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Thu, 28 July 2016

The Tarantinos @ The Spotted Mallard

Filed under: pop music, contemporary art, punk music, Live Music Venues, rock music, Gigs — site admin @ 7:20 pm

The Tarantinos at The Spotted Mallard
Sat 6th August 2017. 7pm.

Inspired by the Writer/Director Quentin Tarantino, 5 musicians from Melbourne formed The Tarantinos based on their fascination with the incredible versatile soundtracks accompanying his films.
They play the best known, (and some lesser known) songs from the films Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Dusk till Dawn, Kill Bill, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds and his latest hit Django Unchained.
The Tarantinos embody all the hard hitting style of the films in which they play the supporting soundtracks. With audio samples from the films, sharp costumes and an attitude to match, The Tarantinos bring their energy across the various musical genres that accompany films that have inspired them for many years.

The Surf/Rock clasics like Dick Dale’s “Misirlou”, The Lively Ones “Surf Rider”, George Baker Selection’s “Little Green Bag” and April March’s Chick habit are just a few of the amazing selection The Tarantinos have to offer in their always growing repertoire of songs from these amazing cult status films.

Mon, 25 April 2016

The SUBSTATION Newport Events

Filed under: art, contemporary art, Exhibitions, Festivals & Major Events, General — site admin @ 9:48 am

April Weekender
April 29 – 1 May, 2016
The SUBSTATION continues to celebrate its centenary in 2016 over a weekend of free performance, visual arts and unique audience experiences, which bring new light to the unique building and its place in Newport.

Local artist Tamara Saulwick has been commissioned to make a new work, NEWPORT ARCHIVES, which uses interviews with local people to take audiences on a self guided tour of Newport whilst Lz Dunn, Associate Artist of APHIDS presents the return season of FLYWAY, a guided audio tour through Newport to the nearby water. The first Australian exhibition of Berlin based photographer SVEN MARQUARDT is showing all weekend and mobile video projection artists, PROJECTOR BIKE stage a FREE new work, THE ART OF WORK, on Friday and Saturday night.
Flyway is a performative walk immersing audiences wearing headphones and binoculars in the epic and enchanting journeys of migratory birds. Audiences are enveloped in a sonic landscape and guided through the nearby surrounds to encounter video artworks and a shifting, cinematic environment. Created responsively in each new location by artist Lz Dunn with Lawrence English and dramaturg Lara Thoms, Flyway explores our ecological connections, embedding field research of local birds, people and places into the urban fabric of the performance site.

Season: 29 April - 1 May
Performances: 4.30pm – 6.00pm, departing from and returning to The Substation
Tickets: $25 full / $20 concession

Newport Archives is an audio walk, which contemplates the connections between time, place, event and memory. Equipped with headphones and an mp3 player as their guide, participants walk unaccompanied through Newport’s streets immersed in a sound world that uncannily knits the present with the past, fact with fiction and memory with imagination. Green Room and Helpmann Awards nominee Melbourne based artist Tamara Saulwick premiered her most recent work Endings at the 2015 Sydney Festival and was presented at Melbourne’s Arts House in May to critical acclaim, receiving a 2015 Helpmann Award nomination for ‘Best New Australian Work.’ Tamara is an Artistic Associate with Chamber Made Opera.

Season: 29 April - 1 May
Sessions: 11am – 6:30pm, 15 minute slots (11am – 5pm on Sunday)

Combining archive footage, interviews with resident artists working at the Substation and explorations of the lives of the working people of Newport, The Art of Work guides audiences through the past and present of working life in Newport. The Art of Work is part of a series of Back Story projection walking tours leading to a domesticated outdoor cinema screening.

Season: 29 & 30 April
Performances: 7pm – 9pm
Tickets: FREE

The Substation gallery space is thrilled to be showing the Melbourne premiere of Berlin-based photographer Sven Marquardt’s work, with an exhibition spanning his entire career. Marquardt explores staged and candid scenes of everyday people in the street and club scene in Berlin.

Season: 29 April – 31 May
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 5pm Open until 8pm 29 & 30 April
Tickets: FREE

THE SUBSTATION MARKET is an indoor market featuring stalls of artists, designers and makers. With a view to encourage creativity and provide the community with an exclusive handmade shopping outlet, the market fits in perfectly with Newport’s newest arts hub.
Date: Sunday 1 May 10am – 4pm

Thu, 25 February 2016

Grant Gronewold’s (aka HTMLflowers) solo debut exhibition

Filed under: art, contemporary art, General — site admin @ 2:00 pm

Fort Delta is pleased to announce artist Grant Gronewold’s (aka HTMLflowers) solo debut exhibition ‘No Visitors’ on view at the gallery from February 5th - 27th. An Opening Reception for the exhibition will be held at the gallery on Thursday 4th February from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

Gronewold’s long-form narrative comic work-turned-exhibition No Visitors consists of coloured drawings in the form of limited artist proofs and editioned prints. The work attempts to show the complex, painful and often isolating reality of living with a life threatening illness while still favouring and revealing this through a more intimate approach. Rooted firmly in real life experience, Gronewold uses his avatar, Little, to recount the embarrassing, demeaning compromises that often define the lifestyle of the disabled.

