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Ellie Ray Director
17.04.15 3:27 pm
Sawtooth ARI board members (L-R), Patrick Sutczak, David Hamilton, Gillian Marsden, Samantha Dennis with their exhibition in The Little Gallery, Board(rs) and Surface, March 2015
Exhibition and project submissions for 2016 are now open for The Little Gallery Project Space in Devonport Regional Gallery.
Submissions close 5 pm, 1 June 2015
The Little Gallery is available to emerging and early career contemporary Tasmanian artists and promotes experimentation in 2D and 3D art, critical thinking and engaging concepts.
Exhibitions run alongside those presented in the Main Gallery and may run from 2 weeks to 8 weeks depending on the exhibition scheduled in the Main Gallery. It is preferable that projects have not been shown before and have been made within the past twelve months.
Artists are expected to present a floor talk while their exhibition is open.
Unless prior arrangements are made between the Artist and the Gallery, Gallery staff will act as mentors to emerging artists and will advise and assist with the installation of their exhibition.
DRG promotes and supports professionalism and equity in the arts and pays artists fees regardless of an artists’ status or stage of their career.
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Devonport Regional Art Gallery
17.04.15 11:50 am
Junction Arts Festival
17.04.15 10:25 am
We’re thrilled to announce Creative Partnerships Australia’s Plus1 Program will match all donations to Launceston’s own annual participatory live arts festival dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000 until May 20, 2015.
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A rooke is the chess piece sometimes referred to as a chariot and the Queensland Theatre Company will be charioting around Australia for some time with their present production. The rooke in question is actor Steven Rooke, in the midst of starring as Kelly in the play of the same name by Matthew Ryan.
This will be the Queensland Theatre Company’s biggest tour since 2012, a massive project and ‘a massive blessing’, says Steven who is ‘touched’ by the subject matter.
With each performance he has come to know Ned very well, developing a certain liking for him and sees Ned as ‘a man with his own opinions, who stood up for what he believed in for the right reasons’.
Steven says he believes it is right to never judge a character and be positive in portrayal. Perhaps the meaning of Ned Kelly’s name is telling. ‘Ned’ meaning’ wealthy protector’, Ned was certainly the latter and ‘Kelly’ meaning ‘strife’ which he certainly encountered.
I recently spoke to Steven who has never visited Tasmania before but says he ‘cannot wait for the performance at The Theatre Royal because of its history and how ‘incredibly beautiful’ it is. As well as Hobart the production will also visit Launceston and Burnie.
The premise of the play is fascinating with just three cast members. It explores what might have happened if Dan Kelly, Ned’s brother had survived his (possible) demise at Glenrowan in 1880 … and what would happen if the two brothers had met for a final chat as Ned awaited his fate in prison; taking into account that on their last meeting Dan had attempted to shoot Ned!
At the heart of the mystery surrounding Dan Kelly’s demise, or not, are the historical records of four men who claim to be Dan, with James Ryan, who sported tattoos that are consistent with Dan, the most convincing. It’s believed that Ned himself, even with the discovery of unidentifiable bodies in the ruins of Glenrowan didn’t believe his brother had lost his life there.
To make up your own mind get along to see Kelly when it tours Tassie at the end of April.
Oh, and for those wondering Steven says he’ll hang on to Ned’s ‘hipster’ beard of which he has become quite fond … for a while yet anyway!
You can see ‘Kelly’ at the Theatre Royal on the following dates …
Thursday, 30th April 2015 - 7:30pm
Friday, 1st May 2015 - 7:30pm
Saturday, 2nd May 2015 - 7:30pm
and also on …
5 May - Theatre North Inc, Launceston 8pm
7 May - Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Burnie 8pm
Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, The Culture Concept Circle
15.04.15 1:30 pm
COO-EE: an exhibition showcasing patriotic Federation and World War I sweetheart jewellery is at Anne Schofield Antiques in Sydney 23 April to 2nd May, 2015, a poignant, commemorative celebration of life. Read More | Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition returns to National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Rippon Lea Estate 1 May to 20 Sept 2015.
Carmen Stephens, Fesitval of Voices
15.04.15 10:07 am
The Festival of Voices, Australia’s premier celebration of the human voice, will once again transform Hobart into a glorious singing city for ten days this July. The Festival has announced the first major highlight of the 2015 program: international singing sensation and heroes of the European festival circuit, Van Canto will make their Australian debut in a widely anticipated one-night only performance in Hobart on Saturday 11 July.
Blending the thrill and controversy of heavy metal with the melodic seduction of a cappella, this music super group has attracted popular and critical acclaim and enchanted packed stadiums around the world. Unlike any a cappella group before, these German music super-stars must be seen to be believed.
Moving into its eleventh year, Festival of Voices is proud to bring one of the world’s most lauded bands to Australia for the first time.
VAN CANTO are quite simply…unique. The have melded the oldest and simplest form of music, the voice, with hard-wired heavy metal and the result is heart-stopping and instantly infectious. Their vocal talent and ear for harmonies is impeccable and their approach to a cappella seems heaven-sent. Their music is powerful, anthemic and contemporary with a richness and depth that blends the ancient with the modern and sets them apart from their contemporaries.
