The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-08-05T13:33:53Z Inspire PR Media welcomes a ‘Dream’ of a new Client 2020-08-05T13:33:53Z inspire-pr-media-welcomes-a-dream-of-a-new-client-1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: [4/08/20][Sarah Andrew] [Inspire PR Media][sarah.andrew@inspireprmedia.com][Miami, Florida]: Inspire PR Media today announced it has signed with Miami based Chase Your Dreams Productions to act as their Public Relations and Publicist team, assisting with increasing brand awareness worldwide. Inspire PR Media is excited to partner with Chase Your Dreams Productions to provide a platform to spread their filmmaking vision of hope and inspiration during a post-pandemic cinematic landscape. About Inspire PR Media: Inspire PR Media is a truly international public relations company with a team, and clients hailing from all over the globe. Whether with new, or long-standing clients, they love the thrill of finding fresh angles, projects, and media to energize and engage with the public. Their objective is to impart a genuine narrative conveying inspirations that bring hope that change is truly possible through the media. About Chase Your Dreams Production: Founded in 2005 by the inspirational husband and wife team, Rick and Elaine Kercheff-Roberts, Chase Your Dreams productions remains true to their filmmaking vision of providing original content to their film audience. Their first feature film O2 Negative won the 22nd Season of the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival. It was officially selected in the 2018 Prince of Prestige Academy Awards and 2018 Auckland International Film Festival. It also received an Honorable Mention at the prestigious Silver Scream Film & Comic Festival. The 2015 short film One Last Breath was selected as part of the Paterson Falls Film Festival and Flathead Lake International Cinemafest. Moreover, it was officially invited by the HollyShorts Film Festival and received a screening invitation by Miami Indie Film Festival. They are currently in post-production with an assortment of feature films, short films and television series. These cover a range of genres, including, action-adventure, science fiction and family adventure.“This is an exciting time to be involved with an ambitious film-making company of this magnitude and seeking to make a genuine and meaningful impact on the silver screen,” says Sarah Andrew, Managing Director at Inspire PR Media. Classy new Melbourne indoor plant delivery service helps cure the lockdown blues 2020-08-04T03:53:49Z classy-new-melbourne-indoor-plant-delivery-service-helps-cure-the-lockdown-blues The idea of sending beautiful living gifts to loved ones isolated by the Covid-19 lockdown was the inspiration behind a stylish new Melbourne indoor plant gift delivery service.  Still delivering through stage 4 restrictions to ensure we can still reach out to loved ones and those in isolation facing Birthdays and special occasions alone or without their family and friends.  The owner is of course a plant lover and says the pandemic gave her the push to launch The Indoor Plant Co (theindoorplantco.com.au), which provides contact-free delivery of plant gifts across the city and suburbs. “I wanted to provide beautiful indoor plants, presented in luxurious wrapping, with impeccable, personable customer service,” she said, and believes indoor plants make the perfect gift because they grow with us and provide a lasting memory of special occasions.   “If you receive a plant to celebrate the birth of your baby, for example, you can watch it grow at the same time your child grows, or you can look at your giant rubber plant 10 years down the line and remember it was only little when you received it for your wedding gift, and it will make you smile,” she said. Not only are the company’s plants beautiful, but their wow-factor is enhanced by lashings of modern funky wrapping paper and ribbons, featuring sustainably-sourced, Australian-designed and printed paper, plus natural raffia and material ribbons. All plants are presented with a ceramic pot, with a range of colours to choose from. Add on luxury gifts can accompany the plants such as French chocolates and handmade Kavari body scrubs. The owner says the lockdown has amplified the importance of houseplants and the vibrant online community that has sprung up around them, keeping people connected while in isolation. “There are huge numbers of people on social media photographing their plants, chatting and making friends with others they would never have thought to speak to if it weren’t for plants,” she said.   “We all need to feel a connection with nature, and indoor plants are something we can all access, whether we live in a tiny apartment or a grand home.”   The plants are delivered in 1-3 days of the order or on the date of the special occasion (with enough notice), same day & next day delivery is accommodated where possible. A personal message and card can be added on for a personal touch. The Indoor Plant Co delivers to all Melbourne suburbs, Mornington Pennisula, Yarra Valley & The Dandenong Ranges. Currently offering free shipping until the end of August, use code ZEROSHIPPING at the checkout to qualify.   Contact: info@theindoorplantco.com.au 0422 713 403 Website: www.theindoorplantco.com.au Facebook: @theindoorplantcomelbourne Instgram: @the_indoor_plant_co Find Your Readership, with Creativity and Alliances 2020-07-31T00:14:28Z find-your-readership-with-creativity-and-alliances In this mock interview, we discuss some of the pitfalls of trying to publish and market your own book online. What problems are encountered when marketing a book?First of all, we authors tend to rely too much on personal friend sales and believe that all our Facebook followers will buy. There are lots of good things about promoting this way, like a higher conversion rate, but there is a hard limit to sales numbers and also the fact that all different friends are not going to be interested in the same topic.The unspoken problem is getting your message noticed among all the noise online. Even celebrities with 10,000 followers have had trouble selling their book, unless they also get a strong message out as well, e.g. with a launch speech and other talks. Business-minded authors battle for headspace in their market, not just with other more well-known authored books – but also with courses, workshops, and giveaway books. The clutter is intense. Q. So what do you think is the answer, to get more notice? After trying the traditional route of just listing my book and posting sporadically, I say shake things up a bit. Be creative.Give something relevant and wanted to your potential audience – maybe a cheat sheet, an inspirational poster, or a free video series. Go above and beyond. You will then be capturing their email address at the same time. Q. Great, what other tips can you give authors? Well, like any product, you want to be talking about your book to a hungry audience. So form alliances with other authors and marketers in the same space, that benefit both. They should be a fan or your ideas first, so perhaps give a select few micro-influencers a paperback copy to read. Share your email lists.Engage with followers through a webinar or give them a preview chapter through your own sales page. Sadly, not many are going to buy just through one mention and a buy now link. Be sure to check out Jennifer’s blog (jenniferlancaster.com.au/blog) for free tips on self-publishing and her new academy at www.businessauthoracademy.com. Jennifer Lancaster, author of five How To books and author mentor, has created a members resources area to help other Australian authors learn successful self-publishing and help market their books. It’s called Book Creation Success Club. Reconciliation in Education and Art in Public Spaces is an important part of acknowledging Black Lives Matter 2020-07-30T07:42:29Z reconciliation-in-education-and-art-in-public-spaces-is-an-important-part-of-acknowledging-black-lives-matter At the launch of the 2020 Schools Reconciliation Challenge and exhibition of student artworks in the lobbies of International Towers, Barangaroo. A panel discussion with CoChair Reconciliation NSW, Professor Lindon Coombes, Lendlease’s Charles Prouse and Summer May Finlay, moderated by Jodie Taylor will emphasise the importance of reconciliation in education as part of every Australian child’s learning journey. “All Australian children deserve an education that is whole, inclusive and an accurate portrayal of our true shared history” says Professor Lindon Coombes “Reconciliation in education leads to respect and understanding of First Nations peoples and while it is now included in school curriculum we still see many students entering university with very little real knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s cultures, knowledge and contributions. This needs to change.”  The Schools Reconciliation Challenge has been offering schools ways to engage in this learning for the past 11 years and with the partnership of International Towers has the opportunity to demonstrate students’ understandings and connection to reconciliation. The exhibition continues the existing tradition of International Towers’ support of young Indigenous talent, and of the broader dialogue surrounding reconciliation. On August 4 at 9:00am on National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day this online event will include a live-stream Smoking Ceremony with Uncle Jimmy Smith and students from Fort St Public School, Observatory Hill, followed by a dance performance by the Burrundi Theatre. Everyone can view the online Welcome To Country and hear from The Hon. Minister Harwin, and the reconciliation in education panel discussion that follows.  https://www.facebook.com/reconciliationNSW/ or https://www.facebook.com/IntlTowers/ The Exhibition of the Schools Reconciliation Challenge finalists is open to the public from August 4 – the end of NAIDOC week 15 November from 7.30am – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday in the International Towers lobbies 2 & 3 at Barangaroo. Photo Opportunities – 9:00 am Tuesday 4th August Observatory Hill Smoking Ceremony, Dance performance and Caring for Country workshop with Uncle Jimmy Smith and Burrundi Theatre and Fort St Primary School students. Media Contacts: Reconciliation NSW Thea Butler – 0450 188 554  International Towers Malcolm Nixon 0411 445 486 internationaltowers.com  ESL Australia And Psyonix Partner For New $225,000 USD Rocket League Tournament 2020-07-29T06:58:56Z esl-australia-and-psyonix-partner-for-new-225-000-usd-rocket-league-tournament Sydney, Australia – Wednesday, July 29 -  Today ESL Australia and Psyonix announced the ESL Rocket League Oceanic Championship, a new online tournament series that will offer players across the Oceanic1 region the chance to compete for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Set to run until April 2021, each match of the tournament will be broadcast live from the ESL Studios, Sydney, to Rocket League fans across the world.  The tournament will be broken up into three ‘splits’ (‘stages’) played across August 2020 - April 2021, with each split offering up a prize pool of $75,000 USD between the top 8 teams of each event. The top teams from each split will also earn qualification points towards the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) X Majors and the Rocket League World Championship, the pinnacle of Rocket League competition involving the world’s best Rocket League teams. “Rocket League has always been a leader in the esports space, so the opportunity for us at ESL to partner with Psyonix here in the Oceanic region was something we jumped on.” said Ben Green, Publisher Development Manager at ESL Australia. “As the future of sport turns towards online platforms, we will look to deliver the evolution of digital competition, starting with the ESL Rocket League Oceanic Championship.”Players will be able to sign up to the ESL Rocket League Oceanic Championship from early next week, on ESL Play. 1. ‘Oceanic’ Countries include: Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu. Media Contact:  Alex Blaikie, PR & Social Manager, ESL Australia press.aus@eslgaming.com ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions. The company operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League, and other premier stadium-size tournaments, to more clearly define the path from zero to hero. ESL also produces the ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, and matchmaking systems, creating a world where everybody can be somebody. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports innovation on a global scale through the combination of global ESL competitions, amateur leagues, publisher activations, and more. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group http://about.eslgaming.com/esl-australia/. Press assets: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1w_af1vZsNryh0p2VElph8Pbu-o7jMbn_ Glencore champions reading and literacy for Indigenous youth in outback Queensland 2020-07-28T01:53:00Z glencore-champions-reading-and-literacy-for-indigenous-youth-in-outback-queensland The Books in Homes Program continues to enrich two remote Queensland Indigenous schools – Dajarra State School and Camooweal State School – thanks to Glencore’s ongoing generosity and support. Over 190 new quality books will be donated to each of the school libraries over the next four school terms, and the students at both schools will receive 12 books each. The students pick the books themselves so they are able to select titles they are inspired to read and can integrate them into their homes. The books cover four reading levels, including picture books, novels, non-fiction books, graphic novels and more. Of these books, 25% are written and / or illustrated by Indigenous creators. Dajarra State School is a small, rural and remote community and is over 180 kilometres south west of Cloncurry, catering for 19 students from Kindergarten to Year 6. Dajarra State School is 93% Indigenous with 67% of students coming from a language background other than English. Camooweal State School is located 190km north-west of Mount Isa and is 13km east of the Northern Territory border. Camooweal State School has 36 students, of which 90% are Indigenous and 31% come from a language background other than English. Glencore also sponsors six additional schools1 in north west Queensland and has established itself as a strong proactive community leader. Through this program Glencore is helping to build the foundations of a literature-rich environment for children in their homes and schools, improving their potential for the future. Indeed, “…study after study proves that physical access to books makes the difference. It affects young people’s reading achievement (Neuman & Celano, 2012) and their motivation to read (Guthrie, 2008). It might not be ground-breaking, but giving kids access to books remains one of the most important ways to ensure they attend school with the tools they need to be successful.”2 Acting Principal of Dajarra State School Zoe Hall spoke about the value of Glencore’s long-term association, as well as the value Glencore places on encouraging reading and literacy in Indigenous youth: Our students live in a very remote part of Queensland, and accessing a local library is challenging and almost impossible. With the continued assistance from Glencore, our students have access to high quality engaging texts that promotes reading across all ages. One particular conversation with a younger student still resonates with me about the importance of Glencore’s continued participation in encouraging reading and improving literacy skills of students. The conversation went as follows— The student was looking at all the new Books in Homes Preview Pack books that Glencore had funded, and he was asked to select up to four books that he might like to take home. While he was walking around and browsing, I heard the him say to a friend, “I like this (book), but I can’t read it” and the child put the book back. This happened another three more times. When I questioned the child, about the comments I had overheard, the child replied, “I can’t read that book. It’s too hard for me, but I really want to read it.” I offered to help to the child. I said to the child, “How about I help you to read it at school and then you can practice it at home and read it to your mum.” A few weeks passed by and then one morning a very excited child came busting into my office saying, “I did it, I did it, Mrs Hall!” Not sure what the child was talking about, I looked up from by desk. “I read this book to mum,” he said. He was so proud that he could read a book he thought was too hard for him. The sheer excitement on his face is one I will not forget for a long time. This is also a student who struggles to read and was disengaged, but who has now improved by six months in his reading level in one term because he was so thrilled to be reading the beautiful books supplied through the Books in Homes program via our Sponsor Glencore. With some help, he was able to finally read to his mum.   As educators, these are the moments we cherish the most. Without our students having the opportunity to take home books they are really interested in, the wonderful world of books would simply not exist. Glencore has helped many Dajarra State School students, but especially this one particular student who was struggling with his reading and who now has one of the most precious gifts a child could ever receive… the gift of learning and gaining confidence in himself through his love of reading. Furthermore, Principal of Camooweal State School Vaunessa Parker says: The students of Camooweal have pure delight on their faces when the Books in Homes brochure arrives into their classrooms. The Glencore Books in Homes Program has added value with an increase in the students’ vocabulary and is also helping them become engaging 21st Century communicators.   