Month: March 2013

Introducing Conrad Williams

    Who are you? Conrad Williams. Originally from London, England. How long have you lived in Melbourne? Two years, nine months. Why Melbourne? Firstly, Melbourne is very different depending on where in Melbourne you live. I have only ever lived in the inner suburbs so I can only speak from that experience… Melbourne has all the plus sides of city life that I enjoy without a lot of the downsides that often come as a city grows. It has a diverse range of nationalities represented in the population with all their varied cultures shining through in day-to-day life, as well as numerous festivals. It has a vibrant arts scene with many art venues and educational arts institutions. I am a musician so this is important to me. If you live in the inner suburbs as I do then it’s easy to meet people to socialise and collaborate on projects and hobbies because if you meet someone within the area, chances are they don’t live too far away. The crime rate is lower than most cities of a …

archibald prize finalists 2013

    Australia’s most prestigious portraiture prize, the Archibald Prize, today announced the finalists for this year’s competition. The prize is worth $75,000 and is awarded for ‘the best portrait, preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics, painted by an artist resident in Australasia’. For more information about the prize, including links to past winners and finalists, visit the Art Gallery of NSW’s website.  

the little library at melbourne central

    There is something very heartening about The Little Library in Melbourne Central shopping centre. Nestled amongst the chain stores in one of the city’s largest shopping malls is a nook filled with books that may be borrowed or swapped for free. The library works on an honour system — there are no forms to fill, no barcodes to scan. Anyone can simply take a book with no questions asked. It should go without saying that this honour system must be respected for the library to remain open — but I’ll say it anyway. Let’s keep this lovely little project alive, and become enviably well-read in the process.   The Little Library Address: The Corner — Level 2, Corner of LaTrobe and Swanston Street, Melbourne Open daily