The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-19T03:54:37Z STUDENTS SHOWCASE HEAVEN-SENT TALENT 2017-06-19T03:54:37Z students-showcase-heaven-sent-talent Australia’s next generation of stage and screen stars will be shining at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) mid-year showcase from 21-23 June 2017, at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art in Brisbane. Over three nights, ACPA students will perform various works under the banner of ‘Heaven & Earth’, exploring what happens when the earth moves us to passion and makes promises of heavenly rewards - who will hold our hand and what will hold us back? ACPA CEO, Dr Dimitri Kopanakis, said the showcase will allow students to experience performing for an audience in a professional venue. “We provide an excellent vocational education that is industry-relevant, with a strong emphasis on public performances to build confidence,” Dr Kopanakis said. "Our mid-year showcase is not only an opportunity for students’ families to watch their progress, but also for ACPA’s corporate and community supporters to see how they’re helping our students to shine. “The showcase is open to the general public too, and we hope Brisbane theatre goers will come to all three shows and enjoy a unique performance experience,” he said. ACPA is Australia’s only training centre offering courses that incorporate all performing arts genres, including classes dedicated to Indigenous cultural fusion. Each night a different genre will be featured. Wednesday 21 June – Melodies from Heaven II Australia’s most talented First Nations performers will sing acapella, solo and ensemble interpretations of African American gospel music. Thursday 22 June – Lovers Anonymous A hilarious and poignant portrayal of young lovers as they break up, make up, and give up on the L word.  Friday 23 June – The Clutch and Fur & Feathers Loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Ugly Duckling’, The Clutch explores the fragile struggle between independent identity and group power. Fur and Feathers is a journey back through time, dancing with the energies of the land through the spirits of the Kangaroo and the Emu. All performances commence at 7.30 pm. Tickets are available from Qtix - $15 for adults and $10 concession.   Event details What:   Heaven & Earth mid-year student showcase When:  Wed-Fri 21-23 June 2017, 7.30 pm Where: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art, 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley Tickets: $15 adults; $10 concession. http://judithwrightcentre.com/event/heaven_earth Melbourne Magic Festival Reaches a Decade 2017-06-19T00:40:41Z melbourne-magic-festival-reaches-a-decade This July marks a significant birthday for all things trickery and illusion with the 10th Annual Melbourne Magic Festival coming to our shores – or at the very least, our pavements. Melbourne loves a good festival whether it be Wine and Cheese, Comedy, Mind Body & Spirit, Truffles, Drag Queens or even Chocolate. So it’s no surprise we are currently seeing anticipation levels approaching those of Tony Abbott’s fall from grace, or the legalisation of gay marriage – we’ll get there Australia! The Melbourne Magic Festival kicks into action on July 3 at the Northcote Town Hall, running through to July 15. And as well as 60 local magicians, the festival includes a range of special guests from overseas including E G Lee from South Korea, Dani Da Ortiz from Spain and Joshua Jay from the USA (yes it rhymes, people). In 2016, the Festival broke the world record for the longest ever magic show, with 20 magicians collaborating to provide more than 72 hours of non-stop magic! The previous year, Wayne Houchin perpetuated the stereotype that all Americans are crazy by hanging from his feet from a crane 100 feet in the air, while escaping from a straight jacket. Image: from event website It's anyone’s guess what 2017 will bring, but one thing’s for sure, there will be plenty of amazed audiences and a whole lot of gaping mouths! A couple of shows that have caught our eye come from two Melbourne magicians, one young and one not so young. Nicholas J Johnson is known in the industry as the “honest conman” and has been uncovering the secret of how to cheat, lie and swindle…without getting caught! He has over 20 years’ experience in the trickery game, and in that time has become an award winning magician and best-selling author. "I love the festival”, Nicholas stated in a recent chat. “Magicians don't often get to work with each other and so it's a pleasure to be able to join together to create magic as a team." His 2017 show, The Confidence Artist, is basically a crash course in con artistry. Be enthralled as Nicholas shows why people still fall for the oldest tricks in the book, and provides tips that you can easily use on your own mates. For those of you who missed the Comedy Festival, this show is sure to deliver plenty of laughs! Another performer making waves is Bayside magician Josh Staley. At only 20 years, he has already performed in 4 previous Melbourne festivals and won the Australian Junior Champion of Close Up Magic. Like Nicholas, he integrates comedy into his shows, and is very passionate. “I just want to perform; magic is close to my heart but I like to make people laugh too”, Staley said. “Magic is about creating a moment in time, where something truly impossible takes place, that you'll never forget witnessing.” At 9.30pm each night, the festival reaches its peak with The Best of the Magic Fest. Hosted by Nicholas, it features an array of both local and international magicians doing their thing, and is a great way to get up close and personal. So drop your hat (or pull a rabbit from it) and get on down to the Northcote Town Hall this July! Conscious Club Presents Happiness with Dr Saamdu Chetri 2017-06-15T07:29:05Z conscious-club-presents-happiness-with-dr-saamdu-chetri Sydney, 15 June 2017: On Wednesday 28th June, Conscious Club, Australia’s leading community for positive causes, will welcome Dr Saamdu Chetri, the Director of The Gross National Happiness Centre of Bhutan, to their June event at Bondi Pavilion.   According to science, happiness occurs when chemicals like endorphins, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin are released.   Dr Saamdu Chetri, however, defines happiness as “living in harmony with nature, living in harmony and balance with others around you and being in touch with yourself and your own wisdom.”   Since 1971, the country of Bhutan has prioritised its citizen’s happiness over economic growth. In the last 20 years Bhutan has doubled life expectancy, enrolled almost 100% of its children in primary school and overhauled its infrastructure.   Bhutan citizens meditate once a day, conserve traditional values rather than accumulate materialistic things, care for their environment, remain carbon neutral, ensure 60% of their landmass remains under forest cover, protect their wildlife, care as much for their neighbours as they do for their immediate families and all educational facilities are green.   Conscious Club Co-Founder Gary Gorrow will be interviewing Dr Chetri and exploring how happiness can create the conditions for social, economic, environmental, psychological and spiritual wellbeing.    