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Sydney: lighting the way for art

See the Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up like a rainbow and the Sydney Opera House become a canvas for a brilliant light display. During the annual Vivid Sydney event the city's iconic architecture and places are illuminated in a spectacular lightshow.

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Art helps a building run

Close your eyes and imagine a large, impressive city building. Now imagine that building running a marathon. Artist Keith Deverell has created a video installation that monitors the energy efficiency of a building and then displays this data in an entertaining and thought-provoking way for the audience. Can you guess what ...

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What if Indigenous Australians were the majority?

Imagine an Australia in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples made up the vast majority of the population. See Bidjara artist Michael Cook discussing his most recent exhibition, 'Majority Rule', which is based upon this engaging 'what if' question.

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A curator's life

Imagine what it would feel like to spend your life looking after remnants of the past. This is the life of many museum curators. Enchanted by old things since childhood, Catherine Reade has turned this love into a career where she can use her knowledge of art history to help manage and care for collections of art and artefacts. 

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Filming a surrealist dream

Discover the world of surrealism in film as we take a quick look at the 'Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams' exhibition at GOMA, the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland.

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Surrealist art: weird and wonderful

Surrealist art began in the early part of the 20th century. Artists and writers used dreams, their fears or the unconscious mind as inspiration for their artwork. In this clip, find out more about surrealism and its influence on artists of the past and of today.

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Walking through sound and light

In 2013, Artist Ryoji Ikeda performed 'test pattern [no 5]' in Sydney. As Japan's leading electronic composer and visual artist, Ikeda has gained an international reputation as an artist working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. Have a look at his work to see how the audience experienced it.

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Hotham Street Ladies' sweet installation

The Hotham Street Ladies make incredible art out of ... Well, see if you can guess! Intricate wallpapers, delicate glass, prawn tails and woven rugs form part of an elaborate collaborative installation at the Melbourne Now exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. This clip explores the how and the why of this delicious ...

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Street art has its space

In 2011 Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, once the home of convicts and shipbuilding, was the venue for the Outpost Project, a vast collection of international and Australian artists making and exhibiting legal urban and street art.

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Creating music from guns

Discover why an artist makes musical instruments from guns as we take a look at Mexican artist Pedro Reyes's exhibition 'Disarm' at NGV International, the National Gallery of Victoria. Reyes has, with the help of local artisans, constructed instruments using parts from weapons confiscated by the Mexican government.

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It's all about me: Picasso

Is Pablo Picasso the artist who defined the 20th century? Edmund Capon thinks so. He also describes Picasso's work as highly autobiographical. As a former director of the Art Gallery of NSW for 33 years, Capon knows about art! So what can Picasso's paintings tell us about Picasso the man?

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'The artist is the man': Picasso, the exhibition

A life of art is explored in an exhibition on Picasso at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2011-12. Curator Anne Baldassari discusses Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous and influential artists of the 20th century, focusing on the artist himself. Over his lifetime Picasso explored many styles and techniques in his work.

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Surrounded by colour

How we experience an artwork can be influenced by how it's displayed. Michael Brown is the Senior Display Technician at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He works with the curator in preparing the gallery space for hanging and displaying artworks. In this audio clip, learn how different wall colours can affect the viewing ...

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Awe and wonder in science fiction art

Where might you find a futuristic caveman and abandoned cities and feel like you're walking on Mars? 'Awfully wonderful: science fiction in contemporary art' is an exhibition with works that explore the possibilities of the future and what science makes us capable of, both the good and the bad.

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Finding an audience for digital art

Are festivals, galleries and exhibitions outdated and ineffective compared to the opportunities presented to artists online? Paul Robertson's animations are seen by millions at the click of a mouse. The distribution and 'exhibition' of his work raises questions about the traditional mechanisms of the art world.

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Being part of Roman Ondak's art

Imagine an art exhibition opening without any artwork! How about trying to create a portrait of an entire suburb or creating art by writing out a set of instructions for others to follow? These are some of the ways Roman Ondak creates his work. Here you can see two examples of it from the Sydney Festival: Project 28. 

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Yoshitomo Nara: nobody's fool

This is a website introducing the exhibition, 'Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's fool' (2010-11, USA) featuring artworks by the Japanese pop artist. Information about the exhibition is organised under three headings: Isolation, Rebellion and Music. Also included are images and information about Nara's installations (including a ...

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MoMA: exhibitions and collections

This resource is a portal that provides an entrance point to the wide range of online and physical collections and exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The collection includes close to 8,000 artists and over 45,000 works that are available online and categorised into: Architecture and design; Prints ...

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Behind the scenes

This is a resource that focuses on video interviews with artists and staff at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), featuring teenagers as interviewees. Specific sections of each video can be located through browsing a hierarchy of Interview (subject and title), Topic and Question. This resource features interviews with Pixar's ...

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Art exhibition

This resource is an online unit of work found on the Australian Government’s Intellectual Property(IP) website in the ‘IP In Schools’ section. The unit contains four worksheets (available in both PDF and RTF) that focus on an imaginary exhibition of six works by Henri Matisse, although teachers may select any artist to ...