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Left: Lavinia Fontana, ‘Mystic marriage of Saint Catherine’, 1574-77 oil on copper. NGV, Felton Bequest, 2021. Image: Supplied. Right: Artemisia Gentileschi, ‘Lucretia’, c.1630-35 oil on canvas. Private collection. Image: Supplied.

Do you know the first female professional artists in Western history?

Lavinia Fontana, Sofonisba Aguissola and Artemisia Gentileschi sustained rewarding artistic practices with an entrepreneurial mindset.

close-up of gold miner's brooch held by blue-gloved hands and woman's eyes peering through.

Gold, glitz and history on show in the State of Victoria gold jewellery collection

Fifteen highlighted pieces of newly acquired goldfield jewellery are on display in a glittery pop-up exhibition at the Melbourne Museum.

Career Advice

So you want my arts job: Architectural historian and writer

As a child, Peter Andrew Barrett spent endless hours exploring Melbourne's rooftops and alleyways. Now he works to preserve and…

Education & Student News

Why I studied ... Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture) at QUT

During COVID, artist S-J Botham went back to study, finding a passion for design and its potential to create social…


Rethinking performance, exhibition and documentation through dance

From dance experimentations in the 70s to more recent performance-exhibitions, what does it mean to look at dance in a…


Curators' responsibilities in spotlight as Chinese audiences feel 'let down'

A group of Chinese students have raised concerns over the curatorial approach of a show depicting some of the country's…

Night of the Nerds

Where science and the natural world converge through the arts  

A diverse range of art forms are being used to communicate serious scientific and natural world facts in fun and…