The Daily Review: This Weekend

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01.11.14 8:31 am


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Bank of Melbourne crowns Heloise as the 2014 Melbourne Music Bank winner

Emily Cheung Media Release
31.10.14 7:34 am



After being inundated with hundreds of song submissions from Victorian music artists, Bank of Melbourne is thrilled to crown Heloise as the 2014 Melbourne Music Bank winner.

The submissions were narrowed down to 13 finalists and thousands of Victorians voted for their favourite songs, resulting in four semi-finalists; Heloise, Selki, NY and Under The Arch. 

The four performed their songs last night, at the Melbourne Music Bank finale at the Melbourne Recital Centre. An expert panel - comprised of campaign Ambassador Ella Hooper, Bank of Melbourne Head of Brand and Marketing Jac Phillips, Beat Editor Cara Williams, PBS Music Director Chelsea Wilson and Melbourne Recital Centre Director of Programming Kirsten Siddle - named Heloise and her song, This Is Home, the 2014 winner.

Oakleigh hip hop artist, NY, was named runner up in a very close contest. NY was awarded $500 and a surprise prize of two days recording at Sing Sing studios for his song Your City.

Heloise drew inspiration from the city of Melbourne for her winning song, This is Home. She receives two days of recording time at Sing Sing Studios, a video clip by film maker Wilk, live gigs, album artwork, 500 CDs, PR and marketing advice. Her song will also be used in a Bank of Melbourne advertising campaign.

“We are delighted with the success of this year’s program,” said Bank of Melbourne Head of Brand and Marketing Jac Phillips.  “The quality and sheer number of submissions was overwhelming and shows the depth of local music talent across Victoria.  Congratulations to Heloise for being crowned Melbourne Music Bank’s 2014 winner.  We are looking forward to cheering her on and tracking her success as she makes her mark on the Australian music industry.”

Heloise grew up in a family of musicians and began composing and performing onstage at age 9.  By 15 she was performing original music at local venues in Tasmania.  This is Home is about her move to Melbourne in search of inspiration and opportunity.  It embodies her feelings as a stranger who came here a year ago, the incredible people she’s met and the hidden gems she’s come to love in the place that is now her home.

Melbourne Music Bank is proudly created by Bank of Melbourne, supported by partners Melbourne Recital Centre, Beat Magazine, PBS, and Wilk

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Theatre Royal: What’s On, November/December 2014

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30.10.14 2:06 pm


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A letter in Support for The Tasmanian Community Fund

Nita Pountney (Sec. TRAK)
29.10.14 1:19 pm


To whom it may concern ...

27th October 2014
As secretary for Tasmanian Regional Arts, Kentish, (TRAK), I am writing on behalf of our Sheffield branch. Even before we received a generous grant from TTCF this year, we were fully supportive of the organisation and the means it provides to regional groups in helping them with their involvement in community activities, in ways that would otherwise be impossible.

The grant we received was to design and construct a mosaic pathway, featuring Tasmanian flora and fauna, through King George V Park in Sheffield. This was formerly a burial ground, and the people interred there will be named in designated areas of the pathway. Local clubs and businesses, Sheffield High School students, the Kentish Council and many members of the local community are involved in this project.  Not only are we learning new skills, but they are being done in a supportive and constructive way. The pathway will also give a feeling of “ownership” to all the volunteers and to family members whose ancestors lie there.

Because of the amount of money involved in allocating this resource, we firmly believe that the current board, with its dedicated and professional members, be retained.

Yours sincerely,

Nita Pountney (Sec. TRAK)

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Kim Churchill announces national headlining tour for summer!

Paula ‘jonesy’ Jones at jones PR
29.10.14 10:22 am


Australian singer/songwriter Kim Churchill will celebrate summer with a comprehensive tour in support of ‘Single Spark’, his new single and opening track from his ‘Silence/Win’ album which has garnered amazing reviews since it was released in May this year. The ‘Single Spark’ tour will take place in metropolitan cities and some key regional areas with tickets for the January shows going on sale 10 am Friday 31st October.

Born in Canberra and growing up in the tiny New South Wales coastal town of Merimbula, this nomadic multi-instrumentalist has become renowned for his deft guitar work spending most of his time on the road intertwining memorable performances with his love of travel and surfing. Kim Churchill fascinates his audience by juggling guitar, bass drum, harmonica, tambourine and percussion all whilst delivering an extensive and remarkable vocal range.

At only 24 years old his extraordinary gig list includes a spot on the Glastonbury and Beautiful Days Festivals, The Montreal Jazz Festival and North America’s most scenic and intimate festival, Telluride Blues and Brews. He’s opened for both Billy Bragg and Michael Franti and completed successful international headline tours through Canada, the UK and Europe.

In more recent news Kim has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Sony ATV and he’s also inked an album deal in UK with Atlantic Records who will release ‘Silence/Win’ at the end of October. Kim will finish 2014 on stage at Falls and Southbound Festivals.

The video for ‘Single Spark’ is available now and can be viewed here:

Best get in quick to witness Australia’s true new virtuoso Kim Churchill!


