20 Australian Art Blogs & Websites You Need To Follow Now!
Australia is home to many talented, established and emerging artists, and with the ever increasing popularity of social media and blogs it’s now easier to view the incredible artwork that are coming out of this country. If you’re an artist or aspiring artist, you may become inspired and pick up some valuable advice by seeking out artists’ blogs. We’ve created a list of amazing Australian art blogs and websites for you to follow and use to learn more about what's going on in the art scene as well as websites to get your creative juices flowing and motivated to pick up that pen, pencil, or brush.
The Design Files is Australia’s most popular design blog, featuring all things creative including art, interior design, photography, craft, architecture, and more. The Art blog on the website features interviews and studio visits with some of Australia’s leading artists and galleries. Find out about new exciting talent, enter art competitions to win prizes, follow exhibition listings, and read about art award highlights from around the nation.
2. ART PHARMACY
The Art Pharmacy blog provides a collection of insightful articles, how-to’s, and interviews with local artists. The blog is carefully curated to showcase emerging Australian artists and provides affordable artwork for all art lovers to purchase. The best part is, if you purchase a piece of art from the website you know you’re supporting local artists; allowing them to continue producing work and encouraging emerging artists to break into the Australian art scene. Their journal posts are about all sorts of topics within art and the culture that surrounds it.
An online art marketplace, Art Lovers Australia, also has an in-depth art blog. The site encourages emerging artists to share their work, and provides the casual art lover with an insightful collection of blog posts to help spark their imagination. They have some great posts that give great tips and recommendations for art-related activities.
Popular independent magazine Frankie Magazine is a bi-monthly issue based in Melbourne covering all things art and design, photography, craft, and more. The magazine has its own blog that touches on topics covered in the print magazine, as well as exclusive competitions and interviews with Australian artists. If you’re looking for inspiration, new ideas, or simply just love browsing a range of different art-forms, then the Frankie blog is for you! A fun read for sure.
Artist Profile is a quarterly journal published in Sydney featuring in-depth interviews with contemporary visual artists. This blog is particularly insightful for artists who are looking at taking their hobby further and breaking into the Australian art scene. The advice from experts are both helpful and extensive, linking to Australian artists’ social media pages and exhibitions. The essays provide feature pieces on unique artists and art forms coming out of the country, including an article on Indigenous printmaking, why regional galleries are in crisis, and an opinion piece questioning if artwork should be made to last forever in today’s ‘throw-away’ society.
6. THE ART LIFE
This informational blog provides a huge catalogue of stories, interviews, and exhibits from Australian artists and art alike. The Art Life is written as an anonymous blog with humorous articles and an interactive tour through the world of contemporary art that will inspire any artist or hobbyist. Not confined to just Australian art, the blog also touches on the art scene across the world, including New York and its colourful street art.
Art Guide Australia is your guide into the world of contemporary Australian art. On this blog you’ll find new and upcoming art exhibitions, learn about art galleries and how they operate, find out where your local art gallery is, and read articles on Australian artists and artwork shaping our local art scene. Find out what the top five art exhibitions are this month, read about the highs and lows of winning the Archibald Prize, and get started on collecting contemporary art by following the ultimate guide on art collecting.
One of Sydney’s leading art galleries, Olsen Gallery, represents established artists as well as emerging artists specialising in Australian art, sculpture, prints, and more. The gallery has its own online blog that chronicles events happening in the gallery, including exhibitions, art awards, art showcases, artist interviews and reviews. Looking through the blog gives you the same feel as if you were walking through and browsing the gallery itself.
9. JUDDY ROLLER
The Juddy Roller network is all about the high-impact visuals and creativity associated with street art. The studio is located in Melbourne, however the online network encompasses street artists from all over the world. The blog showcases new projects, exhibitions, interviews, and the step-by-step process of creating murals on walls. This blog is a vivid catalogue of new, emerging, and established street artists and their larger-than-life creations found in city streets, on silos, and commissioned on public buildings. Have a look at how a rural town skatepark has been transformed into an art installation, how an abandoned silo is now an open-air gallery, and how oils and water colour can create impactive street art.