Key event details:   What: The Conscious Club’s Happiness event with guest speaker Dr Saamdu Chetri. When: Wednesday 28 June 2017 Where: Bondi Pavilion Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach, NSW, Australia Tickets: $79.00 (optional delicious vegan gluten-free meal for $15) available online at https://consciousclub.iwannaticket.com.au/event/happiness-MTI5MDU What else? Deliciously refreshing locally made kombucha will be provided by Trolley’d, Sydney’s first bar embracing the qualities of sustainability, native Australian, foraged and local organic produce. Nourishing goodies will also be provided by Loving Earth chocolates.   Media: For interviews, information or images, contact Sarah Thompson at GoodFit Global: sarah@goodfitglobal.com or 0420 892 450.   Talent available: Dr Saamdu  Chetri – Director of The Gross National Happiness Centre Bhutan. Conscious Club Founder Gary Gorrow (volunteer) -  http://garygorrow.com Voluntary CEO Clair Jennifer (volunteer) -  https://www.linkedin.com/in/clair-jennifer-b4a15b12/?ppe=1   About Conscious Club   Conscious Club are a community of thinkers, storytellers, community partners and friends who celebrate the enlightened side of life. A non-profit organization, it was founded in Australia by two leading meditation teachers, Gary Gorrow and Tim Brown, with entrepreneur Clair Jennifer as the voluntary CEO.   The collective mission is pure; to create a movement of likeminded people, to inspire them to Do Good for themselves, each other and the earth by spreading conscious messages throughout. This is achieved by building the community through social media outreach and creating regular inspiring events and films.   Conscious Club’s regular events artfully weave together an upbeat social connection time during a nourishing healthy meal. A group meditation is held to lift and spread the collective energy, renown inspirational speakers share their enriching knowledge and stories, musicians play soul-stirring music, and thought-provoking films are screened, forging a sense of camaraderie amongst guests. Global influencers who have appeared at Conscious Club include Deepak Chopra, Jamie Durie, Ronnie Kahn and Sarah Wilson along with artists and musicians like Xavier Rudd and Ben Lee.   What makes the Conscious Club special is its community. The club is free to join, everyone is welcome and it’s where great friendships are ignited. Conscious Club connects humans on the same mission and path in life - living life less ordinary.   Join the conversation with Conscious Club online:   Conscious Club website www.consciousclub.com Instagram Conscious Club https://www.instagram.com/consciousclub/ Facebook Conscious Club https://www.facebook.com/TheConsciousClub/ Twitter Conscious Club https://twitter.com/the_consc_club/ Youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/ConsciousClub International Surrealism Now and the New World Order at PO.RO.S Museum 2017-06-13T21:17:29Z international-surrealism-now-and-the-new-world-order-at-po-ro-s-museum Coimbra, Portugal, 13/06/2017 - September 17th of 2017 will host a new edition of the International Surrealism Now at the Multimedia P.O.R.O.S. Museum, in the village of Condeixa-a-Nova, in Portugal.  The "International Surrealism Now" began in 2010 in Coimbra, when Santiago Ribeiro conceived a major exhibition organized by Bissaya Barreto Foundation. International Surrealism Now is a project by Santiago Ribeiro, Portuguese surrealist painter, who has been dedicated to promoting the Surrealism of the 21st century, through exhibitions held in various parts of the world: Berlin, Moscow, Dallas, Los Angeles, Mississippi, Warsaw, Nantes, Paris, Florence, Madrid, Granada, Barcelona, Lisbon, Belgrade, Monte Negro, Romania, Japan and Brazil. Surrealism now is the union of visionary, surrealist, abstract, fantastic realism art movements. The exhibition is composed of works of drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and digital art. Currently, participating in the International Surrealism Now 105 artists from 48 countries: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam. Artists: Achraf Baznani, Morocco / Agim Meta, Spain / Aissa Mammasse, Algeria / Alvaro Mejias, Venezuela /Ana Araújo, Portugal / Ana Neamu, Romania / Ana Pilar Morales, Spain / Anna Plavinskaya, Russian / US / Andrew Baines, Australia / Asier Guerrero Rico (Dio), Spain / Brigid Marlin, UK / Bien Banez, Philippines / Can Emed, Turkey / Cătălin Precup, Romania / Cristian Townsend, Australia / Conor Walton, Ireland / Cynthia Tom, China-USA / Dag Samsund, Denmark / Daila Lupo, Italy / Dan Neamu, Romania / Daniel Chirac, Romania / Daniel Hanequand, Canada / Daniele Gori, Italy / Delphine Cencig, France / Dean Fleming, USA / Domen Lo, Slovenia / Edgar Invoker, Russia / Efrat Cybulkiewicz, Venezuela / Egill Eibsen, Iceland / Erik Heyninck, Belgium / Ettore Aldo Del Vigo, Italy / Farhad Jafari, Iran / France Garrido, USA / Francisco Urbano, Portugal / Graça Bordalo Pinheiro, Portugal / Graszka Paulska, Poland / Gromyko Semper, Philippines / Gyuri Lohmuller, Romania / Hector Pineda, Mexico / Hector Toro, Colombia / Henrietta Kozica, Sweden / Hugues Gillet, France / Isabel Meyrelles, Portugal / Iwasaki Nagi, Japan / James Skelton, UK / Jay Garfinkle, USA / Jay Paul Vonkoffler, American-Argentine / Jimah St, Nigeria / João Duarte, Portugal / Joe MacGown, USA / Keith Wigdor, USA / Leo Wijnhoven, Netherlands / Leo Plaw, Germany / Liba WS, France / Lubomír Štícha, Republic Czech / Ludgero Rolo, Portugal / Lv Shang, China / Maciej Hoffman, Poland / Magi Calhoun, USA / Marnie Pitts, UK / Maria Aristova, Russia / Mario Devcic, Croatia / Martina Hoffman, Germany / Mathias Böhm, Germany / Mehriban Efendi, Azerbaijan / Naiker Roman, Cuba-Spain / Nazareno Stanislau, Brazil / Nikolina Petolas, Croatia / Nipon Jungkina, Thailand / Octavian Florescu, Canada / Oleg Korolev, Russia / Olesya Novik, Russia / Olga Caldas, France / Olga Spiegel, USA / Oshi Rabin, American-Israeli / Otto Rapp, Austria / Paula Rosa, Portugal / Paulo Cunha, Canada / Pedro Diaz Cartes, Chile / Penny Golledge, UK / Philippe Pelletier, France / Ruben Cukier, Argentine-Israeli / Rudolf Boelee, New Zealand / Sabina Nore, Austria / Saim Ghazi, Pakistan / Sampo Kaikkonen, Finland / Santiago Ribeiro, Portugal / Sergey Tyukanov, Russia / Shahla Rosa, USA / Shoji Tanaka, Japan / Shan Zhulan, China / Sio Shisio, Indonesia / Slavko Krunic, Serbia / Snežana Petrović, Serbia / Sônia Menna Barreto , Brazil / Steve Smith, USA / Stuart Griggs, UK / Svetlana Kislyachenko, Ukraine / Tatomir Pitariu, USA / Ton Haring, Netherlands / Victor Lages, Portugal / Vu Huyen Thuong, Vietnam / Yamal Din, Morocco-Spain / Yuri Tsvetaev, Russia / Zoltan Ducsai, Hungary / Zoran Velimanovic, Serbia. More information can be found here: http://oneiricrealism.com/category/international-surrealism-now/ SOURCE: International Surrealism Now  Malek Jandali "Musician of the Revolution" to participate in national Refugee Week, Australia 2017-06-10T14:07:44Z media-alert-syrian-composer-amp-humanitarian-malek-jandali-to-participate-in-national-refugee-week-2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: It is an honour for Brave Media to announce the first Australian visit of award winning Syrian-American