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The Archibald 2020

The Archibald 2020

At last, the arts Revolution — Archibald winners flag the end of white male dominance Vincent Namatjira’s Stand strong for who you are, acrylic on linen, 152 x 198 cm. Photo: AGNSW/Mim Stirling Joanna Mendelssohn, University of Melbourne The 2020 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, held under the strangest of…

Healing with reading and writing

Healing with reading and writing

Bibliotherapy: how reading and writing have been healing trauma since World War I Viacheslav Nikolaenko via Shutterstock Sara Haslam, The Open University; Edmund King, The Open University, and Siobhan Campbell, The Open University Bibliotherapy – the idea that reading can have a beneficial effect on mental health – has undergone…

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…