Hollywood Saint – Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures exhibition review (Canberra)

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Exhibitions, Reviews, Visual Arts |

In its first major exhibition in over ten years, the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) in Canberra shines the spotlight on one of Western Australia’s brightest stars with the exhibition Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures. Produced in collaboration with Western Australian Museum, it sweeps through Ledger’s career – it includes items from his high

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Fred and Mary Schepisi bring artists together for a cause

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Exhibitions, News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Charity: not so sweet when you’re an artist who spends a fair whack of your working year fielding requests from fundraisers to donate work. Even the most generous artist can be forgiven for greeting yet another charity auction pitch with the enthusiasm typically reserved for door-to-door doom merchants or solar-panel telemarketers. That’s something painter Mary

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Picasso, art and #metoo

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Exhibitions, News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Hannah Gadsby excoriated Picasso in her viral Netflix Nanette show: as a misogynist and child abuser (P was 46 when he got with 17-y-o Marie-Therese Walter) his work is disqualified from being celebrated; “genius” is no excuse. A male and institutional blind eye is turned for his (and their) benefit. The excellent Hermitage show at the

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The arts funding divide between the haves and have nots is counter-intuitive, poor business and immoral

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Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Visual Arts |

Last week I attended the Melbourne chapter of the Australia Council’s national consultation on the strengthening and enhancement of the Major Performing Arts Framework. I came away with a mix of emotions that a week later settled into unease then dread. I’m going to try to unpack that feeling through this essay. I believe the

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Adrian Collette back in the frying pan as arts leader

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Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Visual Arts |

Former opera singer, publisher and long time CEO of Opera Australia, Adrian Collette, has been announced the new CEO of the Australia Council, the nation’s peak arts funding body, by the federal Arts Minister Senator Mitch Fifield. Collette replaces current CEO Mr Tony Grybowski whose term winds up on October 23. For about the last five years, Collette has been

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