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.

Gallery searches for Canberra’s most compelling love story

Romantically-inclined Canberrans have only until the end of the weekend to enter the National Portrait Gallery’s most unusual competition.

New owl sculpture points towards hope

A new sculpture by one of Canberra’s best-known artists now adorns the approach to the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children

Robert calls out for art, but this time it’s personal 

Gallery owner Robert Stephens is rallying the art community to gather works to give to victims of the recent fires, but he knows first hand what it’s like to be affected.

When surrealist Baines’ art intersects with society

Artist Andrew Baines says his art deals with "escapism from reality" and tells HELEN MUSA that Canberra "suits" will relate.

Images mix the sacred and the secular.

TUCKED away on the first floor of the ACT Legislative Assembly in its exhibition room is a striking exhibition by recent ANU painting and textiles graduates, Toni Hassan and Kerry Martin.

NGA founding director James Mollison dies

James Mollison, the founding director of the National Gallery of Australia, has died aged 88.

Big poster show from the titans of printmaking

Arts editor HELEN MUSA takes a closer look at a small exhibition showing large-format, post-war American prints. 

Heide turns her creative eye to the south coast

ARTS editor Helen Musa headed for the coast recently, assiduously avoiding the fiery King’s Highway, to view a joint exhibition by photographer Heide Smith and painter Wendy Macklin and returned with a swag of Smith’s ravishing pictures of the south coast.





Hospital gets temporary coronavirus emergency department

A TEMPORARY COVID-19 emergency department is to be built at Canberra Hospital and dedicated to patients with moderate to severe cases of COVID-19.


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