Rebecca Fitzgibbon | MONA Events Media Manager
02.10.14 7:16 am



MOFO 2015 (Museum of Old and New Art Festival of Music and Art) unleashes its menagerie of artists in January, but for now, MONA has announced a tasty sideshow to whet your festive appetite good and proper.

Blister in the New Year’s Day sun (or nurse your well-earned hangover from the night before on a beanbag), as original acoustic punk rockers, Violent Femmes, add it up on MONA’s lawn stage. They’re touring in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the release of their first album and age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

The Femmes will share the outdoor stage with two gems of the Australian music scene: angelic folk singer and MOFO repeat offender, Ben Salter (The Gin Club, The Wilson Pickers), and much-adored Melbourne alt-rock-folk quintet, Augie March, hitting Hobart with a much-anticipated new album. Start the New Year in MOFO style at MONA.


Violent Femmes + Augie March + Ben Salter
WHEN: New Year’s Day, Thursday Jan 1, 2015, gates open 3pm
WHERE: MONA, 655 Main Rd, Berriedale, Hobart 7011
ENTRY: $70/$60 +BF, free entry for 12 years and under (must be accompanied by an adult)
TICKETS: on sale 10am Thursday October 2 from

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Violent Femmes formed in 1981 as an acoustic punk band playing on the streets of Milwaukee. Their main influences at that time were Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, and The Velvet Underground. Their goal was to rock harder than any other acoustic act on the planet.

They were rejected for an audition by a local nightclub and set up outside a Pretenders gig. Chrissie Hynde asked them to open that night’s show. This gave the early Femmes a publicity boost which led to them being invited to play in NYC supporting Richard Hell. A rave review in the New York Times led eventually to a record deal, which in turn spawned worldwide touring.

Their eponymous first album became the first and only album in Billboard history to enter the charts as a platinum album, eight years after its release. The Femmes became a mainstay of festivals, clubs and theatres in over 30 countries worldwide in the ensuing three decades.

MTV’s “Unplugged” show was inspired by the Femmes, although they never actually appeared on it. Their raw sound and honest lyrical perspective has been cited as an influence by artists as diverse as Pink, Keith Urban, The Smiths, Nirvana, Lou Reed, John Cusack, Mark Morris, and Wim Wenders. Violent Femmes are currently touring in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the release of their first album.

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Augie March formed in Melbourne in 1995 as a pub band featuring Adam Donovan, Dave Williams, Glenn Richards and Edmondo Ammendola. Over the next 13 years they were taken on an eventful journey across the world from Darwin to Brixton to Greenville and back, with a fair share of triumph and tragedy along the way.
The band recorded their debut EP, Thanks for the Memes with Victor Van Vugt (Beth Orton, Nick Cave) and released it in January 1998 followed by a mini-album, Waltz, in October 1998, featuring the hit song ‘Asleep in Perfection’, and finally a debut full-length album, Sunset Studies was released in 2000, reaching gold status some 14 years later, in early 2014.

After a hiatus, the band re-grouped and recruited pianist and multi-instrumentalist Kiernan Box to record the next album, Strange Bird won wider international acclaim, including 8.2 on Pitchfork and a place in the players of literate pop fans all over the world. The band’s next album, the platinum-selling, AMP Award-winning Moo, You Bloody Choir features in many ‘Australia’s greatest albums’ lists, was nominated for multiple ARIAs, and features ‘One Crowded Hour’ which was #1 in the Triple Hottest 100 (and #24 on Hottest 100 of All-time). It won the APRA Song of the Year, is still played on many radio formats and is a bona fide Australian classic. It was released internationally by Jive/Zomba, and the band toured overseas several times, winning ardent fans who remain loyal to this day. After another regeneration, the creation of the new album, Havens Dumb, is out now. Official website:

Ben Salter is one of Australia’s most highly regarded performers and songwriters. As well as being a founding member of Giants of Science, The Gin Club and the two-time ARIA-nominated Wilson Pickers, he is an accomplished artist in his own right.

His debut solo album The Cat, co-produced by Gareth Liddiard (The Drones) and Robert F. Cranny (Sarah Blasko, 78 Saab, Gersey) established his penchant for the melodic mixed with the esoteric, whilst follow up EP European Vacation was a diverse collection of collaborations that Salter undertook whilst on a five month overseas writing mission. 

He has collaborated, written and performed with artists as diverse as Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), Tim Rogers (You Am I, The Temperance Union), Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger) and the aforementioned Gareth Liddiard (The Drones), to name a few.  His second full length album is due for release early 2015. Official website:


Hobart’s MONA FOMA (Museum of Old and New Art Festival of Music and Art) in Tasmania, Australia, has announced its summer festival dates for the New Year.

Curated by Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes, The Break), MOFO 2015 will be leaping back across the Port of Hobart to Princes Wharf 1 (PW1 festival hub, on the Salamanca side) and surrounding venues for the period of January 15-18 2015, plus a few surprise events either side.

MONA FOMA is an initiative of the Museum of Old & New Art (MONA), supported by the State Government, through Events Tasmania. MOFO takes place in Hobart from January 15-18, 2015. The lineup will be announced October 24, 2014.

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Tasmanians to Star In ‘The Kettering Incident’

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
01.10.14 7:37 pm

Tasmania’s home-grown talent will soon be showcased on television screens around the country with production underway on the $14 million television series The Kettering Incident.

This is the largest television series ever to film in Tasmania and the Liberal Government is investing $1 million in the eight-part series with filming to take place in Kettering and around south-eastern Tasmania until December, employing hundreds of Tasmanians both on-screen and off.

The production will see around 300 Tasmanians employed including cast, crew and the wider hospitality industry, with around $5 million being injected into the local economy.

The series is co-created and co-produced by Tasmanian writer Vicki Madden (Lynda La Plante’s Trial and Retribution, The Bill, Halifax FP), Vincent Sheehan (The Hunter, Animal Kingdom, The Rover) and produced by Andrew Walker (Wonderland, Mr & Mrs Murder, A Moody Christmas).

The stellar Tasmanian cast include, Brad Kannegeiser, Alison Whyte, Katie Robertson, Marcus Hensley, Nathan Spencer, Kris McQuade and Matthew Burton, joining AACTA award winning lead actors Elizabeth Debicki and Mathew Le Nevez, who is well known for his role as Dr Patrick Reid in Offspring.

Tasmanian crew are working alongside industry professionals from around the country including directors Rowan Woods (Rake, The Broken Shore, Little Fish, The Boys) and Tony Krawitz (Dead Europe, The Tall Man) and writers Andrew Knight (Rake, Sea Change) Cate Shortland (Somersault, Lore) and Louise Fox (Broadchurch, Love My Way, Rush).

Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh says Tasmania’s unique location will be a predominant feature of the production.

“The stunning and enigmatic landscapes are an essential element of The Kettering Incident and, with these amazing backdrops, coupled with a compelling story and remarkable cast, this will be one of the most highly anticipated Australian television dramas of 2015.”

