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2018

30 October

SCULPTURE BY THE SEA

Sculpture by the Sea returns to the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk as the world’s largest free to the public sculpture exhibition. See the spectacular coastal walk transformed into a 2km long sculpture park over three weeks featuring 
100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.

KOREAN CULTURAL CENTRE

‘Feast of K-Chopsticks: Korean Craft & Design’. As part of the Sydney Craft Week(@sydneycraftweek) will showcase the culture of chopsticks and contemporary chopsticks designs from Korea and more.

Feast your eyes on Korean craft and design! Spanning relics, artifacts and handicrafts, showcasing a wide variety of artistic chopsticks related to local craftsmanship in Korea.

Chopsticks are widely used across East Asia, and are commonly used by around 30 per cent of the global population. Although the shape of the sticks differs from country to country, one thing remains constant: they are comprised of two identical sticks. The factor that most influences the design of the chopsticks is local cuisine and local cooking traditions.

Recent chopstick designs make you want to hold them. When holding chopsticks of various shades and colours, the hand becomes part of the design. From earthy designs using materials found in nature, to use of eco-friendly non-toxic materials, such as silicon and corn, chopsticks continue to evolve.

STRATHFIELD COUNCIL | HIGH STREET LIBRARY

Chinese Calligraphy and Traditional Chinese Painting Art Exhibition

The exhibition featured artworks by members of Council’s Chinese Calligraphy and Traditional Chinese Painting Art Class.  A range of exhibitions from our culturally diverse communities are scheduled during 2018.

25 October

REALISE BUSINESS  |  Using Digital and Social to Create a Remarkable Brand

We’ve embarked on a new age of online influence where ordinary people can forge the path of celebrity, and reaching a large audience is more possible than ever. How do you seize the opportunity to amplify your brand and reputation? How do you stand out in this crowded space while embracing what makes you unique?

Join Expert Digital Marketing Presenter, Kirryn Zerna, as she runs through your key digital channels – Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Website and Email – and the most effective ways for you to build credibility and create a connection with your audience!

23 October

HAZLEHURST REGIONAL GALLERY & ARTS CENTRE

Alexander McKenzie: The Adventurous Gardener

For McKenzie the landscape is both a place for contemplation and a metaphor for personal journeys. Created entirely in his mind’s eye and conjured from imagination and memory, his uninhabited landscapes are places that do not exist but are a means of exploring personal and historical narratives through symbols and metaphors.

McKenzie, six times a finalist in the Archibald Art Prize and a nine time finalist in the Wynne Prize, knew he wanted to be an artist from a young age. Born into a creative Scottish family, Alexander’s artistic pursuits were encouraged from an early age. McKenzie eschews the glorious light and unique and diverse landscape of Australia, as well as the abstraction favoured by his contemporaries. Instead, his works have a closer affinity with the landscape and environment of Europe and Asia: the islands, lochs, and lush emerald-coloured hills of his ancestral homeland of Scotland; the ornate and formal Renaissance gardens of France and Italy, and the Edo period gardens of Japan that are loaded with symbolism.

50th National Pottery Competition and Exhibition 20 Oct 2018 – 30 Oct 2018 A biennial competition run by the Port Hacking Potters group.

19, 20, 21 October

READING CINEMAS INTERNATIONAL FILMS Auburn

SHOPLIFTERS – Japan (Winner – Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2018)

A Japanese couple stuck with part-time jobs and hence inadequate incomes avail themselves of the fruits of shoplifting to make ends meet. They are not alone in this behaviour. The younger and the older of the household are in on the act. The unusual routine is about to change from care-free and matter-of-fact to something more dramatic, however, as the couple open their doors to a beleaguered teenager. The reasons for the family and friends’ habit and their motivations come under the microscope.

THE INSULT – Lebanon (Nominated – Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards 2018)

In today’s Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court. From secret wounds to traumatic revelations, the media circus surrounding the case puts Lebanon through a social explosion, forcing Toni and Yasser to reconsider their lives and prejudices.

WAJIB – THE WEDDING INVITATION – Palestine (Nominated – FIPRESCI Prize, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2018)

A father and his estranged son must come together to hand deliver his daughter’s wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom.

KEDI – Turkey

Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the streets of Istanbul, neither wild nor tame. This is the story of seven of them.

For millennia, cats have roamed the city of Istanbul. Granted freedom and respect, they wander in and out of people’s lives, an essential part of this rich and proud city. Claiming no owners, they live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame. They bring joy and purpose to those they choose to adopt, acting as mirrors to the people of Istanbul and allowing them to reflect on their lives in unique and touching ways.

Observing the lives of seven very different cats, and the people who know them, Kedi is an enlightening and heart-warming examination of one of our oldest animal companions, and the ways they enrich our lives.

THE REPORTS ON SARAH & SALEEM – Palestine

Sarah is Israeli and runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is a Palestinian deliveryman from East Jerusalem.

Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on an illicit affair with potentially catastrophic consequences. When a risky late-night tryst goes awry and threatens to expose them, their frantic efforts to salvage what’s left of their lives only escalate things further.

16 October

WALKLEY DOCUMENTARY AWARD screenings

Coming into its seventh year, the Walkley Documentary Award recognises excellence in documentary production that is grounded in the principles of journalism– accuracy, impact, public benefit, ethics, creativity, research and reporting – together with rigorous filmmaking.  Documentaries may encompass an in-depth examination of issues of local, national or international importance or of contemporary or historic events and include investigative, biographical and first person stories that reflect the emotion and drama of the human experience.

A shortlist of three finalists was announced on October 11 for the 2018 Walkley Documentary Award:

  • Myanmar’s Killing Fields, Evan Williams, Eve Lucas and Georgina Davies, Dateline, SBS
  • The Song Keepers, Rachel Clements, Naina Sen and Trisha Morton-Thomas, Brindle Films, Indigo Productions and NITV
  • Trump/Russia, Four Corners Trump/Russia team, Four Corners, ABC TV

LONGLIST

UNDENIABLE:  Inside Australia’s Biggest Cover-Up, Paul Kennedy and Ben Knight, ABC TV

ABC journalist and author Paul Kennedy investigates the cover-up of decades of abuse in religious and state institutions, from elite inner-city schools to remote aboriginal missions.   Kennedy has reported on this issue since the mid-1990s and was determined to raise awareness of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse so key recommendations would be adopted by governments.

Trump/Russia (episode 1), Four Corners Trump/Russia team, Four Corners, ABC TV

Award-winning investigative reporter Sarah Ferguson follows the spies and the money trail from Washington, to London, to Moscow.  In part one of Four Corners’ three-part examination of Russia’s activities in the US Presidential elections and their wider strategy, this film tracks the ties between Trump, his business empire and Russia.

Myanmar’s Killing Fields, Evan Williams, Eve Lucas and Georgina Davies, Dateline, SBS

A special investigation into the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar’s security forces used systematic rape and terror tactics to expel hundreds of thousands of Rohingya from teh country.   The film is being used as a key reference point by investigators from the US State Department and the UN Fact Finding Mission

You See Monsters, Tony Jackson and David Collins, Chemical Media and ABC TV

The Artsville documentary explores the work of a new generation of Australian Muslim artists who are asserting their own agency and fighting anti-Islamic bigotry with satire, imagination and irreverence.   The film chronicles the creative endeavors of six contemporary Australian Muslims artists whose work responds to the political crisis surrounding Islam.

The Song Keepers, Naina Sen, Rachel Clements, and Trisha Morton-Thomas, Brindle Films, Indigo Productions and NITV

Against all odds and with the help of their charismatic conductor, the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir embarks on a historic tour of Germany to take back the hymns that were given to their great-grandparents by German missionaries, now sung in their own Aboriginal languages.   Together they share their music and stories of cultural survival, identity and cross-cultural collaboration.

My Mother’s Lost Children, Danny Ben-Moshe, Lizzette Atkins and Rhian Skirving, Unicorn Films and ABC TV

An eccentric Jewish Australian family is thrown into turmoil when two lost children reappear after 40 years.  Set across five countries, My Mother’s Lost Children is the story of Melbourne filmmaker Danny Ben-Moshe’s extraordinary family saga.  To discover the truth about his two lost siblings, Danny and his family unravel a web of secrets and lies as they attempt to put the past to rest.

15 October

THE MAGIC PUDDING

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of one of Australia’s best-known children’s books.  The much-loved characters of Norman Lindsay’s classic The Magic Pudding star in this exhibition featuring his 1959 watercolour paintings.  On display will be reproductions of original drawings from the book’s first edition in 1918, alongside watercolours produced in 1959 for The Magic Pudding puppet show.   

The exhibition includes reproductions of original drawings from the book’s first edition in 1918, alongside watercolours produced in 1959 for The Magic Pudding puppet show.  These works inspired the Marionette Theatre Company’s Tintookie puppets, which bring Lindsay’s characters to life.     A small selection of Lindsay’s original drawings will also be on view in the Amaze Gallery.  

Link to the Exhibition Guide

PAINTINGS FROM THE COLLECTION

Click on the blue rectange on the web page for the online catelogue.
More than 300 original artworks from the Library’s unique collection of landscape and portrait paintings on permanent public display. The selected works range from the 1790s to today. The exhibition features portraits of the extraordinary and the everyday, rare and recent views of Sydney and the harbour, suburban streetscapes and burgeoning rural townscapes.

AMAZE GALLERY

Miles Franklin’s final diary, discovered in an old family suitcase before it was donated to the Library in 2018; and a four-metre wide hand-drawn, coloured plan of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with a selection of alternative proposals for the Bridge.

We’re also celebrating the 100th anniversary of Norman Lindsay’s children’s book The Magic Pudding(which has never been out of print).

See Lindsay’s original drawings for a Magic Pudding puppet show, a copy of a first edition published in 1918, and a letter from Lindsay to his friend, literary critic Bertram Stevens, which reveals that the inspiration for the book came from a bet between these two men.

UNESCO SIX

Our UNESCO World Heritage collections are displayed together for the very first time in our beautiful new galleries.   These items of international significance include our unrivalled collection of Frist Fleet journals, personal diaries from the Frist Wrold War and the world’s largest glass-plate negatives of Sydney Harbour taken in 1875.  Displayed here together for the first time are the six State Library collections on the UNESCO Memory of the World registers.

The Australian Memory of the World program is one of 60 worldwide. It recognises and protects heritage documents that are significant for Australia and the world. On the list are our First Fleet journals, World War 1 diaries, the Holtermann photographic collection, Dorothea Mackellar’s poetry notebook, and papers of ‘enemy aliens’ interned in Australia from 1914 to 1919.

In 2017, three giant glass-plate negatives from the Holtermann photographic collection were successfully nominated as the Library’s first listing on the UNESCO Memory of the World international register, joining only five other inscriptions from Australia.

MEMORIES ON GLASS

Extraordinary images of late 19th and early 29th century Sydney in transition, captured by the Macpherson family over a 50-year period.   The recently acquired Macpherson photonegative collection provides a rare personal record of one Australian family’s life and the world around them.  Over 70 images, including original glass-late negatives, all be on public display for the first time.

WHAT DOES THE FACE OF NSW LOOK LIKE IN  2018?

Help us find out by sharing your portrait on Instagram using the hashtag #NewSelfWales, or by taking a photo of yourself in this interactive exhibition. Your portrait will feature alongside thousands of others from the Library’s collection and from people around NSW.

SYDNEY ELDERS:  CONTINUING ABORIGINAL STORIES

We’re excited to be presenting a new project by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, who has collaborated with four Sydney elders – Uncle Chicka, Aunty Esme, Aunty Sandra and Uncle Dennis – to tell a very personal story of Aboriginal Sydney and how these elders have continued the legacy of their ancestors by actively contributing to and creating Sydney

FINALISTS 2018 NIKON-WALKLEY Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism

Lukas Coch has been named the winner of the 2018 Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year Prize for “Linda Burney Airborne”. It’s a news image rich in emotion and deeper significance, as described by photographer Lukas Coch: “For Burney it was a bittersweet moment—her son, who was gay, had died just six weeks before. For all of those who campaigned so hard for so many years, it was both a happy day and a day far too long in coming.”

You can view the finalists’ hero images in The Walkley Magazine online here.

NIKON-WALKLEY PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

  • Matthew Abbott, The New York Times, Oculi, ABC and The Australian
  • Dean Lewins, NBCnews.com, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Australian and Time
  • Andrew Quilty, The New York Times, Human Rights Watch, National Geographic Magazine, Politic and The Guardian

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Lukas Coch, AAP, “Linda Burney Airborne”
  • Jenny Evans, Getty Images and The Daily Telegraph, “Life Saver”
  • Andrew Quilty, The New York Times, “‘It’s a Massacre’: Blast in Kabul Deepens Toll of a Long War”

SPORT PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Scott Barbour, Getty Images, “Sport 2017—2018”
  • Brett Costello, The Daily Telegraph, “No Limits”
  • Craig Golding, AAP, “Body of Work ”

FEATURE/PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY

  • Jenny Evans, Getty Images, “Louth Races”
  • David Gray, Reuters Wider Image, “Drought From Above”
  • Chris Hopkins, SBS Online Documentaries, “My Name is Yunus”

Winners are also announced for four photography prizes.

NIKON-WALKLEY PORTRAIT PRIZE

  • Winner: Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury, “Trapped in the Wrong Body”

NIKON-WALKLEY COMMUNITY/REGIONAL PRIZE

  • Winner: Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury, “Sea of Emotions”

NIKON-WALKLEY CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN DAILY LIFE PRIZE

  • Winner: Matthew Abbott, ABC Online, “Not a farmer’s wife”

NIKON-WALKLEY PHOTO OF THE YEAR PRIZE

  • Winner: Lukas Coch, AAP, “Linda Burney Airborne”

Plein Air 2018

11 October

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an acquisitive art prize of $20,000, awarded for the best ‘plein air’ painting of NSW subject. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an annual event and is recognised by plein air artists throughout Australia. The Parliament of NSW encourages all artists to enter this landscape painting prize, with finalists and semi-finalists exhibited at the Parliament of NSW, Sydney in October 2018.

2017 winner Rachel Ellis  ‘Bentinck St, Bathurst’  Oil on board  30 x 40 cm

The term ‘en plein air’ refers to the practice of painting out of doors, in direct engagement with nature, where the transitory effects of light can be observed and recorded. Contemporary Australian artists paint ‘en plein air’ both in the bush and the city. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize encourages artists to embrace the tradition and feel of ‘plein air’ to create new art works depicting subjects in the beautiful state of NSW. Painting in the tradition of ‘en plein air’ allows the artist to capture something more than just the depiction of a landscape, adding mood and atmosphere to the setting.  It was first popularised by Monet and Renoir before coming to Australia through Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize celebrates this unique artistic endeavour and encourages artists to get out into the open air to capture the beautiful landscapes of our state.

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Some of the paintings I enjoyed at this year’s Plein Air Painting Prize.

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an acquisitive art prize of $20,000, awarded for the best ‘plein air’ painting of NSW subject. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an annual event and is recognised by plein air artists throughout Australia. The Parliament of NSW encourages all artists to enter this landscape painting prize, with finalists and semi-finalists exhibited at the Parliament of NSW, Sydney in October 2018.

Her remarkable painting Bentinck St, Bathurst is now on exhibit in the Parliament’s Fountain Court, together with highly commended works by Craig Handley and Joanna Logue and the extraordinary paintings of all the 45 finalists. Rachel’s painting will become part of the permanent collection of the NSW Parliament, joining previous winners of the prize including Robert Malherbe, Guy Maestri, John Bokor, Isabel Gomez, Rodney Pople, Euan Macleod and Noel McKenna.

13 September

107 Exhibitions Redfern

Super Riso 2 –  An all-riso group show showcasing and celebrating the art of risograph printing.  Instagram

Luke John Mathhew Arnold, Alisa Croft, Max Howard, Anu Kilpelainen, Micke Lindebergh, Nico, Oscar Nimmo, Ian Shoebridge, Kris Andrew Small,

Risograph is a brand of digital duplicators manufactured by the Riso Kagaku Corporation, that are designed mainly for high-volume photocopying and printing. It was released in Japan in August 1986.

Women Past, Future Present is a portrait of six women from the Redfern community.  An exhibition by Missy Dempsey.

Jinny-Jane Smith: Aboriginal Liaison Officer – Inner Sydney Voice
Syrenne Anu: Digital Photographer at Ngakkan Nyaagu
Kat Dopper: Founder of Heaps Gay
Sarah Clifford: Kindergarten Teacher and education enthusiast
Doctor Marie Healy: Redfern Station Medical GP
Abigail David: Indigenous Digital Excellence Programs Facilitator

By contrasting audio and visual elements, artist Missy Dempsey has created a combined sensory experience consisting of 6 digitally printed portraits and 6 interview recordings.

In the interviews, she discusses the women’s lives and the role that technology plays in it. Many of the inventions people rely on today were created in a very short span of time – tens of years as opposed to hundreds. This is highlighted in the portraits by exaggerating the amount of time that has elapsed between the past and now; the subjects are dressed in clothing from years gone by, but interacting with modern elements.

11 August

BETTER PLANNING NETWORK – The New NSW Planning Laws

This seminar will look at the revised NSW planning laws that became operational in March 2018, with a specific focus on changes to urban planning processes.

Presentation by Ms Jemilah Hallinan, Outreach Director, NSW Environmental Defender’s Office

Background:  In the second reading of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Bill Amendment Bill 2017, Mr Scott MacDonald, MLC stated:  “This Bill builds on the Government’s agenda to cut red tape, and provide a faster and more flexible planning system for government and the communities we represent.”

Cut red tape”… “faster and more flexible planning system”… these words are alarm bells for those concerned with thoroughness of assessment and dedication to genuine consultation, especially where concurrences are needed from other Departments on specialist areas of regulation.

The second reading speech further spoke of “enhancements to community participation, increased strategic planning, improved design, and provided more efficient approvals from New South Wales agencies and an improved compliance framework to ensure the approved works are actually the works constructed.”

These are just some of the questions that will be addressed at this seminar:

• How would the Minister judge whether a Modification is of “minimal environmental impact”?
• What are the new provisions for public notification of reasons for planning decisions and how will community views be taken into account?
• What do you need to know about the new Community Participation Plans?
• How will the penalties under the Act change?

PLANNING FOR PEOPLE A Community Charter for Good Planning in NSW

NSW EDO Defending the Environment Advancing the Law  is a community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law. We help people who want to protect the environment through law. Our core functions are:

10 August 

Korean Art Exhibition High St Library 9 – 23 August  The exhibition will feature artworks by members of the Association of Korean Visual Artists in Australia, Korea Women’s Art Society and Australian Korean artists.  Unfortunately the light reflections in the framing glass made photographing difficult, amazing works and hopefully there is enough information to get the idea of how interesting this exhibition was.

23 July 

FREE ORGAN RECITAL CONCERTS City of Sydney Town Hall – David Drury (St Paul’s College, University of Sydney).

Constructed in the 1870s, Sydney Town Hall is a heritage building of great significance. It was built to an extravagant scale and is a remarkable example of Victorian architecture. Sydney Town Hall proudly houses a 9,000-pipe grand organ which was the largest of its kind when it was installed in 1890.

26 June

SPRING LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOPS Ashfield Council

Making lanterns for Spring at Ashfield Town Centre with Artist Jayanto Tan to adorn our main streets as we celebrate EDGE in September.

13 June

POMPOM ART GALLERY  Against the Sky Hayley Megan French and Keeps Lewis Doherty

Up the road from White Rabbit on Abercrombie Street.

WHITE RABBIT GALLERY   The Sleeper Awakes

In HG Wells’s novel The Sleeper Awakes, the hero emerges from a 200-year coma into a dystopian world whose rulers use poverty and propaganda to keep an enslaved populace under control.

In the 1940s, Mao and his revolutionaries set out to awaken the Chinese “sleeping lion” and build a powerful new nation. Seventy years on, the future has arrived—but is it the socialist utopia they dreamed of?

In THE SLEEPER AWAKES, some of China’s most original contemporary artists reflect on a society where unprecedented freedom, ambition and optimism coexist uneasily with anxiety, isolation and ubiquitous state surveillance.

HUNG-CHIH PENG MAKES A 3D PRINTED ART INSTALLATION – THE DELUGE

In complete ignorance we Humans have caused environmental disaster on Earth with our activities. We have destroyed the very fabric of nature that helped us come into existence on this planet; the situation is grim and looks irreversible. Governments and Environmentalist all across the world are working hard to change the way we use the resources and busy finding sustainable ways of existence on earth. A Taiwan based Artist Hung-Chih Peng is someone who has a vision of changing the tide someday, His latest work, The Deluge – Noah’s Ark, is currently on exhibit at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. According to Peng, it’s meant to provide a metaphor for the ongoing battle waged by Mother Nature on our industrialized civilization.

12 June

VIVID

THE LIMINAL HOUR  Wulugul Walk, next to Barangaroo Wharf.

The Liminal Hour created Erth, Jacob Nash, James Brown and Mandylights.  A giant luminescent puppet that will be venturing along the Wulugul Walk waterfront. In a theatrical display of sound and light, the puppet comes to life through a talented team of performers – and if you listen closely, you’ll even hear the sounds of birds and the sea.

Inspired by the cycle of regeneration through fire and water, The Liminal Hourtransforms Barangaroo’s Wulugul Walk into a magical bushland led by the six-metre high character named Marri Dyin – meaning “Great Woman” in the Eora language.

Marri Dyin calls upon the natural forces, transforming peaceful bushland, into a raging bush fire, then a torrential storm – a cycle of regeneration which assures new life and prosperity for future generations. While the storm calms, Marri Dyin then sits to share a moment with children.

Marri Dyin is not a traditional spirit, rather she is a contemporary concept. Her existence seeks to recognise the influence and importance of the First Nations women, including Barangaroo, who lived in Sydney prior to settlement. Marri Dyin represents their strength and spirit, and their role as providers for their people through a connection to the land and its waterways.

 

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, Bennelong Point  LIGHTING OF THE SAILS

METAMATHEMATICAL by Jonathan Zawada

‘Metamathemagical explores the concept of creation and the creative process’

Jonathan Zawad’s concept of the installation explores metaphysical themes using imagery inspired by the australian environment.   Jonathan Zawada’s approach to the lighting of the Sails in 2018 encourages audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate by identifying various recognisable Australian motifs across science, nature and culture. 

CUSTOM HOUSE, 31 Alfred Street   SNUGGLEPOT and CUDDLEPIE

Exactly 100 years ago, Author May Gibbs gave Australia two characters who dropped out of a gumtree and became instant superstars. Since then, pretty well every Australian child has grown up steeped in the adventures of the intrepid Gumnut Babies, the audacious Snugglepot and the demure Cuddlepie.

WORLD PRESS PHOTO 18 State Library NSW

“We exist to inspire understanding of the world through quality photojournalism.”

View the world’s best photojournalism from 2017, selected from the prestigious World Press Photo Contest, now in its 61st year. The exhibition features over 150 powerful and evocative images and photo stories captured by professional photographers from across the globe, covering news, contemporary issues, people, daily life, sport and nature.  A new Environment category was introduced this year, which deals with human impact on our natural world.

WARNING: 
This exhibition includes images that viewers might find confronting.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to consider whether this exhibition is suitable for children and young adults.

A photograph of a photograph with my phone is not the best way to view these amazing photographs about our world.  These are some that hit a note with me and wanted to share, some of the others were too confronting. It wold take more than one visit to process the content of this exhibition.

JAPAN FOUNDATION  ‘ANIME ARCHITECTURE’

https://jpf.org.au/events/anime-architecture/ The collection of works are by Hiromasa Ogura, Takashi Watabe, Haruhiko Higami, Mamoru Oshii and Atsushi Takeuchi.

See the creative process that brought worlds in iconic anime to life in Anime Architecture, an exhibition curated by Stefan Riekeles for Les Jardins des Pilotes. 

From location photographs and concept sketches in detailed pencil drawings, through to final expression as anime cels in full colour, Anime Architecture reveals some of the intricate creative processes behind iconic Japanese animated films ‘Patlabor: the Movie’, Osamu Tezuka’s ‘Metropolis’, ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and ‘Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence’. 

Anime Architecture is an exhibition that traces the architectural world-building process of Japan’s most influential animated science fiction films. Curated by Stefan Riekeles for Les Jardins des Pilotes, the exhibition casts a spotlight on meticulous hand-drawn backdrops that bring to life the fictitious urban environments of iconic cyberpunk anime.

From location photographs and concept sketches in detailed pencil drawings, through to final expression as anime cels in full colour, Anime Architecture reveals some of the intricate creative processes behind iconic Japanese animated films Patlabor: the Movie, Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis, Ghost in the Shell, and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. Amongst illustrations on display are works by Hiromasa Ogura, Takashi Watabe, Haruhiko Higami, Mamoru Oshii and Atsushi Takeuchi, Japanese animators who worked during the peak of hand-drawn animation.

It was not possible to take photos, photos are from the web page for the exhibition and the book.

There was a great book with the exhibition and is available here.

Proto Aniime Cut Archive
Spaces and Visions in Japanese Animation
Stefan Riekeles (Ed.)
Les jardins des pilotes Caja madrid / Obra social

Hardcover    20,5 x 26 cm     296 pages
234 color and b/w ills.
German/English and Spanish/English
ISBN 978-3-86828-253-5
2011

The publication Proto Anime Cut Archive presents original drawings of the most important directors and illustrators of Japanese animated films. Numerous background paintings, storyboards, drafts, sources of inspiration and film excerpts provide insight into the working methods of the most successful animation artists and production designers of the last two decades.

Proto Anime Cut Archive presents, for the first time in a European publication the work by Hideaki Anno (director, Neon Genesis Evangelion), Haruhiko Higami (photographer), Koji Morimoto (director, Dimension Bomb), Hiromasa Ogura (art director), Mamoru Oshii (director, Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, Innocence) and Takashi Watabe (layout).

The presented artists have played key roles in the development of Anime. By cooperating closely in different production studios in Tokyo they gave their distinctive signatures to many films and developed the prototypical Anime style.

Editor: Stefan Riekeles

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

On loan from the Natural History Museum in London with 100 extraordinary images that celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes.  Chosen from 50,000 entries and selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.

Some of my favourites taken with my phone, does not do justice to the amazing images and I did for personal memories about the exhibition.  If the web site is still up when you are looking at this it has beautiful images from the exhibition.

8 June

THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS  Théâtre Excentrique  The Actor’s Pulse, 103 Regent Street, Redfern, NSW 2016´

A delightful comedy by Carlo Goldoni with plenty of comedia dell’arte, songs, masks, crazy acting and a slow mo or two!
Director:  Anna Jahjah     Assistant Director: Berangere Graham Dupuy     Stage Manager:  Pauline Evans
Musical:  Nowroz Moyeen     Choreographer:  Basma Mahbub Moyeen
Cast:  Aishwarya Arun, Valentina Barbera, Mariane Ellas, Peria Escalon, Lambert Feist, Aladin Halim, Basile Mellac, Wala’a Meshref, Imroz Moyeen, Shiva O’Carroll, Marie Moury, Joseph Schneider.
The play begins in the Venetian house of Pantalone, where a party is underway to celebrate the engagement of Clarice, daughter of Pantalone, to Silvio, son of Doctor Lombardi. As the wedding agreement is being signed, the hilarious and confused Truffaldino enters to announce the arrival of his master, Federigo Rasponi of Turin.

This news comes as an amazing surprise to all, since Federigo is believed to have been killed in a duel with Florindo, his sister Beatrice’s lover. The problem arises from the fact that Federigo had originally been promised Clarice’s hand in marriage. The truth, however, is the supposed Federigo is actually Beatrice in disguise, come from Turin to claim the dowry owed by Pantalone to her brother, if he were alive. (Confused yet! Wait, it will all work it’s way out.)

To Clarice’s horror, her father feels obligated to honor his commitment to the supposed Federigo. Clarice refuses to comply, while Sylvio, spurred on by his pontificating father, strives to maintain his claim to Clarice’s hand. The wedding, however, is cancelled.

Brighella, the innkeeper, recognizes Beatrice, despite her disguise, but promises to keep her identity a secret and becomes her accomplice in her mission. Here Truffaldino meets the housemaid, Smeraldina, and falls in love with her. (And there’s still more!)

Later, on the street, the servant Truffaldino is approached by Florindo who, having recently escaped from Turin after killing Federigo, is seeking a servant himself. Truffaldino accepts Florindo’s offer, determining that if he is clever he can serve two masters and easily double his income. From the hotel Florindo sends Truffaldino to check for his mail. Beatrice (disguised as Federigo), who is also at the hotel, sends him to check her mail as well. As fate would have it, Truffaldino mixes up the letters and gives Beatrice’s letters to Florindo, who as a result learns that his lover is in Venice and sets out in search of her.

Back at Pantalone’s house, Beatrice, still in disguise as Federigo, reveals her secret to the distraught Clarice. Pantalone sees the two shake hands and takes it to mean that they have agreed to wed and sets out to tell Doctor Lombardi.

Eventually, through a series of comic mishaps and mix-ups, Beatrice and Florindo come to believe that the other is dead. Beatrice, grief-stricken, abandons her disguise and flees the house. Having discovered Beatrice’s true identity, Pantalone tells Lombardi that the marriage between Silvio and Clarice is still possible since Federigo is actually a woman! Fate again intervenes and brings the suicidal Beatrice and Florindo together in a chance encounter. Overjoyed, they plan to return together to Turin and buy Florindo’s freedom.

n the end, all of the couples are set to be happily married. Florindo asks Pantalone for permission for his servant, Truffaldino, to marry Clarice’s maid, Smeraldino. Clarice says that this is impossible, because Smeraldino is promised to Beatrice’s servant. Trufaldino, in order to marry Smeraldino, confesses that he is, indeed, a servant to two masters.

2 June

THE LONG HAUL

Vivid Ideas Exchange, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia.

What does it take to survive and thrive in the creative industries for more than 25 years? Meet four luminaries who have endured in professions that leave most people behind.

Penny Cook – first recurring TV role in ‘The Restless Years’ in 1979
John Birmingham – published ‘He Died With A Falafel in His Hand’ in 1994
Bridget Ikin – produced ‘An Angel At My Table’ in 1990
Sarah Carroll – performed at her first music festival in 1992

Representing the creative pillars of publishing, screen, music and performing arts, these accomplished professionals have sustained themselves without a break. They’ve juggled career highs and lows, maintained their personal lives while working in the arts (sometimes while in the spotlight), and evolved and adapted their vocations to the changing times.

Learn from our panel about the challenges they have overcome, the twists and turns they have navigated and the opportunities they have taken to become stayers in their fields. What would they share with their younger selves if they could? What do they wish they’d done differently? What was their greatest achievement? And finally – how exactly do they do it?

The event will be facilitated by Monica Davidson, the NSW Creative Industries Business Advisor, herself a writer and film-maker with over 25 years’ experience in creative practice. Stay on for networking fun. Presented by Business Connect.

Over 200 happy creatives come along to hear about how four creative luminaries – Penny Cook, John Birmingham, Bridget Ikin and Sarah Carroll – sustained careers in the arts for more than 25 years. We were delighted to hear about their incredible successes and felt the familiar tummy churn of anxiety as they discussed their low points and have certainly come away with some tips and tricks about how we can future proof our careers.

There is more information on my Business Post

16 May

You See Monsters is a film about the power of art to challenge assumptions and change the way that we view the world. Commissioned by the ABC and supported by Screen Australia and Film Victoria, the documentary explores the work of a new generation of Australian Muslim artists who are fighting anti-Islamic bigotry with creativity, satire, and irreverence. Following the creative endeavors of contemporary artists working on the fault line where art, racism, and Islam intersect. You See Monsters is an inspirational story about the capacity of art to expand our horizons and enrich the idea of what being an Australians means.  Documentary Australia Foundation

10 May

Here and Now: Waterloo

The photographs taken by Fiona Wolf-Symeonides of the Waterloo area capture it as it is about to change, documenting the people, streetscapes and buildings.

In 2015 the NSW Government announced plans to redevelop the suburbs of Waterloo and Redfern, areas with a dense concentration of public housing buildings. The plans include demolishing the existing housing (including the twin towers Matavai and Turanga, formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1977). Photographer Fiona Wolf-Symeonides has documented the people, streetscapes and buildings in the lead up to the change. The photographs. selected from a collection of 50 recently acquired by the Library, highlight the diversity of the community, and the individuals and families who call Waterloo home.

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times

This display depicts a golden age of photojournalism in America — and no single politician was photographed more than JFK. Photographers and newsreel cameramen used images of Kennedy and his young family to convey a vision of a new America, a sophisticated world power engaged in building a bright future for its citizens. Kennedy, in turn, understood the power of pictures to convey his message to voters and was a willing partner in crafting his public persona to help build support for the space program, the Peace Corps, legislation on Civil Rights and immigration, equal pay for women, federal health insurance for the elderly—initiatives that would ensure a more diverse and egalitarian America.

John F Kennedy’s presidency marked a pivotal period in American history, rising to political prominence following World War II.

 

This exhibition is based on the book JFK: A Vision for America and is organised by Lawrence Schiller of Wiener Schiller Productions. It was organised in cooperation with the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation with additional support from Stephen Kennedy Smith and Getty Images.

A photo booth portrait, possibly taken during their honeymoon travels, 1953. Courtesy John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

3 May

ARTEXPRESS at the Armory

Discover ARTEXPRESS – a joint venture of the NSW Department of Education and the NSW Education Standards Authority. It is a series of exhibitions of exemplary bodies of work created by students for the 2017 New South Wales Higher School Certificate.

The 2018 collection spans a broad range of expressive media forms such as painting, photo-media, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, documented forms, textiles and fabrics, ceramics and time-based forms.

ARTEXPRESS: In pursuit engages with the concerns of contemporary life where the artists are in pursuit of understanding issues that impact on all our lives, including the influence of globalisation, the impact of technology, addressing imbalances in the natural world, and seeking an understanding of the influence of social connections.  The artists strive for self-expression with an awareness of themselves transitioning into adulthood.

With more than 100 buildings dating back to the 1800s, Newington Armory is a truly unique, heritage-listed place that covers 52 hectares of riverside landscape. In addition to arts-based attractions, discover all that Newington Armory has to offer with plenty of amusements such as the hugely-popular Heritage Railway Discovery Tour, the award-winning Armory Wharf Café, DrumBuzz Dragon Drumming, Escape the Museum, discovery trails, cycling tracks and much more.

With nearby FREE car parking at Blaxland Riverside Park, the Armory Gallery is located at Building 18 at Newington Armory, accessible via Jamieson St at Sydney Olympic Park.

14 April

The Korean War Memorial Peace Concert

The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Sydney and co-hosted with the Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Pi Woojin and Chairman Lim Wookun of the Patriotic Cultural Association is hosting a Korean War Memorial Peace Concert, on the 14th of April 2018 at Sydney Town Hall 483 George St Sydney, and has been organised to honour and respect the sacrifice of veterans and to pay homage to their actions in the Korean War.
This event also marks the 65th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and the 100 years of ANZAC 2014-2018 to commemorate these anniversaries with the veteran community and its supporters.
The Peace Concert will be performed by The Peace Ambassadors Orchestra & Seocho Philharmoniker with Jong Hoon Bae as artistic director & conductor and will present a selection of musical pieces that symbolise and represent the peace and freedom that the sacrifice of many brave veterans secured for the Republic of Korea.
This concert presents an afternoon where Australian veterans of the Korea War, their families, Australian government officials, citizens and members of the Korean community can share a night of music and join in the remembrance of the Korean War and the celebration of peace.

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THE PEACE AMBASSADORS ORCHESTRA & SEOCHO PHILHARMONIKER

Orchestra performance with Bae Jong-hoon as artistic director & conductor and a traditional Korean music play.  The program included

Some of the notable members of the afternoon are:

The Flower of Life     KIM Bockhee, Dance

CHOI Jihye    Longing for our Heroes    MOON Yangsook on Gayageum Ensemble (Korean Traditional String instrument)  and LEE Dong Hun on Haegum (Two-String Spike Fiddle of Korea).

S. Saens   Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso   BAE  Angela Jiye Bae, Violin

E. Curtis    Nonti Scordar di Me and Sailor’s Song  (Korean Folk Song)  KIM  Jaewoo, Tenor

J. Hummel   Trumpet Concerto   Jens Lindemann, Trumpet

Korean Folk Song Medley (Korean Traditional Instrument:  Gayageum Ensemble)

G. Verdi   ‘E Strano….Sempre Libera’ aria from La Traviata   Lorina Gore, Soprano

S. Saens   Cello Concerto No.1   KO Bongshin, Cello

G. Verdi   ‘Brindisi’ duet from La Traviata   Lorine Gore, Soprano and KIM Jaewoo, Tenor

A. Piazzolla   Oblivion & Malaguena (by E. Lacuna)   Jens Lindemann, Trumpet and KO Bongshin, Cello

CHOI   Sungwhan    Arrange Fantasy

14 April

City of Sydney BIOBLITZ

We want your help to discover what is living in Sydney Park.  Come along to the Bioblitz and sign up for daytime activities. We start with a Welcome to Country at 10am. Free activities run from 10.30am–4pm.

Highlights include:

  • water bird survey from 10.30am
  • urban jungle bike safari from 11.30am
  • reptile survey from 12pm
  • Aboriginal cultural tour from 12pm
  • pollinator survey from 1pm.

We’ll also have cameras to help us look inside nest boxes and hollows to see if our furry friends are using them. So come and be a scientist for the day. Learn about the world of water bugs, the secrets of feathers, fascinating fungi and where the lizards hide.

There’ll also be some great stalls on the day, with Taronga Zoo and nature play activities.   A free BBQ from 10.30am will also be on off

12 April

GENERATION TO GENERATION: KOREAN TRADITIONAL CRAFTS OF IMPORTANT INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE  KCC Sydney

Introduces Inheritance system of important intangible cultural heritage of Korea. In a diverse collection of Korean traditional crafts from Cultural Heritage Administration in Korea, the exhibition highlights 21 works by authorised individual skill holders.  Intangible Cultural Heritage are traditional products such as drama, music, dance, folk game and rites, martial art, handicrafts, and cuisine. They have high historic, academic, and artistic values and distinct local flavours. ‘Intangible’ in this case means artistic activity or technique that is formless. They are designated as cultural heritage when actualised by the people or the organisations that have artistic or technical ability. Simultaneously, such people are authorised as holders.

Intangible Cultural Heritage are learned, practiced, and inherited by people and organisations. The authorised individual (holders) or organisation with skill or ability is encouraged and supported to succeed in maintaining and preserving the traditional culture.

For the stable and systematic activity of cultural heritage, Korea Intangible Cultural Heritage system maintains a consistent inheritance procedure from skill holder-apprentice-graduate-scholarship student (general student).

The main responsibility of holder is to spread traditional culture and inherit their property to the next generation. Once certain individuals or organisations are acknowledged as holders, they select student with the will and the ability to inherit their skill and property. When the selected students completed the course of three years and reach up to the definite ability, they are recognised as graduate. Among these graduate, the most excellent will be selected as ‘apprentices’ by recommendation of holders and the evaluations of cultural experts. These chosen apprentices have the duty to assist the holders, as well as learn their skills.

As explained above, Korea’s inheritance system of Intangible Cultural Heritage has been providing and supporting a stable atmosphere for the inheritance of precious skills and properties.

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11 April

OZDOC  AFTRS, Entertainment Quarter, 130 Bent Street, Moore Park. Sydney

FILMS THAT FIGHT BACK  chair Ruth Hesey – Total Environment Centre

Karina Holden – Blue

Nell Schofield – Stop Adani Films

Mark Could – Save Bondi Pavilion

Ivan O’Mahoney – The Queen & Zak Grieve

Have written my notes on Film Making Post.

The Panel

Karina Holden started her career as a conservation biologist before becoming a wildlife film maker 21 years ago. She now has a dynamic track record working in both the independent sector as Head of Production and Creative Producer, as well as within the national broadcaster as Science Commissioning Editor and Head of Factual for the ABC. Her first theatrical film, Blue, was directed and produced as part of Goodpitch initiative through Northern Pictures. The film screened at the United Nations before having its official debut at Vancouver International Film Festival where it won best Impact Film and later the Okeanos Foundation award for services to the Ocean. The crux of her creative work is to create change, truth tell and find unlikely heroes who challenge our perceptions.

