She sparkles, she shines, she’s nothing short of divine. She puts the glamour in glamazon, and, if all the world is a stage, the spotlight tracks her like a police search light on a runaway red Ferrari. If she had a penchant for futurist hypotheses – and she just might, but I didn’t ask - she’d probably put the sing in singularity as well.
With legs longer than a pre-Christmas airport queue, a personality sharper than an August morning wind on Torquay Back Beach, and a biography you’ll need your specs to reach the end of, the very fabulous Ms Burchmore is back to town with her and Mama Mia co-star Lara Mulcahy’s show, ABBAsolutely Fabulous.
Yep, there’s no doubt about it, when it comes to making a career in show biz work, Rhonda Burchmore has really worked it, baby.
Don’t miss ABBAsolutely Fabulous tonight at GPAC
25 August, show starts at 8pm
Info & tickets available at gpac.org.au
Starring in the original production of MamaMia in 2001 – opening before the show’s stellar Broadway run – the fabulous Ms Burchmore became close friends with on-stage bestie Lara Mulcahy after hitting it off in auditions, saying, ‘she became one of my best friends in life’.
After the Abba smash, Rhonda went on to roles in Into the Woods, went back to recording and toured cabaret shows. Lara performed in Les Miserables and other roles.
“I kind of looked at the landscape for musical theatre last year and this year in Australia. A lot of it was Aladdin and Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, and there was nothing really in there for me. I’m never one to sit idle for too long and after having dinner with [Lara] I said, why don’t we do a show together?”
The 40th Anniversary of Abba’s 1976 Australian tour presented an opportunity to revisit some familiar material and Burchmore put up her hand to produce the show that follows the fan story of Lara and Rhonda, two suburban Aussie girls who never got to go to the Abba concert.
“It’s not just an Abba tribute show that there are so many of, from Elvis to Roy Orbison to Abba where they dress up as the people. We don’t pretend to be Frida and Anna, we are Lara and Rhonda, two girls growing up in the 70s in Australia and who never got to go to the big Abba concert 40 years ago. Growing up on opposite sides of Australia, we both used to get our hairbrushes out and pretend we were Anna or Frida.
… Um, confession time, this is me as a 5 year-old, with a building block microphone, singing along to Super Trouper in red UGG boots and standing on what was then known as a pouffe – as in rhymes with hoof. And yes, that is green velvet wallpaper in the background. Thanks for the memories Mum.
Fun fact: after years of awkwardly being called anything from a footrest to an ottoman or even a floor cushion, the handy seat/footrest/substitute side table is once again called by furniture purveyors as a pouffe … of course, you were terribly posh if you added the accent back in 1980…
And speaking of the 80’s, did you know that Rhonda also starred in The Pirate Movie, filmed around Werribee Mansion and the Great Ocean Road? It’s on YouTube and it’s still crazy and brilliant!
Crazy and brilliant could describe plenty of Burchmore's roles and gigs over the years, remember Hey Hey It's Saturday? And from all reports Abba-solutely Fabulous is no exception.
“It’s an hilarious romp of us growing up, and because we never got to go to that concert, we kind of create that whole feeling and vibe, and finally get to be up there singing all those songs," Rhonda said.
“It’s such fun to do. It’s a perfect distraction to everything that’s going on in the world.”
In the beauteous tradition of skydiving nonagenarians, this show calls to the 70s Abba fans in the same clarion tones as bottom-padded lycra and carbon fibre frames call to middle-aged cycling fanatics. If you couldn’t or didn’t do it when you were young, don’t let that the irrelevance of age stop you from doing it now – complete with iridescent cat suits, back combed hair and platform boots! And, blessedly unlike the MAMILs tearing up the cycling lanes of local roads, this is meant to be funny.
“It’s like the ultimate girl’s night out,” Rhonda said. “Lara is as short as I am tall, she comes up to just under my arm pit so there’s a lot of visual comedy in there. There’s a big dose of the Ab-Fab Patsy and Eddie thing in there too. And that’s just me really in normal life. I’m far more like Patsy than Lara is like Eddie, I go for the designer labels and she goes to Target.”
I’m reliably informed that if you want to make Rhonda smile, get along and see the show and/or pour her a glass of Bollie... showbiz at it’s best.
“I think a lot of people can relate to it. We nearly pee ourselves on stage it’s so funny.”
And we need more of it, much more it, this celebration of female friendships, and not just the 16 year-old soap opera dramas, but real women who laugh together and cry together and put each other back together through decades-long friendships that are a safe haven of sanity and silliness.
But it’s far from a show just for women, every man who recognises this experience of grown-up girl bonding will love every minute of ABBAsolutely Fabulous.
The Marriage of Figaro
The Downton Abbey of opera is exploding on to the GPAC stage for one madcap evening next Saturday July 8 and with upgrade works having cleared the way for a new release of seats, make sure you snatch up your tickets early.
This new English-language sung production of Mozart’s brilliant The Marriage of Figaro features luscious costuming, artful set design, an adorable chorus featuring the children of the Geelong Youth Choir and the extraordinary talents of some of Opera Australia’s finest singers.
Too much? Scandaloso!
One of the highlights of GPAC’s 2017 Deakin University Theatre Season, with the story unfolding over one crazy day in Seville.