Special guests to be announced soon

Tickets on sale from 10am Friday 31st October.
Tickets cost $15.00 pre-sale and $20.00 on the night (except * TBA and ** which is free)

All tickets from:

Thurs 15 Jan - The Corner, Melbourne VIC

Fri 16 Jan - The Abbey, Canberra ACT

Sat 17 Jan - Karova Lounge, Ballarat VIC

Wed 21 Jan – Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga NSW *

Thurs 22 Jan - Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul NSW

Fri 23 Jan - The Cambridge, Newcastle NSW

Sat 24 Jan - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney NSW

Thurs 29 Jan - The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay NSW ** – FREE ENTRY

Fri 30 Jan - The Zoo, Brisbane QLD

Sat 31 Jan - Solbar, Maroochydore QLD

Sunday 1 Feb – Festival of King Island, TAS

Thurs 5 Feb - Jive, Adelaide SA

Fri 6 Feb - Amplifier Bar, Perth WA

Sat 7 Feb – City of Stirling Summerset Arts Festival at Stirling Civic Gardens, Scarborough WA  / 

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Arts Tasmania’s Organisations Investment Program now open

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
28.10.14 5:31 pm

The Liberal Government is a strong supporter of the arts in Tasmania.

Tasmanian arts organisations play a critical role in the development of creative product and artistic talent in Tasmania. They provide jobs, encourage tourism and deliver mechanisms for the community to engage with the arts.

The Liberal Government is committed to supporting arts organisations, and I am pleased to announce that Expressions of Interest are now open for Arts Tasmania’s new Organisations Investment Program.

The Organisations Investment Program supports arts activities that employ professional arts practitioners and engage the community in arts activities.

Arts activities can include exhibitions, plays, concerts, festivals, literary magazines, publications, industry development, audience development or community cultural development projects.

The revamped program means for the first time organisations can submit an Expression of Interest before making a full application, reducing the upfront work and freeing them up to focus on the artistic idea behind their proposal.

The Organisations Investment Program includes two categories: Partner arts organisations for multi-year funding of up to four years; and Invested arts organisations for annual program funding or project funding.

Expressions of Interest will be assessed by registered artform peers, along with relevant members of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board or the Organisations Investment Panel.

Organisations whose Expressions of Interests are endorsed by assessors will be invited to make a full application.

Expressions of Interest close 15 February 2015. For further information visit:

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Bett Gallery: Amber Koroluck-Stephenson, Beyond the Gate

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28.10.14 4:51 pm


Opening Friday October 31, 6pm to 8pm.

Exhibition continues to November 21

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Despard Gallery: Opthalmia ... tomorrow

Steven Joyce, Despard Gallery
28.10.14 4:50 pm


Oph·thal·mia (of-thal ́me-ah) severe inflammation of the eye

Wayne Brookes + Lisa Garland
29 October – 24 November 2014

Please join the artists and friends at the exhibition’s opening night on Wednesday 29 October, 5:30pm at Despard Gallery.

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28.10.14 4:08 pm


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Annie Greig indicates her departure from Tasdance

Richard Longbottom, General Manager,
28.10.14 10:52 am

Pic:  Jen Brown

Tasdance’s longest-serving Artistic Director, Annie Greig, has announced her planned departure in 2015 from the company she has led since 1997.

“It has been a privilege to contribute to the rich history of Tasdance; however it is the right time for me to transition from the company next year. I am certain Tasdance will continue to go from strength-to-strength, proudly remaining Tasmania’s flagship contemporary dance company and an advocate for the growth of arts and cultural activities in regional Australia.

A real focus of my tenure has been to support young and emerging dancers and choreographers, and I get great satisfaction that I have been able to offer choreographic opportunities to over 50 of Australia’s dance practitioners. Additionally, with an emphasis on linking with regional audiences, it has been gratifying that the company has regularly toured our repertoire inter-state. I pay tribute and say thanks to all the artists, staff, supporters, sponsors and Board that I’ve connected with at Tasdance, and I look forward to witnessing the continued development of Tasdance in the years ahead.”

Chair of Tasdance Board, Norm McIlfatrick, acknowledges Annie’s tenacity and dedication to the company.

“Annie provided clear and strong direction for Tasdance over a long period, deftly navigating some challenges whilst undertaking a myriad of roles, and leaves the company in a solid position from which the next chapter in the company’s evolution can be defined. Her sound leadership resulted in returning the company to Key Organisation status with Australia Council for the Arts, alongside the unceasing, multi-year funding support from Arts Tasmania.

Over many years Annie provided the company with strategic artistic programming, which has had at its core the belief in providing opportunities for successive generations of dance artists and a resolve to continue to support contemporary dance development through innovative community and education projects. The Tasdance Board applauds Annie’s dedication to Tasdance over so many years and she continues to show great respect for the Company by providing the Board a year’s notice, giving us space for a managed transition into the future.”

Annie’s contribution to the company extends over 20 years, having been employed as Tasdance’s Acting General Manager and Liaison Officer between 1991 and 1994 under founding Artistic Director Jenny Kinder. With an extensive career in the arts, Annie was honoured with a Bicentennial Medal in 2003 for her services to dance, placed on the Honour Roll for Women in Tasmania in 2010, and in recognition of her services to Ausdance and Australian dance was awarded an Honorary Life Membership of Ausdance.