“We are delighted to partner with Screen Tasmania, Screen Australia and the Tasmanian Government on this exciting new drama series for our subscribers. Along with producers Vincent Sheehan and Victoria Madden we are also proud to be the first Australian television broadcaster to shoot a prime time drama here and have the opportunity to work with the wealth of Tasmanian talent in front and behind the camera.

Screen Tasmania’s attachment training initiative has resulted in twelve emerging screen practitioners gaining on-the-job training as crew. This is fostering local talent and building industry capability with trainees working across a range of departments, including the creative areas of scriptwriting and directing, as well as the craft specialisations such as editing and art department.

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River of Fundament: Matthew Barney

01.10.14 6:32 pm


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Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival: Urgent call for volunteers

Leigh Styles Marketing Coordinator Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival Inc
01.10.14 1:16 pm



The multi award winning Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival returns October 10-12 with a fascinating program of arts, cultural and heritage events.

As part of facilitating the 2014 program, festival organiser’s are calling for volunteers.

Volunteers work in two hour time slots across the festival weekend. They may be welcoming visitors at an exhibition, giving directions, assisting with set up and pack up, surveying visitors and manning the information booth.

“The last Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival was held in 2012, it featured 57 unique events running across three very full days. 92 volunteers assisted us to bring an award winning cultural festival to Queenstown, and this year our program is bigger and better”

Interested persons are invited to attend a volunteer meeting at Queenstown on Monday 6th October, 5pm at the RSL Club. Those people interested in volunteering can also submit their details online ( ) or contact the organiser’s via Facebook ( )


The Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival is looking for people to participate in lantern making workshops at St Joseph’s Primary School in Queenstown during the school holidays. Participants will create imaginative sculptural lanterns and be invited to carry the lanterns in the Angel of the WestOpening Ceremony for the festival on Friday 10th October.

As the opening act of the festival weekend, the Angel of the West will be an uplifting community event encompassing lanterns, choirs and symbolic imagery that aims to raise hopes and focus upon a ‘new beginning’ as created by the participating community.

The workshops will be facilitated by Annie Brennan, who has worked with communities to produce stunning illuminated lanterns for the 2012 Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival, as well as the Chocolate Winterfest in Latrobe and New Year’s Eve celebrations in Devonport.

Free one day workshops will be held on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of October, from 10am until 4pm each day.

Spaces are limited so interested people must register in order to participate. Everyone is welcome. Participants 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.

To register please contact: Kiah Davey on 0408 517 124 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Sophie Wray McCann on 0419 233 931 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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ARIA Nominees ...

Martini Media
01.10.14 8:39 am


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Launch: Wild Island and opening of Dombrovskis: A Wild Vision Friday 10 October, 6pm

Rob Blakers, For Wild Island Tasmania
01.10.14 7:42 am

Morning mist, Rock Island Bend 1981 © Liz Dombrovskis

You are invited to the launch of Wild Island and the opening of Dombrovskis: A Wild Vision Friday 10 October, 6pm until 8pm

Wild Island is a new hub that will bring nature and wildness to the city, and take the people of the city to wild places. It combines a dynamic gallery, interpretative space, nature-based tours and an array of locally sourced and ethical products.

Fittingly, our inaugural exhibition showcases the work of Australia’s pre-eminent wilderness photographer, Peter Dombrovskis.

Featuring painstakingly digitally remastered images and using cutting-edge print technology, Peter’s work is presented as never before.

Also sharing the gallery on opening night is a group exhibition by selected photographers and artists.

We are located at the much loved and celebrated former home of The Wilderness Society Shop, 8 / 33 Salamanca Place Hobart. To find out more go to and follow us on facebook.

Speakers: Bob Brown & Chris Bell Come and celebrate with us!

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Daily Review: The Rundown

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30.09.14 7:03 pm


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Despard: Geoff Dyer, Echoes of Turner ...

Steven Joyce, Despard Gallery
30.09.14 5:15 pm



Geoff Dyer
1 - 27 October 2014
Exhibition opening Wednesday 1 October at Despard Gallery from 5:30pm.

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Emily Chung
30.09.14 5:10 pm



Off the back of a ten date US tour, gifted Melbourne guitarist and lyrical wordsmith, Hamish Anderson has announced the release of his new single, Burn (out October 3) and new EP, Restless (out November 7).  Anderson will be promoting his new releases with an Australian national tour kick starting at Ding Dong Lounge in Melbourne on November 13 and moving through to Newcastle on November 20, Sydney on November 21, Brisbane on November 26 and finishing up at Ya-Ya’s in Perth on November 28.

With an amazing story unfolding overseas, Anderson has relocated to the US to tour and record, while making a quick trip back to Australia to open saxophone guru from Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, Jake Clemons’ solo performances in Melbourne.  Having recently returned to the States to play his own headline shows, Anderson was last week announced as the support act for blues legend, BB King on his national US tour which will see the young Aussie play at such iconic venues as House Of Blues in Chicago and BB King Blues Club in New York amongst others.  He’ll then be representing Australia with several showcases at the infamous CMJ Music Marathon in New York next month.

Lead single, Burn is an adrenaline-charged blues explosion, infused with classic guitar riffs and dramatic drumbeats.  Influenced by music from the Mississippi Delta alongside classic rock of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and others, Anderson has incorporated his extensive musical knowledge in to a sound that is entirely his own.  With a growing reputation for guitar skills well beyond his tender twenty three years, acclaimed guitarist Gary Clark Jnr has even taken note of Anderson’s talent and when asked which guitarists under 30 interested him during an interview for RevoltTV, Clark Jnr named Hamish Anderson first.

The beautifully shot video for Burn, directed by Ian Corson (Paramount, HBO, Warner Bros) sees a game of cat and mouse between a girl and a guy through a mysterious, old mansion in the Canyon area of LA.  “I’ve spent a lot of time in LA this year, hanging around areas like Laurel Canyon and Venice which are famous for people like Jim Morrison and Neil Young having lived there in the 60’s… In fact, Laurel Canyon and its musical legacy really inspired the video and its themes,” explains Anderson.

Recorded live in three days on the floor at Henson Studios (Joni Mitchell, Rolling Stones, Carole King) in LA with Krish Sharma (Rolling Stones, Counting Crowes) at the helm, the Restless EP features some world class musicians including Grammy Award Winner, Greg Leisz (Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen) on floor steel guitar and Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley) on drums.  Anderson reveals his thought process for the EP, saying, “I wanted the recording to capture the sound, to be like a Polaroid.  Imperfections and all.”  The collection of songs on the release were inspired by Anderson’s friendships, relationships and occasionally the losses of both.

After having been in the US for most of the year, Anderson is keen to return to Australia to perform on home soil.  “It’s been a while since I’ve played shows around Australia, so I’m very excited to get back over there and hit the road!” beams Hamish. “People can expect almost a totally new set list, a lot of guitar and a mixture of genres and sounds.“ 

Tickets for the Hamish Anderson Australian tour go on sale September 30.

