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Despard: Geoffrey Dyer, Todd Jenkins, Graham Lang

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
29.06.15 6:26 pm

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GEOFF DYER
16 July - 21 July 2015
Opening Wednesday 15 July, 5:30pm

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TODD JENKINS
23 July - 27 July 2015
Opening Wednesday 22 July, 5:30pm

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GRAHAM LANG
30 July - 3 August 2015
Opening Wednesday 29 July, 5:30pm

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Festival of Voices:  Four Days to go ...

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28.06.15 5:01 pm

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Dick and Christa Hughes

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Vivian’s Versatile Voice

Paula Xiberras
27.06.15 7:52 am

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The name Vivian means ‘life’ or ‘lively’ and it’s hard to go past the lovely Vivian Ross of the group ‘Radiance’ and the production ‘Songs in the Key of Motown’ for liveliness.

This lovely lady is a radiant renaissance woman, a dancer, choreographer, singer, actress, songwriter and now a playwright of musicals with her first musical ‘When a Woman Loves’, a comedy about five women in love with one man having it’s US debut. Vivian says it was a challenge bring writer and producer of the musical as well as writing all the songs. Having no knowledge of the characters she was writing about she believes the ability to write them was God given. Now that Vivian has surpassed the triple threat I ask her what she should be called and humbly answers she is ‘just versatile’.

Vivian is starting out on her annual visit to Australia. The seven week tour will see her visit Tasmania once again. Vivian loves the Tasmanian audiences which she calls ‘outstanding’ and ’ responsive’ to the energy that the girls including newcomer Yolanda, exude.

The ladies are indeed a class act, polished, groomed, styled and charm schooled with 8 costume changes of clothes and wigs, the ladies have got costume changes down to something of a science but apart from the slick production values, Vivian says the lyrics of their songs take you away from your day to day worries for an hour and a half, which is very therapeutic for everyone.

As much as Vivian believes in ‘girl power’ she says it’s nice to have some male input, so this year the ladies of Radiance are joined by the gentleman of Spectrum. The gentleman will perform the music of ‘The Four Tops’ and ‘The Temptations’ as well as ‘The Jackson Five’ among other legends of Motown.

An upcoming legend is Vivian’s own nephew who is now entering the business, Vivian says her nephew shows promise as a great lyric writer and recording artist. It is family that is the core of Vivian’s life, even though in her work she shares the stage with many superstars she has never forgotten her beginnings and is always happy to return to her family’s fold which consists of five older brothers! One of whom is celebrating his 60th birthday very soon and you can expect some powerful celebratory singing from Vivian at the event.

You can see Vivian perform as part of ‘Radiance’ with ‘Spectrum’ in ‘Songs in the Key of Motown’ at Launceston Country Club 10th July 8pm.

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Moonah Arts Centre: Upcoming at MAC

MAC: Moonah Arts Centre
26.06.15 4:16 pm

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Bett Gallery: Raymond Arnold, elsewhere world

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
26.06.15 1:57 pm

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HOLY HOLY ANNOUNCE NATIONAL ‘WHEN THE STORMS WOULD COME’ ALBUM TOUR

EMILY CHEUNG ON THE MAP PR, FIONA PEACOCK ON THE MAP PR
26.06.15 1:39 pm

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PRESENTED BY TRIPLE J, TINY MONSTER & SELECT MUSIC

One month out from their anticipated debut album release, nostalgic Aussie indie rockers, Holy Holy have today announced an extensive national When The Storms Would Come album tour set for August/September.  Kick starting at the Darwin Festival on August 13, the tour will then venture on to Bunbury, Perth, Fremantle, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Launceston, Hobart, Adelaide, Geelong, Ballarat, Melbourne, Thirroul, Newcastle, Canberra and finishing up in Sydney on September 19. 

“We’ve played a lot of shows in the last two years and have played with some of our favourite bands and in some incredible venues along the way,” explains lead vocalist Tim Carroll.  “During that time we have come up with a sound that represents us, a sound we’re proud of and a style of music that we love to play.  With our debut record now complete and having just played a run of shows overseas, our homecoming album release tour is something we’re really looking forward to.”

Having only recently returned from their first tour of Europe and the UK after wowing audiences at iconic festivals The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Dot To Dot, London Calling and Primavera, Holy Holy are excited to return for headline shows later in the year to promote their European album release.  “We hit the autobahns and motorways with our sat nav and splitter van and had an awesome time playing soo many amazing festivals,” guitarist Oscar Dawson enthuses.  “The highlight was hitting Barcelona at the end of the tour where we played Primavera Sound.  Playing to a Spanish crowd, looking out across the Mediterranean as the sun went down, what an experience, we can’t wait to get back there!”

With classic songs, huge supports, extensive radio play, an overwhelmingly positive response from press and blogs both here and overseas, sold-out headline shows and international gigs under their belts, Holy Holy have already achieved so much.  And now their debut full-length album is finally here and it is vaster and wilder than anything they’ve released to date. Recorded in Brisbane with Matt Redlich (Emma Louise, Ball Park Music, The Trouble With Templeton), the album unveils the band pushing in to new sonic territory with daring & classic guitars, driving rhythms and even bigger vocals.

Holy Holy is fronted by the songwriting team, vocalist/composer Timothy Carroll and guitarist/composer Oscar Dawson. They are joined on the road by permanent drummer Ryan Strathie (Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Andy Bull), touring bassist Graham Ritchie (Airling, Emma Louise), and Brisbane-based producer Matt Redlich as their touring keys player.  Joining them for a large part of the tour will be Melbourne band, Fractures.  Other supports include Methyl Ethel and Violet Swells, with more to be announced. 

Holy Holy have also just released a new range of merch including signed CDs, t-shirts and vinyl all available for pre-order from http://www.holyholymusic.com.

Tickets to the national ‘When The Storms Would Come’ album tour are on sale now.

Album teaser:: https://youtu.be/e1nf2MZLsjw  Album pre-order link:: http://smarturl.it/WTSWC

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ‘WHEN THE STORMS WOULD COME’ TOUR DATES

THU 13 AUG | DARWIN FESTIVAL, DARWIN NT (ALL AGES)
Tickets available from http://www.darwinfestival.org.au

FRI 14 AUG | PRINCE OF WALES, BUNBURY WA
Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 15 AUG | AMPLIFIER, PERTH WA
Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SUN 16 AUG | NEWPORT HOTEL, FREMANTLE WA
Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

FRI 21 AUG | ELSEWHERE, GOLD COAST QLD
Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 22 AUG | THE ZOO, BRISBANE QLD *
Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

THU 27 AUG | FRESH ON CHARLES, LAUNCESTON TAS
Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

FRI 28 AUG | THE REPUBLIC BAR, HOBART TAS
Tickets available from http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

SAT 29 AUG | JIVE, ADELAIDE SA *
Tickets available from http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

THU 03 SEP | WORKERS CLUB, GEELONG VIC *
Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

FRI 04 SEP | KAROVA LOUNGE, BALLARAT VIC *
Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 05 SEP | HOWLER, MELBOURNE VIC *
Tickets available from http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

FRI 11 SEP | ANITA’S THEATRE, THIRROUL NSW
Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.com.au | 136 100 | All Ticketmaster Outlets

SAT 12 SEP | LIZOTTES, NEWCASTLE NSW *
Tickets available from http://www.lizottes.com.au | 02 4956 2066

FRI 18 SEP | TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA ACT *
Tickets available from http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

SAT 19 SEP | OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW *
Tickets available from http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

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METHYL ETHEL (WA) & VIOLET SWELLS (TAS)

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25.06.15 4:10 pm

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The Manfred’s McGuiness

Paula Xiberras
24.06.15 6:32 am

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The name McGuiness means ‘unique endeavour’ and Tom McGuiness has become part of a unique endeavour that has stretched from the 60’s, in his role as guitarist for the music group ‘Manfred Mann’ continuing today as the ‘splinter’ group ‘The Manfreds’. Tom has visited Australia and indeed Tasmania on previous occasions,  firstly, touring Hobart and Launceston in 1965 as part of the original group ‘Manfred Mann’. He says of Tasmania that it is greener than the mainland and indeed reminiscent in appearance and climate of Cornwell.

After I tell Tom that many places in Tasmania took their names from the only two books available to the settlers in those early days, The Bible and a copy of ‘The Arabian Nights’ we get to talking about place names and Tom tells me of a place in Cornwell with a hopefully, not too descript name of ‘Pityme’..

Tom is a deep thinker and a philosophical one and ponders how and why the place name was arrived at and how the person who named it was feeling.

Not that pity comes to mind when talking to Tom about his continued and growing success. The Manfreds and ‘Manfred Mann’ before them have given the world songs like ‘Pretty Flamingo’ and ‘The Mighty Quinn’ among others that have achieved a limitless longevity.

Building the band that would achieve this success, like a lot of things resulted from twists and turns of fate that took Tom far away from the manual work of his father before him. Tom’s dad was an Irish Navy that dug road trenches, a profession his Mum didn’t want for her son. Tom’s mum was happy for him to choose any other career providing it was inside!

With no great plan Tom persisted with his love of music and it was up to the influence of random events and chance that completed the equation. A chance meeting with Paul Jones in a youth club saw him join Manfred Mann.

Things have changed from those early days, when it was a hectic schedule of radio interviews and little free time, now Tom paces himself and doesn’t prioritise himself with pop hits for prosperity, (although the songs are firmly established as such), knowing the fickle nature of the industry and prefers to concentrate on being a good parent and family man.

Even though Tom has a keen interest in politics he jokes he would be ‘an adornment’ to the House of Lords but has no interest in formalising his interest. He does however, give me the example of how music can surpass all boundaries including the political and cultural. When Tom was in Brussels for a conference on copyright and was required to address the panel, he was surprised when an Italian dignitary moved across the floor to ask for his autograph!

You can see Tom when he performs with the Manfreds at Wrest Point Entertainment Centre 12th July 2015 at 7pm.

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DARK MOFO 2015 CONCLUDES ...

Rebecca Fitzgibbon | Mona Events Media Manager. Jane Menzies | Mona Media Coordinator
23.06.15 4:17 pm

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Hobart: Tuesday 23 June 2015 AEST

The Museum of Old and New Art in Australia’s third annual Dark Mofo festival came to a close on Monday 22 June as the sun rose again over the city of Hobart after the longest night of the year.

Dark Mofo events in and around Hobart and Cradle Mountain were attended by close to 174,000 people this June (not necessarily unique visitors). Organisers are inspired by visitation numbers to Dark Mofo events, which reflect the community’s willingness to embrace the cold and dark, and participate in a collective winter celebration through large-scale art, feasting, fire, film, and noise.

But, as locals well know, winter is far from over.

Ongoing Dark Mofo events include exhibitions The Shadows Calling by Patricia Piccinini and Peter Hennessey at Detached, Beyond Woop Woop by John Kelly at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Envelop(e) by Julian Day, Mick Harris, Jason James, Christina Kubisch + Elizabeth Veldon, curated by Matt Warren at Contemporary Art Tasmania, Laundry of the Terminal Psyche by Douglas McManus at Rosny Barn, Remote Nature Response at Cradle Mountain Hotel’s Wilderness Gallery, and Mona’s major exhibition, Private Archaeology by Marina Abramović, which continues until October 5, 2015.

Also keeping the winter fires burning are upcoming signature events, Festival of Voices (July 2-16) and the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival (July 17-19), which is based on the age-old tradition of wassailing the cider orchard to ensure a fruitful harvest in the coming year.

“This was the first year I felt we really delivered on the vision for a vibrant city-wide large-scale art project,” Dark Mofo Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said.

“We’ve expanded well outside the walls of the Winter Feast in Salamanca and taken the festival atmosphere far and wide from Detached at the old Mercury Building to Dark Park at Macquarie Point, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Salamanca Arts Centre, Rosny Barn, Narryna Heritage Museum, Cradle Mountain and the length of the Derwent River with Night Ship.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see the community take ownership of the city at night. My festival highlight was walking across the city from Dark Park to Salamanca with thousands of other people. It was kind of an emotional moment, and one that will sit with me for quite some time.

“We are really pleased with the attendance. It was basically a sell-out festival, but more importantly for us, this year’s triumph was to improve the experience for those making the effort, and in that regard we are extremely happy.

“This is the end of our three-year commitment for Dark Mofo, and we will need to talk with the community and our key stakeholders to determine where to go from here. We anticipate that Dark Mofo will return in 2016, as we were blown away with the public response, but don’t expect it to stay the same.”
Dark Mofo is a project of Mona, supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania, City of Hobart, Tourism Tasmania, plus many more valued partners.

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Instagram @dark_mofo
Facebook @darkmofofestival
Hashtags #darkmofo #discovertasmania

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Helpmann Awards nominations ...

Mushroom Promotions
23.06.15 4:06 pm

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MOST NOMINATED CONCERT PROMOTER AT THE 2015 HELPMANN AWARDS WITH SEVEN NOMINATIONS

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Dark MOFO ... The End is Nigh ...

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21.06.15 4:45 pm

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Finalists Announced for ‘the churchie’ art prize 2015

Emma Theyers
19.06.15 1:17 pm

Thirty three (33) emerging artists have been selected as finalists for the churchie national emerging
art prize 2015. From a record number of over 900 artworks, received from across Australia, 38
artworks will be profiled in the highly anticipated exhibition presented at Griffith University Art Gallery
(Brisbane, Australia) for the sixth year in a row.

In 2015, the judging will be undertaken by Rachel Kent (Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary
Art, Sydney).

The winner receives a non-acquisitive cash prize of $15,000, sponsored by Brand +
Slater Architects.
Finalists for 2015 are:

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (WA)
Alrey Batol (QLD)
Amina McConvell (NT)
Anastasia Booth (QLD)
Anne Harris (QLD)
Benjamin Crowley (QLD)
Bobby Kyriakopoulos (VIC)
Chris Bennie (QLD)
Claudia Greathead (QLD)
Dana Lawrie (QLD)
Daniel McKewen (QLD)
Deb Mansfield (NSW)
Genevieve Felix Reynolds (NSW)
Harley Ives (NSW)
James Barth (QLD)
Joshua Bonson (NT)
Justine Varga (NSW)
Llewellyn Millhouse (QLD)
Lydia Wegner (VIC)
Margaret Loy Pula (QLD)
Martin George (VIC)
Matthew Allen (NSW)
Matthew Sneesby (QLD)
Michaela Gleave (NSW)
Patrick Cremin (NSW)
Rachael Archibald (QLD)
Robert Andrew (QLD)
Sam Martin (VIC)
Scott Morrison (VIC)
Sha Sarwari (QLD)
Tai Snaith (VIC)
Tim Woodward (VIC)
Yannick Blattner (QLD)

This year’s entries were enormously varied in subject matter and medium. ‘The selection panel was
impressed, said Naomi Evans (Curator, Griffith University Art Gallery), ‘with the range of artworks that
demonstrate humaneness, engagement with philosophy, and a willingness to address world issues
with sensitivity and thoughtfulness.’ ‘We were grateful to Dr Kyla McFarlane (QAG/GoMA) and Bianca
Beetson (Artist) for their participation on the selection panel.’

Vicky Leighton (Head of Art, Churchie) said, ‘The exceptional standard from this year’s finalists is
evidence of the incredible talent emerging from across the country.’

With no restrictions or categories, the artworks range from painting, sculpture and photography
through to mixed media installation and new media works.

the churchie national emerging art prize is free and open to the public, with the Official Opening +
Prize Announcement being held on Friday 31 July 2015 from 6-8 pm.

It will run from 31 July to 29 August 2015, with all works for sale.

Key Dates for ‘the chuchie’ 2015:

Finalists Exhibition: 31 July to 29 August 2015
Official Opening + Prize Announcment: 31 July 6-8 pm
Exhibition Venue: Griffith University Art Gallery
Queensland College of Art
226 Grey Street, South Bank

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MICHAEL FLATLEY’S LORD OF THE DANCE: DANGEROUS GAMES

Julie Cavanagh Cavanagh PR
18.06.15 1:49 pm

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The Global Irish Dance Phenomenon Returns

MICHAEL FLATLEY’S
LORD OF THE DANCE: DANGEROUS GAMES

Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, from Thursday 10 September

TICKETS ON SALE 5pm FRIDAY 19 JUNE

“Magnificent” – Evening Standard, London

“Stunning” – The Irish Times

“Extraordinary” - The Telegraph, London

“A Show Piece Extravaganza” – LA Times

The world’s most successful dance show explodes into Hobart this September with a spectacular new staging of Michael Flatley’s masterpiece - Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games.  The theatrical extravaganza opens at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, on Thursday 10 September, and tickets will be on sale from 5pm on Friday 19 June.

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games enjoyed a sell-out season in London’s West End last year, returning to The Dominion Theatre in March 2015 due to overwhelming popular demand.  This international production comes to Hobart as part of a 15 country-tour, following an extensive UK tour.

Michael Flatley brought Irish Dance into the global spotlight more than 21 years ago, going on to create Lord of the Dance in 1996.  Since then his name and the Lord of the Dance brand have become synonymous with spectacular artistry and grand scale productions that have mesmerized more than 60 million people in 68 countries around the world.

Flatley’s new show Dangerous Games has exciting and ground-breaking new technology, including holographs, dancing robots, world champion acrobats, and 34 of the greatest Irish Dancers in the world.  A new score composed by Gerard Fahy, new choreography, stunning new costumes and special effect lighting add a breath-taking new dimension to the original masterpiece.

Lord of the Dance captivates audiences with its mesmerising dance styles rooted in the traditional form of Irish dance that has evolved over more than 2,000 years.  The story is a classic tale of good vs evil based on old Irish folklore, as well as a passionate love story expressed through dance.

This latest version of the global dance phenomenon combines the best of tradition with all the excitement of new music and heart-stopping dance, making it perfect family entertainment.

Please note: Michael Flatley will not be performing in the Australian tour.  Michael Flatley will dance for the last time at Wembley Stadium, London on 4 July 2015.

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is created, directed and choreographed by Michael Flatley and is produced in Hobart by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Base Entertainment Asia.

“your jaw is in your lap watching their feet move almost as fast as sound itself.” - LondonTheatre.co.uk

“Fascinating, rewarding & above all entertaining” – New York Post

“An awesome sight” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A 5-star evening of entertainment.” - LondonTheatre.co.uk

SEASON DETAILS

TICKETS ON SALE 5pm FRIDAY 19 JUNE

Venue:            Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart
Dates & Times:    Thursday 10 September at 8pm
                    Friday 11 September at 8pm
                    Saturday 12 September at 2pm & 8pm
Prices:              from $79.90 (transaction fees may apply)
Bookings:          Ticketmaster 136 100 or ticketmaster.com.au
                    Groups 10+ SAVE! Call Group Bookings on 1300 889 278

http://www.lordofthedance.com

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LARQ Gallery, Queenstown: Ilona Schneider, Solastalgia

LARQ Gallery
17.06.15 1:47 pm

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Exhibition: Ilona Schneider, Solastalgia @ LARQ Gallery, Queenstown (Tasmania)

Opening June 27, 4 pm; until August 1.

This exhibition shows the latest work by photographer Ilona Schneider. Her project on Solastalgia aims at elucidating the Tasmanian landscape as a historical dwelling place, written by nature and human ingenuity alike.

Her photographic prints reveal the human effort to find, build, and maintain a home in Tasmania, as well as the tenacious struggle to hold on to it in the face of adversity, distress, defeat, and loss.

Schneider’s photographic work is an original development of the man-altered landscape photography by the Düsseldorf School in Germany, applied to the unique historical landscape in Tasmania.         

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Australian Festival of Chamber Music – Sounds Like Paradise

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, The Culture Concept Circle
17.06.15 12:14 pm

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You will be walking on water too when being warmed by beauty and music during an Australian winter at the 25th anniversary Australian Festival of Chamber Music, to be held at Townsville in sunny Northern Queensland, 31 July - 8 August, 2015. From the Tango to a Long Table Lunch, from the Sunset Series with Bach by Candlelight to Concert Conversations with Artists, as well as opportunities for music students, the AFCM program is all delight.*

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MOFO: Winter Feast, Tonight to Sunday ...

Dark MOFO
17.06.15 11:26 am

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Beware the birds and banquet for five nights inside a giant nest.
 
Wednesday 17 — Sunday 21 June
Wednesday + Thursday, 4 — 10pm $10
Friday + Saturday, 4pm — midnight $20
Sunday 4 — 10pm $20
Free for children under 16
 
Oodles of tickets on the door.

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ANTONY DONATES FUNDS FROM DARK MOFO FEE TO WA ABORIGINAL CAUSE

Rebecca Fitzgibbon | Mona Events Media Manager. Jane Menzies | Mona Media Coordinator
16.06.15 5:42 pm

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Antony and the Johnsons are performing with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in two Australian exclusive performances for Dark Mofo 2015 at Hobart’s historic Odeon Theatre in Tasmania, on Tuesday 16 June and Wednesday 17 June, 2015.

Antony has announced that she will be donating funds from her Dark Mofo performance fee to the Conservation Council of West Australia, inspired by her concerns for the future and wellbeing of the Aboriginal Martu community in Parnngurr, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

In late 2013, the British-born, New York-based singer and visual artist spent ten days with Martu artists and elders in the Parnngurr community in the Pilbara region, in collaboration with Sydney-based media artist Lynette Wallworth, creating artwork and multimedia footage for an installation at the Adelaide Biennial last year.

“It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life,” Antony said. “The wisdom and radiance of these people is humbling. Their knowledge and stewardship of their homelands is one of Australia’s most precious living assets.”

“Parnngurr is located near a site that the Canadian multinational company Cameco and Japanese company Mitsubishi wish to exploit for uranium. This could have devastating consequences on the region. The Martu have always known of the uranium at Kintyre; they have spoken of it for generations in their storytelling as something dangerous that should be left undisturbed.”

The Conservation Council of Western Australia asserts that the proposed uranium mine at Kintyre – approved by the West Australian government this week - poses a threat to the integrity of West Australia’s largest National Park, its surrounding communities, the Karlamilyi watershed, and a number of threatened and endangered species.

“Outcry from around the world and from cultural figures can only help,” said Antony, who will join Indigenous Martu artists from the Pilbara and leading environment groups for a press conference at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney on Monday 22 June morning where ‘Kalyu’, an important Martu painting will be on display.

‘Kalyu’ was painted by nine Martu artists to depict the risks that a proposed uranium mine poses to the regions precious ground and surface water. At the conference, Martu elders and artists will discuss the significance of their painting ‘Kalyu’, a large-scale work that shows the interconnected underground waterways of their homelands. The Martu will discuss the threat that uranium mining at Kantyre poses to the region, and their commitment to stop it proceeding.

VIDEOS: https://vimeo.com/121416266

SOCIAL:

Twitter: @dark_mofo
Instagram: @dark_mofo
Facebook: @darkmofofestival / @AntonyandtheJohnsons
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New Art Shed Makes Art Accessible To More

Annette Densham
15.06.15 3:58 pm

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Tapping into your creative juices will be a lot more affordable when a new art supply outlet opens up in Derwent Park in July.

Over the past few years, Art Shed in Moorabbin, Victoria has been selling affordable canvases, paints and brushes to a hungry crowd of artists… and they are expanding to Tasmania.

