Christmas Lights: Second Avenue, Ashbury
St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney city.
David Jone’s windows, Sydney; Pitt Street Mall, Sydney; Queen Victoria Building, Sydney; Martin Place, Sydney.
The Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea in Sydney hosts a North Korean Human Rights Film Screening and Reception of the North Korean human rights film “The Wall”
The Wall is the story of a young female poet in North Korea. The director David Kinsella wanted to make a real a documentary, but the government in North Korea brought in over 1000 extras to make Kinsella produce what they wanted: propaganda.
Kinsella had to change his strategy. Under pressure from the North Korean censor, he filmed in such a way that animation could be overlaid onto the images when he returned to Norway – and used to tell the real story.
Understanding that in North Korea “all foreigners are spies and evil”, David Kinsella realised that he had also been told this as a boy growing up in Northern Ireland – and so he made a comparison between his own childhood in Belfast, and his North Korean adventure movie.
Art Bank 2017 NSW Visual Artist Fellowship Exhibition
222 Young Street, Waterloo NSW 2011
The 2017 NSW Visual Artist Fellowship Exhibition includes a selection of recent works by Khadim Ali, Linda Dement, Karla Dickens, Bianca Hester, Hiromi Tango, and Salote Tawale, the six artists shortlisted for the award by an industry panel. Salute Tamale was awarded the fellowship.
Our collection has been building for over 30 years and is one of the largest of Australian art in the world. Accordingly, we hold some of the greatest examples of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artwork produced during the past four decades.
Out in the wild lands beyond the Great Wall, there once roamed people with claws and blue skin, one-legged goblins, women with tigers’ teeth, and fish-men that walked on four fins. Such monsters and mutants posed a threat to the civilised order, so they had to be kept at a distance. Yet they were also enticing, alluring, impossible to ignore.
That is because they were us. Their freakish forms, bizarre behaviours, even their magic powers, were expressions of the lingering wildness in us all. They gave shape to our inner Swamp Creatures—the primal fears and imaginings, the lusts and eccentricities, the built-in bugs and defects beneath our standard-issue skins.
Monsters can be dangerous. To give them free rein is to invite calamity, as China’s history shows. But while the vile in us must be restrained, it cannot be suppressed. We may do away with blue-skinned tribes and fish-people, but evolutionary ape-men and cyborgs, cloned sheep and mutant viruses soon take their place. And the vile in us is not always evil. It can be beautiful, even glorious, as the artists in VILE BODIES show. In exploring the monsters we contain and the monsters we create, they enlarge our picture of the human animal.
- Chinese Offspring, Zhang Dali’s “mass hanging” of naked migrant workers
- Recombinant, 50 photographs of eerily plausible insects and amphibians re-engineered with human skin and hair by Li Shan
- Lu Yang’s electronic music video Krafttremor, in which the movements of men with Parkinson’s disease “control” the soundtrack
- A Wandering robotic avian centipede by Luxury Logico
- Qiu Anxiong’s New Book of Mountains and Seas Part 2, an ink-painting-based animation inspired by a mythological “geography” book.
- Zhou Changyong’s video–sculpture of his qi-shrouded avatar playing Jamie Foxx in an action sequence from Django Unchained.
Vile Bodies is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It runs until February 5, 2017.
Featuring an exhibition of photography highlighting the beauty and importance of Sydney Park and its trees, with photography by acclaimed photo-journalist Lorrie Graham, sculpture by visual artist Gabrielle Bates and drawings by Maryanne Coutts, Head of Drawing at the National Art School.
Operation Art Armory Gallery
Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual artsexhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10. With over 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a great opportunity to celebrate the creative talents of our young people at our unique riverside setting.
Q&A session with S3. S Cubed, the creative driving forces behind it are all very experienced artists in the world of animation, animation direction and production , concept art, storyboarding, character design etc.
Kathy Cavaliere Loved provides an insight into Cavaliere’s (1972-2012) practice, where objects acquire an aura of love and trauma and tell the story of a life. Curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham.
‘HER VISION WAS TO SCULPT WITH LIGHT IN ORDER TO ILLUMINATE LIFE’S SHADOWS’ SMH
Francesco Clemente Encampment Every single moment of the unfolding experience of the work is just a pretext to move on, to move forward from that moment. It’s never supposed to be a beginning of an ending; it’s supposed to be a transition.”
The first major exhibition in Australia of work by acclaimed Italian contemporary artist Francesco Clemente, and second in the annual Schwartz Carriageworks series of major international visual arts projects, Encampment includes six of Clemente’s celebrated large-scale tents, transforming 30,000 square feet of the precinct into an opulent tented village.