Outside Tasdance, Annie worked in numerous capacities within the national arts sector, including Course Director with the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA), lecturer at University of Tasmania for the Bachelor of Performing Arts, and Performing Arts Program Officer for Arts Tasmania. Annie has served on the Tasmanian Cultural Industries Council, Advisory Committee for the Australian Choreographic Centre (Canberra), was President of Ausdance NSW, and a former National Vice-President of Ausdance. Currently Annie continues as the Secretary for the Asia Pacific Performing Arts Network (APPAN).

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‘Molly’ Meldrum and Countdown to be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame

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27.10.14 6:28 pm


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Bridget Stenhouse Senior Publicist, Television Marketing & Communications
27.10.14 4:06 pm

Episode 6: The Russian (Mick Davies) with the missing jewels>
Episode 6 - The Russian (Mick Davies), The Detective (Nathan Spencer) and Nadia (Melanie Irons)

A Tasmanian short comedy series is about to screen on ABC iview.

NOIRHOUSE is a ‘film-noir style’ short drama series … set in a modern share house (in Hobart) that is about to screen on ABC iview.

With three award-winning webisodes already under their belts – the Tassie-based NOIRHOUSE filmmakers were commissioned by ABC iview to make a further 6 short episodes of the NOIRHOUSE drama to screen exclusively on ABC iview.

NOIRHOUSE, the film noir comedy series set in a share house riddled with flying bullets, steamy looks and split bills, will premiere on Sunday, November 2 with all 6 short episodes available for viewers to binge from 10am on iview.

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Screening from Sunday, November 2 from 10am
Exclusively on ABC iview

Commissioned exclusively for ABC iview and inspired by the award-winning web series - NOIRHOUSE, the film noir comedy series set in a share house riddled with flying bullets, steamy looks and split bills, will premiere on Sunday, November 2 with all 6 short episodes available for viewers to binge from 10am on iview.

In NOIRHOUSE, a hard-boiled detective (Nathan Spencer), a sultry femme-fatale (Melanie Irons), and a sentimental Russian thug (Mick Davies), all archetypes straight out of 1940s film noir, share a house in present day suburbia. They would have killed one another already, but the dead don’t pay the rent.

Our three favourite inmates of the big, black & white share house are threatened with eviction and discover a hidden treasure so hot it has a history of burning anyone it touches. While the Russian has had enough of his housemates’ kiss kiss, bang bang, relationship, the Detective is obsessed with finding who’s really behind their former housemate Alice’s brutal murder and Nadia expressly double crosses them both.

Can the Noiries get on the same page in time to face not one, but two deadly villains?

Will they ever get their bond back, what with all these fresh bullet holes in the wall?

Find out in NOIRHOUSE on ABC iview!

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Matt Fraser | Communications Manager
27.10.14 11:25 am


Inspiring Ultra-Marathon runner Samantha Gash, this year’s Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan, and TV presenter Mike Munro are only a handful of the esteemed special guests joining the audience at this year’s Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival in Launceston, Tasmania, from November 6-9, 2014.

BOFA has scoured the world’s film festivals throughout the year in order to bring the best film of 2014 to Launceston. Unsurprisingly, the program has attracted many special guest leaders from the film industry and other fields.

Samantha Gash – whose journey is captured in Desert Runners, the extraordinary BOFA opening night film – is a special guest for the whole length of the festival. Gash is the youngest person and the only Australian female to have completed the 4 Desert Ultra-Marathon Series, in which competitors run 4 grueling 250km races in the space of a year across some of the world’s most inhospitable terrains.

Winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan will be the special guest of a Q&A session after a screening of the classic Tasmanian film from 1998, The Sound of One Hand Clapping. Flanagan not only directed this film, but also wrote the novel on which it was based.

Respected Australian journalist and TV presenter, Mike Munro will be hosting the BOFA Devil Short Film Awards on Saturday Nov 8. Synonymous with the biographical program This is Your Life, which he hosted for 13 years, Munro’s other television credits include 60 Minutes, A Current Affair and Sunday Night. He began his career in journalism at only 17 years of age and has worked in television for over thirty years.

Many of the Festival’s special guests will be presenting at BOFA’s Action Sessions. Dr Anton Kriz, developer of the Regional Innovation Management (RIM) model, which is transforming the central coast of NSW, will be presenting the session entitled ‘Regional Innovation, State Growth’. Director of Twyfords, John Dengate will be explaining Collective Impact at the session entitled ‘Collaborating for Collective Impact’.

A must for aspiring documentary filmmakers, the masterclass ‘Making Documentaries and Factual Content that Make a Difference’ will be conducted by special guests Trish Lake (Freshwater Pictures), Karena Slaninka (Director of Screen Tasmania), Michael Cordell (Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder), Malinda Wink (GoodPitch Australia), Janine Hosking (director of 35 Letters), Susan Mackinnon (Documentary Australia Foundation), Ray Pedretti (Showrunner Productions), Niall Doran (The Bookend Trust), Phil Craig (ABC TV), Nick Batzias (Madman Entertainment), and John Godfrey (SBS).