The in-depth discussions the children share about which books they are choosing and why are a joy to listen to, as those discussions criss-cross to their peers, staff members, parents and our community. The love of reading has also increased the students’ knowledge and helped them learn more about the wider world. This, in turn, has led our students to think, act and speak with clear and profound insights into topics and to build their cognitive functions. Thank you, Glencore, for your support in building our school community, out of the love of reading. Glencore’s 2020-2021 funding of Dajarra and Camooweal is part of a greater five-year sponsorship plan that will bring 3,237 books-of-choice in total to the children enrolled in those two schools, 1,440 books for the two school libraries, and an additional 180 books for improved attendance, excellent citizenship, accelerated reading results and for children who are generally “Caught Being Good”. Glencore first started funding Books in Homes in 2007, with the aim of encouraging educational development in the most critical foundational skills—reading and literacy. Glencore has also committed to continue funding for this program, in the communities in which they operate, until 2023. By 2023 they will have donated over $1.62 million and provided over 206,000 books to schools through the Books in Homes program. Of those 206,000 books, almost 180,000 books-of-choice will go directly to children via the 60,000 student orders delivered to the participating children, benefitting them, their families and their communities. This is an extraordinary feat and an unprecedented corporate commitment to children living in remote and rural communities. Thank you and congratulations, Glencore, for your outstanding contribution to your community and for helping build a better future for so many young Australians. ENDS REFERENCES AND FURTHER INFORMATION 1 Mount Isa Central State School; Sunset State School; Townview State School; Healy State School; Cloncurry State School; and St Joseph’s School, Cloncurry. 2 Miller, D., & Sharp, C. (2018). Game Changer: Book Access for All Kids. New York, NY: Scholastic Professional (p8).   OTHER REFERENCES MENTIONED IN THE QUOTE Gutherie, J.T. (2008). Engaging Adolescents in Reading, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin. Neuman, S.B., & Celano, D. (2012). Giving our children a fighting chance: Poverty, literacy, and the development of information capital, New York, NY: Teachers College Press. Butterflies and Demons Book: Exploring Racial Discrimination and the Need to Confront our Racism 2020-07-27T23:45:40Z butterflies-and-demons-book-exploring-racial-discrimination-and-the-need-to-confront-our-racism ABOUT THE BOOK Eva Chapman’s Butterflies and Demons is a historic fiction novel about the racial discrimination and trauma of the Adelaide Aboriginal (Kaurna) people during the 1830s. Their land was invaded by British settlers who failed to understand Kaurna values and culture, almost wiping out Adelaide’s true custodians for good. Juxtaposed with events from Eva Chapman’s traumatic childhood from Czechoslovakia to Adelaide in the 1950s, racial discrimination is highlighted, explored, and confronted with gentle but emphatic impact.  QUOTES “It is appalling to realise what little has been achieved despite real and symbolic attempts to right wrongs. And yet there is a groundswell of opinion that is rising on the awareness, not of the harried and helpless guilt of original and protracted sins, but of what we, the white populations of Australia, have lost in erasing aboriginal culture, the local knowledges that could have created a truly Australian cuisine, not to mention land-management programmes, the local languages that could have, if taught and allowed to flourish in both communities, contributed to a sense of local identity and purpose throughout the nation, and the spirituality from the earth to the stars of which we could all today be proud partisans,” says Dr. Peter Bruce. “After a vision in Peru, I knew I had to tell the story of the Adelaide Aborigines. I loved doing the research and found that these people were so gentle, so clever, so mindful of the piece of earth they lived on. They suffered terribly at the hands of the British Empire, as did I, an unwelcome refugee in 1950s Adelaide,” says Author Eva Chapman. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Eva Chapman has had a successful career as writer, academic researcher, secondary school teacher, psychotherapist, and Enlighten Master. Her many successful books include Sasha & Olga, Russian Roulette, From Russia to Love and Sexy at 70. Pub Date: May 11, 2020 RRP: $2.99 (ebk) -$29.99 (pbk) ISBN: 9780648710769 Genre: Non-fiction, historical, memoir Publisher: DoctorZed Publishing Format: eBook, Paperback Extent: 373 pages   CONTACT DETAILS DoctorZed Publishing Marketing & Promotions A: 10 Vista Ave, Skye SA 5072 T: +61 (0)8 8431 4965 M: +61 (04)10 981 263 E: adrianasini@icloud.com W: www.doctorzed.com  Goodness, Truth & Beauty…all in a book For more information: https://www.doctorzed.com/books/butterflies-demons/ From Prehistoric Times To Cartier, Cufflinks’ Appeal Never Seems To Fade - Historical Perspective By Sam & Qualis 2020-07-27T10:52:48Z from-prehistoric-times-to-cartier-cufflinks-appeal-never-seems-to-fade-historical-perspective-by-sam-qualis Long before fancy dressing and modern haberdashery came into men’s fashion, the way esteemed nobles and fashionistas put their outfits together was nothing short of barbaric. From leaving symmetry dead in the ditch to using ties, ribbons, and strings to hold cuffs and points together, dressing up in the past was tedious, until cufflinks came into the picture. The history of cufflinks With its roots dating back to the 17th century, the humble cufflink's first iterations were introduced as a sleeker, more appealing, and effective solution to keeping cuffs in order. These ornamental pieces were created and further refined by French tailors alongside the development of the stitched buttonhole to seamlessly combine style and functionality. Over time, the boutons de manchettes started to gain traction amongst aristocrats, socialites, and style-conscious men because of how they provided a solution that equally looked great. A few years after its introduction, sleeve buttons—as they were called at the time—became even more popular with upper-echelon dressers in a short amount of time. During this time, the buttons themselves became even more luxurious and appealing as jewelers began to show their takes on the accessories. These refined takes were best defined by gold and