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We promote innovative and competitive communications and arts sectors. Through our analysis, advice and programs we aim to make digital technologies, communications services and cultural...
An end-of-financial-year overview of all activities the Australian Government undertakes in the arts and culture portfolio.
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications 2019-20 Annual Report has been tabled.
Resources and publications about the Australian Government’s arts and culture initiatives and activities.
The Indigenous Repatriation Program—Museum Grants (the Program) facilitates the return of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors and secret sacred objects held in eight major Australian...
Find out what's happening this year to celebrate NAIDOC Week.
The National Museum of Australia will receive $350,000 to tour their 'Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition'.
Funding is available for arts organisations who have projects that encourage participation by people with disability.
Information for Australian institutions participating in the Cultural Gifts Program.
Four pre-Columbian figurines were handed over to the Ambassador of Mexico, His Excellency Eduardo Peña Haller, in a handback ceremony held at the...
Sixteen-year-old Nate McKee is doing his best to be invisible. He's worried about a lot of things—how his dad treats Nance and his twin half-brothers; the hydro crop in his bedroom; his reckless friend, Merrick. Nate hangs out at the local youth centre and fills his notebooks with things he can't say. But when some of his pages are stolen, and his words are graffitied at the centre, Nate realises he has allies. He might be able to make a difference, change his life, and claim his future. Or can he?
In the hallucinatory first sequence of 'Empirical', Lisa Gorton seeks to understand how the feeling for place originates, and how memory and landscape fold in and out of each other. The collection then opens up into poems that track through chains of influence and a phantasmagoric procession of images, the trade between empire, commodities and dreams of other places. Through this method, landscapes are mirrored and refracted in the contemporary baroque style for which Gorton is celebrated.
After 'The Childhood of Jesus' and 'The Schooldays of Jesus', J. M. Coetzee completes his trilogy with a new masterwork, 'The Death of Jesus'. David has grown to be a tall ten-year-old. He is a natural at soccer, and loves kicking a ball around with his friends. His father and dog usually watch. His mother works in a fashion boutique. One day Julio Fabricante, the director of a nearby orphanage, invites David and his friends to form a proper soccer team. David decides he will leave his parents to live with Julio. Before long he succumbs to a mysterious illness.
'Hearing Maud' is a work of creative non-fiction that details experiences of deafness after losing her hearing at age four. It charts how she was estranged from people and turned to reading and writing for solace. Central to her narrative is the story of Maud, the deaf daughter of 19th century novelist Rosa Praed. Although Maud was deaf from infancy, she was educated at a school which taught her to speak rather than sign, a mode difficult for someone with little hearing. Through Maud's story, Jessica began to understand her own experiences of deafness and their contribution to her life.
Everyone knows gold made Victoria rich. But did you know gold mining was disastrous for the environment? Mining effluent, or 'sludge', contaminated three-quarters of Victoria's creeks and rivers and still affects our rivers and floodplains today. Children and animals drowned in sludge lakes. Sludge submerged Victoria's best grapevines near Bendigo, filled Laanecoorie Reservoir and flowed down from Beechworth over thousands of hectares of rich agricultural land....
'Heide' is an epic poem about history, painters, patrons—the people who made modern art happen in Australia, and those who opposed it. There is a particular focus on the artists gathered around Sunday and John Reed at Heide in Melbourne. The poet's extraordinary technique—his use of historical facts, quotations, numbers, and the visual form of the poem—generates both the book's encyclopaedic reach, and its Anarchist perspective. The effect is one of exuberance and lightness. 'Heide' is emphatic in asserting the centrality of art to human experience.
It's 1979 and high above Frankie Avery, one of the world's first space stations is tumbling Earthward. Rushing back with it are old memories. Things Frankie thought she'd forgotten. Things her mum won't talk about, and which her little brother Newt never knew. Only ... does he? Because as Skylab circles closer, Newt starts acting strangely. While the world watches the sky, Frankie keeps her eyes on Newt. Because if anyone's going to keep him safe, it's her. But maybe this is something bigger than splinters, spiders and sleepwalking. Maybe a space station isn't the only thing heading for...
Where the mist swallows mountains and winds whisper through ancient trees, a mother and her pup run wild and free. They hunt, but they are also hunted. Carted away. Sold for bounty. And then, one careless night … The last thylacine is gone. The beautiful but heartbreaking story of Australia's last thylacine (Tasmanian tiger), which died in captivity.
'Winter of the White Bear' blurs the boundaries between fable, folk tale and social realism. It tells of a small forest bear who is orphaned and enslaved by a polar bear, then forced to fish in dangerous icy seas. When the little bear nearly drowns, an ancestral dream puts her in touch with her inner strength so that, with cunning and initiative, she finds a way to break away and return home to freedom.
When sixteen-year-old Rudra Solace dredges up a long-hidden secret in his father's trawl net, his life in the sleepy fishing village of Patonga shifts dramatically. It is not long before Rudra is leaving Australia behind, bound for India on a journey of discovery and danger. A wonderfully compelling tale of belonging and loss, of saltwater and mangroves, of migration and accepting change; a story of decisions that, once made, break through family histories like a cyclone swell.