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Australia Art + Artists

The World's 12 Most Important Female Painters

Around the world, women are pushing the boundaries of painting. Here are 12 female painters that every art lover has to know.

The 10 Best Australian Photographers You Should Know

We profile 10 among the best contemporary photographic artists working in Australia today, from those working with the more traditional medium to those testing its boundaries.

Top 9 Street Artists From Around The World

Street art has become a recognized and respected form of art over the past ten years. A subversive medium, street art is often social and political, yet vibrant and dynamic. Here is a list of the top 9 street artists that will blow your mind.

Top 10 Australian Contemporary Artists & Where To Find Them

The contemporary Australian art scene is rich and diverse, with artists drawing influences from their diverse cultural backgrounds. We check out ten of the best artists in Australia.

The 15 Most Expensive Photographs in History

Find out whose photograph sold for a staggering $6.5 million with our list of the most expensive photographs ever sold.

12 Astonishing Award-Winning Photographs in 2014

A picture can say a thousand words – particularly through the medium of photography. We take a look at the award-winning photos of 2014.

Melbourne's 10 Stunning Outdoor Sculptures

We explore the creative passion and energy of Melbourne, discovering ten of the most beautiful and unusual outdoor sculptures in the city.

The 5 Best Melbourne Street Artists and Where to Find Them

We find out more about the top five Australian street artist’s filling the streets and alleywas of Melbourne with colour and design.

Hobart's 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries

We take a look at the ten best places to see contemporary art in Hobart, the historic, beautiful waterfront capital of Tasmania.

Melbourne Contemporary | The 10 Best Galleries & Art Spaces

Come take a journey into Australia’s contemporary art scene with Melbourne’s 10 best galleries and innovative art spaces.

Australia Food + Restaurants

Top 10 Restaurants in Lancaster, PA: The Best of Local Food

Discover the top places to eat in Lancaster, PA with our guide to the best local food.

5 Amazing Cafés with a Social Conscience: Food for Thought

Introducing five of the world's most inspiring cafés, fighting poverty, homelessness, animal cruelty and violent conflict one sip at a time.

10 Unique Pizza Experiences from Around the World

We reveal 10 one-of-a-kind pizza experiences that demonstrate how much the world loves this Italian culinary creation.

Australia’s 6 Best Foodie Markets | Melbourne vs. Sydney

Read all about Melbourne and Sydney’s six best food markets and discover the fresh, organic, Australian produce that makes them unmissable.

The 12 Best Healthy Cooking Blogs You Should Follow

We take a look at 12 healthy recipe blogs which will intrigue and inspire you, whether you're on a special diet or just love simple, wholesome food.

The 12 Best Baking Blogs You Should Be Reading Right Now

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Top 10 Restaurants in Sydney's Redfern Neighborhood

The district of Redfern, Sydney has a strong character and is home to Sydney’s Indigenous population, which influences its unique dining scene. Here are Redfern’s top 10 restaurants.

Top 10 Restaurants in Sydney's Beautiful Surry Hills

We check out the most beautiful restaurants in Sydney’s best kept secret, Surry Hills.

Top 10 Restaurants in Cairns, QLD: Local Eats & Fine Dining

We head to sunny Cairns to check out the best places to dine, from unique Balinese cuisine to Australian classics.

Geelong's 10 Best Restaurants & Local Eats

Watch out, Melbourne—this Victoria seaside city is coming for your foodie crown. Here is our list of the 10 best local restaurants in Geelong, Australia.

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The sixth largest country in the world, Australia had been inhabited for over 40,000 years by indigenous people before the arrival of British settlers in 1788. Today, Australia is renowned for its economic, political and cultural stature within the Commonwealth world and locally within the Pacific and South East Asian sphere. Due to its geographical location, ties with Indonesia and China remain high priorities on Australia's foreign policy agenda. In 2008, the Australian government formally apologised to indigenous Australians for past wrongs inflicted upon them by the government, however Australia's indigenous people still suffer from high rates of unemployment and other forms of social inequality.

Australia has a rich artistic tradition, with the earliest examples of art said to be the cave and bark paintings of its indigenous peoples. Well-known modernist artists include Sidney Nolan, Fred Williams, Sydney Long and Clifton Pugh.

Australia has also produced many internationally-renowned writers. Peter Carey is the Man Booker Prize winning author of novels Bliss and Illywhacker. With ties to Sydney, Patrick White is one of the nation's greatest playwrights, novelists and poets. Mudrooroo is known as the most ambiguous novelist in Australia. He writes Aboriginal fiction, which is fitting, as his name can be translated to mean paperback in the language of Bibbulmun. Tim Winton is another widely-acclaimed contemporary Australian writer, his sensitive storytelling and breathtaking depictions of the Western Australia landscape having earned him numerous awards. His novels include Cloudstreet and Dirt Music. The iconic works of poets Banjo Paterson, Henry Lawson, and Dorothea Mackellar and their romanticised visions of Australian life are regarded as emblematic of Australian identity.

Australian filmmakers have sought to cover a wide range of social, political and cultural topics pertinent to Australian life. Baz Luhrmann's blockbuster Australia captures the adventure and magic of the outback and is the second-highest grossing Australian film ever. Philip Noyce's critically-acclaimed Rabbit Proof Fence deals with the still-sensitive topic of the Stolen Generation of indigenous Australian children who were forcibly removed from their families by the then-government for the purposes of assimilation. Peter Weir's Gallipolli depicts the ill-fated WWII battle in Turkey which remains a symbol of Australia's national identity.

Bands like Sydney-born AC/DC and INXS have influenced the world of rock for over thirty years. The main sound in traditional indigenous music comes from the didgeridoo which is one of the world's oldest instruments. Some of the greatest didgeridoo players include Djalu Gurruwiwi and William Barton. Contemporary Aboriginal musical artists include Jimmy Little and Yothu Yindi.

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