Created in collaboration with a community of artists in Rajasthan, India, with exteriors that combine camouflaged fabric and golden embroidery, the tents in Encampment invite us into jewel-toned spaces populated by Byzantine angels.
Sydney ACM SIGGRAPH Speaker: Jeremy Harkins
ineni Realtime is at the leading edge of real-time virtual technologies including: 3D immersive environments, VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) for architecture, mining and smart cities. The company has partnered with world leaders in building automation, integrated systems and business process management and is providing cutting edge solutions for some of the largest and most complex developments in the world.
ineni Realtime is a market leader in the development of realtime rendering visualisations and virtual reality applications for the built environment and related industries. Helping to simplify the communication of engineering or architectural complexities, the innovative 3D content engages stakeholders whilst drastically saving you time and money throughout the building lifecycle.
Jeremy Harkins is the Director and co-founder of ineni Realtime, an innovative technology company focused on the development of the Realtime Visualisation Industry. Jeremy has spoken internationally about the Studio’s work and has over a decade of experience in Architectural Technologies including professional work, consultancy and Full-Time Academia.
Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia’s most influential artists and the Art Gallery of NSWhas a substantial collection of her work. This exhibition enables study of key threads and her particular use of the still and moving image.
Moffatt’s photographic series Laudanum 1998 and Plantation 2009 are related through the use of old colonial homes as locations for the playing out of fears and desires. The artist’s love of cinema and melodrama is evident, particularly in Laudanum with its references to Murnau’s expressionist 1922 film Nosferatu. Her ongoing play with the photographic medium is beautifully presented through the toned photogravures of Laudanum and the printing and painting on handmade paper in Plantation.
The montage videos (made with Gary Hillberg) Love 2003 and Other 2009 are two sides of the same coin. Love traces the evolution of romantic love to brutality in the name of love; Other narrates the explosive attraction between races, sexes and genders.
Images from the NSW Art Gallery Web Page.
Eid Night Market and discovering Booza Mastic Ice Cream
A photographic exhibition by Greg Constantine, Produced by the City of Sydney
In Burma, the Rohingya have been abused, excluded and denied the most basic of human rights, including citizenship. As refugees in Bangladesh and beyond, they have been neglected, exploited and forced to exist in the darkest margins of society.
Nowhere People: exposing a portrait of the world’s stateless | Greg Constantine | TEDxEastEnd
Sydney ACM SIGGRAPH Speaker: Niki Bern, Compositing
Niki Bern is a Senior Compositor currently working with Cutting Edge. She has worked locally and internationally with major studios including: Animal Logic, Weta, Rising Sun Pictures, Iloura, Fuelvfx, Digital Domain, and Framestore-CFC.
Credits: Monk Comes Down the Mountain, Mad Max: Fury Road, Unbroken, The Avengers, Happy Feet 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, TRON:Legacy. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Avatar, 2012, Australia, Speed Racer, The Water Horse, The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, The Hitcher, Letters from Iwo Jima, Flags of Our Fathers, King Kong, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Heavy Artillery highlights
- Xu Zhen’s European Thousand-Armed Sculpture (2013–2014), in which massive classical sculptures align in the form of a Buddhist deity;
- Library (2008; pictured), Polit-Sheer-Form Office group’s overwhelming archive of all-blue books;
- He Xiangyu’s Tank Project (2011–2013), a replica of a Soviet-Chinese tank made entirely from hand-stitched leather;
- Liu Chengrui’s performance video Guazi Moves Earth (2008), in which the artist becomes a human excavator; and
- Flotage—Tectonics (2014), a translucent screen-printed “floating” wall by Shinji Ohmaki, our Biennale guest artist from Japan.
Also on show: works by Aaajiao (Xu Wenkai), Geng Xue, Guo Jian, Liu Chuang, Liu Jianhua, Liu Wei, Song Hongquan, Wang Lei, Yang Liming, and Taiwanese artists Ah Leon, Hsu Yung-Hsu, Huang Hai-Hsin, Lin Yen-Wei, Chou Chu-Wang.
VIVID SYDNEY 27th May – 18th Jun 2016 is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring an outdoor ‘gallery’ of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world’s most important creative industry forums and, of course, the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.
This exhibition will explore and interrogate our understanding of war and draw on the work of some of Australia’s leading.
GEORGY GIRL The Seekers Musical
Opera Australia presents Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour presents Turandot, a story of a death-marked love. It’s the best of Sydney in a single evening: singing, sunsets and sparkling wine, in perfect harmony. Join us at the water’s edge in a pop-up opera house with purpose-built bars, restaurants and a grandstand under the stars.
Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng’s take on this Chinese fable will be one for the history books.
Turandot is a beautiful and powerful princess, who challenges her many suitors to answer three riddles on pain of death. No one has ever succeeded.
Calàf is a brave prince from a foreign land, who falls instantly in love with the princess.
Despite the wishes of his exiled father and the pleas of a slave-girl who loves him, he rings the gong and declares his love for the princess.
She presents her riddles, and in triumph, the unknown prince answers. Turandot despairs and the prince takes pity – offering the ice-cold princess a riddle of his own. But Calàf’s riddle risks more than his own life – everyone else’s hangs in the balance.
Experience Autodesk Flame “Unleashed” 3D visual effects and finishing tool for your post-production and visual effects pipelines. These one-off sessions provide hands-on experience with Flame in a class led by renowned Visual Effects & Finishing Artist, David Wood.
International Women’s Day – Short Film Screening at Woollarha Municipal Council in partnership with WOW
STUFFED: Taxidermist Peter Murphy loves his mother and when she dies he can’t bear to live without her, and does all that he can to keep her with him.
CLAN: James Saunders went to boarding school on a football scholarship but when he finished school his step father told him he had to survive on his own. James moved to be with his father on a mission in Victoria but his family turned on him and sent him on his way. James was suicidal but decided to come out. He found a new family with a gay rugby team, the Convicts, and with them went on to win two world cups.
FRONTIER: is a Western/ Thriller set in the 1800s, a time when the most bloody and deadly of massacres in Australian history took place.
LETTER FOR HOPE: is the story of two strangers, a lonely old man and a devastated young woman, who enter each other’s worlds at the lowest point of their lives. The pragmatic and awkward old man discovers wisdom and compassion he didn’t know he had and his extraordinary actions give peace and new purpose to them both.
Looking past online outrage to a constructive discussion about how our society, politicians and public figures treat women. What role and responsibility does the media have? Where’s the line between political correctness and dangerous attitudes? Who’s getting it right – and who’s stuffing up?
Monique Schafter: Monique is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker who reports for the ABC’s nightly current affairs program, 7.30. Previously, she co-hosted the ABC’s ground-breaking current affairs/comedy program Hungry Beast, produced by Andrew Denton.
Jenny Noyes: Jenny Noyes is a writer and producer for Daily Life, Australia’s number-one website for women.
Moo Baulch: Moo Baulch is chief executive of Domestic Violence NSW, the state peak body for specialist domestic and family violence services. She is part of a small team that works to improve policy and practice responses to women, children and communities impacted by violence in NSW. Moo is excited about the positive connections being made between media and the non-government domestic and family violence sector. She’s seen significant shifts in the last couple of years and believes that ethical reporting of survivors’ stories has played a huge role in the development of community conversations about violence and sexual assault.
Moderator: Kate Matheson. Kate Matheson was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s at 29, carries the BRCA1 gene mutation, is a cancer survivor times lots, and pretty much shouldn’t be standing upright. At 44 she is the Editor of the PNG Industry News and the PNG Report for Aspermont Publishing UK and a frequent columnist for the Huffington Post Australia. Her work for news.com.au is syndicated across the NewsCorp network, with her articles on tackling violence against women, domestic violence, equity for women in sport, marriage equality, and the need to start walking rather than just talking about change attracting international attention. She is a National Ambassador for the partner of the Fox Foundation here in Australia, Shake It Up, a Lifeline counsellor, and a domestic violence and rape survivor. She is a non-practicing law graduate, ex-corporate warrior, is about to start her Master of Literature at the same time as writing a book because she is completely insane, and is a total geek girl who loves code and web development almost as much as she does the fight for women’s rights and social awareness. Her blog is called A Difficult Woman, which pretty much explains everything.
The discussion started out with reference to the way we talk about women, how people refer to women, how women are perceived and bringing about meaningful change. Does a difficult woman question, argue, have a passion in beliefs, stand against the tide. The need for ethical reporting of people’s stories, exchanging knowledge, what is the difficulty, to be transparent and have social justice. To be inclusive rather than decisive, embracing and being respectful of difference. No need for gender related tribalism, with the expectation we are all on the same team and criticise with respectful language. We are all human with work and home life responsibilities. Is issue of difficult behaviour and its relationship to mental health issues, are women over reacting. the by stander stuff – is it respectful?
