subscription by Andy Cunningham, Autodesk.

LINK to more information under Business post

16 August

EPIC Lecture: Live-drawing with Code. Immersive Virtual Measurement & Analytics

Featuring creative live-drawing using coding (presented by Tomasz Bednarz of Data61 and UNSW Art & Design) and invited lecture by Wes Griffin from NIST, USA 🙂 After talks, we all will move to Expended Perception and Interaction Centre (EPICentre), for small nibbles and one or two HPC Visualisation demos.

Abstract: Everything starts with a pixel. Once you know how to display a dot, you can draw almost everything without any limitations. Things became simpler – you don’t need to know operation on bits to draw a ghost or a flower, or remember hexadecimal numbers to animate shapes. However, you still need to know a bit about hardware, its limitations to produce efficient code and creative real-time visuals. Ninjas can achieve almost impossible, even control Big Data of 64kb. Ninja Hack Art is alive in connecting dots of art and science, making new engineering designs. This talk will focus on live-drawing with code.

Bio:  Tomasz Bednarz

Title: Application Creation for an Immersive Virtual Measurement and Analysis Laboratory

Abstract: Content creation for realtime interactive systems is a difficult problem. In game development, content creation pipelines are a major portion of the code base and content creation is a major portion of the budget. In research environments, the choice of rendering and simulation systems is frequently driven by the need for easy to use content authoring tools. In visualization, this problem is compounded by the widely varying types of data that users desire to visualize. We present a content creation framework incorporated into our visualization system that enables measurement and quantitative analysis tasks in both desktop and immersive environments on diverse input data sets.

Bio: Wesley Griffinis a Computer Scientist in the High Performance Computing and Visualization Group of the Applied and Computational Mathematics Division of the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He currently works on realtime interactive systems both at the infrastructure level and at visualization creation of scientific data produced at NIST. He earned his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2016.

KHRONOS is royalty-free, open standards for 3D graphics, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Parallel Computing, Neural Networks, and Vision Processing.

Walter Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Link to more information as part of my Programming Post.

14 August

Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway

The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway is a living memorial and a principal site of commemoration honouring all those who fought for Australia during World War II. A principal focus is on the sacrifices made during key Papua New Guinea battles which took place in 1942-43 along the Kokoda Track, at Milne Bay on the south-eastern tip of Papua, and at Buna, Gona, and Sanananda on the northern coastline.

The Walkway covers more than 800 metres from Rhodes Station to Concord Hospital in Sydney’s inner-west, and runs along the mangrove-studded shores of Brays Bay on the Parramatta River.

At the centrepiece are magnificent granite walls bearing photographic images of the Kokoda campaign. There are 22 audio-visual stations along the Walkway, each describing a significant place or military engagement. The Walkway has been planted with lush tropical vegetation simulating the conditions of The Kokoda Track.

29 July

Sydney Olympic Park Armory Gallery – Mining Pyrite

Mining Pyrite offers a comparison between the failure and success of Olympic Park through the work of artists for whom work and experimentation are synonymous. The constant testing and exploration of the boundaries of what does and doesn’t work is the stock and trade of creativity. Over the past 12 years Sydney Olympic Park Authority has acknowledged and supported this endeavour through its Artists at the Armory program. Mining Pyrite is an exhibition that sheds light on the activities of the studios, as well as celebrating a history of the success of the residency and proving the point that if a studio exists for emerging artists, success may prevail over failure.

Curators Cassandra Hard-Lawrie and Nick Vickershave selected 20 artists who have occupied the studios and whose works exemplify a journey of exploration, a journey that demonstrates that creativity is not easy, a journey that traces the journey within the journey from failure to success.

Mining Pyrite features the artworks of: Wade Marynowsky, Mark Booth, Chris Bowman, Mark Brown, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, Louisa Dawson, Gary Deirmendjian, Judith Duquemin, Allan Giddy, John Gillies, Locust Jones, Akira Kamada, Michael Keighery, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Meredith Peach, Jane Theau, Rachel Walls, Ken and Julia Yonetani.

21 July 

SMPTE17 Conference– Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers   ‘Embracing Connective Media’

The region’s premier forum for the exploration of Broadcast, Media and Entertainment technology, SMPTE17 includes three days of compelling technical conference sessions, offering attendees unparalleled opportunities for professional development, relationship building, and “mind sharing.” Presenters and panelists will include a wide range of international and local technology thought-leaders.

The Australia Section of the SMPTE was founded in 1971. Today, it is part of the SMPTE Asia Pacific Region that includes more than 750 members. SMPTE in Australia has been a leader in building ties between like-minded and guild organisations serving the media and content industry. Further information about SMPTE Australia is available at

The Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), a professional membership association, is one of the leaders in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world sustain the Society. Through the Society’s partnership with the Hollywood Professional Alliance® (HPA®), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content.

20 July

WALKLEY  MEDIA  TALKS in association with the State Library of NSW:  Interactive Storytelling:  New Ways of Engaging Audiences.

In the digital age newsrooms are experimenting to capture readers’ attention. Some approach the challenge in a tech-driven way, with chatbots, interactive games, quizzes and complex multimedia stories that let readers choose their own adventure. For others it’s about involving the audience from the earliest stages of story selection through to crowdsourced content. The rise of news bots and Snapchat glasses raise questions about user experiences and concerns about information curation. So what’s next in storytelling, and how are different organisations faring with the growth of interactive content?

KOREAN CULTURAL OFFICE  Passage to Pusan: The Journey Bridging the Friendship between Two Families

To commemorate the anniversary of the Korean War, representing the book of the same name by Australian journalist Louise Evans.  The exhibition details the 15,000km journey of Australian Mother, Thelma Healy to spiritually reunite with her son Vincent after his death during the Korean War.  The journey bridging the friendship between two families, transferring Thelma’s travel diary, family photographs and intimate letters onto six installations, revealing Thelma’s pilgrimage and an enduring friendship forged by mutual loss, grief and gratitude with Korean war widow Kim Chang Keun and her family.  340 Australian soldiers died fighting for the democracy in Korean during the Korean War.

White Rabbit Gallery:  The lights go out on THE DARK MATTERS

The ancient Chinese got their ink from smoky oil lamps, brushing away deposited soot and missing it into a paste that hardened into “stones”.

7 & 8 July

Lantern Making Workshops

28 June

DisConnex:  Reframing Resistance.  Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown NSW, Australia

A group exhibition showcasing re-used salvaged heritage items from homes destroyed by WestCONnex; in tandem with films, photographs, placards, works of art, protest actions and costumes that creatively challenge the displacement caused to communities across Sydney by the spreading network of tollways.

Paintings for sale via silent auction at the opening on June 28 by Janet Kossy

“Women Against Westconnex” acrylic and collage on canvas 41x 51cm 2016 All proceeds of the sale of this painting will be donated to Save Ashfield Park. Reserve price: 400.00

“Transported” acrylic and paperbark collage on canvas 61 x 76cm 2017 All proceeds of the sale of this painting will be divided between Save Newtown, Save Sydney Park and No WestConnex – Public Transport. Reserve price: 600.00

“Our Home” acrylic and collage on canvas 46 x 61cm 2016 All proceeds of the sale of this painting will be donated to the WestCONnex Action Group. Reserve price: 350.00

1, 9, 12, 14 June


The idea is to turn the Opera House into a sculpture of creatures.

Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring an outdoor ‘gallery’ of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world’s most important creative industry forums and, of course, the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.
The multi-award-winning winter festival of light, music and ideas returns to illuminate Sydney with exciting new precincts to explore, mesmerising new light art to inspire and plenty of entertainment for everyone. This spectacular festival has grown into the largest of its kind in the world. In 2017, Vivid will be bigger and better than ever, offering an expanded program of multi-genre music, more stimulating ideas from global thinkers and creators, plus dazzling light art across the city. Join in the fun and experience it for yourself!
Visiting Martin Place, Angel Place, Royal Botanical Gardens, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay and the Rocks

14 June



‘I work to find the beauty in difference, and when placed together, show a new beauty in togetherness.’

In honour of Multicultural March 2017, the Library is displaying 20 photographs from the Jon Lewis collection ‘Sydney Town Street Portraits’. Lewis highlights our culturally diverse city through images of its people. Over the past two years he has walked the streets of inner Sydney every day, creating portraits in homage to the street photographs of the 1930s to 50s.


“We exist to inspire understanding of the world through quality photojournalism.”

World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organisation committed to supporting and advancing photojournalism and documentary photography worldwide. Among their many activities, World Press Photo organises an annual exhibition featuring the award-winning photographs from the prestigious World Press Photo Contest for press photography. The 2016 contest had 80,408 images submitted by 5034 press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers from 126 countries.

2 June

POWER HOUSE MUSEUM  Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences


From the simple to the stunning, Love is: Australian Wedding Fashion features more than 50 wedding outfits plus accessories covering nearly 200 years of Australian weddings. The exhibition includes Australia’s first surviving wedding dress from 1822, gold rush fashions, elegant 1920s gowns, unconventional sixties styles and spectacular contemporary designer fashion, as well as garments reflecting Australia’s culturally diverse communities. Memorabilia, photographs and letters reveal the stories and traditions behind the outfits within the context of the social, economic and political changes in Australian society. The exhibition will showcase examples of exquisite contemporary gowns from well-known Australians at the vanguard of international wedding fashion.


Elementary? Maybe for Sherlock Holmes, but how will you fare when you try to solve a captivating, original mystery in the tradition of the master detective? Find out for yourself in The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the Powerhouse Museum.

For the first time in Australia, be transported back to Sherlock Holmes’ Victorian London and crack the case by conducting your own experiments in this interactive exhibition that is perfect for the whole family.

Before taking on the challenge, enter Sherlock’s world and explore the study of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, doctor-turned-author and the man behind the legend. See original manuscripts and first editions, visit one of the world’s most accurate recreations of 221B Baker Street, the home of Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick Watson.

Plus immerse yourself in the most comprehensive display of Sherlock pop culture items since his creation 127 years ago, including costumes, props and behind the scenes equipment from the hit CBS television show Elementary and the BBC’s Sherlock, as well as Warner Bros.’ recent Sherlock Holmes movies.

So whether you’re a Sherlockian fanatic, a mini sleuth, have a keen interest in science and history or just a fan of pop culture, an ear to the ground and an eye for observation are elementary in The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes.


Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital explores the increasingly important role of digital manufacture in contemporary art, science, fashion, design and architecture.

Recognising that many techniques have emerged from past ideas and are now defining new possibilities, understandings and expectations.  3D printing in its various forms, CNC machining, laser cutting and digital knitting and weaving.

These technologies suggest a new future that promises innovation in design, new industries and business models and a renewed local manufacturing base.  They also indicate a breakdown of the way we understand the boundary between the digital and material worlds, marking a significant cultural shift.

The exhibition features works by more than 60 artists, designers and architects from around the world including Barry X Ball, Zaha Hadid, Iris van Herpen and Ron Arad, as well as works from Australia and the Asia-Pacific, and objects from the MAAS collection.


This exhibition, featuring a selection of over 70 celebrated and rarely-displayed objects from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ vast and diverse collection, explores what makes a museum object an icon in the 21st century.

From a grand concert piano to a humble elephant statue that survived the great Garden Palace fire of 1882; from Sir Howard Florey’s penicillin samples to a cochlear implant; from an ancient Greek drinking cup to the Apple 1 computer; many of the objects are leading examples of human creativity and ingenuity, and have played a significant role in shaping society and creating a better world.

This diverse array of objects are explored through themes including luxury, celebrity, status, spirituality, value and genius. You are invited to consider and question what makes something iconic.


Student Fashion is an annual display that provides a glimpse of the exciting potential of the next generation of Australian fashion designers. The exhibition showcases outfits from the final-year ranges of top students from four Sydney-based fashion design schools. With inspiration as varied as the rural landscape around Orange and Chinese calligraphy, and fabrications ranging from hand-woven to 3D printed garments, each student presents two signature garments alongside fascinating documentation of their creative process.

V-RAY DOWN UNDER TOUR Sydney, Chaos Group Creating powerful rendering and simulation technology to help you visualize anything imaginable.

A chance to find out about the cutting-edge new features in our products, achieve V-Ray certification, and meet fellow Antipodean V-Ray users.   The Chaos Group will present a packed schedule of presentations, covering V-Ray in architecture, design, construction, and media and entertainment.

1 June


22 May


NIMBIN,  New South Wales.  My first visit to the village of Nimbin, is notable for the prominence of its environmental initiatives such as permaculture, sustainability and self-sufficiency as well as the cannabiscounterculture. Writer Austin Pick described his initial impressions of the village this way: “It is as if a smoky avenue of Amsterdam has been placed in the middle of the mountains behind frontier-style building facades. … Nimbin is a strange place indeed.”

Nimbin has been described in literature and mainstream media as ‘the drug capital of Australia’, ‘a social experiment’ and ‘an escapist sub-culture’. Nimbin has become an icon in Australian cultural history with many of the values first introduced there by the counterculture becoming part of modern Australian culture.


Nimbin is a vibrant and unique community nestled in scenic north east New South Wales.
Nimbin Artists Gallery was established on the 7th of November 1997 to showcase the creative and innovative styles of the regions artists.  The gallery exhibits a huge range of works from over 100 artists living in and around Nimbin.

On display is a large variety of art including sculpture, glass, jewelry, ceramics, clothing, baskets – too much to mention. The gallery is open daily (7 days) 10am – 5pm and is run by a small team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers.

The gallery hosts the annual Nimbin Autumn Arts Extravaganza. This major exhibition joins the gallery to the adjacent hall, stage and back stage areas. It includes daily recitals and performance art.It occurs around Easter for three and a half weeks.

21 May

TWEED  REGIONAL  GALLERYis surrounded by beautiful gardens and lawns and offering panoramic views of the Tweed River, the Tweed Regional Gallery is the perfect place to visit to view first-rate exhibitions.  Past Exhibitions.

Margaret Olley Art Centre  

MOAC combines exhibitions of paintings and objects, an interactive multi-media drawing activity, research library and education workshop, and is complemented by the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio. Central to the MOAC is the recreation of areas of Olley’s famous home studio, principally the Hat Factory and the Yellow Room.  The recreation features original architectural elements such as windows and doors, relocated from Olley’s home studio at 48 Duxford Street, Paddington, Sydney. The interiors are filled with over 20,000 items Olley collected over many years as subject matter for her paintings.  These combined elements offer a rich and dynamic context for Olley’s extensive artistic career.

Portraits: Margaret Olley, The Margaret Olley Art Centre

“Because I have a face like a pudding and it’s easy to draw.”

This was Margaret Olley’s humorous response, when asked by friend and biographer Christine France, why, in her opinion, she was such a popular portrait subject for fellow artists.

Margaret Olley remains the most painted face in Australian art history. As a fledgling artist at the age of 25, Olley sat for friend and fellow artist William Dobell. His portrait Margaret Olley 1948 won the Archibald Prize, hurtling a shy Olley into a media frenzy. More than six decades later, Olley was again the subject of an Archibald Prize winning portrait by Ben Quilty, Margaret Olley 2011.

This outstanding exhibition of portraits of Olley by her artist friends, and self-portraits, is an exploration of Olley’s extraordinary life, spirited character and her enduring friendships with some of the most significant figures in Australian art. Portraits: Margaret Olley includes work by Margaret Olley, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Ian Fairweather, Judy Cassab, Jeffrey Smart, Ben Quilty, Nicholas Harding and more.

A – Z: the alphabet in art – Works from the collection,  The Withey Family Gallery

Drawn from our collection, this playful exhibition brings together a curious combination of works inspired by the alphabet.  Selecting pieces for this exhibition presented me with the opportunity to create fun and unusual combinations of artworks from the collection for our visitors.  Play a classic game of ‘I Spy’, or create your own game using the artworks as a visual language. I invite you to interact with some wonderful pieces in what I hope is an engaging, family-orientated and entertaining exhibition.  After viewing this playful glimpse into the Gallery’s collection, you’ll really know your ABCs!

Slipstitch, The Boyd Gallery

An Ararat Regional Art Gallery and NETS Victoriatouring exhibition, curated by Dr Belinda von Mergensen  Slipstitch presents an Australian perspective on the contemporary uptake of embroidery by a new generation of artists.

In recent years contemporary artists in Australia have embraced embroidery for its capacity for poignant and reflective narrative. The re-emergence of embroidery is part of a broader questioning of the hierarchy of materials that has gained momentum since the 1990s. Embroidered objects have often been read literally and relegated within a domestic framework. These new contemporary works break down preconceptions by exploring what embroidery can become once it transcends the regularity of pattern and decoration. Historically, embroidery like the Bayeux Tapestry, was used as a tool for personal or political narratives. Slipstitch aims to introduce a contemporary audience to the capacity of embroidery for drawing and communication in this mode.

The exhibition features recent work from Mae Finlayson, David Green, Lucas Grogan, Alice Kettle, Tim Moore, Silke Raetze, Demelza Sherwood, Matt Siwerski, Jane Theau, Sera Waters, Elyse Watkins and Ilka White.

Concrete 2, The Peter and Judy Budd Foyer

Throughout the history of art photography, the concrete form has been used to symbolise pervasive and dominant social forces. Concrete through photography has become a symbol of Modernist design, the metropolis, urban growth, industrialisation and of the designed utopia.

Damien O’Maraseeks to re-present the concrete form in a way that challenges the established symbolism. Rather than a clean and inert concrete structure, Concrete 2 depicts a concrete bridge that is marked and stained by time and place. The beam structure is overcome by marine growth and algae. The circular pillar reflects the greens and purples of the surrounding vegetation. The concrete form is depicted as immersed in and effected by its environment. While the clean concrete form suggests the dominance of the designed over the natural, the stained and marked concrete form suggests an inevitable intertwining of the intended and the experienced. The works reflect a gradual shift away from the regimentation of Modern societies and towards a less homogenised and more interactive contemporary awareness.

Guy Maestri, The Friends Gallery

During 2016 Sydney-based artist Guy Maestri spent time in the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residency Studio. The aim of the residency was to commence the development of a body of work for a solo exhibition in the Friends Gallery in March 2017.

The artist said, “I originally intended to observe and respond to the local landscape and fauna as the focus of my residency at the Gallery. However, as I settled into the studio and absorbed myself into the residency, I realised what a privilege it was to have such intimate access to Margaret Olley’s world via the exhibition of Olley’s work and the re-creation of her Duxford Street home studio.  Studying Margaret’s paintings, reading her thoughts about art and life and having access to the actual objects that she painted from (her own things) made me realise what a masterful painter she was. It made me fall in love with painting again, for the pure joy of it. To spend time looking at, and painting from life, the objects I know so well from Margaret’s paintings, and to know that Margaret herself had spent time quietly rendering those same objects was again, a privilege. It unexpectedly redirected my focus for my residency, to something more intimate and more about personal objects, and of course, about the love of painting.”

Drawn to Print: David Fairborn, The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Renowned portraitist David Fairbairnis well known for his large mixed media drawings. Although this aspect of his practice continues, in recent years he has worked almost exclusively on large scale etchings.  

David Fairbairn said, “It is important to me that my etchings compliment and extend my previous explorations in drawing. With these new prints, drawing directly from the sitter onto the copper etching plate is an important aspect of my process. The length of time spent with a person and the stopping and starting of a work as a series develops, are factors that contribute to the final outcome. I am interested in the unexpected transformative qualities of the line that is etched by immersion in ferric chloride. The quality of the corrosive line is different to a drawn line on paper using charcoal or pastel. Now working predominantly in black and white, I am able to reinforce the underlying formal and abstract structures in the depiction of the sitter, whilst still emphasising the emotional and psychological content of the work.”  

Drawn to Print: David Fairbairn showcases drawings produced from 2010–2016, and etchings of the same sitters created during the period 2015–2017.  David Fairbairn is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney and Port Jackson Press Print Gallery, Melbourne.

