The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-12T00:21:51Z AUSTRALIA’S BEST INDIGENOUS ARTISTS HEAD TO HOTA THIS DECEMBER 2019-11-12T00:21:51Z australias-best-indigenous-artists-head-to-hota-this-december Presented in collaboration with ABC Music and inspired by their Deadly Hearts album, this concert is from the hearts and mouths of a cross-generation of Indigenous Australians. The show features big names such as four-time ARIA accredited platinum seller and one of Australia’s hottest singer-songwriters, Jessica Mauboy, who is the co-headliner alongside Archie Roach, one of the most respected Indigenous Musical Artists of our generation. Audiences will also embrace the heartfelt writing and soulful musicality from Aodhan, who was honoured to win triple j’s Unearthed High Indigenous Initiaive; Gold Coast and Brisbane-based psychedelic art rock band, Selve, will also take to the stage creating narrative driven music from Indigenous lead singer songwriter, Loki Liddle, and lead musical composer, Harry Edwards. Making waves in the Australian bass music scene is HWVKS, who will bring it down with his unique sounds ranging from melodic future bass to heavy hitting trap beats. Brisbane-based funny woman and comedian, Steph Tisdell, has also just been announced as MC of Deadly Hearts, with another big name in music being added to the bill in the coming weeks. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said the concert will be one of the many highlights people can expect from HOTA’s music programming. “Deadly Hearts will be a celebration of heartfelt music, culture and stories from some of Australia’s best First Nations artists performing here on our stage,” she said, “It’s a huge coup for the Gold Coast to host such a meaningful concert, that welcomes such an incredible calibre of talent to our city.” The Deadly Hearts concert will take place at HOTA’s Outdoor Stage on Saturday 14 December from 3.30pm. Part of HOTA’s huge summer series themed HOME, this concert will feature as part of the 20 exciting events and activities over 15 days from December 1 to 15. For more information visit the HOTA website: https://hota.com.au/music/deadly-hearts-a-celebration-of-australian-indigenous-music/ ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 E: amy@m10.com.au eX de Medici presents The Wreckers at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney 2019-11-08T03:54:30Z ex-de-medici-presents-the-wreckers-at-sullivan-strumpf-sydney One of Asia-Pacific’s leading contemporary art galleries, Sullivan+Strumpf is pleased to announce a new exhibition by Australian artist eX de Medici, The Wreckers + Wei Rong Wu in Sydney on 30 November – 21 December 2019. More than 12 months in the making, The Wreckers escalates the artist’s ongoing interrogations of the global political, economic and environmental crisis and the devastating ramifications of power and greed. Comprising of two large works, the exhibition presents an enormous and intricate watercolour illustration, The Wreckers and a landscape painting, Farmer and Foreigner, created in collaboration with Chinese-Australian artist Wei Rong Wu. Spanning six metres, The Wreckers is a sprawling scene of violence and destruction, created in de Medici’s unique aesthetic, drawing on her background as a tattooist. The heavily coded work shows a mass of wrecked cars against a black star-spangled banner, adorned by flowers and interspersed with the names of “the Wreckers – the worst people responsible for doing the worst things in the world”. Sullivan+Strumpf, co-founder and director, Joanna Strumpf says the exhibition builds on de Medici’s first depiction of a wreckage in Live the (big black) Dream, 2006, which features a train crash and foreshadowed the Global Financial Crisis. “The Wreckers is a boldfaced and thought-provoking prediction by the artist of the next metaphorical car crash to come. De Medici uses the paradox of beauty and ruin to sound the alarm on the unfolding climate catastrophe.” The daughter of a political scientist, eX de Medici said she was raised to ask questions and likes to explore the broader global and political picture. “I can smell a crash at 100 paces. Right now, I’m concerned about the growing opacity of government and indifference of the masses, who are distracted by a tidal wave of entertainment.” says De Medici. Farmer and Foreigner is a large collaborative landscape painting created by de Medici with Rong Wu during a three-week trip the artists took to China earlier this year. The 11-metre-long unfolded Chinese painting album records their shared travel experiences. The watercolour and ink painting depict the steep, beauty of the mountains, serene ancient town and the variable current water merge into the sky. Rong Wu synthesises the traditional Chinese painting technique and the contemporary concept to draw the freedom of the space, colour, sound and movement. Symbols such as seals carved from tree trunks and stone and calligraphy represent the artists and their feelings during the creation of the work. During the creation of this work, De Medici was influenced by her first visit to China and a book given to her by her father when she was 17 years old, which explores the function of art in post-revolutionary China in 1964. eX de Medici’s The Wreckers + Wei Rong Wu is on view at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney from 30 November to 21 December 2019. Entry is free. For more information, please visit www.sullivanstrumpf.com Exhibition DetailseX de Medici The Wreckers + Wei Rong WuSullivan+Strumpf Sydney, 799 Elizabeth St, Zetland NSW30 November – 21 December 2019  EXHIBITION OPENING Friday, 29 November 6 – 8pm PANEL DISCUSSION Saturday, 30 November from 3.15pm Join us for a panel discussion facilitated by contemporary arts writer, curator and broadcaster Julie Ewington, with Barbara Cleveland (Frances Barrett and Diana Baker Smith) and eX de Medici and Wei Rong Wu to discuss their new show at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney. -ENDS- For media enquiries please contact:  Sarah Shields, The Fold PR | +61 408 283 091 | sarah@thefoldpr.com.au   About Sullivan+Strumpf Sullivan+Strumpf is one of Asia-Pacific’s leading contemporary art galleries, representing the most engaging Australian and international artists of our time. Founded in 2005 by co-directors Ursula Sullivan and Joanna Strumpf, Sullivan+Strumpf has spaces in Sydney and Singapore and represents 39 established and emerging artists and artist estates from across the Asia-Pacific and East Asia. The gallery presents an ambitious program of diverse exhibitions, publications and talks, and an international art fair schedule spanning Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. Sullivan+Strumpf has proudly helped to foster the careers of some of the most significant contemporary artists in the region and remains dedicated to supporting artists to realise their visions and forge long-term artistic careers. www.sullivanstrumpf.com eX de Medici Bio Although continually shifting in subject matter, eX de Medici’s intricate watercolours form ongoing interrogations of the politics of power and the relationship between life and death. Beneath their beautiful ornamentations, themes of violence and destruction are orchestrated through the imagery of firearms, helmets and other military paraphernalia wreathed by organic detritus. This unique aesthetic draws from the artist’s background as a tattooist and recalls the vanitas tradition. De Medici’s miniaturist technique and technical virtuosity invites close examination through which the spectator becomes caught in a paradoxical vacillation between the beautiful and the repulsive. In her recent watercolours, alive with nests of mobile phone towers, gas masks, clusters of surveillance cameras and rounds of “expanded ammunition”, the language of flower painting is juxtaposed against emblems of power and death. de Medici warns of the dangers of governmental control in an increasingly digitised world. de Medici’s work is held in numerous public collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and most State Galleries. Selected solo exhibitions include, Smithereens, Sullivan+Strumpf Singapore (2018);Cold Blooded: eX de Medici, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra (2013); eX de Medici, Urima University, Iran (2013); eX de Medici/Vexed Generation, Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, London, UK (2010); and Soft Steel, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2003). Recent group exhibitions include The Ideal Home, Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest (2018/19); Two Houses: Politics and histories in the contemporary art collections of John Chia and Yeap Lam YangInstitute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts (2018)Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2014); Conflict: contemporary responses to war, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2014); Like, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (2012); Freehand: Recent Australian Drawing, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2010); and Perspectives, Australian War Memorial, Canberra (2010). In 2009, de Medici participated in the Artist in War Program as an Official War Artist through the Australian War Memorial, ACT, in the Solomon Islands Peace Keeping Mission. De Medici won the National Works on Paper Prize in 2002, and was a finalist for the Rockhampton Gold Award 2016. About Wei Rong Wu Wei Rong Wu was born in Shanghai, China and moved to Australia in the early 90’s where she has since been living and working. She is graduated at the Painting workshop at the ANU School of Art & Design with a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree. She has presented works at the exhibitions “To Fly”, “Dreamland” and “Art of the Collection” held in GAFFA, Gallery Klei Sydney and ANU School of Art and Design Gallery ACT. Barbara Cleveland present This is a stained glass window at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney 2019-11-07T03:05:11Z barbara-cleveland-present-this-is-a-stained-glass-window-at-sullivan-strumpf-sydney [Thursday, 7 November 2019] Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney is pleased to announce This is a stained glass window – the first presentation by Sydney artist collective Barbara Cleveland at the gallery on 30 November – 21 December 2019. This is a stained glass window is a single channel video installation that reflects on the 15-year working history of Barbara Cleveland, a collective of four artists: Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, Diana Baker Smith and Kelly Doley. Directed by the collective, with original score by Corin Ileto, the new video work is inspired by the description of the friendship between two authors, political theorist Hannah Arendt and novelist Mary McCarthy who describe their friendship as a ‘thinking business for and with each other’. The work enquires into Barbara Cleveland’s 15-year shared intellectual and creative pursuit, positioning their friendship, artistic labour and collaboration as ‘a stained glass window’ – an accumulated density that exists between them. Through a self-reflexive video portrait, which draws on the aesthetics and conventions of cinéma vérité, conceptual art and performance documentation, This is a stained glass window is a tracing of their unique working model and their imbricated lives. Exposing their working method in a film studio, the video is an intimate portrait of the collective that purposefully considers how Barbara Cleveland's specific 'thinking business' can offer an alternative support structure for and with each other. Sullivan+Strumpf, co-founder and director, Ursula Sullivan says the gallery is proud to be representing Barbara Cleveland and looks forward to unveiling their new work. “Barbara Cleveland is the most important, hardworking and long-standing artist collective in Australia. For their first solo with us, it is fitting that the work is a reflection on the inner relationships of the group, looking back to look forward. It’s also timely with the latest Countess report, that we celebrate the group of dynamic female artists and all that they represent,” said Sullivan. The collective, which takes its name from the mythic feminist performance artist Barbara Cleveland, creates projects that are informed by queer and feminist methodologies that draw on the historical lineages of visual and performing arts. This is a stained glass window is on view at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney from 30 November to 21 December 2019. Entry is free. For more information, please visit www.sullivanstrumpf.com  Exhibition DetailsThis is a stained glass windowBarbara ClevelandSullivan+Strumpf Sydney, 799 Elizabeth St, Zetland NSW30 November – 21 December 2019 EXHIBITION OPENING Friday, 29 November 6 – 8pm PANEL DISCUSSION Saturday, 30 November from 3.15pm Join us for a panel discussion facilitated by contemporary arts writer, curator and broadcaster Julie Ewington, with Barbara Cleveland (Frances Barrett and Diana Baker Smith) and eX de Medici and Wei Rong Wu to discuss their new show at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney. -ENDS- For media enquiries please contact:  Sarah Shields, The Fold PR | +61 408 283 091 | sarah@thefoldpr.com.au     About Sullivan+Strumpf Sullivan+Strumpf is one of Asia-Pacific’s leading contemporary art galleries, representing the most engaging Australian and international artists of our time. Founded in 2005 by co-directors Ursula Sullivan and Joanna Strumpf, Sullivan+Strumpf has spaces in Sydney and Singapore and represents 38 established and emerging artists and artist estates from across the Asia-Pacific and East Asia. The gallery presents an ambitious program of diverse exhibitions, publications and talks, and an international art fair schedule spanning Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. Sullivan+Strumpf has proudly helped to foster the careers of some of the most significant contemporary artists in the region and remains dedicated to supporting artists to realise their visions and forge long-term artistic careers. www.sullivanstrumpf.com About Barbara Cleveland Barbara Cleveland is an Australian artist collective directed by Diana Baker Smith, Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, and Kelly Doley, working on Gadigal land (Sydney). The collective take their name from the mythic feminist performance artist Barbara Cleveland – who they recovered from the margins of Australian art history – and has been a key feature in their work since 2010. Barbara Cleveland’s projects are informed by queer and feminist methodologies that draw on the historical lineages of both the visual and performing arts. Their recent video and performance works are deliberations on history and memory as embodied action, as fiction, as mode of collaboration. Barbara Cleveland’s projects have been presented at Hayward Gallery (London), 20th Biennale of Sydney, 2018 Adelaide Biennial, Art Gallery of NSW (Sydney),  Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Artspace (Sydney), The Physics Room (Christchurch), Australian Experimental Art Foundation (Adelaide), Performance Space (Sydney), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul) and Monash University Museum of Art (Melbourne). Their works are held in the collections of Artbank, Museum of Contemporary Art, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Monash University Museum of Art, Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art and the Art Gallery of NSW.  HOT BROWN HONEY TURNS UP THE HEAT DURING HOTA’S HOME SERIES 2019-11-07T01:25:57Z hot-brown-honey-turns-up-the-heat-during-hotas-home-series On Friday December 6, Hot Brown Honey will take to HOTA’s iconic Outdoor Stage to perform their smash-hit, genre defying, firecracker of a show that has taken the world by storm. Packing a punch of hip-hop politics, the Honeys are inviting audiences to laugh, cry and shake what your mama gave you. As well as hip-hop, the groundbreaking experience blends elements of cabaret, theatre, burlesque and comedy, mixing things up as stereotypes around women of colour are challenged, all with lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment. The Hot Brown Honey cast brings members from Maori, Aborginial and the Torres Strait Islands, Samoan, Tongan, Indonesian and South African heritage together in celebration of their similarities and differences, as they explore race and cultural identity in Australia. This stellar posse of phenomenal women is made up of co-director and choreographer, Lisa Fa’alafi; DJ and producer, Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers; beatboxer, Materharere Hope “Hope One” Haami; circus artist, Crystal Stacey; and performers Elena Wangurra and Kalala Sione. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said Hot Brown Honey will be a highlight of HOTA’s brand new HOME series. “Fierce, unapologetic and deliciously disobedient, Hot Brown Honey are going to take over our Outdoor Stage in an explosion of colour, culture and controversy,” said Criena. “Part theatrical masterpiece, part radical consciousness raising social activism, this show is all about empowerment and challenging stereotypes. It’s a sexy mash up and a hell of a lot of fun!” Having lit centerstage at the most prestigious venues and festivals across the globe, including the Sydney Opera House, Victorian Arts Centre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Auckland Pride Festival and Hull Freedom Festival, Hot Brown Honey will now make some noise at HOTA with lighting, music and costumes set to deliver an extraordinary performance. Building on Hot Brown Honey’s existing set design, which features a 3.5 metre beehive hairdo that pulses with light, the show will include additional set pieces complemented by incredible lighting design and musical elements which have been specially curated for the HOTA show. The group’s fierce and theatrical masterpiece has won them the 2016 UK’s Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form, Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer and Green Room Awards for Best Production and Best Design. Hot Brown Honey will hype the audience just in time for Australia’s premier DJ and Hip Hop Junkie, YO! Mafia, who is fresh off the back of the RNB Fridays Live Tour. Having worked with a number of A-List artists, audiences can be sure that YO! Mafia will bring the party HOME with her power punch, genre-smashing, video DJ sets that will keep the party going all night long. Hot Brown Honey will perform at HOTA’s Outdoor Stage on Friday 6th December at 7.30pm. For more information, visit: https://hota.com.au/music/hot-brown-honey/ “It’s phenomenal – sexy, foot-stomping fun and radical consciousness-raising all at the same time.” ★★★★★ The Scotsman “Whoever you are and wherever you come from, this will change your life. I have never been surer of anything else ever before.” The Huffington Post “Gleefully challenges stereotypes of sex and race with a full grin, bared chest and raised middle finger.” ★★★★★ Edinburgh 49 “…brilliant mashup of music, dance and burlesque, all the while challenging your perceptions of gender, colour and privilege.” ★★★★★ Rip It Up “Phenomenal, powerful, and an absolute joy.” The Perth Project “…a loud, proud evening of consciousness raising; a series of lessons on race and gender that says you can have your revolution and dance to it, too.” Vancouver Sun - ENDS – ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective E: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 An exciting guideline for creating function room effectively for the party 2019-11-02T07:06:11Z an-exciting-guideline-for-creating-function-room-effectively-for-the-party Full-on entertainment! Would you like this entertainment to be an ongoing process of learning and growth that being fun at the same time? 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Almost 4 metres tall, made from concrete and weighing 2.4 tonnes, the wall is well-preserved, still displaying original graffiti with the words: ‘Jeder hat Kraft’ - ‘Everyone is powerful’.   The official inauguration of the display on 23rd November 2019 will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, one of the most notable events of the 20th century.   The piece of the wall has been donated by the current owner and will be installed and displayed at Euroka Reserve, a small public garden in front of the Institut with the support of international freight company Henning Harders.   Organised by the Goethe-Institut and Woollahra Council, the public celebration will include a welcome by the Mayor of Woollahra, Councillor Susan Wynne, the German Consul General Peter Silberberg and the Goethe-Institut Director Sonja Griegoschewski. Guests will have the opportunity to see the poster exhibition “The Power of Emotions” and listen to a panel of witnesses who will share their personal memories of the historic event in 1989. Goethe Institut Director Sonja Griegoschewski shares her excitement about the event: “For almost 50 years the Goethe-Institut in Woollahra has been a cornerstone of German-Australian cultural relations. As a born Berliner, I am deeply touched by the opportunity to share such an important piece of German history with the Australian public.” “What once symbolised division is now a symbol of what brings us together. Having a piece of the Berlin Wall installed in Woollahra on the 30th anniversary of such an iconic event is an important reminder to us not to take for granted the peace and freedom we enjoy,” Woollahra Mayor Susan Wynne comments. “It is well placed at the Goethe-Institut, which is dedicated to fostering international cultural cooperation.”   “The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the beginning of a new era of freedom, not only for East Germans, but also for many other people in Central and Eastern Europe” says the German Consul General, Peter Silberberg. “It was the beginning of the processes which led to the unification of the then two German states less than a year later and paved the way to overcome the trenches that had divided Europe into East and West for more than 40 years.”   Event date: 23 November 2019 Time: 3pm to 6pm Address: Goethe-Institut, 90 Ocean Street, Woollahra 2025 NSW Contact: Sonja Griegoschewski Director Australia Goethe-Institut sonja.griegoschewski@goethe.de Phone: 02 8356 8333   www.goethe.de/australia www.facebook.com/goetheinstitut.australien instagram.com/gi_australien twitter.com/GI_Australien   About the Goethe-Institut The Goethe-Institut is the cultural liaison between Germany and Australia. We are a not for profit, independent cultural organisation with a global reach. Our mandate is to promote the study of the German language abroad, and to encourage and facilitate international cultural exchange. The Goethe-Institut has 158 branches in 98 countries. Our branch in Melbourne was founded in 1972, followed by the Sydney branch in 1974. We work with partners and networks across Australia. Sullivan+Strumpf now representing Michael Zavros 2019-10-31T02:53:13Z sullivan-strumpf-now-representing-michael-zavros [Thursday, 31 October 2019] One of Asia-Pacific’s leading contemporary art galleries, Sullivan+Strumpf is excited to announce its representation of award-winning Australian artist Michael Zavros. The Brisbane-born artist is best known for his photorealistic, hyper-detailed paintings and drawings, engaging with themes of beauty, desire and often the culture of narcissism. His work has been exhibited in major museums throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe, and his survey show Magic Mike at the Newcastle Art Gallery opened to much critical acclaim. His subjects include luxury fashion, flowers, cars, jewellery, dressage horses, pedigree chickens and more recently, explorations of the home and self. Sullivan+Strumpf, co-founder and director, Ursula Sullivan says the gallery is proud to be representing Zavros and they look forward to presenting his work in 2020.  “The work of Michael Zavros is sharp and frighteningly poignant. He catches us, like deer in the headlights, with our judgement, desire, fear and aspiration intimately exposed. We are thrilled to begin working with him as he reaches new heights of technical and conceptual maturity and confidence. He is a master,” said Sullivan. A finalist in the 2019 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Zavros has received a number of coveted art awards including the 2012 Bulgari Art Award through the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the 2010 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the 2007 Kedumba Drawing Award, the 2005 Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, the 2004 MCA Primavera Collex Art Award, the 2002 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, and he has been a multiple Archibald Prize finalist. He has also been the recipient of several international studio residencies, including the Australia Council Greene Street Studio, New York in 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include an upcoming show at Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane on 12 November to 7 December 2019; Bad Dad at Starkwhite, Auckland in 2014; A Private Collection: Artist Choice at Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, and The Prince at Rockhampton Art Gallery and Griffith University Art Gallery in 2013. Zavros also held international solo shows at Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles in 2016 and Art Basel Hong Kong in 2015. Recent Australian group exhibitions include the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at Art Gallery of South Australia and GOMAQ at Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane in 2015. Zavros’ work is held in numerous private and public collections, including The National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, University of Queensland Art Museum, Artbank, National Portrait Gallery, Griffith University Art Collection, Newcastle Region Art Gallery and Tasmanian Museum and Gallery. Zavros lives and works outside of Brisbane. For more information, please visit www.sullivanstrumpf.com -ENDS- For media enquiries please contact:  Sarah Shields, The Fold PR | +61 408 283 091 | sarah@thefoldpr.com.au   About Sullivan+Strumpf Sullivan+Strumpf is one of Asia-Pacific’s leading contemporary art galleries, representing the most engaging Australian and international artists of our time. Founded in 2005 by co-directors Ursula Sullivan and Joanna Strumpf, Sullivan+Strumpf has spaces in Sydney and Singapore and represents 39 established and emerging artists and artist estates from across the Asia-Pacific and East Asia. The gallery presents an ambitious program of diverse exhibitions, publications and talks, and an international art fair schedule spanning Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. Sullivan+Strumpf has proudly helped to foster the careers of some of the most significant contemporary artists in the region and remains dedicated to supporting artists to realise their visions and forge long-term artistic careers. www.sullivanstrumpf.com Michael Zavros Bio Michael Zavros (b. 1974) graduated from Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1996. In 2012 Michael Zavros was awarded the inaugural Bulgari Art Award through the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 2010 he was awarded the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the world’s richest prize for portraiture. He has won three major Australian drawing prizes: the 2002 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, the 2005 Robert Jacks Drawing Prize and the 2007 Kedumba Drawing Award, and has been a multiple Archibald Prize finalist. He was the recipient of the 2004 MCA Primavera Collex Art Award. In 2016 Zavros showed a solo exhibition at Art Los Angeles Contemporary and in 2015 a solo at Art Basel Hong Kong. Other shows include Selectively Revealed, an Asialink and Experimenta Media Arts exhibition that toured to Korea, Indonesia and Thailand in 2012, New Nature at Govett Brewster Gallery, New Zealand in 2007 and Uncanny (the unnaturally strange), Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand. Zavros’s selected Australian group exhibitions include Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art 2016 at Art Gallery of South Australia, GOMAQ at Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2015, Wilderness at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2010, Scott Redford Vs Michael Zavros at the Institute of Modern Art, 2010, Contemporary Australia: Optimism at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2008, and Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2000. Solo exhibitions include Bad Dad at Starkwhite, Auckland, 2014, A Private Collection: Artist Choice, Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, The Prince, Rockhampton Art Gallery and Griffith University Art Gallery, The Good Son: Works on Paper, a survey exhibition in 2009 at Gold Coast City Art Gallery and Everything I wanted at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane in 2003/2004. Zavros has been the recipient of several international residencies including the Australia Council Greene Street Studio, New York, 2014 Milan studio residency in 2001, and the Barcelona studio in both 2005 and 2010. In 2003 he was awarded a Cite International des Arts Residency in Paris through the Power Institute, University of Sydney. In 2004 he was awarded a studio residency at the Gunnery Studios, Sydney, from the NSW Ministry for the Arts. In 2013 he was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial to paint a portrait of Victoria Cross winner Ben Roberts-Smith and in 2016 he will paint Dame Quentin Bryce for the National Portrait Gallery. He served on the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts between 2007 and 2011 and currently serves on the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) board. His work is held in numerous private and public collections, including The National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, University of Queensland Art Museum, Artbank, National Portrait Gallery, Griffith University Art Collection, Newcastle Region Art Gallery and Tasmanian Museum and Gallery. Hollywood stars support ‘next epic’ Aussie sci-fi franchise 2019-10-30T00:35:18Z hollywood-stars-support-next-epic-aussie-sci-fi-franchise HOLLYWOOD stars including Priscilla Presley, US actor Cliff Simon (aka Stargate’s Lord Ba’al) and Bruce Logan from team Star Wars, have thrown their support behind the work of Hunter Valley author A.J. Cootes, who will officially launch the first book in the Almythea franchise in Australia this November. Almythea has been 20 years in the making and excitement is building worldwide for what is being touted as the next epic franchise in the sci-fi fantasy adventure genre. The main launch will be at Supanova in Brisbane from November 8-10, following other book launches in the Hunter Valley on November 3 and on the Gold Coast on November 7. A percentage of proceeds will go to Beyond Blue to help fight anxiety, depression and suicide. Priscilla Presley will play Petelia (Queen of the ‘fleafs’ – pixie-like creatures that act as her messengers and spies, when they’re not messing up) in the upcoming films and Cliff Simon will play Grey Paw (a rebellious, smouldering, immortal Obi Wan Kenobi type). He has also written the foreword for the book. A.J. Cootes began writing after his best friend, Greg Wilson, was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Greg’s ensuing battle with depression inspired the pair to co-author the artist’s biography, My Brush with Depression, in the hope it would help others facing similar problems. Growing up, A.J. loved movies and stories that encouraged his imagination and altruism. His favourites are the Star Wars films, Dune by Frank Herbert, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and other books by Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway. The story of Almythea begins with: “In a world ruled by evil, it will take an outcast to save the people.” For centuries, Almythea has been ruled by the tyrannical alien overlord The Lost One and his duplicitous, seductively-sinister lieutenant, Raven Weaver. The once peaceful planet, now enslaved, wastes away as it is mined and stripped of rare refractive crystals. When Little Hawk, a young warrior, confesses to a crime he didn't commit to protect Broken Arrows, the woman he secretly loves, he is exiled to the Badlands. Formidable creatures force him to battle not only for his life but also against his inner demons. On the brink of death, Little Hawk encounters the mysterious and rebellious shaman, Grey Paw – changing the course of Almythea's future…” A.J. Cootes writes from his secluded farm in the Hunter Valley and is a director of the Greg Wilson Studio. He resides with his wife, Joyce, and inseparable friend and business partner Josie Wilson (collectively known as the Hippies on the Hill). He is happiest when he is writing, playing with his dog, Hemingway, and tending to his hens, led by Princess Layer, in the Cluckleberry Inn coop. There will be six instalments in the Almythea franchise The Chronicles of Almythea – Rise of Wingtar; The battle for our souls; The New Kingdom; Three will fall and one will rise; Battle of the Ancients (prequel part one) and the 1,000 year war begins (prequel part two). Numbers will be limited at the book launches on the Gold Coast and in the Hunter Valley, which will be hosted by nearby resident Channel 7's Better Homes and Gardens host Johanna Griggs and ‘Media Queen’ Aldwyn Altuney, from the Gold Coast. For event details, book sales and more information, visit www.almythea.com ENDS Media contact only: For advance copies of the book, interviews with A.J. Cootes or celebrities involved, contact project manager Lynn Santer on 0410 513 009 or marketing manager Aldwyn Altuney on 0409 895 055. Australian Data Champion Partners With the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne To Give Australian Independent Film A Big Data Boost. 