14 December

CITY of SYDNEY – Noël Sydney

Feel the magic of Christmas come alive at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Macquarie Street.

Noël Light Trail, Digital Christmas Forest, Noël Christmas Markets, Noël Christmas Skyshow, Noël Christmas Variety Show, Noël Garden Grooves


Celebrating the history and diversity of First Nations weaving traditions in NSW.

Community weaving groups from around the state will share their cultural and creative traditions, knowledge and experiences while in residence at the Museum of Sydney.

Hear from Elders and artists about their traditional weaving practices, create your own piece to take home at our drop-in workshops and make a special connection to First Nations culture.

7 December

IRONBARK GALLERY Strathfield Library Light Interactions: Bernadette Smith

Bernadette’s photo media explores the materiality of light to emphasise non-human agency. She has photographed light waves interacting within a 19th Century window pane at the former Callan Park asylum at close range revealing an aurora-like display within.

These photographs record macro sunlight refractions within heritage glass; offsetting a dominant anthropocentric view of the universe.

Radio Interview

Q & A with the artist

3 December

CHRISTMAS CAROLS and MOVIE at Strathfield Park

The Dr Seuss classic The Grinch (2000) (PG)

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS around my area

17 November

Wanha perforemed on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House as part of the 50 years celebrations. We were transported to Australia’s Top End with Wanha, from Yolŋu Country, the land of one of Australia’s oldest living cultures and the guardians of one of the world’s oldest continuing cultural legacies.

Wanha, staring Arnhem Land’s top talent, including Djakapurra Munyarryun, Dhapanbal Yunupingu, Juran Adams and Andrew Gurruwiwi, the Yolŋu people’s musical history is standing on the shoulders of musical giants such as Yothu Yindi. The concert included stunning visuals, narration and a combination of sung traditional language and English.

12 November

Megalong Valley Markets

30 October to 6 November

My trip to the Sapphire Coast

  • Long Point Lookout
  • Short Point Recreation Reserve,
  • Middle Beach
  • Bar Beach
  • Nethercote Falls Flora Reserve
  • Central Tilba
  • Payne’s Island
  • Wallaga Lake
  • Bermagui Blue Pool
  • Wyndham
  • Pambula
  • Merimbula
  • Eden
  • Whale Watching – Happy Whale is an interesting web site that engages citizen scientists to identify individual marine mammals, for fun and for science https://happywhale.com/home

29 September

Dropped in at one of my favourite galleries yesterday to see the first day of Julie Simmons exhibition, ‘Colourspaces’. My phone photos do not do the wonderful, colourful and expressive pieces justice.

Julie’s web site: https://www.juliesimmonsfineart.com/

The Corner Gallery: https://thecornergallerystanmore.com/

25 September

A wonderful collaboration between Strathfield Symphony, Excelsia Choir and our very own local Jubilate Singers performing Fauré’s Requiem. Led by our wonderful Artistic Director and Conductor, Sadaharu Muramatsu who was recently cited in NSW Parliament for his significant ongoing contribution to performance and music education in the local area by Strathfield MP Jason Yat-Sen Li. Also on the program – Sibelius’s Spring Song (in hopes for better weather now that Spring is coming!) and Mozart’s rollicking Symphony no. 25. 


  • Sibelius – Spring Song
  • Mozart – Symphony 25
  • Fauré- Requiem 

16 September

Some local industrial history on exhibition at the local library, Strathfield – from brickworks to biscuits, tarpaulins to car radios and abattoirs to flour mills.

10 September


Walk into the past of Malvern Hill Estate with the Burwood and District Historical Society free guided tours.

4 September

David Jones Spring Flower Show

The David Jones Flower Show is a spectacular event that has drawn thousands of visitors every year for the past 35 years. Horticulturalists, flower enthusiasts, bloggers, young and old have flocked to David Jones to wander through the floral arrangements instore, gaze at the floor to ceiling window installations, and delight in the new fragrance and scents of the season.

5 August

A HANDMADE LIFE – The Corner Gallery, Stanmore, Sydney

A group exhibition by 6 Sydney artists displaying a fabulous variety of handmade crafts. Commencing on the 5th August with an official opening on Saturday, 6th from 2pm, the exhibition will continue through to the 14th August.

