• You imagine what you desire

    Open Forum     |      May 15, 2014

    From the 21 March to 9 June the Biennale of Sydney presents Australiaʼs largest contemporary visual arts event. Held every two years, the Biennale has this time gathered more than 85 artists from 28 countries. There also are artist talks, forums, guided tours and family days.

  • Many cultures within but not integrated

    Bronte Jackson     |      May 5, 2014

    Australia prides itself as being a multicultural society. Bronte Jackson says there is still a barrier of ‘us and them’ that prevents us from being truly inclusive.

  • Art is good for the soul

    Svetlana Stankovic     |      April 23, 2014

    One of the venues for the 19th Biennale of Sydney is the Museum of Contemporary Art. Svetlana Stankovic, who is the editor of Open Forum, reflects on art and happiness after visiting the exhibition.

  • Dos and don’ts of the 19th Biennale of Sydney

    Mel Thatcher     |      April 1, 2014

    The 19th Biennale of Sydney is well under way with art and events staged across Sydney. Mel Thatcher went to the art show on Cockatoo Island and has some practical tips to get the most out of the visit.

  • Art Month goodness

    Mel Thatcher     |      March 17, 2014

    Art Month Sydney celebrates the diversity of contemporary art in Sydney this March. Mel Thatcher has ventured out to galleries and art studios and shares what she has discovered so far.

  • Intersections and Parallels

    Open Forum     |      March 17, 2014

    Art Month Sydney is a not-for-profit festival of contemporary art. Every year in March Art Month Sydney celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary art in Sydney by opening gallery doors and presenting over 200 exhibitions and events.

  • How to do more of what we love.

    Michal Bodi     |      March 11, 2014

    No matter what you do in life, it’s always a good idea to talk to people who have already done it or at least are willing to listen to your experience. Michal Bodi has started Sydney Artist Collective to unite creative souls online and form a community of like-minded people to share and connect.

  • Meet the makers

    Open Forum     |      March 7, 2014

    Arts Open happens for the second time this weekend (8-10 March) to present an inside view to some extraordinary art studio workings. 70 artists across Castlemaine and the Mt Alexander Shire in Central Victoria will open their studios to discuss their artwork and techniques and allow a glimpse into their personal creative space.

  • The Rhinos are here. Join the herd.

    Madeleine Smitham     |      February 28, 2014

    Art can spark the imagination and at the same time create awareness for important conservation causes. Madeline Smitham from the Taronga Conservation Society Australia explains how their biggest public art exhibition raises vital funding for a Black Rhino breeding program.

  • On being a contemporary artist

    Corinne Brittain     |      February 14, 2014

    ‘Coming out’ as a contemporary artist is nerve-racking. Corinne Brittain recalls words of caution from disillusioned art lecturers and awkward dinner party conversations.

  • What can Australia learn from Cuba?

    Peter Fritz     |      February 13, 2014

    Australia needs a balance of excellent management, self-interest and a coherent narrative. Peter Fritz recently visited Cuba and reflects on what we can learn from this country.

  • Looking and seeing

    Anne Fritz Cohen     |      February 6, 2014

    What does art and culture have to do with cars and lorikeets? Anne Fritz argues that by looking and seeing with purpose we can create art every day.