composer, pianist and humanitarian activist, Malek Jandali, who will participate in a series of engagements during National Refugee Week in Australia (16-25 June) by special arrangement with Soul b Music and Pianos for Peace. German born, Syrian-American composer and pianist Malek Jandali  is a leading figure in today’s music world. He has used the power of music to impact the international community. Beyond Syria and the Middle-East, he has been described as: “the Musician of the Revolution’ and following the Arab Spring, was one of the first artists abroad to speak out against the Assad regime and state oppression. Malek is a member of the Recording Academy and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He was honoured with the 2013 GUSI International Peace Prize and the 2014 Global Music Humanitarian Award for his ongoing world tour The Voice of the Free Syrian Children and dedication to peace and humanitarian causes. In May this year, Malek joined the refugees in their journey for peace, freedom and dignity at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, which is home to 80,0000 refugees. In 2015, he founded Pianos for Peace, a non-profit dedicated to building peace through music and education—and was recognized by the Carnegie Corporation of New York alongside Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman as a ‘Great Immigrant’ for his contributions to society. He has performed with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, The Stockholm Solister, and on major concert stages in London, New York, Vienna, Madrid, and Dubai. “Malek Jandali’s music comes at a time when melodies are expected to liberate us from the gravity of modern forces, restrained in a narrow philosophy of entertainment in an era of devastating wars and disasters,” states Mohamed Alsiadi, Malek Jandali Trio. “The fundamental message of my music is to preserve and present the rich cultural heritage of Syria,” says Malek Jandali. “I am honored to present these meaningful works on this ‘Syrian Symphony for Peace’ tour in Australia, especially during national refugee week in solidarity with the children of Syria.” Malek Jandali’s Australian Debut Performance will echo UNESCO’s global call for the protection and preservation of cultural heritage. His debut concert will feature original selected music, which integrates ancient folk melodies from Aleppo and the Silk Road into works that are preserving the musical heritage of Syria. An evening with Malek Jandali, in conversation with inimitable Australian author and storyteller, John Hockney, on Friday 16 June at the Blue Mountains Theatre kicks off Refugee Week with Malek’s Australian debut concert: A Syrian Symphony for Peace. “It is a great honour to have such an internationally esteemed artist and humanitarian grace the stage of the Blue Mountains Theatre for his Australian debut performance. We expect this cultural event to be a major highlight of National Refugee Week,” states Yvonne Hellmers, Programs Coordinator for the Blue Mountains Theatre. On Friday 23 June, Sydney Peace Foundation co-presents, Ode to Syria, with STARTTS and Amnesty Australia on Friday 23 June at St. Stephens Uniting Church, Sydney. This event marks Refugee Week and International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with an evening of Syrian music, arts and stories. Malek will be guest of honour at an official World Refugee Day event, Tuesday 20 June at NSW Parliament, In Conversation with award-winning artist and activist, Ben Quilty. As a finale of the program, Malek will perform in one full Sydney concert only with the Australian premiere of Malek Jandali Trio on Saturday 24 June – A Syrian Symphony for Peace at the Sydney Opera House, presented by Vision of Humanity. Vision of Humanity are the global leaders in developing peace metrics and peace education and annually present the annual Global Peace Index. In the 11th edition of the index in 2017, Syria remains the least peaceful country for the fifth year running, having fallen 64 places since the index began – the largest decline of the past decade. Huffington Post stated: “Jandali’s music tells a story of Syria beyond the politics. It tells the story of the humanity, healing the psychological wounds of the Syrian people.” “Music is a terrific avenue to assist people to heal from trauma. It translates across cultures in a way that language cannot, and the more that we learn about music and the brain, the more it makes sense to utilise what is one of the most ancient healing methods to complement other therapeutic approaches or even as an approach on its own.” – Jorge Aroche, CEO STARTTS “At a time when much of the world it seems cloaked in darkness, Malek Jandali uses music as a beacon for peace. The Australian Guild of Screen Composers warmly welcomes Malek to Australia and looks forward to learning more about the role of the artist in helping bring about peace through music and education.” – Guy Gross, President AGSC “Malek Jandali embodies so many of the characteristics we work to encourage and foster in our students…not only consummate musicianship but generosity of spirit, kindness of heart and intensity of intellect all put to work for the betterment of others. Malek Jandali is an inspiration.” – Ian Barker, R/Principal, Conservatorium High School, Conservatorium of Music, Sydney INTERNATIONAL PRAISE“Jandali’s music is gorgeous, haunting, yearning and full of hope, with a pain more personal than that of Tchaikovsky or Rachmaninov.”– David Firman, Conductor Royal Philharmonic Orchestra “As a composer endowed with flair, versatility and ingenuity, Jandali seeks to evoke empathy where there is none.”– Miriam Awadallah “A new symphonic mastery that was clearly not brought about only by a reaction to contemporary events but also by sustained contact with the well-springs of polyphonic elegant music.” – Thomas Ludwig LSO “A major new addition to the 21st Century’s symphonic literature.”– Fanfare Magazine “Moving and thought provoking“. – NPR ###ENDS Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to society. Celebrated since 1986, Refugee Week (18-24 June) coincides with World Refugee Day (20 June). The theme for Refugee Week in 2017 is, “With courage let us all combine”. FULL VISIT SCHEDULE – DEBUT AUSTRALIAN TOUR 7.30PM FRIDAY 16 JUNE (AUSTRALIAN DEBUT)A Syrian Symphony for Peace –An Evening with Malek Jandaliwww.bluemountainstheatre.com 6.30PM TUESDAY 20 JUNE (WORLD REFUGEE DAY) NSW Parliament, Strangers’ RoomTHIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED OUTRecovering Humanity – Malek Jandali in Conversation with Ben Quilty 7.30PM FRIDAY 23 JUNE (MAJOR REFUGEE WEEK EVENT) St. Stephens Uniting Church, SydneyOde to Syria – An evening of Syrian Music, Arts & Stories with Sydney Peace Foundation, STARTTS & Amnestyhttp://bit.ly/odetosyria 7.30PM SATURDAY 24 JUNE (ONE NIGHT ONLY) FINALE CONCERTVision of Humanity PresentsA Syrian Symphony for Peace – Australian Premiere of Malek Jandali Trio Sydney Opera House, Utzon RoomLIMITED TICKETSwww.sydneyoperahouse.com 6.30PM TUESDAY JUNE 27 (ONLY ACADEMIC PANEL)Sydney Ideas: Distinguished Speaker Series The War in Syria: Abuses of Human Rights & The Destruction of Culture Law School Foyer, Sydney Law School, University of SydneyRSVP