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Australia Abandons Genetic Diversity Farming.



On account of pervasive curiosity, this link to a video on a brief history of Corporate and Government Public Relations posted last month, is posted again here. Which pill NEO?



Assange requests Apology from the Government

An opportunity to redeem yourselves Ms Gillard and Attorney-General Robert McClelland, not to excuse the Libs.

We elected Australian representatives, not US corporations.

“Transparent Government, not Transparent People”








I have attached some information about FREE workshops that we have starting on 8th February that your members might be interested in attending.   The workshops will have the Illawarra artists learn how to market themselves better to sell more products.

Please give either Jessica or myself a call on 42233100 or go onto the website



Virginia Wren
Business Development Manager
The Illawarra ITeC Pty Ltd

: 4223 3100
: 4223 3199




Message from Stephen Mills

How many artists are interested in establishing an URNBAN ART and
DESIGN CENTER in the illawarra?

The center would have space for exhibitions, studio’s, production
space, some performance space, training in arts related subjects and
as much as we can fit in send response to
with your thoughts, it’s all in the planning stage at the moment to be
based of the foreshores of lake Illawarra at Kemblawarra, just imagine
urban art exhibited on the foreshores of the Lake?


Gallery: 5 Crown Lane 

After the christmas and new year season we have a had a busy January with the space being set up as a film studio for a full length feature film. Now that they have completed shooting we are ready to roll into the 2011 exhibition season.
The first show installs on February 1st with an opening on Friday the 4th.
Stay tuned to the website for full details
you can also follow us on twitter
In the meantime, feel free to drop by during opening hours as indicated by our brand new signage thanks to Todd Hapgood
Wednesday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
other times by appointment
We are also still accepting exhibition proposals for this year


Hi everyone

Just to let  you know that there’s a possibility to create a second group for life drawing at the Manse. Last week we were full up and there were enquiries about making another time, possibly in the arvo.

So if you’re interested in that give Lea Hawkins a call 44417 017 or email back to me and I’ll forward it on to her.




Hi Illawarraartists

With only one week to go before the local:current exhibiton closes at Wollongong City Gallery, I thought it a good time to send out a link to some images of the work I installed (click any thumbnail to access larger images) as well as encourage you to make a visit to the exhibition if you have not already done so.

The installation, fragile surface, is both a discussion about grids and repeated elements as well as comment about the fragile connections that enable our existence.


>> If you do make it to the gallery you will also have the opportunity to view the site specific work, string theory – catch, which I installed as part of the Picture This! exhibition – it is installed into the opening between the ground and first floors. This will be on view until May 2011.

>> Next week I will in Victoria installing a work in the Montalto 2010 Sculpture Prize.


Hi Illawarraartists

My previous newsletter mentioned that I was about to install a work in the 2011 Montalto Sculpture Prize finalist exhibition – after a whirlwind trip to Victoria and 3 days of install here are some images of and details about the new work.

cellular memory is a work about memory:

“Last year in the same location I installed a work that took the form of a cone and talked of my connection to and memory of land. This new work is like an after image of that work, rife with its own new meanings, while being a container holding the memories and meaning of the previous work.

Does a place embed memory of that which has gone before?
How do we as humans contain memories?

Our contemporary world encourages us to package memory, most usually in some sort of rectangular device – we have been trained to view the world in this way…”

view more images HERE

The exhibition is held at the Montalto Winery on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.

The exhibition dates are 20 February – 1 May 2011, but the sculptures can be viewed before these dates.


local:current exhibition is an annual survey of 10 Illawarra artists… view the original e-invitation HERE. The exhibition closes Sunday 30 January.



Beginners Saturday workshops with Faith Cunningham

How to paint flowers – workshop one

In this workshop Faith will demonstrate the techniques involved in painting a single flower.

The workshop will include looking at backgrounds on which to paint your flower.

For more information please contact faith on 0412 643 263

Saturday 19th February 2011

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

cost: $75

Where: Levers art supply, 30 Flinders St, Wollongong

Painting flowers workshop two

In this workshop we will be painting multiple flowers.

We will re-visit painting backgrounds and more.

Saturday 12th March 2011

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Levers art supply, 30 Flinders St, Wollongong

cost: $75

Learn to paint water – workshop one

In this workshop you will learn the basic techniques of painting water.

