Arts


Phosphorescence by Julia Baird: A timely & beautiful book

It’s called ” A luminous book full of grace” and “Glinting with insights, a boundlessly generous book.” And yes, its a beauty! It’s the sort of book where you ration its reading because you don’t want it to end. Julia Baird writes ” How do we continue to glow when…

29 June 2020 | Arts

Two Artists & The Parisian Avant Garde

When art galleries reopened I was 2nd in line at a safe, 1.5 meters of social distancing queue. I went to the Bendigo Art Gallery, a fine gold-era building in one of Victoria’s regional cities. It punches above its weight in attracting world class exhibitions. Because of inspired arts leadership,…

25 June 2020 | Arts

Mother Father Son……”Completely Cuckoo, Utterly Irresistible”

I’ve been bingeing a lot lately and reading books about self -acceptance and suspending self -judgement. Paradoxical you think. Well no. My TV drama marathons until the early hours of the morning may leave me bleary eyed and discombobulated the next day but that’s where NO  Self- Judgement takes over….

25 June 2020 | Arts

What is ART anyway?

I stand before a crumple of plastic plumbing pipe, a laminate table and a gin bottle. The artwork is called “Incontinent.” It was created in 1997 by Fiona Hall. The explanation attached to the sculpture reads Incontinent utilises bodily metaphors to comment on the crumbling of the British Empire, Queen…

17 June 2020 | Arts

Born a Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood

Trevor Noah came to my attention on Instagram. He’s the clever, funny and utterly engaging writer, political commentator, satirist and current anchor for The Daily Show when he replaced Jon Stewart in 2015. Time magazine has named this 36 year old African American one of the top 100 most influential…

5 June 2020 | Arts

Bill Cunningham Fashion Climbing: A Must Read!

You don’t have to love fashion to love this book! In 2010 Bill Cunningham New York hit the cinemas. In this documentary we were introduced to this unique, genial, creative, talented individual who rode around New York taking photos of fashion events, fashion on the street and in the homes…

22 May 2020 | Arts

A Secret Love

Netflix is really a cornucopia of trash and also some excellent programming. A Secret Love is one of those little, unassuming gems that tells a very simple human story of a lesbian couple, their 65 and a half years together and their move to an aged care facility. Being gay…

1 May 2020 | Arts

Stage Your Own Film Festival

There’s a film festival running at my house at the moment. Every Friday night.  Around 8pm Gracie cat and I sit down with some snacks and a glass of wine and watch films. Sometimes  the films are around a director like Pedro Almodovar or Jane Campion. I’ll follow their careers…

17 April 2020 | Arts

The English Game

Did you see the Downton Abbey Series? I was besotted by the characters, lavish costume and sheer opulence of the drama series. It was written by Julian Fellowes who has now created The English Game that is available on Netflix. (Incidentally Julian Alexander Kitchener Fellowes, also Baron Fellowes of West…

7 April 2020 | Arts