september 2012


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Public hostility to funding cuts at TAFE NSW art classes is well founded. Barbara Cattunar writes.

Community Action Today: Press Conference Outside Council to Reject the Gleniffer Brae Proposal.

Wollongong Town Hall Opens Up For Acoustic Café.

Extraordinary scenes at Wollongong Council last week generated discussion about community democracy. Ken Davis writes.



SAVE THE SANDRINGHAM HOTEL EXHIBITION!/events/355213611220395/356505417757881/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity






Illawarra Artists on facebook!/groups/93699296569/



Wearable Art Showcase nov 9 Entry form download here




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.

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






Pics and Flicks
Australian drama:

Wish You Were Here

‘Wish You Were Here’ is a brilliant Australian film that examines Australians abroad, relationships and the consequences of having a bulletproof attitude when travelling.

Two Australian couples, Dave and Alice Flannery (Joel Edgerton and Felicity Price), and Steph McKinney (Teresa Palmer) and Jeremy King (Antony Starr) take a holiday to Cambodia. The trip doesn’t go to plan and only three of them return home as well as the mystery of what really happened.

Four outstanding performances make ‘Wish You Were’ here a captivating film.

Review from Popcorn Junkie on



Things are moving in the world of film festival.  Try a peek at this site, Im sure it will whet your appetite for the upcoming shows.







Settling itself in to the local business-side & arts district, Yours & Owls has against all odds reached its second birthday & finally begun to grow up. With two years of art, music, coffee & wine under it’s belt the time has come to celebrate, and what better way than to indulge in just those things… For the love of a party and a subtle taste of culture, Yours & Owls will be bringing a big plate of sensory overload to the table. You’ll be encouraged to bite off more than you can chew and keep it in your mouth all night. It will be a night of artisan’s gluttony, utter indulgence…. To be expected…

The night will be a showcase of some of the best local talent (visually & sonically), as well as a couple of sneaky imports we think are pretty cool too. There will be over fifteen artists taking to their craft as best they can in a bid to transform the town into the culturally rich dreamland we’ve been trying to create for the past twenty-four months. There will be live visual art, exhibitions, outdoor digital projections and of course a bit of rock n roll to bring the party.

The celebrations will begin at Yours & Owls from 6pm, with people encouraged to rock up early & enjoy some art & video projections. Live music will begin at 730 and will roll all the way until a tad before midnight. It will be a showcase of some of the best underground & emerging talent in both Wollongong & Australia. The town hall will kick off at 8pm, where main stage festivities will include five of Wollongong’s best acts, complimented by the visual art of Stef Harris.

After the two live music venues close & bands wrap up, we’re moving the party to Bluenote (fever nightclub) where we can stay till the sun rises… It will begin with notorius party boy band Totally Unicorn, and will then settle down into our impressive roster of club dub based dj’s.

Its going to be the biggest bash we have done & are pretty proud of how its all panning out. So come out & party.

Tickets will be available for town hall through the link below. And all other venues will have tix available on the door.


Step – Panther

Alotta Presha

The Walking Who

Totally Unicorn

Fait Accompli

Let Me Down Jungleman

The Owls


My Little Underground

This Mess

Doc Holliday Takes The Shotgun

Klue (True Vibenation // Big Village Records)

M.J. Fanney

Mad Monz




& Props to our booze.

For any inquiries // info // press. Contact Ben Tillman

Ben Tillman
Night Eats Day // Yours & Owls

m: +61 (0)412123989
a: 95A Crown St, Wollongong, 2500



G’day. My name is Kayne Jansen and am working with a project called: ‘The People’s Republic of Kayne’. I’m from Kiama. I released this album earlier in the year. The album is downloadable for free from the following website. Just click on the “PROK” insignia at the bottom right…

Thanks heaps.



2nd September – David Theak is special Guest with the Eric Dunan Quintet at Samuels Thirroul!

Eric Dunan – trumpet, David Theak – saxophone, Nick Southcott – piano, Lucy Clifford – bass, Jodie Michael – drums

Come dig on some bebop, standards, and groovin’ music at the hippest jazz spot in Thirroul.  Now in their second year of presenting jazz on the first Sunday of every month, the band will feature leading Sydney Saxophonist David Theak.  Theak is the leader of the JazzGroove Mothership Orchestra and one of the top jazz artists in the Country.  He also is a lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Program.

Gig: Eric Dunan Quintet w/Special Guest David Theak
Date:  02/09/12 
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Tickets: Free Event
For More Info: (02) 4228 1122



14 September – Jonathan Zwartz “Shimmer” Band


Phil Slater – trumpet, Richard Maegraith – tenor saxophone/bass clarinet, Carl Dewhurst – guitar, Matt McMahon – piano, Fabian Hevia – percussion, Hamish Stuart – drums, Jonathan Zwartz – bass.