Essential  *** SEE MALEK JANDALI’S FULL VISIT SCHEDULE AT:https://bravemediaaus.com/2017/04/29/a-syrian-symphony-for-peace/ For media enquiries or to arrange interviews contact: Karen Collier 0422 929 028 or bravemedia.karen@gmail.comPress photos at: http://malekjandali.com/press-kit/Discover more at: www.malekjandali.com SPOTLIGHT ON STAGE CAREERS AT ACPA 2017-06-06T07:17:03Z spotlight-on-stage-careers-at-acpa Watching rehearsals, taking tours, and talking to teachers and students will open the public’s eyes to new opportunities at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) on Saturday 17 June. ACPA’s first Open Day at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art (Fortitude Valley) promises to reveal what goes on behind the scenes at Australia’s only training centre offering nationally accredited courses that incorporate all performing arts genres, including classes dedicated to Indigenous cultural fusion. ACPA CEO, Dr Dimitri Kopanakis, said the Open Day would put the talents of Australia’s emerging performing artists under the spotlight as they rehearse for the mid-year student showcase. “Open Day is a chance for prospective students to learn more about ACPA’s courses, while checking out the professional facilities that our students enjoy,” Dr Kopanakis said. "It’s also an opportunity for our current students’ families to see how they’re progressing, and to watch them in action in rehearsal mode. “And we’re looking forward to welcoming past students to our new home, as well as giving our many supporters a glimpse of what we are achieving.” From 10 am to 1 pm, student-led tours will include displays and watching rehearsals in three separate performance spaces dedicated to acting, dancing and music. ACPA music students will also be performing in the foyer of the Judith Wright Centre. Dr Kopanakis said the Open Day, supported by a Transurban community grant, would demonstrate how ACPA trains young musicians, actors, and dancers in contemporary performance techniques as the foundation for their future careers. “We provide an excellent vocational education that is industry relevant, with a strong emphasis on public performances to build confidence. This year’s Open Day is an ideal opportunity for our students to experience what it’s like to rehearse in front of an audience without the usual pressures of a full-on stage performance,” he said. Event details What:   Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts Open Day When:  Saturday 17 June 2017 10 am – 1 pm Where: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art, 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley Cost:    Free NAIDOC Blak Markets bring remote Aboriginal Artists to Barangaroo 2017-06-05T01:08:45Z naidoc-blak-markets-bring-remote-aboriginal-artists-to-barangaroo Taking place at the beginning of NAIDOC Week, the family-friendly event will be a vibrant celebration of Australia’s rich Aboriginal culture. Aboriginal artists from 11 remote Australian arts centres will bring their artworks, sculptures, textiles and accessories to Sydney to exhibit and sell at the market; host Tjanpi weaving workshops; and demonstrations of Rarrk painting and pandanus weaving.  First Hand Solutions, Curator, Lyndsay Urquhart said: “This is an exciting first for the Blak Markets and a rare opportunity for Sydneysiders to buy high quality Aboriginal art directly from a diverse range of artists from remote art centres across Australia. “We are thrilled to create the opportunity for visitors to meet these talented artists and browse a beautiful selection of their work, with a mix of price points to suit a range of budgets,” said Urquhart. Artists will travel to Sydney from art centres including: • APY Art Centre Collective (Amata, SA) • Artists of Ampilatwatja (Ampilatwatja, NT) • Babbarra Women’s Centre (Maningrida, NT) • Bula'bula Arts (Ramingining, NT) • Martumili Artists (Newman, WA) • Mimi Aboriginal Arts and Crafts (Katherine, NT) • Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency (Fitzroy Crossing, WA) • Rukaji Designs (Fitzroy Crossing, WA) • Tangentyere Artists (Alice Springs, NT) • Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation (Yuendumu, NT) • Yarrenyty Arltere Artists (Alice Springs, NT) The artists are coming to Sydney as part of the “Heart in Art” program, which is made possible by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and First Hand Solutions to provide economic and professional development opportunities to Aboriginal artists working in remote communities around Australia.  Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Executive Director, Activation and Precinct Management, Sandra Bender, said: “We’re delighted to bring Aboriginal artists from remote areas of the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia together at Barangaroo, alongside local Aboriginal artists to showcase and sell their work and join a special NAIDOC Week celebration.” The lively open-air market will also feature more than 30 stalls, bush tucker cooking demonstrations by Indigiearth and Jody Orcher; live music by Jessie Lloyd and Emma Donovan, Jarjum, and Freshwater; Aboriginal dance performances by Thikkabilla (Dubbo), Yadhamayi (Central Coast), and Wagana (Greater Sydney); language and culture workshops; Aboriginal Cultural Tours of Barangaroo Reserve; and a Tribal Warrior Tour to Goat Island. The Blak Markets is organised by First Hand Solutions, which is an Aboriginal social enterprise dedicated to providing hands-on solutions to issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Barangaroo Reserve is easily accessible by public transport and on foot from Walsh Bay, Millers Point and The Rocks. The closest train stations are Circular Quay and Wynyard (via the Wynyard Walk). Parking is available under Barangaroo Reserve via the entry at Towns Place ($12 flat rate). For more information about the NAIDOC Blak Markets at Barangaroo, please visit www.barangaroo.sydney -END- EVENT DETAILS Event: NAIDOC Blak Markets at Barangaroo Date: Sunday, 2 July 2017 Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm Location: Stargazer Lawn, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo, NSW URL: www.barangaroo.sydney/whats-on/blak-markets-at-barangaroo-reserve/ MEDIA QUERIES Sarah Shields, Access PR, 02 9292 7007 | 0408 283 091 | sarah@accesspr.com.au Rachael McKenzie, Access PR, 02 9292 7011 | 0433 890 127 | rachaelm@accesspr.com.au Photo Opp | Aussie hopefuls line the streets of Melbourne CBD for their shot at becoming a DJ sensation | Saturday 27 May @10:15am 2017-05-26T02:03:27Z photo-opp-aussie-hopefuls-line-the-streets-of-melbourne-cbd-for-their-shot-at-becoming-a-dj-sensation-saturday-27-may-10-15am-1 **PHOTO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITY**  Aussie Kids Line the Streets of Melbourne CBD for Your Shot Registration Day   Great visuals - expecting more than 2,700 young Aussies to be lining up on the streets of Melbourne 10,000+ registrants across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane   Interview opportunity -  young adults waiting in line down Bourke Street for their shot at becoming the next Aussie sensation  Event Details:  WHAT: Your Shot VIC Registration Day  WHEN: Saturday, 27 May, 2017 – 10:15am (doors open 11am)  WHERE: Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street, Melbourne  Background info:  Tomorrow - Saturday 27 May, 2017 - YOUR SHOT presented by Alcatel, the grassroots initiative that has launched the careers of world-famous DJs such as Tigerlilly, J-Trick and New World Sound, has returned in 2017 for its eighth consecutive year. The local DJ competition provides a unique opportunity for Aussies to transform their passion for music into a career, and has so far helped more than 5,000 aspiring DJ’s realise their dreams in the Australian music industry. Last year saw a jaw-dropping 9,000 registrants and 700 contestants, with 2017 promising to be even bigger and better!  