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Sydney Festival 2015 program announced – STUDIO’s top picks

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Sydney Festival announced its 2015 program, and it’s going to be huge. Take a look at STUDIO’s picks to give you a tantalising taste of what’s on offer. Seu Jorge Saturday 11 January 8.00pm Seu Jorge’s stunning acoustic renditions of Bowie classics, beautifully expressed in Portuguese, made David Bowie himself sit up and take notice….


Our top 5 picks of the Melbourne Festival 2014

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Melbourne is known for its dynamic and cutting-edge arts and culture. That’s why it’s no surprise that the program for Melbourne Festival 2014 is more creative and vibrant than ever before. The city will be buzzing from October 10, as it showcases the very best in dance, theatre, music, visual arts and film. STUDIO has…


Shortlist announced for STUDIO Kickstart

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STUDIO and Screen Producers Australia are pleased to announce the shortlisted candidates for the STUDIO Kickstart initiative: – Amanda Reedy (For Art Sake) – Rushan Dissanayake (Love Me Tinder) – Kyls Burtland (Synesthesia) – Jess Leslie (The Renaissance Man) As part of the initiative, STUDIO recently invited producers to pitch a concept for an original TV series…


Our picks of this year’s Art & About Sydney

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Eclectic, innovative and always surprising – Art & About Sydney returns this month to brighten up the city once again. Kicking off today, the three week-long festival of public art will be bringing to life a quirky program that has a focus on things that are ‘at risk’ or endangered. Here are a few of…


Sydney Opera House announces live streaming and broadcast from Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2014

On Sunday 31 August at 3pm, Sydney Opera House will live stream from the Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2014, providing audiences around the world with the opportunity to participate in #FODI. Hosted by FODI favourite Jane Caro, the broadcast will feature 45 minutes of highlights from talks and events over the weekend and exclusive interview…


Screen Producers Australia reveal this year’s ‘Ones To Watch’


Screen Producers Australia have just revealed the names of the up and coming producers selected to take part in its Ones To Watch program. The seventeen successful participants will now receive unparalleled career opportunities, including one-on-one guidance by a leading screen industry mentor and the exclusive chance to apply for the TV pitching competition STUDIO…


Unusual performance arts series SITE IS SET to break barriers in Melbourne

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From August 14, the artist collective Field Theory will be bringing a four-week art series to four Melbourne venues. This performance series will be made up of four different art pieces focused around breaking barriers, and what better place for them to start than with the types of venues in which you’d expect to experience…


2014 Melbourne Festival program announced

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Last night the 2014 Melbourne Festival program was revealed with a daring and surprising line-up that will see the city come alive with vibrant performances. This annual celebration of Melbourne’s art and culture will include close to 100 events, works from artists from 23 different countries and will run across more than 30 venues throughout…


Hirotoshi Ito creates mind-bending stone sculptures


We’ll be the first to admit that we may have overlooked the creative potential of the humble rock. Apart from occasionally blaming them as the culprit for a stubbed toe, they’ve always seemed too cold, hard and lifeless to merit further thought. Turns out – we were wrong. Japanese artist Hirotoshi Ito’s mind-bending sculptures transform…


German artist Martin Klimas captures striking images of dancing paint

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What does music look like? That’s the question German artist Martin Klimas has set out to answer through his stunning series of photographs. Or perhaps it’s the question “can you make paint dance?” – Either way, we love this vibrant collection of images that manage to capture paint splattering to the rhythm of music. To…


Heydar Aliyev Center wins Design of the Year Award.

The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, has just been awarded the Design Museum Design of the Year Award. The building’s designer, Iraqi-British architect Dame Zaha Hadid, has become the first woman to win the prize. The spectacular Heydar Aliyev Centre features the elaborate rolling curves and waves that Hadid is renowned for. A member…


Bondi Feast set to brighten up Sydney’s winter

From the 8-26 July, winter is taking a hit. A creative hit, that is. Bondi Feast returns to one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, with a festival of all the best in homegrown theatre, music, comedy, visual art, and food. For the third year of the festival, Bondi Pavilion will be home to Bondi Feast’s…


Legendary soul singer, guitarist and songwriter Bobby Womack dies aged 70.

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Iconic soul singer, guitarist and songwriter Bobby Womack has passed away at the age of 70. The legendary musician, best known for his songs ‘Lookin’ for Love’ and ‘That’s The Way I Feel About ‘Cha’, died over the weekend with the cause of death yet to be confirmed. Womack first broke onto the international music…


Hidden portrait discovered underneath Picasso masterpiece

A hidden portrait has been discovered beneath the brushstrokes of Picasso’s masterpiece The Blue Room. Scientists and art experts working together with infrared imagery were able to detect a painted image of a bow-tie wearing man resting his bearded face on his hand underneath the visible image of a woman bathing in Picasso’s studio. The…


Australia’s largest ‘yarn bombing’ sees yellow submarine brought to life

Australia is now home to a ‘yellow submarine’ – a life-sized, yarn-covered submarine at that. The small country town of Holbrook, near the New South Wales/Victoria border, has become home to what is believed to be the largest ever ‘yarn bombing’ to have taken place in Australia. The submarine in question is the HMAS Otway,…


The Light In Winter Festival – STUDIO Highlights


Now in its eight year, The Light In Winter Festival continues its celebration of art, music and performance from June 1 – 22 in Melbourne. This year‘s festival explores the ideas about the circle of life through interactive light installations and whimsical shrines. Have a look at some of the highlights here: CAMPFIRE: Leemeeyt Weeyn’…


Must-sees of this year’s Vivid Festival – kicking off this Friday!

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This Friday, Sydney will once again be transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, when the Vivid Festival takes over the city after dark from 23 May – 9 June. Here are some of STUDIO’s must-sees of the festival. Harbour Lights 23 May – 09 June from 6.00pm Experience Sydney Harbour like never before with a…


Potholes like you’ve never seen before…


Potholes are irksome. They result in a bumpy ride, busted tires and generally make us angry. This winter, a small group of artists in Scranton, Pennsylvania have decided to poke fun at potholes. Scranton’s Pop Up Studio have challenged residents to create their own pothole art and submit photos of their creations to a contest. “It’s…


Artist transforms river debris into eerily beautiful installations in Houston, Texas

Texas based artist Jeremy Underwood’s eerily beautiful series Human Debris focuses on installations made from debris harvested on the beaches of Houston’s waterways. Materials such as used bottles, wood and plastic were collected and formed into site specific installations, which were then left at the sites to be discovered by others. These ethereal and striking forms…


Daniel Boyd awarded the prestigious $80,000 Bulgari Art Award

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31 year old artist Daniel Boyd has become the first indigenous man to win the prestigious Bulgari Art Award. Boyd was awarded the $80,000 prize – which includes a $50,000 painting acquisition and a residency in Italy valued at $30,000- and is considered one of the most valued Australian art awards. His prize-winning work Untitled…