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The Art of Australia

The Art of Australia is a three-part BBC documentary series hosted by former director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Edmund Capon, which explores the story of Australian art through the country's rich cultural traditions stretching back 30,000 years. Edmund Capon tells the story of how art helped European settlers come to terms with such an unfamiliar land; explores how Australian art evolved in the first half of the 20th century against the backdrop of two world wars; and explores how, from the 1960s onwards, Australia and its art went global. The series interweaves the story of British, European and Indigenous art traditions and how they reflected how Australia's culture has evolved over 200 years.

Episode 1 - Strangers in a Strange Land
Edmund Capon tells the story of how art helped European settlers come to terms with such an unfamiliar land on the other side of the world.

Episode 2 - Coming of Age
Edmund Capon explores how Australian art evolved in the first half of the 20th century against the backdrop of two world wars.

Episode 3 - Beyond Australia
Edmund Capon explores how, from the 1960s onwards, Australia and its art went global.


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