Red Dust: An exhibition exploring the road trip of life

This week we are pleased to feature a reflection from artist Xiang Li, considering the nature of her current exhibition Red Dust. Featured in this exhibition is artwork that explores Xiang’s experience of life through the challenges that were part of a solo road trip into Central Australia. Recognizing that “…life is just like a…

Patricia Fenner’s legacy

Friday 26th February, 2021 was a significant day in the life of the Master of Art Therapy program at La Trobe University as Associate Professor Patricia Fenner retired from full time work after more than 20 years with the University. Whilst Patricia prepares to take up an Honorary role with a focus on research, her…

Illuminated and enlightened @ the NGV

UNTIL 18 APRFREE ENTRY With the relative social freedom we experienced throughout January in Melbourne 2021, I was keen to visit the NGV and see the TRIENNIAL. The NGV TRIENNIAL is an extraordinary public exhibition designed to bring contemporary art, design and architecture into dialogue, offering the people of Melbourne a visually arresting and thought-provoking…

Prescribing art for mental health

Broadcast: Sun 9 Aug 2020, 12:30pm We have been interested this year to think about the impact of finding galleries physically closed and artwork available for us to explore online. This week we are pleased to share with you an ABC podcast from Lynne Malcolm’s All in the Mind, exploring the idea of prescribing art for…

Painting for memory in a time of isolation

In this time of isolation, I have 2 paintings hanging on the wall in my home office that evoke warm memories of January 2020, the time before Covid19 began to change my experience of the world. The images were made by my grandchildren, Ava and Ethan Byrne, in response to a visit we made to…

When the going gets tough, artists and arts educators get going

This week we are featuring an article from EduResearch Matters, a blog from the Australia Association for Research in Education. This article written by Kathryn Coleman and Mark Selkrig considers how, “…despite the gloomy outlook, we are seeing artists and arts educators, survive, adapt and some ways even thrive in this time of change.” CATEGORIES#CreateAustraliasFuture, #inseadrawcloser, #KeepTheMusicGoing, Arts education, Education and the Arts, Multimodal arts…

‘Unprecedented times’ for the art of flourishing

This week Carmen Milic reflects with us on the way in which the practice of art making seems to be blossoming as we live in isolation and wonders about relationship between art and our flourishing in these “unprecedented times”. “Unprecedented times” These are two words I repeatedly receive as I scroll through my social media…