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University of Sydney English Widening Project

Creating a lifetime love of literature

Sydney University News
28 August 2017

An innovative program gives students new study options

High school students who might never have thought about going to university are changing their minds thanks to a program, in partnership with the Nelson Meers Foundation, that demystifies tertiary study and brings the arts and humanities to life.

Helen Thomson and Greg Stone in Hir.  Photo: Brett Boardman

Taylor Mac's incendiary play Hir portrays a world in transition

4 Stars Review by Jason Blake, SMH 17 August 2017

It's not just one Californian teenager transitioning in this incendiary kitchen sink comedy-drama by the genderqueer writer-performance artist Taylor Mac. It's the patriarchal world as we know it. For many that means liberation. For some, it feels like the goddamn house is burning down.

Seven Must-See Pavilions at the 2017 Venice Biennale

Seven Must-See Pavilions at the 2017 Venice Biennale
Galerie spotlights some of the much-anticipated national pavilions

By Laura Van Straaten, galeriemagazine.com, Spring 2017

One of the grandest stops on the art world's Grand Tour, the Venice Biennale could be thought of as a World Cup for art. Sure, it lacks the fanaticism of FIFA's premier event, but the Biennale is arguably the planet's biggest stage for visual artists, offering its own spectacle. This year's festival, on view May 13 to November 26, will feature 85 countries seeking the Golden Lion, the award given to the top national presentation.

Announcing the 2017 Stella Prize Winner

Announcing The Stella Prize
2017 Winner

On 18 April 2017, the Stella Prize announced this year's winner: THE MUSEUM OF MODERN LOVE, by Heather Rose.

She watched as the final hours of 'The Artist is Present' passed by, sitter after sitter in a gaze with the woman across the table. Jane felt she had witnessed a thing of inexplicable beauty among humans who had been drawn to this art and had found the reflection of a great mystery. What are we? How should we live?

Centennial Park Labyrinth - Monthly Walks

Centennial Park Labyrinth
Monthly walks ... and other news

9am Sunday 2nd April:
Monthly walk led by Wendy Rose-Williams who teaches meditation and sound therapy.

1pm Saturday 6th May:
World Labyrinth Day walk led by Elizabeth Lee, Pastoral Care Officer at Matthew Talbot Hostel.

 

Announcing the 2017 Stella Prize Longlist

Announcing The Stella Prize
2017 Longlist

The Stella Prize is delighted to announce the 2017 Stella Prize longlist. From more than 180 entries, this year's Stella Prize judges – author and academic Brenda Walker (chair); author and literary critic Delia Falconer; bookseller Diana Johnston; editor and chair of First Nations Australia Writers' Network Sandra Phillips; and author, journalist and screenwriter Benjamin Law – have selected twelve books for the 2017 Stella Prize longlist.