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books February 27, 2021

Feminist writer and editor Koa Beck

Koa Beck’s new book examines how white feminism’s commodification and systematic exclusions are rooted in a knotted history of racism.

books February 20, 2021

Novelist Claire Thomas

After more than a decade away from publishing, Claire Thomas’s much anticipated second novel The Performance puts her squarely back in the limelight.

dance February 13, 2021

Choreographer Garry Stewart

Choreographer Garry Stewart’s new work Supernature opens at the Adelaide Festival next month, marking his final year as artistic director of Australian Dance Theatre.

theatre February 6, 2021

Magician James Galea

Magic – one of the most traditional arts – has been slow to embrace inclusivity, but magicians such as James Galea are changing the culture.

music January 30, 2021

Singer-songwriter Sarah Mary Chadwick

The bleak and brilliant confessional songs of Sarah Mary Chadwick’s singular repertoire draw on psychoanalysis and her Catholic childhood.

film January 23, 2021

Stephen Maxwell Johnson and Witiyana Marika

Director Stephen Maxwell Johnson and musician Witiyana Marika drew on three decades of friendship to create the Northern Territory action thriller High Ground.

culture December 19, 2020

A different hope

The problems that plague Australian arts and culture long predate 2020, but this year's crises have thrown them into vivid relief.

television December 12, 2020

Film director Glendyn Ivin

Since his first short film won the Palme d’Or in 2003, Glendyn Ivin has established himself as one of Australia’s most exciting film and television directors. The forthcoming Penguin Bloom, starring Naomi Watts, brings some light to his dark meditations.

art December 5, 2020

Artist Alice Potts

An artist whose work incorporates fashion, visual art and biomaterials, Alice Potts’ contribution to the NGV Triennial has been profoundly shaped by her experience of Covid-19 in Britain.

theatre November 28, 2020

Playwright Kendall Feaver

At 31, Kendall Feaver continues her brilliant career with her new adaptation of Miles Franklin for Belvoir. “I’m wary of black-and-white thinking … I’m interested in the ‘why’. Why is this fracture happening? Why is this so divisive, so deeply felt and fought over?”

music November 21, 2020

Drill rapper Snoee Badman

Snoee Badman – the first Australian to release an EP from inside a maximum-security prison – embodies a punk defiance to institutional brutality. “I have a lot of violence to write about. Jail is not good for anyone … Prison gives you a lot of hatred.”