This will include how to paint reflections in the water, the waterfall itself and the waters edge.

At the end of the lesson you will have a painting of a waterfall to take home.

Saturday 26th February 2011

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Levers art supply, 30 Flinders St, Wollongong

cost: $75

Learn how to paint water – workshop two

In this workshop you will learn how to paint the ocean.

This will include how to paint a crashing wave, the waters edge, wavelets and more.

At the end of the session you should have a painting to take home.

Saturday 26th March 2011

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Levers art supply, 30 Flinders St, Wollongong

cost: $75

For more information please contact faith on 0412 643 263

Booking are essential

To book you may leave your name and a deposit at Levers art supply, 30 Flinders St, Wollongong. Or, you may leave a deposit or pay in full on line at

5 day art getaway broucher promised land





full details and application form here



life on flinders 1

life on flinders2



pdf version






Painting with Acrylic, Art Workshop for Adults


Jasmin Carter

Held in Art Studio, Shop 9,

22 to 26 Addison Street, Shellharbour Village (opposite Tangs)

Eight Week Painting Course Starting 21st February 2011

6pm to 8pm Monday nights

$250 per person all materials included in fee. (early bird discount available)

Explore the acrylic medium and it’s versatility and create pieces of art work on canvas, paper

and board. Open to beginners through to advanced artists.

Limited places so book asap.

Call 0414 829 548 or email










The sun shone through at the 26th Illawarra Folk Festival, which ended with a bang on Sunday night as a colourful troupe of entertainers paraded through the tents and bazaars, to the sound of gypsy and other exotic tunes.

“This had been the biggest and one of the most successful festivals yet,” said David de Santi, Artistic Director of the Festival.

“We were initially concerned about the threat of constant rain; however we have had record attendance and we estimate about 10,000 visitors passed through our gates during the five days of the festival. For me some of the highlights of the Festival were the high quality and variety of music we were able to put on – from gypsy bands like Orkestra del Sol to the poignant songs of Ami Williamson – it just demonstrates that folk music can encompass a wide variety of styles. I also love the way folks get involved. This is a festival where people can participate in creating all sorts of music.”

The festival sprawled across the Folk Republic of Bulli (formally known as Bulli Showground) and the 12 stages hosted over 600 performers who presented a range of music from folk, blues, country, rock, world, blue grass and indie, as well as dance and poetry. Over a thousand fans camped in a variety of vehicles from humble tents to luxurious motorhomes and even a yacht. The site was kept clean by an army of volunteers who aimed to have ‘no waste for landfill’ and out of over 35m3 of waste had less than 6% of it going to landfill.

One of the creative modes of transport that people used to get to the festival was on the Green Music Trains. These music trains started at Bondi Junction and wove their way through The Shire and Northern Illawarra stations while travellers were serenaded with live music in each carriage. In spite of having to use buses on Sunday, the musicians entertained the travellers with poetry and song.

“What a fun way this was to travel to the Festival,” said Maureen Hays from Sutherland, “we were exhausted from laughing and singing before we got here.”

The two headline acts – Eric Bogle and Ted Egan did not disappoint their fans with witty stories interspersed between old favourites and new songs. Both singers were impressed by the enthusiasm and the interaction with their audiences.

“The spirit of traditional folk music lives on at this Festival,” said Ted Egan. “In fact it is probably the strongest region for folk music in Australia.”

Eric Bogle played at the Illawarra Folk Festival many times and recalling the early days at Jamberoo, thought that the festival still evoked the traditions that were established there 26 years ago, “…… but whether it was at Jamberoo or here at Bulli, the Illawarra Folk Festival is always about the same great people playing the same great music,” he said. “Thanks to Russ and his volunteers it’s a lovely wee festival. They work hard so we can all enjoy ourselves.”

One of the exciting younger acts was Richard Perso. Only 19, his strong blues-influenced singing of standards and his own compositions, along with superb slide guitar playing, kept the enthusiastic crowd on their feet.

Finally David thanked the volunteers, “People are very surprised when they discover that this is all organised by volunteers. We had about 300 volunteers who made this festival so successful. I would especially like to thank the organising committee who spent countless hours before and during the festival to ensure it ran so smoothly.”

While promising the volunteers a long rest, planning is already underway for next year’s festival.

