• 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.

  • Drawn to Yirrkala

    Amanda Peacock     |      February 4, 2014

    The Art Gallery of New South Wales is currently showing drawings from the Yirrkala community in Arnhem Land. Amanda Peacock travelled up north to witness the exciting early stages of creating an artwork.

  • Moments that take your breath away

    Anne Fritz Cohen     |      February 3, 2014

    Art evokes a range of feelings and emotions. Anne Fritz, who has spent more than three decades exploring the arts, invites us to allow this emotional experience to happen and thus make our life richer.

  • World religions – Is there a meaning for you?

    Ronald Forbes     |      January 15, 2014

    Knowing more about the beliefs people hold has benefits for all of us. Ronald Forbes has written his book about world religions from a sincere appreciation of what each faith offers.

  • Happy Australia Day!

    Open Forum     |      January 5, 2014

    26 January is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet from Great Britain in 1788. Today Australia Day not only marks this historic event though. It’s a day to reflect and look ahead, be proud of what we have achieved as a nation while not forgetting our shortcomings.

  • Join the party

    Open Forum     |      January 3, 2014

    Sydney celebrates again this January. The Sydney Festival offers a diversity of international visual and performing arts, coming together in an exciting flurry of artistic activity.

  • Year in review 2013

    Svetlana Stankovic     |      December 23, 2013

    I would to thank you, the Open Forum community, for all the support you have shown throughout 2013. As readers and bloggers you play a major role in shaping the content of this website.

  • Food to nourish the body and soul

    Lisa Goldberg     |      November 29, 2013

    More than seven years ago, six women sat down to gather recipes that tell the story of their community. Lisa Goldberg shares memories – and a delicious recipe – from her sisterhood, the ‘Monday Morning Cooking Club’.

  • The Australian love affair with all things French

    Sharon Stratford     |      November 28, 2013

    Australia has embraced French culture in many ways. Sharon Stratford from French Desire explores the growing affinity with France and its influence on Australia.