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Plastics in Art: David McDiarmid. Part 1: Scientific Analysis.

David McDiarmid was one of the first Australian artists to use synthetic plastics as a principal medium in his art.  His choice reflects the increasing pervasiveness of plastics in everyday life during the 1970s and the growing availability of plastics …  More

Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces – The Orbweavers

This week The Orbweavers will be performing in the Great Hall for Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces. Here, we asked them a few questions about music and art. Book tickets now.   Describe your sound in 5 words or less? …  More

The Sydney Bird Painter Boobook owl (c. 1790-1800)

This watercolour is the earliest Australian work in the NGV Collection. The boobook owl was drawn by an unidentified artist, possibly a member of the First Fleet, whose hand has also been identified in watercolours held in the Mitchell Library, …  More

A fine example of collaboration: furniture design, architecture and photography

Film and photography are a fascinating adjunct in Mid Century Modern: Australian furniture design.  They provide glimpses of the context in which furniture was used, and a sense of the impact of new ways of living in mid-century homes and …  More

Jack Meyer, Industrial Revolution

As you leave the retro cool of  mid-century Australian design and furniture pieces of the Mid-Century Modern  exhibition, you may be surprised by a last minute 3 meter long splash of the seventies that is more kamikazes and wine coolers …  More

Frederick McCubbin The pioneer 1904

McCubbin’s monumental painting The pioneer reflects the self-conscious nationalism of the years immediately following Federation. Each panel is ‘read’ to link the progress of toil on this land across time. The first panel shows a pioneering couple in their new …  More

Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces – Teeth & Tongue

This week, Teeth & Tongue will take to the stage at Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces. Here, we asked her a few questions about music and art.    Describe your sound in 5 words or less?   Experimental pop, hard …  More