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‘A trapeze artist without a net’ – Wendy Sharpe draws refugees

IN an extraordinary moment of serendipity, a touring exhibition by the Asylum Seekers’ Centre in Sydney now showing at Belconnen Arts Centre coincides with a play about asylum seekers opening at the Street theatre this Wednesday, March 25 and running until the weekend. (http://citynews.com.au/2015/rare-play-asylum-seekers-comes-street/) Archibald Prize winning artist Wendy Sharpe sat with 39 refugees and […]

NGA panel talk tomorrow on light – for the ‘common man’

LAST week we reported on naked tours of the “James Turrell: A Retrospective” exhibition currently showing at the National Gallery of Australia. This week there’s something slightly less demanding on offer as part of the Gallery’s public programs, a discussion called “Let’s talk about perception” tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25 at 6pm. This will be a […]

Compelling, misty portrait wins $25,000 prize

MELBOURNE photographer Hoda Afshar has won the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 for “Portrait of Ali” 2014, a portrait of a young Iranian boy in the mountainous terrain of Northern Iran. Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Angus Trumble, made the announcement today, saying that the gallery was thrilled to award Ms Afshar the $25,000 […]

Consultation on the ACT Arts Policy Framework

JOY Burch says consultation is now open on the ACT Arts Policy Framework Review. “The ACT is home to innovative artists and arts organisations and is an important part of the cultural richness of Australia,” Joy said. “The current ACT Arts Policy Framework was released in 2012 and reflects the ACT Government’s continuing commitment to […]

Sasha Grishin

Is that a Whiteley? Why collectors buy lousy fakes as masterpieces

Sasha Grishin, Australian National University IT was once famously reported that French painter Jean-Baptist-Camille Corot in his lifetime completed about 2,500 paintings of which 7,800 are now in American collections. The gentle Corot did little to help his own cause and would obligingly sign fakes, made by needy artists, reasoning that if a collector was […]

Endangered Thai jewellery on show

A traditional Khmer jeweller from Khwao Sinarin, Thailand and  a contemporary jeweller from Bangkok, are the focus of an unusual exhibition that opened at the Canberra Grammar School Gallery last night. Scholar and jewellery-maker Gill Lumsden, who also has work on show, has been researching the question of safeguarding the knowledge of  traditional Khmer jewellery […]

Portrait Gallery

Sydney Myer to be President of the National Portrait Gallery Foundation

HELEN Nugent, Chair of the National Portrait Gallery Board, has announced the appointment of Sidney Myer as the inaugural President of the newly established National Portrait Gallery Foundation. “This represents another important milestone in the Gallery’s history. The establishment of a Foundation has been an aspiration of the Portrait Gallery Board since the early days […]

NGA’s Seated Buddha to return to India

AT a surprise press conference this morning, the director of the National Gallery of Australia, Gerard Vaughan, announced that the gallery had negotiated a settlement for an ancient Indian Buddhist sculpture in its collection. Dr Vaughan told the assembled media that, through its recently-formed Asian Art Provenance Research project, the NGA had determined that the […]

National Institutions get new board members

COMMONWEALTH Arts Minister George Brandis has announced the appointment of three new members to the governing bodies of the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia and National Portrait Gallery of Australia. “Mr Ezekiel Solomon AM has accepted an appointment to the Council of the National Gallery of Australia. Mr Solomon has extensive experience […]