Frances Farmer: This Is Your Life (Part One) (1958)
Frances Farmer Documentary
You don’t need to play by yourself any more! The Sandpit is a not-networking night, designed for people who hate to network. Every other month, creative business people and freelancers just like you meet for drinkies and chit chat in the safe and friendly environment of the pub. It’s all the good bits of networking (meeting people, drinking, getting out of the house) without any of the bad parts (awkwardeness, pressure to sell, feeling like a dill). Best of all, this is a wanker-free environment, and it’s free!
Intraware & Foundry Nuke 10 Seminar
Nuke Studio: finishing suite enhancements are plays up to 4K playback, chroma key, grade nodes, smart paint tools transferring file types such as EDL, EXR and Quicktime, improved realtime playback and see in-timeline soft effects including a real-time keyer, enhanced audio handling, and a performance boost.
Nuke 10: enhancements, refinements and performance
3D rayTrace renderer, ray render node and spoke about reflections, AO, motion blur, shadows, antialiasing
smart paint tool set, generates a vector, exr sequence and can deform this across the surface allowing you to add textures or paint to any image sequence that contains complex motion or subtle details. Smart Vector, Smart Distort.
Nuke 10 Beta Smart Vector Tutorial
roto paint increased number of strokes, frame range, faster feedback, more interactive
Parliament House is a symbol of Australian democracy. Home to the Parliament of Australia and meeting place of the nation, Parliament House is the focal point of Canberra, our capital city.
The House of Representatives , known as the people’s house, is where government is formed. It has 150 members, and the party or parties able to gain the support of the majority of the House form government. The House’s other roles are to debate proposed laws, watch over government expenditure, including through its committee system, and to provide a forum for public debate on issues of national importance.
The Senate is a partner with the House in the legislative process, but is also a check on the government of the day. It consists of 76 senators – 12 from each state and 2 from each territory. The Senate conducts much of its work through an established committee system, including the budget estimates accountability process.
Visitors are welcome to view the proceedings of both the Senate and House of Representatives from the public galleries in the chambers on parliamentary sitting days. Question Time is held in both the Senate and the House of Representatives from 2.00pm. Tickets for Question Time in the House of Representatives can be booked by phoning the office of the Serjeant-at-Arms on (02) 6277 4889 up until 12.30pm on the day required. Bookings are not required for Question Time in the Senate.
A visit to the roof of Parliament House provides one of the best views of Canberra and the opportunity to get up close to the building’s iconic 81-metre high flag mast, one of the world’s largest stainless steel structures.
MUSEUM of AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY: Old Parliament House. Open daily 9am–5pm
A national icon, a place of great beauty, magnificent design and historical significance. Enjoy a range of innovative exhibitions, tours and public programs that challenge and inspire. There are also special activities and spaces for children to explore. Finish your visit in one of our two beautiful cafés. As one of Australia’s most cherished and important buildings. Celebrating the spirit of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it!
A unique selection of artwork from regional Australian artists is on display from 17 November, highlighting the prominence of rural voices in Australian democracy.
The exhibition Right Here Now showcases eighteen artists working outside the major city centres of Australia who have been paired in a creative mentorship project. The project develops talent through pairing blossoming artists with experienced mentors for nine-months; their creations show a divine mirror of influence and encouragement between the pairs. Artists include:
- Brian Robinson and Jimmy Thaiday from Queensland
- Chris De Rosa and Ebony Heidenreich from South Australia
- Linda Botham and Bonnie Weidenbach from Victoria
- Rick Ball and young Menindee artists collective from New South Wales
- Raymond Arnold and Jessie Pangas from Tasmania
- Chayni Henry and David Collins from the Northern Territory
- Sandra Hill and Donna Fortescue from Western Australia
View the catalogue to see the designs, meet the artists, and read more about their background and what inspired their artwork for the exhibition.
The outbreak of the First World War was the first crisis for the new Australian nation. Australia was one of only two or three functioning democracies that went to war in August 1914; Australia was also the most recently created nation. The first few months of the First World War demonstrated Australia’s enthusiastic commitment to the war, not yet exposing the tensions that would later divide the nation. Australians willingly went to war as Britons, but were also determined that the war effort reflected our young nation’s democratic spirit.
The decisions made by the governments led firstly by Joseph Cook, and then Andrew Fisher, were crucial to how Australia would conduct its war effort. Cook’s Cabinet rushed to commit a 20,000 strong expeditionary force, a figure easily achieved and then surpassed by the end of the year. Following the federal election in early September the new prime minister, Andrew Fisher, passed the War Precautions Act, giving the government wide-ranging powers to help in the conduct of the war. Some were alarmed at the extent of these powers, but all agreed that extraordinary measures were needed to deal with the challenges that the war presented.
