Monday, April 22, 2024

Andrew Collis

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Healing and many other things Artist Profile: Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people of western NSW. She was born in Erskineville in 1957, the fourth of Eleanor and Matthew James Smith’s five children. As a child, Sharon was very close to her extended family.

Locals bid fond farewell to family doctor

REDFERN: Locals crowded into the Redfern Hotel on Monday March 25 to farewell Dr Adrian Jones, retiring from medical practice after 47 years’ service. The popular General Practitioner had a surgery in Pitt Street for many years before moving into the Redfern Station Medical Centre on Redfern Street.

‘Any one of us can become a refugee any day’

The Palm Sunday peace rally took place on March 24. Around two thousand people met at Belmore Park before marching to Victoria Park in...

Art of intuition and composition Artist Profile: Hillary Monckton

Image-maker Hillary Monckton is newly enrolled in a visual arts program at the University of Sydney. “I feel I am more of an art student than an artist,” she says. “There’s so much reading to do!”

Sydney’s home of queer history and culture

A memorial to people who died during the AIDS epidemic and a museum celebrating Sydney’s queer history has opened to the public. Qtopia, Sydney’s...

‘A celebration of blackness by queer black artists’

Boomalli’s 2024 Mardi Gras exhibition, My Sovereign Black Body, explores First Nations identity “stripped back to the basics”.

‘Vancouver Weather’

I did not save the pieces ...

‘Starry Skies’

Country teaches you to draw ...

‘Crystal Set’

Citrine, turquoise, candle quartz ...

Fair to fund workshop teachers

WATERLOO: The inaugural Orchard Gallery Spring Fair was held at South Sydney Uniting Church (SSUC) on November 25. The event was a fundraiser for...

Three prayers for peace

Act for Peace is the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches Australia. Its focus is on assisting the most conflict- and disaster-affected...

Always a new challenge, every trail different

Recently appointed CEO of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE), Grant Cameron, is positive about the future. A Kamilaroi man with strong connections to Redfern, Grant says, “The NCIE is a unique cultural hub where people can come, learn and grow.

‘Lemon Myrtle’

Brain like a lemon ...

Save the Cudgegong River

Last month, many churches, including South Sydney Uniting Church, marked the liturgical Season of Creation. September 24 was River Sunday, an occasion to give...

Community responds to Waterloo South – 50 per cent social and affordable

The 1,000-plus public housing residents of the Waterloo South public housing estate have recently learned of the new government’s plans to redevelop the estate. The...

‘At the Valkhaven’

My love for you, I trace it back ...

Big heart at Le Petit Tarte

GLEBE: Fan (pronounced “fun”) Zheng is a much-loved café owner and chef at Le Petit Tarte. The café is open seven days from 7.30am...

‘White Over Red On Blue’

After the epiphany ...

‘The drawings were made at lightning speed’

Bondi-based artist Danielle Joy Golding’s exhibition Ethical Expressions 2 opened at the Orchard Gallery in Waterloo on Saturday July 22.

‘Seven Pages (Song for Banjo)’

I sing the shearers’ strike, a woolshed fire ...

Mo-tivational baker, coffeemaker

REDFERN: Baffi and Mo Espresso on Redfern Street was established in 2001. Baffi is Italian for moustache and the mo-tif is celebrated by present...

‘Evelyn Says’

Evelyn says beware the drop bear ...

Workshopping community

WATERLOO: David Young has volunteered with the Waterloo Recycling Workshop (WRW) for more than 10 years. Located in a garage beneath the Turanga flats...

Community, food and service

REDFERN: Cafe Dreaming, established in 2022, is a First Nations-owned business. Located on the corner of Renwick and Redfern streets, opposite the bank, the...

‘Lonnie Holley’

Lonnie Holley knows ...

‘Make a Drawing’

Now make a drawing ...

Swifties in a spin

Established in 2007, Record Store Day (RSD) is an annual event held on the third Saturday in April to “celebrate the culture of the...

Remembering Father Bob

I remember when Father Bob Maguire (1934-2023) came to Sydney in 2010. He was the after-dinner speaker at Buon Gusto Italian restaurant in Darlington,...

‘Angry Man’

Bandana, crossbones, top hat ...

In line for fine threads

Established in 2009, ClothesLine Incorporated distributes donated clothing directly to those who need it most. The organisation supports homeless and disadvantaged people by providing...

Vale Ashley Montabello (1990-2023)

Ashley Anne-Maree Montabello was a kind person. Whenever we met – for lunch or coffee at Barn Doors Café on Redfern Street, with carers...

‘Human Tears’

We click, scroll and swipe ...

Dalara Williams announced as Balnaves Fellow

Belvoir has announced Gumbaynggirr and Wiradjuri actor and creative Dalara Williams as the 2022 Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellow. The Balnaves Fellowship...

‘For God so loved the world …’

Dedicated to Rainbow Christians Together … in support of the Queer Faces of Faith photographic exhibition (at Pitt Street Uniting Church until March 31,...

‘My Father Plays Piano’

Tiny cassette deck ...

‘Long Road’

Hair to hide your ears, heavy guitar in one hand ...

Yabun – enjoyment for everyone

The musical line-up at the Yabun Festival at Victoria Park, Broadway, on January 26, was outstanding.

Kamahl’s fight for equality and justice

Andrew Collis recently caught up with Malaysian-born Tamil-Australian recording artist Kandiah Kamalesvaran AM, better known by his stage name Kamahl. Kamahl sings love songs and ballads, recites the Gettysburg Address, and is one of the great stars of Australian music.

To re-orient our lives

Late last year, I was admitted to RPA Hospital for treatment to allay oral pain and fever. I was in some distress – and...

‘Black Coffee’

Turkish bread with olive oil ...

‘Mountains Felled and Valleys Raised’

Mountains felled and valleys raised ...

‘Balcony’

He sits out on the balcony ...

‘Ethical expressions’ Artist Profile: Danielle Joy Golding

The photos in Bernadette Smith's exhibition Light Interactions at Ironbark gallery in Strathfield are of light waves interacting within heritage glass at close range revealing an “aurora-like display”.

Street bunting, beats and beads

It wasn’t raining on Saturday, October 22. Well, maybe just a little. Between Regent and Chalmers streets, closed to traffic for the day, Redfern Street sparkled.

Reshaping questions of faith

The Season of Creation is a period of prayer and reflection inviting renewed commitment to the world around us. This year’s themes (September 4-25) focused on Oceans, Flora and Fauna, Storms and the Cosmos.

Reclaiming wisdom of the Sabbath

For many Christians, Sabbath observance seems odd or optional – a matter of personal spirituality or something we do, somehow, on Sunday rather than...

Saving soles for over 60 years

Roger’s Shoe Repairs in Redfern has been saving soles for over 60 years. “Go to Roger’s!” one repeat customer urges. “He can fix just about anything – soles, toes, heels, straps, elastic gussets – fixing a favourite pair of shoes is so much better than buying new ones.”

‘No matter where you are in life you can make progress’

Mohsen Lack is a full-time duty manager at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern. He has been on staff at the...

A model of prayer and life

There are three versions of the “Lord’s Prayer” in the New Testament and early Christian tradition. The shortest version comes from Luke’s gospel. An...

‘Making music with my brothers’

Willy J, Olz and the Chaza are three rappers making fresh new music with power and personality – multi-layered and percussive. The SSH was...