Art, Live Music and Cinema You Can Enjoy from the Couch


Art, music, cinema.

We can’t deny they’re all better in person. It seems cruel that the areas in which we go to enjoy these fine things in life are the places where Covid likes to go (but not football stadiums, because Covid has taste). But if one thing can redefine and carry on, it’s art, and here’s the ways it’s doing just that, which you can enjoy right now from home.

Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings

Hilma af Klint left instructions that her work should be kept secret for at least 20 years following her death in 1944 because she knew the world just wasn’t ready for her creations. In 2013, the first of her work was displayed in Stockholm and it made its way to our shores for an exhibition at the Gallery of NSW in June for just shy of a month before having to become a secret behind closed doors again. The friendly folk at the gallery don’t think it should be kept a secret though, with a video walkthrough of the beautiful exhibition now available. Marvel at the first Western abstract works known to the current art world, for free!

Check it out here. 

The Ritz is screening movies from $3

Go buy a packet of ice cream cones (of which you will only eat one because by tomorrow they will be all be soggy), fill it up with ice cream and dip it in some melted chocolate. It won’t be like the real deal choc top from the cinemas in any regard, but the disappointment will be smoothed over by the fact you can stream a section of classics from the Randwick Ritz from just $3. These guys have been running on-demand films for a while, but given the recent lockdowns, they’re running this hot special for some blockbusters to pull us through. There’s Tenet, Joker, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and heaps more.

More info here. 

Winner of the 2021 Archibald Prize: Guy Warren AM by Peter Wegner

Archibald Prize 2021 Virtual Visit

Didn’t get to check out this year’s Archibald’s prize-winning ‘Portrait of Guy Warren at 100’ before lockdown? Never fear. Guide your own visit to the Art Gallery of NSW and check out this year’s Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes online, anywhere, anytime. Afterwards, have a crack at winning $2,000 cash for voting in the ANZ People’s Choice Award, with the winning artist receiving $5,000. Win, win, win!

Check it out here. 

Isol-Aid Festival 

Get behind all your favourite musicians who would otherwise have had shows, launches, and tours during this time, with this online streaming platform. There’s a 16-week program currently airing every fortnight, showcasing emerging and established artists from Australia and NZ. It’s live on TikTok or on their site on Wednesday nights from 6 pm. What else are you going to do with your hump day?

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