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Free guitar lessons for women, trans and non-binary people break down ‘boys’ club’ music scene
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Free guitar lessons for women, trans and non-binary people break down ‘boys’ club’ music scene

When Sydney’s lockdown lifted, musician Lauren McAuliffe could not wait to return to gigs and see her favourite local bands play — but she was disappointed.  Something was missing. “There were a few moments, across genres as well, where I didn’t see any females on stage whatsoever,” Ms McAuliffe said. Frustrated by the gender disparity, Ms McAuliffe...

Queensland Eye Institute Foundation Last Seen exhibit returns to Brisbane
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Queensland Eye Institute Foundation Last Seen exhibit returns to Brisbane

Memories of people with a visual impairment have been brought to life by artists in a one-of-a-kind art exhibit. Key points: The Last Seen exhibit returns for the first time since 2019 The exhibit features work created by seeing artists based on the memories and stories of visually impaired people The loss of a person’s sight also...

Artists revive tradition of painting en plein air to capture romance of Australian bush
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Artists revive tradition of painting en plein air to capture romance of Australian bush

Originating from the French impressionist movement of the 1860s and popularised by Paris artists such as Claude Monet, painting en plein air (in the open air) evolved as a technique when paints became available in tubes. In the 1870s, a collective of Australian impressionists known as the Heidelberg School famously gathered in the Box Hill and Eaglemont area to translate...

World’s best actors to grace Gold Coast as Queensland locks in AACTAs awards
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World’s best actors to grace Gold Coast as Queensland locks in AACTAs awards

Some of the world’s best actors will grace the Gold Coast, with Queensland locking in Australia’s premier film awards night. Key points: AACTA president Russell Crowe acknowledges how much Queensland’s film industry had grown The ceremony will bring actors such as Crowe, Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett to the Gold Coast Screen Queensland has supported 41 film and...

Four new species of sticky, carnivorous sundew discovered in WA thanks to social media
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Four new species of sticky, carnivorous sundew discovered in WA thanks to social media

A nature photographer has rediscovered a plant species whose last known sighting was when it was collected by Western Australia’s first government botanist 170 years ago.  Key points: Scientists have identified six new or rediscovered plant species Four were found by citizen scientists who posted images on social media A researcher says the discoveries show how social media...