silver castings that were adorned with semi-precious gemstones and stamped designs, eventually leading to the modern cufflink of today. Later developments At the turn of the 18th century, the usage of cufflinks and their popularity both exploded as they became even more commonplace in the fashion during that period. Aside from being donned by monarchs and aristocrats (which essentially acted as the catalyst for popularity), they were also used to commemorate special events and royal occasions – not too far from the purposes that they’re being used for today. Despite the already-apparent growth of cufflinks and their rise to prominence, an even higher amount of success came about by the time the industrial revolution and the Victorian era came to be. Thanks to the advent of machinery and its widespread availability, manufacturers, tailor shops, and stores were able to boost their production volumes and make cufflinks even readily available. Beyond production capacities, however, this period also saw the rise in fancy designs that slowly incorporated gold and silver bases, which were adorned with intricate designs that were extravagant and captivating. This era saw the birth of the “Victorian Serpents” design, which is also a design staple among modern cufflink options today! Post-world war resurgence After the first and second world wars, the cufflink rebounded and made its resurgence in production, prominence, and overall importance in the turn of a modern fashion revolution. With the Boyer fastener system's introduction and a production drive undertaken by the factories, consumers had a sleeker, better, and more convenient way to keep its double cuffs together. This would later go on to be the cufflinks that are widely known today. Conclusion Cufflinks bear a storied past that carries its own history which adds even more to their overall importance and value. The next time you put on a suit and look at your cufflinks, feel proud that you’re wearing a time-honed accessory that was also worn by royalty and other prominent members of society in the past.   About Sam & Qualis Sam & Qualis was founded with a rebellious spirit and an ambitious goal of making high-quality, beautiful luxury goods at down-to-earth prices. Sam & Qualis consider cufflinks as one of the most defining style signature, containing within itself the power of identity and sophistication of an effortless elegance. The name Sam & Qualis has a meaningful thematic story. ‘Sam’ is the name of the founder and ‘Qualis’ is Latin for quality. The crown-shaped logo draws inspiration from the headgear worn by the Achaemenid Persian emperors. Sam & Qualis is an Australia based inspirational luxury cufflinks company that is dedicated to providing customers with meaningful pieces of cufflinks that will touch the heart at an affordable price. The company believes in producing smaller quantities of high-quality cufflinks that will last, rather than pumping out large numbers of less than perfect pieces. Each order is packed in an exclusive hand-wrapped signature gift box with great care. More information is available at the website at https://samandqualis.com/collections Sam & Qualis provides exquisite and unconventional designs, the materials used are of the highest quality which include exquisite materials like Stingray Leather, Sterling Silver, Onyx, Lapis Lazuli, Tiger Eye, Opal, Mother-Of-Pearl among others. Sam & Qualis uses CNC machining technology for making some masterpieces like Dalton, Geovanni and others.  Each Sam & Qualis cufflink is a special ornament, evoking class, character, and individuality in each and every detail. Some of Sam & Qualis best-seller cufflinks include: Sebastian - Revolutionary spirit and ingenious craftsmanship: a manifesto of Sam & Qualis' vision of contemporary cufflinks, where diabolo is introduced in an unconventional style (featured in Vogue). Lorenzo - The very soul of this pair is encapsulated in the visionary design and unbridled imagination. Enchanting deer cufflink in an antique finish like no other. Comes with a matching complimentary lapel pin. Gabriel - Wearing a cufflink was never that easy. Magnetic cufflink…the innovation you desire. Dalton - Iconic stingray inlay makes Dalton the most spectacular cufflink of modern times. Every element is designed to bring stingray’s profound soul to life (as seen in GQ Australia). Elias - A symbol of classic self-expression set in a masculine bezel with such distinguished craftsmanship, substance, and elegance. No matter what the personal style preferences of any man, there are fine cufflinks to suit anyone and any occasion. Not to be saved only for the most formal events, cufflinks are expressive and add an air of subtle sophistication to an ensemble. Born from Alexander Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, cufflinks have now become a hallmark of men’s fashion – what a journey indeed.   # # #   HOTA, HOME OF THE ARTS ANNOUNCES 20 ARTISTS SELECTED FOR EXHIBITION IN NEW GALLERY OPENING 2021 2020-07-23T23:30:14Z hota-home-of-the-arts-announces-20-artists-selected-for-exhibition-in-new-gallery-opening-2021 Both established and emerging artists have been selected who have strong connections to the Gold Coast and will be commissioned to create new works that reflect the diversity of the region. The project marks the largest presentation of new works by Gold Coast artists undertaken by HOTA. Criena Gehrke, Chief Executive Officer of HOTA, Home of the Arts said: “HOTA is committed to supporting Australian artists – now more than ever – and we are excited to bring together this group of extraordinary artists who each have unique and fascinating connections to the Gold Coast. This $100,000 commissioning opportunity enables HOTA to put a spotlight on the incredible creatives on our doorstep and Australian artists with a strong connection to the region.” Well known Australian artists including Hiromi Tango, Michael Candy, Samuel Leighton-Dore and Libby Harwood will be exhibited alongside locally recognized artists and collectives. They will create artwork for the city’s new gallery including sculpture, weaving, textiles, ceramics, performance, painting, photography, video, and installation works. The artists were selected by a panel made up of leading Australian cultural divs including, Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director of HOTA Gallery, Leigh Robb, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Liz Nowell, Director of the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Brisbane, Sam Creyton from the City of Gold Coast Arts and Culture unit and members of the HOTA Gallery Curatorial Team. The call out called was for ambitious and locally engaged but globally aware creatives with a significant link to the Gold Coast region, who share the belief that art has the power to unite, challenge, transform and delight. Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director, Gallery and Visual Arts at HOTA said: “The concept for this project comes from the desire to create meaningful opportunities for locally-based artists to present a bold body of work that positions home grown talent on a national stage. Conversely, it is for the city, by the city, in the city!” The new AUD$60.5 million HOTA Gallery is currently under construction within HOTA precinct on Queensland’s Gold Coast and once completed will be the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia. HOTA Gallery will become the permanent home for the $32 million City Collection, whilst presenting international exhibitions exclusive to Australia alongside an ongoing commitment to present the work of local artists. Artists include: CJ Anderson | Mary Elizabeth Barron | Elliot Bastianon | Ali Bezer | Kirsty Bruce | Michael Candy | Aaron Chapman | Abbey McCulloch | Mimi Dennett | Claudia De Salvo | Erica Gray | Jason Haggerty | Libby Harward | Jacob, Isaac and Lachlan Hough | Samuel Leighton-Dore | Nicola Moss | Lisa Sorbie Martin | Hiromi Tango | Heath Wae | Whatumanawa Collective- ENDS -Media Kit: available to download Media Contact: To request interviews, further information or imagery please contact Amy Stalinescu on amy@m10.com.au, 0411 789 195. About HOTA Gallery: In early 2021, HOTA will open the City’s new $60.5M Gallery. HOTA Gallery is the centrepiece of the City’s Cultural Precinct Masterplan which guides the evolution of the precinct over the next 10-15 years as the city’s artistic and cultural needs grow. With more than $399 million allocated to deliver the precinct, this is a City serious about supporting the arts. William Robinson’s stunning painting The Rainforest (a key work in the City’s collection) has been the inspiration for both the architectural design and future gallery programming: a trail-blazer full of wonder, and creation; an unfolding experience of viewpoints and discoveries that challenge us to dig deeper and get lost in creative ideas. Designed by international architects ARM and spanning six levels with over 2000m2 of museum-standard exhibition space, the new Gallery will have the capacity for touring exhibitions of an international size and scale alongside exhibition spaces for the City Collection and smaller temporary exhibitions, a dedicated Children’s Gallery and almost 1000m2 for collection storage and exhibition preparation. HOTA Gallery will become a must-see destination that facilitates and shares new ideas and experiences in visual art both indoors and outdoors; that draws its strength from integrated arts programming, and collaborations with artists, creatives and institutional partners on a local to global scale. For more information visit: https://hota.com.au/new-hota-gallery/ War baby releases the biography of his father’s journey to be the first Australian airman to fly a Lancaster bomber in WWII and make it safely home. 2020-07-23T01:11:25Z war-baby-releases-the-biography-of-his-father-s-journey-to-be-the-first-australian-airman-to-fly-a-lancaster-bomber-in-wwii-and-make-it-safely-home As a fifteen-year-old boy growing up in Sydney, Francis Norman ‘Norm’ Crouch knew he wanted to be a pilot after he saw his first airplane-a low-flying Tiger Moth Biplane. He was so transfixed he crashed his bike into a nearby thicket. It was a fascination which led him to become a trainee pilot in the RAAF where he became notorious for his low-flying antics. Part of an early group of Australian airmen who went to Canada with the Empire Air Training Scheme, Norm survived the perilous Atlantic crossing to Scotland. He was then sent to Coningsby, England in 1941 to join Squadron 97-one of the many RAF squadrons in the legendary ‘Bomber Command’-where he became the first Australian to fly a Lancaster bomber in air raids over Germany. ‘It was the air force that incurred the highest casualty rate of all Allied forces in WWII. Of the 50,000 killed in action 3,480 were Australians.’ Norm also survived the war and was one of the lucky few to return home. ‘Of those Australians who left in early 1941 and completed a full tour, 30 missions or more and then spent the rest of the war flying and training others in Operational Training Command, only 8% returned.’ When the family home burned down in 1957, Norm lost all his war records including his personal logbook. He wrote his memoir to ensure his story would not be lost. His son, James Crouch, used his father’s handwritten notes and other sources to produce this, his first book, Norm – Bomber Command. James Crouch is available for interviews and informal chats on all media outlets. To schedule, please contact: info@footprintspublishing.com.au Norm – Bomber Command is available in paperback and eBook formats from all major online retailers, priced $19.95 and $7.95 respectively. https://www.footprintspublishing.com.au/family-stories Madeline 'Maddy' Cross-Parkin Appointed Director of Music Grants, The Scheer Foundation 2020-07-21T20:53:54Z madeline-maddy-cross-parkin-appointed-director-of-music-grants-the-scheer-foundation Beverly Hills, CA and Brisbane, AU, July 22, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - The Scheer Foundation announced today the appointment of Ms. Madeline "Maddy" Cross-Parkin as Director of Music Grants, effective July 14, 2020. Maddy, who was chosen after an international search, is a brilliant pianist currently following a cursus at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Maddy