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Andrew Taylor is an arts reporter with Fairfax Media

Ballet

Sleeping Beauty: The Australian Ballet rouses a classic for 2015 season

Andrew Taylor Sleeping Beauty will be woken from her slumbers yet again with the Australian Ballet mounting a new multi-million dollar production of the classic 19th-century dance work.

Volunteers shunted off front line at Art Gallery of NSW

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Andrew Taylor The Art Gallery of NSW has again courted controversy by removing volunteers from front-desk positions.

Ralph Myers on bidding farewell to Belvoir St Theatre

Dogged determination: Ralph Myers, Belvoir's artistic director with his dog Lucky outside the theatre on Belvoir Street, Surry Hills.

Andrew Taylor Battles over copyright have been a hallmark of Ralph Myers' tenure at Belvoir. The departing artistic director and set designer reveals some of the frustrations of being a theatremaker.

Biennale artist takes some credit for Transfield share sale

Andrew Taylor The threatened boycott of this year's Biennale by artists may have triggered a sell-off of shares in a company involved in the offshore processing of asylum seekers.

Public art

Jonathan Jones wins Kaldor Public Art Project competition with 'ghost' of Garden Palace

Artist Jonathan Jones has won the Kaldor Your Very Good Idea project.

Andrew Taylor A ghost from Sydney's past will return to the Royal Botanic Gardens as part of a temporary art installation celebrating one of the city's grandest buildings and greatest scandals.

Art

Edmund Capon says Australian art is unpopular overseas

Edmund Capon says Australian art has had a

Andrew Taylor Australia's greatest artists are virtually unknown overseas because their work is "too strongly defined by place", according to Edmund Capon.

Belvoir unveils feminist 2015 season

Andrew Taylor Belvoir's 2015 season will be dominated by women in a dramatic reversal of theatre's traditional gender imbalance.

Crossing the divide: Brett Whiteley's art affair with NSW central west

Fond memories: Wendy Whiteley at the Brett Whiteley Gallery.

Andrew Taylor Brett Whiteley is renowned for his paintings of Sydney Harbour, yet his artistic output crossed the mountainous divide separating the coast from central west NSW.

Artist

Why comedian Anh Do turned his hand to painting for the Archibald Prize

Surprise entry: Comedian and TV star Anh Do has a portrait among the finalists of the  Archibald Prize.

Andrew Taylor He found fame as a TV star, author and a stand-up comic, but the writer of The Happiest Refugee has finally found his true calling. By Andrew Taylor.

Geoffrey Rush upstages Cate Blanchett in Sydney Theatre Company's 2015 season

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Andrew Taylor Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush lead the stars performing in Sydney.

Art

James Drinkwater wins Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship

James Drinkwater wins the 2014 Brett Whiteley Travelling Arts Scholarship.

Andrew Taylor Wendy Whiteley had a confession to make at the announcement of the 2014 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship on Thursday.

Barangaroo

Art Gallery of NSW not threatened by Tate Gallery role at Barangaroo

The Barangaroo site will not include a satellite of the Tate Gallery.

Andrew Taylor Britain's Tate Gallery will not be building a museum at Barangaroo despite its partnership with developer Mirvac.

Fundament

Disgusting movie River of Fundament gets Sydney outing

Fundamentally revolting: A scene from Barney's film.

Andrew Taylor Its scenes of human defecation, anal penetration and animal disembowelment have divided and disgusted critics. Its six-hour length has tested the patience of fans.

$800,000 loss? No drama, says NIDA

Andrew Taylor It has produced some of Australia's best known and wealthiest actors, including Mel Gibson, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Sam Worthington, but the National Institute of Dramatic Art is not sharing...

NIDA defends financial losses

Andrew Taylor It has produced some of Australia's best and wealthiest actors, including Cate Blanchett, Mel Gibson and Sam Worthington.

Ralph Myers not to blame for Belvoir's "poor financial result"

Ralph Myers

Andrew Taylor Ralph Myer's tenure as head of Belvoir St Theatre has been described as its most successful period despite last year's plunge into deficit.

NGA

Guess Who? Mystery surrounds next director of the National Gallery of Australia

Retiring:National Gallery of Australia director Ron Radford will leave his post soon.

Andrew Taylor, Sally Pryor Ron Radford's impending retirement has long been on the cards, but mystery continues to surround his successor as head of the National Gallery of Australia.

Arts funding shake-up welcome news

SMH SPECTRUM

Director Rosie Dennis is working with seven Minto residents aged 64-78 on a show that celebrates growing old., Life as We Know It. Campbelltown Arts Centre, 26th February 2013


SMH Photo by Anna Kucera

Andrew Taylor Life for small arts organisations should become easier following this week's arts funding restructure, according to the Australia Council for the Arts.

Auctions

Jeffrey Smart self-portrait tipped to fetch more than $1 million

Solitary man: Jeffrey Smart's <i>Self-Portrait at Papini's</i>, 1984-85.

Andrew Taylor Big claims are the order of the day as auction houses look to sell forgotten still lifes, rare self-portraits and lost masterpieces by prominent Australian artists.

Film Fest

Bryan Brown lends support to Lebanese Film Festival

Bryan Brown

Andrew Taylor At first glance, Bryan Brown’s patronage of the Lebanese Film Festival is a marriage of opposites.