All posts by Katrina Buchanan

Katrina Buchanan holds a degree in Social Science with a focus on Sociology and Anthropology. She is currently studying for a Diploma of Visual Arts. She lives in Sydney with her husband and son.

THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE 2015: A PORTRAIT OF SYDNEY

Inset pic- Bruno Jean Grasswill with Michael Caton and his portrait of the actor. Pic Richard Dobson. Featured pic- Archibald winner Nigel Milsom with his subject Charles Waterstreet and the winning work. Pic Steven Siewert
Inset pic- Bruno Jean Grasswill with Michael Caton and his portrait of the actor. Pic Richard Dobson. Featured pic- Archibald winner Nigel Milsom with his subject Charles Waterstreet and the winning work. Pic Steven Siewert

The Conversation columnist Prudence Gibson said in her 2014 Archibald review that some describe the Archibald prize as the “cold sore of the Sydney art world calendar.” But is it?The prize was established by Jules Francois Archibald, founder of The Bulletin. Archibald was passionate about the arts and was moved to establish the prize after commissioning a portrait of Henry Lawson. The goal was to promote portraiture in Australia. Perhaps inspired by Henry Lawson, the rules state it should be awarded to the best portrait “preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in Australia in art, letters, science or politics.”

Now in its 94th year, the Archibald prize remains a highlight on the calendar of the Arts Gallery Of New South Wales. Between 2008 and 2013 the exhibition attracted on average 137,291 visitors each year. This attendance was only beaten by 3 blockbuster exhibitions, Monet and the Impressionists, The First Emperor: China’s entombed warriors and Picasso: masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso. Continue reading THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE 2015: A PORTRAIT OF SYDNEY

Light Show @ The MCA

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Funfairs have been a popular part of western culture for hundreds of years. They are places where adults have permission to be amazed, where seeing isn’t always believing and the rational mind can be put on hold.

LIGHT SHOW at the MCA is a fairground entertainment experience that challenges our perceptions using visual tricks and spectacle. LIGHT SHOW is a 60 year survey of how artists from all over the world have used artificial light to create sculptures to explore and challenge our senses. It impacts the visitor on the most basic psychological level and leaving the rational behind, viewers are left thinking ‘Am I seeing what I think I am seeing?’ Continue reading Light Show @ The MCA