Figaro is marrying Susanna, but the Count wants to seduce her first. Marcellina wants Figaro and the Countess just wants her husband back. But Susanna is smarter than all of them. After a crazy day of disguise and duplicity that sees masters are lusting over their servants, and servants outwitting their masters, will Susanna get her happily ever after?
For tickets and show information visit gpac.org.au
6 - 22 July
Concurrent Solo Exhibitions
The Metropolis Gallery is hosting two solo exhibitions in July, with colour and light dominating the work of the two female artists.
Heather Stewart: False Histories
Heather Stewart After Ambrosius Benson Oil on Canvas 40x30cm
Heather Stewart’s paintings and drawings are driven by an interest in the nature of identity and focus on the mysterious historical figure of Mary Magdalene. Heather explores how powerful imagery has created a false history of Magdalene’s character, with resultant works evolving through passages of painting that at once reveal and conceal; break and mend; fragment and unite, creating a metaphor for how we have come to know this elusive identity.
Catherine Robertson: Confluence
Catherine Robertson Victorian Land and Light Acrylic on canvas 91x122cm
Catherine Robertson sees her paintings as an expression of the subconscious processes of life experience and the landscapes of the Australian bush and Papua New Guinea. Catherine’s paintings are an expressive deconstruction of landscape in which the dispersion and layers of colour and light have been strengthened by her interest in artists like Claude Monet and William Turner.
Enjoy Opening Night of the two exhibitions from 6-8pm Thursday 6 July. Metropolis Gallery 64 Ryrie Street Geelong. The shows run until 22 July. Weekdays 9am - 5pm and Saturday 10 - 4pm. Preview works online at www.metropolisgallery.com.au
June 28 – July 1
GPAC's Deakin Theatre Season returns this month with Minnie & Loraz, a riotous new play starring legendary actors Nancye Hayes and Sue Jones as fiercely competitive bridge-playing grandmothers hell bent on setting up their grandchildren in the great game of love.
A brainchild of the magnificent Lally Katz and directed by award-winning director Anne-Louise Sarks, Minnie & Liraz comes to Geelong this month after premiering at Arts Centre Melbourne in May.
Virginia Gay (Winners & Losers), Rhys McConnochie (Endgame), Georgina Naidu (Newton’s Law) and Peter Paltos (Calpurnia Descending) complete the cast of this charming oddball story of Jewish grandparents and raw ambition.
The Autumn Road Retirement Village in Caulfield has an ultra-competitive bridge club, although with time and tide doing its inevitable work, no bridge partnership lasts for long. When Minnie Cohen loses her partner in an unfortunate swimming accident, the best player in the village, Liraz Weinberg, wants them to team up. They’d be unbeatable all right, but Minnie abhors Liraz and wants something in return. She has a granddaughter and Liraz has a grandson, and both are hopelessly single. Laying all her cards on the table, Minnie is bidding hearts.
Director Anne-Louise Sarks said, ‘I was immediately drawn to the incredible, charming and complex women at the centre of Minnie & Liraz. I can’t wait to bring it to life. Lally’s writing is truly original and her latest play is deeply funny, honest and heart-warming – plus there’s the excitement of the bridge championship and a twist that even I did not see coming! In Minnie & Liraz, like all great comedies, there’s real truth at the core and the stakes are high.’
Award-winning writer Lally Katz has earned a reputation as one of the most unique voices in contemporary Australian playwriting. Anne-Louise Sarks is an award-winning theatre maker whose work has been performed around the world.
Melbourne Theatre Company’s Minnie & Liraz comes to Geelong for five performances in the Drama Theatre, June 28 to July 1. Tickets are $69 or less. Book at gpac.org.au or phone Box Office on 5225 1200.
The Geelong Gallery has announced the shortlisted works in contention for the 2017 Geelong Acquisitive Print Prize.
Selected from hundreds of entries from around Australia, the 38 shortlisted works include works by some of the nation’s most talented established and younger generation artists along with a number of artists from the Geelong, Bellarine and Surf Coast regions.
Anita Iacovella, Cumulus CR blue 2017, monoprint, photogravure and collage; unique state.
Reproduced courtesy of the artist and Port Jackson Press, Melbourne
The selection panel for the 2017 Geelong acquisitive print awards includes Jason Smith (Director, Geelong Gallery) and Lisa Sullivan (Curator, Geelong Gallery) along with guest judge, Anne Virgo OAM (Director, Australian Print Workshop).
The prize-winning prints, including the Geelong acquisitive print award ($5,000), the Ursula Hoff Institute award ($3,500), and additional acquisitions (up to $3,000) will be announced at the official opening of the exhibition on Friday 18 August.
Janet Parker-Smith, The vanishing point 2016, screenprint; edition 4/ 8
Reproduced courtesy of the artist and May Space, Sydney
One additional artist will be selected by the judging panel and invited to take up a 5-day printmaking residency at Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop (QG&W).
To see the full list of shortlisted artists click here
[Featured image: Carolyn Hawkins, Trashed (detail) 2015, etching; edition 3/8. Courtesy of the artist]
This year’s winner of the National Wool Museum’s Scarf Festival is Karina Irvine from Christie’s Beach, South Australia with a creation titled Trappist 1 made from felt.
National Wool Museum Director, Padraic Fisher, said the number of entries were increasing each year, with the overall winner this year chosen from a field of 298 entries.