Five singers, one drummer, no guitars, no bass, no keyboards: expect a truly unbelievable and remarkable metal experience.
VAN CANTO began their careers as a conventional metal band, but their desire to do something more vocal orientated inspired their transformation into the world’s first a cappella metal band.
“When we started Van Canto in 2006 we never thought that singing a cappella would bring us to the other side of the world. We are thrilled to be bringing our sound to Australia and we are sure this will be another highlight in the band’s extraordinary story. We encourage all Festival visitors to come along and experience for themselves our unique sound in this magnificent setting of picturesque Hobart,” said band member Stefan Schmidt.
As well as the one-off concert, the Festival of Voices is delighted to offer a limited number of places to attend a very special artist workshop, providing the chance for singers to work with the music stars on developing their own a cappella talents. Singers of all ages and abilities will have the rare opportunity to work, learn and perform with VAN CANTO over six incredible days of workshop and take part in the one-night only concert for a singing experience that will stay with them forever.
The VAN CANTO concert is the first of many music highlights to be announced in the 2015 Festival of Voices program. The full program will be unveiled in Hobart on 6 May.
Thousands of music lovers will once again descend on Hobart, Tasmania to perform and participate in the 2015 festival. Expect a magnificent 10-day program of performances, community events and – uniquely – workshops run by the artists. A melting pot of music talent, the Festival has developed an international reputation for presenting a stunning line-up of global musicians. Creating a festival experience like no other, they welcome individual singers, choirs and music lovers from across Australia, as Hobart comes to life with the sound of music. Australia’s premier celebration of the human voice, the Festival transforms Hobart into a Singing City.
Date: Van Canto Concert - Saturday 11 July, 2015
Location: MAC2, Hobart
Van Canto Tickets on Sale: Friday 1 May, 9am
Festival of Voices 2015 Program: Launching Wednesday 6 May, 12noon
Festival of Voices 2015 Tickets: On Sale Wednesday 6 May, 12noon
Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
14.04.15 5:30 pm
Tony Barron, Peter Hjort, Andrew McIlroy, Dale Richards, Mike Singe & Catherine Woo
You are invited to the opening of THE WEATHER a group exhibition of new work that explores various states of weather….
The exhibition will be opened by local weatherman Simon McCulloch from the Bureau of Meteorology and ABC Weather. Please join the artists and friends for a celebratory drink on Wednesday 15 April from 5:30pm.
Exhibition dates: 15 April - 10 May 2015
• More information to be found on our website http://www.despard-gallery.com.au/the-weather/
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14.04.15 4:53 pm
... New Seats on Sale Monday 20 April
LA SOIRÉE, the award-winning theatrical phenomenon that has won devotees around the world, brings its mesmerizing hybrid of a show to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) for a strictly limited season in the Playhouse, from 7 to 24 May 2015.
Following on from sell out seasons at the Brisbane Festival, LA SOIRÉE celebrates the tenyear anniversary of the troupe’s first show by bringing to QPAC its heady cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety that has left audiences around the world spellbound, titillated and amazed.
Transformed into an intimate salon-style circus space, with the audience seated entirely on stage in a variety of ‘posh’, ringside and stalls seating surrounding the action, this is the Playhouse like you’ve never seen it before.
Leave your troubles at the door and be prepared for a night of thrills, shocks, laugher and disbelief as the crème de la crème of the cabaret world take to the stage. LA SOIRÉE will feature a blistering line-up of new acts making their Brisbane debuts, as well as a number of old favourites returning to celebrate the show’s ten-year anniversary.
This Brisbane season cast includes the awe-inspiring aerial gymnast Bath Boy, the leatherbursting reincarnation of Freddie Mercury Mario Queen of the Circus, the tap dancing, roller skating, razor sharp machete juggling Nate Cooper, the sassy physical comedienne with a cute-as-a-button demeanour Jess Love, the delightfully devilish and cordial English Gents whose inconceivable feats of acrobatic skill, strength and balance will leave you speechless and the sexual gentleman and overall bon vivant Asher Treleaven.
But the line up does not stop there, the Brisbane season will also feature the dynamic Swedish duo David and Fofo who are on a mission to change the world with a ping pong ball, Captain Frodo; the son of a famous Norse magician and famed the world over for bending, contorting and manipulating his body into shapes that are as astonishing as they are unnatural, and finally Montreal’s rollicking, sexy and hilarious puppet feast for adults, Cabaret Decadanse.
Brett Haylock, Creative Producer said that he is truly proud of what an international phenomenon LA SOIRÉE has become.
“Ten years ago when we assembled this rag tag group of fabulous and freaky artists from the edges of society, vaudeville and variety were dirty words.
“Entertainment guides didn’t even have cabaret sections back then. Now you can’t swing a leopard-print bra in London’s West End or Downtown Manhattan without hitting a cabaret artiste who’s at the very top of their game.
“It’s been an incredible experience for our international family of performers to see audiences flock back to the genre and I’m more than a little proud of the role LA SOIRÉE has had in that.
“In excess of 10 million people have seen our show around the globe and it would appear that the general public’s desire for old fashioned entertainment where the performers are working harder than the lights, is stronger than ever”, he said.
