Talking Through Your Arts – Episode 2

2020 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Award recipient Peter Boyle talks us through his recent body of work on ekphrastic poetry. In Your Hands, is a free digital collection of poems by poets who have been affected by the closure of live events. Find out about the story of Christian Lebanese man from Sydney’s western suburbs, Oh My God! Am I Alright? by Michael El Bacha which is being adapted to screen.

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In Your Hands
The Red Room Poetry company and Oranges & Sardines Foundation have collaborated to create a free digital collection featuring 80 poems by poets have been affected by the closure of live events. In Your Hands is the title of the collection and Tamryn Bennett, the Director of Red Room talks us through the initiative.

In Your Hands

Oh My God! Am I Alright?
“Oh My God! Am I Alright?”, is about a Christian Lebanese Australian man from Sydney’s western suburbs and his realisation that he is gay while in an arranged marriage. The author Michael El Bacha has teamed up with writer Sue Liolio to turn the book into a movie.

2020 Kenneth Slessor Prize winner Peter Boyle
Peter Boyle is a Sydney-based poet and translator of poetry. He is the author of eight books of poetry, Enfolded in the Wings of a Great Darkness, is the most recent. He has been the recipient of many awards including the 2017 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Ghostspeaking.

He was announced the winner of this year’s NSW Premiers’s Literary Awards for poetry, The Kenneth Slessor Award. Last year Peter was commissioned to write a poem in response to a selected art work in the Australian Galleries, AGNSW collections for Look Magazine, AGNSW membership magazine and the poems he reads are from this latest body of work.

Peter Boyle: Enfolded in the Wings of a Great Darkness

Talking Through Your Arts – Episode 1

What you need to know about the Fake Art Harms campaign. Sri Lankan artist, Anoma Wijewardene’s oeuvre grapples crucial issues of our time in her exhibition Kintsugi II. The new Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre, Declan Greene announces a series of online performances and we hear an original interpretation of Shakespeare’s sonnets from the forthcoming book Sweet Forme by Gregory Betts.

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Fake Art Harms
The Arts Law Centre of Australia, the Indigenous Art Code and Copyright Agency, Viscopy launched the Fake Art Harms Culture campaign in 2016 to tackle the problem of fake ‘Indigenous’ arts and craft being sold in Australia, harming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and incomes. Four years on Suzanne Derry, Senior Solicitor at the Arts Law Centre talks us through the campaign.

Find out more here – Fake Art Harms Culture Campaign: inauthentic art inquiry/

Griffin Theatre
The new Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre, Declan Greene, is only four weeks into the position and is having a challenging start. In his recent newsletter he announced positive and imaginative progressions of how Griffin are managing to keep afloat.

Griffin Theatre

Anoma Wijewardene – Kintsugi II
Anoma Wijewardene’s art practice centres around themes of sustainability and inclusivity; with particular focus on the earth’s climate crisis, and ever-present issues of coexistence, diversity and unity. In her recent exhibition at the Stella Downer Gallery, Kintsugi II embody the artist’s passionate concern and provide a metaphorical response to these global, yet deeply personally felt issues.

Anoma Wijewardene

Sweet Forme
Sweet Forme presents seven lush visualizations of the sound-pattern, the hidden BardCode, of Shakespeare’s sonnets in a new full-colour, hardcover limited edition. Following the Bard’s own scheme, Sweet Forme reveals the complete rhymes for the very first time. Compiled and with an introduction by Gregory Betts. Gregory Betts is a poet, professor, editor, and musician.

Gregory Betts: Sweet Forme