Femininity not forgotten in Ancient Greek blockbuster at National Museum of Australia
Arts & Culture
The subtitle to the 'Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes' blockbuster exhibition now open at the National Museum of Australia suggests women might not get much of look in. But that notion is soon dispelled upon entering the gallery and meeting Nike, the goddess of victory, and the other female depictions among the 170 items from the British Museum that will...
Bay filmmaker breaking stereotypes with carnival family documentary
Community
The stereotype of carnival workers being part of some sort of grimy underbelly of life is one that needs smashing and Batemans Bay filmmaker Isabel Darling has spent the past six years working on a feature length film that aims to do exactly that. She says The Carnival will "open eyes" and "kill stereotypes" about the people who make a life...
2021 Year in Review: Arts & Culture from around the region
Arts & Culture
The depth of artistic talent around the region never fails to astound us. In 2021, we met artists, authors and musicians from all walks of life - sand artists, graffiti artists, country singers and more. Here are a dozen of the art and culture stories you enjoyed this year. 12. Mongolian street artist breathes new life into Harden-Murrumburrah mill A whole...
The magic of Giiyong Festival will return in 2022 to bring communities together
Arts & Culture
The long wait is over as the acclaimed Giiyong Festival will return early in 2022 to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian communities together. It has been three years since the hugely popular first festival was held in the Yuin Nation in 2018. It then endured cancellations in 2020 and 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has now been announced...
Trio of sculptures a royally Danish gift to the Snowies
Arts & Culture
A remarkable collaboration with links to Danish royalty has sprung from the ashes of the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires, which is set to link small towns in the western foothills of the Snowy Mountains forever. It was in the Tumbarumba Goldfields Park and Creekscape on Friday, 10 December, where a unique crowd gathered in cool, damp conditions to witness the...
Bill the Bastard statue honours a great war horse and a community’s tenacity
Community
Stubbornness, tenacity and courage are words used to describe the temperament of one of Australia’s greatest warhorses, but they also absolutely characterise the endeavours of a small Hilltops community in honouring that horse. Years were spent laboriously campaigning, fundraising and beseeching individuals, organisations, businesses, philanthropists and politicians to chip in for the $790,000 project that, in coming weeks, will be...
Muttama church to undergo million-dollar restoration for the sake of culture
Community
It was gold that lured people to Muttama back in 1882, but a new venture will give the old village a glimmer that likely hasn't caught anyone's eye for 139 years. For the 131 locals - give or take - the conversion of a century-old church into a multi-purpose cultural tourism space is set to stamp Muttama's name indelibly on...
Art and community centre to give creative minds in Narooma the facilities they deserve
Arts & Culture
After more than 10 years of discussion and planning, artistic and creative minds in Narooma will soon have a facility they can call home with the creation of the new arts and community centre. Being a hub for creative arts, adult education and various events, the facility is something the town has been missing for too long. The discussion first...
Art exhibition celebrates the ups and downs of Queanbeyan River
Arts & Culture
Artist Henry Smith comes from Todd River in Alice Springs, which is less of a river and more of a dry and crusty gully that's home to aimlessly wandering ants rather than swimming fish. When he first arrived in Queanbeyan a year ago and walked along the city's tranquil and tree-lined waterway, the experience made such an impression on him...
Meet Stuart Whitelaw, Moruya’s ‘River’ man
Arts & Culture
There are people who talk of their grand aspirations to make the world a better place, and then there are those who quietly work on projects that become catalysts for significant change. Eurobodalla architect Stuart Whitelaw is the latter. Stuart's modesty hides the significance of his collaborative work that has resulted in a quiet food revolution, with the growth of...
Gundaroo brings its history back to life
Community
History is everything in a village like Gundaroo. It explains its past and, if you're lucky, helps direct its future. For a small village on Canberra's outskirts, Gundaroo has an impressive history. You can still see much of it in its 19th-century slab houses, long narrow blocks so the night carts had easy access down the back, the fact there...
Wagga Wagga university lecturer takes out top poetry prize
Arts & Culture
If you thought poetry was a dying art, think again because a university academic from Wagga Wagga has just picked up a $15,000 prize for his work. Dr Lachlan Brown, a senior lecturer in English at Charles Sturt University’s School of Social Work and Arts, was recently announced the winner of the 40th annual Newcastle Poetry Prize. His poem, Any Saturday, 2021:...
First tickets go on sale for Goulburn Performing Arts Centre shows
Arts & Culture
The first tickets for performances at the new $18.95 million Goulburn Performing Arts Centre will go on sale at 3 pm today (Tuesday, 23 November). After almost five years of planning and construction – compounded by the effects of COVID-19 – the performing arts centre is preparing for its official opening and season launch in March 2022. “We are right at the...
Wagga first stop on national tour for intimate war memorial exhibition
Arts & Culture
Wagga Wagga is the first stop on a national tour for the Australian War Memorial's (AWM) Ink in the Lines exhibition, which examines the tales told by military tattoos. The Director of the AWM, Matt Anderson, will be in the city at 11 am on Saturday 20 November to officially launch Ink in the Lines, which is the centrepiece of three...
Vintage treasures go under the hammer in online auction
Arts & Culture
It was the status symbol back in the early 1900s - the Waratah bedroom suite, carved in the arts and crafts design by Robert Prenzel and only available in the equally fancy department store of the day - Farmer and Co. Advertised for the princely sum of 350 pounds, the suite was made from the finest Tasmanian fiddleback blackwood. Such was...
Where to now for Chrisjohn Hancock and the Lieder Theatre?
Community
Collaborating artist Patrick Russell describes Goulburn's Lieder Theatre artistic director Chrisjohn Hancock as a true Renaissance man. Reserved for the best artists, inventors and scientists, the title’s original holder was polymath Leonardo da Vinci. Chrisjohn is today’s version, a genius with deep compassion and commitment to community building, as evidenced by his life and work. “I have known him for...
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