Author: bowerbird

Karla Dickens. Photo Mick Richards.

Of circuses, sideshows and high-wire feats

A Dickensian Sideshow – exhibition by Karla Dickens, Lismore Regional Gallery (Nov 2020 – Feb 2021, touring to Orange Regional Gallery in Nov 2021). Aboriginal people were familiar faces in the circuses and carnival...

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Are Australia’s art schools endangered?

Friday essay: amid a war on culture, are Australia’s art schools an endangered species? shutterstock Sasha Grishin, Australian National University The plight of art schools in Australia in recent decades is hardly breaking news....

Judith Beheading Holofernes, painted by Artemisia Gentileschi c. 1614-20

Why weren’t there any great women artists?

Why weren’t there any great women artists? In gratitude to Linda Nochlin Judith Beheading Holofernes, painted by Artemisia Gentileschi c. 1614-20. Museo di Capodimonte, Napoli/Wikimedia Commons Joanna Mendelssohn, University of Melbourne In January 1971,...

American Dirt

Book Review – American Dirt

Author: Jeanine Cummins Book Review: Jenny Dowell I am in two minds about reviewing this book. It is not without controversy but all those I know who’ve read it agree that it’s a riveting...