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Arts editor HELEN MUSA's column covering the latest arts news in Canberra.

Goulburn art awards announced

The winners of the 2020 Goulburn Art Award and Young Artist Award have been announced on Instagram, with the three prizes going to Tamara Dean, Robbie Howard and Ashleigh Deaton, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Canberra and Orange galleries do a ‘swap’

The Gallery of Small Things in Watson, and The Corner Store Gallery in Orange have collaborated to do a “swap” of artists, so that Orange comes to Canberra and Canberra goes to Orange – virtually, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Baines’ paintings ‘lost in a surreal world’

Art / “Reality is OK For a Holiday”, Andrew Baines, until further notice. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.

Fruitful collaboration in new-world exhibition

craft / “Terra Celestial”, Artists-in-residence program 2019, Craft ACT: Craft + Design, and social media platforms until May 9. Reviewed by MEREDITH HINCHLIFFE.

Images from a lifetime of journeying

Art / Jörg Schmeisser “The Journey Continues: Prints From the Family Collection”, Beaver Galleries. March 26-April 12. Viewable at or by appointment. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.

Fascinating climb into a domestic life

Art / “There’s Nothing To See Here”, Sally O’Neill,, to April 5. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.

Schmeisser’s journey continues online

Beaver Galleries are ahead of the pack with gallery closures, writes HELEN MUSA, with its Jörg Schmeisser exhibition already viewable online.

Art prize gets creative in strange times 

The Picture House Art Prize, part of the inaugural Gunning Arts Festival, will still go ahead, most likely online, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Mico’s big, new canvases go deep into space

Domenic Mico is using his art to take a leap into the cosmos, says arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Print artist Hanks pockets the Megala prize

A LARGE-format, linocut picturing Napoleon’s Empress Josephine has won the $12,000 Megalo International Print Prize, Megala, now in its second year, it was announced on Saturday night.

High-class, but uninspiring paintings

THE inaugural Darling Portrait Prize was always going to attract a lot of high-quality entries, which it did, but only a few stood out, writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

Imagination fills the prizewinning picture

ROB KENNEDY reviews the Darling Portrait Prize,“Elizabeth” by Anthea da Silva.

‘Fishy’ subject sees Palmer snap top portrait prize

A “painterly” portrait of Sydney whole-fish chef Josh Niland is the winner of the 2020 National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Coronavirus concerns cancel portrait prize opening

The director of the National Portrait Gallery, Karen Quinlan, announced this morning (March 13) that she has decided to cancel tonight's launch of the National Photographic Portrait Prize and tomorrow's programs because of concerns around the coronavirus.

New sculpture prize from Shaw

Winemaker Graeme Shaw has joined with the newly-rebranded Belco Arts Centre to present a new, professionalised sculpture prize, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

‘Cracking’ painting dances its way to a top portrait prize

A portrait of celebrated dancer and former “CityNews” Artist of the Year, Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, has won the inaugural $75,000 Darling Portrait Prize.

Art acts as a reminder that nature can nurture

HELEN MUSA says the “Angels and Waratahs” art show at the Queanbeyan Hive will feature paintings by artist Jane Ahlquist and pieces by ceramicist Galia Shy.

Celebrated Chinese artist brings his work to Canberra

This morning (February 28) at the National Gallery of Australia, an extraordinary art work was being installed — a cavalcade of white Greek-style sculptures featuring everyone from Zeus to Jesus—but what I saw was only half of it, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

National event puts female artists on the map

While Canberrans are gearing up for “Enlighten” the National Gallery of Australia is making a splash interstate as huge digital billboards featuring images of artworks begin to light up Melbourne’s busy CBD from today, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.





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Brrr! It’s getting cold outside (and in the home!) It’s time to ensure the windows at home are well-insulated with curtains, says curtain experts Roz and Lew. This is a sponsored post.


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