BBC One Poldark Season 2, the story of Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) and his wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) living in late eighteenth century Cornwall in the South of England, is now more than half way through, thoroughly engaging our emotions on every level.
Great performances from a talented ensemble of actors working with truly wonderful scripts adapting Winston Graham’s original and much-loved novels engages our attention and ensures our continuing to follow the characters we have lear
- Established 1987, members of Guitar Trek include Timothy Kain (standard guitar), Minh Le Hoang (standard guitar), Bradley Kunda (standard and 12-string guitars) and Matt Withers (standard, dobro and bass guitars), courtesy artists
Guitar Trek is Australia’s premier guitar quartet and they performed at the final lunchtime concert for the 2016 Sydney City Recital Hall’s A Little Lunch Music program.
These concerts transform lunch time into an opportunity for enjoying and celebrating ve
- Viktor&Rolf photographed in their atelier, Amsterdam, September 2016 photo © Team Peter Stigter
Anuschka Blommers and Niels Schumm Rolf Snoeren and Viktor Horsting, Viktor&Rolf, Amsterdam 2008 © Anuschka Blommers and Niels Schumm
Pushing the boundaries between art and fashion, the avant-garde design duo from Amsterdam Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, have after 25 years of basically being totally rebellious and following their own path, gained critical acclaim for their extrav
- The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (ABO) is innovating partnerships with corporate and entertainment producers that will aid their aim of giving access to the glorious music they play to as many people as possible.
Founded by Artistic Director Paul Dyer, together with Managing Director Bruce Applebaum in 1989, the ABO challenges and inspires both audience and performer alike, thriving on the support of its partnerships.
ABO Artistic Director harpsichordist Paul Dyer, together with To
- Right to left, Jo Bayley, Carolyn McDowall and Belinda McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle
“Women always try and tame themselves they get older, but the ones who look best are often a bit wilder”
I adore this quote from fashion doyenne Miuccia Prada, and it got me thinking, why do we have to conform to societies ideals when we get to our best years yet?
As women we spend our teenage years usually following the pack, trying to work out which tribe we belong to.
Are we preppy, hippie,
- Thunder clouds were hovering when the annual Opera in the Vineyards event was presented for the nineteenth time at the Roche Estate in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales on the weekend of October 8, 2016.
But the weather gods were smiling. The rain mainly held off and opera enthusiasts were able to enjoy a fine night of opera tunes while sipping some very fine wines from the Roche Estate collection.
A stellar cast of four singers – Sopranos Natalie Aroyan and Amelia Farrugia and ten
- Valentin de Boulogne (French, Coulommiers-en-Brie 1591–1632 Rome), Cardsharps, Ca. 1614-15, Oil on canvas, 37 1/4x 54 in. (94.5 x 137 cm), Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, reproduced courtesy The Met Fifth Avenue, New York
The exhibition Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio now at The Met Fifth Avenue in New York until January 16, 2017 and after that at the Musée du Louvre at Paris from February 20 – May 22, 2017, is a very special event
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the Sydney Opera House was an enchanting celebration of four of Eric Carle’s picture books. The show was timeless theatre that entertained and delighted all generations.
The stories about friendship and finding your place in the world were told with a rare and simple beauty. Toddlers, children, parents and grandparents beamed with the joy of instant recognition of their favourite characters.
Eric Carle is an acclaimed writer and illustrator of children&r
- The NGV 2016 Architecture Commission Winner M@ STUDIO Architects vision for their twenty three metre long ‘Car Wash’ entry …haven’t you always wanted to run through all that foam… is now on display in the delightful back garden area at NGV International on St Kilda Road Melbourne until April 2017.
The instillation is quite surreal, a blinding neon pink playful re-invention of the suburban ‘car wash’, one inspired by an exi
- Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese 1760–1849 The great wave off Kanagawa c. 1830 from the Thirty-six views of Mt Fuji series 1826–33 colour woodblock 25.7 x 37.7 cm (image and sheet) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Felton Bequest, 1909 (426-2)
Having had an affinity and fondness for the aesthetic of Japanese Art from a young age, I was delighted to learn the NGV International will present an exhibition of works by Japanese master artist and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
- Fashion in Motion, Henry Holland at the V & A © House of Holland
Costume from eye patches to crop tops to maxi dresses, from sunglasses to T Shirts, Clothing, Denim, Eyewear, Bags and Jewellery reflects trends that will grow and the passing fancies of a season designed by London based fashion guru, businessman and blogger from Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester Henry Holland.
Fashion in Motion, Henry Holland at the V & A © House of Holland
The House of Holland is about to celebrate
- Max Beckmann (German, Leipzig 1884–1950 New York), Departure, 1932-1933 Oil on canvas Central panel: 84 3/4 × 45 3/8 in. (215.3 × 115.3 cm) Left Panel: 84 3/4 × 39 1/4 in. (215.3 × 99.7 cm) Right Panel: 84 3/4 × 39 1/4 in. (215.3 × 99.7 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Given anonymously (by exchange), 1942 SL.9.2016.18.3 © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Opening on October 19, 2016, and running through to Feb
- Michael Graves (designer) Alessi, Italy (manufacturer) Coffee and tea service designed 1983, manufactured 1985 sterling silver, painted aluminium, opaque synthetic polymer resin, silver, plastic, glass (a-i) 27.3 x 41.4 cm diameter (overall) ed. 17/99 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased, 1984 (D22.a-i-1984) © Michael Graves
A rich selection of objects from the National Gallery of Victoria Collection, including a coffee and tea service designed in 1983 by Michael Graves and man
- Birds of the Air – Portraits in Feathers is an exhibition by Australian artist Julie Edgar (b.1951) now showing until October 28, 2016 at the Kinross Arts Centre located in the historic Manse of Toorak Uniting Church in Melbourne.
A great limestone Pelican from the artist’s garden greets everyone at the entry, engaging the spirit and inviting you to have one commissioned to grace your garden too.
Julie Edgar is showcasing prints, drawings and sculptures in this very accessible show.
- Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in BBC One Poldark
Intelligent acting, fine scripts, wonderful characters Winston Graham’s insightful exploration of the human condition in his novels, that tell the story of the Poldark family of Cornwall during the eighteenth and early nineteenth century, has been skilfully brought back to television.
Set in the stunning Cornish landscape, in the first series Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) returned from war in America to rescue D
- Australian Haydn Ensemble, left to right, Simon Rickard Bassoon, Matthew Greco violin, Simone Slattery violin, Melissa Farrow flute, Skye McIntosh violin, Daniel Yeadon Cello, Ingo Müller Oboe, Jacqueline Dosser Double Bass, James Eccles Viola, photo by Helen White
Having just launched The Haydn Album a debut recording with ABC classics the Australian Haydn Ensemble (AHE) have good reason to feel pleased as it continues to receive critical acclaim for its ravishing sounds of music.
- Just recently I’ve had a real hankering for some velvet, and not just in my wardrobe. I’ve always loved this sumptuous fabric, but it seems I’m a little obsessed at the moment.
I think it all started in May at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, where in the Star lounge, front and centre was an amazing blue velvet winged backed arm chair. So, naturally when I laid eyes on this piece of furniture, it was love at first sight.
I’m pretty convinced I need one in my life. It
- Melbourne turned on a grey, cold, wet and windy morning for the ceremony surrounding the opening by Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle of the third annual architect-designed summer MPavilion constructed in the Queen Victoria Gardens.
Deborah Cheetham AO, courtesy artist
Celebrating beauty of form for ‘thinking, making and seeing’, MPavilion2016 is as hand made buildings from antiquity, meant to collaborate with its surroundings, not dominate.
It is as though the elements wild tho
- Eucalyptus goniocalyx – juvenile leaf by Kate Nolan courtesy artist
The 13th biennial exhibition Art of Botanical Illustration – A New Direction, featuring some 175 illustrations combining art and science accurately and aesthetically in a unique and personal way, will be on show and for sale at the Domain Gallery in the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) at Melbourne, October 15 – 30, 2016.
Botanical art has an ability to educate, promote ecological awareness and communicate the impor
- Château d’Azay-le-Rideau constructed 1518-1527 in the French département of Indre-et-Loire.