“The number and quality of entries for the Scarf Festival just gets bigger and better each year - such is the strength of craft in Australia,” he said. “We are blessed to have practitioners who insist on keeping the art of handmade alive and well.”
This year’s theme Galaxies: a textile journey to infinity and beyond asked scarf makers to take inspiration from the galaxy and let the cosmos be the guide to finding inspiration amongst the stars. The winning design is made of merino wool, silk and tinsel and was inspired by Trappist-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star and its seven orbiting planets.
“Imagine you are Trappist-1 with fiery solar flares, radiating cool blue and pink tones. Around you are your seven planets pulled in closely by your gravity to keep your solar system warm and alive,” said Ms Irvine.
Two entries from the Geelong region were awarded in their nominated categories. Pa Neh Htoo from Geelong won the Woven category with her Karen scarf. In the 100 per cent wool category, Jo Bagge from Portarlington was highly commended for her Moonwalk scarf. Other local region winners came from Torquay, Jan Juc, Bellbrae and Anglesea.
Three judges picked the winners including TV personality Catriona Rowntree, along with Executive Director Craft Victoria, Richard Ferguson, and Scienceworks Melbourne Planetarium Manager and Senior Curator - Astronomy, Dr Tanya Hill.
“This must-see textile exhibition is an eclectic showcase of original handcrafted scarves entered by anyone - from school kids to beginner crafters to accomplished artisans from Australia and internationally,” said Mr Fisher.
The scarves including the winning entries are now on display at the National Wool Museum until 27 August 2017.
A full list of the winning entries is available at geelongaustralia.com.au/nwm
Some grubby publicist sent us a message around World Cider Day entitled, 'She'll Be Apples'. It was cute, but really, she had us at World Cider Day. If it speaks to you as it speaks to us, read on, because it's coming to Geelong.
World Cider Day on Saturday, June 3 will see Wallington’s Flying Brick Cider House come alive with a fizz-tastic array of food, cider, wine, beer, kid’s fun as well as a tribute show for the ages.
Flying Brick Cider Co is the first in Australia to join forces with the organisers of World Cider Day, a concept which originated last year in Europe and is gaining momentum across the globe due to the phenomenal international love and growth in cider consumption over the past few years.
Since the whole day revolves around a ‘tribute’ to the humble apple, it would seem only appropriate (and fun!) to keep the whole tribute theme happening when it comes to entertainment. Kicking off at 11am, five of the most popular tribute bands in Australia will be performing throughout the day until 9pm. Be entertained in under cover warmth all day as you revel in some of the most iconic music the world has ever known.
First cab off the rank is Athol Guy & the Seekers Story. Celebrate Australian music royalty in this incredible journey through the life, times and songs one of Australia’s most treasured musical icons. This is a show that has enjoyed a trail of sell out performances around the nation - wonderful for all ages and virtually impossible not to be swept away in a magical wave of nostalgia.
The timeless musical brilliance of Fleetwood Mac will then be showcased as the celebrated TUSK takes to the stage.
A delightfully intimate musical journey through all the Cat Stevens classics is next. Not only does Ron Vincent bare an uncanny resemblance to Cat Stevens, his hauntingly beautiful vocals and performance style have been described as one of the most authentic, entertaining and exciting shows honouring this artist the world has ever seen.
Follow that up with Ramble Tamble – the Australian Creedence Clearwater Revival Show, renowned and loved for their vibrant performances which encapsulate the body and soul of the Creedence legend.
World Cider Day revellers will also get to bop along to top local cover band, Test Pilot Molly. And that’s just the entertainment. . .
Guests will be invited to come behind the scenes on a rare adventure to explore, taste and learn about crafting boutique ciders from fresh fruit. Get amongst it at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.
New release ciders will be on tasting and on the pour throughout the day as will a couple of cheeky cocktails the Flying Brick team have been busily devising! Ever had a hot mulled cider? Possibly one of life’s great delights – grab one and warm your soul.
On the nourishment side of things, there will be food – and lots of it – for anyone and everyone. On offer for World Cider Day will be a huge selection of delectable edibles from a range of food stations – paella, local lamb sliders, cuttlefish, pork rotisseries, BBQ chorizo, fish & chips, signature Flying Brick platters, apple pancakes and of course, apple fairy floss.
Kids will be happy too - not only do children under 12 get in free, the Kid’s ‘CORE’ner will feature a fab ROCK UP climbing wall, face painting and balloon artists set to get a smile on everyone’s dial.
Perhaps the warmest news of all is that World Cider Day Celebration tickets are only $20 (or else $25 per person on the day) with kids under 12 FREE (accompanied by an adult). Book online via www.cidercelebrations.com.au
The World Cider Day Celebration will be held at Flying Brick Cider House, 1251 Bellarine Highway, Wallington on Saturday, June 3, 11am – 9pm.
DYLANesque – The Bob Dylan Story
“Jeff Jenkins sounds uncannily like Bob Dylan; he’s a great interpreter and eerily similar. The show is fantastic.” - ABC Radio
Bob Dylan was just a young 19 year-old when he hitchhiked his way from Duluth, Minnesota to New York City with only his guitar and $10.
He went on to become one of the most successful writers of all time, was awarded the Noble Prize for literature in 2016, but it was his humble beginnings that shaped him and his music.
