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Arts Week 2022 on your ABC

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It's ABC's first ever Arts Week, and we're celebrating with an abundance of special programming. From Saturday August 6, you'll find special arts-themed programs and documentaries, thought-provoking articles and talks and much more, right across all ABC platforms.

The theme for Arts Week 2022 is "Art is Everywhere". From the music we stream through our headphones on the way to work, to the books we read to our kids at bedtime; the movies we watch, the theatre we marvel at, the murals we walk past in our streets, the creative hobbies that give us pleasure: art is all around us, all the time. It doesn't matter if you're an arts professional or just having fun; whether you find your art in a major gallery or in the paintings brought home from school.

Art enriches, connects, comforts and inspires.

Arts Week Highlights include:

Jeffrey Smart

This documentary presents the comprehensive story of one of Australia's greatest 20th century painters, incorporating rich archive material and rare interviews with Smart and his long-term partner Ermes De Zan at their wonderful Tuscan farmhouse, and vision of places around Arezzo that inspired the artist.

Jeffrey Smart airs Wednesday August 10 at 8.30pm on ABC TV Plus and ABC iview.

Arts & Minds

Five artistic powerhouses deliver brilliant talks on the theme "Art is Everywhere". Miles Franklin winner Melissa Lucashenko, director Wesley Enoch, writer Sisonke Msimang, comedian Lizzy Hoo and artist Debra Keenahan shift the lens on issues that are important to us all. Arts & Minds is presented in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts.

Arts & Minds will be broadcast on Big Ideas on ABC RN at 8.05pm (AEST) Thursday August 11, available to hear live and on-demand via ABC listen and available on ABC iview from Saturday August 6.

Art is Everywhere

Six short stories from around Australia highlight the way that art affects the lives of everyday people. From music and dance to politics and food — Art is Everywhere.

The Stage Show

After wowing audiences in Europe and the US, Australian soprano Helena Dix is back on home soil to sing the very challenging title role in Melbourne Opera's production of Lucrezia Borgia. It's a tale simmering with lust, revenge and trickery.

And with a new federal government comes a new Arts Minister: Tony Burke is taking submissions and holding town hall meetings across the country to inform Labor's National Cultural Policy; economist David Throsby and Nyoongar/Yamatji curator Clothilde Bullen share their perspectives on what's critical for the arts sector.

The Stage Show will be broadcast at 10am Tuesday August 9 on ABC RN and ABC listen.

Big Weekend of Books

ABC RN's on-air writers' festival is back! The Big Weekend of Books is two jam-packed days of conversations with writers you love and others you're going to love.

The Big Weekend of Books airs on August 6 and 7 on ABC RN and ABC listen.

Blueprint for Living

Blueprint will be looking at why sounds and smells are as vital to cities as its sights. Jonathan will be speaking with David Howes, author of the upcoming book The Sensory Studies Manifesto, about the growing field of sensory urbanism.

Blueprint for Living will be broadcast at 9am on Saturday August 6 on ABC RN and ABC listen.

Life Matters

In this episode of Life Matters, we invite audience members to share their experiences of accessing the arts where they live. The conversation will explore why access is important for communities, the barriers that exist, and success stories from around the country.

Life Matters will be broadcast at 9am on Monday August 8 on ABC RN and ABC listen.

Great Southern Landscapes

Art lover Rachel Griffiths returns to ABC screens and heads off across Australia to discover the exact spot where some of our most famous artists captured their interpretation of our iconic landscapes. Along the way she meets people who help unlock the hidden secrets of the works and the untold stories behind them.

Great Southern Landscapes airs Tuesday August 9 at 8pm on ABC TV and ABC iview.

Art Works

Join Namila Benson for this packed episode of Art Works, bringing you the best of the arts from right across the country. This week, Art Works investigates the enduring appeal of Australian classic Looking for Alibrandi, visits an extraordinary artwork made from living oysters, and takes viewers inside the National Gallery of Victoria's Queer takeover.

Art Works airs at the special time of Tuesday August 9 at 9.25pm on ABC TV and ABC iview.

Walking Man

The true identity of Perth's enigmatic Walking Man is revealed through a compelling investigation in the lead up to the unknown artist's debut exhibition after his untimely death.

Walking Man airs Wednesday August 10 at 7.30pm on ABC TV Plus and ABC iview.

Anatomy of a String Quartet

Guided by four musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Anatomy of String Quartet takes audiences on an intimate journey through the rehearsal and performance of an iconic piece of string music. As the players explore the story behind the music, they also share in their artistic process and the challenges of collaboration.

Anatomy of a String Quartet airs Wednesday August 10 at 9.30pm on ABC TV Plus and ABC iview.

Arts Week on ABC iview

Immerse yourself in a huge collection of Australian arts content all in one place. Be sure to check out our dedicated strand of arts documentaries to uplift, educate, inspire and entertain. Here are a few titles you can stream right now:

  • River: A visual essay on the world's greatest rivers, narrated by Willem Dafoe and featuring music from the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
  • Inside The Met:A behind-the-scenes look at America's biggest art museum as it prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary.
  • Bangarra's World: Meet the visionary storytellers and dancers taking Australia's pre-eminent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance company into its fourth decade. 

Explore the full collection of Arts Week documentaries on ABC iview.

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