Blake Prize and Sydney Life

Untitled (Bust)  by Tim Silver

I spent the day visiting two of my favourite annual art exhibitions in Sydney “Sydney Life” and “The Blake Prize“. “Sydney Life” is a photographic competition and exhibition held each year in Hyde Park. “The Blake Prize” is a spiritual/religious themed art competition and exhibition held each year at the National Art School. They’re exhibitions I enjoy because they both […]

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St Patrick’s Day

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Let me first of all wish my sister, Pat, a very happy birthday. Although she wasn’t born and christened “Pat” that’s what we’ve always called her. In fact, we call her “Patsy” a lot of the time and “Pat” on other occasions. The only time anyone ever uses her real name is on an official letter of some type. And […]

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Talkin’ about God

Duncan Young, Pamela Jikiemi and Robert Alexander

Colin, Peter and I crossed the bridge tonight to see “The God Committee” at The Ensemble which was a really enjoyable, interesting play. The setting for the play is a hospital meeting room in an American city somewhere, where a committee must make decisions about candidates for transplant surgery. They have a set of “independant criteria” such as the candidates […]

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Lieber Gott

Lieber Gott

With all this Copenhagen stuff going on, I thought this was an interesting contribution to the discussion. It’s a song by Frida from ABBA (of course) which is a “prayer” about peace, the environment and everything. Here’s the translation that’s on Youtube. Shout out to Matt for the music :) English Translation (courtesy of Matt): “Dear God” Tell me, dear […]

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Holy Pictures

Blake Prize 2009

As a child our house was full of “holy pictures” (as my mum called them). In fact, aside from my sister’s wedding photographs, and my ABBA posters, the only pieces of art that adorned our walls were pieces of Catholic iconography. “The Crucifixion”, “The Last Supper”, “Mary’s Assumption into Heaven”: that kind of thing. While some Christians really freak out […]

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Spong

I was given it at work yesterday and, having gone to work without a tie yesterday, I immediately put it on. That is quite a nice tie, a colleague said, though she recoiled in horror when I told her what it was.

As I walked through the streets of Glebe last night I wondered how many people would recognise my tie. Was I from the CIA or the FBI or was I a member of another unknown unit in Sydney for just a couple of weeks. As I sat down in a small cocktail bar on Glebe Point Road and drank a […]

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Saint Patrick

Poet's Rest

Here it is, St Patrick’s Day 2007, and my thoughts have gone back to my visit to Slane, County Meath in Ireland in 1999. The reason is simple: it’s believed that it was at Slane that St Patrick had a “spiritual standoff” in support of his plan to convert Ireland to Christianity. St Patrick is also said to have built […]

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