“The first album from Jonathan Zwartz is well worth the wait. Where one might have expected driving jazz, however, Zwartz’s compositions emerge with a distinct Brazilian bent: gentle, swaying creatures to soothe and seduce… beautiful”   John Shand, SMH

Bass player Jonathan Zwartz is one of Australia’s leading jazz musicians and has played with the likes of James Morrison, Branford Marsalis, Nigel Kennedy and Cleo Lane. For Wollongong Jazz, Jonathan will be performing music from his new release “shimmer” the follow-up to his critically acclaimed, double bell award-winning album ‘The Sea.” 

Gig: Jonathan Zwartz “Shimmer”
Venue: Con Auditorium
Date: 14/09/12
Time: 7pm

Tickets: at the door or book here

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

For More Info: (02) 4228 1122



28 September – TBC

Gig: TBC
Venue: Con Auditorium
Date: 28/09/12
Time: 7pm

Tickets: at the door or book here

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

For More Info: (02) 4228 1122





Friday September 7
John Hill
@ Blue Diamond Bar, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama 6-9pm,
John plays piano with individual &  heartfelt style.  He sings with a soulful, mellifluous voice, full of deep beauty and soaring exhilaration. His way with a melody is impeccable and highly original.  And is a songwriter, par excellence,

Friday September 14
The Escalators
@ Blue Diamond Bar, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama 6-9pm,
This hot & swinging quartet infusing you with Latin, funk & reggae. No cover charge.

Saturday September 15
EC & the Voodoo Train
@ Mt Kembla Pub 7-11pm
A hot mix of traditional Chicago, Memphis, Texas, Delta & West Coast Blues.  Features  Ewen Sommerville, Chris Mawer, Marty Malone and Doug Faulkner

Friday September 28
Spyglass Gypsies
@ Blue Diamond Bar, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama 6-9pm,
Harking back to the speakeasy clubs of the 1920s and 30s, Spyglass Gypsies faithfully recreate the sounds of the Parisian ‘Hot Clubs’, and particularly the stylings of gypsy guitarist Django Rheinhardt.  Combining traditional ‘Manouche’ repertoire with tasteful originals and gypsy influenced modern classics; they deliver an exciting & energetic performance.

The ‘Song and Danceman’ Is Back

Mark Twain, that great American author and humorist, on hearing that it had been reported that he had died remarked that ‘reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated’. They may well have thought that about the iconic Australian Singer/songwriter Mike McClellan. Little has been heard of Mike for 25 years having gone into the corporate advertising world with few performances in the music scene.

Well, he’s back and doing what he loves best, singing and performing in front of an audience and the Illawarra Folk Club has enticed him to Wollongong for a one off concert at the Diggers Club on Sat 22nd September at 7.30pm. Mike will be supported by the sensational twins from Melbourne; Alana and Alicia.

His songs have earned him an honoured place within the history of Australian music but it’s been a long time since Mike McClellan released a CD of new songs.  A “best of” collection (Time. And Time Again) was released back in 2001 to the joy of many whose vinyl collections were wearing rapidly.  However, his last release of new songs was The Heartland which came out through EMI back in 1990, so to finally have a collection of new material will satisfy the many who have asked over the intervening years about a “new album”.

You’ll still hear Song and Danceman, The One I Love and Rock’n Roll Lady on radio, (well… some radio stations) along with several others from his back catalogue, but for the last 25 years or so his creative energies have been poured into his work for clients in the marketing and advertising industries and his concert performances have been limited.  Now, that’s about to change with the release of If only for a moment…

A remarkable collection of new songs, produced by brilliant young keyboard player, arranger and composer Stefan Nowak, If only for a moment… will be at once familiar to those who know his past work and surprising in its contemporary stance.  Always an emotionally courageous writer there are a number of songs on this new CD that are deeply moving and, for those who have heard them, among the best things he has ever written.  That it sustains the exceptional quality of his much-loved early work while richly reflecting his growth as a writer is ample testimony to his enduring talent.  And of course he’s one hell of a guitar player.

He is returning to the road and will continue, as he remarked recently, “for as long as I can still deliver. I love performing, always have, and Stefan reckons I’m singing better than ever.”

Melbourne twin sisters Alanna & Alicia have charmed audiences from Port Fairy to the National with their original folk/jazz/roots infused songs, and their onstage warmth and humour.

Known for their fine songwriting and sweet harmonies, both girls have won several awards at national festivals and been finalists in the Australian Songwriting Awards.

They have two beautiful albums, ‘Two in a Book’ 2010, and ‘Funny She’s So Much Like me’ 2006, with their much anticipated third album coming out early next year. Their band features fine musicians, Damien Neil on guitar and Michelle Meehan on violin and percussion.

‘deliciously idiosyncratic and saucy songs…wry, frank observations of life and love…quality quirky lyrics delivered with verve and the kind of close harmonies you’d expect from sisters…consummate backing.’ Tony Hillier, Rhythms magazine 2010.

Cost of the night is a mere $20 (members) $25 others which is half the price you’d pay in Sydney, Club facilities are all available (great restaurant) and of course the Mystery Performer will kick off the night.

Russell Hannah
02) 4297 1777

sent by David De Santi
Artistic Director, Illawarra Folk Festival, Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music
member of Wongawilli Band, I Viaggiatori, Zumpa, The Con Artists, John Broomhall Band
tel: 0409 57 1788





The Irish Nightingale is back in the Illawarra and once again she is being especially welcome by all her friends in the Illawarra Folk Club.

Maria Forde will again be performing at the City Diggers Club on Friday 7th Sept 2012 at 7.30pm. Not only that but Country Blues Folk group Buck and Deanne will be singing songs off their, soon to be released, third album and three Letts and an Englishman (performing as ‘Somesing Lai Zat’) will transport you to distant lands and music without the odium of a long distance flight.

As an Irish-Australian, MARIA FORDE has always straddled both sides of her heritage in her songwriting. Incorporating the sweet melodies, that are the trademark of the Irish musical heritage, with observations of Australia, along with her personal experiences, Maria has blossomed into one of Australia’s premier songwriters. Her first album – “Will You Dance With Me?” – features the title song, written for a friend’s wedding, that has become a theme for weddings, in Australia and internationally.

The trend, in Maria’s writing, to incorporate both her Irish origins and Australian sensibilities, are heralded by “Waltzing Matilda, My Darling” – a song about the torn spirits of the immigrant to both their country of birth and their adopted land, Australia. Maria believes that ‘we are the keepers of the story and as Irish Australians we have an obligation to remember and to keep telling the story’.

Already blessed with an angelic voice, Maria has grown into a masterful interpreter of her own material, able to totally connect the feeling of the music and words to the emotion of the song. This alone sets her apart from so many singer/songwriters. Since relocating to Trentham, in rural Victoria, Maria has begun to incorporate more of the wonder and fragility of the Australian bush into her work. Throughout her career, Maria has toured constantly, performed at numerous festivals and built a solid and dedicated fan base, both in Australia, and internationally.

Country blues folk duo BUCK & DEANNE are poised on the precipice of releasing their 3rd album of 12 original songs, “The Busker & The Choirgirl”. The new material is a mixed bag of steamy blues and country twang, the kind of gorgeous, down-home folk music that Gillian Welch and David Rawlings might’ve created if they’d skipped music school and learned the ropes singing in choirs and busking on street corners. Come and enjoy their acoustic takes on the new material, all set to take their romantic musical collaboration to the next level.

SOMESING LAIK ZAT is three Latvian chicks and a relevant Englishman who weave a rich, exciting tapestry of sound to get your feet moving and put a smile on your face!  They are Viktorija Macens-accordion & vocals, Kaija Upenieks-double bass & vocals, Vesma Putnins-fiddle & vocals, John Manson – fiddle & jokes.

Be prepared to travel to Latvia and other parts of “the continent”. Fiddles, double bass, accordion and voices will take you on a joyous journey of sound, where eclectic influences abound ! The destination is merriment . . . the road is exciting . . . get ready for Somesing Laik Zat !

Of course, all the facilities of the club are available.

The Mystery Performer is all set to kick off the night from 7.30pm and admission is still an astoundingly cheap $10 members and $15 others.


Russell Hannah
02) 4297 1777

Wollongong Conservatorium of Music

Orchestral Showcase

Saturday 8th September 2012, 7.00pm

Adult $10, Concession $5. Additional fees may apply.

The 3rd concert in the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music’s 2012 Con Concert Series is the Orchestral Showcase; an evening performance which features the four orchestral ensembles at the Con, including theBlueScope Steel Youth Orchestra. For those interested in how an orchestra works, as part of ChiME-Fest you can join us (2pm – 5pm at the Town Hall) in one of three sessions and experience the magical world of music through the hands-on ChiME sessions and at the Kids Concert, which is hosted by Nick Rheinberger and performed by the BlueScope Steel Youth Orchestra and others from the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music.Registrations for ChiME-Fest at

Wollongong Town Hall Presents

Acoustic Cafe @ Town Hall

Saturday 15th September 2012, 7.00pm

Adult: $12 – Under 16’s $6 (no concessions)

Wollongong Town Hall is excited to host it’s very first Acoustic Café, featuring local acts Dear Orphans, Rebecca Moore and Mem Davis & The Kindred Spirits for a relaxed musical feast with coffee and cake… Based around an acoustic music theme, cafe tables, dim lighting, wall art installations, an intimate vibe and access to a full bar/café, Wollongong’s brand new Acoustic Café @ Town Hall is a unique experience… but come see, hear and feel it for yourself. A percentage of the proceeds will be supporting Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, providing essential care for women with childbirth injuries

