Good journalism is welcomed and embraced. Journalism that is written to promote bad decisions by government must be called out. Here’s an example of the latter. The author, Tom Greenwell, starts well by making some points about Walter Burley Griffin’s planning for Canberra. But then he commits the crime of using Griffin’s name and visions to justify some outrageous developments being planned by the ACT Government (Urban Renewal Authority again!) that will destroy a wonderful part of the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin. Click here for the article in City News.
and for more about West Basin alternative facts – click here; includes letters from Richard Johnstone of kingston – a supporter of West Basin developments.
And for more on the arguments against what Tom Greenwell has written – click here for a very well informed piece by Penny Moyes, one of the Lake Burley Griffin Guardians.
There’s a lot to be seen at the exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia this summer – so it’s time to get thee hence – – –click here.
Where governments spend/not spend on culture
All cities have their city square or equivalent.
Continue reading Build more art centres
Benalla Art Gallery
This is a great place to stop – click here
It has been many years since I have wandered amongst the tulips of Floriade.
Continue reading Floriade – time for change
There are many reasons why people trek out to the Canberra Regional Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
Continue reading Canberra Regional Farmers Market
The Cultural Landscape Foundation wants to connect people to the places of culture around them. click here
draft 9 August
There’s been an increase in conversations about avoiding the use of plasticized mugs for take away coffee.
Continue reading no way to treat a coffee
A tour of the good and not-so-good
Have you taken a stroll around the Parliamentary Triangle recently?
Continue reading Parliamentary Triangle, Canberra
Walking in on an artist’s install of their exhibition can be an interesting way to learn more about an artist and their work.
Continue reading ANCA meeting Place exhibition
GANG GANG arrives in Downer
Always good to celebrate when a suburban centre rises again.
Continue reading Urban Bites
the Rijksmuseum is presenting a major retrospective of 19th-century photography – click here
will we ever have an arts minister?
While Australia is a great country – it has been a long time since we have experienced a government that was actually committed to its culture.
Continue reading Looking for arts policy
Book Notice: Culture Heist, Judith White
ART VERSUS MONEY: The fight for the soul of a
great public institution
Continue reading Culture Heist
click on the banner – and bookmark the page by Jan Bridges.
Photographing Singapore’s public housing
There’s an article in Straits Times about photographer Koh Kim Chay and his decades of photographing the ubiquitous government flats of Singapore.
Continue reading Photographing Singapore’s public housing
Nice online exhibition of photographs – from The Washington Post – click here.
Exhibition Review: The National at the AGNSW 2017
To link to a review of The National at the Art Gallery of NSW – click here.
A history of Group M photographers by Philip Bentley
Back in 1996, Philip Bentley, Melbourne historian, wrote a thesis on the history of the Melbourne photographers, Group M.
Continue reading Philip Bentley and Group M
Martin Kantor Portrait Prize Entry
Applications close: 31st May 2017
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photo-essay on Frank Hurley images
A selection of photographs taken from one of Frank Hurley’s books…
Continue reading Frank Hurley
one of the pleasures of life – relaxing and watching the birds..
Architectural vandalism at Parliament House
They have tried before and have failed–but this time they have got their way.
Continue reading Architecture
a light on the hill
A very good piece by Jack Waterford about Canberra. Click on the image
Jonathan Jones on cherishing the landscape
Click on the image to see the point being made – it’s a good one!
Continue reading What is this landscape about
The visual arts in Canberra is a very active scene. It has been thus for several decades.
Continue reading Megalo
Usually at this time of the year, I am looking forward to the coming visual arts exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA).
Continue reading Versailles at the NGA–a summer of glitz, cake and unsettled staff
National Trust of Australia (ACT) hosted a public Heritage Election Forum at St John’s church hall in Reid last Thursday night 22 September.