In France during the sixteenth century the fortified castle broke down its walls and became a Chateau or country house, heralding the arrival of a whole new category of people those no longer noble, but were simply very rich. This in itself was a revolution.By the eighteenth century the design of architecture, gardens, interiors, furniture, furnishings and accessories accommodated the p
- Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, 1964, Photo © Rex Features (8621a)
Star power glamour is the order of the day at the National Gallery of Victoria where the exhibition Italian Jewels: Bvlgari Style, now on display, presents as a riot of colour, dazzling love jewellery that remains both a changing and eternal form of human expression.
Elizabeth Taylor in a publicity photograph for The V.I.P.s (1963) movie wearing her Bulgari platinum, emerald and diamond tremblant brooch; and Colombian e
- Agatha Christie, courtesy Agatha Christie Archive
As well as being a novel about what may have happened to renowned English author Agatha Christie during the 11 days in which she disappeared in December 1926, On The Blue Train by Vogel Literary Award winner Kristel Thornell, is a novel about love relationships.
What makes these deep relationships work and what can make them untangle.
In this sense, this sensitively written and thoroughly researched work endeavours to explain what led to the brea
- Robyn Bauer Artist in Residence at Ekka in August at Brisbane, courtesy of the artist
Currently producing various views celebrating life in the city and suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is Robyn Bauer, Artist in Residence at Ekka this year.
The Ekkais a Brisbane phenomenon – the population’s affectionate name for the Royal Queensland Show, which operates for about ten days annually in August.
It is all about bringing the best of country to the city to exhibit, pro
- Like buildings of the Baroque period in Italy that symbolized prosperity and confidence in the future, the South Melbourne Town Hall now the home to Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), contributes to the well being of its talented post graduate musical students who come from all over the country to refine their practices before setting out to enjoy a career in the world of music.
We make history by reinventing everything eternal in our past and composer Luigi Boccherini’s superb S
- Sam Shepard’s one act play, Red Cross was a theatrical highlight at the Off Broadway Festival Hub during the 2016 Sydney Fringe Festival, which runs throughout September.
Kerri Glasscock Festival Director articulates September “is a time to celebrate the wonderful cultural offerings your local artists produce year round, so this year we are putting the sparkle back into our city’s nightlife.”
Arrive. Devise. Repeat. Is an independent, Sydney based theatre collective and a
- Left, Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Right, Edward Snowden
Helping his country to make a difference, De Oppresso Liber or moving from being a caught man to a free man began with a test for the man who called himself Citizenfour, Edward Snowden (b.1983).
Seeking to live the ‘Enlightenment’ American computer professional, former Central Intelligence Agency employee and former contractor for the US government Edward Snowden took a test whose average time was five hours, because
- Twelfth Nigh, 2016, 2nd Year Student Production, courtesy NIDA
Mastering characteristics and expressing emotions for a live performance that captivates its viewers have not changed in thousands of years of live performance history.
Some modern plays are in reality no different than those performed in antiquity, when the traditions of Theatre also spelled theater, were first laid down as both players and audience participated, albeit in different ways.
Interior, Parade Theatre, courtesy NIDA
- Civilisation arose in many different ways in our world’s diverse cultures and it would be fair to say most are represented in the collections of the Musée du Louvre at Paris, which is today a vast complex of buildings spread over 40 hectares.
The city of Paris in France is a destination many people around the world aspire to see, and the Musée du Louvrea building that has for eight hundred years and more, been at the heart of French history and culture.
The Louvre was a
- Blue Aztec Print Kimono, courtesy Bondi Lifestyle
As the days get warmer and longer it’s only natural to start thinking about summer and all the fun it brings with it.
More often than not, this means tropical holidays and long weekend escapes.
But what to pack for these steamy sojourns?
Well, usually the first thing on my packing list, and yes, I always write one, is a fabulous kaftan.
This is closely followed by a sarong and a fabulous frock.
They can be dressed up with a bit of bling if
- Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby, SydneyEmily McGregor utilises diverse media, and her exhibition Morphogenesis is harmoniously located at the Incinerator Art Space in Sydney until September 25, 2016.
