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john olsen says archibald prize win is 'the worst decision i've ever seen'




the archibald prize has once again sparked controversy with veteran artist john olsen calling this year's winner, mitch cairns' colourful portrait of artist agatha gothe-snape, "just so bad"."i think it's the worst decision i've ever seen," the 89-year-old former winner and three-time judge of the c...



mitch cairns' portrait of agatha gothe-snape wins archibald prize




archibald prize 2017 finalist mitch cairns' portrait of agatha gothe-snape. photo: agnswmitch cairns' portrait of artist agatha gothe-snape, his partner, has won the archibald prize. the president of the art gallery of nsw's board of trustees, david gonski, announced the striking painting had won...



archibald prize circus comes to a close for art gallery of nsw head packer steve




the paintings arrive at the art gallery of nsw's loading dock via courier vans, trucks, maxi taxis, midsize suvs and on a skateboard. artist patrick hromas lugs a large portrait of his godmother in his arms from st james station, his forehead dripping great gobs of sweat in the winter sun. it's his ...



sydney artist mitch cairns wins $100,000 archibald prize




the artist mitch cairns has won best portrait in this year's archibald prize. the portrait of his partner, fellow artist agatha gothe-snape, earned cairns the $100,000 award.he was announced as the winner on friday at the art gallery of new south wales.the prize is in honour of victoria journalist j...



sydney artist mitch cairns wins $100,000 archibald prize




the artist mitch cairns has won best portrait in this year's archibald prize. the portrait of his partner, fellow artist agatha gothe-snape, earned cairns the $100,000 award.he was announced as the winner on friday at the art gallery of new south wales.the prize is in honour of victoria journalist j...



archibald prize entry highlights plight of melbourne's homeless street artists




stu gazes out from underneath his trademark hoodie. he looks somewhat weary in the shades of grey, but his eyes are kind and and he is – if only slightly – smiling.stu, a "street father" who looks out for other rough sleepers, is used to people walking past him every day and not taking notice. t...



landscape artist john olsen greets his past at art gallery of nsw retrospective




"hello, my lovelies, you are still here," the artist john olsen exclaims as if approaching old friends.on the wall of the art gallery of nsw are a series of oils painted in the early 1960s from which the new retrospective, john olsen: the you beaut country, borrows its laconic title.woman critical a...



landscape artist john olsen greets his past at art gallery of nsw retrospective




"hello, my lovelies, you are still here," the artist john olsen exclaims as if approaching old friends.on the wall of the art gallery of nsw are a series of oils painted in the early 1960s from which the new retrospective, john olsen: the you beaut country, borrows its laconic title.woman critical a...



landscape artist john olsen greets his past at art gallery of nsw retrospective




"hello, my lovelies, you are still here," the artist john olsen exclaims as if approaching old friends.on the wall of the art gallery of nsw are a series of oils painted in the early 1960s from which the new retrospective, john olsen: the you beaut country, borrows its laconic title.woman critical a...



bad news for those waiting for a pay rise




there's a paradox in the labour market, and it makes unhappy reading for those hanging out for a big pay rise.in the past three months, official figures show the economy created about 140,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate has fallen to 5.5 per cent, a four-year low.test live streamvideo duratio...



face of melbourne fashion week's body-positive plea




the media and fashion industries often grapple with how to refer to models who are, shall we say, less than waif-like."natural" and "curvy" get thrown around like confetti, each term with its own problems. and then there's the vexed "plus sized".test live streamvideo duration00:00previous slidenext ...



extreme el nino events to double in number even with 1.5-degree warming: study




extreme el nino events will more than double in frequency, even with the most ambitious goals to curtail global warming, exposing large regions to severe droughts and placing coral reefs in peril, a team of scientists including australians say.in 2015, almost 200 nations signed the paris climate acc...



horticulture industry pushes to change pay rates for workers outside the 'farm g




australia's biggest potato grower is leading a national push to pay employees like kay rault who work in packing and storage sheds located off farm sites the same rates as lower-paid farm workers.in sydney to give evidence to the fair work commission hearing of mitolo group's application to...



lisa wilkinson portrait by peter smeeth wins packing room prize




peter smeeth's portrait of today show host lisa wilkinson has won the $1500 packing room award in this year's archibald prize.the painting of the popular tv journalist, which shows her reclining on a sofa with husband peter fitzsimons and children jake, billie and louis reflected on a tv screen in ...



critical response police shot swingers 32 seconds after entering inflation party




heavily armed police shot then tasered a couple on the first floor of melbourne nightclub inflation 32 seconds after entering a swingers party, after almost an hour of deliberations by their colleagues.cctv camera footage exclusively obtained by fairfax media also reveals that critical incident resp...



farewell to men in suits




by the usual archibald prize standards, 2017 is a low-key year. there are plenty of neat, correct entries, a touch of quirkiness, a bit of thick impasto, but nothing to get the pulse racing with delight or indignation. unless, perhaps, you are a lunatic right-winger who starts to foam at the mouth a...



last scientologist quietly leaves the court of james packer




 nearly a decade since ps first revealed james packer had walked away from the church of scientology, the billionaire has expunged the last scientologist from his inner circle.ps has confirmed that former high-profile scientology spokesman tommy davis, who was hired by packer in may last year, has ...



branson cedes virgin atlantic control to safeguard `true love'




billionaire richard branson says he's ceding control of virgin atlantic airways so that the carrier can join what it claims will be "the most significant joint venture in aviation."for virgin, the deal may be as much about gaining a lifeline after years struggling to keep up with british airways.pr...



prediction melbourne could begin to run short of water by 2028




exclusivemelbourne could begin to experience chronic water shortages within about a decade, even if the desalination plant is cranked up to its full capacity, as climate change and population growth rapidly deplete the city's dams.melbourne's 'little lon' precinct unearthedvideo duration01:49pre...



prince william talks about 'moments of profound grief' on rescue helicopter




london: prince william has written about his time as an air ambulance pilot, describing the job as one of "extreme emotion" with moments of "profound grief".he wrote a letter, published in the local newspaper, after flying his final shift with with the east anglian air ambulance (eaaa) on thur...



nicki minaj fangirls over the olsen twins at the met gala




in today's very specific fan fiction come to life, nicki minaj ran into mary-kate and ashley olsen on the met gala red carpet and loved it."i'm gagging," she explained. us too, nicki! i would pay to see this trio star in a sequel to it takes two called it takes three.



nicki minaj fangirls over the olsen twins at the met gala




in today's very specific fan fiction come to life, nicki minaj ran into mary-kate and ashley olsen on the met gala red carpet and loved it.“i'm gagging,” she explained. us too, nicki! i would pay to see this trio star in a sequel to it takes two called it takes three.



lisa wilkinson portrait by peter smeeth wins packing room prize




peter smeeth's portrait of today show host lisa wilkinson has won the $1500 packing room prize in this year's archibald prize.the picture of the popular tv journalist, which shows husband peter fitzsimons and children jake, billie and louis reflected on a tv screen in the background, was given the ...



what's really behind the sun's decision to publish jodie whittaker nudes




after 54 years, 12 previous incarnations and 832 episodes, everyone's favourite time lord is finally female. the bbc recently announced the 13th doctor would be played by jodie whittaker. oh frabjous day, callooh callay!while the vast majority of people chose to receive the news with joy and excitem...



sex scandal forces alabama's republican governor to resign




when it comes to political scandals, alabama residents haven’t had it easy in recent years. even before this year, two of the state’s former governors – guy hunt (r) and don siegelman (d) – wound up behind bars. so did former alabama state house speaker mike hubbard (r). state supreme court ...