The Arts (Australia)

Friday essay: why YA gothic fiction is booming - and girl monsters are on the rise

An 18-year-old girl prepares to die to enable the birth of her half-vampire baby. Her spine is broken in the process, and the fanged baby begins to …

Books

Jonathan Jones: Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Often birds come together and fly in united flocks, performing extraordinary aerial acrobatics as one. Although not completely understood, it’s …

Birds

A second production of West Side Story is coming to Sydney next year

Next year is shaping up to be Opera Australia's big year of <i>West Side Story.</i> Not only is the company presenting a massive outdoor production as part …

West Side Story

Queensland Film Festival: Women dominate line-up, setting new bar for gender parity

"Queensland Film Festival is in some ways a utopian film festival," says director and co-founder John Edmond.<p>It's a female-first utopia, going by …

Film Festivals

Primavera 2018

The Arts (Australia)

MANDELA My Life: The Exhibition

Nelson Mandela is one of history's biggest icons, remembered as a warrior for South Africa's independence and against apartheid. 100 years after his …

Nelson Mandela

Ten classics of Indigenous design

Blak Design Matters is the first exhibition in Australia specifically dedicated to contemporary Indigenous design. Its curator, architect and …

Australia

When art meets reality TV our visual literacy is found wanting

I was hopeful about the ABC’s new art/reality TV show, Everyone’s A Critic. Each week of the nine-part series sees “everyday Australians”, aka people …

Reality TV

Festival Hall replacement a 'labour of love' to keep live music alive in Brisbane

A builder with a passion for live music is taking a loss in order to see Brisbane remain an incubator for live music in Australia.<p>Scott Hutchinson is …

Entertainment (Australia)

Explainer: how Tasmania's Aboriginal people reclaimed a language, palawa kani

Truganini’s death in Hobart in May 1876 attracted worldwide attention. She was widely, but wrongly, believed to have been the last Aboriginal person …

Australia

Hardy makeover: Melbourne Writers Festival promises something fresh

Hardy has corralled an array of writers and performers for the 10-day festival and found new venues in addition to the festival's home at Federation …

Hardy

Australian film Strange Colours evokes the landscape and community of black opal capital Lightning Ridge

For a debut feature film made on a microbudget, Strange Colours is courting an impressive amount of industry buzz.<p>This year it has played at the …

Entertainment (Australia)

Arts news: how significant is the discovery of an ancient recording of Homer's Odyssey?

Archaeologists have found an ancient tablet in Greece, engraved with 13 verses of Homer's Odyssey.<p>The tablet is thought to be the oldest written …

Archaeology

After 17 years, James Turrell’s Brisbane work is realised

<i>James Turrell's architectural light installation at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art. Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA.</i><p>American artist James Turrell …

Australia

A brief history of briefs – and how technology is transforming underpants

Underpants. We tend not to talk about them but they are a fact of life (unless you go commando). Briefs have a fascinating history and are now being …

Clothing

Helpmann awards: Muriel's Wedding trumped by Carole King as Bangarra wins big

Bangarra Dance Theatre is a big winner at the 2018 Helpmann awards, winning six awards for Bennelong, a contemporary dance work by the Indigenous Australian dance company that tells the first contact story of the titular Aboriginal warrior.<p>The Helpmanns were held over two nights and concluded with …

The Theatre

ILLUSTRATED LECTURE: ‘China's Silk Road Cities’

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL LECTURE<br>‘China's Silk Road Cities’<p>Sunday 29 July, 3.00pm<br>Queensland Art Gallery, Lecture Theatre<p>Join Dr Jamie Greenbaum, …

Silk Road

From dragons to dreaming serpents: tracing the cultural history of the monstrous Lambton Worm

The mind needs monsters, as David Gilmore tells us in his classic 2003 text on the subject. But I’m not sure that I really needed mine. What is there …

County Durham

Decoding the music masterpieces: Rossini’s William Tell, and its famous overture

Although it boasts one of the most famous sequences of music in existence, Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell is hardly a staple of the operatic …

Piano

William Faulkner diagnosed modern ills in As I Lay Dying

<i>In our series, Guide to the classics, experts explain key works of literature.</i><p>To hear William Faulkner tell it, to write As I Lay Dying he “took this …

Literature

Melbourne Art Fair

Description<p>Melbourne Art Fair returns, with over 40 leading galleries showcasing works by some of the newest and most exciting contemporary artists …

Australia

What makes a dachshund the perfect muse? The long history of sausage dogs in art

My muse is a seven-year-old chocolate and tan sausage dog. I was captivated by Teena when she was a pup: ears that moved like a tiny elephant’s, a seal-jolting head and platypus feet pitter-pattering along, trying to get hold of my laces. Before we met I made sculptures called Prayers for Sausage …

Art

Miles Franklin Literary Award: A reader's guide to the 2018 shortlist

Now in its 61st year, the Miles Franklin Literary Award continues its focus on Australian fiction's heavy-hitters, with a shortlist that includes two …

Books

Art of surprise: classic paintings in novel settings – in pictures

Since April, Michael Thibault has been mixing contemporary photography with classic paintings on his Instagram account Art Frame Design. It all started with a Van Gogh: “I positioned it on a fashion portrait,” explains Thibault, “but I still had the feeling something was missing, so I added a frame …

Art

The South Korean singer who achieved global success because of her mother's love of Australian opera

South Korean opera singer Sumi Jo is a Grammy winner, an Oscar nominee and has some 50 recordings to her name, but she was initially reluctant to …

Entertainment (Australia)

Australian show business has a problem: Where are all the women at the top?

When the stars of Australian showbiz assemble for the Helpmann Awards tomorrow, they will honour some of Australia's finest singers, actors and …

Entertainment (Australia)

WAAPA's Aboriginal Performance course is producing some of Australia's favourite actors

If you were among the 786,000 viewers who watched the premiere of ABC's crime drama Mystery Road in June, you might have found yourself admiring …

Entertainment (Australia)

Because of her: Aboriginal woman is here to stay

Guests<p>Joel LiddleJoel Perrurle Liddle is an Arrernte man and researcher from the Baker Institute for Heart and Diabetes<p>Leonora AdidiLeonora Adidi is …

Activism

John Russell: Van Gogh's little-known Aussie Impressionist mate

While it was Russell's use of colour that first grabbed my attention, over time I became riveted by his life, which combines a remarkable creative …

France

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week