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04.08.15 4:24 pm

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Moonah Arts Centre: Maatsuyker Art Collecting Group

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
04.08.15 1:30 pm

AN EXHIBITION INVITATION:

FROM THE MAATSUYKER ART COLLECTING GROUP

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The Maatsuyker Collection is a group of art enthusiasts from a wide range of backgrounds, who joined together with the aim of building an outstanding collection of contemporary Tasmanian art over a ten-year period.  This exhibition sees the collection of 45 works exhibited for the first time, marking the half-way point of this collecting journey.

WHERE:  Moonah Arts Centre, 27 Albert Road, Moonah, Tasmania
WHEN: Thursday 6th of August, 6pm
UNTIL: Exhibition runs until 29th of August 2015

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Despard: This is Drawing Now

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
03.08.15 2:49 pm

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this is DRAWING NOW

Bertie Blackman, Jo Chew, Brain Foetus, Mish Meijers, Jonathan McBurnie & Mary Scott.

5.30pm, August 5 -28

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MICHAELA GLEAVE TAKES OUT ‘THE CHURCHIE’ 2015 / NEW PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED

Emma Theyers Media Release
03.08.15 1:38 pm

The winner of the churchie national emerging art prize (‘the churchie’) 2015, with non-acquisitive prize money of $15,000 sponsored by Brand + Slater Architects, Brisbane, is Michaela Gleave for her artwork ‘Waiting for Time (7 Hour Confetti Work)’ 2014. The Commendation Prizes, receiving $1,000 each, were awarded to Sha Sarwari for his artwork ‘National Icon’ 2014 and Tai Snaith for her artwork ‘Portrait of a Sunday Painter’ 2015. 

The Judge, Rachel Kent (Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney) said “An award like ‘the churchie’ is a great snapshot of what’s going on creatively today around the country. This particular award focuses on artists in the early stages of their careers; to be selected for the award and exhibited at the Griffith University Art Gallery is itself an achievement, and a great position to be in for an artist at this career point”.

At the Official Opening + Prize Announcement of ‘the churchie’ 2015, held at the Griffith University Art Gallery (GUAG) on 31 July 2015 – the Headmaster of Churchie, Dr Alan Campbell, announced that ‘the churchie’, now in its 28th year, would enter into a new partnership with Queensland University of Technology Art Museum from 2016 and looked forward to continuing ‘the churchie’s alliance with another prestigious educational institution. Dr Campbell extended the School and Committee’s thanks to Griffith Artworks for their collegiality, professionalism, and dedication to this exhibition over these past 6 years, extending special thanks to the two curators over those years - Mr Simon Wright, now Assistant Director of Learning and Public Engagement at GOMA and Ms Naomi Evans, the current Curator of Griffith Artworks - noting that ‘the churchie’ has been in very good hands.

Griffith Artworks Director, Angela Goddard said “We have enjoyed tremendously working with Churchie over the past six years. We are proud of the way Griffith Artworks has helped guide ‘the churchie’ to grow from strength to strength.  We wish Churchie all the best in their new partnership with our friends at QUT and look forward to seeing more great works by emerging Australian artists in the 2016 prize.”

All 38 artworks from the churchie national emerging art prize are on sale and will be on show to the public at the Griffith University Art Gallery (GUAG) until 29 August.
Key Dates for ‘the churchie’ 2015

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

More Information:  http://www.churchieemergingart.com

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01.08.15 1:08 pm

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NGV: Opening Weekend: Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great

National Gallery of Victoria
31.07.15 4:36 pm

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31.07.15 11:59 am

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Theatre Royal: An Evening with Joan Baez

Miranda Brown Publicity
30.07.15 7:53 pm

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Maggie Gerrand presents

An evening with
Joan Baez

“She was suddenly amongst us, not claiming to lead but leading by example, guiding us to a new path of creative expression synonymous with activism, civil rights and the anti-war movement. Sixteenth Century had its Joan of Arc and we had our Joan Baez.”

Patti Smith presenting Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award to Joan Baez, May 21 2015

Joan Baez – singer, songwriter, activist and cultural icon – returns to Australia in spring 2015, giving audiences the opportunity to experience the world’s most celebrated folk singer. This concert series follows 2013/2014’s triumphant world tour that saw Baez receive standing ovations across four continents. As the UK Independent wrote last year, ‘Her voice is as clear and distinctive as it ever was and her ability to tell a story still as spellbinding.’

