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‘DESTINY’, installation view at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, 2020-21. Photo: Tom Ross.

First Nations multimedia artist and political activist dies aged 67

Mob and arts sector colleagues mourn the loss of the renowned First Nations artist.

The ACMF music program at Cobham Youth Justice Centre NSW. Photo: Supplied. Two people in red polo shirts sitting outside on a bench. One is holding a guitar with the head down while the other appears to be teaching.

How music in youth detention can create new futures

Music allows incarcerated youth with opportunities to redefine themselves from young offenders to young artists, writes Alexis Anja Kallio.

A black and white photograph pf a young boy singing into a microphone in a recording studio.

This week’s arts news and trending topics

Our weekly wrap of the stories our readers loved as well as those you may have missed.

Muhubo Sulieman. Photo: Supplied. A young woman wearing a colourful purple, pink and yellow headscarf, sitting on the grass and weaving. She is in a joyful mood, smiling and working.

Fashioning a memory

Discover the hidden tales of African diasporic textile artists that reveal unique cultural influences and creative processes.


Performance review: FAKE, The Rechabite

This interactive exploration of our online “realities” and our true selves proves a stirring journey.

Canberra Museum and Gallery. A group of metal cylinders in shades of bronze and blue patina are grouped against a white brick wall. The one on the far left is bubbly at the top as if it has been underwater or in an acid bath.

The slippery nexus between sculpture and design and the agency of materials

Canberra Museum and Gallery has a new exhibition: Materiality… but not as we know it.

BookPeople centenary. Image is piles and piles of books, filling the frame, some stacked horizontally and some vertically.

BookPeople marks its centenary year

The peak body for Australian booksellers celebrates a milestone birthday.

Ruth Maddison, ‘An abundance of caution’, on view at SECCA. Photo: Supplied.

Not your inspirational quote – the dark and humorous side of text in craft

Artists working with text in craft are interrogating the usage of language through humour in dark times.

Esther Forest, ‘The Pet Shop’, 2023 single channel video with audio, on view at 2024 Hatched National Graduate Show at PICA. Photo: Courtesy of the artist. Still from a video work featuring a cartoonish figure on the phone in a room with blue and purple lighting, filled with posters of animals.

Which graduate artists have got their fingers on the pulse?

Over 20 graduate artists are showing the critical topics they have chosen to engage with at PICA’s 2024 Hatched: National…

The Changing Room. On the left a blocky colourful illustration of a window with open red drapes looking out on a starry moonlit sky above a blue mountain range. On the right a 30-something white woman slightly turned to the right, with tied back light brown hair, a green flowery dress and a denim jacket.

Book review: The Changing Room, Belinda Cranston

A story of someone trying to come of age in a world of possibilities.

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