Drawing from his time as a chronically ill child visiting Ronald McDonald House, Gronewold uses the logic of insomnia to question the true function of corporate charity; often designed to aid the chronically and life threateningly ill, namely children.

Frequenting the exhibition are looming depictions of Ronald McDonald stalking wandering children in hospital gowns – revealing him as a kind of talent scout in search of new mascots to join him in McDonalds’ ongoing PR crusade to image themselves as a force of good. This major theme of the exhibition – the formation of corporate identity coercively appropriating the plight of others less fortunate - is presented alongside images of negligent doctors practicing paternal procedures on their patients - their faces hidden and disguised behind bright surgical masks.

Gronewold’s style and philosophy for the exhibition deceptively blends Injury, punishment and violation into colourful images, abundant with motifs and bright settings rendered in the waxy, porous textures of coloured pencils – a medium often associated with child’s play and bold imagination. Images of ripe, engorged strawberries being split with enormous razorblades, pop-up flying windows circulating the outskirts of hospital rooms, and wooded allotments appearing as feverish apparitions all ambivalently contribute to a fantastical and renewed picture of the sterile utilities and institutions; seemingly born from tides of contemplative, mindful insight and maddening boredom.

Fort Delta, Shop 59 Capitol Arcade (Basement Leevel) 113 Swanston Street. Enter via Howey Place, Melbourne Australia 3000

Thu, 27 August 2015

True Fiction - Melbourne Fringe Festival world debut

Filed under: contemporary art, Theatre, Gigs, General — site admin @ 1:03 pm

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the live, improvised documentary, TRUE FICTION. Presented by Black Canvas Theatre, this show is entirely improvised from a single audience suggestion. Our cast then create a live documentary with all the hallmarks for which we’ve come to know the genre: chats to camera, flashbacks, re-enactments, witness statements, you name it!

The show brings together some of Melbourne’s top impro comedy talent for a limited Melbourne Fringe Festival season at the brand new The Improv Conspiracy Theatre - from 30 September to 3 October (no show 28 September).

Originally devised by Cape Town improv troupe, ImproGuise, and directed by South African ex-pat, Candice D’Arcy, this is the first time True Fiction has been staged in Australia. Because of the nature of the show, our material plays very well in a live setting - so if you’re after guests for radio or TV, look no further. Our players are more than happy to come in for a chat and add some entertainment to your already awesome shows.

If you want to see what we’re talking about, you can view some hilarious videos on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/blankcanvastheatre

Sun, 21 September 2014

Kambarang – South West Aboriginal Gourmet Experience

Filed under: art, contemporary art, Exhibitions, General — site admin @ 8:42 am

Kambarang – South West Aboriginal Gourmet Experience
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Introducing a feast of bush flavours with contemporary international cuisine to tempt your senses with internationally renowned Aboriginal Chef Mark Olive aka ‘The Black Olive’ and Josh Whiteland from award winning local South West business Koomal Dreaming.
Supported by Aboriginal hospitality students from various High Schools as well as the Outback Academy apprentices and students, you’ll have a cultural culinary experience surrounded by the Noongar Art Exhibition as well as the music from Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse who are able to capture the hearts and imagination of an audience through song.

We will be taking you on a journey that you won’t get anywhere else and will leave you with an experience you are not likely to forget.
This event is proudly brought to you by Outback Academy, WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Council, South West Institute of Technology, Black Olive and Koomal Dreaming.
All proceeds will go towards the Outback Academy Hospitality Program – encouraging Aboriginal people to consider a career in hospitality, tourism and events.
Venue: South West Institute of Technology, Margaret River Campus, Lot 272 Bussell Highway, Margaret River WA 6285

Mon, 1 September 2014

Framed Movements

Filed under: art, contemporary art, Exhibitions — site admin @ 10:18 am

Fri 10 Oct – Sun 23 November, 2014
Presented by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in association with Melbourne Festival, Framed Movements
investigates the potential that lies at the shifting boundaries between dance and art.
A series of performances will accompany the exhibition, including the Australian Premier of New York performance artist
Maria Hassabi’s Intermission, an eight hour installation of sculptural movements and physical endurance.

Tue, 3 June 2014

MBAX Melbourne Body Art Xpo

Filed under: art, contemporary art, Fine Arts, General — site admin @ 6:22 pm

Body Art aficionados rejoice! The annual
non-profit MBAX Melbourne Body Art Xpo
is back for their 6th huge year in 2014 with
the theme “Out of the Ashes.”
Artists are invited to share their creative
visions by painting whatever associations
they make within the “Out Of The Ashes”
theme onto human canvases.

The 2014 Melbourne Body Art Xpo
Saturday 16th August at Revolt, 12
Elizabeth Street, Kensington, from 10am
to midnight.
Tickets for the public are on sale from
12 May at Revolt Art Space website from
$50 Family of 4
Single $30
Concession $25
Early Bird tickets $5 off
For more information please visit


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