10. Red Instead
Red Instead is a wonderful art blog written by blogger and Canberra-based artist Jen Leheny. The blog dives into all of Jen’s artistic endeavours, trying different art projects while outlining her inspiration for each of her posts. It is also a brief look into her life as an art enthusiast, visiting art exhibitions at Canberra studios and galleries. Great for a read and to feel inspired for more at home art activities.
Paper Craft Secrets is a crafting blog that is full of beautiful and delicate card art, taking readers though how to make them with individual crafting tutorials. These decorative cards are done by Alicia McNamara, who runs the blog and the how to video tutorials. Her passion comes through in all her wonderful paper artwork and her clear dedication to creating her paper crafts. There is such detail in all of her projects, making this definitely worth a look for ideas for a fun at home art project.
12. Art Chat
Art Chat is an art blog brought together by one of Brisbane’s favourite art galleries, Red Hill Gallery. This blog is centred around interviews with artists, news on the art scene and art-centred articles. Certainly worth keeping an eye on what they are writing about to stay in the know with all that’s going on with Red Hill Gallery and the artists that have exhibitions.
13. Talking ArtZ
The Talking Art Project aims to bring artists together with the goal of fostering an artistic community with the understanding that being an artist can be quite a lonely passion. It tries to be a forum for fun ideas and creative collaborations between artists. Talking ArtZ is the blog for this community and has a regular podcast with all sorts of guests who are active in the art scene.
14. Deborah Klein
Deborah Klein is a passionate artist who loves painting, drawing, prints and book art. Her blog documents her progress on her various projects with a preference towards creating works of behind view of women focusing on detailed and complex hair styles. Deborah really goes into detail with every strand of hair meticulously put together making her works eye catching. Follow her artistic journey with her regular updates.
15. My Poppet Makes
My Poppet Makes is a delightful crafting blog that aims to recycle and re-purpose unused objects and bring them to life as part of exciting art and craft projects. This website is packed full of fun craft tutorials, taking you through various projects for you to enjoy at home. There are plenty of options with kids in mind too as she is hugely inspired by her daughter to make lovely and interesting things!
16. Draw With Jazza
One of Australia’s more popular drawing artists! Jazza is predominantly a YouTuber who creates engaging videos not only for drawing but other sorts of mediums too, like painting, sculpting and home crafts. Fun is really at the centre of his art projects and you are sure to find yourself clicking video after video, wanting to try them yourself!
17. Art Writer
Art Writer is the blog of Elizabeth Fortescue who is the Arts Editor of the Daily Telegraph, and Australian correspondent for The Art Newspaper. Elizabeth conducts interviews with many Australian artists, even going into their studios on occasion to discuss their projects and inspiration behind their works. She brings great insight into the minds of artists and how they bring their pieces to life. An excellent blog to learn more about the minds in the australian art scene.
18. Kenny Pittock
Kenny Pittock is a fun loving artist who enjoys creating sculptures of classic Australian items, whether it be a Golden Gaytime, Sunny Boys or even Anko shirts (yes - the brand from Kmart!). It is clear to see his passion and enjoyment is all the works he creates, with the extra details that make them so relatable for Australians. While he has enjoy doing this over recent years but is also a talented drawer, so it is very worth checking out his blog from time to time to see what he pulls together next!
Mark Holsworth is an art critic based in Melbourne who has been involved with the art & music community for many years. In his blog, he brings you along with him to his visits to various art exhibitions or outdoor art murals, sharing photos, information and accounts of his experience. He is quite active and posts regularly, so his blog is a great resource for anyone interested in finding great places to see art in Melbourne.
20. In Vurt
Invurt is an online magazine that is centred around Australian and Melbourne street art, particularly around graffiti, exhibitions and underground art. Their website serves you with the latest on exhibitions that are happening, interviews as well as photos and videos to really bring you across what Melbourne and wider Australia has to offer within this particular artistic niche. A haven for street art enthusiasts!
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