RACHEL BROWNE Brett Henman never thought of himself as a particularly artistic person but when the former bricklayer from Mount Druitt picked up a camera and started to work on his self-portrait he was amazed by the result.
RON CERABONA The Griffyn Ensemble brings the aurora borealis as close as possible to Canberra in conjunction with the James Turrell's exhibition at the NGA.
SALLY PRYOR A round-up of what's happening in the Canberra visual arts scene for the week beginning May 23.
Louise Schwartzkoff Almost 30 years after Matilda was published, its famous illustrator revisits its most fearsome character.
Peter Haynes Art Review. Peter Haynes
SALLY PRYOR After a career spanning five decades, Janet DeBoos retains the passion of an amateur in the original sense of the word.
JOEL MEARES Intercellular, which will screen nightly on the face of Sydney University's famous quadrangle, is a series of 16 short films created by students in the design computing course working with microscopic medical imagery and students at Eora Tafe.
JOEL MEARES It was a walking, morphing digital man who inspired what would become the 2015 Vivid festival's light show across the Opera House sails.
MICHAEL KOZIOL Arts leaders have stepped up their campaign against the federal government's cuts to the Australia Council at a national day of protest that included a "mass dance action" to demonstrate their displeasure.
Philip Sherwell A billionaire Qatari sheikh nicknamed 'the man who bought London' was reportedly the winning bidder on a Pablo Picasso masterpiece that smashed the world auction sale record.
Debbie Cuthbertson and Joel Meares The "significant impact" of the Australia Council's reduced budget is already being felt.
Step by step
Nick Moir Vivid is a great opportunity for photographers from beginner to professional to capture alluring and vibrant photos using time exposures. The combination of twilight colour in the sky and the displays on offer for the festival make this technique particularly effective.
Jay Z did not renege on a help to promote the Marina Abramovic Institute.
JOEL MEARES It began as a kind of festival camel, a lumpy, lumbering grab for tourist dollars in the down-season.
Dan Rule A strikingly brutalist, nonetheless eco-friendly innovation centre in Chile has taken out the architecture prize at the prestigious international Designs of the Year competition.
Dan Rule Dutch fashion designer Pauline van Dongen has created an illuminated running shirt that comprises LED ribbons and a "prismatic" reflective foil hidden beneath a mesh-like exterior fabric.
Dan Rule The traditions and contemporary iterations of handmade Japanese design and artisanship have assumed more of common currency in Australia in recent years, thanks in no small part to specialist retail and gallery outfits such as Brunswick's Mr Kitly and Collingwood's Cibi.
No rapper's delight
BERNARD ZUEL Did one of the biggest names in entertainment break his promise to an artist whose work he copied?
LIght and fantastic
NICK GALVIN Amanda Parer returns for the 2015 Vivid exhibition with a herd of bright porkers.
JOEL MEARES Three veteran Australian visual artists will be honoured with fellowships at the National Art School this Thursday night, the first time the school has awarded three of the honours in a single year.
JOEL MEARES The people of Chatswood might want to start building their arks – they're about to be flooded, with light.
Robert Nelson Uncanny and confronting art works are sending messages about our relationship to the environment and climate change.
Debbie Cuthbertson and Joel Meares Smaller companies and those outside Sydney and Melbourne complain of unfair treatment by the Australia Council, minister says.
Nature on fire
Dylan Rainforth Tim Maguire' work depicts the tightly framed branches of bare trees, set off by prismatic globes of falling snowflakes or refracted light.
Dylan Rainforth Is corporatism the enemy of artistic freedom? Or is it a little more complicated than that?
Dylan Rainforth The inaugural Wyndham Art Prize has been won by David Sequeira, an artist who, in his other role as an arts administrator, was unceremoniously dumped as director of the Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell this year, after only four months in the role.
ELISSA BLAKE Capturing space with a camera produces dazzling images that do more than just document reality.