View the clip for new single Burn   Listen to new EP Restless   Purchase Restless


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Sep. 27 – Comerica Theatre — Phoenix, AZ -
Oct. 3 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL:
Oct. 5 - Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences —  Charleston, WV:
Oct 9 – The Paramount Theatre – Rutland, VT -

Oct. 11 – Wellmont Theatre – Montclair, NJ:

Oct. 12 – B.B. King Blues Club – New York, NY:

Oct. 15 – Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead – Munhall, PA:

Sept. 10th — Hemingway’s, Los Angeles, CA:
Sept. 17th — Fifty Seven Club, Los Angeles, CA -
Sept 24th — Fifty Seven Club, Los Angeles, CA -
Oct. 21 –  Stubbs, Austin, TX:
Oct. 24-25 —  CMJ showcases, NYC: The Bitter End & Drom

“With Hendrix-inspired guitar riffs and extended solos, Anderson tore up the stage, simultaneously reviving and reinventing the blues.” -
Beat Magazine (Dina Amin)

“He’s a talent that provides an exhibition that is addictive to watch, and gives total bang for your buck if you get the chance to witness it.” –
The Music Melbourne Magazine (Izzy Tolhurst)

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Amateur singers vie to take on the world stage

Australian KWC Team, Bill Masters & Kate Kelly
30.09.14 5:05 pm

AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL – September 30, 2014 – Sixty talented Australian amateur singers will take to the stage this weekend to vie for the chance to represent Australia on the world stage.

After six months of national trials, the final ten will be left standing for the final round in the Australian National Grand Final of the Karaoke World Championships. The winner will represent Australia at the world finals to be held in Stockholm, Sweden from November 13 - 15.

Now in its 11th year and originating in Finland, the Karaoke World Championships is the world’s most exciting amateur singing event. This year, the event has featured in 28 different countries worldwide.

Music student and sales assistant, Danielle Faour, 22 from Victoria will be joined onstage by Jacinta Snajdar, 28 (ACT), Heath Gambarotto, 32 (SA), Kat Thurley, 27 (Nth QLD), Angelica Angeles, 18 (NSW), Tracy Peduto, 41 (Far West NSW), Leh Soo, 25 (WA) and Kristoffer Rann, 27 (NT). Regional NSW State Finalist, Kieran Fraser, 41 will again chase the dream in his third attempt at winning the Australian National Grand Final (he has been the runner up twice before).

Queensland’s representative will be announced immediately before the Australian National Grand Final after 50 contestants from around the state take to the stage in the afternoon to show they have what it takes.

Australia’s 2012 Champion and World Final runner up, Candice Skjonnemand, will also perform songs from a new crowd funded EP she is releasing after her appearance on The Voice earlier this year.

Australia has proudly claimed the international title a record three times, sharing the record with Lebanon and proving that Australians are a forced to be reckoned with on the world karaoke stage.

For more information regarding the Karaoke World Championships, please visit

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QLD State Final - Sat. Oct 4, 2014 - Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club, South Tweed Heads - Showtime: 2.00pm Australian National Final – Sat. Oct 4, 2014 – Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club, South Tweed Heads - Showtime: 8.00pm World Finals – November 13 - 15, 2014 – Solidaritet Arena, Stockholm, Sweden

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Australian Finalists -

ACT - Jacinta Snajdar, 28, Canberra - Civil Site Administrator SA - Heath Gambarotto, 32, Adelaide - Assistant used car manager including internet and marketing VIC - Danielle Faour, 22, Melbourne - Music Student/ Craft Shop Sales Assistant Nth QLD - Kat Thurley, 27, Townsville - Brass instrumental teacher/dance teacher Reg. NSW - Kieran Fraser, 41, Booral - Injury Management consultant NSW - Angelica Angeles, 18, Whalan - Home duty Far West NSW - Tracy Peduto, 41 - Administration Manager of Robinson Education Centre WA - Leh Soo, 25 - Full time contemporary vocal student at Western Australia Academy Performing of Art NT - Kristoffer Rann, 27 - Info unavailable QLD - TBA - Sat. Oct 4, 2014 - Showtime: 2.00pm

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Passenger’s Hobart, Canberra and 1st Melbourne shows sold out ...

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30.09.14 9:22 am


... ahead of Australian & NZ Summer Tour



For Release: Tuesday, 30 September, 2014:  Having recently wrapped up the first leg of the Whispers World Tour, Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, has well and truly left audiences across the United States in awe with his captivating and soulful performances. With over 50,000 tickets sold and all but 3 of the 23 date tour official sell-outs, Passenger has certainly left his mark on the country wrapping up that leg of the tour with a debut performance on the legendary Conan O’Brien show:

Next up on the agenda for Passenger are the European and UK & Ireland legs of the tour which kick off next month and have already sold in excess of 95 000 tickets combined, resulting in another 18 shows being sold out!

Australian and New Zealand fans will have to wait until the new year for Passenger to return to our shores and with Melbourne’s first show and the Hobart and Canberra’s shows officially sold out. 

Due to popular demand more seated tickets have now been released for Passenger’s Sydney show at the Qantas Credit Union Arena, his largest ever Australian headline show to date.  With very limited tickets only available for the 2nd Melbourne and Cairns shows, the new seats in Sydney are expected to sell fast.

No doubt enhancing Passenger’s already swelling number of followers across the globe has been the recent release of Mike’s sixth album, Whispers. Garnering international critical acclaim, the UK’s Q Magazine calling it “Exceptional” and rating it 4 stars and The Guardian, “Whispers brims with striking vignettes” and also awarding 4 stars, Whispers has also achieved great commercial success reaching Top 10 in 9 countries including the UK, Germany, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and, of course, Australia.

And that’s all before the release of the third single from the album, 27, which is currently at radio.  27 was co-written by long-time friend and collaborator Josh Pyke and the soon-to-be-released video was filmed last week at the famous Golden Oak Ranch Studios in LA and directed by James Lees (Scare Away The Dark).

Whispers was recorded with long-term collaborator Chris Vallejo and is the follow-up to All The Little Lights, which was driven by the global smash Let Her Go – the 3rd highest selling single in Australia last year and had, at last count, over 394 million views on YouTube.

Remaining tickets for the Whispers Tour with special guests, The Once, are on sale now. 

With Special Guests - The Once
All Ages shows

Friday, 16 January, 2015
Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS – SOLD OUT

Saturday, 17 January, 2015
The Palais Theatre, Melbourne VIC - SOLD OUT

The Palais Theatre, Melbourne VIC
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide SA

Thursday, 22 January, 2015
Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra ACT - SOLD OUT

Friday, 23 January, 2015
Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney NSW

Sunday, 25 January, 2015
Riverstage, Brisbane QLD

Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns QLD

Thursday, 5 February, 2015
Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin NT

Saturday, 7 February, 2015
Red Hill Auditorium, Perth WA

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STEPHEN CUMMINGS Nothing to be frightened of CD LAUNCH TOUR

Michelle Buxton, Lila Cumming
29.09.14 1:33 pm


Stephen Cummings has made his mark as a musicians’ musician.

He has turned out a fantastic string of albums over a number of decades, each one recorded with a core of musician friends who possess the same savvy. He brings wit and understated excellence to every performance.

2014 sees Stephen release his first album for three years, ‘Nothing to be frightened of’ which was recorded and mixed by Shane O’Mara in two days.

