April 2011

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How will ARTS POLICY shape up in NSW?

A look at music




A joint initiative of The Music Council of Australia & APRA|AMCOS

In partnership with Australian Hotels Association, Clubs NSW, and Restaurant & Catering Australia



ARTICLE: Competing spaces: poker machines vs live music
Michelle Catanzaro – University of Western Sydney





Youth Week Brochure






Hi Illawarraartists

here are a few images from my exhibition string theory which is now showing at MARS Gallery in Port Melbourne.
see images HERE

This exhibition is a participant of the 2011 L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program and will be open until 2 April.

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm





Illawarra Association for the Visual Arts Inc.

Media release

For immediate release

Wednesday  16th March 2011

Illawarra Creations

IAVA exhibition number 7

Designed and created in the Illawarra

IAVA continues to show contemporary artworks in the PopUp Gallery. In this seventh exhibition of original, locally created contemporary artworks, diverse themes are addressed using various media.

Liz Jeneid’s embossed linoprint of votives was printed in Italy after a trip to the Bay of Naples. The works were further worked on in Greece.  Libby Bloxham’s instrument for focusing on the journey to the inner self has been generating some attention at the gallery.  Dinah’s Fear’s construction is an ode to Dorothea, German artist, Max Ernst’s girlfriend.  Angela Forrest’s acrylic and collage is a search for tranquil places.   Jennifer Portman’s painting on canvas uses watercolour acrylic, impasto metallic paint to describe under the sea images. Judy Bourke’s woodblock relief print ‘Inside Out’ refers to the fight for the feminie to be recognised and celebrated. This work is exhibited in memory of  the late Dr Patricia Brennan.

IAVA thanks Wollongong Central and The GPT Group for their generous support of the Illawarra Cultural Community.

The IAVA Foyer Gallery exhibition is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays between 11am and 3pm. At other times the exhibition can be viewed 24 hours through the glass doors from the bus stop next to Bing Lee in Keira Street or by appointment.

Judy Bourke  Ph 4267 2697 – Mob 0427 100 621

Jennifer Portman  Ph 4285 2021 – Mob 0402 537 664





Wollongong Creative Spaces

Expression of Interest

Creative Studio Spaces

in Central Wollongong CBD

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity for artists and community enterprises to be part of a large dynamic creative space situated in Richardson St in central Wollongong. The space is air conditioned and is available for 6 months for a fee ranging from $40.00 per week, depending of size of space. Studios will be suitable for visual artist, media artists, writers, musicians and performers.

Artist must have the following to be eligible for a space:

  • $20 million public liability insurance
  • be reliable, organised, energetic and committed to your art practice and the space

If you are interested please email the following;

Applications due by: 11th April 2011.

The Richardson St space will be having an Open Day for viewing spaces and making enquiries on:

Saturday 9th April between 9am – 12noon

For further information please contact:

Sue Bessell Cultural Services

Wollongong City Council

ph: 42277599



click here for application form





Art Studio for Kids

Easter Break, April School

Holiday Program 2011

Fully Supervised art workshops $27 per child (primary age and up) all artists materials included and to take home on the day, please book in asap as classes fill fast.

Tues 12th 10.30am to 12.30pm Creative Clay (learn modelling skills with air drying clay, take home on the day)

Wed 13th 10.30am to 12.30pm Paint a Picasso Face

Thurs 14th 10.30am to 12.30pm Draw a story in Charcoal and Ink


Tues 19th 1030am to 1230pm Creative Clay (Creating a Easter bunny take home on the day)

Wed 20th 1030am to 1230pm Create a professional watercolour landscape.

Thur 21st 1030am to 1230pm Bird on a Wire, create your own bird sculpture out of wire.


Pass this onto a friend that may be interested.

Normal afternoon classes resume Tuesday 26th April 2011.

Book now by calling 0414 829 548, email or drop into the studio or gallery shops 5 and 9 Addison Street Shellharbour Village.

