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Sun, 6 April 2014

ACCA celebrates 30th anniversary

Filed under: art, contemporary art — site admin @ 2:15 pm

ACCA celebrates its 30th anniversary by looking to the future.
In its 30th anniversary year, ACCA explores the future of visual arts with a series of forums.

The Future Forums are part of the ‘Our First 30 Years’ program, which commemorates ACCA’s rich history. The forums bring together some of the most brilliant minds in contemporary art and culture to investigate the future of art, its sustainability, audience and impact going forward.
Wednesday 16 April, investigates the sustainability of Melbourne’s complex visual arts ecosystem. The final two forums will explore the survival of the arts in an era of declining government funding, and the role audience plays in visual arts both now, and in the future.

The ACCA Future Forums are supported by ABC RN, and will be broadcast nationally on Book and Arts Daily. Bookings are currently open for the first two forums.
Moderator: Radio National’s Michael Cathcart.
Wednesday 16 April, 7pm, Iwaki Auditorium
Melbourne Tomorrow
What will Melbourne’s contemporary art world look like in the future? What differentiates Melbourne’s contemporary art ecosystem from other states? How will it look in the next decade? Is there too much duplication or is abundance our strength? How do we keep it thriving? In the backwash of the Melbourne Now tsunami, we look at the impact of monumentalism on Melbourne’s delicate gallery network.

SPEAKERS include:
Max Delany, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art National Gallery of Victoria
Madé Spencer-Castle, Co-Director DUDSPACE
Bernard Salt, Partner KPMG and renowned commentator on community trends

Future Forum # 3, Tuesday 29 April, 6pm Iwaki Auditorium, Show me the money.
Future Forum # 4, Tuesday 6 May, 6pm, Iwaki Auditorium, I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like.
Further details on speakers for both will be announced shortly.

Forum tickets $5, via accaonline.org.au.

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 111 Sturt Street, Southbank.
Open daily 10-5pm, Wednesdays until 8.00pm, Mondays by appointment.
Tel: 03 9697 9999. ACCA Admission: Free. www.accaonline.org.au

Wed, 30 October 2013

Janice McBride Drawings in Black and White

Filed under: art, contemporary art, Fine Arts, Exhibitions — site admin @ 4:12 pm

Opening Thursday 14th November. 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: 14th to 30th November 2013
Panoply Gallery
1418 Malvern Road Glen Iris
Tuesday to Friday 10am -4pm
Saturday 10am to 2pm
Or by appointment - Janice McBride drawings in black and white

Sat, 19 October 2013

Bellcity Ballroom Hire

The Bell City Ballroom is a contemporary multi-purpose open-space for hire.
Bell City Ballroom is located in the Bell City Complex.
215 Bell St Preston. (cnr of Hotham & Bell St)
Just 5 mins from High St Thornbury, Darebin Arts & Ent Center, Opposite The Panch Health Centre
Ideal for Performing Arts, Comedy, Theatre, workshops, Book & CD launches, Master class presentations , Children’s shows and community events. Live Music.
One floor above the Chill Restaurant Bar. 600 space car park.
Bell City Ballroom hire enquiries: Phone 03 9486 1771 @ Entertainment Depot
Email: enquiries@entertainmentdepot.com.au
Bell City Ballroom for inner North & Northern suburbs shows & events

Sun, 6 October 2013

Death by Soprano by Isabel Hertaeg

Filed under: contemporary art, opera, Comedy, Theatre, Gigs — site admin @ 7:17 pm

Opera-Cabaret, Death By Soprano.
Season Dates Oct 15-17 at 7.30pm.
Death By Soprano
It’s not over ‘till the Soprano is dead.

Whilst sharpening the operatic blade in her cabaret toolbox, internationally renowned cabaret artist Isabel Hertaeg realised that being a soprano is a dangerous occupation. The average life expectancy of a soprano is 3 Acts, 2 Hours and 47 Minutes and thousands of sopranos have been sacrificed in the name of Art since opera began in 1598.
In this life affirming black comedy, operatic soprano, Isabel Hertaeg attempts to survive to the end of a performance.
Consequently, a smorgasbord of ‘operatic occupational hazards’ are explored in an alphabetical romp through Grande Opera, from ‘A for Avalanche’ to ‘S for Suicide’. If she got to ‘Z’ it wouldn’t be opera!
Dramaturg: Derek Ives
Accompanist: Jo Abbott
‘Best Voice I’ve Heard All (Edinburgh) Festival’ ScotsGay
‘Musical Genius’ ArtsHub
‘Isabel Hertaeg is a talented, charismatic lady with an impressive vocal range’ The Scotsman