WHAT IS YOUR SHOT? The brainchild of Australian entrepreneur Steve Pillemer, Your Shot has grown from humble beginnings to a highly a successful annual presence on the Australian music calendar. It now attracts more registrations than leading reality TV talent shows, enjoys long-term, well-known sponsors and has led to global expansion as it looks beyond Australia and USA to launch in China this year. Now in its 8th consecutive year, Your Shot will continue to change the lives of aspiring DJs across Australia, and will unearth the next generation of the country’s most exciting upcoming DJ talent. Taking the east coast by storm, 2017 will see 800 contestants with little or no DJ experience provided with an amazing opportunity. All participants receive a superior experience as they are trained by some of Australia’s best DJ talent over six weeks at The Academy, where they learn the basics and put together and perform their first ever DJ set.   The final YOUR SHOT event in each state will see the contestants performing alongside some top headline DJs from Australia as well as the best up-and-coming talent. Every contestant will perform in the hopes of taking home the title of YOUR SHOT champion along with life-changing prizes, with the winners fast-tracked to perform at some of the best music festivals around the world.  AMAZING PRIZES! Returning bigger and better than ever in 2017, the competition will see the State Contestant and Wild Card winner for each state fly overseas on an all-expenses paid trip to perform their first international set at one of the world’s hottest party destinations around the globe.    To highlight the excitement and share the journey, presenting sponsor Alcatel followed Sydney Your Shot winner, Natalie Dekker (A.K.A. Dekkadence) and documented her journey from winning in Sydney to performing on stage at ZoukOut in Singapore. The never before seen footage as she embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure can be viewed and shared from the following link: https://youtu.be/7JoFHBeNv04   The 2017 winner’s will get the opportunity to perform at one of the following popular festivals: Snowbombing in Austria Creamfields in the U.K. ZoukOut in Singapore CRSSD Festival in the U.S.A. The BPM Festival (Surprise Location) Your Paradise in Fiji  WHO IS BACKING IT? Your Shot receives support from some well-known global brands, many of them returning year-on-year, recognising the value of the initiative and keen to support aspiring DJs realise their dreams. For the third consecutive year, Alcatel has returned as naming rights sponsor for Your Shot along with long-standing sponsors included AGWA, Pioneer DJ, Red Bull and Zanerobe. This year will also see BATI Spiced Rum (a Coca-Cola Amatil brand) and MTV join as key category and media partners.  “Your Shot provides the perfect platform to create an affinity with a brand so valuable, it extends well beyond brand recognition. Your Shot creates an unbreakable bond between its brands and a tough to reach age group through the medium that they covet most – music”, said David Vieira, Product and Marketing Director, Alcatel Mobile.  We are thrilled to extend our relationship with Your Shot and continue supporting up-and-coming local talent. Such grassroots initiatives like YourShot encapsulate the creativity, fun and individuality that Alcatel stands for”, he added.  “The Your Shot brand provides Red Bull with a direct link to the future tastemakers of the music industry, furthermore sharing our core value giving wings to people and ideas. The quality of talent and professional manner in which the Your Shot approach the yearly event is vital to our link to the future of our industry and Red Bull and thankful to be part of this journey,” said Dwayne Thompson, Red Bull Australia.  VIDEO and IMAGERY: Access the promo video for YOUR SHOT 2017 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d17yrCnz4bc Download imagery for Your Shot 2017 here: http://bit.ly/2lJqJVv Access Dekkadence journey to perform at ZoukOut here: https://youtu.be/7JoFHBeNv04  SOCIAL HANDLES:Facebook: @yourshotInstagram: @yourshotauTwitter: @yourshotauYouTube: @YourShotAustralia  For all media enquiries or interview opportunities, please contact:   Rebecca Blasina Closer Communications M: +61 (0) 420 805 567 E: rebecca@closer.com.au   Rachael Blasina Closer Communications M: +61 (0) 428 073 703 E: rachael@closer.com.au   Parrtjima – A Festival in Light appoints first Indigenous art curator 2017-05-16T00:18:53Z parrtjima-a-festival-in-light-appoints-first-indigenous-art-curator The Northern Territory Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Rhoda Roberts AO as curator of the second annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light event in Alice Springs from Friday, 22 September to Sunday, 1 October 2017. Roberts has a high-profile nationally and internationally as a respected Indigenous creative director, writer, producer and is a member of the Bundjalung nation, Widjabul clan of Northern New South Wales and South East Queensland. She is Head of First Nations Programming at Sydney Opera House, Festival Director of Boomerang at Bluesfest and was Creative Director of the Vivid Sydney Opera House Sails Projection in 2016. Roberts will curate the program for the spectacular free public event, which showcases the oldest continuous culture on earth, through the newest technology on a 300-million-year-old natural canvas. Andrew Hopper, General Manager of Northern Territory Major Events Company, said Roberts will work closely with the Parrtjima Festival Reference Group, AGB Events, local Aboriginal artists and 40 art centres from across the desert region to develop the narrative for the 10-day event that celebrates the magnificent Aboriginal art of Central Australia. “The Northern Territory Major Events Company is delighted to announce the appointment of Rhoda as the first Indigenous art curator for this unique event, which aims to raise the profile of local Aboriginal artists nationally and in time internationally by sharing their outstanding work and rich culture with the world,” Mr Hopper said. “Rhoda is one of Australia’s most accomplished Aboriginal arts consultants and creative directors. Her extraordinary depth of knowledge, breadth of experience and understanding of the consultative process will be invaluable as we build meaningful connections with local artists to create a breathtaking outdoor exhibition of Aboriginal art.” Among her achievements, Roberts was Creative Director of the Awakening Segment at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Director