Visual Arts

Gerard Mapstone & Friends take up the Kokoda Youth Challenge

Gerard Mapstone & Friends take up the Kokoda Youth Challenge

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WOW – BOOK NOW to be there when, on Tuesday 17th May at Brisbane Powerhouse the truly amazing flamenco guitarist Gerard Mapstone, together with the DALeCAÑA Flamenco Company and Special Guest Artists Tomas Arroquero and Judith Henley will present a concert in support of the Kokoda Youth Challenge Program.

Duchess Kate, a Style Icon and a Woman for the Future

Duchess Kate, a Style Icon and a Woman for the Future

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Duchess Kate (Catherine) of Cambridge is an overnight sensation, a Style icon and a woman for the future who displays a respect for all people and the past. On just one day with one event she boosted Britain’s morale, its arts, its industry and its commerce. She placed the royal family back at the forefront of leadership by example and proved that when two people love each other as much as she and her Prince, well then anything is possible for all people in a big society.

The Borgias – Interpreting the Silence of God

The Borgias – Interpreting the Silence of God

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Bring it on Showtime. Knowledge is Power. From Director Neil Jordan comes tales and stories of the dastardly Italian Borgia dynasty, one of the most infamous families of the Renaissance in Italy. This is a family whose code was certainly to take no prisoners.

Sunny Sydney, turning 40, sharing a little wine and sweet words

Sunny Sydney, turning 40, sharing a little wine and sweet words

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Sydney is amazing really. It never fails to engender me with a new sense of hope. It’s something in the air here. The people are confident, sure of their own worth and surging ahead, embracing change, which as in any progressive society is constant. They don’t look back as much as they look forward, trying to build on tradition while imagining and inventing the new.

Fashion Festivities @ Melbourne – Creating Style

Fashion Festivities @ Melbourne – Creating Style

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Fillies in fabulous frocks showing off their festival form and fine fetlocks usually happens at Melbourne in November at the horse racing event of the Australian calendar, the Melbourne Cup. But even the fastest of them would not finish ahead of the ferocious fashionista’s all clad in fantastic finery competing, clamouring and cramming into celebratory events all over the city during L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Week March 14 – 20, 2011.

Rock Star Physicist Brian Cox – Universal Wonders

Rock Star Physicist Brian Cox – Universal Wonders

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In stellar company on the Graham Norton Show Rock Star Physicist Brian Cox OBE, recently voted the world’s sexiest astronomer, is like a breath of fresh air in the world of science. Passionate, like Rock Star poet Lord Byron he is handsome, not pretty – tall and good looking enough to be taken seriously.

Upstairs Downstairs – it’s a class act really

Upstairs Downstairs – it’s a class act really

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Hot on the heels of the success of Downton Abbey, which captivated the hearts of English viewers during 2010, comes news of the all new three part series of its inspiration, Upstairs Downstairs. It is another character laden piece filled with wonderfully flawed people ensuring that everyone viewing feels right at home.

The Culture Concept Circle

The Culture Concept Circle

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The Culture Concept Circle is a friendly meeting place for those with an interest in the arts (performance and visual), design history and the continuing development of a sustainable and creative society. It’s all about art, design and style past, present and future. Hundreds of FREE posts are published on…

Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. – Memories of Nindooinbah

Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. – Memories of Nindooinbah

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I am writing this on the seventh anniversary of the passing of Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. (8 January 1941 – 11 February 2004). She lived all her life in one of Queensland’s most historic houses, Nindooinbah, which is sited superbly in a lovely valley nearby to Beaudesert in Queensland…

Costume, a footnote to culture in Downton Abbey and The King’s Speech

Costume, a footnote to culture in Downton Abbey and The King’s Speech

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Costume is, and remains an important footnote to culture. It is both a changing and eternal form of human expression. In the new English series Downton Abbey, which we recently reviewed, the costumes for both men and women are truly superb, mostly tailor made for its bevvy of actors both upstairs and down.

The Tourist, would you be ready to go to Venice in 20 minutes?

The Tourist, would you be ready to go to Venice in 20 minutes?

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The Tourist is a movie all about an American tourist’s playful dalliance with a stranger that begins on a train and leads to a web of intrigue, romance and danger. To coin the words of super sleuth author ‘Richard Castle’, “I know, isn’t it great!”

L’anima del filosofo – Orpheus+Eurydice Premiere at Sydney

L’anima del filosofo – Orpheus+Eurydice Premiere at Sydney

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Eighteenth century Composer Franz Joseph Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo will premiere at Sydney, Australia Thursday 2 December 2010. It is being sung for four nights only. 2, 4, 5 and 7 December at the Angel Place Recital Hall. It is an opera in Italian in four acts whose libretto is based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, as told in first century Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

At Brisbane – BIRDVOICE – The Ornithologist’s Dream, New Works by John Anderson

At Brisbane – BIRDVOICE – The Ornithologist’s Dream, New Works by John Anderson

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Artist John Anderson’s exhibition of new works confirms his enthusiasm for the beauty of birds in the Australian landscape. He has recorded his delight for future generations before many beautiful birds become extinct or, otherwise disappear beneath the onslaught of civilization.

Adventures in Art with Amelia Batchelor – Sagittarians rock!

Adventures in Art with Amelia Batchelor – Sagittarians rock!

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Meeting New Zealand born painter, sculptor, drawing and chalk artist Amelia (Mealie) Batchelor, whose view of life is a continual journey of discovery, has been one of great joy. We met at Brisbane where we had both found ourselves after leaving the cities where we were born. Me Sydney, she Auckland.

Harrington Commode at Sotheby’s Auction by Chippendale?

Harrington Commode at Sotheby’s Auction by Chippendale?

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From London comes the announcement by leading auction house Sotheby’s that it has a very special marquetry commode coming up in a sale in December. Lot 69 is declared as ‘almost certainly by Thomas Chippendale’. Entitled the Harrington Commode it is described as an important George III Gilt-lacquered brass mounted fustic, rosewood, tulipwood and marquetry commode made circa 1770 (within ten years either way). The estimate is 600,000 to 1,000,000 GBP