August 2012


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Informing others about this website will assist the artists of the Illawarra!

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WATCH HERE, Four Corners Episode aired last week exposing the truth of Julian Assange’s predicament re charges in Sweden.




The Government is considering the most sweeping and radical changes to Australia’s surveillance and intelligence laws since the establishment of the original laws in 1979.

Watch the video and sign the petition here:



Announcing the launch of ‘Illawarra News’

The editors are pleased to officially launch Illawarra News and invite you to view and contribute to the site.

Illawarra News is a non-profit online news blog covering the Illawarra and South Coast region. Our commitment is to fair and informed news and perspectives, but we also need the community’s support.

To support Illawarra News, simply spread the word with social media and write to us with ideas and contributions.

Featured in this launch edition of Illawarra News:

The editors are inviting community members of the Illawarra and South Coast to contribute news and commentary. We are starting small and look to publishing news several times a week, and commentary pieces every Monday.

Commentary pieces can be on any issue impacting the community. These ought to be no longer than 800 words, and news no more than 500 words. We will also publish letters, we even have a weekly photo board where reader photographs are published.

We look forward to sharing with our readers a new era in public affairs in the Illawarra and South Coast region, and hope you enjoy the first edition.

For more details about Illawarra News please get in touch by emailing

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We have a rare opportunity, a ‘Self-publishing seminar’, for emerging writers in the region coming up 27 September, at the South Coast Writers Centre. Could you please cover this in your next few posts?

Many thanks,

Friederike Krishnabhakdi-Vasilakis – 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







Shellharbour City Council is now calling for submissions for exhibitions for the Shellharbour Village Exhibition Space (SVES) from now until the end of January 2013.
Please complete the attached application form and return it to Council with a copy of your artworks and a copy of your Public Liability Insurance.
Please feel free to forward this email to your contacts and networks.
Lisa Norwell
Administration Officer/Reception | Community Connections | Shellharbour City Council|
Ph: 4221 6170| Locked Bag 155, Shellharbour City Centre  2529|
I acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Land I work on as the first people of this country



Shellharbour Village Exhibition Space _SVES_ Exhibition Proposal and Conditions of Hire _ECM 9822829_





AFTRS course – Creative Marketing Bootcamp – Wollongong


Marketing is one of the most important aspects of creative work, and often requires more focus and attention than it is given. This one day AFTRS workshop covers the basics of marketing and gives you the opportunity to devise a practical approach for your own marketing needs. It is ideal for freelance creatives, solo practitioners and anyone working for themselves in the arts. ( Filmmakers, performers, musicians, writers, visual artists etc). Presented by Monica Davidson

What: Creative Marketing Bootcamp

When: Friday Aug 10 2012. 9am-5pm

Where: Digital Media Centre, University of Wollongong

Cost: $95 before July 27. $125 thereafter. UOW and TAFE students pay just $65

More information and how to enrol:  BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

Deadlines: All general and student  discounts end July 27. Limited places. All enrolments due Aug 3

AFTRS acknowledges the support of Wollongong Digital Media Centre and Screen Illawarra South East in bringing this opportunity to Wollongong and the Illawarra region.






Someone on here must know a female bus driver, truck driver, butcher, mechanic, engineer, or any other woman in a non traditional role/employment? if so we need to talk to them for research on new project, please contact us ASAP Thanks!

Just to let you know that the Illawarra Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History has become a sponsor of the Australian International Labour Film Festival.

See below!!

Watch out for future announcements re programs etc.


Australian International Labour Film Festival





The Australian International Labour Film Festival is a timely event to recapture our links to the beginnings of our working lives.

Our aim is to have dialogue with our younger audiences around the nature of work, what it means to work, why we work.  This film festival will showcase films from Australia and around the world that focus on work, working lives and worker’s rights. The interpretation of work, it’s significance, unjust working practices and what work means to the individual across the globe will be a focus for the event over one weekend of the year where we turn to our working class history, unionism, current work practices and the future of work and we celebrate the achievements of working people everywhere.

Our aim is to highlight the nature of work, provide insight into the way we work and why we work, and provide an Australian component to the International Labour Film Festival movement.  We remember through this festival that ‘We work to live!’

We hope your organisation will consider assisting us to launch this film festival and make this an important calendar event throughout Australia that will help us to reflect and build on our working practices and inform us of our history and worker’s lives and working rights.

Rationale:  Our rights at work have become insignificant. To be a part of a union doesn’t mean what it used to. Our history is being eroded.

We believe there are voices that need to be heard!



