Creative Arts


The Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced  that the State Government will inject $50 million into the struggling arts sector which has been devastated by the coronavirus lockdown.

The rescue package is the largest of its  kind to be made by any state.

The Premier said ,that “we know that the arts is a place of refuge and a source of inspiration in these challenging times.”

Th e Government’s decision  has been well received by the arts community. Continue reading PREMIER GIVES ARTS COMPANIES A $50m LIFELINE


The sorry saga continues with more twists and turns. After an initial proposal for Carriageworks to be taken under the Sydney Opera House umbrella, a number of philanthropists raised two million in an attempt to save it.

The most generous donor is believed to be Board Director, major art collector and philanthropist  Geoff Ainsworth and his partner Joanna Featherstone,

Billionaire philanthropist Kerr Neilson and daughter Paris have pledged conditional financial support to Carriageworks provided Carriageworks comes to some arrangement  with its leasor, Create NSW.

As many as fifteen parties have registered their interest to the . administrators. Continue reading CARRIAGEWORKS SAGA CONTINUES WITh NO END IN SIGHT



The curtains may have closed but work is still in development in and around the community of actors and emerging artists in the Western Sydney region, where Q Theatre is hard at work commissioning and directing a range of theatre and performing arts projects available to stream online in the coming months.

There are currently multiple works in development that explore the theme of community and connection to the local area as part of long-form, community-based development project St Marys Kid. These works are part of a multi-year commitment to the St Marys community and seek to amplify existing local arts and culture with a range of performance outcomes later in the year.

 The new St Marys Kid project is being produced in partnership between Q Theatre and Penrith City Council’s Community & Cultural Development team and kicks off with an open call-out for members of the community to participate in the performance of the song All Might – a piece from a new musical written by Nicholas Christo and Paul Smith.

 As part of the Keep Heart Penrith programming, Q Theatre is inviting local singers and string players of all abilities to apply to be a part of the performance via the Q Theatre website. Participants will be able to rehearse at home using online resources with all contributions edited into a beautiful version of the song; shared online as a free performance piece. A sample recording featuring main vocals on piano, choral parts and strings is available to check out now via the website.

 You can check out everything on offer here.
















Our very enthusiastic new Sydney Festival director Wesley Enoch.. Pic Ben Apfelbaum .


                Home is where the art is


Wherever you are I suspect you are reading, listening to music, watching movies, maybe having a cheeky dance and generally enjoying art. When times are tough we turn to art and artists to help us through. Arts are a valuable part of our lives in lockdown and we are looking forward to opening up soon and being just as valued in recovery.


Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben tells us that our lives are not just about the physical health of our bodies but also the social relationships, cultural interactions and economic exchanges that make us a community. Sydney Festival is part of your community and we hope you and yours are healthy in mind, body and spirit.


I am looking forward to bringing all the thinking we are doing out from under the covers. The Sydney Festival Team are busy baking the right kind of festival for January 2021. We are hopeful and optimistic we will have a festival in January and we are talking to artists about what we should do to help Sydney come out of its cocoon.


There will be so much need for a recovery and when the time is right we will be there. Until then stay safe, crank up the music and dance a little bit longer.





Featured image – In happier times Wesley Enoch with Marcis Hines and Iota. Pic Ben Apfelbaum,







Experience NIDA from home with our first ever Virtual Open Day!

In 2020, our Open Day(s) will take place online, with activities spread across four days from Wednesday 17–Saturday 20 June.

→  Explore our workshops
→  Watch never-seen-before videos of student projects
→  Try a NIDA Open course
→  Get involved in live Q&A sessions with course leaders and special alumni guests
…and more!

The full schedule will be published soon, sign up now for more information and to attend.






The subsuming of Carriageworks into the bosom of the Sydney Opera House seemed to be a done deal.

Unable to receive annual rental  of $1.1 million from its popular weekend Farmer’s Markets nor its ticket revenue of $1.9million it appeared to permanently shut its doors.

A further problem is that the land on which it sits is on a short term lease from CreateNSW which appears  to be an impatient landlord.

However several leading arts philanthropists are believed to have offered  more than $2million to rescue Carriageworks from voluntary administration until its traditional sources of revenue can recommence.  The administrators have been non-commital in relation to the offers made as it was at an early stage sorting out the Carriageworks finances.

To date, 29 workers were let go before voluntary administration. A small team of twelve employees are working reduced hours to maintain essential services.






Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) are collaborating with globally renowned design and engineering firm Arup to present a free 3D virtual exhibition, Seeds of Our City. Fortifying the connection between Western Sydney and the city, the exhibition showcases the works of three acclaimed Western Sydney artists online from the Arup Gallery in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

Audiences will have the opportunity to virtually walk through the exhibition space and take in the artworks by going to

Focused on creating vibrant, sustainable urban spaces, Arup is behind some of Sydney’s most eye-catching and architecturally stunning buildings, including the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building for UTS, and the award-winning Green Square Library. Continue reading SEEDS OF OUR CITY : A FREE 3D VIRTUAL EXHIBITION


The Australian Jewish community will this week launch an exciting new online initiative to bring the world of art, culture and inspiring live events. And former prime minister ‘The Hon Paul Keating’* will officially launch it online on Thursday afternoon!

Dunera is an online hub where isolated members of the community – and beyond – can access live events and participate in a range of cultural and communal activities from any device, at any time. It is an easy-to-use platform that aims to bring about a new sense of togetherness, even when we are apart.

Free to all, users of Dunera can watch or participate in entertaining and inspiring live events or browse the ‘On Demand’ section filled with music, talks, recipes, games and more.  The time – and space – to learn, listen and laugh together is only a click away! Continue reading DUNERA : THE LAUNCH OF A NEW ONLINE ARTS HUB


Kaldor Public Art Projects announces 36th project with global partners, commissioning Australian artists to create new work

Kaldor Public Art Projects has announced its 36th project, which launches in partnership with London’s Serpentine Galleries, Independent Curators International and Google Arts & Culture this week. Together the global partners will premiere 50 new artworks designed to inspire creativity during lockdown periods. 


For Project 36: do it (australia)Kaldor Public Art Projects will commission Australian creative practitioners to create new work for the organisation’s first public art project to be presented digitally.

Kaldor Public Art Projects has commissioned Australian creative practitioners across a range of disciplines to take part in Project 36: do it (australia). Commissioned practitioners include: Rafael Bonachela, Lauren Brincat, Megan Cope, Brian Fuata, Dale Harding, Saskia Havekes, Amrita Hepi, Jonathan Jones, Janet Laurence, Ian Milliss, Glenn Murcutt, Tracey Moffatt, nova Milne, Khaled Sabsabi and Latai Taumoepeau.

The commissions will take the form of typed or handwritten instructions, occasionally paired with drawings or videos. From 13 May, do it (australia) will release each week a new set of artist instructions, with the full series released over a period of 3 weeks. The instructions will be unveiled on the Kaldor Public Art Projects website and Instagram. Kaldor Public Art Projects will gather audience responses to the artists’ instructions, collating and sharing Australians’ creative interpretations of the new work.

do it (australia)
 is co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and John Kaldor, supported by Emily Sullivan (Curator) and Monique Leslie Watkins.

The commissions will form part of a global network of exchange, as artists’ instructions are shared with partners’ vast international audiences under the title do it (around the world). The Google Arts & Culture platform will present a selection of the 50 commissions from the collaborating global partners.

Since it was initiated by curator and Serpentine Galleries’ Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist with artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier in 1993, do it has been presented all over the world, making it the widest-reaching and longest-running ‘exhibition in progress’ ever shown. Since its inception, it has grown from 12 to over 400 sets of artists’ instructions and has been shown in more than 150 art spaces in over 15 countries. Artists who have taken part in historic do its include Ai Weiwei, Yoko Ono, Louise Bourgeois, Adrian Piper, Tracey Emin and Richard Wentworth.

do it is based on a series of instructions written by artists – an eclectic mix of ideas that range from the active to the absurd and the philosophical. do it encourages activities away from the screen, inviting audiences to respond to the artist’s call, follow their lead, enter their world and realise an artwork on their behalf.

The new global art project builds on three decades of this famous artist-led open source project, perfectly designed to share with communities during this period of lockdown across the world.This 2020 incarnation of do it is designed to respond to the spatial isolation necessitated by COVID-19 by commissioning new do it instructions for presentation online. It will encourage audiences to interpret the artists’ instructions in their own way, at their own pace. Anyone, anywhere. Audiences will be invited to share their do its with their networks.

Kaldor Public Art Projects Director John Kaldor AO said: “Hans Ulrich Obrist and I have known each other for many years and we are delighted to be working with him again on this global project. It is our hope that this 36th Project helps bring creativity to Australians at home and showcases Australian artists internationally.”