Jeff Jenkins, lead singer in DYLANesque, takes you through Bob Dylan’s story in a two-hour narrated rock show that goes through the relationships and the breakups, religious conversions, the dramatic scene when he ‘went electric’ at Newport Folk Festival in 1965, and how he went from playing solo to playing with The Band.
This tribute to Bob Dylan is a theatre piece is a musical and moving celebration of his life that will be performed at The Playhouse, GPAC, 50 Little Malop St, on the 17th June, 2017 at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available now at GPAC. Click here for ticket information
When Bram Stoker released his gothic horror novel in 1897, the power of his writing was undeniable, but the story, well, that caused a stir of a different kind. A review published in the Manchester Guardian upon the book’s release wrote:
‘A writer who attempts in the nineteenth century to rehabilitate the ancient legends of the were-wolf and the vampire has set himself a formidable task. Most of the delightful old superstitions of the past have an unhappy way of appearing limp and sickly in the glare of a later day.’ (Source: The Guardian, review originally published 15 June 1897)
An entire novel filled with horrors? The reviewer suggests the enlightened readers of the time would turn away at the sheer scale of the absurdity… except that they didn’t, and they have returned, generation after generation, for 120 years.
Dracula continues to fascinate, and is swooping across the country in a gripping, critically-acclaimed shake & stir theatre co. adaptation and production. Australian Stage describes the show as, “…a thrilling adventure that drags you in to its dark world and doesn't let go until the final bolt of lightning strikes.”
Dracula is set to descend on GPAC’s Playhouse stage 18-20 May. For information and tickets, visit gpac.org.au
There are some truly extraordinary street art murals appearing around the city, and a newly unveiled migrant's story on a street corner in North Geelong has us and the local community smiling.
The City of Greater Geelong, Harcourts North Geelong Real Estate, and North Geelong Secondary School have collaborated their efforts to bring Melbourne-based artist, Baby Guerilla, to Geelong. Baby Guerilla was commissioned for her unique interpretation of subject matter and her ability to tell the story that needs to be told.
The story in question is that of migrants coming to Geelong. The mural displays a mother playing with her child, as a celebration of the new life that they are beginning to lead, and aged moving boxes and suitcases as a representation of settling into their new lives in Geelong.
Rose Grgic from Harcourts said the area has a rich cultural history that they wanted to pay tribute to.
“We wanted to do something that would resonate with the community, young and old. The artist has done that beautifully with the mother and child, and the nostalgic suitcases would be familiar to many of the older migrants living in this area.”
To discover the magnitude and skill of this artwork in person, which is highly recommended, you can find it on the corner of Separation and Tallinn Streets in North Geelong.
As an independent charity, Climarte encourages an alliance of individuals in the arts sector to use art as a platform to inform engage and inspire action in others on climate change.
An important part in promoting their message is the ART + CLIMATE = CHANGE 2017 Festival. The Festival takes places in exhibition centres and galleries all around Australia, including in Geelong.
The Geelong Gallery will be home to Luminous Relic, a major collaboration by Mandy Martin and Alexander Boynes, with a score by Tristen Parr. The artwork is a moving image that, based on evaluation around industrial Geelong, examines the ongoing and cumulative effects of industry on landscapes, fragile ecosystems and human conditions.
If you are ever left wondering what your carbon footprint is doing to the earth then this is for you, and if you haven’t been thinking about it then it is also for you. Being aware of the impact each of us is making is the first step to understanding the need for us to change the way that we are living and working.
Visit the Geelong Gallery to witness what amazing things the artistic mind can achieve when there is a very worthy issue in focus.
Entry is FREE from Saturday 8th April until Sunday 9th July, 10am to 5pm each day at the Geelong Gallery, 55 Little Malop St, Geelong, VIC.
Van Gogh and the Seasons is internationally exclusive to Melbourne for the Winter Masterpieces series and is an opportunity to view the life and experiences of one of the world’s greatest artists through his intimate and fascinating portrayal of his surrounding environments. You will witness an evolution of his techniques and be able to understand the emotion influences and life stages that he is at in each artwork.
Let Van Gogh take you on a journey through the circle of life within nature and witness the birth, bloom, maturity and death of the seasons. The show brings together his works from all over the world and is put together based on extensive research of his letters and his deep interest of nature and literature.
The exhibition is curated by Sjraar van Heugten, former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and will be on display at the National Gallery of Victoria from the 28th of April, 2017 to the 9th of July, 2017, and will be well worth the trip to the big city to revel in this legendary artist's famed works.
Tickets are on sale now on the NGV website: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/van-gogh-and-the-seasons/
“everything you don’t see in the well-edited, hyper-saturated, expertly captioned Instagram weekend of two best friends. . . ”
Funny things happen when you combine 20-something women with wine, gin and anything else from behind the bar. After two years at New York Film Academy, local actor Gretel Sharp and Caitlin Duff have teamed up for The Feels, playing the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
The Feels is everything you don’t see in the well-edited, hyper-saturated, expertly captioned Instagram weekend of two best friends. Too often, the fast rush into lust and infatuation is shamed as we strive to out-chill each other in modern courtship, but the huge arc of beautiful emotions and mortifying future memories that comes with catching “the feels” should be celebrated.
