In This Issue

We acknowledge and pay our respect to the many Aboriginal nations across this land, traditional custodians, Elders past and present; in particular the Guringai people of the Eora Nation where Art Almanac has been produced.


September 2019

Force of feeling sweeps through this issue; whether that be connection and companionship with animals, the powerful magnetism created when concept and material collide, a metaphysical reality conjured by art from the heart or the transformative ‘act of doing’ that underscores performance work.

Our writers canvas this idea around Australia, from Brisbane’s ‘The Abyss’ to ‘Wirrimanu: Art from Balgo’ on view at Art Gallery of New South Wales, in Melbourne we enjoy ‘Pets are people too’ and Sydney is the first to experience Mel O’Callaghan’s touring show ‘Centre of the Centre’ at Artspace.


The Abyss – Dr Joseph Brennan
Wirrimanu: Art from Balgo – Jeremy Eccles
Pets are people too – Melissa Pesa
Mel O’Callaghan, Centre of the Centre – Emma-Kate Wilson

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s inside this issue…

Cover: Mel O’Callaghan, Respire, respire, 2019, performance and installation, Confort Moderne, France. Photograph: Clemens Habicht. Courtesy the artist, Kronenberg Mais Wright, Sydney, Galerie Allen, Paris, Belo-Galsterer, Lisbon and Artspace, Sydney