The insightful panel discussion on ‘What Makes a Man a Man?’ will feature experts such as psychologist Agi O’Hara, legendary Hawthorn footballer Peter Hudson, campaigner for marriage equality Rick Marton and Launceston’s young citizen of the year Adam Mostogl.

Numerous filmmakers behind the films of BOFA’s 2014 program will also be in attendance for the Festival. Be sure to keep an eye out for them mingling with fellow festival-goers at the Festival Lounge & Wine Bar!

In a free event on Sunday Nov 9, Paul Barclay from Radio National will host a conversation with filmmakers Jeff McDonald and Bridget Lyon who wrote, directed and produced The Inheritance. In The Inheritance Lyon explores the past and future of the little-understood Huntington’s disease after discovering a history of it within her family.

As well as joining the discussion in the documentary masterclass, Tasmanian talent Niall Doran will be participating in a Q&A session after an exclusive screening of excerpts from his film (still in post-production) Sixteen Legs: Spider Love capturing the kinky sexual behaviour of Tasmanian Cave Spiders, never-before captured on film.

Other filmmakers engaging in Q&A sessions after screenings of their films include Janine Hosking, director of the deeply moving 35 Letters, and Nick Torrens, director of absorbing documentary China’s 3 Dreams.

Director of the upcoming documentary The Opposition, Hollie Fifer will be a special guest of the Festival, as well as Dayne Pratsky and Kate Hodges, the subject and producer respectively of the soon to be released The Frackman. Clips from The Frackman will be shown during The Big Picture Debate free event at BOFA entitled ‘Fracking in Tasmania: Good or Bad?’. Taking place on Sunday Nov 9, the debate will be adjudicated by Paul Barclay.

The Festival Lounge and Wine Bar will be open all throughout the festival from 11am until late in The Annexe, providing the perfect place to meet up with friends before or after a film and enjoy fine Tasmanian wine and beer, gourmet food and coffee. The Festival Lounge also provides a great environment for all festival-goers to mingle and meet on a level playing field, be they film fans or directors, festival guests or first-timers. Everyone is welcome.

With this array of esteemed guests in attendance – leaders of the film industry and other fields – BOFA 2014 is a must-attend event on the calendar of film festivals, both in Australia and internationally. Whether you’re an experienced filmmaker, a film-buff, a lover of the arts, an advocator for environmental action, or simply a fan of great wine and great conversation, then be sure to plan a long weekend in Launceston for BOFA 2014. It’s sure to be more than just a ‘breath of fresh air!’

For more information and full program and ticketing details, visit

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The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania and Screen Tasmania. Federal Government assistance is provided by Screen Australia

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Reviewed! You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

Amber Wilson
25.10.14 6:15 am


Everyone says my grandmother had a dry wit.

I would say her wit was drier than a dead dingo’s donger, but being a New Yorker, it wouldn’t really fit.

It was always strange visiting this ultra-savvy intellectual at the nursing home – she stuck out from the knitting and cookie-baking brigade. I always felt slightly moronic – young and severely Australian – in her presence.

She had a knack of taking people aback when, as an octogenarian, she wanted to discuss Queer as Folk and The West Wing, or Jeff Buckley, or when folks were subject to her observant and sometimes sharp-edged quips.

But those who “got it” thought she was terrific.

At her funeral this week, I spent a lot of time trying to process her story and how a woman so ahead of her time ended up in 1960s Hobart.

So you can imagine my surprise when I walked into the Peacock Theatre, not really having done much pre-reading on the show, and was catapulted into my grandmother’s world.

Peanuts ... !

How could I forget how much she’d loved Peanuts and Charlie Brown?

This sarcastic and clever comic strip, which originated in the 50s, delved with delight – and unashamedly ripped apart – ideas like personality, psychiatry and philosophy. Its six-year-old characters of Charlie, Lucy, Linus, Shroeder and the gang spouted highly-intellectual musings interspersed with childish ramblings.

Mainstage Theatre Company has done a great job with this subtle material that really has to be performed in the right way for audiences to “get it”.

Charlie Brown, our hopeless protagonist, can’t kick a football or fly a kite or get a girl to notice him. Lucy, resident psychiatrist at only 5 cents a therapy session, delves out as much cruelty as she does assistance.

Schroder is in love with Beethoven and “the arts”; Lucy is in love with Shroeder; and Snoopy is in love with life – until horrible little birds start drawing blood as he naps peacefully – and suddenly the world is a frightening and confronting place.

Did I mention this is a musical?

Ah, I’m sure that will send people away in droves – that word – “musical”. But the music is, and excuse me from using an Americanism here, pretty neat.

A slick band is positioned at the rear of the stage churning out an immaculate score. Charlie Brown tells Snoopy not to “make such a performance” out of dinner-time, and Snoopy responds with jazz hands, a top hat and tap dancing.

Some of the singing is also pretty fab. The ladies in this show – the “crabby” Lucy (Anna Kidd) and Charlie’s little sister Sally (Melanie Brown) are particularly vocally gifted. Also watch out for Sally’s excellent crucifixion of the educational system – a highlight.

I honestly couldn’t have imagined a better way to finish off my goodbyes to my grandmother than to see this show.

I just wish she could have been there too.

