The Archibald Prize

The Archibald Prize is quintessentially Sydney – bold, controversial, and tinged with celebrity. The annual portraiture prize was established by a benefactor, JF Archibald, and the first prize was held in 1921. Listen to Lisa and Marlene on 2SER here Archibald...

Joseph Fowles

Joseph Fowles was by way of being an early Colonial artistic influencer. Listen to Mark and Wilamina on 2SER here He arrived in Sydney in 1838 with his first wife Sarah, took up a small farm at Hunters Hill, rented from Mary Reibey, and tried to get established as an...

Artists’ camps

The enthusiasm for painting outdoors, embraced by the Impressionist movement in France, hit Sydney in the 1880s. A handful of artist camps were established around Sydney Harbour in the last two decades of the 19th century, leading to a prolific creative outpouring of...

Seeing things in Black and White

The Society of Australian Black and White Artists, now the Australian Cartoonists Association, is the world’s oldest cartooning organisation. It was formally established in 1924 in a cartoonist’s studio on the first floor of the old Royal Arcade which...