Art & poetry

One small way we can express solidarity with Palestinian artists, writers and musicians is by learning about their work and sharing it with others, writes Markela Panegyres.

For five nights in May, three locations around Warrane (Sydney Cove) will be transformed with images, music and stories of the lives and resistance of Sydney’s Black, queer and grassroots communities, writes Rachel Evans.

The Members Coalition Teams that contested the NSW Public Sector Association election were the surprises of the recent vote, reports Kerry Smith.

A poem for the times, by playwright and performer Jepke Goudsmit.

Returning from his time as a US Army Special Forces medic in Afghanistan and Iraq, Graham Barnhart had much to think about and utilised poetry as his sounding board, writes Barry Healy.

October 18 marked one year of mass protests for systemic change in Chile, and one year of brutal repression, writes Sandra Cuffe

Sam Wallman is a talented political comic artist with a strong worker and union focus in his work, writes Andrew Chuter

Artists, gardeners and knitters have created a "guerrilla gallery" on Parramatta's historic St George’s Terrace to protest plans to demolish two of the city’s most significant heritage-listed buildings, reports Susan Price.

Uncle Sam Watson mural

Alex Bainbridge reports that legendary Aboriginal activist Uncle Sam Watson has been memorialised in a new mural in West End's Bunyapa Park.

Filmmaker Zebedee Parkes sits down with Markela Panegyres, a visual artist, to discuss the impact COVID-19 is having on the arts community. 

The winter of humankind draws near
Science has spoken in alarm
The day may be warm, unseasonal
Land whips at our faces
Too spoiled to take root
For all the rot we fed it
The well of life ran dry
As the last drop fell from our swollen lips
Our gods of gold had fallen short
Adorned in accolades we buried them too

Perhaps one day another kind
Will unveil our bones of mystery
On what was once such fertile ground
Should they enquire
How we never grew to regard our limits

The Morrison government has launched a political attack on the arts and artists can no longer afford to be apolitical.

Mrs Lowry & Son
Directed by Adrian Noble
Starring Vanessa Redgrave & Timothy Spall
In cinemas as part of the MINI British Film Festival

This film adaptation of the stage play by Martyn Hesford shows the early life of one of the titans of modern British art, L. S. Lowry, famous for his paintings of “matchstick people” going about their lives in working class northern England.

His simplistic style evokes beauty in what was considered squalid and lower class.

"Art is a weapon in the People's fight" declared an advert for a 1940 production of the play Women by the left-wing Workers Art Guild (WAG) that was active in Perth from 1935 to 1942.

David Attenborough: It’s amazing, the discoveries made in my lifetime. Have you heard of hox genes?

Andrew Denton: No. (Then didn’t pursue the matter.) [From an interview a few years ago.]

The young as they cry out

The old as they die out

The middle aged as they shout

And the silence from the so-called leaders

Engulfs our lives

 

'Do something' we scream at them,

The do nothings

Who knit their rugs

Of self-protection

And doing nothing

With words like

'We are meeting our targets'

And 'we are leading the world'

Along with other lies

We no longer accept

 

And so we gather on our streets

While they still do nothing

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