Peter Haynes Sean Davey's photographic exhibition shows his deep connection to Papua New Guinea.
Jacqui Taffel The man responsible for Radiohead's art looks back at a long career of creative collaborations.
Sasha Grishin As a frequent visitor to Beijing, I adopted a somewhat blasé attitude when I saw the billing for a major exhibition from Beijing's Palace Museum in the Forbidden City.
Canberra artist David Keany has extended a hand of friendship to Ukraine by hosting an insightful exhibition of the embattled nation’s art work, writes Francis Keany.
David Wise explains his attraction to a mural painted on the walls of an old house in Harkaway in 1948 that has been restored.
SALLY PRYOR An eclectic collection of artworks by contemporary Australian artists at the National Portrait Gallery touches on what it means to be human.
Peter Haynes Young artist Emily Casey is well grounded in Canberra's arts scene and is now moving further afield.
KAREN HARDY Something wicked this way comes - and again, and again on a night of multi-Macbeths for Bell Shakespeare Schools Festival.
George Main, curator at the National Museum of Australia, reveals his favourite from the Spirited: Australia's Horse Story exhibition.
DAVID ELLERY Author Peter Pedersen counts as one of the highlights of his life the time he spent at Gallipoli in 1990 with men who had seen action there.
Sasha Grishin The former prime minister created a vision for the arts in Australia and laid the foundation, but his achievements are now under threat.
Michelle Potter The chance to write about dancer Dame Maggie Scott opened the door to a remarkable life.
EMMA MACDONALD Front-line journalist Emma Griffiths is putting her weight behind moves to improve life for women in the media industry.
Janet Wilson What a combination: Richard Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Jonny Greenwood strike a chord with Beethoven.
Rose Cahill, of the National Gallery of Australia, selects her favourite from the Arthur Boyd exhibition.
SALLY PRYOR The Braidwood author tells of his youthful experiences, life’s dreams and achievements and the birth of Finlay Lloyd.
Dale Middleby, of the Canberra Museum and Gallery, shares his insights into the Watershed: Lake Burley Griffin exhibition.
SALLY PRYOR Many different levels will shine through in Cathy Petocz's new play offering crime, sci-fi and a multi-sensory universe.
Cris Kennedy Panorama's film critic selects 20 of his favourites at this year's Canberra International Film Festival at Dendy Cinemas.
Nigel Featherstone The Canberra author of gritty novels believes her stories should represent real-life challenges faced by young adults.
Sasha Grishin The National Gallery of Australia's new venue presents its inaugural exhibition of 21st-century Australian art.
Mark Van Veen A favourite is selected from the Boyd exhibition at the NGA that explores the artist's attempts to re-engage with the Australian environment.
SALLY PRYOR Canberra author Nigel Featherstone's latest work could herald a new dawn for the written art form.
Michelle Potter West Australian Ballet brings to Canberra an updated and highly evocative version of the classic French comic ballet La fille mal gardee.
Matthew Higgins Old Adaminaby might have drowned under Lake Eucumbene, but its cemetery lives on to tell a fascinating story.
Carol Cooper Carol Cooper shares her favourite selection from the exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.
SALLY PRYOR Graeme Simsion has taken the obsessive protagonist of his rom-com novel The Rosie Project back out to the edge for the follow-up.
RON CERABONA In a show where gender can be a guessing game, costumes and performances were never going to be easy, writes Ron Cerabona.
Chris Latham The world's greatest opera houses are now seeking the extraordinary prowess of the New Zealand tenor, who is coming to Canberra.
Sasha Grishin This fascinating exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery brings fresh perspective from our closest Asian neighbour.
RON CERABONA A comic musical duo and a children's picture-book author are among those given a boost in the Arts ACT round. Here's a list of recipients.
Simeran Maxwell Curator reveals her favourite aspect of the Boyd exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.
SALLY PRYOR Our natural world is a source of great inspiration for artists, so it is little wonder that this prize has such international appeal.
