In This Issue

January/February 2021

Letter from the Editor

As our borders open, we offer you, as always, the latest art exhibitions and events as well as art services and artist opportunities across the country.

For many of us, each new year marks a chance for renewal, and 2021 is no exception. In this issue, Emma-Kate Wilson explores the fragility and resilience of ecosystems and the cycle of life in ‘The Garden’, a new body of work by Laura Jones that sprouts from the devastation of the Black Sunday bushfires, remembering the beauty of nature and the hope of regrowth.

Featured exhibitions often look to the past to review or appreciate the present. Dr Joseph Brennan speaks with ‘Streeton’ curator Wayne Tunnicliffe who discusses the artist’s ‘great sensitivity to our natural world’. Arthur Streeton translated his experience of place into paint; evocations of light, land and sea, capturing the allure of Australia’s natural landscape and city scenes. Many of his later paintings are prescient of current environmental debates.

The exhibitions in this issue touch on topics of, but not limited to, history, culture and identity, the temporality of time, and formation of experiences, change, opportunity and new possibilities – or ‘regrowth’ aforementioned in Jones’ paintings. Accordingly, in 2021 Art Almanac enters a new era – one that will continue to celebrate, inform, and support the Australian arts community whilst building on the contributions and achievements of former Editor and Assistant Editor, Chloe Mandryk and Alice Dingle, respectively. I am honoured to follow in their footsteps and to have the opportunity to lead Art Almanac from strength to strength in its newfound home with Artist Profile.

– Melissa Pesa, Editor



Laura Jones, The Garden
– Emma-Kate Wilson
Streeton – Dr Joseph Brennan

Book Review:
Tim Olsen, Son of the Brush – Alice Dingle


Laura Jones, Boronia, 2020, oil on linen, 137 x 112cm
Courtesy the artist and Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney


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.