ART/CULTURE

Toorak Times TAGG Art & Culture section

MUMA Shapes of Knowledge

Alex Martinis Roe, To Become Two, ar/ge kunst, Bolzano 2017. Photo: Tiberio Sorvillo
Continuing an ambitious program of bringing critical thinking and innovation into the galleries of MUMA, Shapes of Knowledge brings together eight projects from artists, collectives and organisations from across the globe. This is a compelling exhibition of big ideas – reflecting on how we live, how we learn, and the unique ability of art to animate our sensory experiences and...

Arts Centre Melbourne in association with Briefs Factory & Auspicious Projects presents

Arts Centre Melbourne 's Fairfax Studio will be transformed into an intergalactic stratosphere from 16 – 20 January 2019 as Australian cabaret icon Sarah Ward, the artist behind Yana Alana, brings her latest stage creation The Legend of Queen Kong Episode II: Queen Kong in Outer Space to life. With complete disregard for conventional chronology, the narrative starts in the middle and is part of...

Arts Centre Melbourne and Midsumma Festival present Gender Euphoria

On 24 January 2019, joined by a cavalcade of transgender legends, cabaret icons Mama Alto and Maude Davey embark upon a new variety adventure – nothing less than the pursuance and promulgation of Gender Euphoria, the state of being deliriously happy with one's own and everyone else's gender identities, choices and expressions. Goodbye gender dysphoria, hello Gender Euphoria. In postmodern...

Arts Centre Melbourne presents a Little Ones Theatre Production Merciless Gods

By Dan Giovannoni Based on the book by Christos Tsiolkas Fresh from a sold out Sydney season, Arts Centre Melbourne presents Dan Giovannoni's Green Room Award winning adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas ' Merciless Gods. The two-hour production is a brutal and tender examination of queer immigrant experiences in Australia, and will take over the Fairfax Studio from 6 – 10 February...

Arts Centre Melbourne and Midsumma Festival present Midsumma Extravaganza

After last year’s sold out Comedy Extravaganza, we’ve upsized to an all-star variety show of epic proportions! Set in the grand dame that is Hamer Hall, the 2019 Midsumma Extravaganza is a celebration of Australia’s amazingly diverse and talented LGBTI artists, and is shaping up to be one of THE queer events of the year! Hosted by Rhys Nicholson (Gay Crashers, MICF Barry Award Nominee)...

Sunday essay: how Australia’s war art scheme fed national mythologies of WWI

Will Dyson sketching close to the German lines on the Western Front, 29 May 1918. AWM E02439 War is often seen as a death knell for the arts, but during the first world war the Australian government mobilised some of the country’s most renowned expatriate artists to paint the conflict. Hired essentially as eyewitnesses to war, these men were stationed...

100 years since the WW1 Armistice, Remembrance Day remains a powerful reminder of the cost of war

A crowd at Martin Place, Sydney, celebrates the news of the signing of the Armistice on November 11 1918. Australian War Memorial One hundred years ago – on November 11 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – millions of men laid down their guns. This was Armistice Day, the end of the first world...

David Malouf’s An Open Book is poetry to sit with

David Malouf’s poetry collection An Open Book spans “a Beurre Bosch pear/in a fruit bowl to the planet”. Shutterstock Book Review: An Open Book, by David Malouf (UQP) A new book of poetry is offered to a world of readers where very few of us have or take the time to read poetry. Most of us are skeptical about it, suspicious of it...

Found: the earliest European image of Aboriginal Australians

"New Hollanders” depicted in a 1698 edition of the explorer William Dampier’s journal. Courtesy of the Pacific Collection, Hamilton Library, University of Hawai'i-Mānoa The earliest found European image of Aboriginal Australians,engraved in 1698, depicts them resisting their enslavement. Recently discovered in the Hamilton library of Honolulu University it is an apocryphal image for its times, intending to portray the...

Listen To Older Voices : Margaret Healy – Part 3

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle...