In This Issue

April 2021

Letter from the Editor

The comfortability of our everyday lives allows the social, cultural and political struggles faced by members of our communities to go unnoticed.

This issue casts light on the hidden plights of refugees and cross-cultural identities in Khadim Ali’s ‘Invisible Border’ while Belinda Mason’s ‘UNSEEN’ project opens our eyes to the gravity of homelessness experienced by women in Australia. As always, we present a national guide to art galleries, exhibitions, art services and opportunities, and a behind-the-scenes look, into the often-unknown operations of institutions and people contributing to Australia’s arts ecology. Enjoy!

– Melissa Peša, Editor



Khadim Ali, Invisible Border – Dr Joseph Brennan
Clarice Beckett, The present moment – Dr Judith Pugh
UNSEEN – Melissa Peša

Book Reviews:
How local art made Australia’s national capital – Kirsty Francis

Behind the Scenes
Aboriginal Art & Cultures Centre – Jeremy Eccles
Behind the Scenes with Emmaly Langridge – Nikita Holcombe

Cover: Khadim Ali, Sermon on the Mount, 2020, linen, cotton, nylon, ink, natural dye, synthetic dye, acrylic paint; painting, hand and machine embroidery, appliqué, 557 × 397.5cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, purchased 2021
Courtesy the artist, National Gallery of Australia, Australian Capital Territory


We acknowledge and pay our respects to the many Aboriginal nations across this land, traditional custodians, Elders past and present; in particular the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional owners of the land on which we work.