In the anniversary year of the historic walk from Montgomery to Selma in which Baez took part, her tireless work to fight for people’s rights continues to resonate and inspire. On May 21, this year, Baez received Amnesty International’s highest honour, its Ambassador for Conscience Award for 2015, The award recognises Baez’s lifelong commitment as an outstanding, courageous activist whose beliefs can’t be separated from her music. Equally her music is celebrated this year with the USA’s Library Of Congress selecting her 1960 debut album, Joan Baez – which jettisoned her onto the front cover of Time Magazine – to be included in the National Recording Registry as a crucial part of America’s history.

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It was fifty-five years ago, that Baez, then eighteen, was introduced onstage at Newport Jazz Festival. Baez bought her first guitar when she was fifteen and quickly became the central figure of the powerful folk movement, selling more albums than any female folk singer before her. Dylan met her in Greenwich Village and she introduced him to the world as the two became musically and romantically entwined. Baez is a wonderful interpreter and Dylan gave her some of his best songs – ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’, ‘With God on Our Side’ and ‘Blowing in the Wind’ to name a few. Their relationship inspired her to write “Diamonds and Rust”. Baez put her own stamp on other fine songwriter’s songs, amongst them ‘There But For The Fortune’ (Phil Ochs), ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ (Robbie Robertson) and ‘Jerusalem’ (Steve Earle). Her unforgettable performance of ‘We Shall Overcome’ at Woodstock, when she was several months pregnant and her husband David Harris in jail for draft resistance, has indelibly linked her to that song for millions of fans.

The new live album, Diamantes, features previously unreleased recordings in Spanish, English and Portuguese, including covers penned by Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Simon & Garfunkel and Sting. Her previous album, Day After Tomorrow, was nominated for a Grammy Award and described by The Boston Globe as “songs that evoke the spirit and message of her defining early work…Baez has never sounded wiser, or more deeply human”.

“It’s been a long time”, Joan said, “ since I’ve had an entire album of songs that speak to the essence of who I am in the same way as the songs that have been the enduring backbone of my repertoire for the past 50 years.”

The musical and political influence of Baez is incalculable. She sang about freedom and civil rights from the backs of flatbed trucks in Mississippi and from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before Dr Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech, and she marched on the front lines of the civil rights movement. Baez brought the Free Speech Movement into the spotlight at Berkeley; organised resistance to the war in South East Asia, travelling to Hanoi; inspired Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic; and sang on the first Amnesty International tour. In 2008 Baez stood alongside Nelson Mandela when the world celebrated his 90th birthday in London’s Hyde Park, and performed at Occupy Wall Street in New York. In 2009, Joan attended the first presidential inauguration of Barack Obama in Washington DC and sang at the Peace Ball. She was back in Washington in 2010 to celebrate Black History Month with an all star concert broadcast live from the East Room. In 2011 the prestigious Folk Alliance International presented her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Into 2012 Joan participated in other historic events ranging from an April benefit concert in Berkeley dedicated to raising awareness and improving the lives of war victims to the outdoor concert celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Esalen Institute on its beautiful grounds in Big Sur. She continues to fights for human rights wherever she goes.

In 2009 the PBS American Masters series premiered a documentary of her life story, Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound. Today, Joan Baez’s voice is as extraordinary as ever but carries with it the gravitas of a life well lived. These unmissable concerts offer a rare opportunity to experience one of the world’s greatest and most inspiring performers.

For the Australian concert series, Baez is backed by both her son, Gabriel Harris on percussion, and multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell on banjo, guitar, keyboards and fiddle.

http://www.joanbaezaustour.com

Australian Tour • Sep & Oct 2015

Canberra • Thu 17 Sep • Royal Theatre 132 849 / ticketek.com.au
Sydney • Sun 20 & 21 Sep • Sydney Opera House 02 9250 7777 / sydneyoperahouse.com
Melbourne • Thu 24 & 25 Sep • Arts Centre Hamer Hall1300 182 183 / artscentremelbourne.com.au
Hobart • Sun 27 Sep • Theatre Royal 03 6233 2299 /  theatreroyal.com.au
Perth • Wed 30 Sep • Perth Concert Hall 132 849 /  ticketek.com.au
Bunbury • Thu 1 Oct • Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Darwin • Sun 4 Oct • Entertainment Centre 08 8980 3333 / yourcentre.com.au
Brisbane • Wed 7 Oct • Brisbane Concert Hall QTIX 136 246 /  qpac.com.au
Adelaide • Mon 12 Oct • Festival Theatre BASS 131 246 /  bass.net.au

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Moonah Arts Centre: Friday Nights @ MAC ...

