Visual art & design
Working with Words: Gabriella Coslovich
Gabriella Coslovich is an acclaimed arts journalist and the author of Whiteley on Trial, about the criminal trial surrounding the alleged forgery of Brett Whiteley paintings. She spoke with us about Stoner, The Cat in the Hat and her preference for understated writing.
Get curious about class and currency with Farah Farouque, Helen Razer and Esther Anatolitis. How do we reconcile personal and political principles with the glib practicalities of modern life?
We’ll consider alternative economies, class and elitism in the arts, and the market price of artistic integrity and truth-telling.
Join us for dinner (and drinks), with an entree of keynotes followed…
Teju Cole: Blind Spot
‘Every line in every poem is the orphaned caption of a lost photograph.’
Teju Cole is an artist whose work embraces ambiguity and enigma. We see this in his fiction (especially his acclaimed 2011 novel, Open City) and in his essays for the New Yorker. We see it in his photography columns for the New York Times and in his…
Emerging Writers’ Festival Programme Launch: Not Another Slide Night
The Emerging Writers’ Festival launches its 2018 programme with a night of performances that reimagine the past and paint a picture for the future. More than just the same people standing in front of different backdrops, this slide night features four writers from the festival programme who will explore, celebrate and critique dominant narratives from Australia’s art and history.
Jeff Goodell: The Water Will Come
Many of us live, to some degree, in denial about climate change. Even if the argument over the reality of climate change is resolved, can we actually imagine a flooded earth?
In his new book, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World, award-winning environmental journalist Jeff Goodell sets out to confront…
The Wheeler Centre
Sarah Sentilles: Draw Your Weapons
Sarah Sentilles — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Sarah Sentilles digs into our world’s most brutal and profound instincts with critic and writer Maria Tumarkin.
Across four books, and the striking Drone Alerts project, Sentilles has plumbed questions of spirituality and absolution, life and death. In Draw Your Weapons, Sentilles turns her eye to art and war; metaphor and survival. How do we create, accept, understand and recover from violence? How do we live with it?
In a deft and genre-crossing exposition, Draw Your Weapons deploys ideas from memoir, criticism, journalism, literature, visual culture and theology. It centres on two people – one a former prison guard at Abu Ghraib, the other a conscientious objector to World War II – and the work of understanding suffering, and rediscovering dignity, through art. In breathless reviews, critics have likened it to Maggie Nelson or Susan Sontag, and labelled it transformative, fierce and brilliant. This conversation may just be, too.
Maria Tumarkin and Sarah Sentilles in conversation — Photo: Jon Tjhia
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