Images can be downloaded HERE.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Kaldor Public Art Projects share a commitment to developing groundbreaking public art that engages local and international communities. As the Major Project Partner for do it (Australia), Bloomberg Philanthropies is committed to supporting cultural institutions and empowering artists across the physical and digital worlds. Kaldor Public Art Projects is grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies for their support of this project, the tenth commission generously supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, following on from Making Art Public and Asad Raza in 2019, Anri Sala in 2017 and Jonathan Jones in 2016.Kaldor Public Art Projects are proud that do it (australia) will be supported by founding patrons The Balnaves Foundation and Naomi Milgrom Foundation.

The NSW Government continues to provide invaluable support through Create NSW.

About Kaldor Public Art Projects:
For 51 years Kaldor Public Art Projects has created groundbreaking projects with international artists in public spaces, changing the landscape of contemporary art in Australia with projects that resonate around the world.
Project 36: do it (australia)
Pic : Sydney Dance Company Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela with dancers





Over the past few weeks the teams from The Joan, Q Theatre, Penrith Conservatorium and Penrith Regional Gallery have all been working to launch the new online arts program Keep Heart Penrith in response to the global health crisis.

We are excited to announce that the program is now live and incorporates a series of online arts content & learning delivered via email, known as Creative Care Packs. The Creative Care Packs can be accessed through the website

As part of Keep Heart Penrith, the Creative Care Packs will bring the balanced collection of the latest and best arts content.

The best in live performance, virtual travel to the top museums and exhibitions around the world, fun and creative activities to try at home by yourself or with the family. The packs also include insights with Gallery, Q, Joan or Con team members and staff and insights  into the Gallery Collection. There is also a From the Archives section – a series of did you know snippets covering the history of creative Penrith and the legacy of Q Theatre, The Joan and Penrith Regional Gallery.

Penrith Conservatorium, Q Theatre and Penrith Regional Gallery have all moved to operating online with exhibitions, creative projects, workshops, lessons and ensemble tuition now available to access from your computer at home.




“Art proves it value by still mattering to people who have been deprived of every other freedom.” – Clive James

Leadership’s unlikely candidates

In 1995 painter Arthur Boyd was named Australian of the Year for his “extraordinary contribution to Australian art and his great generosity to the Australian nation.” Particularly admired in the UK and Australia, Boyd is so celebrated that one of his tapestries is on display in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra. In 1993 he gifted to the nation several thousand artworks from his personal collection. He also donated to the Australian people his property, Bundanon, on the Shoalhaven River near Nowra, several hours south of Sydney. Bundanon is managed by Bundanon Trust as a not for profit artists’ retreat complete with accommodation, galleries and concert venues. Those who visit cannot but be inspired by the scenery, the artworks on display and the generosity of the artist in signing away something that must have been precious to him and is family.            Continue reading ARTISTS AS LEADERS : CELEBRATING THE ROLE OF HEROIC ANTIHEROES


What are some of the great movements in art and music?  Find out about exceptional masterpieces and explore the stories behind artists, composers and musicians who created these famous works in the Art + Music Insight series; Elevenses at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith.

]There will be eight sessions of Elevenses at The Joan in 2020, happening once a month on a Wednesday and will see the return of Lecturer of Music Dr Paul Smith (University of New England); and Sheona White, Director of Penrith Regional Gallery, along with a selection of new keynote speakers from established Arts and Music backgrounds. 

Denise Mimmocchi, Senior Curator Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales will discuss the work of sculptor Margel Hinder on 8 April, with Musician and Lecturer of Classical Music Andy Bromberger speaking about the development of music notation over the last 4000 years on 8 July. Lorraine Kypiotis, Senior Lecturer Art History and Theory, the National Art School and popular guest lecturer at the Art Gallery of NSW, will lead audiences through an art insight into the Inspiring Women of the Renaissance period on 5 August.  Continue reading ELEVENSES : A SERIES OF TALKS @ THE JOAN : ONE SUBSCRIPTION PASS


Each year, over 35,000 entrants from all across Australia and New Zealand enter the Sydney Eisteddfod to showcase their talents in over 300 events across dance, drama, music and song and compete to win over $400,000 annually in cash prizes and scholarships. These hopefuls from all levels from beginner to pre-professional are provided the opportunity to perform at world-class venues including Sydney Opera House and Chatswood’s, The Concourse, in front of judges who are at the forefront of their field. Continue reading SYDNEY EISTEDDFOD : CALL FOR ENTRIES


“Art enriches our lives, and has the ability to offer insight into mental health and wellbeing through engaging with artistic processes. Bridging Hope works to support our twin pillars of mental health and the arts, to improve the lives of those in our community.”

