AuthorJeffrey Anderson

Event: Still Life Painting Workshop, Sydney

Make the most out of your Sunday with this art workshop.

Peacock Gallery presents Still Life Painting Workshop with Sydney artist and former ARTBAR curator Anney Bounpraseuth. In this class, Bounpraseuth will share her vibrant practice and way of making.

Materials will be provided. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit the Eventbrite page.

Sunday, June 10, 12.30-2pm | Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio, Auburn Botanic Gardens, Corner of Chiswick and Chisholm Roads, Auburn

Music: Dan Sultan Postpones His “Killer” Solo Tour

Singer-songwriter Dan Sultan has put the rest of his Australian tour on hold a day after apologising for his “inexcusable and disrespectful” behaviour at a recent Cairns show.

“Dan’s health and wellbeing is our highest priority at this time and we thank you for your ongoing understanding and support,” the management posted on Sultan’s Facebook page.

“We hope to reschedule the postponed dates once Dan makes a full recovery. While we encourage fans to hold onto their tickets which will be valid for entry to the rescheduled shows, the option to secure a refund is also available via the ticketing outlet or venue from which tickets were purchased.”

Sultan was allegedly intoxicated during his performance on Saturday at Tanks Art Centre in Cairns, with commenters describing the gig as a “sad spectacle” and a “train wreck”, where the musician “butchered” his song “My Kingdom”. In a clip posted on social media, Sultan could also be seen singing out of tune and forgetting the lyrics while covering Britney Spears’s “Baby One More Time”.

“I want to apologise to all of my fans, particularly those who were at the Cairns show on Saturday night,” Sultan said on Monday.

“My behaviour was inexcusable and disrespectful. I’d also like to extend an apology to the staff at Tanks Arts Centre for what occurred. I am taking stock of my personal situation and am seeking professional help.”

5 Seconds of Summer Tops Aria Singles Chart with ‘Youngblood’

5 Seconds of Summer has reached #1 in Aria Singles chart with their new song, breaking the two-year drought of Australian songs on the top spot.

The alt-pop Youngblood is the first local song to rank first in the chart since The Veronicas’ In My Blood in July 2016. It is the lead single of 5SOS’ upcoming album with the same name. The quartet, which was formed during the members’ time at Norwest Christian College, Sydney, spent most of 2017 writing the album.

“Originally Youngblood wasn’t meant to be a single for us, we chose to release that, and you get it when you pre-order the album, which was meant to tie in with Youngblood [the album],” said guitarist Michael Clifford.

“And people just connected with it so much, and it’s such an organic way for a song to happen.”

Last week the band announced its upcoming homecoming tour set for August this year, following the album’s release on June 22.

Event/Exhibition: Meet the Maker: Little Rowan Redhead

Want to learn more about printmaking? Learn from the expert up and close at this workshop.

Australian Design Centre’s Meet the Maker is bringing printmaker Rowan Sivyer from Little Rowan Redhead, an Inner West Sydney painter and printmaker.

Sivyer will give a demonstration of her process of designing, transferring, carving and printing. You can have a go at printmaking with Sivyer sharing her techniques and answering your questions.

The event is free. For more information, visit the Eventbrite page.

Saturday, June 2, 1-3pm | Australian Design Centre, 113-115 William Street, Darlinghurst

Visual Arts: 2018 Archibald Prize Goes to Yvette Coppersmith’s Self-Portrait

Yvette Coppersmith has won the 2018 Archibald Prize for her self-portrait.

The work, titled ‘Self-portrait after George Lambert’, was chosen from among 57 finalists. The decision, made by the Art Gallery of NSW’s board of trustees, was unanimous.

“Yvette is a highly talented young artist who brings a deep and historical understanding of the tradition of contemporary art practice,” said the gallery’s director Michael Brand.

Coppersmith was also a finalist last year with a portrait of Gillian Triggs.

There were 21 self-portraits this year in the prize, a number which Brand said more than doubled the figures of recent years.

The Wynne Prize for landscape painting or figure sculpture went to Yukultji Napangati, while Kaylene Whiskey was awarded the $40,000 Sulman Prize her work ‘Kaylene TV’.

Music: Sydney Composer Receives Sandra and Alan Silvestri Scholarship

A Sydney-based composer has been awarded with the coveted Sandra and Alan Silvestri Scholarship, and is headed for the world’s most prestigious scoring course.

Screen composer Angela Little will undertake a Master of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, a highly selective program that admits only 20 students per year. Notable alumni of the screen scoring course include Christophe Beck (Frozen), Bear McCreary (Outlander), James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games) and Marco Beltrami (The Hurt Locker).

“I couldn’t believe it when I received a personal email from Alan Silvestri congratulating me on winning this scholarship!” said Little. “His music affected me deeply from a young age – these are the people you dream of meeting as a film composer.”

Little’s past work included The Clinic and documentary Zach’s Ceremony, which was nominated for a 2017 AACTA Award. Little’s work will also appear in 2018 releases such as Steve Jaggi’s Chocolate Oyster and SBS documentary series How Mad Are You?.

Event/Exhibition: The Blak Markets, Sydney

Looking to find great arts while supporting local artists and Indigenous communities? This is your chance.

The Blak Markets is coming to Redfern for a day filled with Aboriginal arts, craft and foods from local stallholders. Featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and producers, the event will also have performances from Redfern Dance Company’s Aboriginal Performance Group as well as live music and workshops.

For more information, visit the Blak Markets’ Facebook page.

May 27, 8am-2pm | The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, 180 George Street, Redfern

Music: 2018 Splendour in the Grass Lineup Announced

The line-up for Splendour in the Grass 2018 has been released.

Headlined by Lorde, Kendrick Lamar and Vampire Weekend, the line-up also features other big names such as Khalid, Franz Ferdinand, CHVRCHES, Miguel, MGMT, SAFIA, Angus and Julia Stone and many more. They will perform in July over three days at North Byron Parklands for the festival, which is in its 18th year running.

Out of 101 acts announced in the lineup, 43 contain female members. Find the full lineup at the bottom of this post.

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, April 19 at 9am. Camping option is also available at the Splendour site. For more information, visit Splendour In The Grass’ website.

Splendour in the Grass 2018 Full Lineup:

Kendrick Lamar
Lorde (only AUS show)
Vampire Weekend (only AUS show)
Khalid (only AUS show)
The Wombats
Hilltop Hoods
CHVRCHES
Miguel
Girl Talk (only AUS show)
Angus & Julia Stone
Gang of Youths
Franz Ferdinand
MGMT
Ben Howard
Dune Rats & Friends
James Bay
PNAU
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
The Avalanches DJ set
Chromeo
DMA’S
Ball Park Music
Henry Rollins (only AUS show)
SAFIA
The Jungle Giants
Lil Xan
Methyl Ethel
Amy Shark
The Bronx
Ocean Alley
Carmada (L D R U & Yahtzel)
DZ Deathrays
Lord Huron
Middle Kids
Hockey Dad
Towkio
Cub Sport
Touch Sensitive
Sampa The Great
Dean Lewis
Skegss
Albert Hammond Jr
Mallrat
Marmozets
Alex Lahey
Riton & Kah-Lo
Jack River
Superorganism
Anna Lunoe
Lewis Capaldi
All Our Exes Live In Texas
Alex The Astronaut
Yungblud
Crooked Colours
Nina Las Vegas
Soccer Mommy (only AUS show)
Elderbrook
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Tim Sweeney
Stella Donnelly
Bully
Baker Boy
Wafia
No Mono
Waax
Angie McMahon
West Thebarton
Eves Karydas
G Flip
The Babe Rainbow
Haiku Hands
Didirri
Alice Ivy
Amyl & The Sniffers
Ziggy Ramo
Fantastic Man
Lo’99
Human Movement
Manu Crook$
Kasbo
Madam X
Andras
Alta
Ara Koufax
Two People
B Wise
Made In Paris
Jensen Interceptor
Woodes
Teischa
Antony & Cleopatra
Muto
Elk Road
triple j Unearthed winners (TBA)

Plus…

Mike Gurrieri
Love Deluxe
Lauren Hansom
Poolclvb
Godlands
Nyxen
Emma Stevenson
Ebony Boadu

Event: Doug Stanhope in Sydney

American stand-up comedian Doug Stanhope is coming to Sydney as part of his 2018 Australian Tour.

With gigs in Cremorne and Cammeray, Stanhope will be serving his brand of acerbic social commentary. He will also be performing in Hobart, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

Tickets start from $69. For more information, visit Doug Stanhope’s website.

Friday, April 13, 8.30-11.30pm | Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, 380 Military Road, Cremorne

Saturday, April 14, 7-10pm | North’s Auditorium, 12 Abbott Street, Cammeray

Ways to Challenge Yourself as An Artist

As an artist, it is common to feel stuck in a rut or creatively stunted. When this happens, it is a good idea to open yourself up to new challenges that will make you learn and discover important knowledge – not only on the arts itself, but also yourself as an artist. Here are a few ways to nurture, develop and expand your artistic instincts.

Enrol in a Course

There is always something new to learn. Try something outside your general field – so if you’re an illustrator, do some vocal or drama courses. Chances are, you will learn something new and inspiring to bring back to your regular work.

Limit Stimulations

Kind of the opposite from the previous tip, but still works just as fine. In a world where Internet reigns and every kind of content can be found with a tap of finger, it is very easy to become overstimulated. Try to cut down on unnecessary content and focus on your work. To make it easier, you can also opt to produce works based on just one theme for a certain period of time. For example, writing flash fictions exclusively for a week or using just one colour family for your design.

Do a Public Challenge

Ever heard of NaNoWriMo? It is short for National Novel Writing Month, which is an Internet-based creative writing project held every November. Online challenges like this not only help you stay accountable, but the community behind them will also keep you motivated, with other artists to share your experiences with. This also brings us to the next tip…

Meet Your People

Wherever possible, meet up with people of similar profession and/or passion to you – not just to gain the newest updates in the industry, but also to expand your network and find opportunities for collaboration and gigs! Getting to know other people’s projects can also give you the inspiration you need to get started on your own.

Enter Contests

Getting a passion project done and being in the running for monetary prize – why not? It indeed can be daunting to participate in a competition, but you can always learn something new by exposing your work to a fresh pair of eyes.