2019-10-28T23:33:22Z australian-data-champion-partners-with-the-faculty-of-fine-arts-and-music-university-of-melbourne-to-give-australian-independent-film-a-big-data-boost Hidden Australian tech champion, Arcitecta, has partnered with The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) to create and deploy the VCA Film and Television Digital Archive. The archive is a massive achievement; over 50 years of film has been digitised, preserved and made accessible with the big data project ­– totalling over 78TB of historical and socially significant cultural data assets. The archive sets a benchmark for other film schools around the world for teaching, learning, research, and engagement in film.   This is not the first time big data has been a big deal at the University of Melbourne. Arcitecta has partnered with the University research platform for over 10 years. Arcitecta provides data management platform, Mediaflux, to improve compute, data and informatics capabilities across its petascale research faculties. Jason Lohrey, founder, and CTO of Arcitecta says the project with the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music lives in a truly innovative space at the intersection of science and art.    “We are at an exciting point in the evolution of incredible films; where the art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art. Accessing the data in a larger context than the traditional film school setting, opens up new possibilities to celebrate and discover new aspects of Australian cultural identity and the University’s impact on a global scale.   “It is exciting to empower students, teachers and researchers to engage with films in a much deeper and more sophisticated way. With our technology, they can embark on a journey of insight to patterns otherwise unseen.”    The project was driven by Donna Lyon, an Associate Director of Teaching and Learning at the VCA Film and Television School with the aim to celebrate, explore and engage with the films made by past, current and emerging filmmakers.   “I wanted to democratise the film school archive that remained shut off – inaccessible to staff, students and beyond – and ensure that these films could be seen by not only students and staff, but a diverse array of audiences”.   The project brings the rich collection of student short films to life, offering new context and meaning for current and future filmmakers, historians, researchers and contributes to Australia’s moving image history. The Archive Project has already ingested an impressive 19,270 hours of film equivalent to 214 features.   The VCA alumni are highly and widely regarded on Australian and international screens with wins at festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, and Venice. At the cinema, they are the talent behind films such as Animal Kingdom, Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, and Legally Blonde. On television, VCA graduates are responsible for shows such as True Detective, Top of the Lake, Offspring and Nowhere Boys.   “I was motivated to preserve and make accessible the back catalogue of student short films belonging to Australia’s longest continuing film school and ensure that all current and future short films are available for teaching, learning, research and engagement purposes”. Australian researchers pioneering a new approach to building Empathy and reducing stigma 2019-10-27T21:53:55Z rodeo-4-life-set-to-save-lives-with-electrifying-rodeo-amp-country-music-entertainment-1 MEDIA RELEASE: 28 OCT 2019   Australian researchers pioneering a new approach to building Empathy and reducing stigma   Launched at The Big Anxiety Festival as part of The Empathy Clinic, Course of Empathy https://courseofempathy.org/ is a web-based app for cultivating empathy.   Course of Empathy has been developed by a team of arts and psychology researchers led by Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow, Professor Jill Bennett (UNSW) whose ARC-funded Felt Experience & Empathy Lab (fEEL) is focused on addressing the impacts of stigma.   “Empathy and kindness … drive social change.  These are not just sentiments, they are tools.” - Jacinda Ardern, PM of New Zealand   Course of Empathy tests the idea that empathy skills are tools that can be cultivated by anyone.  It offers a more practical approach than the didactic anti-stigma campaigns used in mental health.  “Challenging people’s beliefs or telling them what to think is not enough -- we also need to focus on building empathy skills”, says Professor Bennett.   As a woman with dwarfism, contributing artist and psychology lecturer, Dr Debra Keenahan’s daily experience confirms that many people are uncomfortable with visible difference.  Research shows that we typically direct empathy to people we like or “in-groups”, and we tend to withhold empathy from people we perceive as different.  “We need to provide options for actions” Dr Keenahan says.    Unless we can imaginatively ‘step into someone else’s shoes’ we cannot empathise.   Course of Empathy is unique in combining insights and resources from both science and art.  It features newly commissioned artworks/videos offering unique insights into mental health, disability and marginalization, along with interviews with psychologists and other specialists.    “Imagination and perspective sharing is critical to empathy – and the arts give us the means to understand another’s experience” says Prof Bennett.  Those taking the Course can do it online and also access innovative new artworks and virtual reality experiences at the Empathy Clinic exhibition https://www.thebiganxiety.org/the-empathy-clinic/   Empathy is the theme of The Big Anxiety Festival.  Related outputs include the Listening Panel recording: https://www.thebiganxiety.org/events/art-after-hours/     For more information visit: www.thebiganxiety.org     facebook.com/thebiganxiety | twitter.com/thebiganxiety | Instagram.com/thebiganxiety     Media Centre: Background information, images, biographies of key personnel and the full program can be accessed at:  http://bit.ly/TheBigAnxietyFestivalMC-19     Australian Paintings Exhibition at Lauder and Howard, Hobart Tasmania - Mid 20th Century Artists 2019-10-24T07:31:51Z australian-paintings-exhibition-at-lauder-and-howard-hobart-mid-20th-century-artists Australian Paintings Exhibition at Lauder and Howard, Hobart Mid 20th Century Artists Opens 9th Saturday November  2019 @ 2pm   Lauder and Howard, one of Australia’s leading fine art and antique dealers, is pleased to announce the Australian Painting exhibition from 9th November 2019 at their 185 Campbell Street, Hobart gallery.   Featuring paintings by Elaine Haxton, Judy Cassab (twice winner of the Archibald Prize for portraiture), Jean Bellette, Ellis Rowan, Eileen Brooker, Roma Thompson, Roland Wakelin (including an interesting image of Hobart and Mount Wellington), Michael Kmit, John Santry, Adrian Feint among others.   