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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New Bill Henson works at NGV Melbourne


Photographer Bill Henson shows 23 recent works including landscapes, portraiture and classical sculpture captured in museum settings in this new exhibition as part of the NGV’s “Festival of Photography” running all year. The festival coincides with the 50th anniversary of the NGV’s Photography Department. The show is at the NGV International, St Kilda Road, Melbourne

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WATCH: Curator’s guide to John Olsen’s ‘You Beaut Country’ blockbuster


John Olsen is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest living artists. He is among the last of the Australian greats who came to fame in the 1950s and 1960s for their abstracted way of looking at the Australian landscape. In the following video recorded by Daily Review, the National Gallery of Victoria’s David Hurlston (senior curator of Australian

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Win tickets to David Hockney and Tripod at NGV, Melbourne


Celebrate the closing weekend of summer blockbuster exhibition David Hockney: Current with a special Saturday Night at NGV event, featuring an exclusive live performance by ARIA award winners and musical-comedy legends Tripod. The evening will also offer visitors the final opportunity to experience David Hockney’s art after-hours, an illuminating exhibition talk and a live set in the

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The trouble inside our smaller art galleries

Art vs Reality 2
News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

The trouble, unsurprisingly, is money. A study commissioned by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) shows that Australia’s small to medium (S2M) government funded visual arts organisations do about double the work for less than half the funding of the big public galleries. “The S2M: The economics of Australia’s small-to-medium visual arts sector” report

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Another $9m secretly slashed from the Australia Council

News & Commentary, Screen, Stage, Visual Arts |

The Coalition government has slashed the Australia Council’s funding yet again, in a sneaky summer efficiency dividend. Rumours have swirled about the new funding cut since before Christmas, but this week saw the first official confirmation of the new cut to the arts agency’s funding. The release of the government’s Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements by Treasury

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Heide Museum hires a new leader as both its director and CEO

News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Could Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne be past its recent management upheavals with the appointment of a new leader who does not come from the customary curatorial background? Natasha Cica, the new director and CEO of the museum from April, (currently in Belgrade and “unavailable for interview”) is, according to Heide chairman Steven Scala: “an experienced and effective

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