Donald McDonald

Belgravia

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Belgravia is the rather coldly beautiful residential part of London bounded by Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Buckingham Palace. It is also…

Sydney Opera House during Vivid Sydney Festival

30 May 2020 9:00 am

To state the obvious, these are extremely testing times for the performing arts and live entertainment generally. Although galleries are…

Cover of May issue of Apollo

23 May 2020 9:00 am

We are all being digitised one way or another. Performing arts companies, not able to perform, are gamely putting themselves…

Dame Mary Gilmore working from home in 1952

16 May 2020 9:00 am

She lived in a flat in Kings Cross, was a lifelong socialist, a regularly observant Presbyterian, a Dame of the…

Queens of print

8 May 2020 11:00 pm

The Spectator has been celebrating its 10,000th UK issue with justifiable pride; it is an astounding achievement. Australia has long…

Geraldine Brooks and Darleen Bungey

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Major award-winning biographies of Arthur Boyd and John Olsen have preceded the third book by Darleen Bungey. It is less…

The Elgin Marbles

25 April 2020 9:00 am

He grew up in Eastwood on Sydney’s Northern Line. Geoffrey Robertson’s brilliant career got off to a flying start with…

Geoffrey Blainey

18 April 2020 9:00 am

He coined the phrase ‘tyranny of distance’ which not only entered the language but encapsulated the view that many Australians…

Anne Glenconner

11 April 2020 9:00 am

It is said that Shakespeare wrote King Lear in quarantine from the plague. Some have been suggesting that this year’s…

Lloyd Rees Solitude 1978

4 April 2020 9:00 am

‘How much of our village do we burn to contain this?’. That was the chilling headline of an article in…

Christos Tsiolkas

28 March 2020 9:00 am

This was not the ideal beach book for the Christmas holidays but now we are in different times, it has…

Mozart’s Clarinet

21 March 2020 9:00 am

A couple of friends have nominated it as music they would like played at their funerals. I’m not into programming…

David Hallberg

14 March 2020 9:00 am

The artistic leadership of a major performing company is, by definition, important. The Australian Ballet has a forthcoming vacancy of…

David Williamson

7 March 2020 9:00 am

‘That sinkhole of ambition and superficiality we call Sydney.’ That’s a direct quotation from the Melbourne Theatre Company’s promotion of…

Trent Dalton

29 February 2020 9:00 am

He’s barely in his forties. He’s married with two nearly teenage daughters. He lives in Brisbane. He’s a staff journalist…

Bruce Beresford at home in Birchgrove 2018

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Sydney’s Archibald has the name and the fame, but there is a new kid on the block: the Darling Portrait…

No Pay? No Way!

15 February 2020 9:00 am

As a sort of protest, I am not going to the opening of No Pay? No Way! at the Sydney…

The Happy Prince

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Many people have had a go at it. Ever since Oscar Wilde published The Happy Prince and Other Tales in…

Luca Micheletti and Anna Dowsley

1 February 2020 9:00 am

A taciturn Glaswegian and an unlikely knight of the realm, David McVicar has directed several of Opera Australia’s most admired…

Marta Dusseldorp

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Known throughout his life as Dick, Gerardus Dusseldorp had just come to Australia and created Civil and Civic (later Lend…

Heritage Cai Guo-Qiang, China b.1957

18 January 2020 9:00 am

We talk about it a lot. One of life’s most essential elements it is now being celebrated in an exhibition:…

Lachlan Macquarie

11 January 2020 9:00 am

One of the Scots who made extraordinary contributions to Australia was Lachlan Macquarie. Grantley Kieza has published several biographies including…

Natalia Aroyan and friend at Sydney Opera House

21 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s summer in Sydney, so there is an Opera Season. Two productions by the distinguished British director David McVicar –…

Hugh Ramsay “Miss Nellie Patterson” 1903

14 December 2019 9:00 am

This is a great time of the year to visit Canberra and the National Gallery. Despite some ‘gender equality’ grandstanding…

Portrait of Rear-Admiral William Bligh (detail) Alexander Huey, 1814

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Hero or Villain? That is the question posed about William Bligh by an exhibition currently at the Australian National Maritime…