Point, shoot, see what develops
Arts & Culture
Here's a scientific phenomenon based on absolutely no facts whatsoever: you take better photographs in the country. Perhaps because you're in the most natural of settings and, if you're timing's right, you're working with natural light you couldn't possibly recreate with any number of switches and really long extension cords. How can you not capture a sunrise right in front...
Digital platform that celebrates First Nations culture launched with links to south east
Arts & Culture
A new learning platform for school students which was trialled in south east NSW and Canberra has been launched to celebrate First Nations culture. NEO-Learning is designed to give all Australian primary school teachers and students access to First Nations digital arts content and lessons, and was piloted in Cobargo, Braidwood and at the Canberra Hospital School. It was co-created by First...
Sculptures by the sea now in the Snowies
Arts & Culture
It wasn’t that long ago that one of Australia’s foremost sculptors was ladder deep in piles of wood near Yass, chipping away at an installation set to elevate the Snowy Valleys high country to dizzying heights of tourism. So shrouded is this initiative even the Snowy Valleys Mayor James Hayes can’t talk about it, but he’s beyond euphoric at the...
Wee Jasper’s Dragon Dreaming Festival postponed
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The controversial Dragon Dreaming Festival, scheduled to run at Wee Jasper next month, has been postponed  because of the COVID-19 virus. The festival will now be held in April next year, disappointing the thousands of fans who had already bought tickets to the sold-out event. But a spokesman for Dragon Dreaming said COVID-19, lockdowns and border closures had given organisers...
Local folk duo Montgomery Church chart fresh territory with new album
Arts & Culture
Cooma folk duo Cielle Montgomery and James Church have been making sweet music since they met at a live-in intensive before the Tamworth County Music Festival six years ago. Performing as Montgomery Church, the pair have just released their second album, Where The Quiet Can Hide, but like artists everywhere at present, are unable to tour. After wowing audiences at...
Secret yowie sightings shared for book of Far South Coast myths
Arts & Culture
You are walking alone through the bush. Suddenly you hear a supernatural cry, find a footprint no normal hiker could make or, just maybe, you see an oversized figure, hairy and tall, staring straight at you. The yowie is an enduring legend that lives on in the minds, if not in the hidden enclaves of our country's mountains and forests,...
Giiyong Festival cancelled, River of Art goes virtual as virus fallout continues
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The COVID-19 outbreak in NSW has continued to impact the South Coast, wreaking havoc on two of the region's much-awaited arts festivals. The Giiyong Festival near Eden has been cancelled and while Eurobodalla's River of Art Festival will no longer be going ahead as a live event it will, instead, be virtual. Earlier this month organisers delivered the sad news...
Capturing images of real life in the most extraordinary of times
Arts & Culture
Tom O'Dea takes remarkable photographs. Stunning close-ups of birds and animals, and landscapes of his hometown of Yass that look like the sort of still lifes that famous Australian artist Fred McCubbin had in his focus at the end of the 19th century. But recently, Tom focused his camera on a scene he later described as not far removed from...
Emerging artists engineer their own exhibition in a time of COVID-19
Arts & Culture
An enterprising group of emerging country artists have decided that if art galleries and exhibitions are out of their reach for now, they’ll set up their own. The prolonged COVID-19 pandemic has been a mixed blessing for these youngbloods, most who are fresh out of uni with the struggle of artistry forcing them from the city and back to the...
UPDATE: Regional filmmakers showcase local stories in Far South Film Festival
Arts & Culture
16 August 9:20 am: Due to the recent NSW-wide COVID-19 lockdown, the Far South Film Festival will be held online. Anyone who purchased tickets for the planned cinema screenings can transfer their tickets to the online festival at no extra charge. Visit Far South Coast Film Festival for more information. 14 August, 11:oo am: Across a range of ages and genres,...
The quill, inkstand and table that created the Federation
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Located within a dimly lit display cabinet in Parliament House — beneath the watchful gaze of portraits of former prime ministers — stands a table, a quill and an inkstand. Together with one of our nation’s most vital documents, they tell an extraordinary story. The story begins in the late 1800s when moves were afoot for our country’s colonies to...
National Photographic Prize marks a tumultuous year with humanity and grace
Arts & Culture
In its 14th year, the National Photographic Portrait Prize had a lot of challenges to overcome. Disasters and plagues of all kinds cast a pall over the "rich tableaux of humanity, a reflection of the year that was", according to National Portrait Gallery director Karen Quinlan, who judged the prize with National Gallery director Nick Mitzevitch and photographer Bill Henson....
Portraits on Main exhibition a window to Goulburn’s heart and soul
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Goulburn’s Portraits on Main project will showcase ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things in their community. Photographer and storyteller Tina Milson has the honour of documenting the photos and stories of some of the region’s quiet achievers - those who have been working hard behind the scenes for many years, but who do not seek recognition for their good deeds. From...
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