In This Issue

May 2021

Letter from the Editor

This May, we explore the in-between; steered by Gunditjmara woman and Melbourne-based artist Hayley Millar Baker’s Untitled (Taming) (2019), our cover image. The work is from the series ‘The trees have no tongues’, which deals with the relocation and restriction of Indigenous peoples and their culture and the irreparable trauma that lingers to and from each generation. The following pages consider the intermediary stages of time, memory, and place, including identity and the natural environment that allows for contemplation, appreciation, and self-discovery. Also, Art Almanac revisits some of last year’s responses to ‘Looking Ahead’ by arts workers that showed the uncertainty, vulnerability, and angst felt during such an unprecedented time, inviting them to express how their creative focus has transitioned from one year to the next.

– Melissa Peša



Hayley Millar Baker, There we were all in one place – Emma-Kate Wilson
Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Gumnuts and Sandstone – Victoria Hynes

Book Reviews:
Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett – Jeremy Eccles

Behind the Scenes
Embracing the Paradoxical Nature of Change – Megan Seres
Far from home – Sophia Halloway

Cover: Hayley Millar Baker, Untitled (Taming), 2019, from the series ‘The trees have no tongues’. Courtesy the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne


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.