Wednesday, October 13, 2021
From unleashing your inner ghostbuster to investigating crime scenes and being part of a supernatural interactive theatre show, there’s something for everyone.
Friday, September 10, 2021
Nora Heysen is recognised as one of Australia's most significant 20th-century female artists, being the first woman to win the Archibald Prize (1938), and the first woman appointed as an Australian War Artist (1943-46). Her art is in the collections of the Australian War Museum, the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and the National Library, together with state and regional art galleries, and numerous private collections.
Born in Hahndorf in 1911, Nora was the fourth child and daughter of Hans and Sallie Heysen. Her first formal art studies were with Mary Overbury who tutored the Heysen children. From 1926 Nora studied at the North Adelaide School of Fine Art, which led to her winning the Melrose Prize for portraiture (1933). After a very SUCcessful solo exhibition, Nora Heysen travelled to London for further study and to visit major collections in Europe. She returned to Australia in 1937 and resided in Sydney until her passing in December 2003.
Nora Heysen's private collection returned to The Cedars after her death and is the single largest collection of her works. Her paintings, drawings, books and personal artefacts are now displayed in changing exhibitions in her restored studio. They include some of her finest portraits, still lifes and drawings from the model. We can trace Nora's career from her student studies at age 15, to drawings from her War service, and the works of a mature artist through to her final oil painting, Apples on a chair (1995).
|Apples on a chair, 1995 oil on canvas, 40.5 x 51.0 cm; Collection of the Nora Heysen Foundation, The Cedars, Hahndorf|
Nora Heysen used the art equipment and materials on display. Especially note the palette given to the young artist by Dame Nellie Melba, and a portfolio case for transporting works in the Pacific region in World War II. On her travels, Nora acquired the ceramics and other personal effects that often appear in her still life works. Nora Heysen's library gives us an insight into her artistic interests and influences. Jane Hylton's book, Nora Heysen: light and life, provides a comprehensive overview of the artist's life and work.
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
There's a unique kind of joy to sitting on a milk crate with a paper plate laden with flavourful food balancing on your knees. NSW has long had a love affair with food trucks, which shows no signs of abating. Here are some of the tastiest in town:
Monday, September 6, 2021
For the chefs who want to learn how to make more than just banana bread
Small Group Authentic Mumbai Virtual Cooking Class with Dessert
Learn how to make Pav Bhaji and Rice Kheer from Kajal. Based in Mumbai, Kajal picked up authentic home-style family recipes from her mom and sister. In 2017 she started hosting food tours and Pav Bhaji was always one of the most popular dishes. This Maharashtrian delicacy is a thick vegetable curry made from seasonal vegetables, potatoes, tomatoes and onions served with pav, which is a bread roll topped with butter and best served hot. The word 'pav' comes from the Portuguese word for bread and 'bhaji' in Marathi means a vegetable dish.
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Monday, August 9, 2021
|Photo: The Advertiser|
Adelaide East Herald
The future of the historic Ayers House and museum is under threat.
On 10th June 2021, an eviction notice from the Minister for Environment and Water and his Departmental Head was hand-delivered to the National Trust of SA demanding that it vacate the property within 31 days.
Following difficult negotiations, the eviction deadline was extended to September.
This is an unprecedented and unwarranted attack on the fifty-year stewardship of Ayers House by the National Trust, a body which, for 65 years, has nurtured and safeguarded much of South Australia's built and natural heritage.
The SA Government plans to appropriate Ayers House for the History Trust of SA which is seeking a new administrative headquarters.
This Trust is a statutory government agency, residing within the Department of Education.
Its funding, responsibilities and activities devolve from the government of the day
It is inappropriate for this state heritage building to be used to accommodate 25 History Trust staff in areas and offices which would re-purpose heritage rooms and completely displace the heritage museum with its collection of 30,000 precious artifacts and furniture. The planned takeover also foreshadows the use of Ayers House for government functions in order to capitalise on the commercial opportunities and political status symbolism of its proximity to Lot 14.
|Ayers House as it is today (Source: Ayers House)|
This is no excuse to eviscerate the House, tarnish its cultural heritage status and sacrifice the museum.
The government is promoting and underwriting this proposal with $1.5 million to relocate the 25 History Trust staff at a cost of $57,000 per head, along with $6.5 million to alter the structure and function of Ayers House.
This funding could more appropriately and effectively be used to install a lift and air conditioning, and in assisting the National Trust to embellish and maintain the fabric and contents of this heritage icon.
There is no imperative or logic in locating the History Trust in Ayers House
The government's requirements for office space for bureaucrats, a modern kitchen, lecture rooms, educational facilities and function spaces can readily be accommodated elsewhere in the CBD, and in particular in other prestigious locations on North Terrace.
The National Trust has cared for Ayers House as a historic public institution without government assistance for operating costs.
Over 50 years it has endowed the house with $20 million in fabric, contents and in kind, through volunteer support.
This politically motivated and unnecessary eviction must not be implemented.
|Source: Ayers House Museum|
(Source: Adelaide Sketchbook/Max Lamshed 1967)
|Sir Henry Ayers|
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