Warm Regards
Natalija Vocanec
Artistic Director


Art Studio for Kids

Shop 9 22-26 Addison Street

Shellharbour NSW 2529

m. 0414 829 548

f. 024295 7875






Hi All,

We still have a couple of places left for people aged 15-24 in the short film making workshop in Kiama to be run on April 7, 8 and 9.
Can you let your students/readers know about this please? If you have students, please print out this email and post it on the library notice board or in your classroom.
THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE – and brought to you by Gerringong Pics and Flicks and a Kiama Council Cultural Grant.

Applicants need to:
  • be aged 15 to 25 and live in the Kiama Local Area
  • be interested in telling stories, art, film
  • be available between 9am-4pm on Thursday and Friday April 7 and 8, and from 9am-2pm on Saturday April 9. The short film you make might be shown at the In The Bin short film festival on Sat night Apr 9 at the Gerringong Town Hall.
  • Email with your name, address, email, phone number plus 50 wds explaining why you would like to do the workshop
  • send your application email NOW. Successful applicants will be notified next Monday: March 21, 2011

For any further information please contact me on this email or 0411700253
Kind regards
Perrie Croshaw
Committe member Gerringong Pics and Flicks
Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc.
“The Kid Stakes”
Friday 1st April 2011

On Friday 1st April Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc. present “The Kid Stakes”

As part of the Kiama Jazz Festival, Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc. brings you the 1927 silent Australian classic, The Kids Stakes, with live music performed by Jan Preston.

The film is a live action movie based on the Fatty Finn cartoon characters.

This highly entertaining 1927 film is a happy irreverent piece of suburban Australiana with a series of lunatic subplots woven around the schoolboy, Fatty Finn, his friends and enemies, and Hector the Goat.

Tal Ordell’s movie was hugely popular when it was released, and it is an iconic part of early Australian Cinema.

It was shot entirely on location in New South Wales, except the final Billy Cart race (illegal in NSW so filmed in Queensland) which leaves audiences gasping with excitement.

Jan Preston’s original score for piano and percussion reinforces the story, characters and comedy of the film and Jan’s recent performances at Woodford Folk Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and NZ’s Art Deco Festival have had audiences in raptures.

Jan will stay around after the film for some Q&A.

Tickets go on sale at Gerringong Town Hall at 7pm with the film starting at 8.00pm – first in best dressed!
Members are free or $15 at the door.
After the film Gerringong Pics and Flicks world famous Tea, Coffee and Cakes will be available, providing a great chance to discuss the film or anything else you like in a relaxed social atmosphere.

Please remember to park in the free parking area directly behind the hall.

And remember – yearly memberships available now for only $50. That’s 11 movies for just $50.

So come get your kicks at Pics & Flicks!!




Poetry Reading Group with Ron Pretty

14 April 2011

SCWC members and other interested people are invited to be part of a Poetry Reading Group with Ron Pretty, to be held at The Tom Thumb Room at Wollongong Central Library.

This group will be something like a Book Group, but will focus on the work of a selection of poets, rather than novels. Come along for a stimulating evening of discussion – a great way to keep the brain cells active through the autumn and winter months.

Interested people are invited to meet at the Tom Thumb Room 6pm on Thursday April 14 and at that time every second Thursday of the month thereafter unless the group as a whole chooses another time and/or venue.

The first meeting of the group will discuss the program and how the group will run. Please note that this is not a workshop group, but rather a reading and discussion group focusing on selected poems by some of the greats. Everyone is welcome, and there is no charge.

When: 6pm-8pm, Thursday 14 April 2011

Where: Tom Thumb Room, Wollongong Central Library, 41 Burelli Street,


More information: or 02 4228 0151.


Ali Smith – Director

South Coast Writers Centre

Professional development, networks and resources for writers and readers on the South Coast of New South Wales. Supported by Arts NSW and Wollongong City Council.

PO Box 32 Wollongong East NSW 2520

Tel/Fax: 02 4228 0151






South Coast Writers Centre Annual General Meeting

Saturday 9 April 2011

The Annual General Meeting of the South Coast Writers Centre, including election of the Committee of Management.

When: 10am, Saturday 9 April 2011

Where: Tom Thumb Room, Wollongong Central Library, Wollongong

More information: 02 4228 0151 or


The Coalcliff Gang Rides Again

15 April 2011

To celebrate the Coalcliff Days exhibition at Wollongong City Gallery, a reading will follow the opening of the exhibition. Featuring poets who were part of the Coalcliff story, including Ken Bolton, Laurie Duggan, Pam Brown reading work by Sal Brereton, Allan Jefferies, Denis Gallagher, Tom Thompson, and Barabara Brooks

When: 6pm, 15 April 2011

Where: Wollongong City Gallery, corner of Kembla and Burelli Streets, Wollongong


Coalcliff Legends V Illawarra Young Guns


16 April 2011

This reading will bring together poets who came of age in the sixties with young writers who cut their teeth on O’Hara and Ashbery. Featuring sally Evans, Arcadia Lyons, Laurie Duggan, Pam Brown, S.K. Kelen, Alan Jefferies, Cath Kenneally and hosted by Ken Bolton.

When: 1pm, Saturday 16 April 2011

Where: Wollongong City Gallery, corner of Kembla and Burelli Streets, Wollongong NSW

Free event


Creative Writing Workshop with Aunty Barbara Nicholson and Elizabeth Hodgson


16 April 2011

When: 12noon-3.30pm, Saturday 16 April 2011

Where: Wollongong City Gallery, corner of Kembla and Burelli Streets, Wollongong NSW

Bookings essential: 02 4228 0151 or

Free activity.







A guy calls the musicians’ union to get a quote on a 6 piece band for a wedding. The rep says “Off the top of my head, about $2000”. He says, “WHAT? FOR MUSIC?. “The rep responds, ” I’ll tell you what. Call the plumbers’ union & ask for six plumbers to work from 6 to midnight on a Saturday night. Whatever they charge you, we’ll work for half.”




If you missed the excitement of Paddy’s Day then you can make up for it on Friday April 1st.  And we’re not fooling anyone.

Energy, youth, musicianship, diversity and vibrancy will be the key note elements of the next Illawarra Folk Club Concert to be held at the City Diggers Club on April 1st at 7.30 pm.

Leading the line-up will be The Cottars an international act from Cape Breton that the Boston Herald describes as being “so good and so young that they seem both a miracle and a pure jubilation!”

Supporting the Cottars will be ‘The Con Artists’ a 25 strong combination of musicians, who’s background is in the Wollongong Conservatory of Music.

The Cottars are, by many accounts, the hottest Celtic band to arise out of the rich musical landscape of Canada’s Cape Breton in recent years.  They play fiddle, keyboards, whistles, Irish flute, bouzouki, guitars, and bodhráns, and they stepdance—all with an authority beyond their years.  They also sing haunting Gaelic ballads, and harmonize with a sweetness that brings a tear to the eye.

Even with their relative youth still apparent, it seems that The Cottars have been a part of Canada’s East Coast music scene for years.  They have the nominations and the hardware to prove it, including East Coast Music Awards and Nova Scotia Music Industry Awards.  They have the road record to prove it as well tours throughout Canada, shows in Europe and thirty-eight U.S states, two tours of Japan and appearances at major festivals around the world.

Introducing ‘The Con Artists’ a recent collaboration between members of the Concord Community Band, the Wollongong Conservatorium Concert Orchestra and local folk musicians.  The Concord Community Band is one of the longest running community bands in Wollongong.  The Band plays traditional concert band and jazz ensemble repertoire and recently has also been exploring the musical traditions of New Orleans second line brass bands, Klezmer, Balkans, and others.

The Concert Orchestra is the Wollongong Conservatorium’s intermediate level student orchestra.  Primarily studying the works of great classical composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky, this new venture has given students an opportunity to explore alternative styles of music for wind, brass, percussion and strings.

Well known in the folk music scene; David De Santa, Mark Holder-Keeping and Ann Lehmann bring a boatload of experience to the Con Artists and perhaps even a little street cred!

Gypsy orchestra? Cabaret band, Folk ensemble, ‘The Con Artists’ play Tom Waits, Jean-Marc Zelwer, Italian tarantellas, 1920’s Klezmer dance tunes, Mariachi, Québécois folk, Balkan brass and even a little 70s R&B.  Please enjoy The Con Artists!

Cost of the Concert is $15 (members) $20 (others) and the facilities of the club are available for members and guests.


Theresa Gregory


Illawarra Folk Club Inc

0413 219 112



Bach to Bach

Experience the breathtaking voices of the Song Company as they present a unique insight into the daily life of one of the world’s great musical families in Bach to Bach at the Wollongong City Gallery (corner Burelli & Kembla Streets) on Monday 4 April at 7.30pm.

Hailed by Harriett Cunningham (Sydney Morning Herald) as one of the Six Best Performances for 2011,

Bach to Bach features timeless songs, chorales and preludes from the famous Notenbuchlein fur Anna Magdalena, an exquisite Suite for Cello solo and four glorious motets by J.S Bach and J.L Bach.

The Song Company will be joined by two additional vocalists and accompanied by Daniel Yeadon (cello) and

Neal Peres Da Costa (harpsichord). Do not miss this rare opportunity to experience the Song Company performing Bach.

Single concert tickets: $15 student, $32 under 30, $35 concession, $45 adult + $7.70 booking fee. Discounted group bookings are available. Seating is limited, book now! (The August and December 2010 concerts were SOLD OUT!)

Sign Up and Save. Subscribe to our 3-concert Voices Unearthed 2011 series and save 15% on single tickets and receive a range of member benefits. You’ll also save over $15 on booking fees! Wollongong’s 2011 concert season:

Monday 4 April – 7.30pm                             Bach to Bach

Monday 15 August – 7.30pm                      Time Traveller

Monday 5 December – 7.00pm                  Sweet Dreams

Book at: or by phone on (02) 8256 2222.

Join Artistic Director, Roland Peelman, in a FREE pre-concert presentation about the Bach family lineage

15 minutes before the concert.

About the Song Company: Formed in 1984 and led by Artistic Director Roland Peelman since 1990, the Song Company is Australia’s leading vocal ensemble. Presenting music from around the world and across the ages the Song Company has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s most versatile and flexible vocal ensembles,

With thanks

Friends of the Song Company, Illawarra.

Mariee Durkin-Beech – Chairperson (phone: 02 4229 5127), Theresa Huxtable, Jan Kent,

Pamela Mildenhall, Catherine Muir, Genelle Thomson, Irene Tognetti, Helen West.

P.S.  A special dinner offer is available at Fontana Restaurant (65 Lower Crown Street). Just mention Song Company when booking your table on 4226 2727. Open from 5 pm. Bookings are essential.



Yet another International Concert.

It’s another great international concert presented by the Illawarra Folk Club on Saturday 16th April at the Wollongong City Diggers Club at 7.30pm

An English funny man, a French songstress and a leading Australian exponent of the guitar will provide a night of gourmet musical delight.  They are on their way to Canberra’s National Folk Festival over Easter.  It’s a chance for Illawarra audiences to see them if they are unable to make the ACT trek.

They are ‘Dark Horses’ featuring Keith Donnelly as the funny man/singer, Flossie Malavialle as the magnificent singer from ‘La Belle France’ and Nick Charles from Victoria.