Nell Schofield is an actor turned activist whose passion is bringing the creative sectors and conservation movements together. With The Sunrise Project she produced and directed the films Guarding the Galilee and A Mighty Force about the movement to stop Adani’s massive Carmichael coal mine in Central Queensland. She also worked as Senior Project Manager with Solar Citizens, and helped spearhead the Land Water Future campaign in NSW as Sydney Coordinator with Lock the Gate Alliance. In 2007, Nell trained with Al Gore as one of his Climate Leaders and has worked in the Office of the Lord Mayor of Sydney on local government issues. She has also worked as a presenter with ABC TV, Showtime, CNN and Channel 9, and as a broadcaster with Radio National. As a teenager Nell famously starred in the cult classic Puberty Blues and, with fellow NIDA graduates created the self-devised work Strictly Ballroom. Nell currently works with the Historic Houses Association of Australia to preserve our nation’s built environment.

Mark Gould is a producer writer and director with over 40 years’ experience in Australian theatre, film and television. Mark has, in the last 2 years made over 120 short videos for the web in the fight to stem the tide of neo-liberal greed in Sydney. His documentaries have been commissioned internationally and nationally, by the BBC, ABC, SBS, Nat Geo, Arte, YLE, RBTF, RTE and others.;
Recent projects for the ABC:-
PILGRIMAGE TO THE KALACHAKRA (COMPASS 2016) ABOUT A BOY (FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT 2015) EASTER IN JERUSALEM (COMPASS) 2014 THE HOLY DIP (COMPASS) 2013
IN GOOGLE WE TRUST (4 CORNERS 2013) MISS TIBET AND THE LIMBO OF EXILE (ABC FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT 2012) GUT INSTINCT ABC FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT 2011) TIBET: Murder in the Snow (Nov 2008) commissioned by BBC & SBS with YLE TSR and RTBF and NAT GEO. This film won best film at NYC Home Planet Festival 2010.
People’s Choice Award at Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival 2009. Award of Excellence at Accolade Mountain Film Festival. This film screened to over 2 million viewers on the BBC and has played at many other major festivals.
A WINNERS GUIDE TO THE NOBEL PRIZE 2006 was commissioned by ABC Science in 2006 and won the Golden Dragon Award for Best Science film at Beijing Film Festival and was nominated for a Eureka Prize.
A PIG, A CHICKEN AND A BAG OF RICE ABC 2005
His landmark series MOULIN ROUGE GIRLS 2004 still holds the ABC ratings record for an ABCTV half hour series. It was nominated for a Logie and sold worldwide.
Mark is contributing to the work of Ryan Jasper as a mentor, EP and script editor.

Ivan O’Mahoney received the 2016 Australian Directors Guild (ADG) Award, the Walkley Documentary Award, the Australian Academy of Cinema & Television (AACTA) Award and the Amnesty International Media Award for ABC’s domestic violence series ‘Hitting Home.’ He is also the recipient of the 2013 AACTA for Best Documentary Series and the 2012 ADG Award for Best Direction in a Documentary Series for his work on the SBS refugee series ‘Go Back To Where You Came From.’ Ivan has directed and produced films for HBO, BBC, ARTE, Channel 4, PBS & Discovery Channel. A former lawyer and UN peacekeeper in Bosnia, he holds degrees in international law (Leiden) and journalism (Columbia). Ivan’s other acclaimed projects include Baghdad High, about teenagers in Iraq (HBO); ‘How To Plan a Revolution,’ following democracy activists in Azerbaijan (BBC) and ‘Surviving Hunger,’ a film on famine in Ethiopia (CNN). His 4 Corners film ‘Code of Silence received’ the 2009 Sports Journalism Walkley. Screened at major festivals (Tribeca, Sheffield, Human Rights Watch), Ivan’s other gongs include the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Prix Europa, two Logies, two Rose d’Ors, the Japan Prize for Educational Media and a Golden Nymph. Ivan is a director and executive producer of Sydney and LA-based In Films, a film and television production company established in 2013. In Films is a partnership with producer Nial Fulton. The company received the prestigious 2015 Enterprise Grant from Screen Australia, the federal funding body for the television and film industry. Over the last three years In Films has produced and delivered “Hitting Home” (ABC, 2 x 60 documentary on domestic violence); “Matilda and Me,” (1 x 60 on Tim Minchin and the making of his smash hit musical); “The Outlaw Michael Howe” (1 x 60 period drama for ABC); “Borderland” (4 x 60 series on US illegal immigration for AJAM); “1999” (10 x 3 comedy for YouTube/Screen Australia); Caged (1 x 60 documentary on mixed martial arts for SBS); The Queen & Zak Grieve (a 6 x 10 vocast series for The Australian” and ‘Making Muriel (1 x 60 for ABC Arts on the making of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical). In Films has been nominated 2016 Breakout Production Business of the Year at the Screen Producers Australia Awards.

Ruth Hessey‘s documentary film about the beauty of garbage, Waste Not,has been translated into 4 languages, and screened in over 30 countries. Her other documentary projects include The Mural (distributed by Ronin Films) and Under Threat, an animated short film about Australia’s threatened native species.
Ruth is also a high profile writer – (SMH, TimeOut Sydney, Vogue, Australian Art Review); radio broadcaster (ABC Radio National, 702, Green Velvet Eastside Radio); screenwriter, and novelist (half done!). Her contributions to anthologies include Bewitched & Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years (Hardie Grant); Screwed: Stories of Love and Sex (Allen & Unwin); Interviews with Jane Campion (University of Illinois at Chicago); Dennis O’Rourke’s The Good Woman Of Bangkok (QLD University Press); Baz Luhrmann (University of Michigan).
Since 2009 Ruth has worked in environment advocacy, creating campaign videos, websites, and educational guides which have accumulated over 10,000 views online.
Ruth has also worked as a TV Host/presenter (World Movies); educator and history guide (Museum of Sydney); education consultant (Rooty Hill High School, Eden College); environment consultant (Fremantle Media); ABC radio film reviewer (ABC 702, Radio National); and copywriter (Film Australia, Village Roadshow, TM Publicity). She was named one of Sydney’s Most Influential, Inspiring, Creative People in 2012 by Sydney magazine. Ruth is also developing a 6 part mini series for television based on a new Australian novel with producer Tracey Mair.

27 February

ART GALLERY of NEW SOUTH WALES

The annual ARTEXPRESS exhibition is one of the most dynamic and popular at the Gallery.  Featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts 2017, ARTEXPRESS 2018 provides insight into students’ creativity and the issues important to them.

The exhibition encompasses a broad range of approaches and expressive forms, including ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and time-based forms.

 

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UNPAINTING

AGNSW Contemporary Collection Projects.  Despite routine declarations of its decline, abstract painting is an urgent and vital mode of artmaking that seems to exist in a state of constant reinvention.  This display of contemporary abstract paintings focuses on unconventional and experimental approaches to the age-old discipline of painting.  Drawn largely from the Gallery’s collection, the exhibition includes artworks by Daniel Buren, Morris Louis, Judy Millar, Dona Nelson, Sigmar Polke and Robert Rauschenberg among many others.

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and a beautiful afternoon in Sydney

22 February 

Thu, Feb 22, 2018, 5:30 PM: In 2018, we are going to start our meetup with invited speakers, talking about WebGL, Cinematic VR, Collaborative AR/VR and beyond. Keep checking this space for updates.

In 2018, we are going to start out meetup with invited speakers, talking about WebGL, Cinematic VR, Collaborative AR/VR and beyond. Keep checking this space for updated.

Mie Moth-Poulsen, ‘Can you Cut It? An Exploration of the Effects of Editing in Cinematic Virtual Reality’

Our first confirmed speaker is Mie Moth-Poulsen, EPICentre visiting fellow from Aalbork University Copenhagen. She is currently doing postgraduate study in interaction design. Title: Can you Cut It? An Exploration of the Effects of Editing in Cinematic Virtual Reality

The studies explored how cut frequency influences viewers’ sense of disorientation and their ability to follow the story, during exposure to fictional 360◦ films experienced using a headmounted display. The results revealed no effects of increased cut frequency which lead to the conclusion that editing need not pose a problem in relation to cinematic VR, as long as the participants’ attention is appropriately guided at the point of the cut.
The studies inspired to a further iteration, investigating if spatial audio can be used as cues to guide the viewer’s attention within Cinematic Virtual Reality. KEEP EYES OPEN for updates on other speakers to appear soon here.

The vast development of Virtual Reality (VR) displays and 360 degree video cameras has sparked an interest in bringing cinematic experiences from the screen and into VR. However, Cinematic Virtual reality is a new and relatively unexplored area within academic research. Historically editing has provided filmmakers with a powerful tool for shaping stories and guiding the attention of audiences. However, will an immersed viewer, experiencing the story from inside a 360 degree fictional world, find cuts disorienting?  This question, founded two iterative studies investigating the application of editing in Cinematic Virtual Reality and if this causes disorientation for the viewer.

The research was conducted in 2016 on postgraduate in Medialogy (media technology). Traditional filmmaking theories and newly proposed theories for Cinematic Virtual Reality was used to produce two Cinematic Virtual Reality films.

More on my Post Production Blog.

Huyen Nguyen, ‘Immersive Analytics of Honey Bee Data’

Bees are dying – in recent years an unprecedented decline in honey bee colonies has been seen around the globe. The causes are still largely unknown. At CSIRO, the Global Initiative for Honey bee Health (GIHH) is an international collaboration of researchers, beekeepers, farmers, and industry set up to research the threats to bee health in order to better understand colony collapse and find solutions that will allow for sustainable crop pollination and food security. Integral to the research effort is RFID tags that are manually fitted to bees. The abundance of data being collected by the thousands of bee-attached sensors as well as additional environmental sensors poses a number of challenges with regard to the interpretation and comprehension of the data, both computationally as well as from a user perspective. In this talk, Huyen will discuss visual analytics techniques that have been investigated at CSIRO DATA61 to facilitate an effective path from data to insight, with a particular focus on interactive and immersive user interfaces that allow for a range of end users to effectively explore the complex sensor data.

More on my Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Games and Such Things Blog

Rowan Hughes, ‘Data-Driven Real-Time Crowd Simulation’

In order to create plausible virtual humans it is important to model their movement and interactions with their environment in an accurate and realistic manner. A lot of time and effort is spent by artists and engineers modelling user interactions with virtual agents with which the user acts directly. Virtual crowds, however, form an important component of virtual worlds. It is generally not feasible to author scripted behaviours and interactions for individual members large virtual crowds, and it typical to rely on systems that allow for autonomous navigation and behaviour. In this talk, we look at some solutions developed over the course of Rowan’s research.

