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SYD­NEY artist Gabrielle Courte­nay has worked as a mu­ral­ist, art con­sul­tant and in­te­rior de­signer but is best known as a painter of the Aus­tralian out­back. Her latest works were in­spired by time spent alone in a re­mote shed in the ‘‘ desert stone coun­try’’ near Bro­ken Hill, NSW, and are on show at the Charles He­witt Gallery in Syd­ney. www.charleshe­ MELBOURNE ART FAIR I of­ten take short trips in­ter­state to see spe­cific art shows. This year I plan to go to the Melbourne Art Fair (July 30-Au­gust 3), which al­ways of­fers a fan­tas­tic show­case of con­tem­po­rary art from the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion as well as from across Aus­tralia.­ QUEENS­LAND ART GALLERY; CHICHU ART MU­SEUM, JA­PAN South Bris­bane’s Queens­land Art Gallery, even be­fore its ren­o­va­tion, has al­ways been a favourite. It has won­der­ful en­ergy and al­ways of­fers great shows, es­pe­cially the Asia-Pa­cific Tri­en­nial. I also dream of go­ing to the un­der­ground Chichu Art Mu­seum on Naoshima is­land in Ja­pan to see the site­spe­cific in­stal­la­tions of James Tur­rell and Wal­ter de Maria.; DI NUOVO, PADDING­TON, SYD­NEY Since I was a teenager I’ve col­lected vin­tage clothes from mar­kets or op shops but I also dis­cov­ered Di Nuovo (92 William St, Padding­ton), where you can buy all kinds of amaz­ing pieces from lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers. www.din­ OCHRE HOUSE, FOWLERS GAP, NSW I spent an amaz­ing month at Ochre House on the Fowlers Gap prop­erty run by the Univer­sity of NSW near Bro­ken Hill in north­west NSW. The hut is 15km from the clos­est house, which is the main prop­erty; it’s sit­u­ated at the edge of a line of hills near a small gorge over­look­ing an end­less sunken coun­try plain with no sign of civil­i­sa­tion.

As well as artists stay­ing here on the univer­sity’s res­i­dency pro­gram, walk­ing par­ties can also rent the house for short stays. www.fowlers­ CANTINA UNO, DAR­LINGHURST, SYD­NEY I usu­ally can re-cre­ate most restau­rant dishes at home but Cantina Uno, an Ital­ian restau­rant in in­ner Syd­ney, makes black squid an­gel-hair pasta that I can only dream of per­fect­ing. 125 Liver­pool St, Dar­linghurst; (02) 9361 6442. IAN POT­TER MU­SEUM, MELBOURNE Art is an ad­dic­tion and Melbourne has the largest num­ber of qual­ity art gal­leries in Aus­tralia. Be­yond the CBD, make time to go to Al­bert Street, Rich­mond, as this tiny street is packed with gal­leries show­ing great con­tem­po­rary and in­dige­nous art. Then take a tram to the Ian Pot­ter Mu­seum of Art in Swanston Street. It’s renowned for strong cu­ra­to­rial shows in a build­ing that has a spir­i­tual di­men­sion. I in­vari­ably leave here feel­ing calm and re­laxed.­ I AL­WAYS PACK A hat and Clear Zinc cream, which is the best block­out when I am­work­ing in the harsh out­back sun. Sharon Fowler

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