By the end of 1914 Australians were optimistic and enthusiastic. Opposition to the war, such as it was, paled in the face of crowds of men eager to sign up to the new Australian Imperial Force, and community organisations mobilising to raise funds for the war effort. The successes of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force in German New Guinea, and the sinking of the German cruiser SMS Emden by HMAS Sydney on 9 November, added to the optimism and pride felt by most Australians.
The Queen’s Visit in 1954. The phrase conjures up memories of a young Queen in summer dresses and ball gowns, crowds of Australians excitedly waving flags and charming tableaus spelling out heartfelt messages.
Old Parliament House was central to the royal tour while the Queen was in Canberra. The Queen alighted from the Daimler and walked up the front steps in her coronation gown to rousing cheers. She was escorted through King’s Hall by a very proud Prime Minister Menzies to attend the State Banquet. In her most formal duty, the Queen opened the 20th Parliament in the Senate Chamber. A room in the President of the Senate’s suite was redecorated and furnished for her private use while she was in the house.
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY: The purpose of the National Portrait Gallery is to increase the understanding and appreciation of the Australian people – their identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity – through portraiture.
Women in Focus: presents a selection of these early acquisitions alongside a sample of the 2600 works in various media subsequently added to the collection through purchase, gift and commission. Underlining the National Portrait Gallery’s ongoing role in showcasing the varied and inventive approaches employed by portrait artists, the display also highlights the energy the Gallery has applied to the development of a collection documenting the strength and diversity of the achievements of contemporary Australian women.
Our Victorian forebears weren’t squeamish. And they weren’t all that prim, either. Sideshow Alley re-tells tales of criminal and institutional savagery in Australia’s colonial settlements and considers the tension between:
- the idea of portraiture as a means to edify, refine and elevate the sensibility of the populace, and
- the popular thirst for the lowbrow, the cheap, the tacky and the ghoulish in portraiture.
Sideshow Alley transports us to a time when crowds surged to see the laid-out bodies of outlaws, competing to tear out scraps of their hair and beards; and a photograph of a corseted matron, posed against a pillar no less rigid than she, might be stuck in the family album alongside a photograph of a defunct bushranger, propped up with gun in hand to menace the populace even in death.
Sideshow Alley brings to life a time when lithographs, woodcuts and waxworks of men in their direst moments attracted just as much interest as the monumental representations of explorers and statesmen that set the official tone of the age.
NATIONAL GALLERY of AUSTRALIA: TOM ROBERTS (1856–1931) was a great Australian artist. He is arguably one of Australia’s best-known andmost loved artists, standing high amongst his talented associates at a vital moment in local painting. His output was broad-ranging, and includes landscapes, figures in the landscape, industrial landscapes and cityscapes. He was also Australia’s leading portrait painter of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In addition, he made a small number of etchings and sculptures and in his later years he painted a few nudes and still lifes.
Newington Armory, Armory Gallery Exhibition: Designing Your Future: is an educational design collaboration between Sydney Olympic Park and South Western Sydney Institute’s Lidcombe design students. It celebrates cutting edge design work across the creative disciplines of industrial design, interior design, interior decoration and design fundamentals.
The exhibition offers a unique glimpse of 80 talented TAFE design students and their designs into the future direction of design in Sydney. It also gives a public platform for students to showcase their award winning designs and prototypes to industry and the community.
The 2016 UNSW’s Gandhi Oration will be delivered by Mr Peter Greste on “Journalism in the Age of Terror” The annual oration commemorates India’s Martyrs’ Day, the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination on 30 January 1948.
Peter is an acclaimed campaigner for freedom of the press and an award winning Australian journalist. He has also been awarded the International Association of Press Clubs’ Freedom of Speech Award and the 2015 Human Rights Medal, awarded by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
An Australian-born foreign correspondent, jailed for 400 days in 2013 on confected terrorism charges along with two colleagues while working in Egypt for Al Jazeera English.
He was sentenced to seven years in prison after a trial that was widely dismissed as a sham, but in February 2015, after intense international pressure, he was deported to Australia under a presidential decree.
As a result of the letters he wrote from prison in the defense of freedom of the press, Greste won a Walkley Award for most outstanding contribution to journalism in 2014, and Royal Television Society and Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards in 2015.
Prior to his incarceration in Egypt, Greste covered the civil war in Yugoslavia and elections in South Africa as a freelance reporter. He joined the BBC as its Afghanistan correspondent in 1995 and went on to cover Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. In 2011, he won a Peabody Award for a BBC documentary on Somalia before joining Al Jazeera as its East Africa correspondent.
Some thoughts that have come away with me from this outstanding oration: