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Today is World Refugee Day: you can help

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Today is World Refugee Day, and apparently a ‘record’ that has been broken. A new United Nations report overnight calculates that, in 2017, the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes around the globe came in at a record rate of 44,400 per day. There are no World Cups or gold medals in this

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Walkley arts journalism awards shortlist announced

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The nominees for the the Walkley Arts Journalism Award and the Walkley-Pascall Award for Arts Criticism have been announced. The prizewinners will be announced on July 18 with the winner of both categories receiving a $5000 prize from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. ARTS JOURNALISM SHORTLIST (ALL MEDIA) Kate Blackmore, ABC Arts iview, “The Movement: Thomas Bradley”

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Yvette Coppersmith self portrait wins the 2018 Archibald Prize

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According to the Art Gallery of NSW, which today announced Yvette Coppersmith the 2018 Archibald Prize winner for her 132 x 112 cm self-portrait: “Over the past 21 years, Yvette Coppersmith has experimented widely with style and subject matter but she keeps returning to the self-portrait. ‘It allows me to work from life, with intense absorption in the

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A few last minute ideas for Arts Minister Mitch Fifield ahead of the Federal Budget

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In this edited extract from Currency House’s Platform Papers, the cultural economist David Throsby, a Distinguished Professor of Economics at Macquarie University, reviews Australia’s fraught attempts to deliver a sustainable, wide-ranging arts and cultural policy – and on the eve of Budget 2018, points to where we could go from here. The last national cultural policy was

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Win a double pass to Chappaquiddick (the movie, not the island)


Anyone familiar with the Ted Kennedy staffer drowning scandal in 1969 on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts (or the brilliant Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates written from the perspective of its victim Mary Jo Kopechne), should want to see this film based on its real life events. Chappaquiddick, its producers say, is a “piercing re-examination of the true events surrounding the most difficult seven days

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The Florida Project DVD Giveaway: a moving drama about real life America


Director Sean Baker’s acclaimed The Florida Project is set over one summer as it follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World, Florida. It stars Brooklynn Prince and Willem Dafoe. Daily Review has 10

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