Writing the war: personal stories from WWI

Writing the war: personal stories from WWI

from August 30, 2017 @ 9:00 AM until October 11, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

Nurse, bank clerk, farmer, sports master, journalist, artist, activist – encounter seven ordinary Australians and hear their extraordinary stories of war in this moving exhibition tracing WWI through personal accounts.

Between 2015 to 2017 this landmark exhibition will appear at the State Library and 12 public libraries throughout Victoria.

Explore many perspectives on WWI, from private correspondence with anxious families and friends back home, to powerful outcries seeking to sway public opinion about the war effort.  Hear female perspectives on the horrors from the frontlines, and see everyday life as a soldier captured on camera.  Long before Facebook posts and Skype calls, Australians serving during WWI shared their experiences through letters, diaries and photographs sent to loved ones.  Watch, listen to and feel the power of those words brought to life through film and audio presentations.

Further information contact 51524225.

Venue: Bairnsdale Library, 22 Service Street, Bairnsdale 

Leongatha Country Group: 30 Years of Needle & Thread Exhibition

Leongatha Country Group: 30 Years of Needle & Thread Exhibition

from August 31, 2017 @ 10:00 AM until September 02, 2017 @ 2:30 PM

Embroiderers Guild, Victoria will be displaying all types of embroidery both traditional & contemporary, surface embroidery, pulled & drawn thread, metalthread work, stumpwork, beading, quilts & a large Christmas display.

A special feature will be the Group's 2015 Johnston Collection items.

Several Lucky Door prizes each day.

Venue: Uniting Church, 16 Peart Street, Leongatha

Thu 31 Aug 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 1 Sep 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 2 Sep 2017, 9:30am–2:30pm

Drawn Together

Drawn Together

from August 31, 2017 @ 10:00 AM until September 30, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
East Gippsland Art Gallery

Participants at Come and get your ART ON, together with PollyannaR and East Gippsland Art Gallery, teamed up to create a community arts project where everyone became the artist. 

Participants were invited to draw shapes, patterns, words, or anything they like onto small pieces of perspex using specialist Paint Markers.  Guest artist, PollyannaR, known for creating the world’s longest photograph, took photos of the participating artists with their artworks and these are now exhibiting in ‘Drawn Together’.

The Arts Wellbeing Collective Roadshow-Bairnsdale

The Arts Wellbeing Collective Roadshow-Bairnsdale

August 31, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Forge Theatre and Arts Hub

This event will consist of an amalgamation of key modules from across the workshops presented as part of the Arts Wellbeing Collective Pilot Program, including Creative People Management, resilience, communication and identity in the performing arts.  Managers, team members, front of house, back of house, crew, artists, and performers are all welcome.

The Arts Wellbeing Collective is an Arts Centre Melbourne initiative, delivered in partnership with Entertainment Assist.  The Arts Wellbeing Collective comprises a consortium of Victorian arts and cultural organisations whose shared vision is to effect better mental health and wellbeing for Victorian performing arts workers.

Thanks to the generosity of the Willian Buckland Foundation, Arts Centre Melbourne will be taking the Arts Wellbeing Collective program on the road to six regional hubs during 2017.  

The Coodabeen Champions Live

The Coodabeen Champions Live

August 31, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
Forge Theatre and Arts Hub

The Coodabeen Champions are taking their show on the road - to regional Victoria and beyond, through July and August this year.

Following their successful 35th Anniversary tour of 2015, the Coodabeens are heading far and wide to bring their unique mix of fun and footy to the people that matter most - their loyal fans.  

Glimpses by Sharyn Madder and Beatrice Magalotti

Glimpses by Sharyn Madder and Beatrice Magalotti

from September 01, 2017 @ 10:00 AM until September 29, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Meeniyan Art Gallery

Sharyn Madder has worked for many years as a free-lance education/natural history artist for such organisations as Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Museum, the Gould League, Parks Victoria, The Marine Discovery Centre, Vox Bandicoot and for many and various local councils, publishers and individuals.

She has illustrated many educational texts as part of this work.  This interest in the natural environment continues and remains the main focus of her work.  Many hours are spent drawing around the coastal areas of South Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula.  Sharyn exhibits regularly in local community shows and is involved with the 'Alphington Open Studios’ artist’s group

Using skills formed in pursuit of familiar domestic crafts, Beatrice Magalotti is bringing to the fore traditional techniques in a contemporary manner, highlighting the work of women through centuries of domestic toil.  Beatrice’s ceramic napkins defy the rigidity of the fired form and float delicately above the table they once graced.  By appropriating the notion and use of embroidery there is playfulness where the floating napkins take on a metaphor of life.

Floating through time and space a discarded beauty, made by an unknown woman, is repurposed and brought to the present within a contemporary context.  Evident in Beatrice’s ceramic work is a discrete reference to age, explored through varied tints.  Her work reflects the discoloration of once treasured and lovingly embroidered fabrics, fading through time.  In her sculptural series exploring crochet, Beatrice hints at the invisible woman, the identity of the maker.  The identity of women across generations is referenced in the spaces between the stitches.


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