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Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is the Deputy Arts Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Sydney Festival 2016: Toni Morrison, Tom Waits headline 40th anniversary year

Andrew Taylor It's only taken 400 years but one of Shakespeare's female characters will finally take her turn to speak when the Sydney Festival stages Desdemona in October.

Corroboree Sydney: Indigenous festival cancelled after funding dispute with NSW government

Corroboree Sydney's artistic director Hetti Perkins in 2013 with dancer Karwin Knox (left) and Roy Kennedy from the Corroboree Council of Elders.

Andrew Taylor A festival described as "a fantastic celebration of our nation's Indigenous culture" has been cancelled because of a funding dispute between organisers and the NSW government.

City of Sydney set to approve Judith Neilson's $32 million answer to MONA

White Rabbit founder Judith Neilson in her Chippendale gallery.

Andrew Taylor Sydney is one step closer towards building its own MONA, with the City of Sydney council set to approve a $32 million gallery and performance space in Chippendale.

"It's terrible. We're horrified": Woollahra Council approves destruction of Margaret Olley's garden

Margaret Olley pictured in her Paddington home in 2010.

Andrew Taylor Sydney's out-of-control housing market has claimed another victim, with the destruction of a property once owned by one of the city's best loved artistic figures.

Indigenous art awards: Josh Muir overcomes addiction and depression to build artistic career

Josh Muir's <i>Buninyong</i> is a finalist in this year's National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.

Andrew Taylor Josh Muir has overcome addiction and depression to become a promising young artist.

Blake Prize for religious art finds salvation in western Sydney

Luke Roberts entered three depictions of the crucifixion of Christ for the 2011 Blake Prize. In one, academic Jodie Taylor kneels at the feet of a Christ figure played by Tobin Saunders, better known as drag queen Vanessa Wagner.

Andrew Taylor Threatened with damnation after it was deserted by sponsors last year, Australia's top prize for religious art has found a saviour.

Western Sydney will revolt if arts facilities are not improved, government warned

Extending the Art Gallery at The Domain would be a

Andrew Taylor Pouring taxpayer funds into the Art Gallery of NSW's proposed $450 million new wing would be a 'stake through the heart' of western Sydney, says the chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue.

Star Wars shenanigans

Amy Schumer's sexy photo shoot outrages Star Wars fans

Amy Schumer's sexy photo shoot for GQ magazine has outraged Star Wars fans.

Andrew Taylor Don't mess with the droids... Amy Schumer's comedy gold cover falls flat with Disney and Star Wars fans.

Human Centipede 3: offensive movie franchise crawls back into Australia

Andrew Taylor A movie described as "an ugly, claustrophobic celebration of sexual violence" will be available for sale in Australia this week.

Archibald Prize 2015 winner live stream: Watch announcement as it happens

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Andrew Taylor Watch live as the winner of the 2015 Archibald Prize is announced.

Paint by numbers puts spotlight on concerns over Art Gallery of NSW job cuts

The Art Gallery of NSW has not ruled out job losses as it seeks to make budget savings.

Andrew Taylor The threat of job losses looms over the Art Gallery of NSW as it prepares to announce the winner of the Archibald Prize.

Winning portrait

Archibald Prize 2015: Nigel Milsom's portrait of barrister wins $100,000

Nigel Milsom has won the 2015 Archibald Prize with his portrait of barrister Charles Waterstreet.

Andrew Taylor Nigel Milsom has won this year's Archibald Prize with his portrait of his barrister, Charles Waterstreet.

Brotherly love: The Presets' Julian Hamilton creates dance work with brother Antony

The Presets singer (left back) Julian Hamilton with brother Antony on the set of <i>Ruth</i> with performers (mask) James Andrews and Melanie Lane.

Andrew Taylor The Hamiltons must be very proud of their sons. Not only do both their boys excel in their chosen fields of choreography and music, but they also work well together.

Salon des Refuses: Archibald Prize judges reject portrait of domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty

2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty at Parliament House in Canberra in March 2015.

Andrew Taylor A portrait of Rosie Batty by Melbourne artist Christopher Pyett will hang in the Salon des Refuses after it was rejected by the judges of the Archibald Prize.

Archibald 2015: Nigel Milsom's portrait of barrister Charles Waterstreet favoured to win portrait prize

 Nigel Milsom's portrait of barrister Charles Waterstreet is a strong contender for this year's Archibald Prize.

Andrew Taylor Nigel Milsom's arresting portrait of barrister Charles Waterstreet may be the favourite to win the Archibald Prize, but the artist is grateful to be a finalist.

Archibald Prize 2015: Bruno Jean Grasswill wins Packing Room Prize

Bruno Jean Grasswill's portrait of actor Michael Caton has won the Archibald Prize's Packing Room Prize.

Andrew Taylor The curse of the packers has struck again, with Bruno Jean Grasswill's portrait of actor Michael Caton almost certain not to win this year's Archibald Prize.

Off with their heads: what happens to Archibald Prize portraits that nobody wants?

Guy Maestri's 2009 Archibald Prize winning portrait of singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery.

Andrew Taylor Guy Maestri entered the Archibald Prize "probably eight or nine times" before he won in 2009 with his portrait of singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.

NSW artists shunned in this year's national Indigenous art prize

Sydney-based artist Tony Albert with We Can Be Heroes 2013-14, winner of last year's National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

Andrew Taylor No artists from NSW, ACT and Tasmania are among the 65 finalists in this year's self-styled leading national prize for Indigenous art.

Eight seconds between dust and glory for bull riders

Professional bull rider Cody Heffernan prepares for another rough ride.

Andrew Taylor Eight seconds hardly seems long enough for Cody Heffernan to demonstrate poise, grace and control.

Margaret Olley's early classics share joys of still life

Andrew Taylor An admirer of Margaret Olley, Barry Humphries was a regular visitor to the late artist's house in Duxford Street, Paddington.