Join us on stage in the Playhouse QPAC for a night of delicious, deviant and delirious entertainment, a night unlike anything you have seen before. Tickets on sale now via qpac.com.au or call 136 246.
QPAC and LA SOIRÉE Australia Pty Ltd present LA SOIRÉE
Dates: 7 to 24 May 2015 Venue: Playhouse, QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane Tickets: Please refer to http://www.qpac.com.au for current pricing Bookings: Go to http://www.qpac.com.au or phone 136 246
14.04.15 6:15 am
Chatting to Vika Bull last week she tells me of Tasmania that she relishes the fresh air and adds, of course ‘it is very pretty’. Vika has crossed Bass Strait many times already this year, including performing at MONA (for the third time) as part of her tour with Paul Kelly, and a visit to the Devonport winery (‘which was very beautiful’) where she took part in the interestingly named ‘ghost rock festival’.
Our chat last week is about the critically acclaimed show ‘At Last, The Etta James story’ which Vika brings to Tassie this week. Vika says the performance in Tassie is in response to the many Tasmanians attending the show on the mainland.
Vika says Etta James has been her favourite singer since she was a 17 year-old when she fell in love with ‘Etta’s voice’ and its ‘honesty’ from a woman who had really ‘lived the blues’. Etta James was a musician that overcome the odds, a woman that in Vika’s words’ the super famous’ were influenced by and Etta sang it all, R and B, Jazz and almost everything else.
Vika says when you see the show you will realise Etta sang many familiar songs.
Vika as well as canvassing Etta’s ‘vast catalogue’ will also provide biographical detail of Etta’s life story. The song that has become identifiable with Etta James is of course ‘At last’ her signature tune that lends its name appropriately to the production.
I ask Vika what she would consider her own signature song and she says that although she doesn’t have one as such most people would probably nominate the songs she did with the Black Sorrows ‘Never let me go’ and ‘Chained to the wheel’.
You can see the vivacious Vika Bull perform in ‘At Last the Etta James story’ at The Theatre Royal on Friday the 17th of April.
Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
13.04.15 1:39 pm
The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to investing in the arts in Tasmania.
Today, I am pleased to announce the awarding of four grants under Arts Tasmania’s Professional Development Fellowship to local artists.
The Fellowships, valued at $5000, will enable recipients to undertake a program of professional development activities in their respective fields that will help them to gain new skills and knowledge.
The 2015 Fellowships have been awarded to Joshua Lowe, Emma Bett, Karlin Love and Kelly Drummond Cawthorn.
Joshua Lowe is an emerging choreographer, dancer and producer from Launceston, who will, through his Fellowship, work alongside three established Australian choreographers in Kyle Page, Stephanie Lake and Paea Leach.
Hobart-based gallerist Emma Bett will travel to New York to investigate aspects of the commercial gallery sector and attend the 2016 Frieze Art Fair.
Kelly Drummond Cawthorn, also of Hobart, will participate in the Slovenia-Croatia dance exchange program, a cultural and artistic residency for experimental dance artists. She will also undertake a residency exchange at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
Karlin Love, whose career has focussed largely on regional Tasmania, will be mentored by four leading Australian music creators, Andrew Ford, Sandy Evans, Stephen Leek and Colin Offord.
Through their Fellowship activities, these four artists will not only benefit individually, but will help enrich Tasmania’s arts community, which is fast becoming a draw card for visitors to the State.
Arts Tasmania provides a range of investment opportunities for artists and arts workers. For more information, visit http://www.arts.tas.gov.au/funding
Inga Tracey, Publicity Manager QPAC
13.04.15 1:33 pm
Fall in love again when musical theatre stars Bobby Fox and Michael Falzon join forces at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) on Wednesday 10 June 2015 to perform the legendary Costello and Bacharach album, Painted From Memory – The Music of Bacharach and Costello.
Accompanied by a nine-piece orchestra Michael Falzon (We Will Rock You, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Rock of Ages) and Bobby Fox (Jersey Boys, The Fantastic Mr. Fox) along with special guest Luke Kennedy promise outstanding vocals and emotional surprises in a showcase of internationally adored music.
In the late nineties Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello joined forces to create the remarkable and timeless album Painted From Memory featuring classic Bacharach songs such as I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself and I’ll Never Fall in Love Again. These and other timeless tunes are recreated in Painted From Memory on the Concert Hall stage, with musical direction from Isaac Hayward.
After unanimous critical acclaim as ‘Galileo’ in We Will Rock You, Michael Falzon continued to make his mark on Australian and international stages, starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and as ‘Stacee Jaxx’ in Rock of Ages. Falzon has toured arenas in Australia, Europe and the UK in Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds and also appears frequently as a soloist with many Australian symphony orchestras.
Bobby Fox is the zany, smooth and dazzling stage and recording star who “owes a little bit to Franki Valli and the Four Seasons”. Known lovingly as The Fantastic Mr. Fox, this charming groover is a four times World Irish Dance Champion, solo artist, and man of the stage with productions like Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia!, Leader of the Pack, and We Will Rock You under his star-studded belt.
