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Stasce wins new CAPO prize

PAINTER/SCULPTOR Kael Stasce is the winner of the Capital Arts Patrons Organisation’s inaugural Emerging Artists’ Prize, it was announced by Gordon Bull at Thursday night’s opening of the prize’s exhibition at M16 Artspace in Griffith. The exhibiting artists were Joel Arthur, Estelle Briedis-Spelman, Mimi Fairall, Sanne Koelemij, Chelsea Lemon, Millán Pintos-Lόpez, Kael Stasce, Gemma Sue, […]

Artists go for the Angel’s share in Glenfiddich residency

WHISKY producer, William Grant & Sons, has just announced the launch of an art prize with a difference—the inaugural Glenfiddich Artists in Residence competition. One very happy Australian artist will have the opportunity to live and work for three months at the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. Glenfiddich is running the Artists in Residence contest […]

Good News Week at the NPG

IT’S Good News Week at the National Portrait Gallery. First there was the triumphant news that the national institution had its most successful Multimedia and Publication Design Awards ever, winning four awards announced at a ceremony at the Australian Maritime Museum last Friday night as part of the Museums Australia Conference. The Portrait Gallery’s senior […]

And now we’re down to managing graffiti

ANDREW Barr and Shane Rattenbury have announced a new approach to graffiti and street art in Canberra. “The Budget will provide $250,000 towards key measures in the ACT Government’s graffiti management Strategy,” Andrew said. “We’ll take a two pronged approach to remove unwanted graffiti at highly visible locations, while also providing dedicated resources to work […]

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Ramayana diplomacy ignores the elephant in the room

THE media launch yesterday for the new Ramayana exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, bore all the earmarks marks of a diplomatic event. Director of the Gallery Gerard Vaughan welcomed the very new Indian High Commissioner Navdeep Suri and his staff, representatives from the National Museum in New Delhi, Commonwealth arts ministry reps and […]

Cold comfort from the Canadian Arctic

CANBERRANS will get glimpse of life in the Arctic at the High Court next month. The High Commission of Canada is hosting the free photographic exhibition “Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving” from Thursday, June 11, until Thursday, July 2. The exhibition is a collection of contemporary photographs of the Canadian Arctic from “Canadian Geographic Magazine” […]

Life goes on: Sequeira wins Wyndham Art Prize

“LIFE  goes on, exciting eh?” an over-the-moon Dr David Sequeira crowed to “CityNews” from Melbourne, where he is now living, as he told us he had just won the inaugural Wyndham Art Prize. The $10,000 Non-Acquisitive Prize is designed to bring new attention to the emerging contemporary art space, the Wyndham Art Gallery,  on the river […]

Champagne and canapés to mark artistic collaboration

THE Canberra public is invited to a Champagne and canapé event this Friday to mark the closing of the of the Canberra Centre art collaboration with artist Benjamin Shine. Before leaving for a new project in New York, Shine will provide a final overview of his artwork titled ‘The Dance’, inspired in part by Canberra […]

‘Treasure troves’ in new stamp issue

AUSTRALIAN cultural treasures from the 18th to 21st centuries, housed in some of Australia’s unique and significant museums and collections will feature in a new Australia Post stamp issue. Australia Post’s  Philatelic Manager Michael Zsolt says, “the Collections Australia stamp issue celebrates the important artefacts preserved and exhibited in museum collections nationally. The objects depicted […]

Connecting artists and architects: Cox Gallery opens tonight

THERE’S a new gallery on the burgeoning Kingston Foreshore, and it’s opening tonight. I was walking by the Foreshore just before the International music festival opening on Friday night, saw the signs and and wondered what it was, later serendipitously receiving an email from architect Rodney Moss, the brains behind the new venture. It’s about […]

‘Streetwise’ at the coolest gallery in town

IT WAS already just about the coolest gallery in Canberra (and that’s saying something these days), but now NGA Contemporary justly boasts that it’s exhibiting work by Australia’s coolest printmakers. “Streetwise: contemporary print culture” is a snazzy exhibition which surveys the last 15 years of exciting Australian printmaking with more than 40 of Australia’s current […]