Tina Tien- Founder Bridging Hope Charity Foundation

Last year The Big Anxiety Festival was the winner of the Best New Event at the Australian Event Awards 2018. The University of New South Wales together with the Black Dog Institute, the Bridging Hope Charity Foundation  and some 27 other partnerships have combined to spread the  word about the  Festival throughout the  Australian community as well as internationally.

It awards a big anxiety prize to a creative thinker and this year’s award has gone to British novelist and former mental health nurse Nathan Filer.  A highlight of the Festival will be his address on the Language Of Madness at the Sydney Town Hall. on the 23rd October at 6.30pm.

The Festival itself was launched  at UNSW  Art and Design, Paddington campus by Professor Jill Bennett (UNSW), Executive and Artistic Director of the Festival, Professor Kathryn Boydell, Mental Health Lead, Black Dog Institute as well as artists experiencing external and internal disabilities, Deborah Keenahan and  John Douglas, who is also one of  8 Festival Ambassadors. Continue reading THE BIG ANXIETY FESTIVAL : THE HEALING POWER OF THE ARTS


David Rowe, last year’s Cartoonist of the Year

Submissions are now being accepted from Australian cartoonists,
illustrators and comic book artists for the 2019 Stanley Awards.

2019 marks 35 years of the prestigious awards, which are conducted by
the Australian Cartoonists’ Association, the peak body for our
nation’s scribblers. Awards are presented in 10 categories, including
Cartoonist of the Year which was was presented last year to the
Australian Financial Review’s David Rowe.

To enter, cartoonists must be financial members of the ACA. For more details, visit



BEYOND THE SURFACE is an explorative collaboration of paintings, drawings and silver jewellery.

The exhibition seeks to bring forth each of the artists unique responses to their environment. This is unified by a common desire to delve into a sense of place.

Personal echoes and connections to each of their surroundings has developed into a series of abstracted landscapes.

The artists hope to evoke aesthetic and emotional experiences; channelling messages of beauty, hope and appreciation.

Gabbi Lancaster is launching a new collection of silver jewellery and paintings; intuitively creating interplay between numerous translucent and opaque layers, revealing and concealing elements of nature. Her work portrays deep interconnections between humankind and the natural environment.

Sonya Jackson uses oil paints and charcoal; the sky and the land beneath it and the relationship between the two. Her underlying principle is to capture the subtle senses within the landscape, the movement, the energy and the perception of time.

Karen O’Connor works in oil paint and pursues themes of incidental colour combinations that create a visual harmony by pure chance – often from unnoticed, hidden, patterns and textures within a landscape.

Exhibition opening night celebration
Thursday 29th August 6 – 9pm

Afternoon drinks with the artists on Saturday 31st August at 3pm

Gallery : The Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe.

Gallery hours
10am – 6pm daily

Exhibition closes on Wednesday 4th September

For more about Beyond the Surface, visit
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Silenced women brought to life. An intimate 360 immersive experience.

Throughout history, ‘Fine art’ has been used by white male artists to objectify, sexualise, and silence female subjects.

MUSE  is a collaborative video installation piece seeking to free the muses of art history from the gaze that once captured them.

MUSE is a virtual exhibition which counters the pervasiveness of the male gaze by giving famous muses a platform of self-expression and determination. This interdisciplinary work uses video portraiture to bring these silent women to life.

This project, curated by Joanna Joy and produced by The Revolt Collective, aims to call together a community of women, of female writers, actors, and artists.

Each night will have two screening opportunities and a talk given by an industry professional on a related topic.

Curator: Joanna Joy
Designer: Damien Egan
DOP: Claire Harmer
Makeup Artist: Luke Thompson

Claire Ferguson
Mikaela Rundle
Sarah Odillo Maher
Victoria Chong
Vivian Duong

Emalyn Knight
Maxine Carlisle
Mabel Li
Madelaine Osborne

Sound Design: Joe Goddard
Editing Assist: Dan Ferreira
Production Assist: Steph Stuart

Data Arena Specialist | Ben Simon & Thomas Ricciardiello

Produced by The Revolt Collective

14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd  at UTS  Data Arena,  81-117 Broadway, UTS Feit Building 11, Level 2, ULTIMO

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Featured image : Emalyn Knight in Sleeping Bride, based on Arthur Boyd’s painting of the same name



John McRae – Obed 1, Pigment inkjet on canvas

Zed Gallery’s collision between the Sydney’s underground music scene and fine art continues with another sumptuous opening on March 30. The latest Zed exhibition is expanding on last month’s sold out event, Photo + Paint + Illuminate is a group exhibition featuring photography, painting and installation.
Music features solo pieces from Sydney’s finest underground and Indy scene.

