Clay Stories – contemporary indigenous ceramics

Clay Stories – contemporary indigenous ceramics

I've been looking forward to this exhibition for months! Clay Stories is a touring exhibition of contemporary indigenous ceramics from five remote Australian communities: Hermannsburg Potters in the Central Desert (Northern Territory), Ermabella Arts in South Australia, Erub Arts in the Torres Strait Islands, Girringun Aboriginal Arts Centre in far north Queensland and Tiwi Designs [...]

Suburban dreaming: a haiku sketchbook

Suburban dreaming: a haiku sketchbook

Last year I visited the Brooklyn Art Library, home of a brilliant public art project, The Sketchbook Library. Over 41,000 5"x7" sketchbooks from 130 countries can be viewed in person, on tour and online. I was inspired to bring home my own sketchbook, which I've now almost completed. My sketchbook combines pen and watercolour drawings [...]

Melbourne Now exhibition

Melbourne Now exhibition

I visited the Melbourne Now exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria on two occasions - first with my dad and kids, and later with colleagues from the State Library. Here are some snapshots from my first visit. One of my favourite exhibits was this modest and idiosyncratic display of drawings curated by artist John [...]

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 [...]

Sketching at the Linda Jackson exhibition

Sketching at the Linda Jackson exhibition

Back in June, Ling (my 9-year-old daughter) and I went to Federation Square for the opening of the Melbourne Jazz Festival, to take part in a public singing session with Katie Noonan and  bunch of other wonderful singers and musicians. Afterwards we took our sketchbooks into the Ian Potter Centre (National Gallery of Victoria's Australia [...]

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 [...]

Euphorbia rigida

Euphorbia rigida

Anything that thrives in my garden has got to be tough. I grew up in New South Wales and Darwin with the typical Australian misconception that Melbourne is cold and rainy... kind of a damp, English climate. SO wrong, of course. When I moved to Melbourne and started planning my garden, I learned that Sydney [...]