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Australian Government Announces FIRST Cultural Policy in Two Decades

Posted: March 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: ART | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Government Announces FIRST Cultural Policy in Two Decades

Australian Government Announces FIRST Cultural Policy in Two DecadesAustralia’s Minister for the Arts, Simon Crean says a multi-million-dollar culture policy is vital to support the nations creative sector which is at the “core of a modern economy”.

The Federal Government’s Creative Australia policy is the first cultural policy since former prime minister Paul Keating unveiled Creative Nation in 1994. In making the announcement at the National Press Club in Canberra, Mr Crean said the policy would strengthen, sustain and grow the economy.

The fund aims to support young people wanting to enter the arts sector and provide funding to existing performance arts companies. It also includes an update of the National Indigenous Languages Policy and $14 million over four years to develop community-driven language resources and activities.

The funding is reminiscent of Paul Keating’s Big Picture policy and includes $8.6 million for Partnerships Australia, $9.3 million for six major performing arts companies, including the Bangarra Dance Company, the Belvoir Theatre, Black Swan State Theatre, Malthouse Theatre, Circus Oz and the West Australian Ballet. $75.3 million will be put towards a restructure of the 40-year-old Australia Council :: Read the full article »»»»

News From The National Portrait Gallery

Posted: December 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: ART | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on News From The National Portrait Gallery


National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

9 March – 19 May 2013


The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects. The National Portrait Gallery offers a prize of $25,000 for the most outstanding photographic portrait.

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Ingvar Kenne: Citizen

Closing 27 January 2013

Meryl Tankard

Swedish-born Australian photographer Ingvar Kenne has captured individuality and shared human experience in his ongoing portrait project Citizen. This selection of bold portraits taken in Australia, China, Laos, Papua New Guinea and the United States of America strikingly reminds us that our unique experience of life is something that we all share.

The Citizen portraits were photographed on medium format colour negative film using a Mamiya 6 camera. They have been printed as Type C digital prints. The photographs, on loan from the artist and three from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection, are accompanied by Kenne’s descriptive captions.

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Meryl Tankard, Choreographer, Sydney, Australia 2003 by Ingvar Kenne


Go Figure!

Contemporary Chinese Portraiture

13 September 2012 – 17 February 2013
$10 / $8 Circle of Friends and concessions
Children 12 and under free

Portrait no. 3

Drawn from the Sigg Collection, Switzerland and the M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong, together one of the world’s most important collections of experimental Chinese art, the Go Figure! is a vibrant expression of Chinese culture and contemporary portraiture. The exhibition includes works by many of China’s leading contemporary and experimental artists. It is a unique opportunity to view the most outstanding pieces from the collection. A beautiful, fully-illustrated 192 page exhibition catalogue is available. Thirty minute highlight tours run each day at 2.30pm.

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Pimple 2007 by Yang Na. M+ Sigg Collection


First Ladies
Significant Australian Women 1913-2013

Opening 1 February 2013

Jessie Street

First Ladies profiles women who have achieved noteworthy firsts over the past 100 years. The focus display includes Australia’s first female Governor General, Quentin Bryce; Elizabeth Blackburn, the first Australian-born woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize; and aviatrix Nancy Bird Walton, Australia’s first female commercial pilot. First Ladies maps the milestones accomplished by Australian women across diverse fields of endeavour, from politics, activism and academia to sport, science and business, taking in the stories of household names as well as unsung heroines.

Jessie Street 1929 by Jerrold H. Nathan


The lost thing (2011)

Sunday 13 January
10.30am and 1.30pm, 15 minutes

The lost thing won the 2011 Academy Award for best animated short film. It is based on the highly acclaimed picture book by multi award winning author and illustrator, Shaun Tan. A modern fable with a unique aesthetic, the story is at once idiosyncratic and universal in its appeal to all ages. Directed by Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan.

China Power – Art now after Mao (2008)

Sunday 6 January
2.00pm, 56 minutes

China Power is a reflection on modern China by its artists, filmmakers, and curators focussing on China’s burgeoning art scene. Directed by Pia Getty.

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National Museum of Australia Snaps-up Rare Aboriginal Art

Posted: April 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: ART | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on National Museum of Australia Snaps-up Rare Aboriginal Art

National Museum of Australia Snaps-up Rare Aboriginal ArtThe National Museum of Australia in Canberra has purchased two rare pen and ink drawings thought to have been created more than a century ago by an Aboriginal artist. ‘Buckley’s Escape’ drawn by Aboriginal artist Tommy McRae, depicts convict William Buckley escaping captivity to spend the next 32 years of his life with Aboriginal people. The Museum paid $AU65,000 for the drawing.

The National Museum of Australia scooped up the two 1890s drawings by Tommy McRae at Deutscher and Hackett’s Important Aboriginal and Oceanic Art Auction in Melbourne on April 4. The museum bid $AU20,000 for the second McRae drawing, Murray Tribe Warfare, which shows Aboriginal people fighting in northern Victoria. McRae lived in the Upper Murray, Victoria, where he made and sold books of drawings. He is one of only a few Aboriginal artists to depict life in 19th century Australia. Both McRae drawings had been held by the same NSW family since being bought directly from the artist in the 1890s :: Read the full article »»»»