www.lauderandhoward.com.au    For more information about the exhibition and any further images please contact Leslie Lauder on 0408 409 900 or enquiries@lauderandhoward.com.au   Rodeo 4 Life Announces Elite Bull Riding Superstars in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular! 2019-10-23T02:47:36Z rodeo-4-life-announces-elite-bull-riding-superstars-in-australia-s-richest-bull-ride-rodeo-spectacular MEDIA RELEASE: 23 October 2019  “Rodeo 4 Life” Announces Elite Bull Riding Superstars in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular! Today, Rodeo 4 Life announced its line-up of elite bull riding champions* who’ll thrill audiences when Australia’s richest bull ride and country music arena spectacular explodes at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong on Saturday 30 November to help save lives! In an Australian first, Rodeo 4 Life combines electrifying rodeo sports entertainment starring Australia’s toughest bull riding champions from across Australia with a full length live concert by seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins, performing some of his greatest hits. Rodeo 4 Life will be a thrilling night of entertainment featuring a star-studded line-up of bull riding daredevil cowboys who’ll fight the odds to stay mounted for the full 8 seconds on the legendary JP Gill and Sons’ mightiest rodeo bulls as they compete for the championship title and a whopping $30,000 in prize money! Rodeo 4 Life’s cowboy line-up includes bull riding superstars Cliff Richardson (NSW), Troy Wilkinson (NSW), Wade McCarthy (WA), Mathew Bee (QLD), Troy Cross (NSW) and Toby Collins (VIC) who’ll be going for gold to take home the Rodeo 4 Life inaugural title and the grand prize! But these bull riding legends won’t have an easy ride! They’ll be challenged by young gun cowboys already with a string of titles under their belts including; Wyatt Milgate (QLD), Sam Woodall (VIC), Joe Down (VIC), Bryden Atkins (VIC) and Ty Thomson (QLD) - all aiming to smash records to win the Rodeo 4 Life title and the pot of gold! Producer Doug Vickers OAM, a long-time rodeo man who’s produced many large-scale rodeo events across Australia said, “We’re thrilled to have such a fine line up of champions in this spectacular event that will keep the audience on the ‘edge of their seats’ when Rodeo 4 Life rocks The Gong in a thrilling, action-packed night of electrifying live rodeo and country music entertainment.” While Rodeo 4 Life will be exhilarating, Australia’s bull riding champions won’t just be bucking for the grand prize when they burst from chutes on powerful  bulls in the ride of their lives; they’ll risk all by ‘riding for a greater cause’ – to raise bucks that can save lives through funding organ transplant research at the RPA Transplant Institute (RPATI). Champion cowboy Troy Wilkinson who currently holds the highest bull riding score in Australia with a record of 93 and the titles of 2015 APRA Bull Riding Champion, 2017 PBR Australia Champion and 2017 PBR World Finals Qualifier, said, “Rodeo 4 Life will be massive and the competition as tough as it gets!” “We’ll all be riding our hearts out for this important cause and hoping to bring home the grand prize in Australia’s richest bull riding rodeo arena spectacular.” Rodeo 4 Life producer Doug Vickers is more than a businessman, he’s also a grateful RPA liver transplant recipient who’s doing much more than setting the bar high for Australian rodeo sports entertainment; he’s also increasing awareness of organ donation and funding essential life-saving organ transplant research with 100% of profits dedicated to research conducted at the RPATI. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) has long been Australia’s pioneers in organ transplant research and surgery having saved thousands of lives through developing breakthroughs to benefit all Australians. Thanks to the funds raised from Rodeo 4 Life, the RPATI will be able to continue with the development of a world first organ perfusion system that will be able to extend organ viability from the current length of just a few hours to become viable for several days. This will allow more organs to be made available for transplant and a greater number of Australian lives to be saved. “Rodeo 4 Life champion bull riders and the audience will be part of something that’s so much more than a night of exciting entertainment - they’ll have the time of their lives while giving seriously ill people time to live,” Mr Vickers said. “By promoting the need to register to become an organ donor and funding this vital research at RPATI, we’ll be increasing the number of organs that can be transplanted and together we’ll save more lives,” he said. Travis Collins, who’s well known for his tireless fundraising efforts by dedicating his talents to causes close to his heart to help others said, “It’s an incredible honour to perform at Rodeo 4 Life. While music, song writing, recording and performing is my life, there is something very special about being part of something bigger that has the power to save the lives of many.” Book now at Ticketmaster www.bit.ly/RFL-BOOK or rodeo4life.com.au. -ENDS- *Full list of Rodeo 4 Life Bull riding champions on page 3.   MEDIA CONTACTS INTERVIEW REQUESTS Insight Communications on: 02 9518 4744 INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES 1.      Rodeo 4 Life Champion Cowboys 2.      Doug Vickers OAM - Rodeo 4 Life producer and RPA Liver transplant recipient 3.      Travis Collins - Seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year 4.      John ‘Happy” Gill of JP Gill & Sons – Rodeo 4 Life stock contractor   RODEO 4 LIFE LINKS 1.      Rodeo 4 Life Website: https://rodeo4life.com.au/ 2.      Rodeo 4 Life Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodeo4lifeau/ 3.      BOOK NOW at Ticketmaster: http://bit.ly/RFL-BOOK 4.      Organ Donor Register: https://donatelife.gov.au/   RODEO 4 LIFE MEDIA CENTRE – DOWNLOADS 1.      Photographs of spokespersons, cowboys, rodeo images and bulls can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/RFL-Media     JOURNALIST NOTES RODEO 4 LIFE CHAMPION BULL RIDERS (IN ALPHA ORDER) 1.      Ben Atkins from Tongala, Victoria, is a long-time crowd pleaser in bull riding competitions and was a NFR Finalist in both 2007 and 2008. 2.      Bryden Atkins from Chiltern, Victoria, was 2 time APRA Junior Bull Riding Champion and 2009 NRCA Junior Bull Riding Champion. Bryden also holds the 2014, 2015, 2016 RSA Woodalls Series Ride-Tuff Bull Riding Champion title and was a 2015 United Bucking Bulls inc. (UBBI) World Series Qualifier. Bryden’s been an APRA Bull Riding Qualifier multiple times and his recent wins at Barooga and Chiltern APRA Pro-Rodeos. 3.      Mathew Bee from Tarome, Queensland, won the title of RSA Ridetuff Series Rookie Bull Riding Champion in 2014 and 2015. In 2015 he was the RSA Rookie Bull Riding Champion and in 2016 and 2018 he took the title of NRCA Australian Bull Riding Champion. 4.      Brumby Brandenburg from Bloomsbury, QLD will be looking to take home his first bull riding title when he takes on some of Australia’s champions at Rodeo 4 Life. 5.      Joey Buckingham from Mossman Queensland, holds the titles of 2017 Great Northern Bull Riding Series Rookie Champion and 2016 Mareeba Rodeo Novice Bull Ride Winner. In 2015 he was an ABCRA NQ Zone Qualifier and in 2014 he was an Australian High School Rodeo Finals Qualifie 6.      Sam Champ from Meldale, Queensland holds the title of 2015 APRA Sunshine Circuit Bull Riding Champion. 7.      Toby Collins from Maldon, Victoria is the 2018 Cloverdale Bull Riding Champion, a 2016 (PRCA) Texas Circuit Finals Qualifier and in 2011 he won the title of APRA Rookie Bull Riding and Saddle Bronc Champion! 8.      Troy Cross from Boorowa NSW, has been a national finals qualifier six times and holds the title of 2009 Christchurch New Zealand World International Winner.  9.      Jonathan Couling from Singleton NSW, holds the 2014 and 2017 East to West Coast Bull Riding Champion titles and was a WRA and LRA Bull Riding Finalist in 2016 in Alberta Canada. 10.   Sam Daly from Cobden, Victoria has a string of rodeo titles to his name including 2010 and 2011 RSA Junior Steer Riding Champion, 2012 SCRS Rookie Bull Riding Champion and the 2016 Ride Tough Woodall Series Rookie Bull Riding Champion. 11.   Joe Down from Warrnambool, Victoria is a four-time Dalby Qualifier, the 2018 and 2019 APRA Rookie Bull Riding Champion. Joe holds the 2018 and 2019 RSA Rookie Bull Rider titles. 12.   Jesse Glass from Qurindi, NSW has been working the rodeo circuit since high school and was a two-time Qualifier in the RSA National Finals Bull Ride & Steer Wrestling, ABCRA NFR and was a National High School Finals Qualifier. 13.   Lane Howlett from Roma Queensland, finished in the top 10 in the 2018 APRA season and took 4th place at Mt Isa in 2018.  Lane holds the 2019 Sunshine Circuit Bull Riding Championship title. 14.   Sean Lynch from Wagga Wagga NSW, is a National Finals Qualifier in both the APRA and ABCRA Championships. 15.   Kyle Maskiell from Longford Tasmania is an RSA Champion Bull Rider. 16.   Jack McArther from Cooyar, Queensland holds the 2017 APRA Bull Riding Championship title. 17.   Wade McCarthy from Muckenburra, West Australia holds the titles of 2018 West Australian All Round Champion Cowboy, 2018 West Australian Bull Riding Champion and 2014 ABCRA Australian Bull Riding Champion. 18.   Wyatt Milgate from Biboohra, Queensland is one of Rodeo 4 Life’s youngest competitors with a string of bull riding titles to his name. Wyatt is a two-time NRCA Qualifier, a five time ABCRA Qualifier and in 2017 and 2018 he was the ABCRA NQ Zone Junior Bull Ride Champion. Wyatt holds the titles of NQRA 2018 Novice Bull Ride Champion and the 2017 and 2018 Great Northern Series Bull Ride Champion. 19.   Cliff Richardson from Gresford, NSW has represented Australia 3 times at the PBR Global Cups and qualified for the 2018 PBR Velocity Finals in Las Vegas USA. He was 2018 runner up PBR Australia Nation Champion, the 2018 PBR Australia Last Cowboy Standing Event Champion, 2018 ABCRA Runner Up Nation Bull Riding Champion, 2017 ABCRA Nation Bull Riding Champion, 2017 ABCRA Central Circuit Bull Riding Champion and in 2011 he was the ABCRA Rookie All Round Cowboy, Rookie Bull Riding Champion and Rookie Bare Back Champion. 20.   Dylan Richardson from Maffra Victoria, is one of Rodeo 4 Life’s youngest bull riders. Dylan holds the 2016 National Rodeo Council Services Australia Junior Bull Rider title and the 2019 RSA Junior Bull Rider title. 21.   Anthony Ryan from Warrnambool, Victoria holds the title of 2011 RSA Novice Bull Riding Champion. 22.   Trefor Sproule from Singleton, NSW is a 3 time ABCRA National Finals Qualifier. In 2016 he was the XTREAM Bulls Runner Up Champion and in 2010 a ABCRA Finals Round Winner. 23.   Ty Thomson from Mt Walker, Queensland holds the titles of 2012 Calf Riding Champion (NRA), 2016 Junior Bull Riding Champion (NRA) and was named Novice Bull Riding Champion (NRA) in 2018. 24.   Troy Wilkinson from Upper Horton, NSW holds the highest bull riding score in Australia with a record of 93 and the titles of 2015 APRA Bull Riding Champion, 2017 PBR Australia Champion and 2017 PBR World Finals Qualifier. 25.   Sam Woodall from Heywood, Victoria holds a number of titles including the 2018 Australian Professional Rodeo Association Rookie Bull Riding Champion, 2017 National Rodeo Council of Australia Bull Riding Champion, 2017 APRA Southern Cross Rodeo Circuit Rookie Bull Riding Champion, 2016 Rodeo Services Association 2nd Division Bull Riding Champion, 2014-16 Rodeo Services Association Junior Bull Riding Champion and 2012 - 16 RSA Woodall Rodeo Promotions Junior Bull Riding Champion.   RODEO 4 LIFE Giving the audience the time of their lives to give seriously ill people the time to live! Rodeo 4 Life on Saturday 30 November 2019, at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, is Australia’s richest bull ride spectacular with $30,000 in prize money up for grabs with seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing live in concert. Rodeo 4 Life is the inspiration of Doug Vickers OAM, rodeo sports producer and liver transplant recipient. Rodeo 4 Life will be conducted in accordance with policies, rules and industry standards of Rodeo Services Australia (RSA), and the NSW Code of Practice for animals used in rodeo events. Rodeo 4 Life will be conducted in accordance with animal welfare standards, registration and licensing systems of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). An RSPCA representative will be invited to be on site to oversee the event and a veterinarian will be in attendance. Whilst the event is raising funds to go toward Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Transplant Service; the hospital or Sydney Local Health District is not involved in the conduct or organisation of this event. DOUG VICKERS OAM Doug Vickers was born and raised in Townsville, North Queensland. In 1970 he joined the Australian military serving in the RAAF in Australia and overseas. In 1991, Doug Vickers was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List for his service to the military. In 1999, following his discharge from military service, Doug went on to teach at the National Aerospace Centre of Excellence until 2013 when he ventured into the world of business purchasing Loam and Stone Landscape supplies and establishing his engineering company which he operates today. On 23 December 2015, Doug underwent a life-saving a liver transplant at RPA. After receiving the gift of life and the lengthy recovery period that followed, Doug learned of the funding challenges faced by researchers at the RPA Transplant Institute and became passionate about creating a unique event that could generate essential funds for vital research that could save the lives of others. With a family background in rodeo sports dating back to the late 1940s and having produced many large-scale rodeo events across Australia and served on the Judges Panel for both the APRA and ABCRA Associations, Doug initiated Rodeo 4 Life to generate much needed funds to support organ transplant research at the RPA Transplant Institute.  On 8 August 2019, in an Australian first Doug Vickers OAM announced Rodeo 4 Life as Australia’s richest bull ride extravaganza and country music concert with 100% of profits dedicated to funding research at the RPA Transplant Institute. Rodeo 4 Life will be held on 30 November 2019 at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong NSW. RODEO 4 LIFE ENTERTAINMENT TRAVIS COLLINS Rodeo 4 Life will star seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing some of his greatest hits including Just Another Girl, Call Me Crazy, and Hard Light. A dynamic guitarist, vocalist and live performer, Travis Collins has established himself as a leading artist in the Australian music industry.  Travis is a multiple CMAA and CMC Award winner with a growing string of hit albums, #1 songs, awards and a decade of winning fans all across the country under his belt. Well-known for his masterful guitar playing and powerhouse vocals as he is for his depth of song-writing and high energy live performances, Travis Collins continues to cement his footprint as a mainstay on the Australian music landscape. GLEN MORGAN - RODEO ANNOUNCER Glen Morgan is a name synonymous with Australian rodeo sports. Glen rode saddle broncs for more than 15 years winning 13 Australian titles. Glen also and competed in Canada and the U.S.A in the 1980s and 1990s before retiring from championship rodeo competition to become one of the best rodeo announcers in the business. GENE MCDONALD - RODEO PROTECTION CLOWN Rodeo protection clowns are risk takers who do more than entertain the audience during bull riding rodeo sports - they put their life on the line to distract the bulls away from grounded riders.  Gene will have one of the most important and dangerous roles in the Rodeo 4 Life arena - to protect the star cowboys from the bulls when they hit the ground so they can get back to the chutes in safety. BIG AL WILSON - RODEO CLOWN It wouldn’t be a Rodeo spectacular without Big Al Wilson, Australia’s class act Rodeo Clown.  A former pro bull rider and a seasoned veteran of rodeo entertainment, Big Al Wilson has won the title of Australia’s Rodeo Clown of the Year, 15 times. For 20 years, Big Al Wilson has performed at Australia's largest rodeos including at all the National Finals in Australia and New Zealand, the National Finals for ABCRA, NRCA, APRA and NZPRA, and will be the star Clown again this year at all National Finals Rodeos.  