Monthly Archives: March 2011

True Friendship at the Imperial Panda

Nick Coyle – a model and hacker

Some fascinating facets of true friendship were up for discussion last night at Ampersand’s event at the Imperial Panda Festival – ‘Informative Slideshows: True Friendship’.

Ampersand contributors Nick Coyle (Pig Island amongst other things) and Glen Walton (The Suitcase Royale) and editor Alice Gage explored the friendship a pug can bring, friendship on the internet and friendship’s natural enemy, betrayal. It was very silly.

More here.

Submissions now open for Issue 4

Ingeborg Tyssen Perisher Valley no 7 NSW, from the series From the heart of the forest to the edge of the road 1984.

Ampersand is looking for writers and artists to respond to the theme of Issue 4.

Its title is taken from that of a photographic series by Ingeborg Tyssen:
From the heart of the forest to the edge of the road.

It explores ideas of remoteness, beyond the city limits, the outskirts, the highway, the wild, silence, the borderlands, urban sprawl, disconnection, missions, ghost towns, gated communities, seaside caravan parks, life in the desert, the bush, the end of the river, country backyards, trains storming into the blackness and so on and on and whatever else you may conjure.

Visit the submissions guidelines page for more info.

Deadline for expressions of interest – March 25
Deadline for final work – April 15
Email submissions to the editor –

Art & Australia to publish Ampersand over 2011

We are very happy to announce the news that Art & Australia, one of Australia’s oldest and most respected visual arts magazines, has taken Ampersand under its wing for the duration 2011.

This means Ampersand will be quarterly as of the forthcoming issue, The Fade, and have the resources and space to focus on making great magazines instead of talking about making great magazines.

The partnership involves the distribution of The Fade (April), and the production of two issues: Issue 4 – From The Heart Of The Forest To The Edge Of The Road (due out July, submissions now open) and Issue 5 – Not Yet Named (due out October). There will be a bunch of other great things happening along the way, too, no doubt.

Ampersand listed on Colophon

Ampersand has popped up on one of the most comprehensive magazine databases in the world, Colophon. Hoping that means an invitation to their magazine symposium in Luxembourg is forthcoming (when it happens – the 2011 event was postponed – read about why here). Pretty bloody cool all the same.

We highly recommend all magazine geeks to check out the site:

Ampersand at Imperial Panda Festival, March 17


Ampersand joins with Sydney’s best and perhaps only (in my heart) theatre festival, Imperial Panda.

Informative Slideshows: True Friendship
Our three special guests come from all walks of life, but they have one thing in common: they have all experienced true friendship. For one hour on one night of this, our one life, they will present a pictorial journey of their remarkable stories.

Glen Walton – a pug enthusiast
Nicholas Coyle – a model and hacker
Alice Gage – editor, Ampersand Magazine

Join us for this Powerpoint discovery of the human heart and an hour of pure baloney.

Good God Small Club
55 Liverpool St, Chinatown, Sydney
March 17

More details here.

Also, we HIGHLY recommend checking out the rest of the festival, if you’re in town. In fact, we demand it. Imperial Panda mounts arguably the best new stuff being produced in this country, and unless you don’t understand English or you are in a coma or you hate to have a great time, you should make it your business to be there. Too pushy? Well what you call pushy, I call passionate, okay?