Continue reading ACT Heritage Forum – rating the candidates
More news about Canberra’s new public art festival – to run Friday 21st October to Sunday 13th November 2016. Continue reading contour 556
An update on the issue of a misleading article in The Art Newspaper. Click here and scroll down the page to see the latest on this story
An open letter to The Art Newspaper( 29 July) plus correspondence (5 August 2016)
Over many years I have accessed the Art Newspaper and when appropriate have either passed on links or have posted articles online that have links back to the Art Newspaper.
Continue reading The Art Newspaper – Wrong about The Bishop Museum
Click on the image for a piece on Turnbull avoiding a question about his destruction of the arts
There’s a wonderful exhibition at the NGA till 30th October 2016 – Diane Arbus: American portraits.
Continue reading Diane Arbus and more at the NGA
Apparently the residents of Gungahlin have had enough of being a lower priority to other areas of Canberra.
Continue reading Signs of Life and Wonder
Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister is overseeing the vandalism of this country’s national cultural institutions. And he smiles so patronising while this is happening!
Continue reading Malcolm Turnbull cultural vandal
click on image above for the story about this very successful new national gallery.
Advance notice for a Canberra Public Art Festival for later in 2016.
Contour 556 is to be a three-week public art festival in Canberra 21 October – 13 November 2016 on the foreshores of Lake Burley Griffin (and other locations). Continue reading Public Art Festival – Contour 556
When reading the latest thought bubbles from the property lobby, it was difficult to avoid laughing out loud. In their quest to improve Civic business activity, the Civic property lobby has recommended that the ACT Government should hand over money to assist in the refurbishment of the Melbourne and Sydney buildings.
Continue reading Canberra Sculpture Walk proposal
There is talk in the art world about the National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) changes to their permanent collection galleries and how this has included the movement of the famous Jackson Pollock painting, Blue Poles, from its long historic position downstairs to the upstairs galleries.
Continue reading Blue Poles at the museum
Sometimes a visit to the National Gallery of Australia can deliver a very nice surprise.
Continue reading Australian Art at the NGA
There’s was a recent announcement that the government is calling for developers to put forward proposals to develop part of the Kingston Foreshore site as an arts precinct.
One wonders what their perception and concept of what is art precinct. Then there will be the issues that the government is looking for a commercial entity to propose an arts precinct.
Continue reading Kingston Arts Precinct
There’s been quiet a bit of writing online about Bansky’s latest project – Dismaland.
I am not sure what to make of it as theme parks would be something I would not even contemplate visiting. But yet, when irony is the theme, would I go. Still not sure. Meanwhile here’s a bunch of reviews and comments:
First the Guardian has a couple – one here and then another here.
The New Yorker writer writes from her own experiences of her holidays on the coast. click here.
The UK Telegraph liked it – click here.
and after reading all this – and looking at the videos and pictures – I am still not convinced.
Fact checking statements about Dickson Parklands.
There have been inaccurate media statements and comments online by the bureaucracy and others about the actions of residents to save the Dickson Parklands.
Continue reading Dickson Parklands
I enjoy the drive between Sydney from Canberra. I do it reasonably often. The mood of the country changes according to the weather, the drought, the latest rains and the time of the day.
Continue reading Gateways into Canberra
Good to see the work by locals, Harris Hobbs Landscapes, being recognised.
click on the image.
Over the years I have wondered about the placement of public art and memorials in and around the parliamentary zone. Here are three stories.
Continue reading Mysterious placement of public art and memorials
There’s an announcement online about a new art fair to be held in January at the same time as Art Stage Singapore, Click on the image for more on this.
Continue reading Arts Singapore
Canberra does not have a history of food carts. The nearest would be a double decker bus that opens at night time at the top of Braddon. Another would have been the now closed Brodburgers that was a very popular red caravan packed on the side of the lake. That was its problem – it was parked on land overseen by the fairly useless National Capital Authority (NCA).
Continue reading Food Carts
I have been to London many times. Somehow I had not managed to find my way to the Sir John Soane Museum London until my most recent trip.
