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Sally Pryor is the Arts Editor at The Canberra Times.

Absence and loss on the home front as National Portrait Gallery marks Anzac Centenary

Sally Pryor The National Portrait Gallery has chosen to focus on the loss and absence created by the Great War.

Writing on the wall for independent bookshops, as Electric Shadows announces closure

Sally Pryor When Electric Shadows Bookshop closes its doors for the last time next month, Australia's most well-educated and highest-earning city will have just two independent bookshops left.

Capital life

Capital Life: March 21

Sally Pryor This week's art news and events in Canberra for the week beginning March 21.

A misty mountain encounter wows judges of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

<i>Ali</i>, Hoda Afshar's winning entry in the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015.

Sally Pryor Eight years after migrating to Australia, a return visit to her homeland of Iran result in a career-changing moment for photographer Hoda Afshar.

Suburban art collection goes under the hammer

(CIRCA 1926-1999)
natural earth pigments on linen
60 x 80 cm

Sally Pryor From the outside, it was an ordinary suburban house in north Canberra, with nothing to suggest that inside, it contained an art collection worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Capital Life: Paintings and charcoals at Form


Sally Pryor There's an exciting new exhibition just opened at Form Studio and Gallery in Queanbeyan,

Returning home creates a 'perfect blend' for Mel George

Craft ACT curator and exhibitions manager Mel George.

Sally Pryor Mel George is at home in the heart of Canberra's creative community.

Australia no longer hotbed of science, says bee expert

Artist Sam Leach and Mandyam Srinivasan with the painting of Srinivasan  at the National Portrait Gallery.

Sally Pryor When Mandyam Srinivasan first arrived in Australia, he was stunned by the quality of resources for scientists.

Populate or Perish!

Sally Pryor Sinister migration, a Vogue model and a scary movie.

ACT Book of the Year won by Gordon Peake's 'Beloved Land'

ANU fellow and Canberra author Gordon Peake with his book Beloved Land- Stories, Struggles and Secrets from Timor Leste.

Sally Pryor When Gordon Peake first arrived in East Timor for a short research trip in 2007, he was instantly captivated by the complex and energetic country.

National Gallery of Australia to send Seated Buddha back to India

Roslyn Packer with the second century Buddha which was purchased by the NGA in 2007 with her assistance.

Sally Pryor An ancient Indian sculpture that until recently had its home among other Asian antiquities at the National Gallery of Australia is set to return to India.

Canberra to be the backdrop for local murder movie

David Wenham in The Code

Sally Pryor Canberra will be filled with film crews later this year, as well as some familiar faces, as production is set to begin on the long-awaited film of Joe Cinque's Consolation.

Capital Life: February 28


Sally Pryor Tea pot or T-rex? You decide.

New artist-in-residence at National Museum finds music in boats

Artist in residence at the National Museum of Australia, Vic
McEwan of Naranderra NSW, in front of the paddle steamer Enterprise.

Sally Pryor It's no secret that many artists see the world differently to the average person.

Artists gather for You Are Here, Canberra's experimental festival

Two of the producers of the You Are Here festival (from left) Nick Delatovic and Vanessa Wright.

Sally Pryor There'll be iridescent bike riders around the lake, a sleepover in a gallery foyer and a theatre performance in a record store.

Capital Life: February 21


Sally Pryor A comprehensive guide to what is happening in Canberra's arts scene.

Art versus science: A beautiful pairing for Erica Seccombe

Erica Seccombe uses X-rays to produces 3D images. Her aim is to show how science and art can be combined.

Sally Pryor It's a fact: most artists enter prizes regularly, and don't really expect to win. The process of entering, just like applying for grants, is an integral part of one's professional practice, a way of...

Selfie sticks banned in some Canberra galleries

Banned: Don't try this at the art gallery.

Sally Pryor Museums and galleries fear the metre-long 'wand of narcissism' could damage priceless art.

Capital Life: February 14

Sally Pryor A comprehensive guide to what is happening in Canberra's arts scene from the week of February 14.

James Turrell's Skyspace at the National Gallery is Canberra's number one pash point

Sally Pryor The term "art lovers" has taken on a whole new meaning when it comes to a certain work in the National Gallery's collection.