Any questions? Email us at

Friday, July 20, 2012


LE HAVRE (French subtitles)

In this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoeshiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel Carné, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight. (Rotten Tomatoes)
4 out of 5 stars says The Guardian

“a wonderful blend of beautiful framing/lighting/cinematography blended with Tati-esque comedy and Fassbinder-type acting create a surreal world where problems are always around the corner… with the solutions never trailing too far behind. Also a celebration of film, actual film that is, not digital. The film’s color palette and graininess seem impossible in digital filmmaking.” Manny’s blog

Margaret and David say:

Review by Margaret Pomeranz
Aki Kaurismaki, is the Finnish filmmaker with a distinctive style. He makes simply lovely films, always with great heart. His latest, LE HAVRE, is set in the port city in Normandy where shoe-shine man Marcel Marx, ANDRE WILMS, is plying his trade in an ever-increasing world of sneakers. His wife Arletty, KATI OUTINEN, becomes ill, is diagnosed with what one assumes is cancer and is not expected to live. When the doctor assures her that miracles do happen, she replies ‘Not in our neighbourhood’. But actually that is exactly what happens.

When Marcel runs across a young illegal immigrant Idrissa, BLONDIN MIGUEL, he hides him from the authorities and rallies the locals to help the boy get to his mother in England. Hard on the heels of the boy is Inspector Monet, JEAN PIERRE DARROUSSIN.

The droll stylization of this working class world is like naïve art as it tells this fairy tale. The design, the performances, the dialogue are all unmistakably Kaurismaki. His affection for his idiosyncratic characters is obvious. And it is a fairy tale, the real world seems to have little of the kindness, the humanity shown in this film.

The response to it in Cannes last year, where it screened in Competition, was extremely warm and that’s exactly how you respond to it, it embraces you and you want to hug back.

Further comments

MARGARET: David?DAVID: And in fact it won the International Critics Award, the Fipresci Award, as best film in Cannes last year.MARGARET: That’s right. Well, it was tipped as one of the potential Golden Palm winners too.DAVID: Yes. Look, I agree with you too about this film. I love Kaurismaki’s films and particularly this one, which is really not about the world as it is but about the world as it ought to be, where people are kind to one another and generous to one another and it’s really – it’s such an anachronism. You’re quite right to use the word “naïve”. It’s such a deliberately naïve world because, although it’s supposed to be taking place today, it looks much more like a whole other era. There’s no mobile phones. People use old dial up phones. The modern bar where he drinks, it was probably modern in 1932.MARGARET: Yes.DAVID: And the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, the locals, they’re all from maybe the thirties even. I don’t know. It’s just a beautiful, beautiful story.MARGARET: Well, these are people that don’t have very much in material terms in their world but they have this wonderful generosity about them.DAVID: Yes, they have a spirit, a neighbourliness. They are lovely.MARGARET: Oh, it’s so beautiful, this film.DAVID: And the dog, let’s have a word for Laika, the dog, too.MARGARET: But, even talking about it I, sort of like, can feel tears welling up in my eyes.DAVID: Yes. It’s an emotional film.MARGARET: Because it’s sort of like – it’s just so beautiful.

DAVID: Yes, it is.

MARGARET: I’m giving it four stars.

DAVID: I’m giving it four and a half. I love it.



AFTRS has chosen Wollongong to be the launch pad of a new course “An Insider’s Guide to Successful Short Films” !


Enrolments are now open for this course, led by multi award winning short film specialist Jason van Genderen. Perfect for any aspiring filmmakers faced with big ideas and small budgets.

With the annual Tropfest film festival looming, it’s an opportunity to glean techniques and ideas from a successful insider – it’s bound to be an inspiring and rewarding 1 day course.

Please feel free to include this information in any newsletters or other communication with local filmmakers who might be interested.

