February 2012


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Cultural Services Newsletter Wollongong City Council


Cultural Services Newsletter Wollongong City Council 2





In a move that is eerily like the last enrolment process that sounded
the death knell for Ceramics, the enrolment process for the Diploma
and Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts West Wollongong was difficult to say
the least and a lot of students still haven’t managed to enrol.

Important News for the Part Time Students

Part time re enrolling West Wollongong TAFE Diploma of Fine Arts
students need to attend the TAFE 9.30am Wednesday 25th January and the
timetabling will take place in Room S20.

Full time Diploma of Fine Arts or Advanced Diploma students get their
timetables on the 6th of February.

Could you please disseminate this. I am working on an article.




Hello … I’m helping to organise a Recycled Art Competition, which is being run as part of Future Fest Illawarra at Kiama Pavilion on Sunday 3 June. This will be a bigger, better version of the Sustainability Expo that’s been run in Kiama and Gerringong the last 2 years. An application form is attached … could you please circulate this to your group?

With thanks.

Recycled Art Comp application form FINAL






FEBRUARY Friday 3rd

Pics and Flicks is starting our 2012 program with the powerful and award-winning Australian psychological drama, The Hunter, that is set and filmed in the spectacular Tasmanian wilderness.

In recognition of the visual quality of this film, cinematographer, Robert Humphries ACS has recently been awarded the Best Cinematography Award 2011 from Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts for his impressive work on The Hunter.

The Hunter

Classification: M
Duration: 100 mins
Genre: Drama
Director: Daniel Nettheim
Lead actor: Sam Neill and Willem Dafoe
Cast: Frances O’Connor, Sullivan Stapleton, Callan Mulvey, Jacek Koman
Producer: Vincent Sheehan
Screenplay: Julia Leigh (novel); Alice Addison and Wain Fimeri
Music: Andrew Lacaster, Michael Lira, Matteo Zingales

Review by David Stratton on ‘At the Movies’

Martin David, WILLEM DAFOE, a modern-day soldier of fortune, rendezvous in Paris with a mysterious man, Jacek Koman, who hires him to travel to Tasmania and attempt to locate a Tasmanian Tiger – although the animal is believed to be extinct, there are rumours that one has been sighted – and its DNA, whether the animal is dead or alive, represents a fortune to vested interests.

In a remote part of the island state, Martin moves into a room in the home of Lucy Armstrong, FRANCES O’CONNOR, mother of two small children; Lucy is still grieving over the fact that her husband, Jarrah, went missing some time ago. While Martin sets about methodically setting traps for the tiger, Lucy and her children are watched over in a possessive way by their neighbour, Jack Mendy, SAM NEILL.

Based on a novel by Julia Leigh, director of the recent film SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE HUNTER is a compelling and beautifully made film from director Daniel Nettheim. You could describe this as an environmentalthriller, but don’t expect a fast-moving one; Nettheim rightly takes his time to establish the methods and skills of Martin as he methodically sets about laying traps for an elusive, possibly non-existent, Tasmanian Tiger.

FEBRUARY:  Friday 17th

An extra film will be screened and more details will be emailed to you shortly.

MARCH:  Friday 2nd

The Women on the 6th Floor is a French film, set in Paris in 1962. The women in question are Spanish maids, working for middle-class French families, when Franco is still in power in Spain and de Gaulle still rules France




The FIRST Australian International Labour Film Festival

On May 1st, 2012 a new documentary film festival will open for submissions nationally focusing specifically on worker’s rights and labour history. The festival will operate co-jointly with Unions National Museum of Labour based in Canberra., chaired by Kim Sattler secretary Unions ACT. The film festival is also a first step toward a virtual museum on working class history and it is a joint project between documentary producers Greg Hall and Sandra Pires who have both completed films on coal mining history and realize the importance of the history of worker’s rights.

Kim Sattler from Unions ACT describes the film festival as a wonderful celebration that will help us understand our history including the fact that Australia has been a leading light in many struggles for worker’s rights. Some of these include giving women the vote and winning the 8 hour day, world firsts.

Greg Hall, producer of the Lockout (The History Channel) and co-founder of the film festival says that the film festival will be an “important milestone that will recognize the contribution of working people in Australia by showcasing and creating an interest in labour through film both here and internationally.”

“It’s embarrassing we don’t have a labour or working class film festival in Australia, where we should celebrate workers rights. Across the globe the 1st May is a national public holiday and just this year, Taiwan has hosted it’s first labour international film festival. It’s time for us to concentrate on Australian history” says producer and co-founder of the festival, Sandra Pires from Why Documentaries.

The festival will open on 1st May 2012 for submissions. Films can be any length but they must be related to the themes: Working Class History, worker’s rights, social justice. The film festival will screen in 2013 in Canberra, Wollongong, Newcastle and Sydney with a provision for digital online screenings.


Sandra Pires, Producer, Why Documentaries Wollongong 0418 452 088

Greg Hall, Producer, Lockout Productions Newcastle 0413017771

Kim Sattler, Secretary UnionsACT and National Museum of Labour, Canberra 0414918452


why documentaries newsletter



I am writing to let you know about our next French film evening at Anita’s Theatre. This is our first for the year, & it’s a wonderful comedy which was highly successful in France.
The ticket price of $20 includes a complimentary French cocktail & a short French film as well as the feature. The cocktail starts from 7.15, followed by the short film & then the feature at 8 pm, Friday the 17th of February.
This film evening is put on by the Alliance Française of the Illawarra. For more details about this, or any other of our activities, such as classes & overseas trips, please visit our website at
Other highlights for this year:
Classes begin Monday the 30th of January.
Cycling trip in France from 01/09/12 – 22/09/12 – Paris & Monet’s garden, then 8 days cycling in the Loire (including one night in a castle) then 9 days cycling along the beautiful canals of Burgundy.
Trip to the island of Reunion (off the east coast of Africa) from 26/09/12 – 05/10/12
For further information – contact Beverley Peet 0438 288 144
Best regards




Swell Sculpture Festival, Queensland’s leading outdoor sculpture exhibition, invite entries from artists to exhibit in the 10th annual exhibition.

The free to the public outdoor sculpture exhibition will be staged along Currumbin Beach from the 14th – 23rd September 2012. Swell Sculpture Festival provides artists with the opportunity to exhibit in a highly regarded exhibition set within a visually stimulating, expansive coastal landscape.

Artists will vie for Gold Coast City Council Acquisition of up to $20,000 for permanent installation in Division 14. Other awards include the highly popular People’s and Kids’ Choice Awards, Emerging Artist Award, Media Award and Artist Peer Award.

Exhibiting up to 55 sculptures, Swell Sculpture Festival supports full freedom of expression for all forms of sculpture and encourage submissions.


Over 178,000 Visitors
Sculpture Sales
National Media Exposure
Swell Smalls Gallery an exhibition of smaller works
Artist Talk
Guided Twilight Sculpture Walks
Kids’ Workshops


ENTRIES CLOSE 15 March 2012

More information phone +61 7 5525 6392 or email



Exhibition at Project Gallery.  255 Keira St. Wollongong.
1 – 12 Feb.   Wed – Fri.  From noon until 6pm.
Sat – Sun.  11am until 4pm.
Opening evening Feb. 3.  6.30pm.
With lots of music and circus artists.  Food, drinks.
Monday – Tuesday closed.
Kind Regards,
Paul de Vries.   ps. it will be wonderful if you are able to join me, Feb 3.  🙂

Opening:  ORBIT
Saturday  4 Feb. 5-7 pm

Works on Paper

Debra Dawes, Anne Judell, William Wright, Zen, Peter Jones, Jelle van den Berg

Drawing Room
33 Roslyn St.
Kings Cross
NSW 2011





Hope you can make it to the launch of ‘Eastern Odyssey’, at Shoalhaven City Arts Centre on 10 March at noon. The exhibition explores aspects of travels to Oman, Turkey and Egypt.
There is a broad range of works devoted to concepts – feminine anonymity, camel blankets, sun worship, internal/external aspects of architectural forms, exotic footwear, ancient souks, spices, tourist carpets, my favourite landscape at Cappadocia, and more.
There is a broad range of materials used – oils, mixed media, acrylics, and gouaches on canvas, as well as watercolours straight from the sketchbook that was developed while travelling. 
I would love to have you join us.






From Tony Konjarski

Check out this album on iTunes:

Cover Art

Muddy Fingers

Istvan Danyi


Released: 2011


More OS artists for the Illawarra Folk Club – Faye Blais / Get Folked
After a highly successful Festival the Illawarra Folk Club swings back into high class entertainment on Friday February 3rd with another international Act. Canadian Singer, Faye Blais, who appeared at the 2011 festival, is back touring Australia and will be performing at the Club’s usual venue, the Wollongong City Diggers Club. Also performing with Faye will be the dynamic Celtic Band, Get Folked who are fresh from highly successful performances at the 2012 Bulli Festival.

Faye Blais is a Canadian artist whose songwriting, presence and personality are showcased beautifully through her impressive jazzy-bluesy folk style, on acoustic and electric guitars, and keys.

