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Pop-up for summer: Sculpture Garden restaurant revived

LAUNCHING what new NGA director Gerard Vaughan called calls “a reformulation of the Sculpture Garden restaurant”, media and gallery staff today joined food mover and shaker Stephanie Alexander for a light lunch that put together food and art. Long hidden behind the Fujiko Nakaya ‘Fog sculpture’ at the NGA, the restaurant is now enlivened by […]

Playful exhibition explores children’s rights

IT was a case of all-hands on the coloured cupcakes yesterday in the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House as the kids took over. The occasion was the opening by CEO of UNICEF Australia Norman Gillespie, who joined MoAD director Daryl Karp in unveiling of “Play Up,” a show which explores the United […]

Scientific glassblowers unite for charity auction

TODAY, Friday, November 14, is the day for something totally left of field in the arts- and you can wash it down with a beer too. The Scientific Glassblowing Society of Australia New Zealand will host a public benefit auction at BentSpoke Brewing Co. in Braddon for Toora Women Inc, a charitable organisation that provides […]

Canberra’s Key Arts Organisations announced

JOY Burch has announced the five organisations that will share in more than $960,000 in 2015 Key Arts Organisation Funding through the ACT Arts Fund. “Ausdance ACT, Belconnen Arts Centre, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Megalo Print Studio and Gallery and Warehouse Circus will receive funding through the Key Arts Organisation category,” Joy said. “I […]

‘It’s in the blood’: new NGA director Gerard Vaughan

IN what was surely the fastest, smoothest media call on record at the National Gallery of Australia, the incoming director Gerard Vaughan this morning introduced himself to the assembled media, forestalling any attempts to discuss the provenance of Asian artworks, praising the smooth working of the Gallery he has inherited and expertly fielding questions. The […]

Arts / A festival by design

DESIGN is all around us, but is it art? After all, designers are not freewheeling creatives just doing their own thing, they have to address a brief, so just how imaginative can they be? These and other questions are about to be addressed in a seriously big public event, the Design Canberra Festival, organised by […]

Portraiture in the flesh – NPG’s biggest show ever

“BE warned,” National Portrait Gallery director Angus Trumble advised as he unveiled the national institution’s newest and undoubtedly most startling exhibition to date. And there was much to warn us about with “In the flesh,” curated by Penelope Grist around ten themes of humanness – “the experience of minded fleshed in a body”. It was, […]

CSIRO’s stolen sculpture dumped in Fyshwick

A sculpture stolen from the CSIRO forecourt on Limestone Avenue, Campbell, was recovered by police yesterday (Wednesday, October 29). Between 9 pm Thursday October 16, and 3pm Friday October 17, the sculpture titled Il grande ascolto (‘the great listening’), was damaged and half of it stolen. The original sculpture consists of two large bronze discs, […]

Indigenous arts leadership at the National Gallery

THE National Gallery of Australia yesterday announced an Indigenous Arts Leadership Ambassador program and an International Fellowship to the United States as part of a commitment to professional development in Indigenous arts. Rachel Maza, actor and director of Ilbijerri Theatre Company and Jonathan Jones, contemporary artist join the program as ambassadors and will work closely […]