“One thing is already clear,” said David jokingly. “We are hearing way too many autoharps and I’ve been informed that the Americans plan to send over even more next year. I want to make it clear right from the start, that 2012 will not be the Year of the Autoharp.”

Illawarra Folk Club Concert – 3 International Artists, the flow continues.

7.30pm, Friday 4th February 2011

City Diggers Wollongong

$15 Folk Club Members, $20 Non Members. or 1 300 887 034



2011 Illawarra Folk Festival Thank You Lunch & Concert. SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY, 1pm, Wongawilli Hall

Thank you for being a citizen of the 2011 Folk Republic of BullI!!

The 2011 Illawarra Folk Festival was amazing on all levels.

Despite the potential rain the sun shone on the festival. The Queensland / Northern NSW floods affected some of our acts but still did not dampen the spirit of those acts that did come – Innes & Present Company, Rough Red, Sunas, The Good Ship, Fiddlesticks and The Lucky Wonders. By the way $2,111 was raised at the Sunday afternoon concert fundraiser.

The festival had the largest ever attendance, the most number of volunteers (over 260!), 157 acts with over 800 performers and a heap of fun.

A huge thank you is in order for the Festival Organising Committee, the Festival volunteers, the sponsors, sound folk and the artists.

In appreciation a celebratory lunch and concert is planned for Sunday 20 February from 1pm at the Wongawilli Hall, West Dapto Road. Click here for Google Map.

Volunteers, artists and sponsors are cordially welcome with their partners to attend. Lunch is on us as well as the concert. Alcoholic drinks will be $2.

Please let us know you are coming for catering purposes by Wednesday 17 February with an email to

Again many thanks for your effort and support of NSW’s largest folk festival.

Neil Rowsell – Operations Manager, Project Manager
Helen Wilson – Volunteer Registrar
David De Santi – Artistic Director
Russell Hannah OAM – Folk Club / Folk Festival President
and the 2011 Festival Organising Committee
Opportunity for Artists to Perform at Thank You

We are looking for 8 to 10 acts to perform at the Thank You Lunch and Concert.

We’ll allocate 10 to 30 minutes dependent on the act size and to ensure a fast-moving and entertaining afternoon for all the attendees.

Please let David De Santi know ASAP if you’d like to be considered at

Of course if you’re outside the area we’ll understand why you can’t make it!




Gerringong Music. Program and Application




See Here for PDF version

Song Company Bach Concert Wollongong 4 April 2011



Hi, Welcome to another magic night of excellent music at the world famous Tomerong Hall.  Multi instrumentalist  Paul Robert Burton was one of the founding members of the Shuffle Kings.   His talent has been enjoyed around Sydney, many festivals all around Australia and overseas. Paul has a knack of working with other brilliant musicians… theTomerong gig will include guitarist Andrew Toner, who plays flamenco, bluegrass, latin, rock, middle eastern, plus…… incredible to watch.   Christian Marsh on harmonicas is one of Australia’s best, he has won the Gold Harmonica Award 3 times from Honers Australian national competition. On didgerridos and vocals will be Charlie Mc Mahon.

This will be an evening of fine music and dance. Tickets are $20 with part going to Shoalhaven MS society.   Have a great night out and support a worthy cause.
Cheers, Rob Cooke 0407 939232.

is rehearsing on Wednesday Nights in 2011 (during school terms) 7pm – 9pm
Nowra Church of Christ, 120 Illaroo Road Nth Nowra

The Shoalhaven Jazz Orchestra (Big Band) is open to all interested
jazz musicians, from intermediate to advanced, who play any of the
following instruments.

At the rehersals we will
play some great charts, while focusing on creating a blended ensemble sound
be improvising over jazz chord changes
be playing with an in-the-pocket feel
using step-by-step well explained instructions
be looking at exercises
encouraging each other
have fun

Please bring: your instrument, a music stand and a pencil.

If you have any questions, please contact Spike.



Renowned local Drummer/Composer Aaron McCoullough will be joining forces with some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians as part of a Farewell Concert on Saturday 19th February 2011, before he departs Wollongong for New York City.

McCoullough, a recent Victorian College of the Arts Graduate (Melbourne) has been a flourishing talent in the Australian jazz scene for the past 6 years. He has played both nationally and internationally with some of Australia’s finest musicians. Aaron recently relocated back to his hometown of Wollongong, NSW where he has maintained a busy teaching and performing schedule both locally and internationally with bands such as the Daniel Gassin Trio and The Carl Riseley Band.

Performing with McCoullough for the farewell concert will be musicians from VIC and NSW all of whom have been long time collaborators, they include: Daniel Gassin (Piano); Claire Strasser (Saxophones); Sam Zerna (Bass) and Pat Thiele (Trumpet). This is the ensembles final Wollongong performance before Aaron relocates to New York until June and then continues on to Europe for an extended time.

The collective known as the ‘Elements Quintet’ will present an evening of original contemporary jazz music. The music draws elements from Hip-Hop, Post Modernist Jazz, The Avant-garde and everything in between to create a synthesis for new and captivating music that is sure to be unforgettable.

Aaron McCoullough’s ‘ELEMENTS’ Quintet will play The Wollongong Conservatorium (Auditorium) Saturday 19th February 2011 at 7:30pm. Tickets will be available at the door and are very reasonably priced for a great night of entertainment. Be sure not to miss out on this great event! Tickets – Adults $12, Student/Concession $10, Family (2A, 2C) $30.



Hi everyone,

Here’s the February update from Penny and the Mystics.

Hope you all had a relaxing summer holiday in January. We had a lot of fun gigs in January – including three slots at the Illawarra Folk Festival at Bulli and a really lovely open air night-time concert at the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens at Batemans Bay.

We’ve got some new venues this month, including one for anyone who lives in Sydney at the Heathcote Hotel on a Sunday afternoon. We’re also doing a few down on the South Coast – returning to the Huskisson Pub and the Commercial Hotel at Milton, and another new venue for us at the Mollymook Golf Club.

We’re winding up January tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at one of our favourite places, Jamberoo Hotel, from 2-5pm.

Here are our gigs for February:

Friday, 4 February: Commercial Hotel, Milton 8pm-12am

Sunday, 6 February: Bomaderry Hotel 4-7pm

Friday, 11 February: Tory’s Kiama Inn 9pm-1am

Sunday, 13 February: Heathcote Hotel 2pm

Friday, 18 February: Huskisson Hotel 9.30pm-12.45am

Saturday, 19 February: Mollymook Golf Club 8-11pm

Friday, 25 February: Great Southern Hotel, Berry 8pm-midnight

Thanks to everyone who supports our gigs and our music. We really appreciate it.

Don’t forget you can keep up to date with our gigs, music and videos on

Thanks again

Penny Hartgerink xx



Wollongong Jazz

Illawarra Jazz


Kiama Jazz
Bella Brunch & Blues @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 11-3 pm

Delicious, perfect with lunch

Friday February 25

Don Hopkins

@ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 6-10 pm

Big voice, bluesy, swing, jazz, rag & boogie on piano

Friday February 25

Chris Mawer

@ The Sebel Harbourside Kiama, Blue Diamond Bar 6-9 pm

Talented young jazz rock guitar & vocals

Sunday February 27

David Christopher

Bella Brunch & Blues @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 11-3 pm

Popular jazz & easy listening

Fast forward to April 2011 – Friday 1, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3

The Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival

@ Various venues around Kiama, Gerringong and Jamberoo

Jim Conway’s Big Wheel, Kim Churchill, Nick Rheinberger, Paul Robert Burton & Andrew Toner, Luke Koteras, Pearl Noire, Band of Gypsies, Lionel Robinson & Andrew Oh, and many more to be confirmed.

This year it’s all FREE! Focal points are the Kiama Leagues Club and The Sebel Harbourside Kiama, hosting over ten performances across the weekend, with no cover charge or tickets. Gigs also at Kiama Golf Club, the Grand Hotel Kiama and Kiama Bowling Club. Plus Eat to the Beat at cafés and restaurants throughout the town, doing jazz & blues with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus a Jazz Gospel Service and All-day Jazz & Blues in Hindmarsh Park, to top it all off on Sunday.

Check the Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival page for updates.



Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival

21-23 Oct 2011

In Australia’s Most Beautiful Valley

Performer applications are now open for KVFF 2011

Closing date 30 April 2011. Download guidelines and application form from our website.

Volunteer applications are also open.  Stallholder applications will be open soon.

