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This week's arts news and trending topics

We break it – you read it. This week's top arts news stories.

Miles Astray, 'FLAMINGONE', 2024, entered into the 1839 Awards AI category and subsequently disqualified. Photo: Courtesy of the artist. The pink body of a flamingo with this head hidden, standing on a white sandy beach.
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Human artist beats AI, but it's coming back with a vengeance

While a non-AI image has taken out a win at an AI awards program, news of Meta scraping social posts…

Exterior view of an art gallery with a timber roof and glass facade. Auckland Art Gallery.
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Landmark first with new triennial, Aotearoa Contemporary

The new triennial exhibition, Aotearoa Contemporary, launches in July with First Nations backing.

A bearded man with a green top and brown jacket is standing next to a woman with glasses and short curly hair. There is a book case behind them. They are both smiling.
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Creativity boost as university partners with Island magazine  

A new collaboration will see benefits flow to writing students.

‘Constellations’ by Joanie Lemercier to feature at Now or Never 2024. Photo: Supplied. A large projected vortex glows above the water at night. Two people are standing close to the artwork.
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After a solid debut, Now or Never reveals 2024 program

Promising highlights include the homecoming of Marco Fusinato’s monstrous Venice Biennale work and a four-night music line-up at the Royal…

Stella Count. Profile of a woman with long black hair. She has a book pressed up against her nose.
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Stella Count returns and free books initiative launches

Gender and book reviewing... Stella returns for another count, plus free books to be placed on public transport.

Darling Portrait Prize 2024 Art Handlers' Award winner, Nena Salobir, 'Self Portrait on Washcloth', 2024. Image: Supplied. The residue of makeup such as mascara and lipstick made an imprint on a white washcloth.
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Opportunities and awards

Entries open for digital literary award, plus winners of Art Handlers' Awards at the National Portrait Gallery and Creative Australia…

The Eternity Playhouse has been home to Darlinghurst Theatre Company, now in voluntary administration.
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Darlinghurst Theatre Company placed into voluntary administration

The company made the surprise announcement online.

Image of elderly male painter in his studio. Guy Warren
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Art world remembers Australia’s oldest painter, Guy Warren

Celebrating the remarkable life and legacy of painter Guy Warren, who died last week.

Hong Kong Dance Company's 'Convergence' touring to Sydney. Photo: Supplied. Two dancers engaged in martial arts movements on a stage. The stage floor seems to be a digital screen with black and white swirls.
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Driving cultural ambition with touring performances and global partnerships

Hong Kong is driving its arts and cultural strategy with touring performances to Australia and a global partnership with Art…

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