Detailed as “continuing the thread started by Joni, picked up by Ani and fashioned by Feist”, Faye’s dynamic vocals are the perfect match for her versatility as an instrumentalist. Blais’ spent three years recording her second and third albums in both Taiwan and Australia, before touring extensively around the globe, covering Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada, where she is now currently based in Toronto. She is touring her new Single/EP “The Ways I Love You”– a teaser for her upcoming record due to release May 2012.


Get Folked started as a traditional Irish band playing at sessions, festivals and other gigs around New South Wales. Over time, they took influence from traditional music from all around the world. Get Folked now has a unique style and sound. They play original numbers, as well as putting their own spin on traditional pieces. They have busked, sessioned and festivalled our way around NSW with all the liveliness and energy that four young, folky blokes can offer.
The action starts at 7.30pm with the Mystery Artist opening the program.
Cost is just $10 Folk Club members and $15 others and the facilities of the club are available, Tickets availabe at the door.

Russell Hannah
02) 4297 1777




The perfect Valentine’s Day gift…

Chocolates can add to a belly bulge, flowers wither and fade but a ticket to a romantic musical experience creating lasting memories is the perfect Valentines gift this year!.. hurry, Valentine’s Day is February 14.

Smart Living Community Expo

The Song Company

Love in Venice

Adult: $45, Concession: $35, Under 30: $32 and Student: $15 (Additional fees may apply)

Tickets at Wollongong Town Hall box office (02) 4227 5088 or Subscribe Here and save!

Monday 5th March 2012 – 7.30pm

The Song Company with guest artists Tommie Anderson (Lute/Theorbo/Guitar) and Laura Vaughan (Lirone/Gamba). A hilarious comedy set in the waters of Venice which tells the story of an unlikely encounter — complemented by nine mind blowing madrigals. Prepare to laugh and fall in love.

Venice’s power at sea once seemed indestructible. For centuries, the city’s economic super status was reflected through an incredible flowering of the arts, demonstrated in painting and in music. The palaces and churches alongside its famous canals became the repositories of extraordinary work; to this day the envy of the world.

For this all-Venetian extravaganza, Roland Peelman has selected nine beautiful madrigals by Monteverdi as counterpart to Banchieri’s 1623 ‘Boat from Venice to Padua’. This hilarious and early musical comedy sees the Song Company expertly flit between a set of dubious commedia characters who share an encounter on a small boat.


  • Claudio Monteverdi (1567 — 1643) Erotic madrigals
  • Antonio Banchieri (1568 — 1634) A boat from Venice bound for Padua

Duration: 100 minutes including interval.

Smart Living Community Expo

Australian Chamber Orchestra

The Hilliard Ensemble 

Adult Tickets from $49 or Subscribe & Save!

Tickets at Wollongong Town Hall box office (02) 4227 5088 or Subscribe Here and save!

Thursday 22nd March 2012 – 7.30pm

The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s collaboration with vocal group The Hilliard Ensemble will be a mesmerizing meeting of two of the world’s best ensembles.  The Hilliard Ensemble is: “Peerless” Sun Sentinel “Hypnotic” LA Weekly

ELGAR Serenade for strings
SHERYNGHAM Ah, gentle Jesu
RASKATOV Obikhod (Australian Premiere)
PÄRT Most Holy Mother of God
GREGORIAN CHANT Veni Creator Spiritus
ANON. (FRENCH MEDIEVAL) Veni Creator Spiritus
EDWARDS Veni Creator Spiritus
ARENSKY Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky
Helena Rathbone Lead Violin

The Hilliard Ensemble
is famous for mesmerising performances and chart-topping recordings of early and contemporary vocal music. Gregorian chant and French medieval hymn hypnotically intertwine with Edwards’ orchestral setting of Veni Creator Spiritus (Come Holy Spirit). A cappella prayers from 15th century England and Arvo Pärt join Raskatov’s Russian Orthodox chant setting, written for The Hilliard Ensemble and string orchestra. This concert also celebrates the luscious ACO string sound with two opulent works by Elgar and Arensky after Tchaikovsky.

more information

James Morrison

The Wollongong Conservatorium of Music

James Morrison with the Megaband

Tickets soon to be released

Tickets at Wollongong Town Hall box office
(02) 4227 5088

Friday 30th March 2012 – 7.00pm

Opening The Con Concert Series with a bang is James Morrison with the Megaband; 100 of the Illawarra’s best school musicians joining formidable forces to create one of the biggest sounds around.

The Con’s Jazz Orchestra, all set for their USA tour in April, will then perform a selection of their program for this year’s Reno Jazz Festival. Legendary household name, James Morrison, will not only cameo with the Megaband but will also perform as guest soloist with the award-winning Jazz Orchestra.

For more information on The Wollongong Conservatorium of Music visit
more information

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