Shepparton gets a new arts ‘beacon in the landscape’

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The northern Victorian town of Shepparton – long home to the canned fruit industry and an enlightened attitude to welcoming refugees – has chosen architects Denton Corker Marshal to design its new Shepparton Art Museum (known as SAM) replacing its exisiting gallery of the same name. SAM has a national reputation for its ceramics collection and annual ceramics prizes. A seven member

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Win tickets to NGV Friday Nights with Van Gogh and Toby Martin


Experience Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition Van Gogh and the Seasons after-hours, every Friday from 28 April – 7 July. Enjoy classical string quartet recitals, drop into exhibition talks, grab a bite to eat and wrap up your night with live performances by international and Australian acts in the Great Hall. On May 5, Australian singer-songwriter and

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Australia’s Cultural Revolution – it’s time to remake the Australia Council

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In 2015, George Brandis inadvertently catalysed the cultural revolution the Australian arts needs to have if it is to drag itself kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Aided and abetted by a Senate Inquiry, a Federal Election and the dumping of the aforementioned Attorney-General as Arts Minister, the landscape continues to transform. The decades-long

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Trainspotting – and other depictions of addiction


Playwright Harry Gibson’s original stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting was written before it became the famous 1996 film. Now a 21st anniversary production with its all Scottish cast — Rachael Anderson (June), Chris Dennis (Begbie), Calum Barbour (Mother Superior), Greg Esplin (Tommy), Michael Lockerbie (Sickboy), Erin Marshall (Alison) and Gavin Ross (Renton) — is touring Australia. Read our review

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