will lead the Music Grants allocation of the Foundation, and will develop a strategic plan for the Foundation music initiatives. Maddy will have the ultimate decision in granting assistance to young artists.The Scheer Foundation historically has been operated in the fight against malnutrition but has recently expanded its reach to Arts & Music. The Scheer Foundation is committed to serving the fields of classical music in supporting promising young artists."The world of music is international and does not know borders. Music bring peace and joy around the world and therefore we have decided to dedicate some of our efforts to Music," said Frederic Scheer, Chairman of the Foundation."Maddy is young, a brilliant artist and her energy and dedication will bring joy to a lot of people. I salute her willingness to participate in this new adventure. It is rare to see young people volunteering for helping others, we are privileged and happy to welcome her."About the Scheer FoundationThe Frederic & Jocelyne Scheer Foundation is a US Private Foundation dedicated to fighting malnutrition and child mortality in Africa and promoting local agricultural and industrial project to build up local and regional employment. The Foundation recently expanded its reach to Arts & Music.Learn more at www.scheerfoundation.info. Award Winning Australian Watercolour Artist John Andersen has Painting Selected for Exhibition at Bundaberg Regional Gallery 2020-07-18T02:12:12Z award-winning-australian-watercolour-artist-john-andersen-has-painting-selected-for-exhibition-at-bundaberg-regional-gallery For Immediate Release – 18-07-2020 Now in his senior years John Andersen’s Australian watercolour paintings are collected and enjoyed by people throughout Australia. Recently, one of his watercolour works titled “Harbourside Walk”, was selected for exhibition at the Bundaberg Regional Gallery’s ‘Here and Now’ art exhibition conveying 2D works from local regional artists. John’s art works invoke emotions, movement, atmosphere, and imagination. With an exceptional eye for colour, John manages to use colour in a way that convey's light and mood. Many of his paintings can best be described as created in a semi-abstract style. John Andersen’s art studio is located in the small Australian regional Qld town of Woodgate Beach. It wasn’t until in his senior years that he first decided to pick up a paint brush. In only a short few short years John’s contemporary watercolour artworks has attracted attention from both collectors of art and art judges. In only a short period he has won several art awards including several highly commended. John considers himself an impatient painter one who doesn’t like fiddling, copying from photos, or trying to make something look perfect. He once told a reporter, “I paint not draw, and prefer to create my version of something leaving a little to the viewer’s imagination”. As an Australian contemporary watercolour painter John’s works continue to evolve.  You can see some of John Andersen’s exciting watercolour paintings by visiting his Website, Facebook Page, and Instagram. The Create Escape Announces New Headquarters and New Events in Brunswick Heads 2020-07-14T01:12:06Z the-create-escape-announces-new-headquarters-and-new-events-in-brunswick-heads As we are all zooming, glooming and regrooming, The Create Escape is excited to announce its new program of immersive workshops and retreats including cooking, writing and art adventures, all catering to the new normal.   As COVID cancelled The Create Escapes calendar of travel events for 2020 and beyond, Jennifer Richardson, founder and creative director of The Create Escape, has created a new advent of delicious, creative and soul filling events, to satisfy anyone’s appetite.   “Late last year, after 16 years of touring on international creative and cultural collaborations, it was time to find a local destination and space in Australia to host our events. I was already living and working remotely from the Northern Rivers but could not think of any better place to be than Brunswick Heads to call home. It’s creatively rich and diverse, it’s in the centre of a thriving food trail and it boasts exquisite natural beauty. What more could we ask for!” adds Richardson.    The plan was to start mini getaways and one day events around the end of 2020. Then COVID19 hit! “That has been hard, I should have been in Argentina in April and Italy running events right now, so early on in this pandemic crises, we were fully occupied with cancelling, postponing and rethinking our singing, writing and art holiday events. But there has not been one day that has gone by when I wasn’t grateful to be here, and well”     The pandemic gave the gift of time, time to rethink, time to be creative and the greatest gift of all has been time to reach out to locals to develop our ideas for collaborations and events right here in this beautiful area.”   Following are some of the live and online event’s kicking off this July and all done with people’s safety in mind;   ·      Cooking with Love and Laughter with Wanitha Tanasingham – 25th July ·      Come to your Senses, a writing retreat with Shelley Kenigsberg – 6-10 August ·      Singing in Cornwall from home – joining Matt & Giles via video tutorial and zoom ·      Singing in Italy from home – Joining Edoardo Materassi via video tutorial and zoom ·      Singing in Croatia from home – Listen and learn audio tutorial via Soundcloud ·      Italy Dreaming – A Stay at Home Writers and Artists Retreat. A New Way to Travel, Connect and Create. ·      Weaving Nature – with Zimmi Forest in Brunswick Heads, coming soon.   Join The Create Escape and enrich your souls and expand your minds with these talented teachers.   