Australia’s art institutions must reflect our diversity

For most of us, it is easy to pass judgement on others while finding it difficult to reflect on ourselves. Diversity Arts Australia recently undertook a research project, Shifting the Balance, with the assistance of Western Sydney University and BYP Group. We investigated the representation of culturally and/or linguistically diverse (CALD) Australians in leadership positions [...]

Into Thin Air: Reflecting on the work of Kathrin Longhurst

Someone who has always inspired me is educational philosopher Paolo Freire. One of the reasons is that he argues that as educators, we should experience inner transformations as we work to transform the lives of our students. Freire presents us with the concept of ‘threshold’, which he drew from Martin Heidegger (a complex and flawed [...]

Meaning and Anxiety: a reflection of Lee Hong’s work

This week I had the pleasure of launching an exhibition of the work of Lee Hong. Lee is an Australian-Chinese artists who studied at the Central Academy of Art in Beijing. I find Lee’s art incredibly insightful. Below is the catalogue essay I wrote. -- According to Existential philosophers such as Soren Kierkegaard, we as [...]