Rare Earth with Avi Amesbury


  Avi Amesbury is not your average ceramicist: she is a professional abstract landscape potter. As far as esoteric descriptors go, this one is up there. So what does it mean? Avi’s practice is inspired by the natural landscape and is produced from raw earth, primarily clay, gathered from her property on the South Coast, trips to Canberra as well as travels further afield. Her latest body of work is currently on display alongside Rare Earth: Australian Made 2017 in the Courtesy of the Artist Loft in Sydney. Located in the Strand arcade in Sydney’s Pitt street, this beautiful gallery… Continue Reading

Talking Art Part 2 – Harriet Mitchell


We recently came across two incredibly talented students who are studying at the Australian National University School of Art and decided to find out more about them. Meet Divya Melaluca and Harriet Mitchell in our two part interview series ‘Talking Art’.     Name: Harriet Mitchell Age: 20   Leiden: What first drew you to art? Harriet: When I was little my mum signed me up to art classes at Lavender Art Studios, and it became my favourite two hours of the week. It was a supportive and exciting space that I was encouraged to appreciate looking and observing.   L:… Continue Reading

Talking Art Part 1 – Divya Melaluca


We recently came across two incredibly talented students who are studying at the Australian National University School of Art and decided to find out more about them. Meet Divya Melaluca and Harriet Mitchell in our two part interview series ‘Talking Art’.     Name: Divya Melaluca Age: 22   Leiden: What first drew you to art? Divya: I have always felt that my strongest and heightened sense was my eyesight. So I’ve always been drawn to really looking and observing my surroundings. Things have felt very ‘alive’ and ‘appear’ at me or ‘into’ me shall we say. I only started… Continue Reading

An Interview with Barry Conrad


  There appears to be nothing Barry Conrad can’t do. He is the ultimate triple threat: he can sing, dance and act and has appeared on stage and on screen. After becoming a household name after making it to the Final 12 on X-Factor, Barry has gone on to open for international musical acts, perform in a string of hit Musicals including Grease: The Arena Experience, and act in an award winning film. We caught up with Barry ahead of his role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical opens in Sydney in September to find out all about him.  … Continue Reading

We Are Ariana, We Are Manchester


  This week I, like most people, was horrified, heartbroken and furious to hear about the terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena at the end of Ariana Grande’s concert on Monday night. Terrorist attacks are always sickening to hear about, but something about this particular attack feels incredibly personal. Already in my life I have shed a lot of tears for the atrocities that terrorists have committed, but the heart-wrenching tears of devastation and rage I have shed this week are something new. Unfortunately, we live in a world where terror attacks are happening more and more often. Every week… Continue Reading

VELVET – Entering Disco Wonderland with Rechelle Mansour


  ‘I started dancing when I was three. I was a crazy kid at home; I wouldn’t sit still so my parents were like “lets channel her energy into dance.”’ The story of how Rechelle Mansour came to dance is probably a familiar one for most of us. I certainly have fond memories of climbing into my leotard and being taken to class to dance myself sleepy after school. For a lot of us, though, our passion for dance dwindles as we get older and the dreams we had of being a professional dancer get pushed aside to make way… Continue Reading

A Bloody Adaptation – Adele Querol on Dracula


  There is no denying that vampires have been the fantasy creature de jour for some time now. We have Twilight to thank for that, plus the slew of other vampire related programming that followed. But where did our fascination with these pale-faced, sharp-toothed beings begin? Now, vampires have been around a long time, but it wasn’t until 1897 when Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula brought them to life in their modern context. This gothic thriller unleashed the now iconic characters of Count Dracula and Abraham Van Helsing on the public. Since it was first published, the novel has inspired many… Continue Reading

Dr Blake’s Ballarat – An Exhibition


  Have you ever wondered what goes into making a successful TV show? What about one set in Ballarat in the late 1950s? The costumes, the sets, the locations; how do they make everything look so damn good? All these secrets and more will be revealed in a new exhibition exploring the making of internationally successful ABC drama The Dr Blake Mysteries. The exhibition, Dr Blake’s Ballarat, is hosted by the Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum and will run until the 3rd of September. The exhibition is presented in two parts: one looking at the Cast & Crew and one looking… Continue Reading