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

'JXSH MVIR: Forever I Live', installation view at Koorie Heritage Trust. Left to right: 'The Heart', 2016; 'Oxymoron', 2015; 'William Buckley - Maquette', 2016 (mixed media sculpture); 'Still Here', 2015; 'The Empire', 2015 (top); 'Ticket to Projection', 2015 (middle), 'Skip to my Lou', 2015 (bottom). Photo: ArtsHub. Digital illustrations of Melbourne landmarks with red, black and yellow background hang on the walls. In front of them is a small sculpture of a human figure on a bright yellow plinth.

Exhibition review: JXSH MVIR: Forever I Live, Koorie Heritage Trust

When kinship is involved – it shows.

Linda Judge. Bayside Painting Prize. Image is a painting of a short grey-haired woman in a black round neck top holding up a loosely woven grey textile in front of her.

All in the family: the winning painting touches on matters of mortality and motherhood

Linda Judge has won the 2024 Bayside Painting Prize.

cat in a book. Tabby cat sits in a studio on a pile of papers or manuscripts. It is facing the left and looking off into the distance. The studio is filled with books and detritus and there is a woman in the background doing some sort of admin.

Look, look, a cat in a book! (part 2)

Still don't have enough cat books in your life? Here are 10 more books, especially for the young.

Opinions & Analysis

Counting Gender: The Countess Report’s urgent call for action

The new report highlights the lack of progress made in terms of gender representation in the visual arts.

Founders of Here Space, Michelle Vine and Perrin Ellis. Photo: Claudia Baxter. Two people sitting on a sofa in the middle of a brightly lit studio space.

Meanjin artists diversifying skills to create facilities independent of government funding

Cyber Bunker and Here Space are the most recent facilities initiated by entrepreneurial artists to build diverse communities in Meanjin/Brisbane.

The 13th FestPAC in Hawai’i will celebrate and showcase Pacific arts and culture. Photo: Supplied. Dancers in Hawai’i.

First Nations delegation to represent Australia in Hawai’i

Over 50 First Nations arts practitioners will take part in cultural exchange with Indigenous Pacific Islanders at the 2024 FestPAC.

World Problems. Image is a woman in grey standing on a stage in front of the mouth of a tunnel, that looks as if it's lined in slate. There are boulders at her feet and we can see the silhouetted heads of the front row of the audience from behind.

Theatre review: World Problems, Southbank Theatre

A solo show that spans near and far, borne of personal and global events.

Melbourne Art Book Fair returns for its 10th anniversary. Photo: Sean Fennessy. Photo of different art books with a range of bespoke covers.

Are art books an anomaly in the publishing industry?

As Melbourne Art Book Fair gears for its 10th anniversary, ArtsHub asks how art and design books have survived the…

Thunderhead. On the left is a book cover of clouds in a dark blue sky, with large pearls dotted across the cover, and the title running down the sides. On the right is a black and white headshot of a young white woman with long straight hair and a fringe.

Book review: Thunderhead, Miranda Darling

Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, this novella explores coercive control. 

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