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Celebrating 10 Years Of Photography With Broadsheet Editions

Broadsheet was launched by Nick Shelton 10 years ago (!), with the aim of giving a platform to Melbourne’s local food, culture and shopping scene (you can hear more about Broadsheet’s origin story in our podcast episode with Nick here!). Since then, the media mogul has expanded to cov...

A Secret Modernist Stunner For Sale On Sydney’s North Shore

It always pays to letter drop.When agent Marcus Lloyd-Jones of Modern House (the only Mid-Century Modern real estate agency in the country) had his offer taken up to appraise this home (after popping a flyer in the letterbox) little did he know he was to stumble across one of the most exquis...

A Day In The Life Of Anna Schwartz, Gallerist

When I was a 19-year-old student at RMIT, fresh out of the south-eastern suburbs on my own in the CBD for the first time, Anna Schwartz Gallery was one of the places I (shyly) frequented between lectures and tutorials. Wandering around the gallery in complete, blissful ignorance to what I ...

These Are Officially The BEST Rooms In Australia!

This year, over 100 rooms around the country were entered into the Australian House & Garden’s Top 50 Rooms competition, an award that has been running for 21 years to celebrate the best of Australia’s design talent. Think bling, think colour, think lux marble surfaces, as well as ...

Flock To The New Exhibition From ‘Bird Nerd’ Leila Jeffreys!

Leila Jeffreys is a self-described ‘bird nerd’ – and has built a huge following for her incredible portraits of birds. Her latest body of work, High Society  at Olsen Gallery, Woollahra sees Leila move from single portraits to shooting entire flocks of birds together.While many of Leila’s more rece...

Shannon Garson’s Exquisite Hand Painted Porcelain

‘Our house is really full. The family live upstairs, then downstairs on one side is my studio, and on the other side is my husband’s business, a cheeserie. So pots come out of one side and buffalo mozzarella comes out of the other!’ ceramicist Shannon Garson explains cheerfully. The scenario...

The Perfect Red Hill Retreat

The Sybil house in Red Hill by Templeton Architecture connects a series of buildings across a picturesque site that looks over rolling hills and the glittering sea. The property was designed to be an escape for family and friends, and in architect Emma Templeton’s words, a place to ‘bring loved one...

Muted, Geometric Paintings by Bec Smith

Artist Bec Smith created her latest body of work while staying in an off-grid 1970s stone cottage. Nestled in Victorian bushland, the property sat up above an expansive valley, which prompted Bec to think about heights, depths, vantage points, and the hidden power of the world beneath the ...

The Rainbow Rental

Prop maker and installation designer Kitiya Palaskas and partner, signwriter Matthew Rhynehart were looking for a new rental in Melbourne, and expanded their search beyond the conventional inner-north boundary to see what delights might be affordable a little further out. A scroll through online...

Join The Conversation On Designing A Sustainable Future

Following the recent announcement of The Design Files Design Awards Sustainable Design winners, our editor Lucy Feagins will be hosting a conversation all about designing for a sustainable future!Join Lucy, along with special guests Karina Seljak of Seljak Brand, packaging designer Brittney Wheele...

A New Standard In Architectural And Interior Hardware

After working in the design industry for many years, and being frustrated with the lack of options in small architectural and interior hardware, Cassie James-Herrick of CJH Studio, and her husband Shaun Herrick took it upon themselves to fill this gap in the market. Cassie explains ‘we started...

Julia Busuttil Nishimura’s Seasonal Flavours: Strawberries

JULIA’S STRAWBERRY GALETTE (serves 4)Ingredients750g strawberries, hulled and halved3tbsp caster sugar1tbsp cornflourZest of an orange1tsp rosewater Flakey Pastry250 g plain flour1 tablespoon caster sugarPinch of fine sea salt180 g chilled unsalted butter, cut into cubes1tbsp white vinegarIc...
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National Gallery Photo 2018-06-08 13:15

In Turner's beautifully epic portrayal of Homer's Odyssey, we see Ulysses standing aloft on his ship deriding the Cyclops, whom he and his companions have just left blinded, and invoking the vengeance of Neptune. One of the flags is painted with the scene of the Trojan Horse. The horses of the Sun are rising above the horizon ('Odyssey', Book 9). Opening on Monday, visit 'Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire' and see Turner's influence on this American artist: http://bit.ly/2JsMlxa

Tate Photo 2018-06-07 18:20

This Volunteers' Week we are celebrating the extraordinary contribution of over 500 volunteers at Tate who give their time, passion & expertise to visitors from all over the globe, across our four galleries. 'I didn’t know anything about contemporary art until I started volunteering at Tate in 2016. I’ve learnt a lot! I love passing on this knowledge to visitors. It keeps my brain active! My favourite room in Tate Britain is the 1840s room and my favourite painting is The Lady of Shalott. I like all the Pre-Raphaelites in Tate Britain. This is my favourite room and my favourite place to be.’ - Steve Daszko, volunteer visitor host with John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott 1888 https://goo.gl/RvZ97V

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Photo 2018-06-07 15:58

On view tomorrow, June 8—"Giacometti” fills the ramps of our rotunda, featuring nearly 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings by the preeminent artist Alberto Giacometti, whose intensive focus on the human condition continues to provoke and inspire new generations. A collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti), this comprehensive exhibition examines anew the artist’s practice and his unmistakable vocabulary. Learn more: https://gu.gg/2xPE44R … Photo: David Heald

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-06-07 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - A Ranger 1911A1? The Robert E. Petersen Gallery holds many unusual handguns and this Colt 1911A1 is right in there swinging. While some might be captivated by the fine set of stag grips on this GOTD, the oddly truncated trigger guard sets this pistol apart. There are a number of similar handguns in existence that were modified by Texas Ranger Captain Manuel T. Gonzaullas, who spent considerable time in later life in Hollywood, not far from where Robert E. Petersen lived. Is this one of that Ranger's handguns? We just don't know. Caliber: .45 ACP Production Date: 1943 #NRAmuseums #GunOfTheDay #guns #history

National Gallery Photo 2018-06-07 12:43

Gauguin was born #OnThisDay in 1848. 'Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window' by Gauguin is a tribute to a Cézanne painting Gauguin had acquired around 10 years earlier, 'Still Life with Compotier, Glass and Apples'. It repeats many of the elements of this painting, such as the fruit, pottery, rumpled tablecloth and the knife at the lower right. On a wider level it is also indicative of Gauguin moving away from Impressionism to a more structurally rigorous art exemplified by Cézanne's work. View this homage to still life in Room 43: http://bit.ly/2GQArzJ