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Listed under:  Arts  >  Regional art  >  Australian art
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Radcliff-system piccolo used by Richard Chugg, 1913

This is a Radcliff-system piccolo of sharp pitch made by Rudall Carte of London in 1913 and used by Richard Chugg. It is made of cocus wood and has silver keys.

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Ampex one-track studio recorder, c1953-58

This a one-track mono Ampex reel-to-reel sound recorder, manufactured from metal, glass, rubber and plastic by Ampex, USA. It was used by Festival Records in Sydney, New South Wales. The recorder features a rectangular metal cabinet with a handle to open the front panel. Two spindles transport the tape as it moves from ...

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'Ngak Ngak in Limmen Bight Country' panel from Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by Northern Territory artist Ginger Riley. The design is in white, red, orange, purple and green on a blue background and is a representation of the artist's 'mother country'. The white sea eagle Ngak Ngak appears prominently on the left. Also seen are the dual serpent-creator Garmilal, ...

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'Home Sweet Home' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by artist Murray Walker. In the centre on a sky-blue background is a Federation house. The sky can be seen through the windows and it appears to be hollow. Underneath it are the words 'Home [illegible] Home'. Above the house is the sun in a blue sky. The left and right top sections have ...

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'Making Do' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by artist Murray Walker. The panel consists of images and handwritten words on a pale blue and gold background. The Eureka flag, made from fabric, forms the centrepiece of the design. Across the top are small ink drawings of items including a house, a windmill and toys. There are photographic ...

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'Celebrations 2001' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by Sydney artist Martin Sharp. The background colour is blue, with gold borders on the top and bottom, and small gold panels enclosing red text. In the centre is a large red map of Australia with the word 'Eternity' in handwriting inside. Written across the panel is the complete quotation: ...

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Charlotte medal,  1788

This silver medal was engraved by Thomas Barrett, a convict on board the First Fleet transport vessel Charlotte, when the ship was anchored in Botany Bay in 1788. It is recognised as arguably the earliest example of Australian colonial art. One side of the medal depicts a fully rigged ship, sun on the horizon, moon and ...

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iArt: photography on our mobile phones

What is a 'mobile phone artist'? It is becoming more common for art galleries to hold exhibitions of photography taken exclusively with a mobile phone. In this clip, this emerging trend in the art world and on the internet is considered.

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Mervyn Street: painting the old days

Imagine growing up on the land, working with horses and cattle, camping out and learning the skills of a stockman. Mervyn Street remembers his youth as a time full of fun. He is a Gooniyandi man who was born on Louisa Downs Station near Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia. An accomplished artist, he depicts his memories ...

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Banksy obliterated! Should we preserve street art?

It's April in 2010 and the last Banksy in Melbourne has been destroyed! The image of a parachuting rat stencilled by renowned UK street artist who calls himself Banksy has been painted over by council workers. Artists, art professionals and the Mayor of Melbourne discuss whether street art should be protected.

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Dreaming about Country

Discover the rich and beautiful world of Edwin Lee Mulligan's dreams, recorded in paintings and stories. In this clip on his work 'Ngarlimbah - it's about us', he tells one of his dreams of Country - his country, his mother's country and his father's country - the places, trees, mountains, rivers and creatures that connect ...

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What most figures in Boyd's paintings?

Australian artist Arthur Boyd (1920-1999) has contributed a huge amount to Australian art, says former director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Edmund Capon. Hear Capon's view that, although many of Boyd's paintings are of Australian landscapes, the focus is more on the people within them, and about Boyd's own thoughts ...

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GW Evans: 'Blighton Farm' 1810

Blighton Farm, on the Hawkesbury River at Pitt Town in the colony of New South Wales, was a successful farmstead. How does the artist convey this in the painting? Watch this video to find out why such a painting was commissioned and created.

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The Sydney Bird Painter - 'The white gallinule' c. 1791-92

Can you imagine what it would have been like to arrive in Australia and see its unique flora and fauna for the first time? Scientific drawings of Australia's flora and fauna emerged with the arrival of the first European settlers who were fascinated by how unusual they were. Sadly, even as they documented these extraordinary ...

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Alexander Dick: 'Tea service' c. 1828

Alexander Dick was one of the few professional silversmiths operating in Sydney Town in the 1820s. He immigrated to Sydney in 1824 as a free settler; however, he was later convicted of receiving stolen silver and was shipped to Norfolk Island for four years, an Island owned by the British at this time off the coast of the ...

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'The Rajah quilt' 1841

The Rajah quilt was made by female convicts on route from England to the colony of Tasmania in 1841. It consists of 2815 pieces of fabric and was presented to the Governor's wife upon arrival as a testament to the women's industry. The women learned these skills on the long journey to Australia on board their convict ship ...

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John Glover: 'Mr Robinson's house on the Derwent, Van Diemen's Land' c. 1838

Artists were often captivated by their first glimpse of the Australian landscape and portrayed the countryside with a sense of wonder. This example by John Glover includes trees with curled branches, brightly lit skies and colour infused hills. How does this image compare to others you have seen of this period?

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John Glover: 'Patterdale landscape with cattle' c. 1833

John Glover migrated to Tasmania in 1831, arriving on his 64th birthday. He is considered one of Australia's most important artists of the early 19th century and the colonial period. This piece was one of the first he completed after taking up a land grant in Patterdale on the Nile River. The pastoral scene depicts the ...

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Conrad Martens: 'View from Rose Bank' 1840

Many early artists romanticised the Australian colonial landscape and did not always strictly paint what they saw. In this example Martens has given the landscape a decidedly Italian atmosphere, softening the colour palate and creating a more ‘civilised' view. Can you think of why the artist may be interested in changing ...

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John Eyre: (print after) 'Port Jackson Harbour NSW' 1812

This panoramic view of Port Jackson shows the fledgling European settlement taking shape. Part of a set of 12, this print was drawn by convict artist John Eyre who was transported for breaking and entering. The intended clientele included local trading ships and members of the British military and naval forces. The series ...