JP GILL & SONS CHAMPION RODEO BULLS Rodeo 4 Life will star some of Australia’s mightiest rodeo bulls, bred and trained by legendary JP Gill & Sons, our official stock contractor. “Happy” John P Gill, and his sons - John, Jason and Jarrod could easily be considered Australia’s “Rodeo Royalty” with a family bloodline of western-style performers dating back to the early days of Australia’s Wild West Buck Jumping Shows. From humble beginnings JP Gill & Sons have bred a bloodline of champion rodeo bulls beginning with Dr Jekyll and 007 purchased from Noel Cook of the Running N Quarter Horse Ranch at Nathalia, Victoria.   RPA TRANSPLANT INSTITUTE The RPA Transplant Institute was founded in 2006 to promote and support transplant research projects undertaken by scientists and transplant clinicians at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), the University of Sydney and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.  The RPA Transplant Institute is part of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), Australia’s pioneers in kidney and liver transplantation research and surgery with organ transplantation one of the many miracles of modern medicine created at RPA. LOOK WHO'S TALKING WITH JOHN TRAVOLTA IN SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA 2019-10-23T00:40:09Z look-who-s-talking-with-john-travolta-in-sydney-and-melbourne-australia GUESS WHO’S ON STAGE WITH JOHN TRAVOLTA? When it comes to Australian women John Travolta is normally associated with Olivia Newton John. However Olivia is being replaced for An Evening with John Travolta presented by Anthology in Sydney on Wednesday November 6 at The Star and in Melbourne on Sunday November 10 at the Palais Theatre by another famous Australian when Walkley Award winning journalist, author, TV presenter and radio host Melissa Doyle stars opposite John on stage as the MC for both events.  Melissa will put John through his paces and his incredible career as his interviewer for both events and then moderate the q and a session with the audience. At this stage there is no talk of Melissa and John doing a duet to Summer Nights or You’re The One That I Want! John Travolta says “Hey Australia I’m coming your way. I’ll see you in Sydney and Melbourne for an evening of reminiscing, music, movies, you name it…and thanks Anthology!” For tickets from $99 and VIP meet & greet & photos with John Travolta book now at www.aneveningwith.com.au FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, TICKET GIVEAWAY PROMOTIONS, CORPORATE & MEDIA ENQUIRIES email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412501601     Ruel announced as Audiofly Pro’s global brand ambassador 2019-10-22T01:56:58Z ruel-announced-as-audiofly-pro-s-global-brand-ambassador Ruel Vincent van Dijk (more popularly known by his stage name, Ruel) will be partnering with Australian headphone brand, Audiofly, to be the brand ambassador for their Audiofly Pro range of universal and custom in-ear monitors. He will be using their quad balanced armature drivers AF180 MK2 universal in-ear monitors (IEMs) and their six balanced armature drivers custom IEMs for his upcoming world tour. Ruel is already making waves in the global music industry with his powerful vocals and hook laden songs. After winning praise from industry heavyweights including Elton John and Khalid, Ruel became the youngest ever recipient of the ARIA Award for Best Breakthrough Artist of the Year. 2019 has already seen him crowned as the youngest male performer to not only headline, but sell out the Sydney Opera House…twice, and has had him land a #3 debut on the ARIA album charts for his sophomore EP, ‘Free Time’. “Stoked to be joining the team at Audiofly and become their brand ambassador for the new Pro series,” said Ruel. “Quality in-ears can really make or break any show, so making sure I’m using a brand I can trust and to have something that can be fully customisable is really cool.” Audiofly recently released their custom IEMs and the new MK2 range of universal IEMs this year. Embracing the legacy set by the existing range, the new MK2 IEMs retain the signature soundstage, impressive clarity and superb ergonomics of the MK1 that has already been recognised and celebrated in Australia and other regions, but sees upgraded features, updated designs, new colourways and refreshed packaging - all based on the feedback from the variety of artists they work closely with. “We are beyond excited to have Ruel and his crew joining the Audiofly team as the global brand ambassador for our Audiofly Pro range of IEMs,” said Michelle Tran, Marketing Manager at Audiofly. “His down-to-earth personality, incredible talent and hard-working ethos perfectly align with the core values of Audiofly. Combine this with his honest, raw music that his ever-growing army of fans can relate to, Ruel is fast becoming one of the leaders of the next generation of Australian music and this partnership emphasises our continuous support for the Australian music scene.”   The partnership shortly follows the recent release of Ruel’s EP, Free Time, and in the midst of his current world tour across Australia, US, Europe and Asia. About Audiofly Pro Audiofly Pro is our line of in-ear monitors designed for musicians and audio professionals. With dynamic and balanced armature drivers meticulously tuned for optimum quality, Audiofly Pro IEMs offer a neutral, balanced sound that musicians and audiophiles alike will be sure to appreciate. The MK2 range includes the AF100, AF120, AF140, AF160, AF180 and AF1120. Taking the Audiofly Pro range to the next level, we’ll be releasing our custom IEM program which includes a newly configured eight balanced driver arrangement that will surely please. About Audiofly Based in Australia, Audiofly designs pro-audio products for musicians and music lovers alike. Since 2012, Audiofly has been pushing the boundaries of driver technology, leading to the development of a range of professional in-ear monitors (IEMs). What started as a drive to achieve clear, accurate sound for pro musicians, soon evolved to how we could make it better for all. That same precision and attention to detail used in Audiofly Pro in-ear monitors has been applied to all products in our range: in-ear headphones made for the day-to-day and wireless Bluetooth products for those wishing to go further. For more information, visit www.audiofly.com or contact Michelle Tran via marketing@audiofly.com or 0427 087 197.  Melbourne City Welcomes New Art PARK 2019-10-22T00:28:04Z melbourne-city-welcomes-new-art-park-1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [PRESS RELEASE] Date: 7 Oct 2019  Community Art Space and Eatery PARK to Open in Chinatown  Known for reimagining unassuming spaces, the crew behind Cast of Falcons is finally launching the highly anticipated PARK. Part outdoor gallery, part communal garden, PARK - the collaborative brainchild of Cast of Falcons director, Maz Salt, and architects baracco + wright - hopes to be a creative respite amidst the hustle and bustle of Australia’s oldest Chinatown. Whilst adding to the vibrant diversity of Melbourne’s colourful CBD, the space will breathe new life into what had previously been a landmark car park for over 40 years - one of the many reasons why PARK’s concept has already been in the centre of widespread debate and media attention. With a mission to champion Melbourne’s art community, PARK will look to feature a lineup of art pieces, installations and performances, as well as being a space that encourages community gatherings, cultural appreciation and conversation. On top of cultivating an extensive exhibit covering film, music, visual, experiential and digital arts - patrons will be treated to food offerings from well-loved local food vendors available onsite. “PARK gave us an opportunity to think about what was on this site hundreds of years ago,” says baracco + wright director Louise Wright, “before it became a park for cars. This thinking is rarely afforded urban sites, and this notion of heritage is largely missing.” This thoughtful design concept is evident in PARK’s surroundings which features a variety of indigenous plants and trees, reflecting the space’s commitment to urban ecology and a nod to the land itself. If the portfolio of this group is anything to go by, PARK is set to become an icon and an unmissable addition to your summer ‘go-to’ list. Address: 132-138 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000