National Gallery of Victoria: The House of Dior

Hello! I’m back with another guest post for Curate Your Own Adventure. This time I’m discussing The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibition, currently on show at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne. This exhibition commemorates the seventieth anniversary of the Dior fashion house, one of the most iconic couture fashion houses in the world. I’m going to try and keep this brief, as most of what I have to say simply constitutes raving about how good the exhibition is and encouraging you to visit it yourself.Read More »

Art Gallery of New South Wales: John Olsen

Enjoy reading the following post by Imogen!

Thanks yet again to Bec for sharing her blog space with me. This, even more so than my previous posts, will be entirely biased as I am a huge fan of John Olsen’s work, and was very eager and excited to visit his new retrospective at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW). To me, Olsen’s work is immediately recognizable and quintessentially Australian both in its style, aesthetic, and through the exploration/celebration of the natural environment. This is despite the fact that much of his work was inspired by his time spent in Spain.Read More »

Sydney Festival’s Another Day in Paradise at Campbelltown Arts Centre

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the content on this page may contain images and references to deceased persons.

I am very excited to share with you a blog post from the wonderful Katharine Cousins! Enjoy reading about this incredibly powerful exhibition.

Hello I’m Katharine, a Museum Studies graduate and genealogy lover!

I had the pleasure of visiting Another Day in Paradise at Campbelltown Arts Centre early last month. It was one of those exhibitions that had quite a buzz surrounding it. After chatting to family and friends, I was encouraged to see it for myself. I decided to visit with a friend, one whom had limited experience with the arts but was still keen to visit due to her law background. I myself do not have an art history background but love to classify myself as an appreciator of art.Read More »

National Gallery of Australia: Versailles

Time for another incredible guest post by Imogen! 

Hello lovely readers! Bec has kindly allowed me contribute another guest post, this time sharing my thoughts and feelings on the ‘Versailles: Treasures from the Palace’ exhibition currently showing at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra. I visited the exhibition earlier this month, and while I expected it to be very busy and crowded on a Saturday morning, the crowds were very manageable, and we were very grateful to be in the air-conditioned gallery on an incredibly hot day.Read More »

State Library of New South Wales: May Gibbs

The following blog post will contain two perspectives. I am going to start the post reflecting on the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie anniversary display and the talk at the State Library of New South Wales. Imogen will then write her thoughts on the talk.

Me:

To celebrate the centenary of May Gibbs Gum-Nut babies, the State Library of New South Wales has curated a small display of sketches and organized a lunch time talk with Robert Holden. For those of you reading who did not grow up in Australia, the Gum-Nut babies by May Gibbs is a series of children’s books that follow the adventures of cute little gum-nut (Eucalyptus nuts) characters. They are well-known and well-loved in Australia.Read More »

Port Macquarie Historical Museum

I am very excited to share with you another guest post from the wonderful Imogen!

Hello again! The lovely Bec has invited me to write another guest post here on Curate Your Own Adventure. I’ve found blogging about my museum and heritage experiences a great opportunity to contemplate what I’ve seen and discuss my thoughts with others.

Earlier in December I visited Port Macquarie (a coastal town 4 hours north of Sydney) with a group of friends for a pre-Christmas getaway. I hadn’t even thought about looking for a museum to visit while I was there, but was excited to happen upon the Port Macquarie Historical Museum on the Saturday morning. I returned with a friend later in the day and we made our way through the exhibition spaces together. On arrival, we were greeted by two very helpful and enthusiastic volunteers. I had quickly checked the museum’s website before visiting, which mentioned that the museum was larger than appears and recommended allowing around an hour for a visit. This was definitely a worthwhile recommendation as the exhibition space was much bigger than it appeared from outside and seemed to go on forever! The museum is housed in an historic building, which has been recognised by the National Trust for its heritage significance, and was the original general store when the town was settled.Read More »