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Photographer shifts the human form into surreal desert landscapes

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London-based photographer  Carl Warner is best known for his scrumptious and striking ‘Foodscapes’ series – which features landscapes and fantastical structures made entirely from vegetables, cheese, breads and more. His latest project ‘Bodyscapes’ involves taking something a little less edible but none the less beautiful and once again turning it into the unexpected. With the help…


Grammy Award-winning singer / songwriter JJ Cale passes away aged 74

Grammy Award-winning American guitarist, singer and songwriter JJ Cale passed away on Friday, aged 74. Although many may not know his name, it’s likely that they loved his songs. He’s the man responsible for Eric Clapton’s hits After Midnight and Cocaine, amongst others. His song-writing career took off in the 60s and 70s and other…


Working Class Hero [A Portrait of John Lennon] exhibition visits Sydney

At STUDIO we’re always eager to discover new and unusual exhibitions within Australia – so when we caught wind of an John Lennon focused installation at Carriageworks in Sydney, we were more than eager to check it out. Here our Executive Producer Margaret Murphy gives us her personal thoughts on the exhibition:  Popular culture and…


Underbelly Arts 2013 kicks off today

It’s been a two year wait, but it will be worth it. Underbelly Arts 2013 is set to see over 100 artists take up residence on the iconic and historic Cockatoo Island this July and August. Since its inception in 2007 Underbelly Arts has aimed to expose Sydney’s creative underbelly, giving a platform to the…


The World Press Photo exhibition visits Sydney until July 28

One of the world’s most prestigious exhibitions of photojournalism is currently calling the State Library of NSW its home. The World Press Photo exhibition showcases astonishing and though-provoking images within nine themed categories covering a spectrum from contemporary issues to portraiture. This exhibition and its beautifully captured snippets of life will be in Sydney until the 28th July,…


The Best Street Art of 2013 (So Far)

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Today on our Instagram (@STUDIOchannel) we’ve been counting down Complex Mag’s best street art murals of 2013. The Top 5 are below, but the full list is well worth checking out for an insight into the inspiring art that is happening on the streets of the world today. 5. After Gaia’s original mural in South…


The Helix Tree lights up Melbourne this June

There’s a chill in the air and no doubt that winter is here – but since June 1st The Light in Winter festival has been casting a warm glow across Melbourne’s Federation Square. Featuring incredible art and light installations, cultural performances and free events, the focus of this year’s festival has been the power of…



Sydney has been aglow for the past week with the sights and sounds of the annual Vivid Sydney Festival. If you haven’t had a chance to check out all the festival has to offer, or you have but still want  more – here are some of STUDIO’s picks of what’s coming up for the final…


Tips for Vivid Sydney 2013

Clear skies and amazing installations can mean BIG crowds! Here’s some tips to getting the most out of your Vivid Sydney experience this year: 1. The busiest time is usually around 8pm. Come early (lights are on at 6) or late (they stay on until midnight). 2. There is so much more to see than…


Ray Manzarek, founding member of The Doors, has died aged 74

Yesterday the world was saddened to hear the news that Ray Manzarek, founding member of The Doors, passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 74. Manzarek founded The Doors after meeting then-poet Jim Morrison in California.The band went on to become one of the most successful rock ‘n’ roll acts to emerge from…



SPAA Fringe

SPAA has announced the details of SPAA Fringe 2013, set to be launched this May at Sydney’s Vivid Ideas and the St Kilda Film Festival. This year’s Fringe features two new initiatives – the SPAA: Ones to Watch mentorship program and STUDIO Kickstart, which gives participants the chance to produce a $300,000 series with STUDIO….


Forget Me Not – a heart wrenching production from the Belvoir St Theatre

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How would you feel meeting a mother that you never knew? This heart-breaking scenario forms the centre of the Belvoir’s latest production – ‘Forget Me Not’. This exquisite and harrowing play was written for Belvoir by Tom Hollaway and follows Gerry, an aging man on his journey to meet the mother he hasn’t seen since…


Australian rock royalty Chrissy Amphlett passes away aged 53

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Chrissy Amphlett, Australian rock royalty and lead singer of Divinyls, has passed away in New York age 53. The singer had fought breast cancer as well as suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Known for her controversial on stage antics and provocative outfits, Amphlett rose to fame as the feisty front woman of the 80’s rock group Divinyls….


Billion dollar art collection donated to the Met


Who could say no to a $1billion gift? Philanthropist and cosmetics tycoon Leonard A. Lauder last week donated his coveted collection of cubist art to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, including 33 Picassos, 14 Légers and 17 Braques. Renowned as an incredibly influential New York art patron, Mr Lauder’s collection is said to be…


The Rocks Sydney Windmill Pop Up

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Windmills. They’re not exactly the type of structure you’d typically expect to find in the centre of bustling city. From Friday 12 April to Sunday 12 May 2013 you can expect the unexpected when a four-story, wooden windmill will pop up in Sydney’s historic Rocks district as part of a month long cultural event program….


Vivid Sydney – 2013 Program Announced


Vivid Sydney returns for its biggest year ever in 2013, with 3D light installations, the world’s biggest musical acts and over 130 talks and events to feed your mind. The annual celebration of lights, music and ideas returns to Sydney Harbour and the biggest arts venues, this year tripling in size to include installations at…


Art Month Sydney


Art Month returns to Sydney from 1- 24 March with over 300 exhibiting artists, and 200 art events throughout the city. As Sydney’s largest annual celebration of contemporary art, Art Month is where it’s at, encouraging new ways of approaching art, different creative spaces and discussions on the controversy of contemporary art. Here are some…


Three ground-breaking works in one unmissable season

SDC De Novo featuring Jessica Thompson & Chen Wen. Photo by Ellis Parrinder

This March Sydney Dance Company presents De Novo, a trio of unmissable dance works from three exceptional choreographers, brought to life by Australia’s premier contemporary dance ensemble. The first, Rafael Bonachela’s Emergence acknowledges his enduring fascination with popular culture. For this show Bonachela commissioned composer Nick Wales and internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko, in her…


Our top picks from the Perth FRINGE WORLD Festival


FRINGE WORLD Festival kicked off in Perth over the weekend, running until 24 February.  Produced by ARTRAGE, the festival features over 2000 artists contributing to over 1500 individual performances. Here are some of our top picks from the amazing line up of ticketed shows, special events, concerts, exhibitions and free programmes. Odette Mercy’s Heartbreak Dance…


Tubular Bells for Two


This February Mike Oldfield’s iconic Tubular Bells will be brought to the stage in a reinterpretation by Australian duo Aidan Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth. In 1973 Tubular Bells launched the career of a then nineteen year old Oldfield and became widely known through its use as the haunting theme song in the classic Hollywood horror…