Shirty Science


  From the 12 – 20th of August it is National Science Week: a whole week (quite a long one you will notice) dedicated to celebrating science. We love science here at Leiden so we thought that instead of just celebrating the wonder of science for just one week we would dedicate the month of August to celebrating women in science. To get the ball rolling we chatted with Madison Hartill-Law who is not only kicking butt in her science career but has also developed an initiative that brings together science and fashion.   Leiden What initially drew you to… Continue Reading

Chatting with International Artist Benjamin Shine


‘I think we’re all born with the ability to be highly creative but the degree to which it develops depends on how much encouragement and opportunity we have to express it as we grow up.’   Benjamin Shine for Bergdorf Goodman   You may be familiar with Benjamin’s work from his exhibition, ‘The Dance’, at the Canberra Centre in 2015 or his collaboration most recently on a collection of tulle artworks for renowned New York department store, Bergdorf Goodman. Benjamin’s work never ceases to amaze me. His client list includes Google, MTV, Harrods, Barclays, Eurostar and many others. His work… Continue Reading

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 Artist Alison Alder


  The state of politics both in Australia and overseas has never been so interesting; every day brings a new opinion poll, a new scandal or a trial by media. We are never a farther than a click away from the latest political tidbit. But what do you know about Australia’s first Prime Ministers? If you are anything like me, the only thing you will know is that our first Prime Minister was Edmund Barton and the only reason you will know that is because of that ad on TV when you were young. I can’t even remember what that… Continue Reading

Archibald Prize Regional Tour


Amongst the fifty-one faces portrayed in this years crop of paintings was that of Canberra born dancer and choreographer, James Batchelor, painted by Melbourne artist Marcus Wills. While Louise Hearman’s portrait of Barry Humphries took out the prize, our favourite of Batchelor was highly commended alongside a portrait of Wendy Whitley by Natasha Bieniek.     For those unable to make it to the Art Gallery of NSW to see all 51 finalists, the Archibald Prize has now set off on a regional tour, giving thousands more people the opportunity to interact with the art produced for this prestigious prize.… Continue Reading

An Evening of Art and Fashion at Trove


  Have you got something planned this Friday night? Well if you have, those after work drinks can wait. If you haven’t then all the better, because we have a suggestion. On Friday 11th November, Trove, a unique retail space in the heart of the Canberra CBD, created by a collective of artist and makers, will be hosting a showcase of art and fashion. Don’t expect a typical after hours shopping event, although there will be the requisite live music, wine, and nibbles on offer, guests are invited to meet the makers of some of the fine treasures on show… Continue Reading