If you’ve ever caught “the feels” for someone (or something…), this show is for you. If you’ve ever felt something touch your skin, this show is for you. If you’ve ever chugged Passion Pop, weeping over the bank balance on your phone screen, ruining the phone because RICE DOESN’T DRY TEARS, this show is for you.
The walking emotional rollercoasters and creators of the show, Gretel Sharp and Caitlin Duff, have taken to the Melbourne scene, where Duff has been slogging it out in the local stand-up comedy scene and Sharp has been working with various Theatre companies such as Make Believe Theatre, Dionysus Theatre, as well as working as a fairy.
With a successful debut at Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016, the melodramatic girls hope to continue and extend the celebration of the overactive imagination and colourful thought patterns of a female in heat.
Where: Number Twelve - 12 Bourke Street Melbourne.
When: 11th-15th & 18th-22nd of April - 10.30pm
The Castle at a brewery, Avatar in the forest, Oddball on the coast…. how's the serenity! Just in time for the school holidays and perfect for film lovers near and far (of Geelong CBD) the Otways Film Fest launches in April with a spectacular twist on outdoor cinema.
1 April – The Castle - Otway Estate
The festival kicks off 1 April at Otway Estate, screening the Australian cult classic, The Castle. Pre-screening activities include a half-hour beer master class and a talk and taste walk through the brewery. Grab a wood- fired pizza and popcorn to nibble on while taking part in the Castle Trivia competition. Don't forget to bring along your family's best Pool Room item! The best entry will receive an award at the end of the night.
7 April – Avatar - Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures are up next, with their screening of Avatar, on Friday night, 7 April. Zip in early for exclusive access to the world’s tallest Treetop Walk or book in advance for the late afternoon Ziplining Tour to really get the blood pumping! Settle in for the evening on the lush green lawn and enjoy your own picnic or goodies from the Otway Café.
22 April – Oddball - Cape Otway Lightstation
To round out the festival, the last event will be held Saturday 22 April. The Cape Otway Lightstation will be screening the family favourite, Oddball. Richard Keddie, the producer, will be in attendance with one of the amazing Maremma guardian dogs that starred in the movie. Richard will present to the audience prior to the viewing on the truth about working with children and animals and other funny stories from the set.
Tickets can be purchased via TryBooking PIAO or via the attractions websites, $15 per person or $40 for a family.
The Otways Film Fest is a Colac Otway Shire and Otway Country to Coast Tourism event, funded under a Film Victoria Regional Audience Engagement Grant and a Great Ocean Road Economic and Community Fund Grant from Regional Development Victoria and the Victorian Government.
Theatre-lovers rejoice, for Bangarra is back, baby, as GPAC prepares to open the 2017 Deakin University Theatre Season with a bang(arra)!
For anyone who hasn’t experienced - and it is an experience - the ethereal wonder of Bangarra Dance Theatre on stage, this is dance unlike anything you may have seen before. The rhythms, the movement, the play of light and sound, all seem to sink through your skin and draw you into the stories playing out on stage. It is a hair-raising, heart-thumping, visceral experience and one that will stay with you long after the lights go on and you walk back into your everyday world.
The 16-member Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander ensemble comes to Geelong to perform Terrain, the two-time Helpmann Award-winning production.
Terrain, choreographed in 2012 by Frances Rings, tells stories of the land and the people around Australia’s inland sea, Lake Eyre. Now, in its fourth remount, the production is touring regional Australia.
Bangarra’s Artistic Director, Stephen Page, says the regional tour is a crucial aspect of Bangarra’s evolution.
“Touring regionally is an invigorating time for us and we look forward to sharing this work with communities in regional Victoria and Hobart. Terrain reveals the transformative power of the landscape and is a beautiful example of Frances’ evocative dance vocabulary.”
Bangarra Dance Theatre’s regional tour of Terrain comes to Geelong on 2nd – 4th March.
Tickets are $69 or less. Nine and five-show theatre season packages are available offering significant savings on single ticket prices.
For details and bookings go to gpac.org.au/2017
Expressions of Interest are now being sought from individual artists, groups and artist collaborations to be involved in the major art event - Geelong After Dark 2017.
Geelong After Dark is now in its fourth year, with last year’s event attracting around 15,000 people and bringing the heart of the city to life with free pop-up performances, mini-exhibitions and installations.
The theme for 2017 Geelong After Dark, to be held on Friday 5 May 2017, is ‘The Sound of Light’.
Air by Eben Greaves. Photography by Ferne Millen
“This year the application categories have expanded, which is essential for emerging and established artists and to continue to grow this major cultural community event,” said Mr Brett Luxford, General Manager - Investment & Attraction, City of Greater Geelong.
The 2017 categories include:
Category 1: $200 - $500 (up to 25 projects will be selected)
Category 2: $1500 - $2000 (up to 5 projects will be selected)
Category 3: $3000 - $5000 (up to 3 projects will be selected)
“We are looking for performers and artists to get involved with this one-night-only event next year. Now is the time to express your interest and be a part of this night of discovery of arts,” said the City's General Manager of Investment & Attraction, Brett Luxford.
Photography by Ferne Millen
Geelong After Dark is a curated event, encouraging artists to submit proposals for a short performance, installation or concept to be located across the Geelong city centre. The event is a project of the City of Greater Geelong produced by the Arts & Culture Department in partnership with Diversitat as the Creative Producer.
The Metropolis Gallery has a season of treats and delights for the senses and soul in store, and a few special gift ideas as well.
Metropolis Christmas Show
Until 24 December
The Metropolis Christmas Show runs right up till Christmas Eve with stunning collections of paintings and etchings, exquisite art glass, unique jewellery and handcrafted timber jewellery boxes. Original works of art make lasting gifts and this Christmas Show is a must-see if you’re searching for a special gift idea.
Metropolis Gallery is open weekdays 9am - 5pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm and will remain open till 6.30 Friday 23 December and until 4pm on Christmas Eve. The gallery will reopen on 4 January.
Metropolis Gallery Summer Salon
7 January to 28 February
Metropolis will kick off the New Year with a salon-style exhibition of gallery artists featuring Adrian Lockhart, Miriam Innes, Sisca Verwoert, Steve Salo, Stella Clark, Mark Cairns, Heather Stewart, Susan Sutton and more. Also on offer are some fine collectable works by Rick Amor, Charles Blackman, Sybil Craig, Graham Fransella, David Larwill, Michael Leunig, Lionel Lindsay, John Olsen, Marco Luccio, Lloyd Rees, and Eric Thake.
The National Wool Museum is again hosting the Geelong by Nature photography competition and is inviting photographers of all ages and abilities to put the focus on nature and show us life through your lens.
Photographers are welcome to submit an original photograph showcasing our local wildlife, with all entries on show at the NWM from 14 January to 14 May 2017.
Winners and a highly commended will be chosen in two categories: Open and Young Photographer (17 years-old and under).
Judging this year are:
Michael Brand (Educator - Gordon Graphic Design and Visual Arts departments of the Gordon TAFE)
Diane Luscombe (Senior Waterways and Wetlands Officer at the City of Greater Geelong, She has been a keen amateur photographer 35 + years)
Dr Anne Wilson (Lecturer, Art and Performance, School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University)
Dr Sean Loughrey (PhD at Victorian College of the Arts & Music, University of Melbourne and has been involved in exhibitions and collaborative projects for artist-run spaces and publicly funded galleries since 1988)
R Misquitta (Barwon River Duck)
How to enter
Your entry must include:
Your full name, email address, postal address and contact number [age if entering Young Photographer].
One high quality digital image, between 1-2MB, as a JPEG or TIFF file.
Entries Close: 1 January 2017
Winner Announced: 14 January 2017 – at the launch of Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
Exhibition dates: 14 January 2017 – 14 May 2017
GPAC’s 2017 Deakin University Theatre Season was launched last night as actor/comedian Colin Lane - who recently starred in the Hannie Rayson play Extinction at GPAC - returned to host Geelong’s highly anticipated theatre season launch.
The season will begin with iconic Australian company Bangarra Dance Theatre’s spectacular work Terrain, transporting us to Lake Eyre and exploring what it means to connect to country.
New Australian work continues with Coranderrk from Ilbijerri/Belvoir an important story from our neglected Indigenous history, starring Trevor Jamieson.
Melbourne Theatre Company will return with two absolute must-see works - Minnie & Liraz by Lally Katz, featuring a fabulous cast including theatre veteran Nancy Hayes AM - and What Rhymes with Cars and Girls by Aidan Fennessy with the music of Tim Rogers.
The groundbreaking Malthouse/Melbourne Festival production Hello, Goodbye and Happy Birthday by Roslyn Oades will also be a highlight.
The State Theatre Company of SA will return to Geelong with the Australian classic The Popular Mechanicals, and Queensland’s shake and stir theatre co will present its latest take on another classic, the blood-curdling Dracula.
Tasmanian Theatre Company will visit for the first time with a new work from the USA - Bakersfield Mist with John Wood and Julie Nihill.
And GPAC is thrilled to welcome back from New York Nilaja Sun with her new production Pike St.
GPAC also announced that Opera Australia will be performing The Marriage of Figaro in 2017, featuring the Geelong Youth Choir.
Nine and five-show theatre season packages are available offering significant savings on single ticket prices. For details and bookings go to gpac.org.au
Deakin University and local collaborative organisation Creative Geelong Inc have partnered with a leading television documentary producer on a new research project that aims to tell the stories of Geelong’s industrial sites currently undergoing creative transformations.
The project is currently seeking crowd-funding via a Pozible campaign, and as of yesterday was 86 per cent funded with the all or nothing December 6 deadline looming.
Hubcaps to Creative Hubs would see Deakin University researchers, Dr Fiona Gray and Dr Cristina Garduño Freeman, work with Creative Geelong Inc and the local creative industries community to document the inspiration, stories and places of the people driving the reinvented maker culture of Geelong.
According to Dr Gray, Hubcaps to Creative Hubs is a living history research project that will paint a picture of what Geelong was, is and will be.
“The films will focus on three of Geelong’s former industrial sites that are currently undergoing a creative transformation: the Old Paper Mills in Fyansford, the Returned Soldiers and Sailors Woollen and Worsted Mills in Newtown; and the Federal Woollen Mills in North Geelong,” Dr Gray said.
Inside the old paper mills at Fyansford. Photo by Donna Squire
These films will be shot and produced by director and program developer, Nicholas Searle, who has recently worked on Australia’s biggest factual formats, including Grand Designs Australia, River Cottage Australia, and reality television series The Recruit. Once completed, the films will encourage further investment in the local creative industries sector and provide broadcast-quality marketing material for the region to help promote and strengthen the local economy.