Slow light… Celestial, The Macnaughton Focus Gallery

The Slow Light… Celestial series was inspired by Colleen DaRosa’sroad trip in April this year starting in the Red Centre, Uluru on 2 April 2016. The previous day, artist Bruce Munro had finalised the installation of his epic work Field of Light (2016) using 50,000 solar-powered LED lights. He had been enchanted a decade ago by the fields of wild flowers he’d seen at Uluru and was motivated to recreate a vision in light. Under the night sky, one experienced the glowing majesty of a celestial floral tribute to the Milky Way, mirrored in a colourful cosmos. The enormity of the work and the power of light as a poetic device was compelling.  The motifs for the Slow Light… Celestial series are traces from that experience and my own imaginings of celestial light and cosmic forms. I employ techniques in which reflection and refraction of light create a glow of colour. As one’s view point changes, light becomes a more palpable force.

Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper Between Now and Forever, The Anthony Gallery

This exhibition draws from documentation gathered from If These Halls Could Talk; a multi-arts project managed by Arts Northern Rivers celebrating halls and the role they play in our communities. The Northern Rivers is a region of villages, most with a hall at the centre of its community heart. Some sit proud on hills, some tilted with age, but all are places of stories and keepers of secrets. Seven halls from across the Northern Rivers were selected to have a renowned artist collaborate with their community to create a site-speci c work inspired by the unique narrative of their hall.

Opera Queensland was commissioned by Arts Northern Rivers to tell the 102-year-old tale of Tumbulgum Hall. Nestled on the banks of the Tweed River, Tumbulgum Hall has an amazing history. Built in 1914 the hall has many stories contained within its walls. In their show Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper Between Now and Forever, the major performing arts company focused on the halls connection to the river. The hall was transformed by Opera Queensland into an other-worldly place and in collaboration with the community they created a musical journey that led audiences into the next world and onto forever.

MURWILLUMBAH  “place of many possums”

Surrounded, as it is, by the rim of the world’s largest extinct shield volcano and bordering the Tweed River, almost every street has magnificent mountain, river and valley views.  As well as being the gateway to five of Australia’s World Heritage listed National Parks, Murwillumbah is home to the World Heritage Rainforest Centre – a visitor information centre which also houses a National Parks and Wildlife Service office. The magnificent Mt Warning is the core of the ancient Caldera and it towers over the township of Murwillumbah like a prehistoric guardian.

Head On Photo Awards 2017 – Landscape Prize – George Byrne: Mount Warning is depicted in a local mural near Murwillumbah.

The Treasures of the Tweed mural is a beautiful show of the creativity in Murwillumbah.  The mural is located along the concrete flood mitigation wall on the western side of the Tweed River bank on Commercial Road, Murwillumbah.

20 May 

MURWILLUMBAH – The Blue Frog Patisserie and Café,La Grenouille Bleu.  The french owner, Andre’s goodies include authentic french pastries, quiches and baguettes made at the cafe not to mention the great coffee. 4 Wharf StMurwillumbah, New South Wales. +61 2 6672 7474

Concrete flood protection wall mural

18 May


Polar Bear Shores where you can observe the bear’s graceful underwater swimming and playful behaviours through large underwater viewing windows and learn about these massive marine mammals through detailed information boards and fascinating interpretive information.

Creatures of the Deep, shows a journey to the depths of the ocean and discover a world of mysterious creatures in Sea World’s.  This brand new world-first attraction showcases an array of marine life, from the legendary Kraken to the giant Blue Whale, the fierce Megladon and the luminous creatures from the deepest & darkest parts of the ocean. You will be able to go on an educational, interactive and exciting expedition through the prehistoric, present and mythical worlds, discovering the shadowy realms of the deep sea below.

Penguin Feeding is home to the smallest penguins in the world, this specially designed exhibit offers our cute little Fairy Penguins their very own slice of paradise. You can observe them diving, swimming and burrowing as they playfully interact with each other while getting a rare and educational insight into the nature of these amazing flightless birds.

Penguin Encounter where you get lost in your very own slice of Antarctica in this beautiful frozen exhibit, home to the second largest species of Penguin in the world, the King Penguin as well as the lively Gentoo penguins. Encounter these incredible birds up close in their icy wonderland as they dive in and out of the crystal clear water. You’ll see their playful nature on the snow through the topside viewing area, and their elegant underwater flight through the stunning underwater viewing window.

Shark Bay, explore life beneath the ocean’s surface in the world’s largest man-made lagoon system for sharks. You’ll be amazed by the magical display of tropical fish, sting rays and other bottom-dwellers in the stunning Tropical reef Lagoon – it’s like a piece of the Great Barrier reef on the Gold Coast.

Ray Reef Feeding where you can get up close and personal in this interactive exhibit with one of the ocean’s most misunderstood inhabitants, the majestic Stingray. Discover the true nature of these beautiful creatures in their colourful Sea World home as they fly and glide under the water, coming close enough to let you touch, feed and observe them. You’ll even learn all about the Ray’s place in the ocean’s eco system during one of the many live educational presentations.

Affinity Dolphin Presentation at Dolphin Beach is a large natural sandy bottom lagoon system for dolphins and features the stunning show pool, as well as two other large lagoons. This wonderful area is home to our delightful Offshore Bottlenose Dolphins, and often houses baby dolphins in the nursery area. The 8m deep presentation pool is where the amazing ‘Affinity’ dolphin presentation takes place daily.

Jet Stunt Extreme takes your next visit to Sea World to the extreme as you watch some of the world’s best freestyle Jet Skiers bring the Sea World lake to life twice daily.  Group precision rides sequences and head to head competition are just part of the fun. Don’t miss the thrilling ariel stunts and fast action on purpose designed Jet Skis made for speed.  You’ll be on the edge of your seat the entire time as you watch the team perform amazing aerial flips and gravity defying stunts.

Seal Harbour where you can get up close and personal to Sea World’s playful seals in the Seal Harbour exhibit.  Stroll along the specially designed boardwalks and watch the seals splash, play and sun themselves in their home. Featuring glass partitions and boardwalks just above the water’s surface, it’s the perfect place to unwind and see the seals at play. Learn about the Long Nosed Fur Seals, Sub Antarctic Fur Seals and Californian Sea Lions.  With expansive sandy bottomed lagoons, naturalistic play areas and crystal clear waters, you will delight at this amazing paradise for seals.

Seabird Rehab were you can come and meet our very own resident Pelicans in the Seabird Rehabilitation Aviary. This amazing area is designed to house sea birds under care and rehabilitation. The birds in this area have been nursed back to health by our experienced staff, and many will never return to the wild due to disabilities caused mainly by carelessness with fishing hooks and lines. This area is also famous for its very successful breeding program, which is made all the more special by the fact that it is very unusual to see Pelicans breed on the eastern coastline of Australia!

13 May

MUSEUM  OF  SYDNEY  on this site, in 1988 on the ancient land of the Gadigal people, Governor Arthur Phillip built Australia’s first Government House.  The house was the home, office and seat of authority for the first nine governors of New South Wales and the centre of the social and political life of the colony.

HEAD ON PHOTO AWARDS2017  Portrait Prize, now in its 14th year, the Head On Portrait Prize is one of Australia’s most critically acclaimed photographic portrait competitions.  See the works of the 40 finalists, including the three winners of this internationally renowned photography competition, representing a vibrant and diverse cross-section of new and traditional photographic practices.

The exhibition will also feature the finalists of the Head On Mobile Prize, revealing the magic of photography using mobile devices, and the Head On Student Prize, which showcases amazing photography by Australian school students.

Cesar Dezfuli’s image of 16-year-old Amadou Sumaila, who was on board a crowded rubber boat drifting off the coast of Libya, was one of 118 refugees he photographed within minutes of their rescue.

“Their faces, their looks, the marks on their body, their clothes or the absence of it … reflects the mood and physical state … in a moment that has already marked their lives forever,” Dezfuli wrote on his website.

“Documenting it can serve to bring this migration reality closer to those who only observe it from a distance.”

The winner in the festival’s mobile division also had a refugee theme, with Demetris Koilalous’ The Tempest capturing the sea passage between Greece and Turkey which is often referred to by migrants as the “death passage”.


There’s mountains of sand at the Museum of Sydney, just waiting for you to roll up your sleeves, dig about and create something amazing.

Celebrating Sydney’s beautiful beaches, this fully interactive exhibition features dazzling models of our northern and southern seashores along with a pair of giant digital sandboxes with ‘projected’ scenery changing as your busy hands shift and sculpt a playful sandy landscape.

When you’ve had your fill of shaping sandcastles, mermaids and sea monsters, try building a LEGO beach shack or any other funky creature that springs to mind, with moats overflowing with loose bricks and minifigs surrounding a giant LEGO coastline crafted by the ‘Brickman’ himself, Ryan McNaught.

As you work, watch our special documentary film featuring a sandy line-up of salty-haired Sydneysiders, reflecting on beach life and the many ways we enjoy and experience our city’s watery edge.

Living with an ocean at our doorstep, we use the beach in many different ways. From playing, strolling and jogging along it, to tanning, cuddling or snoozing on it. From drawing, dreaming and writing about it, to revegetating and removing plastic from it. We surf, swim, sail and snorkel alongside it, and sometimes we’re simply moved by the mystery and magic of it.

Inspired by the popularity of our recent interactive LEGO exhibitions, Sand in the City combines all the fun and possibilities of scooping, sculpting and shaping sand with Sydney’s insatiable love of the seaside.

10 May

NSW Award George Byrne Murwillumbah. Mount Warning is depicted in a local mural near Murwillumbah.

HEAD ON LANDSCAPE/TRAVEL prize and NSW Parliament Landscape Photography Prize to encourage a new perspective of an old genre to push creative boundaries and promote work that is informed, but not limited, by traditional practices.  Head On has a broad approach to ‘Landscape’ which encompasses ‘large vista’ images of the natural environment (land or sea), urban or industrial settings.  It may include people but are ‘incidental’ rather than the main subject matter.

Todd Kennedy, winner of the landscape category for Lit from above, an image of a rock formation at Lake Mungo which is lit by pure white LEDs from a drone.  The image is actually a colour image and not a B & W conversion, some green can be made out on the small bushes to the right.

Second Place – Oded Balilty – Glass Mountains.  ‘Broken glass from bottles are piled up for recycling at the Phoenicia Glass Wrlks Ltd factory in the southern Israeli town of Yeruham.

Third Place – Pamela Pauline – Freedom. ‘Descendants of mares and stations brought to Australia by British settlers over 200 years ago.’

To commemorate Anzac Day, the Korean Cultural Centre Australia presents a specially curated photo exhibition ‘REMEMBER:Australian and Greek Veterans in the Korean War’.  Comprising of a diverse range in photographs and documents, this exhibition allows us to remember the valuable sacrifice of both Australian and Greek veterans during the Korean War.

Through the lens of Australian and Greek soldiers, the exhibition depicts the youth that fought vigorously for Korea’s freedom through the most arduous of conditions including the harsh weather extremes which they had not experienced before. Personal stories stemming from the wartime and peacetime along with reflections of the soldiers’ experiences are explored.

Moving further from the involvement of Australia, this exhibition also recognises the efforts of Greece as one of the 21 nations which fought under the UN flag in Korea. Many of the Greek veterans who served in the Korean War currently live in Australia, creating a solid connection between not only Korea and Greece but also Greece and Australia.

This exhibition is a rare opportunity to gain a better understanding between the three communities.

This exhibition has been developed in partnership between the Korean Cultural Centre Australia, the Consulate General of Korea in Sydney and the Consulate General of Greece in Sydney.

* Some photos provided by the Christian Review and Australian War Memorial.

Between the Shots and the Silence: Hellenes at War (World War II and Korean War)

Sydney school teacher and historian Vasilis Vasilas efforts to gather personal narratives of Greek war veterans have culminated into a new book Between the Shots and the Silence: Hellenes at War (World War II and Korean War), which was released lately.  The book focuses on veterans war stories from the Greek-Italian War (1940-41), the Greek armed forces in North Africa, Italy and Greece (1941-44) and the Greek Expeditionary Force in the Korean War (1950-58). There is also a chapter on the Greeks, whether Greek nationals or Australians of Greek parentage, within the Australian armed forces during the Second World War. Included in the North Africa and Italy of World War II chapter are also three stories from three Greek Cypriot veterans in the British Army at the time. Vasilis Vasilas told Sotiris Hatzimanolis that sixty-four veterans participated in this project, making it an important historical document. Veterans’ war stories from World War II and the Korean War show the significance of personal narratives and their contribution to the writing of history

6 May

SPIRIT OF ANZAC  Centenary Experience

My Visit:  Tagged Exhibits

  • Aboriginal service during the First World War  Aboriginal Australians had few rights in society. Most were ineligible to vote and none were counted in the census. When war broke out, some saw it as a chance to prove themselves the equal of Europeans and tried to enlist. For many, the motivation was no different from any other Australian: that the offer of six shillings a day for a trip overseas was simply too good to miss.
  • Captain Albert Jacka  AIF’s First VC of the War, Lance Corporal Albert Jacka landed on Gallipoli on 26 April 1915. Just over three weeks later, the Turks launched large-scale assaults and captured a small section of trench at Courtney’s Post. Jacka, taking advantage of a diversion created by bomb-throwers, leapt in, killing most of the occupants. For this he was awarded Australia’s first Victoria Cross of the First World War.
  • Graham Butler  Medical officer Captain Graham “Gertie” Butler landed on Gallipoli early on the first day. He quickly set up an aid post in the hills behind the front line and started treating casualties using the small number of instruments contained in this wallet.
  • Kerosene Tin Grave Cross Private C G H Hampson, 23 Battalion AIF.  For three years, this fragile cross marked the gravesite of Victorian Private Charles Hampson, 23rd Battalion, who died at Lone Pine. It was replaced when Hampson’s body was re-interred at Lone Pine Cemetery.
  • Landing Boats Lifeboats from the Devanha, which had been requisitioned from the P&O line as a troopship, transported men of the 12th Battalion, the 3rd Field Ambulance and the 3rd Infantry Brigade Headquarters ashore on the day of the Gallipoli landings.
  • Major King’s Whistle This whistle was blown three times by Dennis King, brigade major of the 1st Brigade, to sound the start of the Australian attack on Turkish positions at Lone Pine.
  • Private William Goudemey’s Distinguished Conduct Medal During a Turkish counter-attack on the Australian positions at Lone Pine, Goudemey was one of four men who climbed out of the trenches to bring a Vickers machine-gun into action. He was killed at Pozières a year later.
  • Remains of Turkish Grenades  Known as “cricket ball” bombs, these weapons had a 10-second fuse; if thrown too early, they might be caught and thrown back.
  • Sir William Birdwood When the First World War began, Britain’s Minister for War, Lord Kitchener, placed Birdwood in command of the Australian and New Zealand forces. Birdwood impressed the men by regularly visiting the front lines. His bravery earned him the enduring respect of the AIF, and he was appointed its commander, following the death of Major General William Bridges.
  • Admiral Sir George Patey Patey was appointed the first commander of newly formed Australian Fleet in 1913. He led Australian operations against German Samoa and German New Guinea in 1914.
  • HMAS Melbourne  Melbourne kept guard at the rear of the convoy carrying the first contingent of Australian and New Zealand troops. There were three other escort ships, including the other Australian warship, HMAS Sydney.
  • HMAS  Sydney 1:175 scale model of HMAS Sydney.
  • HMAS Sydney Destroys SMS Emden On 9 November 1914, while escorting the first Australian and New Zealand troop convoy, the light cruiser HMAS Sydney received an SOS from a communications station in the Cocos Islands. The ship leading the convoy, HMAS Melbourne, ordered Sydney to investigate. At first, Sydney was hit by 15 shells fired by the Emden (although 10 failed to explode). Four sailors were killed. The faster, more powerful Sydney returned fire, causing so much damage that Emden’s captain ran his ship aground on North Keeling Island. In all, 134 of Emden’s officers and men were killed, and the rest of the crew were captured, ¬except for a small landing party that eventually made its way to Constantinople after an epic journey.
  • The AE1 Submarine The AE1 was one of two similar British-built submarines operated by the Royal Australian Navy in the first two years of the war. It apparently sank off German New Britain on 14 September 1914; no trace of it or the crew has ever been found.
  • The AE2 Submarine The RAN’s second submarine earned brief celebrity in April 1915 when it penetrated the elaborate defences of the Dardanelles, eluding Turkish searches and attacking a number of ships. It still lies at the bottom of the Sea of Marmara.
  • The ANZACS Make Their Final Push After months of fighting, death and disease, there seemed no end to the stalemate. A fresh offensive was launched in August to break the deadlock, but despite determined fighting few gains were made. During the August offensive, battles noted for sacrifice and bravery were fought – Lone Pine, The Nek, Chunuk Bair – but soon the fight slipped back to a stalemate.
  • 170 – Millimetre Minenwerfer The German version of a trench mortar, the Minenwerfer was able to lob large shells almost vertically onto enemy trenches. Men were likely to be killed by the shock wave alone.

  • Gas-Proof Pigeon Carrier Box Pigeons proved unusually reliable in delivering messages at the front, and much effort was expended in training and protecting them. A whiff of gas would kill a pigeon, hence the effort made to produce gas-proof boxes for them.
  • Otto Dix, Sturmtruppe Geht Unter Gas Vor (Storm Troopers Advancing Unde a Gas Attack) Dix wrote: “The war was a horrible thing, but there was something tremendous about it, too. I didn’t want to miss it at any price. You have to see human beings in this unleashed state to know what human nature is.”
  • Sergeant David Emmett Coyne  While testing some grenades on the night of 15 May 1918, Coyne mis-threw one which rolled back into the trench. Shouting a warning to his mates, he threw himself on it. “I thought you didn’t have time to get out,” he explained as he lay dying.
  • Trip-Wire Gun Originally designed in the 1880s as an anti-poaching device and activated by a length of trip wire, these simple guns usually fired a 12-gauge pin-fire shotgun cartridge to alert defenders to an impending intrusion.
  • Cheops Photo InteractiveExperience  Disclaimer: The Australian War Memorial is not responsible for the information contained on these screens. All information has been compiled by the WAGS 11Bn Project. To visit their website after the experience, please tap your audio device here.
  • Recording History – Charles Bean Charles Bean was the AIF’s official war correspondent. Later in the war he established the Australian War Records Section, responsible for the assembly of records, the administration of war photographers and artists, and the collection of artefacts. Bean eventually published a 12-volume history of the Australians’ efforts in the war and became founder of the Australian War Memorial, which opened in Canberra in 1941.
  • Bullecourt The 4th Australian Division was ordered to attack the Hindenburg Line alongside Bullecourt in 1917 despite a shortage of artillery support. Advancing across snow-dusted fields, the Australians met a hail of fire that tore through them. The 4th Brigade lost 2,339 men out of 3,000. The 12th lost 950 from less than 2,000. On May 3, they tried again and, after two weeks of fighting and a further 7,000 casualties, this portion of the Hindenburg Line was held, but for little real gain.
  • Pozieres – Australian Significant Losses and Casualties Within five days of the 1st Division going into the battle on 23 July 1916, the division lost 5,000 men. It was replaced by the 2nd Division, which had an even worse time of it – almost 7,000 casualties in 12 days. The 4th Division then went in, pressing its attacks towards the adjoining Mouquet Farm. Over 42 days, the Australians made 19 attacks: the final casualties came to the appalling total of 23,000 men.
  • Spanner from an Enormous War Trophy A huge German 28-centimetre calibre railway gun captured at Harbonnières on 8 August 1918 was eventually shipped back to Australia, where it was placed on display at Sydney’s Central Railway Station, and later at Canberra Railway Station.
  • Glass Beadwork Snake Craft work, such as this snake and purse fashioned by Turkish soldiers in a British prisoner-of-war camp in 1917–18, was a time-honoured means of occupying one’s time that also allowed prisoners to earn some money.

