Giant Rubber Duck Vanishes in Chinese Flood


A giant rubber duck designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has disappeared amid heavy storms in China’s southwestern Guiyang City, the Wall Street Journal reports. The 54-foot-tall, 2000 pound  inflatable artwork was perched upon a floating metal platform, tethered to the bottom of the Nanming river by steel wires. The work has toured the world since 2007 and has been on display in the ... Read More »

5 minutes with the Artist: Marie-Angela Paino

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Marie-Angela Paino is based in Melbourne Australia with her camera, creating images that move and inspire. She is the curator, organiser and co-exhibitor in our current exhibition A Life Beyond Waiting; a selection of photographs  created to raise awareness of the low rates of organ donation in Australia, and the possibility of generosity among human beings. What is the inspiration behind your ... Read More »

Gurrumul – Live with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

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After sold out performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2013, Gurrumul returns for two encore performances at the Sydney Opera House this September. Gurrumul’s most popular songs will be included but new works from his orchestral project (due for release next year) will also be performed, some for the first time ever.  A female chorus complementing his high tenor ... Read More »

Seven Goals For Brazil (Through Street Art)


Brazil lost 7-1 and that’s great. Maybe now the voices of the disenfranchised will be heard more than the fan chants. These works of street art underline the country’s current crisis. goal |gōl|​ noun (in football, soccer, rugby, hockey, and some other games) a pair of posts linked by a crossbar and often with a net attached behind it, forming a space into ... Read More »

5th Silent Film Festival Tribute @ Cacoyannis Foundation

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The 5th Silent Film Festival Tribute to the Great Directors of Silent Film II – (Part 2) will take place on July 7 -16 at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation. The programme features 12 great directors including Charlie Chaplin, Carl Theodore Dreyer, Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Alexander Dovzhenko and Rex Ingram, 21 silent films and live musical accompaniment by composers and musicians in direct ... Read More »

Myung-Whun Chung, interview: when music is life or death

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Conductor Myung-Whun Chung doesn’t know if the North Korean musicians he worked with are alive or dead. He talks to Adam Sweeting. Should playing classical music be a matter of life and death? Horrifying reports last year claimed that North Korea’s unpredictable ruler Kim Jong-un had ordered the executions by machine-gun fire of a dozen North Korean musicians from the Unhasu ... Read More »

7 Contemporary Works Inspired by Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights


Artists bring Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych into the 21st century with Kate Moss, emojis, and Dr. Martens Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, housed in Madrid’s Museo del Prado, has been inspiring artists for five centuries. Here are some contemporary works that play off the Early Netherlandish painter’s rendition of paradise, hell, and the “earthly delights” that lie in between. “The Garden of ... Read More »

Bobby Womack dies at 70

Bobby Womack, who died on 27 June, performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam in July last year. Photograph: Greetsia Tent/WireImage

Soul great who worked with musicians from Sam Cooke to Damon Albarn has died after career spanning nearly six decades Bobby Womack, who has died aged 70, was one of the great soulsingers, who, in a professional career that lasted nearly six decades, worked closely with leading musicians ranging from Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and Sly Stone to Damon ... Read More »