Kamisaka Sekka; The Dawn of Modern Japanese Design

From June 22nd until August 26th, the Art Gallery of New South Wales showcases timeless Japanese art through Kamisaka Sekka; the dawn of modern Japanese design. Through thoughtful displays of the development of the Rinpa school of design, audiences can follow the influences of traditional Japanese culture as it mixes with contemporary themes and ideas. This compilation of lacquers, ceramics, decorative art and textiles spanning from the early 17th Century until the present, displays the Rinpa tradition of the ‘artist as designer’. This tradition developed and expanded as Rinpa scholars travelled to Europe, adopting ideas drawn from Art Nouveu and, in particular, the British Arts and Crafts movement. With its focus on motifs and themes taken from nature, Rinpa art is accessible to a broad audience regardless of age, gender and cultural background. Few other artistic traditions established centuries ago continue to captivate and engage viewers today on the same level as Rinpa. Image


Australian Symbolism; The Art of Dreams

The Art Gallery of New South Wales presented an awe inspiring exhibition which follows the Symbolist movement through Australian Art. The exhibition established the significance of this movement in Australia with a diversity of artistic responses through themes and ideas that connect with the Art Nouveu tradition, seen specifically through photography, painting, sculpture in bronze and marble, as well as decorative art. This exploration of an Australian art movement (often internationally neglected,) showcases many scenes of familiar pastoral landscapes with a refreshing emphasis on ethereal themes throughout. An example of this is Arthur Streeton’s A bush idyll (1896) which presents a group of nymphs linked in an Arcadian dance at twilight. Here they resonate as the spirits of pastoral traditions embodying the idyllic inflections of the place. On the whole, the exhibition depicted how an Australian landscape can be where the supernatural manifestations and dreams reside.

In a fantastic display of Australian beauty, the Art Gallery of New South Wales captivates audiences by offering a new lense through which to view our traditional notions of Australian scenery and landscape. Through paintings and decorative arts, this exhibition pays homage to classical European influences.Image,


Sundays are a Day of Rest – by which I mean a Day of talking about the Rest of my life; that is, outside linguistics.

In linguistics, there’s a rule that grammar is descriptive and not prescriptive.

We’re not supposed to lecture people about their use of double negatives.

We can’t send angry letters to Tesco for having a sign saying “Ten Items or Less” instead of “Ten Items or Fewer”.

Instead, our job is to consider why people speak and write the way they do, and account for differences from the “accepted” way of speaking and writing.

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Woah. This is phenomenal.

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Ana Teresa Fernandez

Ablution is a series of paintings that derive from performances that submerges the body into specific sites, addressing rituals of cleansing and maintenance, focusing on gender, labor, sexuality and race. What does it mean to be clean in today’s society? Using water as a metaphor for purity, and playing an ironic dirty twist for ”wetback”, these performances dive into history’s religious transformation from paganism; water as a symbol for fertility and strength, then into Catholicism; washing away our guilt, deconstructing a watered down identity as a bicultural immigrant. No matter how much we try to sculpt our own identities and bodies through repetitive actions, our reflection unto society can always be distorted and broken up through people’s own perceptions. Via Juxtapoz.

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Death of a Salesman

With stars like Colin Friels and Genevieve Lemon, the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller would a mistake to miss, with each member of the cast delivering outstanding performances. This year from the 23rd of June until the 19th of August, the Belvoir revives a Pulitzer prize winning play, with director Simon Stone portraying a most moving interpretation of Willy Loman.

Brief Synopsis-

Willy Loman is feeling his age. He and his wife Linda are struggling to make their mortgage repayments. The company he works for is branching out in new directions and it looks like he’s about to be left behind. When his university drop-out son, Biff, moves back home after years of drifting, old tensions rise to the surface. Arguably the greatest play of the twentieth century, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is about a man refusing to let go of the false dreams we were all once promised. (The Belvoir)


Whether you are a novice or a long-time fan of Miller’s work, the play communicates the loss of the American Dream, the disappointment and disillusionment of individuals young and old who place their faith in an economic system that doesn’t deliver. Stone is able to capture the essence of the piece through the minimal props and mis en scene, due to the use of one car on stage throughout the performance. Subtle lighting changes mark the shifts in time and each actor’s performance is beyond powerful. Upon leaving the play, even the average audience member feels as though he has been hit by a thick blow of intensity as the weight of the plot comes thick and fast. The word whispered as we filtered into the night was; “intense” and there is nothing more to be said.

In a comfortable theatre in the round setting, adult prices are around $60 and this performance would indeed be a shame to miss. If perchance you do, the performance boasts an extended season at the Theatre Royal.






In the heart of Marrickville live 2X Big Bad Wulffs; Barbara and Kay. The mother and daughter duo are Sydney artists, boasting a colourful history in the visual art world. From the 19th of July until the 5th of August, this exhibition holds a range of paintings, drawings and sculptures spanning from their early works to their most recent.

Exploring the diverse themes of the soul, mortality, Buddhism, nature and modern surrealism, the exhibition covers a wide range of interests. With ceramic river stones, rock pools and seed pods, there is something for nature lovers at heart, and for those who marvel in the craftsmanship of bronze and metal work, there are some emotionally challenging depictions. The artworks seem to explore the duality of the human condition, as each installation speaks to the individual, causing them to have introspective moments of reflection. On the other hand, each piece then stands for the wider human experience, as the artworks hold a universal appeal due to their wit and satirical impact.

This exhibition is a community service run by volunteers, so for those wishing for an enriching day of art and culture, look no further. There is in fact an option to purchase these works or prints thereof, however entry is free. *Please note, however, we warn patrons that there is a strong emphasis on life drawings and sculptures, so perhaps, parental supervision is required for minors.

For those in search of a day trip, we suggest public transport. The art gallery is a mere 800 metres from the train station with a short stroll down the multicultural main street. Feeling parched? To the left of the station you’ll follow the waft of freshly ground coffee, only to find an enticing display of Greek cakes and sweet treats at the Hellenic Bakery. Take a break with some traditional Vanilla Slice, Baklava or a Caramel Baked Ricotta cheesecake.


More Info:

Thursday and Friday 3pm-6pm

Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm

0433 940 665



Frankie Valli 4 All Seasons

With hits like the unmistakable Sherri, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, Walk Like A Man andBig Girls Don’t Cry, the unique voice of Frankie Valli can be heard booming from RSL to RSL statewide. The tribute band combine the greatest hits from the 1960’s hit band Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, with iconic songs from the well known Rock ‘n’ Roll repertoire to provide a nostalgic experience for all who attend. With a bit of light humour and a few interactive numbers, this night out is guaranteed to be entertainment for all ages. Together with the voice of Walter Ciappara, these men and women are great performers with years of live stage experience behind them which blend into the harmonies of the boys from New Jersey. The vibe is sure to get you rocking, dancing and walking like a man for an affordable night with friends. Be sure not to miss this great night out when they come to an RSL near you!