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Gippsland Print Award 2017

Gippsland Print Award 2017

from September 02, 2017 @ 10:00 AM until November 19, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Gippsland Art Gallery - Sale

The Gippsland Art Gallery’s biennial celebration of printmaking returns in 2017.

The Gippsland Print Award — introduced in 2015 — is an open entry award exhibition that showcases the ingenuity and creativity of artists and this marvellously enduring medium.

The Gippsland Print Award is a $5,000 prize for printmaking open to all artists living and working in Australia, for prints that have been completed since September 2015. The winning work will be automatically acquired by the Gippsland Art Gallery.

Meg Viney - Sipapu: A Cultural Form

Meg Viney - Sipapu: A Cultural Form

from September 21, 2017 @ 9:00 AM until November 13, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
Gippsland Art Gallery - Maffra

Gippsland-based artist Meg Viney is influenced by Native American Culture.  After living and working in North America for fifteen years, she returned to Australia and her own culture with a deep understanding of human spiritualism, particularly that so evident in tribal cultures.  This remains the focus of Meg’s work.

Her inspiration for this exhibition comes from the Hopi Indians who believe that they were underground dwellers, and were 'born' when a Shrike (bird with sharp beak) pecked a hole in the earth's surface and they were able to emerge.  It is understood that they lived in kivas, underground dwellings which were lit by fire.  In time, they also created above ground dwellings.  However, the shaman (spiritual leader) remained in the kiva. A tribesperson wishing to see the shaman would descend though this hole, which, due to the fire, was smoke-filled.  The descent through this SIPAPU symbolised the transition from the secular to the sacred world and emergence symbolised a new life.

Meg says, “The Sipapu became, for me, a wonderful symbol for containment, a concept central to my work. One is held and nurtured, close to Nature.”

Songwriters Storytellers Stratford

Songwriters Storytellers Stratford

from September 22, 2017 @ 6:30 PM until November 24, 2017 @ 9:00 PM
September 22, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
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Stratford Courthouse

The Stratford Singer songwriters is a wonderful free evening of entertainment featuring the best of live locally written music.

Kicking off at 6.30 pm with a licensed bar and cafe open until 9pm.  All welcome.



from October 12, 2017 @ 10:00 AM until November 07, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Courthouse Gallery - Yarram

Textiles Exhibition by textile artist Cheryl Kane.

The official opening will be held on 13 October from 6 til 7:30 PM.

The Rhythms of Ireland - 10 Year Anniversary Tour

The Rhythms of Ireland - 10 Year Anniversary Tour

October 19, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre

Following the highly-successful and critically acclaimed previous sell-out Australian and World Tour’s, Ireland’s most celebrated and elite company of dancers, THE RHYTHMS OF IRELAND, return with their awe-inspiring and innovative production to Australia.

THE RHYTHMS OF IRELAND has been seen by over two-million worldwide amassing an unsurpassed reputation of their “stunning executed performances”.  The incomparable quality and pure unadulterated spectacle of their work perfectly blends the ancient traditions of Irish dance and music with the innovative and flawlessly choreographed production values of contemporary Irish excellence.

Experience a spectacular evening of traditional Irish dance, music and song enhanced by stunning costumes, lighting and sound.

Birdcage Thursdays

Birdcage Thursdays

October 21, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
Stratford Courthouse

By Sandra Fiona Long, Presented by La Mama Mobile, with project partner For the Crowded House.

What is hoarding? Why can’t it just be ‘cleaned up’?

Genevieve Picot features alongside Sophia Constantine in this new Australian work about Hoarding.

Performed in the round to a physical rhythm of telephone calls, bird calls, lawn bowls and dance moves, within a transforming interactive set by award winning installation artists Joanne Mott, an ageing mother resists her adult daughter every step of the way towards an important inspection.

Birdcage Thursdays takes a theatrically innovative and tragicomic look at the issue of hoarding and some of the complexities around communication across services and the families of those who hoard.

‘Her script is wonderful, a well-paced and managed story as familiar as it felt original. This was not a play about hoarding, but a play about the characters, and we cared.’


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