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:30am – 6:30pm

Meryl Blundell is a Graphic Designer at Voss Design with her partner Ingo Voss. In 2006 Meryl co-established woodpapersilk, formulated from a mere idea of having a place to create and sell her own hand crafted wool and silk wraps. It evolved into a Gallery shop showcasing artists of varying disciplines including textiles, glass, paintings, limited edition prints, ceramics, woodwork and contemporary jewellery. Meryl’s artwork or art practice for these years has been sourcing, collecting, designing, curating, displaying and photographing a unique collection of Australian made pieces.

Recently woodpapersilk scaled down to smaller premises, still offering a range of Australian hand-made items and hand-picked vintage collectibles. Meryl now has more time to focus on her own creative practice and is enjoying exploring her passion for creating jewellery.

As part of her contribution to A Handmade Life Exhibition for 2021 Meryl has curated the NEW A Handmade Life website and created virtual exhibitions for 2021, 2020 and a showcase of previous years. She would also like to thank Ingo for putting the website together, especially in such a short time frame. If you are or know anyone who is a maker/ entrepreneur attempting to go online, Meryl would highly recommend contacting Ingo at Voss Design as he can help you create an online presence.

Website:  www.woodpapersilk.com.au

Gill Brooks is a fibre artist who specialises in the ancient craft (with a modern twist) of felt-making. She attended her first workshop in 1994 and has been completely immersed in the medium ever since. She has a studio practise in Marrickville, Sydney where she designs and makes one of a kind and small production runs under her label ‘feltwilde’. She also runs regular felt-making workshops from her studio, community centres and local and regional craft groups, thrilled to be passing on the joys of felt-making to a new audience.

Gill’s work and projects have been featured in various textile books and magazines over the years including Vogue Living, Beautiful Homes, Textiles Down Under and 500 Felts.

Her work is sold in galleries in Sydney and further afield and happily adorns many a convert worldwide.

Gills’ practise creates very little waste as most of her designs are based around re-using and re-cycling her own off-cuts and most of her materials are sourced from remnant and op-shops. The merino wool she uses is both sustainable and bio-degradable and as often as possible sourced from locally.

Website:  www.feltwilde.com.au

Ro Cook is a Designer and Visual Artist. Throughout her career as a Production Designer in the Film and Television Industry she always maintained a studio practice in printmaking. She has lectured and tutored at various tertiary institutions including AFTRS, UTS and RMIT. Ro loves textiles and printing – she combined both to create Rokoco Textiles. Her areas of research are culturally specific textiles within Asia and Pacific Regions, and the use of natural pigments. She shares her life with a wonderful family and friends and her over loved Bedlington terriers.

Website:  www.rokoco.com.au

Lorri Evans has worked in theatre costume making, fashion design, and dubious forays into the music industry as a singer and keyboard player. After the arrival of her first daughter Lorri saw a need for a comfortable, practical baby bootie. Leather seemed a natural choice of material for its innate softness and durability. The result was a colourful little shoe, very cute and one that actually stayed on her baby’s delicate feet.  

Being an instinctive textile maker it was a logical progression to rework this familiar medium in new ways, creating artworks and jewellery pieces from what otherwise would have been the throw away bi-product of her baby shoe industry.

Website:  www.shushu,com.au

Romana Toson is a contemporary jeweller and artist.

A Visual Art degree set me on the Contemporary Jewellery path and it has lead to many wonderful opportunities for learning, creating and teaching. A return to making exhibition work in 2017 has been an exciting direction for my studio practice.

Website: www. romanatoson.com

Kim Davies  In this strange year of disconnection which has challenged us all psychologically, Kim has been exploring our understanding of various states of being. There is an interconnectedness between parts of the body- the brain, the heart, the gut, as well as our interconnectedness with ‘nature’,  all layered with our metaphorical language to describe these states.

This has resulted in ambiguous forms referencing both botany and human anatomy; strange hybrids representing moments of reflection and psychological states.