What: An Insider’s Guide to Successful Short Films

Tutor: Jason van Genderen

When: Friday August 31.  10 am- 5pm

Where: Digital Media Centre, University of Wollongong

Cost: $95 before August 17. $125 thereafter

More info and how to enrol:   or phone 1300 065 281

Numbers are limited. Enrol now

Jason van Genderen is a multi-award winning filmmaker who has been inspired by working in the design & advertising industry for over 20 years.
His reputation for quick thinking under challenging circumstances saw him carve a niché early in his career, being a four time winner in the 24 hour ‘Shoot out’ filmmaking festivals held annually, including a demonstration event for the Sydney Olympics.
This unearthed a thirst for unconventional storytelling, and a humble (somewhat curious) appreciation for an audience’s applause. Always a custodian of content over craft, in 2008 he experimented with filming on his mobile phone (a Nokia N95), making a short with no script, storyboard, actors, narration or budget. ‘Mankind is no Island’ went on to win Tropfest NY (both Best Film and People’s Choice awards), plus an IF Award for Best Short Documentary, along with numerous other accolades internationally.
A creative thinker with a deep motivation for the frailties in the human condition, Jason’s next film ‘The Unspoken’ was a filmic dedication to his dying father, losing a slow battle with lung cancer. It went on to win awards at Tropfest Sydney, Aspen Shortsfest and San Francisco International Short Film Festival.
His unorthodox approach to filtering story with limited tools and unusual circumstances has seen him in demand as a guest speaker on portable filmmaking, with his recent foray into DSLR filming rewarded with an appointment as Nikon’s Filmmaking Ambassador, a first for the Asia Pacific region.

Martin Corben

Program Manager – Regional

Open Program Short Courses

Australian Film Television and Radio School






Greetings  all;
Here’s  a  short  track from   KINDRED,  that  Laurenz  and I  will  be  launching in  Sydney   at  Colbourne Ave,  Thursday  Sept  13th.
Hope to see  some  of you  there.
Spring is  getting  closer !!!!



Wee Willi Fest: Wongawilli turns Silver

The name Wongawilli has certainly turned heads over the past 25 years, especially in Scotland! But in the main it has become synonymous with a bunch of people performing, preserving and promoting Australian folk music and dance. The band has travelled the world performing in Europe and China on a number of occasions and has released 7 recordings in its 25 year history.

The Wongawilli (Bush) Band and Wongawilli Colonial Dancers are part of the non-profit incorporated association Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club Inc. and this coming August will celebrate 25 years of doing so with a Concert, Bush Ball and Recovery Picnic over the weekend of 3-5 August 2012.

The concert will be held on Friday 3 August at City Diggers Wollongong as part of the Illawarra Folk Club series and will feature a number of past members of the band. The relationship between the Illawarra Folk Club (Folk Festival) and Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club has been a very close one over the years.

A Bush Ball will be held on Saturday 4 August at Albion Park Centenary Hall. The evening will feature a number of dances that have been introduced by the band and dancers to the Australian folk dance scene. And in the spirit of inclusiveness the cost is only $10 per adult!

A recovery picnic is then planned on Sunday 5 August at the spiritual home of the Club, the Wongawilli Community Hall. Free entry – BYO drinks, picnic lunch. Informal music session.

The Club still presents a weekly bush dance at the hall. This dance was initially established in Dapto in 1985 and has been led musically by David De Santi since that time.

Click to read an article on the history of the band, dancers and Club

Click here to see some pictures from the Wongawilli Archive.




Wollongong Town Hall

Illawarra Choral Society

Wollongong At The Proms!

Saturday 4th August 2012  2.00pm

Adult $25, Concession, Group of 10+ $22, Under 16 $10.

The Illawarra Choral Society, joining forces with the City of Wollongong Brass Band, present their own uniquely Australian version of the last night at the Proms.  Enjoy music as varied as Jerusalem and 76 Trombonesin this afternoon of nostalgia, fun and festivity at the Town Hall.ICS sings hits from the shows, including classics from Cole Porter and Rogers and Hart, art songs from the likes of Elgar, Brahms and Holst, favourite Australian numbers, and even Illawarran songs!  City of Wollongong Brass Band, who will be supporting ICS through a number of pieces, also perform a mix of classics such as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Elgar’s Nimrod along with lively favourites like The Waltonian.Performers and audience will join forces for the finale to this afternoon of big sounds and great music.

Events International

David DeVito – Brings Back the Big Voice Tour

Friday 10th August 2012  7.30pm

Adult $49, Pensioner/Seniors $39, Student $39, Child 16yrs and under $39.

Sinatra? Elvis? Pavarotti? NO……… its DE VITO! 
As seen on TV’s “Australia’s Got Talent”, DE VITO is The Voice! With quotes from celebrity judges like, “I’ve never been so moved by a vocal in my life,” (Brian McFadden) “Absolute perfection,” (Danni Minogue) & “ BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT,” (Kyle Sandilands) there is no mistaking the astonishing power and soulful tones of arguably the best voice of our time. Rich with diversity, expect from a DE VITO performance an eclectic array of songs from the biggest voices in music’s history.Big, Bold & Beautiful, DON’T MISS The Voice!

