Almanac Arts: Our shared humanity


Artist: Simon Tjurpurrula.  Photo Courtesy of FIDA Seagulls website.



There are quite a few discernible differences that constantly remind us that ‘Covidworld’ is unlike the one we knew before. Recent posts in the Almanac have been hinting at one I feel has been under-reported.


Out of footy season, it is common to see a more eclectic range of topics covered by Almanackers. I have been struck by the propensity of many scribes to ruminate on poetry, literature and, particularly, music.  The Beatles documentary has certainly got many of us reflecting on the importance of that art form and its relevance to our lives.


I want to broaden the discussion and reflect on the Arts generally.


Like any sport fan, the exhilaration of the shared experience of a big event is a major reason why I love this human endeavour so much. However, I have always felt that nothing expresses our shared humanity more than the Arts. Whether it be going to a gallery, the theatre or quietly reading a book, these experiences feed into a kind of wellspring that provides sustenance to each and every one of us.


Our beloved creators in the Arts world have been hit hard by the pandemic. As the footlights start to shine again, I would hope many of us take the time to consider what the Arts mean to us.


It will never feel the same, recounting a story about a great exhibition when holding court at the local. Trying to excite your mates about that incredible video installation you watched, mesmerised, for twenty minutes in the same way as a speccy at a full ‘G’ is a tough gig. But give it a go someday. You may find that boofhead you’ve known since school is a Renaissance man itching to find his inner Leonardo.



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Grew up playing the rugby codes in suburban Sydney. Moved to Melbourne during the Carey era so becoming a Shinboner was the natural call. Still love the game they play in heaven. Took an interest in MLB a few years back and have become infatuated with America's pastime.


  1. A good point, Brian. A recent break in Brisbane featured highlights as varied as the Queensland Art Gallery with its wide-ranging collection, the grounds and architecture of the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus, the cityscape from the perspective of the City Cat, the beautiful presentation of our breakfast dishes at The Maillard Project in Charlotte Street, and so on. So much to appreciate and enjoy if only we’ll get out there and take it in.

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Hear, hear, Brian!

    Well said!

    And I feel the broadly ‘arts’ aspects of The Footy Almanac are just as important as any more specifically sports areas; to put it slightly differently, I like the ‘broad church’ ideology of the Almanac.

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