Daniel Sanderson After a career inspired by his exposure to historical world events, the acclaimed singer-songwriter is coming home.
RON CERABONA If you love songs from the movies, a symphony orchestra and a military band, this concert is for you.
SALLY PRYOR She was a prolific artist who gave portraits to their subjects, but more than 200 of her works desperately need a home.
The "saddle of queens" riding style called for some clever clothes design, which you can see at Spirited: Australia's Horse Story at the National Museum of Australia.
SALLY PRYOR As a conservator in private practice, Victoria Gill sees beloved treasures of every ilk.
Sasha Grishin A new exhibition of works by Arthur Boyd is the most significant since his death in 1999.
RON CERABONA Politicians beware – The Wharf Revue is back an no one in the public eye is safe from the arrows of outrageous satire.
Cris Kennedy Taste of Italia touches down at Palace Electric Cinema for a solid dose of silver-screen culture.
RON CERABONA The role of the horse in Australian life is well documented in an exhibition at the National Museum of Australia, writes Ron Cerebona.
SALLY PRYOR Artist Kerry McInnis, and her husband Mike MacGregor, a sculptor, took different approaches to works inspired by their trip to the frozen continent.
Jennifer Kingma Setbacks in life can be a source of inspiration in the creative arts.
SALLY PRYOR Fifty years of aquatic pleasure in Canberra, and what led up to it, is being celebrated in October.
Simon Weaving With his films on great composers a runaway success, Phil Grabsky turned his attention to Chopin.
Diana Plater The allure of the Middle East, Mozart's music and a glamorous 1930s setting all combine to make Opera Australia's production one to relish.
Claire Capel-Stanley The annual exhibition captures a number of artists working in an array of media and styles.
Sasha Grishin Our art critic explores the life and times of an Australian painter, who is the subject of an important NGA exhibition.
Dallas Pearce Idol star grew up listening to Dylan and Hendrix and his new show taps into the power of their music.
Art and design
SALLY PRYOR The competition's co-founders are bringing it to a close after 20 successful years.
Cris Kennedy Always keen to broaden his cultural understanding, Panaroma's contributor examines this year's Israeli Film Festival.
RON CERABONA Nancye Hayes reveals why she loves her role in The Importance of Being Earnest, which is coming to the Canberra Theatre Centre.
Jennifer Kingma Historian Roslyn Russell's debut novel brings the character Maria Rushworth back to life in Barbados.
SALLY PRYOR A new exhibition of surf photography is not about the sport so much as an era.
CHRIS JOHNSON Lifelong fans say the answer to that question will always be blowin' in the wind. But they wouldn't have it any other way.
Cris Kennedy Is it truly the last flight of the Arc Cinema? Panorama reviewer laments the wrong sort of celluloid cut.
Janet Wilson Stunning imagery combines with wonderful music for the School of Music's version of Monteverdi’s opera.
Jennifer Kingma Panorama magazine talks with collective 'catalyst' Stephanie Parker about artists working and exhibiting with synergy.
RON CERABONA Duncan Ley has refreshed his award-winning 2001 play, which is on at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre.
Sasha Grishin Once beyond the purely utilitarian, and influenced by that great influx of international talent, Australia started to carve out its own furniture style – elements of which have endured.
Ron Radford Maee - a sculpture of a man balanced on all fours - is an arresting image that is not easily forgotten.
SALLY PRYOR The prolific output of one of Australia's little-known artists is on display for all to see at the National Library.
Cris Kennedy Documentaries take the limelight at the annual Stronger than Fiction Film Festival in Canberra.
Nigel Featherstone Writer John Clanchy dissects his writing, discusses his new short story collection Six and reflects on how literature is evolving.
RON CERABONA An update to Melville’s Wall Street tale will strike a chord with modern audiences.
Cris Kennedy The hip hop artist's debut novel is so hot even Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh endorses it.