Owner Cindy Kent said when Art Shed was looking to expand, Tasmania was the perfect choice. “It is such a hub for creative people. With MONA, dozens of galleries, MOFO and the Ten Days festival, we felt we really wanted to be part of this vibrant community,” she said.

“We looked at Perth and Sydney but decided Hobart was where we could really connect with the art community; we want to feel a buzz.

“I visited Hobart, walked around for a couple of days and was blown away by the government’s investment in the arts and culture, the festivals and the art associations. I knew this was the place we needed to be.”

Cindy said there are other art stores who provide high end supplies in the region but for those who want to experiment, $30 on a tube of paint limits artistic expression.  “We will carry the supplies and brands that cater to all levels of artists – professionals through to the mums, dads and kids who want to explore their artistic side.

“One thing I noticed while visiting Hobart was the lack of low cost but good quality art supplies – how can you explore and create if you don’t have the equipment you need?

“Art Shed carries over 120 sizes of canvas ranging from student grade to premium gallery lines.”

Cindy said it is encouraging to see the growth of Tasmania’s art community. “People want to express themselves. Most people are creative - you just need to let go and know there are no mistakes in art,” she said.

“Since Moorabbin opened, I’ve noticed more people wanting to be creative. Art is used in therapy, as a tool to relax, and as a way for anyone to express feelings and emotions.”

Art Shed Derwent Park will not just stock art supplies; Cindy is serious about making art accessible to all.

“We will have local artists working with us. So when people come in, they can ask someone who is using the products and knows their stuff for help,” she said.

“There will also be an art room artists can use to teach their craft, for no cost to them, a Mini Monet program for children, a fantastic VIP loyalty program and free shipping Tasmania wide.

“We are all artists. All people need is the opportunity to tap into their creative heart.”

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Bett Gallery representing John Kelly

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12.06.15 2:40 pm

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Dark MOFO ... The Floodgates are Open

Dark MOFO
12.06.15 11:18 am

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BOFA ANNOUNCES FILM MAKER COMPETITIONS FOR 2015

Matt Fraser | Communications Manager
12.06.15 6:33 am

The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (BOFA), now in its sixth year, has become an annual fixture on the calendar of Tasmanian film makers, actors and technicians, who gather in Launceston for the master classes and BOFA Devil Awards.

Now in its sixth year, this year’s BOFA Festival will run from November 5 to 8 with the industry master classes and Award presentations on Saturday, November 7.

Present and future film makers will once again gather at BOFA to learn from leading Australian directors, producers and actors sharing their experience and helping to build skills and expertise in a rapidly changing screen landscape. 

The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (BOFA) is again inviting Australian film makers to submit entries to their BOFA Devil Short Film Competition.

The competition is open to all resident Australian film makes; films should be less than 15 minutes in length and must have been made in the last five years.

Up to 35 short films will be selected for screening before feature length films and documentaries to festival audiences at BOFA 2015, and will receive a Selected in Competition certificate.

The winner will receive $1000, a VIP BOFA Festival Pass and a hand crafted glass BOFA Devil Award, designed and made by renowned Tasmanian master glassblower James Dodson. 

All short film makers whose films will be screened at BOFA 2015 will receive a BOFA Festival Pass to see 8 films of their choice, VALUED AT OVER $100. Film makers wanting to attend BOFA can access free billeting accommodation and cheap airfares by registering interest at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Entries are also invited from Tasmanian script writers for the BOFA Devil Script Writing Competition open to any script for a feature film, tele-movie or TV series (one episode). The winner’s work will be read at BOFA 2014 by professional actors from Mudlark Theatre in front of an audience including mainland and Tasmanian screen industry guests.

Nominations are also invited from Tasmanian film-makers and industry businesses for the BOFA Devil Entrepreneurial Spirit Award which recognises the work of a member of Tasmania’s screen industry who has shown outstanding entrepreneurial spirit in getting screen projects off the ground, developing their screen business, forming collaborative partnerships, and/or actively working to create a sustainable and viable screen industry in Tasmania. This includes both film-makers of all types and others associated with the screen industry.

