Penny Byrne is a double agent. A prim and properly trained porcelain conservator one day and a subversive political ceramicist the next. At first glance her artworks are perfectly transformed figurines. But on closer inspection what appear to be innocent statuettes from a bygone era are actually dark and humorous political artworks - little blue boys with attitude, courting couples in camouflage gear and milk maids with machine guns.
Spanning a career of almost 20 years, artist Lisa Roet has made the plight of chimpanzees the subject of her life's work. Her passionate investigation of primates has seen her producing artworks in mediums as diverse as sculpture, photography, video art, stained glass, screen printing, drawing and painting.
Since winning the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2002, Ben Quilty's rise as one of Australia's leading young contemporary artists, is nothing short of phenomenal. Today, at only 36, he has a retrospective survey of his work touring. Quilty's signature is paintings so thickly laden with luscious applications of paint that they literally ooze. Despite his success, it seems Quilty has never quite exorcised the hoon in him. His abstract interpretations of the booze-fuelled world of Australia's suburban bloke's culture have won him many fans.
Vibrant, articulate and passionate, Inge King is one of Australia's foremost sculptors. Her work has always been on a grand scale. Her public sculptures invite exploration - to walk through, slide down, sit on or just canoodle around.
Salt is the story of award-winning and internationally renowned photo-artist, Murray Fredericks, on his annual solo pilgrimage to the heart of Lake Eyre in the remote north corner of South Australia. It tells of the personal journey of the artist, the creative process and the landscape itself.
A compass. A pentagram. An all-seeing eye. Symbols, secrets, codes. For the last 300 years, one group has found itself as a fascinating subject of the conspiracy theorists: The Freemasons. But why? Are the Masons a secret society bent on world domination as some might suggest? Or are they just a fraternity who happen to have secrets? Why has this seemingly harmless gentleman's club been accused of everything from starting the French Revolution, to covering up the Jack the Ripper murders?
Presented by arts blogger and commentator Andrew Frost, The Art Life at the Asia Pacific Triennial is a journey into a colossal, must-see exhibition - The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT'6).
Insightful, entertaining, and a little tongue in cheek, The Living Artist is the story of what happens when a lucrative arts prize is offered in a small community, the same community from which the money will also be raised. And what happens when the artists all know each other and the judges know all the artists - how can the process be fair, balanced and focused?
A number of Aboriginal artists from the East Kimberley show their work and talk about their lives.
The human love affair with stuff is deep, abiding and life-long. This week Wendy spends time at a baby shower and visits pre-schools, shopping centres, teenagers' bedrooms and a boarding school to try to find the answer to the question: are we hard-wired to accumulate, or is it something we learn?
From the cradle to the grave, Stuff examines the abiding passion all of us have for stuff - the stuff we buy, the stuff we treasure, the stuff we desire and the stuff that's most important to us. In episode one, host Wendy Harmer talks to 'chuckers' and 'hoarders' and looks at what happens when our love of stuff gets in the way of love and stuff. Wendy also visits a prison and talks to inmates about what it's like to have your stuff taken from you.
Sydney PEN lecture by Aboriginal academic, lawyer and activist Larissa Behrendt addresses the crisis in indigenous communities. Introduced by Germaine Greer.
‘Social Media and Political Reporting’ at the Media 140 Conference, journalists discuss the relationship between Twitter and journalism. Speakers include Annabel Crabb, Bernard Keane, Chris Uhlmann, Caroline Overington and John Kerrison.
John Pilger gives the Sydney Peace Prize Lecture condemns war in the middle east and Australia’s treatment of refugees and Aboriginal Australians. Captain Richard Phillips tells of his ordeal being hijacked by Somali pirates.
“In Defence of God” former federal treasurer Joe Hockey gives a speech on religion at The Sydney Institute.
'In Defence of God' former federal treasurer Joe Hockey gives a speech on religion at The Sydney Institute. Julian Morrow gives the annual Andrew Olle lecture. 'A very Australian conversation' lecture by Peter Cosgrove. Princeton Professor Cornel West discusses war time presidents.
‘Policing Our Minds’ speech by David Mutton, Senior Lecturer of Forensic Psychology at the Festival of Dangerous ideas on organised crime.
’Policing Our Minds’ speech by David Mutton, Senior Lecturer of Forensic Psychology at the Festival of Dangerous ideas on organised crime. Paul Barry on James Packer. Professor Gordon Brisoce from the Australian Centre for Indigenous History gives the 2009 Charlie Perkins oration.
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