Carlos Dominguez, ‘Extended Reality for Teaching – A web based solution’

Extended reality is the term used to describe all the immersive realities: virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality and diminished reality. A web based solution incorporates those realities into the web using different frameworks such as a-frame, ar.js, html5, argon.js and other javascript libraries and APIs. Those objects then are incorporated into the academic curriculum resulting in Immersive Learning Objects (iLos). Our goal is to create iLos as auxiliary learning tools.

More on my 3D and VFX Blog

10 – 14 February 

BATHURST, HERTLEY, MILLTHORP, SOFALA, HILL END, KANDOS

10 February

SUMMER EXHIBITION SUITE: UP IN THE SKY | LANDING POINTS

Race, place and identity – Contemporary artists respond to Tracey Moffatt’s 1997 photographic series Up in the Sky

On the 20th anniversary of Tracey Moffatt’s work Up in the Sky, Penrith Regional Gallery will exhibit this seminal series in its Lewers House Gallery.  Produced in 1997, this photographic series may be read as black and white film stills, set in an iconic outback Australian landscape. Moffatt’s landscape is peopled, with an open-ended narrative that is provocative of questions of personal, cultural and political histories, both remarkably Australian and global.

Landing Points –  will, along with commissioned essays, look to Moffatt’s work as a starting point in consideration of the last 20 years of race, place and identity in Australia.

Eleven artists (established and early career) will produce new works for the show, across the mediums of painting, performance, photography, film and installation. The artists will respond to the cultural complexities layered in the Australian landscape and our relation to it.  These artists are:  Tim Johnson, Jason Wing, Alana Hunt, Caroline Garcia, Victoria Garcia, Carla Liesch, Nicole Monks with Luke Butterly, Mark Shorter, Cigdem Aydemir, Hayley Megan French and Joan Ross.

Penrith Regional Gallery Collection

Originating as a bequest in 1978, the Penrith Regional Gallery Collection consists of over 1600 objects, primarily featuring paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photography.

 8 February 

The Bentley Effect documents the highs and lows of the battle to keep a unique part of Australia gasfield-free. This timely story of a community’s heroic stand shows how strategic direct action and peaceful protest from a committed community can overcome industrial might and political short-sightedness.

The screening will be followed by a short Q&A with Naomi Hogan
Naomi has a science communications background and is the National Coordinator for the Lock the Gate Alliance. For the past six years she has been fighting CSG and fracking alongside impacted communities in Australia.

This event is Co-hosted with Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle

31 January

SCREEN PRODUCERS AUSTRALIA – SAFE WORKPLACE TRAINING

KATE JERKINS (Sex Discrimination Commissioner) delivered a speech ‘Zero Tolerance – The role of employers in preventing and effectively responding to sexual harassment in the workplace’.

STEPHEN TREW (Holding Redlich, Managing Partner, Sydney) provided an outline of employers’ legal responsibilities to prove a safe workplace.

MENAKA COOKE (Couch/Counsellor) delivered practical training for employers on preventing and responding to sexual harassment.

30 January 

Beautiful:  The Carole King Musical.  Beautiful tells the story of the early life and career of Carole King.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzuOxMPH3FI

26 January

AUSTRALIA DAY at Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour – Live at Sydney Opera House

Our biggest celebration, our greatest performers, live and free on the Opera House steps.  Marcia Hines, Anthony Callea, John Paul Young, Christine Anu, Guy Sebastian, Dami Im, Casey Donovan and Lorenzo Rositano will perform the hottest tunes alongside tributes to great songs of the past. John Foreman OAM will direct proceedings on stage as a breathtaking fireworks paint the sky over Circular Quay.

Started by watching the Australian Open of the live screen at Customs House, Circular Quay.

25 January

THE BOOMALLI TEN EXHIBITION

BOOMALLI ABORIGINAL ARTISTS CO-OPERATIVE LIMITED

30th Anniversay show The Boomalli Ten open until the 28th January 2018.

What a  great line up of remarkable national and internationally renowned artists and founding members of Boomalli: Michael Riley, Bronwyn Bancroft, Euphemia Bostock, Arone Meeks, Fiona Foley, Brenda L.Croft, Jeffrey Samuels, Tracey Moffat, Avril Quaill and Fern Martins.

I have had the great pleasure and opportunity to work with Boomalli and their amazing team of artists now for many years and this show is truely amazing.

24 January

AN AFTERNOON of ART in SYDNEY

ART GALLERY NSW, New South Wales.  Art After Hours 

REMBRANDT and the DUTCH golden age, masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum

Drawn from the Rijksmuseum, the renowned national collection of the Netherlands, this exhibition includes a rare painting by Johannes Vermeer and a room dedicated to one of the greatest minds in the history of art, Rembrandt van Rijn.

Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age presents a richly unfolding panorama of Dutch society during an era of unparalleled wealth, power and cultural confidence. In the Dutch golden age, the art of painting flourished like never before. Artists sensitively observed the beauty of the visible world, transforming it, with great skill, into vivid and compelling paintings. Their subjects ranged from intense portraits and dramatic seascapes to tranquil scenes of domestic life and careful studies of fruit and flowers.

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View of the Church of Sloten in the Winter, Jan Abrahamsz. Beerstraten, 1640 – 1666

Warships in a Heavy Storm, Ludolf Bakhuysen, c. 1695

In early 1694 some 30 Dutch warships set sail for the Mediterranean.  They were sent to protect a merchant fleet from French attacks.   In the Straits of Gibraltar they ran into a heavy storm.  Various ships sank or were seriously damaged, including the Hollandia, portrayed centre right in the painting.

Woman Reading a Letter, Johannes Vermeer, c. 1663

Enjoying a quiet, private moment, this young woman is absorbed in reading a letter in the morning light. She is still wearing her blue night jacket. All of the colours in the composition are secondary to its radiant lapis lazuli blue. Vermeer recorded the effects of light with extraordinary precision. Particularly innovative is his rendering of the woman’s skin with pale grey, and the shadows on the wall using light blue.Zoom out

The Denial of St Peter, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1660

In this nocturnal scene lit by a candle, Peter is recognised by soldiers as a disciple of Christ.  He denies this, however, renouncing his master.  Christ, in the murky right background, looks back at Peter, as he is led away by soldiers.   Rembrandt had pupils in his workshop whtil the very last years of his life.  Technical investigations have revealed that he was assisted in this pinging.

Man in Oriental Dress, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1635

Rembrandt manipulated light in a highly personal way.  Here, the man’s turban and the right side of his face are brilliantly illuminated, while the left side is in shadow.  Exotic character heads like this – they are not portraits – were extremely popular in the 17th century; early on, they were widely copied and imitated.  They were known as ‘Turkish tronies’.

The Three Crosses, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1653

When you scratch a line in an etching plate, it produces a small raised edge called a ‘burr’. The burr, which gives drypoint lines such a sumptuous velvety look, wears away quickly. As a result, the decorative effect of the technique diminishes and the representation becomes increasingly lighter. Here Rembrandt solved that problem by making areas of shadow darker again with extra lines, for example under the dog in the foreground.

Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1661

This is Rembrandt’s first and only self portrait in the guise of a biblical figure. The manuscript and the sword projecting from his cloak are Paul’s traditional attributes. Like the other apostles Rembrandt painted in the same period, Paul too is a real, everyday person. By using his own likeness here Rembrandt encourages a direct bond with the saint.
Collaborating with the Rijksmuseum the exhibition features paintings of intense portraits, dramatic seascapes, tranquil scenes of domestic life and detailed studies of fruit and flowers.  The Dutch painters produced their work mainly for the free market, it was customary for the affluent middle class (burghers) to have themselves portrayed unlike the European countries where it was a privilege reserved for nobles and aristocrats and where art was commissioned by royal courts, the nobility and the church. 

Vermeer: Master of Light (COMPLETE Documentary)

The Lower Asian Gallery, Glorious earthly pleasures and heavenly realms through the Gallery’s collection of Asian art.

Glorious presents moments of joy – taking pleasure in the changing seasons, appreciating painting and poetry, sipping tea or wine, playing games, enjoying theatre and stories, or revelling in the beauty of sumptuous cloth.  This changing display of paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles and sculpture dating from the first century to the present – now in its second stage – brings together compelling stories and sensations from across Asia.  Included in this latest display is the Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest of ancestral art from the Indonesian archipelago, which features exquisite sculpture, ceremonial objects, regalia and weapons.

Sulu Stories by Yee I-Lann

The Yiribana Gallery presents a selection of works from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection.  It also includes the Yiribana Project Space, home to a range of changing exhibitions.  Yiribana means ‘this way’ in the language of the Eora people and acknowledges the location of the Gallery on Gadigal land.

A celebration of the work of two artists from the Torres Strait Islands, showcasing the unique form of printmaking that is now synonymous with the region.  Glen Mackie and Daniel O’Shane are two artists with individual practices who are currently at the forefront of this medium. This exhibition brings together a number of works by each artist that the Gallery has acquired in recent years.

Artists from the Torres Strait Islands in Australia’s north have experimented with different forms of printmaking, most notably linocuts and vinylcuts, since the mid 1980s. This has led to the development of a unique style of printmaking. Employing finely executed blocks, these works combine detailed graphic designs with realistic figurative forms, generally printed in hard-edged black on white. Over time and through collaborations with master printmakers, artists have produced works on an ever-increasing scale, capturing the authority and complexity of diverse narratives that are distinct to the Torres Strait Islands.

Albert Namatjira

North ranges looking south and Palm Valley 

Korean Cultural Centre Australia.  Winners of the 2017 KAAF Art Prize

The Korea-Australia Arts Foundation (KAAF)is an organisation comprised of Korean people for promoting and supporting a wide range of visual artists in Australia.  KAAF is a non profitable organisation which was established with the motive to provide specialised activities in visual art, to support artists and art organisations within the visual arts field.

Korea-Australia Arts Foundation (KAAF) endeavours fora community that is actively involved within the fields of art and culture in this multicultural society. It seeks to serve and to provide support where is needed in order to make such a community.

By Artists’ Surname A-E

By Artists’ Surname F-L

By Artists’ Surname M-Z

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Jurassic Plastic

Dinosaur sculptures in beautiful landscapes made from discarded toys.  A fun exercise in creativity and nostalgia, while contemplating mass consumerism. Japanese artist Hiroshi Fuji recycles and reinvents unwanted plastic toys into colourful ‘Toysaurus’ dinosaur sculptures and landscapes.

