July 18

David Bowie IS

Who’s had more sex: David Bowie or the next Winter Masterpiece, Catherine the Great? I reckon she has, God bless her. People are still reeling over the scandalous amount of sex Catherine made people have with her. If you take over your hubby’s gig (ruling Russia) in a bloodless coup, you may as well line […]

July 14

A week in Queensland

I grew up in Brisbane and last week, ventured back to the Sunshine State to celebrate Mum’s 70th Birthday. The best thing about moving away from home is going back later and seeing it  with fresh eyes. The worst thing is that it can also mess with your brain. Your home isn’t your home anymore; […]

June 26

The Politics of Art: (Part 3)

Research is creative and political. Research is like curating: you decide what to put in and what to leave out. What’s important and what’s not important. The presentation of research reveals the philosophy of the researcher as exhibitions reveal the politics of curators. Research is art as much as thinking is art. And art (like […]

June 19

The Politics of Private Art Philanthropy

Two of the options to pick up the shortfall as Australian Government funding for the arts ‘tapers off’ is private art philanthropy and Corporate sponsorship of the Arts. As more and more Australians struggle to pay their power bills, money has never before been more valuable. Let us consider the politics of private arts philanthropy. […]

June 13

Australian Art and Politics: Part 1

The Australian Liberal Parties Arts Policy is based on Pretty Woman. The businessman character, on which all Liberal Party policies are based, bunny hops a high-end sports car into town. Cars and Real Estate (the commodities that currently form the basis of the world’s economic growth) are recurring mainstream success motifs. The businessman will be […]

June 04

Ryan Gander: Read Only

Ryan Gander once pretended to be Minister for the Department of Skills and Education in Britain. He took the job very seriously, commissioning an advertising company to Imagineer an ad to promote British Culture, an export Ryan had proudly identified as Britain’s most significant. Film, art, fashion, music, from Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber down to […]

June 01

Lost and Profound

I’m in a dream. I’m Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. But middle aged. Still great with a bow and arrow, in ok nick for what they’ve put me through, very able to think outside the box. My reality TV stardom days are now but faded memories. I’m bitter about being cast aside for a […]

May 25

Proposition for Change for Equitable Outcomes for Surgeons (Female)

It’s hard to get trained up as a woman with a scalpel: ‘You would expect women to flourish in medicine. Since 1996, women have outnumbered men in Australian medical schools. More than half of general practice trainees, two out of three paediatric trainees, and close to three in four obstetricians in training are women. Look at surgical training […]

May 19

Art and Money : West Space Annual Fundraiser

Conservative people like conservative art. Therein lies the problem. Conservative art, unfortunately for those who have invested in it, ages very poorly. It can’t hold its price once it’s been identified as vacuous drivel. Its value can be propped up for a while by all the parties interested in keeping it up (the price that […]

May 09

Melbourne Art Book Fair

If you needed further proof that art loves nothing more than flogging a dead horse, the Melbourne Art Book Fair was a 3-day event of evidence. At a time of rapid decline in book sales and the closure of much loved local book stores the world over, a new mode of doing business with books […]