Performance Dates:
La Mama Explorations Season
Oct 15-17 at 7.30pm
205 Faraday St, Carlton
All tickets $15
Bookings: www.lamama.com.au PH: 03 9347 6142
Links: http://lamama.com.au/spring-explorations-2013/death-by-soprano/
Contact : Isabel Hertaeg isabelhertaeg@gmail.com www.LadiesWhoLounge.com.au

Brothers Hand Mirror

Filed under: contemporary art, Fine Arts, CD Launches, Gigs — site admin @ 6:43 pm

Influential Melbourne rock scribe Mikey Cahill referred to Brothers Hand Mirror as ” ..subversive, hip-hop hoochie homeboys” in last week’s Herald Sun and also recommended getting along to their upcoming ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art) gig on 27 September. He also insisted that you all download Brothers Hand Mirror’s new ‘Picture Tape’ ep for free at wearetar:bandcamp.com/album/picture-tape-ep.

We agree with all that.
Here’s the gig info:
ACCA, 111 Sturt St, Southbank, Sept 27, from 6pm til 9.30pm.
Drink specials and art on display until 8pm.
Tickets $12 plus bf.
Book here: https://www.accaonline.org.au/event/brothers-hand-mirror-acca-art-bar
Presented by Two Bright Lakes.

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Filed under: contemporary art, Fine Arts, Film — site admin @ 6:39 pm

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
In the Cut
Since the early part of last century artists have used assemblage and collage techniques to question the political and social status quo, manipulate existing narratives, and challenge conventional distinctions between artforms. In the Cut, which opens at ACCA on 10 October, brings together a selection of 16 important international and Australian artists who work in the medium. Drawn from the last two decades, the works embrace diverse media such as drawing, sculpture, prints and photography, and reflect the early political origins of collage along with its revised potential in the digital age.

10 October – 24 November, 2013.
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 111 Sturt St, Southbank.
10am - 5pm including weekends and public holidays
Wednesdays open late till 8pm, Monday by appointment .
Tel: 03 9697 9999. Admission: Free. www.accaonline.org.au
ACCA is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

The exhibition, curated by ACCA Associate Curator Hannah Mathews, has been developed to complement Tacita Dean’s monumental work, FILM. Presented by ACCA and Melbourne Festival, FILM rescues the techniques of hand-made special effects and montage to reveal the artistry in filmmaking.


Sat, 7 September 2013

Melbourne Fringe Festival Sep 18th

Melbourne Fringe Festival
Not long to go now….for Melbourne’s largest open access arts festival to begin.
On September 18, Melbourne’s much-loved Fringe Festival opens, with 326 events planned to take place in around 100 venues across Melbourne.
A cultural barometer for what is new and cutting-edge in Australian arts practice, the Melbourne Fringe Festival brings together Melbourne’s independent arts community for 18 days of performance, dance, cabaret and visual arts.

Highlights: The independent, open-access program, where thousands of artists sign up to produce and present new work in theatres, galleries, laneways, public gardens, living rooms, trams, backyards and public spaces across Victoria. Fringe Furniture, a long running Fringe Festival stalwart, Fringe Furniture this year invites furniture designers to respond to the theme Make It True. Opens 18 September at the Abbotsford Convent.

The Fringe Hub in North Melbourne, which opens on Friday 20 September. Centred around three venues, the North Melbourne Town Hall, Lithuanian House and Errols Café, Fringe Hub offers a true taste of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Every night in the Fringe Club there’s a party, with 12 theme nights running the gamut of entertainment genres – including punk, circus, comedy, rock, ‘90s sing-alongs – even football gets a guernsey.

Digital Gardens, where audiences can see a show in the Festival and then play a game based on or inspired by the performance in two pop-up playgrounds to be set up at in the City and Prahran during the Festival. City Square, 19 September – 21 September, Thurs and Fri 2pm – 11pm, Sat 2pm – midnight. Prahran Town Hall – 28 – 29 September and 5 – 6 October, Sat and Sun 11am – 4pm.

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