The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-10T01:43:40Z REGURGITATOR ROCKS OUT AT HOTA THIS SUMMER 2019-01-10T01:43:40Z regurgitator-rocks-out-at-hota-this-summer Sure to get both kids and adults on their feet, the crew’s rocking performance includes a collection of unique kids tunes, witty banter and a silly attitude especially for young people. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said Regurgitator’s performance will be a lot of fun with their cheeky take on punk rock. “The Regurgitator Kids Show is about as naughty as punk rock can get and still have a G rating,” she said. “We encourage you to dress up in your favourite rock gear and show us your air guitar moves.” With a host of activities leading up to the Regurgitator performance, kids have the opportunity to get loud and make their mark by participating in a number of free workshops held days prior. The Kids Rock Out Air Guitar Workshops are held on January 9-11 where participants can master some slick moves to show off at the Regurgitator Kids Show. A rockstar’s look would not be complete without a wild rock wig, which the kids can create in the Little Artlab – Rock Wigs workshop on January 12 before the concert then strut their stuff at the show. For those that got in early and signed up to the booked out Artlab – Glam Your Guitar workshop on January 12, little rockers will be sporting a glammed up carboard guitar to rock out in style at the concert. The Regurgitator Kids Show will be rocking from 11am on Saturday 12 January at HOTA, Home of the Arts. For more information, visit their website: - ENDS – FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 |E: STELLAR LINE UP ANNOUNCED FOR FAME THE MUSICAL 2018-12-18T03:07:44Z stellar-line-up-announced-for-fame-the-musical Co-presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts and by renowned Australian production company, Matt Ward Entertainment, this exciting rendition of the iconic pursuit of dreams tale will showcase a talented line up, both on and off the stage this January. Supported by a cast of 40 young performers who have undertaken performance-based training as part of the Musical Theatre Summer School program, are a host of talented newcomers seeking to parallel the hopes and aspirations of their on-stage personas, alongside a seasoned crew of key professionals. Bianca Coxeter, a graduate from Promenade Dance Studio, will play the lead role of Carmen and join recent graduate of Dance Force Fulltime Dance Academy, Devante LaTorre in the role of Tyrone. Locals Jake Binns (Joe), Chelsea Burton (Serena), Tomer Diamanstein (Schlomo), Taye Grant (Goody), Saskia Ramsey (Iris), Lara Salamacha (Lambchop) Nicole Barrett (Mabel) and Liam Head in the role of Nick, will bring both talent and training to the principal cast as graduates of the Musical Theatre Summer School program. In addition, seasoned actors Cessalee Stovall - direct from the USA and Australian tour of Book of Mormon will play Miss Sherman, alongside Hugh Parker as Mr Schmirof, Aurelie Roque who was recently announced as Glinda in The Wizard of Oz Arena Tour as Miss Bell and James Shaw (Mamma Mia international tour & RENT) as Mr Meyers, will deliver high octane performances to complement the Musical Theatre Summer School graduates. Producer Matt Ward said the combination of young talent, peppered with seasoned performers is the essence of what Musical Theatre Summer School is all about. “Bringing together a highly professional team, led by some of the industry’s best, sets our trainees up for an opportunity to show audiences their skills and talent and make a name for themselves.” Matt said that fostering talent, while also producing an exceptionally entertaining show was why he partnered with HOTA to bring FAME to the Gold Coast in January (Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th). “Our creative team is incredible, and their tutorage and experience are why the Musical Theatre Summer School program delivers emerging artists with a platform to launch their performing careers, while also providing access to some of the best mentors and professionals in the business.” FAME The Musical, is choreographed by Kate Wormald (Channel 7’s Dance Boss, So You Think You Can Dance, The Voice and Happy Feet 2), directed by Tim Hill (RENT, Mary Poppins, Into The Woods), and Musical direction by Ben Murray, with Vocal Director Jacqui Devereux. “I love the symmetry of what we are setting out to achieve with the Musical Theatre Summer School, imbedded quite literally in the Home of the Arts, running parallel with the end-production of FAME The Musical,” said Matt. “At its core FAME is a story of young people giving it all to pursue their dreams in the creative industries and it resonates similarly today as it did almost four decades ago.” “So, get ready to don the legwarmers and headbands this January and get set to watch them shine.” HOTA & MATT WARD ENTERTAINMENT presents The Musical Theatre Summer School Production of FAME The Musical WHEN: Thursday 3 – Saturday 26 January 2019 WHERE: HOTA, Home of The Arts Gold Coast. FAME PLAYS: Thursday 24 January, 7:30pm Friday 25 January, 7:30pm Saturday 26 January 1:30pm & 7:30pm – TICKETS ON SALE NOW BOX OFFICE: | 55 88 4000 *IMAGES can be downloaded from this LINK For more information go to: Follow the FAME journey on Instagram: - ENDS - ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective Ph: 0411 789 195 Email: UNEXPECTED ART OUTDOORS AT HOTA 2018-12-14T01:03:53Z unexpected-art-outdoors-at-hota Moving towards presenting more art in the outdoor space and developing their outdoor curatorial program, HOTA present three unique and exciting outdoor works to give people a taste of what’s to come as they prepare for the new HOTA Gallery, set to open in 2020. The three works, which aim to surprise and delight art afficidonados and the local community, will provide social media-worthy moments and interactive opportunities as they pop up around HOTA’s precinct. The first work to appear is HOTA’s 2018 Christmas Commisson, The Forum by Makers Take, which is on display until January 14. Makers Take responded to the commission, which encouraged Gold Coast artists to reimagine Christmas in a more contemporary way, by proposing that a modern Ausssie Christmas is about togetherness. The sculptural-like furniture, in a playful, bright red, forms a seating installation designed to help us talk, connect and be together. Found behind HOTA’s new Outdoor Stage, you can pack a picnic, fire up the BBQ and come together at The Forum this festive season. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said: “I love how Makers Take have presented contemporary interactive pieces that riff on the nostalgic Australian Christmas, just add a sprinkler, Neapolitan ice-cream in cones, backyard cricket and the extended family.” A shining example of homegrown entrepreneurship, the six Gold Coasters behind Makers Take chose to address the gap in the market and create pathways for makers and designers on the coast, reconfiguring into an exhibition platform for creatives across south east Queensland and northern New South Wales. They have produced three shows in Burleigh, Coolangatta and Brisbane, showcasing more than twenty local and national designers in their first year. You can hear how Makers Take prepared for the commission at a special Artist Talk on Friday, January 11. Field Drawing #1 by Kerrie Poliness, is the next work to appear at HOTA. You’ll find it on the grassy lawn near the Outdoor Stage. This choreographed artwork comes in the form of a drawing made with a sports field line-marker from a set of step-by-step instructions provided by the artist, resulting in a beautiful array of temporary lines reminiscent of natural patterns of growth. Made from a composition of triangles and diamonds, this conceptual piece of art encourages exploration and begs to be photographed. The Melbourne-based artist behind the work uses abstract forms to create site-specific works, often participatory in their execution. The final new work popping up in HOTA’s precinct this December, is Callum Morton’s irreverent Monument #23: Helter Shelter, a piece of street furniture rendered in the form of an emergent Donald Trump head which is hollowed-out and replete with inferno flames and bench seating. Merging sculpture and architecture with a dose of humour, this monumental work by the internationally recognised artist aims to be experienced and functional; encouraging a place to take shelter in the case of summer rain. The local community is encouraged to come along and interact with these outdoor exhibits said HOTA