Michael McLaughlin Cultural Programs Officer Moonah Arts Centre
29.07.15 3:03 pm

Presents

JENSEN

Friday Nights @MAC is the Moonah Arts Centre new and refreshed version of our popular Friday night concert series.

Staged on the first and last Friday of the month, our 2015 series will run from Friday the 31st of July to Friday the 4th of December with some great live music in a relaxed and social atmosphere in our award winning Arts Centre in downtown Moonah. 

Our first Friday Night@MAC gig for August will be: 

JENSEN

JENSEN Is a local four-piece alt folk-rock band who draw occasional inspiration from reggae, Latin and jazz stylings in their song writing. Playing mostly original pieces and consisting of Lead and Rhythm guitars, a bass and drums, JENSEN offer an entertaining and engaging live show for all ages.

Where: Moonah Arts Centre 23-27 Albert Road Moonah
When: Friday 7th August.  Doors Open from 6pm for a 6:30pm First Set
Cost: Entry is by a $5 cover charge, with a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for sale

MAC venue Inquiries: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

Michael McLaughlin
Cultural Programs Officer
Moonah Arts Centre

http://www.moonahartscentre.org.au

MAC is a program of Glenorchy City Council

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Moonah Arts Centre: Upcoming at MAC

Moonah Arts Centre
29.07.15 1:29 pm

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Friday Night’s Live @MAC our refreshed live music concert series kicks off for the first time this year. We also welcome our next major exhibition: The Maatsukyer Collection: Half Way Hang - an eclectic and fascinating journey through contemporary Tasmanian visual art.  Enjoy these winter treats in our heated, award winning, and accessible state of the art Centre in downtown Moonah. 

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QPAC CONGRATULATES WINNERS OF 2015 HELPMANN AWARDS

Cindy Ullrich Publicity Manager QPAC
28.07.15 5:40 pm

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) today congratulated all winners of the 2015 Helpmann Awards that were celebrated at a star-studded event in Sydney last night.

QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said in particular he wanted to thank the partners who have worked with QPAC to achieve nominations and awards wins at this year’s Helpmanns.

“The high standard of artistic achievement that can be accomplished via our partnerships with artistic visionaries Leo Schofield and Jarrod Carland for Brisbane Baroque, as well as closer to home companies such as Circa, Expressions Dance Company, Opera Queensland and Griffith University, along with our fellow Australian performing arts centres in Sydney, Melbourne Perth and Canberra has been proven by this year’s accolades. 

“Creating art is a collaborative process and this has underpinned our shared success at these Awards. Such partnerships have been cultivated throughout QPAC’s history of presenting live performance in Queensland and we have been celebrating these relationships throughout this, our 30th anniversary year”, said Mr Kotzas. 
2015 Helpmann Award wins were received for:

The inaugural Brisbane Baroque’s Faramondo was nominated for awards in eight categories, the most for any opera in this year’s awards.

Taking home 5 Helpmann Awards last night, Brisbane Baroque was a shining light for the city. Awards included Christopher Lowery, Faramondo - best male performer in a supporting role in an opera, Anna Devin, Faramondo - best female performer in a supporting role in an opera, Paul Curran, Faramondo - best direction of an opera, Jennifer Rivera, Faramondo – best female performer in an opera and Faramondo for best Opera.

2015 Helpmann Award nominations were received for:

Carnival of The Animals for Best Presentation for Children, a co presentation with Brisbane based circus company Circa and QPAC.

Natalie Weir’s The Red Shoes presented by Expressions Dance Company and QPAC - nominated in three award categories.

The Perfect American – Dan Potra nominated for Best Scenic Design, presented by Brisbane Festival and Opera Queensland in association with QPAC and Griffith University.

The Sixteen for Best Chamber and Instrumental Ensemble Concert presented by Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Opera House, Perth International Arts Festival, QPAC and Australian National University of Music, Llewellyn Hall.

John Kotzas added, “I want to congratulate and thank all the people from QPAC and our partner organisations who were involved in the awarded productions. They have demonstrated artistic leadership in our industry and are ‘the’ example to follow for future collaborative initiatives.”

