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Sidney Nolan: Mask and Memory
Mask And Memory' is a documentary about the man many regard as the greatest Australian painter of the 20th century - Sidney Nolan. If all art has a biographical element,…
Inland Heart: The Photography of Jeff Carter
For 60 years, Australian photographer Jeff Carter traversed this country in search of stories. He wrote books and articles for the magazines of the time like People and Pix. And…
Jenny Sages - Paths to Portraiture
Born in Shanghai of Russian parentage, Sages came to Australia in 1948. A painter of extraordinary vitality and originality, her work is characterized by complex technique and a profound depth…
Wendy Sharpe: The Imagined Life
Painter Wendy Sharpe is the recipient of numerous awards, grants and travelling scholarships including the Sulman Prize (1996), the Archibald Portrait Prize (1996), and the Portia Geach Memorial Prize (1995…
China Avant Garde - From Bicycles to BMW's
The new China as you've never seen it before through the astonishing work of the painters and sculptors currently turning the art world on its head. Art historian Evan Hughes,…
Glenn Murcutt: Architecture for Place
Glenn Murcutt's groundbreaking designs are internationally recognised as being at the forefront of contemporary architecture. His work is celebrated for its sustainability and harmony with the natural world, and resonance…
Savannah Country
'Savannah Country' tells the story of a collaborative exhibition between North Queensland artists Julie Poulsen and Jenny Valmadre. On the road from Cairns and Cooktown lies savannah grasslands and the…
William Robinson: A Painter's Journey
William Robinson: A Painter's Journey is a compelling documentary about one of Australia's most important artists. Recognized for his astonishing self-portraits which have twice won the Archibald Prize, William Robinson…
Jeffrey Smart - Master of Stillness
Jeffrey Smart is one of Australia's best known painters with his stark portrayals of the contemporary world. His paintings feature recurring motifs of highways, construction sites and apartment blocks. "Jeffrey…
Margaret Olley - A Life in Paint
Margaret Olley: A Life in Paint is an intimate documentary about one of Australia's greatest and most loved painters. Included is footage of Olley speaking passionately about her compulsion to…
The Holtermann Legacy
The Holtermann collection is one of the most important collection of photographs in Australia. Discovered in a garden shed in suburban Sydney in 1951, the cache of 3500 negatives proved…
Painting Venus Vamp
Painting Venus Vamp, follows Wendy Sharpe as she paints her 2013 entry for the Archibald Prize. The theme of Burlesque has been a focus of her work in recent years.
Trent Parke: The Black Rose
"Photography is an extension of every thought that I have. It's almost linked to my hand in a way that it becomes part of you. I don't think about photography…

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Acclaimed Australian artists Clifton Pugh, William Dargie, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Jon Molvig and Andrew Sibley discuss their approach to portraiture in Painting People, providing an insight into the unique challenges that face a portrait painter. Through examples of their work and the work of other eminent painters such as…