Curator, Bradley Vincent. “We spend so much of our time outside, be it socialising, exercising, relaxing or exploring. I think it makes sense to think about what art can be exhibited, performed or made in the outdoors,” he said. “There is no better time to be outside than a Gold Coast summer. It’s the perfect time for people to explore the parklands here at HOTA and see them bought to life by the work of amazing artists.” The Forum can be found in the precinct from December 1, 2018 to January 14, 2019. Field Drawing #1 can be found near the Outdoor Stage from December 14 until it grows out or washes away, and Monument #23: Helter Shelter can be found near the river from December 14, 2018 to January 25, 2019. Artists Talk by Makers Take, will be held on Friday 11 January from 6-7pm at The Forum (Riverside Lawn at HOTA). FREE but tickets are required, book here. For more information on the commissions and HOTA, Home of the Arts visit their website: *Imagery can be downloaded via this LINK. - ENDS – FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 | E: KIDS WILL TAKE OVER HOTA THIS SUMMER 2018-12-12T02:30:21Z kids-will-take-over-hota-this-summer Kids Take Over is a music mini-fest from January 16 to18, where kids can create, get loud and make their mark between 10am and 2pm daily. HOTA will play host to a full program of activities for all mini-rockstars and lovers of music, dance and art, as the Home of the Arts transforms into a rock’n’roll arena and hub of entertainment over three days. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said she thinks kids will love the mix of activities over the summer break. “Kids Take Over is a real rock ‘n’ roll mini fest full of fun and interactive activities that will leave kids feeling creative and inspired,” she said. “Kids will have a great time learning air guitar moves, working the decks and trying out some street dance moves. They can even take their creativity to our walls with our graffiti inspired art activities.” Headlining the festivities are the 360 ALLSTARS who take the stage on January 16 until 19. This radical urban circus boasts a stellar cast including world champion athletes, world class dancers and renowned musicians that will be sure to make the audience dizzy with excitement. It’s the second time the guys will be on the Gold Coast, having featured in the Commonwealth Games Festival this year to roaring reviews. Making a mark with paint and stencils, kids will have the chance to be schooled in street art by local artists as they transform HOTA into an Urban Streetscape; a free event offered daily during the Kids Take Over progam. If that’s not enough, kids can battle it out with their crew or step into the dance circle with hip-hop, street and break dancing workshops each day led by the Gold Coast’s TC Dance Academy. With it sure to be a scorching summer this January, kids and parents alike can cool off in the Lake or kick their feet up at 11am daily when everyone’s favourite Jack Black movie classic, School of Rock, will be playing in the air conditioned Basement. Parents can dabble in the fun too, and take a nostalgic trip down memory lane at HOTA’s Let there be rock! Gallery exhibition. The exhibition runs from December 8 to February 17, showcasing stories, memorabilia, photos and footage from the live music scene on the Gold Coast in the 70s, 80s and 90s. With plenty to see and do, HOTA’s rocking Kids Take Over program will put on quite a show for the whole family over the summer holidays. For more information on HOTA, Home of the Arts or their Kids Take Over program visit: - ENDS – FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 |E: KIDS TAKE OVER PROGRAM URBAN STREETSCAPE Paint, stencil, tag. Get schooled in street art skills by local artists and make your mark as we transform HOTA into an urban streetscape. Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 January, 10am-2pm | FREE DJ SKOOL Armed with headphones and a fully setup DJ booth, kids can learn to create their own party playlist, mixed to the rhythms of their choice. It’s DJ Skool with DJ Fletcher. 30-minute lessons are now full so pop down to hear original tunes by the Gold Coast’s youngest up and coming mixmasters! Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 January, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm | FREE BREAKDANCE & HIP-HOP WORKSHOPS Step on up to the dace circle – hip-hop, street and break dance is taking over HOTA. Get up close to the action and if you think you’ve got the moves, step in and ‘bring it on’. Presented by the crew from Gold Coast’s TC Dance Academy. Battle it out with their crew or join in their free dance workshops. Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 January, 10am-2pm | FREE SCHOOL OF ROCK Overly enthusiastic guitarist Dewey Finn (Jack Black) gets thrown out of his band and finds himself in desperate need of work. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite private school, he introduces his students to the hard rock gods he idolises – much to the dismay of the uptight principal. As he gets the privileged and precocious kids in touch with their inner rock ‘n’ roll animals, he starts to imagine redemption at a local Battle of the Bands. Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 January, 11am | FREE 360 ALLSTARS A radical urban circus boasting a stellar cast, including world champion athletes, world class dancers and world-renowned musicians. 360 ALLSTARS reinvents the traditional circus. Replace acrobats with break-dancers, a basketball freestyler in place of a juggler, swap the unicyclist for a BMX flatlander, and throw in a Roue Cyr artist. With a stunning live soundtrack, you’ll be dizzy with excitement! Wednesday 16 January, 2pm Thursday 17 January, 11am Friday 18 January, 2pm Saturday 19 January, 6.30pm Adult: $35 Pensioner/Senior/Student/Child (3-15) & Group 6+: $29 Family (4): $107 KIDS ARTLAB WORKSHOPS - HOLY SHIRT Design and modify a t-shirt without a sewing machine or fancy dyes. All shirts provided. Saturday 8 December, 10am (5-10 yrs) & 1pm (11-16 yrs) | Tickets $15 KIDS ARTLAB WORKSHOPS - ROCK WIGS Make a wild rock ‘n’ roll wig from paper and ribbon. When you’re finished, you’ll be all ready to strut your stuff on stage. Wednesday 12 December, 10am (under 5s) | Tickets $10 KIDS ROCK OUT AIR GUITAR WORKSHOP Learn some slick rock moves over three days, get some punk rock stylin’ then show off at the Regurgitator kids show. Wednesday 9 – Friday 11 January, 10am - 12.30pm | FREE Ages 8-12 KIDS ARTLAB WORKSHOPS - GLAM YOUR GUITAR Get your hands on a cardboard guitar and give it some rock style in this glam pop-up workshop. Saturday 12 January | FREE REGURGITATOR KIDS SHOW A cool kids concert by Brisbane’s quirky crew, Regurgitator. Bringing their witty, silly attitude and musical mash-up of funk, pop and rock, this unique collection of kids tunes is about as naughty as punk rock can get and still offer a G rating. Have a little fun and come dressed up for this rockin’ performance made especially for young people and their adults. This show supports the exhibition Let there be rock! on display in the HOTA gallery from 8 Dec-17 Feb. Saturday 12 January, 11am Tickets: $22.50 Family (4): $69 Marina Prior Shines at HOTA This Christmas 2018-11-27T04:56:53Z marina-prior-shines-at-hota-this-christmas Mastering over thirty lead roles in a number of spectacular shows and over twenty features in Channel 9’s iconic annual Carols by Candlelight concert, Marina has proven to be one of Australia’s most loved stars to shine over the festive season. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke expressed that she has no doubt audiences will be captivated by Marina’s matinee concert. “Marina is such a talented performer and we are so fortunate to have her celebrate the festive season with us at HOTA this December,” she said. “Her performances are nothing short of amazing and we are looking forward to watching her light up the stage as we get into the Christmas spirit.” Marina has won numerous awards for her performances and was honoured with induction into Australia’s100 Entertainers of the Century in 2006. Covering all of the favourite Christmas carol classics, as well as music she is known and loved for, Marina Prior’s vocals and quartet accompaniment will light up HOTA’s stage in this once-off performance. “Prior had the crowd eating out of her hands.” – The West Australian “Musical diva Marina Prior is triumphant.” – Variety “Marina Prior shows vocal power that has made her such a popular star.” – The Age “Prior’s voice is both distinctive and timeless.” – Adelaide Advertiser For more information and to book tickets, visit: Date: Tuesday 18th December 2018 Time: 11am Cost: $27.50 / Groups (6+) $25 *Images available for download from this LINK. -ENDS- FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective | E: M: 0411 789 195 Go bold or go home 2018-11-26T00:40:00Z go-bold-or-go-home By Tatiana Stutz, Guest makeup artist, The Institute of Makeup Artistry Just like any art, makeup expertise requires boundless enthusiasm and takes years of learning and practice. The Institute of Makeup Artistry, a cutting-edge, professional makeup artistry course allows you to work side by side with experts in the field, sharing their knowledge and experience to help launch your career. My top tips for summer 2018/2019 will see the transition from the extremely heavy contours to much lighter, highlighted, natural glowing skin with playful accents, metallic shadow and smudgy bold lips. Think, radiant creamy textures with minimal coverage. Fresh naturally looking dewy skin is all the go this summer. Skin is in – it’s time to put down the contour kits, brushes, sticks and wands for a more natural look. Tinted moisturiser is a great place to start. It’s about applying the right amount of makeup, so your skin looks healthy. Use natural tones and ultra-fine touches to get the perfect bare face effect. Embrace your natural glow with lighter foundations and spot concealing where you get the most shine to leave your face looking radiant. Bold is back! This is the year to experiment with bright eyeshadow palettes you never thought you’d try. Pushing the boundaries on your eyes with wild colour palettes, making a statement and taking your creativity to the next level is this season’s trend. Brightly hued, free-form eyes in pastel, metallic neon and tropic-inspired hues will sculpt your eyes and make them pop. Think cool 90’s chick, with full lids that are daring and fun. If that’s too adventurous for you, try a simple bright blue line across the lash line. Bright, defined lips are dominant again this season. Paintbox bright lips will really elevate a look. Red, orange and fuchsia are huge this summer. Try mixing liquid lipsticks with intense colour and gloss to add moisture and make them look healthy and plump. Making sure your lips are lined precisely with sharp, defined edges will also help create a fuller pout. Contour draping is the secret you need to know. Draping is essentially contouring with blush. While plums, hot pinks and peaches are nothing new, makeup artists are now taking it to a whole new level using blues, greens, oranges and yellows. Reviving the 70’s bold cheek trend, draping gives your face a sculpted glow on the cheekbones and around the temples and brow bones. The key to make draping look chic, is blending. Use the darker shade to chisel, then buff it out with the lighter colour. The result is a softer, fresher approach to definition. Interested in staying on top of the makeup trends? The Institute of Makeup Artistry was launched in May 2018, and is a modern and innovative provider of e-learning courses, bringing together highly experienced professionals with a strong focus on skill orientated learning, to teach you how to recreate these makeup trends. Modules range from Face, Eyebrow, Eye and Lip Shapes, Glamour Makeup for Photography to Theatre Stage and Special Effects Makeup. HOTA Celebrates the Silly Season with Hilarious Christmas Comedy Kids Show 2018-11-20T23:11:48Z hota-celebrates-the-silly-season-with-hilarious-christmas-comedy-kids-show The Listies Ruin Xmas is set on Christmas Eve in Melbourne, where the comedy duo serve up an hour of messy fun, gross humour and a few new Christmas carols that are sure to leave the audience in fits of laughter. Described as an amusing and boisterous performance, the acclaimed and hugely popular show is perfect for people of all ages. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke expressed that she is confident audiences will not be disappointed with the playful and humorous performance. “These kidult comedians are masters of comedy and it is their silly sense of humour that has led them to receive four and five-star reviews from theatre critics all over the world,” she said. “Their delivery of bad puns and goofy Christmas jokes is what makes their show a hysterically engaging theatre experience for the whole family to enjoy.” Jam-packed with plenty of laugh out loud moments and engagement from the audience, The Listies bring their uproarious take on a holiday panto over three days of amusing fun from 14 – 16 December 2018. “Perfect end-of-year family amusement”. ★★★★ – Sydney Morning Herald “Like the paper crowns issued at the theatre door, one size really does fit all in this excellent ‘kidult’ show.” – The Australian “I dare any grownup to not laugh as much – and sometimes more – than the kids. A gazillion billion mazillion stars”. – For more information and to book tickets, visit: Dates: Friday 14th December, Saturday 15th December, Sunday 16th December 2018 Times: 11am, 2pm Cost: $22.50 / Family $69 *Images available for download from this LINK. -ENDS- FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective | E: | M: 0411 789 195 Awards and Nominations Nominees - Best Theatre Ensemble Greenroom Awards 2016 WINNERS - Best Designed Children’s Book Ickypedia, Australian Book Design Awards WINNERS - Best Production for Children, Sydney Theatre Awards Nominees- “Barry” Best Show, Melbourne International Comedy Festival WINNERS - "Golden Gibbo" Best Independent Production, Melbourne International Comedy Festival WINNERS - "Auspicious Arts Award", Melbourne Fringe CROWD SURF ALL THINGS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL THIS SUMMER AT HOTA 2018-11-16T01:41:14Z crowd-surf-all-things-rock-n-roll-this-summer-at-hota With a beer garden to set the tone, the exhibtion Let there be rock! opens with an evening of free rock anthems, a Q&A with those who lived through the Coast’s heyday and an exhibition of memorabilia, pictures, posters, and portraits in a vibrant gallery exhibition. Inspired by AC/DC’s anthem of the same name, Let there be rock! captures the spirit of three decades of rock legacy. Alongside the exhibition, HOTA will host a mutli-faceted, three month-long program of events that has something for the whole family. Gallery at HOTA Director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery, said from 1970 – 1999, the Gold Coast was a hot-spot on the bucket-list of Australia’s live music touring circuit. “Let there be rock! at HOTA is a homage to this time and we have curated a program for the senses – within the Gallery, through performance, via workshops, in film, through Q&A’s and of course, music,” she said. Let there be rock! will present some key objects from the music houses of the time, including recollections from local music photographers, music fans and industry insiders. The Gallery at HOTA foyer will also showcase the photographic talent on the Gold Coast in Live and Local: Gold Coast Music Photography, where music and photography fuse seamlessly. This show features photographs by Nadia Achilles, Leigh Kelly, Dan Maynard, Danny Santangelo, Leisen Standen and Peter Wheeler. And in a three part series of panel sessions Talking Rock (as part of the Gallery Up Late series), will cover the past, present and future of rock from the legends and musicians who have either lived through or are helping to shape the face of the Coast’s vibrant scene. Talking Rock is all about settling in with a beer on HOTA’s lawn over three dates - 14 December, 18 January & 15 February - and listening to the likes of Dave Graney talk about the hey days. There’s plenty at Let there be rock! for mini- rockstars too. “Amid a number of fun Artlabs, including designing rock wigs, learning how to play air guitar and more, HOTA will play host to a cool kids concert by Brisbane’s quirky crew, Regurgitator, whose witty, silly attitude and musical mash ups are about as naughty as punk rock can get for kids,” said Tracy. “There really is so much for any lover of rock – from the sold out Nick Cave concert in January to the opportunity to join an impromptu pub choir, the various engaging Artlabs, some poignant films and so much more.” “It is a total immersion experience for rock fans of the 70s, 80s and 90s at HOTA and the vital role the Coast played in shaping this scene,” Tracy added. For more information on HOTA, Home of the Arts or Let there be rock! go to: *Imagery and image credits can be downloaded via this LINK. - ENDS – LET THERE BE ROCK! EXHIBITION & EVENTS LET THERE BE ROCK! OPENING NIGHT 8 DECEMBER, 4-7PM FREE (registrations required) Grab a spot in the pop-up Beer Garden located at HOTA’s Terrace and settle in for a night of classic rock anthems. Be the first to view and reminisce over this coveted collection of Gold Coast live music memorabilia from the Playroom, Fishos, Jet Club and The Patch! Light refreshments, heartier meals and cash bar available. There will also be an Q&A session as Samantha Morris, Editor-in-Chief of Blank Gold Coast, chats with Archie Cox of The Playroom fame, and Dog Williams from the ol’ Doghouse. LET THERE BE ROCK! EXHIBITION 8 DECEMBER – 17 FEBRUARY 2019 FREE From the 70s to the 90s, the Gold Coast was a hot-spot of Australia’s live music touring circuit. From The Ramones and Cold Chisel at The Playroom, to INXS and The Go-Betweens at Bombay Rock; and Nirvana and The Violent Femmes at ‘Fisho’s’; this exhibition celebrates the heyday of hard-core rock and entertainment through stories, memorabilia, photos and footage. LIVE AND LOCAL: GOLD COAST MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY 8 DECEMBER – 17 FEBRUARY 2018 FREE Live and Local is a showcase of artistic talent on the Gold Coast, where music and photography fuse seamlessly and the audience, look on and listen in awe. Nadia Achilles, Leigh Kelly, Dan Maynard, Danny Santangelo, Leisen Standen and Pete Wheeler share a passion for photographing the Gold Coast live music scene that is rivalled only by the musicians they document. Each photographer has turned their lens to the stage to capture in concert a roll call of some of our hottest musicians. Live and Local forms part of the Let there be rock! Exhibition and will be displayed on the Gallery foyer space. KIDS’ ARTLAB WORKSHOPS – HOLY SHIRT 8 DECEMBER, 10.00AM (5-10 YRS) & 1.00PM (11-16 YRS) TICKETED Design and modify a t-shirt by without a sewing machine or fancy dyes. All shirts provided. KIDS’ ARTLAB WORKSHOPS – ROCK WIGS 12 DECEMBER, 10.00AM (UNDER 5 YRS) TICKETED Make a wild rock n roll wig from paper and ribbon. When you’re finished you’ll be all ready to strut your stuff on stage. GALLERY UP LATE 14 DECEMBER, 18 JANUARY & 15 FEBRUARY, 5.30-8.30PM FREE (registrations required) Three special evenings where you can see, hear and talk all things rock. Live music at HOTA’s lawn bar, talks (Talking Rock) and Let there be rock! exhibition open til late. Grab a drink and hear from local rock legends with performances from some of the best up-and-coming homegrown acts. Talking Rock sessions, curated by Australian music industry vetran Leanne de Souza, features up close and personal talks with musicians, writers and industry insiders who will share stories and perspectives of music on the Gold Coast in the past; today and where it’s heading next. TALKING ROCK – PAST 14 DECEMBER, 6.30PM FREE (registrations required) Panellists: Dave Graney, Nikki McWatters & Stuart Coupe Oz Rock exploded in the 80s. Across Australia, bands could work seven nights a week in the pubs and clubs. Gold Coat venues and punters were notorious, and the Gold Coast was a favourite stop on the tour for many 80s bands. Hear from those that were there and survived to tell their stories. Plus live music with Peach Fur. HELL AIN’T A BAD PLACE TO BE – THE STORY OF BON SCOTT 5 JANUARY, 7.30PM TICKETED Starring Nick Barker. From hippie epiphanies to bubblegum pop, to the iconic early years of AC/DC the show celebrates the music, the heartbreak and the life of Bon Scott – a quintessential rock and roll story that ended far too soon. KIDS ROCK OUT – AIR GUITAR WORKSHOP 9-12 JANUARY, 10.00AM – 12.30PM FREE Learn some slick rock moves over three workshops, get some punk rock stylin’ then show off on stage at the Regurgitator concert. Ages 8-12, limited numbers. Apply now to take part. PUB CHOIR 10 JANUARY, 7.00PM TICKETED Join a group of strangers to learn a song in a three-part harmony in 90 minutes, then perform it twice. No audition, no solos, no commitments, no sheet music, NO WORRIES. Just grab a drink, relax, and sing. It’s rowdy, wholesome, and so much damn fun. CONVERSATIONS WITH NICK CAVE – AN EVENING OF TALK & MUSIC 11 JANUARY SOLD OUT Unfiltered, unscripted and unmoderated – a Q&A with a music legend interspersed with some of his most beloved songs on piano. REGURGITATOR KIDS SHOW 12 JANUARY, 11.00AM TICKETED A cool kids concert by Brisbane’s quirky crew, Regurgitator. Bringing their witty, silly attitude and musical mash up of funk, pop and rock, this unique collection of kids tunes is about as naughty as punk rock can get and still offer a G rating. Have a little fun and come dressed up for this rockin’ performance made especially for young people and their adults. KIDS’ ARTLAB WORKSHOP – GLAM YOUR GUITAR 12 JANUARY FREE Drop in before or after the Regurgitator show to glam up a cardboard guitar – the perfect accessory to rock out with. Be sure to arrive early though, we’ve only a limited supply of cardboard guitars and it’s first in, first to rock! TALKING ROCK – PRESENT 18 JANUARY, 6.30PM FREE (registrations required) Panellists: Dan Condon, Julie Solomon & Eliza Klatt The Gold Coast today is buzzing with fresh artists, festivals and music industry folks taking their music and skills to the world without leaving the beach. Beach culture, music and lifestyle working together - hear from those making, curating and writing about music and culture today. Plus live music with Eliza and the Delusionals. TALKING ROCK – FUTURE 15 FEBRUARY, 6.30PM FREE Panellists: San Mei, Samantha Morris (Blank GC), Alethea Beetson (Digi Youth Arts), Lincoln Savage (Jungle Love/Brisbane Street Art Festival), Jake, Chris & Brett (GD FRNDS) Where is the Gold Coast music scene going next? Come and be part of the conversation – who will be the next wave of artists, events, venues and characters that you’ll be listening to and working with in the next few years. Plus live music with San Mei and Phoebe Sinclair. HER SOUND, HER STORY (M) 15 FEBRUARY, 7.45PM TICKETED Essential viewing for anyone who’s into Australian music. An intimate conversation unveiling the personal experiences, histories and significant social impacts of women in the Australian music industry. Featuring Tina Arena, Julia Stone and more than 45 artists spanning six decades, the unique narrative brims with rage, strength, beauty and triumph. Filming/photo opportunity: WW1 Remembrance Event 2018-11-07T21:00:00Z filming-photo-opportunity-ww1-remembrance-event Event: Rookwood Cemetery honours Australian war heroes at WW1 Remembrance Memorial for 1700 unofficially recognised service men and women buried at Rookwood Cemetery Date & Time: Friday, 9 November 2018 from 10am to 2pm at Rookwood Cemetery’s All Souls Chapel Interview: George Simpson, CEO, Rookwood Cemetery Overview The World War I centenary marks the completion of a four year long project for Rookwood General Cemetery, identifying and documenting the unofficial graves of servicemen and women who served in WW1 and buried in the grounds of Rookwood. The project was managed by a team of Rookwood General Cemetery staff and volunteers, who located the graves, undertook research about the individuals and their families, and cleaned or repaired the grave stones. Throughout the project, Rookwood appealed for public assistance to help identify family members of those who served during World War I and were buried at Rookwood. The project uncovered 1700 graves of Australian service men and women, with family members sharing their stories and photos. The memorial event on Friday will honour these Australians, share some of their remarkable stories and acknowledge their bravery and sacrifice. Following is an example of one of many veteran stories that will be shared at Friday’s event: Edwin Arthur Hollinworth: Grew up in Texas, Queensland Was known as the horse breaker (he owned a beautiful horse named, Starlight). Served in Cairo with Starlight, and was a classic example of the close bond between a man and his horse He died on May 25, 1936 in Coogee after demonstrating to a visitor how a bomb, that had already been detonated, would have worked (the bomb was a souvenir he brought back from the war). However, the salt in the air, combined with remnants of gun powder still in the bomb, caused an explosion which led to Edwin’s death. The WW1 Remembrance Event will include: An official ceremony (held from 10:30am to 11:30am) Video tribute Morning tea Gun-fire salute Anzac Tours Open-air museum View the full program at or call 8575 8100 for further information. HOTA REVEALS A SNEAK PEEK AT 2019 2018-11-01T04:43:09Z hota-reveals-a-sneak-peek-at-2019 The 2019 program will offer locals and visitors alike the chance to see a diverse range of events and experiences, including modern classics, iconic family favourites and standout performances. Kicking off from January 5 with Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be – The Story of Bon Scott, this narrative concert and quintessential rock’n’roll story stars Nick Barker who sings the story of the AC/DC singer in conjunction with the Let there be rock! exhibition and program of events. Standouts in the 2019 program include the sold-out Nick Cave concert, a phenomenal urban circus performance from 360 Allstars, and Opera Queensland’s Verdi’s Requiem under the stars, a special collaboration with Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival. Dangerous Liaisons, Queensland Ballet’s dramatic and vivid new work based off a classic tale, and Opera Queensland’s Madame Butterfly join Bell Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in the line-up of classics. For family fun there’s the theatrical telling of renowned children’s books Possum Magic and The Gruffalo. The famous Flying Fruit Fly Circus are back with JUNK and The Young King and Hitler’s Daughter offer thought-provoking theatre for kids. Music lovers will enjoy The Sapphires, Vince Jones and the psychedelic fun of Lady Beatle. To top it all off Wicked the musical is flying into HOTA in June and July. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said that the new program offered something for everyone. “We’ve got an eclectic mix of performance for you in 2019. With the best live theatre, family shows, opera and musicals – we’re sure you’ll find something you love. And with great discounts for multi-buy tickets, you’ll be spoilt for choice,” she said. “HOTA is the home of all things art and we’re opening the door for you to come and experience what we have on offer next year.” HOTA’s sneak peek into the diverse program planned for 2019 is just the beginning, with more to be unveiled over the coming months. And not to be missed is the program of events in January around the Let there be rock! exhibition. From Up Late at the Gallery where you can get up close and personal with musicians, writers and industry insiders, to the rowdy fun of Pub Choir and a unique kids show by Brisbane’s quirky crew Regurgitator. For more information on HOTA, Home of the Arts or their 2019 program go to: - ENDS - FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective | E: M: 0411 789 195 2019 PROGRAM SNEAK PEEK Wander Productions presents HELL AIN’T A BAD PLACE TO BE - THE STORY OF BON SCOTT 5 JANUARY TICKETED Starring Nick Barker. AC/DC, riding high in the 1970s, singing the story of life on the road, of dreams and broken promises, of the long way to the top. At the centre of the band stood a man with bagpipes and a wicked grin – Bon Scott. Celebrate the music, the heartbreak and the life of Bon Scott in this narrative concert starring Nick Barker and an awesome four-piece rock band, in a quintessential rock and roll story that ended far too soon. Onyx Productions presents 360 ALLSTARS 16-19 JANUARY TICKETED A phenomenal physical performance which reinvents the traditional circus and explores all forms of rotation. With a stunning live soundtrack, it’s like nothing you’ve seen before. Boasting a stellar cast including world champion athletes, world class dancers and world-renowned musicians, the production connects the street with the elite to deliver a supercharged urban circus. CDP Kids With Tall Stories presents THE GRUFFALO 8-9 MARCH TICKETED Based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic book. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? HIT Productions presents THE SAPPHIRES Written and Directed by Tony Briggs 15-16 MARCH TICKETED Four young Aboriginal women from regional Australia who like singing country music suddenly get the chance to change their lives. Wearing sequins, armed only with microphones, they find themselves trying to spread joy in the hell that is the Vietnam War. A funny, heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of four Yorta Yorta Women, who sing Motown hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval. Flying Fruit Fly Circus presents JUNK 29-30 MARCH TICKETED The world-famous Flying Fruit Fly Circus celebrates its 40th birthday with its award-winning show, JUNK. This vibrant evocation of childhood tumbles headfirst into a world of play and imagination creating a sense of nostalgia for a past era when young people were encouraged to take risks and weren’t wrapped in cotton wool. JUNK will take your breath away with jaw-dropping acrobatics, magical shadow puppetry and world class circus skills from this extraordinary cast of young artists. 2019 Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival and HOTA, Home of the Arts presents VERDI’S REQUIEM 27 APRIL TICKETED In a special collaboration, HOTA is teaming up with Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival for a magical performance under the stars in 2019. Verdi’s Requiem by Opera Queensland will provide the perfect score for a powerful moment in time, taking the Requiem as a symbol of new beginnings for the City and for Bleach*, this music is an invitation to gather and look within ourselves as the music invites us to reflect and have hope. When Verdi's dear friend, poet and national hero Alessandro Manzoni died, he was too grief-stricken to attend the funeral, so he composed a requiem to honour his memory. What emerged out of his sorrow is one of the most powerful works for orchestra and voice ever written. Sometimes referred to as "an opera in ecclesiastical vestments" Verdi's gift for dramatic writing is on full display in this remarkable score for almost a hundred musicians and a chorus of over sixty singers. Asking the grand questions of life, it takes the audience on an intense musical journey from the depths of profound despair to ecstatic hope - a transcendent work, once experienced never forgotten. Vince Jones & The Astral Orchestra presents VAN MORRISON’S MASTERPIECES ASTRAL WEEKS & MOONDANCE 11 MAY TICKETED When The Beatles moved to psychedelic rock and Dylan went electric, Van Morrison hired New York’s finest jazz musicians and recorded two of the classic albums of that golden era – the magical Astral Weeks and the wonderful soul/jazz influenced Moondance. Vince Jones has invited a selection of the country’s finest jazz/rock musicians to join him in this homage to these acclaimed albums. Queensland Ballet presents DANGEROUS LIAISONS 14-15 JUNE TICKETED A classic tale of seduction and betrayal, based on Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ time honoured novel. Set amongst the aristocratic elite of late 18th century France, this evocative and vivid work will scintillate audiences. Dangerous Liaisons is a hedonistic tale of love, virtue and humanity, reimagined into a dramatic new ballet. HOTA, Home of the Arts and Matt Ward Entertainment presents WICKED 25 JUNE – 6 JULY TICKETED Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Monkey Baa Theatre Company presents POSSUM MAGIC 12-13 JULY TICKETED Based on the book by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas. Grandma Poss uses her best bush magic to make Hush invisible to keep her safe – but there comes a time when she wants to know what she looks like. But Grandma Poss has trouble finding the magic to make Hush visible again but remembers that it’s something to do with food. So she and Hush set off on a grand adventure around Australia to find the food that will make Hush visible again. Opera Australia presents MADAME BUTTERFLY 18-20 JULY TICKETED Puccini’s Madame Butterfly is a love story that reaches across cultures, across oceans, across time. A man enchanted by the beauty of the East. A woman in love with the promise of the West. Separated by a vast ocean and many years, what will become of their love? Hear Opera Australia’s wonderful singers perform with a chamber orchestra, along with a children’s chorus, drawn from local communities. Slingsby presents THE YOUNG KING By Oscar Wilde, Adapted for the Stage by Nicki Bloom 2-3 AUGUST TICKETED A beautiful, immersive work using the sublime prose of Oscar Wilde with puppetry, shadows, live music, local participation and heart-warming performances. The Young King follows the story of a naïve boy raised by goat herders who is discovered to be the heir to the kingdom. Become part of the show on your arrival as ‘courtiers’ lead you on an interactive journey before you enter the theatre. The Little Red Company and Critical Stages presents LADY BEATLE 14 AUGUST TICKETED Created by Adam Brunes and Naomi Price. A heady trip of psychedelic fun, magical entertainment, and wide-eyed wonderment. Inspired by true accounts, Lady