For a full list of Helpmann Award winners: http://www.helpmannawards.com.au/2015/nominees-and-winners/

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BRISBANE BAROQUE STORMS THE HELPMANNS

Cindy Ullrich Publicity Manager QPAC
28.07.15 5:33 pm

The fledgling Brisbane Baroque festival has made an impressive showing in the 2015 Helpmanns carrying off coveted awards in five categories:

BEST OPERA

BEST DIRECTION OF AN OPERA: PAUL CURRAN

BEST FEMALE PERFORMER IN AN OPERA: JENNIFER RIVERA

BEST FEMALE PERFORMER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN AN OPERA: ANNA DEVIN

BEST MALE PERFORMER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN AN OPERA: CHRISTOPHER LOWREY

Held in Brisbane for the first time in April of this year, the event, which is unique in the southern hemisphere, garnered no fewer than eight nominations, an unprecedented result for a new player on the performing arts and festival scene.

Critical and popular acclaim for the staging of Handel’s rare opera Faramondo, never before seen in Australia, was universal.

Originally seen at the celebrated Handel Festival in Göttingen, Germany, the production was largely re-cast and rehearsed in Brisbane by the original director, NIDA trained Paul Curran.

“This is an exceptional result, and most heartening”, said Executive Director of Brisbane Baroque, Jarrod Carland.

“We had a dauntingly short time to mount this inaugural event,” he said.

“That we were able to bring it off and score a resounding success was due to the support and goodwill of the local community and the rare collegiality of the Queensland Government and so many of Queensland’s cultural institutions.”

The inaugural Brisbane Baroque was presented from 10 – 18 April 2015 in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre and supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, Arts Queensland, the Federal Ministry for the Arts, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane Marketing, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata of St John’s, Opera Queensland and the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School.

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Ed Sheeran, Chet Faker Helpmann Awards

Mushroom Promotions
28.07.15 4:57 pm

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Ed Sheeran, Chet Faker

FRONTIER TOURING ARTISTS WIN BIG AT 2015 HELPMANN AWARDS

ED SHEERAN WINS ‘BEST INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY CONCERT’

+ CHET FAKER WINS ‘BEST AUSTRALIAN CONTEMPORARY CONCERT’

In a year already marked by record breaking and achievements, Frontier Touring artists have received the 2015 Helpmann Awards for ‘Best International Contemporary Concert’ (for Ed Sheeran) and ‘Best Australian Contemporary Concert’ (for Chet Faker).

This marks the second year in a row that Frontier Touring have received both contemporary concert accolades at the prestigious Helpmann Awards, and the third year running that a Frontier artist has received ‘Best International Contemporary Concert’. This recognition joins the recent news that Frontier Touring is the #1 independent concert promoter in the world, according to US publication Billboard.

Frontier Touring endeavours to bring the best of both local and international acts to Australia and New Zealand and this recognition from the Helpmann Awards reflects the impeccable standard of our touring talent as both artists and entertainers on the live stage.

Ed Sheeran’s completely sold-out seventeen date tour of Australia and New Zealand earlier this year saw the Brit become the first ever artist to undertake a headline national arena tour completely solo, accompanied by only a loop pedal and his trusty acoustic guitar. Touring in celebration of his sophomore album x, Australia’s highest selling album of 2014, Sheeran performed in front of close to 190,000 fans to rave reviews:

‘It takes a special kind of courage to walk onto an arena stage with nothing but a guitar, a loop pedal and your voice, but at the age of 24, not only did Ed Sheeran take Rod Laver Arena with the confidence of a veteran songwriter, he single-handedly blew the roof off… Surely Sheeran’s most ambitious tour to date, but evidently his best.’ – The Age

‘Seeing Sheeran construct each song right before your ears felt like watching someone weaving a musical tapestry.’ – The New Zealand Herald

Sheeran will return to kick off the summer with a stadium tour across Australia and New Zealand, joined by special guests Rudimental, Passenger and Foy Vance. With this tour, the talented performer will become the first ever musician to perform an Australian and New Zealand stadium tour entirely solo, filling the space with hypnotising layers of sound. Click here for tour information.

Chet Faker’s (a.k.a. Melburnian native Nicholas Murphy) homecoming tour earlier this year featured thirteen sold out shows including a remarkable two Hordern Pavilions and five Palais Theatres. Playing slices from his multi-platinum chart-topping album Built On Glass which took out five wins from nine nominations at the 2014 ARIA Awards and topped triple j’s Hottest 100 with ‘Talk Is Cheap’, Chet Faker enveloped the crowd with his soul-drenched vocals and mastery of the live stage:

‘His show is a journey, one that includes extended instrumental intros and codas to accompany every song and focuses as heavily on craft as it does on hooks… Murphy is not only drowning in hits, he’s also soaking in considerable respect’ – Sydney Morning Herald

‘Serious artist, seductive showman… Faker commanded the audience throughout the set… it was evident throughout the show that Faker is fiercely dedicated to his art – his ability to take a genre that can remain a niche market and turn it into something relatable and raw is notable.’ – The Guardian

Chet Faker will embark on a return ‘Built on Live’ East Coast tour this October and November, playing his biggest venues to date including the iconic and much loved Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne and Riverstage in Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Performing an all-new show, the ‘Built on Live’ tour features an expanded band with guests, tracks that Chet has never before performed live and a handful of surprises along the way. Click here for tour information.

Frontier Touring take pride in having the opportunity to work with such a brilliant variety of impressive artists, including those nominated and awarded at this year’s ceremony and those whose tours are yet to come, and again congratulate Ed Sheeran and Chet Faker on their achievements. Click here for a full list of winners.

2015 HELPMANN AWARDS

BEST INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY CONCERT
Ed Sheeran – X World Tour

Fellow Frontier Touring nominated artists:
Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways World Tour
The Rolling Stones – 14 On Fire (in association with AEG Live & IEC Entertainment)

BEST AUSTRALIAN CONTEMPORARY CONCERT
Chet Faker (in association with Artist Voice, Opulent, Future Classic & Perth International Arts Festival)

Fellow Frontier Touring nominated artists:
Jimmy Barnes – 30:30 Hindsight Greatest Hits Tour (in association with Premier Artists and A Day On The Green)
Kylie Minogue – Kiss Me Once World Tour

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28.07.15 4:50 pm

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TASMANIAN ARTS ORGANISATIONS CONCERNED THAT GUIDELINES LEAVE THEM OUT

SENATOR CATRYNA BILYK DEPUTY OPPOSITION WHIP IN THE SENATE SENATOR FOR TASMANIA
28.07.15 2:55 pm

Senator Catryna Bilyk today met with representatives from a number of major Tasmanian Arts organisations to discuss their views on how the Government funding cuts will impact the vibrant Tasmanian Arts sector.

In the 2015-16 budget, the Abbott Government ripped $104.7m over four years away from the Australia Council, and gave it to the new National Program for Excellence in the Arts.

“The Government’s new National Program for Excellence in the Arts will direct funding that is now coming to Tasmanian small-to-medium organisations towards the major arts organisations in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra” Senator Bilyk said “This is a major concern for the Tasmanian arts sector, as the vast majority of arts practise in Tasmania is by small-to-medium organisations”.

“The Tasmanian arts sector will now be fighting a larger pool of organisations for a smaller pool of funding,” Senator Bilyk said “This will lead to a reduction in the number and diversity of art projects in Tasmania, and has already led to a number of arts organisations having to scale back their operations”.

The benefits of the arts sector stretch beyond their direct employment and cultural impact.

“The Tasmanian Art scene is an important drawcard for national and international visitors to the state,” Senator Bilyk said “Tasmania is no longer seen as just a place to come for the wilderness, but also has become a thriving cultural hub”.

“The impacts on employment go beyond the arts sector, flowing on to other industries including tourism and hospitality”.

“These changes have been rushed through without consultation, without consideration, and without an understanding of the sector,” Senator Bilyk said “It is ridiculous that draft guidelines were released just five days before the program began on 12 July 2015 and that the program will have been operating for almost a month before the guidelines have even received public comment. A competent government would have consulted with the sector before such major changes were to occur”.

The Draft Guidelines for the National Program for Excellence in the Arts are open for comment until 30 July.

“It is quite disappointing that the Government has overturned the principle of ‘hands-off’ arts funding , to give Minister Brandis a $105m arts slush fund,” Senator Bilyk said

“It’s even more concerning given that Minister Brandis does not seem to understand, or care, about the potential impacts these changes will have on the Arts in Tasmania.”

