Posts by david

The Beckoning

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Comment | 0 comments

THE BECKONING – a short story blending fact and fiction.   Their honeymoon began rather ordinarily.  They’d had to wait a week which didn’t please her any more than him, but she’d never been much good at maths and had got the dates wrong. Then there was the train trip.  Why train for goodness sake, she would ask her visitors years later, why not a hire car?  The question betrayed her wavering state of mind and her scant recall of how few were the transport...

Read More


Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Malley | 0 comments

Whilst preparing a Malley-related item for my Mallacoota Musings on this website, I discovered that a Malley event is scheduled for this week’s South Australian History Festival. Inspired by yet more Malley activity, I decided to include my latest Mallacoota Musing as a separate Malley posting.  Here it is. MALLEYCOOTA? Mallacoota’s link to verse is well known courtesy of E. J. (Ted) Brady with his many books of poetry and his writer’s camp up on Captain Stephenson’s...

Read More

Nolan Centenary Update III

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Nolan | 1 comment

As I write this, one day after the Centenary of Sidney Nolan’s birth on 22 April 1917, the Australian weekend papers – certainly those of the Fairfax Media – have double page spreads about him. Well briefed by a Media Release entitled Sidney Nolan’s man behind Ned Kelly mask revealed and issued by the Heide Museum of Modern Art, the newspaper articles feature a double photo with his 1945 painting Ned Kelly “Nobody knows anything about my case but myself”...

Read More

aCOMMENT on the catalogue “Transferences: Sidney Nolan in Britain”

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Nolan | 2 comments

Described as “the first exhibition of the artist’s work in a British museum since 1992,” the exhibition Transferences: Sidney Nolan in Britain opened on 18 February 2017 at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, UK and continues until 4 June. A news clip by That’s Solent TV can be seen here.     The catalogue, which is reviewed here, is edited by Rebecca Daniels with contributions from her and several others. It is an impressive publication (see the contents page...

Read More

Nolan Centenary Update II

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Nolan | 0 comments

Born 22 April 1917, the centenary of Sidney Nolan’s birth is fast approaching and it is pleasing to note that plans, at least in the UK, are well afoot and publicised. Details may be seen on the Centenary page on the Sidney Nolan Trust website. aCOMMENT is maintaining a new dedicated website on which are listed all planned activities when announced. The Nolan 100 is a growing online collection of images of Sidney Nolan’s works selected by collectors, artists,...

Read More