Ai Weiwei, Law of the Journey, 2017, reinforced PVC with aluminium frame, 3 x 60 x 6m.
Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Ai Weiwei Studio
The 21st Sydney Biennale is the first to be directed by a curator of non-Western heritage. While the number of artists is modest, lost quantity is made up by quality.
Detail from William Barak, Figures in possum skin cloaks, 1898, pencil, wash, charcoal solution, gouache and earth pigments on paper, 57.0 x 88.8 cm (image and sheet)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased, 1962
Colony at the NGV pairs colonial art with Indigenous responses, in an effort to create dialogue about Australia's history.
Helen Morse lends her voice to the poetry of Memorial.
Memorial brings Alice Oswald's poetic retelling of the Iliad to the stage, with its furious indictment of war and its aftermath.
Julia Hales and the cast of You Know We Belong Together.
You Know We Belong Together is a moving demand for more representation of people with Down Syndrome in the arts.
Vicky Krieps and Daniel Day Lewis in Phantom Thread.
Daniel Day Lewis makes his last appearance in Phantom Thread as master of a fashion house disturbed by his relationship with a waitress.
Mezzo soprano Eve Klein performed two compositions while a medical laryngoscope, inserted into her throat, revealed the movement of her vocal chords.
Listeners often describe the music presented at Tasmania's Mofo festival as 'weird'. But to do so sells the experience short.
Fish iceblocks return slowly to Sydney Harbour in Four Thousand Fish at Sydney Festival.
Aboriginal women are at the heart of two events at the Sydney Festival, which grapple with the impact of colonisation on their lives.
Julie Hale (left) and Joshua Jenkins in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, an adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel.
A theatre production of Mark Haddon's much-loved novel is affirmative and at times deeply sentimental, with a hi-tech set, and exacting choreography.
Bani and the cast of My Name is Jimi.
My Name is Jimi is the story of actor Jimi Bani told by four generations, in three languages, drawing on multiple cultural and theatrical traditions.
Musicians perform underwater in AquaSonic at the Sydney Festival.
Between Music's AquaSonic puts five musicians in tanks of water. It is an hour of evocative new sounds and striking visuals.
Maura Tierney (second from left) plays Germaine Greer, Scott Shepherd (far left) and Ari Fliakos (second from right) both play Norman Mailer, and Greg Mehrten as Diana Shilling (far right).
The Town Hall Affair is a recreation of a 1971 debate between Germaine Greer and other feminists and Norman Mailer. It feels exceptionally prescient in 2018.
Circus Oz’s Model Citizens seamlessly intertwines entertainment with political and social commentary.
Circus Oz's latest show furthers the company's commitment to politically driven, gender balanced circus.
Rabaul is famous for its twin volcanoes, which erupted simultaneously in 1994.
Unknown photographer Image supplied by David Bridie and Gideon Kakabin
An exhibition at the Melbourne Museum tells the history of colonialism in East New Britain, PNG, from the perspective of the local people. This is history from the ground up, told through film, art and music.
Taylor Mac sacrificed the audience in a ‘Radical Faerie realness ritual’. Fortunately we survived.
2017 gave us a blockbuster female superhero, radical faerie realness rituals, and the 'frenetic flapping of male genitalia'. Here's what our arts critics made of all that.
Elaine Cromby and Ursula Yovich in Barbara and the Camp Dogs.
Barbara and the Camp Dogs transformed Sydney's Belvoir Theatre into a pub gig. But what started as a comedy became a searing tragedy about Australia's inability to listen to Indigenous people.
Jake Arditti (Nero) in Coronation of Poppea: the production is a haze of drug-fuelled violence, erotic drive, and dog eat dog power plays.
The Monteverdi opera exploring passion in ancient Rome has been transposed to a contemporary gangster setting in a new Sydney production.
Ngathu, in Bangarra’s Ones Country, is a brilliant combination of the contemporary and traditional, telling the story of the ngathu, or cycad, in Arnhem Land.
Photo by Daniel Boud
Bangarra’s current season of three new works, Ones Country, is uneven in parts but worth seeing for the diversity of Indigenous stories from some new choreographic voices.
Sabbia Gallery - Alison Milyika Carroll working on a pot at Ernabella Arts ceramic studio, 2017.
Photo Ernabella Arts, Courtesy of Sabbia Gallery
Clay Stories, a travelling exhibition, showcases ceramic art from Indigenous artists across the country. It is a triumphant display of specific stories and Dreamings, standing against cultural and political amnesia.
Hilary Cole, Helen Dallimore and Maggie McKenna in Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures Production of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical.
© Lisa Tomasetti
Muriel Heslop stole Australia's heart when she debuted on screen in 1994. Now she gets a loving, ABBA-filled musical tribute, that is definitely not terrible.
Sophia Forrest as Eli in Let the Right One In.
Photo credit Daniel J Grant
Based on the 2004 novel, Let the Right One is a bloody staging of a vampire romance. Except in this show, the predator is a teenage girl.