“If it isn’t performed or displayed in Sydney, Melbourne or Canberra, Minister Brandis just doesn’t care”, Senator Bilyk said.

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Devonport Regional Gallery: This Week ...

Devonport Regional Gallery
27.07.15 6:51 pm

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Despard Gallery: Graham Lang Pop-Up Review + Artist Talk

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
27.07.15 5:58 pm

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GRAHAM LANG
POP UP PREVIEW + ARTIST TALK

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


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25.07.15 10:40 am

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24.07.15 3:28 pm

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Bett Gallery: Raymond Arnold extended to July 27

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
22.07.15 11:53 am

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Due to overwhelming response, Raymond Arnold, Elsewhere World, is extended to Monday, July 27

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Gy-‘ton’ of talent

Paula Xiberras
22.07.15 6:18 am

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Last week it was a case of putting oneself in someone else’s shoes in more ways than one. I was back at my old school, St Mary’s College putting myself in student mode to do a story on putting oneself into another’s shoes by way of involvement in the innovative drama workshop initiated by drama teacher Leah Smith and NIDA graduate Olivia Simone, which was played out (pardon the pun) during the school holidays.

For some years now Olivia has been visiting St Mary’s College working with their drama classes. This year the workshop took a different form and Leah tells me a first for Tasmania in its more inclusive affair with the school hosting and welcoming students (grade 5 upwards) from a number of schools, including St Aloysius School and MacKillop College as well as other public and private schools. Accompanying Olivia for the workshop was her co-tutor, ‘House Husband’s actor Gyton Grantley.

The workshop’s aim was to give students, both aspiring actors and those wanting to develop their confidence and communication skills an opportunity to experience acting for both film and stage, including honing skills like acting to the camera and becoming knowledgeable on the technical aspects such as the utilization of light.

After completion of the first day of the workshop I caught up with Gyton Grantley for a brief chat. The name Grantley means ‘tall, big or large fields’ and this does indeed apply to Gyton. He is an instructor of the ‘large fields’ of acting, in all its representations. Guyton confides what may please Tassie Times readers, that he is in fact a Tasmanian, with his grandparents originating from Launceston.

Gyton was introduced to acting when his parents sent he and his brother to speech and drama lessons to help them speak confidentially and gain social skills.

The advice from Gyton for aspiring actors is to not to enter acting to be famous but what he considers the most important thing for students to remember,’ to bring truth to their performance’.

The workshop was presented by Olivia’s ‘Off The Beaten Track’ company which aims to bring opportunities for acting experience to regional areas that may not have access to experiencing NIDA courses. Off The Beaten Track can be contacted on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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BOFA FILMMAKER COMPETITION ENTRIES CLOSE END JULY

Matt Fraser | Communications Manager
22.07.15 5:24 am

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The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (BOFA) is reminding all filmmakers that there’s just two weeks left to submit entries to their BOFA Devil Short Film Competition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This year’s BOFA Festival will run from November 4 to 8 with the industry master classes and Award presentations on Saturday, November 7.

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

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Despard Gallery: Todd Jenkins

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
21.07.15 4:02 pm

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TODD JENKINS upcoming solo show titled Memories of Lake Pedder is influenced by the unique ecosystem that surrounds Lake Pedder, in Tasmania. Two years on from the very successful exhibition, Rome. Todd’s new oils are as lush and intricate as previous shows. Todd is a patient painter with an astute understanding of the power of paint. These works will also be exhibited as part of his solo exhibition due to open at Despard in December 2015.
Director Steven Joyce will conduct a Q & A with Todd Jenkins, Despard encourages audience participation.

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BANK OF MELBOURNE ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF MELBOURNE MUSIC BANK

EMILY CHEUNG ON THE MAP PR
21.07.15 3:15 pm

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Recording at Sing Sing studios, a film clip by Oh Yeah Wow, and mentoring from the industry’s finest: it’s all on offer for the winner of this year’s Melbourne Music Bank competition.  Off the back of an extremely successful campaign last year, Bank of Melbourne today announced the return of the community music initiative that gives aspiring artists a chance to break into the music industry.

Melbourne Music Bank calls on Victorian musicians and bands to submit an original song for a chance to win the ultimate kick-starter pack for a career in music.  The winner will receive a toolkit for success, comprising two days of recording at Melbourne’s famous Sing Sing studios, a film clip by Oh Yeah Wow, album artwork, printed CDs and the chance of their winning song to feature in a Bank of Melbourne TV ad.  This year the prize also includes the expertise of a dedicated A-team of the industry’s finest including management and mentoring by Chris Robinson, publicity by On The Map PR, radio plugging by Varrasso PR and gig bookings by 123 Agency.

Jac Phillips, Head of Brand & Marketing for Bank of Melbourne, said the bank was delighted to present Melbourne Music Bank for the third year.  “Melbourne Music Bank is one of many ways that Bank of Melbourne is supporting the arts,” said Jac.  “We’re dedicated to helping Victorians prosper and succeed, and we’re thrilled to be supporting local music makers.  There’s a deep pool of musical talent right here in Victoria, and this competition is a great way to discover and foster up-and-coming artists.”

To be eligible, musicians must be from Victoria and submit an original song before August 23.  Four finalists will be voted by the public (from a shortlist of 12 entrants) who will then perform live on stage on October 8 at Melbourne’s iconic Arts Centre’s State Theatre in front of a panel of industry experts who will choose the winner.

ARIA winner and Melbourne-based musician, Ella Hooper (Killing Heidi, The Verses, Spicks & Specks) returns as Melbourne Music Bank’s ambassador.  “I’m excited to be back on board with Melbourne Music Bank this year.  It’s such a fun competition to be involved with and a fantastic opportunity for emerging artists to get a leg up,” enthuses Ella.  “It’s growing in all the right ways - the competition scope is broader and the prize package is huge, so I’m expecting to be blown away by the entries.”

Last year’s competition uncovered indie singer, Héloise.  The folk songstress secured airtime for her winning song, This Is Home on community radio around the country and sold out her single launch show at The Workers Club.  She also delighted fans with performances at Falls Festival and Melbourne City Mission’s Sleep At The G fundraiser.

To enter, musicians should submit their entry at http://www.bankofmelbourne.com.au/melbmusicbank before August 23.

Bank of Melbourne, supporting local music makers.

Check out the promotional video featuring ambassador Ella Hooper for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnB1I01jxcs&feature=youtu.be

This project is proudly created by Bank of Melbourne, and supported by partners Spotify, Arts Centre Melbourne, Beat Magazine, PBS, Oh Yeah Wow, 123 Agency, Sing Sing and Varrasso PR

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Guitar Gastronomists Gala

Paula Xiberras
21.07.15 8:03 am

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One meaning of ukulele ‘is jumping flea’ in reference to the movement of the player’s fingers but ukulele also means ‘the gift that came here’.

This second definition provides an excellent phrase for the upcoming Melbourne Guitar Show weekend, most surely a gift that has come to Melbourne’s Caulfield race course for guitars lovers everywhere.  Oh, in case you’re wondering ukuleles as well as almost every possible type of guitar, electric, acoustic plus ‘FX and amps’ will be both on display and utilized. You will also see vintage guitars getting an airing.

I caught up with Rob Walker, AMA CEO, to have a chat about the event. As well as chatting about guitars Rob mentioned to me that he loves and is a regular visitor to Tasmania. Rob visits once a year, usually taking in MONA, the rainforests of the Derwent Valley, Battery Point and Salamanca.

From Tassie to Caulfield our chat turns to the Melbourne Guitar Show. Rob says it is open to all guitar retailers, makers (as well as watching product demonstrations you can learn how to make a guitar) and guitar lovers. There will be seminars and panels to ask questions of, free guitar lessons from ‘Professor guitar’ and ‘Professor bass’ but for those who just want to relax and listen to music, there will be a special blue grass as well as many other musical genres demonstration. Some of the best players in the world will be there to showcase their craft such as Jeff Lang, Jeff Hutchins and the first lady of guitar, in fact disregarding gender one of the first ‘people’ of guitar who just happens to be an Australian, Fiona Boyes. Rob says Australia is privileged to have some of the greatest guitar players in the world.

And Rob laughingly tells me he will be there on the day, doing a lot of ‘pointing’ as things get set up for the busy weekend. Rob adds that guitars are a love affair for their players, who are always searching for the guitar that gives that ‘extra’ sound. They are, says Rob a ‘lifelong obsession’ including his! and he hopes some Tasmanians will come along and join that obsession.

The Melbourne Guitar Show is on ...