Entries for all BOFA Devil Awards open this week and close Sunday 2 August - details at the BOFA web site (http://www.bofa.com.au/competitions/)

The winners and other finalists will be publicly recognised at a special Festival film industry presentation event on Saturday afternoon 7th November in the prestigious Tasmanian Design Centre, Launceston.

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Dark MOFO: It begins ...

Rebecca Fitzgibbon, Jane Menzies, Meg Reeder Hope, Delia Nicholls
12.06.15 5:59 am

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Now in its third year, the Museum of Old and New Art’s winter festival Dark Mofo has carved its niche in Australia’s cultural landscape by celebrating the dark through large-scale, skyscraping art. This year, it’s time to make some noise, with explosive volume that’s measured in horsepower.

Dark Mofo opens on Friday 12 June with a grungy new festival precinct, Dark Park, located at Macquarie Point. Dark Park takes a disused industrial space - a landscape of stacked shipping containers and barren expanses of gravel - and fills it with some of Mona’s favourite things: food vans, bars, art and people, from 4pm to 10pm each night of the festival.

Dark Park will feature an enormous Fire Organ by Dutch artist Bastiaan Maris with producer Duckpond, that plays flamethrowers and creates a symphony of explosions. Bass Bath by Melbourne artist Byron J. Scullin with producers Supple Fox is a towering semicircle of subwoofers inside a cavernous old freezer, immersing participants in bass frequency requiring signed waivers and two layers of ear protection.

British-born American avant garde artist Anthony McCall’s works will fill warehouses with large-scale animated conical spotlights to play amongst, and a film projection of his previous work.

McCall’s Night Ship will sound its foghorn and arc its searchlights along the River Derwent nightly from 7pm to 8.30pm - so head to the waterfront at 7pm for the experience. Massive hand-carved Balinese ogoh-ogoh demons will be looming over an altar where people can write down their worst fears, throw them in the monster’s mouths, and come back on the last night of Dark Mofo - the longest night - to participate in a procession of demons from Dark Park to the Winter Feast, for a ritualistic burning to cleanse the community of our collective fears.

“Dark Mofo is heading into new sensory territory this year, with some aural challenges for our audiences,” Dark Mofo Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said.

“Part of the original vision for Dark Mofo was for it to become Mona’s large-scale public art project. This is the first year that we have a number of large-scale projects right across the city. From Dark Park at Macquarie Point to the Hothouse at Salamanca Place, and stretching as far away as Tinderbox to Mona with Night Ship. In a sense, we’re turning the entire city into a twisted art playground.”

Last year, Dark Mofo attracted more than 130,000 people to events across 10 days. This year, coinciding with the opening of Mona’s major exhibition, Private Archaeology by Marina Abramović at 6pm on Saturday 13 June, the festival features performances from around 250 artists hailing from a dozen different countries across the world.

Dark Mofo continues with exhibitions and performances at Detached in Hobart’s CBD, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Rosny Barn, Theatre Royal, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Narryna Heritage Museum, Contemporary Art Tasmania, St. David’s Cathedral, University of Tasmania Centre for the Arts, Farrall Centre, and the Peacock Theatre at Salamanca Arts Centre.

The Dark Mofo music program at the Odeon Theatre features a number of Australian exclusives including Antony and the Johnsons with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and British art pop collective The Irrepressibles, as well as the Dark Mofo Films program at the State Cinema, and the late-night participatory art party Blacklist, as well as five nights of a longer and lustier City of Hobart Dark Mofo Winter Feast at Princes Wharf across to Salamanca Lawns, and the Nude Solstice Swim to welcome back the light.

Hobart is Australia’s darkest capital city with the longest night of winter in the country. Brace yourself, bring earplugs, get weirder and darker with Dark Mofo 2015.

Dark Mofo is a project of Mona supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania, and City of Hobart, Tourism Tasmania, plus many more valued partners.

http://www.darkmofo.net.au
http://www.darkmofo.net.au/calendar
http://www.mona.net.au

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