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2019

27 May 

Head On Landscape exhibition at NSW Parliament House

This year the Head On Photo Festival is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The Parliament welcomed the Head On Landscape Prize back to the Fountain Court.  The exhibition will also feature finalists in the NSW Parliament Landscape Photography Prize; a prize awarded to the best photograph of a landscape within NSW.  The Head On Landscape Prize and NSW Parliament Landscape Photography Prize was launched in 2013 to encourage a new perspective of an old genre to push creative boundaries and promote work that is informed, but not limited, by traditional practices.

Many photos stood out, this one, in particular, left much sadness in my heart.  Photography by Nicholas Moir ‘Death on the Darling’ ‘A red kangaroo drawn to the last drops of water left in the Darling River system became stuck in the thick mud in the centre of Lake Cawndilla near Menindee. Dozens of roos, sheep, goats and emus became stuck too far into the lake to rescue and were so close to death that they had to be put down. Extreme drought and high temperatures along with poor water management has left the Darling river a barren crack in the land with only a few miles of blue-green algae-filled water near’Menindee that is now filled with the dying carcasses of fish.’

20 May

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman annual exhibition at the NSW Art Gallery. Some quick snaps with my phone. The Archibald Prize is awarded to the best portrait painting. The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture, while the Sulman Prize is given to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.

9 May

CAPTURED  Portraits of Crime 1870 – 1930 | Touring Exhibition

Some of the compelling stories behind the faces of crime with guest speaker Senior Curator of NSW State Archives Dr Penny Stannard.  Penny wanted to create something meaningful from the 46,000 records.  Photography was new, something for the upper classes and it was a scandal that photos were being taken of criminals. The photos were taken in their own clothes and were originally quite stiff as people need to sit for some time in front of the camera.  The cameras had a stereoscopic lens and the use of glass plates. By the 1920s people were used to being in front of cameras.  Photos were are the discretion of the jailor.

The Crimes Act had 5 categories – against persons, against property, currency offenses, against good order and petty offenses. It was interesting thinking of the methods of punishment and how crimes have changed such as vagabond, which is homelessness.  The first divorce law was in 1873.

Going through all the files, the archivists used their immediate emotive response as a starting point, then choosing which people to focus on.  Who are these people, their circumstances, what are their individual stories then looking into getting representation in areas such as crimes, places, people and gender.  The records are closed for 75 years, up to about 1930.

Online Exhibition eBook

Searching for a record

25 April

Two-Up at my local.  It is a traditional Australian gambling game played on ANZAC Day in pubs and clubsthroughoutt Australia.  It is suggested that all winnings are donated to LEGACY.

14 April

Maggie Stein’s linoprints at the Corner Gallery, Stanmore

Out and about around Stanmore.  Loved how one home had organised for their fruit tree.

4 April

Addison Road Community Centre 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville

The site – previously an Army Depot – is home to more than 20 community organisations and artists; galleries; a theatre; radio station; park; and organic gardens. From an important indigenous water source and hunting grounds, to a 19th century dairy and market garden, to a military transit depot from World War I to the Vietnam War, in 1976 the centre was created by community activists as a green space and dynamic location for multicultural, artistic and children’s activities. In 2015, the ARCCO launched a Living Museum project to highlight the history of the site and its ongoing evolution.

The self-guided Heritage Trail is available every day, but may be less readily accessible on Sundays, when the centre hosts the Marrickville Organic Food Market.

31 March

ART EXPRESS | SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK, ARMORY GALLERY, JAMIESON STRTEET, NEWINGTON ARMORY

Curious Visions

ARTEXPRESS is 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 2018 New South Wales Higher School Certificate. The bodies of work represent a broad range of subject matter, approaches, styles and media that reflect the high quality of Visual Arts education in New South Wales.

This year’s ARTEXPRESS at the Armory is titled Curious Visions. Curiosity is a desire to seek, understand and learn something unusual or interesting. The quality of being curious is an element of the creative process, where an artist’s inquisitiveness leads them to explore issues, subject matter and develop a visual language to express and communicate. A creative vision involves the capacity to explore or contemplate an ideal with imagination.

Through creative endeavours and focus, artists have been driven by their curiosity to observe closely, to understand the world, to master materials and to resolve their body of work. The process of creating an artwork finds its genesis in an idea, a sketch or a vision that develops form through the process of experimentation and artistic practice.

ARTEXPRESS: Curious Visions presents an exhibition of contemporary artistic practices and highlights the transforming role of art, and the impact of current affairs, social media and popular culture upon emerging artists. In turn, the artist’s curious vision inspires a response in the viewer.

ARTEXPRESS: Curious Visions explores several themes through the exhibition:
Materialising visions Passage of time Inquiring commentary
Urban metropolis Personal encounters Conscious subconscious
Family matters Curious nature Instinctive land

With works by 61 students, this year’s Armory Gallery presentation is again the largest of all the metropolitan exhibitions.

27 March

CLIMATE ELECTION KICKSTART

23 March

MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW

City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Take a stroll across the bright heartland of American folk music with this joyous show that pays homage to the now legendary soundtrack from the Coen Brothers’ hit film. Line-up includes The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Tommy Dean, Luke Escombe and Brian Campeau. After selling out three years running and featuring at the 2016 Spectrum Now and Vivid festivals, this spectacular show will scale new heights in the dramatic setting of City Recital Hall.

Hosted by The Morrisons (nominated for bluegrass recording of the year at 2018 Golden Guitars) the show features performances from Aria award winners  All Our Exes Live In Texas, comedian and ABC stalwart Tommy Dean, musical raconteur Luke Escombe and Canadian singer songwriter Brian Campeau. With such a stella cast of artists playing such joyous music this is a show not be missed.

20 March 

“Roads to Ruin – Taking its toll on Sydney”

I have been so disheartened to see the way this Westconnex project has been pushed through by the NSW Government and bureaucrats,  behind closed doors, using billions of dollars of public funds and treating the citizens of Sydney with appalling disrespect and lack of care, that I felt compelled to do something.  I have witnessed first hand people affected by forced acquisitions, tunneling and damage to houses, noise and toxic pollution  plus the devastating impact on thousands of citizens mental health. I have spoken to planning, health and transport experts who have all been ignored and I have seen suburbs and communities torn apart.

So I decided to make ‘Roads to Ruin’, and for months I have been making this 24 minute documentary. I have been overwhelmed with peoples support  in time, energy and footage and have received thousands of dollars of in kind support, donations and assistance in many ways and now I  just need a few more thousand dollars to complete it. I have one week to raise the needed $4,000 to cover editing costs etc and then to launch it, before the state election.  I really hope you can chip in something to help us reach the target.

28 February

QUEEN VICTORIA in SYDNEY HARBOUR

On a world trip from Hamburg, Germany to Hamburg Germany – Itinerary

Queen Victoria’s Current Position

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Art Work On Display

MCA lift looking out to Sydney Harbour

DAVID GOLDBLATT:  PHOTOGRAPHS  1948 – 2018 | MCA Australia

Internationally renowned photographer David Goldblatt extensive exhibition documenting South Africa’s peoples, places and history and turbulent history with a quiet determination and unflinching sense of what is right and just, and what is not.  Featuring over 350 photographs that make up his compelling portrayal of the rise and dismantling of apartheid.  

LENS CULTURE

David Goldblatt’s photographs are a subtle challenge to oppression

DAVID GOLDBLATT’S KIND, CALM PHOTOGRAPHS OF SOUTH AFRICA EXIST IN A MORALITY MINEFIELD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSADG1lQvMs

MUSEUM of SYDNEY

FIRST FLEET SHIPS  were built by modelmakers Lynne and Laurie Hadley following nine years of painstaking research into original plans, drawings and British archival documents. Each ship is built on a 1:48 scale,from western red cedar or Syrian cedar.

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

This exhibition explores the candid street photography prolific on Sydney’s streets during the mid-20th century. Drawn from hundreds of private family albums, this extraordinary record of the city and its people provides a glimpse into everyday life during the Depression, World War II and postwar years.  These photographs are displayed alongside contemporary reimaginings by photo-media artist Anne Zahalka.

What do the city and its citizens look like today?  Sydney photographers Tawfik Elgazzar and Roslyn Sharp have revisited locations identified in the historical street photographs and reframed patterns and movements with modern subjects, capturing people out and about.

HOW CITIES WORK

From sewers to skyscrapers, this world-premiere interactive children’s exhibition reveals the secret workings of the city. How Cities Work has been developed by Sydney Living Museums in collaboration with illustrator and city fanatic James Gulliver Hancock, and is adapted from the bestselling book How Cities Work from Lonely Planet Kids.

STATE LIBRARY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

A chart of the Indian Ocean and East Indies showing the European discoveries of the Australian continent made before Tasman. The Kangaroo Route, Qantas World Routes, 1958. Designed by Anne Drew, marked the launch by Qantas in 1958 of the world’s first all-het round-the-world service.Photographs by Louise Whelan. Each year, approximately 190,000 people migrate to Australia. Most come to work or be near family, and less than 10% have a refugee background.

CARTOGRAPHIC WALKING TOUR

Cartographica: Sydney on the map. An exhibition of reproduced maps with a focus on Sydney

Latitude 33.51’S

Longitude 151.2’E

This exhibition brings together a series of reproduced maps with a focus on Sydney, captured through the cartographic traditions of mapmakers.  It is a fascinating account of the factors that have shaped our city, highlighting some of the many different ways mapmakers have documented its evolution and guided our journeys.

CUSTOMS HOUSE  31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

During additions to Customs House in the late 19th century, the height of the building was increased and a frieze of cared medallions added to the north facade on two levels.   The names of six British imperial colonies are inscribed in the centre at third floor level, while eight significant colonial ports are named on the eastern and western wings at the fourth level.

FIRST FLEET PARK

Commemorates the landing place of the first European settlers to arrive in Sydney and is significant as an early contact site.  The large terrazzo relief map commemorates the bicentenary of the founding of European settlement in Sydney.   It features a map of Sydney Cove/Warrane drawn from historical maps and documents and showing the layout of the town in 1808. 

EAST CIRCULAR QUAY

Small brass discs in the footpath paving along east Circular Quay inscribed ‘1788 shoreline’ mark the location of the natural shoreline of Sydney Cove/Warrane in 1788.  As the shoreline was modified to create Circular Quay and provide improved facilities for maritime transport, the shoreline was reclaimed.   The first of those alterations is mapped by a band of white granite.  There are other brass landmarks along Circular Quay, the 1844 shoreline and the Writer’s Walk. 

WINDINESS:  The Scout Compass of Discovery  

Harnesses the power and changing direction of the wind to prompt imagined and real journeys of discovery.   The bronze map in the centre of the ground plane is inscribed with place names, many significant to Scouts.   Extending out from the map are lines of text accompanied by a distance and a direction for each of the 16 points of the compass. 

OBELISK, Macquarie Place Park 

The sandstone obelisk was erected in 1818 and is recognised as the geographic centre point of 19th century Sydney.   It continues to be the point from which all official distances in NSW are surveyed, measured and mapped.  Nearby, small bronze birds sculpted by renowned artist Tracey Emin are part of a sculpture installation entitled ‘the Distance of Your Heart’.

LANDS DEPARTMENT

For over a century, the Lands Department was the government workplace of surveyors and cartographers who were responsible for creating and publishing maps of New South Wales.   The Datum Bench Mark Plug is the baseline for all height levels above sea level in NSW.  Around the facade of the building are statues commemorating prominent men including explorers, surveyors and naturalists. 

TASMAN MAP

The State Library of New South Wales holds the state’s largest public collection of maps.  The vestibule features a floor map of part of the coastline of the Australian continent compiled from observations by Dutch navigator, Abel Tasman in the mid-17th century.  His discoveries were made over a century before the eastern coastline was charted on Captain James Cook’s voyage on HMS Endeavour. 

TANK STREAM

As Sydney grew, its streets and thoroughfares followed many of the Gadigal tracks and pathways used for travel and trade.  Pitt Street, which followed the Tank Stream, was one important thoroughfare.  Another, George Street, led westwards away from Sydney Cove/Warrane.   The Tank Stream, now an active stormwater channel, is largely buried beneath the city. 

27 February

ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

ART EXPRESS

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE

that which we do not remember

William Kentridge emerged as an artist during the apartheid regime in South Africa. Grounded in the violent absurdity of that period in his country’s history, his artworks draw connections between art, ideology, history and memory.

Curated by the artist, this exhibition encourages viewers to trace visual and thematic links between diverse aspects of his practice, from his engagement with opera to his interest in early cinema, from his inimitable animated drawings to sculpture and works on paper.

The exhibition features loans from the collection of Naomi Milgrom AO and the artist’s studio, in addition to works held by the Art Gallery of NSW. It includes one of Kentridge’s most ambitious and celebrated video installations – I am not me, the horse is not mine 2008 – a major new addition to the Gallery’s collection, donated by Anita Belgiorno-Nettis AM and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis AM.

MASTERS OF MODERN ART from THE HERMITAGE

A unique collection of European modern masters from The State Hermitage Museum collection in St Petersburg including Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, Matisse, Gauguin, Kandinsky, Malevich,  Bonnard, Denis, Pissarro, de Vlaminck, Derain, Delaunay-Terk, Rousseau and Friesz,

After the revolutions of 1917, the buildings and the masterpieces they housed were nationalised, with the Winter Palace becoming the face of the Hermitage as a public art museum.  

Between the Impressionists and Malevich’s ‘Black Square’, the modern movement saw the evolution of modern art with the sacrifice of conventional accuracy, even breaking up and reorganising the elements of nature.  The masterpieces range from paintings where impressionist artists worked readily using the fleeting effects of light and weather without attempting to conceal the broken brushstrokes to ignoring the familiar appearances of objects focusing on the spectator’s emotional response to colour, shape, line and composition.  Shapes are dissected, becoming multifaceted so that several points of view can be seen within a single image.

The works during this time move to the use of abstract qualities of paint to express the intimate psychic relationships between people and their familiar surroundings.  Strong, discordant colours and energetic, freely handled brushwork created a sensation and the introduction of a new concept of colour as an independent and expressive element of their painting rather than an incidental feature subordinate to drawing. 

16 February

MONSIEUR CAMEMBERT

“Gloriously melodramatic, extraordinary musical prowess and breathless panache…ensemble playing at it’s finest” (The Drum).

With sensitivity, virtuosity, & astonishing energy, Triple ARIA Award-winning band Monsieur Camembert brilliantly weaves Gypsy music with other World Music styles, to create a truly original, irresistibly potent blend. Or as The Age put it, “a brazen and intoxicating blend of jazz, Gypsy Swing, Latin & East European influences. Monsieur Camembert has received standing ovations around the globe, with acclaimed performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the International Leonard Cohen Festival to name just a couple of highlights.

“They pick you up & carry you on a wave of energy, excitement & poignancy that never relents….the band play with such cohesion, energy & abandon that I experienced an emotion so foreign I barely recognised it: elation. Simply the best Gypsy band in the land! ” (John Shand, SMH).

14 February

DISSCONNEX EXHIBITION  Michael Bianchino, Peter Donahue & Walter Maurice  Exploring the destructive and resounding impact of teh major infrastructure project WestConnex which is a colossal mega tunnelling project for proposed toll roads beneath Sydney Inner West and Western Suburbs.  There are images of those displaced and triumphant in the face of great adversity.  Landscapes that trace, map an dexpose the scale and magnitude of destruction.  The zines explore the long and hard-fought battle by activists, artists and poets and politicians opposing WestConnex.  Also exploring the lives of htose that have faced having their homes and lives unequivocally changed by the WestConnex Project.

THE PERCEIVED REALITY  Landscape in its real and imaginative form, playing with the viewers perspective of looking at the work straight.  An illusionary record of the real landscape while referring to the actual conditions existing in it, it neither reflects nor does it portray the reality directly.

TWO-DOWN  Frankie Chow & Alana Wesley  Videos, performances, photographs and objectsthat collectively critique the construction of Australian identities and unveil the bloody legends behind the regional mining city of Broken Hill.  A project about culture, gender, nationality and mateship.  But also beer.

11 February

KOREAN CULTURAL CENTRE

A Scholar’s Feast: Old and New

An exhibition that unfolds the traditional food culture and art of Korea. Introducing aspects of Cheongju’s local culture in connection with the spirit of Confucian Scholars (Seonbi) and food. The food on a Seonbi’s table is prepared for one person and one person only.

Introducing artworks to the heritage of food culture based on the culture of craftwork in Cheongju and the spirit of Confucian Scholars (Seonbi).

The artists:
EUNJIN KO
MANSOO KIM
JANGEUI KIM
NARAE DU
GAPSUL PARK
SANGTAE PARK
GUENYOUNG PARK
JAEMIN SONG
KANGLOK LEE
JUNSIK LEE
JEONGSOOK JEONG
WONSEOK CHO
MYUNGSOO HWANG
INSUNG HWA

CHEONGJU CRAFT BIENNALE 23.9.2019 – 22.10.2019 40 days.

The world’s largest Craft Biennanle covering all the fields of craft arts. Application period 1.5.2019 to 31.5.2019

CHEONGJU EARLY PRINTING MUSEUM

JIKJI
Jikji (Korean pronunciation: [tɕiktɕ͈i]) is the abbreviated title of a Korean Buddhist document, whose title can be translated “Anthology of Great Buddhist Priests’ Zen Teachings”. Printed during the Goryeo Dynasty in 1377, it is the world’s oldest extant book printed with movable metal type. UNESCO confirmed Jikji as the world’s oldest metalloid type in September 2001 and includes it in the Memory of the World Programme.

HEUNGDEOKSAJI TEMPLE SITE
This early printing museum, located on the site of Heungdeoksa Temple in which Jikji, the world’s oldest extant book, printed by movable metal type, was printed, was founded on March 17, 1992. Since the technology’s inception, Korea has substantially developed its metal-type printing methods. In this museum, approximately 650 artifacts including ancient movable metal and wooden print books from the Goryeo and Joseon periods, relics from the Heungdeoksaji Temple site (흥덕사지) and printing tools are on display. Here, visitors can learn about the history of the Korean printing technologies and culture. 

In addition to exhibition, the museum has been promoted to hold the Cheongju International Printing & Publishing Fair, to study early printing culture and printing types and to publish museum journals and early printing-related papers.

Korean Cultural Centre Australia – Sydney
Ground Floor, 255 Elizabeth St. Sydney NSW 2000
Tel. 02 8267 3400
E-mail. info@koreanculture.org.au

26 January

AUSTRALIA DAY

CUSTOMS HOUSE

Cartographica: Sydney on the map. An exhibition of reproduced maps with a focus on Sydney at Custom House until Sep ’19. Unfortunately the glass made photos difficult with my mobile.

Latitude 33.51’S
Longitude 151.2’E

Cartography, the art and science of making maps, has its origins in ancient civilisation. Until the 20th century and the proliferation of satellite technology, our ability to navigate land, sea and sky relied on human powers of observation and an understanding of the patterns of terrestrial, maritime and celestial landscapes.

The Gadigal people and the surrounding clans of the Eora Nation have navigated this place we now call Sydney for tens of thousands of years. More recently, it has been mapped by Europeans and is now photographed from space for use on our personal devices. This exhibition brings together a series of reproduced maps with a focus on Sydney, captured through the cartographic traditions of mapmakers.