Her artworks resonate within the structure, form and history of the iconic Burley-Griffin designed Willoughby Incinerator. The concept of preservation and change so evident in the transformation of the Incinerator to an Art Space is also echoed expressively and diversely in Emily’s artworks.
- Cornwall has a dramatic landscape, one that is wildly appealing and that today still includes impressive cliffs, wild moorland and picturesque villages with farm houses built of flint.
The very geography of that part of Britain’s island, the way the winds blow and the currents flowed has been renowned for centuries.
Rugged cliffs hide the entrances to extensive cave systems and the huge boulders that came crashing down in storms, helped hide those engaged in the ‘trade’ of wrec
- The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years by American filmmaker Ron Howard, one of the modern world’s most popular directors, is a five star work of documentary art, which is now showing on limited release in Australia offering three hours of fabulousness.
The four likely lads from Liverpool John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, whom we mostly saw in black and white at the time, definitely coloured all our lives while becoming an emblem of rebellion t
- There is a heightened expectation in Melbourne at this time of year as the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), which consists of the NGV International on St Kilda Road and NGV Australia at Federation Square, announces its Autumn-Winter program for the following year.
The array of exhibitions for the summer to winter period announced or highlighted on September 16, 2016 by the NGV’s innovative Director Tony Ellwood are amazing, reflecting the institution’s commitment to ‘deliver
- Janet Seidel preparing to record some more songs using her favourite recording microphone the Rode NT 2000, courtesy artist
Australia’s first lady of Jazz Janet Seidel, together with her wing men Chuck Morgan and David Seidel, have been busy spending time away from Sydney their home town. The Janet Seidel Trio has been travelling throughout the UK, to New York City, to Germany and to Italy.
Warm, soft, sophisticated and smooth Janet’s intimate vocal style and piano, complimented
- Adventurous Australian award winning musician Jane Rutter is renowned for her dynamic playing. A flautist of the very finest kind and a national living treasure, Jane Rutter has recently been honoured by the French, being awarded a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres. (‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’).
Jane Rutter is one of the few flautists in the world who has successfully crossed over into the world of jazz, pop and cabaret.
Her expertise gained lear
- Portrait of John Olsen by Hugh Stewart © Hugh Stewart
“Art is not so much about talent as character. It’s what you are, the qualities of the person” said Australia’s national treasure John Olsen AO, OBE (b.1928 -), who is an artist renowned for his deep commitment and sensitivity to the natural environment,
John Olsen is well known for creating many iconic contemporary art works in a range of mediums, all of which have taken a prominent place in the history of Modern
- Danish American actor Viggo Mortensen has broken with convention in more ways than one throughout his career in film from his acting debut in Peter Weir’s thriller Witness (1985) until his ‘fantastic’ performance in Far From Men (2015), which proved him to be an international acting treasure.
In his new movie Captain Fantastic, he is the perfect choice to play a committed, progressive spiritually aware and gentle father of six children living an unconventional lifestyle.
- Peter Phillips, founder, musical director, The Tallis Scholars
Early music for the head, heart and soul, has always been a great personal passion for me, especially when sung by The Tallis Scholars, a British early music vocal ensemble who are making an Australian Tour 30th October – 8th November, 2016.
Director Peter Phillips who ‘got the polyphony bug as an undergraduate at Oxford’, founded The Tallis Scholars in England in 1973. Their reputation for excellence in perfor
- England’s most famous tragic spinster and diarist of the modern age Bridget Jones has a lot to answer for. Since 1996 when she was born of the imagination of English writer Helen Fielding, her endearing reflections on life when recording all her innermost thoughts, including embracing ‘scary stomach-holding-in pants’, has meant she unwittingly offered support to all women, young or otherwise, of her age.
Bridget Jones has wonderful vulnerability, a heart of gold and loves a go
- Experiencing great emotions of taste via glorious music embraces that ideal of a Utopian realm, one representing the human imagination, a place in which all things are possible one where ‘you imagine what you desire and create what you will’.
