Donald McDonald

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…

The Memory Pool

30 November 2019 9:00 am

‘Tis the season to be planning your holiday reading. I take inspiration from the marvellous bookshop in the beautiful lobby…

William Dobell “Woman in a Salon (Helena Rubinstein)” 1960

23 November 2019 9:00 am

She was a girl from Coleraine who became the world’s first self made multi-millionairess. Born in Krakôw, Poland in1872, she…

Caroline O’Connor is the Spider Woman

16 November 2019 9:00 am

They wrote musicals based on the most unlikely material but John Kander and Fred Ebb enjoyed ultimate success with Cabaret…

Jacqueline Dark, Taryb Fiebig and Helen Sherman

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Vivaldi is having further boosts to his popularity with the Brandenburg Orchestra delivering cracking performances of his Four Seasons in…

John Singer Sargent’s Madame X

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Baron François Gérard would be astonished that his vast 1825 painting of The Coronation of Charles X is the inspiration…

Andrew Tink. [Photo: Elizabeth Tink]

Andrew Tink

26 October 2019 9:00 am

A serious bout of ill-health forced him to abandon a successful career in politics but, in the intervening 10 years,…

Shirley Hazzard

19 October 2019 9:00 am

A woman working on a thesis about Shirley Hazzard is a character in A Life to Come, the award-winning novel…

Anna Karenina

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Tolstoy’s most fascinating character, Anna Karenina clearly fascinates David McAllister who has recently announced his 20th and final season as…

Violins of the ACO with Richard Tognetti

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Every year is a year of anniversaries, not least 2020 with the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s voyage along the…

See You at the Toxteth

28 September 2019 9:00 am

The Toxteth is a hotel on Glebe Point Road in Sydney. Cliff Hardy probably called it a pub. Hardy was…

In Vogue

21 September 2019 9:00 am

A kangaroo on the beach with a model was the unsubtle cover of Vogue in December 1965. It will be…

David McVicar’s production of The Marriage of Figaro

14 September 2019 9:00 am

It was hailed as a masterpiece at its premiere in Vienna in 1786; it still is a masterpiece. The Marriage…

Cast members Jonny Carr and Geraldine Hakewell

7 September 2019 9:00 am

John Howard and Tom Stoppard have something quite wonderful and rare in common: they are both members of the Order…

Jeffrey Smart exhibition Constructed World

31 August 2019 9:00 am

There are just a few weeks left to catch the Jeffrey Smart exhibition Constructed World at the Art Gallery of…

Culture Buff

24 August 2019 9:00 am

A new book reminds us, perhaps unintentionally, that not everything that has mattered in the performing arts started with the…

Maxine Peake

17 August 2019 9:00 am

We live in a time of paradoxes. The NSW Parliament has just legislated for terminations to be performed from 22…

Sylvia in Houston

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Houston is a prosperous Texan city, the hub of the US oil and gas industries. And home to the city’s…

Dominic Smith

3 August 2019 9:00 am

He’s an Australian-born international best-selling author. Dominic Smith was born in Brisbane in 1971 to an Australian mother and an…

King’s College choristers at ease

27 July 2019 9:00 am

It was a beautiful autumn morning when we went up to Cambridge for a meeting at King’s College. Christopher Hogwood…

Paul Dyer conducting the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Only a person who is more or less my age can have a direct recollection of the 1953 coronation of…