Continue reading Sir John Soane
A few travel photographs from not quite the usual tourist destination. This time we were in Maidstone in Kent. The image above is from within the local museum.
Continue reading photography
There was much ado amongst the Australian arts heavies with their announcement of a new pavilion for the Venice Biennale.
Continue reading Venice Biennale Pavilion
Review of landscape design: Commonwealth Place, Canberra
One of the local manifestations for Centenary of Federation in the year 2001 was the building of Commonwealth Place down on the side of the lake in the axis between Parliament and Mount Ainslie.
Continue reading Review Commonwealth Place
There’s a special exhibition at National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. This is this institution’s contribution to the Anzac centenary.
Continue reading National Portrait Gallery Anzac
Comment on exhibition behaviour
I enjoy the exhibitions at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). However ever since they completed their renovations and now attract more people, something has happened in how some visitors behave.
Continue reading MCA Distractions
Anne Summers in Conversation with Elizabeth Broderick: an evening of appreciation and gratitude.
Thursday, 7 May, 2015 6:30PM
City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney. Click here.
on visiting the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
A visit to the Art Gallery of New South Wales is always worth the trouble no matter what exhibitions are on. I have often said, that this would be one of the easier jobs in the country as the audience comes no matter what the exhibition. But
Continue reading Visiting AGNSW
Review: Public Art/ Monument
A review of Canberra’s Magna Carta Place public art
This is a re-posting of a review I posted to RiotACT last week.
Continue reading Magna Carta Place Canberra
A strange twist to a story
Architecture owns the story. That’s not necessarily a good thing!
Continue reading William Barak remembered?
Review – Gallery and exhibitions
A visit to the Bendigo Art Gallery
The Bendigo Art Gallery is one of the stars of Australian public art galleries. The gallery has built a great reputation through ongoing successful exhibition programs. We visited in March and were very impressed.
Continue reading Bendigo Art Gallery
Between – Picturing 1950-1960s Taiwan
ANU Australian Centre on China in the World till 3 April 2015 This is a highly recommended photography exhibition. It closes 3 April 2015.
Continue reading Taiwanese Photography
Michael Leunig’s Violet Town signs
The fun things you see as you drive through middle Victoria. A town sign designed by Michael Leunig. (click on image to enlarge)
Continue reading A Photograph
and how we still do not get it!
to quote from a Guardian article: There are more men named Peter in the chief executive and chair positions of companies in the ASX200 – Australia’s 200 largest listed companies – than there are women. click here for the article. and..
Continue reading Equity and Corporate Boards
click on the image for this great story – we wish them all the best!
click on image for link to UN Women website
A sad story indeed about the woman in the famous Steve McCurry/National Geographic photograph. The original photograph was a 1984 cover for National Geographic.
Sharbat Gula, the subject of the original photograph, is in trouble because she remains a refugee from Afghanistan, but was carrying a Pakistan identify card.
Please click on the image to the right for the link to the story.
news from Climarte 2015 festival
Continue reading Climarte
A sign of activity by the revolutionary arm of the Dickson Residents Group
Visiting the NGA collections
The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) is always worth the visit to see the collection exhibitions. Right now with a major exhibition on, the other galleries are reasonably quiet which is perfect for sitting and contemplating. If you can find a seat.
Continue reading NGA photography
Notice of Film Release
National Gallery: The Film (2014) by Frederick Wisemen
This film has been released and I have read numerous positive reviews and much commentary about its making. I have noted the release as I consider going to The National Gallery in London as one of the great joys in life.
Continue reading National Gallery: The Film
Review: Having breakfast in Canberra
A Bite To Eat in Chifley Shops
Another Canberra breakfast venues. Watch this space as the list grows!
Continue reading Breakfast in Canberra
Report of National Gallery London Industrial actions
It seems that Australia is not the only country where conservative government are carrying out endless cuts to services that result in all manner of upsets to people’s lives.
