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by stapletonm
posted 02/12/2015

Destination Sydney!

Arts Thursday 3 December focuses on Sydney and the spirit which inspires and ignites the creativity of its artists, architects and indeed all who live there. The program provides insight into the creative genius of Sydney as well as its history.

First up is the exhibition Destination Sydney, a ground breaking ‘blockbuster’, spread over three iconic Sydney Galleries – Manly Art Gallery and Museum, nestled on the harbour foreshore; Mosman Art Gallery located in a refurbished church and purpose built gallery in the heart of this suburb’s leafy streets and the SH Ervin Gallery, on the summit of Observatory Hill in an historic building in one of the earliest precincts of the city.

With iconic Sydney galleries for an iconic exhibition, Destination Sydney is about both spirit and place. Nine artists have been selected who demonstrate the impact that the city and its energy and momentum have had on their work. Over 140 works are a paean to the vibrancy of the city and a tribute to artists both born in Sydney and those from elsewhere who come to live here, seduced by the city’s vigour, light and landscape.

Arts Thursday will be celebrating the city and Destination Sydney over the next few programs.

This Thursday 3 December, join Maisy Stapleton as she talks to Lou Klepac, the Curator of Destination Sydney, and a renowned publisher of Australian visual arts through his Beagle Press.

Lou talks to us about his vision for Destination Sydney and the exhibition’s realisation across three galleries, bringing together both well-known and surprising works from public and private collections. Lou also provides insight into the workings of an exhibition curator as he assembles a key collection of important works and realises an exhibition of this scale and significance.

The Beagle Press has published a magnificent catalogue of this exhibition, illustrating the key works, providing an excellent record of the exhibition and of these major Sydney artists and a captivating perspective of Sydney herself.

The nine artists are: Lloyd Rees, Brett Whiteley, Elizabeth Cummings, John Olsen, Kevin Connor, Peter Kingston, Margaret Preston, Grace Cossington Smith and Cressida Campbell.

Further interviews with the galleries and artists in the exhibition will be run over the next Arts Thursday programs on 17 and 31 December.

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Cressida Campbell, White Waratah, Private collection

John Olsen, Kitchen by the Sea, 1971, (detail). Inst of Early Childhood Collection, Macquarie University

Brett Whiteley, Big Orange Sunset, 1974 (detail) AGNSW collection purchased 1975

Brett Whiteley, Big Orange Sunset, 1974 (detail) AGNSW collection purchased 1975, copyright Wendy Whiteley












Destination Sydney runs from 5 December to 21 February 2016 – from 5th December at Manly Art Gallery and Museum; from 5th December at Mosman Art Gallery and from 11th December at the SH Ervin Gallery

You can follow Destination Sydney at:



and on Instagram @destinationsydneyshow

For further information about Manly Art Gallery and Museum go to: http://www.manly.nsw.gov.au/attractions/gallery/

For further information about Mosman Art Gallery go to: http://mosmanartgallery.org.au/

For further information about the SH Ervin Gallery go to: http://shervingallery.com.au/whats-on/calendar/item/125-destinationsydney

For further information about the Beagle Press go to http://www.beaglepress.com.au/

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Dr Ian Hoskins


Stan Symonds designed apartments 1968 at Blues Point

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North Sydney Federation house drawing











In the second half of the program on 3 December, join me as I speak to historian Dr Ian Hoskins, himself a teller of Sydney’s history through his publications on Sydney Harbour and Coast: a history of the New South Wales edge.

However, it is as North Sydney Council’s Historian that I speak to Ian, a role he has held for around 12 years. It’s a rare role in local government and includes responsibility for historic buildings and sites, including an historic cemetery and managing the North Sydney Council’s Heritage Centre in North Sydney’s Stanton Library including a series of excellent exhibitions about the municipality, its places and people.

Ian joins the program to discuss a new website, developed by the North Sydney Heritage Centre at the Stanton Library, At home in North Sydney, which brings together archival footage, photographs and other material with live interviews to build a picture of the built heritage of North Sydney, its architects, builders and the influences on its housing as well as insight into some of the people living in the municipality.

It’s a great demonstration of the role of heritage centres and libraries as this web site and the many ways that history can be both relevant and accessible.

For further information about North Sydney Heritage Centre go to http://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/Library_Databases/Heritage_Centre and for the at home in North Sydney website go to http://www.athomeinnorthsydney.com.au/

For further information about Ian Hoskins and his work go to http://ianhoskins.com/


If you miss the program you can listen again by going to http://eastsidefm.org/arts/artsthursday/ and clicking on the date 3 December 2015.

Tune into Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton every fortnight from 10:30 to noon.

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