Song Company

Sunken Dreams

Monday 13th August 2012   7.30pm

Adult: $45, Concession: $35, Under 30: $32 and Student: $15

The Song Company with guest artist Claire Edwardes (vibraphone/water percussion). 
Two halves, two very unique and contrasting performances that fuse contemporary and classical music influences, prepare to drift away.

Monet’s paintings of waterlilies are as iconic as Debussy’s delicately traced musical miniatures. In Sunken Dreams we delve into the heart of European impressionism using six voices and the liquid sounds of the vibraphone played by Claire Edwardes. Genuine water percussion, including the rare waterphone and submerged gongs, form the context for a classic work by New Zealander Jack Body. His beautifully balanced sequence of lullabies and dreams breathes the wind of the Pacific and was specially conceived for the Song Company. Duration: 105 minutes with interval.

• Claude Debussy (1862 — 1918) Selection of Preludes and Songs including Claire de Lune, Golliwogs Cakewalk, La Cathédrale engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral) and others.
• Peter Sculthorpe (b.1929) Maranoa Lullaby
• Jack Body (b.1944) Lullabies, Dreams and a Nightmare.



5th August – Eric Dunan Quintet at Samuel’s Thirroul with Special Guest Kevin Kerr


Eric Dunan – trumpet, Kevin Kerr – trumpet, David Reglar – saxophone, Jens Hoppe, Lucy Clifford – bass, Jodie Michael – drums

Blue Mountain Trumpet Playing Sensation Kevin Kerr is one of the finest young players to come out of the Wollongong Conservatorium Jazz Program.  His performance in America with the Jazz Ensemble prompted legendary trumpet player Bobby Shew to Say “Man, that Sheila can really play.”  He was invited to perform with James Morrison at the Generations in Jazz, toured with Aussie Groove Band Jumbledat, and attended Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Program before getting a better offer in Katoomba.

So come out to the hippest little club in the Northern Suburbs and check out some live jazz at Samuels.

Gig: Eric Dunan Quintet w/Special Guest Kevin Kerr
Date:  01/07/12 
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Tickets: Free Event
For More Info: (02) 4228 1122

 24 August – Mucho Mambo


Martin ‘El Martillo’ Taylor – director/vocals/percussion, Jess Ciampa – timbales/vocals, Fabian Hevia – congas/vocals, Nick Southcott – piano, Cesar Marin – bass/vocals, Angus Gomm – trumpet, Tom McElvogue – trumpet, Antony Gullick – trumpet, Matt Ottignon – saxophone, Karl Laskowski – saxophone, Steve Fitzmaurice – saxophone, Jeremy Borthwick – trombone, Mike Raper – trombone, Vincenza Taylor – Guiro, Wilson Orozco – Vocals

“When Mucho Mambo hits its stride I defy anyone to remain motionless. The band has something for your head and something for your feet” – Music Forum Magazine

“The music is played with flawless conviction and great panache. This was delightful music in it’s heyday and sounds like it was invented yesterday when played by Mucho mambo” – Sydney Morning Herald Metro

The 15 piece Latin Orchestra Mucho Mambo featuring some of Australia’s best latin and jazz musicians was formed in 2002 stemming from a love of big brass arrangements and cool old-style latin grooves has been wowing audiences with tight arrangements, brilliant musicianship and unique visual spectacle.

Inspired by the great latin orchestras of the 1950’s and 60’s lead by greats such as Tito Rodriguez and Tito Puente, Mucho Mambo builds on the classic rhythms of Mambo, Cha Cha and Salsa and reinvents them with a funky edge and a distinctive new sound

Back by popular demand to play a special gig at the Wollongong University UniBar for Wollongong Jazz, don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the hottest bands around. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!

NB: This is an all-ages show!!

Gig: Mucho Mambo
Venue: UniBar 
Date: 24/08/12
Time: 7pm

Tickets: at the door or book here

$15 general/$12 parents w/student/$10 students

For More Info: (02) 4228 1122






WAs entry form 2012

Character Flyer 2012 (email)



Dear Members and Friends,

We cordially invite you and your art loving friends to visit our 2012 Darling Park Sculpture Exhibition.

30 July to 1 September, 2012
201 Sussex St, Cnr Market St (up from Cockle Bay Wharf)
Open every day 8am – 6pm.
Sculptor on duty 10.30am – 3pm daily.
Weekend access via carpark or use intercom.

