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Grant Featherston’s R152 Contour chair

It was sometime in 1950, while playing with a tram ticket, that Grant Featherston came up with the idea to bend and join two pieces of plywood to form the shell of a chair.  He patented this method in 1951 …  More

Come into the parlour – A room for kids

Fashion Detective is an exhibition of unattributed works dating from the nineteenth century conceived of as a series of ‘cases’ requiring investigation. Presented as small vignettes telling different stories of analysis and deduction, the exhibition is conceptually and visually playful. …  More

The Man

Fashion Detective author Sulari Gentill and Sisters in Crime Australia authors Leigh Redhead and Phillipa Martin led a fiction writing workshop at the NGV inspired by the mysterious objects in Fashion Detective. Here is one of the best stories, as …  More

Faking it

These ice skating boots in Fashion Detective are a bit of a mystery. The catalogue entry reads: ‘early to mid 20thC skating boots’…and not much else. Peer a little closer (or with a stereomicroscope and x-ray, very close) however, and …  More

Top Arts 2014

Top Arts 2014!!! What an amazing yet unexpected beginning to the year. Congratulations to all students who applied, regardless of whether you were or were not successful your hard work and passion towards art does not go unnoticed.   Being …  More

William Nicholson The black pansy 1910

William Nicholson was always torn between the need to paint society portraits to maintain his family and his love for humbler still lifes and landscape painting. Nicholson’s admiration of Édouard Manet and Edwardian interiors is evident in this still life …  More

Remembering Top Arts 2001

As an artist and photographer I look back fondly to when I was selected for Top Arts 2001. It was an important step for my very early career and came as reassurance to my creative endeavors and dreams to pursue …  More