Festival concert at Kangaroo Valley Show 19 Feb

To promote the festival we are running a blackboard concert at Kangaroo Valley Show on Sat 19 February.  Many of the local festival performers will be there.  If you want to be part of it, come along to the show – we’ll be set up near the main entrance between the hall and the pavilion.  Enquiries Rob Cleary 0417 449059.

The Glorious MUDsingers at River Music 18 Feb – Hellishly good gospel

The Glorious Mudsingers from Milton have a tradition of standing room-only crowds and lots of audience participation, ending their gigs with everyone on their feet singing in harmony.

Supported by Alan Musgrove – old time Australian songs and fiddle tunes.

Nowra Golf Club, Scenic Drive, North Nowra

Adult $15, Concession $10, Youth (12-20) $5

Come early for a meal from the bistro.

Enquiries: Andrew or Alison  02 4447 5663








Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc.
“The Secret in Their Eyes”
Friday 4th February 2011On Friday 4th February Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc. present “The Secret in Their Eyes” [Rated MA]
2010 Oscar Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

Review by David Stratton

Well, this year’s Oscar winner, the Argentinean The Secret in Their Eyes, is now here for us to see. It’s about a court investigator Benjamin Esposito – RICARDO DARIN – who looks back on an investigation he was reluctantly responsible for prosecuting.

Twenty five years later, in retirement, he’s thinking of writing a novel about the Morales case in which a twenty three year old teacher was raped and murdered.

His superior at that time, in terms of social status, money and academic achievement was Irene – SOLEDAD VILLAMIL – a woman he came to love.

But the case takes hold of Esposito… he can’t let it go, in the past or in the present. Esposito spots a potential culprit from a photograph of the victim’s past life, but believing is one thing, making an arrest is another…

What is extraordinary is that this film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. What were they thinking with A PROPHET and THE WHITE RIBBON both in contention, both unimaginably better than this.

This is such run of the mill stuff, a tedious, unbelievably contrived screenplay, based on a novel by Eduardo Sacheri.
Juan Jose Campanella adapted the screenplay and directed, and I imagine he can’t believe his luck. It is not a bad film; it is just not a film that aspires to any sort of greatness, unlike its rivals.

It’s a whodunit, with a subtext of romance and mateship, with more than a hint of the mores that dominated Argentinean politics at that time.

Coming at this film with expectations, as I did, is the wrong thing to do.Coming at it with an idea of moderate entertainment will most probably reward.
Further comments


DAVID: I think you underestimate it. It’s different, obviously, from A PROPHET or THE WHITE RIBBON, but I think it’s a very considerable thriller, because it’s not just a thriller. I think it’s also about, in a very oblique kind of way, I agree, what was happening in Argentina in the second half of the seventies, because it starts in 1974.


DAVID: And that was the lead into the period of The Disappeared, of the junta in Argentina and so on and so on and it’s – I guess an Argentinean audience would immediately read all that into it and it would make a lot more – give a lot more resonance, I guess, to the story, but I found it really powerful and quite disturbing and we can’t talk about the plot developments because people have to find them out for themselves.

MARGARET: I think there are a few very odd coincidences in this film, David.

DAVID: Yes, there’s a couple of contrivances. That’s true, yes.


DAVID: There are a couple of contrivances. But I think the performances are very good. The actor who plays his drunken colleague is an Argentinean comedian…


DAVID: …and I think he’s terrific in this straight part.

MARGARET: No, he is. He’s an interesting character.

DAVID: Yes, but I think they’re all good and I really enjoyed it very much, so I’m giving it four out of five.

MARGARET: Well, as I say, don’t go with expectations. It’s not a bad film. I’m giving it three and a half stars.


Tickets go on sale at Gerringong Town Hall at 7.30pm with the film starting
at 8.00pm. 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.

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

So come get your kicks at Pics & Flicks!!



A new multi form dancework by Lisa McDonell, exploring themes of the earth, the environment, media and the self, in dance, video and music. Lisa Maris McDonell is a professional performer/choreographer, whose career spans twenty years of dance for some of Australia’s and Europe’s leading choreographers. Poetry read by Robina Beard. Thirroul Community Centre, February 19, 8PM. $15 and $10. Bookings and queries at 42941695.
Also, coming in March


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