Best wishes,

Eva Chant
The Sculptors Society
Ph: (02) 9481 9060
Mobile: 0418 250 456



Artist Jacques van der Merwe

We are now in countdown to the 10th annual exhibition and Wednesday last week saw a mix of artists, patrons, sponsors, supporters and media come together to preview the 2012 Swell Sculpture Festival. Hosted at Quadrant Creative in their funky space at Burleigh Heads proved to be an inspiring backdrop for some of the 2012 artists to share their visual concepts and ideas behind their work.

Talks from Elysium Greene, Leonie Rhodes & Jacques van der Merwe were invigorating and whet the visual appetite of all in the room. Damien O’Mara, one of the four artists involved in the new night projection Dark Neon, extended this fervor with his description of projecting his work in and amongst the landscape at Currumbin.

Artist Leonie Rhodes & Glenn Barry – Griffith University

Tony Scott – Quadrant Creative, Kath d’Almeida and Murray d’Almeida – Chairman, Connecting Southern Gold Coast

The evening also gave an opportunity to introduce and welcome new Board Members, Sharon Murakami – Nyst Lawyers & Advisers, Lorraine Pilgram – Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery & Tony Scott – Quadrant Creative. These wonderfully professional and supportive minds are an amazing boost and addition to our organisation. We are so pleased to have them on….. Board!

With the snapshot of What’s On by Founding Director Natasha Edwards complete, the remainder of the evening was full of conversations and connections with excited anticipation of visits to Currumbin Beach from the 14th of September to see the exhibition in full.

Artist Elysium Greene, Amy McDonald, Jonathan Purdy & Trevor Jackson – ABC Gold Coast

Thanks to Microhire  and Mr & Mrs Smith Photography for their wonderful support.


With the arrival of boxes and boxes of coloured plasticine the Swell Kids Workshops are about to start in a Significantly Small way! Artist Leonie Rhodes will take students from the local primary school on an artistic journey learning how to form small figurative sculptures. The workshops will reflect her work Significantly Small in the main exhibition and the message will teach of our innate power and connectedness to nature and how we can make a difference in the world, however small. We look forward to sharing pics soon…

Why not book your kids into the Weekend Workshops during Swell – BOOK ONLINE

Jonathan Purdy, Natasha Edwards & Artist Leonie Rhodes

On site at the Alley Board Riders Club where the Swell Kids workshops will take place

Proud Sponsor of the Swell Kids Education Program


Does the idea of sculpting from a life model with the guidance of a figurative master ignite your creative senses?


With his extensive history in modelling, casting and finishing, renowned sculptor Phillip Piperides will teach you ways of conveying the voluptuous richness of the human body. Phillip’s insight into this age-old craft is an experience worth booking in for. Limited places – BOOK ONLINE

Hear Phillip Piperides talk about life and his work here


Mimi Dennett who has exhibited in 2008 and in 2010, will install a quirky work at Swell Sculpture Festival 2012. Home Sweet Home – The Snug Containment of Belonging will emanate a beautiful bronze creature that has taken up residence in a container where you would not normally expect to find it!

Mimi Dennett The Picnic is Over Swell Sculpture Festival 2010

We’ve asked Mimi a few questions as to how and why she does what she does….

What’s your favourite part of the sculpting process?

Transforming an everyday object or material into something which has a new narrative.

Where are you finding ideas for your work these days? The small details, cracks in a ceiling, grass growing out of cracks in the road, rust on a doorknob, fragments with an obvious or mysterious past found on the street.

Can you describe an “average” working day for you?Have a cup of tea, look at what objects I have picked up from junk piles, look at what I am working on, leave the house, walk tor ride my bike to the ocean, maybe go for a swim, return home, check my emails, look at what I am working on, make another cup of tea, at some point I find I have stopped looking and started working, this cycle can go on from 8 to 8, 12 hour days of procrastination and work flurries are common.

What do you do to work through creative blocks?Go to rubbish tips, pick up bits of junk from the street, each fragment of an object can break the creative block by suggesting another form that wants to be made.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet with artists, like minded people and to get into the creative and energetic atmosphere of Swell!

Emma Anna IMAG NE Swell Sculpture Festival 2010

Volunteers help us through all stages of exhibition and we would love you join the 2012 Swell Crew!

What you get out of it! By working just two shifts, you will receive….

An official exhibition program

A Swell T-shirt & cap

A Swell lanyard

Complimentary coupons from nearby retailers

An invitation to the Volunteer After Party

All volunteers are acknowledged with a Certificate of Appreciation

plus more…

REMEMBER the Volunteer Briefing Night WEDNESDAY 22nd AUGUST, 2012 at 6.30pm

The Swell Shed – 35 Tomewin Street, Currumbin – next to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Car Park and Surf World.


1. Help two birds with one parking space! Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary encourage visitors to use their car park during the Swell Sculpture Festival. A flat rate parking charge of $5 will be collected, valid for a full day with all proceeds going to support the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation, Swell Sculpture Festival’s Charity of Choice.

2. There’s the FREE Tugun Bendigo Bank Shuttle too! The shuttle departs from the Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Thrower Drive Currumbin and follows a circuit to and from Swell Sculpture Festival. Visitors will find street parking in surrounding areas including Tugun with the shuttle departing approximately every 20 minutes from designated stops.





 Brett Harrison Allen & Neville Caine Transporter Swell Sculpture Festival 2010

We’re celebrating our 10th year….. and we are happy to write that artists across Australia and in Hong Kong & Germany are busy putting the final touches on their works in readiness for the 10th annual Swell Sculpture Festival.

From the 14-23 September, 50 artists will present their sculptures along the iconic Currumbin Beach so mark the dates and we’ll be in touch with more details of What’s On at Swell 2012 over the coming weeks…


Jacques Van der Merwe’s Studio

showing works from his Immigration Series for this year’s Swell Sculpture Festival




We’d love to hear from you, if you’d like to help out between 14th – 23rd September at the 10th annual Swell Sculpture Festival. Volunteering is the perfect opportunity to meet with artists, like-minded people and to absorb the energising atmosphere of Swell! We are looking for volunteers to help in lots of areas and there is something for everyone including a volunteer goodie pack!

the Volunteer Briefing Night WEDNESDAY 22nd AUGUST, 2012 at 6.30pm 

The Swell Shed – 35 Tomewin Street, Currumbin – next to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Car Park and Surf World 




Plan your accommodation and leisure activities around the Swell Sculpture Festival. Stay a little longer to experience all we have to offer – over 10 days there are 50 sculptures to explore, photograph and wonder at amongst the natural beauty of the Gold Coast.



Exhibition Dates: 3rd-25th August
Open Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm

Main space: A Filth of Starlings
Catherine Clover

This exhibition comprises 24 A1 size works on paper, two in each cabinet. The works are, effectively, lists of the collective nouns used for a variety of urban bird species, including ravens, sparrows, crows and starlings. A huge variety of collective nouns, particularly for groupings of animals, are a characteristic of the English language. These nouns are intriguing and some of the versions can be traced back to 15th century Britain. The exhibition looks at our ambiguous relationship with these birds through numerousness and close proximity, two of the main reasons many of us dislike them.

Vitrine: Two Dee/Three Dee
Elena Papanikolakis

Elena Papanikolakis’ work reflects a desire to intervene and interact with the world around us.
Concerned with and influenced by an overriding obsession with materials, Papanikolakis creates paintings, drawings, objects, photographs and mixed media works. Materials are used to explore form, texture, two and three dimensionality, and systems of relationships that occur in natural and man-made environments. Explorations are further facilitated as Papanikolakis navigates through the wealth of imagery and information available in print and online; using “found” information/visual material as a supplement to lived experience.

Sample: The Photograph Photograph’s
Jessica Hood

“The Photograph Photograph’s” plays on the persistence of colour slide film as a platform of Platform’s archives. Rephotographing images from the archive within the space of the previous artist Therese Keogh’s show constitutes the initial series of images. These are exhibited on a light box inside the cabinet, alongside a photograph of the exhibition itself. This image will be photographed within an image of the next artist’s show to be included in the following month’s publication, to be repeated for each month of the project. The photographs will be mounted for inclusion within the archive at conclusion of the project.



10 days of artistic bliss in the MUD… 28th Sept – 7th Oct 2012

Escape ARTfest News Update                          July Edition #2 – 2012

Mark Thompson exhibiting at Merry Street Restaurant & Bar 2012Greetings ARTfestians…

9 weeks and counting down

If you’ve been hanging out for your annual arts booster, you don’t have much longer to wait… Escape ARTfest is just around the corner so make sure you’ve got those prize entries happening, and mark the calendar for a creative 10 days in the MUD.

Rebecca Boyd Defina exhibiting at Ashiki Gifts & Gallery 2012
In this Update…

– Vale Carolyn Whan and Maureen Coffey
– Exhibition Opportunity – Venue needs artists
– Final Call – ARTfest 2012 t-shirt design
– Final Call – Events
– Final Call – Festival Sponsors
– Frame Rentals – ARTfest special
– Arts prizes – more announced!
– National Year of Reading Programme for July & August
– Sneak Peek at Events so far
– Shutterspeed 2012
– Call out for workshops, talks and demonstrations
– Calling Local Musicians
– PechaKucha
– Business Opportunities: web profile on ARTfest site
– Other opportunities – exhibitions at cupitt’s, alley gallery

Carolyn Whan
Vale Carolyn Whan

Last Friday our community lost a beautiful soul.
Carolyn Whan was known to many of us –  wife, mother, artist, teacher, co-worker and friend, she was involved in many local groups, including her role as the instigator of the ARTfest Postcard Art Prize. Carolyn will be dearly missed and our sincere sympathies are extended to Mal, Kiri and Tarun.

Vale Maureen Coffey

Sadly another valued member of our local arts community passed away recently. Maureen has been involved with ARTfest for many years and will be missed by many of her fellow artists, family and friends. Although we don’t have a picture of Maureen, we do have one of her lovely artworks.

Yvette Murphy exhibiting at Anica Art 2012
Venue Looking for Artist

There are a couple of venues looking for extra artists in Milton. If you have some medium to large original and contemporary works to exhibit please contact Jules asap for details.

Artists will share the event cost, with final amount based on numbers in the venue.

Final Call – 2012 T-Shirt  Design Competition

Entry to the T-Shirt design competition will close Friday 3rd August 2012.

The winning designer will receive a $500 ARTfest prize pack including tickets, merchandise and other goodies at this years festival, as well as great exposure for their art.
Entry info is available here.

Questions? Please contact Julie Sydenham on 44545993 or email

Sally Willbanks exhibiting at St Isadore 2012
Final Call – Programme Deadline for Events

Want to host an event at Escape ARTfest 2012?

Please call Julie Sydenham on 44545993 or contact us if you wish to discuss your event.

If you’re having trouble or forgotten to provide some details please contact us asap.

Final Call – Sponsor ARTfest 2012

Each year Escape ARTfest very gratefully accepts and acknowledges support from a range of local business. This support is fundamental to the success of the festival, now in it’s 14th year.
Join major festival sponsors

Milton Ulladulla Apex, Bendigo Bank and the Australian National University to bring yet another vibrant and diverse festival to our gorgeous area.
Contact us to find out more about sponsorship options.
Every donation helps.

Visit here to view the list of the many business who gave generously in 2011.

Rental Frames from Ulladulla Picture Framers
Gallery Rental Frames – ARTfest Special

Ulladulla Picture Framing has frames available for rental for the upcoming festival. The frames are available in a gallery style Flat Matt Black, or White, and are suitable for artworks on paper up to 430 x 550mm. A3 size is perfect!! The frames normally rent for $20 each for an exhibition, but Ulladulla Picture Framing has an ARTfest special of $10 each. Mat borders are also available for ARTfest Exhibitors, $10 for a single and $15 for a double mat to suit. You need to pay an upfront bond of $40, which is refunded if the frame is returned intact. If the frame is damaged beyond repair, or if you sell the artwork, then you forfeit the bond. So you can now present your artwork as a professionally framed exhibit without the expense!!

UPF – 3/3 Boree Street Ulladulla (02) 4454 5417

Kylie Douglass - exhibiting at Boardwalk Cafe 2012
2012 Arts Prizes Now Open

SOAP Guidelines and Entry Form
8×8 Canvas Prize Guidelines
RIPE Sculpture Prize Entry Form & Guidelines
Shutterspeed Registration Form
Bendigo Bank Postcard Art Prize Entry Form
Harbour Book Shop Open Short Story Prize Entry Form

Harbour Book Shop Youth Short Story Prize Entry Form
Bendigo Bank Open Poetry Prize Entry Form
Bendigo Bank Youth Poetry Prize Entry Form

Entice, Excite, Write – Opening Paragraph – Entry Form
Bendigo Bank Youth Art Prize Guidelines and Entry Form

Please visit the website for all current prize information and sponsor details.

More prize details to come…

National Year of Reading – Programme


ULY – DISCOVER – Visit and enter all the Literature, art, music, & more competitions. Write a short story, poem or the opening paragraph to a novel.
AUGUST – QUESTION -The Reading Hour will be a call
to action for the National Year of Reading. Saturday 25 August 2012. The time is nominally 6pm to 7pm, but this will vary across the country. Perhaps you could host an event?