A Handmade Life Collective
Email: info@ahandmadelifecollective.com

1 August

IMPERMANENCE A Photographic Exhibition Katy Eather

25 July


1. No 1 Martin Place (previously the GPO), cnr George Street and Martin Place

2. The Cenotaph

3. Queen Victoria Building, on George Street bounded by Druitt, York and Market Streets

4. Sydney Town Hall, cnr George and Druitt Streets

5. St Andrew’s Cathedral, George Street adjoining Sydney Square

6. The Obelisk, junction Bathurst and Elizabeth Streets

7. ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park South

8. St Mary’s Cathedral, cnr College Street and Prince Alfred Road

9. Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park North opposite St Mary’s Cathedral

10.  Hyde Park Barracks, Macquarie Street

11. St James’ Church, opposite Hyde Park Barracks

12. First Christian Service memorial, Richard Johnson Square, cnr Bligh and Hunger Streets

13. Museum of Sydney, cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets

14. Macquarie Place, off Bridge Street

15. Tank Stream Fountain, cnr Alfred and George Streets

16. Sydney Cove Map, First Fleet Park, Circular Quay

17. The Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street

18. The NSW State Library, Macquarie Street

19. Sydney Hospital, Macquarie Street


24 July


30 June

An American in Paris

The orchestra, choreography, set and graphic design, ensemble and its two powerhouse leads come together to create something that can only be described as magical.

23 June

12 & 15 June


Vivid Sydney is an annual celebration of creativity, innovation and technology, which transforms Sydney for 23 days and nights. In 2022, for its 12th year, Vivid Sydney fused art, innovation and technology in collaboration with some of the most boundary-pushing artists, thinkers and musicians of our time.

8 June

STATE OF ORIGIN – is an annual best-of-three rugby league series between two Australian representative sides, the New South Wales Blues v Queensland, Maroons.

Game 1 to the Maroons 10 – 16

6 June

Paintings by Phil McKay, his recent artworks on display at The Corner Gallery, Stanmore.

Although Phil initially looked at traditional landscapes for inspiration, his current focus is on the urban environment. The urban landscape is a reflection of his childhood passion of wandering the streets of his neighbourhood and country towns where his relatives lived. He has a fascination with the angles roofs create against one another, and against the sky, and the unusual shapes and spaces created by streets and pathways.

18 May

ENCOUNTER SYDNEY UnWrapped – A work of joy made for the Forecourt

Spread out on the forecourt of Sydney Opera House, directed by the “formidable” Emma Saunders, ENCOUNTER SYDNEY explores the everyday extraordinariness and energy behind our next generation.

In collaboration with a group of award-winning Australian artists, including writer, Felicity Castagna, composers, Amanda Brown (The Go-Betweens) and Jodi Phillis (The Clouds), a cast of 10 dancers and words spoken by Warren Foster, ENCOUNTER SYDNEY explores the indomitable spirit of youth and the world they find themselves in.

The riveting soundtrack to ENCOUNTER SYDNEY, is the original ENCOUNTER score performed and recorded by the musicians of the Western Sydney Youth Orchestra, conducted by James Pensini.

15 May

Time Warp by the Meraki ArtistsThe Corner Gallery

An exciting mix of artworks, consisting of oil paintings and photography by Sydney based Artists;  Christina Brunton, Debra Phillis and Ilona Abou-Zolof.  These 3 talented artists are members of the ‘Meraki Artists’ which is a group dedicated to collaboratively working together to produce excellent artworks.

​”Meraki” is a Greek word which means “to do something with soul, creativity or love; when you leave a piece of yourself in your work”.  This is the approach of the artists and the result they endeavour to produce in their works.  It gives each of them a challenging personal benchmark by which to assess the quality and success of their art.

Christina Brunton

Christina is an artist with a background in oil painting who took up photography to capture images as a reference for her paintings. It was only when Christina learnt to do digital artistry where everything fell into place perfectly and she was able to merge her two passions of painting and photography.

Creating art is a way of life that sings to her and she hopes it touches the viewer’s emotional strings, in their heart and soul.  Christina’s art has been published regularly in a variety of international magazines and won distinctions in international competitions.

