Have a look at what’s on in Sydney.

Emily and I have been venturing out even in this winter weather. We have been investigating new venues and revisiting old favourites. The NSW State Library is a handy meeting place on Macquarie Street as fairly central in Sydney and there’s a great little cafe, bathed in sunshine the day we went.

Emily is featured at the NSW State Library in the Canon Shine exhibit till 14th Sept 2014. We visited to review the Canon Shine presentation gallery and roll through the first floor exhibition Life Interrupted which was a phenomenal visual and aural display. We hadn’t had the NSW State Library on our radar of places to go or on our list of things to do. I picked up their winter calendar and suggest to anyone interested that they keep an eye on this wonderful resource. See what’s on here 

 Emily reviewing her Canon Shine entry.

The NSW State Library invites everyone to join them in commemorating the Australian experiences of the War. Life Interrupted: Personal Diaries from World War I

They were teachers, farmers, clerks and architects. Some were still at school. They came from cities, regional towns and the bush. From August 1914 Australian men and women kissed their loved ones goodbye and enlisted in a war they knew little about.

With pride, they went to war with just a few months of battle training under their belts. Some would not return home; those who did were changed forever.

For many, the only link back to a life dramatically interrupted by war was a personal diary with tales of adventure, heartache, bravery — and thoughts of home.

From 1918 the State Library of NSW began collecting the WWI stories of soldiers, doctors, nurses, stretcher-bearers and journalists so that future generations would know about their experiences.

Life Interrupted remembers those who served — in their own words. 

Emily and I had not anticipated how intriguing, informative and sad the exhibition would be. We took our time reading and digesting all the stories and diary exerts, this is one experience that can’t be rushed. We went back into the cafe for a cup of tea before our journey homeward.

The NSW Art Gallery is  showing The Archibald Exhibition till 28th September 2014.

The Gallery introduces the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes as an annual exhibition. The Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting.

The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture, while the Sulman Prize is given to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.

Each year, the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW judge the Archibald and Wynne, and invite an artist to judge the Sulman. This year’s Sulman judge is Jenny Watson.


Look but don’t touch!

Visit the exhibition and vote for your favourite portrait in the People’s Choice award. The People’s Choice and Young Archie winners will be announced Thursday 11 September

Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists is another great site to visit. Look at what’s on here

Emily went to another exhibition at The Australian Museum recently which she thoroughly enjoyed. See what’s on here . I am well aware that we have the advantage of living in Sydney so we take the bus to these venues easily, I am just flagging them up as accessible with changing exhibits for locals and visitors alike.

More venues are addressing wheelchair access which means it is easier to feel confident when going out to interact, eat and socialize as a wheelchair user or their carer. This year Emily has been to sporting events at ANZ and Allianz Stadiums; we have danced in the Hordern Pavillion, Moore Park, we have been entertained at the Sydney Lyric Theatre and Emily and I have tickets to see the ballet; Swan Lake at the Capitol Theatre in 2015.

Some exhibitions are free, which is wonderful, the only thing stopping Emily and I booking more days out is our limited time and budget! Make sure you have your NSW Companion Card for those that qualify – See here for details. It makes the cinema economical too!


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Now – I must walk Beastie as she likes to get out too!


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