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Portrait December 01, 2018
Big hART’s Scott Rankin
Lunch with Scott Rankin, the creative director of the arts and social change organisation, Big hART.
Portrait November 10, 2018
Anote Tong and climate change
A drink in a Glebe pub with ex-President of Kiribati and Nobel Peace prize nominee, Anote Tong.
Culture November 24, 2018
The passions of artist Saskia Boddeke
The immersive works of multimedia artist Saskia Boddeke reflect her belief in the need for deep, emotional engagement in art. It was a passion shared by Matisse’s Russian patron Sergey Shchukin, the subject of Boddeke’s film installation in the Masters of modern art from the Hermitage exhibition. “Art is an absolute necessity; it is a universal thing we share. All over the world, we express ourselves in painting, in music, in speaking, in putting words in an order that touch your heart. That is how we recognise things. Art makes us civil. Art makes us look – not only at paintings, but at other people. It shows us the beauty in difference.”
Portrait October 13, 2018
Author Deb Kandelaars
The writer of Memoirs of a Suburban Girl on her long road out of a violent relationship. “There I am, right in the middle of my teenage years and suddenly in a serious relationship. A relationship that pushes away my other life. Being hit was beyond my world experience. I didn’t want it to happen again. I started treading a little bit more carefully, and that set up a power dynamic.”
Portrait September 15, 2018
Game of Thrones’ Deborah Riley
Production designer Deborah Riley on building the world of Westeros.
Culture August 18, 2018
Artist Sun Xun on truth and meaning
The work of Chinese artist Sun Xun explores concepts of time and space, truth and lies – always searching for answers. As the first solo exhibition of his work in Australia opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, he talks about the role of the artist. “We live in a lie, in a big lie system. People should jump out from the lie circle and touch the world. It is the modern world’s problem. Where is the truth? I don’t know. In my art, I want to make people think: ‘Don’t believe our world – it is a big lie.’ I am trying to open the door for people.”
Portrait August 18, 2018
A Congolese doctor in Sydney
How a doctor forced to flee the Democratic Republic of the Congo is making a new life in Sydney.
Portrait June 09, 2018
Author Gabriel Tallent
Gabriel Tallent, writer of My Absolute Darling, discusses inspiration and motivation.
Portrait April 28, 2018
Michaela McGuire, Sydney Writers’ Festival
A conversation with the artistic director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, Michaela McGuire.
Culture March 17, 2018
Ciara Phillips’ Biennale workshop
For the 21st Biennale of Sydney, artist Ciara Phillips is creating a collaborative printmaking studio, posters from which will run each week in The Saturday Paper. She talks about the role of art in social change. “I find it really difficult to explain: how do you make art? Basically it’s the sum total of all the things I think about.”