Register www.thecreateescape.com.au   Tradie hires Inspired Unemployed to launch new Body Spray range via The Incubator 2020-07-10T03:25:12Z tradie-hires-inspired-unemployed-to-launch-new-body-spray-range-via-the-incubator Tradie’s series of 15 second Body Spray TVCs show these best mates deeply enjoying each other’s scent in a locker room. “Having these two front our new Tradie Body Spray is perfect,'' says Ben Goodfellow, Tradie founder. “They’re such naturals; within 5 minutes the scripts were out the window. I’ve always our brand ambassadors should be people any Aussie would want to have a beer with, and I certainly want to have a beer with these guys!” Rising stars of The Inspired Unemployed, 25 year olds Matt Ford and Jack Steel are besties from Sydney, with a passion for surfing, snowboarding and generally goofing around. Their scruffy good looks and self-deprecating humour have seen them grow an impressive following of more than 435k on Tik Tok and 370k on Instagram in the past 18 months. Thanks to their unique style of whacky physical humour, collaborations with brands such as Fendi, GQ and the Aria Awards have seen the boys become hotly pursued talent, who are these days far from unemployed. “Working on this project with Tradie turned out to be one of the better collaborations we have done so far” the pair said of the shoot. “The guys gave us a tonne of freedom and let us push the boundaries a lot with ideas and acting, which we find creates a much more authentic result and is how we normally like to work. It definitely helped that everyone on set were bloody legends to work with too, which always makes for a better result.” Kyran Docker, Creative Director at The Incubator was quick to sing their praises too. “Funny is in their DNA. We barely needed to give them any direction, they just instantly got what we were trying to do and ran with it.”  The new 15 second spots will air on National TV from this weekend. Sniff them out here:   Date Night: https://youtu.be/WedQgQYKf58Twenty Four 7: https://youtu.be/DkX8fyq2BHQWorkout: https://youtu.be/oRLoabx0Svk Credits Client - Tradie  Tradie Founder - Ben Goodfellow Tradie Brand Manager - Simone Hyde Creative Agency - The Incubator Account Director - Jeremy Walsh Creative Director - Kyran Docker Writer - Alison Rentoul Production Company - Plot Media Producer - Virginia Kay Director - Nicholas Clifford DP - Max Walter Editor - Luke Dickinson Colour Grade & Online - Manimal Post Sound Design - Dead On Sound WILLIAM SHATNER ‘TO BOLDLY GO’ TO COSPENDIUM 2021 2020-07-06T00:18:09Z william-shatner-to-boldly-go-to-cospendium-2020 WILLIAM SHATNER ‘TO BOLDLY GO’ TO COSPENDIUM 2021 Legendary Star Trek actor heading to Australia for brand new cosplay event   ICONIC STAR TREK, BOSTON LEGAL AND TJ HOOKER ACTOR TO FEATURE AT NEW AUSTRALIAN COSPLAY AND ESPORTS CONVENTION INTERVIEW, MEET & GREET, PHOTO OPPS & AUDIENCE Q&A AT COSPENDIUM 2021   Actor, author, singer, producer, director, businessman & philanthropist William Shatner will attend the new two-day pop culture, cosplay and gaming convention Cospendium on Saturday 30th January AND Sunday 31st January 2021at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.   Register interest for tickets at: http://cospendium.com.au/   As well as a stellar career in Star Trek, the Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winning actor has also starred in globally successful TV series Boston Legal and TJ Hooker as well as over 50 movies across eight decades including the Miss Congeniality films and cult classic Dodgeball.   Shatner will take part in a Q&A session on the Cospendium main stage as well as meet ‘n greets and one-on-one photos & autograph signings with fans over both days of the debut convention.   “When you’ve been around as long as I have and worked in this business for so long, there’s a heck of a lot to share. I’m very excited to be bringing the spirit of the Starship Enterprise, Boston Legal and more down under,” says William Shatner.   “One of the surprising things I discovered years ago about conventions is that they’re filled with love. It’s very special to be up on that stage and share a unique moment with thousands of people at once – I can’t wait to feel the love when we usher in the first-ever Cospendium!”   Fans can also expect gaming tournaments, artist & cosplay stalls, cosplay competitions, prize giveaways and plenty more, from the brand-new event striving to become the ultimate cosplay convention.   “I’ve been a William Shatner and Star Trek fan since I saw the first episode in 1966 and just thought ‘WOW!’” says Cospendium founder Philip Rainford.   “I went to Star Trek conventions with my teenage daughter in the ‘90s in full costume and now my grandkids have the chance to attend our new convention with Captain Kirk himself. It’s just amazing.”   To purchase tickets or a full experience package with William Shatner, visit: www.cospendium.com.au ABOUT COSPENDIUM 2021 Running for an entire weekend at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, Melbourne.   The convention commences on Saturday 30th January 2021, with celebrity meet ‘n greets, gaming tournaments, artist & cosplay stalls, cosplay competitions, prize giveaways, and plenty more!   The debut convention aims to restore a sense of intimacy and community to the culture that the founders believe has been lacking for too long.   ABOUT WILLIAM SHATNER Since he was in his early 20’s, William Shatner has maintained his status as a star of both TV and the silver screen. He achieved the status of a pop culture icon thanks to his portrayal of Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek series and film adaptations. He is also well known as the eponymous TJ Hooker and Boston Legal’s Denny Crane.   Shatner has maintained an impressive side career in music and spoken-word recordings, having released eight albums since the ‘60s. He is also routinely involved in a range of charity work and raises American Saddlebred horses.   WHAT IS COSPLAY? Cosplay, or costume roleplay, is a global phenomenon where fans of franchises from all forms of media dress up as their favourite pop culture icons. At conventions such as Cospendium 2020 , You’ll be sure to run into everyone from Game of Thrones’ Ned Stark and Star Trek’s Spock to Princess Zelda and One-Punch Man.   According to trading platform Liquid, the global cosplay industry is estimated at a value of more than $45 billion and is growing at a rate of 15 per cent each year.   To register interest for ticket sales and for more information, visit: http://cospendium.com.au/ Facebook Instagram