arts

Self-isolation: an opportunity for creative retreat

Self-isolation: an opportunity for creative retreat

by Janet Grist With all the uncertainty around how the coronavirus will play out in our communities and the need to reduce contact with others, we will all have more time on our hands over coming months. While we may be disappointed that a much anticipated festival, or play, musical…

Coronavirus and its effects on the art market

Coronavirus and its effects on the art market

Travel bans and event cancellations: how the art market is suffering from coronavirus Anita Archer, University of Melbourne and David Challis, University of Melbourne The recently released The Art Market 2020 report provides a timely insight into how COVID-19-related disruptions are likely to impact growth and sales in the global…

Creative volunteers needed at St Andrews in Ballina

Creative volunteers needed at St Andrews in Ballina

Are you an artist or a musician or a singer? Are you interested in volunteer work at St Andrew’s Aged Care Village in Ballina? There is an opportunity to be involved as a volunteer in creative projects. It might be painting, singing, life storyboards, art therapy – and you may…

Engagement in the Arts and longevity

Engagement in the Arts and longevity

A prospective 14-year study suggests that engagement in the arts could increase longevity. The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing analysed the responses of 6710 adults aged 50 years or older. The participants self-reported their personal engagement with the arts. The researchers focused on the frequency of ‘receptive arts activities’ such…

Natural History Illustration course

Natural History Illustration course

The University of Newcastle has a free 6-week course in Natural History Illustration. According to the web page introducing this course, “The field of Natural History Illustration is about observing and illustrating subjects from nature, science and culture, with their linkages to the environment being central.” Roger Jones from the…

The resonances between Indigenous art and images captured by microscopes

The resonances between Indigenous art and images captured by microscopes

The resonances between Indigenous art and images captured by microscopes Detail from Witchetty Grub Dreaming, Jennifer Napaljarri Lewis, Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu. Courtesy of the artist Roger Wepf, The University of Queensland Rich visual parallels between Indigenous artworks and microscopic natural structures hidden in the world around us reveal unexpected…