“This magical toy landscape is in fact a big statement on trash and its huge creative potential” – Inhabitat.

Presented by Sydney festival with Artspeople | Australia/Japan.

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20 January 

Symphony Under The Stars 2018

Returning to the gorgeous surrounds of Parramatta Park, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will perform a selection of beloved classical and contemporary compositions as part of The Crescent Summer Series.

It will be preceded at 6.30pm by a fantastic performance by Western Sydney’s brightest stars of the future will kick start the night with a combination of two bold and exciting ensembles, one brass and one percussion, presented by Resonance Concerts and Events. Ranging in age from 15 years to professional performers in their 20s, they’ll come together for the first time to perform classics as you’ve never experienced before.

The evening will conclude with a big bang; the traditional grand finale of Tchaikovsky’s rousing 1812 Overture, complete with fireworks and cannon.

Conductor: Benjamin Northey
Trumpet: Paul Goodchild
BERLIOZ Roman Carnival – Overture
SAINT-SAËNS Danse macabre
DEBUSSY orch. Cailliet Claire de Lune
HAYDN Trumpet Concerto: 1st movement
WILLIAMS Adventures on Earth from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
GLINKA Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla
WILLIAMS Princess Leia’s Theme from Star Wars
SAINT-SAËNS Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
MASSENET Méditation from Thaïs
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 – Overture

2017

31 December

Parramatta Park New Year’s Eve Fireworks

19 December

An afternoon around Sutherland
CAPTAIN COOKS LANDING PLACE  Kurnell area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park

In 1769, King George III commissioned the Endeavour to sail from Portsmouth to the Southern Hemisphere to observe the spectacular sight of Venus passing between the earth and the sun and did a large land mass exist in the southern seas.  On April 29, 1770, after a failed attempt at landing the previous day they found a sheltered bay, Botany Bay. Two boatloads of about 30 men, including Cook, Bans and Tupia whet ashore.  The aborigines of Botany Bay are know as Dharawal people.

There are two headlands which make up Botany Bay National Park, the northern side, La Perouse and the southern side, Kurnell.  Captain Cook’s landing place was set aside as an area of public recreation in 1899.  The park was proclaimed an historic site in 1967 and with Bare Island and La Perouse was included as part of Botany Bay Nation Park in 1988.  Today, the park consists of 436 hectares of coastal cliffs, woodland, beaches and picnic areas.

Kurnell area is at the southern headland of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, near Cronulla. Go whale watching or explore some of NSW’s most significant heritage sites — and see why Kurnell Peninsula headland was included in the National Heritage List in 2004.

Aboriginal sites in the park include rock engravings, burial sites and areas that show evidence of occupational activity, such as axe-grinding grooves on rocks.

Art Rules.  My picks were Anthony Pham’s lino prints and Benjamin Clay’s photo media
This year’s Art Rules exhibition presents the talents of 21 young local artists who will showcase their work in this annual exhibition of HSC art, using their work to tackle the contemporary social and political issues of refugees, gender inequality, environmental destruction, religion, extinction, cultural determinism and dyslexia.  Art Rules features works from schools in the Sutherland Shire and St George areas.

Claire Schanzer, from St George Christian School, in her drawing What She Could Be 2017 explores the tension between an imagined and realistic life for Mona, a 5 year old Syrian refugee. With the current political climate, wars continue to leave families homeless and searching for a safe and secure place for refuge. All potential for a hopeful and joyful life is torn down, when their cries for help are ignored by individuals and governments together. The dichotomy between the limitless potential of an Australian born child’s life and the darker reality for a child refugee is symbolised through the contrastingly coloured and monochrome palettes. This work brings to light the largely overlooked and forgotten impact asylum rejection has upon individuals, the refugee’s childhoods and futures of refugee generations to come.

Anthony Pham from Sydney Technical High School also tackles issues of refugees in his work The Journey 2017, which conveys the long, tiring journey of his father from Vietnam to Australia by boat. His personal experiences and emotions are packed into a set of lino prints, each depicting one of many significant events that defined his journey. Anthony had no idea of what his father went through until he simply just asked. Then and there his father recounted everything, from leaving the docks of his hometown Long Xuyên to being rejected by the government from going to France. Anthony has written a sentence on each print briefly describing the event based on his father’s journey. Any refugee or any hard-working person who works tirelessly for a new and better life can relate to these experiences and hardships.

Claudia Taylor from St Patrick’s College Sutherland confronts gender inequality in her work A bit awkward – a glass ceiling 2017. Claudia explores the “glass ceiling effect” that exists within modern society, by drawing various figures who are significant to her, and have been subject to inequality due to gender imbalance. The pressing nature of glass has been used to symbolise a ‘physical barrier’ which restricts women from excelling within the workplace. “A girl’s confidence plummets during puberty”. By drawing the youngest character free from physical restriction, she endeavours to emphasise the power of innocence, removing a sense of insecurity that is present for mature women.

Benjamin Clay fro Kirrawee High School ‘The Decisive Moment’ photo media stood out for me.

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organisation of forms, which give that event its proper expression.” Henri Cartier-Bresson (Author of ‘The Decisive Moment’)

My practice acts to explore the facets of transitory forms within physical and fractured, occupied and unoccupied space.  Through photography, I am to arrest this ephemerality and present it in my work.  By contrasting the architectural permanence of space with the fleeting femininity exuded in the figure’s expressive potential, both continuity and tension are created within the picture.

PLAY ON:  The Art of Sport.

One of Australia’s richest and most prestigious art awards, the Basil Sellers Art Prize has inspired innovative and complex explorations of sport from a rollcall of Australia’s most accomplished artists.  The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, video, drawing and mixed-media installation by prominent Australia artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. Individual works in the exhibition engage with gymnastics, running, community sport, ground-keeping, AFL, race relations and the representation of women in sport.
Play On offers a unique opportunity to bring art and sport lovers together, engage with new audiences and present additional public programs with local sports clubs, personalities, athletes and fans.Includes work by Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Lauren Brincat, Jon Campbell, Daniel Crooks, Tarryn Gill & Pilar Mata Dupont, Shaun Gladwell, Josie Kunoth Petyarre and Dinni Kunoth Kemarre, Richard Lewer, Fiona McMonagle, Kerrie Poliness, Khaled Sabsabi, Gabrielle de Vietri, Gerry Wedd.A NETS Victoria and Ian Potter Museum of Art touring exhibition.

Peace Park and Chuo City Garden – Sutherland

Chuo City Garden was established in 1993 to commemorate the Sister City relationship between Chuo City, Tokyo, Japan and the Shire of Sutherland. Plaques were unveiled in the garden in 2002 and 2006 to commemorate the 10th and 15th anniversaries of the Sister City relationship.

10 December

Save Sydney Park camp tree planting and bar-b-que celebration.

9 December

A beautiful summer evening at Strathfield park for Strathfield Christmas Carols including Strathfield Symphony Orchestra and St Martha’s Primary School String Ensemble and Choir, the snow making machines and balloons creating lots of fun and laughter followed by the screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and fireworks to finish the evening.

3 December

City of Sydney, The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Reception

30 November

Industry Night DCE

16 November

Lantern making at Save Sydney Park Camp.

1 November

A Creative Flight plan……and how 99% of the time we’re off course

Speaker: Paul Butterworth, VFx Supervisor – Director

Paul is going to finish up the Sydney ACM SIGGRAPH events for 2017 with a talk about projects, research, and planning. You’re probably very familiar with his work on Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2Avengers: Age of UltronAllegiantInsurgentIron Man ThreePrometheus, and so many others. He’s an engaging and entertaining speaker, you should come listen to him talk and look at his pictures.

Start VR had the 360º and VR display.

Float above the exhibition or view the sculptures from the perspective of a little cat or a massive giant.  Sculpture by the Sea and Start VR have collaborated to create an interactive VR experience that offers Users an entirely new way of seeing the exhibition.  Using 360° videos & photogrammetry this on-site VR experience highlights Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017

“We are a full service studio who craft stunningly immersive VR content. Our specialised 360º storytellers, technologists, artists and film-makers are at the frontier of user experience.”

28 October

The Strathfield Food and Jazz Festival is on this Saturday! Get your tastebuds at the ready for an overload of delicious food from cultures across the world including Malaysian, Korean, Turkish and more!

–    Live cooking demos by MasterChefs Julie Goodwin and Diana Chan!
–    Kids entertainer Gaston Soufflé
–    Vibrant jazz with Gang of Brothers and Sydney Jazz Collective
–    Kids cooking classes with the Colourful Chef from Foost
–    International food stalls

27 October

BUSHWHACKERS  –  Big Family Bushdance at Addison Road Centre Marrickville.

17 October

OPERATION ART  Newington Armory Wharf and Gallery

Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual arts exhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10.  With almost 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a great opportunity to celebrate the creative talents of our young people at our unique riverside setting.

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16 October

AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM:  Nature Photographer of the Year

Witness Australasian nature at its most dramatic, graceful and unexpected with this stunning collection of breathtaking photographs that showcase the exceptional talent of our region.  See over 100 images presented in large format, accompanied by information in English and Chinese that unveil spectacular moments in nature.

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All the photography was amazing, some photographers that I particularly enjoyed were Stuart Blackwell, Andrew Peacock, Chris Firth, Georgina Settler, Charles Davis, Julie Fletcher, Karen Willshaw, Justin Gilligan and Robert Irwin.

12 Stunning 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year Finalist Photos.  Every year the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition presents incredible perspectives on natural landscapes, animals and our effect upon them. 2017 is no different, with a huge range of fascinating nature photography to take in. Enjoy this selection of 12 finalist photos from the competition, courtesy of the South Australian Museum.

KOREAN CULTURAL CENTRE:  ‘Dissolve, Inspiration by Korea’

Past Exhibitions

The Korean Cultural Centre Australia (KCC) presents a specially-curated exhibition ‘Dissolve, Inspiration by Korea’ featuring five Australian artists who have been inspired by Korean art and culture. This exhibition aims to provide an opportunity to introduce the artists’ artworks which were inspired from their own personal experiences of Korea. It also investigates the multifaceted nature if cultural exchange to reveal the meaning of being Korean through the perspectives of non-Koreans. Hence, through the exhibition, the specific intimate connection that exists between interpretations and crossovers of culture is exposed. Developed by the KCC, ‘Dissolve, Inspiration by Korea’ comprises of about 30 works including painting, fibre, textile and Hanji (Traditional Korean paper) crafts by Yvonne Boag, Jan Coveney, Catherine O’Leary, Marianne Penberthy and Maryanne Wick.