  • Australian Nurses at the Front Australian nurses played a vital role in handling the war’s innumerable casualties. About 500 nurses were regularly employed on the Western Front at any time, and those in casualty clearing stations were sometimes exposed to enemy bombing. Many were decorated, with eight nurses receiving the Military Medal for brav during the First World War.
  • Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres)  On 12 October 1917 Australian, New Zealand and British troops made an unsuccessful attempt to capture the Passchendaele Ridge from the Germans. The allies struggled through thick mud and shelling, and faced vicious fighting and slaughter on a large scale. Ground was taken but could not be held. In wretched conditions, with casualties mounting at an appalling rate, the Australians fell back, exhausted.
  • Canon De 75 MM, MOdele 1897 The French “75” light field gun was the first mass-produced weapon to combine an effective axial recoil, a quick-acting breech and a splinter-proof shield, and to use fixed ammunition.
  • Nurse’s Medals Sister Nellie Leake served with the Australian Army Nursing Service from April 1915 until the end of the war. She was awarded the Royal Red Cross (Second Class) for her “valuable services in the field” in Egypt; she also served in France.
  • The Tragedy at Fromelles  Just after arriving in France from Egypt, the newest and least prepared Australian division, the 5th, became the first to go into a major battle at Fromelles, commencing on 19 July. It was meant to be a diversion to draw enemy attention away from the allies’ Somme offensive, but over little more than 24 hours the Australians suffered 5,500 casualties. One German soldier who survived Fromelles, and who was later awarded the Iron Cross for bravery, was the young Adolf Hitler.
  • American Water Bottle Carrier  This water bottle carrier was worn by one of men of the US 132nd Regiment attached to the 13th Battalion during the battle of Hamel on 4 July 1918. It was noted that the Americans “fought well, but with a dash that needs to be tempered by experience”.
  • Cigarette Case During the assault on the Hindenburg Line on 29 September 1918, Lieutenant Marcus Griffin, 30th Battalion, was wounded by a piece of shrapnel. His cigarette case deflected the fragment away from his lungs, but it cut through three of his ribs.
  • German’s Red Baron Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, aka the Red Baron, was a highly skilled German fighter pilot. When the war began, he was a cavalry reconnaissance officer, but soon transferred to the Imperial German Army Air Service and took command of fighter squadron Jasta II. By the time he was shot down in April 1918, the Red Baron had 80 confirmed victories.
  • The Charge at Beersheba The charge at Beersheba, near the vital strongpoint of Gaza, on 31 October 1917, is the most famous of all Australian light horse actions. Beersheba was the key to Gaza and was captured in an audacious old-style cavalry charge. About 500 Australian light horsemen in three lines broke into a gallop and became an unstoppable force that smashed the Turkish defences. It was all over in an hour.
  • Mont St Quentin and Peronne  On 31 August 1918, two undermanned Australian battalions charged up Mont St Quentin, ordered by Monash to “scream like bushrangers”. The Germans quickly surrendered. The Australians were unable to hold their ground, and German reserves regained the crest. But the Australians regrouped just below the summit and the next day recaptured it. A German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line ensued.
  • Sir John Monash and His Victories In 1916, Monash and his command were transferred to the Western Front. He was promoted to major general and placed in command of the Australian 3rd Division, fighting in actions such as Messines, Broodseinde, and the first battle of Passchendaele. Impressed by his abilities and enthusiasm, the British High Command promoted Monash to lieutenant general in 1918 and made him commander of the Australian Corps – at the time the largest individual corps on the Western Front. A brilliant tactician and a meticulous planner, Monash led many victorious attacks during the final stages of the war. Considered one of the war’s outstanding commanders, Monash was knighted for his services in 1918 and received numerous foreign honours.
  • Tanks Come of Age  After the tanks’ poor performance at Bullecourt in 1917, the Australians had little affection for them. This changed in 1918 with the introduction of the 27-tonne British Mark V tank. Technically superior to earlier models, the Mark V was more reliable and manoeuvrable. The Germans, slow to adopt the idea, made only 20 of the A7V, a poor design.
  • Living Conditions in the Middle East There was water in the desert, often obtained from bores, but it was mostly poor in quality. Turkish troops adapted to the conditions but the British relied on water pumped through pipes newly laid from the Nile. The Australians introduced the “spearpoint” pump – a tube driven through old well floors – as an effective way to provide water for horses.
  • Richthofen’s only Australian Victim Second Lieutenant Jack Hay was flying an outdated FE8 pusher biplane when he encountered Richthofen’s squadron on 23 January 1917. In an unequal fight, Hay’s plane burst into flames; rather than burn, Hay jumped to his death.

  • Slouch Hat These standard-issue items were worn by South Australian Private George Kenihan, who served with the 4th Light Horse Field Ambulance. He helped treat the wounded after the famous charge at Beersheba on 31 October 1917.
  • The Australian Flying Corps The first roles assigned to No. 1 Squadron, AFC, were reconnaissance, photography and bombing operations against the enemy in the Sinai. The first of its 29 confirmed aerial victories occurred on 3 January 1918 against an Albatross D.III scout. By the end of the war, five of the squadron’s personnel had been knighted and 15 of its pilots had become aces.
  • The Camel Corps The Imperial Camel Corps (ICC) was formed in January 1916 in order to deal with the revolt of pro-Turkish Senussi tribesmen in Egypt’s Western Desert. The 1st and 3rd Battalions were entirely Australian, the 2nd was British, and the 4th was a mix of Australians and New Zealanders. In late 1916 the ICC was transferred to the Sinai desert to take part in operations against the Turkish army, fighting alongside Australian Light Horse units at Romani, Magdhaba and Rafa. They remained an integral part of the British and dominion force that advanced north through Palestine.
  • Turkish Officer’s Binoculars At Ziza on 29 September 1918 Colonel Ali Bey Wahaby of the 11th Turkish Corps handed over these binoculars when he surrendered to Major General Sir Edward Chaytor, Commander, Anzac Mounted Division.
  • An Enduring Memory Fifteen-year-old Nellie Blain was knitting socks for her 23-year-old brother, Trooper Arthur Blain, when she received news of his death from head wounds on Gallipoli. She kept the unfinished sock in memory of him until her own death at the age of 98.
  • Private C H Stevens’ Wheelchair In June 1918 four German “daisy-cutter” shells had landed near ambulance driver and stretcher-bearer Charlie Stevens, shattering his legs, both of which had to be amputated above the knee. After the war, he used this crutch every day of his life.
  • Ray Pflaum’s British War Medal British War Medal 1914-20 issued to the family of 161 Private Raymond ‘Ray’ Holstein Pflaum. The son of Theodore and Mary Pflaum, he was working as a shop assistant in his home town of Blumberg, South Australia when he enlisted in the AIF on 21 July 1915 at the age of 18.
  • Sounding the End of the War In November 1918 Darwin postal worker Joseph Johnson received a telegram in code from the Navy Office Melbourne stating, “Armistice signed. Please advise Darwin populace.” He and his wife spent the night around the town spreading the news and ringing the buffalo bell.

  • The Treaty of Versailles The victors showed little mercy towards Germany in 1919 and left a legacy of hatred in their wake. Germany was forced to disarm, make substantial territorial concessions, and pay reparations of 132 billion German marks (roughly equivalent to US $442 billion in 2015). But the victors had competing goals, and ultimately the treaty left none of them completely satisfied. Worse still, Germany was neither pacified nor permanently weakened.

The exhibition starts with a brief journey back in time to what life was like in Australia before the outbreak of the First World War. In 1904 a telephone link was established between Sydney and Melbourne.  The world’s first full-length feature film, The Story of the Kelly Gang,was made in Australia in 1906.

The outbreak of war in Europe leads enthusiastic Australians into the unknown – a war many thought would be over swiftly. The Royal Australian Navy’s initial involvement, the sinking of Emden and the loss of HMAS AE1. Troops training in the desert of Egypt as the Australian.

Around 4am on 25 April 1915 the Anzacs rowed from ships towards shore under the cover of darkness. Step onto the shores of Gallipoli with the Anzacs.  Soldiers lived and died in the fields of Belgium and France: the constant shelling caused some to suffer ‘shell-shock’, the destruction, gas attacks, night raids and the weather to name but a few.

The key battles that Australian troops were involved in, along with the variety of weapons that were being used. The brave nurses who put their own lives on the line to treat the wounded coming from the frontline and a glimpse at Australia’s home front addresses the national conscription debate.

General Sir John Monash takes command of the Australian men, the first tank versus tank battle outside Veillers-Bretonneux and the story of the Australian Flying Corps on the frontline.  Often-overlooked Australian battles of Sinai and Palestine in 1916, 1917 and 1918. The important role the Australian Flying Corps, the Camel Corps and The Light Horse played on this very different battleground.

The end of the war was sudden and with it came a sense of shock and disbelief for troops at the frontline and people back home in Australia. Aftermath touches on the huge task of an orderly repatriation of Australian forces along with the challenges faced by returning soldiers. The massive contributions of organisations such as Legacy, the RSL and Red Cross along with the work of Charles Bean and his personal legacy to the nation.

For more than 100 years, Australia’s armed forces have been involved in conflict, peacekeeping, peacemaking, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief around the world. The bravery, commitment and sacrifice of ordinary Australian men and women placed in extraordinary circumstances around the globe.

Brass 18 pounder field gun shell case, hand inscribed as follows: ‘THE LAST SHOT FIRED FROM ANZAC AT 5.5 P.M. ON THE 19/12/15 AT THE OLIVE GROVE FROM NO. 4 GUN 8TH BATTERY A.F.A. DETACHMENT NO:1778 SGT. S.G. BREARLEY NO:2097 CORPL J.E.H BUTLER. NO:4291 GNR R.F. CUNNINGHAM. BATTERY COMMANDER CAPT. W.C.N. WAITE’. The base of the shell has had two brass screws inserted, with holes drilled in them. A bent ring remains in one hole. The screws were added to enable the shell case to be suspended from a stand for use as a gong.

This 18-pounder field gun shell case fired the last shot towards the Olive Grove, on Gallipoli, before the final evacuation of Australian troops in December 1915. It was later inscribed with the details of the gun and battery from which it was fired, together with the names of the men in the detachment who had fired the shell and the name of their battery commander, Captain William Waite.

“Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives … 

You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side in this country of ours. 

You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears. 

Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk 1934 moving tribute to the Anzacs killed at Gallipoli

Kemal Atatürk Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra.

BY RUDYARD KIPLING 1897  ‘Recessional’
God of our fathers, known of old,
   Lord of our far-flung battle-line,
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
   Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
The tumult and the shouting dies;
   The Captains and the Kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
   An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
Far-called, our navies melt away;
   On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
   Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
   Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
   Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
For heathen heart that puts her trust
   In reeking tube and iron shard,
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
   And guarding, calls not Thee to guard,
For frantic boast and foolish word—
Thy mercy on Thy People, Lord!

REGARDING SYDNE PARK New Paintings by Janet Kossy  The Corner Gallery, Stanmore 

The Gallery does not charge a commission basis for works sold and instead operates on a fixed rental basis.

Expressive works using mixed media and collage to evoke layers of change.  In creating them over the past few months I have chosen the freedom of an abstract and expressive approach, while observing, enjoying and learning about Sydney Park.

Over the last few years especially, Sydney Park has been richly developed with a sustainable wetland environment and increasing amenities, art works and plantings. Although it is immensely popular with locals, many outside the area have never looked beyond the iconic chimneys.

Janet Kossy has history and diversity in mind as she walks through the park or does a shift at the protest camp. Her paintings attempt to connect intuitively with the varied, edgy and mostly unknown stories of Sydney Park.


Artist’s Statement:

Sydney Park is now beautifully landscaped and much-loved by locals.  It is known for its dog walkers and bird-filled wetlands, dance parties and children’s playgrounds, sporting teams and rough sleepers.   But of course there is history here. The park sits on top of millennia of changing conditions as a hunting and fishing ground.  In early colonial days it was granted by the government to a convict business woman.  The lans provided fertile ground for gardens and orchards and then for decades was deeply excavated, with queries, brickworks, factories and a municipal tip.

Currently the State Government is shaving off edges and corners of Sydney Park for the WestConnex motorway.   But passionate defenders of the park have occupied a protest camp since September 2016, fighting against the toll road and its destruction of trees habitat and community.

My Sydney Park paintings attempt to connect intuitively with the varied, edgy and mostly unknown stories of this place.

Printmaking, drawing and collage techniques in conjunction with painting have helped me to play with pattern, colour, texture and layering to deepen the elements of narrative suggestions in the images without forgoing the pleasures of accident and experimentation.

24 April

USAtong Atem

As a place for gathering and exchange, Customs House provides the perfect home for US.  Juxtaposing historical and contemporary cultures, Atem creates compelling photography by drawing on her South Sudanese heritage.  Critical sentimental and visually striking her works pay homage to West African studio photography in the 1960s.  Popularised by those such as Mallik Sidibé and Seydou Keïta, whose works subverted the ethnographic gaze traditionally seen in colonial Africa. Following this tradition, Atong Atem turns the lens back on herself and her community, reclaiming the very tool that was used to deny black identity.

Critical, sentimental, and visually striking, Atem’s studio series use an array of cultural iconographies, black visual languages and diasporic traditions to return the camera to the colonised subject, and in turn, celebrates the personal and cultural identities of first and second generation Africans living in Australia.

Her self-portraits are equally as bold and just as declarative. As a young black woman, Atem uses both photography and social media as a powerful tool to analyse the world she lives in, her own experience and place in the world. Whether as a Martian, a marble statue, or decadently dressed with plastic flowers, Atem’s self-portraits perform and construct a sense of self and identity.

Strongly focused on people USprovokes discussion about the role of photographic image in connecting us and engaging us in conversations about our diverse histories and imagined futures.

19 April

Royal Easter Show Sydney

Braved the last day, coming home on dusk, totally exhausted and like always impossible to see it all, let alone in one day.

A new exhibition transformed the Daily Telegraph Paddock into the Little Hands on the Land paddock, it was set up into a kid-size working farm with free activities. Out in the open, with lots of space, it took me through nine stations, including a cook shed, vegetable patch, fruit orchard and outback tractor pull with the last stop, the Woolworths supermarket. A fantastic addition to the show.

As it happens every year, the farmers come from far and wide with their treasured live stock and produce to show case for all who wish to see and this year did not disappoint. Children of all ages were lining up to see chickens hatching, view the cattle, horses and dogs and to see the little faces patting sheep and goats in the farm yard nursery.  The horse arena was busy with proud riders warming up and competing in there chosen events.

Again the Flower & Garden, Arts & Craft and Fashion & Style pavilions had a wonderful display that was lovingly put together, showing people’s skills and passions that had been submitted for competition.

The district exhibits, which I never miss, where five districts create massive sculptures made from their product, did not disappoint.  More than 50,000 pieces of fresh fruits, vegetables, grain, wool and other produce was being taken down with nothing going to waste.  Leftover produce is collected by Oz Harvestand distributed to the community.  People coming to view the displays were purchasing the produce for very reasonable prices from the farmers with their big, warm, country smiles.

One of my favourite desert bars, KOI, had delicious deserts all beautifully lined up ready for making the impossible choice.  The Country Women’s Association tearoom cannot be missed.  Volunteers selling over 40,000 scones in ten days as well as a sandwiches, salads, tea, coffee, cakes and cold drinks. Don’t miss the home made jams, fruit cake and cook books for sale on their promotions table.

Loved the Australian Knitting MillsSerenade bags, The Heraldie Shoppe and much more, could not carry another thing, arriving home happy and totally exhausted.

18 April


Are you interested in creating meaningful digital experiences that connect with your audience, or transforming your ideas from page to screen? The current digital media landscape covers a wide range of media formats and platforms, so content creators need to engage their audiences in their natural digital habitats.  Join GA and The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) as they present a sneak peek into the world of Multiplatform Storytelling, Design and Filmmaking with Industry experts:
Digital Media Producer, Kate Ayrton
Filmmaker, Warwick Young
During the session:
  • Gain expert knowledge about knowing who your users/audience are, where they are, what they are viewing, and how they are interacting long before you start development or production.
  • Find out about the importance of Design Thinking and Human Centered Design (HCD) principles within any digital project, as well as Ideation and Design Strategy tips and tricks.
  • Hear from an experienced filmmaker how to take an idea from script to screen, to create a powerful story that connects with your audience.

Write up of my notes can be found via this link, go down the page and you will find the heading.

31 March

INFRASTRUCTURE and the CITY – Sydney | Berlin | New York.

The Civilising WestConnex exhibition at UNSW is on Mon-Fri 10-5pm until April 5th. Its not open weekends. Its in the Red Centre, west wing, ground floor gallery. 

In association with the Reid Lecture, the UNSW Master of Urban Development & Design Program presents the Studio work of 2016-2017, its 22nd year.

The Studio projects focus on transport infrastructure, green infrastructure and blue infrastructure, exploring how these vast elements shape and dissect urban form and the life of the city.  Four Studios were presented in conjunction with The 10th Annual Paul Reid Lecture in Urban Design:
  1. Sydney – Civilising WestConnex
  2. Berlin – River as Urban Resource  (hosted by Technical University, Berlin)
  3. New York – Hudson Yards & Midtown West, Manhattan  (hosted by Kohn Pedersen Fox)
  4. Studies in Urban Form – Nine Water Cities.

We are honoured to announce the 10th Annual Paul Reid Lecture in Urban Design and first Utzon lecture for 2017. Presented by Reiner Nagel, Director of the German Federal Foundation of Building Culture on the theme: Culture, Ideas, Strategies in the Making of the City – Baukultur and the German Federal Cities Program.

We are honoured to announce the 10th Annual Paul Reid Lecture in Urban Designand first Utzon lecture for 2017.  Presented by Reiner Nagel, Director of the German Federal Foundation of Building Culture on the theme: Culture, Ideas, Strategies in the Making of the City – Baukultur and the German Federal Cities Program.

Architect and urban planner Reiner Nagel has served as Director of the German Federal Foundation of Building Culture, Potsdam since May 2013. In Hamburg, he served among other things as co-director of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH. As division head in the Senate Administration for Urban Development, Berlin, he has served in the departments of urban development, and urban and open-space planning since 2005. Reiner Nagel is a lecturer at the TU Berlin in urban design, and is also a member of the Board of Trustees on National Urban Development Policy and the Bund Deutscher Architekten. – See more at:

UNSW Master of Urban Development & Design student’s exhibition where WestCONnex toll roads are re-purposed into metro train lines. The tunnels are easily wide and high enough for trains with gentle gradients. It is not too late to rethink #westCONnex and re-purpose it into something that benefits the community rather than rich corporations. WESTCONNEX WON”T WORK – PUBLIC TRANSPORT WILL  UNDOING  WESTCONNEX


I live in the Burwood Council area and found the following information interesting:

Three main issues identified for the subject site are:

  • the unbalanced development of Burwood suburb
  • traffic congestion along Parramatta Road, which is heavily used by trucks, buses, private cars and lead to frequent traffic jams and air pollution
  • the lack of diverse land use, mainly residential uses near the subject site, it lacks cultural uses, good quality retail uses and any sense of the area being a destination precinct


To proved a mixed-use and new environment counter to the harsh interface of Parramatta Road, that encourages a new culture precinct for this part of the city.  The vision of the project is to enhance pedestrian street connectivity and optimise the social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits of the neighbourhood.  The basic principle is to rebuild a liveable environment for local residents,


  • to create a mixed used and commercial area to existing replace the fragmented retail uses along Parramatta Road, that would be supported by a new Metro Station
  • to create a podium buildings mainly on the corner of Parramatta Road and Burwood Road of mixed uses.  The proposed smaller tower form would mainly provide office uses.  The lower floors would provide commercial uses.  The roof level would be designed as a landscape common open space area.   The landscaped space would be accessible for all users in the buildings below
  • to create a commercial corridor along Parramatta road, which enhanced street activation and provides a significant economic boost to the neighbourhood
  • to create a real tree lined boulevard style road to Parramatta Road, as well as provide a separate bicycle lane
  • to create a central open space providing opportunities for social activities, enhancing the relationship between the neighbours, while providing access to the Metro station

27 March

HARBOUR  SCULPTURE Clarkes Point Reserve, Woolwich

An exhibition of contemporary Australian sculpture held along the foreshore of Sydney and inside Hunters Hill Sailing Club function space.  With Sydney Harbour as a backdrop, the exhibition showcases works that reflect a sense of history and place in Australia.


John Rayson, Leanne Thompson, Margaret Olah, Sinan Revell, Mitsuo Shoji, Larissa Smagarinsky, Alma Studholme, Elisabeth Thilo, Peter Van Sommers, Feyona Van Stom, Jacek Wankowski, Margaret Westcott, Susan Dorothea White, Richard White, Louise Young, Ayako Saito, Wendy Black, Helen Amanatiadis, Nadya E Anderson, Michael Bennett-Williams, Penel Bigg, Kerry Boer, Mary Boland, Keith Chidzey, Carol Lehrer Crawford, Mark / Bernadette Elliot-Ranken/ Smith, Jenny Green, Gary Gregg, Amanda Harrison, Stephen Hilton, Selina Hitches, Jules Jones, Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger, Gudrun Klix, Daniel Kojta, Patricia Lawrence, Peter Lewis, Denise Lithgow, Beatrice Magalotti, RO / MANDY, Murray / Burgess, Ro Murray, Lesley Murray, Kay Norton-Knight, John Rayson, Leanne Thompson, Margaret Olah, Sinan Revell, Mitsuo Shoji, Larissa Smagarinsky, Alma Studholme, Elisabeth Thilo, Peter Van Sommers, Feyona Van Stom, Jacek Wankowski, Margaret Westcott, Susan Dorothea White, Richard White, Louise Young, Ayako Saito.


Gary Christian, Allyson Adeney, Robert Barnstone, Jane Burton Taylor, Rozanna / Elizabeth Cabon / Oomens, Rhonda Castle, Keith Chidzey, Carol Lehrer Crawford, Alethea Deane, Heather Shaw Designer, David Doyle, Karen Farrell, John Fitzmaurice, Adam Galea, Allison Garoza, Janny Grant, Jenny Green, Paul Harrington, Stephen Hilton, Akira Kamada, Nicole Larkin, Leon Lester, Peter Lewis, Dana Lundmark, Ro Murray, Karen Manning, James McCallum, Ludwig Mlcek, Victoria Monk, Ingrid Morley, Alison Mortiss, Robert Neeson, Graeme Pattison, Sandra Pitkin, Louis Pratt, Ashfield Public School, Kate Rae, Regan John, Raveane, John Rayson, Jan Shaw, Kayo Shoji, Larissa Smagarinsky, Paul Stacy, Ulric Steiner, Iona Steinle, Peter Stroud, Alma Studholme, Rick Tailby, Jayanto Damanik Tan, Bob Teasdale, Leanne Thompson, Willem van Stom, Jacek Wankowski, Alison Winchester.

24 March

HAZELHURST Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Sutherland Shire

ARTEXPRESS exhibitionincludes themes of identity and our relationship to the environment. Artists experiment across a range of media, pushing aesthetic, thematic and formal boundaries. More information about the students’ work and the process behind their creation can be found on the ARTEXPRESS 2017 – Student Work page.


A group exhibition by artists of the Bundeena and Maianbar Artist Trail.

Lee BethelDoris Kaminsky, Sonja Karl, Peter Mulder, Marion Stehouwer, Oliver Mesrobian, Lan Wang, Tony Fragar, Regina Nazar, Corinne Ferris-Hemsle, Jiawei Shen, Caroline Corby, Yvette Linton-Smith, Margaret Heathwood, Liz Borghero.

Encausticis a new word and form of artwork for me today, also known as hot wax painting.  With the help of Goolge I have discovered what it is and information on Liz Borghero’swork that inspired me to find out what this is all about.

23 March




How do we trace ourselves onto the city and allow the city to trace itself onto us? From how we move, think and see to how we play, discover and dream –…This exhibition is a love letter to our city and the people who live in it.  The city is a nexus of home, work, leisure, experience and celebration. It can be more? Can the places and non-places that make up a city be re-imagined to become something other – something transforming.

This exhibition brings to life the city’s rich past by re-imagining moments in time. Contrasting archival photographs and recorded stories with contemporary interpretations, the exhibition highlights how the past can inform the present and stir new ways of being. It shows that history is not only what’s documented and preserved, it is also what is lived by us each day.

We invite you to imagine all a city could be, and the city we want to live in, together.

Curator: Lekki Maze.    Photographer: Kathy Luu.

Contributing video artists:

Cordelia Beresford ‘This City as a Fabric’

Julia Davis ‘This City as a Creative Commons’

Shaun Gladwell  ‘This City as a Playground’

Sue Healey  ‘This City as a Portrait Gallery’

Jethro Lawrence ‘This City as Possibility’


American artist Megan Geckler lets us feel what it might be like to step inside a dazzling rainbow at Customs House.  

Feel what it is like to step inside a dazzling rainbow.

American artist Megan Geckler is bringing her detailed, multi-coloured installations to Sydney, and this new work is delivering a ‘wow’ moment inside one of the city’s most historic buildings.

The atrium within Customs House will be home to A Million Things That Make Your Head Spin. The hovering, cloud-like form, which gets its name from a line in Australian band The Jungle Giants’ track Don’t Know What Else to Do, is part of Geckler’s hyper-colourful, mathematically-based practice using thousands of metres of tape, more commonly used on construction sites.

When diffused sunlight is streaming through the multiple stories of Customs House, intersecting the thousands of colourful ribbons in the giant installation, the result will be like stepping inside a rainbow. And while it is visually arresting from the ground floor, every level of the building will provide a unique view.

A Rainbow of Tape Cascades Through a Six-Story Atrium by 

21 March

https-cdn-evbuc-com-images-28783739-144178082964-1-original-jpgSydney Animation Production Group– The Dark Art of Pitching

Pitching Tips with Libbie from Children’s ABC TV

Libbie Doherty, Commissioning Editor at ABC Children’s discusses the dark art of pitching shows.

What do commissioning editors want to know, what do they say once you leave the room and how to leave an impression without wearing a character suit and making everyone feel awkward!  We’ll be taking a rare look behind the doors of Australia’s most prolific children’s TV commissioning team.

Libbie Doherty is a passionate advocate for Children’s content and brings a wealth of experience from the animation and live action worlds to the position of Commissioning Editor. Libbie is focused on nurturing new Australian talent, reflecting Australian kids’ lives and creating pathways for Australian kids’ content to cut through into the international market.

ABC Children’s Content


The Korean Cultural Centre Australia hosts the photographic exhibition series celebrating the 56 years of strong relationship between Korea and Australia. Heart to Heart: Australia-Korea-Cambodia (A stream of devotion through the lens) is comprised of 53 images highlighting the connection between three nations. These images convey not only the story of those who had served as Australian medical missionary in Korea during the 1900s, but also the daily lives of people at ‘Hebron Hospital’ in Cambodia which was founded through the support of Koreans from all over the world. Many Koreans living in Australia have contributed to help establish this link. This exhibition provides a glimpse of this ongoing relationship between the three nations and is a good opportunity to expand to the interchanging relationships within this community.

This exhibition has been developed in partnership between the Korean Cultural Centre Australia and Christian Review.

15 March

The Lovewell Project Cafe  Mt Gravatt Lookout, Brisbane. Is a social enterprise, profit for purpose café partnered with the Hope Foundation (changing the world one woman at a time) in one of Brisbane’s best locations with stunning views over Brisbane. A charity for women wanting to quit drug addictions and/or leave the sex industry. The new cafe at the Mt Gravatt lookout not only raises funds, but also provides valuable work experience to those it seeks to help.

14 March

the impression of our arteries  Woolloongabba Art Gallery

Featuring:  Caitlin Franzmann, Sonya G. Peters, Robyn Daw, Ali Bezer, Jay Younger, Julie-Anne Milinski, Debra Porch, Mona Ryder, Sophie Bottomley, Elizabeth Shaw, Kat Sawyer, Chantal Fraser, Leena Riethmuller, Carol McGregor, Victoria (Tor) Maclean

The impression of our arteries is an exhibition that questions how the heart and the mind convey significant and revealing impressions and intentions through objects, images and the senses. It reflects the circulatory patterns between those one loves, and the feelings, senses, intuition, perception, influence and the impressions that are formed from these bonds. ~ Debra Porch

Queensland Art Gallery  Moving Pictures: Towards a Rehang of Australian Art

A concentrated presentation of Australian collection highlights is on display during QAG’s Collection Storage Upgrade. This stunning salon hang includes paintings by Rupert Bunny, Vida Lahey, R Godfrey Rivers, Russell Drysdale and Nora Heysen, and many others.  The art storage capacity at the Gallery is being increased by 30 per cent with the construction of a new mezzanine level and modernised storage systems in QAG’s collection store. As part of this upgrade, the Australian collection display is currently closed. This space will be used to accommodate the Collection for the duration of the project, and is scheduled to reopen in September 2017. In the meantime, enjoy Australian collection highlights in ‘Moving Pictures’.

GOMA Gallery of Modern Art

‘we miss you magic land!’ Pip & Pop

GOMA is turning 10 – how sweet! Headlining the celebrations is ‘Sugar Spin’, featuring over 250 contemporary artworks exploring light, space, architecture and the senses.

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Julian OpiePeople Waling Coloured’ 2008 andQAGOMA Learning


Robert Andrew: Our mutable histories.  History is a changeable force. It is recorded, erased, re-written and scraped back revealing rich cross-sections of layered lives and stories.

Giving voice and form to the disconnection between Anglo-European and Australian Indigenous history, and the complexity of belonging to two cultures.

Robert Andrew is a Brisbane-based Indigenous artist and descendant of the Yawuru people of the Broome area in the Kimberley, Western Australia. Through his art practice and cultural duality he uncovers, reveals and re-presents aspects of Australian Indigenous history and his own family history which have previously been denied or hidden.

Andrew uses contrasting materials of natural ochres, oxides and chalks alongside contemporary technologies to create and reveal a new landscape known as the ‘third space’ where two cultures collide to form a new and original space. Playful kinetic machines allow water and ochre to create ever-changing textural landscapes and reclaimed materials are beautifully transformed.

The three commissioned works exhibited in Our mutable histories unravel the complexity and the erasure of the artists mixed-heritage with the desire to unearth what lies beneath.  Using technology as a tool with which to speak this exhibition explores issues of identity, the effect of language and forgotten histories.

100% BRISBANE  Every one of us has a story. Together, they tell the story of Brisbane.

From the enduring culture of our Aboriginal community to the modern metropolis which continues to grow and change, 100% Brisbane puts our city under the microscope like never before. Take a journey from the past through to the present day in ‘A Brisbane Story’, a short film written and presented by acclaimed author and actor William McInnes. Throughout the exhibition you will discover first-hand accounts of people’s experiences of living in Brisbane, alongside some of our city’s most defining moments.

3 March

BtoBW – 5 Step Digital Marketing System  

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28 February

ART EXPRESS at the Armory at Sydney Olympic Park, is a series of exhibitions of exemplary bodies of work created by students for the 2016 New South Wales Higher School Certificate.  Featuring  a variety of expressive forms including painting, photomedia, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, documented forms, textiles and fibre, ceramics, time-based forms and collections of works created by 60 talented students.  It is a joint venture of the NSW Department of Education and Communities and the NSW Education Standards Authority.  The bodies of work represent a broad range of subject matter, approaches, styles and media that reflect the high quality of Visual Arts education in New South Wales.

27 February

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Tatsuo Miyajima:  Connect with Everything.  It encompasses his sculptural works, rooms and environments, and performance videos.

ART ALMANAC Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything  29 November 2016 | Melissa Pesa

Tatsuo Miyajima (born 1957, Ibaraki) is one of Japan’s most renowned contemporary artists, known for his sculptures and room-scale installations incorporating light and numbers.

Three guiding principles represent the foundation of Miyajima’s art, which he outlines as keep changing, connect with everything, and continue forever. ‘A constant is the fact that we are always changing’, he observes. ‘In Western thought, permanency refers to a sense of constancy, without change. In Eastern and Buddhist philosophy, change is natural and consistently happening’. Explaining the importance of connection, he expands: ‘As humans and living beings, we cannot and do not exist independently. We are only able to live within relationships in this world.’ The third principle – expressed through the perpetual cycle of birth, death and regeneration – refers back to the first two, for ‘that is the structure of life and of truth’.

Time and its passage are explored through the works and represented visually by multiple, small digital counting devices. Miyajima developed his first customised digital counters in the late 1980s, using light emitting diodes or LEDs. These ‘counter gadgets’ remain central to his art today, their red and green palette expanding in the mid-1990s to include blue, then white, as LEDtechnology developed in and beyond Japan.


Mega Death

The three-wall installation, which is reflected in the polished floors as well, is meant to speak to the abrupt deaths and mass murders of the 20th century.  The wall installation is comprised of LED counters cycling from 9-1 (representing the life of man), followed by a ‘black out’ moment that represents zero (death) – then back to 9, and so on. At certain impossible-to-predict moments the lights simultaneously black-out, representing the loss of innocent lives – before beginning their cycles again.

For Miyajima, blue is “a special colour. I see it very much as representing the ‘infinite’.”


100 Time Lotus (2008)

Like an indoor lap pool for goldfish, this 20-metre ‘pond’ contains 100 white diodes, ten goldfish (all different colours and shapes) and five lotus plants. When they flower, you’ll see these are white lotuses, a flower that represents a key point on the Buddhist’s pathway to enlightenment.


Arrow of Time (Unfinished Life) (2016)

The most recent work in the exhibition (direct from its premiere as part of the Met Breuer’s inaugural exhibition, in New York), this installation takes its title from the scientific concept of linear time. Audiences are encouraged to sit on the floor beneath the red-lit LED counters and experience “time coming at them.”

“It’s an attempt to get people to consider the passage of time in their own lives” says Miyajima.

Kent describes the experience as “like a beautiful cosmic meteor shower.”

REBECCA BAUMANN, MCS Sydney Automated Colour Fields 2011, 100 Flip-clocks, paper

A grid of 100 flip-clocks, the numbered cards have been replaced with sheets of brightly coloured paper set to a 24-hour cycle.  The cards gently click over on the minute or the hour.

Rebecca Baumann’s practice spans a range of media, including kinetic sculpture, photography, performance, digital animation and installation. She is fascinated by the complex workings of human emotion and our pursuit of happiness through celebration and ritual. She has extended this interest into the relation between colour and emotion, drawing on research in psychology, sociology, colour theory and art history. Her works affect the audience through their experiential, transient and emotive qualities. Methodically planned and executed, Baumann’s pieces often utilise festive materials such as confetti, tinsel, smoke, balloons and streamers, which are momentarily, and sometimes violently, brought to life by various mechanisms including fans, ball-throwers, clocks and detonators.


In a poetic interplay between painting, sculpture and photography Untitled (adrift)documents the demise of an object. A small rowboat, the subject of many a watercolour enthusiast, is moulded from solid watercolour pigment and displayed on a plinth. Although it appears stable, a similar boat is documented with photographs as it dissolves, rather than floating on water. The ten photographic prints on watercolour paper can be shown together as a series, although when first exhibited they were displayed sequentially, so that the process of disintegration corresponded to the exhibition period.

FORGOTTEN SONGS The Bird Cages of Angel Place


Forgotten Songs commemorates the songs of fifty birds once heard in central Sydney, before they were gradually forced out by European settlement.

21 February

From Exhausted to Energised by UTS Business School, Business Practice.

Ph: 02 9514 3504  Email:

In your office alone, one in four coworkers will have taken time off from work due to stress-related reasons. You may even have taken time off yourself.  Whilst this costs the Australian economy over $10 billion dollars in lost productivity, the expense it has on your health, well-being and overall happiness is not to be discounted. It’s time to slow down, find a balance within your career and work intentionally – concentrating on the most important tasks at hand and not being bogged down by an endless list of ad-hoc duties.  In 2017, re-balance your work life and discover the strategies that will enable you to work in an intentional and focused manner. With self-leadership, learn to lead from within and hear from our inspired panel of speakers on how they have managed to create a balanced work life.

SPEAKERS and panel discussion with:

Deanna Chesler, Director, PwC

I have been with PwC since 2000, with experience in Financial Services Assurance across the insurance, investment management as well as banking and capital markets sectors. I have an active role on the PwC gender diversity Committee and FS People Committee and am passionate about the development of people.

Brooke McAlary, Founder, Jackrabbit.FM & Slow Your Home

Brooke McAlary is the founder of Jackrabbit.FM, Australia’s largest independent podcast network, and the host of The Slow Home Podcast, an iTunes #1 Health program, where she discusses slow living, simplicity and mindfulness with guests from all over the world. She’s also a keen traveller, snowboarder, yoga amateur, parent and advocate for the finest things in life (naps, bush walks and a good book). You can learn more about Brooke and her simple living mission at

Muneesh Wadhwa, Founder, Humanity in Business

Muneesh is the Founder of Humanity in Business and has been in events industry for over 15 years. He is passionate about people and making a difference to the business world. He loves to connect people to each other and support leaders to be the best they can be.

Anna Guz, Naturopath and Wellness Consultant

Anna Guz is a highly qualified and caring Naturopath and Wellness Consultant with more than 10 years of experience in running her own clinical practice. Her main interest lies in fertility, pregnancy, reproductive health for men and women as well as mental health.

Anna’s dedication to developing her clinical practice and constant hunger for further education in integrated medicine has led her to supporting many people during their healing journeys.  She loves to see people reach their individual health goals and support them to improve their quality of life.

Moderator: Suzanne Salter, Research Consultant, CMOS Centre for Management and Organisation Studies, UTS.

18 February

DARLING  HARBOURAustralian National Maritime Museum:  LUSTRE Pearling & Australia

From a 2,000-year-old natural pearl found in a Kimberley rockshelter to modern lustrous pearl jewellery, Lustre: Pearling and Australiatraces the fascinating heritage of pearling across the north of Australia, from Shark Bay to the Torres Strait Islands.  Explore the gritty human story of pearling, weaving together intersecting strands of Aboriginal, Asian and European histories to reveal insights into one of Australia’s oldest industries.


Barangaroo Reserve is Sydney’s newest Harbour foreshore park – marking the transformation of one of the city’s oldest and ugliest industrial sites into a spectacular, six-hectare headland open space for Sydneysiders and visitors to embrace and enjoy.

17 February

hszqj0gf1uac7_zsjpvkfw_500_500_maxVAUDEVILLIA by Mic Conway’s National Junk Band & Sue Broadway @ Camelot Lounge

Back by very popular demand, Mic Conway’s National Junk Band presents the first edition of new Vaudevillia for 2017.  Yet again “Everything new will be old again!” with NEW GUESTS, fresh tunes, and some very well-honed one liners and magical happenings.

Based on the old Vaudeville program intermingling segments of music, magic, dance, comedy, sight acts and more, the Junk Band have created a recipe for mirth, mayhem and madness, with SPECIAL GUESTS (including the inimitable SUE BROADWAY) as stunning and startling additions to the bizarre and prodigious talents exhibited by members of the Junk Band.

It’s a 21st Century recreation of Vaudeville atmosphere and charm, and what better venue than the fabulous Camelot. Roll up, Roll up, and discover entertainment as it should be : Vaudevillia.

15 February

welcomeThe Sandpit – Sydney

You don’t need to play by yourself any more.  The Sandpit is a not-networking night, designed for people who hate to network.  Every other month, creative business people and freelances just like you meet for drinkies and chit chat in the safe and friendly environment of the pub.  It’s all the good bits of networking (meeting people, drinking, getting out of the house) without any of the bad parts (awkwardness, pressure to sell, feeling like a dill).  Best of all, this is a wanker-free environment and it is free.

Come along and have a chat about your goals and plans for the upcoming year (or just bitch about the last one) with some cool like-minded people.

Why is The Sandpit “non-networking”? Because we meet to make friends, have a few drinks and find like-minded creative people. Golden Sandpit Rules: We DO NOT meet to share elevator pitches, annoy each other or be wankers. Please DO bring your business cards though, just in case you connect with someone cool 🙂Host: Creative Plus Business, with your hosts Monica, Sarah, Wendi and SteveWhere: The Bank Hotel, 324 King Street Newtown

3 February

NUDE  art from the Tate collection

In a partnership between Tate, London and the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney, Nude: art from the Tate collection presents over 100 major representations of the nude, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud, Henri Matisse, Louise Bourgeois, Marlene Dumas and Sarah Lucas.

At the heart of the show lies the world’s most famous image of erotic love, Auguste Rodin’s sculpture The kiss 1901-04. Never before has this work from Tate’s collection left Europe. Other notable works include Pierre Bonnard’s The bath 1925, Picasso’s Nude woman in a red armchair 1932, Sylvia Sleigh’s Paul Rosano reclining 1974, Ron Mueck’s Wild man 2005 and Rineke Dijkstra’s Julie, Den Haag, Netherlands, February 29 1994.

Each artist in the exhibition offers a different way of looking at the naked human body. Some look tenderly; some idealise it; some look anxiously or politically. Together they show how the nude in art has persisted yet changed, shifting shape and acquiring new meanings in the hands of successive generations, from the idealising painters of the Victorian era to the artist-provocateurs of our time.

Nude: art from the Tate collection is a spectacular tour through many major art movements, including romanticism, cubism, expressionism, realism, surrealism and feminism. It is also a story of beauty, truth, desire, vulnerability and human drama.

The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration between Tate and the Art Gallery of NSW, and part of the 2016-17 Sydney International Art Series.


NEW MATTER matter recent forms of photography

How do we look at photographs without relying on pictorial content alone?


Drawn from the Gallery’s collection, this exhibition features recent work by Australian and international photographers who expand the limits of photographic representation. These artists are preoccupied with the material properties of the photograph and challenge our tendency to treat a photographic object as a passive conduit that we look through, not at.

The selected works resist the category of the purely representational. They experiment with the abstraction of form and acknowledge illusion and artifice as inherent to the medium. Exposing fissures or gaps in the image that either camouflage the subject or render it illegible, they offer new ways of reading and interpreting photography itself.

The artists – most of whom are in the early stages of their careers – include Jacqueline Ball, Walead Beshty, Matthew Brandt, Danica Chappell, Zoë Croggon, Christopher Day, Charles Dennington, Cherine Fahd, Deb Mansfield, Todd McMillan, Luke Parker, Kate Robertson, James Tylor and Justine Varga


Featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts 2016, ARTEXPRESS 2017 provides insight into students’ creativity and the issues important to them.

The exhibition encompasses a broad range of approaches and expressive forms, including ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and time-based forms.


Sculpture lies at the heart of the John Kaldor Family Collection and is also a strength of the Gallery’s collection of contemporary international art.

In 1966, five years after he started his collection, John Kaldor viewed the now-legendary Primary structures: younger American and British sculptors exhibition, curated by Kynaston McShine for the Jewish Museum, New York. Widely credited for introducing minimalism to the United States, the exhibition featured an emerging group of artists whose works took abstract, geometric forms achieved via industrial fabrication techniques. By exhibiting as ‘art’ objects that they conceived and designed, but did not necessarily make themselves, the artists helped shift the aesthetic course of 20th-century sculpture.

Primary structures and speculative forms takes McShine’s exhibition as a point of departure and explores various strands of artmaking that connect it to the present. At the core of the exhibition are works by artists associated with 1960s minimalism. Spiralling out from them are the speculative forms of contemporary artists whose works question or expand upon the minimalist tradition, through the use of ready-made objects, the creation of objects that incorporate the body, and the application of sculptural principles to two-dimensional media.

Artists include Ai Weiwei, Carl Andre, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Larry Bell, Thomas Demand, Vincent Fecteau, Sol LeWitt, Anthony McCall, Mario Merz, Robert Morris, Gabriel Orozco, Fred Sandback, Richard Serra, Monika Sosnowska, Tatiana Trouvé, Franz West and Rachel Whiteread.

Note: works by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Vincent Fecteau, Mario Merz, Fred Sandback and Franz West will be removed temporarily from display in 2017 while ARTEXPRESSis on show in one of the galleries

Yes yes yes yes graphics from the 1960s and 1970s  


Left to right: Joe Tilson E – Erotic – Earth – Eyes 1969 from the portfolio A-Z Box… fragments of an oneiric alphabet © Joe Tilson, 1969-70, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Joe Tilson/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney; Eduardo Paolozzi Vogue gorilla with Miss Harper from the portfolio Bunk 1972, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Sir Eduardo Paolozzi/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

These decades were an exciting period in art, when advances in printmaking techniques and the ever-increasing power of mass-media provided artists with diverse and innovative ways to communicate their art to a wider audience.

In this exhibition are works from the Gallery’s collection by renowned artists including Joe Tilson, Eduardo Paolozzi and John Cage among others, alongside works by Roy Lichtenstein on display for the first time and newly acquired works by Corita Kent.

Inspired by the title of a work by Joe Tilson in the exhibition, the phrase ‘yes yes yes yes’ evokes the democratic spirit and ethos of technical innovation shared by many of these artists and their printers, who sought to distribute ‘fine art’ imagery more broadly through methods of mechanical reproduction.

1 February

ACM SIGGRAPH:  Showreel Planning Workshop

Speaker: Dr Shilo T. McClean, is the Head of the UTS Animal Logic Academy and Chair of Sydney ACM Siggraph (Professional Chapter). She is the author of the books: Digital Storytelling – the narrative power of VFX in film and Digital Playing Fields – new rulz for film, art and performance.

Notes have been posted towards the bottom of my Show Reel Blog – link here

30 January

Max and Olive: The Photographic Life of Max Dupain and Olive Cotton


A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition. This is the first exhibition to look at the work of these two photographers as they shared their lives and studio.The exhibition showcases 70 works drawn from the photography collection of the National Gallery of Australia and will include some of the most memorable and iconic works of these two photographers from  the 1930s and 1940s.

Olive Cotton and Max Dupain are key figures in Australian visual culture. They shared a long and close personal and professional relationship. This exhibition looks at their work made between 1934 and 1945, the period of their professional association; this was an exciting period of experimentation and growth in Australian photography, and Cotton and Dupain were at the centre of these developments.

This is the first exhibition to look at the work of these two photographers as they shared their lives, studio and professional practice. Looking at their work together is instructive; they were often shooting the same subjects, or pursuing subjects and pictorial effects in similar ways. Comparisons articulate and make apparent Dupain’s more structured – even abstracted – approach to art and to the world; similarly, comparisons highlight Cotton’s more immersive relationship to place, with a particularly deep and instinctual love of light and its ephemeral effects.

This exhibition focuses on the key period in each of their careers, when they made many of their most memorable images. Keenly aware of international developments in photography, Cotton and Dupain experimented with the forms and strategies of modernist photography, especially Surrealism and the Bauhaus, and drew upon the sophisticated lighting and compositions of contemporary advertising and Hollywood glamour photography.

They brought to these influences their own, close association with the rich context of Australian life and culture during the 1930s and ’40s. Their achievement can be characterised, borrowing terms they used in discussions of their work, as the development of a ‘contemporary Australian photography’: a modern photographic practice that reflected their own, very particular relationships to the world and to each other.

Supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Silver & Salt: Experimental Photography

Works which embrace and exploit traditional photographic techniques and mediums to produce innovative and experimental work.

Includes work by:


Amanda Williams,I enjoyed the high contrast while maintaining details in the shadows and light areas and keeping the grain that is part of analogue film.  The photographic were treated differently with the use of light and tone.

Justine Varga, found interesting, no camera and the use of bodily actions on the film then processed.


Ashleigh Harwood with an interesting use of negative film, scanned then digitally manipulated and altered.  The places do not exist, time is neither transient nor external – see time.

Light and ephemeral effects.

“The Wings of Tomorrow” Clive Turnbull.


New work from Belinda Allen, ‘Sacred/Profane’ and Christopher Laurie, ‘Come Fill The Cup’.  Both artists combine images, film, books, texts and soundscapes in an exploration of history and culture of place. The works utilise imagery from travels in Europe, Japan, India and Australia. The images are layered and juxtaposed to reveal synchronicities and contradictions that perplex the viewer’s perception of place.


Belinda Allen’s ‘sacred’ images of history, culture and landscape are layered with the quotidian and ‘profane’ – street scenes, newspaper clippings, found texts and accidental ‘art’ – to provoke our thinking about how each informs our experience of the ‘now’.

Christopher Lawrie explores the dichotomies and synergies between contemporary Islam and historical, non-secular Christianity. In a modern world that is struggling with the place of religion in social and political life, and most particularly with the perceived ‘threat’ to Christian and secular cultures of an imposed ‘Islamic State’, it is pertinent to reflect upon the origins of our own secular culture and the place of the spirit.


29 January

Free Guided Walk at Long Reef Aquatic Reserve This program is proudly supported by the Recreational Fishing Trust


Phil Colman searching for marine treasure in a big kelp stranding on Collaroy Beach. Photo: Pittwater Online News Jan 8 – 14, 2012: Issue 40

Long Reef Aquatic Reserve, on Sydney’s northern beaches is a unique environment due to its geology and exposure to all four points of the compass. Protecting a huge variety of marine animals, birds and plants, it’s a great place to enjoy learning about our natural environment.

Department of Primary Industries NSW Fishcare Volunteers offer free, guided, educational walks onto the rock platform where in just two hours you’ll observe some of the vast variety of marine life.

You’ll also gain an understanding of the geographical features of the area, look at trace fossils and learn why some migratory birds travel tens of thousands of kilometres from Siberia and Japan to spend time at Long Reef.

Phil is co-author of the book; Exploring Tidal Waters on Australia’s Temperate Coast. This book was awarded a Whitley Book Award as the best book in the category of Explorer’s Guide. If you would like to purchase a book, they will be available for sale for $20 each before or after the walk.

Some information can be found at:  http://www.pittw

ateronlinenews .com/exploringtidalwatersonaus traliastemperatecoast.php

Phil joined us on the walk today, we also had a geologist explaining the fossil formations, a doctor explaining what happens to our bodies when we are bitten by ‘thing’ with not so ‘nice’ effects and NSW Fishcare Volunteers which included speaking about birds that migrate from Siberia each year.




23 December


Christmas Lights:  Second Avenue, Ashbury

St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney city.

David Jone’s windows, Sydney; Pitt Street Mall, Sydney; Queen Victoria Building, Sydney; Martin Place, Sydney.

4 December

The Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea in Sydney hosts a North Korean Human Rights Film Screening and Reception of the North Korean human rights film “The Wall”

The Wall is the story of a young female poet in North Korea. The director David Kinsella wanted to make a real a documentary, but the government in North Korea brought in over 1000 extras to make Kinsella produce what they wanted: propaganda. 

Kinsella had to change his strategy. Under pressure from the North Korean censor, he filmed in such a way that animation could be overlaid onto the images when he returned to Norway – and used to tell the real story.

Understanding that in North Korea “all foreigners are spies and evil”, David Kinsella realised that he had also been told this as a boy growing up in Northern Ireland – and so he made a comparison between his own childhood in Belfast, and his North Korean adventure movie.

1 December 

Art Bank 2017 NSW Visual Artist Fellowship Exhibition

222 Young Street, Waterloo NSW 2011

The 2017 NSW Visual Artist Fellowship Exhibitionincludes a selection of recent works by Khadim Ali, Linda Dement, Karla Dickens, Bianca Hester, Hiromi Tango, and Salote Tawale, the six artists shortlisted for the award by an industry panel.   Salute Tamale was awarded the fellowship.

Our collection has been building for over 30 years and is one of the largest of Australian art in the world. Accordingly, we hold some of the greatest examples of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artwork produced during the past four decades.

26 November

White Rabbit Gallery exhibition Vile Bodies

Out in the wild lands beyond the Great Wall, there once roamed people with claws and blue skin, one-legged goblins, women with tigers’ teeth, and fish-men that walked on four fins. Such monsters and mutants posed a threat to the civilised order, so they had to be kept at a distance. Yet they were also enticing, alluring, impossible to ignore.
That is because they were us. Their freakish forms, bizarre behaviours, even their magic powers, were expressions of the lingering wildness in us all. They gave shape to our inner Swamp Creatures—the primal fears and imaginings, the lusts and eccentricities, the built-in bugs and defects beneath our standard-issue skins.
Monsters can be dangerous. To give them free rein is to invite calamity, as China’s history shows. But while the vile in us must be restrained, it cannot be suppressed. We may do away with blue-skinned tribes and fish-people, but evolutionary ape-men and cyborgs, cloned sheep and mutant viruses soon take their place. And the vile in us is not always evil. It can be beautiful, even glorious, as the artists in VILE BODIES show. In exploring the monsters we contain and the monsters we create, they enlarge our picture of the human animal.

  • Chinese Offspring, Zhang Dali’s “mass hanging” of naked migrant workers
  • Recombinant, 50 photographs of eerily plausible insects and amphibians re-engineered with human skin and hair by Li Shan
  • Lu Yang’s electronic music video Krafttremor, in which the movements of men with Parkinson’s disease “control” the soundtrack
  • A Wandering robotic avian centipede by Luxury Logico
  • Qiu Anxiong’s New Book of Mountains and Seas Part 2, an ink-painting-based animation inspired by a mythological “geography” book.
  • Zhou Changyong’s video–sculpture of his qi-shrouded avatar playing Jamie Foxx in an action sequence from Django Unchained.

Vile Bodies is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It runs until February 5, 2017.

12 November

The Corner Gallery, Stanmore:  Adopt a Tree, Save Sydney Park

Featuring an exhibition of photography highlighting the beauty and importance of Sydney Park and its trees, with photography by acclaimed photo-journalist Lorrie Graham, sculpture by visual artist Gabrielle Bates and drawings by Maryanne Coutts, Head of Drawing at the National Art School.


28 October

Operation Art Armory Gallery 

Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual artsexhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10. With over 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a great opportunity to celebrate the creative talents of our young people at our unique riverside setting.

8 September

Q&A session with S3. S Cubed, the creative driving forces behind it are all very experienced artists in the world of animation, animation direction and production , concept art, storyboarding, character design etc.


Kathy Cavaliere Loved provides an insight into Cavaliere’s (1972-2012) practice, where objects acquire an aura of love and trauma and tell the story of a life. Curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham.


Katthy Cavaliere: Loved – Artist’s spirit present in posthumous MONA exhibition.  An exhibition that traces the career of the late Sydney artist Katthy Cavaliere movingly evokes her spirit. 

Francesco Clemente Encampment  Every single moment of the unfolding experience of the work is just a pretext to move on, to move forward from that moment. It’s never supposed to be a beginning of an ending; it’s supposed to be a transition.”

The first major exhibition in Australia of work by acclaimed Italian contemporary artist Francesco Clemente, and second in the annual Schwartz Carriageworks series of major international visual arts projects, Encampment includes six of Clemente’s celebrated large-scale tents, transforming 30,000 square feet of the precinct into an opulent tented village.

Created in collaboration with a community of artists in Rajasthan, India, with exteriors that combine camouflaged fabric and golden embroidery, the tents in Encampment invite us into jewel-toned spaces populated by Byzantine angels.

3 August

Sydney ACM SIGGRAPH  Speaker: Jeremy Harkins

ineni Realtimeis at the leading edge of real-time virtual technologies including: 3D immersive environments, VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) for architecture, mining and smart cities. The company has partnered with world leaders in building automation, integrated systems and business process management and is providing cutting edge solutions for some of the largest and most complex developments in the world.

ineni Realtime is a market leader in the development of realtime rendering visualisations and virtual reality applications for the built environment and related industries.  Helping to simplify the communication of engineering or architectural complexities, the innovative 3D content engages stakeholders whilst drastically saving you time and money throughout the building lifecycle.

Jeremy Harkins is the Director and co-founder of ineni Realtime, an innovative technology company focused on the development of the Realtime Visualisation Industry. Jeremy has spoken internationally about the Studio’s work and has over a decade of experience in Architectural Technologies including professional work, consultancy and Full-Time Academia.

25 July

TRACEY  MOFFATT Art Gallery of NSW:  Laudanum and other works


Left to right: Tracey Moffatt Laudanum 13 and Laudanum 16 from the series Laudanum 1998, photogravures, 36.8 × 37.4 cm and 28.8 × 47.6 cm, purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of NSW 1999 © Tracey Moffatt

Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia’s most influential artists and the Art Gallery of NSWhas a substantial collection of her work. This exhibition enables study of key threads and her particular use of the still and moving image.

Moffatt’s photographic series Laudanum 1998 and Plantation 2009 are related through the use of old colonial homes as locations for the playing out of fears and desires. The artist’s love of cinema and melodrama is evident, particularly in Laudanum with its references to Murnau’s expressionist 1922 film Nosferatu. Her ongoing play with the photographic medium is beautifully presented through the toned photogravures of Laudanum and the printing and painting on handmade paper in Plantation

The montage videos (made with Gary Hillberg) Love 2003 and Other 2009 are two sides of the same coin. Love traces the evolution of romantic love to brutality in the name of love; Other narrates the explosive attraction between races, sexes and genders.

24 July

Archibald Prize 2016  Art Gallery of NSW

Archibald for Portrait Finalists

Lynne for Landscape or Figurative Sculpture Finalists

Sulman for Subject, Genre or Mural Painting 

Images from the NSW Art Gallery Web Page.

21 July

Eid Night Marketand discovering Booza Mastic Ice Cream

9 July


A photographic exhibition by Greg Constantine,  Produced by the City of Sydney

In Burma, the Rohingya have been abused, excluded and denied the most basic of human rights, including citizenship.  As refugees in Bangladesh and beyond, they have been neglected, exploited and forced to exist in the darkest margins of society.

Nowhere People: exposing a portrait of the world’s stateless | Greg Constantine | TEDxEastEnd

Parramatta WinterlightSkate and Slide

Parramatta Ferry

6 July

Sydney ACM SIGGRAPH   Speaker: Niki Bern,Compositing

29 May

VIVID SYDNEY  27th May – 18th Jun 2016  is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring an outdoor ‘gallery’ of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world’s most important creative industry forums and, of course, the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.

14 May

WAR – A Playground Perspective – Armory Gallery

This exhibition will explore and interrogate our understanding of war and draw on the work of some of Australia’s leading.

28 April

GEORGY  GIRL  The Seekers Musical

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Mike McLeish (Bruce Woodley), Phillip Lowe (Keith Potger), Pippa Grandison (Judith Durham) and Glaston Toft (Athol Guy) in Georgy Girl: The Seekers Musical. Photo: Jeff Busby

13 April

Turandot on Sydney Harbour

Opera Australia presents Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour presents Turandot,  a story of a death-marked love. It’s the best of Sydney in a single evening: singing, sunsets and sparkling wine, in perfect harmony. Join us at the water’s edge in a pop-up opera house with purpose-built bars, restaurants and a grandstand under the stars.

Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng’s take on this Chinese fable will be one for the history books.


Turandot is a beautiful and powerful princess, who challenges her many suitors to answer three riddles on pain of death. No one has ever succeeded.

Calàf is a brave prince from a foreign land, who falls instantly in love with the princess.

Despite the wishes of his exiled father and the pleas of a slave-girl who loves him, he rings the gong and declares his love for the princess.

She presents her riddles, and in triumph, the unknown prince answers. Turandot despairs and the prince takes pity – offering the ice-cold princess a riddle of his own. But Calàf’s riddle risks more than his own life – everyone else’s hangs in the balance.

5 April

Experience Autodesk Flame “Unleashed” 3D visual effects and finishing tool for your post-production and visual effects pipelines.  These one-off sessions provide hands-on experience with Flame in a class led by renowned Visual Effects & Finishing Artist, David Wood.

8 March

International Women’s Day – Short Film Screening at Woollarha Municipal Council in partnership with WOW


STUFFED:  Taxidermist Peter Murphy loves his mother and when she dies he can’t bear to live without her, and does all that he can to keep her with him.


CLAN: James Saunders went to boarding school on a football scholarship but when he finished school his step father told him he had to survive on his own. James moved to be with his father on a mission in Victoria but his family turned on him and sent him on his way. James was suicidal but decided to come out. He found a new family with a gay rugby team, the Convicts, and with them went on to win two world cups.


FRONTIER: is a Western/ Thriller set in the 1800s, a time when the most bloody and deadly of massacres in Australian history took place.


LETTER  FOR  HOPE:  is the story of two strangers, a lonely old man and a devastated young woman, who enter each other’s worlds at the lowest point of their lives.  The pragmatic and awkward old man discovers wisdom and compassion he didn’t know he had and his extraordinary actions give peace and new purpose to them both.

18 February

Walkley Media Talk – Difficult Women by the Walkley Foundation imgcrop.php

Looking past online outrage to a constructive discussion about how our society, politicians and public figures treat women. What role and responsibility does the media have? Where’s the line between political correctness and dangerous attitudes? Who’s getting it right – and who’s stuffing up?

Monique Schafter: Monique is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker who reports for the ABC’s nightly current affairs program, 7.30. Previously, she co-hosted the ABC’s ground-breaking current affairs/comedy program Hungry Beast, produced by Andrew Denton.

Jenny Noyes: Jenny Noyes is a writer and producer for Daily Life, Australia’s number-one website for women.

Moo Baulch: Moo Baulch is chief executive of Domestic Violence NSW, the state peak body for specialist domestic and family violence services. She is part of a small team that works to improve policy and practice responses to women, children and communities impacted by violence in NSW. Moo is excited about the positive connections being made between media and the non-government domestic and family violence sector. She’s seen significant shifts in the last couple of years and believes that ethical reporting of survivors’ stories has played a huge role in the development of community conversations about violence and sexual assault.

Moderator: Kate Matheson. Kate Matheson was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s at 29, carries the BRCA1 gene mutation, is a cancer survivor times lots, and pretty much shouldn’t be standing upright. At 44 she is the Editor of the PNG Industry News and the PNG Report for Aspermont Publishing UK and a frequent columnist for the Huffington Post Australia. Her work for is syndicated across the NewsCorp network, with her articles on tackling violence against women, domestic violence, equity for women in sport, marriage equality, and the need to start walking rather than just talking about change attracting international attention. She is a National Ambassador for the partner of the Fox Foundation here in Australia, Shake It Up, a Lifeline counsellor, and a domestic violence and rape survivor. She is a non-practicing law graduate, ex-corporate warrior, is about to start her Master of Literature at the same time as writing a book because she is completely insane, and is a total geek girl who loves code and web development almost as much as she does the fight for women’s rights and social awareness. Her blog is called A Difficult Woman, which pretty much explains everything.

The discussion started out with reference to the way we talk about women, how people refer to women, how women are perceived and bringing about meaningful change.  Does a difficult woman question, argue, have a passion in beliefs, stand against the tide. The need for ethical reporting of people’s stories, exchanging knowledge, what is the difficulty, to be transparent and have social justice.  To be inclusive rather than decisive, embracing and being respectful of difference. No need for gender related tribalism, with the expectation we are all on the same team and criticise with respectful language.  We are all human with work and home life responsibilities. Is issue of difficult behaviour and its relationship to mental health issues, are women over reacting. the by stander stuff – is it respectful?

Frances Farmer: This Is Your Life (Part One) (1958)

Frances Farmer Documentary

17 February

freelancing-for-dummies1The Sandpit; Creative Plus Business

You don’t need to play by yourself any more! The Sandpit is a not-networking night, designed for people who hate to network. Every other month, creative business people and freelancers  just like you meet for drinkies and chit chat in the safe and friendly environment of the pub. It’s all the good bits of networking (meeting people, drinking, getting out of the house) without any of the bad parts (awkwardeness, pressure to sell, feeling like a dill). Best of all, this is a wanker-free environment, and it’s free!


10 February

Intraware & Foundry Nuke 10 Seminar

Nuke Studio:  finishing suite enhancements are plays up to 4K playback, chroma key, grade nodes, smart paint tools transferring file types such as EDL, EXR and Quicktime, improved realtime playback and see in-timeline soft effects including a real-time keyer, enhanced audio handling, and a performance boost.

Nuke 10: enhancements, refinements and performance

3D rayTrace renderer, ray render node and spoke about reflections, AO, motion blur, shadows, antialiasing

smart paint tool set, generates a vector, exr sequence and can deform this across the surface allowing you to add textures or paint to any image sequence that contains complex motion or subtle details.  Smart Vector, Smart Distort.

Nuke 10 Beta Smart Vector Tutorial

roto paint increased number of strokes, frame range, faster feedback, more interactive

The Foundry Shows Off Nuke 10 – Lesterbanks

3 February


Parliament House is a symbol of Australian democracy. Home to the Parliament of Australia and meeting place of the nation, Parliament House is the focal point of Canberra, our capital city.

The House of Representatives , known as the people’s house, is where government is formed. It has 150 members, and the party or parties able to gain the support of the majority of the House form government. The House’s other roles are to debate proposed laws, watch over government expenditure, including through its committee system, and to provide a forum for public debate on issues of national importance.

The Senate is a partner with the House in the legislative process, but is also a check on the government of the day. It consists of 76 senators – 12 from each state and 2 from each territory. The Senate conducts much of its work through an established committee system, including the budget estimates accountability process.

See Parliament in Action

Visitors are welcome to view the proceedings of both the Senate and House of Representatives from the public galleries in the chambers on parliamentary sitting days. Question Time is held in both the Senate and the House of Representatives from 2.00pm. Tickets for Question Time in the House of Representatives can be booked by phoning the office of the Serjeant-at-Arms on (02) 6277 4889 up until 12.30pm on the day required. Bookings are not required for Question Time in the Senate.

A visit to the roof of Parliament House provides one of the best views of Canberra and the opportunity to get up close to the building’s iconic 81-metre high flag mast, one of the world’s largest stainless steel structures.

MUSEUM  of  AUSTRALIAN  DEMOCRACY:  Old Parliament House.   Open daily 9am–5pm

A national icon, a place of great beauty, magnificent design and historical significance.  Enjoy a range of innovative exhibitions, tours and public programs that challenge and inspire. There are also special activities and spaces for children to explore. Finish your visit in one of our two beautiful cafés. As one of Australia’s most cherished and important buildings. Celebrating the spirit of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it!

Right Here Now: a powerful regional voice in our democracy

A unique selection of artwork from regional Australian artists is on display from 17 November, highlighting the prominence of rural voices in Australian democracy.

The exhibition Right Here Now showcases eighteen artists working outside the major city centres of Australia who have been paired in a creative mentorship project. The project develops talent through pairing blossoming artists with experienced mentors for nine-months; their creations show a divine mirror of influence and encouragement between the pairs. Artists include:

  • Brian Robinson and Jimmy Thaiday from Queensland
  • Chris De Rosa and Ebony Heidenreich from South Australia
  • Linda Botham and Bonnie Weidenbach from Victoria
  • Rick Ball and young Menindee artists collective from New South Wales
  • Raymond Arnold and Jessie Pangas from Tasmania
  • Chayni Henry and David Collins from the Northern Territory
  • Sandra Hill and Donna Fortescue from Western Australia

View the catalogue to see the designs, meet the artists, and read more about their background and what inspired their artwork for the exhibition.

Crisis 1914! The Call to Arms


First convoy leaving Albany

The outbreak of the First World War was the first crisis for the new Australian nation. Australia was one of only two or three functioning democracies that went to war in August 1914; Australia was also the most recently created nation. The first few months of the First World War demonstrated Australia’s enthusiastic commitment to the war, not yet exposing the tensions that would later divide the nation. Australians willingly went to war as Britons, but were also determined that the war effort reflected our young nation’s democratic spirit.

The decisions made by the governments led firstly by Joseph Cook, and then Andrew Fisher, were crucial to how Australia would conduct its war effort. Cook’s Cabinet rushed to commit a 20,000 strong expeditionary force, a figure easily achieved and then surpassed by the end of the year. Following the federal election in early September the new prime minister, Andrew Fisher, passed the War Precautions Act, giving the government wide-ranging powers to help in the conduct of the war. Some were alarmed at the extent of these powers, but all agreed that extraordinary measures were needed to deal with the challenges that the war presented.

By the end of 1914 Australians were optimistic and enthusiastic. Opposition to the war, such as it was, paled in the face of crowds of men eager to sign up to the new Australian Imperial Force, and community organisations mobilising to raise funds for the war effort. The successes of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force in German New Guinea, and the sinking of the German cruiser SMS Emden by HMAS Sydney on 9 November, added to the optimism and pride felt by most Australians.

Happy and Glorious


Queen Elizabeth ascending the front steps

The Queen’s Visit in 1954. The phrase conjures up memories of a young Queen in summer dresses and ball gowns, crowds of Australians excitedly waving flags and charming tableaus spelling out heartfelt messages.

Old Parliament House was central to the royal tour while the Queen was in Canberra. The Queen alighted from the Daimler and walked up the front steps in her coronation gown to rousing cheers. She was escorted through King’s Hall by a very proud Prime Minister Menzies to attend the State Banquet. In her most formal duty, the Queen opened the 20th Parliament in the Senate Chamber. A room in the President of the Senate’s suite was redecorated and furnished for her private use while she was in the house.

We have a number of objects in our collection online relating to this royal visit.

2 February 

NATIONAL  PORTRAIT  GALLERY:  The purpose of the National Portrait Gallery is to increase the understanding and appreciation of the Australian people – their identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity – through portraiture.

Women in Focus:  presents a selection of these early acquisitions alongside a sample of the 2600 works in various media subsequently added to the collection through purchase, gift and commission. Underlining the National Portrait Gallery’s ongoing role in showcasing the varied and inventive approaches employed by portrait artists, the display also highlights the energy the Gallery has applied to the development of a collection documenting the strength and diversity of the achievements of contemporary Australian women.

Sideshow Alley:


Ned Kelly Death Mask, 1880 by Dr Maximilian L. Kreitmayer Ned Kelly Death Mask 1880 by unknown artist plaster Private Collection

Our Victorian forebears weren’t squeamish. And they weren’t all that prim, either. Sideshow Alley re-tells tales of criminal and institutional savagery in Australia’s colonial settlements and considers the tension between:

  • the idea of portraiture as a means to edify, refine and elevate the sensibility of the populace, and
  • the popular thirst for the lowbrow, the cheap, the tacky and the ghoulish in portraiture.

Sideshow Alley transports us to a time when crowds surged to see the laid-out bodies of outlaws, competing to tear out scraps of their hair and beards; and a photograph of a corseted matron, posed against a pillar no less rigid than she, might be stuck in the family album alongside a photograph of a defunct bushranger, propped up with gun in hand to menace the populace even in death. 

Sideshow Alley brings to life a time when lithographs, woodcuts and waxworks of men in their direst moments attracted just as much interest as the monumental representations of explorers and statesmen that set the official tone of the age.

NATIONAL  GALLERY  of   AUSTRALIA:  TOM ROBERTS (1856–1931) was a great Australian artist. He is arguably one of Australia’s best-known andmost loved artists, standing high amongst his talented associates at a vital moment in local painting. His output was broad-ranging, and includes landscapes, figures in the landscape, industrial landscapes and cityscapes. He was also Australia’s leading portrait painter of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In addition, he made a small number of etchings and sculptures and in his later years he painted a few nudes and still lifes.

Artist : Tom Roberts (Australia, b.1856, d.1931) Title : Bailed up Date : 1895, 1927 Medium Description: oil on canvas Dimensions : Credit Line : Purchased 1933 Image Credit Line : Accession Number : 833

Artist : Tom Roberts Title : Bailed up

30 January

Newington Armory, Armory Gallery Exhibition: Designing Your Future: is an educational design collaboration between Sydney Olympic Park and South Western Sydney Institute’s Lidcombe design students. It celebrates cutting edge design work across the creative disciplines of industrial design, interior design, interior decoration and design fundamentals.

The exhibition offers a unique glimpse of 80 talented TAFE design students and their designs into the future direction of design in Sydney.  It also gives a public platform for students to showcase their award winning designs and prototypes to industry and the community.

29 January

70e74a803b3c213cdd100bdc08d921a1The 2016 UNSW’s Gandhi Oration will be delivered by Mr Peter Greste on “Journalism in the Age of Terror” The annual oration commemorates India’s Martyrs’ Day, the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination on 30 January 1948.

Peter is an acclaimed campaigner for freedom of the press and an award winning Australian journalist.  He has also been awarded the International Association of Press Clubs’ Freedom of Speech Award and the 2015 Human Rights Medal, awarded by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

An Australian-born foreign correspondent, jailed for 400 days in 2013 on confected terrorism charges along with two colleagues while working in Egypt for Al Jazeera English.

He was sentenced to seven years in prison after a trial that was widely dismissed as a sham, but in February 2015, after intense international pressure, he was deported to Australia under a presidential decree.

As a result of the letters he wrote from prison in the defense of freedom of the press, Greste won a Walkley Award for most outstanding contribution to journalism in 2014, and Royal Television Society and Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards in 2015.

Prior to his incarceration in Egypt, Greste covered the civil war in Yugoslavia and elections in South Africa as a freelance reporter. He joined the BBC as its Afghanistan correspondent in 1995 and went on to cover Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. In 2011, he won a Peabody Award for a BBC documentary on Somalia before joining Al Jazeera as its East Africa correspondent.

Some thoughts that have come away with me from this outstanding oration:

Determined, principled and committed to a peaceful path.
What I came to represent – freedom of speech.
The right to self expression, encouraging debate and representing the rights of all others.
Non violence, commitment to fact, peace, security and dignity with respect for all.
No cooperation with everything that is humiliating.
How governments use media when limiting free speech, the media can become a battle ground on the war of terror. In the past foreign correspondents were neutral players and can now be used for propaganda and censorship. A war on an abstract noun – what people want it to mean, not a war on anything tangible, becoming a means by which the war is waged.
Media is there to hold accountability, not false news and transmit ideas. Legislative walls around what can and cannot be said. Highest ethical standards, professional integrity.
War is becoming about language, adopt a middle ground with words, as the language of war can be dangerous. Consider the causes the words are feeding. Someones terrorist is another persons freedom fighter.
Duty and responsibility to challenge what we are told, free press can have alternative views and not acting for interests. Fairness to all and in the publics good. Independent reports and informed about the world around us. Not about generating clicks and web site traffic.
Democracy does not work unless there is a free movement of ideas.  Think for yourself and take part in democracy.

27 January

UnknownPleasure Garden at Vaucluse House,transformed into a place of musical play as part of the Sydney Festival.  Step into an immersive sonic experience where music and environmental sounds weave through the landscape

A listening garden, inspired by the story and music of the 17th century musician, composer, improviser and nobleman Jacob van Eyck.  Pleasure Garden combines excerpts from his work, set within newly composed music by Genevieve Lacey and Jan Bang, in collaboration with Jim Atkins, Robin Fox, Pete Brundle and Sera Davies. Amble through, picnic in, or lean into Pleasure Garden.




December 2015

13 December

Burmese Food Fair, Yennora

9 December

Sandpit Christmas

25 November

Design Centre 2015 Exhibition
Concept Art
3D Art and Animation

7 November

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Refugee group exhibition opening with Jenny Kee at Everglades House and Gardens Gallery, Leura.  Over 15 artists have donated their work to support the work of Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group.

Exhibition open: 11am – 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday 7 November to 29 November

30 September

Operation Art  Daily, 5 Sep – 25 Oct 2015 10am-4pm – Armory Gallery

Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual artsexhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10. With over 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a great opportunity to celebrate the creative talents of our young people at our unique riverside setting.

Presented in partnership with NSW Department of Education & Communities and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

2 September

Sydney ACM SIGGRAPH – Lightwell – a Vivid Case Study

Speaker: Adam Katz and Kwan Chemsripong

We are excited to announce our September Event and hope that you got to see the Vivid collaboration 22 May – 8 June 2015.

Lightwell explores the concept of collective expression and discovery. Participants work together using hand gestures to ‘splash’ and scatter rippling coloured lights over a textured brick wall, revealing hidden designs and animations.

Large-scale illustrations and images are illuminated by the scattered light-paint, and when specific sections of the wall are touched by the light, other gems explode into life, in the forms of small animations, short filmsequences and vibrantly coloured, animated designs. Further interaction triggers an ambient soundscape – a collection of rhythms and amusing one-liners – to accompany the animations and film sequences.

10 August

The Aperture Club – Art and Soul:  The Secrets of Great Portrait Photography with Shane Rozario.  What is a good portrait?


photograph from google images

Some ideas that gave me food for thought from Shane’s presentation.

Photographers follow something, are driven by an interest, they have a curiosity while growing to understand the differences in your likes and dislikes. The little wins all become part of the experience and building confidence.

Make friends with your subject, consider making stories, tune into observations, look for shots, think about the bigger vision, experiments lead to new experiences and new inspiration.

Look at your work and learn how to predict what is going to happen.  Pre visualise the result and shoot for this result as you might not always have control of the colour, background, tone and light. Sometimes there will be no control except for the timing.

Understand how to work with light, shoot with the light, lighting for a particular situation, backlighting for a mood and consider the shadows. There is also movement, flash and slow shutter speed, ISO can shoot in darker spaces, not always about thirds there are other thing such as triangles and in film you can underexpose the shot for multiple exposures.  The background is part of the photograph.  Reality v the artistic version of reality.

Consider things like setting up a studio on location, building a series, shooting for the series, navigating direction, express what you want to say in the photo with psd.

Have a fair and ethical exchange, everything you do makes you better and genuine people will let you achieve you goal and the joy of having a photo that is used.

For me – I like to capture a moment of time or is it ‘in’ time and see how the photograph changes over time. What is actually changing?  What do I like to see change?

7 August

Harbour Sculpture:  Clarkes Point Reserve, Woolwich, Sydney

Community Event of the Year: Our achievements were recognised with the awarding of an Australia Day Award for the Hunters Hill Community Event of the Year 2013.

HarbourSculpture is an opportunity to engage the community and artists in the visual experience of sculptural works and sculptural space against our Harbour location.  A unique exhibition of art, held annually on Sydney Harbour. Spread across Clarkes Point Reserve and through the Deckhouse function centre and surrounds.  HarbourSculpture attracts the best Australian sculptors to exhibit their work.

28 July

A few snap shots of my photography day with Eva at Hornsby Quarry.

27 July

The Aperture Club‘Street Photography’ Adventures on the Highways of Life

0a4d92_257856cc92064834b254ea12fb52042d.jpg_srz_p_327_328_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzDaniel Kukec – After pulling the pin on corporate ladder and armed with camera, Daniel embarked on a life changing journey of discovery around South America. It was there, wandering the streets, where he became captivated with observing life and everyday moments. Little did he know that the energy on the streets – these highways of life – would ignite a search for not only purpose and meaning, but also a passion for capturing urban life and the human condition. Searching for these moments became a creative obsession.

When Daniel is not shooting ‘street’ for fun he is a professional wedding and events photography as well as an accomplished tutor with The Aperture Club, where he is often found teaching our street photography workshops, of course… Come on an adventure with Daniel and listen to the story behind some of his favourite images.

Daniel broke his shots and presentation into Landscapes, People , Street Art and spoke about Observation, Stories and Connections, Graffiti and Wall Art,  Light, Approaches, Composition, Humans being Human.

Searching for observation and when committed to something people offer something.

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24 July

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia



David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, Geology, 2015, installation view, Energies: Haines & Hinterding, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2015 real-time 3D environment, 2 x HD projections, game engine, motion sensor, spatial 3D audio, commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, supported by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhatu, Christchurch, New Zealand, image courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney © the artist, photograph: Christopher Snee

Australian artists David Haines and Joyce Hinterding live and work in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Their collaborative practice incorporates experimental and traditional media to investigate Hinterding’s fascination with energetic forces and Haines’ attraction to the intersection of hallucination and the environment. Both artists are captivated by the unseen energies that surround us and seek to reveal them to audiences through work that draws upon aspects of science, the occult and philosophy.

The artists work across a range of media and processes, including sound, installation, moving image, performance, sculpture, photography and drawing. This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of their work and includes a number of key collaborative projects, solo works by both artists, and a new commission. 

Curated by MCA Curator, Anna Davis.

Notes from the MCA web site

22 July

Shotgun Software Seminar
Want to learn how getting the entire team connected can maximize creative time and make life easier for everyone, an efficient pipeline.

30-Story Building Built In 15 Days (Time Lapse)

 Are smart devices taking over the world and how is the content created? How shotgun enables this to happen as team sizes are increased along with the size of the data content. How are assets managed.
Virtual reality and augmented reality experiences.
Autodesk have a market connectionor online market place where people can sell assets.
Guest Speaker: Ian Cope
Producer Visual Effects & Marketing – Rising Sun Pictures

Ian Cope has been with Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) since 2001. He has contributed to the design & execution of visual effects on feature films such as the Academy-Award® winning Gravity, Seventh Son, Prometheus, Red Tails, the Harry Potter series, Green Lantern, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He is currently producing RSP’s work on Pan and Tarzan: The Untamed. Ian’s journey in visual effects began with a trip to Hollywood in the 80’s, where he was inspired by a behind-the-scenes tour of Universal Studios. He spent the next 10 years learning all he could about computer graphics, culminating in a Design (Visual Communication) degree at the University of Technology, Sydney.

His professional career has included roles as an Animation & Video producer, Hardware & Application Specialist, IT professional, and a lecturer of tertiary students in Animation & Visual Effects. Ian’s many roles within RSP have included Compositor, Production Supervisor, Editor, Communications Manager and Bidding Producer. He also worked on the initial development of the remote collaboration tool cineSync, which won a Scientific & Technical Academy Award in 2010 for its contribution to the film industry. Additionally he worked with the original Shotgun team for the rollout of the software at RSP’s studios, the first in the world to do so.

Ian draws on his extensive experience to deliver world-class visual effects to clients around the world. He is also an active member of the Visual Effects Society and a board member for the Australian section.

16 July

SMPTE – autodesk: David Zwierzchaczewski, Animation Specialist.

The latest bells and whistles in Maya 2016.

youtube CGPunch 

15 July

FX CAMERA  to  SCREEN : Maximizing your DCP pipeline

fxguide and Adobe present in association with
Sydney ACM SIGGRAPH (Professional Chapter) and Australian Cinematographers Society

Lars Borg – Principal Scientist at Adobe, has over 20 years of experience in color management. Lars develops solutions, specifications and standards for digital imaging, image processing, digital cinema (ACES), color management, CinemaDNG, high dynamic range, wide color gamut, UHDTV, video compression, metadata, holds over 30 patents in these areas, and is active in SMPTE, ISO and ICC standards developments.

Bill Roberts – Senior Director of Professional Video Product Management at Adobe, has worked in professional video and audio for over 25 years, with the majority of his career focused on developing software tools for creative professionals. He is an expert on video, film and file based workflows and the impact that the Internet / Cloud Computing is having on both content creation and consumption.

Exploring many issues regarding DCP authoring and distribution, and discussing workflow solutions and mobile color science.

– What can you do to maximize a DCP pipeline, from shooting to post?
– Issues with SMPTE DCP – why has the transition been difficult? Why is the adoption rate not higher?
– 4K, 8K and beyond – what is Rec. 2020 and what do I need to know?
– Standards for the home TV – the Dolby approach
– Mobile color science – new tools for capturing and creating looks
– What is Dolby Vision? (as launched with Tomorrowland)

 Perceptual Signal Coding for More Efficient Usage of Bit Codes [pdf]

Scott Miller Mahdi Nezamabadi Scott Daly Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

Some terminology and concepts covered in this presentation: 4K, higher frame rates, GAMUT, HDR production, Colour Volume, Narrow or Wide Colour Gamut, Wide and Tall HDR, Wider Saturated Colours, Tall with headroom above 1– IRE, White, Below 0 IR, Colour Resolution, Rex 79 Curve, Display representation to preserve the greyscale, Rec BT 1886 display curve for HD/UHD, SMPTE ST2084 PQ Display curve, An exact match, Classic video grading technology not suited for HDR content, Black and White Anchor Points, 108 Diffuse White, ACES Academy Colour Encoding System, Colour Management, LUT, Colour Conversion, Colour Gamut Mapping, Tone Compression, Edit without losing colour with grading for different formats, Stored in metadata, NITS 48 nits for cinema, Brightness Levels, PQ Curve – gamma and LUT, Gamma Shift 2,6 least artefacts and 2.4 for CRT video, For the human eye, HDR and SDR display different systems with metadata, Tone Mapping Curve, Preserve the colour, Keep the shadow and do not want to lose the highlights, LOG, open EXR, Negative colour values of float, Absolute Black, HDR in/out.

 13 July


COORAH  CONTEMPORARY  ART  GALLERY  Blue Mountains Grammar School, Matcham Avenue , Wentworth Falls

Reductive Response curated by Billy Gruner and Beata Geyer  to the 24 August

Brad Allen-Waters, Vicky Brown, Fional Davies, Jacqueline Drinkall, Roger Foley Fogg, Beata Geyer, Anne Graham, Billy Gruner, Oeter Holm, Locust Jones, Sarah Keighery, Danial Kojta, Fleur Macdonald, Georgina Pollard, Margaret Roberts, Abi Tariq, Miriam Williamson, Alex Wisser.

To host High Quality, contemporary artists at the Blue Mountains Grammar School gallery, as a service to the local area, the school’s parent body and particularly its art students. As such, the aim of the gallery is to aid the education of BMGS students and the public and to provide a top level venue for curators and contemporary artists to exhibit and sell their art.  Curated exhibitions exploring contemporary themes and practice, with an emphasis on (but not limited to) contributions from curators and quality contemporary artists living in the Blue Mountains. work includes Painting, Photography, hand painted digital prints, sculpture, glassware and works on paper.

9 July

WILDLIFE  PHOTOGRAPHER  of  the  YEAR – Exhibition at Australian Museum

UnknownExperience the power, mystique and beauty of nature through the wildlife photographer’s lens.  Be captivated by scorpions basking in the sun, snakes in search of food, and fireflies lighting up the night. See over 100 images selected from more than 40,000 entries worldwide and discover the amazing world we live in.

Natural History Museum


Traditional Art Collection A wealth of over 50 traditional pieces features in this exhibition, which truly showcases the quality of design from ancient Korea.

The Bridge between Life & Death: Ornaments of the Korean Funeral Bier  It is widely believed that death is not the end of our being. Most of us believe in the existence of the afterlife and interestingly many cultures believe death is the beginning of our spiritual journey. The Ancient Egyptians believed that the departed made a journey through the underworld, contending with gods and strange creatures to reach the Hall of Final Judgement. In Greek mythology, the dead went to an underworld ruled by Hades through crossing rivers, such as Styx, which divided Earth and the underworld.

Our ancestors in the olden days of Korea also believed in afterlife. Following Confucianism principle, the funeral ceremony held by the descendants was the start of a journey into the afterlife for the departed. The descendants decorated Sang-yeo (Korean funeral bier), the carrying device to transport a dead body to the graveyard, with wooden ornaments of birds, flowers and animals that contains different symbols in wishing for a peaceful journey to the afterlife for the departed. The exhibition of the ornaments of Sang-yeo (Korean funeral bier) will introduce Sang-rye (the traditional Korean funeral rite) and our ancestor’s wisdom and beliefs about death.

3 July

The Army Museum of North Queensland


Jazzine Barracks has been home to Australian military units for over 120 years and has been redeveloped not a 15-hectare heritage precinct.  The Museum collects and exhibits artefacts and stories associated with the history of the Australian Army in North Queensland.

Pinnacles Gallery, Thuringowa Central, Townsville

22049A Permanent Mark: the impact of tattoo culture on contemporary art is a ground breaking exhibition that will explore and reconcile how two distinct industries – tattooing and contemporary art – are becoming increasingly interconnected. Tattoos and body art are central to many ancient cultures and civilisations, but it is the more recent popularisation and acceptance of tattoos in Western culture that has resulted in the artform permeating into the contemporary art sphere. A Permanent Mark: the impact of tattoo culture on contemporary art will display works by significant local, national and international tattoo and contemporary artists that evidence the crossover of styles, technology and techniques, themes and iconography.


26 June

Townsville Art Society

The Townsville Art Society (TAS) has had a number of ‘homes’ during its lifetime; more recent ones being in Northtown on the Mall, the Cat and FiddlejezzineArcade in the Townsville Mall, Kings Road Pimlico and now at Hut 25 – Gallery “Art at Jezzine” Jezzine Barracks, Mitchell Street North Ward. 

The Townsville Art Group was the genesis of the Townsville Art Society which came into being on 18 May 1962, although a group of artists had met earlier in May 1955 at Townsville High School to discuss the possibility of holding an art show. 

The exhibition, entitled ‘As We See It’ was opened at the Tree of Knowledge, Lower Denham Street on 28 July. There were 91 entries, and comments in a visitors’ book were enthusiastic.

Encouraged by the success, ‘Artists of Townsville’ presented a second ‘As We See It’ exhibition from 7 to 10 June, 1956 with 96 entries and received another enthusiastic response.

17 June

The Sandpit

You don’t need to play by yourself any more! The Sandpit is a not-networking night, designed for people who hate to network. Every other month, creative business people and freelancers  just like you meet for drinkies and chit chat in the safe and friendly environment of the pub. It’s all the good bits of networking (meeting people, drinking, getting out of the house) without any of the bad parts (awkwardeness, pressure to sell, feeling like a dill). Best of all, this is a wanker-free environment, and it’s free!

6 May


Chris Ebelingis a world-class animator and digital artist with credits on Hollywood blockbusters such as The Lego® MovieThe Great Gatsby and Happy Feet 2Knowing and Legend of the Guardians. He will talk about the journey from student to professional and will speak about developing your own IP and his project, Sumoboy. Chris Ebeling Blog

As a Student

– enjoy your journey, everyone’s is different

– do not be afraid to have a go and do something different, you do not know what it will be or where it may lead, doors open in interesting way, do not say no until you have had a go it could be an opportunity

– will never know everything, always something to learn, stay humble

– we all want the same things, to be creative and entertain the world, we all have a story to tell

– be prepared to work hard, share and lean from the people around you, how much do you want it

– take home and keep learning, only so much can be achieved in the class room

– if you know what you want to be then focus on that it took 400 people to make lego, can be a generalists for smaller companies, do the subjects you need to pass, you want to pass and the degree counts

– feedback and criticism is part of the job, working for someone who has a vision, get people to look at your work and consider it, put yourself out there

– working with people, part of a team, helpful, mindful, listen, communicate, positive, respectful, attitude does matter, the goal is to get something made together, small industry, bite your tongue, have fun

– work on your reel and not your grades, pass the subjects, the reel will get you the job, your work, your portfolio is what they want, to see what you can do really well

– roll with the punches, make the most of any situation, make it count, be inspired

– only one stupid question, the one that was never asked

– internships, working for free depends on the situation thing about are others being paid, collaborating with mates and make a film and use your strengths

– festivals, competitions, exposure

– time = experience = knowledge

– see what people are doing, what did they have to get hire

– showreel, only your best work, max 2 min, bet work first, finish strong at end, name max 2 or 3 sec and keep simple, cater for the job being applied for, generic music

– international market for employment, life as a contractor, save your pennies, have a backup plan, nothing is guaranteed

– people burn out, have a break during the day and do something else, get away from the job, miss it

– reflect and remember why your doing it

– remember a pen and paper, what is the world of the character and it will guide you, write down and describe what the character is doing, this is the world I am in

– where are the easter eggs in the lego movie

SumoBoy the Game Kickstarter | Bad Lip Reading Redub

1 May

Head On Opening Night

For the first time, the heart of Head On Photo Festival is the ‘Festival Hub’ in Lower Town Hall. We will transform the space into a gallery, housing a selection of world class exhibitions and slideshows. The Head On opening night offers an exclusive preview of this stunning photography.

Photographers, collectors, gallerists and audiences alike are invited to celebrate the announcement of the Head On Awards winners for 2015, where over $50,000 in prizes will be awarded across 5 categories.

25 April

ANZAC  DAY – Sydney

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I ended up staying up all night and really pleased I went. I arrived an hour early and Martin Place was already packed, like where are the people that arrive in the next hour going to go. Chatted with the guys going in on the train, we were lucky with that train. They had come from Mt Druitt and the scheduled train did not exist so they had driven to Strathfield. When we arrived at Wynyard Station there were a lot of people inside the gates offering tea, coffee and anzac biscuits.

There was a special feeling among the crowd.  A couple of moments that were special for me was when all the lights were turned off for the minutes silence, thousands of people there in the nights darkness and not a sound. The other moment I will treasure was after the service people with people all around being in the moment and slowly the dawn came over the buildings. The clouds in the sky were waking up, looking down and it felt like they were sending their blessings.

People gathered around the pipe band as they continued playing into the morning. I so wanted to stay for the parade, could not last the distance.

Catafalque Party:  2.17 Battalion, The Royal New South Wales Regiment and supported by members from Ne Zealand Defence Force.

Bands:  For the first year they combined the Australian Army Band Sydney and The Hills District Pipe Band

Singer:  Angie Currington

MC:  Lt Col John Moore OAM RFD ED, his last time as MC for the ANZAC DAY Dawn Service

Australian  War  Memorial 

Gallipoli: The Last Anzacs Tell All – Promo

Narrated by the Iconic Jack Thompson, this brand new special challenges the widely held perspective of the Gallipoli Campaign and the birth of the Anzac legend. Featuring never before seen interviews with these last remaining soldiers, Gallipoli: The Last Anzacs Tells All, reveals their politically controversial and passionate anti-government criticism of the campaign.

Gallipoli The Untold Stories WWI │Documentary Movies

Gallipoli.1981.360p (full film)

6 April

Sydney Royal Easter Show: Sydney Showground –  photographs by Margaret Dean.

1 Showground Road,  Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127

(02) 9704 1000

Youtube Link

An annual agricultural event held in Sydney to promote and display livestock, produce and rural merchandise. The show celebrates all things Australian from our bush heritage to our modern day lifestyle. It is home to the largest carnival in the Southern Hemisphere with over 100 rides and games on offer, there’s something for everyone, showbags, animals, competitions, demonstrations, random stuff to buy, crazy hats, concerts, bull riding, sideshows, food, horse jumping, merry-go-rounds, rides, fireworks, monster truck and bikes shows.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show Competitions are the events in which the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW measures and maintains excellence in agriculture. Held almost continuously since 1823, these competitions set the benchmark for a wide range of rural produce and skills, from alpacas to dogs, horses, rabbits, utes, flowers, arts, craft, district exhibitions, honey, baking, showgirls, woodchopping, whip cracking, street parades rodeo and the grand parade.

It’s the 728-kilogram record-breaker that so very nearly might not have been.  Australasia’s largest-ever pumpkin, an Atlantic Giant grown by Dale Oliver, slipped from a harness when it was being taken for a weigh-in back in January.

“We were just lifting it and something broke,” said the farmer from Knockrow, a village near Bangalow in northern NSW.”

The dominant pumpkin smashes the previous 618-kilogram record, also held by Mr Oliver and set in 2013.

Our day included enjoying the following:

The Animal Walk where we saw poultry, sheep, farm animals, cattle, horses, judging of the alpacs, pigs and the food farm, getting up close and personal with the friendly country folk and the farm animals.

Art and Craft:  has been a feature of the Sydney Royal Easter Show almost continuously since 1869. It is the biggest Arts & Crafts Competition in Australia, attracting over 4,500 entries, across almost 300 classes. Entries include portraits, rural landscapes, photographs, sculptures, pottery, cake decorating, silverwork, sugar art and more.  New classes this year include Digital Artwork, Woven Tapestry and Lace.

Simon Begg’s Wood Turning

Australian Alpaca Barn

Australian Corriedale Association: Wool and War

Australian Knitting Mills Pty Ltd

Australian Wool Innovation Company

Bill Webb: Individually Hand Plaited & Crafted Whips, Belts and Leather Goods

CWA Tea Room:  Nothing says Australian country hospitality like the Country Women’s Association Tearoom at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.  The CWA has been baking scones at the Royal Easter Show since 1947. They donate proceeds to organisations such as Medicins Sans Frontieres, people affected by natural disasters and to drought relief.  The selfless ladies­ who work the famous Homebush scone stall every year do not make these delicious­ baked goods from scratch. Instead, they just add water.  The scrumptious doughy goodies are whipped together from two tonnes of packet mix stored in large brown paper bags, with the batter supplied by Australian company The Manildra Group.  The CWA baked a record 46,900 scones last year, raising more than $100,000.

Damask Bedlinen Collection

District Exhibits:  This year, the District Exhibit displays will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC Gallipoli landing by recognising ANZAC men and women in the artworks.  The district exhibits allow the different areas of New South Wales and south-east Queensland to display their produce and their creativity, crafting scenes from wheat, wool, fruit and vegetables. This year the Northern District has taken out the top prize, with Central District winning the perpetual trophy for its display and south-east Queensland winning people’s choice.

Equestrian vaulting:   gymnastics and dance on horseback

Farm House Direct:  White Cedars Goats Milk Soap

Merino Wool

Sam the Lamb:  Download the Story and Colouring Book

The Woolmark Company

and in the Spotless Stadium:

Police Musical Ride

Sydney Royal Rodeo Series – NSW vs QLD, State of Origin: Bull Riders, Steer Wrestlers, Bareback Riders and Barrel Racers

Woodchopping & Chainsaw Relay

Australian Wool Industry Showcase

Extreme Korruption:  Cannonball Lady, Mr Boom, Showtime FMX, Team DMAX, Precision Driving Team & Flair Riders

Fireworks Finale

and then a walk through Side Show Alley to see rides you would never dare to take.

28 March

MOST Marrickville Open Studio trail 

Newtown Art Seat

Juilee Pryor – Juilee is working on Meditation on theRedundancy of Childhood for Cementa15, Contemporary Arts Festival at Kandos NSW. One hundred ghostly white toys silently reminding of our own impending redundancy and the fickle nature of time and desire………..all these chimeras of innocence abandoned on the streets of the city have been swept up and refashioned into a meditation on th temporary nature of childhood and life itself……….. 

Air Space Projects – Sarah Eddowes, Nicole Ellis, Hayden Fowler, Shalini Jardin, Fleur MacDonald, Sarah Newall, Raquel Ormella, Lynne Roberts-Goodwin, Ajay Sharma, Vivian White.


Lynne Roberts-Goodwin. MORE THAN EVER a change of plan (burnout 1), 2014.

Extinct Extant explores humanity’s relationship with the animal and plant worlds. Artists reflect on the value of plants and animals both ecologically and culturally.

Square Peg Studios– A unique space for making and learning all things jewellery. male Beck, Linda Blair, Kim Elliott, Brenda Factor, Kate Hutchinson, Fiona Meller, Margie Sampson, Bronwyn Vivian.

Red Rattler Theatre Inc – Rosanna Eid, Berna Dettol, Robin Elhaj

Mess With It:  Project Room – A new artist studio space in the heart of Marrickville’s Industrial area, home to over 10 visual artists, designers and event managers working across a number of contemporary art disciplines including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, costume design, fashion, prop-making and theming.

Cris Baldwin, Camilla Lawson, Ochre Lawson, Jacqueline Maybury, Fiona Roderick, Katherine Rooney, Maggie Stein, Mark Swartz.


Ochre Lawson – Works on Paper 2012, watercolour and gouache on paper and painted plein-air or directly from nature.

14 March

Sydney Symphony in Parramatta Park, presented by Parramatta Park Trust and the NSW Government.

RAVEL Noble and Sentimental Waltzes
FALLA orch. Berio Seven Popular Spanish Songs
Jos. STRAUSS Ohne Sorgen! Polka
J STRAUSS II Die Fledermaus: Overture
LEHÁR Giuditta: My lips they kiss so hot
R STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier: Suite

Ward Stare, conductor

Daniela Mack, mezzo-soprano

7 March

Art in the Digital World at Australian Centre for Photography

As part of Creative Paddington this panel discussed the impact of digital technologies across film, photography and border artistic practice since its introduction and what the future may hold as our dependency creases alongside technological advancements.

Hosted by Kate Jinx and speakers including

Michael Fitzgerald – was arts editor for the South Pacific edition of Time magazine (1997–2007), managing editor of Art & Australia (2008–2012) and is currently Editor of Photofile magazine for the Australian Centre for Photography, and Art Monthly Australia, the country’s art magazine of record since 1987.

Chris Winter  –  has a long background in web and mobile projects, digital and interactive TV, technology marketing and radio. He managed the ABC’s initial digital-only TV channel ABC2 for its first two and a half years and sits on the board of Metro Screen. Recent work includes a study of the galleries, libraries, archives and museums sector in Australia, as well as pro bono for the Intelligent Community Forum in New York and its local counterpart, the Australian Smart Communities Association.

Izabela Pluta  – photomedia artist and UNSW A&D Alumna.  Izabela’s practice is rooted in photographic ideas central to the experience of place, the effects of time and the construction of reality. She has been awarded residencies, scholarships and grants that have seen her practice exhibit all over the world. In 2012 Izabela was commissioned to complete a major public art work for the City of Melbourne. The two-part billboard was installed on the CitiPower Station, Little Bourke Street in March 2013. In 2015 Izabela will complete a major site-specific work as part of the Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10.

Here Comes Everyone – A revelatory examination of how the wildfirelike spread of new forms of social interaction enabled by technology is changing the way humans form groups and exist within them, with profound long-term economic and social effects-for good and for ill

What is the conceptualisation of content. Why are some people in photography returning to early processes, is it to create boundaries? The role of photography and technology in the marking of time, acknowledging history and our roots. People are returning to photo-books.

Has kodak stopped making film? Access to information and purchasing via technology is an    everyday way of life and it easier and easier with more focus on this accessibility.

Are art works forever?

Ideas of copyright and ownership – Australian Digital Alliance


Christian Thompson

Mystic Renegade: The Promise of Return combines acclaimed contemporary artist Christian Thompson’s performative photography with text-based works and a video performance. Traversing Greek mythology and lost languages, both modern and centuries old, Thompson revives the ancient and mystical into the now.

Dear Sylvia

This exhibition is an elusive response to the deepest concerns intensely depicted by Sylvia Plath. The female photomedia artists in Dear Sylvia explore some of the many ways of representing the female body, whether they show their own body, recreate those of others or document the political or social realities of­­­­­­ bodies that suffer and fight.

Lin Wei
Body Form:  Launching ACP’s new Emerging Artist Program, Lin Wei presents distorted and abstracted bodies. Exploring the notion of the uncanny, her images of corporeal puzzle provoke a strange curiosity.

3 March

ARTEXPRESS at the Armory

A series of exhibitions of exemplary bodies of work created by students from the 2014 New South Wales Higher School Certificate. The bodies of work represent a broad range of subject matter, approaches, styles and media that reflect the high quality of Visual Arts education in New South Wales. Expressive forms include painting, photo media, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, documented forms, textiles and fibre, ceramics, time-based forms and collections of works.

The theme of this year’s exhibition is Focus. To focus is to give attention, close study or to even narrow your field of vision in order to gain an insight or better understanding of an issue. Focus is required by an artist to resolve a body of work and by audiences to make personal connections to an artwork.  Students have been inspired by the material, sensory and imagined world they experience. The bodies of work exhibited reveal how these creative individuals have responded to personal experiences, family histories, consumer culture and current affairs. Students also found inspiration in the study of contemporary art and art of the past.

The process of focusing on an idea and developing it into a body of work involves experimentation, an understanding of the materials being manipulated, the mastering of techniques and the developments of signs and symbols leading to the evolution of a concept into an artwork. The selected artists present an understanding of contemporary artistic practices and the changing role of art, technology and culture in the 21st century.

With works by more than 60 students, this year’s Armory Gallery presentation is again the largest of all the metropolitan exhibitions.

25 February


The annual ARTEXPRESS exhibition is one of the most dynamic and popular at the Gallery. Featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts 2014.  Artexpress provides insight into students’ creativity and the issues important to them, including process diaries for some students

The exhibition encompasses a broad range of approaches and expressive forms, including ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and time-based forms.


Slide Show of selected works on Art Gallery web site. 

Pop art exploded onto the cultural scene in the early 1960s as a new generation of artists rebelled against ‘high art’ to embrace the world of advertising, film stars, pop music and consumerism.  More than 200 works including masterpieces such as Roy Lichtenstein’s first comic-style painting Look Mickey, Andy Warhol’s Triple Elvis and David Hockney’s Portrait of an artist.

An amazing collecting of works with one of my favourites,  White Numbers.

AGNSW’s Pop to Popism puts Australian artists next to Warhol and co

Along side iconic works from Warhol, Lichtenstein, Koons, Haring and Hockney there will feature Australian artists, including Martin Sharp, Howard Arkley, Brett Whiteley and Maria Kozic. Works from 45 lenders worldwide including the Andy Warhol Museum, Tate and Museum of Modern Art.


The Pop Cafe, offering special food and drinks was a different inclusion in the exhibition.  On the wall as you enter the Pop silver sign reflects on the silver spheres suspended from the ceiling.


 Yang Yongliang (China 1980 -) Infinite Landscape 

20 February
“Side Effects Software’s Final Houdini 14 Presentation on the “Down Under Tour” with Jeff Wagner and Paul Fratesi.

Check out all the new features that makes Houdini…Pyro, Wet and Dry Sand, Water Sims, Crowds, Hair Grooming and many more.

Special Presentation by:Feature Presenter:  Miles Green, FX Supervisor at Animal Logic.  An overview of how Houdini was used by Animal Logic’ FX department to create a brick based pipeline for Destruction, Water, Pyrotechnics and Crowd effects for the award winning Lego Movie.

Houdini Apprentice version

Turn numbers into Geometry, procedural modelling, geometry and animation. Node based system uses nodes, dags with graph systems and moves data sets around.

Physics, fluid simulations, data for terrain, procedural techniques for terrain e.g road on the mountain.

Solvers: rigid bodies, bullet, collision geometry, BVH computation, convex hulls, constraints, bullet constraints, point=based dynamics, cloth, FEM soft body interactions, FLIP fluid, smoke with curve forces.  Solvers to interact in a physical plausible way. Reference geometry from within Houdini.

Geometry texture maps use scatter, cure, density, volumes. Points on the ground can easily make trees. Put whatever we want on geometry.

Lighting and Rendering: Mantra, raytracing, face sets, locked obj, render curbs directly, render volumes

Hair: open VDB fields, hair guides, fully procedural

Crowds: ‘packed agent’ primitive type, terrain adaption, look-ate’s, steering tools collision avoidance, motion retiming, crowds for animations, interaction between agents.

Games: Guerrilla Games, Killzone 1, 2, 3. EA (electronic arts) , SSX

Engine, change assets and can contain behaviours. Unity runs inside Houdini.

Alembic Files, Low-level QT, Ry Side, Open FK/FBX performance, my SQL, Django, CVEX shade code, namespace.

LEGO  LLD software  –  FX and Crowds – bricks, bricks and more bricks.

Saved as an elm format and could use in the pipeline, converted some to Houdini format. Worked from existing lego pieces and made some new parts for hair and lets. Colour palette of 56 colours.

Split the lego models into components for high, mid and lo res, the software could do this and used for different purposes. The models in the library also had a library of custom attributes on points such as scratches, dints, dirt, decal, roughness and scattering.

Used bounding box and connection points and established a point based workflow in Houdini, point cloud and could see geometry.

Rigid Body Dynamics used for the destruction of buildings, the building represented as points, parts put into clusters, same colours could be ‘glued’ together. Velocity vectors. Bullet solver for water and used lego water.

Volumetric, brick built structures. Convert to volume then point grid, used merging and looked at the slope.

Smoke, used caches of different things and put into different shots.

Played on two’s to replicate the stop motion action.  Trailed a curve behind the horse, cars. Went to rendering as a point cloud.

There were some handcrafted effects, the curled bricks on a curve where could not do a simulation.

Brick Water on points again converted to volumes, floating bricks were allowed and used brick merging and some jitter.

Crowds used basic points, point on line, animated the points, slid points along the lines. Used animation cycles and instanced characters onto points. The crowd faces used a basic 5 expressions, had 36 characters.

Used brick blur, no motion blur and used a rig for this.

19 February 

Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors 


For almost 2000 years a hidden army of Chinese warriors, fired in clay, guarded the soul of China’s first emperor deep beneath the earth. Row upon row, they waited, ready for battle should the call ever come…

China’s terracotta warriors captured the imagination of the world when they were unearthed by a group of farmers in Shaanxi Province in 1974. The discovery of the 8,000 warriors and horses, most of which remains to be uncovered, was one of the most extraordinary archaeological finds of modern times.

Created by Chinese artist Xia Nan for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, these larger than life lanterns also include women and children arranged in family groups. Fashioned out of fabric and wire, they have all the delicacy of a traditional Chinese lantern, on a scale that inspires awe. With 90 2.1 metre high warriors and two horses glowing in brilliant bursts of colour, this is a sight not to be missed.

The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors have previously only been shown in China and the United Kingdom, and are in Australia for the first time as part of the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival. Illuminated against the beauty of Sydney Harbour for ten days and nights only, this unique exhibition is an unforgettable experience.

19 February

Frolic Exhibition: Alpha House Gallery.

809deca1-8184-4e5c-bcd3-e128df607c67A group of fourteen artists from the Creative Arts Alliance Sydney: Lynore Avery, David McGuinness, Janet Selby, Jenny Cuthbert, Jing Xu, Karin Pultar, Oren Lavie, Peter Thompson, Philip Cleary, Raj Panda, Sally Hollis, Veronika Pincevic, Victor Kay, Zio Ledeux


15 – 19 February

Pacific Jewel – Sydney toMoreton Island 


Hand feeding wild dolphinsis a once in a lifetime opportunity and gives guests staying at Tangalooma Resort the opportunity to interact in their natural environment off the beach. Anyone can come watch the experience from the jetty, giving you a birds eye view of the dolphins entering the feeding area, swimming around and taking fish right out of the hand of the feeders.

4 February

Speaker: Dr Shilo McClean, author of Digital Storytelling: the narrative power of visual effects in film

‘The Art of Dramatic Writing’  Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives

Stories need drama – risk, conflict and obstacles which gives the story fear (fish and conflict), frustration (conflict and obstacles)  and thrill (risk and obsticals) to get an emotional response from he audience.  Something against the hero, obstacles, win or lose to see who gets to win. In films look for risk, conflict and obstacles and identify them.


– static, a levelness to the conflict, no engagement

– jumping, is a bit over the top, where did that come from.  In good conflict we can see both side, exposes something about the human situation

–  slowly rising, is the good stuff.  Build slowly and make it worse and worse

Internal conflict is difficult to turn into visual storytelling, needs to be visual conflict.

From the point of writing something they want something, then it is not what they want and then they feel distraut.

Need Obstacles, they need to be natural and to give the characters something to act on, some energy.

Worked up to it from all the events, emotional, intellectual and the steaks have to be hight or nobody cares. Choices when something is at risk.

Impact and consequences of choices, start with a little choice and they get bigger and bigger.  The audience has to know a risk is being taken or there is no story. Have to make the character want something and then take it away. Make people feel something, make memorable.

Use the things of everyday life and take people on a journey, make you choose, make you suffer with the need to be inspired to survive. Needs to be so compelling that people are drawn in emotionally. They will always remember how you made them feel. Defeat death and save lives.

10 January

carousel-main-imageExhibition: designing your future – Armory Gallery

Join us at Newington Armory Gallery for designing your future. Now in its fourth year, designing your future is an educational design collaboration between Sydney Olympic Park and South Western Sydney Institute’s Lidcombe Design students. It celebrates cutting edge design work across the creative disciplines of furniture design, product design, interior design, interior decoration and design fundamentals.

The exhibition offers a unique glimpse into the future direction of design in Sydney and features works by more than 75 talented TAFE graduates. It also provides a public platform for students to showcase works that have been awarded prizes from companies such as IKEA, Intercad, Graphisoft and The Colour Society of Australia, among others.





30 December

THE HOBBIT:  The Battle of the Five Armes

The Hobbit:  Production Diaries

Peter Jackson: Playlists

9 December

Industry talk on the concept art behind Wolverine and Maze Runner with Wayne Haag

Starting out using Lift film processes of black and clear for multiple exposures and before photoshop was used, when concept art was called production art.  At the beginning of photoshop there were no layers, only channels and built 3d models were incorporating them into the photoshop works while painting with a mouse.  The model would often need to be modified for the camera and the reality needed to be changed to fit into aspects of the picture such as scale.

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used to paint the yukon airport in the wolverine


the bi-plane in the sky was used in the opening of raiders of the lost ark

kitbashed models

google sketch up 

Looking at the use of colour and light in compositions and moving into the digital domain.  The subtleties of light such as dropping of the light from a car’s headlights or how we see the snow at night.


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THE WOLVERINE Concept Art Set Designs

capsule hotel japan

capsule hotel japan

Photographing on an overcast day and using raw, no HDRI images. What is the photographic look, how does it photograph, what does it look like in photographic reality?


love hotel


yeshiva estate

yeshiva estate




There are differences between concept art and matte painting.

The Fifth Element

Started out as 2d matte painting and is now part of the 3d department using software such as maya and

mud box.

Lord of the Rings – Two Towers

Northern Exposure

alien temple

alien temple



Some other artists:

Jim Burns

Ralph McQuarrie,Star Wars

Noah Bradley

1 December

RED GIANT   delivers Production-proven special effects tools for digital video & film professionals. Plug-ins built for Adobe After Effects, Premiere, Avid, Final Cut …

Visual Storytelling Workshop with Simon Walkerwho explored how colour grading techniques are used in film and showed practical applications of how to create moods, suggest genres, and inform the audience of the motivations of on-screen protagonists – all utilising Red Giant’s Color Suite of plug-ins.

He included some practical ways to improve the look of digital video, polish and enhance motion graphics sequences, showcasing strategies for reducing pixelation and noise and production techniques for making your video look as good as possible, as well as how to apply fast After Effects style post-production effects from your editing timeline, using Red Giant’s Universe suite of Plug-ins.

  • Explore how colour grading techniques are used in film
  • Learn how to create moods, suggest genres, and inform the audience of the motivations of on-screen protagonists, using Red Giant’s Color Suite of plug-ins
  • Get practical ways to improve the look of digital video, polish and enhance motion graphics sequences

Why do we tells stories with colour, colour correcting, how are colour grading techniques are used in films, do we need all that dialogue or do we save money shooting at a particular time of day. A shot may be 2 to 4 seconds and it can be shorter with colour telling the story. The audience anticipate what is going on in a particular shot and colour can communicate the story making the shot shorter.

Think about the colour wheel, rgb light and when replacing a colour you move the opposite or complementary colour.

We cannot trust our eyes as our brains reinterpret some of the colour. With complementary colours that work together our eyes are more attracted to the image, more pleasing for the audience.

Visually when we look at a blue dot on white paper for long enough then look at a blank white page we will see the complementary colour.


two circles the same size


surrounding colours change other colours


the brown dots shown are the same colour the shadow and neighbouring colours affects the colour

Colour changes throughout the day, during a story and how it is interpret.

How do our eyes see colour, in low light conditions our eyes see different colours. With the light becoming less and less saturated there is less movement and everything goes black and white. The brain is saying there is not enough light to interpret colour and puts the light into interpreting detail. We need to factor these things into grading to be convincing to the audience.

Colour has different physical wave lengths with blue being shorter than red and green.


Consider orange and teal in movies. In the Matrix where different locations or environments are associated with different colours and temperatures.  There is the real world and the computer world which is more stylised which we get used to over the duration of the film.

What do the colours mean, they are associated with different locations giving more meaning. We make the different colours and manipulate the colour to tell the story. How can it change the story, what are they thinking, communicating with colour. This can change, there are no rules, do you craft every pixel or use presets or somewhere in between.

The Cinematography of “The Matrix” part 3/3 – the colour palette

Magic Bullets Looks

Every frame being designed to have the audience look at a particular thing in the image. Consider increasing highlights and decreasing shadows.

When the contrast is increased the rgb colour space gets a perceived saturated change looking unnatural. Could put the shadows to blue, reduce saturation and use a vignette.

Vignette – cause the audience to look at a particular thing in every frame, attention getting device.

Why is the sky blue? Different wavelengths of light are scattered by the atmosphere and the blue wavelength is shorter than the others and scattered differently. This is the physics of the blue sky and when we look up there is more atmosphere at the horizon it is whiter or lighter.  The blue wavelength and it is scattered differently by the atmosphere, it becomes a gradient.

Images can be enhanced with grading and when it is the wrong colour the audience might not know what it is though they recognise something isn’t quite right.

Distance including city landscapes, the distant buildings have a more blue/purple colour which is an optical illusion. To enhance space or depth in the image, a non-stereosciopie  image, one way to put them in the distance is with more blue with objects in the foreground with less blue.  Warm colours project forward, cool colours recede, the colour of light depends on depth perception. For white balance outside light is slightly blue and inside light is slightly yellow. This also happens in nature.

The physics of the colour of light only changes int he highlights, brightest forms of light. Consider colour correcting or changing in the highlights and when the mid-tones start to change it begins to take on a more stylised mode.

Reduced mid-tones affects the ambient light, could become earlier morning or later in the day as there is less ambient light then.  The colours look saturated when working in rub colour space and maybe increase the contract to reduce the saturation and it becomes more realistic. We see blue more readily as it has a shorter wave length. For the later time of day we see more blue, maybe add some blue into the highlights and make the shadows darker, for it to look more like the evening. Sometimes is it cheaper to shoot during the day, there is more light and introduces less noise in the well lit footage. Then colour grade later for the change of time of day rather than low light conditions

There is the golden hour, in photography, or the magic hour, is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer compared to when the Sun is higher in the sky. The blue hour, or sweet light is the twilight each morning and evening when the sun is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. This effect is caused by the relative diffusability of short blue wavelengths of light versus the longer red wavelengths. During the blue “hour” (typically the period is about 40 minutes in length), red light passes straight into space while blue light is scattered in the atmosphere and therefore reaches the earth’s surface.  When the sun is below the horizon there is less ambient light and changes how the wave lengths are being filtered through the atmosphere.

What colour is snow, how it is changed in the Game of Thrones? 

It is blue, higher contrast and the shadows are darker.

Colour is contextual, dependent on what is happening in a scene and movies use colour for different purposes such as yellow for danger in an environment and blue in the head quarters office which are safe. Different locations have different themes.

Red: attracting attention, strong, positive, drama

Yellow: happy, highly visible, possessive, good mixed with black such as wasp, call someone yellow

Orange: mix of read and yellow, more friendly, politics, conformist, happy

Blue: opposite to political, conservative, cold, open, emotionally detached, safe, not upset the client, optimistic

Green: nature, calm, relief, evil,nausea, because the wizard of oz was green now all witches are green, traffic light (isn’t red)

Purple: pompous, femininity, mixes with yellow, warmth, romance

Black and White: mixer colours, black neutral, mourning, depression, goes with red

White: sterile

Look at the colour of trailers and see if you can tell what kind of movies they are e.g. blue for sic-fi, green for horror, orange for comedy.

How do some movies use colour?

Skyfall uses warm colours in turkey, yellow in the dangerous environment, the hot location and cool in the head quarters. What is the colour of the coat in the cold location and then the colour of clothing in the head quarters is blue, they are emotional temperatures. They are telling an emotional story and we cannot always tell these are different locations so colours can be used to illustrate this in movies.

In the film ‘House of Cards’, the different locations, the White House is not overly lit, greyish, neutral and two characters have different relationships having general conversations.  In the restaurant the two characters are having another conversation, the background is warm, they have with shirts but is at odds with what they are talking about, they are not the best of friends.


Are the lamps white or yellow, are they best friends?  The set design sets this up, it could be a costume moment. For clinical thinking the lamps are white and the environment is sterile.  What is this information telling the audience?

images-1Increasing contrast as well as saturation it makes it more dynamic, the image is more attractive to look at. If there is low contrast this changes the perception of what is happening.

The low contrast evokes a sense of intimacy, the telling of a specific story, a mystery.  The painter stick to bring our attention to small details will sometimes put small bits of colour flying through, almost irrelevant and attracting our eyes, complementary colour on different corners.

Low contrast and grain for mystery, high contrast is in action movies.

Red Giant Plot Device

Red Giant’s Mojo for colouring effect such as warming up actors skin tones, adding a cool blue to the backgrounds and shadows, adding drama, or smoothing contrast.


Particular films have their colours such as Sci-fi films, the shadows and midtowns are teal/blue. Skin colour or tones have some element of orange giving a contrast of skin to the bluish background. The buildings and gloves are coloured blue with the balancing colours and throw these colours into the shots at certain points

There are no rules, is his skin tone accurate?

Used comic book colours

Why is green bad? At what point in the movie do we know it is a horror film. ‘Drag Me To Hell’ goes from neutral to green in the car park. Do white lights project a green background and skin tones?

This is not only to do with movies, the great artists have done it, Rembrandt and Rubens. The used the strong contrasts of dark and light, chiaroscuro. The detail on the face and hands with the viewer being attracted to the areas they wanted them to look at. There is fine brush detail in these areas with the use of white and the eyes are in shadow. Rembrandt was a humanist and wanted to bring out their story, to make you consider what his is thinking or hiding, using a vignette.

1652 Self-Portrait oil on canvas 112 x 81.5 cm Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna


rubens – samson and delilah

The soldiers are lit, there is the use of rich colours of purple and red and the eyes are drawn across the picture. The attention is focused onto different areas.