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Courtney Symes

ACTease September 2014

September 1, 2014 |


by Courtney Symes


It was with a heavy heart that I put fingers to keyboard for this final ACTease instalment. I have thoroughly enjoyed compiling this column each month and have never been short of amazing exhibitions to … Read More

ACTease August 2014

August 1, 2014 |


Courtney Symes


What makes you happy? Eleven weeks ago I gave birth to my second child, and one of the things I missed most during pregnancy was running. I tried to run for as long (and as gently … Read More

ACTease JULY 2014

July 1, 2014 |


Having spent most of my childhood years growing up on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific, I was excited to discover that one of the National Gallery of Australia’s latest exhibitions, Atua: Sacred gods from Polynesia (until 3 August) … Read More

ACTease JUNE 2014

June 2, 2014 |


One of the secrets of a successful landscape artist and landscape photographer, I believe, is their ability to interpret and capture light in their works. Landscape paintings are a personal favourite of mine, and I had high hopes for … Read More

Danie Mellor’s Quest for Consistent Excellence

May 9, 2014 |


It was an accident on a prawn trawler that prompted Danie Mellor to reconsider his career options. When asked how he became an artist, he recounts, “What pushed me onto the right path eventually was an accident on the … Read More

Submerge: 10 years in the making of …

March 3, 2014 |


by Courtney Symes  

The reality of being an ‘overnight-success-story’ is a rare phenomenon, particularly in the creative industry. As an art enthusiast, writer, and small business owner, I have first-hand experience of the years of hard work and … Read More

ACTease November 2013

November 1, 2013 |


Courtney Symes


One of my favourite excursions on a sunny weekend in Canberra is a stroll around Lake Burley Griffin, followed by a wander through the NGA and National Portrait Gallery (and a sneaky coffee stop at one … Read More

ACTease October 2013

October 2, 2013 |


by Courtney Symes


I’m not a camper, So I can empathise with the shock that Belconnen artists Carolyn Fitzpatrick and Carole Osmotherly would have experienced as they reluctantly left the comfort of their Canberra homes to venture on … Read More

ACTease September 2013

September 3, 2013 |

by Courtney Symes


September is one of my favourite months in Canberra. The show-stopper event of the month is Floriade (think one million flowers in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park attracting more than 400,000 visitors), which starts on 14 September, then … Read More

ACTease August 2013

August 6, 2013 |

by Courtney Symes


A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend a Seekers concert. Having bought the tickets as a Christmas present for my mum, I have to confess my knowledge of The Seekers’ repertoire was limited … Read More