The exhibition is an event, a happening, so come on up and enjoy the chill-out on a sexy Glebe afternoon.

The Zed Gallery is located at 36 Glebe Point Road Glebe

30th March from 2-6pm

For more about Zed Gallery Exhibition Photo + Paint+I Illuminate, visit
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This image: Painting by Belinda Rogers – Caligraphy, oil on caravagio linen                                         Featured image: Phil Stallard (Gallery Director) and Neville Sargent (Red Bar) Pic by Geoff Saville

Zed Gallery opens its doors to the public on February 16, 2019.

Zed Gallery is  not your usual Gallery, it’s a gallery inside a performance space. Zed Gallery was started by artist Phil Stallard and Red Bar owners Neville Sargent and Belle Downes in December 2018.

Zed is a vehicle for artists to create and a friendly space for art lovers to interact with living art. Continue reading ZED GALLERY GRAND OPENING EXHIBITION


CALDERA was a night of fire and art in an industrial cathedral: burlesque performances, experimental music, cocktails and an art exhibition in a  reactivated blacksmiths’ forge.

Just in case you are like me and have no idea what it means, CALDERA is a cauldron-like volcanic feature usually formed by the collapse of land following a volcanic eruption.

Walking up to Eveleigh Locomotive Workshops in Redfern I could already see was a big line of people waiting in anticipation and excitement for what’s to come in this unusual and mysterious venue. Continue reading CALDERA: A THRILLING INDUSTRIAL, DARK AND DIRTY ARTS EXPERIENCE


Usually held in the Sydney Opera House this weekend long Festival was held for the first time on Cockatoo Island. What was perceived to attract the largest audience was held the cavernous Turbine Hall.

The concept of a dangerous idea means different things to different people. To some it means  political correctness, to others it means bigotry or a subject so taboo that it can’t be discussed in public. I spent a day at the Festival where some of these concepts were teased out  

The first speaker Rukmini Callimachi works exclusively on Isis for the New York Times. The danger for her was the way in which she obtained sources for her journalism. In particular she followed troops into the liberation of Mosel and other areas  in northern iraq where Isis had established a state the size of England and where residual snipers and landmines were an ever present threat. She found in deserted buildings pages and pages of discarded documents. She alone collected these papers and was able to establish that the Isis state had the structure of most states. In fact, it had 14 ministries. In this way she was able to get into the mindset of Isis and thereby report about the war from a broader perspective. When she returned to the New York Times she was frequently rung by the FBI that there was credible threat to her life. Nevertheless she was able to interview in depth in Canada former member of Isis who was a wealth of material.

The next speaker was Chuck Klosterman whose topic was ‘What if we are wrong?’ The danger here was that most people have a set of paradigms which create a sense of certainty and predictability. Chuck Klosterman provocatively stated that the history of ideas is usually the history of wrong ideas. He gave examples such as the lack of success, in his lifetime, of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The critics certainty regarding the book’s mediocrity at that time was found to be wrong as today it is acclaimed as one of America’s greatest novels. Another example was Galileo who argued against the Catholic Church and the general conception at the time that the earth was the centre of the universe. He was persecuted by the Church because he argued that the sun was the centre of the solar system around which the earth revolved. Continue reading FESTIVAL OF DANGEROUS IDEAS


Featured image by Bryony Jackson

The confronting beginning of UNCANNY VALLEY GIRL presages a work which startles slowly at every turn in its meditation of theme.  Described in the Artist’s Statement as exploring “what pleasures and horrors can be imagined in the void.” The huge studio a Carriageworks is the perfect void in which to explore the emptiness.  During the 60 minutes of the performance the space will be haunted by woman, machine, both. Including the exploring in shadow, in the half and half and half of a strobe. Continue reading UNCANNY VALLEY GIRL: ANGELA GOH. LIVEWORKS 2018. CARRIAGEWORKS


In the quiet of strangers, a poem rises with tears of relaxation
Body tingle of bass, eyes closed in calm
reluctantly to open on bodily created space
Listen, watch, behave unexpectedly
in an immerse of active peace
found in the inspired breath of unknown

We place ourselves in the middle of inter-connected things, we watch ourselves in a space of infinite possibilities and potential: finding each other between a square and an octopus.”  Final sentence: Artist Statement for xhe as part of Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art at Carriageworks.

Liveworks is a festival of  contemporary art held annually.  With performances, installations, virtual reality and beyond it stands as one of the most anticipated and innovative arts events in the Sydney calendar.