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown is playing at the Peacock Theatre until November 2. Tickets on sale through or at Centertainment in Elizabeth Mall.


Don’t miss the Pop-Up Performance, Salamanca Market TODAY, 11am. All the details HERE

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The Daily Review: This Weekend

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25.10.14 4:47 am


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Despard: Last days ... Geoff Dyer, Echoes of Turner ...

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24.10.14 4:57 pm


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President of Tasmanian Regional Arts, Sue Baker
24.10.14 2:45 pm


The Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC has announced that funding for sixteen projects totalling $93,585 will go to regional and rural Tasmanian communities from the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund- delivered in Tasmania by Tasmanian Regional Arts.

President of Tasmanian Regional Arts, Sue Baker was impressed with the increased number, quality and diversity of the projects proposed and funded through the program, stating that: “It is inspiring that Tasmania’s artists are pushing the boundaries in art-making. In this round, the Fund has supported individual artists and arts organisations seeking to develop projects that highlight contemporary Tasmanian arts practices, drawing on our culture and heritage to develop new narratives and projects thatopen the doors to communities less visible to mainstream society.”

The Regional Arts Fund continues to reach out to regionally based artists and organisations in Queenstown, Ulverstone, Lilydale, Kaoota, St Helens and Hobart. All of Tasmania is considered regional under the Regional Arts Fund program guidelines. Importantly, more than 50% of applicants funded through the program are new to the Regional Arts Fund, demonstrating that the arts community is alive and growing in Tasmania.

Specific projects funded in this round include:

• Aboriginal artist Nathan Maynard has received funds to develop a new stage play, ‘The Season’, a comedy about a mutton-birding family on Dog Island; and

• The Forth Blues Festival Committee will deliver a revised organisational structure to spearhead a new innovative direction and festival format to keep this annual regional festival fresh and appealing; and

• Raymond Arnold through Landscape Art Research Queenstown will spend the yearon three major projects which underpin the concept of looking backwards and forwards to the ten year project in the environmentally compromised Western Tasmanian town of Queenstown.

“What is pleasing is that the projects funded in this round demonstrate interesting collaborations, often forming new partnerships and new outlets for the work. The diversity and quality of artists and art projects supported is very encouraging” added Ms Baker.

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government programthat supports sustainable cultural development in communities across regional and remote Australia. The funding is targeted at activities that will have long term cultural, economic and social benefits for individuals and communities through the development of partnerships and cultural networks, by providing artists with professional development and employment opportunities, and by supporting arts and community development projects that provide local communities with the opportunity to participate in, and access cultural activities. The Regional Arts Fund has an emphasis on youth, disadvantaged, remote and Indigenous communities.

The full list and description of all recipients ...

Major Grants

Contemporary Art Services Tasmania $10,000
Fractious Atlas – NORTH HOBART
This art project will offer a prototype for developing and presenting process-based art forms in Australia. It comprises an online presentation platform, master classes, exhibitions and installations, and a temporary shopfront space in Hobart for disseminating the works developed through the project.

Ed Jones$7,000
Faces Of Emotion – WYNYARD
This photography project aims to raise awareness of nonverbal communication issues in people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The artist will photograph a minimum of 100 subjects, with two portraits each.

William George Stackhouse                                     $5,035
Mentorship – D Knowles   – NEWNHAM
MIG welding tutorial and create artworks for an exhibition entitled - “Tasmanian animals and birds are impacting on Aboriginal culture and heritage.”

Forth Valley Blues Festival Inc.                                      $10,000
Forth Valley Blues Festival 2015– FORTH
The music festival will deliver a revised organisational structure to spearhead a new innovative direction and festival format to keep the major event fresh and appealing.

Nancy Mauro-Flude$10,000
DIVINATION durational multiuser performance installation– SOUTH HOBART
This project is a new durational performance and installation that incorporates kinetic design and a custom-built multiuser game engine as videoscape.

Raymond Arnold     $10,000
Three major projects will underpin the concept of looking backwards and forwards to a ten year project in the environmentally compromised Western Tasmanian town of Queenstown.

Small Grants

Break O’Day Council$4,800
Break O’Day Youth Film Project– ST HELENS
This project will support young people aged 12-25 years to develop a narrative, film, edit and produce short films.  The films will be shown at the Bay Of Fires Winter Arts Festival.  Three established artists will be engaged to work with the participants. 

Nathan Maynard       $5,000
“The Season” Play script development– SCAMANDER
Two artists will be engaged; Peter Matheson as dramaturge, Elder Uncle Jim (puralin) Everett as mentor to conduct a small Creative Development workshop. The workshop will result in a stage play called “the Season.”

DRILL Performance Company     $5,000
In 2015 DRILL will be implementing the second phase of Radical Kid, a new youth dance work featuring 54 young dancers and a community engagement program.

Island Care (Tasmania) Limited                                               $4,310
Felt and woven materials workshops– ULVERSTONE
Diversional Therapists and volunteers will instruct aged care residents in the basic skills of felt making and transforming pre worn clothing into unique wearable art pieces using various materials layered, hand stitched and embellished with objects, such as shells, small pieces of driftwood. This will form the basis for ongoing activities designed to stimulate memory, engagement and dexterity.