of Sydney New Year's Eve (2008-2011), founder and Festival Director of The Dreaming (1994-2009), host of Deadly Sounds national weekly radio program (1992-2014), producer of Aboriginal media company Vibe Australia (1992-2014) and co-founder the Aboriginal National Theater Trust. Parrtjima curator Rhoda Roberts said: “I’m thrilled to have the new opportunity to develop the program for this extraordinary event, which will connect thousands of visitors to Alice Springs – home of the Arrernte of Mparntwe. “I have been involved with many communities in the Territory and my family has strong ties with North East Arnhem Land. Under Yolngu way I'm regarded as Gudurrku (brolga) from the Yirritja attached to the Gumatj. I have spent a great deal of time in Alice Springs and Darwin in my years as a journalist and film producer and working on arts events including Garma Festival and Darwin Festival. “I’m delighted to be returning to Alice Springs for Parrtjima, which will be a magnificent celebration of our central desert artists, who are renowned for their vibrant use of colour. Our artists are vital as they continue to paint country, ensuring the knowledge of yesterday is reimagined for tomorrow.” The first program announcements will be made mid-year. For more information, please visit www.ParrtjimaAustralia.com.au  -END- Media contact:  Sarah Shields, Access PR, P: 02 9292 7007 | +61 408 283 091 | sarah@accesspr.com.au  Rachael McKenzie, Access PR, P: 02 9292 7011 | +61 433 890 127 | rachaelm@accesspr.com.au  #BECREATIVE #BEINSPIRED #BEPUBLISHED SEMINAR (3 JUNE 2017) 2017-05-15T08:37:36Z becreative-beinspired-bepublished-seminar-3-june-2017 On Saturday 3rd June, Australasia’s # 1 Author Success Coach, Ocean Reeve is launching his ‘Winter Warmer Series’ by holding his first, “Be Creative, Be Inspired, Be Published Seminar” at Fradgely Hall (Burleigh heads, Qld). Ocean’s aim is to guide participants on a journey through the critical and essential stages of creative expression as an author. The Seminar includes: ·         Understanding the Creative Process ·         Self Publishing vs Assisted Publishing vs Traditional Publishing ·         Breaking down the publishing process for the indie author ·         The ABC's of Author Development ·         Understanding the A.C.T.I.O.N needed to generate publishing success ·         Building your Author Platform ·         The 6 Steps to Book Marketing Success ·         Morning Tea provided ​​ By the end of this seminar the participant will walk away with a clear vision towards establishing their creative project, be inspired to establish this as a part of their legacy and have a comprehensive understanding of the publishing process. ​ To close the seminar, Ocean is joined by three inspiring authors and creatives in their own right to take questions on their journey and the creative, publishing and marketing process. This panel is to give even further clarity and inspiration to follow your creative passion and make it happen with confidence. ​ Once you have purchased your ticket, Ocean will personally send you; ·         Top 5 Book Publishing Insights for 2017 ·         Top 10 Book Marketing Tips ·         10 Key General Marketing Insights ·         Entry into the draw to win the creative pack which includes; A copy of Ocean's best seller 'The Word' A copy of Ocean's latest co-authored book 'Change' The 10X Author Success Worksheet This Seminar will form part of a ‘Winter Warmer Series’ for Ocean Reeve, serving the needs of authors and creatives on the Gold Coast, with appearances throughout the winter months and beyond. “The Gold Coast is filled with some of the most creative people in the country” Ocean Reeve says, “and I can’t wait to bring them my first-of-a-kind seminar – it’s going to be epic!”   SEMINAR DETAILS: WHEN: 10am to 1pm, Saturday 3rd of June 2017 ​WHERE: Fradgley Hall, Park Avenue (Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast) ​COST: $25.00  In demand as a ‘Key-note’ speaker, Ocean is a Committee member and Speaker Co-ordinator for the Gold Coast Writers Association. He assists in all genres from business coaching to creative works. He delivers seminars and workshops, in person, giving the benefit of his years of experience. Ocean Reeve formally launched his company, Ocean Reeve Publishing (ORP) earlier this year. ORP is an independent publishing house that serves the needs of authors, entrepreneurs and business leaders in all aspects of authoring, creative leadership, mentorship and marketing. ORP exists to serve the many thousands looking to find their purpose and Creative “WHY?” in business, books and in life. With remote offices globally, ORP is a unique business model, the first of its kind in Australasia. Ocean Reeve is available for interviews and excited to discuss his first seminar in his ‘Winter Warmer Series’. For more information: Seminar Overview Video: https://www.facebook.com/OceanReevePublisher/videos/426483784378932/ Web: www.oceanreeve.com Winner Of Best Mandala Leg Piece - Singapore Ink Show 2017-05-13T17:15:38Z winner-of-best-mandala-leg-piece-singapore-ink-show 100% Aussie owned Mayhem Ink has had their inaugural debut at the Singapore Ink Show and walked away with the award for best leg Mandala completed on the day. Owner/operator Dazza Cumberpatch put it's down to his crews dedication and hard work which they invest into their craft, based out of the Aussie Bar in Bangla Road. Thailands well known tattoo artist Tue represented Mayhem and was the artist behind the winning Mandala piece.  For more info about Mayhem Ink, please contact PR representative below or visit www.mayheminkphuket.com Photo Opp | Aussie hopefuls line the streets of North Sydney for their shot at fame | Saturday 13 May @10am 2017-05-12T00:04:51Z photo-opp-aussie-hopefuls-line-the-streets-of-north-sydney-for-their-shot-at-fame-saturday-13-may-10am   **PHOTO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITY**  Aussie Kids Line the Streets of North Sydney for Your Shot Registration Day     Check out the line from last year here: http://bit.ly/2r5IpbJ   Great visuals - expecting more than 4,500 young Aussies to be lining up on the streets of North Sydney   Interview opportunity -  young adults waiting in line across the Pacific Hwy overpass for their shot at becoming the next Aussie sensation    Event Details:  WHAT: Your Shot NSW Registration Day  WHEN: Saturday, 12 May, 2017 – 10:15am (doors open 11am)  WHERE: The Greenwood, North Sydney   Background info:  Tomorrow - Saturday 13 May, 2017 - YOUR SHOT presented by Alcatel, the grassroots initiative that has launched the careers of world-famous DJs such as Tigerlilly, J-Trick and New World Sound, has returned in 2017 for its eighth consecutive year. The local DJ competition provides a unique opportunity for Aussies to transform their passion for music into a career, and has so far helped more than 5,000 aspiring DJ’s realise their dreams in the Australian music industry. Last year saw a jaw-dropping 9,000 registrants and 700 contestants, with 2017 promising to be even bigger and better!  