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QVB in Sydney Celebrates Australian Arts & Culture Featuring Marta

The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) has released its most ambitious visual campaign to date.

The creative is part of a year-long campaign to celebrate Australian arts and culture communities.

The group portrait features a carefully curated range of key personalities, hailing from the realms of art, film, theatre, dance, writing and design.

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The cast includes actress Marta Dusseldorp, Archibald prize winner Vincent Fantauzzo, doyenne of Australian architecture Penelope Seidler AM and Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra Richard Tognetti AO.

From the Australian Ballet – Artistic Director David McAllister AM and Principle Dancer Amber Scott, feature alongside veteran actor Barry Otto and his daughter, film maker and actress Gracie Otto.

Author Miranda Darling, food writer and granddaughter of Margaret Fulton, Kate Gibbs, and representing the new generation of talent, young actress Miah Madden complete the group.

Ipoh Management GM Victor Gaspar said the campaign is in line with the centre’s positioning.

“The QVB’s iconic standpoint as the centre of Sydney CBD allowed us to reflect on what we feel is truly special about our city. Bringing together notable figures in the arts, whether they be established or up and coming, we hope to shine a light on the diversity of talent this country has to offer and to draw focus to the value culture adds to our society.”

Shot on location within the QVB’s The Tea Room, the group was photographed by Australian fashion photographer Georges Antoni.

Sydney Theatre Company’s esteemed set designer Alice Babidge created the elaborate backdrop.

The backdrop features an idyllic wooden rowboat named ‘Islay’ after Queen Victoria’s favourite canine companion, an ornate harp, trunks of ballet costumes, stacks of vintage books, towers of macarons and colourful peacocks.

To lead the arts and culture initiative, the QVB has partnered with the prestigious Australian Ballet and will host a costume exhibition later in the year, amongst other initiatives within the cultural schedule.

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Marta Wins AARCTA Best Actress Award for Janet King

Image635581990236412851Now that’s an award that’s richly deserved. Marta went up against some heavy duty Australian talent. It’s a shame they all couldn’t win because every single one of them is spectacular.

Congratulations Marta!

Janet King is a fantastic series and I hope it comes back from a second season. Marta is going to be busy with the new season of A Place To Call Home – Foxtel has picked up Season 3 and 4 so I’m not sure when/if Janet King will be back.

Marta and Other Famous Aussies Record Song Condemning Treatment of Asylum Seeker Children

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Famous Australians record song condemning treatment of asylum seeker children

Prominent Australians, including Bryan Brown and Ita Buttrose, highlight the plight of incarcerated children with song We’re Better Than This

A group of more than 30 high-profile Australians, including actors Bryan Brown, Claudia Karvan and Deborah Mailman, businesswoman Ita Buttrose, author Thomas Keneally and former Wallabies captain George Gregan, have come together to record a song that highlights the plight of child asylum seekers in detention.

The recording brings together noted figures from a diverse range of fields, including business, the arts, academia, sport, religion and media, who together condemn the conditions in which children are being detained, particularly on the islands of Nauru and Christmas Island, highlighting an unsafe environment and lack of schooling.

Brown, who has been instrumental in the project, told Guardian Australia he had no difficulty finding participants. “We’ve all read a lot [about this issue] over these last few years and been very troubled by it and not really known what to do,” he said.

The actor decided that recording a song might help attract attention to the issue. We’re Better Than This Australia was recorded in a Sydney studio, with musical direction by Darren Percival from The Voice.

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