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  • Sparks of joy, flashes of resentment

    I have a history of hanging on to things I am definitely, positively going to fix or use in the immediate future. Probably next week. At least, before 2030. Maybe Marie Kondo and the night procession of goblins can get me motivated to deal with them.

    11 months, 1 week ago, by Holly Bennett

  • Nightmares and dayscreams

    There are a lot of works competing for the scariest piece of art in 'Japan supernatural'. Here are some ratings, from the humorous to the hideous… read on at your own risk!

    11 months, 3 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett

  • Souvenirest and dearest

    I have a lot of feelings about magnets. Let’s get that out in the open first thing. I’m not being ironic here. I believe souvenir items are a genuinely wonderful phenomenon, and magnets are their apex form.

    2 years, 11 months ago, by Holly Bennett

  • Wearing modernism

    What's involved in reproducing an exquisitely coloured painting or woodcut print on a silk scarf? A visit to a local Sydney studio revealed the painstaking process.

    3 years, 1 month ago, by Holly Bennett

  • A recipe for art

    I think there’s a special level of hell reserved for colleagues who send around gorgeous photos of home-cooked food at half past ten on a Monday morning. It’s probably got lovely ambience, really good table service and smells amazing.

    3 years, 11 months ago, by Holly Bennett

  • So bright, so beautiful...Ah, Precious

    I’m a big fan of shiny things. Nothing brings me joy like sparkly stuff, and I love to wear a fair amount of bling. That is why I was hovering like Gollum over a display case in the Gallery Shop.

    4 years, 4 months ago, by Holly Bennett

  • DIY bother?

    Have you been caught up in a New-Year’s-resolution whirl of renovations and aspirational lifestyle improvements? Let me fix that for you.

    4 years, 7 months ago, by Holly Bennett

  • To morbidity and beyond

    Yea, though we take a quick nip through the valley of the shadow of death, we shall fear no boredom. There’s plenty of life in the subject, as evidenced by the increasing number of art books published with this focus.

    5 years, 4 months ago, by Holly Bennett

  • Colour by numbers

    I was walking through the Archibald exhibition several years ago when I was struck by how perfectly one of the paintings had captured the colours and textures of Wednesday. Synaesthesia – a condition of ‘joined’ sensations – is part of life for what is now estimated to be around 4 per cent of people.

    5 years, 6 months ago, by Holly Bennett

  • Stray inside the lines

    So apparently colouring books for adults are now totally a thing. I’ll admit their popularity has caught me off-guard. But then, my relationship with colouring books has always been a bit unbalanced.

    5 years, 8 months ago, by Holly Bennett

  • Vinyl fantasy

    At any given time in the pop shop, you’ll usually find two clusters of people exclaiming with joy. One cluster is made up of kids around the toy section. The other is adults discovering the vinyl records for sale.

    5 years, 9 months ago, by Holly Bennett

  • A Pearce of his art

    Some years ago, we in the Gallery Shop suffered through what I think of as The Great Australian Out-Of-Printing of 2007. Virtually every book on general Australian art history disappeared from the shelves. But fresh titles on Australian art have given us cause for celebration.

    6 years ago, by Holly Bennett

  • The eyes have it

    Dazzled by the shine of Reko Rennie’s high-impact installations? He’s got the perfect shades for that!

    6 years ago, by Holly Bennett

  • Chance of afternoon Spowers

    On days of unpredicted precipitation the Gallery’s forecourt resembles one of our most beloved artworks, Ethel Spowers’s Wet afternoon.

    6 years, 2 months ago, by Holly Bennett

  • In space, no one can hear you read

    Art theory books blow my mind. They’re like papery pellets of concentrated intelligence. I’ll pick one up, open to any page and try a bit. Next thing I know I’ve swallowed the end of the chapter.

    6 years, 2 months ago, by Holly Bennett

  • Everyone's a critic

    For too long, art criticism has been the province of a beret-clad elite. Now everyone can play at that game with the Art Critic range from the Gallery Shop.

    6 years, 3 months ago, by Holly Bennett

  • Craftershock!

    Winter is marching on us. Arm yourself with knitting needle and crochet hook, sharpen your scissors and stack your yarn balls high.

    6 years, 3 months ago, by Holly Bennett

  • A winner by design

    I always thought it was pretty special and now it’s got a certificate to prove it. Our children’s book 'My Australian art' has won a national museum design award.

    6 years, 5 months ago, by Holly Bennett

  • Hole lot of fun

    It’s difficult for me to stay calm when recommending Hervé Tullet’s books for children. It’s not just that his books are inventive; it’s that they inspire inventiveness.

    6 years, 6 months ago, by Holly Bennett

  • An art of gold

    The PUSHMATAaHA jewellery range was custom-designed and hand-made for the Gallery Shop to complement the Afghanistan exhibition.

    6 years, 6 months ago, by Holly Bennett

  • Perplex yourself

    These books from the Gallery Shop will make your eyes spin and your stomach flip-flop, with op art illusions, hidden pictures and digital designs that seem to vibrate off the page or twist your mental map in knots.

    6 years, 7 months ago, by Holly Bennett

  • Re-tales from the Gallery Shop

    Visitors to the shop already know us as a place to find stunning art books, gorgeous gifts and impeccable directions to the toilets. Now, keeping up with the latest arrivals and developments is just a click away.

    6 years, 7 months ago, by Holly Bennett

Holly Bennett
Creative and content coordinator