SATURDAY AUG 8 | CAULFIELD RACECOURSE |10.00am – 6.00pm | TICKETS http://bit.ly/1ELWAS8

SUNDAY AUG 9 | CAULFIELD RACECOURSE | 10.00am – 6.00pm | TICKETS http://bit.ly/1ELWAS8

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Terrapin Puppet Theatre announces projects in Denmark and The Netherlands

Kevin O'Loghlin Terrapin Puppet Theatre
20.07.15 12:21 pm

Tasmania’s Terrapin Puppet Theatre will undertake two engagements in Europe in the second half of 2015.

Having recently completed a successful tour of North America, Terrapin is about to take its work to Denmark and The Netherlands.

Next month, Artistic Director Sam Routledge will travel to Aarhus in Denmark, where he will work with renowned children’s theatre company Teatret Gruppe 38 to develop a new co-production between the two companies, along with a third collaborator, Trickster-p, from Switzerland. Aarhus is the European Capital of Culture in 2017, and the co-production is slated to appear as part of the cultural program, featuring Tasmanian performing artists in several roles. Plans to bring the work to Tasmania and mainland Australia in 2018 are underway. Denmark and Tasmania share a fond association through Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark haling from the island state.

In October, I Think I Can will have its European premiere at Festival De Betovering in The Hague.  De Betovering is one of Europe’s premier festivals for young people, and Terrapin will be the first Australian company invited to perform at it.  I Think I Can is an interactive installation that invites the public to engage and play by becoming temporary residents via a tiny puppet.  Through puppetry, live video, and active audience interaction, this innovative public artwork engages participants in an optimistic task of collective storytelling that deals with dynamic notions of residency and responsibility.  I Think I Can was most recently seen in Tasmania as part of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival.

“Terrapin has undertaken 12 international tours” said Sam. “In the past five years in particular, Terrapin has been working internationally in North America and Asia, and we are delighted to now extend the company’s work into Europe, where we aim to build a regular profile and showcase the best of Tasmanian arts and artists.”

Established for over 34 years, Terrapin is Australia’s premier contemporary puppet theatre creating world-class performances for young people and their families. The company tours nationally and internationally and over the past two years has performed across Australia, in Hong Kong, Canada and the USA.

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The Rundown ... This Weekend: The Archibald revealed ...

The Rundown
18.07.15 11:33 am

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Devonport Regional Gallery ... upcoming workshops inc. Still Life of Van Gogh

Devonport Regional Gallery
18.07.15 7:56 am

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Cirque du Soleil and the show that has captivated millions ...

Zac Exner
17.07.15 5:21 pm

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Credit: Photo : Matt Beard, Costumes: Dominique Lemieux ©2011 Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil ® is coming to you with a spectacular entertainment event this summer.

Since premiering under the Big Top in Montreal in 1996, Quidam ™ has captivated millions of people across five continents. Now Quidam has embarked on a new journey, with the same spell-binding production being performed in arenas around the world.

Young Zoé is bored. Her parents ignore her. Hidden in the crowd of today’s modern society, her life has lost all meaning. Seeking to fill the void, Zoé slides into an imaginary world, the world of Quidam, where she meets a host of curious characters who encourage her to finally free her soul.

The international cast features 46 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors who present a showcase of spectacular aerial feats, astonishing human agility, and heart-warming emotion.

“… beyond circus, beyond theatre… makes the incredible visible.”
Time Magazine

“Quidam is simply Cirque du Soleil at its most astounding… dreamlike… brilliant.”
Boston Herald

“Intense, beautiful and awe-inspiring.”
West End Extra, London

“The scale is epic. The performers are precise and hugely talented.”
The Independent, UK

“What they do is nothing short of breathtaking.”
OK! Magazine

SHOW INFORMATION:

QUIDAM by Cirque du Soleil

VENUE: 
Derwent Entertainment Centre, Brooker Highway, Glenorchy

SHOW SCHEDULE (6 – 10 January 2016):
Wednesday, 6 January 8pm
Thursday, 7 January 8pm
Friday, 8 January 8pm
Saturday, 9 January 4.30pm& 8pm
Sunday, 10 January 1.30pm & 5pm

TICKETS (Premium, Level 1, 2 3):
Tickets $75 to $165 with discounts for children aged 2 to 12 years and Groups 12+.
For complete show and ticket information, please visit
http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/quidam.
http://www.ticketmaster.com.au  Phone: 136 100

Sponsors
Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges DHL and XEROX as the official sponsors of the QUIDAM Hobart season.

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