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...

The Newcastle Hotel

In honour of Clive James who died this week, today we’re going to peek inside the doors of one of the Sydney establishments that helped him along, the Newcastle Hotel on George Street.   Listen to Mark and Alex on 2SER here Like the Newcastle Hotel, writer...

The Witch of Kings Cross

Amidst the bohemian neighbourhood of Kings Cross in the mid 20th century, the self-proclaimed ‘witch’ Rosaleen Norton (1917-1979) was hard to miss; a crop of raven hair, thinly arched eyebrows and gap between her crooked teeth. Norton claimed she was born in a...