‘Nothing to be frightened of’ is a lucid commentary on humanity’s inevitable confrontation with loss and death. It has chutzpah, a seismic beat and a refusal to knuckle under to the idea that one has less time than one imagined.

Cummings is everywhere and nowhere. In addition to his solo release, two original albums of his former group, The Sports, are to be released by Warners this year with 50 additional songs.

Curiously enough, Cummings didn’t perform The Sports songs for twenty-five years. Instead he recorded twenty solo albums.

Stephen will be touring nationally in September to launch ‘Nothing to be frightened of’.


Sep 4 Café Deus, Sydney
Sep 5   The Caravan Music Club, Melbourne
Sep 11 The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide
Sep 13 Junk Bar, Brisbane
Sep 18   Brass Monkey, Cronulla
Sep 19 Smith’s Alternative, Canberra
Sep 20 Milton Theatre, Milton
Oct 3 Yarra Hotel, Melbourne
Oct 4 The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove
Oct 5 The Republic Bar, Hobart

Nothing to be frightened of is in store on 5 Sept 2014

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Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre: Azure Assurances

Azure Assurances
26.09.14 7:11 pm




This is a unique opportunity to support an amazing collaborative achievement of a very creative, honest and bold individual, Crystal Davis.

Tasmanian poet and carer of a loved one with mental illness, Crystal Davis, has a heart-warming, honest and evocative literary voice that will resonate and touch most of us in some way. Crystal’s strong message on the importance of creative self expression for positive mental health is a vital one.

Her words are supported by the simple and powerful line drawings of Canberra artist Kylie Fogarty, who produced her works directly from her impressions of the poetry. Interestingly, this book was completely developed via email, with the two artists never meeting until the final draft was in print - adding to the intrigue.

With complimentary reviews and articles in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and a full page The Canberra Times Arts liftout, as well as live radio interviews on ABC during the Canberra launch of the book in May, this launch creates a wonderful opportunity to support a local artist’s positive message.

“Universal appeal.” The Age:

“Championing a vision of blue.” Canberra Times: 10360254_758969180833952_4325828679286667781_n.jpg

“The theme of Azure Assurances is universal.” SMH: - ABC Live Studio Recording

$2 per book going to Lifeline Hobart

FEATURING: Crystal Davis (Poet)
LAUNCH: Sat 4th October 11:30am - 1pm
EXHIBITION: Sat 4th October 11am - 5pm

To be opened by John X (entertainer) &
Christine Kettleton (GM, Lifeline Hobart)
LOCATION: Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre
Level 1, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart

Azure Assurances
Launch + Exhibition Sat 4th Oct 2014

“In life, when two openly creative forces meet in honesty – a third, infinitely more beautiful entity can come into being.”

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Brisbane’s Lili Kendall wins internal Unsigned Only competition ...

Emily Cheung
26.09.14 2:39 pm



The only Australian to win in any category, Brisbane indie pop artist, Lili Kendall has won first place in the 2014 Unsigned Only music competition (Teen category) with her song, Move.  And in perfect timing off the back of this win, Lili is set to release her new single, Run (out today, September 26), the second single lifted from her forthcoming album slated for a February 2015 release, which also features her debut hit single, Moonlight.

Unsigned Only is a prestigious music competition open to submissions from solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are not signed to major labels. With the goal to unveil and discover outstanding talent across the globe, there’s no wonder Lili is thrilled with her win, saying, “I’m soo humbled by this win… it’s quite incredible to think my song was chosen from soo many songs from around the world.”

Splitting her time between LA and Brisbane with a hectic schedule of songwriting, recording and finishing her last year of high school, Lili’s catalogue of music is steadily growing with the addition of Run.  Fast establishing an impressive and unique sound all of her own, Lili’s style is comparable to the sounds of Jessie J, mixed with the songwriting skills of Sia and the vocal ability of Adele.  Run is a beats driven tune with an unassuming choir introduction, clever lyrics and a memorable chorus. “It was written in a time where my career wasn’t too busy and I was bored of going to school and doing the same thing everyday,” explains Lili, “I was ready to get up and do something else with my life.”

The video clip for Run was shot in Melbourne by Donna Yeatman and Mohini Herse (Boy & Bear, Hungry Kids of Hungary) and sees Lili at the top of an urban jungle with a set of dancers individually performing upon her command.  Shot in slow motion and showcasing the varied styles of the dancers, Lili has created yet another chic, creative clip, showcasing maturity well beyond her 17 years.

Having just supported Celia Pavey (The Voice) in Brisbane, Lili beams, “opening for Celia may have been my all time favourite gig to date, she is such a genuinely kind person and an incredible artist.”

Lili will continue to release one new track every month, giving listeners the opportunity to hear a lot of her songs before dropping her debut album early next year.

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Daily Review: This Weekend

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26.09.14 2:34 pm


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This festival has Short+Sweet covered

Ros Peck Festival Director Short + Sweet Theatre Hobart
25.09.14 4:03 pm


Next week is Short+Sweet Hobart’s Opening week and it’s started with Program 1, 10 fantastic ten minute plays never seen before in Hobart including 4 new Tasmanian plays. 

The festival continues on Saturday with Program 2 which also has new Tasmanian plays and one memorable moment for a young, short and sweet Tasmanian actress.  Fourteen year old Zoe Melville has been going to one act play festivals with her Thespian Grand Parents, Mike and Helen Edwards since she could walk. Readers have no doubt seen Mike and/or Helen treading the boards in plays as recently as “The Phantom” at the Theatre Royal and “Waiting in the Wings” in 2013at the Playhouse and as far back as 1950’s Uni Revues.

Coming from a family involved in the performing arts in Tasmania for almost 60 years theatre was bound to be in Zoe’s blood.  This weekend will be an experience she’ll never forget, sharing her first mainstream on stage appearance with her grandparents, two of Hobart theatres stalwarts.

Festival Director Ros Peck says “This is absolutely one of the highlights of this festival for me, Zoe has been an audience member for so long and to see her finally on stage and with her Grandparents gives me goosebumps, I’m so happy for her”

The festival continues next week with Program 3 Tues – Friday finishing with the GALA preview and Showcase on Sat Oct 11 at 2.30 and 7.30.

Ros promises something for everyone… comedy, drama, romance and thrillers – and all in just 10 minutes!

Season: S+S Hobart 2014 has three programs of 10 plays. 

Program 1 Tues 30 Sep-Fri 3 Oct 7.30pm
Program 2 Sat 4 Oct 2.30pm/7.30pm
Program 3 Tues 7-Fri 10 Oct 7.30pm
Gala Preview and Showcase Sat 11 Oct 2.30pm/7.30pm

Venue: The Playhouse Theatre 106 Bathurst St, Hobart
Tickets: or at the door $20/25
Look for our group on facebookShort+Sweet Theatre Hobart

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Bett Gallery: Tim Burns, Sara Maher

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25.09.14 3:41 pm






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Devonport Regional Gallery: Pat Brassington: À Rebours. Torchlight Tour. Holiday workshops

Devonport Regional Art Gallery
25.09.14 7:20 am

Pat Brassington: The Secret

Pat Brassington: By the Way

Pat Brassington

Devonport Regional Gallery will present a survey of works by leading Australian photobased
artist Pat Brassington from 4 October – 2 November.

Curated by Juliana Engberg, Artistic Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the
exhibition brings together several significant works from Brassington’s exceptional 30 year

Pat Brassington was one of the first artists to recognise the potential of the digital format, and
has used it to create an enormous body of work – images that are hauntingly beautiful, deeply
psychological, and sometimes disturbing. Her works reference the tradition of surrealist
photography. Recurring motifs usually include interior and domestic spaces and strange bodily
mutations that take place within the human, predominantly female, form. The manipulation of
the image is restrained, but the effect often uncanny and dramatic.

The exhibition title is inspired by the banned 1884 French novel of the same name, which in
English translates as ‘against nature’ or ‘against the grain’, and the exhibition was first shown as
part of ACCA’s Influential Australian Artist Series, which celebrates the works of artists who have
made a significant contribution to the history of Australian art practice.

Brassington was born in 1942 in Tasmania, and studied printmaking and photography at the
Tasmanian School of Art in the early eighties. She has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions
including Feminism never happened, IMA, Brisbane (2010), On Reason and Emotion, Biennale of
Sydney (2004) and in solo exhibitions at Art One Gallery, Melbourne, Monash University Museum
of Art and Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne.

The Gallery will offer a range of programs and events to coincide with the exhibition, including
school holiday workshops for 8 to 12 year olds; a Torchlight Tour; and floor talks for High School,
College and University students.

An Australian Centre for Contemporary Art touring exhibition. This project has been assisted by the
Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Pat Brassington: À Rebours

4 October – 2 November, Opening Friday 3 October, 6 pm

School Holiday Workshop: Real Surreal

Monday 6 October, 10am – 12pm or 2pm – 4pm
$15/$10 members – booking essential: phone 6424 8296

Torchlight Tour

Friday 10 October, 8pm
BYO torch

Pat Brassington, By the Way, 2010, pigment print
All images courtesy the artist, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne and Stills Gallery, Sydney

Devonport PO Box 604 Devonport 7310 T. 03 6424 8296 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Regional Gallery 45–47 Stewart St. Tasmania Australia F. 03 6423 5305

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RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize: The Write Response review

Write Response
25.09.14 7:00 am

Cameron McRae: David Foster enters the Burnie Betta Milk Wearable Paper Art Prize

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ARIA Awards back at Star

Martini Media
25.09.14 6:31 am


he 2014 ARIA Awards connected by Telstra makes a dazzling return to The Star, Sydney

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Constable: The Making of a Master - Major Show for London

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, thecultureconcept circle
24.09.14 3:23 pm


A landmark exhibition of painter John Constable’s works will start at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum at London on the 20th September 2014 and be on show until 11th January 2015. It will be a must see show for all those in, and visiting London. Read More

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Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival ...

Leigh Styles Marketing Coordinator Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival Inc
23.09.14 1:58 pm


... to conduct lantern-making workshops for opening ceremony, ‘The Angel of the West’

The Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival is looking for people to participate in lantern making workshops at St Joseph’s Primary School in Queenstown during the school holidays. Participants will create imaginative sculptural lanterns and be invited to carry the lanterns in the Angel of the WestOpening Ceremony for the festival on Friday 10th October.

As the opening act of the festival weekend, the Angel of the West will be an uplifting community event encompassing lanterns, choirs and symbolic imagery that aims to raise hopes and focus upon a ‘new beginning’ as created by the participating community.

The workshops will be facilitated by Annie Brennan, who has worked with communities to produce stunning illuminated lanterns for the 2012 Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival, as well as the Chocolate Winterfest in Latrobe and New Year’s Eve celebrations in Devonport.

Free one day workshops will be held on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of October, from 10am until 4pm each day.

Spaces are limited so interested people must register in order to participate. Everyone is welcome. Participants 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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Digital Program

The 2014 festival program is now available to download from

Paper Program

Paper copies of the 2014 festival program will be mailed automatically to all West Coast residents. Members of the public not residing on the West Coast ca request a paper program by visiting completing the online form. A paper copy will then be mailed.

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2014 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition Deadline Extended!

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22.09.14 2:07 pm

Encouragement Award expanded with addition of producer/A&R package!

For release: Monday, 22 September, 2014:  APRA AMCOS, Alberts and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia (NRMTA) are pleased to announce that the cut off time for entries for the 2014 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition – the largest charity songwriting competition in the world – has been extended for a further four weeks and will now close on Friday, 24 October, 2014.

The Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious songwriting competitions, supporting talented songwriters whilst raising much needed funds for music therapy that has been proven to help people with developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Rett Syndrome and Angelman Syndrome and disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Dyspraxia and Spina Bifida.

The competition is open to songwriters worldwide with each applicant paying an entry fee of AU$50.00 per submission with money raised going directly to supporting Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia.  To date, the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition has raised over AU$485,000 for NRMTA over the past three competitions.

With thanks to Alberts and APRA AMCOS, this year’s winning songwriter/s will take home a cash prize of AU$50,000 and join the illustrious company of past Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition winners – Megan Washington (2009), Kimbra (2011) and The Preatures (2013).

Four runners’ up, prizes are also on offer with second place receiving AU$10,000 thanks to AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association) and third place taking home AU$5,000 courtesy of new sponsor, AEG Ogden.

An additional Encouragement Award has also been made available this year comprising a cash prize of AU$2,000 which has been graciously donated by last year’s winners, The Preatures. APRA AMCOS has also just announced the donation of a production and A&R feedback package with last year’s 2nd prizewinner, Robert Conley, is also to be included in the Encouragement Award.

Robert Conley said today “It’s an honour to get to be a part of this year’s Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition. Taking out 2nd place last year was an enormous shot in the arm, both financially and professionally, and I can’t wait to hear what this year has in store”

Each of the four winning songwriters will also receive a copy of the recently released Vanda and Young – The Official Songbook, an officially authorised folio containing just some of the highlights of the iconic songwriting team’s work, thanks to Music Sales.

The 2014 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition will be judged by a panel of songwriters and industry professionals and this year we welcome a slew of new international industry expert judges including David Ryan Harris (Like it Like That, Battle Scars, Live Louder co-writer) who said “I believe absolutely, that music has the power to change the course of our existence. For me, the extension of that ideology is that the pen of a songwriter is amongst the mightiest of swords and to be a part of helping some lucky songwriter’s words and vision reach a larger audience is a special privilege. 

I’m honoured to be a part of it. $50K to help advance an artist’s career could quite literally help to change the course of all of our lives through the power of song and I’m thrilled to have been asked to participate.”

Also joining the panel this year are some of Australia’s most well respected journalists and commentators including Kathy McCabe (The Daily Telegraph), Bernard Zuel (Sydney Morning Herald), Matt Coyte (Rolling Stone), Simon Collins (The West Australian), Lindsay McDougall (triple j), Amanda Lee (Southern Cross Austereo) and Andrew Mast (The Music) to name a few. See below for a full list of Judges.

