Culture Buff

Grace Cossington Smith, The bridge in building 1929

22 July 2017 9:00 am

The viewer could treat this exhibition as an exercise in ‘compare and contrast’, or follow my preference and simply enjoy…

Nadine Garner

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Three women who shared a flat as university freshers in 1983 and have maintained their friendship through the years are…

Alan Moorehead

8 July 2017 9:00 am

He left Melbourne in 1936 to become a famous writer, and he did. Not just a famous writer but a…

Tom Roberts The sculptor’s studio 1884-85

1 July 2017 9:00 am

We may have seen them before, but the prospect of the Australian Impressionism show is very alluring; it has now…

Andrew Nicholl A distant view of Derry through a bank of wild flowers

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Last week came the welcome announcement of the State Government’s funding of the major extension, indeed doubling, of the exhibition…

Tom Conroy as Winston Smith

17 June 2017 9:00 am

‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ That is the arresting opening line…

A N Wilson and Resolution

10 June 2017 9:00 am

A sold-out session at the Sydney Writers’ Festival was an indication of public interest in the writer, A. N. Wilson,…

Jun Chen Grey Red 2017

3 June 2017 9:00 am

At the age of 30, Jun Chen arrived in Australia post Tianamen Square. He settled in Brisbane where his first…

Vanessa Downing and Geoff Morrell in Black is the New White

27 May 2017 9:00 am

I should have written about this play earlier; it is on now at the Sydney Theatre Company Wharf 1. Black…

Taryn Fiebig for Pinchgut Opera

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Baroque opera is increasingly popular in Australia, particularly in recent years through the work of Pinchgut Opera. This administratively tiny…

ELIOTH GRUNER 1882-1939 Fisherman, Coogee Beach 1913 oil on wood, 19 x 28 cm

Elioth Gruner 1882-1939

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Last week I lunched at the Coogee Pavilion on the most perfect day. The scene before me was almost identical…

Alexander Campbell

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Inheriting abilities from one’s parents is one of the happy accidents of birth. A remarkable example of inheritance of exceptional…

Isaiah Firebrace (centre) with Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasy

29 April 2017 9:00 am

It’s been going since 1956. The 62nd season of the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Kiev, Ukraine, starts…

John Olsen, Sydney Sun (or King Sun) 1965

22 April 2017 9:00 am

His work has been there for all our adult lives; John Olsen’s artistic vision has become part of our visual…

David Hockney inside the exhibition at NGV

14 April 2017 11:00 pm

The impressive David Hockney Show which closed recently at the NGV, having attracted big crowds, will have left no one…

Piers Lane

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Cyclone Debbie caused the cancellation of the announcement ceremony in Townsville for this year’s Australian Festival of Chamber Music but…

Orb

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Photographs of contemporary dance can look like advertisements for underwear; frequently the dancers seem to be clad in their knickers.…

Michael Parekowhai The English Channel, 2015 stainless steel, 257 x 166 x 158 cm.

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Australians have a proprietorial interest in Captain James Cook but of course he belongs to the whole world. That is…

Tapestry in progress: Gordian Knot, 2016

18 March 2017 9:00 am

For a creative arts organisation to operate successfully in Australia for 40 years is an achievement in itself. The Australian…

Cressida Campbell Margaret Olley interior (detail) 1992 hand-coloured woodblock Private Collection

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Margaret Olley had a gift for friendship, that is, in addition to her gifts as a wonderful painter. Among her…

Cressida Campbell Margaret Olley interior (detail) 1992 hand-coloured woodblock Private Collection

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

Margaret Olley had a gift for friendship, that is, in addition to her gifts as a wonderful painter. Among her…

Cressida Campbell Margaret Olley interior (detail) 1992 hand-coloured woodblock Private Collection

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

Margaret Olley had a gift for friendship, that is, in addition to her gifts as a wonderful painter. Among her…

Alison Whyte and Colin Friels

4 March 2017 9:00 am

When I was at secondary school in the 1950s, we were taught about the significance of the 20th century’s Irish…

Alison Whyte and Colin Friels

2 March 2017 3:00 pm

When I was at secondary school in the 1950s, we were taught about the significance of the 20th century’s Irish…

Alison Whyte and Colin Friels

2 March 2017 3:00 pm

When I was at secondary school in the 1950s, we were taught about the significance of the 20th century’s Irish…