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Persian Portrait of a prince examining an arrow (late 16th century-early 17th century)

This portrait was probably painted during the reign of Shah Abbas (1587–1629), whose rule marked a period of stability and consolidation within the Persian Empire and saw the capital at Isfahan established in 1600.   As well as wall paintings decorating …  More

Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces – Ben Watt

This week Ben Watt will be performing in the Great Hall for Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces. Here, we asked him a few questions about music and art. Book tickets now.   Describe your sound in 5 words or less? That is someone else’s job …  More

Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces – New Gods

This week New Gods 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? It’s art: …  More

Donald Judd Untitled (1969-1971)

In the 1960s Donald Judd proposed a new way of making and experiencing art, breaking ground in the exploration of volume, interval, space and colour. He favoured industrial materials such as aluminium, perspex, sheet metal and plywood. From the mid …  More

Sharp focus and an unsentimental vision

Walking through the Mid-Century Modern exhibition, I was drawn to the sharply focused black and white photographs displayed throughout the show – both hanging on the walls, and seen on the pages of the numerous interior design magazines. Alongside the furniture …  More

Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces – The Audrey’s (duo)

Tomorrow night The Audrey’s (duo) 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? Girl Sings, Guy Plays …  More

Fred Williams Cape York bushfire (2) (1977)

After his return to Australia from London in 1956, Fred Williams turned his attention to painting the Australian landscape, depicting it in such a distinctive and fresh way that, for many, his art transformed their vision of it. The Cape …  More