Book an Adventure: Bruny Island Children’s Literature Festival$5,000
Book an Adventure Kidslit Festival– BRUNY ISLAND
The theme for the Book an Adventure Kidslit Festival is “Reading; your ticket to a lifetime of adventure”. This festival will provide paid gigs, professional development, marketing and sales opportunities for established and emerging children’s book writers and illustrators.

Joseph Pickett     $2,000
Alongside 10 Australian artists, Joseph is presenting a collaborative live art work as part of the Australian contingent at the 2015 European Capital of Culture in Mons, Belgium. Joseph’s project is a large scale interactive game that will be played over four days, collaborating with artists in both Belgium and Australia through the development of an ambitious playful and unique experience.

Leven Regional Arts   $2,500
Stoking the Fire of Creativity– ULVERSTONE
This community arts projectpresents an opportunity to engage youth and elderly within the Central Coast Community, North West Tasmania.. Experienced local artist Janine Morris is proposing the creation of a bonfire sculpture at Festival in the Park in Ulverstone in February 2015. Our aim is to reach 22,000 individuals in our community.

Carmencita Palermo$3,940
“MaKaNusia - Faces of Humanity”– LILYDALE
This is a collaborative project with director and performer Marco Adda to develop a new cross-cultural mask performance. Marco aims to improve his dramaturgic skills which will enable Marco to create works that reach Tasmanian and Australian audiences and increase touring opportunities. Documentation of the project with the support of Interwawe Arts will be fundamental to the production stage of the work.

Kingborough Council$4,000
Youth Theatre Summer School– KINGSTON
The Youth Theatre Summer School will provide workshops for 8 to 12 and 13-16 year olds with the older group collaborating with local professional writers to create five new short plays (7-10minutes) that will be presented to the public on the last evening of the Summer School.

Alyson Rae Patmore           $5,000
Whale Song Project– KAOOTA
Tasmania Musician Alyson Patmore and Composer Heath Brown, have been selected by acclaimed visual artist Patricia Piccinini to create and perform an original composition in collaboration with Patricia to showcase a major confirmed commissioned work for the new Mercury building opening during Dark MOFO in 2015.

Tasmanian Regional Arts provides two funding rounds per year. Round one opens 1 January 2015 and closes March 16 2015 for projects commencing after 1 July 2015.

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Women’s Health Centre Stage in The Vibrator Play

Kath Uziallo Cast member and publicity for In The Next Room
24.10.14 7:00 am

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Outrageous treatments for women’s health issues in times gone by are taking centre stage at the Playhouse Theatre this week as part of Hobart Rep’s exciting new Tasmanian premiere production, which opens on Friday 24 October.

In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) is set in the 1880s, a time when women suffering from symptoms such as faintness, nervousness, sexual desire and insomnia were commonly diagnosed with the medical disorder of “female hysteria”.

Treatment for the condition varied widely – in extreme cases women were forced into asylums and to undergo hysterectomies – however some doctors employed a different method, inducing “paroxysms” in their patients in order to relieve symptoms.

“These paroxysms are what we would today refer to as orgasms, and doctors initially induced them manually before they developed the earliest examples of vibrators,” In The Next Room director Steven Jones says.

“Some of these were huge contraptions that were steam-powered – indeed, in the play they are likened to farming tools – and others ran on the latest invention of electricity.

“In the play, the character of Dr Givings uses his own electrical-powered inventions on his patients, but his goal is not to bring them sexual pleasure, merely to cure their so-called medical conditions.”

As part of the production, Steven has managed to source some vintage vibrators which lend an eye-opening and authentic note to the treatment scenes.

However, he stresses that In The Next Room is not about sexual titillation, but rather the way women were treated by men – both in the doctor’s surgery and in the bedroom.

“Perhaps the most disturbing thing to note is the fact that women were still being viewed in the relatively recent past as hysterical creatures needing medical help, simply for being nervous or desiring pleasure,” Steven says.

“As playwright Sarah Ruhl notes, all the most far-fetched notions about women’s health treatment in her script are absolutely true to life, and the more believable elements are her own invention.

“It’s certainly a bold play and something Hobart audiences haven’t seen before on the Playhouse Theatre stage.

“However I’m sure they will come away not only moved and entertained, but also with a greater appreciation of just how far we’ve come in our attitudes to women’s health and sexuality since the 19th century!”

In The Next Room features a strong cast of Hobart actors, including Quinn Griggs, Hannah Just, Kath Uziallo, Roger Chevalier, Anne Cordiner, Luke Leitch, Blancy Otto and Jessica Davies. Costume designer Nicole Ottrey has also created some spectacular period costumes and vintage underwear to evoke the era.

In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) is at the Playhouse Theatre, Bathurst Street, Hobart from 24 October to 8 November 2014. Performances are 8:00 pm Wednesday to Saturday, with matinees on Sunday 2 Novemberat 3:00 pm and Saturday 8 November at 2:00 pm. Book at Centertainment on 6234 5998 or

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Aria Awards ... the lineup

Martini Media
24.10.14 6:45 am


Telstra Album Of The Year-nominated artists Chet Faker and Sheppard, plus Hilltop Hoods and Justice Crew, join 5 Seconds Of Summer as confirmed performers at the 2014 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra ...