According to Creative Geelong Inc President, Jennifer Cromarty, Geelong has an active and vibrant creative industries community and partnering with Deakin University for this project is one step in growing awareness of the burgeoning creative industries sector in the region.
“We are, and always will be makers. Geelong’s history is rich in inventiveness, innovation and making things. Creative industries include activities associated with software and interactive content, film, TV and radio, publishing, architecture, visual arts and design, advertising, public relations and marketing services, and music and the performing arts. The role of creative industries in our region is helping shape our future,” Ms Cromarty said.
Do you love oohing and aahing over the hidden family treasures, or wincing in sympathy when a treasure turns out to be anything but? Then you won't want to miss Tales From the Antiques Roadshow live on stage at GPAC in January.
Three of the show's most familiar faces - Hilary Kay, Paul Atterbury and Ronnie Archer-Morgan - tell their own personal stories and share some joyous behind the scenes tales as part of a tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of the beloved BBC show. Previously unseen footage will be screened and theatre audiences will share some of the excitement of the fabulous filming locations.
Tales from the Antiques Roadshow will take us on a unique journey behind the cameras to discover how the award-winning television series is created. See the most valuable and bizarre objects on screen as the experts remember the tears and laughter of the show’s extraordinary history.
One show only - Sunday 15 January at The Playhouse
Children under 2 free on lap.
Chopin by Candlelight
Geelong music lovers will be treated to a unique opportunity to hear from one of the world’s most talented pianists when Piers Lane performs Chopin By Candlelight in the intimate setting of the drama theatre at GPAC.
One of Australia’s most internationally acclaimed pianists, and artistic director of both the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Sydney International Piano Competition, Piers has performed in the world’s great concert halls, attracting remarkable reviews for his brilliant and sensitive performances.
Chopin By Candlelight will enthral audiences with a breathtaking selection of music from the popular Romantic composer, performed in the beautiful glow of candlelight.
The concert features a variety of works, including Fantasie in F minor Op. 49, Etude in E major Op 10. No. 3 (Tristesse), Bacarolle Op. 60, and Polonaise in F sharp minor.
For bookings call GPAC on 5225 1200 or visit www.gpac.org.au
Until 28 September
Don't miss the final week of Three Dimensional Wonders as art@wintergarden celebrates its fifth annual Sculpture Exhibition this month, introducing new exhibitors alongside some of the gallery’s favourite sculptors.
Works include substantial pieces in bronze, steel and limestone, unusual glass and construction works and some classics in clay and wood by artists including Leonie Amerena, Graeme Bentley, Jacinta Leitch, Robyn Mackay and Gregor Wallace.
5 - 8 October
Race, religion and identity in America - these are some of the most contentious issues shaping debate in the United States today, but are they good choices for dinner party conversation? This is the premise of Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama and this compelling piece of modern theatre presented by the Melbourne Theatre Company is the finale of the 2016 Deakin Theatre Season at GPAC.
Amir, played by Hazem Shammas has everything everyone is supposed to want in America today. He is about to make partner at is New York law firm, he lives in a spacious Upper East Side apartment with is beautiful artist wife Emily, played by Kat Stewart. The couple have invited a colleague of Amir and her husband over for a dinner party. Jory's husband, Isaac, is an art dealer, and both couples have many common interests. But the thing about conflict in America is that it's everywhere, and when some of the conversation turns to some of the sources of those conflicts, what should have been an enjoyable evening quickly deteriorates.
Chekhov observed that lives can be destroyed during an event as mundane as a dinner party, and Ayad Akhtar brings this observation on to the stage in intense and absorbing style.
For tickets and show information visit gpac.org.au
Friday 7th at 8.00pm and Saturday 8th October at 2pm & 8.00pm
Potato Shed, Drysdale
If you love country music you will love this new production currently touring Australia. Always...Patsy Cline by Ted Swindley is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer. The show is based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a friendship with Cline until her death.
This musical combines humour, emotion and 27 Patsy Cline’s songs including many of her unforgettable hits such as I Fall to Pieces , Sweet Dreams, Crazy, Walkin' After Midnight and She's Got You. A treat for anyone who remembers Cline whilst providing a whole new generation of country music lovers an idea of what seeing her was like and what she meant to her original fans.
Directed by Denny Lawrence, the production stars award-winning country music sensation including a Top Ten ARIA, Courtney Conway as Patsy Cline (and popular stage actor Mandi Lodge (Just The Ticket, Menopause The Musical and Dumped! The Musical) as Louise Seger.
Melbourne artist Kay Beynon is the winner of the 2016 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Gallery’s acquisitive award for contemporary painting.
Beynon’s narrative-rich, skilfully executed painting Graveyard scene/the beauty and sadness of bones 2014–15 is based on a scene from An-Li: a Chinese ghost tale and portrays the supernatural story of two young spirits who traverse opposing worlds: one aquatic, the other earthly.
The prize-winning work is the first by Beynon to be acquired by Geelong Gallery and reveals an interest in connections between mother and child, ancestral spirits, and the cycle of life and death.
Beynon, who emigrated to Australia from Hong Kong at the age of four, said personal references in the highly symbolic work include a bowl from her late maternal Chinese grandmother, with a phoenix as auspicious sign of transformation.