Keith Donnolly

This man is everywhere.  UK festivals fall over themselves to book him.  Famous folk rock bands plead with him to support their national tours.  Comedians queue up for him to write their punch lines.  Singer, songwriter, guitarist, comic genious, MC, raconteur, part time bear tamer and these days, guitarist and co- singer with French born Flossie Malavialle, Keith Donnelly seems to be irrepressibly versatile and bounding with endless energy.  How does he do it?  Are there Keith Donnelly clones running around? There’s a thought !

Flossie Malavialle

From folk to jazz, blues to Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel, Flossie’s repertoire suits every taste.  The French singer who got involved in the folk scene of the North East of England has built up a strong following of fans on both sides of The English Channel.  Flossie also played support with Keith Donnelly for the 2010 Fairport Convention UK winter tour and they also won a great reception as opening act for this year’s Cropredy Festival.  Calling themselves Dark Horses, their eponymous titled album features Flossie’s superb singing and some of Keith’s finest songs.

Nick Charles

Known internationally as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic blues and roots guitar music” is touring from his native Victoria this April.  Performing over 200 shows a year from Melbourne to Kansas City, to Edinburgh and beyond, and with more than a dozen critically acclaimed albums, this is an absolute must for blues and roots music fans.  This year Nick will be presenting his latest release, “Closer To Home,” already a winner of numerous awards here and overseas.

Nick has toured with artists of the calibre and diversity of BB King, Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Guy Clarke, Robyn Ford and Chris Smither.  Take this opportunity to hear a rare musical talent, dazzling string work and bluesy, rootsy melody.

Nick was 2006 Blues Performer of the Year, 2006 Solo Artist of The Year as well as the Winner of the Australian Song Competition

Cost of the night is $15 (members) $20 others, and the facilities of the club (restaurant, coffee shop and bar) are available to guests.  And don’t forget there is always a mystery performer, but we can’t reveal who that is.  It’s a mystery!



Wollongong Jazz




Illawarra Jazz





Otis Bar

1st April – Grace Woodroofe + WIM (Modular tour)
6th April – Jenny Broke the Window (EP Launch) + Bec Sandridge
14th April – Places People (Album Launch) + Holland (Brisbane) + Rhys Stamnas




APRIL 2 from 6.30pm

Enjoy great value Tapas and Gelato along with the sounds of


104 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Austinmer



1-3 April 2011

A FREE weekend of red hot jazz & blues for everyone! Over 40 Free Events at 20 Venues.
No ticketing, no excuses !

Performances and gigs will be held at venues without cover charge, or at a café, restaurant, club or park. Some events will require a small donation, but the music is still 98% free!

Newly updated version 24 Mar 2011
Download PDF programme here


Jim Conway’s Big Wheel, Kim Churchill, Adrian Cunningham,  Paul Robert Burton, Andrew Toner, Phil Manning, Jan Preston, Ray Beadle Band, The Ritmo Arch, Andrew Oh, Jeff Duff, Band of Gypsies, Pearl Noire, GappProject, Rory Ellis Band, Lionel Robinson, Birdyard Big Band, Byron Mark, Michael Fix, Dane Laboyrie Trio, Luke Koteras, Kane Dennelly, Jacky Howlers, Hot Potato, NuAge Swing, The Stingers and more!


Kiama Leagues Club, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama, The Kiama Golf Club,  Bellachara, The Grand, Kiama Bowling Club, Harbourside Brighton Restaurant, Little Blowhole Café, Black Rock Café, Short Black Café, Seachange Café, Waves at the Beach Restaurant, Chachis, Kiama Stonegrill, Café Parkview, Sea Breeze Dining, Gerringong Bowling Club, Scoops, Saltwater, and more.


Guitar a rama! Friday night April 1 Kim Churchill, Phil Manning, Andrew Toner, Michael Fix, Kinetic Method and a whole lot of twanging around town as these guitar greats at different venues strum the town into festival frenzy!

