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Talking about face masks from ‘the Conversation’

Talking about face masks from ‘the Conversation’

Which face mask should I wear? Shutterstock Abrar Ahmad Chughtai, UNSW UPDATE: The Victorian government announced on July 19 that face masks will be mandatory for residents in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire whenever outside the home. Australia’s chief medical officer Paul Kelly today recommended people in Melbourne and the…

Brain research shows the arts promote mental health

Brain research shows the arts promote mental health

Brain research shows the arts promote mental health At home or at school, practising art can be used to build capacity for managing mental and emotional well-being. (Shutterstock) Brittany Harker Martin, University of Calgary During self-isolation due to coronavirus, many are turning to the arts. Perhaps they seek a creative…

Artists and ‘Jobkeeper’ payments

Artists and ‘Jobkeeper’ payments

From the Conversation The government says artists should be able to access JobKeeper payments. It’s not that simple Many workers in the film industry are excluded from JobKeeper. The Nightinggale/Transmission Films Guy Morrow, University of Melbourne and Brian Long, University of Melbourne This week, Australia’s finance minister Mathias Cormann told…

Anzac biscuits

Anzac biscuits

Anzac biscuits, battles and a great Australian isolation bake-off Lindsay Kelley, UNSW The plan was to land in Sydney from an overseas trip on a Friday morning and immediately bake Anzac biscuits to bring along to the Country Women’s Association Tea Room at the Royal Easter Show on Saturday. Then…

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…

Crafting in times of crisis helps critters and creators

Crafting in times of crisis helps critters and creators Emily Brayshaw, University of Technology Sydney The bushfires burning across Australia are having a devastating impact on our unique native wildlife. But while record numbers of injured and orphaned animals are being treated, tens of thousands of people across Australia and…