Faces of the Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon

Faces of the Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon

Visiting the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (Lyon Museum of Fine Arts), I started with the sculptures and found myself looking at the faces, carved from stone yet so expressive. As I moved through the museum, I continued to focus on faces. What emotions were revealed though chisel or paint? What commonalities linked faces of [...]

Art, music and retro concrete at Lyon Public Library

Art, music and retro concrete at Lyon Public Library

Having said I wouldn't blog about libraries... I visited the central branch of the Lyon Public Library (Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon) this week and found my visual antennae twitching. The facade is 'Municipal Moderne' with grey cladding and diagonal angles that would look at home in Melbourne. Near the entrance, a temporary exhibition showcases some [...]

Evening in Lyon

Evening in Lyon

I'm in beautiful Lyon, France, for the International Federation of Library Associations World Library and Information Congress. Lyon is the first stop on the Great Library Tour of France and England organised by Public Libraries Victoria Network. My family are well aware of my library tourist tendencies, having indulged my habit of stopping in at [...]

Bush camping in Lerderderg

Bush camping in Lerderderg

Over the Anzac Day long weekend we went camping in Lerderderg State Park, 14,250 hectares of rocky, scrubby bush about an hour north-west of Melbourne. Normally we avoid camping in school holidays and on long weekends. We prefer to stage 'commando' camping raids on regular weekends, doing a quick set-up on Friday night and driving [...]

Snippets of Gove

Snippets of Gove

In January my kids, my mum and I visited my brother and his family in Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula in far north east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Geographically and culturally, this is about as far as you can get from Melbourne and still be in Australia. It was deep wet season so we were [...]

White Night Melbourne

White Night Melbourne

Last Saturday I headed into town for the first White Night Melbourne, a nocturnal celebration in Melbourne's arts precinct. Running from 7pm Saturday to 7am Sunday, the program included all-night opening hours at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, the Arts Centre, Federation Square and ACMI, as well as street [...]

Laneway street art

Laneway street art

My 9-year-old daughter and I recently went lane-crawling in Melbourne's CBD, looking at street art. She took many of these shots in and around Hosier Lane. The best bit was watching all the people enthusiastically checking out the graffiti. We'd just come from the Ian Potter Gallery across the road at Fed Square, and I [...]

Favourite London moments (so far)

Favourite London moments (so far)

Fun times during my first five days in London: - At Westminster Abbey, a blue hedgehog sculpture on the tomb of a woman who died in 1596. Why a hedgehog? Why blue? Don't know. Loved it. - Music, music everywhere. Alone in the crypt of St Bride's in Fleet Street (stumbled across when I took [...]

Love and Devotion: Persian manuscripts

Love and Devotion: Persian manuscripts

In utter rapture over the exquisite Persian manuscripts at the State Library of Victoria's Love and Devotion exhibition. The detail is incredible. This is a little obscure, but I think my favourite elements are the surface detail of the buildings - the geometric patterns on walls, roofs, rugs and fabric. The lovechild of medieval European [...]

Participatory art for kids (of all ages)

Participatory art for kids (of all ages)

Visiting Brisbane for work recently, I had 15 minutes to kill before heading to the airport, so I ducked into the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. A couple of great participatory art installations in the '21st Century Kids' exhibition: A table of white lego by Danish artist Olaf Eliasson... ...and a wall of choose-your-own-wish ribbons [...]

Camping… resolution for 2010

Camping… resolution for 2010

For good reasons (bushfires) and lame (life got in the way), we didn't do much camping in 2009. So we have resolved in 2010 to do more of it. In our overscheduled lives, the way to ensure this is simply to put it in our diaries. First booking for the year - Lerderderg State Park, [...]

Come home Slither

Come home Slither

It's been a traumatic 24 hours. Yesterday my 6-year-old had the honour of bringing home the Stuffed Animal mascot of her class. You know the drill - you wait all year to be the Chosen One, then you get to bring home the Stuffed Animal, take somewhat competitive photos of Stuffed Animal enjoying your family's [...]