Continue reading Industrial action at National Gallery
The role for our cultural institutions
I suspect that most people have a fair idea of the individual function of our main national cultural institutions.
Continue reading National Cultural Institutions
Development dilemmas: part two
The future of the Dickson Parklands
This is the second of several posts on planning and development issues effecting the local residents of Dickson in Canberra. The issues are not unique to Dickson. Residential groups around the country share similar frustrations, dilemmas and challenges in dealing with planning and development bureaucracies.
Continue reading Dickson Parklands
A Chance to win at least $1,000
click on the image for details – and best of luck!
Dickson Supermarket DA consultations extended
Just before Christmas the ACT Planning Authority (ACTPLA) had uploaded for comment the Development Application for the Dickson supermarket development. The original response deadline was the 27th January.
Continue reading Dickson Shops
The future looks great for the AGNSW
Being the best state Art Gallery in Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales looks to become even better.
I always enjoy a visit to this gallery. It doesn’t matter what special exhibitions are on. There is plenty to see and to engage with.
Continue reading Art Gallery of NSW
The debate on Dickson Shops
and how the government is squandering significant urban design opportunities
The debate continues on this significant lost opportunity to deliver good urban design in Dickson. Click on image above for a posting on RiotACT.
Continue reading Dickson Shops
Photography of tourist behaviour
Walking through a side street in central Vienna late last year, we came across a group of people totally captured by something out of our view.
Continue reading A Photograph
Comment on gender equity in 2015
No country in the world can yet say they have achieved gender equality. The UN has invited men to sign up to assist with achieving gender equity.
Continue reading Gender Equity 2015
click on the image for the story
Review of Photography Exhibition
A Further Shore: Bombs, babes and sons of beaches
Manly Art Gallery (Sydney) till 26 April 2015
From Robert Dein photographic collection
There are some photography exhibitions that really reinforce how wonderful photography can be. There are exhibitions that demonstrate just how creative some collectors are in how they choose their collections. This exhibition at the Manly Art Gallery does all that and more. If you love photography, then do not miss this exhibition of contemporary and historic photographs.
Continue reading A Further Shore – Robert Dein
Planning and Development of the Dickson Shops
A bad case study in community engagement
It was just days before Christmas (2014) when local residents may have noticed that a development application with big ramifications for their precinct was now available online for comment – with a month in which to submit any comments.
Continue reading Dickson Shops
Review of BBC program
BBC Podcasts: Peter Conrad 21st-Century Mythologies
I am recommending this excellent podcast series from the BCC by Peter Conrad.
Continue reading Peter Conrad 21st-Century Mythologies
The tale of the missing cake
A good friend made the trip to our front door today to deliver what looked like a very delicious home-made Christmas cake. I have a weakness. I am supposed to avoid sugars and all that sweet stuff. But when it comes to this time of the year, I quietly hunt down the most delicious of Christmas cakes as a one-off annual treat. But when it came time to eat the gift of the Christmas cake, it had disappeared!
Continue reading A Shakey Christmas
Guardian reviewer looses the plot
It is not the job a reviewer to write stuff that everyone agrees with. The Guardian has a number of art reviewers and therefore we have a range of opinions. However one would expect any of these reviewers to be making sense.
It has come to pass that one reviewer has been showing signs of stress or something equivalent.
Continue reading A reviewer has a bad day
MIT and new logos
It is usual for any organisation to want to change their branding, their logo and of course, their website.
Continue reading It’s About Design
Recommendations for Christmas Reading
This magazine is well worth it – loads of smallish pieces to stir the thoughts.
Here’s the website – click here. You can pick up copies in selected outlets. Recommended.
Continue reading Magazine Reading
A Review of architectural reviewers
I may have told this story before. Several years ago I was approached by a senior practitioner who wanted to talk about an article in a much-lauded architectural publication.
Continue reading Architectural Spin