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Meshel Laurie

Vivid Art After Hours: Spirituality and Inner Life

Vivid Art After Hours brings you free music, talks and art experiences over three Wednesday nights at the Art Gallery of NSW. We have invited some of Australia’s brightest creative sparks to share their journeys on finding belonging and meaning in a fractured and distracting world. On the agenda: inner life and concepts of spirituality, cultural identity, and social diversity. 
 
Author and radio and TV personality Meshel Laurie confesses to being a bad Buddhist, but every day she puts her energy into improving. She works in television, creates podcasts, writes books and parents twins, so she knows a thing or two about the mad juggle of modern life. In this talk with Benjamin Law, she offers a snapshot of her life and the speed bumps and detours on the path to enlightenment. Meshel may not be a beacon of Buddhist Zen...yet. However, as the saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Or a shuffle to the instant coffee machine at five am.

Date:   Wednesday 29 May

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

Price:   This is a free event

Sebastian Smee

Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth

How true to you is your online self? We live in an age of digital distraction. We feel bereft without our phones and curate our lives on social media. The blinks, beeps and notifications are incessant. It’s time to consider the price we pay for this ever-connected life.
 
Throughout history, artists and thinkers have cultivated a deep sense of self and found solace in solitude and reflection. Pulitzer Prize winner, art critic and author of the Quarterly Essay 72: Net Loss Sebastian Smee leads an esteemed panel to explore the value of an ‘inner life’ in the internet age. Considering everything from Facebook to Chekhov, Sebastian asks, if we relinquish the inner life, what do we lose of ourselves? 

Sebastian is joined by psychologist Jocelyn Brewer who is an expert in the fast-evolving realm of cyberpsychology. She has a special interest helping people to stay human in the digital age. Jocelyn investigates what online information overload is doing to our attention and memory, suggesting it contributes to record levels of loneliness and chronic sleep debt. She outlines her case for ‘digital nutrition’ as an alternative to ‘digital detoxing’ and advocates for more conscious online consumption and ethically designed apps and games.  
 
Musician and author Holly Throsby also joins the panel and shares some of the poetic insights that make her music so memorable and her novels so compelling. Holly knows well the need to nurture an inner life. Find out how she cultivates her creativity and what it takes to be a singer, songwriter, author and a soulful being in a demanding world. If we’re lucky, she’ll also grace us with a song or two. 

Date:   Wednesday 29 May

Time:   8:00pm

Venue: Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

Price:   33.34

Erik Jensen

Acute Misfortune

It took director Thomas M. Wright and author Erik Jensen years to convert Acute Misfortune, Jensen’s acclaimed biography of artist Adam Cullen, into the screenplay that became the successful and highly praised film of the same title. Join us as they discuss the highs and the lows and practicalities of making a book into a film. This event is free, but please book here.

Date:   Thursday 30 May

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: State Library Victoria, 285-321 Russell St, Melbourne 3000, Victoria

Price:   This is a free event