Adelaide-Born actress Muriel Matters made headlines in 1909 as 'that daring Australian girl' for her bold escapades in the struggle for women's rights in Britain.
On the verge of international recognition, 28-year-old Simon Stone is a director, writer and actor to watch. We capture his fearless energy while he's still working in Australia.
This intimate documentary follows leading Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin and her company as they embark on an ambitious new project.
Comic Book Heroes follows passionate mavericks Wolfgang and Skye and their talented team of artists and writers as they get set to take on the American comic book industry - Australian style.
A two-part documentary series that tells the inside story of two ambitious Australian comic book creators and their battle to penetrate the American market.
This week it's L-Z and begins with the concept of 'Liking' things, endemic in social media, and a first reaction to a lot of art, but we wonder, is that good enough? Then we take a look at Laughter, at being funny on purpose, and at being a joke. We have a quick quiz on Modernism - can you tell from our examples which ones are contemporary art works?
Don't know your biennale from a triennale? Can't tell your old media from your new? Are notions leaving you baffled? The A-Z of Contemporary Art is a bluffer's guide to the often-impenetrable world of contemporary art, from artists, art works and galleries to new media, forms and theories.
Of all the artistic mediums, 'performance art' is perhaps the most difficult to define. From violent interaction, to political expression and shocking self mutilation, performance artists engage their bodies as canvas. Shocking? Certainly. Political? Often. But performance art can also be beautiful, creating arresting images guaranteed to take your breath away.
Pia Interlandi is a unique kind of fashion designer - she makes beautiful shrouds; garments to be buried in. Soul tells the story of Pia's evolution from student and designer of 'Garments for the Grave' to practitioner, as she creates her first shroud for a client.
Stomach takes a look into the life of 26-year-old Melbourne sideshow artist and sword swallower Aerial Manx, exploring how he is pushing the art form to its absolute limits.
Anatomy is a multi-award winning series of documentaries which explore themes of identity and the human body in the creative process. Brain is an intimate and moving documentary that follows the inspiring story of artist and poet, Jamie Daddo and his relationship with his identical twin brother, TV presenter Andrew Daddo.
ABC1's compelling Australian documentary series Artscape returns in 2013 with APT7. The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) marks the 20th anniversary of the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art's APT series. Featuring the work of 75 artists from 27 countries across the region, this extraordinary celebration of contemporary art from the Asia Pacific is unique in the world.
In May 2012, Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), led a band of musicians, surfers and cinematographers to the rugged surf coast and tough desert landscape of Ningaloo Reef in northern Western Australia. Their task - to create a new performance piece for the ACO called The Reef.
As The Australian Ballet approaches the 50th anniversary of its first performance, Artscape looks back at its origins and goes behind the scenes during the company's latest take on the classical ballet, Swan Lake.
Jenny Sages' portraits have been exhibited 20 times in the Archibald Prize. This year her self-portrait 'After Jack', painted after the death of her husband, was both runner-up in the Archibald and winner of the People's Choice Award.
For 60 years, Australian photographer Jeff Carter traversed this country in search of stories. He wrote books and articles for the magazines of the time like People and Pix. And he never travelled without a camera. From the outset, Carter was drawn to document and celebrate the lives of working folk in the bush. From charcoal cutters and kangaroo shooters to dog trappers and drovers, his archive of wonderful images records a way of life that in many ways no longer exists.
By Spring 2010 at the newly created Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) the renovations are in the final stages, the first international teachers - violinist William Harvey from the US and Afghan clarinettist Farid Shefta from the Ukraine have settled in, and the timetable issues are solved.
In the unlit rooms of the bullet-pocked Kabul Secondary School of Fine Arts, music students persist with broken instruments, no books, no syllabus and no specialist teachers. After 30 years of conflict and a loss of musical rights during the Taliban regime, the musical culture of Afghanistan has been devastated. Despite all the rebuilding in the country, little has been done for music. In the midst of this despair, Melbourne-based Afghan musicologist Dr Ahmad Sarmast returns to Kabul determined to create the first National Music Institute of Afghanistan.
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