Cultural Development

Sydney – Simply Moving from Inside to Outside the Square

Sydney – Simply Moving from Inside to Outside the Square

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Sydney in Spring: fashion, flowers and fauna; art, antiques, design and style Remember how theoretically technology was supposed to make our lives easier? In practice it tends to make our lives more complicated. This paradox has led many to embrace simplicity. Arriving at Sydney airport recently as I traversed the…

Antique & Art Dealers Association Show @ Sydney in Spring

Antique & Art Dealers Association Show @ Sydney in Spring

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The Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association (AA&ADA) Show is on at Royal Randwick Racecourse at Sydney from the 7 – 11th September. It is the leading industry body representing antique and art dealers in Australia today. Their Code of Practice is surety that your investment in the past is also an investment in your future.

Louie Schwartzberg – Happiness Revealed

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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXDMoiEkyuQ&feature=player_embedded#! Author, photographer, painter and keynote speaker Elizabeth Murray in California sent me the link to this beautifully filmed video presented at the TED conference 2011. TED is all about ideas worth spreading.  This presentation was given by Louie Schwartzberg award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer. His notable career spans more…

Paradise in Purgatory Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox Finding Light

Paradise in Purgatory Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox Finding Light

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Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox has an exhibition about to open on the 8th September 2011 and run until 8th October (someone’s superstitious) at the Purgatory Artspace in North Melbourne, Victoria. The exhibition is called Paradise, so I am sure reviewers, certainly with a Catholic school background, will have a field day referencing Paradise to, and in Purgatory.

Artist David Henderson – Deepening the Mystery of Light

Artist David Henderson – Deepening the Mystery of Light

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This spring Brisbane artist David Henderson will hold his 2011 Exhibition in the Graydon Gallery at New Farm in Brisbane. What David offers in the 30+ works on offer is a glimpse of pure joy. They are evocative atmospheric scenes, mostly from the ancient Italian city La Serenissima (The Most Serene Republic) Venice, where with his brush and colour on canvas he constantly explores the elusive qualities of light, seeking to access its ever-deepening mysteries.

Cadel Evans Celebrity, Caring in Community a Balancing Act

Cadel Evans Celebrity, Caring in Community a Balancing Act

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Headlines in newspapers across Australia on July 25th 2011 celebrated the awesome achievement of cycling’s new hero Cadel Evans, a man deeply committed to the ethos of his profession and chosen sport. Through endurance, patience and above all persistence after more than a decade of trying he finally won on 24th July Le Tour de France, the most demanding of all the cycling races around the world. Evans gave a performance of great éclat.

Nordic Cuisine @ Noma World’s #1 Restaurant & MasterChef ’11

Nordic Cuisine @ Noma World’s #1 Restaurant & MasterChef ’11

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For the best in class, Noma is the number one place to eat at right now in the world. The Australian Masterchef 2011 judges confirmed this to their Australia wide audience during the grand finale as Noma’s Celebrity Chef Rene Redzepi set the task for Kate and Michael to complete. Imagine tickets for a tour in Scandinavia will book out, which is a good thing for Europe in the current economic milieu.

The Australian Ballet – Legendary Dance Liaisons

The Australian Ballet – Legendary Dance Liaisons

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Dance is the hidden language of the soul and the body* The Australian Ballet in 2011 is a fantastic fusion of art, design, style, movement and music. Whenever and wherever they dance today becomes a sensory spectacle of visual richness, which is shaped by its history, social, cultural and spiritual…

The Gough Map of Great Britain Medieval Miracle goes Digital

The Gough Map of Great Britain Medieval Miracle goes Digital

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It is really only since the Victorian Age that early maps of the world went from being considered amusing relics of dark-age ignorance held up to public scorn and ridicule to being seen as an essential element in understanding the medieval world-view. They are important to anyone with an interest in the art, literature, philosophy and social structure of that time.

Poetry of Drawing – Capturing Society and holding it Captive

Poetry of Drawing – Capturing Society and holding it Captive

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At the Art Gallery of NSW until the 4th September 2011, The Poetry of Drawing is an Exhibition of the designs, studies and watercolours of the British Pre-Raphealite Brotherhood.

At the Beginnings of Art – Precious Cargoes from Cathay

At the Beginnings of Art – Precious Cargoes from Cathay

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Italian adventurer, Marco Polo, perpetuated the western predilection for exotic goods in the European mind from early in the thirteenth century. He related fascinating stories about visiting a far off luxurious land called Cathay.

Sound of Music: Poets Celebrate Creation Psalms – Polyphony

Sound of Music: Poets Celebrate Creation Psalms – Polyphony

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The European medieval mind concerned itself with matters of the soul harmony & music as major aspects of the kósmos, a system centred on the earth & human race

Favourite Books – Andrea Palladio, The Architect in his Time

Favourite Books – Andrea Palladio, The Architect in his Time

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Professor Bruce Boucher’s scholarly and accessible work, Andrea Palladio, The Architect in his Time was first published in 1994  in a ‘user friendly version’…to fit comfortably into a suitcase or backpack for a quick trip to Vicenza, the scene of many of Palladio’s triumphant works in architecture. Don’t know about…