Official view…

17 02 2010

Thanks to La Gropp for the scoop…





Jaysus H Christ….

16 02 2010

Exactly our point. The following came around in the form of an email from the AGDA

Yoiks!! Can’t we move on?





Tour de Force: the opening…

16 02 2010

Last Thursday was the Brisvegas opening of Tour de Force: in case of emergency break glass (curated for artisan by Megsie and featuring the über stellar cast of Timothy Horn, Nicholas Folland, Deb Jones, Ian Mowbray, Jacqueline Gropp, Neil Roberts, Tom Moore and Trish Roan.) And the Gang ended up having a seriously fabbo night, thanks particularly to the support of the ever staunch and empathetic faithful.

On hand were The Debster (Leader of the Free Glass World) with the lovely Joe, Margie and Ray, accompanied by Trishie, Blanchie and La Gropp. So we had plenty of flank to watch our collective back (always a plus in unknown territory) and Shellsey, who just happened to be showing in The Crucible at the same time – what glorious synchronicity!! So it was totally happy happy joy joy. Bloody Marvellous.

Anyhoo we started off with drinkies…toddled off to the opening (where the honours were done by none other than Julie Ewington)…and then we hit a cool Spanish joint for tapas and copious cocktails. Noice.

Snaps here.

Lots and lots more g(l)oss to come…





The incomparable Ritch…

16 02 2010

Schveeties, we’ve been very slack about alerting you to darling Ritchie’s blog, the red table.

It’s all about having a seriously good and charitable time…

Whack it in your favourites and jump on board.

POST SCRIPT:

just in from Ritch – there’s a typo in the date, it should read the 28th (so don’t turn up on the 29th!!)





Brisvegas or bust…

10 02 2010

Just a note to say that we’ll be off the air for a few days – the Gang hits Brisvegas tomorrow for the opening of Tour de Force, followed by floor talks Friday, a quick round of the APT/fallabout with La Groppa, Blanchie, Trishie and Deb Jones (Leader of the Free Glass World) and then we’ll belt back on Saturday for Ginger’s 21st (burlesque a la bush, no less.)





The New Black workshop….

10 02 2010

Can’t tell you too much about last weeks’ New Black workshop because it was a Whitey Free Zone (well, apart from Megsie & Rach.) But it was a fabulous experience, and for all the right reasons – the mentors were wonderful, and the participants keen and receptive.

Here’s the media release,  just to put you in the picture…

At the end of last week the Bega Valley Regional Gallery ran an Indigenous Contemporary Art Mentoring Workshop, The New Black, aimed at encouraging local indigenous artists to begin considering their work in terms of a contemporary art practice; that is, as an expressive response to the specific socio-historic realities of their own experience, as opposed to stereotypical commercial “tourist” art.

Three prominent practitioners and arts educators – Garry Jones from Wollongong University, Michael Brogan, the Director of the Oorala Centre at the University of New England, and Melbourne based performance artist Constantina Bush (aka Kamahi Djordan King, Project Manager, The Deep Listening Project) – were invited to conduct a two day mentoring workshop with the local indigenous arts community.

All three are professional artists who deal with the broader issues of alienation, personal narrative and social history in their own work, and through a series of presentations, performance, group discussions and photographic projects, the group explored many diverse and relevant avenues of contemporary visual dialogue.

The first day of the workshop was held in the Bega Valley Shire Council Chambers, followed by a performance from Constantina Bush in the Regional Gallery in the evening. On the following day the group then shifted to Penders for the second half of the program (many thanks to Marr Grounds for his generous accommodation.)

Most importantly there was no formal/paternalistic/formulaic palaver going on – and the outcome was all the more genuinely successful for that. Day One was held at the Regional Gallery/Council chambers, and it was at once conventionally serious…

…interspersed with lotsa fun, and ending with a fabulous performance from Constantina…

Then on day 2 we went out to Penders for a day of yet more chat and artistic exploration…

More snaps here





Charlie’s angels…

9 02 2010

Coming soon…

…with attitude…





Tour de Force: in case of emergency break glass…

8 02 2010

Opening this coming Thursday at artisan (Brisvegas).





Postcard from Sicily: pooped…

7 02 2010





Stop and smell the mooks…

7 02 2010

Mid-pool view of the mooks.

Candelo pool seriously gorgeous today; after the 48 hrs of torrential downpour (Tanja/Wapengo got over a foot – yes, a foot – of rain) we’re talking about swimming in 100% rainwater. That’s fresher than yer average daisy, darlings.

To die for.