Author Archives: Natalie Thomas

July 06

A Weekend in Sydney: Class and Culture Wars

    ‘Economics are the method but the object is to change the heart and soul.’ Margaret Thatcher  Everyone loves a weekend in Sydney. It’s always good. Not as good as it used to be, but hey, it’s not Sydney’s fault it’s been transitioned into a nanny state. Getting a drink after 1.30am is now […]

May 17

The End of Time. The Beginning of Time

After 32 action packed years, that launched the careers of more art stars into the cultural stratosphere than the Apollo Space program, Gertrude Contemporary is on the move. Gerty will join Melbourne’s burgeoning and vibrant inner north where vibrant live music venues like the Northcote Social Club, the Croxton, Tago Mago and Open Studio are […]

April 13

Bursting Bill’s Bubble: The Plebs vs. The Poseurs

Curating art is a profession of exclusion rather than one of inclusion. Not that curating is a competition. No. No wait, it is. Show us ya curatorial umbrella. Not that there’s too many artists (there can never be enough artists, peaches of hope and optimism that we are) sprinkling the fairy dust of hipster gentrification […]

March 08

Happy International Wonder Women’s Day

In October 2016, the United Nations appointed Wonder Woman Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls (even the ones without Netflix and an internet connection). In unreal times, unreal comical decisions are the best thing desperate men can think up to ‘Save the Day’ on planet Earth.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLG0TkuKM64 2.15mins Lynda Carter (slurring her […]

February 23

Doorbitch: Dancing ‘round the power of music

Musicians are the creatives that float my boat in the field of sexual intercourse. I confess to having investigated the bodies of more musos than you can shake a drumstick at. It’s rude to gloat about quantity, but I sure was busy mis-spending my youth. Music playing along before/during/after all that mis-spending. Good sex and […]

January 24

Sex and the media

I’ve been thinking about what we see, watch, read and hear, in terms of gender. How all the white male privilege they’ve had us hardwired into since birth, has fucked with our brains. How the entertainment industry rewards men more than anyone else and most men aren’t even that entertaining. They hog the mic, passing […]

December 05

Winners are Grinners: The 10th EMSLA Award; Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery

It’s a tough gig being a distinguished judge, but hey! Someone’s gotta do it. Michael Fitzgerald, editor of Art Monthly Australasia, Julie Fragar, celebrated, award winning painter and I judged the $20,000 EMSLA Award in Coffs Harbour the other week. We came together on the land of the Gumbaynggir and pay our respects to the […]