This week’s arts news and trending topics

What's in the headlines and what people are talking about in the arts this week.

15 book reviews of 2022 that garnered 5 stars
ArtsHub‘s team of reviewers offer their top reads of 2022.

$3 million bequest ensures opera award in perpetuity
A major philanthropic gift and a transition to new management will see the Australian International Opera Award renamed as the Alastair Jackson International Opera Award.

Vale 2022: saluting those we lost this year
ArtsHub salutes the lives and careers of the artists, performers and patrons who took their final curtain call in 2022.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina