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by stapletonm
posted 20/10/2015

innovation! inspiration!


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Emma Rees-Raaijmakers and Suzanne Green – Arque

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Arts Thursday, with Maisy Stapleton on 22 October focuses on innovation in architecture and the visual arts. The program looks to the past, present and future to explore aspects of innovation and inspiration.

The program commences with an interview with dynamic young architect Emma Rees-Raaijmakers of Arque.

Emma’ success as a young architect, in a profession notorious for sidelining women, is itself inspirational. However, the key focus for Arts Thursday is Emma’s investment in the future of the city through Archikidz, an organisation dedicated to educating and engaging children with the urban and built environment. It’s an innovative approach to teaching kids about architecture and design and an inspiration to all who care about the nature of our urban environment.

For further information on Emma’s firm Arque go to: http://www.arque.com.au/

For further information on Archikidz, go to: http://www.archikidz.com.au/


Dr Anne Watson

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illustrations from Visionaries in Suburbia

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The second interview, with Dr Anne Watson, demonstrates innovation in history, through the Sydney houses of Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahoney Griffin. They exemplify Griffin’s love of Sydney, radical ideas of urban planning in tune with the landscape, and houses designed to emerge harmoniously from this environment, built in sandstone or the Griffin-devised knitlock construction, many of them at Castlecrag.

Anne is the editor of Visionaries in Suburbia – Griffin Houses in the Sydney Landscape, published by the Walter Burley Griffin Society.

The book provides detailed histories of each of Griffin’s houses in Sydney and includes current and historical photographs of the buildings and their occupants and delightful insights into life at Castlecrag showing the short-lived idyllic existence of its early residents. In many ways, the book is a paean to what might have been in suburban Sydney.

Visionaries in Suburbia – Griffin Houses in the Sydney Landscape, is published by the Walter Burley Griffin Society, edited by Anne Watson, designed by Adrienne Kabos, with contributions from nine authors. It is priced at $59.95 and available from good bookstores or through distributors Manic www.manic.com.au.

For further information about the Walter Burley Griffin Society and its work go to:  www.griffinsociety.org/index.html

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Dr Christian Thompson

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In the final segment I’ll speak to Australian artist Dr Christian Thompson whose work, Collection+ explores the intersection between fashion and art, at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation opening on 23 October until 12 December.

Thompson is one of Australia’s significant indigenous artists whose work traverses a range of disciplines including photography, sculpture, performance, film and video and often explores the appropriation of Aboriginal iconography.

The exhibition is curated by Alana Kushnir, who works as both a practising lawyer and freelance curator in Melbourne.

The exhibition includes works from the Gene and Brian Sherman Collection plus other works loaned by public and private collectors worldwide.

Collection+: Christian Thompson will be on show at SCAF from 23 October until 12 December 2015

For further information on Christian Thompson’s exhibition and the SCAF’s culture and ideas program go to http://sherman-scaf.org.au/

If you miss this program in real time, you can listen to the whole program after noon on Thursday 22 October. Go to http://eastsidefm.org/arts/artsthursday/ and locate the program date 22 October 2015, to stream the program and interviews, and view the playlist.

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