Season two runner up on television’s The Voice Australia and former Ten Tenors member Luke Kennedy is a versatile recording and performance artist, who has achieved a number one single on the iTunes charts and a Top Ten hit in the ARIA charts. Most recently Luke toured Australia as a special guest on Ricky Martin’s national tour and opened the Ashes in 2013 for Cricket Australia singing the national anthem.
Together at QPAC for one night only, Falzon and Fox with special guest Kennedy will perform a unique reimagining of this classic album along with other memorable Bacharach and Costello hits.
Painted From Memory – the Music of Bacharach and Costello is presented by QPAC in association with Queensland Cabaret Festival, Asia Theatricals and Good Egg Creative. Book now via qpac.com.au or call 136 246.
QPAC in association with Queensland Cabaret Festival, Asia Theatricals and Good Egg Creative present
Painted From Memory – the Music of Bacharach and Costello
With Special Guest Luke Kennedy
WHEN: Wednesday 10 June 2015
WHERE: Concert Hall, QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane
TICKETS*: Refer to qpac.com.au for current pricing
BOOKINGS: qpac.com.au or 136 246
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Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
11.04.15 1:26 am
You are invited to the opening of PALIMPSEST an exhibition of new paintings by Damon Bird. Please join the artist and friends for a celebratory drink on Wednesday 18 March from 5:30pm.
The exhibition will be on show until 13 April 2015
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BETTY CHURCHER 1931–2015
Among Australian art’s most admired public figures, Betty Churcher, who died on Monday night aged 84, asserted that she was not ambitious, merely determined to do her best with opportunities that came along.
Her extraordinary success, first as an artist then an art teacher and administrator, was partly driven by frustration with limitations placed on her.
10.04.15 10:02 am
On Sunday the 19 April 2015 the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) is throwing a party from 1pm until 7.30pm to celebrate its 30th Anniversary. The public celebration falls just 1 day prior to the anniversary of QPAC’s official opening on 20 April.
Since first raising the curtain in 1985, QPAC has grown into an international leader among performing arts centres and has cemented its place as an iconic part of Brisbane’s architectural and cultural landscapes.
The 30th anniversary party is a public celebration that weaves together the things that make QPAC great; artists, audiences and live performance.
Celebration events are planned for QPAC’s front yard; the Melbourne Street Green and QPAC’s Cascade Court. Events throughout the day will include live music, dance and children’s programs plus opportunities to get hands on and participate in the fun.
Artist Gus Eagleton, renowned for urban street art, has been commissioned to create a unique large scale installation inspired by the building and QPAC’s role as one of the city’s key public spaces.
QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said the celebration reflected the Centres desire to be a place that is alive, welcoming and part of its community. It was a way to say thank you.
“QPAC belongs to Queensland. Over time we’ve grown to be part of the fabric of this city and I hope a trusted curator, presenter and host. Looking forward I’m confident the breadth of our programs, the world renowned alongside the emerging, local and new, will continue to expand our place here in Queensland and our international profile.
“We have great ambitions for the future. The QPAC team are some of the best in the business and we collaborate with creative, innovative people from all over the world. In the next few years we’re focused on the digital sphere, on the multitude of ways we all play and learn through the arts and importantly on the way societies value the impact of the arts of all parts of our lives,” he said.
The day of celebration will be emceed by local theatre royalty Ian Brown whose works include Walking by Apple Tree Creek, The Valley Member, Live at Ric’s and Drunk & Disorderly.
There will be a children’s activity space run by the wonderful minds at Imaginary Theatre, back stage tours* taken by past QPAC employee and theatre project manager Iain Audsley and lighting designer David Walters, live entertainment from Chukale, The Sugar Shakers, Brisbane Bells plus a host of others, along with performances by Nunukul Yuggera and Wagga Dance Group. The celebration promises an afternoon of fun and excitement with some surprises thrown in along the way.
QPAC is spreading the celebrations across the year with a special offer to encourage younger audiences to participate in the arts. For every major performance season** for the remainder of 2015 there will be 30 tickets made available*** for $30 for people aged 30 and under (conditions will apply).
Mr Kotzas said “We have some very loyal patrons who have visited us frequently from the day we opened till now. In our 30th anniversary year we are also planning for our future and it is an opportunity for us to invite the next generation of patrons to participate and reap the rewards of live performance; and perhaps start their relationship with us for the next 30 years”.
For more information call qtix on 136 246 or go to qpac.com.au.
QPAC 30 Offer
**Selected seasons throughout 2015 where this offer applies, full terms and conditions and link to online purchase will be published on the QPAC website from 19 April 2015.
***A maximum of 30 tickets will be made available for $30 per season spread into selected performances within that season. Limit 2 ticket purchases per person for people aged 30 and under per available season. Tickets are box office collect and proof of age of self and companion must be provided to collect tickets.
QPAC’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY PUBLIC CELEBRATION DAY
WHEN: 1.00pm to 7.30pm Sunday 19 April 2015
WHERE: QPAC, South Bank, Cultural Precinct, Brisbane
TICKETS: FREE – Back Stage Tours* to be booked on the day on site
INFORMATION: qpac.com.au or 136 246
Rebecca Fitzgibbon | Mona Events Media Manager, Jane Menzies | Mona Media Coordinator, Delia Nicholls | Mona Research Cura
10.04.15 6:00 am
Lineup announced 6pm Friday 10 April 2015 AEDT at http://www.darkmofo.net.au
Antony and the Johnsons with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra registration at http://darkmofo.net.au/pre-sale-registration/
Tickets on sale 10am Monday 20 April 2015 AEDT from http://www.darkmofo.net.au
Since Neolithic times, communities have gathered on the winter solstice to face down the darkness and celebrate the return of the light. This June, Dark Mofo - the Museum of Old and New Art’s winter festival in Australia - celebrates ancient and contemporary mythology around the darkest night of the year, and presents opportunities to explore our shadow selves.
Last year, Dark Mofo attracted more than 130,000 people to events across 10 days in Hobart on the island state of Tasmania. This year, coinciding with the opening of Mona’s major exhibition curated by Nicole Durling and Olivier Varenne, Private Archaeology by Marina Abramović, Dark Mofo is also spreading its tentacles into new spaces around the state, with performances from around 250 artists hailing from a dozen different countries around the world.
Dark Mofo 2015 opening night on Friday 12 June unveils a new festival precinct called Dark Park at Hobart’s harbourside Macquarie Point, with large public artworks including the high-octane Fire Organ by German chemo-acoustic engineer Bastiaan Maris with producer Duckpond, the full-body sonic massage immersion of Bass Bath by Melbourne’s Byron J. Scullin in collaboration with Supple Fox, plus British-born American avant-garde artist Anthony McCall’s installations of light and fire works at Dark Park, as well as a Night Ship to prowl the river throughout the festival. You’ll hear it coming.
Hobart’s historic Odeon Theatre will host a queer and deliciously dark music program, featuring Australian exclusive performances of British award-winning torch singer Antony and the Johnsons with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and British art-pop collective The Irrepressibles, plus Arkansas doom metalheads Pallbearer, electro-conducting Japanoise-maker EYE, Rhode Island sludge metal duo The Body, dark Australian folkster and founder of The Drones, Gareth Liddiard, one-woman performance vocalist Kusum Normoyle, Seattle horror-country black-and-roller King Dude, Melbourne’s theatrical chanteuse Brous, dark electronic artist Jake Blood, German industrial dance occultists Oake, Melbourne’s agitated guitar rockers My Disco, smoky chillwave from Melbourne’s Klo and odd pop from Hobart’s Tiger Choir, plus Sydney indie-rock party-starters The Preatures.
Mid-week, road trip into the true heart of the Tasmanian winter with Wild at Heart; a two-night immersive art experience sleepover (June 15-17) within Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Presented by Cradle Mountain Hotel and Dark Mofo and curated by the Unconscious Collective (Motel Dreaming), Wild at Heart includes an exhibition opening of Remote Nature Response by Melbourne contemporary artist Ash Keating, and a dark and debaucherous banquet by British jellymongers and architectural foodsmiths, Bompas and Parr.
Dark Mofo Films launches at the Odeon with the red-carpet world premiere of the first adult drama television series filmed in Tasmania, The Kettering Incident, in a special double-episode screening before its Foxtel premiere later this year. Dark Mofo Films then continues at North Hobart’s century-old State Cinema with a selection of new Nordic dark folkloric films including A Second Chance, A Spell to Ward off the Darkness, Down Terrace, A Field in England, Partisan, Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America, Valhalla Rising, When Animals Dream, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, and more,in another confronting and cutting-edge program conjured by curators Nick Batzias and James Hewison.
An evolution of last year’s Future Hobart, The Hothouse is a 72-hour session demonstrating the power of creative thinking to explore new constructive approaches to the issues that impact on educational attainment and retention in Tasmania. In partnership with University of Tasmania, Clemenger Tasmania/OMD, City of Hobart and News Corp Australia, the Hothouse Session will be held inside a massive bamboo structure nesting along Salamanca Lawns, designed and built by Cave Urban Design Collective with University of Tasmania Masters of Architecture, with 12 ideas presented in an exhibition and a public forum at the Odeon Theatre.
Dark Mofo’s Bacchanalian community celebration, the City of Hobart Dark Mofo Winter Feast, returns for a longer and lustier five nights of food, fire, music and performance, at Hobart’s dockside Princes Wharf Shed 1, this year spreading outside onto Salamanca Lawns and inside the Hothouse Structure. Curated by Gill Minervini with guest chefs Jake Kellie, Martin Boetz, Sean Moran, Mike McInerney and O Tama Carey and the Mona Source restaurant team, the Winter Feast climaxes on the solstice night with a demon-purging Balinese ogoh-ogoh parade making its way from Dark Park towards the Feast for a ritualistic burning of the community’s collective fears.
Contemporary theatre highlights include Virginia Woolf’s Orlando performed by Victoria’s THE RABBLE theatre company at Australia’s oldest theatre, the Theatre Royal in Hobart, plus a kooky take for ages six and over on Roald Dahl’s creepy The Witches at Salamanca Arts Centre’s Peacock Theatre. There are also select experiences of Funeral. Why wait until you’re dead?
More Dark Mofo visual arts highlights include Patricia Piccinini and Peter Hennessey’s The Shadows Calling at Hobart’s newest CBD cultural space, Detached; plus John Kelly’s Beyond Woop Woop with his new Antarctic paintings at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; emerging Indigenous artist Tyrone Sheather’s Giidanyba (sky beings) inhabiting the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens; colonial death mementoes on display in Ashes to Ashes, curated by Scott Carlin and Lana Nelson, photography by Angela Waterson at Battery Point’s hauntingly beautiful Narryna Heritage Museum; Envelop(e), featuring sound and art from Julian Day, Mick Harris, Jason James, Elizabeth Veldon, Christina Kubisch, curated by Matt Warren at Contemporary Art Tasmania; Melbourne textile installation artist Douglas McManus’ Laundry of the Terminal Psyche at Clarence Council’s Rosny Barn; and after-dark installations, Radiant Heat by Lucy Bleach and Angry Electrons by Jason James at the Centre for the Arts (University of Tasmania) on the Hobart docks.
Music will ring in the darkness around the city, with New Orleans-based improvisational cellist and vocalist Helen Gillet as well as The Discovery Orchestra at the Museum of Old and New Art, plus Allison Bell with members of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at the Friends School Farrall Centre, the Witching Hour midnight concert series with Helen Gillet and Calvin Bowman at Hobart’s sublime St. David’s Cathedral, and an all-night multi-artist musical vigil with long-durational double bassist Nick Tsiavos and friends at the Peacock Theatre for the duration of the longest night of the year.
There’s also a new late-night ceremonial death dance curated by Supple Fox called Blacklist. You will want your name on it.
Dark Mofo builds up to the longest night and winter solstice (Monday 22 June, 2.38am) with the annual Nude Solstice Swim at sunrise (7.10am, Monday 22 June). Release your inhibitions with your clothes and go towards the light.
Dark Mofo Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said: “With the third iteration of Dark Mofo, we are pushing ourselves to the limit with a program that will challenge, disturb, excite, and hopefully enlighten our audience in some small way. We are expanding into a new precinct at Hobart’s harbourside Macquarie Point, with a project called ‘Dark Park’, which will house a number of large-scale art projects that will in turn push the audience to their limits.
“We’ll also be heading into the deep centre of Tasmania - Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park - for two nights of wilderness and wildness in a new project called ‘Wild at Heart’.
“We hope that an expansion of the Winter Feast to five nights, and an extension to midnight on Friday and Saturday, will allow more people to attend. With a limited number of pre-sales, we’re returning to a first in, best dressed approach, and are focusing on addressing some of the crowd management and ticketing issues from last year. There will be a lot of feasting and lots of fire, to light up the darkest nights in Australia.”
Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman said: “Dark Mofo is a cultural beacon in Tasmania’s darkest and coldest season. Winter had been a time of hibernation for many locals and a tourism black-spot…until Dark Mofo. Now, tens of thousands of locals and visitors are drawn to Dark Mofo, fast rewriting attitudes about winter in our country’s most southern state. Our Government is once again delighted to partner with Mona to deliver this wondrous winter event that is an essential part of our cultural landscape.”
Lord Mayor of Hobart, Alderman Sue Hickey said: “The City of Hobart is again very proud to host and support Dark Mofo in 2015. The local community and visitors have come to expect that mid winter in Hobart will be transformed by light and fire as they feast, talk and watch the spectacle that is Dark Mofo. This year’s festival again promises to surprise and tantalise us with new ideas and the transformation of many public spaces in our city. Please join us in the coldest part of the year to enjoy what has now become an internationally renowned cultural experience, further Hobart’s increasing reputation as a ‘must visit’ destination.”
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.
Lineup announced 6pm Friday 10 June at http://www.darkmofo.net.au
Antony and the Johnsons with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra registration at http://darkmofo.net.au/pre-sale-registration/
Tickets on sale Monday 20 June from http://www.darkmofo.net.au
Marina Abramović: Private Archaeology
Antony and the Johnsons with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
City of Hobart Dark Mofo Winter Feast
Wild at Heart
Bompas and Parr
Remote Nature Response: Ash Keating
Fire Organ: Bastiaan Maris with Duckpond
Bass Bath: Byron J. Scullin with Supple Fox
Orlando: THE RABBLE
The Witches by Roald Dahl: David Woods + Luke Jeffries + Guy Edmonds
RBMA presents EYE: CIRCOM
The Witching Hour (Midnight concert series)
The Discovery Orchestra
Giidanyba: Tyrone Sheather
Radiant Heat: Lucy Bleach
Angry Electrons: Jason James
Dark Mofo Films
The Kettering Incident: world premiere
Allison Bell with members of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Envelop(e): Julian Day, Mick Harris, Jason James, Elizabeth Veldon, Christina Kubisch, curated by Matt Warren
John Kelly: Beyond Woop Woop
Laundry of the Terminal Psyche: Douglas McManus
Nude Solstice Swim
Funeral: The Guerrilla Museum
Ashes to Ashes: curated by Scott Carlin and Lana Nelson, photography by Angela Waterson
Kevin O'Loghlin Terrapin Puppet Theatre
09.04.15 2:43 pm
After engaging thousands of Tasmanians in Launceston, Queenstown, Hobart and Burnie, Tasmania’s premier theatre company, will tour I Think I Can to prestigious festivals and venues in Canada and the United States this coming May/June. At the same time it being staged in Canada, it will simultaneously be staged at the Come Out Children’s Festival in Adelaide.
I Think I Can is a live and interactive artwork where the audience participates by being allocated a tiny puppet that lives in a miniature model railway town. The puppet is then animated in front of a video camera and seen live on a big screen above the miniature town. The stories of the participants are developed into news articles and published in an online newspaper that can be viewed at http://www.thinkicanonline.com
The production will be seen at the Calgary International Children’s Festival, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, and at the Walton Arts Center in Arkansas USA.
I Think I Can’s Director, and co-creator, Sam Routledge, said “we are absolutely thrilled to once again be representing Tasmania on international stages. I Think I Can has now been staged in most Australian states, and in major festivals such as in Perth and Sydney. Terrapin is now in a unique position to be taking this production to the world. The surprise and joy we see on the faces of children as they immerse themselves into the miniature community is priceless, and we can’t wait to see how Canadian and American children engage with the artwork.” In addition to the upcoming tour of North America, Terrapin is currently negotiating with presenters in Europe.
The Calgary and Vancouver festivals are the two major events for children in Canada, held annually each May. The Walton Arts Center is the major presenter of theatre and events in Arkanasas, and this will be Terrapin’s second visit to the Center, and its fourth to the USA. It is the first time the company has toured to Canada.
Terrapin Puppet Theatre is the Helpmann Award-winning company that performs to over 10,000 Tasmanian children annually, and then tours its productions to the mainland and internationally.
09.04.15 11:12 am
KINGSWOOD BAND TOGETHER WITH COOPERS DARK ALE TO ROCK THE NIGHT
Junction Arts Festival
09.04.15 6:47 am
Save The Date: 2-6 September 2015
Junction Arts Festival turns Launceston into Tasmania’s playground from 2-6 September 2015.
Clear your diaries and book your holidays in for five days of unexpected arts adventures in Launceston’s CBD.
Rebecca Fitzgibbon | Mona Events Media Manager, Jane Menzies | Mona Media Coordinator
08.04.15 6:33 am
Mona’s midwinter festival, Dark Mofo, has announced a program highlight ahead of its full lineup announcement: two Australian exclusive performances of Antony and the Johnsons with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, live in Hobart, on Tuesday 16 June and Wednesday 17 June, 2015.
Antony and the Johnsons are internationally celebrated for their artistic integrity as well as their influence in challenging social norms; something that Dark Mofo also encourages in its contemporary take on ancient Bacchanalian rites.
English-born transgender artist Antony Hegarty was raised in Amsterdam and San Francisco before moving to New York City at the age of 19, co-founding the performance collective Blacklips and spending several years developing her voice and ideas on late-night stages around New York City, eventually gaining international critical acclaim.
Antony and the Johnsons have received the prestigious Mercury Prize for their second album I am a Bird Now. Their third album, The Crying Light was deemed “the most personal environmentalist statement possible, making an unforeseen connection between queer culture’s identity politics and the green movement,” by The LA Times, and its live performance was included in Klaus Biesenbach’s 100 Years: A History of Performance Art, at MoMA PS1 in New York.
Antony was a musical director and performer in Robert Wilson’s opera,The Life and Death of Marina Abramović; collaborated with filmmaker Charles Atlas on TURNING; a series of live video portraits of 13 iconic trans- and cis-gendered women from downtown New York City’s art and nightlife community; and curated London’s Meltdown festival in 2012, using the platform to introduce her community’s concept of “Future Feminism”.
Antony and the Johnsons delivered a TED performance on “radical collaboration” and have worked closely with artists including Marina Abramović, Lou Reed, Yoko Ono, Boy George, Bjork, Willem Dafoe, Rufus Wainwright and Devendra Banhart.
Antony and the Johnsons have performed with symphony orchestras throughout the world, including The London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, The Chamber Orchestra of Sydney at Sydney Opera House, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. This June, they play with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at the Odeon Theatre for the first time.
For Dark Mofo 2015, Antony and the Johnsons with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra will deliver two Australian exclusive performances at Hobart’s historic Odeon Theatre on Tuesday 16 June and Wednesday 17 June, 2015.
When: Tuesday 16 June + Wednesday 17 June, 7pm
Where: Odeon Theatre, 167 Liverpool St, Hobart
Tickets: $69 - $119 plus booking fee. Register for pre-sale tickets http://www.darkmofo.net.au/pre-sale-registration/ General sales online from 10am Monday 20 April if not sold out http://www.darkmofo.net.au
All ages event
Twitter: @dark_mofo / @tassymphony
Facebook: @darkmofofestival / @AntonyandtheJohnsons / @TasmanianSymphonyOrchestra
07.04.15 8:45 pm
Saturday 18 April
The vocal magic of this act is unrivalled in today’s world of entertainment, their simply mesmerising vocal presentation has been stealing the hearts of the Australian public wherever they appear. Some audiences have left theatres in tears, others in exhilaration, all have been dramatically touched.
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07.04.15 8:42 pm
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... & SHOW DATES
Spirited and evolving Melbourne singer songwriter, Shelley Segal has announced the release of her new single, Sidelined (April 17) lifted from her forth studio release, Strange Feeling, set for release on May 8. The explicit performer will celebrate the launch of her new releases with shows at The Paris Cat on April 18, the Caravan Music Club on May 24 and Northcote Social Club on May 30.
Lead single, Sidelined is an optimistic and catchy pop song Shelley conceived upon reflection of a romantic liaison when the other person wanted Shelley to change her appearance for them. “The song is my understanding of the nature of our aesthetics while questioning whether we can overcome them,” Shelley explains. Inspired by the song’s theme, the clip for Sidelined sees the progression of Shelley starting off completely unmade in bed, to having herself immaculately styled and groomed. “Subscribing to the visual expectations of others can vastly improve our outcomes, but those that don’t fit will often pay a price or be sidelined.” Shelley describes.
Shelley’s new EP and fourth studio release, Strange Feeling was recorded at the iconic Birdland Studios (Kate Miller-Heidke, The Living End) and was produced by Robert Upward and co-produced by Lindsay Gravina (Adalita, Jet). The themes on the EP are varied and cover some of Shelley’s experiences over the last few years, ranging from falling in love, rejection, body image, divorce and there’s even a song about going to the movies, all while keeping in with Shelley’s quirky, folk pop sensibility.
A veteran of the local and international touring circuit, Shelley is excited to perform her new music live alongside talented musicians, special guests, story-telling and of course her powerhouse, distinctive voice.
Strange Feeling (2014) fits seamlessly in to Shelley’s impressive back catalogue of releases, from her internationally inspired pop album, An Easy Escape (2013) through to her folk-pop protest record, An Atheist Album (2012) and collaborative Jazz album with Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman), Little March (2013). Segal also wrote and recorded award-winning track, Chemistry, with DJ Carl Cox, which spent two weeks at #1 on the dance charts in 2011.
View the clip for Sidelined: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2_hQTCd0JE&feature=youtu.be
SHELLEY SEGAL SHOWS
SAT 18 APR | THE PARIS CAT, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+ | 7.30PM DOORS
SUN 24 MAY | CARAVAN MUSIC CLUB, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+ | 7PM DOORS
SAT 30 MAY | THE NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+ | 8PM DOORS
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06.04.15 5:30 pm
March sees the establishment of a new music venue in Geelong. Steven Nichols of music venue booker ‘Spinning Half’ and the Geelong Workers Club will combine to bring a ‘fresh’ venue for touring acts with ‘superb food’ (no parmies), live music (sans cover band acts) and no TVs, with the exception of all Cats games being shown on the large screen.
Steven would also like to see the cultural club, welcome artistic communities, launch art exhibitions and include a dedicated art installation. The food will be different and so will the drinks, not the standard stock but instead showcase the best in local beers and liqueurs.
I had the opportunity to speak to Steven the day after the ‘soft’ launch of the club, for family and friends. Steven said he has ‘a massive love’ for Tassie and is very familiar with the Sandy Bay area as well as having spent time in Tasmania working for the Falls Festival at Marion Bay.
A factor that encouraged this ‘centre for the arts’, in what is usually considered a manufacturing centre, is the discovery that Aria lists the Geelong ‘3216’ postcode as having ‘the highest percentage growth of royalty earning songwriters in Australia in almost ten years’.
Of course some things crucial to the Worker’s Club is not scheduling major events on the night of Geelong v Carlton matches or indeed on the night of any Geelong games because as Steven says ‘footy rules’.
The Geelong Workers Club has the following philosophy:
“indulge in some amazing tunes with fellow music lovers, chow down on good grub, drink interesting beers ciders local vino and then safely retire to your beds satisfied, cultured, content and full of good vibes”.
Steven is looking forward to welcoming Tasmanians to the Workers Club, Geelong, which is located at 90-92 Little Malop Street Geelong Vic 3220
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
03.04.15 2:32 pm
The Board of Trustees of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is pleased to announce Janet Carding as the new Director of TMAG, following an extensive national and international recruitment process.
Ms Carding is currently Director and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, a position she has held since 2010, and was previously Assistant Director, Public Programs and Operations at the Australian Museum in Sydney.
She has been a museum professional for over two decades, and is originally from the UK, where she studied at Cambridge University and the University of London before beginning her museum career as a curator at London’s Science Museum.
Ms Carding was the first woman to be appointed Director and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum, and her achievements there have included introducing a range of innovative events, novel programming and critically acclaimed major exhibitions, as well as presiding over the museum’s centenary celebrations in 2014.
Chairman of Trustees Geoff Willis said that TMAG was delighted to be able to appoint a Director of Ms Carding’s experience to the role.
“We had strong national and international interest in the role, which reflects the strong national and international interest in the arts and culture movement in Tasmania,” Mr Willis said.
“Ms Carding is exceptionally well-equipped for this role, and we are so pleased that she now wants to return to Australia to join us at this exciting time.”
Mr Willis also paid tribute to Acting Director, Jennifer Storer, who has been in the role since Bill Bleathman announced his retirement as Director of TMAG in December 2013.
Ms Carding will shortly make the move to Hobart, and will take up the role at TMAG on 8 April 2015