On Saturday September 10, 2016 in Melbourne the musicians of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (ABO), together with internationally acclaimed guest director and violinist Shunske Sato, splendidly addressed the ‘pleasures of the imaginat
- Kathryn Selby
Artistic director Kathryn Selby of A Little Lunch Music introduced the string trio, Trio Ex Patria at a recent lunch time concert at Sydney’s City Recital Hall.
Kathryn Selby (pianist) was delighted to remind the audience that these musicians were all principals in their sections of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO). They are three of Europe’s finest musicians who met performing at the SSO.
Andrew Haveron, photo Marco Del Grande MDG
She welcomed Andrew Haveron (violin
- The success of iTV British Crime Drama Series VERA over six series 2011 – 2016, is backed up by statistics revealing the steady engagement of some six million plus viewers each year during that time, as well as critical acclaim.
Author Ann Cleeves, whose body of work in British libraries is certainly impressive, created her fictional character the native Northumberland Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope in 1999.
The television program that dramatizes the stories of the murders she sol
- Paul Dyer AO centre stage surrounded by musicians, Shaun Lee-Chen, 2016 concertmaster, Matt Bruce resident concertmaster, Ben Dollman period violin and Jamie Hey period cello
Under the skilled experienced guidance of dedicated artistic director Paul Dyer AO, ‘what I think of when I think of Baroque’, is the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (ABO).
The measure of great art and the definition of an accomplished artist is one who educates us to uniquely understand how to come to terms wi
- At the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in the South Melbourne Town Hall on September 23, 2016, Sara Macliver, Paul Wright & The Italian Baroque is a concert that will present a selection of rarely heard vocal and instrumental works from some well known, and other lesser known composers of the highly innovative Baroque era in music (1600 – 1750).
By the turn of the seventeenth century, the harmonic unison of music was met morphing to embrace all the passions of
- Rachel Gilbert, Shouldering the Season, courtesy designer
Sitting on my balcony on this gorgeous spring day, I started thinking about what we will be wearing this season.
All that beautiful sunshine and warmth is very inspiring and makes me feel like a shopping spree!
So what can we expect from Spring 2016?
Well, I think it will have something for everyone.
Manning and Cartell Shoulder Exposure, courtesy designers
My prediction is it’s all about the shoulder.
Whether it’s off the sho
- ‘Everything is unprecedented until it happens for the first time’ and the unexpected certainly happened to US Airways Flight 1549 piloted by Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger on January 15, 2009.
The Airbus A320 Sully and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles were taking on what should have been a routine flight, within minutes of take off from Le Guardia airport in New York was crippled at a low altitude following a catastrophic bird strike, suffering double engine failure, an eve
- A literary party at Sir Joshua Reynolds’s. The 1851 engraving after Doyle shows the friends of Reynolds—many of whom were members of “The Club”
Human Kind – Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits 1700-1914 is the title of a four day conference, or gathering to be held September 8 – 11, 2016 in Melbourne that focuses on British or Australian portraits as separate fields, and as overlapping or comparative studies.
The unique conference is a jo
- Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the glorious surrounds of Sydney Town Hall
The stately Town Hall built in sandstone and in the grand Victorian Second Empire style is located in the heart of the city of Sydney. It houses the Sydney Town Hall Grand Organ, the world’s largest pipe organ with tubular pneumatic action.
As I sat in the wonder of the main Centennial Hall I reminisced about my own musical journey. In the early1970’s I had subscriptions to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and
- The Tree of Jesse Cope, ca. 1310-25, courtesy (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The historical aspect of decorative needlework from medieval times is both diverse and full of richness, as humankind gained a new interest in the visible world. Opening Saturday 1 October at London is an exhibition at the V & A Museum featuring Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery.
One of the treasures of English work in the collection of the V & A is the Jesse Cope ca 1310-
- Receipt book ‘Onions’, photography by John Chase, courtesy Royal College of Physicians, London
‘Horse dung, hens’ droppings, cat’s foot, pig fat, eggs and plain old red onions’, are ingredients integral to potions, poultices, salves and ointments produced by following a myriad of extraordinary recipes from seventeenth century books and herbal medical texts.
They were used to treat burn victims of The Great Fire of London in 1666 and will go on display in a new
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