Jane Freebury Rolf de Heer's latest collaboration with David Gulpilil has been both a cathartic and critical success.
Jennifer Kingma The dance company celebrates its 25 anniversary with Patyegarang.
RON CERABONA The kings and queens of unscripted comedy and drama are back for another year.
Matthew Higgins Forty years after its completion, the band's songs that chronicled the nation-changing project are recalled.
CHRIS JOHNSON The White Album Concert is coming to Canberra, so Panorama examines one of the Fab Four's most contentious offerings.
JOHN THISTLETON A new book aims to help Canberrans appreciate the city as a technology hub and centre of innovative business.
RON CERABONA Penelope Boyd has won the 2014 Cliftons Art Prize for her painting The Wait.
Michael Roddy The dead parrot routine, the Spanish Inquisition and the silly walk will all be performed on stage this week for what is likely to be the Monty Python comedy team's last reunion.
Peter Wilkins Following on from their huge success with The Phantom of the Opera, Free Rain Theatre Company has once again hit the jackpot with this year’s production of Legally Blonde – the Musical.
Film festival preview
Cris Kennedy looks at the star attractions at Palace Electric and talks to special guest Finnish actress Laura Birn.
This carved figure has survived religion and reappropriation. Crispin Howarth talks about his favourite from Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia.
Janet Wilson One of the directors of the Pinchgut Opera brings a wealth of knowledge about early music to his new academic role.
Classical music review
IAN WARDEN If there really are fairies in Jean Sibelius' 6th Symphony (as some musicologists and Sibelius enthusiasts think), they were very serious-minded wee folk in the symphony as played by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
KAREN HARDY Author Biff Ward tells Karen Hardy shocking but true accounts of life in her mother's hands.
Jennifer Gall Canberra Repertory Society presents Showtune, celebrating the words and music of Jerry Herman. Theatre 3, June 20-July 5.
RON CERABONA A musical being staged at the Canberra Theatre reveals life in New Zealand was a far cry from life on a tiny Pacific island in the 1970s.
Kasi Albert NGA employee reveals his favourite piece in the Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia exhibition.
SALLY PRYOR A collection of biographical files and works by children’s authors and illustrators reveal inspired creativity.
Janet Wilson A new member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s distinguished family of historic instruments will make its debut at Llewellyn Hall.
Jennifer Gall What you see is excellent - and what you get is pretty good too, says Jennifer Gall.
Reviewed by Alanna Maclean One of the bard's great plays has London during WW II as a backdrop.
Matthew Higgins A look at the role of author Elyne Mitchell whose works helped build a high-country legend.
RON CERABONA The Street Theatre’s latest production, about Australian women during World War I, is improvisation at its toughest, writes Ron Cerabona.
RON CERABONA This production premieres in Canberra and has a new take on a much-loved play.
Jake Coyle Australian director David Michod teams with Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson for the follow-up to his Oscar-nominated debut Animal Kingdom.
Philip O'Brien For the youth of Australia, life would never be the same again. A personal recollection of the Fab Four's impact.
Michael Gunn Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia is under way and Michael Gunn is entranced by a Tahitian beauty.
Jennifer Kingma The writer's new collection reflects on breakdown and gratitude.
RON CERABONA Melinda Schneider's musical tribute shows there was more to Doris Day than her screen image suggested
Jennifer Gall This year Canberra audiences have been treated to a feast of the finest traditional Irish musicians.
Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.
A comprehensive guide to arts exhibitions and events in and around Canberra.
With the jock vote already tied up, Abbott should be reaching out to the arts and letters vote.
Ely is a great monument, a marvellous work of art, but it doesn't let you forget that it is a functioning church.
Film review: Maloof's documentary is a story of obsession, art and anonymity, and a captivating portrait of an intriguing woman. Don't miss it.
Christopher Nolan delivers a sci-fi, cerebral action flick that feels like 2001 A Space Odyssey on Red Bull.