It is a fascinating account of the factors that have shaped our city, highlighting some of the many different ways mapmakers have documented its evolution and guided our journeys.

NSW GOVERNMENT HOUSE

The home of the Governor of NSW, located adjacent to the Royal Botanical Gardens and overlooking Sydney Harbour surrounded by their own beautiful gardens in this amazing setting.

ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS – CYCLEX

The Calyx, a world-class horticultural exhibition space and the theme of the current display is Plants with Bite. The exhibition tells the story of the captivating and bizarre world of carnivorous plants. As fascinating as they are horrifying, these plants are truly a miracle of evolution. Sun, soil and sky – this is all most plants need to survive. Yet carnivorous plants can thrive in inhospitable environments by luring, trapping, killing and digesting insects.

At this free floral display you’ll get to see the iconic Venus flytrap: an example of a ‘snap trap’. You can also observe the ‘pitfall’, ‘flypaper’, ‘lobster-pot’ and ‘bladder’ styles of traps. Combining botany with hands-on activities, Plants with Bite showcases these fascinating plants while bringing awareness to the ways in which many species are currently under threat due to habitat loss.

Curated by horticulturalists at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, this is the largest vertical floral wall in the southern hemisphere.

AUSTRALIA DAY CONCERT

The Australia Day Live concert included a flotilla of yachts, jet skis, flyboarders on the harbour with fireworks broadcast live on ABC, Australian Television. A wonderful event and well worth it and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra was just wonderful along with the many talented artists.

19 January

SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS

In some of the shots you can see the smoke from the two cannons as part of the Tchaikovsky Festival Overture finale together with the fireworks. A magical evening.
PROGRAM
Dmitri Shostakovich (Russian, 1906–1975)
Festive Overture
John Williams (American, born 1932)
Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Austrian, 1756–1791)
Finale from the Horn Concerto No.4, K.495
Ben Jacks, horn
Hua Yanjun (Chinese, 1893–1950)
Re ection of the Moon on the Lake at Erquan
John Williams
Highlights from Star Wars: Imperial March
Cantina Music
Main Title
INTERVAL
Gioachino Rossini (Italian, 1792–1868)
Galop (aka the Lone Ranger Theme)
from the overture to the opera William Tell
Percy Grainger (Australian, 1882–1961)
The Nightingale and the Two Sisters from the Danish Folk-Song Suite
Edvard Grieg (Norwegian, 1843–1907)
Highlights from music for Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt: Morning Mood
Anitra’s Dance
In the Hall of the Mountain King
Ennio Morricone (Italian, born 1928)
Theme from The Mission Diana Doherty, oboe
Josef Strauss (Austrian, 1827–1870)
Music of the Spheres – Waltz
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russian, 1840–1893)
1812 – Festival Overture

14 January

STAR WARS™ Identities: The Exhibition

PowerHouse Museum, Sydney.

Who would you be if you were a character from Star Wars™? Find out as you build your own personal and unique Star Wars hero in this interactive exhibition featuring 200 original Star Wars objects.

Designed for visitors of all ages, explore your own identity and learn about the forces that shape you through a series of interactive stations within the exhibition. Each answer you give will define a unique Star Wars character that you’ll create and meet at the end of the exhibition.

Along the way, discover rare treasures from the Lucasfilm archives and see original costumes, props, models and artworks up close as you go behind the scenes of the movie-making process. There’s BB-8, R2-D2, the Millennium Falcon, Yoda from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™, Darth Vader’s suit from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi™, plus so much more!

May the Force Be With You.

Some more from the Powerhouse

2018  

7 December

Exhibition at Townsville Airport of images donated to the airport by Arch Fraley. He was based in Townsville and Charters Towers during World War II as a photographer/waist gunner in the 5th Bomber Group (USAAF). General Douglas MacArthur arriving at Garbutt Air Base late 1944, his aircraft “Bataan”.

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