Exhibition Review – Monet: Impression Sunrise at NGA Canberra

The National Gallery of Australia’s new exhibition – Monet: Impression Sunrise at NGA Canberra – is now open to the public from June 7 to September 1, 2019. Featuring Claude Monet’s pioneering painting Impression, Soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise) 1872, from which Impressionism takes its name, this exclusive exhibition brings together works from the impressionist master … Continue reading Exhibition Review – Monet: Impression Sunrise at NGA Canberra

Gardens – A Personal Passion

By Michael Turner – garden and art historian, formerly the Senior Curator of the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney. I grew up in England surrounded by beautiful gardens and landscapes. Memories of the smell of honeysuckle on a warm summer’s morning wafting in through the kitchen window of my grand-parents 16th century farmhouse in … Continue reading Gardens – A Personal Passion

Yarra Valley to Bendigo – in photos

Do you remember that ad that Victorian Tourism used to run before every film at independent cinemas? “You’ll love every piece of Victoria” was a marketing campaign that spoke to something observable about Victoria. It is a relatively small state, with diverse landscapes packed in between relatively short driving distances, with excellent museums and galleries … Continue reading Yarra Valley to Bendigo – in photos

China: New and Old

Truly, you have to see modern China to believe it. The scale of the change across this large nation literally takes your breath away. A few years ago I caught the high speed train from Shanghai to Beijing. As I sat there in whisper quiet comfort, I mused on the never-ending debate on high speed … Continue reading China: New and Old