It is impossible to define the culture of a nation into a single word. Particularly, objectively looking into one’s culture to accentuate its appeal is undoubtedly a strenuous task. In a sense, these new form of artworks created by an artist from another culture enables you to understand Korea and Korean culture. Furthermore, it is a rare opportunity to deepen the understanding of another culture.

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Yvonne Boag Scottish-born printmaker, painter and sculptor. In 1977 she graduated from the South Australian School of Art with a Diploma of Fine Art (Printmaking). She has been a resident in print workshops in Scotland and France as well as being Australia’s first artist-in-residence in Korea.

Korean painting freed me from the constraints of my education in the western tradition of Art.  I had lived in Framce for a few years before I first visited South Korea.   My impression of Korea when I arrived from Paris was of colour and energy and a freedom from the awareness of the heavy tradition or weight I carried from my western roots.   I could see an learn with new eyes.

Colour was celebration of beauty, colour had meaning and direction.   Colour was not used just as a way of depicting a real scene, it was an expression of time, place or direction, symbolic in it’s use in Shamanist traditions and in the traditional clothing worn by the people.

Korea also related me from the overwhelming predominance of thick oil paint used by most artists in Australia, a feeling that any painting of value must be thick and expressionistic.  The use of Korean water paint and ink proved to me the power of simplicity and less.

Jan Coveney She lives in Adelaide, South Australia and has studied the crat under several different Hanji artists in Korea and she has taught Hanji for the last 10 years. As very little is known about this craft outside of Korea, she’s currently writing a book on it in English.

Everyone in life needs a passion and my passion is Hanji.  There’s something about the paper being so tactile and foldable that is alluring and being able to make beautifully practical, everyday objects is extremely satisfying in this, everything looks the same, throwaway world.

Hang is the Korean word for paper and is also the word used to describe the craft of making objects out of cardboard and covering them with the paper.   There are two and three-dimensional forms of Hanji but I work mainly in the three dimensional field.  ‘Han’ refers to the Korean people and ‘ji’ means paper.  It’s a paper made from the bark of the mulberry trees ‘dar’ and has been made as far back as the Three Kingdoms period around 130AD.

My inspirations come from various forms of Korean history, from my time spent in Korea an the sights and experiences I had there as well as symbolisms so close to the Korean culture.  In the last few years I’ve been branching out and incorporating some of my photography into my pieces as well as using Hanji techniques to create more modern designs that appeal to the western world.

Each piece I make is very time consuming but it represents a part of my Hanji journey.  My extensive travelling over the last 15 years has influenced that journey and I’m learning something new everyday, the more I do the more I get out of it.

Because little is known about this craft outside of Korea and even less is written about it in English, I’ve had to make many adjustments to allow me to continue doing Hanji.  Not everything I’ve needed has been available in the countries I’ve called home but with a lot of determination I’ve been able to source most of the products either locally or online which has allowed me to continue my craft.

Creating a teaching Hanji means everything to me.  I’ve had a longtime passion and determination to do what I love best, no matter what the obstacles that have arisen, and there have been many.   My ongoing goals are firstly, to support other English speakers who have learnt this craft and who would like to continue doing it outside of Korea an secondly to spread the word about the beauty of Hanji in the English speaking world.

Catherine O’Leary  She lives in Melbourne who works primarily in the Textile Arts. With a formal training in Fine Arts, her portfolio spans thirty years. She is inspired by the simple, clean lines of the Korean aesthetic.

My first contact with Korea came when I was invited to have an exhibition of her felt artwork in 2008.  I returned the next year with a follow up exhibition at Gana Gallery and also held a workshop in Seoul.  Other exhibitions in South Korea included; 5 Australian Artists exhibition in Heyri Artists Village and being included in two Bojagi Biennale touring exhibitions

I was introduced to the tradition of Bojagi by the artist and curator Chunghie Lee.  Bojagi is a traditional folk art which originated from the need for fabric to store or to wrap things.  It embodies craftsmanship with historic traditions.  There is a potential for Bojagi to be developed into a fine art form.

The techniques of piecing fabric together and making a feature of the exposed seams identifies the unique structure of Bojagi. In my work, this structure allows light to filter through and the functions between the seams create their own patterns.  I am inspired by the simple, clean lines of the Korean aesthetic.

Art is a powerful way to connect people regardless of age or nationality.  We are coming together as a unique community showcasing the ties between our countries.

Marianne Penberthy  She is an established West Australian fibre and textile artist based in Geraldton, Western Australia. She studied Art and Design at Durack College Geraldton and Edith Cowan University in Perth where she obtained a BA (Visual Arts) in 1995. In 2014, at the invitation of the Korean Bojagi Forum, she showed new works in a solo exhibition on Jeju Island South Korea, a project funded by the WA Department of Culture & Arts and the City of Greater Geraldton.

My introduction to Korean Bojagi came in 2002 when I visited a travelling Bojagi and Beyond exhibition at the Geraldton regional Art Gallery in Western Australia.   This exhibition was the result of one of the first workshops in Australia about Korean Bojagi conducted by textile artist and educator Professor Chunghie Lee.  These textiles works in this exhibition had a lasting and haunting influence on my art practice.

What inspires me about Bojagi is the transforming use of the remnant and the value placed on scraps of cloth by the Korean makers of Bojagi.  The strength of the joint seams grids, the abstract quality of the patchwork cloth and the concept of wrapping something precious in a carefully constructed cloth all resonated with me.   Thoughts about wrapping a memory, a place of something precious in cloth or paper filtered down into my work.

The referencing of women’s work through textile construction carried this inspiration.  In 2013 I received a grant from the Western Australian Department of Culture & Arts.   This grant application was directed towards the development of new work influenced by Asian textile traditions including Korean Bojagi and shibori.  With the assistance of this grant I was able to change the traditional approach that had been driving my work with cloth.  I chose to create new works outside these traditions and more in alignment with my West Australian art practice.   I chose to do this in isolated bushy locations where I spend long periods of time in winter.   The work evolved as an implied memory of cloth, rather than actual cloth.  I sifted baking flour directly over lace remnants onto the red dirt, removing the cloth to reveal the cloths’s mark or memory.  The act of sifting flour over lace onto the ground surface referenced wormed’w work.   Historically wheat and flour is associated with the colonisation and early development of Australia.  This is important to me.  Working in isolated bush locations helps me to connect with place, history and the land on which I work.

In 2014 and 2016 Professor Chunghie Lee invited me to present my work at The Korean Bojagi Forums in Jeju Island and Seoul respectively.  These Forums supported contemporary interpretations of Korean Bojagi.  It is apparent that inspiration has been drawn from Korean Bojagi traditions by textile artists from around the world.

The cultural exchange through textiles and the Korean Bojagi Forums offered me an opportunity to experience the diversity of another country its culture and to develop new friendships.  The Forums gave voice to new ideas, concepts, skills, and approaches to art making and importantly the opportunity to be part of an ever expanding international contemporary fibre arts ………………Australia and beyond.

Maryanne Wick  She is a lecturer in painting and drawing at the National Art School in Sydney, from where she graduated in 2001 with a BFA (in Painting). The five years spent living and working in North Asia, primarily in South Korea and China, was invaluable to her development as an artist.

‘My still life paintings about Korea are conceptual.  They depict hand-made ceramic pottery and local objects in a fragile estate of being.  Rather than focus entirely on the composition and the objects themselves, I look toward the environment, my surrounds and the society in which I live to create my paintings’. (Maryanne Wick, Seoul, 2003).

I started travelling to Korea in 1999.  At that time, a friend and colleague invited me to the home of Korean ceramicist and potter Jong-neung Lee, known by this artist name Jisan.  Jason collected pure water from the stream next to his house and made us lunch from his garden.  We ate and drank from his exquisite hand-made bowls and talked about Korea, its art and tradition.  This meeting was significant to my painting still life compositions about Korea.

After graduating from the National Art School in 2001, I went back to Korea to begin my practice as a full-time artist.   The tree small paintings ‘Tilt (Soju Cups)’ (2002) ‘Equilibrium’ (220) and ‘Kumgangsan’ (2203) were painted in Seoul.  They formed part of a large series of still life works exhibited in Seoul and Sydney.

Returning to Australia in 2006, I continued painting still life composition based on a ‘sense of place’.  The three compositions ‘Still Life in Celadon I’ (2010), ‘Still Life in Celadon II’ (2010) and ‘Still Life in Celadon (Memories of Invading)’ (2010) again depict hand-made ceramics from Korea.  Focusing on the environment, local colour and light (which is quite different to the northern hemisphere) each painting aims to reflect my natural surroundings an memories of Korea.

‘Still Life Undisturbed’ (2015) and ‘Still Life After “The Owl and the Pussycat”‘ (2016) depict my collection of Korean and Australian ceramics, various objects and ‘gifts’ from nature.  In more recent years, lizards and birds have found their way into my paintings.   Nature is a strong influence on my still life painting, together with the use of symbolism, shadow-play and narrative derived from traditional Asian art and, specifically, traditional Korean art.

On reflection, the title of this exhibition ‘Dissolve, Inspiration by Korea’ accurately reflects my Australian heritage and acquired Korean sensibilities.  It captures the merging of two unique countries, cultures and art that have impacted, quite significantly, my life and art.

11 October  

In The Works is a new film screening event at Event Cinemas George Street where WIFT members can preview their work-in-progress films on a cinema screen and in front of a live audience.

The aim of the night is for the filmmaker/member to gain insightful audience feedback to assist in the project’s next edit.

Our debut feature preview is The 33rd Wedding directed by Jed Malone.

ACMI

Code Breakers:  WOMEN in GAMES Did you know that almost 50% of gamers are women? Maybe, but how much do you know about the integral role that women have played shaping gaming? Though they still comprise less than 10% of the industry, the contribution of women is enormous.

Screen Worlds:  Bringing together rare footage, fascinating objects and interactive displays, Screen Worlds takes you through a journey that examines the past, present and future of screen mediums and digital culture.