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Andrew Taylor

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

New head of Art Gallery Society Ron Ramsey walks delicate tightrope amid ongoing tensions

Andrew Taylor Ron Ramsey seeks to soothe tensions between society and Art Gallery of NSW after predecessor's criticisms.

Ex-Neighbours actor Bella Heathcote lands role in Fifty Shades Darker

Bella Heathcote has landed a role in <i>Fifty Shades Darker</i>, the second instalment of E.L. James' trilogy.

Andrew Taylor Bella Heathcote joins the long list of Neighbours alumni who have landed plum roles in Hollywood.

Spectrum Now 2016: Artist Tom Polo will paint live at the Art Gallery of NSW

Tom Polo will be painting a large-scale work at the Art Gallery of NSW during the Spectrum Now festival.

Andrew Taylor Tom Polo will leave his mark on the walls of the Art Gallery of NSW during the Spectrum Now festival.

Sydney Festival shrinks as government and sponsors cut funding

Outgoing Sydney Festival director Lieven Bertels:

Andrew Taylor From a giant rubber duck to this year's cardboard city, art installations were bigger while revenue declined during Lieven Bertels' four years as Sydney Festival director.

Physical attacks on staff lead to dispute between Sydney Theatre Company and union

The alleged assault of an STC usher by a patron happened at a performance of <i>King Lear</i> starring Geoffrey Rush.

Andrew Taylor The Sydney Theatre Company has been accused of failing to provide a safe workplace after physical attacks on staff by audience members.

Sydney Sings: 'Bloody Leo' Schofield steals festival from bogan Tasmania

Andrew Taylor Is Sydney's new vocal festival a rip-off of Tasmania's Festival of Voices?

Sydney Sings heralds arrival of yet another taxpayer-funded festival

Sydney Sings artistic director Leo Schofield.

Andrew Taylor Sydney will add another festival to its crowded arts calendar, with the announcement today of a new taxpayer-funded event.

Secret River designer says funding cuts curtail theatre's creativity

Production designer Stephen Curtis on the set of The Secret River at the Roslyn Packer Theatre.

Andrew Taylor Budget cuts force arts companies to play it safe, according to a leading set designer.

Spectrum Now 2016: The inspiration behind Del Kathryn Barton's Cosmic Crime

Artist and Spectrum Now creative ambassador Del Kathryn Barton with her artwork <i>Cosmic Crime</i>.

Andrew Taylor There are no false dawns in Del Kathryn Barton's artistic life.

Opera in the Domain: Soprano Lorina Gore on the hazards of singing outdoors

Soprano Lorina Gore will perform with fellow opera singers Natalie Aroyan and Luke Gabbedy at Opera in the Domain come rain, hail or moth infestation.

Andrew Taylor Opera's leading ladies often come to a sticky end at the hands of cowards, cads or consumption. But Lorina Gore's debut at Opera in the Domain was almost derailed by a small winged creature.

Arts Minister on collision course with western Sydney and regional NSW over funding

Arts Minister Troy Grant.

Andrew Taylor Arts Minister Troy Grant has cast doubt over whether the state government will fund upgrades to cultural facilities in western Sydney and regional NSW.

Western Sydney arts figures fear NSW government will tell them to 'get stuffed' over funding

Campbelltown Arts Centre director Michael Dagostino does not want to create an

Andrew Taylor The NSW government has been warned against spending more money on inner-city cultural facilities at the expense of arts centres in western Sydney.

Australian filmmaker Lynette Wallworth uses virtual-reality technology to take Indigenous story to Sundance Film Festival

<i>Collisions</i> tells Aboriginal elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan's story.

Andrew Taylor When Indigenous elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan first caught sight of Lynette Wallworth's virtual reality camera, he quickly recognised its storytelling potential.

Sydney Festival 2016: Hidden gems, the Woodstock effect and a flying Arts Minister

La Verita has been a festival favourite for Parramatta lord mayor Paul Garrard and Arts Minister Troy Grant.

Andrew Taylor Events are of such significance that they will develop a historical meaning over time, director says.

Seniors' sex lives

Sydney Festival: The lusty lives of seniors revealed in All the Sex I've Ever Had

Cast members (from left) Paul, Judith  and Ronaldo from All the Sex I've Ever Had.

Andrew Taylor Many of the stories told in a bold Sydney Festival show will be revelatory for younger audiences.

Audience bound to performers in bondage-inspired dance work BUNNY

Dancer Luke George prepared for BUNNY by practicising his knot tying on friends and colleagues.

Andrew Taylor Daniel Kok attended his first bondage workshop in Berlin because he was afraid "and I wanted to know why I was afraid".

Sydney Festival 2016: Hits and Misses

Geoff Sobelle's? The Object Lesson was a hit with Herald critics.

Andrew Taylor As the 2016 Sydney Festival reaches its halfway point, the Herald's critics nominate their best and worst experiences.

Sydney Festival 2016: El Anatsui creates multi-million dollar artworks from bottle tops

El Anatsui with his work Garden Wall:

Andrew Taylor El Anatsui owes a debt of gratitude to drinkers of whiskey, rum and other hard liquor. It is their alcohol consumption that makes it possible for the Ghanaian artist to create works such as Blema, a...

Artist Nick Cave to bring a stampede of horses to Sydney

American artist Nick Cave will bring thirty life-sized horse statues to Sydney as part of his HEARD.SYD installation.

Andrew Taylor Artist Nick Cave will stop traffic with his elaborate horse sculptures, but do not confuse him with his Australian namesake.

The Family Law: Benjamin Law's 'comedy about divorce' screens on SBS

Benjamin Law:

Andrew Taylor The television adaptation of Benjamin Law's 2010 memoir traverses delicate territory with humour.