Eat to the Beat: cafés and restaurants with jazz & blues on the menu for breakfast lunch & dinner featuring Nuage Swing, Michael Fix, Cope St Parade, Paul Robert Burton & Andrew Toner, Jan Preston, Dr Don’s Double Dose, Rory Ellis, Lionel Robinson, Luke Koteras, The Jacky Howellers. Hot Potato sets the scene from 9.30am on Saturday as they roam Terralong Street. Find the music at Saltwater, Black Rock Café, Short Black Coffee, Seabreeze Dining, Chachis, Kiama Stonegrill, Scoops, Sea Change Café, Little Blowhole Café, Waves at the Beach.

Adrian Cunningham Quartet, back home from the USA and giving us taste of New Orleans. The A lister master of reeds & sax. Saturday Night April 2, Kiama Leagues Club.

Jim Conway’s Big Wheel: Blues Boogie, Jump & Grind with blues harp hero Jim Conway leading the way. Saturday Night April 2 Kiama Leagues Club

Ray Beadle Trio, Saturday Night April 2 at Gerringong Bowling Club – young and dangerous: hot jumping blues from 8pm.

Rory Ellis Duo, Saturday Night April 2 Kiama Bowling Club…rugged and gravelly hot country blues.

19 Twenty: Howling blues on a hot April night Saturday April 2, at the Kiama Grand Hotel.

All Day Jazz & Blues in Hindmarsh Park with 19 Twenty, Ritmo Arch, Gapp Project, Band of Gypsies, Jan Preston band with Phil Manning, Birdyard Big Band. Gourmet food, coffee & wine on sale. From 10.30 am Sunday April 3. (If it rains, this event will be immediately relocated to the Kiama Leagues Club.)

Young Bands Come Out to Play, Hindmarsh Park 3- 6pm, Saturday April 2. With Tommy M and the Mastersounds, Gemini, The Con Artists, Kiama High School Band and Kiama Public School Band. (If it rains, this event will be postponed to a later time.)

Jazz Gospel Service on Sunday 12 noon at Ss Peter & Paul Catholic Church with Café of the Gate of Salvation. All denominations welcome to raise the roof in musical celebration. Gold coin donation.

Pearl Noire sings Ella Fitzgerald at a Champagne Breakfast at the Harbourside Brighton Restaurant 9am Sunday April 3, $25 set menu.

Gerringong Pics ‘n Flicks presents Kid Stakes, the classic 1927 silent film about Fatty Finn, with rollicking musical live soundtrack composed and performed by Jan Preston, $15 at the door.

The Sebel; Sounds Amazing! Friday night, Saturday arvo, Saturday Night, & most of Sunday its wall to wall jazz & blues featuring Micheal Fix, Lionel Robinson, Andrew Oh, Phil Manning, Paul Robert Burton & Andrew Toner, Kinetic Method, Dane Laboyrie Trio.

The Kiama Leagues Club; Sounds Amazing! Friday Night till Sunday evening, featuring Adrian Cunningham, Rory Ellis, Jeff Duff Trio, Jim Conway’s Big Wheel, Paul Robert Burton & Andrew Toner.

The Kiama Golf Club; Kinetic Method on Friday night April 1, electro acoustic funk, dance R&B, Jazz. And on Saturday night the dukes of lounge Lionel Robinson and Andrew Oh, piano, vocal and sexy sax.

Pubs: Kiama Inn, The Grand Hotel, Jamberoo Pub: catch Phil Manning, 19 Twenty, The Stingers, Rory Ellis.


Kiama Municipal Council
NSW State Government
Haworth Guitars
Illawarra Mercury
Mountain Ridge Wines
Terralong Terrace Apartments
Bluescope Steel
Wave FM


Please contact Kiama Tourism for options and details.
Phone: 02 4232 3322 or
1300 654 262

We recommend The Sebel Harbourside Kiama
and Terralong Terrace Apartments

More information

Please contact:
Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival Committee

Eevi Stein 02 4232 3609
(Event Coordinator, publicity & marketing)

Ross Eggleton 02 4234 4326, 0429 020 257 (Music & Creative Director)


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