Film review: This vanilla fairytale with Lily Collins just doesn't get the heart racing.
Film review: Masterfully created by the Dardenne brothers, Marion Cotillard finds dignity in a working-class life.
Film review: It is impossible not to be won over by Jean-Pierre Jeunet's tale of a child genius on the road of discovery.
Lesbian and gay pride activists try to help striking coal miners in a delightful '80s story of building solidarity amid Thatcherism.
Film review: If you're a romantic who gazes at the stars and wonders where love went, this will tickle your fancy.
The cast is top-shelf, but the highly contrived plot does them no favours, writes Simon Weaving.
This is Brad Pitt's finest role in years and it's pretty darn close to matching Steven Spielberg's classic, writes Cris Kennedy.
Ruben Ostlund's film is a devastating look at the authenticity of human nature, examined from within the frame of the nuclear family.
Scott Frank's new urban thriller is a bleak journey tinged with a damply spiritual sense of loss.
After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother.
The cast is in charismatic form for this fine courtroom drama.
Film review: You must drag your children to see this amazing documentary about the life cycle of brown bears.
Film review: A sexy comedy from Josh Lawson and the climax is set to become a screen classic.
Film review: This '80s punk rock Swedish film is the one you should be sending your kids to see this school holidays.
Film review: With a hint of Lord of the Flies, this dystopian young-adult, sci-fi is a mystery worth pursuing.
Film review: This erotic, grimy, violent world is rendered with exquisite care by directors, but somehow it's not to die for.
Film review: Zach Braff's effort is far from a classic movie, but it is personal, sincere and likeable.
Film review: This might be an unnecessary sequel to an unnecessary movie, but it is a pleasant time-filler.
Film review: The sewer-dwelling Ninja Turtles are recycled to help pad out Hollywood's quota of big, dumb, junk-food action movies.
Film review: This eco-drama is extremely slow-moving, but for those with patience it can be savoured.
Film review: This is a well-crafted, workmanlike coming-of-age adventure from Australian director Phillip Noyce.
Film review: Edgar Rice Burroughs would have loved the fantasy version, but not the expressionless "humans".
Film review: Jemaine Clement's Kiwi troupe delivers a fresh bite in an over-chewed genre.
Film review: Richard Linklater's 12-year project is a bold experiment and a remarkable journey worth viewing.
Film review: It's not Twister, but it taps into a new reality that's gripped popular consciousness - climate change.
Film review: Director Steven Knight sets the one-actor-in-one-location formula in concrete.
Film review: Cris Kennedy declares God's Not Dead is the worst film he's seen in some time.
Film review: Charming and seamless, but the downside is Woody Allen has not spent enough time in prep.
Film review: OK, I stayed right to the end, but I have to say it was a rather insipid experience with little drama.
Film review: It may seem outlandish, but if you go along for the ride you can have a good, if gory, time with Snowpiercer.
Film review: You don't need to have seen the earlier stuff to enjoy what I hope is the second of many more outings for this lot.
Film review: Kudos to Peter Cousens for telling a great story, but he has missed some sense of cinematic focus.
Film review: Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo strive for authenticity in John Carney's musical tale.
Film review: Marguerite and Hassan create the conditions for cultural fusion and the food doesn't disappoint.
Film review: This is OK if you're into testosterone-fuelled destruction, if not, the classics of this genre hit harder.
Film review: Story of brumbies has old-fashioned appeal and deals with a near-forgotten slice of Australian life.
Film review: Who would have thought the vast and empty universe could be this much fun?
Film review: Predictably neither Diane Keaton or Michael Douglas stray from what is expected of them.
Film review: This is a classy political thriller that is a great final curtain call for Philip Seymour Hoffman, writes Jane Freebury.
Film review: Scarlett Johansson's nuanced performance tells the story of Lucy's growing psychological or physiological awareness.
