Dancers rehearse at a 2016 media call for The Australian Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Of our 28 major performing arts organisations, only three have female artistic leaders.
Women make up the majority of arts consumers and employees, but men dominate at every level of arts leadership.
Kate Spade, who was found dead in New York on June 5, was a trailblazer.
Kate Spade has been found dead in New York, age 55. Her handbags, first released in the early-1990s, introduced young professional women to affordable luxury.
Surrounded by Angels, by Carl Schweninger der Jungere, 1912.
June 7, 2018
Notions of heaven have changed through the ages, from an eternity centred on God to a more secular place where loved ones will reunite.
With strong female leads such as Rey, Star Wars merchandise has tended to be sold in its own ‘destination’ section of stores rather than gendered toy aisles.
Ken dolls with a 'man bun'. Female superhero action figures. At long last, the gendered distinctions of the pink and blue toy aisles are starting to break down.
Common beliefs include finding a spiritual essence in nature.
Around 14% of Australians identify as spiritual. It is time they were given the same rights as those belonging to organised religions.
Bernard Herrmann’s music for the final scene in Psycho fragments and breaks down, echoing the psychotic episode experienced by the character Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins).
Graphics: Emil Jeyaratnam/The Conversation; Image: Still from 'Psycho' (1960)
In this episode of Close-up, Bruce Isaacs contrasts the unsettling musical score from Hitchcock’s Psycho with Howard Shore’s score for Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.
Happy and Holy: Barry Otto as Tockey, Ruth Cracknell as Cecilia McManus, Graham Rowe as Denny, Ron Hadrick as O'Halloran in a 1982 production by the Sydney Theatre Company.
Photographer David Wilson.
June 4, 2018
Great Australian plays
The 1970s transformed Australian drama. It was a time of imaginative brilliance as the Empire wrote back.
A stick insect in Borneo: variation and natural selection has resulted in insects with the astonishing ability to mimic features in their natural environment.
May 30, 2018
Guide to the classics
In this age of the pseudo-factual, its more important than ever to acquaint ourselves with the foundations of the scientific tradition, such as Darwin's Origin of Species.
Nearly 70% of dance professionals are women, but none of Australia’s major dance companies has a female art director.
Since 2017, only 13% of full-length works by Australia's major dance companies have been choreographed by women.
The courts are, or can be, theatres of remorse.
May 31, 2018
In many legal jurisdictions of the world, including Australia, an offender’s remorse is a mitigating factor at sentencing. And yet how judges evaluate such expressions is unclear.
Artist Nyapanyapa Yunipingu is assisted by art centre worker Jeremy Cloake at Buku-Larrnngay Art Centre,Yirrkala.
White people hugely influence the Aboriginal art world – but that can be a good thing, according to the artists.
Aboriginal protectors Walter Roth and Archibald Meston between them collected over 700 objects for the Queensland Museum.
State Library of Queensland
Like many Australian museums, collectors for the Queensland Museum played a role in the violent dispossession of First Nations people.
Roseanne Barr at an event for the 75th Golden Globe Awards this year.
2018 Kevork Djansezian/NBC/idmb
The decision to cancel the series – and remove it from air in Australia – demonstrates there is a clear line that even money can’t cross.
The study shared by Donald and Myfanwy Horne photographed in 2014.
Karl Schwerdtfeger Photography.
May 23, 2018
The life of the mind
A new room will open at the NSW State LIbrary today, furnished with objects from Donald and Myfanwy Horne's study. Their daughter, Julia, reflects here on a writing partnership and the room that fostered it.
A sculpture of William Ricketts looms over those of Arrernte and Pitjantjatjara men at the sanctuary in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges.
May 24, 2018
A mossy sanctuary in Victoria's Dandenong Ranges houses 92 sculptures, mostly of Arrernte and Pitjantjatjara men, women and children. They are steeped in primitivism, yet the park is a popular tourist attraction.
Meghan Markle’s mixed race identity has been the topic of conversation leading up to her wedding to Prince Harry. That’s a good thing.
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Journalist Stan Grant has argued that we need to stop talking about Meghan Markle's 'mixed race' identity. But our society still categorises people according to race - and we need to discuss this.
Small Australian presses are publishing more contemporary works originally written in languages other than English.
In the face of mounting political isolationism, translated fiction might just be the thing to save us.
His recent death will lead to some old debates about his work returning – but are they still valid?
Heart of Darkness follows a journey up the Congo River, but equally critiques the imperial powers back in Europe.
USAID Democratic Republic of Congo/Flickr
May 22, 2018
Guide to the classics
In our ongoing Guide to the Classics series, we look at Heart of Darkness: the product of dark historical energies that continue to shape our contemporary world.
Singer and actor Zendaya donned an outfit reminiscent of Joan of Arc at the recent Met Gala.
In the 1850s, the women's dress reform movement advocated for a return to medieval design. The practice continues today.