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Art Almanac August 2017

Art Almanac is a monthly briefing on national art news, reviews and exhibitions. Since 1974, Art Almanac has proudly published the most comprehensive gallery exhibition listings in the country. The magazine features extended exhibition reviews and a national roundup of current shows as well as a dynamic and comprehensive online offering.

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art on the page

The University of Melbourne celebrates the livre d’artiste with ‘Art on the Page’ at Noel Shaw Gallery from 3 August 2017 to 14 January 2018. Artist books were popular among major painters and sculptors during the 20th century; they courted collaboration between visual artists and writers, and remain a source of inspiration today. ‘Art on the Page’ showcases book illustration work and original woodcuts, lithographs, etchings, tableaux and engravings by European and Australian masters. Artists include; Arthur Boyd, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, David Hockney and Joan Miró, with written works by Vladimir Mayakovsky, Oscar Wilde, Emily Brontë, Alec Derwent Hope, Gary Catalano and others. Curator Susan Millard hosts a floor talk: 9 August, 12-1pm. library.unimelb.edu.au…

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arts educators of the nt

Art Educators of the NT (AENT) and Darwin Visual Arts Association (DVAA) are holding their third exhibition of AENT members from across the Top End of the Northern Territory. A vibrant collection of works including drawings, paintings, sculpture and jewellery will be showcased from 18 August to 2 September with the official opening on 25 August at 6.30pm. The AENT facilitates networking opportunities and professional development for visual arts educators. This project assists the AENT in promoting the value of education through art. Presented as part of the 2017 Darwin Festival program from 10 to 27 August. DVAA artist-run space supports emerging and established artists, curators and arts writers, supported by the Northern Territory Government and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy. dvaa.net.au…

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dark horizons: fear of an imagined threat

Fear is an all-powerful emotion with the ability to influence our thoughts and actions. Muslim-Australian artists present solo exhibitions at Pat ā ka Art Gallery and Museum in Wellington, New Zealand from 27 August 2017 to 21 January 2018. Abdul-Rahman Abdullah’s sculptural work fills a room with ornate glass chandeliers that, through a haze of refracted light reveal a pack of wild black dogs. Khaled Sabsabi’s six channel video installation ‘We Kill You’, suspended from the gallery ceiling, takes a hard look at the effects of war on people. Abdul Abdullah will show paintings and embroidered fabric works, portraits of returned Australian military personnel. Together the artists explore oppression and the power of real and imagined threats. pataka.org.nz Courtesy the artist and Pataka - Art Museum, New Zealand…

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sala festival

Celebrating its 20th year, the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival features a record 6,282 artists in 660 exhibitions at 560 venues across metropolitan and regional areas through August. Highlights include: the SALA Parlour, a funky converted shipping container on the South Australian Museum lawns; celebrity portrait sessions as part of the Royal South Australian Society of Art Third Biennial Portrait Prize; art dinner experiences, artist residencies, art tours and Art After Dark. SALA Forum Day at ACE Open on 19 August from 11-4pm presents discussion and debate led by artists, concerning the value of visual arts, now and in the future, and from 25 August FRAN Fest pays tribute to 40 years of women’s artistic achievement. salafestival.com…

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byron writers festival

Byron Writers Festival, 4 to 6 August invites writers, journalists, songwriters and artists to come together to share their ideas. Events include public talks, satellite exhibitions and workshops. ‘The Image Unbound’ showcases Artist Books at Lone Goat Gallery until 9 August. Joshua Yeldham has two shows, ‘Endurance’ and ‘Surrender’ at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. In Mullumbimby, Venkat Raman Singh Shyam, workshops the ‘A to Z of Gond Art’ at Byron School of Arts on 3 August, and on 6 August at 6pm the Courthouse Hotel hosts ‘Art in the Pub’ with Sebastian Smee, art critic and author of ‘The Art of Rivalry’ discussing the relationship between artists Lucian Freud and Frances Bacon. byronwritersfestival.com…

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darwin aboriginal art fair

Australia’s premier Indigenous art, film and cultural event, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF), returns to Darwin Convention Centre, Larrakia Country, Northern Territory from 11 to 13 August. This year’s program explores the intersection of contemporary Indigenous art and the world’s oldest continuing culture showcasing the works of more than 2,000 artists, from over 60 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art centres. Thousands of traditional and contemporary pieces are available for purchase; paintings on canvas, bark paintings, works on paper including limited edition prints, sculpture and fibre artworks. Highlights include: a fashion runway show, ‘From Country to Couture’ on 9 August; an Indigenous film festival held at Darwin’s iconic Deckchair Cinema on 19 and 20 August; and a panel discussion, ‘What is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art?’ on 11 August at…