Andrew McKinnon Presents

Vienna Boys Choir

Wednesday 19th September 2012, 8.00pm

Adult $89, Pension $79, Student $69, Child $49, Family $250, Group from $49. Additional fees may apply

Join twenty-four of the world’s most beautiful voices and one of Australia’s most acclaimed composers in a very special national tour. For nearly 500 years The Vienna Boys Choir, or Wiener Sängerknaben, has been an enduring symbol of Europe, working with some of history’s most notable composers such as Fux, Salieri, Joseph Haydn and Anton Bruckner and conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Herbert von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti and Sir George Solti.The choir is one of the world’s most active musical ensembles and performs over 300 concerts a year. Together with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the Vienna Boys Choir maintains the tradition of the imperial musicians. They provide the music for the Sunday Mass in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel, as they have done since 1498. Choristers also take part in opera performances at the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Volksoper and the Salzburg Festival. Also singing popular music, they have contributed to a number of soundtracks for major motion pictures in the United States, Japan and Europe.In 2012 the choir return to Australia to premiere a captivating new work by acclaimed composer Elena Kats-Chernin. The program also includes an eclectic selection of the choir’s own choral repertoire.

Wollongong Town Hall Presents

Australia’s Biggest Games Night for Redkite

Saturday 29th September 2012, 7.00pm

Adult: $30 – includes supper (no concession)

As part of Redkite’s Australia’s Biggest Games Night, Wollongong town hall is proud to host a Trivia Night to support this worthy cause. Proceeds from this night will go to Redkite, an organisation supporting children and young people with cancer by proving practical, emotional, educational and financial assistance. Currently there are approximately 8000 families affected by childhood and adolescent cancer in Australia. Redkite provides genuine, practical support for the whole family from the moment of diagnosis, throughout treatment and when families return home to the community.

Join us for a fun night of trivia, music, supper and a few surprises. Mark Matthews of ABC radio will be a special guest on the night.






Seven at The Old Court House 29/30 September – 1 October 2012

Opening 3 pm Sat. 29th September (Join the artists for drinks and refreshments)



8am-5pm Sat. 29th, Sun. 30th September.

8am-3pm Mon. 1st Oct.

The Seven Artists are: Barry Whitelaw , Elspeth McCombe , Elizabeth Muntz, Libby Bloxham , Mary Wingrave , Mary Louise Wyatt, Salwa Woodrolffe



Hi all.
My EMU took out the Westpac TIGS Acquisitive At Award 2012 (last night.)
They get to keep the sculpture, I get to keep the chq.
I knew it was a good piece but was not expecting to part with it yet.
It was interesting to see the reaction to the work.
Still it went to a good home.
Irene Carroll
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Main Space: ACAB Collective

The concept of space is a measure of otherness by which we can define a cohesive self. We are instructed explicitly as children that borders, boundaries and prescribed designations control where we can and cannot go and the ‘correct’ way to relate to these spaces. This condition soon recedes into automated function and we lose conscious awareness of it in our behaviour. These ‘rules of space’ are not always explicitly enforced; instead they form an organically implied agreement of function and cohesion. We physiognomically size up and interrogate the fabric of the urban environment as we do peoples speech, dress, and overall appearance. That is to say, the materiality of the urban environment corresponds with socialized interpretations of it, which are mostly unconscious, enduring and constantly reinforced but nevertheless changeable. For this work we intend to denaturalize the social and material environment of the space, and thereby create an awareness, though perhaps fleeting; of the assumptions which underlie our behavioural and emotional responses within our surroundings.

Vitrine: Vivien Hollingsworth
Vivien Townsite

Date: Sat, Jul 11, 2012 at 5:07 PM
Subject: Re: Soil Testing
To: Ryan Jacka <ryan@……>

Hey Ryan,

Thanks for getting back to me.
To be honest I’m not exactly sure what testing I need.
The site the soil is taken from is part of an art research project I am working on. I want to use this information in an upcoming exhibition.
I am hoping to find a way to reproduce the soil so that it has the same makeup of the original sample.  A kind of recipe of sorts, to make my own translated version of the landscape it’s taken from.

I am very aware that this may not be possible.  Do I need to select specific tests, is there a list of types of tests to select from, and also is it possible to do multiple tests on the same sample?

Sorry for such a strange request,
I look forward to your reply,

Vivien Hollingsworth

Sample: Shannon Stanwell
Platform Archive Project

Shannon Stanwell has always had a fascination for the mechanisms of record keeping – she enjoys indexing, alphabetical order, for records to have their place, be retrievable at the appropriate moment and to offer up clues to a past decision or event. She also enjoys that these systems are often highly personalised, and clues to the archivist or the personalities of the organisation are often to be sensed in their records and archive systems.




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