WHAT IS YOUR SHOT? The brainchild of Australian entrepreneur Steve Pillemer, Your Shot has grown from humble beginnings to a highly a successful annual presence on the Australian music calendar. It now attracts more registrations than leading reality TV talent shows, enjoys long-term, well-known sponsors and has led to global expansion as it looks beyond Australia and USA to launch in China this year. Now in its 8th consecutive year, Your Shot will continue to change the lives of aspiring DJs across Australia, and will unearth the next generation of the country’s most exciting upcoming DJ talent. Taking the east coast by storm, 2017 will see 800 contestants with little or no DJ experience provided with an amazing opportunity. All participants receive a superior experience as they are trained by some of Australia’s best DJ talent over six weeks at The Academy, where they learn the basics and put together and perform their first ever DJ set.   The final YOUR SHOT event in each state will see the contestants performing alongside some top headline DJs from Australia as well as the best up-and-coming talent. Every contestant will perform in the hopes of taking home the title of YOUR SHOT champion along with life-changing prizes, with the winners fast-tracked to perform at some of the best music festivals around the world.  AMAZING PRIZES! Returning bigger and better than ever in 2017, the competition will see the State Contestant and Wild Card winner for each state fly overseas on an all-expenses paid trip to perform their first international set at one of the world’s hottest party destinations around the globe.    To highlight the excitement and share the journey, presenting sponsor Alcatel followed Sydney Your Shot winner, Natalie Dekker (A.K.A. Dekkadence) and documented her journey from winning in Sydney to performing on stage at ZoukOut in Singapore. The never before seen footage as she embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure can be viewed and shared from the following link: https://youtu.be/7JoFHBeNv04   The 2017 winner’s will get the opportunity to perform at one of the following popular festivals:   Snowbombing in Austria Creamfields in the U.K. ZoukOut in Singapore CRSSD Festival in the U.S.A. The BPM Festival (Surprise Location) Your Paradise in Fiji  WHO IS BACKING IT? Your Shot receives support from some well-known global brands, many of them returning year-on-year, recognising the value of the initiative and keen to support aspiring DJs realise their dreams. For the third consecutive year, Alcatel has returned as naming rights sponsor for Your Shot along with long-standing sponsors included AGWA, Pioneer DJ, Red Bull and Zanerobe. This year will also see BATI Spiced Rum (a Coca-Cola Amatil brand) and MTV join as key category and media partners.  “Your Shot provides the perfect platform to create an affinity with a brand so valuable, it extends well beyond brand recognition. Your Shot creates an unbreakable bond between its brands and a tough to reach age group through the medium that they covet most – music”, said David Vieira, Product and Marketing Director, Alcatel Mobile.  We are thrilled to extend our relationship with Your Shot and continue supporting up-and-coming local talent. Such grassroots initiatives like YourShot encapsulate the creativity, fun and individuality that Alcatel stands for”, he added.  “The Your Shot brand provides Red Bull with a direct link to the future tastemakers of the music industry, furthermore sharing our core value giving wings to people and ideas. The quality of talent and professional manner in which the Your Shot approach the yearly event is vital to our link to the future of our industry and Red Bull and thankful to be part of this journey,” said Dwayne Thompson, Red Bull Australia.  VIDEO and IMAGERY: Access the promo video for YOUR SHOT 2017 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d17yrCnz4bc Download imagery for Your Shot 2017 here: http://bit.ly/2lJqJVv Access Dekkadence journey to perform at ZoukOut here: https://youtu.be/7JoFHBeNv04  SOCIAL HANDLES:Facebook: @yourshotInstagram: @yourshotauTwitter: @yourshotauYouTube: @YourShotAustralia  For all media enquiries or interview opportunities, please contact: Rebecca Blasina Closer Communications M: +61 (0) 420 805 567 E: rebecca@closer.com.au   Rachael Blasina Closer Communications M: +61 (0) 428 073 703 E: rachael@closer.com.au Solitude Provokes Creativity for Australian Artists 2017-05-10T23:13:11Z solitude-provokes-creativity-for-australian-artists ‘Supporting contemporary arts practice was central to Arthur Boyd’s plans when he left the Bundanon property to the Australian people’   Applications opened on Thursday 27 April for the 2018 Bundanon AIR (Artist-in-Residence) program. These coveted residencies are open to applicants from all disciplines and levels of experience, making them highly sought after by artists nationally. “The influence of Bundanon’s serene energy can be found in the seminal works of Australian artists from across the spectrum,” said John Baylis, Chief Programs Officer. “A Bundanon residency provides time to switch off from everyday life and tap into the solitude that so inspired Arthur Boyd. The remote nature of the property is one of the big attractions and this is balanced by access to top quality internet in comfortable living and working spaces." Supporting contemporary arts practice was central to Arthur Boyd’s plans when he left the Bundanon property to the Australian people. His vision has seen Bundanon Trust establish itself as an engine room for contemporary art practice in Australia. The residential complex includes purpose-built studios and rehearsal spaces suitable for visual artists, writers, musicians and performers, and from 2018 a new silversmith studio. Applications are open to creatives from all genres, opening on Thursday 27 April and closing on Monday 19 June. Over 300 people per year spend time in residence at Bundanon working alone or with a group. Past alumni include Ben Quilty, Katie Noonan, Charlotte Wood, Christina Chan, Brook Andrews, Shaun Parker, Wesley Enoch, William Zappa and Sue Broadway, as well as companies such as Playwriting Australia, TaikOz, Critical Path and the Song Company. For more information visit www.bundanon.com.au/residencies. IMAGES: I Images available on request. FROST*COLLECTIVE ADDS STRATEGIC INNOVATION TO THE MIX, ALIGNING ORGANISATIONAL SUCCESS WITH HUMAN CENTRED DESIGN 2017-05-07T23:18:44Z frost-collective-adds-strategic-innovation-to-the-mix-aligning-organisational-success-with-human-centred-design SYDNEY 8 MAY, 2017: Frost*collective today announced a repositioning of the business that aims to elevate the agency’s strategic competence with the addition of Pivot, a strategic innovation consultancy. Pivot specialises in transformative business consulting, adding to the agency’s foundational expertise in brand strategy, brand design, digital solutions and urban environments. The addition consolidates and extends Frost*collective’s service proposition, retaining human centred design at its core.         The Pivot team is led by Lisa Hagan, Head of Strategy, Dreu Harrison, Director of Strategic Innovation and Clarissa Mattingly, Director of Client Services. The team originally hails from Accenture Strategy’s Second Road. Each brings rich expertise in business consulting, including organisational strategy, innovation, culture, and capability building. Vince Frost, CEO of Frost*collective says the market’s fast-evolving understanding of the value of design thinking, and the application of human-centred design is exciting and should not be underestimated. The addition of Pivot to the Collective has been carefully timed and will strengthen the business’ position as a leading creative and strategic consultancy.  “We’re in an incredibly dynamic market that will continue to demand a series of astute responses from business,” commented Frost. “Clients can find it challenging to deliver great experience and remain relevant to customer’s lives. They are looking for new ways to achieve this quickly at the right cost and often they don’t have all the right ingredients to pull that together.” “At Frost*collective we have continued the shift to human centred design, reframing the core competency from control to value creation,” said Frost. “Lisa, Dreu and Clarissa’s experience will help us to stretch our capability by taking a more whole-of-business view of strategy. Pivot’s strategic competence complements our existing strategic branding capability.” Lisa Hagan, Head of Strategy at Pivot agrees. “By joining Frost*collective, we bring the three pieces of the puzzle together – strategy, innovation and execution. What’s exciting is that we can now help clients address their strategic challenges, innovate their business model and offerings, and then see it come to fruition. Each part of the Collective is a leader in its own right. By working together we believe that clients will find our services even more compelling.” The last 12 months saw Frost*collective become the leading independent, strategic communications agency in Australia. Established in 2003, the agency became Frost*collective in 2014. In late 2016, it launched Nest:VR to bring to life virtual and augmented reality experiences, and earlier this year launched ‘mindful packaging’ division, Jack. These two new businesses sit beside the established pillars of Frost*Design, (brand strategy, design and communications) Urbanite (branded environments) and Nest (full service digital). In the words of Vince Frost, “At Frost*collective, we exist to design a better world, where strategy, innovation and creative collaboration all play a leading role to deliver effective and measurable design. With the addition of Pivot, we are able to partner across the breadth of a business eco-system, helping organisations achieve genuine value creation.” http://www.frostcollective.com.au/     Two First Nations Curators From MCA Australia chosen for Venice Biennale 2017-05-04T02:00:05Z two-first-nations-curators-from-mca-australia-chosen-for-venice-biennale Two curators from the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will head to the 57th Venice Biennale (13 May to 26 November 2017) as part of the Australia Council for the Arts’ Professional Development Program for First Nations Curators. The MCA is the only cultural institution with more than one First Nations Curator participating in this program. Clothilde Bullen (Curator, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Collections & Exhibitions) and Emily McDaniel (Acting Curator, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Programs) are part of Australia’s presence at the Venice Biennale as First Nations Senior and Emerging Curators respectively. Clothilde Bullen said: ‘To be able to show leadership in the Indigenous visual arts area, and to align this with the MCA’s values around supporting the professional development of Indigenous staff is a privilege. On this unique occasion, embedded round the opening of My Horizon by Tracey Moffat, it is critical to have Indigenous arts workers participate fully in the experience.’ MCA Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE said: ‘It is especially fitting this year when the Australian Pavilion is devoted to a solo presentation by an Aboriginal artist for the first time. The MCA undertook the biggest survey of Tracey Moffatt’s work in 2003. I would like to thank the Australia Council for their support for this important initiative.’ ‘Clothilde Bullen and Emily McDaniel make significant contributions to MCA’s exhibitions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists, and the extension of this through our public programs. We wish both curators well at the 57th Venice Biennale, in what will not only become valuable professional experience but will also help tell the story of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art to audiences and our peers abroad,’ Macgregor added. Emily McDaniel said: ‘This will be the first time I have travelled to Europe, I am honoured to share this experience alongside so many accomplished First Nations curators that I have admired for many years. I hope this experience will broaden my awareness of international audiences for Indigenous art.’ For over 20 years, the Australia Council, through the Venice Biennale Professional Development Program, has supported over 150 volunteer arts workers to attend and work at the Venice Biennale.  At Venice, Bullen and McDaniel will network and connect with international peers, artists and organisations with a view to creating international networks and promoting contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.  There are also opportunities for emerging curators to receive mentoring and professional development support from the senior curators in attendance. ABOUT CLOTHILDE BULLEN Clothilde Bullen is a Wardandi (Nyoongar)/Yamatji woman from Perth, Western Australia. She has an extensive career in visual arts including curating a number of exhibitions and publishing extensively on Aboriginal art. She was the former Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia for over a decade. Bullen joined the MCA in January 2017 as Curator, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Collections & Exhibitions. She is currently working on a new presentation of the MCA’s Artist Room in the Collection Galleries. The Artist Room exhibition to be unveiled in late May will feature works by central Arnhem Land artist Lena Yarinkura. The room will highlight the depths of the Museum’s holdings of Yarinkura’s work. ABOUT EMILY MCDANIEL Emily McDaniel is an independent curator, writer and educator from the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri nation in central New South Wales. She has curated many exhibitions and the first public art commission for the Barangaroo precinct in 2015. Formerly, she was the Assistant Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Aboriginal Emerging Curator for the 18th Biennale of Sydney. McDaniel has worked at the MCA since 2009. In her role McDaniel has further developed the MCA’s cultural learning framework, programs and resources relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists included in the MCA Collection and exhibition program. McDaniel is currently contributing to MCA’s public programs including: Conversation Starters: A new program of art and ideas on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June; and NAIDOC Week (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) between 2 – 9 July. TWO FIRST NATIONS CURATORS FROM MCA AUSTRALIA CHOSEN FOR VENICE BIENNALE – as part of Australia Council’s Professional Development Program