Jeremy Fabinyi, AMPAL General Manager, added “The Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition makes a wonderful contribution in two very important ways - encouraging the song-writers of the future and supporting the great work of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia.”

Entries close on Friday, 24 October 2014.

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2014 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition Judges

Industry and Media:
Amanda Lee - Southern Cross Austereo
Andrew Mast - The
Andrew P Street – Sydney Morning Herald
Bob Gordon - Xpress Magazine
Chris Martin - The Brag
Dan Zilber - FBi Radio
Danielle McGrane - AAP
Don Elford – AEG Ogden
Kathy McCabe – The Daily Telegraph / News Corp Australia
Larry Heath - the AU review
Lindsay McDougall - triple j
Bernard Zuel – Sydney Morning Herald / Fairfax Media
Martin Boulton - The Age / Fairfax Media
Iain Shedden – The Australian / News Corp Australia
Paul Cashmere - Noise 11
Poppy Reid - The Music Network
Robert Dunstan - Freelance Writer
Scott Fitzsimons -

Record Companies:
Mark Holland – EMI Recorded Music Australia Michael Taylor (Universal Music Australia)
Peter Karpin (Mercury Records/Universal Music Australia)

International Judges:
Isabel Pappani – Undercover Tracks/Los Angeles APRA AMCOS Member Relations Rep (USA)
Mark Moffatt – Producer/Songwriter/Nashville APRA AMCOS Member Relations Rep (USA)
Mitch Allan – writer (USA)
Peter Coquillard - Bill Silva Publishing (USA)
Steve Lillywhite – producer (USA)
David Ryan Harris – singer/songwriter/producer (USA)

APRA AMCOS Ambassadors:
Eric McCusker
Jenny Morris
Jonathan Zwartz
Les Gock
Josh Pyke
Rai Thistlethwayte
Eric Chapus
Grant Windsor
Ilan Kidron (The Potbelleez)
Jonny Sonic (The Potbelleez)
Dave Goode (The Potbelleez)
Amanda Brown
John Schumann
Brendan Gallagher
Kevin Mitchell
James Blundell
Mark Atkins


Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy
Composer Paul Nordoff and special educator Clive Robbins first developed the creative music therapy approach. This approach focuses on awakening an inborn musicality in every client in order to develop his or her full potential as a human being. Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia Ltd was founded in 1984 to promote and develop the understanding, training and practice of creative music therapy. Enid Rowe a Sydney based music teacher trained in music therapy in London and brought Nordoff-Robbins to Australia in 1978.

Alberts is an independent music company, which has been a longstanding supporter of Nordoff Robbins Australia in its mission to transform lives through the provision of music therapy.  Named after the iconic songwriters Harry Vanda and George Young, the songwriting competition was launched in 2009 to support and raise the profile of the non-profit organisation and the work it does to change the lives of many.

APRA AMCOS has 87,000+ members who are songwriters, composers and music publishers.  We license organisations to play, perform, copy, record or make available our members’ music, and we distribute the royalties to our members.

The Australasian Music Publishers Association works on behalf of its members to promote a better understanding of the value of music, both culturally and economically. They have more than 50 publisher members in Australia and New Zealand who invest in songwriters across all genres of music. They nurture talent, promote the works of their writers and find avenues for their work to be heard. They are a vital part of an industry that contributes to the cultural and economic future of Australia and New Zealand.  Our members represent over 90% of the economic value of the music publishing sector.

AEG Ogden
AEG Ogden is an Australian controlled joint venture between Australian venue management interests and AEG Facilities of the United States. AEG Ogden manages venues throughout the Asia Pacific region, including the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and the adjacent Sports Centre, Sydney’s Allphones Arena, the Qantas Credit Union Arena (formerly the Sydney Entertainment Centre), the Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Perth Arena; Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane; convention centres in Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur, Hyderabad (currently in design), Oman (opening 2016), the ICC Sydney (opening December 2016) and the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island; and live theatres including Perth’s His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth Concert Hall, the WA State Theatre Centre, Albany Entertainment Centre, and Subiaco Arts Centre.

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Hobart to experience a more creative world 10 minutes at a time!

Ros Peck Festival Director Short + Sweet Theatre Hobart
22.09.14 2:00 pm


Short+Sweet Hobart OPENING Sept 30 will include something for everyone - comedy, drama, romance and thrillers – and all in just 10 minutes!

Short + Sweet Hobart 2014 began in May with writing workshops with Australia’s world famous 10 minute play writer Alex Broun and then the offered director and acting workshops.

Three of the plays in the S+S festival are from the writing workshop. “Tumbling Down” by Ingrid Ganley finds that over a game of Jenga a few home truths come out, director Julie Waddington** said “she’s delighted to be directing this local piece. The opportunity to further develop the script with the writer is an experience not often offered in Tasmania.”

“The family that prays together stays together”, says Thomas, the father in “A Good Catholic Family”. Written and directed by James McDonald we see if faith and prayer unite the family and protect it from the past when new priest, Anthony, returns home to celebrate.

The third play to come from the Alex Broun workshop is “Placement” by Louise Love directed by Informal, which sends the message… “You are not the only one. You need to take a number.”

Plays presented in the festival will include the best 10-minute plays from around the world as well as scripts by some of Hobart’s top playwrights, brought to life by Hobart’s top actors and directors.

With 10 out of 30 plays being Tasmanian new works this festival is the best single showcase of our writers, performers and directors.

S+S Hobart 2014 has three programs of 10 plays. 

Program 1 Tues 30 Sep-Fri 3 Oct 7.30pm
Program 2 Sat 4 Oct 2.30pm/7.30pm
Program 3 Tues 7-Fri 10 Oct 7.30pm
Gala Preview and Showcase Sat 11 Oct 2.30pm/7.30pm

Audiences and judges vote for their favourite plays to be in the Gala Preview (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and celebrate the best at the awards presentation at the Gala Showcase on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Venue: The Playhouse Theatre 106 Bathurst St, Hobart
Tickets: or at the door $20/25
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PROGRAM ONE (Sept 30 – Oct 3, 7.30pm)

1. Tumbling Down (TAS) Written by Ingrid Ganley Directed by Julie Waddington
2. Love Me Tinder (TAS)  Written and Directed by Samantha Lush  
3. The Audience (NSW) Written by Grant Woolley Directed by Cassie Xintavelonis
4. The Marineers Necklace (TAS)  Written and directed by Leigh Swinbourne
5. Wil’s Dramaturg (USA) Written by Rich Rubin Directed by Tai Gardner
6. Transactions Written by Scott McAteer Directed by Ingrid Ganley
7. Winter (Aus)  Written by Sue Smith Directed by Justan Wagner
8. Milton (NSW) Written by Robert Armstrong Directed by Cassie Xintavelonis
9. The Twist (TAS)  Written by David Rish Directed by John Andrews
10. Bankin’ On The Grand (USA) Written by Chris Shaw Swanson Directed by Maeve MacGregor

PROGRAM TWO (Oct 4, 2.30 + 7.30pm)
1. Reservations (USA) Written by Jeffrey Fischer-Smith Directed by Julie Waddington
2. A Good Catholic Family (TAS) Written and Directed by James McDonald
3. New Years Eve (USA) Written by David MacGregor Directed by   CJ Bowers
4. Tagged (TAE) Written by Russell Bell   Directed by Harley Mason
5. Going Viral (USA) Written by Brandon M. Crose Directed by Pip Tyrell
6. Star Power (USA) Written by Ted Wenskus Directed by Tom Hogan
7. An Apology (TAS) Written and Directed by Kath Uziallo
8. Beijing Big Mac (NSW) Written by Alex Broun Directed by Rogan Brown
9. Black Coffee (USA) Written by Deanna Ableser Directed by Louisa Gordon
10. Captain Everything (NSW) Written by Pete Malicki Directed by Georgina Carr + Quinn Griggs

PROGRAM 3 (Oct 7-10, 7.30)

1. Unspoken (NSW) Written and Directed by Nicole Pesa
2. Caught in the act (VIC) Written and Directed by Kea Libratella
3. Dear Mum & Dad (TAS) Written and Directed by Warrick Glynn
4. To Protect (NSW) Written and Directed by Lyn Chick
5. Shirley V’s The Possums (NSW) Written by Camilla Maxwell Directed by Jane Hamilton Foster
6. Donut (NSW) Written by Alex Broun Directed by Christopher Forbes
7. Placement (TAS) Written by Louise Love Directed by Informal
8. Prudence has a Problem (TAS) Written by Ian McQueen Directed by Ingrid Ganley
9. Bad Mum (TAS) Written by Charles Elliot Directed by Robert Manion
10. The Next Applicant (NSW) Written by Evin Donohue Directed by Maeve MacGregor

Oct 11.
The Galas showing the 10 top plays from the festival
Gala Preview 2.30 where the final award decisions are made, Gala Showcase 7.30 where the awards are presented.

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2014 RACT Insurance Portraiture Prize winner announced ...

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers
19.09.14 6:05 pm

Cameron McRae: David Foster enters the Burnie Betta Milk Wearable Paper Art Prize

Shannon Terry: A small idol of mine

Tilly Clough: Dad

The winner of the 2014 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize (TPP) has been revealed, with a
piece depicting a nude David Foster wearing a paper mask taking out the top award.

Judges Robert Hannaford, Jane Stewart and Alex Davern deliberated right until the last moment,
ultimately crowning Cameron McRae the winner for his piece, aptly titled David Foster enters the
Burnie Betta Milk Wearable Paper Art Prize.

Renowned Australian portraiture artist and multi-finalist for the Archibald Prize, Robert Hannaford,
said the quality of entries in this year’s TPP was fantastic and really showcased the talent of
Tasmania’s young and up-and-coming artists.

“It was a tough decision for Jane, Alex and I, however, Cameron’s piece is quite unique and was
ruled as the overall winner for the 2014 prize,” Mr Hannaford said.

“Cameron is a deserving winner and should be very proud his piece caught the attention of the
judges in what was a very difficult judging process.

“Overall there were some truly amazing pieces in this year’s competition and I look forward to
seeing the portraiture genre continue to grow in Tasmania.”

Mr Hannaford said the 2014 runner-up was awarded to Shannon Terry from South Hobart, with a
piece entitled A small idol of mine.

“All of us thought this piece was fantastic and Shannon should be very proud, especially given it is
very rare to have a unanimous decision in an art prize,” he said.

Entrants were invited to paint a portrait of a living Tasmanian who is important to them and supply a
statement describing the inspiration and meaning behind the work.

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers said he was proud to once again be associated with the Tasmanian
Portraiture Prize and its contribution to art and creativity in the state.

“As the only locally based insurance company in Tasmania, we are proud to support activities such as
the TPP and I would like to acknowledge all the artists who entered this year,” Mr Sayers said.

“I would like to especially congratulate the winner of the 2014 RACT Insurance Tasmanian
Portraiture Prize, Cameron McRae, as well as runner-up Shannon Terry, as I know the entries were of
a very high standard this year.

“I would also like to acknowledge this year’s Sponsors Choice winner, Tilly Clough, for her
outstanding piece, titled Dad.

“This award is decided by the staff of all the stakeholders involved in the TPP and I am sure Tilly will
be delighted that her piece has resonated with so many.”

This year, a Packers Prize category was also created, which was voted on by those who unpacked
and hung all the works today, with Jesse Hunniford winning the category and taking home $500 with
the piece Am I a man or a puppet.

Mr Sayers said while four category winners had now been announced, he urged everyone to view all
the pieces and cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award.

“Voting for the 2014 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize People’s Choice will close at the
end of the exhibition season, with the winner announced on Monday, 2 February 2015, so I urge all
Tasmanians to get along to the exhibitions and cast their votes at,” he said.

This year’s judging panel consisted of the 2013 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize winner
Alex Davern, renowned Australian portraiture artist Robert Hannaford, and Curator of the
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) Jane Stewart.

The competition, now in its seventh year, was established to create a platform for emerging
Tasmanian artists aged under 30 to exhibit their talents, while also developing a body of portraiture
that reflects life in 21st century Tasmania.

As the winner of the 2014 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize, Cameron McRae will receive
$5000 in prize money as well as a trip for two to the Archibald Prize exhibition in Sydney, while
Shannon Terry will receive $2000 to assist with studio rent.

RACT Insurance encourages all Tasmanians to come along and support the state’s emerging artists at
the TPP exhibition in the Long Gallery in Hobart from 20 September – 5 October, the Sawtooth
Gallery in Launceston from the 31 October – 22 November and the Burnie Regional Gallery from the
12 December – 31 January 2015.


WINNER – Cameron McRae – David Foster enters the Burnie Betta Milk Wearable Paper Art Prize
This is a portrait of David Foster entering the Burnie Betta Milk Wearable Paper Art Prize. I guess I
kind of wonder about whether art has any social value or not. It would be easier if I thought it did,
but really at the moment drawing seems like a fairly selfish activity. You get a lot of strange things
when people try and foster (sorry) ‘creativity’, and I suppose at the end of it you’re left with
something interesting. And I suppose I’m very glad there’s a milk company paying people in Burnie
to make clothes out of paper, I’m just trying to work out why.

RUNNER UP – Shannon Terry – A small idol of mine

Sarah is a close cousin of mine who has played a significant role in my life since I was very young. An
exhibition of mine included twelve portraits. Sarah was one of these twelve. Each person in my
exhibition has had a different influence in the in which way I have grown up. She is a woman with
great ambitions. The lens in which she views the world is one of which I admire immensely. She
holds strong views in politics. Symbolically, the grey I create serves to remind us that there is neither
a black nor white perspective in life. As Mahatma Gandhi states, “in reality, there are as many
religions as there are individuals”. This is something I feel very strongly about, because “we see
things not as they are, but as we are”, expressed by H.M Tomlinson.

SPONSORS CHOICE – Tilly Clough – Dad

Each time I see my Dad it seems he has aged more than I expected, or perhaps more time has passed
between my visits than I would like to acknowledge. His face is a work of art in itself; portraying a
lifetime of experiences and adventures of which I can only imagine. What I find most inspiring and
motivating are the flaws and rough characteristics of my subjects, these imperfections I believe,
make them perfect.

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Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
18.09.14 2:53 pm


I was very pleased today to help launch the program for this year’s Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival.

The Festival Board and Director Travis Tiddy have put together a fantastic program for this year’s festival, which is being held in Queenstown October 10-12.

The Liberal Government has provided $50,000 to the festival as part of our $750,000 election pledge for the West Coast, which we have brought forward in response to the closure of the Mt Lyell mine.

The biennial festival began in 2010 and has become a significant contemporary cultural event for the West Coast region.

The 2014 festival will encompass the centenary of the heritage listed Lake Margaret Power Station – the oldest operating hydro-electric power station in Australia and a site of high cultural and industrial significance to Tasmania. The overarching theme of the 2014 festival is Power of Water.

The full program of events is available at

I encourage everyone to support the Queenstown community by getting along to the Festival this year.

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Best of the world’s film festivals at BOFA 2014

Matt Fraser | Communications Manager
16.09.14 12:52 pm


From the glitz and glamour of Cannes to world-firsts at Warsaw to the homegrown heroes in Sydney, the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival has scoured the world’s film festivals throughout the year to bring the best films of 2014 to Tasmania.

BOFA (sited in Launceston, Tasmania ) is proud to announce the full program of diverse and powerful films for its fifth annual festival, which will take place this year from Thursday November 6 to Sunday November 9, 2014. This year there is a strong focus on documentary films as well as the best of the best features from around the world.

“BOFA has always been about documentaries and features with inspiring stories of challenge and achievement,” said Festival Director Owen Tilbury. “2014 is different only in that we have found an even more-amazing-than-normal range of powerful documentaries for the program. So our opening night film, Desert Runners,  is unusually a documentary.”

Desert Runners tells the extraordinary story of 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 – the Gobi, the Atacama, the Sahara and Antarctica. BOFA is proud to show this dramatic documentary film on opening night, Thursday November 6, for its Australian film festival premiere.

Samantha Gash, whose journey is captured in Desert Runners, is a special guest of this year’s opening night as well as throughout the festival. Gash is the youngest person and the only Australian female to complete the 4 Desert Grand Slam and is a co-founder of Freedom Runners. Ticket holders have the chance to meet this inspiring woman at the glamorous opening night party, as well as mixing with other visiting actors and filmmakers. Guests can party the night away enjoying fine Tasmanian food and wine prepared by Don Cameron, one of the state’s finest chefs.

BOFA is thrilled to be screening this year’s winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Winter Sleep. This Turkish film tells the story of Mr Aydin, who presides over a hotel on the Anatolian steppe. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animositie. It has been described as “near perfect film making.”

Other Cannes prize-winners screening at BOFA include Force Majeure, winner of the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section. This simultaneously hilarious and disturbing film, , from Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund, investigates what happens to a man who instinctively abandons his family when a threatening avalanche turns out to be a false alarm.

In a proud moment for Australians at Cannes this year, veteran actor David Gulpilil won the Best Actor Un Certain Regard after receiving a long standing ovation for his captivating performance in Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country. Thanks to the support of Tasmanians for Recognition, a FREE screening of Charlie’s Country will take place on the Saturday of the Festival.

Winner of Best Film at the Sydney Film Festival, Two Days, One Night bears witness to a tour de force performance by Marion Cotillard, playing Sandra, who has a weekend to convince her co-workers at a solar-panel factory to forego their yearly bonus in order for Sandra to keep her job.

Another festival winner is Tangerines, which took out the Grand Prix at the Warsaw Film Festival earlier this year. Directed by Zaza Urushadze, this wonderful film manages to insert humour and humanity into the Georgia/Russia conflict of 1992.

Other highlights of the festival include Advanced Style, which documents New York photographer Ari Seth Cohen as he photographs New York fashionistas ranging in age from 60-90 years old for his street-style blog. These ladies (and gentlemen) prove that age is no limit to being fabulous. 

Another documentary, Finding Fela tackles the astonishing life of Nigerian musical pioneer, political maverick and global superstar Fela Kuti, whose biography inspired the Broadway smash hit musical, FELA!

A good laugh is had from The Trip to Italy with Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, the follow-up to the hilarious hit comedy The Trip. The Trip to Italy sees Coogan and Brydon team up once more to go on a driving tour of Italy, visiting charming restaurants and hotels inspiring discussions between the two friends about life, relationships and careers.

There’s also horror genre bender The Babadook directed by Jennifer Kent and starring Tasmanian-born Essie Davis and Noah Winspear.  This is preceded by the winner of the Stranger with My Face Short film Tasploitation Challenge competition, Bring in the Cat.

Another Tasmanian talent, filmmaker Niall Doran will be in attendance for a Q&A session after an exclusive screening of excerpts from his film (still in post-production), Sixteen Legs, which captures the never-before filmed kinky sexual behaviour of Tasmanian Cave Spiders. Witness the significant challenges for the film crew as they attempt to shoot these dinner-plate sized arachnids who don’t like light or heat in their completely dark and hostile environment.

The Sound of One Hand Clapping is this year’s retrospective classic, telling the story of a post war migrant mother who leaves her three-year old daughter in a hut at a remote Tasmanian construction camp. Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan, who also directed the film and has just recently been shortlisted for this year’s Mann Booker Prize, will host the Q&A session.

BOFA is also about action. Films on innovation and community development are used to prompt an audience of opinion leaders from around Tasmania to make plans for creating state growth and effective collaboration . Action Sessions include ‘Regional Innovation, State Growth’ lead by Dr Anton Kritz, developer of the Regional Innovation Model (RIM), which is transforming the Central Coast of NSW, looking at how this model could be applied to Tasmania. Also, ‘Collaborating for Collective Impact’ will feature John Dengate, the Director of Twyfords, leading community groups like Anglicare Tasmania in a discussion on how Collective Impact can achieve significant and lasting social change in Tasmania.

Sponsored by Screen Tasmania is the industry master-class, ‘Making Documentaries and Factual Content Films that Make a Difference.’ Leading industry professionals such as Trish Lake from Freshwater Pictures, John Godfrey from SBS, Phil Craig of ABC; Susan Mackinnon, Documentary Australia Foundation; and many others discuss how to choose, develop, fund, make and distribute documentaries.

The Big Picture Debate is a free event tackling the topic of ‘Fracking in Tasmania:  Good or Bad?’ Fracking conjures images of flammable water gushing from faucets in films like Gaslands whilst USA experts estimate that domestic shale sites hold an additional 24 billion barrels of recoverable oil and natural gas and claim it is safe. So who is right? Speakers from both sides of the argument will debate the pros and cons aided by footage from films on the subject, including the soon to be released The Frackman.
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.

BOFA 2014 is set to be a jam-packed four days of the world’s best films, insightful discussions, and wonderful food and wine. Immerse yourself for the whole four days or dip into BOFA this November in Tasmania’s beautiful Tamar Valley . It will no doubt be the ‘breath of fresh air’ you’ve been craving!

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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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