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

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…

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Cough – a new play by Emily Calder

It all starts when one person gets a nasty cough. Then, well – you all know the drill. Before long everyone within a kilometre radius is struck down by it too. Sydney playwright Emily Calder’s new play is based on this all-too-common phenomenon. In an anonymous child care centre, somewhere in the city, there’s a…

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Hollywood icon Mickey Rooney passes away aged 93.

Veteran actor, singer and entertainer Mickey Rooney has passed away at the age of 93. Rooney’s prolific career spanned across eight decades, initially finding success as a child actor during the era of silent film. From his first film appearance in 1926, Rooney went on to star in over 200 films, including classics such as and The Black Stallion,…

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Win thousands at Vivid Ideas 2014 with ‘Stand Up, Stand Out’

Think your creative idea could make it big? Then listen up. As part of Vivid Ideas 2014, crowdfunding platform Pozible presents Stand Up, Stand Out, a one night only live pitching event that will take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Four selected participants will be asked to deliver a 5 minute pitch of their…

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The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton passes away aged 64

Scott Asheton, founding member and drummer of the iconic band The Stooges, has passed away at the age of 64. The news was announced on the band’s official Facebook page by Asheton’s band mate and long-time friend Iggy Pop. The singer paid tribute to his friend in the following statement: “Scott was a great artist….

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Celtic Thunder principal singer George Donaldson passes away aged 46

George Donaldson – one of Celtic Thunder’s principal singers – has passed away in his Glasgow home this Wednesday 12 March at the age of 46. The self-taught musician joined the wildly successful group Celtic Thunder in 2007 and has served as the principal singer since then. In a statement, fellow principal singer Ryan Kelly…

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Vivid Sydney- 2014 Program Announced

Vivid Sydney is set to enthral audiences once again with the largest program of light, music and ideas in its six year history. Highlights will include Harbour Lights- where for the first time ever, the ferries and vessels docked in Sydney Harbour will be decked out in LED lights with their colours computer-controlled by satellite…

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INNER GARDEN – a new work from contemporary dance company De Quincey Co

What is your obsession? How does it control you or can you keep it in check? Set inside a hidden walled garden in Callan Park, Rozelle, this site-specific work delves into the depths of the imagination exploring the crevices of the mind and the shape of our obsessions. As audience members enter a space inhabited by dancers,…

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Korean artist Jee Young Lee creates whimsical dreamscapes – all without Photoshop.

The work of young South Korean artist Jee Young Lee is concrete proof that bigger isn’t necessarily better. Using a tiny studio space of just 3x6m, the recent graduate of Seoul’s Hongik University has managed to create a series of whimsical and elaborate self-portraits entitled State of Mind, all without the use of Photoshop. Lee…

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Our picks of Sydney Festival 2014

January is here and it’s our favourite time of year. New Year’s resolutions still seem achievable, there’s an abundance of balmy summer nights and – of course – Sydney Festival is upon us..  With a line-up that includes spectacular performances, critically acclaimed artists, touching theatre productions, film, magic, family fun and more – there’s something…

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Join Belvoir St Theatre as a volunteer performer in Oedipus Schmoedipus

Have you ever watched a play and had a burning desire to leap up from your seat and join in on the action? Well, this is your chance! Belvoir St Theatre is kicking off the New Year with Oedipus Schmoedipus – a theatrical extravaganza with a difference.. The brainchild of post (Australia’s silliest/smartest theatre bunch),…

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STUDIO remembers Martin Sharp

It’s a sad day for the Australian arts community, as it was confirmed that influential pop artist Martin Sharp passed away in Sydney yesterday after a long battle with emphysema. He was 71 years old. Sharp rose to prominence within the Australian arts scene in the 1960s, with his psychedelic posters and underground cartoon work embodying…

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The American dream comes to Australian shores in ‘America: Painting a nation’

The land of the free has brought us many things – McDonald’s, Disneyland, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Country music – the list goes on. Theme parks and music genres aside, the United States of America has also given the world some of the most prolific artists in recent history – Pollock, Whistler and Warhol are…

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Our favourite art-inspired Halloween costumes

It’s that time of year again – the cheesy pumpkin decorations are out and tonight the streets are set to be flooded with a mix of zombies, superheros and scantily dressed bunnies. If you prefer your Halloween costumes a little more ‘outside the box’, you’ll be a fan of the brilliant art history inspired costumes…

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American rock icon Lou Reed dies aged 71

American rock icon Lou Reed has passed away in New York aged 71. Reed, who co-founded notorious rock band Velvet Underground was a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of punk music. Famous for fusing art and music- Reed alongside his band Velvet Underground revolutionised the industry in the 60s…

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See a lifetime before your eyes in only a few minutes with Anthony Cerniello’s ‘Danielle’

Imagine if you could view a face aging over a lifetime before your eyes in only a few minutes. Whilst Danielle appears to be a time lapse of one woman’s face over an entire life, it is actually an amalgamation of different family members across different generations all moulded together by artist Anthony Cerniello. The process…

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Cakes Wines’ Archi-Bottle Prize is on the hunt for emerging Australian artists

Here at STUDIO we love art, and we love wine – so when there’s the chance to combine the two and give a platform for emerging Australian creatives to show-off their work on a national scale, we were always going to be enthusiastic. You may know Cake Wines from their legendary pop-up bars that have…

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New Banksy work appears in Los Angeles

The long wait for another dose of Britain’s ever-elusive street artist – Banksy – is finally over, with a new work appearing in Los Angeles this week. The piece utilises an already-existing trail of blossoms climbing up a wall to show a young graffiti artist throwing up flowers. Banksy revealed the title of the work…

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Our top picks for Art and About 2013

Sydney’s streets, squares, parks and other unusual spaces are set to come alive as Art & About comes to town, and it all kicks off tonight – Friday 20 September. The festival’s theme this year is Private Lives…Public Spaces and it’s all about encouraging closet art-lovers to go public with their secrets. With a stellar line up…

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The controversial Festival of Dangerous Ideas comes to Sydney this November

Here at STUDIO there is nothing we like more than a whiff of danger, which is why we can’t wait for this year’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas to kick off in Sydney from November 2 to 4. This is a festival all about thinking the thoughts you may not have dared to before. Of considering the points…

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