“The lion-dogs—protective guardian animals—relate to my Chinese zodiac year, while oranges as offerings reflect Buddhist ancestors.
“Although melancholy, there are signs of hope and healing. An-Li holds a heart sprouting like a vegetable, while a lotus flower unexpectedly blooms. Being able to germinate after a thousand years dormant, lotus seeds signify a connection to the earth and possible future beginnings.”
The 2016 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize received more than 550 entries from around Australia, with 33 works shortlisted for exhibition. The three judges were Victoria Lynn, Director, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Jason Smith, Director, Geelong Gallery, and Lisa Sullivan, Curator, Geelong Gallery.
“[The winning] work is highly refined in its pictorial organisation of interrelating forms and striking interactive colour, and quietly but exceptionally powerful in its poignant reflections on death, mourning, earthly life and the spiritual realm,” Jason Smith said on behalf of the panel.
“Kate’s touching interpretation of the Chinese ghost tale of An-Li has an emotional resonance with the images and stories of loss and grieving with which we are surrounded in a contemporary world: one in which conflict, terror and instability are counterpointed by the enduring beauty and resilience of nature and generosity of spirit.”
The Geelong Contemporary Art Prize is sponsored by the Dimmick Charitable Trust and assists with the development of the Gallery’s collection while supporting Australian artists and contemporary painting practice in general.
The winning work and other entries will be on display at Geelong Gallery until Sunday 13 November.
After hours at Geelong Gallery
View the Geelong Gallery’s collection in a different way during spring and summer with After Hours. Enjoy a guest DJ and pop-up wine and pizza bar at dusk on the first Friday of every month until the end of summer.
14 – 17 September
In a joyfully frenetic whirlwind of a show, join Ian Stenlake, Pia Mirana and Grant Piro on this high speed, mad-cap, transcontinental race against the clock in the Jules Verne classic, Around The World In 80 Days.
Victorian invention takes centre stage, as the trio navigate sea storms, police chases and elephant rides on their way around the globe.
The story begins with a bank robbery by a mysterious figure. Then we are introduced to Phileas Fogg, honest-looking, well-turned out and with good teeth who proclaims before his fellow members of a London gentleman’s club that he can circumnavigate the globe in a mere 80 days. He goes forth on his adventure accompanied by his newly acquired valet, Mr Passepartout. Hot in their pursuit is Detective Fix of Scotland Yard, who thinks that Fogg is the man who robbed the bank.
With a style that incorporates classic farce, theatrical storytelling and silliness, combined with the great age of industrial invention, you will be crying with laughter at this joyful penultimate offering of GPAC’s 2016 Deakin Theatre Season.
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GPAC's 2016 Deakin University Theatre Season - 17 – 20 August
The next instalment in the GPAC’s 2016 Deakin University Theatre Season is Winyahboga Yurringa.
Six Aboriginal Women. On Country. Their attempts to connect with land and each other; thwarted by arguments about identity, beauty, boyfriends and a cyber invasion by race hate bloggers. Guided by their Auntie/Sister/Cousin Neecy, the women eventually discover that this isn’t any old camping trip and that their connection to country and each other runs deeper than they could ever have imagined.
Written and directed by Yorta Yorta/Kurnai woman Andrea James, Winyanboga Yurringa is inspired by Hyllus Maris and Sonia Borg’s iconic Women of the Sun and the provocative imagery of Wathaurong artist Bindi Cole.
True, poetic, sometimes crude and often humorous; this enthralling piece of modern Australian theatre takes the intergenerational pulse of Aboriginal women today to expose the complexity and beauty of women’s business and our enduring connection to country.
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If words are your thing, keep the weekend of 18-20 November free for Australia's largest festival to showcase non-fiction literature, writing and ideas.
This year's Word for Word Non-Fiction Festival, presented by Geelong Regional Libraries in partnership with Deakin University and the City of Greater Geelong, will be held at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre – a fitting celebration for the Centre’s first anniversary.
The full festival program will be released in October, but to keep up with all the festival news and program announcements, subscribe to the Word for Word Festival e-newsletter at http://www.wordforwordfestival.com.au/about/
Queenscliff’s Seaview Gallery is showing for the first time works by award-winning figurative artist Trisha Lambi, known for her bold and sensuous, yet haunting, nudes. Trisha has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally and was named a Zone winner in the London Olympics 2012 Art Show and selected as one of the Best Picks for Painting in the 2013 Dubai International Emerging Artist Award.
Seaview is also showing “bright and bold”new works from the Bellarine Peninsula’s Sara Paxton and beautiful, whimsical pieces from The Tweed Valley’s Christine Robinson.
Entries close Friday 26 August, 5pm
Australia’s renowned Archibald Prize for portraiture was established with a bequest from Jules Francois Archibald, co-founder and editor of the iconic Bulletin. Marking Archibald’s connection to Geelong (he was born in Geelong West in 1856), the Who’s who portrait prize aims to inspire young artists to celebrate local or regional identities, their personal histories and achievements through portraiture.
The prize attracts hundreds of entries from students across the region and features portraits of local heroes from sporting identities and community leaders to teachers and family members. Selected entries will be exhibited in the Geelong Gallery from 17 September – 9 October, with more published in the Geelong Advertiser during the exhibition.
To enter, click the link below: