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You Are Here picks up $25,000 from EventsACT

TWO months out from the 2015 You Are Here (YAH) festival kicking off they’ve received an EventsACT grant, to the tune of $25,000, to assist with marketing and evaluation of the festival. The grant will enable YAH to undertake targeted communication activities to ensure outreach to diverse audiences for the festival, as well as completing […]

Arts / Bald Archies back with a bite

THIS year’s star subject of the annual Bald Archies is undoubtedly Tasmanian parliamentarian Jacqui Lambie. “CityNews” has been given a sneak preview of Canberra artist Valda Johnson’s entry in the exhibition that pokes fun at the pretensions of the art world and Australia’s best-known arts competition, the Archibald Prize. “The Adventures of Jacqui Lambie” shows […]

Entries open for IPhone and Instagram photo show

PHOTOGRAPHERS inspired to snap an iPhone photo illustrating summer are invited to join Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s “The Long, Hot Summer” photography exhibition coming up in February. “Anyone and everyone” can enter and the centre stresses that no costs are involved and exhibitors have the chance to sell their work. The idea is to make the […]

Tribute: the late Joy Warren

By Judith Crispin THE sparkly-eyed matriarch of Canberra’s arts scene, has celebrated her last New Year’s Eve. Solander Gallery’s Joy Warren passed away before dawn on Saturday January 3. She leaves two sons, an extended family and a wide circle of friends. Most Canberrans knew Joy as the long serving owner-curator of Solander Gallery, launched […]

Arts / All from the love of Albert

THERE aren’t five generations of Drysdales or Whitley’s working now,” Scott Rankin, the director of Big hART theatre company, says. Not, he might have added, like the Namatjira family, the subject of a unique exhibition showing at Parliament House through summer, brought to town by Big hART’s “Namatjira” project, Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art Centre and […]

Calling phone and Instagram snappers for art exhibition

“THE Long Hot Summer” exhibition is Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s gift to the public. “Anyone and everyone”, TAC is saying, can get creative and have their photographic work professionally exhibited in February. “We’re inviting anyone to take part. There are no costs involved and exhibitors even have the chance to make some money by selling their […]

NGA announces review of Asian art provenance

GALVANISED into action by the “Dancing Shiva” crisis and related questions, the National Gallery of Australia today has announced plans to address provenance issues in relation to its Asian art collection. “The NGA acknowledges that there are works in the collection whose provenance and legal status needs a renewed level of scrutiny,” new NGA director, […]

Turrell’s art: ‘like playing an instrument’

TO the director of the National Gallery of Australia, Gerard Vaughan, James Turrell is “one of the world’s most phenomenal artists.” And he meant that word “phenomenal” quite literally, for in the new exhibition “James Turrell: a retrospective”, the artist can be seen treating light as a material, so that “the spiritual and technological merge.” […]

Arts / Turrell’s light work of time and space

“WHEN you’re working with light, you end up shaping everything around it” says American artist James Turrell, whose work is the subject of the National Gallery of Australia’s most unusual blockbuster ever. “James Turrell: a retrospective” opens on Saturday, December 13 and the exhibition’s Australian curator, Lucina Ward, has described her encounter with the artist […]

‘Atua’ book wins international prize for NGA

THE National Gallery of Australia has been awarded the Prix International du Livre d’art Tribal 2014 Award for “Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia”, the 256-page book accompanying this year’s exhibition at the gallery of largely ancient Pacific art. The prize is awarded annually and judged by a panel of leading art professionals, recognises quality, diversity […]