Margot Curtis - exhibiting at Boardwalk Cafe 2012
Events 2012 – A Sneak Peek

Bird in Hand Arts Projects throughout the festival
Festival Launch @ Dunn Lewis Centre
SOAP & Youth Art Prizes
@ Alley Gallery
8×8 & Postcard Art Prizes
@ Millhouse Little Gallery
TRIO @ Bunyas Organics & Antiques
Spiral’s Journey @ Spiral Handmade Gifts from Near and Far
RIPE Sculpture @ Cupitt’s Winery
Paperworks in Abstraction @
Redleaf Bookstore
Octopoda Girls @ Ashiki Gifts and Gallery
Northern Branches @ Boardwalk Cafe
Manyana Art and Craft Market @ Manyana Yulunga Community Hall
Harbourfeast: Spring in the MUD @ Ulladulla Plaza
Birds Eye View @ Merry St Restaurant and Bar
Beyond Aves et Pisces @ St Isadore
Anica Art @ Anica Art Gallery
Tree of Possibilities
@ Milton BnB
MUD Camera Club @ Milton Ulladulla Bowling Club
House of Jules Student Exhibition @ Coastal Indulgence
@ Dunn Lewis Centre & Ulladulla Library
Literature Prizes @ Harbour Book Shop Ulladulla
Finale Under the Fig @ Mick Ryan Park
The String Contingent @ Milton Theatre
PechaKucha Night @ Milton Theatre
Chefs @ ARTfest @ Cupitt’s Winery
Y.E.S. Drama School Special Appearances
Escape ARTfest Film Festival @ Arcadia Twin Cinemas
Plus the usual suspects – ShutterspeedMilton Music Fest, Milton Gallery Walk.

And that’s not all folks, stay tuned for more…

Shutterspeed 2012

Come and enjoy a fun day of photographic shooting to theme, sponsored by Riversdale 7 Photography.

Registration form now available here.

Want to run a workshop, talk or demo during ARTfest!

We’re looking for artists to present workshops, talks or other demonstrations as part of the 2012 programme.

Please contact us if you have a workshop or an idea that could suit, across any of the arts.

Calling Local Musicians

Would you like to feature as part of the Milton Music Fest on the October Long Weekend or at another event during the festival? We have openings for musicians at several events such as support acts, street performances, exhibition launches… a great way to support local arts and get your name out there!
Contact Hamish Richardson at

PKN UlladullaPechaKucha Ulladulla

If you are keen to be one of the presenters in the PechaKucha Ulladulla Volume 4, Thursday 23rd August, please contact usnow.

PechaKucha Volume 5 will be held during Escape ARTfest after the Milton Gallery Walk on Thursday 4th October at Milton Theatre.

Promote your business and support ARTfest as well!

The ARTfest committee invites local businesses to support ARTfest by putting a listing on our shopping, accommodation or eating out pages of the website.

For just $25 we will create a listing that will allow visitors to find you when they stay in the area. This an affordable, win-win deal – support the festival and promote your business!

Note – all $25+ sponsors will receive these listings free of charge as part of their sponsorship package.

Want to join the email list? Sign up here.

Become a fan on Facebook 

Please spread the word and pass this email on to others….

Stay tuned for the next exciting update…

Questions or comments?

Contacting the Committee

All correspondence should initially be directed to:

The Coordinator (Julie Sydenham)
12 Myrtle St Milton NSW 2538
T: 02 44545993

Coming Up at Alley Gallery

The 2nd annual 20:20 Vision Exhibition, presenting over 50 artworks by students from House of Jules Art Studio in Milton.

Students were given the challenge of painting on a 20×20″ canvas – their choice of theme, their choice of media.


Friday 10th August 6 – 8pm. Light refreshments & music.

Exhibition on display until 15th September.

Alley Gallery @ The Dunn Lewis Centre

Alley Gallery
Exhibitions 2013

Submissions Now Open

Local and visiting artists are invited to submit applications to exhibit at Alley Gallery in 2013.

Please visit here for more information.

Coming Up at Cupitt’s Cellar Door Gallery

Up Close and Personal

An exhibition by Katrina Willoughby.

Katrina Willoughby Sydney artist with a Diploma and Bachelor of Fine Arts behind her, involved in the arts for 20 years. Up Close & Personal is Katrina’s latest exhibition where she continues to explore the forms of cattle. Figurative forms with strong drawing background compositions in oil large scale reveal humanitarian values. She has chosen mostly Friesian cows because their existence punctuates human life.
15th Aug – 17th Sept. Official Opening & Drinks 17th August.

Cupitt's Winery
Cupitt’s Cellar Door Exhibitions 2013

Submissions Now Open

Local and visiting artists are invited to submit applications to exhibit at Cupitt’s Winery in 2013.
Please contact Julie Sydenham on 44545993 or for more information.


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