Beatle weaves a fantastical tale sound tracked by The Beatles’ biggest chart toppers. Rediscover The Beatles’ immortal catalogue reimagined and reinterpreted by Matilda Award-winning collaborators Adam Brunes and Naomi Price in their highly anticipated pop culture cabaret. Bell Shakespeare presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING By William Shakespeare. Director James Evans 4-5 SEPTEMBER TICKETED One of Shakespeare’s contemporary comedies where romance is thwarted by dastardly plots, misinformation, false accusations, broken promises, and bumbling cops. A saucy and razor-sharp battle of wits between the bickering Beatrice and Benedick, who wield words as weapons, their banter betraying their love and loathing of each other. Monkey Baa Theatre Company presents HITLER’S DAUGHTER 12-13 SEPTEMBER TICKETED Based on the book by Jackie French, this award-winning show tells the story of Hitler’s Daughter through the eyes of four Australian children Mark, Ben, Anna and Tracey. As the friends wait for the school bus in country Australia one rainy morning Anna begins to tell the tale of Heidi, daughter of the most hated man in history. The play switches between 1940s Nazi Germany and contemporary Australia as one of the friends, Mark, becomes engrossed in Anna’s story. TAMARA DEAN AWARDED THE JOSEPHINE ULRICK AND WIN SCHUBERT PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD 2018 2018-10-19T09:00:08Z tamara-dean-awarded-the-josephine-ulrick-and-win-schubert-photography-award-2018 The coveted contemporary photography award offers a generous cash prize of $25,000 with the winner’s work acquired as part of the Gallery at HOTA’s impressive collection of contemporary Australian photography. With over 200 outstanding entries and 45 finalists from a diverse range of photographers this year, Tamara Dean captured the win for her work titled, Sacred Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) in Autumn from the series In our Nature 2017 – an inkjet print, courtesy of the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary. Cherie McNair, who judged the 2018 Award, expressed that Tamara’s work accurately depicted modern day photography. “Tamara Dean creates work that confirms photography’s veracity in the twenty-first century. Collaboration, connection with contemporary issues are coupled with a quiet introspection and exploration of ritual,” she said. “The ambiguous and fluid nature of the medium is used to explore the relationship between humans and the natural world. The work confirms Dean’s mastery of the medium, ability to connect with her subject and presents us with a contemplative moment that captures both the dynamism of human movement and the stillness of the landscape.” “Dean has a distinctive ability to capture important moments, very much reflective of her career as a photojournalist. This attribute extends into her art practice, imbuing important moments with a Pre-Raphaelite, otherworldly quality,” added Cherie. An initiative of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation, the award honours the philanthropy of Win Schubert AO (1937-2017) and her extraordinary generosity as a lifelong custodian of Australian photography, art and creativity. It is now also the biggest award in photography for Queensland and second in Australia, acting as a touchstone for contemporary photographic practice nationwide. This year, an additional $25,000 for acquisitions was also awarded to selected finalists, Abdul Abdullah - Delegated risk management from the Weddings series 2017, Tony Albert, David C Collins and Kieran Smythe-Jackson - Warakurna Superheroes #5 2017, Kai Wasikowski – Realtree #4 2018, and Honey Long and Prue Stent – Salt Pool 2018, with their works to be displayed as part of the Gallery at HOTA’s notable collection. Award submissions for 2018 showcased the breadth of photographic practice and talent in Australia, with potent subject matter and photographic techniques used to describe the work of entrants this year. Diana Warnes, Head of Curatorial Projects at HOTA, said the Award gives the winner and finalists an opportunity for gallery and industry exposure. “The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award provides photographers of all levels the opportunity to showcase their work,” she said. “The Award plays a significant role in enhancing the profile of emerging and established artists at a national level, and we’re so fortunate to be able to promote this within our community as the Gold Coast’s arts and culture scene blooms.” All works by finalists will be displayed in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2018 exhibition in the Gallery at HOTA from 20 October to 25 November. *Images and image credits are available for download from this LINK. 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Contact Details Interia Systems 21 Chisholm Crescent  Kewdale, WA 6105 Australia 1300 734 105 Acclaimed Makeup Artists collaborate to launch innovative online training course 2018-08-16T02:00:00Z acclaimed-makeup-artists-collaborate-to-launch-innovative-online-training-course The Institute of Makeup Artistry (IMUA) has officially launched a world-class online education platform this month for aspiring makeup artist professionals interested in learning about makeup from bridal looks through to special effects. For over two years, beauty industry heavyweights and experienced makeup professionals have collaborated to create quality content and professionally filmed HD video tutorials. Designed to be completed over a six to twelve-month period, the course gives easy access to highly acclaimed and talented industry professionals for mentoring and support, clear instructions and a variety of assessments. Anthony Mondello, CEO, IMUA credited the creation of the course on an increasing demand for quality education and a lack of time to physically attend. “We noticed an increase of expensive face-to-face options for Makeup courses and a limited number of quality online options for aspiring makeup artists. “Our students are wanting the very best mentors and teaching, and the flexibility to complete high quality training in their own time; our course offers both. “We have built an innovative course that is delivered 100% online, utilising video tuition and providing students an amazing experience that would rival conventional face-to-face learning and at a fraction of the cost. “The student feedback thus far has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Mr Mondello. Author of the course, acclaimed makeup artist Rachel Dal Santo, has over 30 years’ experience in many sectors of the makeup industry. “The world of makeup offers endless opportunities, from wedding makeup to special effects and everything in between. This is why I’ve constructed the course to include aspects of what I think are the essentials for having a successful career in the industry. “Being an all-rounder is a tremendous selling point and offers the perfect launch pad for beginners. We’ve really designed the course requirements around what would be practical and essential for those starting out,” said Ms Dal Santo. Over 140 students signed up to the launch of the course in May, each student has the ability to create a templated website, showcasing their abilities and will receive professional discounts of makeup and equipment. For more information visit: -ENDS- Notes to Editors: Media contacts Sinead Andrews, Account Coordinator, Zadro | +61 2 9212 7867 Jessica McLean, Account Manager, Zadro | 0400 433 182 | +61 2 9212 7867 Images: Anthony Mondello, CEO, IMUA Rachel Dal Santo, Professional Makeup Artist and Author of IMUA course content IMUA course images About IMUA Institute of Makeup Artistry (IMUA) was launched in May 2018, by Online Education. Online Education Pty. Ltd. is a modern and innovative provider of e-learning courses. As a global leader in this field, we have a strong focus on skill orientated learning, bringing together highly experienced professionals with inspired individuals who wish to improve personally and professionally. MELBOURNE ART WEEK ENLIVENS THE CITY IN AUGUST 2018 WITH EXCEPTIONAL WINTER PROGRAM 2018-06-13T03:51:14Z melbourne-art-week-enlivens-the-city-in-august-2018-with-exceptional-winter-program Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Art Foundation unveiled details of the Melbourne Art Week 2018 program which cumulates in the return of Melbourne Art Fair, 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) and the Visual Arts Awards on 4 August 2018. Over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries will come together in the staging of Melbourne Art Week; a dynamic program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops that take place during the first week of August. Other highlights include programming from MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art; From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout and VCA Open Studios. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “Melbourne Art Week is set to take over our arts precinct with a celebration like no other. Through exhibitions, fairs, workshops, talks and performances, it will be an opportunity to deep dive into the best in contemporary art. Our Government is proud to support Melbourne Art Week. Events like this bring together some of our most exciting artists and organisations and showcase why Victoria is the creative state.” Melbourne Art Foundation continues to support contemporary art and living artists through its initiative Melbourne Art Week, and in 2018 has joined with Associate Partner, MLC Life Insurance to commission a new performative work from Japanese-born, Australian-based artist Hiromi Tango (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney). Performed on the streets of the Southbank Arts Precinct and incorporating Melbourne’s iconic cultural landmarks including ACCA, the 2018 home of Melbourne Art Fair, the work titled Lizard Tail (Dawn) has been embraced as the visual identity for the celebrated Melbourne Art Week. Susan Karson, Chief People, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer, MLC Life Insurance said, "We are delighted to partner with Melbourne Art Week in 2018 to support the commissioning of a new body of work by celebrated Japanese/Australian performance artist Hiromi Tango. Premised on the notion of interactivity, forging individual, social and cultural connections, Hiromi’s new work encapsulates the ethos of Melbourne Art Week in the bringing together of more than 50 cultural organisations to celebrate and support contemporary art and living artists.” MELBOURNE ART FAIR Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) as the anchor event of Melbourne Art Week, housed for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and across two venues alongside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. Melbourne Art Fair exhibition sectors Galleries and Accent present 40 new and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the region exhibiting a diverse range of artists and curatorial themes through both solo presentations and group shows of closely related works. In 2018, the Fair will debut TIME, a site-specific video sector curated by Hannah Mathews (Senior Curator, Monash University Museum of Art) and Rachel Ciesla (Curator and Administrator Galleries and Programs, Melbourne Art Foundation). Unveiling a selection of new and recent works by Michaela Gleave (represented by Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne), Jess Johnson (represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney) and Simon Ward, Sriwhana Spong (represented by Michael Lett, Auckland) and Angela Tiatia (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney), TIME joins with a growing number of organisations focusing their resources on the activities of female practitioners. TIME speaks to the power of the now and is presented across four sites including Melbourne Art Fair, Buxton Contemporary, Fed Square and QT Melbourne. Michaela Gleave's A Galaxy of Suns (2018) transposes what is perhaps the most epic measure of time for humanity: the distance between earth and the universe, questioning the relationship to time, matter and space. The work takes the form of a highly ambient field of colour and sound presented for an intimate audience via QT Melbourne's inhouse entertainment system. New Zealand artist, Jess Johnson and animator Simon Ward’s new video Webwurld (2017) offers a glimpse into a hallucinatory netherworld. Presented at scale on Federation Square’s iconic Big Screen, the work materialises a dark portal into a dimensional world whose activities may be taking place simultaneously to our own. London-based, New Zealand artist Sriwhana Spong’s 2016 video This Creature provides a sensorial travel through time and place. Presented in Melbourne Art Fair and within the Riding Hall and historic surrounds of the former Mounted Police Stables, the work channels female medieval mystic Margery Kempe (known for writing the first recorded western autobiography) through a walk undertaken by the artist through London’s Hyde Park. New Zealand born multimedia artist, Angela Tiatia, explores contemporary culture by drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place. Screened at the street entrance to the newly opened Buxton Contemporary, Tiatia's The Fall collapses conventional structures of time in a deceivingly lush portrait of human consumption and greed. Projects Rooms, presented by Four Pillars and supported by the Melbourne Art Foundation, returns as a non-profit platform for cutting edge art spaces presenting experimental work within the context of a major visual arts event. The 2018 Project Rooms take place within Melbourne Art Fair and will feature presentations from the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne), Blak Dot Gallery (Melbourne) and The Physics Room (Christchurch). Gertrude Contemporary’s Anxious Bodies for Unstable Environments is a project that reflects upon the current state of global instability. Curated by Mark Feary, the project will present new, recent and context specific works of sculpture, performance, video and robotics, by artists Deanne Butterworth, Mathieu Briand, Kate Daw, Kuba Dorabialski, Jason Maling and Mark Shorter. Ryan Presley brings performance and exchange in his exhibition Prosperity produced by the Institute of Modern Art, which centres on his ongoing project, Blood Money (2010 - present), in which he reimagines Australian banknotes’ figureheads as the heroes and warriors of Aboriginal history. Blak Dot Gallery will present new work by four Melbourne based artists Kirsten Lyttle who is of Māori descent, Lisa Hilli who was born in Raboul - PNG, New Zealand-born Tongan woman Frances Tapueluelu, and local Aboriginal artist Vicki Couzens. All four women explore their own traditional cultural and often matriarchal influences or issues to create discourse and examine identity. The Blak Dot Project Room will create an empowered and empowering space for both the artists and the viewer. The Physics Room, (Un)conditional Part 3 is a two-person exhibition of specifically-commissioned work by New Zealand artists Ayesha Green and Cushla Donaldson, which examine the conditions—unspoken and assumed—under which things are given and received, and how, in the shadows, agency can be leveraged or subverted. TALKS Melbourne Art Week will commence with the Keynote address by Philip Tinari, Director of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) at Deakin Edge, Fed Square on 31 July 2018 at 6.30pm, co-presented by the Melbourne Art Foundation, University of Melbourne and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and supported by Fed Square. The Keynote headlines the Talks program, which is presented in association with the University of Melbourne, Learning Partner of Melbourne Art Week. Designed to promote discussion, education and interest in contemporary art practice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, the free for the public Talks 2018: Space of Friendship takes place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 August at Federation Hall at the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. PERFORMANCES & WORKSHOPS The city will come alive during Melbourne Art Week with live performance and creative workshops taking place at a range of venues and spaces across the Southbank Arts Precinct. The program includes Phillip Adams BalletLab's Metamorphosen, a performance installation created in a response to composer Richard Strauss Metamorphosen (1945). Adams situates a continues rolling of body bags arriving one after the other onto a giant 18 metre inflatable designed by artist David Cross. Described as a Mondrian pop art grave yard of dripping paints the body bags roll continuously in long drawn out adagio representation of grief and trauma but of great upheaval in response to romantic musical climaxes in the score. Weaving Workshops: Bush Toys and Baskets, presented by ACCA and the Melbourne Art Foundation, is a hands-on workshop with senior weavers from the Victorian Aboriginal Weaving Collective to be held on Sunday 5 August. Art lovers of all ages are encouraged to join Gunditjmara weaver Bronwyn Razem and Yorta Yorta