Debra Phillis

The work of Debra has a strong investigative basis. Recurrent themes include social relationships, inner life, and perceptual representations of the everyday.

Debra continues to develop an art practise through regular portfolio development and group work with other artists. Recent group exhibitions Head On Festival 2019 and 2018.

Ilona Abou-Zolof

Ilona sees the beauty around her through photography.  She thinks of herself as an image-maker rather than an image taker and a digital artist and uses digital tools to convert her photos into digital artworks and paintings.

It is amazing what we can produce in the digital age and how much fun it is.  Ilona’s art has been published regularly in a variety of international magazines and won distinctions in international competitions.

5 May

Ironbark Gallery, Strathfield Council – Making Memories

Making Memories showcases the recent artworks of both students aged 5 to 16 years and the teachers of Shine Art Academy, Riverwood. This exhibition gives these little artists an opportunity to not only exhibit their works, it creates dialogue between children and parents and in turn enhancing the connections with community.

29 April

The Corner Gallery – Colour between the Lines

Tony Egan with his new collection photographic artworks. Tony’s Covid restricted road trips yielded images that capture the diverse beauty of NSW landscapes:
“In life there are many roads to travel, and some of the best may be in your own backyard”. 

Visit his website http://www.silvertonestudio.com.au 


22 April

Lakemba – One of Sydney’s most popular and culturally diverse events, Ramadan Nights Lakemba. The spectacular month-long event is a vibrant, global food bazaar which appears from dusk to dawn. Bring the whole family or grab dinner with friends, it’s an event not to be missed. You’ll be met with an array of street food vendors throughout the entire month of April.

28 February

Blue Mountains in the rain

13 February


7 February


Korean Cultural Centre Sydney, 28 Jan – 29 March




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 – https://www.diegobonetto.com/blog/in-season-now-african-olives

Blackberry nightshade> food Solanum_nigrum – w

Brazilian nightshade> *TOXIC Solanum_seaforthianum – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanum_seaforthianum

Chickweed> food+medicine Stellaria media – https://www.diegobonetto.com/blog/on-the-wonderful-chickweed-and-the-poisonous-lookalike

Cudweed> meh Helichrysum_luteoalbum – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helichrysum_luteoalbum

Dandelion> food+medicine  Taraxacum officinale – https://www.diegobonetto.com/blog/5-recipes-for-your-dandelion-weeds

Farmer’s friend> food+medicine Bidens_pilosa – https://www.diegobonetto.com/blog/farmers-friend-nutritious-medicinal-plant-in-garden

Flatweed>  food Hypochaeris spp – http://www.db.weedyconnection.com/catsear/

Fleabane> insect repellant Conyza canadensis – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erigeron_canadensis

Mulberry> food Morus spp. – https://www.diegobonetto.com/blog/mmmm-moorish-mulberries-how-to-take-advantage-of-the-seasonal-bonanza

Peppercress> condiment Lepidium_virginicum – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepidium_virginicum

Prickly lettuce> food+medicine Lactuca_serriola – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactuca_serriola

Scotch thistle/perennial thistle> food cirsium-vulgare – http://www.db.weedyconnection.com/perennial-thistle-cirsium-vulgare/

Scurvy weed> food Commelina_cyanea – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commelina_cyanea

Sowthistle> food Sonchus spp – https://www.diegobonetto.com/blog/how-to-identify-and-use-sowthistle-the-perfect-edible-weed

Wood sorrel> food oxalis – http://www.db.weedyconnection.com/olaxis/

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. https://aussiebirdcount.org.au

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  https://tonyeganphotography.com/

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:  http://www.silvertonestudio.com.au

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  www.adriancookphotography.com

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
E-mail. info@koreanculture.org.au

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

REALISE BUSINESS  |  Using Digital and Social to Create a Remarkable Brand

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Join Expert Digital Marketing Presenter, Kirryn Zerna, as she runs through your key digital channels – Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Website and Email – and the most effective ways for you to build credibility and create a connection with your audience!

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, NBCnews.com, 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.


https://jpf.org.au/events/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