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East meets West - A Musical journey

Robert Thompson
24.10.14 5:55 am


Come and watch three of Tasmania’s finest musicians combine their talents to create melodies and harmonies you’ve never heard before!

Allan Badalassi, Rachel Walter and Roman Astra share a passion for creating beautiful textures and blending the sounds of their instruments.
This is a unique event coming to you!

Combining the language of the piano with swirls and overtones of the Sitar and Indian violin, Badalassi and Astra create musical paintings with a mesmerizing and intriguing spectrum of colors. Badalassi’s use of chords and harmonies weave effortlessly under Astra’s haunting melodies.

Ticket at door $20. Concession $15.

Saturday 15 November Orford Hall, Charles Street, Orford starting 2pm
Saturday 22 November Eaglehawk Neck Community Hall starting 2pm. 

Sunday 23 November Midway Point Hall, Midway Point, South Sorell starting 2pm
Masterclass tuition also available $30 at 12 noon - booking essential 0413 701 291

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Background ...

Allan Guiseppe Badalassi is a Hobart-based musician, music teacher and composer.  Allan graduated in 2000 from the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart, Tasmania, having majored in Composition.  He has been trained in classical piano and guitar.  He most enjoys playing the music of Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Satie and Chopin.

With his music compositions, Allan aims to provide a meditative experience for the listener.  He finds his best expression in his compositions for piano and strings.  He began composing around 1996, and is continually refining his body of work. 

In 1998 Allan released a CD (A Breath in Time) with 9 of his original compositions, and another (Mandala of Sayla and Ava) with 10 compositions in 2009.  He has performed at various local venues, both solo and in collaboration with other musicians and vocalists. He has performed at the Cygnet Folk Festival in 2011 and 2012, and the Moonah Arts Festival in 2012 and 2013.

Masterclass information

Allan (piano), Roman (sitar and Indian violin) and Rachel (violin) are available to provide masterclasses on their instruments, as well as incorporating composition and musicianship in the class.  Cost is $30 per participant for a one hour class.

Music Tuition

Allan has 30 years’ experience as a music teacher, specialising in piano and classical guitar. He has Bachelor of Teaching qualification, as well as a Bachelor of Music.  He has taught in the school system, but has spent most of his career teaching privately, and has guided many strudents through all levels of the AMEB exams.  His rate is $30 for a private half hour lesson.

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Cygnet Folk Festival: Jan 9-11 2015

Erin Collins Artistic Director Cygnet Folk Festival
23.10.14 11:27 am


It’s that time of year again! Cygnet Folk Festival have just released the acts for the 33rd Cygnet Folk
Festival; to be held throughout Cygnet in Southern Tasmania in January 2015.

We have an extraordinary smorgasbord of international, interstate and Tasmanian acts from Balkan
to Bluegrass and other Americana, to Klezmer, singer-songwriters and much, much more. How can
you succinctly describe over 120 acts across a dozen venues in two and a half fabulous days?

However, this festival is not just about hearing some of the best music in the world. You can learn to
dance, join in the highly skilled masterclasses and workshops from the Friday morning of the festival,
see-or even purchase, beautifully crafted instruments on display, sing in the choirs, join in the
peoples’ orchestra and the procession or take part in the ever popular poetry events. There’s a whole
festival just for the kids, a designated venue for singers, circus skills, amazing food, cider and well,
the best atmosphere to make you smile at the memories for a whole year!

To get a glimpse of the talent go to

Tickets are now available at discounted early bird prices until the end of November. To purchase
tickets visit the website

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Radical Reels Tour 2014 –  Hobart

22.10.14 6:09 pm


Catch the steepest and deepest in high-adrenalin outdoor sport films when the 2014 Radical Reels Tour comes to Hobart this November. Hurtle down steep untouched powder, feel the cold spray of stomach-dropping kayak first descents, fly high with the world’s wildest wingsuiters, and much more in extreme mountain sports.

The 2014 Radical Reels Australian tour features 8 films and has something for every kind of adrenalin junkie. Not Bad will have you on the edge of your seat as world class mountain bikers negotiate epic rocky paths and steep drop offs while Poor Man’s Heli showcases gravity defying freeriding. Ski bums will get their fix with a combination of high energy big mountain skiing, mind-blowing snowboard stunts and steep lines in Supervention . Nine Queen will have you hurtling off massive table top jumps while Sufferfest will entertain you with a quest to climb all 15 of California’s 14,000 foot peaks using only bikes, hiking and climbing for transport. Adrenalin enthusiasts will feed their addiction, as they watch Wingsuiter Jeb Corliss pioneer human flight within the narrowest of margins in Heaven’s Gate .

Grab your tickets and hang on to your seats as we present the world’s best action films on the big screen

Screening Details:

Thursday 27th November 2014, 7pm – 10pm

Venue Details:
Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTAS
Churchill Avenue, Hobart

Ticket Prices:
Adult $30.00
Group 20+ $25.50
Child $20.50

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Carmen Stephens
22.10.14 2:43 pm



To celebrate opening weekend of this multi-award winning Broadway musical, Salamanca Market passersby will be treated by a special pop-up performance this Saturday 25 October, 11:00am in Salamanca Square.