weaver Donna Blackall to explore traditional and contemporary weaving practices. Spaces are limited and registration is essential. Other workshop highlights include NEW YORK! NEW YORK! Coinciding with 2018’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, NGV Kids presents a large–scale participatory installation that will showcase New York City. Featuring interactive displays, multimedia projections and hands-on activities, this free exhibition will introduce children to the vibrancy of New York. Melbourne’s leading contemporary dance company Chunky Move will offer public contemporary dance classes for participants ages 18+ on Wednesday 1 August and Saturday 3 August, with a special Dance Party on Friday 2 August. Sessions take place in Chunky Move's purpose built, state-of-the-art dance studios, located in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct and a short stroll from Melbourne Art Fair. Melbourne Art Week is supported by major partners the Victorian State Government through Creative Victoria and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Owned and presented by Melbourne Art Foundation, a not for profit organisation established in 2003, Melbourne Art Week will run from 30 July-5 August 2018 and Melbourne Art Fair from 2-5 August 2018. For further details please visit Ends Media Contact Rhiannon Broomfield, Senior Publicist,, +61 410 596 021 Media pack including imagery: Video of Hiromi Tango performance: About Melbourne Art Week | 500 + Artists | 50 + Events | 30 + Venues Melbourne Art Foundation has joined with over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries to stage Melbourne Art Week (30 July-5 August 2018); a dynamic winter program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops. Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage, 1 August) as the flagship event of Art Week and will take place for the first time across two venues within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Other highlights of Art Week include the Visual Arts Awards (Saturday 2 August), From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout, VCA Open Studios + more. About Melbourne Art Foundation Melbourne Art Foundation is a not for profit organisation established in 2003 to promote contemporary art and living Australian artists. Melbourne Art Foundation produces the biennial Melbourne Art Week, and flagship events Melbourne Art Fair and the Awards for the Visual Arts. Melbourne Art Foundation sponsors a range of programs during Melbourne Art Week for the benefit of living artists, to facilitate public discussion and develop new audiences for contemporary art. They include major commissions, project rooms featuring emerging and independent artists and art spaces, public talks, collector programs, guided tours and the celebrated opening night; Vernissage. About Melbourne Art Fair Melbourne Art Fair is the flagship event of Melbourne Art Week, taking place for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Showcasing a curated selection of 40 galleries, the Fair will present some of the newest and most respected artists from Australia, New Zealand and the region. Beginning in 1988, Melbourne Art Fair was founded by galleries from Australia, and has fired the enthusiasm of discerning collectors and an informed public for 30 years. Over its extensive history, the Fair has been instrumental in stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists, presenting a rich and diverse cross-section of the region’s visual art scene. Melbourne Art Fair 2018 is set to welcome over 20,000 visitors over 5-days, from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August (Vernissage Wednesday 1 August). Tickets now on sale: Melbourne Art Fair Event Details Melbourne Art Fair runs from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August 2018 (Vernissage, Wednesday 1 August) in the Southbank Arts Precinct alongside ACCA, 111 Sturt Street Southbank VIC | Collector Preview Wednesday 1 August, 2pm-5pm Vernissage Wednesday 1 August, 5pm-9pm Collector View Thursday 2 August, 10am-12pm Public Opening Thursday 2 August, 12pm-5pm Friday 3 August, 10am-9pm (Friday Up Late) Saturday 4 August, 10am-6pm Sunday 5 August, 11am-4pm About MLC Life Insurance MLC Life Insurance is a specialised life insurance business. It represents a landmark strategic partnership between National Australia Bank (NAB) and Nippon Life Insurance under which NAB retain 20% shareholding and Nippon Life hold a majority 80% of the shares in MLC Limited, the entity which operates the MLC Life Insurance business. The Australian-led and managed business aims to leverage Nippon Life’s global presence, built over 128 years, alongside MLC Life Insurance’s significant experience in understanding and meeting the insurance needs of everyday Australians since 1886. For more information on MLC Life Insurance, visit 2018-05-28T05:04:07Z the-rocks-christmas-in-july-markets Free French winter Christmas experience, only in The Rocks. 12 traditional timber chalets being shipped from France. Multiple Christmas lights to transform the event each evening. If ever there was a socially-acceptable place to step out in public wearing that gorgeous Christmas themed jumper your Granny knitted for you years ago, this is it! The Rocks Christmas in July Markets is Sydney’s first traditional French Christmas markets experience, held in The Rocks over four evenings in July, in collaboration with Bastille Festival Sydney. For the first time ever, twelve traditional, custom-made French timber chalets have been carefully loaded on a ship in France and started their journey all the way to The Rocks in Sydney, giving The Rocks Christmas in July Markets an authentic French touch. Filling these gorgeous chalets, you’ll find a variety of little gifts for loved ones, decorative Christmas trinkets for the home, and delicious sweet and savoury gourmet treats to enjoy on-site. Just before nightfall (around 5pm each day), The Rocks Christmas in July Markets will completely transform, as the event’s festive lights are switched on. This is sure to result in a collective cheer from the crowd, spontaneous "oohs" and "aahs" across all ages, and inspire even the most camera-shy people to reach for their phones and capture the perfect selfie. This is going to be a particularly special time that shouldn’t be missed. Keeping you completely immersed in the Christmas atmosphere, you’ll also find a celebrated choir of community carolers performing a repertoire of the most popular French and English Christmas carols. Vincent Hernandez, Creator of The Rocks Christmas in July Markets says, “Growing up in a small French village, my family and I looked forward to attending the winter Christmas Markets each year - it’s an annual tradition back home. Since moving to Sydney, I’ve wanted to share this multi-sensory experience with families here, and there’s no better place than The Rocks to celebrate a French Christmas in July!” Typically, most Australians celebrate Christmas outdoors in local parks or at the beach, because it’s the middle of summer. We’re not so familiar with the wintery scenes depicted on Christmas cards, or in the movies. This is why it’s particularly important for people to visit this free event, to experience the joy of celebrating Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere. There’s this warm sense of togetherness that fills the air as you explore the traditional outdoor Christmas markets, found throughout most European cities, towns and villages. The evening air is chilly, but you’re rugged up and surrounded by beautiful fairy lights that shimmer like a crackling fireplace. Your hands are warmed by the hot chocolate or steaming mulled wine you’re holding. The sweet scent of cinnamon fills the air, and you can’t help but grin like a little child as you take in the wonderful Christmas atmosphere that surrounds you. It’s this experience The Rocks Christmas in July Markets wants to share with you. - C'est la fin | ENDS - DETAILS: What (Quoi): The Rocks Christmas in July Markets: Bastille Festival Sydney When (Quand): Thursday, 12 July 2018 (11am - 10pm) Friday, 13 July 2018 (11am - 10pm) Saturday, 14 July 2018 (11am - 10pm) Sunday, 15 July 2018 (11am - 6:30pm) Where (Où): Argyle Street,The Rocks (positioned between George Street and Harrington Street) How much (Combien): Free to experience SOCIAL MEDIA: Website: Facebook: Facebook Event - The Rocks Christmas in July Markets: Instagram: Official Hashtags: #ChristmasInJuly #BastilleSydney #TheRocks MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Simon Edds, PR, Bastille Festival Sydney 0412 612 498,