Film review: Director Clio Barnard builds extraordinary performances out of her young, first-time actors.
Film review: It is the characterisations that really make this Scandinavian crime-thriller duller by the minute.
Film review: Sophia Turkiewicz's directing of a brutal yet amazing story is a powerful piece of filmmaking, writes Cris Kennedy.
Film review: Contemplative and graceful, this is an important reminder of just how wonderfully diverse filmmaking can be, writes Simon Weaving.
Film review: If you want to see an incendiary piece of filmmaking about loss and grief this isn't it, writes Cris Kennedy.
Film review: Cheap laughs in a shoddy script and badly lit scenes, all add up to a classic dud, writes Ron Cerabona.
Film review: Entrapment of a very different kind is on show here, and both actors are wonderfully matched.
Film review: Despite intelligent performances, Brazilian director Bruno Barreto doesn't quite nail this biopic.
Film review: Raunchy and disposable, Sex Tape has touches of The Hangover and is easy to watch.
Film review: This is a story of crossed wires and conversation that becomes a love affair.
Film review: Ape versus human is a powderkeg of a situation and inevitably, a fuse is lit.
Film review: Clint Eastwood should have made the film more pacey, but gratefully songs were played out in full.
Film review: As colourful and sweet as a tropical fruit salad but suffering from animation sequel syndrome.
Film review: This is pretty decent, crossing genres and playing with audience expectations.
Film review: This outing is less confusing, and less awful than the third, which is damning by faint praise, writes CRIS KENNEDY.
Film review: Beautifully shot, it remains a surface affair and increasingly runs out of narrative puff, writes SIMON WEAVING.
Film review: Gracie Otto works magic with stills and film to put Michael White's story in the spotlight, writes CRIS KENNEDY.
Film review: Eyjafjallajokull eruption provides the backdrop of this French comedy that lacks real spark, writes JANE FREEBURY.
Film review: There's scope for sequels, and if this film is anything to go by, then bring them on.
Film review This is clever, crisply made and full of wonderful characters.
Film review: Mortensen and Isaac are each exceptional actors and it is a pleasure to watch them.
Film review: Slowly but surely the performances by intellectually-impaired actors win you over.
Film review: Hooley, dubbed the Godfather of Belfast Punk, is a thoroughly loveable rogue.
Film review: This is competently shot and executed, something that should have been done to the filmmakers.
Film review: The soundscape and cinematography are wonderful, but sadly the storyline is minimalist.
Film review: Annette Bening is incredible, but in parts one must endure some uncomfortable tedium.
Film review: The star has an almost impossible job of playing a much-loved woman, but there are moments when she glows.
Film review: Cruise is sharp, Blunt's gritty, in a Groundhog Day-style sci-fi that is a head-spinner, literally.
Film review: For a movie that is about impending death, this has a beautiful sense of life to it.
Film review: A prosthetically enhanced Jolie dominates, saving a stuttering tale from a deep sleep.
Film review: Tastes of Soylent Green in which Scarlett Johansson is an alien harvesting men.
Film review: This road trip is fast and free, but this time Coogan and Brydon don’t quite hit the mark.
Film review: Snippets of Hangover but with women, this is a comedy of errors with plenty of chuckle.
Film review: Bryan Singer pulls off a funny, tight action film that doesn’t feel rushed or over-crowded.
Film review: Pawel Pawlikowski’s entire film is told in exquisitely composed black-and-white images.
Film review: A wee bit twee and syrupy, this jaunty Scottish musical works hard to take you from misery to happiness.
Film review: It's bizarre that a film presumably conceived as an act of devotion should feel so lacklustre and impersonal.
Film review: It is the beautifully sparse but emotionally loaded script that gives this real strength.
Film review: The story is reminiscent of Blue Valentine with its blue-collar romantic couple in freefall.
Film review: Delicate, intelligent and moving, this is a feast for the eyes and a nuanced slice of history, writes Jane Freebury.