Expect to be charmed by toe-tapping, memorable tunes! Based on the famous Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz, the story follows Charlie Brown and his friends Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Sally and Snoopy through a day in their lives.

Whether you are 8 or 80 years old, there is something special and entertaining in this infectious musical for everyone.


Opens at Hobart’s Peacock Theatre tomorrow, Thursday 23 October at 8pm. To bring this beautiful, bright story to life some of the state’s best singers, dancers and actors have been assembled featuring; Anna Kidd, Bodane Hatten, Andrew John, Christopher Forbes, Jeremy Pyefinch and Melanie Brown.

Uplifting and sweet, this show ticks all the boxes. Director Don Gay said, “Hobart audiences can expect to walk away delighted as we transform these unforgettable characters into a funny and moving masterpiece.”

As Charlie Brown sings “Happiness is anything and anyone at all that’s loved by you.”

So let the HAPPINESS begin!

Tickets on sale now at or from Centertainment, Elizabeth Mall, Hobart // 03 6234 5998.




Venue: Peacock Theatre, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart

Dates and times: Thurs Oct 23, 8.00pm // Fri Oct 24, 8.00pm // Sat Oct 25, 3.00pm // Sat Oct 25, 8.00pm // Tues Oct 28, 8.00pm // Wed Oct 29, 8.00pm // Thurs Oct 30, 8.00pm // Fri Oct 31, 8.00pm Sat Nov 1, 8.00pm // Sun Nov 2, 3.00pm

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Devonport Regional Gallery October Newsletter

Devonport Regional Art Gallery
22.10.14 1:13 pm


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Rina Ferris + Kristyn Brennan – Ferris Davies PRM
22.10.14 11:02 am


Somewhere between Billie Holiday’s wounded cry and Bob Dylan’s feisty rasp - Rolling Stone

With her soulful and sexy rasp of a voice, Gray worked the crowd with sass and insouciance, a too-cool, aloof exterior masking
the full emotional commitment abundantly evident in her singing
-The Buffalo News, October 2014

Wednesday, 22 October, 2014: David M. Hawkins is pleased to announce Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Macy Gray will be making her much anticipated return to Australian shores on her “The Way” national tour in March 2015.

Celebrating the recent release of her highly acclaimed ninth album The Way, Macy will kick off the tour in Melbourne, with stops in Perth, Darwin, Adelaide, Lismore, Brisbane, Port Macquarie and Newcastle before wrapping up the tour at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre.

Macy Gray first sauntered onto the popular stream of consciousness at the turn of the century with her debut multi-platinum album On How Life Is, featuring the international chart topping hit single, I Try.  It was the success of her debut album that kicked off a career that includes multiple Grammy award nominations, including a win for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, BRIT and MTV Awards, over 30 million units sold, and a thriving acting career (Training Day, Spiderman, Scary Movie 3, The Paperboy).

Macy has forged a career creating music that leaps genre barriers from experimental soul to alternative rock, from retro-disco to hip-hop, collaborating with artists including John Frusciante, Erykah Badu, Gang Starr, Mos Def and Pharoah Monche. Macy has forged an uncompromising musical path beholden to her own vision and garnering accolades at every juncture.

And now, as a single mother of three teenagers and an established career woman in both music and film, Macy Gray is finally ready to share her journey with the world.  The Way features uplifting tracks laced with Macy’s signature sound as she covers powerful topics such as female independence, triumph over adversity, self-love and expression.

Macy Gray’s unmistakeable sound is one that has captured the imaginations of a generation, a truly unique artist with a bucket full of soul and an utterly relatable emotiveness, leading audiences on a wild ride of raw emotion and leaving them in awe of her undeniable pure talent and musicality.

On her last visit down under for 2012’s Covered Tour, Macy Gray began somewhat of a love affair with Aussie audiences playing to sell-out crowds across the country, growing her fan base in the process and leaving fans clamouring for more.

Tickets for Macy Gray’s The Way Tour go on sale at 10.00am local time on Wednesday, 29 October 2014.  Ticketmaster and Visa Preferred Pre Sales commence 9.00am - 22 October 2015 and My Ticketek Pre Sale commences 9.00am - 27 October 2015 (Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney shows only).

Macy Gray - The Way Tour
Special guests on select shows TBA

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Vic
Tickets available from / 136 100

Sunday, March 8, 2015
Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Tickets available from / 132 849

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tickets available from / 08 8980 3333

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The Big Slapple - Adelaide Fringe Festival - Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, SA
Tickets available from / 132 849

Friday, March 13, 2015
Lismore City Hall, NSW
Tickets available from / 02 6622 0300 / 1300 066 772

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, Qld
Tickets available from / 136 100

Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Tickets available from

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie, NSW
Tickets available from / 02 6581 8888

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tickets available from / 132 849



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Jean Paul Gaultier - Taking Melbourne by Storm at the NGV

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, thecultureconcept circle
22.10.14 10:59 am


Artisan creator French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier is admired for his erudition and imagination. Carolyn McDowall and Jo Bayley attended the preview at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) of his landmark show, gaining understanding and respect for this inspiring leader in his field.

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MONA puts the ‘D’ in G20

22.10.14 7:52 am


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